CAN SCIENCE CREATE LIFE? E. Dickerson &; Signs of the Times 7/2016.

Almost exactly two centuries ago, 18-year-old Mary Shelly wrote a story about a German scientist, named Victor Frankenstein creating life. In this story, Frankenstein assembled body parts from cadavers— it being considered too difficult to reconstruct them from scratch… which he then attempted to reanimate with electricity.

Ironically, the subject of scientists creating life has arisen again. But today’s scientists have gone far beyond Frankenstein’s ambitions. I Mary Shelley could see what scientists are doing today, she’d be amazed. Yet some of these developments are so routine that we take them for granted.

Reanimation of a corpse using electricity may still seem far-fetched, until we consider that something like it has become commonplace. Patients whose hearts have stopped are literally shocked back to life on a daily basis in emergency rooms and operating theaters. I n fact, you can buy a defibrillator for use at home! There are even surgical procedures where the person’s heart is stopped intentionally, only to be restarted again latter.

“GHOST ORGANS.”

Harvesting organ for transplantation, even from a cadaver, has also become commonplace. In fact, scientists are taking this a step further. Doris Taylor, director of regenerative medicine research at the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, Texas, has been working on “Ghost Hearts”. A ghost heart is the heart of rat or a pig that has been soaked in a solution that washes away everything except what is called a “Protein Scaffold”, the physical frame-work of the organ. Then blood or stem cells from a living donor are injected into the “Ghost Heart”, which is then placed in a BIOREACTOR— an apparatus that pumps blood and oxygen into the living cells– and lo and behold the heart begins to beat!

So far, Dr; Taylor has done this only with rat and pig hearts, but it seems likely that someday soon she will take a heart from a cadaver, wash away the organic cells, repopulate it with blood or stem cells from a living donor who needs a transplant and produce a living human heart. Since the heart would be populated with the patient’s own cells, there would be no danger of tissue rejection and no need for the continued use of anti rejection drugs!

NOTE (JB) How long before we will see, “Human Parts R US” stores?

Doctors hope eventually be able to produce hearts, livers, pancreas, kidneys, and even lungs—-all of them free from the dangers of rejection, or the need to suppress the immune system. Indeed, this is NOT just about the future.

In 2008, a 30-year-old female received a new Trachea { the “tube” we use to swallow foods} received a new Trachea grown in the InBreath bioreactor created by Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology {HART}, marking the first regenerative organ transplant surgery. Five years later, she was doing well. “She has a quality of life that is excellent” says David Green, CEO of HART in Holiston Massachusetts. “She has a family and a job. It’s really hard to imagine a better clinical outcome.”

She is not the only one. In 2011 a man with inoperable cancer of trachea was given two weeks to live.. But by using his own cells physicians generated a new trachea for the man. They then removed the diseased one and replaced it with the newly regenerated one, and instead of dying, at last report the man was still living and well. Impressive as these developments are, however, they involve only REUSING LIVING TISSUE, not the actual creation of life.

SEQUENCING DNA.

However, scientists are going beyond living tissue to DNA { deoxyribonucleic acid} , the very building block of life. Every living thing contains DNA, which forms what is called a double helix– essentially a twisting ladder. Each “rung” on the DNA ladder connects what scientists call a “Base Pair”, made up of four chemical designated with the letter C,G,A, and T. they are paired because a C is always connects to a G and an A always pairs with a T. They can pair in either order, that is a C on the left and a G on the right or vice-verse. The same goes for the A and the T. This DNA ladder contains the information that directs the growth and development of every aspect of an organism. Your DNA determined your eye and hair color, your approximate height, the size of your vocal cords, every tiny detail of every cell.

After half a century of experiments, scientists are just now learning how to isolate that twisted ladder, clip a section our, and insert a new section in its place, thus altering the ladder and modifying what the ladder produces. They can also build ladders from scratch and modifying what the ladder produces. This amazing and complex process is called “Sequencing”, and it comes very close to what we would consider creating life.

For example, a research team led by Craig Venter of america’s J. Craig Venter Institute has successfully produced the first self-replicating synthetic bacterial cell. “This is the first synthetic bacterial cell that’s been made,” Venter said, “and we call it synthetic because the cell is totally derived from a synthetic chromosome, made with four bottles of chemicals on a chemical synthesizer, starting with information in a computer”

This remarkable accomplishment is the culmination of a nearly 15 year project. To accomplish it, the Venter  Institute partnered with another company that synthesized the DNA. The whole process required multiple steps. They began with the generic “blue print” of an existing bacterium. They then designed a plan that would create a sequence of genes considered none essential and replace them with the desired changes plus a “Watermark” sequence to verify that these new cells were in fact modified according to the plan.

This was submitted to the partner company, which synthesized it to more than 1,000 base pairs–in other words a DNA, ladder with more than 1,000 rungs. In an incredibly complex series of procedures, these new ladders were replicated using a form of yeast, then linked up with another synthesized DNA ladders of similar size, replicated again and so on, until finally it was all combined– a ladder with a million rungs!

As Dr. Hutchinson, who was part of the team, said, “To me the most remarkable thing about our synthetic cell is that it;s genome was designed in the computer and brought to life through chemical synthesis, without using any pieces of DNA.”

It’s an amazing achievement that required innumerable calculations, sophisticated computer programming, and precise technical expertise. When one considers all the intelligence, shill and ingenuity that went into this accomplishment, the notion that life, even the simplest life, might have been generated randomly through a series of accidents seem preposterous! Yet that’s what evolutionist claim how life began!

We, then should not be surprised at what Albert Einstein said, “Everyone who is seriously interested in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe– a spirit so vastly superior to man, and one in the face of which our modest powers must feel humble”.

The Bible’s account describes just such intelligence in action in the Creation of Life. It’s fashionable today to regard the genesis story of Creation as something primitive and fanciful. Indeed, it’s often characterized as just one among a collection of ancient Near eastern creation fables and myths.

