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1/6/2019 RIGHTEOUSNESS
1/27/2019 PRESIDENTIAL QUOTES 16
2/3/2019 PRESIDENTIAL QUOTES 17
2/24/2019 THE TEST
2/24/2019 PRESIDENTIAL QUOTES 18
3/24/2019 PRESIDENTIAL QUOTES 19
4/7/2019 ROPES
4/7/2019 PRESIDENTIAL QUOTES 20
4/28/2019 PRESIDENTIAL QUOTES 21
6/23/2019 LORD'S SUPPER
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1/6/2019 ~ Rigtheousness


  RighteousnessAM.mp3 (34m 41s)

  Righteousness.pptx

Darkness has no song to be heard.
A call goes forth for the rise of all to see His truths.

... I, the LORD, speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.
~ Isaiah 45:18-19


The LORD has made His plain truth known
  Thus says the LORD:

       ● Created the Heavens
       ● Formed the Earth and made it
       ● Did not create it in vain
       ● Formed it to be inhabited
       ● I am the LORD, and there is no other   
       ● I have not spoken in secret
       ● I, the LORD, speak righteousness
       ● I declare things that are right

Thus says the LORD: "Keep justice, and do righteousness, ... ~ Isaiah 56:1

... dwell with everlasting burnings?" He who walks righteously and speaks
uprightly, He who despises the gain of oppressions, ... ~ Isaiah 33:14-15


Repeatedly He declares what He expects
   Who shall dwell with God:

       → Who walks righteously
       → Speaks uprightly
       → Despises the gain of oppressions
       → Gestures with his hands, refusing bribes
       → Stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed   
       → Shuts his eyes from seeing evil


The LORD looks for the virtuous with honest hearts of integrity
without murderous thoughts hinged with self-control.


Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, But
righteousness delivers from death. ... ~ Proverbs 11:4-8


A righteous man hates lying, ... ~ Proverbs 13:5-6

... a throne is established by righteousness. Righteous lips are the delight
of kings, And they love him who speaks what is right. ~ Proverbs 16:12-13


When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But
when a wicked man rules, the people groan. ~ Proverbs 29:2


Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.
~ Proverbs 14:34


... For the ways of the LORD are right; The righteous walk in them, ...
~ Hosea 14:9


Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your
fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD, ... ~ Hosea 10:12


... To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable
to the LORD than sacrifice. ... ~ Proverbs 21:2-4


As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who
understands; There is none who seeks after God. ... ~ Romans 3:10-14


"... Destruction and misery are in their ways; And the way of peace they have
not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes." ~ Romans 3:15-19


... But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed,
being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness
of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, ... ~ Romans 3:20-22


To Believe or not to
  FAITH = BELIEVE  

... Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood,
through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, ... ~ Romans 3:23-25


Our retrieval is the cost of His sacrifice
✓ Justified freely by His Grace
          ⮡  Through redemption in Christ Jesus  
✓ Propitiation by His blood, through faith
          ⮡  To demonstrate His righteousness

... to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be
just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. ~ Romans 3:26


For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might
become the righteousness of God in Him. ~ 2nd Corinthians 5:21


... gospel of Christ ... For in it the righteousness of God
is revealed from faith to faith; ... ~ Romans 1:16-17


... that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do
not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. ~ Romans 8:3-4


... For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually
minded is life and peace. ~ Romans 8:5-6


... for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness
and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. ... ~ Romans 14:17-19


... "Evil company corrupts good habits." Awake to righteousness, and do not
sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. ... ~ 1st Corinthians 15:33-34


Righteousness is God’s warning to all
The Lord openly speaks righteous truth
The righteous speak uprightly refusing bribes
The righteous wish no harm exercising self-control
Righteousness delivers from death
A throne is established by righteousness
The righteous walk in the ways of the Lord
The Lord desires us to be righteousness and just
Righteousness of God is revealed in Jesus Christ
Righteousness of God for us is in Christ
The gospel is the power of God to salvation
Christ fulfilled the righteous requirement of the law
Spiritually minded is life and peace
Awake to righteousness in the knowledge of God

Dedication to His Word
draws out the brilliance of a soul.


  Righteousness2AM.mp3 (42m 36s)


... be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through
the law, but through the righteousness of faith. ~ Romans 4:13


"... being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able
to perform. And therefore "it was accounted to him for righteousness."
~ Romans 4:20-22


... just as Abraham "believed God, and it was accounted
to him for righteousness." ~ Galatians 3:6


Belief is an action of faith weathered in time
  BELIEVED GOD = RIGHTEOUSNESS  

... being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish
their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. ...
~ Romans 10:2-4


Manmade piousness rebels against God
● God zeal not according to knowledge
● Ignorant of God's righteousness
● Seeking their own righteousness
● Not submitted to God's righteousness
● Christ ends the law for righteousness
        ⮡  To everyone who believes

... the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, "Do not say in your heart,
'Who will ascend into heaven?'" ~ Romans 10:5-6


... But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your
mouth and in your heart" ~ Romans 10:7-9


... For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness
by faith. For in Christ Jesus ... ~ Galatians 5:4-6


For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with
the mouth confession is made unto salvation. ~ Romans 10:10


Blessed are those who keep justice, And he who does
righteousness at all times! ~ Psalms 106:3


... who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill?
He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, ... ~ Psalms 15:1-3


... Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does
these things shall never be moved. ~ Psalms 15:4-5


To be with God conditions have been given
      Who may abide in Your tabernacle?      

           ● Who walks uprightly
           ● Works righteousness
           ● Speaks the truth in his heart
           ● Does not backbite with his tongue
           ● Nor does evil to his neighbor
           ● Nor reproaches his friend
           ● Despises a vile person
                 ⮡   But honors who fear the LORD
           ● He who swears to his own hurt
                 ⮡   Steadfast to the ways of God
           ● Does not put out his money at usury
           ● Nor takes a bribe against the innocent  


... God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways
and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God ... ~ Deuteronomy 10:12-13


... And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly,
To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? ~ Micah 6:8


Truths of God overrule decrees of man
  What does God require of us?

     ● To do Justly
     ● To Love Mercy
     ● To Walk Humbly with God  



For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness;
His countenance beholds the upright. ~ Psalms 11:7


... The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And
His ears are open to their cry. ~ Psalms 34:13-15


... Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
~ James 3:16-18


... the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
~ James 1:19-20


"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all these things shall be added to you." ~ Matthew 6:33


"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled." ~ Matthew 5:6


... unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and
Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom ... ~ Matthew 5:20-21


"... says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But
whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire." ~ Matthew 5:22


Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace
with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. ~ 2nd Timothy 2:22


... but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness
which is from God by faith; ~ Philippians 3:8-9


... the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any
means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. ~ Philippians 3:10-11


In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death.
~ Proverbs 12:28


... He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice,
And preserves the way of His saints. ~ Proverbs 2:4-8


... When wisdom enters your heart, And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you,
To deliver you from the way of evil, ... ~ Proverbs 2:9-14


The divide between Good and Bad

Walk in
the ways of
Goodness

Keep to
the paths of
 righteousness 



Devious in
their paths


    Forgets the    
covenant
of God



... So you may walk in the way of goodness, And keep
to the paths of righteousness. ~ Proverbs 2:15-20


Righteousness lives by the ways of God
The promise is through the righteousness of faith
Belief is an integral part of righteousness
Christ is the end for righteous law for believers
Righteousness of faith is in the here and now
Righteousness by faith has hope working in love
Righteousness dwells in a believing heart
The Lord is watching the righteous
The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace
Seeking God’s righteousness adds to one’s own
Righteousness does not include murderous anger
Righteousness comes from God by faith in Christ
The way of righteousness is life with no death
To understand righteousness wisdom is required

Righteous works are a soul’s greatest light.

  Righteousness3AM.mp3 (37m 15s)


... He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in
righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. ... ~ Acts 17:30-31


... whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience
leading to righteousness? ... ~ Romans 6:16-17


... set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. ... ~ Romans 6:18-20

... become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness,
and the end, everlasting life. ... ~ Romans 6:21-23


... If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who
practices righteousness is born of Him. ~ 1st John 2:28-29


... Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God,
nor is he who does not love his brother. ... ~ 1st John 3:10-12


... By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we
also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. ~ 1st John 3:13-16


For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving
us an example, that you should follow His steps: ... ~ 1st Peter 2:21-23


... who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we,
having died to sins, might live for righteousness ... ~ 1st Peter 2:24-25


... be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be
tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil ... ~ 1st Peter 3:8-9


... of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers;
But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil." ~ 1st Peter 3:10-12


... if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are blessed. "And
do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled." ... ~ 1st Peter 3:14-16


... not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according
to His mercy He saved us, through the washing ... ~ Titus 3:4-7


... because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were
dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ ... ~ Ephesians 2:4-7


... we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which
God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2:8-10


... Do you see that faith was working together with his works,
and by works faith was made perfect? ~ James 2:20-22


... "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness."
And he was called the friend of God. ... ~ James 2:23-24


... Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his
deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed ... ~ Colossians 3:8-10


... Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies,
kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; ~ Colossians 3:11-12


... But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, ... ~ Colossians 3:13-15


Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and
admonishing one another in psalms and hymns ... ~ Colossians 3:16


... you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God -- and
righteousness and sanctification and redemption ... ~ 1st Corinthians 1:30-31


God's wisdom is with us
Glory in the LORD
    ⮡  In Christ Jesus
        ⮡  For us wisdom from God
               ● Righteousness
               ● Sanctification
               ● Redemption

... we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a
new earth in which righteousness dwells. ... ~ 2nd Peter 3:13-14


Time ends for all revealing character in Him
He will judge the world in righteousness
Obedience leads to righteousness
Called to be slaves of righteousness for holiness
The fruit of holiness’ end is everlasting life
Who practices righteousness is born of Him
Hate excludes one from eternal life
Christ is our example of righteousness
If suffering for righteousness one is blessed
Grace saves us through faith
Belief, faith in God, is accounted for righteousness
Put off the old man, renewed in His knowledge
Put on love which is the bond of perfection
Wisdom from God is righteousness to His glory

The riches of truth are held in His Word
The song of His love is for our return

Darkness shoots into the emptiness of nothing.


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1/27/2019 ~ Presidential Quotes 16


  PresidentialQuotesPM16.mp3 (42m 47s)

  PresidentialQuotesAboutGod16.pptx

Darkness can be seen in the heart of evil.
Both good and poor leaders have brought us to this very moment.

21. Chester Arthur (1881-1885)

“I may be president of the United States, but my
private life is nobody's damned business.”

“If it were not for the reporters, I would tell you the truth.”

"... Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate."
~ Proverbs 8:11-13


“The health of the people is of supreme importance.
All measures looking to their protection against the spread of
contagious diseases and to the increase of our sanitary knowledge
for such purposes deserve attention of Congress.”

“Where you stand depends where you sit.”

... have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and
become judges with evil thoughts? ~ James 2:2-4


22. Grover Cleveland (1885-1889)

“Though the people support the government;
the government should not support the people.”

“Once the coffers of the federal government are opened to the public,
there will be no shutting them again.”

“Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote. The relative
positions to be assumed by man and woman in the working out of our
civilization were assigned long ago by a higher intelligence than ours.”

And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority
over a man, but to be in silence. ~ 1st Timothy 2:12


“All must admit that the reception of the teachings of Christ results
in the purest patriotism, in the most scrupulous fidelity to public trust,
and in the best type of citizenship.”

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait
for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, ... ~ Philippians 3:20


“And let us not trust to human effort alone, but humbly acknowledging the
power and goodness of Almighty God, who presides over the destiny of
nations, and who has at all times been revealed in our country's history,
let us invoke His aid and His blessings upon our labors.”

“The appointing power of the Pope is treated as a public trust,
and not as a personal perquisite.”

Thus says the LORD: "Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes
flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD." ~ Jeremiah 17:5


23. Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893)

“If you take out your statutes, your constitution, your family life,
all that is taken from the sacred book, what would there
be left to bind society together?”

“God forbid that the day should ever come when, in the American mind,
the thought of man as a consumer shall submerge the old American
thought of man as a creature of God, endowed with unalienable rights.”

What one emphasizes declares the outcome
        Materialism        
Consumer


Creature of God
Spirit

... I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember
therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, ...
~ Revelation 2:4-5


“Have you not learned that not stocks or bonds or stately houses,
or products of the mill or field are our country? It is a
spiritual thought that is in our minds.”

“The evil works from a bad center both ways. It demoralizes those
who practice it and destroys the faith of those who suffer by it
in the efficiency of the law as a safe protector.”

When the righteous rejoice, there is great glory; But when
the wicked arise, men hide themselves. ~ Proverbs 28:12


"I will punish the world for its evil, And the wicked for their iniquity;
I will halt the arrogance of the proud, ... ~ Isaiah 13:11


“We Americans have no commission from God to police the world.”

“Lincoln had faith in time, and time has justified his faith.”

“I'd rather have a bullet inside of me than
to be living in constant dread of one.”

... the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
~ James 1:19-20


“Prayer steadies one when he is walking in slippery places
- even if things asked for are not given.”

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything
according to His will, He hears us. ~ 1st John 5:14


“The bud of victory is always in the truth.”

“Great lives never go out, they go on.”

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the
victory that has overcome the world - our faith. ~ 1st John 5:4


Throughout the ages there has been no shortage of confusion
concerning direction and identity, with a sense of peaceful sure
purpose. With all the inbred fighting factions spinning the world
into a petty den of thieves, disgust also has no shortage. Love
evaporates where the greedy dominate the meek and steal the truth
from our children. Hearts cry out ignored in amongst the many.


The truth of one age dissolves in the next
Liars keep justice hidden in the "service" of all
Arrogance reveals one’s clear lack of kind service
Unity is found through care for one another
Reception of Christ uncovers the highest citizenship
Trust should be in the power and goodness of God
Greed and thirst for power betrays public trust
The Bible’s sacred truths bind society together
Our countries greatest value is found in spirituality
Evil destroys both itself and part of those it touches
Hope for civility is a prelude to civilization
Boldly tempting fate can invite unwanted calamities
Unanswered prayers divulge the depths of faith
Truth is a prize worth nurturing

Struggles set the course as life is.

Darkness is contained in the bowels of hell.


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2/3/2019 ~ Presidential Quotes 17


  PresidentialQuotesPM17.mp3 (49m 46s)

  PresidentialQuotesAboutGod17.pptx

Darkness cast a shadow on all it touches.
Those blessed with true wisdom lift all souls.

24. Grover Cleveland (1893-1897)

“I know there is a Supreme Being who rules the affairs of men
and whose goodness and mercy have always followed the American
people, and I know He will not turn from us now if we humbly
and reverently seek His powerful aid.”

... God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted
beyond what you are able, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 10:13


“The friendliness and charity of our countrymen can always be relied upon
to relieve their fellow citizens in misfortune. This has been repeatedly and
quite lately demonstrated. Federal aid in such cases encourages the
expectation of paternal care on the part of the Government and weakens
the sturdiness of our national character, while it prevents the indulgence
among our people of that kindly sentiment and conduct which
strengthens the bonds of a common brotherhood.”

... keep oneself unspotted from the world. ~ James 1:27

“I know that human prejudice - especially that growing out
of race and religion - is cruelly inveterate and lasting.”

"Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment."
~ John 7:24


... As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do
not seek My own will but the will of the Father ... ~ John 5:30


It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, Or to overthrow
the righteous in judgment. ~ Proverbs 18:5


“A government for the people must depend for its success
on the intelligence, the morality, the justice, and the interest
of the people themselves.”

Only communities in agreement find victory
 Government success depends on: 
          ● Intelligence ≠ Ignorance
          ● Morality ≠ Wickedness
          ● Justice ≠ Lies
          ● Interest of the people ≠ Loss 

“We will not forget that Liberty has made her home here, nor shall her
chosen altar be neglected...A stream of light shall pierce the darkness of
ignorance and mans oppression until Liberty enlightens the world.”

“Above all, tell the truth.”

“These are days of special perplexity and depression,
and the path of public duty is unusually rugged.”

“Communism is a hateful thing and a menace to peace and
organized government; but the communism of combined wealth
and capital, the outgrowth of overweening cupidity and selfishness,
which insidiously undermines the justice and integrity of free
institutions, is not less dangerous than the communism of
oppressed poverty and toil, which, exasperated by injustice
and discontent, attacks with wild disorder the citadel of rule.”

“As we view the achievements of aggregated capital, we discover the
existence of trusts, combinations, and monopolies, while the citizen is
struggling far in the rear or is trampled to death beneath an iron heel.

Corporations, which should be the carefully constrained
creatures of the law and the servants of the people,
are fast becoming the people's masters.”

... doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, ... ~ Ephesians 6:7-9

“The ship of democracy, which has weathered all storms,
may sink through the mutiny of those on board.”

... when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out
My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, ... ~ Ezekiel 14:13-14




25. William McKinley (1897-1901)

Anger has never delivered a community of settled souls.

“That's all a man can hope for during his lifetime - to set an example
- and when he is dead, to be an inspiration for history.”

... Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who delights greatly in His
commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; ... ~ Psalms 112:1-2


“I went down on my knees and prayed to Almighty God for light and
guidance and one night late it came to me this way. We could not leave
(the Philippines) to themselves - they were unfit for self-government-and
they would soon have anarchy and misrule over there worse than Spain's
was. There was nothing left for us to do but take them all and educate
the Filipinos, and uplift and Christianize them.”

... "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. ..."
~ Mark 16:15-16


“Our faith teaches that there is no safer reliance than upon the God of our
fathers who has so singularly favored the American people in every
national trial and who will not forsake us so long as we obey His
commandments and walk humbly in His footsteps.”

“The more profoundly we study this wonderful Book, and the more
closely we observe its divine precepts, the better citizens we will
become and the higher will be our destiny as a nation.”

“Our earnest prayer is that God will graciously vouchsafe prosperity,
happiness, and peace to all our neighbors, and like blessings
to all the peoples and powers of the earth.”

Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another;
love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; ... ~ 1st Peter 3:8


“By the blessings of heaven I mean to live and die,
please God, in the faith of my mother.”

For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord.
Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's. ~ Romans 14:8


“The path of progress is seldom smooth. New things are often
found hard to do. Our fathers found them so. We find them so.
But are we not made better for the effort and sacrifice?”


... "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is
made perfect in weakness." ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 12:9


Many human ideals transcend the ages of time for the shear
humanity of it. All desire peace from fear and life in love. There is no
national border on hearts as God gazes upon all souls tortured in the
flesh. It is the common ground revealing character of intent either be
they pursuits of nobility or wicked actions. Tests continue upon all in
the shadow vapors of our lives. Absent of God’s presence brings
about no good outcome, more than evident where lives’ live in the
midst of socially collapsing despair, mired in confusion lacking
purpose. God has graciously ordained His word for man to know,
and when people rise to honor and glorify His truths, sanctuaries
are established. Men of good will disclose these universal truths
enabling souls to rise, or at least delivering commonsense to the
thirsty. May hope lift our hearts to the stars of enlightenment
bosomed in faith where the timeless call to return remains.
His light glimmers on the horizon of our hopes.


Government’s purpose is to keep the peace
The providence of God blesses the faithful
Godliness involves taking care of your own
Prejudice is a monster that destroys decency
Safeguarding a moral régime is an intelligent public
Liberty is the light of God
Oppressive institutions defeat peaceful public order
Rule disregarding respect for freedom invites ruin
Legacy is a matter the goodness one lives by
Reverent integrity blesses future generations
We are commanded by God to share His knowledge
Humble faith brings God’s favor upon a people
Power of prayer applies when hearts are genuine
In weakness strength is found

Falling away from God’s commands
weakens all who disobey

Darkness has nothing to compare itself to.


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2/24/2019 ~ The Test


  TheTestAM1.mp3 (35m 44s)

  TheTest.pptx

Darkness holds out the extension of forever.
God’s test is to find if we will act on belief,
in His given ways, or turn away to another way.
A missing heart longs to find love.


... "Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear
may be before you, so that you may not sin." ~ Exodus 20:20


... that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not. ...
~ Exodus 16:4-5


... Notwithstanding they did not heed Moses. But some of them left
part of it until morning, and it bred worms and stank. ~ Exodus 16:19-20


... So they laid it up till morning, as Moses commanded; and it did not stink,
nor were there any worms in it. ~ Exodus 16:23-24


... And the LORD said to Moses, "How long do you refuse to
keep My commandments and My laws?" ~ Exodus 16:26-28


"... your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness,
to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether
you would keep His commandments or not." ~ Deuteronomy 8:1-2


Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the
commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. ~ Revelation 14:12


... slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death,
or of obedience leading to righteousness? ~ Romans 6:16


... No temptation has overtaken you except such as is
common to man; but God is faithful, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 10:13


Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has
been approved, he will receive the crown of life ... ~ James 1:12


Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, But establish the just;
For the righteous God tests the hearts and minds. ~ Psalms 7:9


... His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.
The LORD tests the righteous, ... ~ Psalms 11:4-5


Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; Try my mind and my heart.
~ Psalms 26:2


... entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men,
but God who tests our hearts. ~ 1st Thessalonians 2:4


Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
In the day of trial in the wilderness, ... ~ Hebrews 3:8


... that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who
through faith and patience inherit the promises. ~ Hebrews 6:12


Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.
~ Hebrews 10:35


And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing
of your mind, that you may prove what is that good ... ~ Romans 12:2


Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it
is good that the heart be established by grace, ... ~ Hebrews 13:9


Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit,
according to the tradition of men, ... ~ Colossians 2:8


Truth is found in the image God gives
  Cheat you not according to Christ:  
      ● Philosophy
      ● Empty deceit
      ● Tradition of men
      ● Basic principles of the world


Evil or goodness is the test that rides on the bottom of all hearts.
Advancing or retreating declares one’s strength or weakness of character.
To choose God rises to the heights beyond time and renders a space of
tranquility above dimension where love is the sole substance of life.



Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the
wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. ~ Ephesians 5:6


... "Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name,
saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many." ~ Matthew 24:4-5


... do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God;
because many false prophets have gone out into the world. ~ 1st John 4:1-2


... You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because
He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. ~ 1st John 4:3-4


Test all things; hold fast what is good. ~ 1st Thessalonians 5:21

... as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know
yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 13:5


"... exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, "We must
through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God." ~ Acts 14:22



Passion is what drives the works of heart whether they be
noble or wicked. Ruthlessness over compassion often divides
those that seek unity among their children’s undefiled innocence.
Hearts lay open to the wounds found in the furnace of hate.
Peace is the water that cools a thankful mind.
God answers the call.



The sun rises to enlighten the shores
Time is to humble and test our hearts
One is a slave to whom one obeys
Faith in God allows for an escape from sin
Endurance in loving Him receives the crown of life
The Lord tests the minds & hearts of the righteous
We are entrusted with the gospel from God
Imitate faithful & patient who inherit the promises
Not casting confidence away has great reward
Establish one’s heart in grace not strange doctrines
Beware of deceit & traditions of men without Christ
Test the spirits as whether they are of God
Spirits not confessing Christ are not of God
Examine yourself whether you are in the faith

No adventure is greater than our journey to heaven.

Darkness tears where the deepest fears dwell.


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... by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. ~ Romans 12:1


Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body,
that you should obey it in its lusts. ... ~ Romans 6:12-13


As we gaze into the hole of life there is evil with the goodness.
God instructs us of what to do and what not to do.


Battles in the shadows of sin expose the soul
  Do not:
     ● Let sin reign in your mortal body  
                 ⮡  Obey it in its lusts
     ● Present unrighteousness to sin

  To God:
     ● Present yourselves
                 ⮡  Alive from the dead
     ● As instuments of righteousness

... I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and that I shall
be found by you such as you do not wish; ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 12:20


... in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of
themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, ... ~ 2nd Timothy 3:1-5


Mercy is challenged surrounded in waves of despicable
   From such people turn away:
         ● Lovers of themselves
         ● Lovers of money
         ● Boasters
         ● Proud
         ● Blasphemers
         ● Disobedient to parents
         ● Unthankful
         ● Unholy
         ● Unloving
         ● Unforgiving
         ● Slanderers
         ● Without self-control
         ● Brutal
         ● Despisers of good
         ● Traitors
         ● Headstrong
         ● Haughty
         ● Lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God      

And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, ...
~ Hebrews 9:27


For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.
~ 1st Corinthians 11:31


... the LORD weighs the spirits. Commit your works to the LORD,
And your thoughts will be established. ~ Proverbs 16:2-3


For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every
secret thing, Whether good or evil. ~ Ecclesiastes 12:14


Each of us sits on a bench of eternity.

"And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me,
to give every one according to his work." ~ Revelation 22:12



Remaining ignorant of God's will does not excuse one from the dire
outcome due at His reckoning. Without godly knowledge we are crippled
in knowing who and why we are left to the oblivion of mankind’s demise.



... "Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?"
But this He said to test him, ... ~ John 6:5-7


... you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful
until death, and I will give you the crown of life. ... ~ Revelation 2:10-11


God tests souls for hearts of service over selfishness
  Do not fear that you may be tested  
You will have tribulation

He who overcomes
shall not be hurt by
the second death


Be faithful until death
I will give you the crown of life



Hearts bare all pierced by the loves departed
in death’s constant reminder of a temporary life.



For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is
eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 6:23


"If you love Me, keep My commandments." ~ John 14:15

... though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by
various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, ... ~ 1st Peter 1:6-7


Tight are the bonds that tie us to eternity
 Trials                          Precious
         ⭨                           ⭩
     Genuineness of faith ⭪  Tested
                                    ⭣
                             Found to:
                                ● Praise
                                ● Honor
                                ● Glory at the revelation  
                                   ⮡  of Jesus Christ ⮠



The path to salvation has nobility as its’ root. The ways of the world
are passing away, and what will be left rises on the mist of timelessness.
We can only achieve this through submitting to regretting our sinfulness,
and seeking those better ways delivered to us by His precious
enlightening words, which reveal the truths of life. Disappointing
for all those that will never find the gifts freely given. It is a plain
cliché that the best things in life are free; Faith, Hope, and Love.



... do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you,
as though some strange thing happened to you; ... ~ 1st Peter 4:12


Life can be a tunnel filled with suffering fires.

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing
that the testing of your faith produces patience. ~ James 1:2-3


Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have
tested you in the furnace of affliction. ~ Isaiah 48:10


The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
But the Lord tests the hearts. ~ Proverbs 17:3


"... I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give
every man according to his ways, ..." ~ Jeremiah 17:9-10


For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down
to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, ... ~ 2nd Peter 2:4-5


... and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned
them to destruction, making them an example ... ~ 2nd Peter 2:6-7


It takes will power to get through the canyons of evil.

... the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve
the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, ... ~ 2nd Peter 2:8-9


It takes will power to get through the canyons of evil
Reserve the unjust
under punishment for
the day of judgment

   ⭧    
    ⭩
The LORD knows how
to deliver the godly
out of temptations



Each of us has hidden dark bones that need to be purged by the grace of
His light and mercy. As our love for God increases those dark disobedient
ways fade in His welcomed brilliance. Privileged people are often the
most unblessed having hardened rather than meek hearts. Plagued with
depression or unfilled passions, they are left on the edge of emptiness.
Many at the social top dwell upon the bottom of character.
Wealth is a matter of spirit where value has no cost.



... if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be
supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom ... ~ 2nd Peter 2:10-11


If one walks with a selfish heart it may very well be
darkness blinds one’s vision to see this coldness.



Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for,
but that we may receive a full reward. ~ 2nd John 1:8


But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me,
I shall come forth as gold. ~ Job 23:10


"Because you have kept My command to persevere,
I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the
whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth." ~ Revelation 3:10



It is a test to endure hate, and how we endure as the hateful falsely
accuse those closest to cover their own un-humble shame. Many snub
family and friends more interested in fading material things than inspiring
spiritual fortitude, encouraging confidence and support to continue, life,
the climb we all face. Unloving people, deepen the sorrows of the
humble, with their unsatisfied disgust, and their touch is painful.

The Bible gifts us wisdom to be content with all we have seeking peace
and holiness or none shall see God. To be tortured or blessed is a choice
of mind and a way of heart. Greatest to only themselves, their spiteful
turmoil rakes division piercing tranquility where any of these unhappy
souls tend to tear at those who they see as satisfied or having more.
Greed and envy destroys all compassion and loss is their only revenue.
Many unfaithful accuse believers of being part of a cult. If it is unusual
to love God, then I choose this over the alternative. I choose not to be
in the widest of all cults where the hate of a soul finds only damnation.

Flesh and blood have all this and more in common, books are opened,
we are all under the test of God to see how we show mercy or not. The
noblest of human qualities are a gift to us by God Himself. We sadly live in
times where anger has overtaken many of us. Where once friends, and
family attacks are the failings of embittered hearts without direction or
consumed with petty purpose, ungodliness is the curse. Loneliness and
self-inflicted character destruction is a result of those lacking faithfulness,
slighted by their discontent grumblings. Peace cannot be achieved without
love of God and His inspired healing instructions for individual salvation.
The lost have not yet found the greatest treasure. True godly people do
not attack and it is more a blessing where people lift one another.

The path to salvation has nobility as its’ root.
The ways of the world are passing away, and what will remain rises
on the mist of timelessness. We can only achieve this through submitting
to regretting our sinfulness, and seeking those better ways delivered to
us by His precious enlightening words, which reveals the truths of life.
Disappointing for all those that will never find the gifts freely given. It is
a plain cliché that the best things in life are free; Faith, Hope, and Love.



There is a call from heaven to each sentient soul
Offering holiness to God is your reasonable service
Do not obey lusts of the flesh
Habitual sinners will be found not as they wish
Turn away from self-centered mean spirits
Judge yourself if you don’t want to be judged
God will judge every work both good and evil
Be faithful until death and receive the crown of life
If you love God you will keep His commandments
Various trials test the genuineness of your faith
Testing of your faith produces patience
God searches the heart testing the mind’s ways
God can deliver the godly out of temptations
Keeping His commands saves in the hour of trial

Beauty is found in the simplicity of a loving soul.

Darkness has no top to grab upon.


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2/24/2019 ~ Presidential Quotes 18


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Darkness is without heat.
In the safari of life courage stands over fear.

26. Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)

“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is
worth more than a college education.”

“I enter a most earnest plea that in our hurried and rather bustling life of
today we do not lose the hold that our forefathers had on the Bible. I wish
to see the Bible study as much a matter of course in the secular colleges
as in the seminary. No educated man can afford to be ignorant of the
Bible, and no uneducated man can afford to be ignorant of the Bible.”

“It is necessary for the welfare of the nation that men's lives
be based on the principles of the Bible. No man, educated
or uneducated, can afford to be ignorant of the Bible.”

... be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,
knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. ~ 1st Corinthians 15:58


Blessed is the man who endures temptation; ... ~ James 1:12

“There is not in all America a more dangerous trait than the deification of
mere smartness unaccompanied by any sense of moral responsibility.”

“To educate a man in mind and not in morals
is to educate a menace to society.”

Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits." Awake
to righteousness, and do not sin; ... ~ 1st Corinthians 15:33-34


“To every man who faces life with real desire to do his part
in everything, I appeal for a study of the Bible.”

‘The teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole
civic and social life that it would be literally impossible for us to figure to
ourselves what that life would be if these teachings were removed.’

Societies that relinquish Biblical morals quickly reduce to that
of chaotic squabbling, - to even near anarchic brutal behaviors.


“I believe that the next half century will determine if we will advance the
cause of Christian civilization or revert to the horrors of brutal paganism.”

“Darkness can’t catch you if you just keep moving.”

Without God societies are confronted with brutal horrors.

“No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his
well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.”

"Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it?
Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another." ~ Mark 9:50


“The dull, purblind folly of the very rich men, their greed and arrogance,
and the corruption in business and politics, have tended
to produce a very unhealthy condition.”

Treachery by choice remains purposely oblivious to truths
that touch heaven itself. When leaders pursue selfish whims, the
meek seek a new compass, where glory replaces devouring greed.


“There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism.
The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of
preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would
be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities.”

“In the long run, the most unpleasant truth is a
safer companion than a pleasant falsehood.”

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible
for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.”

... Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, ... ~ Matthew 7:1-5

“Character is far more important than intellect in making a man
a good citizen or successful at his calling- meaning by character
not only such qualities as honesty and truthfulness,
but courage, perseverance and self-reliance.”

Knowledge without action is useless
    Character:
    ● Honesty and truthfulness    
    ● Courage
    ● Perseverance
    ● Self-reliance

“Knowing what's right doesn't mean much unless you do what's right.”

“The man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic --
the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly,
not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done.”

“The wise and honorable and Christian thing to do is to treat each
black man and each white man (or any person) on his merits as a man,
giving him no more and no less than he is worthy to have.”

... "The laborer is worthy of his wages." ~ 1st Timothy 5:18

“Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”

So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear,
slow to speak, slow to wrath; ~ James 1:19


“It is no use to preach to [children] if you do not act decently yourself.”

“There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the
groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado,
the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should
see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children's
children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.”

“Rarely has any people enjoyed greater prosperity than we are now
enjoying. For this we render heartfelt and solemn thanks to the Giver
of Good; and we seek to praise Him -not by words only -but by deeds,
by the way in which we do our duty to ourselves and to our fellow men.”

Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. ~ James 2:17

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Without strong men of character the children become weak.

“The worst lesson that can be taught to a man is
to rely upon others and to whine over his sufferings.”

Each of us owns our own emotional needs and or blessings with
perhaps, perceived curses, as tragedies confront all. Cursed are all
who fall away from God. We have all encountered that person who
incessantly complains about all whom they know. Never satisfied,
their unapologetic hearts demanding service upon false accusations
of being abandoned, has an unceasing harp. Woe is imprinted as
their first name. I call them moaners, groaners, emotional owners.


... that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be
strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, ~ Ephesians 3:16


It is welcome to be in the presence of the faithful elderly.
Though raked over decades of tribulations, they cling to a steadfast
and confident faith sharing their peacefulness as an example.
Shedding fears and unfilled desires comes only to the faithful,
through years of accumulated wisdom with growing love.


“Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests,
but also for the interests of others. ~ Philippians 2:4


“With a great moral issue involved, neutrality does
not serve righteousness; for to be neutral between
right and wrong is to serve wrong.”

Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
~ James 4:17


"It may be that 'the voice of the people is the voice of God' in fifty one
cases out of a hundred, but in the remaining forty nine it is quite as likely
to be the voice of the devil, of, what is still worse, the voice of a fool.”

The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, They
have done abominable works, There is none who does good. ~ Psalms 14:1


“The longer I live the more I think of the quality of fortitude ...
men who fall, pick themselves up and stumble on, fall again,
and are trying to get back up when they die.”

For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again,
But the wicked shall fall by calamity. ~ Proverbs 24:16


“Life brings sorrows and joys alike. It is what a man does with them
- not what they do to him - that is the true test of his mettle.”

“There are dreadful moments when death comes very near those we love,
even if for the time being it passes by. But life is a great adventure,
and the worst of all fears is the fear of living.”

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power
and of love and of a sound mind. ~ 2nd Timothy 1:7


“Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm
that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices
of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.”

If the light in us dwells in dark thoughts, how dark we
become if these wicked things illuminate our hearts.
Freedom is not found in the shadows.


“Envy is as evil a thing as arrogance.”

“The foes from whom we pray to be delivered are our own passions,
appetites, and follies; and against these there is always
need that we should war.”

Every society that demands more sexual freedoms finds internal
destruction in the collapse of creative inspirations defining purpose.


“These international bankers and Rockefeller Standard Oil interests
control the majority of newspapers and the columns of these papers
to club into submission or drive out of public office officials who
refuse to do the bidding of the powerful corrupt cliques
which compose the invisible government.”

Life has become more a circus than a standing civilization.

“Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money;
it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
The joy and moral stimulation of work must no longer be
forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits.”

The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, Whether he eats little or much; But
the abundance of the rich will not permit him to sleep. ~ Ecclesiastes 5:12


... every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor
- it is the gift of God. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:12-13


“The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young
are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged
have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.”

“We demand that big business give the people a square deal; in return
we must insist that when any one engaged in big business honestly
endeavors to do right he shall himself be given a square deal.”

“When I say I believe in a square deal I do not mean to give every man
the best hand. If the cards do not come to any man, or if they do come,
and he has not got the power to play them, that is his affair.
All I mean is that there shall be no crookedness in the dealing.”

“There is not one among us in whom a devil does not dwell;
at some time, on some point, that devil masters each of us... It is
not having been in the Dark House, but having left it, that counts.”

... be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the
new man which was created according to God, ... ~ Ephesians 4:23-24


“At some time in our lives a devil dwells within us,
causes heartbreaks, confusion and troubles, then dies.”

“Thank God for the iron in the blood of our fathers.”

As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
~ Proverbs 27:17


“No nation deserves to exist if it permits itself to lose the stern
and virile virtues; and this without regard to whether the loss is due to
the growth of a heartless and all-absorbing commercialism, to prolonged
indulgence in luxury and soft, effortless ease, or to the deification
of a warped and twisted sentimentality.”

Surely we live in disgusting times when sin is glorified and societal
norms demand acceptance of despicableness, with open loving
arms, or be subject to the condemnation and ostracization of
ungodly men. Lies are repeated as truth evades the children. Without
God and His declared ways of uprightness and decency, any country
or people soon find themselves at the door of oblivion. With loss of
virtues comes self-centered greed, slothful apathetic laziness, and
bleeding hearts demanding justice for the unjust. A society that
reduces to habitually claiming “not guilty’ looses its ability to rule.
All are punished when punishment has no enforcement in the
unending spirals of crooked and immoral lawyers.


“There is need of a sound body, and even more need of a sound mind.
But above mind and above body stands character - the sum
of those qualities which we mean when we speak of a man's
force and courage, of his good faith and sense of honor.”

“Laws are essential emanations from the self-poised character of God;
they radiate from the sun to the circling edge of creation. Verily,
the mighty Lawgiver hath subjected himself unto laws.”

“No people on earth have more cause to be thankful than ours, and this is
said reverently, in no spirit of boastfulness in our own strength, but with
the gratitude to the Giver of good who has blessed us.”


Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this
is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ~ 1st Thessalonians 5:16-18


To those that hear - God reigns

  ⭢ The will of God in Chirst

            ● Rejoice always
            ● Pray without ceasing
            ● In everything give thanks  


The constitution of the United States was intended to
preserve the rights of freedom for all souls, especially to ensure the
maintaining of the cherished liberty of conscience. The constitution
is imperfect as it does not instruct on the limits of moral decadence.
This absence was deposited in separate hope that morals would
lead those in times of the land with fair and just representation.
In separating church from state, its’ intent was to guarantee
honest freedom of thought, free of tyrannical domination.
Atheism was never intended to lead the community of freedom
as it remains at the bottom of all that is dark exalting mere
man in the face of the glory of all higher truths.


Defeat comes if we abandon Godly values
The Bible is worth more than secular education
People lacking Bible morals are a social menace
Without Christian values brutal horrors will prevail
Rich corrupted arrogant men have polluted politics
Character is more important than intellect
Holding one’s tongue banking on wisdom succeeds
Nature’s majesty should be preserved for the future
Whiners lack courage to stand in God’s given life
Knowledge without compassion is indifference
The voice of a fool mingles lower than a devil
Fear of life halts the adventure of living
True happiness lies in the joy of achievement
Every employed man deserves a fair square deal

A Person is valued by what they give,
not what they take.

Darkness is out of the time's reach.


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3/24/2019 ~ Presidential Quotes 19


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Darkness is the final rest for all unbelieving.
Who can claim the heart of another is what it is.

26. Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)

“It is better to be faithful than famous.”

“The joy of living is his who has the heart to demand it. Life is
a great adventure, and I want to say to you, accept it in such a spirit.”

“Wide differences of opinion in matters of religious, political,
and social belief must exist if conscience and intellect alike are
not to be stunted, if there is to be room for healthy growth.”

... the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the
word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another ... ~ 1st Corinthians 12:7-10


But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing
to each one individually as He wills. ... ~ 1st Corinthians 12:11-12


“Freemasonry teaches not merely temperance, fortitude,
prudence, justice, brotherly love, relief, and truth, but liberty,
equality, and fraternity, and it denounces ignorance, superstition,
bigotry, lust tyranny and despotism.”

“I highly venerate the Masonic Institution, under the fullest persuasion
that, when its principles are acknowledged and its laws and precepts
obeyed, it comes nearest to the Christian religion, in its moral effects
and influence, of any institution with which I am acquainted.”

“I hold that in this country there must be complete severance
of Church and State; that public moneys shall not be used for the
purpose of advancing any particular creed; and therefore that the
public schools shall be nonsectarian and no public moneys
appropriated for sectarian schools.”

“There is superstition in science quite as much as there is
superstition in theology, and it is all the more dangerous because
those suffering from it are profoundly convinced that they
are freeing themselves from all superstition.”

Atheism in science is a dead science.
We serve in a living universe. It is still the land of the living.
God gave us science, science’s assimilations cannot give us God.
Science without heart is blind to the higher hope that faith offers.
Faith in science without God is a most limiting thought.
One does not find God in a rabbit hole.


“I believe that this Republic will endure for many centuries. If so there will
doubtless be among its Presidents Protestants and Catholics, and very
probably at some time, Jews. I have consistently tried while President to
act in relation to my fellow Americans of Catholic faith as I hope that any
future President who happens to be Catholic will act towards his fellow
Americans of Protestant faith. Had I followed any other course I should
have felt that I was unfit to represent the American people.”

“We fight in honorable fashion for the good of mankind; fearless of the
future, unheeding of our individual fates, with unflinching hearts and
undimmed eyes; we stand at Armageddon, and we battle for the Lord.”

“A churchless community, a community where men have
abandoned and scoffed at or ignored their religious needs,
is a community on the rapid downgrade.”

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,
not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, ... ~ Hebrews 10:24-25


When spirits unite greatness is achieved
 Consider one another in order to:

    ● Stir up love and good works
    ● Not forsaking the assembling  
    ● Exhorting one another

“We must diligently strive to make our young men decent, God-fearing,
law-abiding, honor-loving, justice-doing and also fearless and strong.”

“If a man does not have an ideal and try to live up to it, then he
becomes a mean, base and sordid creature, no matter how successful.”

“Almost every man who has by his life-work added to the sum
of human achievement of which the race is proud, of which
our people are proud, almost every such man has based
his life-work largely upon the teachings of the Bible.”

“I have often thought that unselfishness combined in one word more
of the teachings of the Bible than any other in the language.”

... I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach
others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue. ~ 1st Corinthians 14:19


“He [Lincoln] had mastered it {the Bible] absolutely ... mastered it so
that he became almost 'a man of one Book', who knew that Book and
who instinctively put into practice what he had been taught therein.”

... be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove
what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. ~ Romans 12:2


“Abraham Lincoln - the spirit incarnate of those who won victory in the
Civil War - was the true representative of this people, not only for his
own generation, but for all time, because he was a man among men.”

“The true Christians are the true citizens, lofty of purpose,
resolute in endeavor, ready for a hero's deeds, but never looking
down on their task because it is cast in the day of small things; scornful
of baseness, awake to their own duties as well as to their rights,
following the higher law with reverence, and in this world doing all
that in their power lies, so that when death comes they may feel
that humanity is in some degree better because they lived.”

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait ...
~ Philippians 3:20-21


“From the greatest to the smallest, happiness and usefulness are largely
found in the same soul, and the joy of life is won in its deepest and truest
sense only by those who have not shirked life's burdens.”

For each one shall bear his own load. ~ Galatians 6:5

"By your patience possess your souls." ~ Luke 21:19

“The dreams of golden glory in the future will not come true
unless, high of heart and strong of hand, by our own mighty
deeds we make them come true.”



Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! ...
~ Jeremiah 8:12



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27. William Howard Taft (1909-1913)

“Unless education promotes character making, unless it helps
men to be more moral, more just to their fellows, more law abiding,
more discriminatingly patriotic and public spirited, it is not worth the
trouble taken to furnish it. I do not believe in the divinity of Christ,
and there are many other of the postulates of the orthodox creed
to which I cannot subscribe.”

... Because you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children. ~ Hosea 4:6


“The underlying principle of Masonry is the fatherhood of God and
the brotherhood of man. In this war we are engaging in upholding
these principles and our enemies are attacking them.”

You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
~ James 2:24


“The prosperity of Masonry as a means of strengthening
our religion and propagating true brotherly love, is one of the
dearest wishes of my heart, which, I trust, will be gratified by
the help of the Grand Architect of the Universe.”

“The study of Freemasonry is the study of man as a candidate for a
blessed eternity. It furnishes examples of holy living, and displays the
conduct which is pleasing and acceptable to God. The doctrines and
examples which distinguish the Order are obvious, and suited to every
capacity. It is impossible for the most fastidious Mason to misunderstand,
however he might slight or neglect them. It is impossible for the most
superficial brother to say that he is unable to comprehend the plain
precepts and the unanswerable arguments which are furnished
by Freemasonry.”

“The secret of Masonry, like the secret of life, can be known only by
those who seek it, serve it, live it. It cannot be uttered; it can only be
felt and acted. It is, in fact, an open secret, and each man knows it
according to his quest and capacity. Like all things worth knowing,
no one can know it for another and no man can know it alone.”

... the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived.
Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 6:9-10


Sins declared by God cannot be ignored

       Neither ● fornicators
                      ● nor idolaters
                      ● nor adulterers
                      ● nor homosexuals
                      ● nor sodomites
                      ● nor thieves
                      ● nor covetous
                      ● nor drunkards
                      ● nor revilers
                      ● nor extortioners

    Will inherit the kingdom of God    


“The true Mason takes full responsibility for the condition
of his character and ever strives for its perfection.”

“The Society or Fraternity of Freemasons is more in the nature
of a system of Philosophy or of moral and social virtues taught by
symbols, allegories, and lectures based upon fundamental truths,
the observance of which tends to promote stability of character,
conservatism, morality and good citizenship.”

“Masonry, according to the general acceptation of the term,
is an art founded on the principles of geometry, and devoted to the
service and convenience of mankind. But Freemasonry, embracing a
wider range and having a nobler object in view, namely, the cultivation
and improvement of the human mind, may with more propriety be called
a science, inasmuch as, availing itself of the terms of the former, it
inculcates the principles of the purest morality, though its lessons are
for the most part veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.”

“The Masonic system represents a stupendous and beautiful fabric,
founded on universal purity, to rule and direct our passions,
to have faith and love in God, and charity toward man.”

“The true Mason is the Tiler of the Temple of the Heart.”

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that
the Spirit of God dwells in you? ~ 1st Corinthians 3:16


“The precepts of the Gospel were universally the obligations of Masonry.”

“We have a government of limited power under the Constitution,
and we have got to work out our problems on the basis of law.”

“I love judges, and I love courts. They are my ideals that typify on
earth what we shall meet hereafter in heaven under a just God.”

“Rules of conduct which govern men in their relations to one
another are being applied in an ever-increasing degree to nations.
The battlefield as a place of settlement of disputes is gradually
yielding to arbitral courts of justice.”

“The judiciary has fallen to a very low state in this country. I think your part
of the country has suffered especially. The federal judges of the South are
a disgrace to any country, and I'll be damned if I put any man on the
bench of whose character and ability there is the least doubt.”

... "There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man.
..." ~ Luke 18:1-4


"... Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really
find faith on the earth?" ~ Luke 18:5-8


Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship
has righteousness with lawlessness? ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 6:14


“It gives me the greatest pleasure to say, as I do from the bottom
of my heart, that never in the history of the country, in any crisis and
under any conditions, have our Jewish fellow citizens failed to live
up to the highest standards of citizenship and patriotism.”

“Anti-Semitism is a noxious weed that should be cut out.
It has no place in America.”

“One cannot always be sure of the truth of what one hears
if he happens to be President of the United States.”

... do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God;
because many false prophets have gone out into the world. ~ 1st John 4:1


“Politics, when I am in it, makes me sick.”

“The trouble with me is that I like to talk too much.”


The inheritance wicked adults give to their children is their own
faults in character. Breaking with tradition is at best miraculous for
those able to lift out of the misery pools created by their resentful
bitter hearted parents. Anger has both destruction and despair as its’
horrid legacy. It is only when the strength of love overpowers hate
that truth can achieve what is then the highest of all human qualities.
When a people lose courtesy civility is lost.


Ignorance breeds intolerance in heartless times
Better to be faithful than famous
Masonic ideals are achieved in Christian morals
Blind science may delude one from seeing truth
Without religious values society declines rapidly
Without ideals men become mean and sordid
It is one’s duty to live to improve humanity
Education is futile without helping moral character
Each man must be accountable for his own godliness
Precepts of the Gospel is the temple of the heart
Lawful courts reflects the justice God wills for man
Judges who lack character damn our country
Bigotry and intolerance has no place in America
Truth can be uncertain for an American president

Fear and anger steal security found in true worship.

Darkness has an eerie destination of nowhere.


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4/7/2019 ~ Ropes


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Eerie the silence of darkness. Darkness has no contemplation.
Each of us has had patience stretched to the breaking point.
Suffering in life can draw one to the brink of floundering.


If I say, "My foot slips," Your mercy, O LORD, will hold me up. ~ Psalms 94:18

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, ...
~ Philippians 3:12


Life's path can be precarious at best.
Every plateau leads to another mountain. Many search for a
saving rope or life preserver cast. That ladder of salvation has already
descended from heaven’s gates in the form of God’s own given word.



"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all these things shall be added to you." ~ Matthew 6:33


Seeking His word enlightens all souls who genuinely desire
an honest humble relationship with that which is greater than self.
God’s test is to see if we have the character to rise beyond selfish desires
mired in evil pursuits. Without personally examining the treasures
found in the Bible, one can not hope to know God and His purpose.
His light descends from above and it is what inspires our faith.
                  ┗► The Source of Purity.


Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which
you were also called and have confessed ... ~ 1st Timothy 6:12


Eternal life must be earned by putting away that which
one knows is contrary to His word and submitting to the
goodness and obedience He calls out for, from a pure heart.
God’s ladder is the rope to eternity if we don’t let go.


Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering,
for He who promised is faithful. ~ Hebrews 10:23


As sure as God is we wait for His promised commitment
revealed in our own steadfast commitment to His ways.


For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning
of our confidence steadfast to the end, ... ~ Hebrews 3:14


Once belief in God’s way of goodness has begun, it is
a single path to the light if the darkness of evil is held at bay.
                 God does not condone backsliders. ◄┛


My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go;
My heart shall not reproach me as long as I live. ~ Job 27:6


Job had commitment to God,
no matter his circumstance, for His love of God.


Yet the righteous will hold to his way, And he who has
clean hands will be stronger and stronger. ~ Job 17:9


To be good is hard work and yet it becomes
simpler, if preferred as a matter of choice.


... "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to
bring Christ down from above) or," 'Who will descend into the abyss?'" ...
~ Romans 10:6-7


For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.
~ 1st Corinthians 11:31


┏► It is an eternal call to singly return.     
Christ came to show us life, not in that we should judge others as to
whether they are going to heaven or hell. The word tells us to examine
ourselves more so than the micro-scoping we place upon others. His
instructions simply include judging self over others remaining unbiased.
A challenge for all.


... with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with
the mouth confession is made unto salvation. ~ Romans 10:8-10


The strength of one’s faith is directly connected to familiarity with
His given glorious word which maintains all higher truth for mankind.
Our faith develops as the word filters in to our hearts. Knowing and
believing upon all that Jesus is establishes a natural confession.


Now faith is the substance of things hoped for;
the evidence of things not seen. ~ Hebrews 11:1


She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
And happy are all who retain her. ~ Proverbs 3:18


Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you
were taught, whether by word or our epistle. ~ 2nd Thessalonians 2:15


The Christian walk in life perceives a draw or an anchor to that which
is to come, promised by what can not be seen, but His presence is felt.
Faith is what reaches out ahead enduring the climb home.
                                                                 ┗► Steadfast open to His light.


... to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away,
reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith
for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. ~ 1st Peter 1:3-5


Our living hope through faith comes by the delivered word of
mercy exposing His unequaled truth, and by no other means
obtainable, His clarity of reality is given. Our rope is our hope.

Heaven waits for each faithful true soul responding to His call.


This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast,
and which enters the Presence behind the veil, ... ~ Hebrews 6:19


This anchor that pulls a soul to heaven is a construction of hope in
the face of futility. This hope we hold is an attachment extending
well past all the stars to the throne of God Himself.


For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly,
but because of Him who subjected it in hope; ~ Romans 8:20


Deliver those who are drawn toward death, And hold back
those stumbling to the slaughter. ~ Proverbs 24:11


It is by God, His universal truth brings us to Him, the test of our return.

God’s healing plan has hope as an integral part of this return.
The mortality of a fading earth; just all about us - futility extends upon
the winds of sand. Modern science declares entropy and the eventual
destruction of all matter via proton decay releasing her parabolic
containment to a hyperbolic evaporation. Not much left as time will
run out in a quadzillion or so moments ahead. There are more pressing
issues to concern ourselves with. God does not want us to seek death
but embrace the life we have been given. We are asked to overcome
our miseries and help those that need to obtain life over death.


And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
~ 1st Corinthians 13:13

                                                                     ┏► Connected to true life.
In hope our faith is shown by the love we hold.
To experience the true fullness of God, faith anchored in hope
pails in comparison to the love He holds for each one of us.
Who can hold the bottom of a heart but God Himself.


Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me,
in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. ~ 2nd Timothy 1:13


"Remember therefore how you have received and heard;
hold fast and repent. ... ~ Revelation 3:3


Without His words giving truth to a soul there would be little hope of
salvation. The message remains to be watchful with purpose to be in Him.

Darkness has no shine.
Light splits into darkness.
To hold truth above lies defines the righteous.


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Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; Keep her, for she is your life.
~ Proverbs 4:13


It is by knowledge we find wisdom which brings the deepest senses of life.

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they
are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 2:14


Not all hold to the truth of God but believe man has power over the
fundamental building blocks of nature. Many claim superiority over
His knowledge with visions of their own, declaring powers of creation.

All creation is of God. ◄┓      
Fundamentally, all power emanates from God.
He is the source and it is not of us. As the wind can not be controlled,
so mankind has not the power to blow stars from one place to another.
Great are those who know how little we are.


Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. ... ~ James 4:8

In coming closer to God, a single mindedness controls
over the deceptions of indecision. It is through open honest hearts
that we are able to humbly return to God.


... ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave
of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. ... ~ James 1:6-8


Without single purpose in His direction, the waves of time
slosh about crashing from one rock to the other pulverizing certainty.
Expecting something from God after He sacrificed Himself, for us to know,
is a fools paradise. Fools inevitably doubt in their own short lived delight.
                 ┗► Fools do not seek the knowledge of salvation.


Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.
~ Isaiah 55:6


Let us search out and examine our ways, And turn back to the LORD;
Let us lift our hearts and hands To God in heaven. ~ Lamentations 3:40-41


We are in a place where He extends His patience waiting for
our simple rise back to Him. To relinquish this opportunity severs one’s
destiny with eternity. God is near each listening (surely everyone of us),
intimately, as the current grace of life prevails upon all, - before judgment.
Consider your heart and the extent it has to humbly open to Him.


... see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.
~ Psalms 139:23-24


In rising back to God one must plea for His guidance over human
arrogance. Petitioning God for help in our struggles is part of the hope
we embrace. To be humble is to admit faults requesting this guidance.


Seek good and not evil, That you may live;
So the LORD God of hosts will be with you, ... ~ Amos 5:14


Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may
exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
~ 1st Peter 5:6-7


... He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. ~ 1st John 4:7-8

Evil is and must be identified for goodness to prosper.
To love is to imitate God. Trust in Him is praise due.


... those who seek the LORD understand all. ~ Proverbs 28:5
                                                                                                    ┗► Knowing eternal spiritual life has begun.

Any moment of time in space has glorious sense for those returning to
what His majesty holds. True gratefulness for His mercy under grace
renders wise sympathetic souls. The wisdom of God has no equal.


And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
~ Jeremiah 29:13


God can be found by all those who genuinely seek Him out.
Most assuredly, God will be found by all those who use
all of their might to know Him.


Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; ... ~ Psalms 70:4

Is love on the horizon of your heart?
As God increases in one’s life, the self is lessened in the light
of His mercy. He magnifies endless power through eternal love.


But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith
and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. ~ 1st Thessalonians 5:5-8


As sons of light we incorporate His ways as our protection from that which
would destroy our single sense of mind. Anything goes is not, and has
never been, the rule of law. He asks that we stay in His light keeping
our wits about us. Darkness is a slide well enough left alone;
Light has no comparison in its’ dark essence.
Darkness sours sweetness in life. ◄┛             


... Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness,
righteousness, and truth), finding what is acceptable to the Lord.
~ Ephesians 5:8-10


To fully live in His light we must become alive
to His will and bear those fruits accordingly. Each of us
needs to know what is acceptable to the Lord for our own sake.
His will is for us to stand on goodness filled with righteousness in truth.


In the morning sow your seed, And in the evening do not withhold your hand;
For you do not know which will prosper, ... ~ Ecclesiastes 11:6


He instructs us to never give up, morning noon or night,
and always remain ready to engage in pursuit of more goodness.
Endurance is a test of God. For the diligent, His will is that they prosper.


Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; ... ~ Ecclesiastes 9:10

┏► Noble integrity is a shield for that which is to come.                         
This test the Lord has us all under will expose the true nature of who we
are. The path we walk declares the destiny we will inherit. With all of our
might is what makes the presence of goodness rise above the darkness.


"Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now
commands all men everywhere to repent, ..." ~ Acts 17:30-31


God’s own judgment will befall upon us all, based on each of our
responses to His offering which exposed eternal sacrifice in love. Jesus
Christ is the standard for life rising from the earth. It is by His revealing
sacrifice, for us, that we now enjoy direct relationship with God.
His life calls us to rise from the death of our sinfulness
to join with Him in the light of His truths.


... Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
~ Colossians 3:1-2


We must never forget to consider the mind of Christ,
nor neglect the meditations from above. For all that is good rises
from the dust of the past. Is His truth tied to the strings of your heart?
                                                 No disguise will hide the heartless. ◄┛


... let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, ... ~ Philippians 1:27

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the
victory that has overcome the world - our faith. ~ 1st John 5:4


Test all things; hold fast what is good. ~ 1st Thessalonians 5:21

To overcome the world we must be bathed in His sacrifice.
Never to say goodbye is of an unending faith. The world and all that is
in it can not deliver the vision of eternal life where true life begins.
God looks for individuals to be wise rather than careless.

Have you joined in God’s wave of truth?
To be immersed in Him once and forever is for those that will be saved.
He is the rope that lifts us from drowning in the sin of the world.


Our path to heaven maintains devotion
Take hold of instruction and do not let go
Things of the Spirit of God are spiritually discerned
If one draws near to God, He will draw near to you
Doubters receive nothing asked for in prayer
Lift our hearts to God in heaven
Let God lead you in the way everlasting
Seek good and not evil
Cast all one’s cares upon the Lord
Love is a prerequisite to know God
Seeking God with one’s all will find Him
Faith, love, and hope lead to salvation
Day or night never give up on good works
Set your mind on things above, not of the earth


Repent
Observe
Pray
Eternal
Salvation

The Scope of our Hope is to Grope for His Rope.

The deepest of all darkness can only hide nothing.
Darkness has no place to endure.


*Note: This sermon was first given September 2014 and is now rendered here.
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4/7/2019 ~ Presidential Quotes 20


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Darkness maintains a silence of nothing.
Reality often unleashes truth hard to bear.

28. Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921)

“When you have read the Bible, you know it is the word of God,
because it is the key to your heart, your own happiness, and your duty.”

... welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God,
which also effectively works in you who believe. ~ 1st Thessalonians 2:13


“The Bible is the supreme source of revelation of the meaning of life,
the nature of God, and the spiritual nature and needs of men. It is the only
guide of life which really leads the spirit in the way of peace and salvation.
America was born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify
that devotion to the elements of righteousness which are derived
from the revelations of Holy Scripture.”

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for
reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, ... ~ 2nd Timothy 3:16


“This book [the Bible] speaks both the voice of God and the voice of
humanity, for there is told in it the most convincing of human experience
that has ever been written...and those who heed that story will know their
strength and happiness and success are all summed up in the
exhortation, "Fear God and keep His commandments."

“No people are true Christians who do not think constantly of how
they can lift their brother and sister, how they can assist their friends,
how they can enlighten mankind, how they can make virtue the rule
of conduct in the circle in which they live.”

But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts
up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? ~ 1st John 3:17


“The only way your powers can become great is by exerting them
outside the circle of your own narrow, special, selfish interests. And
that is the reason of Christianity. Christ came into the world to save
others, not to save himself; and no man is a true Christian who does
not think constantly of how he can lift his brother, how he can assist
his friend, how he can enlighten mankind, how he can make virtue
the rule of conduct in the circle in which he lives.”

“I am sorry for men who do not read the Bible every day.
I wonder why they deprive themselves of the strength and pleasure.”

... by which, when you read, you may understand my
knowledge in the mystery of Christ), ... ~ Ephesians 3:4


“It is the object of learning, not only to satisfy the curiosity and
perfect the spirits of ordinary men, but also to advance civilization.”

“Science has won for us a great liberty in the physical world,
a liberty from superstitious fear and from disease, a freedom touse
nature as a familiar servant; but it has not freed us from ourselves.”

“Never for a moment have I had one doubt about my religious beliefs.
There are people who believe only so far as they can understand
-- that seems to me presumptuous and sets their understanding
as the standard of the universe.”

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order
to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a
finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world,
and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”

"Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of
the LORD your God which He has given you." ~ Deuteronomy 16:17


“Life does not consist in thinking, it consists in acting.”

“Work is the keystone of a perfect life. Work and trust in God.”

“Responsibility is proportionate to opportunity.”

“... men are not put into this world to go the path of ease,
they are put into this world to go the path of pain and struggle.”

... who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered
a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. ~ 1st Peter 5:10


“A fault which humbles a person is of more use to him
or her than a good action which puffs him or her up.”

When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.
~ Proverbs 11:2


“The difference between a strong man and a weak one
is that the former does not give up after a defeat.”

“If you lose your wealth, you have lost nothing;
if you lose your health, you have lost something; but
if you lose your character, you have lost everything.”

“No man has ever risen to the stature of spiritual manhood until he has
found that it is finer to serve somebody else than it is to serve himself.”

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another,
as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. ~ 1st Peter 4:10


“No thoughtful man ever came to the end of his life, and had time
and a little space of calm from which to look back upon it, who did
not know and acknowledge that it was what he had done unselfishly
and for others, and nothing else, that satisfied him in the retrospect,
and made him feel that he had played the man.”

“There is no higher religion than human service.
To work for the common good is the greatest creed.”

“The princes among us are those who
forget themselves and serve others.”


"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends."
~ John 15:13


Not all things are obvious or apparent. Those things hidden
eventually are exposed. As a free people we need to bond
praying for our leaders to exact justice without hostility.
If we teach prejudice to our children we fall short of the
higher gifts of nobility and honor where honest spirits find love.


