Faith

Maintaining unity of Spirit in the bond of peace becoming one with God

Posted on April 18, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Exhortation, Faith, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Before Jesus people had to do with the scrolls with the Torah (Law) Nebim (Prophets)and Kethubim aleph (writings). the followers of Jesus wrote new books or Messianic scriptures, the Kethubim Bet. They are given to us for making it easier to recognise the Messiah and to have a better insight in the Plan of God.

It is up to the people in the world to take up those old writings and to study those words and either to believe in them or to let them be nothing saying words.

All those who believe the original gospel as established by the disciples’ preaching should aim to be of one mind with God. Jesus was of one mind with God and wanted his followers to become likewise. Throughout the gospels and epistles we get the golden thread of the Love of God and his call to come to Him as children. Jesus never wanted to do his own Will and asked also of his followers that they would do that what God wanted from them.

Jesus was the only man who totally succeeded to do not his will but to do totally in everything the Will of God. We, as sinners can try to do our best. We do have our faith in the ransom offer Jesus brought and the grace of salvation which came over us by Jesus unity with God and God His acceptance of that Lamb of God.

Though we shall never be able to be totally pure as Christ Jesus, we still have to try to come to that intimate relationship that Jesus had with his heavenly Father. We too should try to come to that unity, with our fellow human being, with Christ and with God.

“I and my Father are one”

(April 17)

In his Gospel John records several challenging sayings of Jesus. How are we to understand, “I and my Father are one” in today’s chapter 10:30? In what sense are they “one”?
We know he prayed to his father all night on at least one occasion (Luke 6:12), and in his prayer in the garden of Gethsemane he said,

“My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39).

So we ask, in what sense was Jesus “one” with his Father when they had separate ‘wills’?
We will soon read his words,

“I am going to the Father for the Father is greater than I” (14:28).

The solution to this conundrum unfolds in chapter 17 in his final prayer before his betrayal. He is praying for his disciples and says,

“I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me” (verse 10).

Jesus giving the Farewell discourse to his ele...

Jesus giving the Farewell discourse to his eleven remaining disciples, from the Maesta by Duccio, 1308-1311. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was after his all night prayer (in Luke 6) that Jesus chose his 12 disciples (verses 12-16).

“12  And it came to pass in these days, that he went out into the mountain to pray; and he continued all night in prayer to God. 13 And when it was day, he called his disciples; and he chose from them twelve, whom also he named apostles: 14 Simon, whom he also named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and {1} James and John, and Philip and Bartholomew, {1) Or [Jacob]} 15 and Matthew and Thomas, and {1} James [the son] of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, {1) Or [Jacob]} 16 and Judas [the {1} son] of {2} James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor; {1) Or, brother; See Jude 1. 2) Or [Jacob]}” (Luke 6:12-16 ASV)

Now note the verses which follow in John 17. Our Lord prays,

“I am coming to you Holy Father, keep them in your name … that they may be one, even as we are one” (verse 11).

His prayer for his disciples is that they may have unity of mind, a unity of understanding creating a harmonious team in carrying on his work after he ascended to heaven. Up until this stage there had been times of jealousy, a competition

“among them as to which of them was the greatest” (Luke 9:46).

Jesus, and God his Father, had a unique oneness – and this was to be the disciple’s role model. But Jesus extends his vision of oneness further, he prays,

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us …” (verses 20,21).

All those who believe the original gospel as established by the disciples’ preaching should aim to be “one” in this wonderful way. Those who have achieved and maintained this wonderful oneness will be the ones to reign with him when he returns to set up his worldwide kingdom. Paul was very conscious of this and stressed this. He counselled the Ephesians to

“maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace … just as you were called in the one hope … one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all” (4:3-6).

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Preceding articles:

Sayings of Jesus, what to believe and being or not of the devil

Not my will, but thine be done

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Additional reading:

  1. Inspired Word
  2. Challenging claim 4 Inspired by God 3 Self-consistent Word of God
  3. An anarchistic reading of the Bible (2)—Creation and what follows
  4. Counterfeit Gospels
  5. God Our Refuge
  6. God’s wrath and sanctification
  7. Forbidden Fruit in the Midst of the Garden 4
  8. Philippians 1 – 2
  9. Being Religious and Spiritual 7 Transcendence to become one
  10. One Mind, One Accord
  11. Not my will, but thine be done
  12. Marriage of Jesus 7 Impaled
  13. Lovers of God, seekers and lovers of truth
  14. Truth, doubt or blindness
  15. Getting out of the dark corners of this world
  16. Salvation and Righteousness

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  • Relationship status: It’s complicated (jewishjournal.com)
    The Song of Songs. Shir HaShirim is a magnificent expression of affection between lovers. Allegorically, the song is interpreted as a love song between God and the Jewish people. Indeed, it is a beautiful love song, but what does it have to do with Pesach? God rescued us from slavery and then split the sea — surely that was a loving thing to do — but what about Pesach is so special that makes it an auspicious time to recite poetic verse of God’s eternal love for God’s people.
  • 71/929 The Messy Business of Bringing Torah to Life (blogs.timesofisrael.com)
    God needs partners; He needs boots on the ground. Why does this chapter follow the laws of the altar, Rashi asks? To teach us that the Jewish high court of law, the Sanhedrin, was to be located inside the temple, next to the altar. God empowers the heroes of the Oral law to bring the Torah to life by interpreting it and applying it in the way appropriate for their particular generation. No wonder that in our chapter, whose every verse is the basis of literally hundreds of pages of rabbinic discussion, the court is referred to with God’s name, as ‘elohim‘. The story of these laws is still live, it is still bring written every day, and it is one full of drama, intrigue and adventure.
  • Avot: Meet Shammai (coffeeshoprabbi.com)
    In Shabbat 31a, there are several stories about people approaching Shammai, wanting to convert to Judaism. Shammai chases them away because they ask rude or stupid questions. Hillel is more patient. It is amusing, therefore, to read here that Shammai says to “receive every person with a pleasant countenance” – really? What about the fellow at whom he threw the builder’s tool?
  • Shabbat HaGadol: The Great Shabbat (lazerbrody.typepad.com)
    What’s so great about “The Great Shabbat”, the Shabbat before Passover? Is an event that took place 3327 years ago still relevant to us today? See today’s lesson to get your answer and much more, in light of current times…
  • He Prays! (brentkuhlman.wordpress.com)
    With the Second Commandment God wants you to use His Name properly. You are to fear, love and trust in God so that you call upon God’s Name in every trouble. That’s called – prayer. “Call upon me in the day of trouble,” God invites. And then comes His promise: “I will deliver you,” as well as your response, “and you will honor me,” (Psalm 50:15). Prayer is the life of Dependence upon God for everything. When you don’t believe or trust in God, you don’t pray to Him. When you do believe and trust in God, you pray. Prayer is a no brainer for the believer.
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    In John 17, when the supreme hour of Jesus’ life on earth has arrived, namely, His suffering and Good Friday death – drinking the cup of God’s wrath against all sin and every sinner — Jesus dependently prays. He prays for Himself (17:1-5) asking the Father for the promised gift (cf. 12:28) of His glorification through suffering and death. He prays for His disciples (17:6-19) that His Father would preserve them in an alien and hostile world, sanctify them in the truth of His Word, and be equipped as apostles to preach the gospel to the world. He prays for His future disciples who will believe in Him through the preaching of His apostolic witnesses (17:20-26). He prays for their unity: “that they all may be one / perfectly one” and for their remaining with Him. That’s why John 18:1 remarks: “When He had finished praying.”
  • Parables (politicalirony.com)
  • Healthy life can be found in sacred books (christadelphianworld.blogspot.com)
    Life is dependent on the air around us, and the quality of life is dependent on the quality of air. In an atmosphere of Torah and mitzvot there is healthy life.
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Have you also been deceived

Posted on April 15, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Faith, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Manners and Association, Religion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Not speaking in own authority and not presenting own teachings

In this world we have lots of people who do their utterly best to get others away from the True God. For already more than 150 centuries people like to have their own traditions and folk-tales in the first place instead of the real biblical words we can be so simple, but according many Christians too simple for human beings to follow, because they think God must be incredible difficult to follow and our human minds are not able to understand His way of handling and His way of thinking.

It is such a shame that they do not believe the God of Order and the God of Clarity wants His people to come to understand Him fully and to respect His Words and His Creation like He gave His Voice to the World.

Throughout history we can see that several generations have been looking for answer and went looking wherever they thought they could find something; Many myths were created. Throughout the times there was somebody Who looked form high up and followed His creation, willing to guide them and help them to find ways to have a nice life.   When Jesus was alive it was not different and at that time there were also many who looked away from Scriptures and preferred to be deceived by man whom they could see. It seems easier to accept stories told by man than to go on stories told by men who say they are from God, a Spirit Who is eternal and can not be seen by man.

Two thousand years ago there were like today people who were self-deceived. They were taken by their self, considering themselves smart enough to know everything. They were not so much interested to get to know more and certainly not about matters which looked beyond world matters. Man for them had enough business and worries about the things here on earth to keep themselves busy with matters in space of outer space.

Lots of people are also so convinced they are doing the right thing. For them it are mostly the others who are doing the wrong thing. They are taken by inner pride which blinds them. they have no ears at all for something which seems to come from above and from an eternal Spirit while they are clearly limited in time and have to face death.

Are we as Christians prepared to go looking for those mysteries? Are we willing to open those old Books and willing to search for truth in it? Are we prepared to let those words from the Book of books, the Bible, to come unto us like they are written, or do we want to be so stubborn to keep to the dogmatic teachings of human beings which we do want to implement on the Bible, the infallible Word of God?

Are we prepared to come to a careful and prayerful reading of God’s word as the antidote in this heathen world?

“Have you also been deceived?”

(April 15)
Christ and The Pharisees

Christ and The Pharisees (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This was the question, the comment, the Pharisees made when the officers they sent to arrest Jesus returned without him. They reply,

“No one ever spoke like this man!” (John 7:46,47).

John, the most intimate of the disciples of Jesus (John 21:7,20) records his teaching in great detail, one often needs to reflect and meditate deeply about the points he records Jesus as making.

There was a 7-day feast in Jerusalem, many were looking for Jesus, but it was only

“about the middle of the feast (that) Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching” (verse 14).

They marvel at his words; then Jesus says,

“My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me. If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God …” (verses 16,17).

And that is equally true today as we read his words and the other words God inspired men to write. Paul was later to declare,

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness …” (2 Timothy 3:16).

The Proverbs we are presently reading are an outstanding example of this.

If our hearts are genuinely operating on a spiritual wavelength we will accept the point Jesus makes,

“The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory, but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood” (verse 18).

Ever since the days of Jesus the existence of human self-seeking among those claiming to follow him can be observed: Jesus sums up this part of his message by stating,

“Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment” (verse 24).

The religious leaders, dismayed at the popularity of Jesus were blinded by jealousy, there was no humility in their make-up, and this is why they said to those who failed to arrest Jesus,

Have you also been deceived?” (verse 47).

Every generation since has had those who are self-deceived – it is the kind of pride that so easily springs from human nature. Our careful and prayerful reading of God’s word is the antidote. John made an essential point in his first letter,

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1:8).

Let is make sure the “truth is … in us” and read and meditate on God’s word every day and come closer to him and his Son who came to give real meaning and purpose to our lives.

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Please read further:

  1. Looking for a primary cause and a goal that can not offer philosophers existing beliefs
  2. The faithful God
  3. Necessity of a revelation of creation 7 Getting understanding by Word of God 5
  4. Parsha Bo: Creation, Exodus and the Rescue from Oblivion (Exodus 10:1-13:16)

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  • Palms Sing Rocks Cry (moondustwriter.com)
    One day (in a week) he is revered, another he is sold,  and blood spills upon the Via Dolorosa…
  • In Uganda, Jesus would have been tear-gassed last Sunday (monitor.co.ug)

    Playing with the idea of a Davidian kingship implied overthrowing the sitting tetrarch and possibly a mass rebellion against the edifice of Rome itself. If Jesus and his followers had their sights on Jerusalem for his earthly throne, that would be a joke in very bad taste.

    Even if the governor and the tetrarch had their old differences, the threat from a Jesus-led crowd marching into Jerusalem presented them with a common enemy.

  • Jesus Rocks!!! (pastorsstudy.blogspot.com)
    Jesus’ rebuke was a statement to the blindness and deafness of those condemning religious leaders. In some sense the word of the Lord was declaring even these inanimate objects of My creation know more and see more than you. What a powerful indictment!The discussion of that day over 2,000 years ago is still relevant today. Will we allow our eyes, ears and hearts to be open to the reality of the One who is alive in our midst? Will we declare with our voices praise to God for His indescribable gift in the Person of Jesus, the Messiah?
  • Jesus is shabbat (workforthecausenottheapplause.com)
    And just as Jesus was grieved for His people back then, I too am grieved. We missed the message completely. We are taught in synagogue that the name alone is a “bad” name. We are forbidden to ask questions or talk about Him. We are ostracized from our Jewish communities, we are not counted as “Jews”.
  • For Parents During The Triduum (supertradmum-etheldredasplace.blogspot.com)
    My mother had a sense of what to do in the house over theTriduum. We were not allowedto be part of loud or raucous activities. Quiet settled into the house on Thursday and continued until Sunday morning.We did not have to be silent, but subdued. No parties, of course, no sports, no tv, just peace,and a sense of solemnity while doing chores around the house, getting ready for Easter.

    We did not have to be silent the entire time Christ was on the Cross, but we did have to be silent from one until we went to Church at three. We did quiet things in our rooms, like color, or read, or pray, or think.

  • [Bible Challenge] John 7: Confusion (esther-mag.com)
    John 7 shows us the political and social tensions that arose from Jesus’ teachings. From the Pharisees, to the scribes and the Jewry, people were either offended, angered or confused by what he had to say. It is interesting to read the fluctuation of emotions: from being sceptical, many of the Jews accepted him after he taught in the temple, but some were still conflicted: “Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee?…So there was a division among the people because of him” (verses 41 and 43). Verses 45 and 53 gives us an insight into the plots of the Pharisees: they really wanted him dead, and it seems like Jesus was the main focus of their conversations.
  • The Pharisees and The One Who Knows My Heart (catholicguyxl.com)
    the fear and inner conviction of being unable to ‘cope’ and to change things.  When it’s time to strip myself of an idea that I’ve only ever known my whole entire life – it’s excruciatingly painful.  If the Pharisees believed that Jesus was the Messiah, that would mean they’d have to take personal responsibility of themselves outside the only life they’ve ever known.
  • Dennis Tate added a discussion to the group Jesus Great Teacher or God? (community.humanityhealing.net)
    he fear is like a devil which possesses me, and I go out seeking men to assuage the fear, Deliver me from this devil.
  • The Truth Is Not Welcome In This World (prophecynewsandviews.wordpress.com)
    A lot of people who claim to be upright and righteous with God are doing just what those pharisee’s did to Jesus, by denying truth. How can a person be afraid of the truth unless they enjoy lies . This is what Jesus told those pharisee’s
  • To Be a Christian… Forgiveness in Action #inspiration #Forgiveness #Spirituality (princessofthelight.wordpress.com)
    No matter what the circumstances, we need to forgive others because God has forgiven us. Forgiveness doesn’t mean putting yourself in harm’s way. In fact, forgiving another has nothing to do with that person. Forgiveness is all about cleansing your own heart and finding peace.
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Christian values, traditions, real or false stories, pure and upright belief

Posted on April 10, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Christendom and Christianity, Faith, Manners and Association, Paganism, Religion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Easter eggs // Ostereier

Easter eggs // Ostereier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These days we see lots of Christians play with pagan attributes, hiding chocolate eggs in the house and garden and telling their children this is all to do about Easter and the resurrection of the Lord. Even a new publication was published in the United states explaining those ‘lovely’ Christian tradition which have to be treasured as the high American value.

When we look at those Christians who speak so high about their Christian values, and look how they act and react,this may make us browse.

The Gutenberg Bible displayed by the United St...

The Gutenberg Bible displayed by the United States Library of Congress, demonstrating printed pages as a storage medium. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The new book which is especially written because the American Christian values seem to be lessening. Though the writers do not seem to understand the things they do find so important about Easter and Christmas have nothing to do with the Biblical Truth. It is the same as a new book for children in Dutch trying to explain the ‘secret of Easter’, where the writer confesses she was not so sure about the story of Jesus’ death and had to look it up on internet before she started her work. she even did not bother to look at a Bible to get to the origin of the matter or to read the original stories.

You can wonder what has to come forth when such writers and their books sell so good and bring stories to children which they think are the real Christian story to believe. Can a good Christian nation be build up on such stories becoming popular and Bibles not been read? Can we find people who want to know the Biblical truth and be faithful to God?

Do fully faithful, truthful people exist? If we start when we are children trying to do this, there is a better chance of us being found to be that kind of person when we are grown up. May that be said of us this day.

“Pure and upright”

(April 10)

We read in Proverbs

“even a child makes himself known by his acts” (Proverbs 20:11),

it then says,

“whether his conduct is pure and upright”.

It is saying that what we actually do proves what we really are far more than by what we say. It is also said that we teach by example, more than words, thus verse 7 tells us,

“The righteous walks in his integrity blessed are his children after him”.

They have been taught by example and often children are more transparent in their actions than adults.

Another interesting proverb is

“The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out” (Proverbs 20:5).

It causes us to ask do we fully consider our purpose in doing something? If we really are a person who considers our ways, thinking carefully about all our intentions, then we will “draw it out” like one drawing water from a well and this takes time and effort.

Of course when the Bible uses the word ‘man’ it usually means all human beings, unless the context makes it clear it means a male. It draws no distinction between boys or girls, “even a child” obviously means both!

Finally, verse 6 is very interesting; ponder what it means.

“Many a man (person) proclaims his (or her) own steadfast love, but a faithful man (person) who can find?” (Proverbs 20:6).

It is telling us that what we say, what we declare to be our motives, is in many cases, not entirely correct; although it is not a real lie, because there is an element of truth in it. How often do we say things “with reservation?”

I have known statements to be made, and agreement to be requested on them “without reservation”. This is sad; it means we are acknowledging that so often we say things, not fully meaning them. This should not be so among those whose aim is to become children of God (read Romans 8:17). Do fully faithful, truthful people exist?

“Even a child” if we start when we are children trying to do this, there is a better chance of us being found to be that kind of person when we are grown up.

The Christadelphian

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  • ‘Book of Yeezus’ Replaces God With Kanye in New Bible [Video] (guardianlv.com)

    The new Kanye West Bible has arrived. The Book of Yeezus: A Bible for the Modern Day has combined the traditional biblical version of the book of Genesis with a foreword to create this creative vision which explores the way cultural icons tend to morph into spiritual figures. The Etsy shop for the New Age Bible opened in January, but is just now gaining media momentum.

    The Bible is being sold for $20 and has claims of being one of the best gifts that ever existed for Kanye’s fans. The fans, as stated on the website, literally worship the mega social icon, pop star, designer and idol of the church of Yeezianity, who is none other than, famed rapper Kanye West.

  • Obama Summons Illuminati Blood Moon on Easter Weekend (bigamericannews.com)
    Biblical science verified that in these dark times, the most liberal and dark king of all would arise and cause the moon to turn to ‘that of blood’ as a show of his power.
  • Easter Basket Ideas for Kindergarten-First Grade (faithfulprovisions.com)
    When it comes to ideas for Easter baskets for kindergarten – first grade boys, be on the lookout for items focused on active play as well as books and toys that make learning fun.

     

  • Biblical Drama: On Our TVs, In Our Pizzerias (nyulocal.com)
    After presumably spending all day at church, 9.5 million people couldn’t get enough Jesus last Sunday, and decided to tune into the new hit show: A.D. The Bible Continues. Premiering on NBC, The Bible Continues is the sequel to producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s The Bible, a ten-part miniseries that racked up over 13.1 million viewers during its run on the History Channel, and became the most watched cable show of 2013. The Bible was also adapted into a feature film, 2014’s Son Of God. Along with NBC, ABC hit up the Christian crowd with their annual showing of The Ten Commandments. As variety points out: “this was the best demo score in three years and the largest overall audience in seven years for “Ten Commandments.” ABC hasn’t aired it on Easter Sunday since 2004.”
  • Easter ‘lost among piles of chocolate and fluffy little bunnies’ (theargus.co.uk)
    THE Easter story has been lost among the mountains of “chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies” seen at this time of year.

    Vicars and priests across Sussex have had their say on the annual Christian festival as part of our Big Easter Survey, released today.

    While some blamed schools and the education system others accepted it as a result of living in an increasingly secular society.

    Pastor Carl Chambers, of Christ Church, Brighton, said the Easter story as told in the Bible has been “largely lost”.

    He said: “Certainly if I consider what our children are taught in school, it’s more to do with the Easter bunny, Easter eggs and the Easter mouse than Jesus on the cross.”

  • Not Only Are These Easter Eggs Delicious, They’re Also…Insanely Morbid (viralnova.com)
    Most people don’t know the origins of the Easter Bunny, and they may never figure it out, even around this time of year. However, they don’t let that get in way of their heroic consumption of Easter candy, namely chocolate eggs. (I love those things.)
  • Creating Holidays (girlsheartbooks.com)
    The whole thing has made me think about how we create holidays, as families, and as larger cultures. Sometimes it’s as simple as it is in our house, where our kids get big chocolate Easter eggs on Easter – a British tradition that I didn’t celebrate when I was growing up – but they get those eggs in baskets left for them by the Easter bunny, usually with the kind of green “Easter grass” that my own baskets were always filled with when I was a kid, along with fluffy toys and other small treats. For me, the most fun part of Easter, when I was growing up in Michigan, was colouring the hardboiled eggs for the Easter baskets, so I do that with my American-British kids now, in Wales.
  • Where is my Easter? (teriparrisford.typepad.com)
    Easter is clearly a Christian holiday, but so Americanized it has its own isle at the store for candy and gifts. Our elaborate Easter celebrations have gone to the wayside these past two years as I have spent my Easters literally in transit. Both last year and this year, I have spent the day actually driving across America. IE: the Easter Bunny was not home. I hid candy in a basket for Erika last year, as well as this year, as she has spent these Easters home alone– no holiday dinner made. I sent a box to Jessi and brought candy for Monika to put in a basket at my mom’s house (shown here).
  • Read the Holy Book on Portable Devices with the Free Bible Software (listfree.org)
    The Free Bible software is launched to enable users to read the Holy Book on any portable device, mobile phones and computers. The free software has a simple interface which is quite straightforward. With a user friendly appearance, the program can be downloaded and installed with relative ease and simplicity.

    The Free Bible software app is ingrained with a number of useful features. As it is a small tool, it requires minimum system resources and it can be installed easily on any computer with Windows OS. It has an easy layout which enables even novices to navigate through the program without any complications. Users can utilize the “Search” option to find any particular verse or chapter in the Bible. Users can add notes at the end of each chapter or bookmark any page in the Bible.

  • Easter Bunny Origins (guardianlv.com)
    Just like spring, eggs are also a representation of new life or rebirth. The traditional act of ornamenting eggs during the holiday is believed to date back hundreds of years ago, to the 13th Century. During this time, congregations were instructed by their church to refrain from consuming eggs during Lent. It was only until Easter Sunday that the consumption of eggs was once again allowed by the Catholic Church. It was not until many years later, when Roman Catholicism dominated Germany, that the association between Easter eggs and the resurrection of Jesus was even made.
    Read more at http://guardianlv.com/2015/04/easter-bunny-origins/#BWRV2Qd7vE11iXoL.99

     

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Like grasshoppers

Posted on March 31, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Exhortation, Faith, Life and Death | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Children of Israel had learnt their lesson the hard way! Are we sure we have learnt ours? If massive problems arise as this world falls apart – will we seem “like grasshoppers”? Or will our faith be such as to give us “full assurance” (read Hebrews 10:22,23)?
Heb 10:22-23 The Scriptures 1998+  (22)  let us draw near with a true heart in completeness of belief, having our hearts sprinkled from a wicked conscience and our bodies washed with clean water.  (23)  Let us hold fast the confession of our expectation without yielding, for He who promised is trustworthy.
With a day of remembrance coming near it is not bad to look into what happened in the past with God’s people. How did they come to hear about the promise of a land and a better future and how did they behave after they got saved from slavery.

