Sudden Judgement

Sudden Judgement

The football game was tied and the home team had the ball; oh no they fumbled and the other team ran the ball all the way for a touchdown. We know that as a “sudden death” tie breaker. The judgement? The home team lost and the visiting team won. A more dire situation? Oh I will accept GOD (Jesus) when I get old; I am not ready (to give up sinning ) now. Bzzzzzzzzz!

“CRASH!”

TOO LATE; the head on collision killed them instantly. Now before GOD and the judgement.

2 Corinthians 5:10 ESV 

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

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Accept Jesus now. Waiting too long may cost you everything but giving up a little now for an eternity with GOD?

Invaluable. Compares to nothing earthly.
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John 14:2 ESV 

In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?



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Discernment

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Why is acquiring Discernment so important?

1 John 4:1 ESV 

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Out in the “The Real World” I heard it said as a child or student it is like (blank). Unfortunately while this may suggest making a mechanical thing work it can, also point to a darker side of life. We (all not just Christians) must prepare our children for real life dangers along with an optimistic portrayal of life beyond the cocoon of family, church or school – when these places live up to the best humans can offer of course.  Some children learn all too soon some of life’s uglier side at home or close to home. For the majority I hope the collective nest in childhood is loving and nurturing. As a student of history, humans and what the Bible says about good and evil, we do not do our young a favor by shielding them for too long and too tight a loving grip: in some way we must alert them just what is “The Real World” as we teach them tolerance and how to love thy neighbor as thy self.

WWII German Truths? Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “On July 19th, the Führer spoke to the German Reichstag in Berlin and the Italian Foreign Minister Ciano to report on the campaign in France and to appeal one last time to “English reason.”” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 11, 2018. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/ae7bb9f5-4543-5a5d-e040-e00a1806317f

1 Kings 3:9 ESV

Give your servant (the writer) therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”

A good place to start is revealed in these two verses . . . and many more in GOD’s Word.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

James 1:5 ESV / 

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

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Christians Responding to a Threat

Christians Responding to a Threat

Defense

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Threat: What is a threat?
What Kind of threat? Does it matter?  Yes.
Let us see what the Bible tells us:

Romans 12:17 ESV 

Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.
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After King Saul became obsessed with killing David there were times when David could have killed King Saul but did not.
READ:  1 Samuel 24 New International Version (NIV)

“. . . . ’” Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.”

David could have killed King Saul who was a sever threat but did not.

Ageless Sword Protection

Jesus told Peter to put away his sword in the Garden of Gethsemane when Judas betrayed Him and He was about to be lead away.

John 18:11 ESV

So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”

 
 
What about threats to you and your family?
Bandit
Bully

Exodus 22:2-3 ESV

If a thief is found breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no bloodguilt for him, but if the sun has risen on him, there shall be bloodguilt for him. He shall surely pay. If he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.

Much more to learn: Do not Murder; God may be the avenger; Jesus advocates turning the other cheek in some cases . . . 

A Biblical Argument for Self Defense: Wayne Grudem

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Evil Redux

Evil Redux

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Yes I wrote about evil before however, I thought it worthwhile to reiterate aspects of this seemingly ubiquitous aspect of life. If we just focus on The Ten Commandments and select those that instill an immediate threat to humans we should gain a bit more insight concerning evil. So, if I avoid debating social or cultural dilemmas head on cool heads may allow why sin is the source of evil. When GOD created the Heavenly Hosts they misused their Free Will as humans eventually had done later on when they were created. Satan and his demonic supporters fell from grace and influenced, and still influence, humanity: tempting us to give in to our sin nature thus perpetuating the influences of evil upon our world.

Isaiah 5:20 ESV

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Self defense,  defending good, defending your family may lead to killing because there is little choice; possibly self sacrifice if it can do good is possible, but:

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Exodus 20:13 ESV

“You shall not murder.

Rather than go through every possibility in a short blog I will point out how  two more sins cause evil to linger on the Earth.

1. Untruth: lies, omission, deception, manipulation . . . These cause the innocent harm; rob the innocent of what is theirs; encourages and enables a perpetrator to continue in these sinful ways.   2. Greed: How much does a person really need of anything? If a selfish person acts greedily innocent people loose out: food, clothing, healthcare, . . . . . employment doing honorable work.  

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There is no such thing as a victimless crime according to the Laws of GOD. Jesus paid for sin and fulfilled the penalty for sinning but He did not do away with GOD’s standards and definition for sin.
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Accept Jesus’ sacrifice and gain eternal life.

