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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.


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



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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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The Time Of Justification:


When is a believer justified? This question is answered plainly in one of our texts, Acts 13:39, “And by him every one that believeth is justified from all things, from which he could not be justified by the law of Moses.” What I wish you to notice particularly now in this verse is the word Is, “Everyone that believeth is justified from all things.” This answers plainly the question as to when a believer is justified.


In Christ Jesus every [believer in Him is justified from all things the moment he believes. The moment a man believes in Jesus Christ that moment he becomes united to Christ, and that moment God reckons the righteousness of God to him.


I repeat again, if the vilest murderer or sinner of any kind in the world should come into this room this morning while I am preaching and should here and now believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the moment that he did it, not only would every sin he ever committed be blotted out, but all the perfect righteousness of God in Christ would be put to his account, and his standing before God would be as perfect as it will be when he has been in heaven ten million years.


Let me repeat to you again the incident I told you one Sunday night some weeks ago. I was preaching one Sunday morning in the Moody church in Chicago on Rom. 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus,” and in the course of my preaching I said, “If the vilest woman there is in Chicago should come into the Chicago Avenue church this morning, and should here and now accept Jesus Christ as her Saviour, the moment she did it every sin she ever committed would be blotted out and her record would be as white in God’s sight as that of the purest woman in the room.”


Unknown to me, one of the members of my congregation that very morning had gone down into a low den of iniquity near the river and had invited a woman who was an outcast to come and hear me preach. The woman replied, “I never go to church. Church is not for the likes of me. I would not be welcome at the church if I did go.”


The woman who was a saint replied, “You would be welcome at our church,” which, thank God, was true. But, “No,” the woman urged, “it would not do for me to go to church, church is not for the likes of me.” But the woman who was a saint urged the woman who was a sinner to go. She offered to accompany her to the church, but the other said, “No, that would never do.


The policemen know me and the boys on the street know me and sometimes throw stones at me, and if they saw you going up the street with me they would think you such as I am.” But the woman who was a saint had the Spirit of the Master and said, “I don’t care what they think of me. If you will accompany me to hear Mr. Torrey preach I will go along with you.”


The other woman refused. But the saved woman was so insistent that the woman who was an outcast finally said, “If you will go up the street a few steps ahead I will follow you up the street.” So up La Salle Avenue they came, the woman who was a saint a few steps ahead and the woman who was a sinner a few steps behind. Block after block they came until they reached the corner of La Salle and Chicago Avenues.


The woman who was a saint entered the tower door at the corner, went up the steps, entered the church, and the woman who was a sinner followed her. On reaching the door the woman who was a sinner looked in, saw a vacant seat under the gallery in the very last row at the back, and slipped into it, and scarcely had she taken the seat when I made the remark that I just quoted, “If the vilest woman there is in Chicago should come into the Chicago Avenue church this morning and should here and now accept Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour, the moment she did it every sin she ever committed would be blotted out and her record would be as white in God’s sight as that of the purest woman in the room.”


My words went floating down over the audience and dropped into the heart of the woman who was a sinner. She believed it, she believed that Jesus died for her, she believed that by the shedding of His blood she could be saved, she believed, and found pardon and peace and justification then and there.


And when the meeting was over she came up the aisle to the front as I stepped down from the pulpit, tears streaming down her face, and thanked me for the blessing that she had received.


And I repeat it here this morning, not knowing who may be here, not knowing what may be the secret life of any one of you who is here, not knowing what may be the sins that may be hidden in your heart, if the vilest man or woman on earth should come into the Church of the Open Door this morning and should here and now put their trust in Jesus Christ, the moment you did it every sin you ever committed would be blotted out and in an instant your record would be as white in God’s sight, not only as that of the purest woman in the room, but as that of the purest angel in heaven, and not only that, but all the perfect righteousness of God that clothed our Lord Jesus Christ would be put to your account and you would be just as near and just as dear to God as the Lord Jesus Christ Himself is. That is the doctrine of justification by faith. Wondrous doctrine! Glorious doctrine!


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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.”


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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.


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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. 

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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.


