GOD’s Ways

GOD’s Ways

Peace and Love

 

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I have on several occasions explained that human standards and GOD’s standards are not the same (like it or not; agree or disagree), if it were not so, GOD would not be GOD. Warm and fuzzy, “Fire and Brimstone”, Judge, Mercy Grantor, or Chastiser? Same GOD, DIFFERENT SITUATIONS.  

Hippie flower children gushing with love: yes

but not always.

Peace

Satan challenged GOD and was cast out of heaven; Adam and Eve sinned and were cast out of the Garden of Eden; Humans were so depraved GOD had Noah build an Arch for himself and his righteous family and representatives of all living creatures, then destroyed all the sinners in a flood – along with everything else.

 

Fallen Angel

Isaiah 40:11 ESV

He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 ESV 

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It ​does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;

Moses was angry on GOD’S behalf after seeing the Golden Calf ? Yes.

Moses was a great leader but succumbed to the constant grumbling of “the ​”chosen people” as they wandered in the wilderness.

Read: Numbers 20:2 – 13

Moses Striking the Rock:
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Moses Striking the Rock” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 10, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/6eb23470-5535-0135-91d8-00d33b36d7cd

Moses and Aaron struck a rock to obtain water for the people as they had done previously, however, GOD had instructed them to speak to the rock in order to obtain water.  This disobedience cost them entry into the “Promised Land”.

 

​_Heaven or Hell: Yes, but Jesus offers peace with GOD – avoidance of Hell and an Eternity in heaven.

Fiery Judgement

Romans 6:23 ESV 

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

*I added these words for clarity.


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Evil Comes from Sin

Evil Comes from Sin

God Demands More 2
God Demands More 1

 

 

 

 


Today people shy away from talking about sin because The Bible teaches we all are sinners and many people refuse to accept this. Yes we all are sinners from the most horrible dictator to the shop lifter who takes an apple. In human terms there is a difference but to GOD sin is sin:

Romans 3:23 ESVEvil Comes from Sin

Stained Glass

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

All Have Sinned

By the Standard of GOD sinners deserve death

Garbage and Trash

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.

Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV 

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.Evil Comes from Sin

One Hope; one Way; one Jesus

John 14:6 ESV 

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 

GOD offers Beauty

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A Dark Pessimistic Theory

A Dark Pessimistic Theory

Scorched Earth

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Self imposed population control: drug and alcohol abuse, suicide, risky behavior, abortion, infanticide, genocide and assisted  suicide. Without trust in GOD all these thing can be twisted to convince people they serve humanity by allowing a better life for the survivors: more living space, more food, more things . . . . etc. Historically this reminds me of the 1930’s and 1940’s on our planet. What does GOD say?

 

1 Timothy 2:3-4 ESV

This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Apocalypse

This morning I read a blog post that explained that many streams, rivers and lakes have become unsafe to swim in (let alone drink) because lazy or cheap vacationers with campers discharge the waste from their toilets in to these waters. One comment suggested they may also let it drain as the drive along a highway. This is selfish abuse and sin. No respect for others or our planet. GOD indicated to use what we need and not abuse and waste the rest. Getting pleasure from destructive practices (killing for pleasure) is Sin.

This is more than a spiritual truth.

A person must be alive in order accept Christ and gain eternal life. To live means food, air, water, safety, good health . . . .etc. Harvest and slaughter only what is needed for food.

2 Peter 3:9 ESV

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.        

Do not scoff and be deceived: GOD will judge all.

Revelation
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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Memory Issues

Memory Issues

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Dorot Jewish Division, The New York Public Library. “Sepulchres of the judges of Israel” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Judges Of Israel Accessed June 1, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-5d16-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

When the Hebrews were settled in the land GOD promised (some of the land that is) and things were relatively peaceful the people would forget what GOD had done for them.  During the time of the Judges there became a cycle of falling away from GOD and dire consequences then GOD would raise up a Judge to lead them back and defeat their enemies. This cycle persisted for twelve judges; the period ends when Saul became King.

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Some of us Christians may be hard pressed to admit it but, we easily forget when GOD has answered our prayer(s) and drift into a carefree nonchalant frame of mind until the next crises. That behavior can be explained with this familiar phrase, “What have you done for me lately?”. We probably do not mean it that way but it still appears that way to others.

Deuteronomy 4:9 ESV

“Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children—

An Even Worse Attitude?

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An even worse attitude may be taking GOD for granted. Assuming that the answer to prayer will be what we think is right, sometimes relying on GOD’s Grace to cover what may otherwise be our sin.

Romans 6:1-2 ESV

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?

And a Still Greater Error ?

An even greater error would be taking matters into our own hands then expecting GOD to approve and bless our action afterwards. Instead:

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1 Chronicles 10:13-14 ESV

So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the Lord in that he did not keep the command of the Lord, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance. He did not seek guidance from the Lord. Therefore the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.

Even Moses Faltered

Moses
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “Moses Fountain,Washington Park, Albany, N. Y.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 24, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-a305-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Moses struck a rock at Mount Horeb as GOD instructed and water flowed for the people during the Exodus but later GOD instructed Moses to speak to a rock to bring forth water but he hit it with a stick again: this displeased GOD  and evoked anger.

 

 

 

 


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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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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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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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Prophecy II

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Title Page Depicting Prophets [Alle Propheten Teutsch] – See attached Cites

SONG From Last Week: Adam Zarn:The Prophets of the Bible Song

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Four Important Old Testament Prophets to Highlight their Function


Isaiah

No 1 Prophet Isaiah – See attached Cites

https://lifehopeandtruth.com/prophecy/prophets/prophets-of-the-bible/isaiah-the-prophet/

Isaiah 40:31 ESV

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


Jeremiah

No 2 Jeremiah on the ruins of Jerusalem – See attached Cites

http://www.insight.org/resources/bible/the-major-prophets/jeremiah

Jeremiah 1:5

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”


Ezekiel

No 3 The Prophet Ezekiel – See attached Cites

http://biblescripture.net/Ezekiel.html

Ezekiel 37:12-14 ESV

Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the Lord.”


