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May the Lord direct your hearts to …

Posted on May 21, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Faith, Thought | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“May the Lord direct your hearts to …”

(The Christadelphian thought for the Bible readings of May 21)

As Paul concludes his second letter to the Thessalonians he tells them,

May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ” (3:5).

It is evident that the Lord cannot “direct” this – unless our hearts are already “looking” toward our Saviour. Paul told the Hebrews, they needed to be

“looking to Jesus, the founder and perfector of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).

and the Greek for “looking” refers to a fixed direction of ‘looking’.

The Stoning of Achan by Gustav Doré

It is evident that this cannot happen unless our attitude of heart is already desiring this. We read today in Joshua of the judgements of God that affected the whole nation because one man coveted some of the spoil of Jericho when it was destroyed. It is evident it was a deliberate calculated act because when Achan is identified, under the direction of God, he admits, he took them, including silver and gold and

“they are hidden in the earth inside my tent” (7:21).

The words Joshua addressed to Achan are significant,

“My son, give glory to the LORD God of Israel and give praise to him. And tell me what you have done” (verse 21).

Honest confession to God, gives him a form of “glory” because it acknowledges the total supremacy of an all knowing Creator. But Achan’s sin was a calculated deception and

“all Israel stoned him with stones” (verse 25).

and our thoughts turn to the words of Paul in Hebrews that

if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of Judgment …” (12:26).

Thankfully for our human weaknesses and failures, the grace of our Lord is readily extended to us, but let us never forget the lesson of Achan, who should have felt an awed humility when he saw the walls of Jericho fall without any human effort. What of us, when God destroys the “walls” of the remarkable ‘civilisation’(?) human beings have now created in this modern world?

Finally, the inspiring words we read in Isaiah 11 today gives us such a wonderful vision of the future God has planned for our world and for those faithful to him and his Son; in reading them we should feel spiritually motivated to live our lives more and more to reflect that we really are his spiritual sons and daughters looking forward to the time when

“the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (verse 9).

Is your motivation increasing? Are you seeking more and more earnestly for

the Lord to direct your heart”?

Remember what he is directing it toward – read again the opening quote from Paul’s letter.

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The Right One to follow and to worship

Posted on May 19, 2015. Filed under: Witnessing, Preaching, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Life and Death, Faith | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In Joshua we read of the people crossing the Jordan into the promised land at the time when there were enough rain-showers to provide harvest time floods and when “the Jordan overflows all its banks”. (chapter 3 v.15)
3 Syllables NameBecause of the Name of יהוה {Jehovah} the Elohim of the Israelites the Ḥiwwites  had heard the report of Him, and all that He did in Mitsrayim. We can see in many books of the Bible that it was because others heard about the Works of God that they came to see that He was the Right One to follow and to worship.

In the chapters by Isaiah we may hear that there is no gloom upon her who is distressed and that people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.

Isa 9:2-3 The Scriptures 1998+  (2)  The people who were walking in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death a light has shone.  (3)  You shall increase the nation; You shall make its joy great. They shall rejoice before You, as in the joy of harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

Today, as in old times, we may have confused noise because of a lot of battles going on, against believers and unbelievers. Though those who love God and want to go for Him will be lead by that Most High God toward gladness, and they will be as happy before Him, as those who take joy in a harvest, and like those dividing up loot.

Isa 9:3 The Scriptures 1998+  (3)  You shall increase the nation; You shall make its joy great. They shall rejoice before You, as in the joy of harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

What was promised in the garden of Eden and people at the time of Isaiah could look forward to came a reality, God His Word, His speaking coming into the flesh some two thousand years ago, when to us a child was born. This prophesy of the son been given should be our greatest hope, because that son of God would bring salvation and the government shall be upon his shoulder.

Isa 9:6 The Scriptures 1998+  (6)  For a Child shall be born unto us, a Son shall be given unto us, and the rule is on His shoulder. And His Name is called Wonder, Counsellor, Strong Ěl, Father of Continuity, Prince of Peace.

That Good News had to be trumpeted all over the world. There should not be silence about it. No, the whole world should come to know that man from Nazareth who God has sent. Only in Jehovah shall be given righteousness and strength and shall be found the best reason to come to Him and all that are incensed against Him shall be ashamed. In Jehovah shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.