But the Genesis creation story is nothing like a fable or myth. On the contrary, it proceeds systematically, with a minimum of description. In the English translation, the Genesis creation account takes up slightly more that 200 words. It almost read like a manufacturing process. Genesis 1:1 declares that “..in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” That is to say the inanimate universe as we know it. And He created it “EXNIHILO”– out of nothing. When this occurred is not specified. All we know is that it happened before the event described in the Creation week. On that day, we began with what is essentially a blank planet.

DAY !. God created light.  for without light, life as we know it isn’t possible. Light is essential for our existence, as as the day/night cycle, which was also established,  on that first day. [NOTE(JB) from Sunset to sunset was the first day no clocks back then, but sunset began the new day, to ALL knew when the 7 th day Sabbath began and ended by the next sunset!]

DAT 2.   God separated the waters. Life, as we know it, requires several things, light and some form of oxygen, and water. On the Second day the water in the oceans and lakes was separated from the atmosphere. It was the air {firmament K.J.V.} that was created on this day. So far, we have the basics needed for life: light,water and an atmosphere with oxygen.

DAY 3 Dry land appeared: along with the vegetation, the first form of life mentioned in the Creation account. Notice how each of the “building Blocks” for a living environment was provided systematically, one right after the other.

DAY 4. The lights in the sky: — sun, moon and stars— were appointed to “Rule” the day and night. They were given, according to the Bible,, “to mark seasons and days and years,” {verse 1:14} Now we may take these things for granted but the seasons are necessary for the orderly growth and development of plants, and to a lesser degree, for animals as well. Vegetation had been created the day before, and then the lights that regulate plant life. Now that vegetation, the food that animals require, was available, God was ready for the next step.

DAY 5. Both aquatic and avian life, were created on this day. Because of the systemic nature of the previous days of Creation, both types of life had a ready- made ecosystem.

DAY SIX:  Now we come to land animals,  and, in  a special ceremony, human beings. Once again, we see that they came into a completed ecosystem that was ready to receive them.  Please Read Genesis chapter 2, making note of verse 7, man became a what?  Thus a soul makes us complete, and is not an add-on anything! Even a living slug is therefore a soul!

NOTE(JB) Please make a note, that as God proceeded, with each life-form, they all had a ready-made system for the sustaining of metabolic life!

FINALLY, THERE’S “THE SABBATH,” ON THE SEVENTH DAY! Please look at you every-day calendar to see which day is the Seventh Day and which day is the FIRST day of the week!

 Genesis 2:1-3 “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”

 Mark 15:46-47″ And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulcher which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulcher. And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus beheld where he was laid. Mark 16:1-2 And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulcher at the rising of the sun. ”

 Luke 23:52-56 “This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. And that day was the preparation, and the Sabbath drew on. And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment.   Luke 24:1-4 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:”

NOTE: Please know,  God’s truth does not, and will not, depend upon your nor anyone’s acceptance, of God’s Truth, as both HE and His Word shall stand forever!

THE SABBATH DAY: Why did God create this, “Day of Rest”? Does God need rest because He gets tired?  OH, NO! Look at the verse following—-

Mark 2:27 “And he said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath:”

NOTE(JB)  This verse addresses two questions humans have posed then and now…”Why the Sabbath, and “Was this day not for the Jews only”?                                                                   A: In the Mark 2:27 verse did you read into it the word Jew, or for the Jews only?  NO! It was for ALL mankind! But why?

A:  Go set this day aside, by His Sanctifying it, thereby making THE DAY HOLY, something no am nor any amount of men can do! Such as the Roman SUN-Day sacredness, man can set aside things to be used for a holy purpose, but we can NOT make anything holy! That takes a Divine Power ONLY!  HE CREATED the Sabbath, as a MEMORIAL for and to us, to remember HE is “THE” Creator, and no other!

Human beings must exist in relationship. The Sabbath provides a time for humans to relate to creation and their Creator., singly or better still corporate!

The Genesis account depicts an intelligent, methodical, and orderly creation sequence. CONT>>>>>

NOTE(JB) If one compares the human {Satan’s} ideas, the so-called order of creation you should take note that human ideas are in direct conflict with God’s record, and why?  Satan, always has his answers in direct conflict to God’s Word! Note the change of  Sabbath to Sun-god day in 321 A.D. Plus the time change for days, from God’s Sun-set to sun-set to man’s under Pope Gregory XIII, “the Great” who changed it from mid-night to mid-night! Note the next passage and THINK!

Luke 22:52-54 Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to him, Be ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves? When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness. Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest’s house. And Peter followed afar off.

CONT>>>: It’s because God is a God of order that human beings can be scientific.  C.S. Lewis explained this beautifully. “Men became scientific because they expected Law of Nature, and they expected Law in nature, because the believed in a Legislator.”

NOTE: Dis men create any of the immutable Laws of Nature? Or did he only discover them? Now please think, “WHICH CAME FIRST CREATION, OR THE LAWS THAT GOVERN IT?”                                                                                                                                            The Laws MUST have first been Created, before any Creation, or utter chaos would have resulted, agree? Now WHO, OR WHAT power is able to create Natural Laws that all nature obeys?

As Dr. Venter himself made clear, “We created a new cell. It’s alive. But we didn’t create life from scratch. We created, as all life on this planet is, out of a living cell.”

And, as their actions prove, all these scientists, whether they profess to believe i n God or not, believe in the Laws of nature thus science, and, therefore the tacitly pay tribute to the Lawgiver.

Thanking YOU for your time.   Questions?  Comments” John at servant@frontier.com

Need More? Visit your Seventh-day Adventist Church, any Saturday/Sabbath at 9-10 AM. and learn that Jesus loves you and me, far more than we can understand.

Other sites:   amazingdiscoveries.org;  aftv.org; blbn.org http://www.itiswritten.com

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END of the WORLD…AGAIN?

THANKS TO: KIM PECKHAM & SIGNS of the TIMES 6/21016 : (JB)

According to one “Prediction, 2016 will mark the end of the world—the day God “Puts” an end to sin, Kim investigates the truth—or falsehood— behind it all.