Excellence is obtained by meditating above self
  ● The Bible is the key to happiness and duty
  ● The Bible is the guide to life and salvation
  ● The Bible speaks the voice of God & humanity
  ● Intrinsic to Christianity is compassion for others     
  ● Greatness can only come to through helping
  ● The Bible delivers spiritual strength & pleasure
  ● The truth of science frees us from superstition
  ● True belief goes beyond mere understanding
  ● True poverty of spirit comes to the selfish
  ● Key to a perfect life is work and trust in God
  ● All are challenged to continue the struggle
  ● Service to others defines spiritual maturity
  ● The greatest retrospect in life is service

Clarity comes to those with noble hearts.

Darkness can find no favor.


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4/28/2019 ~ Presidential Quotes 21


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Darkness has a mysterious absence of all.
Chiming throughout the ages is the cry for love.

28. Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921)

“Understanding is the soil in which grow all the fruits of friendship.”

“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.”

“Fear God and you need not fear anyone else.”

In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
~ Psalms 56:11


“It does not become America that within her borders,
where every man is free to follow the dictates of his conscience,
men should raise the cry of church against church. To do that
is to strike at the very spirit and heart of America.”

... note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to
the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. ... ~ Romans 16:17-18


“War isn’t declared in the name of God; it is a human affair entirely.”

“It is a fearful thing to lead this great peaceful people into war, into the
most terrible and disastrous of all wars, civilization itself seeming to be in
the balance. But the right is more precious than peace, and we shall fight
for the things we have always carried closest to our hearts.”

“Is there any man here or any woman, let me say is there
any child here, who does not know that the seed of war in
the modern world is industrial and commercial rivalry?”

... who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish
and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction ... ~ 1st Timothy 6:9-10


“We live in an age disturbed, confused, bewildered, afraid of its own
forces, in search not merely of its road but even of its direction. There
are many voices of counsel, but few voices of vision; there is much
excitement and feverish activity, but little concert of thoughtful purpose.
We are distressed by our own ungoverned, undirected energies and
do many things, but nothing long. It is our duty to find ourselves.”

"By your patience possess your souls." ~ Luke 21:19

“For my part, I am very much more afraid of the man who does a bad
thing and does not know it is bad than of the man who does a bad thing
and knows it is bad; because I think that in public affairs stupidity is more
dangerous than knavery, because harder to fight and dislodge.”

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light,
and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, ... ~ Isaiah 5:20


“Remember that God ordained that I should be the next president
of the United States. Neither you nor any other mortal
or mortals could have prevented this.”

Let every soul be subject ... For there is no authority except from God,
and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. ~ Romans 13:1


“The masters of the government of the United States are
the combined capitalists and manufacturers of the United States.”

“Government, in it's last analysis, is organized force.”

“I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country.
A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system
of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our
activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the
worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated
Governments in the civilized world - no longer a Government by
free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote
of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress
of a small group of dominant men.”

"How can you say, 'We are wise, And the law of the LORD is with us'? Look,
the false pen of the scribe certainly works falsehood." ~ Jeremiah 8:8


“A little group of willful men, representing no opinion but their own,
have rendered the great government of the United States
helpless and contemptible.”

“There is a very holy and a very terrible isolation for the conscience
of every man who seeks to read the destiny in affairs for others as
well as for himself, for a nation as well as for individuals.
That privacy no man can intrude upon. That lonely search
of the spirit for the right perhaps no man can assist.”

"Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads
to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. ... ~ Matthew 7:13-15


“The way to stop financial joyriding is to
arrest the chauffeur, not the automobile.”

“Government ought to be all outside and no inside. ... Everybody knows
that corruption thrives in secret places, and avoids public places, and
we believe it a fair presumption that secrecy means impropriety.”

“The cure for bad politics is the same as the cure for tuberculosis.
It is living in the open.”

“Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come
from the subjects of the government. The history of liberty is a history
of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation
of governmental power, not the increase of it.”

“I would rather belong to a poor nation that was free than
to a rich nation that had ceased to be in love with liberty.”

... do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but
through love serve one another. ~ Galatians 5:13


“The truth is we are all caught in a great
economic system which is heartless.”

  PresidentialQuotesPM21.5.mp3 (43m 41s)


America was established not to create wealth but to realize a vision,
to realize an ideal - to discover and maintain liberty among men.

“My urgent advice to you would be, not only always to think first of
America, but always, also, to think first of humanity. You do not love
humanity if you seek to divide humanity into jealous camps. Humanity can
be welded together only by love, by sympathy, by justice, not by jealousy
and hatred. I am sorry for the man who seeks to make personal capital
out of the passions of his fellowmen. He has lost touch with the ideal
of America. For America was created to unite mankind.”

Citizens love of country establishes unity
GODLY UNGODLY

Think first of America
Think first of Humanity
Welded by Love
By Sympathy
By Justice


Not love humanity
Divide Humanity
Jealous Camps
By Jealousy and hatred
Lost touch with the ideal


For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion
and every evil thing are there. ~ James 3:16


“A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know
what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing
if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about.”

"... show yourselves men; Recall to mind, O you transgressors.
Remember the former things of old, For I am God, ..." ~ Isaiah 46:8-9


All hearts ache to know
Recall to mind = Wisdom

“America is not a mere body of traders; it is a body of free men. Our
greatness is built upon our freedom - is moral, not material. We have a
great ardor for gain; but we have a deep passion for the rights of man.”

“You have just taken an oath of allegiance to the United States. Of
allegiance to whom? Of allegiance to no one, unless it be God. Certainly
not of allegiance to those who temporarily represent this great
government. You have taken an oath of allegiance to a great ideal,
to a great body of principles, to a great hope of the human race.”

But Peter and the other apostles answered and said:
"We ought to obey God rather than men." ~ Acts 5:29


“America was born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify that
devotion to the elements of righteousness, which are derived from Holy
Scripture. Ladies and gentlemen, I have a very simple thing to ask of you.
I ask of every man and woman in this audience that, from this night on,
they will realize that part of the destiny of America lies in their daily
perusal of this great Book of revelations. (The Bible) That if they would
see America free and pure they will make their own spirits free
and pure by the baptism of Holy Scripture.”

... received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures
daily to find out whether these things were so. ~ Acts 17:11


“If you wish your children to be Christians you must really take
the trouble to be Christian yourselves. Those are the only terms
upon which the home will work the gracious miracle.”

There is no more subtle dissolvent of morals than sentimentality.

... since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own
steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; ... ~ 2nd Peter 3:17


“There is something better, if possible, that a man can give than his life.
That is his living spirit to a service that is not easy, to resist counsels
that are hard to resist, to stand against purposes that
are difficult to stand against.”

“The seed of revolution is repression.”

“Business underlies everything in our national life,
including our spiritual life. Witness the fact that in the Lord's Prayer,
the first petition is for daily bread. No one can worship God
or love his neighbor on an empty stomach.”

“Hunger does not breed reform; it breeds madness and
all the distemper's that make an ordered life impossible.”

“The fewer the desires, the more peace.”

Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come
from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? ~ James 4:1


“This was not after all a conventional war, a struggle between
equally predacious powers; it was a war to end all wars.”

“It must be a peace without victory ... Victory would mean peace
forced upon the loser, a victor's terms imposed upon the vanquished.
It would be accepted in humiliation, under duress, at an intolerable
sacrifice, and would leave a sting, a resentment, a bitter memory
upon which terms of peace would rest, not permanently, but only
as upon quicksand. Only a peace between equals can last.”

“The sum of the whole matter is this - our civilization cannot survive
materially unless it be redeemed spiritually. It can be saved only by
becoming permeated with the Spirit of Christ, and being made free and
happy by practices which spring out of that spirit. Only thus can discontent
be driven out and all shadows lifted from the road ahead. ”

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching
us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly,
righteously, and godly in the present age, ... ~ Titus 2:11-14


“A man's rootage is more important than his leafage.”

“You have the greatest soul, the noblest nature, the sweetest,
most loving heart I have ever known, and my love, my reverence,
my admiration for you, you have increased in one evening as I should
have thought only a lifetime of intimate, loving association could have
increased them. You are more wonderful and lovely in my eyes than
you ever were before; and my pride and joy and gratitude that you
should love me with such a perfect love are beyond all expression,
except in some great poem which I cannot write.”

... perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But
he who fears has not been made perfect in love. ~ 1st John 4:18


“I firmly believe in Divine Providence. Without belief in Providence I think I
should go crazy. Without God the world would be a maze without a clue.”


To find assurance fears must be buried below the vision of hilltops.
In this glory He holds souls above the mundane. Mean spirited souls
may cause temporary sorrows yet the call from above has an eternal
anchor. The times carry woeful weariness for the loveless lacking
mercy among the nations that pierces the peace between all men.


Devotion to God improves all social order
Friendship is what holds peoples together
With God there is no fear of what man can do
War among men is not declared by God, but by men
Ignorance of God deepens the persistence of sin
Only individuals by themselves can find God
Darkness hides in the halls of men’s perceived power
Freedom is held in bondage by the greedy
Forgetting original ideals leaves no good foundation
Allegiance should be to God over man
Sympathy for sinners can lead to sin’s acceptance
The fewer the desires, the more peace
Without God the shadows of man bring destruction
Love cannot find extent of expression in its’ pure gift

Torturous conditions carry us
in the land of His mercy.

Darkness comes from an endless lone zone.


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6/23/2019 ~ The Lord's Supper


  LordsSupperAM.mp3 (43m 49s)

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Darkness has the wind or terror.
Glory has pierced all ages of man.

... And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. ...
~ Genesis 1:1-4


Time is a shadow of eternities calling.

... He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him,
and without Him nothing was made that was made. ... ~ John 1:1-4


God’s own image or reflection of life dwells in each of us. God’s own word
is the greatest of treasures that takes more than a lifetime to grasp upon.
To learn is to run with what has been given. None of us can fully
appreciate what God has done by giving each of us a portion
of His own Image upon the expanse of creation.


And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the
glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. ~ John 1:14


I, even I, am the LORD, And besides Me there is no savior. ~ Isaiah 43:11

Jesus is the definitive image of God to show us exactly
how much He loves us sacrificing His own life to free us to
possess our own autonomy to choose direction.
Will we come to Him?


... "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger,
and he who believes in Me shall never thirst." ~ John 6:32-35


... he who believes in Me has everlasting life. I am the bread of life. ...
~ John 6:47-49


Eternity belongs to those who believe in God
Bread of Life
  Believes in Me = Everlasting Life  

"This is the bread which comes down from heaven,
that one may eat of it and not die." ~ John 6:50


"... anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall
give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world." ~ John 6:51


Jesus is the elixir of eternal life. Jesus cannot be containerized or
homogenized to fit the tastes of man. He cannot be quantified as He
is the substance of all reaching beyond the stars. He is that He is
and has proclaimed the nature as well as the desires
God has for His creation of autonomous life.


... "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man
and drink His blood, you have no life in you." ~ John 6:52-53


Unless we see to confess His creation and depend upon His life,
we possess no true eternal life in His light.


"Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life,
and I will raise him up at the last day. ... ~ John 6:54-56


The substance of what we are and why we live
is dependent upon God who created all things.


... he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread
which came down from heaven ... ~ John 6:57-58


Jesus brought the treasures of heaven to be known among men.

"... this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many
for the remission of sins." ~ Matthew 26:26-28


From His presence and life comes God’s truth
 Bread = My Body
    Cup = My Blood
                           ⎹   of the new covenant
                             ↳  for the remission of sins  

... "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me." ...
~ Luke 22:19-20


Human beings forget to the detriment of unity among me. God instituted
what could be easily remembered so that we could identify with His
creation of life; that we should acknowledge this and be thankful for it.


... Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said,
"Take, eat; this is My body." ... ~ Mark 14:22-24


God reveals His desire for our return from sin
         Noah covenant = Rainbow

  Abraham covenant = Promise
                       ↳  circumcision

       Moses covenant = Law
                       ↳  immediate disobedience  

... Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood.
~ Hebrews 9:16-18


The new covenant has been dedicated with His blood,
and by His death it is currently in force. In His death we
admit our lives under the hand of God’s own blessings.


... nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the
unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. ~ 1st Corinthians 5:7-8


An eternal meal has been prepared
  Christ, our Passover

        → Keep the feast
                     not with malice and wickedness   
                            with sincerity and truth

His kingdom is built on our ability to turn away from temptations, sin,
that we may embrace the truth, of His giving life to each of us, under His
order of goodness. How easy is it to forget Him asking us to purge those
growing sins, with humble hearts in recognition of His simple creation.
Grace be upon us as He is here waiting for our response.

Each of us has an arsenal of conscience. These wheels drive who we are
and if wickedness and animosities overtake us, the defenses of spiritual
strengths are diminished, and our eternal lives come into jeopardy.


The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion
of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the
communion of the body of Christ? ... ~ 1st Corinthians 10:16-17


God embraces each to bond in His sacrificial love
    Cup = Communion of the blood of Christ  
 Bread = Communion of the body of Christ
 

... You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons;
you cannot partake of the Lord's table and of the table of demons. ...
~ 1st Corinthians 10:19-22


Our focus in worship declares our heart to God in
what we are paying attention to. Is it to God or some distraction;
an earthly desire or petty complaint over soul submission to
His forgiveness and gift of grace for our return?


... and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat;
this is My body which is broken for you; ..." ~ 1st Corinthians 11:23-24


... "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink
it, in remembrance of Me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink this
cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes. ~ 1st Corinthians 11:25-26


Now on the first day of the week, when the
disciples came together to break bread, ... ~ Acts 20:7


... let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread
and drink of the cup. ~ 1st Corinthians 11:27-28


... eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to
himself, not discerning the Lord's body. ... ~ 1st Corinthians 11:29-31


Thinking of the fleshly concerns can lead to unthankfulness,
depression, and anger. Spiritual meditations deliver
thankfulness, a hopeful spirit, and joy in Him.


... To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I
also overcame and sat down with My Father ... ~ Revelation 3:20-22


When we make Christ greater than our sin we climb into His presence.

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves.
Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? ... ~ 2nd Cor. 13:5


For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. For if we live,
we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. ... ~ Romans 14:7-9


Life and death remains as declared in His way
  If we live, we live to the Lord  
If we die, we die to the Lord

In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands,
by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, ... ~ Colossians 2:11-12


Is God our master or is it the desires of our flesh?
It is the measure of character in self-control over recklessness.
Treasure beyond measure is the light He offers, laid before us all.


In the face of God His call beckons
The life in man comes from God’s own light
In Christ God’s glory bestows grace and truth
The is no other savior other than God Himself
Believing Jesus is the bread of life brings eternal life
Life in you depends on eating and drinking of Jesus
Abiding in Jesus adheres to His call to come to Him
His body and blood is food for the remission of sins
A new covenant now through the sacrifice of His life
Christ is our Passover if kept in sincerity and truth
Cup and bread = communion with His blood & body
Apostolic pattern is breaking bread 1st day of week
One must overcome to sit with Jesus on His throne
Putting off sins in faith avails Gods work raising us

In Christ is the true meaning of living

Darkness misses all that is sweet.


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?/?/2019 ~ Presidential Quotes 22


  PresidentialQuotesPM22.mp3 (38m 57s)

  PresidentialQuotesAboutGod22.pptx

Darkness is something that cannot be found in the light.
The ages maintain a ring of man's desire to be free.

29. Warren G. Harding (1921-1923)

“We need citizens who are less concerned about
what their government can do for them, and more
concerned about what they can do for the nation.”

“I have been thinking a lot about these things as I have come to the
realization of the tremendous responsibilities which rest upon me. It is
my conviction that the fundamental trouble with the people of the United
States is that they have gotten too far away from Almighty God. I am
bound to believe that in a tumultuous age like ours the most important
and imperative duty is the reconstruction of humanity to Almighty God.”

All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his
own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. ~ Isaiah 53:6


“There is something inherently wrong, something out of accord with the
ideals of representative democracy, when one portion of our citizenship
turns its activities to private gain amid defensive war while another
is fighting, sacrificing, or dying for national preservation.”

... which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the
reapers have reached the ears of the Lord ... ~ James 5:4-6


"I would not be my natural self if I did not utter my consciousness of my
limited ability to meet your full expectation or to realize the aspirations
within my own breast. But I'll gladly give all that is in me, all of heart, soul,
and mind and the fighting love of country, to service in our common
cause. I can only pray to the omnipotent God that I may be as worthy
in service as I know myself to be faithful in thought and purpose.
One cannot give more."

“It is impossible for one who has studied at all the services of the
Hebrew people to avoid the faith that they will one day be restored to
their historic national home and there enter on a new and yet greater
phase of their contribution to the advance of humanity.”

“There is no relationship here between Church and State. Religious
liberty has its unalterable place, along with civil and human liberty, in
the very foundation of the Republic. I hold it [religious intolerance] to
be a menace to the very liberties which we boast and cherish.”

“I am not fit for this office and never should have been here.”

30. Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929)

“The strength of a country is the strength of its religious convictions.”

“The government of a country never gets ahead of the religion
of a country. There is no way by which we can substitute
the authority of the law for the virtues of men.”

Only ethical morals hold civilization up
Religion of a Country
Virtues of Men

  Government of a Country  
Authority of the Law

... fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
~ Galatians 5:22-23


“The strength of our country is the strength of its religious convictions.
The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the
teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in
these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.”

“Under our institutions the only way to perfect the Government is to
perfect the individual citizen. It is necessary to reach the mind and soul
of the individual. I know of no way that this can be done save through the
influence of religion and education. By religion I do not mean fanaticism or
bigotry; by education I do not mean the cant of the schools, but a broad
and tolerant faith, loving thy neighbor as thyself, and a training and
experience that enables the human mind to see into the heart of things.”

... Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love
is the fulfillment of the law. ~ Romans 13:9-10


Fulfilling God's Law is Clear
  You shall not    Control   

         ● Commit adultery                 Lust
         ● Murder                                Anger
         ● Steal                                 Thieving
         ● Bear false witness             Lying
         ● Covet                         Possessiveness


You shall love your neighbor as yourself
Love does no harm to a neighbor
love is the fulfillment of the law


“It is hard to see how a great man can be an atheist. Without the
sustaining influence of faith in a divine power we could have little faith
in ourselves. We need to feel that behind us is intelligence and love.
Doubters do not achieve; skeptics do not contribute; cynics do not create.
Faith is the great motive power, and no man realizes his full possibilities
unless he has the deep conviction that life is eternally important,
and that his work, well done, is a part of an unending plan.”

“It is only when men begin to worship that they begin to grow.”

"... true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth;
for the Father is seeking such to worship Him." ~ John 4:23


“It has not been my fortune to know very much of Freemasonry, but I have
had the great fortune to know many Freemasons and have been able in
that way to judge the tree by its fruit. I know of your high ideals. I have
seen that you hold your meetings in the presence of the open Bible,
and I know that men who observe that formality have high sentiments
of citizenship, of worth, and character. That is the strength of
our Commonwealth and nation.”

"Therefore by their fruits you will know them. Not everyone who says to Me,
'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, ..." ~ Matthew 7:20-21


“They [the Founding Fathers] were intent upon establishing a
Christian commonwealth in accordance with the principle of self-
government. They were an inspired body of men. It has been said
that God sifted the nations that He might send choice grain into the
wilderness ... Who can fail to see it in the hand of Destiny? Who
can doubt that it has been guided by a Divine Providence?”

“Our government rests upon religion. It is from that source that we
derive our reverence for truth and justice, for equality and liberty,
and for the rights of mankind. Unless the people believe in
these principles they cannot believe in our government.”

Religious values inspire men of good character
   Government rest upon religion   
         ┗► Reverence for ● Truth
                                         ● Justice
                                         ● Equality
                                         ● Liberty
                                         ● Rights of mankind

“Our doctrine of equality and liberty and humanity comes from our
belief in the brotherhood of man, through the fatherhood of God.”

... And this commandment we have from Him: that he who
loves God must love his brother also. ~ 1st John 4:20-21


  PresidentialQuotesPM22.5.mp3 (41m 21s)


“The danger to America is not in the direction of the failure to maintain its
economic position, but in the direction of the failure to maintain its ideals.”

“The American Revolution represented the informed and
mature convictions of a great mass of independent, liberty-loving,
God-fearing people who knew their rights, and possessed
the courage to dare to maintain them.”

“If American democracy is to remain the greatest hope of humanity,
it must continue abundantly in the faith of the Bible.”

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
~ Romans 10:17


“A wholesome regard for the memory of the great men of long ago is the
best assurance to a people of a continuation of great men to come, who
shall be able to instruct, to lead, and to inspire. A people who worship
at the shrine of true greatness will themselves be truly great.”

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that
we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. ...
~ Romans 15:4


“The Jews themselves, of whom a considerable number were already
scattered throughout the colonies, were true to the teachings of their
prophets. The Jewish faith is predominantly the faith of liberty.”

“It is not in violence and crime that our greatest danger lies. These evils
are so perfectly apparent that they very quickly arouse the moral power
of the people for their suppression. A far more serious danger lurks in the
shirking of those responsibilities of citizenship, where the evil may not be
so noticeable but is more insidious and likely to be more devastating.”

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But
when a wicked man rules, the people groan. ~ Proverbs 29:2


“Unless the people, through unified action, arise and take charge of their
government, they will find that their government has taken charge of them.
Independence and liberty will be gone,
and the general public will find itself in a condition
of servitude to an aggregation of organized and selfish interest.”

“Restricted immigration is not an offensive but purely a defensive action.
It is not adopted in criticism of others in the slightest degree, but solely for
the purpose of protecting ourselves. We cast no aspersions on any race
or creed, but we must remember that every object of our institutions of
society and government will fail unless America be kept American.”

“Life is one darn thing after another.”

... God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you
are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, ...
~ 1st Corinthians 10:13


“In life there is nothing more common than talent and intelligence.
What is missing is passion, persistence, commitment, and dedication.”

“Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty.”

“Duty is not collective; it is personal.”

“We do not need more intellectual power, we need more spiritual power.
We do not need more of the things that are seen,
we need more of the things that are unseen.”

... For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things
which are not seen are eternal. ~ 2nd Corinthians 4:17-18


“Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil.
Our great hope lies in developing what is good.”

“There is no surer road to destruction than prosperity without character.”

The integrity of the upright will guide them, But the perversity
of the unfaithful will destroy them. ~ Proverbs 11:3


“Money will not purchase character or good government.”

“In a republic the first rule for the guidance
of the citizen is obedience of the law.”

“The words of the President have an enormous weight
and ought not to be used indiscriminately.”

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish
peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of
Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior
and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.”

Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, ...
~ Isaiah 40:26


“Whether one traces his Americanism back three centuries to the
Mayflower, or three years to the steerage, is not half so important as
whether his Americanism of today is real and genuine. No matter by what
various crafts we came here, we are all now in the same boat.”

“I do not choose to run for president in 1928.”


A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted; ~ Ecclesiastes 3:2


In the commotion of human activities one must contemplate
whether God is being served or is it man desiring to be serviced?
Wisdom maintains a silence that extends past time where truth
rises brightest. Surely those gone before have eternity as their
intoxicating drink without thirst. Today we can share of this
blessing by sacrificing in spirit without hesitation or question.
Life depends upon the desires we put forth.


Igniting the spirit holds a passion for truth
Religious intolerance is contrary to the constitution
Without religious holy our nation has no foundation
Without true worship the spirit remains stagnant
The power of Christianity founded this country
Rulers must cleave to the values of truth and justice
Failure to maintain religious ideals with defeat us
Remembering the wise gone by ensures social gifts
Evil leadership creates a decadent society
Regimes dominate where citizens become apathetic
Liberty is a personal individual responsibility
Spiritual power overshadows mere intellectualism
Prosperity without character leads to destruction
Unity is combined in being all in the same place

Truth brings to presence God’s own divine nature

Darkness is a place where all is wrong.


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6/30/2019 ~ Book of Life


  BookOfLifeAM.mp3 (43m 13s)

  BookOfLife.pptx

Darkness cannot forget what it is not.
Depth has a quality of knowing.

Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written, ... ~ Psalms 139:16


The Bible confirms that at the point of conception a heavenly soul is
created. Laws of man do not supersede the announced ordinances
of God. The Book of God includes life in His light.


... Of making many books there is no end, and much study
is wearisome to the flesh. ~ Ecclesiastes 12:12


Knowledge cannot replace the wisdom of God that transcends knowledge
itself. Some choose to see God while others deny His power and grace
of salvation. While God has knowledge of souls, souls do not
necessarily have knowledge of God. It is in this creation, where
choice is given, that God examines the merits of hearts.
Without God there would be no knowledge.


"But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the
end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase." ~ Daniel 12:4


And the LORD said to Moses, "Whoever has sinned against Me,
I will blot him out of My book." ~ Exodus 32:33


For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is
eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 6:23


God watches all, and as such, our actions will
reveal the destiny we choose, either in Him or not.


... God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to
come to the knowledge of the truth. ... ~ 1st Timothy 2:3-7


The heavenly cause is to stay in Heaven
God our Savior
    ⮡  Desires all men to be saved
        ⮡  Come to the knowledge of the truth

The question will always remain, do we come to God or a substitute?
His truth is plain in His call to come, and through His son,
Christ Jesus our savior God incarnate.


Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not
need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. ~ 2nd Timothy 2:15


The word of truth is written for man to know how to approach
that which has been denied, a return to His eternal kingdom of life.


So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters,
but God who gives the increase. ... ~ 1st Corinthians 3:7-9


Each of us is a worker. The fruits of which are shown by our labors.
Where one labors for good, another schemes for evil. As it is God’s
kingdom, the field will be purged of the weeds that have no root in Him.
Power belongs to the Lord, not men.


... who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my
fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life. ~ Philippians 4:3


Certainly women are called as equally to
be servants and laborers in His kingdom.


A good name is better than precious ointment, And the
day of death than the day of one's birth; ~ Ecclesiastes 7:1


A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
Loving favor rather than silver and gold. ~ Proverbs 22:1


"... do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather
rejoice because your names are written in heaven." ~ Luke 10:19-20


Many gifts and talents have been spread about His kingdom of life
throughout time. More important than rejoicing in one's own talents
is rejoicing in the forgiveness and grace He offers to all,
especially made available to ourselves.


"He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will
not blot out his name from the Book of Life; ..." ~ Revelation 3:5


To be in the Book of Life one must overcome the practicing
of those things He has commanded not to practice. The reward
is greater than the passing sinful practice, and so many cannot
muster the strength to overcome the weakness they cannot defeat.


"... who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will
give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name ..." ~ Revelation 2:17


"... To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life,
which is in the midst of the Paradise of God." ~ Revelation 2:7


God has promised that those who overcome will
partake in the eternal life giving fruit of His giving.


"... whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man
also will confess before the angels of God. But he who denies Me
before men will be denied before the angels of God." ~ Luke 12:5-9


Heaven or Hell is declared by actions
Confess Me
Before men, him the
Son of Man also will
Confess before the
Angels of God
He who Denies Me
Before men will be
Denied before the
Angels of God

Many hearts perceive their destination of choice. Both those
descending and ascending have an inkling of the path they reach out for.


... no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie,
but only those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life. ~ Revelation 21:27


Lamb's Book of Life does not include evil
A lie
Defiles
     Abomination     

Darkness will have no entrance through the gate of eternal light.

Let them be blotted out of the book of the living,
And not be written with the righteous. ~ Psalms 69:28


God retrieves those who live nobly in Him
Righteous written in the Living Book

Only the righteous will appear in His Book of the Living.
By righteous it is a call to His ways, and not the pompous elite
that only find favor with themselves.


But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the
heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company ... ~ Hebrews 12:22-24


Heaven is a destination
To Mount Zion
To the Living God
   ⮡  the heavenly Jerusalem
To an innumerable company of angels
To the general assembly of the firstborn
                 ⮡  who are registed in heaven
To God the Judge of all
To the spirits of just men made perfect
To Jesus the Mediator

For all those who desire to arrive in heaven,
Jesus is the only master and mediator between God and men.


... above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, ...
~ Philippians 2:9-11


It is God’s own proclamation that all will return to Him through Jesus,
either knowingly of unknowingly. Quite a fearful thing to fall
into the hands of a living God without knowledge of Him.


... "As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall confess to God." ~ Romans 14:11


All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not
been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb ... ~ Revelation 13:8


Those not written in the Book of life have denied where He calls us out,
to be in Him, rather choosing to worship creations of man’s imagination.


... And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names
are not written in the Book of Life ... ~ Revelation 17:8


There is an abstraction of where those that are not are.
Nothing good comes to those dealt to this eternal damnation.


... books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of
Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, ... ~ Revelation 20:12


Terminal time will come as time’s gravity runs out. The well will be
purged of all those who have not made it to His fountain of life. Salvation
is a work of character and willingness to share in His truth and spirit.


And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to
everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt. ~ Daniel 12:2


Heaven and hell are real with the latter most dreadful.

"... those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who
have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation." ~ John 5:28-29


Life or Death is in the Breath
Done good
  Resurrection  
of Life
Done evil
Resurrection of
Condemnation

A divide between good and bad is an eventuality for all He calls forth.

... judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were
cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. ~ Revelation 20:13-14


Let no one fool you that works are not an essential part of our
eternal judgment. It is awareness of this judgment, of our works,
that makes men of higher integrity under accountability.
No one is impervious to God’s own wave of truth.


And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
~ Revelation 20:15


Destruction is an inevitable consequence, for the
casting off of God, in the lustful preferences of man.


"... at that time your people shall be delivered, Every
one who is found written in the book." ~ Daniel 12:1


"And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to
everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt." ~ Daniel 12:2


Deliverance cannot be done alone as it is a gift of God,
so observance in His call is vital for salvation.


Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right
to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates ... ~ Revelation 22:14-15


The despicable will fall from His presence
  Outside:
              ● Dogs
              ● Sorcerers
              ● Sexually Immoral
              ● Murderers
              ● Idolaters
              ● Whoever practices a lie  

Those whose works are of the darkness, which He has clearly
defined in His goodness, will not find His blessings.


You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book? ~ Psalms 56:8


In life we weep for the children where the heartless devour spirit.
Do not let your sorrows defeat your courage to remain faithful.


The Greatest Gain in Life is Forever
It is sin that blots one’s name out of God’s book
God wants all to be saved & come to know truth
God’s workers are His field and holy building
Workers of gospel have names in the Book of Life
Rejoice name written in heaven over given talents
One must overcome to eat of the tree of life
All abominable that defiles or lies not in Book/Life
Sacrifice of Jesus brings us directly to God
All will confess and bow to Jesus Christ
All are judged by what is written in the Book of Life
The good receive life where evil gets condemnation
Anyone not in the Book of Life cast in Lake of Fire
Obedience blesses with the right to the tree of life

Joy is where life flourishes in His presence

Darkness has an ugly gut wrenching blast.


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7/7/2019 ~ Presidential Quotes 23


  PresidentialQuotesPM23.mp3 (42m 09s)

  PresidentialQuotesAboutGod23.pptx

Darkness holds not even a wisp of flame.
True character holds back a reservoir of truth.

31. Herbert Hoover (1929-1933)

“The study of the Bible is a post-graduate course
in the richest library of human experience.”

“The whole inspiration of our civilization springs from the teachings
of Christ and the lessons of the prophets. To read the Bible for
these fundamentals is a necessity of American life.”

The earth is the LORD'S, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell therein. ~ Psalms 24:1


“There is no other book so various as the Bible, nor one so full of
concentrated wisdom. Whether it be of law, business, morals...he who
seeks for guidance...may look inside its covers and find illumination ...”

“We are indebted to the Book of books (Bible) for our national ideals
and institution. Their preservation rests in adhering to it's precepts.”

“It [freedom] is a thing of the spirit. Men must be free to worship, to think,
to hold opinions, to speak without fear. They must be free to challenge
wrong and oppression with the surety of justice.”

