HOW THE JUSTICES RULED AND WHY


After searching for what seemed too long a time in an effort to read the brief, I finally located it. I am placing a link here for those who may want to read for themselves, rather than accepting media propaganda! There are 213 pages in the brief that covers the case as presented to the court, the legal history of abortion by states, the court’s decision, and the justice’s concurrences or the dissension. Scroll to page 117 if you wish only to read each justice’s opinion.

THE OPINION OF THE COURT

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ABOUT SALVATION


The Holy Bible teaches us about salvation and how to be saved. The word “Salvation”
occurs 164 times in 158 verses in the KJV of the Holy Bible. Salvation is…

He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ…

PETER PREACHES SALVATION IN THE NAME OF JESUS, ALONE

Jesus came bringing salvation. The apostle Peter teaches us the truth of biblical salvation:

“Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “… by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead…This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
‭‭Acts‬ ‭4:8-12‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:3-9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

This passage from God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, written by Peter, is so filled with information and hope that it certainly should be studied, taught and believed!

QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY PETER

In whose name is salvation for mankind? – Jesus Christ of Nazareth

Who causes us to be born again? – God, the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ

When we are born again, to what are we born into? – to a living hope and an inheritance

Through what is this hope realized? – through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead

Three qualities are given to describe our inheritance. What are they? – imperishable, undefiled, and unfading

Where is our inheritance kept and who guards believers who live by faith? – kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded

Through what are they kept? – through faith, for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

What is the outcome of our faith? – The salvation of our souls!


WHO INSPIRED THE PROPHETS WHO PROPHESIED CONCERNING CHRIST?

“Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:10-12‬ ‭ESV‬‬

WHY IS SALVATION IMPORTANT TO ALL PEOPLE?

Salvation is important to all people because God created us and to live obedient and fruitful lives, yet all have sinned. Paul, in his letter to Timothy stated clearly that we need a Savior because we are sinners:

This is a trustworthy saying, worthy of full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst.
1 Timothy 1:15

Israel, those chosen by God, sinned. Gentles sin. We have all sinned and gone astray. We

“All Israel has transgressed Your law and turned away, refusing to obey Your voice; so the oath and the curse written in the Law of Moses the servant of God has been poured out on us, because we have sinned against You.”
‭‭Daniel‬ ‭9:11‬ ‭BSB‬‬

For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:22b-23

The Bible teaches that sin separates us from God and without Him we are lost and without hope.

“But your iniquities have built barriers between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear. For your hands are stained with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, and your tongue mutters injustice.”
‭Isaiah‬ ‭59:2-3‬ ‭BSB‬‬

The prophet Jeremiah and our Lord Jesus described people as lost sheep

My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray, turning them away on the mountains. From mountain to hill they have gone. They have forgotten their fold. Jeremiah 50:6 but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Matthew 10:6

Simply put, we are lost in trespasses and sins until we are rescued or saved by the Lord! It was for this purpose Christ left heaven and the glory He shared with the Father and came to earth to suffer and die for our sins.

SALVATION IS FOUND IN CHRIST

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. Luke 19:10

Not only were we lost, we are dead in trespasses and sin without salvation and a Savior! Our Savior is Jesus Christ the Lord!

“When you were dead in your trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our trespasses, having canceled the debt ascribed to us in the decrees that stood against us. He took it away, nailing it to the cross! And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭2:13-15‬ ‭BSB‬‬

See Colossians 2

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On Being Found ’In Christ’


The writers of New Testament use the phrase ”in Christ” or ”in Christ Jesus” 76 times.

If we consider the many precepts that are taught concerning being ’in Christ’, perhaps we would be more attentive to making certain that we are found in Him.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE ‘IN CHRIST?’

On this topic, Paul wrote:

“But whatever was gain to me I count as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things as loss compared to the surpassing excellence of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God on the basis of faith.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:7-9‬ ‭BSB‬‬

BIBLICAL TEACHING

Jesus taught that we who are believers must abide in Him. (John 15:1-6.) ‘In Christ’ is a very special place. This is where we are able to bear fruit. Even more importantly, ’in Christ’ we are reckoned dead to sin, but alive to God. (Romans 6:11) Jesus once told a man who asked to go and bury his father to “Let the dead bury the dead.” Would this not mean we become alive when we receive Christ!

