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China is killing the goose that laid golden eggs

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If someone or something kills the goose that lays the golden eggkills the golden goose, they do something which results in an important money source being stopped or very much reduced. 

You can describe an important source of money as a golden goose,  when it is in danger of being stopped or very much reduced. 

Note: This expression comes from Aesop’s fable (= traditional story, usually with a moral) about a peasant who owned a goose which laid golden eggs.

The peasant was so eager to become rich that he cut the bird open, hoping he would be able to get all the eggs at once.

It is clear that China prefers power to cash. But without money, the power goes too.

When you lose the young people

When you lose the young people, you lose the war.

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May 24, 2020

The meaning of the word “create” as in ‘God Created’

Few things are as controversial as the concept of God creating the heavens and the earth, the first sentence of the Hebrew Bible. The Old Testament Hebrew was translated between 300 and 200 B.C.E and therein the word for “create” is something quite different from the one English users mean now. But keep in mind that Hebrew scholars would want the Greek translation to be as accurate as it could possibly be.

The word for create as translated from the Hebrew into Greek is epoikodomeo (ἐποικοδομεo) which is a combination of three separate words: Epi, Oikos and Dema.

Epi is a word indicating all inclusive, as in epidemic or epigram. Epi is a word that embraces all.

Oikos is the word for house, but for Jews a house is much more than a building where people reside, It indicates the full inheritance of God and his people, in this case the human race.

Doma means gift. Is this a gift God gives to us, or is it a gift for Himself? My guess is that God gave the earth and its glories to Himself because He says later:

Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Finally, the word itself should be translated build upon. In other words God revealed the universe as part of a system of designs and projects of His pleasure and the earth and its blessings as simply part of an ongoing system caked his house.

So, an exploratory sentence might read like this:

In the beginning God revealed yet anther part of a system His is building across eternity of and for his people and Himself.

Pity that we’ve messed it up so.

When Your Life is on the Line

What Motivates YOU?

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Through the Looking Glass

With all of the news in recent months about some courageous Christians in our nation standing up for what they believe in the face of “politically correct” individuals and special interest groups, activist judges, and Constitutional revisionists, I felt this was worth repeating…

Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn made this quote:

You only have power over people so long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything, he’s no longer in your power — he’s free again.

Manipulating a person is easy when you find out what they treasure. What a person fears loss, they can be made to do almost anything.

What an insight into the spiritual realm. As long as we have things that we hold onto tighter than our love for Jesus, we will always live in fear, and will always be subject to manipulation by the devil.

Jesus tells us in His Word that those who “lose their life for My sake will gain it” (Matthew 10:39). If we lay everything that we hold sacred at the feet of Jesus, we’ll find that nothing that we possess can compare to knowing Him.

That is the one thing no one can ever take away.

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Climate Change – It’s all about Hot as Hell

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Former Pope Speaks Truth

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Pope Benedict 16

Bene-dict means – to speak blessing and he did. The former Pope sees teaching creeping into church and society which gives false hope in order to seem more humane. He said the church was losing its footing and may end entirely.

What is interesting is that reporters did not question the pope about his statements but questioned why he had left the papacy and perhaps he was guilty of something? This is the common response from those who are offended by the truth. They avoid it or change the subject.

The truth is only a blessing to those who want to hear the truth.

Mother’s Day – the True Facts

God was able to guarantee the continuance of the human race by giving women the responsibility of bearing children. If men and women traded off the propagation of the race, starting first with the woman and then with the man, all families would be no more than three.

Conspiracy Theories and the Christian as Warrior

Take up your weapons of war

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

John 10:10

We do have an enemy

Yes, we are the victims if a worldwide conspiracy. No, it has nothing to do with the works of Man nor is the enemy the government or governments. They are simply the agents.

The Covid-19 virus is in the natural an enemy but if we allow it to destroy our nation then it becomes a spiritual enemy sent the steal, kill and destroy. Our warfare is not on earth. That is called fighting in the flesh. And it gets nothing done. Accusing leadership forces our warfare into the natural realm.

