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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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 /

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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:
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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.


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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.

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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. 

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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.
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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.  

I Enjoy Children Laughing at Play 

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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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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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I will Stay with You​

In Old-age
In Illness

 

Making a commitment is easy but keeping it may not be so. In marriage we agree “for better or worse”; can we live up to it? When a spouse lets you down? Is not all you expected? Becomes ill? Is dying? Comfort the dying by remaining with them and reassuring them of you love and GOD’S Love.

James 5:12 ESV

But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.  

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Jesus is with us

Matthew 28:20 ESV

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Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

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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.

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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?
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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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