This blog is largely prophecy, προφητεια in Greek. Prophets tell us what God speaks today, what He said in the past and possibly His view of the future. Prophets can do this because God is in eternity and not constrained by time.
We apply His words to all of family life, politics, education, religion, business, Media, international affairs and the always fractious culture of arts and entertainment. Even the most irreligious nation lives in and promotes a moral world, or a substitute.
The Holy Bible is the only book God claims to have written. When your life is in shambles, or even if you are just a person who wants a view into reality and the future, understanding the Bible and reading it are the place to be. Welcome. That is what we talk about here.
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Many of these posts are responses to questions, so I invite them here. Immaculateassumptions@gmail.com.
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The younger generation has nearly abandoned the idea of marriage and there is a pile of reasons for that. Has anyone considered the hazards of going out on dates with only one person at a time?
You don’t really get to know someone if it is only the two of you.
I’ve been on enough dates to know you only show your good side – usually, and it is easy when there are no challenges. Males can be nice for 3 -5 hours. Maybe even 6 hours; they can be nice at work for 8 hours as well. Their job depends on it.
But when you get people in groups, other things happen.
Years ago well meaning friends decided I needed to not-be-single anymore so they arranged a dinner after church with someone I had no interest in at the time. I didn’t know they were plotting.
This man, I will call him Roy, ordered a burger and fries. Sounds easy right? But there was something wrong with the meat, then the mayo, then the fries were not up to snuff. By the time the meal was over I was ready to stuff the entire plate down his throat with the silverware to follow.
None of this drama would have occurred on a date between just the two of us. His mama’s Southern upbringing would have him display the finest South Carolina manners.
Let’s go back to courting
Courting, in contrast, is the public agreement that marriage is a possibility. If you and your date can agree on this, you will have a concrete goal of getting to know each other without prying eyes. Life is lived in the whole, not as a part. So the public behavior will tell you whom to delete from your list from the start.
Now, many years later and many years older, I have a little test of my own. If I invite him to a restaurant as my guest and while at the meal he insists that he pay, I know he is a control freak and the dating ends there. He is not ready to share his life, only to control it.
Your parents, if they are concerned at all, will also know the right time to make a decision. If “he” or “she” is not ready then you can both go your own way without too many tears or regrets. No baby, no divorce, no alimony or child support, no house to divide up, no pricey lawyers or court dates. Simple.
#dating #divorce #personalrelationships
Are you killing yourself with the words you speak?
My friend, who has a healing ministry, and I over dinner this weekend decided that based on our 100 combined years of experience, all issues are ultimately spiritual. We know too many people committing slow-motion suicide because of what is in their hearts, due to all that stuff coming out of their mouths.
Jesus said this, but how often do we brush right past his warning (from The Message.)
Evil speaking has consequences.
14-15 Jesus called the crowd together again and said, “Listen now, all of you—take this to heart. It’s not what you swallow that pollutes your life; it’s what you vomit—that’s the real pollution.”
17 When he was back home after being with the crowd, his disciples said, “We don’t get it. Put it in plain language.”
18-19 Jesus said, “Are you being willfully stupid? Don’t you see that what you swallow can’t contaminate you? It doesn’t enter your heart but your stomach, works its way through the intestines, and is finally flushed.” (That took care of dietary quibbling; Jesus was saying that all foods are fit to eat.)
20-23 He went on: “It’s what comes out of a person that pollutes: obscenities, lusts, thefts, murders, adulteries, greed, depravity, deceptive dealings, carousing, mean looks, slander, arrogance, foolishness—all these are vomit from the heart. There is the source of your pollution.”
President Trump most-hated man.
For over two years now the country has been ankle deep in open hatred and accusations against the Donald Trump, President of the United States – media, foreign governments, business leaders, university teachers and students, political activists, most newspapers, some money managers and a host of out-of-work actors. If the intention was to destroy the man or his presidency it has not worked.
The President is doing fine; he’s fit as a fiddle, and at 72 working 10 hour days, or more. His critics are collapsing under the weight of their own venomous words. These are clearly not a matter of political issues.
The critics fall by the wayside
As Jesus pointed out, evil speaking defiles (contaminates) the speaker not the person spoken about. You can be for or against gun control or abortion and it doesn’t matter; the people who are evil speakers are the ones committing slow motion suicide, going down or losing ground. Most media groups, television, newspapers, and magazines are laying off staff. https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/06/03/cnns-ratings-downslide-continues-with-massive-losses-gets-steamrolled-by-fox-news The money is just not coming in. People do not want to pay good money for lies, slander or just plain nastiness even when it may be true.
Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, criticized President Trump and within two weeks there were riots in the French streets and he was scrambling to salvage his own presidency. It probably does not help to be named Emmanuel which means “God with us.” https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/10/france-riots-macron-expected-to-promise-economic-change-but-is-it-too-late.html
The four top corporations in the world either damned the President or the country, and a few took on criticizing God and within two months their CEOs were suffering public embarrassment. The New York State Legislature endorses the murder of live babies and within four weeks loses 30 billion in revenues when Amazon pulls out of a projected deal.
Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada who loves the limelight, got into the act and almost overnight not another word from him. We can only wonder who stopped that in its tracks. Maybe it was this tight-fisted Dutchman. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/24/dont-criticize-trump-we-need-him-dutch-prime-minister-says.html
A restaurant staff in Virginia demands that a White House employee leave the premises and not only that restaurant but the entire town fumes over a decrease in traffic and sales. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/red-hen-eateries-feel-the-heat-after-sarah-sanders-booted-from-virginia-restaurant-with-same-name
The law of sowing and reaping works
The richest man in the world announces a divorce and less than a fortnight later is exposed by embarrassing photos he took of himself in his birthday suit. Then the stock starts going down. Wall Street does not like stupid CEOs.
Jussie Smollett perpetuated a dramatic hoax costing him over $3500 and CNN’s viewership went down 25% because they were deceived by the whole scam. http://click.heritage.org/n0M90nB03mre0TH0Qq61s2O
Some of the more daring comedians and actors have asked for an assassination of President Trump and now they can’t find work. Because the First Amendment protects free speech there are no laws against saying something like this in secular society but God has another standard. He requires payback if your heart is evil and your slander intended to glorify yourself or to promote some immoral or self-serving position. His payback is that YOU get sick.
One woman I knew hated everybody – Jews, Catholics, men, women, Democrats and some Republicans, police, ministers, her family. What she died of tells you all you ever need to know – she died of cancer of the jaw. Apparently so much evil speaking lodged in her bones and took her down and out.
Jesus warned, “Guard your heart for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23.
#Jesus #God #Faith #hungbyyourtongue
The guy on the radio teaching the Bible had this to say:
“We must not worship on Sunday because this is Satan’s ploy to get us to worship the sun, Sunday’s name-sake.”
The speaker urged us to worship on Saturday which is the Sabbath according to Jewish tradition which he claims is a law for all Christian believers.
When God is talking about The Law, that is a behavior for productive Christian living, it must be logically consistent and merge with other passages in the Bible. This man’s information did not meet basic standards.
Days of the week are secular in origin
In the first place the names of the days of the week have little relevance to when or how we worship. Saturday appears to be named after the planet Saturn but we do not worship the planet Saturn. The word Saturday comes from the word samedi which is another form of the word Sabbath.
Nor does this argument stand the test of other languages. In French Sunday is called Dimanche or God’s day. French makes no mention of the sun. The Di prefix comes from Dieu which is French, Dios in Spanish and we have in English Diety. There is also diabolos, which refers to the devil who is pretending to be God, at least for a while. But God has plans for him. If this Bible teacher is correct, Frenchmen can worship on Sunday because it is called God’s day and Americans and Brits must not worship on Sunday because of the Sun God.
Some Americans call Sunday “Son”day to make sure we know Jesus is the one we worship.
So let’s research this. I looked up the names of the days of the week in a dozen languages and found no shred of evidence that their word for the days if the week made any difference in the time or style of worship.
The New Testament gives us options for worship
It is not the secular name of any day that determines when we worship. In fact in Romans it says that you can choose when you worship. This is very helpful for medical people who often work on weekends, giving them the chance to go to church whenever it works into their schedule. It also helps those who work graveyard, the night time shift and those who work more often on holidays, such as single people who are asked to work on Christmas because, well because they are single!
If we were required to attend church on Saturday many people would not be able to attend church at all. Romans 14 goes into detail on our attitude towards those who worship on another day or have food preferences. Just to leave such questions alone and let people decide without calling it God’s law.