Scripture teaches that in addition to the fact that God was’in Christ’ reconciling the world to Himself, (2 Corinthians 5:19), believers become one body’in Christ.’ (Romans12:5) We are justified or made right with God by our faith in Jesus Christ! Paul reminded the church at Galatia of the truth of this for both Gentiles and Jews…

“know that a man is not justified by works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭2:16‬ ‭BSB‬‬

THINGS RECEIVED WHEN FOUND IN CHRIST

—- the high calling of God ’in Christ’ (Philippians 3:14)

—- blessings ’in Christ’ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 1:3)

—- the Spirit of life ’in Christ’ (Romans 8:2)

—- faith ‘in Christ’ (Acts 24:24) (Galatians 3:26)

—- life ‘in Christ’ (1 Corinthians 15:22) (Galatians 2:16)

—- truth ’in Christ’ (Romans 9:1)

—- grace ‘in Christ’ (2 Timothy 2:14)

—- redemption ’in Christ’ (Romans 3:24) (1Corinthians 1:30)

—- law of the Spirit of life ’in Christ’ (Romans 8:2)

—- sanctification ’in Christ’ (1 Corinthians 1:2) (1Corinthians 1:30)

—- wisdom ’in Christ’ (1Corinthians 1:30)

—- will triumph ’in Christ’ (2 Corinthians 2:14)

—- spiritual blessings in heavenly places ’in Christ’ (Ephesians 1:3)

Not only to we receive the above blessings, check out Romans 8:1 to see what we avoid!

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:1

Just as Jesus taught that we must abide in Him, Paul taught that the Christian life is a walk of faith. This doesn’t mean freedom to sin, but rather walking in the Spirit by faith in Christ.

ROMANS 6

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Beware…This Is The Age of Disinformation


Light is being called darkness and darkness is called light in today’s world. What should clearly be seen as evil is considered good by so many.

See Isaiah 5:20

“You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.”
‭‭II Peter‬ ‭3:17-18‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The word ’beware’ occurs 26 times in the King James translation of the Bible. The book of Thessalonians gives us a picture that can easily be seen as a description of today’s world and what we are experiencing.

It is easy to be confused in this age of disinformation. Lies are being told by people elected to represent us. Pictures are photoshopped and done so professionally the lay person cannot detect the changes. Clips are taken from videos and used to totally misrepresent what actually happened. Evil is being portrayed as good and good as evil.Words are used to hide the truth in this age of disinformation. Using language to deceive isn’t new, as we see from the words of George Orwell, but the magnitude of deception and the easy access to each person’s mind; this is new! Our children are indoctrinated, even as toddlers.

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”
-George Orwell, Politics and the English Language

Disinformation is rampant. Even as we know it isn’t a new thing, because it has definitely increased in these last days, Paul’s warning to the Thessalonians is much more urgent today.

“Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to Him, we ask you, brothers, not to be easily disconcerted or alarmed by any spirit or message or letter seeming to be from us, alleging that the Day of the Lord has already come. Let no one deceive you in any way, for it will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness—the son of destruction—is revealed. He will oppose and exalt himself above every so-called god or object of worship. So he will seat himself in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. Do you not remember that I told you these things while I was still with you? And you know what is now restraining him, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but the one who now restrains it will continue until he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will slay with the breath of His mouth and annihilate by the majesty of His arrival. The coming of the lawless one will be accompanied by the working of Satan, with every kind of power, sign, and false wonder, and with every wicked deception directed against those who are perishing, because they refused the love of the truth that would have saved them. For this reason God will send them a powerful delusion so that they believe the lie, in order that judgment may come upon all who have disbelieved the truth and delighted in wickedness.”
‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭2:1-12‬ ‭BSB‬‬

During this time in our world, where those who disseminate misinformation claim the right to fact check and decide what may or may not be published, we must keep in mind that all lies come from the father of lies, Satan. We are no match for Satan, but Christ is and He has defeated Satan already. Everything that is happening is being allowed by the One Almighty God who actually is constraining Satan until Christ takes His own out. Look at the above passage and remember that regardless of what people do or say it is Christ who won the battle and He will protect those who love the truth. Jesus is the Truth! Those who choose not to believe and who delight in wickedness will be sent a strong delusion to believe a lie. The stage is being set for the antiChrist to take control. Thankfully Jesus stated that the elect will not be deceived. SEE Matthew 24:24

CHRISTIANS LOOK UP!

“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”
‭‭I Thessalonians‬ ‭4:13-17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬


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Romans 6:6-8 – Freedom!


