SURPRISED by the SECOND COMING?

CHARLES MILLS COMMENTS ON A QUESTION MANY PEOPLE DO not LIKE TO THINK ABOUT,WHEN A DISCUSSION OF CHRIST’S SECOND COMING: MIGHT THEY BE ON THE WRONG SIDE?

My (John B.) many thanks to both the author Mr. Mills and Signs of the Times Magazine Jan.2016 Issue  www.signstimes.com to order.

On a cool October morning day in 1844 a group of Bible reading, Bible believing, Bible preaching Christians, came together upon a large flat rock, in upstate New York, farm owned by a Baptist preacher, named William Miller. They’d assembled there for only ONE reason: To welcome Jesus back to this earth.                                                                         They had discussed and dissected the Prophecies of Daniel and Revelation for years, and after all this study they were sure in their minds… that Christ’s promised second coming would take place on October 22 that year! In fact, many of the gathered has sold or given away all their earthly goods. Others had deferred marriage and even childbearing in preparation for the exciting event! Heaven was their goal and focus, and they were determined to meet their coming KING of Kings.                                                                     The next day, October 23, the sun rose on a group of bitterly disappointed people.             What HAPPENED? How could they have bee3n so wrong? More to the point, What were they supposed to do now?

The whole Second Coming issue has been puzzling Christians ever since Jesus said….

John 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

Note (jb) Let TRY to put this in God’s perspective shall we?

 2 Peter 3:8 “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”

Note: Therefore if one day to God, is as one thousand years to mankind, then Please remember Jesus left this earth only just under 2 days ago! In God’s view of time, please Know for those who have always existed, and shall always exist, what is time to them, or us in the eternity?

However what did Jesus say, when asked when? ….

Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”

Note: This has not stopped many from writing and selling millions of books, giving us dates, long since passed, yet we are all still here! The Late Great Planet Earth, and the Left Behind series comes to mind, each making millions of $, for the authors! {Motive?}I, as does the author, refuse to place a time or date, but strongly recommend you read and study…. [yes there’s a difference] Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21, then study the books of Daniel and Revelation as one book, as Daniel is an overlay for the latter, which leaves studies with more questions than answers, if Revelation is studied by itself.

WHEN…. Christ returns is only part of the dilemma. WHAT HAPPENS when He shows up gets even more confusing, especially if you’ve devised definite plans for that specific day!       Most Christians will smile confidently and declare, “I’ll be going home to heaven when Jesus returns.” Others, who are still struggling with their Faith/Trust, will likely moan, “Forget it, I’ am not good enough to spend eternity with God.”

Note: These know not enough of His word, the Holy Bible, to know that all they need is to surrender to Jesus in loving obedience, to His Law!                                                                  Then there are those who insist that, since they’ve shown no interest in spiritual things, fate will take then to God’s alternate place.

One of Christ’s parables, He used two kinds of farm animals to describe His return, in Matthew 25: beginning with verse 31.

Matthew 25:29 “For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.”

Note: HAS WHAT?  The Holy Spirit within themselves, this all need, to ask for in prayer. But what happens to those who have not Christ’s Spirit within them? They shall perish at the coming of His Glory, as sinners can not live in His full power, without His righteousness within.

Revelation 6:16 “And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:”                              Note: Thus the why of this…..

Revelation 18:4 “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”

NOTE: Come out of her…In many locations the Bible refers to a Church  as a woman, this Rev.12 shows a woman in white, but Rev., 17’s woman/church is dressed in scarlet and Purple riding a beast power. White is purity, scarlet & purple are apostasy, both are churches! One teaches the Bible the others }PLURAL} teach the Bible mixed with man’s traditions. IE. Sunday Sacredness, Man’s soul is immortal, die and go right to one’s reward. None of these three biggest deceptions find a fit in God’s Word, thus are words of man and Satan!  {Sorry, but truth set’s us all free, but not without pain]

Getting back to Matt. 25:31….                                                                                           Matthew 25:31-32 “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:”

The sheep are clearly the favored group, because He says to them, “Come and enjoy your inheritance,” after He separated His sheep from the goats. BUT WHY?

 Matthew 25:35-40 “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

Now comes the really strange part: “We, those He called His sheep will stare back dumbfounded, “When did we do all these things”? we ask.

It seems that one of the characteristics of the sheep in this story is that they don’t know they are sheep. They did all those good deeds out of the goodness of their hearts, and it never occurred to them that’s precisely why Jesus invited then into His Kingdom!

THE GREAT SEPARATION.

God then turns His attention to the “Goats”, and His tone changes, abruptly:

Matthew 25:42-43 “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat [Food] : I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.”

The “Goats”, meet this declaration with the same empty stare. “When did we not do these things”? they demanded.

I see a pattern developing here, do you? Like their wooly cousins, the “Goats”, don’t realize they’re goats. They do not realize that their failure to help others in need, disqualifies them for life in God’s Kingdom. This is what they shall hear…

 Matthew 7:21 “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”

You see, when it comes to guaranteeing a room in God’s heavenly mansion, lip service is NOT enough! This will come many as a huge surprise to this following group…..

 Matthew 7:22 “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?”                                                                                                                                And Jesus replies:….

 Matthew 7:23 “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

NOTE (jb) OUCH! this word iniquity, means lawlessness, because they were deceived by Satan to accept the Laws of men over the Law of God. They believed the un-pure woman of Scarlet and Purple, the woman of the Apostate Churches, that reject Creation, and the whole, or most of the books of Daniel and Revelation! They are those who fit within….

 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

So, we have three distinct groups of people who will be gathered before Christ, when He returns, the Second Time.

#1. the “sheep”… people who were living a life worthy of heaven and didn’t know it:

#2. the “goats”,.. people who had bypassed every opportunity to live a heaven-worthy life and didn’t know it:

#3. those who thought they were living a heaven-worthy life but were not… and did not know it.

NOTE: actually allow me to reduce this to just two groups of people             A: These obey God’s Word and Laws, all 10 of them!                                                                                  B. This group consists of people who obey the words of man over the word of God!

This begs the question: “Is there any WAY NOT to be surprised when Christ comes again?

Yes, actually there is, and it has to do with the character of The One who’s coming back!

 Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”

So why is this such a big issue with so many?

 

     John 15:16 “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”

 James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

Note: Many have not, because they have not asked HIM in prayer.

A BABE IN ARMS.

i have a photograph tucked away in an album that reveals to me a great and wonderful truth about god. The year is 1950, and just a babe in arms, literally. My Mother is holding me tightly in her arms, while standing with my two brothers on a small, bobbing boat at Inchon Harbor, Korea, waiting to be taken to an empty fertilizer ship anchored beyond the breakers. Communist forces are about to enter our home town of Seoul, and we, along with thousands of other missionary woman and children, are being  evacuated to Japan by the United states military. My dad, who took the picture, would, —hopefully… join us there later.

When the order came to leave the country, the very first thing my Mother grabbed was…ME! She could have taken her treasured things, or anything she was fond of. We had a housefull of stuff, all with meaning to her, but she wrapped me in a blanket and headed out the door with the family, and she didn’t look back.  WHY?

At only four months old, I had not said one coherent word to her. I hadn’t done any good deeds, nor remembered her birthday, nor told her or showed her just how special a person she was to me. As a matter of fact, I’d been a very persistent pest— keeping her up at night, spoiling her fun at parties, and even staining her favorite coat. But there I was, held snugly in her arms, totally oblivious to the fact that my young life was in the process of being saved by a beautiful woman with tears in her eyes.

 

Years later, when we’d look at that photograph together, I’d ask, “Mom, what were you thinking at that moment”? she’d always say “I was just so glad to have you and Billy and Bobby safely with me.”

