I SEE, I WANT, I TAKE. QUESTIONS OF STEWARDSHIP

 Genesis 1:28 “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

Has not humanity taken this to overboard conditions, by greedy exploitations? Look at these verses, and and think.

Luke 16:2 “And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.”

Genesis 2:15 “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”

Proverbs 21:5 “The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.”

Has, in all honesty mankind not operated as the Proverb above states?  Until laws were enacted that forced the open-pit miners, to leave the surface repaired and planted back to a wild state? Only in the last 50 some odd years?

Let’s take a look at what Jesus wants for us, a Spiritual Life, and not a life after the Flesh, which is subjected to LUST OF THE EYE, LUST OF THE FLESH, AND THE LUST OF THE PRIDE OF LIFE.  The three deadly sins of mankind.

Jesus presented a picture of the Spiritual life for in Matthew.

Matthew 13:3-7 “And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: ”

The Sower is Christ, and the seeds are His Word, The Holy Bible. The first speaks to seeds that fell by the wayside, we can think of this as those people who outright reject the words, as they refuse to listen.

The second fell upon stony places, or hard hearts, with very little compassion or will to learn, something new.

Some seeds will fall upon those who are all by themselves, surrounded by naysayers, atheists ect, and their negativity soon smothered out God’s truth, and choked them with falsehoods.

Matthew 13:22-23 “He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

The above passage is self explanatory, right? Yet most, I believe, would accept the vast majority of people especially in the so-called, ‘Developed world,’ are far too materialistic, far too busy gathering stuff! Yes this man has had Caddy’s, Lincoln’s, several big boats, yet none of these inanimate objects, cared NOT  one whit about me, Stuff’s like that, it can provide no true happiness, within these things. Yes we could record a message, and then play it back to self, the message can be anything you want, but when you record, :”I love YOU!” just how much meaning does it project?

Yes, sadly today, there’s many a “Prosperity Preacher ,” but sadly the Only prosperity they seem to be concerned about is their own! The Bible speaks to many very rich men, Abraham, Job, and some others, yet most are down to earth, simple people, living simple lives, but honest and good.

Mark 12:41-44 “And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.”

This false “Prosperity Theology”, just as any good counterfeit, does contain truth, but this false doctrine, comes woven with a little, truth, that comes with carefully chosen deceit. Yes God The Father, wants us to prosper, in things we need, and even  things we want, up to a point! When we put our focus on stuff, we tend to lose sight of Jesus.

 3 John 1:2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”

The greatest problem with this type of theology is that our giving, somehow obligated God to make us rich. Sorry He is God, not Santa Clause, making the giver, motivated to give not our of any Spiritual Principle, but rather by the selfish desire to get more and more money! Yes, I’ve known a few millionaires, in my day, sadly not one was satisfied with what they had, and always seeking ways to get more! Never seen any of them truly happy and content! God never wanted us to live this way. But how does this theology hurt us and or the Church?

First: pure materialism, in its very nature, tends to blind us, making it more and more difficult to detect our other sins. Much like the butcher’s thumb on the scales, if you will. We all in this case, tend to fixate upon the object of our desire. Much as King David, who already had 10 wives, saw his neighbor’s wife bathing, desired her, to the point that while at war, he made sure that her husband was up front and killed! Did David pay a heavy price? Well, his new “wife”‘s first born died shortly after birth, and another son Absalom, led a rebellion against him, and was killed.

We, are all, or least almost all, are somewhat familiar with the story of Eden, Satan and, the forbidden Fruit story of Genesis 2 and 3rd chapters . In the which Satan convinced Eve that God was withholding a truth and a gift, from them by disallowing this fruit to be eaten. He deceived her by, by saying that God lied, eating it’s fruit would not cause their death, instead it would make the far more wise and be a god!

Ever, wondered, what life and history would have been like, IF ONLY Eve had closed her eyes, and walked away?  Knowing that both Adan and Eve, were immortal, then? But lost that because of sin!

The “Casting of eyes upon….” was the second problem Joseph had to over come, the story of Potiphar’s wife desired him…. {Genesis 39:7}….

James 1:13-15 “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”

Sorry Mr. Flip Wilson, The Devil can’t make anyone do that which they do not want to do! So how important is our “Eye-control”?

Matthew 5:29-30 “And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”

Is it not better to lose the eyes than to lose the whole body? Is t not better as written in Proverbs, “It’s better to be a living dog, than a dead lion.”

THE SECOND STEP:

The second step is to keep dwelling on a thing or things wanted. Remember, each and every Advertisement you see or hear, has but one single and solitary purpose, to get you to buy that product, period. They do that, by hooking you into thinking “I do indeed deserve to have that.”  The next step is to get you to thinking, “I want, no I NEED that.” Many in the entertainment industry, try to “SELL” us on the fact, that they have absolutely no impact on our morality, yet they turn to the Ad agencies, to finance their products on T.V.

How many of you, think that any organization is going to spend a Million dollars for a 15 second ad during the Super Bowl, if ads did not work, in getting you and me, to buy and buy and buy?  So how can one resist all temptations?  Most Thrift Stores have a shelf where they have used Bible for a buck or less buy one … IF…  you do not have one.

James 4:7-8 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”

This old man, found himself so far into a deep hole that I had look up just to see the bottom, back in 1995, In prayer, with tears {of self-pity?} rolling down my cheeks, I asked God to help me to teach me His ways of living this life. I’ve not ever been in want for anything since, proving, at least in my mind, Our Heavenly Father’s ways are best, as He knows best! He wants nothing but good for us, remember 3 John 1:2- earlier?

However it’s not enough to protect your exterior of self, the inner you must also undergo a change, within your character, as IT, is the only part of you that we can take to Heaven! All the JUST, living or dead, shall be instantly changed at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ in the clouds,   1 Corinthians 15:50-55.