If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John :36

Someone asked me about Romans 6:6-7 this week. Taken out of context, this verse can so easily be misinterpreted. Also, I have discovered the NWT reads “acquitted’ rather than ‘freed’ in verse seven. When a person reads the NWT they read, “For anyone who has died has been acquitted from sin.” Now ‘acquitted’ carries a much different meaning than ’freed.’ Acquitted always means found not guilty. The vast majority of translations read ’freed’ rather than ‘acquitted.’ Freed holds the idea that a person no longer is held prisoner and/or no longer must serve a master. So, is Paul and God in His word saying that by dying we are declared ’not guilty’ of sin OR that we are no longer servants of sin? Getting this right is imperative!

Is this passage referring to physical death or dying to self and living to Christ?

To understand this passage, we need to read it in context and also consider the whole of scripture.

Romans 6:1-8
“What then shall we say? Shall we continue in sin so that grace may increase? Certainly not! How can we who died to sin live in it any longer? Or aren’t you aware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with Him like this in His death, we will certainly also be united with Him in His resurrection. We know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be rendered powerless, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. For anyone who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭6:1-8‬ ‭BSB‬‬

The third sentence is very enlightening. Here we see that this passage refers to dying to sin. When we hear the word ”death,” we automatically think of physical death, but there are other kinds of death taught in scripture and while we think of physical death, Jesus had a much different view or perspective. In Jhn 8:24 He tells the Jews they will die in their sins if they do not believe that CHRIST IS WHO he claimed to be. Then He makes an astounding statement a little later in verse 51: ”Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.”Jesus did not say the body would not die, but that those who keep His sayings won’t see death! We all have seen physical death, but Jesus was speaking of another death here. Another death? Revelation 20 teaches of a second death. The scri also teach that believers are to be crucified with Christ! So we must comprehend the kind of dying of which Paul is speaking.

Returning to Romans 6 we see that we are to be baptized into Christ death. This is a work of God. An explanation is found in Galatians 2:20:

“I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And that which I now live in the flesh, I live through faith from the Son of God, the One having loved me and having given up Himself for me.“ Galatians 2:20

So we see that we are to identify with Christ and allow Him to put our old nature to death and we become new creations in Christ. We live through faith! Our old nature will be completely eradicated eventually because Christ paid the penalty and He died for us.

I fear it is blasphemy to teach our physical death in any way saves us. It is Christ who paid the penalty for our sin. It is because He lives that we may live and because He paid the cost, we can be forgiven. It is our baptism into Christ’s death that frees us from being slaves to our sin nature. Physical death will free us from this body of death. Only Christ’s death pays the price and frees us from the penalty of the second death.

For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit, 1 Peter 3:18

When Christ died those who have trusted Christ, whose lives are hidden in Christ, are crucified with Him and thus died in Him, which freed Christians from the law of sin and death.

A seemingly accurate explanation of Romans 6:7 is found at Bible Exposition Commentary:

Romans 6:7

Read Introduction to Romans   7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.   7 For The “for” indicates the ground for verse six. Christians should no longer sin because they died with Christ and died to their heritage in Adam. They are now associated with Christ. We are incorporated into Christ. … Continue reading Romans 6:7

Bible Exposition Commentary

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Matthew 13:32-33



“He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man planted in his field. Although it is the smallest of all seeds, yet it grows into the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭13:31-32‬ ‭BSB‬‬

How is the Kingdom of Heaven like a Mustard Seed? Jesus reminded His listeners that while it is the smallest of seeds in a garden, the mustard seed grows into the largest of plants and becomes a tree where birds find shelter. It seems this parable is true on many levels. God’s kingdom has grown steadily since the first person placed their faith in the coming Messiah. The Kingdom flourished in the years after the resurrection of Christ our Messiah and King. I suggest there is another aspect to this parable as well.


Jesus said to those living in Israel during His visitation on earth in human form that the Kingdom of heaven had come near them. (Matthew 4:14) A kingdom is ruled by a King. Almighty God revealed in the Revelation of Jesus that this same Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords. (Revelation 19:16) All power has been given unto Him. Jesus was considered just a small man on earth yet He became the Chief Cornerstone, (Ephesians 2:20), the greatest of all.

See :Jesus is the Greatest of All.

So how is the Kingdom of Heaven like a tiny mustard seed? Perhaps Jesus was saying that just as the seed appeared tiny and perhaps insignificant to some, when He was born, He was tiny and Mary took care of Him as if He had no power. Yet by Him, all the nations of the world may be blessed and as birds rest in a Mustard Tree, the people of earth may rest in Christ.