Isa 45:20-25 The Scriptures 1998+  (20)  “Gather yourselves and come; draw near together, you who have escaped from the gentiles. No knowledge have they who are lifting up the wood of their carved image, and pray to a mighty one that does not save.  (21)  “Declare and bring near, let them even take counsel together. Who has announced this from of old? Who has declared it from that time? Is it not I, יהוה {Jehovah}? And there is no mighty one besides Me, a righteous Ěl and a Saviour, there is none besides Me.  (22)  “Turn to Me and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am Ěl, and there is none else.  (23)  “I have sworn by Myself, a word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, so that to Me every knee shall bow, every tongue swear.  (24)  “One shall say, ‘Only in יהוה {Jehovah} do I have righteousness and strength’ – he comes to Him. And all those displeased with Him shall be put to shame.  (25)  “In יהוה {Jehovah} all the seed of Yisra’ĕl shall be declared right and boast. ”

Every body who wants to belong to that son of God and his Father has to declare and bring others near, taking counsel together, spreading the reality that there is not a god besides the heavenly Father of that son Who is a just God and a Saviour; there is not one except Him.
It has been announced from of old. It was God Himself Who has declared it from that time. It is יהוה , Jehovah the Almighty All-knowing God about Whom every man should know that there is no mighty one besides Him, who provided this child which is like the angels, Pharaoh, Moses and others a god and whom many take and name him their god. But this son of god was first lower than angels and could not do anything without his heavenly Father, the Only One God.

Joh 5:17-27 The Scriptures 1998+  (17)  But יהושע  {Jeshua} answered them, “My Father works until now, and I work.”  (18)  Because of this, then, the Yehuḏim were seeking all the more to kill Him, ‘because not only was He breaking the Sabbath, but He also called Elohim His own Father, making Himself equal with Elohim.’  (19)  Therefore יהושע  {Jeshua} responded and said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son is able to do none at all by Himself, but only that which He sees the Father doing, because whatever He does, the Son also likewise does.  (20)  “For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all that He Himself does. And greater works than these He is going to show Him, in order that you marvel.  (21)  “For as the Father raises the dead and makes alive, even so the Son makes alive whom He wishes.  (22)  “For the Father judges no one, but has given all the judgment to the Son,  (23)  that all should value the Son even as they value the Father. He who does not value the Son does not value the Father who sent Him.  (24)  “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me possesses everlasting life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.  (25)  “Truly, truly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of Elohim. And those having heard shall live.  (26)  “For as the Father possesses life in Himself, so He gave also to the Son to possess life in Himself,  (27)  and He has given Him authority also to do judgment, because He is the Son of Aḏam.

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Miriam or Saint Mary with her Son, Jesus Christ, son of man and son of God (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Righteous Ěl is the Most High Saviour because He provided His son as saviour for all mankind. That son of God knew very well that there is none besides his heavenly Father, to Whom (Jehovah) he (Jesus) prayed.
We should be exceedingly glad receiving such Good News and should not worry to face the troubles we shall have to encounter in this world. We must know that we may be distressed by trials and suffer temptations, but we should consider it as a form of trial or testing, so that the genuineness of our faith may be tested, our faith which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire.

1Pe 3:15-18 The Scriptures 1998+  (15)  But set apart יהוה {Jehovah} Elohim in your hearts, and always be ready to give an answer to everyone asking you a reason concerning the expectation that is in you, with meekness and fear,  (16)  having a good conscience, so that when they speak against you as doers of evil, those who falsely accuse your good behaviour in Messiah, shall be ashamed.  (17)  For it is better, if it is the desire of Elohim, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.  (18)  Because even Messiah once suffered for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to Elohim,1 having been put to death indeed in flesh but made alive in the Spirit, Footnote: 1Rom. 5:18.

Looking forward to grow by the Words of God and facing the proving of our faith which is intended to redound to our praise and glory and honour when Jesus Christ ( the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed.

2Pe 3:9-13 The Scriptures 1998+  (9)  יהוה {Jehovah} is not slow in regard to the promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward us, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.1 Footnote: 11 Tim. 2:4.  (10)  But the day of יהוה {Jehovah} shall come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with intense heat, and the earth and the works that are in it shall be burned up.  (11)  Seeing all these are to be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be in set-apart behaviour and reverence,  (12)  looking for and hastening the coming of the day of Elohim, through which the heavens shall be destroyed, being set on fire, and the elements melt with intense heat!  (13)  But according to His promise we wait for a renewed heavens and a renewed earth in which righteousness dwells.

When the last battle shall come we shall know that Jesus is near and that he will be working up to his reputation! He is ultimately seen as

“Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David … “[v.7 of to days reading of Isaiah]

It is prophetic visions such as the one given in the book of Isaiah that has inspired many and which should still inspire many today. In such messages we should find hope and find light in the darkness.