Job 14:14 “If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.”

Please….. NEVER, EVER, take the words of men, for the Word of God learn that for self! Popular today is the teaching that at His return, all humans shall have 7 seven years to draw to God, and then he saved. There is not yet any Bible printed by men, that shows us this doctrine, but Satan has deceived much of the world, into think he’s non-existed,j right? Any natural disaster is blamed on God, rather than upon him, please think!

Therefore follow this….Matthew 12:43-45 “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.”

Yes, if asked Jesus can clean you from any addiction or habit, if you are honest with Him, but if you then return to your old ways,, as written, life shall much worse than before.

Here’s a two-fold answer: Colossians 3:2-4 “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”

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

Therefore, in place of TAKING, we begin to giving to others, of our excess…

Matthew 25:31-46  “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was a hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was a hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”

John 3:15-18 “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

QUESTION:  Is there ANYONE left out from the word, WHOSOEVER?

Thanking Y O U, for your time. Questions?  Comments?  John at servant@frontier.com

WANT/NEED more? Visit your Seventh-day Adventist church any Saturday/Sabbath at 9-10 AM, and learn what it cost Heaven to pay for human sins.

Other sites: AFTV.ORG   BLBN.ORG   REDEEM.international Amazingdiscoveries.org itiswritten.com  bonesinstones.blogspot.com

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THE TRINITY. Loren Seibold, and Signs of the Times Dec., 2017 issue.

    THE TRINITY— what Christians call the Godhead— has been, and still is a controversial Christian teaching,  especially for the Jews holding to only the Old Testament, and even today, as “THREE IN ONE” is a most difficult concept to grasp for many!

Note(JB):  Genesis 2:22-24 “And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

Just as the The Holy Bible called Adam and Eve, the married man and woman, as ONE FLESH, we know that they are not physically as one body, but separate and individual bodies, as a woman and a man united in Holy Matrimony, as One! The same fashion, with the Godhead, as each is “THE SAME SUBSTANCE(*NB God, The Father, God, The Son, and God The Holy Spirit, each having a function, a purpose to bring all humans to The Father-God, through Christ Jesus as their personal Savior, in a loving relationship with obedience.         If it helps think of each as a “Cubicle of their own”, all within the “Office of the Godhead” They have always been, and will always be, eternal.

(*NB) At Least until His birth,as a child of Mary and thus a “Son” of God, being both human flesh and Divine God, who never used His powers as God, for His own purposes, but for others’ healing!Since His resurrection He’s had a “Glorified Body” but a flesh body, forever!  1 Timothy 2:5″For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”

And Now Loren’s story:  In the late fourth century a young man born in Roman England was captures by marauders, who brought him to Ireland, where he was sold into slavery. His name was Patrick and you might not ever of heard of him, were it not for the fact that in his captivity he learned about christ Jesus and spent his enslaved years strengthening his faith through study and prayer. Eventually he was able to flee his owner and make his way back to Britain, where he undertook formal studies and eventually ordained in France.

One day Patrick had a vision in which he heard the people of Ireland calling him “We appeal to you, holy slave boy, to come and walk among us.” So, Patrick returned to Ireland as a Christian Missionary, baptizing and ordaining priests. Though other missionaries had worked in Ireland, none were as successful as Patrick.

There are many stories and legends about Patrick, but one that’s especially loved is how he taught his uneducated pagan hearers that God was One God but also three Individuals. He held up a sprig of clover, a very common plant in Ireland,. “This is three leaves, but still one leaf” he explained “So it is also with God, God is one, but that one is three: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 John 14:16-18″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. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”

NOTE(JB): Most of you have either a cell-phone, or a radio or a T.V, and all get a signal, for a tower/transmitter, for you to get information. Well think of The Father, as the transmitter and the Holy Spirit as a receiver, that upon your invitation shall reside within you, and your willingness to obey, will by this method learn of God’s will! 1 Corinthians 3:16″Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”    1 Corinthians 6:20″For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

“Bought for a price?”  Yes Christ paid for your life, with His own!We  are all sinners and the wages of is death, a death that Christ died for on our behalf! But one must read the Bible to learn and know this, right?

YES, A MOST PUZZLING DOCTRINE.

The proposition that God is “composed,” of three separate but equal and completely united personalities— Father Son and Holy Spirit— may the most frequently discussed church doctrine in the History of Christianity. Strict Monotheists, One God only as the Jews and Muslims, and others, have misunderstood it as evidence that Christians are polytheists, or believe in many Gods. Even Christian believers have wrestled with it. The seventh-century English minister Robert South once wrote” As he that denies this fundamental religious article of the Christian religion, may lose his soul, so that he that much strives to understand it may lose his wits.”

AS important as it is to believe, the teachings if the Trinity, You can be assured that it is not necessary that one understands the precise mechanism of this blending of three Individuals in one God> As with many things about god, we can not understand it with our mortal and finite minds. What we are expected to understand of this Trinity, is  that they each work together to show us God’s love for each one of us. agree?

THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.

To Israel, there was one One God. Surrounded by foreign nations, with multiple gods and goddesses, God insisted that Israel confine itself to one, and The One Real God. Deuteronomy 6:4-5″Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”

Genesis 1:1″In the beginning <re’shiyth> God <‘elohiym> created <bara’> <‘eth> the heaven <shamayim> and <‘eth> the earth <‘erets>.”

NOTE(JB): GOD <‘elohiym> is plural, thus GODS, as all three members of the Godhead were involved in the Creation!  This is what happens when we do NOT read the words that are there, , and accept their fullest meanings, but rather put our own understanding in its place.!

Isaiah predicted as much in:  Isaiah 7:14″Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”     Isaiah 9:6″For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Note(JB): If we look at John 1:1-3 and 14  we know that Jesus is The Father’s Creative conduit, therefore it is Jesus in Genesis 2:7  that made Adam…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.”

