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Wie was Melchisedek?

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Wie was Melchisedek?
Hebr. 7 zegt dat hij geen vader of moeder had,
en geen oorsprong of levenseinde.
Was hij een engel? Of Jezus zelf?

We ontmoeten Melchisedek zelf in Genesis 14:

En Melchisedek, de koning van Salem, liet brood en wijn brengen. Hij was een priester van God, de Allerhoogste, en sprak een zegen over Abram uit … Abram gaf aan Melchisedek een tiende van wat hij had heroverd. (Gen. 14:18-20)

Deze Melchisedek verschijnt hier heel plotseling in het verhaal, en verdwijnt weer even plotseling daaruit. We lezen niet wie hij feitelijk was, of van wie hij afstamde. We lezen alleen dat hij ‘koning van Salem’ was, en ‘priester van God’, dat hij Abram zegende, en dat Abram hem tienden gaf van de buit. Dat is dus niet veel informatie, maar het stelt ons toch niet echt voor problemen. Kennelijk leefde er in Kanaän een plaatselijke koning die tevens priester was van de ware God. Hij zegent Abram, en Abram erkent in hem zijn meerdere want dat is waar die zegening en dat geven van die ‘tienden’ op neer komt. Daarna komen we alleen zijn naam nog tegen: eerst in Ps. 110:4, en de brief aan de Hebreeën geeft daar commentaar op. Dat zijn de beide andere keren dat hij in de Bijbel genoemd wordt. In Hebr. 5 lezen we:

Ergens anders [nl. in Ps. 110:4] zegt (God):

‘Jij [de Messias] zult voor eeuwig priester zijn, zoals ook Melchisedek dat was.’ … En Hijwerd … een bron van eeuwige redding, omdat God Hem heeft uitgeroepen tot hogepriester zoals Melchisedek dat was. (Hebr. 5:6,10)

In hoofdstuk 7 legt hij dat verder uit:

Want deze Melchisedek, koning van Salem en priester van de allerhoogste God, ging Abraham tegemoet … en zegende hem, waarna Abraham hem een tiende van alle buit gaf. Zijn naam betekent ‘koning van de gerechtigheid’, en verder is hij ook koning van Salem, dat is ‘koning van de vrede’. Hij heeft geen vader of moeder, geen stamboom, geen oorsprong of levenseinde en lijkt op de Zoon van God – hij is priester voor altijd. (Hebr. 7:1-3)

Het is duidelijk dat hier de moeilijkheden liggen. Zijn naam, zegt de schrijver, is een samenstelling van melek (koning) en zadok (gerechtigheid). Verder is hij koning van Salem, dat verwant is aan shalom (vrede). Bedenk daarbij dat het Hebreeuws geen klinkers kent, en dat de weergave van een Hebreeuwse klank door een ‘s’ of een ‘z’ een keuze van de vertalers is (dus is er bijv. geen wezenlijk verschil tussen sedek en zadok). Daarmee is hij volgens de schrijver een (symbolisch!) beeld van de Messias (Christus), die de werkelijke koning der gerechtigheid is (bijv. Jes. 11:4-5 en 32:1), en koning des vredes (bijv. Jes. 9:5). Let dus op dat hij niet betoogt dat deze Melchisedek de Messias is, maar dat hij er een beeld van is! Vervolgens licht hij bepaalde aspecten van die verzen in Gen. 14 eruit en betoogt dat die zijn lezers (Hebreeën, dat is: Joodse christenen!) iets vertellen over de eigenschappen van dat Messiasschap.

