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The Short Answer

“With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God?

Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah, 8th Century BC)..

The prophet’s short answer has me wondering how many of us are familiar with the short insight videos of The Bible Project?

I’m finding them to be treasures of insight— not only for a younger generation— but also for those of us who have been reading our Bibles for a long time.

For example, I wish everyone could see what they have done on the subject of Justice. It’s a visually compelling 6 minute video that is part of their foundational  Character of God series.

Seems to me that what the crowdfunded Bible Project team has done in these short videos (i.e. 6-7 minutes) helps to explain Micah’s answer to a troubled and divided chosen people who, as the sixth chapter of Micah goes on to warn, would not listen.


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  1. SFDBWV says:

    Good morning Mart. I bit and signed up to receive “The Bible Project” videos, though you know how precious 6 or 7 minutes can be some mornings.

    I read the matter first and then watched the video to see if they were different, they are somewhat.

    I do see where they are being presented to a younger audience, as well as presented by one.

    I find it very “telling” how as I hear someone give a blanket comment as to touching Scripture, I immediately hear my inner voice rise up and say, “yes, but there is more to it than just that and is itself a doorway to more questions”.

    Which brings me to this thought. Why do most people read the Bible? And what is the result?

    I think most read the Bible looking for answers to life’s problems. As well as seeking comfort from them.

    Some kind of reassurance that in the end everybody lives happily ever after.

    There is a great deal to discuss concerning the material in the video you have presented this morning. Over the next couple weeks I hope to at least present my sometimes complicated thoughts on the subject.

    A cool 56 degrees f this morning, I do love the mornings.

    Steve

  2. poohpity says:

    Yes Mart, the video you shared about “Justice” brings light to the “Us” and “Them” point. Easy to understand but without help hard to do.

  3. SFDBWV says:

    A few posts back I referred us to combatants. I confused one and amused one with such a reference to we fellow travelers and participants here.

    The thing is that, as stated many times, every individual of us has their own ideas, concepts and understanding of everything and nothing as stoic as our religious beliefs and understanding of our Bible.

    It immediately becomes an issue of contention as who is right and who is wrong. As evidenced by those among us who even disagree with that statement.

    An old standard in nearly every city in America used to be the neon sign along some street that simply said “Jesus Saves”. That is all it said and nothing more.

    Can’t get much shorter answer than that.

    If that was all a person would accept for an answer there would be no division of Christian churches nor of arguments among believers.

    Sadly that simple statement doesn’t satisfy the curiosity of mankind.

    But that is all that is needed for a believer to believe. That Jesus is the Savior.

    Just dropped in to see how things were progressing, and thought I might throw out a comment while sitting here.

    Blessings to all today.

    Steve

  4. poohpity says:

    Steve it does not sound like you listened to the video on the subject of Justice that Mart was talking about.

  5. Beloved says:

    Amos 5:24, “But let justice roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.” The prophet Amos was saying—as most of the Hebrew prophets were saying—that what God wants is justice and right living rather than religious ceremonies for their own sake.

  6. bratimus says:

    I’m completely aware that in all things God is completely correct and through Christ Jesus God completed the Fulfillment to perfection.

    I saying that, I’m aware that I make mistakes and not perfect, I’ve gave my self the title of the most perfect NON-perfect human. I believe that Christ Jesus through His perfection, can even make my mistakes work toward the purpose of God.

    In Christ Jesus name

    Bratimus

  7. Regina says:

    Good Afternoon, All

    I pray that you and yours are well, and, bGg,…

    I love Mart’s intro comment for this blog topic. Will have to put that “thought project” on the back burner for now as I have to respond to some comments from the previous blog topic.

    pooh, I found my quote, ‘…people of every color, nation, tribe and tongue, etc. I posted that on 6-26-2020 at 1:46 pm. And I just saw your comment re: Vivian Mabuni… You’re right, she did mention Romans 8:1-4 during the series, “Open Hands, Willing Heart about 3 or 4 weeks ago(?), but I was a couple of weeks behind in the series study.
    bratimus, Just saw your comment re: Lift Every Voice and Sing, and I’m very familiar with all that you shared.
    Steve, I just notice your comment and question on 7-8-2020/5:14 am, and my answer… I think there are different races because God *loves* variety. I think it would be boring if we all looked the same, ate the same foods, wore the same style of clothes, etc. Think of it this way… when you make a stew, you don’t just add the stock and meat. In order to get the full flavor and goodness, you also add potatoes, peas, carrots, tomatoes, onions, celery, garlic, rosemary, a bay leaf, etc. And the flavor of the stew (or any food) is what satisfies the soul. Well, the same is true re: the various races of people. Every race and culture brings variety and something uniquely special to the “cultural stew pot” and every people group makes a specific imprint on society and the world at large (or at least every culture and race should be allowed to do so).

    jeff1, forever and phpatato, thank you so much for answering my questions. Your comments were very interesting and I enjoyed finding out more about you all. jeff1, I wholeheartedly agree with your comment, “…poverty and hardship will drive people to do desperate things no matter the color of one’s skin or religious persuasion and that’s a fact of life wherever we live.”
    Thank you, forever, for your prayers for rain and cooler temps in my neck of the woods. Praise the Lord, Pat, the Lord answered our prayers for rain in your neck of the woods! Will continue to pray that your area will receive a nice soaking. Again, thank you so much for such detailed answers to my questions, and since you (jeff1 and forever) took the time to give well thought out answers to my questions, I will do my best to do the same…

    Have you lived in Texas your entire life? Have you ever lived anywhere else (*even if it was only for a short period of time)?

    I have lived in Texas my entire life, and I’ve never lived anywhere else for more than 3 months. My aunt (mom’s sister) became sick, in 1978, when I was 11 years old, and my mom took me and my 4 siblings to Chicago to care for her. We stayed there for one month. Chicago was a lot safer then. My cousins, siblings and I could play outside for hours on end, and we didn’t have to be afraid of anything. I also lived in New Jersey (Fort Dix Military Base) in 1986. I was in the Army, and I lived on the Army base for 2 ½ to 3 months for basic training. Then, I was sent to South Carolina (Fort Jackson Military Base). I lived in South Carolina for about 2 or 3 months for advanced training.

    Have you ever been married? If so, is your husband still alive, and how many children did you have?

    I have been married, and I’ve been divorced for 4 years now this past April. I have one (darling) son whom I dearly love! My ex-husband is still alive, and he has a new wife and two step daughters.

    What’s the worst thing about your country?

    I would *love* to answer this question with “blatant” honesty, but I don’t think some of my American comrades would appreciate or tolerate my opinion. …ever heard the saying, “if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all?” Smh…

    What’s the best thing about it?

    I’d have to say that the best thing about my country is our freedom to worship God… the true and living God! I realize that some people (could probably say many people) worship other people, material things, places, weird objects, etc. But I’m so grateful that we have the freedom to worship “who” or “whatever” we want to worship.

    If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would you live?

    Wow… I’m thinking about your good, well thought out answer and forever’s beautiful answer to my question, and I’m honestly stumped (sigh). You see… my world has been so small that I’d get anxiety if I stayed too long in another state or (definitely) another country. So, I guess I’ll have to say Texas… at least for now.

    Enjoyed reading ROMANS 11, and Romans 11:33-36 is the highlighted Bible passage for this week’s series, “The Great Doxology” on DTW! Learned this morning, via the DTW website, that a doxology is a declaration of the significance and gravitas of our great God, and Romans 11:33-36 is one of the greatest doxologies.

    Looking forward to ROMANS 12

    94 degrees (feels like 104 degrees) and sunny with periodic clouds and the AC has malfunctioned in the house (though AC Electrician is working on it right now). Needless to say, the electric fans are a blowin’ mighty hard right now! ;-)

    Love to all,
    Regina

  8. Beloved says:

    Since this is about acting justly, loving mercy, and humble walking this from ODB on FB just caught my eye: “Loving God, help me to make choices that will draw others to You.”

    Seems to be a blueprint to follow-since it’s author is God.

  9. jeff1 says:

    Enjoyed reading your comments, Regina, and like yourself I remember as a child playing outside with friends and neighbors though I was brought up in a council estate and my mum would warm us to bring ourselves home as soon as any fighting started up which was common due to so many houses on the estate.

    It’s very rare to see children out playing anywhere these days which makes me realize how blessed we were.

  10. bratimus says:

    Foreverblessed,

    AS far as the haste in California, it has really slowed down due to the pandemic.

    All kidding aside California has a lot of small towns and communities that don’t have the haste and pressure that are around the big cities or what we call the college towns. these usually have the haste and pressure. Maybe due to the fact I was born and lived in California my whole life I could be use to the pressures.

    In Christ Jesus name

    Bratimus

  11. bubbles says:

    Children playing outside. . . a former neighborhood where I used to work had several episodes of shootings. Never would I have thought that I would need to talk with my students in the town in which I was raised about what to do if they heard gunfire during the night. I taught them to run to the bathroom and get in the bath tub and lie down, in the hopes their bathroom was an interior room away from walls on the outside and that the tub was old cast iron, which I hope would slow or stop bullets.

  12. jeff1 says:

    Bubbles, you are describing what I imagine it must have been like in the neighbourhoods in the two main cities here during the troubles.

    Both sides of the divide had their paramilitaries who controlled their areas and since I knew a couple of residents I know they said it was more than they or their families life was worth to argue with such people.

    Then of course when the law enforcing police or military moved in and was shot at and returned fire all of a sudden their was not a gun to be seen and the forces are in the dock for their mishandling of the situation and the innocence of the residents is highlighted to take the heat of the paramilitaries who control their patch.

    My mum used to say live by the gun, die by the gun and I don’t see that she was wrong.

    I can remember my son saying when he joined the military and was going to Afghanistan don’t blame anyone if something happens to me I have chosen this course and know the risks that are involved.

    It made me very proud that he was willing to fight for justice while accepting that things can go wrong and it is not anyone’s fault for he knew what he was getting into.

    We play with fire we get burned and it has envevitale consequences but sadly no one wants to take responsibility for their actions and it’s always someone else’s fault when the sh… hits the fan.

    I am sick of the mentality of those who don’t take responsibility for their actions, do the crime do the time and stop blaming others for how your life is.

    My mum went to school with no shoes for her feet and spoke of how they bled in the winter months. She was spat on and pushed of the pavement and told she wasn’t fit to walk on the same footpath as the rest because of her illegitimacy. She was abused by her own mother when as a child she failed to bring home a full bucket of water having been chased by a notorious bull through the fields she had to run through in order to bring it home. Teacher’s also abused her and she knew little of love from mankind and yet I seen her give others the clothes of her back because she seen them more needy than her and the only harm she did was to herself as this world finally took its toil on her and she died from cancer at just 61 years of age having only seen the inside of a church on a few family occasions as none would baptize her as a child and as an adult she had little time for religion.

    For all her hardships she was a caring wife, mother and grandmother who didn’t blame anyone for her circumstances and maybe that is because she was too busy trying to survive a harsh and ruthless world towards her that she didn’t have the time.

  13. SFDBWV says:

    Most of you would agree that even though God gave Israel the law Himself, a law with death penalties, they are meant to show our inability to follow them.

    Were it only that simple to understand when Moses had some people stoned to death for gathering firewood on Sabbath.

    Do you think God wanted Moses to enforce His Law or show mercy?

    One of the problems teaching about the mercy side of God from the OT is that God seemed to have no mercy whereas so many of the stories are told.

    Even instructing Israel to show no mercy and when some did they were severely punished for it.

    It may just be as simple as Mart has outlined, to “live and let live”, but can we as a society of people actually function that way?

    If everyone adopted that attitude it would be easy, but people take advantage of kindness and see it too often as weakness.

    While out this morning feeding the critters there was a good sized black bear next door at the neighbors feeding area. He kept standing on his hind legs looking me over and trying to both see and smell me out.

    Standing he stood a good 7 feet tall so I gave him his space and let him eat.

    I can respect the bear and as long as I pose no threat to him he will respect me.

    But what happens when that respect is violated? With regards to the bear and between people as well?

    Trouble follows and usually violence.

    65 degrees f and a little morning shower.

    Steve

  14. SFDBWV says:

    Viv I was in the process of writing when you posted. There is a lot to say concerning how your mother suffered at the hands of the social bullies of her time.

    They still exist.

    May write more later, hope your day is an excellent one.

    Steve

  15. poohpity says:

    If God said do no work on the Sabbath and a man carries fire wood is it showing respect to God to carry that fire wood? If this one man got away with it then the next Sabbath another person would do it , then another and another until there would be no respect for the day God had chosen for us to rest. Which if we believe that God is just as well as merciful, I am sure there was a reason that the consequence was so severe and in fact would be a sign of mercy to not allow it to continue. The destruction of one man for the good of all, sound familiar?

    As we see around us today if the consequences are not severe enough then more bad behavior will follow. I would rather accept the justice of God which more often than not is covered in mercy than what a person sees as justice because it is shaded by his/her own perspective may not be justice at all but self righteousness and self motivation.

    With any child if they do not learn to respect their parents and others around them then we will get what we see today mob mentality and destruction. Respecting God and even though we may not know the reasons He does what He does shows we trust Him not our own understanding.

    If everybody did what they wanted and if there were no guidelines or laws to follow and since we do know that the intent of the human heart is bent on evil and there were no consequences chaos would ensue they would not only destroy themselves but everyone around them.

    Do we respect God? Since as you allude to Steve that He is such a hard task master and showed no mercy to some as you say then why would He even bother with mankind. A loving parent always disciplines their children that is showing mercy or they create a monster that no one wants to be around.

  16. Beloved says:

    Gen2:2 New American Standard Bible
    By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Resting on the 7th day was to remind Israel that it was the God of creation they worshipped. Jesus “broke the rule” so to speak by showing that worshipping God was more important than worshipping “rules”. The prophets also carried the same message of loving serving and worshipping God, not by rituals and sacrifice. Without the law we would not have known about God, who He is and what He is like: just, merciful, and always humble as we should be. Humble in that He does not “force “ people to love and serve Him, but always ready for the prodigal or the pagan to turn to Him.

  17. jeff1 says:

    It is a harsh world that draws me to Christ and in Him I find the peace and understanding that the world denies me.

    Christ is my refuge but like Peter when walking on water I get distracted then I quickly find myself drowning for want of a life jacket.

    Christ is all I need but the flesh is weak and I am just as human as the next person and it isn’t until I accept my frailties do I see my need of Christ.

    It is in my weaknesses that Christ works so though Steve you are right in saying there are others who take advantage of kindness if I want to be poured out wine I must allow others to make a door mat of me.

    It is Christ’s way that is different from the world and it’s in submission I am useful to Christ and not having my own way which is actually me failing to be of God’s purpose but it doesn’t change His love for me as He has considered me worthy to call His own whatever my usefulness to Him.

    I cannot have my head questions answered as I only see God when I submit to Him as that is when He reveals Himself to me and if I only get glimpses then I am not submitting near as much as I should.

    Nearer, my God to thee, nearer to thee even though it be a cross that raiseth me.

  18. jeff1 says:

    Praise my soul! the king of heaven;
    to his feet your tribute bring.
    Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
    evermore his praises sing.
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    Praise the everlasting king!

    Praise him for his grace and favour
    to his people in distress.
    Praise him, still the same as ever
    slow to chide, and swift to bless.
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    Glorious in his faithfulness!

    Fatherlike he tends and spares us;
    well our feeble frame he knows.
    In his hand he gently bears us,
    rescues us from all our foes,
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    Widely yet his mercy flows!

    Angels, help us to adore him;
    you behold him face to face.
    Sun and moon, bow down before him,
    dwellers all in time and space.
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    Praise with us the God of grace!

  19. SFDBWV says:

    One of the verses of Scripture that has always astounded me is Genesis 6:5-7 KJV.

    God was grieved and repented that He had made man.

    Does this mean that God can make mistakes, or that circumstances of any kind are out of His control?

    In verse 8 of Genesis 6:8 KJV Noah finds grace.

    But only Noah and his immediate family are spared from the flood.

    Search your heart do you actually believe these stories actually happened?

    If you do then every race of mankind are the descendants of Noah. As well as accepting that God killed all flesh wherein is the breath of life, and everything that is in the earth died. Genesis 6:17 KJV.

    It certainly is believed this story to be a forerunner of the end of the age when once again God brings judgement upon the earth, with the “exception” of those in the “Ark”. The Ark of our salvation Jesus of Nazareth the Lord.

    Mercy for some, judgement for all others.

    If you want to know God, you cannot choose what you want to hear and ignore all else.

    A cooler day, 69 degrees f at 12:20 pm.

    Steve

  20. poohpity says:

    Isn’t there Mercy and judgement for all, the us of mankind because you are right Steve that is if we believe the stories of the bible then we need to believe all of them together we must not pick and choose to prove our point especially if one has something against God and wants others to follow that path as well.

  21. poohpity says:

    The following was written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “Ethics” who was killed in a Nazi camp.

    “In the body of Jesus Christ, God is united with humankind, all humanity is accepted by God, and the world is reconciled to God. In the body of Jesus Christ God took on the sin of all the world, no matter how lost, no matter how godless, that has not been accepted by God in Jesus Christ and reconciled to God.”

    “God loves human beings. God loves the world. Not an ideal human, but human beings AS THEY ARE, not an ideal world, but the REAL WORLD. What we find repulsive in their opposition to God, what we shrink back from with pain and hostility, namely, real human beings, the real world, this is for God the ground of unfathomable love. God establishes a most intimate unity with this. God becomes human, a real human being. While we exert ourselves to grow beyond our humanity, to leave the human behind us, GOD BECOMES HUMAN, and we must recognize that God wills that we be human, real human beings. While we distinguish between pious and godless, good and evil, noble and base, God loves REAL PEOPLE without distinction. God has no patience with our dividing the world and humanity according to our standards and imposing ourselves as judges over them. God leads us into absurdity by becoming a real human being and a companion of sinners, thereby forcing us to become the judges of God. God stands beside the real human being and the real world against ALL THEIR ACCUSERS. So God becomes accused along with human beings and the world, and thus the judges become the accused.”

  22. Beloved says:

    The short answer to why isn’t God more merciful to His enemies is God is Holy; perfect. The only way to Him is through Jesus, the substitution needed and only Way to have peace with God. His timing is perfect, whether yesterday- the Old Testament, today, or tomorrow -eternity.
    In Old Testament times there was a long suffering (merciful even) peace with God until His people were overcome by their bad choices and the threat of annihilation of Gods People was real. But God said there would be a remnant to keep the thread going until the offspring of David (Isaiah) was born to save us all from our sins. His patience is amazing but His grace is even better!

  23. Beloved says:

    As proclaimed in Isaiah-

  24. street says:

    Amos 5:24 “But let justice roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”

    grace and mercy are in abundant supply from God in Christ Jesus, not so much in man.

    thinking yes Jesus does save, but sometimes we don’t understand Him as Anointed, the One Exalted to God’s Right Hand. The One Who reveals perfectly the Invisible God and has been given All Authority in heaven and on earth. Souvenir. Souvenir over life and death.

    when God permits suffering and injustice in the world we forget Father Son and the Holy Spirit have endured great suffering in putting up with sinner, thinking of Righteous lot. knowing that His chosen children would be Justified and made Righteous before Him Forever.

    many times we are familiar with complaining and disappointment which makes us question or doubt God’s perfection and way of justice. there in lies the rub. we know what justice is but can not make justice. so there must be a greater concern on God’s heart than immediate justice. could in be meekness, humility, love, faithfulness? such things in which there is no law against.

    one thing about injustice is it’s ability to make people cry out to God and or seek His Face. make sure your not the one causing the injustice.

    thinking of a world separated from God. could that be an injustice? seek the narrow gate.

    Leviticus 16:30-32

    30 for it is on this day that atonement shall be made for you to cleanse you; you will be clean from all your sins before the Lord. 31 It is to be a sabbath of solemn rest for you, that you may humble your souls; it is a permanent statute. 32 So the priest who is anointed and ordained to serve as priest in his father’s place shall make atonement: he shall thus put on the linen garments, the holy garments,

    Matthew 11:29
    Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

    3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God, 4 *got up from supper, and *laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself.

    5 Then He *poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.

    17 He *said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus *said to him, “Tend My sheep.

    18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to gird yourself and walk wherever you wished; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will gird you, and bring you where you do not wish to go.” 19 Now this He said, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He *said to him, “Follow Me!”

  25. foreverblessed says:

    What a wonderful Bible verse:
    Amos 5:24

    The streams of mercy
    That reminds me of the water, the River of Life in the city of God, Revelation 22:1-3
    Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.

    And that is the spiritual reality of Romans 8:1-9

    The link that is under the word “justice” I tried it, and came on the Bible project website, I read their terms, and it was quite intimidating, so I quit reading.
    I do not know what they talk about, so it is hard for me to join the discussion.

    But what Bonhoeffer said was immense.
    Jesus said, He would not judge, but His Words would judge.
    The Words of Jesus will judge

    Have I been meek and poor in spirit
    Have I been merciful
    Have I been a peacemaker

    ( The beatitudes Matthew 5:1-12
    And all the other Words of Jesus

    Jeff, I keep praying for your country, that God have mercy on them, both sides.
    In Jesus everything can be turned around!

  26. poohpity says:

    Wow forever, the only thing I saw when I clicked on “Justice” was a square with an outline of people sort of like a cartoon and a blue arrow in it and I clicked on the arrow then the message began on “Justice”. I never saw any terms at all.

  27. jeff1 says:

    Thank you, Forever, I believe God works in mysterious ways and I too pray for change of hearts so that our future is not plighted by the past.

    God is the one who brings good out of bad and so there is always hope when we don’t give up but rely on His ways to bring about much needed changes.

  28. Beloved says:

    Street you said some very good things to think about. I just heard Spurgeon say that Jesus is coming again as He left; with scars intact. I’ve always wondered why the scars remained. (Thomas needed to see them to believe, yes). It’s because He returns with the scars as our suffering Savior. Maybe our scars will remain also? Maybe our suffering helps us remember the goodness of God. I tend to look elsewhere when times are good. I’m definitely an ADD (Attention deficit) sheepess. His rod and staff comfort me often. I need Him.

  29. Beloved says:

    Your thoughts on injustice are very good. Good to remember as far as being one causing injustice. Micah told the people to do justly: how can we unless we know God? The “narrow way “ defines the Ways of God, not the numbers of people allowed in I believe but I could be wrong about that. I think it depends on the immense goodness and mercy of God which is better than we can imagine sometimes.

  30. street says:

    watched the justice video a second time. definitely heard it differently the second time. was not impressed the first time, i missed some pieces or words. like tea need to soak in. hardness is not good for the heart.

  31. street says:

    The short answer to why isn’t God more merciful to His enemies

    Exodus 33:19
    And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

    our vantage point, unrighteousness, would be a very bad platform from which to judge from. God’s Word is another matter. sure we can point out sin and call sin sin. it’s another matter to remediate sin. why make a judgment/decisions when you can bring it to God in prayer. the New Testament is full of discourses on dealing with sin and injustice. sowing and reaping is in effect.

    thinking about the israels given a pass with incorrect worship till the law was found. they made the corrections after the discovery was made. God looks at the heart not the actions. you can fool others, but you can’t put one over on God.

    5 The Lord descended in the cloud and stood there with him as he called upon the name of the Lord. 6 Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and [d]truth; 7 who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.” Character of God: Exodus 34:6-7 Bible Project guess i will be visiting more often, thanks mart!

  32. SFDBWV says:

    Went up to the spring this morning in the cool of the morning (52 degrees f and clear) to get water. Half a moon looking down at me with the morning star high in the eastern sky already.

    I had already fed the critters and had my prayers in my usual fashion.

    No bear this morning, just my little feathered friends.

    It being Sunday morning Matt and I had already had our breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage and toast.

    Looked over the comments, the ones I read, and am looking inward for that spark if any to say more concerning the base subject Mart has presented.

    I always, well most always, await for His urging before I say anything at all. Just as I have this morning.

    Hope all are blessed today, I am already.

    Steve

  33. jeff1 says:

    I only have to listen to the local news this morning on the radio to see how blessed I am.

    Police being attacked in north Belfast as it is 12th July and normally there would be parades tomorrow but orange order has called them off due to Coronavirus but there are always those who reject the advice hence the unrest in north Belfast.

    It was I believe in 1969 that the first riots took place and so here we are 51 years later and nothing much has changed.

    I find that very depressing and yet knowing my country men as I do I am not surprised.

    If you think your right then you don’t see a need to change and the one thing I have noted is that when it comes to the orange and the green there is no shifting their absolute determination that they are right.

    Thinking of the English soldier who was shocked to see such hatred in a religious country as my fellow countrymen are forever critical of how unchristian England has become.

    Of course they are not wrong as I worked with the English for over 30 years but that just makes me wonder about religion and the affects it has on those who follow it.

    I just keep asking myself where does God fit in to all of this because I just can’t see that he does so while my fellow countrymen are slagging off ungodly England they forget that the English’s view of their kind of christianity leaves a lot to be desired and it disturbs me more that I find myself in agreement with those ungodly English.

  34. poohpity says:

    street, I am curious as to whether you clicked on the single word “Justice” or the group of words “Character of God series”? One will be taken to entirely different little videos depending on which one is clicked on. All the videos are good but the one that pertains to the Micah passage is contained in just clicking on the word “Justice” in Mart’s comment.

    I know for myself I find that I often cry out to God and demand justice when I see someone who is harming another but when I act unjustly I cry out for mercy from God. God opened my eyes and heart to see if I demand justice for others then I also demand justice for myself when I really would much rather be shown mercy instead. So if I believe what God said to treat others as I would have them treat me then wouldn’t it be the blessed thing to do to cry out for mercy for everyone when after all we all deserve justice from God yet He chose to be merciful to someone like me so undeserving. A love I will never fully comprehend.

  35. SFDBWV says:

    One of those irritating comments we all hear when discussing anything with another is, “Yes, but…”

    In truth the short answer is often the best, “but” folks just have a tough time leaving it there.

    We all want to add our slant to the matter, we all suffer from “us”.

    “What does the Lord require of you?” “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

    Ok, is that all? Nothing else?

    We’re done here! Or are we?

    It is written that we are made in the image of God and that comment was made as well in the short video Mart provided for us.

    We are like Him, but not Him.

    He is eternal, has no beginning and no end. We had a beginning at the beginning of creation, but it is somewhat given that we have no end.

    Do you think that in the walks that Adam had with God in the cool of the evening that Adam ever ask God, “What is the meaning of life?” “What is to become of me?”

    It seems people have been asking those questions since time began.

    The Bible consists of 66 Books in answering these question with the added help of The Holy Spirit’s opening of our eyes to His Truth’s

    I am just not sure there is a short answer, even though I want to believe so. That in the end “love wins.”

    Steve

  36. Beloved says:

    The short answer to all our problems may well be to “take it to the LORD in prayer”.

  37. jeff1 says:

    Surely acting justly comes down to conscience and since we all see differently what may seem just to you may not to me.

    I can get it wrong so in truth only God can be just.

    I watched a film the other night had seen it before but memory being as it is enjoyed watching it again.

    It was certainly about failure of justice and the need of victims having to have justice so that they can move on with their lives.

    It was called ‘murder on the Orient express’ and for those who haven’t seen it, it is about a criminal who kidnapped a heiress and murdered her (she was a child/ but he wasn’t convicted of her killing.

    He was traveling under a different name but approached Hercule Poiret to protect him as he believed his life to be in danger.

    Poiret refused and they all retired and in the morning the criminal was found dead with 13 knife wounds.

    After investigating Poiret discovers all passengers on the train stabbed him them all being part of a pre-meditated plan to have justice for the child because as they seen it their involvement in the trial had allowed the criminal to go free.

    They said to Poiret they were ensuring justice was done and carrying out God’s will in doing so as the law and courts failed to deliver.

    They had presented Poiret with an alternative murderer who escaped of the train should Poiret agree to let them go free.

    Poiret was very angry and had them locked in and refused saying what they did was against the law and wrong no matter how they justified it.

    He retired to his cabin and being catholic he took out his rossary beads and got on his knees and prayed.

    The next morning they all disembarked the train and he approached the police who were waiting and a few minutes later the passengers seen he had let them of.

    As he walked from the platform it showed the anguish on his face and tears in his eyes hid heart not have being in what he had just done.

    I don’t think there are any short answers to how we mess up but trusting God is the short answer in seeing who cleans up those messes.

  38. Regina says:

    Good Afternoon, All

    I pray that all is well with you and yours, and, bGg,…

    Watched the Bible Project videos and though they were very interesting (I’ve been a student of the Bible for many years now), I decided to pass on the option to receive more videos via email.

    Yes, jeff1, we were truly blessed by the normalcy and the carefree days of our childhood. Thinking about that provokes me to start praying—specifically–not just generally—for children in the 21st century as they desperately need God’s hedge of protection to follow them on a daily basis.

    Smh… bubbles, indeed, we have to teach children, now-a-days, what they should do in situations that we never had to be concerned about when we were their age.

    jeff1, Am thinking about your comment re: people taking responsibility for their actions. Sadly, there are many people in the world who are surrounded by family members (and maybe even friends) who don’t take responsibility for their actions. Am also thinking about how your mother suffered a the hands of social bullies. Steve’s right… they do still exist, and they’re committing terrible atrocities against people (probably) in every city, state and country. Was watching a video the other day about (an incident that happened maybe about 5, 10 or 15 years ago) a beautiful “light-skinned” black girl who was attacked by several “dark-skinned” black girls because that thought that she thought she was better than them because she was pretty and had very light skin. The pretty girl’s neck was slashed, but, thankfully, she only ended up with an ugly scar on her neck (the scar was already healed as she was recounting the incident). You also made a comment in another post about the Lord wanting you to be “door mat” in your service to Him. I don’t think the Lord wants you (or us) to be a door mat when people mistreat or disrespect you. We’re definitely allowed to stand up for ourselves in a Christ-like, God-honoring manner.

    Steve, Were you far enough away from that bear to have no fear of it, or have you taken a wilderness survival class?

    Enjoyed reading ROMANS 12 this morning! It’s one of my favorite chapters in the Bible, and I found it very interesting that this Bible verse was included in the closing prayer for today’s ODB devotional (United in Separation)…

    Romans 12:18, NIV; NASB

    If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at “peace” with everyone.

    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.

    Pat, thought of you, your countrymen and what you said in one of your comments on the previous blog topic, when I read this verse.

    Looking forward to ROMANS 13

    95 degrees (feels like 100 degrees) with “bucket loads” of sunshine in my neck of the woods…

    Love to all,
    Regina

  39. jeff1 says:

    I would agree, Regina, that God does not want us to allow ourselves to be mistreated or disrespected as I married a man who didn’t treat women well and why I separated from him.

    What I mean by being a doormat is in relation to how I respond to those with differences in belief’s to me.

    I should seek God’s strength in not judging others differences but accepting God’s love for them is greater then I will behave towards them as God intended.

    I must give up the right to ‘myself’ as I am not here for to be right but to do right as that is God’s will for me in renewing His kingdom.

  40. Beloved says:

    The short answer…is not always easy to find.

    Sometimes it’s complicated, to this older brain anyway. After rioters destroyed many businesses and a police station with no resistance from the governing authorities in Minneapolis the governor is asking for financial aid from the US gov. Trump said NO! A statue of Columbus was recently brought down by the American Indian Movement here without any resistance from authorities. Why? Leaders said it negotiated with AIM before the take down and decided it best to let them do this. The governor said they decided to not interfere with protestors turned rioters to be sensitive to the pain of minorities after the killing of George Floyd. Am I the only one confused here? We know who the author of confusion is, hopefully it will make God-sence to me soon. Justice is messy.

  41. street says:

    jeff said, I just keep asking myself where does God fit in to all of this because I just can’t see

    the narrow gate comes to mind. the broad road/gate is very inclusive. it will accept anything but truth. not only that they will suppress the truth in unrighteousness.

    pastor made interesting comment at church today. the Lord of the harvest determines what is grown, where it is planted and how fruitful it is. this really takes a load off my mind! think about it?

  42. street says:

    thinking us and them

    lead “us” not into temptation, but deliver “us” from evil.

    Do you think that in the walks that Adam had with God in the cool of the evening that Adam ever ask God, “What is the meaning of life?” “What is to become of me?”

    thinking of this makes me think the questions came after the fall not before. adam could not think of anything better to aspire to in all of creation, not even an angel. the separation must have been very hard after the fall.

    the life and death, of Jesus, brings us very near to God. our hope is in the completed work of Jesus. living here and now is like 40 weeks of an expectant mom….thinking we are in utero, some days are better than others and labor is going to be difficult.

  43. street says:

    ‘murder on the Orient express’

    yes the matter of justice, hell, is a place we choose to go. hard to imagine, but true. no power in us to do good/right all the time. God calls us to settle with Him before judgment. yes, we will stand before the Judgment. yes, we will be found guilty! yet for the elect the debt will be paid in full by Christ. new robe new sandals new ring new turban the list of new goes on….new Spirit, new life new creation.

    what would it be like to walk abide in the Spirit here and now? seems to me many can not agree on what this is like, for a good reason.

    Matthew 18:20
    For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

  44. Beloved says:

    jeff said, I just keep asking myself where does God fit in to all of this because I just can’t see.

    I get it Viv. The neighborhood that was ravaged in Minneapolis is the one I grew up in. Even though it was relatively peaceful in the 50’s and up to the late 60’s when Martin Luther King was marching for equality between the races—for me it was horrific. Our family was the one to avoid in the neighborhood (which many learned the hard way to avoid) yet no one really knew the horrors behind closed doors I saw and endured. It’s really really hard to have a heavenly worldview when as a child you are constantly in fear for your life. This is hitting me hard and I’m struggling to keep faith first in the midst of memories revived and current reality threatened daily by a microscopic virus. I think sometimes when we cannot see our faith must get stronger.

    I pray for all that God would give more faith through His mighty grace to overcome the challenges at hand. Amen

  45. SFDBWV says:

    Regina here a year or so ago one morning about 3 am a black bear of about 350 pounds was on my back porch. Thinking he was a raccoon I went out the door to scare it away. Imagine my surprise when I found myself standing about 6 to 8 feet from the bear,

    Now that is a close encounter.

    The one I spoke of in my earlier post was in my neighbor’s back yard and a good safe distance from me.

    No I have no fear of the bear, but respect them for what they are.