I truly believe that, After a few million years have passed in the earth {made new}, when we pull Jesus aside for a short intimate conversation, His response to that question will be the same! Even Though It was MY sins, that caused His death!

You see the biggest surprise of the second Coming who makes the cut and who doesn’t. It SHALL be that Christ came back at all! Let’s be3 honest, none deserves to be saved, we are all falling far short of the Glory that is God! No not a sinner struggling with unwise choices and or deeply stained past. Not the saint who thinks to have the ability to walk on water.. Nor the unbeliever who shakes his fist at God.No, not the dedicated preacher or teacher trying desperately to model Jesus, at every turn. Not you and not me, no not anyone us!

What saves us on that day— the fact that we are God’s children!

Just before Jesus returns, we, all those then still living, will have been Judged. He’ll look at our records in Heavens Books. Plus look deeply into our hearts, and asking one question: “Are you still Mine?”

The “Sheep” are sheep because the good deeds were done automatically without thinking because of….

  Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”

Note: We have to want it, desire it, and ask for it, claiming this as a Promise! This makes us as “Sheep” because we are HIS FLOCK!

The “Goats”, have severed their Heavenly Connections, and possible heritage. They’ve untied the golden rope that bound us all to Jesus at Birth, the ONE who is able to carry us all to safety, but we must want this and Him! He gives all a free-will, and HE’ll not ever violate our freedom to choose or to reject Him, ever! Love can NOT be forced, that’s why ISIS will fail, none can force another to love, anyone or anything! Rome tried that for nearly 2,000 years with avial!  With her:  “Believe as I say or die!”  WHY?

All those who believe that good works can assure them a place in God’s Kingdom have totally missed the point. All humans—despite their action or accomplishments— are unsaveable WITHOUT GOD , in their hearts, without that vital connection securely in place there’s no hope for eternal life.

Matthew 7:20-21 “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”

NOTRE (jb) How or where is The Father’s will expressed?

IN HIS CHARACTER–HIS LAW….

Exodus 20:1-17 . 1. And God spake all these words, saying,   2. I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.   3. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.   4. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:   5. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;    6. And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.   7. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.  [   4th ] 8.Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  9. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:   10. But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:   11. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.   12. Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. 13. Thou shalt not kill.  14.Thou shalt not commit adultery.  15. Thou shalt not steal.  16. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.  17. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

Note:   Rome has removed the Second Commandment vss. 3-5. Plus she changed the day of the Sabbath, the LORD’s SABBATH Vss 7-11, and then split the 10th  Vs 17 in two part! Yet only in their Services, and their Catechism books! Of course none are urged to study the Bible, in most churches![ See Daniel 7:25!]

Yet {(jb) I must make note, that God has many of His own “Sheep” in many other folds, Churches, that hear His voice and love Him. There’s not one church that has “Exclusive rights to heaven”! It’s all up to Jesus, to decide, not any man.

 Exodus 20:26 “Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.”

Note: What is this “Our Nakedness”? All those who have not asked, nor accepted Christ’s gift of Salvation, and asked to be Justified by being clothed in Christ’s righteousness, all not so clothed are naked! {SINNERS}

 Isaiah 25:9 “And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”

Thanking Y O U for your time.  No human, knows what tomorrow may bring, therefore today, is correct time to surrender unto Christ, as He surrendered His life for you!

Questions?  Comments?    John at        www.servant@frontier.co

OR: Visit your Seventh day Adventist Church, any Saturday/Sabbath. 9 to 10 AM. You just may find what you’ve been seeking, Peace of Mind!

Other sites:  www,aftv.org  www.blbn.org   http://www.amazingdiscoveries.org   www3abn.org

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OBSESSIONS ABOUT POSSESSIONS.

What counts is not how much one has,or how little, but how one uses that which one does have. As per Whitney Von Lake Hopler.

My many thanks to the author and to Signs of the Times January 2016 issue.

http://www.signs@pacificpress.com, to order or reorder.

Kelly is always thinking of stuff she doesn’t have. As a Pastor’s wife, Kelly lives on an income that’s far tighter than she’s like. She regularly reminds her husband of what a painful sacrifice it is for her to live on their income, she constantly window-shops for things she’d like to own.

Kelly feels guilty about secretly buying lottery tickets and even more guilty about resenting the members of her congregation who live in large houses filled with more stuff than she has in her small townhouse.

Mike is always thinking about the stuff he has. He worked hard and saved for years to acquire the things he dreamed of owning– a Porsche in his garage a big screen TV in his living room, and an extensive collection of suits in his bedroom. Mike can’t bring himself to get rid of all his stuff, but he frequently worries about whether it’s demanding too much of his time and money.

Mike and his wife both sense a calling to start a family someday, but Mike doesn’t see how he can make the necessary sacrifices./ Then there’s tithing, which Mike knows he should be doing but never does. #When he finds himself feeling bad about it, he takes a ride in his Porsche, which never fails to put him in a better mood.

You may think that you have either too little or too much stuff. But what truly matters is how you use the stuff you have. Here’s five principles for using your stuff as tools to grow closer to Christ.

Note [(jb) Has anyone ever hear ANY possession declare it’s love to the owner? NO? Then possessions are but useful tools, and nothing more, right?

 Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Proverbs 15:6 “In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.”

Note. Even a quick reading of many of the Old Testament’s will show that in Good times people drifted away from God, but in bad times they returned to him, do we not see this in America and Europe today?

1 YOUR STUFF IS NOT A PRIORITY.

Don’t give greater priority–as measured by time and attention– to your stuff, than you do to your relationships, with Jesus Christ, and your family! It, sadly often the case, when one has more possessions, the possession possess the one! It is that VERY reason for this……CONT:

Jeremiah 9:23 “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:”

 Matthew 19:24 “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Note (jb)  In the Christ’s time, most towns of any size, had a defensive wall, and a main gate, that was manned by a guard, however this gate was shut and barred, at sundown, but a smaller gate, just large enough for a unloaded camel to walk through, was called the “NEEDLE GATE”. Thus a rich man, working long hours, would come home, need to unload his camel (s), carry the goods through, the small gate, re-load his camel(s) go home and unload them again, that’s a lot of effort. It takes a great effort to be rich and humble at the same time. I’ ve personally know several millionaires, and to a “Man” none was satisfied, they wanted more wealth!

CONT:   it is often the case, that more possession one has, the more they possess that one!. Buying, maintaining, insuring, fixing, cleaning and storing all one’s stuff can eat up a considerable amount of both time and money. Does anyone really need an Oriental Rug, upon which only sock feet dare to walk upon? Or a price-less work of art, Your insurance company insists you  keep in a vault? Does your car (S) REALLY need a hand wax job each week?

I wonder, just how many of us [(jb) who call self a Christian] spend much more time taking care of our STUFF, than we in Bible reading/Study/Prayer time with our family? Yet sadly, if we ask most of these people so far describes, “Do you think of self as saved and ready for Heaven”/ They’d answer YES!  I wonder IF Jesus would agree?

If the former is taking up most of your “FREE_TIME” may I suggest a change in your priorities?  Here’s why…..

Matthew 6:24 “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.”

2. Your attitude towards stuff should bless others.

Sometimes I find myself falling into the traps of ingratitude and miserliness. I can sanctimoniously congratulate myself on not wanting or owning a lot of stuff and still end up sinning.

One time a family member wanted to give my young daughter a present that cost more than I thought it should. She wanted to express her love for my daughter by being generous, but I responded to her offer with callous criticism for wanting to spend too much money on a toy.  An other time I had several bags of  baby clothes, a friend could have used, but I sold them instead, so I could have more money!

