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God, Send Your Fire!

Having German heritage, I’m always looking for those like Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther, who did God’s work. I watched mesmerized last night when Billye talked about this book, “FIRE ON THE ALTAR, Those Who Carried the Flame”. I think of the hunger in our churches amongst us Christians, and prayer is our answer. The author of this book is Frank JJ Di Petro,
and it is on Amazon, among others by him. She spoke of the Moravians, who I never heard of going back to 1727 in Germany. Count Nikola Ludwig Von Zinzendorf gave up all his status, and went on this parcel of land to invite Christian believers to live there. They started this 100 year old prayer vigil, became selfless in 5 years. God came down amongst them in
all His glory. Zinzendorf was 27. Prayer there was the catalyst of Leviticus 6:13 “A fire shall always be burning and never go out. ” These Moravians helped birth the Great Awakening in America, John Wesley and his brother and George Whitfield. All thru the Great Awakening of which America was birthed started in Germany!!! A 100 year prayer vigil!

The evangelism as we know it in the world did not exist before the Moravians. it was no accident that God restored the fire in the altar 1st..A sprit of God fell on them that day in 1732.There is a Moravian Museum in Bethlehem, PA. I just bought this book on my Kindle. I pray all my prayer warriors watch Billye’s video which was on Thursday, on this book. Videos on site are for 5 days of the week.

The following comments are by Charlie Hurt of the Washington Times. Thank you Charlie,
you ARE a journalist. Flaunting Lawlessness:

Never in the history of this Republic has there been such a jubilant celebration of lawlessness in the heart of our government as we saw at President Trump’s State of the Union address to Congress.

Under the gaze of Moses, George Mason, Thomas Jefferson and all the great champions of law from history, today’s current crop of “lawgivers” in America sneered, mocked and ridiculed the mere notion that we might have laws. (And Jefferson was NOT a deist!)

That these laws might mean anything.

That these laws might be enforced with equality.

That’s because also gazing down on our modern “lawgivers” in the chamber were an untold number of illegal aliens. These illegal aliens were actually invited to illegally come into the House chamber — the sacred nursery of America’s laws — to sit in sneering judgement of a nation built on the promise that no man (or woman or child) is above the law. Across the street, enthroned in the pediment of the Supreme Court above the words “EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW,” Justice wept.” Yes, Charlie, Justice wept, and so did our Founding Father’s; for this is the way of dictatorships not America, justice, law, ethics, character, or our Constitution under GOD! A democracy, republic, not Socialism-Communism. Or? We lose our freedoms, our country, our rights.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jan/30/flaunting-lawlessness-capitol/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTkdabU5UbGxZalJtTjJZdyIsInQiOiJPM3N0dXdcL1BkVEpRZE1yd0dGWmEyZEFhVGEyNU5lT2MrUnlVOWtOdVp4Y1RPcGZBbnNCYmg2MzJTZFY0SGxXakhSSUY4NnBmYUhDbDJIK29QaDFsTVwvT01teHNYSnlKeFhoXC81VVZWcCtpSmFFbkJNZHN2dnY3YzBwNHNQdjlzMiJ9

Click and play video. Billye Brim is one intelligent lady and has her own books!
http://www.kcm.org/watch/tv-broadcast/the-firepower-prayer-ignites-revival-fire

FIRST OF ALL AWAKENINGS BY Billye Brim
https://www.billyebrim.org/products/first_all_awakenings_book

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 1 Timothy 2:1-2

At the admonition of the Lord to study the Awakenings in America in 2008, this unique book examines this directive, along with others. You will learn:
* The history of spiritual Awakenings, and the people and events that founded and preserved this special nation.
* How they relate to the next great Awakening; including the Revival and prayer roots of President Trump.
* The role of the Church in government affairs.
* Uniting the Body of Christ in the First of All campaign.
The success of this or any future administration falls primarily upon the shoulders of the Body of Christ. Dr. Billye Brim has ministered this revelation thru the various platforms available to her and has now written about it, believing the body of Christ can unite in this prayer effort and overcome the enemy’s plot to destroy us through division.
PRAYERS WILL IMPLORE GOD TO SEND THE FIRE! ONLY PRAYERS, NOT YOU OR ME ALONE WRITING THIS, BUT UNITY WITH ALL OF US CHRISTIANS, TO GET SERIOUS AND PRAY FOR OUR PRESIDENT AND OUR COUNTRY!