    Having grown up in the way I did, I lived with nature all my youth as well as all my life. I have had many encounters with critters. No I have never taken any special training, only growing up with them and knowing them well.

    As exciting as it is to see such things as bears or mountain lions a person is in more danger from a tick bite then from such animals.

    55 cool degrees this morning with a little light fog and a few clouds under that half-moon and morning star.

    Steve

  46. jeff1 says:

    I find it eye opening how others can see past the present while I seem to be stuck in the past.

    It seems to be God’s way of reminding me things are not always as they seem.

    When talking with my son yesterday on the phone I commented how depressing I found it that there was rioting today and how it was 1969 since the start of riots here.

    He very quickly responded with I am glad that most are not as negative as you are in seeing how far the country has progressed and went on to say how catholics were now 50% in work places where they were discriminated before. When I take time to think about it there was an equal opportunities act which meant employers had to have 50% from each side of the community and that was implemented by the British government after enquiries showed catholics to be proportionaly discriminated against in many jobs.

    Growing up here in the troubles I was always more focused on the death and destruction than I was on the history of why we were in the mess we were in and that is because I remember going with my dad to the hospital to visit his 19 years old nephew who was in the police and had been shot by the IRA.

    He survived that attempt but the next one he was shot dead with two other colleges.

    It was Good Friday 1977 and there would be many more death’s to come of others I knew who served their country or was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Why is it that though trying hard to forget the bad old days I find that when you scratch the surface they are just as real today as they were then.

    Yes, my son is right I am too focused on the negatives but I have tried hard to put the past in the past yet it keeps coming back to haunt me.

    I can remember my dad who rarely unless pushed would speak of his war time experiences and then I was told that none of them did as it seems it reminded them of friends they lost and made them feel guilty for having survived.

    I think I understand were my dad was coming from now as I reflect on the past I am left wondering why and there is where I come unstuck for I find our past is complicated so much so that I won’t unravel it so I accept the consequences of it are what they are and get on with my life.

    Justice seems to have a high price on its head for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in trying to uphold it.

    If I were to ask the loved ones of those who paid the price I doubt they would feel the sacrifice was worth it but then like myself the horrors of the times are likely more embedded on their minds then the prospects of the future.

    Sometimes it seems to me that I am here on body but not in spirit as I cannot forget the ones who fell so that I might live on and yet I don’t want that to be a legacy I hand down to my children which is why I am happy today that my son sees so differently for I was of my time and he is of his and God is still on His throne or I believe that to be so whatever the circumstances.

  47. poohpity says:

    I guess we could either question the justice of God or praise Him for His justice depending on where we think we fit into the whole scheme of things and realize just exactly who God is then maybe as Job did when he covered his mouth and said he had talked about things that are far greater than anything he ever knew about as proven by God as He questioned Job.

    When I realize in the morning the many, many things that there are to praise God for it sure does turn my day into a brighter going but when I complain and grumble about how I think things should be it turns my day into a shamble of depression, discouragement and darkness.

    Gratitude changes attitudes. If I believe that the reason for my existence is to have a relationship with God and He with me it sure does change how I look at life and gives me purpose.

  48. poohpity says:

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow
    Praise Him all creatures here below
    Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts
    Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost

  49. poohpity says:

    Micah 6;

    6 Listen to what the Lord is saying:

    “Stand up and state your case against me.
    Let the mountains and hills be called to witness your complaints.
    2
    And now, O mountains,
    listen to the Lord’s complaint!
    He has a case against his people.
    He will bring charges against Israel.

    3
    “O my people, what have I done to you?
    What have I done to make you tired of me?
    Answer me!
    4
    For I brought you out of Egypt
    and redeemed you from slavery.
    I sent Moses, Aaron, and Miriam to help you.
    5
    Don’t you remember, my people,
    how King Balak of Moab tried to have you cursed
    and how Balaam son of Beor blessed you instead?
    And remember your journey from Acacia Grove to Gilgal,
    when I, the Lord, did everything I could
    to teach you about my faithfulness.”

    6
    What can we bring to the Lord?
    Should we bring him burnt offerings?
    Should we bow before God Most High
    with offerings of yearling calves?
    7
    Should we offer him thousands of rams
    and ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
    Should we sacrifice our firstborn children
    to pay for our sins?

    8
    No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good,
    and this is what he requires of you:
    to do what is right, to love mercy,
    and to walk humbly with your God.

    9
    Fear the Lord if you are wise!
    His voice calls to everyone in Jerusalem:
    “The armies of destruction are coming;
    the Lord is sending them.
    10
    What shall I say about the homes of the wicked
    filled with treasures gained by cheating?
    What about the disgusting practice
    of measuring out grain with dishonest measures?
    11
    How can I tolerate your merchants
    who use dishonest scales and weights?
    12
    The rich among you have become wealthy
    through extortion and violence.
    Your citizens are so used to lying
    that their tongues can no longer tell the truth.

    13
    “Therefore, I will wound you!
    I will bring you to ruin for all your sins.
    14
    You will eat but never have enough.
    Your hunger pangs and emptiness will remain.
    And though you try to save your money,
    it will come to nothing in the end.
    You will save a little,
    but I will give it to those who conquer you.
    15
    You will plant crops
    but not harvest them.
    You will press your olives
    but not get enough oil to anoint yourselves.
    You will trample the grapes
    but get no juice to make your wine.
    16
    You keep only the laws of evil King Omri;
    you follow only the example of wicked King Ahab!
    Therefore, I will make an example of you,
    bringing you to complete ruin.
    You will be treated with contempt,
    mocked by all who see you.”

  50. jeff1 says:

    I think the lesson I learnt is not to question God because I have a limited and bias view.

    When I am questioning God then I am being atheist towards Him as I am not trusting His word but leaning on my own understanding.

    God’s grace has to be sufficient whatever my doubts or questions and the hope that God will enlighten when He sees fit to do so.

    What have I to offer but my trust when I do not understand how or where He fits in.

  51. jeff1 says:

    Pooh, I think that most believers do think they have a relationship with God otherwise they wouldn’t get on their knees to pray or confess their sins but that doesn’t change how the world is and how much we don’t know how God fit’s in to this world today.

    I ask myself am I even on God’s side today as revelations seem to say otherwise.

    I don’t feel any closer to God which means I am distracted by the world and though I am way weary of it, it seems there is no hiding from the reality of it.

    You keep going on about gratitude but we are told to mourn with those who mourn and rejoice with those who rejoice and so God does not say we have to be happy when we feel sad or that we must be thankful for loosing what is dear to us.

    Not to my way of thinking he knows we need the fellowship of others to survive this tedious world.

  52. street says:

    To fully understand Micah’s valuable metaphor, one must know that Acacia Grove was also the last place the Israelites camped before crossing the Jordan River[4], the geographical division between their existence as homeless, runaway slaves and freedom. Gilgal was the site of their first night after the crossing.[5] There they celebrated. So they went from a place marked by sin, deception, treachery and death to a place marked by celebration for their deliverance and a new home in a span of a few miles.
    We have all lived shackled by the chains of our sins, our backs scarred from the consequences of our decisions, marked for death and betrayed by one who is the Father of lies. We have wandered in the darkness of spiritual oblivion only to have a great Deliverer and Teacher come to our aid. He has provided a way of escape for us and is leading us to a Promised Land. Who has more cause for celebration than the Ransomed?
    This should lead us to offering sacrifices of just, humble living to our God. We should never pull back from God’s rod of discipline knowing that He ordained it for our good and not our calamity.
    The journey from Acacia Grove to Gilgal was short but incredibly significant. The journey from one’s head (intellectual assent to the existence and demands of Christ) to one’s heart (submissive yielding to those demands) is also a short one. Many do not make it – to their peril. Those who do know joy this world will never experience.

    cut and paste, from search, Acacia Grove to Gilgal from the way

  53. street says:

    we don’t know how God fit’s into this world today.

    this verse comes to mind, The Whole Earth is Filled With The Glory Of God. David pondered that there was no place he could wander from the presents of the LORD. no where. all things were created by Him and for Him. when we think of ourselves we enter a darkness and become everything we were not meant to be. thinking of Redemption here and the incredible unmerited favor of those chosen by God to be restored to His original purpose. to be conformed to His image. given eyes to see hears to hear tongues to speak and hearts to love. life!

  54. Beloved says:

    The whole earth is filled with Glory glory

    Deists such as Thomas Jefferson come to mind. A founding father of our country who blacked out all of Jesus miracles in his bible, believing that God created the world then left it altogether. I think many think this way when bad things happen which can’t be sorted out well. Or explained away. The goodness of God places His Holy Spirit within His followers. You must be born again, Jesus said.
    The prophet Ezekiel said 36:26
    And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.

  55. street says:

    Many do not make it – to their peril.

    this brings up the question, is their something that will, action or conduct that will prevent me from being saved?
    it depends on Who or what does the saving.

    comes to mind from scripture today.

    19 When such a person hears the words of this oath and they invoke a blessing on themselves, thinking, “I will be safe, even though I persist in going my own way,” they will bring disaster on the watered land as well as the dry. 20 The Lord will never be willing to forgive them; his wrath and zeal will burn against them. All the curses written in this book will fall on them, and the Lord will blot out their names from under heaven. 21 The Lord will single them out from all the tribes of Israel for disaster, according to all the curses of the covenant written in this Book of the Law.

    thinking of the prodigal son.

    called out from, to Himself. for Himself…

  56. foreverblessed says:

    The short answer

    A very very bshort video on a very very vast subject!!!
    I sawit on youtube.
    I like the animation, all the pictures that go with it, people who go up or down on platforms of card board so it seems.
    Very well done.

    but so fast moving forward.
    this is how my children like it, fast, many pictures,
    One thing said, and hup next thing mentioned.
    So I bet, Street, next time you watch it, you see much more.
    I also watched the video on The Law, and Holiness.
    The pictures really do a good job, they portray what is being said.

    Bye for now, I just lost a very very dear friend today, and it has been hectic
    She is a christian, and she is save with Jesus now.
    In church we have prayed for her yesterday, as she was going very bad, and within a day she was gone. God has been merciful to her.
    He did not let her suffer too much.
    God is always Good,

    Gods lovingkindness is for ever and ever
    Psalm 136

  57. Beloved says:

    Prayers for you Forever and family of your friend. Yes thank God her suffering was shortened. About the video I agree it’s very good but too fast for this old brain to process in fact I was looking for a pdf to download and also tried to just listen without watching. Alas this is what the current generation is comfortable with so know God will use it to reach many! My generation is here to love the sinners and share the gospel simply as opportunities arise. I find more opportunities to love and listen than to preach with words, yet having a Word ready when needed.

  58. jeff1 says:

    God is good (all the time)
    And all the time (God is good)

    God is good (all the time)
    And all the time (God is good)

    God is good all the time
    He put a song of praise in this heart of mine
    God is good, yes he is,
    all the time,
    Through the darkest night,
    His light will shine.
    God is good, yes he is,
    God is good
    All the time, here we go

    God is good all the time
    He put a song of praise
    in this heart of mine
    God is good, yes he is,
    all the time,
    Through the darkest night,
    His light will shine.
    God is good, yes he is
    God is good
    All the time, here we go

    Listen
    We were sinners and so unworthy
    Still for us He chose to die
    Filled us with His Holy Spirit
    Now we can stand and testify
    That His love is everlasting
    And His mercies, they will never end

    God is good all the time
    He put a song of praise in this heart of mine
    God is good, yes He is,
    all the time,
    Through the darkest night
    His light will shine.
    God is good, yes He is,
    God is good,
    All the time, here we go

    Though I may not understand
    All the plans you have for me
    My life is in your hands
    And through my eyes of faith I can clearly see

    God is good all the time
    He put a song of praise in this heart of mine
    God is good, yes He is,
    all the time,
    Through the darkest night,
    His light will shine,
    God is good, yes He is,
    God is good
    All the time, here we go

    That’s right, listen
    If you’re walking through the valley
    And there are shadows all around
    Do not fear, He will guide you
    He will keep you safe and sound
    He has promised to never leave you
    Or forsake you, and His word is true

    God is good all the time
    He put a song of praise in this heart of mine
    God is good, yes He is
    All the time, Through the darkest night
    His light will shine.
    God is good, God is good
    God is good, He’s so good, He’s so good.
    God is good
    He’s so good, help me out
    All the time.

    Yes, He is

    God is good (all the time)
    And all the time
    (God is good)

    God is good (all the time)
    And all the time
    (God is good)

  59. Beloved says:

    Things seem very dark, but

    God’s shimmering glory will provide all necessary light.
    ODB

    Thank you!

  60. Beloved says:

    John 1:14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

    Exodus 33:18 Show me your glory. (Moses) We need not envy Moses —who could only see Gods back— if we know Jesus. Just think even though we see as through a dark glass one day we will see Him in His fullness, as the Cherabim and Serafim see Him now!!!

    Jesus, light of the world!

  61. Regina says:

    Good Evening, All

    I pray that you and yours are well. BGg,…

    Thank you for your explanation, jeff1… So glad you understand that God wants you (us) to be respected by others. Am thinking about what happened to the prophet Elisha when he went up to Bethel…

    2 Kings 2:23-25, NIV

    23) As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, baldy!”
    24) He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the LORD. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys.
    25) And he went on to Mount Carmel and from there returned to Samaria.

    Indeed, the Lord definitely wants us to serve others with humility as disciples of Jesus Christ, but He also wants people to show “respect” to His servants.

    Thank you, Steve, for explaining what happened when you encountered a bear in your neighbor’s yard, and your life experiences with wild critters.

    On a more somber note, I watched the PBS Newshour tonight, and was saddened to hear what happened to Army Specialist, Vanessa Guillen. :-( Learned that her remains were discovered in late June, and that she may have faced some harassment before she was murdered. Vanessa’s experience was vastly different from my experience in the Army. The men in my battalion were so respectful to me and my fellow female servicemen (one other female (officer) in the Army Police Battalion and several in the hospital battalion). After I completed basic training and advanced training, I spent about 2 or 3 months in a Police battalion. I was the only woman on 1 or 2 Army bivouac trainings. And the men in my battalion treated me like their little sister as I was only 20 years old. I remember a time when we had to put up a tent, and since I was the lightest soldier in the field, one of my fellow soldiers asked me to climb on his back and get on top of the tent post to keep it sturdy while the men hammered the tent posts in the ground and fastened the tent flaps! Lol! A couple of months later, I transferred to a military hospital battalion because I didn’t want to be the only woman in the unit. Am wondering, now, if my MPB comrades missed me when I left. I was only a year younger than Vanessa (I was 19 years old) when I enlisted in the Army. All for now… Getting ready to watch a little more boob tube and turn in for the night.

    88 degrees (feels like 97 degrees) under a clear night sky in my neck of the woods…

    ROMANS 13

    Love to all,
    Regina

  62. SFDBWV says:

    I see that Foreverblessed mentioned losing a friend yesterday, I too lost a friend a day earlier. I had mentioned Joe in another post. He had been expected to pass any day, but hung on for weeks longer than anyone thought.

    Joe suffered dementia, though he died from cancer. His dementia had deteriorated to the point that he had to wear diapers and depended on his wife and grown son for many of his needs.

    However Joe never did get to a point where he didn’t know people and had only good things to say about them, recognizing any who came to visit.

    Whereas some who suffer dementia become angry and aggressive, Joe only shown the tender side of his nature, in truth Joe only had one side and it was a soft tender compassionate one.

    The last words he spoke to his son were that he loved him.

    We will bury Joe tomorrow.

    Joe, his wife Donna and his two sons are all Christians and as I spoke with them yesterday in their grief their hope still remained in seeing Joe again.

    Thanks to Jesus of Nazareth the Christ.

    53 degrees, clear and cool.

    Steve

  63. jeff1 says:

    It’s just my thoughts but I think my own behaviour will dictate how others treat me.

    I have also learned to use discernment and I think it has come from being in a job where I was dealing with the public and you had to deal with all kinds of people from the rude and obnoxious to the most gentle of people.

    I once told a woman to leave as I wasn’t here to be shouted and swore at.

    My friend who worked with her husband in another department then told me that his friends said he had no life with her she was such a bully and they were glad I had responded as I did.

    I think it is human nature not to react well to bullies.

    I have seen people who are very good at handling them and admired their tactics but I am no expert and just want to put distance between me and them.

    It’s a difficult world but that makes me all the more thankful for the godlike people God puts in my life and that is what I need to focus on when the world seems against me.

    I have learned to look for kindness and fairness in others rather than looking at their religious persuasion, colour of skin or social standing.

    It is the little things that matter (as I find when someone sees me struggling in either a practical way like opening a door because my hands are full or in an emotional way coming along side me at the loss of a loved one)as it is these things that make me feel valued and a sense of belonging in a world that can often seem a very cold one.

  64. jeff1 says:

    Steve, thinking of what you said about your friend and how because of Jesus the family are not left without hope of meeting again.

    I believe that is the short answer that Christ is all in all to thee.

    He is present at my beginning, in-between and end.

    It is the supernatural work of God that I am saved and what a blessing in knowing that today.

  65. foreverblessed says:

    Thank you Steve, and all.
    Beloved, it was my friend that had colon cancer, you have prayed often for her.
    Thank you for your prayers.
    For some reason I am very very thankful that God listened to all our prayers, He collects them and “uses” them when needed.
    My friend was very thankful that she had found God again, that she found the faith of her youth again, that the years of atheism and desperation were passed.
    Two years ago at Easter, she was in hospital, with the colon obstruction. They helped her, and later there were places in the liver. That was no good news. Then she knew it was the end, unless God would heal her.

    Now comes the big thing for Christian, that was the big thing for her: do I expect God to heal?
    Or do I trust God that He is with me, whatever the circumstances?

    She chose for the last option!
    And at times she experienced great supernatural peace, ( and I was often with her when that happened, and it strengthened my faith: God is good all the times.

    But… at times, especially during the night, the worrying about how it would end, took over.
    Then it is good to have fellow christians, who stand by, and pray for you.

    Jeff, I have often send songs you gave to her, via the app.
    And she really enjoyed them.
    Thanks!

  66. foreverblessed says:

    Oh God, our hope in ages past
    Our hope for years to come
    Our shelter from the stormy blast
    And our eternal home.

    Under the shadow of thy throne
    Thy saints have dwelt secure
    Sufficient is thine arm alone
    And our defense is sure.

    Before the hills in order stood
    Or earth received her frame
    From everlasting thou’ art God
    To endless years the same.

    A thousand ages in thy sight
    Are like an evening gone
    Short as the watch that ends the night
    Before the rising sun.

    Time like an everrolling stream
    Bears all its son’s away
    They fly, forgotten, as a dream
    Dies at the opening day.

    Oh God, our help in ages past
    Our hope for years to come
    Be thou’ our guide while troubles last
    And our eternal home. Amen

  67. foreverblessed says:

    That was the last song I send to her, July 2, and she accepted it.
    The song gets a deeper meaning, when now indeed she is in our eternal home.
    As Steve and others have said:
    They were Christians and we can be assured they are save in Jesus’ arms.

    Steve, you have my condolences too for the loss of your friend. It is good to read, that even though he had dementia, he remained a beautiful character!
    Thanks for taking the time to write about him!

    God is good,

  68. Beloved says:

    Forever I was wondering if that was the friend with cancer who died. Yesterday I was remembering my friend who died from cancer a year ago. Such joy they bring to our lives for a time.

    Back to the topic of justice I read this on My Utmost today “ Never look for righteousness in the other person, but never cease to be righteous yourself. We are always looking for justice, yet the essence of the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount is— Never look for justice, but never cease to give it.”. I’d never really thought about the Sermon this way. I’ll have to study it today.

  69. jeff1 says:

    It’s so encouraging to hear that the songs I posted have been a source of comfort to your friend, Forever.

    My condolences to you as it is difficult to loose a friend but I hope you’re faith is of great comfort and renews your strength.

  70. poohpity says:

    Viv, in regards to your 7/13/20 11:42am comment of “You keep going on about gratitude but we are told to mourn with those who mourn and rejoice with those who rejoice and so God does not say we have to be happy when we feel sad or that we must be thankful for loosing what is dear to us.”

    I apologize if you thought I was leading anyone not to do those things as in mourning, rejoicing, etc. but what I was saying is that we can be grateful and praise God for who He is and what He has done for us no matter the circumstances we face daily in our lives. Praising and being grateful to God for who He is has nothing to do with the emotions we feel but with praise in our hearts for Him can change our outlook on the day we are about to enter into whatever circumstance we may face because we know that our God is with us and in us and that is something to be very grateful for and worthy of all our praise. That is the kind of relationship I long for with Him.

  71. poohpity says:

    Isn’t that what walking humbly with our God is all about after all?

  72. Beloved says:

    Walking humbly with God
    Spurgeon
    Matthew 28:1

    Let us learn from Mary Magdalene how to obtain fellowship with the Lord Jesus. Notice how she sought. She sought the Savior very early in the morning. If you can wait for Christ and be patient in the hope of having fellowship with Him at some distant season, you will never have fellowship at all; for the heart that is fitted for communion is a hungering and a thirsting heart.

    She sought Him also with very great boldness. Other disciples fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed; but Mary, it is said, “stood”1 at the tomb. If you would have Christ with you, seek Him boldly. Let nothing hold you back. Defy the world. Press on where others flee. She sought Christ faithfully—she stood at the tomb. Some find it hard to stand by a living Savior, but she stood by a dead one. Let us seek Christ after this mode, cleaving to the very least thing that has to do with Him, remaining faithful though all others should forsake Him.

    Note further, she sought Jesus earnestly—she stood “weeping.” Those teardrops were as spells that led the Savior captive and made Him come forth and show Himself to her. If you desire Jesus’ presence, weep after it! If you cannot be happy unless He come and say to you, “You are My beloved,” you will soon hear His voice.

    Lastly, she sought the Savior only. What did she care about angels? She turned herself back from them; her search was only for her Lord. If Christ is your one and only love, if your heart has cast out all rivals, you will soon enjoy the comfort of His presence. Mary Magdalene sought thus because she loved much. Let us arouse ourselves to the same intensity of affection; let our heart, like Mary’s, be full of Christ, and our love, like hers, will be satisfied with nothing short of Himself. O Lord, reveal Yourself to us this evening!

    1) John 20:11

  73. jeff1 says:

    I hope I have a healthy balance in praise, worship and care in the community.

    I don’t think we should neglect either but that’s just my personal opinion.

    It’s healthy to get the balance.

  74. Regina says:

    Good Afternoon, All

    I pray that you and yours are well, and, bGg,… Enjoyed reading the comments on this blog topic—whether they were on or off topic.

    Also enjoyed reading ROMANS 13, and here’s my spiritual summation…

    It’s highly important to (aggressively) pursue discipline, character, morality, integrity and self-control. ROMANS 13 brought this Bible passage to mind…

    Gal. 5:22-26, NIV; TLB
    22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23) gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24) Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25) Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26) Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
    ****************************************************

    22) But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23) gentleness and self-control; and here there is no conflict with Jewish laws.

    24) Those who belong to Christ have nailed their natural evil desires to his cross and crucified them there.

    25) If we are living now by the Holy Spirit’s power, let us follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26) Then we won’t need to look for honors and popularity, which lead to jealousy and hard feelings.

    Ready for ROMANS 14! :-)

    93 degrees (feels like 99 degrees) with *beautiful* sunshine in my neck of the woods…

    Love to all,
    Regina

  75. Beloved says:

    I wasn’t being critical by noting “on topic” that’s just how I think about what I’m posting when I focus my thoughts.

  76. Beloved says:

    Focusing my thoughts for more than 2 minutes is a challenge, lol!

  77. Regina says:

    I didn’t think you were being critical, Beloved… I didn’t even notice your “on topic” remark. I just enjoyed reading everybody’s comment (though I speed read some of them).
    jeff1, you fit right in with the rest of us believers (disciples of Christ Jesus). We just want our heart, soul, thoughts, words/conversations and actions to be pleasing to God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit).
    Now, I’m getting ready to watch a little boob tube. Looking forward to my next BTA visit…

    Prayed for our entire country and the world this morning. 2 Chron. 7:14

  78. street says:

    The Short Answer

    “With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God?

    8 Other seeds fell into the good soil, Mark 4

    thinking barren ground.

    Psalm 113:8-9

    8
    To make them sit with [a]princes,
    With the [b]princes of His people.
    9
    He makes the barren woman abide in the house
    As a joyful mother of children.
    [c]Praise [d]the Lord!

    Isaiah 54:1
    “Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child; Break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not travailed; For the sons of the desolate one will be more numerous Than the sons of the married woman,” says the Lord.

  79. foreverblessed says:

    Barren ground, I was thinking that Jesus also said this parable, so as to make us realize that we ought to make the ground soft first:
    By walking humbly, and seeking justice (being just to everyone, not using a different scale for different people, treat everyone the same despite the poor and the rich the black and the white)
    by showing Love, by blessing when persecuted.

    Ohh, if we would have been like that as a Church from the beginning, no Holy Roman Empire, no Crusades.

    Just a humble example of how a christian that is full of GOd’s Spirit is.

  80. foreverblessed says:

    Short answer of Micah:

    To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

    To me it also sounds like the beatitudes

    Poor in spirit.

    Mart points us to the bible project video’s. And I thank Him for that. I pray that someday my children will be impressed by them.

    Beloved, that Utmost of yesterday made a deep imporession on me too:

    The beatitudes seem to say: Never look foor justice, but always give it.

    I also believe that the Words of Jesus are not impressed in teh christian world, for ages not, otheriwise we would have been ahumble lot, and not the Holy Roman Empire, that pushed christianity on its citizens, like the Romans were like Ceasars. What a wrond impression of Jesus Life we have given.

    I pray that we become One in Christ, all christians, having deep respect for Jesus’Words.

    What the New Testament showed is that we cannot do that on our own.

  81. foreverblessed says:

    Regina, thank you for telling about your experienc ein the army, that you have been treated with respect, even as one woman among all men: Great!

    Beloved, it was that friend. I am now coming in contact with all of her different friends, many of them are not christian. I pray that God will work in their hearts. She was a caring woman, soft in heart, and having an eye for the weaker people.
    Now I heard that she has died a soft death, She was just taken away, God is good!
    Praise God!

  82. jeff1 says:

    Forever, your observation that your friend died a soft death helps me to see why those Christians who loose their loved ones to a violent death may struggle to accept it without seeking justice.

    At the time my son went to Afghanistan their were families of soldiers condemning Government for what happened to them but my son made it clear to me if the worst came to the worst I was not to as it was his choice to join the forces and so he accepted if you live by the gun you may die by it.

    Likewise when we heard of paramilitaries getting killed we expected if they used guns then they knew the risks that came with it.

    When civilians were caught up in bombs or shootings (particularly children) then I have found myself asking how could God allow it.

    It is those times that my faith takes a nose dive and I question God’s goodness as why should a child such a violent death as it hasn’t had time to sin while I a sinner am still here with the living.

    Faith for me comes from my own sightings of God but if I look at the bigger picture then I have more questions than answers as it is a complex world from what I see and only God does understand it.

  83. poohpity says:

    The short answer; “Treat others the way YOU want to be treated.” God gave us FREEDOM to walk in His ways or the ways of the world around us. He does not make us do good but has given us the opportunity since we are free from the grasp of sin we now can make a choice to do what is right(Just), love mercy and to walk humbly with Him.

    It is a choice we are given and one day we will also be judged by that. When a believer who has accepted the fact that all sin and fall short of God’s best for us so we came to accept the sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf, we do not stand before the judgement of God for sin but to receive a reward for the good works we have done.(1 Cor 3:10,12,13)

    Jesus said, Matt 5: But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! 45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. 46 If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much.

    Which brings us back to “treat others the way you want them to treat you” Luke 6:31 NLT So it would be to me the wise thing to do by stopping and thinking before doing or speaking would I want someone to do that to me?

  84. Beloved says:

    The short answer to how to suffer for the faith—

    Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews12

  85. Beloved says:

    From Scripture Union today—

    Deuteronomy 30:11-20

    Bumper sticker: “No Jesus, No Peace. Know Jesus, Know Peace.” Biblical wisdom: “Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1).

    Think Further
    Moses’ long-winded sermons are finally winding down. This is the moment to which all of the proclaiming and preaching and pleading have been leading. With 29 chapters behind him, Moses now begins by reminding the people that what is required of them has been made known and also made clear. Neither ignorance nor lack of comprehension are acceptable excuses (11–14). They are fully able to make an informed choice. Two options are then “set before” them (15): life, prosperity and blessings versus death, destruction and curses (15,19). How long would any jury be out on that one! Who wouldn’t choose life, prosperity and blessings? Why would anyone choose death, destruction and curses?

    In the sad reality of a fallen world, however, it isn’t quite so simple. Choosing life is inseparably bound up with choosing God: “For the Lord is your life” (20). Choosing God means loving him and living in obedience to him (16). Yet, it is not that God doles out prosperity and blessings to his supporters, but metes out death, destruction, and curses to those who refuse to cast their vote for him. Rather, fullness of life is found only in God; this truth bears repeating: “For the Lord is your life” (20). C.S. Lewis explained it like this: “A car is made to run on gasoline, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on himself. He himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no suitable alternative. That is why asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about involvement in His kingdom is a fool’s errand. God won’t give us happiness and peace apart from himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing” (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, 54).

    Apply
    Choosing life is a daily choice. Evaluate your recent choices: were they life-giving or life-eroding?

    Closing Prayer
    Lord, I choose to serve You and participate in the good that You have for me, rather than the alternative

  86. Regina says:

    Good Morning, All

    I pray that you and yours are well, and, bGg,…

    You’re welcome, forever, re: one of my favorite army memories. And, because of your comment (borne out of Beloved’s comment), I, too, read yesterday’s Utmost and was blessed and challenged by it!

    Matthew 5:39, NIV is a “hard saying,”

    39) But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.

    and I think it requires fervent prayer in order to be a “do-er,” of this spiritual commandment, and not just a “hearer.” This Bible verse also brought to mind Romans 7:21-25, TLB;NIV…

    21) It seems to be a fact of life that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22) I love to do God’s will so far as my new nature is concerned; 23-25) but there is something else deep within me, in my lower nature, that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. In my mind I want to be God’s willing servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin.

    So you see how it is: my new life tells me to do right, but the old nature that is still inside me loves to sin. Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in! Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature? Thank God! It has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord. He has set me free.
    *************************

    21) So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22) For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23) but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24) What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25) Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

    So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

    Was also extremely blessed by these two sentences:

    “You cannot imitate the nature of Jesus—it is either in you or it is not. A personal insult becomes an opportunity for a saint to reveal the incredible sweetness of the Lord Jesus.” WOW… what a Word!

    Further, I think this sentence (from yesterday’s Utmost…) is so fitting for this blog topic (read a portion of it in one of forever’s comments):

    “We are always looking for “justice,” yet the essence of the teaching of the sermon on the Mount is—Never look for justice, but never cease to give it.”

    88 degrees (feels like 94 degrees) with a HOT and SHINY star in the sky!

    ROMANS 14

    Love to all,
    Regina

  87. jeff1 says:

    I don’t believe I am free from the grasp of sin while in the flesh.

    Even a wrong thought is sin and yet I still have them.

    It takes confession and seeking God to overcome it.

    It’s a daily effort trusting God with my doubts, struggles and battles.

    Faith is a gift in knowing that whatever my failings I have God’s love and mercy.

    As for justice I don’t think God’s is anything like this worlds as the divisions in the world are man made.

    When it comes to treating others as you would want them to treat you it’s best to not expect that others play by your rules.

    I would have to agree with my son in that I have a very negative view of the world as I seem to spend more time saddened than upbeat though I continue to try to do what is right I am weary of the world and it’s ways.

  88. Beloved says:

    Pray for Steve; I heard on news that coronavirus is spreading faster in his state than most right now. They have a high volume of elderly.

  89. foreverblessed says:

    Yes, I will, Beloved.

    Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not

    Now that is a tough word too,
    Like that tough word of Matthews 5:39
    And that Utmost of July 14
    Suffering afflictions and going the second mile.

    Many Christians just stick to the summary of the old covenant law
    Love others as you love yourself.

    But… Jesus would bring something totally New:
    Love others as I have loved you.

    That’s why I think the advice in Hebrews 12:2-3 is so beautiful!

    But as I was saying, Christianity stayed on the moral and ethical level,
    The Words of Jesus: to forsake all and follow Him, to live Him more than you live your own life,
    The enduring oppositio, and praising God for it!
    Knowing that God would be glorified by that.
    Knowing that people would come to faith because of the example of the martyrs, I believe that is the essence of martyrs,
    The unbelieving see the miracle in a martyr, they feel they have done wrong in killing them, and they would come to their senses, and open their hearts to Jesus.

    But…. Charlemagne took the sword and subdued the barbarians, as they called the heathen nations, f.e. the Saxons.

    Where was the suffering servant of Jesus? It was a conquering tough guy. The man on the horse

    At the end of His ministry on earth, Jesus said: I give you a New Commandment:
    John 13:34

    But it is a free choice, Jesus does not demand
    He said: IF you want to follow me….
    Lose your own life for My sake.
    Not just losing it, but for the sake of Jesus, all for the ownership of Jesus, having our willed formed to His Will.
    So that what we ask, in His Name He will do it, because our will has become His will.

    And His will is that our spirit our mind and our body will be made whole, in that order….
    My friends body was not made whole here on earth… But she is in peace, all is well.

  90. foreverblessed says:

    Love Jesus more than you love your own life
    not live

    Jesus will also come on a white horse.
    In a video by the Bible project, called ‘Day of the Lord’
    They say:
    Jesus comes on a white horse, His clothes are dipped in blood, they are already full of blood, coming down, before He has touched any man, now that is strange, it is namely His own blood, that was shed for the remission of sins of the whole world.
    And the sword is not in His Hands, it comes out of His mouth, it is the Sword of the Spirit, that penetrates our hearts and our motives, as it has done to us, in seeing we failed, and came sort of the love of God.

    Only IN Jesus can we do these things, they are His works done in us through faith.
    We Rest in Him, as the sap flows through the branches and produces fruit, we are just channels.
    It is so easy, but our own strong self-will stands in the way, so hard to die to self,
    And let Jesus…

  91. street says:

    that we ought to make the ground soft first:

    thinking humility dependence and trust in God here.

    the ground has been indebted beyond it’s ability return a profitable crop.

    a ground cleansed by the blood of a Redeemer. a ground that was enter into, received, buried with the rich, those who received Him. made richer still by His Resurrection.

    when Glorified in the Highest, there is peace and good will among mankind. and a fruitfulness that we can not claim credit for. indebted to life and love forever.

    thinking of the younger prodigal son.