2 Corinthians 2:14 PHILLIPS But the unspiritual man simply cannot accept the matters which the Spirit deals with—they just don’t make sense to him, for, after all, you must be spiritual to see spiritual things. The spiritual man, on the other hand, has an insight into the meaning of everything, though his insight may baffle the man of the world. 

But our fight is not in the natural or the flesh. Our war is in the heavenly places.

Spiritual warfare

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

And we fight with prayer, fasting and worship, ie. praise and worship. We also war with communion.

2 Corinthians 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;

For inspiration watch this for a prophetic update on the virus and its political implications. video.https://www.facebook.com/LanceWallnau/videos/583029972570938/?t=1

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14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Ephesians 6:14-16 King James Version (KJV)

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All crimes are against people

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No matter who starts it, this kind of activity is called Treason and the Constitution regards that as the chief crime one can commit as an American or a foreigner because it constitutes an “act of war.” These men tarnished the nation’s highest legal authority and themselves and their associates, which are many.

Back during the 2nd World War in school we were required to read a small volume titled “Man without a Country.” This man committed treason and while he was not shot by a firing squad, which was the expected judgment, he was sent to live out his days off the Continental United States. It was a fitting punishment for his crimes against his countrymen. Remember, there is no such thing as a crime against a state – not really. All crimes in God’s eyes are against people.

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One Way to Beat Depression

My friend’s life was up-ended recently and he has fallen into depression. My advice to him I share now with you.

When I was 12, my teacher required us to research and write on our future education and goals. I chose the profession of law and interviewed my uncle who was an attorney. My goal, said I, was to be the first woman President of the United States.

My teacher gave me a poor grade saying my goal was completely unrealistic. (She was locked into the past; I was focused on the future.)

From that day to this I determined not to allow anyone to define who I am. Neither should you. You hold the keys to your life, not someone else. Not someone else’s opinion, bias, or control.

God knows you and what you are supposed to be. He said, “Your times are in my hand.” Seek His input and be freed from guesswork, assumption, and presumption.

Do I need to be Baptized in Water to be Saved?

A good country, gospel favorite.

No- but you should anyway.  The scripture passage which describes this it when the thief on the cross accepted Jesus and was that very instance, accepted into heaven.  He did not have a chance to be baptized, but you do – or probably so.

Luke 23:42-44 King James Version (KJV) 42 And he (thief) said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.

43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Water baptism is something God wants us to do to show the world that we have accepted the full salvation offered by Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 3:21 The like figure unto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

There are many duties we should expect to perform as a answer of a good conscience. In addition is the practice of meeting with other believers.

Hebrews 10:25 (CEV) 25 Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord’s coming is getting closer.

Yes, it make take you some time to find a church. I found a very nice church last year, but the music was so loud I could not hear myself think. Some churches do not have members in various ages. Fellowship means having friends our own age and with our own interests and a variety of members.

We are expected to fast and pray; that’s right – fast TOO.

Matthew 6:16 (CJB) 16 “Now when you fast, don’t go around looking miserable, like the hypocrites. They make sour faces so that people will know they are fasting. Yes! I tell you, they have their reward already!

When you fast, not IF you fast. We all pray even when we don’t think about it.

These are called the holy disciplines. It is expected of those who are walking with Jesus, no matter how casually. You do not need to learn these all at once. Just start somewhere and spend some time, with your Bible, learning how.

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What Happens when We First Learn of Sin – Blame

Children do not understand sin. They know when an adult tells them something is wrong. They don’t necessarily know why, just that there are consequences for doing the action. It will be years before they see a connection between the act and a moral law.

But for adults it is a different matter. We all know what the first sin was. It was not eating fruit; that was the act. The sin was taking the initiative to disobey a direct order from God. Adam and Eve were never children; they were created as adults and had knowledge of who was in charge – God. God said, no fruit from one single tree. Simple.

But the next thing that happened was after God called them on it, they committed another sin. That sin is blame and it is the consistent reaction of sinful man to knowledge of his accountability.