Don’t be alarmed! This earth is not going to end, as we know it, in the year 2016! Yes, that’s this VERY YEAR, Surprised?   Well, these things, as dental appointments have a way of sneaking up on us, right?

NOTE: (JB) It seems every few years, somebody takes pen in hand, and writes a book, about the End of the world! Each one sells millions of books, and each author, rakes in millions, yet ALL seem not to have read, or not understood this passage—-

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

NOTE (JB) Yes it’s only in Matthew and its a small verse, and written plainly with no room for ubiquity, yet there are those who a different meaning, showing all the WHY we have so many denominations from one single source of truth, God’s Word!  Proving?  Satan is very good at what he does, deceive, confuse, and lie!  The Sings magazine produced a picture, along with this article, of a  earth’s globe, on the edge of cliff, with a man “Pushing it over the edge.” asking the question: “AGAIN?”

Obviously, there’s no point in worries about your presents if the world going to end before Christmas, now is there? SO HOW will this change your life?  Yet to true believers this would be great news, but for many they will find that end-time Judgment rather sobering reality, especially after the dastardly deeds, many of us have done, just to “GET AHEAD”?

The 2016 prediction is based on a text in the Bible’s book of Daniel 9:24.

 Daniel 9:24 “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.”

“To put an end to sin.” Doesn’t that sound a lot like God is canceling the next season of “As the world Turns?” But what exactly are all those sevens? Sounds like weeks, don’t they? That’s how scholars of the Bible, have interpreted this prophecy for a long, long time.

But in the last few decades, many scholars have put the Hebrew idea of SEVENS, and noted in their laws they had cycles of sevens that spanned much more than a week. For example one commandment that they should let their land lie fallow (rest) every seventh year.    Leviticus 25:3-4 “Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof; But in the seventh year shall be a Sabbath of rest unto the land, a Sabbath for the LORD: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.”

Just as the Fourth gives us the command to rest every seventh day and there is even a long Sabbatical of seven-sevens plus one or 5o years, called the Jubilee. For on THAT year, ALL debts were cancelled, all slaves and all prisoners and all lands and property revert back to the original owners!  [Leviticus 25: 8-55]

Now you many disagree and reject this idea of the Jubilee as some crazy left-wing socialist policy, and the Jews must agree, as they have not observed this one for eons! Still, it’s a Biblical unit of time. And things get very interesting when its applied as the measure of time giving in the Daniel’s prophesy of 9:25.

Therefore, if YOU believe the SEVENS refer to the Jubilee cycles, multiply them by seventy you’ll come out with 3,430 years. If the Israelite’s entered the Promised Land and began the First Jubilee cycle in 1415 B.C, as many believe, then this span of time ends in 2016, after adding a year because there is no year 0 between B.C and A.D. Thus no need to cancel your magazine subscription yet!

For the curious this math can be found at http://www.MarkBeast.com, and it sounds pretty convincing, if one knows but a little of the Holy Bible, which sadly is for the most of us, agree?  So why then is the whole world carrying on as if nothing is ever going to happen? Remember the 1999-2000, not to mention the 2012 Mayan calendar silliness? The only thing of importance that happened was the ending of the Printed editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica!

The  primary reason, not to panic, is that moist Bible students would beg to differ with this interpretation of Daniel 9. For one thing, the passage gives a very specific”Starting Time” for when the “Seventy-sevens” are to begin!

Daniel 9:25 “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.  ”

“Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven “sevens” and sixty-two “sevens”

The text states that he “Anointed One” will come 69 “sevens”, or weeks. That totals 483 days. Next apply the year tor a day principle in Bible Prophecy [ Numbers 14:34; Ezekiel 4:6] That creates a time span of 483 YEARS. We know that the King of Persia gave the decreed to rebuild Jerusalem in 457 B.C. So what event occurred all those 483 years later? Jesus was baptized and began His ministry”Jesus is the anointed One” That has to be one of the most amazing foretelling in the Bible.

NOTE: Your reading of Luke 2 knowing that this Course of Abia happens in our June 20 24th, from there it’s only simple math to apply given information to learn that Christ was conceived around December and born in August and not December 25 the winter/Spring solstice, the Pagan rebirth of the sun-god!  A little  knowledge can prove to be a danger.

However, this is not the whole story yet. The verse in Daniel says  that “He will confirm with many for one “seven”, In the middle of the 70 weeks, its said that the Anointed One will put an end to sacrifice. Three and a half years after Jesus began His ministry, His death did in deed and in fact, put animal sacrifice, within the Temple grounds to and end, for HE the Symbolic Lamb slain, has paid the full sin debts, the death penalty [Romans 6:23} for all, for all time.This interpretation KEEPS the 70 weeks within the overall prophetic time frame, as it was and is written, No human being can nor should pull this out from it’s middle, to set up their own ideology! Yet this is but one of others, that have applied this part and or other parts (the one week–seven years) and placed it in another time zone, as in the seven years for the SECOND-Chance for people after Christ’s return, to get life right for heaven, which finds no fit within Scriptures period!  Thus this http://www.MarkBeast.com ideas hold as much water as a pail with no bottom! Did the Ark open its doors for those who changed their minds when rains began? Or did Thiose in Sodom get a second chance? NO!

Regarding the confusions over the Jubilee time frames of 49 or fifty years, one reason being that none recorded have observed this law since Ezekiel was a lad. Besides why the leap that says this idea of the Jubilee law began when the children of Israel arrived in Canaan, instead of sticking with the literal Reading of the text that says it’s start point is from the decree to rebuild Jerusalem?  Again but another clue or reason for the far too many denominations in Christianity! We have BUT ONE WORD, yet 1,000’s of ideas of human traditions!

Even IF. . if you are willing to overlook the starting date problem, there are scholars who insist that it began in 1406 B.C. which would mean that this world should have ended in 2006, and as usual you and me are that very last ones to find out!

