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A Slippery Slope

As many of you know I believe the KJV, the King James Version Holy Bible, is the innerant God inspired translation.

Once asked why I believe this, I answered I believe it by faith. Certainly there are other arguments for a person who does not share that faith. God appointed King James and as King he was authorized to commission a translation. It was one of the earliest translations and thus closer to the original tongue.

If you haven’t, I recommend that you read the dedication page to the KJV where you can tell the 70 or so learned men that worked on the KJV were humble, loyal, and dedicated men.

Many preachers who study a few semesters of Greek think they know better than these learned men. Some state they love the KJV, yet they find what they claim to be mistranslations in the KJV.

This hubris is the basis for finding a mistranslation wherever and whenever it does not agree with their idea. Finding one so called mistranslation is what led to the many many translations available today. The slippery slope is someone saying, “I know better”.

To the people who feel qualified to change the KJV I remind them of Revelation 22:18-19 KJV For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: [19] And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

The KJV was authorized by God. I have no use for preachers trying to establish their educational credentials or their knowledge of Greek or Hebrew. I already have the Holy Ghost’s completed work in the KJV and I praise him for it!

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Behemoth

Job 40:15-19 KJV Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. [16] Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. [17] He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. [18] His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron. [19] He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.

What animal is Behemoth? I think of the woolly mammoth, but perhaps it refers to an elephant. This creature and these verses are worthy of further examination. Why? God himself says this animal is chief of the ways of God.

I particularly want to look at verse 16. Job 40:16 KJV says Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. The belly often refers to desires. While God is in control of his desires we as humans often struggle with ours. His strength is in his loins. This asks, where are we going, do we let us let our legs lead us to sin or away from it? 

Jesus said after cleaning the disciples feet to Peter that if he washed his feet he would be wholly clean.

If we watch where we let our feet carry us and our desires, we are on our way to living sin free and imitating the way of Behemoth!

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Presumption

I had my last pack of cigarettes on 1/15/2017. The problem. Since I’ve quit cigarettes I keep flirting with disaster. I’ve taken puffs from a friend’s vaporizer and smoked portions of cigarettes and cigarillos here and there, including now about six to ten cigarillos a day.

Where is my fear of the Lord?

I last looked at porn on 5/17/2017. I have not kept the Sabbath well.

Why am I telling you this. I believe in 1 John 1:9 and I believe your prayers are helping. Job said, in Job 17:9 KJV The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.

Please keep me in your prayers and remember Job also said, in Job 28:28 KJV … Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

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The Law Lives

I heard there was a secret chord that David played and it pleased the Lord…

Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah 

The secret:

The law lives in those that keep it and it’s music to God’s ears.

1 Kings 11:38 KJV And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee.

1 Kings 14:8 KJV And rent the kingdom away from the house of David, and gave it thee: and yet thou hast not been as my servant David, who kept my commandments, and who followed me with all his heart, to do that only which was right in mine eyes;

1 Kings 15:5 KJV Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord , and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.

2 Kings 22:2 KJV And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord , and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.

The secret of Kings was never meant to be kept a secret. Romans 2:13 KJV For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!

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Sins: Past, Present, and Future?

I have heard many preachers say Jesus died for your sins past, present, and future.

But are they giving you all the facts?Hebrews 10:28-29 KJV He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: [29] Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? And Hebrews 10:26-27 KJV For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, [27] But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

At baptism your sins are forgiven, if you have in accordance with Acts 2:38 KJV followed Peter’s advice, Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.

What then of present sin. First strive to break away from it. Then confess it. This might even aid in the process of breaking away from the sin. It also qualifies you for forgiveness under Jesus blood shed in the New Testament Covenant. 1 John 1:9 KJV If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Additionally seek the prayer of others to be healed. James 5:16 KJV Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Future sin? Jesus told people Go forth and sin no more. I cannot offer better advice than this. Yet, remains 1 John 1:9. In that day God will judge. In times of temptation remember to call upon Jesus. Romans 10:13

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What is the Law of Jesus?

