Halloween… A Wedding Day?

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Genesis 2:20-25

New International Version (NIV)

20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones     and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’     for she was taken out of man.”

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

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Today my daughter will marry… It is Oct.31, a day she has always loved. She loves to dress up in costumes, she loves to make-believe, she loves to be a clown and make others smile. She has chosen this day to be her special day, the day she becomes a wife, a clown, a mother and a special character in other people’s lives… Today, I will not only give her away to another man, I will also perform the ceremony and legalities to make their marriage acceptable in the eyes of the world.

I know Halloween gets a lot of media attention in the Church. Is it a pagan holiday that has been Christianized? How do we handle it to allow Christians to participate, without compromising with the evil in the world? ..and such and so. …As with most things man tries to decide for himself, we are left with more questions than answers and no agreement one with another. This is not really a post about Halloween so I will not attempt to answer those questions. I will say this, we spend many hours in the Church today discussing and considering subjects that the Bible and therefore God is silent on in His instructions to mankind. We spend much less time reviewing and discussing the subjects that are addressed and revealed in God’s word.

Marriage is one of those things which deserves much more thought and attention than it receives. It is one of the Great Mysteries of Heaven and Earth. Very misunderstood and mistreated by the modern world and a secularized church… most of it’s original symbolism, intentions and messages lost and forgotten, in ceremony, prompt and pageantry… Marriage is a symbol, a picture of God (Jesus) and His union with His Creation Bride (Church) much more than it is about the union of one man with one women… It is more accurately a picture of division and reunion than it is about human love and procreation.

We often miss the point that before there was ‘man and woman’ there was the One Man (Adam or Ish) who was divided into two entities, male and female,  Ish and Isha in Hebrew, who were then rejoined or reunited by a Divine Father figure.

Maybe they were twins? One cell divided into two parts or two individuals in one womb? I don’t really know and that is why marriage is a mystery.. much, much more to it than we see!  

As with most spiritual mysteries we tend to put our focus on our (man’s) part in the mystery and then we ritualize it and write our own version of it and our own laws to govern it and we overlook God’s part in it altogether except to ask Him to bless what we have turned it into.

Well, I really must go now. I would love to stay and discuss this mysterious sacrament that has been handed down to us from the beginning of the world as we know it, but I must go and prepare for a wedding with trick or treating and a New Family Fellowship meal afterwards. I know it is not traditional but hey, do we know that for sure? Anyway, one thing we can know for sure is this, God blessed them and commissioned them to increase and multiply and fill the earth, so let’s get on with it…

Love in Him! 

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Genesis 1:26-31

New International Version (NIV)

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created mankind in his own image,     in the image of God he created them;     male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

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CONGRATULATIONS …. I love you BOTH and all your new family too!


Just Good Stuff… Watch Out!!

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Jeremiah 6:13-15

New International Version (NIV)

13 “From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit. 14 They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace. 15 Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush.

So they will fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when I punish them,”

says the Lord.

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I really have nothing pressing on my mind today to report.. I have been on Facebook all morning and am surprised by the positive post and status reports I am seeing there.

I don’t want to become too optimistic, I much prefer to be skeptical or maybe cautious would be a better word. I have seen this before and when everyone seems to be content and at peace, the earth begins to shake… Do you know what I mean?

Humans are funny creatures, trusting for the most part. Easy to fool and rather easy to herd as long as there is nothing to frighten them and cause panic or distress..  The Bible is correct when it refers to humanity as sheep. We are in general, pretty gentle and easy to handle and Evil not only knows this, but loves to take advantage of this characteristic in humanity…

When I say Evil I am not identifying and individual, organization or institution. I am referring to a spirit or entity for lack of a better term. There is something or someone in this world who seems always to be looking for an opportunity to pounce on us when we are content and peaceful… Do you agree?

The Bible says that it is the devil who prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking to devour us. We call it Murphy’s law, bad luck, negativity, happen stance and so forth.. No matter what we call it, the fact is, it is a force to be reckoned with and we should not ignore it or be blissfully unaware of it.

I am not going into a lot of detail on this.. I am a technical person by nature and an electrician among other things by trade, so I will try to make this as simple as possible. Not so much for you, as for myself, I have a tendency to over-think things at times. I didn’t design the universe but I have designed many electrical systems and control schematics (schemes) and I know we need both positive elements and negative elements in order to produce flow or current in the electrical world. Power, electrical power… provides light in the darkness.