Believing in God and his Son we may be partakers of the body of Christ and find the “great light” that takes away the “gloom” and the “deep darkness.” (v.1,2) Even when, like Christ did not know when he would return, we do not know when Jesus will return, but trust God the Father that it will happen, even when it might be “like a thief in the night.”

Today not many are interested in God and lots of them may find they live reasonably well in a world of peace and security. Though we must be careful. We must know that sudden destruction will come upon man.

1Th 5:1-6 The Scriptures 1998+  (1)  Now, brothers, as to the times and the seasons, you do not need to be written to.  (2)  For you yourselves know very well that the day of יהוה {Jehovah} comes as a thief in the night.  (3)  For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then suddenly destruction comes upon them, as labour pains upon a pregnant woman, and they shall not escape.  (4)  But you, brothers, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.  (5)  For you are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.  (6)  So, then, we should not sleep, as others do, but we should watch and be sober.
Therefore let us be awake and alert. Let us go out in the world and shout it out loud, that Jesus is the Messiah and that the Day of God is near.

Let us, since we belong to the day, be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation, thriving on the helmet of salvation, God’s Sacred Holy Word. For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him.

1Th 5:8-10 The Scriptures 1998+  (8)  But we who are of the day should be sober, putting on the breastplate of belief and love, and as a helmet the expectation of deliverance.  (9)  Because Elohim did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain deliverance through our Master יהושע  {Jeshua} Messiah,  (10)  who died for us, so that we, whether awake or asleep, should live together with Him.
All flesh to worship Jehovah, the Only One True God

All flesh to worship Jehovah, the Only One True God

We are not made to be destroyed. Lots of people do think nothing about God. They do think it is a spin-off of man’s head, an illusion. Or they think there may be gods but they are stronger than any god.  They should know that the strongest person shall have no power to resist Him. Lots of people do think they know all but they forget that it is the Creator Who knows everything. they lose out of sight that He is the One and Only One Who is able to give or take life for ever.

There is no fortress that is any defence from the power of God. Though the enemies shall come to their end and shall have to face their worthlessness in the eyes of God.  Many shall be surprised to find how easily they shall be broken. Others will see how they are as great heaps of light chaff before the whirlwind; or large quantities of dry stubble before devouring flames.

We should not be ashamed of the Good News of Christ because it is the power of Elohim unto salvation to everyone that believes; to the Jew first and also to the Greek. In the Book of books, the Bible we can find the infallible Word of God giving us insight in His Plan. In it we can find the righteousness of Elohim revealed from faith to faith: as it is written,

“The righteous will live by Faith”.

But we can also see that the anger of Elohim is revealed from the cosmos against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold back the Truth in unrighteousness; because what may be known of Elohim is manifest in them; because Elohim Jehovah has showed it to the world. Having the visible and invisible things in the world. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the universe are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his Age-Lasting power and Divinity; so that they are without excuse: because that, when they knew Elohim, they glorified him not as Elohim, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Rom 1:16-21 The Scriptures 1998+  (16)  For I am not ashamed of the Good News of Messiah, for it is the power of Elohim for deliverance to everyone who believes, to the Yehuḏite first and also to the Greek.  (17)  For in it the righteousness of Elohim is revealed from belief to belief, as it has been written, “But the righteous shall live by belief.”1 Footnote: 1Hab. 2:4.  (18)  For the wrath of Elohim is revealed from heaven against all wickedness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,  (19)  because that which is known of Elohim is manifest among them, for Elohim has manifested it to them.  (20)  For since the creation of the world His invisible qualities have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, both His everlasting power and Mightiness, for them to be without excuse,  (21)  because, although they knew Elohim, they did not esteem Him as Elohim, nor gave thanks, but became vain in their reasonings, and their undiscerning heart was darkened.

Let us exhort each other and help others to grow in the Word of God and in the love of Christ, as brothers and sisters in Christ, following his words and the task of going out in the world proclaiming the Kingdom of God. Looking for more security, tranquillity and peace let us take the Word of God, and use the Bible as our guide for life.

Let us show to others how important it is to read the Word of God which is our “breastplate” and “helmet” to be secure!

