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Jan
26

ONE WORD..PRIDE..THEY DON’T WANT TO ADMIT THEY NEED SOMEONE ELSE TO SAVE THEM.THEY LIVE IN THIS WORLD, ARE SELF CENTERED, GREEDY, FILL THEIR VOID BY BUYING THINGS, THEN THEY DIE. WHAT A WAY TO GO,, SO SAD AND PITIFUL. CHEERS GLORY TO GOD.

People want to take credit for success,They don’t want to share with someone else?But, wait for tragedy to strike?/The first word out of our mouths?/”OH GOD WHY ME?”

Jan
19

FEED THE POOR AND ADD YEARS TO OUR LIVES??  BELIEVE IT OR NOT?

God’s commands concerning the poor

This section collects some specific commands from Old and New Testaments on serving the poor.

Deut. 15:7.If there is a poor man among you, one of your brothers, in any of the towns of the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand to your poor brother; but you shall freely open your hand to him, and generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks.Deut. 26:12. When you have finished paying the complete tithe of your increase in the third year, the year of tithing, then you shall give it to the Levite, to the stranger, to the orphan and the widow, that they may eat in your towns, and be satisfied.

Lev. 19:19ff. Now when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field, neither shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. Nor shall you glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger. I am the LORD your God.

Prov. 31:8ff. [Commandment to kings.] Open your mouth for the dumb, for the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.

Is. 58:66ff. Is this not the fast which I choose, to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free, and break every yoke? Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into the house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

Jer. 22:3. Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor. Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place.

Luke 12:33. “Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves purses which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near, nor moth destroys.”

Luke 3:11. And [John the Baptist] would answer and say to them, “Let the man with two tunics share with him who has none, and let him who has food do likewise.”

Mt. 5:42. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

Commentary: The message here is really very simple: help the needy. It’s not hard to understand; it’s just hard to do.

And the message is continuous. It’s in the Torah; it’s in the Prophets and Psalms; it’s in the Gospels; it’s in the Epistles. How many churches emphasize serving the poor as much as the Bible itself does? Would the world look the way it does if all believers followed these commands?

Another thing to note about these verses is the lack of caveats– the lack of excuses. None of them add “…once a year” or “…when you feel you can” or “…if they’re moral” or “…unless they’re black” or “…if they speak English”. We have plenty of reasons (I’m sure you can think of a dozen) why we can’t go out and feed the hungry, why we have to turn away the needy borrower– and God help us, how many of us have sold so much as a lawnmower in order to have money to give away? But all those reasons belong to our sinful human nature, not to God. God just wants those needy people helped.

If you wanted to be a Biblical one-issue voter, you’d do well to make that one issue serving the poor.

 


Blessings on those who serve the poor

Serving poor may be The Right Thing To Do; but the Bible also associates it with material and spiritual reward. Here we’ll look at the benefits promised to those who serve the poor; in the next section we’ll examine the consequences of not doing so.

Prov. 22:9He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.Jer. 22:16 “Did not your father eat and drink, and do justice and righteousness? Then it was well with him. He pled the cause of the afflicted and needy; then it was well. Is that not what it means to know Me?” declares the LORD.

Deut. 15:10. You shall give generously to [your poor brother], and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all your undertakings.

Prov. 19:17. He who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, and He will repay him for his good deed.

Jer. 7:5-7. “For, if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly practice justice between a man and his neighbor, if you do not oppress the alien, the orphan, and the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, nor walk after other gods to your own ruin, then I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever.”

Is. 58:10. “And if you give yourself to the hungry, and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness, and your gloom will become like midday. And the LORD will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.”

Luke 14:12-14. “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return, and repayment come to you. But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, since they do not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Luke 12:44. “Sell your possessions and give alms; make yourselves purses which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near, nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Mt. 19:20ff. The young man said to Him, “All these commands I have kept; what am I still lacking?” Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

Commentary:Americans like money; the American dream is about being rich. No wonder we’re susceptible to religious quacks who promise riches to those who believe in God.

We do find promises of reward in the Bible– to those who serve the poor. God’s making a very simple proposal here: “You help the poor, and I’ll repay it.”

Full disclosure: there’s a little bait-and-switch going on. Jesus promises treasure in heaven. In the sociology of religion game, we call this spiritualization. In plain English, it means that Jesus is asking us to go way past our comfort level in giving things away. And in not getting them back.

Who are the poor, by the way? Among our rationalizations is the feeling that the actual poor aren’t people we really have to pay attention to. They may be of different races, or not speak our language, or aren’t moral enough for us; they may be illegal immigrants. (Imagine that, a class of human beings that are illegal. Imagine explaining that to God.)

God doesn’t want to hear these excuses; he specifically commands us to help the stranger, the alien, the sojourner. Jesus’ command on dinner parties couldn’t be clearer: the people you need to help are not the people like you, the people you like, the people who can repay you. As for racial prejudice, note that the first person in the gospel of John to whom Jesus clearly confesses to being the Messiah is a Samaritan; Samaritans were despised by the orthodox Jews of the time. (And for that matter, she was a woman, and an adulterer.)

Can you give too much? We believe in moderation in all things. Unfortunately, we get this idea from the Greeks, not the Bible. Jesus asks for immoderate giving.

 


Consequences of not serving the poor

As there are blessings for those who serve the poor, there are consequences for those who oppress them… or who simply ignore them.

Ezek. 16:49ff.“Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food, and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy. Thus they were haughty and committed abominations before Me. Therefore I removed them when I saw it.”Is. 10:1-3. “Woe to those who enact evil statutes, and to those who continually record unjust decisions, so as to deprive the needy of justice, and rob the poor of My people of their rights… Now what will you do in the day of punishment, and in the devastation which will come from afar?”

Luke 1:52ff. [Mary’s Magnificat.] “He has brought down rulers from their thrones, and has exalted those who were hungry. He has filled the hungry with good things; and sent away the rich empty-handed.”

Ezek. 22:29,31. “The people of the land have practiced oppression and committed robbery, and they have wronged the poor and needy and have oppressed the sojourner without justice… Thus I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; their way I have brought upon their heads,” declares the Lord GOD.

Jer. 5:28f. “[The wicked] do not plead the cause, the cause of the orphan, that they may prosper; and they do not defend the rights of the poor. Shall I not punish these people?” declares the LORD. “On such a nation as this, shall I not avenge myself?”

James 5:1-6. Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. …Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and with you have withheld, cries out against you; and the outcry of the harvesters has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.

Luke 6:24. “But woe to you who are rich, for you are receiving your comfort in full.”

Luke 16:19-25. “Now there was a certain rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, gaily living in splendor every day. And a certain poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, and longing to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs would come and lick his sores.
Now it came about that the poor man died and he was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. And in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far away, and Lazarus in his bosom.
And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue; for I am in agony in this flame.’
But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony…'”

Jan
13

In 1967, Israel was being attacked by countries  twice their size militarily  Didn’t matter at all,,Israel had God with them,,There is story after story about miracles in this war, I am displaying an article written by TIM NASH ON an incident   that occurred in EYGPT…enjoy would take volumes to get into the specific reasons that things came to a head in 1967.  The attacks on Israel were not without precedent or warning.  There had been sporadic attacks from time to time for several years before the Six Day War made the situation one of do or die for the Israelis.  As the conflict began to loom, the war of rhetoric erupted into open conflict in an air battle with Syria that resulted in Israel downing seven Syrian warplanes.  With Russia provoking Syria into thinking that Israel was preparing a horrendous attack on its borders, Syria went to Egypt and Jordan to prepare for war.
The rhetoric that had been getting louder in Egypt, Jordan and Syria that they would not be satisfied until Israel ceased to exist finally materialized as all three countries massed huge forces on the borders of Israel.  Is it impossible to get a firm estimate but reputable sources place the size of the armies massed against Israel in June of 1967 included 465,000 troops, over 2,800 tanks, and roughly 800 planes  on the three borders with Israel.
What transpired in the next six days is nothing short of perhaps the most phenomenal victory in military history.  The first strike was from the air in one of the boldest maneuvers of the war.  On the morning of June 5th, 1967, in a coördinated strike, the entire Israeli air force took to the air.  While the Egyptians pilots were eating breakfast, an air strike hit the Egyptian air force and decimated their airplanes on the ground.  At the same time, similar strikes all but destroyed the air forces of Syria and Jordan on the other borders.
With the air support for ground troops neutralized, Israel carried out a advanced ground campaign on three fronts that pushed their aggressors back and inflicted huge damage on their military forces.  With air superiority secured, Israel prevailed in a brutal tank battle with Egypt in the Sinai desert.  Simultaneously the Israeli army was prevailing against the Jordan and Syria.
In an amazing six days, Israel had defeated three enemies on three fronts and secured its own sovereignty as well as vastly expanded its land mass as a result of this amazing war.  It also put Israel’s enemies on notice that the Israeli army was not to be trifled with and at the same time was a demonstration of one of the most brilliant executions of ground warfare strategy in the history of warfare.

 

Feb
18

The Soul/Spirit Connection
by Creflo Dollar
Many people use the terms soul and spirit interchangeably. Songwriters often confuse the two by writing lyrics such as “Lord, save my soul,” while they were most likely referring to the spirit. Man is a spirit; he possesses a soul, and lives in a physical body (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24). Another word for spirit is the heart of man, which is basically the core of man. If you were stripped of your physical body and soul, you would only have the real you left—spirit.

Your spirit is the only part of you that was changed when you received the gift of salvation. Your soul, which consists of your mind, will, and emotions, was not changed. You must begin the process of renewing your soul through the Word of God (Romans 12:1-2).

There is a spiritual world that exists, with spiritual beings, just like there is a physical world with physical beings. This physical world is not all there is to life. When we die, we go into the realm of the spirit. Many people who have near-death experiences testify of a spiritual world existing after death. They describe experiences in Heaven or Hell or of simply being outside of the body. They share stories about seeing angels and/or loved ones, who have died.

When you separate from the body, at death, your soul goes with you into the spirit realm or into eternity. Luke 16:21-28 gives an account of what happens to your soul when you die. In this passage, both a rich man and a poor beggar die. The rich man went to Hell, and he saw Abraham and Lazarus from afar, who were in Heaven. The rich man asked Abraham to send Lazarus to drip water on his parched tongue. Abraham asked him if he remembered Lazarus being at his gate begging for crumbs while he lived on Earth. The rich man did remember (Luke 16:21-24).

Many of you may be wondering, “After death, will I know less than I know now?” No, just as you would not know less if you drove to another city. Think of death, for the Christian, as being transferred from one place to another.

I pray this brief illustration gives you basic knowledge of the difference between your soul and spirit. It is imperative that you understand that the choices you make today will affect you in this life and the one to come. Do not get so entangled with your present situations and circumstances that you forget to consider where you will spend eternity. Jesus is the open door into Heaven. Therefore, if you have not accepted Him as your Lord and Savior, I suggest you do so right now. When you are outside of your body, it is too late to make that decision, and you will remember each and every opportunity you had to make the decision while you were in your physical body.

If you have never accepted Jesus as your personal Savior, pray this prayer:

Father, I recognize and admit I am a sinner. I turn away from my sin and confess with my mouth and believe in my heart that Jesus is Lord. Thank You, Lord, for saving me this day (Psalm 51:5, 1 John 1:9, Romans 10:9, 10).

We have a spirit and soul that lives in a physical body. the heart of a man is the spirit,when god said we shall make man in our own image, He was talking about the spirit world,God is a Spirit, At the time, so was Jesus aka the word of God.

when we die the soul and spirit head either up or down,,The soul is our mind, emotions and will,so we must refine our minds when we are born again in the spirit. The Holy Spirit come into our bodies when we ask Jesus to rule or lives. The spirit of man and the Holy Spirit of God are compatible and pray for things we may not even know about. MLB

Feb
17

We or some of us spend many years without Jesus. We ,some of us, raised hell in all ways possible to mortal man,,Then by conviction of the Holy Spirit, we ask Jesus into our hearts and are born again, by refining our minds via the HOLY SPIRIT.

The first reaction, of people we know, will be of great skepticism..Heck it was only a month ago, I saw Dennis with a married woman at the local bar and strip club,,,etc etc, etc.

When Jesus was spreading the Gospel, he warned the disciples of watching out for skepticism,,His own town, gave him more grief than any on the way to Jerusalem

Feb
17

Ever wonder why John, who Jesus declared he loved, was at the resurrection. His mother, Mary M and another one were the only ones.

