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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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In Love Or In Lust

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

It’s no wonder that our divorce rate is at 50% (only 20% in church goers). 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.”
Blessings, Andy
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Jesus>Religion (video)

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Blessings, Andy
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Believe, But Afraid Of Church Life?

There are many people who believe, but are afraid to go to church and grow. They’re afraid that, since they weren’t brought up in church, that they wouldn’t fit in. They’re afraid that they aren’t knowledgeable enough about the Bible to mix with other Christians. They forget that 2000 years ago, every Christian was a new Christian, and most of them weren’t even familiar with Judaism and the Old testament, but they learned and they grew.
Reading the Bible, especially the New Testament, is important; but knowing what the Bible teaches is more important. My book, “God, Reward and Punishment”, explains why Jesus said, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you“, and that this simple law was the essence of the Laws and the teachings of the prophets. It, also, explains why church is so important.
We go to church to worship God – to sing praises and thanksgiving to Him (lift Him up, and be lifted up), to find strength and encouragement from the sermon and with our relations with others, who believe as we do. Church is the sanctuary of love and healing, in mind, body and spirit.
It is a refuge of the down-trodden, the mistreated and the lonely. And it all depends on how we use the “Golden Rule”. Do you want friendliness from others, then be friendly. If you want love, then love others. If you want forgiveness, find forgiveness in your heart for others.  If you want compassion and support, then be compassionate and support others.
Church life isn’t difficult to fit into. It all depends on how much we love God, and our brothers and sisters. There is no need to fear. I John 14:18-20 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him[a] because He first loved us. 20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can[b] he love God whom he has not seen

Being a Christian and church life are symbionic.  One nurtures and magnifies the other.  A Christian grows in church by loving and supporting one another, by providing a haven for those who seek Christ, and by financing programs that reach out to those in need, and those who have special needs.   By helping the church grow, we grow and people are saved from the secular world, and find “life and life more abundantly”.  Church is not to be feared, it is salvation for all.  See you in church Sunday.

Blessings, Andy

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Muffin

Our white cat named Muffin had to be put to sleep on 9-24-15. She had gall bladder problems that affected her liver. She stayed in the animal hospital for 7 days while they tried to get her bladder operating again. Apparently, a cats bladder just can’t be removed to solve the problems like humans. She kept getting weaker and weaker, and I knew that she was sick and in pain. So, I held her while they put her to sleep. I wasn’t very manly there with the woman vet and her assistant. I cried like a baby when she left.
Every day when I came home through the back door, Muffin would call to me from the den next to the door. She wanted my attention. When I came into the den, she would walk around in figure eights, meowing. I would say, “Okay, let’s get some loving.”, and she would jump up on the couch, go to her little blanket and lay down, waiting for me to join her on the couch and begin the petting. Depending on her need or mood, the petting would last for 5 minutes to over 1/2 hour. And then later on we would do it all over again. I think she thought that my sole reason for living was to give her loving. And maybe she was right. I enjoyed it as much or more than she did.
We found her when she was abandoned at about 3 weeks old. We didn’t want a cat, but we had to feed her – first with a syringe and then with a tiny bottle. The vet at the time just shook his head, thinking that she didn’t have a chance. But we gave her a chance and she lived for another 10 years.
It’s mind-boggling to realize how much we can love another person, even a cat. But death is so final, so absolute. There is no rewind button. We don’t hibernate and then re-awake. Death is not the final phase of our existence, We do have a spirit and an intellect enough to realize and communicate with our creator? There are so many in our world that haven’t used their spirit or intellect to develop a relationship with the power that gives life and then sustains that life, even through death. Why? Life does not end with the death of the body. It is simply released to reap the rewards of their lives.
I believe in life – in this world and in the next. I believe that unconditional love is rewarded in the after-life. I believe that Jesus lives in the Father and the Father in him. I believe Jesus, also, lives in me and I in Him. That makes me connected to the Father through Jesus. I, also, believe that if Muffin and I love each other unconditionally, then she lives in me and I in her. She lives in Jesus, through me. She lives in the Father through Jesus. And I believe she will be there to greet me when I pass from this world into the next. I believe in love, especially the unconditional love that my God has shown me and has nurtured in me. And, because of God’s amazing love that He has shown and given to His creation, I believe I will be petting Muffin through all eternity.
Wait for me baby. I’ll see you later.

