sorrows galore got some to share pt13

Job having suffered multiple sorrows decides to frame human existence. Though his framing is about his own life, nevertheless, everyone should be able to see some correlation from his perspective of life and their’s. Because what’s contained in the book of Job, is meant to be a picturesque showing to us that life has sunny and rainy days.

To help us to navigate life that we might overcome the rainy days, with more sunny days is, 2 Timothy. 3:16-7, All scripture is given by inspiration of God, (meaning God breathed, with His directed breath in, and through all those, who penned the scriptures) making them of value for learning, scolding, correction, and for instruction in righteousness. So that everyone may be able to cope with what life offers through what appears to be overwhelming challenges).

So Job starts by saying, life is a time of hard work on this earth, just like those he employed. All of us want some shade from the toils of life. Like the hired hand who eagerly looks forward to pay day, so I waited to turn a profit from my investments.

Job complains that he has been tasked with months of futility, combined with sleepless nights. Wanting the nights to end, as he had had enough of tossing and turning till dawn arrives.

Reflecting upon his cancerous like sores that covered his body. Complaining that his days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are now spent without hope.

With life passing by swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, with days being spent without pleasure! Oh, I now know that life is nothing but a fleeing breath! Job concludes, “I will  never experience the good life again.”

And now Job turns to God saying, “With Your eyes, You see me, but You will see me no more. When You look again, I shall no longer be. Because as the cloud disappears and vanishes away, so am I who goes down to the grave and does not come up. I shall never return to my house, nor shall his place know me anymore.

Everything is moving at supersonic speed, so Job decides that its time to speak his mind without restraint. Allowing the very bitterness of his soul (consciousness) to manifest itself. Which represents the anguish of his spirit (our God awareness).

Challenging God in a sarcastic manner, “Am I a sea serpent, that You set a guard over me?” When I say, ‘My bed will comfort me, my couch will ease my complaints, then You scare me with dreams, and You terrify me with nightmares.'”

Saying, “My soul chooses strangulation causing death, as opposed to remaining in my body. I loathe my life, leave me alone! For what am I that You should visit me, or that You should show any interest in me? Should you visit me in the morning it is only to test me all day long.  How long will it take before you look away from me? Just leave me alone!”

Job wonders, “Have I sinned? What have I done to You, O watcher over humanity? Why have You set me as your target, so that I have become a burden even to myself?”

“Why do you not pardon my transgressions, or take away my iniquities? For now I will lie down in the dust, and You will seek me diligently, but I will no longer be.”

This discussion was developed through an analytical interpretation of Job 7:1-21.

Life puts before us challenges, some of them overwhelming allowing us to identify with Job.

Rebounding can be difficult, if you are not one with us through Christ Jesus. Make no mistake because it can be difficult even though you are a part of His family. It’s just a lot more comforting not to have to go it alone. Even though you might have family, and friends, for support and recovery. Jesus declared Himself to be the way, the truth and the life.

So, if you are not one of us and want to join our Christ family. Follow the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. Then notice verses 11-13, all of which create the universality that so many seek. And if our paths do not cross in this world, they will in the next.

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humanities varied history.

How did we get get here and the in between. And the LORD God formed man out of the dust of the ground, Genesis 2:6, and we came to know him as Adam.

But what about you and me. Where did we come from? And were there any simularities between Adam and Us? Yes! You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust, Psalms 104:29b.

Our beginnings: You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.

My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, and skillfulfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in your book they were all written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. (cp. Psalms 139:13-16).

The prologue is particularly interesting. Suggesting that we had an existence before God allowed our gestation to occur in our mothers womb.

O LORD, You have searched me and know me. You know my sitting down and my rising up, you understand my thought from afar off.

You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. There is not word on my tongue, but behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.

You have hem me in behind and before. And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too great for me; it is high, I cannot attain it.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, you are there.

If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your your hand shall lead me.

