Faith

Illuminating our minds and watching out

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He writes this immediately after making the point,

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

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

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

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

Returning to our chapter we notice the last 2 verses,

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

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

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Additional reading:

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

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Related articles:

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

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

Hope & Faith

Hope & Faith (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

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

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

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

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

Tetragrammaton in sunburst on ceiling, symbols...

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

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

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

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

- February 28 thought of the day by The Christadelphian

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Additional reading:

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

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

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

Jesus is So Cool

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find out more about: Christadelphian, Christadelphia and Christadelphos

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

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

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Additional reading:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Preceding article: Every athlete exercises self control

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Find the new websites:

All for Christ

C4U

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

English: An etching by Jan Luyken illustrating...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Christadelphian Thought for the day

 

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

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

Please do find:

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

English: Vic Bondi playing with Articles of Faith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Please do find the new articles:

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

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Further of interest:

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

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

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

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

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

Fulfilment

Christians praying in Goma, DR of Congo.

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

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

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

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

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

A Bolivian aymara woman praying

A Bolivian aymara woman praying (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

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

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

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

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

In Psalms 1:1 we read,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Preceding articles:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Additional reading:

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

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Also of interest:

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

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

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

Condition

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

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

King David singing the Psalms

King David singing the Psalms (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Preceding articles:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Please do find to read:

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

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Also of interest:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reason to pray

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

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

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

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

Hannah prayed and she was transformed. The scripture says:

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

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

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

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

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

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Preceding articles:

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

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

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

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

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Find additional reading:

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

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Readings from other denominations:

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

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

Prayer

Communication and manifestation

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

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

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

We may find different aspects of prayer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Samen bidden voor God

Praying together before Jehovah God

Writer Phillips Brooks penned these words:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Preceding articles:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Please do find additional reading:

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

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Further reading from other believers:

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

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

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

Prayer

Listening Ear

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

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

Silas, apostle.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Penance of David, Psalm 51

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Additional literature:

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

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Further reading from other believers and some witnessing:

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

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

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

Witness and Praise for the Name

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

Tetragrammaton (Latin version of divine name, ...

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

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

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

No language barrier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  4. Praise be to God
  5. Praise the God with His Name
  6. Praise the most High Jehovah God above all
  7. Praise and give thanks to God the Most Highest
  8. For Jehovah is greatly to be praised
  9. Make a joyful noise unto Yahweh, rejoice, and sing praise unto Jehovah
  10. Song of Praise for the Elohim Set-Apart
  11. Songs of Moses and the servants of God
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  13. A remaining name
  14. A Living Faith #6 Sacrifice
  15. Faith and trial
  16. Faith a commitment to the promises of Christ and to to the demands of Christ
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  18. Church sent into the world
  19. Testify of the things heard
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  21. Salvation, trust and action in Jesus #3 as a Christian
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  23. Receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken
  24. Joy: Foundation for a Positive Life
  25. Singing gift from God
  26. Apple of Gods eye
  27. Receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken
  28. Creator and Blogger God 4 Expounding voice

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    When Jesus was on the earth, he made his Father’s name manifest to his disciples. (John 17:6, 26) These disciples came to know Jehovah in an intimate personal way. They became his friend. Jesus taught us all what we should pray for, in order of importance. He impressed upon us the most important thing we should pray for is the sanctification of God’s name.
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    Disgrace is the fact that God’s name is missing from most Bible translations. God’s name does appear in its abbreviated form at Revelation 19:1, 3-6, in the expression “Alleluia” or “Hallelujah.” (KJ, DY, JB, AS, RS) It was argued long ago that the inspired writers of the Christian Greek Scriptures made their quotations from the Hebrew Scriptures on the basis of the Septuagint.
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Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #3 A voice to be taken Seriously

Posted on February 7, 2013. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Faith, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 voice of God

A voice to be taken serious

David remembered how the Almighty God had spoken His words to all with a great voice and how those Words were written down to be remembered and taken at heart.

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The Voice of the Creator coming out of the Darkness, Creating from the void.
- Darkness Over Eden with overshooting domes of thunderstorms in the background
Photo taken by Kabir Bakie in Eden Park Cincinnati Ohio May 2004

22 “These Words יהוה {Jehovah} spoke to all your assembly, in the mountain from the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a loud voice, and He added no more. And He wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me. 23 “And it came to be, when you heard the voice from the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, that you came near to me, all the heads of your tribes and your elders, 24 and said, ‘See, יהוה {Jehovah} our Elohim has shown us His esteem and His greatness, and we have heard His voice from the midst of the fire. Today we have seen that Elohim speaks with man – and he lives! 25 ‘And now why should we die? For this great fire is consuming us. If we hear the voice of יהוה {Jehovah} our Elohim any more, then we shall die. 26 ‘For who is there of all flesh who has heard the voice of the living Elohim speaking from the midst of the fire, as we have, and does live? 27 ‘You go near and hear all that יהוה {Jehovah} our Elohim says, and speak to us all that יהוה {Jehovah} our Elohim says to you, and we shall hear and do it.’ 28 “And יהוה {Jehovah} heard the voice of your words when you spoke to me, and יהוה {Jehovah} said to me, ‘I have heard the voice of the words of this people which they have spoken to you. They have done well in all that they have spoken. 29 ‘Oh, that they had such a heart in them, to fear Me and to guard all My commands always, so that it might be well with them and with their children forever! (Deuteronomy 5:22-29 The Scriptures 1998+)

Jehovah is a living God who speaks and hears and is willing to be with those who are willing to listen to His Voice. But He wants that we walk after Jehovah our God, fear Him, and keep His commandments, and obey His voice, and that we shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.

“Walk after יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim and fear Him, and guard His commands and obey His voice, and serve Him and cling to Him. (Deuteronomy 13:4 The Scriptures 1998+)

“After Jehovah YOUR God YOU should walk, and him YOU should fear, and his commandments YOU should keep, and to his voice YOU should listen, and him YOU should serve, and to him YOU should cling.” (Deuteronomy 13:4 NWT)

And when we cry to Jehovah, the God of our fathers, like in previous times, Jehovah will hear our voice and look on our afflictions and our labour and our oppression, and we also should set out blessings before Jehovah our God, and worship before Jehovah our God, and we shall rejoice in all the good which Jehovah our god has given to us, and to our family. (Deuteronomy 26:7, 10-11) That we may listen to the voice of Jehovah our God, and do according to all that He has commanded us. (Deuteronomy 26:14)

16 “Today יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim is commanding you to do these laws and right-rulings. And you shall guard and do them with all your heart and with all your being. 17 “You have today caused יהוה {Jehovah} to proclaim to be your Elohim, and to walk in His ways and guard His laws, and His commands, and His right-rulings, and to obey His voice. 18 “And יהוה {Jehovah} has caused you to proclaim today to be His people, a treasured possession, as He has spoken to you, and to guard all His commands, 19 so as to set you high above all nations which He has made, for a praise, and for a name, and for esteem, and for you to be a set-apart people to יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim, as He has spoken.” (Deuteronomy 26:16-19 The Scriptures 1998+)

A Blessing Voice

“1 “And it shall be, if you diligently obey the voice of יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim, to guard to do all His commands which I command you today, that יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim shall set you high above all nations of the earth. 2 “And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim:
3 “Blessed are you in the city, and blessed are you in the field. 4 “Blessed is the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your livestock – the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. 5 “Blessed is your basket and your kneading bowl. 6 “Blessed are you when you come in, and blessed are you when you go out. 7 “יהוה {Jehovah} causes your enemies who rise against you to be smitten before your face – they come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. 8 “יהוה {Jehovah} commands the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and shall bless you in the land which יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim is giving you. 9 “יהוה {Jehovah} does establish you as a set-apart people to Himself, as He has sworn to you, if you guard the commands of יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim and walk in His ways. 10 “And all peoples of the earth shall see that the Name of יהוה {Jehovah} is called upon you, and they shall be afraid of you. 11 “And יהוה {Jehovah} shall make you to have plenty of what is good, in the fruit of your body, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your ground, in the land of which יהוה {Jehovah} swore to your fathers to give you. 12 “יהוה {Jehovah} opens to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. And you shall lend to many nations, but you do not borrow. 13 “And יהוה {Jehovah} shall make you the head and not the tail. And you shall be only on top, and not be beneath, if you obey the commands of יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim, which I command you today, to guard and do. 14 “And do not turn aside from any of the Words which I am commanding you today, right or left, to go after other mighty ones to serve them.  (Deuteronomy 28:1-14 The Scriptures 1998+)

Torah inside of the former Glockengasse Synago...

Torah inside of the former Glockengasse Synagogue in Cologne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

8 “And you shall turn back and obey the voice of יהוה {Jehovah} and do all His commands which I command you today. 9 “And יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim shall make you have excess in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your ground for good. For יהוה {Jehovah} turns back to rejoice over you for good as He rejoiced over your fathers, 10 if you obey the voice of יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim, to guard His commands and His laws which are written in this Book of the Torah, if you turn back to יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim with all your heart and with all your being. 11 “For this command which I am commanding you today, it is not too hard for you, nor is it far off. (Deuteronomy 30:8-11 The Scriptures 1998+)

19 “I have called the heavens and the earth as witnesses today against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Therefore you shall choose life, so that you live, both you and your seed, 20 to love יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim, to obey His voice, and to cling to Him – for He is your life and the length of your days – to dwell in the land which יהוה {Jehovah} swore to your fathers, to Ab’raham, to Yitsḥaq, and to Ya’aqob, to give them.” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20 The Scriptures 1998+)

14 “If you fear יהוה {Jehovah}, and shall serve Him and obey His voice, and not rebel against the command of יהוה  {Jehovah}, then both you and the sovereign who reigns over you shall follow יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim. 15  “But if you do not obey the voice of יהוה {Jehovah}, and shall rebel against the command of יהוה {Jehovah}, then the hand of יהוה {Jehovah} shall be against you, as it was against your fathers.  (1 Samuel 12:14-15 The Scriptures 1998+)

We should know by now that Jehovah does not so much need offerings and sacrifices but prefers that the people obey His Voice. To listen is better than the fat of rams or any offering. (1 Samuel 15:22; 1 Kings 20:36; 2 Kings 18:12)

As David cried to Jehovah with his voice, and He heard him out of His holy hill (Psalms 3:4), so shall Jehovah hear us when we direct our prayer to the Most High and Only One God.

In my distress I called upon יהוה {Jehovah}, And to my Elohim I cried; He heard my voice from His Hĕk’al {Temple}, And my cry went before Him, into His ears. (Psalms 18:6 The Scriptures 1998+)

And יהוה {Jehovah} repays me according to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands before His eyes. (Psalms 18:24 The Scriptures 1998+)

יהוה  {Jehovah} is The Ěl – His way is perfect and His Word is tried, tested by many, He shields all who take refuge in Him.

