Where Do I Start?

BibleFor whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.   Romans 15:4

For most of my life the Bible has seemed to be this impenetrable book. The question I’ve often asked, and one I’m sure you have too, is “Where do I start?” There certainly are parts that are harder than others, and there are good reasons why.

HISTORY

There have been about 2000 years of it since the last book of the Bible was written. Some books of the Bible contain historical references that are not clear to us by any means. Daniel, Matthew 24, and Revelation come to mind. Sometimes it isn’t about what’s referred to as “Apocryphal Language” as much as it’s about most of us not knowing enough history to make sense of what we read.

Agents of BabylonThat’s why it’s important to find authors who have studied the history surrounding biblical times who can, first, identify what is being described and, second, explain it clearly. I recently started reading Agents of Babylon by Dr. David Jeremiah, which has opened the Book of Daniel to me as never before.

I always read carefully and critically, especially when it comes to things I find outside of the mainstream. YouTube, for example, can be a wealth of information, but you need to really have your thinking cap on and be critical.

I have three categories that I put sources into:

First – The Nut Case has no idea what he’s talking about and isn’t afraid to put his ignorance on brightly lit display.

Second – Very Credible has the education, certifications, and experience to bring good information to light. VC knows how to communicate clearly and lucidly and is easy to evaluate. You might still find sufficient grounds to dismiss him, but he’s very credible in that he’s reasonably thoughtful and well-spoken.

Third – The Amateur Savant comes across as a Nut Case, because he is not educated, has no credentials, but has been able, through natural intelligence and very hard work, to arrive at truth. So, while a Nut Case in style, he’s Very Credible in substance. I often listen to Nut Cases a bit longer than I should just because I want to make sure I’m not accidently dismissing a savant.

LINEAR THINKING

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This is how we, western educated sons and daughters of Aristotle think and read. Unfortunately, not all societies throughout time share this thought pattern. Daniel is a case in point. In one sentence, he’s with a son who’s dad he’s already covered in large part. In the very next sentence, using zero transition, he’s back to the dad as if this is happening in real time.

 

You could make a comedy routine out of this sort of stream of consciousness delivery, comparing it to someone’s mother. She prattles on while you listen with increasingly murderous rage, waiting for the point to come across.

Lazy SusanI call it The Lazy Susan approach. Think of a Lazy Susan in the middle of a table that just keeps turning on its own. As it turns, you keep grabbing the next interesting thing you see and put it on your plate – or in your manuscript – until you finally get to whatever’s at the center. Instead of getting to the hub of the issue directly as a sane, linear-thinking person would, the Lazy Susan Thinker sort of spirals haphazardly in toward the ending.

FAMILIARITY

While some sections of the Bible seem as clear as smoky glass, others elude us because they are so very familiar. These are spots where we need to slow down and try to see if we’re missing anything. This is very hard to do, because, as they say, you don’t know what you don’t know.

Case in point:

And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.   Genesis 3:15

Maybe it’s just me, but I realized at one point that there’s something we never discuss when we look at this verse. Even worse, I found it embarrassingly obvious when I finally saw it. Remember, God is talking to the serpent – and Satan, by extension – who tricked Eve into sinning. Who is Satan’s seed?!?

LAZINESS

Now, I’m sure you’re wondering what the answer is to that last question. You want me to tell you instead of hitting the Bible yourself, reading it cover to cover, and finding answers for that question and a whole slew of others that will come up from carefully reading God’s Word.

I am currently working on my own Biblical timeline. I’m using an Excel spreadsheet to record data that I find from the Bible to tell me when things happened. Since B.C./A.D. dating wasn’t used in any Biblical period, I’ve invented my own dating method that I call Creation Plus, or C.P. I will eventually add a B.C./A.D. timeline once I’m confident I’ve reached a point where that can be done to my own satisfaction.

