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Let me call your attention to the fact that God wrote on the tables of stone at Sinai as well as one the wall of Belshazzar’s palace. These are the only messages to men that God has written with His own hand. He wrote the commandments out twice, and spoke them aloud in the hearing of Israel.



If it were known that God Himself was going to speak once again to man, what eagerness and excitement there would be. For nearly nineteen hundred years He has been silent. No inspired message has been added to the Bible for nearly nineteen hundred years. How eagerly all men would listen if God should speak once more.


Yet men forget that the Bible is God’s own Word, and that it is as truly His message to-day as when it was delivered of old. The law that has given at Sinai has lost none of its solemnity. Time cannot wear out its authority or the fact of its authorship. I can imagine some one saying — “I won’t be weighed by that law. I don’t believe in it.”



Now men may cavil as much as they like about other parts of the Bible, but I have never met an honest man that found fault with the Ten Commandments. Infidels may mock the Lawgiver and reject Him who has delivered us from the curse of the law, but they can’t help admitting that the commandments are right. Renan said that they are for all nations, and will remain the commandments of God during all the centuries.



If God created this world, He must make some laws to govern it. In order to make life safe we must have good laws; there is not a country the sun shines upon that does not possess the laws. Now this is God’s law. It has come from on high, and infidels and skeptics have to admit that it is pure. Legislatures nearly all over the world adopt it as the foundation of their legal systems.



“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is pure, making wise the simple: the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.”



Now the question for you and me is — are we keeping these commandments? Have we fulfilled all the requirements of the law? If God made us, as we know He did, He had a right to make that law; and if we don’t use it aright it would have been better for us if we had never had it, for it will condemn us. We shall be found wanting. The law is all right, but are we right?



Excerpt From – Weighed And Wanting By Dwight Lyman Moody.



The Ten Commandments


1 And God spoke all these words, saying:
2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

Exodus 20:1-17

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Jesus Is Faithful

Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

Hebrews 2:17

Jesus Is Perfect

And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, 10 called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,”

Hebrews 5:9-10

Jesus Is Obedient

And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

Philippians 2:8

Jesus Is Guileless

Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

1 Peter 2:22-23

Jesus Is Mighty To Save

Who is this who comes from Edom,
With dyed garments from Bozrah,
This One who is glorious in His apparel,
Traveling in the greatness of His strength?—
“I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”

Isaiah 63:1

Jesus Is Merciful 

Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

Hebrews 2:17

Jesus Is Meek

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:29-30

Jesus Is Holy

For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens;

Hebrews 7:26

Jesus Is Justified

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit,
Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles,
Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.

1 Timothy 3:16 

Jesus Is Exalted

Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.

Acts 2:33

Jesus Is Risen

He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, 7 saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ”

Luke 24:6-7

Jesus Is Harmless

 

For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens;

Hebrews 7:26


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Many speak of the New Birth or of Regeneration without any definite conception of just what the New Birth is, and so are never sure whether they themselves have been born again or not.


As plain and clear a definition of the New Birth as we can find in the Word of God is given in 2 Pet. 1:4, “Whereby he hath granted unto us his precious and exceeding great promises; that through these ye may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world by lust.” 


From these words of Peter it is evident that the New Birth is the impartation to the one who is born again, of a new nature, God’s own nature. By being born again we become actual partakers of the Divine nature. We are all born into this world with a corrupted intellectual and moral nature.


The natural man, or unregenerate man, is intellectually blind, blind to the truth of God, “the things of the Spirit” he cannot see or receive. “They are foolishness unto him, and he cannot know them” (1 Cor. 2:14). His affections are corrupt, he loves the things he ought to hate and hates the things he ought to love.


A definite description of the affections and tastes and desires of the unregenerate man is found in Gal. 5:19, 20, 21. He is also perverse in his will, as Paul puts it in Rom. 8:7, “The mind of the flesh is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” This state of intellectual spiritual blindness and moral corruption is the condition of every unregenerate man.


No matter how cultured or refined or moral he may be outwardly, his inner life is radically wrong. In the New Birth God imparts to the one who is born again His own wise and holy nature, a nature that thinks as God thinks (“He is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him”Col. 3:10); he feels as God feels, loves the things that God loves, hates the things that God hates, wills as God wills (1 John 3:14; 4:7, 8).


It is evident then that regeneration is a deep thorough-going change in the deepest springs of thought, feeling and action. A change so thorough-going that Paul says in 2 Cor. 5:17, “If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature (more exactly, Creation): the old things are passed away; behold they are become new.” 


To use the inspired language of the Apostle John, regeneration is a passing “out of death into life.” John says in 1 John 3:14, “We know that we have passed out of death into life.” Until we are thus born again we are in a condition of moral and spiritual death. When we are born again we are “quickened” (or made alive), we who “were dead through our trespasses and sins.” (Eph. 2:1).


There is a profound contrast between regeneration and mere conversion. Conversion is an outward thing, a turning around. One is faced the wrong way, faced away from God; he turns around and faces toward God. That is conversion. But regeneration is not a mere outward change, but a thorough-going change in the deepest depths of one’s being, that leads to a genuine conversion or genuine outward change.


Many an apparently thorough conversion is a temporary thing because it did not go deep enough, but regeneration is a permanent thing. When God imparts His nature to a man, that nature abides in the man. When he is born again he cannot be unborn, or as John puts it in 1 John 3:9, “Whosoever is begotten of God doth no sin, because his (God’s) seed abideth in him.” A man may be converted a thousand times, he can be regenerated but once.


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1. The first of these results is found in:


 1 Cor. 6:19, where we read: “Know ye not that your body is a temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have from God?” These words were spoken to believers, to regenerated men, and they plainly tell us that when one is born again, the Holy Spirit comes to take up His permanent dwelling in the man and that the man who is born again thus becomes a temple of the Holy Spirit. It is true that we may not always be conscious of this indwelling of the Holy Spirit, nevertheless He dwells in us.


2. The second result of the New Birth is found in:


 Rom. 8:2-4, where we read: “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the ordinance of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” 


In the 7th chapter of Romans, we have a picture of the man who is awakened by the law of God which he approves after the inward man, which he sees “is holy and just and good,” which he tries to keep in his own strength, but utterly fails to keep, until at last he comes to an end of himself and is filled with despair of ever being able to keep the law of God outside of him, because of the law of sin and death inside him, which law of sin and death says, “the good which you would do you cannot do, and the evil which you hate and would not do, you must keep on doing.”


When a man is thus brought to a consciousness of his own utter helplessness and turns to God and accepts Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus Christ gives to him who dwells in him, sets him free from this law of sin and death so that by the power of the indwelling Spirit he is enabled to obey the law of God and to get the victory over the evil things that he would not do and to do the things which he would do.


Whereas in a man merely awakened by the law of God, “the law of sin and death” gets a perpetual victory, in a regenerate man, the “law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” gets the perpetual victory. Doubtless many of you here to-day are still struggling to keep the law of God and utterly failing in your attempt to do so.


What you need is to be born again, and thus have the Holy Spirit come to dwell in you, and then to walk by the Spirit, and by the power of this indwelling Spirit to get victory every day and hour over the law of sin and death that wars in your members against the law of God.


3. The third result of the New Birth is found in:


 Rom. 12:2, where we read, “And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” From this it appears that the third result of the New Birth is in outward transformation of our lives by the inward renewing of our minds so that we no longer are fashioned according to this world.


Of course the regenerated man does not at once manifest perfectly that of which he has the germ in himself. He begins the new life just as we begin our natural lives, as a babe, and he must grow. As Peter puts it in 1 Pet. 2:2, we must “As new born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that we may grow thereby.” 


This new life must be fed and developed. It is irrational, and unwarranted by the Word of God, to expect one who has just been born again, and who is consequently a babe in Christ, to be as perfect in character as one who was born years ago and who has grown to maturity. But the moment we are born again [we receive in germ all the moral perfection that is to be ours when this germ is fully developed within us and comes to its perfect manifestation.


4. The fourth result of the New Birth we find in:


1 John 5:1, “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is begotten of God.” The fourth result of being born again is that the regenerated man believes that Jesus is the Christ. Of course this faith that comes from the New Birth is a real faith. The faith that John here speaks of is not a faith that is a mere opinion, but that real faith that Jesus is the anointed of God that leads us to enthrone Jesus as King in our lives.


If you are not making Jesus King in your heart and life you have not been born again. But if you are making Jesus King in your heart and life and absolute ruler of your thoughts and conduct, then you are born again, for “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is Christ is begotten of God.”


5. The fifth result of being born again we find three verses further down in this same chapter:


1 John 5:4: “For whatsoever is begotten of God overcometh the world.” The fifth result of being born of God is that the one thus born again overcomes the world. The world is at variance with God, “The whole world lieth in the Evil One” (1 John 5:19). It is under the dominion of the Evil One, ruled by his ambitions and ideas.


The world is at variance with God in its commercial life, social life, domestic life, and all the phases of intellectual life and educational life, and is constantly [exercising a power over each of us to draw us into disobedience to God (see 1 John 5:3); but the one born of God by the power of the faith that comes through being born again, gets the victory over the world. He gets the victory over the world’s ideas, purposes, plans, ambitions. He gets the victory over the world in his personal life, domestic life, commercial life, political life, intellectual life every day.


6. The sixth result of being born of God is found in:


1 John 3:9, R. V.“Whosoever is begotten of God doeth no sin; because his (i.e., God’s) seed abideth in him: and he cannot sin (rather, cannot be sinning), because he is begotten of God.” The sixth result, then, of being born of God is that in the one born of God the seed of God remains; and, therefore, the one born of God is not making a practice of sin. 


Some one will ask, just what does this mean? It means exactly what it says, if we look carefully at the exact force of the words used and give due emphasis to the tense of the verbs used. First of all, let us look at the exact force of the word translated “Sin.” What does sin mean? John himself has been careful to define it in the verse itself and in the context in which our verse is found.


The first thing that is evident from 1 John 3:9 is that sin is a something done, not merely a something left undone, and not merely sinful thoughts and desires. What kind of a something done it is defined five verses back in verse 4. “Everyone that doeth sin doeth also lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.” 


Sin here by John’s own definition (and we have no right to bring the definition of any one else into the verse we are studying) is “lawlessness,” i.e., such acts as reveal conscious disregard for the will of God as revealed in His word. So we see that sin, as used here, means, a conscious intentional violation of the law of God.


The regenerate man will not be doing that which he knows to be contrary to the will of God. He may do that which is contrary to God’s will, but which he does not know to be contrary to God’s will. It is not therefore “lawlessness.” Perhaps he ought to have known that it was contrary to God’s will and when he is led to see that it is, he will confess his guilt to God.


Furthermore, we should note the tense of the verb used in this verse. It is the present tense which denotes progressive or continuous action. A literal translation of the passage would be, “Everyone begotten out of God, sin is not doing, because His (God’s) seed in him is remaining; and he cannot be sinning, because out of God he is begotten.”


It is not taught here that one born of God never sins in a single act, but it is taught that he is not going on sinning, not making a practice of sin. Of what he is making a practice appears in 1 John 2:29, “If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that everyone also that doeth righteousness is begotten of him.” 


The result, then, of being born again is that the one begotten again does not go on consciously day after day [doing that which he knows to be contrary to the will of God, but he does make a practice of “doing righteousness,” i.e., doing that which is conformed to the will of God as revealed in His Word. The new nature imparted in regeneration renders the continuous practice of sin impossible and renders the practice of righteousness inevitable.


7. The seventh result of the New Birth is found in:


1 John 3:14, R. V.“We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not abideth in death.” The seventh result of being born again is that we love the brethren. We should note carefully what the thought of “love” is as brought out in the context. It is not love as a mere sentiment.


It is love in that higher and deeper sense of a desire for and delight in the welfare of others, the sort of love that leads us to make sacrifices for those we love, or as we read further down in this same chapter, verses 16-18, “Hereby know we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s goods, and behold his brother in need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how doth the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word neither with the tongue; but in deed and truth.” 


This makes it very evident that what the Holy Spirit here means by love is not a mere affection or fondness for others, not a mere delight in their society; it means that deep and genuine interest in [their welfare that leads us to go down into our pockets when they are in need and supply their need; it leads us to sacrifice our own interest for the sake of their interests even to the point of laying down our lives for them. 


The objects of this love are “the brethren,” i.e., all those who are begotten of God, as we read in 1 John 5:1, “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is begotten of God: and whosoever loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.” 


Any man who is born again will love every other man who is begotten of God. The other one who is begotten of God may be an American or a German, or an Englishman, or a negro, or a Chinaman, or an Indian. He may be educated or uneducated; but he is a child of God and a brother, and as such if you are born of God, he will be the object of your love. This is a searching test of whether or not one is born of God.


8. The final result of being born of God that we will consider this morning is found in:


2 Cor. 5:17, R. V.“Wherefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature (creation): the old things are passed away, behold, they are become new.” 


The ninth result of being born again, including all the other results that we have been considering, is that in the regenerate man, old things are passed away, they are become new. In the place of the old ideas, old affection, old purposes, old choices, are new ideas, new affections, new purposes, new choices.


Excerpt From – The Fundamental Doctrines Of The Christian Faith By Reuben Archer Torrey.



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For just a few moments let us look at the necessity of the New Birth. This is set forth in one of our texts and in the verses following, 1 John 3:5, 6: “Verily, Verily, I say unto you, except a man be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit.” 


We see here that the New Birth is a universal necessity, and we see why it is a necessity. The words translated, “Except a man be born,” etc. more literally translated would be, “If any man be not born out of water and Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”


And why he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God the following verse says, and that is because all that one gets by natural generation is “Flesh” and the Kingdom of God is spiritual, and, therefore, to enter it one must be born of the Spirit. No matter how refined and intelligent our ancestry, no matter how godly our fathers and mothers may have been, we do not get the Holy Spirit from them.