27 For You save the afflicted people, But bring down those whose eyes are haughty. 28 For You Yourself light my lamp; יהוה {Jehovah} my Elohim makes my darkness light. 29 For with You I run against a band, And with my Elohim I leap over a wall. 30 The Ěl – His way is perfect; The Word of יהוה {Jehovah} is proven {1}; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. {Footnote: 1Ps. 12:6, Ps. 119:140, Prov. 30:5.} 31 For who is Eloah, besides יהוה {Jehovah}? And who is a rock, except our Elohim? 32 It is Ěl who girds me with strength, And makes my way perfect, (Psalms 18:27-32 The Scriptures 1998+)

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

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

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Vertrouwen, Geloof, Roepen en Toeschrijving aan Jehovah #3 Stem van God #3 Ernstig te nemen zegenende stem

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  1. Creator of heaven and earth and everything aroundיהוה The Only One Elohim who creates and gives all
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  3. God of gods
  4. Only one God
  5. I am that I am Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh אהיה אשר אהיה
  6. For Jehovah is greatly to be praised
  7. Praise the God with His Name
  8. Song of Praise for the Elohim Set-Apart
  9. Praise and give thanks to God the Most Highest
  10. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name
  11. God should be your hope
  12. The giving and protecting God
  13. God my fence, my hope for the future
  14. Some one or something to fear #6 Faith in the Most High
  15. Some one or something to fear #7 Not afraid for Gods Name
  16. Fearing the right person
  17. Humility and the Fear of the Lord
  18. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #2 Calling upon the Name of God
  19. A Living Faith #2 State of your faith
  20. Experiencing God
  21. Hope does not disappoint us
  22. When discouraged facing opposition
  23. Not all will inherit the Kingdom
  24. Fear not tomorrow. God is already there
  25. Truth never plays false roles of any kind, which is why people are so surprised when meeting it
  26. The big agenda item
  27. I Only hope we find GOD again before it is too late !
  28. Observing the commandments and becoming doers of the Word
  29. What Jesus did: First things first
  30. No prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation
  31. Incomplete without the mind of God
  32. God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies
  33. God loving people justified
  34. God is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him
  35. When we love we do not need laws
  36. No fear in love
  37. Happy who’s delight is only in the law of Jehovah
  38. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us
  39. Love will cure more sins than condemnation
  40. If we view the whole world through a lens that is bright
  41. Our political systems and juggling with human laws
  42. No man is free who is not master of himself
  43. Be like a tree planted by streams of water
  44. Testify of the things hear
  45. Wisdom lies deep
  46. A secret to be reveiled
  47. Being of good courage running the race
  48. God wants to be gracious to you
  49. Control your destiny or somebody else will
  50. Be a ready giver
  51. Blessed are those who freely give
  52. Your New Job Description — Bless!
  53. Count your blessings
  54. Even in tough times remembering the blessings
  55. Forgiveness is a blessing for the one who forgives
  56. Thanking God by thinking of people
  57. Being thankful
  58. Better loaves when the heart is joyous
  59. A treasure which can give me everything I need
  60. People who know how to pray to move God to take hold of our affairs in a mighty way
  61. If you want to go far in life

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

Posted on February 5, 2013. Filed under: Faith, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 voice of God

Instructions and Laws brought by the Voice

7 And He said to me, “Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet, when I dwell in the midst of the children of Yisra’ĕl forever, and the house of Yisra’ĕl shall no longer defile My set-apart Name, they nor their sovereigns, by their whoring and by the corpses of their sovereigns on their high places. 8 “When they placed their threshold by My threshold, and their doorpost by My doorpost, with a wall between them and Me, they defiled My set-apart Name by the abominations which they have done. So I consumed them in My displeasure. 9 “Now let them put their whoring and the corpses of their sovereigns far away from Me, and I shall dwell in their midst forever.
10 “Son of man, explain the House to the house of Yisra’ĕl, and when they are ashamed of their crookednesses, they shall measure the measurements. 11 “And since they shall be ashamed of all that they did, make known to them the design of the House and its structure, and its exits and its entrances, its entire design and all its laws, and all its forms and all its Torot. And write it down before their eyes, so that they observe its entire design and all its laws, and shall do them. 12 “This is the Torah of the House: Upon the mountaintop, all the boundary of it, all around, is most set-apart. See, this is the Torah of the House. (Ezekiel 43:7-12 The Scriptures 1998+)

Moses with the tablets of the Ten Commandments...

Moses with the tablets of the Ten Commandments, painting by Rembrandt (1659) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And He said to me, “Son of man, thus said the Master יהוה {Jehovah}, ‘These are the laws for the altar on the day when it is made, for offering burnt offerings on it, and for sprinkling blood on it. (Ezekiel 43:18 The Scriptures 1998+)

The instructions which the Voice of God gave were followed up by Abraham and his people. It came from the air of from the bushes (Exodus 6:4) and made itself know as the voice of the One who is, was and ever shall be, the “I am”, the “Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh,” “I am that which I am” (I am/will be what I am/will be) God of Moses his father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Jehovah, whose Name is forever, from generation to generation, surely saw the affliction of His people which He heard crying and for He knew their sorrows. (Exodus 3:6-7, 14-16) More than once Jehovah replied to those crying people that he was surely be with them. He also sent signs to them so that they could know that He, the Elohim was with them. But He also asked them to come up to Jehovah and worship Him as their Only One God. (Exodus 3:12; 24:1) He made a decree and a law for them and when people would listen to the Mighty Voice they would be healed and safeguarded. (Exodus 15:25) And Moses came and told the people all the words of Jehovah, and all the judgments. “And all the people answered with one voice and said, all the words which Jehovah has said, we will do.” And Moses wrote all the words of Jehovah, and built an altar for God (Exodus 24:3-4). It was unto Moses that God gave the Commandments we should keep. In those early times God spoke all these words, saying that He is Jehovah our God, who has brought His people out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. We shall have no other gods before Him and we should not make to ourselves any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in the heavens above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. (Exodus 20:1-5)[1]

1 And Elohim spoke all these Words, saying, 2  “I am יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, out of the house of slavery.
3 “You have no other mighty ones against My face.
4 “You do not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of that which is in the heavens above, or which is in the earth beneath, or which is in the waters under the earth, 5  you do not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim am a jealous Ěl, visiting the crookedness of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6  but showing kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and guard My commands.
7 “You do not bring{1} the Name of יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim to naught, for יהוה {Jehovah} does not leave the one unpunished who brings His Name to naught. {Footnote: 1Or lift up, or take.} (Exodus 20:1-4 The Scriptures 1998+)

A leading and caring Voice to be heard

God’s voice led people through deserts, waters and mountains, in easy, but more often in difficult times. It was like He carried them, as a man carries his son. But often people did not believe the Voice of God and made Him angry, because they did not trust Him, the Adonai, who gave His Word. (Deuteronomy 1:34-37) Though they should know when we will do that which is right in His sight, and will give ear to His commandments, and keep all His laws, God would be with them that listen to His voice and help them, because all the words which Jehovah has said, He we will do, as Jehovah our God is, in all our calling on him. (Exodus 24:3; Deuteronomy 4:7)

When David‘s life was endangered at the rebellion of Absalom, and when the Kingdom of Israel was under great strain, David remembered his ancestors and who guided them. He wanted to build a House for God and did love it already before it was build. He sought to dwell in the house of God. When he was in trouble he also repented for what he done wrong and remembered all the good things God had done for him. He also as others returned to Jehovah his and our God and was obedient to His voice. (Psalms 27:4-7; Deuteronomy 4:30)

David like some other biblical writers dared to speak to the One who’s Voice they heard. They were also convinced that the One whom they heard speaking to them was also listening to them. David also believed that God would conceal him in his shelter on the day of evil and that the Listener God would place him on a high rock. David wanted to sacrifice in his tent with shouts of joy; singing and making melodies to the Most High Elohim. He called upon God and asked him to hear his voice. His mind recalled the voice of God who said several times to His people to seek His face. When David asked God to show His face, he was convinced that God had been his help. When he asked God not to abandon or forsake him, he was convinced that the God of his salvation would gather him up, teach him the way of God and lead him on a level path. He believed that he would see goodness of Jehovah in the land of the living.

4 One matter I asked of יהוה {Jehovah} – this I seek: To dwell in the House of יהוה {Jehovah} All the days of my life, To see the pleasantness of יהוה {Jehovah}, And to inquire in His Hĕk’al. 5 For in the day of evil He hides me in His booth; In the covering of His Tent He hides me; On a rock He raises me up. 6 And now my head is lifted up above my enemies all around me; And I offer in His Tent with shouts of joy; I sing, yea, I sing praises to יהוה {Jehovah}. 7 Hear, O יהוה {Jehovah}, when I cry with my voice! And show me favour, and answer me. 8 To my heart You have said, “Seek My face.” Your face, יהוה {Jehovah}, I seek. 9 Do not hide Your face from me; Do not turn Your servant away in displeasure; You have been my help; Do not leave me nor forsake me, O Elohim of my deliverance. 10 When my father and my mother have forsaken me, Then יהוה {Jehovah}does take me in. 11 Teach me Your way, O יהוה {Jehovah}, And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies. 12 Do not give me over To the desire of my adversaries; For false witnesses have risen against me, And they breathe out cruelty to me. 13 What if I had not believed To see the goodness of יהוה {Jehovah} In the land of the living! 14 Wait on יהוה {Jehovah}, be strong, And let Him strengthen your heart! Wait, I say, on יהוה {Jehovah}!  (Psalms 27:4-14 The Scriptures 1998+)

In 1 Chronicles 17:1-8 we have the request of David that he might build God a house. The reply of God was “haven’t I always been with you anyway?” The comment on this in Acts 7:46-49 is “the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands”.

44 “The Tent of Witness was with our fathers in the wilderness, as He appointed, instructing Mosheh to make it according to the pattern that he had seen, 45 which our fathers, having received it in turn, also brought with Yehoshua { Joshua} into the land possessed by the gentiles, whom Elohim drove out before the face of our fathers until the days of Dawiḏ, 46 who found favour before Elohim and asked to find a dwelling for the Elohim of Ya’aqoḇ, 47 but Shelomoh built Him a house. 48 “However, the Most High does not dwell in dwellings made with hands,{1} as the prophet says: {Footnote: 1See 17:24}. 49 ‘The heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. What house shall you build for Me? says יהוה {Jehovah}, or what is the place of My rest? {(Isaiah 66:1)} 50 ‘Has My hand not made all these?’ (Acts 7:44-50 The Scriptures 1998+)

We, like David, can forget that God’s concern is not with material things, but with spiritual. God’s dwelling place is in heavenly places, and not in earthly. So how had David dwelt with God? Every time David was in trouble, he put his trust in God. His faith and hope was in God. David’s salvation was in God, and none other. His trust was in heavenly things and not earthly. David lived in faith. He lived in faith in God.


[1] So you can wonder why those who take Jesus to be God, go against this command and do make images of Jesus and pray before portraits depicting Jesus and saints and worship crosses and other statues.

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Dutch version: Vertrouwen, Geloof, Roepen en Toeschrijving aan Jehovah #3 Stem van God #2 Instructies en Wetten

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  13. Were allowed to willfully break the Law of Moses
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  17. When we love we do not need laws
  18. Our political systems and juggling with human laws
  19. If we view the whole world through a lens that is bright
  20. No man is free who is not master of himself

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

Posted on January 21, 2013. Filed under: Endtimes, Faith, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Life and Death, Naam van God | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Trust, Faith and Prayer

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

Soon in the time of the created universe people got to understand they had to call upon God. Men began to call upon the name of the Most High Elohim יהוה Jehovah. More than once things went wrong and more than once men opposed to their Creator, but every time He was willing to come to them and to help them. At the early times they knew the importance of calling the Creator God by His Name, who was Holy.

“And to Shĕth, to him also a son was born. And he called his name Enosh. Then it was begun to call on the Name of יהוה {Jehovah}{1}. {Footnote: 1The first record of “calling on the Name of יהוה {Jehovah}” (Genesis 4:26 The Scriptures 1998+)

English: The Geneva Bible (1560): God's name I...

English: The Geneva Bible (1560): God’s name Iehouah (in older Latin transcription form), that is Jehovah. Greek/Ελληνικά: Η μεταγραφή Ιεχουά (Ιεχωβά) στο εδάφιο Ψαλμός 83:18, από την Βίβλο της Γενεύης (Geneva Bible) του 1560. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“So Aḇram left, as יהוה had commanded him, and Lot went with him. And Aḇram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Ḥaran.” (Genesis 12:4 The Scriptures 1998+)

“ 7 And יהוה {Jehovah} appeared to Aḇram and said, “To your seed I give this land.” And he built there an altar to יהוה{Jehovah}, who had appeared to him. 8 And from there he moved to the mountain east of Bĕyth Ěl, and he pitched his tent, with Bĕyth Ěl on the west and Ai on the east. And he built there an altar to יהוה{Jehovah}, and called on the Name of יהוה{Jehovah}.”  (Genesis 12: 7-8: The Scriptures 1998+)

Many times people were wrestling with many problems, often caused by themselves because they did not keep to the Commandments of God or did not listen to His Voice. Multitudes of commands and myriads of promises were given to God His people. Many blessings came over them, but oh so often they forgot quickly what He had done for them.

But every time God was there again to come close to them and several times God appeared to His chosen people to tell them what to do and to tell them about future happenings.

“23  And from there he went up to Be’ĕrsheḇa. 24  And יהוה {Jehovah}appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the Elohim of your father Aḇraham. Do not fear, for I am with you, and shall bless you and increase your seed for My servant Aḇraham’s sake.”
25  And he built an altar there, and called on the Name of יהוה {Jehovah}, and he pitched his tent there, and the servants of Yitsḥaq dug a well there. “ (Genesis 26: 23-25: The Scriptures 1998+)

The Creator told His chosen people how He was to be called and that His Name should be known all over the world.

