We have become a nation of rules, not law. Rules are those insidious guard rails you find on how best to control behavior. Much like nurse Crachet in "one flew over the coo coo nest" or the cat collecting relatives who collect animals because they can't manage relationships( marriage) let alone raising children. Rules define and control behavior without respect to persons. A law is enforceable, rules are not, which is why there are more rules or regulations.
Romans 12:19 Rom 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Reading through 'A Cloud of Witnesses' I was often struck that the Scottish martyrs of the Killing Times in Scotland were frequently praying on the scaffold for their enemies and as you say; they were mindful of their own grace and mercy. They were however quick to differentiate between personal offenses and those done against God Psalm 51:4. God only can forgive offenses down against Himself. His election known only to Himself is contrasted in Scripture with those to whom he withholds mercy for his own sovereign purposes. Romans 9:15-17; Ps. 16:1-4
I agree with you as to the urgent need for prayer in the Spirit; "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:"
If we are to pray in the Spirit that proceeds from David's son and David's Lord, we need to be forming our prayers from the Psalms balanced in the whole counsel of God. Appreciated the balance you added in the consideration of the news and the media's effect on a personal level, so as to bring all considerations to prayer for our enemies wherever they may be found.
Great Sermon! I am blessed by this. I suffer from unbelief. In my prayers I ask the LORD to speak to me and today HE did through a message well over 100 years old. Because His Word is never void and never dies.
Well, enlistments are up for the French military. Hollande may or may not do something about Isis, time will tell the French government will do something. Since they make it a more conservative government in the next election, I'll be interesting to see what they will do.
Not only that, Mike, but I don't think the deals were as good this year as some of them have been in the past. Shoppers might be getting a little more savvy in checking out bargains throughout the year also.
I see that black Friday is becoming a thing and Great Britain also.
So nice to be an illegal immigrant who can't be bothered to go through the proper channels for citizenship or even learn the Engliah language after having been living here for a decade or more. They get to work tax free, they can't be refused attention at a hospital, and they can receive welfare, courtesy of hard working, legal citizens of America. Here in Providence, RI, a crowd of illegals gathered at the statehouse last week demanding drivers licenses which our wonderful governer promised them if they voted for her. Yes, illegals can vote, too Every one of them should have been arrested but instead, chanted and screamed for their drivers licenses. America is the big, bad wolf who won't let illegals in to live, do as they please, or provide the same benefits that hard working, legal citizens enjoy according to those who are here illegally and their respective governmants. Go and try the same thing in those very countrys who are crying foul and you'll be thrown into jail for the rest of your life. People and their warped, hipocritical logic can be very interesting.
I understand that there needs to be certain rules, regulations, and standards, etc, for this and that but I always feel like government thinks they are our parents and that we are their foolish, immature children who can't do anything for ourselves and must be controlled, spanked, and disciplined, etc. I think about all the time and thought that goes into thinking up such insignificant things while human beings the world over who are being raped, tortured, sold, and murdered seem to be of less importance than an animal or the shape of the sticker that goes on a bottle of ketchup.
Jim Lincoln wrote: Let's go children of the fatherland, The day of glory has arrived! Against us tyranny's Bloody flag is raised! (repeat) In the countryside, do you hear The roaring of these fierce soldiers? They come right to our arms To slit the throats of our sons, our friends! --- translation of part of, La Marseillaise Get 'em France
Rah Rah. Did you read the plan, Jim?
"Hollande called for quick action by the parliament on new legislation that would give the government more flexibility to conduct police raids without a warrant and place people under house arrest. He said he would seek court approval for broader surveillance powers. And he called for constitutional amendments that would give more weight to security measures relative to civil liberties."
Same old garbage. Someone does something bad, pass laws that make everyone a suspect. Take away their freedom so they can be "safe." Liberals try to do that here. ISIS takes away people's freedom. Governments respond by taking people's freedom away to protect them from ISIS. Makes perfect sense, if one is an idiot.
Hello PP...I have a very off-topic question for you since you live in Abu Dhabi, and it concerns the crazy sand storms you all have. When one of those storms go through the city, how do you get rid of all the sand it must leave behind? I'm thinking it must leave piles, and remnants everywhere, getting into every nook and crevice, etc.
I made the mistake of going out into the madness just once, years ago. I knew then that I'd never do it again. I stood in a mile long Walmart line for hours, the doors opened and everyone just rushed the doors, people pulled up in cars and jumped out, the isles were packed and the lines for checkout snaked around the store. No thanks. I don't have that kind of patience. Now, beginning on black Friday and going through New years, I don't go to any malls, strip malls, or venture anywhere where the traffic will be out of control. A girl at Mary Lou's, a coffee place, went out and told me two ladies at Target got into a fist fight over a stinking Barbie doll. Crazy. My wife went out as she always does, comes home miserable and exhausted from no sleep. I just do what I can online and avoid it all.
Mat 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. Mat 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. Mat 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and *ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. Mat 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. Mat 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. Mat 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.* Mat 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Mat 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Penny, yes on Thursday our group began a study on the letter to the church (assembly of believers) at Laodicea, which Jesus said was wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked. Rev 3:17
What a state! Yet they thought they were doing just fine, they were the business.
Relevant to today?
We all discussed how they got into that state. I claimed it was because they were ignoring Jesus, he was actually outside the church knocking. Rev 3:20
A church which does not maintain close fellowship with Jesus will end up doing things "their" way. They will become lukewarm and inadvertently invite Jesus to spew them out of his mouth. Rev 3:16
From John 3:16 to Rev 3:16, phew!
Losing fellowship with Jesus will inevitably lead to a lack of love along with all the other fruit of the Spirit. Yet it "is" possible to glorify God by maintaining good fellowship with Jesus and living through the most awful circumstances and the most evil times, with genuine love and grace. And not only is it possible, it should be the experience of every child of God.
So, if it isn't, why isn't it?
And that I believe is the question most do not wish to answer.