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,
but rather expose them. ~ Ephesians 5:11


“I come of Quaker stock. My ancestors were persecuted for their beliefs.
Here they sought and found religious freedom. By blood and conviction
I stand for religious tolerance both in act and in spirit.”

... children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served the
Baals ... and they forsook the LORD and did not serve Him. ~ Judges 10:6


"God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
~ John 4:24


“Our social and economic system cannot march toward better days unless
it is inspired by things of the Spirit. It is here that the higher purposes
of individualism must find their sustenance.”

“A splendid storehouse of integrity and freedom has been bequeathed to
us by our forefathers. In this day of confusion, of peril to liberty, our high
duty is to see that this storehouse is not robbed of its contents.”

... called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh,
but through love serve one another. ~ Galatians 5:13


“Freedom conceives that the mind and spirit of man can be free only
if he is free to pattern his own life, to develop his own talents,
free to earn, to spend, to save, to acquire property
as the security of his old age and his family.”

If laws restrict basic freedom, joys are diminished
 Freedom only if:
    ● Free to pattern own life
    ● To develop own talents
    ● Free to earn, to spend, to save  
    ● To acquire properety
          ⮡  as the secerity of old age
                                          ⮡  family

“Being a politician is a poor profession.
Being a public servant is a noble one.”

... As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another,
as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. ~ 1st Peter 4:10


“Governments know that the life of the world cannot
be saved if the soul of the world is allowed to be lost.”

“When there is a lack of honor in government,
the morals of the whole people are poisoned.”

“No public man can be just a little crooked. There is no such
thing as a no-man's land between honesty and dishonesty.”

"But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.' For whatever
is more than these is from the evil one." ~ Matthew 5:37


Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing,
but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. ~ Matthew 7:15


“Our strength lies in spiritual concepts. It lies in public sensitivities to evil.
Our greatest danger is not from invading armies. Our dangers are
that we may commit suicide from within by complaisance with evil,
or by public tolerance of scandalous behavior.”

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light,
and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, ... ~ Isaiah 5:20


... a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which
you have not accepted--you may well put up with it! ~ 2nd Corinthians 11:4


“It is those moral and spiritual qualities which rise alone in free men,
which will fulfill the meaning of the word American. And with them
will come centuries of further greatness to our country.”

“Our fathers and grandfathers who poured over the Midwest were
self-reliant, rugged, God-fearing people of indomitable courage ...
They asked only for freedom of opportunity and equal chance.
In these conceptions lies the real basis of American democracy.
They and their fathers give a genius to American institutions
that distinguished our people from any other in the world.”

“While I can make no claim for having introduced the term "rugged
individualism," I should be proud to have invented it. It has been used by
American leaders for over a half-century in eulogy of those God-fearing
men and women of honesty whose stamina and character and fearless
assertion of rights led them to make their own way in life.”

“I believe not only that religious faith will be victorious, but that it is
vital to humankind that it shall be. We may differ in form and particulars
in our religious faith. Those are matters that are sacred to each of our
inner sanctuaries. It is our privilege to decline to argue them.
Their real demonstration is the lives that we live.”

... sober-minded, in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works;
in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, ... ~ Titus 2:6-8


Freedom comes with duties each soul must weigh
Be sober-minded:
  ⮡  In all things showing yourself
       ⮡  A pattern of good works
               ⮡  In doctrine
                            ● Showing integrity
                            ● Reverence
                            ● Incorruptibility
                            ● Sound speech

  PresidentialQuotesPM23.5.mp3 (??m ??s)



“To go fishing is the chance to wash one's soul with pure air,
with the rush of the brook, or with the shimmer of sun on blue water.
It brings meekness and inspiration from the decency of nature, charity
toward tackle-makers, patience toward fish, a mockery of profits and
egos, a quieting of hate, a rejoicing that you do not have to decide a
darned thing until next week. And it is discipline in the equality of men
- for all men are equal before fish.”

“Lots of people committed crimes during the year who would
not have done so if they had been fishing. The increase of crime
is among those deprived of the regenerations that impregnate
the mind and character of the fisherman.”

“Next to prayer, Fishing is the most personal relationship of man.”

... The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
~ James 5:15-16


“Love what is ahead by loving what has come before.”

... come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy
and find grace to help in time of need. ~ Hebrews 4:15-16


“Children add to the wonder of being alive.”

Children are the most wholesome part of the race, the
sweetest, for they are the freshest from the hand of God.

“If we could have but one generation of properly born,
trained, educated, and healthy children, a thousand
other problems of government would vanish.”

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when
he is old he will not depart from it. ~ Proverbs 22:6


“National character cannot be built by law.
It is the sum of the moral fiber of its individuals.”

“The structure of human betterment cannot be built upon
foundations of materialism or business, but upon the bedrock
of individual character in free men and women.”

“The imperative need of this nation at all times
is the leadership of Uncommon Men or Women.”

“Every collectivist revolution rides in on a Trojan horse of "emergency".
It was the tactic of Lenin, Hitler, and Mussolini. In the collectivist sweep
over a dozen minor countries of Europe, it was the cry of men striving
to get on horseback. And "emergency" became the justification of
the subsequent steps. This technique of creating emergency is
the greatest achievement that demagoguery attains.”

But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be
false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, ...
~ 2nd Peter 2:1-2


“It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder
of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator
has suppressed all free speech except his own.”

“Menaced by collectivist trends, we must seek revival of our strength
in the spiritual foundations which are the bedrock of our republic.
Democracy is the outgrowth of the religious conviction of the
sacredness of every human life. On the religious side, its highest
embodiment is the Bible; on the political side, the Constitution.”

“Man is still by instinct a predatory animal given to devilish aggression.
The discoveries of science have immensely increased productivity of
material things. They have increased the standards of living and comfort.
They have eliminated infinite drudgery. They have increased leisure.
But that gives more time for devilment. The work of science has
eliminated much disease and suffering. It has increased the
length of life. That, together with increase in productivity,
has resulted in vastly increased populations. Also it
increased the number of people engaged in devilment.”

"The heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked; Who can know it?" ~ Jeremiah 17:9


“I have on numerous occasions, as you know, expressed my sympathy
in the establishment of a National Home for the Jews in Palestine and,
despite the set-backs caused by the disorders there during the last few
years, I have been heartened by the progress which has been made and
by the remarkable accomplishments of the Jewish settlers in that country.”

“What the world needs today is a definite, spiritual mobilization
of the nations who believe in God against this tide of Red agnosticism.
It needs a moral mobilization against the hideous ideas of the police
state and human slavery. I suggest that the United Nations should be
reorganized without the Communist nations in it. It is a proposal based
solely upon moral, spiritual and defense foundations. It is a proposal to
redeem the concept of the United Nations to the high purpose for which
it was created. It is a proposal for moral and spiritual cooperation of
God-fearing free nations. And in rejecting an atheistic other world,
I am confident that the Almighty God will be with us.”

Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace
and the things by which one may edify another. ~ Romans 14:19


“Freedom is the open window through which pours
the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.”


In the course of time desperate hearts become blind to latitudes of
respect and peace. Anger and resentment dig bowels of resentment
in their bitterness of gloom. Hope has to have a grapple to hold or
the all too elusive prosperity ship goes down. Jobs and labor have
always been the success of any society, across all ages. Purpose
and production cleaves to hope'e rope of a better day.


Rejected souls can have huge impacts over time
  ●  The Bible contains fundamentals of civilization
  ●  One must be free to declare where evils occur
  ●  Only a spiritual society remains successful
  ●  A duty of securing freedom is to maintain integrity
  ●  When leaders lack morals all are damaged
  ●  Only moral and spiritual qualities ensure greatness
  ●  Courageous souls build lasting legacies of character
  ●  Without opportunities for purpose crime advances
  ●  Wondrous children inspire the hopes of our dreams
  ●  Individual moral character is the bedrock of society
  ●  Suppressing free speech is the sign of oppression
  ●  Better living standards with leisure time increase sin    
  ●  Only a God fearing world will achieve peace

Heaven is only as far away
as those many who believe

Darkness has no definite focus.


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??/??/2019 ~ Worship God


Darkness swells in the heart of nothing.
Worship comes by what is most desirable

"God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
~ John 4:24


... Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. ... ~ Isaiah 66:1-2

Give to the LORD the glory due His name; Bring an offering, ...
~ Psalms 96:8-9


But do not forget to do good and to share, for with
such sacrifices God is well pleased. ~ Hebrews 13:16


... Him you shall fear, Him you shall worship, and to Him
you shall offer sacrifice." ~ 2nd Kings 17:36


... I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy;
In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple. ~ Psalms 5:7


... Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture, ... ~ Psalms 95:6-8


I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name
For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; ... ~ Psalms 138:2


... Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture, ... ~ Leviticus 10:3


... Because they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts,
And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. ~ Isaiah 5:24


... let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably
with reverence and godly fear. ~ Hebrews 12:28-29


While God’s love is unconditional for the moment in which He allows us to
exist (rains on the just and unjust), to achieve eternal life in His presence,
one must understand His conditional entrance bounds. It is His plan and it
cannot be superseded by the whims of man and or human self created
doctrines excusing or even dismissing God’s own conditions.


"Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God." ~ Luke 8:11

God’s Word is Salvation’s manual
The Bible Alone  ――――――――► Christian

Bible + Vatican Doctrines      ―――► Catholic

Bible + Methodist Discipline   ――► Methodist

Bible + Baptist Manual        ――――► Baptist

Bible + Book of Mormon ――――► Morman

Bible + Koran ―――――――――► Muslim


Denominationalism necessitates different seeds!

"'... in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines
the commandments of men.'" ~ Matthew 15:7-9


... "Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with
their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me, ..." ~ Isaiah 29:13


... they sit before you as My people, and they hear your words,
but they do not do them; ... ~ Ezekiel 33:31


"... 'Why then did you not believe him?' But if we say, 'From men', we fear
the multitude, for all count John as a prophet." ... ~ Matthew 21:25-27


... they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. ...
~ Romans 10:1-3


"But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which I say?"
~ Luke 6:46


"If you love Me, keep My commandments." ~ John 14:15

Jesus is calling hearts to see Him and the qualities God wills for man.

... "He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. ...
~ John 14:21


Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me,
he will keep My word; ... ~ John 14:23-26


... . Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing,
Him I proclaim to you: ... ~ Acts 17:22-23


... worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, ...
~ Romans 1:25


So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
~ Romans 10:17


"You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship,
for salvation is of the Jews." ~ John 4:22


For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in
Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, ... ~ Philippians 3:3


"Nor is He worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything,
since He gives to all life, breath, and all things." ~ Acts 17:25


"But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers
will worship the Father in spirit and truth; ... ~ John 4:23


... "Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience
before God until this day." ~ Acts 23:1


"Indeed, I myself thought I must do many things contrary
to the name of Jesus of Nazareth." ~ Acts 26:9


A good conscience does not necessitate proper worship

... not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, ... grows
with the increase that is from God. ~ Colossians 2:18-19


... if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why,
as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations ...
~ Colossians 2:20-23


God did no make life to be avoided.

"... it is written, 'You shall worship the LORD your God,
and Him only you shall serve.'" ~ Matthew 4:9-10


"'... turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God,
that they may receive forgivness of sins and an inheritance. ...' " ~ Acts 26:18


"... worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water."
~ Revelation 14:7


... ... the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne
and worship Him who lives forever and ever, ... ~ Revelation 4:10-11


And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "See that you do not
do that! I am your fellow servant, ... Worship God! ... ~ Revelation 19:10


"... I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of
those who keep the words of this book. Worship God." ~ Revelation 22:9


But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says:
"Let all the angels of God worship Him." ~ Hebrews 1:6


Then he said, "Lord, I believe!" And he worshiped Him. ~ John 9:38

"Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now
commands all men everywhere to repent, ..." ~ Acts 17:30


Worship defines commitment of desire
Proper worship comes by being in His Spirit of truth
Worship involves sacrifice to God on His terms
God deserves worship as maker of all things
God must be regarded as Holy and not trivialized
Rejecting the Lord’s word brings condemnation
Key is knowledge and understanding of God’s word
Worship involves increasing love of God & His word
Men mostly worship creation over the Creator
One has to hear the word to obtain true faith
God is not worshipped through material objects
Charlatans mislead one away from God’s truth
Worship the LORD God, & Him only you shall serve
Keeping God’s word is worshipping God

Worship is what God calls for in His word.

Darkness’ deepest place is found alone.


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??/??/2019 ~ Signs


Darkness pounds in to an empty bottom.
Lack of faith in His life requests signs.

... sons of men are snared in an evil time, When it falls suddenly upon them.
~ Ecclesiastes 9:12


For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again,
But the wicked shall fall by calamity. ~ Proverbs 24:16


The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, But a
good man will be satisfied from above. ~ Proverbs 14:14


"Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign
when all these things will be fulfilled?" ~ Mark 13:4


"And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and
on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, ..." ~ Luke 21:25-27


Now the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart
from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits ... ~ 1st Timothy 4:1-3


A Sign of the Times: Widespread False Doctrine
● Deceiving spirits and doctrines
● Speaking lies in hypocrisy
● Have conscience seared
● Forbidding to marry
● Commanding to abstain from foods

'They shall be My people, and I will be their God; then I will
give them one heart and one way, ... ~ Jeremiah 32:38-39


And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,
but rather expose them. ~ Ephesians 5:11


... though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;
For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. ~ Psalms 23:4


A good name is better than precious ointment, And the day
of death than the day of one's birth; ~ Ecclesiastes 7:1


The way of life winds upward for the wise, That he may
turn away from hell below. ~ Proverbs 15:24


"Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many." ~ Matthew 24:11

... do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God;
because many false prophets have gone out into the world. ~ 1st John 4:1


"But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled;
for such things must happen, but the end is not yet." ~ Mark 13:7


"But he who endures to the end shall be saved." ~ Matthew 24:13

... "Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear
may be before you, so that you may not sin." ~ Exodus 20:20


... perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. ... ~ 1st John 4:18

... put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication,
uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, ... ~ Colossians 3:5


And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
~ Jeremiah 29:13


"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." ~ Luke 12:34

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own
understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, ... ~ Proverbs 3:5-6


Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It
will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones. ~ Proverbs 3:7-8


... you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading
to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? ~ Romans 6:16


"And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold."
~ Matthew 24:12


... sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no
longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain ... ~ Hebrews 10:26-27


The lazy man says, "There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!"
~ Proverbs 22:13


"... Prepare to meet your God O Israel!" ~ Amos 4:12

"Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you,
will seek to enter and will not be able." ~ Luke 13:24


Then Jesus said to him, "Unless you people see signs
and wonders, you will by no means believe." ~ John 4:48


For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; ~ 1st Corinthians 1:22

"... we want to see a sign from You." But He answered and said to them,
"An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, ..." ~ Matthew 12:38-39


"... Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." ~ John 20:29

"I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign
of the covenant between Me and the earth." ~ Genesis 9:13


"... Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky,
but you cannot discern the signs of the times." ~ Matthew 16:3


"And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days ... Even so
will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed." ~ Luke 17:26-30


"Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes
of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the
clouds of heaven with power and great glory. ... ~ Matthew 24:30-31


Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.
~ Isaiah 55:6


... that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold
that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found ... ~ 1st Peter 1:7


... "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes
to the Father except through Me." ~ John 14:6


Faith reveals countless signs of His wonders
Evil times are a snare for all
The righteous rise with hope from above
Men’s hearts will fail with fearful expectations
God calls for souls to expose works of darkness
The day of mortal death is more than one’s birth
Many spirits will rise to deceive many
God tests our character as we deal with sin
Treasure is found in what the heart desires
Departing evil in fear of the Lord is supernal
For lawlessness the love of many will grow cold
Excuses fail in pursuit of knowing God’s true will
Faith is built on belief beyond wisdom or signs
God seeks genuine hearts as He waits nearby

The signs of our heart cannot hide from God

Darkness is in the absence of His light.


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?/?/2019 ~ Presidential Quotes 24


Darkness hides behind what cripples it.
Courage has never been afraid of love's dedication.

32. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945)

“[The United States is] founded on the principles of Christianity.”

“I am a Christian and a Democrat, that's all.”

“Lord, reform Thy world, beginning with me.”

“Let us move forward with strong and active faith.”

“We cannot read the history of our rise and development
as a nation without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied
in shaping the advances of the Republic. Where we have been the
truest and most consistent in obeying its precepts, we have attained
the greatest measure of contentment and prosperity.”

“In the formative days of the Republic, the directing influence the Bible
exercised upon the fathers of the Nation is conspicuously evident.”

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith;
as it is written, "The just shall live by faith." ~ Romans 1:17


“Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage;
We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves
a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will.”

“As Commander-in-Chief, I take pleasure in commending the reading
of the Bible to all who serve in the Armed Forces of the United States.
Throughout the centuries, men of many faiths and diverse origins have
found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel, and inspiration.
It is a fountain of strength...an aid in attaining the highest
aspiration of the human soul.”

The truths of God bring humble souls comfort
  Found in the Sacred Book:
       ⮡  Words of Wisdom
                            ● Counsel
                            ● Inspiration
                            ● Fountain of strength  

A wise man is strong, Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength;
~ Proverbs 24:5


The way of the LORD is strength for the upright, But destruction
will come to the workers of iniquity. ~ Proverbs 10:29


“I hope that you have re-read the Constitution of the United States in
these past few weeks. Like the Bible, it ought to be read again and again.”

“The traditional Jeffersonian principle of religious freedom was so broadly
democratic that it included the right to have no religion at all - it gave to
the individual the right to worship any God he chose or no god.”

“Where freedom of religion has been attacked, the attack has come from
sources opposed to democracy. Where democracy has been overthrown,
the spirit of free worship has disappeared. And where religion and
democracy have vanished, good faith and reason in international
affairs have given way to strident ambition and brute force.”

"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have
come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."
~ John 10:10


“Freedom of speech is of no use to a man who has nothing to say
and freedom of worship is of no use to a man who has lost his God.”

“Religion, by teaching man his relationship to God,
gives the individual a sense of his own dignity and teaches
him to respect himself by respecting his neighbors.”

"... love your neighbor as yourself," you do well; but if you show partiality,
you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. ~ James 2:8-9


“The whole world is one neighborhood.”

“No greater blessing could come to our land today than a revival
of the spirit of religion. I doubt if there is any problem in the world today
-- social, political, or economic -- that would not find happy solution
if approached in the spirit of the Sermon on the Mount.”

And the apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith." ~ Luke 17:5

“There comes a time in the affairs of men when they must prepare
to defend not their homes alone but the tenets of faith and humanity
on which their churches, their governments and their very foundations
are set. The defense of religion, of democracy and of good faith
among nations is all the same fight. To save one, we must
now make up our minds to save all.”

Religion feeds good government, not the reverse
  The defense of religion and democracy:
                          ⮡    is all the same fight
                                Faith and Humanity
                        Churches and Governments  
                               ⮤ Very Foundation ⮥

“But the challenge is always the same - whether each generation
facing its own circumstances can summon the practical devotion to
attain and retain that greatest good for the greatest number which
this government of the people was created to ensure.”

“Whoever seeks to set one religion against
another seeks to destroy all religion.”

“I am perhaps being a bit facetious but if some of my good
Baptist brethren in Georgia had done a little preaching from the
pulpit against the K.K.K. in the '20s, I would have a little
more genuine American respect for their Christianity!”

"Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them,
for this is the Law and the Prophets." ~ Matthew 7:12


“We must remember that any oppression, any injustice,
any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.”

Self-interest is the enemy of all true affection.

What condemns a people is lack of civility
The USA is founded on the principles of Christianity
Bible awe achieves supreme comfort and fortune
Humble hearts mindful of His will build a heritage
Bible study attains the highest aspiration of the soul
True freedom of conscience allows for belief or not
Ignorance and ungodliness do not establish freedom
Respecting others is God’s own true nature
The Sermon on the Mount guides all who are blind
No one finds salvation if the whole boat sinks
Each generation is challenged to maintain goodness
True Christians purge prejudice and bigotry
Self-interest, oppression, injustice, and any hatred
              are the wedges that destroy civilization

Hearing the truth has little meaning
unless remembered.


“The lessons of religious toleration - a toleration which recognizes
complete liberty of human thought, liberty of conscience - is one which, by
precept and example, must be inculcated in the hearts and minds of all
Americans if the institutions of our democracy are to be maintained and
perpetuated. We must recognize the fundamental rights of man. There
can be no true national life in our democracy unless we give unqualified
recognition to freedom of religious worship and freedom of education.”

“The school is the last expenditure upon which
America should be willing to economize.”

For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense, But the excellence of
knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it. ~ Ecclesiastes 7:12


“The public schools shall be free from sectarian influences and, above all,
free from any attitude of hostility to the adherents of any particular creed.”

“Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.”

“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”
Adolf Hitler


“First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have
to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which
paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear
no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, ... ~ Psalms 23:4


“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment
that something else is more important than fear.”

“We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do,
would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.”

“We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
The first is freedom of speech and expression. The second is freedom
of every person to worship God in his own way. The third is freedom
from want. The fourth is freedom from fear.”

Ideals are bars of what is hoped in the heart
    Essential human freedoms:
         1)  of speech and expression    
         2)  worship God in own way
         3)  freedom from want
         4)  freedom from fear

Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens
and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. ~ 2nd Peter 3:13


“We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction
that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.”

“Sometimes the best way to keep peace in the family
is to keep the members of the family apart for awhile.”

“The value of love will always be stronger than the value of hate.
Any nation or group of nations which employs hatred eventually
is torn to pieces by hatred.”

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. ~ Romans 12:21

“The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.”

“The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know,
that a financial element in the larger centers has owned
the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson ...”

“Governments can err, Presidents do make mistakes, but the immortal
Dante tells us that divine justice weighs the sins of the cold-blooded and
the sins of the warm-hearted in different scales. Better the occasional
faults of a Government that lives in a spirit of charity than the constant
omission of a Government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.”

The motto of war is: "Let the strong survive; let the weak die."
The motto of peace is: "Let the strong help the weak to survive."

“I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood
running from the wounded. I have seen men coughing out their gassed
lungs. I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed.
I have seen 200 limping, exhausted men come out of line — the
survivors of a regiment of 1,000 that went forward 48 hours before.
I have seen children starving. I have seen the
agony of mothers and wives. I hate war.”

“No country, however rich, can afford the waste of its human resources.
Demoralization caused by vast unemployment is our greatest
extravagance. Morally, it is the greatest menace to our social order.”

“The virtues are lost in self-interest as rivers are lost in the sea.”

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness
of mind let each esteem others better than himself. ~ Philippians 2:3


... not ... from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and
self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. ~ James 3:14-16


“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”

“Our handicaps exist only in our minds.”

“Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in
the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and
moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad
chase of evanescent profits. These dark days will be worth all they
cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered
unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.”

For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.
~ 1st Corinthians 11:31


... "Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not
consist in the abundance of the things he possesses." ~ Luke 12:15


“I suggest a nationwide reading of the Holy Scriptures
during the period from Thanksgiving Day to Christmas.”


Though all are created in the image of God, not all are given
the same situations in living. As fingerprints, memories are
individualistic and distantly limited in the finite domain. As a vapor,
very little is experienced in life beyond those few encounters that
pass ever so fleetingly. Pain and pleasure tests each soul’s
endurance in the midst of an evil and corrupt world.


Most of what is lovely rests in compassion
Without education no free nation can survive
Basic to freedom is individual speech & expression,
    free to choose worship, and free of want and fear
Hope has always established a brighter horizon
Love and understanding is key to any success
Truth is found only when freedom’s door is open
Indifference is the thick cold ice of frozen empathy
Joining together involves helping all to climb
Unemployment is the greatest threat to morality
Self-interest plagues affection in the vacuum of hate
Prisoners of fate in the world lack freedom of mind
Thrill of living stands upon individual creative effort
Only by fruits of labor is true joy achieved

Troubled times arrive yet
faith’s anchor moors upon eternity.

Darkness has no whistle.


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??/??/2019 ~ Desire


Darkness has not a glimmer.
God looks for all to see His truth given to life.

Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your
heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, ... ~ Psalms 37:4-5


Lord, all my desire is before You; And my sighing is not hidden from You.
~ Psalms 38:9


The fear of the wicked will come upon him, And the
desire of the righteous will be granted. ~ Proverbs 10:24


Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not
withhold my heart from any pleasure, ... ~ Ecclesiastes 2:10


You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing. ...
~ Psalms 145:16-19


A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, But it is an
abomination to fools to depart from evil. ~ Proverbs 13:19


The desire of the lazy man kills him, For his hands refuse to labor.
~ Proverbs 21:25


The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the
soul of the diligent shall be made rich. ~ Proverbs 13:4


Time does not return to the valleys left behind
Lazy man
   has nothing   
   Diligent soul   
is rich

Do not be envious of evil men, Nor desire to be with them; For their heart
devises violence, And their lips talk of troublemaking. ~ Proverbs 24:1-2


... Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of desire. ...
~ Ecclesiastes 6:8-9


Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the
desire comes, it is a tree of life. ~ Proverbs 13:12


Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
~ 1st Corinthians 14:1


This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position
of a bishop, he desires a good work. ~ 1st Timothy 3:1


For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to
depart and be with Christ, which is far better. ~ Philippians 1:23


But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. ... ~ Hebrews 11:16

For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with
our habitation which is from heaven, ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 5:2


For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the
knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. ~ Hosea 6:6


Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for
Israel is that they may be saved. ... ~ Romans 10:1-3


"... and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the
desires for other things entering in choke the word, ..." ~ Mark 4:18-19


... we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh,
fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, ... ~ Ephesians 2:3


Lust swells from discontent hearts

  Fulfilling the desires of lusts:  
                          → of the flesh
                          → of the mind


By nature children of wrath


... in which you once walked according to the course of this world, ...
~ Ephesians 2:2


The soul of the wicked desires evil; His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.
~ Proverbs 21:10


... put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication,
uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, ... ~ Colossians 3:4-5


... godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted;
but the sorrow of the world produces death. ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 7:10-11


Only by depths of understanding is freedom found
 Godly sorrow
        ⮡  Repentance leading to salvation  
                 ⮡  Not to be regretted
                             ⮡  Producing:


                                           ● Diligence
                                           ● Indignation
                                           ● Clarity
                                           ● Vehement desire
                                           ● Zeal
                                           ● Vindication

   Sorrow of the world
                                     ⮡  Produces death

PART 2

Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that
we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. ~ James 1:18


Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with
meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. ~ James 1:21


The battle is lost if courage is not maintained
  Which is able to
save your souls
 
   
    


 BIBLE 


    Receive with
meekness the
implanted word
 
Lay aside
all filthiness
overflow of
wickenness
 

... The desire of the wicked shall perish. ~ Psalms 112:9-10

The desire of the righteous is only good, But the
expectation of the wicked is wrath. ~ Proverbs 11:23


You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You
fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. ~ James 4:2


Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask
anything according to His will, He hears us. ... ~ 1st John 5:14-15


... put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision
for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. ~ Romans 13:13-14


Permanence is a vapor without strength of Faith
  Let us walk properly, as in the day  
          ⮡  Not in:
                   ● Revelry and drunkenness  
                   ● Lewdness and lust
                   ● Stife and envy


Jesus Christ        Will
 Power
       

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves
the world, the love of the Father is not in him. ... ~ 1st John 2:15-17


But each one is tempted when he is drawn away
by his own desires and enticed. ~ James 1:14


... large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by
a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. ~ James 3:4


Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will
see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short ... ~ Hebrews 12:14-15


The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him.
It is good that one should hope and wait quietly ... ~ Lamentations 3:25-26


... good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men
to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. ~ 1st Timothy 2:1-4


A blanket of reason has been thrown to all men
 Be made for all men:
  Desires all 
  Men to be
  Saved

    → Supplications
    → Prayers
    → Intercessions
    → Giving of thanks  
GOD
      ⮡  That we may lead
          Quiet and peaceable life
          in all godliness and reverence
         ↑
         Knowledge of the truth

I desire therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands,
without wrath and doubting; ... ~ 1st Timothy 2:8


Pray for us; for we are confident that we have a good conscience,
in all things desiring to live honorably. ~ Hebrews 13:18


... they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their
own desires, because they have itching ears, ... ~ 2nd Timothy 4:3


"... I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I did not come to call
the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." ~ Matthew 9:13


... "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself,
and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. ..." ~ Luke 9:23-25


Finding life reveals the womb of our creation

   Whoever loses his life
  For My sake will save it

Come after Me

  Deny oneself
       ⮡  Take up one's cross daily  
                                     ⮡  Follow Me  



... "If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all."
~ Mark 9:34-35


... whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. ...
~ Mark 10:43-45


And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh
with its passions and desires. ~ Galatians 5:24


... Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. ~ Revelation 22:17

The practices of man more often neglect the worship of God.
Unsatisfied loneliness of not having, absent of confidence in God,
causes percolating jealousies and underlying anger. Battling the beast
from within musters the best in us or leaves us defeated.


Festering on the puss of one’s emotions denies holiness
None of our desires are hidden from God
God satisfies the desire of all living things
Only by diligent works can true value be found
Better with good purpose than wandering desires
Desiring a heavenly home is a natural part of hope
Salvation comes by submitting to God’s own truths
Put to death evil desires & all that goes against God
Regrets deliver spiritual strength otherwise missing
Turn from evil and receive the implanted word
The desires of the wicked will perish
Desires absent of God’s will obtain nothing
Walking with Christ denies passions of the flesh
Without peace and holiness one falls short of grace

Desires of the heart create following destinies.
Passion defines purpose.

Darkness has a chilling absence of meaningful time.


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?/?/2019 ~ Presidential Quotes 25


Darkness at its brightest is nothing.
Often life presents immediacy as a test of character.

33. Harry S. Truman (1945-1953)

“Work Hard. Do your best. Keep your word. Never get too big for
your britches. Trust in God. Have no fear; and Never forget a friend.”

In the morning sow your seed, And in the evening do not withhold
your hand; For you do not know which will prosper, ... ~ Ecclesiastes 11:6


“This Nation was established by men who believed in God. ...
You will see the evidence of this deep religious faith on every hand.”

“We believe that all men are created equal
because they are created in the image of God.”

“The fundamental basis of this Nation’s law was given to Moses
on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from
the teachings which we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah
and St. Paul … If we don’t have a proper fundamental moral background,
we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does
not believe in the rights for anybody except the State!”

Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there
is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, ... ~ Isaiah 46:9


“We are profoundly grateful for the blessings bestowed upon us: the
preservation of our freedom, so dearly bought and so highly prized; our
opportunities for human welfare and happiness, so limitless in their scope;
our material prosperity, so far surpassing that of earlier years; and our
private spiritual blessings, so deeply cherished by all. For these
we offer fervent thanks to God.”

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through Him. ~ Colossians 3:17


“We must never forget that this country was founded by men who came
to these shores to worship God as they pleased. Catholics, Jews, and
Protestants, all came here for this great purpose. They did not come
here to do as they pleased - but to worship God as they pleased,
and that is an important distinction.”

“The true foundation of the brotherhood of humankind is belief in
the knowledge that God is the Father of humankind. For us, therefore,
brotherhood is not only a generous impulse but also a divine command.”

But now, O LORD, You are our Father; We are the clay, and
You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand. ~ Isaiah 64:8


Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
~ 1st Peter 2:17


“Religious and racial persecution is moronic at all times,
perhaps the most idiotic of human stupidities.”

“Divine Providence has played a great part in our history.
I have the feeling that God has created us and brought us to our
present position of power and strength for some great purpose. It is not
given to us to know fully what that purpose is, but I think we may be sure
of one thing, and that is that our country is intended to do all it can, in
cooperating with other nations to help created peace and preserve peace
in the world. It is given to defend the spiritual values-the moral code-
against the vast forces of evil that seek to destroy them.”

