We All have a Stand on the Abortion Issue: So what is the Truth?

Just How Do You See Abortion?

“Abortion has slowly crept into the world of religion promoted as both a Biblically backed, and a logically moral act. Entire denominations now embrace abortion as an appropriate choice both in the eyes of God and their church leaders. More liberal denominations support abortion as morally correct in all situations while others, like to limit their moral blessing to abortions done only before the point of viability. In either case, the decision to illegitimately claim God’s blessing on the act of abortion is both immoral and heretical. I also find in the majority of cases, that the case of the unpardonable sin may apply, for they are rejecting the guidance of the Holy Spirit in favor of men’s thinking.

The ultimate authority and word from God is found in the Bible and is used by both sides to claim the moral high ground. In articles dotting the Internet there are people claiming the verses popular to the Christian Pro-Life movement such as Jeremiah 1:4-5 and Psalm 139:13-16 are either taken out of context or actually support the Pro-Abortion stance. It is the smaller detail of the many verses that the critics will miss; that God’s view of life starts well before birth.”

* For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:13-16).

(KJV) For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
(Psalms 139:13-16)

* Yet You brought me out of the womb; You made me trust in You even at my mother’s breast. From birth I was cast upon You; from my mother’s womb You have been my God (Psalm 22:9-10).

(KJV) But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts. I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly.
(Psalms 22:9-10)

* Did not He who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers? (Job 31:15).

(KJV) Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?
(Job 31:15)

* Know that the LORD is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture (Psalm 100:3)

(KJV) Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. (Psalms 100:3)

* This is what the LORD says–He who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you … (Isaiah 44:2).

(KJV) Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen. (Isaiah 44:2)

* And now the LORD says–he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD and my God has been my strength (Isaiah 49:5).

(KJV) And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength. (Isaiah 49:5)

* The word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:4-5)

(KJV) Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. (Jeremiah 1:4-5)

In these verses it is brought directly to the reader that God’s view of life begins before birth. Psalm 22 shows the beginning of our relationship starting before birth. In Psalm 139 the verses specifically show our relationship with God before birth as He formed us and had already planned our days to come. Jeremiah 1 again emphasizes God’s relationship with an unborn child and Isaiah 44 comforts with the picture of God’s faithfulness during the formation before birth. God does not look at our lives from birth to death; He views us from conception onward.

These passages certainly contain separate contexts and were meant for differing audiences, but it is with their diversity that the strength of the argument is made. There is not just one verse in one situation that mentions God’s view of human life to include the before birth stage; there are many verses in many situations. The Pro-Life view stands directly on the Truth as shown through the Bible; God’s view is that life begins before birth.

We do not need to decide when life begins, but accept what God has already shown, that life begins before birth. It is impossible to take a life before birth and be justified. The beliefs and ethics of God are not situational and do not provide the exceptions. Life always begins before birth in the eyes of God even if rape, incest, or other sinful acts conceived the baby. It is only as our human self-centeredness grows that we look for exceptions or man-based rules to govern when we can take a life of a baby.

Christians must understand that supporting abortion is opposed to God and his righteousness. We must not allow the heretical views of the world a place to seep into our individual beliefs or the churches that we attend. Taking a stand on abortion in your church is easy; you have God and the Bible on your side.

The fun part of scripture is it is all encompassing, and tests, and proves itself; scripture is also it’s own best interpreter; so in support…

(KJV) And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.
(Judges 13:2-3)
The greatest blessing to me is God’s plan of salvation for His people; which began before the very foundations of the universe, so God knew man would sin, and fail; over and over again so He planned a way for Jesus as God to come as a human being down through time and linage to be born of a human, and yet God, so He could Redeem a people, through His efforts and not ours for we are eternally sinful!

So: (KJV) And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
(Luke 1:30-32)

I just wonder how many wonderful people have never been born, because the mother wanted to abort it; and the choice was available?

How, about another impossible act; which proves God gives the child to the world through procreation; And at 100 years of age;

(KJV) Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
(Hebrews 11:11)

Oh, and let’s not forget Elisabeth;

(KJV) And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. (Luke 1:7) But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
(Luke 1:13)

God’s Holy Inspired Word says things over and over again; this time the scripture uses the special wording

(KJV) And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. (Luke 2:21)

A scripture to be considered one of the most important, and revered of the virgin birth of Jesus;

(KJV) But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 1:20)

Folks there are more, but if this does not leave you wondering, then you most definitely are not a believer in God nor His Holy Word (Bible).

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Are You Rich?

Are You Rich Beyond All Others?

My wife and I went to Florida recently to visit with our daughter, Shelby, and her husband, Brenton. We had rented a house because our Son, Sam, and his son came with us, and we all stayed together in Tampa, for Shelby and Brenton live in Orlando, and we all wanted to see the beach.

It was fun, and brought back a few memories of when all the kids were home, in one small house.

But since Jody and I were away from our local church, on Sunday I wondered where would we go to worship our Lord? I did a search on my phone and quite a few came up, and I was surprised, mainly because of prejudiced preconceived ideas I held in my mind, about Florida, and it’s very liberal ideas, and I was wrong, and this is why: make a mental note of the word ideas, for it will make sense in a bit.

After some consideration, I went back to the search, and viewed the choices closer, and seen a very small inconspicuous church, that actually was closer than all the rest to where we were at; I see, or know now, that this was the Lord’s planning! Anyway, we went, the kids did not want to go, a let down, but none the less we wanted to attend. We got there walked through the doors. And they were in the middle of Sunday school, and they welcomed us as if we belonged there. Then services started, and the preacher asked all to turn to the book of Philippians. We had not brought our Sword, Bibles, so a deacon came and gave us his, I was so impressed, and felt some what embarrassed too.

Anyway, this was his scripture:

Philippians 4:7-8  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  (8)  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Then he started off, with some questions; How do you know to do this or that? Well, you learn, and keep these things in your mind. How do you know what love is? You learn that too, and all of the things of this life are stored right there in your mind. So Pastor Green zeroed in on verse 7 first and said what you believe you feel in your heart comes from what you know as fact in your mind. So what you know about Jesus Christ is in your mind, and comes from God’s Word. Then he quickly moved to verse 8, and quoted the whole scripture over, twice, and he said isn’t that nice, isn’t that the way things should be? Then he loudly proclaimed; “Think with your Mind on These Things! For with the mind we think, and act, and then move upon those things in life! Pastor Green did relate that you can not know God, even with the scriptures unless God helps you to see these things, and that is why so many do not understand what you do about scripture.

That was the huginest church I have ever been too. But, I loved every minute of it, even though I have often been afraid to hug people. I left there blessed! Thanks Bro. Green!

So let me ask; What if your thoughts are not on the things mentioned in verse 8? Then most likely would they not be on the things of this world? I know mine is that way, and so I had to ask.