Blessings, Andy
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A Beautiful Jewel In A Gift Box

Imagine, if we were to place a beautiful jewel in a gift box and wrap it. It may be a diamond in one box, an emerald in another box, and sapphire in another, and so on, until we have a representative jewel of every kind wrapped in a small box. Imagine, too, that each box is wrapped in different wrapping paper. It might be plain brown paper, a little drab, but functional. It may be brightly colored paper and stand out from the rest. It might be wrapped in colorful, but very thin paper that tears easily. Or another may be wrapped in newspaper. Each wrapping is unique, but containing a precious jewel. The creator or jeweler of each gem, took great care in cutting each of the facets of the gem, making it a completely unique thing of beauty. But lying in a darkened gift box, it doesn’t shine, reflect or sparkle. It lies there in the dark, simply a rock. But if we introduce light into the box the jewel will sparkle, reflecting off of every facet of its unique creation, bringing out its true beauty.

We are much like that. We are a box, wrapped in paper of different sorts, but containing a gem within us, a soul created and formed by God. That precious gem within us lies in darkness, until we invite the light of God, through His son, into us. And then our true beauty comes alive. We sparkle and radiate from every facet of our soul, the love and light of our saviour. And we become a thing of beauty.

One day we will lose our wrapping – the wrapping paper and the box- and our soul, the jewel of our creation will stand in the radiant light of God, eternally reflecting His love and beauty. Bring out that beauty now. Invite Jesus, the light of the world, into your life. Let your unique gem become a blessing of beauty and love to the world. Let the light in. It is in the design and creation of your soul.

Blessings, Andy

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Speak Into Being

Do you pray to yourself, or do you pray aloud, so that both you and God can hear it? Do you just have a warm place in your heart for God, or do you praise and thank Him openly and aloud? Do you read your Bible silently to yourself, or aloud so that your sense of hearing can, also, record what you read?
God spoke the heavens and earth into existence. His word was God’s connection to the physical world, and through the word, He spoke creation into existence. The Book of John tells us that “In the beginning was the word, and the Word was with God and was God. And through Him all things were made, and without Him was nothing made.” It then tells us that the Word became flesh and lived among men. Yes, Jesus was the spoken word of God (His promise of salvation to man) that became flesh and blood and brought salvation to mankind.   Jesus said that if we have the faith of a mustard seed, we could say unto the mountain, be thou cast into the sea and it would be done. Notice that Jesus said to “say” unto the mountain. The Word is a powerful thing. It provides all things from creation to salvation and all things in between. So, don’t be timid. Speak your desire out loud so that you, God and the world can hear. And don’t be afraid to shout out your praise and gratitude to God. He wants to hear you, and He wants to see your joy and enthusiasm. He isn’t impressed with your intellect, but He is moved by your emotions. The Bible brought us to Him. Now He wants our unconditional love. So show it to Him, openly and aloud. And don’t be afraid to vocally tell the mountain to be cast into the sea. Use the power that you have been given through the spoken word.
Blessings, Andy
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Christian, Athiestic, or Imperialistic Wars

Critics really play up the religious wars of Europe during the reformation, in which people overthrew or reformed the Catholic oligarchy that had ushered in the dark ages. Thousands of lives were lost during these wars, but truth won out.
Then came Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, which transformed man from a spiritual being into just an extension of the animal kingdom. Men’s lives were of as little importance as cattle, and the carnage began. Communism sprang up relegating people to to the level of goods to be managed, controlled and made profit of. Up to 50 million people died in Russia during their readjustment period. This was met by another atheistic political movement based upon free-enterprise, yet with dictatorial control over the lives of people. The war between these two atheistic political movements cost up to 50 million lives. Then China turned communist and another 83 million people were exterminated. In all, the twentieth century atheistic movements have cost the lives of 200 million people. And our left-wing politicians and media focus only on problems with Christianity during the Reformation, in order to continue to push for an atheistic one world government.
Islam has sworn to take over every nation of the world, and to exterminate those who would not worship their Allah. The twentieth Century atheism cost the lives of 200 million people. The Twenty-first century cost in lives will be in the billions unless the world wakes up and realizes that Islamic threats are real.
So, tell me: What is worse: Christianity, Atheistic philosophies, or Imperialistic Islam? Or is atomic war a more humane way for the world to die? Think about it, and, while you’re at it, ask yourself where do we go after we leave this world? And we will certainly leave this world one way or another. It’s only a matter of time.
Blessings, Andy
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The Ties That Bind

