Friday, December 2, 2016
Please take a moment to seriously consider God's biblical reaction to our self-serving, self-justifying, "politically correct" lies about sin:
17 Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?
There is only one way to get ourselves right with God Almighty and that is by repentance and an active faith toward Him and His Christ.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Zechariah 14:12-1512 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.
14 And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.
15 And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague.
God says that there is only One Way to make peace with God; only One Way to secure to yourself God's eternal life and peace.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016
With all the frantic buying and selling of a myriad of goods and services, is 'seasonal giving' really giving, or not? Just because we buy things and pass them along to someone else does not necessarily mean that we are giving gifts. Is the practice of developing a wishful recipient "gift list" really in the spirit of giving, or is it in the spirit of asking and expecting to receive for having asked? In Matthew 7 and Luke 11, Jesus speaks of asking, giving, and receiving, in relation to real life needs, not in terms of self-indulgence.
As potential givers, are we asking ourselves honestly what other people really need, and what is best for them? Or, as potential recipients, are we asking for things we really need, or for more stuff? Are we asking ourselves whether our superficial wants or urges might better be satisfied by directing our efforts and desires toward fulfilling the real and urgent needs of those who do not have the bounty that we have?
For many years, I have not made "Christmas" or "birthday" lists. Oh, my flesh is still my flesh, and I can think of things that I may desire, in fleshly terms, but for me to ask for those things seems vain and self-centered, especially at a time when we are supposed to be celebrating God's purest Gift to us, that Gift for which we did not ask. Therefore, I choose to leave gifting to the giver’s discretion, since Christmas and giving are not about what I want, but about what the giver wants to offer/give as a gift. It is NOT about me being worthy of a gift for I was not nor ever can be worthy of God's greatest Gift, yet He gave Himself, in Christ, for my salvation.
If something is gifted, in the modern sense, in some sort of prearranged negotiation or 'wish list', is that really a gift? I have been repeatedly drawn to that question, as a seasonal conundrum, for God, in Christ, offered himself as our Redeemer, before He ever created the world or us. I bless God for His perfect example of gifting, and His call to us to receive that which we neither asked for nor deserved, and I have to admit that I’m far from being a holy giver as He is.
Want a reality check and a test of godly character during the 'holiday seasons' or your birthday? Join me in asking yourself, Am I willing to receive as true gifts and in true gratitude (without me soliciting specific items or services), anything and everything that others might offer to give to me? If I cannot accept what others might offer to freely give me then I need to ask myself why I am not willing to receive in truth, instead of being self-ish. Self-ishness may have a list, but it doesn't need one to trouble our spirits. Let's put aside self, replace self with thanksgiving to God. Let's be truthful givers, sharing God's bounty, instead of being acquisitive. If we spent more time and effort in thankful giving we would be far less concerned with 'getting'; far more at peace with ourselves, with God, and with others. God bless you!
1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
God gives us life at conception and has a plan for us:
4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
God defines for us what real success is in life:
8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
God expects more of us than our self-centered lusts, entertainments, or motives:
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.
God has given us all those things, to every human being, and He has simplified all the eternal questions we might ask by providing One Way, and only one way, for us to have a right relationship with Him. Our choice and destination are up to us, for all eternity.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Despite all the worldly religions and religious mush to the contrary, with which people malnourish themselves spiritually, God says that there is only His solution for our sin, and only His way out of the consequences for our sin. God wants us to succeed, and success is a word that is so important to God that He only uses it once in the whole Bible.
1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Around 03:30 this morning, Clinton called Trump to concede the election, after which Trump gave a very gracious 'thank you, and let's get to work' speech. The election results are encouraging for some and discouraging for others (in the worldly political sense), but, the ballot numbers do NOT demonstrate a clear political mandate for anything. There is only a slim Republican majority in the House and Senate, and an almost equal split in the popular vote. Those numbers shows this blogger that the voters of these United States of America are deeply divided in our opinions about what to do and how to do "it". THAT numerical divisiveness begs the question that God raises in the Bible (Amos 3:3), "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?"