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Free Will

Is Free Will an Illusion?

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We go about our lives thinking we are deciding what to do, where and when to go; what to eat; who to marry; what job to take. Yet when any of these decisions turn out negative our minds may go into overdrive attempting to figure out what happened (a consequence of free will?). Philosophers have wrestled with this question for a long time and I myself confronted baffling outcomes to my choices. First, GOD blessed us with free will and had also blessed the angles with free will resulting in some rebelling introducing evil to creation.  

2 Peter 2:4 ESV

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment;

God does not allow Satan (a fallen angel) free reign:

Job 2:3 ESV

Satan
Rare Book Division, The New York Public Library. “Then Los & Enitharmon knew that Satan: is Urizen.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 26, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47db-b5e1-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.”

If you read Job you will see a great struggle because with permission Satan tormented Job and still he held up to the onslaught.  

Job:
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Job Conversing with His Friends” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 26, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/c26b7a20-64a3-0133-111b-00505686a51c


 



 

 

 

 

 


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Job 42:16 ESV

And after this Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, four generations.

Bottom line: GOD gave free will because when we choose GOD it is on our own accord not a forced choice.

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Do Not Hold a Grudge

unfortunately religion often is at the root of human conflict (wars and the violation of human rights)

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Support Christians under persecution: https://www.persecution.com/

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How can these believers in religions that worship a loving God allow this to happen? Take the Balkan Peninsula of Southeastern Europe for example:

” The places of lowest religious concentration were Slovenia 65.4%, Serbia with 63.7% and Croatia with 63.6%. Religious differences between Orthodox Serbs, Catholic Croats, Muslim Bosniaks and Albanians alongside the rise of nationalism contributed to the collapse of Yugoslavia in 1991.” https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yugoslavia

Countless peoples around the world have scores to settle with neighbors, some hundreds of years old. Sad to say even Christians can be found in this group.

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One of these conflicts became bloody several times within my lifetime: The Northern Ireland Conflict 1968-1998 – An Overview “… Another angle of the conflict was sectarian or communal violence between the majority unionist or loyalist Protestant population and the minority Catholic or nationalist one. …”http://www.theirishstory.com/2015/02/09/the-northern-ireland-conflict-1968-1998-an-overview/#.XJFDNoUnbno

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Before you start judging who is more just, I want you to see how even the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ can bring a peaceful time even in the most dire of circumstances: Global war

“During World War I, on and around Christmas Day 1914, the sounds of rifles firing and shells exploding faded in a number of places along the Western Front in favor of holiday celebrations in the trenches and gestures of goodwill between enemies.” https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-i/christmas-truce-of-1914


CLIP: Christmas Truce of 1914, World War I – For Sharing, For Peace https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KHoVBK2EVE


John 16:33 ESV

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

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Matthew 5:9 ESV

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Forgive and Forget; Extent your hand in peace.

Go in the world and avoid conflict as much as it is possible. Let ancient grudges fade away – who living today even was witness to many of these happenings. Take care they are not the children of mythology causing harm to the innocent. You my fellow believer are the Representative of Christ and the expression of The Love of GOD.


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No matter what the outcome and when the deadly evidence has vanished future generations may completely forget the great suffering the conflicts of the past had inflicted on humanity.

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Martyrs and Isolated Churches

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2 Timothy 3:12 ESV / 153 helpful votes

Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

Most dangerous places for Christians: North Korea, Afganistan, Somalia, Libya, Pakistan, Sudan, Erithria, Yemen, Iran, India . . .Read:https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/stories/10-dangerous-places-christian-world-watch-list/

Acts 7:59 ESV (the first martyr)

And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

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Yes there are Christians being martyred even today and Isolated Churches can have difficulties

“China Closes Megachurches Before Christmas “

Christian Martyr – A: see cite below *

“Sri Lanka: Attacks on minority faiths keep increasing in the majority-Buddhist island nation.”

“Church leaders and toddlers arrested after singing in public: Communist country proves it is serious about newest religious restrictions.”

