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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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Are my prayers heard?

1 Peter 3:7 (GNT) In the same way you husbands must live with your wives with the proper understanding that they are more delicate than you. Treat them with respect, because they also will receive, together with you, God’s gift of life. Do this so that nothing will interfere with your prayers.

Proverbs 21:13
Verse Concepts
He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be answered.

We know that God will not heed the prayers of a person who will not heed God’s commandments. As we can see, going against God’s commandments includes not treating your wife with love and respect; and ignoring the cry of the poor, whom God has ordered us to have mercy on.

A person’s prayers are not heard even when we hate, hold grudges or harbor bitterness. These things subconsciously wish or want misfortune for the person that harmed the us. We are not allowed to want misfortune for anyone, even if we consider it to be deserved. When we wish or carry out revenge against a person that has wronged us, we are bringing that injury into our own lives. Whatever we want or do to another is returned to us. Jesus said to “Do unto others, what you want for yourself.” Your wish will not bring misfortune to another. Your action may or may not bring misfortune to another. But either will certainly, without a doubt, bring misfortune to you.   Your wishes or actions may or may not harm another person.  God, I’m sure, cares about the other person, but He is most concerned for those who seek Him, and how their actions toward others bring harm to themselves.

  1. Hosea 4:6 (DBY) My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; for thou hast rejected knowledge, and I will reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me; seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I also will forget thy children.

Matthew 5:22-24 22But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ (to spit in contempt for another’s worthliness) will be subject to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be subject to the fire of hell. 23Therefore if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24leave your gift there before the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift...”

If you would have your prayers heard, and you desire a true relationship with God, then you must not wish or want misfortune for anyone because of your pride, greed, anger, hate, or bitterness,  regardless how justified you may feel.   Don’t place sin between you and God.  Sin takes many forms, but if you hold ill will for anyone, you are sinning.  Flee from sin and forgive those who sin against you.  Grab hold of the knowledge that God has given us, and protect yourself  from yourself.

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Present weakness and resurrection life

Think Christianity is down and out.  Think again.  Read the truth in the passage below.

 

2 Corinthians 4:1-15 New International Version (NIV)
Present Weakness and Resurrection Life

4 Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”[a] made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”[b] Since we have that same spirit of[c] faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

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Wing Suiter Meets His Maker

WING SUITER MEETS HIS MAKER.

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You are special

We have been created in the image of God. We have so much love and compassion in us that we adopt dogs, cats or other animals as our own children. We pamper them, love them, snuggle with them and spoil them. Yes, we treat them as if they were our children. But the unconditional love that comes from them to us and back again is real and is powerful.
Is it wrong to love them so much? Is it wrong to make them feel so very special to us? I think not. Our God loved us so much that He sent His only son so that whosoever believes in him would not perish, but would have everlasting life. He sent His son to take upon himself the sins of mankind so that death would not claim us, but we would simply transcend into eternal life. Yes, God made us special to Him.

John 1:12

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–

He loves us unconditionally and makes us feel worthy and wanted, just as we make our special pets feel.
I John 4:8 “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” We love, because we know God. We receive His love, we share His love, and we return His love. We are the conduit of God’s love here on Earth. We treat each other and other living things as special and loved, because our God has loved us and made us special. We are all His creation, and all are loved. We are special. God has made that abundantly clear.
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Carl Jung’s synchronicity is God

The famous psychiatrist Carl Jung developed the theory that all things were connected in the universe, which would explain certain phenomena where the odds of it happening is unbelievable.
This phenomena happened once to me. We were traveling from Chicago to Tennessee where my mother lived. Half way there, in Effingham, we stopped to refuel. I noticed at the gas station that there was a van with the name of the Baptist Church in the town where my mother lived. I walked over to the van, and out of the back of the van came two young men who lived across the road from my mother. They had been to Michigan to help build a church, and had stopped, as I had to refuel. The odds of this happening astounded me.
The motivational speaker Wayne Dyer told a similar story during one of his presentations. He was at a naval installation on the east coast one cold and wintry night. As he started outside, another sailor advised him that he shouldn’t stay out too long, since it was so cold. Wayne continued outside and only stayed there for about ten minutes. When he returned he took a better look at the other sailor and discovered that it was his brother that he hadn’t seen in two years.
My brother-in-law related another story about himself. He was a soldier in Japan headed for his permanent station in South Korea, when he spotted his brother in the cafeteria. He hadn’t seen his brother in years, since he had been stationed in Europe for three years. It turned out that his brother was leaving Korea for his station in the States.
Those are three stories that defy explanation. The Swiss Psychiatrist Carl Jung explains it by calling it the synchronicity of the universe. But how are these things synchronized? And who does the synchronizing? Scientists will do any thing and say anything except the obvious. Yes, all things are synchronized and programmed from a universal source. His name is Jehovah, and He not only synchronized the universe, He created it. Of course the universe and each and every life in planned and synchronized. They all originate with God. He even allows for our mistakes, by giving His son to die in payment for our sins (our mistakes).
So look for the unusual, the unexplained and the synchronicity in your life. And while you at it, pay attention to what you feel or do to others, and see how it ends up as your reward or punishment. Yes, it’s all connected, and it’s time that we all became aware of it and how it affects our lives.

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Will they come to me now?