If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me, even the night shall be light about me; indeed the darkness shall not hide from you, but the night shines as the day, the darkness and the light are both alike to you.” (cp. Psalms 139:1-12).

And from dust in the belly of the earth, to the womb and birth. Came our briefing, “Since their days are determined. The number of their months are with you. You have appointed their limits that they cannot pass them.” (cp. Job 14:4).

Therefore, “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (cp. Psalms 90:12).

Because, “He knows our frame, He remembers that we are dust. “As for people their days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so they flourish. For the wind passes over it, and they are gone, and their place remembers it no more.” (cp. Pslams 103:14-16).

A Century turns into centuries, and, “In somuch then, as the children have partakers of flesh and blood, He Himself, likewise shared in the same that through death He might destroy him, who had the power of death, that is the devil.” (cp. Hebrews 2:14).

With this new age perspective since the advent of Christ and His ascension. Creating the pathway for this experience. “Having been born again not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever.” Because, “All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” (cp. 1Peter 1:23-25).

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struggles between mortals and God

“No person is your friend, who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any,” Alice Walker.

The most common way this occurs is through social conditioning that advocates becoming integrated into societal behavioral expectations. Boo!

If Christendom buys into that package, it spells the collapse of Christendom and state.

It’s the states duty to legislate. Even legislation that’s antagonistic to biblical declarations!

We error as Christians by hooting and hollering publicly. Demanding that the legislature reverse such legislation. And if that doesn’t work utilize the court’s. And if all fails, the people have the ballot box to bring about change. Make no mistake that’ s what makes America great.

The only problem all of the aforementioned is unreliable. It doesn’t always work, and as we move closer and closer to the end of this age. It’s likely to become a distant by product for effective governance.

So by turning to an ancient crisis we’ll learn how to deal with unfavorable legislation and overall governance.

Daniel was a high ranking official in the government of Darius. And as a Jew, Daniel had enemies, who came up with a way to get rid of him. They decided to put together a legislative decree that would make it illegal to pray to any other God or any one else other than King Darius. Violators would be cast into den populated with lions. (cp. Daniel 6:7).

Daniel learned of the plot, but he didn’t organize any type of a public protest against the legislation signed into law. Instead he went home and prayed. (cp. Daniel 6:10).

And eventually, Daniel was thrown into that lions den. Daniel spent the night with the lions. Early in the morning the King came to the lions den, and yelled, “Daniel, servant of the living God, whom you serve continually have you been delivered from the lions? (cp. Daniel 6:19-20).

Daniel replied, “O king live forever! My God sent His angels and shut their mouths, so that they have not hurt me. Because I was found innocent before Him, and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.” (cp Daniel 6:21-22).

There’s a lot to digest form those verses. At the forefront, it’s all about praying.

And, the aftermath is also very revealing. The legislation was reversed, and appropriate legislation introduced.

“To all peoples nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth. I make a decree that in very dominion of my kingdom people must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel.

For He is the living God, and steadfast forever, His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed. And His dominion shall endure to the end.

He delivers and rescues, and he works signs and wonders. In heaven and on earth, who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian. (cp. Daniel 6:25-28).

Within those scriptures there is large degree of prophetic appropriateness for today and reaching into the future.

And, included within such appropriateness there is judgment. Note Daniel 6:24, “And the king gave the command, and they brought those men who had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions. Them, and their children and wives. And the lions overpowered them, and broke all their bones in pieces before they ever came to the bottom of the den.”

It seems from close observation those lions were not ordinary lions. But supernatural entities sent from heaven in lion form. Remember our God is a God wonders miracles and extraordinary deeds.

“But as for me, I would I would seek God. And to God, I would commit my cause. Who does great things, and unsearchable, marvelous things without number.” Job 5:8-9).

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a language few understand

“We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language, That  may be the measure of our lives,” Toni Morrison. Said during her 1993 Nobel Lecture. Source: McKenzie Jean-Philippe.