“America can finish her God-given course. America can, will, and must reach her destiny. And that depends upon the prayers of God’s people. That depends on you and me.” –Billye Brim
40 Prayers that Changed America by Paul Barkley
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0979417333/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I3ENI8ET2NROEV&colid=2TBP5BONYYDRV&psc=0

Words that Changed the World Azuza St Sermons by William Seymour
(Seymour was a one eyed Black man, who had a powerful call on him,
in spite of hard segregation, he was taken in by these prayer warriors of
the Fire of Azuza St.) Bones grew, legs grew that had been amputated.
Miracles ensued as the fire of God came down from Heaven, and I pray
it does once more, we are overdue!!
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0964628988/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I2N7CF1T5Q8RG4&colid=2TBP5BONYYDRV&psc=0

Miracles of Azuza Street by Tommy Welchel
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0768403510/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I32H3MS2IRPZTE&colid=2TBP5BONYYDRV&psc=0

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Slander, Libel, The Tongue No Man Can Tame

THEREFORE you are inexcusable, O man, whosoever you are who judges, for wherein you judge another, you condemn yourself for you who judge do the same things. Romans 2:1 “In effect, says God judges one who judges another in the same manner in which he himself has judged, hence, “condemning himself.” Matt 7:1-2

BUT after your hardness and impenitent heart (speaks of a hardness toward God, with a refusal to repent) treasured up unto yourself, wrath, against the day of wrath and revelation of the Righteous Judgment of God.

We are in an age of Apostasy. We are in an age of uncouth, unmannered, uncivil, unschooled,
undisciplined, hypocrisy, unethical, lack of character, loud, boisterous, doers of self, disobedient, haters of God, unmannered, disrespectful, unteachable, me-ism generation of illiterate do-nothings! And THAT also includes much of our media, as well as those who hold office in our Government, as well as each and every “race baiter” whose time has past!

We, who voted for Trump, are really not the deplorables, for our existing culture is really what
is deplorable. Gossip, slander, and libel, is all that comes out of our everyday media. If we had
had this generation during WWII, we would have lost the war! There is no responsibility for
negative, hurtful, actions, yet those are the people who are bringing up a younger generation?
So, I ask, to what end? If you are unscrupulous, and cannot look yourself in the mirror and
see the error of your ways? I don’t care if you mouthed the sinner’s prayer 10 times, and say
I’m a Christian, your not going to Heaven. Of course most of the left wing Socialist media doesn’t even believe in God anyways. “Oh, Jesus loves me”, yes He does, but, He will not
excuse you.

I heard tv preacher Jack Graham preach on this, and took notes way back in 2016. James 2:14-19 “If a brother or sister be naked, destitute and you don’t help them, are you saved and going to Christ? No, he said, hell! Works does not get you to Heaven but our DEEDS. Vs 1:18 James.
He did it all! By grace you are saved, not works. Titus 3:5 Also not by works. THIS has split
Churches, ie Paul vs James. BUT, they are not debating. Paul fights legalism; its his battle cry,
as the great reformer. James says your saved by grace, but, anything AFTER does not go. He
is looking at the sanctifying side of I Corinthians 3:5. Examine your faith. Saving faith is laboring. Can faith without showing faith get you to Heaven after your saved? No! There is
no fruit. No evidence. Everything we do, has to be to the Glory of Christ himself, and the
BLOOD Jesus shed at the Cross. Else, it makes him a lunatic, and all for nothing! Do you
witness? What is He doing in your life? Do you help the poor? Do you go where you can
minister? Then it is dead works. It is our DEEDS which get us to Heaven.