While there’s nothing wrong with pursuing stuff, or getting rid of stuff you have, but God should rule you r actions……

  Acts 2:45 “And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.”

You see, they knew that all these things were merely tools to express Christ’s love and grow us closer to Him, by our giving away, stuff we seldom, if ever use! [NOTE(JB) if we can only wear on pants at a time do we really need 20 pairs? One on, one at the cleaners and one in the closet, is that not satisfactory?  How much is enough?]

3. Your stuff should foster enriching experiences.

Manage wisely whatever God chooses to give to you. [Note(jb) He owns it all, as HE created it all, including all the raw materials man uses to fabricate anything]  Stuff, in and of itself, is not inherently evil nor bad, as some of it may help us appreciate and draw closer to Him. If you can feel closer to God in His forests, then by all means own a tent, and camp out!

When Jesus attended the wedding in Cana, He chose to preform His first public miracle of changing water into GRAPE JUICE ….

note: (jb) yES THE tEXT’S ALL SAY WINE but in the Hebrew and Aramaic tongues , there’s no word for grape juice, thus its YAYIN or wine but as Christ is The Word {John 1:1-3,14} …look…..

 Proverbs 20:1 “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”

Fermentation  makes grape juice into an alcoholic drink, this action actually based upon the rotting action of the grapes, just as ALL cheeses are also made by this process of controlled rotting! Ask any northern climate farmer with an apple tree, if he’s ever seen his chickens or any birds eat the frozen fallen apples, and then got so drunk they could not walk nor fly?   That’s the rotten apples’ turned into a hard cider! So Jesus would not have made fermented Grape Juice we call Wine!

Jesus knew that his grape juice was an important part in that culture and that running out would not enhance the fellowship of the wedding guests. By the way the amount works out to…

John 2:6 And <de> there were <en> set <keimai> there <ekei> six <hex> water pots of stone , after the manner of the purifying of the Jews , containing two or three firkins apiece .

Note: water pots are FIRKINS (Gr. Metretes) about 30.0-Liter or about 10 gallons each, for 6×10= 60 gallons of “WINE”?????  When Christ caused his servant in Proverbs to write that which is written?????  Let’s not be intellectually dishonest shall we? After all it’s brains that separate us from animals, perhaps that’s why so many of us act as animals?

4.  Your stuff should honor Christ.

 1 Corinthians 10:31 “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”

Note: The above verse should be the focus for all other verses…such as….

1 Corinthians 10:23 “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.”

I know of no law either from God or man, that forbids me to kiss a rattle snake, but doing so will not edify me , or God, right?

1 Corinthians 10:31 “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. ”  So getting drunk or high, or over-eating, how do these actions,  give Glory to God?

Thus all your “STUFF” the porn movies/ tapes you have, or the gore-filled moves you watch and play, how can they bring Glory and honor to God? Do the TV shows you watch,  reflect the Bible Principles, of Love God with all of your heart/mind and soul/ and to love all others as YOU want to be loved?

If the shows you watch and the games you play do not honor God, is it best to give them up, Yes or NO?

5. Your stuff shouldn’t make you unhappy.

Kelly and Mike learned that stuff can rob us of contentment  God wants for us.

 Philippians 4:12 “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”

NOTE: [(JB) abased means down and out, and in  need of much, and abound is the opposite.

Many seem to operate on this old swaying: “He who has the most toys…wins”  But I’ve never seen a U-haul truck follow a Hurst to the grave sites have YOU?

So what’s the secret?  A living and close relationship with your Savior Jesus Christ, and contented mind! Because one day, we will all pass away, leaving our stuff behind, and if we have not reconciled with Jesus, then we have death eternal as opposed to Life ETERNAL!

And guess what?  Where we finish is only up to us, and the choices we make! Choose Christ and live!

Thanking YOU for your time

Questions?  Comments?  John  at: http://www.servant@frontier.com

OR: Visit your Seventh day Adventist Church any Saturday/Sabbath at 9-10- AM. You just may be pleasantly surprised, at what you learn.

Other sites:  www.aftv.org  www.amazingdiscoveries.org

 

 

 

 

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16 WAYS, to be a Family Peacemaker.

While it would be terrific to avoid all conflict, Tammy Darling suggests that it’s an opportunity for growth….provided we handle the conflict appropriately.

[Note :(jb) If there’s never a family conflict, it means only two things: 1 every one is totally filled with the Holy Spirit or…2. Nobody cares one whit, about the others, and each is living life fully apart from all others. However my many thanks to Tammy Darling and to Signs of the Times magazine Jan.2016 issue. {all bible’s verses are from the King James Revised]

Every relationship involves an occasional conflict, and even more so within families due to the amount of time spent together under one roof. When sinful people ( that’s all of us) are in such close quarters, there will a rubbing against each other that at times flares up into conflict. But this friction needs not to have escalated and damage our relationships.

I’ve come to see family as God’s way of refining us. While that,may sound harsh, it’s actually a good thing. God uses our families to help us grow and mature into His image That Rubbing?

Note: (jb) Well, think of it as a polishing of a course stone into a smooth jewel, fit for Christ’s Crown!

Home is the perfect place to apply the Bible to our lives. One very important biblical application for the family is that of being a peacemaker.

Look at what Jesus said in the Beatitudes…..

Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”

Sharing these 16 methods anyone, adult, or even most teens, can become a family Peacemaker.
# 1. EXAMINE YOUR OWN HEART.

All conflicts begins in our hearts/minds! The choices we make, the thoughts we think, and all the words we say all originate in the heart. The wise man said,

Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”            A regular heart check will help you keep the peace in your family. {no it’s not easy to be honest with self, but with prayers the Holy Spirit shall be your guide, teacher and yes your REBUILDER! A fact the worldly rejects!]

#2. AVOID THE BLAME GAME.

When fingers begin to point, [ remember there’s three pointing, back!]  tempers start to flare. Adam invented the blame game, and Eve perfected it……

Genesis 3:11-13 “And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.”

NOTE: (jb) Sorry but Satan & Co., can NOT make you do anything YOU do NOT want to do! Thus the old saying…. “The Devil made me do it!” ….will not carry water!

All this does NOT mean we have to keep on doing this devil’s games. To keep the peace, take responsibility for our own action without excuses. When it comes to someone else’s wrongs, let them learn to do the same. [(jb) remember the human “conscience,” is the mechanism the Holy Spirit uses to teach us].Do NOT rat on anyone unless it’s a potentially dangerous situation. Finger-pointing never brought a second’s of time worth of peace.

#3. OFFER FORGIVENESS.

Conflict is quickly resolved when forgiveness is offered immediately and sincerely. [(JB) it’s far better that literally “Biting your tongue,” in regret] A quick “Sorry in passing just will not ring true. The telling why you’re sorry and that you want no further damage to the relationship, is the better way. A true peacemaker is willing to forgive others, just as in and through Christ God The Father forgave us.

Luke 23:34 “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”

 Ephesians “4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

#4. DO NOT TAKE OFFENSE.

Conflict within the family is the result of one taking offense at something an other said or did. The determining attitude for each member, each morning is to resolve not to take offense. { In the 7th day Adventist Church we say “DIE TO SELF, daily, that Christ may live within, most fully!  How can one “corpse” take offense? ] If you let nothing bother you, there’s less conflict and more peace at home.

#5. GIVE GRACE.

Let’s face ti… everyone has a bad day, and some of us fight PMS, or a worrisome event at work, kept another from getting their proper sleep, or maybe the cabbage, for supper, did not sit right, a little grace and understanding goes a long way, in keeping the peace.

Luke 6:31 “”   And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.”

