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The Rain Stopped

I Kings 17:1   And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

Mark 4:39  And he [Jesus] arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

AOC’s failed “rain dance”.

I Kings 18:20 So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.

21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.

23 Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:

24 And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.

25 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under.

26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.

27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.

28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.

29 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.

30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down.

31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the Lord came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:

32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.

33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.

34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.

35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.

36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.

37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.

38 Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God.

40 And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

 

 

 

 

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The Problem with Dates

There are people who are focused on the date of the Second Coming of Christ.

Jesus clearly stated that no man knows the day, or the hour, but the Father only.  He gave a clue as to the conditions, but not the date.

Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

 

The problem with being date conscious is that it leads to discouragement, disappointment, and even to a point of abandoning faith when something does not happen the way one “thinks” it should happen.

Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

 

This is a grave danger.

Rather than look to dates, we should be looking to “occupy” until Jesus comes.

Luke 19:12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

 

Luke 12:40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.

41 Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all?

42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?

43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.

45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;

46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.

47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

 

What that looks like for each individual differs according to their responsibilities before God, gifts and callings, and place in the body of Christ.  Nevertheless, we each have jobs to do and it behooves us to be doing those things rather than waiting around for Jesus to come again.

Jesus defeated satan at the cross.  He left the work of enforcing what he did to believers … through faith, the name of Jesus, the blood of Jesus, the power of God, and the promises of God.  We have a job to do.  And actually, we, by doing our jobs, will hasten the Second Coming of Christ.  If Jesus is not here when we think he should be here, it is maybe because, as the proverb goes, “the ball is on our court” and we should be on the court playing rather than waiting for Jesus to do our job.

II Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

 

Habakkuk 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

 

Matthew 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

 

Job 34:11 For the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every man to find according to his ways.

 

 

 

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Moses Needed Help; His Gift of Administrations Found the Solution

I had to give a ride to someone to the location of her vehicle and the topic of roads came up.  I had mentioned this topic before to another individual … that a particular area in town lacked good planning regarding roads.

The gift of administrations or governments is given by God and those who have it are capable of finding the best talent for the job and then turning them loose to do the job.  In the case of the roads, it was evident that something was lacking.

Interestingly, this discussion had come up before with someone else, and there had been no comment or response back.  In this case,  when the same discussion came up, I was told that there had been a visionary had tried to convince people to think for the future but he had been rejected.

So there had been a solution, but it was rejected.

Moses was a great leader.  He was used to help free the children of Israel from Pharoah.  He went into the mount of God and received the Ten Commandments.   But as great a leader as Moses was, even he recognized when he needed to delegate a task and needed the talents of someone else.

Numbers 10:29 And Moses said unto Hobab, the son of Raguel the Midianite, Moses’ father in law, We are journeying unto the place of which the Lord said, I will give it you: come thou with us, and we will do thee good: for the Lord hath spoken good concerning Israel.

30 And he said unto him, I will not go; but I will depart to mine own land, and to my kindred.

31 And he said, Leave us not, I pray thee; forasmuch as thou knowest how we are to encamp in the wilderness, and thou mayest be to us instead of eyes.

32 And it shall be, if thou go with us, yea, it shall be, that what goodness the Lord shall do unto us, the same will we do unto thee.

 

If the last few years have shown us anything, it has revealed how quickly something can be destroyed if the wrong people are in charge.  Ideally, people who have been given the gift of administration make it into leadership positions and are able to function according to their God-given wisdom and talents. A heap of good that it took many generations to create can be destroyed quickly by the wrong people in charge.  We need to pray that God will bring the right people to fill the places that need to be filled in the days ahead.

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Half-Baked

Hosea 7:8 Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned.

9 Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not….

 

There is a saying “a half-baked idea”. It implies that the idea is not fully developed, that something is lacking.

It should be obvious that the illegal invasion at the southern border is part of the strategy to steal the 2024 elections. No ID laws for voting and lax voting requirements make a theft exceedingly possible even though “the other guy” is way more popular. Popularity has nothing to do with outcomes in the case of stolen elections.

While from an evangelistic point of view, there are those who are coming to the border and getting born again, from a scriptural and Constitutional view, if they repent and are converted and want to be obedient to the scripture to obey the laws of government (Romans 13), in which case is the Constitution, not the illegal unelected government currently occupying Washington D.C. and which stole the 2020 election,  then those who are born again need to return home to their nations rather than enter the land illegally.

Any law contrary to the Constitution is no law.

Because if they enter the land illegally, and are able to help keep in power the current unelected government that is illegally occupying Washington D.C., then the next phase of destruction to the United States will involved the removal of religious freedom.

There has been way too much reliance on a hope that Jesus will return and solve the problem before it becomes unmanageable. It is a half-baked idea of prophecy. Hosea 7:8 Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned.