See below that Noah died at age 950, in the year 2006 C.P., 350 years after the Flood. It was only 39 years after Noah’s death that God appeared to Abram and Sarai in 2045 C.P.:

Creation PlusThe Bible also uses weights and measures unfamiliar to us, so I made another spreadsheet for conversions. In Googling “Cubit” I learned that there is a long cubit and a short one. The long cubit was used in king David’s time. Long after that the standard cubit used was shorter. So, for example, Goliath is described as being six cubits and a span tall. His coat of mail and spearhead are also described. Here’s a screen shot of those calculations:

Goliaths MeasuresSo start reading the Bible. Genesis 1. In the beginning, if you will. If you come across something you don’t understand like weights and measures, Google them. When it comes to the meaning of Biblical events or theology, find yourself a really good Christian author. And be warned; there are MANY so-called Christians out there deceiving many away from God’s Truth. Joel Osteen comes to mind.

OK.  I know you’re thinking about it. I won’t tell you who Satan’s seed is, but here are a couple Bible references that contain the answer. Also included; some writing I’ve done on it.

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And the first in my series on the Book of Enoch; Connecting the Dots; The Book of Enoch, Part 1

Happy reading!!

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Christmas & The Gates of Hades

And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock (referring to Himself) I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.   Matthew 16:18

I had an epiphany last Sunday during Bible class. Pastor was explaining how gates are strictly defensive structures. God’s Word is what’s in motion. It’s what is on the offense, what is meant to be on the offense. The ideas being discussed were all about attacking hell from the outside to break down those gates.

A comment was made that flipped this idea completely over for me. I realized we were getting it all wrong. God’s Word doesn’t break down the gates from the outside. We don’t use it as a weapon to attack Satan’s citadel. What would be the point? Why would we want to get in?!?

Do you remember my article Zombie Land? Here’s an excerpt from that article:

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Are we as well equipped spiritually?

…we’re in Zombie Land. The world is Satan’s playground for a limited time, and we are vulnerable to his predation.  I believe Americans have had a false sense of security for far too long.  We’ve never had a war on the continent save The War for Independence and Civil War.  We’ve relaxed too much over the years and become complacent in our lives and our faith.  There’s a war going on all around us.  We can’t see the angels and demons engaged, but they are here.  With you and me.  Right now.

 

They battle over our protection, our lives, and our souls. Why does God talk about giving His angels charge over us?  Well, He does!  All of us.  That just doesn’t mean we’re automatically safe.  No, the devil prowls like a roaring looking for those he can devour.

Recall in Daniel how the angel from God was delayed by Satan’s “Prince of Persia.” Satan’s minions have the earth divided up into individual areas of responsibility, and they aren’t weaklings. Not by any measure.

satan BConsistent with the title, Satan is referred to as “The Prince of This World” and “Prince of the Air.” His army of princes have their areas of responsibility, but he is in charge of the whole thing, the entire earth! Indeed, St. Paul warns the church of Galatia and us by extension that we are in enemy territory and that this is real war:

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.   Ephesians 6:12 [Full Chapter]

We are at least partly inside the gates of Hades! Those gates cannot prevail against the Word of God to hold us in! We stand one foot in Hades and one foot in heaven. We are not completely cut off from God, not completely dead…yet! We are not fully in His presence either. The gates are not completely closed and locked. There’s still an opening, which Jesus, through His atoning Sacrifice, will bust open for us. But time grows short. The only way we make it through those gates is through the one and only Way – Jesus. The only way we exit Hades once we’ve died is if we accept Jesus’ offer to hold the gate open for us.

This all makes sense when we correctly interpret “Hades” as the realm of the dead, NOT hell. Hades/Sheol are translated the Greek and Hebrew as being the god of and/or the realm of the dead. This is different from hell, which is the place of punishment, of complete separation from God. That translation lends even more credence to my interpretation that the attack by the Word on the gates of Hades is from within, not without!