“I do not believe there is a problem in this country or the world
today which could not be settled if approached through
the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount.”

“A person who is fundamentally honest doesn't need a code of ethics.
The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount are
all the ethical code anybody needs.”

“But all of us-at home, at war, wherever we may be-are within
the reach of God's love and power. We can all pray. We all should pray.
We should ask the fulfillment of Gods will. We should ask for
courage, wisdom, for the quietness of soul which comes
alone to them who place their lives in His hands.”

... "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is,
the word of faith which we preach): ... ~ Romans 10:8


If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally
and without reproach, and it will be given to him. ~ James 1:5


“Beware of the guy praying loudest in the amen corner.”

... But all their works they do to be seen by men. ... ~ Matthew 23:4-8

“Selfishness and greed, individual or national, cause most of our troubles.”

“We worship money instead of honor.”

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some
have strayed from the faith in their greediness, ... ~ 1st Timothy 6:10


“One of the difficulties with all our institutions is the fact
that we've emphasized the reward instead of the service.”

“I think there is an immense shortage
of Christian charity among so-called Christians.”

“We must remember that the test of our religious principles
lies not just in what we say, not only in our prayers, not even
in living blameless lives - but in what we do for others.”

Service is often challenged when sinfulness rules

   Religious Principles:

       •  in what we say
       •  in our prayers
       •  in living blameless lives
      ★ in what we do for others    


And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, "If anyone
desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all." ~ Mark 9:35


"I never did give anyone hell.
I just told them the truth and they thought it was hell."

2)

“We have gone a long way toward civilization and religious tolerance,
and we have a good example in this country. Here the many Protestant
denominations, the Catholic Church and the Greek Orthodox Church do
not seek to destroy one another in physical violence just because they do
not interpret every verse of the Bible in exactly the same way. Here we
now have the freedom of all religions, and I hope that never again will we
have a repetition of religious bigotry, as we have had in certain periods
of our own history. There is no room for that kind of foolishness here.”

... this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel
of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
~ 2nd Corinthians 4:3-4


"Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment."
~ John 7:24


“Of course, there are dangers in religious freedom and freedom of
opinion. But to deny these rights is worse than dangerous, it is absolutely
fatal to liberty. The external threat to liberty should not drive us into
suppressing liberty at home. Those who want the government to regulate
matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are so afraid of being
murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination.”

“There are always a lot of people so afraid of rocking the boat
that they stop rowing. We can never get ahead that way.”

The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion.
~ Proverbs 28:1


“When even one American - who has done nothing wrong - is forced by
fear to shut his mind and close his mouth - then all Americans are in peril.”

“A man cannot have character unless he lives within
a fundamental system of morals that creates character.”

“I found that the men and women who got to the top were those
who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had
of energy and enthusiasm and hard work.”

... not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
~ Romans 12:9-11


"You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with
all your soul, and with all your strength." ~ Deuteronomy 6:5


“The human race has reached a turning point. Man has opened the
secrets of nature and mastered new powers. If he uses them wisely, he
can reach new heights of civilization. If he uses them foolishly, they may
destroy him. Man must create the moral and legal framework for the world
which will insure that his new powers are used for good and not for evil.”

“We must build a new world, a far better world
- one in which the eternal dignity of man is respected.”

“Nothing is more important in our national life
than the welfare of our children.”

“In the long view, no nation is any healthier than its children.”

“Mama and Papa are more to blame (for delinquency) than the kids;
parents should stay home and raise their children
and spend less time in taverns.”

“Some day we'll awake, have a reformation of the heart, teach our kids
honor and kill a few sex psychologists, put boys in high schools with men
teachers (not sissies), close all the girls' finishing schools, shoot all the
efficiency experts and become a nation of God's people once more.”

... God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the
knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between
God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, ... ~ 1st Timothy 2:3-5


Curiosity’s divine spark reaches depths of wonder
  God desires all men to be saved  
     ⮡  to come to the knowledge
                     of the truth ⮠  
                              ↓
         one God and one Mediator
            between God and men
             the Man Christ Jesus

“When you have to deal with a beast, you have to treat him as a beast.
It is most regrettable but nevertheless true.”

“If you don't like the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

“When the decision is up before you-and on my desk I have a motto
which says "The buck stops here"-the decision has to be made.”

“Everybody is headed for the same place, and they are headed
on the same train, and under the same engineer.”


"... narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life,
and there are few who find it." ~ Matthew 7:13-14


Waiting for answers can be one of the most grueling experiences.
What is worth waiting for in the highest regard is not so much
about justice but found in love and patient understanding.
There will always be inevitable sorrows and how we use
intelligence and wisdom to devise solutions declares
our character. Methodical verses panic driven responses
expose one’s true depth of character. Rage is a sign of
the simple minded where wisdom exercises restraint.


Individual accountability to God conveys morals
  ●  Human life is in God’s own image free to itself
  ●  This country was established to worship God
  ●  Mankind’s unity is in faith of God’s divine commands   
  ●  Ethical code and morals are found in the Bible
  ●  Selfishness and greed is the root of all troubles
  ●  The core of religion is in what we do for others
  ●  Paranoid regulation of mind & spirit is schizophrenia
  ●  Silencing independence of thought will kill America
  ●  Zeal and endless commitment leads to the top
  ●  Without responsible adults our children are lost
  ●  Bickering opinions lack devotion to the ways of God
  ●  Endurance is no game for the faint hearted
  ●  In God there is only one heaven

It has never been easy to stand by a principle.

Darkness cannot find anything of depth.


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??/??/2019 ~ Liars


Darkness has nothing to miss, even but for a tear missed.
So often lies crush those closest to the loss of all.

"You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor." ~ Exodus 20:16
                                                                                                                        ┗► Each one of the earth.

"You shall not circulate a false report. Do not put your hand
with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness." ~ Exodus 23:1


┏► Come to yourself.                                              
"Keep yourself far from a false matter; ..." ~ Exodus 23:7

A faithful witness does not lie, But a false witness will utter lies.
~ Proverbs 14:5


A false witness will not go unpunished, And he
who speaks lies will not escape. ~ Proverbs 19:5


                                                                      All that is dreadful is coming upon those that lie. ◄┓
A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies shall perish.
~ Proverbs 19:9


It is unfortunate that from time to time, one can be drawn in to a
seemingly simple deception. So much in life flails about us from television
commercials to fears of all the unknown calamities. A bill that can never
be paid, a shameful discretion hidden, a foolish stumble, an impulse of
rage. Where can one go to remain pure? We often sin so innocently and
casually. Excuses can blur the truth from being seen. Desperation so
frequently steals peace of heart where truth is born. A lie is never left
alone as it partners with others. Lies can and do perpetuate upon
themselves sinking ever so deeper. Insecurities have caused a many to
continue lying. A job application with falsities. The deepest mask of a lie
is fear. Exposing a lie makes one vulnerable to shame, a natural result of
all lies. Fear itself has two sides, either one of courage in the face of pain,
or weakness in the shame of denial. Everyone can admit to a lie. We live
in submerged ignorance. Worse than a spider’s web, the venom will
always come back to bite. Serpents chew with no regret in their frantic
lurching attacks. We all search for a place where we can find comfort
away from suffering. Lies are forever the seeds of a lack of faith.

Pity all those unable to rise to free themselves from lies.
There is no freedom where the bars of lies cage a heart, trapped
and tortured from within. A lies worst taste is in being caught
in front of those one so dearly loves. A lie causes one to die.


LIE = DIE

The truthful lip shall be established forever,
But a lying tongue is but for a moment. ~ Proverbs 12:19

┗► Wicked are those who oppress the worthy.     

┏► Lies are used by those that hate to crucify the innocent.                                 
An evildoer gives heed to false lips; A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue.
~ Proverbs 17:4


As a people we struggle to be free of the deceptions that now
occupy almost every corner of our society. Whistleblowers often find
the bottom of the food chain. Many of us are in fact found in the wells
of injustice and despair. The bureaucracies of redundant conflicting laws
have buried countless, in prisons of unfairness. It should be plain
that God has a mugshot of each of us.

     
Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those
who deal truthfully are His delight. ~ Proverbs 12:22

Created for His pleasure unites us in joy. ◄┛                                                                             

                                                                                   ┏► All struggle to overcome.
A righteous man hates lying, But a wicked man
is loathsome and comes to shame. ~ Proverbs 13:5


So called “white lies” can become what denies an honest heart.
Untrue pleasantries combined with casual excuses justify none.
Have we become a people of lost honesty? Too often we cover
cowardice with arrogance pounding truth’s humble plea.
People lie to impress others with how great they are,
underpinning insecurities hiding fears of failure.


For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
~ 2nd Corinthians 13:8


Surely men of low degree are a vapor, Men of high degree are a lie; ...
~ Psalms 62:9


Honesty begins with the self. One does not have to go far to find a liar if
one is truthful with self. We can do nothing against the truth as it remains
that it is. For those humbled by His grace, we grow striving to achieve that
nobility of His higher holiness. Love of family and friends often eludes the
liar. Void of God’s own truth, only chasms of confusion and alienation
drive the heart of a liar. There are those that lie to such an extreme
degree they will go to any measure to covertly keep their lies intact,
masking them with more confetti, often believing the web of their
supporting lies as the very truth of their lives. Liars form insanity.


... should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe
the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. ~ 2nd Thessalonians 2:11-12


Do not put your trust in princes, Nor in a son of man,
in whom there is no help. ~ Psalms 146:3


Liars will assassinate any character in their accent to the bottom. Catch
me if you can as they run further into the pit of their own death. Frequently
a liar will vehemently attack those trying to expose the truth as they fear
the light that radiates from heaven itself. Plainly as the Good Word says,
some smooth operators, fooling the most of us, may only be revealed
when His fire strips back all the falsehoods that drive many to this final
awakening perdition. Not all are always fooled, and God will not be.


Some men's sins are clearly evident, preceding them to judgment,
but those of some men follow later. ~ 1st Timothy 5:24


In a frenzy of lies, our nation is swirling upon a siphon of sinking hopes
for truth. In my youth, I was told by a mentor, “Everyone knows the system
is built on lies, don’t try to change it.” And for the meek among us who rise
to confront the establishment of lies, who see no glory in lies, are often
beat back into the shadows. Liars often cover their fears with boisterous
arrogance and in their underlying nervous anxiety, deeper disturbances of
why they lash out go unnoticed. A key missing in all liars is a greater love.
I see those telling the truth immediately accused of lying bolstered by the
duped escalating the dreadful continuation of lying follies. Portraying
outward nobility and or superiority will not excuse the evils hidden in a
schemer. What is truth when madness and denial reigns? It would seem
the lie is easier to follow than the truth that bears out in the sight of God.
We embrace the lie over the truth to the shame of us. Have we become
a people with no fear of God? Justice is lost upon the crying innocence
of all ages. Our anger masks our foolish beliefs, or non-beliefs.
No one can force a heart to tell the truth, it is a matter
of choice and reveals true character. Those
unafraid to hide have God as their witness.
When lies become truth all suffer.


"Behold, you trust in lying words that cannot profit." ~ Jeremiah 7:8

... Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. ... ~ Romans 3:4

He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who
tells lies shall not continue in my presence. ~ Psalms 101:7


"And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me,
you who practice lawlessness!' " ~ Matthew 7:23


If a relationship with God is important, one must find the might
to battle off those lies that cover the light of a true heart. We may
not be able to purge all that is bad in us, but prayers to God to free
us from ourselves submits to His will. One cannot get out of a lie
alone unless it is first released to another, and prayed over to our
LORD God Almighty, to heal away from what has caused it to be.
Those unable to admit to their lies is what curses the whole of us.
To stand in His light is the greatest reward one can obtain.


For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart,
and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us,
we have confidence toward God. ~ 1st John 3:20-21


"... all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire
and brimstone, which is the second death." ~ Revelation 21:8


Can a man take fire to his bosom, And his clothes not be burned? Can
one walk on hot coals, And his feet not be seared? ~ Proverbs 6:27-28


Sin burns all touched by it.

... some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and
doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocricy, ... ~ 1st Timothy 4:1-3


Believing the lies of man departs from God

  Depart from the Faith:

        Heed to deceiving spirits
                              ┗ Docrines of demons

        Speaking lies in hyprocricy
                              ┗ conscience seared

        Forbidding to marry

        Commanding to abstain from foods   


"... there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his
own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it." ~ John 8:44


... who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and
served the creature rather than the Creator, ... ~ Romans 1:25


A seared conscience and belief in a lie takes all glory away. Many
knowingly or may unknowingly hide behind pious towers of conceit.
Deceptions of pride lower the bench no one can climb out of.
A deceiver hides behind a believer's hope.


But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts,
do not boast and lie against the truth. ... ~ James 3:14-16


But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers
and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. ~ Revelation 22:15


Hearts and minds often skew different paths. As a knife cuts
between bones, passions can slice through all reason. Cursed is
what rips the flesh from its soul. Loss of heart wells up from inside.
A percolating stomach sickens all that is present.
Conscience is what pulls back the fibers of sense.


Incline my heart to Your testimonies, And not to covetousness.
~ Psalms 119:36


Covetousness tends to tear a heart away from truth.
Things and our obsessive desire for them can distract
a heart from reverence for Him and His call to be.
There is nothing simple about living in a lie.

Lies will put a clamp on the top of your heart burying the bottom;
internal festering. Freedom lost is a heart squeezed suffocating upon
itself. And it is the top of a heart where one is able to love others freely
in the open. Lies include a stubborn rejection of the truth. Deception
and or a lie cripples one’s ability to love in the creation of His light.
Jealousy, envy, hate, and sinful passions, are all the fuels of lies.
Truth cannot change where lies do. Trust in His truths opens
one’s eyes to release that which curses all that is sweet.


Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way.
~ Psalms 119:104


Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips And from a deceitful tongue.
~ Psalms 120:2


His words and prayers are what delivers
a soul from the lies that surround all.


Choices define eternal destiny
TRUTH
LIES
Faithful witness

In His presence

Worship creator

Delight to Him

Established forever

New man

His testimonies

Deals truthfully

Righteous hates lying

Speak truth

Makes one free

False witness

Outcast

Worship creature

Abomination to Him

But for a moment

Old man

Self-seeking

In hypocrisy

Bitter envy

False report

Loathsome in shame


Often keen intelligence drives the shrewdest
weaving sweet words that twist truth’s light.

Pathological liars invade the peace
eternity offers in the divisions they wage.


What is desired in a man is kindness, And a poor man is better than a liar.
~ Proverbs 19:22


Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is
written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. ~ Romans 12:19


I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but
because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. ~ 1st John 2:21


If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ~ 1st John 1:9-10


"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." ~ John 8:32

One cannot buy what cannot be purchased and
this is found in the freedom truth delivers.


Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,
and have put on the new man who is renewed ... ~ Colossians 3:9-10


Therefore, putting away lying, "Let each one of you speak truth with
his neighbor," for we are members of one another. ~ Ephesians 4:25


... hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie,
promised before time began, ... ~ Titus 1:2


God has given the direction He calls for us to follow.
Though we all fall short, when we band together in truth
of worship of Him, our unity strengthens us in growing truths.
Forever is the light that calls us home.


Lies cross the circle of life destroying the light
Do not bear false witness or circulate a false report
A false witness will not escape and shall perish
Truth endures forever where lies fade
Lies reduce one to loathsomeness and shame
Liars will not remain in the presence of God
Sin burns all touched by it
Lies are worshipping creation over the creator
Covetousness can remove a heart from truth
One must petition God for truth
It is God who will take vengeance on all liars
Confession is part of purging our lies
Only the truth can set one free
Honesties base is in not lying to one another

To the tragedy of our innocence in life,
wisdom’s flourishing is often undercut by evil’s thirst
to dominate remaining in the darkness of its own subversive lies.


Lies fill the tossing doubts of a faithless soul.
A liar is left alone in all that surrounds one.

Darkness is sure of itself.


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??/??/2019 ~ Fools


Darkness is the end of a fool's folly.
Passions run the length of time oblivious to the one that gives life.

The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, They
have done abominable works, There is none who does good. ~ Psalms 14:1


O LORD, how great are Your works! ... A senseless man does not know,
Nor does a fool understand this. ~ Psalms 92:5-6


The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction. ~ Proverbs 1:7


What One Seeks Defines Direction


      Wisdom
↑ Knowledge
   Instruction

                         Fools ↓



Understand, you senseless among the people;
And you fools, when will you be wise? ~ Psalms 94:8


"How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners
delight in their scorning, And fools hate knowledge." ~ Proverbs 1:22


Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will
despise the wisdom of your words. ~ Proverbs 23:9


"Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, ..."
~ Matthew 7:6


As a dog returns to his own vomit, So a fool repeats his folly.
~ Proverbs 26:11


... a rod for the fool's back. Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
Lest you also be like him. ... ~ Proverbs 26:3-5


If a wise man contends with a foolish man, Whether the
fool rages or laughs, there is no peace. ~ Proverbs 29:9


For like the crackling of thorns under a pot, So is the laughter
of the fool. This also is vanity. ~ Ecclesiastes 7:6


It is honorable for a man to stop striving, Since any fool can start a quarrel.
~ Proverbs 20:3


A wise man fears and departs from evil, But a fool rages and is self-confident.
~ Proverbs 14:16


Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is
more hope for a fool than for him. ~ Proverbs 26:12


The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, But the
heart of the fool does not do so. ~ Proverbs 15:7


... A fool's mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul.
~ Proverbs 18:6-7


Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, And whoever spreads slander is a fool.
~ Proverbs 10:18


Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than one who
is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. ~ Proverbs 19:1


Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is
more hope for a fool than for him. ~ Proverbs 29:20


Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.
See how great a forest a little fire kindles! ~ James 3:5


The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,
But the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness. ~ Proverbs 15:14


"Forsake foolishness and live, And go in the way of understanding. ..."
~ Proverbs 9:6-8


Rebuke is more effective for a wise man Than a hundred blows on a fool.
~ Proverbs 17:10


... the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth. A foolish son is a grief
to his father, And bitterness to her who bore him. ~ Proverbs 17:24-25


He who begets a scoffer does so to his sorrow,
And the father of a fool has no joy. ~ Proverbs 17:21


A fool despises his father's instruction, But he who
receives correction is prudent. ~ Proverbs 15:5


... a foolish man despises his mother. Folly is joy to him
who is destitute of discernment, ... ~ Proverbs 15:20-21


Go from the presence of a foolish man, When you do not
perceive in him the lips of knowledge. ... ~ Proverbs 14:7-9


The wise shall inherit glory, But shame shall be the legacy of fools.
~ Proverbs 3:35


A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back.
~ Proverbs 29:11


A fool has no delight in understanding, But in expressing his own heart.
~ Proverbs 18:2


The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise.
A fool's wrath is known at once, ... ~ Proverbs 12:15-16


A foolish woman is clamorous; She is simple, and knows nothing.
~ Proverbs 9:13


... In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, But the lips
of the wise will preserve them. ~ Proverbs 14:1-3


Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, For anger rests
in the bosom of fools. ~ Ecclesiastes 7:9


... the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness. The eyes of the LORD are in
every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good. ~ Proverbs 15:1-3


Fools spiral in the faults that condemn them
Only a fool denies God is real
Fools despise wisdom and instruction
The wise have no unity with raging or laughing fools
A fool rages and is self-confident
A fool’s mouth is his worst enemy
Perverse lips & spreading slander is a fool’s delight
Wise correction of a fool invites his contempt
Sorrow, grief, & bitterness on the parents of a fool
Shame is the legacy of a fool
A fool speaks impulsively lacking all control
A fools way is right in his own eyes
A foolish woman is loud and destructive
Anger rests in the bosom of fools

The madness of a fool views no self-control.

Darkness struts about with no direction to go.


To do evil is like sport to a fool, But a man of understanding has wisdom.
~ Proverbs 10:23


... abomination to fools to depart from evil. He who walks with wise men will
be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed. ~ Proverbs 13:19-20


... the complacency of fools will destroy them; ~ Proverbs 1:32

The wise in heart will receive commands, But a prating fool will fall.
~ Proverbs 10:8


The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, But the
heart of fools is in the house of mirth. ~ Ecclesiastes 7:4


... The wise man's eyes are in his head, But the fool walks in darkness. ...
~ Ecclesiastes 2:13-15


For there is no more remembrance of the wise than of the fool forever, ...
~ Ecclesiastes 2:16-17


For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving
various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, ... ~ Titus 3:3


"... whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire." ~ Matthew 5:22

"But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will
be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: ..." ~ Matthew 7:26


... but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Professing to be wise, they became fools, ... ~ Romans 1:20-22


... the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather
than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. ~ Romans 1:23-25


"... So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater,
and there I will store all my crops and my goods.' ..." ~ Luke 12:16-18


"... God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then
whose will those things be which you have provided?'" ~ Luke 12:19-20


Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows,
that he will also reap. ... ~ Galatians 6:7-8


Pursuits in life can be a delicate dance with eternity

Sows to his Flesh = Corruption
Sows to the Spirit = Everlasting Life


But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
~ James 2:20


... transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan
himself transforms himself into an angel of light. ~ 2nd Corinthians 11:12-14


... transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose
end will be according to their works. ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 11:15-17


... you put up with fools gladly, since you yourselves are wise! For you
put up with it if one brings you into bondage, ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 11:18-20


... I speak as a fool--I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above
measure, in prisons more frequently, ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 11:21-23


... He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But whoever
walks wisely will be delivered. ~ Proverbs 28:25-26


"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore
be wise as serpents and harmless as doves." ~ Matthew 10:16


... I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexualy immoral
people. Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this
world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you
would need to go out of the world. ~ 1st Corinthians 5:8-10


See that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming
the time, because the days are evil. ~ Ephesians 5:15-16


It is foolish to expect callous hearts are wise
A fool finds evil as fun
A fool as a companion will lead to destruction
Fools tend to be simple minded and lethargic
Fools seek pleasures where forgetfulness dwells
Fools walk in darkness
In time both the wise man and fool die as the fool
A fool heeds not the word of God but blames others
Hypocrites who claim wisdom fall on their own lies
A greedy fool is unprepared for God’s judgment
Faith without works is the regard of a fool
Many boast in self-goodness void of holiness
Trusting in one’s own proud heart is foolish
Walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise

A fool has no pleasure in the wisdom God offers.

Darkness defines the bottom of nothing.


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Darkness is the smoke of death.
Wounds carry heavy debts when inflicted by others.

34. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)

“Forces of good and evil are massed and armed and opposed
as rarely before in history. Freedom is pitted against slavery;
lightness against the dark... In the final choice, a soldier's pack
is not so heavy a burden as a prisoner's chains.”

“We face a hostile ideology global in scope, atheistic in character,
ruthless in purpose and insidious in method.”

Evil has no regard for God
       Global in Scope
   Atheistic in Character
   Ruthless in Purpose
Insidious in Method

“How far have we come in man's long pilgrimage from darkness toward
light? Are we nearing the light-a day of freedom and of peace for all
mankind? Or are the shadows of another night closing in upon us?”

... men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, ...
~ John 3:19-20


“This is a long tough road we have to travel. The men that can do things
are going to be sought out just as surely as the sun rises in the morning.
Fake reputations, habits of glib and clever speech, and glittering
surface performance are going to be discovered.”

“The hope of the world is that wisdom can arrest conflict between
brothers. I believe that war is the deadly harvest of arrogant and
unreasoning minds. And I find grounds for this belief in the wisdom
literature of Proverbs. It says in effect this: Panic strikes like a
storm and calamity comes like a whirlwind to those who
hate knowledge and ignore their God.”

"When your terror comes like a storm, And your destruction comes like a
whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you. ..." ~ Proverbs 1:27-29


“Before all else, we seek, upon our common labor as a nation,
the blessings of Almighty God.”

“Give us, we pray, the power to discern clearly right from wrong, and
allow all our words and actions to be governed thereby, and by the
laws of this land. Especially we pray that our concern shall be
for all the people regardless of station, race, or calling.”

... aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness
the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. ... ~ James 1:21-22


“We the people, elect leaders not to rule but to serve.”

“Personal prayer, it seems to me, is one of the simplest necessities of life,
as basic to the individual as sunshine, food and water-and at times, of
course, more so. By prayer I mean an effort to get in touch with the
Infinite. We know that our prayers are imperfect. Of course they are.
We are imperfect human beings. A thousand experiences have
convinced me beyond room of doubt that prayer multiplies the
strength of the individual and brings within the scope of
his capabilities almost any conceivable objective.”

... we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit
Himself makes intercession for us with groanings ... ~ Romans 8:26


“Without God there could be no American form of government, nor an
American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first, the
most basic, expression of Americanism. Thus, the founding fathers of
America saw it, and thus with God’s help, it will continue to be.”

“Our government makes no sense unless it is founded on
a deeply held religious belief - and I don't care what it is.”

“If we make ourselves worthy of America's ideals, if we do not forget
that our nation was founded on the premise that all men are creatures
of God's making, the world will come to know that it is free men who
carry forward the true promise of human progress and dignity.”

I was a boy scout leader until while at a summer camp class,
we were told we could not hold public prayer as it could be offensive
to those who did not believe. I withdrew from the scouts after this,
for I opened every meeting with a prayer. How offensive when we
make laws against open worship. A sad day when we cannot say
“God Bless America,” because it goes against our moral code?
Good senses are lost when we flip common sense upside down
and file lawsuits for not allowing girls to be in the boy scouts.
We entertain unreasonable lies for the sake of claimed injustice.
We have replaced “In God we Trust” to “Trust no One.” There are
those waiting to attack with every breath. If fact, we have moved
more toward unthankfulness wherever we can attack, rather than
remaining thankful for His blessings bestowed upon us from the
hard fought trials of our fathers. Lawyers have become the leaders
of our demise where the noble are outlawed. Is there no rights for
what is decent as norms are changed for the corruption of it?
Women have filed lawsuits against sexist discrimination for not
being allowed to walk our streets topless. Freedom was never
intended to legalize evil. The rights of God fearing people are
being stolen by those that this country was built to protect us
from. If we allow the darkness to invade our open worship
of God, darkness will consume us and murder will become
more the norm than life. God’s warning is to all who hate,
where there will be none of His inheritance.


"Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul
of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die." ~ Ezekiel 18:4


“The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength, and
the spiritual fiber of a nation than its wealth. The Bible is endorsed by
the ages. Our civilization is built upon its words. In no other book is
there such a collection of inspired wisdom, reality, and hope.”

The truth can be refused but not denied
  The Bible:
      ⮡  Endorsed by the ages
             ⮡  Civilization built upon it  
                      ● Inspired wisdom
                      ● Reality
                      ● Hope

Times are such they are unique, and when heroes of yesterday
turn in to the monsters of today, we look to find the worst in us,
rather than the best. Is this truly who we want to become for
our children’s children? A legacy of disgust over praise? When
climbing the hill we need help and encouragement over criticisms
and predictions of gloom from screaming cynics. To achieve the
best in life optimism cannot be substituted with pessimism.


For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things,
having promise of the life that now is ... ~ 1st Timothy 4:8


“In the highest sense the Bible is to us the
unique repository of eternal spiritual truths.”

“The teaching of their ancient belief is filled with truth for the present day.
Its profound sense of justice, nation to nation, man to man, is an
essential part of every religious and social order. The health of
our society depends upon a deep and abiding respect for
the basic commandments of the God of Israel.”

“We have never stopped sin by passing laws; and in the same way, we
are not going to take a great moral ideal and achieve it merely by law.”

“What the church should be telling the worker is that the first demand
religion makes on him is that he should be a good workman. If he is a
carpenter he should be a competent carpenter. Church by all means on
Sundays-but what is the use of church if at the very center of life a man
defrauds his neighbor and insults God by poor craftsmanship.”

... in sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatever you do, do it heartily,
as to the Lord and not to men, ... ~ Colossians 3:22-24


For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, ...
~ Ephesians 2:10


“This is what I found out about religion: It gives you courage to make
the decisions you must make in a crisis, and then the confidence to
leave the result to a higher Power. Only by trust in God
can a man carrying responsibility find repose.”

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own
understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, ... ~ Proverbs 3:5-7


... Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly
in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. ~ Matthew 11:28-29


2)

“There are three stages of life: youth, maturity,
and 'My, you're looking good!'”

“The past sharpens perspective, warns against pitfalls,
and helps to point the way.”

As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
~ Proverbs 27:17


“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of
men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like
a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”

... As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he
flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, ... ~ Psalms 103:14-16


But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting On those who
fear Him, And His righteousness to children's children, ... ~ Psalms 103:17-18


“The qualities of a great man are vision, integrity, courage,
understanding, the power of articulation, and profundity of character.”

“Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.”

“May the light of freedom, coming to all darkened lands,
flame brightly - until at last the darkness is no more.”

"I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes
in Me should not abide in darkness. ..." ~ John 12:46-48


“But we know that freedom cannot be served by the devices of the tyrant.
As it is an ancient truth that freedom cannot be legislated into existence,
so it is no less obvious that freedom cannot be censored into existence.
And any who act as if freedoms defenses are to be found in suppression
and suspicion and fear confess a doctrine that is alien to America.”

... "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall
know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." ~ John 8:31-32


“To have a free, peaceful and prosperous world we must be ever stronger
particularly in the spiritual things....It is American belief in decency and
justice and progress and the value of individual liberty because of the
rights conferred on each of us by our Creator that will carry us through.
... There must be something in the heart as well as the head.”

“We are so proud of our guarantees of freedom in thought and speech
and worship, that, unconsciously, we are guilty of one of the greatest
errors that ignorance can make - we assume our standard
of values is shared by all other humans in the world.”

“As we peer into society's future, we -- you and I, and our government --
must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own
ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow.
We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren
without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage.
We want democracy to survive for all generations to come,
not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.”

“It is not a struggle merely of economic theories, or forms of government
or of military power. At issue is the true nature of man. Either man is the
creature whom the psalmist described as a little lower than the angels ...
or man is a soulless, animated machine to be enslaved, used and
consumed by the state for its own glorification. It is, therefore,
a struggle which goes to the roots of the human spirit, and its
shadow falls across the long sweep of man's destiny.”

Only fools cannot see the truth
         True Nature of Man         
     ↙

A little
  lower than  
the angels


 A soulless
     ⮡   Animated machine
   to be enslaved
         ⮡   used and consumed
                  ⮡   by the state
                                ↓
                        For its own
                        glorification

... For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And
You have crowned him with glory and honor. ~ Psalms 8:3-5


“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired
signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed,
those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not
spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers,
the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is
not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds
of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”

“The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school
in more than 30 cities ... We pay for a single fighter with a half million
bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes
that could have housed more than 8,000 people.”


Love departs where hurt thirsts. There will always be those
waiting to attack any and all things. The Hyper-critical students of
little knowledge or self-control presently lurk in both the future and
past. Condemning dead men and glorifying no one but their own
demagogues, they seek what they cannot find, peace. Hate will
forever divide songs of joy. Personal achievement is found
in unity, the solution as part of the climb, not the dive.


Battles are won when His light shines
The great battle is freedom from slavery
Hating knowledge and despising God brings defeat
One must pray to distinguish between right & wrong
The Bible holds timeless wisdom, reality, & hope
Societies heath is dependent upon adherence to God
Trust in God is the only sane way to peace
Truths of the past delivers wisdom in the present
Greatness is found in the gauge of good character
The light of God’s truth is found in His word
Passion to pursue the will of God strengthens people
Values like grasping water can shift as sand blows
Impulsive greed steals the birthright of our children
The cost of war enslaves the whole world

The canvas of life is spewn
with challenges to return to Him.

