THE IMPORTANCE OF THE WHOLE TRUTH

WARNING – The Importance of  “the whole truth and nothing but the truth”

I think that this blog by THE MARSHALL REPORT is worth reading and worth repeating here: Please click the link to that site below to see the sort – but full – article:

https://themarshallreport.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/white-house-shaming-senators-who-uphold-the-constitution-this-is-treason-2/

The Obama Administration considers Christians, Patriots and Veterans terrorists – because he dislikes them because they don’t hold to his views – and as such those groups are reportedly on the terrorist watch list. Don’t want to think so? ….remember the IRS mass targeting of conservative and Christian groups ….?

Be careful in the wishful thinking that taking guns away from terrorists will be a simple answer to solve any problems. We need to know the whole truth. We need to know how that list is formed before forming any opinions.

More Muslims have killed people than guns have killed people. I think we know why “O” is focusing on guns and not the all-too-often common denominator of the beliefs of the people behind the guns….

 

 

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FORGIVENESS AND MERCY

 

 

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FORGIVENESS AND MERCY

–By Mary A. LaClair

 The Thinker

Is there a difference between forgiveness and mercy; and if so, what is it?

This is a question I asked of my Lord while walking out in the country one day.

This is the example He gave to me:

If a teen aged boy or rebellious young adult, parties in his father’s garage with friends of his type or is a good son otherwise careless repairing something, and the garage burns down, the father may forgive the boy because he is his son.

He never cuts off relationship with him and he doesn’t stop loving him. The father may (or should) say: “You rebuild the garage.” garage.png

The son is forgiven by an understanding compassionate father, yet there will still be consequences. The son gets the materials and starts rebuilding the garage. The father loves him and keeps him in the family and as the son rebuilds, he even brings him lunch.

Forgiveness has been given.

Mercy comes in however when, seeing the son’s efforts, the father digs in and works alongside of him actually helping the son as he rebuilds the garage. This is mercy, aside and apart from forgiveness.

Thus was I shown the difference between forgiveness and mercy.

Jesus

1 Peter 1:17

You call out to God for help and he helps — he’s a good Father that way. But don’t forget, he’s also a responsible Father, and won’t let you get by with sloppy living.”

(from THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. All rights reserved.)

2 Cor 1:3-5

“Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the merciful Father, the God from whom all help comes! 4 He helps us in all our troubles, so that we are able to help others who have all kinds of troubles, using the same help that we ourselves have received from God.” GNT (Good News Translation)

Dan 9:9

   ” To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him;…” KJV

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THE BOOK OF REVELATION

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THE BOOK OF REVELATION

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 MUST IT ONLY REVEAL THE FUTURE; OR,
CAN IT ACTUALLY REVEAL SOME OF THE PAST—
—-OR BOTH ?
– By Mary Adele LaClair

The Thinker

Why is it that so many people seem to think that the book of Revelation was recently written with everything to happen in the future no matter when it is read 1803,1903 or 2016?

Although many times in the New Testament Jesus Himself tells us “FEAR NOT” still at Easter Time people have asked me to please not remind them of Jesus’ eminent return BECAUSE THEY FEAR THE END TIMES as described either by the book of Revelation or by their church’s teaching. Let’s be clear, they don’t fear Jesus, they fear what they think will happen BEFORE Jesus comes.

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That set me to some serious thinking and made me question two things: (a) was Revelation written ‘yesterday’; (b) what is the real meaning of the word revelation or ‘to reveal’.

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Let’s simply look at the word REVELATION. Does it always mean something is to come? No, not necessarily. For instance:

I was given a vision of the pomp and ceremony that often accompanies the unveiling of a work of art. Think of a chiseled or bronzed work of art; or it could be a portrait long in the making by a famous artist. Yes, there is a feeling of expectation of what you are about to see as the work is suddenly ‘REVEALED’ to you — and in this it case is a COMPLETED WORK LONG IN THE MAKING by Master Artists.

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OBSERVATION: a Revelation is often something which has been revealed, it can be a completed work. The work long in the making is completed only to be revealed at a certain time.
There may be a future revelation: for instance you may find it on your refrigerator in the form of a ‘save the date’ announcement, or revealing, of a marriage to take place. That is a revelation of an event to come.
However, we should not think that every event in the Book of Revelation is a future event as if the book were just written yesterday.

Fact: the Holocaust has already taken place. However if the book of Revelation were written 2,000 years ago, it would have been a future event at the time it was written. If it were read in the 700’s, 800’s, 1700’s or the 1800’s it would be a future event, but when read in the 21st Century it is a past event. Please be certain on this: I’m not making any statement here, I’m inviting what it could be and I’m offering reasoning on why that could be.