Going even further, Peter tells us in 1 Peter 3:19 that Jesus “…went and preached to the spirits in prison.” In other words, Jesus did NOT go to Hell to preach to the spirits and demons there. What would have been the point? No, He went to Hades/Sheol to give the dead there the Good News that He had won and that they will be set free; “…the gates of Hades shall not prevail against (Me)!”

All this grew out of…Christmas! These are the accomplishments of the Baby in the Manger, the Light, the Word, the Christ!

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Stronger than He looks…

Christmas Memories, Part II

Train up a child in the way she should go, And when she is old she will not depart from it.    Proverbs 22:6

We don’t always remember things the same as other people. I thought it would be interesting… no, valuable to hear what Christmas memories my daughters hold close.

Olivia remembered dressing up for Christmas Eve services. Her favorite time was when she was dressed in a red plaid dress, white stockings, and black patent leather shoes. She was sitting on her grandmother’s lap, and they talked about how nice it is to get dressed up for church. Grandma told her she looked very nice that evening at our house. It was a nice, private conversation; Olivia feeling good about being able to do something special and her grandmother affirming both her dress that night and her thoughts and feelings.

Of course, it was about more than the dress, I think. It was about a child learning how to grow up, literally on her grandmother’s knee. When I picture that tender moment between the two, I can’t help tearing up at the beauty of it.

Every Christmas Eve before we left for church, Julie and I would take pictures of each other with the girls in front of our tree, which they remember as part of our Christmas ritual. I should find all of those and put them together in order.

Christmas morning consisted of them chomping at the bit for us to tell them to come down and see what’s under the tree. That continued through high school. They knew there was no Santa, of course, but that was just how we’d always done it, so it was what continued to happen.

She and Hillary both remember lying on their backs under the trees every year, looking up into that pine branch universe of colored stars.

Their favorite gifts? They each got their own, individual typewriter one year. This was before junior high, mind you. Olivia gave me a bit more insight as to why this was so special a gift for them. My wife worked in the family printing business, and the girls enjoyed going to the shop with her and playing with the one typewriter in the office.

Olivia lived in a fantasy world and often had trouble expressing her thoughts. The typewriter became her avenue, her outlet to release herself. That, and not having to share a typewriter with her sister, as they did at the shop.

There was a memory they both have, which I also remember very vividly. Hillary, still a toddler, asked me to come out in the backyard with her one December afternoon. I followed her out the back door. She stopped halfway to the garage, turned, and gave me The Look as she pointed up and over my shoulder.

When I turned to follow her finger, I saw what she was telling me. There it was. Our chimney. The one with the bird caging over it so birds wouldn’t fall down inside.

What’s the word I’m looking for? Oh, yeah: BUSTED!

Christmas Eve candlelight services, holding candles, singing carols, and the inevitable hot wax hitting their hands. It was…important! It was special!

So those are the most prominent memories the girls shared with me this week. Most I knew. Some of the backstory I never heard before. It’s so nice to know that they have those memories that run deep, that were so formative. I’m happy for them that they called up things they haven’t thought of in a long time.

It was a Christmas present in itself!

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Check out my Christmas novel, The Substance Hoped For!Substance Cover

 

Christmas Story

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.   Hebrews 11:1

Substance CoverWe’ve heard the Christmas story so many times in our lives that we too easily gloss it over. We don’t see the details. We miss the challenges of the people who lived it. The Christmas story is so much more than mangers, sheep, and shepherds.

The Christmas story is also intrigue, danger, and narrow escapes!

The Substance Hoped For is my novel that sees Christmas as struggle and triumph. It sees Christmas – and our own lives – as the challenge of faith. I decided to look at the entire story, from Jesus’ birth to the Magi to the Slaughter of the Innocents through a pair of 21st Century eyes. From the book jacket:

“Tom Snyder is having a lousy Christmas. A client’s death, fisticuffs, and embarrassing himself at a church Christmas party haven’t helped. Dying in a car wreck was really the last straw. Or that’s what he thought.