Anyway, a very close friend of mine, Mike Lee, and I were talking on FaceBook, and we go way back; we entered into the military, the Marines together, and then boot camp; but it was mentioned that being rich is all a matter of one’s perspective, and so all sorts of thoughts entered my mind, (of course we were joking at each other but something made this serious) and especially a meme I felt had to be done soon. Which, I will share Lord willing, at the end.

So asking questions sometimes helps us think. What comes to your mind when you think rich, or wealthy? For me it usually brings up, money, nice home, cars, no bills, etc. But, then isn’t that part of the training of life in this nation (America) of ours? We are trained to think of climbing the ladder of success, to be better than our parents, or in fact trying to be better than anyone else. It is a competition and one that is ingrained into most people these days around the world. But, isn’t that also a bit selfish, for there are many who starve, and have nothing, and sickness is their life; so where is their dream?

Many scriptures speak of these things, and so with that, let’s think on these things;

Matthew 6:21  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
In the previous two verses Jesus explained why one should store one’s treasure in heaven rather than on earth. This verse states that if one places one’s treasure in heaven that is where one’s heart or attention will be. This is an implicit warning, which is made clear later in the chapter, that if one’s treasure is on earth, one’s heart and attention will also be on earthly matters, to the exclusion of God. While the previous verses stated that placing one’s treasures in heaven was wise, this one shifts to warning that not doing so might lead to a life of futility seeking treasures that will not matter in light of eternity. Matthew 6:24 makes this explicit. This verse also makes clear that treasure is not some specific collection of objects, but is rather anything that one values in life. We can also go to the book of Luke to see a real life example; Luke 18:18-25  And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?  (19)  And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.  (20)  Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.  (21)  And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.  (22)  Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.  (23)  And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.  (24)  And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!  (25)  For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Now, this does not mean in any way that rich people will not be in heaven; but it does show that he held his wealth close to his heart and was not ready to share with others, nor his heart with God Only. I have heard so many in my life say things like; “I earned it, it is mine, and I am not going to share it with anyone.” Have you heard this before? Well, God gave it to them, for many reasons; for all good things come from God, period! So where is their heart, where is their mind, and thoughts as we have been talking about?

Folks there will be many rich people in heaven just like there will be many poor people or all sorts of people; for it says in scripture:

Revelation 7:9  After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
Revelation 14:6-7  And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,  (7)  Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

It also says, it is harder for a rich man/woman, simply because of their tie to the things of this Earth and they earned their wealth in the 1st place; but wealth comes by the actions of God, Job says God giveth and God takes away. But people either choose to give, and God gives them more in return; or they just have their treasures, and justify evil, and God’s ultimate Judgment upon this evil world is the result.

For one thing that should remain in your mind, one is a Commandment, and one is a statement from Jesus;

Exodus 20:3-5  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.  (4)  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:  (5)  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
Can’t be much plainer than that God is a Jealous God! He will not share His glory with anyone, or anything, ever!

Matthew 22:37  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

From the very mouth of our Lord!

So my question is this; Where, and what are your treasures?

Rich beyond compare

The Parable of the Two Wolves; Origin of the Story.

The Story of the Two Wolves

I find it funny how quickly people share really cool stories, that affect how we see and perceive things about our nature. And so I am Not going to do as everyone else does and tell you about this parable of the two wolves. But 1st we much have the story in front of us, so we all know what I am talking about,and so here it is:

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life.

A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.

One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continued,

The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather,

Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

I am sent this so called parable at least once a month on Face Book, and have seen and received it in other media venues as well. So I decided I needed to know it’s origin. So I searched, and one site actually told me the numbers of how many times this story is told; and it is shared on just one venue over 10 million times. Wow! That just staggers the mind.

So why is it shared so much? Because it is a good honest thought about human nature, and how we really are right? Of course, and it offers you a probable answer, if you decide which way you tend to lean.

Of course my question was not answered yet, since there is no Origin to this story; it is given importance by saying it is an old Indian legend, or it is of a wise old man of some origin, but then, there is no real proof of that, and so speculation into other groups also abounds, since even Billy Graham used a version of the same story in his book; “The Holy Spirit: Activating God’s Power in Your Life.” in 1978. So this story has been used in many places and many ways and for various groups, and yet it always tends to mean about the same thing.

And so I decided you needed to know it’s real origin, and of course it was re-worded to fit the needs of the group it was being told to, but the real story itself comes from God!

So now, the question is; How do I know this?

Simple really, I found it in God’s Holy Inspired Word, ‘The Bible’!

Rom 7:23-25  But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.  (24)  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?  (25)  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Can you see it? A battle within us against ‘Good’, and ‘Evil’!

The Apostle Paul wrote in many places how a battle was going on, and in fact we can find that the Bible itself is all about a battle of Good and Evil, and how we can work hard to win this battle. Actually Jesus Christ is the winning deciding factor, but Jesus being God told us what to do in life to feed the good side over the bad side.

The reason I do say Jesus is the deciding factor lies within one verse here: for Paul asks a question; O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?  So it is not our actions, for Paul saw that this battle was more than he could ever control, so Paul realized he needed help.

But, you know what I find real amazing? People share these stories, not about God or the Bible, but old parables that were made up to show people do care about how they act, but that they really have no idea how, or if they really want to or not. What? Yeah, exactly for most people want to sound all noble and kind, and good to others, but in reality they just want others to change so they don’t have to! Sound rough, or harsh? Well, it is;  for the story gets it’s beginning with God, and I just showed you that the story was written at least 2000 years ago, and if one includes the Old Testament it was written long before that!

So let me ask it this way; Why don’t people share the story of God over that of this parable of the two wolves? Simple really people have basically two views of God; 1. God has no right to judge me. 2. I am able to rule my own life, I am basically a good person. Other people are the trouble, not me.

Well?

So if the above is true, then why share the story of the two wolves at all since it boils down to the same idea?

Because we see the evil, in this world, in others, and we want it to go away, we don’t like it, and yet we have no idea of how to change things for the better, that is why; just like the Apostle Paul said. And we do not want to share the Bible since so many hate it, and we don’t want them to hate us as well; we want them to listen and to like us all in the same perception. Of wise men’s ideas, and not God’s. Plus, if we sound wise, then people will promote us, our idea, and that is the basic underlying of things like Face Book and other online venues. Well, all media, including newspapers and TV.

Folks the real Truth hurts; Why? Because it inflicts inner pain in our mind that stirs up anger since we do not perceive ourselves as evil to begin with, we see others as evil but not us, for we really do not want to be that way, but in reality we really are! For it is all a matter of situation, timing, and the environment in which our very inner self is challenged. Everyone has various degrees of inner evil, some just show it more than others.

Now, about feeding your inner self. Have you ever thought about that? I have, and I have a saying of my own; but then it is God’s idea long before I said it. “You are what you eat!” Then you say I have heard that before and it does not apply to this. Oh, but I did not finish it: “You are what you eat, read, see, smell, taste, touch, spend time with, or think about!” In other words you are exactly what you feed yourself over all!!