Adam blamed two people – God first and then his wife. In case that sounds familiar it should. It happens across the world today. Many divorces are fathers saying the wives were at fault. And then secretly blaming God for not preventing the marriage.

But keep in mind that human beings do not seem to have any built in propensity to obey God under any circumstances. The history of civilization is the slow but aggressive movement of moral men against the wall of evil that pervades the planet, a wall that seems stronger than ever.

A knowledge of sin brings first guilt then shame.

I quote from The Message, a modern translation:

When they heard the sound of God strolling in the garden in the evening breeze, the Man and his Wife hid in the trees of the garden, hid from God.

God called to the Man: “Where are you?”

10 He said, “I heard you in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked. And I hid.”

God said, “Who told you you were naked? Did you eat from that tree I told you not to eat from?”

12 The Man said, “The Woman you gave me as a companion, she gave me fruit from the tree, and, yes, I ate it.”

God said to the Woman, “What is this that you’ve done?”

13 “The serpent seduced me,” she said, “and I ate.”

Eve on the other hand blamed the devil – as in “the devil made me do it.”

Blame is the first line of defense

My newspaper (the Epoch Times) tells me this week that China blames the USA while the USA and much of the rest of the world blames China for the advance of the Covid-19 virus. The Democrats are blaming President Trump for everything else.

Newspapers are filing for bankruptcy, big ones as well as small ones, and they blame TV but television is losing money and viewers rapidly as well. in the presence of blame nothing is accomplished.

Unforgiveness and Sickness

Recently I read a tirade by a Christian minister against a group of prominent TV teachers and while I don’t watch them myself, I knew this screed would only bring judgment on the critic.

Years ago Bob Mumford warned us about criticizing a man’s wife. Even if the man is not especially happy with his wife, he won’t approve your lambasting her – after all, she was HIS choice.

Criticizing ministers can backfire

In the same way, it is not a good idea to criticize God’s choice in His people and his ministers. We are, eventually, the Bride of Christ and His Choice. We’d best not be giving God grief about his “wife.”

There is an obscure scripture about this issue which few preach on, but it is appropriate here.

1 Corinthians 11:29-32 (PHILLIPS) No, a man should thoroughly examine himself, and only then should he eat the bread or drink of the cup. He that eats and drinks carelessly is eating and drinking a judgment on himself, for he is blind to the presence of the Lord’s body.
30 It is this careless participation which is the reason for many feeble and sickly Christians in your church, and the explanation of the fact that many of you are spiritually asleep.
31-32 If we were closely to examine ourselves beforehand, we should avoid the judgment of God. But when God does judge us, he disciplines us as his own sons, that we may not be involved in the general condemnation of the world.

The message of this passage is, examine yourself, not others. One way you can be blind to the presence of the Lord’s Body is to deny certain people communion, either as a minister, or as a congregation, or yourself. It’s bad enough when the devil attacks the believers; we should not be joining in. Many Roman Catholics do this as a matter of practice but not all.

Congregations today are a mixture of true and false. But we are told that as the end draws near, the angels will separate false from true and when Jesus returns the false wheat burns up in fires while the true wheat is stored in its own barn, ready to feed a dying world.

God knows who are His

But you may not know this. Meanwhile we are told to keep quiet about our opinions. If there is a false teacher among us, we are told to preach the Word of God and let the flock make up its own mind. Trees are known by their fruits, not their toots.

In 1987 I attended a conference at a church in Indiana. The minister complained endlessly about the fellow ministers who called him a “false prophet” and many other not-so-nice names. I was struck by the bitter unforgiveness in his heart. When King David was cursed by Shimei he brushed it off, saying, perhaps the Lord has sent him. David went along his way as though nothing had happened. But this man was a verbal dump of invective.

Unforgiveness is a form of suicide

Three years later I met a man from Ohio who knew this minister personally; he had died abruptly. I can’t say it was any shock to me. Joyce Meyer defines unforgiveness this way – “taking poison to kill someone else, but it kills you.” People in the ministry know that forgiveness heals and unforgiveness kills. Unforgiveness is a form of suicide.

