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The Lord’s Prayer

Is the Lord’s Prayer first and foremost a prayer for spiritual power? When asked where the Kingdom of God was, Jesus replied that it is within us. So, when We pray, “Thy Kingdom come”, aren’t we really asking that God’s kingdom be established within us as Jesus said. And when we pray, “Thy will be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven,” aren’t we praying that His love, forgiveness, and healing should be manifested through us to the rest of the world?

Jesus referred to bread as the word of God many times. So, when we pray, “give us this day our daily bread”, aren’t we asking for God’s word. Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them with your truth. Your word is truth.” We are, then, asking to be sanctified through His word.

Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us,” is easy to understand. Jesus made it clear many times that we could not be forgiven unless we forgave others, and in forgiving, then we are forgiven.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,” seems plain enough. We are asking not to be tempted into sin, or delivered into Satan’s bondage.

Jesus said, “Seek first the Kingdom of Heaven and all these things will be added unto you.” I believe The Lord’s Prayer has all to do with obtaining all our spiritual needs from God, and when we achieve that, all our physical or earthly needs will be met.

Paul wrote that, “In the latter days, men will be holding on to a form of Godliness, but denying its true power.” I believe that the bulk of Christianity has been put off by the antics of those who want, but only pretend, to have the baptism of the Holy Spirit. For that reason many in Christianity shun anything spiritual, and only hold on to the promise of salvation.

I, too, believe that some people, in their quest for the spirit, simply pretend, in hopes that it will one day be real. But, I, also, know that you cannot enter into a spiritual relationship with God, without tears – tears of happiness, tears of shame, and tears of thanksgiving. Let all of Christianity, then, kneel before the throne of God in tears of praise for our Creator and our Redeemer. Let us all receive His spiritual power and blessings as He promised. And may the world be blessed by Him through us.

Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

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Cycle Of Rejection

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.’

We can avoid the heartache of losing a pet by just not having a pet. We can avoid the heartache of losing a family member or acquaintance by simply never loving the person. But loving someone, like a mother, and being rejected by her brings heartache that is usually dealt with by developing an ” I don’t-care.” attitude.

Love isn’t just a feel-good emotion, the feelings of well-wishing for the other person, the desire to see that person happy and content, without problems or pain, is reflected back to us from God; and we inherit the good intent that we have for that loved one. Avoiding love is the passive form of the “I don’t care” attitude, and it deprives the person of the positive in their lives. The rejected form of the “I don’t care” attitude not only deprives the person of the positive in their lives, but elicits negative intent of rejection of love, anger, hate, bitterness – all of which is returned to the person. In other words: Avoidance of love loses positive input into their lives and they suffer because of it, but rejection brings negative input into a person’s life and it can destroy them.

Why do so many from low-income families become anti-social and even criminal?
The person who is rejected by their parent, who doesn’t want the responsibility of children, but seeks after the non-emotional highs of promiscuous sex, drugs, food, and partying, ultimately become just like their parent with their “I don’t care” attitude.
This leads to young women having children that they, also, reject, continuing the destructive cycle. The male, filled with the same rejection, anger and bitterness, becomes the predator, not interested in the pain of others, but only in their own enjoyment or self-satisfaction,

This cycle of destruction is self-perpetuating adding a greater number of destroyed people each year. We can break this cycle through legislation, which would diminish the problem, but not completely solve it. I have seen people who have found the solution. They have come to the realization that their happiness does not necessarily come from people, but is the product of God’s love for them. Once they realize that God has always loved them, and will always love them, they realize that they are not alone. They are not rejected, but have been pursued by God all their lives. When they realize these things, they are able to love again, they are able to forgive, and they are able to go on with their lives. They realize that God is the solution to all their problems.

Each one of us has suffered loss or rejection. Everyone of us has felt an emptiness within us. that emptiness is reserved for God. Only He can fill us with enough love to love and forgive those who have hurt us, and enough love for us to find contentment and completion is our lives.

Jesus said, “Seek first the Kingdom of Heaven, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

The answer to any problem begins with God. He is our Father who will always love us.
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Are Sexual Identity Problems Increasing?

Below is part of an article written by Jerry Brenda in the Post Intelligencer, Paris, TN. The title is “Did God really drop the ball this time?”