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One of the book-shelfs with Bible translations at the office of the Belgian Christadelphians

 

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Preceding articles:

Establish your hearts blameless in holiness

God has not destined us for wrath

Displeasure of יהוה , Jehovah the God of gods, and His wrath against all the gentiles their divisions

 

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Additional reading:

  1. With all your heart
  2. May reading the Bible provoke us into action to set our feet on the narrow way
  3. Hearing words to accept
  4. Genuine message of salvation
  5. Looking for wisdom not departing from God’s Word
  6. Bible, helmet of health, salvation and sword of the spirit
  7. Bible, God’s Word to edify (ERV)
  8. The holy spirit will bring back to your minds all the things told
  9. True God giving His Word for getting wisdom
  10. Words to inspire and to give wisdom
  11. Eternal Word that tells everything
  12. Bible a guide – Bijbel als gids
  13. Bric-a-brac of the Bible
  14. We should use the Bible every day
  15. Feed Your Faith Daily
  16. People Seeking for God 7 The Lord and lords
  17. Without God no purpose, no goal, no hope
  18. A remaining name
  19. No Other Name (But Jesus)
  20. Jesus begotten Son of God #18 Believing in inhuman or human person
  21. Wishing to do the will of God
  22. The Trinity – the Truth
  23. Altered to fit a Trinity
  24. History of the acceptance of a three-in-one God
  25. God of gods
  26. Proclaiming shalom, bringing good news of good things, announcing salvation
  27. Tapping into God’s Strength by Waiting on Him
  28. Come, walk with me and find rest for your soul
  29. God is the strength of my heart
  30. Light within
  31. Running the battle
  32. “… Of Peace There Will Be No End” Thoughts from Today’s Bible readings – May 19th

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Additional reading:

  1. The Wrath Mindset vs Inheritance
    Ephesians 4 and 5 goes through a whole litany of what appears to be “dos and don’ts” in the kingdom of God, but with a little more enlightening, one can see that this is really more a list to help the reader recognize some unwholesome fruit reflecting incorrect thinking on their part.  We all know that salvation is a free gift, not something we can earn.  Along with this gift comes our supernatural inheritance and destiny for our lives.  Again, this cannot be earned by our self efforts, but rather occurs very naturally as our minds are renewed.
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  3. WWUTT: Hates the sin but loves the sinner? Not so fast dear!

    What If God Was Cruel

    Think about why God should be the way we want Him to be. If God is God, and there is no higher authority, who are we to demand God be anything other than God – whoever He is and wants to be.

    Think about it: if there is intelligence behind the Universe, the intelligence and power necessary to create the Universe is not something we could control, let alone judge. When we say that we cannot believe in a God as described in the Bible because he does not seem loving, aren’t we just projecting our own desires on God? What difference do our desires make to the God of the Universe?

  4.  What If God Is Cruel
    How tender an All-Powerful, Creator-of-the-Universe God must be to sustain such delicate life as we live on this planet in the gaping expanse of the cold Universe.  Without a word from the Bible, we know something of the character of God and His attitude toward us.

  5.  Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
    It implies, that they were always exposed to sudden unexpected destruction. As he that walks in slippery places is every moment liable to fall, he cannot foresee one moment whether he shall stand or fall the next; and when he does fall, he falls at once without warning: Which is also expressed in Psalm 73:18,19. “Surely thou didst set them in slippery places; thou castedst them down into destruction: How are they brought into desolation as in a moment!

  6.  Revelation Chapter 8

  7. Revelation Chapter 10

  8. The Wrath of God Against Sin

    The only way to escape the wrath of God is to turn to our Saviour Jesus Christ. He absorbed God’s wrath on the Cross, and rose to give new life.

  9.  Last Days, part 1 – Pastor David

    In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and Believing the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: “that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. Believe today. The time is short.

  10.  The Wrath of God – Commentary on Romans 1:24-32
    While God’s Word and God’s World are overflowing with the evidence of His unrelenting love and radical grace, they are also unabashedly declaring His holiness, justice, and wrath.  God’s righteous wrath is the subject of Romans 1:18-32.

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    In essence, God shows His wrath by allowing their foolish rejection to lead them into the natural consequences of their sin.

  11.  The Great Escape
    As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise, as it was in the days of Lot they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all so will it be on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, let the one who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away, and likewise let the one who is in the field not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it.

  12.  Knowing about Repentance (Reading Isaiah 57)
    Today, we receive the help of the Holy Spirit to move away from our sinful ways.  He will “create the fruits of his lips: Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near.” In them and surrounding them, they will experience a peace that comes from within, that would be spoken of through their mouths – fruits of peace (v19).  Against the wicked, He will not stay His hands. He will cause chaos and stir their hearts (v20,21). They will have no peace so that they may turn around and repent.

  13.  The End of Punishment and Fear
    I think there are a lot of Christians struggling with the fear of God. I want to offer some thoughts on an alternative to fear, that is, grace. I’m going to spend the next few weeks developing this, but if you want to know my main point, it’s this: grace ends fear. So don’t be afraid.