Darkness is somewhere below cold.


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😷
Darkness has a breathless cast.
In each breath a moment calls.

... hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things
which are written in it; for the time is near. ~ Revelation 1:3


"Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have,
that no one may take your crown." ~ Revelation 3:11


Our crown of life is just that.

"... hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon
you as a thief, and you will not know what hour ..." ~ Revelation 3:3


"And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me,
to give every one according to his work." ~ Revelation 22:12


But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious
and watchful in your prayers. ... ~ 1st Peter 4:7-9


His judgment is at hand
  ● Be serious
  ● Watchful in prayer
  ● Love one another
  ● Hospitable without grumbling  

Ever raise your hand to be counted or called forth?
It will be that way when the Lord calls out those who
have remained faithful in Him until the end.


Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
~ Philippians 4:5


... the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another,
brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!
~ James 5:8-9


The Lord waits watching from heaven
Coming of the Lord
At the door

      Establish your hearts
          ↳ Be patient
               ↳ Do not grumble      


... I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who
practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. ~ Galatians 5:19-21


God has a stamp on unrepentant hearts and the word is NOT.
We should not lie against what He has declared, and has been clearly
stated repeatedly, as to what and who will have no access in to His
kingdom of eternal life. Eternal life is declared by what individuals practice
under His will and pronounced truths. The word will judge, not man.


... the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he
who does the will of God abides forever. ~ 1st John 2:15-17


Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for,
but that we may receive a full reward. ... ~ 2nd John 1:8-9


... hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who
promised is faithful. And let us consider one another ... ~ Hebrews 10:23-25


Many say the last days are upon us, and yet these happenings have
been occurring for millennia. The last days commenced when death came
into existence as people rejected God’s will to be good obedient children,
in His loving creation.


For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth,
there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, ... ~ Hebrews 10:26-27


For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is
eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 6:23


By His word will be the gatekeeper
God is eternal life
in Christ Jesus

God is timelessness persistently. It is time that tests the souls as
an entrance fee. The common currency is love where hate is deducted
as debts. To enter His timeless realm one must adhere to
His ways over the delusions of man.


... if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one
another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
~ 1st John 1:5-7


Out with a bang all will strip clear
    Darkness     

Lie and
do not
practice
the truth

Light

Felowship
Blood of
Jesus Christ
cleanses us
   from all sins   

Either time will consume us or set us free of it.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins ...
~ 1st John 1:8-10


The truth of His word declares that we must come to Him in prayer.

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but
is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish ... ~ 2nd Peter 3:9


... be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; and
consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation ~ 2nd Peter 3:14-15


Qualities of character will be weighed on each path
  Looking forward
        ↳ Be diligent
              ↳ Be found
                          ● In peace
                          ● Without spot and blameless   


... warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted,
uphold the weak, be patient with all. ... ~ 1st Thessalonians 5:14-18


Often unnoticed each moment is an event of life
  The will of God in Christ Jesus for you:  

          ● Comfort the fainthearted
          ● Uphold the weak
          ● Be patient with all
          ● No one renders evil for evil
          ● Always pursue what is good for all
          ● Rejoice always
          ● Pray without ceasing
          ● In everything give thanks


... warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor
from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; ... ~ Ezekiel 3:17-19


... when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity,
and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; ... ~ Ezekiel 3:20-21


"Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming."
~ Matthew 24:42


"Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy
to escape all these things that will come to pass, ... ~ Luke 21:36


Hope and clean hearts not willing harm to life, with regard for justice,
especially for those in violation that they be held accountable for injustice,
is the destination we all are flowing into.


Only diligent hearts will find deliverance
Pay attention to the words for the time is near
Hold fast to your faith that it may not be stolen
Repent or your life will be taken suddenly
God will reward each according to their works
Hospitably love one another without grumbling
Establish one’s heart for God’s judgment is coming
Only abiding in Christ’s doctrine delivers the soul
Do not forsake assembling as time will run out
One cannot find salvation practicing in the dark
Be diligent to be found at peace in Him
Warn sinners least they do not see to turn back
If the once righteous fall away they will die
Pray that you are counted worthy before God

Heaven leaves all heartaches behind in His love

Darkness has no shadow.


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Darkness cannot find a walking path.
Success comes to those with a common bond.

34. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)

“We have the disgrace of racial discrimination, or we have prejudice
against people because of their religion. We have not had the courage
to uproot these things, although we know they are wrong.”

“The final battle against intolerance is to be fought -
not in the chambers of any legislature - but in the hearts of men.”

But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto
the perfect day. The way of the wicked is like darkness; ... ~ Proverbs 4:18-20


... life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. Keep your heart
with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. ~ Proverbs 4:21-23


“… make it a practice to avoid hating anyone. If someone's been guilty
of despicable actions, especially toward me, I try to forget him. I used to
follow a practice - somewhat contrived, I admit - to write the man's name
on a piece of scrap paper, drop it into the lowest drawer of my desk, and
say to myself: "That finishes the incident, and so far as I'm concerned,
that fellow." The drawer became over the years a sort of private
wastebasket for crumbled-up spite and discarded personalities.”

But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness,
and does not know where he is going, ... ~ 1st John 2:11


Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that
no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. ~ 1st John 3:15


If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar;
for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can
he love God whom he has not seen? ~ 1st John 4:20


"... if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your
Father forgive your trespasses." ~ Matthew 6:14-15


“Civilization owes to the Islamic world some of its most
important tools and achievements...the Muslim genius
has added much to the culture of all peoples.”

“And I should like to assure you, my Islamic friends, that under the
American Constitution, under American tradition, and in American hearts,
this Center, this place of worship, is just as welcome as could be a similar
edifice of any other religion. Indeed, America would fight with her whole
strength for your right to have here your own church and worship
according to your own conscience. This concept is indeed
a part of America, and without that concept we would
be something else than what we are.”

“No people on earth can be held, as a people, to be an enemy,
for all humanity shares the common hunger for peace
and fellowship and justice.”

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither
male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. ~ Galatians 3:28


... to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might
be Lord of both the dead and the living. ~ Romans 14:7-9


"... bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray
for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, ..." ~ Matthew 5:44


“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”

“Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.”

... And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ... ~ Isaiah 9:6-7


“We are particularly thankful to you for your part in the movement to have
the words under God added to our Pledge of Allegiance. These words will
remind Americans that despite our great physical strength we must
remain humble. They will help us keep constantly in our minds and hearts
the spiritual and moral principles which alone give dignity to man.”

“In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith
in America's heritage and future. From this day forward, the millions
of our schoolchildren will daily proclaim in every city and town, every
village and every rural schoolhouse, the dedication of our nation and
our people to the Almighty. In this way we shall constantly strengthen
those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's
most powerful resource in peace and war.”

“The Founding Father expressed in words for all to read the ideal of
Government based upon the dignity of the individual. That ideal previously
had existed only in the hearts and minds of men. They produced the
timeless documents upon which the Nation is rounded and has grown
great. They, recognizing God as the author of individual fights, declared
that the purpose of Government is to secure those rights.”

... Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set
before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, ... ~ Hebrews 12:1-2


“Every step we take towards making the State our Caretaker of our lives,
by that much we move toward making the State our Master.”

“If our founding fathers were alive today, they'd roll over in their graves.”

“America is best described by one word, freedom.”

“Speeches are for the younger men who are going places.
And I'm not going anyplace except six feet under the floor of that
little chapel adjoining the museum and library at Abilene.”



35. John F. Kennedy (1961-1963)

“The rights of man come not from the generosity
of the state but from the hand of God.”

But there is a spirit in man, And the breath of the
Almighty gives him understanding. ~ Job 32:8


... Thus says the Lord, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation
of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him: ... ~ Zechariah 12:1


... in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image
from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. ~ 2nd Corinthians 3:15-18


“This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.”

“To those whom much is given, much is expected.”

My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing
that we shall receive a stricter judgment. ~ James 3:1


“The day before my inauguration President Eisenhower told me,
You'll find that no easy problems ever come to the President of the
United States. If they are easy to solve, somebody else has solved them.
I found that hard to believe, but now I know it is true.”

“No man who enters upon the office to which I have succeeded can fail
to recognize how every president of the United States has placed special
reliance upon his faith in God. Every president has taken comfort and
courage when told that the Lord 'will be with thee. He will not fail thee
nor forsake thee. Fear not-neither be thou dismayed.' Each of our
presidents in his own way has placed a special trust in God.
Those who were strongest intellectually were also strongest spiritually.”

'... Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will
help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.' ~ Isaiah 41:10


“We have become more and more not a nation
of athletes but a nation of spectators.”

“We shall be judged more by what we do
at home than what we preach abroad.”

“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country
can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

“My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you,
but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”

“Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that
the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans - born in this
century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace.”

“A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has
been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that
quality in its chosen leaders today - and in fact we have forgotten.”

“Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”

... we know that all things work together for good to those who love God,
to those who are the called according to His purpose. ~ Romans 8:27-28


“Never let your fears hold you back from pursuing your hopes.”

“The stories of past courage... can offer hope, they can provide
inspiration. But they cannot supply courage itself.
For this each man must look into his own soul.”

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning,
that we through the patience and comfort ... ~ Romans 15:4


“The highest duty of the writer, the composer, the artist, is to
remain true to himself and to let the chips fall where they may.”

“We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that
can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future.”

For You will light my lamp; The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.
~ Psalms 18:28


“But however close we sometimes seem to that dark and final abyss,
let no man of peace and freedom despair. For he does not stand alone.”

... "I will never leave you nor forsake you." ~ Hebrews 13:5

“Persons are judged to be great because of the positive
qualities they possess, not because of the absence of faults.”

If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar,
and His word is not in us. ~ 1st John 1:10


“The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate,
contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive and
unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We
subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy
the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

"'... honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain
they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.' "
~ Matthew 15:8-9


“The most powerful single force in the world today is neither
Communism nor Capitalism, neither the H-bomb nor the guided missile
-- it is man's eternal desire to be free and independent.”

“If men and women are in chains anywhere in the world,
then freedom is endangered everywhere.”


Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
~ 2nd Corinthians 3:17


There is a sorrow that will never pass. It wombs in the core of
thought. Agonizing such with push or pull, it remains visibly hidden
forever in depths of no end. Can it be a loneliness stretching past
mortal life? Dreams lost in a fleeting mist of breathless hope; what is
irretrievable. The death of something precious can never be drawn,
a cold inexpressible emptiness rendering no artistic expression.
A wind without force. Who can understand what cannot be known.
Life’s true possession is missed by merely viewing the passing
temporary, void of eternal sight. To rise beyond the fretting and
fighting, easily trusting is key to the freedom He offers.


Evils built across the ages must be cast off
Prejudice and intolerance has always been with us
Hatefulness puts one’s eternal life in jeopardy
Freedom of conscience holds high, an American ideal
Reckless demands for freedom diminish principles
Humble loyalty for one another is godly cement
Socialism destroys freedoms of noblier character
It is God who gifts life to living beings
Without spiritual knowledge our morals are ruined
Much is expected from those who are ably blessed
A torch without truth has little light
Each soul must delve to find an honest heart
Climbing to a good life admits faults from behind
Traditions can blind one to underlying real truth

Tears shed call out to our Maker.

Darkness hides a bullet of death.


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??/??/2019 ~ Forgiven

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Darkness is where death holds all thoughtlessness.
God commands and redeems those who believe in truth.

... be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another,
even as God in Christ forgave you. ~ Ephesians 4:31-32


"... forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us ..." ~ Luke 11:3-4


Surely we hope to be delivered from this tortuous existence
where temptation and death overwhelms the lot of us. He asks
for forgiving hearts as a prerequisite to His grace of truth.


"... forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into
temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. ..." ~ Matthew 6:11-13


... if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father
in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. ... ~ Mark 11:25-26


If our deepest desire is to get to heaven it will not be done if we hold
grudges against those around us. How big is our hope of heaven for
if we fail to forgive we will be left to the coldness where we reside.


"... First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift."
~ Matthew 5:23-24


True forgiveness is love without compromise. Pure in the sight of God is
His children who see Him above any and all arguments of men. People
and family may forever hate you, it is when you fester on returning the
ugliness that God will not accept your sacrifice of shallow love.
The greatest gift one can hold is love.


"For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also
forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will
your Father forgive your trespasses." ~ Matthew 6:14-15


Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times,
but up to seventy times seven." ~ Matthew 18:21-22


Forgiveness extends rising past hate
   7 x 70 = 490   

"... If your brother sins against you, rebuke him;
and if he repents, forgive him. ..." ~ Luke 17:3-5


"... Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall
not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven." ~ Luke 6:36-37


"Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved
much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little." ~ Luke 7:47


People that are unable to forgive generally are those who love little,
more contemptuous than not, normally critical of all others.


Shallow unloving hearts wither upon emptiness
Who love little forgives little

... you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest perhaps such a
one be swallowed up with too much sorrow. ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 2:6-8


A grudge does not equal forgiveness which sets
a soul free to believe in God without hindrance.


... if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you,
so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, ... ~ Col. 3:12-15


Peace is a matter of living by His word

  As the called elect of God - Put on:

                                                ● Tender mercies  
                                                ● Kindness
                                                ● Humility
                                                ● Meekness
                                                ● Longsuffering
                                                ● Love

→ Bearing with and forgiving one another  
  → Let the peace of God rule in your hearts   
→ Be thankful


Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another,
that you may be healed. ... ~ James 5:16


"... do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and
pray for those who spitefully use you.l and evil." ~ Luke 6:27-28


... having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of
requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has
taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. ~ Colossians 2:13-14


We are alive and the more so when we
understand the blessing of His forgiveness.


... to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be
just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. ~ Romans 3:23-26


In His sacrifice and patience He offers redemption
   His grace
   His blood
   His forbearance
   His righteousness   

... In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins,
according to the riches of His grace ... ~ Ephesians 1:7-10


He wills that souls are found in Him undivided
   His will
   His grace
   His blood
   His good pleasure   

We fall away from God when we forget Him, whereas He never forgets us.
His coming to earth in the flesh achieved His purpose in hoping more of
His creation of souls would not forget but yield to that which created all.


... If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ... ~ 1st John 1:8-10


Sin has a lot to do with our forgiveness, and our ability to allow
His word to change our life in pursuit of the goodness
He calls forth from His creation.


... "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
~ Acts 2:38


"To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever
believes in Him will receive the remission of sins." ~ Acts 10:43


... if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart
that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. ~ Romans 10:9


Spiritual change is that which belief builds confidence upon.
Return on investment swells up from the heart reaching out
past earth and time in Him. It is learning to fly on His wing.


"I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake;
And I will not remember your sins." ~ Isaiah 43:25


The biggest part of God’s forgiveness is to acknowledge
that we need Him to forgive us. Only the humble can follow forward
into His kingdom. It is God that forgives sins and no other.


Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that
times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, ... ~ Acts 3:19


Accepting His forgiveness brings one into a relationship that touches
heaven itself. To be refreshed in life is to find His eternal love.


The heart of God forgives all genuine saints
God in Christ offers forgiveness to all soft hearted
Pray for forgiveness to those who wrong us
Without a forgiving heart, God will not forgive you
Forgiveness is a process that never should end
Faith is a course of an improvement upon His word
Those who love little find hollow unforgiving hearts
Brow beating a sinner serves not their recovery
Loving minds are crucial in setting a soul free in Him
We are made alive in God through His forgiveness
God justifies those who have faith in Jesus
Truth is found in confessing our sins to God
Admitting Jesus has been raised holds salvation
Repentance is key for sins to be forgiven

To forgive is to regain the sense of love.

Darkness screams evil’s last breath.


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?/?/2019 ~ Presidential Quotes 28


Darkness tears pages away from life.
Wisdom Thought.

John F. Kennedy (1961-1963)

“This nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds.
It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and
that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of
one man are threatened ... It ought to to be possible, in short,
for every American to enjoy the privileges of being
American without regard to his race or his color.”

... thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we
may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness ... ~ 1st Timothy 2:1-4


“I'm 43 years old and I'm the healthiest candidate for
the Presidency of the United States. You've travelled with
me enough to know that I'm not going to die in office.”

“To exclude from positions of trust and command all those below the
age of 44 would have kept Jefferson from writing the Declaration of
Independence, Washington from commanding the Continental Army,
Madison from fathering the Constitution, Hamilton from serving as
secretary of the treasury, Clay from being elected speaker of the
House and Christopher Columbus from discovering America.”

“The Jewish people, ever since David slew Goliath,
have never considered youth as a barrier to leadership.”

“I think it is appropriate that we pay tribute to this great
constitutional principle which is enshrined in the First Amendment
of the Constitution: the principle of religious independence,
of religious liberty, of religious freedom.”

“But I think it is also important that we pay tribute and acknowledge
another great principle, and that is the principle of religious conviction.
Religious freedom has no significance
unless it is accompanied by conviction.”

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for;
the evidence of things not seen. ... ~ Hebrews 11:1-3


“I believe the American people are more concerned with a man's
views and abilities than with the church to which he belongs. I believe
the founding fathers meant it when they provided in Article VI
of the Constitution that there should be no religious test
for public office. And I believe that the American people
mean to adhere to those principles today.”

“Whatever one's religion in his private life may be, for the officeholder,
nothing takes precedence over his oath to uphold the Constitution
and all its parts - including the First Amendment and
the strict separation of church and state.”

“I believe in an America where the separation of church and state
is absolute - where no Catholic prelate would tell the president
(should he be Catholic) how to act. I do not speak for my church
on public matters - and the church does not speak for me.”

“We do not want an official state church. If ninety-nine percent of the
population were Catholics, I would still be opposed to it. I do not want civil
power combined with religious power. I want to make it clear that I am
committed as a matter of deep personal conviction to separation.”

“I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant
nor Jewish; where no public official either requests or accepts instructions
on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any
other ecclesiastical source; where no religious body seeks to impose
its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public
acts of its officials; and where religious liberty is so indivisible that
an act against one church is treated as an act against all.”

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For
brethren to dwell together in unity! ~ Psalms 133:1


"Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them,
for this is the Law and the Prophets." ~ Matthew 7:12


He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor,
But a man of understanding holds his peace. ~ Proverbs 11:12


God’s will is clearly Announced
Bondservants of God:
       ● Honor all people
       ● Love the brotherhood
       ● Fear God
       ● Honor the King

... as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants
of God. Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. ... ~ 1st Peter 2:15-17


For blessings His ways must be applied
 Be of One Mind ↓

      ● Having compassion
      ● Love as brothers
      ● Be tenderhearted
      ● Be courteous
      ● Not returning evil for evil
           ⮡  or reviling for reviling

  → But on the contrary blessing  

... be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be
tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil ... ~ 1st Peter 3:8-9


“Finally, I believe in an America where religious intolerance will someday
end; where all men and all churches are treated as equal; where every
man has the same right to attend or not attend the church of his choice;
where there is no Catholic vote, no anti-Catholic vote, no bloc voting of
any kind; and where Catholics, Protestants and Jews, at both the lay and
pastoral level, will refrain from those attitudes of disdain and division
which have so often marred their works in the past, and promote
instead the American ideal of brotherhood.”

Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that
no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. ~ 1st John 3:15


And this commandment we have from Him: that he who
loves God must love his brother also. ~ 1st John 4:21


A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.
~ Proverbs 17:17


A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is
a friend who sticks closer than a brother. ~ Proverbs 18:24


“Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs.
Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.”

... when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works
which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. ~ 1st Peter 2:11-12


“The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.”

"... my voice is to the sons of men. O you simple ones, understand prudence,
And you fools, be of an understanding heart. ..." ~ Proverbs 8:4-6


“War and hunger and ignorance and despair know no religious barriers.”

... having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God,
because of the ignorance that is in them, ... ~ Ephesians 4:18-19


“A nation that is afraid to let its people judge truth and falsehood
in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”

3)

“Don’t pray for an easy life, pray to be a stronger man.”

And the apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith." ~ Luke 17:5

... after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish,
strengthen, and settle you. ~ 1st Peter 5:10


Success can be had with steady focus
After you have suffered a while:

     ● Perfect → Submission
     ● Establish → Steadfast
     ● Strengthen → Knowledge
     ● Settle you → Wisdom

“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”

... not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance;
but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy ... ~ 1st Peter 1:13-16


“With a good conscience our only sure reward,
with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead
the land we love, asking his blessing and his help, but knowing that
here on earth God's work must truly be our own.”

“I know there is a God - I see the storm coming and I see his hand in it
- if he has a place then I am ready - we see the hand.”

“We in this country, in this generation, are by destiny rather than choice
the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we
may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our
strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time
and for all time the ancient vision of peace on earth, good will toward men.
That must always be our goal, and the righteousness of our cause must
always underlie our strength. For as was written long ago: except the
Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”

... Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.
~ Psalms 127:1


“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall
pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend,
oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

“It is an unfortunate fact that we can
secure peace only by preparing for war.”

“Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet.
We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future.
And we are all mortal.”

The Lord has created His nursery for a soul’s return
Our basic common link is we:
    ● All inhabit this small planet
    ● All breathe the same air
    ● All cherish our children's future  
    ● Are all mortal

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the
highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

... law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer
of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. ... ~ James 1:25-26


“The guiding principle of this Nation has been, is now, and ever shall be
IN GOD WE TRUST.”

... humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt
you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, ... ~ 1st Peter 5:6-9


“Children are the world's most valuable
resource and its best hope for the future.”

“We can say with some assurance that, although children may be
the victims of fate, they will not be the victims of our neglect.”

“I think when we talk about corporal punishment,
and we have to think about our own children, and we are rather reluctant,
it seems to me, to have other people administering punishment to our
own children, because we are reluctant, it puts a special obligation
on us to maintain order and to send children out from our homes
who accept the idea of discipline. So I would not be for corporal
punishment in the school, but I would be for very strong discipline
at home so we don't place an unfair burden on our teachers.”

Do not withhold correction from a child, For if you beat him
with a rod, he will not die. ... ~ Proverbs 23:13-14


The rod and rebuke give wisdom, But a child left to
himself brings shame to his mother. ~ Proverbs 29:15


“A revolution is coming – a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise
enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate
enough – but a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not.
We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability.”

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible
will make violent revolution inevitable.”

“The world was not meant to be a prison
in which man awaits his execution.”

... not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in
hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly ... ~ Romans 12:10-12


Noble characteristics remain timeless
  Serving the Lord be:
    ● Kindly affectionate / brotherly love  
    ● In honor giving preference
                            ⮡  to one another
    ● Not lagging in diligence
    ● Fervent in spirit
    ● Rejoicing in hope
    ● Patient in tribulation
    ● Continuing steadfastly in prayer

“There can be no progress if people have no faith in tomorrow.”

“We can have faith in the future only if we have faith in ourselves.”

Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint;
But happy is he who keeps the law. ~ Proverbs 29:18


“Forbidden fruit tastes sweet, but its aftertaste is bitter.”

Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, But afterward
his mouth will be filled with gravel. ~ Proverbs 20:17


“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces
but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.”

"This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me."
~ Luke 22:19


“If anyone is crazy enough to want to kill
a president of the United States, he can do it. All he must
be prepared to do is give his life for the president's.”


How is it that rights are extended to those reckless without morals?
Absent of any decent scruples delving into such corrupt
offensiveness, yet still they are extended mercy in the face of their
heinous acts and lack of remorse. Cop killers and rapists declaring
innocence in a justice system gone mad condemned in its’ own
unethical insanity, the colors of truth can have many shades, and
what fades from God’s ways is not the brightest of responses.
There is little glory in loneliness where evil dwells, and separation
from God can drive the most miserable of feelings, leading to the
brink of permanent ruin, if lost in bitter ungratefulness. We are all
at the bottom of our hearts alone. Truly in times of widespread
desperation and confusion, wisdom hides where few listen.
Without individual faith, in an unjust world, angers and jealousies
can divide the people and devour the children. Come is His call.


To rise to all that is better His light must shine
God created all the colors of His creation
Noble achievements of man serve timelessly
Constitutional freedoms do not include morality
No moral test is required to achieve public office
Separation of brothers is to the grief of God
A friend can weigh in better than a brother
Tolerating evil has always defeated greater glory
Forced beliefs plague of all that is heartfully clear
Life has commonalities in cherishing family & friends
Life is meant to be lived, not regretted or despised
Where there is no faith only futility lingers
All thieves eventually carry piercing anchors
Murder is the core of hate

Life carries hearts viewed by His patience

Darkness has no trace of what is right.


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??/??/2019 ~ JOY

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Darkness has loneliness without blue's hue.
Joy is a matter of perspective and mastery of thought.

... For you are our glory and joy. ~ 1st Thessalonians 2:19-20

There is joy in the quantity of numbers when
hearts bear genuine faith in His ways.


And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. ~ Luke 1:47

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say rejoice! ~ Philippians 4:4

Rejoice always, ... ~ 1st Thessalonians 5:16

Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous; ... ~ Psalms 32:11

Light is sown for the righteous, And gladness for the upright in heart.
~ Psalms 97:11


... my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope.
~ Psalms 16:8-9


For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have
trusted in His holy name. ... ~ Psalms 33:21-22


Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever,
For they are the rejoicing of my heart. ~ Psalms 119:111


Time will run out for each of us. The greatest question is are you
prepared to meet your maker? Strangers will find no sanctuary while
the faithful enter His kingdom freely. Forever is a timeless event
and it is the most important destination we all will face.


... In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand
are pleasures forevermore. ~ Psalms 16:11


'You have made known to me the ways of life;
You will make me full of joy in Your presence.' ~ Acts 2:28


This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
~ Psalms 118:24


... Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. ...
~ Psalms 100:1-3


The Lord does not want us to remain quiet or complacent with our faith.
He wants to hear us shout out singing praises to His glory.


... with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation. ... ~ Isaiah 12:3-4

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold
me by Your generous Spirit. ~ Psalms 51:12


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. ... ~ Galatians 5:22-23


Finding the heart of truth calls to all that is good
    Fruit of the Spirit is:    
                          ● Love
                          ● Joy
                          ● Peace
                          ● Longsuffering
                          ● Kindness
                          ● Goodness
                          ● Faithfulness
                          ● Gentleness
                          ● Self-Control

A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.
~ Proverbs 17:22


It can be a challenge to have a merry heart is such a dreadful world
filled with death and destruction. Rising in Him where death has
no power delivers a peace the earth cannot possess.


A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, But by
sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. ~ Proverbs 15:13


Spirit is the golden medicine that keeps life fresh.

The hope of the righteous will be gladness, But the
expectation of the wicked will perish. ~ Proverbs 10:28


"... I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you,
and that your joy may be full. .." ~ John 15:11-14


The joy of Jesus is to love others.

"But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world,
that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves." ~ John 17:13


And these things we write to you that your joy may be full. ~ 1st John 1:4

Inner sanctuary is a precious commodity
that is hard to steal where thieves cannot go.


... we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through
whom we have now received the reconciliation. ~ Romans 5:11


Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you
may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ... ~ Romans 15:13-14


God puts a premium on knowledge of His will and ways.

... for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness
and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. ~ Romans 14:17


... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation,
continuing steadfastly in prayer; ... ~ Romans 12:10-13


God’s will is purposed through what we endure
  Be kindly affectionate:  
                         in honor
                         in diligence
            fervent in spirit
         rejoicing in hope
            patient in tribulation
     steadfastly in prayer

... count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing
that the testing of your faith produces patience. ... ~ James 1:2-5


... yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving
the end of your faith - the salvation of your souls. ~ 1st Peter 1:6-9


Though often feeling submerged under the weight of living,
faith in Him lifts the heart. We are all looking for more
solid ground as the waves of time continue to pound.


... rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His
glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. ~ 1st Peter 4:12-13


Certainly the heights of joy cannot be achieved
without going through the grace of Jesus.


... Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.
~ Psalms 30:5


"... as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish,
for joy that a human being has been born into the world. ..." ~ John 16:21-22


... so that I may finish my race with joy, ... ~ Acts 20:24

"Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the
angels of God over one sinner who repents." ~ Luke 15:10


The angles are waiting to welcome all who believe,
with repenting hearts, to be better than they are.


Tender hearts all have their share of piercings
Rejoicing swells from the hearts of the righteous
Trust in Him rests in our hope for His mercy
His presence instructs in the ways of life
Salvation is a deep well of devotion
Merry hearts lift the soul and heal the body
Jesus spoke so we could be full of His joy in us
Scriptures are written that our joy may be full
In Jesus Christ we are receiving reconciliation
A believing hope in joy & peace involves knowledge
Rejoicing is rooted in hope with many other virtues
Trials build patience when yielding to God’s wisdom
Suffering is a moment and afterward will be joy
Strive to finish the race with joy of heart

Men cannot steal what God has given.

Darkness cannot consume the light as it departs.


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??/??/2019 ~ Frightened Rats or Bold as Lions?

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Darkness empties into the music of nowhere.
Spiritual strength is only found in His love.

The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion.
~ Proverbs 28:1


Normally people are frightened of those things
larger than themselves which they have no control over;
A lawsuit, close family health issues, financial concerns, the future.


The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.
~ Proverbs 29:25


When men or his institutions take on a larger precedence than God,
traps are unavoidable. Often we put our trust or hope in the wrong people.


... Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word),
In God I have put my trust; ... ~ Psalms 56:2-5


Fear is most personal and extremely real for those that it entraps.
Fear exposes one to all that is vulnerable. There is no fear in heaven.


My heart is severely pained within me, And the terrors of death have fallen
upon me. Fearfulness and trembling have come ... ~ Psalms 55:4-6


Unavoidable heartache is usually the main reason for depression,
and piercing hopes for escape from living.


... under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and
buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, ... ~ Psalms 91:4-6


When riding on the wing of God there is nothing that can not be
overcome. His Spirit lifts past all fears. Ride God’s wing of salvation.


"Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the
LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. ... ~ Deuteronomy 31:6


... the LORD will be your confidence, And will keep
your foot from being caught. ~ Proverbs 3:25-26


... He said to them, "Where is your faith?" ... ~ Luke 8:24-25

"... They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. Because they hated
knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD, ..." ~ Proverbs 1:27-29


To receive the blessing of His protection one must believe.
Without faith there is no reward.


Yet they say to God, 'Depart from us, For we do not desire
the knowledge of Your ways. ... ~ Job 21:14-15


The question is what is knowledge. Knowledge without spirituality is
prejudice without regard, regard for God in His creation, which is a
rejection of ultimate knowledge. Denying spirituality rejects the greater
depths of why we are. The shallow see no profit in that which is larger
than self. Concerning evolution, more a de-evolution is occurring as
extinctions and mutations are on the rise, knowledge. Nothing greater
than man is a poor premise in approaching all that is higher. Stubborn
hearts fester bitterness and hold blindness to all these higher truths. Love
is not so random that God had no hand in our hopeful awaking in Him.
Infinite beauty surpasses all that can be known as we are. That is why
it is called faith, a construct of God Himself to test souls of the gifts He
gives, life itself. Wickedness by definition is no desire for God.


... When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, But the
righteous has an everlasting foundation. ~ Proverbs 10:24-25


"But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral,
sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns
with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." ~ Revelation 21:8


Choices will define one’s destination
         ● Cowardly
         ● Unbelieving
         ● Abominable
         ● Murderers
         ● Sexually Immoral          
         ● Sorcerers
         ● Idolaters
         ● All Liars

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power
and of love and of a sound mind. ~ 2nd Timothy 1:7


In the strength of spirit mountains become hills
  God has given us a spirit:  

                      → of love
                      → of power
                      → of a sound mind

It is God’s own working that victory comes through faith in the power of
love settling the mind. The root of power and a sound mind is love.


Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, "Teacher,
I will follow You wherever You go." ~ Matthew 8:19


... But he said, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father." ~ Luke 9:58-60

Many of us look back upon the ages of our lives and have regrets,
it is hard not to. Only an arrogant liar could say life holds no regrets.
Looking back is not necessarily as severe as going back.


... "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back,
is fit for the kingdom of God." ~ Luke 9:61-62


Priorities put what is best as our concern
             Faith - Jesus     
             Family
             Business
             Property             
    Faith - Jesus    
    Family
    Business
    Property

It is when one conquers a vice or bad habit, that desire to return to
that defeating behavior can begin to entice a soul; Smoking, drinking,
pornography. For the battle against sin to be won one must plow forward
burying the past’s wicked desires. That is why He calls us to meditate on
those things from above, not the lower desires of flesh. The flesh is a test
to see if we are able to overcome and or control desire. Turning away
from the sayings and instructions of Jesus is what will condemn a soul,
this is simple truth. Concerning priorities, yes we have them. Family, jobs,
investments. Without placing the highest priority on the spirit places that
which is most valuable as often ignored or discarded. Desiring sin’s
experiences more than God’s goodness in defined noble qualities
looks back upon the evil that will devour a soul.


... However, no one spoke openly of Him for fear of the Jews. ~ John 7:11-13

Religious institutions or leadership that hush the congregation often
hide behind their sinful weapon of fear; “You’re bad for not believing us.”
Faith is found through Jesus and not makings of men's own delusions.


... for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
~ John 12:42-43


... "Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take
Me? I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple, ... ~ Matthew 26:55-56


Many profess faith as long as it is convenient. As soon as faith
demands sacrifice, no offering is made to please God, rather selfish
whims set in pursuit of what is dreadful, and perhaps later, regretful.
The trick is not following what makes one guilty, but commanding
the flesh to rise in that higher sense of justice and decency.
What would Jesus do always a consideration.


... Peter followed Him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest.
And he sat with the servants and warmed himself at the fire. ~ Mark 14:53-54


... "Did I not see you in the garden with Him?" Peter then denied again;
and immediately a rooster crowed. ~ John 18:25-27


... And when he thought about it, he wept. ~ Mark 14:72

... Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself,
fearing those who were of the circumcision. ~ Galatians 2:11-12


... But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
~ Acts 10:28


... do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled." But sanctify the Lord God
in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense ... ~ 1st Peter 3:14-15


... For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer
for doing good than for doing evil. ~ 1st Peter 3:16-17


The call is to do good works under and through
those things Jesus brought to our attention.


Depth of character comes by belief in God
Fear of man is destructive but trust in God saves
Heart sorrows cause the spirit to desire fleeing
Be of good courage for the Lord will not forsake you
No matter how horrific God’s lifting Spirit is there
Faith is trust that God can calm all storms
Without God terrors will be endured alone
The righteous will inherit an everlasting foundation
God gives us sound minds with the power of love
People lack spiritual commitment when desires rule
Fear often inhibits one’s strength to speak truthfully
Desiring praise from men curtails praise for God
Showing bias to impress men displeases God
Sanctify God in your heart knowing faith’s reasons

Faith has no question God cannot answer.

Darkness seizes upon the heart of terror.


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?/?/2019 ~ Presidential Quotes 29


Darkness has no destiny.
Faith is a path that brings life above death.

36. Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969)

“I am going to build the kind of nation that President Roosevelt hoped for,
President Truman worked for, and President Kennedy died for.”

“You might say that Lyndon Johnson is a cross
between a Baptist preacher and a cowboy.”

“John F. Kennedy was the victim of the hate
that was a part of our country. It is a disease that occupies
the minds of the few but brings danger to the many.”

"If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you."
~ John 15:18


... The LORD tests the righteous, But the wicked and the
one who loves violence His soul hates. ~ Psalms 11:4-5


“Justice requires us to remember that when any citizen denies his fellow,
saying, 'His color is not mine,' or 'His beliefs are strange and
different,' in that moment he betrays America,
though his forebears created this nation.”

“Emancipation was a proclamation, but not a fact.”

“The law cannot save those who deny it but neither can the law
serve any who do not use it. The history of injustice
and inequality is a history of disuse of the law.”

... natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they
are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 2:14


Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
~ James 4:17


“The men who have guided the destiny of the United States
have found the strength for their tasks by going to their knees.
This private unity of public men and their God is an enduring
source of reassurance for the American people.”

“Our society is illuminated by the spiritual insights of the Hebrew prophets.
America and Israel have a common love of human freedom, and they
have a common faith in a democratic way of life. ... Most, if not all of you,
have very deep ties with the land and with the people of Israel, as I do;
for my Christian faith sprang from yours. The Bible stories are woven
into my childhood memories as the gallant struggle of modern
Jews to be free of persecution is also woven into our souls.”

“In our home there was always prayer – aloud, proud and unapologetic.”

“Greater love hath no man than to attend
the Episcopal Church with his wife.”

"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends."
~ John 15:13


“The noblest search is the search for excellence.”

“Doing the right thing is not the problem.
Knowing what the right thing is, that's the challenge.”

“Above the pyramid on the great seal of the United States it says in Latin:
"God has favored our undertaking." God will not favor everything
that we do. It is rather our duty to divine His will.”

“Art is a nation's most precious heritage; for it is in our works of art that
we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us
as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.”

Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint;
But happy is he who keeps the law. ~ Proverbs 29:18


“I believe in the American tradition of separation of church and state which
is expressed in the First Amendment to the Constitution. By my office -
and by personal conviction - I am sworn to uphold that tradition.”

“The separation of church and state is a source of strength,
but the conscience of our nation does not call for separation
between men of state and faith in the Supreme Being.”

“We need to remember that the separation of church and state must never
mean the separation of religious values from the lives of public servants.
... If we who serve free men today are to differ from the tyrants of this age,
we must balance the powers in our hands with God in our hearts.”

Common sense is lost without God
  Seperation of church and state:
    → Never mean
           ⮡  Seperation of religious values
                  ⮡  From lives of public servants  
                                   ↓
                        Free with God in our hearts

“This nation, this generation, in this hour has man's first chance
to build a Great Society, a place where the meaning of
man's life matches the marvels of man's labor.”

The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, ... ~ Ecclesiastes 5:12-13

“At the desk where I sit, I have learned one great truth. The answer for
all our national problems - the answer for all the problems of the world -
come to a single word. That word is ‘education.’”

Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; Keep her, for she is your life.
~ Proverbs 4:13


“Today, 8 million adult Americans, more than the entire population
of Michigan, have not finished 5 years of school. Nearly 20 million
have not finished 8 years of school. Nearly 54 million - more than
one-quarter of all America - have not even finished high school.”

“'Human history, ' H.G. Wells once wrote, 'becomes more and more
a race between education and catastrophe.' You and I cannot be
indifferent to the outcome of that race. We care deeply about the winner.
Because we do care so deeply about the winner, that is why
we are all in the East Room of the White House today.”

... my people have gone into captivity, Because they have no knowledge;
Their honorable men are famished, ... ~ Isaiah 5:13


“This Congress did more to uplift education, more to attack disease
in this country and around the world, and more to conquer poverty
than any other session in all American history, and what more worthy
achievements could any person want to have? For it was the Congress
that was more true than any other Congress to Thomas Jefferson's
belief that: 'The care of human life and happiness is the first
and only legitimate objective of good Government.'”

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health,
just as your soul prospers. ~ 3rd John 1:2


2)

“The family is the corner stone of our society. More than any other force it
shapes the attitude, the hopes, the ambitions, and the values of the child.
And when the family collapses it is the children that are usually damaged.
When it happens on a massive scale the community itself is crippled.”

He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the LORD.
~ Proverbs 18:22


God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound
into prosperity; But the rebellious dwell in a dry land. ~ Psalms 68:6


“This administration here and now declares unconditional war on poverty.”

“I believe that the essence of government lies with unceasing concern for
the welfare and dignity and decency and innate integrity of life for every
individual. I dont like to say this and wish I didnt have to add these words
to make it clear but I will regardless of color, creed, ancestry, sex or age.”

“Nothing comes free. Nothing. Not even good, especially not good.”

“But if future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than
with sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology.
We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as God really made it,
not just as it looked when we got through with it.”

“'All men are created equal', 'government by consent of the governed',
'give me liberty or give me death'. Well, those are not just clever words,
or those are not just empty theories.”

“In the years since then, those four freedoms - freedom of speech,
freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear -
have stood as a summary of our aspirations for the
American Republic and for the world.”

“Free speech, free press, free religion, the right of free assembly,
yes, the right of petition... well, they are still radical ideas.”

Our rights are given by God’s own image
      Radical ideas:
            ● Free speech
            ● Free press
            ● Free religion
            ● Right of free assembly      
            ● Right of petition

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And
those who love it will eat its fruit. ~ Proverbs 18:21


... let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath
of man does not produce the righteousness of God. ~ James 1:19-20


“I believe we can continue the Great Society while we fight in Vietnam.”

“Boys, it is just like the Alamo. Somebody should have
by God helped those Texans. I'm going to Vietnam.”

“If we quit Vietnam, tomorrow we'll be fighting in Hawaii,
and next week we'll have to fight in San Francisco.”

... Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not
to disputes over doubtful things. ~ Romans 14:1


“Every old man complains of the growing depravity of the world, of the
petulance and insolence of the rising generation. He recounts the decency
and regularity of former times, and celebrates the discipline and sobriety
of the age in which his youth was passed; a happy age which is now no
more to be expected, since confusion has broken in upon the world,
and thrown down all the boundaries of civility and reverence.”

... Do not say, "Why were the former days better than these?"
For you do not inquire wisely concerning this. ~ Ecclesiastes 7:9-10


“There is nothing that exasperates people more than a display of superior
ability or brilliance in conversation. They seem pleased at the time, but
their envy makes them curse the conversationalist in their heart.”

... for all toil and every skillful work a man is envied by his neighbor.
This also is vanity and grasping for the wind. ~ Ecclesiastes 4:4


“Nothing is more despicable than the old age of a passionate man.
When the vigour of youth fails him, and his amusements pall with
frequent repetition, his occasional rage sinks by decay of strength into
peevishness; that peevishness, for want of novelty and variety, becomes
habitual; the world falls off from around him, and he is left, as Homer
expresses it, to devour his own heart in solitude and contempt.”

... Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see
the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short ... ~ Hebrews 12:14-15


“He that in the latter part of his life too strictly inquires
what he has done, can very seldom receive from his own
heart such an account as will give him satisfaction.”

“Light at the end of the tunnel? We don't even have
a tunnel; we don't even know where the tunnel is.”

“Our most tragic error may have been our inability to establish a rapport
and a confidence with the press and television with the communication
media. I don't think the press has understood me.”

“If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River,
the headline that afternoon would read: 'President Can't Swim.'”

“Faith builds, cynicism destroys.”

... For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men. They speak idly
everyone with his neighbor; With flattering lips ... ~ Psalms 12:1-3


“I'm tired. I'm tired of feeling rejected by the American people. I'm
tired of waking up in the middle of the night worrying about the war.”

“The last thing I wanted to do was to be a wartime President.”

“What we won when all of our people united just must not now be
lost in suspicion, distrust, selfishness, and politics among any of
our people. Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept,
the nomination of my party for another term as your President.”


Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the
multitude of counselors there is safety. ~ Proverbs 11:14


To be mired in humanity without God reduces to decaying flesh
without hope. Love without knowing drops upon an aging scornful
heart. A smile reaches to touch what is imagined in a tearless life.
Belief brings vision without having to see or be shown the existence
of the strength of faith. It is tritely said, “I’ll believe it when I see it.”
Those waiting will never see the greater promises of truth. The song
of God is simple horns of certainty. Seeing is understanding what
He has brought forth to be known. Life is greater than what comes
before us; something in the heavens reminds us of a distant home.
Survival is encased in submission to His omnipotence.


Stars shine His truth explaining now and forever
Promises are often made from over inflated egos
A misconception that only a few hold hatful hearts
Hypocrites pray one day then curse the next
Knowledge without understanding blurs truth
American ideals build from duty to God & His word
Faithful separate from public service is destructive
Without adequate education oblivion looms
What unites a people is tight bonded families
History contains the wealth of basic truisms
Contempt for those capable drives jealous hearts
Bitter hearts die alone void of welcoming truth
Obsessive arguing over truth leaves just empty truth
Faith builds heaven’s ladder while hate carves a pit

Disgust can kill the heart of a servant.

Darkness climbs to what will never be found.


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??/??/2019 ~ Party Church & Rigid Religion

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Darkness is detachment from the light.
Many seek true God where men would rather try to dominate.
Many edifices have been built to exalt our worship of God.
One must ask, is it for God or man?


Hear instruction and be wise, And do not disdain it. ~ Proverbs 8:33

What the Bible, and specifically God, tells us from His word
is to be wise in its’ application, not despising what He asks of us,
in proper worship of Him.


... things were written before were written for our learning, that we through
the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. ~ Romans 15:4


What has been written is intended for our edification
so we are able to be sensible in understanding our worship.


So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
~ Romans 10:17


Souls must know truth for salvation
Faith = By Hearing = Word of God

By declaration it is the word of God that delivers our faith and not the
whims or casual desires of any mere man’s proclamations. Worship
is meant to please God as the focus and not the pleasures of man
pleasing man. Understanding faith is a matter of knowing His word.


... And the LORD said to Moses, "Go, get down! For your people whom you
brought out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves. ~ Exodus 32:6-7


Corruption so quickly and easily enters into the false worship halls of man
where greed and contempt guide selfish leaders. Exalting man’s ways
over God’s requests, and commands, pollutes all that would be holy.


"... made for yourselves a molded calf! You had turned aside quickly from
the way which the LORD had commanded you." ~ Deuteronomy 9:16


Man often wants to turn worship of God into rather a celebration of man
and his glory over that of the glory of God. People ignore that He sees
every breath in all of our actions. God is in the middle of all we do.


My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you
have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you ... ~ Hosea 4:6


Key to proper worship is found in remembering what
He has given through His word. Amazingly, man continues
to divide and proclaim those things never instructed by God,
to draw the simple hearted and weak minded, to conform
under man instead of exalting God in His instructed ways.


... Then the king answered the people roughly, and rejected
the advice which the elders had given him; ~ 1st Kings 12:12-13


Severe religion involves the harsh hand of man where perceived
power grinds those hoping to find God in a blinded world.


... "My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke;
my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!"
~ 1st Kings 12:14


Many religions of man hold the gun of threats and persecution
over those that would follow, or who would be forced to follow.
When man is followed in his errors, the door to God is missed.
Punishment is not found in rejoicing in God’s unveiling.


"He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges
him - the word that I have spoken will judge him ..." ~ John 12:48-49


The Bible clearly states that it is His word that is the standard,
and not any excusing filled doctrine of man. It is God that forgives sins,
not a pompous heart exalted over the hopes of men.


"And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever
I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak." ~ John 12:50


The words given to us by Jesus and His prophets and apostles
bring us to the threshold of God’s own truth, and His desires of our
worship in the moment of life. The command is eternal life, and the
question has been put forth, where will you spend your eternity?


... But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves,
not having been baptized by him. ~ Luke 7:29-30


Certainly the proud do not follow words and practices ordered by
God Himself. Many people do not care for domination by what they
can not see and hearts of men more often blaze in the light of contempt.
Lawyers are well known for collecting fees without producing much.
Scheming and cheating is rampant in our social demise.


"... like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, saying:
'We played the flute for you, And you did not dance; We mourned to you,
And you did not weep.'" ~ Luke 7:31-32


Musical media & false praise does not please God

   Men of this generation:
        Children sitting
               in the marketplace
               calling to one another
                    ↓
     ● We played the flute for you   
               →you did not dance
     ● We mourned to you
               →you did not weep



False worship remains where people believe pleasing themselves is a
sign of godliness. As revealed in scripture, musical instruments, dancing,
and hoopla, does not approach the heart of God. Man believes he can
earn God’s respect by actions. Just because one feels offerings please
God by outward music or mere words of mourning, screaming, or praising
Him and His sacrifice - will bring His favor, often are misled and or
deluded by these smug attempts. God desires inward actions over
outward displays that more often are hypocritically motivated. If your
congregation claps during worship to the preacher’s orations or laughing
and clapping to flippant video clips, careful. Does your church display the
preacher on all the multiple plasma screens or present scripture for
examination? Again, careful following the blind who exalt themselves.
These practices are not to God but to the celebration of man. And how
does God see this foolishness of false worship? Children, not mature
adults, speaking to one another, and not to Him. More to be seen, these
ingenuine attempts to worship Him do not please Him for the focus is on
self expectations rather than God Himself or true repentant hearts.


"... 'This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And
in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'"
~ Mark 7:6-7


There should be no argument that it is man and his institutions
that fall away from God, and not God falling away from man.
It is crucial to hold a genuine faith with God through His word over
the teachings of man. If your church tells stories and fables more so
than the actual examination of scripture, woe is the warning.


... "All too well you reject the commandment of God,
that you may keep your tradition." ~ Mark 7:8-9


It is the whole of scripture that needs to be acknowledged
to incorporate proper worship. Too often men pick and choose,
rejecting the convicting condemnation of their own errors, referring
rather to, out of context blurbs, to commend themselves as acceptable
in the highest. Proud men calling to themselves defeat the glory in the
humble who seek to find it, God’s own mercy. Men have no power to
reach into heaven itself, where we all should be listening.


"... narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life,
and there are few who find it." ~ Matthew 7:13-14


God speaks to the so called faithful, warning that it is not easy
to follow God over man. Courage and boldness in believing His word
drives saints to heaven. Casual Christians and or overly serious zealots
miss the focus of His simple message. In His word He is found.


"... have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and
done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never
knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!' " ~ Mat. 7:21-23


Many shocked hearts will fall before Him who never knew Him, trapped by
their own hypocrisy. Practicing worship through men does not buy one a
ticket to heaven. Practicing sin regularly certainly excludes one’s access
to His kingdom. People assembling and accepting one another does not
necessitate favor with God, if behavior goes against His clear character
requirements. As said, one can not climb out of sin on the coattails of
another, and more often the other is a ditch digger, rather than a mountain
climber. It takes a devoted keen heart to avoid the lawless excusing's or
dominations of man. A herd of pigs is headed for that edge of death; turn
back from the group mentality and come to Him alone in praise and
prayer. Eternal life is a one on one relationship with God Himself. The
path to heaven requires a strong heart loyal to His call. Those offended
now, without repentance, will bow in shame before Him.


This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. ...
~ 2nd John 1:6-8


The simple message is to look to your own heart
asking if His word is the guide of your walk.


Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. ...
~ Ephesians 5:17-19


His will is that we hear His wisdom asking we seek Him from the inside,
and not remain blinded by the outside mask where man celebrates
his own unhumble greatness. He requests and commands we sing
of calm hearts free of outward distractions. Clearly, God has
little desire for outward displays of false worship, and will
examine each heart as it is from the inside.


... ... giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another ... ~ Ephesians 5:20-21


It is by God first we submit through Jesus Christ
that we find our bond with one another.


Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the
doctrine of Christ does not have God. ... ~ 2nd John 1:9-11


Again, the Bible is abundantly clear that it is His doctrine to
be followed, and not the traditions or dominating whims of man.


Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through Me." ~ John 14:6


And it is by Jesus that God is found. It is His will that we come back
to Him in His creation of life. Man is not the creator, though
many are deceived in praising man over God.


Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship
has righteousness with lawlessness? ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 6:14


It is a fine line in knowing His knowledge that saves over
the lawlessness of man’s follies. People seek God and many
have turned away in their disgust of man and his habitual and
historical manipulations in lies. God calls and if it is ones will
to find Him, His word has been once delivered for our return.


Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit,
according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles
of the world, and not according to Christ. ~ Colossians 2:8


God’s word continually warns, both would be believers and
believers alike, to beware of men who would deceive innocent hearts.
God’s principles and ways come by knowing His word.


Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility
and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen,
vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, ... ~ Colossians 2:18


False religion is like candy to the soul if restraint is not employed. Dead
statues to shiny artisans glass, there are many slippery slopes for those
hoping for things that are not. As vapors of lies rise, sold by those who
fatten upon cheating the truth, the innocent are consumed in falsehoods.


"... I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those
who keep the words of this book. Worship God." ~ Revelation 22:8-9


Notorious is how family and traditions can perpetuate false religion.
More a social function or habit, little true faith wells up from the heart,
of those who believe they know, and are saved because they go through
the motions of attending a local church of some kind. Casual Christianity
kills. Stubborn arrogance rejects His call to come. Weekend warriors,
always resisting, they dream of a prize that will remain out of reach at the
moment of truth upon God’s own footstep. When one relies on others to
do the spiritual work, one lives through the lives of others, or the preacher.
Eternity is not a one hour deal. Many fear the crash of letting their pride
fall and coming to God naked in honest confession. Regular scripture
infusions develop paradise beyond measure, and in seeking
His kingdom, all arrives for peace is obtained.


To entertain or dominate are constructs of man
True faith can only be obtained by His Word
Men can quickly become corrupted in themselves
Without God’s knowledge people are destroyed
Times expose religious tyrants practicing cruelty
God’s word will judge us over any opinions of man
False worship is the fear of man over fear of God
Outward displays of music/mourning can be empty
Visible dedication may not reflect true sincerity
Traditions may actually nullify God’s commands
It is difficult to follow God over man
False worship deceives by insincere actions
Men swap understanding God’s will for flesh urges
If God is God, all must come to Him through Jesus

In pursuit of God one must hear His word.

Darkness falls where there is no place.


Coming to God involves the moment, not the building or location.
God is not interested in dust, but the life in the hearts of men.


There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
~ Proverbs 14:12


We all have diverse experiences leading back to God, and each of us has
in common an equal share of ignorance. No man can save one from the
grave where God waits for our awakening, to eternal life in His light or
cast away to the darkness of death’s damnation. In time and substance,
we all see the shadows and edges of His truth, as it will inevitably arrive
upon His coming. For us to see in this time and age, there is the truth
of “The Way,” and it must be our guide, as any old way will not suffice.
To arrive, one must find service in those ways He calls out for.
Many churches hold the graveyards of living souls lost,
far away from the truth.


For God is not the author of confusion but of peace,
as in all the churches of the saints. ~ 1st Corinthians 14:33


It is not by the will of God that we remain confused, but find
what He is, and of what He asks. A building does not make a church.
A gathering of hearts in service to one another in Him is what He calls for.
God looks for something stronger than the decaying grains of earth
where selfish hearts try to possess what cannot be owned.
Freedom is a cry to eternity. As wombs prepare for life,
so His creation has formed a way to be born in Him.


Let all things be done decently and in order. ~ 1st Corinthians 14:40

Those who claim God is evil, and such not existent, miss the fact
He calls out for the goodness in us to return from the brink of destruction.
Pure words of orderly and decency encompass His truths. For things
to be done in order calls out for His way, over any way placing preference
in man’s customs over God’s. The house of God stands upon an eternal
foundation where man’s traditions are cast upon the winds, where sand
consumes all of his vain futility. Water that cannot be grasped is
what man siphons to build his shifting doctrines, where God
draws the water of life for all to drink. Come, return to Me,
is His eternal call to the life He loves in love.


... those who have believed in God should be
careful to maintain good works. ... ~ Titus 3:8


Created in Him for good works, His call is to maintain a careful thought
for the good of all. It is a call to come out of the darkness of evil to
bathe in His light of truth. What is the profit of life without purpose?
The purposeless fall into despair, and all kinds of unholy lazy practices,
centered on carelessness and ungodliness. It would appear the legacy
of man is to conquer and divide, swirling on the chaos, where God
calls to unite and join. It is God who declares what is good.


... Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise
in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight! ~ Isaiah 5:20-21


Hypocrites are found generally where the proud dwell.
When many various opinions are tolerated, wisdom comes up empty.
Truth has no common ground in lies. Shady at best are those attempting
to circumvent His truth with cleaver language or forgiveness where there
is none. Darkness will find its reward. The battle lies in each of our hearts
where darkness meets the light. Godliness is suppressing evil before it
surfaces where thought is put in to action with words of expression.
Our words will judge us. Without His knowledge there can be no wisdom
in deciphering the madness of living or finding those meditations from
above. In life, it has always been a pluralistic world. It has always
been hard to find God while seeking the comforts of man.
Fear and or desperation drives hearts to lie cheat and steal
as they proclaim love in the face of their honest deceptions.


"... have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and
faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone."
~ Matthew 23:23


Justice and mercy in faith is hard for the arrogant to see.
Impulse drives the merciless where false justice has no faith in
the cruelty it coldly pans out. God is clear in His desire that we live
truthfully, with loving believing hearts. It can be at times the
one’s we trust the most become the most heinous.


"Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel! Woe to you,
scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! ..." ~ Matthew 23:24-26


Often it is selfish hearts that are led into false religion, be it zealously
harsh or casually flippant. The saying any hole will do is the tragedy of
our times where loyalty, honor, and integrity have somewhat vanished.
Rigid religion involves hard unthankful hearts demanding conformity to
rules of man’s standards over true inner worship in praise of God. The
outward whips or scourges of man forever condemn, as an oppressive
attitude, denying free conscience to believe on high. God has always
paid attention to what is on the inside over the outside. Often, true hearts
internally suffer the most in the midst of vicious cruelty at the hands of
the outwardly callous. The godless allow sin to fully dwell in them with
no attempt at self-control. God help us all, for be it the awful subjugation,
under the evils of mankind. Will there be a good outcome for the battle
we fight in the hope we hold? Only if we are found in Him at His coming,
the only sure and brightest truth to be had for us all.


"... Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside
you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness." ~ Matthew 23:27-28


No one but God can see the depths of a heart where deception can
hide in the face of men. Blessed are all those who find genuine
hearts where love and purpose of life find God’s will.
The inside matters more than the outside.


... "Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but
your inward part is full of greed and wickedness. ..." ~ Luke 11:39-41


Men mistaken material gain for holiness. Magnificent buildings or Lear jets
do leave the hopeful without true charity consumed by the greed of the
few. Country club churches do not invite the despicable and deny the
downtrodden in their antiseptic-ness. Hungry people do not desire another
theme park. Spiritual starvation overtakes the land as poverty engulfs us.
Religious freedom and answerability to one’s own conscience was a
foundational construct in the building of this country. Straight from the
Bible, men of wisdom discovered the keys to a better society built from the
ashes of past persecutions and vicious dominations. So quickly these
persecutions are returning, and a once great nation of ideals is now in
peril of loosing what it fought so hard for, to have an educated people in a
land of God given free faith. This nation was so conceived to establish the
protection of religion, not to find it again returning to the halls of godless
injustice and an overburdening by the greedy. Each of is called to fulfill
our ministry, the influential-ness of who we are, a most personal work,
done in our homes, communities, or countries we have come to reside.


"... and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done,
without leaving the others undone. Woe to you Pharisees! ..." ~ Luke 11:42-43


Love of God is the root of justice among men. When man glorifies man,
God is hidden from view where man’s foolishness blinds all who
cannot see, claiming a front row seat in the back of His glory.
God will ask, and so must you too, where is your heart?


"... you are like graves which are not seen, and the men
who walk over them are not aware of them." ~ Luke 11:44


Unbeknownst to many are holy men who tragically have empty bottomless
selfish hearts. Not all is done in the light of truth. God sees all predatory
cold dark wickedness. Godliness comes from the inside, not the outside,
and as we know, sin likes to hide. If you hide, ask if you stand in His light.
It has been throughout time that hypocrites have divided men from the
unity so many of the meek seek for. The warning cry goes out to all
nations and times to take notice of His Day of Judgment, where all hearts
will find the revealing of their true character, past any and all handicaps.
Pray a clean heart to be found.


... but not to disputes over doubtful things. For one believes he may eat
all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. ... ~ Romans 14:1-3


When one desires to come to God, overly critical disseminations cripple
God’s call through the barriers of man’s pettiness. Torn clothing and body
piercings do not declare a tortured or not heart, from within terror likes
to hide. Outward judgments may turn away the most needy. Often the
condemned are the most critical. God calls for us to care for one another
as we grow in His principles of truth. We were created to build more than
destroy. When any civilization tears its’ moral fibers from the standards of
His declared decency, no fair outcome can be achieved. Death comes to
all disbelievers. If in that death, life is found, the angels rejoice.


... One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day
alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. ~ Romans 14:4-5


It is God that builds hearts, and in the diversity of us all, His plan hopes
for us all. God wants us to live for ourselves fully established in Him,
not through opinions and various doctrines that litter the ages of all time.
His book delivers the answers that heal the soul from blaming others
and brings about truth above men that surely bears out.
Without personally examining His word, how can one know?


... So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. Therefore let us
not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling
block or a cause to fall in our brother's way. ~ Romans 14:12-14


True faithful souls care to lift all that is about them. God’s kingdom is a
ladder helping those below to climb. Jesus’ hand is at the top reaching
down. God asks that we consider our actions be they more encouraging
than discouraging. Often people fall away from faith because of another’s
biting word or casual practice, surly missing the personal call directed at
each heart from God. Let no man nor machine interfere with your access
to the divine, and in time, you too may become that once in a lifetime
inspiration for a soul lingering to find where there is no doubt.


... Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer
walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died.
... ~ Romans 14:15-17


Again, petty righteous arrogant hearts condemn where God would
rather call for understanding sympathetic natures under the afflictions
we all bear. To maintain a polite quality is godly. Finding God does not
come from a church that feeds the body without nourishing the soul; to
find joy in the peace of God. A church is meant to gather those that would
care to spiritually find and discover His word, not a social event shallow of
His substance. Often the Lord’s supper is dismissed for more humanistic
concerns of entertainment. To many modern churches have become
children’s playlands, and adult coffee / ice-cream houses.
False worship often is a call to eat and drink in a fellowship
hall that is more a social club than house of worship.


Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good
that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not
profited those who have been occupied with them. ~ Hebrews 13:9


It is so easy for men to be deceived with doctrines that intrigue,
and promises that dazzle. To this day foods made holy is denied by
those who still choose not to believe or foolishly believe in men who
deny the word of God. Severe judgment and despising hearts condemn
many meat eaters where God does not. Above food or bodily exercise,
His grace is to be sought as an incomparable prize.
Would we judge His creation where He does not?


"You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always
resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you." ~ Acts 7:51


Preference for man’s ways of worship often rejects the way
God does call out for. The blind cannot hear what they cannot see;
that would be God’s will over man’s. Jealousies, anger, resentments,
there are many traps in the heart of a soul to snare the spirit,
keeping it from being free to love God in the open.


Now the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart
from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,
speaking lies in hypocricy, ... ~ 1st Timothy 4:1-3


All lonely hearts seek God’s own comforts
   Depart from the faith:
           ● Heeding deceiving spirits
                         ⤷doctrines of demons
           ● Speaking lies in hypocrisy
           ● Conscience seared with a hot iron
                         ⤷ forbidding to marry
           ● Commanding to abstain from truth   

Declared by the Bible itself, most mainstream religions, even so called
Christian churches, have little to do with what God’s will is - for believers
in His kingdom. Thin is true honest houses of worship where man rather
unleashes his greed in all the dens of thieves that infest humanity.


... when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their
own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for
themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth,
and be turned aside to fables. ~ 2nd Timothy 4:2-4


Preach the word is the command. Churches filled with parodies and
entertainment deceive the many that will be out on their luck when
reckoning comes. Are we to become something without God’s own word?
Tragic when man kicks the caretaker out to become the thief of souls.


"... the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her,
and the merchants of the earth have become rich through
the abundance of her luxury." ~ Revelation 18:3


Churches built to exalt the few will find swift destruction.

