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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My Father is "the" Gardener... John 15:1

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10 Reasons Why You Cannot Be Lazy

(See how many weeds u can find - my frontyard at 7979 de palma)

  • You  are born neither poor nor rich; you are born with ‘nothing’. When you came out of your mom either at a community hospital or elsewhere, how much did you come with you?” Yet, why does one person get poor while someone else rich? (Answer: Proverb 10:4)
  • Okay, now you are lucky enough to have $1 million in your savings account. After and despite all the expenditures for this or that, what will happen to the balance? Well, it depends on many factors, but first of all how did you get it? Via hard work? Or through an easy way like winning a lottery? Easy come easy go. “The lazy man does not roast his game, but the diligent man prizes his possessions.” (Proverb 12:27) 
  • You say, “Well, I can always file for chapter 7 bankruptcy, and get a relief.” Fine. But the society (see what the Standard and Poor’s did for the U.S.) keeps referencing your credit score to determine whether you deserve the interest rate you desire.
  • According to the ‘idle’ means, “to pass time doing nothing; to move, loiter, or saunter aimlessly.” So as times passes when you do nothing what will happen? A quick answer – Murphy’s Law, “All that can go wrong will go wrong (sooner than later)”. Thus, “if a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.” Ecclesiastes 10:18  
  • During the wintertime, an ant was living off the grain that he had stored up for himself during the summer. The cricket came to the ant and asked him to share some of his grain. The ant said to the cricket, 'And what were you doing all summer long, since you weren't gathering grain to eat?' The cricket replied, 'Because I was busy singing I didn't have time for the harvest.' The ant laughed at the cricket's reply, and hid his heaps of grain deeper in the ground. 'Since you sang like a fool in the summer,' said the ant, 'you better be prepared to dance the winter away!' [Credit -] [Matthew 25:26; Hebrews 6:12; Proverbs 20:4; 22:13; 26:13]
  • The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. Proverbs 13:4 Question: what do crave and desire have in common? Or how are they different? Why does the one who craves gets nothing whereas the one who desires gets fully satisfied?
  • If you are an employer, you are not supposed to man the customer service department with a lazy bunch, for that is the quickest way to see the company going down the tube. (Proverbs 10:26)
  • I like my DeWalt power drill. You use different drill bits to drill in different material like metal, wood, or masonry. Now we serve people with different issues differently like: “1) Warn those who are idle; 2) Encourage the timid; 3) Help the weak; and 4) Be patient with everyone.” (1 Thessalonians 5:14) Why do you ‘warn’ the idle? Why do we even say, ”If a man will not work, he shall not eat”? (2 Thessalonians 3:10) And what are they warned against? Answer: the devil makes the most use of him, causing  him or her to fall victim to all sorts of deceiptful schemes like false prophecies  (2 Thessalonians 2; 3:6-7,11).  (The title of a sequal goes:“Idle hands are the devil’s playthings”.)
  • I sweat to keep my garden (front yard and back yard) ‘weed-free’, but you know it gets messy real quick; if I leave it unattended, soon it is difficult to nevigate. Is it only your garden that gets filled with undesirable stuff like thorns and thistles? Why is it that the paths of one’s life are clogged up with thorns and thistles? Again, it is not due to your bad horoscope or anything but your hands:“The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway”. (Proverbs 15:19)
  • Finally your dream came true: you worked hard so at the age 40 you are ready to retire. Does this mean that you can let your hands go idle? I know you know the answer, so work even harder now than ever. :-<  Ecclesiastes 11:6.

So here the poem goes: I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man. (Proverbs 24:30-34 ESV)
P.S. The real problem in dealing with you a sluggard is that a sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who are wise counselors. Proverb 26:16. So it is written: Go to the ant you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!" Proverbs 6:6

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Master the Book of Revelation in One Minute !!!

One Minute Bible Study to master all the high mountains and deep, dark, and dreadful valleys of the Book of Revelation.

That is right! Just in one minute!

1 John 5:1-5 state that it is through our faith in the Lord that we can ‘overcome’.

At the outset of the Book the glorified Jesus says that to the one who overcomes he is going to give him the right to sit with him on His throne (3:21).

