Prophecy I

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Ancient People Sought GOD or gods

The seeking was prompted by the so many unknowns humans were confronted by in their daily lives. Some among each population (clan, tribe, nation) were aroused to fill the void: discover ways to commune with GOD or gods and act as a representative of the people – a priest. This approach led to many forms of human invention meant to fill the void but, sadly at the expense of the general population for the aggrandizement of a few. With their power over others these intermediary few compelled the people to comply and obey or they would offend the gods. What is unique about the way our true Biblical GOD accomplished this? GOD approached, taught and guided people (not the other way around).

Adam and Eve walked with GOD.

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. “Full-page miniature of Adam and Eve questioned by God.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 5, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-e6b0-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Genesis 3:8 ESV

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

Genesis 6:9 ESV

These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.

Genesis 5:22 ESV

Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters.

What we Believe as Christians is that GOD provided people with guidance knowledge and standards through Prophets

Bible The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “Title page” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 17, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-618c-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

“Prophet (general definition):In religion, a prophet is an individual who is regarded as being in contact with a divine being and is said to speak on that entity’s behalf, serving as an intermediary with humanity by delivering messages or teachings from the supernatural source to other people.[1][2] The message that the prophet conveys is called a prophecy. “

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophet


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Adam Zarn:The Prophets of the Bible Song

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The test for a true prophet?

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Deuteronomy 18:20-22 ESV

But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?’— when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.

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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.


Mercy Me- Hold Fast- Recovery Video

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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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Live Your Faith

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Become a better Christian

James was (and is) addressing Christians when he wrote:

James 2:14-17 ESV

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

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Works will not save you only accepting Jesus Christ can do that but, we express our gratitude for GOD’s Grace by showing GOD’s Love in the way we live and act. Works do add to our heavenly rewards however: Matthew 16:27; James 1:12; 

The saddest thing for me is seeing a Christian displaying a “fish” or Christian slogan on their bumper but then drive angrily and discourteously.

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As Christians people will judge our faith, our character and perhaps even Jesus by the way we behave and function in our society. It is our responsibility to live up to GOD’s standard and adhere to the teachings of Jesus Christ as much as it is humanly possible. I say humanly possible, because we are all sinners saved by grace: when we stumble we must confess our sins and strive to defeat whatever the sin was – we can with the help of the Holy Spirit.

1 John 1:8 ESV

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Jesus did not fall for a trick when asked about stoning a sinner:

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Who is without sin?

John 8:7 ESV

And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”

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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.

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Jesus Christ in the Line of David

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We must take time to recall the whole story of Jesus

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Humanity can trace its linage to Adam and Eve likewise Noah and his family. Perhaps your family tree is vast and very complete or, maybe it is scant. Royalty (Kings and Queens), for the most part meticulously are designated by precise lineage. Jesus Christ came to Earth and was born a man so he could become the blameless

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sacrifice on the cross for all sin; fulfilling the requirement of The Law and allowing even me – even you – access to GOD and eternal life.

1 John 1:9 ESV

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


Song: Paul Baloche – Your Name (Christmas Version)

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The scholars of GOD’s Word have provided us with a detailed list of the heritage of Jesus Christ the Son of GOD and GOD man.

Matthew 1:1-25 ESV

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, …

Luke 3:23-38 ESV

Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, …

Jesus lives in Heaven with GOD the Father and The Holy Spirit.

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Why Excess Food is Wasted

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Thanks, Pass the Food

This is the month that here in the USA we celebrate our Thanksgiving Holiday; a tradition we trace back to the early colonial period. There are folk tales about its origin but the official holiday was formalized by President Abraham Lincoln:

On this day in 1863, expressing gratitude for a pivotal Union Army victory at Gettysburg, President Abraham Lincoln announces that the nation will celebrate an official Thanksgiving holiday on November 26, 1863.*

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SONG: By James Halifko

Ephesians 5:20 ESV

Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

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We Thank God and Share our Good Fortune

From the beginning GOD has instructed us to  help those who lack food and shelter the widows, the orphans, the strangers the infirm.

Deuteronomy 24:19-22 ESV

“When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. When you beat your olive trees, you shall not go over them again. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not strip it afterward. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore I command you to do this.

SHARE FOOD DO NOT WASTE IT

We Christians Give Thanks Every Day

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Our daily bread is a symbol of much more than food we thank GOD for what Jesus has done for us and even now lives in heaven has our advocate defending us from Satan’s assaults and sowing GOD our righteousness granted by The GRACE of GOD.

Matthew 6:9-13 ESV

Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

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The Value of Humans

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More Mouths to Feed?

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How many times have humans thought enough food could not be produced for a growing population only to be fooled by GOD. GOD gave humans brains and intelligence and GOD blessed us also with the ability to keep up with change. Find ways to harvest more food is just another example of GOD given intelligence used correctly.  When food fails to reach the hungry it is not because there is not enough of it: it is because of selfish and greedy people living according to their sin.

Luke 12:24 ESV

Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!

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Consider what are the real reasons some people seek ways to control populations? This goal is is not in GOD’s plan.

