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1/5/2020 ONE MINUTE WARNING
1/12/2020 COVETOUSNESS
1/26/2020 FRIGHTENED RATS OR BOLD AS LIONS?
1/26/2020 PRESIDENTIAL QUOTES 30
2/16/2020 KEEP
2/23/2020 TONGUES
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1/5/2020 ~ One Minute Warning

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Darkness has a breathless cast.
In each breath a moment calls.

... hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things
which are written in it; for the time is near. ~ Revelation 1:3


"Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have,
that no one may take your crown." ~ Revelation 3:11


Our crown of life is just that.

"... hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon
you as a thief, and you will not know what hour ..." ~ Revelation 3:3


"And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me,
to give every one according to his work." ~ Revelation 22:12


But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious
and watchful in your prayers. ... ~ 1st Peter 4:7-9


His judgment is at hand
  ● Be serious
  ● Watchful in prayer
  ● Love one another
  ● Hospitable without grumbling  

Ever raise your hand to be counted or called forth?
It will be that way when the Lord calls out those who
have remained faithful in Him until the end.


Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
~ Philippians 4:5


... the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another,
brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!
~ James 5:8-9


The Lord waits watching from heaven
Coming of the Lord
At the door

      Establish your hearts
          ↳ Be patient
               ↳ Do not grumble      


... I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who
practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. ~ Galatians 5:19-21


God has a stamp on unrepentant hearts and the word is NOT.
We should not lie against what He has declared, and has been clearly
stated repeatedly, as to what and who will have no access in to His
kingdom of eternal life. Eternal life is declared by what individuals practice
under His will and pronounced truths. The word will judge, not man.


... the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he
who does the will of God abides forever. ~ 1st John 2:15-17


Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for,
but that we may receive a full reward. ... ~ 2nd John 1:8-9


... hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who
promised is faithful. And let us consider one another ... ~ Hebrews 10:23-25


Many say the last days are upon us, and yet these happenings have
been occurring for millennia. The last days commenced when death came
into existence as people rejected God’s will to be good obedient children,
in His loving creation.


For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth,
there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, ... ~ Hebrews 10:26-27


For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is
eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 6:23


By His word will be the gatekeeper
God is eternal life
in Christ Jesus

God is timelessness persistently. It is time that tests the souls as
an entrance fee. The common currency is love where hate is deducted
as debts. To enter His timeless realm one must adhere to
His ways over the delusions of man.


... if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one
another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
~ 1st John 1:5-7


Out with a bang all will strip clear
    Darkness     

Lie and
do not
practice
the truth

Light

Felowship
Blood of
Jesus Christ
cleanses us
   from all sins   

Either time will consume us or set us free of it.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins ...
~ 1st John 1:8-10


The truth of His word declares that we must come to Him in prayer.

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but
is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish ... ~ 2nd Peter 3:9


... be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; and
consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation ~ 2nd Peter 3:14-15


Qualities of character will be weighed on each path
  Looking forward
        ↳ Be diligent
              ↳ Be found
                          ● In peace
                          ● Without spot and blameless   


... warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted,
uphold the weak, be patient with all. ... ~ 1st Thessalonians 5:14-18


Often unnoticed each moment is an event of life
  The will of God in Christ Jesus for you:  

          ● Comfort the fainthearted
          ● Uphold the weak
          ● Be patient with all
          ● No one renders evil for evil
          ● Always pursue what is good for all
          ● Rejoice always
          ● Pray without ceasing
          ● In everything give thanks


... warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor
from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; ... ~ Ezekiel 3:17-19


... when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity,
and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; ... ~ Ezekiel 3:20-21


"Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming."
~ Matthew 24:42


"Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy
to escape all these things that will come to pass, ... ~ Luke 21:36


Hope and clean hearts not willing harm to life, with regard for justice,
especially for those in violation that they be held accountable for injustice,
is the destination we all are flowing into.


Only diligent hearts will find deliverance
Pay attention to the words for the time is near
Hold fast to your faith that it may not be stolen
Repent or your life will be taken suddenly
God will reward each according to their works
Hospitably love one another without grumbling
Establish one’s heart for God’s judgment is coming
Only abiding in Christ’s doctrine delivers the soul
Do not forsake assembling as time will run out
One cannot find salvation practicing in the dark
Be diligent to be found at peace in Him
Warn sinners least they do not see to turn back
If the once righteous fall away they will die
Pray that you are counted worthy before God

Heaven leaves all heartaches behind in His love

Darkness has no shadow.


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1/12/2020 ~ Covetousness

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Darkness steals leaving only hurt.
Contentment is freedom from desire where joy lives.

But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it
not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; ~ Ephesians 5:3


Covetousness is not part of the eternal wealth found in freedom from
material bondage. The question comes in what we elevate in our hearts.
Goodness leaves evil behind where priorities rise in spirit.


... Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. ...
~ Colossians 3:1-4


Closeness to God involves prayer and contemplations of ideals that
cannot be bought. All fall short of the standard set by God, of what we
have been shown in Christ. To follow Him is to follow God where man
is a miserable example. How close is God to what you call out for?


... put to death your members which are on earth: fornication,
uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, ... ~ Colossians 3:5-7


Sorrow often defines our greatest desire
  Put to death:
                    ● Fornication
                    ● Uncleanness
                    ● Passion
                    ● Evil desire
                    ● Covetousness
                             ⮡  which = idolatry  

When we see our heart’s for what they are, desire reveals our true
purpose. Lips speak truth of want in one’s ability to be self-aware. An
honest heart endures, rather than rambling off the cliff with the herd,
and declares responsibility or not. Is the gift of light where
God gives life less important than the rocks we buy?


Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content
with such things as you have. ... ~ Hebrews 13:5-6


To lose heart for things, over true living relationships in love, what can
one do, without sacred substance that cannot be seen? Does one forsake
love of God for love of stuff, or does one lose love of stuff for love of God?
Not only does priorities set precedence, but it defines character, which
gives or takes from those around us. As it has been said, are we part of
the problem or solution? It is how we interact with those we are most
intimate with that frees or imprisons us. This is where our true desires
and glory comes to light. Glory that radiates from within is best light,
and not downtroddenly heavy.


... "Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist
in the abundance of the things he possesses." ~ Luke 12:15


Desperate thirst to spend and obtain causes grief
beyond measure damaging any peace of heart.


"... not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's
wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, ..." ~ Exodus 20:17


Curious how the Catholic church eliminates the 2nd commandment
(no idols) in exodus, as they teach in their Catechism, and split the 10th
commandant into 9 and 10? - to cover the shame of all their statues.
Come out of her lest ye partake in her damnation; ditch digger religions.

True religion is not politically correct as it seeks to correct moral conduct.
Politics involves appeasements and compromise, not necessarily in
accordance with God given truths. Replacing murder with kill, in “Thou
shall not do murder,” changes the context and actually changes truth to
a lie. Truths of God aspire to instruct us to be the best we can become.


For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have
strayed from the faith in their greediness, ... ~ 1st Timothy 6:10


He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; Nor he who loves
abundance, with increase. This also is vanity. ~ Ecclesiastes 5:10


"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The lamp of the body is the eye. ... ~ Matthew 6:21-23


What you love is what you treasure.

"No one can serve two masters; ... You cannot serve God and mammon."
~ Matthew 6:24


"No servant can serve two masters; ... You cannot serve God and mammon."
~ Luke 16:13


A choice confronts all in what is sensible.
Sensible in the sense of humanism as the pinnacle of existence,
or in its’ temporality, heavenly truths as more tangible.


... covet fields and take them by violence, Also houses, and seize them. So
they oppress a man and his house, A man and his inheritance. ~ Micah 2:1-2


Piggish usually refers to excessive desire void of spiritual sense.
Evil knows no mercy. Each of us has been given power to influence
one another. Do we take in greediness or are we able to cater
and adjust to the needs of others?


"... come, follow Me." But when he heard this, he became
very sorrowful, for he was very rich. ~ Luke 18:22-23


Jesus wants to know where our ultimate attachment is.
It may not always be easy to follow Him, but rewards follow if one does.


"... For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle
than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." ~ Luke 18:24-25


"And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a
needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." ~ Matthew 19:24


What one chooses to be one’s God, either material or supernal,
will declare the outcome deserved. True value transcends time and
creates an infinite space in Him. Upon the sands we walk, do we
find thought simple, in love of God, or do we resist clinging
to the material which He has given?


Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor
to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, ... ~ 1st Timothy 6:17-19


So, where does your God reside?
Fortune is found in contentment. As winding storms of life assault us, we
all seek clarity from those we hope in, or for a simple hand of mercy. Only
God offers eternal life where all man does is fade on the shadows of self.


Clinging to things traps a soul from seeing higher
 ● Covetousness is not a fitting quality for the saints
 ● Seek what comes from above given by Christ
 ● Put to death wickedness before God’s wrath comes
 ● Be content with such things as you have
 ● Life does not consist in the abundance of goods
 ● The love of money pierces a heart with sorrows
 ● Compulsively seeking wealth is a disease of greed
 ● Treasure is found in the desires of one’s heart
 ● One cannot serve God and insatiable desires
 ● Covetous men ruin good people stealing their lives
 ● No attachment is worth more than eternal life
 ● Placing possessions above God nullifies faith
 ● Trust in God the giver and not material possessions   

Hands that selfishly grab have little ability to build.

Darkness strings no goodness.

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"... they hear your words, but they do not do them; for with their mouth they
show much love, but their hearts pursue their own gain." ~ Ezekiel 33:31


... no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater,
has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. ~ Ephesians 5:5


A fire baptism is coming for each of us that will strip us bare before God,
exposing all that we are. Will you or we be found in self absorption,
or assisting others where we can?


"For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever
loses his life for My sake will find it." ~ Matthew 16:25


Think of your life, what could pay for one moment of thought,
experience of warmth, if for all the molecules on and of the sun,
and beyond, could exchange for one breath of life?


Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves
the world, the love of the Father is not in him. ... ~ 1st John 2:15-17


Habitual consumption of those inert things of the earth will never deliver
eternal satisfaction. Material obsessions lead to compulsive behaviors,
often neurotic, in acquiring more of what one fixates upon, and will
always remain empty, especially after obtaining. The search for
unquenchingly more is the dangerous passion that can steal
peace and contentment, in the moment of life’s revealing.


... You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. ...
~ James 4:2-4


When the things of the world cause one to dismiss or forget God,
tragically this spiritual death oppresses all those that would be thankful
for His creation, and His continuing support of life within tests of character,
upon the shadows of what is temporary. The earth is a garden where God
is weeding out character finding those with true flowers. In a sea
of confusion, all seek truth that would enable security.
Truth of God supplies what is never ended.


... For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not
murder," "You shall not steal," ... "You shall not covet," ... ~ Romans 13:8-10


Requests in the form of commands have been imposed that will
judge each soul on their line of death. Jesus showed us what was most
important, to love one another to death. This is the window to glory and
the best all can achieve, love. If God is love, then He looks for the same.


... works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication,
uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies,
outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, ... ~ Galatians 5:19-21


To cross the river of sin only faith heals a heart
  Will not inherit the kingdom of God:  
                            ● Adultery
                            ● Fornication
                            ● Uncleanness
                            ● Lewdness
                            ● Idolatry
                            ● Sorcery
                            ● Hatred
                            ● Contentions
                            ● Jealousies
                            ● Outbursts of wrath
                            ● Selfish ambitions
                            ● Dissensions
                            ● Heresies
                            ● Envy
                            ● Murders
                            ● Drunkenness
                            ● Revelries, and the like

In such a world as this, one would be hard pressed
to avoid sin as it stirs in each of us.


... people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters,
since then you would need to go out of the world. ~ 1st Corinthians 5:9-10


Surrounded by sinners, it is impossible to completely extract
oneself from its’ influence, unless one is regulated
to the misery of solitary confinement.


... not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is
sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 5:11


God instructs us to assemble with like minded souls exalting His
ways of goodness. Obvious practicing sinners, unrepentful of their
actions, should be avoided inside true worship gatherings. One can
worship sin, and this is not of what God commands in His holy call.


"... cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other
things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful." ~ Mark 4:18-19


Cares for the world can mislead one into not caring for others,
be it family or would be friends. Self-seeking isolates
a soul from seeing whole-seeking.


... teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain.
~ Titus 1:10-11


Many will lie to gain advantage in achieving wealth through
unethical manipulations. Opulence in church leaders is
what the young despise and results in what is repulsive.
For all that are sensible, misuse of power is offensive.


"I have coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. ..." ~ Acts 20:33-35

Those that only take are ugly in the sight of God.

"Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them,
for this is the Law and the Prophets." ~ Matthew 7:12


The measure of love has no length. The golden rule, of treating others as
you would want to be treated, is one of the main messages of the Bible.
Are we eager to be with one another or oppositely, eager to avoid social
interactions with pre-conceived notions of contempt and mistrust?

While individuals strive for simple devotional excellence, the
overly pious will covertly execute honest noble hearts. Skewed piety
maintains underlying jealousy and envy, for loss of perceived power
or the mastery of the superiority they covet, in the pits of their disgust.
The overly pious compare themselves as the standard and arrogantly
hold not to submissive empathetic hearts. Extreme religious zealots,
in exalting themselves, pay the price of alienating God Himself, as
they cause many a meek to stumble under their oppressive critical
judgments. Genuine hearts are never isolated above all. It is certainly
hard to find good honest open hearts with desires to lift all higher,
bearing the loads no matter the cost. Vision that sees
beyond the horizon is what lifts all that is great.

If one wants to be trusted, he or she must also have a trusting heart.
Covetous hearts do not extend in this way as they are more apt to be
untrusting and suspicious, as they prowl for more. Coming to God is
not just understanding what He asks, but allowing His word to lift us to
something more than most are, genuinely caring. To be doers of His
will, and not just hearers only, is key to inheriting the gifts He offers.


Covetousness is closely connected to worries
 ● Hypocrites will lie in pursuit of their own gain
 ● No covetous man will inherit God’s kingdom
 ● To lose one’s life for God will find it
 ● The whole world is not enough to pay for one soul
 ● Love of the world is not the love of the Father
 ● To be a friend of the world is an enemy of God
 ● Love for another fulfills the law of God
 ● You shall not covet is a commandment
 ● Selfish ambitions deny entry into God’s kingdom
 ● No one can avoid encounters with worldly evils
 ● Material wealth only can be a spider web of misery
 ● Many smooth operators are out for dishonest gain   
 ● It is more blessed to give than to receive

One chooses to be filled
or empty of spiritual values

Darkness has nothing called best.


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1/26/2020 ~ Frightened Rats or Bold as Lions?

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Darkness empties into the music of nowhere.
Spiritual strength is only found in His love.

The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion.
~ Proverbs 28:1


Normally people are frightened of those things
larger than themselves which they have no control over;
A lawsuit, close family health issues, financial concerns, the future.
The real question is your faith greater than your fear.


The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.
~ Proverbs 29:25


When men or his institutions take on a larger precedence than God,
traps are unavoidable. Often we put our trust or hope in the wrong people.


... Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word),
In God I have put my trust; ... ~ Psalms 56:2-5


My enemies speak evil of me: "When will he die, and his name perish?" ...
~ Psalms 41:5-7


Fear is most personal and extremely real for those that it entraps.
Fear exposes one to all that is vulnerable. There is no fear in heaven.


My heart is severely pained within me, And the terrors of death have fallen
upon me. Fearfulness and trembling have come ... ~ Psalms 55:4-6


Unavoidable heartache is usually the main reason for depression,
and piercing hopes for escape from living.


... under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and
buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, ... ~ Psalms 91:4-6


When riding on the wing of God there is nothing that can not be
overcome. His Spirit lifts past all fears. Ride God’s wing of salvation.


"Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the
LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. ... ~ Deuteronomy 31:6


"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not
be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is ..." ~ Joshua 1:9


... the LORD will be your confidence, And will keep
your foot from being caught. ~ Proverbs 3:25-26


... He said to them, "Where is your faith?" ... ~ Luke 8:24-25

"... They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. Because they hated
knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD, ..." ~ Proverbs 1:27-29


To receive the blessing of His protection one must believe.
Without faith there is no reward.


Yet they say to God, 'Depart from us, For we do not desire
the knowledge of Your ways. ... ~ Job 21:14-15


The question is what is knowledge. Knowledge without spirituality is
prejudice without regard, regard for God in His creation, which is a
rejection of ultimate knowledge. Denying spirituality rejects the greater
depths of why we are. The shallow see no profit in that which is larger
than self. Concerning evolution, more a de-evolution is occurring as
extinctions and mutations are on the rise, knowledge. Nothing greater
than man is a poor premise in approaching all that is higher. Stubborn
hearts fester bitterness and hold blindness to all these higher truths. Love
is not so random that God had no hand in our hopeful awaking in Him.
Infinite beauty surpasses all that can be known as we are. That is why
it is called faith, a construct of God Himself to test souls of the gifts He
gives, life itself. Wickedness by definition is no desire for God.


... When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, But the
righteous has an everlasting foundation. ~ Proverbs 10:24-25


"But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral,
sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns
with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." ~ Revelation 21:8


Choices will define one’s destination
         ● Cowardly
         ● Unbelieving
         ● Abominable
         ● Murderers
         ● Sexually Immoral          
         ● Sorcerers
         ● Idolaters
         ● All Liars

... may speak boldly, as I ought speak. ~ Ephesians 6:19-20

... most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains,
are much more bold to speak the word without fear. ~ Philippians 1:14


Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may
obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. ~ Hebrews 4:16


So we may boldly say: "The LORD is my helper; I will not fear.
What can man do to me?" ~ Hebrews13:6


Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech --
~ 2nd Corinthians 3:12


... preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which
concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, ... ~ Acts 28:31


... Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access
with confidence through faith in Him. ~ Ephesians 3:11-12


God’s intent is to redeem souls in a spirit of truth
 He accomplished eternal purpose  
          ⮡  In Christ Jesus our Lord
                            ↓
      → In whom we have boldness
          and access with confidence
                  ⮡  Through faith in Him

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For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power
and of love and of a sound mind. ~ 2nd Timothy 1:7


In the strength of spirit mountains become hills
  God has given us a spirit:  

                      → of love
                      → of power
                      → of a sound mind

It is God’s own working that victory comes through faith in the power of
love settling the mind. The root of power and a sound mind is love.


Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, "Teacher,
I will follow You wherever You go." ~ Matthew 8:19


... But he said, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father." ~ Luke 9:58-60

Many of us look back upon the ages of our lives and have regrets,
it is hard not to. Only an arrogant liar could say life holds no regrets.
Looking back is not necessarily as severe as going back.


... "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back,
is fit for the kingdom of God." ~ Luke 9:61-62


Priorities put what is best as our concern
             Faith - Jesus     
             Family
             Business
             Property             
    Faith - Jesus    
    Family
    Business
    Property

It is when one conquers a vice or bad habit, that desire to return to
that defeating behavior can begin to entice a soul; Smoking, drinking,
pornography. For the battle against sin to be won one must plow forward
burying the past’s wicked desires. That is why He calls us to meditate on
those things from above, not the lower desires of flesh. The flesh is a test
to see if we are able to overcome and or control desire. Turning away
from the sayings and instructions of Jesus is what will condemn a soul,
this is simple truth. Concerning priorities, yes we have them. Family, jobs,
investments. Without placing the highest priority on the spirit places that
which is most valuable as often ignored or discarded. Desiring sin’s
experiences more than God’s goodness in defined noble qualities
looks back upon the evil that will devour a soul.


... However, no one spoke openly of Him for fear of the Jews. ~ John 7:11-13

Religious institutions or leadership that hush the congregation often
hide behind their sinful weapon of fear; “You’re bad for not believing us.”
Faith is found through Jesus and not makings of men's own delusions.


... for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
~ John 12:42-43


Many have shadow faith especially when
fear of man causes a lack of trust in God.


It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in man. ~ Psalms 118:8

... "Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take
Me? I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple, ... ~ Matthew 26:55-56


Many profess faith as long as it is convenient. As soon as faith
demands sacrifice, no offering is made to please God, rather selfish
whims set in pursuit of what is dreadful, and perhaps later, regretful.
The trick is not following what makes one guilty, but commanding
the flesh to rise in that higher sense of justice and decency.
What would Jesus do always a consideration.


... Peter followed Him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest.
And he sat with the servants and warmed himself at the fire. ~ Mark 14:53-54


... "Did I not see you in the garden with Him?" Peter then denied again;
and immediately a rooster crowed. ~ John 18:25-27


... And when he thought about it, he wept. ~ Mark 14:72

... Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself,
fearing those who were of the circumcision. ~ Galatians 2:11-12


The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? ~ Psalms 118:6

... But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
~ Acts 10:28


"I, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you
should be afraid Of a man who will die, ... ~ Isaiah 51:12


... do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled." But sanctify the Lord God
in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense ... ~ 1st Peter 3:14-15


... For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer
for doing good than for doing evil. ~ 1st Peter 3:16-17


The call is to do good works under and through
those things Jesus brought to our attention.


Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the
day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. ~ 1st John 4:17


Depth of character comes by belief in God
Fear of man is destructive but trust in God saves
Heart sorrows cause the spirit to desire fleeing
Be of good courage for the Lord will not forsake you
No matter how horrific God’s lifting Spirit is there
Faith is trust that God can calm all storms
Without God terrors will be endured alone
The righteous will inherit an everlasting foundation
God gives us sound minds with the power of love
People lack spiritual commitment when desires rule
Fear often inhibits one’s strength to speak truthfully
Desiring praise from men curtails praise for God
Showing bias to impress men displeases God
Sanctify God in your heart knowing faith’s reasons

Faith has no question God cannot answer.

Darkness seizes upon the heart of terror.


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1/26/2020 ~ Presidential Quotes 30


  PresidentialQuotesPM30.mp3 (28m 46s)


  PresidentialQuotesAboutGod30.pptx

Darkness howls for it has none.
Hope for a better future is held in the heart of innocence.

37. Richard Nixon (1969-1974)

“Life isn't meant to be easy. It's hard to take being on the top -
or on the bottom. I guess I'm something of a fatalist. You have to
have a sense of history, I think, to survive some of these things ...
Life is one crisis after another.”

“People react to fear, not love; they don't
teach that in Sunday School, but it's true.”

"But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with
carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, ..." ~ Luke 21:34-36


... no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.
But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. ~ 1st John 4:17-18


“Communism denies God, enslaves men, and destroys justice.”

“Capitalism works better than it sounds,
while socialism sounds better than it works.”

“The Soviet Union began by banishing God. The United States began
as a community of people who wanted to worship God as they chose. ...
Man does not live by bread alone. Those in the United States whose
desire to create a strictly secular society is as strong as Lenin's was
should study this Cold War lesson closely. Communism was defeated
by an alliance spearheaded by 'one nation under God.'”

But Jesus answered him, saying, "It is written, 'Man shall not
live by bread alone, but by every word of God.' " ~ Luke 4:4


Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. ~ Galatians 6:2

“As you know, the separation of church and state is not subject
to discussion or alteration. Under our Constitution no church or religion
can be supported by the U.S. Government. We maintain freedom
of religion so that an American can either worship in the church
of his choice or choose to go to no church at all.”

Jesus this song you wrote, The words are sticking in my throat,
Peace on Earth, Hear it every Christmas time, But hope and history
won't rhyme, So what's it worth? This peace on Earth.

"... with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
"Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"
~ Luke 2:13-14


"Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did
not come to bring peace but a sword." ~ Matthew 10:34


“When the strongest nation in the world can be tied up for years in a war
with no end in sight, when the richest nation in the world can't manage its
own economy, when the nation with the greatest tradition of the rule of law
is plagued by unprecedented lawlessness, and when the President of the
United States cannot travel abroad or to any major city at home without
fear of a hostile demonstration - then it's time for new leadership for the
United States of America.”

Alas, sinful nation, A people laden with iniquity,
A brood of evildoers, Children who are corrupters! ... ~ Isaiah 1:4


“What we have done with the American Indian is its way as bad as
what we imposed on the Negroes. We took a proud and independent
race and virtually destroyed them. We have to find ways to bring
them back into decent lives in this country.”

“The man of thought who will not act is ineffective;
the man of action who will not think is dangerous.”

Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
~ James 4:17


The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge,
And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. ~ Proverbs 18:15


Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding. ~ Proverbs 4:7


"There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him;
but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man."
~ Mark 7:15


“The student who invades an administration building, roughs up a dean,
rifles the files and issues 'non-negotiable demands' may have some
of his demands met by a permissive university administration.
But the greater his 'victory' the more he will have
undermined the security of his own rights.”

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority
except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
~ Romans 13:1


Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you,
whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct. ~ Hebrews 13:7


"And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold."
~ Matthew 24:12


“There is an international disease which feeds on the notion that if you
have a cause to defend, you can use any means to further your cause,
since the end justifies the means. As an international community, we
must oppose this notion, whether it be in Canada, in the United
States, or anywhere else. No cause justifies violence as long
as the system provides for change by peaceful means.”

“A man who has never lost himself in a cause bigger than himself has
missed one of life's mountaintop experiences. Only in losing himself does
he find himself. Only then does he discover all the latent strengths he
never knew he had and which otherwise would have remained dormant.”

“Until he has been part of a cause larger
than himself, no man is truly whole.”

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses
his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it." ~ Mark 8:35


  PresidentialQuotesPM30.5.mp3 (27m 26s)


“With all the power that a president has, the most important thing to
bear in mind is this: You must not give power to a man unless, above
everything else, he has character. Character is the most important
qualification the president of the United States can have.”

He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who
perverts his ways will become known. ~ Proverbs 10:9


“Before we become too arrogant with the most deadly of the seven deadly
sins, the sin of pride, let us remember that the two great wars of this
century, wars which cost twenty million dead, were fought
between Christian nations praying to the same God.”

Sin creeps upon all as we climb upward
            1.Lust
            2.Gluttony            
            3.Greed
            4.Sloth
            5.Wrath
            6.Envy
            7.Pride

... these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips,
But have removed their hearts far from Me, ... ~ Isaiah 29:13


“Never be too proud to go onto your knees before God.”

Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.
~ Proverbs 16:18


“In the long term we can hope that religion will change the nature of
man and reduce conflict. But history is not encouraging in this respect.
The bloodiest wars in history have been religious wars.

... wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from
your desires for pleasure that war in your members? ... ~ James 4:1-3


Without a content heart of purpose calamity rules
 Wars and fights
      ⮡  Desires for pleasure
           ⮡  Lust
                ⮡  Murder and covet  

“To a crisis of the spirit, we need an answer of the spirit.
To find that answer, we need only look within ourselves. When we listen
to the better angels of our nature, we find that they celebrate the simple
things, the basic things--such as goodness, decency, love, kindness.
Greatness comes in simple trappings.”

One cannot enjoy what one does not have
  Look within our spirit
   ⮡  Listen to find the simple things  
        ⮡  Greatness comes in:
                    ● Goodness
                    ● Decency
                    ● Love
                    ● Kindness

There are many bullets of truth in life.
To neglect good and kind decent loving emotions is to be a barren vessel.


"But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship
the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
..." ~ John 4:23-24


“For years politicians have promised the Moon.
I'm the first one to be able to deliver it.”

“For one priceless moment in the whole history of man, all of the people
on this earth are truly one. One in their pride at what you have done,
one in our prayers that you will return safely to earth.”

Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another;
love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; ... ~ 1st Peter 3:8


Unity of spirit bonds the ascension of all
    ONE MIND
                  ● Compassion
                  ● Love
                  ● Tenderhearted    
                  ● Courteous

“Let us begin by committing ourselves to the truth to see it like it is, and
tell it like it is, to find the truth, to speak the truth, and to live the truth.”

"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." ~ John 8:32

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us,
who can be against us? ~ Romans 8:31


“There may be some truth in that if the Arabs have some complaints
about my policy towards Israel, they have to realize that the Jews in the
U.S. control the entire information and propaganda machine, the large
newspapers, the motion pictures, radio and television, and the big
companies, and there is a force that we have to take into consideration.”

“Look at the Justice Department, it's full of Jews ...
The lawyers in government are damn Jews.”

“The Jews are irreligious, atheistic, immoral bunch of bastards.”

“The Jews are just a very aggressive and
abrasive and obnoxious personality.”

“The Jewish cabal is out to get me.”

... have you not shown partiality among yourselves,
and become judges with evil thoughts? ~ James 2:4


There is no unity in prejudice, only hate that divides peace of heart.

... but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are
convicted by the law as transgressors. ~ James 2:9


"... Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed,
for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." ~ Joshua 1:9


Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for
necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. ~ Ephesians 4:29


“I want a Goddamn strong statement on marijuana, I mean one that
just tears the ass out of them. You know, its a funny thing, every one
of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish.”

“The jawbone of an ass is just as dangerous
a weapon today as in Sampson's time.”

“Look, people get drunk ... People chase girls. And the point is,
it's a hell of a lot better for them to get drunk than to take drugs.
It's better to chase girls than boys.”

Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.
See how great a forest a little fire kindles! ~ James 3:5


A wise man fears and departs from evil, But a fool rages and is self-confident.
~ Proverbs 14:16


A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back. If a ruler pays
attention to lies, All his servants become wicked. ~ Proverbs 29:11-12


  PresidentialQuotesPM30.75.mp3 (31m 20s)


“I don't mind the homosexuality. I understand it. Nevertheless, goddamn,
I don't think you glorify it on public television, homosexuality, even more
than you glorify whores. We all know we have weaknesses. But,
goddammit, what do you think that does to kids? You know what
happened to the Greeks! Homosexuality destroyed them. Sure,
Aristotle was a homo. We all know that. So was Socrates.”

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?
Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 6:9-10


God, of course, is the greatest philosopher of all.

How easy it is to be deceived. Men regarded as highly intelligent
may be misguided, for lack of understanding and focused
devotion - to absolute truth. Philosophy is the study of truth. God
is not a philosopher as He is the creator of all, including all truth.
Shame on all who simplify and or trivialize the majesty of God.


For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you
are complete in Him, who is the head ... ~ Colossians 2:9-10


“I know you heard what you thought I said,
but what I said isn't what I meant.”

... do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and
doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? ~ Romans 2:1-3


“I didn't do anything wrong and I promise to never do it again.”

The dishonest usually come up with excuses
after lying about something or caught in a misbehavior.


Well, I screwed it up real good, didn't I?

Humble hearts cut through all previous arrogance,
and, what God watches and genuinely waits for.


“What a strange creature man is that he fouls his own nest”

Like a bird that wanders from its nest Is a man who wanders from his place.
~ Proverbs 27:8


... grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they
mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. ~ Jude 1:16


“I have never been a quitter. To leave office before my term is
completed is opposed to every instinct in my body. But as president
I must put the interests of America first Therefore, I shall
resign the presidency effective at noon tomorrow.”

“I let the American people down, and I have to carry that burden
for the rest of my life. My political life is over. I will never again
have an opportunity to serve in any official position. Maybe
I can give a little advice from time to time.”

“My own view is that taping of conversations for historical purposes
was a bad decision on the part of all the presidents. I don't think
Kennedy should have done it. I don't think Johnson should
have done it, and I don't think we should have done it.”

“I played by the rules of politics as I found them.”

... the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live
according to the Spirit, the things of Spirit. ... ~ Romans 8:5-6


“No president in history has been more vilified or was more vilified during
the time he was President than Lincoln. Those who knew him, his
secretaries, have written that he was deeply hurt by what was said about
him and drawn about him, but on the other hand, Lincoln had the great
strength of character never to display it, always able to stand tall and
strong and firm no matter how harsh or unfair the criticism might be.
These elements of greatness, of course, inspire us all today.”

... knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and
perseverance, character; and character, hope. ~ Romans 5:3-4


Endurance is insight into our nature of spiritual revival
Hope

Character

              Perseverance              

Tribulations

“Defeat doesn't finish a man, quit does. A man is not
finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits.”

For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God,
you may receive the promise: ... ~ Hebrews 10:36


“Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve.
Find another way. And don't pray when it rains
if you don't pray when the sun shines.”

