Healthcare is a Blessing from GOD

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Jesus, Apostles and Saints of old healed people

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Matthew 10:1 ESV

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And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction.

‘Mended’ – Powerful song of healing by Matthew West

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Today humans have acquired knowledge and skill so that doctors and surgeons can provide corrective care and, chemists and biologists can provide medicine for healing. GOD has equipped modern humans for the tasks at hand. This and other beneficial abilities improve the lives of millions  of people.

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1 Corinthians 12:9 ESV

To another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,

The Nurses, Technicians and Hospital Workers all add to this effort

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It is not only the higher level professional healthcare provider that makes a significant difference but the next lower tier of workers too. In some ways this tier of workers provides more detailed and long-term care than doctors and surgeons.  Where would we be without them in the hospital, emergency room, nursing homes or even in home care?

Psalm 41:3 ESV

The Lord sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health.

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It is important to give GOD credit and thanks for this ‘good’ provided

God is the source of love, knowledge and the skills needed for people to take care of one another: Thank You Father in the Name of Jesus who brought so much good to the world.

Matthew 9:35 ESV

And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.

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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We Do Not Live Alone

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We need others and others need us

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ESV

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

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The world is a complex web of connected economies, food supplies, medical expertise and knowledge: we may fool ourselves and deny this but we can not ignore these truths for long, for if we do we will surely discover negative affects.

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The Bible as a handbook for societies

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The precepts espoused within the Biblical Scripture go beyond spiritual matters and enter into the realm of the interaction of humans in social environments. Some of the truths are: sharing a defense including law and order; sharing a food supply; safeguarding the vulnerable members of society and defining and insuring justice for all.

Romans 15:4 ESV

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

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I have written blog articles of these issues separately but,  the Bible as a whole is able to instruct humans living in a society without other helpful sources when all else fails.

SONG: “United” – Church Unity Worship Song By Dan Loewen (Lyric Video)

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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.

There are a small number of people who have lived, live and will live in isolation to one degree or another but, this proves nothing about humanity’s need for one another as a whole. Global trade, International Law or disaster assistance after calamity are not achieved by isolated individuals suddenly able to function as participants. Society is constantly practiced, corrected and  improved by a conscious effort. The Bible is a marvelous guide for running a society and giving a framework for this.

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Christians benefit from The Bible’s practicality . . .

. . . but we gain more than that: we get to know GOD, insure our eternity through Jesus and how to live as Christians in a world froth with challenges.

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.

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Can You Escape from Reality?

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GOD’S REALITY?


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Reality is Everything our Consciousness gets from our Senses

Song: Jeremy Camp – He Knows (Lyric Video)

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GOD gave us our senses; our brains; our minds . . . How we use them is governed by ‘Free Will’.  We are free: to sin or not to sin; determine what is good or what is evil; choose to be positive or choose to be negative.

Job 38:36 ESV

Who has put wisdom in the inward parts or given understanding to the mind?

 

If we use The Word of GOD as our guide we do well

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1 Corinthians 2:14 ESV

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

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How do we gain the most good from GOD?

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When we accept Jesus as our Savior, study The Bible and, live according to GOD’s Standards we get the most benefit that we can now. We learn to reject sin, do good, express the goodness of GOD and spread the Gospel, so others might be saved for eternity. So they receive The Love of GOD for always. All this with the guidance from the Holy Spirit you can have right now.

John 3:16-17 ESV

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

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2 Corinthians 9:8 ESV

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

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Truth Can Work Your Way


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What is truth?

Canofworms1 – Attribution: Debivort at en.wikipedia

This does open a can of worms. Right?

But, once there was only The Truth GOD offered to humans; that changed when Adam and Eve believed Satan’s lie in the Garden of Eden.  It has been a struggle ever since to ascertain truth from falsehoods.  Humans tend to classify truth: Universal Truth, Relative Truth, Authoritarian Truth, Scientific Truth and so on; the opposite of these logically is easily done by replacing “truth” with “untruth”. A dictionary description can be complicated also:

Truth*

  1. a. Conformity to fact or actuality: Does this story have any truth?
    b. Reality; actuality: In truth, he was not qualified for the job.
    c. The reality of a situation.
  2. a. statement proven to be or accepted as true: truths about nature.
    b. Such statements considered as a group.

    et al . . . . . etc

* https://www.thefreedictionary.com/truth

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From the Declaration of Independence:


We hold these Truths to be self-evident,  . . .  

http://www.civiced.org/resources/curriculum/911-and-the-constitution/terms-to-know

Many governments ignore or alter truth

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

Truth has been butchered by technology abused  and minipulated by political leaders, unscuplious businesses, biased media and a host of off beat self proclaimed experts in  too many genres to cover here.