If you think it is more important to spend your day of worshiping Almighty God at the lake with others over that of being in God’s house, then you are not feeding the right wolf. If you believe that reading the Bible is boring, not exciting, and you’d rather watch a popular movie that has a lot of cussing, then perhaps you might just be feeding the wrong wolf? And folks the list is extremely long.

So just which do you believe; the real story of two battles going on within us; or the story of a good wolf and a bad wolf, and we just basically choose which one to feed? As for me and my house we see the fact we can not just choose, for evil is far too strong for a mere mortal to battle, for evil is far stronger than we are, and we need help; Jesus Christ!

So who do you feed?

The Bible; Who is it for, and what is it about? Just what is Sin?

The Bible; Who is it for and What is it About?

The Holy Bible is it’s Own best Interpreter; for God wrote it!

Jesus gives the disciples, ‘The Great Commission’

Matthew 28:16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. “19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

So with a curious question I wonder; Why did God write, or Inspired men to write the Bible? Also, I wonder how can we as humans know it is written by God?

Before there was dedicated hand writing or chronicles, of history and the story of God men recited the important things over and over again, and acted them out in action, in order to ingrain them into men’s (which in this context includes women, as it also does in the Bible) But, when the time came God inspired men to write of the things He wanted to teach His people until the end of time for this world.

Thus is the first part of the Bible, where God taught men, of men, by learning to follow God and not men and their wisdom. Thus God’s people then were a few, and they did things over and over again until these things became permanent in their minds, and lives. Oh, they still fought against the pricks, and wanted to do things their way, and so often they were punished, as any good Father punishes his child in order to teach this child the right way. But there was a main reason why God did this; and it was to train a people, and to teach them to live a certain way, to think a particular way, so that their lineage could bring forth the Messiah, the Savior, which was agreed upon by Elohim (the Divine Ones, and yes plural). This was the first great mystery and it had to be so that the Devil and His Angels (also created beings, but had been cast our of God’s Holy presence) would not know who the Messiah was until He (Jesus) was already here and living among men. It took over 1200 hundred years, and about 40 authors, to write the various books of the Bible. Then it also took many more men to comb through all of the literature on religion, God, and the Messiah to see what was directly tied to this story God wrote about His Son, Jesus, and the act of Salvation God had created along with this whole universe; and So God’s personal play starts; but why?

2Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”

If you will notice in the scriptures above a word is repeated twice; Teach. Why is it used by Jesus? And just what does Jesus mean? After all Jesus is God, a part of the Trinity! Many scriptures not only say this but prove this, and yet so many deny the Trinity for a very good reason. They think within themselves if there is no Trinity, if Jesus is not God then we can say we believe in God and yet be in control over our own lives, and is that not what every human, No; every created being from the start of time wants to believe, yes, even the Devil and his angels.

So the word ‘teach’; Webster’s 1828 dictionary says: “TEACH, v.t. pret. and pp. taught. [L. doceo; dico, dicto, and both these and the Gr. to show, may be of one family; all implying sending, passing, communicating, or rather leading, drawing.

1. To instruct; to inform; to communicate to another the knowledge of that of which he was before ignorant.

He will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths. Isaiah 2.

Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. Luke 11.

2. To deliver any doctrine, art, principles or words for instruction. One sect of ancient philosophers taught the doctrines of stoicism, another those of epicureanism.

In vain they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Mat 15.

3. To tell; to give intelligence.

4. To instruct, or to practice the business of an instructor; to use or follow the employment of a preceptor; as, a man teaches school for a livelihood.

5. To show; to exhibit so as to impress on the mind.

If some men teach wicked things, it must be that others may practice them.

6. To accustom; to make familiar.

They have taught their tongue to speak lies. Jeremiah 9.

7. To inform or admonish; to give previous notice to.

For he taught his disciples, and said–Mark 9.

8. To suggest to the mind.

For the Holy Spirit shall teach you in that same hour what ye ought to say. Luke 12.

9. To signify or give notice.

He teacheth with his fingers. Prov 6.

10. To counsel and direct. Hab 2.

TEACH, v.i. To practice giving instruction; to perform the business of a preceptor.

The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire. Micah 3.”

Scripture says: “Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” And then; “Proverbs 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.”

So God uses the entire Bible as a history lesson that has been proven as fact, by time and events, and even of secular history. The Bible has also given the very importance of who and what the Messiah is all about. This is so important to a true child of God, for when God quickens a soul, this soul desires to know more about God. This may sound a bit odd, or even funny, but so many do not even realize the reality, or definition of the word ‘dead’, or ‘death’ as it is used most of the time in the Holy Scriptures. It means ‘separated’, and the first question is; “Separated from what?” And many will automatically tell you that it is obvious; Separated from Life? Which is wrong and right at the same time. It means separated from God, first and far most; but then any true child of God will instantly tell you God is life.

Even when Adam and Eve lived in the Garden and walked with God daily, they were there for eternity, for they walked in God Holy presence and they ate of His Divine Tree; The Tree of Life;

I used the second instance of this phrase for a lesson in separation; Gen 3:22-24  And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:  (23)  Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.  (24)  So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
So when man sinned he was driven out of God’s Holy present for one of God’s Holy attributes is He will not be in the pretense of sin, or those who sin. But notice that since man was also separated from the Tree of Life he now also begins to die, and so death came upon all men; for as a scripture in the New Testament says: Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
And then also in: “1Corinthians 15:21-22 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. (22) For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”

So just what does this mean, the Bible? It means that Jesus is God, and He agreed from the foundations of this universe before time began to have unto himself a people who will love Him, follow Him, and do as He commands as best as they can, and the Old Testament proves this.

So just what did God command us to do?

God from the very beginning just wanted us to believe in only Him; Eve did not, she wanted more (and so did Satan/Devil and his angels/followers) and Adam as most people do, blindly followed her. So, in so doing they were cast out, (as we all are) of God’s presence until a way, a plan, was started in ‘time’ to bring forth a legal agreement for payment or reconciliation (legally reconciling a wrong) of a debt, that no one had the right payment for; thus Jesus had to come into this world as our kinsman, our relative, as a human as we are and learn and suffer all of life, and yet do so without a single sin, in order to be that sacrificial Lamb of Almighty God!

So who is the Bible actually written to? Folks that to me is a silly but very important question, for it is written to God’s people for their edification and …Teaching in righteousness, and the scriptures to a child of God are judgmental to our souls, and the real neat part is they are even more so to those who do not follow or believe in God because they want things their way, just as Eve and Adam did from the very beginning. But as Jesus tells us this simple thing;  verse 23; Rom 3:21-27  But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;  (22)  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:  (23)  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;  (24)  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:  (25)  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;  (26)  To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.  (27)  Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.”

So I ask you where is your faith? Where does it come from? Folks to have faith in some thing, or someone whom you have never met, never seen, or can not prove? How is that even possible? It is not under any normal means, and this scripture says it is the faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all of them that believe. So what else did Jesus says if we love Him, and believe upon him?

But before we answer that last point, notice the last few words of the Scripture above; Nay: but by the law of faith.

