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    Word of God Speak We tend to read too much, and not hear open your Heart let the Bible speak to you. Let’ all thoughts of the day be put aside, find a place in solitude and listen, feel comfort and eternal power within. Living within this world walking’ in righteousness. Sharing joy and peace brings others into the family. Our eternal home in heaven awaits are coming, give unconditionally, be the hands and feet of Jesus. We have a purpose in this life. God formed us for a reason. In his time we shall return home and dwell in The House’ of Our Lord. When are heart feels weak, who do we seek? Are we taken over by shame? Do we cry out his name! The Bible directs us to God’ by lighting the way with truth, to the one true Giver of all things. O Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your words are trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. - 2 Samuel 7:28 I pray you shall find joy and peace within’ Gods Word. Let His word speak, Listen with your heart. - debe
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    Our mouths are the most powerful tools we possess. What we speak tells who we really are. Use it to speak positive words to and about others. In instances when this is not able just stay positive by being silenced.
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    After reading John 1:1-34 Look, the Lamb, look! He is like none other. A speck of His light Heals the eye, blinds accusers. Lift up your heads For the remnants of Heaven Prepare in wonder A coming New Jerusalem. Unlimited Unction Fell on the Lamb, Replaced royal robes That Glory gave back Once Jesus went up, Teth’ring God’s heart to man, When the Son left a chalice Of grace in our hands.
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    Recently a pastor sent out a letter to his congregants requesting suggestions as to what topics his people would like to have him address on Sundays. Another church felt the necessity to highlight the recent racial divide in our nation. To address the issue, they brought in two individuals who represented an ethnicity different from those of their own congregation. They discussed issues that needed understanding and even correction. I guess the purpose of the interaction was to bring people out of their comfort zones and into the reality of racial division. It seems that there is such a quickness to respond to societal problems that we fail to understand the true reason for racial conflict is SIN and BIBLICAL DISOBEDIENCE. When we fail to address these root causes of racial conflict, we will never find the solution to racial disharmony. When I see churches walking away from Biblical principles in favor of carnal analysis, my comfort zone is in jeopardy. Churches are becoming responders instead of initiators. We tend to react to issues instead of acting on the principles of God’s Word. We tend to bend over to the whims and actions of others instead of standing firm on the infallible, inerrant Word of God. If we continue to bend, we could face the danger of breaking and becoming ineffective for God’s usage. People are having a difficult time hearing God because they tend to limit Him by their wants instead of their needs. True Believers want unfiltered truth that speaks to their spirit. Selective topics tend to enforce complacency or to satisfy “itching ears.” Christians do not need to be lectured on interracial issues, for they are taught not to be a respecter of persons of differing social/economic and physical characteristics. All people are created in the image of God and are to be loved and accepted no matter what their physical makeup. The Church needs to continue to promote the teachings of Jesus and not enter the carnal arena that involves social issues that tear down instead of build up. When Christians leave the principles of Biblical truth, we have lost our way. Satan wants Christians to fight by his rules of engagement. We must never take the bait. Always remember the brighter the light, the more the darkness will be dispelled. We must stay focused on our calling. The Church must display love. The Church is not to be a judge, but a witness of God’s Grace. The Church must not enter the “colosseum” of conflict, but stand on the foundation of Truth. The Church is not to be integrated with the opinions of the world, but to display the Truth of the world’s Creator. When people have a hard time hearing from God, it is usually the result of frequency interference that comes from hearing interpretive truth instead of Holy Spirit inspired teaching. People have a hard time hearing God when they act outside of the Biblical framework. LET CHRISTIANS STAY FOCUSED ON WHAT GOD WANTS FROM THEM INSTEAD OF WHAT THEY WANT FROM GOD.
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    Give control complete control of your tongue. In this way He will help you speak worlds of life!
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    You can surrender everything to this world, but if you don't show the love of Christ your have then your sacrifice has no value.
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    So much of Christianity seems to center around benefits that can be discovered from Biblical exploration. The boundary between the spiritual and carnal has basically disappeared. Materialism has become a part of the Gospel. Many Christian leaders have made bold statements that Jesus spoke more about money than any other subject. If that is in fact true, His emphasis was not on receiving, but on giving. He did not emphasize supporting the local Synagogue or keeping the Temple and its rulers in a position of financial grandeur, but in fulfilling the needs of individuals. The taxing system was a combination of Roman and Religious taxation. The money collected by the Roman Government went to sustaining their occupying army, while the “religious” tax went to keeping the Temple a place of opulence as well as filling the money pouches of the “spiritual” leaders. The thread of ascetic ambiance and leadership prosperity has continued throughout the centuries. Instead of taxation, the Old Testament concept of tithing has become the source of financial stability. Much of the tithing today is going to the local church to sustain the building complex as well as paying for the pastor and his supporting staff. Since the beginning of Scriptural knowledge man has attempted to interpret the Bible’s content according to the “progressive” changes of the church. One of the biggest obstacles to spiritual growth, both spiritually and physically is failing to understand Biblical Truth. Almost every generation has taken liberties in interpreting Scripture. The Rapture Theory was introduced around the turn of the 20th century. The Prosperity Gospel appeared in the mid-20th century. There are many other examples of misinterpreted truth that have been introduced to the Body of Christ. As time evolves more new doctrines are appearing. One day a man requested that Jesus settle a dispute he was having with his brother. The problem was that his sibling would not give him his share of the inheritance. Jesus responded with a simple rebuke, “Man, who made me a judge or divider over you?” (Luke 12:14) This exchange gives an insight into how Jesus looked on the subject of money. He pointed out how greed can rob one of the things that really matters in life. He shared how a man built bigger barns to hold his “fruitful” bounty, but the problem was that his life would not outlast his possessions. (Luke 12: 16-20) Jesus emphasized that it was not the things that one acquires that secures life, but faith that God will take care of them. He went so far as to even encourage people to sell what they had, and give it to the poor (alms). (Luke 12:35) Jesus emphasized that it is not self-dependence, rather God dependence. It is not a reliance on money, but Faith that God will supply the things that are necessary in life. Today, people have attached money to the Gospel message and as a result, the world only sees and hears the church continually asking for money. A good test of one’s spiritual walk is how little money plays in his thoughts and actions. Jesus leaves us with a simple thought, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Luke 12:34)
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    (after reading Luke 23:44-56* and Matthew 27:19**) Sabbath was coming, Christ’s work was done. An Arimathean Bore witness, placed the Witness in rock. His secret devotion Was unmasked in a vote, He would say “No” Before Pilate’s “Yes” groaned. The Roman’s wife Had warned how a dream About Yeshua Upset her world scheme. But the world would view A washing of hands, A giving way To a coup in Graceland. The Galilee ladies Went home to rest In obedience to the Father Whose Son lay wrapped in death. Little did they know (Though the prophets said much) A new day would usher In Life after the hush. __________ * https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+23%3A44-56&version=EHV ** https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+27%3A19&version=EHV
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    Having had the privilege and opportunity of being able to look back over my life now, I’ve come to the conclusion that, after my initial encounter with God so many years ago as a kid, something had been set in motion within me. It was as if I had been marked somehow, set apart and I wasn’t meant to fit in anywhere, because there was a greater purpose and plan for my life, that only would be revealed in time. Although my life had been set on a negative trajectory, because of the outside influences, events and circumstances that were brought Into my life, I still couldn’t find peace or accept the direction my life was going in. No matter how bad I wanted it or even how comfortable I felt in it. Still, it was a driving force and a major influence in every aspect of my young life back then and even today I can’t escape the negative influences, yet nor can embrace them. There were so many times, that I felt like I didn’t belong in this era or time and space. Like I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I didn’t fit in. I didn’t think the same as everyone around me, I didn’t see life the same way as others, but I could not escape the reality I found myself in. So I made myself adapt to my surrounding, like a chameleon. Like so many of us do. Knowing all the while that I was lying to myself. This was not where I belong. This is not who I am. I have grappled with this mindset for years and still do to some extent even to this very day. Maybe the answer is this. I am a firm believer that if God has a calling, purpose and destiny for your life and I believe that all of has one, that no matter how hard you might try to venture from it or the obstacles that may come up to try and block your path, someway, somehow God will always bring you back to face your ultimate purpose. You want be comfortable in your own skin until you are aligned with what it is He’s destined for you to do, be or accomplish. NOTHING or NO ONE else in this life will satisfy. It was just like the old school block shapes set I use to play with, I couldn’t fit the square peg piece into the circle’s opening. It just would not fit no matter how hard I tried to force it. In the end all I was was frustrated and upset, wondering why it would not fit. The conclusion of course was, it wasn’t meant to be. That has been my experience all of these years. As much as I might tell myself that the negative lifestyle is what I want and I believe it is who I am or as hard as I might try to make myself fit in it, He just want let me be comfortable in it, because For Me it’s not what He ultimate wants for My Life. Now my life experiences might say otherwise. There were so many damaging events that had taken place in my life that have carved or paved a clear path to what it says I should be. Because of those influences, here I am grappling with the same age old problems and issues I dealt with as a kid, teenager and now adult, trying to find my place and purpose in this world. I know the good that I’m capable of now. I’m well aware of my skills, talents and gifting. I know what kind of impact I could have on the world around me, but. That word ‘but’ stops everything in its place. Because here comes the excuses. Here comes me talking myself out of what I know I should be doing. Here comes the hundreds of excuses of why I can’t do it or want do it. In the mean time, time and opportunities are passing me by daily. What am I suppose to do, I ask myself?