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”Matthew 28:18-20

And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation,…Revelation 5:9

The prophet Zechariah prophesied about that day. Time centers around Christ Jesus. The culmination of all things will be His return. The Bible was written to reveal to mankind His plan to save us from sin and self. I hope you will be standing with the ransomed! Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords. Speaking of Jesus, John, called the Baptizer, said:

The One who comes from above is above all. The one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks as one from the earth. The One who comes from heaven is above all. John 3:31


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Christ’s Gospel Covers Whosoever Will


The post shown below recently appeared on Facebook in a group to which I subscribe…


SERVING OTHERS IS DEFINITELY WHAT ALL CHRISTIANS ARE COMMANDED TO DO. THAT THERE ARE ONLY 144,000 WHOM WE ARE TO SERVE IS HERESY. HERESY SUCH AS THIS OCCURS WHEN MEN ADD THEIR OWN IDEAS TO GOD’S WORD

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If you aren’t familiar with Watchtower teaching, this may sound very confusing to you, but they teach that only 144,000 people are covered under the New Covenant and will be in heaven with Christ. They teach that all other Jehovah Witnesses will live on paradise earth if they are are able to earn that right. Now apparently, they have decided the way to earn it is to serve the 144,000. (More about this later) Their teaching caused me to think of the poem by Markham…

Of course, Christians did not draw a circle to include anyone. By the same standard, JWs cannot truly deny anyone the right to eternal life. All people are dependent upon the mercy, grace, and shed blood of Christ. Christ and His gospel has drawn a circle that includes whosoever will. When Christ, the Living Word and only begotten of the Father, emptied Himself and came to earth in flesh as a man to die for the sins of mankind, He died for all who will repent and accept His gift of salvation. Notice He says ”the world!”

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” Let the one who hears say, “Come!” And let the one who is thirsty come, and the one who desires the water of life drink freely. Revelation 22:7

WHAT GAVE MEN THE IDEA SALVATION IS EARNED?

The Bible passage in question is found in Matthew 25. A quick reading without the discerning power of Holy Spirit might seem to indicate we earn our salvation by serving others. On taking a deeper look, however, it seems to me we need to consider on what basis a shepherd separates his flocks! He doesn’t separate them on the basis of their good or bad behavior, but rather on WHAT THEY ARE! The behavior is a result of who and what they are. Christ will separate people as a shepherd separates sheep from goats! Only after this separation occurs is their behavior mentioned.

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you took Me in, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you visited Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? And the King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’ Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, I was naked and you did not clothe Me, I was sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ And they too will reply, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then the King will answer, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.’ And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭25:31-32, 34-38, 40-46‬ ‭BSB‬‬


IF WATCHTOWER TEACHING IS RIGHT, ONLY A TINY NUMBER WILL EVEN HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE SAVED

Consider the numbers! A century ago there were a billion people on earth. Today there are ca eight billion. Imagine how many have lived on this earth since Adam. How many of those billions could have possibly had an opportunity to minister to a tiny number like 144,000? Certainly Christ died for the sins of the world and He saves all who believe. Trust Christ and believe the gospel. Christ certainly cares for all people and we are told to “Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.” 1 Corinthians 10:24 Throughout scriptures we are told to love others, even our enemies, and care for one another.

If you are interested in what is written in scriptures concerning heaven see:

HOW DOES A SHEPHERD SEPARATE SHEEP FROM GOATS?

I found an excellent explanation at Creation.com which I am inserting here:

“Jesus spoke of the final judgment as being like a shepherd separating sheep and goats (shepherds grazed them in mixed flocks). Separating sheep from goats in western countries is not difficult, as the sheep have been bred to accentuate their wool production so they look quite different. However, sheep and goats in Asia and Africa are often similar in appearance—consistent with them belonging to the same created kind, as Dr Lightner pointed out above.1

Non-shepherds find it difficult to distinguish such sheep and goats, but the shepherd knows the difference and easily separates them. For example, there are differences in behaviour: sheep tend to follow; goats go their own way. At the judgment, the Great Shepherd (Hebrews 13:20) will know the difference and will separate those who followed Him (Mat. 10:38) from those who went their own way.