And He said, “I am the Elohim of your father, the Elohim of Aḇraham, the Elohim of Yitsḥaq, and the Elohim of Ya’aqoḇ.” And Mosheh hid his face, for he was afraid to look at Elohim” (Exodus 3:6 The Scriptures 1998+)

“And now, see, the cry of the children of Yisra’ĕl has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Mitsrites oppress them.” (Exodus 3:9 The Scriptures 1998+)

“14  And Elohim said to Mosheh, “I am that which I am.”{1 } And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Yisra’ĕl, ‘I am has sent me to you.’ ” {Footnote: 1The Heḇrew text reads: ’eyeh ’asher ’eyeh, the word ’eyeh being derived from hayah which means to be, to exist, but the Aramaic text here in v. 14 reads: ayah ashar ayah. This is not His Name, but it is an explanation that leads up to the revelation of His Name in v. 15, namely: יהוה (Jehovah). } 15  And Elohim said further to Mosheh, “Thus you are to say to the children of Yisra’ĕl, ‘יהוה {Jehovah } Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Aḇraham, the Elohim of Yitsḥaq, and the Elohim of Ya’aqoḇ, has sent me to you. This is My Name forever, and this is My remembrance to all generations.’ ” (Exodus 3:14-15 The Scriptures 1998+)

"Jehovah" at Exodus 6:3 (1611 King J...

“Jehovah” at Exodus 6:3 (1611 King James Version) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“2 And Elohim spoke to Mosheh and said to him, “I am יהוה {Jehovah}.” 3 “And I appeared to Aḇraham {Abraham}, to Yitsḥaq {Isaac}, and to Ya’aqoḇ {Jakob}, as Ěl Shaddai {The One Most High; The Almighty}. And by My Name, יהוה {Jehovah }, was I not known to them? 4 “And I also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Kena’an, the land of their sojournings, in which they have sojourned. 5 “And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Yisra’ĕl whom the Mitsrites are enslaving, and I have remembered My covenant. 6 “Say, therefore, to the children of Yisra’ĕl, ‘I am יהוה {Jehovah}, and I shall bring you out from under the burdens of the Mitsrites, and shall deliver you from their enslaving, and shall redeem you with an outstretched arm, and with great judgments, 7 and shall take you as My people, and I shall be your Elohim. And you shall know that I am יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim who is bringing you out from under the burdens of the Mitsrites. 8 ‘And I shall bring you into the land which I swore to give to Aḇraham, to Yitsḥaq, and to Ya’aqoḇ {Jakob}, to give it to you as an inheritance. I am יהוה {Jehovah}.’ ” (Exodus 6:2-8 The Scriptures 1998+) (Exodus 6:2-7 The Scriptures 1998+)

“Go, and you shall gather the elders of Yisra’ĕl together, and say to them, ‘יהוה {Jehovah} Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Aḇraham, of Yitsḥaq, and of Ya’aqoḇ, appeared to me, saying, “I have indeed visited you and seen what is done to you in Mitsrayim; (Exodus 3:16 The Scriptures 1998+)

“And in that day you shall say, “Praise יהוה {Jehovah}, call upon His Name; make known His deeds among the peoples, make mention that His Name is exalted.” (Isaiah 12:4 The Scriptures 1998+)

“13 For “everyone who calls on the Name of יהוה {Jehovah} shall be saved.” 14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without one proclaiming? 15 And how shall they proclaim if they are not sent? As it has been written, “How pleasant are the feet of those who bring the Good News of peace, who bring the Good News of the good!” 16 However, not all obeyed the Good News. For Yeshayahu {Isaiah} says, {Jehovah } “יהוה, who has believed our report?”  17 So then belief comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Elohim.” (Romans 10:13-17 The Scriptures 1998+)

Whatever God has made prominent in his Word, He intended to be conspicuous in our lives. He wanted us to get to know Him properly and to choose out of our own free will, to go for Him and to call upon His Name.

God insisted that people followed His Words and that they would call upon Him and not on other gods. More than ones He showed others how useless it was to call upon the gods of the earth. In the many stories of the Old Testament we can see how even great people, being ‘gods’ in their time did not manage to compete against the God of gods in heaven.

““And you shall call on the name of your mighty one, and I, I call on the Name of יהוה {Jehovah}. And the Elohim who answers by fire, He is Elohim.” So all the people answered and said, “The word is good.” (1 Kings 18:24 The Scriptures 1998+)

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Moabite Stone or Mesha Stele: YHWH, the god of Israelites as mentioned in the Moabite inscription in line 18 (context: and I took from there t[he ves]sels (or [altar he]arths) of YHWH and I dragged them before the face of Kemosh). Transliteration (modern Hebrew characters): יהוה

Ordinary people but also higher placed people, priest s and kings had to remember Jehovah, who is great and terrible, (Nehemiah 4:14). The great King David knew that Jehovah God was the El Shaddai, Almighty One God to whom he always was ready to offer the thanksgiving sacrifice and pray in the name of the Adonai Elohim Jehovah. And for those who called on His Name, God was willing to pour out His Spirit. The ones who loved Him dear He promised that their young men will see visions and that He even will pour out His Spirit on the servants, men and women both. He’ll set wonders in the sky above and signs on the earth below. Before the Judgement Day of God, the Day tremendous and awesome. Whoever calls, ‘Help, Jehovah!’ gets help. On Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be a great rescue — just as the Elohim God said.

“16  O יהוה {Jehovha}, I am truly Your servant, I am Your servant, the son of Your female servant; You have loosed my bonds. 17  I bring You a slaughtering of thanksgiving, And call upon the Name of יהוה {Jehovah}. 18  I pay my vows to יהוה {Jehovha} In the presence of all His people, 19  In the courts of the House of יהוה {Jehovah}, In your midst, O Yerushalayim. Praise Yah! “(Psalms 116:16-19 The Scriptures 1998+).

Excerpt of the book of Exodus from the The Gre...

Excerpt of the book of Exodus from the The Great Bible (entitled The Byble in Englyshe), publ. 1540. The English form Iehovah (Jehovah as the “J” stands for both I and the later J) is used for the Tetragrammaton at Exodus 6:3. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jesus also learned the people around him to pray to his Father and to tell that His Name is Holy and should be honoured as the Holy Name.

““This, then, is the way you should pray: ‘Our Father who is in the heavens, let Your Name be set-apart,” (Matthew 6:9 The Scriptures 1998+)

“And He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in the heavens, let Your Name be set-apart, let Your reign come, let Your desire be done on earth as it is in heaven..” (Luke 11:2 The Scriptures 1998+)

“Then Mosheh said to Aharon, “This is what יהוה {Jehovah} spoke, saying, ‘By those who come near Me let Me be set-apart! And before all the people let Me be esteemed!’ ” And Aharon was silent.” (Leviticus 10:3 The Scriptures 1998+)

“26  “And let Your Name be made great forever, saying, ‘יהוה {Jehovah} of hosts is the Elohim over Yisra’ĕl.’ And let the house of Your servant Dawid be established before You. 27  “For You, O יהוה {Jehovah} of hosts, the Elohim of Yisra’ĕl, have revealed this to Your servant, saying, ‘I build you a house.’ Therefore Your servant has taken heart to pray this prayer to You. 28  “And now, O Master {Jehovah} יהוה, You are Elohim, and Your words are true, and You have spoken this goodness to Your servant. ” (2 Samuel 7:26 The Scriptures 1998+)

“24 So let it stand fast, and Your Name be great forever, saying, ‘יהוה {Jehovah} of hosts, Elohim of Yisra’ĕl, is Elohim to Yisra’ĕl. And let the house of Your servant Dawid be established before You.’ 25  “For You, O my Elohim, have revealed to Your servant to build a house for him. Therefore Your servant has found courage to pray before You. 26  “And now, {Jehovah} יהוה, You are Elohim, and have promised this goodness to Your servant. 27  “And now, You have been pleased to bless the house of Your servant to be before You forever. For You have blessed it, O יהוה {Jehovah}, and it is blessed forever.”.” (1 Chronicles 17:24-27 The Scriptures 1998+)

“4  Then Yĕshua and Bani, Qadmi’ĕl, Shebanyah, Bunni, Shĕrĕbyah, Bani, Kenani stood on the stairs of the Lĕwites and cried out with a loud voice to יהוה their Elohim. 5  Then the Lĕwites, Yĕshua and Qadmi’ĕl, Bani, Ḥashabneyah, Shĕrĕbyah, Hodiyah, Shebanyah, Pethaḥyah, said, “Rise, bless יהוה {Jehovah}, your Elohim forever and ever! And let them bless Your esteemed Name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise! 6  “You are יהוה {Jehovah}, You alone. You have made the heavens, the heavens of the heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that are on it, the seas and all that are in them, and You give life to them all. And the host of the heavens are bowing themselves to You.
7  “You are יהוה {Jehovah}, the Elohim who chose Abram, and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gave him the name of Abraham, 8  and found his heart trustworthy before You, and made a covenant with him to give the land of the Kena’anites, the Ḥittites, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Yebusites, and the Girgashites – to give it to his seed. And You have established Your words, for You are righteous,” (Nehemiah 9:4-8 The Scriptures 1998+)

“17  Let His Name be forever, His Name continue before the sun; And let them bless themselves in Him; Let all nations call Him blessed. 18  Blessed be יהוה {Jehovah} Elohim, Elohim {The Most High} of Yisra’ĕl, He alone is doing wonders! 19  And blessed be His esteemed Name forever! And let all the earth Be filled with His esteem. Amĕn and Amĕn. .” (Psalms 72:18 The Scriptures 1998+)

God provided His only son so that a ransom could be paid for His people, so that none of His children would perish. There is no greater sacrifice than giving up your only son for the sake of our salvation. That is truly the greatest provision that our Heavenly Father has given us. He ordered His Covenant kept forever. He’s so personal and holy, that we too should call upon Him and call back and forth one to the other, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Most High God, Jehovah-of-the-Angel-Armies. His bright glory fills the whole earth.

“9  He sent redemption to His people, He has commanded His covenant forever. Set-apart and awesome is His Name. 10  The fear of יהוה {Jehovah} is the beginning of wisdom, All those doing them have a good understanding. His praise is standing forever. ” (Psalms 111:9-10 The Scriptures 1998+)

“And one cried to another and said, “Set-apart, set-apart, set-apart is יהוה {Jehovah} of hosts; all the earth is filled with His esteem!”” (Isaiah 6:3 The Scriptures 1998+)

We also should put His great and holy Name that has been ruined in so many countries, the name that so many blackened wherever they went, on display. Today it is more than high time that the nations will realize who the God of gods is. The whole world should get to know the Only One Almighty God. Who He really is, that He, Jehovah is God. When He shall show His holiness through us, we shall be pleased that they can see it with their own eyes.
Perhaps it will not take long any more that God will show the world how great He is, how holy He is, because He, the Adonai will make Himself known all over the world. Then they’ll realize that He is GOD. Jehovah God will be king over all the earth, one GOD and only one. What a Day that will be! He shall be honoured all over the world. And there are people who know how to worship Him all over the world, who honour Him by bringing their best to Him. They’re saying it everywhere: “God is greater, this GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies.” “Jehovah His Name shall be The One, Great under all nations”.

“And I shall set apart My great Name, which has been profaned among the gentiles, which you have profaned in their midst. And the gentiles shall know that I am יהוה {Jehovah},” declares the Master יהוה {Jehovah}, “when I am set-apart in you before their eyes.  (Ezekiel 36:23 The Scriptures 1998+)

“for the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the esteem of יהוה {Jehovah}, as the waters cover the sea {1}! {Footnote: 1Isa. 11:9.}” (Habakkuk 2:14 The Scriptures 1998+)

“And יהוה {Jehovah} shall be Sovereign over all the earth {1}. In that day there shall be one יהוה {Jehovah}, and His Name one. {Footnote: 1 Isa. 24:23, Dan. 2:44, Rev. 11:15.} .” (Zechariah 14:9 The Scriptures 1998+)

“For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My Name is great among nations. And in every place incense is presented to My Name, and a clean offering. For My Name is great among nations,” said יהוה {Jehovah} of hosts..” (Malachi 1:11 The Scriptures 1998+)

“28  “And after this it shall be that I pour out My Spirit on all flesh. And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men dream dreams, your young men see visions. 29  “And also on the male servants and on the female servants I shall pour out My Spirit in those days.
30  “And I shall give signs in the heavens and upon the earth: blood and fire and columns of smoke, 31  the sun is turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of יהוה.
32  “And it shall be that everyone who calls on the Name of יהוה shall be delivered {1}. For on Mount Tsiyon and in Yerushalayim there shall be an escape {2} as יהוה has said, and among the survivors whom יהוה {Jehovah} calls. {Footnotes: 1 Acts 2:21, Rom. 10:13. 2 Isa. 4:2-3, Obad. v. 17, Rev. 14:1.} ” (Joel 2:28-32 The Scriptures 1998+)

Coming closer to those End-times it is begetting more important that people call upon Jehovah. For the Time is near. But you don’t have to be unprepared for the tests and trials when they come.

