MUCH TOO THINK ABOUT— CONSEQUENCES OF SIN.

Most Christians thin k of sins as breaking the Ten Commandments, agree?

Then Please tell the why, of the following verses.

1 Corinthians 10:31 “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”                                                                                                                                      This verse by itself, may not mean all that much, to most but keep on reading….

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Now, nobody’s beliefs, will or can change this fact: “Christ died for the sins of all mankind, and HE did so , because He loved each one of us, more than His life!

With ! Cor. 10:31 in m in d, “Do Y O U really think that alcohol is good for your body? ” Drink too much in too short a time and you’ll die from Alcohol poisoning! Question:” In your mind, how much poison is too much for you?”                                                                            Yes, MD’s say that wine is good for us, but YOU get ALL the same benefits from grape juice, without any of the harm of alcohol! Just look at the huge cost alcohol takes from America. In  2010 we lost 38,000 people in traffic fatalities, but over 50% of accidents, alcohol was at fault. We lost 58,000 in the same year to suicides but that’s another story! This does not take into account the broken families, the homeless, the jobless, and the loss of work hours, that alcohol created, are all enormous! Perhaps the Author of the Holy Bible knew what He was talking about in….

Proverbs 20:1 “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”                                                                                                                            Proverbs 23:29-30 “Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.”                                                                       Proverbs 23:31-32 “Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. ”

If one has ever “Kneeled before the Porcelain Throne” after a bout with alcohol, you’ll know exactly what the verses 31-32 are speaking to!  RIGHT?  Please know the Bible has no word for Grape Juice, it’s all called wine, — Yayin in the Hebrew.

TOBACCO— IN ANY FORM.

This stuff, in any form, just can NOT be good for us, agree? {I had a pack a day habit for 40 years, but when I threw all of it away, including ashtrays, I asked Our Father, to remove all thoughts, all cravings, and the habit of reaching for a smoke, from me..He did, then and there, now I know smokers stink of smoke! I know, and perhaps YOU do also, know smokers with lung cancers, or with only one lung, mouth and throat cancers, and a host of other ailments, with breathing, or the blood circulation system. Never mind the financial cost, mostly in governmental taxes, now we have tobacco black market smugglers! {I guess governments think, (they do?) that Mafia members have to eat as well?]                                                                                                                                                         Grass–WEED— the most commonly used drug today, and it’s a very insidious drug, because it is today many times stronger that what it was during the 1960’s, when today, those who used it then, thought it was harmless, but no longer! You see, it is at the bottom of a long list of illicit drugs, whose effects on persons, are greatly increased in the harm they cause. Ask any parent if they have no problems for their children smoking weed, it may surprise you!

We, as a society, are great at rationalizing., that which we do, right? From, it’s no worse than a can of beer, than one joint. But why take either one, to begin with? Has either ever truly solved any problem for anyone one? “Oh, it helps me to relax”, but then so does reading a good book, from which one can learn something of use!                                                  Plus, please remember, there are several nations, who are close to being controlled by the Drug Cartels, and your drug habit supports and makes them possible to exist, to bribe officials, to murder on a wholesale scale, does that not make the drug users, accessories before and after the fact?  THINK ABOUT IT!

                             FOODS: BUT…BUT HOW CAN FOOD BE A SIN?

Philippians 4:5 “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.”               Does the term “PIG– OUT”, mean anything to you? Man has a saying: “Eat of all foods given, but of all foods eat moderately”  Overeating  means taking in more calories than one burns in a day,  our body turns the extra calories into stored fat! No matter what the food is, eat more than you burn , you’ll pack on the weight!                                                                       Now, when you purchased your car, did you ask your grocer about the care and feeding of the new to you vehicle?                                                                                                                        NO, I am sure you consulted the owner’d manual, taking your cues from the manufacturer, right? Well, no matter if this is not what you many accept, but all people are created by God, and He knows what’s best for us in the way of foods, your acceptance or denial, changes nothing, beyond Y O U!

Genesis 1:29-30 “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.”

Meat equals foods. All live forms, able to move by itself, were vegetarian, until sin entered, and earth’s nature changed. But even after the flood, when the flesh of “CLEAN” animals were allowed, the best diet is still the Genesis diet, above. This the why, for Seven pairs of clean animals, but only two for each unclean, for they were not to be for food, for Noah and family, while within the Ark.

