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  1. Humanity has several diseases so to speak... religion (oh how we love religious things) the pomp and circumstance... and pride (wanting to have some role in our own salvation) arrogance (exclusivizing our faith or our group over others) retro pride (feeling like we are obligated to pay back a debt we can never repay... even if the Bible clearly states this is evidence we are not truly saved). These things are why God gave the Law of Moses in the first place! To establish the futility of them. Seek not justice but rather mercy. Mercy, Lord Jesus God!
  2. Understand, I am in now way advocating licentiousness. God forbid! Our sins have no bearing on our eternal disposition once we are forgiven in Christ. But the world is filled with consequences for our sins and for sins committed by other people that we pay for. Oh yeah, you will pay and pay and pay in this life for the sins of all (but we are also spared much by the Grace of God even in this life). None of us have truly had the judgment we DESERVE. Not really. And we have blessings we do NOT deserve. Commit adultery and lose your spouse your family etc. Cut off your nose, it ain't growin' back. What I have shared is about our walk with Christ pointing out that rather than being obsessed with trying to keep the Law we should rather focus and specialize on the few commands of the New Testament (believe in Jesus Christ and participate in the evangelization of the lost as a personal ministry to God).
  3. I guess the thing to learn is God is more concerned about how we perform than how we act. We all have a calling a ministry for which we are equipped. All of which play a unique part in the overall work of God to save the lost in every generation. If your ministry is washing windows (to free up another believer to watch kids to free up another believer to evangelize or to preach) etc. Then these are priestly ministries of Christ participating in the believer's commission (Matthew 28:19). The great commission was actually "This is my Beloved Son..."
  4. Matthew 15:18 (AV) 18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. Isaiah 64:6 (AV) 6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Romans 5:10 (AV) 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. Since John 3:16-18 & Ephesians 2:8-10 clearly state that salvation is only through faith in Jesus Christ: The key to light and darkness is: Light = believing Darkness = unbelieving 1 John 1:5–2:17 (AV) 5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world*. 3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments . [John 6:28-29] 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. 7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. 8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. 9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother†††, is in darkness even until now. 10 He that loveth his brother††† abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. 11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. 12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake. 13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. 14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. 15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. [John 6:28-29] * This and 1 Timothy 4:10 prove the potential salvation of all mankind but the actual salvation depends upon the activation of that salvation by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ ††† Hebrews 2:10–12 (AV) 10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. The only brother we have who our love for him will have any bearing on our occasion of stumbling (and complete lack thereof) would be him whose Grace can cleanse us from all sin. That's Jesus.
  5. An old friend of my Beloved's got in touch with her and spoke of similar symptoms etc. and how her M.D. nephew prescribed meds most wouldn't that seemed to help her. My Beloved was quite encouraged (as am I). She was diagnosed with glaucoma and will be undergoing laser surgery on one eye on July 2nd. Prayers most welcome!! I also have been having a nagging pain in my right abdomen since the last time I had a physical and the prostate exam (hooray ). I hate to say I am suspicious of my M.D. but he has been harassing me to take the colonoscopy exam for years now. I know I'm probably being paranoid. All that matters to me at this point is taking care of my family. I have a regular appointment Thursday with this M.D. I pray for wisdom and courage to do what needs to be done OR please pray with me for miraculous healing. I've Googled the symptoms and they range from bowel blockage to cancer to appendix stump (I had my appendix removed when I was 12). Into thy hands I commit my spirit, O LORD.
  6. I would rather say, if we believe in the genuine Lord Jesus Christ... what is there to worry about? Repentance is a situational thing. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is an eternal covenant. John 3:16–18 (AV) 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. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 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. 1 John 5:13 (AV) 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
  7. You should watch the classic movie "It's a wonderful life" starring Jimmy Stewart. The theology / angelology is off, but the point about the monumental impact on others / and the worth of the individual will certainly give you something positive to think about in your case / question. I'm with Mr. Rogers on this philosophy: "Today is a wonderful day, because you're in it."
  8. Ecclesiastes 12 (AV) 1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; 2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: 3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, 4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low; 5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: 6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. 7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. 8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity. 9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs. 10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth. 11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. 12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. 13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
  9. Ecclesiastes 3:21 (AV) 21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth? Left out on in Ecclesiastes.
  10. My Beloved Bride has not been a "spring chicken" for many years, but she always fought the aging process until recent years. I took it at first as submission to the inevitable. Then it seemed like surrender. Then I started noticing things like huge changes in her strength levels, Her lulls are stronger than most people at their peak, so I also attributed it to aging. She started taking more naps throughout the day. Memory loss etc. Then I began to suspect something else might be wrong... and that I we both may be running away from the symptoms that are showing. She is not one to entertain the idea that this might be something worse than just aging / or to believe modern medicine has the cure for most ailments until she is too debilitated to resist going to the doctor (which was the case with her hip replacement in 2014). Please pray for my Beloved Wife, and for me, and for our little ones (pets we've rescued) for a complete cure of all that ails her and me with restoration of health and energy and vitality. In Jesus' name. Thank you!
