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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Christianity is Active not Passive

Christianity is Active not Passive

It would be nice just to sit back and enjoy what GOD has given us in the life we have in these United States (despite flaws); we are pretty much safe and secure for the most part. So why not get rid of our Armed Forces? Our Firstresponders? SURE, if we did we would soon be overwhelmed by enemies, competitors and evil doers.

“It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” — Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.May 25, 2015

This is a comment from a warrior that dedicated his life to keeping Americans free.


Christian you must not nap as the culture around you drifts evermore into sin. We may be acting too late for some things but, with the help of GOD we can see the undoing of some of the evils that have permeated our land.

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This week’s blog is heavier on Biblical quotes: GOD’s Word is Clear and needs nothing from me to make it clearer on this topic.

Ephesians 5:11 ESV

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

James 4:17 ESV

So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

2 Timothy 4:2-4 ESV

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

Hebrews 13:4 ESV

Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.

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.

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.”


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Christian Sexual Conservatism Today

 

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Christian Sexual Conservatism Today

Sexual temptations have been around since the beginning; one of the prevalent sins that prompted GOD to inflict “The Flood” – to cleanse earth. Nevertheless some questionable situations continued after “The Flood” the most notorious probably is the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Surely you are aware of that story, if not d Read Genesis Chapters 1223 ESV. 

Lot and Daughters
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                                               Genesis 18:20-21 ESV

Lot Fleeing

Then the Lord said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave, I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me. And if not, I will know.”

 

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Lot and His Family Fleeing from Sodom” New York Public

Christian Sexual Conservatism Today

Sexual temptations have been around since the beginning; one of the prevalent sins that prompted GOD to inflict “The Flood” – to cleanse earth. Nevertheless some questionable situations continued after “The Flood” the most notorious probably is the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Surely you are aware of that story, if not d Read Genesis Chapters 1223 ESV. 

Lot and Daughters
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Lot and his daughters” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 7, 2020. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/1fe2fb00-504e-0135-fecb-5524b514baba

One of the saddest ironies that exists in our culture aside from sexually transmitted diseases from sex outside of marriage is unwanted pregnancies resulting in killing unborn children.
Premature 2

Abstinence still works but if you partake in sexual sin use some form of birth control at least. It is unbelievable that our healthcare industry takes pride in saving premature babies while at the same time destroys in abortions babies older than the premature children.   

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When Christians Fall to Sexual Temptation we Loose our Effectiveness as Witnesses for Jesus.

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What Concerns Me as a Christian?

People today think GOD has changed and there is no reference to sexual immorality in the new Testament.

1 Corinthians 6:18 ESV 

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.

Galatians 5:19 ESV 

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ESV

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.  

The Bible is Clear and GOD has not Changed.

Hebrews 13:8 ESV

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Christians take their name from Jesus Christ, think  about it . . . he is still the same son of GOD.

 


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One of the saddest ironies that exists in our culture aside from sexually transmitted diseases from sex outside of marriage is unwanted pregnancies resulting in killing unborn children.
Premature 2

Abstinence still works but if you partake in sexual sin use some form of birth control at least. It is unbelievable that our healthcare industry takes pride in saving premature babies while at the same time destroys in abortions babies older than the premature children.   

When Christians Fall to Sexual Temptation we Loose our Effectiveness as Witnesses for Jesus.

Internet Danger

What Concerns Me as a Christian?

People today think GOD has changed and there is no reference to sexual immorality in the new Testament.

1 Corinthians 6:18 ESV 

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.

Galatians 5:19 ESV 

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ESV

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.  

The Bible is Clear and GOD has not Changed.

Hebrews 13:8 ESV

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Christians take their name from Jesus Christ, think  about it . . . he is still the same son of GOD.

 


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Are People Here on Earth Just to Have Fun

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Are People Here on Earth Just to Have Fun?

Having fun “IS” a good thing and part of life – even animals play and enjoy doing so. Fun, however it is not our primary purpose and fun at the expense of others is even more sinful.

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Ecclesiastes 12:13 ESV 

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.  

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With so much life ahead of them I know that those children must be taught right from wrong, all about GOD and what GOD’s purpose for them will be and, too soon,  how to be productive citizens. It is a challenge that we have faced and they soon will face. We do not expect to live out our lives dashing about playfully all day without an awareness of who we are and who GOD is.

 

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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.    


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