All we get is “flesh.” It may be refined flesh, moral flesh, upright and very attractive flesh, but it is flesh; and “they that are in the flesh cannot please God,” nor “inherit the kingdom of God.” The flesh is incapable of improvement. No more “can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots” than can a man who is unregenerate attain to a life pleasing to God. (See Jer. 13:23.) He must be born again. 


The necessity is also absolute and imperative, so absolute and imperative that Jesus said to Nicodemus, though he was a man of most exemplary morality, a man of high moral and spiritual education, a teacher of Israel, a leader in the religious life of Israel, “You must be born again.” (John 3:7.) Nothing else will take the place of the New Birth.


Men are trying to substitute education, morality, religion, orthodoxy, baptism, outward reform, “new thought,” “theosophy” or the knowledge of God, and other such things, for the New Birth; but none of these, or all of them together, are sufficient, you must be born again. There is absolutely no exception to this rule. As Jesus says in John 3:3, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except any man be born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”


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Turn first, please, to II Tim. 2:8, “Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David, was raised from the dead, according to my gospel.” Here Paul explicitly declares that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead according to the gospel which he preached. Now what was raised? Certainly not His soul. That did not die. Turning to Acts 2:27-31, we find that the soul of the Lord Jesus went into Hades, the abode of the dead.


These are Peter’s words, spoken on the day of Pentecost, there recorded, “Because thou wilt not leave my soul unto Hades, neither wilt thou give thy holy one to see corruption (i.e., in His body). Thou madest known unto me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of gladness with thy countenance. Brethren, I may say unto you freely of the patriarch David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us unto this day. Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God has sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; he foreseeing this spake of the resurrection of Christ, that neither was he left unto Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus did God raise up, whereof we all are witnesses.” 


Peter here declares that the soul of Jesus went to Hades and that it was “His flesh,” i.e., His body, that was kept from corruption and afterwards raised. Turning now to I Cor. 15:3, 4, we read these words of Paul: “For we delivered unto you first of all that which also I received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried; and that he hath been raised on the third day according to the scriptures.” 


Paul here declares that Jesus Christ died and was buried and was raised. What was raised? Paul says, that that which “was buried” was raised. But what was buried? Not the soul of the Lord Jesus, but His body. Peter makes this even plainer, if possible, in I Pet. 3:18-20: “Because Christ also suffered for our sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God; being put to death in the flesh, but quickened in the spirit; in which also he went and preached to the spirits in prison; which aforetime were disobedient, when the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah.” 


These words clearly mean that it was the body of Jesus that was put to death, but that the spirit still lived and went into Hades; so it was the body that was raised and to which the spirit that had not died or become unconscious came back. I Cor. 15:12-19 removes all possibility of doubt on this point on the part of any man who goes to the Bible to find out what it actually teaches and not merely to see how he can twist and distort it to fit it into his own preconceived opinions.


Paul’s Spirit-given words here read, “Now if Christ be preached that he hath been raised from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? (Mark, not no immortality of the soul, but no resurrection of the dead.) But if there is no resurrection of the dead neither hath Christ been raised: and if Christ hath not been raised, then is our preaching vain, your faith also is vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we witness of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up if so be that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised neither hath Christ been raised: and if Christ hath not been raised, your faith is vain, ye are yet in your sins. Then they also that have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all men most pitiable.” 


There is no honest mistaking the plain meaning of these words: by the “resurrection of the dead” Paul plainly means a resurrection of the body; and in the whole chapter, beyond an honest doubt, he is not talking about the immortality of the soul, but the resurrection of the body. The whole argument turns on that, and Paul here clearly says if the body of Jesus was not raised, then the whole Christian system is a sham and our faith vain and that we Christians of all men are most to be pitied.


For if the body of Jesus was not raised, and if our bodies are not to be raised, then we Christians are making tremendous sacrifices for a lie. Paul says further that if our bodies are not to be raised, then Christ’s body has not been raised and Christianity is a humbug. Christianity as taught in the New Testament stands or falls with the resurrection of the body of Jesus and the resurrection of our bodies.


There is no room in this argument of Paul’s for “Pastor” Russell’s doctrine, that the resurrection of Jesus Christ was not a resurrection of the body that was laid in the grave, the body that was crucified, and that the body of Jesus Christ, the body that was laid in the sepulchre, was carried away and preserved somewhere, or else dissolved into gases. Paul says here, if the body that was laid in the sepulchre was not raised, “then is our preaching vain” and your “faith also is vain.”


In Luke 24:5, 6, the angels at the tomb from which the body of Jesus had disappeared are recorded as saying to the women who were seeking the body of Jesus to embalm it, “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here but is risen.” Now what were the women seeking? The body of Jesus to embalm it, and the angels say that what they were seeking was not there but was risen, had been raised.


Furthermore, in the remainder of the 6th verse and verse 7, they say:“Remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered up into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” Here they told the women plainly that what was crucified, which of course was the body of Jesus, was raised. If the actual, literal body of Jesus had not been raised, then these angels were liars.


Do you believe that? These are only a few of the very many passages in which it is very clearly taught that the very body of Jesus was raised from the dead. The body of Jesus was raised from the dead and our bodies shall be raised from the dead, else Christianity is a lie from start to finish.


But Christ was raised from the dead and we shall be raised. Or, as Paul puts it in the 20th verse of this same chapter, “But now hath Christ been raised from the dead, the first fruits of them that are asleep.” Our resurrection, the resurrection of our bodies, will be the harvest that follows the resurrection of the body of Christ, which was “the first fruits.”


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1. First of all, we know that the body which is raised will not be exactly the same body that it was when it was laid in the grave.


This appears from I Cor. 15:35-38: “But some will say, how are the dead raised? And with what manner of body do they come? Thou foolish one, that which thou thyself sowest is not quickened, except it die: and that which thou sowest, thou sowest not in the body that shall be, but a bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other kind; but God giveth it a body even as it pleased him, and to each seed a body of its own.” 


Here we are told that our bodies when they are raised will not be exactly the same as our bodies when they are buried, any more than the wheat that springs from the kernel of wheat that is planted is the same as the kernel that was planted. But just as what grows from the seed comes from the seed and bears the most intimate relation to the seed, so our resurrection bodies come from the body that is buried and bear the most intimate relation to it.


The resurrection body is the outcome of the body that is buried. It is the old body quickened and transformed; or, as Paul puts it in Phil. 3:20, 21: “Jesus Christ . . . shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working whereby he is able even to subject all things unto himself.”


2. The next thing that the Bible teaches about our resurrection bodies is that they are like the glorified body of Jesus Christ.


This appears from the verses just quoted, Phil. 3:20, 21: “The Lord Jesus Christ . . . shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the work whereby he is able even to subject all things unto himself.” 


Christ’s resurrection body was not the same body that was laid in the sepulchre. It was the old body transformed and delivered from the limitations of the body that He had while living here among men, and new qualities imparted to it, and our bodies will also be transformed into the likeness of this glorious body of Christ and thus delivered from the limitations to which they are subjected now, and new qualities imparted to them.


It will be a transformed body; the character of its transformation is indicated by the transformation that took place in the body of Jesus Christ. Some suggestion as to what that transformed body of Jesus Christ was like is found in that anticipation of His resurrection which was seen by Peter, James and John on the mount of transfiguration.


Matthew in his description of the appearance of Jesus at His transfiguration, tells us that “His face did shine as the sun, and his garments [became white as the light” (Matt. 17:2). Luke tells us that “the fashion of his countenance was altered and His raiment became white and dazzling” (Luke 9:29). Mark tells us that “He was transfigured before them: and his garments became glistering, exceeding white; so as no fuller on earth can whiten them” (Mark 9:2, 3).


3. The next thing that we are told about our resurrection bodies is that they will not be flesh and blood.


In I Cor. 15:50, 51 we read, “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.” Paul is here talking about our resurrection bodies. It is in the resurrection chapter he says this, and he distinctly tells us that our resurrection bodies will not be “flesh and blood.”


4. But while our resurrection bodies will not be “flesh and blood,” they will have “flesh and bones.” 


This appears from what our Lord Himself says about His own resurrection body in Luke 24:39. Here we read that Jesus said: “See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones as ye behold me having.” 


As our resurrection bodies are to be transformed into the likeness of His, we also must have “flesh and bones” in our resurrection bodies. Some have fancied that they saw a contradiction between what our Lord says here and what Paul says in the passage quoted above (I Cor.15:50, 51), but there is no contradiction. “Flesh” we shall have, but not “flesh and blood,” i.e., not flesh, the animating principle of which is blood.


The question arises, What takes the place of the blood in our resurrection bodies? The answer seems to be that in the present life, “blood is the life” of the natural body, but in the life to come our bodies are to be, as we are told elsewhere in this same chapter, “spiritual bodies,” i.e., bodies, the animating principle of which is the Spirit of God, not our own blood. Our not having “blood” in our resurrection bodies involves many great and glorious possibilities, upon which we cannot dwell now.


5. In the fifth place (and closely connected with 3 and 4), our resurrection bodies will be incorruptible.


We read in I Cor. 15:42: “So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption.” The thought of this word “incorruption” is that the body is not subject to decay, it is imperishable.


Our present bodies are decaying all the time. We are perishing every day and every minute. My present body is disintegrating while I talk to you. But the bodies that we shall receive in the resurrection will be absolutely free from the liability to corruption or decay. They cannot disintegrate or suffer decay or deterioration of any kind.


6. The next thing that we are taught about the resurrection body is that it is a glorious body.


This comes out in the first part of the following verse, I Cor. 15:43, “It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory.” Some idea of the glory, the [glorious beauty, of that body is suggested by the representation of our glorified Lord that we have in Rev. 1:13-17: “And in the midst of the candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot and girt about the breasts with a golden girdle. And his head and his hair were white as white wool, white as snow, and his eyes were as a flame of fire and his feet like unto burnished brass, as if it had been refined in a furnace, and his voice as the voice of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth proceeded a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as one dead, and he laid his right hand upon me saying, Fear not; I am the first and the last.” Our resurrection bodies will be like that.


7. Furthermore, our resurrection bodies will be powerful.


Or as we read in the last half of this same verse (1 Cor. 15:43), “It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.” Then all our weariness and weakness will be forever at an end. In our present bodies our bodies are oftentimes a hindrance to our highest aspirations, they thwart the carrying out of our loftiest purposes, we cannot put into execution our loftiest purposes, “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” But in our resurrection bodies the body will be able to accomplish all that the spirit purposes. The redeemed body will be a perfect counterpart of the [redeemed spirit that inhabits it. No deafness, dimsightedness nor blindness, no tired hands and feet, no maimed soldier boys coming home from the war.


8. It will be a heavenly body. 


This appears from the 47th to the 49th verses of this same chapter. “The first man is of (literally, out ofthe earth, earthy: the second man is of (literally, out ofheaven: as is the earth, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” The thought plainly is that our present bodies are of an earthly origin and an earthly character, but that the transformed body will be of a heavenly character.


Paul explains it at length in 2 Cor. 5:1-4 where he says, “For we know that if the earthly house of our tabernacle be dissolved, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal, in the heavens. For verily in this (i.e., in this present earthly house, earthy body) we groan, longing to be clothed upon with our habitation which is from heaven (i.e., our heavenly body): if so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For indeed we that are in this tabernacle (i.e., in the present earthy body) groan, being burdened; not for that we would be unclothed, but that we would be clothed upon (i.e., with our heavenly body), that what is mortal may be swallowed up of life.”


9. Our transformed bodies will be luminous, shining, dazzling, bright like the sun. 


This is seen in many passages. For example, Matt. 13:43, “Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” This is to be taken literally for it is in the interpretation of the parable and not in the parable. This suggests what we have already seen about the transfigured body of Jesus in Matt. 17:2, where we are told that “His face did shine as the sun, and his garments became white as the light.” We have the same thought also in the Old Testament in Dan. 12:3, where we are told, “And they that are wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever.” 


They shall shine literally as well as figuratively. Some suggestion of what the luminous glory of our faces and forms in our resurrection bodies will be is seen in the light that Paul tells us that he saw beaming from the person of Jesus when the glorified Jesus met him on the Damascus road. In Paul’s description of what he saw on that occasion, as given in Acts 26:12, 13, we read, “Whereupon as I journeyed to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests, at midday, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining around about me and them that journeyed with me.” The light that Saul saw, as is evident from the whole account, was the light that shone from the person of our glorified Lord, [and in our resurrection bodies we shall be like Him.


10. Three interesting facts regarding our resurrection bodies are stated in Matt. 22:30 and Luke 20:35, 36.


In Matt. 22:30 we read: “For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as angels in heaven.” In Luke 20:35, 36 we read: “But they that are counted worthy to attain to that world, and the resurrection of the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: for neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.” Taking these two passages together, we learn that our resurrection bodies are like the angels, that we do not marry in our resurrection bodies and that these bodies cannot die any more.


11. Though all these resurrection bodies are glorious, they differ from one another, each one having its own peculiar glory. 


This appears from 1 Cor. 15:41, 42: “There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection from the dead.” Glorious as all our bodies shall be, there will be no tiresome uniformity even of glory in the world of resurrection bodies. Each body will have its own peculiar glory.


12. Let us say finally in regard to the character of our resurrection body, that the resurrection of our body will be the consummation of our adoption, i.e., of our placing as sons, our manifestations as sons of God.


In Rom. 8:23 we read: “We, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for our adoption (i.e., our placing as sons), to wit, the redemption of our body.” 


