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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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It’s Our Choice

Adam and Eve made a choice. They chose to eat of the Tree of Knowledge. But with knowledge comes choices. Decisions must be made. Knowledge gives us the information we need to make a choice, but there are right choices and wrong choices. The more complex our society becomes, the more complex our choices become. Adam and Eve were alone on the earth, and their choices were simple. They were one step away from the Garden of Eden where they had no need to make choices. God supplied their needs and only asked for their obedience and fellowship with Him.
But they chose to make their own decision, and they were given the responsibility of supplying their own needs. Still, their choices were few and life was simple: choose how to prepare the soil, choose which seeds to plant, choose how to plant them, and choose how to protect and nurture the plants to maturity. Life was simple and still close to their life in the garden.
Then came children, and the choices became more complicated. Of the first two to be born of Adam and Eve, Cain chose to kill Abel. People began to multiply, and the complications of choices were compounded. Today we live in a world where other people and groups of people want to make our choices for us. They want to supplant the authority of God and become the serpent in the garden. We, then, must choose. Do we follow Satan the serpent or do we follow God? The choices for us are the same today as it was for Adam and Eve in the garden. How will we now choose, knowing the consequences of our choice is between an eternity in Heaven or Hell? It’s our choice.

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Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Light

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Finding God

I live in America. I can read any Holy book without fear for my life. I can even become a member of any religion without fear for my life. But, I became a Christian at the age of fourteen without having read of other religions and not even knowing if God or His Son was real. It simply seemed right. It wasn’t until years later, while writing my book,”God, Reward and Punishment: Are they real?” that I was led in my studies to discover proof that God was real, and that He actually did sacrifice His Son, Jesus, for the forgiveness of my sins and for mankind’s sins. I have seen the proof in the Bible, I have heard His voice, and I have been forever changed.

I have studied the other religions who claim to know God. But they don’t know the God that I know. My God is the God of love; and His greatest commandments to me is to love Him and to love my fellow man as He loves me. I am not expected to have super-human will power or to accomplish great works. But with the love of God in my heart I can do no other person harm, and my works are seen in my blessings to others. He lives in me, and I in Him. Therefore, the works that I begin are finished through love, through Him who is the God of love. Yes, I may do great things, “yet not I, but Him who is in me”.

As I face a world that grows increasingly more dangerous to those who know the true God, I know that I will not be moved and I will not compromise justice for any price. I know that I must die before I meet my God face to face. How I die is not as important, as how I live.

This peace of mind can belong to anyone. The Holy Bible tells us that “He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him.” I encourage you to seek Him, and to collect your reward. I promise you, that you will be eternally grateful that you did.

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Auditioning for a role

From all the news, it seems couch auditioning has been going on for a long time for females. Now the media bosses have a new way to qualify contestants for a role. You simply have to criticize, accuse, defame or insult President Trump and you qualify. Also, the more creative or ridiculous the criticism, accusation, defamation or insult is, the better your chances are to get the role. And this process is good for both sexes. This, also, ensures that the people from the top to bottom in the media are sick, demented, twisted or otherwise unfit to join the general population.
However, like every program, there are exceptions who actually support and applaud our president. This is a verification of the Taoist Yin and Yang theory. Meaning that within every negative group there  is some positive, and in every positive group there are a few Rinos. Now that you have the formula, you can begin filling in the scorecard.

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Two facts that prove the resurrection

Most people who honestly seek to understand their reason for being here, and who diligently seek to prove or disprove the existence of God, have found at least two things that prove the resurrection of Jesus.

The first proof they see is in the lives of the apostles. When Jesus was crucified, only one (the youngest) stayed close to Jesus until he was placed in the tomb. The other apostles were scared to death, and fled hoping to take up their former lives and melt back into obscurity and safety from those who had killed Christ. Then the resurrected Jesus appeared to them and they were transformed into fiery evangelists of God. They returned to Jerusalem, the stronghold of their enemies, and boldly preached the gospel of Jesus. They no longer feared for their lives, and all but one were eventually murdered for their loyalty to the risen savior. They could not be moved from their conviction to serve their risen savior. Just like Job, they knew that their Redeemer lives.