In these times we have to look forward to the Jehovah Jireh, God the provider, the One who provides in all things pertaining to life, the Rock which we stand upon. But we do have to show to Him that we are willing to stand on Him. If we are prepared to give ourselves to Him He is willing to accept our being with all its faults and deficiencies. So, we do better ask God and trust that He, as a loving Father, will listen to us. In prayer we can build up our life and prepare ourselves for times coming. By prayer we are preparing our heart and our mind for the battle ahead. Let us rest ourselves upon Him. He is our refuge, let us hide in Him; He is our strength, let us array ourselves with Him; He is our help, let us lean upon Him; He is our very present help, let us repose in Him now.

en: The Holy Bible in Modern Greek by Neofitos...

en: The Holy Bible in Modern Greek by Neofitos Vamvas. At Exodus 6:3 the divine name of God, the sacred Tetragrammaton, is rendered “Ιεχωβά” (Ieová/Jehovah). La Cle publications, 1979. el: Το όνομα Ιεοβά (Ιεχωβά) στην Παλαιά Διαθήκη. Νεοελληνική Μετάφραση (Βάμβα), έκδοση La Cle, 1979. Απόσπασμα από το βιβλίο της Εξόδου. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We must give to God the necessary appropriate glory which He deserves and is worthy off. We must follow His wishes. Under those wishes it has been confessed to make God His name be known. Concerning His Name God wishes that His name be known all over the earth. We can work for it and must help with that. We do have to love Gods name and give it all honour. We should consecrate His name above all names, declaring it to be holy, set apart, sanctified. Above all names we must esteem This One highly. This totally different god than the many gods worshipped at the moment, all over the earth, is the Elohim, Most High over all, the אהיה אשר אהיה  “I AM WHO I AM” the very Source of life and of all good that is made up in this world.

We should want to give God this glory, in our speech and foremost in our prayer, especially because this stipulates the tone for the rest of our prayer. It requires of us to shrink back in apprehension for the omnipotent God. It does make us tremble our for this big and most important God, who we all have to give honour and to whom we are conversing with by His grace. He is the only person to whom we should pray and must take our refuge. He is the One to whom we can confide everything and commit everything to His charge. If we know His value and Greatness and Power and realise what He has already done and still can do for us, we will not doubt make work of it to address Him regularly in love. We then will not recoil with Him to step in conversation. Also we will not recoil to converse by His grace. To him we all must bring praise for no other reason then that He exists in independence and holiness, contains Power and Love, which we cannot quite comprehend. It is not that we must pray from apprehension, fearing God, but of respect and with faith that He wants to be as the most perfect Father, who is prepared to listen to His children and to give them what they need.

“And I say to you: ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you. (Luke 11:9 The Scriptures 1998+)

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

Posted on January 14, 2013. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Faith, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Trust, Faith and Prayer

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

The apostle Peter may have had doubts in what his master Jesus asked him. At the time when the district ruler Herod heard the reports of Jesus and had arrested John the Baptist, Peter was perhaps not yet sure about the intimate relation Jesus had with his Father, the Most High God.

In the storm, Christ was there, on the lake, with his hands stretched out to catch Peter who had not enough faith in the words of his master that he could walk on the water.

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A plate engraved for the Macklin Bible after a specially-commissioned painting by Philippe Jacques De Loutherbourg. Photographed from the Bowyer Bible, Bolton, England. Bowyer Bible 29.3710. Christ Walking on the Sea. Matthew 14:30. A stormy night with Peter at left walking towards Christ standing on water at right, a boat behind at right. 1795.

“28 and Peter answered him and said, LORD, if it is you, tell me to come to you on the water. 29 and he said, come. And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 but seeing that the wind was strong, he was afraid. And beginning to sink, he cried, saying, lord, save me! 31 and immediately Jesus stretched out [his] hand and caught him; and said to him, little-faith! Why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:28-31 MKJV)

In contrast, a simple woman had more faith in Jesus, though she was not so much with him and had probably not seen so many miracles yet and not heard so many teachings from him.

“20 and behold, a woman, who had a flow of blood for twelve years, came up behind [him] and touched the hem of his garment. 21 for she said within herself, if only I shall touch his robe, I will be whole. 22 but turning and seeing her, Jesus said, daughter, be comforted; your faith has saved you. And the woman was saved from that hour.” (Matthew 9:20-22 MKJV)

Touching the hem of Christ’s garment was sufficient for healing.  Here we have an incident that showed the wonder of God’s power and Jesus’ ability to wield it. In the many New Testament stories we can see how God was with Jesus. From the accounts given in those scriptures we should not only have the comfort of knowing that our master is always there to assist us when we ask, but also that we can see the responsibility we all have to help our Brethren and Sisters when they cry out for help. Jesus more often did pray for others than for himself. His thoughts where more concerning the benefit of others, than about his own prosperity. Only when it became too frightening for him (Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46), he called onto his Father, but did not ask that his will was to be done, but that the Will of his Father would be done.

“38 then he said to them, my soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Wait here and watch with me. 39 and he went a little further and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me. Yet not as I will, but as you [will].” (Matthew 26:38-39 MKJV)

“He went away again the second time and prayed, saying, my father, if this cup may not pass away from me unless I drink it, your will be done.” (Matthew 26:42 MKJV)

God was totally in Jesus his heart and we see that when God’s Word had entered David and Jesus their life, that divine Word became also part of their very being and giving them the desire to know what God really wanted from them. Jesus was fully aware that it was his Father who taught him how to live to please God, because Jehovah was his and David‘s God, who led him by His blessed Spirit into cleared and level pastureland. Jesus knew he could not do a solitary thing on his own. We ourselves think that we ourselves can manage and that we can do so many things on our own, without the help of anybody else. Most people would never consider needing God for what they want to do and would not listen to the Creator of heaven and earth. Jesus thought it important first to listen to God and only after that to make decisions himself. He was not out to get his own way but only to carry out orders he was willing to receive from his Father above.

“I can do nothing of my own self. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will, but the will of [the] father who has sent me.” (John 5:30 MK

“I delight to do your will, O my god; and your law [is] within my heart.” (Psalms 40:8 MKJV)

“Teach me to do your will; for you [are] my god; your spirit [is] good; lead me into the land of uprightness.” (Psalms 143:10 MKJV)

King David having completed the work God set out for him, has been in the grave, dust and ashes, a long time now.

“For after he had served [his] own generation by the will of god, David fell asleep and was added to his fathers and saw corruption.” (Acts 13:36 MKJV)

The moment Jesus was put into the grave is also a long time ago. For both of them doing the will of God, has been their joy. God’s Torah was in their inmost being. They were never ashamed to pray to their God to ask that He would teach them to do His will, because Jehovah was their God. We also should pray and direct our words to the Most High in heaven, letting His good Spirit guide us. The words Jesus gave the people to say to his Father we may use, as well as many other words. In our prayers we may ask that God’s  Kingdom may come soon, but the main thing is that we should also express to God that it is important for us that His will be done on earth as in heaven.

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as [it is] in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10 MKJV)

King David wrote many psalms in which he cried to God and showed his devotion to the Creator of all things. Jesus from Nazareth became the King of kings, but he was humble enough to pray to his Father many times, asking Him for things and thanking Him for many things.

When Jesus could not do a thing on his own, how would we? Are we willing to be as close as he was to his Father? Are we wanting to seek our own desires or are we prepared to look for doing the desire of the one who sent Jesus? Are we willing to learn from the lessons and the persons who did indeed serve God’s purposes in their own generation?

Faith really make a difference in getting prayers answered. It is a first step into the communication with the right person who shall be able to give the right answers.

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Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Vertrouwen, Geloof, Roepen en Toeschrijving aan Jehovah #1 Konings Geloof

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  8. A Living Faith #2 State of your faith
  9. A Living Faith #3 Faith put into action
  10. A Living Faith #7 Prayer
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    Jehovah Jireh means the Lord is Our Provider.  He provides in all things pertaining to life.
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  • Prayers (dailymannablog.wordpress.com)
    Peter neglected prayer at starting upon his venturous journey, but when he began to sink his danger made him a suppliant, and his cry though late was not too late. In our hours of bodily pain and mental anguish, we find ourselves as naturally driven to prayer as the wreck is driven upon the shore by the waves.
  • Jesus Walking On The Water (stephaniejmcgowanwrites.com)
    It is Matthew’s gospel which adds Peter to the story,  and illustrates the apostle’s  attempt to walk towards Jesus on the stormy sea.
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    Terror and uncertainty  allows him to lose control of the situation.  Peter believes he can walk on the water,  but for him it suddenly becomes  an impossibility.
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  • I live by faith in the Son of God. Epiphany 1 Sermon 2013. (deprofundisclamaviadtedomine.wordpress.com)
    Paul pleads with the Romans to offer their bodies to God as sacrifices.  Not that they should kill themselves.  But they—and we—should be just like a lamb burning on the altar.  It was dead to its own will.  It would never have willingly lain down on the fire. But it was dead, so it had no choice. 
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Self-development, self-control, meditation, beliefs and spirituality

Posted on November 26, 2012. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Faith, Manners and Association, Meditation, Religion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Do you have a concept of an ultimate or an alleged immaterial reality; an inner path enabling a you to discover the essence of your being? Are you looking into yourself to find the  deepest values and meanings by which you or other people live? Do you want to get in touch with your spiritual side through private meditation, quiet reflection, prayer, yoga, repetitive movements, t’ai-chi, sitting quiet on a bench or a mountain, or even long walks?

Origin and coming into being

When we look at the world we can wonder how it all came into existence, believe either in a Big Bang, Darwin Theory, other evolution theories, many ideas of many people having brought forth many religions.  We all want to explain things or require an explanation for everything? But the world is so complex and our brain so limited that hunman beings can not explain everything. They are not able to find an answer for everything. They may be smart but they are all limited.

Perhaps because we do know our limitation and that of others we are happy to agree with purpose-based explanations for natural states of affairs. We also sometimes like to link such purpose-based explanations to thinking that someone (e.g., a god) accounts for the purpose. Even young children have the intuition that purpose is best accounted for by someone willing that purpose to be.  So, perhaps it is a part of human nature to accept purpose-based explanations which also supports belief in a God or gods. As such people made up gods and created many religionswhich are not just a quirky interest of a few, it’s basic human nature.

English: Brain in a vat. Famous thought experi...

Brain in a vat. Famous thought experiment in analytic philosophy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Looking for answers in science

From the 1960s onwards more people started wondering and doubting all the behaviours around God and gods and tried to find more answers in science.  There has been a desecularization in academic philosophy departments since the 1960’s, according to naturalist (that is, atheist) philosopher Quentin Smith. By the middle of the 20th century, atheism was the dominant view of mainstream analytic philosophy.  By the second half of the twentieth century, universities and colleges had been become in the main secularized. The standard (if not exceptionless) position in each field, from physics to psychology, assumed or involved arguments for a naturalist world-view; departments of theology or religion aimed to understand the meaning and origins of religious writings, not to develop arguments against naturalism. Analytic philosophers (in the mainstream of analytic philosophy) treated theism as an antirealist or non-cognitivist world-view, requiring the reality, not of a deity, but merely of emotive expressions or certain “forms of life” (of course there were a few exceptions, e.g., Ewing, Ross, Hartshorne, etc.).

Naturalists

But realist theists were not outmatched by naturalists in terms of the most valued standards of analytic philosophy: conceptual precision, rigor of argumentation, technical erudition, and an in-depth defense of an original world-view. Naturalists passively watched as realist versions of theism, most influenced by Plantinga’s writings (God and Other Minds, in 1967 a.o.), began to sweep through the philosophical community, until today perhaps one-quarter or one-third of philosophy professors are theists, with most being orthodox Christians.

Several naturalist philosophers reacted by publicly ignoring the increasing desecularizing of philosophy (while privately disparaging theism, without really knowing anything about contemporary analytic philosophy of religion) and proceeded to work in their own area of specialization as if theism, the view of approximately one-quarter or one-third of their field, did not exist. Quickly, naturalists found themselves a mere bare majority, with many of the leading thinkers in the various disciplines of philosophy, ranging from philosophy of science (e.g., Van Fraassen) to epistemology (e.g., Moser), being theists. The predicament of naturalist philosophers is not just due to the influx of talented theists, but is due to the lack of counter-activity of naturalist philosophers themselves. A large number of publications advancing theism have come onto the scene by such philosophers as William Alston, Robert and Marilyn Adams, Peter Van Inwagen, Eleonore Stump, Nicholas Wolsterstorff, and Linda Zagzebski. Arguing for theism is no longer “an academically unrespectable scholarly pursuit.

Quentin Smith points out that in the past decade one catalogue of Oxford University Press, which is arguably the top publisher of contemporary philosophy, included 96 books on the philosophy of religion. 94 of these argued for theism, while the remaining 2 discussed both sides of the issue. I would add that since this time, with the advent of the new atheists, the publication numbers may not be as one-sided. Still, this is a radical shift that would have been unthinkable 60 years ago.