Did you know or realize that there was such a law? I never heard it or seen it before until I started writing this story. We will save this for a future story, I am sure God had His reasons, and I always believe in His Teaching of me, and I am a slow learner, and a poor student; but God has His ways!!

The last point is of much worldly contention but vital, for Jesus said; John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. So why did Jesus say this, and is it all that important? 1st of all, Jesus said this many times.

So basically what are the Commandments? There are two basic ways to view this statement, and both end at the same point; The Ten Commandments as outlined in detail in the Old Testament follow this regiment: the 1st four are about God and His relationship with man. The 2nd six are about men (yes women too) and his relationship to other men, or humans as a whole. It is a moral agreement and obligation. While the second view of the commandments comes from the New Testament and right out of Jesus’ mouth. “Mar 12:28-31  And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?  (29)  And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:  (30)  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  (31)  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”

So another question; Is what Jesus just said exactly like the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament? And the answer is Yes!

So what does this mean? It means to live a life devoted to God 1st and far most, and then to do this one must also do what is right by himself and all other people. Folks doing what is right, is the hard part. For teaching others about God is what was commanded by Jesus in the very beginning of this article, or story, in Matthew 28:19-20.

And just as any good Father, or mother, would do to train up a child in the way that they believe and have faith, as a life walk, so should we also want all humans on this Earth to see, and believe, because we 1st walk in the teachings of Christ, before we teach and share of our own words about Jesus.

Folks God wants all of his people to be happy, but any good Father also chastises his child in order to guide him and train him. And so many of us are so easily deceived by the things, and saying of this vile sinful world, and we just think to ourselves this is so unfair that I have to follow the ways of Jesus and the things of this world are so much more fun.

Have you ever asked yourself, this simple question; Where did I ever get the idea that the things of this world are fun? Who is the one who taught me that? Well, again the Bible tells us that it is the world, and who is the prince of this world after Adam and Eve sinned? Folks the Devil is the great deceiver of all this world, and we easily fall into his trap(Eve did), of men’s (yes women too) wisdom. Just like the preachers that preach you can have it all, wealth riches, and power if you will just follow him.

So who is the Bible, and God for?

God’s People of course! For no one else really believes in it anyway, Right?

Another question men should ask themselves; Just what is Sin? This has a very easy answer; based solely on the 1st sin, of Adam and Eve. It is anything that is against what God commands as right. Where do we see this, and understand this? From God’s Own Divine Inspired Word, ‘The Bible’! So for those who know God and His word, they know sin in this world is part of life, but it is a part we should hate and abhor just as Job did. But we will still sin, but we should try, teach and preach against it, no matter who it offends, for God uses His Word to wake up the dead! (And just to be right about this, a person who preaches about sin, he should do his best to make sure that sin in his life is put down, so he is living what he preaches, as Jesus did.) And I have no idea who that is but if I care about others as Jesus did then I will tell everyone for I want all people to come to the knowledge of Almighty God! I truly want all people to go to heaven the ultimate riches, and treasures of those who truly believe.

Why Christmas is so Important!

Once upon a time there was God, and He lived in eternity/infinity, and had need for nothing, but He thought that it might be nice to create a bit, like an artist, and expressed himself.

So God created all things, starting with time, and then to top it off, created other beings such as Angels, and Humans. God also gave them the ability to think and fend for themselves.

God knew what would happen for God is all knowing, and sees all things, yeah even your heart.

But, since the great three in one known as Elohim (definition; ‘the Divine Ones) seen what was to come, a 1/3 of the Angels of Heaven falling, and the humans failing to remain pure, and willfully sinning against God. God knew and created a special plan, which called for his Son to come to Earth as a human, and go through all the things that humans go through so He could prove he knows how we feel, and yet move through life without any sin!

Well, Jesus sure did He came when the time was right, born of a Virgin Human woman, and Jesus lived an absolutely pure and clean life, living only as God commands, and never once sinned!

This made Jesus the perfect sacrifice (satisfy Justice) for people’s grievous sins. So He offered Himself, (and He did offer himself for no man could have taken God unless He allowed it) as the plan was set before the foundations of the universe were ever set.

Why did Jesus go through all of this? Not because you are anyone special, but because He loved His Creations, and was willing to die for them, to make them clean and without sin, for their sin debt had been paid by Him. This allowed us to once more walk with Him in the Garden/Heaven for all eternity!!

So when Christmas comes around get on your knees, and thank God that He saw fit to save us…! To save you from your sins!

Do You Have Respect? Both ways?

Famous Quotes; 

Some annotation by me…

So Respect?

So many will openly explode and say I am disrespecting many of these people, but guess what? If the Truth is within one’s perspective then mine is just as important as yours…right? That is respect!
“Respect is a two-way street, if you want to get it, you’ve got to give it.”    R.G. Risch

“Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.”    Albert Camus

The way the world sees respect, or at least in action they do


“Men are respectable only as they respect.”      Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”       Confucius

Sometimes you just have to say something, and so many are afraid to address the Elephant in the room; How can anyone who is brow beaten their whole life (for whatever reason) respect themselves, if someone doesn’t 1st notice….? Perspective demands that if you can not see yourself as in any position as compared to others, then where do you get respect from,  it comes from others. Famous, important people are not always right, though what they say, sounds so good, but then they have never been in the position of the one with no respect???


“Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.”       Albert Einstein

Love it. Respected as an individual; a very good saying if anyone knew, or identified;  he said individual, and not some position where they demand respect, and most often Fear! No man should have to fear for his life, or livelihood, this is where world changing events come from….Albert himself was not respected for a very long time until he came up with mathematics no man could argue with?


“If you have some respect for people as they are, you can be more effective in helping them to become better than they are.”        John W. Gardner

What nearly ALL Employers miss!


“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”       Albert Einstein

This is how I see it! I may Fear my employer for he has power over my livelihood, but if I get over my shaking in my boots, I talk to everyone the same, and if he doesn’t like it then we have ground to talk on?? The ball is clearly in his court now; how he handles it proves who he really is…


“Tolerance only for those who agree with you is no tolerance at all.”      Ray Davis


“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.”      Bryant H. McGill

That word; ‘Actually’ means something, but so many stand there and then still have not actually heard a word, nor show any reflection of it…


“I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”      Jackie Robinson

A very intelligent response, for a man that met with much disrespect until he became very famous, for a sport, and out did everyone; But Jackie’s words meant so much more, for he used the word Human being which over all is a condition of all man kind, not just those who are famous, and powerful.


