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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.
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Well articulated thoughts from Don Francisco:


"On Easter we celebrate the most profound event in world history, the resurrection of Jesus.  We have a God of love and forgiveness, who extended Himself to show us both who He is, and who we are.  When He walked here we saw a man of absolute integrity, purity, and grace - someone who did not have anything to prove, and who didn't come to seize power, but to lift us to His own level.  When He died, we realized the depths that humans could sink to.  But the grave failed to hold Jesus, and when He rose everything changed.  We pray you have a wonderful celebration and that God would continue to deepen all of our understanding of this marvelous event."

a hack

Apr. 2nd, 2012 06:02 am
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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.



My Garden

Feb. 19th, 2012 03:23 pm
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My Garden

Feb. 19th, 2012 03:23 pm
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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... )


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[livejournal.com profile] octobrea shared this today on her LJ...

This absolutely powerful explanation on "That's My King". Over 1,805,000 views of this!
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[livejournal.com profile] octobrea shared this today on her LJ...

This absolutely powerful explanation on "That's My King". Over 1,805,000 views of this!

Immanuel

Dec. 25th, 2011 07:09 am
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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
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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.

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And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
(John 20:28-31 KJV)
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And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
(John 20:28-31 KJV)
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I had a thought about God and justice and the question why doesn’t God act against all injustices? What if the matter is He actually does but defers it into an account or bucket to be dispensed with in the future? Something similar to accounting and budgets where you have dollars allocated into a bucket (a general code/account) and the funds are there though there is nothing tangible until you dispense the funds into the world/marketplace. So it is with God, He dispenses judgment and has been storing up these actions in bowls, vials and cups and at the time of the great tribulation or whenever He sees fit, He has the angelic beings pour His wrath onto the earth thereby visibly dispensing judgment: - So judgment had been accruing all along.

This means God often – not always - uses the accrual basis in reference to judgment. According to the dictionary, “the method of keeping accounts that recognizes income when earned and expenses when incurred regardless of when cash is received or disbursed.”

Of course this does not mean that God treats all judgment in this way but it does answer the fairness of God (being that He is just & holy) and the apparent success of the wicked. Ultimately those who deserve judgment for wrong doing WILL receive it. For further explanation and background read Psalm 37.
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I had a thought about God and justice and the question why doesn’t God act against all injustices? What if the matter is He actually does but defers it into an account or bucket to be dispensed with in the future? Something similar to accounting and budgets where you have dollars allocated into a bucket (a general code/account) and the funds are there though there is nothing tangible until you dispense the funds into the world/marketplace. So it is with God, He dispenses judgment and has been storing up these actions in bowls, vials and cups and at the time of the great tribulation or whenever He sees fit, He has the angelic beings pour His wrath onto the earth thereby visibly dispensing judgment: - So judgment had been accruing all along.

This means God often – not always - uses the accrual basis in reference to judgment. According to the dictionary, “the method of keeping accounts that recognizes income when earned and expenses when incurred regardless of when cash is received or disbursed.”

Of course this does not mean that God treats all judgment in this way but it does answer the fairness of God (being that He is just & holy) and the apparent success of the wicked. Ultimately those who deserve judgment for wrong doing WILL receive it. For further explanation and background read Psalm 37.
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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?


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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?


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