Man became what?  A living soul. Thus a soul is NOT any add-on feature, as man became a living soul. thus all life that moves and breathers is a living soul, period! Yes slugs are souls. Souls, Breath of life, Spirit are oft interchangeable in The Word. Ecclesiastes 12:7″Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”     Yours and mine,last breath shall,return to He who created it! Now does your breath, think? Is it alive? Can it move under its own thoughts? NO, breath is air, wind, but it may contain your DNA, for God to reconstitute His own! Resurrection! Never ask how, God said it, accept it!  How the Jews got their thinking that Jesus was to be as another King David, and throw out the Romans, is a fact that is not Biblical, but of their own desires!  Read Isaiah 53rd chapter.

 Job 19:25-27″For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.”

When Jesus arrived with the claim to be The Messiah, {Yah’s Savior The Anointed One} He upset the “SETTLED”, belief, that God could only be  understood in only one way. Jesus’ miracles and His teachings were so astonishing that even His enemies had to admit that He had an unusual relationship with God. In fact when asked to describe this relationship he said:

 John 10:30-31″ I and my Father are one.   (31) Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.”

Note(JB): Why did they TRY to stone Him?  For Blasphemy, they saw a flesh man, claiming to be God! But look……  As Cardinal Giuseppe Santo, who became Pope Pius 10th ( 4 August-1903 to 20 Aug., 1914) said this : “The Pope is not simply the representative of Jesus Christ. O n the contrary he is Jesus Christ, under the veil of flesh”  Is this not also blasphemy?   Yet look at what was written about 500 years before Christ…

2 Thessalonians 2:3-5 “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?”

 Daniel 7:24-26″And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. 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.”

Note(JB): This Vatican power structure shall face God’s Judgment at the end of Flesh Man and the return of Jesus! For HE is the Rock…..Daniel 2:44-45 “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.”

Only God;’s kingdom shall remain, and shall be established upon this same earth, 1,000 years after His Second Advent Revelation 20 – 22.”Behold I come quickly!”  So WHOM DO Y O U obey God or men? Worship on the SEVENTH day or on the First day Sun (god) Day? All those paintings with “Halo’s” around the heads, is in fact the SUN god disk! Right out od Egypt and Babylon paganism!  Matthew 23:9 “And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.”

Please know, that will not be mocked!     Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”         A kind warning to the Vatican’s people,j and their souls. (JB)

YOU SAY: “I FEEL ALL ALONE”.       GOD SAYS,  Hebrews 13:5″ Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

BACK TO THE STORY:   this confession that He Himself was God so angered the Jews that they sought to crucify Him, which gave Him the opportunity to prove His divinity by becoming to life after being dead

The Holy Spirit may be the most mysterious and difficult One form humans to describe, of the Three Persons of the Godhead. Jesus referred to the Spirit as the Entity that would continue to provide guidance after He returned to Heaven…..

 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:”

 John 14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

NOTE(JB): There are those who understand that the Holy Spirit, is but a force, But how can a “FORCE”, teach anyone, or cause one to remember? To lead Luke 4:1.  To be received as a gift from The Father, ( when asked for) Luke 11:13. To give one the ability to speak another language, they have not ever known before… Acts 2:4  {JB I speak Dutch and English would love to learn Mandarin, If God sends me to China, the Holy Spirit shall help me learn to speak it!]   Ephesians 4:30 how can a “Force” be grieved? For that is the unpardonable sin, that can NOT be forgiven in this world, nor the next!

This is but a small sample of verses that reference to the work of the Holy Spirit that it’s clear enough that He’s not just an indirect way to speak of God;’s influence— but that He is an actual Individual.

THE EARLY CHRISTIAN STRUGGLE.

The Bible never uses the word TRINITY, but there are a few New Testament references to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as a combined Entity. Each of these Divine Individuals is described clearly and all Three are often even mentioned in the same passage, look……

1 Peter 1:2 “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

Note(JB): Others hold that this Holy Spirit is the Spirit of The Father-God,only and not a separated individual that’s also Devine. But then the why of their mentioning as separated Beings? Case in point…..

 Matthew 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:”

Yes, we are Sanctified by Jesus Christ, and our accepting Him and His gift, at the cost of His own life, but it is the workings of the Holy Spirit, within us, at our request, and willingness to surrender our will, that the Holy Spirit is them able to change our characters, to become over time, the character that Jesus displayed.

 1 Corinthians 1:10 “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. ” 

Note(JB): Please do not get the impression, that The Father-God wants yes and no people, He want individuals with a free-mind, not robots.  Look….

Isaiah 1:18″ Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

 

So, with no clear theology of the Trinity in the Scriptures, early Christians struggled to know how to regard Jesus  and the Holy Spirit. The apostle John clearly understood the Holy Spirit to be a Person in His ow n right, yet independent, yet co-operative with both The Father and The Son. In fact , John quoted Jesus: “John 14:16-17 “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; 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(JB): “…he shall be in you…” True, BUT only as we invite Him in, each day, with a surrendered will.  (This is the ‘die to self”), so we can live in Christ, spiritually speaking!

Church councils took up the question of the Trinity again and again, during the early period of Christian history. One of the final products of their study, the fifth century Athanasian Creed, explained the The Trinity while warning against polytheism {many gods} . It described “One God in Trinity….There is one Person… of The Father, another of The Son, and another of the Holy Spirit, yet they are THREE Gods, yet but ONE GOD!

Even still, today, the Catholic Church forbids to speak,j and say there’s three Gods. Thus, even with these words, the early Christians scholars showed that even if God is Three, these Three aren’t separate. To think that we must pray, to speak, to One for one thing, and to speak to An Other for other things, is wrong. Thinking that the Three are in any competition with each other is clearly wrong, and that understanding of the Trinity, is misunderstood!You and me, can pray to anyone, as all prayers are heard by all Three. Neither can we divide them, nor able to love One more than the Other.