  14.  A Thief In The Night
    The gargantuan crisis soon to slam against the world is the end of time, and ultimately the second coming of Jesus Christ. It is my firm belief that in our lifetime it will soon be time to make our exodus with our Lord and savior from this wicked world and go home. However there are many trials ahead of us. It is a most solemn statement I make that we shall be here on earth when that storm crashes against the world with overwhelming force.

  15.  Why is Jesus the Only Way?
    Jesus himself taught this, as did the first Christians. To believe otherwise is to depart from a Biblical Christianity. But why did it have to be this way? Why can’t God just make it such that all sincere believers of anything, or something, or nothing in the case of a sincerely good atheist, are all on a path to God?
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    When justice is missing in the world, we long for it, we work for it, we pray for it. If justice were missing in God, we very soon find ourselves longing for it. The wrath of God, the expression of God’s justice is part of the glory of God. To ask God to express no wrath would be to ask God to have less glory. Wrath is part of the goodness of God. God is perfectly just. God cannot be perfectly just and turn a blind eye to sin no more than a judge can be perfectly just and pay no attention to the evidence just because he or she happens to like the defendant.

  16.  Chased like chaff off mountains
    The LORD tells humanity that no matter how much of a roar we make, he will have the last say. He will sweep the arrogant and noisy oppressors away from the mountain like he blows the chaff off the mountain with his rushing wind. It is amazing how efficient the wind is at clearing a mountain of everything, leaving the bare trees until springtime.

  17.  You shall not avoid tribulation.
    If God has not destined us for wrath, then He intends to make everything go well for me!  However, this verse is speaking in the context of the end, of eternity.  The Church at Thessalonica was confused about death and the end, they even became fearful that they had missed the rapture!  Thus Paul wrote to explain about the end, that those who had died would be raised from the dead and that when everything is said and done, we will not suffer eternal judgment but salvation through Jesus.

  18.  Wrath of God
    When we know the truth of God and it has manifest in our spirits, yet we choose to act in unrighteousness God will give us up to the “vile affections” in our hearts. He is not giving up on us as His children, but He is allowing us to give ourselves to the lustful desires of our own hearts. Our own desires, when not in line with God’s desires, will always lead us down the road to disaster. But God always works everything out for good and will often use these disasters and “rock bottom” moments in our lives to bring us back to Him as wholly (holy), devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Even when we are walking far from Him, He is always still right there with us, protecting us from more than we think.

  19.  Know the Bible!
    A knowledge of the Bible is essential to a rich and meaningful life. For the words of this Book have a way of filling in the missing pieces, of bridging the gaps, of turning the tarnished colors of our life to jewel-like brilliance. Learn to take your every problem to the Bible. Within its pages you will find the correct answer. But most of all, the Bible is a revelation of the nature of God.

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  • Peter Responds to Critics (nineyearbible.wordpress.com)
    There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:8-12)
  • Hearing Voices: Counterpoint in the Epic of Moses (3quarksdaily.com)
    We may not pay attention to the overlaid melodies of our multiple story lines very often, but it is the way we experience the world, in all its harmony and all its dissonance. While the essential complexity of it all  may at times be lost in the chaotic shuffle of busy days, our lives and our literatures reflect this phenomenon.
  • In with the New (joyfullnuggets.wordpress.com)
    Change is coming for Joshua and this vast group of people he is leading into the Promise Land.  Joshua was no longer second in command; he was the leader for all of the Israelites.   The new leader’s had the challenge to leave the desert and cross over into their future home.
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    Throughout Scriptures, this same pattern is repeated.  Moses and the Israelites were freed and able to leave after the death of the first born of Egypt.  Rahab’s world was turned upside down after the destruction of Jericho; she was free of her past.  Naomi and Ruth returned to Israel after the death of their husbands.   David became king after King Saul’s death.  The same is true in the New Testament; many of the examples there are people who left their old way of life behind to embrace what the Lord offered them.    Peter, Andrew, James and John leave their old fishing boats and begin fishing for men.  Matthew began giving to the people instead of collecting from them.  Each one of Jesus’ disciples left their old of life and became men who wanted to spread the Good News of Jesus.  This continues throughout the New Testament.
  • Damascus, the Anti-Christ and Armageddon – Veterans Today (veteranstoday.com)
    Recent events in Syria have caused many scholars to revisit Isaiah Chapter 17, which speaks of the total destruction of Damascus and associate it with Armageddon.
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    If, according to Isaiah,  due to the fall of Damascus, “Israel” itself is punished, how can it be leveled by God on behalf of Israel? One has to ask, is this really on behalf of Israel? And is this really a struggle for mankind? Or is it a struggle by the Kingdom of Judea, the tribe of Judah against the Kingdom of Israel in the time of Isaiah when there was conflict that divided Israel into two Kingdoms?
  • Old Testament God angry, New Testament God loving. Right? Or wrong? (theway21stcentury.wordpress.com)
    There is no doubt that God is portrayed in the Old Testament as commanding and doing some things we would regard as barabric today.
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    But this isn’t the whole story. God is also portrayed as loving and patient, and there are many commands to love and be merciful, and practical commands that care for the poor and the defenceless (Deuteronomy 24:14-15), even refugees (Deuteronomy 10:18-19), and to provide opportunities for justice rather than revenge (Exodus 24:13).
  • Another word not to use carelessly (blcasey.wordpress.com)
    Let’s not make a mockery of a word that so clearly signifies worship.  By virtue of its etymological components, and in countless languages across the globe, it means the same thing:

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    Praise         God
  • Good News (activeinspiration.wordpress.com)
    We are in the last days of God’s offer of His Grace. God’s delay in pouring out His wrath upon this world of the wicked is only delayed because God knows all who come to him. When they come, this age is over, and this world is going to get real nasty and violent. Come to Jesus before its too late.
  • Return To Joy (achristianmeditation.wordpress.com)
    David drew to his Heavenly Father for his comfort and joy. As the youngest of eight brothers, shepherding out on the hills by himself, he found solace and significance in a deep mature relationship with God.
  • Return To Joy (devog.wordpress.com)
    It is no surprise then when David was in the pit of despair, sinking in the mud and mire of life; He turned to his relationship with God. He waited patiently for the Lord to help him. God heard his prayer and returned him to joy. Today, turn to God. He knows your situation. He hears the groaning of your heart. Spend time with Him and His word. Let your relationship with God your Father return you to joy.
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God has not destined us for wrath

Posted on May 19, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Endtimes, Exhortation, Faith, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Life and Death | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“God has not destined us for wrath”

(The Christadelphian thought by the readings for May 19)

We follow on from our thoughts yesterday about our “our hearts being established blameless in holiness” with Paul’s conclusion to his first letter to the Thessalonians where he stresses very strongly to them that

“having put on the breastplate of faith … God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ who died for us …” (3:8-10).

20 feet debris spreads over small Japanese valley from the sea to the hillsides above, 2011 earthquake

20 feet debris spreads over small Japanese valley from the sea to the hillsides above, 2011 earthquake

The wonder of that salvation which those who truly serve God will experience is illustrated for us in today’s Isaiah 9 where there are words which have found a prominent place in the famous Oratorio ‘The Messiah’.

For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government shall be upon his shoulder … of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and uphold it with justice and with righteousness …” (verses 6,7).

We took particular notice of the phrase, “the increase of his government” which implies the spread of his control – and noted Paul’s words today – that when

“people are saying, ‘There is peace and security’ then sudden destruction will come upon them” (verse 3).

People everywhere will feel a more urgent need than today for peace and security, and when they think they are achieving it, then – disaster!

But then, wonderfully, the child who was born, the “Sonof God, returns to rebuild life on earth on divine principles; a complete rebuilding will be necessary. “The increase of his government” indicates this as the general population recovers from the terrible experience of the “sudden destruction”. As we read on in Isaiah we will come across passages such as in chapter 34, of the time coming when

“the LORD is enraged against all the nations and furious against all their host (armies); he has devoted them to destruction …” (verse 2).

May we all live our lives so that we are among those of whom it will be true to say and experience that,

God has not destined us for wrath”,

but to obtain salvation.

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Preceding:

Establish your hearts blameless in holiness

Next:

Displeasure of יהוה , Jehovah the God of gods, and His wrath against all the gentiles their divisions

The Right One to follow and to worship

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  3. Gone astray, away from God
  4. The Song of The Lamb #6 Revelation 14
  5. Isaiah’s Book of the Messenger of Glad Tidings
  6. Objects of God’s final wrath
  7. The Song of The Lamb #7 Revelation 15
  8. The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places
  9. Believe that moves stones
  10. Know Who goes with us and don’t try to control life
  11. Created to live in relation with God
  12. Love been perfected with us
  13. Discipleship way of life on the narrow way to everlasting life
  14. God will not tie my shoes without me
  15. Go the distance
  16. Foundation to go the distance

