Sure help for Veterans in the Columbus, Georgia, greater area!

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[Please email them to find the closest location to YOU if you also need more info. This should be offered (soon) nationwide.]

 

I can say I have gained exposure to a man… a Community Pastor, strong in the Lord and he is in Columbus, Georgia. His name is Tom Broadbent… the message below has come from him. As a Veteran myself, one not subjected to combat (US Navy, 75-79), but still able to care for those that have… share this with as many Vets as you can and offer hope this season so precious and holy! A very Merry Christmas to all of you… if you served or not!

 

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This is a Christian based curriculum focused on helping Veterans and their families who has struggled with combat trauma ~ it’s a free 12 week course, free dinner, and free child care.

If you or a loved one have struggled please register now ~ this is not a support group, it’s not a Bible Study, but it is a 12 week course that will equip you with the tools you need to live the kind of life God intended you to live. Grace & Peace, 😎🤙🏼

 

 

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What treasurest thou?

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Love your enemies… and this is one of the hardest lessons Christianity teaches!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What have you found to treasure…
to measure the fulness of heart?
Seek the things that endure and
last past this life, a place to start!
Has mankind a will to enable sure
thought, able to be such an upstart…
God saves those that treasure Him!

 

There are some who dislike God…
thought clued by a jealous nature,
then turn to be jealous themselves…
the shelves now a personal couture,
be it God desires our love for Him,
before Him none so holy in stature…
God saves those that treasure Him!

 

Though many would try to be equal
to vigil, efforts sooner seen or heard,
there is but one God to become as us…
born to pay our dues of sin as Shepherd,
to seek out the one YOU became, lost,
the cost- His blood, God’s living Word…
God saves those that treasure Him!

 

What call you being successful in life? Is it possessions and wealth… the things left to those unappreciative of the efforts taken to gain them? Is it fame and notoriety… something the next generation fails to be inspired by or willing to acknowledge? I’m sure of but one thing in this life… it is a stepping stone, and what the future holds for us can impact where we will be- either in splendor or found without for eternity. If we strive to gain everything we can here… here then is the extent of our own little paradise- a temporary heaven we have self created and as good as it will get. One must come to a deeper thought… a deeper reality which lays before us and it has been provided for already. We must simply believe it is as true as it was stated by God, Jesus Christ, when He said, in Mark 10: 23- 27, what is found below.

 

Mark 10:23-27 23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

 

[Found here… in abstract below, the true purpose for the birth of Jesus.]

 

For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many

As “the Word in the beginning with God,” He was ministered unto; and as the risen Redeemer in our nature He now is ministered unto, “angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto Him” ( 1 Peter 3:22 ); but not for this came He hither. The Served of all came to be the Servant of all; and His last act was the grandest Service ever beheld by the universe of God–“HE GAVE HIS LIFE A RANSOM FOR MANY!”, & “Many” is here to be taken, not in contrast with few or with all, but in opposition to one–the one Son of man for the many sinners.

 

To be found ‘with God’ is then the preferred state of man, all mankind, to be in, and we are to understand His love could not be given to us (as our sacrifice for our sins) unless God came to us… to Earth for this specific purpose. This is why Christians celebrate… why we celebrate the birth of Jesus: the Son of man, the Son of David, the Messiah and this time to be known as Christmas. Even this time, the birth of Jesus, was heralded by angels.

 

John 14:29 KJV
29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.

 

[Found here… in some abstracts below.]

 

Christ comforts his disciples. (1-11) He further comforts his disciples. (12-17) He still further comforts his disciples. (18-31)

 

Be not cast down and disquieted. Let your heart be kept with full trust in God. However others are overwhelmed with the sorrows of this present time, be not you so. Christ’s disciples, more than others, should keep their minds quiet, when everything else is unquiet. Here is the remedy against this trouble of mind, “Believe.” By believing in Christ as the Mediator between God and man, we gain comfort.