FUNCTIONALLY SPEAKING.

Perhaps the best way to explain the Three Persons of God, is to see Them in
Their purpose of, and for Salvation, our Salvation.

God, The Father is the Foundation and Originator of everything. Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”      Genesis 1:1 In the beginning <re’shiyth> God <‘elohiym>  [this word is plural as in Gods] created <bara’> <‘eth> the heaven <shamayim> and <‘eth> the earth <‘erets>.

NOTE(JB): I’d be remiss, if we did not touch upon this fact…..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.”

So, Who is the Word?    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.”

This can only be Jesus Christ Himself. agree?

Yet, an Omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotence, God Who is also invisible to us, and distant it not at all easy for finite human to relate to. When it came to implementing the plan for Salvation, God needed “One like a Son of man”  (Revelation 14:14) to be a healer, a teacher, and to show the physical side of the FAther,. as well as One to be a sacrifice of atonement. {“At one with’} . As Jesus, born of flesh woman, Mary, Jesus was tempted in every way, just as we are– yet He sinned not. [ Hebrews 4:15] . As we can read in John1:14, above, Gos was seen in the person of Jesus as merciful, and gracious, filled with love for each of us as sinners, Had the power over death, and Who in Heaven mediated our prayers to The Father.. [1 Timothy 2:5].

Just as Jesus predicted, The Holy Spirit speaks to us in subtly ways through our minds and emotions.

 2 Peter 1:19-21 “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

He, also guides us as we study the Bible….. John 16:13 “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, The Holy Spirit is also the Voice of our conscience….  Romans 9:1 “I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,”

He, even enables us to worship and to fellowship together, as Sons and Daughters of God, though Jesus Christ….2 Corinthians 13:14 “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.” <<The second epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi, a city of Macedonia, by Titus and Lucas.>>

It is He that gives us spiritual talents:  1 Corinthians 12:6-12″And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.”

Note(JB): Here, again is the many as one body idea of the Trinity. the Godhead Union.

It is also HE, Who provides us the power we need to overcome sins and to give us the victory over our temptations…2 Timothy 1:7″For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Therefore, seen in this way, The Holy Trinity presents God to us in Three separate Persons, each intended to be accessible to human beings with our differing personalities and needs. Yet do NOT misunderstand: That I can see the Holy Spirit changing my life doesn’t mean that Jesus is uninterested in my , or your’s growing in grace. That Jesus served as the sacrifice for my sins on Calvary doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love just as much. That God is the judge of sin doesn’t mean that Jesus or the Spirit are unconcerned about it , or you and me. They are indeed Three in One, and all Three love you and me!

 

 

 

 

 

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DID a LOVING GOD, REALLY MAKE A DEVIL?

Adapted from Amazing facts’ “Hidden Truth” magazine, with my many thanks. (John B)

Most people in the world are being totally ‘bamboozled’ by a highly successful, and evil genius plotting their destruction, and most sadly, they refuse to even acknowledge his very existence, and they also do God’s! This brilliant, but totally depraved being is often called the devil, or Satan. This name from the Hebrew, SA-TAN, means the opposer, as he is in total opposition to all that God is, and stands for!

 Isaiah 5:20 “”Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

How does this verse not fit, the morals of the days, since the 1960’s?  The complete selfishness of abortions, or the so-called “Gay” lifestyles? What is there to be gay about, playing with HIV? What IF…if all humanity chose to be gay? Humans would be EXTINCT, in one generation, is that normal? We all, in moments of desperation, thought of robbery , so solve our financial shortcomings, but few actually act upon this thought!  Look at what was written almost 2,000 years ago, and ask self, “ARE WE THERE YET”?

2 Timothy 3:1-5 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

Many believe, that Satan, is but a symbolic figure, used to frighten children into good behaviour, by frustrated parents, if this is the case, then many Luciferians are worshiping a nothing! However the Words of God, The Holy Bible, says he is very real, and runs this earth, and represents the very essence of consummate evil.

This fallen angel, was the leader of angels, and was the protector of the Mercy Seat, in heaven, until he chose, because all of the Angels and all humans, have the gift from God, a free-will, thus the ability to chose or reject God Himself!

WHY?

Love, to be honest, and true, can not be forced, nor co-erst into existence, it must come from a willing heart/mind! God uses only love and truth, Satan will not ever use these two, but will use everything else, including murder!

Yes, murder….. read the stories of Joseph, or Moses as a baby, of Herod’s quest to kill all males under two years old, to kill the Baby Jesus, in the vicinity of Bethlehem, as Satan’s attempt upon their lives. Sadly, the insurance industry, is only to happy to reject your claim, on the grounds the storm being an “ACT OF GOD”, when it was Satan’s power that caused it!

He is forever subverting families, churches, {most worship on Sunday not the Seventh-day Bible’s Sabbath} and even entire nations. You can’t think that a leader of North Korea, is so silly, to think he and his 20 million people, can match the USA’s 320 millions, in a war? This is Satan, leadership in this man!  All he can do is rob, kill and destroy, he is powerless to create, yet wants to sit upon God’s throne!

 Isaiah 14:12-15 “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”

 Ezekiel 28:18 “Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffic; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.”

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

Satan WAS created perfect, until he in his mind, was not satisfied, with his station, he wanted to be a god! It was Jesus who was given the tasks of Lucifer, now named Satan! He was once, one of the two angels that stood on either side of God’s throne, and symbolized by the Ark of the Covenant’s Mercy Seat.

It was Satan’s plans for escalating immorality, sorrows and pain, that follows, even human destructions, and sin are succeeding to an incredible degree. Millions of abortions, each year, on this earth, will be his testimony, and ours!  His plan for your life is death, eternal death, the Bible’s second death!