“Treat people the way you want to be treated. Talk to people the way you want to be talked to. Respect is earned, not given.”       Hussein Nishah


“He who loves others is constantly loved by them. He who respects others is constantly respected by them.”       Mencius

NOW; this is one that sounds so good on the outside; but is such a lie!! This is only true among classes of people; if you respect someone in your class then it is true; if you respect someone far above your class then they most of the time have no clue who you are… a true fact of life, get used to it… for this man was known as second only to Confucius but he lived in the king’s court and was highly revered, as a noble. It is so sad to say but most people who spout great sounding things for society have never had to live as the downtrodden, see the Bible, for the real truth


“Respecting someone indicates the quality of your personality.”     Mohammad Sakhi


“There is no respect for others without humility in one’s self.”       Henri Amiel


“As all human beings are, in my view, creatures of God’s design, we must respect all other human beings. That does not mean I have to agree with their choices or agree with their opinions, but indeed I respect them as human beings.”        Stockwell Day, Jr.

This goes back up to what Jackie Robinson said; we are all human beings created by God! Bible fact! But we are all cast into various classes of life, by God who gives life to each, and how we serve God according to our lot in life is how we should be seen and respected; for the poor and poverty stricken did not ask for their life, and unless you personally are going to life them out then you should respect what God has ordained to them, and have compassion


“There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in – that we do it to God, to Christ, and that’s why we try to do it as beautifully as possible.”         Mother Teresa

God put me in life where He wanted me to be, and so I must out of duty and love to Him do, and be the best I can be where I am at, all of life is a job, so do it to the best of your ability for God and no other.  Your rewards in Heaven have a lot to do with your job on Earth.


Serious personal Note: Jesus was God and stooped to men’s’ weaknesses, not the other way around, and Jesus always walked, lived, and supported the most downtrodden, as scripture plainly speaks to. But so many philosophers, speak such great sounding themes, and yet have never walked in the shoes they speak of, just as this man I am about to post; whom I do admire for the many things he did, but he had NO idea of what his millions of country men or the world was going through. The statement is true to a point, but if any man have no self-respect then you must 1st, and always ask why??


“I cannot conceive of a greater loss than the loss of one’s self-respect.”      Mahatma Gandhi

“ Mahatma Gandhi, byname of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, (born October 2, 1869, Porbandar, India—died January 30, 1948, Delhi), Indian lawyer, politician, social activist, and writer who became the leader of the nationalist movement against the British rule of India. As such, he came to be considered the father of his country. Gandhi is internationally esteemed for his doctrine of nonviolent protest (satyagraha) to achieve political and social progress.” “https://www.britannica.com/biography/Mahatma-Gandhi”

Gandhi did many great things for his people, and he tried which earned him respect; but he never knew the life most of these millions lived and died in; for he was born rich and respected! So before you jump to a social justification, you must 1st know the whole facts of the life of the one spouting the thing you think is so great. Did Gandhi deserve respect? Yes, for what he did in spite of what those in power over him demanded; but did he know the true rigors of those he spoke for? No, not at all, and thus was as much a failure as he was right.

“We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws.”      Hunter S. Thompson

When some deal the law, they, and even the courts, tend to deal justice according to class and power over that of the true intent of the law! So the poverty stricken are so often treated so unequally to those with power and wealth… or position and thus why Position such as the President should never, ever relieve them of the equality of the whole, as outline by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights!!!!!


“If you want to be respected by others, the great thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you.”      Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Seems to be a reoccurring theme here; ‘One must respect themselves’ so tell me you Know-it-alls out there, how can one have respect for himself, if he has nothing, has no love, no self, no job, no education, no money, no food, and no status in life at all? Tell me how he is going to lift himself out of this…. oh quick to quote, one or two out of billions that have done so is not an answer, for majority rules here! And it is always those that have; that say anyone can do it, but they never, ever actually show or help anyone prove it. For most of those who did climb out, also Did have help!! A fact if you dig deep enough into their life, proves. This man wrote many good books, with great meaning. 1st a second quote by him:

“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Once again we must look at the psychology of the word used, in this instance, love (doing what is right by others) which is respect. Many will say they love, and they respect others, and yet never personally do what is right by them, in the slightest; but at least they did say it openly and in front of the public…?  Love is respect in action.


“If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.”        Louis D. Brandeis


“I have a great love and respect for religion, great love and respect for atheism. What I hate is agnosticism, people who do not choose.”       Orson Welles

Funny most people will not even have a clue as to what Orson, is saying!
“Responsibility and respect of others and their religious beliefs are also part of freedom.” Horst Koehler


“You should respect each other and refrain from disputes; you should not, like water and oil, repel each other, but should, like milk and water, mingle together.”     Buddha

Once again another platitude, that is nothing more than a generality that can be openly applied to almost anything, and if the truth of this statement was realized to the level it is meant then we would never need a word like respect it would be a part of normal life.


“One of the surprising things in this world is the respect a worthless man has for himself.”      E. W. Howe

Now, why did he make this quote? Search it out! A man formed from his life.


“Have a big enough heart to love unconditionally, and a broad enough mind to embrace the differences that make each of us unique.”       D.B. Harrop

There may be classes, groups and such; but each man God has created as unique by his life, and thus a summation of his life; for no man can go against who he really is.
Something that is never ingrained into our young, or educational system;

“It is the way one treats his inferiors more than the way he treats his equals which reveals one’s real character.”      Charles Bayard Mitchell


“In finding love, I think it’s important to be patient. In being in a relationship, I think it’s important to be honest, to communicate, to respect and trust, and to strive to give more than you take.”       Kina Grannis


“When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.”                 Dalai Lama

When you are truly grateful for what you have, at what God has given you, then you also have respect for where it comes from and all who are involved in it’s provision. But, then one must add to this; for if you do not help others as well, then you have no respect for them?? True gratefulness makes one think of this plight of those in need.


“I have no right, by anything I do or say, to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him; it is what he thinks of himself. To undermine a man’s self-respect is a sin.”     Antoine de Saint-Exupery


“Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.”  Leo Tolstoy


“I guess at the end of the day, all women like to be appreciated and treated with respect and kindness.”      Sofia Vergara

This was said in the moment; but is true of all humans, not just women !!


“There can be no failure to a man who has not lost his courage, his character, his self-respect, or his self-confidence. He is still a King.”    Orison Swett Marden

But as I have tried to indicate, and this person means to add, I am sure, Where does a person’s courage come from to begin with?  Answer this; and you now have the answer as to why many have no self-respect… and thus do not see life as you do, so easily


“I never meet a ragged boy in the street without feeling that I may owe him a salute, for I know not what possibilities may be buttoned up under his coat.”   James A. Garfield

A truly wise leader!


An Example of what is demanded by some:

“Respect is one of life’s greatest treasures. I mean, what does it all add up to if you don’t have that?”     Marilyn Monroe

She wanted to be idolized, and far above her status and this is why so many also used her, with no respect at all, and she never saw that.