In response: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though outward person is dying, yet the inner body is being renewed day by day. For our afflictions, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. While we not look at things which are seen, for the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (cp. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18).

A life of understanding: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who lives, but Christ lives in me. And the life I live which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the son of God. Who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (cp. Galatians 2:20).

Those were uplifting thoughts for those of us within the Christ family. This is how you can become apart of His family. Just follow the prompts. “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (cp. Romans 10:9-10).

Claim the promises: For the scriptures declare, “Whoever believes on Him shall not be put to shame. For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (cp. Romans 10:11;13).

The Bible is a very complex book. Here is some information that’ll be helpful no matter where you are in your Christ journey. For instances, many become discouraged, when they come across the following promise and the promise is not kept. “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in my name, I will do it!” (cp. John 14:13-14).

Put it to the test, and most likely you’ll be disappointed. Because, the four gospels are a part of the Mosaic law. We live in the age of grace and this is the standard biblical guide concerning prayer. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your request be made to God.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (cp. Philippians 4:6-7) No absolute promises!

Praying is a unique experience and this is what often occurs. “But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it perseverance.

Likewise the Spirit also helps with our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intersession for us with expressions that cannot be understood.

For He who searches the heart knows what the Mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (cp. Romans 8:25-).

We are admonished to be still, and know God, Psalms 46:10a. Here’s how God works within us and beyond us. “I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The LORD of Hosts is with us. The God of Jacob is our refuge. (Psalms 46b-11).

If you persevere in the faith, you’ll be surprised as to how things occur in your life. Maybe not as originally asked, but with certainty beyond your expectations. Our entire Christ experience is not about us, its about Him. Sometimes it takes time, maybe lots of time, before we get in sic with His will for us.

As stated the Bible is a complex book, so it’s suggested that everyone should concentrate on the Apostle Paul’s teachings. Master Romans through Philemon because they are biblical books designed for the age of grace, our age.

That doesn’t mean that the rest of the Bible is irrelevant! It certainly isn’t, much needs to be learned from what is contained in Genesis -Revelation.

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on love and betrayal

“When a kid walks into a room, your child or anybody else’s child, does your face light up? That’s what they are looking for,” Toni Morrison. She said that on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Oprah has called those words her biggest “aha” moments. Source: McKenzie Jean-Philippe.

Sentiments shared by God the Father, Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. (cp. Psalms 127:3).

Also cherished by Jesus the Son of God. The disciples came to Jesus asking, “Who then is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

Then Jesus called a little child to himself in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted, and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

Therefore whoever humbles themselves as this little child. They are the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.

But whosoever causes one of these little ones who believes in Me to sin, it would be better for them if a millstone were hung around their neck and they were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to the people by whom the offense comes!” (cp. Matthew 18:1-7).

Matter settled, children are special to Jesus. And those who hurt children, a special punishments awaits them.

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riff between science and God

“The more time, and devotion one spends in the worship of false gods, the less likely one is to spend in the worship of the True One. As a blind man has no idea of colors, so we have no idea of the manner by which the all wise God perceives and understands all things,” Sir Isaac Newton.

All that may be true from a scientific perspective but it’s not true from a experiential experience. Science in itself is a false god. Because some are so entrenched by scientific revelations that science becomes god.

Among his intellectual accomplishments, he was also a theologian. For most science and a true God experience are not reconcilable. So Newton used the color idiom to explain the rational for the separation between science and God.

Perhaps, Isaac, had settled his own dilemma concerning science and God. For himself, and others through the following scriptures.

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.

For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven. And they do not return to Me. But they water the earth preparing it for life sustaining substance. All designed for the sower’s use. (cp. Isaiah 55:8-10).

Then the sower becomes the qualifier between science and the one and only true God as shown from the following scriptures. “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth. It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please. And it shall prosper in the thing which I sent it. cp. Isaiah 55:11).