When we encounter tough times, endurance can be on the edge
of panic. Hearts beat and nerves stretch. It is incredible that during
these stressful times our greatest character traits either shine or
pale under the strain. With vision strength is established with control
where those without much knowledge crumble at the first whine.
Tested to reveal mettle, it is no wonder we are made to reflect
a higher essence in His light where He waits.


“You must never give up. You must remember that you have to take
risks in order to achieve anything and sometimes you will suffer defeat.
But the mark of any individual is to recover from defeat and
disappointment and go on and give it his best shot.”

For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again,
But the wicked shall fall by calamity. ~ Proverbs 24:16


“Remember, always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be
petty. Always remember, others may hate you. But those who hate you
don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.”

Wisdom often comes from the coals of despair
  ● Always give your best
  ● Never get discouraged
  ● Never be petty

     → Others may hate you
           ⮡  They win if you hate them
                  ⮡  Then you destroy yourself  

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust
destroy and where thieves break in and steal; ..." ~ Matthew 6:19-21


“If we succeed, it will not be because of what we have,
but it will be because of what we are; not because of what we own,
but, rather because of what we believe.”


History proves out that humanity has always been led by those
ruling from the shadows whether seen or not. If our character
is hopelessness, those that oppress us have won the battle in
defeating the minds of all that would be free. Trapped as ignorance
is consumed monumentally as truth’s candy; darkness is its’ color.
Opinion guides the blind where reflections of reality are the shadows
of all our troubles, real or imagined. A higher sight rises where the
clouds lift us in to His presence. If our hearts find faith exalted above
our heavy loads, a glimpse of freedom’s sweet taste remains.
Rejoice for all that treasure this timelessness.


... And how does a wise man die? As the fool! ~ Ecclesiastes 2:16

For in death there is no remembrance of You;
In the grave who will give You thanks? ~ Psalms 6:5


The dead do not praise the LORD, Nor any who go down into silence.
~ Psalms 115:17


When unrighteous turns righteous glory rules
In this world fear plagues all peace
The greatest test of faith comes to free spirits
Corrupt leadership creates a hostile people
Violence consumes those who perpetuate it
Only by submitting to God is one made whole
Power’s greatest abuse is lack of character
Wars among men are fought for greed, not for God
Schizophrenia is symptomatic of insecure paranoids
Fools speak what wisdom does not declare
God is more than man can explain
Endurance is the character of greatness
Hate is murder of the self
Faith supersedes all that is material

Freedom comes to those who truly believe.

Genuine magnificence comes with no tricks

Darkness has an insidious silence.


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2/16/2020 ~ Keep

🔐
  KeepAM1.mp3 (26m 01s)


  Keep.pptx

Darkness is the terror of loss.
Material remains for the dust while spirit rises unto eternity.

All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth, To such as
keep His covenant and His testimonies. ~ Psalms 25:10


His testimonies and more importantly, His covenant now stands
before us all. Do we see the mercy He extends by revealing the truth
of good and evil, allowing us to choose one for the better or the ladder
for the worst. It is a condition of temporary time where souls realize
and decide who they will become.


... righteousness to children's children, To such as keep His covenant, And to
those who remember His commandments to do them. ~ Psalms 103:17-18


Remembering the sure goodness God declares holds the
strength of continuing family, and fortune all generations seek.


Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit.
~ Psalms 34:13


Single truths fill the word of God, instructing in what is best,
for the decency He wills for His eternal creation.


That they may set their hope in God, And not forget the
works of God, But keep His commandments; ~ Psalms 78:7


God has delivered life to know and to wonder.
The way of God is not so far off touching all that is.
Mortal faith is hoping for what is greater, adhering to His subjective call.


Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who
seek Him with the whole heart! ... ~ Psalms 119:2-5


His commands are a set of standards establishing
what is best, and good, for the unity of life in His creation.


Redeem me from the oppression of man, That I may keep Your precepts. ...
~ Psalms 119:134-136


In the United States of America today, how many follow the teachings
of the Bible, in which this country was founded, to protect those rights to
worship in freedom's light under the truths of God? Hypocrites plague the
corridors of blinded time where what was once sweet has become soured.
As infants need instructions to survive, so too divine intervention is part
of our spiritual rise back to God. Without God there is no survival.


... do not walk in the way with them, Keep your foot from their path; For their
feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed blood. ~ Proverbs 1:15-16


Running with thugs is like crud in the chest coughing on the self
with no devotion to share. No matter the pain one says he or she has,
the test of endurance is the mandate of God. One chooses
to climb or descend in heart or heartlessness.


... Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you,
To deliver you from the way of evil, ~ Proverbs 2:11-15


The darkness of denying hearts, crooked in wickedness, will be revealed
by the actions that destroy them. Looking to the shifting lies of man to
absolve sin is not a substitute to what God has set in stone. Cool truth
refreshes all who drink of it. Barren is the wasteland of lies where all
are thirsty. Senseless water has no hold in the sand it disappears into.
His light is the reservoir of eternal salvation.


... walk in the way of goodness, And keep to the paths of righteousness.
~ Proverbs 2:16-20


Sorrow brings piercing chime's of weakness to be strong.

... "Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands, and live.
Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, ... ~ Proverbs 4:4-7


To achieve wisdom, memory of previous
understandings must not be forgotten.


... the commandment is a lamp, And the law a light; Reproofs of instruction
are the way of life, To keep you from the evil woman, ... ~ Proverbs 6:20-24


Parents, too often dismissed, carry many horns of truth.
The stubbornness of youth cannot see from above as it peers up from
below. Love builds bonds that lights the paths ahead, and protects
the soul from lies spewn among men. The greatest shield from a
contemptuous life is the love we have for God and others.


... call understanding your nearest kin, That they may
keep you from the immoral woman, ... ~ Proverbs 7:1-5


The keys to the treasure house have been given to all. Come is the call
to accept what has been freely given to live in the fullness He offers.


... A time to keep, And a time to throw away; A time to tear, And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; ~ Ecclesiastes 3:6-7


Time is God’s creation that limits experiences to the pinpoint
of the moment. Many hope for there, but God looks to see us
here, for what we are, not illusions of distant desires.
Contentment transcends the sky's highest plane.


Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep
His commandments, For this is man's all. ... ~ Ecclesiastes 12:13-14


God is the watchful servant who will judge
in the thunderous righteousness of His truth.


And He said, "Go, and tell this people: 'Keep on hearing, but do not
understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.'" ~ Isaiah 6:9


Many remain in a state of denial that God is, and He is
waiting to see who we become in thought and desire.


You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is
stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. ~ Isaiah 26:3


To achieve nirvana, one must believe in God
  In perfect peace:
         ⮡  Mind is stayed on You
                  ⮡  Because he trusts in You  

Unyielding peace can only come to those who fully trust in
His gifts and promises beyond the night where daylight never ends.


Expression has no clarity where words interfere
 ●  Mercy and truth come to those keeping His edicts
 ●  Keep from speaking deceitfully
 ●  Diligently keeping God’s word blesses one
 ●  Let not man’s oppressions keep from obeying God
 ●  Do not keep with evil doers
 ●  Understanding keeps a soul from the evil ways
 ●  Walk in ways of goodness & keep to righteousness
 ●  Keeping God’s commands causes one to live
 ●  His rules light the way keeping one from immorality
 ●  Times declare what one should keep and or speak
 ●  Fear God and keep His ways for this is man’s all
 ●  One can keep to things yet remain oblivious of God   
 ●  Perfect peace comes by trust in God

Each step reveals the path forward.

  KeepPM2.mp3 (29m 13s)


"... if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments." ~ Matthew 19:17

There is only One God who watches over the schisms of man.

He said to them, "All too well you reject the commandment of God,
that you may keep your tradition." ~ Mark 7:9


Deception creeps in our world of shadows. To follow man
is less than knowing God’s will as given in His word.


"But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard
the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience."
~ Luke 8:15


Seeking God is never-ending as He extends His eternal love. Past all
hardships, to hear causes our souls to rise in the glory of knowing.


But He said, "More than that, blessed are those who
hear the word of God and keep it!" ~ Luke 11:28


Noise brings life to sensation. To care is to want.
Hearing is the cautious dilemma of knowing right from wrong.
All need what is hard to do, to live under the righteous hand of God.


"He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life
in this world will keep it for eternal life." ~ John 12:25


To submit to God, in view of our sinful regrets,
reaches to the summit of His own heart. Sacrifice to other’s
needs elevates freedom’s depth past all distances.


"If you love Me, keep My commandments." ~ John 14:15

Love is the extent of acceptance.

Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me,
he will keep My word; ... ~ John 14:23-24


As night is to day, dark is to light, and unsure is to sure,
it will be love over hate that will judge each one of us.


... let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice
and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. ...
~ 1st Corinthians 5:8-9


What is true cannot be changed, and habitual
sinful pursuits, void of regrets, inherits death.


... not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually
immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an
extortioner--not even to eat with such a person. ~ 1st Corinthians 5:10-11


The company we keep declares our desires
   Not to keep company   
    with anyone named
     a brother who is:

              ● Sexually immoral
              ● Covetous
              ● An idolater
              ● A reviler
              ● A drunkard
              ● An extortioner

Climbing into the presence of good company builds characteristics of
sharing and gentleness, uncharacteristic in a greedy and selfish world.
Keeping godly associations pure is uplifting
in an empty world of descending morals.


Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep
the traditions just as I delivered them to you. ~ 1st Corinthians 11:2


To remember what God has delivered to uphold goodness should not
be forgotten or dismissed to the simple disgust of machiavellianism.


Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted
to speak; but they are to be submissive, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 14:34


... I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over man,
but to be in silence. ~ 1st Timothy 2:11-12


Godly traditions have the purpose to impose the greatest
respect, for ourselves and God, in our worship of God.


Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also
called and have confessed the good confession ... ~ 1st Timothy 6:12-13


To weed through malarkey and win the battle of truth
is no simple task without God’s own guidance.


... that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our
Lord Jesus Christ's appearing, which He will manifest in His own time, ...
~ 1st Timothy 6:14-16


Tender is the shine brighter than light where God’s bosom is love for
our lives. Dreams cannot contend with what is more than all visible.


... keep oneself unspotted from the world. ~ James 1:27

Humble hearts able to shower love is where God takes notice.

... if we keep His commandments. He who says, "I know Him," and does not
keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. ~ 1st John 2:3-4


Obedience aligns with His will to observe truth.

... we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments
and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. ~ 1st John 3:22


Do you keep what has been declared by heaven on earth?

... when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the
love of God, that we keep His commandments. ... ~ 1st John 5:2-3


Love is not a drudgingly static condition causing continuous sorrows,
but dynamic in its’ rising moment surpassing all before. Each breath
should deliver heightened appreciation for the grandness
of breathlessness ahead.


Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. ~ 1st John 5:21

Love of the material has no life in it. To love what is dead brings the same.
To be full one must recognize the Creator over the creation.


... praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking
for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. ~ Jude 1:20-21


If one’s true desire is to live eternally, what one is “in” to declares the
outcome He will render, upon our return to His presence.
Without love of God, hope has little effect.


Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and
keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near. ~ Revelation 1:3


God has given His own heart, and life, naked before us all.
Will we hear His call before time ceases and eternity begins?


Pain and sorrow brings depth of character
Those who desire eternal life keep to God’s word
People keep to traditions rejecting God’s commands
Blessed are those who hear the word and keep it
Eternal life is for those that love God over self
If you love God, keep His commandments
Keep to the principle of sincerity and truth
Keep to the traditions delivered by the Apostles
Let women keep silent and submissive in church
Keep oneself unspotted from the world
Only by seeking obedience can one know God
Keeping His commandments brings satisfaction
Keep from idols and worship of things
Blessed who read or hear and keep the word of God

Seeing truth is worthless unless regarded.
Fire and ice are not permanence to be had as the storms pass.


What one keeps to is passion's expression.

Darkness invades where fear is real.


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2/23/2020 ~ Tongues

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  TonguesAM1.mp3 (21m 48s)


  Tongues.pptx

Darkness is one square shy of light.

... So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them:
"Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. ~ Genesis 8:22-9:1


Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. ~ Genesis 11:1

... "Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in
the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, ... ~ Genesis 11:4


... its name is called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language
of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them ... ~ Genesis 11:9


God has a plan to redeem souls in His way and time.
Let us come together to clearly understand what the Lord
would have us to utter in His creation, in and among ourselves,
and back to Him in worship.


Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit. ~ Proverbs 18:21


Judgment will come by what we live by, as to how we communicate with
each other, either in peace or hate, soft or harsh; the day will declare it.


... "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
He who believes and is baptized will be saved; .." ~ Mark 16:15-16


God Himself in the flesh has given commands of how to return to
His presence. Crucial is understanding His word, and how it applies
in His time and ways. In modern man’s haste, to exalt himself,
many misconceptions have come to transpire
misleading people into false precepts.


"And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out
demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if
they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; ..." ~ Mark 16:17-18


Specifically, Jesus stated tongues would be spoken as a miraculous
event. Remember, God imposed the power to confuse the languages of
people when they were found to be disobedient, at the Tower of Babel.
Jesus is now declaring that there can be unity in Him
through faith past all the barriers created by man.


... they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with
other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. ... ~ Acts 2:3-5


On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles
allowing them to speak in tongues. Multiple languages
of many nations were present in Jerusalem.


... "Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear,
each in our own language in which we were born?" ~ Acts 2:6-8


Astoundingly, these chosen Apostles, Galileans, were able to utter,
in speech, language understood by all dialects. One spoken voice
understood in all languages. This was the power of tongues, and God’s
unleashing of understanding, under His new covenant of faith.
Clearly tongues were employed as a method to get awareness
across in a miraculous way. How it worked is still quite enigmatic
but certainly divinely conceived to unite the moment.


While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit
fell upon all those who heard the word. ... ~ Acts 10:44-45


Following events on hearing the word, The Holy Spirit came upon men,
clarifying that Gentiles, all peoples, were included in God’s invitation to
return to Him through the offering and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
To enhance this understanding, miracles were performed to establish
beyond any, and all shadows of doubt, that this was in fact, the will of
God’s truth to be known for all time. The Holy Spirit decided when and
where it was appropriate to enact these miraculous divine interventions,
and it is not such a casual event that man can muster it up,
all on his own, as modern day charlatans propose.


For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. ... ~ Acts 10:46-48

As at Pentecost, blessings of miraculous powers, here also, fell upon
the Gentiles, confirming this message of unity in faith for all peoples.


"... receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" So they said to him, "We
have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit." ... ~ Acts 19:2-3


As many times as various miracles occurred, only God knows, but
what has been revealed for us to know teaches us that He loves us.
His will is to wash us of all unrighteousness.


... And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them,
and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. ~ Acts 19:4-6


Baptism for remission of sins, and subsequently, the receiving of the
gift of the Holy Spirit’s promise, is what was taught. As prophesized
by Jesus, Paul and God’s Apostles laid hands on those that would
find the astonishments of God’s own blessings and miracles.
The power of tongues cut through all barriers of language and
dialect confusion which had been previously placed among men.


... in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that
miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.
~ 1st Corinthians 12:27-28


God’s hierarchy puts tongue's worth at the bottom
   Body of Christ
      ⮩  Members individually
            ⓵  First apostles
            ⓶  Second prophets
            ⓷  Third teachers
     ⮕  Miracles
     ⮕  Gifts of healings
                     ⮩  helps, administrations   
     ⮕  Varieties of tongues

On the hierarchical list of God’s appointed message, and truth’s
conveyance, tongues appear as one of the more minimal miracles. Of
more relevance would be the message shared among men, with healings
and genuine offerings of help. God employed tongues to jump start a
message of love that would extend to heaven itself. Truth without barriers.


... Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best
gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way. ~ 1st Corinthians 12:29-31


It was foretold these various miracles would subside as they were meant
as a means to express, to all mankind, the eternal love God has for all the
life in His creation. Written on the bottom of all hearts is a natural nature
to return to love as the greatest desire. This is the vision of His image.
Unabused animals clearly reflect this ability to naturally love.
The more excellent way is to know God who is love.


Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love,
I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. ~ 1st Corinthians 13:1


And the Bible distinctly states without love, all else is vain.
We know if one does not know love, one does not know God,
and then perhaps God is just an abstraction in a bitter life.
Sorrowful for sure are those who have not the comfort love delivers.


... whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there
is knowledge, it will vanish away. ... ~ 1st Corinthians 13:8-10


Again, the Bible states miraculous tongues would cease, after the light of
God’s own truth established itself, independent of mans ability to destroy
it. In the simplicity that is man, most of what has been has been forgotten,
just today. In our siren filled society, how can it be that we really know
more than what God has proclaimed? The key to understanding
truth is to hear what has been written


... as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man,
I put away childish things. ... ~ 1st Corinthians 13:11-13


And His message continues, the more excellent way to find God,
through faith and hope with love as it remains. The greatest truth
maintains God’s simplicity over all below.


  TonguesAM2.mp3 (27m 56s)


... For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God,
for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. ...
~ 1st Corinthians 14:1-4


Tongues were a special perplexing event translating through all barriers
assisting in the work of God. Plainly stated, His message has much more
weight than tongues, in what God delivered to mankind, to know Him,
and His will for us to live by words given, united under Him.
Who can say which ancient languages are no longer heard or spoken.
God’s original single language was spectacular beyond measure.


... if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you
unless I speak to you either by revelation, by knowledge,
by prophesying, or by teaching? ~ 1st Corinthians 14:5-6


It may have occurred that through tongues that one of the residual
benefits came in abilities to interpret across the various languages
of all nations. The word clearly states that tongues without
knowledge or revelation is useless.


... So likewise you, unless you utter by the tongue words easy to understand,
how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air.
~ 1st Corinthians 14:7-9


Certain is the truth that tongues without understanding is
useless in edifying one another. As babbling upon the air,
what use in edification would it hold if nonsensical?


... if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner
to him who speaks, and he who speaks will be a foreigner to me.
~ 1st Corinthians 14:10-11


God’s cathedral includes the languages of all
  Many languages in the world
      ⮡   None without significance  

The Bible acknowledges many languages in the world and that
misunderstanding is common. Since we are all removed from those
first century events, one can only conjecture as to the nature of tongues
and where they may have had limitations or not. Why would man want
to bring back what has already completed its’ intended purpose?
Candy churches lure suckers from all corners.


... Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.
For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.
~ 1st Corinthians 14:12-14


The Bible indicates repeatedly that tongues assisted in interpreting,
with divine understanding, through the various languages in the world.
Tongues in itself appears to have had little benefit for the individual,
rather the benefit came more to the recipient.


... What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and
I will also pray with the understanding. ~ 1st Corinthians 14:15-17


Quite frank is the call to have understanding over confusion.

... yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding,
that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
~ 1st Corinthians 14:18-20


Tongues used without understanding has no value to teach and
or instruct. Babel was a lesson left for a previous time and God is
now instructing men to grow in understanding leaving behind
those childhood things that gave birth to His church.


... Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe
but to unbelievers; ... ~ 1st Corinthians 14:21-22


God prophesized He would use tongues to speak to all peoples
of the earth. It was for a time left past, where again, clearly stated,
it was a vehicle to instruct all unbelievers foreign to the intimate truths
of God, during those first century times. Miracles of any kind are more
than convincing, to draw one closer to believing. It is truly curious that
if tongues were a sign for unbelievers, how now in our times, supposed
believers need tongues to claim faith. These claims of speaking in
tongues is a feeble attempt to deceive the weak, foreign to God’s
own knowledge and truth. Do we exalt God or man? However,
teaching, unlike tongues, endures through all ages and
understanding is the premium God looks for us to have.
Claims to speak in tongues is a fools attempt to exalt self.


... if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with
tongues, and there come in those who are uninformed or unbelievers, will
they not say that you are out of your mind? ~ 1st Corinthians 14:23-24


Common understanding is the great equalizer
Whole church
⭩                  ⭨
all speak                      all       
with tongues             prophesy    
↕                             ↕
  Comes in uninformed or unbelievers  
↓                             ↓
    You are out         Convinced by all
   of your mind         Convicted by all

Tongues appear to have become somewhat of an amusement
without universal enduring purpose. After tongues inception, it came
to outgrow itself as more of an oddity than a means of edification
to build the faithful in His church. Education seems to have
become more the theme as the church matured.


... Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm,
has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation.
Let all things be done for edification. ~ 1st Corinthians 14:25-26


All is useless without words of understanding
Plain
Words

Teaching God’s word is what opens the heart, and not hoarding gifts
used to impress men among men. Yes, God spreads talents variously
throughout His creation. None of what He gives is intended to abuse or
use others He has chosen to love. Talents are meant to increase the
edification of us all, and they were never meant to be exclusively
reserved for the few. It is not about showing people how high we
have climbed, it is helping others on the climb we travel together.


... If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three,
each in turn, and let one interpret. But if there is no interpreter,
let him keep silent in church, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 14:27-29


As tongues were winding down, in God’s establishment of His church,
instructions not to use the gift without interpretation was given.


... For God is not the author of confusion but of peace,
as in all the churches of the saints. ~ 1st Corinthians 14:30-33


As God is not an author of confusion, so it is His will in His creation, that
we put a high precedence on understanding over any confusion. To obtain
the peace He desires in the hearts of all men, His plan must be followed
over the fantasies of man’s creation, which attempts to establish
superiority over that of God’s own announced commands. He
calls for clear common sense and wisdom without foolishness.


If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue
but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless. ~ James 1:26


Self-control is essential when speaking, without wrath or seeking personal
praise, other than magnifying His glory and grace with a thankful heart.
Methodical thinking to assist everyone's edification has purpose without
measure. Many find the butterfly effect in the good a praising word
can spread. In this, the heights of heaven can be seen.


For "He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue
from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit." ~ 1st Peter 3:10


The message is to love life and to purge all that would be evil maintaining
a pure conscience. Doubt sinks below all that would be tall. Now with
heaven in view, let us walk together to His tearless pastures.


Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that
you may know how you ought to answer each one. ~ Colossians 4:6


Without doubt, God calls us to have knowledge as a means of mature
communication. Reflective intelligence is a sign of a knowing heart.


True believers pursue His truth over man’s cons
Death and life is in the power of tongue
Tongues came as a means to spread God’s message
Pentecost initiated tongues crossing all dialects
The Spirit used tongues repeatedly to enforce truth
Tongues were to cease once truth became full
Truth is found through faith and hope in love
Superior to tongues is knowledge & teaching
Tongues in itself without understanding is valueless
Tongues were used to benefit the recipient
Tongues were a sign for unbelievers, not believers
Let all things be done for edification
God does not author confusion calling for calm
Speaking with thoughtfulness and care is His will

As a flower God’s kingdom
blooms upon all believers

Darkness blasts the sound of silence.


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3/1/2020 ~ Presidential Quotes 31


  PresidentialQuotesPM31.mp3 (22m 19s)


  PresidentialQuotesAboutGod31.pptx

Darkness drops past a pit to nowhere.
Pursuing the ways of God establishes all that is good.

38. Gerald Ford (1974-1977)

“Without God there could be no American form
of government, nor an American way of life.”

“The Declaration [of Independence] was not a protest against
government, but against the excess of government. It prescribed the
proper role of government, to secure the rights of individuals and to effect
their safety and happiness. In modern society, no individual can do this
alone. So government is not a necessary evil but a necessary good.”

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to
be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, ... ~ Romans 13:3-4


“A government big enough to give you everything you want is a
government big enough to take from you everything you have.”

... heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they
themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. ~ Matthew 23:4


“This is an hour of history that troubles our minds and hurts our hearts.”

“I do believe, with all my heart and mind and spirit, that I, not as
President but as a humble servant of God, will receive
justice without mercy if I fail to show mercy.”

For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy.
Mercy triumphs over judgment. ~ James 2:13


“Now, therefore, I, Gerald R. Ford, President of the United States,
pursuant to the pardon power conferred upon me by Article II, Section 2,
of the Constitution, have granted and by these presents do grant a full,
free, and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against
the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may
have committed or taken part in during the period from
January 20, 1969 through August 9, 1974.”

"... Who can forgive sins but God alone?" ... ~ Luke 5:20-23

"But that you may know that the Son of Man has
power on earth to forgive sins" -- ... ~ Luke 5:24-26


“I believe that truth is the glue that holds government together, not
only our Government but civilization itself. That bond, though strained,
is unbroken at home and abroad. In all my public and private acts as your
President, I expect to follow my instincts of openness and candor with full
confidence that honesty is always the best policy in the end. My fellow
Americans, our long national nightmare is over. Our Constitution works;
our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men.
Here the people rule. But there is a higher Power, by
whatever name we honor Him, who ordains not only
righteousness but love, not only justice but mercy.”

“America now is stumbling through the darkness of hatred
and divisiveness. Our values, our principles, and our determination
to succeed as a free and democratic people will give us a torch to light
the way. And we will survive and become the stronger - not only
because of a patriotism that stands for love of country,
but a patriotism that stands for love of people.”

If in fact a fundamental of our freedom is claimed under one God,
when this is outlawed or pushed aside as obnoxious or unfair,
as an impingement upon the freedom of those that choose not
to believe, our freedom is then subjugated under what is not free,
but dominated by arrogance, mistrust, prejudice, and human
elitism without humble hearts. To reject God is to curse our
children and the land upon which we plant. Unholiness has
been timelessly registered as the defeat of all that
builds a people into the greatest they can be.


“It feels like getting a back massage from the Grim Reaper: one
must get comfortable with the most horrifying things in the world.”

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,
but rather expose them. ~ Ephesians 5:11


When governmental laws dominate a people’s ability to be free
with instances of over taxation and unfair exemptions for the elite,
those god given public pursuits of ownership and security with
legacies for their children are stolen. A true republic dissolves
into a oligarchy democracy where greed overtakes the people.
Said such government removes the greatest widest burgeoning
beacon of inspiration and entrepreneurship for its people.
Organized hidden dictatorships (crime) can be masked under
the guise of a protective democracy. History reveals how good
leadership for the benefit of the people is more the oddity than
the norm. Leaders often misuse power to benefit their own
interests rather than reinforcing public structure.


“We cannot stand still or slip backwards.
We must go forward now together.”

But Jesus said to him, "No one, having put his hand to the plow,
and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God." ~ Luke 9:62


  PresidentialQuotesPM31.5.mp3 (26m 42s)


“History and experience tell us that moral progress comes not in
comfortable and complacent times, but out of trial and confusion.”

“For millions of men and women, the church has been the hospital for the
soul, the school for the mind and the safe depository for moral ideas.”

Freedom without responsibility is perversion
  The church:
     ● Hospital for the soul
     ● School for the mind
     ● Safe depository for moral ideas  

“There are no adequate substitutes for father, mother, and children
bound together in a loving commitment to nurture and protect.
No government, no matter how well-intentioned, can take
the place of the family in the scheme of things.”

Laws negating Biblical morals defeat social order and decency.

“It's the quality of the ordinary, the straight, the square, that accounts for
the great stability and success of our nation. It's a quality to be proud of.
But it's a quality that many people seem to have neglected.”

What is crooked cannot be made straight, And what
is lacking cannot be numbered. ~ Ecclesiastes 1:15


“In the two centuries that have passed since 1776, millions upon millions
of Americans have worked and taken up arms when necessary to make
that dream a reality. We can be extremely proud of what they have
accomplished. Today, we are the world's oldest republic. We are
at peace. Our Nation and our way of life endure. We are free.”

“For nearly two hundred years, our nation has derived its strength
from the diversity of its people and of their beliefs. That strength
has been greatly enhanced by [the Islamic] religious heritage.”

“My commitment to the security and future of Israel is
based upon basic morality as well as enlightened self-interest.
Our role in supporting Israel honors our own heritage.”

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially
to those who are of the household of faith. ~ Galatians 6:10


“Let us remember that our national unity is a most priceless asset.”

“But the separation of church and state, although a fundamental
principle to which I fully subscribe, was never intended in
my view to separate public morality from public policy.

“I believe that prayer in public schools should be voluntary.
It is difficult for me to see how religious exercises can be a requirement
in public schools, given our Constitutional requirement of separation of
church and state. I feel that the highly desirable goal of religious education
must be principally the responsibility of church and home. I do not
believe that public education should show any hostility toward
religion, and neither should it inhibit voluntary participation,
if it does not interfere with the educational process.”

“The length of one's days matters less
than the love of one's family and friends.”

... And years of life will be added to you. If you are wise, you are wise for
yourself, And if you scoff, you will bear it alone."~ Proverbs 9:10-12


“I remain convinced that pardoning Nixon was the right thing to do.”


Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.
... ~ Romans 12:17-18


Hearts ache as stones are heavy. Feelings of obscurity are natural
in times of insecurity and turmoil, which perhaps have been since
the dawn of human existence. We live in wild screaming times where
distrust and contempt consume the children. Will we live to pass the
hate of the past where flowers replace fists? Living has always been
tough in understanding sorrows that drive a people to madness.
Murder, corruption, and swords have drawn the wisdom that
falls before us. Walking on toes pierce the glass nerves
that lead to nowhere. To find what we seek a return
to His ways is crucial to our very survival.


Time wanes where inspiration is challenged
God forms the foundation for American life
Pain exposes endurance where mercy questions
Only God can truly forgive sins
Without honest truth no hope could endure
Only in the light of His love darkness is defeated
Darkness cannot be overcome if ignored
Establishing good character takes extreme effort
Nations only find might in the godly over rebellious
It is our duty to stand with faithful God fearing souls
Without moral social consensus unity is all but lost
Dooming is public policy absent of public morality
Love is the one breath that is remembered
Forgiveness is what emboldens a people

Troubled times call for honest hearts

Darkness can only understand nothing.


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3/8/2020 ~ Anxiety

😨
  AnxietyAM.mp3 (32m 23s)


  Anxiety.pptx

Darkness has a passing of all that has disappeared.
Pressure comes upon all who face life in the flesh.

Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,
But a good word makes it glad. ~ Proverbs 12:25


No matter who, encouragement builds the band-aids of heaven.

... all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed,
all is vanity and grasping for the wind. ... ~ Ecclesiastes 1:14-15


All the unreachable escapes from earth’s turmoil
rest upon the shoulders which bear upon a heart.


Yet man is born to trouble, As the sparks fly upward. ~ Job 5:7

Explosions needle the plights of mankind.

Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, heal me, for my
bones are troubled. My soul also is greatly troubled; ... ~ Psalms 6:2-6


Weariness drains the soul when the flesh finds no pleasure.
No doubt most, if not all, have at some point reduced to
helplessness bequeathing the Lord, if be, for reprieve.


... Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the LORD,
mercy shall surround him. ... ~ Psalms 32:9-11


Key to all that is upright is our joy in trusting His truths.

A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance,
But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. ~ Proverbs 15:13


Shadows of heart shatter peace where the kiss of love releases the spirit.

... Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it. ...
~ Psalms 34:13-15


It is in all that we pursue that delivers able flight or crushing defeat.
God wants us to rise in the knowledge of Him, but this can be a
challenge when we put emphasis on all that is other than Him.


... Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret-it only causes harm.
~ Psalms 37:7-8


Patient faith and trust in God is the immunity medicine
that causes worries and troubles to fade. God does
not desire we bite our teeth while we wait for Him.


Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with
thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; ... ~ Philippians 4:6-7


Simple truths cannot be replaced
  In everything by prayer
   and supplication, with
           thanksgiving

                              ⤡
                        The peace of God
              surpasses all understanding  
                   will guard your hearts

Prayer is the highway rising past all the heights of heaven.

... Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary,
who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word. ~ Luke 10:38-39


His word is food indeed that heals the soul.

But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him
and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone?
Therefore tell her to help me." ~ Luke 10:40


Anxiety is caused when we judge others and are annoyed at what
we are not receiving; Instead of focusing on opportunities to serve,
one looks to be served. When the Bible tells us the least shall be
the greatest, it is for a heart of service without demands on others
to do for you. The greatest treasure is to find contentment.


"... Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing
is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, ..." ~ Luke 10:41-42


What one centers on has the focus of welcomed calm or disquieted
turmoil. Life is a choice and if one condemns others, what is missed
is self-awareness in the moment over outward complaining. To obtain
peace, a thankful heart under God’s own grace has nothing comparable.


... humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt
you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, ... ~ 1st Peter 5:6-7


Overly wrought cares consume the sanctuary of a peaceful mind.

"And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? ..."
~ Luke 12:25-27


Beauty is found in what is most simple torn from the bonds of confusion.
The shear moment of a naked blade of grass in simple blowing fields
has great magnificence when seen. Wonder and awe
lift a soul above the petty mundane.

Anxiety does not reveal the true nature God intended for mankind.


"... O you of little faith? And do not seek what you should eat or
what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind." ~ Luke 12:28-29


Escape comes to those who find His love in more than what
could ever be returned. Usually, unfulfilled desires leave one
empty asking for more; discontent with what one already has.


"... cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other
things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful." ~ Mark 4:18-19


All that is seen is destined to the decay of yesterday.

... called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a
while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. ~ 1st Peter 5:8-10


Beating anxiety involves reality over escapism
  Be sober, be vigilant:
             ⮡  Resist the devouring devil

     ● Steadfast in the faith
              ⮡  Same sufferings
                     ⮡  by your brotherhood
                               ⮡  in the world

     ● After you have suffered a while
              ⮡  Perfect, establish, strengthen  
                                       ⮡  Settle you

We all have walls to conquer in front of us.
One block at a time lifts us to that higher vantage.


"... do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own
things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." ~ Matthew 6:33-34


"By your patience possess your souls." ~ Luke 21:19

Worry is mostly those delusions that cause unnecessary panic
to envelop stolen peace. Concern is reasonable, where
worry can be debilitating and needless.

The more one knows of Jesus, and the ways of God,
troubles become lessened.


... "Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?"
~ Luke 24:36-38


God, creator of all, can never be seen in His totality. This fear of either
His knowing or our not knowing builds or destroys the sanity of a soul.
If we allow our fears to overwhelm our courage,
we surely have lost the purpose of life.


"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me."
~ John 14:1


Dreams can never fill the light He has already given.

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a
far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 4:17


That which is ahead holds more substance than all created before.

... mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation,
that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort
with which we ourselves are comforted by God. ~ 2nd Corinthians 1:3-4


Reality is, and what we allow to occur or not
  God of all comfort:
       → Comforts us in all our tribulation  
                                  ↓
               We may be able to comfort
                   Who are in any trouble
                                   ↕
                     With the comfort we
                   Are comforted by God

When our faith stands for all to see,
collectively, we strengthen each other.


Pain is the heart of consciousness we all endure
Anxiety causes depression while a good word heals
The corruption in the world remains among all
Understanding with trusting God is what draws joy
Depart from evil and do good knowing God watches
Forsake wrath, do not fret – it only causes harm
Sober prayer & thanksgiving guards peace of heart
Overly spent by busy woes misses His simple truths
Undue worries avalanche on those with little faith
The cares of the world blur higher spiritual truths
We are not alone in the challenges all face
Troubles and doubts fade when we see Christ’s love
Unbounded glory rises on the horizon of our faith
Together we are able to comfort one another

Welcome the crutch of God
rather than the broken cane of man.

Darkness has nothing visible to take from.


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3/8/2020 ~ Do Not Become Weary

😴
  WearinessPM.mp3 (35m 55s)


  DoNotBecomeWeary.pptx

Darkness is loaded with empty shots.
The well of heart has no limit the sky cannot see.

I am weary with my groaning; All night I make my bed swim; I drench my
couch with my tears. My eye wastes away because of grief; ... ~ Psalms 6:6-7


Sorrow cannot help but draw weariness to a soul.
Enemies steal peace when not put to rest. It is perceived enemies
that prohibit strength of spirit and deny victory over conquering evil.


I am weary with my crying; My throat is dry; My eyes fail while I wait for
my God. Those who hate me without a cause Are more ... ~ Psalms 69:3-4


Sorrow’s most dreadful result is in the collapse of spirit. For those void of
sorrow, only incensed with anger and or hate, they violate all those who
still have sense of conscience. Many times people tend to imagine things
or events that are not there, nor have they even been. Paranoia inflicts
the disease of self-destruction. Many choose enemies for whose names
they know not, spiritual imprisonment to say the least, prejudice.


The labor of fools wearies them, For they do not even
know how to go to the city! ~ Ecclesiastes 10:15


If heaven is to be our eventual home, would it not be important
to know how to return to this highest of sanctuaries? Surely an
innate quality in human experience is to find the way home.


Do not overwork to be rich; Because of your own understanding, cease!
~ Proverbs 23:4


Understanding is a main component of any situation, for sanity to prevail.
Common sense can be elusive when arrogance and greed spin
their tortures on the innocent. Understanding higher truths is
more than the earth could ever deliver. To die to the self
is to discover the powers of God Himself.


My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength
of my heart and my portion forever. ~ Psalms 73:26


Each of us ages to the next moment. Blessed are those who are able to
bypass the most heinous afflictions, maintaining faith in God Almighty.


"But now it comes upon you, and you are weary; It touches you, and
you are troubled. Is not your reverence your confidence? ... ~ Job 4:5-7


Thoughts can assist or destroy peace of mind. If one loses purpose,
then life can be challenged without hope. Hope is essential when
climbing toward the dreams ahead. Our confidence is shored up with
honest upright hearts. Heartbreakers generally are callous souls self-
absorbed and preoccupied with endless anxiety. To be free of judgment,
and with pure care for others, has no comparable sweetness.


Many times we can miss the good qualities we possess when we overly
condemn ourselves for shortcomings or stumbling's that have occurred.
Again, focus on what one has to advance one’s spirit.


... For when we were still without strength, in due time
Christ died for the ungodly. ~ Romans 5:3-6


When it is said, “No pain, no gain,” it is pain that exposes
the true mettle of character, and heights of our hope.


"I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that
you cannot bear those who are evil. ..." ~ Revelation 2:2-3


God knows at once our rejoicings and miseries. He watches
to see what we will choose; be it goodness over evil’s plotting.


Indeed we count them blessed who endure. ... ~ James 5:11

Blessings beyond measure are imbedded in all hearts devoted
to the pursuit of His word. In this life, none receive the unleased
reservoir ahead, in store for all who believe without doubting.


"And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But
he who endures to the end will be saved." ~ Matthew 10:22


Many hurtfully reject the good news God shares with all.
His characteristic name cannot be changed. As man hates man,
no excuse will exonerate one from His unending truths.


And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season
we shall reap if we do not lose heart. ... ~ Galatians 6:9-10


Sure belief cannot abandon the truths given by heaven.
Faith involves the unity of sharing love in His ways over
our shortcomings of falling from His Holy Grace.


Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy,
we do not lose heart. ~ 2nd Corinthians 4:1


In the tower He has dropped before us, our hearts can fly back to Him.

... Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing,
yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. ~ 2nd Corinthians 4:15-16


Every beach has a wave of hope for more. In all thanksgiving
glory is shone when faith is larger than our fears.


For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far
more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 4:17-18


The greatest of all that is, comes after each soul renders their
deeds under the sun. No one can condemn another as each will
receive judgment alone. Many love family and friends who choose
self over a higher creator source. Reasons are left for God to judge,
but knowing truth is the best part of caring for His justice of I am.
Honesty delivers courage in the shadows of fear.


For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself,
lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet
resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. ~ Hebrews 12:3-4


Christ showed all by resisting evil, while unjust prices
were stolen, that truth measures higher than lies.


"... Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly
in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. ..." ~ Matthew 11:28-30


What is easy comes when loneliness
no longer plagues a soul under His care.


Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always
ought to pray and not lose heart, ... ~ Luke 18:1


Hearts all beat with one eternal wish, to never die.

But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.
~ 2nd Thessalonians 3:13


As sickles shear the crops, so too, our resolve
to produce what is good gives us our name.


"Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them;
for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will
not leave you nor forsake you." ~ Deuteronomy 31:6


For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again,
But the wicked shall fall by calamity. ~ Proverbs 24:16


In all the spears that come upon us, we wait for this higher
excellence of glory, in His light, where no words are needed.
Is the LORD the Rock one stands on or falls upon?

Righteous hearts rise to the occasion enduring all fires for the glorious
insight ahead. It is the weak the exit the door to recovery, and sink into the
frozen gaspless tears of living. Pity parties hold no strength of character.


... be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
~ James 5:7-8


Hearts melt in hope of a return to love without measure.
The LORD’s presence will be upon each of us in
a breathless moment as our hearts will bare all.


... kept by the power of God through faith for salvation
ready to be revealed in the last time. ~ 1st Peter 1:3-5


Our hope is the lure to heaven
Reserved in heaven for you

Inheritance incorruptible

     Resurrection of Jesus Christ     

Kept by the power of God
Through faith for salvation

A living hope

It is simple for a child to have careless wonder. What God
keeps is a return to this innocence above all violations.


... if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of
your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is
tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation
of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. ... ~ 1st Peter 1:6-9


As sparks ignite more upon the winds of time,
joy of heart fires inextinguishable faith.


"... In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer,
I have overcome the world." ~ John 16:33


When life comes at one, as it does, faith is the upholding crutch
when calamities arrive. And they arrive, if not already,
most certainly, as afflictions touch us all.


The greatest sadness is when one lacks faith
Weariness and grief arrive because of enemies
Not all woes, real or imagined, are justified in truth
Overworking for earthly riches curbs understanding
Tribulations hone our character enhancing hope
Endurance’s farthest reach is a labor of love
Hearts bond eternally in the ongoing of doing good
The inner soul is renewed with thanksgiving in Him
In but a moment we all will arrive at God’s doorstep
Be reminded of Christ’s sufferings to strengthen us
The promises of God lift us past the tallest of woes
God remains even if we fear lacking confidence
God’s mercy offers salvation through faith in Christ
Overcoming worldliness is key to peace of mind

God’s rewards do surpass all imaginable.

Darkness comes without the pale of shine.


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3/22/2020 ~ Value

💰
  ValueAM1.mp3 (32m 55s)


  Value.pptx

Darkness below black has no sense.
Value is gauged by the price we pay to obtain.

Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, And are
counted as the small dust on the scales; ... ~ Isaiah 40:15


In the greater scheme of things God has a plan
much higher than the triviality of earthlings desiring satisfaction.
He offers the window to eternity.


All nations before Him are as nothing, And they are counted
by Him less than nothing and worthless. ... ~ Isaiah 40:17-18


Specks in time have little consequence in the eternal scheme.
Of His call, for creatures given by His will to love,
He commands service to one another.


All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; ... ~ Daniel 4:35

God has created a realm of redemption for those that have fallen away.
Ask not what God can do for us, but what we can do for God.


But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases. ~ Psalms 115:3

God needs no excuse for the good that He is.

... weighed on the scales, They are altogether lighter than vapor.
~ Psalms 62:9


Loneliness is a touch upon the heart of isolation,
depending on time, to reveal those questions of not knowing.


For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he
deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, ... ~ Galatians 6:3-5


If God reveres those upon the earth as quintessentially honest and
obedient, rather than radical, liberal, criminal, to His cause, He surely
will reward those who believe over deceptions given by man.


... can by any means redeem his brother, Nor give to God a ransom for him
- For the redemption of their souls is costly, ... ~ Psalms 49:6-9


How one sees wealth reveals the cost of what no one can pay for.
The whole earth cannot award one breath. No sister or brother can
redeem what God alone looks for, a sole contrite heart that yearns
for His forgiveness, thankfully pressed upon His love.


How much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding
is to be chosen rather than silver. ... ~ Proverbs 16:16-18


To travel the higher roads where truth shines without measure,
one must surrender all before the One that saves and gives life.


"But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?
Man does not know its value, ..." ~ Job 28:12-15


The value of life embraces the gift of God to humbly acknowledge
He is supreme above all. Earth’s possessions are valued as last
in comparison to eternal life where music never ends.


"God understands its way, And He knows its place. For He looks to the ends
of the earth, And sees under the whole heavens, ..." ~ Job 28:23-28


Facts will never change where truth tells wisdom. God declares
understanding will come to those who have awe under His creation.


Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than
choice gold; For wisdom is better than rubies, ... ~ Proverbs 8:10-11


Who can say the calm of understanding does not enrich the soul?

... My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, And
my revenue than choice silver. ... ~ Proverbs 8:18-22


The value of truth rises above the stars where God Himself knows.

"... Nor is He worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything,
since He gives to all life, breath, and all things." ~ Acts 17:24-25


God does not need temples or amusement parks
built by man over true hearts in the vault of His service.


"... that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him
and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;" ~ Acts 17:26-27


Senses make clear our existence. Creation exists so we
may know the plan of God to love Him as He loves us.


"... we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone,
something shaped by art and man's devising." ~ Acts 17:28-29


Life is not a material expression of an exact place,
but now in the presence of God.


"... ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to
repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in
righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. ..." ~ Acts 17:30-31


Judgment involves the character, and the ability, to become
better than who we once were in those sins of selfish desire.


... if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you
shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; ... ~ Exodus 19:5


Treasures of God illuminate the strings of heart
enhancing the aromas of heaven. God is the ultimate miner,
searching the depths of life with heart.


Yes, the Almighty will be your gold And your precious silver; For then you will
have your delight in the Almighty, And lift up your face to God. ~ Job 22:25-26


No spin has greater value than to look up and see more than we are.

Significance is found in the righteousness we value
 ● God counts the nations as small on the scales
 ● God is in heaven and does as He pleases
 ● Thinking one is greater can be deceptive
 ● Trusting in material wealth is worthless
 ● Pride and a haughty spirit causes a soul to fall
 ● True value rises past mere substance
 ● The wise depart from evil in fear of God
 ● Wisdom and understanding is incomparable
 ● The richest among us fully embrace wisdom
 ● The divine nature is about life over material wealth
 ● Our righteous value will be found at His judgment
 ● Those who hear & obey His word are special to Him  
 ● It is God Himself that holds the greatest value

No faithful heart has the absence of His grace.

  ValueAM2.mp3 (26m 26s)


"For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own
soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" ~ Matthew 16:26


In the case of value, is not life itself of the highest of all known?

But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.
Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge
of Christ Jesus my Lord, ... ~ Philippians 3:7-8


Knowledge of life and why we are is a quality of importance.

... if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
~ Philippians 3:9-11


A rose is given its’ beauty because it is. A man becomes
a king when belief extends beyond self and faith lifts life.


And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed
by the renewing of your mind, ... ~ Romans 12:2-3


The end of this world is dust; as such we must rise
to that which is greater than the earth.


... Let each of you look out not only for his own interests,
but also for the interests of others. ... ~ Philippians 2:3-5


So few are able to find the perfection He calls out for in us all. True
hearts care for the simplest of concerns opening doors for strangers and
tolerating the selfish among us. Nobility of heart shines as a jewel in His
sight. Shame comes upon all, when He is revealed, as we fall before Him.


For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for
a good man someone would even dare to die. ... ~ Romans 5:7-8


Sacrifice has no comprehensive expression for the love it gives.

... who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
~ 1st Timothy 2:4


God has no desire to see souls deceived without hope through
knowledge. This is why He came to sacrifice His own life,
so we can know how to come to Him, in spirit and truth.


"... Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows."
~ Matthew 10:29-31


God created dust, and all that forms around it, to test the desires of life
freely given. Too often people are mired in self-pity, despising existence,
on the cough of disgust. Laughing love is thin for those wingless
thoughts of blue. He waits for each returning soul He holds.


... Your thoughts toward us Cannot be recounted to You in order; If
I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered.
~ Psalms 40:5


Time is a spiral that wells up from deep inside memories
coming from the outside. No number can express His timelessness
where His sense for each of us embraces all moments.


"... Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?"
~ Matthew 6:25-26


Worry is a lack of trust that weighs on broken hearts.
Valleys always have mountains above as we all endure
the shadows that etch the silence of hope’s enchantment.


Now godliness with contentment is great gain. ... ~ 1st Timothy 6:6-8

To feast on heaven itself clears the senses to love.
What would we do if the sun was not there; how important would those
things we place the greatest importance on? We often dismiss those
things of a higher nature where life itself has the greatest value.


... godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life
that now is and of that which is to come. ~ 1st Timothy 4:8


Nothing done by the self can lift a soul to heavens door;
it is His heart that offers the hand to pull us through.


Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content
with such things as you have. ... ~ Hebrews 13:5-6


Loving God brings the right values into focus
  Conduct:
         ● Be without covetousness
         ● Be content with as you have  

A friend cuts to the bottom of a heart, open to all that comes forth.

"... for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out
of her poverty put in all that she had, ..." ~ Mark 12:41-44


Each of us needs to empty our desires in acceptance of His love.
Acceptance brings contentment, by which only heaven can offer.
It is about surrendering all of our life, to that which gives all.
Bliss is an absolute unequalled.


"... ‘And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your
soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' ..." ~ Mark 12:30


Where should our greatest love be? Should it not be with
that which gives life itself to the sweet chords of knowing?


"... and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field."
~ Matthew 13:44


True treasure can never be stolen.

"... when he had found one pearl of great price, went out
and sold all that he had and bought it." ~ Matthew 13:45-46


Genuine value is what we find the most uplifting. A prize awarded
is sweetest when given in the open. He has given all in the open.
Will we close the door or see the gift?


I rejoice at Your word As one who finds great treasure. ~ Psalms 119:162

What wells up from a heart’s bottom
lasts longest for the depth of true desire.


"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where
moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but
lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, ..." ~ Matthew 6:19-21


The agony of a soul is found in unobtainable desires to possess.
Freedom is detachment from desire with happy thankful content hearts.
It is the moment that has the greatest value.


With God the most of living is obtained
No worldly item can pay for the life of a soul
The excellence of knowledge of Christ has no equal
It's not about us but God’s power over death
Think soberly transformed by the renewing of mind
Compassionate hearts for others is a mind of Christ
God desires our salvation & knowledge of the truth
The thoughts of God for each cannot be numbered
Godliness with contentment is great gain
The promise of life to come lights real value
Be content with such things as you have
Giving your all is where one places greatest value
Worship is unyielding love for God’s wealth of Spirit
Rejoice in the great treasure of His word

In His light we find the treasure of Spirit.

  ValueAM3.mp3 (31m 55s)


There is gold and a multitude of rubies, But the lips
of knowledge are a precious jewel. ~ Proverbs 20:15


Knowledge is priceless treasure.

For wisdom is better than rubies, And all the things one
may desire cannot be compared with her. ~ Proverbs 8:11


To understand is the blessing given to those employing wisdom.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally
and without reproach, and it will be given to him. ~ James 1:5


Only humble hearts can reach what cannot be bought.

And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
... ~ Jeremiah 29:13


Seeking often brings epiphanies without notice.

... knowing that you were not redeemed with coruptible things, like silver
and gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your
fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, ... ~ 1st Peter 1:17-19


For heaven to welcome a soul, a heart must do
what God calls out for, putting value on His commands.


... His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and
godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us ... ~ 2nd Peter 1:3-4


To be with God one has to want it more than all
  Given to us all:
       → Things that pertain to life
                                               ⮡  godliness
       → Through the knowledge of Him
                  ↓
  Called us by glory and virtue
  Given great and precious promises
                                               ↑
      may be partakers of the divine nature
   escaped corruption that is through lust   

What is most lovely is not hidden for those that know.

... having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all
filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 7:1


Value has limits rising from what is despicable.
True value resides where noble values take precedence.


... For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body
and in your spirit, which are God's. ~ 1st Corinthians 6:19-20


No greater value is found than coming to God’s nurturing light in prayer.

You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.
~ 1st Corinthians 7:23


As possessions of His eternal love, let us not return to
the lonely emptiness of man’s domination and petty desires.


But Peter and the other apostles answered and said:
"We ought to obey God rather than men." ~ Acts 5:29


God’s truth can never be replaced or
substituted through the angers of man.


Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free,
and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. ~ Galatians 5:1


Freedom is where bondage has no effect.

"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." ...
~ John 8:32-33


Arrogance has one overriding quality, denial.

"... if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." ~ John 8:34-36

Chains bind all who cannot find the freedom He offers.

... because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when
Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. ~ 2nd Corinthians 3:14-15


One must tear back the lies of man to
be set free to see what all long for; truth.


"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an
evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. ..." ~ Luke 6:45


Sharp slicing's of the mouth destroy the front of all that
could be good. Searching for the best orders the soul.


... one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and
where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 3:16-18


Created in the image of God, we hold the power of destiny
when we choose to pursue what has been given from above.


... I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,
and to make all see what is the fellowship ... ~ Ephesians 3:8-9


To value the least is to find the greatest value.

... according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus
our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access ... ~ Ephesians 3:10-12


Confidence is of a high prize when united in the faith of His promise.
Christ Jesus came to be with those that would want salvation from the
oppression of wicked men. He is here with us through His life, death,
and resurrection; first born from the dead to show us the way.


... Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering,
for He who promised is faithful. ~ Hebrews 10:21-23


The astonishment of forgiveness by
God Himself has an unutterable value.


And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not
forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, ... ~ Hebrews 10:24-25


For us to hold the same faith given by His truth adds value to the whole.

Time tests how we respond to desires and purpose
 ● Knowledge above all is a precious jewel
 ● All the things one has cannot compare to wisdom
 ● Wisdom is found when you seek her with your all
 ● We are redeemed by the precious blood of Christ
 ● Call to escape lust through His precious promise
 ● Each needs to put off the flesh perfecting holiness
 ● Obeying God is care over following man’s sinfulness  
 ● Jesus sets us free when we allow Him to carry us
 ● Treasure is found in what comes out of one’s heart
 ● When we turn to the Lord His freedom brings clarity
 ● Fellowship with God in Christ comes to the humble
 ● His eternal purpose gives us access by faith in Him
 ● Assemble and consider with care for one another

Bearing with one another is
a privilege of joining together.

Darkness has no promise of light.


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5/3/2020 ~ Cure for All

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  CureForAll.mp3 (26m 48s)


  CureForAll.pptx

Darkness remains where the blind have no vision.
Rising wishes of the hopeful seem to fall with silence.

" 'Now see that I, even I, am He, And there is no God besides Me; ...' "
~ Deuteronomy 32:39


The Power of God is absolute
   I am He, God:
                          ● I kill
                          ● I make alive   
                          ● I wound
                          ● I heal

As God is the only singular creator and savior, of His creation,
one would be best served to pay attention to
His declarations and pleas for our return.


... "If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right
in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, ...
~ Exodus 15:26


God has given us His word to see.
Healing of the soul comes by faith and trust in God’s power to save us
from the flesh. To drop this offering of God can only result in catastrophe.
God has to be the treasure without price for a heart to be established.
Too often God’s word is thrown away while making decisions in life.
One cannot demand freedom without being thankful for it, and so often
it is demanded, without appreciativeness, mired in arrogance.
Hopeless without His justice and honor for truth.


... "Who then can be saved?" But Jesus looked at them and said, "With
men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible."
~ Mark 10:26-27


Looking out into the world can be like seeing through a fog bank.
Faith God can clear the way inspiring much more in us.


"Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh.
Is there anything too hard for Me?" ~ Jeremiah 32:27


It is said God is the rock of our salvation and this is due to His solid truth.

My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not
let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; ...
~ Proverbs 4:20-22


The Lord's Word heals the soul's heart
   My words:
            ⮡  Depart not from

   Keep them in the
  Midst of your heart

  Life to those who find them
               ⮡  Health to all their flesh   

God requests we pay attention to His words, and not let these truths
become absent to our presence. The greatest vision comes from within.


... He sent His word and healed them, And delivered
them from their destructions. ~ Psalms 107:19-20


The time to cry out to God is not just in our troubles, but in our thankful
times, for the healing from those very troubles. As Abraham Lincoln was
told by a fellow patriot, “This too shall pass;” we need to see the shadows
pass to His light. True joy is a pursuit that can only be found in Him. When
they say time heals all wounds, it is God that softens our hearts with
His promise of eternity. His light of truth shines on all of our lives.


... Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the
LORD delivers him out of them all. ~ Psalms 34:18-19


Who could reasonably not have a broken heart, in all that is
about the earth, with death and hardships surrounding us all. It is
the word of God that heals and comforts in days of heavy afflictions.
His promise not to abandon us leaves us not alone. As a horse,
the master simply wants to love his servant.


He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. ~ Psalms 147:3

His word is here for us to know the truth of what God will do, and
what He has done. Coming to God lifts the mending of the spirit.
All are broken, and His word heals us in a true relationship with
His Grace of salvation for all that would trust and obey.


A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.
~ Proverbs 17:22


Gladness and laughter is the song of heaven. It is the
purpose of medicine to heal. Our healing medicine is faith.


Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; Save me, and
I shall be saved, For You are my praise. ~ Jeremiah 17:14


Though answers may flee, trust assures victory

  O LORD

         → Heal me, and I shall be healed  

         → Save me, and I shall be saved  


You are my praise


Great faith never questions what God will do for those that serve Him.
God has poured out His truth abundantly, so any who question will
have no excuse at the moment of His revealing. Would not all want to
be saved by the light of the LORD? Faith is knowing it will come to be.
It is not necessarily that one has obtained salvation or a healing,
such as yet, but belief points to the eventuality.


... forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all
your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, ... ~ Psalms 103:2-5


Forgetfulness swirls in caverns of despair
   O soul forget not all His benefits:   

        → Who forgives all your iniquities
        → Who heals all your diseases
        → Who redeems your life
                                          from destruction
        → Who crowns you with
                                          tender mercies
        → Who satisfies your mouth
                                          with good things

The LORD God, who draws existence itself, is our crown of glory.

... For she said, "If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well."
~ Mark 5:25-28


There are so many illnesses, social and physical, that man cannot cure,
and it is left up to the Lord. The Lord transcends beyond space and time
in life, as is His dwelling place. No greater cure can be had but to fall
into the hands of God Himself, who commands all.
Unwavering faith will be rewarded.


... healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing
in Himself that power had gone out of Him, ... ~ Mark 5:29-31


Faith is often silent in its humble hope, yet God notices all that is genuine.
It is the desire of God that we declare our faith openly, and in truth,
not hiding from Him or others. Jesus looks for confessions of faith.


... He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well.
Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction." ~ Mark 5:32-34


The greatest healing to be had comes by faith.
The sight of faith is found in belief.


"... I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.
And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength
is made perfect in weakness." ~ 2nd Corinthians 12:7-9


Each of us has an affliction unique to each.
It is God testing our strength and resolve to believe without question.
Skeptics argue unable to achieve. Trust without question is faith.
Knowing God has the power is what keeps us strong.


... Blows that hurt cleanse away evil, As do stripes
the inner depths of the heart. ~ Proverbs 20:29-30


Patient endurance has a long path of experience if seasoned in time.
Settled souls are what lifts the rest of us to maturity. Throughout the ages,
it has been the inner depth of character that has inspired all people.
Depth of character renders humble calm with careful ears.


Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may
exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
~ 1st Peter 5:6-7


Without a humble heart, arrogance will destroy you if consumed
in comparisons and unjustified judgments of others.


... pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective,
fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. ~ James 5:14-16


We must continue to pray for each other, as it in itself, helps heal the self.

... I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health,
just as your soul prospers. ... ~ 3rd John 1:2-3


Above all, the bottom line to all, is truth.

... who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having
died to sins, might live for righteousness - by whose stripes you were healed.
~ 1st Peter 2:24


By what other salvation are we saved? By a concoction of man? It is by
Jesus Christ God offers His grace. Jesus showed by enduring suffering,
and never loosing faith, that the resurrection to life comes.


And my God shall supply all your need according to
His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:19


Something greater than imaginable is ahead for all who believe.

No weapon poor or rich can defeat Love’s mercy
Deliverance is only by God who heals and destroys  
Salvation of sinners is possible through Jesus
The word of God is health to all the flesh
God’s word heals and delivers one from troubles
God cares for us through all our afflictions
Great faith and trust continually praises God
Faith heals through the power of God
More than the flesh, faith sustains the soul
Pain and suffering can deepen the heart’s wisdom
Humble hearts trust God’s ability to accomplish all
Prayer heals the sick and lifts the sorrowful
Jesus’ sacrifice heals us to know true God
The glory of Jesus Christ supplies all our needs

God’s ocean of life remains with the faithful.

Darkness seizes fear with a strike of light’s death.


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5/24/2020 ~ Repentance

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  RepentanceAM.mp3 (35m 30s)


  Repentance.pptx

Darkness has nothing to hook on to.
A heavy heart must be more than it is to be set free from above.

He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses
and forsakes them will have mercy. ~ Proverbs 28:13


Confessing and forsaking sin is rooted through repentance.

In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea,
and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!" ~ Matthew 3:1-2


God prepared the way for all to know repentance is on an individual level.
In many ways, the world is a renegade planet in rebellion among the
vast wilderness of stars. God has touched us with a call to return.
All points of compass, it is the wild wild earth.


John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism
of repentance for the remission of sins. ~ Mark 1:4


The world is a wilderness of good plagued with evil deeds.
God has delivered a means to free oneself from earthly bondage.


And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching
a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, ... ~ Luke 3:3


Preaching has been no foreigner to mankind. Since days of old
promoters have tried their best to influence people for better or worse.
It is what is genuine that has lasting effects.


Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the
gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the
kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel." ~ Mark 1:14-15


To believe in the gospel is to hear the truth
of God and trust He has come upon us.


From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent,
for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." ~ Matthew 4:17


The power of God is with us.

"... I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance."
~ Mark 2:16-17


As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one; ..." ~ Romans 3:10

For those that do not believe, they need the most help, which is needed
for all. Pride is a stealthy sin exalting the self above God Himself.
It is a travesty when those in power only endorse themselves
excluding others. True love is absent from proud hearts.


"... I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance."
~ Luke 5:31-32


We are all sinners in need of His healing word.

"... I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I did not come to call
the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." ~ Matthew 9:13


For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy.
Mercy triumphs over judgment. ~ James 2:13


One cannot buy entrance into God’s Kingdom, but doors open
when one sees others over the self in compassion, and love of life.
In so many ways, condemning others condemns one’s self.


"I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish." ~ Luke 13:3

Many curves are on the path to our accent back to heaven.

"Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, ..." ~ Matthew 3:8

Repentance should come before the sunset of our lives.

... that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in
His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. ~ Luke 24:46-47


To partake in the remission of sins, one must come
to Jesus with a contrite heart, asking for forgiveness.


... "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
~ Acts 2:38


To receive the gift of forgiveness of sins. one must observe
His command to come and obey, in submission to His will.


For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be
regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. ~ 2nd Corinthians 7:10


To ponder upon the goodness of God naturally internalizes
better qualities. To mourn over what one does not have, in earthly
possessions, destroys peace and advances corruption.


... despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not
knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? ~ Romans 2:4


Love of God take precedence over the highest of all mountains,
deepest of all wells, and anything created and or perceived.


"Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps
the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. ... ~ Acts 8:22-23


Hope is crucial to our faith as it renders peace in the sanctuary
of His love. Forgiving others lifts our spirt to touch the sky.


... pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will
hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin ... ~ 2nd Chronicles 7:14


To be godly goes hand in hand with a humble heart seeking
Him in prayer, turning from past bad behaviors.


"... God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life." ~ Acts 11:18

All souls are special to God as He has explained carefully how He wills
all peoples to come to Him. Repentance is a sort of reckoning with God.


"... testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God
and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ." ~ Acts 20:20-21


Repentance and faith is how one establishes a relationship with God.

... Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now
commands all men everywhere to repent, ... ~ Acts 17:29-31


It is God’s command that all should repent. If life is important enough,
then sacrificing in acknowledgement to Him, is a small price
to pay for heaven’s happiness upon waves of bliss.