The election result numbers should be a wakeup call regarding our moral, spiritual, practical, financial, and intellectual differences. As of this writing, at 1144 hours, the day after the 2016 election, Clinton has received a scant majority of the popular vote and Trump has won the electoral vote by a relatively small margin. We could argue over whether one candidate was elected or the other repudiated, but, that is moot. That close a vote, in the electoral and popular ballot counts, clearly exposes the rift in our nation. Do we remember the old aphorism, "United we stand. Divided we fall." The world is watching and hungry for a piece of this "American Pie". The world is both fearful of and drooling over us, as they wait to see what we, now, choose to do, and whether we shall allow ourselves to reconcile as "one nation under God". The question that we must ask ourselves is, shall we choose God, or some other god?
In his early morning speech, acknowledging his win, President-elect Donald Trump graciously saluted his opponent and then called for healing and reconciliation in our nation, so that we can all begin to work together to "fix" our nation. Yes, we need to "fix" things with each other, BUT, what we desperately need, even more than reconciliation with each other, is "repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ", and THEN to put godly faith in action doing the things that God wants us to do.
Sadly, too many voters, citizens, and guests, in our nation, are looking for an earthly savior to justify themselves and protect their favorite sins. Without nationwide repentance there will only be deeper divides and further chaos. God bless you to seek God's solutions for our nation and His only hope and promise for your eternity.
Monday, November 7, 2016
Friday, November 4, 2016
" Immorality of every kind comes in like a torrent. It is in the interest of tyrants to reduce the people to ignorance and vice. For they cannot live in any country where virtue and knowledge prevail. The religion and public liberty of a people are intimately connected; their interests are interwoven, they cannot subsist separately; and therefore they rise and fall together. For this reason, it is always observable, that those who are combined to destroy the people's liberties, practice every art to poison their morals. How greatly then does it concern us, at all events, to put a stop to the progress of tyranny. It has advanced already by far too many strides. We are at this moment upon a precipice. The next step may be fatal to us." Samuel Adams, October 5, 1772
"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." John Adams, 1814
In spite of all the anti-Bible and anti-Christ sentiment in the world today, if you were face to face with those presidents, they would vehemently urge you to make your peace with God's Word and God's ONLY Savior, Jesus Christ.
Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
And that is why we all need to be saved God's way... for human power, might, works, and reasoning shall fail us.
Only by His Savior.
Only by His Salvation.
Monday, October 24, 2016
Sunday, October 23, 2016
By her calling citizens and voters of the USA "good" she hopes to flatter and deafen us to the truth of the sins that she and we commit and have committed personally and as a nation, including abortion, selfishness, lying, lust, homosexuality, cheating, stealing, threatening, bullying, hording, inordinate affection, idolatry, elevation of self above the Word of God, and many other things. There is only ONE WAY that we are going to make any right decision about the person for whom we should vote in this election: we must put aside our fears, emotions, and prejudices, and we must seek the Living God, Jesus Christ, and PRAY that for His help to choose the right president, whether that soul is currently a leading candidate or not on November 8th. God can deliver us by many or by few, even as He chose Gideon and a few to start the rout of a mighty army that was about to attack Israel.
Dear Jesus, You alone can deliver us from vile people and lying politicians. You alone can turn the hearts of each of us back to Your Word and godly principles by which You have always said that we need to live. You alone can help us to repent and turn in faith to putting your Word into action in our own lives that we might be a holy example to all those around us. Please help us to repent and praise You across this nation, that YOU be honored and glorified, for without choosing YOU FIRST, as our Supreme Leader, we have no hope and no reason to hope. Thank You, LORD!!!!!!! Amen.
Friday, October 21, 2016
One Candidate Destroys Our Rights, Lies for Cheating Husband, and Lies About Violating National Security! PLEASE Don't Elect the Chronic Liar and Enabler! Other Candidate's Flaw Is Putting His Foot In His Mouth.