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So what are we to do? What are we to tell our children?

Let us step back to the begining: There was GOD and then there was what GOD created.

Genesis 1:31 ESV 

And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

We do have the Bible. The Bible is “the Word of GOD” and it reveals GOD’s truth to us. Let us use it. Let us teach our children how to use it.
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Jesus said it clearly without ambiguity:

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.

John 9:5 ESV 

As long as I (Jesus) am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

AMEN

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Whom shall You Trust

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“Trust, but verify (RussianДоверяй, но проверяйDoveryai, no proveryai) is a Russian proverb. The phrase became well known in English when used by President Ronald Reagan on multiple occasions in the context of nuclear disarmament.”*

*https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trust,_but_verify

All humans will fail you eventually – at least statiscically.

Psalm 40:4 ESV 

Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!

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In our daily lives there are some tips on trust:

Proverbs 3:5 ESV

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

You will do well if you trust GOD and others  who trust GOD.

Trust in those who uphold GOD’s Standard
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People who honor GOD’s standards are less likely to disappoint you or violate your trust.  Christians know they can stumble so they are willing to make corrections and admit errors.

 

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,

Who will you trust today?

Why not start with trusting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Mark 5:36 ESV 

But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”

 

 

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The Now is All we Can Count On in this World

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Living in the Past? Living in the Future?

My brother an I would plan the next meal even as we were consuming the current one. Why? Was it because that was what our lives centered on? That priority seems so shallow just worrying about our next breath, food or drink. This fixation could have been an obsession at times – whether conscious or subconscious. This undoubtedly is a short sighted view my brother and I shared with animal life.

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Matthew 6:31-33

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

In every generation some die young and some die when they are old but most at some age in between.

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We cannot be certain about tomorrow; too many young adults have died recently from the flu, drug overdoses, murders or for unknown reasons – this is sad. I know parents and other older relatives are especially hard hit. There is nothing that can completely alleviate the pain and sadness but, having a strong relationship with GOD through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and saviour can be a great comfort.  This is at its greatest level of comfort when the surviving parents, relatives and friends know that the decedent was a Christian tusting Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. In that belief they will see them once again in the eternal life that Jesus has promised all who have believed in Him.

Are you Counting on Jesus or Worldly Things

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Luke 12:16-20 ESV

And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’

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The life as a new creation in Christ Jesus begins with accepting Him and becoming His follower.

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

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The Power of Belief

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Does the power of “belief” make things possible?

In this climate of extensive knowledge, numerous explorations into what is humanly possible and proven usefulness of technology, could a simple thing like belief enable accomplishment or the lack thereof foil it? (Wow a long sentence huh?) The powers of suggestion, perceptions and belief have been considered for thousands of years.  Battles have been won or lost because participants held a perception critical to the outcomes. New discoveries have been made because someone sought them no matter what the perceived chances were in accomplishing the discovery.

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Jesus walked upon the water . . . .

Peter did for a moment . . .

Matthew 14:27-31 ESV

 

There is a famous quote attributed to Jesus that illustrates the power of Belief without ambiguity:

Matthew 17:20 ESV 

He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

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God has gifted humans with intelligence, wisdom and skills . . .

Christians have been behind many things that have been a benefit for humanity – visit this link for more information:  http://www.cmf.org.uk/resources/publications/content/?context=article&id=827

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Some people have demonstrated their gifts in magnificent ways . . . 

Proverbs 3:5 ESV

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

On a more personal level have you had prayers answered; of course yes: sometimes the answer is yes, maybe, wait or no (all are valid answers).

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I do not lay claim that the best I have acquired, achieved or accomplished in my lifetime is my doing but, what good things I have benefitted from clearly has come from GOD – of this I am sure.

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I believe the most self centered and egotistical person will one day discover the source of creativity, skill, good fortune and achievement, ultimately has come from GOD.

Jeremiah 29:11 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. (a favorite verse)

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If you trust GOD you will see that GOD demonstrates Love for us in many ways . . .

 

Matthew 7:11 ESV 

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

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Each Person: Is Born; Lives; Dies

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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.