“Like grasshoppers”

Simon de Vos - The Israelites after Crossing t...

Simon de Vos – The Israelites after Crossing the Red Sea – WGA25334 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Can you imagine yourself as a member of the Israelites who miraculously escaped from Egypt? After seeing all the remarkable plagues, the wonder of crossing the Red Sea, then camping beside Mount Sinai with the earth quaking, the clouds, the fire and the voice from the mountain! After that, the miraculous provision of manna, quails, and water from the rock. Then, the teamwork to build the tabernacle as a centre of worship, with the divine presence indicated by fire and cloud! Next, the great celebration of a ‘Passover’ – one year and one month after leaving Egypt.

Surely, if we had been part of all that, our confidence and anticipation of God’s power to lead us to the promised land would be very great. Well might we be astonished at what we read today in Numbers! Why did 10 of the 12 spies sent to explore the land, come back in such a negative frame of mind? Although they said the land

‘flows with milk and honey and this is its fruit” (13:27).

They spoke against the two other spies who came back and had said,

“Let us go up at once and occupy the land for we are well able to overcome it” (verse 30).

But the 10 said

“We are not able … for they are stronger than we are … all the people we saw in it are of great height … we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers” (verses 31-33).

We are going to read of God’s anger with them because of this failure of faith after all the evidence they had experienced of his power that had surrounded them to their benefit.

Let us examine all the evidence for our own faith. How strong are our convictions in serving God? If serious difficulties arise will our faith falter? Will we only follow in the way of faith, when all is readily provided and there are deliverances and blessings?

Recall that remarkable Psalm 139 we read recently, David wrote,

“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me … see if there be any grievous way in me and lead me in the way everlasting” (verses 23,24).

Next month we will read Moses’ final message to the people before he dies,

and you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your God has led you these 40 years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not” (Deuteronomy 8:2).

It was a message to the next generation, for their parents had died during the 40-year journey. They had learnt their lesson the hard way! Are we sure we have learnt ours? If massive problems arise as this world falls apart – will we seem “like grasshoppers”? Or will our faith be such as to give us “full assurance” – read Hebrews 10:22,23.

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English: Sunrise on Mt. Sinai in Egypt

Sunrise on Mt. Sinai in Egypt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Find also to read:

  1. A Holy week in remembrance of the Blood of life
  2. First month of the year and predictions
  3. Festival of Freedom and persecutions
  4. Seven days of Passover
  5. Day of remembrance coming near
  6. Remember the day
  7. Observance of a day to Remember
  8. Shabbat Pesach service reading 1/2
  9. Shabbat Pesach service reading 2/2
  10. A new exodus and offering of a Lamb
  11. Vayikra after its opening word וַיִּקְרָא, which means and He called
  12. 14-15 Nisan and Easter
  13. 14 Nisan a day to remember #1 Inception
  14. 14 Nisan a day to remember #2 Time of Jesus
  15. 14 Nisan a day to remember #3 Before the Passover-feast
  16. 14 Nisan a day to remember #5 The Day to celebrate
  17. High Holidays not only for Israel
  18. Seven Bible Feasts of JHWH
  19. Jesus memorial

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  • The Pesach Seder and Eliyahu (blogs.timesofisrael.com)
    Seder is a Hebrew word that means order or arrangement, and the Pesach (Passover) Seder is the ritual feast that includes the narrative of the Israelites slavery in Egypt and the miracles leading to and through the Exodus.  The Seder is replete with customs and symbolism including four cups of wine representing the four expressions of God’s promise of redemption used in the Torah along with the bitter herbs representing the bitterness our ancestors suffered while in slavery.
  • Passover story gives hope to today’s oppressed peoples, says David Cameron (thejc.com)
    The story of Pesach can give hope to those who are oppressed around the world, David Cameron has said.

    In his Passover message to British Jews, the Prime Minister called for increased efforts to bring peace to areas of conflict.

    Mr Cameron said: “In so many countries, families and friends will be coming together to celebrate the freedom of their ancestors.

    “Even thousands of years on from the Exodus, the story of emancipation inspires millions around the globe.

  • Passover Fast Facts (gantdaily.com)
    Here’s a look at what you need to know about the Jewish holiday of Passover. The holiday will be celebrated from sunset on April 4 through April 11, 2015. Facts: Passover, also called Pesach, is the Jewish festival celebrating the exodu
  • Passover 2015: Dates, Meaning, What & When (coed.com)
    In 2015, Passover begins on the evening of Friday, April 3, 2015 at nightfall, and ends after nightfall on the evening of Saturday, April 11, 2015.
  • Ask the Rabbi: The great Jewish divide – rice at passover (jewishnews.co.uk)
    Why are you looking at one disparity in the difference of custom between Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews rather than the astounding number of similarities they share?

    The differences are so negligible that they just prove the rule – we are one people with one Torah. Jews are forbidden by the Torah to eat or even own leavened products on Passover.

  • Penal Substitution (forfreedomalone.wordpress.com)
    Christianity is not a ‘stand-alone’ faith. It stands on the shoulders of the faith of the children of Israel.
    Just as Edison ‘perfected’ the work of others and created a workable lightbulb, but did not actually invent the light bulb, so we have entered into the fullness of an inheritance which they were expecting.
    We are too glib in dismissing the foundation laid by them, the carrying of the promise and the testimony into our day. We need to be more aware of the ground on which we are privileged to stand.
  • To Soar In The Spirit You Have To Be Hard Core (theinscribedheart.com)
    Moses successor, was a foreshadow of our Christ. Jesus Christ and Joshua actually were called by the same name in Hebrew, Yeshua. Understand that Yeshua leading the children of Israel into the promised land of their inheritance is a direct correlation to Yoshua, the Christ, leading the redeemed church through the salvation of the soul. The children of Israel fought Hittites, Jebusites, Amorites, Canaanites, and so on. We do battle with envy, greed, selfishness, lust, idolatry and so on. Though our enemies are somewhat different, we should have the same uncompromising approach when it comes to dealing with them. Make no deals, show no mercy, and utterly destroy.
  • The Twelve Spies – The Edge of Believing (gfrase.wordpress.com)
    It was the Israelites who requested a look-see at what was ahead. It sounds reasonable to plan but as one reads through Numbers 13, it indicates that some of them were not ready for the task ahead.
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    The edge of believing is always in front of us. Fear is a natural human emotion. Wisdom and healthy respect are benefits, but fear can shut us down when we don’t take it to God. He is absolutely approachable with honest prayer and provides several means of reassurance through His son, His Word and  the spirit penetrating our hearts.
  • The Ecumenical Spirit (etsop95.wordpress.com)
    An ecumenical spirit is strong with a huge portion of humanity. An ecumenical spirit is, essentially, an acceptance of ideas that do not necessarily correspond with one’s own. The idea of exclusivism in societal application is not well received. In Ezra 4 one reads of effort of some to import the ecumenical spirit into the work of the children of Israel after they were given permission by Cyrus the Great to return to their homeland after being in a foreign land for many decades.
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    It is a challenge to those devoted to the purity of the Lord’s teaching to not only adhere to that teaching, but to resist all competing ideas. The ecumenical spirit, whether motivated out of genuine interest or impure motives, is a spirit (teaching) that is corrupting. Those who fall into its trap are those who do not know the Lord.
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Blindness in the Christian world

Posted on March 30, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Christadelphian, Christendom and Christianity, Faith, Holy Scriptures, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Manners and Association, Religion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In our Sunday service we continued discussing the matter of the day before concerning the insight and/or wisdom which people may receive. We also reflected on the reading of some days before (John chapter 8). the last few weeks we have been under attack and had loads of letters telling us we are haters of God, haters of Jesus, damned people, anti-Christ and certainly not Christians but people who shall “burn in hell” for eternally tortured. though we did find it funny one writer directly noticing that we did not believe in hell as a torture place so perhaps this saying would not frighten us or dare us.

Lots of the writers took a very un-Christian attitude against us and we wonder how they would like to convert people if they react such a way as we can see how they start threatening people who have other believes than theirs. Some accusers told us also to read the gospel of John. For us that is just one of the gospels which most clearly gives a good picture about whom Jesus is and about who he is not.

John the Evangelist, Russian icon from first q...

John the Evangelist, Russian icon from first quarter of 18th cen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In his whole gospel the apostle John focusses on Jesus as the 2nd Adam, the one sent from God and the first-born of the new creation. For the apostle John it was clear that Jesus from Nazareth was the long awaited Messiah. At the beginning of his book he therefore also refers to Jesus as the one who was promised at the beginning of the human world.

Some also referred to the “I am” quote in chapter 8. In it they do think Jesus is telling that he is God, but he is referring to him being the person who is been sent by God, not God himself. Good they take this chapter from John, because in it Jesus speaks about the blindness of people also indicating about the blindness of faith, people bounded to human teaching and not willing to listen to the words of Scripture. For the gospel of John is an ideal gospel to get to know Jesus. Them mentioning it we shall continue to look at what is written in it.

Unlike the other gospel writers, John does not set out to give an account of all that Jesus did. Matthew, Mark and Luke had already done that. Instead he selects seven episodes from the ministry of Jesus that in his view show beyond doubt that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God. He narrates the events of those seven occasions in great detail…

He tells us where they happened, the time of day, the people who were present, what Jesus said, the reaction of the crowds, even the feelings of the apostles at the time. It is the nearest we can get to a documentary. Looking over the shoulder of John, we come into the presence of Jesus, and see the Son of God at work in our world – a wonderful example of love and compassion.

Joh 8:12 ESV Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Jesus is the sent one from above, by the heavenly Father, the Only One God:

Joh 8:16 ESV Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me.

Joh 8:18 ESV I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.”

Joh 8:24-32 ESV I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” (25) So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning. (26) I have much to say about you and much to judge, but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.” (27) They did not understand that he had been speaking to them about the Father. (28) So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me. (29) And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.” (30) As he was saying these things, many believed in him. (31) So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, (32) and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

We should come to understand that Jesus gets his words from his heavenly Father. He does not presents his own words, which he would do when he would be God. In Christ Jesus we do find the Most High Elohim working. Jesus came from above, being placed in the womb of the young girl Miriam (Mary). In case he would not have been placed by god he could not call unto God as his heavenly Father like now. Without God he (Jesus) would perhaps not be here but certainly could not do the same things and could not have so much wisdom from God like he has now. Though it is up to the world to come to see what God gave and why this man from Nazareth should be lifted up and be praised for who he is is and for what he has done.

Joh 5:17 ESV  But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”

Joh 3:12-21 ESV  If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? (13)  No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. (14)  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, (15)  that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. (16)  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (17)  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (18)  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. (19)  And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. (20)  For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. (21)  But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

In the works Jesus did we should come to see his heavenly calling. But we also should come to hear what Jesus said on many occasions when he did such incredible things, we call miracles. You see nothing is of authority of Jesus. In case he was or is God it would be his own authority and his own wish and than he would always have done his own wish, though Jesus clearly says not his will but the will of God has to be done.

Mat 6:10 ESV  Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Mat 26:42 ESV  Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”

Joh 4:34 ESV  Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.

Joh 6:40 ESV  For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

Joh 7:16-18 ESV  So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me. (17)  If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. (18)  The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.

Joh 8:49-50 ESV (40) Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. (50) Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge.

Joh 8:54-55 ESV Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ (55) But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word.

Joh 14:9-17 ESV Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? (10) Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. (11) Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. (12) “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. (13) Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (14) If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. (15) “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. (16) And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, (17) even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

Joh 14:23-24 ESV Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. (24) Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.

Joh 14:27-30 ESV Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (28) You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. (29) And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. (30) I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me,

Clearly here again Jesus let us hear that he and the Father are two different entities of which one (Jehovah) is greater than the other (Jesus), who was first lower than the angels (though God was, is and always shall be the Most High), was tempted (God cannot be tempted) and really died (God cannot die).

Joh 5:17-27 ESV But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” (18) This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. (19) So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. (20) For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. (21) For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. (22) The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, (23) that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. (24) Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. (25) “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. (26) For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. (27) And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man.

We do hope those verses may be clear enough of the importance of the sonship of the Nazarene who we should take as the one who died for the sins of many and who is the one who paid the ransom to the Most High Elohim Who accepted this offering.

In John chapter 8 in verses 4-6 Jesus says his time was running out. It was still ‘day’, because he, the light of the world, was still among them. But the night would come, when his work would be ended by the Prince of this world, and temporarily the light would be snuffed out. He refers back to his claim to be the Light of the World. Then he proceeds to bring light into the darkness of the man standing before him. The world had to come to see the sign of the one spoken of in the centuries of other men of God, like the prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel, but also priests like Simeon who blessed many and said to the infant’s mother Mary that her son is the one is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed. (Luke 2:34)

The method Jesus used to treat the blind one feels uncomfortable to us, but in the First Century saliva was held to have healing properties (see Mark 7:33 and 8:23). In this case Jesus did not use saliva alone. He mixed it with dust to make a paste of mud, which he rubbed over the man’s blind eyes. So now the man was doubly blind – blind from birth, and blinded by the clay. What does clay represent? In the Bible, clay stands for ‘the flesh’. We are all made from dust. We are clay in the hands of God the Potter. The image of Nebuchadnezzar has feet of iron mixed with clay. Dust has no worth. The flesh, the might and pride of man, blinds us to the goodness of God. So the blind man with his clay-covered eyes represents man in his natural state, walking in darkness and unable to recognise the Truth. The blind man represents you and me – but this blind man was going to see!

We can also that there are many blind people and deaf people in this world who do not come to see what is really written in the Holy Scriptures. They are blinded and keep their ears stiff deaf to other teachings than the human doctrine of a tri-une god. Many have been born in a family brought up in a trinitarian faith-group and enjoying the many folkloric feasts. The want to keep those traditional celebrations and enjoy all the rites offered by their community. They do not love to break with those traditions. So we can understand it is not easy to come to hear what is really written in the Bible and to what we should really keep ourselves. Lots of people are also afraid if they would have an other faith not liked by the majority of the community were they are living in. Not many would like to show others what they belief when it is not conform the majority or general thinking.

Verse 7 is illuminating. The man was told to go to the pool of Siloam. The site has been re-identified recently. The traditional small pool at the exit from Hezekiah’s Tunnel was not the one where the blind man washed. The pool in the time of Jesus was a much broader area, further down the hill, with wide steps. We can imagine him with his stick, tapping his way down the busy road, a strange sight with his muddy eyes.

What about the name of the pool? John translates it from the Hebrew. It means ‘sent’. Jesus, John says many times, was sent from God. He is the one who can give us the light of the Truth. The blind man bent down and washed his face. Then he looked up from the water. Brilliant light dazzled his brain. The blue sky, the shapes of trees and stones and people, swift moving birds and hovering butterflies, flooded into his view. The extent of the miracle is amplified because he had never seen before. Normally it takes us weeks or months as babies to programme our brains to recognise and interpret the signals entering our brain. In this case, the re-programming was instantaneous. With a smile on his face, he returned to his familiar begging pitch in much less time than he had taken on the way to Siloam.

In verses 8 and 9 the people who hung around the Temple area thought they recognised him, but then they didn’t. He had the same features, but his eyes were open and clear. Some of them decided he was a different man who just happened to look like him. But he insisted he was the man who was blind.

Joh 9:8-9 ESV  The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?”  (9)  Some said, “It is he.” Others said, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.”

The situation was so unusual that the bystanders decided the authorities needed to be informed about it. They marched off with the healed man to the Pharisees. John notes, in parenthesis, that Jesus had chosen once again to do this miracle on a Sabbath. The rulers felt they were losing control of the situation. But the blind man’s explanation as to how he found his sight gave some of them an argument to use against Jesus. By making a paste of mud and putting it on the man’s eyes, they said, he had done work on the Sabbath. How pathetic, to ignore the wonderful blessing that Jesus had brought, and instead condemn him on a technicality! Even some of their own number rebelled at such a reaction. How could he not be from God when he had worked an unprecedented miracle?

In verses 18 to 23 the authorities now follow a new line of enquiry.

Joh 9:18-23 ESV  The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight  (19)  and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?”  (20)  His parents answered, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind.  (21)  But how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.”  (22)  (His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.)  (23)  Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

Perhaps the blind man had not been blind after all. Perhaps all this time he had been cheating – only pretending to be blind in order to extract sympathy from people. They summon his parents to establish the facts. The parents confirm that indeed he was their son and, yes, he was born blind. They were not, however, prepared to speculate as to how he had been healed. The parents had now supplied the hard evidence they asked for, leaving the rulers facing the fact that Jesus seemed to have worked an amazing miracle.

They try again. The blind man is recalled to the assembly. Perhaps, they suggest, he had lied last time. This time they insist, he must tell the truth. They put him on oath (“give glory to God” is a legal formula – see Joshua 7:19). Jesus could not really be the source of his healing, they say, because Jesus was a sinner. Come on, they insist, tell us what really happened. He says he cannot comment on Jesus being a sinner, but the fact is, he can now see. They press him. Perhaps they can force him into an inconsistency: “Tell us again exactly how he did it!”

The healed man becomes exasperated by their obduracy. With remarkable spirit, but driven by the wonder of his healing, he dares to condemn their blindness. How could a man work such an unprecedented wonder without the power of God?

They pronounce their judgement on him. How dare he teach them, the experts? They deliver the dreaded excommunication. What a warning of the extremes to which we can be driven when we try to justify a position which if abandoned would cause us to lose face! The Pharisees could not afford to lose this contest. So they resorted to the traditional weapons of defeated intellect – abuse, and the use of power to cripple the opposition.

Jesus needed to seek out the healed man and bring him to know the true source of his healing. The blind man had not seen Jesus before, for the obvious reason he was blind when they first met. He had only heard his voice. Now he recognises Jesus as the one who healed him, and he has no hesitation in declaring his faith. He falls at his feet in worship. We must each reach this point too, if we wish to be saved.

In verse 39 Jesus draws the threads together for us.

Joh 9:39 ESV  Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.”

He came to bring judgement into the world. It is a judgement we bring upon ourselves by the way we react to him. We cannot sit on the fence about Jesus. If we admit we are in darkness, like the blind man, and walk in faith to the water of baptism, washing away our sins in the one God sent, He has the power to bring light into our lives. But if our vision is obscured by the clay of the flesh with its pride and self-reliance, even though we think we can see, we will remain blind until we die.

How thankful we can be to John, setting down from his days with Jesus such a vivid picture of what it was like to live in the presence of the Son of God and not a god son who would have faked his temptation, his death, his resurrection with an act which could not proof anything, but now having a man of flesh and blood being taken out of the dead, after three days in hell, (what would God have to do there?) we have an example of what can happen to us to, and have something to look forward, in a living hope.

We should condemn nobody, like Jesus did not condemn others. We can only try to let others see what is the truth. Lots of them take on an attitude against the teachings of Jesus, but that perhaps should show to us they are not the real or right followers of Christ, or that they shall still have to travel a long way to come like Christ.

Let us always try to show the Light of the world by following the teachings of the master teacher, rabbi Jeshua. Let us do our best to walk in his footsteps so that we can come to insight and bear light in us as well. We should keep to the words like they are presented to us in the Holy Scriptures and know that even if Jesus testified about himself we should take his testimony to be true, for we are told that Jesus is without sin, so did not tell lies. As such when he said he did not know who would be sitting next to him, he did not know it; Also when he said he did not know when the end of times would come or when he would come back, he did not know it. In case he is God he would have known and would not have told the truth. But we are also told that God does not tell lies, so this should have a bell ringing in many heads. Though we do have to hear it ringing. We do have to see those contradictions in Scriptures, in case it would be one and the same person.
We can stay blind because we do not want to hear that Jesus tells he knows where he came from, and where he is going. Though we do see many judge according to the flesh whilst Jesus judges no one.  Even if he would judge one, which he shall do later in time, his judgement shall be true, for we should know that Jesus decides not on his own. At the moment he is also taken up high in heavens to sit at the right hand of God to be a mediator between man and God.

Mat 26:63-64 ESV  But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.”  (64)  Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Many once more do say Jesus answer with say he is the “I Am” but once more Jesus is giving a replay saying he is the person where they are speaking over. Like we would reply “I am” when asked if we are so and so, and when it is right we also would say the same as Jesus, but for sure we shall not be God like he is not God when he says ‘”I am”.

Mar 14:61-62 ESV  But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”  (62)  And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”

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God can not die but Jesus really did die. – Frans Floris – The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Son of God, Gathering and Protecting Mankind (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jesus is the person where Scripture writers tell about, and that is also what we should come to see and believe. We also should come to belief he was resurrected from the dead and taken up by his heavenly Father who sent him and has allowed him now to be a High Pries for God and a mediator sitting at God’s Right Hand.

Act 2:25-36 ESV  For David says concerning him, “‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;  (26)  therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope.  (27)  For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption.  (28)  You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’  (29)  “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.  (30)  Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne,  (31)  he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.  (32)  This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.  (33)  Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.  (34)  For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand,  (35)  until I make your enemies your footstool.”‘  (36)  Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Heb 6:13-20 ESV  For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself,  (14)  saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.”  (15)  And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise.  (16)  For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation.  (17)  So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath,  (18)  so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.  (19)  We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,  (20)  where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

1Ti 2:3-6 ESV  This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,  (4)  who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  (5)  For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,  (6)  who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.

Please let us remember all this and look up at the light of the world, the one sent by the Only One True God, knowing that it is important to know exactly who is who and Who we do have to serve and worship acceptably. We have grace, whereby we may serve God and please Him, the Most High Adonai, with reverence and awe or godly fear, for no doubt our God is a consuming fire.

Joh 8:12 ESV  Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Joh 8:14-17 ESV  Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. (15)  You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. (16)  Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. (17)  In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true.

Heb 12:22-29 ESV  But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering,  (23)  and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,  (24)  and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.  (25)  See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven.  (26)  At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”  (27)  This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain.  (28)  Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe,  (29)  for our God is a consuming fire.

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Preceding articles:

Those who love Jesus

Wanting to live in Christ’s city

Searching, light, fear and deliverance

Chaff and the shoot out of the stock of Jesse

Hearing words to accept

Fools despise wisdom and instruction

You shall howl in your latter end

At the end of your life

Illuminating our minds and watching out

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Find also to read:

  1. The gods or mighty ones
  2. Those who love Jesus
  3. Marks by which Messiah was to be known
  4. Missional hermeneutics 4/5
  5. He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him
  6. Patriarch Abraham, Muslims, Christians and the son of God
  7. Nazarene Commentary Luke 2:25-35 – Simeon’s Blessing and Warning
  8. Not following the tradition of man

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    Heaven, How I Got Here provides a fictionalized, first-person account of the penitent thief that tells about his life and how he got to heaven. Unlike historical novels where the focus is on the fiction, however, Colin’s emphasis is on weaving theological truths into the book that point the reader to Christ and salvation.

    Colin uses the story of the repentant thief to illustrate that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

  • What Bethlehem Taught About Marketing Jesus (averageus.com)
    Around 2,000 years ago Bethlehem hosted the most spectacular event since, “Let there be light.”

    It was completely unique; utterly new. Nothing like it had been done before, or since. It was the incarnation of the eternal Son of God in real human flesh and bone, the Son of Man, born to save us. It was the divine answer to the human problem.

  • Reflective Moment ‘Have We Lost Something’ (mylordmyfriend.com)
    The world can have it glittering life , but that life style doesn’t have the real Life Giving Spirit, that truly walking with Our Lord Our Redeemer and Our Friend brings.
  • Truly This Man Was the Son of God (brentkuhlman.wordpress.com)
    Which Man is the Son of God? According to a Roman centurion (of all people) the mocked, brutally beaten, nailed and hung on the wooden cross as a capital criminal, graveyard dead Jesus is the Son of God! Really? The dead Man Jesus is the Son of God?

    Yes, indeed! Absolutely! Let there be no doubt about it. “Truly!” the Roman centurion declares. The corpse suspended on the cross is the Son of God! We would have expected someone else to say such a thing! Like Peter. James or John. Matthew. Mary His mother. Mary Magdelene. But no! The soldier most likely in charge of the brutal crucifixion is the one that tells the truth. Frankly. Forthrightly. Bluntly. He makes no bones about it: “Truly this Man was the Son of God!”