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



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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Your Dictionary 


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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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There are two sides to the coin.
There are:


Two Races

Two Tribes
Two Names
Two Nations
Two Leaders
Two Countries
Two Kingdoms
Two Ethnicities this world.
There is no sitting on the fence in this age. 


The Age of Glory and The Age of Scorn
The Clan of Victory and The Clan of Defeat
The Name of Jesus and The Name of Lucifer
The Empire of Pride and The Empire of Humility
The Location of Heaven and The Location of Hell
The Country of light and The Country of Darkness
The Language of Blessings and The Language of Curses
The Tribe of Divinity and The Tribe of Damnation
The Ethnicity of Christ and The Ethnicity of Belial
The Kingdom of God and The Kingdom of Satan
The Religion of Faith and The Religion of Fear
The Place of Power and The Place of Ego
The Race of Love and The Race of Hate


So, which side do you belong to?


I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; 20 that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”

Deuteronomy 30:19-20


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Praise To My King Yeshua – Poem.


Jesus is Lord
Praise to my King Yeshua
Hallelujah to his name
Blessed be his name
Jesus, I magnify your name
I sing Hosanna
You have done the impossible
You have done the unexpected
You have done the unimaginable
You are worthy to be praised and exalted
I lift your name on high
Be glorified Papa
Be magnified, Jesus
Lifted up and exalted
Who is like you Abba?
No one
Thank you Yeshua.
 



Bible Verse:


Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’Hosanna in the highest!”

Matthew 21:9

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead 4 and into an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.

1 Peter 1:3-4


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I’m Here Just Incase – Poem.



Your eyes are so sad
And your smile doesn’t reach your eyes
You are searching
And looking
And asking
And there is a deep void inside you
That no one seems able to fill at the moment
I hope you are alright
And I wish I could give you joy
And make your eyes come alive and sparkle
But I also understand that it’s only Jesus who can give Joy!
A deep abiding and abundant Joy
However,  I’m here
Incase you need a friend
And you need a listening ear
And caring hands
.
I’m here
To listen to your stories
And to give you a shoulder to cry on
And a hand to hold
.
I’m here
To make you smile
And to make you understand that you matter
And you are worth it
And you mean so much to me
I’m here
To To make you see
That you light up the world
In your own unique and brilliant way
I’m here
To To let you know
That you were created for great things
That you have royalty running through your veins
.
I’m here
To beg you
Not to settle
Don’t settle for less
Reach for the Heavens
Reach for Jesus
Reach for Abba
Reach for Salvation
Extend your hand towards Yeshua
He is ever ready and willing to hold you and me,
Well, I’m here to support you and help you
So that we can both hold him together



Bible Verse:


But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. 30 When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the Lord your God and obey His voice 31 (for the Lord your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.

Deuteronomy 4:29-31


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I’m Not An Independent Woman – Poem

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I depend on Jesus Christ

I depend on the Holy Spirit

I depend on Abba Father

I depend on my Parents

I depend on my Brothers

I depend on my Sisters

I depend on my Friends

I depend on my Co-workers

I depend on water

I depend on the Sun

I depend on fresh air

I depend on the trees

I depend on the Moon 

.

.

For love

For help

For advice

For prayer

For Support

For sustenance

For conversation

For encouragement

For companionship 

Yes!

I’m a dependent woman!

I’m not an Independent woman.

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

And the truth is I don’t want to be an Independent woman.

Otherwise, where will I put the precious, priceless gifts God has given me in the form of People?

And I choose to say, ‘Thank you, Jesus, for all the amazing people you have given me.

For all the people who bless my life and make it colorful.

Thank you, Jesus. And Jesus, please protect and keep them safe.

Cover them with your precious blood and build your wall of fire around them so that they are protected from the enemy. 

Thank you Jesus! 



Bible Verses:


Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper as his complement.” Genesis 2_18 Bible Verse Instagram Post


Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper as his complement.”

Genesis 2:18

This one, at last, is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh; this one will be called “woman,” for she was taken from man. Genesis 2_22-23 Bible Verse Instagram Post


Then the Lord God made the rib He had taken from the man into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 And the man said: This one, at last, is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh;
this one will be called “woman,” for she was taken from man.

