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We Do Not Live Alone

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We need others and others need us

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ESV

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

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The world is a complex web of connected economies, food supplies, medical expertise and knowledge: we may fool ourselves and deny this but we can not ignore these truths for long, for if we do we will surely discover negative affects.

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The Bible as a handbook for societies

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The precepts espoused within the Biblical Scripture go beyond spiritual matters and enter into the realm of the interaction of humans in social environments. Some of the truths are: sharing a defense including law and order; sharing a food supply; safeguarding the vulnerable members of society and defining and insuring justice for all.

Romans 15:4 ESV

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

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I have written blog articles of these issues separately but,  the Bible as a whole is able to instruct humans living in a society without other helpful sources when all else fails.

SONG: “United” – Church Unity Worship Song By Dan Loewen (Lyric Video)

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Hebrews 10:25 ESV

Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

There are a small number of people who have lived, live and will live in isolation to one degree or another but, this proves nothing about humanity’s need for one another as a whole. Global trade, International Law or disaster assistance after calamity are not achieved by isolated individuals suddenly able to function as participants. Society is constantly practiced, corrected and  improved by a conscious effort. The Bible is a marvelous guide for running a society and giving a framework for this.

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Christians benefit from The Bible’s practicality . . .

. . . but we gain more than that: we get to know GOD, insure our eternity through Jesus and how to live as Christians in a world froth with challenges.

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.

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Can You Escape from Reality?

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GOD’S REALITY?


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Reality is Everything our Consciousness gets from our Senses

Song: Jeremy Camp – He Knows (Lyric Video)

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GOD gave us our senses; our brains; our minds . . . How we use them is governed by ‘Free Will’.  We are free: to sin or not to sin; determine what is good or what is evil; choose to be positive or choose to be negative.

Job 38:36 ESV

Who has put wisdom in the inward parts or given understanding to the mind?

 

If we use The Word of GOD as our guide we do well

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1 Corinthians 2:14 ESV

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

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How do we gain the most good from GOD?

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When we accept Jesus as our Savior, study The Bible and, live according to GOD’s Standards we get the most benefit that we can now. We learn to reject sin, do good, express the goodness of GOD and spread the Gospel, so others might be saved for eternity. So they receive The Love of GOD for always. All this with the guidance from the Holy Spirit you can have right now.

John 3:16-17 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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

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2 Corinthians 9:8 ESV

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

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Still, You Can Pray

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Reality: One side wonderful the other dreadful.

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Easy to count our blessings in good times and times of plenty but, in times of lacking, trials and painful destructive experience what can we do?  We may feel helpless and tired and impotent . . . what can we do? Pray. No matter what, we have, a GOD of Love to pray to, in The Name of Jesus Christ.  GOD hears and GOD answers according to GOD’s will. There is always an answer from GOD: No; Yes; Not Now. Remember GOD is not human and we are not gods.

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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.

If an answer to our prayer is yes there is little room for doubt but if it is no:

SONG: Andrea Bocelli – The Lord’s Prayer.

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Song: Unanswered Prayers – Garth Brooks

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Psalm 66:18 ESV

If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

When GOD says maybe (not now later) how do we respond?

Proverbs 3:5 ESV

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Like the soldier’s motto, “Ours is not to reason why; ours is just to do or die”. Leave it to GOD.

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Mark 14:36 ESV

And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

Jesus paid the price for sin including ours and believing in Him achieves an eternity in Heaven. Yet until in the fullness of time the things of Revelation come to pass and Jesus returns, the world we live in remains flawed. Still, you can pray.

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GOD’s Love vs. Human Love

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Kinds of Love

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1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV

Let all that you do be done in love.

Love as it is used in the English Language is an over used all recompensing term covering everything from hamburgers , sex and platonic friendship.  The New Testament was written in Greek and the Greek Language does a much better job conveying which Love a person is referring to:

For example:

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    Eros, or sexual passion. The first kind of love was eros, named after the Greek god of fertility, and it represented the idea of sexual passion and desire. …

 

 

 

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    Philia, or deep friendship. …

 

 

 

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    Ludus, or playful love. …

 

 

 

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    Agape, or love for everyone. …

 

 

 

 

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    Pragma, or longstanding love. …

 

 

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    Philautia, or love of the self.

Many words for love.

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When we refer to GOD’s Love it is the best Love of all and it is “unconditional”. When we falter we can easily be forgiven because of GOD’s all encompassing incomparable Love. This is so though Earthly consequences may still follow.  When Jesus secured our eternity in Heaven by dying for all sin in all time, it is only applied when we trust and accept Him.

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.

The Word of GOD describes love lie this:

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 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; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

The Only Thing We Can Say is GOD is LOVE

SONG: Love On The Line Lyric Video – Hillsong Worship

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1 John 4:8 ESV

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

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Our Words of Love pale in the light of GOD and are empty all too often when we fail the people in our life; fail to live up to our profession of faith.

 

SONG: Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) | BYU Noteworthy (Chris Tomlin A Cappella Cover)

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Who is Your Shepherd?

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Matthew 6:24 ESV

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Whom do you follow?