  • Coffee with Sr. Vassa: Ep.48: The Blind Man (John 9) (1389blog.com)
    It is the Gospel narrative about how Jesus healed the man who was born blind. It is read in church on the 6th Sunday after Pascha, just two weeks before the great feast of Pentecost, when we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. Let‘s see how this reading can help us to recognize our own various forms of blindness, and why it‘s vital for us to recognize our blindness in order to receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit, celebrated on Pentecost.
  • Answering Islam According to the Quran – Truth IS Objective! (childofgodsgrace.wordpress.com)
    Muslims around the world are being trained to ask Christians, “Where did Jesus say, ‘I am God, worship me,’ in those exact words?” However, if Muslims are suggesting that Jesus could only claim to be God by uttering a specific sentence, we may reply by asking, “Where did Jesus say, ‘I am only a prophet, don’t worship me,’ in those exact words?” The unreasonable demand for a particular statement, if applied consistently, would thus force Muslims to reject their own view.
  • Exhale and Inhale (africanaprincess.wordpress.com)
  • The Uniqueness of Jesus (christianity201.wordpress.com)
    People cast doubt on the truth of Jesus by saying his divinity is a fabrication of the Church. Very few historians insist that Jesus never existed, but there are those who say Jesus existed, but the extra-extraordinary account of Jesus we find in the New Testament was made up by Jesus’ disciples. The biggest weakness of this view is that the disciples and other early Christians had no motivation to make Jesus more extraordinary that ordinary. They did not get rich by their teaching about Jesus, or even popular. If anything they got themselves persecuted and killed. There simply was no motivation to make Jesus up.
  • Judge Not, It’s For Your Own Sakes (planet.infowars.com)
    Every individual of humanity will be judged by the measure that they’ve judged others. Many are going to be shocked, having the misconception that ‘God is unjust!’, when hypocritically all along they were.
  • Christianity Without Christ (mymorningmeditations.com)
    Why is that so many people think my affirmations are antithetical to Christianity? I think it is because Christianity has placed all of its eggs in the belief basket. We all have been trained to think that Christianity is about believing things. Its symbols and artifacts (God, Bible, Jesus, Heaven, etc) must be accepted in a certain way. And when times change and these beliefs are no longer credible, the choices we are left with are either rejection or fundamentalism.
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We may not be ignorant to get wisdom

Posted on March 24, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Exhortation, Faith, Manners and Association, Prophecy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Many may perhaps say they want to know the truth, but we do not see many looking for it. Christians should always look for the real wisdom which can bring them further in their life.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom rock formation in Wadi...

Seven Pillars of Wisdom rock formation in Wadi Rum, Jordan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some consider it to be full of wisdom when a person can get all the answers right of a quiz. On television they have shows being called ‘the wisest person of the world’ or the ‘smartest person of the world’ and many viewers take it that person to be full of wisdom. But is it so? Is wisdom having such funny answers on sometimes very stupid questions?

What gives a person the elements by which he or she may be considered wise and full of wisdom? Who has wisdom in him or her?

The Bible tells us that wisdom will not enter into a malicious being, nor dwell in a body subject to sins, though lots of people who are considered to be wise by the community are those who give themselves a name and power and who permit themselves to take actions which would be considered by others not ethical or not righteous. Should we not much more trust that wisdom is something much deeper in man, which shows to the outer world by the right attitude and the well considered words that person can speak, presenting a righteous attitude? In the Holy Scriptures we can find that God is the One Who provides people with wisdom. It is the Holy Spirit who provides the power to think and to handle in a certain manner. It is also God’s Spirit Who makes that the mind can find the right track.

The Holy Spirit of discipline will flee from the deceitful, and will withdraw himself from thoughts that are without understanding, and he shall not abide when iniquity comes in. It is is rebuked when wickedness comes, for the spirit of wisdom is benevolent, and will not acquit the evil speaker from his lips. When a person has the Spirit of God in him it is not like a certain Christian movement wants us to believe they shall be able to speak in gabberdash, speaking in tongues murmuring a language nobody can understand. Of everything we do and say God is witness and knows the heart. He is a true searcher of the persons heart, and a hearer of his tongue.  This makes that in fact anybody may think what they want, judge the person high or low, adore him or detest him, they should never have to judge the person because that belongs to God. This we may not forget and we also should not be ignorant for the way we want to get wisdom and what for sort wisdom. In the knowledge that the Spirit of the Most High Lord has filled the whole world: and that which contains all things, has knowledge of the voice. God knows our thoughts and hears what we want to say and what we really say.

Wis 1:4-7 WEBA  Because wisdom will not enter into a soul that devises evil, nor dwell in a body that is enslaved by sin.  (5)  For a holy spirit of discipline will flee deceit, and will depart from thoughts that are without understanding, and will be ashamed when unrighteousness has come in.  (6)  For wisdom is a spirit who loves man, and she will not hold a blasphemer guiltless for his lips; because God bears witness of his reins, and is a true overseer of his heart, and a hearer of his tongue:  (7)  Because the spirit of the Lord has filled the world, and that which holds all things together knows what is said.

It is the own wickedness of people that shall correct them, and their way how they treat others and how they turn back shall reprove them. Many of the so called wise men have forgotten about that Divine Creator and mock God. The laughing stock seems very enjoyable for many in the world, but we should know that faith is a serious business and not stupid as others may call it.

The forsaking of God and the way how people have no fear at all any more may look wise for many but could be very unwise.

Jer 2:19 WEBA  “Your own wickedness will correct you, and your backsliding will rebuke you. Know therefore and see that it is an evil and bitter thing, that you have forsaken Yahweh your God, and that my fear is not in you,” says the Lord, Yahweh of Armies.

Those who receive all honour on the television screen and in the magazines could be very surprised at the end of the road. They also, perhaps, shall find out that their life also may have been to short and tedious. They too may come to see that we all are born at all adventure, and we shall be hereafter as though we had never been, once out of picture or when we die we shall fast be forgotten: for the breath is a smoke in our nostrels and the words as a spark raised out of our heart.
Our life shall pass away as the trace of a cloud, and come to naught as the mist that is driven away with the beams of the sun, and cast down with the heath thereof. Let us not make any illusions, our name also shall be forgotten in time, and no man shall have our works in remembrance. For our time is as a shadow that passes away, and after our end there is no returning: for it is fast sealed, so that no man comes again.

Wis 2:1-5 WEBA  For they said within themselves, with unsound reasoning, “Our life is short and sorrowful. There is no healing when a man comes to his end, and no one was ever known that was released from Hades.  (2)  Because we were born by mere chance, and hereafter we will be as though we had never been; because the breath in our nostrils is smoke, and reason is a spark kindled by the beating of our heart;  (3)  which being extinguished, the body will be turned into ashes, and the spirit will be dispersed as thin air.  (4)  Our name will be forgotten in time. No one will remember our works. Our life will pass away as the traces of a cloud, and will be scattered as is a mist, when it is chased by the rays of the sun, and overcome by its heat.  (5)  For our alloted time is the passing of a shadow, and our end doesn’t retreat; because it is securely sealed, and no one turns it back.

We should be very well aware that we may not understand the mysteries of God, neither hope for the reward of righteousness, nor can discern the honour of the souls that are faultless. God has given His Word to us so that we can learn from it and can get more wisdom from it. We can accept it or refuse it. But when ignoring it  we can not blame an other for not having the true wisdom. We also should remember that God created man without corruption, and made him after the image of his own likeness, but that man thought to be smarter than Him and thought to be able to run the world on his own. Those who do not want to know about God are perhaps less wise than many think and their reasoning may be build on false thoughts and be constructed on quicksand where they want to walk on in their blindness, thinking they are safe.

Wis 2:21-24 WEBA  Thus they reasoned, and they were led astray; for their wickedness blinded them,  (22)  and they didn’t know the mysteries of God, neither did they hope for wages of holiness, nor did they discern that there is a prize for blameless souls.  (23)  Because God created man for incorruption, and made him an image of his own everlastingness;  (24)  but death entered into the world by the envy of the devil, and those who belong to him experience it.

The world should come to know they have to make choices and have to find the right path again. they also should come to know that God’s Word will be shown to be hard and true. When people will come to see how the world fooled them it will not be so easy for them. The realization that the world has successfully duped you for years will bring much sadness and grief.

Isa 24:10-23 WEBA  The confused city is broken down. Every house is shut up, that no man may come in.  (11)  There is a crying in the streets because of the wine. All joy is darkened. The mirth of the land is gone.  (12)  The city is left in desolation, and the gate is struck with destruction.  (13)  For it will be so within the earth among the peoples, as the shaking of an olive tree, as the gleanings when the vintage is done.  (14)  These shall lift up their voice. They will shout for the majesty of Yahweh. They cry aloud from the sea.  (15)  Therefore glorify Yahweh in the east, even the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel, in the islands of the sea!  (16)  From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs. Glory to the righteous! But I said, “I pine away! I pine away! woe is me!” The treacherous have dealt treacherously. Yes, the treacherous have dealt very treacherously.  (17)  Fear, the pit, and the snare, are on you who inhabitant the earth.  (18)  It will happen that he who flees from the noise of the fear will fall into the pit; and he who comes up out of the middle of the pit will be taken in the snare; for the windows on high are opened, and the foundations of the earth tremble.  (19)  The earth is utterly broken. The earth is torn apart. The earth is shaken violently.  (20)  The earth will stagger like a drunken man, and will sway back and forth like a hammock. Its disobedience will be heavy on it, and it will fall and not rise again.  (21)  It shall happen in that day that Yahweh will punish the army of the high ones on high, and the kings of the earth on the earth.  (22)  They shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison; and after many days shall they be visited.  (23)  Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed; for Yahweh of Armies will reign on Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem; and before his elders will be glory.

Coming closer to a time where we can clearly see what was prophesied centuries ago, it is a matter of willingness to open the eyes for the Word of God or to shut it out of your life and to be part of that world which shall go its own way, facing that what shall come.

People may count on the robots which they would think make life easier, but they overlook social elements and how they ruin ‘our earth’ by polluting it with all sorts of filth. But living in that world which wants to be ignorant for the signs the Maker of All Things is giving, others may want to find those signs in the Book of books and take those wise words into their heart, knowing that it will be the best Guide they can have. In that Book of books is all wisdom available for mankind. We can take it or leave it.

Ignorance is bliss

is something the world says.

But unlike most of what the world says, there is a Biblical equivalent.

Ecc 1:18 WEBA  For in much wisdom is much grief; and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.

Ecc 1:2-3 WEBA  “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher; “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”  (3)  What does man gain from all his labor in which he labors under the sun?

The mere widening of the horizon, whether of ethical or of physical knowledge, brought no satisfaction. In the former case men became more conscious of their distance from the true ideal. when we look at the world and see how it is evolving we can get sorrow in seeing more clearly all human failings and hopelessness.

“Great scholars do but make of themselves great mourners” (Henry).

The world did not and still does not want to hear the message of the followers of Christ. Jesus wept (John 11:35) and we can do that as well (Romans 12:15). Yet “wisdom” (proper wisdom) brings life also

Ecc 7:12 WEBA  For wisdom is a defense, even as money is a defense; but the excellency of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.

We should strive for that wisdom that can protect us and which can bring us further on the right path, closer to the Most High Divine. Wisdom preserves the life of the possessor. If in this time of vanity and vexation of spirit, we fear God and keep His commandments, we shall be remembered by the One Who gives life. We may be misjudged and condemned by men, we may go to the land of forgetfulness without justice being done to us, but in the end ‘God will bring every work into judgment’

Ecc 12:14 WEBA  For God will bring every work into judgment, with every hidden thing, whether it is good, or whether it is evil.

Ecc 3:17 WEBA  I said in my heart, “God will judge the righteous and the wicked; for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.”

Ecc 11:9 WEBA  Rejoice, young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth, and walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes; but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.

Rom 2:1-9 WEBA  Therefore you are without excuse, O man, whoever you are who judge. For in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself. For you who judge practice the same things.  (2)  We know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things.  (3)  Do you think this, O man who judges those who practice such things, and do the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?  (4)  Or do you despise the riches of his goodness, forbearance, and patience, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?  (5)  But according to your hardness and unrepentant heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath, revelation, and of the righteous judgment of God;  (6)  who “will pay back to everyone according to their works:”  (7)  to those who by perseverance in well-doing seek for glory, honor, and incorruptibility, eternal life;  (8)  but to those who are self-seeking, and don’t obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, will be wrath and indignation,  (9)  oppression and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

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Preceding article: Fools despise wisdom and instruction

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  • There Is Still One Baptism (Part 3 of 3) (biblicalnotes.com)
    We must be aware of the danger of absolutism as we consider these “ones.” While it is true that there is “one body” (v. 4), we would be remiss to argue that this single body included only members from the Jewish nation. Paul’s statement was fully encompassing. Jews, Samaritans, and Gentiles would enter that Kingdom/Church which comprised the “one body” (Acts 1:8b). We would also be remiss to argue that the “one body” entails members from only one local congregation. In a sense, there were many bodies (or, local congregations) which existed as part of the First Century Church. We have no problem calling these “the churches of Christ” because the Bible uses this term to describe the one Church or Body over which Christ is the head (cf. Eph. 1:22-23; Rom. 16:16). There is an “E Pluribus Unum” principle; or, “one out of many” which is obvious, especially concerning spiritual matters.
  • Sunday Encouragement (mylordmyfriend.com)
    The image in which we were created was tarnished, nothing anyone of us could have done, to repair that relationship.
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    One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is gentleness, the scriptures frequently not only reminds us, but commands us to be strong of Spirit yet warm and friendly to others.
  • Walk in the Spirit by Marcus Dods (christianmotivations.weebly.com)
    The Bible is a record, but it is not a dead record of dead persons and events, but a record inspired by the living Spirit who uses it speak to men NOW… It is the medium through which the living God now makes Himself known. But to find it in the Spirit of God the reader must himself have that Spirit
  • confidence anchored in reality #faith (derekmaul.wordpress.com)
    I tend to hoard Podcasts for a few weeks then listen to several in a row while walking Scout in the late evenings. Consequently, this week I have enjoyed an illuminating show on brain science, followed by some insightful thoughts on “Success,” and then a very interesting discussion on communication called “Spoken and Unspoken.”
  • Holy Spirit ~ (hodgepodge4thesoul.wordpress.com)
    Holy Spirit, come anoint me,
    place your seal, right here in me
    Spirit of Life, Spirit of Grace
    may Your wisdom, I embrace.
  • Word of the Week: Acts Chapter 1 (NLT) (faithtemplechurch.wordpress.com)
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Illuminating our minds and watching out

Posted on March 4, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Christendom and Christianity, Endtimes, Faith, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Manners and Association, Religion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Word of God tells us that the Son of man goes as it is written of him:

but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed!

Throughout history we have seen that many betrayed Christ Jesus and made him an other person to highlight their own thinking and to make their community richer by having more people in the community offering one tenth of their income or other offerings to buy them free from damnation in a so called hell or burning place for ever.

Christ Emmanuel, icon with riza by Simon Ushak...

Christ Emmanuel, icon with riza by Simon Ushakov, 1668. According to the Gospel of Matthew, Immanuel refers to Jesus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jesus soul was exceedingly sorrowful, even unto death and though he knew he always tried to do God His Will and not his own will, he was really afraid. He knew man can do nothing to God but also that man can never do more to man than God. Being a man of flesh and blood he knew he could be killed by man. He only had to hope his ideas of his God were right and that he could trust all the promises made by that God in the Hebrew writings.

Jesus in the knowledge that behold the hour was at hand, and the Son of man was betrayed into the hands of sinners, he asked his disciples to be with him to tarry there in the garden of Gethsemane, and watch with him.

We are familiar with the idea of affliction and tribulation and chastening being character building for ourselves, but in the reading of today (2Corinthians 1-2)  the apostle Paul is suggesting that the suffering of the Corinthian community was for the benefit of the Corinthian believers, as it teaches them how to console (v.5). It is a very deep concept, and we ought to try to apply it to ourselves – so the suffering that we have is not just for our benefit, but for the benefit of those who come into contact with us after it, as it teaches us to console them with the message of salvation more effectively. ch.4:15-18, 2Timothy 2:10, Romans 5:3-5, 8:28, and this idea brings extra meaning to ‘the peaceable fruit of righteousness‘ in Hebrews 12:10-11.

The hardships, pressure and suffering that Paul and Timothy faced made them want to die! Why would God allow people like Paul and Timothy, who were so devoted, so enthusiastic and active in God’s service, to suffer like that? It just doesn’t seem right. Looking back on it, Paul saw a reason. “But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.” If Paul and Timothy suffered so that they could learn to rely on God, then any suffering that we go through will probably be for a similar reason. Let us learn from our suffering, give our lives to God and trust in him.

We may face a lot of trials in this world and they may tempt us to do like all the rest in the world, just to go enjoying oneself. why should we not make the best of our life and do like the others? But are they really better off?

So let Christ’s challenging words at the end of the parable about the virgins ‘illuminate’ our minds “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day not the hour”. This request is more important than ever – for the storm clouds illuminating human helplessness are greater than ever – and the wise virgins need to be together whenever they can. But what are they to “watch” for? We will read tomorrow of Jesus in the garden with his disciples and his request, “… watch with me … Watch and pray … the spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:40,41). Meditate on the kind of watching Jesus was referring to.

In the first reading of the day there is a vital lesson for everyone who seeks to serve God and have a close relationship with Him. We do know God has chosen His Own People, the Israelites, so they will  always be on the first plan. But we may not forget that others where also called. God wants a close relationship with Christians just as much as to Israelites.

Christianity in the 4th century got an earthquake and Christendom created its new god, trying to bring people from the commandments not to bow in front of graven images and not to worship people. Throughout history many elements were brought in the world of Christians which were and are not in accordance to God’s Law. The practice of christening of babies in many churches, which is not mentioned in the Bible – or even hinted at – got very popular by man as well as the many processions with carrying shrines of saints and statues of people worshipped.

Already at the earliest time of Christianity the apostles warned for false teachings. The man who at first fought the Christians came to warn the followers of Christ for the teaching of people of a “different gospel” to “distort the gospel of Christ” (Galatians 1:6,7). Paul says, “let him be accursed” (verse 9); who does that – and this is what happened to two of the sons of Aaron.

A most important lesson for us as we follow Christ and the Apostles, doing so in ways which truly follow the example they set and the words they preached.

One of the tasks given by Jesus was to go out in the world and to proclaim the Good News. Everywhere in the world the Name of the Most High should be know and people have to hear the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. Christians should take up that task of Jesus seriously and should witness for Jehovah like Jesus did that for his heavenly Father, the Only One God, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah.

Jesus also told his followers that he is the Way and that others had to come to know him as the proper way to a good relationship with his heavenly Father, the Adonai God.

Today we as brothers and sisters in Christ should show others our love for Jesus and show them the Way. To do this we also created some new sites where we added today the articles:

  1. Reading of contrasts
  2. Connecting Christians
  3. Abiding Christ
  4. Fruitfulness
  5. Praying in Jesus name
  6. Abiding to glorify God
  7. To be consumed with joy
  8. Your own choice and security
  9. Let yourself be sanctified
  10. Finishing The Task
  11. Genuine Christians content with going through motions of ritualistic religion

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  • Am With You (spyghana.com)
    God blesses His people in several ways. These ways could be either through angels or human beings. This quotation was one of the promises of God given to prophet Isaiah to relay to his people – the Israelites.
    Undoubtedly, life on earth cannot be compared to the one in paradise. However, it could be blissful in your world when you allow God to scuttle through you. As life has its own bearings, so is the Christian life full of an everlasting gladness with limited troubles.
  • What does the Bible say the End Times Churches will Look like (endtimesprophecyreport.com)
    So while there is much agreement that we are living in the end times, there is little agreement as to what that means for the Church.  The Bible tells us what the end times Church will look like.
  • Change is Scary! (dalerockwell.com)
    Are things in your life in upheaval?  Are you feeling confused and anxious? Seize the opportunity to run to your Heavenly Father.  Let Him lead you.
  • Baptized (activeinspiration.wordpress.com)
    It is important to remember that in dying with Christ Jesus, the power that sustains our life is no longer our flesh, but the omnipotent power of God through Jesus the Christ.
    So that our growth from our baptism into the death of Christ and His resurrection by the power of God would spring us Christians forth to the next state of existence, the Heavenly Jerusalem where we will rule and reign With Christ Jesus.
  • The Unappreciated Gift (pastorsstudy.blogspot.com)
    Our heavenly Father gives us lots of gifts as well. And we appreciate them, or at least we should! One such gift is the gift of worship. Think about it. We have been given the opportunity through the atoning death of Jesus Christ, to boldly approach the throne of God without the fear of being incinerated by His glory. Check out Isaiah 6:1-8, or Exodus 19 for a couple of examples of standing near the glory of God. Yet, in Hebrews 4:15-16 we are told that we can approach the LORD because Jesus is there with us as the High Priest.
  • Made in His Image (boneflesh.wordpress.com)
    The more time I spend with my Father, the more I seek Him – to learn Christ, to know Christ – the more I will look like Christ. The fruit of the Spirit of God can be borne in my behaviour, my character, my lifestyle and the condition of my heart.  My journey in Christ isn’t hopeless.
  • Forsake not the Assembly of Ourselves… (audacityandsupposition.com)
    All the sons of Adam shall one day become the Sons of God; this was God’s purpose for creating man in the first place. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But these spiritual births will take place in several successive phases. There will be a firstborn group of Sons, then a second-born group, and so on. Every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Those that complete their spiritual gestation now, during this present dispensation, will become the firstborn Sons. This first generation will attain a higher destiny than their later-born siblings. The firstfruits, (Overcomers), will enter into the most intimate and secret habitation of God.
  • The Ultimate Yes (sharingloveandtruth.org)
    Today is the day of decision – making! Will you ask God for power to be His witness so that you will not cower in the face of man’s threats?
  • Culture Change by the Apostle Paul (bpardekooper.wordpress.com)
    Though Paul was not the source for the beliefs, values and assumptions of Christianity, he did serve as the conduit that brought these cultural elements from Jesus to the known world through Paul’s missionary journeys. He served to implement the process of evolving the Jewish culture by reframing the reality in ways introduced by Jesus. (Chatterjee, 2006, p. 153) The Sermon on the Mount (Mt. 5) is a collection of statements where Jesus took a widely held understanding by the Jewish community and reframed it for a broader understanding. Paul’s ministry was centered on taking this message of Jesus, the deepening of the Jewish Law, and teaching others how to adopt these new values, practices and behaviors (Berry, 2010, p. 2) to establish a new culture of followers of Yahweh.
  • Spiritual Training 12 February 2015 (undergodscommand.com)
    Somehow the Jews in Damascus had been able to enlist this governor to help them try to capture Paul (see Acts 9:22-25). Paul gave a “for instance” here, describing his escape from Damascus in a basket lowered from a window in the city wall. Paul recounted this incident to show what he had endured for Christ. The false teachers couldn’t make such claims.
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Bad company ruins good morals

Posted on March 2, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Exhortation, Faith, Family, Manners and Association | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

We pondered why the above saying rather suddenly occurs in today’s very moving and oft-quoted 1 Corinthians 15. Parts of this chapter are often read at funerals; it contains a powerful testimony to the certainty of resurrection and that “in Christ shall all be made alive” (verse 22) eternally “at his coming”, adding the qualification “those who belong to Christ” (verse 23).

We must not cease to “belong to Christ” but that is not the same as belonging to a group of believers, one can do that, but in one’s heart have ceased to belong to Christ – even though we have been baptised. Paul says that among the Corinthians,

some have no knowledge of God, I say this to your shame” (verse 34).

He writes this immediately after making the point,

“Do not be deceived, bad company ruins good morals”.

We are surrounded by people who do not believe in the God of the Bible, but that is not the same as having “no knowledge of God” in the sense Paul meant in this chapter. Look how the Bible uses this phrase. Read Proverbs 2:1-5 and note the “ifs” that lead to one having a “knowledge of God” and then the prayer of Jesus in John 17:3,25. In these and similar passages we see that in having a “knowledge of God” we must, as a result, have a real relationship with him.

