a moment

Apr. 16th, 2017 09:44 am
icubud: (Belief and understanding)

1 Corinthians 15:1-7, 12-22  Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;  (2)  By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.  (3)  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;  (4)  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:  (5)  And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:  (6)  After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.  (7)  After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles (12)  Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?  (13)  But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:  (14)  And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.  (15)  Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.  (16)  For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:  (17)  And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.  (18)  Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.  (19)  If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.  (20)  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.  (21)  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  (22)  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  

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"Prayer without meditation on the Word of God will disintegrate into humanistic spirituality. It will simply reflect our own fallen ideas and feelings - not God's. And meditation, without the humility of desperate prayer, will create proud legalism or hopeless despair. Without prayer we will try to fulfill the Word in our strength and think we are succeeding and so we become proud Pharisees; or we will realize that we are not succeeding and give up in despair."
~ John Piper

Been meaning to share this for at least a couple months. It took a few readings for my mind to begin to wrap around it. Its now in my LJ for posterity.

a hack

Apr. 2nd, 2012 06:02 am
icubud: (Belief and understanding)
Wrong on all three accounts.
These so-called scholars are what have driven a lot of the schisms and corruption in Christianity.

1. The book of Revelation is about the churches at the time in ch2-3 as well as a description of the church age (types of churches over 2000 years), the rest of the book is the future and culmination of Daniel's 70th week.
2. 666 is the number of a man who will be "the beast", the "little horn", THE anti-christ --- John could not have been plainer (without writing the person's name).
3. Yes John was a Christian! Good grief!! He wrote not only this book but the gospel of John and John books 1-3. He is described as the disciple whom Jesus loved. He was there at Christ's mock trial, crucifixion and resurrection and so on. He had no beefs with Paul.
4. Yes there is many other books/writings that are so called apocalyptic writings that did not make the canon. Big deal. The Holy Spirit led the people who decided the canon and those writings are inspired and perfect. These are the books of authority when one rightly divides the word of truth.



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Cool chart I found about a month ago on the subject matter of eschatology, life after death and eternity.
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I left in large format so it was easier to read.


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Cool chart I found about a month ago on the subject matter of eschatology, life after death and eternity.
Source for document
I left in large format so it was easier to read.


Read more... )


A goal

Jan. 7th, 2012 11:33 am
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Thursday I decided that I would read the entire Bible this year. I spent some time looking at plans on ways to do it and decided the best for me was a plan to read it chronologically. You may know that many of the books and verses actually run parallel to each other, so as to get a better understand of what is recorded about a single event placed so as to read together; this plan makes the most sense. For example the events of the book of Job actually occur before Abram is called out of Ur in Genesis 12.


I am in the process of catching up since six days had already passed and I want to be certain to complete it this calendar year, the Lord willing.
Care to join me? Here is the link to plan if you decide to: Chronological Bible reading plan


A goal

Jan. 7th, 2012 11:33 am
icubud: (anselm 2)
Thursday I decided that I would read the entire Bible this year. I spent some time looking at plans on ways to do it and decided the best for me was a plan to read it chronologically. You may know that many of the books and verses actually run parallel to each other, so as to get a better understand of what is recorded about a single event placed so as to read together; this plan makes the most sense. For example the events of the book of Job actually occur before Abram is called out of Ur in Genesis 12.


I am in the process of catching up since six days had already passed and I want to be certain to complete it this calendar year, the Lord willing.
Care to join me? Here is the link to plan if you decide to: Chronological Bible reading plan


icubud: (anselm 2)