De problemen ontstaan nu uit het feit dat zijn argument niet alleen berust op wat ons van Melchisedek wordt verteld, maar voor een deel juist op wat ons niet wordt verteld. Het gaat hem er dus niet zozeer om wie of wat de werkelijke Melchisedek was, maar om de manier waarop hij ons in Genesis wordt gepresenteerd. Zijn argument is dan dat het priesterschap van Melchisedek een beeld is van dat van Christus, en daaruit leidt hij af dat het priesterschap van de Messias groter is dan het Levitische priesterschap dat zijn lezers kenden, en dat zijzelf als de hoogste vorm van priesterschap zagen. Dat Levitische priesterschap, betoogt de schrijver, moest voortdurend van vader op zoon worden doorgegeven, omdat zij op een gegeven moment nu eenmaal dood gingen (Hebr. 7:23). Maar het priesterschap van de Messias is volgens Ps. 110 eeuwig (zie Hebr.5:6). En dat wordt dan geïllustreerd door het feit dat ons van Melchisedek geen afstamming en geen geboorte of dood wordt medegedeeld (Hebr. 7:3). Natuurlijk is hij in werkelijkheid gewoon geboren, uit menselijke ouders, en ook weer een keer gestorven. Maar door deze manier van presenteren is hij, betoogt de schrijver, een beeld van de Messias die zijn priesterschap van niemand heeft geërfd (vs 16) en die in werkelijkheid tot in eeuwigheid priester blijft (vs 24). Tenslotte noemt hij het feit dat Abram onderdanigheid betoont aan Melchisedek, en dat Abrams nakomeling Levi (als afstammeling altijd minder dan zijn stamvader) daarmee dus eveneens ondergeschikt is aan deze Melchisedek. En dat geldt dan dus ook voor Levi’s priesterschap ten opzichte van het priesterschap ‘zoals dat van Melchisedek’, dus (uiteindelijk) voor het priesterschap van de Messias zelf.

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There are more unchurched people and more non-believing people in our world than ever before.



There are more unchurched people in our world than ever before.
There are also more non-believing people in our world than ever before.


Dear God
Give us enough opportunities and power
to go out in this world
to preach the Good News of your coming Kingdom

 

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to Penetrate beneath the surface of a man’s life

 

“The whole purpose of spiritual direction is
to penetrate beneath the surface of a man’s life,
to get behind the façade of conventional gestures and attitudes which he presents to the world,
and to bring out his inner spiritual freedom,
his inmost truth,
which is what we call the likeness of Christ in his soul.”

– Thomas Merton

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Easier to find guides than someone to be with you in a discerning, prayerful companionship

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In October-November People often too busy with death and the dead

At the end of October, begin November around cemeteries we can find lots of people on the streets and flower sellers who try to sell their chrysanthemums. Lots of people have their thoughts in this Autumn period by those who are not walking any more on this earth.

From Laura Cyrena‘s blogpost Graveyard Walk

You may not misunderstand us. We feel empathy, and we do understand their feelings, their point of view, their situation. We also know that each of us more than once shall be confronted with death in their life. Birth and death are two main factors in each being his or her life. Once born, nobody can escape death. It is part of life.

All of us shall have to walk a different path and shall have to find ways to make the best out of our own life. We also should know that we too may have an influence in the life of others. Each of us has to walk many miles to reach our goal. We shall have to crawl, walk, climb mountains and cycle many kilometres. Going from one place to another, growing up, we also shall meet a lot of people and become confronted with a lot of circumstances.

We often compare our life to that of others. We have a lot of expectations and sometimes by looking at others do not mind having some jealousy coming up in our minds, wanting things others have.

We put conditions on what we want … we reject things that doesn’t fit our expectations … we get distracted doing other things. {Are You Ready to Receive?}

The world offers us a lot of attractions and often we become blinded by its luring pictures. Most of the time we desire a lot from others and would like to receive even more from the one we call our god. When not receiving enough from one god many make themselves an other or even more gods. All over the world we find lots of people ‘taking care’ of many gods, whilst they forget that there exist A Singular Supernatural Spirit Being Who does not have to be cared for, because nothing can be given to Him what does not belong to Him. He is the Establisher and Master of life. He gives us all the possibilities to walk here on this planet.

When we realize all we have is from Him, when we realize we can’t do it own our on, then He will lift us up. James 4.10 {Are You Ready to Receive?}

Coming to realize Who That God is, does not seem to be so easy for mankind. Lots of people have difficulties to come to recognize that invisible God as the Most High Elohim and God of gods above any other god and above any being. Not many want to see or even look for Him, but that is what He hopes people would do, go looking for Him who is the Only One True God.