Life in all manifested forms is miraculous. Especially, the life transformed by the word of God. It can’t be manufactured, although that is what religion does. It’s Newton’s religious falsehoods of worship. It can only be experienced through the Sower’s planting of the seed. The promise is eternal. The seed will not fail, but will create life eternal sustainability.

Life is complex, and can be extremely unsettling. But for those, who can identify with this scripture the unsettling complexities of life are no more. “Therefore, we do not lose heart. Even though the outward person is dying, yet the inward person is being renewed day by day.” (cp. 2 Corinthians 4:16).

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get up and doers how it is done

“Live your life as an Exclamation and not an Explanation,” Sir Isaac Newton. But to Isaac that was a formidable task, for he said, “To myself, I am only a child playing on the beach while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me.”

Centuries later, Rep. John Lewis by personal example showed get up and doers from every discipline how its done. Using a genre not available Newton, the internet, “Don’t get lost in a sea of despair, be optimistic. Our struggle is not a struggle of a day, a week, a month or a year, it is a struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”

“Courage is contagious. When a brave person takes a stand the spines of others often stiffen,” Billy Graham.

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over, if you just sit there,” Mother Teresa.

Now putting it all together so its possible to be a human wrecking machine. Blessed is the person who walks not in the council of the ungodly, nor stands in the paths of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.

But their delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His ways they meditate day and night. They shall be like a tree planted by the rivers water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither, and whatever they do shall prosper. (cp. Psalms 1:1-3).

The opposition of one or many are destined to defeat. Maybe not over night, but certainty in due time. Because, They are the opposite of our four protagonist and as such are not so, but are like chaff which the wind drives away.

They are the kind of people, who will not do well, when standing before Christ when everyone will be judged.

For the LORD knows the way righteous of the righteous, all others shall perish. Exegesis of Psalms 1:1-6; Revelation 20:11-15.

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when the natural meddles with the supernatural

All crafts have handbooks that serve as instructive guides for the mastering the success of particular endeavors. However the greatest of them all are the collective manuals called the Bible. Its wisdom, and guidance is all inclusive when it comes to human nature.

Few would disagree that the world is plagued with troublesome concerns that have the potential to eradicate human existence into a state of nonexistence. Choose any pandemic from lawlessness, war, health and global warming. Citing  some occurrences that could obliterate human existence as global presences.

Evil always presents itself as something it is not. And all the above calamities that plague humanity have their root from this one source.

“Then that shape shifting entity Satan a much different creature than the creature we know today. Coaxed the woman, saying, “God knows that in the day that you eat of the fruit of the tree you will not die. God knows that your eyes will be opened and you will be like God. That became appetizing to her husband, so both of them thought that being like God would be wonderful. And because, they were persuaded to disobey their Creator misery, and death entered the world. (cp. Genesis 3:1-19).

Humanity in its current state, a condition of choice, and not what our Creator intended. Things will progressively worsen. And Divine Providence will close this age, and a more horrific age will replace it. Finally this earth and the heavens above will end. With a new earth and heaven taking there place. A glorious future where all, and every kind of pandemic will be nonexistent. (cp. Revelation 21:1-5).

Interesting is that God declares earth’s inhabitants will be His people, and He will be their God. Will earth’s new inhabitants follow their predecessors and manage to get on Gods bad side. And how may times, has such a process repeated itself?

And will God Almighty show mercy to earth’s previous inhabitants? That seems to be the case, as suggested in Revelation 21:6-7.

Free will to decide for ones self is a paramount characteristic of God Almighty. People can refuse His offer and the consequences is to experience the second death. (cp. Revelation 21:8).

The avenues of the supernatural are thought provoking. For instance it appears that the Garden of Eden, the home of at least two of earth’s previous inhabitants is still part of this biosphere. “Therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man, and a flaming sword turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.” (cp. Genesis 3:23-24).

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Nietzsche got it seriously wrong

“You have your way, and I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only it does not exist,” Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche.

