“Is good enough real enough to make it?”©

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Is there ever a bad time for

revival… in this our land,

when those that know God’s

grace are still here and stand?

I say there is ever hope to be

known and shown those without…

without an understanding of God’s

love- it gives rise for us to shout,

shout long and free that God’s love

be shown today, and every other day,

let it not be said man’s judgement of

wrong or right is first in turn to say,

here is the test, will God’s will come

first, and are we really in the know?

Let us love (true love) outcast Brothers,

Mothers or orphans withouta show,

Feed the sheep, His own or not, and

let’s not dally to His calling, His goal,

tend the sheep (his own or not) lest

we leave them fodder for hell’s shoal,

no matter how good we think we are

there is the standard of God’s own Son,

Jesus just a man… unlike any man,

God Himself, without Him we’re done.

There is a ‘Pearly Gate’ to wait for the

souls of men, one and all, by call,

there are the gates of hell too… real

enough to speak to hearts that fall.

[Look below, found under the compare link and in Commentary for 1 Peter 4:14]

13. inasmuch as–The oldest manuscripts read, “in proportion as”; “in as far as” ye by suffering are partakers of Christ’s sufferings, that is, by faith enter into realizing fellowship with them; willingly for His sake suffering as He suffered.
with exceeding joy–Greek, “exulting joy”; now ye rejoice amidst sufferings; then ye shall EXULT, for ever free from sufferings ( 1 Peter 1:61 Peter 1:8 ). If we will not bear suffering for Christ now, we must bear eternal sufferings hereafter.

[Look below, found under the compare link and in Commentary for Philippians 3:18]

There is no getting to heaven as our home, but by Christ as our Way. Sin is the sinner’s shame, especially when gloried in. The way of those who mind earthly things, may seem pleasant, but death and hell are at the end of it. If we choose their way, we shall share their end.

reaching forth–with hand and foot, like a runner in a race, and the body bent forward. The Christian is always humbled by the contrast between what he is and what he desires to be.

apprehend . . . apprehended–“If so be that I may lay hold on that (namely, the prize, Philippians 3:14 ) for which also I was laid hold on by Christ” (namely, at my conversion, Solomon 1:4 , 1 Corinthians 13:12 ).

[An abstract from Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, on Good, Goodness, seen below]

Human goodness is modeled on divine goodness ( Matt 5:48 ). For human beings goodness involves right behavior, expresses itself in kindness and other praiseworthy qualities, includes avoiding evil, and springs from the inner person. Since then God’s curse has fallen on “those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” ( Isa 5:20 ).

It is then found to be true, there is a distinct difference between what man can claim as being good and what God knows to be goodit would be better to be found in right step with Gods willin a space God calls good for man to be!

With God is goodness found!

With God is goodness found!

Exodus 15:26 KJV

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26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

Isaiah 56:8 KJV

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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 is found here, and is based on Psalm 38:20]

“Because I follow the thing that good is. If men hate us for this reason we may rejoice to bear it: their wrath is the unconscious homage which vice renders to virtue. That anger that in remorse should burn against their own sin is set against their reprovers.”

William Struther

[This (below) comes from Matthew Henry Commentary on Psalms 38:20 and Genesis 6:5 respectively]

Good men, by setting their sorrow continually before them, have been ready to fall; but by setting God always before them, they have kept their standing. If we are truly penitent for sin, that will make us patient under affliction. Nothing goes nearer to the heart of a believer when in affliction, than to be under the apprehension of God’s deserting him; nor does any thing come more feelingly from his heart than this prayer, “Be not far from me.”

Christ, the true Noah, which same shall comfort us, hath by his sufferings already prepared the ark, and kindly invites us by faith to enter in. While the day of his patience continues, let us hear and obey his voice.

“This no measure to treasure here save God’s”©

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When we are left in the rain of displeasure…

what then to measure, what then to measure?

A time for cowards, a time for lies,

a day unlike any other day on this Earth,

a time held high, a day less true…

a time unlike any time for man’s worth.

When we are left in the rain of displeasure…

what then to measure, what then to measure?

A time for hate, a time for plight,

these are the days to linger through man’s night,

a time for loss, a time for blight…

these are the days blinding those of their sight.

When we are left in the rain of displeasure…

what then to measure, what then to measure?

A time for sorrow, a time to wail,

this is the end of days to come, birthing pains,

a time for evil, a time to cry…

this starts the end of days- a loss to man’s gains.

When we are left in the rain of displeasure…

what then to measure, what then to measure?

This is but 'birthing pains' to the day we avail ourselves to- the end of days is upon us!

