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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 | Author:

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NASB

Now for the DEFINITION of Eternal Life

“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true Go, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3 NASB

The question answered: Was Jesus eternal or did He start when born?

“Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You BEFORE the world was.”
“Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me BEFORE the foundation of the world.” John 17:5, 24 NASB

And finally …

“Sanctify them in the truth; Your WORD is truth.” John 17:17 NASB

Isn’t God’s WORD awesome? Just notice how clearly He states His mind to us today. It is so important to use a reliable translation. I am appalled when I read some of the modern translations and how they butcher the truth. The New American Standard Bible 1995 update, is THE most accurate translation available. The father of this translation was the American Standard Version of 1901 is also wonderful. When I hear someone read from a butchered version and read along with them in the NASB, I get very frustrated with the fact that people are being robbed by not getting the correct and the whole translation from the Hebrew and Greek. Most of these simple try to say what the NASB says in a different way and then sell it as a new translation. No translation fully translates the original language, but the NASB does, in my and many true scholars opinions, come closest to the original intent. I in no way call myself a scholar but I have spent thirty-eight years studying it in its original languages. The English translations are lie seeing a rose bud, but the original makes that rose bloom to all its marvelous beauty.

Have a wonderful day of exploring the Word on your own. God will simply blow your mind at what He reveals to YOU personally. Then share it with others.

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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 | Author:

1. In my many years I have come to a
conclusion that one useless man
is a shame, two is a law firm,
and three or more is a congress.
— John Adams

2. If you don’t read the newspaper
you are uninformed, if you do
read the newspaper you are
misinformed. — Mark Twain

3. Suppose you were an idiot. And
suppose you were a member of
Congress. But then I repeat
myself. — Mark Twain

4. I contend that for a nation to try to
tax itself into prosperity is like a
man standing in a bucket and
trying to lift himself up by the
handle. –Winston Churchill

5. A government which robs Peter to
pay Paul can always depend on
the support of Paul. — George
Bernard Shaw

6. A liberal is someone who feels a
great debt to his fellow man,
which debt he proposes to pay off
with your money. — G. Gordon
Liddy

7. Democracy must be something
more than two wolves and a sheep
voting on what to have for
dinner. –James Bovard, Civil
Libertarian (1994)

8. Foreign aid might be defined as a
transfer of money from poor
people in rich countries to rich
people in poor countries.
— Douglas Case,
Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University.

9. Giving money and power to
government is like giving whiskey
and car keys to teenage boys.
— P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian

10. Government is the great fiction,
through which everybody
endeavors to live at the expense
of everybody else. — Frederic
Bastiat, French economist(1801-1850)

11. Government’s view of the
economy could be summed up
in a few short phrases: If it
moves, tax it. If it keeps
moving, regulate it. And if it
stops moving, subsidize it.
–Ronald Reagan (1986)

12. I don’t make jokes. I just watch
the government and report the
facts. — Will Rogers

13. If you think health care is
expensive now, wait until you
see what it costs when it’s free!
— P. J. O’Rourke

14. In general, the art of government
consists of taking as much
money as possible from one
party of the citizens to give to
the other. –Voltaire (1764)

15. Just because you do not take an
interest in politics doesn’t mean
politics won’t take an interest
in you! — Pericles (430 B.C.)

16. No man’s life, liberty, or
property is safe while the
legislature is in session.
— Mark Twain (1866)

17. Talk is cheap, except when
Congress does it. — Anonymous

18. The government is like a baby’s
alimentary canal, with a happy
appetite at one end and no
responsibility at the other.
— Ronald Reagan

19. The inherent vice of capitalism is
the unequal sharing of the
blessings. The inherent blessing
of socialism is the equal sharing
of misery. — Winston Churchill

20. The only difference between a
tax man and a taxidermist is that
the taxidermist leaves the skin.
— Mark Twain

21. The ultimate result of shielding
men from the effects of folly is
to fill the world with fools.
— Herbert Spencer, English
Philosopher (1820-1903)

22. There is no distinctly Native
American criminal class, save
Congress. — Mark Twain

23. What this country needs are
more unemployed politicians
–Edward Langley,
Artist (1928-1995)

24. A government big enough to give
you everything you want, is
strong enough to take everything
you have. — Thomas Jefferson

25. We hang the petty thieves and
appoint the great ones to public
office. — Aesop

FIVE BEST SENTENCES

1. You cannot legislate the poor into
prosperity, by legislating the
wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without
working for, another person must
work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to
anybody anything that the
government does not first take
from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by
dividing it.

5. When half of the people get the
idea that they do not have to
work, because the other half is
going to take care of them, and
when the other half gets the idea
that it does no good to work
because somebody else is going to
get what they work for, that is the
beginning of the end of any nation!