Genesis 2:22-23


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I woke up to thoughts of you.
You have awakened in me a love and feelings I didn’t know I had.
I have my doubts about you and yet I can’t stay away.
You pull and push and yet here I’m.
Right now, pushed away again and the door locked and I don’t know how to open it or how to reach you.
I miss you terribly.
So terribly.
I have so much to say to you. 
I wish I could walk to you. I wish I could run to you.
I wish I could fly to you.
But the forces won’t allow it.
They won’t allow it for now.
And so, as I battle with these feelings and my soul cries out for you I’m reminded of Zechariah’s words in 4:6.
Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts. 
It’s a tough waiting spell.
And it requires patience only the Holy Spirit can give.
I trust the Lord Yeshua.
Because his word is sure.
His promises are YES and Amen.
I know Jesus is working for my good.
He is working for our good.
He will bring us back together again.
The same way he brought us together the first time.
And till we meet again, I want to let you know that I love you and I always have.



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Bible Verse:


Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’
Says the Lord of hosts.

Zechariah 4:6


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Jesus you satisfy me with Joy
Jesus you satisfy me with Love
Jesus you satisfy me with Life
Jesus you satisfy me with Salt
Jesus you satisfy me with Food
Jesus you satisfy me with Hope
Jesus you satisfy me with Faith
Jesus you satisfy me with Light
Jesus you satisfy me with Mercy
Jesus you satisfy me with Music
Jesus you satisfy me with Water
Jesus you satisfy me with Family
Jesus you satisfy me with Health
Jesus you satisfy me with Victory
Jesus you satisfy me with Beauty
Jesus you satisfy me with Friends
Jesus you satisfy me with Purpose
Jesus you satisfy me with Produce
Jesus you satisfy me with Patience
Jesus you satisfy me with Gratitude
Jesus you satisfy me with your Word
Jesus you satisfy me with your Blood
Jesus you satisfy me with Abundance
Jesus you satisfy me with Compassion
Jesus you satisfy me with your Presence
Jesus you satisfy me with your Holy Spirit 



Bible Verse:


Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy,
That we may rejoice and be glad all our days!
15 Make us glad according to the days in which You have afflicted us,
The years in which we have seen evil.
16 Let Your work appear to Your servants,
And Your glory to their children.
17 And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us,
And establish the work of our hands for us;
Yes, establish the work of our hands.

Psalms 90:14-17


You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing.

Psalms 145:16


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Who Coax’s Excellence From Exhaustion
Who Coax’s Perfection From Purgatory
Who Coax’s Purity From Pain
To The Lord Who Turn’s Our Crazy Into Creativity
To The Lord Who Turn’s Our Anguish Into Art
To The Lord Who Turn’s Our Bad Into Brilliance
Who Turns Carbon To Diamonds
Who Turns Trash To Treasure
Who Turns Lost To Found
To The Maker Who Molds Pottery From Clay
To The Creator Who Makes Universes From Nothing
To The Inventor Who Innovates Extraordinary From The Ordinary
Who Polishes Us Till We Shine
Who Cleans Us Till We Sparkle
Who Chastises Us Till We Are Right
To The Perfect Shepherd
To The Loving Father
To The Patient Savior
Who Brings Forth Songs From Sadness
Who Brings Forth Praise From Pressure
Who Brings Testimonies From Trials
To The Kind Master
To The Ever Present Guide
To The Greatest Must Of All Time
Thank You Jesus! Thank You Jesus!

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Jesus has given me so many creative opportunities. He has allowed my artistic side grow in ways I could never imagine possible. I thank him for every endeavour I have pursued. I thank him for the results. I thank him for the places he has taken me. Jesus is really my biggest Muse.



Bible Verse:


I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry.
2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay,
And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.
3 He has put a new song in my mouth— Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the Lord.

 

Psalms 40:1-3


Jules


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Music Made By Kings – Poem

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Music Made By Kings – Poem.