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    I am surprised at how many Believers are oblivious to the workings of Satan’s Kingdom. We are so selectively involved with Scriptures which build faith and trust, that the verses which describe horizontal challenges lay neglected. Failing to understand spiritual warfare, especially when it is directed against the Body of Christ, can negatively affect the church. Sin within the assembly of Believers will destroy the effectiveness of the church quicker than almost anything else. What is even more shocking is when leadership detects sin in the church and does nothing about it. The “do not rock the boat” syndrome has allowed Satan to infiltrate and consequently destroy many churches. The unrest in certain parts of our country has gone unabated largely because the political leadership has failed to label those activities as riots, anti-authority, and anarchy. As long as they fail to acknowledge what is really happening, unrest and unlawful activities will continue to tear this country apart. In the church at Corinth, Paul confronted the leadership over their lack of addressing a sinful act within their assembly. A man was having a sexual relationship with his father’s wife. Paul was astonished at the lack of attention this subject was generating. He stated that instead of dealing with the issue they were “puffed up” (proud and arrogant,) evidenced by their lack of response. Paul chided them that if they did not address the situation, sin would continue to grow within the church. (I Corinthians 5:6) The sin was so pronounced that they needed to take immediate action. Paul told them to deliver the offender to “Satan for the destruction of the flesh…” (I Corinthians 5:5) That meant the removal of protective aspects from the Believer. The violator would basically be treated as an infidel. There would be no fellowship with the violator or prayer for him. He would be expelled from the church which would expose him to Satan’s workings. It is important to note that the main purpose of removing the individual from the church was to secure his “eternal salvation.” (Verse 5) Sometimes it takes drastic action to bring about drastic change. Only one time in my ministry did I ever implement this type of action. A husband who was attending our church with his family was violating the marriage code by being involved in a number of physical affairs. He would spend his weekly check in bars and nightclubs. His wife and five children were facing eviction due to delinquent house payments. Financial obligations to keep the house functioning went unpaid. The church came to her aid and fulfilled all her monetary requirements. The husband continued to pursue his fleshly desires with no desire to assume any financial responsibility. The leadership took the drastic action described in I Corinthians 5. About three weeks later, the husband was arrested for a number of illegal violations. There in jail, he cried out to God begging for His forgiveness. Sin separates one from abundant blessings of the Kingdom of God, leaving the sinner to fend for himself. Upon hearing of his call for help, one of the Elders went to the jail and helped him reestablish His relationship with Jesus. Shortly after, he was reunited with his wife and returned to church, thankful for second chances. Sin that is not dealt with will affect not only the individual but the church as well. May the church never close its eyes to flagrant sin that creeps into the church. (Ref. I Corinthians 5:1-13)_
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    Remain Prayerful in life. This will bring glory to your Heavenly Father. Always believing in the goodness of God, even when circumstances seem hopeless.
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    When we fail to grasp and understand God’s will for our lives, inconsistencies and uncertainties will hinder our spiritual growth. I wonder how many Believers have taken time out from their busy life challenges to find out what God’s “perfect will” is for their lives. Many people read the Bible as if it were a textbook of learning for people that are searching for the truth. They go so far as to look at the Scriptures as an encyclopedia of spiritual knowledge that is open to anyone with an “inquiring mind.” When we approach the Bible in that manner, it becomes more and more impersonal. The reader becomes selective, choosing what Scriptures he wants to study and what verses he wants to overlook. This is one of the biggest mistakes Christians make when it comes to reading and studying the Bible. When the Believer fails to take the Scriptures personally his response will lack the commitment to follow through with obedience. The Believer should read the Bible as the authorized autobiography of God which is given exclusively to the person reading it. In the sixty-six volumes, God explains The Kingdom of God and His involvement in displaying His Kingdom. The Believer should read the Word as if there is only one copy and he has it! It is one thing to read about God’s actions, but entirely a different thing to act upon His directives. To arrive at Biblical understanding, without the benefit of “Cliff Notes” (commentaries), there are certain steps we need to take. We are not to be “conformed to this world.” Simply stated we are not to fashion our lives around the things of the world. We are to be “transformed,” which is to be transfigured. In other words, our outward appearance should display a separate identity from the world. (Refer to Jesus’ transfiguration in Matthew 17: 2. Transformed and transfigured are the same Greek word.) People should be able to spot a Christian in a crowd. To make the transition from an “aint” to a saint takes a renewing of the mind. To renew is to renovate. It is the changing of our thought patterns so as to make us more aware of Kingdom living. When we separate ourselves from the standards of the world, our outward appearance is affected. When our minds are renovated we will be brought into the awareness that God has a plan for our lives. We are then in a position to “prove (test) what is the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God.” (Refer to Romans 12:2) Let us open our personally autographed Bible, which was inscribed to us by the Holy Spirit. God has a plan for each Believer. It is our responsibility to discover what that plan is! Read Volume 45 and chapter 12 to start on the road of understanding God’s perfect will.
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    As you persevere in all God has called you to do, great character is established.
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    John 15:11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete Joy Feeling complete Happiness Exult in his Holy Name Grace Free and unearned favor of God showing divine grace. Praise Hallelujah our God Reigns lifting your voice in praise Glory Thanksgiving offered to God giving blessing and honor Worship Love with great devotion given to God alone Delight The of innermost joy receiving the Holy Spirit Belief Believing in the unseen unwavering faith and trust We are amazingly Blessed render your everything - Debe
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    Be patient with God. He knows what He is doing. If you try rushing things disaster is surely going to happen. God has you. His timing is perfect, so continue to let Him work.
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    Matthew 24:12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. This aspect of love that has been growing colder as one of Christ’s prophesies in His Sermon on the Mount listed in the 24th Chapter of Matthew, and I will explain. We can get something like Cancer that invades our society and people do not realize it is spreading. Satan likes to introduce things in a slow, but very subtle manner. Watching society go through these subtle changes for close to 70 years, has made me realize that the love of many is, in fact---- growing colder. And as Christ prophesied, it is happening, and many do not realize it. How changes in society can alter our opinions Opinions are first of all---are not really of God, while perceptions should be aligned with God. We have really made our opinions tantamount in this opinion-seeking society where everyone is desiring our opinion from political polls to the products we buy. We are constantly being asked for our opinion in this society. MY opinion certainly can be prideful thing. How many times have your heard “That is my opinion and no one can change it”? Opinions are really brought out in this verse and others. Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Or from the World English translation of the Bible: Proverbs 18:2 A fool has no delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own opinion While perception or perceive is this: Mark 8:17 But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “Why do you reason because you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive nor understand? Is your heart still hardened? Proverbs 1:2 To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding, And this from the Passion translation: Proverbs 24:14 For then you will perceive what is true wisdom, your future will be bright, and this hope living within will never disappoint you. So opinions are really of no value to anyone but yourself, in an often prideful way. While, perceptions are God’s gift to us when we ask for His wisdom---as James 1:5 says:. 5 (If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. We have to keep our mind on God in this world that seems to value our opinions. One aspect is found in Philippians 4:8 which says: Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Mediating on these things keeps us from forming prideful opinions or certainly can help. Christ never spoke with His Opinions on anything---- why should we, as Believers in Christ allow our incomplete opinions to motivate us in our Faith in Him. After all it was the opinions of many who came together demanding His Crucifixion.