My belief is that although evil is undesirable it is necessary in this world in which we live… Why? Because there could be no power flow without it. It is a result of the fall of Satan and of man.. I did not exist prior to the fall nor did anyone I know, except God, so I have to take His word for it that things as you and I know them today is not the way it was originally.. Can we agree on that? I believe that things are being restored to their original condition by a loving Father/Creator. I believe Evil (negativity) entered the world when Satan tripped up mankind by causing us to think negative thoughts about God… He did this in the Garden when he asked… “Did God really say?” This one simple act of rebellion short circuited the universe as it produced doubt and negativity in God’s power plants on the Earth, Adam and Eve. All mankind was elected and selected to display the light of love of Almighty God in the darkness produced by Satan’s rebellion and fall from glory… [Rev. 16:10]

If you read and study your bible carefully you will see that we are to be Lights in the darkness. We are to shine like stars, candles, lamps and fire… etc. You will see that it is us, you and I who are to provide the light that leads those who are in the dark, into the Light and Love and Life of God; out of the darkness and into the kingdom.   We cannot do this without power and we cannot produce this power on our own. We must be connected to the Source who generates the power.

Example: A battery is a source of power, it cannot do anything on it’s own except store power. The battery is the storehouse so to speak. Then we have a light blub. The blub is designed to produce light, but cannot produce light without the power to do so. For the blub to do what it is designed to do, it must be connected to the battery and for the battery to do what it is designed to do it must be connected to the blub. …Are you getting the picture? …Of course there needs to be some wire and maybe a switch and other good stuff to complete the project and make it look good as well as work properly but when all the good stuff is assembled correctly and in the right order or sequence the final result is an object that will produce light in the darkness!

See how simple it is?

Now since you understand the problem and have been shown the solution and told all the items you need to accomplish your project you should be ready to go light up you corner of darkness in the world right?

NO, you say I need more than that!!! …and I agree with you, but since I am trying not to get too complex and complicated I could just draw you a picture and write you some instructions right? Or I could let you try the project on your own and see if you could figure it out… OR since I know how to do it already, I could come and show you how and help you complete the project and go with you as you light up your corner of darkness. Which do you think would work best for you?

Meet Jesus… He designed you, me and the universe. He was there in the beginning before the fall… He saw Satan fall like lighting! He was there when Adam and Eve short circuited. He knows how it was originally supposed to work. He is the power, the source. He is the storehouse, the Light, the Life and the Love of God. He is the wire that ties it all together, and the instructor that shows us how to get it all together… He is the Spirit who goes with us to light up our corner of darkness in this world. He is the exact image (picture) of God.. He, Jesus came into our darkness to show us the way and to help us show others the way… Oh yeah, He is also the Way!

Know Him… He is bringing it all back together the Way it should be. Our part is simple… LISTEN TO HIM!!!

Love In Him!

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While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
Matthew 17:5

                    


New Birth… Conversion… Salvation?

Mark 10:45

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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2000 plus years ago a man named Jesus hung on a cross and died. He did not die a natural death, He was not murdered nor was He a martyr. He was God, willingly releasing His life to us, into this world we live in… He was delivering New Life to, into a world governed by sin, death and the grave.. He was pouring out His eternal divine Life into the land of mortality, death, destruction and pain.

Jesus did not pour this Life out into sinful humanity to be partaken of by any who choose it. He poured this Life out for all to be taken into it… He filled all, the known and the unknown of this universe with His Glory, His Life, the Eternal Life of Almighty God. The whole world from beginning to end received the Life and the knowledge of God.

So what went wrong? Why are we still in the condition we are in today? Why are we still dying and destroying, being destroyed and living in chaos and confusion..?

Because this Life must apply to all, before any can realize it fully. We cannot receive this Life and immortality until we have been prepared to receive it… Jesus did not commit His Spirit into the hands of men, but into the hands of God Himself..