1 Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired;
2 Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD'S anger come upon you.
3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger.
I start this article with one of God's calls to repentance, partly because our nation so desperately needs to repent of a horrid amount of personal and collective sin, but also to raise the point of the eternal standard by which we need to examine our political candidates for office, in every election. Having watched all three presidential debates and having followed a lot of commentary and news items that are readily available to anyone who wants to know the truth about Clinton and Trump, it is plain to me that there are some things about each of those candidates that need to be mentioned about them.
Mrs. Clinton has stayed with her husband through all of his philandering. Is she a saint, or a fool? Or,... has she just used him, all along, as a springboard to political office, for herself? In many, or dare I say, most, homes in the USA, most women refuse to tolerate husbands who keep cheating on them. Why is it that friends, neighbors, and counselors tend to tell a woman to get out of her marriage when her husband chronically cheats on her? Why do people lose respect for women who refuse to leave men who chronically cheat on them? AND... why do people NOT respect women's judgment IF the wives of chronic cheaters remain indefinitely with their husbands? Why is such insecurity considered a mental or emotional character defect by many people? Yet, in this election season, many people are ignoring the elephantine misbehaviors of her husband and fawning over the insecure Mrs. (CHRONIC or HABITUAL VICTIM of Unfaithful Husband) Clinton, trying desperately to get her elected to the highest public office in our land. Why are US voters being so two-faced about the average wife of chronic cheaters and yet so willing to excuse the political co-dependence of Bill & Hillary Clinton, when he can't or won't "keep it in his pants"?!
Mrs. (chronic or habitual victim?) Clinton has also courted "the black vote" making all sorts of entitlement promises (that shall only serve to further bankrupt our nation and corrupt those who line up to play for the payout), and yet, Mrs. Clinton ragingly bad-mouths the NRA (an American original civil rights group formed to help "blacks"). The Democrats' unpresidential candidate despises the NRA and those of us who love and defend our Constitution and its Second Amendment, calling us irresponsible extremists, even saying that we are PTSD-saddled mental defectives, if we served our nation in combat. Yet, that very unpresidential candidate, HC, wants to appoint a Supreme Court Justice, even though her own political attacks against our Constitution's plain language about citizens bearing arms are the same kind of supremacist racism that was in evidence when the Supreme Court used the Second Amendment to help deny Dred Scott his humanity and freedom. Too many of Mrs. Clinton's supporters are similar in their sentiment, to the irresponsible, liberally racist, socialistic Clinton, as they also want her to appoint another Supreme Court Justice to "legislate from the bench", and thereby, unconstitutionally attack our Constitution and our Rights. These 'modern' activists, just as those who feared people of color in the 19th Century, likewise seek to abuse the Supreme Court power, as was done to deny Dred Scott his freedom as a human being, deny him citizenship, and his right to bear arms, as the Majority said, on page 60 US 417, of that decision,
"It would give to persons of the negro race, who were recognised [sic] as citizens in any one State of the Union, the right to enter every other State whenever they pleased, singly or in companies, without pass or passport, and without obstruction, to sojourn there as long as they pleased, to go where they pleased at every hour of the day or night without molestation, unless they committed some violation of law for which a white man would be punished; and it would give them the full liberty of speech in public and in private upon all subjects upon which its own citizens might speak; to hold public meetings upon political affairs, and to keep and carry arms wherever they went. And all of this would be done in the face of the subject race of the same color, both free and slaves, and inevitably producing discontent and insubordination among them, and endangering the peace and safety of the State."
Clinton and her cronies do NOT understand our Constitution and its support of our natural rights. They do NOT understand that the likes of them do NOT somehow have more or better rights than the rest of us. They do NOT understand that to deny, minimize, or destroy any natural right (including that of self-defense and the ability to keep and bear arms), that all such attacks on any human rights are attacks on all human rights.
