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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.‘
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 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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Your life – Your decision

With children from a one parent household being six times more likely to get into trouble at school, get in trouble with the law, drop out of school, or becoming a victim of teenage pregnancy; and the parent five times more likely to be forced onto welfare and collect food stamps, it would seem that we are creating a ever-growing segment of anti-social welfare recipients.

Some would blame this phenomena on movies,TV, music, courts,and government with their brainwashing of young people into believing that their actions are of no consequence,or that people are not responsible for their actions. Nothing could be further from the truth. Whatever we want for another or whatever we do to another will be returned to us. People cannot worship themselves or exalt themselves above others, without being demeaned to a position of inferiority. “The meek shall inherit the Earth.” The self-centered will inherit the dirt.

Only the person is responsible for their own actions. The movie moguls will not pay the consequences for our actions. The schools, courts or government will not suffer because of our actions. Only we will reap reward or punishment for our own actions. Only we will suffer for our mistakes. Only we will reap the rewards of a sensible life. No one can choose for us. We’re not dumb animals to be herded by others. It is our choice and ours alone. And it’s not too late to start the rest of our life.

There is way too much suffering in this world, even under the best conditions. There is no excuse for suffering to be self-inflicted, or to inflict it upon our children.

Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

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Jesus>Religion

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Speak it 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. The 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 Word was with God, and the Word was God. And that through the Word all things were made, and without the Word was nothing made. It then tells us that the Word became flesh and lived among men. 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 rule book brought us to Him. Now He wants our unconditional love. So show it to Him, openly and out loud. 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 word.
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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.
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Parallel Universes

Some scientists propose that there are parallel universes, suggesting that opposite things happen in those other universes, such as the Nazis winning WWII, or George Washington losing the Revolutionary War to England. Possible?

If there were three universes in total, one could be called “Heaven“. It would be ruled by God and It would be where everyone enjoyed every blessing and joy man can imagine. The second one could be called “Hell“. It would be ruled by Satan and it would be where everyone endured unimaginable suffering. The third universe could be called “Choice”. It would be ruled by man and it would be where the people pass through trials and tribulations during their short lives there. How they chose to face these trials and how they chose their leader, would determine whether they spent eternity in Heaven or in Hell, the other two universes.

If you are reading this, then you would be in the universe of “Choice”. How you choose to face the world, and who you choose to trust as your leader, determines which of the other two universes you will spend eternity. It is not a choice that you want to postpone. Your choice determines your life here, and your eternal life there. It’s time to choose. It’s time to make the “choice”.

Joshua 24:15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

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Fear or Faith?

In the early 1500′s, after a century of the black plague in Europe, Martin Luther was traveling at night, and found himself in a forest during a severe electrical storm. He had seen friends die from the plague and now his life was threatened. He feared for his life, and got down on his knees to pray to God. He prayed that if God would spare his life, that he would dedicate and give his life to God’s work.

The irony of this is, that once you’ve truly given your life to God, you no longer fear death. In other words, until a person gives himself to God, that person believes that their own life is the only thing worth saving, and their problems are the only problems worth fighting and solving. To trust in God’s will and plan for one’s life, allows them to focus on the task ahead, rather than worrying about the consequences. God is in charge and will protect the person all the way into everlasting life.

God tells us what our next step should be, but He never tells us the full story. Perhaps, because we would worry so much about the low spots in our lives, that we could not fulfill God’s plan for us.

God didn’t tell Job, that all ten of Job’s children would be killed in an earthquake. He didn’t tell Job that raiders would steal all his livestock, and weather would destroy his crops, leaving him penniless and with a body wracked with boils. And He didn’t tell Job that when his ordeal was over, God would restore everything to him doubled. He allowed Job to go through His ordeal in faith.

Job 13:15 “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.”

Job 19:25 “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:”

Job was only able to survive his test, because He believed and trusted in his Lord.
His reward was that his wealth was doubled and he had ten more children before he died.

Do we, today, hold God at arm’s length; or do we embrace Him? Do we give ourselves to Him and take Him for ourselves? Do we worry about what might happen, or do we leave “what might happen” to God and his plan for our lives?
Do we live in fear, or live in faith? Do we suspect that God lives, or do we know, without a doubt, that He lives in us and we in Him? We can know and we can choose.

II Timothy 1:7 “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
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Pets and other animals

We have a cat and a dog. Oh, they have completely different personalities, but they both share what we call “human emotions”. They feel all the emotions, such as happiness, contentment, anger, fear, frustration, jealousy, and concern for one another and for us, their human companions. They, also, love unconditionally, just as we love them. and they realize their limitations, and adjust their expectations accordingly. But that doesn’t mean that their emotional needs should be ignored.

We adopted our Westie when she was only 8 weeks old.. After a couple of months I was ready to give up on her. She did whatever she wanted to, and seemed to ignore me, except to bite at the tassels on my shoes when I walked across the yard. Then one day, she actually looked up at me, as if to say “what do you want me to do.” That was the breakthrough, and it wasn’t long before she was my perfect and constant companion. Once she began to love me with her unconditional love, and tried her best to obey and please me, despite an accident here or there, she was no longer my dog, she was my little girl.

It’s a lot like that with God, our Creator. He only wants our unconditional love and trust, and for us to try our best to obey and please Him. Once we’ve crossed that line, we are no longer sinful strays. We become His child, loved unconditionally, in spite of our failures and short-comings.

Yes, we must love God and our neighbor, but we must, also, love our furry companions. Love expressed to either is expressed love – the emotion we must constantly be expressing. And caring for the well-being of either, assures that we will be cared for by our Father. So reach out and love.

I John 1:8 “He who loves not knows not God, for God is love.“
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New contract (covenant) with God

God instituted a new covenant or contract with mankind during the life of Jesus, His Son. He announces it in Jeremiah 31:31-35 “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: 33: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34: And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

God said, that He would write His laws in their hearts. No longer would mankind be required to keep the commandments because of their fear of God. The new covenant would erase their sins, and they would keep the commandments because of their love for God and their love for their fellow man.

Jesus taught love and forgiveness throughout his ministry, even for those who have wronged us. He gave up his life on the cross in order to pay the penalties of our sins, and now we are free. Free to receive God’s love and forgiveness, and free to pass that love and forgiveness on to others.

It was God’s plan, his covenant or contract with man, and it was signed with the blood of His Son.

The world will know that you are my disciples, in that you love one another.”
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