Luke 24:1-53 KJV - [1] Now upon the first [day] of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain [others] with them. [2] And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. [3] And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. [4] And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: [5] And as they were afraid, and bowed down [their] faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? [6] He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, [7] Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. [8] And they remembered his words, [9] And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. [10] It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary [the mother] of James, and other [women that were] with them, which told these things unto the apostles. [11] And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. [12] Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass. [13] And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem [about] threescore furlongs. [14] And they talked together of all these things which had happened. [15] And it came to pass, that, while they communed [together] and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. [16] But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. [17] And he said unto them, What manner of communications [are] these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? [18] And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? [19] And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: [20] And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. [21] But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done. [22] Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; [23] And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. [24] And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found [it] even so as the women had said: but him they saw not. [25] Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: [26] Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? [27] And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. [28] And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. [29] But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. [30] And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed [it], and brake, and gave to them. [31] And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. [32] And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? [33] And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, [34] Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. [35] And they told what things [were done] in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread. [36] And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace [be] unto you. [37] But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. [38] And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? [39] Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. [40] And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them [his] hands and [his] feet. [41] And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? [42] And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. [43] And he took [it], and did eat before them. [44] And he said unto them, These [are] the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and [in] the prophets, and [in] the psalms, concerning me. [45] Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, [46] And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: [47] And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. [48] And ye are witnesses of these things. [49] And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. [50] And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. [51] And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. [52] And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: [53] And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the account of the two disciples on the way to Emmaus. I have a copy of the famous painting by Robert Zund in the “inner sanctum”. My mom bought it for me when she learned how special the account is to me. You can read the text (in purple) and see what happened so I don’t want to repeat the whole story but I do want to share some of the things that touch me about this account.

  • Cleopas & his friend are travelling after the news that Mary told the disciples and then have heard Peter & John verify that Jesus was not in the tomb. These two men head to Emmaus. It is apparent from the Bible that they were perplexed & saddened. I think they were in shock; I mean consider the events that they have experienced first hand over the past four days. Wouldn’t you be in a daze? Part of me thinks they started walking and they were not even considering where they were headed, they just knew they had to clear their heads. It is also apparent that they were discussing and trying to figure out exactly what was going on that Jesus appeared on their path and started walking along with them.
  • That when Jesus asked them what they were talking about & why were they sad. Cleopas is flabbergasted at the inquiry. How could this traveler not know?! It was not something done secretly but openly and loudly. Cleopas gives a great summary of the events and then Jesus (I always picture a smile) replies to them with the same flabbergastedness “How could YOU not know it was supposed to and needed to happen?!” Then Jesus beginning with Moses – meaning the Law and working his way through the Old Testament showed and proved to them why what happened did happen. I am sure these men were absolutely stunned because over and over in the Gospels there is reference to the people being blown away by how when Jesus expounded on the Scriptures how He spoke with such authority, confidence and wisdom. These two guys were being given a survey of the Old Testament by the Savior, Messiah, & Word. Think about it!
  • We are told that they were not allowed to discern or recognize it was Jesus who was the traveler. I figure it happened for one or both reasons. One, that is because they would have been so busy worshipping they would not have provided the opportunity for Him to show them what the OT taught about Him. Two, these men were already shocked and perplexed and God didn’t want to add to the confusion. What He wanted to do was help them so He made sure that He would first have the time to answer all their questions then He would reveals Himself.
  • That they recognized Him immediately when He prayed, when He spoke to the Father. They knew how He spoke to the Father and the words and the tone rang true. They had heard Jesus many times bless the breaking of bread for meal and here He does it again and I am certain He did it the same way He usually did. Then you get the verification once Jesus disappears! that again when He had been expounding they were struck by the way He taught.

One of the most powerful interpretations of the events on the road to Emmaus is the following song. Please do yourself a favor and spend the four minutes to listen to it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAX-KJusIjQ

icubud: (anselm 2)