“For once, the thrust of this column is not to draw a conclusion that is conservative or liberal. Rather, it is to raise a question that will generate different conclusions in the readers. Does the liberal atmosphere our children now live in where they are exposed to deviant behaviors such as same-sex “marriage” and glorification of the homosexual lifestyle fuel the increase in gender identity cases (in children)? According to Spack (Dr. Norman Spack of Children’s Hospital, Boston), his case load is now about four to five times as large as it was in the 1990s.

Consider that children are bombarded by multiple television programs, which portray homosexual and even trans-gender lifestyles as normal, and the fact President Barack Obama refuses to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, down to the antics of Barney Frank who flaunts his lifestyle all over Capitol Hill. What effect do these types of influences have on the decision-making capacities of these children?”

Some studies show that 75% of lesbians suffered rape at a young age. Does child molestation lead to a rejection of one’s own sexual identity?
How much of homosexuality is caused by programming rather than DNA or birth defect? Consider the Roman Emperor Tiberius who had his “pool babies”, who were trained to sexually satisfy him. He was the grand-uncle of Caligula, who was, also, one of the “pool babies”, and Tiberius was, also, the great-grand-uncle of Nero. Caligula was the most vicious and perverted of any Roman Emperor. Nero had Rome torched while he played his fiddle, to make way for his building projects; then blamed the Christians and had them slaughtered.  Does the parents’ instant support of any sign of femininity push the child into a life style, that simply started out as a passing whim?

It has been reported that in some societies, young men were trained to be “women” or “dancing boys” to provide sexual pleasures to unmarried men, who had no other means of sexual activity, or to married men who considered their wives to be only used for breeding.

It seems that the majority of the males in Sodom and Gomorrah in the Bible were homosexual or bisexual, and demanded that Lot turn over his visitors to them for sex. How did entire towns become homosexual? Was it the water, or social acceptance of this type of behavior?

Does the aggressive sexuality and promiscuity of young girls, also intimidate young men so badly that they experiment in “socially accepted” alternative lifestyles until they are programmed and hooked?

Regardless of how homosexuality is promoted in society, the left-wing liberals of western society, not willing to let any crisis go to waste, are trying to turn a problem into a pandemic problem. Why do they promote it? Do they want western civilization to stop multiplying and die, in order for those who condemn homosexuality and breed like rabbits to take over the world? Does George Soros support liberal programs and causes out of the goodness of his heart, or does he support them because he hates Western Civilization and wants to see it destroyed?

I knew a man, whose son was homosexual and committed suicide. The father had accepted his son’s homosexuality, and his suicide was not associated with his sexual lifestyle. According to most Christian thinking, he had two strikes against him. Yet, three hours after the man’s death, God spoke very distinctly and loudly to the father, and said, “He’s with me.” After three hours the father finally broke down and cried – not just in grief for his son, but because God had been gracious enough to let the man know that his son was safe.

God is unwilling that anyone should perish, but should have ever-lasting life. Adultery, fornication, sodomy, thievery, lying, hating, murder, homosexuality, greed, gluttony, etc are all sins. And Jesus died so that all our sins would be forgiven, we would be reconciled with God, and we would enjoy eternal life. God hates no one, regardless of their mistakes. He loves every one of His creations and wants them to come to Him.

This site does not judge or condemn anyone, but, rather, hopes to shed light on what we are doing to ourselves, regardless of what sin we are guilty of, and how it is effecting us, our society and our world. We are all guilty of sinning, “But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Jesus said, “The enemy seeks only to kill, steal, and destroy. But I have come to give them life, and life more abundantly.” Reject the enemy and his kingdom, and accept the loving grace of the Almighty God, through His Son, Jesus, the Messiah. We need not fear the world and its problems. Jesus has “overcome the world“.
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Wealth or Welfare

Why is there poor in this nation of riches? There are some who are on welfare through four or five generations – never breaking the cycle. Why? Today there are even more getting on welfare, because of our administration using stimulus money to pay off political cronies, rather than create jobs. Not everyone on welfare has been there through generations. If a black politician proposes legislation that would get people off of welfare, he is called an Uncle Tom. If a white politician proposes the same legislation, he is a racist. The truth is, that government can only add people to the welfare roles and never solve the problem.