“Father into THY hands I commit MY Spirit.” Luke 23:46

Mankind as well as men in general and individually must be prepared to live immortal, sinless and Overcoming Life!
The Bible tell us very plainly that the LAST ENEMY to be defeated is Death. This ‘Death’ is not something we do… This Death is someone who destroys us by causing us to believe we are destined to die… This Death is the lie that was told in the Garden of Eden that has worked it’s way down through human history. This Death is the DEATH that Jesus proved could not hold Him in the Grave and will not hold HIS in the Grave either…
Jesus has ALREADY defeated this Death… This Death has lost his sting (power) and is, has been and always will be defeated. His only weapon left is his lies and deceptions… These too are slowly but surely being destroyed as more and more men are being brought into the knowledge of God and the power of LIFE which exist in the Kingdom of God in this world!!! (the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church, God’s People.)
We have the promise of God Almighty Himself that ONE DAY SOON the power of Satan (Death) will be crushed under OUR FEET. [Romans 16:20] Satan has ALREADY been crushed under the feet of Jesus; Jesus sits far above the rulers and principalities of this world and WE are ALREADY seated with Him in heavenly places… the problem HAS been and STILL is getting us to believe God; getting us to understand what His Word reveals; getting us to HEAR HIM above all the noise of this life and this world…
Jesus Christ Has Poured Out His LIFE For All Of Us… We just all have not believed Him yet. He DID NOT DIE, He shared HIS OVERCOMING LIFE with you and with me.
Salvation has come to the World.
Jesus is the Salvation of God…
TODAY if you hear His Voice…. PRAISE HIM
Love in Him! 
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The Resurrection Body

1 Corinthians 15

35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” 36 How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. 39 Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. 40 There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. 41 The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.

42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.

If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.

50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

55 “Where, O death, is your victory?     Where, O death, is your sting?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.


Truth In Perspective

Please Read the following devotion slowly and carefully.

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My Utmost for His Highest — Oswald Chambers

Justification by Faith

October 28, 2013

If when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life —Romans 5:10

I am not saved by believing— I simply realize I am saved by believing. And it is not repentance that saves me— repentance is only the sign that I realize what God has done through Christ Jesus. The danger here is putting the emphasis on the effect, instead of on the cause. Is it my obedience, consecration, and dedication that make me right with God? It is never that! I am made right with God because, prior to all of that, Christ died. When I turn to God and by belief accept what God reveals, the miraculous atonement by the Cross of Christ instantly places me into a right relationship with God. And as a result of the supernatural miracle of God’s grace I stand justified, not because I am sorry for my sin, or because I have repented, but because of what Jesus has done. The Spirit of God brings justification with a shattering, radiant light, and I know that I am saved, even though I don’t know how it was accomplished.

The salvation that comes from God is not based on human logic, but on the sacrificial death of Jesus. We can be born again solely because of the atonement of our Lord. Sinful men and women can be changed into new creations, not through their repentance or their belief, but through the wonderful work of God in Christ Jesus which preceded all of our experience (see 2 Corinthians 5:17-19). The unconquerable safety of justification and sanctification is God Himself. We do not have to accomplish these things ourselves— they have been accomplished through the atonement of the Cross of Christ. The supernatural becomes natural to us through the miracle of God, and there is the realization of what Jesus Christ has already done— “It is finished!” (John 19:30).

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“Repent and ask to be saved and forgiven…then by your obedience to the laws of Christ, prove your salvation…”

These are some of the most misinterpreted, misapplied and misunderstood principles in the modern day Church in America. I will leave it to you to do your own investigation into where, how and when these misgivings entered into our modern day doctrines and theologies. Oswald Chambers wrote prior to and in the beginning of our modern evangelical movement in the Christian Church today.

Please read what Mr. Chambers wrote carefully and prayerfully. He disputes most, if not all of our modern day qualifications for salvation. AND remember, Jesus is the Salvation of God!

 Love in Him!


Wickedness and Powerlessness..

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2 Thessalonians 2

Living Bible (TLB)

1-2 And now, what about the coming again of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to meet him? Please don’t be upset and excited, dear brothers, by the rumor that this day of the Lord has already begun. If you hear of people having visions and special messages from God about this, or letters that are supposed to have come from me, don’t believe them. Don’t be carried away and deceived regardless of what they say.

For that day will not come until two things happen: first, there will be a time of great rebellion against God, and then the man of rebellion will come—the son of hell. He will defy every god there is and tear down every other object of adoration and worship. He will go in and sit as God in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God. Don’t you remember that I told you this when I was with you? And you know what is keeping him from being here already; for he can come only when his time is ready.

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Most of what the modern Church teaches today is not even biblical. Just because a sermon, philosophy, cause or ideology can be backed up with bible text DOES NOT make it biblical…
If the Spirit of the Living God is not behind your ideas of what is biblical, there is no power in the text you are using to sell your product.