I know someone as a nurse in a public school. THAT she says is her ministry? No, it is dead works. For she is not allowed to witness Jesus, nor does she know how to pray with someone the Sinner’s Prayer. Thus, it is dead works, for there is NO FRUIT. Instead this woman’s mouth sounds like a backstabber of those around her.  Where is the sanctification? Where is the Cross? When You clothe the naked, welcome a stranger you’ve done it unto me…a loving Father, a living Faith! James 2:19, 20,26 You can’t be saved on Sunday and in the world Monday.

Evangelist Ron Carpenter preached on slander, and he had really got hit and had no choice but to go to court.  It happens to us Christians too.  For the devil walks to and fro seeking whom he can devour.  Ron’s book has some excellent instruction.  And by the way, you don’t befriend a person who slanders or is verbally abusive.  For like Jezebel, they will pull you in and you won’t even see it coming.

The Necessity of An Enemy:                                                                                                                           https://www.amazon.com/Necessity-Enemy-Battle-Face-Opportunity-ebook/dp/B004Y89PJQ/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&coliid=IWEQAEL7OUS85&colid=2TBP5BONYYDRV&qid=&sr=

 

 

 

 

LEGAL TERMINOLOGY:
**Written defamation is called “libel,” and spoken defamation is called “slander.”. Defamation is not a crime, but it is a “tort” (a civil wrong, rather than a criminal wrong). A person who has been defamed can sue the person who did the defaming.

Defamation law tries to balance competing interests: On the one hand, people should not ruin others’ lives by telling lies about them; but on the other hand, people should be able to speak freely without fear of litigation over every insult, disagreement, or mistake. Political and social disagreement is important in a free society, and we obviously don’t all share the same opinions or beliefs. For instance, political opponents often reach opposite conclusions from the same facts, and editorial cartoonists often exaggerate facts to make their point. Defamation law aims to strike a balance between allowing the distribution of information, ideas, and opinions, and protecting people from having lies told about them. It’s a complicated area of law. Many in the media now as well as late night tv, are in serious danger of defamation, legally!

“A BIBLICAL EXPOSITION OF WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN AND GOSSIP, SLANDER AND THE USE OF THE TONGUE
The greatest truth a believer can ever grasp is this: when he got saved, he died to his sinful past, and the rest of his life is to be spent pursuing Christlikeness. Paul put it this way: “I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me” (Ga.2:20). At the believer’s salvation experience he was awakened to the fact that he is a grievous sinner against God that deserves eternal damnation, but that because Christ loved him and died for him, he has escaped God’s wrath and now possesses eternal life. A proper understanding of Christ’s love for the believer will transform and control his life (2 Co. 5:14-15). It is a motivating truth that drives the believer to put off the old lifestyle with its sin, and to be remade into the image of Christ.

One of the sins that God wants us to put off is the sin of slander. Slander is serious sin. It is very hard for 21st century Americans to accept this. We live in the midst of so much slander that we have trouble even recognizing it as sin. Our conscience is seared. We have so quenched the Spirit in this area that we have trouble feeling His conviction when we slander. Our political campaigns are filled with slander. Our most popular magazines are slanderous rags. We frequently listen to it on television, on the radio, or on the internet. It is commonplace on the job. It is a way of life in America. But Paul lists it as one of the sins that obviously calls for the eternal wrath of God (Ro. 1:30). David prayed that a slanderer would not be in the millennial reign of Christ (Ps. 140:11). David vows to God that as a righteous judge he would destroy all slanderers (Ps. 101:5). One reason God brought judgment against Israel in Jeremiah’s day was “every neighbor will walk with slanderers” (Je. 9:4). Slander proceeds out of an evil heart and defiles a man (Mt. 15:19-20). Slander breaks our fellowship with God so that He will not hear our prayers (Ps. 15:3). It grieves the Holy Spirit and blocks spiritual growth (Ep. 4:31; 1 Pe. 2:1). Slander is one of the characteristics of the church people who in perilous times “have a form of godliness, but have denied its power” (2 Ti. 3:1-5). Again, Paul tells us that we must avoid such men as these (2 Ti. 3:5). He feared he would find such behavior in Corinth (2 Co. 12:20) and warned them to examine themselves to see if they were even saved (2 Co. 13:5). If American Christians could really see the truth of what slander is, we would cry out with Isaiah, “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips!” (Is. 6:5).