... but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should
perish but that all should come to repentance. ~ 2nd Peter 3:9


God watches from the highest mountaintops. It doesn’t matter
what valley one comes to find oneself in, God wants us to see
the birds and come to our senses, in the music of His truth.


... let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation
of repentance from dead works ... ~ Hebrews 6:1-2


As they say, “dial or plug in,” as get with the truth. Living
is either distant or close in one’s commitment to God.


"... repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and
remove your lampstand from its place - unless you repent." ~ Revelation 2:5


Small things can become very big if not put to rest.
Rest is what Christ offers when one has a heart of devotion.


"Remember therefore how you have received and heard;
hold fast and repent. ..." ~ Revelation 3:3


What one desires the most is what one holds on to at all cost.
Depth of character endures many fires on the path to eternity.


... God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth,
and that they may come to their senses and escape ... ~ 2nd Timothy 2:24-26


To lose innocence without return, the curse remains
   Servant of the Lord:   ● able to teach
        ● not quarrel ● gentle to all ● patient
          → In humility correcting
                          those who are in opposition   
                                         ↓
                         If God perhaps will
                     Grant them repentance
      ★ Know the truth, come to their senses
              ↑ Escape the snare of the devil

To know the truth and coming to one’s senses is the
best medicine in warding off the poisons of mankind.


Success is a measure of joy over regret
Confessing and forsaking sins brings mercy
John preached a baptism of repentance
Jesus came to call sinners to repentance
Unless we repent we will likewise perish
We need to bear noble fruits worthy of repentance
Repent and be baptized is the call of His church
Godly sorrow brings repentance/leads to salvation
Repent that one may be forgiven of wickedness
Humble seeking Him turning from sin are healed
Repentance and faith in Christ is God’s will
God commands all men everywhere to repent
He wills none should perish but come to repentance
Without repentance His blessings will vanish

Repentance is a sign of coming
back to the ways of God.

Darkness sings blues without love.


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5/31/2020 ~ Sheep

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  SheepAM.mp3 (23m 05s)


  Sheep.pptx

Darkness' cover is the gloominess of blindness.
God waits for all to return to His light of truth.
No one is like anyone else.


... God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. ~ Psalms 100:3


Each of us, no matter who, battles with sin, and we all fail on a daily basis.

All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his
own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. ~ Isaiah 53:6


We live in a world that lacks noble leadership with honor and truth.

'... "So they were scattered because there was no shepherd; ..."'
~ Ezekiel 34:5-6


Evil feasts upon the meek and innocent,
who are ignorant to their methods.


"... there was no shepherd, nor did My shepherds search for My flock, but the
shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock" - ~ Ezekiel 34:7-8


What a shame when no one is purposed to help one another.

'"... the shepherds shall feed themselves no more; for I will
deliver My flock from their mouths, ..."' ~ Ezekiel 34:9-10


God will curse those who do not care for one another.

... says the Lord GOD: "Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and
seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among
his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them ..."'
~ Ezekiel 34:11-12


Exasperated for lack of truth, God Himself proclaims
He Himself will come to the earth to set truth as the foundation
for soul salvation, on an individual basis.


... the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they
were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. ~ Matthew 9:36


And so God came into the world, in the flesh, as proclaimed.
Jesus is observing that no one is elevating the weary as they are trampled
upon. God came to the earth to set straight a salvation plan no one could
steal. And His love for life, that He created to live, did just that,
delivered truth without dispute for all to know.


"... for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."
~ Luke 19:10


Christ came to explain those things we all need to know,
how to see all as precious, including ourselves.


"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep."
~ John 10:11


Commitment to death is such a proclamation that sculps an eternal
gift, and a picture that cannot be painted, for its' obvious simple
wonderfulness, beyond any measure that may be conceived by man.


"I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved,
and will go in and out and find pasture." ~ John 10:9


To find contentment has no comparison in life where
hope rides the highest ideal strengthening the soul.


... "What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit
on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out? ..." ~ Matthew 12:11-12


And who would claim good is never good but those with agendas to
advance personal wealth, over that of the souls who truly labor to no end.
Enduring civilizations are built upon equability and fairness lifting
souls to do more, and most importantly, to worship God thankfully.
Without purpose of heart and unity of mind, chaos results.


"... What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them,
does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one
which is lost until he finds it? ..." ~ Luke 15:4-5


One link broken tears the whole chain apart. Would
you turn someone looking for help, and a word of compassion, away?
Revenge is the Lord’s, and He asks of us to gain souls bound for heaven.
Love is the light no matter how dark the sinner.


"... there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over
ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance." ~ Luke 15:6-7


Ruin has no glory for those without God.

"... Jesus said to him, "Feed My sheep." ~ John 21:15-17

God calls for us to help one another, okay 🖜

    👋   Feed My Lambs     
    👊   Tend My Sheep
    👌   Feed My Sheep


Side by side we live among each other, under God’s universal temporary
shadow, where the veil is preparing to peel back; His truth shines forth as
we approach our final awakening. It is God who watches to see, who will
respond to this most urgent call to live as brothers and sisters. God’s
family is just that; do you hear what the Spirit says to the churches?


"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give
them eternal life, and they shall never perish; ..." ~ John 10:27-28


Breathless, heaven holds unspeakable love not to be missed.

... who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
~ 1st Timothy 2:4


The echo of truth cannot be silenced as
God’s own voice trumpets over all to join.


that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting
covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, ...
~ Hebrews 13:20-21


Divine knowledge gives access to being holy

  Now may the God of peace make you  
      ⮡  Complete in every good work
                  ⮡  to do His will

  Working in you
        ⮡  What is well pleasing in His sight
                      ⮡  Through Jesus Christ


God wills that we be whole in ourselves with consciences of confidence,
to change all relationships for the better, patiently, enduring through the
enemy of temporal time, that divides souls to sinking in self-inflicted
godless pits of such high importance. Logs in egos eyes rise establishing
lies of prejudice to only pound one another with tweezers. Without the
hand of God to light awareness, our walk is obscure at best.

Hear now, take God at His word to find freedom the earth will never find,
nor can it deliver. Belonging to God changes life forever.


Love for one another is the hill we all must climb
  ● God has made us, and not we ourselves
  ● Like sheep we have all gone astray in self pursuits
  ● All shepherds greedily turned feeding themselves
  ● God himself would shepherd where none were
  ● Jesus painfully saw no shepherds among the people   
  ● Jesus came to seek and save all the lost
  ● It is through Jesus’ door, entrance to truth is had
  ● Without continuous good conduct, truth is lost
  ● God declares value in the whole of it all
  ● Angles rejoice over one sinner who repents
  ● Jesus wants us to feed each other in love
  ● God desires all to be saved in knowledge of truth
  ● Christ is the great shepherd who completes us

The song is lost if all hear not,
the cry to help one another.

Darkness aches torn from the light.


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6/7/2020 ~ Pursue

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  PursueAM.mp3 (29m 08s)


  Pursue.pptx

Darkness strikes at the heart of fear.
Desire is the pressure of want.

Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it. ~ Psalms 34:14

Do we pursue those things called out for, for the best in our spiritual
evolvement? The pools of peace are in the depths of heaven’s truth.


Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace
and the things by which one may edify another. ~ Romans 14:19


It is a challenge with all the adversities in this world to follow the advice
of the Bible. However, it instructs us all with a baseline of conduct in
appreciative qualities to pursue. Genuinely caring for others has
always been paramount for anything really successful. When
we help others is where our true strength is found.


Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
~ 1st Corinthians 14:1


As a rose’s fragrance, love must rise in
sweet tender tranquility, for it to be real.


For "He who would love life And see good days, ... turn away from evil
and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it." ~ 1st Peter 3:10-11


There is no misery like the misery of one unable to find love,
breaking over filthy language. It is a conscious event to remain
more decent than despicable. Doing good and pursuing peace
brings the treasures of heaven to heart. To find the definition
of good, one has to look to the word of God.


... be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be
peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. ~ Titus 3:1-2


Godly people are the strength of any society
 ● Be subject to authorities
 ● To obey
 ● To be ready for every good work  
 ● To speak evil of no one
 ● To be peaceable, gentle
 ● Showing humility to all

Pondering on the qualities called out for radiate the greatest
smiles in the midst of laughter. God sings to us with every breath.


... through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled
in one word, even in this: "You shall love ..." ~ Galatians 5:13-14


As flowers sway in the wind, our love should reflect His gifts of beauty,
and respect and or regard for this freedom to be. It does not say
to use freedom of spirit to pursue evil intentions skewing away
from God’s purposed word. God’s truth cannot be replaced
by the oblivious whims of man.


Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with
those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. ~ 2nd Timothy 2:22


Wisdom unites the age of experience with love
                              A pure heart
                                        ↑
             → Peace who call on the Lord  
             → Love
             → Faith
             → Righteousness
     Pursue
       ⭧
  Flee youthful lusts

Age delivers wisdom for those of careful thoughtfulness. A raving maniac
is easily exposed. Many diseases of spirit confront the soul. Arrogance,
superiority over others, lauding self, has the value of all that is empty.
Weakness in pride holds the unsettling resentments of others, and sears
the heart from true peace. Some are never able to recover, mired in the
battles of self, and it can take a lifetime to overcome lust, and turn it to
unutterable sincerest of deepest love, over its shallow predecessor of
youthful reckless wild passions. Instant gratification endures little if not
held with pure unconditional commitment of heart. Endless desire spirals
a hole with peace so far out of reach. Contentment is closely associated
with pure love. Gladness is deeper than the flesh can deliver. What is
divine is to be supremely valued where thankfulness lifts us past troubles
caused by grief and not having. Prayer is what establishes a clean heart.


... abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul,
having your conduct honorable ... ~ 1st Peter 2:11-12


If one merely dwells on the lusts of the flesh, all spiritual gifts will be at
best, elusive. The soul is a gift of God and it should be everyone's
ambition, and need, to follow where God leads us.


... "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself,
and take up his cross, and follow Me." ~ Matthew 16:24


The message from Jesus is to exercise self-control
and to laboriously pursue good works.


"And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me."
~ Matthew 10:38


In all the purity that God is, and in delivering His word for man to know, no
one should be lost to His true intentions; salvation of His children in the
light. While none of us may be worthy, it must be a desire to be more
acceptable in His sight, and in service to be true for all. This is
accomplished by adhering to, and studying, the word of God.


For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving
us an example, that you should follow His steps: ... ~ 1st Peter 2:21


To step into the life Jesus walked is to know
the love that surpasses all understanding.


Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone
said to Him, "Lord, I will follow You wherever You go." ~ Luke 9:57


One is lucky if the winds of heart lead to feathers of golden truths.

Then He said to another, "Follow Me." But he said,
"Lord, let me first go and bury my father." ~ Luke 9:59


Family is precious when joy of love is shared. When love is so prevalent,
it can be obscure to find yet a higher love, for God, but it must take
precedence. Thankfulness for His gift to love itself
should easily lift our hearts closer to Him.


And another also said, "Lord, I will follow You, but let me
first go and bid them farewell who are at my house." ~ Luke 9:61


The meal we eat is not just to satisfy cravings of the flesh. If desire
for God and His salvation is less than anything else, priorities are
misaligned from that sparkle that rises to touch eternity itself.


"... 'Come, for all things are now ready.'" ~ Luke 14:16-17

The call from God has always been now,
as His presence has never left us, as of yet.


"But they all with one accord began to make excuses. ..." ~ Luke 14:18-20

People have lives, and they should be valued accordingly. However, when
one puts any of the activities of life above that which gave life, for it to be,
true worship is neglected, and even dismissed, when property, business,
and or family is the only focus. One either comes to God or not.


"... with their mouth they show much love, but
their hearts pursue their own gain." ~ Ezekiel 33:31


Hypocrites are the snakes in all of our lives. They plot and manipulate
to achieve power over others, and take little stock in accountability. Truth
is possessing a clear conscience with God as our guide. Selfish people
have a perverted inward desire, lacking outward expressions
of mercy and truth, welded in patience.


"... for those whose hearts follow the desire for their detestable things and
their abominations, I will recompense their deeds ..." ~ Ezekiel 11:21


There will always be, as long as God is disregarded, people that prey
upon all others with cold detestable qualities. It is a choice for darkness
over the light. These mongers highest achievement is satisfying their own
lusts, regardless of consequences to others. Unfortunately, evil often
devours what could be good. In dismissing God, one generally dismisses
all respect for others as well. What could be beautiful is smothered by
the web of misery. God will judge all cold hearts accordingly.


And many will follow their destructive ways, because of
whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. ~ 2nd Peter 2:2


The Bible speaks of the way of truth, and so there is a way of truth.
To find truth it can only be done when the truth of God is acknowledged.


But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness,
godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. ~ 1st Timothy 6:11


General pursuits declare the wholeness of all
  O man of God pursue:
                                     ● Righteousness  
                                     ● Godliness
                                     ● Faith
                                     ● Love
                                     ● Patience
                                     ● Gentleness

God is clear for souls to pursue those things He declares as good,
and flee what is defined as evil. Plenty of warnings have been given
not to change His word, and deceive the ignorant by calling evil good,
and good evil. Hypocrites are not able to hide from the truth God
has delivered. All the lot of us fools will be shot down
when we bow before His Majesty of grace.


See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what
is good both for yourselves and for all. ~ 1st Thessalonians 5:15


What we pursue is who we are; this is life.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands,
you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. ~ James 4:8


Drawing near to God helps our climb away from those evil practices
of the past, or even those that remain in the present. One can never be
close enough to God for all He has done for us. God does not seek
souls who hide behind walls of deception. Truth is transparent
where it forever resides as obvious.


Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own
understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6


Trust in anything is what we put faith in. Trust in God frees
a soul to find contentment above all that is the material realm.


... one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching
forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the
prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 3:13-14


Visons best has always been looking forward



              ⭩
  Forgetting   
behind
  God in Christ Jesus 
⭧                            





It can be hard to choose life over death, optimism verses pessimism, as
honest hearts can find it difficult to not look back upon the sins we all bear.
It is not original sin, but those actions of selfishness we have all individually
pursued. In an ever flowing kaleidoscope of stop and go, what
cripples us is lack of belief, in God, and in one another.

None of us has attained perfection as we struggle to become better than
before, for those with conscience. Regrets are part of that repentance to
turn back to God, and regard His ways of being. The fires of truth help
understanding as we travel through this wicked world. Let us dream of
better days where we lift each other to be more for our children. Assholes
die in the piles they create. We must find a way to fertilize the future,
and the truth of God has no greater value in this pursuit.


Seeking Him reveals the light of life
Seek peace and pursue it
Pursue those things that edify each other
Pursue love & that one may give proper instruction
Be ready to do good works in subject to authority
Love is the one word that fulfills all the law
Pursue righteousness/faith/ love/peace/calling God
Abstain from fleshly lusts which war against souls
To be worthy one must bear loads & follow Christ
Excuses keep one from following God
Hypocrites lie in pursuit of their own gain
Pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all
He directs the path when one trusts God / one’s all
Pursue the eternal prize found in the upward call

The greatest pursuit for all
is seeking love’s peace.

Darkness' highest point is the bottom.


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6/28/2020 ~ Neglecting Diligent Effort
                    Diminishes Glory to God


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  NeglectAM.mp3 (38m 21s)


  Neglect.pptx

Darkness stings by the shock of nothing.
Work is what completes a soul to rise.

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy
of the calling with which you were called, ... ~ Ephesians 4:1-3


The Bible is not just words. It is a book of instructions and warnings to live
a better life. Many do not have that passion for the Lord to do their best in
His light. Life certainly can be challenging in favorable opportunities, and
social issues with never-ending plagues of self-seeking, distances the
soul from obtaining peace of heart. We all struggle to acquire those
qualities the Bible calls us out to be. Mt. Zion is calling.


Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ,
To all the saints in Christ Jesus ... ~ Philippians 1:1-2


Bondservants rise to the occasion and reach the mountain top
for His cause. One must carry the cross each has been given
to obtain the heights of clarity. Does one consider that
we are able to hold the sacred chalice of truth?


... unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man,
to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; ... ~ Ephesians 4:11-13


We all play a part in building a better life for ourselves and
the family of man. To begin, one must come to the life of Christ,
and understand His love, and sacrifice. As fingerprints are exclusive
and unique, so too are the abilities given to each to find.


... not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants
of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, ... ~ Ephesians 6:6


It is the bottom of a heart that either finds itself in
God’s grace, or remains lost in the miseries of loss.


And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, ...
~ Colossians 3:23


A higher sense of truth is had by all who dedicate their works to the glory
of God. Inspiration rejoices when victory hears the music of His call. No
mountain can hinder the advance of a passionate soul. Do we choose or
reach out to do things for that higher glory of all that is greater, or are
we more limited in seeking narrowly focused selfish pursuits?


And having been perfected, He became the author
of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, ... ~ Hebrews 5:9


It is Jesus Christ that leads us to the gates of heaven,
and the door to eternity.


... no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind
of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning ... ~ Ephesians 4:14


All wounded spirits search for an eternal shore

  Children
        ⮡ Tossed to and fro ⮧ 
                     with every wind of doctrine  

 → By the trickery of men
             ⮡  In the cunning craftiness
                       ⮡  of deceitful plotting


God commands that we rise above the mundane to find the truth
no man can deliver; the heart emanations of each soul in His light.


This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of
a bishop, he desires a good work. ... ~ 1st Timothy 3:1-3


Ignorance has never delivered stability
  ● Temperate, gentle → self control  
  ● Sober-minded
  ● Not given to wine → addiction
  ● Of good behavior
  ● Hospitable
  ● Able to teach → knowledgeable
  ● Not violent
  ● Not quarrelsome
  ● Not greedy for money
  ● Not covetous → self-seeking

Desiring to do good work is a basic Christian principle, and what God
looks for in each of us. God wants us to be planted firmly in His word,
specifically, His actions for being. These qualities of nobleness are
essential if we are to have good leadership in any and all pursuits.


... take care of the church of God?); not a novice, lest being puffed up with
pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. ~ 1st Timothy 3:4-6


When one believes to be better than others, understanding of why we
are has evaporated. The top of faith is found through a humble bottom.
Pride is the great condemning force where peace is stolen and His
nurturing sanctuary is absent. Obstinate pride disqualifies
one from being in the church of God.


For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine,
but according to their own desires, ... ~ 2nd Timothy 4:3


To not apply the light of God’s own truth makes a church less than
what God intended it to be, His house of sanctuary of true worshippers.


... destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.
From such withdraw yourself. Now godliness with contentment is great gain.
~ 1st Timothy 6:4-6


Stirring evil holds contempt for all others

  Men of corrupt minds
                  ⮡  Obsessed with disputes
                                            ⮡  Arguments

  ● Envy
  ● Strife                                Defensive
  ● Reviling                             Attitude
  ● Evil suspicions
  ● Useless wranglings
  ● Destitute of the truth
  ● Suppose godliness is a means of gain  


Those who craftily seek positions of authority, without doing the first
for called out noble works, are the most despicable of despicable. What
makes Christianity ineffective is men whose hypocritical qualities expose
duplicity. Works exclusively for the self miss their service to humanity.


... a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine,
not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, ...
~ Titus 1:7-9


A wasted life knows not the fruits of God

  Steward of God:

            Not self-willed
            Not quick-tempered, Not violent  
            Not greedy for money
            Not given to wine
    but …
            Hospitable, just, holy
            A lover of what is good
            Sober-minded, self-controlled
            Holding fast the faithful word



Christian qualities are well defined. Applying them is the challenge for all.

... teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain.
~ Titus 1:10-11


Many are just plainly dishonest, and purposely choose to be, to gain
unjust advantage. Liars hide in the shadows of their scheming.


Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he
who gathers by labor will increase. ~ Proverbs 13:11


Labor is well earned when reaping the seeds of peace. Honest labor
increases satisfaction, contentment, and peace of work when well done.
Dishonesty produces guilt, confusion, and anguish.


The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the
soul of the diligent shall be made rich. ~ Proverbs 13:4


For people that lack purpose, it can be a dreadful downward spiral.

These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts;
and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. ...
~ Jude 1:16-19


Desperation leads to opinions rooted in self

   Ungodly mockers in the last time:   

        ● Grumblers
        ● Complainers
        ● Walking in their own lusts
        ● Flattering people to gain advantage  
        ● Who cause divisions
        ● Not having the Spirit


How does God see those who plot only for their own benefit? Many kiss
rear ends holding a baseball bat behind their back. Without Godly fear
and regard for accountability, merciless souls ravage the land.


Yes, they are greedy dogs Which never have enough. ... ~ Isaiah 56:11

There are those that live to steal. Looters are akin to mad dogs looking
to gain at the expense of others; extreme selfish narcissism. There is
no unity where only division guides the greedy. Those who lack
understanding are rather driven by impulse.


"Woe to him who covets evil gain for his house, ..." ~ Habakkuk 2:9

Evil gain to obtain material riches has caused many wicked to prosper.
These are the drug dealers to professional assassins that have
plagued all ages. We should be familiar with scripture that asks,
what would a man exchange for his eternal soul; to gain the
world and lose life in God is the worst of all imaginable.


He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house,
But he who hates bribes will live. ~ Proverbs 15:27


Greed is the cancer of peace where turmoil in dissatisfaction devours
the soul. Greed is often associated with dishonest gain, possibly cheating
and stealing could be involved. What is stolen may be either tangible
or non-tangible, or both. Wickedness has no definite path
as it randomly seeks out injustice.


For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion
and every evil thing are there. ~ James 3:16


Focusing exclusively on the self is a time bomb of inner turmoil.
When one cannot see beyond oneself, the magic of true
love and its’ accompanying pleasures go missed.


... serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly,
not for dishonest gain but eagerly; ... ~ 1st Peter 5:2-3


God wills that we achieve noble hearts in the light of His truth. He calls for
us to help one another, rather than cutting organs from the backs of those
we know. God wants us to be in His service, not seeing it as a burden, but
a blessing for the opportunities presented. Just a job, is not a passion.
God wants us to feed His flock, and not feast upon it.


"Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy
Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God ... ~ Acts 20:28


One cannot serve God if not carefully watchful.

Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince,
rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. ... ~ 2nd Timothy 4:2-3


God instructs us to endure through the studies of His word, especially
in the face of false doctrine promoted by charlatans. One must
be careful not to believe the lies promoted by man.


... will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But
you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, ... ~ 2nd Timothy 4:4-5


Those who practice deception do not
want to hear the truths God has put forth.


... Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out
for your souls, as those who must give account. ... ~ Hebrews 13:17


What many neglect to observe is that each of us is made to give account
for all that we are. When we go out of our way to cause grief in others,
it is wholly unprofitable for all involved. Turmoil acquired through
oppression is like a mountain that sinks into a whirlpool of troubles.
Don’t’ give grief to those who would help you.


"... serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears and trials
which happened to me by the plotting of the Jews; ... ~ Acts 20:19-20


Everything we need, to understand God’s will, is given in His word.
All that is helpful has been disclosed.


... note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine
which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve
our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, ... ~ Romans 16:17-18


Unfortunately, many deceive the simple minded to gain
unjust advantage and steal what is meant to be holy.


"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore
be wise as serpents and harmless as doves." ~ Matthew 10:16


It is a dangerous world, and without keen understanding,
the ocean of life may submerge one in a perpetual sinful nature.


... Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. ~ 1st Peter 4:7-9

Compulsive complainers lack thankfulness for what is

   → The end of all things is at hand   

          ● Be serious
          ● Watchful in your prayers
          ● Fervent love for one another
          ● Be hospitable to one another
                      ⮡  Without grumbling



All are called to pray with love in heart without grumbling.

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as
good stewards of the manifold grace of God. ... ~ 1st Peter 4:10-11


The range of life’s expression has no end

Each one has received a gift
Of the manifold grace of God


As good stewards
Do it as with the ability
Which God supplies


That in all things God may be
    Glorified through Jesus Christ    
Whom belong the glory




Blessed, if one is able to put all those spoken by the holy word conflicts
away. What curses the good of the mind, and steals the peace of spirit,
is when we abandon God’s given truths. By pursuing understanding
and practicing His word, it is then that we can be;
freedom of purpose to achieve the joy of living.


The key to peace is always giving your best
Prisoners of the Lord find peace through endurance
Perfection is a measure in the fullness of Christ
Do all to the Lord heartily, and not to men
Avoid trickery, cunning, & deceitful plotting of men
Many religious leaders will seek dishonest gain
The soul of the diligent shall be made rich
Remember last time warnings given by the word
Greed, envy, and self-seeking only brings troubles
Lead eagerly, willingly, not by need / dishonest gain
Preach the word to convince, rebuke, and exhort
Avoid who pursue false doctrine serving themselves
Love; be watchful in all things without grumbling
Each needs to use the gifts God gives to the fullest

Belief in God has no value
without acting on His given truths.

Darkness perhaps is the greatest emptiness.


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??/??/2020 ~ Capital Crime

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Darkness has no word for true.
Upon blizzard’s frost evil has no conscience.

The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, Because they have
transgressed the laws, Changed the ordinance, ... ~ Isaiah 24:5


By turning from what God has instructed,
to protect us, we destroy ourselves.


... calamity on this people - The fruit of their thoughts, Because they have
not heeded My words Nor my law, but rejected it. ~ Jeremiah 6:19


They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but multiplied among men,
it can become an endless endeavor. Anger is a prevalent emotion hard
to overcome. Forgiveness and understanding is void from many hearts.
A wagon load of corpses comes by this way. Words among men
can be the most inflammatory or the dearest of concern.


Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for
light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, ... ~ Isaiah 5:20


The fruits of deviancy from God’s will only leads to hell without hope.
No sinner holding an unrepentant heart will find pride before
His shadow of judgment. Exchanging truth for dishonor and
exalting man's will over God’s law is a certain abomination in His
sight. Unforgettable is the rainbow created by God to declare
His hope and love for our return from evil lusting pursuits.
The truth cannot be reversed though man claims it can.


These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans, ... ~ Proverbs 6:16-19


God has no ambiguity when it comes to good and bad. Pride involves
a better than you attitude; better than God? God certainly expresses
His displeasure with murderers, and the shedding of innocent blood.


The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and
the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate. ~ Proverbs 8:13


The Lord has tightly disclosed His good truths
    The LORD hates:    
            ● Pride and arrogance
            ● The evil way
            ● The perverse mouth

Oppression is living under the shadow of arrogance.
The Lord has made clear those things against goodness.
If one sees, His hand is the light in our darkness.


Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint;
But happy is he who keeps the law. ~ Proverbs 29:18


Laws were created to establish right from wrong.

... know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law
is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless ... ~ 1st Timothy 1:8-10


Freedom without godly regard is lawlessness
  Law is made for:
      ● The lawless and insubordinate
                                       ● The ungodly
                                       ● Sinners
      ● Unholy and profane
      ● Murderers of fathers and mothers  
      ● Manslayers
      ● Fornicators         ● liars
      ● Sodomites           ● perjurers
      ● Kidnappers
      ● Contrary to sound doctrine

Authority is a castle that chains man to be orderly.

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. ... ~ Romans 13:3-4

To live in peace, an agreement for common decency must be agreed
upon. As rules are broken, authority has the responsibility to return
order as quickly as possible. Exacting justice is not a quagmire of delays.
Make no mistake, God authorizes execution for those that break His
ordinances, and if not done by man, judgment day will enforce
His will for Goodness over evil’s influence.


Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore
the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. ~ Ecclesiastes 8:11


When justice fails evil flaunts its’ success
  Sentence against an evil work  
        ⮡  Not executed speedily
               ⮡  Sets hearts to do evil

Without enforcing laws expeditiously, societies invite an avalanche of evil.

Let grace be shown to the wicked, Yet he will not learn righteousness;
In the land of uprightness he will deal unjustly, ... ~ Isaiah 26:10


Grace has been shown to all. There are those who will never
take advantage of the goodness offered, in sharing together, where
selfishness reigns. By not purging society of the most heinous criminals,
the burden of their continuing care lessens the quality of life for all.


"... false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness
will abound, the love of many will grow cold. ..." ~ Matthew 24:11-13


Lawlessness is the curse of all.

"You shall not murder." ~ Exodus 20:13

"... Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood shall be shed;
For in the image of God He made man. ..." ~ Genesis 9:6


God commands capital punishment for murderers.

For if I am an offender, or have committed anything deserving of death,
I do not object to dying; ... ~ Acts 25:11


The Apostle Paul, through Holy Spirit’s inspiration,
agrees with capital punishment when appropriate.


"For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries,
fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies." ~ Matthew 15:19


Purpose of heart is only unveiled in depths of truth
  Out of the heart proceed:  
                  ● Evil thoughts
                  ● Murders
                  ● Adulteries
                  ● Fornications
                  ● Thefts
                  ● False witness
                  ● Blasphemies

Conscience is crucial for the soul that wishes salvation.
Knowing what God wills for His creation and His plan can only be
discovered by diligent study and effort to adhere to what has been given.


... Jesus said, "'You shall not murder,' 'You shall not commit adultery,' 'You
shall not steal,' 'You shall not bear false witness,' ..." ~ Matthew 19:18


Words of wisdom are useless to impulsive desires
  Jesus said You shall not:  
            ● Murder
            ● Commit adultery
            ● Steal
            ● Bear false witness

Murder is what takes a soul away from the tree of life where God see all.

Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that
no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. ... ~ 1st John 3:15-16


Love has been given never to be taken away

        Hate is a
       murderer
           No murderer
                                 has eternal life   


     Know love,
   He laid down
   His life for us




              Ought to lay down our
               lives for the brethren




Jesus laid His life down for all, and asks that we follow,
in caring for others, even when it is difficult.


... do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written,
"Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. ~ Romans 12:19


It is a challenge not to want revenge when one has been done wrong.
Jesus suffer under the lies and false accusations levied against Him.
God has promised those hindering the ascension
of souls will receive their just lonely end.


If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our
sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ~ 1st John 1:9


Part of coming to the truth with God is confessing those things
we are most challenged with. Prayer is our portal to heaven.


Without following God’s Word civilizations fail
 ● Earth is defiled for the breaking of God’s Word
 ● Rejecting God’s law plunges people into calamity
 ● Evil reverses truth asserting lies as true
 ● God is clear on what He calls evil abominations
 ● Without truth, the people destroy themselves
 ● Rulers are a terror to those practicing evil
 ● By not enforcing laws rapidly only increases sin
 ● Fair hands of justice cannot change driven evil
 ● Hearts grow cold from abounding lawless lies
 ● God proclaims murderers shall be executed by man  
 ● The Apostle Paul condoned the death penalty
 ● Hateful hearts are murderous with no inheritance
 ● God will exact justice where man cannot

Villains have little conscience for God’s Word.

Darkness has no flavor but ice.


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?/?/2020 ~ Presidential Quotes 32


Darkness holds flightless arrows.
The key to feeling is knowing ignorance.

40. Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)

“Since I came to the White House, I got two hearing aids,
a colon operation, skin cancer, a prostate operation, and I was shot.
The damn thing is, I've never felt better in my life.”

“You know, by the time you reach my age, you've made plenty of
mistakes if you've lived your life properly. So you learn. You put things
in perspective. You pull your energies together. You change. You go
forward. My fellow Americans, I have a great deal that I want to
accomplish with you and for you over the next two years.
And, the Lord willing, that's exactly what I intend to do.”

“I believe with all my heart that standing up for America
means standing up for the God who has so blessed our land.”

“America needs God more than God needs America. If we ever forget that
we are One Nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”

“Our National Motto - 'In God We Trust' - was not chosen lightly.
It reflects a basic recognition that there is a divine authority
in the universe to which this nation owes homage.”

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways
acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6


“We believe faith and freedom must be our guiding stars,
for they show us truth, they make us brave, give us hope,
and leave us wiser than we were.”

Universal Truths never alter
   Faith and Freedom:
                          → Show us truth
                          → Make us brave
                          → Give us hope
                          → Leave us wiser   

“The struggle now going on for the world will never be decided by bombs
or rockets, by armies or military might. The real crisis we face today is a
spiritual one; at the root, it is a test of moral will and faith.”