J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig say that philosophy aids Christians in the tasks of apologetics, polemics and systematic theology. It reflects our having been made in the image of God, helps us to extend biblical teaching into areas not expressly addressed in Scripture, facilitates the spiritual discipline of study, enhances the boldness and self-image of the Christian community, and is requisite to the essential task of integrating faith and learning.

Oppression by religion

Sceptics have been around all the time. Fundamentalist we can find everywhere. Strange consequences may also be found. When religion is put onto people there is going on something wrong. For example when in Kentucky, a homeland security law requires the state’s citizens to acknowledge the security provided by the Almighty God this is imposing something on a whole community which is a matter of personal belief. The law and its sponsor, state representative Tom Riner, have been the subject of controversy since the law first surfaced in 2006, yet the Kentucky state Supreme Court has refused to review its constitutionality, despite clearly violating the First Amendment’s separation of church and state.

The law states, “The safety and security of the Commonwealth cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon Almighty God as set forth in the public speeches and proclamations of American Presidents, including Abraham Lincoln’s historic March 30, 1863, presidential proclamation urging Americans to pray and fast during one of the most dangerous hours in American history, and the text of President John F. Kennedy‘s November 22, 1963, national security speech which concluded: “For as was written long ago: ‘Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.'”
The law requires that plaques celebrating the power of the Almighty God be installed outside the state Homeland Security building–and carries a criminal penalty of up to 12 months in jail if one fails to comply. The plaque’s inscription begins with the assertion, “The safety and security of the Commonwealth cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon Almighty God.”
Tom Riner, a Baptist minister and the long-time Democratic state representative, sponsored the law. He forgets that God does not want to be imposed on others. Condemning people because they do not believe in God, nor forcing people to accept that there is a God shall bring those people closer to God. To constrain a faith onto people does not get people to adhere that faith.
“The church-state divide is not a line I see,” Riner told The New York Times shortly after the law was first challenged in court. “What I do see is an attempt to separate America from its history of perceiving itself as a nation under God.”
In this instance clearly God and His Law are mis-used to limit people in their freedom of choice. God commits nobody to His Laws or to any faith. He does not compel people to undertake to do co-operate.

Dependence on God may be essential to come to the best form of living. In the end we shall get the best ‘political’ or ‘theocratic’ constitution or condition with the Kingdom of God. But as long as Jesus does not return we shall have to do it with human constitutions. In the Law of God, God demands people to make the choice and He does not force them. Though there are many people who want to force their ideas of Christianity, what to believe, what to chose  and how to behave  on others. It are them who do not allow freedom of mind, though they often call onto the constitution to say that provides for Freedom.

Saudi atheist “Jabir,” talking to Your Middle East:

Isn’t it a basic right for humans to believe or not believe freely! I know this is only a dream in Saudi, but it doesn’t change the fact that people will have different views and believes [sic], whether society will allow it or not.

Thanksgiving and Christmas

On Thursday in America they had  Thanksgiving which nearly every year means it’s time for the ‘Religious Right’ to start carping about the so-called “war on Christmas.” The American Family Association (AFA) has released its annual “Naughty Or Nice” list of retailers. Traditionally, release of this list, which the AFA published on November 15, marks the beginning of the annual Religious Right whine-fest about the war on Christmas.

In Santa Monica, California, a large display depicting the nativity of Jesus had been erected for several years. Last year, an atheist group requested the right to use the space too, so city officials decided to hold a lottery. Atheist groups won most of the spaces in 2011, and there was some discontent over this – mainly, intolerant residents trashed the atheist displays. This year, the city has decided to shut down the forum rather than host any displays.

Lots of Christians do not recognise all the heathen elements in this so called Christian high-feast. Many even think it is an essential part of their faith and they can not come into a spiritual right state without celebrating Christmas.

Others do find that thankfulness is one of the distinguishing traits of the human spirit and therefore Thanksgiving should be the most important Christian holiday.

They may be right to point to the necessity to say thanks, and we realize we ought to be more grateful than we are. We furthermore perceive that we are indebted to (and accountable to) a higher power than ourselves — the God who made us. According to Scripture, everyone has this knowledge, including those who refuse to honour God or thank Him.

Indebted in a human being

Because Scripture tells us that the Creator of heaven and earth has given every part of creation something of Him and the knowledge of the Supreme being, we should not worry about forcing the knowledge of God onto others.

We are conscious that ingratitude is dishonourable by anyone’s reckoning. In case people willfully are ungrateful toward the Creator we do have to accept their choice to deny an essential aspect of our own humanity. The shame of such ingratitude is inscribed on the human conscience, and even the most dogmatic atheists are not immune from the knowledge that they ought to give thanks to God. Try as they might to suppress or deny the impulse, “what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them,” according to Romans 1:19.

Every person born gets from the moment he or she can think a confrontation with everything what is around its person. He or she gets confronted with many ideas and questions about the ‘whys’ and ‘whats’. Each person while growing up shall come to think about existence.  More than once in a person’s life the man or woman in question shall think about the reasons why he or she exist and what he or she comes to do or has to do on this earth. A question about beliefs and religion shall also arise.

In many people’s conception if you really can’t be religious, at least you should try to be spiritual. If you are not, then you must be a damned selfish materialist according to them. If taking the word ‘Spriutality’ literally as if you are spiritual you believe in spirits (not of the alcohol-laden type), to be averse to the idea that matter and energy are all there is to the universe. This would not translate into someone being a better, more moral and hence more contactable person.

Indicating someone who devotes part of her time and energy to cultivate her “spirit,” as opposed to just being concerned with “material” things is the better part of the spirituality. It is where we try to get into our life an extra sense. Naturally we are not born with the materialistic mind. We have it in our selves to think about more important matters than just the material ones. It is our wealth which brings our head on the roller-skates. We do not originally think of our life as a dichotomous enterprise in the course of which we have to provide material/energy food for our stomach to process, as well as an entirely different kind of nourishment for our “spirit.” Our mind, whatever the detailed explanation of how it works, is a product of our brain, and the two simply can’t be disconnected, upon penalty of the first one simply ceasing to exist.

The soul of a person is his being, his breath, his thinking. It is not an other sort of spirit being accommodated in a physical body. Without breath we can not survive. Without thinking we shall also not be able to survive, because the brain lets us take care of the thoughts to preserve our body (it is our soul). From the start of the existence we had to get to know it was important to breath, to eat and to drink. We learned we had to provide for nutrition. Nourishment , we learned did not exist only as a power supply, we learned bad food or malnutrition would bring us in problems. Strangely enough many people did not get to see that malnutrition on the psychical part also would bring a person in in-balance and in problems.

From the beginning it was also indebted that we should take care of cultivating and reflecting on our ethics, our way of behavement, certainly because we are not on our own in this world, so we should take care of the others around us. when born soon we learn to react to our environment.  The people around our cot let us make certain reactions. We learn from them and we continue to learn from reactions others make in our life. We do have to learn behaving justly and compassionately toward our fellow human beings, and of nurturing our aesthetic sense through arts and letters. This learning process is so different by all that it makes some people more reflective than others, some more compassionate, some more inclined to read literature and go to art museums or concerts (the latter activities also of course greatly depending on one’s means and education, not just our natural propensities).

Odysseus in Dante’s Inferno says: “Fatti non foste per viver come bruti, ma per seguir virtute e canoscenza” (We were not made to live like brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge). No matter if a person is religious or not, it is part of our nature that we have our brains to let us think about matters. Every  person has the basic notion about compassion and ethics. We all have a feeling about manners and how to behave to get on in our society. For this reason some think an interesting human being doesn’t need to be either religious or spiritual. He just needs to be human. But this being human, according to us, just demands using the brains to think about everything to get the own soul in unison with the rest of the world. Spirituality is the way to get in line with the surroundings. Religion may help to get oneself sorted out and to have moral qualms.

Question of spirituality

Traditionally, many religions have regarded spirituality as an integral aspect of religious experience. Among other factors, declining membership of organized religions and the growth of secularism in the western world have given rise to a broader view of spirituality. {Michael Hogan (2010). The Culture of Our Thinking in Relation to Spirituality. Nova Science Publishers: New York.} The term “spiritual” is now frequently used in contexts in which the term “religious” was formerly employed; compare James‘ 1902 lectures on the “Varieties of Religious Experience”. {James, W. (1985). The varieties of religious experience. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. (Original work published 1902) + Gorsuch, R.L., & Miller, W. R. (1999). Assessing spirituality. In W. R. Miller (Ed), Integrating spirituality into treatment (pp. 47-64). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.}

Many people do come to an evaluation of a particular individual’s durable moral qualities. Virtues such as integrity, courage, fortitude, honesty, and loyalty, or of good behaviors or habits are questioned. Thought and excellences of character are being questioned.

The Bible defines character as any behaviour or activity that reflects the character of God. The Book of Genesis says that God created man in his own image. (Genesis 1:27) Though we are created to act in accordance to the will of our creator, we are given the freedom to expand, to rule the earth and to use our brains in the manner we would like to use it. But humans should know that Christian character can only be  “Fruits of the Spirit” . (Galatians 5:22-23)

Looking for ‘luck’ people have wondered who or what was behind the creation and if they did need to come to a spiritual form to form themselves and to create happiness around and for them. Many people hoped to find peace for  their mind in spiritual practices such as mindfulness and meditation. Nearly everybody looks for human fulfilment without any supernatural interpretation or explanation. Spirituality in this context may be a matter of nurturing thoughts, emotions, words and actions that are in harmony with a belief that everything in the universe is mutually dependent; this stance has much in common with some versions of Buddhist spirituality. Sometimes it looks like every human being wants to go into an individual battle with himself and with the ‘existence‘.  It seems we want to go into a struggle with the issues of how our lives fit into the greater scheme of things. This is true when our questions never give way to specific answers or give rise to specific practices such as prayer or meditation. We encounter spiritual issues every time we wonder where the universe comes from, why we are here, or what happens when we die. We also become spiritual when we become moved by values such as beauty, love, or creativity that seem to reveal a meaning or power beyond our visible world. An idea or practice is “spiritual” when it reveals our personal desire to establish a felt-relationship with the deepest meanings or powers governing life. {Fuller, Robert C. Spiritual, But Not Religious. }

In broad terms “spirituality” stands for lifestyles and practices that embody a vision of how the human spirit can achieve its full potential. In other words, spirituality embraces an aspirational approach to the meaning and conduct of life – we are driven by goals beyond purely material success or physical satisfaction.

Spirituality is connected and particularly shaped to any individual. it can not be imposed by others onto some one else. The human mind wondering and putting ideas in a certain order, trying to coop with behavement according those thoughts,  is individually-tailored, democratic and eclectic, and offers an alternative source of inner-directed, personal authority in response to a decline of trust in conventional social or religious leaderships.

Quest for the sacred

“Spirituality involves a search for “meaning” – the purpose of life. It also concerns what is “holistic” – that is, an integrating factor, “life seen as a whole”. ” writes Philip Sheldrake in “Is spirituality a passing trend?”. He continues: ” Spirituality is also understood to be engaged with a quest for “the sacred” – whether God, the numinous, the boundless mysteries of the universe or our own human depths. The word is also regularly linked to “thriving” – what it means to thrive and how we are enabled to thrive. Contemporary approaches also relate spirituality to a self-reflective existence in place of an unexamined life.”

The great wisdom traditions suggest the adoption of certain spiritual practices and it is this aspect of spirituality that attracts many contemporary people. Forms of meditation, retreat, physical posture or movement such as yoga, chanting or prayers, disciplines of frugality and abstinence (for example from alcohol or meat) or visits to sacred sites and pilgrimage (for example the popular practice of walking the “camino” to Santiago de Compostela) are among the most common. The point is that spiritual practices are not merely productive in a narrow sense but are disciplined and creative. A commitment to the regularity of a spiritual discipline like meditation gives shape to what may otherwise be a fragmented life. Many people also experience their creative activities in art, music, writing and so on as spiritual practices. {Is spirituality a passing trend? Philip Sheldrake}

Spirituality integral part of life

Spirituality is actually concerned with cultivating a “spiritual life” rather than simply with undertaking practices isolated from commitment. It offers a “value-added” factor to personal and professional lives.

Spirituality also expands ethical behaviour by moving it beyond right or wrong actions to a question of identity. Senior Research Fellow in the Cambridge Theological Federation (Westcott House) Professor Philip Sheldrake says “We are to be ethical people rather than simply to “do” ethical things. Character formation and the cultivation of virtue then become central concerns.”