It seems to me that sheep behave like sheep and goats behave like goats. Among humans, the redeemed in Christ behave differently than the unredeemed. Redemption makes us new creatures in Christ who have a new nature. Our new nature enables us to care for our brothers and sisters in Christ and the poor and needy around us.

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10

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Hallelujah! Christ Arose!


WHAT IS THE MOST AWESOME EVENT IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND?

Humans have done many awesome things. Men orbit the earth and once even walked on the surface of the moon. Mankind has discovered medications that lengthen lives and sometimes save a person from imminent death. Most will agree that the more awesome events that occur such as birth, exhibitions of natural talent, and love are events that defy human explanation. The event that exceeds all others, however, happened over 2,000 years ago and not only changed our perception of life and death, but also how we reckon time, our history, and the future of all mankind around this event. This was accomplished by God! The event is…

THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST

This event, the resurrection, offers the hope to all that we too will be resurrected, and certainly we will be. Those who love Christ feel as Paul felt when he wrote…

“I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:10-11‬ ‭BSB

We have this hope because Christ died and offered Himself a sacrifice for our sin…

“Now when this the perishable shall have put on the imperishable, and this, the mortal, shall have put on immortality, then the word having been written will come to pass: “Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where O death, is your victory? Where O death is your sting? Now the sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the Law.  But thanks be to God, the One giving us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:54-57

WHO IS BEHIND ALL EFFORTS TO DENY, CONCEAL, AND LIE ABOUT THE EMPTY TOMB?

‬‬Atheists, unbelievers, and many religionists will deny the bodily resurrection and the empty tomb. This puzzles me, except for one thing, Satan, who goes about seeking to destroy and devour those God has created is deceiving many. Otherwise, why would a helpless human who surely knows that this life is short, filled with tribulation, and always ends in death want to discount the hope of the resurrection?

WHAT EVIDENCE SUPPORTS BODILY RESURRECTION?

The eye witness accounts are numerous. The Roman authorities witnessed and acknowledged the EMPTY TOMB. Over 500 people saw the resurrected Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:3-8) His disciples saw the EMPTY TOMB and saw and talked with THE RISEN LORD. They were so convinced they went from cowering in fear for their own lives to boldly preaching the gospel. The women who loved Him were astounded and rejoiced. Scripture provides a written record. Hopefully those who read this record in the gospels will rejoice as well.

“Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭28:1-10‬ ‭ESV

The Romans knew because they had taken every human precaution to keep Christ in the tomb. Yet on the third day the tomb was empty.

”The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’ Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.” So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭27:62-66‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Christ took care to prove the resurrection was bodily. He ate fish with His disciples and said…

“See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” Luke 24:39

SEE CARM – The Resurrection

MAY WE ALL PRAISE GOD THAT CHRIST AROSE AND IS ALIVE FOREVERMORE!

“Who is there to condemn us? For Christ Jesus, who died, and more than that was raised to life, is at the right hand of God–and He is interceding for us.” Romans 8:34

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The Great Gift… “Today thou shalt be with Me in paradise.”


And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us. For at just the right time, while we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.  Romans 5:5-6

In God’s word, we have the story of how the malefactors who were crucified with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ responded to the Lord of glory. This post will look at how religions respond to the story, because this story causes a great deal of difficulty for those who do not want others to believe that the saved enter immediately into God’s presence when physical death occurs. It causes difficulty for those who teach that a person must do good works to enter God’s kingdom.

Of course, regardless of those who do not believe and who would take away the hope of others, this sinner was saved just prior to his death and many have found peace and comfort knowing Christ saves whenever we call on His name! Here is the passage:

“Two others, who were criminals, were also led away to be executed with Jesus. When they came to the place called The Skull, they crucified Him there, along with the criminals, one on His right and the other on His left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up His garments by casting lots. The people stood watching, and the rulers sneered at Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.” The soldiers also mocked Him and came up to offer Him sour wine. Above Him was posted an inscription: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. One of the criminals who hung there heaped abuse on Him. “Are You not the Christ?” he said. “Save Yourself and us!” But the other one rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same judgment? We are punished justly, for we are receiving what our actions deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom!” And Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭23:32-36, 38-43‬ ‭BSB‬‬

Sadly, usually this passage doesn’t cause those who head religions to change from following religion to receiving Christ. One group, who is known for the changes they have made in scriptures, moved the comma in verse 43 that translators of all languages placed after ”Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in paradise” but in their NWT caused it to read ”Truly I tell you today, you will be with me in paradise.” They claim to believe that Jesus was just saying that He was speaking today, rather than promising the thief that he would enter paradise that very day. The reason this is rather ridiculous is that Jesus used the phrase, ”Truly I tell you,…” 72 times that were recorded and not one time did he add ”today.” Why would He add it while speaking to the malefactor? It is obvious He was speaking on that day.