 

Christ is the sinner’s Way to the Father and to heaven, in his person as God manifest in the flesh, in his atoning sacrifice, and as our Advocate. He is the Truth, as fulfilling all the prophecies of a Saviour; believing which, sinners come by him the Way. He is the Life, by whose life-giving Spirit the dead in sin are quickened. Nor can any man draw nigh God as a Father, who is not quickened by Him as the Life, and taught by Him as the Truth, to come by Him as the Way. By Christ, as the Way, our prayers go to God, and his blessings come to us; this is the Way that leads to rest, the good old Way. He is the Resurrection and the Life. All that saw Christ by faith, saw the Father in Him. In the light of Christ’s doctrine, they saw God as the Father of lights; and in Christ’s miracles, they saw God as the God of power. The holiness of God shone in the spotless purity of Christ’s life. We are to believe the revelation of God to man in Christ; for the works of the Redeemer show forth his own glory, and God in him.

 

It is my prayer YOU might seek God and find Him… found in the love of Jesus for the sons and daughters of men- all men… YOU must simply believe it is true! This is what the ‘Christmas story’ is all about, the love of God for His own, and what do YOU believe? Repent of your sins and follow the living God, Jesus Christ, this Christmas, 2017, YOU will… won’t YOU? (D.V.)

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Jerusalem is the Jewish Capital… declared so by God!

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When will the world wake up to the truth,”Jerusalem is the Capital of Israel,” like it or not. I remember when it was one of the biggest controversies during the Olympic Games in Great Britain (2012), see this here. This goes back to haunt an ally in the war(?) against Saddam in Iraq, and in 2012 during the Olympics was this. Before Rio came this… another to chew on and mull over.

 

Presidential Proclamation Recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of the State of Israel and Relocating the United States Embassy to Israel to Jerusalem
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

 

The foreign policy of the United States is grounded in principled realism, which begins with an honest acknowledgment of plain facts.  With respect to the State of Israel, that requires officially recognizing Jerusalem as its capital and relocating the United States Embassy to Israel to Jerusalem as soon as practicable.

 

The Congress, since the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 (Public Law 104-45) (the “Act”), has urged the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to relocate our Embassy to Israel to that city.  The United States Senate reaffirmed the Act in a unanimous vote on June 5, 2017.

 

Now, 22 years after the Act’s passage, I have determined that it is time for the United States to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  This long overdue recognition of reality is in the best interests of both the United States and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

 

Seventy years ago, the United States, under President Truman, recognized the State of Israel.  Since then, the State of Israel has made its capital in Jerusalem — the capital the Jewish people established in ancient times.  Today, Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s government — the home of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset; its Supreme Court; the residences of its Prime Minister and President; and the headquarters of many of its government ministries.  Jerusalem is where officials of the United States, including the President, meet their Israeli counterparts.  It is therefore appropriate for the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

 

I have also determined that the United States will relocate our Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  This action is consistent with the will of the Congress, as expressed in the Act.

Today’s actions — recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announcing the relocation of our embassy — do not reflect a departure from the strong commitment of the United States to facilitating a lasting peace agreement.  The United States continues to take no position on any final status issues.  The specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem are subject to final status negotiations between the parties.  The United States is not taking a position on boundaries or borders.

 

Above all, our greatest hope is for peace, including through a two-state solution, if agreed to by both sides.  Peace is never beyond the grasp of those who are willing to reach for it.  In the meantime, the United States continues to support the status quo at Jerusalem’s holy sites, including at the Temple Mount, also known as Haram al Sharif.  Jerusalem is today — and must remain — a place where Jews pray at the Western Wall, where Christians walk the Stations of the Cross, and where Muslims worship at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

 

With today’s decision, my Administration reaffirms its longstanding commitment to building a future of peace and security in the Middle East.  It is time for all civilized nations and people to respond to disagreement with reasoned debate — not senseless violence –- and for young and moderate voices across the Middle East to claim for themselves a bright and beautiful future.  Today, let us rededicate ourselves to a path of mutual understanding and respect, rethinking old assumptions and opening our hearts and minds to new possibilities.  I ask the leaders of the Middle East — political and religious; Israeli and Palestinian; and Jewish, Christian, and Muslim — to join us in this noble quest for lasting peace.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and that the United States Embassy to Israel will be relocated to Jerusalem as soon as practicable.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.
DONALD J. TRUMP