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Monday, January 21st, 2013 | Author:

It never ceases to amaze me at the arrogance of mankind when he/she is in a place of power over others. We can survey history to see powerful military leaders, dictators or monarchs who let their power go to their heads. There is such a case in the book of John.

“47 Therefore the chief priests and the Pharisees convened a council, and were saying, “What are we doing? For this man is performing many signs. 48 If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” 49 But one of them,Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, 50 nor do you take into account that it is expedient for you that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish.” 51 Now he did not say this on his own initiative, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but in order that He might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. 53 So from that day on they planned together to kill Him.” John 11:47-53 NASB

Did you note the outright and raw arrogance of these religious leaders? “If we LET Him,” indicates that they actually thought that they could control Him by their decision. This is laughable as we look at it now, but to them, they thought that the domination that they had used to control the people of Israel would also work on this man. You would think that what they saw as He worked amazing miracles would have changed their minds. A mind is truly a terrible thing to waste and their minds were so blinded by their power that they could not see the truth which was right in front of them.

I wonder if we too can be blinded by our own pride or even arrogance. Can we get so full of ourselves that we do not see what others see or do we fail to hear a sermon or a song that SHOULD change our behavior, but we just simply are too blinded by our own will that we cannot see the truth? This is what conviction of the Holy Spirit does in a Christian’s life. If He is trying to change a behavior in us and we refuse to see it, He will turn up the misery factor until we are willing to change. There is an old saying, “Until the pain of where we are exceeds the pain it takes to change, we won’t change.”

Take smoking for instance. I got started smoking in the Air Force and continued till I got out, four years later. A number of times people tried to warn me of the dangers of smoking but my pride would say that I can quit any time I want to and went right on for a couple of years more until I saw a black lung in a jar at a county fair. I had developed a slight cough that I could not shake so I decided I would quit. Well, the agony of quitting had to outweigh the fear of dying of lung cancer so I stuck with it until I finally was free.

It is the same with any self-destructive behavior/sin. For those who are involved with sexual immorality, it sometimes takes a shock of a possible STD or painful breakup to make them to be willing to forsake it. This too is an addicting behavior and is not as easy to quit as folks think it will be. The same with those addicted to internet pornography or alcohol or lying to customers and family and the list goes on and on. God can and will deliver us IF we cry out to Him for deliverance.

Until the pain of where we are exceeds the pain it takes to change, we won’t change! Just ponder this fact and examine your whole life based on this and ask God to search your innermost person to see if any sinful way lives in us. This can also be a root of bitterness or hatred for another person. I ask God to do this every day and wait for Him to reveal what He knows is in me and then ask Him to remove it from me. Some things are rooted deeply and requires a lot of effort on our part of the partnership. But OH the joy of being set free from destructive things in my life. Like Martin Luther King once said, “Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty I am free at last.”

Freedom is an awesome thing. Happy seeking and finding!

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Tuesday, January 08th, 2013 | Author:

“Reminds me of this joke: At the negotiating table … Abbas and the Israeli Prime Minister finally agree to sit down and resolve the issue of who is the legitimate owner of the disputed lands. The Prime Minister asks if he may start with a story and Abbas agrees. “Well,” says the Prime Minister, “before the Israelites settled in the Promise Land, Moses led them through the desert for 40 years. The Israelites began complaining that they were thirsty and low and behold, a miracle occurred and a stream appeared before them. They drank their fill and decided to take a refreshing bath, including Moses. When he came out of the water, he discovered that all of his clothes were missing.” “Who took my clothes?” Moses asked. “It was the Palestinians,” replied the Israelites. At this point, Abbas interrupted and said, “Wait a minute. There were no Palestinians during the time of Moses !” “All right,” replies the Prime Minister, “now that we have that settled, let’s begin our negotiations.””

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Monday, January 07th, 2013 | Author:

There is a group of people, now living in Israel, who call themselves Palestinians. What is their origin? Did they originally possess the land that Israel now owns? The simple answer is NO! These are actually people who once lived in Jordan who are now trying to claim the land of Israel as their own, yet have NO claim to it at all. Note the following excerpt from Strongs.

6430 פְּלִשְׁתִּי [Pâlishtiy /pel·ish·tee/] adj. Patrial from 6429; GK 7149; 288 occurrences; AV translates as “Philistine” 287 times, and “Philistim” once. 1 an inhabitant of Philistia; descendants of Mizraim who immigrated from Caphtor (Crete?) to the western seacoast of Canaan. Additional Information: Philistine = “immigrants”.

Note: Mizraim is the Hebrew word for Egypt. Note their original location, CRETE!