The resurrection body will be the consummation of our placing as sons, i.e., in the resurrection body it will be outwardly manifested that we are sons of God. Before His incarnation Christ was “in the form of God.” (Phil. 2:6), i.e., in the visible appearance of God. So shall we also be in the resurrection, for our bodies shall be like His.


This throws light upon what Paul meant when he said in Col. 3:4: “When Christ, who is our life, shall be manifested, then shall we also with him be manifested in glory.” And also it throws light on what John meant when he says in I John 3:2, R. V.“Beloved, now are we the children of God, and it is not yet made manifest what we shall be. We know that, if he shall be manifested, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”


Excerpt From – The Fundamental Doctrines Of The Christian Faith By Reuben Archer Torrey.



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There remains but one question to be considered and we can deal with that very briefly. That question is, when will the resurrection of the body take place? This question is plainly answered time and again in the Bible. For example, it is answered in Phil. 3:20, 21: “For our citizenship is in heaven; from whence also we wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working whereby he is able even to subject all things unto himself.” 


Here it is plainly declared that the transformation of our bodies into the likeness of the glorious body of Christ will take place when the Lord Jesus whom we are awaiting shall appear from heaven. The same thought is given in I Thess.4:16, 17: “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive, that are left, shall together with them be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” 


The question will arise in some of our minds, what about us in the meantime if we chance to die before the coming of the Lord? This question also is plainly answered in II Cor. 5:1-8: “For we know that if the earthly house of our tabernacle (our present bodies) be dissolved (die and decay) we have a building from God, a house not made with hands (our resurrection body that we are to get at the coming of the Lord), eternal, in the heavens. For verily in this (i.e., while living in this present body) we groan, longing to be clothed upon with our habitation which is from heaven (our resurrection body) if so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.


For indeed we that are in this tabernacle (this present earthy body) do groan, being burdened; not for that we would be unclothed (i.e., not that we would merely get rid of our present bodies), but that we would be clothed upon (i.e., that we would receive our resurrection bodies) that what is mortal may be swallowed up of life. Now he that wrought us for this very thing is God, who gave unto us the earnest of the Spirit (i.e., the Holy Ghost, whom we have received as the earnest of the full redemption in our resurrection bodies which are to be obtained at the coming of the Lord). 


Being therefore always of good courage and knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body (i.e., while we are still in our earthly life in this present earthly body) we are absent from the Lord (for we walk by faith not by sight); we are of good courage, I say, and are willing rather to be absent from the body (i.e., to have our present earthly body die even before we get our resurrection bodies, which we shall not get until the return of the Lord), and to be at home with the Lord.” 


The teaching of this plainly is that if we die before the return of the Lord and therefore before we obtain our resurrection body, our spirits are unclothed, i.e., they are unclothed from this present body and not yet clothed upon with the resurrection body, but that we are “at home with the Lord” in conscious blessedness, in a condition that is far better than that that we are in in this present life (see Phil. 1:23, R. V.), but not so perfect as that condition which shall be when our redeemed spirits are clothed upon with our resurrection bodies. 


It will be at the return of the Lord Jesus that we get our full redemption. That is one reason why “we wait” (literally, assiduously wait) for Him (Phil. 3:20, 21, see Greek). That is one reason why we long for the return of the Lord. There are many reasons why we long for the return of our Lord. All the great problems that are confronting us at this present time in national and international life, in social, commercial and political life, will be solved when He comes, and will never be solved until He comes; and for these reasons we long for Him.


But we long for Him also because while this present body serves many a useful purpose for the redeemed spirit that inhabits it, it is often a hindrance. It is often subject to aches and pains, to frailties, and it is a constant temptation to folly. But when our Lord Jesus comes again He will transform this present body of our humiliation into the likeness of His own glorious body and at that time we shall know what “full salvation” means, when we shall shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of our Father.


Excerpt From – The Fundamental Doctrines Of The Christian Faith By Reuben Archer Torrey.



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1 John 3:8: “The Devil Sinneth.” The Bible doctrine concerning the Devil, his Existence, Nature, Character, Work and Destiny is a fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith, and is of vital importance. The teaching of the Bible on this subject is not a mere matter of theory or dogma. It is a matter of most practical every day importance.


Experience shows that if men are in error in regard to this subject, they are pretty sure to be in error on other questions that are fundamental. When men and women begin to question the existence of a personal Devil it is pretty sure that before long they will be questioning a good many other things regarding which a true child of God should have no questions. Doubt of the existence of a personal Devil is widespread to-day.


Many preachers in supposedly orthodox pulpits do not hesitate to say, “I do not believe in the existence of a personal Devil.” Denial of the existence of a personal Devil is one of the main points in the system which is so widespread to-day, and which is doing so much evil, that with considerable reason it has been called “The Devil’s Masterpiece”—Christian Science.


A well-known and popular pastor in this city some months ago proclaimed to his people that he was going to preach to them a gospel “without an atonement of blood, without an infallible Bible, without hell, and without a personal Devil.” If he does preach to them a system of doctrine without any of these he will preach some other system of doctrine than that which is contained in the book, which our Lord Jesus Christ has endorsed as the Word of God, i.e., the Bible.


He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 

1 John 3:8

You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because 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

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In the first place let me make it clear that, Sanctification is not the “Baptism with the Holy Spirit.” The two are constantly confused. There is an intimate relation between the two, but they are not at all one and the same thing; and only confusion and misconception can arise from confounding two experiences which God keeps separate. That Sanctification is not the baptism with the Holy Spirit and that the baptism with the Holy Spirit is not Sanctification, will become clear as we proceed and find out from a study of the Bible just what Sanctification is.


In the second place, let me say that Sanctification is not the eradication of the carnal nature. We will see this when we come to examine God’s definition of Sanctification; for God has very clearly defined what Sanctification is and when it takes place. Those who teach “the eradication of the carnal nature” are grasping after a great and precious truth, but they have expressed that truth in a very inaccurate, unfortunate, and unscriptural way, and this way of stating it leads to grave misapprehensions and errors and abuses.


The whole controversy about “the eradication of the carnal nature” arises from a misapprehension and from using terms for which there is no warrant in the Bible. The Bible nowhere speaks about “the carnal nature,” and so certainly not about “the eradication of the carnal nature.” There is such a thing as a carnal nature, but it is not a material thing, not a substance, not a something that can be eradicated as you pull a tooth or remove the vermiform appendix. “A carnal nature” is a nature controlled by the flesh. Certainly it is a believer’s privilege not to have his nature governed by the flesh.


Our nature should be and may be under the control of the Holy Spirit, and then it is not a carnal nature; but one nature has not been eradicated and another nature put in its place, but our nature is taken out from under the control of the flesh and put under the control of the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, while it is our privilege to have our nature under the control of the Holy Spirit and delivered from the control of the flesh, we still have “the flesh,” and shall have the flesh as long as we are in this body.


But if we “walk by the Spirit” we do not “fulfil the lusts of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16). The 8th chapter of Romans describes the life of victory, just as the 7thchapter, 9-24 verse describes the life of defeat, when men are “carnal, sold under sin,” but it is in the 8th chapter where life “in the Spirit” is described (Rom. 8:9) that we are told that we still have the flesh, but that it is our privilege not to “live after the flesh,” but “by the Spirit,” to “put to death the deeds of the body.” So we see that the body is there, but in the power of the Spirit we do, day by day and (if we live up to our privilege) every day and every hour and every minute, continuously “put to death the deeds of the body.”


So much as to what Sanctification is not. We will see exactly what it is if we look at God’s definition of Sanctification. We shall find that the word Sanctification is used in the Bible in a two-fold sense.


The first meaning of Sanctification we will find in Lev. 8:10-12, “And Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was therein, and sanctified them. And he sprinkled thereof upon the altar seven times, and anointed the altar and all its vessels, and the laver and its base, to sanctify them. And he poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron’s head and anointed him to sanctify him.” 


Now it is perfectly clear in this passage that to sanctify means to separate or set [apart for God, and that Sanctification is the process of setting apart or state of being set apart for God. The word Sanctify is used in this sense over and over again.


Another illustration is Lev. 27:14, 17. “And when a man shall sanctify his house to be holy unto God, then the priest shall estimate it, whether it be good or bad: as the priest shall estimate it, so shall it stand . . . and if a man shall sanctify unto Jehovah part of a field of his possession, then the estimation shall be according to the sowing thereof.” 


Here again it is plain that to sanctify means to separate or set apart for God, and that Sanctification is the process of setting apart or state of being set apart for God. Still another illustration of this same use of the word sanctify is found in Num.8:17, “For all the firstborn among the children of Israel are mine, both man and beast: on the day that I smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for myself.” 


This, of course, does not mean that God, at the time that He smote the firstborn in Egypt, eradicated the carnal nature from the first-born of Israel. It does mean that He set apart all the first-born to be peculiarly His own. Another very suggestive illustration of the same usage of the word is found in the case of Jeremiah as stated by himself in Jer. 1:4, 5, “Now the word of Jehovah came unto me saying, before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee: I have appointed thee a prophet unto the nations.” 


This plainly means that before his birth God set Jeremiah apart for Himself. There would still be much imperfection and infirmity in him, but he was set apart for God. Another suggestive illustration of the same use of the word Sanctify is found in Matt. 23:27, in the words of our Lord Jesus Himself: “Ye fools and blind; for which is greater, the gold, or the temple that hath sanctified the gold?” 


But perhaps the most striking illustration of all is in what our Lord says about His own sanctification in John 17:19, “And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.” Here the plain meaning is that our Lord Jesus set Himself apart for this work for God and He did it in order that believers might be set apart for God “in truth,” or “in the truth.”


This is the most frequent use of the word sanctify. There are numerous illustrations of it in the Bible. So to sanctify means to separate or set apart for God; and Sanctification is the process of setting apart or the state of being set apart for God. This is the primary meaning of the words.


But the word as used in the Bible has also a secondary signification closely related to this primary meaning. An illustration of this secondary meaning will be found in II Chron. 29:5, “Hear me, ye Levites; now sanctify yourselves, and sanctify the house of Jehovah, the God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place.” 


Bearing in mind the “parallelism” [which is the chief characteristic of Hebrew poetry, it is plain that to sanctify here is synonymous with the “Carry forth the filthiness out of the holy places” found in the last part of the verse. So to sanctify here means to separate from ceremonial or moral defilement, to cleanse; and Sanctification is the process of separating, or state of being separated from ceremonial or moral defilement.


The same use of the word is found in Lev. 11:44, “For I am Jehovah thy God: sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that moveth upon the earth.” Here again it is clear that “sanctify yourselves” is synonymous with “be ye holy” and is contrasted with “defile yourselves” and means to separate from ceremonial or moral defilement, to cleanse; and Sanctification is the process of separating or state of being separated from ceremonial or moral defilement.


The same meaning of sanctification is found in the New Testament in I Thess. 5:23, “And the God of Peace, Himself sanctify you wholly and may your Spirit and soul and body be preserved entire, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Here we see the close relation between entire sanctification and preserving wholly, without blame, and to sanctify here clearly means to separate from moral defilement, and sanctification here again is the process of separating or state of being separated from moral defilement.


The same thing is evident [from the 4th chapter of this same epistle in the 7th verse (I Thess. 4:7), “For God called us not for uncleanness, but in sanctification.” Our “Sanctification” is here set in direct contrast with “uncleanness,” and hence it is evident that sanctification here means the state of being separated from all moral defilement. The same thing is evident from the 3rd verse of this same chapter, “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye abstain from fornication.” 


Here again it is evident that Sanctification means separation from impurity or moral defilement. The two meanings, then, of Sanctification are: the process of separating or setting apart, or state of being separated or set apart, for God; and the process of separating or state of being separated from ceremonial or moral defilement. These two meanings of the word are closely allied—one cannot be truly separated to God without being separated from sin.


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1. The first part of the answer is found in our text of this chapter: 


I Thess. 5:23, “And the God of Peace himself sanctify you wholly and may your Spirit and soul and body be preserved entire, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” It appears from this verse that God sanctifies men, and Sanctification is God’s work. Both the separation of men from sin and their separation unto God, is God’s work. As it was God who in the old dispensation set apart the first-born of Israel unto Himself, so it is God who in the new dispensation sets apart the believer unto Himself and separates him from sin. Sanctification is primarily not our work but God’s.


2. The second part of the answer is found in: 


Eph. 5:25, 26, “Husbands love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for it; that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water by the word.” Here we are taught that Christ sanctifies the church and that Sanctification is Christ’s work. The question, of course, arises, in what sense does Christ sanctify the church. The answer is found in Heb. 10:10, “By which will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” 


Here it appears that Jesus Christ sanctifies the church by giving Himself up a sacrifice for it. By thus giving Himself up for it as a sacrifice Christ sets the Church apart for God. Just as the blood of the Passover Lamb in the 11th and 12th chapters of Exodus set a difference between Israel and the Egyptians, so our Lord Jesus by the offering of His own body has forever put a difference between the believer in Himself and the world, and has forever set every believer apart for God. The Cross of Christ stands between the [believer and the world. The shed blood of Christ separates the believer from the world, purchases him to God and thus makes him to belong to God.


3. The third part of the answer to the question, how men are sanctified, is found in:


 2 Thess. 2:13 and in other passages, “But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, for that God chose you from the beginning unto salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.” It appears from this passage, as from other passages in the Bible, that it is the Holy Spirit who sanctifies the believer, and that Sanctification is the Holy Spirit’s work.


Here the question arises, In what sense does the Holy Spirit sanctify the believer? In this sense, just as in the Old Testament type, tabernacle, altar and priest were set apart for God by the anointing oil (Lev. 8:10-12), so in the New Testament anti-type, the believer, who is both tabernacle and priest, is set apart for God by the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Further than that, it is the Holy Spirit’s work in the heart that overcomes the flesh and its defilements, and thus separates the believer from sin and clothes him with divine graces of character, and makes him fit to be God’s own.