I have another friend who sees at least two doctors a week. She is in constant pain most of the time, BUT she never attends church. She has disobeyed the command to “not forsake coming together with believers.” Without a church, neither can she take communion; many people are healed in a communion service. She never fasts; fasting can bring about healing. She is not recognizing the Lord’s Body, esp. as it relates to the communion bread and wine.

We simply don’t know the whole story about other people

Another case of not recognizing the Lord’s Body occurred recently when a minister told some teenagers they could no longer work helping the AV ministry. NO explanation was given. These young men are (I know them) true believers and an asset to the congregation.

Shabby treatment by the senior pastor means he does not know who he is messing with. This man also has no group of four persons to whom he answers – he is the top dog and the only dog in his church. His behavior borders on a mental condition.

Elevated ministers

Nothing speaks of failure more than a “lone ranger” minister. There is a long line of ministerial failures; about every ten years a scandalous event comes along to expose a prominent minister who is siting alone on the top of a pile. It happened to King David!

Isolation from the Body of Christ can and does lead to misery, and sickness so  caution about your words is best lest in the end you must eat them.

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Peter and Jesus – a Pattern for Reconciliation

In John 18 Peter denied Jesus three times, as in fact Jesus Himself had predicted. (Matthew 26:34) A cocky, self-assured Peter said he would never do this. Sometimes our confidence gets away with itself.

Public denial has consequences

Peter learned what was in his inner most heart. But this denial had cut him off from Jesus. Public denial is serious. In fact, the scripture says that if you deny me before men, I will deny you before the Father. (Matthew 10:30)

After the death of Jesus and prior to His ascension an angel says to Jesus’ group:

Mark 16:7 But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”

Peter’s denial had removed him from being a “disciple.” So Jesus offers him an opportunity for restoration. Here is the passage. It is important for what it says in the Greek language, something impossible to state in English.

God knows what you have said

So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah,[a] do you love Me more than these?”

He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”

He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”

16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?”

He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”

He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”

17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, 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, “Feed My sheep.

If we do not know the two Greek words here, we can get caught looking at the sheep and their feeding instead of the real lesson.

Greek words for love have different meanings

Here we have two different words for love in Greek. This language has five words for love; four of them appear in the Greek Bible. Two of them are here. Agape (ah-gah-pay) meaning the pure, selfless love of God and phileo, (phi-lay-oh) the love of one person for another, i.e. brotherly love. Now – the same passage with the Greek words inserted.

So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah,[a] do you love [agape] Me more than these?”

He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love [phileo] You.”

He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”

16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love [agape] Me?”

He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love [phileo] You.”

He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”

17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love [phileo] 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 [phileo] You.”

Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.

Why did Jesus abandon His “agape” term and revert to Peter’s “phileo” verb?

The rules for speech are for Christian workers too

We can answer this several ways. First, Peter and the rest of the disciples/apostles had yet to receive the Holy Spirit in the upper room on Pentecost. Without the infilling of God’s spirit how can we know the pure love of God in our lives.

The natural man receives not the things of the spirit of God, neither does he know them, for they are foolishness unto him” 1 Corinthians 2:14

Second, Peter has been chastened, that is a fancy word for discipline. Discipline to be effective and honorable must always seek restoration. Discipline that is simply violent correction or evil doing, and there is plenty of that in this world, is non-redemptive and leads to more evil. Peter has seen his lack; he is embarrassed and he knows that he must grow in the knowledge of God and His love. In this respect we are all ‘Peters.’

God disciplines His people; he judges the lost

Peter list his position as a disciple after he denied Jesus three times on the day of crucifixion.  We know this because Jesus said the following to the women at the tomb:

“But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee.” Mark 16:7.

Jesus offered Peter an opportunity to undo all the denials he had initiated. By using the Greek word for Godly love, the Lord was telling Peter there was something he had yet to learn. Peter’s repeating that he loved Jesus three times restored him to disciple status.