Leviticus 11:1-8 “And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth. Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat. Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you. Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.”

Leviticus 11:9-15 “These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat. And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you: They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination. Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you. And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray, And the vulture, and the kite after his kind; Every raven after his kind;”

Leviticus 11:16-23 “And the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckow, and the hawk after his kind, And the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl, And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle, And the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat. All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you. Yet these may ye eat of every flying creeping thing that goeth upon all four, which have legs above their feet, to leap withal upon the earth; Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind. But all other flying creeping things, which have four feet, shall be an abomination unto you.”

Why? Why should this be so?  Look at what the “Unclean” life forms eat! They are all scavengers, or they eat their own waste, like rabbits, cats and dogs, their digestive tracts are to short, and they need to recycle their waste, in order to get all the nutrition they need! As for the scavengers, they are God’s Sanitation Departments, I mean who really want to taste a Breast of Vulture sandwich? Ditto for all marine life that has no scales nor fins, they are the marine garbage detail. eating them is as clean at baking one;s vacuum cleaner’s bag for lunch! Clams, shrimp, crab eat anything that comes their way, alive or dead, or waste from fish above! Octopus and squid eat those that eat everything, as do hogs, or swine. None of these are to be for food, for humans! Rome, of the Caesars, ate a great delicacy, fatted mice, want some?

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

So you love the taste of shrimp and lobster? Yes, so do I, but I’ve not eaten these from the moment I learned that God said no to them as food. With this Bible diet, I feel  much better, and at 73, I use no meds, and but for me using tobacco for 40 years, I need to cough up the bronchial mucus, as it no longer comes up by itself, the cost, of smoking, I must contend with. A Little joint pain, so Our Father has blessed me far beyond, what I deserve. But I ask Y O U, how can anyone honor God, by the eating, or drinking, or  the using of things He says is an abomination, or not a natural use to us?   Please, read on____

Isaiah 66:17 “They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.”                                                                                   Yes, loved bacon and ham, and pork chops yum, but I do not eat these thing anymore, because love helps me to please Him!

Matthew 16:26″ 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?”

We LOVE our STUFF, do we not? The bigger, the flashier, the better, right? But when the first time your STUFF, said”I love you” ?  No God does not want anyone to be poor, but riches for riches sake is empty, that’s why for Matthew’s verse above! Remember the story of Lot and his wife? They were told to get out of Sodom, which was going to be destroyed, and not to turn and look back at it Lot’s wife did, she missed her comforts and stuff, but that yearning caused her to be turned into a pillar of salt!                                               Lot and Abraham’s herders were at a constant bickering state about their flocks turn to water them, so Abraham told Lot, chose to go left or right and I’ll go the opposite direction. Lot chose the lands near Sodom, and soon he moved into that city, so choices come with consequences, and the rest is history as they say!

So, if you are not consuming up to His standards, then know that this also is a sin…                Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Any sin carries with it the death penalty, remember the story of Adam and Even? one sin, and they lost their eternal lives…

Genesis 2:16-17 “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

Satan, using the serpent, as the Ventriloquist uses a dummy, told the first recorded lie, that men still teach to this very day—–

Genesis 3:4-5 “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”

How many are taught that at death, we go to our reward, as a living spirit? Forgetting or ignoring the many verses that show otherwise……

Genesis 3:19 “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”

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.”

If one does not repent and seek forgiveness of all sins, or just cling to their favourite sin, then they shall be burned up with their sin (s)! In the Revelation’s Lake of fire, one time only use!

Some tell me, that far too harsh, but please tell me how harsh is eternal death? Yes the Living know that they shall die, but the dead know nothing remember? Yes, ALL shall be resurrected, but there are two resurrections, The FIRST, being all the just at Christ’s return, then 1,000 years later, the second resurrection for all the unjust, that shall be cast into the Lake of Fire! To show that this is not a forever punishing, but a forever punishment! The results shall be permanent.

Malachi 4:3″ And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.”

Thank Y O U for your time. Questions?–Comments? John–servant@frontier.com

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Why all the interest in GHOSTS?

OH, THERE’S A GREAT DEAL ON T.V. AT THIS TIME RIGHT?