This is but ‘birthing pains’ to the day we avail ourselves to- the end of days is upon us!

I find it especially ironic, where after completing this piece, to learn of the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of legalizing gay marriage nationwide. I will hold and maintain the viewpoint there will be things man says are legal and right and there are things God says are legal and right. Should there ever come the time these are in opposition to one another, I shall uphold the values God says I should have for myself (without judging others for their choice) and shall not look back. The day has come when: we shall talk of peace… and see hate (being desensitized to it), speak of tolerance… and see none and strive toward the days of the Temple being rebuilt (in Israel)… for the practice of sacrifice once again.

Proverbs 14:12 KJV

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12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

[… there is a way that seemeth right to a man…]

When it comes to wisdom… there is the wisdom of man (call it practical or not) and the wisdom of God (call this the better of the two). See an abstract from this source below.

WISDOM: The emphasis of this material subdivides into two rubrics, one emphasizing the theological problems of life, such as the suffering of the innocent (Job) and the meaning of life (Ecclesiastes). Scholars sometimes call this rubric higher or reflective wisdom. The other rubric is much more practical (Proverbs), and deals with the issues that touch the individual’s life, such as personal industry, integrity, sexual purity, and family relations. This subcategory is sometimes called lower or practical wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole [duty] of man.

Fear God–The antidote to following creature idols, and “vanities,” whether self-righteousness ( Ecclesiastes 7:16 Ecclesiastes 7:18 ), or wicked oppression and other evils ( Ecclesiastes 8:12 Ecclesiastes 8:13 ), or mad mirth ( Ecclesiastes 2:2 , 7:2-5 ), or self-mortifying avarice ( Ecclesiastes 8:13 Ecclesiastes 8:17 ), or youth spent without God ( Ecclesiastes 11:9 , 12:1 ).

[The abstract below is found here.]

For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.

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“Let your ‘Manifesto’ speak of love”©

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After a two thousand five hundred word manifesto…

a pliable non-adult (by insurance standards) is done,

done with his own short life, and not having achieved

his goal of promoting a race riot, no knowledge of one

simple thing… love, not the emotional kind but that

helps, love by choice to gain a voice of true conviction,

and it is by this conviction, of love, to see all humanity,

people, as needing a Savior… truth in His adoration

is when what we: learn, accept, acknowledge is found

to be the most noble of causes, to know love is life…

life renewing and overflowing, cleansing us of any and

all bitterness… peace overcomes hate and due strife.

I will not dignify a name given the individual that took life… took a fuller life from those Families affected by this drastic and wasted effort but know there is healing to come to those that cling to the very precepts of love; therein is ‘true’ hope to be found. The loss of one’s own family members can: hurt, cause us sadness (selfishly or not), create an emptiness (a void) and vex us to confusion- if we allow it to. Please know I’m a remarried Widower… and I know. There is a greater comfort found in knowing they wait for us and our time… death comes to us all but life eternal is to be realized by those that have made their choice for Jesus here- what all believers should lean on for the comfort they need to make it in a life fraught facing adversity. Yes, we may suffer but a little while (here) and yet we know this life continues… for the spirit is eternal. 

Ecclesiastes 8:14 There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: righteous men who get what the wicked deserve, and wicked men who get what the righteous deserve. This too, I say, is meaningless.

[Below comes from this link, and you should click compare…. then look under Commentary]

Neither shall lie prolong–not a contradiction to Ecclesiastes 8:12.

The “prolonging” of his days there is only seeming, not real. Taking into account his eternal existence, his present days, however seemingly long, are really short. God’s delay ( Ecclesiastes 8:11 ) exists only in man’s short-sighted view. It gives scope to the sinner to repent, or else to fill up his full measure of guilt; and so, in either case, tends to the final vindication of God’s ways. It gives exercise to the faith, patience, and perseverance of saints.

Reply to Ecclesiastes 8:14 Ecclesiastes 8:15 . When I applied myself to observe man’s toils after happiness (some of them so incessant as not to allow sufficient time for “sleep”), then ( Ecclesiastes 8:17 , the apodosis) I saw that man cannot find out (the reason of) God’s inscrutable dealings with the “just” and with the “wicked” here ( Ecclesiastes 8:14, Ecclesiastes 3:11, Job 5:9, Romans 11:33 ); his duty is to acquiesce in them as good, because they are God’s, though he sees not all the reasons for them ( Psalms 73:16 ). It is enough to know “the righteous are in God’s hand” ( Ecclesiastes 9:1 ). “Over wise” ( Ecclesiastes 7:16 ); that is, Speculations above what is written are vain.