I went to a Kathryn Kuhlman meeting, where I heard her say, “Don’t pray for healing for yourself, pray for the person next to you.” Her reasoning was that a prayer for yourself has selfish overtones to it, but a prayer for another person is unselfish and pure. And according the the Harvest Principle, What you truly want for another will be given to you.

Using the Harvest Principle as the rule, we should want financial blessings for others. We should pray for their prosperity. We should get involved in securing economic blessings for them. Doing those things will secure economic blessings for ourselves. Being jealous or resenting wealth for another only takes what we have away from us. This “class warfare” is not only polarizing America, it is contributing to its economic downfall. One side wants to take away, and the other side wants to prevent it being taken away. Both sides are wanting to take away or keep prosperity from the other, and our economy can only be harmed or even destroyed.

Do not want (or covet) another’s wealth. Seek not for yourself, but encourage others to find economic blessings, help others find work or start a business, and do it unselfishly. Then you will be blessed in the same way that you wanted others to be blessed. It is the only way to break the generational enslavement, and the only way to stimulate our economy. Want it for someone else.

Proverbs ll:24-25  “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”

Solomon, the wisest man of his time, wrote those words. They’re worth heeding.

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Family (love) Is Forever

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Teenage Pregnancies At Record Lows

It has been reported that teenage pregnancies have fallen to record lows because of the use of contraceptives and abstinence, but with black and Hispanic teens still experiencing pregnancy and abortion rates two to four times higher than their white peers. The Black community has had a history or enslavement, destruction of family, forced unemployment and poverty. The Hispanic community has, also, had a history of poverty, and has been uprooted from their native countries and forced to contend with a new and unfamiliar culture. The rates of teenage pregnancies in either of the three groups is unacceptable in a civilized society if that society is to survive. This is a new day with new opportunities for all people, and our new morality and principles cannot be based upon the principles adapted in an undeserved and dysfunctional time. Every group and each person must rebuild itself upon the moral teachings of a loving God in a new age of promises and opportunity..

There are many people in the Black and Hispanic communities, that I not only respect, but look up to because of their Godliness and devotion to God. Our communities are not devoid of teachers who can teach us how to stop harming ourselves and how to bring stability and blessings into our lives. We need to stop living the mistakes of the past and grab hold of the promises of today.

Democracy that relies on the will of the people cannot survive a people intent on destroying themselves. We will either have a dictatorial type government that serves the few elite in government, or we can have a democratic government that serves all the people. Our lives and our government are too important to be thrown away by following an outdated philosophy of self-destruction.

Find God. Embrace God. And ask for His embrace. He is a God of love who is waiting for ours.
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A Letter To God

Below is a story of a little girl and her dog, that I received by e-mail. I thought you would like it. Andy

Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month.
The day after she passed away my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey.

She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so, and she dictated these words:

Dear God,

Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I ‘ m happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick. I hope you will play with her. She likes to swim and play with balls.

I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.

Love, Meredith

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey & Meredith , addressed it to God/Heaven.

We put our return address on it.

Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office.

A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet.

I told her that I thought He had.

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, ‘To Meredith’ in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it.
Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, ‘When a Pet Dies.’ Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:

Dear Meredith,

Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help and I recognized her right away. Abbey isn’t sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog.
Since we don’t need our bodies in heaven, I don’t have any pockets to keep your picture in so I ‘ m sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.

Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you. I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much.

By the way, I’m easy to find.

I am wherever there is love.
Love,

God

(I think dogs do go to heaven. I believe God gives us everything we desire in heaven – especially those who love us unconditionally. Andy)

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All I Need (video)

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In Love, Or In Lust?

I Peter 4:8 “Above all, love each other deeply, because  love covers over a multitude of sins.‘
Andy, “Lust covers a multitude of faults.”

It’s no wonder that our divorce rate is at 50%. Our society has been teaching the youth of this nation, that “playing house” or engaging in promiscuous sex is somehow beneficial to their future. However, the exact opposite is true. It is a well known fact that mutual “pair bonding” is created between two people engaging in sex, whether or not they are compatible at any other level other than sex. In other words, they can’t stop wanting the other person, regardless of how disastrous a marriage between the two would be.

It is, also, true that when a couple become serious with one another and they begin to have sexual relations, those trysts detract from the true purpose of courtship, by not concentrating on getting to know one another. The result is that in many marriages, when the fascination with sex wears off, they find that they are married to a total stranger, completely incompatible with themselves. The result is divorce.