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Wikipedia seen on an old TV, using a RF Modulator connected to a NVIDIA card. – what are we allowing to enter by the televison or by the computer screen?

It is “bad company” that will undermine our “knowledge of God” and then destroy that relationship or prevent it ever happening. But what is “bad company?” Today it occurs in dangerous and new ways. Television provides us with “company” and much of it qualifies as “bad company”! As we see badness multiplying in the world – often all around us – we recognise that TV is a powerful influence in this. As a result human behaviour is displaying more and more selfish self-love and animal-like instincts. Over and above the effects of much that is on TV, most now have regular access to the Internet – which offers a whole range of opportunities for even worse “bad company”.

Returning to our chapter we notice the last 2 verses,

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved … be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labour is not in vain”.

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Thought of the day for March the 2nd by the Christadelphian

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Additional reading:

  1. Pulpit reserved for the pastor
  2. Savouring pictorial entertainement
  3. Cleanliness and worrying or not about purity

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Related articles:

  • 07.04.14 What defiles a man
    My son who is now 7 was reading the subtitles and out of his mouth came the word “bastard”. This verse immediately came to mind and I began to think about how greatly we can be influenced by the people and things around us.
    I can’t lie and say that I don’t swear or gossip. However, I never really looked at it this way before, at least not too seriously.
    We all need to make a conscious effort to take note of what we say before we say it.
  • Things That Defile a Man
    Real defilement is spiritual and moral, not ceremonial. The scribes and Pharisees unduly emphasized external ceremonies and compromised the true spirit of Israel’s religion. Real defilement stems from evil intentions within and is manifest through sinful deeds (5:28). Jesus stresses the need for inner purity of heart, not ritual purity of the body (CCC 2517). See note on Mt 5:8.
  • ‘An evangelical pastor’s path to embracing people who are LGBT into the company of Jesus’
    the same people who wold look askance at him for that are the same sort of people who would be upset to learn that his congregation uses drums and guitars in its worship music.
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  • Wilson also acknowledges that fearfulness, admitting that his timid desire for something other than unqualified inclusion is “based in large part the fear of being branded a ‘heretic’ by evangelical cohorts.”
  • That branding is inevitable, so as long as you’re in, and in for good, you might as well go the whole hog. I’m hoping Wilson’s book does. It’d be a shame to see him and his church and the fine folks writing forewords for him all get themselves branded as heretics for nothing more than a tepid “third way.”
  • Ignorance loves company: Four examples
    The truly stupid resent those who are not and won’t be satisfied until they’ve burned all the books, torn down the libraries, closed the universities, and made it impossible for anyone else not to share their own proud ignorance.
  • The acid guile is sucking at your shoes
    Lots of theologies have similarly been processed, canned and shipped from here in America to the church in the developing world, where some of them have become popular as well. That popularity elsewhere doesn’t make those theologies any less American, or any less canned and processed.
  • In the Company of Men
    Some people have been asking why focus on cleaning house among atheists when we might have bigger problem with religion or (if you’re Richard Dawkins) asking why we should ever worry about sexual harassment in the US when female genital mutilation exists abroad.  Part of the answer is easy: this is the fight that’s right in front of us, and, because we know people/meet them/have personal clout, there are resources we have here as a member of the group we’re trying to change, and we should make use of them.
  • Christian eHarmony Founder: Gay Marriage Damaged Our Company
    The conservative Christian co-founder of the dating site eHarmony says that marriage equality damaged his company and endangered his employees. The irony? Fellow conservatives are the ones who nearly got violent over the inclusion of gays and lesbians in the online dating scene.
  • Who the Bad Guys Are
    It is frightening what something as simple as a chain of slightly absurd but nevertheless unanswered questions can do to a person. Most people manage to fend this stuff off, but with a visible sense of unease. Sorting it out and flushing the baloney takes time and effort, and most of us have better things to do.
  • First Sunday in Lent (emmanuelchatham.typepad.com)
    Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son
  • some random thoughts on birds, blogs, foodie-initiatives, labradoodles, and faith… (derekmaul.wordpress.com)
    the key to “yum” was to follow the recipe instructions exactly, to push the edges of my standard cooking techniques, and to allow new ideas and creativity to challenge my boundaries and enrich our food experience as a family.
  • Coptic Victims Call on “Lord Jesus Christ” Before Slaughter (raymondibrahim.com)
    According to Coptic Bishop Anba Antonios Aziz Mina: “The video of their execution was like a dreadful mise-en-scene staged to spread terror. Nevertheless, in that diabolic product of bloodthirsty play-acting and horror, some martyrs can clearly be seen to say at the moment of their barbarous execution ‘Lord, Jesus Christ!’. The name of Jesus was their last word. Like the passion of the early martyrs, they entrusted themselves to He, who moments later, would welcome them into his embrace.
  • Christian Music: Kalley Heiligenthal – Ever Be (worldeventsandthebible.com)
    Tired of the negative message in secular music? Why not try listening to positive, encouraging Christian music? Music frees the soul, so bring Christ into that fold.
  • Empire Of Lies (zerohedge.com)
    We are living in an era where a single statement of truth will drive a pin into the global bubble of phantom assets and debts, and the lies spewed to justify those bubbles.
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    Political and financial leaders took notice of the incredible fragility of the inflating financial bubble and vowed to never publicly state anything remotely close to the truth lest the entire contraption of debt, waste, fraud and bogus accounting collapse.
  • Light to My Path (theencouragementexpress.com)
    Ask for grace, and the Lord Jesus Christ will fill you with the grace and courage you need to walk and stay on this path.
  • A prayer for peace (birdflu666.wordpress.com)
    The destroyers of this world want war, want to devour the vulnerable, the young, want to ruin countries, cultures. The destroyers of this world try to lie to us, try to sell war for peace,  dicatorship for freedom.
  • Citizens Of Another World (birdchirp.wordpress.com)
    We are dead, and our lives are hid with Christ in God. We belong to the Church of which Jesus is the head and foundation.
  • A Prayer for Ash Wednesday and The Lenten Journey (taken from the Book of Order of The Church of Scotland) (christisvictorious.typepad.com)
    Give us the wisdom to discern behind each subtle temptation the ploy of the prince of darkness; and in the face of all that is hellishly attractive, help us to choose the will and word of God.
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Faith, hope and love abide

Posted on March 2, 2015. Filed under: Exhortation, Faith | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hope & Faith

Hope & Faith (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What a remarkably challenging letter Paul wrote to Corinth. It is essential we keep it all in context. Some of the early chapters show there was considerable disharmony among the believers there. Today we saw how chapter 13 ends by telling us,

“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love”.

Human numbering has made 13 very significant here! A verse to be remembered. So there are 3 things that were to abide, while other things would not, they “will pass away” (verse 10) such as tongues, “they will cease” (verse 8).

Members had no Bibles to refer to, the gospels were only then being written and then hand copied for circulation. Early church records show the Psalms were especially valued and some memorized them all and could go around reciting them. We do not have to memorize things today, or very little, and we are the poorer for this. What fills the minds of people today – and therefore their hearts? But make this question personal – my mind – my heart?

Now consider the 3 things Paul said would not – or should not – pass away! These are the 3 things it is essential for us to have – if they are lacking then our way of life in serving Christ is doomed. The world around us lacks them, they have no faith in anyone, well, certainly not the politicians! They live for the here and now more and more as any hope in the future is increasingly bleak – and – do not people really only love – themselves!

Tetragrammaton in sunburst on ceiling, symbols...

Tetragrammaton in sunburst on ceiling, symbols of faith, hope, and charity (love) on wall. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let us now focus our thoughts on the future. There is an important thing we may not fully realize. “Faith and hope” will not abide! Why? Because they will no longer apply. Faith is needed in that which is unseen: how tellingly Peter expresses this, look at 1 Peter 1:8,9. But faith and hope will not abide then for the simple reason faith will be turned to sight and hope will be realized, the future will have become the present!

So love will be the guiding principle for those blessed to be in God’s kingdom – truly – “the greatest of these is love” – may it rule in our hearts more and more each day.

And a final note: in a couple of weeks we will come to Psalm 136 which tells us – no less than 26 times that God’s “steadfast love endures for forever” so “give thanks to the God of heaven” (last verse) with all your heart.

– February 28 thought of the day by The Christadelphian

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Additional reading:

  1. Let us not forget it was God who chose us
  2. God doesn’t call the qualified
  3. Looking for True Spirituality 3 Mind of Christ
  4. Looking for True Spirituality 4 Getting to Know the Mind of Christ
  5. Looking for True Spirituality 7 Preaching of the Good News
  6. Looking for True Spirituality 8 Measuring Up
  7. Philosophy hand in hand with spirituality
  8. Being Religious and Spiritual 1 Immateriality and Spiritual experience
  9. Trying to get the youth inspired
  10. Joy: Foundation for a Positive Life
  11. How we think shows through in how we act
  12. You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone
  13. Choices
  14. We should use the Bible every day
  15. Man’s plans prevailed by God’s purpose
  16. Rest thy delight on Jehovah
  17. If there is bitterness in the heart
  18. Purify my heart
  19. A good idea to halt all activity for one hour some day
  20. Sow and harvests in the garden of your heart

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  • The Psalter in the Early Church (frted.wordpress.com)
    Jean Danielou notes that it is the messianic nature of the Psalms which made their appropriation by the early Church so complete.   They became the basis for early Christian worship because they were read as being primarily messianic.   Their historic value was not their main appeal to the early Christians.  It is not their Jewish nature which gave them their authority; rather it was their messianic nature.
  • Opposing Christ (foolforhim.wordpress.com)
    Are you a member of the church that Jesus built? Are you a member of the kingdom he spoke of in Matthew 16:16-18? Have you obeyed the conditions of salvation as laid down by the Lord Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20 and by the apostles in Acts 2:38 and in 1 Peter 3:21?
  • Bring Your Burdens To The Lord (birdchirp.wordpress.com)
    Peter invites believers to place their total trust in God. We do this in full assurance, because He cares for His children.
  • Favorite Promises of God (fathomingheaven.wordpress.com)
    A couple of weeks ago, I participated in a women’s conference where the presenters posed this question for small-group discussion: “What is your favorite promise of God?” Promise. Singular! What?! One of the speakers commented that there are some 135 promises from God in the Bible—and I’m inclined to believe there Must be more. So how in the world could I possibly narrow them down to one favorite? Instead, I started jotting down every promise that came to mind.
  • The Psalter: Smartphone of the Soul (revisited) (gentlereformation.com)
    Paul, writing to the Colossians, highlights the superiority and supremacy of Christ in the first two chapters. Then, he teaches the believers how to live in Christ. Verse 15 says “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.” His peace is to rule, order, and direct our hearts. How does this happen? In verse 16, he says: “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” Such indwelling occurs as the saints sing “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.” Those three words are all titles to the 150 Psalms of the Old Testament. As we sing the Spirit-inspired word of Christ, it rules in our hearts. Verse 17 goes on: “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” The following verses flesh out the “everything” in various relationships of life, including the wife/husband, child/parent, and slave/master relationship. The “everything” of life includes prayer, speech, and conduct, as is clear on into chapter four. The Psalms speak to every area of life.
  • Psalms 136:4 “To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.” #love #god (church4u2.wordpress.com)
  • Light to My Path (theencouragementexpress.com)
    Some of you have been asking the Lord for direction. Go to Bible and seek it out. Go through the prophetic words and promises you’ve received. The path will become clear.
  • Being Holy (dailybibleplan.com)
    As followers of Christ, we too are called by God to be holy.  In 1 Peter 1:14-16 we read, “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”  The biggest difference, however, it that while the Israelites were able to separate themselves physically from the evil around them, we are literally surrounded by unbelief and evil on a daily basis.  The morals of this world constantly degrade the standards set forth by God so many years ago.
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Wanting to live in Christ’s city

Posted on March 1, 2015. Filed under: Announcement, Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Christadelphian, Christendom and Christianity, Faith, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Religion, Suffering | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Jesus is So Cool

In Christendom there are many who find Jesus is So Cool that thy make him their God even without knowing what is really written about him in the Bible. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Christendom there are lots of people who call themselves Christian and who say Christadelphians are haters of Jesus and haters of God, making a mockery of Jesus their god. They forget that it are they who make a clown out of God.

What is so funny is that they themselves do give the answer of the believe of faith in Christ Jesus.

Because if you do not believe that he is the Son of the Father, than his death and resurrection is meaningless.
His miracles become more parlor games than true acts to bring people to understand the Divine Love of the Father . {Comment of the writer of Alpha}

Writing that a person has to believe that Jesus is the son of the Father, by which they should mean ‘son of God’, they themselves seem not to believe that, because they believe Jesus is the Father himself, Jesus to be God himself. They also neglect what God Himself says about Jesus or they insinuate that God is not telling the truth when He says Jesus is His only begotten son.

They also do make a clown of God because God Himself tells us that He is the One and Only One eternal God, to Who man can do nothing and to Whom death can do nothing, because He can not die. Saying that Jesus is God either makes that Jesus faked that he was afraid of man and afraid of death as well as that God did as if He died and did as if He was taken out of the dead after so called having resided for three days in hell. Because God cannot die they also nullify the act of their god Jesus because than Jesus would not have to be afraid of death, knowing that death can do nothing to him and that it is nothing for him to walk around or to hover over the world again afterwards. God is almighty and no power can do what He can do or destroy His Power.

C4U ChristadelphosChristadelphians do believe Jesus had all reasons to be afraid of what would happen, because he knew his death was near. He knew that Judas has done treason to him and delivered him to the ones who where against him and really could do something against him because he was a man of flesh and blood. If he was God he did not have to worry because God knows everything and God knows that man can do Him nothing. But Jesus, not being God, had to trust his heavenly Father, counting on Him that after his death he would have still a possibility to do something or to live. Jesus believed in the promises of his heavenly Father and wants us also to believe in that Father, the Only One True God.

Jesus did not know everything. He even did not know when he would come back to the earth. In case Jesus is God, Who knows everything, once more God would have not told the truth, which He Himself considers sinning, though we do know that God cannot sin and that Jesus also did not sin, so Jesus had to have told the truth when he said he could do nothing without his Father, did not know when he would return and did not know who would be seated next to him in the Kingdom of his heavenly Father, which he never called his kingdom.

Those who take Jesus to be God make a whole farce or circus of the act Jesus presented to mankind. They make not only a joke of the whole happening and of all the promises made by God in the previous years, they also by saying that there can not be any human who fulfils the Wishes of God, His commandments, insinuate that God could not create a perfect creation because He created imperfect beings of which He knew they could not keep to His commandments though He asked it. Further they make of God a very cruel unjust God, because He let the people suffer for so many years and still keeps us suffering, though for Him it is nothing to make an end to all suffering and to recreate a world and human beings who are perfect and who do not have to suffer.

We do find it strange that those Christians also not question which use it all had having God coming to the world as a man? What was the use of all that charade and doing as if…? Why would God have to do that? What could or can it change? And most importantly why did He not create straight ahead a perfect world?

Christadelphians have put their trust in Jesus and do know Jesus loved us so much he wanted to give his life for us. We do believe Jesus really did die for the sins of all mankind. We are very happy that God wanted to accept the ransom offer made by His only begotten son and that, though Christ was first lower than angels, made Jesus higher when He (God) took him (Jesus) out of the dead and let him sit at His (God’s) Right hand to be a mediator between God and man.

We have put our hope on this man who gave his life as a lamb for God, for us all. We do love him so much we do want to be part of his Body. Jesus invited all to become followers of him and to come in unity, putting on his armour becoming like him, like he is in the Father, we being in him. That does not mean that when we become in Christ and/or become in God, we would become Christ Jesus or that we would become God, like Jesus Christ in God does not mean Jesus being God. If that was the case we all would be God as well, when we are in Christ, in union with him.

The followers of Christ who wanted to be united in the Body of Christ and to be as brothers and sisters to each other sharing the brotherly love of Christ, do want to live in the Delphos or Delphia made by Christ. As such the Christa-Delphia or City of Christ we want to have as our home. In that city of Christ we also want to be delphoi or brothers. for such a reason Dr. John Thomas knew why he choose the name Christadelphians for his community of believers. Therefore also you may find in the world brothers and sisters in Christ who belong to a community calling Christadelphia, Filadelphia, Philadelphia, Brothers of Christ, Brethren of Christ, Christadelphes or similar.

Find out more about: Christadelphian, Christadelphia and Christadelphos

We do hope you will be interested to look at the Bible and to look at what is really written in it, not holding fast to human doctrines but taking the Bible for what is really written in it, as being the infallible Word of God which we should follow.

When you come to see what is written in the Holy Scriptures we also do hope you shall come to see why it is so important to recognise what Jesus really has done for humankind. Once you come to know the real Jesus of Nazareth, Jeshua from the tribe of King David, who worshipped the Only One true God of Abraham, you also with us would come to love to be partakers of his body, willing to live in the City of Christ, the Christadelphia.

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Additional reading:

  1. Jesus begotten Son of God #14 Beloved Preminent Son and Mediator originating in Mary
  2. Wishing to do the will of God
  3. The day Jesus died
  4. Jesus three days in hell
  5. Love will cure more sins than condemnation
  6. A participation in the body of Christ
  7. Those who love Jesus
  8. Gods design in the creation of the world
  9. One Mediator between God and man
  10. Follower of Jesus part of a cult or a Christian
  11. Being Christian, following Jesus Christ
  12. Parts of the body of Christ
  13. What part of the Body am I?
  14. Lovers of God, seekers and lovers of truth
  15. What Christadelphians teach
  16. What we believe
  17. Small churches of the few Christadelphians
  18. Hope does not disappoint us
  19. Guelph a center of Christadelphia now in database
  20. Music and young people in Christadelphia
  21. A small rant…music, young people and Christadelphia
  22. Metzger Moment 4: Why Sunday School is so important
  23. Faith, fear and mountains
  24. Twinkle (part one)
  25. Twinkle (part two)….Beyond Imagination
  26. William Taylors or Keeping Ourselves to Ourselves….
  27. Christadelphia
  28. Evangelical To Christadelphian
  29. Evangelisation, local preaching opposite overseas evangelism

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  • Baptized (activeinspiration.wordpress.com)
    I don’t spend much time thinking that I was baptized into Jesus death, and what that means, I confess I should.
    It is important to remember that in dying with Christ Jesus, the power that sustains our life is no longer our flesh, but the omnipotent power of God through Jesus the Christ.
  • Change is Scary! (dalerockwell.com)
    Change is scary! Change is confusing!  Change creates anxiety, fear and doubt! And for these very reasons, change is a wonderful opportunity!
  • Citizens Of Another World (birdchirp.wordpress.com)
    True Christians are pilgrims and strangers in a strange land. Not only is our citizenship in heaven, but positionally we are now seated in Christ Jesus in the heavenlies. We are dead, and our lives are hid with Christ in God.
  • Yes, We Are Inconsistent Rascals (brokenbelievers.com)
    The very fact you feel the Holy Spirit’s tug is evidence enough that you haven’t been permanently forsaken and ‘cast aside.’ You’ll need to take a step of faith however. Always remember— proximity to Jesus is always a good thing. Stay close, and watch the enemy flee.
  • 10 Most Bizarre People Who Claimed To Be Jesus Reincarnate (whatculture.com)
    FilmFour
    FilmFour

    Few characters have dominated human history quite like Jesus Christ. Christians believe that the Son of God was sent to Earth by his father in order to save the human race from their own sins. Other religions, including Judaism and Islam, dismiss this belief, however, and argue Christ was not the son of God at all.

  • Letting Go of Rejection (blessedmag2.wordpress.com)
    Rejection: no human soul can enter this world and avoid it. Adam and Eve, the first parents of the human race, certainly felt the sting of rejection upon being driven out of paradise. Adam, created by God and in His image, rejected the One who named Him and gave him his identity. In doing so, Adam rejected himself. All was well until he believed the lie that says ‘you are less than who God created you to be.’ Rejection begets rejection.
  • The Object of the Cross (ronniedauber.com)
    As Christians, we all know that Jesus is the Christ who came to take away the sins of the world. But did you know that salvation is not just a general observation—that it’s really personal? Did you know that YOU are reason He came—and that YOU were the object of the cross?
  • Meditation on John 11 Part 2 (garethbrandt.wordpress.com)
    Three times it is mentioned that Jesus feels deep emotions. In verse 35—the shortest verse in the Bible—“Jesus wept.” In verses 33 and 38 it says that he was “deeply moved.” Jesus was in human anguish, yet also enraged against the enemy—death. Why does Jesus cry? Jesus cries in anger over what sin does to us. Jesus cries in anguish because of the sorrow of human separation. Jesus cries because he is fully human. He was made like us in every way. Jesus cries because we cry. Jesus cries with us.
  • A perspective on the Gospel and salvation – The victory of Christ (disciplesofhope.wordpress.com)
    The Gospel and salvation are two sides of the same coin. No one who forever rejects the Gospel can receive salvation. Nor can anyone who is saved try to avoid the Gospel and then continue to be faithful to the Lord God.
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    Jesus on the Cross

    One view of salvation mentioned in the Gospel is how sinners get an escape from the eternal consequences of their sins when they repent of their sins and believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In fact this is profoundly true. To elaborate more on this, it can be said that God’s mercy for mankind was so great that He sent his only begotten Son Jesus Christ to atone for their sins on the cross. Therefore, anyone who is repentant of his or her sins and believes in the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus on one’s own behalf has passed from death to life. So here the emphasis is on the sinners response towards Christ.