To each their own it has been said. But, share that Nietzsche acclimation with a hard core gangster. Who was troubled because he had not had his first kill. Which would have established, his  gangland authority. But before that occurred, he unexpectedly had a career change, when he was confronted by the only way.

Divine Providence sometimes works in mysterious ways. Mysterious only because His ways are foreign to all so many. And if we aren’t alert they sometimes pass right by us. So here’s how our hard core gangster experienced the redemptive power of our risen Christ. It’s found in Romans 10:20, “I was found by them that sought me not. I was made manifest to them that asked not of me.

More than six decades later, he’s still anchored to the only way. Well rooted, and a theologians theologian!

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ethical murder

“We must learn to regard people less in light of what they do or omit to do, and more in light of what they suffer,” Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Executed by Nazi Germany over his involvement to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Dietrich struggled trying to weigh in the balance murdering Adolf Hitler against God’s declaration, “You shall not kill!”

Finally, Dietrich, decided ethical morals would be the determining factor. Would the public good justify murder. In respect to Adolf Hitler, he concluded, Yes! Dietrich is credited being the father of situational ethics. In other words the morals of the situation determine ethical reaction.

Even world events like the United States involvement in two world wars and military skirmishes. Especially the nations determination to protect Israel from Arab/Muslim nations. Even if means war the Iran, Russia or China. China will be the nation to test the nations resolve to stand with Israel no matter what occurs. But it won’t be the United States that obliterates China, it’ll be God Almighty Himself. “And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a burdensome concern for all peoples who would destroy her. They will surely be cut to pieces all nations gathered against Israel.”(cp. Zechariah 12:3).

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perspectives

“People who get things done make things happen,” Eleanor Roosevelt.

“I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good with their lives. And that every person should eat, drink and enjoy the good of their labor. It is a gift from God.” (cp. Ecclesiastes 3:12-13).

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choices

The human way

“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility,” Eleanor Roosevelt.

God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding and largeness of heart like the sand of the seashore. And he spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five. (cp.1Kings 4:29;32).

The Solomon way.

My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands. For length of days, and long life, and peace they will give to you.

Let not mercy and truth forsake you. Bind them around your neck, and write them on the tablet of your heart. And by so doing, find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and other people.

Learn to trust the LORD with all your heart, and lean not upon your own understanding, and in all your ways acknowledge Him. And He shall direct your paths.

Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear the LORD and depart from all other ways. It will add health and longevity to your life. (cp. Proverbs 3:1-8).

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scam artists at work

“You’ve got to go out on the limb sometimes because that’s where the fruit is,” Will Rogers. Well maybe so, but that doesn’t mean that the fruit is eatable as a nourishing food. The world is full of all kinds of scams from the orchard fields to the market place and everything in between. And unfortunately, sometimes deep into the heart of Christendom.

Most likely that is part of what Jesus had in mind when He said the following, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. You shall know them by their fruits. Do people gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so, every good tree brings forth good fruit, but a corrupt tree brings forth rotten fruit. A good tree can’t bring forth bad fruit, neither can bring good fruit. Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is cut down down and cast into the fire. Wherefore, by their fruits you shall know them.” (cp. Matthew 7:15-20).

No matter what kind of fruit is being peddled in the market place of ideas. What you read hear or elsewhere it’s only information. Research it all, then accept or reject it.

The you’ll experience the benefits from its nourishment, or obviously the converse. But as all of us truth seekers know, it can be at times a complicated journey. Especially, when it comes to religion and politics. Both are important because they determine our destinies in very subtly ways. Far to many of those ways led to grapes of thorns and thistles of figs. Both avenues have ample fruit deserving of the fire.

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Z for Zeus J for Jesus

A couple of tales that keep circulating. One which is, what goes around comes around. With one more to follow which is the most reliable.