“Of the many influences that have shaped the United States
into a distinctive nation and people, none may be said to
be more fundamental and enduring than the Bible.”

“Within the covers of the Bible are the
answers for all the problems men face.”

“Indeed, it is an indisputable fact that all the complex
and horrendous questions confronting us at home and worldwide
have their answer in that single book [the Bible].”

“The Bible can touch our hearts, order our minds, refresh our souls.”

In the darkness the dance of light calls come home
          Order our
            minds

          The Bible          

                                        Touch
   Refresh                    our hearts  
  our souls

“Inside the Bible’s pages lie all the answers to all the problems man
has ever known. It is my firm belief that the enduring values presented
in its pages have a great meaning for each of us and for our nation.
The Bible can touch our hearts, order our minds, and refresh our souls.
I hope Americans will read and study the Bible.”

“Either [Jesus] was what he said he was or he was the world's greatest
liar. It is impossible for me to believe a liar or charlatan could have had the
effect on mankind that he has had for 2000 years. We could ask, would
even the greatest of liars carry his lie through the crucifixion, when a
simple confession would have saved him? ... Did he allow us the choice...
to believe in his teaching but reject his statements about his own identity?”

... If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of
all men the most pitiable. ~ 1st Corinthians 15:17-19


“Sometimes when I'm faced with an atheist, I am tempted
to invite him to the greatest gourmet dinner that one could ever serve,
and when we have finished eating that magnificent dinner,
to ask him if he believes there's a cook.”

“God's miracles are to be found in nature itself; the wind and waves,
the wood that becomes a tree - all of these are explained biologically,
but behind them is the hand of God.”

“Hope remains the highest reality, the age-old power.”

... who according to His abundant mercy has beggotten us again to a living
hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ ... ~ 1st Peter 1:3-5


“Our liberty springs from and depends upon an abiding faith in God.”

America was founded by people who believe that God was their rock of
safety. I recognize we must be cautious in claiming that God is on our
side, but I think it's all right to keep asking if we're on His side.”

“There is no foundation like the rock of honesty and fairness, and
when you begin to build your life on that rock, with the cement of
the faith in God that you have, then you have a real start.”

He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who
perverts his ways will become known. ~ Proverbs10:9


“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest
things, He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”

In troubled times He is the rock all should seek
Each of us can accomplish more than we are able
Standing up for God magnifies the blessings
God is more important to us than can be calculated
One can not achieve a greater wisdom without Him
Wars and weapons will never resolve peace of heart
The Bible includes solutions to all man’s difficulties
Those missing the teachings of the Bible loose much  
Jesus came to expose truth for all to know God
Atheists can never shine upon infinite truth
Voiced in nature is undeniable presence of God
Freedom is inspired from God’s desire for us
God’s rock only comes to those faithful in Him
Those who lead inspire others to be greater

Many scream of getting older yet birth is ahead

“Our nation will prosper or decline in direct proportion to our selection of
leaders who are guided by the Holy Spirit. If we fail to select Godly
leaders our destiny will surely be as that of the Roman Empire.”

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But
when a wicked man rules, the people groan. ~ Proverbs 29:2


“We are never defeated unless we give up on God.”

“We in the United States, above all, must remember that lesson,
for we were founded as a nation of openness to people of all beliefs.
And so we must remain. Our very unity has been strengthened by our
pluralism. We establish no religion in this country, we command no
worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are,
and must remain, separate. All are free to believe or not believe,
all are free to practice a faith or not, and those who believe are
free, and should be free, to speak of and act on their belief.”

“To those who cite the first amendment as reason for excluding God
from more and more of our institutions and everyday life, may I just say:
The first amendment of the Constitution was not written to protect the
people of this country from religious values; it was written to protect
religious values from government tyranny. . . . But now we're told our
children have no right to pray in school. Nonsense. The pendulum has
swung too far toward intolerance against genuine religious freedom.
It is time to redress the balance.”

Looking at the truth saves souls while man lies

The first amendment of the Constitution
 Written to protect the people of this country 

      To protect
religious
values
→    From    → Government
tyranny
     
 

... not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully,
but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's
conscience in the sight of God. ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 4:2-4


“I know that it is often difficult to stand up for one's beliefs when
they are being harshly challenged. But as one who has seen many
challenges over a long lifetime, I can assure you that personal faith
and conviction are strengthened, not weakened, in adversity.”

“The constitution was never meant to prevent people from praying;
its declared purpose was to protect their freedom to pray.”

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; ...
~ Colossians 4:2


“When our Founding Fathers passed the First Amendment,
they sought to protect churches from government interference.
They never intended to construct a wall of hostility between
government and the concept of religious belief itself.”

“There is a fundamental difference between separation of church
and state and denying the spiritual heritage of this country.
Inscribed on the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. are
Jefferson's words, 'The God Who gave us life gave us liberty --
can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed
a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?'”

“I believe that the most essential element of our defense of freedom
is our insistence on speaking out for the cause of religious liberty.”

“The frustrating thing is that those who are attacking religion claim they
are doing it in the name of tolerance, freedom and open-mindedness.
Question: Isn't the real truth that they are intolerant of religion?
They refuse to tolerate its importance in our lives.”

“Without God, there is no virtue because there is no prompting of
the conscience... without God, there is a coarsening of the society;
without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.”

“Politics and morality are inseparable. And as morality's foundation is
religion, religion and politics are necessarily related. We need religion as a
guide. We need it because we are imperfect, and our government needs
the church, because only those humble enough to admit they're sinners
can bring to democracy the tolerance it requires in order to survive.”

“God, the source of all knowledge, should never have
been expelled from our children's classrooms.”

For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come
knowledge and understanding; ... ~ Proverbs 2:6-7


“If we get the federal government out of the classroom,
maybe we'll get God back in.”

“The First Continental Congress made its first act a prayer,
the beginning of a great tradition. We have then a lesson from
the founders of our land. That lesson is clear: That in the winning
of freedom and in the living of life, the first step is prayer.”

“We seek a constitutional amendment to permit voluntary
school prayer. God should never have been expelled from
America's classrooms in the first place.”

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit.
~ 1st Thessalonians 5:16-19


“God...should never have been expelled from America's schools.
As we struggle to teach our children...we dare not forget that our
civilization was built by men and women who placed their faith in
a loving God. If Congress can begin each day with a moment
of prayer...so then can our sons and daughters.”


When a people lose touch with their divine connection to the
authority that has brought us the presence of autonomous life,
they abandon the principles of why we are; to love and know love
as free souls. No quantum computer will ever know love where
many intellectuals drown without true knowledge. Knowledge
in itself does not deliver wisdom where God resides. Facts
will never reveal the dreams that will build tomorrow.


Children can only truly rise by knowing His truths
   Without godly leaders quarrels will lead to defeat
   Belief is a quest to know God in hope of life
   Convoluted laws expose man’s evil against God
   Conviction to God is strengthened in our weakness
   Constitutional rights were written to protect faith
   Our Government is to protect church not eliminate it   
   If we abandon God’s gift of life death is next
   Continuing to speak of God ensures freedom
   Without God our social system of life will collapse
   It is an abomination to deny prayer to our children
   Prayer is a unremovable tradition of national favor
   Tragic is prayer being expelled from public schools
   The best solution for youthful respect is God

In times of distress all hope for leadership.

God willing a new generation
will rise faithful to His ways

Darkness cannot see the tears it sheds.


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??/??/2020 ~ Commands

🕮
Darkness rings upon the strings of death.
A moment approaches where all hearts will cry out.

The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment
of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; ~ Psalms 19:8


Truth never changes in its’ true value.

Blessed are those who keep His testimonies,
Who seek Him with the whole heart! ... ~ Psalms 119:2-5


Striving to be good is not an activity that ever ceases. Keeping
aligned with His ways brings about the best of character traits possible.
Some people have no desire to be good and actively descend into
their loathsome behaviors, with no concern to improve.


... The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning. ...
~ 1st John 2:7-8


To recognize the light of God is to see yourself in the naked truth
that He is. When one stands in the light, accountability to God either
builds greater character, or in defiance, a choice is made to reject God,
for the path of darkness and despair that ensues.


... by the prophetic Scriptures has been made known to all nations,
according to the commandment of the everlasting God, ... ~ Romans 16:26


Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart,
from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, ... ~ 1st Timothy 1:5


God’s laws seek outcomes of goodness
  Commandment:
          Love:
              → from a pure heart
              → from a good conscience  
              → from sincere faith

"... if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments." ...
~ Matthew19:17-19


God’s laws draw for the best in moral character
  Want to enter into life:
   • You shall not murder
   • You shall not commit adultery
   • You shall not steal
   • You shall not bear false witness
   • Honor your father and your mother
   • You shall love your neighbor as yourself  

Murder is not the same as killing. We kill flies, spiders, ants, and beetles.
Killing heinous souls purges society of escalating evils, and is condoned
by God to protect those of decency, assisting in keeping work fun, and not
duty to the drudgery of supporting delinquents at the cost of the whole
social tranquility. Note that when one lies the truth is stolen.


... love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all
your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. ... ~ Matthew 22:37-40


Essential seeing is void without real action
  The first and great commandment:  

           1) love the LORD your God
                   with all your heart
                   with all your soul
                   with all your mind

  The second commandment:

           2) love your neighbor as yourself

When two laws establish all else that comes after or before them,
they should certainly be considered with all earnestly.


"This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you."
~ John 15:12


Without love a hopelessness fills the void of emptiness.

And this commandment we have from Him: that he who
loves God must love his brother also. ~ 1st John 4:21


"You are My friends if you do whatever I command you." ~ John 15:14

"Honor your father and mother," which is the first
commandment with promise: ..." ~ Ephesians 6:2-3


Part of friendship is honoring the life of another. Pure hearts wish
no harm and hold no scheming; only hoping for the best that can be.


... acknowledge that the things which I write to you are
the commandments of the Lord. ~ 1st Corinthians 14:37


Many reduce the word of God to trivial, and selective convenience,
out of context, to suit lifestyle. Ignoring the whole word of God leads
to not following any of it. The infinite does not cater to the finite. How
is it that we reject what has been delivered and place this higher truth
below supposedly manmade truths? The Bible is a divinely inspired
comprehensive all inclusive work to be embraced in its’ entirety.


For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.
And His commandments are not burdensome. ... ~ 1st John 5:3-4


"... the law is not of faith, but "the man who does them shall live by them."
~ Galatians 3:11-12


God has risen to the occasion to deliver salvations plan to all of us.
Arrogant and defiant hearts do not live under His instructions,
but rather argue with self-exalted views.

Faith is not man imposed but an acceptance of God Himself.


... And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly,
To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? ~ Micah 6:8


Honesty, compassion, & obedience is the way
  The LORD requires of us:
        ① To do justly
        ② To love mercy
        ③ To walk humbly with God  

Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they
may have the right to the tree of life, ... ~ Revelation 22:14


Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep
His commandments, For this is man's all. ... ~ Ecclesiastes 12:13-14


There is a law to life that will not change
God’s pure commandments illuminate direction
All souls are called to walk in His ways
The light of God’s truth shines upon us
In good conscience a sincere pure heart hears
To love God above all frees a soul to soar
We are commanded to love one another
To be a considered a friend of God one must obey
None of God’s word should be deemed insignificant
Faith builds confidence to endure in Him
True faith acts living by His word
God requires honesty, kindness, and humble hearts
Access to heaven involves obedience to His word
Man’s all is to keep God’s commandments

Wonders of God is not a call to wander away.

Darkness extinguishes all that is noble.


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?/?/2020 ~ Presidential Quotes 33


Darkness listens to trembling silence.
One mans wisdom is another man's stupidity.

40. Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)

“Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees,
tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose
birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would
answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas.”

Even a President can be deceived by common notions repeated
over the centuries, as Christ was not born in December, but a Roman
Holiday was chosen to represent this event. The Bible instructs us
to remember His Death, burial, and resurrection. No instructions
were given to remember and celebrate His birth. Once a popular
commanded Roman fad, why now all of a sudden, it seems, Christ is
a word not to be spoken? Is it because He represents what is moral
and decent which convicts the all of us? I have seen Christmas
brings out the worst in people as greed and resentment flourish, and
now in the United States, Christmas is aggressively marketed prior
to Halloween with shopping displays appearing in September.


“More than any gift or toy, ornament of tree, let us resolve
that this Christmas shall be, like that first Christmas,
a celebration of interior treasures.”

... the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden
all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. ... ~ Colossians 2:2-4


God is a celebration of His power to create,
not man’s fantasies to fabricate.


“Well, it [evolution] is a theory, it is a scientific theory only, and it has
in recent years been challenged in the world of science and is not yet
believed in the scientific community to be as infallible as it once was
believed. But if it was going to be taught in the schools, then I think
that also the biblical theory of creation, which is not a theory but
the biblical story of creation, should also be taught.”

“I doubt evolution is real.”

“It would seem that not only is religion lacking in the schools - so
is common sense. I wonder what a teacher is supposed to say if a
kid asks about those four words on a dime - 'In God We Trust.' Or
maybe that's why they aren't being taught how to read these days.”

Where common sense is social wisdom, those truths of the
past such as ‘In God We Trust’ has been replaced by ‘Trust no one,’
to the shame of all. If we loose our religious foundation to embrace
faith, no corner of decency will be found in the corridors of hidden
lusts and self-pursuits absent of respect for God and His creation.
Without caring hearts, humans become disgusted
pilfering and littering all the paths they travel.


My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. ... ~ Hosea 4:6

“It's said that prayer can move mountains. Well, it's certainly moved
the hearts and minds of Americans in their times of trial and helped
them to achieve a society that, for all its imperfections, is still the
envy of the world and the last, best hope of mankind.”

Prayer is where we connect with our hope.

“The Bible and its teachings helped form the basis for the Founding
Fathers' abiding belief in the inalienable rights of the individual.”

“Throughout our history Americans have put their faith in God
and no one can doubt that we have been blessed for it. The earliest
settlers of this land came came in search of religious freedom.
Landing on a desolate shoreline, they established a spiritual
foundation that has served us ever since.”

“It's been written that the most sublime figure in American history
was George Washington on his knees in the snow at Valley Forge.
He personified a people who knew that it was not enough to depend
on their own courage and goodness, that they must also seek help from
God - their Father and preserver. Where did we begin to lose sight of that
noble beginning, of our conviction that standards of right and wrong do
exist and must be lived up to? Do we really think that we can have
it both ways, that God will protect us in a time of crisis even
as we turn away from Him in our day-to-day life?”

When policy is made dependent upon
profits over principle, tyrants rule the land.


“I believe that George Washington knew the City of Man
cannot survive without the City of God; that the Visible City
will perish without the Invisible City.”

... For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things
which are not seen are eternal. ~ 2nd Corinthians 4:18


“It was the hard work of our people, the freedom they enjoyed and their
faith in God that built this country and made it the envy of the world. In all
of our great cities and towns evidence of the faith of our people is found:
houses of worship of every denomination are among the oldest structures.
While never willing to bow to a tyrant, our forefathers were always willing
to get to their knees before God. When catastrophe threatened,
they turned to God for deliverance. When the harvest was
bountiful the first thought was thanksgiving to God.”

“Great nations which fail to meet their responsibilities are consigned to the
dustbin of history. We grew from that small, weak republic which had as
its assets spirit, optimism, faith in God and an unshakeable belief that free
men and women could govern themselves wisely. We became the leader
of the free world, an example for all those who cherish freedom.”

Unbeatable civilizations unite under God
  Great nation responsibilities:

       ● Spirit
       ● Optimism
       ● Faith in God
       ● Unshakeable belief in freedom  

“Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals
of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men
and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have.”

... by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men --
as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.
... ~ 1st Peter 2:15-17


True respect requires humble hearts
  The will of God:

      ● Honor all people
      ● Love the brotherhood  
      ● Fear God
      ● Honor the king

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”

“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and
the rule of law under God is acknowledged.”

“Freedom is one of the deepest and
noblest aspirations of the human spirit.”

“The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of these
United States are covenants we have made not only with ourselves,
but with all mankind. Our founding documents proclaim to the world
that freedom is not the sole prerogative of a chosen few.
It is the universal right of all God's children.”

“The American dream is not that every man must be level with
every other man. The American dream is that every man must
be free to become whatever God intends he should become.”

“For a time, we forgot the American dream isn't one
of making government bigger, it's keeping faith with
the mighty spirit of free people under God.”

“The United States remains the last best hope for a mankind plagued
by tyranny and deprivation. America is no stronger than its people --
and that means you and me. Well, I believe in you, and I believe that
if we work together, then one day we will say, ‘We fought the good fight.
We finished the race. We kept the faith.’ And to our children and
our children's children, we can say, ‘We did all what could be
done in the brief time that was given us here on earth.’”

“The Founding Fathers believed that faith in God was the key to
our being a good people and America's becoming a great nation.”

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God,
to those who are the called according to His purpose. ~ Romans 8:28


“The time has come to turn to God and reassert our trust
in Him for the healing of America - our country is in need
of and ready for a spiritual renewal.”

“History comes and history goes, but principles endure,
and ensure future generations will defend liberty not as a gift
from government but as a blessing from our Creator.”

Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness endures
to all generations; You established the earth, ... ~ Psalms 119:89-90


“There is no institution more vital to our Nation's survival than the
American family. Here the seeds of personal character are planted,
the roots of public virtue first nourished. Through love and instruction,
discipline, guidance and example, we learn from our mothers and fathers
the values that will shape our private lives and our public citizenship.”

“[Our goal] is to help revive America's traditional values: faith, family,
neighborhood, work and freedom. Government has no business enforcing
these values but neither must it seek, as it did in the recent past, to
suppress or replace them. That only robbed us of our tiller and set
us adrift. Helping to restore these values will bring new strength,
direction and dignity to our lives and to the life of our nation.
It's on these values that we'll best build our future.”

Truth does not change the value it maintains
  Help restore traditional values:  

       ● Faith ≠ Atheism
       ● Family ≠ Abortion or LBGTQx  
       ● Neighborhood ≠ Ghettos
       ● Work ≠ Welfare
       ● Freedom ≠ Servertude

    Best brings dignity to our lives  

There are those that do not deserve basic human rights, when
they do not hold basic instincts of decency. To tolerate evil only
emboldens it. Breaking the law should take some of one’s rights
away. By not following God’s Word and hope for eternal life forfeits
the right to enter His Kingdom. Why should it be different among
men; when a murderer is captured on video with countless witness,
that ensuing court hearings and appeals, with pleas of not guilty,
drain millions in public funds, and all to go to protect a degenerate’s
intolerable violation of public order? By unreasonably extending
rights to those who do not deserve it, not only is society violated,
but we reward liars. The Bible instructs us not to lie against the truth.
Truth is not always popular as it rails against our failings.

Sexual promiscuity has always led to
social disorder as purpose becomes lost.
Religious or sexual orientation does not discount that each
soul seeks genuine love without tortures of criticism. Reckless
or restrained invokes frenzy or calm respectively. Finding
the self is not necessarily the same as finding God.


“The family has always been the cornerstone of American society.”

“If the family goes, so goes our civilization.”

... And he who begets a wise child will delight in him. Let your father and
your mother be glad, And let her who bore you rejoice. ~ Proverbs 23:22-25


“And there is the matter of abortion. We must with calmness and resolve
help the vast majority of our fellow Americans understand that the more
than 112 million abortions performed in America in 1980 amount to a
great moral evil, an assault on the sacredness of human life.”

“More than a decade ago, a Supreme Court decision literally wiped off
the books of fifty states statutes protecting the rights of unborn children.
Abortion on demand now takes the lives of up to 1.5 million unborn
children a year. Human life legislation ending this tragedy will some day
pass the Congress, and you and I must never rest until it does. Unless
and until it can be proven that the unborn child is not a living entity, then
its right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness must be protected.”

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward. ~ Psalms 127:3


“Abraham Lincoln recognized that we could not survive as a free
land when some men could decide that others were not fit to be free
and should therefore be slaves. Likewise, we cannot survive as a free
nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and
should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide.”

While there are some not fit to live, innocence is
not a reason for the termination of life given by God.


“Make no mistake, abortion-on-demand is not a right granted
by the Constitution. No serious scholar, including one disposed
to agree with the Court's result, has argued that the framers
of the Constitution intended to create such a right.”

"Keep yourself far from a false matter; do not kill the innocent
and righteous. For I will not justify the wicked." ~ Exodus 23:7


“Sometimes it seems we’ve strayed … from our convictions
that standards of right and wrong do exist and must be lived up to.
God, the source of our knowledge, has been expelled from the classroom.
He gives us His greatest blessing, life, and yet many would condone
the taking innocent life. We expect Him to protect us in crisis,
but turn away from Him too often in our day-to-day living.
I wonder if He isn’t waiting for us to wake up.


Freedom dreams are best flavored faithfully in Him
   Evolution theory is not gospel truth
   Without God’s word common sense is lacking
   The Bible built the foundations of America
   Man alone cannot contend with what drowns him
   Freedom establishes when faith abides in decency    
   Freedom is lost when self-seeking tyrants rule
   Freedom’s best where respect for what God gives
   Godly belief is the greatest a people can become
   Liberty is a blessing from God
   Biblical values replaced by man destroys freedom
   True family is where love rules over hate
   Abortion divides God’s given right to life
   Right and wrong is the battleground of today

Freedom is lived fully where conscience
of thought is cherished and respected.


There is no music where
God is not the conductor

Darkness pledges to an echoless chasm.


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??/??/2020 ~ Skilled Servant


Darkness shines no color.
The deepest joy comes by how we help one another.

here are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. ~ 1st Corinthians 12:4

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another,
as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. ~ 1st Peter 4:10


... by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. ~ Romans 12:1


So many qualities exemplify a soul of high quality. Determined qualities
of valuable humble honesty; tender and appreciative. Thoughtful caring
souls are not so apt to apply cunning arrogance stealing innocence.


... all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one
body in Christ, and individually members of one another. ~ Romans 12:4-5


Having then gifts differing according to the grace that
is given to us, let us use them: ... ~ Romans 12:6-7


And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some
evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, ... ~ Ephesians 4:11-12


Everything in life has been purposed
    For the equipping    
    For the work
    For the edifying


... unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man,
to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; ... ~ Ephesians 4:13-14


Without knowing how can one be on task?
  The unity of the faith:
     ⮡  Knowledge of the Son of God
                 ⮡  Fullness of Christ

   Should no longer be children:
         Tossed with every wind of doctrine   
                 ⮡  Trickery of men
                       ⮡  Cunning craftiness
                             ⮡  Deceitful plotting


... according to the effective working by which every part does its share,
causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. ~ Eph. 4:15-16


Overall it is God accomplishing His plan to retrieve the greatest
number of souls without browbeating anyone into submission.
Choices in life are given to the freedom He bestows upon all of us.
Those who unite in building character, worthy of all they encounter,
is His will for the love He hopes all to share.


"... Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good
works and glorify your Father in heaven." ~ Matthew 5:14-16


When people hide paranoia fills the void where honesty has evaporated.

"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how
shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing ... ~ Matthew 5:13


Salt has presence when it is able to perform the work appropriate to the
task. If is inactive it lacks the quality to enhance what it interacts with.


Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to
make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? ~ Romans 9:21


... be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master,
prepared for every good work. ~ 2nd Timothy 2:20-21


Each honest heart understands there are unholy things in life.
To purge one’s environment of these either despicable objects or
filth producing products ensures a better quality of living decently.


Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not
need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. ~ 2nd Timothy 2:15


... Do not neglect the gift that is in you, ... ~ 1st Timothy 4:13-16

Continuing in His word is what allows us to approach heaven
while still in the flesh. One must desire salvation to acquire it.


... all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn
babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow ... ~ 1st Peter 2:1-3


... solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by
reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
~ Hebrews 5:13-14


The old adage “Use it or loose it” certainly applies when concerning God’s
word. It is a continual practice to improve that which aligns with His word.
Worthy is defined by our actions regarding His call to be in truth.


Hills give a higher view as we seek forth
God shares talents among the many for the whole
As stewards we have received gifts to be shared
Individualism is the staple call of God’s own image
Thus by God’s grace we were created to perform
One’s gifts in life are to assist for the good of all
Speaking truth in love propels spiritual growth
All are called to shine forth in a working faith
Without presence of character we fade in isolation
Purging moral filth cleanses the spirit in His light
Truth allows one to stand in the light unashamed
Each has been given not to neglect using said gift
We should always have a desire to grow in His word
Spiritual maturity’s key is knowledge with wisdom

Truth often is a razor that cuts honest hearts.

Darkness is a lonely journey best left alone.


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??/??/2020 ~ The Walk

🙏
Darkness has no harmony of motion.
The time of harvest is here to share among one another.

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners, ... ~ Psalms 1:1-2


Each road has a fork with choices to be made
      Meditates in
        the LORD
           ⬈
  Blessed
                      Not with:
                                     ● Ungodly counsel  
                                     ● Path of sinners
                                     ● The scornful

Bittersweet experience touch us all. Crying beats on each genuine heart.
For us to remain strong in His truths, character must turn the page
on rage, for others as well as self. To the unaided and
uneducated souls, humble desires of release to His
love comes by diligent study of His Holy Word.


Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; For You are with me; ... ~ Psalms 23:4


As we are born to die, it is a lesson in trouble and how and what we
choose to depend on. Friends or God? It is a hard walk. The mettle of
a soul is declared by the fearful fires one has endured in a spectrum of
experiences, unique to all; and still able to stand with integrity of heart.
Plain truth is not always palatable, but as a people our noble character
is waning while hope stings all songs. The best taste comes by
dear old friends still willing to share life. May the bonds we
seek inspire a genuine touch in an insincere world.


Uphold my steps in Your paths, That my footsteps may not slip.
~ Psalms 17:5


Sunshine is His message of warmth in a cold distant existence.

O LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not
in man who walks to direct his own steps. ~ Jeremiah 10:23


No one can say the next step will be sure or not with so many clamorous
variables. Wrong or right is presented and the masks we wear bear out
in honesty or not, loving or despising, maturely adjusting or remaining
desperately insecure. Strength is only found, by all hearts,
in extending trust to our timeless one Almighty God.


... They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
~ Isaiah 40:31


Eagles have always expressed power of flight with sharp wisdom in all
situations. In each step, we need more than less, as time ramps her
avalanche upon our lives, vision is what clears the way.


... to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? ~ Micah 6:8

Simple truths remain whole for all the children of the earth,
no matter where or who. Honesty, compassion,
soft respectful hearts define the noble.


This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. ... ~ 2nd John 1:6

Disposable relationships and the human garbage disposal system
lends to cold bitter shallow hearts. Shelter is found in our commitments,
not just to God in our loneliness, but joining with others, even just one,
with permanence beyond measure. Love has no boundary with
the depth of forever. Without love no well can be seen.
Love is commitment to a cause.


For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which
God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2:10


Good works are so often dismissed by the callous. To achieve sure
satisfied hearts, it only occurs when the best we offer is in everything we
do. Quiet sleep comes to those who hold no regrets after giving it all.


And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, ...
~ Ephesians 5:2


Christ showed us the road to paradise in giving all for the benefit of all.
That ‘I’ inside each of us, the 'ID' must learn to give
if love is to be had in its’ fullest glory.


... Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness,
righteousness, and truth), finding what is acceptable to the Lord.
~ Ephesians 5:8-10


Hearts in His light bring forth true dedication
  Spirit fruit:
                          ● In all goodness  
                          ● Righteousness
                          ● Truth
                          ● Finding what
                             is acceptable
                             to the Lord

That epiphany that turns a heart from darkness to
the light comes when one believes upon hearing the word.
Seeking God is an unending task that shines unto eternity.


... walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming
the time, because the days are evil. ~ Ephesians 5:14-16


Awareness rests on smiles found on deepening understandings.
Jewels of knowledge that cannot be stolen possess
treasure immeasurable in extent.


Walk with wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.
~ Colossians 4:5


Time is the friend of no man. Timelessness is the offering of God.

... If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. ~ Galatians 5:24-25

In the challenges of living where there is decay, to find what remains
fresh, without disguise, it is rendered by the sincerity of His eternal truth.
Tides come and go but His wave rests on the calm.


He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
~ 1st John 2:6


Hypocrites, as lawyers, are more a penny a dozen. Victory is
found in integrity without excuse. Just as Jesus walked with honesty,
compassion, and respect for lives of others, so too should we.


For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving
us an example, that you should follow His steps: ... ~ 1st Peter 2:21


As unpleasant as it is, good rises from the depths of
our sufferings, when dealt in our cares for one another.


If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness,
we lie and do not practice the truth. ... ~ 1st John 1:6-7


The sacrifice of Christ delivers us from ourselves
when we join Him and His walk to heaven.`


As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,
rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, ... ~ Colossians 2:6-8


Believing trusting thankful hearts can be innocently deceived by all the
regretful countless schemers that swirl in the shark tank called earth.


Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness,
not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. ~ Romans 13:13


Love of God lessens the tortures of living
  Not in:
              ● revelry - partying
              ● drunkenness
              ● lewdness - filthiness  
              ● lust
              ● strife - fighting
              ● envy

One feels light in love when accountabilities height is rendered to God.
Submission is sacrifice well pleasing in His sight.


... Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk,
as you have us for a pattern. ... ~ Philippians 3:16-18


Experience from personal examinations, as well as those
fortunate enough to witness guiding mentors, lift us closer to
being and becoming the mentor we seek. Faithful help
comes by those who have also been helped.


Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who
follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." ~ John 8:12


Jesus is the starting and finish line.

... just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father,
even so we also should walk in newness of life. ~ Romans 6:4


To open the eternal door one must follow what He has given to know.

For we walk by faith, not by sight. ~ 2nd Corinthians 5:7

Our faith is found in every sure heart knowing our
Father’s intent to redeem all souls in His womb of love.


To try is to hope for better togetherness in love
 ● Blessed when we walk godly, not with sinners
 ● As we all walk to deaths gate, He holds us
 ● To honestly love and walk humbly pleases God
 ● To truly love God one walks uprightly in His will
 ● He created goodness to walk in all over His creation  
 ● Walking in His light seeks what is acceptable to Him
 ● Reflectively walk learning while building wisdom
 ● To walk in the Spirit is to put off the flesh
 ● Christ is our example in what He endured
 ● Walking in His light gains fellowship with others
 ● Walk in principles of Christ over traditions of men
 ● In Him we should walk in the newness of life
 ● For we walk by faith, not by sight

To walk in His light lifts us to His love.

Darkness knows itself by the light it has not.


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?/?/2020 ~ Presidential Quotes 34


Darkness has nothing to fade upon.
History stares at those who choose to see it.

40. Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)

“I believe no challenge is more important to the character of
America than restoring the right to life to all human beings.”

“We will never recognize the true value of our own
lives until we affirm the value in the life of others.”

“I'm convinced, more than ever, that man finds liberation only when
he binds himself to God and commits himself to his fellow man.”

Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. ~ Galatians 6:2

“We have God's promise that what we give will be given back many times
over, so let us go forth from here and rekindle the fire of our faith. Let our
wisdom be vindicated by our deeds. We are told in II Timothy that when
our work is done, we can say, 'We have fought the good fight. We have
finished the race. We have kept the faith.' This is an evidence of it.”

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
~ 2nd Timothy 4:7


“For centuries the Bible's emphasis on compassion and love for our
neighbor has inspired institutional and governmental expressions
of benevolent outreach such as private charity, the establishment
of schools and hospitals, and the abolition of slavery.”

“My mother told me that everything in life happened for a purpose. She
said all things were part of God's plan, even the most disheartening
setbacks, and in the end, everything worked out for the best.”

“I was raised to believe that God has a plan for everyone and
that seemingly random twists of fate are all a part of His plan.”

Commit your works to the LORD, And your thoughts will be established.
~ Proverbs 16:3


“I have recently been told that I am one of the millions of Americans
who will be afflicted with Alzheimer's Disease. … I now begin the journey
that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America
there will always be a bright dawn ahead.”