“It is time to return to core values, time to get back to basics, to self-discipline and respect for the law, to consideration for the others, to accepting responsibility for yourself and your family – and not shuffling it off on other people and the state.”        John Major


“It takes no compromising to give people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no survey to remove repressions.”      Harvey Milk

So true; and just as it takes no survey it also does not need to be forced by laws either; that is why our forefathers worded the Constitution and Bill of Rights as they did…


“Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.”     Vince Lombardi

So in a manner of speaking to this analogy; you have no love of self, or self-respect unless these conditions are met, and for the most part it is very true; the one who quits loses it all…


“Our parents deserve our honor and respect for giving us life itself. Beyond this, they almost always made countless sacrifices as they cared for and nurtured us through our infancy and childhood, provided us with the necessities of life, and nursed us through physical illnesses and the emotional stresses of growing up.”        Ezra Taft Benson


“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”    Dr. Seuss

If you do not understand this then you have no respect at all! Not do you really care.


“True humility is intelligent self-respect which keeps us from thinking too highly or too meanly of ourselves. It makes us modest by reminding us how far we have come short of what we can be.”     Ralph W. Sockman

Like this one; for Jesus was God; Jesus created the universe we live in; Jesus was ever so humble and ever modest when He could have just as easily stayed in Heaven as King!


“A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.”    Billy Graham

There is a Commandment of God for this one!


“Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.”    Laurence Sterne


“Most good relationships are built on mutual trust and respect.”    Mona Sutphen

Most people, especially women jump right on this one, but the truth of the matter is simply Trust, I can not respect anyone I can not trust, much less a relationship of any kind. Now, I can have certain relationships with those I respect even though I may not trust them, because they have caused me t not to trust? A complicated issue.


“Perhaps the surest test of an individual’s integrity is his refusal to do or say anything that would damage his self-respect.”     Thomas S. Monson


A good short summation of many quotes collected by;  Steve Mueller.

“I have respect/love for the lowest man, or women, in life, and of this world, far more than I do myself; because by the Grace of Almighty God it could be me, and it is not; so I am grateful to God, and God alone!” Samuel F Crees

In my eyes love means always doing right in anyone in any given situation and not some silly emotion or closeness that can not be known; but then doing what is right in the context of what is needed, and this is love! Jesus taught this with his life!

Do you moan, and pray for those who are doomed to go to Hell? Then you have your answer!

If you love God then you respect all life, for He created it!

God Means Exactly What He Says!

There is No Room for Human Interpretation; Ever!

Find it so amazing how the Bible tells us of things that happened so long ago, and yet if you listen closely to those things, that there is no difference between the things of then and now. Some would say, this is but a story, and not important now, as long as one just believes in God. Yet, the people of this time changed what God told them to do; to what they wanted to happen and be true. God was mad that they did this, and Samuel told them, but it was too, late. So read, and enjoy the word of God for it is important to you and your walk with Jesus who is God.

1 Samuel 15:1-35  Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD.  (2)  Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.  (3)  Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.  (4)  And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah.  (5)  And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley.  (6)  And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, depart, get you down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them: for ye shewed kindness to all the children of Israel, when they came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites.  (7)  And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest to Shur, that is over against Egypt.  (8)  And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.  (9)  But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.  (10)  Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying,  (11)  It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night.  (12)  And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and, behold, he set him up a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and gone down to Gilgal.  (13)  And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the LORD: I have performed the commandment of the LORD.  (14)  And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?  (15)  And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.  (16)  Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee what the LORD hath said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say on.  (17)  And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel?  (18)  And the LORD sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed.  (19)  Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the LORD?  (20)  And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.  (21)  But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal.  (22)  And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.  (23)  For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.  (24)  And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.  (25)  Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD.  (26)  And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.  (27)  And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent.  (28)  And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou.  (29)  And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.  (30)  Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD thy God.  (31)  So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the LORD.  (32)  Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither to me Agag the king of the Amalekites. And Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag said, Surely the bitterness of death is past.  (33)  And Samuel said, As thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal.  (34)  Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house to Gibeah of Saul.  (35)  And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.

It is plain from this that God had commanded the King Saul, and all of Israel to do God’s bidding, and yet they chose to do as they saw fit, and not utterly destory them all and all things as well; In stead they chose to keep the best out for themselves saying that they would use such to worship God, which was a lie; they sought only to have the spoils. Then to make things more evident Saul wanted Samuel to walk with him before all the people of Israel to make a show so that his honor would be intact, and he would not seem a total failure before the nation of Israel.

Jesus who is God, who came in the flesh of men, to walk a life we never will walk, so that He could die a very cruel death on a cross of wood for our sin debt we could never pay even in an eternity of torments, and Jesus told us what we should do in this life if we believe. And yet people changed the word of God daily to suit their personal needs, just as they did of long ago. And yet just as they did you say that you are right, and yet God knows the very hearts of all men, so just where does that lesave you if the scripture in the Bible about men being deceived by their own hearts…. Do you know that you believe for sure? Do you know that you are saved for sure?? For if you are deceived by your own lusts then how can you be for sure???

I think you have listened to the lies of others for so long that you truly believe you are saved when in all truth you are no better than any of them of the Old Testament. The New Testament says God gave them over to a reprobate mind…… is that you?

Employee Choice by Design

How to Retain People With Out Them Calling In

Shift Preference by Design.

Job Attraction by Design; Your People choose what is Best for Them.

First and far most it must be their idea, and not some forced system of controls bent at trying to drive people away. Because if they choose it, then they are more likely to produce without all the excuses, that come from a system designed to rule, and to control. All of these are beneficial to a 24 hour format.

1st Three shifts as is the case in the majority of companies presently.

2nd Each shift absolutely must have at least one benefit over that of the previous shift. Also, never never attach any pay increase to the person, but to the shift itself. That way if they choose to move to another shift, or not work on Week Ends, then they lose, not gain. This step of tying everything to the shift allows one to make more, and yet never be an hourly employee that makes more than the management position above it.

Example: 1st shift receives $10.00 per hour.

2nd shift gains 20% per hour.

3rd shift gains 20% per hour and only works 7 hours.

Example: 1st Shift receives $10.00 per hour and pays normal Insurance rates.

2nd Shift gains 5% per hour and a reduction in Insurance by 25%.

3rd Shift gains 5% per hour and a reduction in Insurance by 25%.

Example: 1st Shift receives $10.00 per hour

2nd Shift gains 10% per hour

3rd Shift gains 10% per hour.

Work on Saturday gains 2% per hour.

Work on Sunday gains 3% per hour.

3rd Bonuses based upon production, or unit sales, also must be tiered per shift, to allow an attachment to the shift just as the hourly pay,  gives that person preference. Of course no bonus then this step is moot.

4th Each shift must be completely responsible for their production, or the amount/percentage of production is accounted, and then removed from the Bonus. There can be no allowances made in the production percentages, or each level will just try to do less and less and leave it to some other level, to do.

5th Over all company health: Production must meet a quota by design and not by share holder profit, or the system will, as all in the USA, experience a drive and bonus system that becomes useless in just a short time. In other words all bonus type drives must be from within the individual operation, and not the over all company. Then too, will come the idea of the share holders wanting to drive competition between operations in order to make them compete, and do more, because it makes the various management groups make poor decisions, and this still won’t work and makes this step moot. You ask why does it become moot? Simple trying to make people do more than they actually can, Always reduces Quality and this is a perception problem with all humans who desire to do a good job… and that is called pride in their work; there must be Balance! There is a point in all curves where the share holder must just learn to be satisfied, or Sell out. Common sense is just that. No curve can climb continually, or collapse is eminent.