Revelation 2:11 “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.”

Revelation 21:8 “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

This “Lake of Fire” shall engulf the entire earth, this earth’s surface will be cleansed of all sin, death, and all humanity’s construction shall be reduced to ash, including all pollution, then the saints of God, in Christ, shall see His creative powers for themselves, as He re-creates, Eden over all the earth!

Satan’s plans for YOUR life….. is death, eternal! What does the Bible have to say about this powerful force in this world?

 Luke 10:18 “And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.”

The very fact that the Bible speaks of Satan by his given name Lucifer, and his first home, Heaven, is a very strong indicator, that he’s not just a fable in a red Halloween Costume, with horns and spear-point tail and a pitch-fork. Thus for many, the question remains: “Why would a loving God make a devil”?

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

 Ezekiel 28:14″ Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God:….. “

Ezekiel 28:12-13 “Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.”

God did NOT create the devil, he was perfect from the beginning……. Ephesians 3:9 “And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:”

 Psalms 99:1 “The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved. “

Scriptures show Satan, before he fell into sin, was highly respected, and a cherished angel, of flawless beauty, and brightness. {Ezekiel 28:13}.

BUT WHAT LED LUCIFER TO SIN,AGAINST GOD?

 Ezekiel 28:17 “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.”

Please read, again Isaiah 14: 12-14. from above.

He suffers, from the same things many of us suffer from: Pride of self, Discontentment, and self – exaltation, to the point of delusions,  thus the worse one to deceive, is self! Satan actually hoped, somehow, to unseat God, and the demand that all worship him. It was the worse kind of treason, ever. Centuries latter he even had the gall, to try to tempt Jesus….

Matthew 4:8-11 “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.”

In the last days, God The Father, call us all to worship Him….Revelation 14:6-7 “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”

Please read Exodus 20:8-11, and see all the items mentioned in common!  The 4th Commandment, not the 3rd one of Rome’s Catechism book, which removed the 2nd, and split the 10th! Who are they trying to fool besides self? Yet Satan will try to force all to worship him on his chosen day, Sunday……

 Revelation 13:15 “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.”

God said, in Exodus 20:3 “…Thou shalt have no other gods before me…”   But Satan knows if you do NOT worship God, it’s just like you are following Satan himself.

All the Bible shows is that sin originated within Lucifer, who became the devil we call Satan, he was the very first Created being, ever, to go up against God’s kingdom. Only the Bible explains the true origin of sin, and the evils it brings.

AMAZING FACT:  The Bible never portrays Satan as wearing red,m sporting bat-wings, trailing a pointed tail, complete with horns and pitch-fork. This comes from Greek mythology, and this monstrous distortion pleases the devil. Satan was a beautiful angel of light who still can so appear, as such……

 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”  [Isaiah 14:12; Ezekiel 28:14-19.]

Note (JB): Ever see any “Magician” perform the levitation trick, where he or she, is “floating” about a foot above the ground? How do you think they do that? Easy they call upon Satan who send a fallen angel, we can’t see, to hold them up, from the ground, and even carry them around! Besides there are NO Ghosts, only Satan’s demons, who know yours, and mine, passed on loved ones, real well, and in a fuzzy way look and sound just as they, who are dead. They know all the secrets of all of us, so we are so… so easy to fool!

Many Thanks to Brother Doug Batchelor and his organisation AFTV.org

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YOUR ‘OTHER’ BRAIN.

MY THANKS TO ARLENE R. TAYLOR + SIGNS OF THE TIMES DEC., 2017 ISSUE. (John B)

In your busy  life, could you use a personal assistant available 24-7?  YES?

Well that’s something like what your brain’s neurons have— “Personal Assistants” known as GLIAL CELLS. The cells exist wherever there are neurons, and the have been referred to as our ‘Other Brain’.

Far outnumbering neurons, glia were basically ignored until Einstein’s brain was discovered to be chock full of them! Some neurons have more than others, which by some estimate of six glia for every neuron. The glia communicate via chemical signals ( not by electrical impulses), so they have no axon for sending electrical impulses or dendrites for receiving them. But they can monitor– and even alter– what the neurons send and receive.

Six main types of glia have been identified, two in the peripheral nervous system and four in the central nervous system. Ependymal glia line the spinal cord and help produce cerebrospinal fluid, while the microglia fight infection and respond to injury. Oligodenrocytes wrap nerve fibers or axons with insulating myelin, as in fiber optics. And astrocytes help function, recharging neuronal batteries.

Glia are often targeted by infectious organisms, including HIV, Human Immunodeficientcy virus, associated with Aids, and Prions ( a very tough encased protein able to withstand 2300 F in temperatures) implicated with the so-called ‘Mad-cow disease’. Damage to glial cells have been liked to Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and multiple sclerosis, which involves the loss of the myelin on the neuronal axoms.

Note(JB): as this Myelin acts as a wrapping, can we think of these ills, and a “Short-Circuit”?

In this era, which some researchers have called, “The Age of the Brain,” glial cells are now being implicated is some psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression. They may even be involved with tone deafness and pathological lying!

Thanking Y O U for your time> Questions?  Comments?  John at servant@frontier.com

Please not I am NOT a health worker, but a servant of Jesus Christ.

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DOES BAPTISM, MATTER?

MY MANY THANKS TO ED DICKERSON and,  Signs of the Times April 2000 issue. [John B]

It looks like a procession right our of the Middle Ages. The Marshal enters first, carrying a ceremonial baton, The Faculty follows behind, in full regalia– and assortment of long robes, many black, but other blue and even blood red. Many wear multicolored academic hoods that look like convoluted satin stoles. They sport an amazing variety of headgear, soft velvet tams in black and royal blue, most with tassels, and a few other styles, of ornate hats and caps.. Row upon row of graduates in robes and mortar boards follow the faculty.