People today don’t seem to know. God said he would write his law on the hearts and minds of his followers. Yet, if you ask a Christian which laws should I follow, you are likely to get different answers from whomever you ask regardless of denomination.

Are we that different from that which was said in the Old Testament. In Judges 17:6 KJV and in other verses … every man did that which was right in his own eyes. Rather than do that which is right in our own eyes we must follow Deuteronomy 13:18 KJV … thou shalt hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep all his commandments which I command thee this day, to do that which is right in the eyes of the Lord thy God.

We should do that which is right in the eyes of our God. We have to let him write his laws upon us. Over the years I myself have struggled with this, but before I discuss the law of Jesus let me discuss earthly law. For many years I didn’t like to wear my seat belt and I have received two or three speeding tickets over thirty plus years of driving. Now, I buckle-up not just because it is the law, but because it has become habit. I use my cruise control religiously to maintain the posted speed limit. I have allowed these laws to be written on my heart and even found a help in my vehicle’s cruise control.

The law of Jesus is similar in that we actively need to let the Lord write his laws upon us. We should let them become habit and like cruise control know that the Lord provides helps along the way.

To follow the law we must know it. I try to read the Holy Bible everyday. One reason I tell you this is because this short article cannot cover all the law of Jesus, but it will touch on some basics. Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-40 KJV … Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. [38] This is the first and great commandment. [39] And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. [40] On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

But Jesus doesn’t go into a lot of detail, so we are left to ask, how do I love the Lord or how should I love my neighbor. For more information we turn to the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20. They can also be found in Deuteronomy 5:6-21 KJV I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. [7] Thou shalt have none other gods before me. [8] Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: [9] Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, [10] And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments. [11] Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [12] Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee. [13] Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: [14] 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, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou. [15] And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the Lord thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day. [16] Honour thy father and thy mother, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. [17] Thou shalt not kill. [18] Neither shalt thou commit adultery. [19] Neither shalt thou steal. [20] Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour. [21] Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour’s wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour’s house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

I haven’t let the Lord write them all firmly on my heart though I know I should. For example on the Sabbath, which is observed from Friday eve to Saturday eve, I have on more than one occasion said to myself it’s okay to run to the gas station, McDonald’s, or convenience store. That quickly, I’m doing that which is right in my own eyes.

Read the Bible. Note the laws in the Old and New Testament. If they are good and not rescinded keep them. This is the law of Jesus. As he said in John 14:15 KJV, If ye love me, keep my commandments. 

But, to keep them we have to know them. Just as importantly, we have to let them be written on our hearts and in our minds. This means keep them.

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Israel: Placing Culture Before God

The Jews have once again occupied their homeland Israel, but rather than seek the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob they have focused on reviving and preserving their culture. They have resurrected the essentially dead language of Hebrew and cling to traditions of old, but fail to recognize the resurrection of Christ. It is even illegal to preach Jesus to unaccompanied children, a troublesome statute if one should be in a crowd.

They have made immigration to Israel nearly impossible for anyone who is not a Jew. Ironically, Christians have become adoptive or true spiritual Jews while the Jews themselves because of ignorance and unbelief are no longer accounted children of God. Immigration should be open to Christians. Israel, I believe, is our homeland too.

Jews around the world should read Hebrews in the New Testament. Written by Paul, it is an invitation to Jewry and the diaspora to accept Jesus as Christ. Paul was once a traditional Jew and yet he makes the compelling case for accepting  Jesus. After reading Hebrews, Jews hopefully would accept Jesus and his New Testament.

To modern day Israel and to the Jew abroad I advise you to accept Jesus as Christ and be baptized by immersion in water in his name. Only then will you be grafted back into God’s family. Christ is Emmanuel.

John 20:29 KJV Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

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