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Genesis 1:28 ESV

And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

GOD Created Life: it is Sacred

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Jeremiah 1:5 ESV

“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.”


SONG: Sandi Patty – Masterpiece

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Great effort is exerted to save premature babies; couples who have a problem conceiving spend a lot of money to become fertile. Yet some people find  parents inconvenient and to seek what GOD has created. Why?

Infirm less useful?

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Leviticus 19:14 ESV

You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.

Tyrants and ruthless leaders sometimes seek to rid their populations of any person that cannot contribute to their agenda. History has deplorable examples of this. Add genocide, infanticide and males of military age to the hideous annihilation.

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Too Old?

Proverbs 16:31 ESV

Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.

 

Some cultures place great value on the elders. The older members of society have much wisdom and experience to share with the young. These elders are held in high regard and are often valued with great affection.

In 1st Kings 12 King Rehoboam (son of Solomon)  rejected the council of wise elders and instead listened to his young friends the result? The kingdom split.

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What is the Meaning?

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Three Ways to Approach the Bible

Translations of the Holy Bible abound in many languages but there is only three approaches to translating into your language (with some blending of these in some versions): a) Word for Word, b) Thought-for-thought and c) Paraphrase.

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If you were alive when the Bible was written in Hebrew and Aramaic and translated with precision into Greek and you knew these languages all the modern versions would not be necessary. It is because of this we often refer to several versions in English or another language to grasp meaning as accurately as possible.

 

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SONG: Thy Word – Amy Grant

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The Holy Spirit Helps

John 14:26 ESV

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

When you became (or become) a Christian you receive(d) The Holy Spirit to help you understand and acquire better skills as to what is right and what is wrong.

Mysteries Unfold

Christianity shares one aspect with other religions because as humans we have a number of hindrances that limit our understanding of somethings. These are not mystical or crime mysteries however: The Trinity, How GOD hears all our prayers . . . and so on.

Colossians 2:1-3 ESV

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

 

Bottom Line

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We begin as an infant in The Lord and learn to crawl, walk and then run with knowledge and understanding; we become more Christ Like if we are obedient and diligently study The Word.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

 

 

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Art has Meaning, a Message, Mirrors People

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Song Lyrics  . . .

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. . . entertainment, casual banter and typical behavior reveals a society’s or culture’s morality, sense of justice and respect for fellow citizens – or lack of respect. Glorifying, encouraging or promoting hate, abuse of others or a lack of respect for authority erodes the peace and tranquility of a society.

Psalm 105:2 ESV

Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!


SONG: Chris Tomlin – Lord I Need You

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The Written Word . . .

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Mine Kumpf (My Fight) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mein_Kampf by Adolph Hitler, The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and the Holy Bible are three of the most influential books.  Of course I refer to the blessings derived from GOD’s word as the main message of this blog.

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Hebrews 4:12 ESV

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Music . . .

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Music and songs can stir us in our hearts and minds: Taps at funerals, The Star Spangled Banner, Classical music, Christian Hymns and a myriad of popular songs and music – good, bad and meaningless.

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Ephesians 5:19 ESV

Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,


Amazing Grace

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDdvReNKKuk


 

Psalm 126:2 ESV

Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”

Visual Arts, Dance, Theater and Cinema ..

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The grand spectacles Gone with the Wind, The Ten Commandments  and the more recent The Passion of the Christ the artistic license for drama not withstanding, are moving nevertheless. Strange visual effects as used in the latter part of 2001 a Space Odyssey ,  harsh language and explicit sex are all tools used to attract and move the audiences. This art form can be used to teach as well as fill our hours with empty eye candy. Museums filled with paintings, statues and oddities can give historical and social clues about the time in which they were made. Dance can offer folk traditions as well as modern expression.

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Psalm 149:3 ESV

Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!


Moses Parts the Sea – The Ten Commandments (6/10) Movie CLIP (1956) HD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqCTq3EeDcY


Humor at the expense of others is a misuse of art forms (at least in my opinion).


The Fat Boy Chronicles: Clip – Teacher Scolds at Jimmy

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In the Image of GOD

 

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In the Image of GOD?

Genesis 1:27 ESV

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

A photograph is a two-dimensional representation of something – perhaps you. A movie is a series of these two-dimensional representations. These are images not the real thing or the real you. They can give a number of important clues about you: hints of your character, how you looked at the moment of photographing or filming. Over time and with the study of many images one may assemble a better more accurate understanding about the subject or you but, this will never add up to “it” or “you”.

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“Image of God” (Christa Wells and Nicole Witt) – worship video

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So what is the Image of GOD?

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Colossians 3:10 ESV

And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

Many opinions undoubtedly existed, exist and will exist but none can completely reveal GOD and how we are created in the image of GOD.

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Do Not Despair we can can understand enough.

2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

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We can assemble the “big picture” as the cliché’ implies by studying the Bible and paying careful attention to all the bits of information that reveal The Nature of GOD and how we are to live and reflect the image of GOD.

 

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Ephesians 4:24 ESV

And to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Church revival and church growth starts with you and, you will make a difference in a troubled world if you do; demonstrate the Love of GOD teach others about Jesus and Salvation.

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