  92. Beloved says:

    And His will is that our spirit our mind and our body will be made whole, in that order….

    Forever that’s what I needed to hear today. Thank you and God bless you in your sleeping tonight!

  93. Beloved says:

    I’ve been thinking about “making the ground softer” and how do we do that? The seed fell…. has God been preparing us long before the sower came along? I wonder. It will be soo exciting to one day know all about our journey here and see God and how He worked in every minute of our lives from conception on. So exciting and joyful!!

  94. Beloved says:

    Just like my kids and grandkids love to hear about their growing up years!

  95. poohpity says:

    Isn’t it the Lord that has prepared hearts or the soil to receive Him and His word? Aren’t we created with a God shaped hole in our hearts, minds and souls?

  96. Beloved says:

    John1
    9The true Light who gives light to every man was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. 11He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12But to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God— 13children born not of blood, nor of the desire or will of man, but born of God.

  97. Beloved says:

    Matthew13
    23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it.

  98. Beloved says:

    As far as a ‘God shaped hole’ in the heart goes modern psychology has tried for years to understand how God fits into the equation. God wants all of us- our whole heart not just a portion. Love the LORD your God with all your heart mind and soul- and your neighbor as yourself. Matthew22:37

  99. Beloved says:

    There Is No One Righteous
    (Psalm 14:1-7; Psalm 53:1-6; Isaiah 59:1-17)
    9What then? Are we any better? Not at all. For we have already made the charge that Jews and Greeks alike are all under sin. 10As it is written:

    “There is no one righteous,
    not even one.
    11There is no one who understands,
    no one who seeks God.
    12All have turned away,
    they have together become worthless;
    there is no one who does good,
    not even one.

  100. poohpity says:

    That is so right that few will understand because God knows those who truly seek after Him and not their own thoughts, knowledge or path.

    Was your comment Beloved at 7:37pm just to be argumentative?

  101. Beloved says:

    Not at all

  102. bubbles says:

    The northern part of the state has seen a huge uptick, especially. Then people here keep running down to Myrtle Beach, SC and that also cause issues bringing it back here. There was a church in the western part of the state with I think 27 getting the virus. I’m scared to start back to school this year. It’s a scary situation. . . I don’t miss work unless necessary.

    My back has a spasm and it hurts to get up from sitting. It’s really painful. I am staying with a parent while the other one is in the hospital for who knows how long. The one I am with has dementia, and today he hit the sitter who comes for a few hours to relive me. She quit today. So now I am stuck here with no way to leave the one parent. I can’t shower, I can’t do anything. I can’t go get my mail or check on my house. This one got out of the house when I was asleep. I can’t sleep most nights because they keep me awake all night. The spasm is from stress. My family doesn’t help.

  103. foreverblessed says:

    O dear Bubbles, that is a huge difficult situation!
    O my dear Lord, look at Bubbles, and her parents, please come down and see, have mercy on them. Strengthen Bubbles, do not leave her.
    In Jesus’ Name I pray.
    Thank You Jesus!

  104. jeff1 says:

    Life is easy, when you’re up on the mountain
    And you’re got peace of mind,
    like you’ve never known
    But things change, when you’re down in the valley
    Don’t lose faith, for your never alone

    For the God on the mountain, is still God in the valley
    When things go wrong, He’ll make them right
    And the God of the good times,
    is still God in the bad times
    The God of the day is still God in the night

    You talk of faith when you’re up in the mountain
    But talk comes so easy, when life’s at its best
    Now it’s down in the vally’s, of trials and temptation’s
    That’s where your faith, is really put to the test

    For the God on the mountain, is still God in the valley
    When things go wrong, He’ll make them right
    And the God of the good times,
    is still God in the bad times
    The God of the day is still God in the night

  105. poohpity says:

    bubbles, that is a hard situation may God bless you for your sacrifice for your parents and give you the patience and strength you need to carry on.

    Beloved, what I was saying comes before what you were saying. The before we come to God we have a void or emptiness(hole) that many try to fill with things like alcohol or substances, obsessive shopping, TV, food, etc. different idol type stuff when only God can fill that place. Yes you are right that God wants our “whole” after we come to Him not just part but not many can let go of control to follow after Him they want their way not His. However that seems to be how the human race is yet God shows us mercy and grace anyway because of who He is. Praise the Lord.

  106. Beloved says:

    Bubbles praying for a better day…

    Pooh thank you for your patience- I understood you the first time but didn’t listen to the inner urging to say nothing so there we go.

  107. bubbles says:

    It has gotten worse. What I think is the answer. . . I pray for wisdom. ..will the answer be another nightmare with no end?

  108. poohpity says:

    bubbles, I remember back when you wanted your step mom to let you take care of your dad because she wasn’t doing a good job as you saw it and now you get to. Answered prayer.

  109. Beloved says:

    I’ve been thinking about suffering all day. There seems to be no more Godly way to suffer than to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. How do the ungodly make sense of pain and suffering?

  110. Beloved says:

    ◄ Psalm 103 ►
    New King James Version
    Praise for the Lord’s Mercies

    A Psalm of David.

    1Bless the Lord, O my soul;
    And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
    2Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    And forget not all His benefits:
    3Who forgives all your iniquities,
    Who heals all your diseases,
    4Who redeems your life from destruction,
    Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
    5Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
    So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
    6The Lord executes righteousness
    And justice for all who are oppressed.
    7He made known His ways to Moses,
    His acts to the children of Israel.
    8The Lord is merciful and gracious,
    Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
    9He will not always strive with us,
    Nor will He keep His anger forever.
    10He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
    Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
    11For as the heavens are high above the earth,
    So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
    12As far as the east is from the west,
    So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
    13As a father pities his children,
    So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
    14For He [a]knows our frame;
    He remembers that we are dust.
    15As for man, his days are like grass;
    As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
    16For the wind passes over it, and it is [b]gone,
    And its place remembers it no more.
    17But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
    On those who fear Him,
    And His righteousness to children’s children,
    18To such as keep His covenant,
    And to those who remember His commandments to do them.
    19The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
    And His kingdom rules over all.
    20Bless the Lord, you His angels,
    Who excel in strength, who do His word,
    Heeding the voice of His word.
    21Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
    You [c]ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
    22Bless the Lord, all His works,
    In all places of His dominion.
    Bless the Lord, O my soul

  111. jeff1 says:

    To God be the glory
    Great things He has done
    So loved He the world that He have us His Son
    Who yielded His life an atonement for sin
    And opened the life-gate that all may go in

    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord
    Let the earth hear His voice
    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord
    Let the people rejoice
    Come to the Father
    Through Jesus the Son
    Give Him the glory
    Great things He has done
    O yes

    O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood
    To every believer the promise of God
    the vilest offender who truly believed
    that moment from Jesus a pardon receives

    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord
    Let the earth hear His voice
    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord
    Let the people rejoice
    Come to the Father
    Through Jesus the Son
    Give Him the glory
    Great things He has done
    O yes

    Great things He has taught us,
    great things He has done
    And great our rejoicing
    through Jesus the Son
    But purer, and higher, and greater will be
    Our wonder, our worship,
    When Jesus we see

    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord
    Let the earth hear His voice
    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord
    Let the people rejoice

    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord
    Let the earth hear His voice
    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord
    Let the people rejoice
    Come to the Father
    Through Jesus the Son
    Give Him the glory
    Great things He has done
    O yes

  112. foreverblessed says:

    So much to read in that Psalm!

    God does not to us as we deserve.
    And I pray that God will not treat us as we treat others.
    God have mercy on us. (over us?)
    But… He may, as He says: if you don’t forgive another, I cannot forgive you.

    If you treat another harsh, does He treat us harsh?

    What is justice?
    If we judge another harshly, we put ourselves out of the protection of God, we give the devil a foothold.
    And that is only taken away when we say sorry.

    That is also the meaning of “throwing pearls before swines”
    The swines consider it pearls when you judge another harshly. And then they turn you around and treat you the same way. God cannot protect you, it is a just consequence of your sin.

    Matthew 7:1-6 the pearls are in the context of : not judging.

  113. foreverblessed says:

    I really do enjoy the Bible project videos.
    I am thankful that Mart urged bus to look at it.
    The two videos on Revelation was a revelation to me.
    No fear of that book of Revelation anymore!
    It is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, and He showes Himself more like a Lamb that was slain, and when He comes on a white horse, his garments are already full of blood, before the battle starts, ( it is His own blood)
    And the sword comes out of His mouth…

    Wow, the conquering hero…
    Conquering by dying for His enemies!!!
    It is so overwhelmingly different.

  114. poohpity says:

    WOW!! What a wonderful way to start the day praising our Lord. :-)

  115. street says:

    The Short Answer

    thinking of israel today

    israel means, God fights.

    the struggle to restore man to his place that was lost.

    to fight, to bless while we are still sinners

    yes i see the sinner of Romans 7 in me, laughing at God’s Word and the falling short of His Holiness.

    i see the need to be filled with His Holy Spirit and Word, not the sin the laughs, but to be silent in hope.

    to come to the Lamb that was slain, yet lives for God and for me. yes fearfully in ah and reverence.

    unless you eat My flesh and drink My blood you have no part in Me. yes i need Christ in me to truly live and love. there is no life in me, just a a righteous sentence of death.

    those who trust Jesus have been given a helper The Holy Spirit to set them apart for God, apart from the world and for Him. not even for self, but for Him. the one that truly loves us. lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. All Glory and Honor are Yours Lord, Lord of creation.

  116. Beloved says:

    He set us apart for Himself!! Love it❤️

  117. street says:

    “With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God?

    11 “But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes, 12 and he *said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?’ And the man was speechless. Matthew 22

  118. bubbles says:

    Pooh, that was hateful.

  119. Beloved says:

    Read My Utmost today then saw this:

    WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS

    We have no right to judge where we should be put, or to have preconceived notions as to what God is fitting us for. God engineers everything; wherever He puts us, our one great aim is to pour out a whole-hearted devotion to Him in that particular work. “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.” My Utmost for His Highest, April 23, 773 L

  120. Regina says:

    Good Morning, All

    I pray that you are well, and, bGg,…

    Have not read any of the recent comments on this blog topic yet, but I will when I’m finished with my comment. So enjoyed reading ROMANS 14, over the past two or three days, and when I finished reading that chapter, a question came to my mind… Am I my brother and sister’s keeper? The answer… Yes, a resounding, Yes. ROMANS 14 was a refreshing reminder of the level of sensitivity that’s required of one who is a disciple of Jesus Christ.

    Was also *delighted* to find chapter and verse for this weighty spiritual truth…

    Romans 14:11, NIV

    11) It is written:

    “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
    ‘every knee will bow before me;
    every tongue will acknowledge God.’”

    Was very interesting to discover that this same spiritual truth is recorded in the book of Isaiah…

    Isaiah 45:23, NIV; TLB

    23) By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear.
    *************************************

    23) I have sworn by myself, and I will never go back on my word, for it is true—that every knee in all the world shall bow to me, and every tongue shall swear allegiance to my name.

    I ((SO)) love studying the Word of God, and, after my devotional prayer this morning (I’ve been asking the Lord, for several weeks now, to remember the righteous—those who earnestly desire to do His will and live a life that’s pleasing to Him—during these days of COVID virus, riots, protests, racism and injustice), I opened my ODB devotional, and the highlighted verse brought me to tears!…

    Lamentations 3:22
    Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.

    I prayed for you specifically, bubbles, because I remembered your comment re: the situation you’re in with one of your family members. So, when I read today’s ODB Bible passage, I had to share it with you. Jeremiah was so discouraged when he wrote this passage, but, amazingly, even though he was in the depths of discouragement, he was still able to encourage himself by remembering the faithfulness of his God…

    Lamentations 3:13-24, NIV

    13) He pierced my heart with arrows from his quiver.
    14) I became the laughingstock of all my people;
    they mock me in song all day long.
    15) He has filled me with bitter herbs and given me gall to drink.
    16) He has broken my teeth with gravel; he has trampled me in the dust.
    17) I have been deprived of peace; I have forgotten what prosperity is.
    18) So I say, “My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the Lord.”
    19) I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall.
    20) I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.
    21) Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
    22) Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
    23) They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
    24) I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

    Also want to share the INSIGHT for today’s ODB devotional because it’s a such a good Word…

    “Lamentations 3 is a bit puzzling. The writer, the prophet Jeremiah, spends a considerable amount of time describing his afflictions: abandonment, broken bones, bitterness, hardship, ridicule. In verse 1 he makes it clear that he feels God is the source of his pain, that it’s God who’s caused him to suffer. Yet despite all these afflictions he has hope because of one thing—God’s great love. “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail” (3:22). This is an incredible affirmation! The man who feels he’s been crushed by God says that he’s not consumed because of His compassion! God’s love can’t be understood by our circumstances alone. His compassion saves us and preserves us, not from all harm but from being completely consumed.”

    Looking forward to ROMANS 15!

    85 degrees (feels like 91 degrees) and partly cloudy in my neck of the woods…

    Love to all,
    Regina

  121. Regina says:

    ps. Apologies for my forgetfulness… I, too, want to offer my condolences to Steve and all who have lost friends or family members within the last week or two. I pray that the Lord will comfort your heart as only He can.

  122. poohpity says:

    bubbles, that was not meant to be hateful. It is hard to be a care taker and a reminder that until we walk in the shoes of another we do not know what they are going through. My heart is broken for the state your dad is in and how hard it is to take care of him which was why I prayed for you to have patience and strength. Hate did not even cross my mind or heart, I am not like that at all, I just remembered what you asked us to pray for a while back. I remember you also asked to be prayed for about the struggles with teaching you had and that prayer also seems to be answered as well. So is it hateful to be mindful of the prayers that are answered?

  123. Beloved says:

    Diabolically clever

  124. poohpity says:

    Beloved there you go again. Just can’t help yourself can you. Again when someone accuses another of something it is usually something they are guilty of themselves.

  125. Beloved says:

    Of course I am otherwise I wouldn’t recognize it in you! I think it’s good to call out evil on an intimate forum like this where so much personal info has been disseminated for so many years. Where one like yourself doesn’t seem to recognize pain of others than manipulates the conversation to come out the hero that’s just plain selfish and evil. Our flesh has learned lots of things in this old world; mostly self preservation no matter the cost to others. Jesus said to count the cost; humility mercy and justice for the downtrodden. Following Christ is done in the nitty gritty mundane way that life takes most of us. And we all go through suffering of one kind or another at one time or another, but God is faithful for those who belong to Him and patient with all.
    ************************************

    A dear neighbor just lost her young grandson yesterday in a motorcycle accident so we are all grieving and supporting her and her family as they gather here this week. We hug and share forgetting social distancing because it’s loving and listening that matters when things are horrific as time stands still for a couple days. Someone said it was drugs and alcohol involved. I said it doesn’t matter he was a human being that was loved and died too soon. I was remembering how we all are created in the image of God. We are all precious and special in His sight.

  126. SFDBWV says:

    Each morning before the sun begins its journey above the hills while I have some coffee and Matt is at rest, I set here at the computer and as I read or write I listen to music.

    One of my daily favorites is by Loreena McKeenitt. “The Dark Night of My Soul” is actually a poem written by a 16th century Roman Catholic Saint, St John of the Cross.

    The melody is beautiful and peaceful. That is what I need every morning to start my day, peace in my spirit.

    The other day while at the Pharmacy the young girl behind the counter ask how I was, and out of nowhere came my reply. “I think it our responsibility to leave every person we talk to, happy that they talked with us.”

    Each morning as I read the comments from BTA’s participants it is a mixture of information, needs and confessions.

    I appreciate the ones that need comforting and prayer as they can give me an opportunity to comfort and pray for them. Equally I appreciate the general sharing of people’s lives, because these are things that are important to them and they need to share it with “friends”.

    Of course I try and avoid the one who disrupts everyone’s peace, but am too often dragged into their darkness by the comments of others.

    Bubbles is in great distress and emotional pain and needs from us to be a friend, offer comfort, prayer and sometimes just listen.

    She is a wonderful tender and delicate person and I am sure wounded by the comment thrown at her without concern for her feelings by that one dark spirit allowed to disrupt everyone’s peace here.

    Praying for peace for all of us. And especially Joyce’s friend.

    62 degrees f as the sky is turning light from the approaching sun.

    Steve

  127. jeff1 says:

    I think it is the support we get from others that eases our anguish when looking after sick loved ones.

    Their prayers, good wishes and presence get us through the dark days and they are instruments of God.

    In some cases of another’s tragedy I have found it difficult to find words and was relieved to find that they just needed to talk and I listen and how often have I not been grateful when another has done likewise for me.

    I am sorry Bubbles and hope the goodness that surrounds you gives relief and hope in difficult times and is God’s protective care around you.

  128. poohpity says:

    Beloved, you can not judge what is in my heart based on what is in yours. When you look in the mirror do you see me or you? People base judgements on how and who they are not on how or who the other person really is.

  129. poohpity says:

    If I remember correctly I did not say anything negative or demeaning or call names but simply stated that prayers were answered. I did not personally attack bubbles but empathized because I know what it is like to care for a parent that has memory problems when no one else is around to help often getting treated horribly by the person being cared for.

  130. SFDBWV says:

    I wonder if I am the only one taken aback by the accusation that Russian hackers are trying to steal vaccine information from western research.

    Taken aback by the story because why other than “money” would the world not share such information globally in the first place.

    Once again it sets up the conspiracy theorists with fodder to believe this whole thing is about politics, control and money.

    Praying for the rapture.

    Steve

  131. Beloved says:

    Steve have you seen Dr. Kynan Bridges Prophetic Dream About Trump on YouTube? It’s quite interesting.

  132. SFDBWV says:

    No Joyce I have not, I recieved a very good one from Pat though several days ago, I don’t knoe who presented it, but it is “spot on”.

    Already 81 degrees here at 11:30.

    Steve

  133. poohpity says:

    It is not new news that Russia, China, North Korea and Iran etc. are trying their best to steal and hack the world of computers for their own personal gain. We would not need the different agencies that police these things if it did not happen all the time.

  134. bratimus says:

    Is it a conspiracy theory, to suggest that some people or groups use any crisis for politics, control and many or is it just plan fact. As I’m sure these same people and groups are in a race for a vaccine for politics, control and money, that is not a stretch for the imagination.

    Prayers for all

    In Christ Jesus name

    Bratimus

  135. SFDBWV says:

    No Chris believing that agents of evil use any situation for politics, control and yes evil, does not make one a conspiracy theorist, however anyone who doesn’t fall in line with the new world order is considered one.

    Joyce’s Dr. Kynan Bridges is worth looking up. and listening to.

    Steve

  136. street says:

    It is not new news that Russia, China, North Korea and Iran etc. are trying their best to steal and hack the world of computers for their own personal gain. We would not need the different agencies that police these things if it did not happen all the time.

    as i think of this statement i wonder what they know about us that is true and what they fail to see in themselves?

    it would seem light came into darkness but the darkness did not understand the light.

    restoration of light is the most pressing need more darkness.

    the gate is indeed narrow.

  137. street says:

    restoration of light is the most pressing need not more darkness.

    Jesus was right about the muster seed, in regard to trust, for the smallest, lit, candle will remove darkness.

    thinking of wedding clothes and extra oil.

    to prepare for, plan and dream of a vacation, why not heaven too?

  138. Beloved says:

    “God Said This In My Endtimes Dream Last Night” posted by Jeremiah Johnson ministries is very very good. It gets down to the nitty gritty of what it means to be a follower of Christ in these trying days. I was encouraged.

  139. foreverblessed says:

    The dream of Kynan Bridges, where he comes in the Whitehouse, guardian angels, and a desk where a book lies.
    Trump gets really big, very big.
    Is that about an angel that said:
    Honor him (Trump) and you will honor God.

    Is that it?
    The book us about the beginning of the US.

    Anyway, is there anybody who thinks:
    Wait a minute, what do I miss here?
    What do I miss in the dream?

  140. street says:

    comment on the picture with the post.

    what do all the numbers mean?

    or better yet why?

    answer because

    be cause

  141. Beloved says:

    What do all the numbers mean? Obviously the short answer makes them moot. We just have to put all our faith hope and trust in what God has done through Christ.

  142. Beloved says:

    Forever

    Daniel 2:21
    New American Standard Bible
    “It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men And knowledge to men of understanding.

    When I think of how God has blessed this country being as young as it is to be a world power that was founded on Christ and under attack from its earliest days it’s astounding. Not astounding to think that there are those who want to destroy godliness in the lands He has blessed. It’s a constant battle until the new heavens and new earth are finally established. That’s what I understand from the video. Trump is president today by appointment; whether we “like” him or not.

  143. street says:

    thinking of another short answer that dealt with the “balanced Christian life” what does balance have to do with holy?

    the seat of moses is always open, but you don’t want to sit there. history tells me Jesus is the only One Who can sit there and be at rest. it would seem there is still a rest to enter.

  144. poohpity says:

    What does “the seat of Moses is always open” mean?

  145. street says:

    James 4:11
    Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it.

    James 1:25
    But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.

    Romans 2:13
    for it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified.

    36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and [o]foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

  146. foreverblessed says:

    Dear Beloved, what I miss in the dream, is that Jesus is exalted.
    What has been said in the dream, and the book, it it is not even the Bible, makes me think of is like the book of Mormons.
    And Trump getting real big, and the angels, really huge….
    I have heard of dreams where people get really huge, until Jesus appears, and then they shrink to nothing.

    So…here you are, or here am I , and I do not think that this dream is from God.
    Rather, I see a red flag: Christians, do not be deceived! The spirit world is cunning in giving misleading dreams. They have so many great things in them:
    But Jesus is not exalted.

    It is Jesus who is Lord of lords and King of kings, but He has patience and allows wars and rumours of wars, famines, epidemics, but be not afraid, these things have to be.

  147. foreverblessed says:

    The only thing that we as Christians can do to honour God is to accept Jesus as Lord in our life, and do what Jesus says.
    If we say that we are a Christian nation, we ought to be humble, and be like Christ.
    Our country was a Christian nation, but, it did not follow the words of Christ. In being humble, and serving. No, it was dominating, taking up the sword to get what they wanted.
    Economics, getting a profit at the expense of the colonies.
    Oh, how wrong we were.
    Not only that, the religious laws were tightening, only certain christian churches were allowed, the rest were forbidden. (That’s why so many went to the new world)
    How Christ-like were we as a nation?
    God had to refine us, He is still doing that.
    To make unity

    That they may be One, so that the world may see that You have send Me.

    That is what I am looking for.
    Not via politics, as this dream seems to tell me.
    I

  148. SFDBWV says:

    I am out of the loop whereas the “dream” story is concerned. I brought up Dr. Bridges on my search engine and of the choices of video’s provided, I watched his take on the virus. He believed it to be demonic in nature and that the Church has the power to overcome it.

    Yesterday afternoon Matt and I had a big surprise visit from his childhood friend “BJ” and his family. BJ’s wife Carolyn is a doctor and when they walked up the walk to the door ask if they needed to wear masks. I laughed and said no, that I am a conspiracy theorists, jesting of course. Carolyn said oh no, it’s real I have seen it firsthand then realizing I was joking laughed along with me.

    They live in Kansas City Kansas and had flown in to visit BJ’s family. We didn’t really expect to see them this year with all that is going on, but it was wonderful to get to visit with them.

    A gift from God.

    These are unsettling times and no one seems to know what to believe. It is made worse by the ugliness of unscrupulous politicians and opportunists twisting truth for their use.

    To use a term, it makes us feel like it is time to circle the wagons as a group, hold on to the only truth we know and hope the cavalry shows up soon to save us.

    68 degrees and partially cloudy.

    Steve

  149. jeff1 says:

    I think Northern Ireland was a Christian part of Ireland that did not follow Christ and it was my dad who pointed to our failings but I was being led by politics while he was being led by Christ.

    It is my son who sees what I missed because I allowed myself to be distracted and I see God at work through his generation who see how equality has come from the troubles and I see how oblivious I was to the inequalities because I had preconceived beliefs that I allowed politicians to feed because it was what I wanted to believe.

    My dad was strict with himself in keeping his focus on Christ and he warned me against the murky world of politics as he seen it and he hasn’t been proved wrong.

    Extremists in vulnerable areas move in and take advantage of the deprivation there and who created these areas but politicians on both sides of the divide who wanted to manipulate voting to keep themselves in power and they didn’t care about the conditions the people were living in nor did anything to change them.

    That is why extremists here ended up in Government because they seen the deprivation and promised the people change but once people get power their memories seem to lapse and they become just like the previous governors and are as suppressive and power seeking as those they were critical of.

    Nothing changes because people can be selfish and that’s not God’s way.

    God’s ways are very different to the world’s ways as I see it.

  150. Beloved says:

    Forever
    We must have seen different dreams because the one I saw Dr. Kynan talk about had a huge bible weighing 30 lbs or so that Trump held and he discussed the prayer needs as far as what the enemy was doing in the world and how to disrupt them yet knowing that ultimately God is in control. It was a call to prayer upholding Trumps leadership as set by God.

    Yes I agree it’s wise to test the spirits no matter what anyone says because our ears like to be tickled don’t they. Keep Christ at the center always.

  151. poohpity says:

    street, Life in the Spirit compared to life living under the law.

    Romans 8: So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. 3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. 4 He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.

    5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. 7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. 8 That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.

  152. poohpity says:

    street, oh how much we lose when we try to find scripture to prove our own point rather than what it is that God wants us to learn from them.

  153. poohpity says:

    Forever, how on earth did anything about the book of Mormons come into that dream. Kynan Bridges was given a prophesy about how Pres Trump will protect our freedoms while so many around us are trying to take them away especially when it comes to religious freedoms by the progressive left. If you knew anything about the how blacks were treated in the Mormon church that would not have even been a thought they believed that black people were cursed thus their skin color and for so long not even accepted into their temples.

  154. bratimus says:

    I started to look into Dr. Kynan Bridges and started to watch his video of his dream I haven’t finished it. Something interesting he said in his dream. He mentioned foundations of old. This caught my attention.

    A few years back I had a dream, I’ll try and keep it short.

    In this dream I could see the United States, not looking at a map, I was above it. in the Middle their were foundations, not for a house, but what you would set a pillar on. Also in this dream on the East Coast, their was what look to be like a huge train wreck that ran almost the whole coast, except for one southern state. On the West Coast, their was a form for a foundation footing that ran the whole west coast, but the form was starting to break apart as the concert was poured. I started to work on the form to shore it up so it wouldn’t collapse. AS I worked I noticed that the foundations for the pillars were coming and going the most there were was 12, down to six.

    When I had this dream the United states was going through the housing bubble pop crisis and a Election I thought it was about that, it could have been. It seems it could also be in line with to day also.

    This dream popped back in to my head, when the foundations were mentioned in the video.

    Take it for what you will, it just was I was pointed to the video and remember a dream.

    In Christ Jesus name

    Bratimus

  155. bratimus says:

    Steve,

    I never really worried about that new world order, the little concern I have is the Brave New world they are trying to build on top of the New World Order. The concern is the weakly built foundation can’t support the both it all will come crashing down, those towers of Babel they try to build.

    This is the second time with in a few weeks of each other I have remember a dream of old.

    This post is one of those with ears to hear moments!

    In Christ Jesus name
    WE who Walk in the Spirit

    Bratimus

  156. Beloved says:

    As for foundations and boundaries I ask myself are they meant for today-for this present world, in this age of grace? We have a heavenly citizenship, Paul said. Is the Law still pertinent or not? Are we as Christ followers supposed to fight for our “rights” and the foundations our land was presumably built on? Paul also said to pray for our leaders that things would go well for US. Lots to think about in the light of scripture.

    I looked up some scriptures about boundaries:

    Proverbs 22:28 Do not move the ancient boundary
    Which your fathers have set.

    Deuteronomy 19:14 “You shall not move your neighbor’s boundary mark, which the ancestors have set, in your inheritance which you will inherit in the land that the Lord your God gives you to possess.

    Deuteronomy 27:17
    ‘Cursed is he who moves his neighbor’s boundary mark.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

    Job 24:2 “Some remove the landmarks;
    They seize and devour flocks.

    Proverbs 23:10
    Do not move the ancient boundary
    Or go into the fields of the fatherless,

    Hosea 5:10
    The princes of Judah have become like those who move a boundary;
    On them I will pour out My wrath like water.

  157. Beloved says:

    Thou shalt not steal…

  158. Beloved says:

    Act justly love mercy and walk humbly

  159. street says:

    thinking about arron and mirium having dreams or even prophets.

    12 Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman); 2 and they said, “Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us as well?” And the Lord heard it. 3 (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.) 4 Suddenly the Lord said to Moses and Aaron and to Miriam, “You three come out to the tent of meeting.” So the three of them came out. 5 Then the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the doorway of the tent, and He called [a]Aaron and Miriam. When they had both come forward, 6 He said,

    “Hear now My words:
    If there is a prophet among you,
    I, the Lord, shall make Myself known to him in a vision.
    I shall speak with him in a dream.
    7
    “Not so, with My servant Moses,
    He is faithful in all My household;
    8
    With him I speak mouth to mouth,
    Even openly, and not in dark sayings,
    And he beholds the form of the Lord.
    Why then were you not afraid
    To speak against My servant, against Moses?”

    9 So the anger of the Lord burned against them and He departed. 10 But when the cloud had withdrawn from over the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, as white as snow. As Aaron turned toward Miriam, behold, she was leprous. 11 Then Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord, I beg you, do not account this sin to us, in which we have acted foolishly and in which we have sinned. 12 Oh, do not let her be like one dead, whose flesh is half eaten away when he comes from his mother’s womb!” 13 Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “O God, heal her, I pray!” 14 But the Lord said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, would she not bear her shame for seven days? Let her be shut up for seven days outside the camp, and afterward she may be received again.” 15 So Miriam was shut up outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on until Miriam was received again.

    Jesus said, My sheep hear My voice and they follow me they will not follow another.

  160. street says:

    23 And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, “Then who can be saved?” 26 And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

    it would seem the emphasis is on God not man.

    22 The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; 23 I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected [g]in unity, so that the world may [h]know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

    25 “O righteous Father, [i]although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me; 26 and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

    so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them,

  161. street says:

    to love the Lord your God with your whole heart soul and mind.

    to be holy,

    not empty.

  162. Regina says:

    Good Afternoon, All

    I pray that you and yours are well. By God’s grace, I am well and my family too. Have enjoyed reading the comments on this blog topic…

    forever so wisely stated, “Dear Beloved, what I miss in the dream, is that Jesus is exalted.
    What has been said in the dream, and the book, it is not even the Bible, makes me think of is like the book of Mormons.
    And Trump getting real big, and the angels, really huge….
    I have heard of dreams where people get really huge, until Jesus appears, and then they shrink to nothing.

    So…here you are, or here am I , and I do not think that this dream is from God.
    Rather, I see a red flag: Christians, do not be deceived! The spirit world is cunning in giving misleading dreams. They have so many great things in them:
    But Jesus is not exalted.

    It is Jesus who is Lord of lords and King of kings, but He has patience and allows wars and rumors of wars, famines, epidemics, but be not afraid, these things have to be.”

    Thank you, ma’am! :-) I also listened to the Dr. Kynan Bridges video, and I was not at all tempted to put any faith behind what he shared. Not judging those who believe him, but I would suggest that you consider forever’s words carefully, and take the information that was shared in the video to the Lord in prayer. forever shared some key spiritual truths that, in my opinion, is good, godly wisdom for us all.

    Thank you for sharing this Bible verse, street! The Lord put this same verse in my mind this morning…

    John 10:27-29, TLB; NIV

    27) My sheep recognize my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28) I give them eternal life and they shall never perish. No one shall snatch them away from me, 29) for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else, so no one can kidnap them from me.
    ***********************************************
    27) My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28) I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29) My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.

    Enjoyed reading ROMANS 15, and it was interesting to discover that several of the verses in the 15th chapter mirror verses in other books of the Bible. I’ll share the footnotes from the NIV here…

    Romans 15:3 Psalm 69:9
    Romans 15:8 Greek circumcision
    Romans 15:9 2 Samuel 22:50; Psalm 18:49
    Romans 15:10 Deut. 32:43
    Romans 15:11 Psalm 117:1
    Romans 15:12 Isaiah 11:10 (see Septuagint)
    Romans 15:21 Isaiah 52:15 (see Septuagint)

    Looking forward to ROMANS 16!

    94 degrees (feels like 101 degrees) and partly cloudy in my neck of the woods…

    Love to all,
    Regina

  163. Beloved says:

    Jesus said, My sheep hear My voice and they follow me they will not follow another.

    Well said..

  164. Beloved says:

    I directed the video to Steve because I recognized the gift of administration at work through the dreamer and as Steve has the same gift thought he’d be interested. My gift is mercy so not real interested as I have a hard time understanding some things like that where he talked of powers and principalities at work against us. Bratimus not surprised you are also interested. We are aware of the different gifts given to us but of course yes Jesus is the giver of gifts since they are of His Spirit distributed at Pentecost for the building up of the church. This is my understanding anyway.

  165. bratimus says:

    “If” God does send you a vision through your dreams, you will see things that you understand, that you are familiar with. People or place you see, might some similar or resemble that person or place.

    like said, something that was said in the dream made me remember of a dream I had.

    I would say this dream this man had about Trump, was saying it is alright to support Trump and vote for Trump. I would say all the security desk are say its hard relate to his personality, Trump has front he puts on to guard himself. After all you should judge president on his policies over his personalities.
    This what I would say the dream meant.

    before i mention any of my dreams there has to be two things that I read or hear that point to it or remind me of. Some dreams are just for one own understanding of things

    This my thought on this

    In Christ Jesus name

    Bratimus

  166. jeff1 says:

    Make me a channel of your peace
    Where there is hatred let me bring your love
    And where there is doubt, true faith in you

    Make me a channel of your peace
    where there is despair in life let me bring hope
    Where there is darkness, only light
    And where there’s sadness ever joy

    Oh, master grant that I may never seek
    So much to be consoled as to console
    To be understood as to understand
    To be loved as to love with all my soul

    Make me a channel of your peace
    Its in pardoning that we are pardoned
    In giving to all men let we receive
    And in dying that we’re born to turn around

    Oh, master grant that I never seek
    So much to be consoled as to console
    To be understood as to understand
    To be loved as to love with all my soul

    Make me a channel of your peace where there’s despair in life let me bring hope
    Where there is darkness only light
    And where there’s sadness ever joy

  167. bratimus says:

    One more thing before I forget,

    In my opinion of the size of Trump in the “dream”, it could be saying that God has placed a certain amount of confidence in Trump to be president, over Trump is bigger then life. I did not have this dream, so I’m just giving my thoughts on it of what I heard of it. Remember the Lord gives and the Lord can take away. I support the U.S. Constitution and tend to support whoever else supports and upholds the Constitution. The choice is clear in that one policies supports it and the other wants to rewrite it.