Romans 14:5 One person thinks that some days should be set aside as holy and
another thinks that each day is pretty much like any other. There are good
reasons either way. So, each person is free to follow the convictions of
God’s word is separate from man’s choice of words
Another and perhaps more important reason for not using the secular names of the days of the week to determine our theology is because God does not base His word on man’s mistakes or choices. In fact God’s word is not related to man’s good ideas either. God’s word is simply that – His word, demanding respect and hopefully, also obedience.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord, plans for peace and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
We prepare New Year’s resolutions when it is cold and dark, when we are forced to stay indoors. The frenetic lifestyle of summer, the business of fall and the growth of spring do not fit in with a blanket of white snow on which to write one’s plan. That clean sheet says the past is not to intrude into today or tomorrow. As the song from Frozen says, we must let it go. God wants us to keep our eyes forward, in hope and anticipation.
2019 will be filled with changes. We see thorough the future’s dark glass, covered with both doubt and expectation. The anarchy in our streets says we have a country to save. We also have the next generation to lead back to stability and hope. We have promises to keep, forgiveness to share.
There is no better New Year’s resolution than that – to follow God’s personal plan, and to keep those promises we made to ourselves, to God and to our country.
The new Christmas carol, Mary Did You Know asks us this. Did Mary, the mother of Jesus, know that her baby would walk on water, rule the nations, heal the deaf and blind, the lame will leap and so on?
To live by faith is the universal command.
The answer is No, she did not know, and the reason is that for us all, Mary included, we must live by faith. Faith is the substance of what is already hoped for and hope is based on the word of God. We are not told the future. God gives us promises personally and for our future as a race, and our job is to believe what God said.
The reason is simple – Mary must face the issue of personal sin, repent and be saved like everyone else. The doctrine that she has a special birth – called Immaculate Conception- is just another Immaculate Assumption. The notion of Immaculate Conception giving her special powers takes away the very amazing accomplishment of this woman and makes her look like a spiritual robot. In addition, there is not a shred of evidence for this in the Bible.
Why would anyone in the year 300 A.D. come up with this idea? Perhaps women were chafing over the domination of men in the church,which itself is not scriptural, and the leaders felt they needed to make a heroine out of Mary? They would especially want a heroine who was a dedicated mother of children. No one is saved by being a good mother, any more than any man can be saved by being a good father. But after 1800 years, we can only guess the rationale for this, and other non-scriptural teachings found in the Roman Catholic church.
So what was that thing she had to face that makes her distinctive of all women? Mary knew what the angel said, that God asked her to raise up a special child without having had sex with any man.
God does not ask of us without giving us a chance to say no.
It was quite a problematic suggestion. She would forever in her small town bethought a fallen woman that Joseph agreed to marry even though she was expecting, and that condemnation not just for a week or two but for her whole life. She needed to believe that God would redeem such a time and provide for her blessings beyond the usual.
Everyone who lived in the Bible and those of us today have the same burden; we are to believe what God said about us, about salvation, our condition, and about the world to come. Our salvation comes at the expense of our suspending our knowledge of the real world and moving into the unseen world of God and His blessings and calling.
To everyone is given a measure of faith, (Romans 12:3) just enough to do that job for each of us individually. Mary had that faith to believe. God knows the end from the beginning, but Mary doesn’t, nor Matthew, Mark and Luke or Peter and Paul. We, as they, must follow the leading of the spirit and perhaps be misunderstand and rejected. We do not know the end, we only know God and His word. Either we live on that or we don’t.
We tend to forget that atheism is a choice. The Bible says the existence of God is visible in the created world for all to see; man has no excuses.
Every human may be in the dark about the Virgin Birth, but there was one person who Jesus was born of a virgin…Mary.
And that was what Mary knew!!
Try this: www.thoughtco.com/misconceptions-about-mary-700365
#Mary, mother of Jesus #Mary, Did You Know? #ImmaculateConception
It was June 2006. I was in Northern China as a missionary and thinking about two fellow missionaries who had gotten themselves in a heap of trouble in the mission field where I’d previously served. They had ruined the reputations of several of God’s servants and their church had broken up.
The Great White Throne Judgment
In what the Bible calls “the twinkling of an eye” I was transported to the Great White Throne Judgment. It was a sea of billions of people. It seemed as though I was on the back row but what God was saying to this pair was clearly heard by all.
He was publicly exposing their sins. My only emotion was sheer horror. Even today when I think of that, it comes back to me just as clearly as the day it happened. When God says vengeance is His, I know what it means. Whatever revenge we mortals might have imagined for them was nothing compared to this public humiliation.
Now, twelve years later I have my explanation. There are several texts in the scriptures about “saved” people going to hell. Some denominations refuse to believe that it is biblical, others misunderstand it and use it to terrify their membership. Neither of these is the purpose or the meaning.