Seek Him. He delights when we look for Him and look for what ways He desires for us. We are to look for where He is already at work, and God will bless. Hebrews 11.6 {Are You Ready to Receive?}

Walking on this earth may not always so easy. Often we got a lot of mud on our shoes and clothes, getting wet and tired.

… we should realize that in our journey in life, our shoes get muddied. Life gets messy. Not only our life, but the life of others too. The mud gives insight to what we have gone through and where we have traveled. {Why the name, “Muddy Shoes”?}

Many people on their walk of life love to cling close to each other, and just hang out in one place. A lot of them are just happy where they are and what they do, as long as they do not have to bother about others. Many do not think about the task Jesus has given to his followers, to go out in the world and to tell the peoples about the Good News of the coming Kingdom of God. Many forget that they are to be going into the world, sharing the love, the hope, the grace of the Gospel.

Every year we see a lot of people who think of their beloved who are gone. But at that time when the days shorten they prefer to hold on to fantasies as people becoming stars in heaven, or going to have 77 virgins in heaven. Several parents let their children look to stars to find the proof of death, making their heads

forever fastened gazing up, while final breaths of skyward worlds eclipse with life our fleshly tomb and and fragile pulse. {To stars}

Others have even placed some ashes from the deceased in a teddy bear of their children.Some love to go on the eveningwalks many organizations provide around Halloween.

To have just a taste of the life they once had. Blood in their veins. Breath in their mouth. Tears in their eyes. {Waiting For The Dead On Halloween}

they

are told they might have the stench of the grave upon them. We are told their skin might slough off on our own. {Waiting For The Dead On Halloween}

Lots of people look forward to the Halloween marches and fires, giving them a kick and fanciful ideas they being stronger than those who died. Some of them might think the rotted clothes of the dead might fall from their bones, and they hope to see things to make them scream and at the same time frightening the ghosts as well. It is said by many

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On Samhain many lay in wait for the dead.

We are told the fresh decay of our parents and uncles and aunts and grand folk will be the worse. They have had their year in the ground and are beyond any excuse to linger. They are the most reluctant. They have the clearest memories of what it is like to live. They, more than all the others, want it back. They might wish, if they can, to suck life right out of us and feel warm once again.

It is best we disguise ourselves from them.

It is best if we hide our faces with masks and wear clothes not our own. {Waiting For The Dead On Halloween}

Lots of people consider it more important to  honour the dead, because they are afraid they otherwise would do things to them, instead of honouring God Who according to many does not exist. Instead of thinking what really happens to somebody who dies or people having to face the end of their life, and after that life is finished, they not able to take anything into their grave to use it later. For them, as for animals and plants, there shall be just decay, they becoming dust.

All their life they may have thought they had lots of enemies. Now those enemies can not do anything to them. For those who depart us in death there shall be no tears any more. Whilst the living shall shed perhaps a lot of tears.

26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. (1 Corinthians 15:26 BRG)

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelation 21:4 BRG)

For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. (Ecclesiastes 9:5 BRG)

29 All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul. (Psalm 22:29 BRG)

19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.

20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. (Ecclesiastes 3:19-20 BRG)

10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. (Ecclesiastes 9:10 BRG)

His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. (Psalm 146:4 BRG)

18 For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth. (Isaiah 38:18 BRG)

Instead of spending so much time going to clean stones in a graveyard talking at another place than home, to those who died, should we not better use several moments of the year to remember those people, and perhaps even talk to them, though with the knowledge they can not hear us and cannot do something for us. But above there is SomeOne Who can hear and see us. Would we not better talk to Him?