Daniel

No 4 Belshazzar’s feast–Daniel interpreting the handwriting on the wall – See attached Cites

https://lifehopeandtruth.com/prophecy/prophets/prophets-of-the-bible/daniel-the-prophet/

Daniel 5:29 ESV

Then Belshazzar gave the command, and Daniel was clothed with purple, a chain of gold was put around his neck, and a proclamation was made about him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.

NOTE:

Next Week Prophecy: Jesus Is Coming

God’s Story: The Prophets Video

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The Bible must be studied as a whole and these and other prophets involve studies into themselves therefore, today’s blog is only a hint concerning the impotance of prophets.

Cites for Prophet Images

No 1 The Lower Pool of Siloam. The old mulberry-tree, supported by stones, is said to mark the spot where the Prophet Isaiah was sawn asunder, in the presence of King Manasseh

Dorot Jewish Division, The New York Public Library. “The Lower Pool of Siloam. The old mulberry-tree, supported by stones, is said to mark the spot where the Prophet Isaiah was sawn asunder, in the presence of King Manasseh” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 13, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-5dc7-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

No 2 Jeremiah on the ruins of Jerusalem

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Jeremiah on the ruins of Jerusalem” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 13, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-5d96-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

No 3 The Prophet Ezekiel

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “The Prophet Ezekiel” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 13, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/cd843910-e6d6-0132-8e4f-58d385a7bbd0

No 4 Belshazzar’s feast–Daniel interpreting the handwriting on the wall.

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Belshazzar’s feast–Daniel interpreting the handwriting on the wall” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 13, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-133a-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Title Page Depicting Prophets [Alle Propheten Teutsch]

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Title Page Depicting Prophets [Alle Propheten Teutsch]” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 13, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/5bd3f690-63d5-0133-b389-00505686d14e


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Turning away from substance abuse

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Proverbs 20:1 ESV

Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.


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Before I became a Christian I lead a decadent life with few constraints; ultimately this lead to several negative challenges in my life – I failed to correct my faults. Finally admitting I was a sinner unable to control my sin nature without help. I turned my life over to GOD through Jesus Christ. Sure life became better but consequences still arouse and occasionally I needed to remind myself what my weaknesses were and that it was GOD not me that made the recovery possible.

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Finally after more than thirty-five years my most difficult battles seem to be in the past.

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Lisa Scinta – Addiction Lyrics Video

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I must not drop my guard: In a culture that seems to be challenged more and more by substance abuse, depression and declining morals my only hope for a better life, the resistance to temptation is my trust in Jesus and the Word of GOD as my guide.

Like minded Christians can be of enormous help

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Hebrews 10:25 ESV

Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Help one another, study The Bible together and encourage each other. If one stumbles prop him or her up.

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1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Excerpt from a secular blog of mine: Odd Thoughts (with Christian influence)

What is a Realistic Education (Biblical Stewadship; resonsibility)
Somewhere along the way Americans seem to have lost their understanding of what a useful education really is: A realistic education prepares a student for becoming a productive citizen with realistic expectations, skills for industry and in home life and, an understanding of right and wrong. Knowledge of our political system with its checks and balances with accurate expectations as a citizen. What do I believe about this topic?
First there is no one route to success, second few people will achieve recognition for some esoteric or exotic invention. The overwhelming majority of our citizens will work for a living and mange their affairs in a responsible way which yields satisfaction (contentment and happiness). What kind of knowledge and training do people need?
There is more than one (or just a few) paths
A. Basics: Language – reading and writing and, math skills.
B. Advanced Basics:

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  1. Health: Nutrition, dangers, medical routines, exercise . . . etc.
  2. Personal Economics: Money management, retirement planning, running a household.
  3. Thorough knowledge of American History and our relationship to World History.
  4. Detailed knowledge of our political system with checks and balances and relationship of majorities to minorities; our economic system.
  5. Morality: right from wrong; civility and common courtesies. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS Respect for spiritual matters.
    C. Advanced Studies: in compact programs, vocational schools, military service and then Colleges or Universities.
  6. Job skills
  7. Leadership skills (if applicable)
  8. Advanced Mental Health: accurate knowledge of self and the relationship with others.

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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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Materialism Fades

Things are Temporary

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James 4:14 ESV

Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

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Christmas Trees drop their needles, toys break, cars wear out and our buildings eventually crumble. Our bodies age and need more attention with each passing year. So, what can we do about the process of entropy that we are immersed in? First we focus on what is eternal: GOD.

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SELFISHNESS SONG, being selfish. Christian kids song about selfishness.

We can plan for our financial security

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Jeremiah 29:11-12 ESV

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.

This is wise because while statistically we all may not reach old age there is our progeny we may wish to provide for; a spouse; a non-profit organization. Responsible stewardship is a positive endeavor.

But making material gain a priority is flawed

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As I pointed out above the things of this world fade and crumble; our descendants may benefit but must make their own way eventually. The old adage, “We can’t take it with us.” rings true.

1 Timothy 6:10 ESV

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.


Shawn McDonald – Greed (Acoustic)

Good News: (biblical pun?) GOD has a plan for each and every one of us.

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GOD is eternal

Hebrews 13:8 ESV

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

ESV- English Standard Version: Crossway

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