Luke 24:1-53 KJV - [1] Now upon the first [day] of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain [others] with them. [2] And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. [3] And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. [4] And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: [5] And as they were afraid, and bowed down [their] faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? [6] He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, [7] Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. [8] And they remembered his words, [9] And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. [10] It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary [the mother] of James, and other [women that were] with them, which told these things unto the apostles. [11] And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. [12] Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass. [13] And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem [about] threescore furlongs. [14] And they talked together of all these things which had happened. [15] And it came to pass, that, while they communed [together] and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. [16] But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. [17] And he said unto them, What manner of communications [are] these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? [18] And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? [19] And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: [20] And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. [21] But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done. [22] Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; [23] And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. [24] And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found [it] even so as the women had said: but him they saw not. [25] Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: [26] Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? [27] And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. [28] And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. [29] But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. [30] And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed [it], and brake, and gave to them. [31] And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. [32] And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? [33] And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, [34] Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. [35] And they told what things [were done] in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread. [36] And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace [be] unto you. [37] But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. [38] And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? [39] Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. [40] And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them [his] hands and [his] feet. [41] And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? [42] And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. [43] And he took [it], and did eat before them. [44] And he said unto them, These [are] the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and [in] the prophets, and [in] the psalms, concerning me. [45] Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, [46] And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: [47] And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. [48] And ye are witnesses of these things. [49] And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. [50] And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. [51] And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. [52] And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: [53] And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the account of the two disciples on the way to Emmaus. I have a copy of the famous painting by Robert Zund in the “inner sanctum”. My mom bought it for me when she learned how special the account is to me. You can read the text (in purple) and see what happened so I don’t want to repeat the whole story but I do want to share some of the things that touch me about this account.

  • Cleopas & his friend are travelling after the news that Mary told the disciples and then have heard Peter & John verify that Jesus was not in the tomb. These two men head to Emmaus. It is apparent from the Bible that they were perplexed & saddened. I think they were in shock; I mean consider the events that they have experienced first hand over the past four days. Wouldn’t you be in a daze? Part of me thinks they started walking and they were not even considering where they were headed, they just knew they had to clear their heads. It is also apparent that they were discussing and trying to figure out exactly what was going on that Jesus appeared on their path and started walking along with them.
  • That when Jesus asked them what they were talking about & why were they sad. Cleopas is flabbergasted at the inquiry. How could this traveler not know?! It was not something done secretly but openly and loudly. Cleopas gives a great summary of the events and then Jesus (I always picture a smile) replies to them with the same flabbergastedness “How could YOU not know it was supposed to and needed to happen?!” Then Jesus beginning with Moses – meaning the Law and working his way through the Old Testament showed and proved to them why what happened did happen. I am sure these men were absolutely stunned because over and over in the Gospels there is reference to the people being blown away by how when Jesus expounded on the Scriptures how He spoke with such authority, confidence and wisdom. These two guys were being given a survey of the Old Testament by the Savior, Messiah, & Word. Think about it!
  • We are told that they were not allowed to discern or recognize it was Jesus who was the traveler. I figure it happened for one or both reasons. One, that is because they would have been so busy worshipping they would not have provided the opportunity for Him to show them what the OT taught about Him. Two, these men were already shocked and perplexed and God didn’t want to add to the confusion. What He wanted to do was help them so He made sure that He would first have the time to answer all their questions then He would reveals Himself.
  • That they recognized Him immediately when He prayed, when He spoke to the Father. They knew how He spoke to the Father and the words and the tone rang true. They had heard Jesus many times bless the breaking of bread for meal and here He does it again and I am certain He did it the same way He usually did. Then you get the verification once Jesus disappears! that again when He had been expounding they were struck by the way He taught.

One of the most powerful interpretations of the events on the road to Emmaus is the following song. Please do yourself a favor and spend the four minutes to listen to it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAX-KJusIjQ

Immanuel

Dec. 25th, 2011 07:09 am
icubud: (pulsing star)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No. Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose. These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing. The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.   (John 1:1-34)

2 cents:

To try & understand how God did this is above me. Why He did it I can fathom as well as believe that nothing is impossible with God. That in today's the world the message or essence of this holiday is gift buying, retailers' black days, gift giving & receiving, revelry, partying, time with family & friends obscures the significance of what is the holiday's purpose. The activities have drowned out the awesome truth of what we are supposed to be observing; that God came down to earth in the likeness of the human race to redeem his creation. With the birth begins the 33+ years of battle in the physical and earthly realm with Satan and his forces. A battle that is not over and won until the child becomes a man, is crucified and raises up from the dead three days later. It all had to begin with an innocent, helpless baby. Merry Christmas to all and thank you Lord for caring enough to do something about our predicament.