... "Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins,
and lest you receive of her plagues. ..." ~ Revelation 18:4-5


For all those who hope to find, He calls to return to the good senses
He teaches by His own words. Without knowledge of His ways, servitude
creep under mans oppression will not find the grace He offers to all true
believers. False religion does two things, treats God’ word casually
or use it to persecute the meek. If it does not align with God word,
He instructs us to come out of her, false religion.


And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,
but rather expose them. ~ Ephesians 5:11


In these days of legalized lawlessness, and mass murders at every
corner, many choose political correctness over controversy? Or in places,
the reverse would apply. When hate is taught to children, it is a hard climb
to recover from. Many lusting abuses from so called churches of all kinds
have enraged so many, and left attitudes of churches as untrustworthy.
Rampant pedophiles in the secret hidden lives of religious leaders gone
bad sour all that would be faithful. Only fear chases cowards where lies
have never been true though man perpetuates discord among all that
would be decent. The curse is men's worship of darkness over the light
of God’s own truth. Anger and unbridled lust causes hardship for all
involved, especially when the anger for man’s sins is directed at God.


Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves
the world, the love of the Father is not in him. ... ~ 1st John 2:15-16


His truth inspires the hope of better lives
   Do not love worldly things   
   all that is in - of the world

                              ↓
            ● the lust of the flesh
            ● the lust of the eyes
            ● the pride of life
                         ↖
                            Not of the Father   

The world is a test for all to exercise godliness over godlessness.
The just of heart see all, where injustice is blind to all things. Most
if not all face those deadly sins crippling the spirits will to persevere.
Uncontrolled lust and thoughts of superiority inhibit a healthy
relationship with all others as well as most importantly, God.


"So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,
I will vomit you out of My mouth." ~ Revelation 3:16


In the spectrum or extreme liberalism verse conservatism,
however put, bottom or top, lowest or highest, where God’s mercy
dwells is where He is worshiped in hearts of His spirit and truth,
over the shenanigans and or any sideshows of man. When people or
organizations attempt to brainwash individuals into submission, can this
be considered true faith in all good conscience, as an offering to God?
If your hot for the church, and the preacher, it may not necessarily mean
you are hot for God. Many who claim faith may have ill-placed it in man
over God. Let us choose to increase our faith, always learning to be better
in understanding what He would have us to be, not in the domination of
man over man, but under His own grace and mercy, we must humbly ask
for forgiveness, all of us, for the arrogance and snubbing attitudes that
destroy us. Without worshiping God in His Spirit and Truth, His glory in
us is diminished, especially when the glory is placed in man over God.


Eternal life is not to be fumbled by man’s hands
True religion is not confused in the peace it gives
Believers in God must maintain careful works
Justice, mercy, and faith go wayside with phonies
Fanatically practicing dutiful details may miss virtue
Outward appearance can mask inward deceptions
Love of God and justice thrives in the faithful
False leaders hide behind the mask of their evil
The mature should have sympathy for the weak
The proud find it hard to submit to God’s will
False religion is infested in the doctrines of man
His word is the cornerstone of true worship
We are commanded to expose darkness as it is
Humble self-control rides on the power of God

Replacing God’s will with
human desires rejects Him.

Darkness has one truth called absence.


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?/?/2019 ~ Presidential Quotes 30


Darkness howls for it has none.
Hope for a better future is held in the heart of innocence.

37. Richard Nixon (1969-1974)

“Life isn't meant to be easy. It's hard to take being on the top -
or on the bottom. I guess I'm something of a fatalist. You have to
have a sense of history, I think, to survive some of these things ...
Life is one crisis after another.”

“People react to fear, not love; they don't
teach that in Sunday School, but it's true.”

"But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with
carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, ..." ~ Luke 21:34-36


“Communism denies God, enslaves men, and destroys justice.”

“Capitalism works better than it sounds,
while socialism sounds better than it works.”

“The Soviet Union began by banishing God. The United States began
as a community of people who wanted to worship God as they chose. ...
Man does not live by bread alone. Those in the United States whose
desire to create a strictly secular society is as strong as Lenin's was
should study this Cold War lesson closely. Communism was defeated
by an alliance spearheaded by 'one nation under God.'”

But Jesus answered him, saying, "It is written, 'Man shall not
live by bread alone, but by every word of God.' " ~ Luke 4:4


“As you know, the separation of church and state is not subject
to discussion or alteration. Under our Constitution no church or religion
can be supported by the U.S. Government. We maintain freedom
of religion so that an American can either worship in the church
of his choice or choose to go to no church at all.”

Jesus this song you wrote, The words are sticking in my throat,
Peace on Earth, Hear it every Christmas time, But hope and history
won't rhyme, So what's it worth? This peace on Earth.

"... with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
"Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"
~ Luke 2:13-14


"Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did
not come to bring peace but a sword." ~ Matthew 10:34


“When the strongest nation in the world can be tied up for years in a war
with no end in sight, when the richest nation in the world can't manage its
own economy, when the nation with the greatest tradition of the rule of law
is plagued by unprecedented lawlessness, and when the President of the
United States cannot travel abroad or to any major city at home without
fear of a hostile demonstration - then it's time for new leadership for the
United States of America.”

“What we have done with the American Indian is its way as bad as
what we imposed on the Negroes. We took a proud and independent
race and virtually destroyed them. We have to find ways to bring
them back into decent lives in this country.”

“The man of thought who will not act is ineffective;
the man of action who will not think is dangerous.”

"There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him;
but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man."
~ Mark 7:15


“The student who invades an administration building, roughs up a dean,
rifles the files and issues 'non-negotiable demands' may have some
of his demands met by a permissive university administration.
But the greater his 'victory' the more he will have
undermined the security of his own rights.”

"And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold."
~ Matthew 24:12


“There is an international disease which feeds on the notion that if you
have a cause to defend, you can use any means to further your cause,
since the end justifies the means. As an international community, we
must oppose this notion, whether it be in Canada, in the United
States, or anywhere else. No cause justifies violence as long
as the system provides for change by peaceful means.”

“A man who has never lost himself in a cause bigger than himself has
missed one of life's mountaintop experiences. Only in losing himself does
he find himself. Only then does he discover all the latent strengths he
never knew he had and which otherwise would have remained dormant.”

“Until he has been part of a cause larger
than himself, no man is truly whole.”

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses
his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it." ~ Mark 8:35


“With all the power that a president has, the most important thing to
bear in mind is this: You must not give power to a man unless, above
everything else, he has character. Character is the most important
qualification the president of the United States can have.”

“Before we become too arrogant with the most deadly of the seven deadly
sins, the sin of pride, let us remember that the two great wars of this
century, wars which cost twenty million dead, were fought
between Christian nations praying to the same God.”

... these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips,
But have removed their hearts far from Me, ... ~ Isaiah 29:13


“Never be too proud to go onto your knees before God.”

Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.
~ Proverbs 16:18


“In the long term we can hope that religion will change the nature of
man and reduce conflict. But history is not encouraging in this respect.
The bloodiest wars in history have been religious wars.

... wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from
your desires for pleasure that war in your members? ... ~ James 4:1-3


“To a crisis of the spirit, we need an answer of the spirit.
To find that answer, we need only look within ourselves. When we listen
to the better angels of our nature, we find that they celebrate the simple
things, the basic things--such as goodness, decency, love, kindness.
Greatness comes in simple trappings.”

One cannot enjoy what one does not have
  Look within our spirit
   ⮡  Listen to find the simple things
        ⮡  Greatness comes in:
                    ● Goodness
                    ● Decency
                    ● Love
                    ● Kindness

"But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship
the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
..." ~ John 4:23-24


“For years politicians have promised the Moon.
I'm the first one to be able to deliver it.”

“For one priceless moment in the whole history of man, all of the people
on this earth are truly one. One in their pride at what you have done,
one in our prayers that you will return safely to earth.”

Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another;
love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; ... ~ 1st Peter 3:8


2)

“Let us begin by committing ourselves to the truth to see it like it is, and
tell it like it is, to find the truth, to speak the truth, and to live the truth.”

"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." ~ John 8:32

“There may be some truth in that if the Arabs have some complaints
about my policy towards Israel, they have to realize that the Jews in the
U.S. control the entire information and propaganda machine, the large
newspapers, the motion pictures, radio and television, and the big
companies, and there is a force that we have to take into consideration.”

“Look at the Justice Department, it's full of Jews ...
The lawyers in government are damn Jews.”

“The Jews are irreligious, atheistic, immoral bunch of bastards.”

“The Jews are just a very aggressive and
abrasive and obnoxious personality.”

“The Jewish cabal is out to get me.”

"... Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed,
for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." ~ Joshua 1:9


“I want a Goddamn strong statement on marijuana, I mean one that
just tears the ass out of them. You know, its a funny thing, every one
of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish.”

“The jawbone of an ass is just as dangerous
a weapon today as in Sampson's time.”

“Look, people get drunk ... People chase girls. And the point is,
it's a hell of a lot better for them to get drunk than to take drugs.
It's better to chase girls than boys.”

A wise man fears and departs from evil, But a fool rages and is self-confident.
~ Proverbs 14:16


A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back. If a ruler pays
attention to lies, All his servants become wicked. ~ Proverbs 29:11-12


“I don't mind the homosexuality. I understand it. Nevertheless, goddamn,
I don't think you glorify it on public television, homosexuality, even more
than you glorify whores. We all know we have weaknesses. But,
goddammit, what do you think that does to kids? You know what
happened to the Greeks! Homosexuality destroyed them. Sure,
Aristotle was a homo. We all know that. So was Socrates.”

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?
Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 6:9-10


God, of course, is the greatest philosopher of all.

For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you
are complete in Him, who is the head ... ~ Colossians 2:9-10


“I know you heard what you thought I said,
but what I said isn't what I meant.”

... do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and
doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? ~ Romans 2:1-3


“I didn't do anything wrong and I promise to never do it again.”

Well, I screwed it up real good, didn't I?

“What a strange creature man is that he fouls his own nest”

Like a bird that wanders from its nest Is a man who wanders from his place.
~ Proverbs 27:8


... grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they
mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. ~ Jude 1:16


“I have never been a quitter. To leave office before my term is
completed is opposed to every instinct in my body. But as president
I must put the interests of America first Therefore, I shall
resign the presidency effective at noon tomorrow.”

“I let the American people down, and I have to carry that burden
for the rest of my life. My political life is over. I will never again
have an opportunity to serve in any official position. Maybe
I can give a little advice from time to time.”

“My own view is that taping of conversations for historical purposes
was a bad decision on the part of all the presidents. I don't think
Kennedy should have done it. I don't think Johnson should
have done it, and I don't think we should have done it.”

“I played by the rules of politics as I found them.”

... the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live
according to the Spirit, the things of Spirit. ... ~ Romans 8:5-6


“No president in history has been more vilified or was more vilified during
the time he was President than Lincoln. Those who knew him, his
secretaries, have written that he was deeply hurt by what was said about
him and drawn about him, but on the other hand, Lincoln had the great
strength of character never to display it, always able to stand tall and
strong and firm no matter how harsh or unfair the criticism might be.
These elements of greatness, of course, inspire us all today.”

... knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and
perseverance, character; and character, hope. ~ Romans 5:3-4


“Defeat doesn't finish a man, quit does. A man is not
finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits.”

For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God,
you may receive the promise: ... ~ Hebrews 10:36


“Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve.
Find another way. And don't pray when it rains
if you don't pray when the sun shines.”

When we encounter tough times, endurance can be on the edge
of panic. Hearts beat and nerves stretch. It is incredible that during
these stressful times our greatest character traits either shine or
pale under the strain. With vision strength is established with control
where those without much knowledge crumble at the first whine.
Tested to reveal mettle, it is no wonder we are made to reflect
a higher essence in His light where He waits.


“You must never give up. You must remember that you have to take
risks in order to achieve anything and sometimes you will suffer defeat.
But the mark of any individual is to recover from defeat and
disappointment and go on and give it his best shot.”

For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again,
But the wicked shall fall by calamity. ~ Proverbs 24:16


“Remember, always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be
petty. Always remember, others may hate you. But those who hate you
don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.”

Wisdom often comes from the coals of despair
  ● Always give your best
  ● Never get discouraged
  ● Never be petty

  → Others may hate you
        ⮡  They win if you hate them
               ⮡  Then you destroy yourself  

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust
destroy and where thieves break in and steal; ..." ~ Matthew 6:19-21


“If we succeed, it will not be because of what we have,
but it will be because of what we are; not because of what we own,
but, rather because of what we believe.”


History proves out that humanity has always been led by those
ruling from the shadows whether seen or not. If our character
is hopelessness, those that oppress us have won the battle in
defeating the minds of all that would be free. Trapped as ignorance
is consumed monumentally as truth’s candy; darkness is its’ color.
Opinion guides the blind where reflections of reality are the shadows
of all our troubles, real or imagined. A higher sight rises where the
clouds lift us in to His presence. If our hearts find faith exalted above
our heavy loads, a glimpse of freedom’s sweet taste remains.
Rejoice for all that treasure this timelessness.


When unrighteous turns righteous glory rules
In this world fear plagues all peace
The greatest test of faith comes to free spirits
Corrupt leadership creates a hostile people
Violence consumes those who perpetuate it
Only by submitting to God is one made whole
Power’s greatest abuse is lack of character
Wars among men are fought for greed, not for God
Schizophrenia is symptomatic of insecure paranoids
Fools speak what wisdom does not declare
God is more than man can explain
Endurance is the character of greatness
Hate is murder of the self
Faith supersedes all that is material

Genuine magnificence comes with no tricks

Darkness has an insidious silence.


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??/??/2019 ~ Tongues

👅
Darkness is one square shy of light.
God has a plan to redeem souls in His way and time.
Let us come together to clearly understand what the Lord
would have us to utter in His creation, in and among ourselves,
and back to Him in worship.


Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit. ~ Proverbs 18:21


Judgment will come by what we live by, as to how we communicate with
each other, either in peace or hate, soft or harsh; the day will declare it.


... "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
He who believes and is baptized will be saved; .." ~ Mark 16:15-16


God Himself in the flesh has given commands of how to return to
His presence. Crucial is understanding His word, and how it applies
in His time and ways. In modern man’s haste, to exalt himself,
many misconceptions have come to transpire
misleading people into false precepts.


"And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out
demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if
they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; ..." ~ Mark 16:17-18


Specifically, Jesus stated tongues would be spoken as a miraculous
event. Remember, God imposed the power to confuse the languages of
people when they were found to be disobedient, at the Tower of Babel.
Jesus is now declaring that there can be unity in Him
through faith past all the barriers created by man.


... they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with
other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. ... ~ Acts 2:3-5


On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit descended upon men
allowing them to speak in tongues. Multiple languages
of many nations were present in Jerusalem.


... "Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear,
each in our own language in which we were born?" ~ Acts 2:6-8


Astoundingly, these chosen Apostles, Galileans, were able to utter,
in speech, language understood by all dialects. One spoken voice
understood in all languages. This was the power of tongues, and God’s
unleashing of understanding, under His new covenant of faith.
Clearly tongues were employed as a method to get awareness
across in a miraculous way. How it worked is still quite enigmatic
but certainly divinely conceived to unite the moment.


While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit
fell upon all those who heard the word. ... ~ Acts 10:44-45


Following events on hearing the word, The Holy Spirit came upon men,
clarifying that Gentiles, all peoples, were included in God’s invitation to
return to Him through the offering and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
To enhance this understanding, miracles were performed to establish
beyond any, and all shadows of doubt, that this was in fact, the will of
God’s truth to be known for all time. The Holy Spirit decided when and
where it was appropriate to enact these miraculous divine interventions,
and it is not such a casual event that man can muster it up,
all on his own, as modern day charlatans propose.


For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. ... ~ Acts 10:46-48

As at Pentecost, blessings of miraculous powers, here also, fell upon
the Gentiles, confirming this message of unity in faith for all peoples.


"... receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" So they said to him, "We
have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit." ... ~ Acts 19:2-3


As many times as various miracles occurred, only God knows, but
what has been revealed for us to know teaches us that He loves us.
His will is to wash us of all unrighteousness.


... And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them,
and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. ~ Acts 19:4-6


Baptism for remission of sins, and subsequently, the receiving of the
gift of the Holy Spirit’s promise, is what was taught. As prophesized
by Jesus, Paul and God’s Apostles laid hands on those that would
find the astonishments of God’s own blessings and miracles.
The power of tongues cut through all barriers of language and
dialect confusion which had been previously placed among men.


... in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that
miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.
~ 1st Corinthians 12:27-28


On the hierarchical list of God’s appointed message, and truth’s
conveyance, tongues appear as one of the more minimal miracles. Of
more relevance would be the message shared among men, with healings
and genuine offerings of help. God employed tongues to jump start a
message of love that would extend to heaven itself. Truth without barriers.


... Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best
gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way. ~ 1st Corinthians 12:29-31


It was foretold these various miracles would subside as they were meant
as a means to express, to all mankind, the eternal love God has for all the
life in His creation. Written on the bottom of all hearts is a natural nature
to return to love as the greatest desire. This is the vision of His image.
Unabused animals clearly reflect this ability to naturally love.
The more excellent way is to know God who is love.


Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love,
I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. ~ 1st Corinthians 13:1


And the Bible distinctly states without love, all else is vain.
We know if one does not know love, one does not know God,
and then perhaps God is just an abstraction in a bitter life.
Sorrowful for sure are those who have not the comfort love delivers.


... whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there
is knowledge, it will vanish away. ... ~ 1st Corinthians 13:8-10


Again, the Bible states miraculous tongues would cease, after the light of
God’s own truth established itself, independent of mans ability to destroy
it. In the simplicity that is man, most of what has been has been forgotten,
just today. In our siren filled society, how can it be that we really know
more than what God has proclaimed? The key to understanding
truth is to hear what has been written


... as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man,
I put away childish things. ... ~ 1st Corinthians 13:11-13


And His message continues, the more excellent way to find God,
through faith and hope with love as it remains. The greatest truth
maintains God’s simplicity over all below.


... For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God,
for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. ...
~ 1st Corinthians 14:1-4


Tongues were a special perplexing event translating through all barriers
assisting in the work of God. Plainly stated, His message has much more
weight than tongues, in what God delivered to mankind, to know Him,
and His will for us to live by words given, united under Him.


... if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you
unless I speak to you either by revelation, by knowledge,
by prophesying, or by teaching? ~ 1st Corinthians 14:5-6


It may have occurred that through tongues that one of the residual
benefits came in abilities to interpret across the various languages
of all nations. The word clearly states that tongues without
knowledge or revelation is useless.


... So likewise you, unless you utter by the tongue words easy to understand,
how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air.
~ 1st Corinthians 14:7-9


Certain is the truth that tongues without understanding is
useless in edifying one another. As babbling upon the air,
what use in edification would it hold if nonsensical?


... if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner
to him who speaks, and he who speaks will be a foreigner to me.
~ 1st Corinthians 14:10-11


The Bible acknowledges many languages in the world and that
misunderstanding is common. Since we are all removed from those
first century events, one can only conjecture as to the nature of tongues
and where they may have had limitations or not. Why would man want
to bring back what has already completed its’ intended purpose?
Candy churches lure suckers from all corners.


... Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.
For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.
~ 1st Corinthians 14:12-14


The Bible indicates repeatedly that tongues assisted in interpreting,
with divine understanding, through the various languages in the world.
Tongues in itself appears to have had little benefit for the individual,
rather the benefit came more to the recipient.


... What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and
I will also pray with the understanding. ~ 1st Corinthians 14:15-17


Quite frank is the call to have understanding over confusion.

... yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding,
that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
~ 1st Corinthians 14:18-20


Tongues used without understanding has no value to teach and
or instruct. Babel was a lesson left for a previous time and God is
now instructing men to grow in understanding leaving behind
those childhood things that gave birth to His church.


... Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe
but to unbelievers; ... ~ 1st Corinthians 14:21-22


God prophesized He would use tongues to speak to all peoples
of the earth. It was for a time left past, where again, clearly stated,
it was a vehicle to instruct all unbelievers foreign to the intimate truths
of God, during those first century times. Miracles of any kind are more
than convincing, to draw one closer to believing. It is truly curious that
if tongues were a sign for unbelievers, how now in our times, supposed
believers need tongues to claim faith. These claims of speaking in
tongues is a feeble attempt to deceive the weak, foreign to God’s
own knowledge and truth. Do we exalt God or man? However,
teaching, unlike tongues, endures through all ages and
understanding is the premium God looks for us to have.


... if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with
tongues, and there come in those who are uninformed or unbelievers, will
they not say that you are out of your mind? ~ 1st Corinthians 14:23-24


Tongues appear to have become somewhat of an amusement
without universal enduring purpose. After tongues inception, it came
to outgrow itself as more of an oddity than a means of edification
to build the faithful in His church. Education seems to have
become more the theme as the church matured.


... Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm,
has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation.
Let all things be done for edification. ~ 1st Corinthians 14:25-26


Teaching God’s word is what opens the heart, and not hoarding gifts
used to impress men among men. Yes, God spreads talents variously
throughout His creation. None of what He gives is intended to abuse or
use others He has chosen to love. Talents are meant to increase the
edification of us all, and they were never meant to be exclusively
reserved for the few. It is not about showing people how high we
have climbed, it is helping others on the climb we travel together.


... If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three,
each in turn, and let one interpret. But if there is no interpreter,
let him keep silent in church, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 14:27-29


As tongues were winding down, in God’s establishment of His church,
instructions not to use the gift without interpretation was given.


... For God is not the author of confusion but of peace,
as in all the churches of the saints. ~ 1st Corinthians 14:30-33


As God is not an author of confusion, so it is His will in His creation, that
we put a high precedence on understanding over any confusion. To obtain
the peace He desires in the hearts of all men, His plan must be followed
over the fantasies of man’s creation, which attempts to establish
superiority over that of God’s own announced commands. He
calls for clear common sense and wisdom without foolishness.


If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue
but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless. ~ James 1:26


Self-control is essential when speaking, without wrath or seeking personal
praise, other than magnifying His glory and grace with a thankful heart.
Methodical thinking to assist everyone's edification has purpose without
measure. Many find the butterfly effect in the good a praising word
can spread. In this, the heights of heaven can be seen.


For "He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue
from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit." ~ 1st Peter 3:10


The message is to love life and to purge all that would be evil maintaining
a pure conscience. Doubt sinks below all that would be tall. Now with
heaven in view, let us walk together to His tearless pastures.


Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that
you may know how you ought to answer each one. ~ Colossians 4:6


Without doubt, God calls us to have knowledge as a means of mature
communication. Reflective intelligence is a sign of a knowing heart.


True believers pursue His truth over man’s cons
Death and life is in the power of tongue
Tongues came as a means to spread God’s message
Pentecost initiated tongues crossing all dialects
The Spirit used tongues repeatedly to enforce truth
Tongues were to cease once truth became full
Truth is found through faith and hope in love
Superior to tongues is knowledge & teaching
Tongues in itself without understanding is valueless
Tongues were used to benefit the recipient
Tongues were a sign for unbelievers, not believers
Let all things be done for edification
God does not author confusion calling for calm
Speaking with thoughtfulness and care is His will

As a flower God’s kingdom
blooms upon all believers

Darkness blasts the sound of silence.


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?/?/2019 ~ Presidential Quotes 31


Darkness drops past a pit to nowhere.
Pursuing the ways of God establishes all that is good.

38. Gerald Ford (1974-1977)

“Without God there could be no American form
of government, nor an American way of life.”

“The Declaration [of Independence] was not a protest against
government, but against the excess of government. It prescribed the
proper role of government, to secure the rights of individuals and to effect
their safety and happiness. In modern society, no individual can do this
alone. So government is not a necessary evil but a necessary good.”

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to
be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, ... ~ Romans 13:3-4


“A government big enough to give you everything you want is a
government big enough to take from you everything you have.”

... heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they
themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. ~ Matthew 23:4


“This is an hour of history that troubles our minds and hurts our hearts.”

“I do believe, with all my heart and mind and spirit, that I, not as
President but as a humble servant of God, will receive
justice without mercy if I fail to show mercy.”

For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy.
Mercy triumphs over judgment. ~ James 2:13


“Now, therefore, I, Gerald R. Ford, President of the United States,
pursuant to the pardon power conferred upon me by Article II, Section 2,
of the Constitution, have granted and by these presents do grant a full,
free, and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against
the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may
have committed or taken part in during the period from
January 20, 1969 through August 9, 1974.”

"... Who can forgive sins but God alone?" ... ~ Luke 5:20-23

"But that you may know that the Son of Man has
power on earth to forgive sins" -- ... ~ Luke 5:24-26


“I believe that truth is the glue that holds government together, not
only our Government but civilization itself. That bond, though strained,
is unbroken at home and abroad. In all my public and private acts as your
President, I expect to follow my instincts of openness and candor with full
confidence that honesty is always the best policy in the end. My fellow
Americans, our long national nightmare is over. Our Constitution works;
our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men.
Here the people rule. But there is a higher Power, by
whatever name we honor Him, who ordains not only
righteousness but love, not only justice but mercy.”

“America now is stumbling through the darkness of hatred
and divisiveness. Our values, our principles, and our determination
to succeed as a free and democratic people will give us a torch to light
the way. And we will survive and become the stronger - not only
because of a patriotism that stands for love of country,
but a patriotism that stands for love of people.”

If in fact a fundamental of our freedom is claimed under one God,
when this is outlawed or pushed aside as obnoxious or unfair,
as an impingement upon the freedom of those that choose not
to believe, our freedom is then subjugated under what is not free,
but dominated by arrogance, mistrust, prejudice, and human
elitism without humble hearts. To reject God is to curse our
children and the land upon which we plant. Unholiness has
been timelessly registered as the defeat of all that
builds a people into the greatest they can be.


“It feels like getting a back massage from the Grim Reaper: one
must get comfortable with the most horrifying things in the world.”

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,
but rather expose them. ~ Ephesians 5:11


When governmental laws dominate a people’s ability to be free
with instances of over taxation and unfair exemptions for the elite,
those god given public pursuits of ownership and security with
legacies for their children are stolen. A true republic dissolves
into a oligarchy democracy where greed overtakes the people.
Said such government removes the greatest widest burgeoning
beacon of inspiration and entrepreneurship for its people.
Organized hidden dictatorships (crime) can be masked under
the guise of a protective democracy. History reveals how good
leadership for the benefit of the people is more the oddity than
the norm. Leaders often misuse power to benefit their own
interests rather than reinforcing public structure.


“We cannot stand still or slip backwards.
We must go forward now together.”

But Jesus said to him, "No one, having put his hand to the plow,
and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God." ~ Luke 9:62


“History and experience tell us that moral progress comes not in
comfortable and complacent times, but out of trial and confusion.”

“For millions of men and women, the church has been the hospital for the
soul, the school for the mind and the safe depository for moral ideas.”

Freedom without responsibility is perversion
  The church:
     ● Hospital for the soul
     ● School for the mind
     ● Safe depository for moral ideas  

“There are no adequate substitutes for father, mother, and children
bound together in a loving commitment to nurture and protect.
No government, no matter how well-intentioned, can take
the place of the family in the scheme of things.”

Laws negating Biblical morals defeat social order and decency.

“It's the quality of the ordinary, the straight, the square, that accounts for
the great stability and success of our nation. It's a quality to be proud of.
But it's a quality that many people seem to have neglected.”

What is crooked cannot be made straight, And what
is lacking cannot be numbered. ~ Ecclesiastes 1:15


“In the two centuries that have passed since 1776, millions upon millions
of Americans have worked and taken up arms when necessary to make
that dream a reality. We can be extremely proud of what they have
accomplished. Today, we are the world's oldest republic. We are
at peace. Our Nation and our way of life endure. We are free.”

“For nearly two hundred years, our nation has derived its strength
from the diversity of its people and of their beliefs. That strength
has been greatly enhanced by [the Islamic] religious heritage.”

“My commitment to the security and future of Israel is
based upon basic morality as well as enlightened self-interest.
Our role in supporting Israel honors our own heritage.”

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially
to those who are of the household of faith. ~ Galatians 6:10


“Let us remember that our national unity is a most priceless asset.”

“But the separation of church and state, although a fundamental
principle to which I fully subscribe, was never intended in
my view to separate public morality from public policy.

“I believe that prayer in public schools should be voluntary.
It is difficult for me to see how religious exercises can be a requirement
in public schools, given our Constitutional requirement of separation of
church and state. I feel that the highly desirable goal of religious education
must be principally the responsibility of church and home. I do not
believe that public education should show any hostility toward
religion, and neither should it inhibit voluntary participation,
if it does not interfere with the educational process.”

“The length of one's days matters less
than the love of one's family and friends.”

... And years of life will be added to you. If you are wise, you are wise for
yourself, And if you scoff, you will bear it alone."~ Proverbs 9:10-12


“I remain convinced that pardoning Nixon was the right thing to do.”


Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.
... ~ Romans 12:17-18


Hearts ache as stones are heavy. Feelings of obscurity are natural
in times of insecurity and turmoil, which perhaps have been since
the dawn of human existence. We live in wild screaming times where
distrust and contempt consume the children. Will we live to pass the
hate of the past where flowers replace fists? Living has always been
tough in understanding sorrows that drive a people to madness.
Murder, corruption, and swords have drawn the wisdom that
falls before us. Walking on toes pierce the glass nerves
that lead to nowhere. To find what we seek a return
to His ways is crucial to our very survival.


Time wanes where inspiration is challenged
God forms the foundation for American life
Pain exposes endurance where mercy questions
Only God can truly forgive sins
Without honest truth no hope could endure
Only in the light of His love darkness is defeated
Darkness cannot be overcome if ignored
Establishing good character takes extreme effort
Nations only find might in the godly over rebellious
It is our duty to stand with faithful God fearing souls
Without moral social consensus unity is all but lost
Dooming is public policy absent of public morality
Love is the one breath that is remembered
Forgiveness is what emboldens a people

Troubled times call for honest hearts

Darkness can only understand nothing.


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??/??/2019 ~ Revelation


Darkness has no light of understanding.
In the vast ocean of time God renders redemption.

... ~ X

Title
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LAST LINE
Darkness abandons the light.


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?/??/201? ~ Significant Scriptures


Darkness is in the light of nothing.

His Word has been revealed for all to know Him.

... I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing;
therefore choose life, ... ~ Deuteronomy 30:19


"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all these things shall be added to you." ~ Matthew 6:33


"... If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him,
He will cast you off forever." ~ 1st Chronicles 28:9


I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.
~ Proverbs 8:17


But without faith it is impossible to please Him,
for he who comes to God must believe that He is, ... ~ Hebrews 11:6


Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. ... ~ Romans 14:22-23

... what does the LORD require of you But to do justly,
To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? ~ Micah 6:8


... Lord, ... Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, And
works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart; ... ~ Psalms 15:1-5


"If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at
the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it." ~ Genesis 4:7


For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD,
And He ponders all his paths. ... ~ Proverbs 5:21-23


Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work
or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave ... ~ Ecclesiastes 9:10


My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. ... ~ Hosea 4:6

Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; ... ~ Proverbs 29:18

... when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out
My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, ... ~ Ezekiel 14:13-14


Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; ... ~ Isaiah 5:20


"The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father,
nor the father bear the guilt of the son. ..." ~ Ezekiel 18:20


"The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?" ~ Jeremiah 17:9


For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart,
and knows all things. ~ 1st John 3:20


... When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
~ Psalm 61:2


Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins. ~ Proverbs 10:12

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear,
because fear involves torment. ... ~ 1st John 4:18


"I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity;
I, the LORD, do all these things." ~ Isaiah 45:7


Pursue peace with all people, and holiness,
without which no one will see the Lord: ~ Hebrews 12:14


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UNDER CONSTRUCTION TREASURES

X

Coming to God requires humble courage of truth.

Darkness is in all that is a lie.


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