The world moves on and many forms of meditation and ways to come to spirituality have been created. Many forms of meditation, physical posture or movement such as many forms of yoga, disciplines of frugality and abstinence (for example from alcohol or meat) or visits to sacred sites and pilgrimage (for example the popular practice of walking the “camino” to Santiago de Compostela) are among the most common.  People try  to get their mind to settle inward beyond thought, to experience the source of thought or come to pure awareness. They do hope that they shall be able to come into a state of restful alertness, where their brain shall be able to function with significantly greater coherence so that their body can gain deep rest. The main concern for many is to experience higher states of consciousness at this critical time for humanity.

Every year people seem to come out with a new form of ‘coming to the own self”.  The cocooning spirit wants to find a  growing diversity of new forms of spirituality as well as creative reinventions of the great traditions.

Sheldrake says: “The language of spirituality continues to expand into ever more professional and social worlds – for example urban planning and architecture, the corporate world, sport and law. Most strikingly there are recent signs of its emergence in two contexts that have been especially open to public criticism – commerce and politics. Equally, the Internet is increasingly used to expand access to spiritual wisdom. So, on current evidence, spirituality appears to be less of a fad than an instinctive desire to find a deeper level of values to live by. As such, it seems likely not only to survive but to develop further into many new forms.”

Careful with spiritualist forms

As Christians, followers of Christ Jesus, we should look to the Master Teacher Jesus, how he meditated and found a way to honour his Father.

太極拳 / 太极拳 Taijiquan or T’ai chi ch’uan in Lanzhou

We should be very careful how we want of if we want to incorporate meditation forms or prayer practices from one faith tradition into another. The last few years we see that for many this seems so natural to them. Many people have a fear of other religions and a nervousness about incorporating any elements drawn from other faith traditions into their own religious practice. And they have good reason. But we must also see that certain forms can be un-connected from the religions where it is associated with. To our mind you may be doing yoga or t’ai-chi without being a Buddhist or without committing yourself to Buddhism or integrating Buddhism in your Christian Faith. The only problem is that we notice certain people doing that.

It is not because many Christians in many parts of the world have long looked to Buddhism and other Eastern religions for spiritual nourishment, that this would be acceptable in the eyes of God. Such a going away from the Biblical guidance has shown that many also abandoned their Christianity altogether. In several regions we can see more pagan rites are taken in to the worshipping  and many other have already incorporated Zen meditation or Theravadan vipassana meditation into their Christian prayer.

Many find it hard to focus their mind, but God has also provided ways for them to come at ease. In His Word He provided enough information to come at peace with the own self. It also gives advice to come at peace with other people around you.

St. Francis de Sales, French saint and Bishop of Geneva, said: “If the heart wanders or is distracted, bring it back to the point quite gently…And even if you did nothing during the whole of your hour but bring your heart back, though it went away every time you bought it back, your hour would be very well employed.

Each of us can take a moment in the day to just take time for him or her self. Taking  a few minutes just to put all the happenings of the day in the collection box of our mind and to analyse everything what happened that day.

When it is difficult to get a moment of rest, wonder what is of hindrance. If you cannot silence your mind, take the opportunity to become aware of what your mind is going on about.  Self-awareness is an important skill! Every bit of effort you put into meditation and mastering your mind is time well-spent, even though the process may sometimes seem slow. Meditation, taking time to think or to let your spirit wonder over thoughts, and prayer are very closely related in that they are periods of intense focus, however meditation can be a purely secular practice of relaxation, mind control, and self-mastery. Meditation techniques may differ from one culture to another. Often different meditation techniques are suited to different personality types. Some techniques are expansive and allow for the free flow of thoughts and their observation whereas some types are concentrative that involve bringing focus into one’s thoughts.

A liberating spirituality

Take the Bible in your hand and open it wherever it falls open and start reading there. See if you can find guidance in those text which came in front of your eyes. Next, try to take every day a moment to continue reading the Bible according a plan, for example each day one chapter of a Bible Book.

The Spirituality God has to offer in His Word brings ‘insight’ and shall after some time give you the ability to see things as they really are, attained through a process of self-observation. It means identifying one’s own nature, recognizing the bad elements and consciously eliminating them from the system. When you shall continue to read the Holy Scriptures you shall find that those Words shall be able to transform you. When you are willing to put aside all previously learned doctrines you shall see that the Word of God can set you free of rites and shall help to develop wisdom. The great surplus the Words from the Bible shall give is that it will change your thoughts from being negative to positive. Focusing more on within our self, letting the Word of Goddoing its work we shall becoming free of negativity, transforming yourself, your thoughts, and recognizing the negative thoughts, and changing them into positive and peaceful thoughts.

The Bible compass for life

The Bible shall set your mind free and give a spiritual feeling which brings you further on the road of self-development.

No one can control eradicate adversity in life but you can master the way you respond in regards to your thinking processes. Giving yourself in the hands of the Most High Supreme, shall offer you an open gate to a spiritual world where you shall be able to encounter many more souls with the same free mind. Those people having found the liberating power of the son of God, are prepared to come together too spirituality as Brothers and Sisters in Christ.

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Please do read:

  1. The Metaphilosophy of Naturalism by Quentin Smith
  2. A Year in Jail for Not Believing in God? How Kentucky is Persecuting Atheists
  3. ‘Tis The Season To Be Cranky: Religious Right Gears Up New Round Of ‘War On Christmas’ Claims
  4. The atheist’s Thanksgiving dilemma  Whom to thank when there’s no recipient?
  5. Is spirituality a passing trend? by Philip Sheldrake
  6. Religion and spirituality
  7. Church sent into the world
  8. Unfair to characterize atheists’ activism as evangelism
  9. Casual Christians
  10. The truth is very plain to see and God can be clearly seen
  11. Life is too precious
  12. Soul
  13. The Soul not a ghost
  14. A Living Faith #5 Perseverance
  15. A Living Faith #10: Our manner of Life #2
  16. Seeing the world through the lens of his own experience
  17. If you have integrity
  18. Christmas, Saturnalia and the birth of Jesus
  19. Wishing lanterns and Christmas
  20. Christmas customs – Are They Christian?
  21. Newsweek asks: How ignorant are you?
  22. If we, in our prosperity, neglect religious instruction and authority
  23. To mean, to think, outing your opinion, conviction, belief – Menen, mening, overtuiging, opinie, geloof
  24. Doctrine and Conduct Cause and Effect
  25. The business of this life
  26. Quakertime

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Of interest:

  1. If you have integrity
  2. Choices
  3. It is a free will choice
  4. We have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace
  5. Not enlightened by God’s Spirit
  6. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands
  7. No man is free who is not master of himself
  8. Only the contrite self, sick of its pretensions, can find salvation
  9. For those who make other choices
  10. Are Christadelphians so Old Fashioned?
  11. Quit griping about your church
  12. Unconditional love
  13. Your life the sum total of all your choices
  14. Choose you this day whom ye will serve
  15. Merry Christmas with the King of Kings
  16. Honour your own words as if they were an important contract
  17. Be like a tree planted by streams of water
  18. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love
  19. Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked

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  • New Books in Theology, Philosophy, & Apologetics – November 2012 (greatcloud.wordpress.com)
    Philosophy, archaeology and science are hot topics in Christian circles, perplexing many believers about how these issues relate to faith.
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    Do people hold to a particular religion just because of an accident of geography? Is believing in Jesus as arbitrary as believing in Zeus? Why would God order the slaughter of infants or send people to hell? How do you know you’re really real, and not just a character in someone’s book?
  • William Lane Craig lectures against naturalism at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland (winteryknight.wordpress.com)
    Dr. Craig was in Scotland to lecture at a physics conference, but a local church organized this public lecture at the University of St. Andrews.
  • “Indeed, it is theism, not naturalism, that deserves to be called ‘the scientific worldview.'” (insightscoop.typepad.com)
    For too long, Mr. Plantinga contends in a new book, theists have been on the defensive, merely rebutting the charge that their beliefs are irrational. It’s time for believers in the old-fashioned creator God of the Bible to go on the offensive, he argues, and he has some sports metaphors at the ready.
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    Theism, with its vision of an orderly universe superintended by a God who created rational-minded creatures in his own image, “is vastly more hospitable to science than naturalism,” with its random process of natural selection, he writes. “Indeed, it is theism, not naturalism, that deserves to be called ‘the scientific worldview.’ ”
  • Naturalism and science are incompatible (openparachute.wordpress.com)
    Well, that’s what the Christian apologist philosopher Alvin Plantinga claims. And he has written a book to “prove” it – Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism. Apparently its required reading for students of theology and the philosophy of religion. Probably because he declares there is a “deep concord between science and theistic belief,  . . . .  and deep conflict between science and naturalism.”
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    all philosophies or ideologies are incompatible with science in the sense that science does not, and should not, a priori, include any of these ideological/philosophical presumptions.
  • An Imperfect God (opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com)
    You often hear philosophers describe “theism” as the belief in a perfect being — a being whose attributes are said to include being all-powerful, all-knowing, immutable, perfectly good, perfectly simple, and necessarily existent (among others). And today, something like this view is common among lay people as well.
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    Philosophers have spent many centuries trying to get God’s supposed perfections to fit together in a coherent conception, and then trying to get that to fit with the Bible. By now it’s reasonably clear that this can’t be done. In fact, part of the reason God-bashers like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris are so influential (apart from the fact they write so well) is their insistence that the doctrine of God’s perfections makes no sense, and that the idealized “being” it tells us about doesn’t resemble the biblical God at all.
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    As Donald Harman Akenson writes, the God of Hebrew Scripture is meant to be an “embodiment of what is, of reality” as we experience it. God’s abrupt shifts from action to seeming indifference and back, his changing demands from the human beings standing before him, his at-times devastating responses to mankind’s deeds and misdeeds — all these reflect the hardship so often present in the lives of most human beings.
  • Theism, Naturalism, and Morality (psychologytoday.com)
    philosopher J.P. Moreland argues that there are several aspects of reality which naturalism is unable to account for, while theism can: consciousness, free will, rationality, morality, value, and a substantial human soul.
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    The sense of guilt one feels for falling short of the moral law is best explained if a good God is the source or ultimate exemplification of that law. As Moreland puts it, “One cannot sense shame and guilt towards a Platonic form” (p. 147).
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    Evolutionary explanations fall short because of what is selected for in evolutionary processes on naturalistic versions of evolutionary theory.
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    the theist can offer a variety of reasons to adopt the moral point of view–the moral law is true; it is an expression of the non-arbitrary character of a good, loving, wise, and just God; and we were designed to function properly when living a moral life.
  • Believe It or Not (dedicatedtothegame.com)
    Dr. Kim wants to know if the relationship in question is describable and thus knowable to us as we know other things. He frames his question in terms of a “pairing problem” to lay out how we think of causation. We must somehow be able to “locate” or identify events and objects in relationship to each other to establish a cause and effect relationship between them. He concludes that our understanding of causation requires some shared context. Space-time provides such a relational context for physical objects, but what of the immaterial, wholly separate divine substance?
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    The knowledge of a separate substance could only be a direct knowledge. It must be a thing out of context, unextended. . Anything we can know about it is thus available only through “revelation”, “faith”, “intuition” – whatever you want to call pure, non-contingent experience, if such a thing exists, and so, as Kant says, our awareness of the other stuff’s existence must be the full extent of what we know about it.
  • Plantinga Reviews Nagel (maverickphilosopher.typepad.com)
    What excites the theists’ approbation, of course, are not Nagel’s positive panpsychist and natural-teleological suggestions, which remain within the ambit of naturalism, but his assault on materialist naturalism.
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    Materialist naturalism cannot explain belief, cognition, and reason.
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    As for natural teleology: does it really make sense to suppose that the world in itself, without the presence of God, should be doing something we could sensibly call “aiming at” some states of affairs rather than others—that it has as a goal the actuality of some states of affairs as opposed to others?
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    What is Reason? How Did it Arise? Nagel and Non-Intentional Teleology + Nagel’s Reason for Rejecting Theism
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Follower of Jesus part of a cult or a Christian

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Often you hear people calling non-trinitarians heathen and heretics, members of a cult.

Becoming a member or Getting in and out

Normally you would consider a group as being a cult when it is easy to get in but very difficult to get out. Most of the non-trinitarian groups are not so easy to become a member of because they require full notice of their teachings, the Biblical teachings and a life which is acceptable in the eyes of Jesus and most important acceptable for God. Once allowed to become a member and to be baptised, with some, after a questionnaire to cheque if you fulfil the requirements, the person has to live a Christian life according to the ordinances of the Holy Scriptures. As soon as the person does something against the Law of God he or she is mostly requested to leave the association. No foul play or being unfaithful to a partner are accepted so slutty actions are penalised by being put out of the congregation. Fornication is a good reason not to be allowed in the group any more.
Therefore groups like the Jehovah Witnesses are very easy to get out. Even if you have done no whorehopping but tell them so, you may leave for ever. (By matter of speech.) As you can see not really according to the real definition of a cult.