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    Hardships God does not lead, His children around hardship, but leads them straight through hardship. He leads us through the valleys and out of darkness in life to streams of living water, for our nourishment can be found within the Bread of Life. Good can come out of, bad situations never give in to empty solutions, easy way outs. Difficulty is part of life, hard times will come and go. And may very well be to get your attention. Good can come from hardships, like the precious jewel at first its ruff around the edges, the Jeweler just like God works on that special jewel and never gives up. For within he sees what can be, God has a plan for us for. He is the Master of all. We can find joy in hardships, loneliness, and disappointment. Joy is more about attitude, and what we learn during those times rather than its circumstance. strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God, they said. - Acts 14:22 That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. - 2 Corinthians 12:10 Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. - 2 Timothy 2:3 - Debe
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    Magnify the name of the Lord! Singing His praises daily no matter what life brings your way. Always thanking Him for His overwhelming goodness for your life.
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    Your Longings Matter to the Lord when you Delight yourself in Him for He will grant you your hearts desires .
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    Never lose hope your holding on to when things seem unclear . The Lord himself promises to make His way known. His way will always bring peace to your spirit.
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    There is no treasure so great than knowing Christ is infinite.
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    God's word is infallible! Nothing pertaining to God will ever be proven false.
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    The Lord does hear all your precious prayers. He knows the desires of your heart. Always be full of hope, for He is your constant Helper and Healer.
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    Honesty And trust in God during the scourge of the COVID-19 virus. I am reminded of Romans 5:10 (KJV): “We shall be saved by his life” Numbers are shadows; People are real. Front lines tell sorrow; My walls don’t feel. We cannot burst, There is no balloon to blow up. We are faced with a living That doesn’t celebrate us. Prayer, like an eagle, Soar far above To a caring Father Who gave us his Son. We hear your “I know!” We see empty Tomb’s stare. In hope, we shall walk out in Heaven, on earth.
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    Lord, You had nowhere to lay Your head? These days, we covet those open-air beds, Where You relied on the softness of Abba And His peace as a pillow to drift off on. Lord, You sometimes had to flee elbows pushing on You. These days, we long for the unmasked skin, too, For when greetings once embraced life, And we shared the same air without worry or strife. Spirit of God, continue to blow where You will. We invite You for knowledge, and now more than ever for feel. These days, confined by Caesar, We're more constrained to squeeze each moment for where You are.
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    By Victor Remes ‘He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High. Psalms 91:1a Right, in case you didn’t know and was wondering why there are queues outside your local supermarket; people wearing masks and rubber gloves. Well, it’s because we are in a season of a complete nationwide lockdown caused by the covid19. As our UK Government has enforced the law of social distancing and setting out only a few law/rules to follow, our normal lives have been completely turned upside down. People are being faced with a life-threatening illness, families worried about tomorrow for their loved ones, People being let go so that large and small businesses can afford to survive; children having no school, college or uni. Places, where we would normally go to meet with friends and family, are closed including church; not going to lie; the church part got me. You get the idea. As we need to adapt to a new normal, we are left to figure out what we can do to keep going throughout this time. Some have turned to pick up new hobbies like Tiktok; haha you won’t catch me there anytime soon. But I’ve been spending my time exercising, reading more books, practising the guitar. Doing this of course when I am not working. Something that I’m trying, is dedicating my time with God. I feel that this world crisis that we are having isn’t a coincident, really, I believe He’s got us where He wants us to be right now. The time we have right now I believe that God wants us to spend it mostly with Him. Especially for those that never had proper personal devotions/prayers before and only are dependent on Sunday church to be their fix for the week. In the opening verse of this piece; I’ve picked Psalms 91:1a to help me. Let’s break it down. “He who” (You) “Dwells” otherwise meaning (spending time) “In The Secret Place” (where no one can distract you / or Where God can meet with you). “Most High” (with God). So, putting that together “You spending time where there are no distractions and where you can meet with God”. This truly puts you in a place to experience the mystery of God and having humility allows us to truly meet with Him. In Exodus 34:29-35 – Speaks about Moses after spending time with God was unaware that his face had become radiant because he spoke to God. and because of this radiance Moses was left with no chose but to wear a veil when facing the people of Israel as they were afraid to come near him because of the power of God. The only time he would remove this veil is when in the presence of God. In Matthew 17:1-2 – Also speaks about Jesus having this radiance because of the presence of God. It actually says that Jesus was “Transfigured” and that “His face shone like the sun and His clothes became as white as the light”. What am I trying to say here? Notice that both Moses and Jesus after spending time with God were both transfigured by the presence/power of God. With everything going on, I know we have time; let’s dedicate 10 mins worshipping, 10 min reading the bible and 10 min praying that is a total of 30 mins. I want us to remember this, God loves to spend time with you, just as you are, this is where humility comes into play. You can speak to Him about life, anything you want to talk about. But you will also need to learn, is hearing His voice and by doing this you will, therefore, build or even strengthen your relationship with Him. I hope this has encouraged you to take the necessary actions needed in your Christian walk. Let’s come out of this pandemic transfigured by the glory of God. God Bless You All Peace! Please visit our blog on the following link: https://pathofwarriors.wordpress.com
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    The Christian language is being used more today than any other time in recent history. Scripture is being elevated to a “must-read” basis. The verbalizing of Biblical truths has reached the social Media with an unashamed zeal. The problem with the Believer’s exuberance is that sometimes Scriptures are presented to enforce an interpretation that is incorrect. Many Christians are running to the “rapture” runway anticipating that the Lord’s return is at any time. As a result of “escapism,” people are not preparing for the difficult days ahead. Believers must not pick and choose the verses that fit into their unchallenged Scriptural beliefs. Much of Biblical learning has been through other individuals and the organized church. Regurgitation of doctrine that has not been thoroughly examined by the Believer gives way to the misunderstanding as to the actual intent of the Scriptures. I thank the Lord for Godly Pastors that have taught the Word of God, but they are not a substitute for searching the Scriptures for oneself. The Apostle Paul stated clearly that the Gospel he preached was not something he learned from man, “…but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (Galatians 1:11-12) The people of Berea heard the Gospel, but “…searched the Scriptures daily whether those things were so.” (Acts 17:11) Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for their mishandling of the Scriptures. He told them that because of their ignorance of the Word, they had made the commandments of God ineffective. (Matthew 15: 6, 9) During this time of global uncertainty, Christians need to be certain as to what the Scriptures are actually saying. Instead of picking and choosing verses that reinforce our interests, we need to see in what passages the Holy Spirit wants us to be interested. More damage is done to the Church through Scriptural misinterpretation than through Biblical silence. The Bible is a “life manual” for every Believer. It is to be used and studied by every Christian. It is not a grab bag of blessings from which we pick through trying to find one that will give us a “quick fix.” Many of the Biblical blessings are contingent on the Believers obedience to the Word. I believe that the Bible is a closed Book to non-Christians. (The Holy Spirit can open the Bible to whomsoever He chooses, but basically the Bible is the Believers Handbook.) According to II Timothy 3:16, the Scriptures are “…profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” Doctrine is teaching, instructing, and training of the Believer. Reproof is convicting one of miscalculated actions. Correction is straightening up those whose actions have deviated from the Word. Instruction is tutoring one in character development (Righteousness.) When we understand that the Bible is the inspired written Word of God, we will live with the confident expectation that if we follow His Word there will be no limit to what God can do through us. The Bible is full of human illustrations of those who obediently followed His Word. There are also examples of those who tried it their way and experienced the futility of their actions. Open the Bible and start seeing what the Scriptures are actually saying. Follow the Word and see things through God’s perspective.
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    “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23, NIV). It can be difficult at times to faithfully practice the spiritual disciplines. Tasks like reading the Bible and prayer can all too easily take a back seat to the trivial pursuit of binge watching one’s favorite shows on television. At the end of the day, we can find ourselves frustrated and a bit drained spiritually. We’ve accomplished little, and our souls hurt greatly. The Apostle Paul addresses faithfulness in his list of the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians. These fruit are the spiritual traits of the Christian believer. These spiritual fruit are woven together in a web of faith. Therefore, love leads to joy, and joy leads to greater love. Likewise, patience leads to goodness and vice-versa. While each of these fruit is a gift from God, bestowed upon us by the Spirit of God, we can cultivate the spiritual fruit in our lives, creating an increase in their volume and vitality. As we demonstrate faithfulness in our practice of the spiritual disciplines, our fruitfulness increases. As we read and listen to God’s word, pray, and study, the spiritual fruit of love, joy, peace, and all the others yield a more bountiful harvest. Faithfulness leads to fruitfulness, and fruitfulness leads to faithfulness. May we ever be faithful in the disciplines of our faith!