I love music!
Music is a language to me
It’s a language that speaks to my bits and pieces
It speaks to crevices in my soul
And shards of my mind
It speaks to the scars on my body
And the unknown planes in my spirit
When I hear the right music.
And yes, there is a right kind of music.
Not all music will do for this soul.
I go through transformation
I go through renewal and healing
Of late, I started listening to a new kind of Song
A song made by Kings!
The Psalms & Songs of Songs.
Songs of victory, faith, hope and love.
And what a swell time I’m having
By listening to Music



Bible Verse:


Then David and all Israel played music before God with all their might, with singing, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on cymbals, and with trumpets.

1 Chronicles 13:8



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Oh What A Love – Poem

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Oh What A Love – Poem.



Oh What Deep Love
Oh What Perfect Love
Oh What Healing Love
Oh What Brilliant Love
Oh What Endless Love
Oh What Purifying Love
Oh What Fulfilling Love
Oh What Inspiring Love
Oh What Powerful Love
Oh What Beautiful Love
Oh What Nurturing Love
Oh What Excellent Love
Oh What Cleansing Love
Oh What Smashing Love
Oh What Satisfying Love
Oh What Boundless Love
Oh What Redeeming Love
.
For Spirit to Become Flesh
For God to Live Among Men
For Immortal to Become Mortal
For A King to Become A Servant
.
Oh His Love Moves Me
Oh His Love Tickles Me
Oh His Love Amazes Me
Oh His Love Humbles Me
Oh His Love Leaves Me Speechless
.
Oh I’m in Awe
Oh I’m in Love
Oh I’m in Wonder



Bible Verse:


Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

1 John 4:7-11


Tikva



I Am A Woman – Poem

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I Am A Woman – Poem.


I am A Woman of Joy
I am A Woman of War
I am A Woman of God
I am A Woman Of Faith
I am A Woman Of Hope
I am A Woman Of Love
I am A Woman of Truth
I am A Woman of Jesus
I am A Woman of Grace
I am A Woman of Peace
I am A Woman of Favor
I am A Woman of Virtue
I am a Woman of Honor
I am A Woman of Prayer
I am A Woman of Praise
I am A Woman of Beauty
I am A Woman of Victory
I am A Woman of Loyalty
I am A Woman of Service
I am A Woman of Destiny
I am A Woman of Healing
I am A Woman of Promise
I am A Woman of Wisdom
I am A Woman of Worship
I am A Woman of Miracles
I am A Woman of Wonders
I am A Woman of Patience
I am A Woman of Brilliance
I am A Woman of Prophecy
I am A woman of Anointing
I am A Woman of Kindness
I am A Woman Of Gratitude
I am A Woman of Knowledge
I am A Woman of Intelligence
I am A Woman of Productivity
I am A Woman of Understanding
I am A Woman of Righteousness
I am A Woman of The Word Of God

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
I choose to live life believing the promises of God for my Life.
I choose to speak positivity into my life daily, holding fast onto Jesus.
There are still parts of my life that Jesus is working on but I know that someday, when I stand before my King, I will be as perfect as his word encourages me to be.
 



Bible Verses:


“Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”

Matthew 5:48 

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

Proverbs 18:21


Jules


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The Pharisee – Poem

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The Pharisee – Poem.



Haha
You never seem to amuse me
Quiet they say you are
But you are so cunning
You are nothing but a Hypocrite
Pretending to be who you are not
You seek my help
But after I have given it to you
You go behind my back
And slander me to others
You never seize to keep me puzzled
Keep slandering my name
Keep backbiting me
Keep gossiping about me
Keep on pretending
As you do,
Someone else will do to you
Your dishonesty won’t last my friend
Nothing is hidden under the sun
Someday your Hypocrisy
Will cost you everything
It will cost you, your dignity, honor and respect
You might not care about anything as yet
You might keep offending and hurting others
That’s okay!
Keep on keeping on
But I warn you friend,
If you continue this way,
You will lose everything
And you will be left with no one to lean
Not even yourself!



Bible Verse:


“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.
26 Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.
27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.
28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

Matthew 23:25-28
 


Gabriella Opifini


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Whispers – Poem

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Whispers – Poem.



