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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.”
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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PBS tonight (10/29/18) had a 1 hour show on their issues with Facebook data collection and usage. The problem is that Zuckerburg’s goal of getting the planet to communicate with each other openly is that he did not take into account that there are evil workers in the world today and many of us out here do not want to “friend” them in any way. Nor do we want them to have our data and private messages.
This is also the dilemma of Millennials and other younger people who have not been taught what evil is. They have assumed it is the creation of culture rather than an intrinsic factor in the universe. And one man, even with 2,000 employees, has no ability to police anything that large or determined to corrupt. The road to Facebook hell is paved with good intentions.
Tomorrow they’ll have another 1 hour continuation.
Defining Heaven vs. the Kingdom of Heaven or God
The gospels frequently mention both the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God. Reading the King James Version, one might think these are two separate places, but there is a reason for the difference in language.
Matthew uses the term kingdom of heaven exclusively. This is to be expected of a Jew who dares not mention the name of God. Even today you will read statements from Jews who carefully put a hyphen or underline between G and D (G_d or G-d) as to not breathe the name of the Almighty. On only five occasions in Matthew the Kingdom of God is used. Luke and Mark use the term Kingdom of God exclusively. The book of John uses the Kingdom of God only twice.
Kingdom of Heaven & Kingdom of God the Same
So what is it? The kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God refer to the same place but Heaven is a separate place. In heaven, God is in charge. Jesus prayed for this version of heaven, that is where God is in charge come to earth so we can enjoy it here and now, not wait until after we die. From the Lord’s prayer:
Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. We are to seek it first so we can enjoy it here.
Jesus’ parables about the kingdom emphasized that with the proper attitude you could enjoy the kingdom right now.
Matthew 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
What is The Kingdom
The Kingdom of God is defined in Romans 14:17. For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
No, we do not need to wait until we die to have righteousness, peace and joy or any part thereof.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
The Kingdom is Won by Our Spiritual Warfare
Having sought the kingdom, how do you know you have a portion of it? You know you are a kingdom person by your warfare against the demonic world.
Matthew 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. I feel sure the Pharisees and Sadducees in Jesus’ time scratched their heads over this one. In fact they called him names!
The kingdoms of heaven (God) are distinct from Heaven, a place distinct from planet earth, our final reward. While we have the demonic to deal with here and now, in heaven Satan and his henchmen are conquered. In fact, because there is no evil in heaven, there is no reason for them to be there. Evil is God’s way of requiring us to make a decision – on earth – of whom we are to worship and obey.
Today’s Victory is Over the Demonic World
The victory of the kingdom of God (heaven) is the victory over the demonic world. This is shown in the scripture about Peter being given the keys to death and hell.
Matthew 16: 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Read Peter 1 and 2
Now that I know that Peter was given the keys to handling the demonic world, I think I shall read the two books of Peter again. I do not want to miss the Kingdom if it is so close by.
We talk of the trouble we bring on ourselves – drugs and alcohol, laziness, going with the wrong crowd, thinking we can get away with something, cheating. Mamma said this was bad and Dad whopped you good if he caught you, but there is something worse.
And that is to be cursed by God. Genesis 12:3 in a Christian Bible says this:
And I will bless (do good for, benefit) those who bless you,
And I will curse [that is, subject to My wrath and judgment] the one who curses (despises, dishonors, has contempt for) you.
And in you all the families (nations) of the earth will be blessed.”
I quoted the Amplified Version just in case there was any doubt about how serious this is. When you go after God’s people you bring His wrath down upon you. Of course you do not recognize it. You call it bad luck. Or maybe you’re in a mess because of your parents, or the lousy school system, or where you live, with drug dealers all around.
The Bible was written for everyone to read. It is in hundreds of languages; you can even find it free on the internet, in Vietnamese! No one is going to point a finger at God someday and say -Why didn’t you tell me that these Jews were special to you?
Most people know that if you mess with a man’s family you can expect trouble. Time was not so long ago that a fellow would come to the house to date a girl and Daddy would be sitting on the porch with a shotgun across his knees. Some guys turned tail and ran.
If a natural father can do that, how much angrier will God be when you mess with His People? And his Family is very large. They live all over the world, and they don’t have name tags that say, My Daddy is God.
They tell me that antisemitism is on the rise. Well, let’s just check the TV weather man and the newspaper for floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, famine and drought. This is one quick way God can get His message out. (See the book of Amos for details.) And look what happened to Germany in the 1940s!