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    I believe Peter’s evangelistic sermon that was delivered in Jerusalem forty days after Jesus’ resurrection paved the way for the beginning of the Church. Some three thousand people responded to his invitation to accept Jesus as the Messiah. (Acts 2:41) The new converts began to assemble throughout the city as a conclave of Believers. The Bible states that they “steadfastly” continued in the Apostles’ teachings as they fellowshipped with one another. They had meals together as well as praying with singleness of heart. Signs and wonders were administered by the Apostles. They shared their material goods and responded to those with financial needs. With one accord the early Believers regularly attended the activities in the Temple. There was a positive attitude that was displayed in whatever they did. They did not search for hidden truths, for the Gospel was clear and precise and they received it with gladness and singleness of heart. You could hear them praising God as they traversed the streets of Jerusalem. Their changed lifestyles brought them favor from people everywhere. The Lord evidenced His pleasure with the Church by adding to their numbers daily. (Acts 2:42-47) Peter would later preach another sermon in the Temple and as a result, five thousand men were converted. (Acts 4:4) The new Church continued to be knit together by their one heart and soul. Their attitude was others first, themselves last. The Apostles displayed great power in their witnessing of the Truth. (Acts 4:32-35) As the Church continued to grow, Satan attempted to disrupt its momentum by using a number of different tactics. In one of the satellite/cell gatherings, he used money as an instrument of division. It seems that a husband and wife had sold some property but decided to keep back part of the money from their group and lied about what they had received. Peter confronted them by proclaiming that they had not “lied to men, but to God.” (Acts 5: 4) The consequences of their actions cost them their lives. (Acts 5:1-11) The result of that incident did not negatively affect the Church but actually helped them achieve even greater growth. People were added almost daily to the groups of Believers. (Acts 5:14) Tremendous healings were experienced as people from other cities came to Jerusalem not only to witness the miracles but also to receive physical deliverance. (Acts 5:12-16) The Church was growing so fast that it used multiplication instead of addition in describing the growth pattern. (6:1) Satan used the tactic of murmuring when some Believers complained that certain widows were being neglected. (Acts 6:1) Administration adjustment was made and the Church continued to multiply. (Acts 6:7) Compare the New Testament Church with the churches today. In search of a new and improved Church, we have adopted a movement that is socially acceptable instead of being Biblically correct. Our faith today is inundated with individualism instead of a functioning family unit. Satan is alive and active in the Church today because we treat our faith as an option instead of a commitment. Church growth is a result of God being pleased with the obedience of His Believers. When we conform to His ways, God will form the Church into an earthly lighthouse that will bring people out of the darkness into His glorious Light. The Blueprint is there, all we have to do is follow the directions.
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    We all know what we think determines the direction and quality of our lives. As humans we falter more then we would like,but remember this " continue to ask for forgiviness" and " also "continue to work on filtering those things that hinde progress ".............. Remember, you are the temple og the Holy Spirit. Fill your thoughts with the promices of God found in his word-- promises that always bring peace, joy and freedom;promises of safty,promises that also of a hope we will see Jesus Christ. As you fill your thoughts with God's Word, (victory will come alive in every area of your life).
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    Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through him! But.... I hear that book end too many times. ... if God is love, why would he condemn anyone? Answer: Love without justice is not real love. It's a mockery. ... If God really wanted everyone to be saved, couldn't He just make it so? Answer: Love without choice is not real love. It's mechanistic. God didn't create robots. ... Why can't there be more than one way to heaven? Answer: Truth is not subjective! I will die one day. That is a fact I cannot change just because I want to. ... Doesn't God just want me to be happy? Answer: Happiness is a fleeting feeling. Happiness is too shallow. Your purpose is much deeper than that. ... what about those who don't get a chance to hear about God or those who don't have the capacity to choose: like the mentally ill and really young children and babies? There's the biggest one, right there. What about someone who has never heard of Jesus? What about stillborns? Are they going to hell because they never had a chance to hear about Jesus? Oh, ye of little faith! Don't you think God, in His great wisdom, doesn't know innocence from guilt? The Bible actually says that God's foolishness is wiser than our wisest! I love that! Just think, God can be foolish sometimes. And His level of foolishness makes our wisest moments look like child scribbles! He alone knows the heart of all men. Women and children are included in that. Truly it is a matter between God and each person individually, but for the sake of answering the concern, here are some Bible verses that touch on the subject. Romans 1:18-23 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. A few notes on this passage - 1) God's existence is self-evident. (2) It should be emphasized that this passage is talking about people who "knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him". There are actually a few historical examples I can point to of this point. In the midst of Roman polytheistic mythology and Emperor worship, one Roman Emperor rose up who believed there was only one true God. Coincidence? I don't think so. Another example. In America, before the Europeans came, the Aztecs religion called for human sacrifices. Then one emperor rose up that claimed there was only one true God and did away with human sacrifice. Coincidence? I think not. Montezuma, this man's son, killed his father and brought back the old religion and the human sacrifice. It is reported his son brought the old religion back and that it was worse than before. Then the Conquistador's came and wiped them out. Coincidence? I think not. But Romans 1:18-23 is not the only passage that sheds light on this subject. I do not believe the answer is no one is innocent. I believe ignorant innocence IS possible. John 15:22 - If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. John 9:41 - Jesus said, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains." Twice in the book of John, Jesus says that, in essence, if you were ignorant of your sin, you would not be found guilty. So... the truly innocent... only God knows. But there is room for forgiveness for those who truly are innocent in their ignorance. That certainly includes stillborns, mentally ill, children too young to understand, and those who have not heard the name of Jesus. Yet again, I say, Only God knows who is truly innocent. What we must do is learn to trust His judgement. For He is trustworthy! The only one who is trustworthy! Will you trust Him today?