For too long the Church has been using the written word of God to serve it’s own agenda and purposes, now those who make up the modern Church do not even know the Truth of God’s Word and therefore are powerless to ward off the increase of wickedness… 

We like to believe that an increase of wickedness is the reason for powerlessness in the Church.. when really it is powerlessness in the Church that allows for the increase in wickedness!

If you are still preaching and teaching only what you have heard and learned through modern day doctrine and theologies and you cannot feel the POWER of the Holy Spirit in your words and actions, you are not reveling the Power of God in the world today…

Love in Him!

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 As for the work this man of rebellion and hell will do when he comes, it is already going on, but he himself will not come until the one who is holding him back steps out of the way.

Then this wicked one will appear, whom the Lord Jesus will burn up with the breath of his mouth and destroy by his presence when he returns. This man of sin will come as Satan’s tool, full of satanic power, and will trick everyone with strange demonstrations, and will do great miracles. 10 He will completely fool those who are on their way to hell because they have said no to the Truth; they have refused to believe it and love it and let it save them, 11 so God will allow them to believe lies with all their hearts, 12 and all of them will be justly judged for believing falsehood, refusing the Truth, and enjoying their sins.

   Living Bible (TLB)
2 Thessalonians 2:7-12


Free Will?… No Way in the World

Genesis 2:17

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
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How many of you chose to be born into a fallen world with a sin nature that seeks to destroy you and all of God’s creatures?
The modern Church in America has confused ‘freedom of choice’ with ‘free will’ and this is a fairly ignorant stance to take. ‘Free will’ would include the ability to do wrong and sin against God, yourself and others with no adverse penalties or circumstances.
In order for a person to possess free will, his or her will must prevail over all other wills in divinity or humanity, therefore only one could truly possess free will and all others would be subjected to that one will.. This is absurd and goes against all that the Bible teaches!

There is ONE with “Free Will” and He freely willed to give His Life as a ransom for all!

God gives us the freedom to choose between good and evil but our choices and the consequences of those choices are all part of HIS WILL and HIS PLAN…

Praise Him… the ONE who wills that none should perish!
Love In Him!
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1 Timothy 2:5-7

New International Version (NIV)

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.


Change in Concept

I have decided to stop posting visuals with my post and to start limiting them to just a few words..

The pictures continue to disappear and I really do not have the time or energy to find out why, so I will just stop using them. I suppose it has something to do with copyrights or some foolishness such as that… It seems that everything is owned today by someone and you have to get their permission to use it or pay for it or pay a penalty if you don’t pay for it and I am just tired of it all.

God gives us everything.. He does not charge us for the air we breath, nor the rain that falls. He freely gives us the sun that shines and the wind that blows. He gives us fall colors in the trees and beautiful seashores, sunrises and sunsets… He gives us life and sustains it for us and we can’t let someone use a picture we took without charging them or giving them our permission. I could go on and on about all the freedoms we have in God through Jesus, but I will let you come up with some of your own.

Please if I say anything on this blog that you like and want to repeat, just feel free to do so.. You don’t need to ask or be concerned that I may get you for plagiarism or anything of the sort. I figure if I have said something you think someone else needs to hear, then it most likely came from God anyway and He tells me; “freely you have received, freely give.”  So I do just that.

Now enough of the rant…

What I want to say today is brief.. I think the Bible is the greatest book in the world and many, many people have been strengthened in their walk through Bible reading and Bible study. That being said, I am here to tell you that Jesus never commissioned us to be Bible readers and Bible studiers, He did ask us to become His followers and He promised that He had all the power and all the authority not only to call us to follow but also to empower us to follow Him in His work in this world… Bible reading and study is great and I am glad if you are involved in either, but when it finally comes down to following, and it will sooner or later, your faith will not be sufficient from reading, studying or attending Church alone…to follow Him! 

Faith to follow Jesus Christ does not come from study, it comes from experience. You can sit and read and study a book on building a house but when you actually start to build the house you will find that it does not always, if ever go according to the book. Books are Great for gathering information, information however does not empower faith, only experience does. Many are those who read the do it yourself manuals and start a project only to become frustrated and either give up or go ahead and call a professional.

Please do not be fooled, Satan could care less about how much you read and study your Bible as long as you never lay it down and start following Jesus. Following is what stirs up hell against a Christian, not reading… What you have read and what you have studied will become useful to you along the way, but by themselves will never produce the faith to follow.

That is all I have to say today and like I said it is free… so take it and use it as you choose!

Love in Him!