Well, now, did anything of note happen in 2006? Well, one sad event did Steve Irwin the “Crocodile Hunter” died, and in that way the world ended for him, as well as all others who fell asleep and are in the grave.

Yet one of the better reason for all Prophecy, is the question of increasing faith for us all. The simple fact being that about 95% of ALL Bible prophecy has already come to pass, as written, so why doubt the last 5% will not?

However, supposing, just supposing that the end will come in 2016, what would YOU change?  Would YOU spend more quality time with loved ones? Or would you Party-Hardy, right up to the bitter end? OR, as I hope and Pray, you’ll pick up your bible and with much prayer as for the wisdom to be saved, by getting to know your Savior Jesus Christ? Would your priorities change? Would would desire to get to know your Heavenly Father much better? Would you desire to be with them both. . .forever? And be with your loved ones who have passed one? Would you not like to clear your conscience, and repent of all sins and ask in Christ’s name,  for your forgiveness?

None knows the day nor hour, when time as we know it shall be no more, but there’s wisdom in being aware that for YOU and me time can end at any time. even in 2016!

WHY?  No BODY is guaranteed a tomorrow! And NO BODY can repent and seek forgiveness from the grave!

WHY?

Ecclesiastes 9:5 “For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.”

Note: another Tradition of men bites the dust, unless you accept that we go to heaven not knowing anything! Beside this die and go to your reward, is ignoring Genesis 2:7

 Genesis 2:7″And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

Note: DUST + GOD’S BREATH OF LIFE = A LIVING SOUL.  Therefore a soul is NOT any added on feature, it is a living being, which can breath and move at will, thus even a snail is by this standard a living soul! Death only removes the Breath of Life, which returns to He who created it!

 Ecclesiastes 12:7 “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”  {Genesis 3:19]

To learn more about this end-time prophecy go to: http://www.hop.ec/secrets

Thanking YOU for your time. Questions?  Comments?  John at servant@frontier.com

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George Knight’s”How we got the Bible”

My many thanks to G. Knight, a teacher, preacher, and author of more than a few books and articles as this, plus of course Signs of the Times magazine 6/2016.  John B.

All Bible passages are from The King James Revised.

“There are many ‘Religious Books’, that could have made it into the Holy Bible. here George Knight tells us the why there’s only 66.”

NOTE: (JB) Think of these sixty-six books as “Love Letters” from YOUR Heavenly Creator, to serve as a guide on “How to live this smallest possible portion of our total possible existence, and be granted eternal life through Christ Jesus.”—–

 John 14:15-17″ If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”

Note: YOUR bible studies, will have your growing love for Jesus, and it’s THIS LOVE, that allows us to surrender to His will, via the Holy Spirit, whom when given YOUR permission daily, will actually change your character to that of more and more like Christ, thus overcoming sin and be heaven bound!

SO YOU LIKE TO READ THE BIBLE! 

Do YOU know where it came from? Why it contains the 66 books rather than 83 or 102? Why the Roman catholic Old testament has 7 books more than the Protestant, and the Jewish versions?

The development of the Bible was a two-step process. FIRST,, God gave His prophets messages for His people. Some of these messages were recorded as letters, others as law, poetry, history, or visions of the future. Such inspired writings, as Paul noted are—–

2 Timothy 3:15-17 “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

NOTE: Please do not over-look this information: “….from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures…” Therefore our Heavenly Father has given each knowledge that we need the Scriptures, for wisdom and for our salvation, through and by Christ! So why is He so rejected?   To the point, far too much of self–ish—ness!  Too harsh? Is eternal death more kind? JB.

So, the Inspired Writings that we think of as the Bible are for the daily guidance of God’s people!

But, how did the various writings of the Prophets become the Bible that we know today? That question brings us to the second step in the process.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE OLD TESTAMENT.

The Bible doesn’t tell us how the Old Books were put together, but we do know that by the time of Jesus, on earth, the Jewish people had collected what they call the Tanakh. which Christians refer to as the Old Testament. Jesus explicitly spoke about that collection  of sacred writings. He told His followers that they could learn about Him through studying”the law of Moses and the prophets and palms…..

Luke 24:44-45 “And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,”

NOTE:  Here is THE reason why so many highly educated people, just can not grasp any true understanding of God’ sword, they rely only upon self,and do not pray asking for wisdom to understand, thus they never ever gain a smidgen of faith! It takes faith to accept the Christ raised the dead, agree?           John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

Josephus, a Jewish historian contemporary with Paul, referred to that same three-fold collection of sacred Scripture when he wrote that the Jews had “only twenty-two books, which contain the records of all the past times; which are justly believed to be divine; and of them, five belong to Moses, which contain His laws, and the traditions of the origin of mankind till his death.—-[But from the] death of Moses till the reign of Artaxerxes [423- 415 B.C.] — the prophets—wrote down what was done in their times in thirteen books. The remaining four books contain hymns to God, and precepts for the conduct of human life.”

The three divisions of the Bible that Jesus and Josephus mentioned still form the basic divisions of the Jewish Bible– The Torah (the Law), the prophets, and the writings. And Josephus’s 22 books contains exactly , the same material that make up the 39 Old Testament books found in the Protestant Bibles today! The difference between the Old Testament and Jewish Bible is the books are counted. In the Jewish version, the 12 Minor Prophets are counted as one; the books of the First and second Samuel, First and Second Chronicles and Ezra-Nehemiah are each thought of as one book; and Ruth and Lamentations are combined respectively with Judges and Jeremiah.

The Jews of the late first Century had other books they considered important, but they did not count them as part of their authoritative biblical writings.. Speaking of these books Josephus wrote, “Our history hath been written since Artaxerxes… but hath not been esteemed of the life authority with the former by our forefathers, because there hath not been an exact succession of prophets since that time.” These nondescript writings became known as the Apocrypha. We will return to them shortly, but first let’s examine the formation of the New Testament.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT.