[The abstract below from R. David Rightmire… found here]

As the means of redemption, the death of Jesus provides a deliverance that involves not only forgiveness of sin ( Eph 1:7 ; Col 1:14 ), but also newness of life ( Rom 6:4 ). The central theme of redemption in Scripture is that God has taken the initiative to act compassionately on behalf of those who are powerless to help themselves. The New Testament makes clear that divine redemption includes God’s identification with humanity in its plight, and the securing of liberation of humankind through the obedience, suffering, death, and resurrection of the incarnate Son.

Blessings to all who enter here.

Blessings to all who enter here.

It is light that breaks the darkness!

It is light that breaks the darkness!

“Nine victims of hate, Charleston”©

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Twenty one year old… full of hatred,

bigotry and bias reached one hour…

after sitting sixty minutes in a Bible

Study and killing nine by his power…

power wielded by choice… spoken by

a voice known throughout the world,

forgiveness the response and a request

to repent, peace is seen… come unfurled.

To hear the voices of Family members tell Dylann Roof,”I forgive you,” is to know true meaning of Christianity. Love is understood by these strong believers (these Family members)… and most said,”You need to repent.”

This only proves Terror can come on any of us: Black, White, Red, Yellow or Brown… and will. It is found in the reaction to what happened if hate succeeds or not. Here, clearly, hate loses! Charleston… I feel you!

[Below an abstract… taken from Ecclesiastes 9:1-18, coming by way of Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible.]

Declare–rather, explore; the result of my exploring is this, that “the righteous are in the hand of God. No man knoweth either the love or hatred (of God to them) by all that is before them,” that is, by what is outwardly seen in His present dealings ( Ecclesiastes 8:14 Ecclesiastes 8:17 ). However, from the sense of the same words, in Ecclesiastes 9:6, “love and hatred” seem to be the feelings of the wicked towards the righteous, whereby they caused to the latter comfort or sorrow. Translate: “Even the love and hatred” (exhibited towards the righteous, are in God’s hand) ( Psalms 76:10 , Proverbs 16:7 ). “No man knoweth all that is before them.”

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

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

This is also posted with the “Post and Courier,” Newspaper on-line, Charleston, South Carolina, see here.

“What favor the Critic’s tongue does bear”©

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What variant to pleasures known is a tasteless conceit,

Longinus loathed Plato, knew tame correctness as forfeit…

this loss from stylized efforts point to vanity the goal,

nothing abandoned if to seek fulfillment of the soul,

contrary to popular thought is this notion of loss to life…

to then aid opposition… smear one’s beliefs, gain one strife

but this too is consoled by sublimity come from on high…

ever is there strife to know here until the very day we die,

this is to suffering and come by the furnace of faith to say…

fire me again and again Lord, Your glory has come today,

this is that which I lean on… this I find my hope so secure,

to know it is You dear Lord that comforts pain to endure.

From thoughts closer to Longinus, though some would dispute his Authorship of,”On the sublime,” as Robertelli and Manutius (both) published editions of this manuscript, dated in 1544. One does not have to venture much further than understanding it (probably) comes from the time of the early Caesars, a time even heathens were acquainted with the Septuagint.

Proverbs 30:8 KJV

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8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:

Ecclesiastes 6:11 KJV

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11 Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better?

Ecclesiastes 9:9 KJV

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9 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.

It is light that breaks the darkness!

It is light that breaks the darkness!

“Our condition… turn from sorrow”©

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Disregard not one’s past or think

it a sure gauge toward tomorrow,

disregard not one’s position or title…

lest thoughts favored turn to sorrow,

disregard not one’s present condition-

fortunes change, time a tool we borrow…

the keys of heaven have been given man.

Disregard not one’s ideas or beliefs

considered but consider now the Jews,

disregard not one’s Nationality when

people will be accounted for their views

which do not disregard the truth of God…

God’s Son heralded by angels, heaven’s clues…

the keys of heaven have been given man.

Disregard not one’s time, a gift, and

learn pleasant are the comforts above,

disregard not one’s effort if motives

are seen in actions taken against love,

disregard not one’s brief life in the

face of eternity, a back to God’s alcove…

the keys of heaven have been given man.

Matthew 16:19 KJV

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19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Revelation 1:18 KJV

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18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

An abstract from Matthew Henry’s Commentary, here on Ephesians 3:15, on the family of God (in heaven and Earth) whom are named (known).