In case you consider every minority group a cult, then yes you can see in the whole history that many groups which started small, like the followers of Jesus where called a cult (The Way), but as soon as they got more money and political power they became integrated in the normal system and where even taken as the normal standard. As such history has seen growing the Lutherans, Calvinists or recently the Mormons.

The Most profitable considered to be the Main

In the United States once again it is proven that people prefer to choose the groups which they think could bring most profit. The Tea Party which has its mouth full of Judeo-Christian Values would never want to go in the sea with Obama, but do not see the danger into giving hands to Mitt Romney. In earlier days they shouted that Mormons where of the devil and today they call everybody to go and vote for Mitt Romney so that he can save America. Once considered a cult to avoid and never to work with is now the hope of American evangelists and conservative Christians.

In the past we have seen when push came to shove (or prison, or death) also most Protestants supported like the Roman Catholic Church, the Nazi regime regardless of where they fell on the theological spectrum. And prominent liberal theologians like Paul Tillich were just as hostile to the Third Reich as were prominent conservative theologians and pastors like Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. And the tragic thing is that while Catholic Church and the Confessing Church rigorously opposed Nazi claims to totalitarian power over their churches and other church-related organizations, neither said much at all in the way of denouncing Nazi policy towards Jews, Jehovah Witnesses, or to the mentally-handicapped.

Lefebvrists SSPX Priest and altar server of the guild of St. Stephen.

When a group Catholics did not want to agree with the teachings of Pope John Giovanni XXIII and preferred to keep to the Latin rite they where considered heretics and the world was confronted with different Catholic Cults like the Lefebvrists or Marcel Lefebvre his Society of St. Pius XPope Benedict XVI had declared that, for doctrinal rather than disciplinary reasons, the SSPX had no canonical status in the Catholic Church and, because of that lack of canonical status, the ministries exercised by its ministers were not legitimate in the Catholic Church. Tensions between the society and the Holy See reached their height in 1988, when Archbishop Lefebvre consecrated four bishops against the orders of Pope John Paul II, resulting in a declaration of excommunication against the bishops who consecrated or were consecrated, an excommunication remitted for those still alive in January 2009 with a hope expressed that all members of the society would quickly return to full communion.
At the end of last century and beginning this century when everything was turned back to previous days they were taken up again in the Roman Catholic Church and are today not seen as a cult any more.

Some years ago people spoke about Catholic institutional cults like the Charismatic Catholics, Opus Dei, a.o.

Several people also used to speak out boldly against the Church of Rome and considered it from the devil or to be the Babylon of which the Bible spoke. Though it no longer seems to be in vogue to speak of the pope as “the antichrist” (Although the following people unhesitatingly did: Martin Luther, John Bunyan, John Huss, John Wycliffe, John Calvin, William Tyndale, John Knox, Thomas Bacon, John Wesley, Samuel Cooper, John Cotton, and Jonathan Edwards.) or the Catholic Church as the “whore of Babylon”. Now many Protestants unwittingly believe that “our differences are not so great”.

Alliances

Franklin Graham told the Indianapolis Star (6/3/99) that his father’s longstanding ecumenical alliance with the Catholic Church and all other denominations, “was one of the smartest things his father ever did.” The charismatic Charisma magazine in 10/95 contained a 7-page article on Franklin Graham. They quoted him as saying, “I thank God for the warmth I see within many of the charismatic churches — their love for the Lord and love for the scriptures. …” He also said, “Probably (Samaritan’s Purse) largest base of support comes from the charismatic community.” He has referred to “Mother” Teresa as an “example of the woman God uses” (4/1/99, Calvary Contender). {Billy Graham General Teachings/Activities}

New Age movements also at one time were considered cults but after a few years many protestants found solace in such groups. Norman Vincent Peale advocated New Age and/or occult teachings as visualization, pantheism, human potential, positive confession, positive thinking, etc. Once on the Phil Donahue Show, Peale, a 33rd degree Mason, said, “It’s not necessary to be born again. You have your way to God, I have mine. I found eternal peace in a Shinto shrine.” (Shintoism is an ancient Oriental religion that fuses ancestor worship with mysticism.) He also denied the necessity of believing in the virgin birth.

Trinity to follow or not

Others would say those who are not following the trinitarian teachings can not call themselves Christian and can not be any different than belonging to a cult.

They forget that being a Christian should mean that one is a follower of Christ. In such respect that person calling himself should be following the Master Teacher Jesus Christ (hence the name Christian).

In case people consider a cult any group which teaches doctrines or beliefs that deviate from the biblical message of the Christian faith, they should first confine that Christian Faith.  In Christendom we see lots of denominations and in each denomination people shall be able to find many more opinions and deviations from their main confession. Some say that  “cults often teach some Christian truth mixed with error, which may be difficult to detect.” But they do not give a proper definition of that Christian Truth, which would be, according to the words of the many denominations being something very different from one to the other denomination, so that every denomination could be categorised as a cult.

Features

According the fundamentalism’s leading spokesman evangelist Billy Graham there are some features common to most cults:

• “They do not adhere solely to the sixty-six books of the Bible as the inspired Word of God. They add their “special revelations” to the Bible and view them as equally authoritative.”
As such all the believers who accept the apocryphal books as worthy spiritual food, would be considered a cult. This also means the Roman Catholic Church is for those Americans a cult. Especially the Roman Catholics should then also be seen as a cult, because they also have several revelations by the saints they take for granted and of inspirational value. But in several protestant denominations we also do find groups which like to use several theological and devotional books by human writers which they consider to be inspired by God. According to Billy Graham they should also come under the denominator of being a cult.

English: The icon was painted by artist Nichol...

English: The icon was painted by artist Nicholas Morosoff in 1935 at the request of Bishop Wedgwood for the St Francis Church in Tekels Park, Camberley, and hangs above its main altar. Courtesy Liberal Catholic Church of St Francis of Assisi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

• “They do not accept that our relationship to Jesus Christ is a reality “by grace through faith” alone, but promote instead a salvation by works.”
By saying this they do not understand what those Christians get from the Bible, the infallible Word of God. For those, like Christadelphians, who agree that Christians should live up to their faith it is clear that it is not enough to be baptised to be saved, because faith without works is death. Strangely the others forget that they also dismember people from their congregation because they have done something which they consider to be bad. But that is in contradiction with what they say, because when that person would be saved for ever than he also should be accepted as Christian for ever. It is not right to think any murderer or wrongdoer shall go to heaven because there is the reality of Christ dying for all sinners. If they do  not repent they shall not enter the small gate of the Kingdom of God (which also shall be on earth).

• For lots of Christians non-trinitarians “do not give Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God, full recognition as the second Person of the Trinity, composed of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.”
Yes they do not recognise him as a part of some trio. They recognise him in his full potential. They do not see a God who came onto the earth to fake his death. Jesus really died, while God, as a spirit, can not die and has ever been and shall have no end. Jesus had a beginning (being born) and an end (died at the stake).
Fully recognising the offer Jesus brought, makes his action much more important than trinitarians want to see Jesus. His humility and his preparedness to give his life for people he did not kno, has more value than a God who could straight ahead, in heaven when the first sin was committed, take action and bring everything to an end. In such instance not so many people had to suffer so much. This would make God also to a very cruel person. But God is a God of love, who wanted to give men a change to prove that they could rule the world better than Him. (Part of the question in the garden of Eden).
We had to wait such a long time because it was only with Jesus, that God did find it time to bring a solution with giving a God send man, who could be tempted (remember God can not be tempted) but did not let himself go. Jesus kept straight in line with God’s teachings. Jesus choose to follow his father and to keep totally to His commandments. He is the only one man who could prove to be able to follow God, out of love for God and not wanting anything in return for it. As such, though at first lower than the angels, Jehovah God gave him a higher position and made him unto a mediator between God and men. The ones who consider, like it is written in the Holy Scriptures that Jesus is the son of God and not god the son or God Son, give Jesus full honour for all the work he has done.

Listening and reacting to Scriptures

When Scripture is life-changing, as God’s Word is “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12) people who get to know the Bible to be infallible should under its inspiration come to insight and how more they come to get to know they should adjust their thinking and their way of living.

When we hear God’s Word, whether at a meeting, church service or in private reading, we should “devour” God’s words to us and allow them to become the joy and happiness of our heart (Jeremiah. 15:16).

After the Torah we got Prophesies and Writings to gut us under way to the Gospels to be able to recognise the God send man Jesus Christ of Nazareth (Jeshua) who was son of men and as son of God brought salvation unto many. His disciples and followers coming out of all sorts of layers of the population where preachers brought the Word of God and the Word of Christ “were persevering in the doctrine of the apostles” (Acts of the apostles 2:42; cf. 2 Timothy 1:14) long before the New Testament was written–and centuries before the New Testament canon was settled. Those who call themselves Christians should carefully to the life and beliefs of those first followers of Christ.

Doing the same

In case you want to call yourself Christian you should do the same as the first Christians who also believed that Jesus never took himself to be God himself or to be equal with Him.

“I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” (John 13:15 NIV)

“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” (1 Peter 2:21 NIV)

“Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:6 NIV)

“5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature {Or in the form of} God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,” (Philippians 2:5-6 NIV)

They believed in Jesus, to be the long awaited saviour who as son of men and son of God brought God to us all to be our Father as well.

“I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one “like a son of man” {Daniel 7:13} with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.” (Revelation 14:14 NIV)

“When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.” (Matthew 10:23 NIV)

“And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”” (Matthew 3:17 NIV)

“”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, {Or his only begotten Son} that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NIV)

For us it should be as for them that Jesus shall have to be the Master Teacher and the example for us to come to God and a better life. He, Jesus, should be our main teacher and not theologians or scholars who say they speak in the name of God. Christians should take Jesus as their Rabbi.

“”You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and rightly so, for that is what I am.” (John 13:13 NIV)

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2 NIV)

“”But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi’, for you have only one Master and you are all brothers.” (Matthew 23:8 NIV)

“Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.” (Colossians 4:1 NIV)

Christians do believe salvation belongs to God and is in Christ who came into existence only a few centuries ago, after 42 generations, when he was born (begotten) in a special way.

 “Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ {Or Messiah. “The Christ” (Greek) and “the Messiah” (Hebrew) both mean “the Anointed One”; also in verse 26.} the Lord.” (Luke 2:11 NIV)

“But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body.” (1 Corinthians 15:38 NIV)

“17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ. {Or Messiah. “The Christ” (Greek) and “the Messiah” (Hebrew) both mean “the Anointed One”.} 18  This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1:17-18 NIV)

“26  In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. 31 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; his kingdom will never end.” 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called {Or So the child to be born will be called holy,} the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God.” 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.” (Luke 1:26-38 NIV)

“Then those who were in the boat worshipped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”” (Matthew 14:33 NIV)

“I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”” (John 1:34 NIV)

“But these are written that you may {Some manuscripts may continue to} believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31 NIV)

“and who through the Spirit {Or who as to his spirit} of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God, {Or was appointed to be the Son of God with power} by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 1:4 NIV)

“(and for this we labour and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, and especially of those who believe.” (1 Timothy 4:10 NIV)

“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world.” (1 John 4:14 NIV)

“And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”” (Revelation 7:10 NIV)

“30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead—whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Saviour that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel.” (Acts 5:30-31 NIV)

“For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9 NIV)

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in {Or through} Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23 NIV)

Jesus Christ, the Messiah, left his followers as a Church in case they listen to him Jesus, with divine authority to teach in his name.

“13  When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, {Or Messiah; also in verse 20} the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, {Peter means rock.} and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades {Or hell} will not overcome it. {Or not prove stronger than it} 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be {Or have been} bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be {Or have been} loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.” (Matthew 16:13-20 NIV)

“”I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be {Or have been} bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be {Or have been} loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 18:18 NIV)

“”He who listens to you listens to me; he who rejects you rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”” (Luke 10:16 NIV)

“And I tell you that you are Peter, {Peter means rock.} and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades {Or hell} will not overcome it. {Or not prove stronger than it}” (Matthew 16:18 NIV)

“19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in {Or into; see Acts 8:16; 19:5; Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 1:13; 10:2 and Gal. 3:27.} the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”” (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV)

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you for ever—” (John 14:16 NIV)

Following Jesus his teachings

Christians are those who follow Jesus teachings and are also prepared to do what he asked them to do, to go out in the world and to let the name of God, to whom belongs all authority, be known all over the world.