As Paul puts it in Gal.5:22, 23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control.” In opposition to this work of the Holy Spirit, we read in the immediately preceding verses what “the works of the flesh” are, an awful [catalogue of vileness and sin, and we are told in the 16thverse, “Walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”


4. The fourth part of the answer to the question how we are sanctified is found in:


 Heb. 13:12, “Wherefore, Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people through his own blood suffered without the gate.” It is plain from this passage that believers are sanctified through the blood of Jesus Christ. Here the question arises, In what sense does the blood of Jesus sanctify? The answer is plain: The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all the guilt of sin, and thus separates us from the mass of men under the curse of the broken law, and sets us apart for God (cf. 1 John 1:7, 9). In the Old Testament dispensation the blood of the sacrifice cleansed the Israelites from the guilt of ceremonial offenses and set them apart for God; in the New Testament anti-type the blood of Christ cleanseth the believer from the guilt of moral offenses and sets him apart for God.


5. The fifth part of the answer to the question, how men are sanctified, is found in:


John 17:17, “Sanctify them in the truth: thy word is truth.” Here our Lord Jesus in His prayer indicates that we are sanctified in the truth, and that the truth is the Word of God. In what sense does the Word of God sanctify? This question is plainly answered in different parts of the Word of God, where we are taught that the Word of God cleanses from the presence of sin, and thus [separates us from it and sets us apart to God. (Ps. 119:9, 11; John 15:3.) As we bring our lives into daily contact with the Word, the sins and imperfections of our lives and hearts are disclosed and put away, and thus we are more and more separated from sin unto God. (cf. John 13:10.)


6. The sixth part of the answer to the question, how men are sanctified, is found in:


 1 Cor. 1:30, “But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom from God, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” In this passage we are taught that Jesus Christ was made unto us from God sanctification. Just what does that mean? Simply this: that separation from sin and separation to God are provided for us in Christ Jesus and by the appropriation of Jesus Christ we obtain this sanctification thus provided.


The more completely we appropriate Christ the more completely are we sanctified. But perfect sanctification is provided for us in Him, just as perfect wisdom is provided in Him (Col. 2:3). We appropriate either wisdom or sanctification or anything else that is provided for us in Christ in ever-increasing measure. Through the indwelling Christ presented to us by the Spirit in the Word, we are made Christlike and bear fruit.


7. The seventh part of the answer to the question of how men are sanctified is found in:


 Heb. 12:14, “Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man shall see the Lord.” Here we are taught that we have our [own part in sanctification, and that if we are to be sanctified in the fullest sense, sanctification is something that we must pursue, or seek earnestly, if we are to obtain it. While sanctification is God’s work, we have our part in it, viz., to make it the object of our earnest desire and eager pursuit.


8. The eighth part of the answer to the question of how we are sanctified is found in:


 Rom. 6:19, 22, “As ye presented your members as servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity, even so present your members as servants to righteousness unto sanctification. . . . But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto sanctification.” The meaning of these words is plain, and the teaching important and practical. We are here taught that we attain unto sanctification through presenting our members as servants (bondservants, or slaves) to righteousness and becoming ourselves bondservants unto God.


In other words, if we wish to attain unto sanctification we should present our whole body and every member of it to God, to be His servants, belonging wholly unto Him, and we should present ourselves to God as His servants, to be His absolute property. This is the practical method of attaining unto sanctification, a method that is open to each one of us here to-day, no matter how weak we are in ourselves.


9. The ninth and final part of the answer to the question of how we are sanctified, is found in: 


Acts 26:18, “To open their eyes, that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive remission of sins and an inheritance among them that are sanctified by faith in Me.” Here we are told that we are sanctified by faith in Christ. Sanctification, just as justification, regeneration, and adoption, is conditioned upon faith. Faith is the hand that appropriates to ourselves the blessing of sanctification that God has provided for us through His Son Jesus Christ by His death on the cross, and through the power of the Holy Spirit working in us. And we claim sanctification by simple faith in Him who shed His blood and by surrendering ourselves to the control of the Holy Spirit, Whom Jesus Christ gives.


Excerpt From – The Fundamental Doctrines Of The Christian Faith By Reuben Archer Torrey.



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How To Be Victorious And Triumph Over The Devil – Spiritual Reading.



Now just for a few moments let me show you from the Word of God, how, in practical every day life, to get the victory over the Devil. There are four things to be borne in mind.


1. Read first:


James 4:7, “Be subject therefore unto God: but resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” This teaches us that, we are first of all to surrender to God and then to resist the Devil and that, if we do resist him, for all his cunning and power, he will flee from us. Although the Devil is strong, it is ours in God’s strength to withstand him and overcome him.


2. Now turn to: 


I John 2:14: “I have written unto you, fathers, because ye know him which is from the beginning. I have written unto you young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the evil one.” This passage teaches us that, it is when we feed upon the Word of God and store the Word of God in our hearts, thus having it abiding in us, that we shall be able to overcome the Devil. If we neglect the study of the Bible for a single day, we leave an open door for the Devil to enter. I have been a Christian for forty-three years, but I would not dare to neglect the study of God’s word for one single day. Why not? Because there is a devil; and, if I neglect the study of the Word of God for a single day, I leave a window open for him to enter and leave myself too weak to cope with him and conquer him. But if we will feed upon the Word of God daily, and trust in God, we can resist the devil at every point. Though the Devil is cunning and strong, God is stronger, and God imparts His strength to us through His written word.


3. Turn now to: 


Eph. 6:11: “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Here we are taught that, in order“to stand against the wiles of the Devil” we must “Put on the whole armour of God.” What that armour is, is found in the verses that immediately follow. This armour, this whole armour, this “panoply of God,” is at our disposal. The fact that there is a Devil, that he is a being of such majesty, dignity, cunning, and power, that he is so incessantly plotting our ruin and to undermine our faith, is no reason for fear or discouragement. By taking “the shield of faith” we shall be “able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one,” by taking “the helmet of salvation,” and the “sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God,” and by “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,” it is our privilege to have victory over the Devil every day of our lives, every hour of the day, and every minute of the hour.


4. The final step in the way to get victory over Satan is found in”


 Eph. 6:10: “Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might.” The way to get victory over Satan is to give up all confidence in our own strength and believe in the almighty strength of Jesus Christ and claim that strength for ourselves. It is in the strength of Jesus Christ’s might that we shall get the victory over “the evil one.” In the strength of His might, as we have already said, it is our privilege to have victory over the Devil every day of our lives, every hour of the day and every minute in the hour. Hallelujah!


Excerpt From – The Fundamental Doctrines Of The Christian Faith By Reuben Archer Torrey.



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Christian Songs And Music By Dolly Parton – Praise And Worship

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Christian Songs And Music By Dolly Parton – Praise And Worship.


Album: I Believe


Tracks


  • Believe
  •  Heaven’s Just a Prayer Away
  •  Golden Streets of Glory
  •  Wings of a Dove
  •  How Great Thou Art
  •  Yes I See God
  •  The Master’s Hand
  •  Lord Hold My Hand
  •  I’ll Keep Climbing
  •  Book of Life


Album: The Gospel Collection


Tracks


  • God’s Coloring Book
  • Sacred Memories
  • Comin’ for to Carry Me Home
  • How Great Thou Art
  • Golden Streets of Glory
  • I Believe
  • Preacher Tom
  • The Seeker
  • Would You Know Him (If You Saw Him)
  • Wings of a Dove
  • The Master’s Hand
  • Everything Is Beautiful (In Its Own Way)
  • Daddy Was an Old Time Preacher Man – Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton
  • There
  • Heaven’s Just a Prayer Away
  • Letter to Heaven
  • Lord Hold My Hand
  • Yes I See God


Album: Precious Memories


Tracks


  • Precious Memories
  • Power in the Blood
  • In the Sweet Bye & Bye
  • Church in the Wildwood
  • Keep on the Firing Line
  • Amazing Grace 
  • Old Time Religion
  • Softly and Tenderly
  • Farther Along
  • What a Friend We Have In Jesus
  • In the Garden
  • When the Roll is Called Up Yonder


Album: Halos & Horns


Tracks


  • Halos And Horns
  • Hello God
  • Stairway To Heaven


Album: White Limozeen


Album: Eagle When She Flies


Album: Coat Of Many Colors



“Hello God” Lyrics

Hello God, are you out there?
Can you hear me, are you listenin’ any more?
Hello God, if we’re still on speakin’ terms
Can you help me like before?
I have questioned your existence,
My resistance leaves me cold
Can you help me go the distance?
Hello God, hello, hello

This old world has gone to pieces
Can we fix it, is there time?
Hate and violence just increases
We’re so selfish, cruel and blind
We fight and kill each other
In your name, defending you
Do you love some more than others?
We’re so lost and confused

Hello God, are you out there?
Can you hear us, are you listenin’ any more?
Hello God, if we’re still on speakin’ terms
Can you help us like before?
Oh, the free will you have given
We have made a mockery of
This is no way to be livin’,
We’re in great need of your love
Hello God

Hello God, can you grant us
Love enough to make amends
(Hello God) Is there still a chance
That we could start again
Hello God, we’ve learned our lesson
Dear God, don’t let us go
More than ever
Hello God, hello, hello
Hello God, we really need you
We can’t make it without you
(Hello God) We beseech you
In the name of all that’s true
Hello God, please forgive us
For we know not what we do

Hello God, give us one more chance to prove ourselves to you
Hello, God; hello, God


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Songs That Got Me Through The Year | 2018 – Praise And Worship

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Songs That Got Me Through The Year | 2018 – Praise And Worship.



Yeshua has seen me through another year. 2018 was the year where praise and worship morphed into the prophetic. So many gospel musicians released really prophetic sounds this year. And I saw Jesus move mighty in many areas of my life.


Every year, Jesus lets me know that there is more to him, his glory and his kingdom. He keeps revealing himself to me in the most glorious and ingenious ways. This year was no different.


In 2017, Jesus showed me the power of praise and worship to open new doors and I shared that list of earth shattering songs in this list.

Songs That Got Me Through The Year | 2017 – Praise And Worship


In 2018, Jesus moved far and wide and there were so many new songs released by contemporary gospel musicians. Christian music has certainly evolved, grown and developed in such amazing ways.


So, if I’m to look through my playlist and select some songs that really touched me, caused miracles and generally changed my life, this would look something like it.


PS: The songs are randomly listed with no grading from a long list of totally awesome songs.



Prophesy Your Promise – Bryan & Katie Torwalt

I saw the prophetic manifest in the most marvelous ways this year. Bryan and Katie of Jesus Culture just echo those sentiments in this powerfully moving and humbling song. In fact all the songs in the album are worth listening to. The album is titled Praise Before My Breakthrough. 



There Is A Name – Sean Feucht

There is really no name above the name of Jesus. At the name of Jesus, giants fall. People are changed. Nations are healed. When we call on the name of Jesus transformations occur. Yes! Jesus is the king of my life. He is the center and eternally enthroned on my heart. Sean Feucht, thank you for the miraculous album titled “Wild” in which this awesome song is found.



Zion Aaron Shust

There are times I felt alone. Times I felt misunderstood. Times I felt like a wanderer who would never find home. Aaron’s song strongly reminded me of the eternal covenant I have in Jesus. His song reminded that God who started a new work will see me to the end. That I’m not really alone. Jesus has me always and he will never leave me or forsake me.



While I Wait – Lincoln Brewster

Waiting can be one of the hardest things ever. I found that trusting God while waiting made it so much easier. I was reminded that Jesus is the God of impossibilities and he has me always. I was reminded to live by Faith and that miracles take time sometimes so I should hold on. Jesus is not done, so I won’t be done waiting. He will come through, of that I’m sure. Lincoln Brewster’s song off his superb album titled, “God Of The Impossible” is worth it.



Shelter – Vertical Worship ft. One Sonic Society

Oh my! There were moments during the year that I felt the earth under me literally shaking and going down under me. There were times I felt vulnerable and exposed. There were times I needed a place to hide from enemies, the world, myself and everything. There were times I wanted to escape. When the world felt too dangerous to live in. Vertical Worship‘s calming song, “Shelter” spoke to me so many times.



Stand In Your Love – Josh Baldwin

There were so many times I was afraid. Times when my fear almost paralyzed into inaction. Times when I didn’t want to let go of my past. When shame, guilt and negativity gripped at my insides. During those times, Josh Baldwin reminded me that there is a power that is greater than fear, greater than darkness, greater than death. The power of Jesus is above everything and anything. Jesus thank you for being more powerful than all my circumstances.



Cheta – Ada

Oh how easy it is forget that Jesus never fails especially when the storms of life hit. When uncertainty knocks at our door, it is easy to forget that we serve a God who never changes. A God who is the same yesterday, today and forever. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The creator of the heavens and earth. I pray that when the storms hit, you will be encouraged and know that Jesus is never late. He never fails and he is there for you. Ada, thank you for reminding me of these truths through the year.



In The Hands Of The Potter – Casting Crowns

2018, was a year where Jesus was really molding and shaping me. He chiseled, he cut, he patted, he broke, he restored, he shook, he hit, he renewed, he burnt and out of the process, I came out a better vessel. I’m certainly on the right path to perfection. Jesus, thank you for taking my unworthy parts into your hands and shaping me. Jesus thank you for using me as vessel, please keep using me. Keep molding this piece of clay and dust. I’m yours for eternity my King and master.



Nobody Loves Me Like You – Chris Tomlin

Jesus is love personified. Jesus is the definition of love. Jesus is where love starts and ends. Without Jesus there is no true love. Jesus is the center of love. Jesus helps us to love others better as we copy his example. Jesus please help me to love others the way you love me.



