The Universe

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Is GOD as big as the Universe?

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GOD must be larger then everything or we completely misunderstand everything because that may not be relevant, why? We think in terms of the physical world we can touch, taste smell or hear but, we have a hard time with the extremely large and the extremely small. The visible Universe is so vast I scarcely believe any human can truly grasp it. The extremely small down to the quantum level is equally difficult to grasp by any human I know. Yet, GOD is the creator and has sovereign  control of the dominion we call the Universe.

Romans 1:20 ESV 

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPI7WbPyoM8been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

How can GOD fit inside or surround everything?

Jeremiah 23:23-24 ESV 

“Am I a God at hand, declares the Lord, and not a God far away? Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord.

Luke 12:7 ESV 

Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.

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Can we know? As a Christian I trust what the Bible explains about our GOD and have the Faith to accept it. Without this belief and trust, a human ​_cannot  truly understand or worse, scoff at believers. With an attitude such as that they cannot accept what the Scriptures teach. First they must confess, repent accept Jesus and receive The Holy Spirit so they can enjoy salvation and understand what we Christians believe to be true as presented in The Holy Bible.

 

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His Eye Is on the Sparrow // Her Heart Sings
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Sudden Judgement

Sudden Judgement

The football game was tied and the home team had the ball; oh no they fumbled and the other team ran the ball all the way for a touchdown. We know that as a “sudden death” tie breaker. The judgement? The home team lost and the visiting team won. A more dire situation? Oh I will accept GOD (Jesus) when I get old; I am not ready (to give up sinning ) now. Bzzzzzzzzz!

“CRASH!”

TOO LATE; the head on collision killed them instantly. Now before GOD and the judgement.

2 Corinthians 5:10 ESV 

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

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Accept Jesus now. Waiting too long may cost you everything but giving up a little now for an eternity with GOD?

Invaluable. Compares to nothing earthly.
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John 14:2 ESV 

In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?



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What are the Good Old Days?


The Good Old Days?

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What good old days are is immensely subjective of course; for whom; where; when.  Times of war, famine, natural disaster, pandemics or when little existed to defend, ward off or assist victims of whatever.

 

Ecclesiastes 7:10

10 Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?” For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.

Ancient common practices:

Blood letting was a common medical practice once; even using leaches; no antibiotics; no anesthesia; no X-rays; few effective medications.

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Times of economic distress:

Genesis 26:1 ESV /

Bread and Soup Line

Now there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar to Abimelech king of the Philistines.

 When no cure exists:
SEE: Outbreak: Pandemic Strikes By: Robert Kessler

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Ecclesiastes 3:8 ESV / 

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

Yet, the times of peace are fleeting and somewhere on this planet an active war is happening at any given time so, the times mentioned above not only change but the “where-s” and by the “whom-s” also.

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Despite of all the threats and dangers throughout history, Christians can look to a future with GOD in a “better place”.  Thank You Jesus.


The Judds – Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days)

 


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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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How to Break the Cycle of Revenge

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How to Break the Cycle of Revenge

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My Sisters and Brothers in Christ surely you must know how destructive a cycle of revenge  is: The Bible is clear about that and so is the message Jesus gave on how to avoid or stop this human violent characteristic.

Romans 12:19 ESV 

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”what Jesus said about violence

Revenge

I am not referring to self defense for even the Disciples carried swords. The sense here is forgive an offense and set it aside – or forget it.      

How Destructive is this Violent Cycle?

Affects all Involved

Look to history, yet, wars of annihilation and genocide are still taking place even now. Tribes, nations, countries, races, religions  even families. Feuds, revolutions, terrorism and hate fuel these cycles. Jesus taught a better way:

Matthew 5:38-39 ESV 

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.


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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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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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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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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

Moses Striking the Rock:
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Moses Striking the Rock” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 10, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/6eb23470-5535-0135-91d8-00d33b36d7cd

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.


SONG: Supreme 7 Heaven or Hell


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