Why John? Because John operated via Grace not the law..He realized it was the love for him by Jesus that made him unique,
Another thing, for you who think the taking care of your parents are not important? I have a couple of sisters who threw our mom in a nursing home against her will.Jesus told John why he was dyeing,”take care of my mother”..One of my sisters is back in Missouri helping an aunt,,Her agenda? Hopeing any money left will come her way.God will deal with her in time.

what an evil world we reside in,,cheers MLB

Feb
17

Christ WILL COME TO RULE FOR 1,000 YEARS AFTER THE DEMISE OF THE ANTI Christ AND FALSE PROPHET, AT THE END OF THE TRIBULATION.

The Devil aka bad boy, will be bound in a bottomless pit,in the center of the earth. There will be thousands if not millions who will;l be born during this thousand years of reign by Christ,

For a short time, at the end of the 1000 years, old bad boy will be released. He will tempt over several million people to declare allegiance to his agenda, Christ will bring all the enemies to the plains of Israel/. They will all be destroyed by the speaking of Jesus,

Why would God let this happen you may ask? Its to show mankind, that JESUS CHRIST is the only way to salvation,,The only way. Have a great weekend my friends, God is at your door, Will you open it for him? Cheers mlb

Feb
17

dID YOU KNOW A PERSON CAN ADD YEARS ON THEIR LIVES BT BEING OBEDIENT TO Jesus?  ITS Trhe next time to see someone in their

nineties, ask them if jesus loves them?

r. Creflo Dollar-God’s Unfailing Love

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Creflo-DollarGod’s love never fails, because God cannot fail! Dr. Creflo Dollar brings practical understanding from the Word of God with today’s great article “God’s Unfailing Love”. Develop a greater love walk today!

God’s Unfailing Love

Have you ever witnessed a young child’s behavior after he is scolded by his mother? Even after being chastened, he or she will still run to his or her mom and cling to her legs. How is it that someone so young realizes the unconditional love of a mother but Believers sometimes have a difficult time understanding that God’s love for us is similar and greater? As children of God, we must stand strong in faith and believe that He loves us. Sure, there are times when your soul may try and convince you God doesn’t love you, but you must renew your mind with the Word of God where His love is concerned. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done in life. God’s love is unconditional, unchanging, and unfailing. Don’t allow the enemy to bombard you with guilt and condemnation. He tries to persuade you that God’s love for you is conditional. This is a lie. You didn’t do anything to earn God’s love and nothing you do can make Him love you less. He is love (1 John 4:16) and unlike people, His view of you never changes—you are His beloved. The Bible declares, “…that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38, 39). God accepts us as we are. However, in order to take us to greater levels in life, He sometimes has to correct us. Just like any good parent, no amount of sin or wrong doing could make the Father love and care about you any less. He will always open His arms to you; He’s delighted when you cling to Him. How can you get a revelation of the unconditional love of God? First and foremost, the Word of God reveals His love for us. He loves us so much that He made His love for us official by putting it in writing. His Word will never fail. Every promise and provision outlined in the Bible is a reflection of His love. Read the accounts of great men and women in Scripture. They made mistakes, stumbled, and often fell: but God’s love and mercy was always waiting to bring them back when they turned to Him. John 3:16 also reminds us of His love and ultimate sacrifice, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to die for our sins. He wants us to be a part of His family and live with Him eternally in Heaven! He made the ultimate sacrifice so we could have a personal relationship with Him. When all else fails, and there’s no one else in our lives to rely on and depend on for love, God will always be there. We often put so much faith in others to provide the kind of love we believe will make us whole, that we leave God out of the equation. People will fail you, but God never will. Instead of trusting in others to love you, try the God who has a track record of unfailing, unconditional love. He always follows through and will always provide what we need. You don’t have to ask God to love you; He already does. And because you belong to Him, He will continually show you how valuable you are. Allow His Spirit and His Word to minister to you. Believe in your heart and receive the truth of God’s matchless love.

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Scripture References:

1 John 4:16

Romans 8:38, 39

John 3:16

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Feb
17

If you want to start a good old debate?/Bring up the subject of the rapture, when where and why?

The rapture will not happen to rescue the People who believe in Jesus Christ. The rapture takes place so the dead and those who remain alive to receive their incorruptible bodies.

No one can go to Heaven ride a white horse at Armageddon unless they have a Christ Like body,

In first Thessalonians 15 Paul describes the rapture in detail..Those who have died won’t have to wait for the living to be rapture. One thing about it will happen before, during or after the tribulation.

i WILL COVER THIS SUBJECT IN MORE DETAIL SOON,,CHEERS mlb

Feb
16

God’s Plan to Bless All the Families of the Earth

P. G. Mathew, M.A., M.Div., Th.M. | Sunday, October 13, 2002
Genesis 12:1-5

 

“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Genesis 12:3

God has a plan to bless all the peoples of the world. In this study we want to trace the development of this plan from the time of Abraham to the present.

In Acts 7:2 Stephen declared to the Sanhedrin that “the God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran.” Mesopotamia, which means “the land between the two rivers,” was the fertile valley lying between the Tigris and Euphrates. Abram and his father Terah, who came from Ur in Mesopotamia, were idol worshipers, as we read in Joshua 24:2, 3, 14, and 23. Jewish tradition says that Terah made money by trading idols. Abram and Terah worshiped the moon god known as Nana, or Sin, since Ur and Haran were both centers of moon worship. So Abram had known only dumb and lifeless idols when he was suddenly confronted by the true and living God, the God of glory.

God’s Demand

This God made a singular demand of Abram. As the God of glory, he alone can demand and expect absolute obedience. What was it? “Leave your country, your kindred and your father’s house, and go to a land I will show you” (v. 1).

The God of glory still makes the same demand of those who are sinners. He tells us, “Deny yourself and take up the cross daily and follow me.” He says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.” He says, “Sell all you have and give it to the poor; come and follow me.” He says, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple … . In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26, 27, 33)

The God of glory demands total trust, absolute obedience, and complete surrender. Herein lies true freedom for creatures like us. He made this demand of Abram and he makes it of us also.

Demand and Blessing

Not only did God demand Abram’s obedience, but he also promised to bless him. God will bestow a multitude of blessings on those who render him the one demand of absolute trust, complete obedience, and total surrender.

In Genesis 12:2-3 we find the sevenfold blessing that followed Abraham’s obedience to the God of glory. God told Abram, in essence, “I will do it—I will, I will, I will, I will.” As we read in 1 Corinthians 1:20, all his promises are “Yes” and “Amen” in Jesus Christ.

What were the blessings God promised to Abram?

  1. “I will make you into a great nation.” Abram’s wife Sarah was barren. Yet God Almighty him, “I will make you into a great nation.”
  2. “I will bless you.”
  3. “I will make your name great.”
  4. “You will be a blessing.”
  5. “I will bless those who bless you.”
  6. “I will curse those who curse you.”
  7. “All peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

As Bishop Ryle said, Abram renounced the certainties of the past to face the uncertainties of the future.

A Life of Blessing

A life of faith, obedience, and total surrender results in manifold blessing. What are these blessings? First, there is blessing to the individual who obeys God. Second, there is blessing for that person’s family. Third, we bring blessing to the nation, just as Abram brought blessing to Israel. Fourth, we bring blessing to all the peoples of the earth.

The Sovereign God of glory fulfilled his promises to Abram based on his obedience. Not only does this God of glory demand absolute faith, he also enables us to trust him. God himself regenerates us and gives us the gift of saving faith so we will rise up, take up our cross, and follow him.

Abraham’s Example

At God’s command Abram moved first out of Ur and settled in Haran. Then he said, “This is not what God said,” so he moved out of Haran also.

After Abram left Haran, God spoke to him again. God is not going to speak to us until we render obedience to his demands. But when Abram completely obeyed him, God appeared to him again. Thus, in Genesis 12:7 we read, “The Lord appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your offspring I will give this land.’”

Abram moved first from Ur to Haran, then from Haran to Canaan. But even Canaan was pointing to something else. In Hebrews 11 we are told that Abraham was looking forward to a city with foundation whose builder and maker is God.

Result of Obedience

What was the result of Abram’s obedience? God blessed him and made his name great. Abraham is revered among Jews, Mohammedans, and Christians alike. God made him a blessing to many. Additionally, God made him into the great nation of Israel. Although his wife Sarah was barren, when she was ninety years old and Abraham was one hundred, she was able to conceive and give birth to Isaac. This was the work of the all-powerful God of glory. Later David, a son of Abraham, became the king of Israel. This also was part of the blessing. And, finally, God blessed all the peoples of the world through the great Son of Abraham, Jesus Christ.

“Through Abraham” meant “through his offspring,” as we are told in Genesis 18:18 and 22:18. And according to Galatians 3:16, “through Abraham’s offspring” means “through Jesus Christ,” the Son of David. He was the Son of Abraham, who made the highest sacrifice in obedience to his Father’s demand. He did not merely leave Ur of the Chaldees; he left heaven itself. He left his Father’s bosom so that through him all the people of the earth would be blessed. God sent him, Paul says, in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. In Jesus Christ, God became man and died for our sins.

In Philippians 2 we read about the sacrifice Christ made so that God’s promise to Abraham would be fulfilled. Concerning Jesus, Paul writes,

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God as something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking on the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:6-11)

What obedience! What supreme sacrifice! Christ died for our sins and was raised for our justification.

Blessing for All the Peoples of the Earth

Every year at Pentecost, people came from all over the world to worship in Jerusalem. But on one Day of Pentecost, such people became the recipients of the blessing promised through Abraham.

Acts 2:9-11 tells us Peter preached the gospel to “Parthians, Medes, and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs…” On this great Day of Pentecost, people from all over the world heard the gospel, repented, believed in the Son of Abraham, Jesus, and were blessed with eternal salvation.

This happened again in Acts 3 when Peter preached to his Jewish audience. In verses 24-25 he said, “Indeed, all the prophets from Samuel on, as many as have spoken, have foretold these days. And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all the peoples on earth will be blessed.’”

The Jewish people on the Day of Pentecost received the blessing that was promised to come through the offspring of Abraham, the Lord Jesus Christ. God’s promise to Abraham that “in you all the families of the earth,” speaks of Jews as well as Gentiles.

But not only were Jews blessed, Gentiles also were blessed. Soon the Spirit-empowered Jewish Christians were persecuted and scattered from Jerusalem. Until this point, most converts to Christianity spoke only to other Jews about the gospel. But in Acts 11 we read that some men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who were probably led by Lucius of Cyrene, went to the third largest city in the Roman empire, Syrian Antioch—a wealthy city of a half million people in which there were great orgies, false worship, and all. PGM The Holy Spirit came upon these men, who said, “Not only we should preach to the Jews, but we must also preach to the Gentiles. Who knows? God may save them also if they repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Because these Jewish believers dared to proclaim the gospel to the Gentiles, the first Gentile church was born in Syrian Antioch. Here the believers were first called Christians. This first Gentile church became the center of world evangelization, sending out Paul and Barnabas to go throughout the world and preach the gospel, primarily to the Gentiles.

On Paul’s first journey he and Barnabas went to the region of Galatia in modern Turkey. In Galatians 3 we find reference to how the blessings of Abraham came not only to the Jews but to the Gentiles also. Citing the same scripture Peter cited in Acts 3:25, Paul wrote in Galatians 3:8, “The Scriptures foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: ‘All nations will be blessed through you.’” In Galatians 3:13 Paul wrote, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.” What was the curse of the law? Death. Paul continued, “[I]t is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.’” In verse 14 he concluded, “He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.”

Have You Received the Blessing of Abraham?

Thus, it came to pass in the fullness of time, through the obedience of the man from heaven, the Son of Abraham and David, all the peoples of the earth are being blessed. You are blessed, I am blessed, and our children are blessed by the Lord Jesus Christ.

If you have not been blessed in this manner, the word of the Lord is coming to you today as it came to the idol-worshiping Abram in the Ur of the Chaldees. What is that word? “Repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ—the Son of God, the Son of Abraham. You will be saved and blessed with one blessing after another blessing.” As we read in Romans 10:9, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” In Isaiah 45:22 God tells us, “”Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.”

The moon god cannot save you. No idols can. They are merely lifeless creations of your head, whether they are idols of ideology or idols of metal or wood. You must throw them away and then rise up and come to Jesus, the Savior of the world. Trust him, obey him, surrender to him, and your life will be filled with one blessing after another. He demands only one thing—obedience—and promises eternal life.

This Jesus, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham, the man from heaven who is the last or second Adam, as Paul puts it, is full of blessings. In John 1:16 John tells us, “From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another”—wave upon wave of blessing. You will be blessed, your family will be blessed, your clan will be blessed, your tribe will be blessed, your nation will be blessed, and through you all peoples of the earth can be blessed.