When I Am Weak – The Response Band

Most times, I feel really weak and defeated. Most times I find myself at the masters feet as the world pushes at me. The place I feel strongest is in the bosom of Papa, Jesus. When I can’t go on, Jesus carries me. Truth is that Jesus is always carrying me otherwise I wouldn’t manage to do life. I can’t do life without Jesus. The Response Band, thank you so much for telling me over and over that my Father, Jesus has me always. Your song got me through so much.


I fear not for the Lord is with me
He upholds his righteous hand
From his word springs life
It’s drawing home the broken
He redeems the fallen man
~
Your grace is all I need
You are strong when I am weak
I will boast in the power of Christ in Me
You are strong when I am weak
~
God our love transforms the low to mighty
He gives power when we are Faint
Though we become dismayed in trials and persecution
Only one renews our strength
~
Your grace is all I need
You are strong when I am weak
I will boast in the power of Christ in Me
You are strong when I am weak
~
We’ll soar on wings like eagles
We’ll walk and not be faint
We’ll run and grow weary
Our Father is our strength
~
Your grace is all I need
You are strong when I am weak
I will boast in the power of Christ in Me
You are strong when I am weak
~
I will boast in the power of Christ in Me
You are strong when I am weak

The Response Band



Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
Give to the Lord glory and strength.
29 Give to the Lord the glory due His name;
Bring an offering, and come before Him.
Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!

1 Chronicles 16:28-29


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What Makes Marriage Sweetest – The Healing Power Of Love

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Books and manuals have been written about what makes marriage sweet. We are taught about the attributes of a great marriage in church sermons, television shows, magazines, conferences, podcasts, radio, movies etc.
The commonest guiding principles for a sweet marriage are often listed as.


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  • Great Communication
  • Compatibility
  • Shared values
  • Respect and honor
  • Great Sex
  • Forgiveness
  • Love
  • Patience





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While all these ingredients make a marriage sweet, what makes a marriage sweetest is the HOLY SPIRIT.


  • The Holy Spirit Makes Marriage Last.
  • The Holy Spirit Makes Marriage Easy.
  • The Holy Spirit Makes Marriage Work.
  • The Holy Spirit Makes Marriage Work.
  • The Holy Spirit Makes Marriage Sweet.
  • The Holy Spirit Makes Marriage Divine.
  • The Holy Spirit Makes Marriage Worth It.
  • The Holy Spirit Makes Marriage Delicious.
  • The Holy Spirit Makes Marriage Successful.
  • The Holy Spirit Makes Marriage Everlasting.

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The Holy Spirit has the ability to harmonize and make all the other values work. The Holy Spirit makes marriage easy. He takes the weariness and work out of it.


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Are you looking for ways to take your marriage from sweet to sweetest, good to great, bland to bright, lifeless to colorful? Well, I invite you to ask Jesus Christ to send his Holy Spirit into your marriage.


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The Holy Spirit is all powerful. Give your marriage to him and see him do a new, miraculous and wondrous thing.



You shall no longer be termed Forsaken,
Nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate;
But you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah;
For the Lord delights in you,
And your land shall be married.
5 For as a young man marries a virgin,
So shall your sons marry you;
And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
So shall your God rejoice over you.

Isaiah 62:4-5





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Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.
20 The beast of the field will honor Me,
The jackals and the ostriches,
Because I give waters in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert,
To give drink to My people, My chosen.
21 This people I have formed for Myself;
They shall declare My praise.

Isaiah 43:19-21

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Questions And Answers About Tithing And Tithes

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Questions And Answers About Tithing And Tithes.



What is the meaning of tithe in the Bible?

Tithing, or giving a tithe, goes back to ancient times, even before the days of Moses. The definition of tithe from the Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church explains the term as “the tenth part of all fruits and profits due to God and thus to the church for the maintenance of its ministry.”

Thought Co

Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.
11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the Lord of hosts;
12 “And all nations will call you blessed, For you will be a delightful land,” Says the Lord of hosts.

Malachi 3:10-12

What does the word tithe literally mean?

To tithe is to make a contribution equal to one-tenth of your income, usually to a church or religious institution. Devout church-goers usually tithe, even in years when their finances are very tight. Tithe comes from the Old English word teogotha, which means “tenth.”

Vocabulary 

What is the purpose of tithes?

Tithing is a spiritual practice — just like prayer or meditation. It is the regular act of giving the “first fruits” of your labors to God. Tithing is an act of faith based on the divine principle that everything we have comes from God’s hands.

Ananda 

How much money should you tithe?

As for your side hustle—the 10% should be a percentage of your entire amount of income. So if you take a part-time job on the weekends that brings in $300 extra each month, add that amount to your total monthly income.

Dave Ramsey

What percentage of Christians tithe?

State of the Plate estimates 10 million of these people tithed 10 percent of their income, implying only 7.4 percent of professed churchgoers are tithing 10 percent. What’s more, out of the whole U.S. population, this suggests that barely 3 percent of us tithe 10 percent or more.

AOL

What does it mean to pay tithes?

tithe (/taɪð/; from Old English: teogoþa “tenth”) is a one-tenth part of something, paid as a contribution to a religious organization or compulsory tax to government.

Wikipedia 

Should the pastor tithe?

If it’s a small church than the pastor can have the tithe for himself and other church expenses …. but this is still salaries and he must pay the tithe from tithe as well as any other members. So, yes, a good pastorshould pay his tithe to his own church …there’s no exempt rule for that

Quora 

Do you tithe every paycheck?

It is 10% of your increase. If you pay tithes bi-weekly or monthly it will still be 10% Don’t add the percentages together, the Math would be incorrect. Let’s say you make $100 every two weeks. If you decide to tithe every paycheckyou would tithe $10 the first paycheck and $10 the next paycheck of $100.

Long Hair Forum 

Should you claim your tithes on your taxes?

For tithes or other charitable donations to lower your tax bill, you must claim them as itemized deductions. Taxpayers can claim itemized deductions or the standard IRS deduction but not both.

Finance 

How much should I give to church?

The good news: The U.S. has never forced civilians to give 10% of their income to a church, although it’s still held as the gold standard of charitable donations to your place of worship. There are lots of references to tithing in the Bible, which many Christians regard as the word of God.

Market Watch 

What is the average tithe in church?

When surveyed, 17% of Americans state that they regularly tithe. For families making $75k+, 1% of them gave at least 10% in tithing. 3 out of 4 people who don’t go to church make donations to nonprofit organizations. The average giving by adults who attend US Protestant churches is about $17 a week.

NonProfits 

Are church donations tax deductible?

The donations you make to your church throughout the year can be deducted from your taxes only if you itemize your expenses on Schedule A when you file your personal tax return. To use Schedule A, your total itemized deductions must exceed the standard deduction for your filing status.

TurboTax 

What should tithe money be used for?

It is used to pay the salaries of those who work for the Church, to pay for the upkeep and maintenance of the buildings. It is used to provide education in the Christian faith to youngsters and adults. … The tithe money in a church is used for running of the church and its ministries.

Quora 

What is a tithe barn?

tithe barn was a type of barn used in much of northern Europe in the Middle Ages for storing rents and tithes. Farmers were required to give one-tenth of their produce to the established Church. Tithe barns were usually associated with the village church or rectory, and independent farmers took their tithes there.

Wikipedia 

How much should you donate to charity?

Donating money is a very personal decision. There is no right or wrong amount. Anything more than 0% is good in my eyes. According to several of the largest charitable foundations, the average percentage a person donates of his or her adjusted gross income is 3 to 5%.

Financials 

What is a Tithing party?

Noun. a tithe. a giving or an exacting of tithes. a grouping of men, originally 10 in number, for legal and security purposes in the Anglo-Saxon and Norman system of frankpledge.

Dictionary 

What is the tithing system?

tithing or tything was a historic English legal, administrative or territorial unit, originally ten hides (and hence, one tenth of a hundred). Tithings later came to be seen as subdivisions of a manor or civil parish.

Wikipedia 

What is a Tithing Man?

US, Maryland and New England dialect, historical. A parish officer elected annually to preserve good order in the church during divine service, to make complaint of any disorderly conduct, and to enforce the observance of the Sabbath. A tithe proctor: a collector of tithes.

Wikitionary 

What is Frankpledge system?

Frankpledge. noun. An Anglo-Saxon legal system in which units or tithings composed of ten households were formed, in each of which members were held responsible for one another’s conduct.

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Feeding And Drinking – Miracles, Signs And Wonders Done By Jesus

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Feeding And Drinking – Miracles, Signs And Wonders Done By Jesus.



Jesus helps the disciples to catch a great number of fish


When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” 6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”
9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” 11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.

Luke 5:4-11


Jesus feeds four thousand people with seven loaves and a few little fish


Then His disciples said to Him, “Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?”
34 Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?”
And they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.”
35 So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. 36 And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude. 37 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left. 38 Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.

Matthew 15:33-38

This story can also be found in: Matthew 15:29-39 / Mark 8:1-10



Jesus feeds five thousand people with five loaves and two small fish


One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9 “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”
10 Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11 And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” 13 Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. 14 Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”

John 6:8-14

This story can also be found in: Matthew 14:13-21 — Mark 6:30-44 — Luke 9:10-17



Jesus turns water into wine at a wedding


And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”
4 Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
6 Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. 7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. 9 When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. 10 And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”
11 This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.

John 2:3-11

Jesus causes his disciples to catch a large number of fish


Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”
They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. 4 But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?”
They answered Him, “No.”
6 And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.
7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. 8 But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. 9 Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.”
11 Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”—knowing that it was the Lord. 13 Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish.
14 This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.

John 21:3-14


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Jesus raises and resurrects Lazarus from the dead


Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”
Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” 41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” 43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”

John 11:38-44


Jesus raises and resurrects the son of the widow of Nain from the dead


And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” 15 So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother.
16 Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen up among us”; and, “God has visited His people.”

Luke 7:12-16


Jesus raises and resurrects Jairus’s daughter from the dead


While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.” 50 But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.” 51 When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. 52 Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, “Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.” 53 And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead.
54 But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.” 55 Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat. 56 And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one what had happened.

Luke 8:49-56

This story can also be found in: Matthew 9:18-19, 23-26 — Mark 5:21-24, 35-43



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One particularly chilly Autumn morning I woke up to the sad news of the untimely death of my cousin. It was around the season there was a mass shooting first in a Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  and later in Thousand Oaks, California. This was soon followed by widespread fires across California that destroyed many homes and left thousands of people homeless and many dead.


As I lay in bed while reading the chilling messages that flowed in from various relatives detailing my cousin brother’s death, I felt numb and had just one thought running through my mind. These are the perilous times the Bible was speaking about. The perilous times are here. Jesus please hold onto us and save us because we won’t manage without you. Lord we are living in the perilous times you spoke about please save us.


As I lay still trying to wrap my mind around the events that were happening, I could feel pain course through my heart as I mourned the loss of my cousin. The grief was so overwhelming that getting out of bed that morning was a chore. Somehow I couldn’t comprehend it all.


The world felt cold, dark, confusing, unsafe and very lonely. I felt like I needed a place to hide. So, I just kept murmuring, ‘Jesus please hide me. You are the rock that is higher than me. Please hold me. You are my only comfort right now.’


And Jesus heard. I felt this warmth seep through as I found strength to finally make it out of bed, make the necessary phone calls and pray with the rest of the family as funeral and burial arrangements were made.


My cousin was a young man in his early twenties who had recently got a great job and was starting to enjoy life. The previous day, he had been well. After going to work that day, he retired home. The next day, he didn’t make it to work. So one of his work colleagues went to his house to find out what was happening since he wasn’t responding to his calls. Unfortunately, he found my cousin brother, dead. He had apparently passed away in his sleep. He went suddenly. With no warning. It was very shocking and jarring. Indeed death does come like a thief in the night.


It hurt so bad because there were no farewells. No goodbyes. No see you laters. Life is unpredictable. We are here today and gone tomorrow. We shouldn’t take life for granted and we should learn to value and appreciate each day that Jesus gives us. While we might not know what tomorrow holds, we know who holds tomorrow. Jesus Christ is a sure foundation we can cling to and hold onto in these perilous and dark times. Jesus is a sure source of comfort for our grief and loss in these difficult days. We can trust Jesus however dark the situation might be because he never fails.


Bible Verse:


I will love You, O Lord, my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies. 4 The pangs of death surrounded me, And the floods of ungodliness made me afraid. 5 The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me. 6 In my distress I called upon the Lord, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.

Psalms 18:1-6

He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.
17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those who hated me,
For they were too strong for me. 18 They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the Lord was my support. 19 He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me. 20 The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.

Psalms 18:16-20

The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted. 47 It is God who avenges me, And subdues the peoples under me; 48 He delivers me from my enemies. You also lift me up above those who rise against me; You have delivered me from the violent man. 49 Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles, And sing praises to Your name.

Psalms 18:46-49


My prayer:


That Jesus will help us number our days because we don’t know the day or the hour. Our hearts can be stilled at any moment. Tomorrow is not promised anyone. I pray we live our lives for Jesus so that we shall receive the crown of glory at the end. Let’s live for the glory of God. To bring honor to his name. And I pray for all those who are grieving the loss of a loved one today. I pray that Jesus will mend your broken heart. I pray Jesus visits to offer you comfort and strength. I pray he can give you praise for heaviness. That your grief will be turned to gratitude and worship. It’s tough to worship when we are hurting but I pray Jesus gives us the grace to. Jesus please heal our grief. In Jesus’s name I have prayed.
Amen.



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Words have power immeasurably. They have the ability to change situations and destinies. Words can create or destroy. Words can give life or they can kill.