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    I wish to preface this, I am by no means against public schools! I taught at public schools for years. They do a LOT of good. At the same time, I think people should be aware of some of the things going on in public schools. These are not universal, but they are trends. Please be warned. I truly do believe any child can successfully navigate public school, but without parental guidance, it is becoming much more difficult to do so while keeping a biblical mindset. If you child goes to public school, chances are... If your child goes to public school, chances are they will have some great teachers, but... If your child goes to public school, chances are they will be taught that they cannot pray, even privately, in school. If your child goes to public school, chances are they will be told they cannot talk about their faith while at school. If your child goes to public school, chances are they will be taught that they can choose to be a boy or a girl as early as Pre-K If your child goes to public school, chances are they will be taught sex-education (with detailed images) as early as 7th grade. If your child goes to public school, chances are they will be almost expected to be sexually active by the time they have finished their first year of high school. If your child goes to public school, chances are they will have at least one or two teachers who fit under "those who can't, teach." If your child goes to public school, chances are their teachers will be encouraged not teach how to write in cursive. If your child goes to public school, chances are their teachers will be encouraged not to teach spelling. If your child goes to public school, chances are their teachers will be encouraged not to use the dictionary anymore. if your child goes to public school, chances are their teachers will be encouraged to have students learn words through context and drawing pictures. if your child goes to public school, chances are their teachers will be encouraged not to have students memorize times tables. If your child goes to public school, chances are their teachers will be encouraged to allow students to use calculators for everything. if your child goes to public school, chances are their teachers will be encouraged not to have students memorize historical dates or events. If your child goes to public school, chances are their teachers will be encouraged to grade on a curve. If your child goes to public school, chances are their teacher will be encouraged to pass everyone, regardless. If your child goes to public school, chances are that school is considering going to pass/fail for all its classes. If your child goes to public school, chances are that school is considering banning homework. If your child goes to public school, chances are that school focuses on statistical perception over intimate need. If your child goes to public school, chances are they have been told they are "no good" at a subject by at least one teacher. If your child goes to public school, chances are they have reported bullying at least once and nothing came of it. If your child goes to public school, chances are they know/heard someone who was offered, is offering, or has used drugs to/as a students. If your child goes to public school, chances are the curriculum highlights the "bad" history of America. If your child goes to public school, chances are the curriculum revises/hides America's "Christian" history/heritage. If your child goes to public school, chances are the curriculum teaches the origin of life through the lens of Evolution. If your child goes to public school, chances are the curriculum forbids teaching of any form of Creationism or Intelligent Design. If your child goes to public school, chances are the curriculum will include books with sexually explicit sections. If your child goes to public school, chances are the curriculum will include all other religions, except perhaps Christianity. If your child goes to public school, chances are the curriculum will change within every two-six years. If your child goes to public school, chances are the school is more focused upon perception than education. These have all been real-life examples from when I have been a teacher. I've taught at many different schools, urban, suburban, rural, diverse, low-income, high-income, high school, middle school - all over the state of Kansas, from Topeka to Liberal and places in-between. Not all of them have been implemented in the schools that I taught, but there was high talk of it and the general consensus of where education was going was heading in that direction. A lot of these are patterns from "pattern-setting states" such as California and New York - in the realm of education. Examples of personal stories that relate - I had a principal come in to my classroom one day, angry after some of my students failed a test, and informed me, verbatim - "You are teaching middle school math, not elementary math. If they do not know how to multiply and divide by now, they aren't going to. Give them calculators!" I once taught in a severe autism room, and I worked with a mute child on the alphabet. Within two weeks, I had him making 20 different sounds of the alphabet where before he could only grunt, cry, and scream. I learned that the doctors had long ago told his family he would never learn to speak, so no one had tried. I was told that since he was a 6th grader, he was too old to learn how to speak and I couldn't work with him on it any more. At one school I was told to ignore the official policy for loud/belligerent students, not to send them to the office and not to write them up because it looked bad for the school in the eyes of the district. I then was told I was the problem, not the students, and that I needed to fix things. Every year, almost every class, I have had at least one student come up to me and tell me that another teacher, either that year, but mostly years ago, had told him/her that he/she was "stupid", "slow" or "no good and never will be" in a certain subject (usually math). Likewise, every year, almost every class, I had at least one student come to me about a bullying issue and tell me he/she did not trust the administration because nothing had been done about bullying in the past. When I was in school for education, a teacher asked our class why we wanted to be teachers, almost half of the soon-to-be-teachers answered something akin to - "nothing better to do." A few years back, I read an article praising a district in California who, it was for elementary school, informed their teachers they would be grading upon social abilities over cognitive abilities. So if Suzy and Joe worked together and said that 2+2=7, they could not be docked as wrong, as long as they got along well together. Please don't take this wrong, there are a great number of amazing teachers in our public school system! In fact, I would say 99.9% of them are great. I always had great coworkers working with me. I also had great administrators who truly care for the students (though that was sometimes hit and miss for me...). There are a great number of great students with amazingly smart heads on their shoulders coming out of our public school system. This is more of a warning, a "beware!" this is out there, and I'm afraid it's a growing trend.
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    Your Heavenly Father wants complete control of your life. So let go of everything that ails you at Jesus feet with confidence that He is in control of all of your life. Your Heavenly Father longs so much for you to walk in peace and rest. "So what's stopping You?"
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    God is Love and with His love in our life. We are complete.
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    The Lord is with you in the mist of trouble and He knows your heartache. Let Him be all the comfort that you long for. For He is the light that leads you out of all your darknesses.
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    The Lord cherishes all those who draw near to him. Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you!
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    The mind may be sharp, and the body keen, but is the spirit awake? Have we deadened ourselves to the point of apathy? Have we let the derision leave us indecisive and the quandary to turn us to despondency? Have we left our wishes to our past and our 'ought's to our future? And the mass of entropy leaving us inept in the present. When shall we live, if not now?Where shall we stand, if not on truth? How shall we gain, if we do not pay forward? And how shall we improve if we do not change? We ask ourselves how we can move in the face of such despair? The question should be... how can we not? And have we done enough?
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    True wisdom and understanding can only be from God. He desires to give it to us all. Praise God.
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    Spectator Christians love to interject questions about Scriptures that fail to meet their human understanding. Sadly, these week-end Believers look at the Bible as if they are reading Cliff Notes. They look at the Scriptures as summations and highlights of the activities of Jesus. Basically, I call this Biblical Dieting, which is consuming just enough spiritual nourishment to sustain their faith. There is little benefit to Scriptural surfing. It is when we submerge ourselves in the Word that we discover the intended Truths. One of the questions that people ask is, “Why did Jesus agree to allow demons to enter the swine after being expelled from the demonic man? (Luke 8:26-39) For Jesus to grant that request would cause collateral consequences. To wipe out the swine would cause financial chaos to the surrounding area. Jesus, realizing the ramifications of this decision, still granted Legion’s request. Why? Some of the things that Jesus did will bring the reader to the point of repentance for not doing more for the Kingdom of God. The first thing we see in this story is Jesus’ compassion and resolve. One day, Jesus and His Disciples had set sail from the seaport of Bethsaida to the Gadarenes. That evening, they encountered a storm that put their boat in jeopardy. Through Jesus’ action, the storm turned into a wave-less sea. When they arrived at their destination, Jesus encountered a man so possessed with demonic beings that he was forced to live among the tombs. Jesus made the trip to reach a man whose life had become lost to demonic control. (Matthew states there were two men. Matthew 8:28) Jesus was there to set him free! To what lengths Jesus will go to set people free from their bondage! It does not matter what chains are holding you, Jesus will break those bonds and set you free! The second thing that stands out in this story is the authority and power that He had over Satan and his soldiers. The demons could do nothing without Jesus’ permission. Legion knew his time was short and asked that they not be sent into the “deep.” The word deep means “abyss, bottomless pit.” This is the place where Satan and his army will be bound for 1,000 years. (Revelation 20:1-3) By releasing the demons into the swine, Jesus put fear into the demons, knowing that they could be sentenced to the pit at any time. The third thing this story shows is that there are consequences for one’s actions. It is believed that even though the Decapolis territory, of which the Gadarenes were a part, was basically of Roman and Greek identity, Semitic (Jewish) believers were also implanted in that area. Some of these Jews even followed Jesus. (Matthew 4:25) If, in fact, Jewish people were involved in raising swine, they were in violation of Jewish law. (Leviticus 11) The destruction of the swine could have been indirect judgment. After the demoniac man was set free, Jesus told him to go home and tell others what the Lord had done for him and how He had had compassion on him. He went back and began to publish throughout the Decapolis what great thing Jesus had done for him. (Mark 5:19, 20) What a great Lord we serve. No one is out of His reach. Let us get in the boat in search of those who need deliverance. No matter the difficulties we experience on our trek, always remember Jesus is with us! Like the freedman of the Gadarenes who shared his wonderful story, every Christian needs to share their story of victory! (References: Matthew 8, Mark 5, Luke 😎
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    Because of Jesus Christ, you are blameless in the eyes of the Father.
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    "If God is for you and not against you... then He is for your healing and against the disease.How then can the disease prevail against you?"
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    When I arrived at work one June morning, my legs trembled, my heart raced, and I fought tears. My work had to be done, somehow. Sleep had eluded me again. After I waded through the morning, lunch break came. I stood in line and ordered my meal, collapsed into a chair, and cried. Sarah* joined me, an older woman who had become a dear to me. She asked me what was wrong. I struggled to describe my turmoil, asking her why it was happening. Then Sarah opened her Bible and read a verse aloud that astounded me: “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you,” 1 Peter 5:10 KJV. I wept as I listened, too upset to eat or fully absorb its meaning. However, her kindness and love gave me hope. I stopped crying and was able to eat during the second lunch period. Sarah's kindness has been a treasure to me. And I've remembered this verse. Reading interpretations of it were enough before. But now I have dug deeper to grasp the truths here. God saves his own by grace, through Jesus Christ, calling them to one day share his eternal home. Soothing words were paired with words I didn't want to hear: “after that ye have suffered a while”. The word “suffering”, refers here to the human suffering of Christians. But, I've learned that God has a good purpose in mind. God uses suffering to make us “perfect”, or “to render complete”. He does this by refining the dross from us to leave precious gold. None of us enjoy pain, but God will use it to make us holy like his Son. It may not seem good now, but it will be worth it in the end. “Stablish”, or establish, means "to fix, make fast, to set" Once that is done, we can grow spiritually. Another word for this is “confirmed”. God wants Christians to be solid in their faith and live it out. Jesus commanded Peter to “strengthen the brethren,” (Luke 22:32). In that verse, “establish” was translated as “strengthen”. In 1 Peter 5:10, Peter said that God wanted to "stablish them (in every good work and word);" God is so good to teach and enable us to grow, in person, and through others. When Peter said, “strengthen”, he means that God also uses suffering to make our souls stronger. We can live with struggles that we wanted to flee from before. James 1:4 tells us to “let patience have it's perfect work”. Suffering is what teaches us endurance. And, “settle” means laying a foundation, or grounding us. For example, in Eph. 2:17, believers are urged to be grounded “in love”. And in Col. 1:23, believers are urges to be grounded “in the faith”. These are true believers who continue to live their faith. Since God's work in us is life-long, the work he began will continue to become more complete. Our souls will grow solid in our faith and grow stronger. We will learn to live lives of faith and love unfazed by whatever life gives us. There is hope. I'm so thankful. Words that had confused me before are now the right words to encourage me. *This name was changed to protect privacy.
