For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

research of the day

who do you blame for you situation?

what things do you need when you are alone in order to survive the thought of being with yourself?

which do you use the most, your ears to hear ways to improve yourself, or fingers to point at others to improve?

what patterns have you developed to seek happiness?

what behaviors or habits have you developed to soothe or comfort yourself?

what is the source of your happiness?

when someone asks you to tell about your life, what defining moment does not seem to fit?

what comes to mind when you think of past hurts that have occurred to you?

who do you think of when you are asked to make a list of those you hate or do not like?

what event in your life might have created a stumbling stone or bitterness?

what events have you kept inside and let affect your life?

list the most important people as you grew up and any harm they may have directed at you.

list the important people in your early adult or teen years that may have hurt you?

list those in your current season of life that you feel have offended you or been unkind.

Notepad

all the “faiths” and the whole world of money “watches” people to see if they fit the doctrine they learn… from birth… yet no one questions money…. why is that no one questions the money that “allows them to hate and murder and persecute one another “like they are righteous”….

could it be that something greater than “my little voice” is coming to question all life…. and reveal… how vain humans are? in their money?

if you love money you do not have to fear me… you will persecute me… however… “something” else.. will come for you… and destroy everything you touch with money…. forever… no mercy…. you know the same “mercy: you showed each other in “money”….

the Lord look on it and repay!

the Lord is at hand!

let your gentleness be known to all men!

be united joyful and in prayer!

that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified.

Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities,
to obey,
to be ready for every good work,
2 to speak evil of no one,
to be peaceable, gentle,
showing all humility to all men.
3 For we ourselves were also once foolish,
disobedient,
deceived,
serving various lusts and pleasures,
living in malice and envy,
hateful and hating one another.
4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done,
but according to His mercy He saved us,
through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.

For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you,

and how you turned to God from idols

to serve the living and true God,

10 and to wait for His Son from heaven,

whom He raised from the dead,

even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

a song when you feel self-condemnation

A Song of Praise for the Lord’s Faithfulness to His People
A Psalm of Thanksgiving.

100 Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
3 Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;[a]
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
5 For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.

Waiting Here For You (Live)

Passion – Remember – with lyrics

n Christ Alone, Passion

FOX’s BOOK of MARTYRS
http://www.ccel.org/f/foxe/martyrs/home.html

The Actes and Monuments, popularly known as Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, is a work of Protestant history and martyrology by John Foxe, first published in English in 1563 by John Day. It includes a polemical account of the sufferings of Protestants under the Catholic Church, with particular emphasis on England and Scotland. The book was highly influential in those countries, and helped shape lasting popular notions of Catholicism there. The book went through four editions in Foxe’s lifetime and a number of later editions and abridgements, including some that specifically reduced the text to a Book of Martyrs.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxe%27s_Book_of_Martyrs

Bible dictionaries are one of the most practical and useful theological reference books available. The combination of definitions and proper names for Biblical words with online verse reference, allows users to define and analyze Scripture. Discover the meaning of words and study them in context to the theological concepts of that specific verse or passage. Many word searches also include the original Greek and Hebrew word with meaning. Popular dictionaries of the Bible include Baker’s Evangelical, Easton’s, and Smiths – named after their well-known theological authors.
http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/

This is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English. Etymologies are not definitions; they’re explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago.
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=bib

https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/dictionaries/
http://www.eliyah.com/lexicon.html