King Solomon perfectly illustrates it with the phrases below:


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

Proverbs 18:21

He who guards his mouth preserves his life,
But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.
Why else did God give us the senses which many people keep abusing continually? Why do folks think God also provided us the Bible?
Words have power. 

Proverbs 13:3

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life,
But perverseness in it breaks the spirit. 

Proverbs 15:4

I understand communication is multifaceted entity:


  • Images have power.
  • Colors have power.
  • Symbols have power.
  • Sounds have power.
  • Touches have power.
  • Vibrations have power.
  • Consonance and patterns have power.

Considering the power of communication in it’s varied forms, it’s therefore very important to watch what we think, say, watch and see.

If we are going to produce life giving words, then we have to sow the right seeds. And sowing the right seeds starts with having good seeds.


We have to be careful about the things we read for example magazines, books, articles, blogs etc.

We have to be intentional about what we watch and listen to because all these ultimately affect what we will say.


I pray we are able to speak life, love, Jesus, faith, hope into the lives of others. I pray we become builders and restorers. 


How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Matthew 12:34-37


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Questions And Answers About Shoes – For Church, Religious And Spiritual Functions.


Is it good to buy shoes online?

Yes, you can buy shoes online, it’s safe. Buying shoes online is a very good option. … Buying shoes or anything online is the safest option now various reputed onlinestores like amazon, flipkart, snapdeal, jabong offers wide range of shoes they have all the best brands available in the shoe industry.  Quora 


How do I find my true shoe size?

Use a ruler or tape measurer to measure your foot (from the heel to the tip of your longest toe). Choose a table below (U.S. to find your U.S. size, U.K. to find your U.K.size, Euro to find your European size). Find the closest measurement, in inches, that is equal to or greater than the length of your foot. Shoes 

How much does a pair of shoes weigh?

Large Boots | 4 – 6 lbs.
Running Shoes | 2 – 2.5 lbs.
Sandals | 1.5 – 2 lbs.
If you are ordering multiple shoes you can ask to have my USA partner take the shoes out of the original boxes before shipping. – PriceUSA


How do you know if a shoe fits?

Make sure the ball of your foot fits comfortably into the widest part of the shoe. Don’t buy shoes that feel too tight and expect them to stretch to fit. Your heelshould fit comfortably in the shoe with a minimum amount of slipping – the shoes should not ride up and down on your heel when you walk.  OnHealth


How do I know my shoe width?

Width is relative to shoe size, so a foot that is 3 1/2 inches wide might be considered regular width for one size but narrow for a larger size. To find the width, go to the appropriate table below and move down to find the right shoe size. Then move horizontally until the width measurement is reached. Ebay


What sneakers are best for standing all day?

–Grasshopper Windham. …

–Timberland Icon 3-Eye. …

–New Balance 608v4. …

Skechers Sure Track Trickel. …

What are the most comfortable shoes for standing on concrete all day?

Birkenstock Womens Stirling Shearling Lined Boot. Amazon.com. …
Clarks Maypearl Ramie. Zappos.com. …
Aetrex Ara Mary Jane. …
Clarks Un Hinton Oxford Flat. 


How much do shoes add to weight?

The authors concluded that women can subtract 1.75 pounds and men can subtract 2.5 pounds for their clothing (without shoes). So next time you’re getting weighed in a clinical setting, be sure to mention to whomever weighed you to subtract 1.75 pounds for your apparel. Popsugar


How much is the wiggle room in shoes?

If your finger cannot fit, the shoes are too tight. If your finger has too much room, the shoes are too large. At the other end, your toes should be able to wigglecomfortably. You should be able to fit the width of your thumb in between the tips of your toes and the end of the shoe.  –Ask Men


Is it bad to tie your shoes tight?

Don’t Tie your Shoes too Tight! Make sure two fingers fit under the tongue ofyour running shoes. Tying your sneakers too tight can cause shin splints and tendon damage!  Run Keeper


How tight should shoes be?

Make sure the ball of your foot fits comfortably into the widest part of the shoe. Don’t buy shoes that feel too tight and expect them to stretch to fit. Your heelshould fit comfortably in the shoe with a minimum amount of slipping – the shoes should not ride up and down on your heel when you walk.  –On Health


What happens when you wear shoes too big?

Wearing shoes that are too big can cause alot of the same issues that occur whenyou wear shoes that are too small. Wearing shoes that do not fit can lead to blisters, lost toenails, bunions, and hammertoes. Shoes that do not fit properly can also cause the child to trip and lead to other foot problems. –Doctors Lounge 


Should my toes touch the end of my shoes?

Yes, they are. You should have a finger’s-width distance between the end of yourlongest toe (which might not be your big toe) and the end of your shoe. If you don’t have that distance, you can develop hammertoes. Your toes will automatically retract a bit when they touch the shoe end.  –Quora


What is the difference between D and M shoe size?

In American shoe sizing, letter indicates width. C is narrow, D is standard (or medium, hence the accompanying “M“) and E, EE (or 2E), AND EEE (or 3E) are the extra wide sizes. If most off-the-shelf shoes in size 44.5 fit you, go with a corresponding US size in D(M). … You need to read a conversion chart for shoe sizeAmazon

What are the best shoes for obese walkers?

–Crocs Women’s Mercy Clog. …
–Alegria Women’s Debra Slip-On. …
–Brooks Women’s Ghost 6 Running Shoes. …
–Skechers Women’s Shape Ups. …


Where should toes be in shoes?

The rule of thumb to live by when buying a pair of shoes is that there should be a thumb’s width between the tip of the longest toe in your foot and the end of theshoe. The first, second or third toes are often the landmarks because they are usually the longest toes in your foot. –Huffington Post 

Is it better to buy shoes bigger or smaller?

You can always grow into them, but the small ones will just keep getting smaller. If you wear small shoes all the time, that are to small to fit, it can cause real damage to you feet. … Also, if you’re planning to wear these shoes in the winter with thick socks, it’s better that they are bigger rather than small. –Quora

What happens if you wear tight shoes?

As the bunion grows, the big toe may turn in toward the second toe and cause swelling and pain with shoe wear. … Although genetic factors may play a role in whether you develop bunions, in most cases, bunions are widely attributed towearing shoes that are too tight. OrthoInfo

How do you loosen tight shoes?

Put on a thick pair of socks (or as thick as will fit!) and slip on your shoes. Aim a hairdryer on the tight section for a few seconds, while wiggling your toes and and bending your feet inside the shoe. Keep the shoes on while they cool down. If you need more room, repeat the process again.  –OneGoodThing 

How can you make shoes smaller?

–Wear thicker socks (or multiple pairs). Perhaps the easiest thing you can do to make a loose pair of shoes fit better is to “bulk up” your feet with thicker layers of socks. …
–Stuff the toes of your shoes. …
–Use an insole. …
–Use ball-of-foot pads. …
–Use a set of heel strips.  –WikiHow

Do leather shoes stretch at all?

STRETCH WITH SOCKS. If you have time and patience on your side, you can also pull on a pair (or two!) of thick socks, pull your shoes on and wear them around the house for the day. The benefit of this one is that wearing the shoes warms up theleather a little bit, which can help the stretching process.  –ShoesOfPrey 

What is ill fitting shoes?

Corns are a ‘plug’ of hard, dead skin that occur over a bony prominence, like a joint. They are often caused by prolonged pressure to the specific area – usually from poorly fitting footwear. “It usually has a punctate, discrete shape and can be very painful when pressure is applied to the site.  NetDoctor 

When should I buy shoes for my baby?

Before babies start walking, they don’t need shoes. In fact, supportive shoes like hard-soled Mary Janes may actually get in the way of your child’s mobility. Socks, booties, and soft-soled baby shoes are useful for warmth, but bare feet are fine, too. Once your child takes those first steps, it’s time for real shoesBabyCenter 

How should baby shoes fit?

A child’s longest toe should be a thumb’s width (roughly half an inch) from the tip of the shoe. The back of the shoe should be snug but comfortable. If a baby’s heel slides out easily, the shoe is too big; if the shoe pinches the heel, it’s too small.  –Parenting 

What can I do if my shoes are too big?

–Wear thicker socks (or multiple pairs). Perhaps the easiest thing you can do to make a loose pair of shoes fit better is to “bulk up” your feet with thicker layers of socks. …
–Stuff the toes of your shoes. …
–Use an insole. …
–Use ball-of-foot pads. …
–Use a set of heel strips.  –WikiHow


What is the difference in half a shoe size?

One difference in size, also known as one barleycorn, measures 8.46 mm and corresponds to one-third of an inch (an inch is 2.54 cm). In order to achieve a bettershoe fit, halfsizes (with a 4.23 mm difference between each consecutive halfsize) were introduced in 1880.  ShoePassion 

How do you loosen tight shoes?

Put on a thick pair of socks (or as thick as will fit!) and slip on your shoes. Aim a hairdryer on the tight section for a few seconds, while wiggling your toes and and bending your feet inside the shoe. Keep the shoes on while they cool down. If you need more room, repeat the process again. One Good Thing 

How do you break in shoes?

Put thick socks on your feet.
Blast one of the shoes all over with a hair dryer for around a minute, until it’s warm and soft.
Put the shoe on your foot.
Repeat with the other shoe.
Walk around your house at least until the shoes have cooled – the longer you can keep them on the better.  –Independent 


How can I widen my leather shoes?

Blast your shoes with hot air from a hair dryer (an amazingly useful tool) for about two minutes while flexing your toes and feet to stretch the tight areas. 4. Keep the socks and shoes on until the leather cools. Test out the shoes without socks, and repeat if necessary until they’re comfortable.  –ImprovisedLife 


How do you stretch shoes with ice?

Fill freezer bags with water. Fill two plastic baggies with water: one bag for each of your shoes. …
Check the bags. Make sure the bags are sealed and remove any extra air from within the bag. …
Place the bag in your shoe. …
Place your shoes in the freezer. …
Remove the bags of ice.   –WikiHow


How do you stretch shoes with alcohol?

Quickly put the shoe or boot on while still wet, as the alcohol will dry quickly. Another variation is to take a pair of cotton socks, soak them in rubbing alcoholand squeeze out the excess. Put on the socks and wear with the shoes until thealcohol dries. Repeat several times if necessary.  –WikiHow 


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Courage, Honor, Character And Strength Quotes – Billy Graham.


“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.” 

Billy Graham


“I look forward to death with great anticipation, to meeting God face to face.” 

Billy Graham


“I feel sorry for the man who has never known the bracing thrill of taking a stand and sticking to it fearlessly. Moral courage has rewards that timidity can never imagine. Like a shot of adrenaline, it floods the spirit with vitality” 

Billy Graham


“Suffering should not make us bitter people,’ my mother once said, ‘it should make us better comforters.’ Young people need to hear this from those who have walked before them, because someday they’ll be walking those same steps, but there may not be anyone following behind.” 

Billy Graham


“Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children.” 

Billy Graham


“A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.” 

Billy Graham


“The happiness which brings enduring worth to life is not the superficial happiness that is dependent on circumstances. It is the happiness and contentment that fills the soul even in the midst of the most distressing circumstances and the most bitter environment. It is the kind of happiness that grins when things go wrong and smiles through the tears. The happiness for which our souls ache is one undisturbed by success or failure, one which will deeply root inside us and give us inward relaxation, peace, and contentment, no matter what the surface problems may be. That kind of happiness stands in need of no outward stimulas.” 

 ~ Billy Graham


“I don’t need a successor, only willing hands to accept the torch for a new generation.” 
 

Billy Graham


“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.” 

Billy Graham


“A keen sense of humor helps us to overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerated the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected, and outlast the unbearable.” 

Billy Graham


“No matter how prepared you think you are for the death of a loved one, it still comes as a shock, and it still hurts very deeply.” 
 

Billy Graham


“Tears shed for self are tears of weakness, but tears shed for others are a sign of strength.” 

Billy Graham


“Believers, look up take courage. The angels are nearer than you think.” 

Billy Graham


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The Spiritual Darkness Of Black Panther And Why Believers And Followers Of Jesus Should Not Watch It

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The spiritual darkness of Black Panther and why believers and followers of Jesus should not watch it.

Black Panther: The Afro-futuristic Modern Movie everyone is raving and waving about. 

The pressure, adverts and promotions to watch the movie is escalating with various positive and brilliant reviews from all quarters. Black Panther is breaking world records, stunning and delighting movie goers.

Forbes has this to say about the Black Panther Movie, “The fact that Black Panther has gone toe-to-toe with mega-blockbusters like The Last Jedi and Jurassic World is even more impressive considering that, despite existing within the MCU, it’s still the first in its series.” 

Ryan Coogler‘s masterful superhero drama is unlike any other, featuring outstanding acting, breathtaking art direction, fascinating royal intrigue, memorable action sequences, and surprising depth. It’s that depth — of character, of storyline, of relevancy — that makes Black Panther shine. Writes Sandie Angulo Chen of Common Sense Media.

Despite such glorious reviews, I will however not be one of those watching Black Panther. I’m an ordinary woman who loves Jesus and not a celebrity so you don’t have to take what I write seriously but before you stop reading, I beg you to at least give me the chance to tell you why I feel strongly that believers in Jesus like me should resist the temptation to watch this Movie.

Even the name itself is telling. Black Panther is the name given to supposed black colored big Cats like Leopards and Jaguars but there is a disturbing way, I can’t stop thinking of serpents every time someone mentions this movie. Maybe because it makes me think of Leopard snakes which remind me of folks who breed snakes for leisure and the recent drama in Nigeria where a snake is purported to have eaten 36 Million Naira which is about 99, 000 US Dollars from an office building.