But, you complain, “I don’t do that; other people in my community do that. ”
Here’s the reason we face the music together. Jesus said, “The rain falls on the just and the unjust.” If you are part of a community that tolerates this you suffer along with everyone else.
You can’t change hearts and minds; that is a tough job. But you can warn people – as I have done here.
If there is a scripture that a critic could site as being false, this might be it. (And there are those always looking for a way to cut Jesus down a peg.)
Luke 21:30-33 (PHILLIPS) “Look at a fig-tree, or indeed any tree, when it begins to burst its buds, and you realise without anybody telling you that summer is nearly here. So, when you see these things happening, you can be equally sure that the kingdom of God has nearly come. Believe me, this generation will not disappear until all this has taken place. Earth and heaven will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
Some versions of the Bible actually say this:
Luke 21:32 (ERV) 32 “I assure you that all these things will happen while some of the people of this time are still living.
The Kingdom of God is in our hearts, yes, but now after 2,000 years plus, we can hardly say this has happened in fullness.
But let’s look at the passage more closely. Generation comes from a root word that has greater meaning in the 20th century. That is the word “gene.” From this basic word we get the word genus, or a type of living thing. There are no genes in minerals, as far as we now know. Genes are in people and people pass their genes down to their offspring. Here is the dictionary definition:
noun, plural genera [jen-er-uh] (Show IPA), genuses.
1.Biology. the usual major subdivision of a family or subfamily in the classification of organisms, usually consisting of more than one species.
2.Logic. a class or group of individuals, or of species of individuals.
If we look at this passage in the light of what we now know about genes, it makes sense. The type of people who will bring in and completely understand the Kingdom of God are those whose genes were planted in the 1st century believers, an actual species of believers who are Kingdom people.
That is the group that will not pass away. This also explains this peculiar verse, which I notice is often mis-translated!
Psalm 22:30 A seed shall serve Him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
Every man was believed to have the promise to conceive a generation which in Jewish tradition is 40 years. Jesus brought forth seed, i.e. children, His born-again believers. That is His generation. But Jesus did not serve a full 40 years; He lived only 33 years. The generation He has been promised will serve out those additional 7 years.
We are now approaching the 7,000 year. Man has been here now 6,000 years; the 7th thousand-year will be the millennium when we enjoy a thousand-year reign of peace. Sounds wonderful doesn’t it. At the end of that 7th thousand-year, Jesus will have received his full 40 year generation as a father.
You can see how any other translation of this passage misses the mark.
Who knows where the idea that Peter greets everyone at the entrance to heaven. Maybe because of what Jesus said, That Peter’s confession (rock) would be the foundation of faith?
No, it’s Abraham. How do people get into heaven? By faith. Who is the father of the faithful? Abraham.
Just thought you’d want to know.
This article condemns the possible election of a woman to head the large Southern Baptist Convention. We know that when sex is what motivates decisions we are on carnal grounds. According to the Bible, when natural man forms the basis for God’s people it is not God’s will. Here is the passage:
PHILLIPS For now that you have faith in Christ you are all sons of God. All of you who were baptised “into” Christ have put on the family likeness of Christ. Gone is the distinction between Jew and Greek, slave and free man, male and female—you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, you are true descendants of Abraham, you are true heirs of his promise. (Gal 3:28)
Being IN Christ means that He alone makes decisions about who is leading and what his people are doing. It is not based on gender differences in education, race or language. This is how the New Testament Church was run and where we need to return.
Serious minded readers occasionally need to read stuff like this to remind us what real thinking and understanding is NOT. This is what happens when Self is on the throne. “The natural man receives not the things of the spirit of God.” Women too.
By Krista Bontrager A Review of Patterns of Evidence In his film Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus, documentary filmmaker Timothy Mahoney recreates his search for the historical truth behind the Jews’ exodus from Egypt. I previewed this film at a theatrical release in February 2015. The documentary is now widely available for rent and purchase, […]
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Quick answer: They think it belongs to them as their inheritance through Ishmael.
Long answer: It belongs to the real heir, Isaac. The Bible records important dreams, including God’s promises. Abram, later named Abraham by God, got into a royal mess because he took a promise in a dream and tried to make it come true on his own. God promised Abram, then childless, that he would be the father of thousands. The temporary and consequently disastrous solution was to have a child through his house maid. That first son was Ishmael known today as those nations constituting the political religion of Islam. A few years later the 2nd and promised son Isaac, is born – the real heir.