    I was trying to find what he had to say about the pandemic, and never found that, search engines can be a pain sometimes have to use two or three just to find what your looking for, very time consuming.

    In Christ Jesus name

    Bratimus

  168. poohpity says:

    I agree with much of what you said Bratimus and especially that God gave that dream to that man and also gave him the interpretation of it if one really listens to what he had to say about it. That dream was for him so for anyone else to put their two cents in about what it means is actually putting themselves in the place of God who is the one that interprets the dreams He gives people. That is just one way that God speaks to people by dreams and visions.(Gen 40:8, 41:16; Dan 2:28) There was nothing, nothing that that man said that was against the word of God but sadly most do not know the word of God well enough to understand.

  169. SFDBWV says:

    Thinking also about the picture Mart has provided for us. I too have missed the connection to his thoughts or segue into the topic.

    It looks like a chalkboard with fractions that make no real sense and is either obscured by a smoke screen or just a dusty dirty chalkboard.

    It does make me think that there are a lot of smoke screens in Scripture. Just have to clear the air in order to make sense of what is said sometimes.

    62 degrees f and cooer this morning.

    Steve

  170. SFDBWV says:

    Blessed this morning with a visitor.

    A hoot owl is making its presence known out in the timber behind the house.
    A welcome sound in the cool darkness of the early morning.

    Steve

  171. poohpity says:

    The picture makes total sense to someone who knows how to divide fractions. 12 1/2 divided by 6 1/2 and it shows the steps of how to get to the answer 25/13ths which can further be reduced to 1 12/13ths. It seems to go along with the topic in that God gave us the short answer about what He requires from us, He did the math for us just like the math was done on the chalkboard. No conspiracies theories there just the facts.

  172. foreverblessed says:

    Dear Steve, what I see, and I never really looked at it:
    It says 12,5 minus 6,5

    And then a diffucult equation, that does not add to anything, it makes diffucult loops that are not needed.
    As the answer is just plainly
    6

    And so Mart says: The short answer,
    A shortcut:
    12,5-6,5 = 6

    Just having a real good laugh about it.

    “With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God?

    Exalt Jesus, in singing HOly HOLy HOLY
    and in the things you do here on earth doing it for Jesus.

    I just had to repeat to myself what Street said, citing Jesus’prayer:

    That the love wherewith You loved Me
    may be in them
    and I in them

  173. foreverblessed says:

    Thank you Regina,
    I’ll just pray, intercessory prayer.

    We are busy with the Kingdom of God.
    That’s what I thought, anyway.
    I am not an American, the world does not go around America, the World to come goes around Jesus.
    It already is. The Kingdom of God is already here.
    In each and everyone’s heart that is submitted to Jesus, giving honor to Him.
    Where Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords.
    Out of our bellies will flow streams of living water.
    John 7:37-38

    I was really encouraged by the Revelation videos of the bible project.
    If you feel things are going out of hand these days, this is the place to see what to focus on, or rather,on Who to focus on:
    Jesus,
    persevering and not letting go of having trust in Jesus, whatever the circumstances!
    Things are bad? Things are going to get worse, but be not afraid, overcome the World by faith in Jesus,
    conquering through faith in Jesus!

    Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persescution for ten days.

    Be faithful, even to the point of death

    and I will give you the crown of life

    Rev 2:10

    and the saints are given the things, 7 things for the 7 churches, that are mentioned again in the vision of the New heaven and New Earth,
    where one thing is the Living Stream of Water Revelation 22:1

    I was going to cite some of the things that has been said:
    It is revealing first of all, Jesus as King,
    but He looks like the Lamb that was slain.
    The young church is addressed to hold on to the faith, as times are difficult, Nero having been, and the 666 was definitely also referring to him, as one of the prototypes of the beast.
    Everyone who gets too much power without being submitted to Jesus, will become a beast, suppressing others.

    But be of good cheer, Jesus has overcome the World!
    By His blood,
    By dying for His enemies.

    We have still a lot to learn about Christ, and through His Spirit changing our hearts, to be like the suffering servant.

    Not suffering for the sake of suffering, but suffering for the sake of Jesus, who through suffering is the Savior of the World.

  174. Beloved says:

    Good day friends! Thinking about how even in the midst of easy simple and short answers we still have our emotions like pride, fear and discontent to deal with. I’ve learned to take these to Jesus to help sort out. For those overwhelmed by today’s events Spurgeon has this comforting word from the Word-

    Rejoice
    Why do I go mourning?
    Psalm 42:9
    Can you answer this, believer? Can you find any reason why you are so often mourning instead of rejoicing? Why yield to gloomy anticipations? Who told you that the night would never end in day? Who told you that the sea of circumstances would ebb out till there should be nothing left but long stretches of the mud of horrible poverty? Who told you that the winter of your discontent would proceed from frost to frost, from snow and ice and hail to deeper snow and yet more heavy tempest of despair? Don’t you know that day follows night, that flood comes after ebb, that spring and summer succeed winter?

    Be full of hope! Hope forever! For God does not fail you. Do you not know that God loves you in the midst of all this? Mountains, when in darkness hidden, are as real as in day, and God’s love is as true to you now as it was in your brightest moments.

    No father chastens always. The Lord hates the rod as much as you do; He only cares to use it for that reason that would make you willing to receive it—namely, it brings about your lasting good. You will yet climb Jacob’s ladder with the angels and behold Him who sits at the top of it—your covenant God. You will yet, amidst the splendors of eternity, forget the trials of time or only remember them to bless the God who led you through them and works your lasting good by them. Come, sing in the midst of tribulation.

    Rejoice even while passing through the furnace. Make the wilderness blossom like the rose! Cause the desert to ring with your exulting joys, for these light afflictions will soon be over, and then, forever with the Lord, your bliss shall never wane.

    Faint not nor fear, His arms are near,
    He changeth not, and thou art dear;
    Only believe and you shalt see,
    That Christ is all in all to thee.

  175. SFDBWV says:

    Thank you foreverblessed for your take on the picture and explanation of it. You make good sense. I still don’t see a six as an answer, but I will take your word for it.

    Steve

  176. SFDBWV says:

    Most serious bible students as well as professional theologians would agree that the Bible centers on Israel from Genesis to Malachi wherein there are many references to the coming of the “Promised One”, the Messiah, the Savior, concluding with the promise of the coming of Elijah before the great and dreadful day of the Lord. (Malachi 4:5 KJV)

    No more is written concerning Israel as there are no more Prophets to speak to Israel again. That is until the ministry of John the Baptist and of the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth.

    However this time the spokesmen for God are speaking not only to Israel, but the entire world. The New Testament is about the Savior Jesus and the message He delivers to the world from God the Father.

    We have all throughout this and other discussions somewhat agreed how misguided or unscrupulous men have twisted Scripture for their purposes. It has always been so, even as described in Malachi against the rulers of Israel. It is what the serpent did in the garden, twisted what God had said in order to beguile Eve.

    The question remains did God abandon Israel for its failures and for its denial that Jesus was the promised Messiah and so then curse them as a people?

    Were they no longer “The Chosen People”?

    I have as have others stated that we are still living the “Book of Acts” in that the story of the spreading of the Gospel is still going on unto this very moment. The story of the “Church” and of our purposes in the Body of Christ.

    When you look at the Book of Revelation after the first 3 chapters of Revelation the word “Church” is never seen again, however the story of Israel and God’s interaction with them takes up again.

    Of all the nations of the Earth Israel is once again chosen. Perhaps they were never “un-chosen” after all.

    70 years after the death of Jesus, Rome destroyed the temple and the people or nation of Israel was dispersed all over the world. Hated and reviled they became the “Wandering Jew”. Never really fitting in anywhere they settled, as always still a separated people.

    At the conclusion of WWII England allowed for the “Wandering Jew” to return to their homeland of Israel, but just like in the beginning they had to end up taking it from her enemies.

    Does this mean that Israel as it is today, an independent nation, not still the “chosen people”? After all the nation exists as a country when the world once again comes against it and God stands up and supernaturally defeats her enemies as outlined in Revelation.

    It is written those who bless Israel I will bless, those who curse Israel I will curse.

    In the world of politics if I have to make a political choice between Arab nations or Islamic nations and the now existing nation of Israel, I will choose Israel over any of them.

    It seems God is not done with them anymore then He is with any of the rest of us.

    Steve

  177. Beloved says:

    Steve I was just reading an article by Pastor Matthew Patton about Jesus being the true Israel. When I read this it makes me wonder as I have many times if the physical Israel we have today is for remembrance of our past as the festivals were for remembrance of what God had done in Israel’s past? Anyway, here is part of the article when you have time:

    “Jesus is the true Israel who came to experience the fullness of the judgment due to Israel and to us. Every time we read of the horrors of judgment in Jeremiah, it should magnify the sufferings Christ endured for us. Every time we read of the indictments of Israel’s sin, it should clarify our sin, for which Jesus went to the cross.
    Jesus is also the true Israel who was the first recipient of the restoration the prophets promised. Jeremiah promised a true king who would reign amid true worship, joy, and, best of all, obedience from the heart. These promises have already been fulfilled in the resurrection of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 1:20), and we await the consummation of this restoration on the last day. Every time we read the promises of restoration in the prophets, do not think woodenly of a hyperliteral fulfillment of these texts in some future day in the land of Israel. Recognize what the New Testament everywhere proclaims—that the restoration promised in Jeremiah has already come upon us through Christ’s resurrection and outpouring of the Spirit (see Gal. 3:14; Heb. 11:10)”.

  178. SFDBWV says:

    That is a very interesting approach to Israel, thank you Joyce for sharing it.

    Looks like either way I have still made the right choice.

    Matt’s in the shower I only sat down here to check the weather as I have to go to the dentist this afternoon.

    See everyone tomorrow here or in the air.

    Steve

  179. poohpity says:

    forever, see the little dot above and below the line that signifies division why would I lie or mislead anyone about that? Even the way the equation is worked out shows it is division. The answer is 25/13 see that in the lower right hand corner.

    How did our conversation on doing justice, loving mercy and walking humbly with God turn into something else. I guess looking or learning about Justice was to much to think about since it meant looking internally and not at others.

  180. street says:

    my math skills, which are not used very much, lead to 50/26 or 1 and 12/13.

    a friend of mine is a math teacher. he likes math because it never lies, yet i think not personal or loving.

    therefore a Lamb that was slain.

  181. Beloved says:

    Somehow I get the impression that it is only part of the equation. Lol. Easily deceived aren’t we👍

  182. foreverblessed says:

    That the love by which You loved Me, amy be in them, and I in them
    John 17:26

    That still sticks with me;
    The pulpit commentary says about it;
    However much was involved in the utterance just quoted, in this closing utterance still more is conveyed. The waves on this boundless ocean of love pour in, one behind the other, each nobler and freighted with richer blessing than that which preceded; and the motive of this infinite fullness of eternal love being thus lavished upon them is added: I in them. On this profound suggestion he has already said much, but not until we reach these last words do they flash forth in all their mystic grandeur. His life will be so identified with their life, his abode so blended with their being, his life so repeated in their experience, his personality so much entwined and blended with theirs, that he in them, and because he is in them, prolongs and repeats himself as the Object of an eternal love. We see the same ideas in the Pauline teaching, and can only explain Galatians 1:16; Galatians 2:20; Galatians 4:6; Romans 8:9, 10, 11; Ephesians 2:18; Ephesians 3:19; Colossians 2:7; Colossians 3:4, as echoes of the class of teaching which, long before John had recorded the prayer in this form, had yet become the seed and life-principle of the Church. This is not only true of the closing verses, but of the whole prayer and preceding discourse.

    The end of the High Priestly Prayer is
    and I in them…

    The mystery: Christ in us

    Well I just had to drop in, to share that.

  183. foreverblessed says:

    And ohh,, I didn;t see the dots up and down the minus.
    Sorry
    So it is a divide.
    That does not make it a short answer…

    12,5 divided by 6,5 is like 25 divided by 13

    Short answer would be almost two, haha

    (26 divided by 13 is 2,
    so 25 divided by 13 is almost 2)

  184. Beloved says:

    That is a most beautiful mystery Forever, that Christ is in us; individually and as the Body of Christ corporal. Most beautiful.

  185. Beloved says:

    Ephesians 3:19 (ESV)
    19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. The fullness of God is knowing the love of Christ!! 😍

  186. Regina says:

    Good Evening, All

    I hope all is well with you and yours. BGg, I’m well (and family too). Wow… I noticed the picture in this blog topic, but I didn’t really focus on it like I normally do. Think I will from now on as I was so intrigued by the lengthy discussion of the pic Mart chose for “The Short Answer.” Have immensely enjoyed reading the comments on this blog topic. You all provoke me to write and not just read.

    You’re welcome, forever, and your comments on the Bible Project videos provoked me to “try em’ again for the first time” as the old saying goes. I watched the Ezekiel video yesterday and the Jeremiah video today, and I LOVED them! Wow… I didn’t think I would learn so much from them. The narrator, featured in the videos, is so articulate. He’s easily understood, even though he talks very fast. So, I have to say “thank you” to Mart for sharing information about the videos and “thank you” to you for sharing your thoughts and what you learned.

    Steve, I listened to “The Dark Night of the Soul” by Loreena McKennitt, and it’s ((SO)) beautiful! I totally enjoyed it. Loreena has an *amazing* voice, and I heard in her voice—the reason why it’s one of your favorite songs. And you mentioned hearing a hoot owl (while doing your morning chores) in one of your comments, and it made me curious re: what it sounded like. So, I looked up a video of a hoot owl call online, and the sound it makes is pretty cool. Hope your dentist appointment went well. Did you treat yourself to some dessert afterwards? ;-)
    Loved your closing remark in one of your comments…

    “See everyone tomorrow here or in the air.”

    All for now… Getting ready to eat some vegetable soup and watch the PBS Newshour.

    88 degrees and about one more hour of daylight in my neck of the woods…

    Love to all,
    Regina

  187. foreverblessed says:

    Praise the Lord, all you gentiles
    and ding praises to Him, all you peoples
    Psalm 117:1
    The root of Jesse will spring up,
    One who will arise to rule over the nations
    The gentiles will hope in Him
    Isa 11:10

    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him,
    so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    Rom 15:11-13

    In addition to Eph 3:14-21
    Besides the love it is also hope that we receive from God.
    (…and patience, self control etc Gal 5:22-26)

  188. poohpity says:

    Ooooh yes Christ in us is what helps us act justly, love mercy and humbly walk with God. It is His Spirit that helps us put aside self and focus on God from whom every Spiritual blessing we receive is the very source of. Our Source of understanding His word, the source of living His word and the source of unity within the body of believers/ our brothers and sisters in the Lord.

    He is very patient with us as we learn to let go and trust in Him more everyday and not depend on what we in and of ourselves can do and one day we will reflect that very nature of Him who is in us. We practice that nature by doing good things for those around us as we focus on Christ and are being lead by the Good Shepherd, Teacher and Savior.

    Christ in us our only hope of glory. Amen!

  189. foreverblessed says:

    That the love of God may be in us
    John 17:26

    I keep coming back to that.
    When I saw the video on Daniel this afternoon, bibleproject, that really encouraged me too:
    Man become beasts, when they have power, but are not submitted to Jesus.
    But Jesus will rescue us, from the beast in us, to the beasts that will arise, every generation.
    But only have patience, and persevere, keep trusting God and wait on Him.

    THen I saw a video emerging:
    If I Could Only Teach You One Thing: Why God Made You with Rick Warren

    God IS love,
    He has not Love
    He IS love
    He made us because He loves us.

    If you feel down this morning, get some spiritual encouragement about God!

    Steve I l ikes it reading it about the bird coming at your place, We have a pigeon coming to us, since Juli 1, a post pigeon. Pigeons that are used to send messages. We have to get his number but we didn’t succeed yet to see it.
    In the mean time he is getting familiar with us. He (or she) greets us in the morning, and asks for food, and after he got the food (rice) walks around us a little, and then is off again.
    Three times a day he comes to feed, and drinks water.

    Have a blessed day! God loves you!

  190. SFDBWV says:

    I am pleased Regina that you enjoyed Loreena McKeenitt and “The Dark Night of the Soul”, it is a very beautiful song. Thank you also for concern about my dental appointment. It turned out very well.

    I also am glad you added learning about the Hoot Owl to your knowledge of nature. I have also heard on occasion the Screech Owl, which sounds very much like the Bob Cat. Both makes you set up and take notice.

    We had a very cool morning at 61 degrees and fog. This has been a very abnormally hot month for us. However we had a shower last afternoon and that along with the two small rivers that converge here provided us with enough moisture for a misty foggy overnight.

    There was, a long while back, another BTA participant from Texas (San Antonio) she was originally from WV and came here to our house for a visit while visiting family members in WV and Ohio.

    She passed away soon after, she called me the day before she died to say goodbye. She had terminal cancer. She was a wonderful person.

    Amazing that we became friends from right here on BTA along with many others.

    Praying your day is blessed.

    Steve

  191. poohpity says:

    Psalm 8

    Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

    You have set your glory
    in the heavens.
    2
    Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.
    3
    When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
    4
    what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?

    5
    You have made them a little lower than the angels
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
    6
    You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their feet:
    7
    all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
    8
    the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.

    9
    Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

  192. jeff1 says:

    Before the throne of God above
    I have a strong and perfect Plea
    A great High Priest whose name is
    Love
    Who ever lives and pleads for me

    My name is graven on His hands
    My name is written on His heart
    I know that while in Heaven He stands
    No tongue can bid me thence depart
    No tongue can bid me thence depart

    When Satan tempts me to despair
    And tells me of the guilt within
    Upwards I look and see Him there
    Who made an end to all my sin

    Because the sinless Saviour died
    My sinful soul is counted free
    For God the Just is satisfied
    To look on Him and pardon me
    To look on Him and pardon me

    Behold Him there, the risen Lamb
    My perfect spotless Righteousness
    The great unchangeable I Am
    The King of glory and of grace
    One with Himself, I cannot die
    My soul is purchased by His blood
    My life is hid with Christ on high
    With Christ, my Saviour and my God
    With Christ, my Saviour and my God

  193. SFDBWV says:

    Foreverblessed. I have a large contingency of “Mourning Doves” that I feed daily. Some people call them pigeons. I love their mournful cooing especially in the morning, though it continues all day it is most obvious in the early morning hours.

    I keep hoping to someday see a white one, though as yet they remain the grayish brown doves.

    The North American “Passenger Pigeon” is extinct and of course I have only seen paintings or pictures of them. My dad told me that when he was a boy the men in town used to stand along the railroad tracks and shoot them as they flew overhead in migratory flight.

    I do every so often get a “Carrier Pigeon” stop by. It is the type of pigeon seen in every city sitting atop statues and on the ledges of tall buildings.

    It has been a bizarre summer for birds as I have been overrun with “Grackles”. They are a big black bird with a white ring around their eyes. They are accompanied with the “Red Wing Blackbird” and “Cowbirds” also black. They have no song, only a guttural cluck and squawk, just like their two other friends.

    They come in large numbers and continue to return until there is nothing left to eat.

    I love observing nature. As we can see God in all His creation, and if we look closer we also can see the “beast” that is in man. All creation groans for its “Redeemer”.

    Steve

  194. Beloved says:

    I saw a funny picture of a sea gull, which we have lots of here around the lake, asking where all the French fries went? It’s true here as the fast food parking lots are not full as they used to be since COVID. People just drive through and go now. Our mayor issued an order that everyone but those with medical issues who can’t mask must wear one in public places now. The larger big box stores made it mandatory also. Some people are really angry and defiant about their “rights” being taken away. Oh well. Cases are up a little since the 4th with visitors as usual. Sadly summer camps are closed; we have several Bible camps up here, but they are optimistic about 2021. We just pray hope and wait. Gods timing for saving lives is always perfect. Our hope is not a “hope-so” but “know-so” because of Who He is that we believe in. Praise God from whom all blessings flow😀Amen

  195. poohpity says:

    “Mournful” cooing? Boy now that is a different perspective I would have thought the cooing was peaceful or satisfied. When it is dove season here they come in closer to where people are so when they coo I think it is them being at peace like they have their shelter but who knows I do not speak bird but they seem happy not mournful but again that is just my perspective.

  196. Beloved says:

    Psalm8 is very good to focus on God!!!

  197. Beloved says:

    We’ve had a pair of doves coming here the past few years but I haven’t seen them yet. To me they sound so peaceful but that’s just me. We’ve been enjoying watching the robins mating nesting and raising their young as they build nests in our gazebo. We’ve had 2 batches so far. So fun to watch them teach how to forage for worms and go off on their own eventually. Agree Steve nature is so entertaining!

  198. Beloved says:

    Wasn’t it a dove Noah sent off in search of dry land that came back with a twig in its mouth?

  199. SFDBWV says:

    Sat down to sign off Joyce and couldn’t resist answering your question.
    At first Noah sent forth a Raven (Black bird) and we never hear of it again.
    Also he sent out the Dove that returned to him twice one empty handed and one with vegetation and on the third trip signaled by her failure to return that the waters had abated.

    We are having thunder and rain, actually very welcome.

    Once again see everyone tomorrow or in the air.

    Steve

  200. bubbles says:

    Mourning Doves are a lovely soft brown/gray color. They seems to come in pairs and when they begin to fly, their wings make a whistling sound. Their coo is a type of mournful sound; I mistook one for an owl when deep in the woods at twilight. So, yes, it is peaceful,but there is a sadness in it’s intonation. Hence, the name “mourning” doves.

  201. SFDBWV says:

    Of course the vegetation was an olive branch the symbol of peace.

    Steve

  202. Regina says:

    Good Afternoon, All

    I pray that you and yours are well. BGg, I’m well (and family too)…

    Indeed, Steve, Loreena is a gifted artist. So glad your dental visit was a good one. Sadly, many people fail to recognize the godly significance of practicing good dental hygiene. You’ve had the opportunity, which is a real blessing, to have a relationship and/or fellowship with several of our BTA friends. You had a good relationship with Bruce C., Bob (Cornwall, England), your Texas friend (San Antonio) and bubbles (she had an opportunity to go to your home and fellowship with you and your family). And do you have facebook friends on this blog site?

    I watched the Bible Project’s Micah video this morning, and I also read Micah 6. I’m ashamed to say that I “just” watched and read the book of Micah. Smh. I feel like I looked past the “meat” of Mart’s intro. comment and depended (too heavily?) on my BTA friends to feed me their wisdom and knowledge. After reading Micah 6, what I learned (about the goings-on in Micah’s time on the earth) seemed to “mirror” what’s happening in America right now! And I think the same thing is happening in other countries. Wow! Can hardly believe that the Israelites were dealing with the same issues that my country is trying to address right now.

    Enjoyed reading Utmost… today. O.C.’s teaching on sanctification was a blessing and it’s worth taking the time to read. Thank you beloved and forever for the renewed interest.

    Also enjoyed reading ROMANS 16! I learned, on a more deeper level, about the significant number of women who helped (and be-friended) Paul in the ministry work of the LORD! Wow! I was so blessed to learn that many women dedicated their entire life to the work of the Lord. I didn’t learn about the magnitude of the contribution of women to the work of the Lord Jesus until I was grown. When I was younger, I was taught that “this is a man’s world.” Lol! That saying brought this song to mind…

    “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World” (James Brown)

    This is a man’s world
    This is a man’s world
    But it wouldn’t be nothing, nothing
    Without a woman or a girl

    You see man made the cars
    To take us over the road
    Man made the train
    To carry the heavy load

    Man made the electric light
    To take us out of the dark
    Man made the boat for the water
    Like Noah made the ark

    This is a man’s, man’s, man’s world
    But it wouldn’t be nothing, nothing
    Without a woman or a girl

    Man thinks about baby girls and baby boys
    Man makes them happy
    Cause man makes them toys
    And after man’s made everything
    Everything he can
    You know that man makes money
    To buy from another man

    This is a man’s world
    But it wouldn’t be nothing, nothing
    Not one little thing
    Without a woman or a girl…
    **********************************

    Have one more observation from ROMANS 16…

    Verse 16, NIV
    Greet one another with a holy kiss.

    Verse 16, TLB
    Shake hands warmly with each other. All the churches here send you their greetings.

    I think these two verses are totally different, and I think you would agree with me that a kiss (on the cheek :-)) is a much more affectionate and heartfelt greeting when compared with a handshake.

    Ready for 1 CORINTHIANS 1!

    90 degrees (feels like 99 degrees) and mostly cloudy in my neck of the woods…

    Love to all,
    Regina

  203. poohpity says:

    bubbles, thank you for the info on the “Mourning Dove” I learn something new everyday.

    The raven that Moses sent out first “did” return to the arc. I often wonder what prompted Moses to send out the dove next rather than giving the raven another go at it. I wonder if it is because the raven can fly longer and is a scavenger that feeds off of dead carcasses and not seeds so the next time he thought the water was drying out so the seeds would be out thus sending the dove. Who knows?

  204. Regina says:

    bubbles, I, too, loved what you wrote about mourning doves. And I was thinking… the homonyms—“Mourning” and “Morning” would be confusing to someone who’s not familiar with the trickiness of the English language.

    pooh, you said “Moses” in your comment… I think you meant “Noah.” Steve explained in his comment that Noah sent out the raven first, and it didn’t come back. I guess he could’ve sent out another raven (he had two on the boat), but he chose a dove instead.

    Ravens and doves brought this song to mind…

    Ebony and Ivory (Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder)

    Ebony and Ivory live together in perfect harmony
    Side by side on my piano keyboard, oh Lord, why don’t we?

    We all know that people are the same wherever you go
    There is good and bad in everyone
    We learn to live, we learn to give
    Each other what we need to survive together alive

    Ebony and Ivory live together in perfect harmony
    Side by side on my piano keyboard, oh Lord why don’t we?

    Ebony, Ivory living in perfect harmony
    Ebony, Ivory, ooh

    We all know that people are the same wherever you go
    There is good and bad in everyone
    We learn to live, when we learn to give
    Each other what we need to survive together alive

    Ebony and Ivory live together in perfect harmony
    Side by side on my piano keyboard, oh Lord why don’t we?

    Side by side on my piano keyboard, oh Lord, why don’t we…
    **************************************************

    I looked up every bird mentioned in this blog topic, and I think mourning doves are prettier than pigeons. Am wondering why the red wing black bird is not called the red/yellow wing black bird. I think the dove is the most beautiful bird in the world. It’s no wonder that the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus like a dove!
    Also looked up the top ten best pet birds, and I thought yall might be interested too…

    1. Parakeets – Very cute
    2. Cockatiels – Average
    3. Canaries – Very cute
    4. Conures – Very pretty
    5. African Greys – Interesting
    6. Amazon Parrots – Ordinary
    7. Parrotlets – Had never heard of this bird – Interesting
    8. Pionus parrots – Average
    9. Finches – Very small
    10.Ring-necked dove – Pretty

    All for now… Getting ready to watch the rest of a docuseries titled, “60 Days In.” We Texans got some good rain today too, Steve.

    Love to all,
    Regina

  205. SFDBWV says:

    Just a little follow up on the Mourning Dove. Like Bubbles my mother in law Crick never liked to hear their sad song as it made her feel sad also. Perhaps brought other sad thoughts to mind.

    I should have mentioned that here in WV as well as our neighbor MD that the dove is a game bird and is hunted for its breast meat.

    I have hunted and killed many things, but never a dove. As Regina has stated they are a very beautiful bird and as I have noticed my entire life of observing them, they like the Cardinal are polite and a pleasure to watch.

    We had overnight thunderstorms, along with yesterday’s showers, and ended up with 1 and a half inches of rain. Very needed. It is 64 degrees cool and wet outside with a good mixture of clouds to give the early light of morning an eerie look in the eastern sky.

    Steve

  206. foreverblessed says:

    Good morning Steve!
    Have a blessed day, and all yours!
    Micah 6:8
    He has shown you what to do:
    To act justly and to love merecy and to walk humbly with your God.

    Regina, Mart pointed us to the video caleed: Justice,
    and that is the one we have discussed.
    It is a very good idea to listen to what the bible project has to say on Micah too.

    When I was listening this morning to Rick Warren, on the video I mentioned yesterday on youtube:
    If I could only teach you one thing: Why God made you with Rick Warren.
    I wanted to sit in the garden it is a beautiful morning, and listen to it, with a wireless headphone on. But the wifi doesn’t work.

    He uses Hosea 6:6,
    For I desire mercy and not sacrifice
    and acknowledgement of God rather than burnt offerings.

    (and that does look familiar to Micah 6:8 )
    The video on Justice goes into what justice means in the bible:
    It could mean retribution, like when you steal you get imprisoned, but mostly it is used in the sense of:
    Bringing back to justice:
    Getting people out of a depraved and oppressed state and lift them up.
    They have used 3d animationk, and it took them half a year to get it done. With all the card boxes that go up and down, people exalting themselves over others, and exploiting them. But as the narratos says: Oppressed people can become oppressors too:
    The problem is inside our hearts, Human nature.
    Jesus could have saved Israel from the Romans, as they expected, but that would not solve the problem of humans not being reconciled to God: brouight back into the just state of being One with God,

    Acknowledgement of God+ Knowing God, or rather be known by God.

    God Who is All Love,
    He looks at us, and He smiles, like new parents: they cannot keep their eyes off from the new baby, their little baby, when it sleeps they watch over it. They love to see the first smiles, the movement of the little hands. And all the dirty diapers, they do not mind, they accept it as a given. Yes, they are so in love with their little child,
    And that is how God looks at us: He is so delighted to see us, to hear our voice.

    Just to let you know, that is the message God says in
    Rev 4:11b New Living Translation

    You God, created everything,
    and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created.

    See Psalm 8 again, good Psalm in regard to creation.

    (I got lost in all the birds, they sound so different in another language, and… I also found out that in America, the birds are different from here.
    On wiki I did a search, the pigeon that comes to our home is:
    Homing pigeon
    another name is carrier pigeon
    He has green shade on his neck, and purple glow a little lower, and white spots on its beak,

    There are pigeon societies, they bring their pigeon 400 km south, somewhere in France and make them come back. The fastest ones do it in 5,5 hours. That is almost 80 km an hour, that to me seems quite fast. That was the latest contest here.
    (1 mile is 1,6 km, I leave the math to you ;-)
    Ok, a little help: On wiki they say, they can fly up to 60 miles an hour, that is just spectacular.
    The pigeon that came to our place was wiped out, now I understand why: so tired,

    Hve a wonderful day, and remember, as I have to remember, God loves you!

    (when I post, then I do not see any new comments, not even this one, has anyone else this problem?)

  207. foreverblessed says:

    Rain, wonderful!
    Also in Texas, we prayed for it didn’t we?
    Thank God for the rain.

  208. foreverblessed says:

    Dis some search on mourning dove, wiki, and when I change the language to durch:
    treurduif
    treur is mourning
    duif is dove.

    It’s territory is only Middle America and North America, we do not have that dove.
    It looks like the eurasian collared dove.
    That is cute little dove.
    Steve you talked about a white dove,
    around our old Church there are many doves, one time we came out after the prayer, and there a white dove was strolling along, to the great pleasure of my companian, an old lady, dutch reformed. and she is so full of the Dove as a token for the Holy Spirit, withhout the Holy Spirit we are nothing, Jesus had to go, so He could send the Spirit, (that is her daily mantra, In her house, doves are everywhere. so we saw it as a little gift from God to send this white dove. It was only a little handicapped, in the way of walking you could see it)

  209. SFDBWV says:

    Good morning to you as well Foreverblessed and many blessings to you and yours.

    I enjoyed reading your discussion on Justice, it reminded me of those delicate expensive Faberge’ eggs that when you open up one there is another inside and another inside.

    That is how I see Scripture always able to surprise and enlighten, a precious gift that keeps on giving.

    Praying your day is like that.

    Steve

  210. poohpity says:

    Regina, you are right thank you for the correction on Moses and Noah. Oooops!

    Steve, I did not know that Faberge’ eggs had nesting eggs inside them. I totally agree that as the spirit enlightens us to scripture it is like a precious gift that keeps on giving but sadly many do not desire that gift for themselves in the first place but would rather berate those who do find it as a precious gift.
    ******************

    When Jesus was teaching His disciples He said, “Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” So when I seek justice I have to remember that that applies to me too. Why would I seek justice for others and want mercy for myself? That just does not seem fair at all.

  211. poohpity says:

    Ephesians 2

    As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

  212. poohpity says:

    And now we are ambassadors of that grace as we represent Christ to the world. Justice or mercy?

  213. poohpity says:

    I love this analogy!

    You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you or shakes your arm, making you spill your coffee everywhere.

    Why did you spill the coffee?

    “Because someone bumped into me!!!”

    Wrong answer.

    You spilled the coffee because there was coffee in your cup.

    Had there been tea in the cup, you would have spilled tea.

    *Whatever is inside the cup is what will spill out.*

    Therefore, when life comes along and shakes you (which WILL happen), whatever is inside you will come out. It’s easy to fake it, until you get rattled.

    *So we have to ask ourselves… “what’s in my cup?”*

    When life gets tough, what spills over?

    Joy, gratefulness, peace and humility?

    Anger, bitterness, harsh words and reactions?

    Life provides the cup, YOU choose how to fill it.

    Today let’s work towards filling our cups with gratitude, forgiveness, joy, words of affirmation; and kindness, gentleness and love for others.

  214. street says:

    1 Corinthians 3:5-7

    5 What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. 7 So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.

    Zephaniah 3:11
    “In that day you will feel no shame Because of all your deeds By which you have rebelled against Me; For then I will remove from your midst Your proud, exulting ones, And you will never again be haughty On My holy mountain.