All this blessing depends upon one thing: Are you willing to trust in him and leave your Ur of the Chaldees? Are you willing to deny yourself, take up the cross and follow him daily? Are you willing to surrender to him totally? Are you willing to render obedience to him completely? If so, he says, “I will bless you and I will make you a blessing.” Not only will he bless you, but he will also enable you to be a blessing to all those around you. As you come to him who said, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink,” all of a sudden not only will your thirst be quenched, but out of your innermost being will flow rivers of living water for all the peoples of the earth.

May God bless everyone who humbles himself and surrenders to him. May he bless those who leave all their past certainties and foundations to face the uncertainties of the future and walk with the God of glory. God will speak to such people and guide them through his word, the Bible. Yes, he may sometimes tell us the exact opposite of what we want to hear, but when we surrender to him and do as he demands, we will be blessed. We will experience the truth of Proverbs 3:5-6, which tells us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on our own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Amen.

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Feb
13

Roger Barrier

Preach It, Teach It Founder

Dr. Roger Barrier, founder Preach It, Teach It, currently serves as senior teaching pastor at Casas Church in Tucson, Arizona. In addition to being an author and sought-after conference speaker, Roger has taught thousands of pastors, missionaries, and Christian leaders in 32 countries worldwide.

He partners with Intimate Life Ministries and also regularly teaches national leaders for Campus Crusade for Christ and various other mission organizations.

Dr. Barrier began preaching at the age of 13, and he shares his 3,000+ sermons with you on his popular website, PreachitTeachit.org, receiving almost a million hits in 210 countries in the last two years. His compelling teaching style is one-of-a-kind, combining a solid biblical foundation with culturally relevant application, engaging illustrations, and astute scholarship.

Casas Church, where Roger has served throughout his thirty-five-year career, is a megachurch known for a well-integrated, multi-generational ministry. The value of including new generations is deeply ingrained throughout Casas to help the church move strongly right through the twenty-first century and beyond.

Dr. Barrier holds degrees from Baylor University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Golden Gate Seminary in Greek, religion, theology, and pastoral care.

His popular book, Listening to the Voice of God, published by Bethany House, is in its second printing and is available in Thai and Portuguese. His current book, Got Guts, Get Godly, is translated into Russian, Spanish and Urdu. Dr. Barrier has also written a number of journal articles and was a contributing author of The Kingdom and the Power.

Roger is an avid golfer, and he loves to read about and study astrophysics, genetics, and neuroscience in his free time.

The two Barrier daughters, Brianna and Bronwyn, are in full-time Christian ministry. Brianna Barrier Engeler raises funds for international ministries. Bronwyn Barrier Muenckler is a security specialist and consultant for Logic Trends.

To book a conference with the Barriers, go to Roger Barrier’s Facebook page.

Feb
05

CREFLO DOLLAR

Life in the Spirit

Author: Dr. Creflo A. Dollar

 

Summary:

God created the law to expose sin but the law brought with it guilt and condemnation. When you become a Christian, you are to live by the Spirit and not by the law. Through Jesus Christ, you are set free from the law. Walking in the Spirit is the power to live according to the Word and not the dictates of your flesh, or carnal way of thinking. Believers are no longer subject to sin. When you walk in the Spirit, you will not fulfill the desires of your flesh.

 


 

  1. The law was created by God to expose sin, but it will not deliver you from your sinful nature (Romans 7:5-25, AMP).
    1. The law was given by God.
    2. The purpose of the law is to expose sin and make people aware of wrong behavior.
    3. The law is not the enemy; it just reveals the truth about sin.
      1. Things are not sinful unless there is a law stating them as such.
        1. Without the law, you would not know a particular behavior was sinful.
    4. The law was given to give life, but instead brought guilt and condemnation.
      1. When you are under the law you are subject to the judgment of the law.
    5. Because of Adam’s fall in the Garden of Eden, man is sinful by nature (carnal minded).
    6. Man is not released from his sinful state just because of the law.
  2. Christians are to walk in the Spirit because they have been liberated from the law through Jesus Christ.
    1. Walking in the Spirit means walking and living according to the Word of God.
    2. Walking in the flesh is walking and living in opposition to the Word of God.
    3. There is no condemnation to those who walk in the Spirit.
    4. When you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you died to your flesh and became free from the law.
      1. The law applies to a person that is living (Romans 7:1-4).
        1. Christians are no longer subject to the law or its power.
    5. God condemned sin in the flesh through His Son, Jesus (Romans 8:1-11).
      1. God sent Jesus to become sin so that the righteous and just fulfillment of the law might fully be met in those who live by the Spirit (Romans 8:4-11).
      2. When God gave His Son, Jesus, He superseded the law.
    6. Through Jesus you have been called to liberty and freedom from sin; you don’t have to sin if you don’t want to (Galatians 5:13-23).
    7. Liberty has boundaries.
      1. Do not use the liberty God has given you as an excuse to sin.
  3. Walking in the Spirit will enable you to not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
    1. Walking in the Spirit gives life, but walking in the flesh brings death.
    2. The flesh, or carnal way of thinking, can only gain supremacy when you are not walking in the Spirit, or according to the Word of God.
      1. The answer to all issues and temptations of the flesh is to walk in the Spirit.
      2. There is no sin that the blood of Jesus can’t cleanse.
        1. If you don’t walk in the Spirit you will try to restrain yourself from sin through imposing restrictions on yourself and by your own willpower.
        2. When you walk according to the Word of God and allow the Holy Spirit to help you, your spirit will control your flesh.
    3. In order to be successful in life, Christians must walk in the Spirit.
  4. Walking in the Spirit ultimately boils down to walking in the love of God.
    1. When you walk in the Spirit you will display the fruit of the Spirit in your life (Galatians 5:22, 23).
    2. When you were born again, the Holy Spirit poured the love of God into your heart (Romans 5:5).
      1. You have the ability to love others as God does.
      2. Love is the opposite of selfishness.
        1. Every work of the flesh is based in selfishness.
      3. Think spiritually by thinking in line with the Word of God and the love of God.
      4. Love is power.
        1. You won’t have power unless you are walking in the Spirit.
    3. If you don’t love others, it is evident that the love of God is not in you.
      1. Love is not greedy, selfish or self-seeking.
    4. Walking in the Spirit and love of God is a choice.
      1. To end the struggle of the flesh, set your
Feb
05

BORROWED FROM THE NUGGET,,

.Father, hallowed be your name

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First and most importantly, our prayers must be directed to our Heavenly Father.

It is interesting to note that the Israelites generally addressed God formally, using words such as these: “Ali” (my Father), or “Abinue” (our Father). In contrast, Jesus used “abba”, which is the ordinary, intimate form of the Aramaic word for father. The English equivalent to this word would be “Daddy” or “Papa”. It’s like saying: “Our Heavenly Papa …” or “Our Heavenly Daddy …”

In Matt. 7:7-11, Jesus promises the following:

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

Jesus wanted us to know that our relationship with God through prayer is not with a distant being who doesn’t understand us, but with a loving papa that cares for us; who allows us to run into His arms and cry, “Daddy! Papa!” Our God is a loving father who considers us His own sons and daughters.

But let’s consider for a moment the rest of the phrase: Hallowed be your name. These words are put here to remind us that though we are to address God as someone who loves us and cares for us as a Papa or a Daddy, he is still our Creator, and He must be approached in an attitude of worship. His Holy name is above any other in the universe. We should never approach Him boastfully and without respect; but humbly, acknowledging Him as being the all-powerful, all-present, eternal, unchangeable, loving God.

We live in a society where children often don’t respect their parents. They address them rudely, refuse to obey, and only come to them when they need something. All too often, when parents get too old to care for themselves, they are put into nursing homes; for their children are just too busy to take care of them.

In this light, it would seem that approaching God reverently and humbly stands in direct contrast to the idea of God as our Papa. But does it? The fifth commandment says: “Honor your father and your mother” (Exodus 20:12). If we are counseled to respect our parents on earth, even when sometimes they may not deserve it, then how much more honor and respect does our Heavenly Daddy merit?

“Heavenly Papa, holy is your name. I love You, Daddy, and I humbly come into Your presence to talk to You. Guide me, for I am lost without Your counsel.”

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Feb
04

MY FAVORITE TV SHOW OF ALL TIME IS COMUING BACK ON THIS WEEK, YEAH

Feb
03

PEOPLE WHO LET THEIR DOGS DUMP THEIR WASTE ANYWHERE AND ANYPLACE AND LEAVE IT THERE! people WHO LOSE THEIR PETS TO COYOTES, HANG SIGNS ON EVERY PLACE IMAGINABLE, AND NEVER RETURN TO TAKE THEM DOWN

Feb
03

Back in 1950’s I remember my dad volunteering for the ADLAI STEVENSON campaign against IKE, I ask him why >? He told me,” the Democrats were for the common man and the Republicans for the well off.”

nothing has changed over the years. The problem I have is? I am very conservative and being a Democrat isn’t easy at all..I promise the Year I make over 60 thousand dollars I will change parties.

Time is running out,,,cheers MLB

Feb
03

The golf tournament and rodeo is coming in a couple of weeks..I predict,,RAIN, RAIN AND COLD WEATHER,Check back and see if I am right? The first 2 weeks of feb are always great weather wise.

Do you think these dummies would have learned in 40 years?? Heck no,They are all politicans lol

Feb
03

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February 2, 2012

THE BIG SECRET

 

It was isolated farming country with long distances between families. There was no telephone and no electricity so communication was by letter and light at night was by kerosene lamp or candle.

Money was scarce and candles cost money so they were used sparingly. Kerosene lamps were even more luxurious so a small one was in the kitchen and a large one was reserved for the family room.

Nothing was lighted until the darkness of night settled on the house.

Nobody carried candles or lamps about with them, except for an unlit lantern hanging from the veranda rafter on emergency call to attend a disturbed horse or cow or sheep on dark nights.

Family members knew every step of the way around the house and went from room to room in total darkness without fear or stumbling.

I thought of it all very early this morning. We had had clouds and rain for several weeks with no hint of sunlight and this was midsummer, the very middle month of summer in a ‘hot, brown land’ with temperatures that usually hover towards forty degrees Celsius.

Leaving my bed just as the darkness of night began to grey, I dressed in the dark and crept outside. Across the valley towards the sunrise, there was a misty break in the clouds on the skyline of the distant hills. The sun shone into it from below the horizon and set it aglow, with a soft richness and glow power far beyond any lamp or candle. It was the only light between threatening clouds and the darkness of the earth below and it was enough to see heaven with.

I thought of what Paul said to the Ephesians, “Though you once were in darkness, now as Christians you are light. Prove yourselves at home in the light, for where light is, there is a harvest of goodness, righteousness, and truth.” (Ephesians 5:8)

We have a harvest to produce and harvest cannot come without light. Candles and lamps are not enough, only light from heaven has enough glow power for the harvest it must produce. And only the Lord can give it because only he has the glow power to reveal heaven. He has it because “in him was life, and that life was the light of mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never mastered it.” (John 1:4,5).

The big secret is to find the light switch.

Elizabeth Price

 

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Feb
02

Democrats and Republicans

Democrats are generally more liberal. They believe in a larger federal government, and often implement tax plans to try to help the less privileged. They tend to believe the government must look for the greater good above the individual person in terms of welfare and do what is necessary to make the populace more “equal”. They assert that the values our country holds must evolve over time, and, therefore, tend to support such controversial choices as Pro Choice and gay marriage.

Republicans are generally more conservative. They believe that the answers do not lay with the government generally, but rather with the people. They want less government interference and tend to believe more strongly in property rights and less strongly in well-fare rights, holding economic equity above equality. Many republicans are religious and tend to hold to the morals characterizing the Founding Fathers, which results in general disapproval of abortions and, for some, gay marriage.

