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Authorized

There are many bible translations available today. I am aware of only one that was authorized by God, the King James Authorized translation.

How do we know this. God appoints Kings and gives them authority. Daniel 2:21, Romans 13:1 I believe it was put into the King’s heart based on reading the KJV preface letter to translate the Holy Bible from the Greek and Hebrew into English for his people.

Not everyone has the authority to create a translation, yet we know King James of England did. My faith and study tells me this.

When a preacher wants to contradict the KJV keep in mind they must put their trust in other translators. Some choose their own translation abilities, some choose the work of other men. I choose the learned men, the translators chosen by King James and the Holy Ghost.

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Dirty Words

Religion

My religion and my faith is Christianity.

Legalism

I indeed study the law. I try to follow it. On occasion I have even tried to reprove people with it.

Conditional Love

There are people that insist God’s love is unconditional. Read John 3:16, now read it slowly. The first condition is belief. Other conditions evolve from our learned belief.

Don’t let anyone convince you these are dirty words and be wary of those that claim that they are.

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Spendthrift

Isaiah 55:2 KJV Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

I wonder if this isn’t a reference to our consumer based society, which in many ways probably isn’t that different from societies of old.

 I recently bought a new cell phone. I just came home from the new Spiderman movie. These things aren’t bread. Are they truly good?

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Independence Day

The United States of America celebrates Independence Day once a year on the fourth of July.

As Christians everyday is our “In” dependence day. We are dependent every day upon the Lord.

Matthew 4:4 KJV But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

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Fear of the Lord

Many preachers on television downplay the phrase Fear of the Lord. I have heard it referred to as respect the Lord, hold the Lord in awe, or reverence of the Lord.

These preachers downplay the truth. The correct interpretation – Fear of the Lord means Fear of the Lord. When we sin and fail to confess our sin and fail to turn from it we risk eternal damnation.

Matthew 10:28 KJV And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

God is a great and terrible judge. Hebrews 10:30-31 KJV For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. [31] It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

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Is your heart right with God?

Mine isn’t.

I was baptized by immersion in water by a Church of Christ preacher in the name of Jesus in 1983.

Since that time I have walked in sin.

Why do I care now at 46? Why do I share my story?

Around eleven years ago I actually started reading the Holy Bible. Once asked a few years later if I knew the Ten Commandments I could only name six or seven of them. 

Since then I devoted them to memory. I consider that a step in the right direction. In fact actually reading the Bible on my own was a step in the right direction. I still struggle (not always devoting much effort on my part) with the Ten Commandments and the same two addictions I had when I started reading the Bible all those years ago.

The addictions I’ve struggled with are porn and smoking. I looked at porn on June 16th, 2017 and smoked twelve cigarillos on July 21st. I also have not been keeping the Sabbath faithfully.

I would like to have my heart right with God. I’d like to make it to Heaven. I cling to 1 John 1:9 and James 5:16.

I want to keep his commandments and walk in the light, but feel like I’m stagnating in sin. For those of you that have read this before and it seems like the same old story, I feel your concern. Please persevere yourselves and remember me in your prayers.

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