 

Response to and of Israel over Trump decision to recognize Jerusalem as it’s Capital comes in from: Tel Aviv, Haaretz, The Irish Times, The Christian Science Monitor and The Bismarck Tribune. I would say the God of Israel has appointed Jerusalem as His Capital City for the nation of His people… we should take notice of this as our first priority- concerning Jerusalem. God will not save us, individually, due to who or what we are… but He will save us due to who He is. Do you know God (personally)… for this is His desire for all of us: Jew, gentile, Muslim, old or young… it matters not who we are if we will claim Jesus as our own true God- this is when Emmanuel comes to dwell within us today?

 

Ezra 7:15 And to carry the silver and gold, which the king and his counsellors have freely offered unto the God of Israel, whose habitation is in Jerusalem,

 

Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

 

Psalm 147:2 The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.

 

Isaiah 8:14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

 

[An abstract from Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete)… on Isaiah 8, seen below.]

That if they kept up the fear of God, and kept down the fear of man, they should find God their refuge (v. 11-14), and while others stumbled, and fell into despair, they should be enabled to wait on God, and should see themselves reserved for better times (v. 15-18). Lastly, He gives a necessary caution to all, at their peril, not to consult with familiar spirits, for they would thereby throw themselves into despair, but to keep close to the word of God (v. 19-22). And these counsels and these comforts will still be of use to us in time of trouble.

 

Genesis 12:3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

 

Genesis 12:1-20 . CALL TO ABRAM.

 

[What is read below comes from the link above.]

God was dealing with Abram not in his private and personal capacity merely, but with a view to high and important interests in future ages. That land his posterity was for centuries to inhabit as a peculiar people; the seeds of divine knowledge were to be sown there for the benefit of all mankind; and considered in its geographical situation, it was chosen in divine wisdom as the fittest of all lands to serve as the cradle of a divine revelation designed for the whole world.

 

Often still does God rebuke His people and remind them through enemies that this world is not their rest.

 

Matthew 5:44 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;

 

Joel 3:20 But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.

 

Micah 4:8 And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.

 

[An abstract from here… on millennial support for Palestine, see below.]

 

But many younger Evangelicals expressed concern with the way Israel treats Palestinians, with two-thirds of millennial respondents saying that Christians should do more to care for Palestinians.

[Note to millennials,”Would you not still love your own even if they did wrong- would you turn your back on them entirely? Ever hear… forgive them for they know not what they do?]

 

Zachariah 3:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?

 

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

‘Nothing sweeter’

Can there be nothing sweeter
than to herald the coming of Christ?
The Christos, the Messiah and
not have the meaning be diced…
watered down, thinned out, rendered
without the power to call Him Lord,
God bless again the USA to say
Merry Christmas, truth’s fine sword.

We are once more saying Christmas…
It is the reason for the sacred season,
for with the angelic hosts to Shepherds
did appear to show man God’s lesson,
love to be shared by one and all of man…
there will be no one left to be denied,
so let a Merry Christmas be heard once
more… may God and man be reunited.

Can there be nothing sweeter
than to herald the coming of Christ?
The Christos, the Messiah and
not have the meaning be diced…
watered down, thinned out, rendered
without the power to call Him Lord,
God bless again the USA to say
Merry Christmas, truth’s fine sword.

What have you that you should be thankful this ‘Thanksgiving Day?’

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Have we naught… be thankful in your contentment of spirit,
Have we much… be thankful in the abundance of God’s grace,
Have we excess… be thankful you have the strength to share,
Have we desire… to long for a look on God’s own gentle face.

