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A Man’s Heart

​1 Corinthians 6:9-10 KJV Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, [10] Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

We see in the above verses that being effeminate is a serious matter. For a guy that admittedly likes bubble baths, I do not consider myself an effeminate man. Nonetheless there was room for improvement. I now choose detergent that is not overly perfumed or flowery. I try to buy soap, shampoo, deodorant, and cologne that is marketed towards men.

A man after God’s own heart should have short hair.Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11:14 KJV Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?

A man should not cover his head when he prays. 1 Corinthians 11:4 KJV Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. This is straightforward, no bandanas, no turbans, no baseball cap, no covering.

There are many verses which instruct us to treat others well. They cover relationships from the stranger to our wife and children.

Appearances matter. They can dictate reality.

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A Woman’s Heart

​1 Timothy 2:12 KJV But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

Like many others, the church I attend has a woman’s Bible Study. I even attended an Amish church once where the women’s Bible study was separate from the men’s and taught by a woman.

Is this wrong? I believe it is. God has asked women to remain silent in church in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 KJV Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. [35] And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

God has asks women to cover their head when they pray. 1 Corinthians 11:5 He also asks that women dress plainly and not worry about make-up and jewelry. 1 Timothy 2:9 and 1 Peter 3:3-4 KJV Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; [4] But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

These things are not supposed to be a burden upon women. They are written in the Bible to help women develop a proper relationship with the Lord, with their family, and with their family in Christ. 

These laws do still apply. They were not just written to the Church at Corinth. They are in your Bible for your benefit. I’m not married and my mom rarely listens to my suggestions, but as men we have a duty to point out these verses to the women in our life and hope they will follow them. There are Bible verses pertaining to men as well, so my next post will likely be A Man’s Heart.

James 1:22 KJV But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

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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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After God, the person that should care the most for your own soul is yourself. The verse that comes to mind is Philippians 2:12 KJV Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

As of Friday, November 11th, 2016 I have not smoked a cigarette. Instead I have been using Nicorette mini lozenges. Today is day three. Your prayers to completely quit are appreciated.

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

Update as of Friday, November 18th, 2016 I’m smoking again. Made it a week using the Nicorette.

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Open Letter to Apollo C. Quiboloy and His Followers

I have watched your show on Sunday afternoon and do not believe you are the Appointed Son of God. 

Chief among the reasons why is your errant doctrine. You have claimed you can be tought, so please read on.

You say that there is no Holy Trinity only the Holy One, Jesus Christ. Ask yourselves three questions.

Is God the Father, Jehovah Holy?

Is Jesus Christ Holy?

Is the Holy Ghost Holy?

Count the number of times you responded yes. Three! There are three that compose the Godhead. The three are one. They share the spirit of holiness and righteousness.

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Rest or Race?

​Deuteronomy 12:9 KJV For ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which the Lord your God giveth you.

There are those that say we have entered God’s rest. Some even claim that every day is now the Sabbath.

Those that make these claims are profering a dangerous doctrine. As Moses told the Israelites before they crossed the Jordan, our journey is not ended, our work is not done.

When Jesus proclaimed “it is finished” he was referring to his own work upon the Earth. Jesus defeated Satan, but we still have our race to run. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:24 KJV Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And again in Hebrews 12:1-2 KJV Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us , and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, [2] Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Satan roams the world seeking whom he may devour. Now is not the time to rest. Satan will eat the tortoise or the hare, but remember the tortoise persevered and was additionally furnished with the armor of God. Yes it’s a pun, but consider Ephesians 6:11 KJV Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. And Ephesians 6:14-17 KJV Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; [15] And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; [16] Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. [17] And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

So run and run well. When we cross Jordan by our physical death, Heaven awaits.

I have discussed the Sabbath in previous posts, but FYI (For Your Information) it is observed Friday eve to Saturday eve. Leviticus 23:32. If you are unaware of the Sabbath and how to observe it, please check out my post, The Sabbath Guide.