Zeus made a bull, Prometheus a man, and Athena  house, and they chose Momus to judge their handiwork. He was so jealous of it that he began to find fault with everything. Zeus he said, had made a mistake in not putting the bull’s eye in its horns, to enable it to see what it was butting.

Prometheus’ man should have had his mind attached to the outside of his body, so that wickedness could not be hidden.

As for Athena, she ought to have mounted her house on wheels, so that one could move it without any trouble, if a rogue came to live next door.

Zeus was angered by this display of malice and exiled Momus from Olympus.

Nothing is so good that some fault cannot be found in it. (source-Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop, “Room for Improvement”).

There will always be fault finders especially, when it come to our Christian faith. God’s creation has many Monus,’ who often chronicled it as having not occurred, as recorded  in the scriptures. With the courtyard of earth being polluted with just as many Monus,’ denying the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Saying His requirement for repentance in order to avoid the second death, is a fairy tale. And, the fault finding could go on for many pages.

So, what is one to do about such fault finding? Remain true to the scriptures and like the Psalmist sing, “Let thy mercy O LORD, be upon us, according, as we hope in You.” (cp. Psalms 32:2).

Knowing that the scriptures are true because, “I am the LORD that is My name, and I My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to to graven images.” (cp. Isaiah 42:8). And John, who saw Jesus clothed with a vesture (body) dipped in blood, and His name was called, THE WORD OF GOD.” (cp. Revelation 19:13).

As it was in ancient times, when the Chronicler said, “But they mocked (found fault) with the messengers of God, and despised His words, and misused His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy.” (cp, 2 Chronicles 36:16).

The fault finding continues from that time till ours. And this His 21st century response. “Be not deceived, God will not be mocked, for what every person sows that shall they reap.” (cp. Galatians 6:7).

So times are getting tough, therefore, it’s time to get tough for Jesus. For that hour is approaching, and it has been announced. “And behold, I come quickly, and My reward is with me, to give to every person according, as their work shall be.” (cp. Revelation 22:12).

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tragedy struck while most slept

It’s on the horizon according to Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the heir apparent to the British throne, as the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth. Who said, “Capitalism and consumerism have brought the world to the brink of economic and environmental collapse.” With the Prince scolding the world community with this hot indictment. “We can no longer afford consumerism and the age convenience is over.”

No doubt it’s time for change but none will come. Because the determination for excessive profits, combined with eager consumerism making them hell bent on convenience. Together they are just to over whelming for change to occur.

There is a sound economic platform available, but its hidden away like it’s the result of a deadly pandemic virus. Because, it has a biblical bases which most people are not aware of. And if it’s not about profit and consumerism, well it’s not worth knowing anyway.

There is something also most magical that occurs, when one practices the following. Jesus was once asked, what is the best way to interact with you and others? Jesus replied, love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. That is the only pathway to interaction with God. When that is accomplished, than you’ll love your neighbor as you love yourself. Because, they are principles destined to be practiced forever. (cp. Matthew 22:36-40).

Time changes but principles don’t because what worked yesterday works today and into the many distant tomorrows. And those principles, are the only way to harmonize profits and consumerism. Because both are needed, and when one works against the other both fail.

It’s all about changing yourself, so you can change your world. Accomplished through one person at a time.

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what today says about tomorrow

“I once asked evangelist, Billy Graham, if he experienced temptations of the flesh, when he was young?” He said, “Of course!” “How did you deal with them?” With a passion he responded, “I asked God to strike me dead before he allowed to dishonor him that way! That is the kind of seriousness one needs to overcome the temptations of a corrupt culture in which shameful behavior is to often paraded in the streets,” Columnist Cal Thomas.

And, as Isaiah informed us. “Except the LORD of Sabaoth (or Host) had left us a seed (resisters) we would have become like Sodom, and we would have been made like Gomorrah.” (cp. Romans 9:29).

“Turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes. Condemning them to destruction by making them an example. To those who would afterward live ungodly.” (cp. 2 Peter 2:6).