But I’m digressing, so back to Black Panther the Movie:

There is the nagging thought that there was once a far left political party called Black Panther Party, founded in 1966 in Oakland, California USA by Bobby Seale and Huey Newton whose ideologies were Communism, Anti-fascism, Anti-imperialism, Marxism-Leninism, Revolutionary Socialism.

As if to confirm my suspicions, further reading of Sandie Angulo’s review of the Movie reveals two interesting facts.

a. One of the Characters in the supposed fictional movie visits Oakland, California where the Black Panther party was founded. Oh what a coincidence right? Unfortunately I don’t believe in coincidences. 

“After a folktale-like prologue that recounts the history of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, BLACK PANTHER opens with a flashback to 1992, when a younger T’Chaka (Atandwa Kani) makes a surprise visit to Oakland, California, to confront a rogue Wakandan spy. Back in the present, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is preparing for his coronation day, which includes a potential challenge — through ritual combat — from any of Wakanda’s five tribes, as well as a sacred ceremony in which he officially becomes the nation’s Black Panther” Sandie Angulo Chen

b. Ritual combat? Sacred Ceremonies? What kind of rituals and sacred ceremonies are these? Do they align with the Bible? Are they Holy ceremonies or is the movie just trying to take us back to ancient and ancestral spirits and dangerous gods and goddesses? 

I don’t think these ritual ceremonies are pleasing to God as he is particular and takes idolatry very seriously. Despite what the Liberal media is hiding in plain sight and refusing to say openly, this movie is very spiritual. And it aligns strongly with the dark forces. 

15 “Take careful heed to yourselves, for you saw no form when the Lord spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire, 

16 lest you act corruptly and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of any figure: the likeness of male or female, 

17 the likeness of any animal that is on the earth or the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the air, 

18 the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground or the likeness of any fish that is in the water beneath the earth. 19 And take heed, lest you lift your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, the moon, and the stars, all the host of heaven, you feel driven to worship them and serve them, which the Lord your God has given to all the peoples under the whole heaven as a heritage.

Deuteronomy 4:15-19

“The cultural critic Mark Dery galvanized a generation of artists and intellectuals when he argued during the 1990s that African-Americans whose histories had been obscured by slavery and racism were in danger of being written out of the future as well — unless they engaged the areas of art, literature and technology through which that future was being envisioned.” The New York Times writes about the Black Panther Movie. 

I disagree with the New York Times. I think if we continue with these kind of exaggerations we are in danger of becoming Hypocrites. As Africans keep dwelling on their slavery and refusing to focus on anyone else except their plight, they are in danger of turning racist if they haven’t already.

For 430 years, the Jews were slaves in Egypt which is found in the African continent but seldom do you hear Jews complain and dwell on those horrific years of oppression and hard labor in Africa. Instead they choose to honor their God and celebrate their deliverance from slavery. But not Africans. Africans despite being freed from slavery are still finding ways to play Martyr.

40 The time that the Israelites lived in Egypt was 430 years. 41 At the end of 430 years, on that same day, all the Lord’s divisions went out from the land of Egypt. 42 It was a night of vigil in honor of the Lord, because He would bring them out of the land of Egypt. This same night is in honor of the Lord, a night vigil for all the Israelites throughout their generations. Exodus 12:40-42

Marvel Studios has certainly done a lot of work to out do their competitors as we see with the High grossing figures but there is something very telling about the dark origins of the Black Panther as revealed by Time in this statement.

“After the Obama era, perhaps none of this should feel groundbreaking. But it does. In the midst of a regressive cultural and political moment fueled in part by the white-nativist movement, the very existence of Black Panther feels like resistance. Its themes challenge institutional bias, its characters take unsubtle digs at oppressors, and its narrative includes prismatic perspectives on black life and tradition. The fact that Black Panther is excellent only helps.”  Time

Oh! So it’s a rebellion after all. I thought this was all just entertainment, laughter and Popcorn.

And a resistance? Are they using a movie to stage a coup of sorts?

I guess what the dark forces need to realize is that Rebellion is as the sin of Divination and Witchcraft. It’s this sin among others that got Saul rejected as King. Are they thus subtly telling us they are encouraging rebellion, divination, witchcraft and idolatry with this movie?

 23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and defiance is like wickedness and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,

He has rejected you as king. 1 Samuel 15:23

However the cherry for me was this Interview by Gal-dem titled: “Black Panther and Re-Imagining Africa: An Interview with Lupita And Danai. Lupita’s word were very eye opening and telling about the real motives behind this movie and why everyone is being encouraged to go watch it.

“Women in positions of power, it’s just demystifying a whole lot of things that is really going to change the way children see themselves, in the back of their heads, it doesn’t have to be a direct effect, but it’s the reconditioning of the subconscious mind and that’s where real change comes.” Lupita Nyong’o

1. So the dark forces want to recondition the minds of children at an early age? They want to fill their young minds with Hollywood, war, violence, indecency, disrespect, fornication, idolatry, witchcraft, sorcery, witchcraft etc. Reminds me of the adage of “catch them while they are still young.” 

Look how much damage the emergence of Harry Potter did to young minds. Harry Potter caused a major shift in the Spiritual and gave a lot of ammunition to the dark forces. Now, Black Panther promises to do that and even much worse if believers in Jesus stay asleep and refuse to open their eyes.

If you think I’m being too extreme, do a research on the number of drug addicts and what age group they lie in and then align that to the emergence of Harry Potter. 

And honestly If this movie depicts a version of the future, with no Jesus in it, then I want no part in it. 

I can certainly understand why the Bible encourages believers to train their children in the ways of God as early as possible and to feed them on his laws and word.

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6

2. “Women in Positions of Power”. 

While I believe in the special role women play, their abilities, power and the amazing things they are capable of, (I explore some of these themes in my series on Scandalous women in the Bible), I feel like Lupita’s words are speaking of a non-biblical kind of power and energy. The negative, radical, demonic kind of female power and energy that Feminism is advocating and pushing to destroy families.

“Everything you see in this film is deliberate and it’s taken from actual cultures around the continent and so this is a showcasing of those and paying homage to that culture and celebrating it, we’re seeing it in the drawing of beauty and wealth.” Lupita Nyong’o

a. Everything is deliberate and intentional. Of course it is. Do the dark forces ever do anything ignorantly? 

In fact truth is most believers are lazy and so they live in ignorance and forsake knowledge. But this is not so with the dark forces. The dark forces feed on knowledge. That is how the devil tried tempting Jesus in the wilderness. By using knowledge of the word. That is how Lucifer was able to accuse Job in front of God and ask God for permission to torture Job.

It’s high time believers started real knowledge and they stop wasting time living ignorantly. Hosea 4;6 comes to mind.

6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. Hosea 4:6

b. Her statement saying it’s deliberate just screams Informed Spiritual consent and Implied Spiritual consent. They want to control your mind. It’s an agenda they are pushing but they still need your permission and money to push that agenda. How convenient. 

Hannah

The Human Heart Is The Same The World Over – Love, Family, And Relationship Quotes – Billy Graham

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The Human Heart Is The Same The World Over – Love, Family, And Relationship Quotes – Billy Graham.


“No man ever loved like Jesus. He taught the blind to see and the dumb to speak. He died on the cross to save us. He bore our sins. And now God says, ‘Because He did, I can forgive you.” 

Billy Graham


“God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.” 

Billy Graham


“Only God can give us a selfless love for others, as the Holy Spirit changes us from within. This is one reason we must receive Christ, for apart from His Spirit we can never be freed from the chains of selfishness, jealousy, and indifference. Will others see Christ’s love in your life today?” 

Billy Graham


“Racial prejudice, anti-Semitism, or hatred of anyone with different beliefs has no place in the human mind or heart.” 

Billy Graham


“The human heart is the same the world over.” 
 

Billy Graham


“The one badge of Christian discipleship is not orthodoxy but love.” 
 

Billy Graham


“As I got older, I guess I became more mellow and more forgiving and more loving.” 

Billy Graham


“I might be a man of great faith. The Bible says that I might have faith so that I could move mountains, but if I have not love, it is nothing.” 

Billy Graham


“It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge and my job to love.” 

Billy Graham


“I think it is a sin to look at another person as inferior to yourself because of race or because of ethnic background, and I think the greatest thing to do is to pray that God will give you love for them, and I do.” 

Billy Graham


“Nothing can bring a real sense of security into the home except true love.” 

Billy Graham


“The Bible declares that we who follow Jesus Christ should be just as much in love with each other as God was in love with us when He sent His Son to die on the cross.” 

Billy Graham


“Only the supernatural love of God through changed lives can solve the problems that we face in our world.” 

Billy Graham


“I think it is a sin to look at another person as inferior to yourself because of race or because of ethnic background, and I think the greatest thing to do is to pray that God will give you love for them, and I do.” 
 

Billy Graham


“This is the hour for the church to show forth the love and grace of God! This is the hour for the world to hear Christ saying through the church, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life.” 

Billy Graham


“God knows what we are going through when we grieve, and He wants to assure us of His love and concern. He also wants us to turn to Him and bring our heartaches and burdens to Him.” 

Billy Graham


“The word ‘romance,’ according to the dictionary, means excitement, adventure, and something extremely real. Romance should last a lifetime.” 

Billy Graham


“Only this divine love that God gives will make us love others, and before we have revival in America we must have that kind of love among God’s people.” 

Billy Graham


“I might know the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, but if I had not love, it would mean absolutely nothing in the sight of God.” 
 

Billy Graham


“The basic attribute of God is holiness, but love is another basic attribute of God. It is a part of God’s nature to love, and all who know Jesus Christ as Savior also have this supernatural love instilled within their hearts by the Holy Spirit. The greatest demonstration of the fact that we are Christians is that we love one another.” 

Billy Graham


“The Bible is clear, God’s definition of marriage is between a man and a woman.” 

Billy Graham


“Almost everybody will listen to you when you tell your own story.”

 ~ Billy Graham


“The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless.” 

Billy Graham


“I believe the home and marriage is the foundation of our society and must be protected.” 

Billy Graham


“Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything.” 
 

Billy Graham


“I never hold a grudge.” 

Billy Graham


“No parent is perfect; we all can look back and think of things we could’ve done to help our children be better prepared for adulthood. And sometimes it’s best to admit it to them and encourage them to learn from our mistakes.” 

Billy Graham


“Old age may have its limitations and challenges, but in spite of them, our latter years can be some of the most rewarding and fulfilling of our lives.” 

Billy Graham


“We are not cisterns made for hoarding, we are channels made for sharing.” 

Billy Graham


“God is more interested in your future and your relationships than you are.” 

Billy Graham


“Every human being is under construction from conception to death.” 

Billy Graham


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So, in continuing our series on trendy, fashionable, stylish, classy dressing for the godly and Christian woman, I’m writing on shoes. The kind of shoes one wears is important. If you put on the wrong kind of shoes, they can cause you immense discomfort, hamper movement and cause health challenges.


So while choosing shoes, it is imperative to put in mind comfort, decency, stylishness and appropriateness. I guess when Apostle Paul was speaking on putting on Shoes as part of the whole armor of God and he equated wearing shoes to having the readiness given by the gospel of peace he did understand about wearing the right kind of shoes because great shoes equals peace of mind and comfort.


I strongly believe, godly and Christian women can be fashionable, trendy, stylish and classy while being modest and attractive. If you missed some of the articles in this series, you can catch up by clicking the links below.


1. Who Do You Dress For
2. Asian Inspired | Kaftans | Designer, Stylish, Trendy, Quality, Classy | Women’s Fashion And Beauty
3. African Inspired | Dresses| Designer, Stylish, Trendy, Quality, Classy | Women’s Fashion And Beauty

4. European And Western Inspired | Dresses| Designer, Stylish, Trendy, Quality, Classy | Women’s Fashion And Beauty



And, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.

Ephesians 6:15


This Yellow Wedge Heel Pointy Toe Mule Pump With The Cute White Fluffy Ball Is Totally Adorable.

Yellow Pointed Pump Shoes



White Satin Lace Kitten Heels are just what you need for class at that Bridal event or for Church. 




When I saw these Pink Mary Jane round toe Rhinestone Flat Pumps all I could think of was Gorgeousness overload. 

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Lace Pump Peep Toe Kitten Heels gorgeously designed in Turquoise with white lace is perfect for a wedding or any formal function.

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For cold weather or any casual endeavour, these Red Buckle Boots are such a comfortable must have!

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Speaking of the Biblical Queen Esther, check out these really stylish Esther Blue Slip-On Easy Comfortable Flats. 

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Who says Chelsea Boots with chunky heels can’t be chic and stylish? Totally stylishly chic shoes! And they are Black, meaning they can be paired with any outfit color.

Black Chelsea Boots Pointy Toe Slip-on Chunky Heel Ankle Boots



Comfortable, Fuchsia Cartoon Printed Slip-On’s for running your errands.

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For school, for the office, why not have yourself a pair of comfortable Ivory Lace Oxford Flats?

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For running errands, for walking around at home, these comfortable Black flat mule slipper sandals are a must have. 

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For that wedding, for that baptism, for that engagement party, these white flower flat sandals are not only pretty but they are also comfortable.

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I Have Decided To Stick With Love, Hate Is Too Great A Burden To Bear And Other Quotes On Love – Martin Luther King Jr.

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Growing up amidst racial segregation in Atlanta Georgia, being arrested for his beliefs, having his home bombed, exposed to personal insults and finally being assassinated for his ideals, if he had chosen to, Martin Luther King Jr. would have had many reasons for hate. Yet despite all he went through and faced in his short life, he chose Love over Hate. His book Strength to Love engagingly illuminates some of his Philosophies and Ideologies on Love.


As the world remembers his acts of courage, faith, kindness and love in the midst of hate, discrimination and segregation and celebrates his birthday on January 15th, we are again reminded of his powerful words on Love with some of his most famous quotes. 