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    Faith-oriented readers will especially love this wholesome western story of an underdog who rises above his hardships to build an unusual and large frontier family, against all odds. Now he just needs to find a wife, but the only girl he's ever loved is a wealthy, high-society banker's daughter who doesn't even know him. Author Lacy Williams has made us fall in love with young Jonas, the patriarch of the unique White family, and with Penelope, the banker's daughter from a nearby town. You won't want to put the book down until you know whether Jonas will ever succeed in finding someone who loves him as much as he truly deserves. The country around Calvin, Wyoming, comes alive under the author's pen, and you'll be ready to move there by the time you finish reading. This clean, wholesome, engaging adventure is appropriate for all ages, and it portrays matters of faith in a positive manner without being judgmental or preachy. I predict you'll be eager to move on to other books in this series, to find out what happens with all eight of Jonas White's fascinating children as they grow to adulthood and begin to establish their own homesteads and families.
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    God Does "Answer" Our Desires,Concerns, Prayers and Other things We bring up to him. It may not be in the timing we would like. It may not be in the way we expect. But, know this,. He has answered you and you will receive your answer in his perfect timing. AMEN
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    Introduction Most modern-day Christians are not aware of the Feast of Trumpets, nor have any idea what it is all about! This is also true for the other six holy days that God has ordained to be feasts and Sabbaths. If you were to go to any posting on the web you will find most references to this feast as a 'Feast of the Jew'. Saying that the Feast of Trumpets is a Jewish holiday makes the Feast of Trumpets part of the Jewish religion. Now the definition of religion is this: The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods. Religion, in and of itself is 100% false and is man made, and not God authorized! Religion has nothing to do with the God of the universe, it is just some made up story, usually by someone wanting to gain power over the people, whomever the people are. Power is gain by showing that the controlling agent, usually called priests, has the power to manipulate the god or gods, who then uses that power to gain more power and prestige over the people. The God of the universe does not need to gain power, as He owns all that is in and on the earth, and has all the power and majesty just within His name alone! Therefore, God Supreme, Elohim, did not institute a religion when speaking with the Children of Israel, nor was it a religious ceremony when His Son married them at Mount Sinai. To complicate matters further, in ancient times, there were two ruling authorities, the legitimate ruling authority (RA), such as a king, queen, prince or princess of that land. Then there were the priest, who was a benefactor to the original RA, and to the people of the land, through their supposed control of the local god. This two tier system came into existence sometime after the 'Flood'. A competing and troubling concept to this two tier system, was the Children of Israel, who contended that there was only one God, who is the creator and ruler of all. Now we need to understand the symbiotic relationship that the RA had with the priests. The priest was an aid to the RA in that they helped keep the people in line. If the people were to get rambunctious, the priest would tell them that their god was not pleased and that that god would bring about all sorts of punishment on the people. As a consequence of their bad behavior, the priest might even deny the people entry into Valhalla, or heaven. This working in concert with the RA helped the RA maintain control of the people and in turn, the RA gave the priest wealth and authority within that kingdom. The story of Joseph having bestowed on him the second rulership of all Egypt is almost a classic example of what I am describing in regard to this two tier system of control. Each town, village, or dukedom had a god, that controlled that particular village, town of dukedom. However, the belief of one God caused the people of a particular area much grief, because the One God was the creator of all, and therefore was also the God of all god's, meaning that the God of the Children of Israel was God of the local god and therefore supreme to that god. Can you see that this belief in the one true God, would cause a great deal of animosity between the pagan peoples and the Children of Israel. Rome and the Jews During the time of Jesus, the Romans were having a great deal of trouble with the tribes of Judah, Benjamin, and Levi. These three tribes were called Jews by the Roman world as well as others outside of Rome, because Judah was the leading and controlling tribe. The term 'jew' means a 'man from Judea' but today has taken on a negative connotation, especially among Christian sects. So we had the two religious systems: 1) The pagan multiple gods, and their priests who were used to control the peoples while having riches and power granted from the ruler of the land. This system was rampant throughout all of the world, and can be seen in almost all the European, Russian, Mongolian, and Chinese nations, not to forget about South America and Mexico as well. 2) The worship of the one true God, as the Children of Israel would not accept a multiplicity of gods, and therefore stood out against almost all the world. This is one of the reasons that the Jews were hated by all the world, not to mention that the Jew was a bit of a trouble maker due to their exclusivism and a thorn in the side to all pagans within the roman sphere of influence. The Christian Era We can read in the Hebrew/Christian scriptures that after the death and resurrection of Jesus, that the Apostles as well as many disciples, when throughout the known world preaching in the name of Jesus. The main thrust of this charter to preach to the world the Good news, was mainly directed at the Lost Children of Israel. That is, the ten tribes that were taken in Assyrian captivity 137 years before Judah went into Babylonian captivity. Realize that it would have been a waste of time and effort to preach to the pagans, as they were antagonistic toward anything that would have been construed as Jewish! Now we know that Paul did preach to the pagan, however, the book of Acts is replete with stories of those who were antagonistic toward anything that sounded like being Jewish, and preaching Jesus sure was as Jewish as you can get, since He was of the tribe of Judah and the lineage of king David. It was during this time that the Greek word 'Christian' came into vogue to define this new sect of the Jews, who worshipped this man who was crucified and supposedly rose from the grave and was taken up into the heavens, with the promise to return again in the future. Most modern day Christians are not aware of the strife that existed between the Jews and the rest of the known Roman world. Even today, there is animosity between the nations (Goyim) and the Jews, with Christians believing that they are not Jewish and that their religious practices are strictly Christian practices established by Jesus, and are not to be interwoven with Jewish holidays, but in truth the Christians are dead (as in the second death) wrong. Because most if not all of their religious practices came out of the apostate church, who worked hard at separating themselves from all that was called Jewish! The apostate church In acts chapter 8:9 we are introduced to a magician by the name of Simon Magus who wants to buy the Holy Spirit from the apostles and is rejected by Simon Bar Jona (Peter) and told to go his way. We are given some information about this man named Simon, and then away he goes into biblical silence, but not into historical silence, though the apostate church has done a great deal to distance themselves from their founding father, and they in turn have stolen the identify of Simon Bar Jona and claimed that Simon Bar Jona was the one who originated that apostate church. Now I wrote a great deal about this subject in a blog entitled: Easter and Christmas versus the Seven Annual Sabbaths. The apostate church had to separate itself from Judaism Simon Magus, and not Simon Bar Jona, was quite clever, he wanted the power that was associated with the Holy Spirit, while also wanting to become a religious leader to the Romans. As mentioned above, this affiliation with the king of the land had with it a great deal of power, and riches, but there was a problem. Simon decided to form a syncretic church, one that spoke about this Jesus, and pretended to honor and worship Him, but how to do this while not appearing to be Jewish. At the time of Simon, the Romans were tolerate of various religions, mostly because there was little difference between the gods of the Greeks as opposed to the gods of the Romans, or the rest of the world for that matter. so religious tolerance was no big deal to the Romans. Just keep your god to yourself and we are good! But the Jews worshipped the one true God, and they hated Roman rulership. The Jews wanted to be free of Roman rule, and the rule of the Herod's as well. So how did Simon Magus overcome this roman distrust of the Jews? By throwing out the Sabbath, and bringing in the day of the Sun, as a suitable substitute, and called it the Lord's day. Changing the Passover, to Easter though the use of cleverly disguised lies, saying that the day that Jesus came to Jerusalem riding on a Donkey was a 'Palm Sunday' when it fact it was the 10th day of the first month, and the day that the Jews were to select a Passover lamb, "Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man's need you shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month". (Exodus 12:3-6) This 10th day of the first month for that particular year was a Sabbath and not a Sunday. "Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead..." (John 12:1) The Passover always falls on the 14th day of the first month, so if this was six days before the Passover, then the day that Jesus came to Bethany had to be the ninth day of the month. Now watch this: The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! The King of Israel! (John 12:12) Notice, that it is the next day, Which is now the 10th day of the month. If you were to include this 10th day then there are five days until the Passover, however, since the 10th day was already in progress, then there were four days left until the Passover, the 14th day of the first month. The apostate church says that the day that Jesus came to Jerusalem was on a Sunday or 'Palm Sunday'! Then they cleverly count six days until Friday, saying that that Friday was the Passover, so as to support the Easter Sunday resurrection. However, this can not be so because there where now four days left, and if this day were a Sunday, then Wednesday is the Passover and not Friday! John 12:12 clearly shows that an Easter Sunday resurrection is a lie, clearly showing that the apostate church teaches falsely and is the father of anti-Judaism. To continue, they threw