In virtually every society except the USA blessings and rewards go to the eldest son, not the younger. You see the problem. Modern day Islam thinks it is entitled to the entire inheritance from Abraham and willing to strap bombs on their children to force the issue. Islam is avenging itself because of something that happened 3,500 years ago, and the likelihood these people will change their minds is Zero.
The land of Canaan (now Israel, formerly Palestine) goes to Isaac and his descendants, hence the battle over a tiny piece of land no bigger than New Jersey. And Europe who tried to pretend for decades that it was so magnanimous and egalitarian is now on High Alert. Iran, even though it is originally Persian, is also controlled by Islamic leaders and part of the enemies of Israel and the West.
See this map online. Tiny little Israel caught in the middle. Only God can help.
The Felony Murder Rule
Most citizens know nothing about the felony Murder Rule so here it is:
The rule of felony murder is a legal doctrine in some common law jurisdictions that broadens the crime of murder: when an offender kills (regardless of intent to kill) in the commission of a dangerous or enumerated crime (called a felony in some jurisdictions), he/she is guilty of murder.
Here is an example: If you go with a friend to steal cookies from the 7/11 and a murder occurs as you commit the crime, there you are, a co-respondent to the charge of murder.
To pay for an abortion makes you a co-respondent to murder
This describes our position before God is regards to abortion. Yes, abortion was made legal by our highest court, a court which is now disgusted with the rampant abuse of the option. But the Congress likes to fund abortions with tax money, so you, if you pay taxes, become guilty under the Laws of God for a murder. God’s public anger over the killing of babies goes back 4,000 years.
There is nothing that says abortion is any worse than any other sin; Jesus paid it all, but he only paid it for the people who recognize his sacrifice and accept its conditions. All sin is to be publicly is personally acknowledged. You do not get to blame anyone else for your sin.
Americans do not recognize their guilt
America needs to examine what our citizens have done from the viewpoint of God’s concerns. We need a call for national repentance by allowing wholesale murder like this, and then thinking, wrongly, that we are not also guilty of financing this behavior. The laws of man and the laws of God continue whether we know them or not.
Abortion Funding is the Key
Pro-choice activists fear the the Supreme Court will eliminate abortion entirely. That is a distant idea The real issue is the removal of all public funding for abortion which absolves the public from being “murders.” To remove abortion funding from the national budget is a first step. If individuals want an abortion, now determined to be legal, they should be required to pay for it themselves and not saddle other people with the results of their own behavior.
This is not a complete answer to the abortion problem, but it is a start.
Hatred is exhausting. I don’t have any hatred heaped upon me personally, but if I read the mainstream media that is about all I get. Hatred, failure, revenge, hopelessness. I thought my life was great, until I saw the news. If it drains the life out of me and I avoid the news, what is happening to the people who bathe in these putrid waters every day, 24/7 online, on the TV, wherever you go?
God doesn’t have a one sided view of humankind, or our problems, or even our solutions. Jesus makes it clear that we are sinners needing help, but then he also gives us a solution and says, “Atta boy, you can do it.” There is no continuing heaping of guilt and shame on us for our failings, as though we would never get our heads up, fearing we’ll be shot down once again.
Negative emotions take a terrible toll on one’s health. Jealousy, says the Bible is the rage of a man. Can you imagine spending all your days being jealous, and enraged? Who would want to live in your house? The children would scatter if they saw you coming; your wife would join a canasta club and stay away. Your boss would dread your showing up at work to have you spread gloom and doom.
“The heart if man is evil above all things and desperately wicked,” said God in Jeremiah. But it also says in Ezekiel, “A new heart and a new spirit will I put in you.” God wants us to recognize our frailties but also the cure through His provision.
The Media has placed itself under a curse by encouraging violence which keeps their 24/7 news cycle greased with pictures of evil doers, angry mobs, protests, vandalism, looting and well-financed marches. Rational leaders and citizens have little chance of being heard. Being good is not news to the news people who are competing for bloody video and advertising dollars.
God has a long list of the things He hates which modern Media feast upon, Such as “Hate stirs up fights. But love erases all sins by forgiving them.”
Proverbs 10:12. Here is a short list of the things God calls an abomination: verse 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, 19 a false witness who breathes out lies.
You always have the option to not watch.
Recently Bill O’Reilly, a famous political observer, said simply – Journalism is dead. But good writing is not, and if the negativity of the press puts you off, there are many online sources which calmly seek to inform.