The whole concept is to allow any person to choose where he, or she works, and make it their choice by improving their life in their own construct, and perception.

There are dozens of other ways to make this the employees decision! This is nothing more than an Example.

Is there such a thing as True Happiness; or Is it Worked For?

roman colosseum

Most people these days seek only those things which make them happy, and are only positive in nature. Why? Is being happy all the time, necessary or just covering up another deep seeded issue? All of life is a balance, just watch nature. Then ask yourself this; ‘What about deathh?’ How can that one be happy and positive?

The Roman Colosseum is the most famous piece of architecture to have survived from the classical world. It was built nearly two thousand years ago for the purpose of hosting violent gladiator games, and at times a death mill for the state’s enemies. Thousands of men and animals fought for their lives in the sandy arena. A few gladiators and warriors found glory there. Some even found fame and riches, but many more died an anonymous death, providing entertainment for eager Roman spectators and their guests.

Life is a balance, and it has good and bad mixed. Do you have any idea what it is like to always have perfect weather, a perfect house, in a perfect neighborhood, with no ups, or downs, no crime, and everyone just exudes love? Of course not, no such place exists. But, as we all know there are places that have been created, that we like to go visit , if we can afford elaborate vacations. But, I wonder just how long one could live in paradise without becoming bored with the whole ‘perfect’ environment thing? Do you realize that those Roman games we mentioned, which were much like our Olympics, started out as games, but as time went on they became, ‘Same Ole’, ‘Same Ole’ thing and the crowd became bored and cried out for more excitement. That is how they evolved into a killing machine of innocent people, for entertainment. Plus, it was an added feather in the hat of the Roman government and their resolve towards their enemies.

Yet, we have things similar to this taking place even today, take games over the last 40 yrs, especially in the last 20 yrs. They once were games of challenge and fun, and done for enjoyment. Now, most have changed dramatically over time, to where there is either more violence, death, mayhem, or there are arch enemies to crush, in a world that seeks peace?   Sounds off to me, but then I am looking at this from the out side.

Life is not easy, it never was meant to be easy.  You thought to yourself, just now; “What does he mean was never meant to be easy? Life is life, and it has no mind of its own.”  Well, when most tell me that life is fun , happy, and enjoyable when no one mentions politics, religion, or death, then all is well. But, lets for arguments sake say we leave all of that out.  So just how can any human civilization exist without some sort of governmental control over the people?   Oh, that’s right all people now exist only to be happy and love one another, and they all agree on this, my mistake.   Do you see how ignorant, and basically stupid it is to think that life on this planet can exist in a state of total happiness, someone is always going to want more!  It is one of the selfish basics of human nature, we always want more than we have, and while there is nothing wrong with that on the surface, just like there is nothing wrong with having great wealth, the counter part of that is all humans on the earth can’t have the same!  What? ; you ask are you talking about?  Simple, say everyone on earth today had equal everything, and by the end of the week some would want something else, they would not be satisfied with what they had.  Right?  Sounds like me, alright.  Anyway, some start looking for new things, to have, and to own, so they can be unique, special, an individual.  Some go another way, and yet more go another.  Is that not what is happening now?  Yes, it is, and while there is nothing wrong with this, the whole matter of how a few can have it all while others have very little falls into the category of supply and demand, or economics of the world.  Someone has to work hard in order to create the things that those, with much demand, and those with much want, to be in power of those that do the creating.  So life is not going to change, do you agree?

OK!  So back to our envisioned idea of total Happiness, and those of you that believe some how you can crop out the ugliness of life, by simply stating I won’t tolerate it around me.  So you hide from politics, and you refuse to associate with religious people, or at least you tell them you don’t want to hear it. So my dear friend how do you face the idea of death?  It is going to happen no matter what, and there is nothing you can do about it!  Do you think there is an after life?  If not, or at least you have convinced yourself there is no after life, then how do you understand this world and all of its beauty, all of its perfections?  Oh, and if you do not believe there is an after life; Then you my friend had better get everything and all the pleasures you want right here, and now! Right?  Ignoring, those things is the most acceptable advice in this instance, but not practical for you, and how did all of this come about, some how,  you are an intelligent human being, and you do realize there is more, than what you see going on.  Which makes you wonder, which brings you more sadness,  for if there is an after life, then the question comes, what is required of me in this after life, and this question alone is the greatest point of all sadness to all men who walk on this earth.  And for some odd reason those with the most in this world, have the greatest fear of the after life, even far above those who have absolutely nothing, why?

The odd thing about humans is this, we are all basically selfish, self-centered, egotists that say one thing to look good among others, and yet we would stab our own family in the back for a dime.  What?   Yeah, I did say that and I stand by it, just watch what happens to a family after the death of a loved one, like parents.  The heirs will fight to the death over what they perceive should be theirs, and their right over anyone else.   Now, if they will do this over a few things that were never theirs to begin with just imagine that on a much larger scale. And there folks is the problem, we do innately believe we deserve more than the next guy, well, even at the most modest level we believe we deserve at least the same as everyone else. And we do, basically, but then there is the differential of who is better suited to take more, 1st?

So who is happier in life?  I will conclude with this.   Usually those with a very strong sense of religious belief and piety, are the happiest, in a world of mixed troubles, for they realize that there is something beyond this very short life, and they want to be a part of something far better than this. Oh, don’t get me wrong, even the most religious people have days of heart ache and grief, but they usually come right back, knowing that this was only a test, simply a test for them, and they got through it, and are stronger for it! Using just Christianity for an example here, Jesus’ whole life was happy, and he endured the hardest of hardships, and it never changed his view of life and of others, for he always put them 1st, and he is noted by all groups as being this way not just by religious Christians, but also many of the secular community as well.  It is funny for so many religions talk about how to treat others, and yet most men do not.  But, it is only a very few that talk about death and what awaits on the other side, for all eternity.

So my last question to you is this: How can people be so self centered, and do what they do to each other? Where is their precious term, they like to spout all the time, ‘Compromise’?  Oh, that’s right; I forgot, there is only compromise if the other guy does it first; for I am right.  Folks your ideas, you ways, and even compromise will never, ever solve this world’s problems, so in order to be happy you must be willing to embrace them, and try to make a difference.  Compromise never works, never has, for all it does is lead to the next compromise, which in the end puts all in a living hell!

In essence I suppose the only real valid statement is this: Happiness is a perception based upon values established by your life and environment; and therefore you are the only one who can accept or refuse to be happy in all that you do, or live. I remember what the Apostle Paul said, and remember he was a very educated man among the Greeks (the great master taught him), and among the Jews, for he was called a Pharisee amond the Pharisees. And yet Paul due to God’s awakening in his life, saw fit to throw it all away for the cause of Jesus Christ, whom he sought for many years to destroy. But paul said this: “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
(Philippians 4:11-13) KJV

So I ask; Where is your Happiness based, and upon what?