“Don't give up on your ideals. Don't compromise. Don't turn
to expediency. And for heaven's sake . . . don't get cynical.”

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season
we shall reap if we do not lose heart. ~ Galatians 6:9


“If we listen to our hearts, believe in ourselves,
and pull together, nothing can stand in our way.”

“Live simply, love generously, care deeply,
speak kindly, leave the rest to God.”

“I miss going to church, but I think the Lord understands.”

“There is no limit to the amount of good you
can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.”

“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”

“You won’t get gun control by disarming law-abiding citizens. There’s only
one way to get real gun control: Disarm the thugs and the criminals, lock
them up and if you don’t actually throw away the key, at least lose it for a
long time …. It’s a nasty truth, but those who seek to inflict harm are not
fazed by gun controllers. I happen to know this from personal experience,”

“Under no pretext should arms be surrendered; any attempt
to disarm the people must be stopped, by force if necessary.”

"... and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one."
~ Luke 22:36


“There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers.
We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.”

“All great change in America begins at the dinner table.”

... and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the
good of all his labor-it is the gift of God. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:12-13


“At the root of everything that we’re trying to accomplish is the belief that
America has a mission. We are a nation of freedom, living under God,
believing all citizens must have the opportunity to grow, create wealth,
and build a better life for those who follow. If we live up to those moral
values, we can keep the American dream alive for our children and our
grandchildren, and America will remain mankind’s best hope.”


Life is a connection with God and the spirit within.
God’s compassion to bring forth life independent as in His image
is the one greatest acts of giving knowable. Nobility is found in
seeking God where human shortcomings shove good natures to the
background. Despair and discontent are the spokes that drive the
wheels of defiance against those who plot injustice, and persecute
the innocent. Man against man is not the call from God to unite
in brotherhood. Without common ideals encouraging all, chaos
avalanches upon our children’s children as warring increases.
Where the godless are celebrated, lives are shortened under
forfeited truth. It is said truth is subjective, yet this is not given
by God, as it is a contrivance of man excusing all lies, denying
the preeminence of God’s own truths above mans. Catering to the
crowd over God condemns all who fall into this misconception.


Ability to stand alone declares courage of character
  Without value of life for others we disintegrate
  Liberation of spirit only comes by faith in God
  Promises of untold fortunes will come to the faithful
  Nobility is the challenge in the falling crowd of man
  Purpose of heart can come sometimes agonizingly
  God’s perfect plan includes enduring suffering
  Memory is not as important as honest devotion
  When love is best simple, God takes care of the rest  
  Human limitations afflict the lot of us
  As time passes, unity has no personal identity
  Courage involves moral decisions loyal to God
  Intimacy while dining is man greatest pleasure
  Without God, no freedom will aspire to be

All cry for leadership as anarchy invades our unity

41. George H. W. Bush (1989-1993)

“I have just repeated word for word the oath taken by George Washington
200 years ago, and the Bible on which I placed my hand is the Bible on
which he placed his. It is right that the memory of Washington be with
us today, not only because this is our Bicentennial Inauguration,
but because Washington remains the Father of our Country.”

"Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father,
He who is in heaven." ~ Matthew 23:9


“My first act as president is a prayer. I ask you to bow your heads:
Heavenly Father, we bow our heads and thank You for Your love.
Accept our thanks for the peace that yields this day and the shared faith
that makes its continuance likely. Make us strong to do Your work, willing
to head and hear Your will, and write on our hearts these words: 'Use
power to help people.' For we know that we are given power, not to
advance our own purposes, nor to make a great show in the world,
nor a name. There is but one just use of power, and it is to
serve people. Help us to remember it Lord, Amen.”

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another,
as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. ~ 1st Peter 4:10


“Abraham Lincoln truly inspired me. It wasn’t just the freeing of the slaves,
he kept the Union together. Some people even forget that today. What I
think inspired me was the fact that in spite of being the president of
the United States he retained a certain down-to-earth quality.
He never got to be a big shot, and he cared about people.”

“You cannot be President of the United States if you don't have faith.
Remember Lincoln, going to his knees in times of trial
in the Civil War and all that stuff.”

“Lincoln said you cannot be President without spending some time on
your knees. I have repeated that and a bunch of Atheists got all over me.
Wait a minute. Does that mean that you cannot be President
if you are an Atheist? I say yea that does mean that.”

“No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor
should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God.”

“Atheists are not Americans.”

... they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see
that they could not enter in because of unbelief. ~ Hebrews 3:15-19


“I believe with all my heart that one cannot be America's president
without a belief in God, without the strength that your faith gives you.”

“Any definition of a successful life must include service to others.”

“We can find meaning and reward by serving some higher purpose
than ourselves, a shining purpose, the illumination of a Thousand
Points of Light...We all have something to give.”

“There is a God and He is good, and his love, while free,
has a self imposed cost: We must be good to one another.”

“And I'm not a student of religion, but I don't find anything in what
the principal teachings of Islam that put us in contradiction at all. In fact,
the principles are the same as what-we have a diverse religious culture.
But it's kindness, it's be good to your neighbor, it's love, and it's take
care of children. It's all these things that-so there's no anti-Islam.”

“Our God is a forgiving God.”

... bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a
complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.
... ~ Colossians 3:11-14


Endurance is part of the unity that bonds souls
  The elect of God put on:
                     ● Tender mercies
                     ● Kindness
                     ● Humility
                     ● Meekness
                     ● Longsuffering
                     ● Bearing with one another
                     ● Forgiving one another
                     ● Love the bond of perfection  

“Education is not complete unless we teach our children not only
how to read and write but the difference between right and wrong.”

“Something’s wrong when kids can get birth control
in school but can’t say prayer in school.”

“Not all Americans are living the American dream by a long shot.
Many can't even imagine it. There are impoverished Americans, the
poor and the homeless, the hungry and the hopeless, many unable to
read and write. There are Americans gone astray, the kids dragged down
by drugs, the shattered families, the teenage mothers struggling to cope.
Then there are Americans uneasy, troubled and bewildered
by the dizzying pace of change.”

I remember when I was shot down in that war.
I remember how terrified I was. And it made me feel close
to my family, and to God, and to life, and I was scared.

'Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will
strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you ...' ~ Isaiah 41:10


The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction. ~ Proverbs 1:7


The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the
knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. ~ Proverbs 9:10


“I have a form of Parkinson's disease, which I don't like. My legs
don't move when my brain tells them to. It's very frustrating.”

“But the biggest thing that has happened in the world in my life,
in our lives, is this: By the grace of God, America won the Cold War.”


This nation was so conceived under faith in God’s own touch
and words of universal truth. It was never intended to exalt bigotry
over decency or the godless over the godly. These initial ideals have
been challenged from the very inception, where greed and envy
have derailed countless trains of justice, too often snuffing out the
beacons of hope. Honorable men of great words often fall short of
what they speak. Ignorance has justified humanism or tolerance with
sinfulness, regarding divergence away from God’s own purpose, for
us to know Him supremely, over man's manipulations to dominate.
Tyrants demand allegiance rather than having those actually
submissive to God’s will in the open. The true worth of a soul, no
matter stature, finds service to others as their eternal legacy for all
ages to come; A mother caring for child, a public servant assisting
the needy, a father sharing the advice of life’s wisdom, many have
lifted the collective spirit of man across the eons. Pray we fight
together against the foes of light, life given to each by God.


Who battle together for a cause seal eternal bonds
  Great men inspire those that rise after
  Prayer should be first and not last attended to
  On the dirt is where most leaders command
  Faith is bowing to God’s supremacy
  Without a godly leader hope is lost in unfaithfulness
  Without God no human endeavor can be fruitful
  Success has no worth without service to others
  His light in us offers something to someone else
  The cost of freedom is to care for one another
  Shame on our times when wrong is taught as right
  Fear fully intensifies if loved one’s share its’ assault  
  All life is destined for return to Him no matter cause
  The only cold war is against God

History is fickle riding the waves of deception and opinion

No one laughs when evil grins
against what unites us under God

Darkness looms where the song is bottomless


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??/??/2020 ~ One


Darkness is when nothing is clear.
The One thing all can count on is God.

"... The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your
God with all your heart, with all your soul, ..." ~ Deuteronomy 6:4-5


Jesus answered him, "The first of all the commandments is:
'Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one.'" ~ Mark 12:29


Above all Jesus instructs us to know in God
there is no division. In God is the whole of all truth.


"... 'And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your
soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. ..." ~ Mark 12:30


There is no schism in our love for God. No division in devotion.
Humbled under His gift of life, how can one not love that which created
all for our experience to wonder independently; exclusively to
possess the power of thought unique to each identity.


... three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and
the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. ... ~ 1st John 5:7-8


The truth of God stands over all man could know
  Witness in heaven:
     1) The Father
     2) The Word (SON)
     3) Holy Spirit

= One

  Witness on earth:
     1) The Spirit (Eye of God)
     2) The water (Baptism)
     3) The blood (Sacrifice of Life)



= One

As the stars are of heights above earth’s ground, so does God’s
presence permeate beyond all that is, from top to bottom at all there's
to here’s. As God identifies with Himself, He looks to see the construct
of each soul’s presence as well. What declares the whole truth of one
is purpose of devotion. God watches as He asks we develop
a character of service in observance of His ways.


There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of
your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, ...
~ Ephesians 4:4-7


As God is One, so His word sets truth for all
             One body
             One Spirit
             One hope
             One Lord
             One faith
             One baptism             
             One God

As fingerprints offer tiny infinite diversity, the face
of truth spreads her gifts endlessly most prolifically.


... each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that.
~ 1st Corinthians 7:7


Talent is something given to be discovered in the depths of
each one’s character. Too often destructive vices or woes of living
blur purpose, with the all to common breaths of despair, causing
the detrimentals of death, instead of the invigorations of life.


One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell
in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, ... ~ Psalms 27:4


Situational specific, it is what one desires or chooses that life dwells upon.
God again watches to see if we consider Him in the heart of our thoughts.
His truth is so available if one desires. His promise holds a reality far
beyond what ever could be supplied through the complexly simple
which displays before our limited senses.


Also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy; For You render
to each one according to his work. ~ Psalms 62:12


None can work their way into heaven, however, one can
work their way out of heaven by not heeding to His words of truth.
Without effort to know God, how can we be deemed His friend,
accepting, fearfully begging, His consideration?


... who "will render to each one according to his deeds": ... ~ Romans 2:6

Each of us will be weighed on the balance of character
in the brilliance of His unadulterated love.


It is good that one should hope and wait quietly
For the salvation of the LORD. ~ Lamentations 3:26


Salvation is a test of patience and inner
self-control to the cause He has put forth.


... "There is none righteous, no, not one; ..." ~ Romans 3:10

Not one of us has not miserably failed. Failure is a condition of
continually coping. Not giving up is our success as we all ride failures.


... each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and
enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin,
when it is full-grown, brings forth death. ~ James 1:13-15


The gift of life is such that no one can blame God for the internalizations
we all develop. Love of what we have, or disgust of what we don’t have,
causes a soul to either be thankful or just fester.


... but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching
forward to those things which are ahead, ... ~ Philippians 3:13-14


... like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let
nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, ... ~ Philippians 2:1-5


Sanity can only be found by marching ahead leaving mistakes gone past
as to lessons learned. Regret is the conscience of repentance.
Hope is the inspiration of faith.


"... that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You;
that they also may be one in Us, ..." ~ John 17:21-23


The blessing of God gives life to all who believe
  May be one in Us
                            ⮡  I in You

 Be made perfect in one
                 ⮡  believe that You sent Me
                      ⮡  I in them, and You in Me
                                           ⭥
                        Be one just as We are one  

God in us is what Jesus proclaimed as our creator savior.
To stand on His strength delivers a transcendence wisdom.


... their voice to God with one accord and said: "Lord, You are God, who
made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, ... ~ Acts 4:24-25


What divides a people is by not having a common understanding.
It is said common sense is social wisdom. Humble questions of
why there is evil instead of embracing evil defines a people,
and whether a culture is noble or wicked.


... yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and
we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things,
and through whom we live. ... ~ 1st Corinthians 8:6-7


He gives His love most commonly rejected
 
 
One God, the Father
Whom are all things
We for Him
   
 
True
Knowledge
Not in everyone

One Lord
Jesus Christ
Whom we live
 
 

God reigns over all false religions, no matter how bizarre or twisted the
creations man chooses to worship. Artistic creations allure man’s outward
senses where God looks to the desires of heart, to assess a soul.
God is worshipped from the inside, not the outside.


... there is no other God but one. ... ~ 1st Corinthians 8:4-5

Material edifices pale in the glory of His majesty
where earth is but dust passing in time.


For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men,
the Man Christ Jesus. ~ 1st Timothy 2:5


Jesus Christ will find each of us before the door to eternity. To not call
upon Him reduces a soul to not having an advocate as evil is expelled.

The only way to achieve success is to never give up on attempting
to further clarity of thought. Drowning occurs when laziness passes
the gumption to pursue what one can be sure of no matter the cost.
Security is when insecurity is not an option. As Apollo 13 exposed
the best of us, this quality to get it done shines on all that is great.


There is only One God with Power of life
The Lord God is One
One must love God with one’s all
God is multifaceted in the oneness that He is
One body & Spirit, one hope, one faith, one God
Each one has his own gift from God
According to one’s deeds determines judgment
Patient hope is the good path to salvation
All have fallen short of the righteousness of God
Each person is tempted by their own desires
One thing to do is to let the past go reaching ahead
To find God sees Him in the life that we are
A common cry goes forth why mankind rages/plots
All live through one God, and one Lord Jesus Christ

In His Oneness all is, and we in Him.

Darkness is its’ own worst place.


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Darkness is a show of all that is cold.
Time does not change truth as it crosses all space.

And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked
and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. ~ Hebrews 4:13


The source of all life in light will gauge each heart by how it loved or not.

Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things
we have heard, lest we drift away. ... ~ Hebrews 2:1-3


In the most sincere terms God calls to all in hope for the genuine.

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,
that each one may receive the things done in the body, according
to what he has done, whether good or bad. ~ 2nd Corinthians 5:10


Courage of spirit is lacking when
cowards lie as their last front of protection.
To not be humbled by the bottom of the sky
is to exalt oneself over the dust below.


You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
~ 2nd Timothy 2:3


In the canyons of life, cliffs arise meant to inspire heights yet unknown.

... forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even
as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. ... ~ Colossians 3:12-14


Blessed are those who follow the natural flow
   Put on:
               ● Tender Mercies
               ● Kindness
               ● Humility
               ● Meekness
               ● Longsuffering
               ● Bearing with one another   
               ● Forgiving one another
               ● Love

God knows one of our weaknesses is being unable to have
forgiving hearts. We more often judge one another, and so
condemn those we know, to the detriment of our greater joy
in the freedom found in simple love.


And this commandment we have from Him: that he who
loves God must love his brother also. ~ 1st John 4:21


A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is
a friend who sticks closer than a brother. ~ Proverbs 18:24


Unconditional love is a truly rare event in all the twistings
this conscious life presents. As animals commit in subservience,
its’ lesson shows us the reflection of true love beyond measure.
Life can not live without the simplest of ingredients, love.


And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all,
able to teach, patient, in humility correcting ... ~ 2nd Timothy 2:24-26


God has set goodness as a universal quality

   Servant of the Lord:
         ⮡  must not quarrel
                  ⮡  but
                        ⭣  Be gentle to all
                            Able to teach
                            Patient
                            In humility correcting   




If truth is one’s quest, the senses reveal evils cleavage,
on God’s call to return in wholesome awareness.


... to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject,
not only because of wrath but also for conscience' sake. ~ Romans 13:3-5


"... that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you,
'You must be born again.' " ~ John 3:5-7


To have a higher state of consciousness, one must see through the
lens of an omnipotent creator, father of all. As such, birth into eternity
is something unnatural to where all flesh dies.


"God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
~ John 4:24


In the pool of truth it is shared across all ages no matter what levels
of knowledge are to be had. Fundamentals do not change in God’s
call for righteousness and adherence to His given words.


... for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He
is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. ~ Hebrews 11:6


Salvation is a matter of action on our part, and not just listening,
but striving to improve in all the facets of a good heart.


... what must I do to be saved?" So they said, "Believe on the
Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, ... ~ Acts 16:30-33


"Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under
heaven given among men by which we must be saved." ~ Acts 4:12


Salvation is a make it or break it deal
as announced by God Almighty Himself.


... at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised
incorruptible, and we shall be changed. ~ 1st Corinthians 15:51-52


For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal
must put on immortality. ~ 1st Corinthians 15:53-54


Just to live in the past or future is to miss the moment,
and its’ significance. Corruption surrounds all who live upon the
earth, however, to inherit the blessing, eternal life's recognition
leads to an incorruptible rise back to Him. Nothing compares
to the eternal moment where all love lives.


For salvation one must adore the Lord in all He is
   ●  All must give an account of actions to God
   ●  We must give earnest heed to His words of truth
   ●  We must endure hardships in light of Jesus Christ    
   ●  We must hold forgiving hearts or risk damnation
   ●  If we love God we must love others too
   ●  For one to have friends, one must be friendly
   ●  God’s servants must not quarrel but inspire truth
   ●  Must be subject to governments for peace’s sake
   ●  One must be born again to see spiritual truths
   ●  One must worship God in spirit and truth
   ●  One must believe God is to find His rewards
   ●  To be eternally saved, one must believe in Christ
   ●  We must cleave to the divine hope of immortality

'What is' will not change for His Glory Remains.

Darkness breaks over what is lost.


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Darkness is revealed from the bottom of the pit.
All moments can not compare to the majesty that He is.
No matter nation or people, God knows all that has been done.


... for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, ... ~ Romans 3:23

We must beg beyond pride and self-seeking for forgiveness.

... Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in
Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. ~ Galatians 3:22


Under sin, God is attempting to redeem us through Jesus Christ.
Recall, even the demons believe in God and tremble.
Belief has no effect if not equaled in action.


... and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and
wicked men; for not all have faith. ~ 2nd Thessalonians 3:2


If one wants to be as free as a bird then one’s all must surrender, to God,
who controls the flight of all things. Not all are honest; public officials lie
to themselves and the citizens they supposedly serve. Civilizations more
often are built upon the lies of men wishing to be served, over the true
call to service, which God Himself has commanded us to observe.


... longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish
but that all should come to repentance. ~ 2nd Peter 3:9


God waits for hearts to awaken in His truths of Grace and goodness. If our
baby was trapped in a well, how long would we hope for it to be saved?


... who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
~ 1st Timothy 2:4


Truth is what brings us back to the light. Salvation is predicated upon
our actions in relation to the truth He has spoken in His holy word.


And there are diversities of activities, but it is the
same God who works all in all. ~ 1st Corinthians 12:6


All things have been given the freedom of motion. No matter if grasses
are frozen or trees bask in sunlight, the presence of the Lord holds all
reality cohesively. Without His touch all would simply disintegrate.


But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:
~ 1st Corinthians 12:7


Each of us has an essence of becoming, and
if we can recognize our purpose, fulfillment arrives.


But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing
to each one individually as He wills. ~ 1st Corinthians 12:11


Each has a special gift, and if recognized, peace becomes,
with the tightness on which we stand onward. It is God’s plan
to establish truth in the heart’s of living souls.


For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that
one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. ~ 1st Corinthians 12:12


Unity is bonding with His holy promise, in His given truths.
No matter how short or tall, thin or obese, God welcomes all faithful.


... all baptized into one body - whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free
- and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. ~ 1st Corinthians 12:13


In our return to God, it is His way, not the ways of men.
One answer will be given as we arrive face to face in His glorious light.
Did we receive His gift or rebel in a sea of misfortune?


For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same
Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. ~ Romans 10:12


Key is to call on the Lord no matter past sins, and
to come to repentance, in view of His godly guidance.


And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God,
to those who are the called according to His purpose. ~ Romans 8:28


All who desire to be better, for self and others, must realize we
are part of His grand plan to return to the original goodness intended.
Moral integrity of spirit has always been His fundamental component of
creation where life dwells. He is the puzzle maker waiting to see what
parts fit in place or not. It is love of God that guides a heart.


Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through
sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned - ~ Romans 5:12


Sin comes to all who leave God and pursue their own desires
without regard for Him who created all. Which path do you choose?
To run to the light or fall to the darkness? Direction declares destiny.


... through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in
condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift
came to all men, resulting in justification of life. ~ Romans 5:18


Christ gave His all, and continues to do so.
Where do we place our all is what He watches for. Again, the
free gift of life waits for all who would grasp it. By Christ’s sacrifice,
it now has become clear, God wants to justify life and its’ purpose.


For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all;
but the life that He lives, He lives to God. ~ Romans 6:10


What a blessing we find in undeserved forgiveness. His life sets
truth as a premium to be obtained. No one, no matter belief or faith,
can deny life is tangible, real to the senses. Satisfying the senses
distinguishes whether one exercises self-control or if the zest for lust is
unrestrained, discarding His called for decency order. Living for lust is not
living to God where all higher purpose dwells. Civilizations that focus on
the flesh are soon extinguished to the past failures of spirit. The corridors
of history, and the present, prove man is a failure in exalting God’s ways.


For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things,
to whom be glory forever. Amen. ~ Romans 11:36


All reality, seen or not, originates from His gifts of freedom among life.

... All things were created through Him and for Him. ~ Colossians 1:15-16

What an expanse waiting for all those who hope in His adventure ahead.

... For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, ...
~ Colossians 1:17-19


In Him true wisdom endures across all ages.

... and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him,
whether things on earth or things in heaven, ... ~ Colossians 1:20


A soul saving path has been delivered for all
that have become lost upon time’s bondage.


... if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those
who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who
died for them and rose again. ~ 2nd Corinthians 5:14-15


To find life’s purpose, one needs to see who originally
sacrificed, so that we may all live and savor life.


... if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away;
behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has
reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 5:17-18


To be reconciled to God, one must reach within to draw upon
the very heart of God. It is an approach to a glorious destination,
unbelievable, for those that endure trials of the flesh.


And having been perfected, He became the author of
eternal salvation to all who obey Him, ... ~ Hebrews 5:9


Heaven is a destination none of us has arrived at, as of yet.
If we can endure the tortures of living in the flesh, rather than
refusing this releasing to spirit, we find true meaning of why.


All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death.
~ 1st John 5:17


Finding forgiveness in Christ frees us from the sin
that condemns us. He carries what we are unable to.


... "If you believe with all your heart, you may." ... ~ Acts 8:37

As eternity is written on the hearts of all, to believe is an act of a
good conscience, clear of opinion. His written truth is plain for all to see.
What we wear on our sleeves is generally who we are. Many
multi-media participants have much shame to bear.
Belief in God is a call to action in good behavior.


You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people;
You have covered all their sin. Selah ~ Psalms 85:2


He has paid the price to cover all sins, and what a missed
opportunity coming, for all those who reject what
He has delivered, at the cost of life itself.


Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins. ~ Proverbs 10:12

Love’s highest call touches all. Love maintains more than one can give.

... We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed -- ~ 1st Corinthians 15:51

A great awakening is coming, both terrifying, and anticipated, by all.
For better or worse each will come to know without excuse.


For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 5:10


To arrive will be sweet to all who hear and obey.
Good will find its’ reward, whereas bad descends into oblivion.


The language of God is love for us all
All are confined under sin and fall short
God now commands all to come to repentance
God desires all to be saved with knowledge of truth
All members are one body under and in Christ
All works for the good who are called in Him
God’s offers the free gift of life to all
All was created through Him and for Him
God reconciles all to Himself through Christ
Christ died for all that we might live righteously
All becomes new when one turns to Christ
Eternal salvation to all who obey Him
All unrighteousness is sin; love covers all sins
All must appear before the judgment seat of Christ

He supplies the sands of Time but for a moment.

Anxieties cause desperations that cripple peace of mind. This world is
unable to satisfy what the spirit needs to survive whole. Freedom is found
in what is most simple, love of God. Each thankful breath brings us closer.


Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially
to those who are of the household of faith. ~ Galatians 6:10


The call is to bond with those like minded in the faith.

Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
~ 1st Peter 2:17


It is a challenge to adhere to the principles declared
in His word. Sin surrounds the syphons of man.


Do all things without complaining and disputing, ... ~ Philippians 2:14

Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.
~ Romans 12:17


His word instructs for the betterment of all.

If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
~ Romans 12:18


... to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle,
showing all humility to all men. ~ Titus 3:2


To become a godly creature, many bad habits must be left to the past.
God instructs us to consider all, with a good conscience, and a
heart of understanding. Purging bad habits is the sore chore.
Virtuous possessions are certainly noble qualities, for
any and all, that have the power to exercise these wisdoms.
God wants us to see from the inside more so than just the outside.


Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss. ~ 1st Thessalonians 5:26

Let all that you do be done with love. ~ 1st Corinthians 16:14

As is repeated, love is the key to freedom.

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,
do all to the glory of God. ~ 1st Corinthians 10:31


A thankful heart has little to fear under the petty threats of man.

... giving thanks always for all things to God the Father
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, ... ~ Ephesians 5:20


Every breath is a promise of more.

... above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able
to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. ~ Ephesians 6:16


Our hope, in love of God, lifts us to a
higher plain where eternity has no boundaries.


But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.
~ Colossians 3:14


To accept what He has done brings us closer to knowing why we are.
We all have a musical string that vibrates to the ear of God Himself.


And above all things have fervent love for one another,
for "love will cover a multitude of sins." ~ 1st Peter 4:8


Sharing comforts the soul in the face of all hardships.

Test all things; hold fast what is good. ~ 1st Thessalonians 5:21

To examine is the quest of life in its’ purest form.

Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the
fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. ~ 1st Thessalonians 5:14


Standing in the truth is a delicate dance
as sin avalanches upon our children.


Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince,
rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. ~ 2nd Timothy 4:2


Without the knowledge of the tree of life, death is next of kin.
We must, through reason, correct errors uplifting the strength of truth.


But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the
work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. ~ 2nd Timothy 4:5


To climb on is what the faithful do. Looking back into the valleys of
darkness is a snare to all those who fall back, losing a heart of devotion.
Anticipating the best ahead heals the soul from the tragic poisons of
past errors. Distractions have always been the temptation of all.


... but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, ...
~ 1st Peter 1:15


Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy,
envy, and all evil speaking, ... ~ 1st Peter 2:1


A character of conscience carries all past pains



Be Holy
        

       Laying aside all:
                         ● Malice
                         ● Deceit
                         ● Hypocrisy
                         ● Envy
                         ● Evil speaking       


Redundancy, to achieve clarity, is found in the truth He delivers.
Scholars and laymen alike have no excuse in understanding what
He makes plain. As mere men we all have challenges to be better,
leaving evils behind, while shining in the light.


... lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with
meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. ~ James 1:21


Peace comes to all who truly find and act on His truth.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our
sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ~ 1st John 1:9


Releasing the heart’s prison, created by the self, comes
by accepting His forgiveness in love beyond measure.


For all that is in the world - the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes,
and the pride of life - is not of the Father but of the world. ~ 1st John 2:16


His truth rings above the dust left behind.
Sexual immorality has always been the tragic downfall of all
civilizations seeking higher consciousness. The raping of man
does not exhibit the glory of God. Predators of the flesh only see
themselves, and what lies below, never noticing the call of the stars.


For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than
our heart, and knows all things. ~ 1st John 3:20


God understands more than we know, and will
extend mercy to genuine hearts seeking His grace.


... by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing,
and that there be no divisions among you, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 1:10


Argumentative divisions are created by men and women who arrogantly
deny His word. Blindness, and seared hearts, cut the innocence of truth.


... Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall
all stand before the judgement seat of Christ. ~ Romans 14:10


Hate is what divides even those who would be holy.
Do you want to come to God as an derisive soul? It is crushing to be
convicted by yourself, and better sooner than later. To bury hate is to
be made anew, in His love, lifting the soul to heaven’s eternal promise.


Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another;
love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; ... ~ 1st Peter 3:8


Unity is found when souls find common truths
  One mind:
              ● Compassion for one another  
              ● Love as brothers
              ● Be tenderhearted
              ● Be courteous

To be free in heart and mind; only by following His truth can this
wonderful experience be obtained. Knowing truth is freedom's magnet.


... casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. ~ 1st Peter 5:7

Whatever the swing may deliver, trusting in Him is where faith touches
eternity. Jesus is like the one helping to push you higher on the swing.


Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
~ Philippians 4:5


Sanctuary is found in one’s own heart.
Tantrums and anger do not declare the glory of the Lord.


... and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will
guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:7


Peace is priceless and is the gift He gives. When one accepts
His forgiveness, being forgiven releases unbounded joy.


I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ~ Philippians 4:13

A defender of one’s own life is found in pursuit of that upward call, creating
truth’s armor. Christ is the golden arrow slicing through all deceptions.


Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them,
that your progress may be evident to all. ~ 1st Timothy 4:15


God’s clearest call is to remember, and
in thankfulness, the Lord will deliver.


All experiences encompass a soul’s introspection
   ●  As we have opportunity, do good to all
   ●  Do all things without complaining and disputing
   ●  Have regard for all good and humility to all men
   ●  Let all that you do be done with love
   ●  Give thanks always for all things to God in Christ
   ●  Test all things and be patient with all
   ● Be watchful in all things enduring afflictions
   ●  Lay aside all malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, & evils   
   ●  All evils in the world, lust & pride, are fading away
   ●  God knows all things and is greater than our hearts
   ●  All should speak same things in mind & judgment
   ●  Cast all your cares upon Him for He cares
   ●  God’s peace surpasses all understanding

His gift of life is an eternal call to come to Him.

Darkness has the dazzle of dazed nowhere.


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Darkness has nothing to miss, even but for a tear missed.
So often lies crush those closest to the loss of all.

"You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor." ~ Exodus 20:16
                                                                                                                        ┗► Each one of the earth.

"You shall not circulate a false report. Do not put your hand
with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness." ~ Exodus 23:1


┏► Come to yourself.                                              
"Keep yourself far from a false matter; ..." ~ Exodus 23:7

A faithful witness does not lie, But a false witness will utter lies.
~ Proverbs 14:5


A false witness will not go unpunished, And he
who speaks lies will not escape. ~ Proverbs 19:5


                                                                      All that is dreadful is coming upon those that lie. ◄┓
A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies shall perish.
~ Proverbs 19:9


It is unfortunate that from time to time, one can be drawn in to a
seemingly simple deception. So much in life flails about us from television
commercials to fears of all the unknown calamities. A bill that can never
be paid, a shameful discretion hidden, a foolish stumble, an impulse of
rage. Where can one go to remain pure? We often sin so innocently and
casually. Excuses can blur the truth from being seen. Desperation so
frequently steals peace of heart where truth is born. A lie is never left
alone as it partners with others. Lies can and do perpetuate upon
themselves sinking ever so deeper. Insecurities have caused a many to
continue lying. A job application with falsities. The deepest mask of a lie
is fear. Exposing a lie makes one vulnerable to shame, a natural result of
all lies. Fear itself has two sides, either one of courage in the face of pain,
or weakness in the shame of denial. Everyone can admit to a lie. We live
in submerged ignorance. Worse than a spider’s web, the venom will
always come back to bite. Serpents chew with no regret in their frantic
lurching attacks. We all search for a place where we can find comfort
away from suffering. Lies are forever the seeds of a lack of faith,
and weakness to stand in courage of truth.

Pity all those unable to rise to free themselves from lies.
There is no freedom where the bars of lies cage a heart, trapped
and tortured from within. A lies worst taste is in being caught
in front of those one so dearly loves. A lie causes one to die.


LIE = DIE

The truthful lip shall be established forever,
But a lying tongue is but for a moment. ~ Proverbs 12:19

┗► Wicked are those who oppress the worthy.     

Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.
You love evil more than good, Lying rather than speaking righteousness. ...
~ Psalms 52:2-4


There are liars who find it as a sport. Always loaded ready to deceive,
they find joy in their false sense of domination. The full force of a lie
betrays all the is real and crushes truth painfully. Native American
Indian tradition calls it a forked tongue, because of false promises.