The local community college rents the largest auditorium in town, so this quaint procession occupies the same space where the previous week-end monster trucks flung mud, did wheelies, and generally reduced everything in their way to scrap metal.If anyone of the assembled crowd think this procession strange or mildly funny, no one lets on! The vast size of the auditorium makes it difficult for us to locate our daughter as she marches in, replete with her braided golden cords and tassels indicating her honor society status.

A cynic might think it silly, the archaic clothing, the ceremony essentially unchanged from Medieval times. But few graduates regarded it that way. Perhaps they only vaguely realize that they are reenacting a ceremony dating back to more than half a millennium, paying tribute to the generations of graduates of schools who passed on the learning the graduates now celebrate. Far from being embarrassed about their unusual clothing and strange headgear, they proudly parade before relatives and loved ones who have come to witness their rite of passage.

Whether high school, or college, for many of the graduates, this ceremony marks as one of the most important occasions in their lives.  Some think of this as—-the end of schooling, the end of child-hood. But all Bible-following people, call it “Commencement” or more commonly “Baptism”, because it also marks a beginning!

The Christian’s “Commencement” in Baptism.

Yes, Biblical Christians, also have their “Commencement Ceremony” called BAPTISM. As with all academic commencements, this ceremony reenact a historical event.But whereas, students follow in the footsteps of scholars before them, we Christians follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.  [ Matthew 3:16-17; Mark 1:9-10; Luke 3:21-22.]

NOTE(JB): Yes, today, some use “holy water”, and sprinkle a few drops on a babies forehead. No verse in Scripture, speaks to infantile baptism, another ‘Tradition of men’. While others use rice, flower petals, or even over the phone! None is Biblical, thus useless man-made traditions!

Christians believe {JB as the Holy Word of God records}  that Jesus died for all sins, of all humans, the death we as sinners, ALL deserve….Romans 6:23″For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Note(JB): many call self good, agree?  But look…..Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”   Therefore,we, each one of us, is in total need of a Savior, called Jesus Christ! WHY?  We either die for our own sins, or by accepting Christ, The Father-God,accepts us because, by our accepting Christ as our personal Savior, with loving obedience, The Father sees only Christ’s righteousness, and not our sin filled self.

NOTE (JB): Just Christ, was lowered down under the water, for His Baptism, should we be or do this differently, because it’s less “WORK”? With His death and the perfect life lived, as He rose from the death into life eternal, we also shall follow Him into life eternal, after death> WHY?    Look…….. Luke 20:38″ For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.”     1 Corinthians 6:19 “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? ”    Please, know and remember, that each living being, each living soul, we created within the wombs, or within the eggs, by God’s own efforts Yes even a living slug is a soul! read Genesis 2:7. “….and man became a living soul” Thus a soul is not a add-on, or separate feature, on any life form that moves and breathes.

Sadly, today, many a “Scripture lawyer, or critic,” speak of Baptism as a silly ritual, undignified relic, “After all, they pontificate, do you really think that water changes a person”?   Well no,—- no more than putting on a cap and gown changes a person’s character, but Baptism, is much more than just people standing in water, as one is lowered under it.  This is why infantile Baptism is in error, no infant, knows the meaning, nor the commitment of this action, nor can they! What would result from the Baptismal dunking of an avowed atheist?  ALL one would receive is a WET ATHEIST! Nothing more, nothing less! You see one needs to study the Holy Bible, to know the meaning of this commitment to The Father-God through Jesus Christ! The scoffers know not who all is present at a true Baptism, The Holy Spirit residing within us, our “Guardian Angel”, as well the full Godhead! It is the public announcement, agreeing to the transitioning to a new phase of life!

Baptism, is a public display, of a believer’s desire, to “Bury the old self”, and to arise from under the water, [symbolizing Christ’s death’s death,} and coming up from under the water, as a new life , no longer focused upon self, but upon others, with love. The New life will focus on Christ and His character, in order that over time, our character become more and more Christ-like. Sadly many, are slow to work towards that goal point.  Many are still totally absorbed into the self, rather than others, as Jesus showed us all, sadly that includes me.

NOTE(JB)Thankfully, The Father looks at our overall direction, not in the ups and downs of daily errors, but at our heart’s intent! If upon one’s death-bed, one asks for complete forgiveness, with a sorrowful heart for their sins, well…..

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 (JB) We’ll all be very surprised, when we get to heaven, as those whom we think should be there, wont, and those who we know will not be there may be there! God is the Judge, not us! Yet many know the story in Luke about the thief on the Cross, that Jesus promised to meet him in Paradise, we are not told he was baptized. Yet he still declared his faith in Jesus, and did so, while defending Jesus, and admitting that they got what was judged to them, but that Jesus was innocent! But then neither was nor will be, the people in remote jungles, who have not ever heard of Jesus, but they lived up to the truth that they knew, and obeyed their local laws.

    Romans 8:31 “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”

Thanking Y O U,for your time. Questions? Comments?  JOHN AT SERVANT@FRONTIER.COM.

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Life’s Stories, for all ages. from The Sings of the Times Magazines.

My many thanks to the indicated authors and this monthly magazine. (JOHN B)

“TRUST CREATES CONFIDENCE” by Victor Parachin  (Oct. 2017)

Art Rooney, the passed away owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, football team, was a great note writer. In 1968, one of his new players, Rocky Bleier, yes the same one about whom a movie was made. However, after his first season Rocky was drafted into the military, and sent to Vietnam. Uncertain that he would ever play football; again, Bleier was surprised to receive a handwritten note, on a postcard from Mr. Rooney: stating…. “Rock, the team’s not doing well. Hope things are going better for you than they are here. Looking forward  to having you back with us, Art.