Many have claimed that they have seen SOMETHING! But few know what they have seen!   Yes, much has  been written over time, all about this topic, of ghosts of the supernatural and spirits, including the biggest laugh of all the “Walking Dead”! Now if that’s not an oxymoron, one must be a moron to think that a a dead person’s still able to walk but now craves living flesh for food!                                                                                                               But, please, let’s at least be honest,most of this stuff, is written by human beings, and we all know humans have the willingness to lie, especially if they can make a buck while doing so!

So, do Y O U think that perhaps, or just maybe God knows a thing or two about this subject? Seeing that He is the Creator and all?

Ecclesiastes 9:5-6″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. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.”

So what has God word just told us?                                                                                                        1. The living know they shall die.                                                                                                      2. The dead know not anything, nor on this earth do they reap any rewards, and we have forgotten them, they neither love, nor hate, nor envy, nor do they have any portion in any thing under this sun. THEY ARE DEAD! Their breath/spirit has returned to He who created it! Genesis 2:7.

 Genesis 3:19 “till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” [last part]  Is dust life?

  Luke 8:2″ And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,”

 2 Corinthians 11:14″And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”                                                                                                                                                           So if satan, the Devil can make himself appear as Jesus Christ, how can he not transform his fallen angels to a wispy look and sound alike on dead loved ones? Now knowing this we can NOT see Angels either good or bad, so they can over hear stuff, told in secret, and then they appear with the help of a medium or channelor to then tell the secret info that fooled you?

Now what is to stop Satan and his demons from perpetuating this foolishness, by making themselves out to be ghosts, or some such apparitions, to those who are gullible or those wanting to be fooled?

Never forget that Satan has penetrated even the mainline churches, whose teaching are contrary to the word of God, or that never teach Revelation or Daniel, or 2 Thess.2 or Jude, or parts of John?  Look..

 Revelation 13:2 “And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.”

 Revelation 12:9 “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.”

Or how about this?

 Daniel 7:25-26 “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.”

Luke 4:14-16 “And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.”                                                                                                                                                             Note:  The Bible’s Sabbath is from Friday’s sunset to Sabbath/Saturday’s sunset, for THAT is the Seventh day Exodus 20:7-11. Yet 96% of “Christianity” worships on Sunday, so whom do they worship???????? Not GOD for He says They Sabbaths are HIS Holy days!

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

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COMMUNION SERVICE as per THE BIBLE.

AS  there are over 40,000 different “Christian” denominations, there are probably just as many methods in this world for the “Do this in memory of me”!

 Luke 22:18-20 “For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. ”

The Seventh-day Adventist Church, holds this service 4 times each year, !. primarily to keep this service from becoming common place. 2: After the services, we collect donations for the Church’s Poor Fund, for any emergency for those in need, even non-members.  3.This service is an open service, meaning even non=members can participate.

IN PREPARATION  FOR:

 

Luke 22:8-10 “And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the Passover, that we may eat. And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare? And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in. ”

Yet before this we each should be repentant and humbly seek forgiveness because….

 John 13:4-8 “He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.”

Note: This was a job normally allocated to a servant, not the Son of God! As was the custom, entering a home, one’s feet were washed, to remove the dust from the roads.                                                                                                                                    John 13:9-10 “Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.”                              Note: Foot- washing does not replace one’s bath. but it is akin to a mini-Baptism, and it’s meaning is nearly the same, at least to me.  The one that serves and washes feet of another, prayers to ask for the blessings to be meek and to be humble, as well as thanks, for this beautiful service, to remind us of the cost Heaven paid, for our salvation. Then the “partners,” switch places.

 John 13:12-15 “So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.”

 John 13:33″ Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.”

Note: Jesus will return to the Father in Heaven, very shortly. Jesus was preparing them for that time…..

John 13:34-36 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards. ”

The reason that this should make us humble can be fully shown in Peter’s rash statement….

John 13:37″ Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake. ”

Most have heard of this from the Bible or a movie….                                                           John 13:38 “Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice. ”

 John 13:15 “For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.”

     Luke 22:19 “And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. “

Note: We are to do this in remembrance of Christ and His gift of our Salvation, at the cost of His life!  We are NOT told to remember His birth, byt to to remember His mercy, and His Holy day the Sabbath day the SEVENTH DAY OF EACH WEEK!