Jesus freak

Jesus freak is a term arising from the late 1960s and early 1970s counterculture and is used as a pejorative for those involved in the Jesus movement. As Tom Wolfe illustrates in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, the term “freak” with a preceding qualifier was a strictly neutral term and described any counterculture member with a specific interest in a given subject; hence “acid freak” “Jesus freak.” The term “freak” was in common enough currency that Hunter S. Thompson’s failed bid for sheriff of Aspen, Colorado was as a member of the “Freak Power” party. However, many later members of the movement, misunderstanding the countercultural roots believed the term to be negative, and co-opted and embraced the term, and its usage broadened to describe a Christian subculture throughout the hippie and back-to-the-land movements that focused on universal love and pacifism, and relished the radical nature of Jesus’ message. Jesus freaks often carried and distributed copies of the “Good News for Modern Man,”[1] a 1966 translation of the New Testament written in modern English. In Australia, and other countries, the term Jesus freak, along with Bible basher, is still used in a derogatory manner. In Germany, there is a Christian youth culture, also called Jesus Freaks, that claims to have its roots in the American movement.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_freak

http://killiancreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/dcTalk-JesusFreaks-Martyrs-Sample.pdf

https://www.vomcanada.com/download/freaks.pdf

I am a Jesus Freak
1. I found the One worth dying for.
2. I commit my life to Jesus Christ, wholeheartedly, without apology or compromise.
3. I place the name of Jesus Christ above any other need or desire.
4. I will not stop telling people about Jesus Christ, even if it means my life.
5. I persevere under trial.
6. I follow in the steps of Jesus Christ, even if those steps included suffering.
7. I am not afraid, surprised, or ashamed over the trials I suffer.
8. I never flinch from the call to follow Jesus Christ.
9. I am not afraid of death. I know that the end of my life on earth is not the end
10. I will stay at my task until my voice is silenced by death.
11. I am not afraid of those who can kill me but cannot kill my soul.
12. I will lose my life for the sake of Jesus Christ, because I know that, live or die, I belong to
Him.
13. I would rather die than do the smallest act against my faith or my conscience.
14. I face persecution with courage and joy, because I know that everyone who wants to live a
godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
15. I show God’s love to my betrayers and enemies.
16. I make obeying God’s will my first priority.
17. I treasure the Word of God.
18. I am never alone. God’s Spirit is always with me to give me comfort, hope, and strength.
19. I make the most of every opportunity to share Jesus Christ.
20. I do not underestimate the power of Jesus Christ to intervene in the midst of weakness and
temptation.
21. I acknowledge that Jesus Christ made the sacrifice first. He does not require anything of me
that He was not first willing to do Himself.
22. I will continue to honor and obey God, even if I am threatened with death.
23. I do not keep quiet about what Jesus Christ means to me.
24. I see God working through tragic situations to call more people to Himself.
25. I allow God to take what seems like a failure and turn it into a success.
26. I am changing my world by refusing to lay aside my relationship with Jesus Christ for the sake
of merely being accepted by the crowd.
27. I stand with thousands of martyrs around the world today who still face persecution. I will not
forget them.
28. I do not underestimate what one person can do. I am making a difference.
29. I refuse to deny Jesus Christ.
30. I am living my life for Jesus Christ, knowing that my faith is not in vain.
I am a Jesus Freak

The
“I AM” Discourses
by Godfre Ray King
http://www.bahaistudies.net/asma/iam.pdf

Thankfulness and Prayer
3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

Philippians 1:10-11New King James Version (NKJV)

10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Various Exhortations
12 And we urge you, brethren,

to recognize those who labor among you,

and are over you in the Lord and admonish you,

13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake.

Be at peace among yourselves.

14 Now we exhort you, brethren,

warn those who are unruly,

comfort the fainthearted,

uphold the weak,

be patient with all.

15 See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone,

but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.

16 Rejoice always,

17 pray without ceasing,

18 in everything give thanks;

for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

19 Do not quench the Spirit.

20 Do not despise prophecies.

21 Test all things; hold fast what is good.

22 Abstain from every form of evil.

define abased
behave in a way so as to belittle or degrade (someone).

define abound
exist in large numbers or amounts.

Philippians 4:12New King James Version (NKJV)

12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound.

Everywhere and in all things

I have learned both to be full and to be hungry,

both to abound and to suffer need.