We live our lives in quiet desperation. We experience places, things, and relationships. We meet people and some become our friends. Then one day we die, and it’s as if we were just a vapor, or a wisp of smoke. We are gone. Our old friends make new friends to use or abuse. The places we’ve been or the things we’ve done remember us no more. There is only one thing that binds us to life. Those we love, and who love us, remember us forever. I naturally remember my family and loved ones who have gone on before. But tears still well up in my eyes when I remember the day I had to allow Dolly, my Peekapoo, to be put down. She was 17 years old, and she was always by my side. Yes, we’re even bound to our pets with love. Most importantly, we are bound to and unconditionally loved by the God who loved us enough to give His only Son that we might have everlasting life.

Romans 8:38-39 “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor heights or depths, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Nothing can separate us from those we love, and especially not from our God.
God is love. It is only with love, in love, and through love that our lives have any meaning at all. So don’t seek adrenalin rushes, places or things. Find love in your life, and never let it go. When you find love, you’ve found life, and life eternal.

Please check out the website below. It is the song “Blest be the ties that bind”, and the ties that bind is love. Enjoy

http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/b/b/bbtttb.htm
Blessings, Andy
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A Still, Small Voice

I KIngs19:11-13 “11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:

12And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

13And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah? “

There are times when God’s voice comes in loudly – almost as if it came from outside ones mind. But most of the time His voice, when He speaks to us, is as a whisper, or a still small voice. Sometimes we don’t know if it is our own thoughts or the voice of God, unless we’ve learned to know or discern His voice from our own thoughts. Many times we need to have it confirmed.

Gideon was asked by God to lead an army against th Medianites and the Amelikites that were taking all the Israelites wealth and goods. Gideon wanted confirmation that it was God speaking to him. After all, if what he heard was his own thoughts, then he could be slaughtered if he went up against the other army.
Gideon first requested that the dew that fell overnight would only be on a sheep skin he would lay on the floor. and not on its surroundings. The next morning only the fleece had dew on it – enough to be wrung out. Then Gideon said, let there be dew not on the fleece tonight, but on the ground round about it. The following morning there was dew everywhere except on the fleece. Then Gideon knew that it was not his own wishful thinking, but the voice of God that he had heard.

God can burst through and disrupt our train of thought when He wants to, but usually God speaks to us in a small still voice, that we need to learn to distinguish from our own thoughts. God wants a relationship with each of us. Not only does He want to hear from us as we pray, He also wants us to hear Him. He wants to commune with us.

Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I [am] God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
Blessings, Andy
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You Are What You Eat

We’ve all heard for all our lives that what we eat is what we become. We eat fatty foods and we become fat. We eat cholesterol laden foods and we become cholesterol laden in our veins. It holds true for even inanimate things. Our computer relies on the data that we put into it, in order to respond back to us correctly. “Junk in – junk out”.
It, also, pertains to our minds. We can intellectually desire to be Christian, but if we ingest filth, pornography, perversion, “justified” anger and hate, lack of compassion for others, and indifference toward others, then we will no longer project God’s love for all things. We will become what we ingested from society and the media and the thoughts of God will be stifled and pushed aside.
We cannot justify watching and accepting the degradation of others, in the media or in society, simply by saying that it had some ‘funny” or educational moments. The media and politicians depend on our support, and if we don’t support ungodly acts, they will cater to our tastes and desires. We don’t need them. They need us. And until we realize this, and demand a change, they will continue to feed us filth and we will continue to bring that filth into our minds and our lives.
We have all been victimized, in one way or another, by ingesting the filth of others. And just as an unhealthy or sick person needs to detox and regain their health, we, too, need to cleanse our minds by ingesting God’s word, and learning of His plan for us. Let the day of detoxification begin today, along with the return of a healthy and happy relationship with our creator.
Blessings, Andy
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