Rooney continued to send cards, newspaper clippings and game programs during Bleier’s tour in  Vietnam.  When a hand grenade shattered his right foot, he was told he’d never play pro ball again. However, Rooney continued to send notes of encouragement, including one while Bleier was still in a Tokyo Japan, Hospital. It read: “Rock, we want you back here in Pittsburgh, with the Steelers”.

Those cards fueled Bleier’s determination to play professional football again. He returned to the steelers helping them win the Super Bowl in 1975. He retired in 1980.

NOTE(JB): Is there any doubts, that Art Rooney’s notes of encouragement, gave Rocky Bleier both the motivation and the confidence, to work through the pain of his rehabilitation?  Do Y O U not also know, that The One, Who died for your sins and mine, that is Jesus Christ, who did this because of His great love for Y O U and me? What other source of information, beyond the Holy Bible does man have, to learn more about Him?

John 10:10 “The thief  [ this is Satan, the devil]   cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come  {this is Jesus Christ] that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

 John 14:13-18 “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. 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. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”

What Commandments? Exodus 20:1-17.

DON’T TRUST PRINCES:

Charlemagne ( A.D. 742- 814), king of the Franks { France] and founder of the Holy Roman Empire, was extrememly proud of his power, wealth and influence, for he had , by military might, extended hios sway over much of Europe. At his request, he wad buried in all his regal splendor: arrayed in his beautiful robes of state, a crown lavishly decked with precious jewels, upon his head, the royal scepter in one clammy hand while the other clasped the parchments that proclaimed him ruler of his vast dominions. His lifeless body was seated on his great Ivory Throne, and he was sealed in his royal vault.

Years later, the tomb was opened, and what a different sight met the eyes! The crown had fallen over a fleshless shoulder bone; the golden scepter lay in a pile of dust. A few bones and some heaps of dust were all that remained of the one who had put all his trust upon his own frail strength. Many hundreds of years before the Psalmist wrote:

Psalms 146:3″ Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.”

Note(JB): So why is it…. that most of the Christian world, obey the laws of men, rather than God’s law, for worship on the Seventh day Sabbath, but most faithfully obey man’s law to worship on SUN – god- DAY, the First day of the week? That men of Rome’s church obeyed,  changed back in 3421 A.D by following the Decree of Constantine, the pagan Roman emperor, with his attempt to strengthen his political position to united the pagan Sun Worshipers with the Christians. “Let all shops be open on the seventh day of the week, but be closed on Sunday for the feast day, of the Venerable day of the Sun!” As the church was vastly outnumbered, by the Pagans, it was only a generation, before the pagans were the majority and brought in all their ceremonies, robes, customs and dogmas. feast and festival days as well as all their processions, which are still at the core of Roman Church, today, plus they added a few more, Purgatory, Limbo, indulgences, priestly forgiveness of sins….If this truly forgives all sins for the sinner, then why is purgatory required, ditto, for Limbo and the prepaid sins indulgences????  These are not found within the Bible, even the Douay bible!  WHY>>>>>>>

 Colossians 2:8 “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

 

GOD’S STAR.

      Unknown Author tells the story of a little boy who understood why Jesus died, for us.

During World War II, a man was walking down a New York street with his young son, and they came to houses, many of which had a star in the window. The Father explained the star meant that this family had a son lost in the war. Each time they walked past a house with a star, the boy would clap his hands and shout, “Look Daddy, there’s another house who gave their son to the war”! “There’s another, and look Daddy there’s s house with two stars, and there’s one with no stars.” Continuing the walk, they came to a break , and the vacant lot gave them a few of the evening sky, and they both could see the evening star shining brightly in the sky. The youngster caught his breath and shouted, “Oh, look Daddy, God must have given His Son, for He has a star in His window!”

“He has indeed!” said his father.

It took the clear eyes of a child to discover that the very stars declare the love, that caused a Savior to die, for the sins of the world.

  John 15:13″Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

John 15:15-16″ Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”

Why do so many reject, and disbelieve, the ONE Whom has chosen You, and died for your sin, so Y O U won’t have too? 

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

Sin is the transgression of the Ten Commandments, His Law, by which all are judged!

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

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ASTROLOGY, can it tell your fate? J.Gallagher–Sings of the Times Nov.2017 issue.

The Author examines the claims of astrology, and he finds the Bible and the Christian Faith are much more reliable guides for your future’s planning:  My thanks to all on this project (John B)

Are Y O U into Horoscopes? Do you check yours, in the newspaper even before you head out for the day?  Or do you perhaps, read it just for fun? Or are Y O U, one of many that take this very seriously?  Well look….

GEMINI: “”You’re excellent when the pressure is up. There’s a snag at work. Make sure to do a thorough diagnoses of the problem before you ask for help.”

NOTE(JB): That’s good advice, in most situations for most people, yet it is far to broad, lacking any specifics!Stick to the plan. On important matters, ask for proof. Your social life requires you to know

CAPRICORN: “Stick to the plan. On important matters, ask for proof. Your social life requires you to know when to keep quiet, and when to speak up. It could be that what bugs you about a loved one is really your own problem.”

Do you believe, that IF an eagle appeared on your right side, you would be blessed by the gods? Or, if you heard thunder on your left, you are about to die? Would you believe, and act upon the interpretation given to a mess of goat entrails? (UGH!)  It is true, that your future can be read in the tea leaves in the bottom of your cup?

Of course not, you say. Nobody believes in these methods of predicting the future anymore. Those superstitions were for the people of the ancient civilizations, not for those in the 21ST Century.  Yet what if I ask you, about your horoscope, and who doesn’t know what sign they were born under?  Who can say, with all honesty, that they have not ever read theirs in a newspaper, or no the Web? Are they not all over the place, and would they be, if none paid any attention to them?