Have we company… there is much to be said of a friend’s worth,
Have we wisdom… be thankful God is above the knowledge of man,
Have we provision… be thankful God extends his will to be known,
Have we suffered… gratitude shows true gain by seeking God’s plan.

Have we infirmity… be thankful for the healing hands of God,
Have we our health… be thankful and mindful for our Brother,
Have we depression… be thankful glory and grace is upon us,
Have we joy… not soon a condition for us to lament, a bother.

Have we kindness… a measure to treasure the fabric of eternity,
Have we love… be thankful to share the same love as God’s Son,
Have we hope… be thankful Jesus was obedient to His Father,
Have we faith… the Kingdom of God is belief to tell all is won.

 

 

Hebrews 12:28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,

 

 

If I would share anything with you, if you are a believer in Jesus Christ or not, this Thanksgiving Day, 2017, it is to re-think what you understand about being thankful… and why you should be thankful in the first place. I’d like to wish to you, and your families, a Happy Thanksgiving Day.

 

Russell D. Holder/inkedvocabulary

 

P.S. How about a free… Yes free, a free eBook on me. Please take a look and I hope you’ll find a little time during the holidays to enjoy it. You can find it here or here… all you need to provide is an email address and it’s yours with no charge. If you like it try an audiobook… two can found through Amazon here.

“Justify myself to me”

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This is another day to justify… to justify, to justify,
This is yet another day to justify myself to me.

Can there not be another sadder
yet unrealized is an ego appeased,
therein the vain pleasure, so guided
by measure of nothing displeased,

The merest thought,’That so disgusts
me,’ does stretch the reach of passion,
but this does limit so the breadth of
understanding how its fits one’s fashion.

This is another day to justify… to justify, to justify,
this is yet another day to justify myself to me.

[Just then a whisper could be heardif it was listened for or understood what ‘to justify’ really means from a bigger perspective.]

Come walk with me! Find out who ‘I Am’ and find truth… grace, mercy and love.

[It was not heard at all. People sought other things… other gods- even to make one of themselves.]

 

Here’s to thought, thinkers and philosophers the world over! Ya’ thank? As it comes to people influenced by these same thoughts… people in human history: Auguste Rodin, Michaelangelo’s Lorenzo de’ Medici, the ‘Divine Comedy‘, and Thomas Aquinas. If what Rodin depicted, with ‘The Poet’, was “the eternal parallel of man’s choice and dilemma,” shouldn’t man consider stronger the reason to think on God than on what might be assumed as thinking there is none? Does the increases of those with this thought signify a decay of the spirit… a separation from God has been sought after? When what is sought is found to be a separation… a disconnect from God or to His righteousness- it will be granted… forever!

 

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

 

 

The image below is attributed to ‘The Thinker in The Gates,’ and a link to go with it… the site here.

 

 

 

“Woe to those without God… the Godlessness of people.”

 

Isaiah 3:11 KJV
https://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/isaiah/3-11.html
11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.

 

[Below comes from here, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, in abstract.]

 

hands–his conduct; “hands” being the instrument of acts (Ecclesiastes 8:12 Ecclesiastes 8:13).

lead–Hebrew, “call thee blessed”; namely, the false prophets, who flatter the people with promises of safety in sin; as the political “rulers” are meant in the first clause.
unto themselves–Compare “in themselves” (Proverbs 1:31, 8:36, Jeremiah 2:19, Romans 1:27).

 

2 Corinthians 8:21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

sight: in the presence of, before, or of occupied place: in that place which is before, or over against.

Lord: this title is given to God, the Messiah.

 

Millions of questions arise from but one,”Just how much time does man have left?” Equally important is,”How soon ‘grace’ will end for the sons of mankind?”

Watch ‘the Fig tree’- the Nation of Israel!