It has led to this in Hosea. Hosea 7:9 Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not….

Jesus will return, but that should not be considered a strategy to maintain religious freedom.
Dr. Robert Schuller, Sr., used to say, “If it’s to be, it’s up to me.”

President Lincoln said something similar.  He did not throw the responsibility upon Jesus.  Neither did the Founding Fathers, nor what was referred to as the Black-Robed Regiment, who wore black clerical robes over  their army uniforms and who participated in the fight for freedom.   Related, also Related

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
President Abraham Lincoln, November 19, 1863

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The Venn Diagram

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Like a Venn diagram, it is quite possible for different individuals or groups to agree on some points, but not all points.  It is what allows people of certain opposing views to work together, at least at those points where they are in agreement.

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It is important to recognize where we are fighting similar battles and join together where possible rather than attempt to separate on doctrinal and other points.

Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

 

The Pharisees were particularly focused on the minutiae.  They complained when Jesus healed on the sabbath rather than being glad that someone got healed (Luke 13:11-17).   They focused on the details of the law and traditions they had built up and missed the fact that their Messiah, that they had waited for, longed for, and their own prophets had said was coming, was standing in front of them.  Jesus basically told them that, but he spoke in parables.

Matthew 16:1 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.

2 He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.

3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

4  A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.

 

For those who are unfamiliar the story of Jonas (Jonah), it was a type and shadow of the three days during which Jesus finished up what was necessary to be accomplished in the legal steps of redemption, taking the keys of death and hell (Revelation 1:18), taking his blood shed as an atonement for sin to the mercy seat in heaven (Hebrews 9), and resurrecting on the third day (Matthew 28:5-7).  Jesus basically told them why he was there and they missed the point and actually were part of scenario bringing about his crucifixion.

Recognizing that there are eschatalogical differences and belief systems, can we simplify things down to “thy kingdom come, thy will be done”?   As the angels said, God’s kingdom is “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14)  There are some things we know are not part of kingdom activity such as abuse of children, transgenderism, pedophilia, blackmail, bribery, corruption, covenantbreaking and more.  Can we oppose that which we understand and  know and seek to bring in a cleaner world?

James 2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?

26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

 

 

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False Hope

Hope in a Prison of Despair

There might be other considerations regarding false hope, and another writer or article might come at this topic from a different angle, but for purposes of this post, false hope is the expectation that it is possible to break rules and have the same result as those who follow rules.

In today’s woke society, there is the thought, often put forth by politicians, that if you perceive a thing a certain way, that makes it true.  That actually is not true.  Perception does not equate to fact.

You cannot perceive a woman to be a man or a man to be a woman.  You cannot perceive a man as giving birth to a baby.  Perception does not establish fact.

When it comes to the Bible, it is necessary to become thoroughly acquainted with its contents and to take things in context.  Otherwise, there is the danger of pulling out one statement and establishing that as fact.  That one statement without fullness of understanding and obedience can lead to false hope.

While there are multiple topics and directions a post could take with the above introduction, and they may be covered at a later time, today the focus will be on finances.   It is necessary to take the whole counsel of God, not just one scripture.

I’m speaking from experience that if the following verses are are foundational scriptures in life and finances, that God is faithful.

Malachi 3:7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?

8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.

 

Tithing existed before the law.  There are those who say that tithing was part of the law and was abolished but tithing existed before the law.  Abraham preceded Moses and Abraham tithed.  So did Jacob.  Abraham tithed to Melchisedek.  Jesus is of the order of Melchisedek.  So we tithe to the Lord under the New Covenant.

There are those who simply quote “my God shall supply all my need” which he will.  But there are some requirements.  That was spoken to people who were givers.  It wasn’t spoken to just anyone.  And Jesus said, “seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you”.

False hope is taking one promise and not seeing or ignoring if there are any requirements we have to fulfill.  The New Testament is the new covenant and in a covenant there are responsibilities on the side of both parties.  A lot of times preaching focuses on what God will do, but we actually have responsibilities on our part to fulfill.

If finances are tight, study the promises in Malachi.  Study tithing.  Tithe.

The blessings of tithing can come back in many ways:  opportunities to earn more income, sales, discounts, fewer breakdowns and problems that cost money, greater wisdom in financial affairs, favor that leads to increase, etc..  God is unlimited in how he fulfills his promises and the way God works can be totally different each time.  God can tailor his supply to your need provided you don’t put him in a box and insist it come a certain way.

One blessing that I have found is that desires can change.  If you are compelled to buy the biggest and best and newest, you might find that that is no longer important and that alone will save a lot of shopping trips to the mall or Amazon.  Or you may be inspired to study and increase your skill level to get a new and better job.  Or other changes can be facilitated.  When we take care of God’s house, God takes care of ours.

False hope is just believing that God will supply your needs without finding out from the Word of God and also the leading of the Lord what God requires as part of the covenant relationship in order for that promise to come to pass.