“”I have revealed you {Greek your name; also in verse 26} to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.” (John 17:6 NIV)

“5  May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, 6 so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:5-6 NIV)

“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1 NIV)

“Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 2:3 NIV)

“So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.” (Ephesians 4:17 NIV)

“19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more. 20 You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. 21 Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:19-24 NIV)

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2 NIV)

“”You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.” (Isaiah 43:10 NIV)

“I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD {Jehovah}, “that I am God.” (Isaiah 43:12 NIV)

“1  Keep on loving each other as brothers. 2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. … 4 Marriage should be honoured by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” {Deut. 31:6} 6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” {Psalm 118:#6,7} 7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever. 9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them. … 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come. 15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. 17 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you. … 20 May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. ….” (Hebrews 13:1-25 NIV)

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”” (Acts 1:8 NIV)

“Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ. {Or Messiah}” (Acts 5:42 NIV)

“I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.” (Acts 20:21 NIV)

“When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. {Or Messiah; also in verse 28}” (Acts 18:5 NIV)

“Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring—those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.” (Revelation 12:17 NIV)

Praying Christian

Over the times people could get to read the Word of God. They could learn about Adam, Eve, Abraham, Isaac, David, Christ and God. The apostles could seen and we testified that the Father has sent His son, so did not come down Himself as deliverer of the world, but send a man who could feel how every other human being could feel. He really suffered and died in the hope that many would understand his words and come to the Father to whom he often prayed and learned everybody to pray. As Jesus kept his Father, Elohim Hashem Jehovah holy, he also wanted us to keep his Fathers Name holy and to make it be known all over the world until His Kingdom comes. In our prayers we can make our  requests known to God by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving because it is God who chooses us  and  has commissioned us to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last; so that whatever we ask from the Father in Jesus his name God may give us. It shall be in the name of Jesus {Jeshua} that Jehovah God shall give his followers, trusting only His one mediator between Him and humanity, Jeshua the Messiah, himself human.

“”This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,” (Matthew 6:9 NIV)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6 NIV)

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” (John 15:16 NIV)

“In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” (John 16:23 NIV)

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,” (1 Timothy 2:5 NIV)

Preaching under Christ for God

The apostles knew that Jesus as son of men was very well aware how limited he was and how limited we are. Jesus left his disciples but promised to come back. If we love Jesus, we should be glad that he has gone to the Father; because the Father is greater than Jesus, who now sits at His right hand.

Jesus wanted us to understand that the head of every man is the Messiah, and the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of the Messiah is God. All Christians should accept that. But yes we do see that the majority does not and want to place Jesus as head of everything. It is true that for the moment the world is still in the hands of evil and that there will come a time that everything shall be subjected to the son. But then comes a time that Jesus himself will subject himself to the only One God, who subjected everything to him; so that God may be everything in everyone.

Recognising the humility of Christ, who who served, those who call themselves Christian should also let the greater among us become like the younger, and one who rules like one who serves. Whoever among us wants to be a leader must become servant of the others, and whoever wants to be first must be slave! For the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve – and to give his life as a ransom for many. As he also served his Father in heaven, he demanded us to help him  and not for a single day, either in the temple court, synagogue, church, public square or in private homes, should followers of Jesus stop teaching and proclaiming the Good News that Jeshua is the Messiah. Declaring with utmost seriousness the same message to Jews and other people from all nations. Telling everywhere to: “turn from sin to God; and put your trust in our lord, Jeshua the Messiah.” Making even more people into talmidim, or pupils and disciples, immersing them into the reality of the Father, the son and the Ruach haKodesh or the Power of the Most High His Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that Jesus has commanded us.

All that call themselves Christian should acknowledge publicly with their mouth that Jeshua is lord, but God the Most High Lord of the lord of lords. Telling everybody that this Almighty God raised Jesus from the dead, so that we will be delivered.

For with the heart one goes on trusting and thus continues toward righteousness, while with the mouth one keeps on making public acknowledgement and thus continues toward deliverance. The one following Christ should not be afraid of the world and go into it proclaiming the Good  News of the return of Jesus and the coming Kingdom of God. Like the apostle Paul every Christian should not boast merely because he proclaims the Good News — this they should all do from inner compulsion. Woe is them if they do not proclaim the Good News!

“”You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28 NIV)

“Now I want you to realise that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” (1 Corinthians 11:3 NIV)

“When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.” (1 Corinthians 15:28 NIV)

“26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.” (Luke 22:26-27 NIV)

“26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”” (Matthew 20:26-28 NIV)

“Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ. {Or Messiah}” (Acts 5:42 NIV)

“I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.” (Acts 20:21 NIV)

“19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in {Or into; see Acts 8:16; 19:5; Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 1:13; 10:2 and Gal. 3:27.} the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”” (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV)

“9 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10 NIV)

“Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’” (Luke 10:9 NIV)

“Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16 NIV)

“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV)

Willing to follow

Are you willing to follow Jesus, the son of God? Are you prepared to step out of the world and let all traditions for whatever they may be?

Are you willing to follow the example apostles of Jesus and dare  trying to imitate them, even as Paul himself tried to imitate the Messiah? Do you want to become like Christ and become a Brother in Christ, sharing with others in the world the Good News and boasting about the works Christ has done for us all?

Do you think that those who really follow up the task Jesus has given his pupils would be a cult?

The Bible affirms that he Word of Adonai lasts forever and that this Word is the Good News which has been proclaimed to many. The things we have heard from Jesus and his disciples, which were supported by many witnesses, these things commit to faithful people, such as will be competent to teach others also. We should make use of it, to give us the spirit to get others to know God and his son Jesus Christ.

Therefore, brothers, stand firm; though some may consider us a cult we should not like them keep to the traditions of the world, but hold to the traditions we were taught by the men who God had chosen, the Prophets, Jesus and his disciples.

Christians should be those who keep to the Word of God, like Jesus did, and who remembered everything Jesus and his followers told and observe the traditions just the way the apostles passed them on to us.

“but the word of the Lord stands for ever.” {Isaiah 40:6-8} And this is the word that was preached to you.” (1 Peter 1:25 NIV)

“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” (2 Timothy 2:2 NIV)

“So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings {Or traditions} we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.” (2 Thessalonians 2:15 NIV)

“I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, {Or traditions} just as I passed them on to you.” (1 Corinthians 11:2 NIV)

Do you want to be a as “Follower of Jesus, part of a cult, or a Christian”?

Be a follower of the real Jesus of Nazareth who was known as the son of men and the son of God.

Christadelphians or Brothers in Christ, do follow Jesus and accept him for what he did and still does for us, as mediator between God and men.

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Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Volger van Jezus lid van een secte of een Christen

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Please do read also:

  1. Christian values and voting not just a game
  2. Mormons again gaining some attention
  3. Billy Graham Removes Section From His Website Calling Mormonism a Cult After Offering To Do All That He Can Do To Help Mormon Mitt Romney
  4. Billy Graham Risks His “Legacy” By Scrubbing His Website Of Mormonism Cult Reference, But He Also Changed His Views About The Cult Of Rome Over 50 Years Ago
  5. Is the Mormon “god” of Mitt Romney and Glenn Beck, the True God or a False “god”? Is Jesus the brother of Lucifer?
  6. Can A Cult Member Be President Without Cult Influence?
  7. Controversies surrounding the Society of St. Pius X
  8. God’s Salvation
  9. Faith and works
  10. One Mediator between God and man
  11. Proclaiming shalom, bringing good news of good things, announcing salvation
  12. Men of faith
  13. Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #1 Christian Reform
  14. Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #2 Roots of Jewishness
  15. Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #3 Of the earth or of God
  16. Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #4 Mozaic and Noachide laws
  17. Faith related boycotts
  18. Right to be in the surroundings

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  • Cult or True Religion (wordsonsergebenhayon.wordpress.com)
    “…if you believe in it, it is a religion or perhaps ‘the’ religion; and if you do not care one way or another about it, it is a sect; but if you fear and hate it, it is a cult.” Leo Pfeffer.
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    The Roman Catholic Church for example has been around ever since Constantine. He was a Roman emperor who used Christianity, which was a small cult at the time, as a means to impose his belief systems on the bishops; so he promulgated the council of Nicaea and thereby gained control of the populus. Now, over 1500 years later, people in Catholic churches today still recite the creed set down by Constantine.

    Many people question the Catholic Church and other religions, seeing them as some of the biggest cults in the World today: they are viewed by many as man-made constructs which have the potential to lead millions of people astray. Religion in its current form has become divisive due to it’s many man-made and dualistic doctrines which continue to divide, separate and cause wars.

  • Billy Graham’s group removes Mormon cult reference from website after Romney meeting (religion.blogs.cnn.com)
    Shortly after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney enjoyed cookies and soft drinks with the Rev.  Billy Graham and his son Franklin Graham on Thursday at the elder Graham’s mountaintop retreat, a reference to Mormonism as a cult was scrubbed from the website of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

    Billy Graham site removes Mormon 'cult' reference after Romney meeting

    Billy Graham site removes Mormon ‘cult’ reference after Romney meeting

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    The removal of the post from the Graham group’s website was first noted by the New Civil Rights Movement website and then later by the Asheville Citizen-Times, which reported that the information on cults was accessed as recently as Thursday afternoon.
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    When asked about Graham’s beliefs about Mormonism, Graham spokesman A. Larry Ross said in a statement that “Through an inclusive evangelistic ministry spanning more than 60 years, Mr. Graham was called to preach the transformative message of the Gospel to the whole world, regardless of one’s religious background, affiliation or none. As such, he never proselytized, targeted or labeled specific people, groups, faiths or denominations.

  • Defining Christianity (reneland.wordpress.com)
    Simply put a Christian is someone who believes in Jesus Christ.
  • The Whore of Babylon? (inpursuitofhappiness.wordpress.com)
    Baal-vs-The “Catholic” God
  • Catholic Church Abuse Inquiry – Police Expose The Christian Child Abuse – Boy Scouts (truelogic.wordpress.com)
    Even Mitt Romney’s Mormon cult religion has a history of molesting children.  Wow, seems these holy books teach evil over moral behavior.  Good thing we  have several non-believers in this world or we wouldn’t have morals.
  • Billy Graham’s Truce with Mormonism; Scrubs Cult Reference (crooksandliars.com)
    The Christian right has cried uncle and issued a truce on Mormons to try and help elect Mitt Romney.
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    During the Values Voter Summit in October, sponsored in part by the influential Family Research Council and the American Family Association, it caused quite a stir when Pastor Robert Jeffress, after introducing Rick Perry as a genuine Christian, called Mormonism a cult.
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    Christian political operatives are willing to throw away any trace of their contempt for Mormonism during the election cycle. This shows how much hatred they have for the left. They’d rather help elect a ‘cultist’ to the highest office in the land rather than stick to their alleged principles. Typically sickening.
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    To distinguish between a cult and a religion is to distinguish between influence and impotence. Both are, in fact, spawns of a smarmy fakery.
  • Why converting Muslims is taboo in the Catholic Church (catholicherald.co.uk)
    What are they talking about at the Synod for Evangelisation? This article by Sandro Magister tells us that the Bishops have broached the taboo subject of conversions from Islam to Christianity. It makes interesting reading, despite the rather ponderous translation, (read the original here ) and I was particularly struck by this section of it, which I beg readers to consider carefully:

    “The Muslims do not see the difference between Christians and Westerners, because they do not distinguish, themselves, between what is religious and what is political and social. What precedes the Westerners is perceived by the Muslims as preceding the Christians. Now, Western behaviour, especially on the cultural and political level and in a general way, harms the religious and national sensitivity of the Muslims, their values, their ethics and their culture. Consequentially, this forms an obstacle to their openness to Christianity and to their possible evangelisation.”

  • Billy Graham: Mormonism No Cult (orthodoxyandheterodoxy.org)
    Sociologists of religion use cult to refer to a religious group that does not regard itself as exclusively true yet has negative relations with the surrounding society. Those two factors—exclusivity and societal relations—form the basis for sociological definition of religions into four kinds of groups: church (exclusive with good relations), denomination (inclusive with good relations), sect (exclusive with bad relations) and cult (inclusive with bad relations). Yet almost no one uses these terms in the way sociologists of religion use them.
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    I think what is really meant by cult in most modern Evangelical parlance is “bad/weird religious group.” And of course perhaps such a definition is right in its own way.
  • Grahams tighten Romney ties (newsobserver.com)
    The election-year embrace of Mitt Romney by some evangelical Christians now borders on a bear hug, given a series of moves by Billy Graham and his family that appear to say it’s OK to vote for a Mormon.
  • Billy Graham website admits scrubbing ‘Mormons’ from ‘cult’ list after endorsing Romney (rawstory.com)
    The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association confirmed on Tuesday that it had removed all references to Mormonism as a “cult” from its website after their founder announced his support of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
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