Awaking to his guardian angel, he’s told that the God he doesn’t believe in wants him. God’s going to do everything He can to help Tom believe. Even if it kills him. Merry Christmas…

So starts Tom’s adventure of living in the New Testament and setting up digs with the Holy Family. It turns out to be more of an adventure than he could have imagined. As Joseph’s employee and Jesus’ beloved “Unka,” Tom struggles with the leap of faith God is looking for.

The Wise Men, Simeon, King Herod, and many more must answer the call of faith as they hurtle toward the inevitable where Tom stands alone between Herod’s men and Jesus!”

I invite you to check out and order a copy of my novel, The Substance Hoped For!

Hitting a HUGE Milestone!

I just got an automated notice from WordPress right after posting today’s quote that I have hit a very big milestone –

Drumroll, please!

Today’s Quote of the Day marks my 1000th post!

That’s a lot of writing, but it doesn’t feel like it, so imagine my surprise!

Take a look at the different categories I have at the bottom of my web page for browsing all of the articles over the last four years.  Some of those I have been most passionate about:

Thank you all for your readership and support!

Quote for 12/12/2017

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.    Galatians 4:4-5 NKJV

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“Location, location, location!” is the mantra in real estate.

With God, timing is everything.  Jesus often referred to “the hour” for different events., including stating that His hour had not yet come before changing water to wine.

God set everything up from the political climate in general to the players in events of Jesus’ salvation mission.

When everything was set, Jesus went into enemy territory, into Zombie Land.  He made a daring raid into the world Satan wrangled for himself by making Adam and Eve his gateway into the Earth.  Failure was possible.  That was the point; God gave Him free will just as He had given us.

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.    Hebrews 4:15

That done, all we need to do is follow Him back through Zombie Land to the home God originally intended for us.  Just stay on he path He blazed and guides us through.

Follow Jesus.  Respond and acknowledge Him when He calls us “Brother” and “Sister.”

Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.    1 John 2:23

Relief!

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Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.    Matthew 6:34

Caralyn used this verse in her section called When We Cry, He is Close By, but this has been a favorite verse of mine for many years.

I’m a worrier.  No, make that an obessesor.  Things get into my head and I cannot let them go.  I’ll let something bother me until I’ve ruined several days running without peace of mind.

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”  Matthew 6:25

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Jesus is our strength, our reason to NOT worry!  He is our fortress that shields us from worry, if we just enter His gates of protection.

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”    Matthew 6:31b-33

There’s no promise of riches or greatness, but He will take care of our needs, He will sustain us.

…that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.    Matthew 5:45

He takes care of us all, regardless of our faithfulness or unfaithfulness.

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.    Psalm 46:1

Do you have troubles?  Worries?  Have you been absent from your relationship with Jesus?  He’s still there, still knocking on your door.

Caralyn relied on God to power her recovery from anorexia and overcome her own worries.  See my recent review: Bloom-ing Great!  Or cut to the chase and order Bloom right now.

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Getting Personal

St PaulI, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand.    1 Corinthians 16:21

See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand!    Galatians 6:11

I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.    Colossians 4:18

I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand, which is the distinguishing mark in all my letters. This is how I write.    2 Thessalonians 3:17

I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand.    Philemon 1:19

Paul had a vision problem, probably a left over from his conversion experience on the Road to Damascus:

And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus,[b] who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.

It is thought that he normally dictated his letters, which make up most of our New testament Bible.  You’ll see the five references above where Paul made the effort to write the letters himself.  He even references his disability, mentioning how large/distinctive his handwriting is in the case of his letters to Galatia and Thessalonica.

What was the point?  It came to me on Reformation Sunday when Pastor had borrowed a Lutheran bible that was printed at the time of the Reformation.  It is over 500 years old, and it is a physical connection for us to that time.  People lined up after the service to get a glimpse of this old Bible up close!