 

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Lessons from the past

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I Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

 

II Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

 

II Chronicles 24:4 And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to repair the house of the Lord.

5 And he gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said to them, Go out unto the cities of Judah, and gather of all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year, and see that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the Levites hastened it not.

6 And the king called for Jehoiada the chief, and said unto him, Why hast thou not required of the Levites to bring in out of Judah and out of Jerusalem the collection, according to the commandment of Moses the servant of the Lord, and of the congregation of Israel, for the tabernacle of witness?

7 For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up the house of God; and also all the dedicated things of the house of the Lord did they bestow upon Baalim.

8 And at the king’s commandment they made a chest, and set it without at the gate of the house of the Lord.

9 And they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring in to the Lord the collection that Moses the servant of God laid upon Israel in the wilderness.

10 And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an end.

11 Now it came to pass, that at what time the chest was brought unto the king’s office by the hand of the Levites, and when they saw that there was much money, the king’s scribe and the high priest’s officer came and emptied the chest, and took it, and carried it to his place again. Thus they did day by day, and gathered money in abundance.

12 And the king and Jehoiada gave it to such as did the work of the service of the house of the Lord, and hired masons and carpenters to repair the house of the Lord, and also such as wrought iron and brass to mend the house of the Lord.

13 So the workmen wrought, and the work was perfected by them, and they set the house of God in his state, and strengthened it.

14 And when they had finished it, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiada, whereof were made vessels for the house of the Lord, even vessels to minister, and to offer withal, and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver. And they offered burnt offerings in the house of the Lord continually all the days of Jehoiada.

15 But Jehoiada waxed old, and was full of days when he died; an hundred and thirty years old was he when he died.

16 And they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done good in Israel, both toward God, and toward his house.

17 Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.

18 And they left the house of the Lord God of their fathers, and served groves and idols: and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their trespass.

19 Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the Lord; and they testified against them: but they would not give ear.

20 And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the Lord, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the Lord, he hath also forsaken you.

21 And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the Lord.

22 Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his son. And when he died, he said, The Lord look upon it, and require it.

23 And it came to pass at the end of the year, that the host of Syria came up against him: and they came to Judah and Jerusalem, and destroyed all the princes of the people from among the people, and sent all the spoil of them unto the king of Damascus.

24 For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men, and the Lord delivered a very great host into their hand, because they had forsaken the Lord God of their fathers. So they executed judgment against Joash.

25 And when they were departed from him, (for they left him in great diseases,) his own servants conspired against him for the blood of the sons of Jehoiada the priest, and slew him on his bed, and he died: and they buried him in the city of David, but they buried him not in the sepulchres of the kings.

26 And these are they that conspired against him; Zabad the son of Shimeath an Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith a Moabitess.

27 Now concerning his sons, and the greatness of the burdens laid upon him, and the repairing of the house of God, behold, they are written in the story of the book of the kings. And Amaziah his son reigned in his stead.

 

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Repost: Cessationism 12 (Awakening & Revival) Daniel Kolenda: Off The Record

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Repost: Cessationism 11 (Miracles in the Middle Ages) Daniel Kolenda: Off The Record

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D. James Kennedy Ministries

Dr. D. James Kennedy was before his time in recognizing the need for the church to be involved in the culture.

Another person who recognized the need for Christians to be involved in the culture was Francis Schaeffer.

To learn more about Dr. D. James Kennedy’s work, message, and writings, click here.

 

And while we are on the topic of those whose thoughts help shape culture and help others see how thoughts shape culture, the book “The Abolition of Man” by C. S. Lewis, is a short, but important read.

Christians recognize the importance of these scriptures regarding thoughts and the mind.

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

But the renewing of the mind must take place in the culture as well.  We are seeing what happens in the world when the thoughts of wokeness, transgenderism, the swamp, the deep state, atheism, and satanism prevail.  This is where the real battle is.  The scripture below reveals  where thoughts come from that are contrary to true science, true economics, true health information, true education, true anything.  Thoughts that steal, kill and destroy, contrary to the truth, come from this realm.

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

 

This is the origin of these thoughts contrary to truth.

John 18:38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

 

Prior to this event, Jesus had said this to his disciples.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

 

Anything that is of life, that brings life, comes from the Lord, “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is One Lord.”  He is not simply a “religious Lord”, he is the Lord of all that brings life in the culture.  He is the Lord of “male and female” versus “transgenderism”.  He is the Lord of “if a man will not work neither will he eat” versus “socialism” and “communism”.  He is the Lord of a just legal system versus “two- or three-tiers” of justice.  He is Lord of true healing versus “medical procedures and jabs for profit”.  He is the Lord of peace versus “war for the profits of the military industrial complex and its backers”.

Jesus Christ is Lord of all.

 

 

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