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    Like, crave, admire, infatuation, neediness, addiction... these things are often mistaken for love. The ancient Greeks came up with a common language to unite its empire (secular Koine Greek) with which the New Testament was written. Their empire covered several nations and multiple cultures so they set out to be as exacting and precise as possible in this language. They came up with four names / definitions for "love:" eros (fleshly) storge (friendship) phileo (brotherly / familial) agapeo (Godly / perfect) The Bible defines love as other-centered. In the order above from least to most other-centered. Agape is pure other-centered. I would deem it "true love." Phileo and storge are varying degrees of camaraderie love ("us" love). Eros... eros is self love with no real other-centeredness to it at all. For that reason alone I would question its place in the category of love at all. Eros is also a counterfeit of true love... many who have experienced what they believed was true love for another (especially unrequited love) were more than likely the victims of the counterfeit eros. ← Love sickness. True love is not sick. It does not hurt. One can be hurt by someone they love, but true love itself is not a sickness or a pain or anxiety. That's eros. Self... me, myself, and I. I want, I need, I think they would be better off with me... (self-centered). And it gives birth to lust. Jesus asked Peter in his restoration of apostleship "Lovest (agape) thou me more than these? Lovest (phileo) thou me? Lovest (storge) me?"
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    Apocalypse: The Unveiling

    I often thought of the beginning verses of the book of Revelation as a kind of forward for the entire Bible. The revealing of the Lord Jesus Christ...
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    My Beloved's Finger

    Thank you!
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    Post Vacation Return To Work

    Thank you! It went very well. As I suspected when I wrote this, I was scheduled to work my day off last week. This will be the case for the next two weeks as well. Please pray for my endurance etc. and for my job at Walmart. They have been very good to me. Thank you!
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    My Beloved's Finger

    Please pray for my Beloved wife. She is a very active volunteer at the SPCA. She was nipped in the finger (cuticle) that appear to be infected now (part of the nail missing). Please pray for her healing and ongoing protection health and my ability to provide for her and our little ones. Thank you!
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    Wife fell out of love

    A non-fighting, lovey-dovey life-long marriage devoid of times where one or both never wonders why they are married in the first place... is a myth. The biggest part of any kind of successful marriage is the devotion and commitment despite the way you "feel." You will feel love at times like you and your spouse invented love in the first place. You will feel anger, resentment, even hate at times. Ready to pull the plug (certainly in today's divorce court society). But commitment sees you through it all. That's true love. That's real love. And if that's what you have, you will get through it all. Beware also over-expectations can make the smallest of things seem like the worst of all. They lead quickly to a trumped up list of reasons to just give up or quit. Beware also that we are the worst at EASILY convincing ourselves / being convinced by others how disadvantaged we are... how picked on... how put upon.... in marriage, work, life. Don't buy into it. We are all far more blessed than we realize (especially when we are feeling sorry for ourselves). The devil delights in tricking us into throwing away our blessings (especially the blessing of a spouse we have real love / true love with). Don't fall for it. God bless.
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    For health and wisdom

    Also endurance to get through a long stretch of work. Thank you!
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    The Peace of Jerusalem

  9. I thank God for both my jobs. I still work at one (night) while vacationing from the other (day) for a week. Now it's the beginning hours of returning to the work routine. And for some reason, anxiety abounds. ??? Please pray for me. Thank you! Thank you!
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    The Peace of Jerusalem

    Praying. And reminding us to please keep praying. Psalm 122 (AV) A Song of degrees of David. 1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. 2 Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. 3 Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together: 4 Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD. 5 For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David. 6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. 7 Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. 8 For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. 9 Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good. Ephesians 2 (AV) 1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. 11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. God bless!
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    Finding a non-apostate church

    Lord open the eyes of the blind.
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    Please pray for me

    It is a joy to see loving brothers and sisters pray for this humble servant and his precious wife. Thank you ←doesn't seem enough to convey my appreciation for you all. The LORD hears your prayers and is blessing us / making us daily more mindful how blessed we already are and have been. It's my Beloved's Birthday today. Please pray for doors of [BLESSED] opportunity to open for us. God bless!
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    Finding a non-apostate church

    Oh, and one more thing... expect lots and lots of resistance.
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    Finding a non-apostate church

    The Keys to the Kingdom: 2 Peter 1:20-21 / 1 Thessalonians 5:21 / 1 John 4:1 Acts 17:11 / 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Deuteronomy 29:29 / Proverbs 25:2
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    Finding a non-apostate church

    Each of the three Persons in the Godhead have and occupy unique parts in the plan of the Father. The Angel of the Lord (Genesis 22 is obviously God) sent by God (God's Messenger). Jesus preincarnate... "Now I know that you do not withhold your son your only son FROM ME." Preparatory to laying down his own life (in the incarnation) for a race where at least one man is willing to make such a sacrifice.