  • A Conversation About The Nature of God (thehardincrowder.wordpress.com)
  • In spite of suffering, God gives us adequate reason to believe that He is good.
    • The Bible testifies to God’s faithfulness in spite of suffering.
    • The Bible testifies to God’s grace and mercy in spite of suffering.
    • The Bible testifies to God’s desire for repentance and redemption in spite of suffering.
    • The Bible testifies to God’s willingness to participate in suffering (through Jesus).
    • The Bible testifies to God’s ultimate plan to one day end suffering.
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A race not to swift, nor a battle to the strong

Posted on February 25, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Quotes, Faith, Life and Death | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

 
“11  I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. 12 For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare, even so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.” (Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 ASV)

“24  Know ye not that they that run in a {1} race run all, but one receiveth the prize? Even so run; that ye may attain. {1) Gr [race-course]} 25 And every man that striveth in the games exerciseth self-control in all things. Now they [do it] to receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-25 ASV)

“For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead.” (James 2:26 ASV)

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 ASV)

“that the proof of your faith, [being] more precious than gold that perisheth though it is proved by fire, may be found unto praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ:” (1 Peter 1:7 ASV)

“6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time; 7 casting all your anxiety upon him, because he careth for you. 8  Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour, 9 whom withstand stedfast in {1} your faith, knowing that the same sufferings are {2} accomplished in your {3} brethren who are in the world. {1) Or [the] 2) Gr [being accomplished] 3) Gr [brotherhood]} 10  And the God of all grace, who called you unto his eternal glory in Christ, after that ye have suffered a little while, shall himself {1} perfect, establish, strengthen {2} you. {1) Or [restore] 2) Many ancient authorities add [settle]}” (1 Peter 5:6-10 ASV)

“When thou goest forth to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, [and] a people more than thou, thou shalt not be afraid of them; for Jehovah thy God is with thee, who brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 20:1 ASV)

“and that all this assembly may know that Jehovah saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is Jehovah’s, and he will give you into our hand.” (1 Samuel 17:47 ASV)

“Ye shall not need to fight in this [battle]: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of Jehovah with you, O Judah and Jerusalem; fear not, nor be dismayed: to-morrow go out against them: for Jehovah is with you.” (2 Chronicles 20:17 ASV)

“But {1} if thou wilt go, do [valiantly], be strong for the battle: God will cast thee down before the enemy; for God hath power to help, and to cast down. {1) Or [go thou]}” (2 Chronicles 25:8 ASV)

“He hath redeemed my soul in peace {1} from the battle that was against me; For they were many [that strove] with me. {1) Or [so that none came nigh me]}” (Psalms 55:18 ASV)

“O Jehovah the Lord, the strength of my salvation, Thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.” (Psalms 140:7 ASV)

“The horse is prepared against the day of battle; But {1} victory is of Jehovah. {1) Or [deliverance]}” (Proverbs 21:31 ASV)

“And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the birds of the heavens, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the land, and will make them to lie down safely.” (Hosea 2:18 ASV)

“(Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.)” (Revelation 16:15 ASV)

“and shall come forth to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to the war: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.” (Revelation 20:8 ASV)

“I do not make void the grace of God: for if righteousness is through the law, then Christ died for nought.” (Galatians 2:21 ASV)

“And the scripture, foreseeing that God {1} would justify the {2} Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand unto Abraham, [saying,] {3} In thee shall all the nations be blessed. {1) Gr [justifieth] 2) Gr [nations] 3) Ge 12:3}” (Galatians 3:8 ASV)

“Now that no man is justified {1} by the law before God, is evident: for, {2} The righteous shall live by faith; {1) Gr [in] 2) Hab 2:4}” (Galatians 3:11 ASV)

“For ye, brethren, were called for freedom; only [use] not your freedom for an occasion to the flesh, but through love be servants one to another.” (Galatians 5:13 ASV)

“21 But now apart from the law a righteousness of God hath been manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 even the righteousness of God through faith {1} in Jesus Christ unto all {2} them that believe; for there is no distinction; {1) Or [of] 2) Some ancient authorities add [and upon all]}” (Romans 3:21-22 ASV)

“For not {1} through the law was the promise to Abraham or to his seed that he should be heir of the world, but through the righteousness of faith. {1) Or [through law]}” (Romans 4:13 ASV)

“1  What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. We who died to sin, how shall we any longer live therein? 3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?” (Romans 6:1-3 ASV)

“{1} because if thou shalt {2} confess with thy mouth Jesus [as] Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved: {1) Or [that] 2) Some ancient authorities read [confess the word with thy mouth, that Jesus] is [Lord]}” (Romans 10:9 ASV)

“But he that doubteth is condemned if he eat, because [he eateth] not of faith; and whatsoever is not of faith is sin. {Many authorities, some ancient, insert here Ro 16:25-27}” (Romans 14:23 ASV)

“And without faith it is impossible to be well-pleasing [unto him]; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that seek after him.” (Hebrews 11:6 ASV)

“for it is God who worketh in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13 ASV)

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Preceding article: Every athlete exercises self control

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  • For Those In Christ Jesus (frbekomson.com) > Originally posted on ChristianBlessings:
    For those in Christ Jesus we are not condemned
    For the judgement of sin is where it all stemmed
    Christ paid the price, He paid it in full
    He cleansed our heart making it white as wool
  • DIG for Friday the 20th of February…..this old covenant “prophecy” is not for you, you are under grace and under the New Covenant…..Ephesians 1 v 7 (heilanword.wordpress.com)
    Forgiveness (and reconciliation with God)was achieved through the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross and it has nothing to do with our religious performance.Forgiveness is not earned; forgiveness was bestowed as a gift through the blood of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

    Forgiveness and reconciliation was given so that all men could have the opportunity to be saved; you see, reconciliation and forgiveness was a pre-requisite for salvation (see a picture for this in Mark 2 v 1 to 12, where forgiveness comes before salvation, in this case healing).

    We were all forgiven at the cross as Jesus was made the payment (or propitiation) for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2 v 2).

  • New Minds (genesisone.wordpress.com)
    Use the resources and power that God makes available – don’t try to live without them.
  • Listen: Breaking Prophecy News; Judgment Begins at the House of God, Part 7 (The Prophet Daniel’s Report #521 with Daniel Whyte III) (blackchristiannews.com)
    The will of God is not to make some dramatic display of power or gift that is going to attract attention. It is the quiet response you make to the daily trials and circumstances in which you find yourself. Twice in this letter Paul uses the phrase, “it is God’s will.” First, he said, “It is God’s will that you avoid sexual immorality.” That is the will of God for your body! But here is the will of God for your spirit, your inner life: that you “give thanks in all circumstances.” If you want to do the will of God, there are two areas in which His will is clearly set out for you: moral purity for your body, and continual thanksgiving for your spirit.
  • Does Life Have Meaning? (undergroundhealth.com)
    The peoples and cultures of the world pursue many things, trying to discover the meaning of life. Some pursuits are humanistic – people look for meaning by doing good for others or trying to make the world a better place. Some are existential – people look for meaning in pleasure, fun or relaxation. Other people pursue business success, wealth, power or politics. Others search for meaning in family or romantic relationships. But ultimately, a deep emptiness remains.
  • Respecting The Most High In Words (prophecynewsandviews.wordpress.com)
    We all should practice righteousness not unrighteousness  below are scriptures that would help one with this problem to Respect the Most High not only in Word but deed.
  • Daily prayer (0: have a free day (0: (hmweimar.wordpress.com)
    Lord- thank you for always giving us a way to salvation and peace. Thank you for the grace you cover our lives with and thank you Lord God for your son.
  • Evangelism (hiwaychristian.wordpress.com)
    True belief in the power of God within usought to be visible in a boldness, and Godly wisdom.While it is true that each of us stands before Christ on our own, it is also true that our opportunity to testify to any one man, may be the slightest of opportunity.  And so we are encouraged to make the most of the situation.
  • 2-17-2015 Mardi Gras (fellowshiproom.org)
    No Christian has God’s permission to celebrate Mardi Gras, and any church who gives sanction to such is not a church of Christ! Nor will any church of Christ follow a religious calendar that includes such as this. Giving up something for Lent is NOT penance for willful sin!
  • “I Die Daily” (birdchirp.wordpress.com)
    When we surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ we say by that surrender, “I am dying to the world and coming alive in Christ, to walk in His steps, to share the cross with Him, to lose my life in His service.”
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Those who love Jesus

Posted on February 9, 2015. Filed under: Announcement, Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Christadelphian, Christendom and Christianity, Churchplanning, Faith, Holy Scriptures, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Preaching, Religion, Witnessing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In Evangelisation, local preaching opposite overseas evangelism we looked at a specific blog where the Christadelphians where accused of not loving Jesus. The blog mentioned is not the only one which tries to blacken the Christadelphian community and let her readers to believe that we would not love Jesus. In the discussion of the blog Honor «god» and Queen of Heaven you might find their reasoning. So often we get people complaining to us that we are not following God’s Word and that we are blasphemous and hate Jesus because we do not take him to be God. Having so many times to defend our Christadelphian faith and to proof to people that it well can be that we do love Jesus even much more than they do, that we decided to open some platform where we specifically go deeper into that subject of loving Jesus and following Jesus.

C4U: Christ For You & Christadelphians For You, started on 7 February 2015

C4U: Christ For You & Christadelphians For You, started on 7 February 2015

On 2015, February the 7th, C4U a Wix.com website was created to tell the world that we have Christ for us and that the Christadelphians are willing to show the world why it is so important to have Christ for us.

We want to show the importance the Christadelphians put on Bible reading and following what is written and advised in the Bible. It is not just o.k. to read it now and then, but when we do love God, we should want to read the Book of books, with His infallible Word in it, regularly. When we do love God we would also listen very carefully to His Voice which resounds throughout the 66 books of the Canonic Bible.

From the beginning of that compilation of books, we are told about creation, what has happened to it and what is going to happen in the future. We can also see that there is put a lot of focus on one particular man, who was already promised in the Garden of Eden, many years later to several people who wanted to listen to the different prophets God had chosen to represent Him. The prophet Isaiah gave a light of the future world and with him many pointed out to a saviour to come. Like the astrologers who came to visit the newborn in Bethlehem, everybody could come to the same conclusion as they when they would listen attentively to the Word of God, given to all in the Book of books, the Bible.

The prophet born in Bethlehem, who came to live with his parents in Nazareth and later in life started a public life, which did not last long, because people had sought to kill him, is the one we want to put our focus on.

All for Christ, a website started in 2015, February 8, to show people the reason of the importance of Christ Jesus for us all, and how we all should come to follow him, who is the Way to Jehovah God

All for Christ, a website started in 2015, February 8, to show people the reason of the importance of Christ Jesus for us all, and how we all should come to follow him, who is the Way to Jehovah God

Also “All for Christ” wants to look at this spectacular man, who had not such special looks or was not so rich, but was special because of his way how he could cope with people and how he could explain the Words of God.

Both new websites want to focus on Jesus Christ and bring the reasons forward why this man of flesh and blood is so special for humankind.

At the same time they want to show that it are perhaps those, who really want to believe what is written in the Bible, about that man and who want to stick to those words instead of following human doctrines, who are the real lovers of Christ.
Those who cannot accept that it ever would be possible that a man could follow God’s commandments do not have trust in the Maker of man, because than He would have created a being impossible to follow His wishes, and as such have created from the start an imperfect being and having demanded straight ahead too much. Not only do they injustice to the maker of man. They also do totally injustice to Jesus, because they consider him impossible to be a man of flesh and blood not capable to do the Will of God, but as God he could naturally do that Will of God, because then he would be that God Himself doing His own Will. They also forget that they, making Jesus into God, make of him a liar, because God knows everything, though Jesus said he did not know when he would come back, did not know when the end-times would take place and did not know who would be seated next to him. In case he is God, he would not have told the truth because God knows everything. But it makes Scriptures even more untrustable, because in it is told that God can not be seen or man would fall dead, that God can not be tempted, that God is an eternal Spirit (meaning he cannot die) Who does not tell lies. Though we are told Jesus was born (had a beginning) and was seen by many. We are also told that Jesus was tempted more than once. Worst of all is that in the New Testament is said Jesus died and after he was taken out of the dead, having been three days in hell, he showed to his disciples his wounds and confirmed to them that he was not a spirit (this would once more be a contradiction then in the Scriptures).

With the new websites we want to show people who Christ Jesus really was and is, and how he has been made higher than before (having been lower than angels, though God was, is and always shall be the Most High), now seated next to Jehovah God to be the one mediator between man and God.

Both sites want to show the world what Christ has done for us all and why he earns the glory. they shall bring forward how important it is to recognise what Jesus really did, giving his life for all mankind, offering himself as a lamb and a ransom for God.

Everybody should know that those who love Jesus most are those who believe what Jesus himself said and are willing to follow up everything Jesus asked.

Christadelphians are Brothers and Sisters in Christ not only willing to be part of the Body of Christ passively, but taking up the task Jesus has given seriously, going out in the world proclaiming the Good News of the coming Kingdom of God.

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Find the new websites:

All for Christ

C4U

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  • January 31 – culture (cohdailyprayer2014.wordpress.com)
    Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
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    When we bring Jesus to people we don’t have to bring our ethnicity with Him. We don’t even need to hold too strongly to the culture of Circle of Hope! We are called to show honor to people as they are. Their transformation starts from the inside out. Whatever conformity happens is the work of the Spirit. Jesus is going to transform every culture as He relentlessly creates Christ culture. It is a wonder how large and inclusive Christ culture is! God enjoys all the flavors in which his truth and love can be served.
  • Today’s Defeat Is Tomorrow’s Victory (dailybibleplan.com)
    The members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen had accused Stephen of blasphemy (the same charge against Jesus) and brought him before the Sanhedrin for trial.  When the high priest asked Stephen if the charges against him were true, Stephen could have used his time to mount his own defense.  Instead, Stephen used his time to recap Israel’s relationship with God.  He spoke about the many times in Israel’s history in which God was faithful to his promises yet the people rejected God and His prophets, including the Messiah Jesus Christ.  Even when faced with untrue charges against him, Stephen stood firm in his beliefs and spoke of his Lord to the very end when the religious leaders got so caught up in their anger that they stoned Stephen to death without even giving him a proper trial.
  • Relax in the promises of God (disciplesofhope.wordpress.com)
    Learn to relax in the promises of God. Never get carried away by the external that you forget to trust God inwardly. Indeed, Jesus rebuked those disciples about their low faith when they were scared of of the great storm despite being with him the boat (Refer Mark 4:35-41). Do not get fearful about anything, for instance the economy, wars, relationships etc. Instead put your trust in the word of God.
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    Then there are people who do read the Bible regularly but do not read it in faith. Bible reading is not be mere reading alone. You got to try to understand it. You got to believe in it. Most importantly, one who reads the Bible must read it so one becomes more like Christ in obedience to God.
  • Christian: if New Testament is false, why not Hebrew Bible too? (dailyminyan.com)
    A Christian told me the other day that I was being hypocritical by questioning New Testament’s validity as inspired scripture. I was warned that I should not cast stones at the New Testament, that is to claim that it is based on lies, since there are atheist critics of the “Old Testament” (the Jewish Bible) who assert that it is just as false and full of discrepancies as the New Testament.
  • Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God? (renewamerica.com)
    We can stipulate that “Allah” is the generic word for “God” in Arabic, just as “El” and “Elohim” are in Hebrew and “theos” is in Greek. Thus there are many Christians in the Arabic speaking world who refer to the God of the Bible as “Allah,” and who use it in phrases such as “Inshallah,” which means “God willing.”

    (It’s worth noting in passing that the highest court in Malaysia recently ruled that Muslims and Muslims alone are permitted to use the word “Allah.”)

    But generic words for God, because they are generic, can be used to refer to a multiplicity of gods. So the term must be narrowed down. If someone uses a generic word for “God,” the follow-up question must be asked, “Which ‘god’ are your referring to?”

    Our remark: Naturally when those Christians do take Jesus to be the God, than you could say the Jews and Muslims do have an other God, because they, like Jesus have the God of Abraham, which is only One True God, not existing out of three persons.

  • Have a brilliant weekend (0: (hmweimar.wordpress.com)
    We thank you Lord for being our father, we thank Christ for his sacrifice and the Holy Spirit for guidance and compassion.
  • Listen: The New Birth, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldiers #69 with Daniel Whyte III) (blackchristiannews.com)
    Faith is necessary for the new birth. The requirement for the new birth is faith in Jesus Christ who was crucified for our sins. The Lord Jesus explained this to Nicodemus by reminding him of something that happened to the children of Israel while they were in the wilderness.
  • Advocate,which is name for attorney (divinedirection.typepad.com)
    You have your own attorney when you go into the judge’s chambers for adjudication. According to God’s Word, you have an Advocate,which is another name for attorney.
  • A Defense Attorney Has Been Appointed For You (fbcpolson.wordpress.com)
    Because Jesus died, our debt is paid. Hallelujah! Though our sins are as scarlet, He will wash them white as snow!
  • “I Die Daily” (birdchirp.wordpress.com)
    When we surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ we say by that surrender, “I am dying to the world and coming alive in Christ, to walk in His steps, to share the cross with Him, to lose my life in His service.”
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You know neither the day nor the hour

Posted on January 24, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Exhortation, Faith | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

On January 23 Daily readings we have three parables in Matthew 25 which all convey fundamentally the same lesson. The fact that there are three shows how extremely important the message is. Those who read the Bible regularly will know them well; we must beware of knowing them too well, lest the message loses its power to stir our conscience.

English: An etching by Jan Luyken illustrating...

An etching by Jan Luyken illustrating Matthew 13:30-34 in the Bowyer Bible, Bolton, England. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first one is of the 10 virgins; half are called “wise”. What made them “wise” as they waited in the darkness for the cry, “Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him”? The wise had brought a reserve of oil for their lamps. What does the oil represent? Our conclusion is – it represents “faith”, how terrible to run short of or completely out of faith when the midnight cry is heard. Faith cannot be second-hand, it cannot be replenished in a moment.

The second parable is about talents the Master gives to his servants to use while he is away. They represent, we suggest, the abilities and opportunities to represent the Master in his absence. The final parable is of sheep and goats and of “his glorious throne” when the Master returns. Then, and only then, will it be made plain for all to see which are sheep and which are goats – in the Middle East they look very similar.

The goats will be blind to their failings, “Lord” they will say “when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?” (verse 44). And he will say, “Truly … as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me” (verse 45). Put as simply as possible, this is telling us we are either Christ-centred – or self-centred.

We must ask ourselves, ‘Am I labouring effectively in his vineyard?’ or not. It seems to many of our age group (as great grandparents) that the Lord is delaying his coming – but the reason is that the final ingathering is not yet quite complete (see Luke 14:22-23 “still there is room. And the Master said, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges … that my house may be filled’”).

So let Christ’s challenging words at the end of his parable about the virgins ‘illuminate’ our minds “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day not the hour”. This request is more important than ever – for the storm clouds illuminating human helplessness are greater than ever – and the wise virgins need to be together whenever they can. But what are they to “watch” for?

We will read on the 24° of Jesus in the garden with his disciples and his request, “… watch with me … Watch and pray … the spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak” (26:40,41). Meditate on the kind of watching Jesus was referring to.

– The Christadelphian Thought for the day

 

  • The Mysterious Cross Around My Neck… (americanholocaustcoming.blogspot.com)
    Most Christians in Americacannot begin to comprehend the horrors that these precious fellow Christians have been enduring because of Islamic persecution there.
  • The Changed Life! (Post #2,022) (ourdailybread101.wordpress.com)
    Tell everyone about the amazing things He does
  • Archaeologists Make One of the Biggest Biblical Discoveries Ever in Jerusalem (conservativetribune.com)
    Archaeologists in the Middle East may have just uncovered something amazing — and it could impact Christians and others around the world. Researchers claim that they have discovered the exact location where Jesus was sentenced to death by crucifixion.

    Workers were removing part of the floor of an abandoned building in Jerusalem when they found ruins beneath the structure. Experts already knew that the building had been an old prison, but the newly-discovered area is much more ancient.

     

  • Anti-Zionism, Illuminati Christians and a Shocker (omegashock.com)
    I am shocked at the evil thoughts that many hold – while claiming to be followers of Christ. Zion is another name for Jerusalem, and it is at the center of Jewish aspirations for a national homeland – the precise definition of Zionism.
  • Psalm 83 and The Unfolding Middle East Events (watcherslamp.blogspot.com)
    An ancient prophecy written over 3000 years ago reveals that the Arab states and terrorist populations, which presently share common borders with Israel, will soon confederate in order to wipe Israel off of the map. While many of today’s top Bible experts are predicting that Russia, Iran, Turkey, Libya, and several other countries are going to invade Israel according to a prophecy in Ezekiel 38,
    Bill Salus explains how Psalm 83 occurs prior to this anticipated biblical event.
  • The Arab World’s Vanishing Christians (mareeg.com)
    At a time when the Middle East is aflame with sectarian strife, the observance of the Christian holiday is a sad reminder that the region’s distinctive religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity is rapidly disappearing. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Christians made up roughly 20% of the Arab world. In certain areas – including southern Egypt, the mountains of Lebanon, and southeastern Anatolia – they formed an absolute majority. Today, just 5% of the Arab world is Christian, and many of those who remain are leaving, forced out by persecution and war.
  • NSW olive grove has links to WW1 and bible (abc.net.au)
    The Garden of Gethsemane sits at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, and is known as the place where Jesus and his disciples prayed before the crucifixion.

    The garden’s name literally means oil press and a 2012 study in Italy found some of the trees from Gethsemane are the oldest known to science.

     

  • How to stop terrorism (trutherator.wordpress.com)
    Stratofor said the US could be vindicated and punishment delivered to the perpetrators and warning of destruction also delivered for others if they went in, took down the national base for the perps and destroyed their infrastructure. And got out. That would have the desired effect.
  • LISTEN: France sends aircraft carrier to Middle East (Second Coming Watch #579 with Daniel Whyte III) (blackchristiannews.com)
    President Francois Hollande declared on Wednesday that France would dispatch its only aircraft carrier, the nuclear-powered Charles de Gaulle, to reinforce the campaign against ISIS. Addressing the warship’s crew, Hollande prepared them for a deployment in the Middle East where France has joined the US-led air campaign against the Islamic State. He said the aircraft carrier would allow France to “conduct operations in Iraq, if necessary, with even more intensity and more efficiency. The aircraft carrier will work in close cooperation with coalition forces.”
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Review of the Christadelphians from some older articles

Posted on November 11, 2014. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Christendom and Christianity, Ecclesia, Faith, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Religion, Suffering | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Having now two new articles giving an overview of who the Christadelphians or Brothers in Christ are, how they came into existence, what they believe and what they do for their belief, it is not bad to remind what is written in the older articles as well.

Please do find:

Our older articles presenting the Christadelphian people, with a brief history, and talking concerning gospel-faith, presenting what Faith is or should be. Faith and works, plus faith moving mountains, bringing people together united in brotherly love according first century patterns with the belief that full authority belongs to God. In those older articles is been looked at God’s design in the creation of the world, God’s instruction about joy and suffering plus God’s promises whereby God’s measure is not our measure.

English: Vic Bondi playing with Articles of Faith

Vic Bondi playing with Articles of Faith (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Perhaps for many it may be that there is God’s non answer God’s promises to us in our suffering may be found, there is Only One God of gods Who is one. In those articles is spoken of hope, God’s hope and our hope, hope for the future and how we may count on God’s salvation and can find answers in the Bible, the infallible word of God about the Kingdom of God what will it be like and how Israel fits in God’s purpose.

In the old articles there can be found a guide to Christadelphian ecclesias and a history of the Christadelphians and how we with our human nature have to be careful not to fall for idolatry or idol worship in the knowledge that there is importuning for suffering hearts and that we are incomplete without the mind of God. Though many may ask “Is God hiding His face when He is seemingly silent” we can tell them that “Jehovah my strength” has given His son Jesus Messiah, and it is this son of manknowing rabboni, Jesus who answers about God’s silence.

In the knowledge we are all fallible we all try to help each other to grow in biblical knowledge and to have everyone learning from suffering, realizing there is life with God, and how we should find meaning of life, where memories are important and we do not have to be afraid of a LuciferSatan or the devil. Though many may find the mission son of God perceived as failure, together the Brothers in Christ see the “Miracles in our time of suffering” and count their blessings, making them to move mountains, daring them to speak of “My faith,” being assured to be under the New Covenant.

Though lots of people may be not sure there exist a god, and have many doubts about sayings around God, the Christadelphians would love to see that others get to know the good reason to believe in the Only One True Divine Creator and would come to see the good reason for nurturing a close relationship with God. The Divine Name of the Creator should sound all over the world. The Christadelphians do know the reasons that Jesus was not God and as such also accept his offering fully. For them Jesus is the true vine by which we all may receive life when we follow the right path.

As an offer in our suffering Christadelphians are happy they may count on the offer of Christ who has become our one mediator between God and man, originating in Mary. For many there seems no future in suffering, but  seeing Jesus, the Christadelphians do belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and that at his return the promises of God will come to fulfilment.

Our relationship with God, Jesus and each-other is one of the main factors binding the brethren all over the world without a central organisation where their way of life, with a patient waiting does not stop them to for a complete submission to God’s Will, helped with the plain necessary food of the gospel. Their preference to only follow the Bible, Word of God, inspired and infallible, makes that there are some important differences with main churches. They do not want to fall for dogmas of man like the trinity but want to keep to Biblical truth. For many people pride is blocking the way to the Truth. True hope can be found in the Bible when the person is willing to give himself to the word of God and placing himself in the Hands of God. Christadelphians bear their hope in the words from God about suffering. They feel already in their daily life the working of the hope.