Immanuel

Dec. 25th, 2011 07:09 am
icubud: (pulsing star)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No. Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose. These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing. The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.   (John 1:1-34)

2 cents:

To try & understand how God did this is above me. Why He did it I can fathom as well as believe that nothing is impossible with God. That in today's the world the message or essence of this holiday is gift buying, retailers' black days, gift giving & receiving, revelry, partying, time with family & friends obscures the significance of what is the holiday's purpose. The activities have drowned out the awesome truth of what we are supposed to be observing; that God came down to earth in the likeness of the human race to redeem his creation. With the birth begins the 33+ years of battle in the physical and earthly realm with Satan and his forces. A battle that is not over and won until the child becomes a man, is crucified and raises up from the dead three days later. It all had to begin with an innocent, helpless baby. Merry Christmas to all and thank you Lord for caring enough to do something about our predicament.

icubud: (anselm 2)
While studying today I came across this explanation in a commentary and think it is worth sharing.

And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge of that way, he deferred them, and said, When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will know the uttermost of your matter.
(Acts 24:22 KJV)

From Matthew Henry:
Acts 24:22-27  
The apostle reasoned concerning the nature and obligations of righteousness, temperance, and of a judgment to come; thus showing the oppressive judge and his profligate mistress, their need of repentance, forgiveness, and of the grace of the gospel. Justice respects our conduct in life, particularly in reference to others; temperance, the state and government of our souls, in reference to God. He who does not exercise himself in these, has neither the form nor the power of godliness, and must be overwhelmed with the Divine wrath in the day of God's appearing. A prospect of the judgment to come, is enough to make the stoutest heart to tremble. Felix trembled, but that was all. Many are startled by the word of God, who are not changed by it. Many fear the consequences of sin, yet continue in the love and practice of sin. In the affairs of our souls, delays are dangerous. Felix put off this matter to a more convenient season, but we do not find that the more convenient season ever came. Behold now is the accepted time; hear the voice of the Lord to-day. He was in haste to turn from hearing the truth. Was any business more urgent than for him to reform his conduct, or more important than the salvation of his soul! Sinners often start up like a man roused from his sleep by a loud noise, but soon sink again into their usual drowsiness. Be not deceived by occasional appearances of religion in ourselves or in others. Above all, let us not trifle with the word of God. Do we expect that as we advance in life our hearts will grow softer, or that the influence of the world will decline? Are we not at this moment in danger of being lost for ever? Now is the day of salvation; tomorrow may be too late.
icubud: (anselm 2)
While studying today I came across this explanation in a commentary and think it is worth sharing.

And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge of that way, he deferred them, and said, When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will know the uttermost of your matter.
(Acts 24:22 KJV)