Where Does Pride belong in a Person’s Life?

Is Pride Good for Anyone, or Does It just Create Another Gap?

A definition from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary;

Pride… PRIDE, n.

1. Inordinate self-esteem; an unreasonable conceit of one’s own superiority in talents, beauty, wealth, accomplishments, rank or elevation in office, which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve, and often in contempt of others.

Martial pride looks down on industry.

Pride goeth before destruction. Proverbs 16.

Pride that dines on vanity, sups on contempt.

All pride is abject and mean.

Those that walk in pride he is able to abase. Daniel 4.

2. Insolence; rude treatment of others; insolent exultation.

That hardly we escap’d the pride of France.

3. Generous elation of heart; a noble self-esteem springing from a consciousness of worth.

The honest pride of conscious virtue.

4. Elevation; loftiness.

A falcon tow’ring in her pride of place.

5. Decoration; ornament; beauty displayed.

Whose lofty trees, clad with summer’s pride.

Be his this sword

Whose ivory sheath, inwrought with curious pride,

Adds graceful terror to the wearer’s side.

6. Splendid show; ostentation.

Is this array, the war of either side

Through Athens pass’d with military pride.

7. That of which men are proud; that which excites boasting.

I will cut off the pride of the Philistines. Zec 9. Zep 3.

8. Excitement of the sexual appetite in a female beast.

9. Proud persons. Psa 36.

PRIDE, v.t. With the reciprocal pronoun, to pride one’s self, to indulge pride; to take pride; to value one’s self; to gratify self-esteem. They pride themselves in their wealth, dress or equipage. He prides himself in his achievements.”

I hear so much about we should instill pride in others, and to make them proud to work at a job, and so many other uses of this word that makes absolutely no sense at all. Even our educational institutions tell parents that they should instill great pride in education, while many kids leave these same schools barely able to read, or write, and do the basic requirements of living.

In my estimation, and examination over many years, I have learned my Mother was right all along; there will always be someone bigger, smarter, and better at something than I am, so do your best, and only complete with yourself and your abilities. If you do your best then God knows the rest!

Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. (Proverbs 16:5) KJV
When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
(Proverbs 16:7) KJV
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he. (Proverbs 16:18-20) KJV


God’s Holy Word has much to say against the proud and haughty: So what does haughty mean?

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary says:

Haughty

HAUGHTY, a. hau’ty. [from haught.]

1. Proud and disdainful; having a high opinion of one’s self, with some contempt for others; lofty and arrogant; supercilious.

His wife was a woman of a haughty and imperious nature.

A haughty spirit goeth before a fall. Prov 16.

2. Proceeding from excessive pride, or pride mingled with contempt; manifesting pride and disdain; as a haughty air or walk.

3. Proud and imperious; as a haughty nation.

4. Lofty; bold; of high hazard; as a haughty enterprise.”

So from this it is quite obvious that the world wants one thing and God wants quite another:

So I would rather trust in what God says over any man that has ever lived; and the people who think otherwise? That is quite Ok, with me! It is their right.

My Opinion may not mean much to most,. But here it is:

Having pride in something you do is, and seems, beneficial to a better quality of life. But this is only so long as it does not take away, or hurt the efforts of someone else in their quality of life. But, so often this is exactly what happens, and why the proverbs talk about a fall, at some point in time.

So like wealth, money, and material possessions, pride can quickly rule a humble life and make it destructive to all around those who possess it. It does not mean that the idea is not good, t just means the heart can quickly corrupt the idea into a position of power and lust.

Should one take pride in his job? A very simple question, right? If a person desires to do the best they can at their job, because it is important o always do your best; for even God says to do your best for those above you. This does not in anyway mean or establish that you are proud of yourself, or of your job; unless you allow it to go this way. I want to know how you can be proud of anything that is in anyway hurting another human being, for any reason.

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An example; all countries have contests to challenge each other to see who has the best athelets, and my question has always been why? I can see and love to play games, but I hate the idea of scroing for all it establishes is disdain, hate, lies, and cheating; plus in the end someone is always the loser, so where can pride come in, unless it is a wrongful pride…. full example Megan Rapinoe, and her actions while representing the USA, in the U.S. Women’s Soccer World Cup. She embarrassed herself and our country, and yet she says she is proud…. ? Pretty much sums up what I said above, and the Bible plainly covers!  

Pride has a place; as long as it is kept where it belongs; under strict control!

The Ultimate problem with ‘Pride’ is it can easily become an Idol to the Soul!

Who is God? What Does the Bible Say About False Prophets, and False Gods?

Just one of the many religions that teach they are the one true religion, and yet they utilize force to cause change rather than simple humble broad acceptance.

“The history of Islam concerns the political, social, economic and developments of the Islamic civilization. Despite concerns about the reliability of early sources, most historians believe that Islam originated in Mecca and Medina at the start of the 7th century, approximately 600 years after the founding of Christianity. Muslims, however, believe that it did not start with Muhammad, but that it was the original faith of others whom they regard as prophets, such as Jesus, David, Moses, Abraham, Noah and Adam.

In 610 CE, Muhammad began receiving what Muslims consider to be divine revelations. Muhammad’s message won over a handful of followers and was met with increasing opposition from Meccan notables. In 622, a few years after losing protection with the death of his influential uncle Abu Talib, Muhammad migrated to the city of Yathrib, later known as Medina. With Muhammad’s death in 632, disagreement broke out over who would succeed him as leader of the Muslim community.” Wikipedia

As anyone can easily see from just these two paragraphs; these people were from the fist family of God, and Ismael was the connection. But, also, why did over 600 years pass, after Jesus death, before anyone speaks of divine revelations? God promised the people of Ismael to make him a mighty nation, but never said anything about them being God’s chosen nation at that time, as the Bible plainly speaks of the nation of Abraham.

This should have all changed with the coming of Jesus as the Christ, and them following, (as did the Gentiles of which they would have been) God, because of the proper plan of salvation. Not of a man that lead them, and their people into bondage under false prophets, like Muhammad’s. So since this one man, and no other, said the Angel Gabriel, taught him of God, then why was this god now singular, and not plural like the Bible says, with Elohim? Makes one think about being mislead by Satan perhaps, or vain imaginings. In either case both can not possibly be right; for the Bible says there is but one true God! For the Muslims say Jesus was just another man, not God.

So with that this portion of scripture says a lot! I do mean a lot! It applies also as much to today and people as it did then!!

“If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.
(Deuteronomy 13:1-5)” King James Bible

I find it amazing how people want to continually put words in God’s mouth that they had a revelation from someone, or some where, and have no proof, no miracles and such; and yet we had Jesus Christ! Which pretty much sums up the entire Bible!

So out of wild amazement; who would you follow? Like Joshua said: As for me and my house we will serve the Lord thy God! And no other!