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Did it really come and go without so much fanfare… that no one was willing to speak about it or tell of its significance? Something just happened in Israel that should have set bells and whistles off the world over. Not since the destruction of the temple, in around 70 AD (as prophesied by Jesus Christ Himself), has this one event, so very telling in our modern age, come to pass before our eyes- and still the meaning of it gets so little media play. The event was the Sanhedrin appointing a high priest in preparation for the rebuilt third temple. Prophecy has come to greet us at the door of our minds… of our hearts… the very portal of eternity (the end of man’s reign) is the eternal theocracy of God- His kingdom comes. Here is a link to Wikipedia on High Priest of Israel.

 

This breaking news, told by Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (in the link above), August 29th, 2016, and literally did not get the notice it should have. We have been told to keep our eye on ‘the Fig tree (the Nation of Israel)’ for they have been appointed by God to be the timepiece of His return- to the rest of the world.

 

Isaiah 34:4 KJV
https://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/isaiah/34-4.html
4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.

 

Luke 21:29 KJV
https://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/luke/21-29.html
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;

 

 

[There is spiritual fruit, fruits of the Spirit, to be learned about and accepted.]

 

The Requirement of Human Cooperation with the Spirit. Naturally good fruit is produced without any effort by a good tree; however, the fruit of the Spirit does not come into being that automatically. Regularly it requires effort on the Christian’s part. It demands a heeding of the commands of Scripture and a cooperation with the Holy Spirit in his work in the believer’s life. For example, the fruit of the Spirit is love and yet Christians are commanded to love God with all their heart and to love their neighbor as themselves (Matt 22:37-39; Gal 5:13-14). Another facet of the fruit is goodness and yet Paul commands us to overcome evil done to us by doing good in return (Rom 12:20-21).

 

[On Commentary, all from Matthew Henry, in abstraction (for some), for Luke 21:29… on the fig tree. First is for Verses 1-4.]

 

From the offering of this poor widow, learn that what we rightly give for the relief of the poor, and the support of God’s worship, is given unto God; and our Saviour sees with pleasure whatever we have in our hearts to give for the relief of his members, or for his service. Blessed Lord! the poorest of thy servants have two mites, they have a soul and a body; persuade and enable us to offer both unto thee; how happy shall we be in thine accepting of them!

 

[On Commentary for Verses 5-28]

 

We may view the prophecy before us much as those Old Testament prophecies, which, together with their great object, embrace, or glance at some nearer object of importance to the church. Having given an idea of the times for about thirty-eight years next to come, Christ shows what all those things would end in, namely, the destruction of Jerusalem, and the utter dispersion of the Jewish nation; which would be a type and figure of Christ’s second coming. The scattered Jews around us preach the truth of Christianity; and prove, that though heaven and earth shall pass away, the words of Jesus shall not pass away. They also remind us to pray for those times when neither the real, nor the spiritual Jerusalem, shall any longer be trodden down by the Gentiles, and when both Jews and Gentiles shall be turned to the Lord.

 

[On Commentary for Verses 29-38]

 

Christ tells his disciples to observe the signs of the times, which they might judge by. He charges them to look upon the ruin of the Jewish nation as near. Yet this race and family of Abraham shall not be rooted out; it shall survive as a nation, and be found as prophesied, when the Son of man shall be revealed. He cautions them against being secure and sensual. This command is given to all Christ’s disciples, Take heed to yourselves, that ye be not overpowered by temptations, nor betrayed by your own corruptions. We cannot be safe, if we are carnally secure. Our danger is, lest the day of death and of judgment should come upon us when we are not prepared. Lest, when we are called to meet our Lord, that be the furthest from our thoughts, which ought to be nearest our hearts. For so it will come upon the most of men, who dwell upon the earth, and mind earthly things only, and have no converse with heaven. It will be a terror and a destruction to them. Here see what should be our aim, that we may be accounted worthy to escape all those things; that when the judgements of God are abroad, we may not be in the common calamity, or it may not be that to us which it is to others. Do you ask how you may be found worthy to stand before Christ at that day? Those who never yet sought Christ, let them now go unto him; those who never yet were humbled for their sins, let them now begin; those who have already begun, let them go forward and be kept humbled. Watch therefore, and pray always. Watch against sin; watch in every duty, and make the most of every opportunity to do good. Pray always: those shall be accounted worthy to live a life of praise in the other world, who live a life of prayer in this world. May we begin, employ, and conclude each day attending to Christ’s word, obeying his precepts, and following his example, that whenever he comes we may be found watching.