There are passages in Hebrews 10: 18 Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin. “These things” the writer is referring to are the blessings of greater knowledge of the spiritual world and therefore accountability. There is more in Hebrews 6:1-6
6 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3 And this will we do, if God permit. 4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
Clearly this group of leaders were given special knowledge of the holy which makes them more accountable.
Then there is the Old Testament reference to the Curse of Eli in 1 Samuel 4. Eli’s two sons were in charge of the priestly duties of the temple in their generation. They used those gifts and opportunities for indulgence of the flesh and open, unrepentant sin. Eli’s sons stole the donations to the ministry and also had sex with the women who came to the priests to “learn about God and be forgiven.” Eli was an enabler and allowed them to do this.
The Bible again says there is NO sacrifice for this kind of sin, that is the sin of using the ministry for one’s own profit and enjoyment. God gives this kind of authority to people who are supposed to handle it just as Jesus Himself would, and if they turn their back on God, then yes, they were saved once but now but there is no more blood of Jesus available to them. This is not a command to refuse a salary from a church; these things are needed in a modern society. The sin is not profit, but the carnal evils done in the name of the Lord.
Ministry is a Heavy Responsibility
Sometimes I am frustrated by people who are unwilling to learn more about God. They are indifferent and say, “My church is just fine. I don’t need to know anything more than that.” But then I remember those who have learned so much and now are responsible for every line of information and anointing they received and yet refuse to obey the word of God. Better for them to be ignorant than hell-bound.
Being outside the revelation of God and his ministries they are spared from knowing the kind of information that could ruin them. It is way too easy to make a list, like an anti-Santa, of just whom you think is damned for defiling the sanctuary. Don’t bother.
Accusers of the Brethern
We are not appointed to be accusers of the brethren. We do have a responsibility to stay far, far away from churches that preach sexual license and a rejection of God’s word, but we are to keep ourselves free from judging individuals. The Bible says to “flee evil,” not hang around watching others indulge themselves. Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost. If they turned Him down, He moved on. He didn’t hang around begging them to believe.
God may yet pull them from the fire. God waits until people die to do His judging. Peter said, “We are barely saved.” Let us be on our guard against involving ourselves with accusing or judging. We must judge ourselves first.
All people have many bosses – husbands, wives, employers, even children. But in the end, you have one person you answer to. That is God. Keep your books with Him straight each day. It is the road to confident living.
The Bible guarantees us 4 score years and ten, or 70 years. But I notice that older people are in no rush to leave. Nor would I encourage it. But there are many reasons we need to leave, gracefully and on time.
First and foremost is that each new generation has different cultural concerns and they need their 40 years to manage the nations, businesses and families – just as we did. Each decade brings new problems, from the explosion of technology and learning to the shifting status of nation-states. Change is the rule of life and we must learn that lesson and then give it to the younger ones.
A Time to Rest
Second, each generation deserves a time of rest to enjoy the grandchildren, to travel or hobbies or just hang out on the front porch with old hunting buddies. Older people often mention this as something they look forward to.
God has Term Limits
Third, if people lived forever the older ones might not be willing to give up their seats of power and thus holding back the entire community. God has term limits – why not us? Can you imagine having Hitler, who died in 1945, still prowling around trying to cause trouble, if he managed to escape international law. We would be crying, “Hey, let’s move on here.”
Focus on Making Things Right
Fifth, many individuals put off God until the end of their lives. Some people put it off too long and leave before they have a chance to make things right. And not just right with God. There are dead people in my family who did not have a chance to accept forgiveness or to offer it. They left with a major work of life undone.
The Need for Peace
Finally there is the issue of Peace. We are all promised it and death brings peace. I’ve seen people stand at a gravestone and shout anger, or grief or a list of regrets but it floats off in the air like yesterday’s yellowed newspaper scraps. If you are wise, you turn around and leave the cemetery and say, “Peace go with you and I will continue on my road.”
That phrase was proven to me years ago when I had to endue lies about me among a circle of friends. If someone lies about you for any reason, it is because you are a threat to them in some way, a way you may not even realize. You may know something about them that they do not want noised about in public. Or they may think you know something about them. You can be totally ignorant of their motives.
Slander establishes control over other people for someone’s or something’s own purposes.
Then it happened again recently. I was in the library and said to an acquaintance, “I miss seeing you.” I was pleasant and I actually like this person a lot even though we only see each other 3 or so times a year. She snapped back at me, “Well I am here much of the time,” as though I was upset or blaming her.