Additional input and opinions from contributors:

  • To sum it up, Democrats lean toward equality under a large federal government. Republicans lean towards people looking after themselves and their neighbors under small federal government and strong state governments.
  • These are the two dominant parties in our political system. Generally, Republicans are more interested in regulating personal matters and in deregulation of business and economic matters. Democrats are generally more interested in deregulating personal matters and increasing regulation of economic/business matters. Democrats also believe in bigger government and more spending to expand government, while, unlike democrats, Republicans believe in less spending and a smaller government. Democrats believe in lowering the taxes on the poor, and increasing taxes on the rich, while Republicans want to lower taxes on everyone, not just poor people.
    Democrats are liberals while Republicans are conservatives.
  • There is very little fundamental difference between Democrats and Republicans in practice. In general (theoretically) today, Republicans support less social freedom and more economic freedom, while Democrats support less economic freedom and more social freedom. Democrats are known as the “big government” party and Republicans as the “limited government” party, but in reality both parties support big government. Government has consistently grown under the power of both parties. Their foreign policies are very similar (interventionist), but each party seems to only support these policies when their administrations are administering them. The root of the Republican Party is limited government, but they generally do not execute this well. Also, what many Republicans defend as “capitalism” and “free markets” is really government-aided corporatism, which is not economic freedom at all. There has however been a backlash in the Republican Party to return to limited government roots, including both economic and social freedoms and a non-interventionist foreign policy.

    As for the terms “liberal” and “conservative”, their meanings and connotations have become very confusing. “Conservative” and “Republican”, and “Liberal” and “Democrat” have somewhat become interchangeable in today’s society. However, “conservative” really means that one believes that things should stay the same, while “liberal” means that one believes things should change. Historically, societies had not been very free, so historical Liberals generally supported increased freedoms. The Founding Fathers of the United States were Liberals during their time, since they supported freedoms that did not exist in their society–they wanted things to change. However, today they would (probably) be considered Conservatives, since they supported limited government. Classifying people’s political views today by these words is very confusing. Since today a “Conservative” is generally a Republican, and a “Liberal” is generally a Democrat, how does one classify someone who belongs to a third party? For example, Libertarians support economic freedoms as Republicans do, indicating they are Conservatives. On the other hand, they also support social freedoms as Democrats do, indicating they are Liberals. However, since historical Liberals (not to be confused with today’s Democrats) were freedom-lovers, supporting all types of freedoms make Libertarians the ultimate Liberals, right? But then again, Libertarians are the ultimate proponents of the Republican roots of limited government. Libertarians want to limit government (in all areas) far more than Republicans, making Libertarians the ultimate Conservatives. Since one person can simultaneously be classified as super liberal and super conservative (which are opposites), these words do not have very good definitions in today’s society and have very different meanings to different people.

  • This is a pretty vague question but I will do my best to answer it. I am a republican so if I sound biased, sorry. Anyway, democrats believe in taxing and spending and republicans believe in saving and waiting or borrowing and spending. Abortion is one of the biggest arguments between the parties. Democrats are pro-choice which means that they want people to have the choice to abort. Republicans are pro-life which means they want to outlaw abortion. Next, is gay marriage. Democrats think that anyone has the right to get married while most republicans believe that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
  • There are lots of websites that distinguish the difference, just, they are usually biased to the brink. Best to watch the news or look up a dictionary definition.
    Republicans believe people are best taking care of themselves or helping others through private charity. Democrats believe the government is best at taking care of people.
  • Republicans think that everyone can care for themselves on their own they are more independent Democrat is more groups and everyone together, everyone takes care of each other. Obviously McCain is republican and Obama is democrat. They are both explainable beliefs.
  • Democrats: pro-choice, more gun control, more government power – Republicans: pro-life, less gun control, less government power
  • Leaving out any kind of value judgments, the difference in the parties is ideological… Democrats believe in rights. Democrats believe that you have certain rights as citizens, taking it as far as the right to health care. Republicans believe in privilege. Republicans believe that you can have only that which you can afford or earn. That’s it in a nutshell but you need to decide which you think is the better ideology. Do you think you should be given things as a citizen or should you have to work for what you get?
  • All of you had valid points. I find myself in between though. I see both sides. When I go to the ballots I find myself wanting to vote for both dem. and rep., but their is another thing that I have noticed. People today do not vote for who they want in office. They vote for who they do not want in office.

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Jan
30

Folks, Retirement and I are very incompatible in all ways.   If your planning on an early retirement, please read the following article. Most of all,make sure you have no mortgage payments, a wife who also draws a pension, medical insurance  an enough income to live as well as when you working, Now days, a person needs as much as they are use to living off of, to retire.     I have worked all my life.  If I can ever get back to working?/They will haul me away in a hearse.  CHEERS MEANLITTLEBOY esquire

 

0 Reasons You Shouldn’t Retire

Your 401(k), social life, and even your health could benefit from a few more years in the workforce

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It’s time to retire the idea of retirement—or at least push it back by a few years. Although it’s fun to dream about a permanent escape from a grueling commute or an overbearing boss, think about how much you gain from your friendship with coworkers and having a daily routine where you feel useful. The financial incentives to delay retirement are obvious and dramatic. And recent research even suggests that working part time in retirement can improve your health. Here are 10 reasons you shouldn’t quit your day job.

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Your health. Seniors who work part time in retirement experience fewer major diseases and are able to function better day to day than people who stop working altogether, according to findings reported in the October issue of the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. “Being engaged in some meaningful activity, whether in paid employment or unpaid volunteer activity, is likely to have beneficial health effects when one retires,” says Kenneth Shultz, a psychology professor at California State University–San Bernardino and coauthor of the report. He attributes the health benefits of working in retirement to the physical and mental activities and social contact people engage in at work, which can be more difficult to maintain when you leave the workforce.

[See Study: Delaying Retirement Improves Your Health.]

Your marriage. When you promised to stay with your spouse for better or worse, that didn’t necessarily mean you wanted to spend 24 hours a day with that person. After years of spending mostly nights and weekends together, being together all day every day can be stressful. Many married couples don’t agree on their respective retirement ages (60 percent) or whether they will work in retirement (44 percent), according to a study of 502 married couples between ages 45 and 72 by Fidelity Investments and Richard Day Research conducted in April. When one spouse retires and wants to travel or relax and the other desires to work each day, it can create new tensions and resentments. A job outside the home can make you feel more autonomous, give you something to talk about, and even keep you from tripping over each other all day.

[See 7 Tips for Retiring With Your Spouse.]

Delay taxes. Retirees can begin taking penalty-free 401(k) withdrawals at age 55 and IRA withdrawals at age 59½. But when you debit your retirement accounts, ordinary income tax is due on the amount withdrawn. If you delay tapping your retirement accounts, they have more time to compound, tax deferred. Minimum withdrawals from most retirement accounts don’t become required until age 70½. Why not defer taxes for an extra decade if you can?

Higher Social Security checks. Social Security eligibility begins at age 62, but your checks are reduced by 25 to 35 percent if you sign up at this age. For each year you delay signing up for Social Security between ages 62 and 70, your benefit will increase by 7 to 8 percent. Plus, your payout is calculated using your 35 highest-earning years in the workforce. Baby boomers who make more now than they did earlier in their career can boost their Social Security checks by working longer.

[See America’s Best Affordable Places to Retire.]

Work adds meaning to your life. Our identities are tied up in the work we do. When we meet new people, one of the first things we tell them is our occupation. But the feeling goes deeper than that. Retirees sometimes lose the sense of purpose of getting up to go perform a necessary role in society and being an active member of the community. Although needing the money is the top reason Americans give for continuing to work past age 67 (84 percent), according to a recent Sun Life Financial and Interviewing Service of America survey, many people also say staying mentally active (81 percent) and enjoying working (65 percent) were important parts of their reasoning for not retiring.

Jan
30

Top Ten Organic Produce Worth Buying

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Switching to organic produce is increasingly trendy as knowledge spreads about the lessened effects on the environment from sustainable farming and the human body from eliminating pesticide ingestion.  Unfortunately, there may only be a slight nutritive advantage to organic produce from its heightened production of phytochemicals to naturally resist infestation.  Although the general risk of pesticide exposure is debatable, getting five servings of fruits and vegetables, no matter how they were grown, unequivocally outweighs eliminating them from your diet entirely to avoid these chemicals.

According the Environmental Working Group, pesticide residue ingestion can be reduced by approximately 80% when the dirtiest conventional fruits and vegetables are avoided or swapped for organic.  Because of the added expense of buying organic, the trick is knowing which produce is worthy of your extra dollars.  Don’t bother paying more for broccoli, papayas, cabbages, mangoes, bananas, kiwis, pineapples, sweet peas, asparagus, corn, avocadoes, onions, eggplants, watermelons, domestic cantaloupes, mushrooms and sweet potatoes— they have the lowest levels of pesticide residue when conventionally grown.  Instead, stick to this list of the top ten organic produce worth buying.

10. Pears

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Pears are the second most popular fruit in the United States and are a good source of vitamins A, C, K, B2 and B6, along with calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese and fiber.  Not only does this hypoallergenic fruit contain the antioxidants hydroxycinnamic acid and quercetin, nearly 95% of conventionally grown pears sampled by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2010 also showed at least one of 30 pesticide residues.  Peeling a conventional pear will reduce chemical exposure somewhat but also reduce its nutritive value because the skin is loaded with vitamins and fiber.  It is therefore best to spend more on organic pears and consume the entire fruit.

9. Potatoes

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A staple of American and European diets, potatoes are loaded with vitamin C, vitamin B6, copper, potassium, manganese, tryptophan and fiber.  These tubers are particularly likely to absorb chemicals built-up in the soil as they grow and are a pesticide intensive crop.  Potatoes are a smart organic purchase because over 79% examined by the USDA showed chemical contamination and their price is competitive with conventional potatoes.  Like the pear, peeling the skin will reduce–but not eliminate–pesticide and nutrient values.

8. Bell Peppers

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Bell peppers are heavily sprayed with insecticides and their thin skin, even if blistered and removed, does not offer much of a chemical barrier.  Vitamins C and A increase in bell peppers as they turn from green to yellow and eventually red but so does the amount of pesticides used on the ripening fruit.  Unlike hot peppers which contain capsaicin, pests are not deterred from eating the sweet flesh of bell peppers.  USDA data showed 68% of conventional bell peppers were coated with pesticides.  As with all produce, washing will help remove some of the residue but considering their contamination levels, it is worth paying more for organic bell peppers.

7. Imported Grapes

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The vast majority of table grapes are imported into the United States from Chile which lacks stringent fertilizer and pesticide regulations.  Vineyards are sprayed frequently with a variety of pesticides during the lifecycle of the grape.  No amount of rinsing or tedious peeling can eliminate chemical contamination due to grape skin permeability.  Imported organic grapes are virtually nonexistent and astronomically expensive.  Instead, buy domestically grown conventional grapes to reap the benefits of vitamins C, B1 and B6, along with manganese and potassium.  When seeking heart healthy resveratrol, the same guidelines apply to wine.

6. Imported Nectarines

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Imported nectarines are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, niacin, and potassium but also pesticide deposits.  The USDA found over 97% of conventionally grown imported nectarines had varying levels of 33 pesticides.  Like grapes, the vast majority of imported nectarines originate in Chile where pesticide enforcement is lax.  Conventional California nectarines are widely available in the United States for a better price and, because they do not travel as far, they are often tastier and have fewer shelf life extenders.

5. Spinach

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Popeye’s enthusiasm for spinach was not misplaced– it is a great source of vitamins A, B6, C, E and K, not to mention thiamin, riboflavin, folate, calcium, iron, phosphorus, copper, manganese, magnesium and protein.  Pests also love this leafy green so 57 different chemicals can be used on spinach.  The USDA found nearly 84% of spinach had pesticide residue, making it the most contaminated green.  The price of organic spinach has decreased in recent years but it remains expensive.  Instead of eliminating spinach from your diet entirely, try planting it in a container garden and it should thrive.

4. Peaches

peaches

Second only to apples, peaches are the dirtiest tree fruit.  Multiple pesticides are sprayed on conventionally grown peaches with 98% of them remaining contaminated in the market, according the USDA.  Even if you bother to peel it, the peach’s delicate skin had already allowed pesticides into the juicy flesh.  In order to get its benefits of niacin, thiamine, potassium, calcium and vitamin A, pay extra for organic peaches.  If they are too expensive, look for conventional peaches which are locally-grown and darker– they contain more vitamin A and fewer additives to maintain shelf life.

3. Strawberries

strawberries

Even conventionally grown strawberries are expensive but organic berries are almost a luxury item.  Non-organic strawberries purchased off season likely originate in a country with loose pesticide regulations.  Almost 90% of conventionally grown strawberries on grocery store shelves are chemically contaminated.  To reap its benefits of vitamin C, manganese and fiber, bite the bullet and pay extra for organic, especially if you have kids.  Children gobble up strawberries by the tiny handful and their immune systems are susceptible to chemical overload.  As an added benefit, organic strawberries are not irradiated so they are typically more flavorful than their conventional counterparts.