#6. BE RESPECTFUL.

Whether it’s another family member’s personal space or the conversations we have, everyone, from parents to the youngest sibling, deserves to be treated with respect. Disrespect most often comes across in the form of words or looks, but it can include such things as allowing your personal items to clutter the entire house or eating left-overs that your spouse intended to pack for work’s lunch. Being a peacemaker requires respect in all areas at all times.

#7. GIVE THANKS.

This may seem like a strange way to be a family peacemaker, but it’s crucial. Our thanksgiving–or lack of it, will determine whether or not we become Bitter or Better.             As a result of  the family conflict or crises. Notice there’s only one-letter difference between the two words, above in italics. Each one of us ALONE, can determine whether or not a situation will cause me to become bitter, thus eliminating the possibility of becoming a family’s peacemaker. No matter the reason or provocations, there ALWAYS reason to be thankful!

# 8. TAME THE TONE.

Proverbs 15:1 “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”

Is it not a proven fact, that as voices become louder, our temperature rises? This only adds to the building of flames within. Many times it’s NOT what is said, but HOW it is said, and our body language can also increase our own and other’s tempers. {(JB) I know when I get worked up I tend to increase my volume, and that’s akin to throwing gasoline onto a fire, and I am not really aware of it]

#9. PUT OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS….FIRST.

No one has to teach anyone to put “ME” first, None needs instructions to be selfish, and none needs lessons on “How to TOOT our Own Horn”. due to our fallen natures, we come by all these traits quite naturally. “SELF,” is one of the greatest family problems facing humanity.                                                                                                                   Philippians 2:3 “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”

Note: [(JB) these days, it very apparent that far too many parents try to be “Best Buds”, with their own children instead of being PARENTS!. A child of any age, up to “adulthood”, when-ever that beings, wants friends of their own age not Mom and Dad! So set limits of behavior, if you don’t your child will not respect you, and do whatever, say whatever he or she has a mind to,     yet without the knowledge or experiences they need to handle what they’ve gotten themselves into.]

Being a Peacemaker means we will have our priorities in order: Jesus, others, you equals JOY. That sounds peaceful to me!  YOU?

#10 LOVE OTHERS.

Don’t just say, “I love You”, demonstrate it in practical ways. Make a sandwich for your younger members, Put your big brother’s sneaker away, so none will trip over them. Wash the dishes for your wife, or Mom, a few times a week, especially if she has a job outside the home. I promise it will not hurt you nor your Mom’s or Wife’s feelings, in the least!  Look……                                                                                                                      1 John 3:18 “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”

Saying “I love you” is necessary, but true love manifests itself through actions far better, than words alone.

# 1`1. SET A GOOD EXAMPLE.

If one is a parent setting a good example is of the utmost importance. [(jb) nobody cares, it seems, yet we all do know this: “Don’t do as I do but do as I say” . Or this one “Monkey see, Monkey do”!  Our children will  almost always, pick up and live out all or most of our bad habits. Smoker’s children are mostly likely to take up the same habit, the same for all other not healthy habits. Thank God not all do so , but far to many do! It takes only one person to become a Peacemaker, that changes all others in the family.

#12  THINK FIRST.

When an issue arises in the home, do YOU respond or react? There’s a huge difference between the two. One will lead to a peaceful solution, while the other will invariably increase the conflict. Consider this: “if your doctor says you responded to your new medication, that’s good, right? But if he says you had a reaction to it, that’s NOT good! To be a peacemaker, always chose to respond.

#13. RUN, DON’T WALK TO GOD.

I’ll be honest…my default setting is to run FROM God when family hardships hit. Maybe I am scared, confused, or just plain angry. [(JB) righteous indignation is best] But the best and safest place to be during a family crises is in the arms of our Heavenly Father. You may not know, nor understand the WHY or the HOW it will all play out, but we can ALL go to Him , in prayer, even silently, with your question, “How do I handle this, or guide my words Father, thus allowing Him to guide you through the storm, with least amount of “hurt” to anyone. None can administer peace, if we don’t have peace, within us, at that time.

#14. ACCEPT CHANGE.

Change is a part of life, but it need not tear families apart. Anger, bitterness, and resentments will only make things worse, for all. We may not always like the changes that come to our families, but we choose, by our words and our actions, whether or not the changes come as blessings in disguise, or not. By learning to accept change, you’ll be able to help other members do the same, thus keeping the peace.

#1`5. TRUST GOD.

One of the hardest things in life we will ever have to do is to learn to trust God. Note: [(JB) it’s easy once we have accepted Him in faith/trust,  as we see the changes HE has made within us, but for those who believe not, it’s hard to put trust into One we can not see, in any fashion but through His Word the Holy Bible. It has the power to change anyone willing!]                                                                                                                     Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Note: This passage, “..which passes all understanding” of the non-believers, is why they call believers, “believers in fairytales “! Because they can NOT understand this.

We lose loved ones, jobs and homes, yet know He’ll not ever leave us, and be there to comfort you. Please read John 14, it’ll answer many questions, of trust.

#16  SEEK HELP.

Sometimes our family problems are just to great for us. a Divorce of son or daughter, the forced move to another state, is never a happy time for a teenager, It’s OK to seek help just look…..

Proverbs 11:14 “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.”    NOTE{ if you’ve read John 14, as requested, you know we have a Heavenly counselor available, we need only to ask for a fulfilling of the Holy Spirit, for our Councilor! Or speak to a trusted Pastor, who walks with Jesus. {one who begins with a prayer to seek Heaven guidance, first!]                                                               Conflicts, hardships are really opportunities in disguise. By handling them from the perspective of a peacemaker, we glorify god, Who will then guide you, and become more christlike in the process!

Thanking YOU for your time.

Questions?  Comments? John at http://www.servant@frontier.com

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WAR IN HEAVEN when all went wrong!

The evil in our world has puzzled theologians and philosopher for eons. Where did it come from? Arnold Wheeler comments upon these important questions.

Note (JB) My many thanks to both the author Mr. Wheeler, and Signs of the Times January 2016 issue.  [www.signstimes.com}

“A. long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away….”

    Yes, the opening Words of Star Wars Episode IV:” A New Hope”, a first in a popular line of fictional space odyssey. Obi-wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker are among the last survivors of a race of good warriors called the Jedi. An evil empire took over their planet and killed most of the Jedi, and it’s seeking to destroy Kenobi and skywalker. The pair find themselves trapped with friends inside the empire’s monster space station. In a dual with Darth Vader, the sinister leader of the evil empire, Kenobi sacrifices his life, enabling Skywalker and the other survivors to escape.

The forces of the evil empire continue to pursue the remaining Jedi, but from a base on a distant planet Skywalker attacks the evil empire’s spaceship at its one vulnerable point, destroying it and ending the battle.                                                                                                        One of the most obvious aspects between the film’s plot and the conflict between good and evil that’s  been going on, in our own universe, for thousands of years. It’s a popular theme in Hollywood, because it strikes a cord. You and I see this conflict in our own neighborhoods and even in our own lives. And. as in Star Wars, evil often seems to have the upper hand.. Human passions seem impossible to control–a fact that’s evident both in the crime that washes over our cities and in the every-day events in the lives of millions orf addicted, depressed and very angry people. Yet we all hope and believe that good will triumph.

EVIL’S ORIGIN.

But then the question MUST arise, “Where did evil, the very antithesis of all good, begin”?                                                                                                                                                        The Bible has an explanation, for this and many other question that bedevils humanity. It’s also a story that begins a long, long time ago, in a “Galaxy” far, far away,— in place we call Heaven!   The Bible uses these ‘Opening Words,’ …

 Revelation 12:7-9 “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

Many people wrongly wonder, “Why did God create the Devil”?