Young girls, as young a ten years old, begin planning their wedding. We have television channels that exclusively program weddings. To a young girl, a wedding becomes the ultimate goal, and they will do whatever is necessary to have their own. Sex and grand weddings do not a marriage make. A marriage is made by a man and woman getting to know one another, growing to love one another, with a goal of spending their lives together. That doesn’t mean that the next fifty or sixty years will be a bed of roses, but it does ensure that it won’t be a bed of thorns.

Socrates guiding rule was to “Know Thyself“. I believe that the second guiding rule should be “know who you are marrying.”
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Your Life, Your Decision

With children from a one parent household being six times more likely to get into trouble at school, get in trouble with the law, drop out of school, or becoming a victim of teenage pregnancy; and the parent five times more likely to be forced onto welfare and collect food stamps, it would seem that we are creating a ever-growing segment of anti-social welfare recipients.

Some would blame this phenomena on movies,TV, music, courts,and government with their brainwashing of young people into believing that their actions are of no consequence,or that people are not responsible for their actions. Nothing could be further from the truth. Whatever we want for another or whatever we do to another will be returned to us. People cannot worship themselves or exalt themselves above others, without being demeaned to a position of inferiority. “The meek shall inherit the Earth.” The self-centered will inherit the dirt.

Only the person is responsible for their own actions. The movie moguls will not pay the consequences for our actions. The schools, courts or government will not suffer because of our actions. Only we will reap reward or punishment for our own actions. Only we will suffer for our mistakes. Only we will reap the rewards of a sensible life. No one can choose for us. We’re not dumb animals to be herded by others. It is our choice and ours alone. And it’s not too late to start the rest of our life.

There is way too much suffering in this world, even under the best conditions. There is no excuse for suffering to be self-inflicted, or to inflict it upon our children.

Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
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Proof of God, Christ and Salvation

I recently read that Rev. Schuller and Rick Warren are promoting solidarity with the Muslims. Yes, with those that teach that Jesus will return as Muhammed’s right hand man, denying that he is the Son of God, denying that he died on the cross, and denying what his sacrifice meant to mankind. Muslims believe that Jesus will return to kill all Christians and Jews.
It would seem that these things are simply a matter of opinion. However, the 21st chapter, Abraham the Proof, of my book proves that Jesus is the Son of God, and that He was sacrificed for the forgiveness of mankind’s sins. My book, “God, Reward and Punishment:  Are they real?,” begins by proving through the written word and examples in stories of the Old and New Testaments, and by examples in the lives of famous and ordinary people, and in the history of nations that the Golden Rule or Harvest Principle is an absolute law as undeniable as the law of gravity. It then uses that law to prove that the seed of Christ’s sacrifice was planted 2000 years before his birth, and that forgiveness, reconciliation, and ever-lasting life was the harvest of that seed that Abraham planted.
Below is a listing of the circumstances evident in Isaac’s near sacrifice and in the sacrifice of Jesus:
1. Isaac was intended to be sacrificed on Mt. Moriah for the forgiveness of his father’s sins.
Jesus was sacrificed on Mt.Moriah for the forgiveness of his Father’s sins that were taken from mankind.
2. Isaac was his father’s only son.
Jesus was his Father’s only son.
3. Isaac was a miracle birth, born to a 90 year old woman.
Jesus was a miracle birth, born to a virgin.
4. Isaac was made to carry the wood for his sacrifice to Mt. Moriah.
Jesus carried the wood (his cross) to the place of his sacrifice on Mt. Moriah.
5. Isaac was replaced by a ram caught by his head in thorns.
Jesus was the lamb, and a crown of thorns was placed on his head by the Roman soldiers.
6 God promised that from Isaac the nations would be blessed.
Through Jesus the world was blessed
7. Abraham believed that even if he sacrificed Isaac, God would resurrect him to fulfill God’s promise
Jesus was resurrected and fulfilled the promise.

Seven identical points in each sacrifice. Seven, the number of completion. People need to read my book. They can’t be misled to believing a lie when the proof is available to them. The Golden Rule or Harvest Principle is the foundation of all moral teachings in or out of religion. And now it is the benchmark that proves that God is real, His Son Jesus is real, His plan is real, and salvation is real.
I hope you will read it. We need truth. We need revival. And we need conversion. This book with the help of God will accomplish that.
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