out the Seven Annual Convocations/Sabbaths, telling their parishioners that these days were done away with by the death of Jesus! Therefore, when the Romans looked at this new religion, they were pleased, because it looked and smelled just like what they were used to, even though it had these man Jesus as its central God and figure head. While there was a smattering of Judaism, there was enough paganism to make the Romans happy. So happy, that when Rome fell at the hands of the Visigoths in 410A.D. the Apostate church took over from the Romans and instituted the Holy Roman church. This church was to become the central authority and would rule with the kings and rulers of Europe and the Russia's for many years to come. In the 1600's a priest by the name of Martin Luther began a reformation of this apostate church. He gathered many followers and they became known as Protestants because they were protesting the rule of the apostates churches leadership as well as its practices of selling indulgences, a form of legalized thievery. These protestants or protesting Catholics have accepted the teachings of the apostate church and have even added a couple of lies to the sycophancy of lies told especially about the seven annual holy days, that modern scholars call Jewish holidays, when it fact Judah never gave these holy days to his sons and daughters. But God the Father, through the office of the Word, gave these days to the Children of Israel along with the Seventh Day Sabbath. Now a Protesting Catholic will say they keep Sunday as the day of the Lord and they will use all sorts of lies and unintelligent reasons to justify Sunday worship, but unfortunately these are just lies and fables, given to them through the apostate church, and surprisingly, these protesting Catholics are very learned of the scriptures, but they just can not see the forest for the trees. They profess Jesus as their Lord and Savior, but deny the simple fact that He was the Word of God before He was Jesus, and as the Word of God, He gave the 10 commandments to the Children of Israel on His Fathers behalf. So the Sabbath comes directly from the one true God, and Sunday comes from the leader of the apostate church, yet the Protesting Catholics as well as Catholics refuse to honor and obey the God of this universe, instead they pay homage to a long dead magician! The Feast of Trumpets, what is it all about? When I began to write this blog, I decided to go on the web and see what the prevailing understanding was of the Feast of Trumpets, and that is that the Feast of Trumpets represents to the Sunday keeping world, the so-called Rapture! This Rapture is a misunderstanding of Revelations and 2nd Thessalonians, which is understandable due to the fact that most Protesting Catholics really do not understand scripture as the do not obey God and His Messiah, as they give God lip service and pollute His word with many false beliefs that is going to be the subject of my next book: The False Teachings of Christianity! This does not mean that all of Christianity's teaching are false, however, there are many false teachings that it is no wonder that people are leaving the hell fire churches and going to the feel good congregations. However, it is my intent to show that one of the prevalent teachings of the apostate and protesting Catholic churches is that the Feast of Trumpets is a Jewish holiday. Not so, the Feast of Trumpets is also a Christian holiday, just as the other six holy days, that were given to the Children of Israel by God the Father, and in turn was given to all peoples throughout all the world regardless of their religious beliefs. Why is the Fest of Trumpets a Christian holiday as well as a special holiday to all the world? Because the beginning of the blowing of the first trumpet until the last trumpet, tells the world that the arrival of the Christ, and His triumphant return is on its way! The beginning of the Feast of Trumpets herald in the Return of the Christ. In telling Israel that they were to have a Sabbath and a blowing of trumpets (Hebrew: Shofar) God was in fact eluding to the eventually writings of the Book of Revelation and the story of the seven trumpets. "When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel's hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thundering's, lightning's, and an earthquake. So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound" (Rev 8:1 - 10) This seventh seal is the next to the last seal of the great scroll that had begun to be opened in Revelations 5:1 and when these seven trumpets begin to sound, the return of Jesus as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords has begun and will not end until He has taken over the earth from Satan and all his minions. So you see there Mr. and Ms. Protesting Catholic, and you Catholics as well, that the Feast of Trumpets is not for the Jews only, not on your tin type Nelly! It is also for the Christian as well as the Muslim, Hindu, and the Druid, for when Jesus returns He will not be the God of the Christian only, No! He will be the god of all peoples, tongues, and nations. And because there are seven trumpets, God says that there will be a feast of trumpets, and in doing so is having a bit of fun with us, in that during the time of the blowing of these trumpets man is going to have his fill and will be sick because of these trumpets and the plagues that they bring. This is very reminiscent of the incident of the Quail and what happen at Kibroth Hattaavah,. "While the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the wrath of the Lord was aroused against the people, and the Lord struck the people with a very great plague." (Numbers 11:33). So lets look at the list of each of the seven trumpets or plagues: Vegetation is struck The sea is struck The water is struck The heavens are struck The Locust from the bottomless pit The four Demons who are bound at the river Euphrates are released And the seventh angel sounds: 7. Saints meet Jesus somewhere between the earth and the fourth heaven! And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Matt 24:31). Then Jesus and His bride return to the throne room to meet God the Father, and have the wedding supper (Matt 22:1-10). After all has been accomplished, Jesus will mount His white horse, place on the robe dipped in blood and begin the movement toward the earth. And as He goes so does His bride, for she shall be with Him always and go where he goes. upon arriving on the earth, Jesus steps down on the Mount of Olives, in the exact same spot from where He left the earth, those 2,000 years ago! There is no battle of Armageddon! Regarding the battle of Armageddon, there is no such battle, This is another of those tails that are just plain false. The armies of the Beast 'STAGE' or gathered there. Staging is a military term that means a place of bivouac. That is a place to rest and gather forces, to train up, and to get new men/women to fill in the ranks, I.E. England was a staging area for the US Army before moving to France for the 'D' Day invasion "For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty... And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon". (Rev 16:14-16). Now regarding that battle of that great day of God Almighty, you should understand that this battle takes place in the Valley of Jehoshaphat which is also called the Valley of Decision! This is where the battle of that Great day of God Almighty is to take place, and that is not in or near Armegeddon "For behold, in those days and at that time, When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land. They have cast lots for My people, Have given a boy as payment for a harlot, And sold a girl for wine, that they may drink. Indeed, what have you to do with Me, O Tyre and Sidon, and all the coasts of Philistia? Will you retaliate against Me? But if you retaliate against Me, Swiftly and speedily I will return your retaliation upon your own head; Because you have taken My silver and My gold, And have carried into your temples My prized possessions. Also the people of Judah and the people of Jerusalem You have sold to the Greeks, That you may remove them far from their borders. Behold, I will raise them Out of the place to which you have sold them, And will return your retaliation upon your own head. I will sell your sons and your daughters Into the hand of the people of Judah, And they will sell them to the Sabeans, To a people far off; For the Lord has spoken. Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! Wake up the mighty men, Let all the men of war draw near, Let them come up. Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, I am strong. Assemble and come, all you nations, And gather together all around. Cause Your mighty ones to go down there, O Lord. Let the nations be wakened, and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; For there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations. Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, go down; For the winepress is full, The vats overflow For their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. The sun and moon will grow dark, And the stars will diminish their brightness. The Lord also will roar from Zion, And utter His voice from Jerusalem; The heavens and earth will shake; But the Lord will be a shelter for His people, And the strength of the children of Israel. So you shall know that I am the Lord your God, Dwelling in Zion My holy mountain. Then Jerusalem shall be holy, And no aliens shall ever pass through her again" (Joel 3:1 - 17). This valley of Jehoshaphat, or Valley of Decision is actually in the Kiddron Valley outside of where the Dome of the Rock and where the Temple once stood, and separates Mount Mariah from the Mount of Olives, and seems more in keeping with the fact that Jesus touches down on the Mount of Olives and then goes to Jerusalem to begin His rulership there. Along the way He and His angelic host encounter the army of the Beast and destroy that army, then go to Jerusalem to be crowned King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Now notice, that all of this, that is the return of Jesus, His arriving on the Mount of Olives, and His beginning rulership of all the world from Jerusalem, all began when the first angel began to blow his trumpet, then continuing on until the last angel sounds and the world has had a Feast of Trumpets, and Jesus has now returned and the world wil enter into the 1000 years of peace called the Millennium! Restoring the truth to Christianity! Is the Feast of Trumpets a Jewish holiday, no, it is not! Are Christians to celebrate the Feast of Trumpets? yes they should as it pertains to them as well as it pertaining to all the peoples of this earth. Can you as a member of your church teach that the Feast of Trumpets is for Catholics, Protesting Catholics, as well as the Jews? Yes you can, by explaining to you priest, or elder that the Feast of Trumpets is the beginning and the return of Messiah, as well as the gathering of the saints to meet Jesus in the air. You can help get the truth to the professing Christian world and help restore the truth of Gods word to humanity! Peter Please let me know how you feel about what has been written here! Leave me a message on Facebook or at peterbellone.net. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog!