2 Timothy 1:12New King James Version (NKJV)

12 For this reason I also suffer these things;

nevertheless I am not ashamed,

for I know whom I have believed

and am persuaded that He is able to keep

what I have committed to Him until that Day.

Philippians 1:7-9New King James Version (NKJV)

7 just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. 8 For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.

9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,

7 just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. 8 For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.

9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,

be convinced….

Romans 4:21New King James Version (NKJV)

21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.

Romans 14:5New King James Version (NKJV)

5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.

nothing you put into you is wrong? why do peopel judge you in drugs or sex or identitiy or anything to do with your flesh? is it a false doctrine?

Colossians 2:15-17New King James Version (NKJV)

15 Having disarmed principalities and powers,

He made a public spectacle of them,

triumphing over them in it.

16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink,

or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths,

17 which are a shadow of things to come,

but the substance is of Christ.

Colossians 2:20-23New King James Version (NKJV)

20 Therefore,[a] 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—

21 “Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,”

22 which all concern things which perish with the using—

according to the commandments and doctrines of men?

23 These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom

in self-imposed religion,

false humility,

and neglect of the body,

but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.

2 Thessalonians 3:12New King James Version (NKJV)

12 Now those who are such we command
and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ
that they work in quietness
and eat their own bread.

do humans about money set others up that no matter what they do in life… sex, food, work, drugs, stuff etc… that is is not in the spirit of love… that they set them up in “laws” that do nothing for no one… for profit… to those that participate in that pyramid scheme of causeing others to owe “something” for breaking there “doctrine” and “enslaving them” forever as they are “caught” and never “allowed” to leave that scheme or question it?

Galatians 5:22-23New King James Version (NKJV)

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

James 1:22New King James Version (NKJV)

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

James 2:22New King James Version (NKJV)

22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?

James 2:14New King James Version (NKJV)

Faith Without Works Is Dead
14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?

James 2:17New King James Version (NKJV)

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

Luke 22:15-20New King James Version (NKJV)

15 Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; 16 for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”

17 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; 18 for I say to you,[a] I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

19 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

20 Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.

notice that baal

Love Of Money Is Baal Worship Idolatry Of Babylon
http://www.gematrix.org/?word=love%20of%20money%20is%20baal%20worship%20idolatry%20of%20babylon

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baal

nothing more than demons masquerading as gods, and all idolatry is ultimately devil-worship
http://www.gotquestions.org/who-Baal.html

In an interview with Christian evangelist Samuel Rodriguez, head of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, author and conservative leader Glenn Beck said that people in America today are “worshiping” the demon-gods Baal and Moloch, “just in a different way” than in the past, a point that Rodriguez agreed with, saying, “We’re there.”
http://cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/glenn-beck-we-are-worshiping-demon-gods-baal-and-moloch-right-now


http://humansarefree.com/2014/04/the-truth-about-easter-and-secret.html

God’s Unfaithful People
2 “Bring charges against your mother, bring charges;
For she is not My wife, nor am I her Husband!
Let her put away her harlotries from her sight,
And her adulteries from between her breasts;
3 Lest I strip her naked
And expose her, as in the day she was born,
And make her like a wilderness,
And set her like a dry land,
And slay her with thirst.
4 “I will not have mercy on her children,
For they are the children of harlotry.
5 For their mother has played the harlot;
She who conceived them has behaved shamefully.
For she said, ‘I will go after my lovers,
Who give me my bread and my water,
My wool and my linen,
My oil and my drink.’
6 “Therefore, behold,
I will hedge up your way with thorns,
And wall her in,
So that she cannot find her paths.
7 She will chase her lovers,
But not overtake them;
Yes, she will seek them, but not find them.
Then she will say,
‘I will go and return to my first husband,
For then it was better for me than now.’
8 For she did not know
That I gave her grain, new wine, and oil,
And multiplied her silver and gold—
Which they prepared for Baal.
9 “Therefore I will return and take away
My grain in its time
And My new wine in its season,
And will take back My wool and My linen,
Given to cover her nakedness.
10 Now I will uncover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers,
And no one shall deliver her from My hand.
11 I will also cause all her mirth to cease,
Her feast days,
Her New Moons,
Her Sabbaths—
All her appointed feasts.
12 “And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees,
Of which she has said,
‘These are my wages that my lovers have given me.’
So I will make them a forest,
And the beasts of the field shall eat them.
13 I will punish her
For the days of the Baals to which she burned incense.
She decked herself with her earrings and jewelry,
And went after her lovers;
But Me she forgot,” says the Lord.