It’s amazing how a physical artifact can make a connection between people!

Grant_crop_of_Cold_Harbor_photoRobert_E_Lee_in_1863I remember once seeing a shoddy, old pencil in a display case at the Hayes Presidential Museum in Fremont, Ohio.  Looking at the display card, I saw that it was the pencil used by Generals Grant and Lee to sign the surrender at Appomattox, effectively ending the Civil War.  WOW!  Out of everything I saw there that day, that’s the one thing that really made an impression on me; a pencil.  A really cool pencil!

So getting a letter from arguably the greatest of the apostles in his own handwriting would have an impact.

Emails.  They’re easy, fast, and inexpensive…not counting the equipment and internet access needed!  I used to write a lot of letters to friends over the summers between years at college.  There was always a gathering around the student mailboxes during the school year every day to see if we got a letter from home, relatives…ANYBODY!  Or maybe we just got “airmail”; an empty box.

The last time I visited The ‘Berg I don’t think there were any mailboxes.  No need for them in the electronic age, I guess.

But then I got a letter from a friend a few months ago, and it was such a pleasure.  A real letter in someone’s own handwriting!  I mean, who does that anymore?

Note Cards BlankSo I made an adjustment this week.  I got a box of blank notecards.  I sent one to the group that went to Haiti and made a presentation on it last Sunday.  I just wanted to say thank you in a tangible, personal way.

This morning a I sent another card with a very brief note to a friend and her three grown children who lost their husband and father a few months ago.  I continue to pray for them, but a thinking-of-you, handwritten note will have a much greater impact than a too-easy email.

This is part of a bigger imperative; doing things for people!  Jesus was very plain that we should do good things for others, especially widows and orphans, the disadvantaged and defenseless.

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Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.    James 1:27

14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.    James 2:14-17

If you really want to say hello to someone, say it in handwriting.  Don’t go cheap, buy a card, and just sign it.  Write something from you.  Send it by snail mail.  Stamp and everything.

Let’s…get personal.  Again!

The Closet Christian

“Daughters have secrets from their mothers — the unsuitable man, the vodka habit, the misspent night…But what I really did not want her to find out, what I could never bring myself to tell her, was that I go to church — and not just at Christmas. My mother, Marion, was an atheist — a genuine one with no hedging of bets at the last minute when she died, no keeping her options open just in case.”

Wheelchair WomanSo begins an article for The London Daily Mail by Sarah Foot, novelist. Her mother was an atheist due in large part, if not entirely, to her multiple sclerosis. Wheelchair bound and helpless for decades, she saw no reason to believe in any God. Right through to the bitter, eternal end.

After reading many books about different faiths, Sarah settled on Christianity, specifically The Church of England “…thanks to an Anglican priest. He believed that different faiths were just different ways of reaching the same end.” However, the church she attends is rife with the same problems discussed in my recent articles on the book Already Gone by Ken Ham.

Anglican ChurchShe regularly attends, albeit with a shrinking group of parishioners: “There are so few of us, we sit in a tiny side chapel. Even on a good day numbers rarely exceed 20. The faces are nearly always the same. And though I won’t see 50 (years old) again, I am invariably the youngest, sometimes by a decade or two. Who will sit with me when I am the age of my fellow communicants, I have no idea.”

She could not confess her “sin” of going to church to her mother. She felt guilty over the idea of telling her mother that there’s a loving God when she herself can walk about freely in an undamaged body.

She wonders why she believes and even whether she believes. She struggles with her faith. As I read her, I hear a cry for a reason to believe in the One True God and to look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come even as she repeats the Nicene Creed every Sunday. It sounds as if it would be so easy for her to let go, to escape the seemingly unanswerable questions that vex her faith.

But there is hope. Her soul is crying out to God, and the Holy Spirit is still calling her to a strong faith in that One Eternal God: “…if I was told I could not go to church again, I fear something in me would completely wither and that despair would then set in.”

