JESUS CHRIST: THE EPITOME OF…

Poverty of Spirit (Part 2 of 2)

This post is based on Matthew 5:3 – ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit…’ Which brings to my mind the physical poverty being experienced by the refugees who are fleeing the wicked terrors of ISIS. Along with our prayers, there is still much you and I can do to assist them in their plight for freedom from tyranny and slaughter. Donate now to Gleaning For The World — a Forbe’s voted “Most Efficient Large Charity”.

After fasting in the wilderness for forty days, Jesus was tempted by Satan to turn stones into bread. Next, he was taken up to a high roof of Herod’s temple and tempted to jump in order to prove that He was the Son of God. I can imagine that when Jesus responded to Satan with, “You must not tempt the Lord your God,” he was essentially saying, “No thank you! I’ll just eat humble-pie and let you make fun of me until God sees fit to prove you wrong about me.”

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I’m thinking that by this time, Jesus’ intense hunger for food is being curbed by meat to eat that Satan and a sinful world simply cannot comprehend (see John 4:32-34). Blessed are the impoverished of spirit whose hunger is such that it can only be truly satisfied in doing the will of God.

Finally, the Devil really sought to exalt Jesus; but not just physically by location. He would go after the spiritual–Christ’s vocation. In other words, Satan knew that God resisted the proud, but gave grace to the humble (e.g., James 4:6). Jesus would have no power to save if he were full of Himself with pride. You see, the Devil remembered that pride is precisely what it was that caused him to lose his high angelic position in heaven to be consigned to eternal damnation without hope of redemption.

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JESUS CHRIST: THE EPITOME OF…

Poverty of Spirit (Part 1 of 2)

This post is based on Matthew 5:3 – ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit…’ Which brings to my mind the physical poverty being experienced by the refugees who are fleeing the wicked terrors of ISIS. Along with our prayers, there is still much you and I can do to assist them in their plight for freedom from tyranny and slaughter. Donate now to Gleaning For The World — a Forbe’s voted “Most Efficient Large Charity”.

I believe that it was Saint Augustine who said that “There is something in humility that strangely exalts the heart.” Perhaps it is because when you’re low enough that there’s nowhere else to go but up, your heart is now able to appreciate all the above… With that, I truly believe that when we as christians humble ourselves on earth, God offers us more glimpses of heaven.

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“Unfamiliarity” Breeds Contempt

It is said that familiarity breeds contempt. Contempt is defined as the feeling that a thing or a person is beneath one’s consideration. However, all things considered, I submit to you that it is increasingly becoming un-familiarity that is breeding the most contempt. When something noble or virtuous seems to go out of style, it is sometimes described as a lost art. But the question becomes, “What is really lost? Is it the art? Is it the artisan? Or, perhaps, is it simply a lack of art enthusiasts in the world?

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THE DAWN OF THE DANIELS

We'll All Have To Answer To The Highest Authority

What does Daniel’s name mean? In Hebrew, it is made up of the two words, dawn, which means a judge, and el, which means God. The word is pronounced daw-nee-yale’. And since Hebrew is written, not left to right like most people read, but from right to left, we get the definition of Daniel which is God is my judge. 

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Why would there ever be a need for the Jews to have such a word in their vocabulary? History gives us the reason. You see, unlike any other nation or people that has ever existed, the Jews had to constantly defend their faith. Through Israel’s various captivities and exiles, they were constantly faced with having to resist earthly authorities in order to remain faithful to God.

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TO LICENSE, OR NOT TO LICENSE?

Why, Though I Might Have Done A Bit Differently, I Still Support Kim Davis

Though I probably would not have done things exactly the same way she did were I in her position, there is absolutely no denying that Kentucky County Clerk, Kim Davis is being persecuted for her religious beliefs.

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I don’t know all of the bureaucratic steps that would need to be taken in order to remove her from office for not adhering to the oath that she took when she accepted the position (before gay marriage was legalized nationwide, I might add), but to set the even more insidious precedent of arresting her, and worse, ordering her to agree to sin against her conscience or remain in jail is nothing short of devilish and way beyond the extent of the law which she is being accused of breaking.

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WHAT’S “IT” GOT TO DO WITH LOVE?

Refining Rather Than Re-Defining Love In Marriage

Well, we’ve come a long way baby! Did I just date myself “Virginia”? A few boomers will get what that means. Sadly, we are now living in an era when “IT” (namely marriage) is presented and spoken of more like a cancer than like the truly beautiful God-ordained institution that it, for the most part, has historically been.

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I present my thoughts today as a result of a recent article I read that was written by a woman who heads a Christian counseling ministry. In her “open letter to the wife of Josh Duggar” the writer (who will remain nameless) blatantly tells Mrs. Duggar to divorce her husband. She says she writes from her own experiences of marital betrayal as she actually presents some very good points and suggestions for Mrs. Duggar.

However, I must say, that, not knowing all of the facts, which right now, only the Duggars know, and yet to so blatantly direct Mrs. Duggar to leave her husband, contradicts Scripture and thus is not exactly the best advice a Christian counselor can offer.

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