To change the placement of a small comma would be an attempt to take away a marvelous hope that Christ gave to the world that day. It is only an attempt because that change does not change other passages.
The apostle Paul wrote of this hope in Philippians…

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:21-24‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Paul also admonishes the church that we should have the mind of Christ by teaching…

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:5-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Christ came to give us hope, Christians are never told to take away from others the hope we have in Christ, but to defend it! We are told to share Christ and His message of hope. This hope is the hope of life eternal in heaven. Never are we instructed to teach any gospel but the true gospel. This good news is that when He bore our sins on Calvary’s tree, Christ Jesus our Lord provided forgiveness and eternal life to those who believe!

But in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord, always ready for a defense to everyone asking you an account concerning the hope in you; yet with gentleness and fear, 1 Peter 3:15

WHERE IS OUR CITIZENSHIP?

But our citizenship is in heaven, and we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,

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Gum – Gummies – Gum Trees


It’s safe to say if you have walked among trees, you have been near a Gum Tree. In the south, its hard not to find a Sweetgum tree near-by, or perhaps a Blackgum. Gum trees may be used for shade, gum, glue, and numerous other products. Some are planted for their beauty. The Acadia and Eucalyptus are grown in many countries.

(Don’t miss the Bible References section)

GUM FOR CHEWING

We have all had chewing gum – memories of chewing gum and memories of having gum stuck somewhere it doesn’t belong. As a child I slept with gum in my mouth only to find it in my hair the next morning. Mother used ice to make it brittle to keep from cutting too much hair. As a teenager I listened to a song entitled “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor On the Bedpost Over Night?” My dad had a joke or saying he used whenever he failed to understand something. He would say with a mischievous smile, ”I’m as confused as the little boy who lost his chewing gum in the chicken house.” Most young, city folks have no idea what that means. 😁

Who had the idea of chewing gum anyway?

SAPODILLA

We might think chewing gum is a relatively modern invention. Not so! Gum has been around as long as our written history. Aztec Indians chewed gum as did the Mayans. Their main source was the  sapodilla tree, originally from Mexico is today grown in the Caribbean. The links provided give us insight into the history of gum, especially Chiclets.

THE BIBLE AND GUM PRODUCTS

According to Wikipedia, 5,000-year-old chewing gum made from birch bark tar, with tooth imprints, has been found in Kierikki in Finland. 

There are multiple varieties of Eucalyptus and other gum trees.

Truthfully, the idea of gum belongs to our Creator who made gum trees which have been used since recorded history.

There are many kinds of gum trees and it is used for many things.

I only recently realized gum is mentioned four times in the Bible. It was used for many things and a part of the economy of those days. The uses are not given, however we do learn it was aromatic and considered to be a good gift to others. Apparently it was quite costly as it is mentioned as a part of what Hezekiah showed the men of Babylon when the King of Babylon sent them with gifts and Hezekiah felt compelled to show them his wealth and riches.

BIBLE REFERENCES

Then they sat down to eat a meal. They looked up, and there was a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were carrying aromatic gum, balsam, and resin, going down to Egypt. Genesis 37:25,

Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your packs and take them down to the man as a gift—some balsam and some honey, aromatic gum and resin, pistachios and almonds. Genesis 43:11,

The Lord said to Moses: “Take spices, gum resin, onycha, galbanum, and pure frankincense of equal amounts…Exodus 30:34,

And Hezekiah rejoiced over them and showed them his house of aromatic gum, the silver, gold, spices, good oil, all the house of his weapons, and all that was found in his storehouses. There was nothing that Hezekiah had not shown them in his house or in all his dominion. Isaiah 39:2
Source: Knowing Jesus

GUMMIES IN THE 21ST CENTURY

There are so many products on the market today that we may not realize The original Gummy Bear appeared on 1920.

The “gummy” in gummy bear comes from the resin of an acacia tree. The manufacturer called it Gummibären. In English we say Gummy Bear.

Today we have a wide variety of edible gummy products that include the original Gummy Bear, other gummy candies, vitamins, and many medicinal or supplemental products.

SEE ALSO: THE SPRUCE and BURKS BACKYARD

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