 

[This exhortation comes from ‘Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible’ in an abstraction.]

 

Watch . . . pray, the two great duties which in prospect of trial are constantly enjoined. These warnings, suggested by the need of preparedness for the tremendous calamities approaching, and the total wreck of the existing state of things, are the general improvement of the whole discourse, carrying the mind forward to Judgment and Vengeance of another kind and on a grander and more awful scale–not ecclesiastical or political but personal, not temporal but eternal–when all safety and blessedness will be found to lie in being able to “STAND BEFORE THE SON OF MAN” in the glory of His personal appearing.

 

Rev 6:13 and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind.

 

A little history to ponder on… found here.

 

 

P.S. When Jesus died on the cross, He was our redeemer (gold), sacrifice (myrrh)… and became our High Priest (frankincense).

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“The point of philosophy (today) fails us to inspire amelioration or grant fulfillment 4*”©

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(*… 1 is from a contemporary perspective, narrative, 2 will be a blend of politics and religiousness, 3 has to do with philology [thoughts on thinking… and the use of philosophy] and current events [the Las Vegas shooting], and 4 will be limited to a Christian perspective only.)

 

Fallow is shallow
and it defrays life itself
of lasting, Press On!

 

The question throughout the course of the last three articles (bearing similarity by title) is,”How has philosophy helped mankind- humanity?” To fully gain from this question one must first distinguish what premise one starts from. The beginnings of thought tend to set the tone… we might listen to the tuning fork calibrated to correspond with the conditioning we have been exposed to over the content of any argument presented- no matter how sound it could or might be.

 

For Christians… the answer comes easy but for those not believing, already, Jesus Christ was God incarnate- to understand God was, is and is to come… this (though it sounds easy to comprehend) is an elusive concept to many. Knowing there is a God… a real and personal God is where we find hope, and the hope we come to know is in turn fulfilling. Let me set the stage to the displeasure of some and the agreement of others (those believers in Jesus Christ) with an abstract taken on ‘Philosophy’ from a Biblical perspective. See below…

 

The limitations of human reason, especially in light of the moral degeneracy in humans, requires God’s help in resolving philosophical questions.

 

The Apostle Paul gives us this to ponder on…

 

In Colossians, Paul contrasts arrogant, earthly, speculative philosophy with humble, transcendental, and righteous philosophy derived from God.

 

When knowledge becomes action is where the rubber hits the road, and hope is found in the actions one takes without desperation leading to fatality or nihilism (or Absurdism… to laugh at the condition of man or to mock actions taken to deal with it). To seek God is to realize we cannot do it on our own achievements… our own merits. Here is where Paul throws us a puzzling statement… see below.

 

Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

 

What did he mean by work out your own salvation? Did he mean we can do it on our own? I don’t think so; furthermore, the Bible tells us…

 

Judges 17:6 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/judges/17-6.html
6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

 

Can we assume to be masters of our own lives if we do not follow Jesus… Yes, profoundly ‘Yes’. Along with this is the weight of burden we will have to support on our own. What I mean is this, thinking we can do it on our own… are good enough in our own person… and have no need for a Savior- when scripture tells us otherwise.

 

Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

 

As far as I can possibly go, as it comes to philosophy… for my own personal belief system, is to see everything (all inclusively) as coming from but one source- God Himself. To realize there is nothing we can do to justify ourselves!

 

[An abstract of philosophy from Benjamin Whichcote is seen below.]

 

He held that moral principles are immutable absolutes which exist independently of human minds and institutions, and that virtuous conduct is grounded in reason.