The bible of early Christian church was the Jewish Bible, that we know as the Old Testament. Other sources of authority in the earliest days of the church were the sayings of Jesus and the letters and the spoken words of the apostles. The apostles were authoritative, in part as they were witnesses to His life and death and His resurrection, and in part because of the workings of the Holy spirit within them, as He led them. Then again, just before Jesus returned to Heaven He passed on His Authority to them with the commission that they teach other all that He had commanded them to do……

 Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

Jesus didn’t write any books, but because His followers considered His words very special, various teachers and preachers, passed them along orally. Then, within a few decades of Jesus’ death, the Holy Spirit led Mark, Matthew, Luke and John to collect His sayings and the stories of His actions (especially His death and resurrection)  and developed them into a new type of literature that came to be known as the GOSPELS , which literally means “Good News”.

Eventually, the early church began to regard the counsel of the apostles as having special weight in deciding various issues. Some of that counsel found its way into letters. Paul had no doubt that his letters had authority….

2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 “And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.”

NOTE: If YOU, as I accept God as THE Father-Creator, then in Christ we are ALL brothers and sisters, agree? Should we then not so treat them as such?

 2 Peter 3:15-16 “And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. ”

We know, for example, that some of Paul’s letters were circulated to be read before various congregations….

  Colossians 4:16-18 And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfill it. The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen. <>

Eventually, the apostolic letters were collected in the same way as the gospels. The first known [today} collection is that of the heretic Marcion (A.D. 140-150). However, Marcion had a theological agenda that conflicted with the teachings of Jesus ……. Cont…

Note: So what else is new? Today we have some 43,000 so-called “Christian” denomination on this earth, thus they cannot ALL the 100% of God’s truth, now can they?

…Cont:… so others began to collect these teachings more accurately. One such is the collection of Muratorian Canon (about A.D.170) listing all the Books found in our New Testament today but for Hebrews, James and I and 2 Peter. But the Muratian Canon also included some books that are not now found in our current Bibles.

Various other canons of the New Testament were developed over the next two hundred years. gradually, a consensus developed on the proximity of the various authors to Jesus and the apostles.. So the continuation of the apostolic authority until the end of time became the major basis for determining the contents of the new Testament.

In A.D. 367. Athanasius, the Bishop of Alexandria, in Egypt, produced our New Testament, produced the first list containing all 27 books of our New Testament and not others. By the end of the fourth century the Christian church had accepted the canon, and ALL branches of the Christian Church— the Eastern Orthodox, the Roman catholic church and Protestant– still regard it as the New Testament.

But… agreement on the New Testament did not mean that there was unanimity on what constituted the Old testament.

WHAT ABOUT THE APOCRYPHA?

This is the most major difference between Catholic Old Testaments, as Rome included the 7 extra books we call the Apocrypha. So, where did these books come from?

Part of the answer is that they are from the Greek translation of the Jewish Bible known as the Septuagint. The Septuagint version of the Old Testament was completed before the beginning of the christian era and was widely used by the writers of the New Testament.

Why, then don;t Protestants accept the Apocryphal books? The main reason is that the Jews never accepted them. In fact, there’s no evidence that the apocryphal books were even a part of the Septuagint, as a Jewish book. In fact, today all copies of the Septuagint that exist today are Christian, rather than Jewish origin. The earliest one dated to A.D. 350- some 500 years AFTER the Septuagint was completed.

Beyond that, Jewish users of the Septuagint, such as Philo of Alexandria (20-50 A.D.), didn’t quote from the Apocryphal books, even though they do from canonical books. Likewise, the authors of the New Testament quote from 19 of the 22 books of the Jewish Bible but NEVER ONCE quote from the Apocryphal books. These books just weren’t considered authoritative by either the Jews or the apostolic church.

However, during the first few hundred years of the Christian era of the Old Testament. Apocryphal books found increasing usage in the western Church. Yet even then they weren’t regarded as canonical in the same sense as the books of the Jewish Bible. They were regarded and accorded as less authoritative that the rest of canon.

The issue came to a head during the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. The Reformers took the Apocrypha out of the Old Testament and placed it between the Old and the New Testaments, thereby proclaiming its status as not canon,though the apocrypha generally appeared in the Protestant Bibles up through the mid-1800’s, Protestant didn’t regard it as part of the Bible.

This Protestant positioning spurred the Roman Catholic Church into action. After all, certain Apocryphal teaching rejected by the Reformers (such as Purgatory) couldn’t be sustained by either the Jewish Bible or the New Testament. In order to protect such teachings, in April of 1546, the fourth sitting of the council of Trent decreed that the Apocryphal books were equal in authority and canonical value to the other books of the Bible. To make it more effective, the council added “If anyone does not accept as sacred and canonical in their entirety all their parts, as they have been accustomed to be read in the Catholic Church and as they are contained in the Latin Vulgate edition, …let him be anathema.”

To a certain extent our acceptance of the Biblical Canon rests upon faith, just as do our beliefs in Creation, Jesus’ incarnation and His resurrection. But that faith isn’t groundless. It is firmly believed that the god who cared enough about His people to inspire the prophets also cared enough about His people to inspire the prophets, also cared enough to preserve for them the sacred texts that contain the information needed for our salvation.

It seems that the position of the earliest Christian church is the safest one to hold, They accepted the books of the Old Testament that the Jews and Jesus both regarded as divinely inspired. They, the apostles accepted only those books that closely related to the apostolic authority and that do NOT contradict the Old testament.

We can be thankful that God cared enough to preserve the most important documents in the History of humankind.

Thanking YOU for your time. Questions?  Comments?  John at servant@frontier.com

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RECOVERY GROUP’s “Stepping into Recovery” Graduation.

Again my thanks to both Cheri Peters and 3ABN.org for this effort. JB

 

 1 Corinthians 5:8 “Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”

Recovery is not ever easy, it is however easy for Jesus, IF. . .  IF YOU are willing to to ask Him for help, and accepting the fact, that you can’t remove your junk from pour life all by yourself!

 Jeremiah 13:23 “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.”