Then I remembered the newspaper article which came out about me. It was false but my lawyer said it would cost$7,000 dollars to fight the newspaper. I didn’t have the money. He looked around for some financing from companies which handle First Amendment cases and could find none.
So I lost a friend because she believed the newspaper. Did she come to me for the facts? No, she should have, and it made me sad because I realized the world is filled with people who do not know the truth. And even worse, believe they do! And worse than that – make no effort to learn the truth about the people around them.
News media must fear something to be so one-sided.
We look at American culture and see lies everywhere. The FBI spent $16 million dollars trying to find one shred of evidence that Donald Trump colluded with the Russians to fix the election in 2016. They haven’t. A waste of money but people still believe it. Almost all political discussions begin with the words, “That’s not true.”
And consider God – who is more lied about than anyone I can name. That actually makes sense. The Bible tells us we are sinners and that if we don’t straighten up, we face eternal punishment. It is easier to say that is a lie than to face the issue straight on. Much of what you read about religion is doctored to fit someone else’s need to escape exposure.
The Bible is always under attack.
Scientists come up with one theory after another to trash ideas of creation or invent ones that leave God out. Psychologists will tell you something is a “lifestyle choice” which is little more than a predatory lust which damages both you and the victim in the end.
I’ve given up reading about the prescriptions I take. Someone somewhere has a reason to believe they are poisoning me. Another person says they are a miracle cure. Since I have been taking them for 10 years I think I might be doing OK.
Being an adult has responsibilities. You must find out the truth yourself. If someone is lying about the government, the President, the Congress or the legislation being currently discussed, you can read all sides yourself. You do not need to rely on bias from anywhere. If you think there might be a shred if truth that you and the human race is headed for hell, look the stuff up!
And simple answers won’t do. Important issues have many sides and if we want to learn and be stable in our living we must settle on truth for ourselves.
What about the People who never hear the Gospel? That is a common question religious teachers hear. Most of the time I believe we hear the wrong answer.
Different Levels of Faith
God’s playing field is made level by Him asking us to live at the level of faith given to us. And it is different for everyone.
Romans 12:3 CEV I realize how kind God has been to me, and so I tell each of you not to think you are better than you really are. Use good sense and measure yourself by the amount of faith that God has given you.
Yes, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. That is a given for the sweep of humanity. But we are not judged on every point – only on those we learn about. It means that the woman living in a harem somewhere in Egypt, protected and kept from the world and information is a person judged by an entirely different standard than the college student in New York City, or the farm worker in Yemen.
Not everything God ever said applies to you and your life. He made new eyeballs for the blind man, but not for the rich man. He required a statement of faith from the Syrophoenician woman but not from the centurion. Lazarus he raised from the dead, but not the rest of the dead at that time. Jesus has different strokes for different folks.
Obedience is the Standard
Obedience to the revealed will of God is the standard by which each of us is ultimately judged. How can He do this? God is not unfair. If you have little information and little faith that is what you are expected to utilize in your search for God. To whom more is given, more is expected.
Luke 12:48 TLB “But anyone who is not aware that he is doing wrong will be punished only lightly. Much is required from those to whom much is given, for their responsibility is greater.
Some guy on radio said that God does not put people in categories, so I, being challenged, went to the Bible.
God has a large group of categories.
|little children||virgins with oil|
|fathers||virgins without oil|
|willfully ignorant||royal priesthood|
|beloved||crucified with Christ|
|mother in Israel||reconcilers|
Why do we need to know this?
God has called us to grow. Paul said we are to move from glory to glory. (2 Corinthians 3:18) There is no static position for the Christian, or for that matter the non-Christian as well. Life is a test, and where we go after we die, and how we exist now depends entirely on the progress we make in this life towards understanding ourselves and our relationship to God.
For example, the book of 1st John speaks of little children, young men and fathers. These are three groups of warriors … those who have been called to fight the good fight against their own sinful nature and then as missionaries of the Kingdom taking on the devil and ever present evil in the world. It does not necessarily apply to you right now – although that may be your later call.
Christianity is not passive.
Christianity is proactive and risk-taking. There is no prolonged languishing in church to sit, soak and sour while the preacher does all your spiritual work for you. No wonder ministers break down. 1,500 leave the ministry every week. http://www.pastoralcareinc.com/statistics
Good mental health requires you to change as time and circumstance change. The rigid and stubborn die first.
#Christianpsychology #Christiangrowth #Godsays #Life is a test
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