Yes this is all a very solemn service, of remembrance, one in which ALL partake of the Emblems of unleavened bread, and Grape Juice!

Note: Christ never made nor drank, fermented grape juice that we call wine. during the marriage i n Cana {John 2:1-11]    He had them fill six (6) stone pots with water each holding  a “Firkin” which means either 20 or 30 gallons each depending on whose numbers one uses. Thus 6×20= 120 gallons or . 6×30=180 gallons. look…….

 Proverbs 20:1 “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. ”                                                                                             Proverbs 23:31 “Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his color in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.”

Note: Fermented grape Juice  or wine, as we know it, bubbles from the bottom of the glass to the top,, and too much will get one drunk, now look at these verses and think YOU that Christ made alcoholic wines?                                                                        Luke 22:18 “For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.”                                                                                                1 Corinthians 10:31″ Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. ”

Note: So please, inform this dummy, how one can glorify God The Father, when one is drunk out of his or her gourd? I mean if there were 60 adults at that Cana wedding feast, even at only 20 gallons per “Firkin” that’s 120 gallons of “WINE”? or a gallon per adult?   How is this LIKE CHRIST????

Remember, Peter put his trust in himself, and  his own powers,what happened? 

1. Never put your trust in self, put it in Christ Jesus.

2. As His disciples kept falling asleep, don’t fall asleep concerning end-time events. Pray for guidance,j and wisdom.

3.   Don’t share Jesus with others, IF YOU yourself, have not been near Him.

4. Remember, Peter, in his anger and haste, cut of a servant’s ear, that Christ put back? Be not angry, ever.

5. Peter, was asked three times “Know this man?” He denied christ three times before the rooster crowed. Be therefore a true witness, as He is within you, at all times, in Spirit.  Peter was NOT present at the Cross, but he wept, bitterly!

6. Be near the Cross, at all times, within your mind/spirit. Keep your focus on Jesus.

7. When Jesus and Peter met again, after His Resurrection, and fast trip to The father, to verify if His sacrifice was accepted by The Father, He returned to this earth, and asked Peter three times,  “Do you love me”?  Then Jesus said, “Feed my sheep”.

This is my reason for these blogs, Feeding the Lord’s sheep, for He is our ONLY SHEPHERD!

Thanking Y O U for your time. Questions?..Comments?  John http://www.servant@frontier.com

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STEPS REQUIRED FOR CONVERSION:

Thanks to book: “You Lead The way” pp. 74-75. by Lynn E. lee.

Step 1.  The first step in coming to God is faith/trust that comes from believing in Him.                                                                                                                                             Acts 16:31 “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”        ” But how do we know that God even Exists?”          A: Only God could create the Universe and earth of nothing and only God could put LIFE on the earth. Every plant and animal and person on this earth and every star in the sky proves there is a God that Created them.                                                 

Step 2. What proves the Bible is the Word of God?                                                              A: The many prophecies of the Bibl;e foretold the future, even eons before the fact. Only God has the ability to tell us the future.                                             John 14:29 “And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.”                                                                                                 Isaiah 46:10″ Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:”

Step 3. The Second step in conversion is repentance or sorrow fro sin. What is sin?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A: Anything that displeases God , is a sin.

4.  How do we know what displeases God?                                                                     A: John 14:15. “If you love me keep my commandments.”                                                1 John 3:4 “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”                                                                                                   5. What are the Ten Commandments?

A:     We will learn right from wrong, by the study of the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20 1:17. And by our following the example set by Christ Jesus, by asking “What would Jesus do”?

6.  What makes us sorry for sins?                                                                                  A:   It’s gift from God, that He brings our hearts/minds to sorrow for sin. The love of Jesus that made Him willing to die for our sins, making us realize that sin is a terrible thing.

7. If we are truly sorry for sin, what will be the next steps we should take?                                                                                                                                             A: We’ll confess our sins, in prayer, in Christ’s name, and ask Him to keep you from slipping again then….                                                                                                         1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

8. Jesus calls these steps in conversion, a new birth because we are beginning a part of the family of God. What ceremony represents this new beginning and having becoming the children of God?                                  A: Baptism, the symbolic “Death” of the old person, by total  submersion under the water, and then our coming up from the water, , our new birth, and into the Family of God!  

9. After our past life has been cleansed and forgiven, what art we to do next?                                                                                                                                           A:     We are to follow Jesus and the path He set before us.