Yet with Heaven’s help and our loving obedience Heaven can and will, because God loves YOU!  You are living proof that God is bigger than any of your or my junk. He and HRE alone is able to heal us!

So as my JB last request from YOU, please keep a diary, and write in all the Blessings that God has given you each day. Be honest, and keep it current, and I know that after a few weeks of time, I know that you’ll be pleasantly surprised at all your blessings!

Pray andegive thanks always

john B

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“REJOICING IN THE LORD” #5..STEP 7

LAUGHING OUT LOUD WITH GOD!  GO AHEAD AND INVITE OTHERS TO SHARE IN YOUR JOY!

IF Y O U have followed the previous steps, including your daily prayers in the Mornings and at bedtime, and have set aside time to be with YOUR Father/GOD/Creator, then by His will you should be shut of some of your habits, that has been your load of junk. Share this good news with others, who also need both His and YOUR help.

It is up to us to tell other people who God desires to restore, our sanity, to each one of us, and thereby leading us to recovery!

 John 17:18-19 “As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sake I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.”

 John 17:23-24 “I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. ”

Note: WHY should you do this?  Well, why do YOU think you found this series but by the guiding of the Holy Spirit? So as to whom much is given much is asked, asking to share your joy with others who are in need, as YOU once were!

2 Corinthians 3:2-4 “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:”

Note: In other words, YOU now, {Your life} has become as a  “Letter”, that can be “Read” by anyone

Maybe, others, whom you know, know not the Savior, who via the Holy Spirit within you, is rebuilding your character, to become more and more Christ like, in word, in deed, and in thought. In fact you have become a disciple in training!  Thus as you come before those who do not know nor recognize God’s voice speaking from the pages of His Word, but IF YOU share what Jesus has done within you, perhaps others will also come to understand His loving compassion. Gad can draw other close to Himself through YOU!

THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE.

You’re like a lamp, lighting up the way to heaven, for Jesus now shines within you, and your reflect His light to the world!  However, God and men, both have a common enemy, Satan and his fallen angels, who have become our demons!  He will do his utmost, to keep you locked-up in all your junk, for he twists the truth of God, to make Him look cold, harsh and vindictive, as if He cares not one  whit about you! He does his utmost to make it appear totally discouraging and very difficult in your life, especially if you are prone to complain about things in your life, that gives Satan,  a bull’s-eye target on you! Especially if you are agreeing with his lie, that God doesn’t care about you!

ROSES AND THORNS.

Remember, the human saying “Misery loves company?” Thus be with those who have a positive outlook on life, when you feel you can’t make it another step! That’s when your prayer life must become a fact, as God, Who knows the future, is always positive! Yes life comes with thorns, but God can and will remove most of them for you IF YOU BUT ASK!

 James 4:2-3 “Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”

NEVER SPEAK DOUBT.

When we are suspicious of God’s love and doubt His promises, we dishonor Him and disappoint His Holy Spirit. How would any mother feel if her children constantly complained about her saying “she doesn’t care about us, or our needs, when in point of fact she has spent much of her life trying to help them? What if they doubted her love? It would break her heart, right? So now think of how YOUR FATHER-God feels when we His children treat Him so carelessly!

Never, ever forget that Jesus and Y O U, already have the victory, with your loving obedience!

 Romans 14:7-8 “For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.”

Note: Hear this?  “No man is an island”?   Why?

 John 17:13-17 “And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

Note: Why can YOU have victory? Because of Christ YOUR Champion has overcome the world’s sins by living His perfect life for us!

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

But look at what HE does for each of each day….

Matthew 6:24-34″ 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. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

 John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. ”

 John 15:11-12 “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”

Note: what do YOU value the most?

Matthew 16:26-27 “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. ”

Note: The greatest secret in life?  Life upon this earth, in these clay vessels, is to be lived as but a learning phase, to teach us how to via the Holy Spirit’s unction, to be prepared and worthy for the Kingdom of God, and eternal life with Him!

Now just how cool is that?

Next: CONGRATULATIONS—-GRADUATION TIME!  STEPPING INTO RECOVERY! STEP 5 LESSON 8.

THANKING YOU FOR YOUR TIME: Questions?  Comments? John at servant@frontier.com

BE SURE TO WATCH CHERI IN THIS PROGRAM AT 3ABN.ORG  and connect to her link.

Other sites:  blbn.org; aftv.org;  amazingdiscoveries.org; itiswritten.com.

jb.

 

 

 

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Question: “What to DO With Doubts” # 4. step 6

My thanks to Cheri Peters and the crew at http://www.3abn.org  “Celebrating Life in Recovery” .program

“Having had a Spiritual Experience as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”  C. Peters.

 Galatians 6:1-5 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one, in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden.”

NOTE: (JB) Please, please, take note, that those who believe in Christ, it is HE, Who carries the burdens of this life, that are for the most part, far to big, for anyone being, to carry, and not be crushed by it!

“HOW TO BE SURE ABOUT GOD SO . . . Y O U . . . CAN TRULY CELEBRATE LIFE IN RECOVERY!”

Have you ever struggled with doubt? Have you ever wondered if God, is in fact, real? Or questioned whether we are but accidents of evolution? Have you ever wondered if what the Holy Bible says is true?

If so, let me assure you, YOU are not alone. Many people, especially those new to the faith in christ, are troubled with scepticism. When you read the Bible, there may be things you can’t understand at first. Satan, will try to use your questions, to shake away, what little faith may have grown, within you, about God’s message, His 66 “LOVE LETTERS” to you and me.

It may be that YOU are asking, “How will I know the right way? How can I be sure about god and the Bible? Resolving these questions is important because God and His Word are the very FOUNDATION of and for YOUR recovery! It is YOUR very confidence and growing trust, in YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER/GOD, that will enable you to carry a message of hope and healing within you, and to carry it to others!

REMEMBER: “EVIDENCE, not PROOF.”