Reliance on astrology is becoming more and more popular, Pew pole on this in 2009 found about one i n four Americans believe in astrology. A Harris poll found that 29 percent believe in it.

NOTE(JB) It’s the same with all human predictions and forecasts, from Nostradamus to Edgar Cayce, all those in between. They are so luminous, that each can make a positive connection to almost anything! Yet, prophecy takes up at least 40 percent of the Bible, and 90 percent has come to pass, as written, and on time, when a time element is given, yet most people do not believe the last 10 percent will happen!  They’d rather believe men than God?

THE FACTS:

Let’s be honest, astrology, chicken bones, entrails, have all been used for many 1,000’s of years. In fact it was the Babylonians that drew the Zodiac and its 12 sections.  Now it was not until 1781 and the newer telescopes, that men found there’s more than the five planets, plus earth, the charts were founded on. Thus in the beginning men knew only Earth, Venus, Mercury Mars and Jupiter, and Saturn.   Missing from the charts even YET today are was the discovery of Neptune in 1846 and Pluto was found in 1930, yet all astrologers totally ignored the last three, so HOW THINK YOU, about its accuracy?                  People overlook things, and find it accurate, “Who has not had a day when there’s NOT a “snag” at work?   AS far as “your social life requires you to know when to keep silent, and when to speak up” To whom would that prediction NOT APPLY, every day?

WHAT’S THE TRUTH?

But what are the facts? Is the theory of astrology at least possible? Lets consider more facts:

  • No scientific evidence whatsoever has been found to indicate the changes in position of the planet’s relative position, to the earth have direct effect on human beings. This idea is completely unscientific, and goes against all we know about the natural world.
  • Why should one particular combination mean one thing and another position mean something else? Why is the planet Mars associated with violence [JB Mars was the God of war in the Roman, and Germanic tribes] and Venus with love? How can anyone know what the positions of the planets mean in terms of human character or feeling, or the future?  Who decided what all this means, originally, in Babylon?
  • Why should anyone assume that any prediction based on inaccurate science can produce accurate results???

Especially when astrology is based on the old, and wrong, belief system the earth is the center of the Universe, and that everything out in space, rotates around it?

MISTAKES AND DELIBERATE IGNORANCE.

Then there’s the fact that star positions, relative to earth, have drastically changed since astrology and astrological calendars were created. The Zodiac, created more than 4,000 years ago, no longer matches what we see in the night sky, today. The signs are no longer carry any validity, as in most cases the “Star Constellation”, is no longer in its original monthly quadrant! Why, then should anyone assume that these predictions carry any validity, or produce an accurate predictions?  Today we know, that stars DO move in relation of earth, so how on earth, can any planet’s position be any kind if indicator, to one’s future?

WHY PEOPLE BELIEVE?

Who would disagree with this…: humans have an insatiable desire to know their destiny?  Since many people discarded their Bible’s and their Savior and their God, we still have the need, a deep-seated need, to believe in something outside of self. To give themselves a “faith” to live by. Yet they believe, that human destiny is written in the stars, and our actions and thoughts, are by the planetary alignments, is responsible for all our actions! Any recurring problems, are not their fault, it’s the “Star Sign”, and not anything we have done! Thus it’s not our fault, as we can’t be held personally responsible! How else can anyone explain the “ANY THING GOES” these days?

ERRORS OF YESTERYEAR.

Please know, the original astrologers used 13 Constellations, but the Babylonian year had 12 months based upon the Moon’s Phases, thus it had a “built-in error!” Sadly, most adherents, to this phony stuff, accept it all on face-value.  Remembering only the few times it was right, but forgetting all the other times in was not even in the same ball-park!

Are you not a bit curious as to the HOW the Bible regards this stuff?

Isaiah 47:13-14 “Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee. Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.”

Jeremiah 10:2-3 “Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.”

Note(JB): sings of heaven is astrology. The rest is about the man-made gods, idols. Look at the Prophet Daniel,who, by God’s guidance, was able to set the dates of Christ’s Baptism and begin His Ministry, and the year of His death, 1000 years before the fact, as well as predict the human empires succession right up unto the time Christ returns! But who reads this book today, let alone study it?

Daniel 2:1-11 “And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him. Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king. And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream. Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriack, O king, live for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation. The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill. But if ye shew the dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honour: therefore shew me the dream, and the interpretation thereof. They answered again and said, Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation of it. The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me. But if ye will not make known unto me the dream, there is but one decree for you: for ye have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, till the time be changed: therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that ye can shew me the interpretation thereof. The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king’s matter: therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean. And it is a rare thing that the king requireth, and there is none other that can shew it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.”

SO WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Since astrology’s base is heathen, we shouldn’t be too surprised of its theories contradicts what we know the Bible teaches us about God and His Creation:

  1. The Bible, says God is in control of this world.
  2.  Astrology says the stars– the planets– are the controlling factors.
  3. The Bible says we are responsible to God for what we are and do.
  4. Astrology, says we are NOT responsible
  5. The Bible, says we should focus our attention on helping and caring for others.
  6. Astrology, says we should think only of self.
  7. The Bible, says we should worship God and look to Him for guidance, and advice.
  8. Astrology, says nothing about God and directs human attention to human interpretations for the way to live.

Christianity says God can save you and give you eternal life. Why rely upon advice by people who have a worldly view that’s at odds with God’s Word?

Note(JB) as a much younger man, I as a lark, walked into a Palm Reader’s store front, in the L.A. area. A woman seated at a table with a huge glass sphere, spoke asking “How can I help YOU?”   I answered, rather cheekily, “Dumb question, aren’t you the one with all the answers?” I was told to leave!

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

Want/Need more? Visit your Seventh-day Adventist Church, any Saturday/Sabbath at 9-10 AM. Learn that Heaven loves YOU, and has a place that only YOU can fill.

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