“Strength from the Spirit of God in the inner man; strength in the soul; the strength of faith, to serve God, and to do our duty. If the law of Christ is written in our hearts, and the love of Christ is shed abroad there, then Christ dwells there. Where his Spirit dwells, there he dwells. We should desire that good affections may be fixed in us. And how desirable to have a fixed sense of the love of God in Christ to our souls!” 

Ephesians 3:15 KJV

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15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

If we are named then we are known, and God is (truly) a personal God… lasting is the relationship if sought (if found) so seek out the God of your Salvation- The Deliverer.

Matthew 6:33 KJV

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33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

An Audio book… coming soon!

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I have great news to share with you, an Audio book is coming- the first of its kind for me. This is one where God gets the glory, and the help of the Narrator, Darice Strickland, of Ada, Oklahoma, and special notice to Vivian Gordon (having made the adjustments to the image… making it suitable for the square version of the image used).

I have to wait 10 to 14 days and the Audio Book will be made available through: iTunes, Amazon and Audible. Please look for it… coming soon!

I present to you the Cover of my Audio Book, compliments of Vivian Gordon... a gift from God to return to God His praise.

I present to you the Cover of my Audio Book, compliments of Vivian Gordon… a gift from God to return to God His praise.

Here is the progression… a timeline into this Cover’s metamorphosis-

The first Book, this image also used for the eBook (Digital version).

The first Book, this image also used for the eBook (Digital version).

This is the second version, one used for the first Audio Book (a digital download).

This is the second version, one used for the first Audio Book (a digital download).

To what you see above and here…

The third version, a need for the square image to be used on the CD case the hard copy of the Audio Book.

The third version, a need for the square image to be used on the CD case the hard copy of the Audio Book.

The times we live in may change… also the technologies available to us to affect the changes we see happening around us but it is nice to know God’s immutable love will never change. God is the constant mankind truly needs, personally and relationally, and it is man that must make this change by reason and the strength of validity to one simple truth- God is eternal and man is not.

4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past , and as a watch in the night.

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish , but have everlasting life.

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

Begotten: from begat, bring into the world… from yesterday (eternal) to the present (then) to tomorrow (eternal).

P.S. An update… as of June 8th, I received an email from the Company I’m using for the Audio Book- they found complications with the Audio files I sent them. The Audio Book is currently on hold until the files are gone through with a fine tooth comb, and what needs to be changed will be changed (if I can) or I’ll be forced to take what I have to a Professional Studio. I’ll keep you posted and keep you informed as this goes forward. Maranatha!

“Find no gain from the emptiness of nothing”©

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If nothing is as it appears

then the appearance of

nothing is lost…

to seek but an emptiness

unknown to the selfness

afforded by cost;

thereby, we grant ourselves

to long to long on this

clarity we seek…

taken, by some, a lifetime

to measure in a year…

month, day or week.

If an atheist sees nothing,

as a favorable view of God,

then is it true?

True to behold a gain from

nothing harmed… I’d say they

have not a clue.

Enlightenment comes on

personal loss to one’s gain…

to give from love…

God’s love fills all voids,

the whole of emptiness

has feet… is above.

Enlightenment is not a self actualized state but a self recognized state… find out how we look to a Holy God- without His grace covering us… the blood of His Son, the atonement complete. To be found by God, talking one to another… as a friend, this is closer to the original relationship God would have for us all- a personal one… each known by one another. For a christian, enlightenment leads to being born again… born in the spirit, and it has clear indication the individual knows (understands) for them is the beginning of eternal life- even though it begins as we are still in the flesh. This is wisdom come… true enlightenment; which transcends this life and leads us to face the eternal life (our eternal hope) that is to come. A friend to man, then… as I see it, also tells another of the ‘Great Treasure’ he has found.

Exodus 33:11 KJV

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11 And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.

If we stay where the Lord has placed us... let it be used for His telling of grace!

If we stay where the Lord has placed us… let it be used for His telling of grace!

John 19:12 KJV

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12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.

Please come to understand we must speak out against injustice, wrong is wrong, and it matters little who does it- especially when it goes against anyone but we should hold more concern for those we know holding fast to the Lord Jesus in their beliefs.

Isaiah 48:12 “Listen to me, O Jacob, Israel, whom I have called: I am he; I am the first and I am the last. 13 My own hand laid the foundations of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I summon them, they all stand up together. 14 “Come together, all of you, and listen: Which of [the idols] has foretold these things? The LORD’s chosen ally will carry out his purpose against Babylon; his arm will be against the Babylonians. 15 I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called him. I will bring him, and he will succeed in his mission. 16 “Come near me and listen to this: “From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret; at the time it happens, I am there.” And now the Sovereign LORD has sent me, with his Spirit. 17 This is what the LORD says– your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.

