Democracy Always Wins

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This may seem counter intuitive when many times not every citizen votes . . .

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That is just it in a nutshell: casting a ballot or not casting a ballot results in the same thing, a vote.  When we actually vote, or abstain, and no matter what the outcome, democracy is in action; yet by our not casting a vote (our abstaining) is in effect deferring our vote to the winning side in an election – even if we are opposed to that agenda it (or they) may win. When GOD’s people do nothing to oppose evil, sin or apostasy, in effect their action (or non-action), gives approval to what or whom we should oppose. Vote for a candidate who shall work for the good of all. Do we have the right to complain if those we oppose win an election but we did not participate by voting?

Exodus 18:21 ESV 

Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.

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Giving Evil People Free Reign Equals Approval of Their Agenda and Actions

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Take care or the host of pitfalls that await unsuspecting citizens will lead them astray when it is time to cast their vote, some are: a hidden agenda, the use of a hot blinding agenda to woow citizens, the use of half truths and misleading statistics, hyperbolic rhetorical language, issues that tickle the ears of people and unsubstantiated accusations of the opposition candidate (even accusing them of the very negatives they themselves are guilty of).  Of course there are many more possible devious tactics to watch out for. Seeking accurate information about a candidate takes time and effort and so does a conscious effort to avoid personal biases that result in self deception. One important action to take before an election? Pray in earnest that you will cast your vote for one who is not evil.

Deuteronomy 16:18-20 ESV

“You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns that the Lord your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. You shall not pervert justice. You shall not show partiality, and you shall not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of the righteous. Justice, and only justice, you shall follow, that you may live and inherit the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

ESV = ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION BIBLE

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Plastic Brain or Open Mind

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An adaptable mind should not be pliant or equivocate when taking a stance.

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Children in the school yard are adept at detecting overly conciliatory and duplicitous behaviour. Sincerity and loyalty make for great friendships, even lasting for life. So, it seems we almost, if not actually, know how to judge each other’s sincerity instinctively. In past times when life was even more precarious then it is today this ability could have life or death implications.

 

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Sometimes we can change our mind for good or ill; that is OK if we are sincere even unto death.

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “The tempter and the traitor – The treason of Arnold on the night of September 21, 1780” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 5, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-265b-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

If we change our allegiance for any understandable reason and are willing to take the consequences for our action, this may not always result in being correct but at least it can be said we were true to our conviction (wrong or right).  The Word of GOD has guidance sufficient to cover what we can expect to encounter in life: why not use the wisdom?

Proverbs, Psalms and more from The Word of GOD offers insight and advice concerning human behaviour.

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.

Psalm 120:2 ESV

Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.

Proverbs 26:24-26 ESV

Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart; when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart; though his hatred be covered with deception, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.

 ESV = English Standard Version Bible

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Choices

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Right Left Neither: What GOD Says

Yes we live in a worlds dominated and complicated by humans.  Now that many people are educated, living in urban areas and affected greatly by politics there is a need to help keep ideas and policies understandable. Since not all people are able to digest subtle differences in these issues a number of devices have emerged to attempt to help them. The terms “right” and “left” represent a package of ideas that summarize what each faction believes in and what their agendas are.  If you (like me) try to sort through the information and make a choice based on who seems the most capable leader you probably discovered it take a lot of work.  And, we must compromise and make the best choice we can because it is rare that any candidate represents our beliefs in their entirety.  It seems to have worked reasonably well here in the United States up until now but, in these current times we must wade through much disinformation and often there are questions of trust as well.

 

 

 

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The complex situation tempts us to take the easy way and just latch on to the political faction we like because, we like the leadership, it is a family tradition or we do not want to dig deeper into the implications nor the consequences if these people gain power.

Hot Cold Tepid: What God Says

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Passion on the Right

 

 

 

 

 

GOD can help us if we are actively seeking spiritual guidance.  It is best to believe in a position and express this with passion.  Right or wrong your passion will teach you what the truth is.  Disengaging, ignoring things or just giving a superficial treatment does nothing for protecting right and opposing wrong.

Believer Agnostic Atheist: What God Says

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Toil and Work

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Why Toil and Work is Part of Life

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Toil is work but work doesn’t have to be toil. When Adam and Eve were living in the Garden of eden GOD told them to care for it – probably for them it was not work but joy.

Genesis 2:15 ESV

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

Soon Adam needed a helper and GOD created Eve for him.

Genesis 2:18,21,22 (ESV)

18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for[a] him.”. . .

. . .  21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made[d]into a woman and brought her to the man. . . . 

Nearly everyone knows eventually Satan disguised as a serpent tempted them and the disobeyed GOD and sinned and then ejected from The Garden of Eden: one of the consequences was humans would have to earn their keep through work and toil.

 

Genesis 3:17-19 ESV

17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;

Adam and Eve: The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Adam and Eve Hide Themselves” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 13, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/6bee0690-2efe-0133-cbda-58d385a7b928

 18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.

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 19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Like many things in this world people can either make the most out of a situation or succumb to it by making reality harsh by magnifying the negative side:

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People can chose to seek GOD’s will for them and thus discover a vocation well suited for who they are. This is a gift from GOD for an obedient and respectful life.

Proverbs 12:11 ESV 

Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.

Work yes, in the proper measure to provide and be productive but, not in excess in order to gain worldly treasure at your spiritual expense.

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Like any aspect of this world humans can succumb to excesses: in desires, substance abuse, material gain, wealth and even live a life completely consumed by work in order to fulfill their perversion  of a balance mental condition and reality.  Yes, even a good thing like diligent work can become a negative distortion in our lives.