MANY people around our nation are bad-mouthing Trump for repeatedly sticking his foot in his mouth and saying all sorts of things that foolish or ill-advised. BUT, to be honest, why are people making such a big deal of Trump's comments, when Trump has not acted out on those things. It has been Bill Clinton who, historically, has put way more than his foot into far more than his mouth, and his wife is still putting up with that behavior! BC seems to have a desire to get caught cheating on his wife and then lies about it until proven guilty. His wife lies about his affairs until proven publically wrong. What kind of stage does that set for arguing or negotiating sensitive international trade or security deals, if HC were to be President?! The junk that one tolerates says a lot about the lack of character of the person putting up with it. Is electing our highest leader supposed to be some foolish sex oriented, sensationalistic, soap opera to entertain the public and shame our nation? Do we REALLY want BC back in the White House doing his thing with the staff members? If his wife gets into the Oval Office, BC will have lots of free time for philandering at taxpayer expense, ...AGAIN! Do we REALLY want a repeat of that kind of "leadership"... from the sex & lies duo?! from the cheat & delete twins? From the "What do you mean by 'sex' equivocators? The Clintons are a festering blot on our not so pristine political landscape.
Yes, Trump may have said all sorts of rotten things over the years, but it has historically been the Clintons who have put all sorts of rotten things into practice.
Personally, I'd MUCH rather have a President who, like Trump, has a hard time not getting angry about abortion, terrorism, financial destitution of our nation, illegal immigrants, or about lying public officials, or domestic cheating.
I do NOT want a President who, like Clinton, has equivocated and chronically lied, misjudged international situations, denied responsibility for the mismanagement of her security violations, lied about her security breaches, played to the public for sympathy over her cheating husband while milking him for all the political advantage she could gain for herself.
I'd MUCH rather have a President who, like Trump, has a large loving family attesting to his intimate leadership skills.
I do NOT want a President who, like Mrs. Clinton, can't maintain a morally constructive husband-wife relationship instead of wallowing in his cheating relationship.
I do NOT want a president who wants so desperately to cart her cheating husband back to the very scene of his former sins against her and against our nation.
What kind of twisted society are we building? While promising what her sycophants want to hear, Clinton will further tear at our Constitution and our way of life.
In contrast to my perceptions of his opposition, I thank God that Trump is very much in tune with what is angering a huge segment of righteous US society and, unlike his opposition, I think that Trump will turn his understanding of our citizens' anger and frustrations into hard work that will honor, support, and defend our Constitution and our way of life.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
"Earth Day", "Gaia", & "Mother Earth" are expressions that roll off people's tongues even while they use profanity and blaspheme the Name of the Living God. Increasing numbers of souls are duped into the modern and interrelated religions of evolutionism and secularism, in which they push away God and His Word, in favor of their own ideas and fears. But, just because flies swarm hungrily around a pile of manure does NOT mean that I as a human being should be eating what flies eat. God has different plans.
Too many folks are hollering that climate change, more popularly called 'global warming', is a modern error of society. But those same people would have been screaming the same nonsense when the great Ice Age was bearing down on humanity. Those people want to change the weather and climate cycles to maintain their physical, financial, or social interests to which they've grown accustomed, BUT they do NOT want to change their sin. They want everyone accountable for consumer behaviors that have some small impact on CO2 levels, BUT they do NOT want to repent of their own sin, before the Living God. They do not want to admit that their personal sin was responsible for putting Jesus Christ on Calvary's cross. They do not want to admit or accept that He volunteered to shed His sinless blood, be tortured, and die in their own place, to pay for their sin. God says that we make false gods of ourselves when we exercise our willful selfish interests, when we choose our urges and false ideas instead of choosing His goals for us. We sin by failing to choose obedience, repentance, faith, holiness, and worship of HIM. Like flies, we keep choosing the manure pile of sin, instead of the good goals that God set for us. Our refusal to do what God wants not only corrupts Earth, but all of Creation. That we might choose to escape that corruption, Jesus chose to die in our own place and rise again to save us from the consequences of our sin,... IF we will just repent, trust Christ, and let God work in our lives.