From Matthew Henry:
Acts 24:22-27  
The apostle reasoned concerning the nature and obligations of righteousness, temperance, and of a judgment to come; thus showing the oppressive judge and his profligate mistress, their need of repentance, forgiveness, and of the grace of the gospel. Justice respects our conduct in life, particularly in reference to others; temperance, the state and government of our souls, in reference to God. He who does not exercise himself in these, has neither the form nor the power of godliness, and must be overwhelmed with the Divine wrath in the day of God's appearing. A prospect of the judgment to come, is enough to make the stoutest heart to tremble. Felix trembled, but that was all. Many are startled by the word of God, who are not changed by it. Many fear the consequences of sin, yet continue in the love and practice of sin. In the affairs of our souls, delays are dangerous. Felix put off this matter to a more convenient season, but we do not find that the more convenient season ever came. Behold now is the accepted time; hear the voice of the Lord to-day. He was in haste to turn from hearing the truth. Was any business more urgent than for him to reform his conduct, or more important than the salvation of his soul! Sinners often start up like a man roused from his sleep by a loud noise, but soon sink again into their usual drowsiness. Be not deceived by occasional appearances of religion in ourselves or in others. Above all, let us not trifle with the word of God. Do we expect that as we advance in life our hearts will grow softer, or that the influence of the world will decline? Are we not at this moment in danger of being lost for ever? Now is the day of salvation; tomorrow may be too late.
icubud: (books [sigh])
The recent Debka article states that Israel is on a footing to launch an attack on Iran’s nuclear capabilities sometime between now and mid-January of next year. I am in the process of trying to find out why this particular period of time. What I have been thinking about is “what then?” I am not a so-called expert or specialist but I do keep up and I think more importantly – I believe the Bible.
Such an attack would not be the start of the so-called apocalypse or Armageddon.  That is for sure. What is not for certain is the reaction by the likes of Russia, Syria and Gaza. According to the Bible there are three events that are next to occur, the order they happen is not for certain (at least by me). One is an attack on Israel by Russia which results in devastating loss to Russia. Second is the creation and implementation of a globally recognized peace treaty with Israel and _______.  Many believe the treaty is with the Arab world/League of Arabs. What is known is that the signing of that treaty officially begins the clock of the seven year tribulation. A horrible time unlike anything our world has ever known. 
These are two of the next three Bible events that the world will experience. The third is the massive global disappearance of millions of people. What is certain is that the third event must take place before the second event and while the ultimate order of these three is uncertain; I do believe at least two of these will be within my lifetime.
 
icubud: (books [sigh])
The recent Debka article states that Israel is on a footing to launch an attack on Iran’s nuclear capabilities sometime between now and mid-January of next year. I am in the process of trying to find out why this particular period of time. What I have been thinking about is “what then?” I am not a so-called expert or specialist but I do keep up and I think more importantly – I believe the Bible.
Such an attack would not be the start of the so-called apocalypse or Armageddon.  That is for sure. What is not for certain is the reaction by the likes of Russia, Syria and Gaza. According to the Bible there are three events that are next to occur, the order they happen is not for certain (at least by me). One is an attack on Israel by Russia which results in devastating loss to Russia. Second is the creation and implementation of a globally recognized peace treaty with Israel and _______.  Many believe the treaty is with the Arab world/League of Arabs. What is known is that the signing of that treaty officially begins the clock of the seven year tribulation. A horrible time unlike anything our world has ever known. 
These are two of the next three Bible events that the world will experience. The third is the massive global disappearance of millions of people. What is certain is that the third event must take place before the second event and while the ultimate order of these three is uncertain; I do believe at least two of these will be within my lifetime.
 
icubud: (Default)

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

(Philippians 4:6-9 KJV)

 

I don’t remember who actually called this part of the Scripture out to me, at the time I was reading a lot of AW Tozer, Vance Havner, & Martin Lloyd Jones. But when it did get in front me, boy did I ever need it. One of the worst characteristics I have is anxiety which quickly plunges me into depression. And I am not referring to feeling a little blue or in a funk, I am referencing months long depression. When I read and understood what these verses meant I then realized God had a remedy for my cycle and it is something I still use when the gears start churning.

 Often what anxiety is – is the worrying about something that has not happened but could happen or the fear of the what if. Also anxiety can start because of regret, guilt or fear of the unknown. It can also occur over what is going on. Focusing then on the truth of verses 8 &9:

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.


