Nothing New Under the Sun

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The Sun has Seen it All


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Some people may think that what humans do and experience is new or part of modern life. Wrong.

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King Solomon wrote about life in his time and though some may question his wisdom, his keen perception concerning humans and the human condition transcends the ages.  My favorite Bible Book is the book of Ecclesiastes most often attributed to King Solomon the Son of David.

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

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As a “Baby Boomer” who paid particular attention to the “Folk Music” in the late “50’s” and early “60’s” Pete Seeger used part of Chapter 3: 1-8 for his song Turn, Turn Turn (1959) (others also recorded it including the Byrds)

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

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

Ecclesiastes 3 (ESV)

A Time for Everything

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

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AMEN

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Special Post: Please Remember what Memorial day is all about

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We pay homage to our fallen service men and women.

See: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history

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My generation , The Baby Boomers, are the children of the WWII and Korean War veterans: no shortage of heroes from their group,”The Greatest Generation”. Many of us “Baby Boomers” served in Vietnam (I served elsewhere 68 – 72); the draft was still in effect. One school friend died at Khe Sanh.  We remember, I remember. The younger generations have their own conflicts and wars to reflect on; please remember your veterans and fallen heroes.

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John 15:13 ESV

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

 

Generations


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Is Family Important to You?

Most people value their family and heritage to one degree or another but, some to excess and, some not at all.  A “bell curve” perhaps.  Maybe you were like me when I was younger, I took for granted my family would always be there. Now? Very few relatives remain and not much in the way of progeny as well.  The importance of family grew with time for me and, my sense of how much time I had to maintain the relationships was woefully innacurate.

Colossians 3:20 ESV 

Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

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Exodus 20:12 ESV 

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

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1 Timothy 5:8 ESV

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

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Think Carefully about that.

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The Bible expresses the importance family in several ways: allegence, place in the community, inheritance, and royal linage to mention a few. One vital aspect of placing importance on family (past, present, future) is the value you place on human life.  This sense of worth increases when you share empathy and not just symapthy; when you can experience the loss with someone; when you value another as much or more than yourself.

Acts 16:31-34 ESV

And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.

Today the technology of DNA can help identify your lineage and extensive digitized records also.

I the time of Jesus linage was crucial in identifying royalty and the Son of GOD: Luke and Matthew. A comparison can be found here:

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

The detailed study is beyond the scope of this blog; whole books have been written on the subject easily found at a Christian Book Store. The Bible references are here:

Matthew 1:17 ESV

So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.

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, …

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AMEN

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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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Have You Reached Your Last Straw?


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Universal Suffering

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Homeless, Jobless, Severe Injury or Illness, Addiction, Loss of a Loved One or Loved Ones?

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All of us have faced challenges or will in our lifetime, how will you cope with them?

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Christians are not immune to calamity, injury, loss, illness and death, why? How do Christians claim to be at peace in the most trying circumstances? How is it that some Christians are able to even face death without loosing their faith? (all Christians are saved even if they falter in their last hours.)

 

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First: They (Christians) have eternity guaranteed by Jesus.

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.

 

Wisdom

Second: God uses worldly challenges in order to demonstrate grace and faith to the unsaved; the power of Christians when tempted to yield has a limit.

2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV 

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me

 

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Last: All people are tempted to sin in the same way – this includes Christians denying Christ under threat – this is why everyone needs GOD and can see GOD in eternity when trusting in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

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Having Christ sets you on a path to recovery now and for eternity. Life will not be perfect but it will be better.

Romans 8:28 ESV

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

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Watchers or Doers


 

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We can fool ourselves so easily

We read a book, we watch an expert, we watch an instruction video and we become convinced that we can do it well. Wrong! The second part to learning is doing. The third part is practicing. The fourth part is perfecting. At least that is a generalization that probably applies to most things.

Proverbs 18:2 ESV /

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A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

You can, Teach if you have the correct attitude and are willing to keep learning.

Can an athlete be an expert, right from birth?

Aside from general learning and growing from child to adult there are many steps (as mentioned above) and a complex mental development as well. So even someone with great potential has a learning curve that is not fully functional until they put all that they are into practice.

2 Timothy 4:7 ESV / 

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I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

It is that way with Christians as well

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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We Christians know we cannot lose our salvation or earn it, it is a gift from GOD by the sacrifice of Jesus’s death, burial and resurrection. That does not mean we should not actively serve others; that does not mean we should let our daily learning from GOD’s Word bind us in non action. Christians can spend their entire life reading and studying GOD’s Word and perhaps complaining that they are not being fed enough Bible truth. Before Martin Luther, O.S.A.* encouraged all Christians to read the Bible and decide for themselves what it meant.  Before then people relied on the educated clergy to feed them this knowledge from scripture, written in Latin (Hebrew and Greek) languages few could read or write. Martin Luther believed anyone could find what GOD wanted a believer to know.

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

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“But I, cannot possibly lead or teach anyone,” right?

Titus 2:7-8 ESV

Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us

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You do not need to know every answer to every question before you lead others to Christ, teach new believers or serve those in need.  The Apostles were for the most part not educated and had few resources at their disposal. They did have the teachings of Jesus and the Holy Spirit to guide them just like you.

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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