“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’ 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, ‘Love your enemies.’ It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies.”
 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“Love is understanding, redemptive goodwill for all men, so that you love everybody, because God loves them. You refuse to do anything that will defeat an individual, because you have agape in your soul. And here you come to the point that you love the individual who does the evil deed, while hating the deed that the person does. This is what Jesus means when he says, “Love your enemy.” This is the way to do it. When the opportunity presents itself when you can defeat your enemy, you must not do it.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.” 
 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“Jesus Christ was an extremist for love, truth and goodness.” 
 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“Nonviolence is absolute commitment to the way of love. Love is not emotional bash; it is not empty sentimentalism. It is the active outpouring of one’s whole being into the being of another.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“Jesus recognized that love is greater than like.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“Hatred paralyses life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“So when Jesus says “Love your enemies,” he is setting forth a profound and ultimately inescapable admonition.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“The great military leaders of the past have gone, their empires have crumbled and burned to ashes. But the empire of Jesus, built solidly and majestically on the foundation of love, is still growing.” 
 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“Somebody must have sense enough to meet hate with love. Somebody must have sense enough to meet physical force with soul force. If we will but try this way, we will be able to change these conditions and yet at the same time win the hearts and souls of those who have kept these conditions alive a way as old as the insights of Jesus of Nazareth, as modern as the techniques of Mohandas K. Gandhi. There is another way.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“But though I was initially disappointed at being categorized as an extremist, as I continued to think about the matter I gradually gained a measure of satisfaction from the label. Was not Jesus an extremist for love: ‘Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” 
 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“There is a power in love that our world has not discovered yet. Jesus discovered it centuries ago. Mahatma Gandhi of India discovered it a few years ago, but most men and most women never discover it. For they believe in hitting for hitting; they believe in an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth; they believe in hating for hating; but Jesus comes to us and says, ‘This isn’t the way.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“We cannot be truly Christian people so long as we flaunt the central teachings of Jesus: brotherly love and the Golden Rule.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…..I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“We cannot walk alone.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering with our capacity to endure suffering. Do to us what you will and we shall continue to love you.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“When evil men plot, good men must plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” 
 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” 
 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“I have a dream that one day, little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.”  

Martin Luther King Jr.


“We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but we have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“He (Jesus) knew that the old eye-for-eye philosophy would leave everyone blind. He did not seek to overcome evil with evil. He overcame evil with good. Although crucified by hate, he responded with aggressive love.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“Was not Jesus an extremist in love? – “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” 
 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” 
 

Martin Luther King Jr.


“I think the first reason that we should love our enemies, and I think this was at the very center of Jesus’ thinking, is this: that hate for hate only intensifies the existence of hate and evil in the universe.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.


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The Most Pleasing Five Letter Word – Faith In Jesus Christ

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I recently watched a GoalCast Video Clip presented by Gaur Gopal Das who is an Engineer turned Monk, Personal Coach and Motivational Strategist as he shared a message titled, “The 5 Letter Secret to a Worry-Free Life.”

During the presentation, he asked the audience what the Most Pleasing Five letter word is. 

The audience gave answers like, Sorry, Money etc.  

After a short while, he smiled and charmingly said, “The Most pleasing five letter word is SMILE.”

He then went ahead to give reasons why he thought Smile was the most pleasing word. He gave reasons like smiling increases face value and it is better to smile than to worry.

While, it was a nice video, I had a different response. With no doubt in my mind,  The Most pleasing five Letter Word is JESUS:

JESUS:

A word of life.

A word so sweet.

A word that heals.

A word that feeds.

A word that restores.

A word that gives me joy.

A word that brings peace.

A word that offers comfort.

A word that quenches thirst.

A word that makes me smile.

A word that fills the emptiness within.

A word that makes all things beautiful.

A word that makes me happy.

A word that brings prosperity.

A word that gives me peace.

A word that offers wisdom.

A word that is knowledge.

A word that gives wealth.

A word that gives light.

A word of blessing.

A word of Honor.

A word of favor.

JESUS is the Most pleasing five letter word.

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:9-11

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Are You A Formula One Car Or An El Camino Car – Faith In Jesus Christ

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What is your Faith built for? What is your spirituality made of? Are you constructed like the Formula One Car or are you designed like the El Camino?

Chevrolet manufactured the first Chevrolet El Camino cars between 1958 and 1960. The company designed the El Camino cars to be a Coupe utility or pickup vehicle. Convenient and Stylish. But after various designs, generations and changes, car production finally stopped in 1987.

While esthetically tasteful, looking at an El Camino vehicle, it’s tough to tell whether it’s a truck or car due to its ambiguous construction.

However, everyone knows Formula One cars are constructed for competition and to win races. There is no doubt where they stand or what they are built for. This might also explain why the models and engineering keeps getting better every year that the various teams that compete in the Formula One races keep constructing the cars.

And that brings us to the Matter of Faith and belief. What kind of belief system do you hold? What is your Faith made for? When people speak to you and interact with you, are they able to immediately identify you as a Child of God who loves Jesus or do they have doubts, not sure about your Faith?

Are you Hot, Cold or Lukewarm? Are you a Truck, a Race Car or a Bus? Can we tell what you are built for?

I pray that you are not Lukewarm and have a stand. For the scriptures say:

“So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” Revelation 3:16

Be a focused Christian who is working his/her faith and using your spiritual gifts for the Kingdom of God. When your life is examined by God and people let there be no doubt what team you are racing for. And everyday,  run the race set before you with faithfulness, diligence and dedication.

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:13

I pray at the end, after you have run the course set before you, after you have raced, after you have fought you too can confidently speak like Apostle Paul saying:

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

2 Timothy 4:7-8

John

Does Money Answer All Things – The Bible And The Bitcoin Question

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Does Money Answer All Things – The Bible And The Bitcoin Question.

King Solomon had this to say about Money, Wine and feasts.

“A feast is made for laughter, And wine makes merry; But money answers everything.” 

Ecclesiastes 10:19

“Money answers everything.” That is a pretty deep statement.

And in our highly materialistic world, this can be a very tempting statement to push one into investing in any venture that seems like it will increase the bank balance.

Many people joined the Bitcoin craze and some people apparently reaped astronomically from trading in it.

But before some people crash as they rush, I felt that we shouldn’t ignore some of the red flags that keep blinking. While I believe poverty is not of the Lord, I also believe that Jesus expects us to handle finances with wisdom and not blind ignorance.

First what is Bitcoin? 

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency.

What is a Cryptocurrency?

A cryptocurrency  is a digital asset designed to work as a medium of exchange that uses cryptography to secure its transactions, to control the creation of additional units, and to verify the transfer of assets. Cryptocurrencies are classified as a subset of digital currencies and are also classified as a subset of alternative currencies and virtual currencies.”

If you need to learn more about cryptocurrencies, you can read here.

Warren Buffett a great investor and one of the richest men in the world calls it, “FOMO – Fear of Missing Out.”

After many months of rising and exciting people, last week came as a surprise as many saw the Bitcoin Market Crash taking various markets with it as various sources reported.

  1. Largest Bitcoin exchange temporarily halts buying and selling amid price mini-crash
  2. Bitcoin Crashed and Took the Whole Market Down With It
  3. Bitcoin and almost every other cryptocurrency crashed hard today
  4. Coinbase Goes Down as Bitcoin Plunges

So, Money might answer everything in the world, since we need it to acquire so many things, but we also need Wisdom as we navigate it’s sloppy steeps.

 

I guess that is why before writing Ecclesiastes Chapter 10, King Solomon had this to say earlier in Chapter 7. 

 

For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense, But the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it.

Ecclesiastes 7:12

 

Implying that wisdom and knowledge are more excellent than Money since they give Life.

So while we seek money to answer the many needs and questions that this life keeps throwing us, we shouldn’t forget Jesus’s powerful words about priorities.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

Matthew 6:33

Jules

Who Do You Dress For

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Who do you dress for?

“I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men.”

Marlene Dietrich

So as Google celebrate’s the birth of the German Singer and Actress, Marie Magdalene “Marlene” Dietrich who was born on December 27, 1901, I came across the above quote by her which led to the question.

Who do you dress for?

As a Christian Man or Woman, when you dress up, who is on your mind, heart and soul?
Are you dressing for the glory of Jesus?
Are you dressing for your spouse?
Are you dressing for your friends?
Are you dressing for the public?
Are you dressing for yourself?
Are you dressing for a crush?

Who do you dress for?

Fashions keep changing and becoming more Liberal. Our world has grown so generous with the amount of flesh people can show in public without causing shockwaves escalating. If we keep going at this rate, soon people will be able to move naked on the streets with no qualms. With all the images that keep flooding the internet, televisions, magazines, the streets, the malls, slowly by slowly we are being conditioned to accept generous shows of flesh and skin. However just because the world accepts this doesn’t mean it is the kind of standard that Christians should be following.

I recently opened my Opera browser page and I was flooded by a barrage of images. They have a column for trending news where they show all sorts of news stories. I wish they could change their settings to allow an individual choose what shows up on their feed as some of the things they show are not acceptable to everyone using their browser.

As believers we should not forget who we belong to and who we should be dressing for. This goes for both men and women as more men go shirtless.

Let your dressing glorify Jesus. Don’t dress for anyone but Jesus. Before you adorn yourself with anything, ask yourself, if I was to meet Jesus, would he cringe or would he be comfortable and happy seeing me in this outfit?

Jesus looks at both the internal and external. Don’t be deceived that he only looks inwards and ignores what is outside. When God was choosing the first King of Israel Saul, he did consider the outside.

And he had a choice and handsome son whose name was Saul. There was not a more handsome person than he among the children of Israel. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people.
1 Samuel 9:2

Apostle Peter has a few words of wisdom for godly women:

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.
1 Peter 3:3-4

Apostle Paul, goes further to speak wisdom to both men and women.

I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; 9 in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, 10 but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.
1 Timothy 2:8-10

I pray that if you are ever asked the question: “Who do you dress for?” you will answer, “I dress for Jesus and his glory.”

If you missed some of the articles in this series, you can catch up by clicking the links below.

Hannah

To Give Them Beauty For Ashes – Comfort Bible Verses

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  1. Are you seeking comfort?
  2. Are you facing an uncertain future?
  3. Are you filled with anguish and despair?
  4. Are you scared about what tomorrow holds?
  5. Are you going through troubled times?
  6. Are you worried of tough circumstances?
  7. Is adversity knocking at your door?
  8. Is life difficult?
  9. Is calamity calling your name?
  10. Is your situation unbearable?
  11. Is grief filling your soul?
  12. Is chaos surrounding you?


If you answered yes to any of the above questions, I’m writing to let you know that:



  1. Jesus can give you the comfort you desperately seek.
  2. Jesus is in control of the future.
  3. Jesus is steadfast and sure anchor of Hope.
  4. Jesus holds tomorrow in his hands.
  5. Jesus went through troubled times and he conquered so he can help you conquer.
  6. Jesus has the ability to take our worries away if we allow him to.
  7. Send Jesus to the door when adversity knocks.
  8. Give Jesus your life filled with difficulties and watch him give you a new life.
  9. Call the name of Jesus when calamity calls your name.
  10. Take your unbearable situation to Jesus and he will make it better.
  11. Ask Jesus to turn the broken pieces of your grief filled soul into wholeness.
  12. Request Jesus to cover you with his precious blood and a wall of fire filled with his presence so that the chaos around doesn’t touch you.


I have listed a number of verses from the Bible that you can read and mediate on. As you fill your mind, soul, heart and spirit with God’s word, you will feel the comfort only Jesus can provide. The word of God is very powerful and it’s able to break down any uncertainties, troubles, difficulties and adversities.



“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
3 To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

Isaiah 61:1-3



Remember the word to Your servant,
Upon which You have caused me to hope.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction,
For Your word has given me life.

Psalms 119:49-50



“Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance,
And the young men and the old, together;
For I will turn their mourning to joy,
Will comfort them,
And make them rejoice rather than sorrow.
14 I will satiate the soul of the priests with abundance,
And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the Lord.”

Jeremiah 31:13-14



You, who have shown me great and severe troubles,
Shall revive me again,
And bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
21 You shall increase my greatness,
And comfort me on every side.
22 Also with the lute I will praise You—
And Your faithfulness, O my God!
To You I will sing with the harp,
O Holy One of Israel.

Psalms 71:20-22



For the Lord will comfort Zion,
He will comfort all her waste places;
He will make her wilderness like Eden,
And her desert like the garden of the Lord;
Joy and gladness will be found in it,
Thanksgiving and the voice of melody.

Isaiah 51:3



I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right,
And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.
76 Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort,
According to Your word to Your servant.
77 Let Your tender mercies come to me, that I may live;
For Your law is my delight.

Psalms 119:75-77



‘Therefore thus says the Lord:
“I am returning to Jerusalem with mercy;
My house shall be built in it,” says the Lord of hosts,
“And a surveyor’s line shall be stretched out over Jerusalem.” ’
17 “Again proclaim, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts:
“My cities shall again spread out through prosperity;
The Lord will again comfort Zion,
And will again choose Jerusalem.”

Zechariah 1:16-17



As one whom his mother comforts,
So I will comfort you;
And you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”

Isaiah 66:13



“Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
Will bring her into the wilderness,
And speak comfort to her.
15 I will give her her vineyards from there,
And the Valley of Achor as a door of hope;
She shall sing there,
As in the days of her youth,
As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.
16 “And it shall be, in that day,”
Says the Lord,
“That you will call Me ‘My Husband,’
And no longer call Me ‘My Master,’

Hosea 2:14-16



Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.

Psalms 23:4-6



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