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Oct
2015

HOLY IS AS HOLY DOES   Holiness is not something you acquire, in which the mere acquisition allows you to profess that you are holy, because of a past acquisition of holiness. Holiness is a state of being (on the inside), that manifest (on the outside) fruit, or attitudes and expressions of Gods divine nature.   1 Peter 1:15 “But as he which has called you is holy, so be you holy in all manner of conversation;” what we often fail to realize, is that conversation is both verbal, and nonverbal, which means not only what we say must speak of holiness, but also what we do, m...


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Sep
2015

A Holy Temple What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined u...


GOD LOVES THOSE WHO PURSUE RIGHTEOUSNESS “The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue righteousness. (Proverbs 15:9 says )”  If God wants us to pursue righteousness, then what about verses such as Romans 3:10 that say, “There is none righteous, no not one”? If no one is righteous, then who can really pursue it? Are those verses contradictory? Before we can pursue righteousness, we need to define it. The word most often translated “righteousness” can also mean “justice, justness, or divine holiness.” In the broadest sense, righteousness can be defi...


THE KINGDOM OF GOD vs. THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN The emphasis of JESUS' teachings centers around the theme of the Kingdom of GOD and the Kingdom of Heaven. These expressions are found in sixty-one separate sayings in the Synoptic Gospels. Counting parallels to these passages, the expression occurs over eighty-five times. It also occurs twice in John (3:3, 5). It is found in such key places as the preaching of John the Baptist, "Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is near" ( Matt 3:2 ); JESUS'earliest announcement, "The time has come… The Kingdom of GOD is near. Repent and believe the good news!" ...


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Apr
2015

FOR MANY ARE CALLED BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN THE INADEQUACY OF SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS In Jewish society, the parents of the betrothed generally drew up the marriage contract. The bride and groom would meet, perhaps for the first time, when this contract was signed. The couple was considered married at this point, but they would separate until the actual time of the ceremony. The bride would remain with her parents, and the groom would leave to prepare their home. This could take quite a while. When the home was ready, the groom would return for his bride without notice. The marriage ceremony would the...


"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:"   - (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) WHO ARE YOU WALKING WITH? Forgetting who we were walking with, often in life we lose our way, no longer living with passion, or deep connection, as we allow distractions to GOD’s perfect will, to become interruptions to our divine connection (Revelation 2:4-5). With this connection severed, we become unable to appreciate the intangible things that really matter, like faithfulness and respect. Many develop deep emotional wounds inside, that contaminate and sabotage efforts to project and sustain godly love. Lacking...


HOLINESS IS LOVE'S REFLECTION  “Magic Mirror In My Hand, Who Is The Fairest In The Land?” Throughout the history of humans, in many different cultures, shiny surfaces have been experienced as being numinous. In other words, reflective surfaces have always held a fascination for humans because they seem to have some extraordinary qualities. A mirror symbolizes the threshold between consciousness and the unconscious, and by looking into it, one may look towards the depths of the unconscious. And, the image that a mirror produces is symbolic and can be made sense of in both the unconscio...


WEALTH IS BORN OF GREAT SAVINGS HABITS. Building wealth,  is a topic that sparks heated debate, promotes quirky "get rich quick" schemes and drives people to pursue transactions they might otherwise never consider. JESUS told us to “store up for yourselves treasures in heaven” - Matthew 6:20. HE linked this command to the desire of our hearts: “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” - Matthew 6:21; see also verses 10–20. The Bible mentions rewards that await the believer who serves the LORD faithfully in this world - Matthew 10:41. A “great” reward is promise...


IS SUNDAY THE DAY WE MUST WORSHIP? Exodus 20:8-11 (KJV) Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Discussions about the Sabbath in closed Christian c...


INTIMACY - IN ME TO SEE Ezekiel 36:27 (KJV) And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them You cannot study the New Testament long without seeing that there is a division or contrast between  what we are responsible to do as Christians and what has already been done on our behalf. To understand the distinction is to get a grip on the essential facts of our faith. On the one hand, Scripture makes clear how we are to live, act, think, and speak. We are enjoined to be this or to commit ourselves to do that. But on...


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