2. Celery

celery

This crunchy, low-calorie vegetable is loaded with vitamins A, C and K, plus folate, potassium, manganese and dietary fiber.  Celery has a minimally protective skin and chemicals run right through the veins, thereby contaminating the flesh.  Thorough washing and vein removal will not eliminate the pesticides which the USDA found on more than 94% of conventionally grown celery.  The price of organic is somewhat competitive with conventional celery so paying a little more makes sense.

1. Apples

apples

An apple a day will not keep pesticides away unless you eat organic apples.  Most of the chemical contamination found on 91% of USDA tested apples resided on the skin.  However, the peel also contains much of the dietary fiber and beneficial phytochemicals which make apples so healthful.  A good washing of conventionally grown apples will reduce, but not entirely eliminate, pesticides.  To keep the price down, purchase organic apples in bulk and store them individually wrapped in newspaper without color printing in a cool, dark place away from potatoes.  Their high vitamin C content can thereby be enjoyed several months after the fall harvest.

By Suzanne Duvall

Jan
29

We can always tell people who are believers of JESUS CHRIST, They will proclaim Jesus came by flesh to earth, He is the son of God aka God of the flesh. another way? People who love Jesus has to love others. How can we say we love Jesus but, can’t seem to say the same about our fellow friends, family and neighbors?

Knowing God Through Love

7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Jan
29

Little Children say this all the time?/When we become big Children is when the problem starts,,Wasn’t it a great world before we as adults, learned to hate? lord have mercy on our souls…………The Bible elaborates in 2Peter about hating our brothers or fellow men,Some of us spend a lifetime hating our relatives and friends. I just realized how important it is for us to FORGIVE everyone who hurts us in some way. Not only for health reasons but because God tells us we must,,How can we expect him to forgive us if we are unable to forgive others for their trespass?AMEN? Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother[c] abides in death. 15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,We are described as murderers when we hate someone..

Jan
29

I hate it with a passion.I was born to work. Even when I was 12 years old, it began. The money is nice but its not the reason I love to work,

Its the people, the competitiveness of being the best.I hate losing in any kind of activity.Maybe the reason the local casino and I had a hard time being compatible?

I am 65, take or give a few years.after I survive an incisional hernia operation? Maybe God will provide my old job back..curious? I was a cookie salesman 23 years for the Keebler Elves in Southern Arizona.

while everyone else is complaining about their jobs? I will go anywhere to become a sales rep again. Please say a prayer along with me for God to make this happen,,

If he glorified Joseph? He definitely can help the MEANLITTLEBOY,,AMEN? I have many stories to tell about selling cookies and crackers!!@

Jan
29

Saying something bad about a fellow man or woman? Have you ever dwelled upon the follow ing subject?3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Jan
29

The Bible tells mankind what GOD approves and disapproves..He must really be happy with us and all our sins in the USA,Without mentioning certain ones, lets just say we are on the track to end up like SODOM AND WHATS HER NAME.
I AM GLAD   GOD NEVER DESTROYS his own,It just blows my mind that we have become just an evil empire.

No wonder why we are told to pray for our country and Israel,,Only a savior can come to our rescue. The deeper we fall the sooner he will come back to earth!!Glory to God,,amen

Jan
29

I had a hard time understanding how Jesus was always there when God made the world..Now after several years, I see the light,,He is Jesus the high priest Abraham gave Tithes too,

Are you looking forward to the day, of looking upon the face of God? How exciting to know?/It will be forever,,Not only God but all the characters mentioned in the old and new Testaments. I am looking forward to just siting and listening to Paul and Peter tell stories about the good old days.

Did you know it will take the angels eternity to explain the GLORY OF GOD? WOW HANG ON,,We are in for exciting time,,Are you prepared to meet Jesus as your savior? amen cheers mlb

Jan
29

If anyone has a particular subject you would like to read about?/Drop me a line,,,via comments or lapinks@earthlink.net..PLEASE TELL A FRIEND?

Jan
29

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world..

”t forget the unsaved and the poor as well. feeding the poor will bring about many blessings health, wealth and fulfillment of the soul’,,amen mlb..tell a friend?

Jan
28

Mystery of Melchizedek Solved!
by Herbert W. Armstrong (1892-1986)
1972
FEW MYSTERIES of the Bible have attracted more interest than the mystery of the identity of Melchizedek. Who is he?

You will read in Hebrews 6:19-20 that Jesus Christ, after His resurrection, is High Priest “after the order of Melchizedek.” The plainer English of the Moffatt translation words it: “. . with the rank of” that is, equal status with “Melchizedek.”

Melchizedek Was God’s Priest

First, notice from both Old and New Testaments that the man of mystery, Melchizedek, was a priest of the Most High God. Turn ‘low to the account in Genesis 14. During the war between a number of ancient city-states in Canaan and Mesopotamia, Abraham’s nephew Lot had been captured. He and his family and goods were carted off.

One of their number escaped and brought the news to Abraham, who armed 318 of his own servants and pursued the invaders to what was later named Dan and beyond. Abraham rescued Lot and his family and returned them safely to the Canaanite cities.

On Abraham’s return a man of mystery bursts upon the scene. Abraham was ministered to by Melchizedek.

Here is the account:

“And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High. And he [Melchizedek] blessed him [Abraham] and said, ‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High, maker of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!’ And Abram gave him [Melchizedek] a tenth of everything” that is, a tithe of all, for a tithe means a tenth (Genesis 14:18-20, RSV).

Notice that Melchizedek was king of Salem. That is the city of Jerusalem. “Salem” comes from the Hebrew word meaning “peace.” That would make Melchizedek the “King of Peace” (Hebrews 7:2). The Hebrew name Melchizedek itself means “King of Righteousness” (Hebrews 7:2). The same individual is mentioned in Psalm 110:4. Speaking prophetically of Christ, David stated: “The Eternal hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” This verse is quoted again in Hebrews 5:6, 10.

Before we turn to Hebrews for the identification of Melchizedek, remember that this mystery figure is a mystery only to us. Abraham and the King of wicked Sodom knew exactly who he was. They must have seen him before. He could not have been a Canaanite, for they were steeped in pagan customs. And furthermore Canaan was a descendant of Ham, whereas God basically chose the descendants of Shem to accomplish His work.

Then who is the mystery man Melchizedek?

One other hint before we proceed. The land of Canaan from ancient time, before the days of Moses, was known among the Gentiles as “the divine land” the Holy land” the land of the place of worship!” Why? Was there someone in the Holy Land who was divine, holy, worthy of worship?

The Mystery Clears

Coming to Hebrews 7, we find Melchizedek identified:

“For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace” (Hebrews 7:1-2).

Since God names individuals what they are, that, then is what this man is.. “King of Righteousness.”

Think of it! King of Righteousness.

Jesus Himself said: “There is none good but one, that is, God” (Matthew 19:17). Human self-righteousness is, before God, as filthy rags. None can be righteous but God—or one made righteous by God’s power—Christ in a person! And certainly none but One of the Godhead the divine Kingdom of God would be King of Righteousness. Such an expression, applied to any but God, would be blasphemous. Why?

Righteousness is obedience to God’s Law. Since God made all laws (James 4:12), He is Supreme Ruler or King. He determines what righteousness is. “All thy commandments are righteousness” (Psalm 119:172). When speaking of one of the points of that Law, Jesus placed Himself superior to it. He is Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:28). No man is Lord or King over God’s Law. Only God could be! All human beings have sinned and broken that Law of righteousness (Romans 3:23).

To continue with Hebrews 7. Note, too, that this man was King of peace. “Salem” from which Jerusalem was named means “peace.” And remember, Jesus is called the Prince of peace! No human being could be King of Peace. Men know not the way of peace. Read Romans 3:10 and 17: “There is none righteous, no, not one…. And the way of peace have they not known.”

Observe further: Melchizedek was “without mother, without father, without descent,” or as the Phillips translation renders it: “He had no father or mother and no family tree.” He was not born as human beings are. He was without father and mother. This does not mean that Melchizedek’s records of birth were lost. Without such records human priests could not serve (Ezra 2:62). But here Melchizedek had no genealogy. He must not have been an ordinary mortal. He had no descent or pedigree from another, but was self-existent. Notice Paul’s own inspired interpretation of this fact: “Having neither beginning of days, nor end of life” (Hebrews 7:3). Therefore He has always existed from eternity! He was not even created, like angels. But He is now eternally self-existing. And that is true only of GOD deity, not humanity!

Not the Father Nor the Holy Spirit

Yet Melchizedek cannot be God the Father. He was the “priest of that Most High God.” Scripture says no man has ever seen the Father (John 1:18, 5:37), but Abraham saw Melchizedek. He cannot be God the Father, but rather, “made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually” (Hebrews 7:3).

And there it is! In the days of Abraham, He was not the Son of God, for He had not yet been born of the virgin Mary but He was made like unto the Son of God in His manifestation to the ancients.

Notice again: Melchizedek, this scripture reveals, abides that is, remains permanently, continually, a priest. God the Father is not the Priest of God, but Christ the Son is! Yet, in the days when the Apostle Paul lived and wrote, shortly after Jesus ascended to heaven as High Priest, the scripture states that even then Melchizedek “abideth “—which means does now abide—”a priest continually.” The Moffatt translation states it: “continues to be priest permanently” even while Jesus Christ is High Priest!

And notice that the order of Christ’s Priesthood is named after Melchizedek. It is the High Priest’s name that is placed upon an order just as Aaron’s name was upon the Aaronic priesthood. Thus Melchizedek was then High Priest, in Paul’s day, and even now, and He will rule forever! And at the same time Christ was, is today, and shall be forever High Priest!

Are there two High Priests’? No! Impossible! The conclusion is inescapable. Contrary to many cherished man-thought-out ideas, Melchizedek and Christ are one and the same! Some people have stumbled on the statement that Melchizedek has no “end of life.” They contend that since Christ died, He had an end of life! If that be true then Christ is still dead! But Christ is not dead. He is alive. It was not possible for Christ to be held by death (Acts 2:24). Melchizedek would never have fulfilled His office of High Priest if He had not died for the sins of the people and risen again. It is the function of the High Priest to lead the way to salvation.

Indeed, Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of our salvation (Hebrews 5:9; 12:2). He is “called of God an high priest after the order of Melchizedek” (Hebrews 5:10).

And no wonder. Melchizedek and Christ are one and the same Person!