The whispers keep ringing in my head
With a garble that is quite hard to explain
They keep me seeking and searching
Because I need to know where they originate
Whispers with such vibrancy
Who knows where they really come from?
Some say from no where
Perhaps that’s why I can’t find where they come from
However hard I search
Sometimes though,
When I listen hard enough,
They sound like a reflection of our lifetimes
As soft as they may seem to sound,
As hard as they seem to reflect us
And whether you can hear them or not,
Yet, will they always be around
The whispers keep getting louder in my ears
They are so hard to ignore now
They are not afraid to heard loudly anymore
Now, instead of being shy,
They are not afraid to speak up
They are not afraid to be heard loud and clear
Now, the whispers demand to be acknowledged
And it’s up to you, to listen or ignore
As softly as they may give your ears a tickle
As hard as they will manifest in your life
And if you don’t pay heed,
The wind will carry them away gently
But they won’t be gone forever
They will find a way to come back
Bigger! Louder! More ominous!
But don’t fret
They are just Whispers!
or
Maybe Not
 



Bible Verse:


He stretches out the north over empty space;
He hangs the earth on nothing.
8 He binds up the water in His thick clouds,
Yet the clouds are not broken under it.
9 He covers the face of His throne,
And spreads His cloud over it.
10 He drew a circular horizon on the face of the waters,
At the boundary of light and darkness.
11 The pillars of heaven tremble,
And are astonished at His rebuke.
12 He stirs up the sea with His power,
And by His understanding He breaks up the storm.
13 By His Spirit He adorned the heavens;
His hand pierced the fleeing serpent.
14 Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways,
And how small a whisper we hear of Him!
But the thunder of His power who can understand?”

Job 26:7-14



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Mustard Seed – Poem

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Mustard Seed – Poem.


The master said,
All you need
Is Faith.
Yes!
It doesn’t have to be a hill
It doesn’t have to be a forest
It doesn’t have to be a garden
It doesn’t have to be an ocean
It doesn’t have to be mountain
It doesn’t have to be gigantic
It doesn’t have to be spectacular
It doesn’t have to be picturesque
No!
Just the size of a seed
And not a big seed either
Just the size of a mustard seed
Yes!
That’s all the Faith you need
As tiny as a mustard seed
 



Bible Verse:


Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:20

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Look Inside – Poem

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Look Inside – Poem.


First you think the issue is your family
Then you realize there is nothing wrong with your Family
Next you think the issue is your friends
Then you realize there is nothing wrong with your Friends
Next you think the issue is your neighbors
Then you realize there is nothing wrong with your Neighbors
Next you think the issue is your workmates
Then you realize there is nothing wrong with your Workmates
Next you think the issue is strangers
Then you realize there is nothing wrong with the Strangers
Next you think the issue is Nature
Then you realize there is nothing wrong with Nature
Next you think the issue is the government
Then you realize there is nothing wrong with the Government
Next you think the issue is the whole Universe
Then you realize there is nothing wrong with the Universe
You blame everyone and everything
You critique everyone and everything
You point a finger at everyone and everything
As time passes, you finally decide to look inside
And Lo and behold!
The painful truth starts to dawn
You are the Issue
There is so much wrong inside you
And you need to change
before everyone and everything around
you starts to change!
If you want to change anything, start with YOU!
Look inside!



Bible Verse:


“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.
26 Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.
27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.
28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

Matthew 23:25-28

My Prayer:


Lord, every time I feel like looking at Outside circumstances and people to Validate or Justify my own actions,
please remind me and help me to Look Inside.
Jesus help me to constantly live in you and hence to live in righteousness so that my inside is Holy and pleasing to you.
In Jesus’s name, Amen!



John


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You Asked Me For Peace – Poem

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You Asked Me For Peace – Poem.


You asked me for peace.

Your request left me perplexed.

Before asking me,

Have you given yourself peace yet?

You have been seeking peace

for a very long time now and:

The last time I checked you were seeking

peace in a bottle.

And you hadn’t found it yet.

The last time I checked you were seeking

peace in a syringe.

And you hadn’t found it yet.