 

An example of this type of conduct is seen below…

 

Luke 6:35  But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

 

 

; therefore, to find fulfillment we find we need God’s love, more today than at any time in human history, to not simply exist to our own pleasures but to do that which is found to be pleasing to God Himself. This is possible! It does not mean we will do it perfectly and even if we fail (fall down from our efforts) we shall get back up and continue to do that which is right. How we do this is seen below.

 

2 John 1:6 And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

 

To walk in obedience is in truth the actions we take throughout our lives. Let it not be said one man’s God is the same as another… for no other God has set forth the love given to man as the Hebrew God has done. No other God has freely given of Himself to pay a debt man could not pay back (never could) and sought to preserve life through His chosen people, as the example of how we should be toward one another, to be measured and treasured so strongly by this same love. If love begats love… then love for our Brothers and Sisters is the high mark and standard we should also use.

 

If someone does you wrong, forgive them… to forgive them is to release them from stopping you in your loving them enough to see we need God’s love most of all. The kingdom of God is at hand, and we need to be found doing the will of Him who holds the keys to justice- tried and true. This is when and how mankind will have worked out our salvation, as Paul has told us, amelioration to fulfillment comes in satisfying the love God grants to us… one and the same as we, in turn, shall show to others. His will be done!

 

Romans 14:17-19
17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval. 19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

 

Can it be no other way than to be fulfilled by the Spirit Himself (where baptized once but filled many times [plural] over and over) to become enabled to do that which we’ve been designed to do- to give glory to God and to glorify God in our actions? Let’s look to scripture, found in Ephesians 5:13-18 is this…

 

Ephesians 5:13-18 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,

 

A Prayer for the Ephesians
Ephesians 3:14-21
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

 

Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

 

Ephesians 5:8-10 8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord.

 

Is this not the ‘way’ and the ’truth’ of the fulfillment mankind has sought since we first realized we exist- if we are ever to become anything at all but pleasing to God Himself?

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“Still think God thinks as we do?”©

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Though physical storms and storms of mind
descend on us in our lives as we live them out,
heed no more than cautious advance prepares
to preserve, this is with a loving God about
to supersede in the affairs mankind would do,
grace is known for time to bear up and hold
on to belief in what God is capable of… to know
God is to be aware of His authority, not sold
or bought with capricious leanings and a
mercurial disposition, this is El Shaddai spoken
of here… Jehovah Jireh, The Provider and
The Deliverer of lives incomplete, so broken,
without the direction to know He would tell
us His will for us, not to deny us… to protect
and instill a perspective He has… to be able to
eat, rest and strengthen our belief, to reflect
on Him is to gain the reflection of Him, to so
embody, in practice and performance… our action,
the love we accepted by grace is the same measure
we are to share from, grafted into the Jewish faction
of God’s chosen, to dispel the myth of equivelancy
to all other Gods, for none is like the living God…
not idols or idolotry… machinations of the mind
and imaginary, there is a texture we’re to applaud
in reverence to His awe… inspiring to know He
lives, Jesus and the resurrection point to true
patterns of life and life continuing or to life,
sure death, a separation to living (eternally) through
and throughout eternity without God near, this is
a complete failure to understand righteousness to come
from God, it is not then something we can attain by
being as good as we can be, not smart here but dumb
to think God thinks as we do… acts as we do… sees
things as we do, God is a holy God of righteousness,
there is nothing we can do to deserve His grace
and He gives it for the asking… out of His kindness
does He do this, we have but to believe He sent
Jesus to pay the price for sin we could not and to
follow His will for us willingly, from a love to do
what is asked of us… obedience to His nature grew
the mighty oak from a humble acorn, a tree has
come from a mustard seed, a life spared from death,
His yoke upon us is no detractor to our liberty…
for there is much more to freedom than just to breath,
even the air we breathe comes from Him, life to
seek and sustain life from the sight of natural order,
the movement of the heavens so precise, methodical,
not unlike the roots of science but divine structure.

 

Romans 3:10 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/romans/3-10.html
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

 

Isaiah 57:1 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/isaiah/57-1.html
1 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.