HE DID NOT!

In fact before lucifer now called Satan, the Devil, and or the dragon, was…..

 Ezekiel 28:15 “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”

Note (JB) So what happened?  LOOK……. >

 Isaiah 14:11-15 “Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee. How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”

NOTE: (JB) Satan suffers from the same wrong, far too many of us also suffer from..”Too much of self, the,” BIG I DISEASE”! Many are, just,  too full of self!

Many also wonder of the why sin began in Heaven, a place that had not ever known sin, even existed! God Created in Lucifer {The Morning star} a Perfect angel, but lucifer originated sin within his own mind and heart. God did NOT put it there! He found it there.        This very important distinction leads us to one of the most important principles that God uses as He directs the resolution of this universal conflict between good and evil: He coerced no one. When Lucifer chose to make himself evil, God didn’t stop him, even though  He most assuredly could have. Yet He didn’t due to His gift to all, a FREE-WILL!

God also created us humans with a free-will, as readily seen by all those who reject Him and His Son Jesus, right? He took a risk, and it’s still so today, of Creating beings able to choose Him or to reject Him, to choose to do good or chose to do evils. God cast Him and his angelic followers to this earth, thus forcing each one of us to make a free-willed choice, to succumb to evils or to resist the devil, and do good, by choosing to obey God, rather than men!  This is the why we are in this battle yet today….

Genesis 3:8 “And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.”

Imagine Adan and Eve being actually afraid of their Creator…..

 Genesis 3:10 “And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. ”

Note(jb) After they rebelled against God, they lost HIS robe of righteousness, a light that clothed them both, and they could see each other, as we see other’s in their “Birthday Suits”, for the first time!

DOOMED TO BE SINNERS.

Fear, shame, and, anger, and vanity, and, jealousy, envy are all very basic emotions, that all carry in our human experiences. While some may have a place in our lives, fear for instance keeps us from jumping of high cliffs, they ALL easily can lead us into behaviours that are abusive to others, and ourselves. This the Bible calls, these wrongful behaviours, sins!

The very moment our first parents chose to obey Satan who appeared as a serpent, deceived Eve, into disobeying God, by her eating the fruit from the ONE forbidden Tree, out of many! From the moment they both partook of their first bite, they sinned by disobedience. That very same instant fear entered into their hearts and minds, as the result of their free-will choice, we also are doomed to share the same fate, death, as the COST of sin, and that is the real source of evil we face still today!

It’s crucial to understand that we cannot put these fundamental motives of evil out of our minds, and, hearts.We’re ALL born with the tendency to do wrong .NOTE (JB) ever spent time with a one year old child. Who has toys all over the floor, but the minute another picks up a toy he or she has not hand in their hands for hours, all of a sudden they shout “MINE!”  Yet they were not ever taught this!

All therefore, are born with the penchant to sin. Some of us become very angry, in a flash, other tend to abuse the sexual part of our nature, still other over-eat. And the evil in our minds and hearts runs deeper than these tendencies to do the wrong things. We are born to be selfish, [as the Note above, indicates], we each act out this selfishness in different ways, but selfishness lies at the core of what’s wrong with all of us.

James 4:17 “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”

God did NOT make Adan or Eve selfish. He made them full of unselfishness, love, and joy. However, when they sinned, they took on the same selfishness that lies at the core of Satan’s nature. They became the same kind of self-centered being that satan became after he rebelled against god. Not only that, but when Adam and Eve sinned, they doomed their children to also be like Satan. That unfortunate inheritance traits are still with us today, in each one of us, from generation to generation.

This brings us to the very heart of the conflict between good and evil. This conflict isn’t just between the people who do good things and those wh do bad things. It’s a conflict between those who are good and those who are bad on the INSIDE! The side YOU are on depends on the condition of your heart/mind.

THE SOLUTION.

The question is, How can we be like god on the inside when we are born like satan on the inside? If we are born in harmony with satan, how can we ever be at enmity with him?           Jesus answered it this way…

 John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

This “New” birth that Christians talk so much about is the Spiritual change from being like Satan, at the heart, to being like God at heart.

Note(JB) This is done at a Spiritual level therefore it takes a true Spirit to accomplish this, the Holy Spirit! This is the why we each need to invite Him into our being, every day, in prayers.

It’s a simple matter to experience this change of heart. Just ask God, to place His Spirit within you!

Note(JB) this must be our honest desire, as none can”Con” God, Who reads our very thoughts!

You may not notice, nor “feel” any change, but if you “cultivate” this growing relationship, in prayerful study of the Bible, and by prayers daily, you’ll soon begin to notice a change in your manner, in the ways you think, and you feel. What used to “Blow your gaskets”, now seem to trifle, to get upset about The bad habits you have become accustomed to, in language, in usage of stuff that’s harmful, and you’ve know it for a long time, you now lost the taste for them, and can set them aside!

All those who are around you, will also see the changes within you, making you fand your life, much more pleasant!

NOTE (JB) I know, I can speak of this as it’s been by good fortune to have the Holy Spirit , even though much work for Him si left to do within me, much work has already been done, and done for my good, and those near me! HE is able to do the very same for YOU and Yours! Just ask in honest truth! Believe me, it is WONDERFUL and truly an amazing experience, just to know YOU and I are not ever facing life’s problems……. ALONE!

Won’t YOU speak to YOUR Heavenly Father, today?

Thank YOU for your time.

Questions?  Comments?   John at http://www.servant@frontier.com

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ThE SCANDAL OF “CHRIST-MAS!”

WE ALL ENJOY THE CHRISTMAS SEASON, but James Bergland points out that not all were pleased at the time this story unfolded.

Note(john b.) many thanks are due to Mr. Bergland and The Sign of the Times December 2015 Issue.  [ http://www.signs@pacificpress.com to submit a article or to order these issues]

I always look forward to Christmas. I believe Christmas, {the ONE time of the Year we have warm and fuzzy feelings to towards most others. We exchange cards, letters gifts and share meals, Big Meals!  Granted Christmas is a religious Holiday, but even those who do NOT profess to be Christians, find this to be an enchanting time of year, with peace and love feelings towards others, being an admirable thing!

NOTE: (jb) True believers in the faith, live with these feeling towards others all year long, OR SO SHOULD WE!]

Whatever our faith’s background, most find pleasure in the Christmas season, even eventually did Scrooge, but sadly only in faction.

Christmas is about celebrating the Birth of Jesus Christ {as a GOD-MAN} . Of course, in celebrating His birth we also celebrate His life.

NOTE: {If His life was NOT perfect, His sacrifice would have been in vain, and we’d all have to die with out sins, along with Satan! This should give us pause to think!}

Thankfully none needs to be “IN THE FAITH” to appreciate His example of what He stood for, to love all others, even our enemies, and to treat others the ways we ourselves want to be treated!. Jesus taught and showed us the Character of God The Father, Who loves us all, not just Good Christians, or good people!

CHRIST’S BIRTH:

But let’s go back some 2,000 years and take a second look at the story that Christmas is built upon.

Jesus’ conception and birth was a SCANDAL It was NOT a warm and fuzzy family time! We don’t have to be there to know that in any religiously conservative community, when Mary announced her pregnancy, or when it became to obvious to hide, the people would have gasped in shock, {NOTE: and ostracized her and her family, contrary to today?] and seriously debated whether to stone her, and her lover to death for their fornication.

Today we picture her in a clear blue robe with a divine Halo {sorry Sun-Disc for Sun god day worships] , yet her contemporaries looked at her as if she was dressed in her scarlet and placed her in the red-light area of town, vailed in shame! They most certainly spoke of her behind her back, but the word VIRGIN would not have been one name! SCANDAL would have!

