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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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The sign

You may have read that my wife of 60 years died on April 26. Since that time, three weeks, I’ve been praying and asking for a sign that she was in heaven with her children. For three weeks I haven’t seen or heard any signs, until last night. My friends had bought a wooden cross for me rather than flowers. I put it on my computer desk. Next to it stood a lamp, and on the other side of the lamp was a figurine of Jesus carrying his cross for his crucifixion. It’s been there for about ten years and because the light is next to it, a silhouette of Jesus carrying his cross is cast upon the wall.
Last night I was clearing my desk and picked up the cross and again asked that I receive a sign that my wife was with Jesus. I set the cross back down on my desk and glanced to my left, and I saw the silhouette of Jesus just as I heard the words, “Didn’t I die for her?”
It was as if He was scolding me. The bible says “all who believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life.” It, also says that “those who believe and are baptized shall be saved.” I didn’t have to question where my wife was. Jesus and the Bible makes it absolutely clear. She believed and was baptized. She has been saved and is with her children. In a way I regret having asked for a sign. Then again, it was good to hear from my friend Jesus again.
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A dog and his friend

Overcome instinct with love and concern.
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One day all God’s creatures, including mankind, will love one another.

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Fall on your knees

It’s amazing how good Christians can put so much importance in church ritual and activities, and ignore the truly important commandments to love God with every fiber of our being, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.

I heard a story telling the difference between horses and donkeys as they defend themselves against a predator (the church’s predator is Satan). The horses will form a circle with their heads inside the circle facing each other, and then they use their hind legs to kick at the approaching predator. Donkeys, also, form a circle, but with their heads facing out toward the predator, leaving their hind quarters inside the circle to kick each other to death.

Christians, stop acting like jackasses, and face each other, loving your God, above all things, with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, and loving your brothers and sisters as much or more than you love yourself. The Church was not created to be a place that we use to entertain ourselves. It is the place where we worship and exalt our One True God. Our focus should not be outside the church, but inside. Unless we focus on the love of God, and focus our love on Him, we are just an empty facsimile of the person God wants us to be, and the person His Son died to empower us to be.

Words in the song “Oh, Holy Night” says “Fall on your knees. Hear the angel’s voices.” Yes, fellow Christians, fall on your knees, spend time on your knees. Only then will we be empowered, our church empowered, and our nation, once again, will be empowered with the love of God and with our love for Him and all mankind. Fall on your knees. Focus on Him, get in touch with your spirit and then hear the Angels singing in your heart and in your church.

God sent the Spirit of Truth or Holy Spirit to instruct us, comfort us, guide us and empower us. He’s inside of us, trying to be heard above the clamor of the world. We need to take some quiet time to listen to him and allow Him to bring fulfillment and completion to our lives. He alone has all the answers for this world and the next; and all we have to do is to be humble enough to fall on our knees, to focus on our Father, and to focus on the needs of one another. It’s easy. Where are you focused – inside the circle of love, or on the world outside?

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Do all religions worship one God?

And God spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:1-3

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:”
Mark 12:29

“And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Deut 10:12, Matt 22:37, Mark 12:30, Luke 10:27

John 17:17 ” Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth”

Would God lie? Would He tell one group of people, that there is a caste system with seven tiers of worthiness? Would He then tell another group, “Galatian 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”? Would He tell one group of people that women are less than men, and have no rights or freedoms, after He tells us that all are equal? Would He tell one group to hate and kill those who disagree with them, and tell another group, Matthew 5:44 “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”? Would He tell one group to go into the world and offer them salvation, Matthew 28:19-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”; and then tell another group to conquer all nations and force them, under threat of death, to become disciples?

God would not lie to and mislead one group of people and give truth to another. God’s “word is truth“. And “the Lord thy God is One Lord“. God “is the same yesterday, today and forever.” There is but one God. Because of the isolation, in ages past, from the rest of world, many groups have sought God, knowing that He was there, yet have not learned of the true God, relying on men’s interpretation of who He should be.

The God I serve is called Jehovah, which is quite simply an Anglicized form of Yehovah,” and preserves the four Hebrew consonants YHVH, probably pronounced Yahweh. He has been recorded since the beginning of time. He caused a nation to be born out of Abraham. Five hundred years later, after the nation of Israel had multiplied to over a million people, He gave us the Ten Commandments through Moses and created a spiritual bond with man. Fifteen hundred years later, He sacrificed His Son for the forgiveness of our sins, so that we could be reconciled to Him and have eternal life. He didn’t demand that we be perfect in our works, but simply asks us to love Him as He loves us.