© 1972 Worldwide Church of God

Offered as a free educational service by
ChurMystery of Melchizedek Solved! by Herbert W. Armstrong (1892-1986) 1972 FEW MYSTERIES of the Bible have attracted more interest than the mystery of the identity of Melchizedek. Who is he? You will read in Hebrews 6:19-20 that Jesus Christ, after His resurrection, is High Priest “after the order of Melchizedek.” The plainer English of the Moffatt translation words it: “. . with the rank of” that is, equal status with “Melchizedek.” Melchizedek Was God’s Priest First, notice from both Old and New Testaments that the man of mystery, Melchizedek, was a priest of the Most High God. Turn ‘low to the account in Genesis 14. During the war between a number of ancient city-states in Canaan and Mesopotamia, Abraham’s nephew Lot had been captured. He and his family and goods were carted off. One of their number escaped and brought the news to Abraham, who armed 318 of his own servants and pursued the invaders to what was later named Dan and beyond. Abraham rescued Lot and his family and returned them safely to the Canaanite cities. On Abraham’s return a man of mystery bursts upon the scene. Abraham was ministered to by Melchizedek. Here is the account: “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High. And he [Melchizedek] blessed him [Abraham] and said, ‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High, maker of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!’ And Abram gave him [Melchizedek] a tenth of everything” that is, a tithe of all, for a tithe means a tenth (Genesis 14:18-20, RSV). Notice that Melchizedek was king of Salem. That is the city of Jerusalem. “Salem” comes from the Hebrew word meaning “peace.” That would make Melchizedek the “King of Peace” (Hebrews 7:2). The Hebrew name Melchizedek itself means “King of Righteousness” (Hebrews 7:2). The same individual is mentioned in Psalm 110:4. Speaking prophetically of Christ, David stated: “The Eternal hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” This verse is quoted again in Hebrews 5:6, 10. Before we turn to Hebrews for the identification of Melchizedek, remember that this mystery figure is a mystery only to us. Abraham and the King of wicked Sodom knew exactly who he was. They must have seen him before. He could not have been a Canaanite, for they were steeped in pagan customs. And furthermore Canaan was a descendant of Ham, whereas God basically chose the descendants of Shem to accomplish His work. Then who is the mystery man Melchizedek? One other hint before we proceed. The land of Canaan from ancient time, before the days of Moses, was known among the Gentiles as “the divine land” the Holy land” the land of the place of worship!” Why? Was there someone in the Holy Land who was divine, holy, worthy of worship? The Mystery Clears Coming to Hebrews 7, we find Melchizedek identified: “For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace” (Hebrews 7:1-2). Since God names individuals what they are, that, then is what this man is.. “King of Righteousness.” Think of it! King of Righteousness. Jesus Himself said: “There is none good but one, that is, God” (Matthew 19:17). Human self-righteousness is, before God, as filthy rags. None can be righteous but God—or one made righteous by God’s power—Christ in a person! And certainly none but One of the Godhead the divine Kingdom of God would be King of Righteousness. Such an expression, applied to any but God, would be blasphemous. Why? Righteousness is obedience to God’s Law. Since God made all laws (James 4:12), He is Supreme Ruler or King. He determines what righteousness is. “All thy commandments are righteousness” (Psalm 119:172). When speaking of one of the points of that Law, Jesus placed Himself superior to it. He is Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:28). No man is Lord or King over God’s Law. Only God could be! All human beings have sinned and broken that Law of righteousness (Romans 3:23). To continue with Hebrews 7. Note, too, that this man was King of peace. “Salem” from which Jerusalem was named means “peace.” And remember, Jesus is called the Prince of peace! No human being could be King of Peace. Men know not the way of peace. Read Romans 3:10 and 17: “There is none righteous, no, not one…. And the way of peace have they not known.” Observe further: Melchizedek was “without mother, without father, without descent,” or as the Phillips translation renders it: “He had no father or mother and no family tree.” He was not born as human beings are. He was without father and mother. This does not mean that Melchizedek’s records of birth were lost. Without such records human priests could not serve (Ezra 2:62). But here Melchizedek had no genealogy. He must not have been an ordinary mortal. He had no descent or pedigree from another, but was self-existent. Notice Paul’s own inspired interpretation of this fact: “Having neither beginning of days, nor end of life” (Hebrews 7:3). Therefore He has always existed from eternity! He was not even created, like angels. But He is now eternally self-existing. And that is true only of GOD deity, not humanity! Not the Father Nor the Holy Spirit Yet Melchizedek cannot be God the Father. He was the “priest of that Most High God.” Scripture says no man has ever seen the Father (John 1:18, 5:37), but Abraham saw Melchizedek. He cannot be God the Father, but rather, “made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually” (Hebrews 7:3). And there it is! In the days of Abraham, He was not the Son of God, for He had not yet been born of the virgin Mary but He was made like unto the Son of God in His manifestation to the ancients. Notice again: Melchizedek, this scripture reveals, abides that is, remains permanently, continually, a priest. God the Father is not the Priest of God, but Christ the Son is! Yet, in the days when the Apostle Paul lived and wrote, shortly after Jesus ascended to heaven as High Priest, the scripture states that even then Melchizedek “abideth “—which means does now abide—”a priest continually.” The Moffatt translation states it: “continues to be priest permanently” even while Jesus Christ is High Priest! And notice that the order of Christ’s Priesthood is named after Melchizedek. It is the High Priest’s name that is placed upon an order just as Aaron’s name was upon the Aaronic priesthood. Thus Melchizedek was then High Priest, in Paul’s day, and even now, and He will rule forever! And at the same time Christ was, is today, and shall be forever High Priest! Are there two High Priests’? No! Impossible! The conclusion is inescapable. Contrary to many cherished man-thought-out ideas, Melchizedek and Christ are one and the same! Some people have stumbled on the statement that Melchizedek has no “end of life.” They contend that since Christ died, He had an end of life! If that be true then Christ is still dead! But Christ is not dead. He is alive. It was not possible for Christ to be held by death (Acts 2:24). Melchizedek would never have fulfilled His office of High Priest if He had not died for the sins of the people and risen again. It is the function of the High Priest to lead the way to salvation. Indeed, Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of our salvation (Hebrews 5:9; 12:2). He is “called of God an high priest after the order of Melchizedek” (Hebrews 5:10). And no wonder. Melchizedek and Christ are one and the same Person! © 1972 Worldwide Church of God Offered as a free educational service by Church of the Great God PO Box 471846 Charlotte, NC 28247-1846 (803) 802-7075 Read more: http://www.cgg.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Library.sr/CT/HWA/k/745/Mystery-Melchizedek-Solved.htm#ixzz1kksLiBEech of the Great God
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Jan
27

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2 Timothy 3

1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9 But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly w

Jan
26

Love in Action
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[c] Do not be conceited.

17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[d] says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”[e]

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Footnotes:

Jan
26

love your neighbors and God with all your heart all your mind and all your will,,feed the poor, help the widows, children without dads, and people who are not saved.
Preach the GOSPEL or good news to all the wold.,

When you are blessed y GOD BLESS OTHERS. Don’t live about things in this world, but concentrate on the world tomorrow. Seek the kingdom of God for yourself and family. seek everything that is HOLY and Good in this world. In Jesus name we pray,,AMEN

Jan
26

You know by today’s standards none of us were supposed to ever make it.
HIGH SCHOOL — 1958 vs. 2012

Scenario 1:
Jack goes duck hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck’s gun rack.
1958 – Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack’s shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
2012 – School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counsellors called in for traumatized students and teachers.
Scenario 2:
Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.
1958 – Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.
2012 – Police called and SWAT team arrives — they arrest both Johnny and Mark. They are both charged with assault and both expelled even though Johnny started it.
Scenario 3:
Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other students.
1958 – Jeffrey sent to the Principal’s office and given a good paddling by the Principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2012 – Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD. The family gets extra money (SSI) from the government because Jeffrey has a disability.
Scenario 4:
Billy breaks a window in his neighbour’s car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.
1958 – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.
2012- Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse, Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. The state psychologist is told by Billy’s sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy’s mom has an affair with the psychologist.
Scenario 5:
Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.
1958 – Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock.
2012- The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.
Scenario 6:
Pedro fails high school English.
1958 – Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.
2012 – Pedro’s cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro’s English teacher. English is then banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.
Scenario 7:
Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed.
1958 – Ants die.
2012 – ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates his parents – and all siblings are removed from their home and all computers are confiscated. Johnny’s dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.
Scenario 8:
Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.
1958 – In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2012 – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.

Jan
26

Why Give Thanks?

A devotion for October 30th
Read the Scripture: Psalm 95:1-5
Psalm 95:1-5

1 Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.

2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.

3 For the LORD is the great God,
the great King above all gods.

4 In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.

5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.

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For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him (Psalm 95:3-4).

The psalmist is giving the basic reasons everyone should give thanksgiving and praise to God. They apply not only to believers but also to all people. Each person has a responsibility to praise God, for all are creatures of His hands. In Romans 1, the apostle Paul points out that one of the charges God brings against people is that although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him (Romans 1:21). They did not recognize their relationship to Him. It is a constant source of amazement to me that people can be so blind to the fact that they are not, as they often imagine themselves to be, independent creatures making their own way through life. We take for granted all the forces that keep us alive and boastfully talk about being self-made people. We strut through life as if there were no one else we need to recognize as the source of our strength and power. Dr. H. A. Ironside used to tell of an experience he once had at a restaurant. He ordered his meal, and just as he was about to eat, a man walked up to his table and said, Do you mind if I sit down with you? Dr. Ironside said that it was quite all right, so the man sat down. As was his custom, Dr. Ironside bowed his head and said a silent word of thanksgiving to the Lord before he ate. When he lifted up his head, the man said to him, Do you have a headache?

Ironside said, No, I don’t.

The man said, Well, is there anything wrong with your food?

Ironside said, No, why?

Well, the man said, I saw you sitting there with your head down, and I thought you must be sick, or there was something wrong with your food.

Ironside replied, No, I was simply returning thanks to God as I always do before I eat.

The man said, Oh, you’re one of those, are you? Well, I never give thanks. I earn my money by the sweat of my brow, and I don’t have to give thanks to anybody when I eat. I just start right in!

Dr. Ironside said, Yes, you’re just like my dog. That’s what he does, too!

That little story suggests that when people will not give thanks to God, they are acting like irrational animals. Such is the basis of this appeal by the psalmist: no matter how we may feel or what our attitude toward God may be, we are bound, as creatures dependent upon His love and grace, at least to give thanks to Him as our Creator. Psalm 96:8 says, Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name. God is always worthy of our thanksgiving, not just when we feel like giving it. We should do it for His name’s sake. Doubtless it would make a great difference in our worship if we would remember that praise is not something that merely reflects our transient feelings but is something we ought to do simply because God made us, and we cannot live a moment without Him.

Lord, I give thanks to You because You are so worthy of glory. Forgive me for taking You and all that You do for granted.

Life Application: Does our thankfulness move beyond TGIF – Thank God It’s Friday? Does God’s character and goodness stir us to deep gratitude for His mercy and love toward us?

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Jan
26

The Day Is Near
11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.[c]

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Romans 11
The Remnant of Israel
1 I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: 3 “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”[a]? 4 And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”[b] 5 So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. 6 And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

7 What then? What the people of Israel sought so earnestly they did not obtain. The elect among them did, but the others were hardened, 8 as it is written:

“God gave them a spirit of stupor,
eyes that could not see
and ears that could not hear,
to this very day.”[c]

9 And David says:

“May their table become a snare and a trap,
a stumbling block and a retribution for them.
10 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,
and their backs be bent forever.”[d]
Ingrafted Branches
11 Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. 12 But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring!

13 I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I take pride in my ministry 14 in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them. 15 For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? 16 If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.

17 If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, 18 do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. 19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” 20 Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.

22 Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. 23 And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural bran

Jan
26

y Matt Slick,

Sin is the breaking of God’s law. If God says “Do not lie” and you lie, then you have broken His law and sinned. When you sin, you offend God because it is His law that you have broken. Also, the reason God says to not lie, not cheat, etc., is because these laws reflect the moral purity of His nature. Therefore, the Law is a reflection of the character of God. It is wrong to lie because God cannot lie. It is wrong to steal because God cannot steal, etc. The moral law is not arbitrary. It is based on God’s holiness.

The law, then, is a standard of moral purity. The Old Testament contains the Law of God. It is a perfect standard because it is God’s standard. When we fail to keep the law, we sin. When we sin, we offend God. This offense against God results in a judgment. Laws are laws because they have penalties. There is no law without a penalty. Therefore, breaking God’s law brings judgment which is separation from God. “But your sins have made a separation between you and your God,” (Isaiah 59:2). And, “the wages of sin is death…” (Rom. 6:23). So, to sin, to break God’s law, results in judgment. The judgment is known as damnation which is the righteous judgment of God upon the sinner. If God did not judge the sinner, then He is not upholding His holiness and he would be allowing sinners to go unpunished.

Of course, Jesus came to take our place and die for our sins (1 Pet. 2:24). This means that Jesus bore our sin in His body on the cross and paid for them. He took the judgment upon himself. This further means that anyone who trusts in what Jesus did on the cross will have his sins removed; he will be saved from God’s future judgment.

So, replying to the question “What is sin?” is best answered by saying that it is breaking God’s law. All people have sinned. Therefore, all people are under God’s judgment — except for those who’ve trusted in God’s provision to escape that judgment.

Where are you? Are you in the place of God’s judgment or of salvation in Christ?

This article ,MLB..WE ALL SIN EVERYDAY,BUT, JESUS IS the way the truth and the life..He will forgive us for our mistakes if we turn to him for forgiveness. He is the reason why everything depends on him,,amen

Jan
26

¿Qué es pecado?

snake and appleby Matt Slick

Pecado es la condición del hombre sin Cristo la cual se manifiesta en el rompimiento de la ley de Dios. Si Dios dice “No mentir”, y Usted miente, entonces Usted ha roto Su ley y ha pecado. Cuando Usted peca, Usted ofende a Dios ya que esta es Su ley y Usted la ha roto. La razón por la cual Dios dice también que no mienta, que no engañe, etc., es debido a que estas leyes reflejan la pureza moral de Su naturaleza. Por lo tanto, la Ley es un reflejo del carácter de Dios. Mentir es estar equivocado, ya que Dios no puede mentir. Robar también es equivocado, ya que Dios no puede robar, etc. La ley moral no es arbitraria; está basada en la santidad de Dios.