    Joel 3:16-18

    16
    The Lord roars from Zion
    And utters His voice from Jerusalem,
    And the heavens and the earth tremble.
    But the Lord is a refuge for His people
    And a stronghold to the sons of Israel.
    17
    Then you will know that I am the Lord your God,
    Dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain.
    So Jerusalem will be holy,
    And strangers will pass through it no more.
    Judah Will Be Blessed

    18
    And in that day
    The mountains will drip with [a]sweet wine,
    And the hills will flow with milk,
    And all the brooks of Judah will flow with water;
    And a spring will go out from the house of the Lord
    To water the valley of [b]Shittim.

  215. street says:

    7 Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 9 If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 11 And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!

    12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

  216. Beloved says:

    Thank you street.

    I just saw this quote which is so important:
    “Shallow Christianity will not last in the coming generation, and it will not grow. Cultural Christianity is fading. The church in the twenty-first century must go big on truth or go home.” (Kevin DeYoung)

  217. street says:

    thinking of 25/13. it’s like systematic theology, you have parts left over that don’t fit anywhere, therefore trust/faith. He says what He means and means what He says. He upholds His Word and upholds His Children.

    parables are bridges to spiritual true. light shines out of darkness. out of the eater came something to eat, out of the strong came something sweet.

    the growth belongs to God.

    the short answer

    Faith in the One He sent.

  218. Beloved says:

    I was thinking about systematic theology last night and how it has it’s good points but not perfect. In college we used Wayne Grudem’s textbook. It was the biggest book to carry around! But yes nothing abides apart from faith.

  219. street says:

    when i think of faith i am beginning to think person/spirit. God is Spirit and there is no darkness in Him. yet we live in a tangible world with this unique image, darkened by sin. sin removed in Christ, light of the world and true life. given a new Spirit, new creation. nothing abide apart from Christ. the growth and fruit are His, yet He cloths us in righteousness and makes us holy. set apart from separation, never alone. i have noticed it is fun to be around some of the saints at church and not so much with others. some bring great joy and others great concerns. to be given to God. just let me be found faithful.

  220. street says:

    Colossians 1:27 “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

  221. Beloved says:

    Bubbles-

    I’ve been thinking of you, is your step mom home from the hospital? Is she able to help?

  222. foreverblessed says:

    Yes, so do I, keep praying for you and your parents!

    At Pentecoste our pastor gave a sermon, he talked about Noah, who send out a dove three times
    The first time it hovered over the waters and returned
    The second time it came back with an olive twig
    The third time it did not come back, and stayed out in the world.
    He said: that is a type of the Trinity:
    First is a type of God the Father
    The second is a type for God the Son, who gave new life, but returned ( to heaven)
    The third time is a type for God the Holy Spirit
    that is send out into the world, to live in God’s children, who are on earth, comforted by the Spirit, guided by the Spirit, purified by the Spirit.

    I found that an interesting idea!
    The Plan of God was always with God, right from the beginning.
    The Plan to redeem us, and save us, and hold us, and purify us.

    Thank you Street for the Bible verses, food for meditation

  223. SFDBWV says:

    Foreverblessed and others, I have come to the conclusion that there is a short answer to Genesis through to Revelation, and it is, as you Foreverblessed have alluded to, that God had a purpose and plan in place from the beginning.

    The mystery will remain a mystery until God decides to reveal it to all of His creation. In the same mysterious way God does everything.

    It is told in the lives and subsequent stories we read in the Books of the Bible and when we try and sort it all out we often become stuck in the quagmire of too much information and too much speculation.

    So best to keep it simple, just believe and don’t ask questions.

    Almost impossible for people who have “Been Thinking About” matters of our faith.

    Blessing to all today.

    Steve

  224. poohpity says:

    LORD, our Lord how majestic is your name in all the earth. The Son of God became a son of man so that the sons/daughters of man could become the sons/daughters of God.

    Col 1:27 KJV To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

    LORD, our Lord how majestic is your name in all the earth.

  225. poohpity says:

    Col 1:

    Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

  226. Beloved says:

    Consider Gods Mightiness
    Spurgeon
    Joel 2:11
    Consider, my soul, the mightiness of the Lord who is your glory and defense. He is a man of war; Jehovah is His name. All the forces of heaven are at His command; legions wait at His door; cherubim and seraphim, watchers and holy ones, principalities and powers are all attentive to His will. If our eyes were not blinded by the dust of sin, we should see horses of fire and chariots of fire round about the Lord’s servants. The powers of nature are all subject to the absolute control of the Creator: Stormy wind and tempest, lightning and rain, snow and hail, and the soft dews and cheering sunshine come and go at His decree.

    The bands of Orion He looses, and He binds the sweet influences of the Pleiades.1 Earth, sea, and air and the places under the earth are the barracks for Jehovah’s great armies; space is His camping ground, light is His banner, and flame is His sword. When He goes forth to war, famine ravages the land, pestilence smites the nations, hurricane sweeps the sea, tornado shakes the mountains, and earthquake makes the solid world to tremble.

    As for animate creatures, they all own His dominion, and from the great fish that swallowed the prophet down to “all manner of flies,” which plagued the field of Zoan,2 all are His servants, and even the caterpillars and the worms are squadrons of His great army, for His camp is very great. My soul, see to it that you are at peace with this mighty King. Be sure to enlist under His banner, for to war against Him is madness, and to serve Him is glory.

    Jesus, Immanuel, God with us, is ready to receive recruits for the army of the Lord: If I am not already enlisted, let me go to Him before I sleep and beg to be accepted through His merits; and if I be already, as I hope I am, a soldier of the cross, let me be of good courage, for the enemy is powerless compared with my Lord, whose camp is very great.

    1) Job 38:31
    2) Psalm 78:43-45

  227. Regina says:

    Good Morning, All

    I pray that you and yours are well, and, bGg, am well and family too…

    Thank you, forever (and all sent prayers up) for your prayers for rain in the Lone Star state. Think I can speak for all in saying we sure do appreciate it! And thank you again for referring me back to the Justice video. I kind of sped read Mart’s intro comment and I missed seeing the link for it. So, I watch it and I think it tied right in with the Micah video. It was also very informative and it provided good provocation to watch it again.

    Like Steve, I never get tired of talking about nature. So, it shouldn’t surprise you all that I still want to share information on the Raven and the Dove. Was thinking about the contrast in colors, the jet black raven and the snow white dove, chosen by God (the master artist). And I was thinking about what Steve said… He was willing to hunt and kill other birds, but not a dove.
    I can’t think of anyone or anything that would want to harm a dove. Though I learned that many are frequently killed in accidents or by predators (they stand out the most due to their all-white coloration). Also learned that the white dove is also referred to as a release dove, domestic rock dove and a white pigeon. Further, because doves are domesticated birds, they don’t possess the instincts or skills to survive in the wild. Doves mate for life, are incredibly loyal to each other and work together to build their nest and raise their young. That’s one reason why they’re the sign of love, faithfulness and fertility. And, according to legend, the dove is so pure that it is the one form into which Satan cannot transform himself! WOW! Now, I’m thinking about the Holy Spirit! He transformed Himself into a dove! I love Him so much!

    In stark contrast to the dove, I reflected on the Raven. It’s just as much God’s creation but it has been given a bad rap. Because of its black plumage, croaking call and diet of carrion, the raven is often associated with loss and ill omen. It represents evil and death. In Biblical times, the raven was considered an unclean bird (Lev. 11:15; Deut. 14:14), but they do make an appearance in the Bible—not only as examples of God’s provision but also as messengers *with* God’s provision. On a more positive note, the Raven is symbolic of powerful wisdom, vast knowledge, great mental clarity and high energy. Wow! Now, I have to share one of my all time favorite poems about a Raven…

    The Raven (by Edgar Allan Poe)

    Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
    Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
    While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
    As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
    “‘Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door-
    Only this, and nothing more.”

    Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
    And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
    Eagerly I wished the morrow;- vainly I had sought to borrow
    From my books surcease of sorrow- sorrow for the lost Lenore-
    For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore-
    Nameless here for evermore.

    And the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
    Thrilled me- filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
    So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating,
    “‘Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door-
    Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door;-
    This it is, and nothing more.”

    Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
    “Sir,” said I, “or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;
    But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,
    And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,
    That I scarce was sure I heard you”- here I opened wide the door;-
    Darkness there, and nothing more.

    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
    Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;
    But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token,
    And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, “Lenore?”
    This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, “Lenore!”-
    Merely this, and nothing more.

    Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,
    Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.
    “Surely,” said I, “surely that is something at my window lattice:
    Let me see, then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore-
    Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore;-
    ‘Tis the wind and nothing more!”

    Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
    In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore;
    Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
    But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door-
    Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door-
    Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

    Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
    By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore.
    “Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,” I said, “art sure no craven,
    Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore-
    Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!”
    Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

    Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,
    Though its answer little meaning- little relevancy bore;
    For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
    Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door-
    Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
    With such name as “Nevermore.”

    But the Raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only
    That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
    Nothing further then he uttered- not a feather then he fluttered-
    Till I scarcely more than muttered, “Other friends have flown before-
    On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.”
    Then the bird said, “Nevermore.”

    Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,
    “Doubtless,” said I, “what it utters is its only stock and store,
    Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful Disaster
    Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore-
    Till the dirges of his Hope that melancholy burden bore
    Of ‘Never- nevermore’.”

    But the Raven still beguiling all my fancy into smiling,
    Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird, and bust and door;
    Then upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking
    Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore-
    What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt and ominous bird of yore
    Meant in croaking “Nevermore.”

    This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing
    To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom’s core;
    This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining
    On the cushion’s velvet lining that the lamp-light gloated o’er,
    But whose velvet violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o’er,
    She shall press, ah, nevermore!

    Then methought the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer
    Swung by Seraphim whose footfalls tinkled on the tufted floor.
    “Wretch,” I cried, “thy God hath lent thee- by these angels he hath sent thee
    Respite- respite and nepenthe, from thy memories of Lenore!
    Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!”
    Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

    “Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil! – prophet still, if bird or devil! –
    Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
    Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted-
    On this home by Horror haunted- tell me truly, I implore-
    Is there- is there balm in Gilead?- tell me- tell me, I implore!”
    Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

    “Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil! – prophet still, if bird or devil!
    By that Heaven that bends above us- by that God we both adore-
    Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,
    It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore-
    Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore.”
    Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

    “Be that word our sign in parting, bird or fiend,” I shrieked, upstarting-
    “Get thee back into the tempest and the Night’s Plutonian shore!
    Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
    Leave my loneliness unbroken!- quit the bust above my door!
    Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!”
    Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

    And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
    On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
    And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,
    And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
    And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
    Shall be lifted- nevermore!

    1 CORINTHIANS 1

    92 degrees (feels like 100 degrees) and partly cloudy in my neck of the woods…

    Love to all,
    Regina

  228. Beloved says:

    Regina your sultry temps have made their way to Minnesota. Heat index 101 today. Storms tomorrow of course… Poe’s “Raven” always made me sad. Black and bleakness seem to go together. Lost love is so sad, yes.

  229. bubbles says:

    Joyce and forever, thank you. It’s too much and off topic to post here. God can make a way where there seems to be no way. I prayed on the way over here for God to help me love and to have the fruits of the Spirit shown because I cannot do this. I want to honor all and not sin. So please pray that way. I hope it is the right way to pray. I just do not know how to pray. She is oppositional and fights every thing I am trying to do to help. This load is too great for me to carry and I cannot do it legally.

  230. street says:

    dear bubbles. many individuals are in 24 hour care and on adavent to protect care givers and the individual. good doctor supervised care, psychological and physiological required. this is way past most peoples experience. yet God will give us wisdom to make good care decisions when asked for. prayer is a very good start.

  231. foreverblessed says:

    Prayer is a very good start!
    Laying our burdens at Jesus feet.

    It looks so simple,
    But practicing is hard, so hard!
    To lay is at His feet, and leave them there!
    I have great difficulty with that, I turn around and start worrying about them all over.
    This is what I believe is the one thing we have to decide:
    Every time the worry starts, deliberately praise God.

    God help us, have mercy on us

  232. foreverblessed says:

    The sermon on the mount and “justice”

    I found this again, what Regina wrote, I think is was July 15

    “You cannot imitate the nature of Jesus—it is either in you or it is not. A personal insult becomes an opportunity for a saint to reveal the incredible sweetness of the Lord Jesus.” WOW… what a Word!

    Further, I think this sentence (from yesterday’s Utmost…) is so fitting for this blog topic (read a portion of it in one of forever’s comments):

    “We are always looking for “justice,” yet the essence of the teaching of the sermon on the Mount is—Never look for justice, but never cease to give it.”

    The sermon on the mount is what we will be, when we follow in the footsteps of Jesus, who walks before us.
    When we put to death the natural inclination of our hearts:
    “This is not fair, this is not justice” when confronted with evil intent.
    And turn the other cheeck.

    Turn to Jesus, and say: I want to be like you, I decide to be like you, please help me!

  233. poohpity says:

    Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matt 6:33 NLT

  234. poohpity says:

    Talk about a short answer!

  235. Beloved says:

    31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God* above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
    34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

    ‘and live righteously‘ caught my attention. Faith in God who is our Father and provider, protector and deliverer. As I am IN Christ and He is in me it’s a done deal! Truth life and peace all mine! When He is glorified in me my purpose here is completed.

  236. Beloved says:

    Faith hope and love, but the greatest of these is love.

  237. Beloved says:

    Regina are you safe from Hannah? Praying for you.

  238. Regina says:

    Good Morning, All

    I pray that you and yours are well. BGg, I’m well and my family too. Beloved, I love Poe’s, “The Raven” because it’s so well written! I didn’t focus, from an emotional perspective, on the words, but felt a profound appreciation for the mastery level usage of each word. Think Poe was highly intelligent as he was able to use the words in that poem to pull out various types of emotion from the reader. And I’m, indeed, safe from Hannah. She’s on the border of Texas right now (about 5 – 6 hours away from my neck of the woods), and thank you for your prayers.

    bubbles, Beloved and forever’s comment reminded me of your situation with your step mom. I, too, pray that the Lord will give you wisdom and understanding regarding how to best help your step mom, and I rebuke all demonic spirits and demonic strongholds in your step mom’s mind and heart that are provoking her to behave that way. Is your step mom born-again (does she acknowledge Jesus as her Lord and Master)? Do you have any other family members who could help you with her care? I also pray that the Lord will give you His supernatural peace in your heart, mind and soul as you continue to try to help and care for your step mom. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen

    Saw this spiritual wisdom pearl in yesterday’s Utmost, and I want to share it with yall…

    Jesus said, “If you are My disciple, you must be right not only in your actions, but also in your motives, your aspirations, and in the deep recesses of the thoughts of your mind. Your motives must be so pure that God Almighty can see nothing to rebuke.” Wow!

    Enjoyed reading 1 CORINTHIANS 1, and here’s my summation… As children of God (1 John 3:1-3), we have received a blessed relationship with Jesus, and we should not allow the devil to use us to create division among the *brethren (brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus).

    Ready for 1 CORINTHIANS 2

    85 degrees (feels like 91 degrees) and cloudy in my neck of the woods…

    Love to all,
    Regina

  239. jeff1 says:

    “God Is Good All The Time”

    God is good all the time
    He put a song of praise in this heart of mine
    God is good all the time
    Through the darkest night, His light will shine
    God is good, God is good all the time

    God is good all the time
    He put a song of praise in this heart of mine
    God is good all the time
    Through the darkest night, His light will shine
    God is good, God is good all the time

    If you’re walking through the valley
    And there are shadows all around
    Do not fear, He will guide you

    He will keep you safe and sound
    He has promised to never leave you
    Nor forsake you, and His word is true

    God is good all the time
    He put a song of praise in the heart of mine
    God is good all the time
    Through the darkest night, His light will shine
    God is good, God is good all the time

    We were sinners and so unworthy
    Still for us He chose to die
    Filled us with His Holy Spirit

    Now we can stand and testify
    That His love is everlasting
    And His mercies, they will never end

    God is good all the time
    He put a song of praise in this heart of mine
    God is good all the time
    Through the darkest night, His light will shine
    God is good, God is good all the time

    Though I may not understand
    All the plans you have for me
    My life is in your hands
    And through the eyes of faith
    I can clearly see

    God is good all the time
    He put a song of praise in this heart of mine
    God is good all the time
    Through the darkest night, His light will shine
    God is good, God is good all the time

    God is good all the time
    He put a song of praise in the heart of mine
    God is good all the time
    Through the darkest night, His light will shine
    God is good, God is good all the time

  240. Beloved says:

    Regina I read that about motives too. Nothing gets by Him because He cares for us so much and wants us to be holy as He is. It makes me feel so good when He disciplines me, which is quite often. By why wouldn’t I need chastening? If you knew the REAL me you’d run.

  241. Beloved says:

    Bubbles and Regina how are things shaping up for teaching this year? My sister teaches 1st grade by Shreveport, I’ll be praying for you also.

  242. street says:

    “With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God?
    4
    Enter His gates with thanksgiving
    And His courts with praise.
    Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
    5
    For the Lord is good;
    His lovingkindness is everlasting
    And His faithfulness to all generations.
    Psalm 100

    22 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying, 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. 3 And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come.

    Matthew 11:12
    From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.

    Matthew 13:47
    “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind;

    Matthew 11:27-29

    27 All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

    28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

    14 “Do not let your heart be troubled; [a]believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

    5 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 2 CORINTHIANS 5

    oh! what a Gate!

  243. Regina says:

    Beloved, what you shared about God caring for us and his desire for us to be holy as He is holy is so true. Lamentations 3:22 comes to mind… “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.”

    But there are some who believe that because God is such a loving and compassionate God, He would (or will) be willing to accept their “definition of holiness” (e.g. people who have a same sex relationship–they married someone of the same sex (and they go to church), people who were born a male, but choose to live as a female–and vice versa). Their lifestyle choice brings this Bible verse to mind…

    Proverbs 14:12, KJV; NIV
    There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

    There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.

    And this spiritual truth is so important to God—for the believer—that it’s written twice in the same book of the Bible (but in different chapters)…

    Proverbs 16:25, KJV; NIV
    There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

    There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.

    Re: the 2020/2021 school year, the Superintendent in my school district informed us that the students have a (tentative) start date on 9-8-2020, and teachers will return sooner as they have some (tentative) professional development trainings next month. Ultimately, our in person trainings (and on campus learning for the students) is dependent upon the severity or containment of the COVID virus.

  244. Beloved says:

    Regina when I was in college (Christian) I had a prof who was a former trans male who converted, married a Christian woman and had 4 kids. You could see he still struggled with his identity sometimes and especially with an anger problem from being judged by others from the age of 12 or so. Fortunately I had seen a teaching from a ministry to trans prostitutes before I went and knew that God sees us all as either sinners lost or saved by Gods grace; that we all fall short of Gods glory. Therefore I was given grace to give grace, not judgement or condemnation. The scriptures in Isaiah were particularly enlightening.
    Isaiah 56.3-5
    Let no foreigner who is bound to the LORD say,
    “The LORD will surely exclude me from his people.”
    And let no eunuch complain,
    “I am only a dry tree.”

    For this is what the LORD says:

    “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
    who choose what pleases me
    and hold fast to my covenant—
    to them I will give within my temple and its walls
    a memorial and a name
    better than sons and daughters;
    I will give them an everlasting name
    that will endure forever.

    *I copied and pasted this which I agree with:
    So that is the promise, that sexual Others once excluded by the Levitical code will be welcomed into the kingdom. Do we ever see this promised realized in Scripture?
    Let’s jump to the New Testament. In Acts 8 we find Philip baptizing the first non-Israelite in the book of Acts. The man is from Ethiopia. Interestingly, he is reading Isaiah. And he’s a eunuch.
    Acts 8:26-39

    I (Joyce) think we are all struggling but only God can love us enough when we fail ourselves. And the rest of the world, often. He’s so good!

  245. Beloved says:

    Acts 8:26–39

    ESV

    Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch
    26 Now man angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south4 to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. 27 And he rose and went. And there was an nEthiopian, a oeunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, pwho was in charge of all her treasure. qHe had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” 30 So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, r“How can I, unless someone sguides me?” And the invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this:
    u“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter
    and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,
    so he opens not his mouth.
    33 In his vhumiliation justice was denied him.
    Who can describe his generation?
    For his life is taken away from the earth.”
    34 And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and wbeginning with this Scripture xhe told him the good news about Jesus. 36 And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! yWhat prevents me from being baptized?”5 38 And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39 And when they came up out of the water, zthe Spirit of the Lord acarried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.

  246. jeff1 says:

    Man of Sorrows, forsaken,
    Bruised and bleeding Lamb of God,
    When the price is my comfort,
    Help me love as You love.

    With the proud and ungrateful
    You are gracious, You are kind.
    We are all undeserving.
    Help me love as You love.

    Through rejection, through injustice,
    When none understand,
    As a child of Your mercy,
    Help me love as You love.

    Lord, my heart is so cluttered,
    All You are is only love.
    Form Yourself here within me—
    Help me love as You love.

    I am rich, yet so anxious.
    You are poor, yet glad to give.
    From our Father’s abundance,
    Help me love as You love.

    All around me are the needy.
    My God, how You care!
    Fill my heart with Your Spirit!
    Help me love as You love

  247. bubbles says:

    I think we are gearing up to go back after Labor Day and we begin two weeks before. I want to work, but I am very concerned. Thank you. Regina, what about you?

  248. Regina says:

    Joyce, I understand that we (believers in Jesus Christ) were once sinners, but now we’re a “new creation” in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17)… our old sinful life was crucified on the cross with Jesus. So, now, we no longer have an appetite for sin. We may still be tempted to sin, but the Bible says if we resist the devil he has to flee (James 4:7). I don’t want you to misunderstand me. I don’t judge people, but I’m compelled (by the Spirit of God in me) to explain to all who are willing to hear that God HATES sin. And I’m not going to “sugar coat” His hatred for it. That being said, we both know He LOVES the sinner. As mature saints of God, we have to crucify—by fasting and prayer—the flesh and it’s sinful desires (Gal. 5:24). I’m certain that there won’t be anyone struggling with LGBTQ issues in heaven. As disciples of Jesus Christ, sin’s power is broken in our lives…

    Romans 6:6-7; 12-18 NLT
    6) We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7) For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.

    12) Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. 13) Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. 14) Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.

    15) Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! 16) Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. 17) Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. 18) Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.

  249. Regina says:

    You’re welcome, bubbles, please see my comment above (3:13 pm) re: when I’ll return to school. Hope your day was good.

    Love to all…

  250. Beloved says:

    Viv I love the meditation you shared, thank you.

  251. Beloved says:

    I didn’t see your post Regina before I thanked Viv. Thank you for your response.

  252. jeff1 says:

    What the World Needs Now Is Love

    What the world needs now is love sweet love,
    Its the only thing that there’s just to little of,
    What the world needs now is love sweet love,
    No, not just for some but for everyone,
    Lord we don’t need another mountain,
    There are mountains and hillsides,
    Enough to climb

    There are oceans and rivers,
    Enough to cross, enough to last till the end of time,
    What the world needs now is love sweet love,
    Its the only thing that there’s just to little of,
    What the world needs now is love sweet love,
    No, not just for some but for everyone,
    Lord, we don’t need another meadow,
    There are cornfields and wheat fields,
    Enough to grow

    There are sunbeams and moonbeams,
    Enough to shine,
    Oh listen lord, if you want to no,
    What the world needs now is love sweet love,
    Its the only thing that there’s just to little of,
    What the world needs now is love sweet love,
    No, not just for some,
    Oh but just for every every everyone

    What the world needs now (oh)
    Is love sweet love (is love)
    What the world needs now (oh)
    Is love sweet love (is love)
    What the world needs now (oh)
    Is love sweet love (is love)

  253. jeff1 says:

    The one thing I cannot do is separate the sin from the sinner as that is in God’s domain but I am to love the sinner. Why then look at the sins of others while knowing there but for the grace of God go I.

    Who doesn’t know that God hates sin? If I look at the sins of others then in my humanness I will end up judging and that isn’t what God wants me to do.

    If I can trust God with my own shortcomings then I can trust Him with anothers.

    I should focus on doing what is right myself and that is often struggle enough in this world or it is for me anyway.

    If God strengthens me to come through mine then He surely does the same for others who put their trust in Him.

  254. poohpity says:

    Amen and Amen Viv!!

  255. poohpity says:

    Walking humbly with God is a bitter pill to swallow when one thinks it is their job to be judge, jury and executioner rather than sharing the mercy each has been shown and doing the right thing ourselves. It seems sometimes we have reversed the roles and no longer see our own place in God’s Kingdom as a sinner saved by God’s amazing grace.

  256. Beloved says:

    Psalm113:8 Spurgeon
    With Princes

    Our spiritual privileges are of the highest order. “With princes” is the place of select society. “Indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.” There is no more select society than this! “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.” “. . . to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven.”

    The saints have direct and immediate access: Princes are admitted to royalty when common people must stand afar off. The child of God has free access to the inner courts of heaven. “For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.” “Let us then with confidence draw near,” says the apostle, “to the throne of grace.”

  257. Beloved says:

    God hates sin-

    Yes He does, in fact, he hated it so much that as John said God so loved that world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him would be saved. That God sent his son not to condemn the world but that the world through HIM might be saved. John 3:16-17

  258. Beloved says:

    This, I believe, is the message of reconciliation we share with a lost world.

  259. Beloved says:

    I wonder how many former (before COVID-19) pew sitters needed to hear this message of reconciliation?

  260. Regina says:

    Good Afternoon, All

    I pray that you and yours are well. My family and I are well. You’re welcome, Joyce. Vivian, some people don’t know God, so how could they know that He hates sin, unless someone introduces them to Him and tells them that He hates sin? As disciples of Jesus Christ, now that we’re saved by grace, we’re no longer “sinners.” We may “sin” but we don’t want to keep on sinning and get comfortable with it. We don’t have an appetite for it anymore because we have been made a new creation in Jesus Christ. Our old, sinful desires are gone.

    Romans 6:1-4, TLB
    1)Well then, shall we keep on sinning so that God can keep on showing us more and more kindness and forgiveness?

    2-3) Of course not! Should we keep on sinning when we don’t have to? For sin’s power over us was broken when we became Christians and were baptized to become a part of Jesus Christ; through his death the power of your sinful nature was shattered. 4) Your old sin-loving nature was buried with him by baptism when he died; and when God the Father, with glorious power, brought him back to life again, you were given his wonderful new life to enjoy.

    We may fall into temptation and sin, but as children of God, we don’t have an appetite for it. And if we fall, we have an advocate…

    1 John 1:9, TLB
    But if we confess our sins to Him, He can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. And it is perfectly proper for God to do this for us because Christ died to wash away our sins.

    As disciples of Jesus Christ, we have an appetite for righteousness and holiness—not for wickedness and debauchery. Telling someone that their lifestyle is “sinful” (based on what they’re doing) is not judging the person, it’s judging their actions based on the Word of God. A believer has to prayerfully share the Word of the Lord with those who don’t know. That’s why Jesus said the harvest is ripe, but the laborers are few… Matthew 9:34-38, TLB. There are so many people who don’t know that their heart, words and actions are sinful in the eyes of God. And there’s a right way and wrong way to tell someone that what they’re doing is wrong, and, in fact, sin.

    Galatians 4:16, NIV
    Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?

    Why did Jesus ask us to go and make disciples in all nations if He was just going to be accepting of anyone’s definition of righteousness and holiness?

    Matthew 28:19-20, TLB

    19) Therefore go and make disciples in all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

    Pay close attention to verse 20…

    20) and then teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you; and be sure of this—that I am with you always, even to the end of the world.”

    I understand that we’ve been saved by grace, and now we’re a new creation in Jesus Christ, and we don’t have an appetite for sin. We have an appetite for prayer, consecration, sanctification, righteousness, holiness and LOVE for our brethren and all mankind. If you’re born again, you can’t have an appetite for righteousness/holiness and an appetite for sin at the same time. God wants me (us) to tell those who don’t know Him or His ways the truth in LOVE.

    Galatians 4:16, NIV
    Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?

    A song comes to mind…

    “Tell Them” (Andrae Crouch)

    Tell them
    Even if they don’t believe you
    Just tell them
    Even if they don’t receive you
    Oh, tell them for me
    Please, tell them for me
    That I love them
    And I came to let them know.

    Tell them
    When it seems you are forsaken
    Just tell them
    though it seems you’re earthly shaken
    Oh, tell them for me
    Please tell them for me
    That I love them
    And I came to let them know.

    Tell that lonely man
    who walks the cold streets alone
    Tell that crying child
    who doesn’t have a home
    Tell those hungry people dying
    and lost in the desert
    They don’t even know that I care

    Tell them
    Even if they don’t believe you
    Just tell them
    Even if they don’t receive you
    Oh, tell them for me
    Please, tell them for me
    That I love them
    And I came to let them know…

    1 CORINTHIANS 2

    88 degrees (feels like 95) and mostly cloudy in my neck of the woods…

    Love to all,
    Regina

  261. poohpity says:

    Regina, when you get to 1 Cor 5 you will find that Paul taught it is not our job to judge those outside of the faith or the church. It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict the world of sin not ours.

  262. street says:

    There are so many people who don’t know that their heart, words and actions are sinful in the eyes of God. And there’s a right way and wrong way to tell someone that what they’re doing is wrong, and, in fact, sin.

    12 All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law.

    14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law.

    2 You, therefore, have no excuse,…..guilty.

    the labor is to bring them out of darkness to Christ. fulfilling the office of a priest. one who brings others to God, an andrew.

  263. poohpity says:

    I guess that is if you really trust God who has the solution when He convicts someone of sin. He offers reconciliation and a relationship with Him. Name one person who never sins after salvation? We sin less but are not sinless until we leave this flesh that seems to be the very reason that Jesus taught, “He who is without sin cast the first stone” and in another place “judge not lest you be judged in the same fashion as you have judged another”.

  264. poohpity says:

    street, you are right about one thing we are given clear instructions on how to address sin in the church (Gal 6:1 NLT) but it takes a spiritual person to do that in a manner that brings restoration not condemnation.

  265. street says:

    it never ceases to amaze me how fast humility can be lost or abandoned.

    spiritual person or the work of the Holy Spirit?

    trust and dependence on Him.

    had a brutal sermon on Hosea today, yes we are spiritual prostitutes…..waiting for Our Husband.

  266. street says:

    had to lol in church today. they put up a pg-13 disclaimer before diving into Hosea. yes i lol like sarah. and yes i did lol.

  267. street says:

    still waiting for a quiet still humble loyal faithful holy loving heart.

  268. Beloved says:

    God doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to sin and pulls out all the stops to convince us of His love for us. Wonder why we are often drawn to the heavy hand of God rather than His heart, when the seemingly heavy hand of God is the removal of His loving care and protection? There’s lots more to unlearn than to learn almost?!?

  269. Beloved says:

    Street a pg 13 disclaimer? What is tha

  270. Beloved says:

    that

  271. street says:

    “There is only one thing that I can place before God that is, properly speaking, my own: my sin.” —R.C. Sproul

  272. Beloved says:

    Gotcha yes it is funny. 😀

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<<<On another topic-

    What might CS Lewis say of our new COVID situation? … Here’s what he said in 1948 about the mental shift required by living with the threat of the atomic bomb:

    In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. “How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”

    In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.

    This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.

    — “On Living in an Atomic Age” (1948)

  273. street says:

    the pg-13 disclaimer is usually shown before a movie presentation not a sermon. little ones will have many questions after the movie or even try to act out what was shown. this is to warn parent pre-screening is advised. i only lol is because i know what is in the book of Hoseah, the part i miss usually is God’s redemptive power in Christ Jesus in a wilderness.

    sat down to review chapter 2. even then i must return to hope and trust.

  274. Beloved says:

    Oh ok parental guidance that’s even funnier although I remember many years ago now my pastor preaching on Hosea but kept shaking his head trying to figure out why God would do that. Learning is so fun!!! Yes Jesus is everywhere! Even in the garden I’m finding His church for the first time. I’d always thought it started at Pentecost or earlier in His travels. Always more to study.

  275. Beloved says:

    Which begs the question does God care about prostitutes as well as eunuchs? One washed Jesus feet and He said she loved much because she’d been forgiven much (that awareness she had takes my breath away almost). The gospels are never far from the prophets of old are they. How can they be; the Author and Authority are One and the same!

  276. street says:

    i wonder if Jesus had given a disclaimer before teaching in nazareth, Luke 4, if there would have been a different outcome, don’t think so. they still failed to hear with their hearts.

    Micah goes on to warn, would not listen.

    Mark 2:17
    And hearing this, Jesus *said to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

  277. jeff1 says:

    What I have to accept is that some people do not believe in God so they are not considering sin as I a believer considers it.

    I am the one who feels guilty when I fail to behave as I should and so confess my sins and accept Christ has forgiven me and continue to seek His strength and guidance in my life.

    I do not know how others who are not of the faith see me but I have to believe that how I lead my life may have an influence on another and lead them to wanting to know the God I worship.

    Even for myself who has been brought up in the faith I have struggled more with God being an angry God than a compassionate one and any doubts have come from my early years when I was listening to preachers who were ferocious in the pulpit in assuring me I was for hell if I didn’t change my ways.

    I had up to a point accepted I was bound for hell in my early years because I decided I couldn’t do all was ask of me so I gave God a wide berth.

    I was blessed to have a dad who was Christ focused and his example would change my view of God. He was not a judgemental man when it came to others but he was strict on his own behaviour and words believing that the onus was on him to please God.

    Growing up in a divided country was difficult as both cultures were very opposed to each other.

    I wondered how my dad managed to stay neutral as I learned from an early age that it was not a popular choice to make no matter what side of the divide you found yourself on.

    What I realize now is that my dad always knew that choosing to be on God’s side would not be the popular or easy choice but it most certainly would be the right choice.

    Its only in looking back at my dad’s good choices that I see my bad ones and the folly of youth springs to mind.

    It seems my advanced years has brought me long awaited wisdom and that gives me hope that God has not given up on me yet though weariness is so often my companion.

  278. Regina says:

    Good Evening, All

    pooh said, “Regina, when you get to 1 Cor 5 you will find that Paul taught it is not our job to judge those outside of the faith or the church. It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict the world of sin not ours.”

    You’re “preaching to the choir,” pooh, as the old saying goes. I know it’s not my job to “judge” people, but it is my job to tell them the TRUTH.