 

To clearly understand what is being referenced when righteousness and taken away are mentioned… click the links to deeper meaning for the words used.

 

In the desert… warm blows the breeze, and even it is welcome. Almost thirty years of living in the desert, the American Southwest, have taught me to be grateful for the little things most can’t seem to fathom or comprehend. Can’t we find our way… our way to see God is what fills the emptiness in our hearts- only God will do! The window on making this choice on our own volition, just like during the days of Noah, will come quickly to a close- leaving us to either be with God or without Him… forever. The choice has always been our own and God will honor the choice we make.

 

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“Denial of God, or prayer and worship, is to soon incur His wrath”©

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One cannot claim to have an epiphany… to
then change the doctrine of their belief by whim,
to embrace another thought or belief shows a
weakness of faith in Jesus or who sent Him,
and the Bible tells us ‘Jesus is begotten of the
Father’, the word of God declares in scripture
this to be the truth, and of all people begotten
unto Him, by faith, our eternal hope then secure…
to then endure suffering for His name’s sake is
known as ’the trial of our conviction… suffering
through the furnace of affliction’ but for the one
willing to repent… to follow Jesus by His loving
way, shown through compassion is to know God
and the love He has for all nations… all mankind,
for to say you know God without showing love is
no different than denying sight for so many blind.

 

If it is to remain a stronghold of (Christian) religious belief, the Vatican needs to retain the essence of it’s faith and be resolute. The article was given impetus and inspiration caused by this May 2013 Homily, one given by Pope Francis and covered by Vatican Radio.

 

 

[Both abstracts found below come from catholic.org (Catholic Online). The first is found through the first hyperlink… the next through the second- respectively.]

 

The notion of Allah in Arabic theology is substantially the same as that of God among the Jews, and also among the Christians, with the exception of the Trinity, which is positively excluded in the Koran, cxii: “Say God, is one God, the eternal God, he begetteth not, neither is he begotten and there is not any one like unto him.

 

The Blessed Trinity
The Trinity is the term employed to signify the central doctrine of the Christian religion — the truth that in the unity of the Godhead there are Three truly distinct Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

 

In both examples, provided above, is a clear an obvious contradiction. The contradiction stems from what the word of God (scripture) tells us about Jesus- God Himself. Let me explain! To make the claim Allah and God are one and the same is to think it would be right for man to say Israel was not promised to the Hebrew people and Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel! Here is one viewpoint to share… supporting the truth of difference does not imply (here) they are one and the same.

 

Here is how some of the rest of the world sees it!

 

Japan Times

 

Asia News

 

Christian Today (Christian News)

 

Another Blogger (GoodFishBadFish.net)

 

As to what scriptures tells me… take a (real good) look here, and see why it becomes ever more important to pray for: strength of our own (personal) conviction, endurance to run the race God has given our course to be, and for the faith coming from the grace God has shown us. Remember to have love in your heart… enough of God’s love to pray for those whom might seek to cause us harm- or far worse. Know it is but for a little while… worth the price of suffering here to see eternity come with God- it is better to be with God than be found against Him and without Him.

Romans 9:26-28 26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where* it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. 27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: 28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.

 

Here is found the proper view of ‘righteousness’ and to understand our need to tell the gospel, the good news of Christian Doctrine, the chance come: for all (or anyone) to repent, believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord, to be saved from the sins we have committed (individually… personally) and to share His truth to a dying world.

 

Favoritism Forbidden
James 2:1 My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.

 

Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

 

P.S. My goal was not to cause upset or harm to why you believe as you do (for my Catholic Brothers and Sisters)… but to allow a fuller understanding to the importance of what we believe. The weight of credibility is best measured in the yoke God gives us or the demands man could place on us (from any religion or of any religious demands)– and know you must come to make a personal decision… for God or against Him! Being ‘a good person’ is not enough; which is realized when God will look at us in judgement… to see His Son (a believer covered in the blood of the lamb) or what we are when we are looked at by a Holy God.

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