The last time I checked you were seeking

peace in impulsive buys.

And you hadn’t found it yet.

The last time I checked you were seeking

peace in between the legs and thighs of others

And you hadn’t found it yet.

The last time I checked you were seeking

peace in binge watching movies, series and T.V

And you hadn’t found it yet.

The last time I checked you were seeking

peace in binge eating all kinds of food

And you hadn’t found it yet.

The last time I checked you were seeking

peace in video games, sports games, all sorts of games.

And you still hadn’t found it yet.

I thought by now, you would know and realize

that the world can’t give you peace.

The world may give you a false sense of peace.

But it’s only fleeting and temporary.

Only Christ can give everlasting Peace.

For he says;


“Peace I leave with you my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

John: 14.27


Jules


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People – Poem

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People – Poem.



They come
They go
Some fill
Some empty
Some give
Some take
At times they’ll give a hand
At times they’ll give a leg
At other times you will give the hand
At other times you will give the leg
Through laughter or tears
They make us change
Some our style
Some our view
Some our character
Soon enough you find
That while you need them
They need you too
Strangers
Friends
Family
Enemies
It matters not
In all shapes and
hues they come
Angels, demons
Saints, sinners
Accepting them
Is easier than
Trying to understand them
Each will provide a lesson
And never expect perfection
Because soon you will realize
All people err
No fault of theirs
They are only people
 



Bible Verse:


A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 17:17

Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Proverbs 27:6

Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor.

Ecclesiastes 4:9

 Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.

1 Corinthians 15:33

Gabriella Opifini



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Pain – Poem

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Pain – Poem.


No one escapes it
It shakes every soul
You catch glimpses of it
In soiled pillows,
Rainy faces,
Burrowed lines,
Downcast eyes,
Scowls in place of smiles,
Heaving shoulders,
Gasping breaths,
Lost tempers,
Whining lips,
Complaining voices,
But sometimes
It’s so hidden
You will not catch it
Because it will be buried
In places eyes can’t see
And there it will
Crush the soul
Blows so fatal
Insides start to
Die and decay
Little slices of life
Chopped off like pieces of wood
In such gruesome moments
When the pain is unbearable
And your world seems lost
It’s easy to forget
The purpose of pain
The purpose to push
Out of comfort zones
The purpose to teach
Deeper truths
The purpose to re-ignite
Burning embers
The purpose to rebirth
Buried pieces of you



Bible Verse:


If only my request would be granted
and God would provide what I hope for:
9 that He would decide to crush me,
to unleash His power and cut me off!
10 It would still bring me comfort,
and I would leap for joy in unrelenting pain
that I have not denied the words of the Holy One.

Job 6:8-10



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On The Floor – Poem

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On The Floor – Poem.


She is on the floor
Doubled over
Her body going through spasms
Not of pleasure but of pain
She is wailing
But you wouldn’t be able to tell
See, she doesn’t make a sound,
But if you take time to watch closely enough
You will know she is breaking
And if you keep watching long enough
You will finally see the pain kill her
Suffocating the breath and life
Out of her body until she becomes
Just another dead soul walking around
And if you keep watching long enough
You will see a man
A man who knows about broken people
A man who knows about dead souls walking around
You will see this man come to her
You will see this man hold her hand and raise her from the dead
You will see this man put her broken pieces back together
And if you keep watching long enough
You may even find out the man’s name.
Jesus!



Bible Verse:


“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


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A No And A Yes – Poem

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A No And A Yes – Poem.


For somethings,
No can’t be turned to Yes
Not only because of their
Letter differences
But also their meaning
When one says no,
They do not mean yes
When one says yes
They do not mean no
But can a no become a yes?
If so,
How would it happen?
When would it happen?
Who would make it happen?
What would make it happen?
 



Bible Verse:


For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God,
22 who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

2 Corinthians 1:20-22


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Beauty In A Cross – Poem

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Beauty In A Cross – Poem.