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Please do find the new articles:

  1. Two new encyclopaedic articles
  2. Who are the Christadelphians
  3. What are Brothers in Christ

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Further of interest:

  1. Looking for True Spirituality 5 Fruitage of the Spirit
  2. Plain necessary food of the gospel
  3. Commit your self to the trustworthy creator
  4. A Living Faith #1 Substance of things hoped for
  5. The Way To Life
  6. Our way of life
  7. Discipleship way of life on the narrow way to everlasting life
  8. There’s no thief like a bad book
  9. WWJD
  10. A Society pleading poverty
  11. Follower of Jesus part of a cult or a Christian
  12. Bloggers for Christ and Bloggers for Peace
  13. Position of the Bible researcher
  14. Perishable non theologians daring to go out to preach
  15. Writers needed to preach to non-believers
  16. Immortality, eternality – onsterfelijkheid, eeuwigheid
  17. Is there an Immortal soul

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  • What Does The Bible Says About Divorce? (prayerupdates.org)
    1. Divorce is not allowed expect perhaps on the ground of adultery
    2. Marriage is till death do us part
    3. All contrary issues in your marital life could be resolved by prayer and fasting.
  • Accept His love (takeaminute.net)
    God reaches toward his people with kindness motivated by deep and everlasting love. He is eager to do the best for them if they will only let him. After many words of warning about sin, this reminder of God’s magnificent love is a breath of fresh air. Rather than thinking of God with dread, look carefully and see him lovingly drawing us toward himself.(Tyndale Study Bible)This is what unbelievers don’t understand – God loves us. Here is an open invitation to accept His love at any time. That invitation is not only for the Israelites, but to all people in the world.
  • Sleepless Sovereign (moretolifetoday.wordpress.com)
    here is so much injustice in our world today. But, God is aware of every violent crime; He sees the poor and the mistreated. He knows about the illness that has taken a loved one away; He knows all about pain and suffering. He sees it all. And He has not abdicated His throne and He has not abandoned His plan to one day set all things right.
  • After the Trumpets (markbyron.typepad.com)
    Gideon was humble when he was a little guy (“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel?”) but was rather nasty when he was the Big Man on the Canaan Campus.
  • Hey Sleepyhead! (frommyheart2u.wordpress.com)
    Our God never sleeps or even takes a nap.
  • Israel-US relations in ‘Crisis’ and are ‘Crumbling’ (acenewsdesk.wordpress.com)
    The Israeli politician had called the top US diplomat “messianic and obsessive” behind closed doors, adding that “the only thing that could save us is Kerry winning a Nobel Peace Prize and leaving us alone.” Ya’alon also infuriated officials in Washington with comments accusing the administration of being weak on Iran and by questioning the US commitment to Israel’s security. That followed reports that Ya’alon had criticized Kerry for being unrealistic and naive in trying to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.
  • Book Review: NKJV Study Bible (nancyisanders.wordpress.com)
    One of the things I appreciate about this Bible is that it refers to Israel as “The Holy Land” on historic maps. I wish all my Bibles had this, especially since Jesus himself referred to the region as Israel in his day. (See Luke 4:25)
  • Who Is Your Leader? (carolynwebbrussell.wordpress.com)
    Our actions and being away from God always have consequences.  Even our secret ways, that no one else knows.  God knows.  There are always consequences for going against God’s will.  For Rehoboam and other kings, war with Egypt was the consequence.

    Who is in your sphere of influence today?  Who leads you?

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Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #18 Fulfilment

Posted on August 14, 2014. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Churchplanning, Ecclesia, Faith, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Manners and Association, Paganism, Religion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Fulfilment

Christians praying in Goma, DR of Congo.

Christians praying in Goma, DR of Congo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As we showed in the previous chapters several men of God knew their position very well and where convinced they needed the Most High Creator of all things. Even the son of God never claimed to be able to do something without the Force of his Father. He too often prayed for extended periods of time (Luke 6:12). Many times Jesus withdrew himself to be alone with his Father, but on many occasions he also took his disciples with him to pray to God. The apostles and their followers also created small groups where reading the Scriptures and praying played an important role. The early church “devoted themselves to prayer” (Acts 2:42). The apostles saw devotion to prayer as one of their primary responsibilities as leaders of the church (Acts 6:4). It was Cornelius’ continued prayers that brought Peter to his house (Acts 10:4).

At the time of the prophets we could see how God responded to the earnest prayers of those who were willing to have God as their most important leader. But the answering of prayers did not end by the death of the promised Messiah. Even after the apostles saw that Jesus his promise of a Comforter came true, they did not abandon their times of prayer. In the years afterwards, on request of the apostles and people around them praying for the early church, this Church could grow. And those imprisoned for their believes could after their prayers even find their prison chains broken (Acts 12:4-7).

In the letters of the apostles we can find that they prayed continually for the ecclesiae or churches, and Paul exhorted them to do the same (Romans 1:10; 12:12; 15:30; 1 Corinthians 7:5; Ephesians 1:16; 6:18; Philippians 4:6; Col 4:2, 12; 1 Thessalonians 1:2; 1 Timothy 2:1; 5:5; Philemon 1:4, 22).

In the Scriptures we can find a clear command regarding prayer and regard the attitude we should take onto God. {See the concerning chapter.}

A Bolivian aymara woman praying

A Bolivian aymara woman praying (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As we told before many people who do pray use this only to ask God for certain things to benefit them. Then never consider what they have to do for God and often are not so much interested in the Word of God. Lots of people do want the support of the Most High, but would not accept His position really. Many dare even to make other gods next to the Most High. Even under the so called Christians there are those who take Jesus to be God, taking him as god the son, but still use pictures, statues and other things (graven images) in their worship. They even bow down and go onto their knees in front of crosses; though according to the Holy Scriptures such moves are an abomination in the eyes of God.

Lots of Christians do forget that in many cases there is a condition for praying and that God does not accept just any form of worship. God is the same today and tomorrow, so He is still the same as in Abraham‘s time. The Holy Scriptures are clear, telling us that the Creator of heaven and earth never changes, nor will go back on His Word.

Already in the time of Cain and Abel God showed how conscious He was for the right offering.

We may not forget that praying should be a sign that the person who prays does believe in the One Whom he or she talks to. But the prayer should also be an agreeing with the Will of God. We should not pray to get what we want, but to get what God wants for us or for those for whom we pray. We cannot change God’s mind but we should pray for Him to change our mind and to come to our help for our best. Our sight must be on God and not on our challenges.

Christians and everyone who call on God His name should praise Him for who He is; a loving, forgiving Father who will never run out of Grace and Love.

In Psalms 1:1 we read,

“Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.”

Which is God’s condition for him to support us?

God promises always to support His children, but we must understand as Christians, the full gospel.

“If we do what is right we will be accepted, but if we do what is wrong sin is at our doors wanting to have rule over us. Let us; therefore, do what is right, that God may support us according to His promises. God bless you my friends and pray always for each other.

“Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness.”  Martin Luther

Let prayer be something that pervades our whole day, even in the midst of our business. We don’t need loads of words – just hold our problems up to God. Spend some time praying the promises of the Bible; turn our focus God wards away from the difficulties that are seemingly so insurmountable.

Let prayer be an ongoing process that may take time to see change in our circumstances and change in ourselves.

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7

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Preceding articles:

Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #1 Kings Faith

Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #2 Calling upon the Name of God

Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #1 Creator and His Prophets

Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #2 Instructions and Laws

Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #3 A voice to be taken Seriously

Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #4 Words in Scripture

Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #6 Words to feed and communicate

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #4 Transitoriness #1 Prosperity

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #4 Transitoriness #2 Purity

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #1 Listening Sovereign Maker

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #2 Witnessing

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #3 Callers upon God

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #6 Prayer #4 Attitude

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #7 Prayer #5 Listening Ear

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #8 Prayer #6 Communication and manifestation

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #9 Prayer #7 Reason to pray

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #10 Prayer #8 Condition

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #11 Prayer #9 Making the Name Holy

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #12 Prayer #10 Talk to A Friend

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #13 Prayer #11 Name to be set apart

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #14 Prayer #12 The other name

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #15 Exposition before the Creator

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #16 Benefits of praying

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #17 Sorts of prayers

Dutch version /Nederlandstalige versie: Vertrouwen, Geloof, Roepen en Toeschrijving aan Jehovah #18 Volbrenging

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Additional reading:

  1. Worship and worshipping
  2. Being sure of their deliverance
  3. Challenging claim
  4. Does God answer prayer?
  5. Does God hear prayer?
  6. Do You Expect God’s Answer
  7. The Posture of Prayer & The Time for Prayer
  8. Prayer is an Act of Communion
  9. God does not change
  10. God should be your hope
  11. God Helper and Deliverer
  12. Gods measure not our measure
  13. God showing how far He is willing to go to save His children
  14. Prayer, important aspect in our life
  15. Gods non answer
  16. Faithful to the leastening ear
  17. Wishing to do the will of God
  18. Rest thy delight on Jehovah
  19. God doesn’t call the qualified
  20. Know Who goes with us and don’t try to control life
  21. Praise and give thanks to God the Most Highest
  22. Give your worries to God
  23. Give your tears to God
  24. Without God no purpose, no goal, no hope
  25. What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits
  26. Praise be to God
  27. Praise the God with His Name
  28. Praise the most High Jehovah God above all
  29. A problem not worth praying about isn’t worth worrying about
  30. Sometimes we pray and pray and it seems like nothing happens.
  31. Patience is the ability to count down before blasting offGenuine prayer
  32. Jehovah is good unto them that wait for Him
  33. Let us meet in any suitable place
  34. The LORD protects those of childlike faith
  35. The great and holy God will not be unfaithful
  36. Obtain favour from Yahweh
  37. People who know how to pray to move God to take hold of our affairs in a mighty way
  38. Prayer has the power to change mountains into highways
  39. If you think you’re too small to be effective
  40. Prayer has comforted us in sorrowSinging gift from GodCall for prayer to help with unity crisisPrayer for the dayWork with joy and pray with love
  41. If you do pray you shall not be disappointed
  42. Don’t wait to catch a healthy attitude
  43. If we, in our prosperity, neglect religious instruction and authority
  44. Quit griping about your church
  45. Try driving forward instead of backwards
  46. Preventing us from going window-shopping in prayer
  47. He who kneels before God can stand before anyone!
  48. Aim High: Examples of Godly Characters to follow

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Also of interest:

  1. Praying spontaneously
  2. Some Things Must Be ‘Prayed In’
  3. How To Be Saved
  4. Give God Thanks for the Blood of Jesus!
  5. The Effect Of Prayer
  6. The Power of Prayer
  7. Prayer devotional – August 15

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  • Prayer for You (loveunderstandserve.wordpress.com)
    I pray for all of you who read my blog. Today this is my prayer for you:I pray that our marvelous, powerful, gracious God would lead you by the hand throughout your life. I pray that God’s love would so permeate your spirit, that love would flow over into your every word and action. I pray that God would open your eyes to the needs of people around you, and give you the courage and strength to help in meaningful ways. I pray that you would have God’s peace and joy in your soul. And when you struggle in this life, I pray that even in the midst of the pain you would have a deep understanding of your eternal worth in God’s eyes, and an assurance of your place in God’s kingdom.
  • Seven lessons from Jesus’ prayer for us all… (afruitinseason.wordpress.com)
    The generous Father has already “given” us people to whom He will reveal the beauty, glory and salvation of His Son Jesus. Who are your “given?”
  • Encouraging Prayer (spiritualjava.org)
    Why bother with praying or studying it? It is a fair question to ask. For Christians, prayer is important because it turns a one-sided conversation into a two-sided conversation. The Bible tells us to cast our anxieties on God (1 Peter 5:6-10), and prayer is directly connected to a “peace that surpasses all understanding,” (Philippians 4:4-9).
  • Praying to the Holy Spirit for physical healing (disciplesofhope.wordpress.com)
  • Are you serious enough about your prayer? (pastormikesays.wordpress.com)
  • Our Community (themodernekklesia.wordpress.com)
    Ekklesia (the name of this blog) means Church, more specifically it literally references to “the called out ones.” We are people called to be holy by walking in obedience and by having Christ’s righteousness merited to us. The only thing that forms community is the Gospel! Without Jesus at the center of our community, even more importantly our Church, we have simply become apart of just another social circle and we have become people who are more concerned with the social aspect of community than the Gospel forming community. The average American spends almost four hours a day on social media reading what other people think, do and experience… but only stare at a screen. We feel connected through social media because of what sociologists call “group think”. We for a circle of people via social media that think what we think, like what we like and do what we do or often times want to do. Is this community? Is this healthy? Is this shaping us to be more like Jesus or turning us in on ourselves only to live a life of loneliness?
  • Morning Prayer 5.18.14, Fifth Sunday of Easter; Day of Prayer for South Sudan (dailyoffice.org)
  • Final Words (renocatholicproject.com)
    What parting words would you wish to give to members of your family, your community, or your closest friends if you knew it was the last time you would see them here on earth?
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Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #10 Prayer #8 Condition

Posted on September 30, 2013. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Ecclesia, Faith, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Condition

In the history of humankind there have been also men of God who did not get answers from God like they wanted.

Even though David had called out to God day and night, God had not answered all the prayers of King David.

King David singing the Psalms

King David singing the Psalms (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“(1) My Ěl, My Ěl, why have You forsaken Me – Far from saving Me, far from the words of My groaning? (2) O My Elohim, I call by day, but You do not answer; And by night, but I find no rest. (3) Yet You are set-apart, Enthroned on the praises of Yisra’ĕl. (4) Our fathers trusted in You; They trusted, and You delivered them. (5) They cried to You, and were delivered; They trusted in You, and were not ashamed. (6) But I am a worm, and no man; A reproach of men, and despised by the people. (7) All those who see Me mock Me; They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, (8) “He trusted in יהוה {Jehovah}, let Him rescue Him; Let Him deliver Him, seeing He has delighted in Him!” (9) For You are the One who took Me out of the womb; Causing Me to trust while on My mother’s breasts. (10) I was cast upon You from birth. From My mother’s belly You have been My Ěl.  (11) Do not be far from Me, For distress is near; For there is none to help. (12) Many bulls have surrounded Me; Strong ones of Bashan have encircled Me. (13) They have opened their mouths against Me, As a raging and roaring lion.” (Psalm 22:1-13 The Scriptures 1998+)

Set to “The Doe of the Morning.” this psalm by David brings the well know cry Jesus also uttered some hours before he was going to die: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Was God really far away from David or Christ Jesus? In case Jesus was God he would not have to fear because God cannot die. But being a man of flesh and blood Jesus faced the reality of going to die in agony. Both gave the expression of their thought that it looked like God far from helping them. From their words of their groaning we can hear that even such a loved one as King David, from whom Christ Jesus would come onto this world, cried in the daytime, but did not get an answer, although David was not silent at night either.

Neither David nor Jesus ever doubted that God was the Most High. Both knew they could do nothing without God. Both also let others know that they should get to know and respect the Most Holy. They also showed us, like we can find in the Scriptures that their ancestors, the Israelites trusted in the Only One Creator Divine God. They trusted, and Jehovah God delivered them. God His people more than once cried to Him, and was delivered.

As written in one of the previous chapters the men of God knew they needed prayers to express their needs and desires. Prayer that is without any desire you could call a mockery to God. Even a prayer with thanksgiving is giving expression of a desire, namely willing to give thanks to the Most High and having the desire to please Him.

Here we also can find one of the major conditions for their prayers. We should try to please God, honouring and trusting Him. The men of God trusted in the God of Abraham and not as such in human beings. We also get to know that their Trust in God did not fail. They were not disappointed.

We can be sure that the one who believes and trust in God, although that man may be but a worm and despised by the people, being mocked and insulted, his trusts in YHWH, Jehovah, the One and Only One God, Creator of heaven and earth, shall be delivered by Him. Rescue will come from Him, since God delights in him.

When trouble is near and there is none to help and we are very, our strength ‘dried up like a potsherd’ it may look like God has abounded us, but He always looks at us. While our tongue may stick to the roof of our mouth, we being tested nearly to the end of what we can bear, it may seem that God has brought us into the dust of death. But God does not leave His beloved ones in the desert nor in agony. When the time is ripe He shall be there to help all those who love God.

Prayers may for some look as a sign of our weakness but there is nothing wrong with willing to show that we are frail, and feeble. We sometimes need trials to put us on our right place and to show us that we are weak and frail and that we desperately need a higher Being than ordinary humans.

Coming to the Father, telling him about our weakness and our needs He can supply us with whatever He sees to be needful for us. As such it is not bad as we want to be truly strong, not to refuse to be at the same time weak and telling that we are weak in ourselves and hoping to become strong in Christ.

Unable to ease the physical agony of the flogged back, unable to relieve the pain of the grinding spikes and the chafing of the rough timbers… how Jesus his extraordinary mind would battle the flesh’s weakness to concentrate on this precious fragment of Scripture. Like him we too should have our minds into the Holy Scriptures and contemplate.

This transcendent mind of Christ should also be in us as we follow his meditations and, like him, fix our affections on the hope set before us.

David and Jesus feared God more than anybody or anything else. They also told others that they too should fear YHWH, Jehovah being the Most High God of the universe and the only one to be praised! Like the descendants of Jacob, glorified Jehovah we also should stand in awe of Him! For Jesus, even when it pleased Jehovah to bruise him, causing Jeshua (Jesus) to suffer, the man from Nazareth made his soul an offering for sin, he also has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, neither has he hidden his face from Him; but when he cried to Him, Jehovah heard. Jesus cried to the Father, and even when his voice was silent in death, his words still echoed in heaven, and the Father heard. Thus was brought to birth the new, or spiritual, creation. By doing so God also could see his offspring and prolonged his days, and the pleasure of YHWH, Jehovah prospered in his hand. (Psalm 22:24; Isaiah 53:10-12)

King David, Russian icon from first quarter of...

King David, Russian icon from first quarter of 18th cen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Those things which “please” God are those things which fulfil His purpose. He has no “pleasure” in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:32); but, marvellously, He finds “pleasure” in the death of a perfectly righteous son, because that death brings salvation to others, like us!

There are believers and non-believers which all have to live on this earth under the same conditions. After the first sin God has given the right to all humans to make the world like they want to make it. Those who prefer to do that without God, Jehovah allows them to do so. But those who prefer to live with God should know they are all part of that world where man wants to be in charge. Nobody can escape the stings of this world. Also persons who have walked with God for a while have experienced seasons of despair and seasons of exaltation. Sometimes these seasons overlap, even in a single prayer. In agony, people cry out for God’s help. Then they remember His goodness. Then their desperation returns as they wonder why God seems so distant. Then they expect straight an answer that brings the solution.
Many when that solution is not what they expected lose faith in God and are carried away by their unbelief and by the different opinions of those who hate God. There we can find another condition for getting the right answers and seeing our wishes or hope fulfilled. In case we cannot stay by God, how can we expect God will stay with us? He is not a Tiran who keeps us in the chains. He lets us free where to go, where we want. In case we want to walk without Him, we our free. But in case we do not want Him to be with us, we cannot expect from Him that He Will jump at once to us when we call onto Him without real faith in Him.

We are encouraged by the promise of His presence. And so it goes when we live in the tension of faithful prayer. God wants us to bring our true self before Him, without feeling as if we have to clean ourselves up to impress Him. We do not need to make up ourselves or dress us differently to pray in front of Him. God knows our heart and the condition of the heart is the most important thing in our relationship with God. Our Faith should be in Him and in His son Jesus Christ. Like Jesus trusted his Father totally, we also should give our full trust in the Most High, so that He also can give us confidence to live a genuine relationship with Him.

Jesus also tells us how not to pray. A few decennia ago it still was the custom in Flanders to have a preserved seat, some with the names of the believer, so that those believers always could take their seat, but also could be seen by the community. From the parables of the Master Teacher we got to know that we should not pray to be seen by others, nor should we pray as though our words themselves have something to do with the effectiveness of our prayers. Both of these negatives have to do with having a prideful heart. Prayer is first and foremost an act of humble submission before a holy God, thus we pray not to receive the accolades of men, but to commune with our heavenly Father.

Praying is not about reading from a prayer book or always praying the same words the same way. Recanting or repeating several words over and over again or repeating certain prayers every time we pray is also something we do not need to do. Verbiage or verbosity is to devotion as chaff to the wheat. Lots of words or repetitions will not make our prayer life be complete. The strength of prayer is more important than the length of prayer. Prayers should not be half-hearted or lukewarm, nor general or aimless, but prayers that are particular, specific, definite, measurable and detailed, intense, urgent, earnest, and burning in burden.

The prayers may not become ritualistic like in some congregations where many end a prayer with the words “amen” but giving the feeling that it was not the whole congregation taking part in the prayer, but just saying that closing word because it’s in the program. That is ritualistic, inorganic prayer and God is not inorganic or static.

Personal words which come straight from the heart, said in our own privacy, belong to the proper type of prayer. Prayer happens in our human spirit, where God dwells (John 4:24) But also the prayers said together in the ecclesia, where all of us acknowledge God as our Father in heaven and where harmony or oneness in prayer forms a good asset in our lives.

We should acknowledge the position of God and should praise His Name. Today too many people do forget the importance of This Holy Name of the Adonai, the redeemer  of old, Elohim God of Israel, forever and ever the Potter (1 Chronicles 29:10;Isaiah 63:16). We should acknowledge we are all the work of His hands. (Isaiah 64:8; Malachi 2:10) We all should ask that His name of the One in the highest heaven, be kept holy. (Matthew 6:9; Mark 11:10)

Jesus has given us an example with the “Lord’s Prayer” “Our Father” which we may use, but we also can use our own humble words which come straight from our own heart.

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Preceding articles:

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #1 Listening Sovereign Maker

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #2 Witnessing

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #3 Callers upon God

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #6 Prayer #4 Attitude

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #7 Prayer #5 Listening Ear

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #8 Prayer #6 Communication and manifestation

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #9 Prayer #7 Reason to pray

Next article: Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #11 Prayer #9 Making the Name Holy

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Vertrouwen, Geloof, Roepen en Toeschrijving aan Jehovah #10 Gebed #8 Voorwaarde

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Please do find to read:

  1. Only one God
  2. Creator of heaven and earth and everything around יהוה
  3. The Divine name of the Creator
  4. God is one
  5. Some one or something to fear #6 Faith in the Most High
  6. Faith and trial
  7. Fearing the right person
  8. Fear of God reason to return to Holy Scriptures
  9. A Living Faith #4 Effort
  10. Belief of the things that God has promised
  11. Promise of Comforter
  12. Does God answer prayer?
  13. Disappointed with God
  14. Does God hear prayer?
  15. Does God answer prayer?
  16. Sometimes we pray and pray and it seems like nothing happens.
  17. Disappointed with God
  18. God’s non answer
  19. Content with the “no” answer
  20. Praying For What We Want or Don’t Want
  21. God Helper and Deliverer
  22. Gods hope and our hope
  23. Gods design in the creation of the world
  24. Gods promises
  25. Gods salvation
  26. Gods measure not our measure
  27. Genuine prayer
  28. People who know how to pray to move God to take hold of our affairs in a mighty way
  29. Prayer has the power to change mountains into highways
  30. If you think you’re too small to be effective
  31. Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair
  32. Give your worries to God
  33. Gods instruction about joy and suffering
  34. Prayer has comforted us in sorrow
  35. Rejoice even though bound to grieve
  36. God is my refuge and my fortress in Him I will trust
  37. Gods measure not our measure
  38. No good thing will he withhold
  39. The giving and protecting God
  40. Miracles in our time of suffering
  41. Suffering-through the apparent silence of God
  42. Suffering leading to joy
  43. Partakers of the sufferings
  44. Words from God about suffering
  45. Working of the hope
  46. Praise and give thanks to God the Most Highest
  47. ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ – What Name?
  48. Jesus begotten Son of God #18 Believing in inhuman or human person
  49. What Jesus did: First things first
  50. No time for immorality
  51. Our relationship with God, Jesus and each other
  52. Be happy that the thorn bush has roses
  53. Your struggles develop your strengths

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Also of interest:

  1. Making prayer powerful (The christadelphians.org)
    We live in an affluent age, when in the abundance of things possessed, many overlook their need of the Lord God and take for granted the material blessings of life. Thus Worship tends to become cold and distant; and Prayer a mere, mechanical repetition of words without power, instead of the fervent outpouring of the heart unto God.
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    All study and no prayer can fill us up; all prayer and no study can puff us up; but continual study blended with prayer will build us up.
    The Power of the Word, blended with the Power of Prayer, can transform our preaching, our worship, ourselves.
  2. The Aim of Communal Prayer (The christadelphians.org)
    A most important function of divine service is that of communal prayer. In Ecclesial meetings, the presiding brother has the onerous duty of leading the congregation to the Father in prayer. He can do so in such a manner as to move the worshippers by the words uttered, or he can leave them cold and untouched by the exercise.
  3. The Posture and Time for Prayer – theChristadelphians.org Home
    How should we set about praying? Should we stand, kneel, sit, recline, or prostrate ourselves upon the ground? There are examples in Scripture of all these 
  4. Prayer is an Act of Communion
    Prayer is an act of communion. Through it we discourse with God. He speaks to us when we study His word; we speak to Him when we respond in prayer.
  5. Draw Close to God in Prayer (What Does the Bible Really Teach?; JW.ORG)
    Addresses the questions: To whom should we pray? Must we assume a special position or posture when praying? What may we pray for? How long should our prayers be? How often should we pray? Why should we say “Amen” at the end of a prayer?
  6. Would God listen to the prayer of someone else on a person’s behalf more, or would it be the same as if the person prayed for themselves? (Search For Bible Truths)
  7. What could make a person’s prayers unacceptable to God? (Search For Bible Truths)
  8. What could make a person’s prayers unacceptable to God? (Jehovah’s Witnesses Questions and Answers)

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  • The Lie That Made God Nameless (illustrationstoencourage.wordpress.com)

    Jehovah wants us to use his name. “Call upon his name,” states the Bible. “Make known among the peoples his dealings. Make mention that his name is put on high.”—Isaiah 12:4.