Towards the end of the book, Jesus says, “He who overcomes will inherit all this.” 21:7

  1. The first chapter of the book describes the vision of the One who overcame, that is, Jesus Christ in a glorified state.
  2. Chapters 2 and 3 describe the members of the church who are called to overcome by faith in Him.
  3. In Chapter 4 is seen the preview of the ones who overcame in worship.
  4. Chapters 5-20 are the casualties and gleanings
  5. Last two chapters (21,22) represent the outcome the ones who overcame are going to inherit.
"To be or not to be, that is the question" is the opening line of a soliloquy in William Shakespeare's play Hamlet. However according to the Apostle John, “to overcome or not to overcome, that is the question.” Similarly Paul says, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21

Thus the Spirit says to the church:
  1. “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God (2:7b).
  2. “He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death. 2:11 (21:8)
  3.  To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it. 2:17
  4.  To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations. 2:26
  5. He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels. 3:5
  6. Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name. 3:12
  7. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. 3:21
What do you think?

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

What is wisdom? - Ten Different Views

What is wisdom? • Online dictionary: The quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise. The soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of such experience, knowledge, and good judgment. • Will Durant: total perspective, seeing an object, event, or idea in all its pertinent relationships. Spinoza defined wisdom as seeing things sub specie eternitatis, in view of eternity; I suggest defining it as seeing things sub specie totius, in view of the whole. • Wikipedia: Wisdom is a deep understanding and realization of people, things, events or situations, resulting in the ability to apply perceptions, judgements and actions in keeping with this understanding. It often requires control of one's emotional reactions (the "passions") so that universal principles, reason and knowledge prevail to determine one's actions. Wisdom is also the comprehension of what is true or right coupled with optimum judgment as to action. Synonyms include: sagacity, discernment, or insight. • Peter Russell: Its essence is discernment. Discernment of right from wrong. Helpful from harmful. Truth from delusion. • Charles Spurgeon: Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. • J. I. Packer: Wisdom is the power to see, and the inclination to choose, the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it. Wisdom is, in fact, the practical side of moral goodness. As such, it is found in its fulness only in God. He alone is naturally and entirely and invariable wise. • John Piper: Wisdom is the practical knowledge of how to attain that happiness. Therefore, wisdom is hearing and doing the Word of God. In the Biblical sense, wisdom is the "ability to judge correctly and to follow the best course of action, based on knowledge and understanding" • Job: “The fear of the Lord – that is wisdom” (Job 28:28) • Psalmist: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10). • Paul: Christ is the wisdom of God(1Co 1:24,30). Wisdom consists of righteousness, holiness, and redemption. In Jesus Christ are ‘hidden all treasures of wisdom and knowledge.’ (Col 2:3) What do you think?

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Your Kingdom Come (Bible U.S.A. World Campus Mission)

Where does the U.S. stand as a nation (or a city on a hill)? The Scritpures (Deuteronomy 28) says if u obey the Lord fully, you will be always at the top, never at the bottom, for the Lord will put you high above all nations. For example, you will always lend to many nations, but borrow from none. So far, U.S. is the "largest debtor nation" [click!!!!!] here on earth. [According to the USA Today June 7, 2011, unfunded U.S. obligations and entitlements reached 61.1 trillion. Of the U.S. debts owed to foreign countries, China remains at the top as the largest creditor nation holding close to 25% of the federal debts. For the last ten years, U.S. budget deficit kept increasing (2002 - 194 billion; 2012 – 1.3 trillion)] China may beat the U.S. back to the moon. [In 2006, 80,000 engineers were working for the NASA and its contractors, whereas in July 2008, in China 200,000 engineers were working on a space program. Note: in 2006, China graduated 500,000 engineers, whereas the U.S. 70,000. Of the 70,000 graduates, 40% are foreign students of which about 50% are Chinese most of whom do not stay in the U.S. According to Frank Wolf the U.S. Congressman, if the U.S. becomes weakened financially the world would be a lot more dangerous place to live in, for a lot of gangbaner nations are out there to destroy not just the U.S. but those who are less endowed. What do you think?