The Greek word for slander is blasphemeo. It means ‘to speak evil of.’ Sometimes is it used of speaking evil of God, and is translated ‘to blaspheme.’ When it is used of speaking evil of men, it refers to slander. Slander is the speaking of defamatory statements injurious to the reputation or well-being of another (American Heritage Dictionary). Contrary to what most might think, just because a statement contains the truth does not mean it is not slanderous. The truth can be slander when it is uttered out of evil motives. Love is to be the guiding principle behind all of our speech, both with believers (Ep. 4:15) and unbelievers (2 Ti. 2:13) The test, then, for slander is three-fold: is it true? Is it necessary for this person to know? Is it kind? If it fails any one of these tests, it is sin.

Slander takes many forms. It is the giving of an evil report about your fellow employee to the boss (Pr. 30:10). It is taking about others behind their backs (Ps. 50:20). It is the relaying of defamatory information about someone to others (Pr. 10:18). It is the making fun of others, either behind their backs (Ps. 35:15) or to their faces (Mt. 27:39). It is the prideful remark that demeans those who are “below” us in social standing (Ja. 2:7). Sometimes believers slander other believers whose practice in Christian liberty or convictions are different from their own (1 Co. 10:30). Tattling—the telling of a tale in order to get others in trouble—is slander (Jude 9).

WHY PEOPLE SLANDER
Slander comes from an evil heart (Mt. 15:19-20). It is motivated ultimately by pride (Pr. 30; 1 Ti. 6:3). Secondary motivations include false doctrine(s) which actually intensify it (1 Ti. 6:4). That’s why ‘churches’ that do not preach Bible truth are not loving assemblies; instead they are filled with slander (2 Ti. 3:1-5). People are sometimes motivated to slander for money (2 Sa. 16:3-4; 19:27-30) or in jealousy to destroy another’s career (Is. 32:7). Sometimes an individual is motivated by pure meanness to destroy another’s friendship (Pr. 16:28). That type of individual cannot be trusted with a secret (Pr. 20:19), and believers should not associate with them. Sometimes people slander just because they have too much leisure (1 Ti. 5:13). A good job and a busy schedule helps one keep his nose in his own business. No Christian should ever meddle in other people’s affairs (2 Th. 3:6-14;1 Pe. 4:15). Unsaved people slander believers because they will not participate in their sins (1Pe. 4:4). They will make up slanderous stories as an excuse for not seeking the Lord (2 Pe. 2:2; Ro. 3:8), or regrettably, use the failures of believers to excuse their wickedness (1 Ti. 6:1; Ti. 2:5).

HOW TO AVOID UTTERING SLANDER
Believers must not slander (Co. 3:8). Preachers need to teach God’s people to “speak evil of no man” (Ti. 3:2). Instead, we need to honor “all men” (1 Pe. 2:17). That would include our leaders in government (Ro. 13:7; 1 Pe. 2:17) our employer (1 Ti. 6:1) our wives (1 Pe. 3:7) our parents (Ep. 6:2) the pastor (1 Ti. 5:17) as well as all of our brothers and sisters in Christ (Ro. 12:10). When others fail, do not promote their failure; the loving response is to cover their sin (1 Pe. 4:8; Pr. 17:9). Go alone to your sinning brother and seek to correct him (Mt. 18:15-18). If he repents, forget about it. If he refuses, then others must become involved (Mt. 18:16-17). Take one or two spiritual leaders with you to seek his restoration (Ga. 6:1; Mt. 18:17). If that does not produce repentance, only then must it become a church wide issue (Mt. 18:17). Keep secrets in love (Pr. 11:13). “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mt. 22:39).