Not only does God say that our sin corrupts Creation, BUT, because of humanity's continued refusal to repent, throughout the ages, God says that HE is going to end both human sin and all of His original Creation that our sin has corrupted. God has said for millennia that He is NOT going to destroy the world by floods or climate change, BUT, He very specifically says that HE is going to put all Creation to the torch... before He creates a NEW Heavens and NEW Earth in which are no longer any sin.
2 Peter 3:3-7 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
So, my question is, how is it that people think that they are going to fight against God and save this Earth and Creation that God has promised to burn? Look at the simplest of situations that God posed to the Jews regarding the fruit of their sin. God's chosen people could not escape the consequences of their sin, because they did not repent. How arrogantly ignorant of history people are, today, who think that they can escape God's judgment and punishment for our sin. Even God's chosen people could not escape when they refused to repent!
I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD. I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD.
There is ONLY ONE WAY out of the destruction that is coming, and that is by PERSONAL repentance and faith in the Person and the Plan that God has stated all throughout history. Please choose His Plan for salvation before it is too late for you.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
15 Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!
16 Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the LORD'S right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory.
Please repent, before it's too late!
Sunday, September 18, 2016
To my grandkids, as you come of age to vote:
A lack of godly wisdom, not the age of the voter, is the real issue in society and politics, especially for those voters who vote with their cravings, feelings, or hormones. It is a great personal and social weakness to fail to vote according to godly principles. Only when our votes are based on biblical and constitutional principles do we shed light on our society and improve our mutual condition.
In some political circles, the voters may love a particularly favorite sin of theirs, or they may be afraid of personal responsibility, or they may not have much experience, or hold responsible jobs, or have any significant family concerns to help make them realize their responsibilities and duties to God and to our Constitution.
In other circles, certain rich people, like the Clintons, refuse to give away all their own money, BUT they try to take away other people's hard earned money. Those, like the Clintons, think that by increasing taxes on us, taking our money, and putting our money into government coffers, that their socialistic government programs can fix everything by throwing money at problems. But, those same people fail to accept how much money the government wastes every year, through all the declensions overhead costs and superfluous programs. Socialists, like that, take away our money, save their own money, and then give away our money to support their own favorite programs, even when most of the rest of us citizens don't want to be taxed for all those socialistic giveaway programs.
Our government is too big and too invasive in everyone's personal business. Our country continues to be in a major financial crisis that even your own grandchildren will not be able to pay off. Our people cannot tolerate any more heavy taxation or expensive give away programs. Voters need to take responsibility and vote to stop the destructive liberal and socialistic spending that is undermining our nation's stability and security. Voters need to stop all the government programs that are robbing US workers of their livelihoods and that are undermining people's sense of personal responsibility to God, to our Constitution, and to each other.
I am not saying these things to scare you, but to let you know the truth about some of the real problems our nation is facing. If people continue to refuse to change their attitudes and their ways, if we, as a nation, do not return to doing things God's way and to the principles of our Constitution, then our nation shall continue to fall apart with increasing rapidity.
Elections should never be about trying to elect popular people or because someone is rich or poor, or of a particular sex or color. According to our Constitution, elections are supposed to elect candidates of God moral character, who also have proven themselves to be capable managers, trustworthy, and who support and defend our Constitution, and what it says.
Elected officials are required to take the oath of office, and in that oath they promise to support and defend our Constitution... But too many hired, appointed, and elected officials forget or ignore their oath of promise and they go against the rules of our Constitution. Whenever any government officials break their promises to support, defend, and uphold our Constitution, they are working to break down our Nation and do not deserve to remain in office, but should be ousted by the voters.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Anyone who wants God's forgiveness and an eternal home with Him in His Heaven, please read this.