“The challenge is to see something come from nothing”©

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enigmatic…

a word spoken

thousands of years

ago and still heard,

eternity seen in

a raindrop full of life

(life itself),

and we see but

what we want to see…

patterns of emptiness.

I heard a joke about man and his intelligence… one where he would challenge God to a duel. God accepted man’s offer, picked up a hand full of dirt… breathed on it and set it back to the ground. From the ground sprang a young tree and it bore fruit… life from life. God motioned for man… his turn.

The man, after studying: geomorphology, magnetism, thermal dynamics, genetic engineering, botany… things that he felt prepared him for this challenge, picked up some dirt. This is when God intervened, and said,”Get your own dirt.”

Emptiness... this is our challenge, to make the correlation of 'nothing to something.' If there is a: negative nothing, neutral nothing or positive nothing... it comes down to our personal choice... to see it for something or leave as nothing- nothing important!

Emptiness… this is our challenge, to make the correlation of ‘nothing to something.’ If there is a: negative nothing, neutral nothing or positive nothing… it comes down to our personal choice… to see it for something or leave as nothing- nothing important!

The view of a negative nothing (denial of anything of worth- importance), a neutral nothing (the skeptical approach is better than outright denial) or the positive nothing (to recognize and understand its true meaning)- this is the choice God grants us all… an ability to see something come from the nothing we see above!

Isaiah 53:1 Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

“Waters of life or sands of hell?”©

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Can I get a message to the inside,

the place you try and hide

as though you died to the reality

of eternality, your personality

you’ve had all along… shoreline you abide?

The message would be this…

this ain’t no place for bliss,

don’t miss out on the real deal…

it’s not just what you feel that’s

in touch with the muchness you would miss.

Long for eternity, yearn for unity

to gain true serenity, the Almighty

to know your name, it’s His game…

His rules… His goals or you

drag your soul on shoals of infernality.

Long not (not long) for here…

this is the message ‘Oh so clear,’

the sensations are but feelings

far and nearer to death than

desire leads you… away from God’s fear.

God alone holds death’s one key,

this the key to set you free..

don’t bet against Him to be an

idiot in harm’s way with nothing left

to say, like,”I didn’t know you died for me.”

The lie most people choose to accept in this life is ‘this is all there is to life,’ and would miss out on the real truth to life itself- this is not all there is.

Jeremiah 2:13 KJV

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

Jeremiah 17:13 KJV

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

Revelation 7:17 KJV

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

[What is listed here in abstract comes by way of this link– just click the Matthew Henry Commentary near the bottom of the page.]

Grace in Christ is compared to water from a fountain, it being cooling and refreshing, cleansing and making fruitful: to living water, because it quickens dead sinners, revives drooping saints, supports and maintains spiritual life, and issues in eternal life, and is ever-flowing. To forsake this Fountain is the first evil; this is done when the people of God neglect his word and ordinances. Is Israel a servant? No, they are the seed of Abraham. Notwithstanding all their advantages, Israel had become like the wild vine that bears poisonous fruit. Men are often as much under the power of their unbridled desires and their sinful lusts, as the brute beasts. But the Lord here warns them not to weary themselves in pursuits which could only bring distress and misery. The nation had not been wrought upon by the judgements of God, but sought to justify themselves. Here is the language of presumptuous sinners. The Jews had long thrown off serious thoughts of God. How many days of our lives pass without suitable remembrance of him!

Have we failed to understand what God will do to His own people, when they are disobedient, and not think it will be worse against those ‘not willing’ to obey Him or listen to what love He has shown us all? We will either be with Him… or without Him (separated) and apart from Him- forever.

Is this the look of fruitfulness... the choice is yours!

Is this the look of fruitfulness… the choice is yours!

[Below is come by way of this link.]

Eternal Life. A dominant theme of the New Testament, though not without Old Testament grounding, is eternal (or everlasting) life. Eternal life is therefore one of the unifying themes of the New Testament. It is a term that describes the salvation that God bestows on those who trust and serve him. It denotes not only the length of time that God’s favor extends to his people but also the quality of existence that they may enjoy as they worship and serve him.

If you don't care here for God then hell is our own choice- this is where 'free will' comes to play.

If you don’t care here for God then hell is our own choice- this is where ‘free will’ comes to play.

Second Death is the concept of what will happen to the unbeliever… seen here, and involves “the person feeling the punishment”- forever.

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