Then we have His birth, being born into a stable, stone manger, but we have Sanitized it long ago! We paint a picture of awe-struck  in wonder, animals as they gather and gaze upon the the glowing babe. Mary, her clothing looking as if they just came from the cleaners, and well rested herself. We try to make it look as if all this happened in a today’s Hospital setting!

However, stables are smelly, filthy places, far from sterile, with a floor of mud, sand and straw with manure, and they had just completed an 80 mile journey, with Joseph, on foot and Mary on a donkey, so they were bone tired, sweaty. Try to duplicate that in your Church’s Pageant, next season!

Thankfully Matthew has given us a more accurate description of the location, but includes, the actions of Herod, {Note: The dragon of Daniel (7:23 Pagan Rome was the dragon] and Revelation 13:2+) That Satan the devil used to fuel Herod’s deceptions and his jealousy, and his great thirst to maintain power. We generally dismiss , or were never taught, that he sent his soldiers out to murder every male child under two years of age in the region of Bethlehem! We , for the most of us, ignore this horrible massacre of innocent children, who died at the order of a very jealous ruler Herod the great.

 Jeremiah 31:15 “Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.”

 Matthew 2:18 “In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.”

NOTE: God foretold this event through Jeremiah His prophet,whose ministry was from 627 B.C. to 586 B.C. Emphasis are mine. I show this to show YOU the Bible proves itself, within itself, it’s its own Expositor!

Then please take note of to WHOM God announced the birth of His Son Joshua {Yah Shuwah  Emanuel meaning Yah’s Savior- God with us!} HIS MESSIAH, to shepherds, the people on the bottom of the societal Ladder! Those whom the”Religious People,” of that day considered them to be so unclean that they’d never sit with them to eat. Thus due to His unclean birth and unclean people to whom this was announced, they the Religious Leaders, thought it all too scandalous for them to accept Him, thus they rejected HIM, as do the Jews to this day!

JESUS’ LIFE:

ILLEGITIMACY tainted Jesus’ birth, in the eyes of the Jewish communities, at that time, and this stigma didn’t pass, in all the time He walked upon this earth!  Even when Jesus, as an adult, confronted by the religious leaders of His day, confronted Him over their pharisaical legalism, they chided Him about His birth.

 John 8:41 “Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.” {Please read further!]

Christ’s claim of being The Messiah, did not live up to their expectations of their coming Messiah. They had expected Him to come by one of their own, or to be from a King, but not some nobodies like Mary and Joseph, for this was a great clash against their own expectations for the Messiah. HE would certainly have been born of a Priestly lineage! He would have lived in a richly adorned Palance, as a Warrior-King, befitting His title as “Son of David”.

Instead Jesus associated with the riff raff of society. He treated women with respect, and HE even associated with the Samaritans, whom society marginalized. He touched even Unclean Lepers, and He invited a hated Tax-collector into His most inner circle! He ministered to thieves and prostitutes. He allowed a woman of ill-repute to drop her hair and anoint his feet with spikenard and tears!. All this was just too scandalous!

And in the context of a people expecting the Messiah to champion their cause, and deliver them from their Roman masters, Jesus’ words to “Not to resist an evil person”, to “turn the other cheek”, to “let them have your tunic”, and to “Go with them two miles”, instead of the custom one mile, all were too radical: they were offensive! Even one of His own disciples  thought it was too scandalous that the Messiah was too willing to become a servant and wash dirty feet!

NOTE: It was that last action of Jesus, that sent Judas down the path of betrayal.

WHO WAS JESUS?

JESUS’ BIRTH should remind us where HE came from before He was born. John wrote and said: “He was God and He was with God.. and He became one of us.

  John 1:1-2 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.”                                                                               John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

Do we not need, to stop and think about who we truly are? We are NOT some kind of “Accident of chance and evolution,” we, each one of us is a God-Created -HUMANKIND!  Living with and under His promise of Eternal Live, …..  IF……we but in love, accept His Son Jesus Christ, even after our death, the WHY the Bible stories show His power of death via all of the resurrections of same, time frame!

NOTE: All those living under the promises of evolution have no hope, due to their ideas of survival of the fitest, one lives, one dies, the end!

Some men have compared Jesus’ becoming a human, to our being transformed into a maggot in a dung pile in order to save the maggots!                                                                               That ultimately, is what Christmas is all about, we are in dire need to remember just how low God stopped and humbles Himself, down to our level, in order to redeem and save us from Satan and sin!

Jesus, as The GOD and MAN, came to earth a helpless baby, born of woman who was “OVERSHADOWED” BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, was beaten with a whip with pieces of bone and steel, had His flesh ripped from his back to expose bone, was then forced to carry his cross, and stripped naked, was nailed to it and lifted up, from this earth! All the while The Father had placed all of our sins, to then and now, and to end of our time, upon His Son’s shoulders, to suffer a criminal’s death. He suffered and endured all this for our sakes, YOURS AND MINE, and for all humanity, for all time, so that we will not need to pay the death for sins price, HE paid it for ALL in FULL!

 Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

NOTE: Thus, we each, either give our sins up, and to Jesus, or we die with our sins, it’s OUR choice! All who chose hell’s-fires, clinging to their sins, shall make it there!

Guess which road The Father knows most will choose?……

 Matthew 7:13 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:”

Note: Which one is buildt for the most “Traffic”?  Yet none are “destined for the wide path, and The Father want none to perish but ALL come to Repentance, which means to return to Him, and by penance, which is but a human works to gain salvation, none can “EARN” by our own methods!  {Sorry Rome, but that’s biblical not as per your “Traditions}.

OUR SINS CAUSED Him to die on that horrid and shameful cross, which is OUR SCANDEL,. We face this,  we should use these facts, when we evaluate out lives not only on December 25th but each day, all year long!  Will we, each, accept ourselves as imperfect, and fully in need of His Salvation? Will we, each recognize the horrific consequences of our sins and the unfathomable sacrifice of grace?  I pray that all shall.

SWADDLING CLOTHES:

When angels in glory appeared to the shepherds to announce Christ’s birth, they gave as a sign that Jesus would would be wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.. (Luke 2:12)                                                                                                                                                                       Maybe even here we have taken Jesus’ circumstances and rewritten His culture to make a baby being wrapped in swaddling clothes normative. Travelers in Jesus’ time, when taking a long trip. would many times wrap a gauze-like cloth around their waists, in which to wrap a corpse in case they or a family member died enroute. This would allow them to preserve the body until they could reach a burial place. The grave dressings were referred to as “Swaddling clothes”. The King James version says that after Jesus was born His mother wrapped Him in swaddling clothes.

 Luke 2:7″ And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”

Remember, at that time an 80 mile journey, was not a light undertaking, at 20 miles per day, a fast pace, would still take four days and three nights on the road! Today in a car, that’s equal to New York from L.A. in a private car! So might they have used their “Swaddling clothes” to bundle Jesus? That would certainly have been symbolic of His ultimate purpose in coming to our earth!

So putting the picture together, God sends His Son to Bethlehem, [“House of Bread”]and Christ said He is the “bread of life” CONT:

  John 6:48 ” I am the bread of life.”   Remember the Lord’s Prayer. “…give us this day our daily bread..”?   This also included His word the Holy Bible!!

CONT: where the temple sheep await their fate as sacrifices. Scandalous! The Messiah will NOT be found in the homes in Bethlehem for they had NO ROOM! And He had the shepherds to go and find His Son,of God wrapped in BURIAL CLOTHES and over time find Him again wrapped in burial clothes this time in a rock tomb! Scandalous!