Restoration through your words

Jesus does that for all of us; we are given space to be corrected and to understand ourselves so we can be effective doing our assigned tasks for the promotion of the Kingdom of God.

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The Difference between Ethics and Morals

Ethics exist in every organized society as an agreed-upon system of behavioral norms and attitudes by which members live in as much harmony as possible.  These rules apply first to public behavior but also hopefully to private as well. Ethics governs interpersonal relationships, business deals, political life and social life. It is temporal and voluntary.

Aristotle

Aristotle wrote his famous Nicomachean Ethics in 340 B.C.E which was widely accepted as the norm except that even he focused on the individual application more than the corporate. Perhaps he knew that controlling other people was pretty much a lost cause.

God determines morals

Morals are the same thing, but they are dictated by a single God through the Bible, hence their origin in the Judeo Christian traditions. Greeks, and other nations at that time, had a pantheon of gods, many of whom were reprobates and not worth emulating. Jews alone at that time were monotheists.

God alone is the one who expects accountability from those who violate moral codes since they come from Him. They are temporal, spiritual and eternal in their consequences.  Morals demand a higher standard because God not man is the final arbiter. Ethics may vary from one society to another. Morality does not because God has one set of books, not two or more.

Socrates answered to a group of humans

In practice this how it works. Socrates got a bad reputation in Athens for speaking out against evil and mismanagement. Political leaders felt the brunt of his criticism and based on their ethical principle, “the peace of the community,” told Socrates to commit suicide because he was, in effect,  disturbing the peace. Socrates agreed with Athenian Ethics and drank the poison.

This would not have happened in a moral society. Here truth is superior to “an uncomfortable community” and life is precious, preferable to death. God’s laws not man’s comfort is the standard.

Christians answer to God

When a society veers away from a God-imposed criteria it loses its footing which leads to confusion. When abortion was legalized in mid-20th century America it marked a steady decline in public behavior so now we hear cursing by even the smallest children to a media unrepentant about slander and managed news. Today there is virtually no part of public life left uncontaminated by a loss of morals and the resulting spiritual anarchy.

Ethics is thin and largely unenforceable

In our fascination with the Greeks superior intellectual attainment and ability to recognize and applaud the human aspect of mankind they still crashed and have never regained that level of culture. Ethics works – it works wherever it is tried, but it cannot retain ascendancy when founded on humanistic principles. When man tries to govern himself, he fails.

In contrast is Israel which having been disciplined by a rightfully angry God, returned in 1948 to its homeland after many generations with its moral laws in tact.

Will America do likewise?

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Integrity – Defined

The ability to withstand extreme pressure

This is a word not often used in today’s speech. We prefer words such as honesty, truthfulness, reliability, or consistency. Perhaps we need to know more about this word.

It’s all about pressure

Consider the submarine. After construction in the shipyard it is taken on a shake-down cruise. If the specifications require that it be submerged to 15,000 feet then the sub goes to that depth. That is the depth I found in the Internet. It could be much lower of course.

On that voyage inspectors examine every single bolt, joint, area, pipe, piece of equipment, floor, ceiling, and porthole at every level. Their question is – can the submarine withstand the intense pressure of a depth so far down? Any failure, even the tiniest, is noted, and when the vessel returns to dock corrections are made.

The managers have examined its “integrity.”

God puts us in the cooker

So with God. He puts us into pressurized situations to examine our integrity. How well will we do under pressure? What is weak and cannot stand? Where are the strongest points?

Remember that to be strong in one area is fine, but under the pressure of three miles down, it is only the weak areas that imperils the ship. And they imperil the whole ship not just those parts.

Perhaps you were wondering about this scripture.

James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

Your integrity is what this is all about. You may not feel especially joyous about this, but God has His vision for you. God does not test you to find out whether you can take the pressure; the test is to show you what you can take. So the writer tells us to count all these tests as joy.  We can celebrate when we pass a difficult test.

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