┏► Lies are used by those that hate, to crucify the innocent.                                 
An evildoer gives heed to false lips; A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue.
~ Proverbs 17:4


As a people we struggle to be free of the deceptions that now
occupy almost every corner of our society. Whistleblowers often find
the bottom of the food chain. Many of us are in fact found in the wells
of injustice and despair. The bureaucracies of redundant conflicting laws
have buried countless, in prisons of unfairness. It should be plain
that God has a mugshot of each of us.

     
Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those
who deal truthfully are His delight. ~ Proverbs 12:22

Created for His pleasure unites us in joy. ◄┛                                                                             

                                                                                   ┏► All struggle to overcome.
A righteous man hates lying, But a wicked man
is loathsome and comes to shame. ~ Proverbs 13:5


So called “white lies” can become what denies an honest heart.
Untrue pleasantries combined with casual excuses justify none.
Have we become a people of lost honesty? Too often we cover
cowardice with arrogance pounding truth’s humble plea.
People lie to impress others with how great they are,
with underpinning insecurities hiding fears of failure.

Shame is a torch the righteous feel upon the lies they have played.


For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
~ 2nd Corinthians 13:8


The universe is made so truth remains out over any lie.
Better to be on the band wagon of truth than the sled of lies.
No one can ever steal the truth for it remains universal for all.


Surely men of low degree are a vapor, Men of high degree are a lie; ...
~ Psalms 62:9


Honesty begins with the self. One does not have to go far to find a liar if
one is truthful with self. We can do nothing against the truth as it remains
that it is. For those humbled by His grace, we grow striving to achieve that
nobility of His higher excellence and holiness. Love of family and friends
often eludes the liar where self-seking blurs compassion. Void of God’s
own truth, only chasms of confusion and alienation drive the heart of a
liar. There are those that lie to such an extreme degree they will go
to any measure to covertly keep their lies intact, masking them with
more confetti, beautifully colored, often believing the web of their
supporting lies as the very truth of their lives. Liars form insanity.
This is where a pathological liar lives.


... should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe
the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. ~ 2nd Thessalonians 2:11-12


In being created for God’s pleasure, if we pursue pleasure
for ourselves, without regard for God, we abandon God.
If we seek to please God and ourselves we obtain greater joys
that cannot be taken away. Deep satisfaction in goodness
has no comparison and fills the heart with eternity.


No rhyme in time will exclude liars from God’s fury
  Strong delusion:
    ┗ Believe the lie
            ┗ Condemned not believing truth
                    ┗ Pleasure in unrighteousness

"Behold, you trust in lying words that cannot profit." ~ Jeremiah 7:8

When one looks at lies, the truth is there. God sees every
utterance and judgment will come by the truth as it is.


Do not put your trust in princes, Nor in a son of man,
in whom there is no help. ~ Psalms 146:3


Liars will assassinate any character in their accent to the bottom. Catch
me if you can as they run further into the pit of their own death. Frequently
a liar will vehemently attack those trying to expose the truth as they fear
the light that radiates from heaven itself. Plainly as the Good Word says,
some smooth operators, fooling the most of us, may only be revealed
when His fire strips back all the falsehoods that drive many to this final
awakening perdition. Not all are always fooled, and God will not be.


Some men's sins are clearly evident, preceding them to judgment,
but those of some men follow later. ~ 1st Timothy 5:24


A con-artist will tell you what you are going to do for them without asking.
Schemers generally have long term agendas personally motivated,
catered moreover for their own gain. As they say, smiling faces
sometimes pretend to be you friend showing no traces
of the evil that lurks within.

In a frenzy of lies, our nation is swirling upon a siphon of sinking hopes
for truth. In my youth, I was told by a mentor, “Everyone knows the system
is built on lies, don’t try to change it.” And for the meek among us who rise
to confront the establishment of lies, who see no glory in lies, they are
often beat back into the shadows. Liars often cover their fears with
boisterous arrogance, and in their underlying nervous anxiety, while
deeper disturbances of why they lash out go unnoticed, cursed are
those who fall to their lies. A key missing in all liars is a greater love.


Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?
~ Galatians 4:16


Most people do not care to hear the truth as it convicts
each one of us, for falling short of what God expects.
Too often, people hate the truth rather than loving it.
The enemy from within is denying God’s own truths.

I see those telling the truth immediately accused of lying, bolstered by
the duped, escalating the dreadful continuation of lying follies. Portraying
outward nobility and or superiority will not excuse the evils hidden in a
schemer. What is truth when madness and denial reigns? It would seem
the lie is easier to follow than the truth that bears out in the sight of God.
We embrace the lie over the truth to the shame of us. Have we become
a people with no fear of God? Justice is lost upon the crying innocence
of all ages. Our anger masks our foolish beliefs, or non-beliefs.
No one can force a heart to tell the truth, it is a matter
of choice and reveals true character. Those
unafraid to hide have God as their witness.
When lies become truth all suffer.


... Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. ... ~ Romans 3:4

God’s effectiveness does not fail, where man is a creation from His dust,
limited by the shortness of time. Judgment will reveal character
in such a short moment; many will weep.


He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who
tells lies shall not continue in my presence. ~ Psalms 101:7


"And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me,
you who practice lawlessness!' " ~ Matthew 7:23


If a relationship with God is important, one must find the might
to battle off those lies that cover the light of a true heart. We may
not be able to purge all that is bad in us, but prayers to God to free
us from ourselves submits to His will. One cannot get out of a lie
alone unless it is first released to another, and prayed over to our
LORD God Almighty, to heal away from what has caused it to be.
Those unable to admit to their lies is what curses the whole of us.
To stand in His light is the greatest reward one can obtain.


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For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart,
and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us,
we have confidence toward God. ~ 1st John 3:20-21


"... all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire
and brimstone, which is the second death." ~ Revelation 21:8


Can a man take fire to his bosom, And his clothes not be burned? Can
one walk on hot coals, And his feet not be seared? ~ Proverbs 6:27-28


Sin burns all touched by it.

... some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and
doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocricy, ... ~ 1st Timothy 4:1-3


Believing the lies of man departs from God

  Depart from the Faith:

        Heed to deceiving spirits
                              ┗ Docrines of demons

        Speaking lies in hyprocricy
                              ┗ conscience seared

        Forbidding to marry

        Commanding to abstain from foods   


"... there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his
own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it." ~ John 8:44


Lies are most dangerous because they create an empty shallow existence
for the one doing the lying. This dangerous lonely isolated existence
lashes out, in the many outbursts of rage we witness, in society today.
God created self in man, in His own image, that the self would have
mutual compassion for one another. When this self becomes empty,
instead of filled with thankfulness for Him who created him, the
darkness has only desperate vision and anger is its’ normal color.


... who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and
served the creature rather than the Creator, ... ~ Romans 1:25


A seared conscience and belief in a lie takes all glory away. Many
knowingly or may unknowingly hide behind pious towers of conceit.
Deceptions of pride lower the bench no one can climb out of.
A deceiver hides behind a believer's hope.


But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts,
do not boast and lie against the truth. ... ~ James 3:14-16


But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers
and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. ~ Revelation 22:15


Hearts and minds often skew different paths. As a knife cuts
between bones, passions can slice through all reason. Cursed is
what rips the flesh from its soul. Loss of heart wells up from inside.
A percolating stomach sickens all that is present.
Conscience is what pulls back the fibers of sense.


Incline my heart to Your testimonies, And not to covetousness.
~ Psalms 119:36


Covetousness tends to tear a heart away from truth.
Things and our obsessive desire for them can distract
a heart from reverence for Him and His call to be.
There is nothing simple about living in a lie.

Lies will put a clamp on the top of your heart burying the bottom;
internal festering. Freedom lost is a heart squeezed suffocating upon
itself. And it is the top of a heart where one is able to love others freely
in the open. Lies include a stubborn rejection of the truth. Deception
and or a lie cripples one’s ability to love in the creation of His light.
Jealousy, envy, hate, and sinful passions, are all the fuels of lies.
Truth cannot change where lies do. Trust in His truths opens
one’s eyes to release that which curses all that is sweet.


Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way.
~ Psalms 119:104


Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips And from a deceitful tongue.
~ Psalms 120:2


His words and prayers are what delivers
a soul from the lies that surround all.


Choices define eternal destiny
TRUTH
LIES
Faithful witness

In His presence

Worship creator

Delight to Him

Established forever

New man

His testimonies

Deals truthfully

Righteous hates lying

Speak truth

Makes one free

False witness

Outcast

Worship creature

Abomination to Him

But for a moment

Old man

Self-seeking

In hypocrisy

Bitter envy

False report

Loathsome in shame


Often keen intelligence drives the shrewdest
weaving sweet words that twist truth’s light.

Pathological liars invade the peace
eternity offers in the divisions they wage.


What is desired in a man is kindness, And a poor man is better than a liar.
~ Proverbs 19:22


Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is
written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. ~ Romans 12:19


I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but
because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. ~ 1st John 2:21


If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ~ 1st John 1:9-10


"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." ~ John 8:32

One cannot buy what cannot be purchased and
this is found in the freedom truth delivers.


Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,
and have put on the new man who is renewed ... ~ Colossians 3:9-10


Therefore, putting away lying, "Let each one of you speak truth with
his neighbor," for we are members of one another. ~ Ephesians 4:25


... hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie,
promised before time began, ... ~ Titus 1:2


God has given the direction He calls for us to follow.
Though we all fall short, when we band together in truth
of worship of Him, our unity strengthens us in growing truths.
Forever is the light that calls us home.

"There will always be people who deceive,
As long as there are People who belive."


Lies cross the circle of life destroying the light
Do not bear false witness or circulate a false report
A false witness will not escape and shall perish
Truth endures forever where lies fade
Lies reduce one to loathsomeness and shame
Liars will not remain in the presence of God
Sin burns all touched by it
Lies are worshipping creation over the creator
Covetousness can remove a heart from truth
One must petition God for truth
It is God who will take vengeance on all liars
Confession is part of purging our lies
Only the truth can set one free
Honesties base is in not lying to one another

To the tragedy of our innocence in life,
wisdom’s flourishing is often undercut by evil’s thirst
to dominate remaining in the darkness of its own subversive lies.


Lies fill the tossing doubts of a faithless soul.
A liar is left alone in all that surrounds one.

Darkness is sure of itself.


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Darkness is detachment from the light.
Many seek true God where men would rather try to dominate.
Many edifices have been built to exalt our worship of God.
One must ask, is it for God or man?


Hear instruction and be wise, And do not disdain it. ~ Proverbs 8:33

What the Bible, and specifically God, tells us from His word
is to be wise in its’ application, not despising what He asks of us,
in proper worship of Him.


... things were written before were written for our learning, that we through
the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. ~ Romans 15:4


What has been written is intended for our edification
so we are able to be sensible in understanding our worship.


So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
~ Romans 10:17


Souls must know truth for salvation
Faith = By Hearing = Word of God

By declaration it is the word of God that delivers our faith and not the
whims or casual desires of any mere man’s proclamations. Worship
is meant to please God as the focus and not the pleasures of man
pleasing man. Understanding faith is a matter of knowing His word.


... And the LORD said to Moses, "Go, get down! For your people whom you
brought out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves. ~ Exodus 32:6-7


Corruption so quickly and easily enters into the false worship halls of man
where greed and contempt guide selfish leaders. Exalting man’s ways
over God’s requests, and commands, pollutes all that would be holy.
On the one hand, overly conservative congregations may be ruled by
leaders of iron fists, where elders treat members as children, declaring
exclusive rights to power, and pathways to God through themselves,
rather than humbly coming to the feet of Jesus. Ask, does appointed men
reject the meek while pride infects their hearts? Most assuredly, poisoned
hearts and finger pointers often are blind to their own disease of
contempt. And for the other extreme, little scripture is studied while
catering to the crowds thirst for hoopla and entertainment.


"... made for yourselves a molded calf! You had turned aside quickly from
the way which the LORD had commanded you." ~ Deuteronomy 9:16


Man often wants to turn worship of God into rather a celebration of man
and his glory over that of the glory of God. People ignore that He sees
every breath in all of our actions. God is in the middle of all we do.


My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you
have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you ... ~ Hosea 4:6


Key to proper worship is found in remembering what
He has given through His word. Amazingly, man continues
to divide and proclaim those things never instructed by God,
to draw the simple hearted and weak minded, to conform
under man instead of exalting God in His instructed ways.


... Then the king answered the people roughly, and rejected
the advice which the elders had given him; ~ 1st Kings 12:12-13


Severe religion involves the harsh hand of man where perceived
power grinds those hoping to find God in a blinded world.


... "My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke;
my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!"
~ 1st Kings 12:14


Many religions of man hold the gun of threats and persecution
over those that would follow, or who would be forced to follow.
When man is followed in his errors, the door to God is missed.
Punishment is not found in rejoicing in God’s unveiling.


"He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges
him - the word that I have spoken will judge him ..." ~ John 12:48-49


The Bible clearly states that it is His word that is the standard,
and not any excusing filled doctrine of man. It is God that forgives sins,
not a pompous heart exalted over the hopes of men.


"And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever
I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak." ~ John 12:50


The words given to us by Jesus and His prophets and apostles
bring us to the threshold of God’s own truth, and His desires of our
worship in the moment of life. The command is eternal life, and the
question has been put forth, where will you spend your eternity?


... But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves,
not having been baptized by him. ~ Luke 7:29-30


Certainly the proud do not follow words and practices ordered by
God Himself. Many people do not care for domination by what they
can not see and hearts of men more often blaze in the light of contempt.
Lawyers are well known for collecting fees without producing much.
Scheming and cheating is rampant in our social demise.


"... like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, saying:
'We played the flute for you, And you did not dance; We mourned to you,
And you did not weep.'" ~ Luke 7:31-32


Musical media & false praise does not please God

   Men of this generation:
        Children sitting
               in the marketplace
               calling to one another
                    ↓
     ● We played the flute for you   
               →you did not dance
     ● We mourned to you
               →you did not weep



False worship remains where people believe pleasing themselves is a
sign of godliness. As revealed in scripture, musical instruments, dancing,
and hoopla, does not approach the heart of God. Man believes he can
earn God’s respect by actions. Just because one feels offerings please
God by outward music or mere words of mourning, screaming, or praising
Him and His sacrifice - will bring His favor, often are misled and or
deluded by these smug attempts. God desires inward actions over
outward displays that more often are hypocritically motivated. If your
congregation claps during worship to the preacher’s orations or laughing
and clapping to flippant video clips, careful. Does your church display the
preacher on all the multiple plasma screens or present scripture for
examination? Again, careful following the blind who exalt themselves.
These practices are not to God but to the celebration of man. And how
does God see this foolishness of false worship? Children, not mature
adults, speaking to one another, and not to Him. More to be seen, these
ingenuine attempts to worship Him do not please Him for the focus is on
self expectations rather than God Himself or true repentant hearts.


"... 'This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And
in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'"
~ Mark 7:6-7


There should be no argument that it is man and his institutions
that fall away from God, and not God falling away from man.
It is crucial to hold a genuine faith with God through His word over
the teachings of man. If your church tells stories and fables more so
than the actual examination of scripture, woe is the warning.


... "All too well you reject the commandment of God,
that you may keep your tradition." ~ Mark 7:8-9


It is the whole of scripture that needs to be acknowledged
to incorporate proper worship. Too often men pick and choose,
rejecting the convicting condemnation of their own errors, referring
rather to, out of context blurbs, to commend themselves as acceptable
in the highest. Proud men calling to themselves defeat the glory in the
humble who seek to find it, God’s own mercy. Men have no power to
reach into heaven itself, where we all should be listening.


"... narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life,
and there are few who find it." ~ Matthew 7:13-14


God speaks to the so called faithful, warning that it is not easy
to follow God over man. Courage and boldness in believing His word
drives saints to heaven. Casual Christians and or overly serious zealots
miss the focus of His simple message. In His word He is found.


"... have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and
done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never
knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!' " ~ Mat. 7:21-23


Many shocked hearts will fall before Him who never knew Him, trapped by
their own hypocrisy. Practicing worship through men does not buy one a
ticket to heaven. Practicing sin regularly certainly excludes one’s access
to His kingdom. People assembling and accepting one another does not
necessitate favor with God, if behavior goes against His clear character
requirements. As said, one can not climb out of sin on the coattails of
another, and more often the other is a ditch digger, rather than a mountain
climber. It takes a devoted keen heart to avoid the lawless excusing's or
dominations of man. A herd of pigs is headed for that edge of death; turn
back from the group mentality and come to Him alone in praise and
prayer. Eternal life is a one on one relationship with God Himself. The
path to heaven requires a strong heart loyal to His call. Those offended
now, without repentance, will bow in shame before Him.


This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. ...
~ 2nd John 1:6-8


The simple message is to look to your own heart
asking if His word is the guide of your walk.


Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. ...
~ Ephesians 5:17-19


His will is that we hear His wisdom asking we seek Him from the inside,
and not remain blinded by the outside mask where man celebrates
his own unhumble greatness. He requests and commands we sing
of calm hearts free of outward distractions. Clearly, God has
little desire for outward displays of false worship, and will
examine each heart as it is from the inside.


... ... giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another ... ~ Ephesians 5:20-21


It is by God first we submit through Jesus Christ
that we find our bond with one another.


Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the
doctrine of Christ does not have God. ... ~ 2nd John 1:9-11


Again, the Bible is abundantly clear that it is His doctrine to
be followed, and not the traditions or dominating whims of man.


Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through Me." ~ John 14:6


And it is by Jesus that God is found. It is His will that we come back
to Him in His creation of life. Man is not the creator, though
many are deceived in praising man over God.


Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship
has righteousness with lawlessness? ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 6:14


It is a fine line in knowing His knowledge that saves over
the lawlessness of man’s follies. People seek God and many
have turned away in their disgust of man and his habitual and
historical manipulations in lies. God calls and if it is ones will
to find Him, His word has been once delivered for our return.


Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit,
according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles
of the world, and not according to Christ. ~ Colossians 2:8


God’s word continually warns, both would be believers and
believers alike, to beware of men who would deceive innocent hearts.
God’s principles and ways come by knowing His word.


Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility
and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen,
vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, ... ~ Colossians 2:18


False religion is like candy to the soul if restraint is not employed. Dead
statues to shiny artisans glass, there are many slippery slopes for those
hoping for things that are not. As vapors of lies rise, sold by those who
fatten upon cheating the truth, the innocent are consumed in falsehoods.


"... I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those
who keep the words of this book. Worship God." ~ Revelation 22:8-9


Notorious is how family and traditions can perpetuate false religion.
More a social function or habit, little true faith wells up from the heart,
of those who believe they know, and are saved because they go through
the motions of attending a local church of some kind. Casual Christianity
kills. Stubborn arrogance rejects His call to come. Weekend warriors,
always resisting, they dream of a prize that will remain out of reach at the
moment of truth upon God’s own footstep. When one relies on others to
do the spiritual work, one lives through the lives of others, or the preacher.
Eternity is not a one hour deal. Many fear the crash of letting their pride
fall and coming to God naked in honest confession. Regular scripture
infusions develop paradise beyond measure, and in seeking
His kingdom, all arrives for peace is obtained.


To entertain or dominate are constructs of man
True faith can only be obtained by His Word
Men can quickly become corrupted in themselves
Without God’s knowledge people are destroyed
Times expose religious tyrants practicing cruelty
God’s word will judge us over any opinions of man
False worship is the fear of man over fear of God
Outward displays of music/mourning can be empty
Visible dedication may not reflect true sincerity
Traditions may actually nullify God’s commands
It is difficult to follow God over man
False worship deceives by insincere actions
Men swap understanding God’s will for flesh urges
If God is God, all must come to Him through Jesus

In pursuit of God one must hear His word.

Darkness falls where there is no place.


Coming to God involves the moment, not the building or location.
God is not interested in dust, but the life in the hearts of men.


There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
~ Proverbs 14:12


We all have diverse experiences leading back to God, and each of us has
in common an equal share of ignorance. No man can save one from the
grave where God waits for our awakening, to eternal life in His light or
cast away to the darkness of death’s damnation. In time and substance,
we all see the shadows and edges of His truth, as it will inevitably arrive
upon His coming. For us to see in this time and age, there is the truth
of “The Way,” and it must be our guide, as any old way will not suffice.
To arrive, one must find service in those ways He calls out for.
Many churches hold the graveyards of living souls lost,
far away from the truth.


For God is not the author of confusion but of peace,
as in all the churches of the saints. ~ 1st Corinthians 14:33


It is not by the will of God that we remain confused, but find
what He is, and of what He asks. A building does not make a church.
A gathering of hearts in service to one another in Him is what He calls for.
God looks for something stronger than the decaying grains of earth
where selfish hearts try to possess what cannot be owned.
Freedom is a cry to eternity. As wombs prepare for life,
so His creation has formed a way to be born in Him.


Let all things be done decently and in order. ~ 1st Corinthians 14:40

Those who claim God is evil, and such not existent, miss the fact
He calls out for the goodness in us to return from the brink of destruction.
Pure words of orderly and decency encompass His truths. For things
to be done in order calls out for His way, over any way placing preference
in man’s customs over God’s. The house of God stands upon an eternal
foundation where man’s traditions are cast upon the winds, where sand
consumes all of his vain futility. Water that cannot be grasped is
what man siphons to build his shifting doctrines, where God
draws the water of life for all to drink. Come, return to Me,
is His eternal call to the life He loves in love.


... those who have believed in God should be
careful to maintain good works. ... ~ Titus 3:8


Created in Him for good works, His call is to maintain a careful thought
for the good of all. It is a call to come out of the darkness of evil to
bathe in His light of truth. What is the profit of life without purpose?
The purposeless fall into despair, and all kinds of unholy lazy practices,
centered on carelessness and ungodliness. It would appear the legacy
of man is to conquer and divide, swirling on the chaos, where God
calls to unite and join. It is God who declares what is good.


... Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise
in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight! ~ Isaiah 5:20-21


Hypocrites are found generally where the proud dwell.
When many various opinions are tolerated, wisdom comes up empty.
Truth has no common ground in lies. Shady at best are those attempting
to circumvent His truth with cleaver language or forgiveness where there
is none. Darkness will find its reward. The battle lies in each of our hearts
where darkness meets the light. Godliness is suppressing evil before it
surfaces where thought is put in to action with words of expression.
Our words will judge us. Without His knowledge there can be no wisdom
in deciphering the madness of living or finding those meditations from
above. In life, it has always been a pluralistic world. It has always
been hard to find God while seeking the comforts of man.
Fear and or desperation drives hearts to lie cheat and steal
as they proclaim love in the face of their honest deceptions.


"... have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and
faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone."
~ Matthew 23:23


Justice and mercy in faith is hard for the arrogant to see.
Impulse drives the merciless where false justice has no faith in
the cruelty it coldly pans out. God is clear in His desire that we live
truthfully, with loving believing hearts. It can be at times the
one’s we trust the most become the most heinous.


"Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel! Woe to you,
scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! ..." ~ Matthew 23:24-26


Often it is selfish hearts that are led into false religion, be it zealously
harsh or casually flippant. The saying any hole will do is the tragedy of
our times where loyalty, honor, and integrity have somewhat vanished.
Rigid religion involves hard unthankful hearts demanding conformity to
rules of man’s standards over true inner worship in praise of God. The
outward whips or scourges of man forever condemn, as an oppressive
attitude, denying free conscience to believe on high. God has always
paid attention to what is on the inside over the outside. Often, true hearts
internally suffer the most in the midst of vicious cruelty at the hands of
the outwardly callous. The godless allow sin to fully dwell in them with
no attempt at self-control. God help us all, for be it the awful subjugation,
under the evils of mankind. Will there be a good outcome for the battle
we fight in the hope we hold? Only if we are found in Him at His coming,
the only sure and brightest truth to be had for us all.


"... Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside
you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness." ~ Matthew 23:27-28


No one but God can see the depths of a heart where deception can
hide in the face of men. Blessed are all those who find genuine
hearts where love and purpose of life find God’s will.
The inside matters more than the outside.


... "Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but
your inward part is full of greed and wickedness. ..." ~ Luke 11:39-41


Men mistaken material gain for holiness. Magnificent buildings or Lear jets
do leave the hopeful without true charity consumed by the greed of the
few. Country club churches do not invite the despicable and deny the
downtrodden in their antiseptic-ness. Hungry people do not desire another
theme park. Spiritual starvation overtakes the land as poverty engulfs us.
Religious freedom and answerability to one’s own conscience was a
foundational construct in the building of this country. Straight from the
Bible, men of wisdom discovered the keys to a better society built from the
ashes of past persecutions and vicious dominations. So quickly these
persecutions are returning, and a once great nation of ideals is now in
peril of loosing what it fought so hard for, to have an educated people in a
land of God given free faith. This nation was so conceived to establish the
protection of religion, not to find it again returning to the halls of godless
injustice and an overburdening by the greedy. Each of is called to fulfill
our ministry, the influential-ness of who we are, a most personal work,
done in our homes, communities, or countries we have come to reside.


"... and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done,
without leaving the others undone. Woe to you Pharisees! ..." ~ Luke 11:42-43


Love of God is the root of justice among men. When man glorifies man,
God is hidden from view where man’s foolishness blinds all who
cannot see, claiming a front row seat in the back of His glory.
God will ask, and so must you too, where is your heart?


"... you are like graves which are not seen, and the men
who walk over them are not aware of them." ~ Luke 11:44


Unbeknownst to many are holy men who tragically have empty bottomless
selfish hearts. Not all is done in the light of truth. God sees all predatory
cold dark wickedness. Godliness comes from the inside, not the outside,
and as we know, sin likes to hide. If you hide, ask if you stand in His light.
It has been throughout time that hypocrites have divided men from the
unity so many of the meek seek for. The warning cry goes out to all
nations and times to take notice of His Day of Judgment, where all hearts
will find the revealing of their true character, past any and all handicaps.
Pray a clean heart to be found.


... but not to disputes over doubtful things. For one believes he may eat
all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. ... ~ Romans 14:1-3


When one desires to come to God, overly critical disseminations cripple
God’s call through the barriers of man’s pettiness. Torn clothing and body
piercings do not declare a tortured or not heart, from within terror likes
to hide. Outward judgments may turn away the most needy. Often the
condemned are the most critical. God calls for us to care for one another
as we grow in His principles of truth. We were created to build more than
destroy. When any civilization tears its’ moral fibers from the standards of
His declared decency, no fair outcome can be achieved. Death comes to
all disbelievers. If in that death, life is found, the angels rejoice.


... One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day
alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. ~ Romans 14:4-5


It is God that builds hearts, and in the diversity of us all, His plan hopes
for us all. God wants us to live for ourselves fully established in Him,
not through opinions and various doctrines that litter the ages of all time.
His book delivers the answers that heal the soul from blaming others
and brings about truth above men that surely bears out.
Without personally examining His word, how can one know?


... So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. Therefore let us
not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling
block or a cause to fall in our brother's way. ~ Romans 14:12-14


True faithful souls care to lift all that is about them. God’s kingdom is a
ladder helping those below to climb. Jesus’ hand is at the top reaching
down. God asks that we consider our actions be they more encouraging
than discouraging. Often people fall away from faith because of another’s
biting word or casual practice, surly missing the personal call directed at
each heart from God. Let no man nor machine interfere with your access
to the divine, and in time, you too may become that once in a lifetime
inspiration for a soul lingering to find where there is no doubt.


... Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer
walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died.
... ~ Romans 14:15-17


Again, petty righteous arrogant hearts condemn where God would
rather call for understanding sympathetic natures under the afflictions
we all bear. To maintain a polite quality is godly. Finding God does not
come from a church that feeds the body without nourishing the soul; to
find joy in the peace of God. A church is meant to gather those that would
care to spiritually find and discover His word, not a social event shallow of
His substance. Often the Lord’s supper is dismissed for more humanistic
concerns of entertainment. To many modern churches have become
children’s playlands, and adult coffee / ice-cream houses.
False worship often is a call to eat and drink in a fellowship
hall that is more a social club than house of worship.


Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good
that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not
profited those who have been occupied with them. ~ Hebrews 13:9


It is so easy for men to be deceived with doctrines that intrigue,
and promises that dazzle. To this day foods made holy is denied by
those who still choose not to believe or foolishly believe in men who
deny the word of God. Severe judgment and despising hearts condemn
many meat eaters where God does not. Above food or bodily exercise,
His grace is to be sought as an incomparable prize.
Would we judge His creation where He does not?


"You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always
resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you." ~ Acts 7:51


Preference for man’s ways of worship often rejects the way
God does call out for. The blind cannot hear what they cannot see;
that would be God’s will over man’s. Jealousies, anger, resentments,
there are many traps in the heart of a soul to snare the spirit,
keeping it from being free to love God in the open.


Now the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart
from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,
speaking lies in hypocricy, ... ~ 1st Timothy 4:1-3


All lonely hearts seek God’s own comforts
   Depart from the faith:
           ● Heeding deceiving spirits
                         ⤷doctrines of demons
           ● Speaking lies in hypocrisy
           ● Conscience seared with a hot iron
                         ⤷ forbidding to marry
           ● Commanding to abstain from truth   

Declared by the Bible itself, most mainstream religions, even so called
Christian churches, have little to do with what God’s will is - for believers
in His kingdom. Thin is true honest houses of worship where man rather
unleashes his greed in all the dens of thieves that infest humanity.


... when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their
own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for
themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth,
and be turned aside to fables. ~ 2nd Timothy 4:2-4


Preach the word is the command. Churches filled with parodies and
entertainment deceive the many that will be out on their luck when
reckoning comes. Are we to become something without God’s own word?
Tragic when man kicks the caretaker out to become the thief of souls.


"... the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her,
and the merchants of the earth have become rich through
the abundance of her luxury." ~ Revelation 18:3


Churches built to exalt the few will find swift destruction.

... "Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins,
and lest you receive of her plagues. ..." ~ Revelation 18:4-5


For all those who hope to find, He calls to return to the good senses
He teaches by His own words. Without knowledge of His ways, servitude
creep under mans oppression will not find the grace He offers to all true
believers. False religion does two things, treats God’ word casually
or use it to persecute the meek. If it does not align with God word,
He instructs us to come out of her, false religion.


And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,
but rather expose them. ~ Ephesians 5:11


In these days of legalized lawlessness, and mass murders at every
corner, many choose political correctness over controversy? Or in places,
the reverse would apply. When hate is taught to children, it is a hard climb
to recover from. Many lusting abuses from so called churches of all kinds
have enraged so many, and left attitudes of churches as untrustworthy.
Rampant pedophiles in the secret hidden lives of religious leaders gone
bad sour all that would be faithful. Only fear chases cowards where lies
have never been true though man perpetuates discord among all that
would be decent. The curse is men's worship of darkness over the light
of God’s own truth. Anger and unbridled lust causes hardship for all
involved, especially when the anger for man’s sins is directed at God.


Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves
the world, the love of the Father is not in him. ... ~ 1st John 2:15-16


His truth inspires the hope of better lives
   Do not love worldly things   
   all that is in - of the world

                              ↓
            ● the lust of the flesh
            ● the lust of the eyes
            ● the pride of life
                         ⭦
                            Not of the Father   

The world is a test for all to exercise godliness over godlessness.
The just of heart see all, where injustice is blind to all things. Most
if not all face those deadly sins crippling the spirits will to persevere.
Uncontrolled lust and thoughts of superiority inhibit a healthy
relationship with all others as well as most importantly, God.


"So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,
I will vomit you out of My mouth." ~ Revelation 3:16


In the spectrum or extreme liberalism verse conservatism,
however put, bottom or top, lowest or highest, where God’s mercy
dwells is where He is worshiped in hearts of His spirit and truth,
over the shenanigans and or any sideshows of man. When people or
organizations attempt to brainwash individuals into submission, can this
be considered true faith in all good conscience, as an offering to God?
If your hot for the church, and the preacher, it may not necessarily mean
you are hot for God. Many who claim faith may have ill-placed it in man
over God. Let us choose to increase our faith, always learning to be better
in understanding what He would have us to be, not in the domination of
man over man, but under His own grace and mercy, we must humbly ask
for forgiveness, all of us, for the arrogance and snubbing attitudes that
destroy us. Without worshiping God in His Spirit and Truth, His glory in
us is diminished, especially when the glory is placed in man over God.