The following may have been the thoughts of Jesus as he lay in tomb:

I watch my people blindly flailing at life with the tools of my enemy. They harm others, hurt them, and hate them. My tears feel like rivers of lava rolling down my checks, and still I watch. I watch as they destroy the dream I had for them, and my heart feels as if it was being ripped from my chest. They create the pain and I suffer for it. Those that lead them have tried to obliterate me from history. They whipped me, beat me, insulted and cursed me. And then they drove the heavy nails through my hands and my feet. They nailed me to a cross and then raised the cross until it fell into the hole and jarred me to near unconsciousness. And still they jeered and humiliated me, as if the pain were my enemy. Even my enemies did not understand. I took their pain for myself, so that my people could once again live free. I welcomed the pain. It was the key that freed my people.
Now as I lie here on this cold stone in a sealed tomb, I wonder: Will my people understand now? Will they accept their freedom and live for themselves and for their God that created them? Will my people finally be free? Tomorrow I will rise and leave this tomb. When my people see me resurrected, will they believe? Will they follow me in love and leave the hate, greed and bitterness behind them? Will they come to me, now?  Will you come?

Matthew 11:28-29King James Version (KJV)
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

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Understanding Atheism. Understanding God

From my previous post you read of 5 atheists who attempted to prove that God was not real, but became believers instead.
When an atheist says that they don’t believe in God, it simply means that they have chosen not to believe God. They really aren’t saying that they know that there is no God. A person has to seek the truth in order to find it. An atheist has put no effort in trying to prove or disprove God. They simply choose not to  believe. They may have taken their stand in order to shock people, to aggravate people, or to be a member of an out group that they admire for some reason. That haven’t found proof that God exists or doesn’t exist. They simply choose to not believe in Him

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to be well-pleasing unto him ; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that seek after him.

God is a rewarder of them that seek Him. Many people, including myself, have attempted to prove or disprove the existence of God. By seeking Him, or seeking truth we have found the proof of His existence. We have found Him and we have been rewarded with His power and protection here on earth and with eternal life after this life on earth.

I believe everyone should look for the proof of His existence or non-existence. Only then will they know for sure that God really does live and has promised to live with us and live within us with Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Know that He is real, and that He lives with us and within us.

John 14:23 23Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

Seek until you know. Seek until He rewards you and  makes His home with you.

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Five skeptics who tried to disprove Christianity (and got saved)

5 Skeptics Who Tried to Disprove Christianity (and got saved)!

by Jim Graham on April 11, 2013

Here are 5 examples of respected skeptics who set out to disprove Christianity, yet through their research actually became Christians.

1. Sir William Mitchell Ramsay was a highly respected archaeologist (so much so that he was knighted) from Scotland. He set out to prove the historical inaccuracies of the book of Acts. Ramsay thought this book was the most ridiculous of all the New Testament. 15 years he spent researching and digging, only to end up being convinced of the incredible accuracy of the book, converted to Christianity, and called Luke (who wrote Acts) one of the greatest historians to ever live. His has written several books on the subject, which have yet to be refuted. His work caused an outcry from atheists because they had been eagerly awaiting his results in disproving the validity of the book.

2. Frank Morrison was an English journalist and author who set out to disprove the myth of Christianity over over 80 years ago. His book “Who moved the stone?” is a classic and has led many people to Christ.

3. Lee Strobel was a journalist for the Chicago Tribune who set out to disprove Christianity, but ended up becoming a Christian and created the famous “Case for…” series.

4. Josh McDowell set out to write a paper in college to expose Christianity as a myth, but ended up being so convinced that he became a Christian himself and wrote the influential book “Evidence that Demands a Verdict”.

5. Andre Kole was a giant in the world of magic, creating tricks for the greatest magicians in the world including making the statue of liberty disappear for David Copperfield. He was commissioned to study the miracles of the bible to expose them as magic tricks and thus disprove its legitimacy. Through this investigation, Andre Kole became a Christian and has since dedicated himself to spreading the Gospel via the art of magic, performing in more countries than any other magician in history.

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Ezekiel 18:32

“32 For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live! ” – Ezekiel 18:32

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What would love do?

A popular saying a few years ago was, “What would Jesus do?” It is a valid question that allows us to compare our actions to the benchmark of Jesus, but it requires interpretation. When you compare yourself to Jesus, you’re comparing yourself with a person and a personality. It’s easy to bring in judgement to justify what we already feel or how we want to act or react. The question of measuring our actions against someone or something else is easier when we remove the emotions, judgements or interpretations, and compare ourselves to an absolute value that our minds can’t manipulate and rationalize.
We should, instead, compare ourselves to an absolute, and unbending value. God is love. Love is static and eternal. It never changes for conditions or circumstances. God, or love, was the same yesterday, today and forever. We should always ask ourselves if our actions or our reactions to people is truly based on love and compassion for that person, or do we want vindication for ourselves? If we want punishment for another person, we will reap punishment for ourselves. That is sin, or harming ourselves, and harming ourselves is against God’s will for us.
Jesus said, “love your enemies, bless those that curse you, and pray for those that who despitefully use you and persecute you.” When we concentrate on that verse, we know what Jesus would do.
But if you have trouble remembering and deciphering everything Jesus said, then just ask yourself, “What would love do?”, which is a more direct way of asking what God or Jesus would do. The next question is “What are you going to do?”.

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