. Baal became the catch-name for the prophets’ attacks on the worship of idols and false gods during the centuries of the Israelite monarchy. Ahab and Jezebel were aggressive promoters of Baal worship.

Now that’s a challenge! Elijah will confront 850 representatives of Baal and the goddess Asherah – one prophet of God against 850 “prophets” of idols. The confrontation is spectacular, and it’s best to read it in 1 Kings 18:20-40.

July 19, 2014
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A Prophet like Jesus

Have you ever wondered why in the Gospels Jesus is often confused for Elijah? Who was Elijah? And why would people think of Jesus as Elijah? July 20th is the feast day of Elijah the Prophet, so I’d like to reflect on his life and relationship to Jesus. He is one of the most popular saints in the Orthodox Church: Prophet Elias (Προφήτης Ηλίας). Wherever there is a mountain or hill in Greece it’s almost a certainty that at the peak is a church or chapel dedicated to the Prophet Elias.
Elijah lived about 850 years before Jesus, so it seems that some people thought Jesus was Elijah come back from the dead. Not a totally unreasonable thing since no one ever saw Elijah die. But more on that later. My question is why would anyone confuse Jesus for Elijah? Was there any similarity between Elijah and Jesus? Between the ministry and activity of Jesus and the ministry and activity of Elijah?
Here are some obvious similarities:
Neither wrote anything. Well, Jesus did write some words in the sand (John 8:6), but you know how it is with words in the sand; the wind quickly sweeps them away. Elijah was not one of those prophets who left writings .
Both spoke truth to power and preached against idolatry and economic injustice. As a result, both were persecuted by those in power.
Both performed remarkable miracles.
Both ascended to heaven.
Elijah burst upon the scene soon after Ahab became king of Israel, around the year 870 BC. Ahab’s reign became notorious for injustice, idolatry, and for the worship of Baal, which Ahab and his wife Jezebel actively promoted. The name Jezebel has become almost a synonym for an evil woman.
Bronze statuette of Baal from the 14th century BC
Bronze statuette of Baal from the 14th century BC
The name Baal was the generic name for a number of spirit-deities in Canaanite regions (mostly what is today Syria). Baal became the catch-name for the prophets’ attacks on the worship of idols and false gods during the centuries of the Israelite monarchy. Ahab and Jezebel were aggressive promoters of Baal worship. The First Book of Kings tells us that Ahab did more evil than all the previous kings of Israel. Elijah comes to Ahab (1 Kings 17:1-7) and declares to him that there will be no rain in the land until he says so! From this point on, he is an enemy of Ahab and the state! So he flees to the desert, where he is fed by ravens.
Elijah fed by a raven
Elijah fed by a raven (click to enlarge)
Chapter 18 of 1 Kings is the dramatic confrontation between Elijah and Ahab. God sends rain after three years of drought and commands Elijah to go and appear before Ahab. I love the way Ahab greets Elijah: “Is it you, you troubler of Israel?” This is the prophet’s first job: to cause trouble to those in power. Perhaps the greatest tragedy of modern Christianity is that there are no troublers. There are no Christian voices against the political and economic powers that promote the idolatry of money, violence and war. Christians have surrendered the fight against the Baal spirits of our time to secular activists. Where are the Elijahs of today? Elijah answered Ahab, “I have not troubled Israel; but you have, and your father’s house, because you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and followed the Baals. Now therefore have all Israel assemble for me at Mount Carmel, with the four hundred fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”
Now that’s a challenge! Elijah will confront 850 representatives of Baal and the goddess Asherah – one prophet of God against 850 “prophets” of idols. The confrontation is spectacular, and it’s best to read it in 1 Kings 18:20-40.
Elijah faces the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel
Elijah faces the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel (click to enlarge)
It is important to know that there are false prophets in the Bible. The prophets of Baal and Asherah were false because they were in the service of idols. But there were also false prophets in Israel who claimed to speak for God – but God did not speak through them, so they were false. False prophets were never troublers; they usually preached messages of false comfort and peace when there was no peace. In other words, false prophets were the servants of false gods and of earthly powers. Elijah’s defeat of the prophets of Baal and Asherah was followed by their extermination. This doesn’t sit well with us in the 21st century, it smells too much like the acts of terror that plague the world. It didn’t sit well with Elijah either. Though the biblical text (1 Kings 19:1-10) tells us that Elijah fled in fear of Jezebel, it is easy to read between the lines and discern the deep psychological trauma that he experienced after the showdown and massacre of the Baal prophets.