    Please pay close attention to this Bible passage…

    Matt. 28:19-29
    19) Therefore go and make disciples in all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
    20) and then teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you; and be sure of this—that I am with you always, even to the end of the world.”

    The Holy Spirit convicts the world (those who are spiritually dead) of sin by using Christians (disciples of Jesus Christ) to tell people the TRUTH, and He will also use disciples to perform miracles for the glory of God.

    John 14:12, NLT
    I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.

    And when did telling someone the truth become “judgment?” If someone (actually many people) had not shared the Good News with me (the truth about God and His holy commandments), I’d still be a “sinner” with no knowledge of God or His holy and spiritual commandments.

    Then, pooh said, ” Name one person who never sins after salvation? We sin less but are not sinless until we leave this flesh that seems to be the very reason that Jesus taught, “He who is without sin cast the first stone” and in another place “judge not lest you be judged in the same fashion as you have judged another”.

    You answered your own question, and I have a Bible verse for you…
    Romans 3:23, NLT
    For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

    We are commanded to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with people. We cannot hide behind “not passing judgment” and neglect to tell people the truth. That being said, we need to do it in a prayerful, God-honoring way, but we must tell them what thus saith the LORD.

    This Bible passage does a good job of explaining what I’m trying to convey to you…

    Romans 10:14-15, TLB
    14) But how shall they ask Him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them? 15) And how will anyone go and tell them unless someone sends him? That is what the Scriptures are talking about when they say, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Gospel of peace with God and bring glad tidings of good things.” In other words, how welcome are those who come preaching God’s Good News!

  279. Regina says:

    ps. Enjoyed reading 1 CORINTHIANS 2 today. I want to share a portion of this chapter that was the most refreshing and thought provoking for me…

    1 Corinthians 2:12-16, NLT
    12) And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.

    13) When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. 14) But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 15) Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. 16) For,

    “Who can know the Lord’s thoughts?
    Who knows enough to teach him?”

    But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.

    Ready for 1 CORINTHIANS 3!

  280. street says:

    I do not know how others who are not of the faith see me

    they will see you as unrighteous because they view themselves as righteous.

    there is one small problem… they will face at judgment….
    for God has justified you and you are no longer unrighteous…..because of Christ in you….job’s three friends ran into this problem, God had already justified job and lucky for them job intervene/pray for them.

    we tend to see sin in ourselves, yet it is to Christ we should be looking to…..

    AMP
    for if you are living according to the [impulses of the] flesh, you are going to die. But if [you are living] by the [power of the Holy] Spirit you are habitually putting to death the sinful deeds of the body, you will [really] live forever. Romans 8:13

  281. Beloved says:

    “For whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.” (1 John 3:20, ESV)

  282. street says:

    👍

  283. street says:

    thinking of the grace in Christ that surpass sin and our understanding. a Person to trust in, for He lives. The Holy Spirit in us, a trust to hold on too. for He will never let us go. like the woman at the well waiting for her hope to be realized.

    even john after many years of being an apostle. falling down as a dead man before the risen Lord in heaven while he was exiled to the island. i guess we will be undone too. still a good undone and a hope.

  284. jeff1 says:

    we tend to see sin in ourselves, yet it is Christ we should be looking to…

    Isn’t that what I am doing when I confess my sins knowing that they are forgiven because of Christ’s sacrifice for me.

    God’s righteousness in me cleansing me from sin and renewing my hope.

    I have always spoken of how taking Holy Communion makes me feel closer to God and now I understand why as it reminds me of Christ in me.

  285. jeff1 says:

    Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious Name: for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.
    1 Chronicles 29. 11, 13, 14

  286. poohpity says:

    Regina, It is obvious that some have not paid close attention to the use of those bible passages if they are used to justify judging the behaviors of others and call it “TRUTH”. Then you said, “This Bible passage does a good job of explaining what *I’m* trying to convey to you…” therein lies the self justification when what God asked of us is the admission of our own guilt and not to convict or condemn others of theirs.

    “Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’

    “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

  287. poohpity says:

    Regina for instance when you used Matt 28 to prove your point do you know what the commands of Jesus were?

    Then in the John passage what were the works that Jesus did since He did not come the condemn the world of sin but to save it. I could go on but you get the picture don’t you?

    Is it right to use scripture to justify one’s point and totally miss the point that God was making?

  288. Beloved says:

    John sums it all up nicely

    IJohn3
    3 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that bit did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be dhas not yet appeared; but we know that ewhen he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
    4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that khe appeared in order to ltake away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. 8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

  289. Beloved says:

    Scripture Union 7/27

    2 Corinthians 5:14. We were told that if we did not love others with the love Christ puts in our hearts we would find it hard to sustain a life of faithful missionary service. There are many motives for mission work and we need to incorporate them all, but we should never forget the words of Paul: “Christ’s love compels us” (14).

    Apply
    Pray for a greater passion for God’s name and a deeper love for others. Pray that someone you know may be “reconciled to God” (20) through you.

    Closing Prayer
    Lord, we still struggle to comprehend the degree of Your love for us to the point where You would suffer to redeem us and then actually use us for Your purposes.

  290. jeff1 says:

    Trust and Obey

    When we walk with the Lord
    In the light of His word
    What a glory He sheds on our way
    While we do His good will
    He abides with us still
    And with all who will trust and obey

    Trust and obey
    For there’s no other way
    To be happy in Jesus
    But to trust and obey

    But we never can prove
    The delights of His love
    Until all on the altar we lay
    For the favor He shows
    For the joy He bestows
    Are for them who will trust and obey

    Trust and obey
    For there’s no other way
    To be happy in Jesus
    But to trust and obey

    Lord, I love You
    Please help me to trust and obey
    Lord, I love You
    Please help me to trust and obey

    Then in fellowship sweet
    We will sit at His feet
    Or we’ll walk by His side in the way
    What He says we will do
    Where He sends we will go
    Never fear, only trust and obey

    Trust and obey
    For there’s no other way
    To be happy in Jesus
    But to trust and obey

    Trust and obey
    For there’s no other way
    To be happy in Jesus
    But to trust and obey

    Lord, I love You
    Please help me to trust and obey
    Lord, I love You
    Please help me to trust and obey

    Lord, I love You
    Please help me to trust and obey

  291. Beloved says:

    An old favorite by Marty Nystrom

    I will rest in Your love
    Put my trust in your goodness
    And set my thoughts on peaceful things above
    I will cast away my cares
    And find my joy in Your presence
    I will rest, I will rest in Your love

    Whom shall I fear, why should I worry?
    Your grace is enough for my need
    Your joy is my strength
    Your peace is my shelter
    You faithfully watch over me

    All of my doubts, all of my striving
    By faith I lay down at Your Throne
    Your Word is my shield, Your Spirit my power
    You tenderly care for Your own

    Whom shall I fear, why should I worry?
    Your grace is enough for my need
    Your joy is my strength
    Your peace is my shelter
    You faithfully watch over me

  292. street says:

    God’s righteousness in me cleansing me from sin and renewing my hope.

    i believe it is the shed blood of Jesus that cleanses us from our sin of, self, the whole person.

    the righteous sinless one dying in the place of the guilty. One die for all, so all die. they will be made alive in the Spirit, new Spirit, Holy Spirit. new creation. given the right to become the children of God. like Passover, we are sent out, called out of a world set for destruction in moral bodies. living in a wilderness of testing shaping molding. eventually conformed to the image of His Son.

    the one who loves much has been forgiven much. let not that love be confused with the love of the world. God loved the world we are to love Him. unrequited love is an abomination. even sinners love sinner who love them. love your enemies and do good to those that despise you. for this finds favor with God. where not we enemies of God, when our ransom was paid? to be reconciled from sin debt, forgiven is freeing. free to follow Christ, free to love Christ. death required.

    12 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— 13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you [f]must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

  293. foreverblessed says:

    for if you are living according to the flesh, you [f]must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

    Being led by the Spirit, the Spirit leads us to be more like Christ, bit by bit.
    Every day a little more.

    Yesterday this came to mind:
    Love others as you would live Jesus.

    The other way around:
    As you did to the least of these you have done it into Me.

    How can you do that, other than that you have given your life to Jesus!

  294. foreverblessed says:

    Let me put it again:
    When Jesus said,
    As you did to the least of these, you have done it unto Me
    If you turn that around:
    Do unto others as you would do to Jesus.

    That is wholly my own “been thinking”

    But I kind of like it:
    Then you have to vision that the other is Jesus.
    Or deep down somewhere there is Jesus.
    You still need the live of God to fill you, all you can do is say: dear Lord, You are the fountain of godly love.
    Fill me more with Your love!
    And at the same time I can hand over to the Cross the inclination of my old man. My old reaction
    ( What was said on Utmost a few days ago ( in my own words): when you are still offended by others there is still a lot of your old man. That needs to die. So that Jesus in me can live.

    “I have been crucified with Christ, I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.
    Gal 2:20

    Have all a blessed day
    Vision how much God loves you

  295. foreverblessed says:

    Live of God = love of God
    Sorry, did not proofread.

    Did you hear about the death of Olivia de Havilland?
    She played the role of Melanie in Gone with the Wind.
    I was quite young when I saw it. What a great movie!
    The role of Scarlet O’Hara was to me always the star, tragic, but the main focus.
    As when I read it all again now, Melanie is the Christly role:
    Serving, loving, never thinking evil of another.
    And that amidst a civil war!
    Good example!

  296. foreverblessed says:

    Or:
    In Jesus
    Trust and obey
    There is no other way

    (How a song can make things simple)

  297. street says:

    Love others as you would live Jesus.

    living unto God, not ourselves. when there is joy and peace we are doing this right. joy and peace only in the presents of God.

    if salt loses it saltiness it is good for nothing.

    every branch in Christ is pruned to bear more fruit…ouch…with thanksgiving.

    was thinking about the uniqueness of individuals and fruitfulness. salt light and life coming from the vine. made alive. definitely hold to the vine.

    Philippians 2:5-11
    5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2

  298. Beloved says:

    It’s His kindness that leads us to repentance.

  299. Beloved says:

    It was Jesus’ kindness to me that showed me the way out of the hell my life was and was going toward.

  300. foreverblessed says:

    Dear Jesus, Who saved me out of the pit of depression!

    That first love, sweet love, for Him Who glowed up my heart and calmed it. That great love, to say: no matter what, if He is with me, I am OK.

    I couldn’t sleep last night, and so I read the song Beloved gave yesterday, and I rehearsed the scriptures Street gave. (In the dark you can read on the smartphone, quite convenient.

  301. foreverblessed says:

    Before going to bed, I read 1 Cor 1-4, they have some real great nuggets of gold.

    To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere:
    Who call on the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ 1:2

    For in Him (Jesus) you have been enriched in every way 1:5

    He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1:8

    For the message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to those who are being saved it is the power of God
    God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached ( the Cross) to save those who believe. 1:18,21

    Christ the powe of God and the wisdom of God 1:24

    Christ, Who has become for us wisdom from God, that is our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 1:30

    With the demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power
    2:4-5

    The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God 2:10
    In the same way, no-one knows the thoughts of God, but the Spirit of God. We have received…. the Spirit of God that we may understand what God has freely given us. 2:12
    Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you 3:16

    All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death or the present or the future-
    all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.
    3:21-23

  302. SFDBWV says:

    Clearly Foreverblessed God is preparing you for something of His design and purpose. It’s why He keeps you awake at night and why He speaks into your spirit.

    I pray you are ready for what is coming.

    Steve

  303. SFDBWV says:

    Clearly Foreverblessed God is preparing you for something of His design and purpose. It’s why He keeps you awake at night and why He speaks into your spirit.

    I pray you are ready for what is coming.

    Steve

  304. jeff1 says:

    One Day at a Time

    I’m only human, I’m just a woman.
    Help me believe in what I could be
    And all that I am.
    Show me the stairway, I have to climb.
    Lord for my sake, teach me to take
    One day at a time.

    [Chorus]
    One day at a time sweet Jesus
    That’s all I’m asking from you.
    Just give me the strength
    To do everyday what I have to do.
    Yesterday’s gone sweet Jesus
    And tomorrow may never be mine.
    Lord help me today, show me the way
    One day at a time.

    Do you remember, when you walked among men?
    Well Jesus you know if you’re looking below
    It’s worse now, than then.
    Cheating and stealing, violence and crime
    So for my sake, teach me to take
    One day at a time.

    [Chorus

  305. Regina says:

    Good Morning, All

    I pray that you and your family are well. By God’s grace, I am well and my family too.

    pooh, No matter how many Bible passages I use to try to help you understand that I’m not judging people, you find away to use other Bible passages to try to make me believe that I’m indeed judging people. So, now, I’m finally convinced that we’re NEVER, NEVER, NEVER going to see eye to eye on this subject matter. Therefore, my conversation with you regarding “judgment and compassion—condemnation and grace” is over. I’m going to use street’s words for my final comment for they are good and well said…

    “God’s righteousness in me cleansing me from sin and renewing my hope.

    i believe it is the shed blood of Jesus that cleanses us from our sin of, self, the whole person.

    the righteous sinless one dying in the place of the guilty. One die for all, so all die. they will be made alive in the Spirit, new Spirit, Holy Spirit. new creation. given the right to become the children of God. like Passover, we are sent out, called out of a world set for destruction in moral bodies. living in a wilderness of testing shaping molding. eventually conformed to the image of His Son.

    the one who loves much has been forgiven much. let not that love be confused with the love of the world. God loved the world we are to love Him. unrequited love is an abomination. even sinners love sinner who love them. love your enemies and do good to those that despise you. for this finds favor with God. where not we enemies of God, when our ransom was paid? to be reconciled from sin debt, forgiven is freeing. free to follow Christ, free to love Christ. death required.

    12 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— 13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you [f]must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”

    82 degrees (feels like 88 degrees) and partly cloudy in my neck of the woods…

    Love to all,
    Regina

  306. Regina says:

    Enjoyed reading 1 Corinthians 3, and here’s my summation:
    Paul admonished his brethren to stop worshipping mere men and to start worshipping God with their whole heart.

    Was *truly* blessed by yesterday’s Utmost… So, I have to share it…

    “The Way to Knowledge” (Oswald Chambers)
    If any of you really determines to do God’s will, then you will certainly know whether my teaching is from God or is merely my own. John 7:17, TLB
    The golden rule to follow to obtain spiritual understanding is not one of intellectual pursuit, but one of obedience. If a person wants scientific knowledge, then intellectual curiosity must be his guide. But if he desires knowledge and insight into the teachings of Jesus Christ, he can only obtain it through obedience. If spiritual things seem dark and hidden to me, then I can be sure that there is a point of disobedience somewhere in my life. Intellectual darkness is the result of ignorance, but spiritual darkness is the result of something that I do not intend to obey.
    No one ever receives a word from God without instantly being put to the test regarding it. We disobey and then wonder why we are not growing spiritually. Jesus said, “If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift” (Matthew 5:23-24). He is saying, in essence, “Don’t say another word to me; first be obedient by making things right.” The teachings of Jesus hit us where we live. We cannot stand as impostors before Him for even one second. He instructs us down to the very last detail. The Spirit of God uncovers our spirit of self-vindication and makes us sensitive to things that we have never even thought of before.
    When Jesus drives something home to you through His Word, don’t try to evade it. If you do, you will become a religious impostor. Examine the things you tend simply to shrug your shoulders about, and where you have refused to be obedient, and you will know why you are not growing spiritually. As Jesus said, “First…go….” Even at the risk of being thought of as fanatical, you must obey what God tells you.

    1 Corinthians 4

  307. Regina says:

    Enjoyed reading 1 Corinthians 3, and here’s my summation:
    Paul admonished his brethren to stop worshipping mere men and to start worshipping God with their whole heart.

    Was *truly* blessed by yesterday’s Utmost… So, I have to share it…

    “The Way to Knowledge” (Oswald Chambers)

    If any of you really determines to do God’s will, then you will certainly know whether my teaching is from God or is merely my own. John 7:17, TLB

    The golden rule to follow to obtain spiritual understanding is not one of intellectual pursuit, but one of obedience. If a person wants scientific knowledge, then intellectual curiosity must be his guide. But if he desires knowledge and insight into the teachings of Jesus Christ, he can only obtain it through obedience. If spiritual things seem dark and hidden to me, then I can be sure that there is a point of disobedience somewhere in my life. Intellectual darkness is the result of ignorance, but spiritual darkness is the result of something that I do not intend to obey.
    No one ever receives a word from God without instantly being put to the test regarding it. We disobey and then wonder why we are not growing spiritually. Jesus said, “If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift” (Matthew 5:23-24). He is saying, in essence, “Don’t say another word to me; first be obedient by making things right.” The teachings of Jesus hit us where we live. We cannot stand as impostors before Him for even one second. He instructs us down to the very last detail. The Spirit of God uncovers our spirit of self-vindication and makes us sensitive to things that we have never even thought of before.
    When Jesus drives something home to you through His Word, don’t try to evade it. If you do, you will become a religious impostor. Examine the things you tend simply to shrug your shoulders about, and where you have refused to be obedient, and you will know why you are not growing spiritually. As Jesus said, “First…go….” Even at the risk of being thought of as fanatical, you must obey what God tells you.

    1 Corinthians 4

  308. Regina says:

    Was watching the Bible Project’s, Book of Job, and the devil was referred to as “The Sah-tan.” I wrote it the way the narrator pronounced it. Have never heard anyone refer to the devil that way. Am wondering if the narrator is familiar with satan’s other name… Guess I could call it his alias (satan “aka” the devil).

  309. jeff1 says:

    His Eye is on the Sparrow

    Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
    Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home,
    When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
    His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
    His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

    I sing because I’m happy,
    I sing because I’m free,
    For His eye is on the sparrow,
    And I know He watches me.

    “Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
    And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
    Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
    His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
    His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

    I sing because I’m happy,
    I sing because I’m free,
    For His eye is on the sparrow,
    And I know He watches me.

    Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
    When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
    I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
    His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
    His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

    I sing because I’m happy,
    I sing because I’m free,
    For His eye is on the sparrow,
    And I know He watches me.

  310. street says:

    Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

    the First Born of all Creation gave His life to pay our debt. restored by faith through the will of the Father in Christ Jesus.

    yes we have heard the story and the truth and we wait for Him.

    Titus 2:13-15
    13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

    let there be light, and there was light.

  311. Beloved says:

    Our waiting will not be in vain…

  312. Beloved says:

    Regina I’m sure you could email or message the writers and let them know😀

  313. Beloved says:

    I looked at the Job video out of curiosity. The “SaTan” is a “title” given to “one who opposes God.” Probably an original Hebrew word as it’s OT. Hebrew conversation is very different from our Western civilization conversations. You can tell that quite easily by reading older translations into English or for fun read a Hebrew Bible.

    Reminds me of “Anti-Christ” which also means someone against God. Since the NT is written in mostly Greek and some Aramaic I’m thinking it is of Greek orientation. I’m too tired to look it up lol.

  314. Beloved says:

    Against Christ, the church, and ultimately God

  315. poohpity says:

    Regina that is the most encouraging and reassuring thing anyone has ever told me. Thank you!

  316. foreverblessed says:

    A word of encouragement:
    He will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able,
    but with the temptation will make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.
    This world is not the Kingdom:
    In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer: I have overcome the world.

    We can live with Jesus, the Conquering Christ, and Joy and Peace of conquest shall be yours.

    ( From two listeners July 29)

  317. foreverblessed says:

    John 16:33
    1 Cor 10:13

  318. foreverblessed says:

    Hopefully these two comments are submitted, but I do not see them.
    Have a blessed day, be in connection to Jesus, know that you are in Him and He is in you, have Him as the Lord of your heart and life.
    He directs all your steps and all your contacts today again.
    He is with us!
    Give all your cares to Him, (as I do, and discipline myself to leave them there.)
    And waiting for Him

    Wait on the Lord
    Psalm 27:14

  319. jeff1 says:

    Tell me, why should we be gloomy,
    And now what have we to dread?
    His joys have filled our journey,
    And His joys are all ahead.
    His hands are full of blessings,
    And His smile is our reward.
    We’re rich beyond all measure –
    We are children of the Lord!

    Refrain:
    So we’re bold today as we trust and pray,
    For no matter what may come,
    We live to lift all glory
    To the High and Holy One.
    We’re singing and bringing our praising and raising
    His love till all have heard.
    We live today rejoicing –
    We are children of the Lord!

    Though our journey may seem dreary
    As we cross this barren land,
    The King is always with us,
    And He’s always in command.
    His wisdom goes before us
    With His majesty above.
    Beneath and all around us
    Is His everlasting love.

  320. Beloved says:

    I’ve always loved today’s My Utmost reading. Do you see Jesus in your clouds?

  321. Beloved says:

    Humility is on my mind so I must need this reminder from Paul:
    I Corinthians 10:31So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God. 32Do not become a stumbling block, whether to Jews or Greeks or the church of God— 33as I also try to please everyone in all I do. For I am not seeking my own good, but the good of many, that they may be saved.

    For me it’s so easy to get crabby when my spirits are down- when I forget to just sometimes sit with Jesus silently.

  322. bubbles says:

    Since the thread was about videos, I’d like to share about one. I hope this is acceptable to do so, and if not, please delete this.

    I was raised to be skeptical of “Jesus” movies. . so many false things in them; I’ve never seen the one with Charlton Heston even. Anyway, that’s neither here nor there, my upbringing was extremely conservative, and that doesn’t make things wrong just because my parents said they were. They were being careful, and I suppose that is better than the other extreme, so I don’t know.

    A missionary friend in Europe shared about a new series being made called “The Chosen.” I was skeptical. You must download a free app to stream the episodes. Some episodes may be on YouTube now. This is the most amazing thing I have ever watched. You can pay it forward to allow others to watch, or you can watch for free. It is so good, I am afraid in the future something will be wrong. It’s one of those “it’s too good to be true” sort of things. It has been nice to have something wholesome and encouraging ro watch in the evening. Each episode is about an hour long. I thought the friends here may enjoy as well. Again, if something is wrong, and I did not see the wrong, I am sorry and I would not want to lead others to wrong intentionally. Have a good day. Love to all here. You are appreciated and your care and concern are appreciated.

  323. poohpity says:

    I know all the movies from long ago it seems like the producers thought they needed Hollywood inserts to make the movies better while in today’s times it seems many Christian producers now know that the story in and of itself is enough.

    There are two things I think of now-a-days one is we can always compare what we hear or see against scripture and the other is something Jesus said, “Do not stop them anyone who is not against you is for you”. Those older movies lead many to the Lord although not being sound doctrine but the bigger picture was there but for me I do not depend on movies to learn about God but on the bible but that is after having watched those old movies. So maybe the idea of whatever it takes to get people to see a glimpse of the Lord is a good thing when they invoke curiosity to desire more.

  324. poohpity says:

    I was thinking about the most recent Hollywood movie about Noah which the only thing in it that was even close to what happened were the names of Noah and his sons. So you are right bubbles there are those one has to watch out for that can lead someone in the wrong direction.

  325. bubbles says:

    Yes, I agree. We must lean only on Scripture. Shows/movies are for entertainment purposes. What is neat about this show is at the beginning of the episode, it ways they added “backstories” for how the people are connected, but it also encourages the viewers to read the Bible for themselves. That was good to do that. But, again, I almost fear sharing about a show because what if it’s wrong, and I surely don’t want to recommend something like that. It was enjoyable to see characters we have read about “move,” and see someone’s interpretation of their personalities while bearing in mind the other. The part of the conversation of Jesus and Nicodemus was precious and made me cry.

  326. jeff1 says:

    Known Only to Him

    Known only to him are the great hidden secrets
    I’ll fear not the darkness when my flame shall dim
    I know not what the future holds
    But I know who holds the future
    It’s a secret known only to Him

    In this world of fear and doubt
    On my knees I ask the question
    Why a lonely, heavy cross I must bear
    Then he tells me in my prayer
    It’s because I am trustworthy
    He gives me strength far more than my share

    Known only to him are the great hidden secrets
    I’ll fear not the darkness when my flame shall dim
    I know not what the future holds
    But I know who holds the future
    It’s a secret known only to him

  327. jeff1 says:

    “I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God. It changes me.”

    ― C.S. Lewis

    What a Friend we have in Jesus,
    All our sins and griefs to bear!
    What a privilege to carry
    Everything to God in prayer!
    O what peace we often forfeit,
    O what needless pain we bear,
    All because we do not carry
    Everything to God in prayer!
    2
    Have we trials and temptations?
    Is there trouble anywhere?
    We should never be discouraged,
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    Can we find a friend so faithful
    Who will all our sorrows share?
    Jesus knows our every weakness,
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    3
    Are we weak and heavy-laden,
    Cumbered with a load of care?
    Precious Savior, still our refuge—
    Take it to the Lord in prayer;
    Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
    Take it to the Lord in prayer;
    In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
    Thou wilt find a solace there.

  328. SFDBWV says:

    I am going to let my previous responses to the issue of “The Short Answer” be all I need to say concerning the matter.

    Bubbles concern that she may errantly mislead someone by referring to an art form in connection to our faith has however aroused my desire to say something.

    First of all why we share anything with another is because we want them to experience that same joy or good feeling that we have.

    That is an act of love. An act of love from us.

    How it is received though is no longer about us nor under our control it is all about the heart of the receiver.

    Michelangelo painted and sculpted visual images of Scriptural matters as he seen them. Are they 100% accurate as to the scripture?

    Why spoil the beauty of art, by one person’s skewed technical view of how they see it?

    Books, poems, movies and even discussions are all about the sharing of our faith with others. The recipient’s interest can be aroused enough to look deeper into Scripture if needed, or can just enjoy the story.

    Life ain’t perfect and neither are any of our presentations concerning God.

    Enjoy life, it is a gift God has given us.

    Oops there I go trying to give a short answer after all…

    A cool 56 degrees this morning under a clear sky.

    Steve

  329. poohpity says:

    For those movies, books, poems and even discussions may not be sharing the truth then one can come up with garbage in, garbage out. As bubbles rightly fears and what we are often warned about in the bible is there are those who would twist their truths into something from them not from God and as she said we are to be cautious always. If deception were easy to spot then it would not be deception.

    Sadly there are those who base everything they know about God on movie makers or books from those who want people to follow them not to be disciples(students) of Jesus and there are many, many out there better known as wolves in sheep’s clothing.

  330. poohpity says:

    John 8: So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

  331. SFDBWV says:

    I think everyone here knows that I purposely don’t read anything pooh has to say. As it is always antagonistic and in one way or another counter to whatever thoughts I may present.

    I have a new name for her, “Daisy Moses”.

    Whereas I am certain search engines will hum trying to find out how that fits her, for now though, only I truly know how it fits.

    Short and sweet.

    Steve

  332. jeff1 says:

    All-transcending, sovereign Lord,
    Ruling by Your sovereign Word,
    From Yourself all came to be –
    Rich, unfathomed mystery!
    What a wonder, yet it’s true:
    I can simply talk with You.

    Holy, high, majestic One,
    By Your pure and precious Son
    Groaning, dying in my place,
    Smeared with all my deep disgrace,
    You have made me, through and through,
    Pure by simply trusting You.

    What more noble could I do?
    What else could my heart pursue?
    What enticements, what demands
    Dare to draw these grateful hands?
    This alone will I pursue:
    Knowing, lifting, loving You.

  333. poohpity says:

    Steve, How would you know if what I say is counter to everything you say if you do not actually read what I write? Why must you always revert to name calling and personal attacks when I do not agree with you?

  334. Beloved says:

    Hit the nail on the head-

    July 30
    The Teaching of Disillusionment
    By Oswald Chambers

  335. bratimus says:

    I don’t consider myself having the same maturity in scripture as many do from the knowledge of man. Some might say that T have a maturity in the Spiritual ways of scripture and I’m fine with that.

    When I have come across some people knowing that sharing the written scripture with, they would have none of it. I would have a conversation about a movie or TV series or episode of. That has a nugget of God’s truth in it. Through my have in Christ Jesus that little nugget or seed will be planted. These movies and shows aren’t even based on scripture. As God of the Heavens is creator of all things, God’s truths will shine through here and there in all things. Just have to know where to look and point out the scene where it does.

    I know it sounds crazy, but its a crazy world and one needs to use every tool at hand.

    Some won’t understand that is all right, and I might be cast out again.

    In a Spiritual war, one needs to change tactics every now and then, urban jungle warfare.

    In Christ Jesus name

    Bratimus

  336. foreverblessed says:

    Yes, so true.
    Michelangelo’s portraying of humans was over the top: they looked like superman, or half-gods.
    But, today his paintings in the Sixtynth Chapel are a witness of Christianity. All these Asian tourist see the Gospel.

    Jeff, the songs have such a beauty, they contain the Gospel, and yet have such a great poetry, like Poeh, only these poems are uplifting giving spiritual Life

  337. foreverblessed says:

    Indeed the Utmost of today has some deep truths in them.
    I often remember these words, that Jesus did not trust Himself to anyone, but God, and Yet, never was suspicious, bitter about other people. Then I do not remember where that is written, but every year I find it again. And ever year I see a deeper meaning.
    Oh, How I long to be more like Jesus, see as He sees. Trusts as He trusts.
    And it is all there for me, Jesus is willing to give. Only I gave to let go of my despair and disillusionment, or rather my illusions. As I perceive his writing of today correctly.
    Only as we trust God, can we deal with others, and for that matter ourselves.

    “Our Lord trusted no one, and never placed His faith in people,
    Yet
    He was never suspicious or bitter.
    Our Lord’s confidence in God, and in what God’s Grace could do for anyone, was so perfect that He never despaired, never giving up Hope for any person.”

  338. foreverblessed says:

    What has this to do with the topic, Justice?

    Everything!
    Justice, in the sense of putting back in a just place, as the bible project explains:
    The power of God’s Grace can restore any person

    Not human despair “here we go again”

    But Godly Hope.

    (And thank you for the top, Bubbles, I will try to look it up.
    And about searching:
    People who do apologetics, like Lewis, and John Lennox, Ravi, and Nabeel.
    They have to study other religions, just to see how they think, and how they have to tell the Gospel to them.
    Everybody has their calling. Not everyone can do that)

  339. Beloved says:

    Thank you forever for discussing this further. I remember something else Chambers says, when you see someone you do not like to say to yourself “ That man, that woman, perfect in Christ!”. That’s having a godly mindset I believe. We hopefully all strive for this. It sure saves a lot of hurt and bad feelings!

  340. Beloved says:

    About the great artists I think of Rembrandt, The Prodigal being an all time favorite of mine. All artists see God in different ways, whether film paint poetry stone or whatever. Ways others cannot see Him until shown. For instance did you notice that the fathers hands in the Prodigal painting are different? One male and one female hand. I take it as our all encompassing God one who is everything we need Him to be. Creator of humankind male/ female God. One who is not surprised by our deepest thoughts. Loving us fully. Oh blest‘ be the tie that binds our hearts in perfect love!

  341. jeff1 says:

    Thinking we all see God differently at different stages in our life and depending on where we are spiritually.

    When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary
    When troubles come and my heart burdened be
    Then I am here, sitting in the silence
    Until you come and sit awhile with me

    You raise me up till I can stand on mountains
    You raise me up to walk on stormy seas
    I am strong when I am on your shoulders
    You raise me up to more than I can be

    There is no life – no life without it’s hunger
    Each precious heart beats so imperfectly
    But when you come and I am filled with wonder
    Sometimes, I think I see eternity

    You raise me up till I can stand on mountains
    You raise me up to walk on stormy seas
    I am strong when I am on your shoulders
    You raise me up to more than I can be

    You raise me up so I can stand on mountains
    You raise me up to walk on stormy seas
    I am strong when I am on your shoulders
    You raise me up to more than I can be

    You raise me up till I can stand on mountains
    You raise me up (raise me up) to walk on stormy seas (stormy seas)
    I am strong when I am on your shoulders
    You raise me up to more than I can be (I can be)
    You raise me up to more than I can be

    Thank You!

  342. street says:

    11 See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.

  343. Beloved says:

    How Others see us matters also Viv. Had to look into scripture street just posted and Maclaren said this 2 Corinthians7

    HOPE AND HOLINESS

    2 Corinthians 7:1It is often made a charge against professing Christians that their religion has very little to do with common morality. The taunt has sharpened multitudes of gibes and been echoed in all sorts of tones: it is very often too true and perfectly just, but if ever it is, let it be distinctly understood that it is not so because of Christian men’s religion but in spite of it. Their bitterest enemy does not condemn them half so emphatically as their own religion does: the sharpest censure of others is not so sharp as the rebukes of the New Testament. If there is one thing which it insists upon more than another, it is that religion without morality is nothing–that the one test to which, after all, every man must submit is, what sort of character has he and how has he behaved–is he pure or foul? All high-flown pretension, all fervid emotion has at last to face the question which little children ask, ‘Was he a good man?

  344. Beloved says:

    It appears the scrutiny this church was under was good and I’m guessing completely normal still for us today. Striving for justice in light of His mercy and grace.

  345. jeff1 says:

    How Others see us matters also Viv.

    Do you think living in a religious divided country I do not know that, Beloved.

    It isn’t unusual for me to hear Jesus loving people say those catholics never leave confessions because they have so much to confess.

    I guess that means I am a lot like those catholics as I too seem to have much to confess.

    So here I am having been born and raised a protestant and feeling very much like an imposter.

  346. Regina says:

    Good Afternoon, All

    I hope/pray you are well. BGg, I’m well and family too.

    Good Word, bratimus (July 30, 2020 at 10:22 am)!

    I, too, enjoyed O.C.’s teaching on “Disillusionment”, Beloved, and I also agree with forever that he shared some deep spiritual truths. I think Oswald’s *wisdom truth* (bottom of page) stood out the most, and I want to share it here…

    “To those who have had no agony Jesus says, “I have nothing for you; stand on your own feet, square your own shoulders. I have come for the man who knows he has a bigger handful than he can cope with, who knows there are forces he cannot touch; I will do everything for him if he will let Me. Only let a man grant he needs it, and I will do it for him.””

    The words, “who knows there are forces he cannot touch” brought this Bible passage to mind (I needed this spiritual truth, and I’m so grateful for it I could cry)…

    Ephesians 6:10-16, TLB
    10) Last of all I want to remind you that your strength must come from the Lord’s mighty power within you. 11) Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand safe against all strategies and tricks of Satan. 12) For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against persons without bodies—the evil rulers of the unseen world, those mighty satanic beings and great evil princes of darkness who rule this world; and against huge numbers of wicked spirits in the spirit world.