The scandal of Christmas confronts us with a god who was born to die so that He could give life, eternal, to His sinful children!

WHAT’S Y O  U R RESPONSE?????

QUESTIONS?  COMMENTS?  John at http://www.servant@frontier.com

WANT/NEED MORE?  Visit your local Seventh Day Adventist Church any Sabbath?Saturday at 9-10AM. You’ll be amazed at the peace of mind Christ offers!

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Thanking YOU for your time

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IS SEEING. . .BELIEVING?

IS SCIENCE THE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY ON TRUTH, AT LEAST IN THE NATURAL WORLD? CLIFFORD GOLDSTEIN REFLECTS AN THE ANSWER.

My many thanks to the author Mr. Goldstein and to Signs of the Times January 2016 Issue.

A, wife comes home, unexpectedly, and finds her husband in bed with an other woman! The husband denies it, saying, “Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes”?

Yes, a silly line with very important implications for all of us who experience so much of reality the way it appears in our own sight. The question is “How accurately do our sight, hearing and other senses portray the world to us?”  After all, who hasn’t been fooled by a mirage, an optical illusion  [or is that a Pollution?] , or a magician on a stage?                       The issue gets More important, when the question of science arises. Science is a form of “Empiricism”– that concept that knowledge comes from what we experience with out five (5) senses, especially sight! Yet if sensory experience, such as sight, is deceptive, how much does this deception influence science as well?

This issue gets even deeper, and more important when it comes to the question of faith and science. [(jb) Most, but not all, scientists, have faith in only their science, produced by humans as themselves, right?–So when does circular thinking enter in?]. For most of history [note JB. up to about the early 1800’s] science and faith have gotten along just fine. Even today, in most cases, little conflict arrises. However, in one important area, that of origins, the authority of god’s Word and of science, is in conflict!

Note: The time of the beginning of the 19th Century, is very important time frame, because it was during that time 6 people, who knew not each other, began to search the scriptures and discovered that Rome had pulled a fast one, by switching the day of worship from the Bible’s Seventh day to the First day of the week, Just look at your calendar and read Genesis 2″1-3; Exodus 20:7-11; and then Daniel 7:25’s “….Think to change times and laws..” THE Day most of earth worshiped the Sun-god!

The sad fact being that most people believed science should have the final say. After all, “IT’S SCIENCE!”– the idea being, that because it’s “science” it has to be correct.

Note: Ever heard of the Piltdown Man? Or the Nebraska Man? Both proved to be a lie, but they got into our text books as fact, none-the-less! The First was a sown together hoax, the latter from a farmer’s finding a tooth, in Nebraska, a whole family was drawn up, then the very next year plowing in the same area, the same farmer found a lower jaw, with one missing tooth, and the famous tooth fit it perfectly! Funny part? The Jaw was from a pig! What does this prove?

Human beings can and do make errors, and scientists are all human! Even with computers, all face the GIGO factor, “Garbage in Garbage out”!  RIGHT?

This notion is a fallacy– one that even many “Christians” (?) have bought in to. There’s no question that science has done wonderful; things, allowing us to manipulate and interact with nature in ways that would boggle the minds of our great grandparents on down. However, should science trump the Bible is areas where the two are in conflict? Especially when science is but one only source of knowledge!

Note: (JB) is not science but the human search for truth, and truth only, not a concession of collective thought to discard, or to remove God? Any person of science expressing faith in God, is soon out of work, or denied any Grants for research, no matter the topic, and that’s OK? The Liberals have no problem castrating the First and the Second amendment of the constitution do they?

THE ROOM AND THE LIGHT.

An account I read of someone’s visit to a museum will help us lead to an answer                             “At the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C.” the writer wrote, “I entered an exhibit, a small room so dark that an usher had to guide me in. The only light was dimly a dimly light wall opposite my seat. However, after a few minutes the light got brighter. As I sat there, still wondering what it was all about, the usher guided another man to a seat.  BUT WHY? There’s plenty of light now!”                                                                                         “Then it hit me: the room seemed bright enough to my mind, which had adjusted to the dim light. But to the man who had just entered, the room appeared one way to me, but another way to him.”

“There was only one room and one light in it, so whose view of the room and of the light was the true one that accurately corresponded to the immediate environment around us both– His or mine?”

This anecdote says something significant about the limits that are inherent in all human attempts to understand the world, including those of science: we aren’t granted complete access to reality. The world comes to us through our five (5) senses. And, as we know our senses can be exceedingly deceiving, even when we use science. Hence, how much can we trust what science tells us?

[Note: (JB) each and every human being, comes with their own personal biases, perceived notions and ideas, that can color human thoughts and opinions.  This is the very reason we have only ONE President at a time!  Too Many cooks, spoil the stew, right?  I n other words, IF I may, “Everyone to their fancy, said the old man as he kissed the cow on the nose”!

SENSE AND SCIENCE;

Keep in mind that science is a human attempt to understand, interpret, describe, and, ideally, explain the world, around us. Whether it’s Aristotle 2,500 years ago, looking at bugs, or Darwin in the Galapagos Islands studying birds, a chemist working for a Tobacco company, astronomers using the Hubble
space Scope to examine stars, or biologist claiming that life began on earth between 3.8 and 4 billion years ago— science is still the human beings at work, sometimes with the aid of devices, using their senses to explore the natural world.

And that fine. After all, one could argue that most of what we know, at least about the natural world, we know only from our senses. Even knowledge that’s revealed to us– things we couldn’t know otherwise, such as our birthday,– we know ONLY because someone told us, (our ears), or we read it (our eyes). And if we know that John F. Kennedy was assassinated or that Julius Caesar held the title PONTIFIX MAXIMUS [all the Popes held this same title!] , how did we know these things other than, again, by either our eyes or ears, or both?

SENSORY DEPRIVATION.

Yet for thousands of years people have struggles with the difficult question about how accurately, or inaccurately, our senses funnel the world to us.What’s the difference BETWEEN what OUTSIDE our brains, and how it appears to us INSIDE our brains?

When a scientist looks at a tree, what he or she, sees is NOT the tree itself, but an image of the tree that exists within their brain. If our minds suddenly ceased to function, this image in our brain would not be there, but the tree is still standing outside, right? Thus what they see, is NOT within their minds, as several tons of wood and leaves, agree?

So, what transformation takes place by the time whatever is external to us, is captured by our senses and converted into chemical-electrical impulses in our bodies and brains that underlie all our experiences? What’s the difference between the image of the tree existing in our minds and the tree itself? Certainly a great deal,  there’s no room for an actual tree in our heads, now it there?

Just as the museum example showed, our senses can give us conflicting views, or information, of what’s out there. To ne the room was well-lit; to the other it appeared dark.. If science studies what’s “Out there,”, then it shouldn’t be concerned with how the room appears to different people. The real ISSUE is the ROOM ITSELF. Why should a geologist, studying a shale cliff face, care how the cliff appears to the eyes of a bat, or the lens of a camera, or even to one who is color-blind? In other word, science should only be concerned with what the room itself is really like in and of itself, regardless of the size of the pupils in the eyes of the intelligent beings in the room.

Still the difficult question remains: How well do our senses, even for scientists, reveal the world?

REALISTS VS. EMPIRICISTS.

There are two (2) philosophies about what constitutes science: scientific REALISM and scientific EMPIRICISM.

SCIENTIFIC REALISM:  the realists argue that science does give us, if not an absolutely true account of the wold, then at least an approximate one. They argue that even though science rest upon experience inside our brains, it goes deeper that to the truth about reality that exists outside our brains. Science must discover what’s really “Out there”, which is why realism is, in the words of Hilary Putnam, “The only philosophy of science that does not make the success of science a miracle.”