You want beauty.
At least that’s what you say.
That you are looking for beauty.
You ask me what beauty is.
I don’t tell you
About delicate dandelions
Or exquisite daisies
Or feathery petals
That used to be beauty
But not anymore
Now, beauty is
A cross
A wretched piece of wood
On a hill far,  far away.
A hill called Golgotha
A cross my saviour was nailed on
That’s beauty to me
A piece of wood



Bible Verse:



For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”
20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

1 Corinthians 1:18-20
 


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What Age Is It – Poem

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What Age Is It – Poem.


What age are we living in today?

With no love

With no peace

With no joy

With no patience

With no loyalty

With no gentleness

With no faithfulness

With no self-control

With no generosity

With no charity

With no Humility

All we care about is ourselves

Our name

Our desires

Our wants

Our needs

Me! Me! Me!

What about others?

What about our neighbors?

So many unanswered questions

Why?

Are we afraid?

Afraid of what we shall find

If we take a moment

To look inside?

Afraid of the decay

Found in ourselves?

A signal for change?

I wish we could do better

Give a hand

Give help

Give support

Give encouragement

Give Inspiration

Make tomorrow better

For us and our neighbors

But, that’s just me amusing

I slowly realize that it’s only God

Who can make it all better

But my question still stands

What age is it?


Bible Verse:


“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.

Luke 17:26-30


Gabriella Opifini


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Jesus Restores Everything – Poem

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Jesus Restores Everything – Poem.


Jesus restores broken altars
Jesus restores broken artwork
Jesus restores broken angel wings
Jesus restores broken bones
Jesus restores broken bodies
Jesus restores broken businesses
Jesus restores broken children
Jesus restores broken careers
Jesus restores broken cells
Jesus restores broken dreams
Jesus restores broken days
Jesus restores broken destinies
Jesus restores broken egos
Jesus restores broken economies
Jesus restores broken efforts
Jesus restores broken finances
Jesus restores broken faith
Jesus restores broken freedoms
Jesus restores broken goals
Jesus restores broken guideposts
Jesus restores broken grannies
Jesus restores broken hope
Jesus restores broken happiness
Jesus restores broken homes
Jesus restores broken incentives
Jesus restores broken images
Jesus restores broken ideas
Jesus restores broken jobs
Jesus restores broken journeys
Jesus restores broken joys
Jesus restores broken kits
Jesus restores broken keys
Jesus restores broken keyboards
Jesus restores broken lives
Jesus restores broken loves
Jesus restores broken ladders
Jesus restores broken mates
Jesus restores broken marriages
Jesus restores broken music
Jesus restores broken nerves
Jesus restores broken narratives
Jesus restores broken nets
Jesus restores broken objects
Jesus restores broken opportunities
Jesus restores broken occupations
Jesus restores broken people
Jesus restores broken psalms
Jesus restores broken paradises
Jesus restores broken quartz crystals
Jesus restores broken quills
Jesus restores broken quests
Jesus restores broken relationships
Jesus restores broken rooms
Jesus restores broken records
Jesus restores broken souls
Jesus restores broken spirits
Jesus restores broken sacraments
Jesus restores broken trust
Jesus restores broken threads
Jesus restores broken trophies
Jesus restores broken unions
Jesus restores broken utilities
Jesus restores broken umbrellas
Jesus restores broken visions
Jesus restores broken voices
Jesus restores broken vessels
Jesus restores broken wages
Jesus restores broken walls
Jesus restores broken wells
Jesus restores broken xylems
Jesus restores broken x-rays
Jesus restores broken xebecs
Jesus restores broken youth
Jesus restores broken yachts
Jesus restores broken years
Jesus restores broken zippers
Jesus restores broken zeal
Jesus restores broken zones



Bible Verse:


Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.
24. The threshing floors will be filled with grain; the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.
25. “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten— the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm — my great army that I sent among you.
26. You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed.
27. Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the Lord your God, and that there is no other; never again will my people be shamed.

.

Joel: 2: 23-27


Jules


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Sand And Rock – Poem

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Sand And Rock – Poem.


Shifting sands
And shaky foundations.
Solid rocks
And stable foundations.
Hope!
Believing for good
Believing for better
Believing for best
I ask now,
Where is your hope placed?
Sands or Rock?