    Jesus used God’s name. In prayer, Jesus told Jehovah: “I have made your name known to them [Jesus’ disciples] and will make it known.” Why did Jesus make the divine name known to his disciples? He continued: “In order that the love with which you [God] loved me may be in them and I in union with them.”—John 17:26.

  • Give God Thanks for the Blood of Jesus! (crosbyp12003.wordpress.com)
    The Psalm(91) says: (my version) that even when evil is all around he will cover us with his wings. I don’t need just healthcare, Medicare, police , firemen we need to trust in the Army of the Hosts whose name is God-he is Jehovah Nissi.
  • Little Book, Big Prayers: Mental & Physical Wholeness (christinebrooksmartin.wordpress.com)
    Each of us have daily needs. God has already instructed us to ask and believe to receive. Your faith in Him and His scriptures moves God. He wants to meet your needs but you must learn and know how to trust Him.
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Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #9 Prayer #7 Reason to pray

Posted on August 30, 2013. Filed under: Faith, Manners and Association | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Reason to pray

Praying is coming into conversation and showing a willingness for having a relation where you want to talk, and would love to have somebody who answers.

Prayer like any conversation can give us the feeling of connection with the other person; in this instance our heavenly Father. By having the means of a conversation will also have a means of a personal connection with God. This private connection will give a greater sense of God’s purpose in all things but especially in our life. And we can trust His perfect wisdom as we pour our fears and needs before the feet of our God in heaven. As John Piper has said,

“Prayer for God’s help is one way that God preserves and manifests the dependence of his people on his grace and power. The necessity of prayer is a constant reminder and display of our dependence on God for everything, so that he gets the glory when we get the help.”

Prayer has the power to transform. It can take the pressures of the day and turn them into stepping stones of greater trust in the Lord.

Hannah prayed and she was transformed. The scripture says:

“(17) And Ěli answered and said, “Go in peace, and the Elohim of Yisra’ĕl give you your petition which you have asked of Him.” (18) And she said, “Let your female servant find favour in your eyes.” And the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no more sad. (19) And they rose up early in the morning and worshipped before יהוה {Jehovah}, and returned and came to their house at Ramah. And Elqanah knew Ḥannah his wife, and יהוה {Jehovah} remembered her.” (1 Samuel 1:17-19 The Scriptures 1998+)

The prophet Hannah in the temple, Samuel's pra...

The prophet Hannah in the temple, Samuel’s prayer testing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hannah as a woman of a sorrowful spirit had poured out her soul before Jehovah speaking out of the abundance of her complaint and grief. Her prayer made her change. Her tears were turned over to the Adonai through prayer. God comforted her and lifted the heaviness of her soul. Her face was transformed through prayer. The change in Hannah’s countenance showed that she received the promise with faith. This faith was expressed through prayer to the Almighty God. Prayer transformed her, enabling her to leave differently than when she came to the God of Abraham in prayer. Hannah experienced the transforming power of prayer.

Also we, today, can experience always that changing strength of the speech with the Higher Being. The conversation with the Higher Power may create in us what we allow it to happen. If we are prepared to let us be changed by this speech this also will happen.

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Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #8 Prayer #6 Communication and manifestation

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #1 Listening Sovereign Maker

Next: Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #10 Prayer #8 Condition

Dutch version /Nederlandse versie: Vertrouwen, Geloof, Roepen en Toeschrijving aan Jehovah #9 Gebed #7 Reden voor gebed

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Find additional reading:

  1. When discouraged facing opposition
  2. How should we react against the world
  3. Fear and protection
  4. Whom can we trust to govern us?
  5. We cannot, see God’s purpose
  6. The truth is very plain to see and God can be clearly seen
  7. A call easy to understand
  8. Character transformed by the influence of our fellowships
  9. Earnestly Contending for the Faith
  10. Looking forward to God’s faithfulness
  11. Creator and Blogger God 4 Expounding voice
  12. Creator and Blogger God 5 Things to tell
  13. Creator and Blogger God 8 A Blog of a Book 2 Holy One making Scriptures Holy
  14. Give your tears to God
  15. Prayer, important aspect in our life
  16. Gods non answer
  17. Faithful to the leastening ear
  18. Wishing to do the will of God
  19. Observing the commandments and becoming doers of the Word
  20. Golden rule for understanding in spiritual matters obedience
  21. Happy who’s delight is only in the law of Jehovah
  22. Wishing to do the will of God
  23. Rest thy delight on Jehovah
  24. Of the many books Only the Bible can transform

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Readings from other denominations:

  1. God expecting us to desist from dead works
  2. The Struggle to Love God
  3. Prayer—What About?
  4. Our Prayers
  5. A Child’s Prayer
  6. Why Do Some Prayers Go Unanswered?
  7. What Are Two Reasons Why God Rejects Some Prayers?
  8. Prayers That Are Heard by God
  9. Carry on prayer, that you do not enter into temptation
  • Morning Prayer 8/27/13 (ebonyteague.wordpress.com)
    We give you honor just because of who you are, you are God alone and there is none like you. You are the God of all creation, you created the heavens, the earth and everything within. You are alpha and omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. You are our God and there is nobody like you…none, no where.
  • Prayer for July 31st (hopeforthebrokenhearted.wordpress.com)
    We know that grief can numb us…it can be hard to feel anything including your presence, but that doesn’t mean that you aren’t there. Help us to know in times of grief, pain and heartache, that faith is more than a feeling…feelings come and go, but you don’t. Your presence…your Holy Spirit, is with us whether we can feel it or not. You promise to never leave our side and you are working for our good, in the depths of sorrow and the deepest valleys of adversity.
  • Thursday, August 1 (illustrationstoencourage.wordpress.com)
    In ancient Israel, the incense that was regularly offered on Jehovah’s altar had to be carefully and precisely prepared. It was acceptable to Jehovah only if offered according to the guidelines that he had established. (Ex. 30:34-37; Lev. 10:1, 2) If our heartfelt prayers are similarly formulated, then we can be sure that they are acceptable to Jehovah.
  • Language of Prayer (pebblesandblessings.wordpress.com)
    Some might say prayer is a closet of solitude where they meet the Lord silently and solemnly appealing for assistance in time of trouble and need ~ others might say it is a beautiful garden where they commune with their Savior, expressing their love and thanks for His Mercy and Grace. Some might say, prayer is a continual conversation they have with their closest friend the Lord.
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    Prayer is a language of your Christian walk. God does not need an interpreter for ones prayer. God knows your heart and will draw near unto you, as you draw near unto him.
  • The Power of Prayer (saltlightandwitnesses.com)
    If we do not pray, we cut off the source to our power.  Prayer is something that can be done out loud or silently. Prayer can be done while in conversation with others. There is power in prayer. Prayer not only changes things, but it changes people and situations as well.
  • Thousands Gather for Biblical Prayer at Tabernacle Site (israelnationalnews.com)
    Three thousand women and girls made the journey Wednesday to the town of Shilo, in Samaria (Shomron) for a special group prayer recalling the biblical prayer of Hannah.
  • The 08/28/13 Joy Jar (drwilda.com)
    Here are some quotes from others who have found the power of the Lord’s Prayer in their lives.
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    The Lord’s Prayer includes everything you need to ask when you talk to God. It is a model prayer that teaches us how to pray.
  • The Lie That Made God Nameless (illustrationstoencourage.wordpress.com)
    Jesus used God’s name. In prayer, Jesus told Jehovah: “I have made your name known to them [Jesus’ disciples] and will make it known.” Why did Jesus make the divine name known to his disciples? He continued: “In order that the love with which you [God] loved me may be in them and I in union with them.”—John 17:26.
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Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #8 Prayer #6 Communication and manifestation

Posted on August 15, 2013. Filed under: Faith, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Prayer

Communication and manifestation

John Calvin (Jehan Cauvin / Jean Calvin ) the influential French theologian and pastor during the Protestant Reformation summarized prayer as when “we call upon Him to manifest Himself to us in all His perfections.”

English: Jean Calvin at fifty-three years old ...

Jean Calvin at fifty-three years old (http://www.unige.ch/theologie/cite/calvin/CalvinPortraits.html) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We may find different aspects of prayer.

  1. Prayer is mentioning the calling upon someone. It is the coming in contact with someone. In this case it should be the Most High God, Jehovah the Elohim. As such we can be the creatures communicating with our Creator. As we call upon him it might be for our benefit.
  2. Prayer is to help us through.
  3. Prayer is the way to express our fears, our hopes, and our desires, but also giving voice to our dreams, our grief, and our confessions.
  4. It is an expression of our willingness to move toward where we want to go.
  5. Prayer is an expression of our desire before God.
  6. It is a petition and a plea for God to reveal Himself to us.
  7. Prayer is our way to describe the God to whom we pray.  Describing God in terms of His virtues, His attributes, and His actions.
  8. Prayer is the giving notice of willingness to render the Most High God acceptable service.
  9. It is offering yourself willingly unto Jehovah.
  10. The prayer is a thanksgiving for the assurance we have received that the accomplishment of the great purpose of our life is virtually secured.
  11. Prayer recognizes God’s perfections.
  12. It is an honouring of Jehovah and sanctifying of His Name.
  13. Prayer is also the expression of trust in God that He will provide.
  14. It is a means to an end but not the end itself.

Because God has already everything and everything belongs to Him there is nothing we can give to God what does not already belongs to God. Therefore our praying can never be in the benefit of God.

Mary Magdalene, in a dramatic 19th-century pop...

Mary Magdalene, in a dramatic 19th-century popular image of penitence painted by Ary Scheffer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Calling upon our Creator, we can enter into intimate communion with Him, recognizing our utter dependence upon His provision. When we communicate to and listen to our heavenly Father, we grow in his grace and in his knowledge, becoming more sensitive to and more aware of his constant presence and protection in our lives.

Prayer should be the means by which we call upon our Creator to rule over our lives. We should put ourselves at the side and bring God in pool position. In our prayers we should show understanding that everything comes from God and belongs to God. We, by praying to God, recognize that we do need Him and that we realize that He is powerful and able to change things. But by opening our thoughts onto Him we allow Him to enter into our circumstances, and by His sovereign power to work all things together for our good, as we love Him and as we trust Him.

When we pray we are acknowledging God’s rule over our lives, His ability to work in our lives, and His goodness in the midst of any circumstances He allows to enter into our lives. Prayer is then a demonstration of absolute trust and dependence on our Father’s perfect provision.

The Holy Scriptures records that many people had their prayers answered. We can see that biblical events where God intervened sometimes came to existence because people dared to ask God for a favour or for help. The people who got their prayers answered where those who prayed with a desire. Without a desire, there is also no need for prayer. If what we pray for truly comes from the bottom of our heart, surely the answers to our prayers will not stay out. But those biblical figures knew that they could not do without God and where fully aware of the need of prayers.

Samen bidden voor God

Praying together before Jehovah God

Writer Phillips Brooks penned these words:

“If man is man and God is God, to live without prayer is not merely an awful thing; it is an infinitely foolish thing.”

John Wesley was convinced that the prayers of God’s people rather than his preaching accounted for the thousands who came to Christ through his ministry.

It is the Wonder of God, the Almighty Being, which creates and destroys. Without the Almighty Power of the Eternal Spirit things would stay chaotic and humans would mix everything, making it impossible to work out for everyone. But by the Hand of God there shall come a time when everything shall work for the good and the whole world shall be restored.
In the meantime we do have to live in this ‘worldly life’ and count on the powerful God.

  • If God were not good, working all things together for the good of his people, why should we pray?
  • If God were not everywhere present, able to attend to the needs of all of his children all at once, then why should we pray?
  • If man can bring for everything a good solution, then why can we trust not men?

Our prayers acknowledge our finite helplessness, and God’s infinite wisdom and provision.

The Ear of God hears, and with Him ear and heart go together, and the hand does not long linger.

“(9) יהוה {Jehovah} has heard my pleading; יהוה {Jehovah} receives my prayer.” (Psalm 6:9 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(7) “When my life fainted within me, I remembered יהוה {Jehovah}. And my prayer went up to You, into Your set-apart Hĕḵal.” (Jonah 2:7 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(1) And Yonah prayed to יהוה {Jehovah} his Elohim from the stomach of the fish. (2) And he said, “I called to יהוה {Jehovah} because of my distress, and He answered me. From the stomach of the grave I cried, and You heard my voice.” (Jonah 2:1-2 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(15) “And call upon Me in the day of distress – Let Me rescue you, and you esteem Me.”” (Psalm 50:15 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(28) Then they cry out to יהוה {Jehovah} in their distress, And He brings them out of their troubles.” (Psalm 107:28 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(14) And they cried out to יהוה {Jehovah} and said, “We pray, O יהוה {Jehovah}, please, let us not perish for this man’s life, and do not lay on us innocent blood. For You, O יהוה {Jehovah}, have done as it pleased You.”” (Jonah 1:14 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(9) “And I shall bring the third into fire, and refine them as silver is refined, and try them as gold is tried. They shall call on My Name {1}, and I shall answer them. I shall say, ‘This is My people,’ while they say, ‘יהוה {Jehovah} is my Elohim.’ ” {Footnote: 1 Zeph. 3:9.}” (Zechariah 13:9 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(18) יהוה {Jehovah} is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. (19) He does the desire of those who fear Him; And He hears their cry and saves them. (20) יהוה {Jehovah} preserves all those loving Him, But all the wrong ones He destroys.” (Psalm 145:18-20 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(24) “And it shall be that before they call, I answer. And while they are still speaking, I hear.” (Isaiah 65:24 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(12) And he said to me, “Do not fear, Dani’ĕl, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and to humble yourself before your Elohim, your words were heard, and I have come because of your words.” (Daniel 10:12 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(32) “And it shall be that everyone who calls on the Name of יהוה {Jehovah} shall be delivered {1}. For on Mount Tsiyon and in Yerushalayim there shall be an escape {2} as יהוה {Jehovah} has said, and among the survivors whom יהוה {Jehovah} calls. {Footnotes: 1 Acts 2:21, Rom. 10:13. 2 Isa. 4:2-3, Obad. v. 17, Rev. 14:1.}” (Joel 2:32 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(2) “Thus said יהוה {Jehovah} who made it, יהוה {Jehovah} who formed it to establish it, יהוה {Jehovah} is His Name, (3) ‘Call unto Me, and I shall answer you, and show you great and inaccessible matters, which you have not known.’” (Jeremiah 33:2-3 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(11) ‘For I know the plans I am planning for you,’ declares יהוה {Jehovah}, ‘plans of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and an expectancy. (12) ‘Then you shall call on Me, and shall come and pray to Me, and I shall listen to you. (13) ‘And you shall seek Me, and shall find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart {1}. {Footnote: 1 Dt. 4:29, Joel 2:12.} (14) ‘And I shall be found by you,’ declares יהוה {Jehovah}, ‘and I shall turn back your captivity, and shall gather you from all the gentiles and from all the places where I have driven you, declares יהוה {Jehovah}. And I shall bring you back to the place from which I have exiled you.’” (Jeremiah 29:11-14 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(29) “But from there you shall seek יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim, and shall find, when you search for Him with all your heart {1} and with all your being. {Footnote: 1 Jer. 29:13.} (30) “In your distress, when all these words shall come upon you in the latter days, then you shall return to יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim and shall obey His voice. (31) “For יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim is a compassionate Ěl, He does not forsake you, nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them. (32) “For ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that Elohim created man on the earth, and ask from one end of the heavens to the other end of the heavens, whether there has been a Word as great as this, or has been heard like it.” (Deuteronomy 4:29-32 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(9) “And I say to you: ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you. (10) “For everyone asking receives, and he who is seeking finds, and to him who is knocking it shall be opened. (11) “And what father among you whose son asks for bread shall give him a stone, or if he asks for a fish shall give him a snake instead of a fish, (12) or if he asks for an egg shall give him a scorpion? (13) “If you then, being wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father from heaven give the Set-apart Spirit to those asking Him!”” (Luke 11:9-13 The Scriptures 1998+)

“He who fails to pray does not cheat God. He cheats himself.” (George Failing)

Français : Statue de Jean Calvin par Maurice R...

Statue de Jean Calvin par Maurice Raymond (1862-1910), musée international de la Réforme, Genève (Suisse) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Preceding articles:

Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #1 Kings Faith

Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #2 Calling upon the Name of God

Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #3 A voice to be taken Seriously

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #4 Transitoriness #1 Prosperity

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #4 Transitoriness #2 Purity

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #3 Callers upon God

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #7 Prayer #5 Listening Ear

To be continued: Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #9 Prayer #7 Reason to pray

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Vertrouwen, Geloof, Roepen en Toeschrijving aan Jehovah #8 Gebed #6 Communicatie en manifestatie

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Please do find additional reading:

  1. Worship and worshipping
  2. Some one or something to fear #6 Faith in the Most High
  3. Attributes to God
  4. The Divine name of the Creator
  5. Lord or Yahuwah, Yeshua or Yahushua
  6. Jehovah Yahweh Gods Name
  7. I Will Cause Your Name To Be Remembered
  8. Hashem השם, Hebrew for “the Name”
  9. The truth is very plain to see and God can be clearly seen
  10. God does not change
  11. God should be your hope
  12. God Helper and Deliverer
  13. Gods promises
  14. Belief of the things that God has promised
  15. Gods salvation
  16. God Feeds The Birds
  17. Gods measure not our measure
  18. God showing how far He is willing to go to save His children
  19. Listening and Praying to the Father
  20. Prayer, important aspect in our life
  21. Gods non answer
  22. Faithful to the leastening ear
  23. Wishing to do the will of God
  24. Observing the commandments and becoming doers of the Word
  25. Golden rule for understanding in spiritual matters obedience
  26. Happy who’s delight is only in the law of Jehovah
  27. Wishing to do the will of God
  28. Rest thy delight on Jehovah
  29. Creator and Blogger God 5 Things to tell
  30. Creator and Blogger God 6 For His people
  31. Creator and Blogger God 7 A Blog of a Book 1 Believing the Blogger
  32. Our relationship with God, Jesus and each other
  33. A Living Faith #1 Substance of things hoped for
  34. A Living Faith #2 State of your faith
  35. A Living Faith #3 Faith put into action
  36. A Living Faith #6 Sacrifice
  37. A Living Faith #7 Prayer
  38. A Living Faith #10: Our manner of Life #2
  39. Does God hear prayer?
  40. Does God answer prayer?
  41. God doesn’t call the qualified
  42. Walking alone?
  43. Know Who goes with us and don’t try to control life
  44. Praise and give thanks to God the Most Highest
  45. Prayer request opportunity
  46. Give your worries to God
  47. Give your tears to God
  48. A problem not worth praying about isn’t worth worrying about
  49. Sometimes we pray and pray and it seems like nothing happens.
  50. Patience is the ability to count down before blasting offGenuine prayer
  51. Frank risks taking
  52. Evil companionships corrupt good morals
  53. Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you
  54. Character transformed by the influence of our fellowships
  55. Why?
  56. Jehovah is good unto them that wait for Him
  57. Let us meet in any suitable place
  58. The LORD protects those of childlike faith
  59. The great and holy God will not be unfaithful
  60. Obtain favour from Yahweh
  61. The first on the list of the concerns of the saint
  62. People who know how to pray to move God to take hold of our affairs in a mighty way
  63. Prayer has the power to change mountains into highways
  64. If you think you’re too small to be effective
  65. Prayer has comforted us in sorrowSinging gift from GodCall for prayer to help with unity crisisPrayer for the dayWork with joy and pray with love
  66. If you do pray you shall not be disappointed
  67. Don’t wait to catch a healthy attitude
  68. If we, in our prosperity, neglect religious instruction and authority
  69. Quit griping about your church
  70. Try driving forward instead of backwards
  71. Preventing us from going window-shopping in prayer
  72. He who kneels before God can stand before anyone!
  73. Aim High: Examples of Godly Characters to follow
  74. How we think shows through in how we act
  75. Change
  76. Free to be quiet
  77. Fear not tomorrow. God is already there
  78. What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits
  79. Without God no purpose, no goal, no hope
  80. Purify my heart
  81. You God hold the future
  82. Set free from any form of mental torment or self-condemnation
  83. Feed Your Faith Daily
  84. Be the living expression of God’s kindness
  85. The LORD protects those of childlike faith
  86. God is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him
  87. Walking in love by faith, not by sight
  88. People who know how to pray to move God to take hold of our affairs in a mighty way
  89. Communion and day of worship
  90. Humbleness
  91. Come ye yourselves apart … and rest awhile (Mark 6:31)
  92. Rebirth and belonging to a church
  93. United people under Christ
  94. Making church
  95. Fellowship
  96. Character transformed by the influence of our fellowships
  97. An ecclesia in your neighborhood
  98. Intentions of an Ecclesia

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Further reading from other believers:

  1. ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ – What Name?
  2. Who Is Our Ruler?
  3. Proof of The Bible’s Divine Inspiration
  4. Jehovah’s Plagues on Christendom
  5. God expecting us to desist from dead works
  6. Prayer—What About?
  7. Our Prayers
  8. A Child’s Prayer
  9. Why Do Some Prayers Go Unanswered?
  10. What Are Two Reasons Why God Rejects Some Prayers?
  11. Prayers That Are Heard by God
  12. My Prayer Was Answered
  13. An Amazing Experience
  14. We Have the Best Home
  15. What Does the Bible Say About Free Will? Is God in Control?
  16. Sacrifices prescribed by Mosaic Law to be offered with right spirit and heart condition

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  • Interview of Lorelei Ritmiller, mother of Whitney Heichel, (illustrationstoencourage.wordpress.com)
    when Jehovah God starts something, when he begins something, he brings it to a successful conclusion. Nothing can stop him from doing that. He inspires prophecies like this, and he makes them happen.
  • Prayer for July 31st (hopeforthebrokenhearted.wordpress.com)
    We know that grief can numb us…it can be hard to feel anything including your presence, but that doesn’t mean that you aren’t there. Help us to know in times of grief, pain and heartache, that faith is more than a feeling…feelings come and go, but you don’t. Your presence…your Holy Spirit, is with us whether we can feel it or not. You promise to never leave our side and you are working for our good, in the depths of sorrow and the deepest valleys of adversity.
  • John Calvin (1509-1564) on patience and perseverance in prayer (deovivendiperchristum.wordpress.com)
    He alone will suffice for all, since in himself he comprehends all good, and will at last reveal it to us on the day of judgment, when his kingdom shall be plainly manifested. We may add, that although God complies with our request, he does not always give an answer in the very terms of our prayers but while apparently holding us in suspense, yet in an unknown way, shows that our prayers have not been in vain.
  • I Cannot Hold You (Part 3) (cofchristdailybread.wordpress.com)
    In many languages, God’s name contains the sound “Ahhh,” a sound we make when we are breathing out or sighing. Our prayer will use the Ahh names for God. Breathe out each name for God. You may either speak the name of God or find a single musical note to hold or chant as you sing God’s name. Pray or sing each name several times as you call on the God of many names: Yaweh, Adonai, Jehovah, Yeshua, Sophia, Allah, Alpha, Omega. Say or sing “amen” to close.
  • Prayer (allurmind.wordpress.com)
    Scripture makes it abundantly clear that God is totally sovereign over the events and actions in history.  Nothing happens outside of His divine decree.
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    This raises the question of prayer.  What happens when we pray?  Why does God command us to pray?  Why did Jesus pray? Does prayer truly change the mind of God, or alter His eternal decree?  If God is totally sovereign, then why do we need prayer?
  • This Then Is How You Should Pray (rootstothestream.net)
    prayer needs a specific attitude and heart.
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    The believers hearts were for God as well. They begin the prayer by claiming the awesome power of God. This statement lets us know the believers felt that it was certainly God’s power at work and nothing of themselves. A unique aspect to their prayer is the use of scripture. But here not only do they pray Psalms 146:6 (who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them) but they then again make reference to Jesus as the Messiah with portions of Psalm 2
  • Hear my Cry (delightintorah.wordpress.com)
    Hear the voice of my prayers when I cry to You, When I lift up my hands Toward Your Set-apart (Holy) Speaking Place (Innermost Sanctuary) . 
  • The Effect Of Prayer (adolfmathebula.wordpress.com)
    When studying about prayer it is interesting to stumble upon thousands of reasons why people pray. Some pray expecting God to answer their questions, for anointing, deliverance, some pray to get close to God and some are just trying to see if prayer works. And it might shock you to know that some are praying for other people to die. Regardless of the reasons, there is a greater purpose why God would encourage us through the Scriptures to spend time praying (1Thess 5:17).
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    Prayer should break your selfish desires, ambitions and help you to reach and practice the perfect will of God.
  • The Power of Prayer (saltlightandwitnesses.com)
    The thing about prayer is that this weapon is often seen as small and ineffective. Most people do not choose to pull it out until they are in a jam, but usually it is too late then. Prayer is our weapon that we should use several times a day. Prayer is our communication with God. If we do not pray, we cut off the source to our power.  Prayer is something that can be done out loud or silently. Prayer can be done while in conversation with others. There is power in prayer. Prayer not only changes things, but it changes people and situations as well.
  • Prayer Devotional August 15 (pastorbenk.com)
    A sacrifice that is gone through thoughtlessly and without any moral or spiritual involvement was a sacrifice that was an abomination to God. It was worse than a sacrifice that was neglected. Sacrifice was to be a physical symbol of the sacrifice’s true attitude of repentance and commitment to God. A sacrifice in itself was ineffective. The striking truth is our regular behavior matters to God. Sacrifice must be backed by an upright life. I Samuel 15:22 says, “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.”
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Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #7 Prayer #5 Listening Ear

Posted on July 26, 2013. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Faith, Holy Scriptures, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Prayer

Listening Ear

God has given us His Word. In it we can find guidance and examples of communications with the Most High. In it we can see how God is willing to be with those who are willing to follow Him. God showed us the way how we can master ourselves but also how we can come up to Him in times when we are not able to do it on our own. God Himself took care that we have at our disposal one of the most powerful tools. God is willing to give us His Ears and allows us to have access and talk to Him who spoke into existence the heavens and the earth.