OBSERVATION: Have no fear of the end times; Take heart, we may be much further ahead in the Revelation of end times than many think we are.  The Book of Revelation was written over 2,000 years ago; it was not written yesterday.

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I feel it has previously been shown to me that the 144,000 have already come and gone from the earth. The mistake most people make is in thinking that they are full grown men. If that is the case they would have to be perfect men, since that is a qualifier, (Rev. chapters 7 & 14) and that is impossible. It is impossible for anyone to be perfect. The Bible says that ALL HAVE SINNED and fall short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23). Jesus Christ was the only perfect ‘man’, and He is God come in the flesh for us to see that God is real. No other man can be without sin; Yet, some Seminary teachers think that it is possible for 144,00 grown men to be perfect all at once. I say: impossible. For further explanation of why I think that the 144,000 have already come and gone from the earth – please look for that topic in the far right column or go to the rhttp://www.TheProverbs120Column.org.

bible-search It is considered that the number could actually be the number of sinless Jewish male babies killed in the time of Moses in the OT combined with those sinless Jewish male babies killed in the time of King Herod in the NT; making the final number “…unto God and unto the Lamb…” as described in Revelation chapters 7 and 14. You will be able to find even further backing for this theory regarding the Holy Innocents at this site under the listing 144,000.

CONCLUSION:

Must It Only Reveal The Future; Or,
Can It Actually Reveal Some Of The Past—
—-Or Both ?

I Think It Is Both. We are told to rightly divide the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15}. This could rightly apply to Revelation.

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And I will close with the opening line:

Why is it that so many people seem to think that the book of Revelation was recently written with everything to happen in the future no matter when it is read 1803,1903 or 2016?

Selah….

WHAT DOES “WORK OUT OUR SALVATION” MEAN?

If Salvation is Free, What Does “Work Out Your Salvation Mean?”

Phil 2:12-13

Therefore, my dear friends,… … — continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” NIV

Does this mean that we have to work for salvation? No. Salvation is a free gift.

Rom 6:23

For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.”   AMP

But it seems to say we should work out our salvation, isn’t this Scripture contradictory if salvation is a free gift. No, salvation is received by accepting the fact that Jesus paid for our own sins. What then, can ‘work out our salvation’ mean if we already have it?

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We are saved in our spiritual being but we need to work it out through our physical being.

Part of that Scripture tells us “it is God who works in us to will….   

Will we allow God to make our will HIS will? We can ask God to turn His will into our will, and vice versa, to turn our will into HIS will.

Take my will, Lord, no longer mine, take my will Lord, and make it Thine.”

Let us ask right now: “Lord, I give you my will; please take it and give me Your will. Allow me see things Your way, Lord. Thank you.”  transformer

OK, so now, it is one thing to will, but it is different thing to act; and, God addresses that also.

Mark 14:38

 “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” NKJV  

Bible-World wrestling-matchNow if we get God’s will, (and He says He will give us what we ask if we ask with a clean heart) now we need to take what is on the inside and push it out, work it out through the flesh until it becomes physical or until the unseen Godly will becomes physically visible. Work it out, from the inside out. Push it out.banana s biblepng

In molding clay, the clay is ‘worked’, and when grains of rough sand are found, they are ‘worked out’ until they are no longer a part of the clay being molded. As clay in the hands of the Potter, we want to be ‘worked’ into something useful or beautiful for God. Then there are some things which we have to ‘work out’ of our lives.. When we come to Christ we become new creatures, we are ‘in the world but not of it’, being rescued from the world so to speak, but we may have some of the dirt of the world still in us. This needs to be ‘worked out’ and done with, like unseen sand from the clay at the same time as we ‘work the new goodness which God put on the inside of us, to the outside’ to be seen through us. Work it out.

This is not always easy to do in a life; but, let’s look at the last part of that Scripture again because we do not have to do this alone.

“for it is God who works in us both to will AND to act according to His good purpose.” Isn’t that beautiful !

It is one thing to will, it is different thing to act.  Bible lion

God is wonderful! He promises in Philippians to help us to will…and then goes on to help us to act… according to His purposes.

This is confirmed in:

Rom 8:13

 “For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live,”    NIV

…notice the Capital “S” on Spirit — this does not mean our spirit as in the spirit of man, it means the Holy Spirit. If….by the power of the Holy Spirit… that doesn’t mean our power, it means using the power the Holy Spirit gives us. This indicates a CHOICE.

Rom 8:14

“… if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, “…because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” NIV

We are not in this alone, God is with us helping us to will and to do…the question is: Will we accept His help or will we try to go it alone and try to assume credit for our own perceived ‘goodness’ ?

God is wonderful! He gives us something to do,- – –  He helps us to will it; then He helps us do it!

