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Romans 8:1-4 (1) There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spir...

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

130716 List of Reads

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This morning, I signed on and found that all those people I had been following disappeared. Not happy. 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

130713 Colored Drugs

Sometimes, it seems as if legislators hunt for ways to control every aspect of our lives. For those on the Feingold Diet who use pharmaceuticals, this bill would deprive them of the necessary option of NOT adding dyes and flavorings to medications. Diphenhydramine, for instance, can stop a dangerous allergy attack, but for those of us sensitive to dyes, the pink-colored cure can be as devastating as the disease. While this drug has become more available in colorless form, there are many others which do not.

If you like writing letters and email, there is info in the article. Pray, if that is your preference. In our case, we have converted our medicine cabinet to Young Living Essential Oils, and quit using man-made chemicals for symptom control. This really avoids the dyes, flavorings, and other man-made substances that mess with our brains.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

God's Word is Faithful

God's Word is Faithful
by Robert Stanley

I Wanna Be Right

Developed from: The One and Only Authority for Right and Wrong
by Tony Chambers(Notes) on Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 7:14am

The One and Only Authority for Right and Wrong
    Several years ago, I paid attention to Facebook and other social sites simply to keep tabs on what my children were doing. Three years ago, I discovered that some people used Facebook to speak the Word, and I signed up for the verse of the day. More recently, someone invited me to join a group of Way Believers, and this is based on part of a study one of them posted.
    He asked if morals, such as our stand against homosexuality, were just a matter of opinion? "Is there an ultimate standard for morality and if not where would one draw the line? If it’s all just a matter of opinion then logically anything anyone wants to do, no matter what it is, even murder, could be deemed morally acceptable and ok to do." (My first contemplation of national politics came when I was just ten. I paid attention to the Humphrey/Nixon/Wallace debates! In 1972, I had very definite opinions about the issues. Later, I followed every bit of the Watergate saga. By the time I was eighteen, I was campaigning for my favorite candidates. I took the Foundational Class on Biblical Research when I was 23 years old.)
    "You’d think it would be abundantly clear to everyone that everything cannot be morally acceptable or right. But with man such is not the case. So therefore if there is an ultimate standard for morality then man is not cable of judging what that standard is or know where to draw the line for acceptable behavior. He would draw many different lines. And that is exactly what we have today and have had throughout human history." Except that I put God and His Word first in my life, I would be one of those hyper sign-waving people who stand in front of public buildings and yelling.
Jeremiah 10:23  O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
    What does sign-waving and slogan-shouting accomplish? Most people seem to have made up their minds. Who is right? How do we know? I want to be right. That's why politics had become such a big thing for me. Then, I heard the Word of God.
Deuteronomy 32:1-4
Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
    So, who should one trust: man who believes truth is a matter of opinion or God who is right?
Titus 1:1,2,9
Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;
In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
John 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Romans 1:18-32
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Romans 2:1-2
Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.
But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.

    The truth of God’s Word is clear. Like it or not, believe or not, accept it or not. We know that all the Word works together. All of it is God's Word or none of it is. This is what we find worth the fight! My life does not depend on what political system prevails; my life depends on God.
1Co 1:17-31  For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
That no flesh should glory in his presence.
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

Who is right? God is! When we side with God, we are always right! God is the final authority.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

130704 Barbarians.

Barbarism is a possibility. Is it likely? Rome fell. Persia fell. The Toltec Empire fell. Who’s to say that modern empires wouldn’t fall? Technology is no proof of civilization. The Aztecs performed heart surgery, and ancient Egyptians made batteries. Some say that this is proof that space aliens came to earth. That really insults achievers. Ancient people had a lot more smarts than modern people think they had. Few had the means to record their thoughts. There were no PDAs, no Daytimers, no How-To Books, no To-Do lists. They kept it all in their heads, which takes a certain degree of skill and intelligence. Many of us would not live long if we had to grow or catch our own food, or face other hazards of nature.

Barbarism doesn’t have to be low tech. People talk a lot about George Orwell’s 1984. Most probably read the Cliff Notes, or just repeat what others say about it. Read the book. Read it as it was written. It is a study in barbarism – with technology and in communism. A companion book is Brave New World. Both books have been so long on the ‘dissect it to death’ literary lists for schools, that no one can see what the authors were really trying to show. Aldous Huxley’s book shows barbarism within a corrupted form of capitalism. Government controlled too much, and only those on the edges of civilization were truly free. Freedom isn’t having. Freedom is self-determination.

Today, I saw my dad. I enjoy our meetings. He is reading a book about US involvement in The Great War, or the War to End All Wars. The book has a bit in it about how people thought at the time. That was one hundred years ago. Some thoughts have come full circle. The ‘elite thinkers’, however, are still called ‘Progressives’. In Ancient Greece, they were called ‘Gnostics’. They would think, and because they could think it, it must have been true. We laugh at what the ancient Greeks thought about science, but some religious and political ideas are still alive today. The “I think it, so it must be true” mind set is chief among them. Proof is not needed, and is considered to be in bad taste, even rude. Indeed, many current arguments in politics and religion originated in Ancient Greece:

Who or what is God?
Do gods exist?
Why am I here?
Who controls me?
Whom do I control?
What is ‘good’ or ‘evil’?
What is freedom?
Does happiness matter?

All these modern questions were asked by ancient Greek philosophers.

The trial in Florida may inspire some to ignore the rule of law.

How does a discussion on ancient philosophers relate to the trail that shouldn’t have been? These are the barbarians at the gate! Civilization cannot stand against the tit for tat mentality of 'us' and 'them'. There are people who don’t know, and don’t want to know what it means to get along with others who are different. The term, ‘white Hispanic’ is silly nomenclature that was made up on the spot to cover the prejudice of the elite progressives in this country. Most Hispanics ARE Caucasian, but some are Negro, maybe Oriental. This particular Hispanic was trying to protect his multi-cultural neighbors from what he thought was a viable threat. Two white people were killed in the days following the incident. Their murderers stated on video that the deaths were definitely acts of revenge, not self-defense. Many others claim that they will riot and/or do other illegal acts should Zimmerman be found legally not-guilty.