 No Mystery Here

We are mortal and there is nothing we can do about it – the promises of scientists notwithstanding.  Of course just about all religions offer some avenue to eternal life; some indicate we must earn it; some indicate we must achieve it by favouring god or gods.  Only one religious tradition I know of expresses that GOD will provide eternal life because GOD approached humans and explained how it can be done.  For we Christians it is clearly stated in the Word of GOD.

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.

 

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We Should Obey GOD but not to earn eternal life.

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We adhere to the precepts of GOD because of who GOD is, out of gratitude for GOD’s saving grace and the love GOD has for us (it is unconditional). Yet this will not allow us to earn eternal life; only accepting what Jesus has done for us can do that.

Ephesians 2:8-9 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.

 We can not be good enough on our own.

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We need the work of Jesus Christ who paid for the sins of all humans and through our trust in Jesus gain access to GOD and eternal life.  Demonstrating our gratitude by obeying GOD’s precepts and a desire to express GOD’s Love is a natural outcome of the process.

 

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We are born into a sinful world; we cannot live sinless; we need Jesus the Son of GOD for eternal salvation.

John 5:24 ESV

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

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Speculation and Idle Thoughts

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If we do not engage our minds with productive thought we are in danger of filling them with trash even robbing us of fulfillment and joy.

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No I am not telling you “brainstorming” or other stimulating creative activity is wrong. GOD gave doctors the same brain we have and they provide a great service to us all by providing health care and needed treatment when we are ill or injured. Thinking beyond what is known or is done often leads to positive breakthroughs in health care and many other fields or endeavors. Nevertheless, there is a path to productive thinking and ways to avoid aimless thinking explained in these simple terms: recognize where you can help others, learn all you can, develop all the necessary skills and practice striving to do the best that you can do.

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You will find many rewards for accomplishing these goals now and in eternity. We Christians acquire this wisdom from GOD’s Word; one ideal is stated in this portion of scripture:

Colossians 3:23 ESV

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

Wild imaginings, theories, misleading information spreading deception and lies: Human all consuming hobbies, greedy behavior or evil schemes?

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Often unrest, envy, or our uncontrolled sin nature masks itself in humor, freedom in the arts or freedom of speech. If a person does not recognize the evil path he or she is on and, allows negative motives to conceal themselves within their speech, humor or art, trouble for others is sure to follow. Ultimately they themselves will suffer great loss of joy and fulfillment in life.

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The end that we all must face is death and what we experience then is the results from how we lived. The last thoughts a person may have at the end of a blessed life is the joy and anticipation of seeing GOD. The last thoughts a person may have at the end of a selfish life is dread of either the nothingness they believe in as an atheist or, eternal damnation in Hell if they rejected GOD.

JESUS will transform you and lead you to the first ending if you accept His free gift: receive GOD’s Grace and eternal salvation.
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Romans 10:9 ESV

Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

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Difficult Questions

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Should I use Violence to Defend

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One of the most difficult dilemmas you may be faced with is whether to use violence for defense.

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Some of you may mumble, “that’s a no brainer; of course I would”. There may be a small minority who would choose death before causing harm to anyone for any reason.  Scanning my morning digests of articles in academic journals I spotted one that read: Modern civilization doesn’t diminish violence

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171027104843.htm

Another article read: Does population size affect rates of violence? The bottom line read:  . . . Ultimately, Falk and Hildebolt found that people living in small-scale societies are not inherently more violent that those living in “civilized” states, and that war deaths scale similarly with population sizes across all levels of human society.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171026164552.htm

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As a Christian these suggested findings point to the nature of humans truthfully described in the Bible.

Matthew 15:19 ESV

For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.

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Ignoring GOD’s explanation does not change things; scientific studies can attribute this part of our nature as evolving from our more precarious primitive state. There was, and there may still be, people who believe that given the right opportunity humans will allow their peaceful traits to prevail: where is the evidence for that? In affluent societies where there is ample supplies and opportunities to be successful even the privileged can fail to manifest the “good” we humans supposedly have at our core: The recent perpetrator who was wealthy, seemingly lacking for nothing committed the Las Vegas mass murder. See: Brother says Las Vegas gunman was a wealthy real-estate investor

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/10/03/gunman-who-killed-50-at-las-vegas-concert-was-retired/

The NIV Bible expresses our nature in a more stark way:

Isaiah 64:6-7 New International Version (NIV)

All of us have become like one who is unclean,
    and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
    and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
No one calls on your name
    or strives to lay hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us
    and have given us over to[a] our sins.

Isaiah is describing human attitude toward GOD.

 

 

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