Our Heavenly Father, . . .  NEVER. . . asks us to believe without giving us more than enough evidence upon which to base and build our faith! His existence, His character, and the truthfulness of the Bible are ALL founded upon evidence that then appeals to our reason. Yet God has never taken away our room for doubt. Our faith has come to rest upon evidence, not absolute proof. Those who wish to doubt certainly can, while those who really want to the truth, will find plenty of evidence on which to place and built up their faith.

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

NOTE: Please read Hebrews chapter 11,  the  ” Faith Chapter”. But never forget, humans have a finite mind, but God The Father’s mind is infinite! Therefore no human will never, ever fully grasp, and God shall always be a mystery—–

 Job 11:7-9 “Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know? The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.”

Paul expressed it thusly—-

 Romans 11:33-36 “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”

Yet we have this….

  Psalms 97:1-12 “The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof. Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne. A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about. His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled. The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth. The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory. Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods. Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD. For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods. Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.”

Psalms 104:24 “O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. ”

Note: From this Psalm, can we correctly say this: “All wisdom come from God?”  YES! Remember, if any man knew ALL the answers in the Cosmos, he’s be god! That’ll never happen!

However, the Bible contains many mysteries as deep as the character of its Author: How sin entered into this world, how God became a tiny Human Baby, how a soul is reborn, how the dead can be made alive, and many other, hard to grasp subjects. But even though these mysteries are too much for the human mind to know the how behind then, we have no reason to doubt God nor His word. For it proves itself within itself. In the nature, we don’t understand everything, that we see. The very simplest of life-forms presents complexities science can’t explain!The emeaba, a single cell life form, moves, breathes, eats, reproduces, and has all the things within it to self-sustain, itself and next generations just as humans do, with billions of cells, yet they think and believe that we are its result via evolution, from such a life-form! However why is it they are still here, with us, unchanged by time? Selective Evolution? Artists have been with humanity from the beginning, photographs for nearly 200 years and fim, well how many miles of film has been exposed looking at nature itSelf, and NO A ONE EVOLUTIONARY EVENT CAPTURED?  Is that not strange?

Wonders are everywhere, so why are we surprised to find mysteries in the Spiritual realm of God, that we don’t full understand?  As Paul noted—-

2 Peter 3:16 “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”

Do Y O U know that “Scripture Lawyers”, skeptics have argued that certain unanswered questions about the bible are reasons to doubt its credibility. But the opposite is actually true: the challenges provide strong evidence for divine inspiration. If the Bible only had information about god that we could very easily understand, if His greatness and majesty could be grasped without any efforts, then the Bible would not so obviously be the work of god. The grandeur and mystery of the topics and ideas within its pages inspire faith in God’s Word. In other words if it was just another book who’d read it? Who’d believe in it? Who could gleam from it “how to obtain our salvation” ?

It then shows anyone, that we must pray and ask for wisdom and guidance to understand His word, with wisdom! This is the why many a highly educated person, after reading it says it’s a fairy-tale! As they can’t accept all its mysteries, many such say they reject the Bible!  But it says—–

 Hebrews 3:12-14 “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end; ”

NOTE: Ever wondered of the why we are created?  We are made to be PARTAKERS OF CHRIST!  Partaker: metachos- [met-okh-os] a sharer, associate, partner, partaker. Yet this relationship goes deeper, as one accepts The Father, we become His child, thus Jesus then by faith becomes our older brother!

Therefore, the human problem is NOT with the Holy Bible but our interpretation of it! They do not allow it’s many passages, to prove itself within itself!

 John 10:35 “If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;”    Christ Himself spoke these words!

NOTE: broken LUO [loo’-o] to loosen, to break, destroy, dissolve, melt, put off.

UNLIMITED TREASURES of KNOWLEDGE.

If it were possible for human to fully understand God and all He does, what would happen after achieving that goal? There would be no further discovery of truth, no further growth in knowledge, no further development of our minds, nor hearts, The god would no  supreme!

Colossians 2:2-3 “That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

1 Corinthians 2:11 “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.”

 John 16:13-14 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. ”

NOTE: That is He The Holy Spirit! The Counselor, The Comforter,  HE is the One Who—-

 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:”

GOD WANTS AND EXPECTS . . .Y O U . . .TO THINK FOR YOURSELF! [After all that’s the a reason for our free-will agree?]

There are many things in the Bible that may seem hard to understand, but God will make them clear IF YOU ask for His help, for the wisdom to understand it!. Yet YOU must daily surrender to His will [ some say ‘die to self’, and ask for and invite the Holy spirit to reside within and rule your life according to the will of the Father. We do not possess the power within self to do what is right.  Doubts arise when one is not fully clear, in your own mind, that one will truly, without reservation, be willing to surrender their will to their Maker. Plus it’s not safe to rely upon another human, for the meaning of God’s word, as men do lie and deceive! Thus we urge you to pray and seek wisdom from its Source, the Word and The Father!

Note: (JB) I was a smoker, for 40+ years. I remember saying, “i can quit any time I want, and I did sometimes several times a day!” It was not though, even with much prayer, seeking His help to remove this habit, and it’s urges, UNTIL I threw all the tobacco away, and then on my knees I asked my Father, to remove this need, this urge, and the seemingly unconscious, reaching for another smoke, that three weeks went by, no urges, no reaching, and smoke free, plus STINK FREE, and that was more than 12 years ago!

THE EVIDENCE OF PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.

Psalms 34:8-9 “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear [revere] the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.”

There is one evidence everyone can grasp– from the most educated to those who are not— and that is personal experience. God encourages us to prove to ourselves that His word is real, His promises are true. He invites us, as in the Psalm above “…to taste and see that the LORD is good….”   As—–

 John 16:23-24 “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”

Note: Unlike humans, God keeps His word and His promises are as permanent as written in stone!  As the more you learn of the Godhead, God The Father, god The Son, and god The Holy Spirit,, your doubts will vanish as smoke in the wind, and you’ll find as all other true Christians do, that your love for The Father and The son, will grow and grow, until you MUST share Jesus with others, or you’ll “POP”!  And it is LOVE, that is God’s foundation and His government!