Instead of having friendship with the world, should we not seek for friendship with Him? Instead of being from the world we better would be from God, with the knowledge that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. (1 John 5:19) We should not love the world and what it has to offer with all its gadgets and other attractive things, it being ready as a spider waiting for its prey to sting it to death.  We should know that for all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh or physical gratification, and the lust of the eyes or greed, and the pride of life and extravagant lifestyles, are not of the Father, but are of the world. (1 John 2:15-16)

 

Bad choices, poor planning, and simply not paying attention. … we wing it, we keep,doing the same thing (thus getting the same outcome and wonder why), we don’t pay attention to what our people are going through and ignore the signs. {52 Hiker Mistakes by Backpacker … and by Worship Leaders}

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Measure of loneliness whilst time drags

Facing daily events and exclaiming “Good grief!”

Family happiness and little things we do

The belief of one going to heaven

What traditions/rituals/routines do you have for welcoming Autumn?

Pagan Holidays

Halloween is Satanist Christmas

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Where the Tye River meets the James. Unique in its right angle intersection as opposed to a Y-type of most merges. But something happened. It now lays horizontal on the floor of the forest. Photo from Killing a Legacy.

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Instruments for the fulfilment of the prophecy

We should consider Christians and Moslems as
instruments for the fulfilment of the prophecy
that the knowledge of God will one day spread throughout the earth.
Whereas the nations before them worshipped idols, denied God’s existence,
and thus did not recognize God’s power or retribution,
the rise of Christianity and Islam served to spread among the nations,
to the furthest ends of the earth,
the knowledge that there is One God who rules the world,
who rewards and punishes and reveals Himself to man.

~ Jacob Emden, also known as Ya’avetz

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Jacob Emden, likely around 1760

The son of the Chacham Tzvi, and a descendant of Elijah Ba’al Shem of Chelm, Jacob Emden (born Ashkenazi), was a traditionalist who responded to the ideals of tolerance being circulated during the 18th-century Enlightenment. He stretched the traditional inclusivist position into universal directions and, like Maimonides, believed that Christianity and Islam have important roles to play in God’s plan for mankind,

Nederlandse tekst / Dutch version: Instrumenten voor de vervulling van de profetie

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to Resolve the tension between high ideals of the gospel and the grim reality of ourselves

“There is only one way for any of us to resolve the tension between the high ideals of the gospel and the grim reality of ourselves:
to accept that we will never measure up, but that we do not have to.
We are judged by the righteousness of the Christ who lives within, not our own.
Tolstoy got it halfway right:
anything that makes me feel comfort with God’s moral standard, anything that makes me feel, ‘At last I have arrived,’ is a cruel deception.
But Dostoyevsky got the other half right:
anything that makes me feel discomfort with God’s forgiving love is also a cruel deception.
There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus’:
that message, Leo Tolstoy never fully grasped.”

Leo Tolstoy, 1828-1910

From: Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky: The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey

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Come To The Quiet!

The rustling leaves want to whisper a lot to humanity. They hope that their fall song will reach some kind-hearted.

Though not many want to know or see that the surroundings where they are living in are a gift of the Divine Maker, Who has a plan for mankind but also wants us to take care of the earth and all living beings on it.

Joy Cometh In The Morning

Nancy Watching The Setting Sun 2018

COME TO THE QUIET 

 Do you hear it?Can you perceive it?The voice of God is callingRevealing bit by bitThe plan of your life laid outDoes He have to use a shout?To get the message to youExplaining all that it is about?Perhaps in all your busy waysThe quiet does not comeGod is calling you to STOPAnd know where peace is fromYou must let your words be fewTaking time to really hearKnowing God is speaking to youAnd that His Presence is so nearCome, Come to the quietSettle yourself to receiveGod is waiting to impartDirection and faith to believe!A word from the Lord in a poem as given to Nancy Young 9/21/2018 Ecclesiastes 5 "Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear…for God is in heaven, and thou upon…

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What traditions/rituals/routines do you have for welcoming Autumn?

Cooler air, the changing of the leaves, the crispness in the mornings when you walk out the door on your way to school or work.

… the leaves start to change color, and there is that crispness outside that when you step out the door, you just know it’s Fall. {My favorite months of the year . . . #Autumn #Fall #Harvest}

A blogger from Oxfordshire wonders what people mostly do when Autumn presents itself.