  11. The traditions of man = denominationalism. Jesus prayed three times in his high priestly prayer (John 17) that we be one as he and the Father are one. The ultimate authority (unbeknownst to most folks) is the devil. The late Dr. J. Vernon McGee once said about Roman Emperor Constantine, "When he made Christianity legal, that was the day the devil joined the Church." If you can't lick 'em, join 'em. The old adage went. The strategy is, gain a toehold, then a foothold, then a stronghold. It worked great in Judaism (to the point that the religious leaders denied the Christ and set forth the standard that exists to this day that any Jew who believes in Jesus is not Jewish). The leaven of the Pharisees (Jesus called it). The legalizing of Christianity eventually morphed into the religion of State and then the State morphed into the Roman Catholic Church, from which the Protestants reformed (somewhat) but nowhere near enough. When asked who the ultimate authority is, most will respond "God." But look around at the conflicting confusion that is denominationalism. Divisions within divisions within divisions. Sound like God? Or the devil? Jesus' point in Matthew 16:13 - 23 was the contrast between the things of God and the things of man (which he attributed to the devil / which is why he called Peter Satan). The things of man are satanic. While WE were yet enemies, Christ died for us. Hasatan in Hebrew is the opposer / adversary / enemy. This is why man is not supposed to interpret the Word of God, but the Holy Spirit who wrote it is. 2 Peter 1:20-21. If we did "know this first" as the passage tells us, there would be one unified Church world wide. That is not the Roman Catholic Church (which set out to be the one worldwide church but is rather the counterfeit).
  12. The Bible establishes an impossible set of standards for mankind to follow. It's just not in our nature. And these standards are to be striven for... with the understanding they will never actually be achieved in this life. A plethora of grief and evil will be avoided by the simple fact that we strive for these standards. I tend to feel that we dilute the meaning of Christianity by the things we declare are Christian or are unChristian. Christianity is the belief in the genuine Lord Jesus Christ. Period. It would serve all of us and Christianity as well if we used the term biblical or unbiblical rather than Christian or unChristian (or even to imply the terms). That being said, Jesus himself listed things that (in his words) "must needs be." A mighty long list could be made of all the things that are not biblical (or not exactly biblical) or would be great if we could avoid it altogether. An example off the top of my head is marriage... it would be a much better world if all human lust / passion were contained strictly in the confines of holy matrimony and no one ever looked at another or showed another that which is exclusively the spouses. But it's not that way. And one wonders why there is even a desire to lust. Such things must needs be... to perpetuate the human race to bring in all the believers yet to be born. But woe to those who abuse / misuse the sexual drive. There are consequences in this life for sin even the must needs be ones. Money is no different. Stock markets are essentially legalized gambling and trade commissions come no where close to stopping all the fraud. But one of the things that keeps wars to a minimum are the stock markets of the world. Instead of raiding another country for the desired possessions they have, they can trade for them. Etc. And entire economies are created and benefit from the stock markets. Are stock markets evil? Of course. Everything involving people is evil (because people are evil).
  13. Well, it USED TO BE palms swaying in the breeze, iridescent flowers (ice plant) and bougainvillea plants everywhere... the sweet scent of lavender in the air, Jacarandas blooms carpeted the ground... the hilly mesas of the seaside desert that is San Diego. Whiffffff ahhhhhhhhh. {sigh} Now we have a wonderful home with a back yard that backs up to a former peach orchard that will be a new neighborhood development (once all the legal haranguing is done). The shade trees provide comfort from the humid June heat. The front door opens to the street and neighborhood houses. We miss San Diego less and less as the years pass. It WAS (from 1994 - 2008) second only to the Garden of Eden. But it's changed. overgrown, filled with lots of homeless folks (I'm told). We will always miss the almost daily walks on the beach by the ocean (La Jolla, Del Mar, Carlsbad)... but we are quite happy with the home State we returned to after our 14 year vacation in San Diego.
  14. God placed a conscience in us, if that's what you mean. But desensitization can sear the conscience.
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