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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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Inconvenient Truths and Value Judgments

How has the world come to this point? We have one group of people who try to base their judgment on facts and truth in order to have a just society. Then we have another group that dismisses or ignores the facts in order to make the decision about a problem a value judgment. They pretend that both sides have equally good points in order to make a value judgment in favor of their wants. They’d rather pretend that the truth is a lie, than to admit that they have been living a lie. They even lump God’s teachings in with other truths to be ignored, in order to rationalize and to justify their self-centered, self-serving value judgments.  A goal that is achieved with lies and pretense is of no value to anyone.  It is simply created to destroy that which is true and factual – in other words “reality”.
Sanctify them with your truth, Father. Your word is truth.”
The Lord placed a lot of importance on truth. Jesus said, “I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life.
Unless the world stops treating the facts and the truth as enemies, it will continue to unravel. And we have no one to blame but our own egotistical selves. Value judgment? What value is a judgment based on lies and pretenses? Let’s get honest people.  Let’s get back to reality.
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Who Am I? Who Are You?

Since I accepted Christ and was baptized, I am no longer the person that I used to be, nor am I guilty of those things that I used to do. I was born again of water and the spirit. My old self died on the cross along with all my past sins. That which is dead is irrelevant today. I won’t allow others to continue to put a dead man’s label on me. I am a new person. I have been given the power to become a child of God, an heir of God and joint-heir with Christ. I am filled with God’s spirit and His love. As a new person, I love God and I love mankind. I will not be labeled by the mistakes of the past, but only by an everlasting future. Who am I? I am a born-again Christian. And you can be, too. Dump the baggage of the past, and start over as a new person in Christ. Only then will you be free. “Whom Christ has freed, is free indeed.”
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DNA and the written word

A message typed out to read is like DNA in many ways. We can look at a written page and we can read the message. However, being able to read the message does not disprove the existence of an intelligence that formulated the letters to create a message. Being able to decipher DNA, also, does not disprove the existence of the intelligence that formulated the DNA. In fact, when we look past the message, we know that the letters did not assimilate themselves into a readable message. We know that behind every example of intelligent expression, there is an intelligent creator. Whether it is a book, a short message, or coils of DNA, we know, without a doubt, that they weren’t created accidently. There is a creator. Not only did He create and assimilate different forms of DNA to create life as we know it, He, also, sent a message to mankind: John 3:16 ” For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not die, but have everlasting life.” Yes, He, also, created everlasting life for us to enjoy. He gave us life through DNA, and gave us eternal life through His Son and His written word. He is the intelligence behind it all.  We don’t have to die on a cross in order to receive eternal life.  It’s been done for us through His love for us.  We receive it because of our love for Him.  And the circle of life and love goes on, forever.
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Try

I am proud that my blog is read by people from every major nation in the world, and I am, also, amazed. That doesn’t mean that I’m great or anything. I’m not an international evangelist. I don’t have a radio-television empire My books haven’t sold in the millions. But I try. Jesus said to his disciples, “Go into all the world, making disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, and teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And Lo, I am with you always, even to the ends of the world.” I’m no Saint Paul, or even a missionary, but I try to reach people. When I say grace in public, it is not to show off. It is to encourage people by my example to come to Christ. And so I try.
When 5000 people enter a marathon race, there are not 4999 losers. The last person to cross the finish line is not the loser. The loser is the one who can run, and really wants to run, but doesn’t enter the race. Don’t be a loser. Try. That’s all He asks.
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When I say “I am a Christian” by Carol Wimmer

When I say, “I am a Christian” Poem on Square
I’m not shouting, “I’ve been saved!”
I’m whispering, “I get lost sometimes
That’s why I chose this way”

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I don’t speak with human pride
I’m confessing that I stumble –
needing God to be my guide

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not trying to be strong
I’m professing that I’m weak
and pray for strength to carry on Poem and compass

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not bragging of success
I’m admitting that I’ve failed
and cannot ever pay the debt

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I don’t think I know it all
I submit to my confusion
asking humbly to be taught

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not claiming to be perfect
My flaws are far too visible
but God believes I’m worth it 5 Loaves 2 Fish

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I still feel the sting of pain
I have my share of heartache
which is why I seek God’s name

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I do not wish to judge
I have no authority
I only know I’m loved

©1992-2016 Carol Wimmer All Rights Reserved

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He Wants Our Love

A Pharisee asked Jesus, “What is the most important commandment?” Jesus answered, “Hear Oh Israel, the Lord thy God is one, and you must love Him with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. And the second commandment is like it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as you love yourself.” The pharisee answered, “You are right”.
A few days later, the Pharisees nailed Jesus to a cross and killed him, because they hated him. Jesus willingly gave up His life, because He loved all of mankind more than his own body.. Being religious by memorizing and legalistically knowing the laws of God does not save a person. Being religious is to live the laws of God. God doesn’t want our intellect. He wants our heart and soul. He wants our love.
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Die To Self and Live Forever

Matthew 16:25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.