Entonces, la ley es un estándar de pureza moral. El Antiguo Testamento contiene la Ley de Dios la cual es un estándar perfecto ya que es de Dios. Cuando fallamos al pretender guardar la ley, pecamos y cuando pecamos ofendemos a Dios. Esta ofensa contra Dios resulta en un juicio. Las leyes son leyes porque éstas tienen penalidades. No existe ninguna ley sin una penalidad. Por lo tanto, romper la ley de Dios trae juicio lo cuál es separación de Dios. “pero vuestras iniquidades han hecho división entre vosotros y vuestro Dios…” (Is 59:2). Y, “la paga del pecado es muerte…” (Ro 6:23). Así que pecar, romper la ley de Dios, resulta en juicio. El juicio es conocido como condenación, lo cual es el justo juicio de Dios sobre el pecador. Si Dios no juzgara al pecador, entonces, Él no estaría sosteniendo Su santidad y permitiría que los pecadores estuvieran sin castigo.

Jesús entonces, vino a tomar nuestro lugar y a morir por nuestros pecados. (1 P 2:24). Esto significa que Jesús llevó nuestros pecados (naturaleza y conductas) en Su cuerpo y pago por éstos en la cruz. Él tomó el juicio sobre Sí. Esto significaría que cualquiera que cree en lo que Jesús hizo en la cruz, sus pecados serán quitados y será salvo del futuro juicio de Dios.

Así que respondiendo a la pregunta “¿Qué es pecado?” la mejor respuesta es decir que es romper la ley de Dios por la naturaleza pecadora del hombre. Todas las personas han pecado; por lo tanto, todas las personas se encuentran bajo el juicio de Dios; excepto aquellos que han creído en la provisión de Dios para escapar de ese juicio.

¿Dónde se encuentra Usted? ¿Está Usted en el lugar del juicio de Dios o en el de la salvación en Cristo?

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Jan
26

All Israel Will Be Saved
25 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, 26 and in this way[e] all Israel will be saved. As it is written:

“The deliverer will come from Zion;
he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.
27 And this is[f] my covenant with them
when I take away their sins.”[g]

28 As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, 29 for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. 30 Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now[h] receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. 32 For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.

Jan
26

The Mulims and Jews who pray to God, but not believe in Jesus, have tripped over the stumbling block,,What a living shame,,
God has made the choice for this to happen, Believe it or not. All things must be full-filled according to his will,

Someday, it will all be ended and the Jewish People will realized they missed the mark all these years. AMEN

Jan
26

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”[e] 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”[f

Jan
24

OUR HEARTS go out to this brave woman,She definitely is an inspiration.
The state is going to spend over a million dollars for a special election to replace her,,
The kicker? Only until November 2012..A new person will be elected,,
Why not just appoint a democrat by the Gov? Use the million dollars to fill the damn pot holes in our streets in Tucson? Cheers mlb

Jan
22

If you are lucky enough ? To have one of these bad boys beware!! Especially if its on the abdomin,,They are like a root on the palo verde tree in Arizona? They have away of cutting off the power supply to your intestines and other organs,
I will be going into the local VA in Tucson very shortly. Its been on my stomach for over 5 years.Time to say bye bye to this bad boy,,Please pray for me..cheers MLB

Jan
22

Dear DDear Drs. Jack and Rexella, I have been wanting for quite some time to write and tell you both of the remarkable effects you and the Lord Jesus Christ have had on me and my life. I began my life of alcoholism and drug addiction in 1970, when I was 14 years old. Although my late grandfather was a Baptist minister, I turned my back on Jesus and all I had been taught about living as a Christian. I managed to struggle through life behind a mask of normalcy and even beauty, while inside I was hollow, unfulfilled, and eaten up with corruption. I married a loving, successful man and we had a handsome, intelligent son. I had all the material things I ever wanted or needed, plus a loving family- but every day my alcoholism and addiction worsened. In 1996 disaster struck. Our son, only 11 years old, was diagnosed with leukemia and died just eight months later. My indifference to God turned into hate and rage. I swore I’d become an atheist and vowed never again to waste one word in prayer, as obviously (in my opinion) God had ignored my pleas for a miracle to cure my son of leukemia that he might live. Meanwhile, my addictions sharply accelerated as I tried to derive power, pleasure, and freedom from pain by using ever-increasing amounts of cocaine and alcohol. Finally, several months after my child’s death, I jammed a needle into my arm for the first time. I had reached the bottom, where I was to stay off and on for the next five years. Some time in 2002 I was again up all night injecting cocaine, drinking alcohol, and watching TV. Suddenly, on one channel, a vivid, beautiful earth appeared and I stared at it, remembering when the world had looked that way to me instead of the dark and lonely hell it had become. Then the two of you came on the screen, so full of love and life and laughter and light, and I knew I wanted whatever it was that you had. I had already been to treatment for my addictions three times, and was reluctant to return. I hardened my heart against your message that night, and for months afterwards, but still I made sure to watch you every week. Gradually I came to understand that God loves me no matter what I had said or done-and my anger began to fade. At last I realized that God had indeed not only heard my prayers but answered them-my son HAS been cured of leukemia and he DOES live-with God! This was the miracle I had asked of the Lord years ago. On October 2, 2002, I had my last drink and drug. I went back to treatment and have been sober ever since. I turned my life and will over to God, secure in His love and mercy and forgiveness. And it all happened because of you two, and your late-night ministry. Now I am a happy, fulfilled woman in Christ. I watch your show every week and always say the prayer along with Dr. Jack. With God’s help and empowerment, I am cleaning up the wreckage of my past. I have reconciled with my husband (yes, he watches your show right along with me). I read my Bible and your books, and watch your DVDs. I no longer fear death as I know I will be forever reunited with the Lord and my family in Christ, instead of being forever separated from them. Thank you and God bless you. Kay in Houston rs. Jack and Rexella, I have been wanting for quite some time to write and tell you both of the remarkable effects you and the Lord Jesus Christ have had on me and my life. I began my life of alcoholism and drug addiction in 1970, when I was 14 years old. Although my late grandfather was a Baptist minister, I turned my back on Jesus and all I had been taught about living as a Christian. I managed to struggle through life behind a mask of normalcy and even beauty, while inside I was hollow, unfulfilled, and eaten up with corruption. I married a loving, successful man and we had a handsome, intelligent son. I had all the material things I ever wanted or needed, plus a loving family- but every day my alcoholism and addiction worsened. In 1996 disaster struck. Our son, only 11 years old, was diagnosed with leukemia and died just eight months later. My indifference to God turned into hate and rage. I swore I’d become an atheist and vowed never again to waste one word in prayer, as obviously (in my opinion) God had ignored my pleas for a miracle to cure my son of leukemia that he might live. Meanwhile, my addictions sharply accelerated as I tried to derive power, pleasure, and freedom from pain by using ever-increasing amounts of cocaine and alcohol. Finally, several months after my child’s death, I jammed a needle into my arm for the first time. I had reached the bottom, where I was to stay off and on for the next five years. Some time in 2002 I was again up all night injecting cocaine, drinking alcohol, and watching TV. Suddenly, on one channel, a vivid, beautiful earth appeared and I stared at it, remembering when the world had looked that way to me instead of the dark and lonely hell it had become. Then the two of you came on the screen, so full of love and life and laughter and light, and I knew I wanted whatever it was that you had. I had already been to treatment for my addictions three times, and was reluctant to return. I hardened my heart against your message that night, and for months afterwards, but still I made sure to watch you every week. Gradually I came to understand that God loves me no matter what I had said or done-and my anger began to fade. At last I realized that God had indeed not only heard my prayers but answered them-my son HAS been cured of leukemia and he DOES live-with God! This was the miracle I had asked of the Lord years ago. On October 2, 2002, I had my last drink and drug. I went back to treatment and have been sober ever since. I turned my life and will over to God, secure in His love and mercy and forgiveness. And it all happened because of you two, and your late-night ministry. Now I am a happy, fulfilled woman in Christ. I watch your show every week and always say the prayer along with Dr. Jack. With God’s help and empowerment, I am cleaning up the wreckage of my past. I have reconciled with my husband (yes, he watches your show right along with me). I read my Bible and your books, and watch your DVDs. I no longer fear death as I know I will be forever reunited with the Lord and my family in Christ, instead of being forever separated from them. Thank you and God bless you. Kay in Houston

Jan
22

We should be very concerned about life in general? What priorities should government and people live by?

In this adorable desert town, something has gone lops sided?  The city is spending 84 million dollars on pre-construction cost of a street car line.  The street car will hook up the UA with down town Tucson, some 2 miles away?

 

Heres the question? How many hungry mouths could 84 million hook up with in ARIZONA?  this is not counting the cost of construction,,Something is wrong in Tucson Arizona? Or is it me not thinking right? Please leave a comment?

Jan
22

I had a very hard time in the following…We as children, were taught ,in this world, to receive anything good in life we must work hard for it Well, do you remember I said,”in this world?”

God offered us a new life in the new world tomorrow. W e don’t have to do anything but believe in his son JESUS CHRIST for Salvation, Jesus aka God, the father took on the sins of everyone, as a sacrifice of his blood, at the cross of Calvary, He conquered everything bad, known to mortal man,,even death when he was resurrected,

I am getting up a fishing party for the millennium,,Do you want to go? ok then, start by turning to a carpenters on and let him control your life forever,,amen!! MLB

Jan
22

We can not serve 2 masters.another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!

Walking in the Spirit

16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.    19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery,[c] fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders,[d] drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.    22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Jan
21

If you are a Chritian or someone who isn,t? Come to my site someday and look around? I have over 1500 post to see, Whats really great? It all free!!lol cheers Meanlittleboy

Jan
21

Jesus will let you find him,,If you don’t choose to call upon his name He won’t be found.

On the Road to Emmaus

 
 
Theme: Jesus reveals himself to his followers. (Third Sunday of Easter)
Object: Image of Jesus graphic. (Click here for a page that you can print out and make a copy for each child.) You could also use a stereogram or one of those plaques that you stare at until the name of Jesus appears.
Scripture: When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. Luke 24:30-31 (NIV)
      This morning I have a picture for each of you.  (Give a picture to each child)  I want you to stare at the four small dots right in the middle of the picture.  Concentrate and stare at the dots while I count to fifteen, then close your eyes.  When you close your eyes, a white spot will appear and there may be a picture inside of that white spot.  Let’s try it and see what happens.  Are you ready?  Okay, concentrate!  One, two, three…….(to fifteen)  Now, close your eyes and keep them closed.  Do you see anything?  You may open your eyes now.  How many of you saw the face of Jesus?  Some people have a little trouble seeing it at first, so if at first you don’t see the face of Jesus, keep trying and eventually you will see his face.     

Our Bible lesson today tells an amazing story about a day when Jesus walked and talked with some of his followers, but they didn’t even recognize him. Here is what happened.

After Jesus was crucified and risen from the grave, two of his followers were walking on the road that led to a town called Emmaus. They were sad and were talking about what had happened to Jesus. Suddenly, Jesus joined the disciples and walked along with them, but they did not know who he was because God kept them from recognizing him.

“You seem to be having a very serious discussion. What are you talking about?” Jesus asked them.

One of the men answered, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem that doesn’t know what has happened the past few days,” Then they told them about how Jesus had been crucified, and buried, and that some women had gone to his tomb, but the tomb was empty. “We have heard that he is alive,” they said, “but we have not seen him.”

“Do you find it so difficult to believe what was written by the prophets in the Scripture?” Jesus asked. “It was predicted by the prophets that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his time of glory.” Then Jesus quoted passages from the writings of the prophets, explaining what the Scriptures said about himself.

By this time, they had come to Emmaus and the disciples invited Jesus to stay with them since it was getting too late in the day to travel. So Jesus stayed with them and when they sat down to eat, Jesus took the bread and blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them. Suddenly, their eyes were opened and they saw that it was Jesus. Then just as quickly as he had appeared to them, Jesus disappeared.

They were so happy and excited to have seen Jesus that they ran back to Jerusalem to tell the others that they had seen Jesus.

Do you want to see Jesus? The Bible says, “You will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.” (Deuteronomy 4:29) Oh, he may not appear to you in the same way he did to the disciples in our story, but If you study God’s Word and seek him with all your heart, he will reveal himself to you.

Dear Lord, open our eyes, we want to see Jesus! In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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Jan
20
What Is the Gospel?
by Rolaant L. McKenzie

What is the gospel? Knowing the answer to this question is vital if one is to receive salvation and have a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ, for belief in the wrong gospel will not save, but condemn (Galatians 1:6-9). 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 provides a good summary of what the gospel is:

“Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”

Jesus Bridges the Gap Between God and Man

The gospel is the good news of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ that provides full and free deliverance from the power and penalty of sin according to the grace of God alone through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Why is this such wonderful news?

