Testing

Testing

House Fire

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Life as a Christian in a world with evil and sin all around us is bound to be trying at times. Instead of relying on our prowess we should look to The Word of GOD for answers:   

James 1:2-4 ESV 

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

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GOD is in control

Hurricane

And still Job was allowed to suffer great loss. We may not understand it all now but one day we will.

 

James 1:12 ESV 

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

Something of Great Value Often is Produced From Great Stress

Proverbs 17:3 ESV

The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts.

 

Molten Metal

 


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Christians Responding to a Threat

Christians Responding to a Threat

Defense

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Threat: What is a threat?
What Kind of threat? Does it matter?  Yes.
Let us see what the Bible tells us:

Romans 12:17 ESV 

Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.
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After King Saul became obsessed with killing David there were times when David could have killed King Saul but did not.
READ:  1 Samuel 24 New International Version (NIV)

“. . . . ’” Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.”

David could have killed King Saul who was a sever threat but did not.

Ageless Sword Protection

Jesus told Peter to put away his sword in the Garden of Gethsemane when Judas betrayed Him and He was about to be lead away.

John 18:11 ESV

So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”

 
 
What about threats to you and your family?
Bandit
Bully

Exodus 22:2-3 ESV

If a thief is found breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no bloodguilt for him, but if the sun has risen on him, there shall be bloodguilt for him. He shall surely pay. If he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.

Much more to learn: Do not Murder; God may be the avenger; Jesus advocates turning the other cheek in some cases . . . 

A Biblical Argument for Self Defense: Wayne Grudem

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The Human Tongue

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War

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If a leader is in charge of a powerful military armed with a great many weapons that can inflict great harm and this leader orders their use it is the tongue that unleashed the harm, just as much as the military and its weapons. Words are powerful.  If a spouse says I love you or instead I hate you, the recipient is either uplifted or devastated. If your son or daughter is encouraged or discouraged it most likely came from your words. Likewise teachers and students, bosses and employees . . . etc.

A Tongue Looks Innocent

39Proverbs 18:21 ESV

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Human Weapon

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV 

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him : haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

Sassy Woman

Can you control your tongue?

James 3:1-18 ESV

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! …    

Starwars Stormtroopers

 


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Be Still Be Quiet Be Open

Be Still, Be Quiet, Be Open.

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Be Still

Stillness
Slow down; meditate; pray; read GOD’S Word and ponder it.

Psalm 46:10 ESV 

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

 

Psalm 37:7 ESV 

StillnessBe still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

Be Quiet

QuietRead about Elijah, especially note 1 Kings 19:12 (ESV)

Read about Elijah, especially note 1 Kings 19:12 (ESV)

Remove distractions; Get away from noise; Listen to your thoughts

James 1:19 ESV

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;

StillnessProverbs 17:28 ESV 

Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

Be Open

Outside the Box
GOD’S Way
Read about Elijah, especially note 1 Kings 19:12 (ESV)Respond to GOD; Adjust to GOD’S truth; Be willing to serve GOD

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.Read about Elijah, especially note 1 Kings 19:12 (ESV)


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Parting Thought

Read about Elijah, especially note 1 Kings 19:12 (ESV)

12 And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.[a]

 


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Science and GOD

Science and GOD

Surgery

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Math

GOD as The Creator is the cause for our existence. The Book of Genesis is a beautiful description of the process: whether you believe it literally,  allegorically or  metaphorical I will not debate that here.  Whatever we are GOD has equipped us with the ability to learn, share knowledge, and understand more about existence and the cosmos collectively. Humans also make use of what is learned in the form of applied science – technology. Unfortunately because we have free will (as did the Fallen Angles) we can and do make bad choices.  The Bible teaches we have a selfish and sinful nature that only can be overcome by accepting The Sacrificial Death of Jesus Christ. However,we still must apply determination and acquire Biblical Knowledge in order to live the life as a Christian.  

2 Peter 1:5 ESV

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,

Space
Physical Being


GOD Gave us Intelligence and a Mind

Library

With brain power we can learn about and make use of nature: this is a gift from GOD. The scientific method and medical science are examples. We must remember always we are the created not the creator.

 

Proverbs 18:15 

An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

We must remember always we are the created not the creator.

 


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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

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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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Reap What You Sow

Reap What You Sow

Harvest

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Galatians 6:7 ESV

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.

Sow
Reap

 

 

 

 

This seems so evident yet people still deceive themselves so easily. Last Sunday our pastor reminded us of this truth as he  expounded on the story of King Saul and David. It reverberated in me because coupled with a decadent culture’s decline was the insistence that people do what is right in their own mind and ignore GOD. The irony? They act so surprised hen they reap the consequences of their actions.

Theft and jail time

Reckless driving; tickets, accidents and higher insurance rates. 

Carelessness with hygiene (even sex) a disease or illness.

Rotten

Proverbs 22:8 ESV

Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his fury will fail.

Illness

However, Sow Good and Reap Good

Luke 6:38 ESV 

Seeds

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together,running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”  

Wheat

When you do what is right while it is not guaranteed, you are more likely to reap a positive reward. Clean living with fairness and adherence to the ways of GOD encourages positive results: health, stable family and confidence in your abilities to make way in this world.  


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Be in the Moment

Be in the Moment

Mists

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We are but a mist that fades away.

28James 4:13-17 ESV 

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 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. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

Put priority on things from above and eternity

 

Matthew 6:33-34 ESV

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.  

Our plans fade in the light of the Lord

Just Another Day

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.    

Sunlight on the Grass

 

Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV 

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.  


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GOD Jesus Holy Spirit

GOD Jesus Holy Spirit

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GOD: Creator;  the Law Giver

Colossians 1:16 ESV 

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.

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Jesus Christ: Fulfilled the Law gave us forgiveness and an opportunity of an When you accept Christ you also receive The Holy Spirit eternity with GOD

Matthew 5:17-20 ESV

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom When you accept Christ you also receive The Holy Spirit.

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The Holy Spirit: Fills believers with a new spirit.

When you accept Christ you also receive The Holy Spirit

Acts 2:1-47 ESV

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. …

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When you accept Christ you also receive The Holy Spirit

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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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