The second proof we need to understand has to do with the Harvest Principle or Golden Rule. The night that Jesus was brought before the Sanhedrin for trial, Peter denied knowing Jesus three times, just as Jesus predicted. Jesus had already taught, “If you deny me before men, I will deny you before my Father. If you confess me before men, I will confess you before my Father.” Because Peter had denied knowing Jesus three times, he stood condemned.

The disciples didn’t seem to understand much about the Harvest Principle, and never explained it in their writings. But Jesus understood, and one of the first things he did after his resurrection was to confront Peter and ask him three times if he loved him. Peter answered him and confessed three times that he loved Jesus. Three times denying Christ minus three times confessing his love for Jesus equals a clean slate. Peter was no longer condemned. Only Jesus would have known to ask Peter this question, and only a risen Jesus would have been there to ask it. “Simon, Bar Jonah, do you love me more than these (the other disciples)?” “Peter, do you love me?” And again, “Peter, do you love me?”

How many times have you denied knowing Jesus? How many times must you confess your love for him? He loved us enough to give up his life for us. He deserves our eternal and unconditional love and trust.

Yes, Jesus I love you. I love you. You know that I love you.

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Whose rules for life do we follow?

Have you ever watched the way people act and try to figure out their motives or incentives for relating to other people the way that they do? The loudest person wants to be heard above everyone else, and, also, wants to be above everyone else. We’re all guilty of being interested in self-preservation, but must we continually try to sell ourselves and to control others for our own sense of security? If we watch people trying to manipulate people and promote themselves over others, they begin to look pathetic, begging or demanding that others give them respect and a higher spot in the pecking order. I have watched others, who are humble and secure enough in themselves to actually be kind and considerate to others – who are genuinely interested in the other persons well-being.
The secret in these diametrically opposed position has to be found in where the person places their trust. The self-centered “ME” person relies upon themselves for security and safety. They believe life is simply composed of how they use their physical senses. The person who always sees the other person as being as important as themselves, know that they are loved, that they don’t have to manipulate anyone in order to secure a bright future for themselves, and that they don’t have to fight the world in order to be a winner. These people have found true happiness through knowing God. They have found His love, His protection, and His plan for them, to provide a prosperous and successful life. By accepting the gift of forgiveness from Jesus, they have found the love to forgive others. They hold no grudges or bitterness and their lives are free of fear and worry. They no longer fear for themselve, but have found the love to care about others. They don’t hold others down, they lift them up. They don’t promote themselves, they encourage others.
We have nothing but sympathy for those who are fearful and insecure. But we admire and are inspired by those who are secure in their God. Do we want to spend our lives fighting the unwinnable fight, or do we want to know that there is no fight, because our future is secure in God. We play by Satan’s rules when we fight our own fight. We play by God’s rules when we give ourselves to others. Whose team are you on?

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Church for families

I am sometimes saddened when I drive to church, to see the children and families on the street or in their yards who are not going to be in church with us.
I am sometimes heartbroken as I see the statistics, in crime, drugs, unwed mothers, and broken lives and families, continue to rise. And I am troubled when the statistics in teen suicide continue to grow. I know that they weren’t even taught where they could turn when the world got too much for them.
We as parents have been given children and a responsibility to teach them the truth about all of creation, and not just the secular created version of life. The same people who tell us that we should not force Christian morality on our children are the same people who will defend the right of our education system, our government and our media to teach them their version of morality, or lack thereof.
My wife and I have lost two of our adult children and we know that they are in Heaven. I can’t explain the joy and consolation we enjoy, knowing that we had given them direction before they had to leave us. My first prayer after their death was, “Hold them in your arms, Father, until I can hold them in my arms again.”
I wish that no parent will ever have to know the pain of losing a child. But whether a child goes first or you go first, know this: You can hold them in your arms again, and what a glorious moment that will be. It is a promise made to us – not by a school, a government or the media, but it was made to us by God Himself.

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Forgiveness for all

The film, “Heaven’s Rain”, shows Rev. Richard Douglass preaching his final sermon, using many of his actual words from his last sermon before he and his wife were murdered, and their two children shot and left for dead.