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Will he or she lead you to good, evil, life or death? Do they appeal to this temporal life: pleasure, riches and luxury. Or, do they lead you to eternal life with GOD? There is much wisdom accumulated from the most ancient of times but not all pertains to your eternal welfare.  Maybe it is just good for a time ; the time of our lifetime.

SONG: Chris Tomlin – I Will Follow

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1 Corinthians 10:21 ESV

You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.

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What seems good to a child will not seem good when you are an adult . . . we all live an learn.

1 Corinthians 13:11 ESV

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.

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Why not avoid some of life’s painful lessons by giving your parents,  teachers, elders and religious mentors a listening to.  Why not closely pay attention to the wisdom of the Bible – GOD’s Word. Stories, parables, allegorical example and literal truth from thousands of years of experience but, more important, from GOD.

 

My first extensive reading of the Bible was Proverbs and followed by Ecclesiastes.

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Proverbs 12:15 ESV

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

Proverbs 19:20 ESV

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.

No, at first I did not understand it well nor did I get the messages however, when calamity overwhelmed me and GOD got my attention I accepted Jesus.  From that moment The Holy Spirit helped me to understand and change.  Christians seemed to appear from nowhere and they helped me is so many ways.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 ESV

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; …

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Cults, Evil and Destruction

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Cults distort truth and lead people astray

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Small percentages take the headlines but the vast number of people and events are lumped in as just ordinary people and events; this is the same for Christians. When Jim Jones “Peoples Temple” and David Koresh “Branch Davidians sect” came to a horrific demise along with many of their followers the news headlines around the world provided the details, editorials and religious implications.  While these tragic events commanded our attention millions upon millions of Christians went on about their lives without being noticed. Cults distort the reality of being a Christian.

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2 Peter 2:1 ESV

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.

Evil defies the good of GOD and is the opposite . . .

 

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Instead of love, empathy and assistance, evil is hate, uncaring and provides no good. Just the recent news stories report  rapes,murders, home invasions, pushing elderly people down stairs, hostage taking and a great deal of stealing.  The most insidious may be killings over parking spaces, road rage or for thrills.  I find understanding and great comfort from the truth revealed in GOD’s Word The Holy Bible.

1 John 4:8 ESV

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

 

Destruction undoes GOD’s creation, beauty and wonderful places and things . . .

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Killing, defacing, marring and annihilation of the good and beautiful; human nature without GOD destroys the wonderful things GOD has created and pronounced good.

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Genesis 1:31 (NIV)

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day

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The torture, disrespect and murder by Crucifixion of  Jesus Christ is the most hideous example of all that is evil.

DO NOT LOOSE HOPE. WE STILL LIVE IN GOD’S BEAUTIFUL CREATION

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God’s Beautiful Creation

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Christians in Society

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Revival leads to Christians throughout society

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It was explained to me that if a Christian ran an honest business he or she already charges a fair price for their goods or services.

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This implied to me, if I asked for a special consideration as a brother in Christ something was not right. The business person either was charging non-Christians too much or, if I obtained a special discount it was at their personal expense – coming out of what they needed for themselves and their family.

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Honest Christians functioning with integrity are needed in all jobs, careers and leadership roles.

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Sudden Death

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Your tomorrow is not guaranteed . . .

 

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From: Luke 12:13-21 (ESV) The Parable of the Rich Fool
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. . . “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, ‘ ‘ ‘

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In sports there are conditions when the team that scores wins immediately: Sudden Death This in American Football overtime for example.

You can secure your eternal destiny “right” now and know you will always be with GOD because of what Jesus has done. Your personal spiritual insurance policy.

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.

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Mighty to Save – Hillsong United

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A long struggle with an illness or injury may afford

. . . ample time to prepare for our demise, but what if we fall victim to a violent death: accident, natural disaster, explosion or even at the hands of another? Would you be confident of your eternal future? Sometime in this world GOD allows a physical struggle because our response can illustrate to others our faith. We are in this world but not of this world; we in our own abilities cannot correct the evil and the wrongs; only GOD can.  We can demonstrate GOD’s Love and teach others to share the hope we have and, the assured eternal salvation.

Apostle Paul (ST Paul) atests to this condition:

2 Corinthians 12:7 ESV

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So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.

 

As a Christian we believe Jesus and know what our eternity will be like and where.

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John 14:3 ESV 

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

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If you have any doubt accept Jesus as your Lord and savior . . . if you need help seek it from a believer . . . a christian.

 

 

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Surrounded with Darkness

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Russian Christian Songs…All To Jesus I Surrender

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The darkness around Earth in this photo is a metaphor for the evil that surrounds us in the spiritual struggle.

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It is a Spiritual War played out in the flesh

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The Crusades were ill-conceived and therefore wrongly prosecuted because people did not fully understand the true nature of the war between good and evil – or ignored the truth.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 ESV 

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For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

So we may wonder how someone could slay those children in such a hideous way; why destroy life for small material gain? Abuse helpless people? Cheat those dying in a famine. Murder because they are different in appearance? The value of life so cheap? The reason behind all of it is an ongoing spiritual war:

Ephesians 6:12 ESV 

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

 

Then what can we do?

Ephesians 6:11 ESV

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Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

The Word of GOD is our weapon and our protection.

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As Christians we are to be the light to the world as Jesus said:

Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

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