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    When We Pray in Unity and Agreement, Amazing Things Happen.
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    God's Word is Positive. Give him all thanks and praises for what he is doing in your life.
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    Don't worry or be afraid to stand out for God. He wasn't worried or afraid to send his Jesus to the cross for us. He went that far for us, so how much more then should we go for him.
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    If You Don’t Use It You’re Going To Lose It Imagine that you wake up one morning with this terrible crick in your neck. Just as you get into gear with your complaining, trying to coax a little pity out of your wife, you notice that your pillow is a couple of inches higher than normal. What is this? You look under it and see that the Tooth Fairy left $6000 for you the night before. Yes! So, you decide to invest it. You’ve heard about this fellow who is a really good broker, hard-working and wise. He’s a bit expensive but by all accounts his results are always good. You invest $5000 with him. Then there is this new fellow. You don’t know a lot about him but investing is gambling, so you place $1000 with him to see what he can do. You do worry a bit, though, when you see that his name is “Lazy Jones.” At the end of the year you get your statement from the first broker and you discover he has made you $5000 off your investment. He doubled your money. A Letter From Lazy You also receive a letter from the second fellow—a personal letter no less. “Wow, that's a nice touch,” you think. But things go downhill from there. “Dear David,” he writes. “The economy was so bad last year that I decided not to invest your money because I was afraid I would lose it. So, I’m sending your money back (minus my broker’s fee). If you want, I’ll try to invest it for you this year as things seem a bit more hopeful with the economy. Hope everything is going well for you and your family. Sincerely, Lazy Jones.” Here is a financial question for you. That $1000 which Lazy sent back, who are you going to invest it with? The first guy where you know you’ll get a good return? Or maybe in your kindness you want to give old Lazy Jones a second chance? The lazy guy? Well, you might like him, you might pray for him, and you might sincerely wish him well. But, are you going to let him invest your money again? Only if your mother rocked you too close to the wall when you were a baby. Now, I’ve got a second question that’s a bit more uncomfortable. Do you think God is dumber than you are? You see, this story is adapted from a story Jesus told (Matthew 25:L14-29). Not one of us is an accident. God planned for you to be on this earth. He has a reason for your existence. He’s equipped you with abilities and opportunities to do what you were born to do. In the story Jesus told, their money was called, “talents.” That is fortunate for us because that is exactly what the Lord gives each of us. Some have a ton of talent and ability. Others not so much, but EVERYONE has something from God. Poor Fellow ... I used to feel sorry for the fellow who didn’t use his talent. I thought, “It’s not fair Lord. You take from the one who buried his one talent and you give it to the ten-talent guy.” “The servant given one thousand said, ‘Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.’ “The master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest. “‘Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this “play-it-safe” who won’t go out on a limb. Throw him out into utter darkness.’” (Message version) In the King James version his lord calls him a wicked and lazyservant. The Lord is not dumber than you and me. He’s not going to invest anymore with Lazy Jones. Sure He gives second chances, but when someone has never even hinted at being serious about serving God, He’ll give that person’s gift to another. And if we goof around or live our lives centered on ourselves, will He invest anymore in us? There is a penalty if you don’t use what you’re given. That’s what you were born for. If you don’t use your gift or if you only use it selfishly, you lose it. Would the Lord invest in you again, based on your fruitfulness record? If you’re not giving Him any return on the investment of love, and gifting in your life, stop right now. Think this through. What gifts do I have? (I don’t want to hear, “I’m can't do anything? I’ve got nothing to give.” That’s the excuse of the lazy person). How are you going to multiply that investment in order to have a good return for the One who invested so much in you? If you would like to receive Coffee Stains by email each week, just send an email to: fdavid.porter@gmail.com and say “subscribe. (If you're already subscribed you don't have to do anything) _________________________________ Hmmm ... "You are what you repeatedly do, therefore excellence ought to be a habit." John Bevere "You reap what you sow. In fact, you always reap more than you sow--you plant a seed and reap a bushel ... It is one of the truest laws of the universe. Decide what you want out of life and then begin to sow it." Jim Rohn Image: Unsplash, Victor JakovlevParalia Garakas, Greece: Flickr, Creative Commons, Sherene IMG_0010 Stop pretending to be asleep!!
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    A song-dialogue-argument beween Pietro Bernardone (father of St. Francis) and the rogue saint/son ("Frankie"): Father: FRANKIE, YOU CAN'T JUST GO "ZIG-ZAG" -- AFTER TWELVE HUNDRED YEARS, SAY THE GOSPEL'S "THIS WAY" OR THAT! GET IN LINE: YOUR GAME IS A ZERO SUM! THINK ABOUT IT, LEAVE IT TO MAGISTERIUM! SO PLEASE TELL ME--HAVE WE A SHADE OF A HERETIC? COME ON SON--TELL ME QUICK, QUICK, QUICK! Frankie: FATHER I-- Father: WHAT? Frankie: I--REALLY DON'T HAVE MUCH TO SAY! Father: (HAH! THAT'S A SWITCH) Frankie: JUST POVERTY, OBEDIENCE AND CHASTITY ! Father: YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT! Frankie: BUT WHAT I'VE SAID WILL SURELY HELP SOMEONE--NO DOUBT! Father: THESE HANDS ARE WHAT WILL BUILD A CHANGE. Frankie: WHAT IF HATE CHOKES OUR LIVES AWAY? Father: THIS CHEST HAS MOTIVES TO BE STRONG. Frankie: THIS HEART IS WHERE CHRIST'S LOVE BELONGS. Frankie: NO I AM NO HERETIC! Father: SON--BUT YOU TEAR DOWN . . . WHAT MAKES US TICK! Frankie: THERE IS NO INTENT. Father: WELL--WHAT OF CHURCH, FAMILY AND GOVERNMENT? Frankie: THESE SHOULD MODEL LOVE! Father: NO ROOM FOR MONEY! OH DEAR--[Francis makes a caution gesture to Don Bernardone--like "shhhhh" to supress his father's cursing] AHHHH! Frankie: I DID NOT SAY A MERCHANT HAS NO HOME! Father: WITH AN EMPTY PURSE, MIGHT AS WELL BE NONE! Frankie: DON'T WORRY, FATHER. MAKE A PROFIT, STAY! Father: WHAT? Frankie: WHAT GRACE! Father: HOW? Frankie: HOW BLESSED! Father: FRANKIE, WE GO NOW OUR SEPARATE WAYS! Frankie: BUT TO SERVE--NOT AS ENEMIES! Father: I DON'T SEE HOW SAINT DAMIAN SURVIVES. [more ? than !] Frankie: AS THE BRICKS--WE'RE ALWAYS ALIVE! Father/Frankie: [together, but each angling to demonstrate his worldview] SUCH . . . IS . . . LIFE!
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