Psalm 127:2 ESV

It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.

 

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When Smart People do Foolish Things

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There are different forms of being smart

There have been depictions of the scientist who cannot change a flat tire or cook an egg in cinema or theater.

Professor: The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “Kriegsbeschädigten-Fürsorge. Professor Dr. Höftmann vom Hindenburghaus in Königsberg mit einem Kriegsbeschädigten, der Messer und Gabel hält und damit bequem essen kahn.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 4, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47de-01c9-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Then in a few extreme cases an individual who can tell you what the weather was like at 9 am on a day forty years ago but may need help  making everyday  choices. These are not the examples I am referring to in this article, instead, evoke things like this: what if a star quarterback threw an interception in a big game,

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or a very successful investor choosing an obviously dubious product to back, or a

Invention Too: Rare Book Division, The New York Public Library. “Patent steam carriage, by Mr. Goldsworthy Gurney, of Argyle Street, London, 1826” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 4, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/c3f3864f-e4f4-2b9d-e040-e00a1806642b

heroic general sending the army into a winless battle.

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Ok, these easily fit the theme yet there is a more universal aspect that applies to many more people: leaders, authorities, you or even me.

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We all should at times know better before we make a poor choice.
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The Bible has examples and explains why, if only we would just take time to read it and digest the information.

 

 Samson and Delilah

Judges 16:15 ESV

And she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and you have not told me where your great strength lies.”

1 Kings 11:1-4 ESV

Now King Solomon loved many foreign women, along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. He had 700 wives, princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart. For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.

2 Samuel 11:1-27 ESV

In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” So David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she had been purifying herself from her uncleanness.) Then she returned to her house. And the woman conceived, and she sent and told David, “I am pregnant.” …

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It All Begins with You

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Many People Criticize the Way Life Is

Are you among the people who find fault in the way we are living? In your town, State, country,  . . . even the world?  A serious impediment for positive change lies within ourselves: we can be ignorant of an issue, blinded by our preference or stubborn in not accepting evidence.  No, right now I am not going to heap on more excuses, complaints nor criticisms of what people believe or do; instead I will point out a way to circumvent points of contention by making a simple suggestion: do something positive that makes contemporary life better.

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All of us can contribute to positive change.

Recently I watched television segments of several newscasts the ended their broadcast on a positive note; the most significant stories were about how children recognized a problem and did something to help others who were in need.

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Collecting, donations, items to send to needy people and similar actions.  The amazing thing? These children did this completely on their own (at least when they originated the action(s)).  I felt awkward and perhaps you may have also knowing, that a child rose to an occasion when a need was identified and apparently the need was missed or ignored by adults.

Jesus said the needy will always be with us (my paraphrase).

Matthew 26:11 ESV

For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “Mrs. Sophie Rudd, a widow who lives by herself on forty acres of land near Black River Falls, Wisconsin” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 30, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/78692a20-2289-0132-286b-58d385a7bbd0
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Long ago GOD instructed people on ways to help others:

Deuteronomy 15:11 ESV

For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Charity bazaar St. Vincent infant asylum.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 30, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-94bb-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
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Proverbs 19:17 ESV

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.

Proverbs 20:11 ESV

Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year
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People celebrate the beginning of a new year and an opportunity to make adjustments in ones self: a habit, weight, procrastination and many more issues we challenge our self to change for the better.

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One issue we often postpone? Our spiritual condition and how, and whether, we will face eternity. The Holy Bible has a simple solution:

 

 

John 3:16 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.

THIS IS THE ULTIMATE RESTART

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

Merry Christmas

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Not Just Happy Holidays From Me But, Merry Christmas.

John 3:16 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.

Isaiah 9:6 ESV 

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Matthew 1:18-25 ESV 

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: …

Voices of the Prophets

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The Bible is the Complete Word of GOD

 

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Nothing can be added nor taken away.  Still, there are prophets today. No not like Elijah, Moses  or John the Baptist; people that know The Word of GOD well, teach it, explain it and live by its precepts. These are the modern day prophets who remind us about GOD and GOD’s standards for all people.

2 Peter 1:21 ESV

For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

You may be one of GOD’s Prophets

Acts 2:17 ESV

“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;   . . .”

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Anyone can be transformed to be able to speak GOD’s truth

GOD can use: the least among us; the seemingly unworthy; the poor; the physically feeble.  One more point: All are sinners in GOD’s eyes, so yes, even sinners can speak the truth of GOD.

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Could You Be One Who GOD Calls?

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,

There are Mysteries in the Church

1 Corinthians 14:1-40 ESV

Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up. …

 

Finally, a warning . . .

Matthew 7:15 ESV

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

Do you Believe in Coincidences?

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Coincidence

  1. :  the act or condition of coinciding :  correspondence
  2. :  the occurrence of events that happen at the same time by accident but seem to have some connection; also :  any of these occurrences

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Christians believe GOD created all

Scientists sometimes point that our planetary system (Earth and its moon) and our Solar system have created a perfect place for life; more significantly, intelligent life.  The mixture of elements, chemical processes, stability in our earth’s axis (among several other benefits including tides), the amount of liquid water and the orbit of our planet within the “Goldilocks” zone  where temperatures are most favorable for life.  Is this a series of remarkable coincidences? Our sovereign GOD – Creator purposely gave us all these benefits and more.

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The Bible Explains it all clearly:

Genesis 1:1-31 ESV

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. …

John 1:1-3 ESV 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Psalm 33:6 ESV

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host.

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