In my book “God reward and punishment: Are they real”, and through my blogs, I try to demonstrate that whatever one does to another or whatever they want for another, will happen to them. It’s usually called the Golden Rule. I like to call it the Harvest Principle from the Apostle Paul’s quote, “Be not deceived, God is not mocked. For whatsoever a man sows that shall he, also, reap.” Jesus said that this law was the Law and the teachings of the prophets. In other words, this law is the foundation of morality, and it determines our future.

If you want to be loved, then give it away – love others. If you want money, give it away – help others, and you will be helped. The same holds true with one’s own life. Many people are too in love with themselves to love others. Many are too self-centered and selfish to help others. Many are so self-absorbed that they are unable to listen to anyone else. They want to do things their way. They trust only in themselves.

If we serve others, we will be served. If we lay aside our will and accept guidance from God in order to serve Him, He will serve us. When we give our lives over to Him, we are simply completing the cycle. Jesus gave his life for us. And if we give our lives for Christ, he promises to give us everlasting life.

John 4:14 “But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life”

John 5:24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death to life”

John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Matthew 16:25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.”

Is it really smart to make our own decisions and follow our own way all the way to hell? Or should we take guidance from the God that has controlled the past, present and future?  Will we follow Satan’s way that leads to destruction, or do we follow God’s way that leads to victory, eternal joy and life?  One path requires no effort.  The other requires that we concentrate on our Creator.
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I’m Your Pet

I’m your pet and I really love you, but I have to explain something to my younger family. I feel love, anger, fear, frustration, sadness and all the other emotions that you feel. I’m just a little person with a lot of hair. But, my body is much smaller than yours, and my bones are very fragile. I want to be fun for you, but I’m not a toy. If you break one of my bones, it may heal, but it may, also, bother me all through my life. If you twist me or hit me on the back, you can really hurt me, and I may always have pain after that. This is the only body God gave me, and yours is the only one that He gave you. You don’t want bigger people being rough with you any more than I want to be handled too roughly. We both want to stay healthy and strong so that we can love each other our whole life long. That’s what a family does.
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God Is What We Need (A Father’s Plea)

Father of Columbine Student Speaks About Tragedy 12 Years Later
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COLUMBINE STUDENT’S FATHER 12 YEARS LATER!!

Guess our national leaders didn’t expect this. On Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee. What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful.

They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness. The following is a portion of the transcript:

“Since the dawn of creation there has been both good & evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.

“The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain’s heart.

“In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA – because I don’t believe that they are responsible for my daughter’s death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel’s murder I would be their strongest opponent.

I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy — it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.

Your laws ignore our deepest needs,

Your words are empty air.

You’ve stripped away our heritage,

You’ve outlawed simple prayer.

Now gunshots fill our classrooms,

And precious children die.

You seek for answers everywhere,

And ask the question “Why?”

You regulate restrictive laws,

Through legislative creed.

And yet you fail to understand,

That God is what we need!

“Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation’s history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact.

What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine’s tragedy occurs — politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws.

Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts.

“As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America , and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him.

To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA — I give to you a sincere challenge.. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone!

My daughter’s death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!”

– Darrell Scott

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To Give Every Man According To His Ways

My book, “God, reward and punishment:  Are they real?” demonstrates that whatever a person wants or does to another person, will be returned to him. The passage from the Bible explains this law, and it’s from the authority, the Bible, and not simply a theory. Please read the passage below.

Jeremiah 17:9-13

New King James Version (NKJV)

9 “The heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?
10 I, the Lord, search the heart,
I test the mind,
Even to give every man according to his ways,
According to the fruit of his doings.
(Here God says that He will give to every person according to their ways, or actions.)

11 “As a partridge that broods but does not hatch,
So is he who gets riches, but not by right;
It will leave him in the midst of his days,
And at his end he will be a fool.”

12 A glorious high throne from the beginning
Is the place of our sanctuary.
13 O Lord, the hope of Israel,
All who forsake You shall be ashamed.
“Those who depart from Me
Shall be written in the earth,
Because they have forsaken the Lord,
The fountain of living waters.”

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