One has a filter for one’s thoughts to funnel through and if they (the thoughts) don’t meet the requirements of the filters then one can and should disregard the thought immediately and instead focus your thoughts on things that do pass the filter test. Another way that the Bible refers to this process is “renewing your mind”:

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

(Romans 12:2 KJV)

 

The battle in the mind is an ongoing, never ending battle that one’s spiritual strength can sway to victory instead of defeat. As Paul tells us in these verses, God does not have a prescription or a strategy for us that if we follow we can be successful and who wouldn’t want that?


icubud: (Default)

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

(Philippians 4:6-9 KJV)

 

I don’t remember who actually called this part of the Scripture out to me, at the time I was reading a lot of AW Tozer, Vance Havner, & Martin Lloyd Jones. But when it did get in front me, boy did I ever need it. One of the worst characteristics I have is anxiety which quickly plunges me into depression. And I am not referring to feeling a little blue or in a funk, I am referencing months long depression. When I read and understood what these verses meant I then realized God had a remedy for my cycle and it is something I still use when the gears start churning.

 Often what anxiety is – is the worrying about something that has not happened but could happen or the fear of the what if. Also anxiety can start because of regret, guilt or fear of the unknown. It can also occur over what is going on. Focusing then on the truth of verses 8 &9:

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.


One has a filter for one’s thoughts to funnel through and if they (the thoughts) don’t meet the requirements of the filters then one can and should disregard the thought immediately and instead focus your thoughts on things that do pass the filter test. Another way that the Bible refers to this process is “renewing your mind”:

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

(Romans 12:2 KJV)

 

The battle in the mind is an ongoing, never ending battle that one’s spiritual strength can sway to victory instead of defeat. As Paul tells us in these verses, God does not have a prescription or a strategy for us that if we follow we can be successful and who wouldn’t want that?


icubud: (pilgrim)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

(1Pe 1:3-5 KJV)

 

2 cents:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: one God in three persons and Jesus is more than a good guy, a prophet, or some teacher – He is the Son of God the Father and He is Lord

 

which according to his abundant mercy: abundant overflowing mercy He has to those who come to Him

 

hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead: those that come to Him believe His Son died, was buried and rose again. Those that believe Him and trust Him he has begotten us – birthed – born again – a new creature that has a hope of glory, a hope of eternal life and not just thinking about Heaven but hope here on this earth. A life not of defeat but of victory

 

To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away,: we being sons and daughters of God in Christ Jesus are adopted into the family of God. And as family we have an inheritance that the elements of time can not touch, the characteristics of sin can not tarnish, dull or ruin.

 

reserved in heaven for you,: And it has your name on your stuff and mine has my name on my stuff and it is simply waiting for us to come and receive it – again it is in Heaven – so sin and the affects of sin can not touch it.

 

Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.: What great news – our salvation in kept by the power of God, not by what we do or not do, we can’t have it, lose it, regain it and so on, He the almighty God is the author and maintainer of salvation; that is assurance of our salvation and preservation of the saints – it completely rests on the power of God

 

 

icubud: (pilgrim)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

(1Pe 1:3-5 KJV)

 

2 cents:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: one God in three persons and Jesus is more than a good guy, a prophet, or some teacher – He is the Son of God the Father and He is Lord

 

which according to his abundant mercy: abundant overflowing mercy He has to those who come to Him

 

hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead: those that come to Him believe His Son died, was buried and rose again. Those that believe Him and trust Him he has begotten us – birthed – born again – a new creature that has a hope of glory, a hope of eternal life and not just thinking about Heaven but hope here on this earth. A life not of defeat but of victory

 

To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away,: we being sons and daughters of God in Christ Jesus are adopted into the family of God. And as family we have an inheritance that the elements of time can not touch, the characteristics of sin can not tarnish, dull or ruin.

 

reserved in heaven for you,: And it has your name on your stuff and mine has my name on my stuff and it is simply waiting for us to come and receive it – again it is in Heaven – so sin and the affects of sin can not touch it.

 

Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.: What great news – our salvation in kept by the power of God, not by what we do or not do, we can’t have it, lose it, regain it and so on, He the almighty God is the author and maintainer of salvation; that is assurance of our salvation and preservation of the saints – it completely rests on the power of God

 

 

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