10. Can we truly conquer sin?                                                                                              A: Yes, if IF we are fully in Christ    Matthew 1:21 “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. “

11. What three things must a Christ man or woman do each day, to gain victory over sin?                                                                                                                       A:  (1) First thing each day, a private prayer to The Father, in Jesus’ name to guide YOU this day.                                                                                                                            (2) . WE must be still for a few moments, and then STUDY His Word, for that’s how MOST of His communications happens to us.                                                          (3). By upholding the 2nd, we shall learn to do as He wants us to do, in continual loving obedience.                                                                                                       PRAYER +  DAILY BIBLE STUDIES + OUR OBEDIENCE = A CHRISTIAN LIFE.

12. Is there anything else God wants each to do?                                                         A: Yes, He wants all to share Jesus with others, and all to become soul-winners. He has a place for every one of His children in His Vineyard, set aside for just that one person!!   

Won’t you accept His invitation to eternal life, with no pain, no sin, no sickness, and to be able to give a living lion a hug, and listen it purr to you, in loving thanks?

Thanking Y O U for your time

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FOOTPRINTS.

THIS has been around for a long time, in print, and yes even in a songs, yet each time I read it, it lifts me up. I pray that it shall do the same for Y O U!

 

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed that he was walking along the beach with The Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of foot-prints in the sand. One set belonged to The Lord, the other set were his own. When the last scenes of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He then noticed that many of the times along his path of life, that at the lowest, most difficult parts, there was but one set of footprints. This really bothered him and he questioned The Lord about it.

“Lord, You said that once I decided to follow You, You’d walk with me all the way. But I noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand Lord, that when I needed you the most You’d leave me.”

The Lord replied, “My Son, my precious child, I love you and can not ever leave you. During your times of trials and suffering, when you see only one set of foot-prints, it was then that I carried you”!

So Please Dear Reader: The very next time you decide to hold a solitary “Pity- Party” and your spirits are low, remember this little story, Then the very next Sabbath/Saturday morning come to YOUR Seventh day Adventist Church, and be with those within whom the Spirit of Christ resides. [Sadly not all]

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GOD’S LAW of LIBERTY.

My many thanks to Elder Al Curtis’s Sermon, from which this is taken, in part.

The focus being on James, the half-brother of Jesus, 2: 1-14.

James 2:1-3 “My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:”

NOTE: (j.B.)  Sorry, have not all of us been guilty of showing favor, or deference, to the one who we PERCEIVE, as wealthy?    But take note how Heaven wants us to act like….              James 2:4-5 “Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?”

Note: Can Y O U think of the why, for this statement?                                                                          The Creator God, is truly our Maker, thus “FATHER”, of us all! That makes ALL of us to be Brothers and Sisters, right? So do we normally treat our family members as second class citizens?  I hope not!

 James 2:6-8 “But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well: ”

Note:   Have you not ever heard, or read statements, that calls the Bible a ‘fairy tale’? Does it not strike you as ironic, the more “successful” [in earthly terms]  the less they believe in God? Does this not bring us to….

Matthew 16:26 “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?  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: “man became”, what? A living Soul, thus a soul without the breath, ..the Breath of Life from God, all we have is a body without life! That for all intents and purposes is like any meat in your butcher’s shop! A Soul is NOT an add-on, nor any extra feature, for all life that breathes , and living has a soul/breath of life.                                                                 In James 2:8 he calls this the Royal Law, is there then more than one law?   NO!

 James 2:12 “So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.”

Note: Here’s the Law of Liberty, mentioned!  They are all the same TEN Commandments. If we obey all the tenants of the Ten, then we shall be free from sin, thus no longer under condemnation of the law. Humans can not do this by their own will and power, we need Chris’s power for this and many other facets of life.                                     Now if we focus only upon the letter of the Law, then we shall be judged by the law! But the Law of Liberty, for all those who, “are in Christ, and Christ in them”,  they are under the Law of Liberty,  and by God’s Grace, are shown Mercy, AFTER honest Repentance and asking for forgiveness!, they are forgiven!                                                                                   1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Note: There is NO Internal force within anyone, who are not sinners, which is the reason why we all must surrender our hearts to Christ, with love, as He loves each of us whilst yet we were sinners. [Romans 5:8]. It may come as surprise to many, but the Ten Commandments, are but the image of God’s Character, therefore is also called the Natural law! For they also define God’s Mercy, in this way:

1; The First four Laws, points out how each should think and act towards our Creator God.