Bible Verse:


“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Matthew 7:24-27


John


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There Is Hope – Poem

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There Is Hope – Poem.


A dove!
Flying out of an old! Old Ark!
Searching the lands filled
With water after great floods
Flying into an old! Old Ark!
A branch in it’s beak!
Telling us, the floods are over!
Telling us of new life!
A signal  of Hope!
Yes!
Hope for redemption.
Hope for better.
Hope for new.
Hope for restoration.
Hope for prosperity.



Bible Verse:


Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground.
9 But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark.
10 He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark.
11 When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! 
Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth.

Genesis 8:8-11


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Dust To Glass To Dust – Poem

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Dust To Glass To Dust – Poem.



You thought you would escape the dust.
You denied it’s sacredness.
You refused my utterances.
You thought dust was only:
The black soil you till crops.
The gray soil along the river beds.
The brown soil on the side walks.
You forgot!
Oh yes it is a common human trait!
To forget!
Thus, you tried to run away from the dust.
But you can’t run away from the dust.
Just like you can’t run away from yourself.
Don’t you see the dust?
It’s all around you.
Cleaning and wiping won’t make it disappear.
It’s in the glass!
Your drinking cup, the plate, the wine goblet.
Look at window panes and sky scrappers.
Tranparent, brittle, solid, majestic pieces of material.
Don’t be deceived!
Glass is just sand burned to high temperatures.
Glass may not be as particulate as ash but it’s all dust.
Sand, soil, glass, ash!
It’s all dust
It’s in the brick walls and tiles.
The silica and limestone.
It’s on the cement floors you step on.
It’s on your counter tops.
The marbles and granite.
You can’t run away from the Dust.
It’s all around you.
The earlier you accept it, the better.
For,
From dust you came!
From dust you feed!
From dust you heal!
From dust you live!
And
To dust you shall return.
To dust you shall rest.
To dust you shall hide.
To dust you shall become.
Take care of the dust! It’s sacred.



Bible Verse:


When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”

Exodus: 3.4-5


Jules



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The Cactus – Poem

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The Cactus – Poem.


The Cactus has secrets
How can it not?
Flourishing in sunbaked deserts
Blossoming in desiccate lands
Yielding succulent fruit while the rest wither in scorched bitterness.
Green! Fresh! Alive!
It begs to be tasted.
In a wilderness of nothingness,
Ever wondered how it survives?
Forget the prickles and spikes.
Those are to deter invaders.
The unconscious wanderers.
Protecting the source from those who touch it without enlightenment.
However, approach it with the wisdom of sages and in time you will find out it’s secrets.
Despite it’s color and appendages, there is really no difference between you and the cactus.
Follow it’s spines with clarity
Searching to know and not devour
And you will soon know its secret source
Water!
It’s that simple really, the secret is
Not as complicated as you imagined.
The Cactus is like truth.
Stingy, rare, uncommon but necessary.
The cactus is a signal and source of
Life in the midst of arid plains.
The truth is water!
Drink it!



Bible Verse:


To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.
32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”
34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.
35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.
36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

John 8:31-36


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Mother And Son – Poem

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Mother And Son – Poem



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Again?
Mother this is getting too much
I told you
I don’t like milk anymore
I want something new
I want a new diet
Something a little more challenging
Something like millet bread
Mother, don’t you see?
I’m now a man!
Don’t you see?
I can do as I want now.
Mother, please!
Stop treating me like a child.
Again?
Son, don’t be so quick to speak this way
You now talk of change
You say you don’t like milk anymore
You say you want millet bread instead
You say you want a little more challenge
You say you are now a man!
But my son,
I hope you don’t forget that you are still my son
You can do what you want to do,
But everything is not beneficial to you
Somethings, require wisdom
So, go slow in these new desires
And it’s true that you are not a child anymore
But you will always be my son.
 



Bible Verse:


“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

Exodus 20:12

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Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul,
Like a weaned child with his mother;
Like a weaned child is my soul within me.
3 O Israel, hope in the Lord
From this time forth and forever.

Psalms 131:2-3



Gabriella Opifini


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