Friday, September 16, 2016
- NEVER loan money to anyone as a personal favor, and NEVER co-sign a personal loan! Business is business and personal is personal. There is ALWAYS some kind of payday and consequence involved when money and wealth are at stake in this life. When you’re waiting for friends or family to pay you back for their overdue personal loan, it’s all too easy for bitterness, frustration, and anger to percolate in the lender who did the borrower the ‘favor’. As the Bible says, “The borrower is servant to the lender.” Being in THAT obligatory lender/borrower servitude mode tends to ruin relationships, because it is seldom treated as a strictly business arrangement with clearly defined consequences and target dates for termination of the loan. Financial martyrdom and abuse have no place in familial or friendly relations.
- NEVER GIVE away more than you can afford to lose permanently. Do NOT allow feelings, instead of principles, to drive your giving habits. Gifts, donations, and financial favors, based on feelings, get out of hand quickly, and usually fail most or all financial accountability tests, for both lender and recipient.
- IF someone asks for help and YOU have proven that there is a real need, remember that genuine urgent borrowers seldom calculate what they may really need, or feel embarrassed to ask for as much as they think they might need, so GIVE them a GIFT of more than they say that they need, BUT, do NOT give more than you can afford to let go forever.
- NEVER expect to see any such GIFT returned to you.
- Let it go!
- Never ask for gifted money to be returned.
- NEVER remind other people of what you did for them.
- NEVER tell anyone else of your generosity.
- Tell that recipient person that, as Jesus Christ has been good to you, and to them, it is your responsibility, and theirs, to responsibly share His blessings with others, whenever they are aware of the real needs of others, AND able to afford to help. (Remember Christ's commendation of the “Good Samaritan”.)
- Take personal responsibility for doing your OWN investigation of the other person’s need
- Do NOT let the gift come between you and the other person.
- As you give that person that GIFT, and whether or not the person insists on wanting to pay you back, politely refuse to allow them to return your gift. Instead, tell them to do the same for someone else, as God has allowed you to do for them, when the time comes in their own life.
- Links to God's biblical definitions, examples, and comments about:
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Saturday, August 27, 2016
In that simple statement lies a profound truth about our humanity and our sin nature. In our self-serving unholy pursuits we push away that which would deliver us from our vile tendencies, and we embrace that which seeks to destroy us and our lives. I have seen those truths in action in my own life, depending on my choices. I cannot blame God or anyone else for the things that I choose to do, or for the consequences of my choices.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
Whether you, currently, believe such things, or not, may I encourage you to read, or reread, the Bible, particularly refreshing yourself in its books of Psalms, Proverbs, John, and Romans, for life itself springs from the Word of God, as does wisdom and success (God only uses the word success once in the whole Bible).
Here is the key to life and peace in, through, and with the God of Creation.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
"Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have ripped up the women with child of Gilead, that they might enlarge their border:
"But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall devour the palaces thereof, with shouting in the day of battle, with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind:
"And their king shall go into captivity, he and his princes together, saith the LORD."
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Sunday, August 21, 2016
8 Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found.
9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.
The italicized words "me" and "him" in the above passage refer to THE One True God, the only Self-Existent, Eternal One who is THE LORD, our Creator, the Almighty. Note that the passage verses show a clear differentiation between people who worship any kind of idol and those who acknowledge and worship God according to His Truth. Furthermore, the end of the passage stresses that idol worshippers shall be trapped by their own ignorance of worship and face a payday.
Please be sure that you understand who God is and how to be sure that you are really worshipping Him instead of muddling along in a false religion. May God bless you as you seek Him through His Word.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Monday, August 15, 2016
Monday, August 8, 2016
Look back in history. Study the parallels between the downfall of the ancients and you'll see why we are in our present spiritual, moral, economic, and political chaos, today.
And they bend their tongues [like] their bow [for] lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD.
23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise [man] glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty [man] glory in his might, let not the rich [man] glory in his riches:
24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I [am] the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these [things] I delight, saith the LORD.
IF we do not want to repeat history's failures, then we must repent of our sin and return to God Almighty to be saved.