You see, the joy of life is poisoned by the resentment of past grudges. We have to get rid of the bad blood because we grow by getting the skeletons out of our closet and opening the door to life with forgiveness, and mercy, and love.”
“God’s judgment is precious. Almost never will you meet a person who doesn’t believe there ought to be judgment in this world—that we should be held accountable for our actions. But our God is also a merciful and loving and forgiving God.”

And the moving scene contains these thoughts, written for the screen but
reflecting the values Richard lived and the high standard of forgiveness he held.

“The New Testament, in Matthew, says, ‘Love your enemies. Bless those who curse you. Do good to those who hate you. And pray for those who mistreat and persecute you, that you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes the sun to rise on the evil and the good—and sends rain on the just and the unjust.’”
“Even in classic literature, Shakespeare tells us ‘the quality of mercy is not
strained,’ meaning forgiveness can’t be forced. ‘It droppeth as the gentle rain
from heaven upon the place beneath,’ meaning it falls with God’s grace. ‘It’s
twice blessed: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.’ So when we forgive someone else, we’re blessed with forgiveness ourselves.”

As Rev. Richard Douglass said, it is as important for us to forgive others, as it is for God to forgive us. We must give before we can take.
Blessings, Andy
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Politics

Remember: The word “politics” came from Greece and is a combination of two words: ” Poli“, meaning “many” and “tics“, meaning “blood-sucking parasites“. We’re extremely fortunate that Donald Trump is not a politician nor a person who practices politics.
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Jesus Loves Me (revised version)

Jesus Love Me (e-mail received)
Subject: Fw: Jesus loves me this I know (Senior version – nice)

SENIOR VERSION OF JESUS LOVES ME
92 YEAR OLD PREACHER

While watching a little TV on Sunday instead of going to church, I
watched a church in Atlanta honoring one of its senior pastors who had been
retired many years. He was 92 at that time and I wondered why the church
even bothered to ask the old gentleman to preach at that age. After a warm
welcome, introduction of this speaker, and as the applause quieted down,
he ose from his high back chair and walked slowly, with great effort and a
sliding gait to the podium. Without a note or written paper of any kind
he placed both hands on the pulpit to steady himself and then quietly and
slowly he began to speak….

“When I was asked to come here today and talk to you, your pastor asked
me to tell you what was the greatest lesson ever learned in my 50-odd years
of preaching. I thought about it for a few days and boiled it down to just
one thing that made the most difference in my life and sustained me through
all my trials.. The one thing that I could always rely on when tears and
heartbreak and pain and fear and sorrow paralyzed me…
The only thing that would comfort was this verse……… …..

“Jesus loves me this I know.
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong,
We are weak but He is strong…..
Yes, Jesus loves me….
The Bible tells me so.”

The old pastor stated, “I always noticed that it was the adults who
chose the children’s hymn ‘Jesus Loves Me’ (for the children of course) during
a hymn sing, and it was the adults who sang the loudest because I could
see they knew it the best.”

“HERE FOR YOU NOW IS A SENIOR VERSION OF JESUS LOVES ME”:

JESUS LOVES ME

Jesus loves me, this I know,
Though my hair is white as snow
Though my sight is growing dim,
Still He bids me trust in Him.
(CHORUS)

YES, JESUS LOVES ME.. YES, JESUS LOVES ME..
YES, JESUS LOVES ME, FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO.

Though my steps are oh, so slow,
With my hand in His I’ll go
On through life, let come what may,
He’ll be there to lead the way.
(CHORUS)

When the nights are dark and long,
In my heart He puts a song..
Telling me in words so clear,
“Have no fear, for I am near.”
(CHORUS)

When my work on earth is done,
And life’s victories have been won.
He will take me home above,
Then I’ll understand His love.
(CHORUS)

I love Jesus, does He know?
Have I ever told Him so?
Jesus loves to hear me say,
That I love Him every day.
(CHORUS)

If you think this is neat, please pass it on to your friends. If you do
not pass it on, nothing bad will happen, but you will have missed an
opportunity to “reach out and touch” a friend or a loved one.

GOD BLESS US ALL!!!
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