    13) So use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy whenever he attacks, and when it is all over, you will still be standing up.

    14) But to do this, you will need the strong belt of truth and the breastplate of God’s approval. 15) Wear shoes that are able to speed you on as you preach the Good News of peace with God. 16) In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan.

    Was curious about Rembrandt’s “The Prodigal”, Beloved, so I looked it up, and I didn’t notice the “female” hand. I did, however, notice the other people included in the painting and wondered who they were (the only exception being the older brother). Further, re: the Job video, I still think it’s strange to pronounce the devil’s name that way. Especially, since I think the narrator for the videos is an American. So, considering his level of Bible knowledge, he should be familiar with all of the names of the “wicked one” (e.g. satan, devil, Lucifer, Beelzebub, etc.)

    Search engines did, indeed, hum, Steve, and I think I know how… Thank you, jeff 1, for the quote and the songs! LOVE, “What A Friend,” “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” and I listen to “You Raise Me Up” at least once every two or three weeks!

    Enjoyed reading 1 Cor. 4, and here’s my summation…

    Paul reminded his spiritual sons and daughters of the inherent value of walking in the fruit of the Spirit. Wow. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians is so on point re: the spiritual admonishment that’s so needed today–in the 21st century church. I love the Word of God! Paul’s teachings brought this Bible passage to mind (and his teachings are in total agreement with this spiritual truth)…

    Galatians 5:22-26,TLB
    22) But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23) gentleness and self-control; and here there is no conflict with Jewish laws.

    24) Those who belong to Christ have nailed their natural evil desires to his cross and crucified them there.

    25) If we are living now by the Holy Spirit’s power, let us follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26) Then we won’t need to look for honors and popularity, which lead to jealousy and hard feelings.

    1 CORINTHIANS 5!

    97 degrees (feels like 105 degrees) and a “face full” of sunshine–which brought to mind “SON-shine.” :-)

    Love to all,
    Regina

  347. Regina says:

    *Also hope/pray that everyone’s family is well.

  348. Beloved says:

    How others see us matters….as well as how we see ourselves!
    Spurgeon July 30
    There is no expiration date on this promise. It does not merely say, “I will not cast out a sinner at his first coming,” but “I will never cast him out.” The original reads, “I will not, not cast out,” or “I will never, never cast out.” The text means that Christ will not at first reject a believer, and that as He will not do it at first, so He will not to the last.

    But suppose the believer sins after coming? “If anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”1 But suppose that believers backslide? “I will heal their apostasy; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them.”2 But believers may fall under temptation! “God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”3 But the believer may fall into sin as David did! Yes, but He will “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”4

    Once in Christ, in Christ forever,
    Nothing from His love can sever.

    Jesus said, “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”5 What do you say to this, O trembling, feeble mind? This is a precious mercy. Coming to Christ, you do not come to One who will treat you well for a little while and then send you about your business, but He will receive you and make you His bride, and you shall be His forever! Live no longer in the spirit of bondage to fear, but in the spirit of adoption, which cries, “Abba, Father!” Oh, the grace of these words: “I will never cast out.” John 6:37

    1) 1 John 2:1 2) Hosea 14:4 3) 1 Corinthians 10:13 4) Psalm 51:7
    5) John 10:28

  349. Beloved says:

    Once we know we are In Christ we found out as His beloved it didn’t really matter what others think of us, but that our actions and words point to Christ our redeemer. More of Him less of me.

  350. jeff1 says:

    I don’t believe my words and actions will point to Christ until there is MORE OF HIM and less of me but that’s just my thinking.

    Without Christ the old me raises its ugly head and others see no change in me.

    You can love Jesus and fail to love your enemies as I know from living in a religious divide.

    Most christians believe that if they are treating others as they would want others to treat them then justice is being served.

    But Christ’s teaching takes into consideration man’s depravity and requires us to love the unlovable.

    “So loving my enemies does not apparently mean thinking them nice either. That is an enormous relief.” — C.S. Lewis — Mere Christianity

    To love our enemies is perhaps the most challenging command that Jesus gave us… a concept foreign to our nature. How then can we do what is seemingly impossible?

    We first need to remember that love is not just a feeling… love is a choice and an action. Jesus chose to love the unlovable. He is our model for what the Holy Spirit can do within us… to work in us His will… to mold us into His likeness… and to do what we could not do ourselves.

    “We must try to feel about the enemy as we feel about ourselves— to wish that he were not bad, to hope that he may, in this world or another, be cured: in fact, to wish his good. That is what is meant in the Bible by loving him: wishing his good, not feeling fond of him nor saying he is nice when he is not. I admit that this means loving people who have nothing lovable about them.” — C.S. Lewis

    We may never “feel” love for our enemies as we do for our friends and loved ones. Yet we are called to be like Jesus… to choose to love the unlovable. We are not condoning their wrong actions. Jesus did not accept the evil intentions and actions of His enemies. Yet His sacrifice on the cross was for the sins of all people.

    “God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” — Romans 5:8

    God always loves us, wishes us the absolute best… even at times when we may not be that lovable ourselves. He asks that we do the same for all His children. Yet it is a journey, where we allow the Holy Spirit to work gradually in our lives… moving us to victory upon victory… from glory to glory.

    “Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of. An apparently trivial indulgence in lust or anger today is the loss of a ridge or railway line or bridgehead from which the enemy may launch an attack otherwise impossible.” — C.S. Lewis

    On the journey, we grow to become more and more like Jesus… our Heavenly Father’s ultimate desire for us. This is how we can do the impossible.

  351. SFDBWV says:

    I was reminded this morning of a quote from Teddy Roosevelt as I re read Mart’s opening comments, “Walk softly, but carry a big stick.”

    And that led me to Luke 22:36-37 KJV

    Here Jesus tells His disciples that though at first He sent them out without purse nor script, now is the time to take purse, script and get yourselves a sword.

    You just have to love Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 as it seems to cover about every situation.

    Whereas Jesus instructs us to always be humble and kind, sometimes you have to protect yourself and especially those under your care.

    A time to every situation and a time to stand your ground.

    Light rain after heavy rains yesterday afternoon, and 64 degrees as I write this.

    Steve

  352. poohpity says:

    Wow Viv, that last quote of C.S. Lewis you put up was so right on especially in the times today of all the riots. After the horrible killing of George Floyd his brother spoke to the crowd and asked sincerely to stop the violence and gave the saying of “Justice on the left and Peace on the right” but a rabble rouser standing right next to him, from BLM, not even a minute later started the saying “No Justice, No Peace” which inflamed the emotions of the crowd to a higher level like putting fuel on an already combustible crowd stirring up more anger. Not once since then have I heard what the Floyd brother actually said mourning his brother, it did not even make it five minutes after he spoke it. Who did the crowd listen to; The one wanting non-violence and peace or the one wanting hatred, violence and stirring up anger? Another victory from Satan. 1 Peter 5:8; Eph 4:26-27 NLT

  353. jeff1 says:

    I am just thinking, Steve, from my own personal experiences of when my grandmother and my mum using the big stick to discipline me both doing so in a fit of rage.

    Yet, my dad never raised a hand to me as is look was enough followed with a talk to correct me in a mild but firm manner.

    Some seem to have a way with them that doesn’t require a big stick.

    I can recall disciplining my son with a wooden spoon when I was in a fit of rage and my sister came in and took him away from me.

    I know whose discipline was the most effective and loving and it wasn’t my mother’s, grandmothers or mine.

    [Verse 1]
    I got sent home from school one day with a shiner on my eye
    Fighting was against the rules and it didn’t matter why
    When Dad got home I told that story just like I’d rehearsed
    Then stood there on those trembling knees
    And waited for the worst

    [Chrous]
    And he said, “Let me tell you a secret, about a father’s love
    A secret that my daddy said was just between us
    He said daddies don’t just love their children
    Every now and then
    It’s a love without end, amen, it’s a love without end, amen”

    [Verse 2]
    When I became a father in the spring of ‘81
    There was no doubt that stubborn boy
    Was just like my father’s son
    And when I thought my patience had been tested to the end
    I took my daddy’s secret and I passed it on to him

    [Chrous]
    And I said, “Let me tell you a secret, about a father’s love
    A secret that my daddy said was just between us
    I said daddies don’t just love their children every now and then
    It’s a love without end, amen, it’s a love without end, amen”

    Last night I dreamed I’d died and
    Stood outside those pearly gates
    When suddenly I realized there must be some mistake
    If they know half the stuff I done they’ll never let me in
    Then somewhere from the other side I heard these words again

    [Chorus]
    And they said, “Let me tell you a secret, about a father’s love
    A secret that my daddy said was just between us
    You see, daddies don’t just love their children
    Every now and then
    It’s a love without end, amen, it’s a love without end, amen”

  354. poohpity says:

    An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

    He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

    The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

    The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

  355. SFDBWV says:

    I liked the joke Mtman had on his blog this morning thought I might share it with you all.

    “An Indian chief was preparing for a fall council meeting and called the National Weather Service to find out about the weather. He was told that the winter was going to be cold, so he included this in his report to the counsel. The tribe began gathering fire wood.
    The chief called back a couple of weeks later to make sure that his people were prepared and was told that it looked like it was going to be a harder winter than usual. He passed the word to his people to gather more wood.
    A couple of weeks later, he was finalizing his winter plans and called the NWS again, and was told that it was going to be terrible. When he asked why they thought that, the man told him, “We’re not exactly sure, but the local Indians are gathering wood like crazy!”

    Steve

  356. SFDBWV says:

    Good morning Viv, I usually have to write my comments in little segments as I am called to attend to Matt’s needs all the time. So it takes me a while to get a comment completed sometimes.

    I was, this morning, centering on the quote from Micah given by Mart about acting justly, etc. and wanted to say that sometimes others take advantage of such behavior and sometimes though we must always be just, show mercy and be humble, sometimes we also have to stand fast and not be taken advantage of because of it.

    When I went to post and seen your comments I almost did not post at all, but did so out of frustration for spending so much time getting it written.

    Probably I should have just deleted and let the thoughts remain silent within me.

    Peace is always a better offer than a threat.

    Praying your day is filled with blessings and joy.

    Steve

  357. poohpity says:

    James 3:

    If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. 15 For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. 16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.

    17 BUT the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. 18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

  358. Regina says:

    Good Morning, All

    I pray that you and your family are well, and, bGg, I’m well and family too.

    Wow! You shared such a good, godly Word, Viv (July 31, 2020/5:45 am)!! It was a refreshing reminder of the grace, mercy, compassion, faithfulness, patience, understanding and LOVE of God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit)! And the C.S. Lewis quote that you shared—WoW!—What an *awesome* explanation of God’s revelation to us when He commanded us to *love* our enemy! Your comment is such a “weighty” blessing for me. Thank you!
    Your life has been so storied—the Lord’s hands on you…shaping you and molding you—I believe that has been the greatest help to you being a more disciplined, self-controlled Christian, and it gives you the passion and desire to help others do the same (live a life of discipline and self-control). Galatians 5:22-26, TLB comes to mind…

    22) But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23) gentleness and self-control; and here there is no conflict with Jewish laws.

    24) Those who belong to Christ have nailed their natural evil desires to his cross and crucified them there.

    25) If we are living now by the Holy Spirit’s power, let us follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26) Then we won’t need to look for honors and popularity, which lead to jealousy and hard feelings.

    And when I read the words of the song you shared (name of song not given), for some reason, I could hear Johnny Cash saying or singing those words! Had the feeling that the Lord had given him those words to minister to any and everyone.

    1 CORINTHIANS 5

    80 degrees (feels like 84 degrees) and cloudy in my neck of the woods…

    Love to all,
    Regina

  359. Regina says:

    Just sharing and excerpt from a “Letter to The Nation” written by Civil Rights Leader John Lewis (just released in memoriam)…

    “While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me (he was referring to the recent rallies in support of racial equality). You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society.

    Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we call the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself. Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble.

    Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.

    When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war. So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.”

    His powerful words brought me to tears!! May God rest his soul…

  360. street says:

    The Short Answer

    Holy ground…

    the only Holy ground is in the presents of God.

    a place to seek…

    seeking justice….

    the mortification of self…. john owen

    loving the grace and mercy of Christ….

    walking humbly with Him.

    loving the unloved One….Lo-ruhamah

    rejected of all mankind.

    Luke 14:26 “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.

  361. jeff1 says:

    Steve, I see what you are saying that there seems to be a time for war and a time for peace and I find that a difficult concept to understand because of the ugliness of war and the long lasting effects it has on those caught up in it.

    There are some things we have to accept we cannot change because as my sons says when I am so negative about our progress here, “mum, our problems here go back 400 years and they are deep rooted and there is no quick fix in making them right”.

    I get impatient and tired where a younger generation can see that we have come a long way from the root of our problems and are optimistic and long sighted in seeing better times to come.

    God finds a way to encourage and I just need to be listening.

    Thank you, Steve, I feel blessed today for seeing so differently.

    Pooh and Regina, I feel very challenged having read C. S. Lewis’s quote which is why I am at the minute focusing on this part of it (see below) as like Lewis I find it an enormous relief that I don’t have to see them as nice in order to want what is good for them.

    “So loving my enemies does not apparently mean thinking them nice either. That is an enormous relief.” — C.S. Lewis — Mere Christianity

  362. Beloved says:

    Street I’ve been listening to Spurgeon preach on holiness on YouTube this morning. So good.

    My yearly stop at Dairy Queen today for a peanut buster parfait: hot fudge over salted peanuts vanilla soft serve! I say yearly because it’s loaded with calories and costly but my what a treat and mini vacation from viruses angry parents and frustrated administrators. What a mess things are and not getting better very soon at all! Mmmm love the little retreat mmm. Oh and also found some cheddar cheese wild rice brats! Very northern Minnesota on a beautiful day with temp at 84f and sunny😀

  363. Beloved says:

    Viv this morning I heard from Spurgeon that holiness gets confused with morality (including niceness) before we truly enter Gods presence and seek Him alone. Hope that helps a bit it did me.

  364. jeff1 says:

    Thank you, Beloved.

  365. street says:

    it’s funny how the weather forecaster was looking at the wood gathers and the wood gathers were looking at the weather forecaster. we will see how this turns out after the storm/winter.

    Proverbs 31:21
    She is not afraid of the snow for her household, For all her household are clothed with scarlet.

  366. foreverblessed says:

    Thank you for that quote from Lewis.
    That reminds me of this saying:

    Bless people,
    not because they deserve it,
    but because they need it.

    Have a blessed day!

  367. foreverblessed says:

    Or, I should rather say:
    May God’s blessings flow through you and touch many people today.

  368. jeff1 says:

    Shackled by the heavy burden
    ‘neath a load of guilt and shame.
    Then the hand of Jesus touched me
    He touched me
    and now I am no longer the same.
    For He touched me
    oh, He touched me
    He touched me
    and now all the wonderful joy that floods my soul.
    Something happened and now I know
    He touched me and made me whole.
    Oh since I met this Blessed Savior
    and since He cleansed and made me whole,
    oh I’m with the saints
    with the saints to praise Him,
    and shout it while eternity rolls.
    Oh, He touched me,
    oh, He touched me.
    He touched me.
    And all the joy that floods my soul.
    Something happened and now I know
    He touched me and made me whole.

  369. SFDBWV says:

    One of the little songs I listen to occasionally on YouTube is “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” by Joan Baez.

    One of the comments in the comment column says simply she would be banned from singing that song today.

    America, the envy of the world, the land of the free has become a lackey to the mob mentality that has, via social media, taken over the mind and yes even the so called conscience of a nation.

    It was a mob that convinced Aaron to build the golden calf at the base of Mt Sinai (Exodus 32) and it is that same mob mentality that is present in the world today.

    It was Moses who convinced God not to destroy Israel, our Advocate is Jesus of Nazareth the Lord, we need to do some serious praying for not only America, but for all nations of the world who bow down to the mob.

    Steve

  370. Beloved says:

    When I fear my faith will fail, Christ will hold me fast;
    When the tempter would prevail, He will hold me fast.
    I could never keep my hold through life’s fearful path;
    For my love is often cold; He must hold me fast.

    He will hold me fast, He will hold me fast;
    For my Saviour loves me so, He will hold me fast.
    Those He saves are His delight, Christ will hold me fast;
    Precious in his holy sight, He will hold me fast.
    He’ll not let my soul be lost; His promises shall last;
    Bought by Him at such a cost, He will hold me fast.

    He will hold me fast, He will hold me fast;
    For my Saviour loves me so, He will hold me fast.
    For my life He bled and died, Christ will hold me fast;
    Justice has been satisfied; He will hold me fast.
    Raised with Him to endless life, He will hold me fast
    ‘Till our faith is turned to sight, When He comes at last!

    He will hold me fast, He will hold me fast;
    For my Saviour loves me so, He will hold me fast.

    Songwriters: Ada Habershon

  371. cbrown says:

    Good morning all! I have been blessed by your comments today.Thursday, I was on the way to the prison and I received a text that they have shut down access to all volunteers in our area due to Covid19. Please pray that we will be allowed back. Love, Chris

  372. poohpity says:

    It is so sad to continually look back at the past which we can not change and miss so many solutions for the future. The relationships that are ruined by the past as if no one makes errors ruins the freedom of change, restoration and moving forward to be and do better. The past is to learn from not dwell on as our enemy the devil would so enjoy us doing. Everyone screws up, so building bridges and relationships will be how we find enjoyment and hope in the future.

    Prayers for your ministry Chris and for the Lord to grow the seeds that have been already planted by your team.

  373. street says:

    It is so sad to continually look back at the past which we can not change and miss so many solutions for the future.

    thinking of the scars of Christ here. the scars are a sign of healing, a relationship restored. the scars remain, but the healing is done along with the pain and suffering on His part. yes we greave Him in Spirit till we have suffered in the flesh. to be transfigured in His presents by a love that will never end.

    13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Romans 8:13

    living sacrifices conformed to the image of Christ.
    Romans 12:1, Romans 8:29

    9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:9-11

    blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be satisfied. blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy.

  374. Regina says:

    Good Afternoon, All

    I pray that you and yours are well. BGg, I’m well and family too.

    Viv, I totally agree with you and Lewis. I, too, find Lewis’ quote (the one shared in your most recent comment) a great comfort. So grateful for the *love* of God!

    Beloved, Are you a teacher too? Big smile at your yearly stop at Dairy Queen. Do you really wait a whole year to eat your favorite treat? I crave savory 100 times more than I crave sweet. My guilty pleasure for a sweet would be a lemon or vanilla mini cake with sour cream frosting from Nothing Bundt Cakes, and my guilty pleasure for savory is always pizza! God bless the man or woman who (first) chose the ingredients. Lol! Question… What are cheddar cheese wild rice brats?

    Read My Utmost this morning, and it was very thought provoking as usual. Though there was one spiritual truth that stood out for me more than the rest, and I’ll share it here…

    “When we become certain that God is going to work in a particular way, He will never work in that way again.” ~O.C. Wow!

    Read this good word during my devotional time this morning:

    The Heart of a Child (William Crowder)

    “The story is told of a small boy who came home from church on a Sunday. When his father asked him what he had learned in Sunday school, the boy responded, “We learned about the twenty-third Psalm.” This prompted his dad to probe a bit further. “What did you learn about it?”
    The boy’s answer was priceless. He said, “The Lord is my shepherd. He’s all I want.”
    That is the lesson. “He’s all I want.” Moses learned it on a mountain. Abraham learned it on the way to a sacrifice. Paul learned it while imprisoned. Asaph learned it in the sanctuary.
    Hymnwriter George W. Robinson must have learned it as well, for he wrote:

    Loved with everlasting love,
    Led by grace that love to know;
    Gracious Spirit from above,
    Thou hast taught me it is so!
    Oh, this full and perfect peace!
    Oh, this transport all divine!
    In a love which cannot cease,
    I am His, and He is mine.

    I am His, and He is mine. How amazing is that!”

    Closing prayer:
    Loving God, forgive me for my all-too-frequent tendency to look at what others have rather than all that I have in You. Teach me the lessons of contentment that find my deepest satisfaction in who You are, not what I have. Thank you for loving me with everlasting love—show me the “enoughness” of that love. In Jesus’ name, I pray. ~Amen.

    What a phenomenal prayer!

    I don’t understand the thought, “Oh, this transport all divine!” but the rest of the poem and the entire devotional is beautiful.

    1 CORINTHIANS 5, TLB was a very shocking chapter for me. Here’s my top two shockers:

    1. A man was living in sin with his father’s wife.

    One translation of the Bible speculated that it was (probably) his stepmom, but that doesn’t make the situation any less vile and disgusting. Though it would’ve been a total abomination if it had been his birth mom—that probably would have resulted in a stoning (death penalty).

    Paul highly suggested that the man be “removed from their membership.” I wondered if that would be the outcome in today’s 21st century church. It appears that the Corinthian church struggled with removing the guilty man from among their congregation. I think it would’ve been far easier to do that “then” than it would be to do it “now.”

    Interestingly enough, Paul didn’t discuss the guilt of the woman. Thought he would’ve discussed her penalty first (thinking about “the woman caught in (the very act of) adultery), and he only mentioned her once.

    2. Verse 5: The man was cast out from the fellowship of the church and into Satan’s hands, to punish him. Verse 13: You yourselves must deal with this man and put him out of your church.

    The man’s punishment doesn’t line up with this Bible verse (the only EXCEPTION being if he wasn’t a Christian–he could have been a wolf in sheep’s clothing):

    Gal. 6:1-2, “Dear brothers, if a Christian is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help him back onto the right path, remembering that next time it might be one of you who is in the wrong. Share each other’s troubles and problems, and so obey our Lord’s command.”

    I don’t think the man would be “cast out from the fellowship of the church” in today’s 21st century church. Think there’s way too much media coverage and law suits in today’s society for that to happen.

    Ready for 1 CORINTHIANS 6

    90 degrees (feels like 92 degrees) and partly cloudy in my neck of the woods…

    Love to all,
    Regina

  375. poohpity says:

    Regina, it happened in a church I went to for 23 years the people were asked to leave but just like 2 Cor they were later forgiven and restored to fellowship.

  376. Beloved says:

    Regina no not a teacher. Retired mental health rehab worker by trade. Do you have hot dogs in Texas? Brats are a little larger than dogs and more coarse texture. They sometimes put bacon cheeses and wild rice for variety in when they make them. Also called bratwurst. These I got from a local meat market in town. Good to support local business when possible especially during these hard times. Love your neighbor has many facets to it.

  377. poohpity says:

    I would imagine that is why Paul put the emphasis on correcting the problems within the church rather than focusing on and judging the behaviors of those outside the church/fellowship and leave them to God.

  378. jeff1 says:

    “We must try to feel about the enemy as we feel about ourselves— to wish that he were not bad, to hope that he may, in this world or another, be cured: in fact, to wish his good. That is what is meant in the Bible by loving him: wishing his good, not feeling fond of him nor saying he is nice when he is not. I admit that this means loving people who have nothing lovable about them.” — C.S. Lewis

    When I reflect on what Lewis says I know he is right because I lived through a time of violence and hatred when a tit for tat was the response to injustice. It wasn’t that each side did not have a case against the other but that neither would turn the other cheek.

    I was to caught up in the politics to see it at the time but my dad wasn’t and that is why his choices aligned with Godly thinking while mine did not.

    I went to the funeral of my cousin yesterday who was not a good man by all accounts and I had in the past experienced others speaking truthfully of him. It uneased them a bit when I would tell them he was a cousin of mine but I would also add I knew what they said was true of him.

    Nevertheless his sister and I communicate at Christmas by letter, keeping each other up to date on our families and how well we all are. I remember, as children, better times, and my dad visiting Jim, (was his name,) and his then wife and family, as being his uncle he always tried to advise him and I remember too my dad being devastated when he learned of Jim’s fall from grace in behaving cruelly and shockingly towards both his wife, family and animals he was attending.

    I believe God is a God of mercy and I don’t know why Jim did what he did but some might say he paid for he was riddled with cancer before his death but when I spoke to his sister she told me of how her last visit to hospital with him as they said their goodbyes he said “see you up there Hazel”.
    I am so thankful Jim hadn’t lost his faith and understood God’s mercy for him.

    I think a persons upbringing has an immense impact on their life. My dad was critical of his sister not just to me but to her when she was living of how she over indulged her two sons i.e. giving money to them that she could hardly afford.

    The other brother was known for his dodgy car sales and even ripped of my dad in one such dealing.

    The sister who wasn’t spoilt is a very different person and so I cannot help but think my dad seen that his sister was doing her sons no favours in how she dealt with their misdemeanors early on in their lives.

    It’s so much easier to want God’s mercy for a relative or friend as I have all the information on the person but it is not so when faced with wanting it for an enemy as in most cases I only know the bad they have done and know little else of their existence.

    I agree with C. S. Lewis that I must at the very least be willing to wish or pray that God will show mercy to my enemies as it is wrong to wish them ill and I cannot call myself a follower of Christ if I cannot keep His commands.

    When I think about it it is just as much for my own good as it is another’s because I cannot draw near to Christ with malice in my heart or mind and that is perhaps why I found that while I was holding a grudge against my enemies I did not like what I had turned into.

    It poisons me which in turn affects my relationship with Christ and that is not what God wants for His child.

    It seems to me that I can easily make a rod for my own back which is what Lewis is referring to in the following quote as when I let my guard down I do make a way for Satan to attack and if I have learned anything it is that Satan is always ready and willing to do just that.

    “Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of. An apparently trivial indulgence in lust or anger today is the loss of a ridge or railway line or bridgehead from which the enemy may launch an attack otherwise impossible.” — C.S. Lewis

  379. foreverblessed says:

    Thank you Jeff, for these quotes of Lewis, they explain very clear what Jesus said:
    Bless your enemies!

    Thanks.

    But what if you find out you gave hatred in your heart.towards your enemies?

    Isn’t it exactly the reason to go to Jesus!!!
    To go with my hatred to Jesus, admit that it is there, and lay it at His Feet.

    That is the message of the Cross

    I remember that in our old church, we thought like that:
    First straighten out your heart and then come to Jesus.

    But if is the other way around:
    Coming with our sins to Jesus.

    To run to Jesus when you find out something that is wrong inside.
    To not be afraid of Him.

    It is the message of the Cross!
    Our inabilities are absolved in the Cross.
    That is a great mystery!
    But it’s the chore of our faith.

    Then we often see that our own love is so meager:

    Admitting that we are poor in love!
    Come to Jesus as a pauper.
    Blessed are the poor in spirit.

    Poor in love, in patience,
    And in faith ask Jesus to give us His love.
    Jesus cannot give to those who think of themselves full of love.

    But to the poor in spirit

  380. foreverblessed says:

    The enemy we bless,
    It is a way of God to form Jesus’s character in us:
    We think the enemy will change heart, 💓
    But he doesn’t, he hardens his heart.
    And here is the chance for God to develop His character in us.

    In adversity.

    Like today’s Utmost says.

    And yet God always hopes.
    We give up hope, and despair, we say: he will never change.
    But God is not like that.

    Live always hopes 1 Cor 13

  381. foreverblessed says:

    Love always hopes.

  382. poohpity says:

    Amen and amen! Great comments this morning Viv and forever.

    I think that is why when we call for justice we are actually giving ourselves a death sentence because if we want justice for others then it must be shown to us as well. Do I want justice or mercy? If we really trust the goodness of God then don’t we know that He will do the right thing for all mankind not just to those we think deserve it but those who know they don’t.

  383. poohpity says:

    It seems Jesus gave a lot of teaching in parables on those who think they have something to crow about compared to those who beat their chest admitting their sinfulness asking for mercy. Paul also emphasized the very same thing as well in his letters as did the other writers.

  384. jeff1 says:

    Yes, if I believe God’s word then I believe His promise to right what is wrong in the world.

    He brings it about as He corrects the wrong choices we all make at one time or another because as my sons so often tells me I have a SELECTIVE memory when it comes to how I remember.

    What I know is that though I may not go out with the intention to sin there are sins of omission which is when I fail to do what is right.

    I am forever looking to Christ for refuge be it from my own failings or seeing that others fail too.

    How can I not see that Christ covers me with mercy without seeing that He covers others too!

    Why is it that some times another can point out the obvious that I am so easily blinded to!

    SELECTIVE – me being picky and deciding another is a worse sinner than I am usually based on gossip rather than facts thrown in alongside with my preconceived biases and maybe the fact that I never did like their face.

    I am learning that before I open my mouth I need to be more selective to what comes out of it and whether it fits with being more Christlike or not.

    It is very easy to think I am Christlike because of my beliefs but showing that to an unbelieving world takes it to a very different level and it is my claim to know God and so the onus is on me to show His love and humility.

    Perhaps it is in seeking to be Christlike that I discover I have demons of my own to struggle with as if my own relationship with God is not right then I don’t see how my relationship with others will be!

  385. Beloved says:

    A perspective from pastor Begg today was of Gods restraining grace! Abigail interceding for her husband Nabal with David led to the preservation of the line through which the messiah King Jesus came. I think it’s a great way to look at our lives of troubles as God allowing what He will yet for the good of those who are a part of His kingdom here and forevermore! Counting blessings in disguise as we trust that God is in control of life today as we experience it in different forms; disappointments, worries, fears and everything that upsets. Why? Because He will not let go of us but will keep us as the dear children we are to Him.

    I’m so greatly encouraged by Gods word as usual! May the LORD bless you all and keep you through the blood of Jesus His son. Amen

  386. jeff1 says:

    From glory descending,
    Completely depending,
    You trusted Your Father
    And lived to obey.
    In speaking and doing,
    His pleasure pursuing,
    You joyfully listened
    And followed by faith.
    Through weakness came power,
    A strength every hour.
    Though empty, You gave with
    A heart unafraid,
    Secure in the knowing
    And full in the flowing
    Of God in His fullness
    Each moment by faith.

    Lord Jesus, You lead us
    To faith that can free us,
    So trusting and humble,
    We bow and obey.
    In speaking and doing,
    Your pleasure pursuing,
    We joyfully listen
    And follow by faith.
    Through weakness comes power,
    A strength every hour.
    Though empty, we give with
    A heart unafraid,
    Secure in the knowing
    And full in the flowing
    Of Your mighty Spirit
    Each moment by faith.

  387. street says:

    A perspective from pastor Begg today was of Gods restraining grace! Abigail interceding for her husband Nabal with David led to the preservation of the line through which the messiah King Jesus came.

    sometimes God doesn’t restrain us and we see what we really are, apart from Christ. thinking of the many way God moved in david’s life. even inciting Him. thinking of the plan of God and the Sovereignty of God in regard to sinful man. mans inability to save himself. then consider the power of God. as luther pointed out in the bondage of the will. at one point david could not even lift his head towards heaven.

    Psalm 34:18
    The Lord is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.

    His Praise will ever be on their lips.

  388. Beloved says:

    2 Corinthians4
    8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

  389. Beloved says:

    Colossians 3:2 English Standard Version
    Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

    Wow what a great reminder!

  390. foreverblessed says:

    When I opened this site the comment of July 25, 9.03 am I believe, appeared, from Regina, so I had a good read at that.
    We are capable of freeing from the prison of sin, because of the Cross, without Jesus it is impossible to be freed.
    He opens the gates of the prison, and we can walk out.

    Did Jesus not open the gate, we could not walk out.
    It is through grace we are freed.
    But then, do we set forward our feet?
    That is a free choice.

    Why does Paul exhort us to set our minds on things above, if that would happen anyway?
    We have to decide to set our minds on the hope that is made possible through the Cross of Jesus.
    Encourage one another to do so again this morning!
    16.07 pm overhere.

    Have a blessed day, may God bless through you many others.

  391. foreverblessed says:

    Again about the decision we make our of our own free will:
    Decide to step out into freedom,
    If you can’t make a step, ask God for help
    Help me to set a step!

    Accept the forgiveness God gives through Jesus.
    We can stand in His sanctuary, forgiven, unafraid of retribution. Jesus has taken all that we deserve.
    Nothing to fear.

    With all our shortcomings we can come to Jesus.

    Now there is one thing, sometimes people accuse us of something that we have done.
    I went to a funeral today.
    The woman was a good singer, and part of my choir. She was also an artist. I could get along very well with her, there was a click between us. I found her pleasant.
    Now at the funeral, her brother had a speech, that since 15 years there was a bridge between them. She had made decisions about him, that was not based on facts, but on false assumptions. Whatever he did, it was interpreted as having an evil intent.
    I was flabbergasted!
    This side of her I did not know, I found her pleasant and mild.

    She had a brain disease, the last two months. And I started to pray for her. Many times I sent up a prayer.
    And now I hear that they were reconciled, the last couple of weeks. It was not possible to talk if over, her mind was too far gone, just the words:
    All is well.

    And they were very pleased about it.
    God have mercy on us, forgive us, for many z time we do not know what we are doing.

    So mental diseases go in many families.
    She was reconciled just in the end, with all her brothers, and one sister.
    Thank God.

  392. foreverblessed says:

    The point I was making is this one;
    What to do with accusations that are based on wrong assumptions?

    Someone accuses you of some wrong, and you look into your own heart, and say: I never had that intention.
    How does the other person come to this conclusion?

    The best thing is to take it to Jesus.
    Our personal best Friend, our Redeemer, our Savior.

    O dear Lord, see what they say about me. You know what is in my heart.
    You know the Truth.

    And in the mean time, I pray intercessory prayers.
    Praying, with a heart that has faith in Jesus:
    In the Cross everything can be solved.

    Everything can be made White as Snow through the Cross.

  393. Beloved says:

    Forever I was just reading about this from a commentator the other day. It’s a common problem isn’t it? from Billy Graham:
    Q:

    If you ask God to forgive you for something you did to someone, does that mean you also need to ask them for forgiveness? I’m a Christian now, but I’m not sure I can do it. I don’t see what difference it would make anyway, except maybe reopen old wounds.

    A:
    It’s always important to seek the forgiveness of those we’ve hurt, even if it is hard to do. Jesus said that if “your brother or sister has something against you … First go and be reconciled to them” (Matthew 5:23-24).

    They may not forgive you, of course; they may reject your attempt or react with renewed anger over what you did, but then it becomes their problem, not yours. You will have done everything you could to let them know you regret what happened, and that you want their forgiveness. That’s what’s important to God. The Bible tells us to “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone” (Colossians 3:13).