You and everyone else have been born with a fatal condition. This condition is called sin. Why is this condition so serious? Because God is sinless and hates sin, for sin is rebellion against His perfect and righteous standard. And your sinful actions makes you an enemy of God (Romans 3:23; James 4:4). God made man imperishable, in His own image (Genesis 1:27). He made man so that he may have continual fellowship with Him. But when sin came, the intimate fellowship between man and God changed.

According to Genesis 3, humanity became separated from God when Adam and Eve disobeyed Him and ate the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, the tree from which God had forbidden them to eat. Humanity became separated from God because all people are descended from Adam. As a result, the sinful nature Adam acquired through his disobedience was passed down to all people, including you. Because of this inherited sin nature everyone sins. It comes naturally. It is part of the fabric of being human. Adam’s sin placed you apart from God and under His condemnation (Romans 5:12; 1 Corinthians 15:22). The effect of sin on you is that it extends to every part of your personality — your thinking, your emotions, and your will. This does not mean that you are as evil as you can be, but it does mean that sin has extended to your entire being. The lost person is dead in his sins. All are sinners and cannot do anything to save themselves. Without the sovereign, regenerating power of the Holy Spirit, such a person is blind and deaf to the message of the gospel (Romans 8:7-8; 1 Corinthians 2:14), and is totally unable and unwilling to accept salvation through Jesus Christ alone.

Many continually try to end the separation between themselves and God by their own efforts. They live “a good life”, or are religious, or adhere to a particular ethical philosophy. But these attempts at reaching God are futile, and fall infinitely short. They are all tainted with sin. Sin is a cancer that infects all. And you either get the cancer, or the cancer will get you!

But there is hope! There is an antidote to sin and its deadly effects. As John 3:16 states, God loved fallen humanity so much that He sent His only Son to redeem sinners like you. Also, God demonstrated His own love toward sinners in that while they were yet in the depths of sin and rebellion against Him, Christ died for them (Romans 5:8). Jesus bridged the gap by His atoning death on the cross and ended the separation. Jesus was special because He was born of a virgin by the Holy Spirit. He was not born of Adam’s seed as all other human beings are, and so therefore did not inherit a sinful nature. He did not have the tendency to sin as we all do. The Bible teaches that the payment for sin is death (Romans 6:23). It also teaches that without the shedding of blood there can be no forgiveness of sin (Hebrews 9:22).

In the Old Testament, God forbade sacrifice of spotted, deformed, and sickly animals (Deuteronomy 15:21; Malachi 1:7-14). He did this because a spotted, sickly, or deformed animal could not be a perfect sacrifice to pay for sin. Only a clean, healthy lamb without spot or blemish could be sacrificed. The lambs offered as the payment for sin in the Old Testament pointed forward to the time when Jesus Christ, the perfect, unblemished Lamb of God, would take the place of sinners and take upon Himself the just punishment for all their sins. As in New Testament times, people living in the Old Testament period were saved by faith (Habakkuk 2:4). They looked forward to a perfect Savior who would cleanse from sin and establish righteousness. Not merely outwardly, but most importantly, inwardly. God is more interested in what is inside us and not in externals. He is more concerned with our motives than outward appearances (1 Samuel 16:7). God is more interested in a humble and repentant heart than in sacrifices or offerings (Psalm 51:16-17).

The good news that Jesus Christ commissioned His apostles to preach was His death on the cross for sinners and His resurrection from the dead (an historical event that provided immutable proof of His deity and the truth of His teachings, especially those regarding Himself being the only way to salvation). This good news, or gospel, is called “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). The apostles taught that salvation is by the grace of God alone through faith in Jesus Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:4-7; Romans 4:3-5, 10:5-13). They were uncompromising in this message, and condemned all attempts by others to add anything to it. The Apostle Paul taught that belief in any other gospel that was a “different gospel” brought the condemnation of God and not salvation (Galatians 1:6-9).

A “different gospel” is a gospel that on the surface may seem to be genuine and lead to salvation, but in the end it leads to eternal condemnation. This “different gospel” is a counterfeit gospel. It is a perversion of the gospel of the grace of God. It denies the complete ability of God’s grace alone to save, to keep, and to perfect the believer, and adds human works or merit. It is a “gospel” that seems right, feels right, and appears to offer the way to eternal life, but in the end it leads to death (Proverbs 14:12, 16:25).

There are some religious groups that teach that Jesus’ death on the cross was not enough to pay for all of our sins. They say that one has to do certain good works, certain rituals like water baptism, belong to a particular church, observe certain religious days, or make other human additions to be saved. Or they teach that Jesus’ sacrifice covers only previous sins, but good works must be performed to cover present and future sins so that salvation may be received. This, however, is contrary to what the Bible teaches. Jesus, before He died said, “It is finished” (John 19:30). The Greek text uses the word tetelestai, which means paid in full. This means that our sins were paid for completely, and not just a down payment being made, making it necessary for us to make regular payments to prevent the gift of salvation from being “repossessed” by God.

Jesus did all the works necessary to secure salvation for sinners without their help. He didn’t pay for some sins and then require sinners to pay the remaining balance with certain rituals or with good works. He paid for all sins — past, present, and future.

Atonement for sin was done once and for all on the cross. It was not a down payment. The full price was paid at that time. God is not a loan company and His grace is not a loan. His grace is a gift. Jesus did not do an incomplete work that requires sinners to finish it. He is a perfect Savior who actually saved sinners, not a potential Savior who actually saved no one (Hebrews 9:12), but needed human help for His grace to perhaps become effective.

Ephesians 2:8-10 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as 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 so that we would walk in them.”

Romans 4:25 says that Jesus “was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.” And Hebrews 9:26 says that “now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.”

Jesus Christ died an excruciatingly terrible death on the cross. He was the perfect, unblemished Lamb of God, who paid the price sin in order to end the separation between humanity and God. He suffered the punishment and separation from God that was the due reward for your sins. He did this because of His unfathomable love for sinners.

When you understand that you are a sinner worthy of death (Romans 3:23, 6:23) and that you cannot earn God’s love in any way, you are beginning to see your need for a Savior. When you confess your sins to God and accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord, He forgives you eagerly, instantly, and completely. God does not keep a record of your sins; He removes them far from you; God remembers your sins no more; your sins are blotted out like a thick cloud; and your sins are thrown down into the depths of the sea, never to be remembered against you anymore (Psalm 103:12, 130:3-4; Ezekiel 33:16; Isaiah 44:22; Micah 7:19). Scripture teaches that the blood of Jesus cleanses from all sin (1 John 1:7). Not just some sin or most sin, but all sin. He was buried and He rose from the grave three days later (1 Corinthians 15:1-11). When you truly believe this in your heart and place full trust in Him your entire life becomes transformed (2 Corinthians 5:17). You will begin to bear good fruit, and you will have the promise of God that He who began this good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6). He will never abandon or cast you away from Him (John 6:37; Hebrews 13:5). According to His sovereign grace He will see to it that you make it home to heaven (1 Corinthians 1:8; Jude 24).

The entire Trinity is involved in the safekeeping of Christians. The Father has given believers to the Son (John 6:37-44, 17:9), the Son has asked that they be kept (John 17:11, 20), and the Holy Spirit dwells within every believer forever (John 14:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19).

Romans 10:9-10 says: “That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”

Ephesians 1:13-14 says: “In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation — having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”

Galatians 5:22-25 says: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”

When you believe the gospel you will become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Christ will live in you (2 Corinthians 13:5) and you will have a totally new outlook on life. Before, with your sinful nature, you sinned without much concern. But with Jesus in your life, you will now desire to love and serve Him, and others (Galatians 5:13). The Holy Spirit transforms sinners like yourself into the kind of people God wants you to be, and fulfills the very purpose for which Jesus died: to redeem sinners and change them so that they will truly love God and serve others as He commanded in John 13:34-35.

When you as a believer in Christ Jesus live your life focusing on the goodness and glory of God, you will become changed into His likeness (2 Corinthians 3:18) and naturally seek to do what is pleasing to Him.

When you trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, He becomes your peace (Ephesians 2:14) and you have true fellowship with God. There are times when you will sin after being saved. You will struggle with sin till your dying day or until Jesus comes again. What gives you hope is that salvation is assured to those who trust completely in Jesus’ finished work of redemption (His life, death, and resurrection). So you should never feel that salvation is lost due to sins committed out of weakness. You should repent, confess your sin, accept the Lord’s promise of forgiveness, and let Him help you back to your feet. But you should never allow the devil to trick you into thinking that salvation is lost. You can rest in the promises of God’s word that salvation is assured to those who believe in Christ Jesus (1 John 5:11-13), and that God who begins this good work in the believer will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6). However, sin does break your fellowship with God, though not your union with Him. Sin also brings down God’s chastisement on you to discipline you and turn you around, as a loving parent would do for his own child (Hebrews 12:6-7). 1 John 1:9 grants the assurance that in confessing your sin to God fellowship is restored. God’s grace is powerful and enough to save. It is not an ineffective grace that necessitates human additions (i.e. works, performance, etc.) to perhaps make it effective.

To summarize, the gospel of Christ reveals that:

bullet All are sinners and cannot do anything to save themselves. (Romans 3:23)
bullet Jesus Christ, God’s Son, is a perfect Savior for sinners, even the worst. (John 6:37-44; Hebrews 7:25)
bullet Jesus Christ died for sinners, was buried, and rose again on the third day. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
bullet It is the power of God for salvation to all who believe. (Romans 1:16)
bullet Salvation comes only through Jesus. (Acts 4:12)
bullet Salvation is the gift of God by His grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ alone, and not by any works you do. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-7)
bullet Salvation comes through the blood of Christ, which makes the sinner righteous before God and brings reconciliation with Him. (Romans 3:25, 5:9)
bullet Salvation comes at the moment the sinner believes the gospel. (Romans 10:9-13; Ephesians 1:13-14)
bullet Salvation is granted by God and secured by God. (John 10:27-30)
bullet Jesus perfectly accomplished and completed all the works necessary to save sinners just like you. (John 19:30)
bullet Salvation is completely of God and not of man in any way, and it is to the glory of God alone. (Romans 8:28-30; Romans 9; Ephesians 1)

The Bible says, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). But what does it mean to “believe on the Lord Jesus”? It means knowing yourself to be a sinner, and that Christ died for sinners. It means abandoning all self-righteousness and self-confidence in your own works, supposed merits, faith, repentance, and personal obedience, casting yourself completely upon Him for mercy and peace. It means exchanging your natural hatred and rebellion against God for a spirit of grateful submission to the will of Christ through the renewing of your heart by the Holy Spirit.

You may wonder how you, a person lost and dead in sin, can repent of your sins and place your trust in Christ if I have no natural ability to do these things. Look to Jesus, speak to Jesus, cry out to Jesus, just as you are. Confess your sin, your impenitence, your unbelief, and cast yourself on His mercy. Ask Him to give you a new heart, working in you true repentance and saving faith. Ask Him to take away your evil heart of unbelief and to write His law within you, that you may never stray from Him. Turn to Jesus and trust Him as best you can, and pray for grace to turn and trust more thoroughly. Look to Christ to draw near to you as you seek to draw near to Him. Watch, pray, and read and hear God’s Word (the Bible); worship and commune with God’s people in a local church, and so continue till you know in yourself beyond doubt that you are indeed a person changed, a repentant believer, and the new heart which you desired has been placed within you by God.

Jesus holds out His hands to you in invitation. You do not need to go to eternal punishment in hell for your sins. No matter where you have been or what you have done, come to Him and He will welcome you with open arms. Please do not harden your heart in refusal; do not say tomorrow you will come to Him. Tomorrow may never come (Proverbs 27:1; 2 Corinthians 6:2; Hebrews 3:15-19).

Sinner, there is grace from the throne of God through the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for sinners like you so that you may not be condemned for the wicked things you have done. No matter what they are or how terrible or numerous they have been, His grace is greater than your sin and is able to save you. The Bible declares that anyone who trusts in Jesus will never be put to shame (Romans 10:11). It also says that there is now no condemnation for those who place their faith in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).

Isaiah 55:6-7 says, “Seek the LORD while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the LORD, and He will have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”

If you have not accepted Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord, please accept His gift of salvation right now. Do not postpone acceptance for what you think is a more convenient time, but honestly confess your sin and give yourself up here and now to Christ, who alone can save you.

“‘As I live!’ declares the Lord GOD, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die?'” (Ezekiel 33:11)

The choice is yours today, right here, now. Please choose life.

Jan
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Colossians 3

Living as Those Made Alive in Christ

1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your[a]life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.[b] 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Instructions for Christian Households

18Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

19Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

20Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

21 Fathers,[c]do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism

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