Autumn time brings so many colours and textures that it can be hard not to fall for those beautiful colour palettes nature presents to us. The vegetable garden also presents us with many colourful surprises worth using as decoration. It is the time when we get enthusiastic to go overboard and cover our whole house in all sorts of pumpkins, nuts and leaf garland.

The Oxfordshire Country Living Blog  has been

absolutely loving the change in the season. {5 Things to do this Autumn}

She (or he) normally hates the cold and the dark, but she has been trying to embrace each season for it’s own beauty and welcomes Autumn, drinking hot Apple and Cinnamon Tea.

No drink smells as Autumnal as apple and cinnamon. {5 Things to do this Autumn}

Many communities celebrate the harvest. Christadelhpians also thank the Divine Creator for all the good things we have received throughout the year and how He now also has provided to store enough food to go through Winter. The fullness of summer and abundance of harvest may also be found in the satisfying plenitude of life in Christ. Here in West Europe we may find lots of place which, at times, could be a safe haven for those who wanted to worship God without taking part in heathen festivals and pagan traditions.

The colourful season we are now facing comes for many after they went abroad to enjoy better weather than we are used to in Belgium. Most people consider Summertime the time to pick up vitamin D and to store enough energy for our darker days in Wintertime. After the renewal time for energy our eyes get another renewal time, namely to have lots of fantasies going through our head. Nature offers us such a wide range of smashing colours and special lights, our fantasy can be stimulated, and as such we also feel a positiveness to tackle this windy and rainy season.

Apple and Cinnamon TeaHomemade Pumpkin Pie for Thanksigiving - Stock Photo - ImagesWhen walking through the fields and forests we can breathe an air reminding us of life and death. After a lovely walk nothing is lovelier than having the smells coming from the kitchen, bringing us all sorts of wildlife dishes, warm drinks and herb teas. Pumpkins are the seasonal ingredient for all sorts of dishes and soups. Some herbs from the garden are welcome to be used in a potluck dish to share. [Ingredients including: basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, lavender, lemon verbena, Tulsi (Holy Basil), anise hyssop and garlic.]

For many people in this commercial materialist world the harvest is not so important any more as in previous centuries. Most of the people in the West do not have any problem to buy food. For them there is no shortage. Most of them have also no inner connection any more with the different seasons. Shops are helping to get people over that feeling of seasons, by already presenting Christmas articles from September to October. (Every year Halloween, Sint Nicholas, Christmas and Easter are presented earlier to the public.) Though supermarkets may bring in lots of goods from abroad, in a certain way the vegetables of the season dominate the plate.

There’s always sowing, growing or harvesting going on. Though nothing can beat our harvest in October when squash and pumpkins are ready! {Autumn 🧡 Harvest}

Whether it’s walking along an English hedgerow and harvesting the blackberries, or digging up veg from the garden or allotment, nothing is more heartening than cooking with something fresh out of the earth. Somehow it tastes so much better. {5 Things to do this Autumn}

It’s a time to cozy up in your house, eat delicious stews and soups that are too hot for the Summer, wear fuzzy socks and thick warm robes in the morning while you sip your coffee and watch the sunrise. {My favorite months of the year . . . #Autumn #Fall #Harvest}

When we come back from a walk, often it is already to dark in the house, and as such we want to have some extra atmosphere lights.

Welcoming in the darker evenings by stringing up fairy lights, and lighting candles. Make a little Autumnal display and change up some of the cushions for a cosier Autumnal feel. Try adding warmer tones, and cosier textures, it’s amazing how a change as small as cushions and throws can change the feel of a room. {5 Things to do this Autumn}

At home in a cosy chair we can pick up the Bible and be with our thoughts by the Giver of this all. It is the ideal time to think about Him Who makes everything possible. He Who Creates and Gives. With all that abundance that we receive, let us not forget those who are in need.

19 “When you are reaping in the field, and you overlook a sheaf, don’t return to get it. Let it remain for the foreigner, the orphan, or the widow, in order that the Lord your God may bless everything you undertake.{Deuteronomy 24:19 International Standard Version (ISV)}

Whatever we do let us showing to others how we as children of God are thankful for what we receive from Him and how we can share with others.