Here’s the real question for her and the reason why she, in her fifties, is by far the youngest attendee at her small church. It’s the Anglican priest himself who is letting her down and destroying his own parish. How? It’s right there in the quote above. He preaches that all faiths are merely different routes to the same end.

If that same priest himself would preach the unadulterated Word of God, his attendance would grow. Sarah’s faith would become firmer, and she would know the answers to her misgivings.

Angry at GodShe would know that sin, not God, is responsible for her mother’s ultimately fatal MS (see Unforced Errors). She would not have to feel guilty about her faith, as if she is the weak one who relies on a possible fairy tale. She would know that the stirring in her soul, the part she says would wither and die if she stopped altogether, is crying out for solid, spiritual food. She would know she is still alive spiritually, albeit faintly.

Already GoneI am saddened to see such a graphic example of what Already Gone is all about. I am heartened that she still listens to the small voice of her soul seeking that which is wants so desperately.

“…I seek that reminder more than once a year — even though, intellectually, I can demolish my church-going in seconds, having no rational explanation for it…I desperately want to believe that there is a peace beyond my understanding, a place of infinite tenderness, that, in the end, I am — that we all are — always loved. So I will be on the side of the angels — and not just at Christmas — in the hope that they are not just a figment of my imagination and yearning, but genuine tidings of comfort and joy.”

Please join me in praying for her and all of those like her who are being let down by weak clergy and still seek. Pray that she finds her way to really know that One True God she doubtfully confesses every Sunday in the Nicene Creed.

Pray.

Please see the article in its entirety: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2885809/Secret-scared-tell-mother-Millions-pay-annual-visit-church-tomorrow-daughter-zealous-atheist-reveals-finds-solace-pews-week-despite-agonising-doubts.html

Words of Wisdom

I use Portals of Prayer by Concordia Publishing as my daily devotional.  Every day is a reflection on a short passage and a Psalm.  The other day I was really struck by Psalm 91.  Allow me to add my thoughts in the midst of the psalm –

Praise the Lord!

Praising GodI will praise the Lord with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.

People disdain organized religion. They say they see no need to meet, worship, and study with other Christians.  No less than St. Paul urges us to meet together, build each other up, and carry each other’s burdens.  Praise God?  Alone?  Now where’s the fun in that?  How can you do The Wave with no one else in the stadium?

The works of the Lord are great, Studied by all who have pleasure in them.

Chuck as MosesKnow the narrative! God has done some galactically spectacular things, starting with Creation!  Then we have the Flood.  He later took less than 100 people INTO Egypt and brought out 2 million plus of their descendants!  Frogs, locusts, boils, bloody water were all over Egypt EXCEPT where the Jews were living in Goshen to convince Pharoah to let them go.  When we realize how powerful and loving God is to those that are with Him, how great a feeling to know we are on HIS team! That’s pleasure!

dead-sea-scrollHis work is honorable and glorious, And His righteousness endures forever. He has made His wonderful works to be remembered;

We don’t have the originals of everything written, but when we look at copies that continue to be found dating over centuries, the consistency of translations and content is amazing!

The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

He has given food to those who fear Him; He will ever be mindful of His covenant. He has declared to His people the power of His works, In giving them the heritage of the nations.

 That food includes the spiritual, saving food of Jesus, offered up in our stead just so we can spend eternity with Him. All we need to do is say, “Yes!”

The works of His hands are verity and justice; All His precepts are sure. They stand fast forever and ever, And are done in truth and uprightness. He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever: Holy and awesome is His name.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;

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Actually, a GOD idea

We are instructed to do unto others as we would like others to do to us. Be nice in traffic!  Hold the door for someone behind you.  Be honest on your dealings with others.  Love God with all your heart and soul and love others as much as you love yourself.  If everyone did that, how great would the world be?  How great can we make at least our small corner of it by just doing what God tells us to do?

 

A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.    Psalm 111

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