Colossians 1:13-16″ Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:”

NOTE: Yes, Satan has been given some control of nature, but God has set strict limits regarding the extend of harm he can cause, thus the overall control is GOd’s powers!  Look art this—-

 1 Corinthians 13:12-13 “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”

NOTE (JB)  God’s Word will and can change people’s lives, by changing the way we think from inward looking to outwards looking, no other book is this capable!

CELEBRATING SOCIAL SUPPORT.

(JB) “What’s life really worth if it’s not shared with one who loves you”?  Christ loves you so much that He willingly died for Y O U !  WHY?

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

Note: We must make a choice, we either accept Him and His death for our sins, OR we die because of our sins, at Judgment!

Developing a social network is a two-way street, and only by allowing others to connect to you, can we begin to develop any kind of relationship, worthy to be called a friendship! As you study your Bible, you’ll find there are many verses about how to be kind and loving so read of it each day, even if you need to set your alarm an hour earlier, spend that time with Jesus, Who is not only your savior and mine, but also a best friend and older Brother!

NEXT: “Rejoicing in the LORD” # 5 Step 7.

Thanking YOU for your time.  Questions?  Comments? John at servant@frontier.com

Want more? Visit your Seventh day Adventist Church any saturday/Sabbath at 9-10 AM. You will find, what you were looking for…Jesus, and His Word!

Other sites:  aftv.org  :  blbn.org :  amazingdiscoveries.org :  3abn.org :  itiswritten.com

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Cheri Peters” Celebrating Life in Recovery. “Talking to GOD”

Again thanks to 3ABN and Cheri Peters for all this work. JB.  STEP #3  Lesson 5.

“STAY IN TOUCH WITH THE ….O N E … WHO IS HEALING YOU, ”    How? By Prayers!

God speaks to Y O U through nature, and the Bible. He speaks through His work in your life. Yet this is NOT enough, for HE wants a PERSONAL ONE ON ONE RELATIONSHIP WITH y o u  THROUGH THE YOUR SAVIOR jESUS CHRIST!

The real connection happens when Y O U tell Him about your life and what’s going on with YOU! OH, please do not worry about trying to hide stuff from Him, He’s knows all what we all do, think or speak! In other-words none can con God!  It’s therefore not a matter of us telling Him, but that we acknowledge our shortcomings to Him, because He is crazy about you, and it helps YOU build a real connection with Him by telling Him all about YOU!

1 Peter 5:6-7 “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

NOTE: You may just have asked WHY?  Well I know not just what kind of chains that satan has wrapped you up with, but I know YOU want them gone, or you would not still be reading this far into this Life Recovery section, right?   Just look….

1 Peter 5:8-9 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”

 Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 

NOTE: The above is th3e reason for my certainty, that what-ever junk you are carrying, in Jesus Christ YOU can and will get rid of it for good! BUT ONLY IF YOU ARE WILLING! Jesus and The Father will never use force, but Satan will!

Remember, dear reader, Prayer does bring God down to your level, it brings YOU up to His level and next to and Him.  If you have read some parts of the New Testament, you’ve probably read that Jesus prayed also to His father, now if Jesus need to to PRAY think we do not?  Remember He loves more than He loved His own Life, and He’s ready willing able to help YOU, and give YOU more than you could even ask for, PRAY MUCH–TRUST MUCH!

Oh, yes the enemy will whisper, at times seemingly to shout, the temptations to draw YOU back into his control, and then entrap you. But he can ONLY do that IF you do NOT take the time to pray and to take advantage of God’s love, to help and strengthen you against the temptations of the evil one!God stands eve ready to give you whatever YOU to overcome and cast off those chains, of what-ever junk has you bound up!

ARE“ARE THERE CONDITIONS FOR ANSWERS TO PRAYERS?”  “YES”!

  1. YOU must first be honest and feel YOUR need for His help.      Isaiah 44:3″ For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty…….”       It’s when you thirst for God’s goodness, when YOU really want Him into your life!
  2. Note: Yes God knows your needs, even before you do, but He will not force anything, upon anyone they have not asked for!  LOOK…..

Matthew 7:7-11 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”

Note: Read Matt. 7:7-11 again, and please let it sink in….deep!  Remember The Father gave the world His Son for us all, why think He will not help YOU, when you you ask with all sincerity?  LOOK………

1 John 4:8 “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”

Note: He sent His Son to die, a vicious death on the Cross because of OUR SINS, what is there in that statement, that makes men think God is a vengeful God?

3. Repentance: in another condition for preparing your heart to receive God’s answers to your prayer requests.  If one keeps holding on to one’s cherished sin or sins, even  after your prayers seeking remission of your junk, thinking He will forgive you,  God will not even allow Himself to hear YOU!   Thus be not deceived, even by self!   However it is critical that YOU understand that’s it NOT your Good Behaviour that brings to you God’s favor and makes YOU right with God, it IS Jesus’ perfect life that saved you and me, but it IS His death that makes us right with God the Father!

4. The next condition is arguably the most important, is your faith!

Mark 11:24-25″ Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

Psalms 84:11-12 “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.”

Note:  Gfd, The Father will always answer prayers as: YES, NO, or WAIT! Do NOT be afriad to trust Him, even when you don’t see the answer to your prayers right away, for HE knows what your tomorrows will bring, and beyond! and will not withhold any good thing from those with faith ask for! Let’s be honest, He’ll not give a 250 MPH Ferrari, to a teen boy! Always know…..

Matthew 6:12 “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”

If anyone is unwilling to forgive another for a wrong committed, then why think you God will forgive you?

5. Persistence, lets Him allow YOU to know that you are serious about this request, and not just a fleeting whim! Romans 12:12; Colossians 4;2 and 1 Peter 4:7, and then THANK HIM for what H4e has done for you! Philippians 4:6 and Jude 20,21. {Heh! I am not going to eo all the work for you!, YOU look these up!}

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