    Why is it important to seek the forgiveness of those we’ve hurt? For one thing, it could bring about reconciliation. After all, you were the one at fault; you alone are responsible for the hurt that resulted. But that hurt will only be healed if you seek to heal it (and if the other person responds).

    But now that you’ve given your life to Christ, you have another important reason to seek the forgiveness of those you’ve hurt. It’s this: You now have an opportunity to tell them how God has forgiven you — and how He can forgive them also. No matter how much you’ve wronged others, it’s small compared with the wrongs we’ve committed against God. And yet He still loves us, and Christ stands ready to forgive us.

  394. street says:

    thinking of forgiveness of Hosea and gommer. living many years together but not as husband and wife. God meeting israel in a wilderness and speaking kindly to her. reaffirming His love for her.

    we know the price Jesus paid to take away our sin. leaning/learning to walk before Him blameless, or walking in His Spirit? the old man is dead in Christ Jesus. Holy ground. when we have suffered in the flesh there is peace and joy with God. let our love for Him in all circumstance flourish. His love and mercy will never end, for He is Eternal. grant that i may be crucified with Him and raised with Him.

  395. street says:

    Isaiah 42:6 “I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I will also hold you by the hand and watch over you.”

  396. street says:

    never on our own.

  397. foreverblessed says:

    The problem us when there is an evil spirit in the atmosphere, who whispers in the ear of your opponent, when you say something to her:
    ” She does not mean what she says, she is a hypocrite, she is a Christian, with holy sounding words she says so called holy things, but she has all hatred in her heart against you.”

    If can say: Sorry, I had no intention like that.
    But the opponent says:
    You do not know what is in your heart.
    I have special discernment

    We are dealing with evil spirits, who distort our view.
    That is also a reason that we bless others, instead of thinking evil things about them.
    Maybe it is not true what we think they have done against us.
    We can pray for them, God bless them! Be merciful for them.

  398. Beloved says:

    Never on our own…

    No! If we have Christ we have everything we need. Do we still sin and have evil thoughts- yes we do BUT the difference between us and THEM (those who call us hypocrites because we aren’t perfect), -yet, that is, is Christ in us. All hell may come against us but it will never bring us down because Jesus is our victor and holds us fast!

    I remember being shamed by a pastor because outsiders could see we were “hypocritical” in our faith, not following the LAW perfectly. But you know they are right! No one can follow the law perfectly that’s why we need Jesus! He’s the one we should lift up when assaulted as Billy Graham says. That liar the devil will do whatever it takes to take the spotlight off of Jesus.

  399. street says:

    thinking of the presents of evil, the old man.

    like gravity always present, and a benefit if you wish to walk ride or fly. mortification of the old man by the Spirit and presents of God. God, an endless source of love grace and strength. like the waves of the sea wave after wave of righteousness and peace. the mortification of the old man and joy and peace in the sanctification by the Spirit of God. forgiveness/new creation. a new Lord, a Lord that loves us and cares for us so much that He gives us a helper. a completed plan. a time of thanksgiving praise adoration and worship throughout the day and the night.

  400. Beloved says:

    I’m thinking about our wonderful Friend! ❤️

    John15
    12This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

    14You are My friends if you do what I command you. 15No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because everything I have learned from My Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose Me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will remain—so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you. 17This is My command to you: Love one another.

  401. jeff1 says:

    Sovereign, all-transcending Lord,
    Holy mystery, feared, adored,
    In Your mighty Son we see
    All Your love’s humility.

    Christ the Lion, now the Lamb,
    Gives Himself, the great I AM.
    Christ, the Prince of Paradise,
    Dies a slaughtered sacrifice.

    Christ the Victor, in defeat,
    Makes Your victory all complete.
    As He prays His final breath,
    Sovereign life now swallows death.

    In His conquering strength we see
    Deep and glorious mystery
    Glowing from Your heart above:
    Holy, fierce, all-conquering love.

  402. foreverblessed says:

    What a nice metric of the words of the song.
    Like Edgar Allan Poe!

    And what a strong image, Street!
    First wave of love and mercy
    Second wave of love and mercy

    Endless waves of love and mercy.

    This morning I went back to the idea Mart gave;
    To look at the Bible project.
    Last week I started in Genesis, through to Joshua.
    I was quite exhausted, about the failure of humans
    Then came the book of Ruth, which was a relief!
    The quiet life of a Moabite woman, not leaving her grieving mother in law alone.
    A trustworthy woman.
    What a great example!
    Jesus came through her!

    Today I watched the tree of life.
    The images that go with it are wonderful.

    The everlasting goodness of God, fixing the human failure.
    But we have to die with Jesus in order to live the New Life.

    Give all your grievances to the Cross, pray for one another that we leave them there, and spring up anew in the Spirit of Jesus
    All conquering fierce love,
    But a love that was willing to die

    How upside down from what humans are!

    Amazing Grace
    How sweet the sound

  403. jeff1 says:

    Take My Hand, Precious Lord

    When my way groweth drear
    Precious Lord, linger near-ear
    When my li-ight is almost gone
    Hear my cry, hear my call
    Hold my ha-and lest I fa-all
    Take my hand, precious Lor-ord
    Lead me on

    Precious Lord, take my hand
    Lead me on, let me sta-and
    I am tired, I’m weak, I am worn
    Through the storm, through the night
    Lead me on to the li-ight
    Take my ha-and, precious Lor-ord
    Lead me home

    When my work is all done
    And my race here is are you-un
    Let me see-ee by the light
    Thou hast shown
    That fair city so bright
    Where the lantern is the li-ight
    Take my ha-and, precious Lor-ord
    Lead me on

    Precious Lord, take my hand
    Lead me on, let me sta-and
    I am tired, I’m weak, I am worn
    Through the storm, through the night
    Lead me on to the li-ight
    Take my ha-and, precious Lor-ord
    Lead me home

  404. poohpity says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice to allow the Lord to guide us rather than falling into the traps of the evil one.

    Eph 4: Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.

    25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.

    28 If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. 29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

    30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.

    31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

    Making a choice to live a better not bitter life.

  405. poohpity says:

    Again the short answer; “To act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God.” Says it all doesn’t it.

  406. poohpity says:

    Our Daily Bread today speaks to this very thing.

  407. poohpity says:

    Oh Viv, I just discovered this morning that biblegateway dot com offers daily excerpts from C.S. Lewis thought you may be interested.

  408. jeff1 says:

    Words come so easy but in the midst of evil to act justly, to love mercy, and walk humbly with God requires a willingness on my part and if my memory serves me correctly I was so blinded by the politics of the time and angry at the injustice that I was seeking war not peace.

    It is in looking back that it is easy to see my failings and not my strengths.

    Why had my dad such a different vision because he knew whom to listen to and it wasn’t the politicians of the day which is why his words and actions were so different to mine.

    I have learned that it is very easy to know the right thing to do after the event but to be wise before and during the event is quite something else.

    Walk with me, Lord! Walk with me!
    Walk with me, Lord! Why don’t you walk with me!
    While I’m on this, this tedious journey,
    I need You, Jesus, to walk with me.

    Be my friend, Lord! Be my friend!
    Be my friend, Lord! Why don’t you be my friend!
    While I’m on this, this tedious journey,
    I need You, Jesus, to be my friend.

    Don’t leave me alone, Lord!
    Don’t leave me alone!
    Don’t leave me alone, Lord!
    Please don’t leave me alone!
    While I’m on this, this tedious journey,
    I need You, Jesus, to walk with me

    Oh, walk with me Lord
    Walk with me
    Come on and walk with me Lord
    Why don’t you walk with me
    Hey while I walk this this tedious journey
    Lord I need you Jesus yes I need you Lord to walk with me

  409. poohpity says:

    Viv, when I was teaching my children as they grew up one very important lesson because they suffered from ADHD and acted impulsively based on their emotions often was just to STOP whatever they were doing and THINK before they acted on it. A little lesson on self control. It takes a while to learn that and sadly many adults never learn which is something that is a sign of our times today with all the riots.

    The authorities arrest people for writing in chalk on the sidewalk to protest abortion but yet do absolutely nothing when the rioters and even mayors paint on the roads and buildings in paint, burn building, tear down statues, kill and injure innocent bystanders, harm and murder law enforcement officers and destroy property. Go figure?!?

  410. jeff1 says:

    I wasn’t acting impulsively just listening to the wrong people but thankfully I learned a good lesson from that.

    That helps me see that I should be thankful for our authorities here who seem to take a more balanced approach as can’t be much fun living with lawlessness.

  411. street says:

    STOP whatever they were doing and THINK before they acted on it.

    thinking of deception and just not knowing.
    many times we find ourselves far from home/ far from God. the drift is unnoticed. seeking our own and not God, perfection. no, we are not perfect, but perfection is in us. some day incorruptible bodies. yet we have received an incorruptible Spirit from God. The Holy Spirit. mortification of self, and seeking God required. no this is not done by flesh and blood. it is done by the Spirit we have received. sometimes we strain at a nat and swallow a camel. our propensity to evil is great yet we have not been abandoned to evil. our Hope is in Christ, and we wait and serve at His pleasure.

  412. Beloved says:

    Reminds me of Gods restraining grace. I know there is nothing good in me but what the Holy Spirit has control over.

  413. Beloved says:

    And that’s between me and Him.

  414. jeff1 says:

    Father, Father, day by day
    You give me all I need:
    Blessings, burdens, work and rest,
    Disgrace and dignity,
    Quiet, peaceful streams
    And the mountains steep,
    Pastures broad and green
    And the shadows deep.

    Shepherd, Shepherd, I am weak,
    So gently lead Your lamb.
    Joy or sorrow, loss or gain,
    I kiss Your loving hand.
    Father, kind and wise,
    Good in all You do,
    Take away the light
    If You’ll walk me through.

    Father God, You only give
    What draws me close to You.

  415. Regina says:

    Good Evening, All

    I hope/pray that you and yours are well. BGg, I’m well and family too. I’ve been attending professional development classes for the past two days, and I’m too exhausted this evening to give any writings and serious thought. The last training for this week is tomorrow, so (hopefully) I’ll be back for good conversation on Thursday. Thank you, Beloved disciple, for answering my questions, and the answer to your question is, “Yes… Texans definitely eat bratwurst (though they don’t put rice on it), but I don’t because (as you know) I’m a vegetarian. Interestingly enough, I don’t think I’ve ever had a bratwurst (not even when I wasn’t vegetarian–I’ve only been vegan/veg for 8 years). pooh, ok re: that member of your church, but I’m still curious about how that situation finally worked out in the Corinthian church. All for now… Getting ready to finish my dinner (a mock grilled cheese sandwich, whole apple, Skinny Pop popcorn, Lara bar and water), and watch the NBC Nightly News and The Island (with Bear Grylls)

    1 CORINTHIANS 6

    94 degrees (feels like 96 degrees) with beautiful sunshine in my neck of the woods…

    Love to all,
    Regina

  416. SFDBWV says:

    I took a cue from Foreverblessed and took another look at the crowdfunded Bible Project again. I took a look at what they had to say about Job, my least favored book of the Bible.

    Like Regina had said I too have never heard Satan pronounced in that way by anyone. Not Hebrew nor English, but then I have never heard how Satan is pronounced in Aramaic, or Farsi.

    These short videos as Mart explained, are short and to the point. But not a short answer to the question in Job as to why God allowed Job to suffer nor why He allows us to. When He has the power not to allow it.

    I think that in truth there are no short answers to our questions concerning God. And especially concerning the interpretation of Scripture.

    55 degrees cool and clear.

    Steve

  417. poohpity says:

    Regina you will find out what happened to the people in Corinth when you get to 2 Cor..
    **************

    One can either believe God is good all the time or one can think He uses us to play games and has evil intentions for those He created in His image.

  418. poohpity says:

    In our suffering moments it seems we can experience the closeness of God like no other time because otherwise we depend on our own strength when things are going so well for us taking God for granted and we will not learn empathy, perseverance, develop character or trust nor will we understand the suffering that Christ went through on our behalf. So when one looks more closely at it suffering is a benefit for those who do not go into self pity, anger or bitterness mode. ALL things work together for good for those who love Christ and are called according to His purpose.

  419. Beloved says:

    I was thinking of the origins of words for satan.
    Origin
    Old English Satan, from Latin Satān, from Ancient Greek Σατάν (Satan), from Hebrew שָׂטָן (Śāṭān, “adversary, accuser”).

    As the King James Bible was translated from the Latin Vulgate I was wondering if the writers are using the Latin term? Maybe?

  420. Beloved says:

    The Modern English word devil derives from the Middle English devel, from the Old English dēofol, that in turn represents an early Germanic borrowing of the Latin diabolus. Wiki

  421. SFDBWV says:

    Just came in from mowing. It is for me all a motorized push mower. No aided traction all push and pull. I have to work on sections at a time as I am just getting older and my time is also limited as to how long I can be away from Matt.

    Wanted to get as much as I could this morning before the sun got too high. In under a fan after getting Matt some gum to chew while he watches Price is Right.

    Regina, you are allowed to sigh and laugh when I tell you I am hot and sweaty and it is 68 degrees.

    The reason I don’t like the Book of Job is because the short answer to the story is that God felt He had to prove something to Satan and in order to do it He sacrificed Job’s health, wealth and family in order to do so.

    I suppose you could see a slight resemblance to Jesus in Job in that he was innocent and yet God allowed Satan to do as he wished to Job except kill him.

    Even though I think that Jesus was simply quoting Psalms 22 to the crowd at the foot of the cross, I suppose an argument could be made in that, like Job, Jesus felt abandoned by God.

    It just seems to me that God would not have to prove anything to Satan or feel that He needed to. It almost makes God look human or at least suffer from the human failing of having to show up an adversary.

    Personally I think God to be bigger than that.

    There are certainly some wonderful quotes from Job that are enlightening and encouraging that I can take away from it as well as the long answer God gives Job that centers on creation and nature.

    I did not like that the crowdfund spokesman gave a suggestion that the two unidentified creatures in Job were a hippo and something else I can’t recall right now. Seeing that there are Hebrew and Greek words for each of those creatures and the verse states them as being behemoth and leviathan. Some others believe to be dinosaurs.

    Enough for now, I hope I have given some of you something to think about. Or at least a better understanding for my being uncomfortable with the book of Job.

    Steve

  422. Beloved says:

    A jealous?!? God
    “Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;”
    Exodus 20:5, KJV

    “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:”
    Exodus 34:14, KJV

    “For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.”
    Deuteronomy 4:24, KJV

    “Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,”
    Deuteronomy 5:9, KJV

    “(For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.”
    Deuteronomy 6:15, KJV

  423. Beloved says:

    NT
    The Corinthian Christians are said to be provoking God to jealousy because of the worship of idols ( 1Cor 10:22 ). This is followed by the question, “Are we stronger than he?”meaning “Can we afford to defy his power?” Therefore, to arouse the jealousy of God is a very dangerous action on our part. On the other hand, God’s jealousy is based on his love and concern for us.

    Alan N. Winkler

  424. poohpity says:

    To me it is not about the questions about creatures in Job but planting seeds of doubt about the goodness of God that ruffles my hat. Who exactly is it that wants us to question the goodness of God?

  425. Beloved says:

    Luke18: 28 “we have left all we had to follow You.”
    29“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God 30will fail to receive many times more in this age—and in the age to come, eternal life.”

    Thinking perhaps Job was a lesson of the cost of following God? Maybe focusing on temporal rewards conveniences and comforts are nothing compared to what’s to come.

    Just last evening it suddenly occurred to me how many losses I’ve had because I follow Christ. I had to say WOW it’s real.

  426. foreverblessed says:

    I will talk about Job later,

    For now I focus on : Act justly

    As Regina noticed, right in the beginning, God held it against the rulers of Israel, for not acting justly as:
    Defend and Care for the poor and widowed and strangers.

    What a terrible tragedy happened in Libanon.

    Last week I was thinking about writing about Lebanon, in the topic of Justice:

    But God hold it against the leaders that they were enriching themselves in spite of the poor people.

    There was a big article in one of our national newspaper, about Lebanon. How many people have fallen into poverty the last year. People who have no food, empty refrigrators.
    The article explained how that happened, something with the banking system, getting extra loans but using it for the elite people. So that the money devaluates and the middel class cannot pay the food anymore, since the money is devalued.

    Talking about a government that have not acted justly.

    So a huge poor group has appeared. People who have not enough food and go hungry.
    It talked about a man who was robbed by a young father, who pointed a gun at him saying:
    “Give me your money, see what I have become in order to feed my children.”
    The man who was robbed was still shocked, not only because of the robbery, but because of the loss of self respect, a fellow citizen that had falling into a criminal, because of hunger.

    I didn’t know it was that bad.

    And now this week this tragedy happens, a huge explosion that whiped out a great part of the port of the city. And most of the reserves of the countries grain are blown away.

    More food lost.

    (Not a terrorist attack, probably an accident, due to neglicance in getting rid of a huge pile of ammonium nitrate, that was still in the port of the city)

    Pray for them. Pray for the opressed and for the oppressors.

  427. jeff1 says:

    I rejoice in Your purpose today
    Though the end may feel so far away.
    I find peace in the love on Your face
    And rejoice in Your purpose today.

    I remember that You are the Lord,
    And I feast on each promise I’ve heard.
    What a strength when I stand on Your Word
    And remember that You are the Lord.

    Though confusion and struggle are all I can see
    And I wrestle alone with my pain,
    Lord, I know You are working this all for the best,
    And my suffering is never in vain.

    I rejoice in Your purpose today
    Though the end may feel so far away.
    I find peace in the love on Your face
    And rejoice in Your purpose today

  428. street says:

    33 So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.

    the mortification of self- my way.

    Galatians 6:14
    But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

    13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

    without the Spirit of Christ we are nothing.

    God spoken into nothing and there was light.

    God spoke, ” be Holy.” and nothing became Holy.

    God rules by fiat. He placed limits on man and man has rejected those limits. His fiats are love faithfulness mercy forgiveness righteousness justice. the joy of finding this God seeking Him.

    with the Spirit of Christ we are the Glory of God.

    our worth and value come from God, not the world. the world does not value truth or holiness. to co-exist is to die.

  429. Beloved says:

    Our church sent a ministry team to Lebanon a couple years ago for 6 months. I’ve been praying for those that answered the gospel call would be strengthened and provided with their basic needs. And that Christ would reveal Himself through this terrible tragedy and save His elect. That the gospel would flourish.

  430. foreverblessed says:

    That God may richly bless the prayers of your church, Beloved, and multiply the help they sent. (like the bread and the fish feeding the four and five thousand)

    About Job,

    I thought the main themeof the book of Job was:

    God is showing the evil spirit world that His children love Him unconditionally.

    Unconditoned love. Loving God for Who He is, not for the benefits He gives, not for the blessings He gives.

    God was sure that Job would show this to Satan.

    But when we go through the book, we see that Job struggles with this. He almost fails, He even accuses God of being unfair to him, unjust.

    He gets to that point of unconditional love, by the skin of his teeth so to speak.

    I am so much wondering about God, Who was sooooo sure that Job would show this to Satan.

    It reminds me of the bible verse:
    God will finish what He started in you.

  431. Beloved says:

    the joy of finding this God seeking Him.

    The joy of the LORD is my strength! Nehemiah8

  432. foreverblessed says:

    For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

    Just in a very short answer what the struggle of Job was.
    Eph 6:12

    But the very very bests bible verse that describes what was going on with Jo:

    Ephesians 3:10

    His purpose was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,

    v11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    God accomplished it in Jesus Christ, but still is showing it through His Church, the body of believers, His children,
    who love Him for Who He IS

  433. foreverblessed says:

    Sorry, I should add: that is to how I perceived it what the intent is of the book of Job.

  434. jeff1 says:

    Lift your eyes,
    Realize
    God is working all around you.
    Near or far,
    Where you are,
    God is working all around you.
    Know His love,
    Gentle love,
    Wise and never sleeping.
    Stay aware.
    He is there.
    God is working all around you.

    Joy and pain,
    Loss and gain,
    See His goodness all around you.
    You can know
    As you go
    All His mercy will surround you.
    Steps of faith,
    Childlike faith,
    Hand in hand forever.
    In the light,
    Through the night
    God is working all around you.

    Life or death,
    Every breath
    God is ever all around you.
    Love unseen
    Stands between.
    Know His power will surround you.
    Fearful heart,
    Boldly start
    Trusting and obeying.
    Faith will grow,
    Life will show
    God is working all around you.

  435. foreverblessed says:

    and then came Ephesians 3:12
    In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

    This is also what Job did, he approached God, with all his questions and doubts, and as the bibleproject people said: God didn’t mind Job talking to God like that, God wants us to speak with Him in honosty.
    He wants us to go through the tough questions, struggling it out with Him,
    Job was brought to peace of mind, at last.

    Trusting God, no matter what happens in our life.
    But the struggle to come to that place is fair,
    and just

  436. foreverblessed says:

    thanks for that song Jeff,
    and for that bible verse Beloved,

  437. Beloved says:

    Forever I appreciated your description of Job! Biblical theology is always a learning experience and varies as to how we see or experience God! Streets Biblical theology is also very interesting and encouraging. Thank you both for your presence here. Having a tough day with pain and depression; maybe tomorrow will be better. But God never changes! He’s an anchor and a rock we can count on!

  438. foreverblessed says:

    Dear Beloved, I pray for you, that even in your pain and depression, that you may sing praises to God!
    Unconditional love for God!
    I feel like being like Joshua, holding up the arm of Moses, in praying in praising God.

    And the same I feel for Steve, despite the setbacks, holding on to God.
    To who else can we go?
    There is no one else in heaven and in earth, and under the earth.
    Even if we do not understand Him. We yet hold on to Him.
    I was reading Job 38-42
    And I am so thrilled!
    What a God we have, who can tell Him what to do?
    Who understand Him
    His live is far higher and wider and deeper than we can perceive

    I pray that you may be filled with His life! Even more so today than yesterday.

  439. jeff1 says:

    When my heart is overwhelmed
    And my eyes are blind to You
    And the pain of life is just too heavy to bear

    And then the mountains seems so high
    And my faith’s too weak to climb
    Lead me to the rock that is higher than I

    Lead me to the rock, lead me to the rock
    Lead me to the rock that is higher than I
    Lead me to the rock, lead me to the rock
    Lead me to the rock that is higher than I

    When my life is hit with fear
    And I fight to hide the tears
    And I wrestle in my heart to know what to do

    Lord, I’m welling up inside
    But I know You hear my cry
    Jesus, lead me to the rock that is higher than I

    Lead me to the rock, lead me to the rock
    Lead me to the rock that is higher than I
    Lead me to the rock, lead me to the rock
    Lead me to the rock that is higher than I

    You are the rock and there is no other
    A tower of strength, You are my shelter
    Lord, You are my hope eternal
    You are the rock that is higher than I

    You are the rock and there is no other, oh
    A tower of strength, You are my shelter
    Lord, You are my hope eternal
    You are the rock that is higher than I

    Lead me to the rock, lead me to the rock
    Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, oh
    Lead me to the rock, lead me to the rock
    Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, oh

    Lead me to the rock, lead me to the rock
    Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, oh
    Lead me to the rock, lead me to the rock
    Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, oh

  440. jeff1 says:

    When I think of Job I see a giant in his faith as he was willing to accept his suffering believing and trusting God was using it for the greater good.

    I suffer at times knowing it is from my bad choices and so I except the consequences but Job seen that his suffering was from the hand of God and so the hurt he felt must have been immense and his friends did not help in trying to reassure him and added insult to injury and so God proved that Job did trust Him beyond understanding.

    It is giants like Job that reassure me that what ever I am going through I can always trust God with my circumstances.

    I may find that I am in these circumstances through no fault of my own but it is trusting God throughout that will lead to peace of mind later.

    I love Job because he helps me to see God’s presence in the most devastating times of our lives and from my own experiences of when I was grieving there was never a time I felt more abandoned by God.

    1 Our God, our help in ages past,
    our hope for years to come,
    our shelter from the stormy blast,
    and our eternal home:

    2 Under the shadow of your throne
    your saints have dwelt secure;
    sufficient is your arm alone,
    and our defense is sure.

    3 Before the hills in order stood,
    or earth received her frame,
    from everlasting you are God,
    to endless years the same.

    4 A thousand ages in your sight
    are like an evening gone;
    short as the watch that ends the night
    before the rising sun.

    5 The busy tribes of flesh and blood,
    with all their lives and cares,
    are carried downward by your flood,
    and lost in foll’wing years.

    6 Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
    bears all its sons away;
    they fly forgotten, as a dream
    dies at the op’ning day.

    7 Our God, our help in ages past,
    our hope for years to come:
    O be our guard while troubles last,
    and our eternal home.

  441. Beloved says:

    I’ve never felt closer to God than in my suffering. Earthly joys are fleeting I found out many years ago when I first knew Christ. But I praise and rejoice in Him always and even more when it hurts. Always under His wing.

  442. poohpity says:

    I often ask myself, “Are you letting emotions rule your life?” Emotions can be very deceptive not to say they do not matter but are they what controls my actions? Do I depend on them rather than “knowing” the truth? Emotions cause me to be so obsessed with me often I can not see beyond them to the bigger picture or even consider other people.

    Do I believe God even when my emotions say poor thing you deserve something other than what is? Do I really believe that God has the best in mind for ALL human beings which is why He gave us certain guidelines to live by that are not only good for me but for those I come in contact with?

    Emotions can cause me to form my opinions based on them and not on the reality of God and His abilities.

  443. poohpity says:

    God sent His son, they called Him Jesus
    He came to love, heal and forgive
    He lived and died to buy my pardon
    An empty grave is there to prove my savior lives

    Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
    Because He lives, all fear is gone
    Because I know He holds the future
    And life is worth the living, just because He lives

    How sweet to hold a newborn baby
    And feel the pride and joy He gives
    But greater still the calm assurance
    This child can face uncertain day, because He lives

    Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
    Because He lives, all fear is gone
    Because I know He holds the future
    And life is worth the living, just because He lives

    And then one day, I’ll cross the river
    I’ll fight life’s final war with pain
    And then, as death gives way to victory
    I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He reigns

    Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
    Because He lives, all fear is gone
    Because I know He holds the future
    And life is worth the living, just because He lives

    I can face tomorrow
    Because He lives, all fear is gone
    Because I know He holds the future
    And life is worth the living, just because He lives

  444. jeff1 says:

    Our emotions are intertwined with mood and personality and so if I am more prone to mood swings which I am then I may struggle more with my emotions.

    I don’t think that changes what I know about God but it does make it more difficult to deal with people which is why I find I have to get away from people when I am having difficulties with my moods.

    I know it upsets others to see me anxious or depressed so I tend to be reclusive until it passes and I can mix with others again.

    Emotions may get in the way of how I see God but it is who I am and I am not claiming to be perfect.

  445. Regina says:

    Good Morning, All

    I pray all is well with you and yours. BGg, I’m well and family too.

    Want to share a passage from My Utmost that really blessed me this morning…

    “The point of prayer is not to get answers from God, but to have perfect and complete oneness with Him. If we pray only because we want answers, we will become irritated and angry with God. We receive an answer every time we pray, but it does not always come in the way we expect, and our spiritual irritation shows our refusal to identify ourselves truly with our Lord in prayer. We are not here to prove that God answers prayer, but to be living trophies of God’s grace.” Wow!!!

    And the today’s ODB devotional was so “on point” with Micah 6:8 (He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God) plus it provided some historical knowledge about Chicago’s West side in the 1960s. Will share the entire devo here:

    “In the Father’s Ways” (John Blase)

    Read: 1 Samuel 8:1-9

    Highlighted Verse: 1 Samuel 8:3
    They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.

    “In the 1960s, the bustling community of North Lawndale, on Chicago’s West Side, was a pilot community for interracial living. A handful of middle-class African Americans bought homes there on “contract”—that combined the responsibilities of home ownership with the disadvantages of renting. In a contract sale, the buyer accrued no equity, and if he missed a single payment, he would immediately lose his down payment, all his monthly payments, and the property itself. Unscrupulous sellers sold at inflated prices, then the families were evicted when they missed a payment. Another family would buy on contract, and the cycle fueled by greed just kept going.

    Samuel appointed his sons judges over Israel, and they were driven by greed. His sons “did not follow his ways” (1 Samuel 8:3). In contrast to Samuel’s integrity, his sons “turned aside after dishonest gain” and used their position to their own advantage. This unjust behavior displeased the elders of Israel and God, putting in motion a cycle of kings that fills the pages of the Old Testament (vv. 4–5).

    To refuse to walk in God’s ways allows room for the perversion of those values, and as a result injustice flourishes. To walk in His ways means honesty and justice are clearly seen not only in our words but in our deeds as well. Those good deeds are never an end in themselves but always that others may see and honor our Father in heaven.”
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    Also enjoyed reading and gained greater wisdom from 1 CORINTHIANS 6. It refreshed my knowledge re: God’s admonishment against sexual immorality, and it was the first time I’d ever read about law suits, Christians suing other Christians, in the Bible. Law suits even in Biblical times? Wow.

    I did Lol, Steve, at your sweating in 68 degree weather! :-o And was very interested in what you (and others) shared about Job. It’s very thought-provoking, indeed, that the Lord chose Job to endure such a great amount of suffering. And several scriptures came to mind…

    Jeremiah 1:5
    “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb…”

    Am thinking that God chose Job to suffer adversity because He knew that his actions would glorify Him (forever mentioned that Job almost failed, but I think Job got “weary in well-doing”)…

    Jeremiah 18:5-6, TLB
    5) Then the Lord said: 6) O Israel, can’t I do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.

    Was thinking about how much Job lost for he was very rich, and he had a high level of honor and respect for God…

    Job 1:1-5, TLB
    1)There lived in the land of Uz a man named Job—a good man who feared God and stayed away from evil. 2-3) He had a large family of seven sons and three daughters and was immensely wealthy, for he owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and employed many servants. He was, in fact, the richest cattleman in that entire area.

    4) Every year when Job’s sons had birthdays, they invited their brothers and sisters to their homes for a celebration. On these occasions they would eat and drink with great merriment. 5) When these birthday parties ended—and sometimes they lasted several days—Job would summon his children to him and sanctify them, getting up early in the morning and offering a burnt offering for each of them. For Job said, “Perhaps my sons have sinned and turned away from God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular practice.

    Job was a father who prayed for his children! And it’s obvious that he didn’t *worship* his material possessions. So, God (the Potter) chose him to SUFFER adversity, so He could get some GLORY from Job’s sacrifice! Wow!

    Matthew 22:37-39, TLB
    37) Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.’ 38-39) This is the first and greatest commandment. The second most important is similar: ‘Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.’

    forever and Beloved, I read, in the online newspaper, yesterday about what happened in Beirut! So, I looked up Beirut on a partial world map and found out that that city is located in Lebanon.

    “Lebanon” brought some Bible verses to mind… Psalm 92:12,”the godly will flourish like palm trees
    and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.” Psalm 104:16, “The Lord planted the cedars of Lebanon. They are tall and flourishing.”

    My heart is overwhelmed by the devastation and suffering in that area right now! If ever there was a time when the entire world needed the Lord—when people represented all over the world needed to get down on their knees and pray—it’s definitely right now. I will “specifically” include the citizens and that region in my prayers. My church has never done any mission work in that part of the world. So, I was only vaguely familiar with it, though-now-I could never forget it!

    Looking forward to 1 CORINTHIANS 7

    84 degrees (feels like 89 degrees— today’s high temp. will be 98 degrees) and partly cloudy.

    Love to all,
    Regina

  446. Beloved says:

    I love this site because of all of you, my fellow travelers, as you share what God is teaching you as we all grow up in the same LORD Jesus. I thank God for this fellowship. My only fellowship right now is with the unbelievers where I live so it’s short times but opportunities to remember to pray for them. God ordains our circumstances.

  447. street says:

    6 Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
    bears all its sons away;
    they fly forgotten, as a dream
    dies at the op’ning day.

    Isaiah 43:2
    “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.

    Isaiah 33:20-22
    20
    Look upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts;
    Your eyes will see Jerusalem, an undisturbed habitation,
    A tent which will not be folded;
    Its stakes will never be pulled up,
    Nor any of its cords be torn apart.
    21
    But there the majestic One, the Lord, will be for us
    A place of rivers and wide canals
    On which no boat with oars will go,
    And on which no mighty ship will pass—
    22
    For the Lord is our judge,
    The Lord is our lawgiver,
    The Lord is our king;
    He will save us—

    Psalm 66:6
    He turned the sea into dry land; They passed through the river on foot; There let us rejoice in Him!

    John 4:13-14
    13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

    yes we are weak and brought lower in spirit and strength, yet we are to sore on the wings of eagles. for God has ordained that His Power and Glory are exalted in our weakness……

    praying for my fellow bond-servants and thanking Father for them. my joy and crown.

    Philippians 4:1
    Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.

  448. Beloved says:

    The Day of Judgment
    BY ISAAC WATTS
    An Ode Attempted in English Sapphic
    When the fierce north wind with his airy forces
    Rears up the Baltic to a foaming fury,
    And the red lightning with a storm of hail comes
    Rushing amain down,

    How the poor sailors stand amazed and tremble,
    While the hoarse thunder, like a bloody trumpet,
    Roars a loud onset to the gaping waters,
    Quick to devour them!

    Such shall the noise be and the wild disorder,
    (If things eternal may be like these earthly)
    Such the dire terror, when the great Archangel
    Shakes the creation,

    Tears the strong pillars of the vault of heaven,
    Breaks up old marble, the repose of princes;
    See the graves open, and the bones arising,
    Flames all around ’em!

    Hark, the shrill outcries of the guilty wretches!
    Lively bright horror and amazing anguish
    Stare through their eyelids, while the living worm lies
    Gnawing within them.

    Thoughts like old vultures prey upon their heart-strings,
    And the smart twinges, when the eye beholds the
    Lofty Judge frowning, and a flood of vengeance
    Rolling afore him.

    Hopeless immortals! how they scream and shiver,
    While devils push them to the pit wide-yawning
    Hideous and gloomy, to receive them headlong
    Down to the center.

    Stop here, my fancy: (all away ye horrid
    Doleful ideas); come, arise to Jesus;
    How He sits God-like! and the saints around him
    Throned, yet adoring!

    Oh may I sit there when he comes triumphant
    Dooming the nations! then ascend to glory
    While our hosannas all along the passage
    Shout the Redeemer.

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