In contrast. scientific “Empiricists”, argue that science gives us only our own subjective experiences of how the world appears to us and that it never gets to the real world, the truth itself. According to Empiricists, the most that science can do is explain, even somewhat superficially, why the we observe, appear to us as they do.

Now, if the philosophers of science CAN NOT agree on whether science is giving a “True PICTURE OR ACCOUNT OF THE WORLD,”  the why….. then do so many people, including “Christians” (?), lie down and play dead before nearly every scientific declaration, as if what science say MUST be true?

NOTE (JB) Who remembers during the mid 1970’s when much of the “Scientific World”, arose in near panic declaring to all who’d listen “EARTH IS GOING INTO ANOTHER ICE-AGE?”  YET, NOW, ALL YOU HEAR IS, “GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE”?  [Can you say POWER GRAB?  Because unless and untill ALL nations do this, nothing will affect the climate, as there is but “envelope of air around this earth”!]

FAITH STATEMENTS.

There’s no question that science has been an  incredibly fruitful endeavor by humans for human benefit.. But in the end it’s only that HUMAN ENDEAVOURS. Therefore, it comes with all the human faults, limitations, weaknesses, and prejudices, and yes egos, that accompany every thing Human!.  How else can we explain that all the ever-changing ideas and theories about the natural world, where a tree is and always shall be a tree?

NOTE: (JB) Yes changes come, as they must, with new technologies, after all, up to late as 400 years ago most educated people, seeing maggots becoming flies in a dead animals just saw “life coming by and of itself.” They could not see the eggs the fly had lain.

For instance, it was NOT that long ago when sciences of health warned us about the huge dangers of Saturated Fat, was IT?  yet today we are told by health scientists, isn’t bad at all for our arteries, after all,[ but it still put fat on bodies] NO, it was the science itself, and a human and cultural project, simply shifted in the wind.

Yet, in all honesty, this is nothing new. Earlier in the 20th century one famous writer and thinker, Alfred North Whitehead, wrote: “fifty-seven years ago it was when I was a young man in the University of Cambridge. I was taught science and mathematics by brilliant men and I did well in them; since the turn of the century I have lived to see every one of the basic assumption of both set aside…..And yet, in the face of that, the discoverers of the new hypotheses in science are declaring, “Now at last we have ‘certitude’ ”

Unfortunately, one generation’s scientific “”Certitude”, often becomes another generation’s myth. What scientific “certitude” of today, will our grandchildren laugh at?

FAITH AND SCIENCE.

Belief in BOTH the Bible and science, rests upon assumptions, of faith! Science assumes that we can learn all there is about the natural world via observations and reasoning. Christians assume that God exists and that He has revealed Himself, not just in the Holy Bible, His Word, but also through nature. In most cases, these assumptions, and the conclusions drawn from them,DO NOT CLASH. For instance, the Microscope and the telescope, both inventions of science, have revealed a depth and complexity to the natural world that clearly points to the wonderful creative powers of God.

 Isaiah 42:5 “Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:”

One could argue, and rightly so, that in many ways science has made this truth much more apparent.

Nevertheless, the conflict over origins— and it’s a conflict, a consequential one– remains. The most popular, current scientific model for the origin of life on earth, what’s called Macroevolution, contradicts the Bible in the most basic level, destroying not just the Biblical Creation Account  but the two crucial doctrines that stem from directly from it: The Fall of Adam and Eve, which tells how we humans became sinners, and the gospel, which tells us of God’s Plan to rescue us from our sins. thus this issue is the most important, to human salvation!

NOTE: (JB) is this not what Satan really wants, is all of us to share his fate, of being blotted out? As this IS the ONLY way he can hurt Christ!

Two thousand years ago Jesus warned us thusly….

   Matthew 15:8-9 “”

This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”

Although the context differs, the principle fits the challenge that this scientific “Certitude” about creation presents us with. Christians, then, need to ask themselves where they put their faith, for in both doctrines, faith is what matters. thus we human must believe in either God, or in mankind, even those “Doctrines” come wrapped up in a blanket called Science!

When all the dust is cleared what do we in truth have?

Titus 1:2 “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;”

So, dear reader, can it be so said of of mankind?  Have YOU not ever been lied to?

Questions?  Comments?  John at http://www.servant@frontier.com

Want/Need more? Visit your local Seventh day Adventist Church any Sabbath/Saturday 9-10 AM begin, You will find in Jesus the peace of mind the world only wonders about.

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Chap. VIII. # 11. “Mark of Apostasy.”

      THE FINAL STRUGGLE,IN THE CENTURIES LONG CONTROVERSY BETWEEN CHRIST AND SATAN IS FAST Approaching.

The Bible says, “Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, and of the sea for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” Revelation 12:17.

1. What is the devil’s attitude towards those who believe in God, in the Last Generation?

 Revelation 12:17. “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”                                                                                                                   NOTE: The Dragon is Satan [Rev. 12:9]  . The woman here is symbolic of God’s true church [at the near-end of the last generation there shall be world-wide but two (2) churches, one that obeys God, and one that obey men]  and isd the “Remnant” of the woman’s seed shall be God’s End times Church. The Remnant are identified by two characteristics: (1) They are Commandment Keepers, {all ten included the 4th covering the Seventh day Sabbath} (2) and they have the “Testimony” of Jesus, which is the “Spirit of Prophecy” [Rev.19:10]

2. I’ve heard of the Mark of the Beast, but what is God’s sign or Mark of His Authority?

 Exodus 31:12-13. “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.    Ezekiel 20:12  Moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them. Ezekiel 20:20  And hallow my Sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your God.”

Note: “…sanctify them…” means to be set-apart for a Holy purpose. QUESTION: “Can man or men, make ANYTHING Holy?” yes or NO? 

3. If at that time there’s but two types of Churches, one must be a counterfeit does the Bible speak to that?

Yes, and foretold by the use of different names. It, the false system, is spoken of as “The antichrist”, {in the Greek this is “In Place” of Christ, or even, “Instead of” Christ] 1 John 4:3  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”                                                                                      Plus, “that man of sin,”  2 Thessalonians 2:3.” Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition. ”                                                                                              NOTE: That man of sin. . .please know this is a flesh and blood human being, NOT Satan who is a fallen angel, and  not a man!                                                                                                        AND The Son of Perdition…. {above  in 2 Thess. 2:3.} [perdition means perish in the 2nd death. Rev.21:8]                                                                                                  AND: “The Mystery of Iniquity” [ sin] 2 Thess. 2:7                                                            And: “he, who opposeth and exalted himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped.”  [2 Thess.2:4.]                                                                                                    And: “mystery, Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots and abominations of earth.” [Rev. 17:5]

Note: In the Bible a harlot, need not be sexual insult, but rather one who chases and teaches false, and or Pagan doctrines, thus these churches are I.D. as the wicked non-pure woman. Know also that to be a mother of harlots, MUST mean she has daughters, agree? Plus here daughters follow the Mother {church] and worship on Her day Sunday, the First day of the week!  [See how simple Christ made His word?]

(j.b.) Please know Satan will never “get his hands dirty”, he uses human agencies, systems or persons, to get his deeds done. Remember the Hicksos Pharaohs, who ordered the filling of all Hebrew babies, by having them tossed into the Nile river? That was Satan, attempt to have Moses killed. Or the fact that the Pagan Rome’s ruler of Jerusalem, Herod, ordered the killing all . . .all babies born in Bethlehem and areas, from newborns up to 2 years old!  Plus he used Rome and the Temple leaders to kill Jesus!

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