WHAT IS NOT SLANDER
It is not slander to report criminal activity to the authorities. It is a loving thing to stop the thief, the murderer, the extortioner, the pervert. Neither is it slander to point out doctrinal error (e.g. the entire book of Galatians) or false teachers (Mt. 16:6; 1 Ti. 1:20). Love desires to protect potential victims and seeks the sinner’s salvation and repentance. Love deals with sin.

RESPONDING TO SLANDER IN A CHRISTLIKE MANNER
Perhaps a few words should be said about how the believer should respond when he is slandered. Paul says that he tried to conciliate others (1 Co. 4:13). That means he sought to overcome the distrust and animosity. He didn’t take it personally. Believers should know that slander from the unsaved is evidence of their Christlikeness and is a source of great blessing (1 Pe. 4:14). Furthermore, they need to understand that Christ allowed the slander to come into their life for a righteous reason (1 Pe. 4:19). In these situations, keeping a good testimony is essential (1 Pe. 3:14-18; 4:14-19). Whether it be in the home (Ti. 2:3-5), or at work (1 Ti. 6:1), or even in some righteous deed (Ro. 14:16), the believer must be careful of his testimony. And when we suffer for doing what is right, the believer should not be ashamed, but rather glorify God in it (1 Pe. 4:16). If the slander threatens to wreck our lives, we must not fear because we know that Christ is Lord, and has allowed these circumstances to develop for His glory (1 Pe. 3:14-15). We should use the occasion to gently and respectfully witness for Him (1 Pe. 3:15). It is just this gentle forbearance that God will use to bring others to Himself in salvation (1 Pe. 3:18).
For the believer, slander is part of the old life. He must put it off completely so that he can put on the new man, which is like Christ. Let us mourn in repentance with Paul that we ever slandered (1 Ti. 1:13). Let us confess our sins that Christ may faithfully wash us clean with His blood (1 Jn. 1:7,9). And if our brother holds it against us for what we have said, we need to make it right with him before the next church service so that our God will receive our worship (Mt. 5:23-24). Let us rejoice that God could ever use sinners like us, whose mouths’ were venomous like a snake’s (Ro. 3:13-14). And let us call upon Him whose grace is sufficient to give us grace to help us have slander-free mouths that speak from a heart of love (2 Co. 12:9; Heb. 4:16).” Quoted Text From: https://libertybaptistmonroewi.wordpress.com/slander/slander/

Remember, we especially, as Christians, are in a War! The devil is seeking whom to devour. You need to understand what power the Cross gives you, and the authority to bind the devil out
of your life. We need to understand scriptures, educate ourselves, and ACT as an image of God
Almighty!

“Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says: “Woe to those who call evil good”, but that is exactly what we have done.
* We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. * We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it Pluralism.
* We have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism.
* We have endorsed perversion and called it alternative lifestyle.
* We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
* We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
* We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
* We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
* We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.
* We have abused power and called it politics. * We have embezzled public funds and called it essential expenses.
* We have institutionalized bribery and called it sweets of office. * We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.
*We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. Even elected officials!
* We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Now pulling statues of our history down!
Search us, Oh GOD, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!” With the LORD’S help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and WHOLEHEARTEDLY become our desire so that we again can be called “ONE NATION UNDER GOD.”

Unanswered, Does Not God Hear Me?

 

Unanswered

Unanswered, does your prayer remain,                                                                                                   Though oft with tears you plead?                                                                                                                 And watch and wait and wonder if                                                                                                           God does not care or heed?                                                                                                           Unanswered? Well, perhaps, dear heart,                                                                                                   You may have asked amiss;                                                                                                                            Is it God’s glory that you seek,                                                                                                                     Or selfish avarice?

___Annie Woodworth___

 

And He spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.