“Even as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities about them in a similar manner giving themselves over to fornication, and homosexuality are set forth as examples. Suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” (cp. Jude 1:7).

God has promised that He will not be mocked. Promising that that which is sown shall be reaped. (cp. Galatians 6:7). God may not turn the cities of America into ashes from fire. But the same can be accomplished, through the unsettling events disturbing the nation right now.

Certainly an army of Christian resisters are needed to challenge, and turn back the ungodly. Who campaign for the acceptance of those, who mock our Creator. By chasing after various pursuits of strange flesh.

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change making

A tree is known by its fruits;

A person by their deeds.

A good deed is never lost;

They who sow courtesy reap friendship.

and they who plant kindness gathers love.

Source: Saint Basil, 329-379.

A prayer offered by Saint Basil. “God grant us a deeper since of fellowship with all the living. Our brothers and sisters to whom in common with us, you have given this earth as home.

We recall with regret that in times past, we have acted in high-handed ways of cruelty in exercise our domain over them. Thus the voices of the earth which should have risen to you in song, has turned into a groan of travail.

May we realize that all these creatures also live for themselves and for you and not us alone. They to have the goodness of life, as we do, and serve serve better in their way than we do in ours.

21st century change maker.

“Now to Him, who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. To God our Savior, who only is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever, Amen!” (cp, Jude 1:24-25).

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taught by experience

A lion, a donkey and a fox formed a partnership and went hunting. When they had taken a quantity of game, the lion told the donkey to divide it in equal shares. Upon completing the task, He said, “Mr, lion choose one.” But the lion leapt upon him and devoured him. Then he told the fox to divide it. The fox collected all of it in one pile. Leaving a few trifles for himself. Telling the lion to make his choice. The lion asked, “Who taught you to share things that way?” The fox responded, “What happened to the donkey!”

We learn wisdom by seeing the misfortunes of others. (source:Penguin Classic-Fables of Aesop-“Taught By Experience).

However it is found, once found this is the value of wisdom. And the people, who gain from her understanding. Discover that her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain greater than fine gold. And all the things you may desire can not be compared with her. Length of days is in her right hand. In her left hand riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness and her paths bare peace. She is a tree of life to those, who take hold of her. And, happy are all who retain her.” (cp. Proverbs 3:13-18).

And, so it has been said, wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom, and with all of getting get understanding. (cp. Proverbs 4:7).

But O, how elusive her gems can be. With most experiencing a donkey like fate, so many times. And some if fortunate, like the fox learn to get by. That leaves the few, who must work very hard to benefit from her tree of life.

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roads well traveled

A taste of Paul and then Frost. Some like the spiritual while others like the storied poets.

Do you not know that as many of us were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death. Therefore, we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just, as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so, we also should walk in the newness of life. Apostle Paul.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both. And be one traveler, long I stood. And looked down one as far as I could, to where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair. And having perhaps the better claim, because it was grassy and wanted wear. Though as for that the passing there had worn them really about the same.

And, both that morning equally lay in leaves no step had trodden back. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads to way, I doubted, if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh. Somewhere ages and ages hence. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost.

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strategy making it work

The mice, who were at war with the weasels were always getting the worst of it. They held a meeting, and coming to a conclusion that their defeats were due to a lack of leadership. They chose some from among themselves, and appointed them to be their generals. Then in order to distinguish themselves from the rest, they made horns, and fixed them on their heads.

When they joined the battle their whole army was routed and took flight. They all got in their holes except the generals, who were unable to get in on account of their horns. They were caught and devoured!

Vainglory is often the cause of misfortune. Source:Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-“Pride Will Have A Fall.”

Pride sure path to misery and failure.

Pathways to happiness and success.

Let us not become conceited by provoking one another, or by envying one another. (cp. Galatians 5:26).

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but  in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves. (cp. Philippians 2:30.

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