These and more stories can be found in “Chistianity Today” https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/topics/a/asia/

*Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, The New York Public Library. “Christian martyr, in Madagascar in chains – receiving consolation.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 15, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-c940-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99


SONG: Christian Martyrs Be prepared to CRY! YouTube by Lerryson Christyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDSMDt4oq6k


Christian Martyr Burned at the Stake – B: See Cite Below**

**Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “And last of all, they burned him to ashes at the stake. Thus came Faithful to his end.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 15, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/72adcec2-57de-558a-e040-e00a18062a3e

Mark 16:15 ESV

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

List of Some Isolated Churches

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Grytviken Churchhttp://www.sght.org/grytviken-church/

Katskhi Pillar in Georgia https://georgianvoyage.com/katskhi-pillar/

Two Churches, Tristan da Cunha https://www.tristandc.com/churches.php\

Solovetsky Monastery, Russiahttps://orthodoxwiki.org/Solovetsky_Monastery

Svalbard Church, Norwayhttps://www.visitnorway.com/listings/svalbard-church/199335/

Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland. https://www.tripadvisor.co.nz/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g797798-d2435680-i77090546-Kap_Hope-Ittoqqortoormiit_Sermersooq_Municipality.html

Chapel of the Snows, McMurdo Station, Antarcticahttp://www.southpolestation.com/trivia/history/chapel.html

Source for some of these churches: https://www.urbanghostsmedia.com/2014/04/10-most-remote-churches-places-christian-worship/

Hidden Christian sites in Nagasaki and Amakusa region:https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2253.html

ALSO SEE “Open Doors” :https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/stories/7-reasons-why-hotbeds-of-persecution-are-growing-in-central-asia/

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The Appeal of Modern Prophecy

Short Video of what Revelation may be like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyFEJ-Cptr4

Yes it may be a frightening time to be alive
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However we are curious: it is in our nature. We also have a tendency to gravitate toward drama. We may seek relief from our fears by knowing somethings others do not know. Or, it could just be entertainment for some people. Rest assure however our eternity is hinged on what we believe about GOD and Jesus. No doubt GOD has a plan; people may disagree on the details but what does scripture say? This blog cannot cover it all so I suggest a long term Bible study with good references and bona-fide teaching.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 ESV

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

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Matthew 24:7 ESV

For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

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Matthew 24:14 ESV

And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

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Hillsong-This Kingdom (with lyrics)

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What do I believe? I believe in the per-tribulation rapture: I with other Christians living and dead will be called up to meet Jesus when He returns I believe I will experience the 1000 year reign of GOD before the final judgement.

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Sudden Calamity

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How fast does change happen?

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One minute you are riding happily in your car with your family when suddenly a vehicle from oncoming traffic slams into your car head on. In an instant flames erupt and everyone dies. Nothing humans can do can completely eliminate unexpected danger from destroying us, our family or our homes – the best we can do is to have a plan for a catastrophe and pray.


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Unbelievable accident, happened within seconds


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Christians have much more than an Earthly plan: we can look forward to an eternity in heaven with GOD because of the accomplishment of Jesus Christ.

Romans 6:23 ESV

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Jesus paid the penalty for sin we just have to accept that and accept Him. We then become Christians with and eternal future with GOD. That is our major insurance policy for sudden calamity leading to death. Lesser events and challenges can be handled with prayer and use of our brain (intelligence) given by GOD.


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Starting soon series on the end times and prophecy.

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When the Excitement Fades

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The call is exhilarating; the field exotic

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1 Corinthians 12:4-11 ESV

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Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, …

When we become a Christian we seek advice from GOD concerning our gift(s); are eager to learn from The Bible; eager to witness; eager to serve ; maybe eager to go out as a missionary. We can clamor so much we miss the quiet whispers from GOD and grow restless – we are still human: we may think we were mistaken; newness may fade; routines may eventually become uninspired and dull. What shall we do? Pray, pray, pray. Seek help from the Holy Spirit and counsel from mentors to renew our energies and correct our course.

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I was taught Christians are needed in every walk of life so that GOD’S Love and standards can be seen in many places.

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Steven Curtis Chapman – For The Sake Of The Call [Official Music]

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Pray for a renewed spirit and renewed or new inspiration:


Psalm 51:10 ESV

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Donnie McClurkin: Create In Me A Clean Heart

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Whatever works to help you rekindle your fire; loosing faith is a test more common then many Christians Realize

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SEE: 1 Kings 19:4-20 ESV

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Kings+19%3A4-20&version=ESV

Even Prophets of old fell victim to doubt and disappointments. Christians I have known have sought counsel, fasted, prayed . . . whatever necessary in order to rekindle their spiritual fire. You will not loose your salvation but you can loose heavenly rewards when doubts discourage and weaken your effectiveness as a Christian.

John 10:28 ESV

I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

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