Why is it that God does not give to us the very first time we ask Him, the things that we ask of Him?  The answer is plain: God would do more for us, and better for us than to merely give us that thing.  He would do us the far greater good of training us into persistent faith.  The things that we get by our other forms of effort than payer to God, do not always become  ours the first time we make an effort to get them; for our own good, God compels us to be persistent in our effort, and just so God does not always give us what we ask in prayer the first time we pray.  Just as He would train us to be strong men and women along the other lines of effort, so also He would train to be and make us to be strong men and women of prayer by compelling us to pray hard for the best things.  He compels us to “Pray through,”

___R.A. Torrey___

 

It is good, I find, to persevere in attempts to pray,  If I cannot pray with perseverance or continue long in my addresses to the Divine Being, I have found that the more I do in secret prayer the more I have delight to do, and have enjoyed more of the spirit of prayer; and frequently I have found the contrary, when by journeying or otherwise, I have been deprived of retirement,.

___David Brainerd___

 

If we are to be in the “Holy Spirit” when we pray, and praise Him ALWAYS, when we pray, and ALWAYS give HIM all the glory.  In doing so, then why are our prayers not granted?  Prayers must be activated by faith.  And remember you cannot say the Lord’s Prayer and ever once say “I”. It is not MY will but THINE. The Bible contains so many specific and explicit directions regarding prayer, as well as promises.

 

Do we have a critical spirit?  Do we sometimes feel the Holy Spirit is not with us or in church, when others’ feel His presence?  Ephesians 8:11 tells how He gifts His church.  And He gave some, Apostles, some Prophets, and some Evangelists, and some Pastors. One of the purpose of the “gifts” of the spirit is for the perfecting of the Saints, for the work of the Ministry, for edifying of the Body of Christ. Eph 4:12   vs. 14 That we henceforth be no more children tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.  Which is why a prophet has to be ordained by God, and through your church, elders and Pastors.  You cannot just blatantly yell something out disrupting a service, if it does not flow with the spirit of God.  Else false prophets can be allowed to blare out that which is not only a distraction to the service, not the real word of God and HIS will.   For what you tolerate you cannot change.  Proverbs 16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his OWN eyes, but, the Lord weighs by the “spirit”!  Proverbs 27:2 Let another man praise you and not your own mouth, a stranger and not your own lips.  Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Some are Satan’s greatest weapon’s.  Which is why a church has to have discipline during a service.

Vs 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits.  Wherefore if they harbor hates, are discontent, always finding fault, always, I, my , me… They are not of God but, self.

 

God is never unreasonable or irrational.  He is also never illogical.  And if God gave every individual every answer to every prayer that might pop into his head, the world would be filled almost immediately with anarchy, chaos, and confusion.  He also will never grant a prayer if it would hurt another person, or stir up more strife. It is HIS timetable not ours.  That is why too, as I have written on this blog, on enemies, we are always to pray for them, and pray blessings on them and forgive them.  Those things get us out of our hates, doldrums, and self.  Then it is lifted from us and the burden lies with the enemy.  Sounds simple, but, it’s hard, but it works.  And you’ll feel your spirit lighten.  In other words let go and let God.  How I’ve learned through the years…and sometimes, through a lot of reprimand. For I took correction.

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

You cannot say the Lord’s Prayer and ever one say “I”;

You cannot pray the Lord’s Prayer and ever once say “my”;

Nor can you pray the Lord’s Pray and not pray for one another,

For when you ask for daily bread you must include your brother;

For “others” are included in each and every plea,

From beginning to the end of it, it does not every once say”me.”

___Author Unknown__

 

CAN I SAY THE LORD’S PRAYER?

I cannot say, “our,” if I live in a watertight spiritual compartment; if I think a special place in         heaven is reserved for my denomination.

I cannot say, “Father,” if I do not demonstrate the relationship in my daily life.

I cannot say, “Which art in Heaven, “If I am so occupied with earth that I am not laying up treasure over there.

I cannot say, “Hallowed be thy name”, if I, who am called by His name, am not holy.