Jehovah God His eyes are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry (Psalm 34:15). But our ears should also be open to the Words of God and be willing to listen to His instructions.

Silas, apostle.jpg

Saint Silas or Saint Silvanus , leading member of the Early Christian community

The Scriptures teach us that God wants us to bring our requests to Him, and we can be confident that He cares and will answer our prayer according to His good purpose and will. In the book of books we can find already very soon in the existence of men that they began to call upon the name of the Creator, whom they considered as their Only One God. In the history of God’s people we find a wrestling Jacob, a Daniel with many questions, who prayed three times a day, and a David who with all his heart called upon his God. On the mountains we can find Moses, Elias (Eliahu or Elijah), Jeshua; in the dungeon Paul and Silas or Saint Silvanus. We find many examples of people who had multitudes of commands, and myriads of promises.

Though we do agree there are also plenty of stories in the Bible of God being silent.
Job experienced His silence. So did Abraham as he planned to sacrifice Isaac. The Bible doesn’t record God talking to Joseph, eleventh son of Jacob, in prison, nor John the Baptist before his beheading. There are more examples of God’s silence than we may be comfortable exploring.
To say that God did not hear them nor did want to answer them would be not doing justice to what happened. The idea that God is not hearing us when we talk to him can be very unsettling. And if we are not careful, we will allow the wrong ideas (evil) to begin to put false thoughts in our minds regarding God’s love for us, God’s ability to answer our prayers, or even God’s existence.

We are told about sacrifices and activities in the temple. We even find that God gave instructions for the places of worship. This teaches us the sacred importance and necessity of prayer. God has made prayer and worship prominent in his Word; therefore we may be sure that it should also play an important role in our life for God.

Job calling upon God, the Most High creator of heaven and earth.

Those characters described in the Bible thought it important to speak to their Greatest Master. They had the desire to be in contact with the Creator of all things and were trusting that He was going to answer them.

We don’t know when the answer will come and He is never obligated to answer our prayer in the way we want it answered. It happened in history that men of God also became anxious. David for example wanted to hear from God straight away. He wanted to hear God’s voice speaking in the midst of his anxiety. He wanted God to reach down and deliver him from his distress there and then. Though when you follow what happened and look how God has everything in control, we can see that David like so many others did not wanted to hear other things than what he had in his head. He was not hearing what he wanted to hear, and he pleaded, “O Lord, how long?”

“My soul is also sore vexed, but Thou, O LORD, how long?” (Psalms 6:3 KJ21)

In verse 8 of the same 6th Psalm, while David is in the midst of his prayer to God, he declares,

“Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping.”

David considers his situation as though it is already resolved. In faith, he commands his enemies to leave him because God has heard his prayer. He does not have an answer from God yet, he does not know how God will deliver him yet, but he begins to operate as though he is already delivered. As Albert Barnes writes in his commentary,

“Already David sees his enemies scattered, and his own cause triumphant; and in this exulting feeling he addresses his foes, and commands them to leave him.”

There we can see David had taken the right attitude for prayer and for believe in God. In verse 9 David gives notice that Jehovah has heard his supplication and was confident that God was going to receive his prayer. There we see, having the right attitude in prayer, David is no longer pleading and wondering if God is hearing his prayers. He is affirming that God has heard his prayers. Charles Spurgeon wrote in his Treasury of David,

The Penance of David, Psalm 51

The Penance of David, Psalm 51 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“This Psalm is readily divided into two parts. First, there is the Psalmist‘s plea in his great distress, reaching from the first to the end of the seventh verse. Then you have, from the eighth to the end, quite a different theme. The Psalmist has changed his note. He leaves the minor key, and betakes himself to sublimer strains. He tunes his note to the high key of confidence, and declares that God hath heard his prayer, and hath delivered him out of all his troubles.”

David the son of Jesse, the man after God’s own heart, had come ‘with his heart and soul’ to God and as a man of prayer had found faith in it. The prayer had awakened him and come to trust in his beloved God, like we also should give ourselves to God, trying to capture His attention, but allowing everything in His Hands.

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Preceding article: Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #6 Prayer #4 Attitude

To be continued with: Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #8 Prayer #6 Communication and manifestation

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Vertrouwen, Geloof, Roepen en Toeschrijving aan Jehovah #7 Gebed #5 Luisterend Oor

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Additional literature:

  1. Some one or something to fear #6 Faith in the Most High
  2. God of gods
  3. A god between many gods
  4. The Divine name of the Creator
  5. Hashem השם, Hebrew for “the Name”
  6. God Helper and Deliverer
  7. Lord or Yahuwah, Yeshua or Yahushua
  8. Jehovah Yahweh Gods Name
  9. I Will Cause Your Name To Be Remembered
  10. Gods hope and our hope
  11. Gods promises
  12. Gods salvation
  13. Gods measure not our measure
  14. Gods non answer
  15. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #2 Calling upon the Name of God
  16. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #1 Creator and His Prophets
  17. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #2 Instructions and Laws
  18. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #3 A voice to be taken Seriously
  19. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #5 To meditate and Transform
  20. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #6 Words to feed and communicate
  21. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #4 Transitoriness #1 Prosperity
  22. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #4 Transitoriness #2 Purity
  23. Bible Word of God, inspired and infallible
  24. Bible a guide – Bijbel als gids
  25. Creator and Blogger God 5 Things to tell
  26. Creator and Blogger God 6 For His people
  27. Creator and Blogger God 7 A Blog of a Book 1 Believing the Blogger
  28. Salvation, trust and action in Jesus #3 as a Christian
  29. Missional hermeneutics 5/5
  30. No prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation
  31. Materialism, would be life, and aspirations
  32. Wishing to do the will of God
  33. A Bible Falling Apart Belongs to Someone who isn’t
  34. A Living Faith #5 Perseverance
  35. A Living Faith #6 Sacrifice
  36. A Living Faith #7 Prayer
  37. Prayer, important aspect in our life
  38. Worship and worshipping
  39. Prophets making excuses
  40. Fragments from the Book of Job #5: chapters 32-37
  41. Fragments from the Book of Job #6: chapters 38-42
  42. Fragments from the Book of Job #7 Epilogue
  43. Disappointed with God
  44. Does God hear prayer?
  45. Does God answer prayer?
  46. God doesn’t call the qualified
  47. Walking alone?
  48. Sometimes we pray and pray and it seems like nothing happens.
  49. Genuine prayer
  50. People who know how to pray to move God to take hold of our affairs in a mighty way
  51. Prayer has the power to change mountains into highways
  52. If you think you’re too small to be effective
  53. Give your worries to God
  54. Prayer has comforted us in sorrow
  55. Singing gift from God
  56. Prayer request opportunity
  57. Call for prayer to help with unity crisis
  58. Communion and day of worship
  59. Prayer for the day
  60. Work with joy and pray with love
  61. If you do pray you shall not be disappointed
  62. If we, in our prosperity, neglect religious instruction and authority
  63. Quit griping about your church
  64. Try driving forward instead of backwards
  65. Preventing us from going window-shopping in prayer
  66. He who kneels before God can stand before anyone!
  67. Aim High: Examples of Godly Characters to follow
  68. Change
  69. Free to be quiet

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Further reading from other believers and some witnessing:

  1. Proof of The Bible’s Divine Inspiration
  2. Jehovah’s Plagues on Christendom
  3. Prayer—What About?
  4. Our Prayers
  5. A Child’s Prayer
  6. Why Do Some Prayers Go Unanswered?
  7. What Are Two Reasons Why God Rejects Some Prayers?
  8. Prayers That Are Heard by God
  9. My Prayer Was Answered
  10. An Amazing Experience
  11. We Have the Best Home
  12. What Does the Bible Say About Free Will? Is God in Control?

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  • Who Is Listening to Your Prayers? (pastorbenk.com)
    Who is listening to your prayers today? It is the Lord, Jehovah the God who has entered into a covenant relationship with His People. This vivid word picture brings home the intimacy of God’s relationship with His people through Christ who is our righteousness. It is the Lord who cares about the way we live and our relationship with Him who answers our prayers.
  • Happy Father’s Day My Eternal Father (christinebrooksmartin.wordpress.com)
    When you enter into God’s presence through prayer, you are establishing an eternal covenant with Him. You can enter into a dwelling place where you find His virtue, the Lord your provider. In addition to your natural needs, He will provide you with spiritual food–your daily bread. He will provide His sincere milk and He will provide the strong meat. Your eternal, necessary food is all in the form of the Word and for your spiritual age (level of spiritual maturity).
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    In the dwelling place of His presence, God reveals himself as Jehovah-Rohi, the Lord my shepherd.
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    He will not abandon or forsake your prayers and fellowship of thanksgiving, praise and worship. It will draw a greater measure of His presence, at times so tangible to the natural senses. He is Jehovah-Shammah, the Lord is there.
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    Just as you have a natural closet, you have a spiritual closet with God. This closet is your meeting place into His presence for all manner of prayer. Your armor for prayer and warfare, for supplication, thanksgiving, praise, worship and intercession is found here. In this dwelling place, the Lord is Jehovah-Sabaoth, the Lord of host.
  • The Power of Prayer (insertcatchyblognameheredotcom.wordpress.com)
    Throughout this whole journey with my tumor I have learned so much about the power of prayer. Whether it was learned through prayer of my health or prayer on behalf of others. I have learned to find it so interesting that we are shocked when our prayers are answered.
  • Jehovah’s Works – Great and Wonderful (illustrationstoencourage.wordpress.com)
    Like Moses, Jesus publicly sang God’s praises and prophesied about His victory over all enemies. (Matthew 24:21, 22; 26:30; Luke 19:41-44) Jesus too looked forward to the time when the nations would come in to praise Jehovah, and as the self-sacrificing “Lamb of God,” he laid down his human life to make this possible. (John 1:29; Revelation 7:9; compare Isaiah 2:2-4; Zechariah 8:23.) And just as Moses came to appreciate God’s name, Jehovah, and extol that name, so Jesus made God’s name manifest. (Exodus 6:2, 3; Psalm 90:1, 17; John 17:6) Since Jehovah is loyal, his glorious promises are certain of fulfillment. Surely, then, we are at one with these loyal singers, with the Lamb, and with Moses, in subscribing to the words of the song: “Who will not really fear you, Jehovah, and glorify your name?”
  • Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #6 Prayer #4 Attitude (christadelphians.wordpress.com)
  • Creator and Blogger God 7 A Blog of a Book 1 Believing the Blogger (bijbelvorser.wordpress.com)
  • Creator and Blogger God 6 For His people (bijbelvorser.wordpress.com)
    Jehovah, should be our God, in whom we are willing to trust and give us in His hands. We should allow Him to carry us ‘over the river’, the difficult situations, crossing the river ahead of us. The world has to know He is a consuming fire which can destroy unbelievers or enemies from before us (Deuteronomy 31:3). If we are not careful He will destroy the nations, He will put them under the power of those He want. God established Him a People to himself.
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Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #2 Witnessing

Posted on May 22, 2013. Filed under: Faith, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Preaching, Witnessing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Witness and Praise for the Name

Every day we should remember our Creator. We also should try to hear His Voice, which He shall let His people hear. Because He is willing to hear we should be willing to speak. We can talk to Him with simple words, spoken or we can even sing to Him. We can speak quietly or loud to Him. We may shout in praise of Jehovah His Name.

Tetragrammaton (Latin version of divine name, ...

Tetragrammaton (Latin version of divine name, see Jehovah) at the 5th Chapel of the Palace of Versailles, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the Bible we can find many places where is given the advice to let the Name of God be known all over the world and to proclaim the good news every day… the news of how He brings salvation. To all the nations we should tell of His glory, and speak of His wonders to the peoples. Jehovah is great and worthy of praise; He’s more to be feared than all other gods. For, the gods of the nations are all fake ones, made up gods by people or just transitory idols. But it’s Jehovah who created the heavens and who is everlasting. Before Him are beauty and praises; holy and majestic is His Sacred Place.

1 Sing to יהוה {Jehovah} a new song, Sing to יהוה {Jehovah}, all the earth! 2 Sing to יהוה {Jehovah}, bless His Name, Proclaim His deliverance from day to day. 3 Declare His esteem among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. 4 For great is יהוה {Jehovah} and greatly to be praised, He is to be feared above all mighty ones. 5 For all the mighty ones of the peoples are matters of naught, But יהוה {Jehovah} made the heavens. (Psalms 96:1-5 The Scriptures 1998+)

No language barrier

No matter of which nation we are or which language we speak, we can talk to God in our own words in our own language. For Him there are no language barriers. He understands not only the words of the people He even knows the heart of them, and nothing can be hidden for Him.

But יהוה {Jehovah} said to Shemu’ĕl, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him, for not as man sees, for man looks at the eyes, but יהוה {Jehovah} looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7 The Scriptures 1998+)

“I, יהוה {Jehovah}, search the heart, I try the kidneys, and give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds. (Jeremiah 17:10 The Scriptures 1998+)

“He reveals deep and secret matters. He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him. (Daniel 2:22 The Scriptures 1998+)

“For whatever is hidden shall be revealed, and whatever is secret shall be known and come to light. (Luke 8:17 The Scriptures 1998+)

In our own tongue, in our own way of speaking can we speak to the Most High Elohim and carry gifts to Jehovah; bringing Him both glory and honour, for the sake of His Name.

We should bow low before Jehovah and tell all the nations that He Jehovah is our Mightiest King of kings! It is He who established man’s home, so it will never be shaken. For, He will judge the peoples in justice!

At the presence of יהוה {Jehovah}. For He shall come, For He shall come to judge the earth. He judges the world in righteousness {1}, And the peoples with His truth. {Footnote: 1See also 98:9, Acts 17:31, Rev. 19:11.} (Psalms 96:13 The Scriptures 1998+)

9 Bow yourselves to יהוה {Jehovah}, In the splendour of set-apartness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. 10 Say among nations, “יהוה {Jehovah} shall reign. The world also is established, immovable. He judges the peoples in straightness.” 11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; 12 Let the field exult, and all that is in it. Let all the trees of the forest then shout for joy, 13 At the presence of יהוה {Jehovah}. For He shall come, For He shall come to judge the earth. He judges the world in righteousness {1}, And the peoples with His truth. {Footnote: 1See also 98:9, Acts 17:31, Rev. 19:11.} (Psalms 96:9-13 The Scriptures 1998+)

Make vows to יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim, and pay them. Let all who are around Him bring presents To the One to be feared. (Psalms 76:11 The Scriptures 1998+)

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy! For You judge the peoples uprightly, And lead the nations on earth. Selah. (Psalms 67:4 The Scriptures 1998+)

9 They do no evil nor destroy in all My set-apart mountain, for the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of יהוה {Jehovah} as the waters cover the sea {1}. {Footnote: 1Hab. 2:14.} 10 And in that day there shall be a Root of Yishai, standing as a banner to the people. Unto Him the gentiles {1} shall seek, and His rest shall be esteem. {Footnote: 1Or nations.} 11 And it shall be in that day that יהוה {Jehovah} sets His hand again a second time to recover the remnant of His people who are left, from Ashshur and from Mitsrayim, from Pathros and from Kush, from Ěylam and from Shinʽar, from Ḥamath and from the islands of the sea. 12 And He shall raise a banner for the nations, and gather the outcasts of Yisra’ĕl, and assemble the dispersed of Yehuḏah from the four corners of the earth. 13 And the envy of Ephrayim shall turn aside, and the adversaries of Yehuḏah be cut off. Ephrayim shall not envy Yehuḏah, and Yehuḏah not trouble Ephrayim.
14 But they shall fly down upon the shoulder of the Philistines toward the west; together they plunder the people of the east, their hand stretching forth on Eḏom and Mo’aḇ, and the children of Ammon shall be subject to them. 15 And יהוה {Jehovah} shall put under the ban the tongue of the Sea of Mitsrayim, and He shall wave His hand over the River with the might of His Spirit, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and shall cause men to tread it in sandals. 16 And there shall be a highway for the remnant of His people, those left from Ashshur, as it was for Yisra’ĕl in the day when he came up from the land of Mitsrayim.  (Isaiah 11:9-16 The Scriptures 1998+)

Say among nations, “יהוה {Jehovah} shall reign. The world also is established, immovable. He judges the peoples in straightness.” (Psalms 96:10 The Scriptures 1998+)

6  The heavens shall declare His righteousness, And all the peoples shall see His esteem. 7 All are put to shame who serve carved images, Those boasting of matters of naught. Bow yourselves to Him, all you mighty ones. 8  Tsiyon shall hear and be glad, And the daughters of Yehuḏah rejoice Because of Your right-rulings, O יהוה {Jehovah}  9  For You, {Jehovah} יהוה, are the Most High over all the earth, You shall be greatly exalted, over all mighty ones. 10  You who love יהוה {Jehovah} , hate evil! He guards the lives of His kind ones, He delivers them out of the hand of the wrong. 11  Light is sown for the righteous, And gladness for the upright in heart. 12  Rejoice in יהוה {Jehovah} , you righteous, And give thanks at the remembrance of His Set-apartness. (Psalms 97:6-12 The Scriptures 1998+)

5 Sing to יהוה {Jehovah} with the lyre, With the lyre and the voice of a song, 6 With trumpets and the sound of a horn; Raise a shout before יהוה {Jehovah}, the Sovereign. 7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it, The world and those who dwell in it. 8 Let the rivers clap their hands, Let the mountains sing together for joy before יהוה {Jehovah}, 9 For He shall come to judge the earth. He judges the world in righteousness, And the people in straightness. (Psalms 98:5-9 The Scriptures 1998+)

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Bible-hour1 Singing

Singing Christadelphians

Preceding: Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #1 Listening Sovereign Maker

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #4 Transitoriness #3 Rejoicing in the insistence

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Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Vertrouwen, Geloof, Roepen en Toeschrijving aan Jehovah #5 Gebed #2 Getuigen zonder taalbarrieres

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Read also:

  1. A Voice to be heard
  2. Proclaiming shalom, bringing good news of good things, announcing salvation
  3. Jehovah Yahweh Gods Name
  4. Praise be to God
  5. Praise the God with His Name
  6. Praise the most High Jehovah God above all
  7. Praise and give thanks to God the Most Highest
  8. For Jehovah is greatly to be praised
  9. Make a joyful noise unto Yahweh, rejoice, and sing praise unto Jehovah
  10. Song of Praise for the Elohim Set-Apart
  11. Songs of Moses and the servants of God
  12. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #2 Calling upon the Name of God
  13. A remaining name
  14. A Living Faith #6 Sacrifice
  15. Faith and trial
  16. Faith a commitment to the promises of Christ and to to the demands of Christ
  17. Breathing to teach
  18. Church sent into the world
  19. Testify of the things heard
  20. Witnessing at LaGuardia Airport
  21. Salvation, trust and action in Jesus #3 as a Christian
  22. The meek one riding on an ass
  23. Receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken
  24. Joy: Foundation for a Positive Life
  25. Singing gift from God
  26. Apple of Gods eye
  27. Receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken
  28. Creator and Blogger God 4 Expounding voice

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  • Jehovah-Compound Names of God (reflectgrace.wordpress.com)
    YHWH / YAHWEH / JEHOVAH:LORD” (Deuteronomy 6:4;Daniel 9:14) – strictly speaking, the only proper name for God. Translated in English Bibles “LORD” (all capitals) to distinguish it fromAdonai, “Lord.” The revelation of the name is first given to Moses “I Am who I Am” (Exodus 3:14). This name specifies an immediacy, a presence. Yahweh is present, accessible, near to those who call on Him for deliverance (Psalm 107:13), forgiveness (Psalm 25:11) and guidance (Psalm 31:3).
  • Has anyone else noticed the profound disrespect (thevoiceofmary.wordpress.com)
    Has anyone else noticed the profound disrespect given to our creator and his great name? When we deliberately misuse God’s name Jehovah, then we treat Jehovah with such disdain. When we attribute shameful motives to God, then dishonor is heaped upon our heavenly Father. When we deny him, by our failure to use his glorious name Jehovah, then we display a flagrant disregard for the sovereignty of Jehovah. When we speak and act in a derogatory manner, then we dishonor our holy God and his holy name.
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    When Jesus was on the earth, he made his Father’s name manifest to his disciples. (John 17:6, 26) These disciples came to know Jehovah in an intimate personal way. They became his friend. Jesus taught us all what we should pray for, in order of importance. He impressed upon us the most important thing we should pray for is the sanctification of God’s name.
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    Disgrace is the fact that God’s name is missing from most Bible translations. God’s name does appear in its abbreviated form at Revelation 19:1, 3-6, in the expression “Alleluia” or “Hallelujah.” (KJ, DY, JB, AS, RS) It was argued long ago that the inspired writers of the Christian Greek Scriptures made their quotations from the Hebrew Scriptures on the basis of the Septuagint.
  • God’s Light Shines on Us (thechristiangazette.wordpress.com)
  • There’s No God Like Jehovah!!! (godssceneryandpromises.wordpress.com)
    There’s No God Like Jehovah!!
  • The Many Names of God- Part 2: Jehovah this, Jehovah that… (toddgharris.wordpress.com)Throughout the Bible there are many instances where the name of God is used in combination with another word to give it a new meaning that tells us something about God’s character or his relationship with us. This post will have a list of many of these combination names, their meaning, and a key verse that they appear in.
  • Jehovah Jirah (asatisfiedspirit.com)
    Another layer of Jehovah Jirah is that He is showing us.  He is revealing to us what He wants us to know as we seek His purpose for our lives.  He supplies everything that that we need for every part of our lives.  Paul tells us, “My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in Glory…” (Philippians 4:19)
  • Creator and Blogger God 4 Expounding voice (bijbelvorser.wordpress.com)
    Lots of people do want to follow “the popular course.” In the history of time we have seen many people who preferred to follow their own thoughts and their own stubborn will.
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