Elijah in the Desert, Michael D. O’Brien Elijah the Prophet is exhausted and in flight from the queen, who seeks to take his life. He is discouraged, convinced that his mission from God has come to an end. He wishes to die in the desert. The greater part of his work is about to begin.
“Elijah in the Desert” by Michael D. O’Brien
Elijah the Prophet is exhausted and in flight from the queen, who seeks to take his life. He is discouraged, convinced that his mission from God has come to an end.
Elijah sinks into depression and sees himself as a failure. He wishes to die right there in the desert, but God has more in store for Elijah. Much greater encounters await Elijah, encounters with God across a thousand years. We will continue the story of Elijah in a second blog post this weekend. Thank you for reading this far.

https://orthodoxportlandmaine.org/tag/mount-carmel/

God is a recorder of names
http://www.jesusplusnothing.com/studies/online/nehem3.htm

http://www.jewish-history.com/palestine/jerusalem.html

http://www.ntslibrary.com/PDF%20Books/WhyForgive.pdf

http://www.littworld.org/files/briefs/q16_learningtoforgive_sample_26.pdf

why do you neeed to hear yourself audibly speak forth forgiveness?

why do you think God wants to hear your voice audibly?

do you forgive in your mind with a simple declaration or do you take action and cancel debt?

what does it mean to forgive?

what are you actually forgiving? the person who offended, or the debt you have created or both?

are you a doer of the word, or just a hearer?

what effect has anger or forgiveness had on your life?

how many hours, days or years have you wasted wallowing in unforgivness?

where could you be today if you had those hours back?

characterize you level of anger comparing “heated” to slow burn” and how often you experience each.

what do you do that indicates you run your life as though you were the owner and not God?

how have you acted similar to adam and eve thinking you were in charge of your garden?

what responsibility did God give you?

what incidents can you recall where you took on the role of a judge, jury or even sheriff?

what battles have you taken on that would have been best left for God to handle?

what wounds and battle scars have you suffered that did not have to happen?

why is it more fun in the bleachers, than on the battlefield?

where would you feel safer, in the bleachers or on the field?

can you think of a time when you would have been better off to find a spot in the bleachers and just watch?

what do you do to own your own circumstances or be the master of your universe?

what do you think the “Peace of God that passes all understanding” would look like in your life?

when a crisis hits your life, how do you approach God for his help?

how much baggage is in your way that must be cleared before you can get an emergency prayer through to heaven?

how fast do you demand God to solve the trails that come your way?

what about repeat offenders who continue the same offenses?

after forgiving repeat offenders, is there a way to gain some space to protect yourself form further abuse?

NF – Intro

NF – All I Have

Start Over” – FLAME feat. NF – Official Video

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