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    Did any of you parents ever hear your child wake from sleep with some panic fear and shriek the mother’s name through the darkness?
  • High on Sentiment, Low on Sacrifice (fbcpolson.wordpress.com)
    Many believers are high on sentiment and low on sacrifice. We don’t know what it is to fight for the Lord Jesus Christ. If you’re looking for an easy way to serve the Lord, you can forget it.
  • The Lord’s Prayer – three times daily (chrisjacksononline.net)
    The Didache (pronounced did-akh-ay’) is a first century document that captured and preserved the central teachings of Jesus Christ’s twelve apostles in clear, succinct form.
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    the wisdom of God is occurring through the presence of love
  • “Whoever Disbelieves, Strike Off His Head”: Muslim Persecution of Christians, February 2015 (canadafreepress.com)
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  • The Word: Jude 3-4 (steakandabible.com)
    For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
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    Without having seen Him; though you do  not [even] now see Him, you believe in Him and exult and thrill with in expressible and glorious (triumphant, heavenly) joy. [At the same time] you receive the result (outcome, consummation) of your faith, the salvation of your souls
  • Rick Wiles: Horse American Pharaoh Won Kentucky Derby, Therefore, Obama is the Antichrist’s Precursor (aattp.org)
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For it is no empty word

Posted on May 15, 2015. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Exhortation, Faith, Religie | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

“For it is no empty word”

(Thought from the Christadelphian to the bible readings of May 15)

We read today the song Moses spoke “in the ears of all the assembly of Israel”. The song is long and has a remarkable text. They were expected to learn it, to bring it to mind as they entered and lived in the promised land. Of course there were no books, i.e., scrolls, readily available to the people – and in any case we presume only a select few could read – but God had seen to it that Moses, in his youth, “was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and deeds”, said Stephen (Acts 7:22). Moses song starts,

“… let the earth hear the words of my mouth. May my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distil as the dew, like gentle rain … For I will proclaim the name of the LORD; and ascribe greatness to our God!” (Deuteronomy 32:1-3).

Let us appreciate the spiritual application of these words. The song is a warning to those who do not serve God, the only real God, who is now about to bring them into the promised land, he is

A God of faithfulness … just and upright is he. They (in the past) have dealt corruptly with him … Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations” (verses 4,5,7).

But God knows that future generations will not learn from the mistakes, the failures of faith, in the past.

“Do you thus repay the LORD, you foolish and senseless people?” (verse 6).

This could be said to our world today! May it not be said to us! After completing the song Moses says, “Take to heart all the words by which I am warning you today, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law. For it is no empty word for you, but your very life, and by this word you shall live …” (verses 46,47).

English: Moses Sees the Promised Land from Afa...

Moses Sees the Promised Land from Afar, as in Numbers 27:12, by James Tissot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are blessed in having all the words that God caused men to utter – and for them (and others) to write down and preserve. The climax is the final message of his son in the last book of the Bible that he gave to his loving disciple John in his old age. The final words of the song (verse 47) can be used as a promise to us, to all who genuinely aim to serve God;

“by this word you shall live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess”.

God has promised the whole world as a promised land to those who love him – and this “is no empty word”.

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Preceding: Are you looking for answers and Are you looking for God

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Are you looking for answers and Are you looking for God

Posted on May 15, 2015. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Christendom and Christianity, Faith, Holy Scriptures, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Religion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

God knows the heart of all people. This means He also knows the searching person, the one who is looking for answers. Are you such person? Are you looking for many answers? Are you looking for God?

People should know there is only One True God Who provided all answers in His Word. First of all there is nature itself which can provide already for some answers and showing the Hand of God. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork.  There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard and no place on earth where God’s Voice can not be heard.

Psa 19:1-4 The Scriptures 1998+  (1)  The heavens are proclaiming the esteem of Ěl; And the expanse is declaring the work of His hand.  (2)  Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge.  (3)  There is no speech, and there are no words, Their voice is not heard.  (4)  Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world. In them He set up a tent for the sun,
Isa 40:26 The Scriptures 1998+  (26)  Lift up your eyes on high and see. Who has created these? He who is bringing out their host by number, He calls them all by name, by the greatness of His might and the strength of His power – not one is missing.

Our way cannot be hidden from יהוה {Jehovah}, the Elohim Who knows every heart and wishes that each heart may come to Him.

1Sa 16:7 The Scriptures 1998+  (7)  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 looks at the heart.” 1Ki 8:39 The Scriptures 1998+  (39)  then hear in the heavens, Your dwelling place, and forgive, and act, and render unto everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know. Because You – You alone – know the hearts of all the sons of men,

1Ch 28:9 The Scriptures 1998+  (9)  “As for you, my son Shelomoh, know the Elohim of your father, and serve Him with a perfect heart and with a pleasing life, for יהוה {Jehovah} searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you do seek Him, He is found by you; but if you forsake Him, He rejects you forever.

The Word of God, given in the Bible assures us that God does not tell lies and that He will let Himself be found.