Let us also be very careful, having now months coming where certain traditions are not in accordance with God’s Will. We face moments when people go to deep in thinking about death and share ideas about the dead which are not according to what Scripture teaches about them. for some

The veil is thinning between our world and the spirit world. It is time to celebrate the cycle between life and death. Samhain is known as the witch’s new year. {Samhain Blessing and Ritual Ideas}

Many may come attracted by such pagan festivals like Halloween.

There are many ways to celebrate this turning of the wheel. Some celebrate the final harvest, while others focus on honoring the Gods and Goddesses. Still some spend the time honoring their ancestors. {Samhain Blessing and Ritual Ideas}

What may going on in your head now the days are shortening and darkness with strange sounds may be lurking outdoors?

Do you keep to certain traditions?

How do you look at this time of year?

What traditions/rituals/routines do you have for welcoming Autumn?

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Bible writings telling us there is only One True God

On a Facebook group Diane Cohn neatly put everything on a row concerning the position of God and His son

 

Deuteronomy 32:39
See now that I, yes, I, am he;
and 👉🏻there is no god beside me.👈🏻
I put to death, and I make alive;
I wound, and I heal;
no one saves anyone from my hand!

Isaiah 45:5-6
I am Adonai; 👉🏻there is no other👈🏻;
👉🏻besides me there is no God👈🏻.
I am arming you, although you don’t know me,
so that those from the east and those from the west
will know that there is none besides me —
👉🏻I am Adonai; there is no other👈🏻.

Isaiah 46:5
To whom will you liken me and equate me?
👉🏻With whom will you compare me, as if we were similar?👈🏻”

Isaiah 46:9
“Remember things that happened
at the beginning, long ago —
that 👉🏻I am God, and there is no other👈🏻;
👉🏻I am God, and there is none like me👈🏻.

Exodus 20:2-3
“I am Adonai your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the abode of slavery.“👉🏻You are to have no other gods before me👈🏻.

17:31
For he has set a Day when he will judge the inhabited world, and do it justly, by means of 👉🏻a man whom he has designated.👈🏻 And 👉🏻he has given public proof of it by resurrecting this man from the dead👈🏻.”

Act 2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, 👉🏻a man👈🏻 approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which 👉🏻God did by him👈🏻 in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

Joh 8:40 But now ye seek to kill me, 👉🏻a man👈🏻 that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.

Rom 5:15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by 👉🏻one man, Jesus Christ👈🏻, hath abounded unto many.

Rom 5:17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by 👉🏻one man, Jesus Christ👈🏻

1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, 👉🏻the man Christ Jesus👈🏻;

Is. 44:6 Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and 👉🏻beside me there is no God👈🏻.

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A New Schoolyear, new plans

We are coming closer to the end of August. Though we may enjoy the third heatwave this Summer, for many it comes in the preparation period for the new academic year.

Summer coming to an end, most people having to go back at work on Monday, or perhaps already tackling a new season of daily work?!

Everyone makes plans and most often make new plans and promises when there is a new cycle starting. Maybe you too have mapped out your plan with steps toward the coming season.  Many put a goal in front of their eyes. You, like many others, have had a lifelong dream to achieve something that you think could be the right direction for you, then as you go along you don’t see progress towards that dream. You wait, you try, you pray, but to no avail that dream, that vision- just isn’t going the way you thought it would and now you are left with-  “ what do I do and where do I go from here?

Would it be not the right time, this year, to count on some help and guidance from above?

Would it be not nice if you could feel a Higher Power close to you?

Give your ear to hear God calling you to it and get working on it. Now it is time to get back the Bible in your hand, for studying, praying, hoping a door shall be able to open. Comt to rely on the Most High God and look forward with a positive attitude.

Make your plans and see what God is going to do with them, pray for them, don’t give up, something is coming and it could take a while but you will see how much He loves you just by preventing you from things that are wrong for your life and others around you.

Proverbs 16:9
In their hearts humans plan their course 
but the lord establishes their steps

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