Christianity is love, not hate. It is forgiveness, not condemnation. It is gained through love, not works. It is not something we have to work for to obtain. It is a gift from God.

As a Christian I don’t judge or condemn anyone for not believing the same way that I do. But as Jesus commanded us, I do hold my hand out to others, so that they can find what I have found In Him. Above all things, I pray that you find love. Then you’ve found God.
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Body Language

Did you ever notice, that when you tell your cat to come in or to get off of the table, they squint their eyes, as if by not seeing you, they don’t have to listen to you? Did you ever notice that when a dog is aggravated by a situation – not playing with them, or not paying attention to them – they snort or sneeze? I’m sure you’ve noticed that dogs are more adept at expressing themselves through their body language than cats; and that cats are much more vocal, probably believing that we understand “meow” language, because we seem to always know what they want or need? They talk to you, and answer your responses as if carrying on a conversation with you. They both read us, too. They even watch which shoes we put on, trying to figure out whether we’re staying in, going out into the yard, or going shopping.

We and our pets communicate by vocalization, facial expressions or body language, just like every other person in the world. Have you noticed that the most aggressive and confrontational person is the person who is desperately trying to obtain love and respect. Or that the most boisterously reveling person is really the unhappiest?

We can’t find love and respect by dominating others. We can’t find inner happiness by pretending outwardly to have great fun. The pain and turmoil that we have inside of us, because of childhood upbringing or painful experiences cannot be covered over and forgotten by our actions toward others. And the love we need is too important to be entrusted to another fallible person. Only by learning of God’s great love for us, and learning to love, trust and rely on Him for our needs, will we find true peace and happiness. Only God’s love can erase our pain. Only His love can provide the firm foundation that we need to face the world each day without being defeated by it.

Yes, body language is fascinating. But reading someone’s actions and attitudes to determine what will happen to them in the future is essential. Whatever we want or do to another determines what happens to us. And the target of our actions or thoughts is not necessarily the source of the action that we receive in our lives. It is the intent that is returned to us from any source, and not the retaliation of the person we had intended or wished misfortune. When we worship at the throne of God through positive thoughts and actions, He rewards us. When we worship at the throne of Satan through negative thoughts and actions, he repays us with the negative in our lives. What do your actions and thoughts predict for your future? In order to decide which path to take, we must be aware of one fact: If you worship God and His ways, your blessings will be 10 times greater than your intent for others, and worshiping Satan and his ways your misfortune in life will be 10 times greater than your intent or wish for others.

Become aware of your attitudes and actions, and learn of your future.

“Those who come to the Lord, must know that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
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Death and life are in the power of the tongue

John 1:1-5 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning.
3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it…. “
John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Genesis 1:3 “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

In the above verses we see that God simply spoke all of creation into being. He spoke the word, and the abstract and intangible became visible, physical, and touchable.

In the same way, God spoke our salvation into being in the form of Jesus, the Son of God, and Messiah of the world. Jesus is the Word. He is our salvation. Through Him we can have forgiveness of our sins, mistakes and blunders. Through Him we are reconciled with God the Father. Through Him we can have an eternal relationship and commune with the Almighty God of the Universe.

God spoke salvation into the world, but we must speak our own personal salvation into being by confessing, that Jesus is the Son of God, that He was sent by his Father to take our sins upon himself, through his torture and crucifixion, so that we may be forgiven of our sins, and have ever-lasting life, that He was resurrected, and as he laid down his life for us, we must vow to live our lives for him, spreading God’s love throughout the world, and bringing salvation to all mankind.

Proverbs 18-21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
Will you say the words that bring eternal life in Heaven, or will you speak words of eternal damnation in Hell. You have the power. It’s as easy as speaking.