2: The next six, shows all the very best way humans should interact with each other, thus avoiding strife.

As the two points above shows, God’s Mercy towards us all, for the prevention of personal strife, with our fellow-man. Other wise the “Law of the Jungle”, will prevail, as we see only to clearly throughout all history, from all humanity, that do not hear Christ!

Why, did it take Christ death, on that infamous Cross, some 2,000 years ago, to pay for all sins, for all humans, for all time? No Created Being, was able, it could ONLY be done by Him Who Created all..Jesus Christ.                                                                                       John 1:1-3 “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. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

NOTE: Some say, John, you are reading more than what is there! OK then explain these..         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.”                             John 14:6-7 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.”

Note: God’s Covenant, or Contract, with all of humanity, was ” singed in Blood and shook our hands on it”,  at the Cross!                                                                                                               Ephesians 5:17 “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”   [His will is written in His Word, eat of it daily]                                                            Ephesians 5:25-26 “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,”                                                                                                                                  Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”                            Note: The above is valid ONLY with those who with prayer have asked for wisdom to understand. Other wise a non-believing PhD, can read the Bible, all the way through, and still have no understanding of its meaning. {Perhaps that’s why they call it a fairy tale?} How?                                                                                                                                           John 14:17 “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.”  John 15:26″ But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:”                                                                                                                                     Note: This is the Holy Spirit/Ghost.God’s Word is able to . . .

Ezekiel 37:1-3 “The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.”                                                           Note:  Dry Bones, by extension meaning body, bodies of non-believers. But Look at what God says the word believed, can do for people….

 Ezekiel 37:4-9 “Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD. So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them. Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. ”

Note: Many say “Believe and be saved”, right? Yet this is so wrong, Satan and all his fallen angels also believe, in God through Christ, but they obey Him not, nor do they surrender their hearts to Him, therefore, they are lost, “Blotted out” which from the Hebrew means, “never existed”! Plus……Malachi 4:1-3 “For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.”

Note: Is there any “Future” after being converted to ashes? That’s Blotted Out, removed even from the memories of loved ones! Yet God in His Grace and Mercy, leaves the choice up to each of us, as He’ll not ever use force, only love and truth! Satan, on the other hand, will, and can, and does, use every thing else but love and truth!                                         Please know this simple fact: “God’s Word, IS the door to Salvation, thus eternal life.” via His Mercy.

 Psalms 119:10-11 “With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”                                                                                                                                                     Psalms 119:50 “This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me. ”   Psalms 119:74 “They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.”                                                                                                                              Psalms 119:114-116 “Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word. Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God. Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.”               Psalms 119:129-130 PE. “Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them. The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.”                                                                                                                                                  Psalms 119:158-160 “I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word. Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness. Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.”                                                                                                          Psalms 119:169-176 TAU.” Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word. Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word. My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes. My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness. Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts. I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD; and thy law is my delight. Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.”

Note: This Psalm, uses the whole Hebrew alphabet, as seen by the letter “TAU”, above.

Leviticus 19:30 “Ye shall keep my Sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD.”

Note: Who shall be the saved?                                                                                                            Revelation 14:12 “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”                                                                             Note: Does this include the commandments of man, from ANY faith?  NO! For this shall be the Judgment’s “dividing Line” , regarding whose laws one follows, those of God or those of men! The Sabbath worship or Sunday, or Friday. Read Revelation 13 th. chapter to chapter 22.

Thanking Y O U for your time. Questions? Comments? John at http://www.servant@frontier.com

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DIVINE WISDOM

Wisdom, the ability to organize facts, and to apply those facts with common sense, and yes even righteously, as who wants the title “Evil Genius”?

If you, my friend, have spent any time in the study, no not just reading, Proverbs, you’ll have learned that God does not enjoy or tolerate well, fools for in the King James, it’s used some 176 times. But, the word wisdom is found about 270 times within the Old Testament.

Proverbs 8:22 KJV. “The LORD possessed me in the beginning of His way, before His works of old.”

Most of us will agree from the study of Proverbs, that wisdom is truth.. The Truth as it exists in God., The Source and foundation of all TRUTH!