You see, the name Palestine does not exist in the Bible except in the biblical maps in the back and should be corrected by the map makers. The name Palestine was given to the land by the Roman Emperor Hadrian, as he departed the land, as a barb in the side of the Jews, one last parting shot of humiliation to them. Note the following excerpt from Zola Levitt’s web site. You can read the whole article by searching Zola Levitt Palestine and clicking on the first one that shows up. Make sure it is from the correct web site.

During the last few centuries, the world, Christians included, has fallen into a bad habit. We have bought into some early Roman propaganda. We have used the name Palestine, which Roman Emperor Hadrian placed on the country of Israel in 135 A.D., for so long that it has become common usage. This would be as incorrect as calling the Russia of today the “Soviet Union” or referring to Berlin as “East Germany.” The thoughts below by our ministry’s senior theologian, Dr. Thomas S. McCall, completely explore the subject. If you know somebody who’s fallen into this habit, please share this article with them.
— Zola
Current Propaganda’s Use of Palestine

There is a propaganda war going on now with regard to the term “Palestine.” At one time it might have been argued that Palestine was an innocuous designation of the Middle Eastern area, that is generally thought of as the Holy Land. During the last few decades, however, the term Palestine has been adopted by Arabs living in Israel in the area west of the Jordan River. It is specifically employed to avoid the use of the name Israel, and must be considered an anti-Israel term. In all Arab maps published in Jordan, Egypt, etc., the area west of the Jordan River is called Palestine, without any reference to Israel. Palestine is the term now used by those who want to deny the legitimate existence of Israel as a genuine nation among the family of nations.

The term now adopted by the political entity within Israel that is gradually obtaining more and more pockets of territory through the “peace process,” is “the PA (Palestinian Authority). Although it must deal daily with Israeli officials, the PA hates to use the term Israel in any of its communications.

Palestine, therefore, must now be considered a political propaganda term with massive anti-Israel implications. The world press uses the term to question the legitimacy of modern Israel. Christians also have used the term Palestine for centuries in referring to the Holy Land. In earlier times this might have been excused (although biblically questionable) because of its common usage. In light of the current propaganda war against Israel, however, Christians must now re-evaluate the term Palestine and consider whether it is biblically, theologically or prophetically accurate.

Note the bold parts added by me to emphasize certain words. You see, Palestine does not really exist except in the minds of those who hate Israel and their right to possess the land. The indications in Bible history is that the Philistines were wiped out and none of them exist today. Even if they did exist, the only territory that they could claim would be Gaza alone, as this was the area the Philistines inhabited in Old Testament times.

I encourage you to go to Zola Levitt’s web site and read the whole article. It is quite short.

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Friday, January 04th, 2013 | Author:

“8 But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. 11 But the greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.” Matthew 23:8-12 NASB

The highlighted parts are for emphasis, but did you notice how powerful they are in this text? Rabbi, father, leader. I sometimes wonder why Christians, and particularly preachers, priests and teachers, ignore such clear teaching from our LORD Jesus/Yeshua. Is it ego, recognition or fame that keeps us holding on to titles? It seems that He is giving us clear instruction here to help us avoid preacher/teacher/priest worship. A Catholic convert once asked me if he should call me father. I replied, not unless I am your dad, We both chuckled about it. Within the Roman Catholic church, this is carried to dangerous levels with the Pope, when they are called Holy Father. Do you see the danger in this. Kneeling down and kissing his ring, worshiping a human being. The Pope is just another man in God’s eyes, yet millions flock to just get a glimpse of him or get a picture of him to hang in their homes.

I have seen people abandon their faith when their favorite preacher or teacher stumbles morally. They were never meant to put their eyes on a man but on God alone. When God commanded mankind, in the first commandment, to have NO other gods besides Him, I think that this goes along that same line. It never ceases to amaze me when I see famous preachers calling themselves DOCTOR so and so, when they were either given a doctorate that they did not earn or that they BOUGHT it from a degree mill. Is our ego so huge that we cannot just be called by our names? Just look at the New Testament and note what the apostles were called. John, Peter, Paul etc. etc. etc. They might have apostle attached to it, but never Rabbi or Teacher. Apostle is basically “one sent under orders from headquarters,” which each of them had from the LORD. We are all commissioned as servants of God and need to keep our focus on the LORD, not on another of His servants. We should give double honor to those who serve faithfully but never put them on a pedestal as one to put our eyes on as the ultimate authority. Note that Jesus did not tell us to avoid the word pastor. This is best understood as Shepherd of the flock. I liked to use an upside down pyramid as the illustration of where a pastor should place himself. You see, if we are to be a servant of God we are to put ourselves at the bottom of the pyramid and the person we are ministering to at the top, especially if the person is not a believer. If you want to be great in the Kingdom of God, you gotta be the servant of all, right?

Well, just a little January 7th musing on the Word of God.

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