I cannot say, “Thy will be done,” if I am questioning, resentful, or disobedient to His will for me.

I cannot say, “Give us this day our daily bread,” if I am living on past experiences.

I cannot say, “forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,” if I harbor a grudge against anyone.

I cannot say, “lead us not into temptation,” if I deliberately place myself or remain in a position where I am likely to be tempted.

I cannot say, “Deliver us from evil,” if I am not prepared to fight it in the spiritual realm with the weapon of prayer.

I cannot say, “Thine is the Kingdom,” if I don’t give the King the disciplined obedience of a loyal subject.

I cannot say, Thine is the…glory,,” If I am seeking glory for myself.

I cannot say, “Forever,” if my horizons are bond of things of time.

I cannot say, “Amen, “ if I do not also add, “Cost what it may,” for to say this prayer honestly…will cost everything,

___Brother W.M. Gass__   (Acts29)

 

I HAD NO TIME

The day slipped by and time was spent.                                                                                                     And all the good things that I meant                                                                                                         To do were let undone because                                                                                                                    I had no time to stop and pause,                                                                                                                  But rushed about, went here and there,                                                                                                  Did this and that, was everywhere. I had no time to kneel and pray.                                                    I had no time to meditate.                                                                                                                              On worthwhile things, no time to wait                                                                                                Upon the Lord and hear Him say;                                                                                                               “Well done, my child,” at close of day.                                                                                                       And so I wonder, after all,                                                                                                                     When life is o’er and I hear the call                                                                                                               To meet my Savior in the sky,                                                                                                                       Where saints live and never die,                                                                                                                  If I will find one soul I’ve won                                                                                                                       To Christ by some small deed I’ve done,                                                                                                 Or will I hang my had and whine,                                                                                                              “Forgive me, Lord, I had no time”?

—Mrs. Herbert Bell—

 

HIS FACE

Oh, Father God, as I pray and seek your face,                                                                                    How wonderful thou art and how I yearn for you everlasting grace,                                                    We have so much to be thankful for in this great land of ours,                                                              And yet, we’re never satisfied, for our hunger is not yours,                                                              For you desire us to be longing  for your word,                                                                                    When the things of the world take our time and lure,                                                                            The false piety we need to rid, to come back to the Cross,                                                                    And seek your face in humility too, lest we stay forever lost.

—J E Worthen 2002—

 

***”Waiting” implies a time of conquering, controlling, disciplining the restless spirit, quieting ourselves, being silent with a holy, spiritual silence, and just being in His presence. “Be still and know that I am God,” is a quote from God to David found in Psalms 46:10  Stop, be quiet, wait in His presence and upon God, not mere daydreaming, but total concentration and quietness.” Ps 119:148

**Excerpts from JSM old prayer manual

 

The Forgotten History of Britain’s White Slaves in America

I came across this article that appeared in Freedom Outpost by Janet Levy.  I wonder how many of you knew about this?  There is so much racism out there by the left wing media and politicians, that I thought it important to repost, because in fact they were NOT the first slaves, Whites were!

JANET LEVY — JULY 31, 2017

“Slavery in America, typically associated with blacks from Africa, was an enterprise that began with the shipping of more than 300,000 white Britons to the colonies. This little-known history is fascinatingly recounted in White Cargo (New York University Press, 2007). Drawing on letters, diaries, ship manifests, court documents, and government archives, authors Don Jordan and Michael Walsh detail how thousands of whites endured the hardships of tobacco farming and lived and died in bondage in the New World.

Following the cultivation in 1613 of an acceptable tobacco crop in Virginia, the need for labor accelerated. Slavery was viewed as the cheapest and most expedient way of providing the necessary work force. Due to harsh working conditions, beatings, starvation, and disease, survival rates for slaves rarely exceeded two years. Thus, the high level of demand was sustained by a continuous flow of white slaves from England, Ireland, and Scotland from 1618 to 1775, who were imported to serve America’s colonial masters.

