New Year 2013
9. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
5. But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
2013 AD (Anno Domini = year of our Lord) or CE (Christian Era) shall be a different year - a new year of renewed focus and encouragement:
A. being more in the center of God’s will. Center verse in Bible
8. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
B. depending more on our Heavenly Father and less on myself.
5. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
C. putting the Word of God ahead of traditions, opinions, experiences, and old. sayings
6. …Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition
D. remembering that: no matter how I feel, God has not moved. He’s still on the throne, still in control and not hiding.
1. How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
2. How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
3. Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;
4. Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.
5. But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
6. I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.
E. "Rock of Ages… let me hide myself in Thee"
9. The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
10. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
See Word® document here
The ADAM SCAR
He responded, " That's a better explanation than I've ever heard."
18. And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
19. And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
20. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
21. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22. And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Translated as "rib": may not be totally accurate
Took his curve?
Translated as "flesh": limited by English
Notice the gender (suffix) of the Latin word: Not "um" (it, neutral) ; Not "o" (he, masculine) ; "a" (she, feminine) .
Have you ever noticed that there are some things that a woman comprehends automatically and a man cannot grasp at all? and vice-versa? . "I have half a mind to..."
Men have a tendency to look at things straight-on, and women look at the same things from the side. Neither view is complete. "I have half a mind to..."
Men tend to scatter things and/or place them in categories. Women put everything in the same box. "I have half a mind to..."
Genesis 2:24. "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh."
A man has a drive to put himself back together (to-get-her)
A man is not complete until he's married... Then he's finished.
Simple question: has GOD taken care of us so far?
Read the following passages from Matthew chapter 6:
25. "Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?"
31. "Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?"
32. "(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things."
33. "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
34. "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."
Read it again , but this time substitute "take no thought" with don't worry." A few more scriptures of interest: Matthew 10:19; Mark13:11; Luke 12:22-31.
1 Peter 5:6. "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7. Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."
God takes care of us. He does not worry. He does care for and through us. All we need to do is trust Him. He will do all the caring.
Proverbs 3: 5. "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil."
\"The Devil Made Me Do It\"
Geraldine (Flip Wilson) was wrong. I did it myself; whatever it was.
Adam never said "it's Eve's fault". We misunderstand that that's what he meant. Gen.3:12. "And the man said, 'The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave (offered) me of the tree, and I did eat'." We have been conditioned to think he blamed Eve. He simply stated a fact.
James.1:14. "But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed." Satan uses every tool he can to get to us. 1 Peter 5:8. "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:" The method (the reason, the "because of", the excuse) is never at fault, the method is used by our enemy; neither is the Accuser of the Brethren, he's just doing his job. Regardless of by which avenue the temptation arrives, we cannot blame the road; although, through a poor choice of words, it often sounds like we're blaming the conduit.
Despite what I say or how I say it, it is not your fault that "I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight," (Luke 15:21).
Check out this way of looking at life. It is not Biblically correct, but I think it's neat. It has two primary ideas.
The universe is a gigantic machine designed to bring different experiences to you. Because it is a machine, it does what it is programmed to do; no more, no less. It has no choice. Others in your universe are machines that are part of the big machine.
The ONLY one with a choice is YOU, and the only thing that matters is your reactions or responses to the events that the universe brings to you.
My reactions repeatedly leave a lot to be desired.
What kind of machine are you? Or... What experiences do you bring to others?
I am very often disappointed with what I bring to others. Are you like me? or do you need to "adjust your halo"?
Have you ever noticed that when someone does us a solid (favor/good-deed), we tend to reply with, "I appreciate IT"?
Here's a thought: Love the Player not the Play; Hate the Play not the Player. Let's change our response to: "I appreciate YOU."
Who is our Pastor?.
We are all one in Christ. Also= Gen.2:24 Mat. 19:5-6 Mar.10:8 Eph.5:31. .In our culture, especially, a man cannot be the head of his house without the consent of his wife. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Pastor David is not our Pastor. Pastor David AND Linda, together, are our Pastor. We should all be as thankful to GOD for ...Linda as we are for David. They both show such a servant's spirit, I know they are great in the Kingdom! Godspeed!! The Two are one Pastor.
Why do we refer to Resurrection Sunday as "Easter?" There is only one time the word appears in the WORD: Acts 12:4. "And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after EASTER to bring him forth to the people." Check your STRONG's. Shouldn't it have been translated "Passover?" Check your dictionary what does "Easter" mean?
"Easter" is the English version of the name "Ishtar (or Ischtar)", which is the name of a Pagan goddess. Question: Have we been duped into incorporating their term into our celebration? Or are we rubbing the Resurrection in their faces?
Following are a few links to articles on this topic
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Quote it right
Is it just semantics? Or does the wording make a difference? I've searched a few times and have not found where the WORD says "the truth shall set you free." I have found in John 8:32. "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
In my opinion, which is often wrong, the way it's worded in the Bible is much more emphatic that the misquotes I hear repeatedly. When I hear "the truth shall set you free", in my mind it says " the truth shall let go of you." However, in context, from the Bible,(" And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free") I hear " the truth that you know shall be an active force in your life and cause you to be free."
I would like to know your take on this little rant. Please leave a comment.
Edward E. Edwards, Jr.
Born in the mid 20th century in Edward, NC. Have not yet lived here all my life.