What could be better than working with God’s strength…

Lord, take our readers’ thoughts, words, actions and deeds and make them pleasing to You…

A quote from the book: “Covenants and Blessings” by Andrew Murray  Whitaker House ISBN 0-88368-748-8

“When God created man in His image and likeness, it was so that he would have a life as similar to God’s as possible. This occurred by God Himself living and working in man. For this, man was to yield himself in loving dependence to the wonderful glory of being the recipient, bearer, and manifestation of a divine life. The one secret of man’s happiness was a trustful surrender of his whole being to the willing and the working of God.” (italics mine)

Rom 12:2

” Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]” AMP

Salvation is free; however the evidence of salvation usually takes working out.  

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    Rev 22:17 17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. NIV

…and let him who hears…  that would be you and me …

What Is To Wait ON the Lord?

WAIT ON THE LORD –or –WAIT FOR THE LORD ?

  •                                                                                   By Mary A. LaClair

In modern English when we hear the word wait, we often think of an inactive biding of time: of staying in one place or of doing nothing while expecting a certain thing to happen; or even a waiting in readiness of anticipation. This would more often be passive rather than active. I kept getting the message “WAIT ON THE LORD” at a time in my life when the ball was in my court. So…instead I passively waited FOR the Lord. When the ball left my court, and I hadn’t ‘made a basket,’ I somehow felt the Lord had let me down; when actually it was I who had probably let the Lord down. You see I was thinking I knew what “Wait ON the Lord” meant. In truth, I did not really know at all that to “Wait Upon the Lord” was active and not passive.

 

 

         I found that WAIT ON does not necessarily mean WAIT FOR.

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 In Psalm 27:14 we read “Wait on the LORD, be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart; wait, I say, on the LORD” (KJV) Strongs Concordance defines the word “wait” in that verse: The Strongs Concordance uses Hebrew “number 6960: qavah (kaw-vaw): a primitive root; to bind together; (perhaps by twisting), i.e. collect (figuratively); to expect: to gather together.” If I were to “wait upon the Lord” today, I would gather myself together with Him in quietness, prayer and meditation, binding myself together with Him. I would collect myself in His presence. I would ask Him to twist or entwine His Holy Spirit with my spirit. This is anything but an inactive biding of one’s time. Checking Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (fifth ed.) an additional definition of wait is “(3) to act as attendant or servant; esp, to attend or wait upon persons at table; to serve – v.t. to serve as a waiter or attendant upon; as, to wait table.” Webster goes on to clarify our investigation, listing: “wait on or upon: a. to attend as a servant; to serve. b. to go and see; to visit on business or for ceremony,: and, “Waiter – one who pays one’s respect to another in a formal call.” Now I know that to WAIT ON THE LORD means to pay my respect to Him in a formal call, even with ceremony, for business, also to be at His service. Quite different from “Wait For,” wouldn’t you say? I hope you will be smarter than I was and you have learned with me. I pray that if you ever get the message to WAIT ON THE LORD, you will be smarter than I was and you won’t be passively waiting for, but will be actively waiting upon. “They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)

Art rendition furnished by Marti Fuller. Thank you again Martha.

(first published in the CNY ReVive 1998 paper and then Jan. 7, 2001 in PURPOSE, a Mennonite publication, including the artwork each time)

“Brave German Woman” Rebukes Islam’s Lie (Video)

This is worth the time for listening…may this woman and her family be rewarded with the Divine protection of God for speaking His truth, and our Truth… give a listen… Thanks.        After listening, I invite you to visit http://www.LookListenANDThink.com for the article “God Is Not Allah”.

The Tree of Mamre

On November 10, 2013, at the Memorial Church of the Reformation in Speyer, Germany, an interfaith concert was scheduled for the purpose of bringing Islam and Christianity together. The concert was supposed to be opened with a prayer by a Muslim iman, proclaiming that “Only Allah is the Lord. He is God, the only God”, but as you can see from the video, that is not quite what happened.

Muslims can and should worship as they want, so long as they do not harm others–that is not the issue here. The issue is that this iman had no business spouting his poison in a Christian church, and church leaders should be ashamed of allowing him or the concert to go forward.

It is time for Christians everywhere to act as Heidi Mund–to take a stand and say, as she did, that Jesus Christ is Lord of all, and there is…

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Man Refuses 1936 Nazi Salute – What was the cost of silence?

I tried to re-blog the article Man Refuses Nazi Salute to this site. It wouldn’t re-blog to two sites for me, so it may be found re-blogged at my other site, www.LookListenAndThink.com, which I wish you would check out. 

It says in few words what I’ve said in the longer article here WHEN TOLERANCE IS A SIN – this is history speaking. And that writer makes the point quite poignantly.

Thanks for going there to see the wisdom of this man’s writings and how he applies it.