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Granting a request

Sometimes the simplest things can explain the deepest and most complicated of understandings. I had spoiled my cat,when we were in bed, by raising up the covers to make a little tent or cave for him to hide in. This involves my elbow being on the bed with my arm lifted up as a tent pole. He refused to go into the cave I made unless I was under the covers too. As soon as I went under the covers, he ran right in. I don’t understand his reasoning, except maybe he didn’t want to be in there alone if the roof of his tent caved in.
If I were sleeping or attempting to go to sleep when he came to bed, he would put his two paws on my hip as I lay on my side, and begin pushing until I responded. I usually went along with it, but last night I was sound asleep and he began pushing on me. I finally decided that I might as well make his cave and maybe he would leave me alone. I made the cave and he ran right in, and as I lay there I wondered why I was making a cave for a cat that had no respect for my sleep.
Then I remembered the stories Jesus told. He said, “If a man asks you to walk a mile with him, walk two miles.’ and ‘If someone asks for your cloak, given them also your coat.‘ Because I understood that whatever we want for another or do to another, will be given to us, I realized that granting a person’s request and more, is our way of opening ourselves to
God answering our prayers and requests plus a little more. I realized that if we refused a request, we were opening up ourselves to having our prayers denied.
That doesn’t mean that we should honor every request, even if it is sinful or unreasonable. It does mean that we should surround ourselves with reasonable people, who would not ask us to do anything sinful or unreasonable, in order to prevent ourselves from having to refuse a request. Every time we refuse, we are vetoing one of our prayers.
You will be known by the company you keep, and your prayers will be answered by the company you keep. Help others and be helped. Aid others and be aided. Protect others and be protected. Grant wishes for your fellow man, and know that your prayers will be answered.

Last night Sammy, my cat, woke me up another two times for a total of 3 times so I would make him a tent for a few minutes. I hope he lets me sleep tonight, but if he doesn’t, I’ll grant his request. I want to make sure God answers mine.

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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:24-2525 “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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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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Absurdities and Atrocities

Voltaire: ‘Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.

Unknown: “Credo quia absurdum, I believe it because it is absurd.”

Some of the absurdities that he progressive politicians and their propaganda machine, the left-wing media, is causing many people to believe are:
Progressive politicians are saintly honest, and conservative politicians must always be up to no good. 17 Trillion dollars is nothing. We need to keep spending and spending until we are solvent again. We need to use stimulus money to prop up renewable energy companies owned by Democratic party contributors until they declare bankruptcy, because it creates jobs for the American people. All religions are peace-loving; and importing an alien religion will not lead to Sharia law and personal enslavement. Using State Department money to refurbish Mosques around the world, and finance book-signing tours for Muslims, while outlawing Christianity in our society, is simply showing tolerance. Supporting the overthrow of non-terrorist nations and replacing them with terrorist governments is simply an act of self-determination. The true radicals and potential terrorists are ex-servicemen, Christians and conservatives. We must be tolerant of everyone and everything, except Christians and conservatives. Marriage is a union of two people who love each other, not just for a man and woman to come together to procreate and provide a safe and nurturing environment for children. Shacking-up is an alternative to marriage for self-centered people unwilling to commit themselves to anyone or anything. Our nation’s birth rate will not deteriorate to the point of being out-bred by others who are alien to our way of life. Our nation’s borders, especially our southern border are secure. No terrorists or drug smugglers cross our borders. We, nevertheless, love America, the American people, the American way of life, and the American Constitution.

These are some of the atrocities that those absurdities and lies will cause us to commit:
The atrocity of forbidding God in public life. We will idolize lying, cheating, stealing and even murder, while condemning open honesty as something evil. A 20 trillion national debt pushed off onto the next generation, who will have no choice but to declare bankruptcy. We will erase God from public life, and He will erase us. Heterosexual sex and marriage will be destroyed and outlawed. Only non-procreating sex will be allowed, and a chosen segment of our society will be allowed to breed and continue the work pool. Christianity will be outlawed and others will be awarded the responsibility of policing the moral or ethical laws of the new age. There will be no definable race, so racial hate will be a thing of the past. However, each person will be so unhappy and unfulfilled that they will hate their lives and the lives of everyone else on the planet. Violence and murder will be rampant throughout society, leading to a huge police and military force in an attempt to maintain order, which will lead to their own brand of enslavement, violence and murder.

Are we really ready to accept these new absurdities,which will lead to the atrocities that will lead to the total destruction of mankind? Are we as dumb as they hope we are? Will we commit the atrocities that will destroy us, by believing absurdities? Or are we an educated people, blessed by God, and able to think for ourselves just as those people who wrote our constitution?

Voltaire could have put it differently by saying, “Believing absurdities distorts and perverts rational thought, causing people to become irrational and distorted in their thinking, which leads to atrocities and their destruction.”

Think about it.

Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.’, Voltaire

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