Num 23:19 The Scriptures 1998+  (19)  “Ěl is not a man, to lie; nor a son of man, to repent! Has He said, and would He not do it; or spoken, and would not confirm it?

Mat 7:7 The Scriptures 1998+  (7)  “Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you.

Pro 8:17 The Scriptures 1998+  (17)  “I love those who love me, And those who earnestly seek me do find me.

The way to search for God is by searching in the Words He Himself has given the world. He provided the world with His infallible Word. When more languages came into that world God’s Word also got translated in more languages, so that each group of people speaking one or the other language could find the Word of God in one or an other language he can understand. But to come to understand the Word of God an open mind is needed and man must put away the human doctrines and false teachings. When people are willing to hear what is really written in the Holy Scriptures and are taking the words for what they say, there should be no problem. Than the words are not so confusing like many may assume. It is because most people give preference to the things they have picked up from childhood and which they have learned in their environment, their churches, friends and enemies. Though to take the words like they are written in the bible seems for many too difficult because they seem to interfere with many thoughts they prefer keeping so that they can enjoy all those traditions which man loves to hold. But the God of order and clarity wants us to make the right choice also and to make everything clear in our own heart. do we want to keep to those human traditions and human rules, or are we prepared to take the statutes of the Only One True God and believe what is written in the Bible, His Word brought by Godly inspired men.

Study Bibles may be a help but always understand that the notes in those Bible-translations are just thoughts of men and not part of the Bible itself. - Some Standard English Study Bibles & a Strong concordance

Study Bibles may be a help but always understand that the notes in those Bible-translations are just thoughts of men and not part of the Bible itself. – Some Standard English Study Bibles & a Strong concordance

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Preceding:

Doubting and going astray

With all your heart

Bible, God’s Word to edify (ERV)

Next: For it is no empty word

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Additional reading:

  1. Looking for Answers
  2. Fools despise wisdom and instruction
  3. Looking for wisdom not departing from God’s Word
  4. Looking for a primary cause and a goal that can not offer philosophers existing beliefs
  5. Souls and Religions with Nirvana and light
  6. Between Alpha and Omega – The plan of creation
  7. Words to inspire and to give wisdom
  8. Eternal Word that tells everything
  9. Hearing words to accept
  10. Genuine message of salvation
  11. God who knows the heart
  12. Coming to understanding from sayings written long ago

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  • Another word not to use carelessly (blcasey.wordpress.com)
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With all your heart

Posted on May 11, 2015. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Faith, Thought | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“… with all your heart”

(Thought by the readings of May 9)

Sometimes we use the phrase ‘half-hearted’ meaning – we do not feel total commitment to what we are doing. We cannot follow God and His Son, who died for us, in this frame of mind. Our chapter in Deuteronomy today contains a powerful appeal by Moses to the people he will soon leave – about the frame of mind they should set themselves to possess when they start to live in the promised land and enjoy its blessings. They will need full sincerity of heart in serving their God who has given them these blessings, fully realizing he is the only real God.

English: The Promised Land. View south west th...

The Promised Land. View south west through the trees from SD51930209 near Promised Land Farm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Moses words contain several passages which are powerful exhortations for us in the twenty-first century and our anticipation of an utterly wonderful ‘promised land’. He writes,

“You shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from your land that the LORD your God is giving you … and you shall go to the place that the LORD your God will chose to make his name dwell there” (26:2).

Then Moses briefly gives a history of the formation of the nation from the days of Abraham to the time when

“the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great deeds …” (verse 8).

At this coming time of entry into their promised land, he tells them,

“you shall rejoice in all the good that the LORD your God has given to you …” (verse 11).

Moses reminds them of “all the statutes and rules … the LORD your God commands” adding,

You shall therefore be careful to do them with all your heart and with all your soul” (verse 16).

He reminds them that they

“have declared today that the LORD is your God and that you will walk in his ways …” (verse 17).

The parallel to our commitment to Christ reaches a higher dimension with Moses next words,

“… you are a people for his treasured possession … he will set you in praise and in fame and in honour high above all nations … you shall be a people holy to the LORD your God”.

They briefly achieved this under Solomon, but then God had a greater Son of David in view, and a wonderful promised land for those who follow him. Peter was granted a wonderful comprehension of this that he, with all who follow this Son,

“are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession …” (1 Peter 2:9).

Let us make sure we are “careful … with all (y)our heart” to show by our words and actions that we belong to this holy spiritual nation now, for the time is surely close when our faith will be turned to sight.

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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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    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)
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    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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  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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    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.

the Christadelphian

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.”

Frans Floris - The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, ...

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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  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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  • 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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  • 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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    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.
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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.
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  • 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)
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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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