Now,I will put the word “Absolute” on the character of truth, which clearly contrasts with today’s conceptions of Truth.  Especially in the West, in which truth is seen as relative, contingent, cultural, within each person. Thus one person’s truth, differs from an other’s!    This is the why, earth has some 44,000 different,”Christian” denominations! How, from ONE BIBLE, One Savior, can there be that many?                                                                        1 Timothy 2:5.” For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”

I sure hope that Y O U still accept that 1+1=2 for that’s an absolute truth.

Truth, being truth, should be the same for everyone, everywhere, agree? But this is not just a Biblical concept, for my truth should be the same as everyone’s truth, simply due to the fact that “TRUTH,” is universal. If this is not so, how can we operated any business or personal functions? As truth is universal! It does not belong to any one group but to all humanity, whether or not humanity recognizes it, or even accepts it.

Interestingly enough, Pilate’s famous question to Jesus, “What is truth>” [John 18:38}, came in response to Jesus’ statements, “Everyone who is of the truth hears My Voice.” Vs 37″  Truth, absolute truth, exists, and it even speaks to us; what makes for is whether or not we will listen to, and then obey what it is saying. There are many “Christians” in this world, but many are Christ-like!

The Holy Spirit of God will be a guide and a shield to those who have not resisted the evidences of truth.  His Savor, of this world, offers to the erring the gift of eternal life. He watches for a response to He offers of love and forgiveness with more tender compassion that which moves the heart of an earthly parent to forgive a wayward but repenting, s offering son or a daughter. He cries after the wanderer: “Return unto Me, and I will return unto you.”

So why does the Holy Bible, place such a high value on WISDOM?                                            Proverbs 1:7 “The fear [revere, in awe of ] of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Simply, the wise will accept learning, from the Bible, the fools will reject it! Thus the wise learn the ways of Christ, and God will give them everlasting life, sadly the fools and their rejection of Christ will only gain the m death eternal!                                                             John 20:31 “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”                                           Job 33:24-30 “Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom. His flesh shall be fresher than a child’s: he shall return to the days of his youth: He shall pray unto God, and he will be favorable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness. He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not; He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light. Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man, To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living. ”

JOB means The Persecuted, and that’s exactly what Satan did, because he challenged God, that IF He, God, removed His protections, he, Satan would have job cursing God. That was just another of Satan’s failures, and God restored Job to more good than previously held.                                                                                                                                        That’s the why we can place our life into His care, by asking Jesus to enter our hearts, in Spirit. This the wise will do, but the fool rejects learning. choosing to call the Bible a fairy tale, and accepting man’s word as in evolution. Yet evolution itself is very vague about the origin of life, is it not? They speak of ooze and slime and lightning, or even frozen is comet, but truth demands more than ideas of those who were NOT there in the beginning, agree?  Besides we all know people lie, right ?.                                                               Hebrews 6:18 “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:”

   Proverbs 18:6-7. “ A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.”

 Proverbs 28:26-27 “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered. He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.”

Note:the wise shall be delivered.  Fear of the God is what? The beginning og of wisdom, those who accepting willingly , i n love, the authority of god, shall have life eternal but the fool rejects all this and thus inherits death eternal.

 Proverbs 8:22-31 “The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.”

Note: Who is so unwilling, to see that here Wisdom is closely aligned, to the LORD as the Creator? This short poem, shares many of the common words with the Creation account in Genesis 1 and 2, and we can even say that the literary structure is organized around the three basic elements of heaven, water, and earth.                                                                    Who ca not fathom, that wisdom that God is and used, is older than the Universe itself, and fundamental to its very existence. Should we not also, and all the more, use wisdom in all that we do, in life?

I n closing dear reader, I ask Y O U, is it wise to reject the Word of God, The Holy Bible? Or is that firmly planted under the coulomb, labeled fools? As always the choice is YOURS!    Chose wisdom!

Die twice means eternal life                  Die once, means to die twice, the last is permanent.

Thanking Y O U for your time.   Questions? Comments?  John at http://www.servant@frontier.com

Need more? Visit your Seventh day Adventist Church, any Saturday/Sabbath, 9 or 10 A. You just may be very glad that you did.

Other sites: www,blbn.org http://www.bonesinstone.com  www.itiswritten.com

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