Eternal life is not to be fumbled by man’s hands
True religion is not confused in the peace it gives
Believers in God must maintain careful works
Justice, mercy, and faith go wayside with phonies
Fanatically practicing dutiful details may miss virtue
Outward appearance can mask inward deceptions
Love of God and justice thrives in the faithful
False leaders hide behind the mask of their evil
The mature should have sympathy for the weak
The proud find it hard to submit to God’s will
False religion is infested in the doctrines of man
His word is the cornerstone of true worship
We are commanded to expose darkness as it is
Humble self-control rides on the power of God

Replacing God’s will with
human desires rejects Him.

Darkness has one truth called absence.


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??/??/2020 ~ Forgetfulness

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Darkness is Lost to all that is.
Some things cannot be found only believed.

"... diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have
seen, and lest they depart from your heart ..." ~ Deuteronomy 4:9


God’s own heavenly truths establishes social order
  Take heed and diligently keep  
          → Lest you forget the things
          → Lest you depart of heart

Teach children and grandchildren

Memory and understanding are used to lift our children,
and without it, disorder burns the ignorant.


"... when the LORD your God brings you into the land of which
He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, ..."
~ Deuteronomy 6:10-11


The music of truth holds no lie.

"... 'then beware, lest you forget the LORD who brought you out of the
land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. ...'" ~ Deuteronomy 6:12-14


Forgetting God should invoke fear of calamities to come.

Of the Rock who begot you, you are unmindful, And have
forgotten the God who fathered you. ~ Deuteronomy 32:18


Only travesty comes upon those that forget God.

So the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD. They forgot the
LORD their God, and served the Baals and Asherahs. ~ Judges 3:7


Men are more accustomed to worshipping desires
of their own making over what God has commanded.


Thus the children of Israel did not remember the LORD their God, who
had delivered them from the hands of all their enemies ... ~ Judges 8:34


To abandon God for substitutions, of catering to the
tangible flesh, only delivers emptiness and loss of true spirit.


... So are the paths of all who forget God; And the
hope of the hypocrite shall perish, ... ~ Job 8:11-14


Trusting in man over God leads to oblivion.

The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God. ...
~ Psalms 9:17-20


Hell is the absence of all heaven. Hell has no
expression where gloom surrounds desolation.


Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: ~ Psalms 103:2

To recall the blessings of God enlarges keen awareness.

My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands;
~ Proverbs 3:1


Finding God’s word opens a heart to endless fruits.

Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor
turn away from the words of my mouth. ~ Proverbs 4:5


No trap can contain those that cherish His truths.

"Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son
of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you." ~ Isaiah 49:15


Memories can be like shadows fading as the dust blows away.

Can a virgin forget her ornaments, Or a bride her attire? Yet My
people have forgotten Me days without number. ~ Jeremiah 2:32


Jesus had to come into the world as everyone
had lost the true meaning of who God was, and is.


"... My people have forgotten Me, They have burned incense to worthless
idols. And they have caused themselves to stumble ... ~ Jeremiah 18:15


Man made pathways will never achieve the highway God lays.

... Because you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children. ~ Hosea 4:6


Key to godliness, through the ages, is knowledge of His Holy nature.

"For Israel has forgotten his Maker, And has built temples; ..." ~ Hosea 8:14

Ornate churches and or temples do not necessarily
reflect worship of God if filled with the idols of man.


But do not forget to do good and to share, for with
such sacrifices God is well pleased. ~ Hebrews 13:16


Doing good and sharing touches the very edges of heaven’s truth.

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue,
to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, ... ~ 2nd Peter 1:5-7


The Holy Halo of spirit works together in concert
Brotherly  
Kindness  
          Self-Control



  Godliness        



                 Perseverance



        Love



                   Knowledge



Virtue



           Faith

Qualities of godly excellence takes a focused mind and spirit.
An ongoing incorporating of all these character attributes
is the holy halo of spirit.


... he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and
has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. ~ 2nd Peter 1:8-9


Neglecting pursuing a character of God in Christ snubs life itself.

,... (... which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may
be mindful of the words which were spoken before ... ~ 2nd Peter 3:1-2


There is only one direction to God, and it comes by the word
He has once delivered. Man’s fantasies, additions, or replacements
will not nullify His established commands.


... scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,
and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? ... ~ 2nd Peter 3:3-4


Despicable characters always excuse themselves
  Scoffers will walk in their own lusts
             ⮡  Where is His coming?  

Mockers will be plentiful, claiming false bigotry accusations,
against the true faithful. God will not show favor
with liars without knowledge of His truths.


For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God
the heavens were of old, ... ~ 2nd Peter 3:5-7


Earth is a creation of God, He holds, to redeem
those lost, until He declares the end of time.


But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day
is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord
is not slack concerning His promise, ... ~ 2nd Peter 3:8-9


God’s unyielding patient call whirls salvation

  Concerning His promise:

            ● Timeless

            ● The Lord is not slack
                          ⮡  is longsuffering toward us  

            ● Not willing that any should perish  

            ● All should come to repentance



As time has a final moment, a new age awaits for all those faithful to His
call. Loving today has more than we can lose to the winds of tomorrow.
Shadows of missed moments from the past causes one to drown in
misery. The present is the only gift we have. Tell me now,
what is life and where dwells its’ importance?


Song is lost when strength in Him is forgotten
Take heed and diligently keep to the word of God
Those that forget God trust in evil
All the nations that forget God will be turned to hell
Do not forget or turn from the words of wisdom
Mothers may forget a child, but God will not forget
Forgetting God causes one to stumble in their ways
Godly people are destroyed for lack of knowledge
Many forget God building temples to man’s glory
Do not forget to do good and share
Not forgetting noble qualities abounds in the Lord
The Bible is a reminder to be mindful of holiness
Last days: scoffers will deny the promise of God
People willfully forget the word of God

The Holy Spirit is waiting to deliver peace to all hearts who believe.

The Spirit calls out in an ocean of despair.

Darkness coldly misses life in love.


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??/??/2020 ~ Mirror Mirror

🔮
Darkness has no reflection.
Self-awareness is the bridge to identity.

As in water face reflects face, So a man's heart reveals the man.
~ Proverbs 27:19


One cannot see self if busy blaming others for situations dealt.
The bottom of a heart divulges the deepest of desires.


For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness,
who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of
the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. ~ 2nd Corinthians 4:6


All have been touched with life’s presence. Without knowledge of God,
social wisdom evaporates, and the chaos of disharmony curses all.
God has given us the light to see and it is an individual
choice to follow Him or the whims of man.


Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 13:5


One could have a broken faith by not adhering to the principles
which have been delivered by God. Rather people use humanistic
unholy reasoning, excusing actions in self denial. We all have been
afflicted and done wrong, however, this does change the order He calls
out for under His creation. Concentration is often found difficult when
purging the lower impulses of desire where lust has destroyed so
many relationships of spirit. Trust is to lust as vinegar is to water.
Spirit holds a depth unequaled.


... Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into
Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? ... ~ Romans 6:1-4


To begin true life is to arrive at His Grace
 
Continue  
in sin?  
               
  G  
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a
c
e
                Walk in
  Newness
of Life
                  
  Baptized into Christ Jesus  

                  

⭝      



Die
to sin
I
n
t
o

H
i
s

D
e
a
t
h


      ⭜



Raised from
the dead

Buried with Him through Baptism

Baptism unites us in His sacrifice of life, to shield us from the wrath that
is to come upon all sin. Knowledge of His forgiveness lifts a spirit closer
to knowing God and His desire for us to walk in the goodness of life.


"... Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy
to escape all these things that will come to pass, ..." ~ Luke 21:34-36


Endurance is a matter of living, and though all carry the weights
of breathing, in the flesh, if one surrenders willingly to wickedness,
the spiritual shield one needs for God's salvation plan is dropped,
and one will bear alone what is unbearable; eternal death.


... to us shame of face, as it is this day-to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants
of Jerusalem and all Israel, those near and those far off in all the countries to
which You have driven them, because of the unfaithfulness ... ~ Daniel 9:7


To realize the shame of sin frees a soul from the guilty verdict,
to a stance of regret, where repentance turns a contrite heart
back to God, and the true purpose of living flourishes.


"O Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings, our princes, and
our fathers, because we have sinned against You." ~ Daniel 9:8


Sin is a shadow land event. Truth shines in the light, so often covered
by the darkness, where soul’s choose to scheme upon each other.
It is a devourous world where evil has nothing tender, and
greed’s lust tramples the innocence of our child's heart.


They do not consider in their hearts That I remember all their wickedness;
Now their own deeds have surrounded them; They are before My face.
~ Hosea 7:2


All is naked before God, and if we neglect to keep this knowledge Holy,
the avalanche of evil comes upon a people, resulting with the tragic
despair of hopelessness. What we ask for either defiles us or cleanses us.
True purpose can not be achieved without free dreams in God’s own light.


... now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part,
but then I shall know just as I also am known. ~ 1st Corinthians 13:11-12


To take notice of the self, and mistakes of love and hate,
in pursuit of truth, reveals the sigh of a mature soul.


"But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired
servants have bread enough and to spare, ..." ~ Luke 15:17-19


Coming to yourself is that epiphany moment where God is God,
and we are all but mere men. Arrogance has always
dug holes where emptiness fills what is left over.


... put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt
according to the deceitful lusts,and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, ...
~ Ephesians 4:21-24


Growth is part of livings continual rise to see
  If taught truth by Jesus:
         ⮡  Put off your former conduct
                             ↓
             The old corrupt man
                         ⭩    ⭨
  Be renewed in the spirit of your mind  
         ⮡  Put on the new man
                ⮡  Created according to God
                     ☆ in true righteousness
                              😇 and holiness

Coming to the word of God comes with
blessings untold where truth unlocks a heart.


And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also
bear the image of the heavenly Man. ~ 1st Corinthians 15:48-49


Marvelous is His truth where souls become
the song of life rising from the dust.


"Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God." ~ Matthew 5:8

Undeniable is the peace love holds in an unbroken heart
believing in the promise of His stars ascending.


... when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
~ 1st John 3:2-3


Hope is something seen ahead where the past has been left behind.
True value is found in what one does today for tomorrow.


For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be
compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. ~ Romans 8:18


Vision has no expression to paint the love waiting
for those faithful hearts hoping in His spoken truths.


... if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing
his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and
immediately forgets what kind of man he was. ... ~ James 1:22-25


One must see His truth as a special revelation
calling a soul to action in the presence of God Himself.


... we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord,
are being transformed into the same image ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 3:17-18


Freedom is a gift of God to be recreated in His image.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed
by the renewing of your mind, ... ~ Romans 12:2


Heavenly truths do just that, transform us into
creatures of God thankful for His offering of eternal life.


As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be
satisfied when I awake in Your likeness. ~ Psalms 17:15


To be a child of God has no greater value.

Coming honestly to God reveals the true self
The heart of one reveals the person
Test: One must know Christ is in you or disqualified
Baptized in Christ we should walk in newness of life
Pray to be counted worthy at His appearing
Shame on all the faces of unfaithfulness
All the wickedness man is before the face of God
To see clearly one sees self for as one is
Coming to yourself is an act of humbling truth
Put off the old man and put on the new man
Sufferings now cannot compare to glory ahead
Forgetting God’s word only deceives awareness
Seeing God’s glory transforms us into His image
Be transformed by the renewing of your mind

Deep self-reflection brings a heart back to God.

Darkness has nothing that comes after.


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??/??/2020 ~ Raised Up

🌌
Darkness sacrifices the loss of light.
What holds all is that which comes from above lifting below.
To gaze upon the heavens touches a call to come home.


... So the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people;
and many of the people of Israel died. ~ Numbers 21:5-6


The fire of sin bites all that sink to its’ darkness.

Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, "We have sinned, for
we have spoken against the LORD and against you; ... ~ Numbers 21:7


Tragedies onslaught often reveals the fear of evils done.

... So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if
a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.
~ Numbers 21:8-9


To live, one must look up to God and what
He has begun in Christ, our once eternal propitiation.


... broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made; for until
those days the children of Israel burned incense to it, ... ~ 2nd Kings 18:4


Physical desires can blur the truth of what is not seen.

... as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the
Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him ... ~ John 3:13-16


Eternal love calls for our return to the heights of forever.

"... He who comes from heaven is above all." ~ John 3:31

God has spoken to the entire world of what is from above.

... "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He,
and that I do nothing of Myself; ..." ~ John 8:28


No doubt is left for those that believe in what
God no longer needs to do; a call to come.


"And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself." ...
~ John 12:32-33


The proof is in the sacrifice and the truth it delivered.
People of the earth need to be lifted up to find salvation.


"... the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me." ~ Matthew 11:5-6


Extreme mercy in love preceded Christ’s murder
   THE    ● Blind see
 ● Lame walk
 ● Lepers are cleansed
 ● Deaf hear
 ● Dead are raised up
 ● Poor have the gospel    

Miraculous wonderments followed truths announcement by God Himself.

... "The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they
will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up." ... ~ Matthew 17:22-23


It is natural to have sorrow in our separation
from God’s immediate personal presence.


... and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen
asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, ...
~ Matthew 27:51-54


Witnesses aboundingly sail the echoes of time
that heal as many souls who hear.


... For Sadducees say that there is no resurrection - and no angel or spirit;
but the Pharisees confess both. ~ Acts 23:8


Confusion has no shortage when men are involved
in explaining what they do not know. In the light of Jesus Christ,
His truth of resurrection now remains.


"He is not here; for He is risen, as He said.
Come, see the place where the Lord lay." ~ Matthew 28:6


Truth cannot be covered by lies of what God has commanded.

After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, ...
~ 1st Corinthians 15:6


God’s reassurance through resurrection gave an
undeniable eternal foundation for all to see and remember.


"This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses." ~ Acts 2:32

What a wonder to see God ascend before mere mortals.

... God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is
above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, ...
~ Philippians 2:8-11


How can anyone of true enlightenment not bow
in worship for what God has done for all to know.


"Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under
heaven given among men by which we must be saved." ~ Acts 4:12


From days of old, His call is to come near,
away from leaving His heart, of life’s truth.


... looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, ... ~ Hebrews 12:2

To look to God through Jesus Christ saves the soul
and inspires the beginning of life forever.
To see Him one has to rise through the heart.


... knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death
no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin
once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. ... ~ Romans 6:9-12


To be free of death, one has to realize He died for all,
conditionally upon all who would believe, and obey.


If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above,
where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. ... ~ Colossians 3:1-3


No one in mortal flesh can see into the bottom of another's heart;
each of us is hidden in the confines of our own being. Life is either plain
and honest or deceptive and corrupt. To seek things above clears a heart
to know what is of all higher truths. Focused on earth below involves
material self-seeking, frozen away from any true empathy.
Selfish hearts are wells of darkness.

Unambiguously, love renders life where hate delivers death. We must die
to our hate, for self and others, to see God’s mercy under His grace.
Alone, all come to judgment.


When Christ who is our life appears, then you also
will appear with Him in glory. ... ~ Colossians 3:4-5


An event comes to all oceans in life’s game,
a rendering of truth upon His judgment of light.


Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens. ~ Psalms 123:1

When our longing hearts call as equally for His return, we have arrived.

To be lifted on high Jesus is of the sweetest
People complain even when God supplies
Moses made a bronze serpent for healing the bitten
The people turned the bronze serpent into an idol
We must look up to the truth of Jesus to be saved
From heaven, Jesus is above all
Jesus offends many for His miraculous powers
Many dead came forth after Christ’s crucifixion
Jesus humbled Himself in the face of evil
There is no other salvation than through Jesus
Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith
Exercise self-control over lusts of the flesh
Seek those spiritual things from above
The faithful will appear with Christ in glory

To each soul’s hope for love’s
return cannot be hushed.

Darkness hurts for the music it cannot hear.


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??/??/2020 ~ God Upon Us

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Darkness longs for half a shadow.
God endures His presence though we cast off knowledge of Him.
We were made to reflect the qualities of God.


Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her,
You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees; ... ~ Genesis 16:13


God sees all, and has given us all the
vision of forever, laid before each of us.


... Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to
him, "I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. ~ Genesis 17:1


God does not answer to us, as we are His creation,
and He seeks those becoming in the image that He is.


"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord,
"who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." ~ Revelation 1:8


From beginning to end, God encompasses all reality unseen or
knowable to those in His creation. His magnificence is beyond measure.


"... says the LORD, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts:
'I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.'" ~ Isaiah 44:6


God is singular in His multifaceted self.

... And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And He said, "Thus you shall
say to the children of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'" ~ Exodus 3:13-14


God needs no utterable name to be that He is. Time is His creation
waiting for souls to acknowledge His presence in the liberty He has given.


... This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.'"
~ Exodus 3:15


Humble hearts are the only ones able to feel the magnitude of God.

Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you,
before Abraham was, I AM." ~ John 8:58


Jesus, the great explainer, showed how
each of us maintains I AM. In His Spirit we live.


... Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall
call His name Immanuel (Literally God-With-Us). ~ Isaiah 7:14


Across the ages, His coming is of the most significant,
in knowing God, and His reasons for life in His creation.


... bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,"
which is translated, "God with us." ~ Matthew 1:23


The robes of truth extend well past our perception, to see the whole of it
all. The future is predicated on the past which is exacted by the present.


... And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ~ Isaiah 9:6


To earth a prince has arrived offering salvation to all who believe.

"... And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus,
for He will save His people from their sins." ~ Matthew 1:21


The Son of God owns all hearts under His care.
His light is the beacon of life welling up from love’s radiance itself.


He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth
and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He. ~ Deuteronomy 32:4


What is real cannot be exchanged for lies
  A God of truth
           ⮡  Without injustice
                             ↓
                   He is the Rock
              His work is perfect
          All His ways are justice
       Righteous and upright is He  

God determines reality for the benefit of all, in the solid truth of His
creation. His will holds us tightly in His plan of unity to come to His love.


"... judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and
the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom." ~ Daniel 7:22


God desires we live in harmony with what He has
provided without refusing the gifts He has given.


"He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the
Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David." ~ Luke 1:32


Due to our disobedience, it was necessary for God to take tangible,
physical, identifiable form, to clarify His preeminence; a call to return.


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God. ~ John 1:1


God’s word reigns supreme.

He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His
name is called The Word of God. ~ Revelation 19:13


Truth has the measure of judgment in relation to His heart of light’s life.
His robe is an act of honor and sacrifice.


And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. ~ Revelation 19:16


There is no battle where God has not prevailed, though death
consumes the flesh. His call is a rise to life from the death of sin


... "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not
walk in darkness, but have the light of life." ~ John 8:12


Make no mistake, God wills all to return to
His light of love which supplies eternal life.


"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep."
~ John 10:11


God has no desire to let go of that which He created
to have an equal appreciation of life shared.


The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold!
The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" ~ John 1:29


Jesus, God Himself, sacrificed His life so we may know the
purpose of why we are, and how to live under the hail of His love.


... and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive
the crown of glory that does not fade away. ~ 1st Peter 5:4


Dripped in glory, His care for each of us
is incomparable across all essence.


Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who
believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live." ~ John 11:25


To live forever, one has to believe in the God that offers it.

"... I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star."
~ Revelation 22:16


Many occurrences of God touch the truth
we all have the pleasure of coming to know.


... Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed ...
~ Revelation 5:5


Each mortal heart yearns for a message of salvation.
The story, and exchange, told in His word gives us one truth,
loudly heard above the silence of acquiescence.


He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
~ Colossians 1:15


An entrance to eternity has been established by God
for all those who wish to come to His will and nature.


And so it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being."
The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. ~ 1st Corinthians 15:45


For us to live, God has made it clear to all young and old,
wise and ignorant, He is the one we need to come to.


For there is one God and one Mediator between God
and men, the Man Christ Jesus. ~ 1st Timothy 2:5


To welcome His coming, salvation rests upon His truth,
and His defense, of each soul who believes.


Confessing to God lifts a soul closer to the truth
God sees all where nothing is hidden
The Lord above is God Almighty the great I AM
There is no other God besides the Lord of hosts
Jesus, before Abraham, sits on David’s throne
A virgin birth of Immanuel (God with us)
The Son of God’s name is Jesus
God is truth without injustice; Righteous & upright
Jesus is the light of the world; the word of God
Jesus is the good shepherd offering crowns of glory  
Jesus is the resurrection and life to who believe
Jesus is the firstborn over all creation
Jesus is a life-giving spirit
Jesus is the only mediator between God and men

God will always be there
for those that truly love Him.

Darkness remains condemning all the careless.


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??/??/2020 ~ Useless Whispers

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Darkness has no sound to hear.
Faith and determination overcomes weak character flaws.

... some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and
doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocricy, ... ~ 1st Timothy 4:1-3


Pope Francis was quoted telling the White House guests that the Koran,
and the spiritual teachings contained therein, are just as valid as the Holy
Bible, and should therefore be respected as such. To appease man is not
to the pleasure of God when it disavows His word, delivered once for
all mankind, to know the truth in the final eternal analysis.

The Koran declares the Bible is a lie and those who
believe in it are cursed by self imposed delusions.


... reject profane and old wives' fables, and exercise
yourself toward godliness. ~ 1st Timothy 4:4-7


We are no longer under the strict laws of the Old Testament,
as God used it to show how man could not obey. God now places
importance of faithful hearts true to His ways, as called out for in His
Holy Word, The Bible. He looks to those who possess thankful
hearts for His creation and diligently seek Him.

So many declare the opinions of man over the announcements of God.
To encompass truth one has to see His word as the precedence
and not the misguided alterations man would impose.


... not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments
of men who turn from the truth. ... ~ Titus 1:14-16


Truth involves not just statements but behaviors.
His commands instruct us to be the best in Him and His given words;
not to be substituted or superseded by mere whims of man.
All or nothing is how we approach God.


... nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes
rather than godly edification which is in faith. ... ~ 1st Timothy 1:4-7


Deception can come by casual and twofaced spirits
  … nor give heed to fables
                  purpose of the commandment
                                          is
                  → Love From a pure heart
                                From a good conscience  
                                From sincere faith

A pure heart yields to the truth that rises before it.

... avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.
~ 2nd Timothy 2:22-23


Keys remain free to all when seen for what they are. Faith, Love, Peace,
the highest achievements known to the creation of life, and told by God.


... shun profane and idle babblings, for they will
increase to more ungodliness. ~ 2nd Timothy 2:14-16


Words that distract or contradict the simple truths God delivers should
be discarded. Truth is plain over the augmentative minds of man.


... avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions
of what is falsely called knowledge ... ~ 1st Timothy 6:20-21


God ask to protect His once delivered truths remaining watchful for the
convolutions man would want to impose for his own advantage. One
cannot hear the music of heaven when plucking the chords of earth.


... by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.
~ Titus 1:9-10


A good understanding of God’s word defends a soul against those
who would deceive with human manipulations, rather than holding
godly reverence to His truths. So called religious individuals
often are covetous frauds with self-seeking agendas.
Honest genuine hearts can be hard to find.
All are called to be watchful and seek truth.


"But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will
give account of it in the day of judgment. ..." ~ Matthew 12:36-37


In each moment we either exhibit excellence of understanding or fade
to darkness away from His light of truth. People hold both knives and
olive branches. Our peace with others is the call He conveys.


... Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother
and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges ... ~ James 4:11-12


As they say loose lips sink ships, it also
destroys relationships and creates distant hearts.


... In the multitude of words sin is not lacking,
But he who restrains his lips is wise. ~ Proverbs 10:18-19


Many hide behind the lies the keep. Hasty words
used without caution create unsure memories.


... a whisperer separates the best of friends. ~ Proverbs 16:27-28

To the shame of living friends stab each other
for the benefit of advantage.


If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue
but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless. ~ James 1:26


A “na na” moment is when people no longer have concern
for one another. Openly contentious individuals have no religion,
only contempt in a festering heart.


... lest there be contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions,
backbitings, whisperings, conceits, tumults; ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 12:20


Some of the most compulsive habits rob holiness
  Found not as you wish:  

                        ● Contentions
                        ● Jealousies
                        ● Outbursts of wrath
                        ● Selfish ambitions
                        ● Backbitings
                        ● Whisperings
                        ● Conceits
                        ● Tumults

What is it you wish for? Sanctuary under His wing in Heaven or
to win a petty battle through shady unethical means? When the
Great Physician Himself examines our condition, all will be known.


For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly
manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. ~ 2nd Thessalonians 3:11


What manner of purpose do we want to be found by God?

... gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not. ...
~ 1st Timothy 5:13-15


When people decide to announce those things said in private,
against other parties, it violates all confidence.
The gossiper take the lower of all paths.


He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor,
But a man of understanding holds his peace. ~ Proverbs 11:12-13


God calls for each of us to maintain a faithful spirit.
Many aspects revolve around this notion, and takes the best
of us more than a lifetime to apply these principles held true.


... that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, ...
~ 1st Thessalonians 4:11


When all else fails, and one is disquieted, it is a result of not following
simple godly instructions, which most souls slip backward upon, allowing
themselves to fall away choosing wicked lesser virtues. Faith can be hard
in doing what is good, improving character, for that upward call.


Deepest efforts to find God will free a soul
Deceiving spirits will speak lies in hypocrisy
Reject profane and old wives’ fables
Do not heed men who turn from the truth
Avoid foolish and ignorant disputes
Profane and idle babblings increase ungodliness
Defiant religious fanatics abandon sound doctrine
We will give account for every idle word
Do not speak evil of one another
He who restrains his lips is wise
A whisperer separates the best of friends
Without bridling one’s tongue faith is useless
Busybodies say things which they ought not
Lead a quiet life and mind your own business

Without concern for others life is longer alone.

Darkness can only dream of what it is not.


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??/??/2020 ~ Honoring Servants of God

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Darkness unveils all that is retched.
Honoring those exposing truth upholds all that is good.

... Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except
in his own country and in his own house." ~ Matthew 13:57


Contempt and acts of arrogance have stolen truth
for the sake of evil selfish intents. What thoughts we honor
declares who we are, despicable or magnanimous.


Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, But to Your name give glory,
Because of Your mercy, Because of Your truth. ~ Psalms 115:1


All glory, when given to God, frees a heart to stand on skies high.

... but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the
hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, ... ~ Ephesians 4:29-30


In His grace blessings have poured out. Without
applying His truths calamity ensues for all festering hearts.


Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from
you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, ... ~ Ephesians 4:31-32


All desire to be at peace from the tortures of living
   → Be:
           Tenderhearted
           Kind to one another
           Forgiving one another   

We’ve all heard 'to be or not to be'. God has announced His BE's. God’s
will is for us to lift one another. The bottom is no higher than the top.


... recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and
admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. ...
~ 1st Thessalonians 5:11-13


The Lord is the supporting beam. Let those that praise Him, and diligently
seek His truths, be honored in love. Love is over all, and what flavors life.
This spirit of salt rises from Jesus and the truth He delivers.


"Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have
salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another." ~ Mark 9:50


The salt of life is the message of Christ.
Our passion is what gives us that spice of truth.


... continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit
of our lips, giving thanks to His name. ... ~ Hebrews 13:15-16


In His truth and light of life we are to employ goodness in our hearts.

Obey those who rule over you, ... Let them do so with joy and not
with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you. ~ Hebrews 13:17


Tears bring with them reasons not always understood. For unsettled
souls attacking what they lack tortures all who surround them.


Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor,
especially those who labor in the word and doctrine. ~ 1st Timothy 5:17


Labors toward clearer truth should be
rewarded for the sake of the effort itself.


Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
~ 1st Peter 2:17


Is there anyone who does not want to be saved? Only a
seared conscience without hope bent on evil is furthest away.
Hope is a fundamental and foundational quality of life.


Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness
of mind let each esteem others better than himself. ~ Philippians 2:3


All would hope for an umbrella of security where want is satisfied,
and love nurtures the pure child we all once had in innocence.


As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as
good stewards of the manifold grace of God. ~ 1st Peter 4:10


Each of us has a light from within. God wills we find and use what He
has given, no matter how small or large, to give it our all. While we are on
the earth, He calls us out to use these given gifts for the edification of all.
God is One and looks to His people to be the same.


For the law was given through Moses, but grace
and truth came through Jesus Christ. ~ John 1:17


Without the coming of Jesus, how now could we
know truth or grace that God has delivered to us?


"For He will be delivered to the Gentiles and will be
mocked and insulted and spit upon." ~ Luke 18:32


Jesus went to His knees for each one of us.

If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you,
for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. ... ~ 1st Peter 4:14-15


Many individual evils deny the joy we all seek
Sprit of Glory
God rests
Upon You

Shame on all those cursing what is noble
in all efforts to improve living for all.


Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?
~ Galatians 4:16


When someone accuses another, it often is a shortcoming they
themselves possess; four fingers pointing back at the stick thrower.
The old Biblical adage of removing the log from your own eye
before you condemn your brother applies here.


... not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think
soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. ~ Romans 12:3


Arrogance cripples spirituality and deludes souls
  Think highly of self ≠ Sober faith  

The Bible declares arrogance is a sin
that destroys peace and damages faith.


... individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according
to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: ... ~ Romans 12:4-6


God spreads the candy of life plentifully. A store full of fruits is instore
for all the faithful who endure alone, in fellowship with all. Different stages
are upon all as fingerprints lay uniquely upon each. To be alive is to know
verse dead in a speechless loneliness, without the supporting efforts
of others. Everyone needs help, and denying this is what
creates arrogant isolated contemptuous hearts.


... Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
~ Romans 12:7-9


Talent resides in each to find our part
                     Ministry ↔ Ministering
            Who teaches ↔ In teaching
            Who exhorts ↔ In exhortation
                Who gives ↔ With liberality
                Who leads ↔ With diligence
  Who shows mercy ↔ With cheerfulness

When one compares oneself to another or others a stance of elevation
occurs. If we become the standard, then all else falls short. It is only when
we see the gifts given by God, with humble thankful hearts, that spiritual
freedom arrives, and the anchors from others fade. One must kick away
judgments that lead to nowhere, and it is God who is the only judge.
It takes discipline to place calm over the crazy in each of us.


Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving
preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, ... ~ Romans 12:10-13


Purpose drives one in what they believe
  Be kindly affectionate in honor
         ⮡  Giving preference to one another  

                     ● Not lagging in diligence
                     ● Fervent in spirit, serving the Lord
                     ● Rejoicing in hope
                     ● Patient in tribulation
                     ● Continuing steadfastly in prayer
                     ● Distributing to saints needs
                     ● Given to hospitality

Many principles that guide the goodness of a soul are instructed
in the Bible. It is filled with challenges to overcome and apply
character traits that are not always easy to do. Knowing
truth is the first step on the upward path.


Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. ...
~ Romans 12:14-16


There are unhappy people who will blame you for their grief. This does not
rise to the principles the Bible teaches and generally these complainers
are found emanating from spiritually immature arrogant souls.


... If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
~ Romans 12:17-18


Time will expose us to atrocities from friends, family, country, and earth.
It can eat one alive without standing on the shoulders of God. Having
purpose, and peace with this, helps all those we encounter. It is
disgruntled souls that rock the calm as bulls in glass houses. Their
venom will always strike as long as they see self over God’s grace.


Ignorance obscures unity for those who deny God
A prophet has no honor in his own house
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit with a bitter heart
Recognize those who labor in works & esteem them
Passion for the word is what spices the heart
It is unprofitable to cause grief to one’s leaders
Let elders rule well with double honor
Care for and put others above yourself
Grace and truth came through Jesus
Jesus, the greatest servant, was spit upon
Being criticized for Christ condemns accusers
The truth can be offensive to those holding shame