These white slaves in the New World consisted of street children plucked from London’s back alleys, prostitutes, and impoverished migrants searching for a brighter future and willing to sign up for indentured servitude. Convicts were also persuaded to avoid long sentences and executions on their home soil by enslavement in the British colonies. The much maligned Irish, viewed as savages worthy of ethnic cleansing and despised for their rejection of Protestantism, also made up a portion of America’s first slave population, as did Quakers, Cavaliers, Puritans, Jesuits, and others.

Around 1618 at the start of their colonial slave trade, the English began by seizing and shipping to Virginia impoverished children, even toddlers, from London slums. Some impoverished parents sought a better life for their offspring and agreed to send them, but most often, the children were sent despite their own protests and those of their families. At the time, the London authorities represented their actions as an act of charity, a chance for a poor youth to apprentice in America, learn a trade, and avoid starvation at home. Tragically, once these unfortunate youngsters arrived, 50% of them were dead within a year after being sold to farmers to work the fields.

A few months after the first shipment of children, the first African slaves were shipped to Virginia. Interestingly, no American market existed for African slaves until late in the 17th century. Until then, black slave traders typically took their cargo to Bermuda. England’s poor were the colonies’ preferred source of slave labor, even though Europeans were more likely than Africans to die an early death in the fields. Slave owners had a greater interest in keeping African slaves alive because they represented a more significant investment. Black slaves received better treatment than Europeans on plantations, as they were viewed as valuable, lifelong property rather than indentured servants with a specific term of service.

These indentured servants represented the next wave of laborers. They were promised land after a period of servitude, but most worked unpaid for up to15 years with few ever owning any land. Mortality rates were high. Of the 1,200 who arrived in 1619, more than two thirds perished in the first year from disease, working to death, or Indian raid killings. In Maryland, out of 5,000 indentured servants who entered the colony between 1670 and 1680, 1,250 died in bondage, 1,300 gained their right to freedom, and only 241 ever became landowners.

Early in the 17th century, the headright system, a land allocation program to attract new colonists, began in Jamestown, Virginia as an attempt to solve labor shortages. The program provided acreage to heads of households that funded travel to the colony for destitute individuals to work the land. It led to the sharp growth of indentured servitude and slavery because the more slaves imported by a colonist, the larger the tracts of land received. Promises of prosperity and land were used to lure the poor, who were typically enslaved for three to 15 years. All the while, agents profited handsomely by augmenting their land holdings. Corruption was rampant in the headright system and included double-counting of individual slaves, land allocations for servants who were dead upon arrival, and per head fees given for those kidnapped off English streets.

Purveyors of slaves often worked in teams of spirits, captains, and office-keepers to kidnap people from English ports for sale in the American labor market. Spirits lured or kidnapped potential servants and arranged for their transport with ship captains. Office-keepers maintained a base to run the operation. They would entertain their prey and get them to sign papers until an awaiting ship became available. Spirits and their accomplices were occasionally put on trial, but court records show that they got off easily and that the practice was tolerated because it was so profitable.

The indentured servant system of people who voluntarily mortgaged their freedom evolved into slavery. England essentially dumped its unwanted in the American colonies, where they were treated no better than livestock. Servants were regularly battered, whipped, and humiliated. Disease was rampant, food was in short supply, and working and living conditions were grim. War with local native Indian tribes was common. Severe punishment made escape unrealistic. Initially, running away was considered a capital crime, with clemency granted in exchange for an agreement to increase the period of servitude.

In the 1640s, the transportation of the Irish began. Britain’s goal was to obliterate Ireland’s Catholics to make room for English planters. Catholics who refused to attend a Protestant church could be fined. If they were unable to pay, they could be sold as slaves. Following the end of the English Civil Wars in 1651, English military and political leader Oliver Cromwell focused his attention on Ireland, where the people had allied with the defeated royalists during the conflict. Famine was created by the intentional destruction of food stocks. Those implicated in the rebellion had their land confiscated and were sold into slavery. Anyone refusing to relocate was threatened with death, including children.

Scots were also subjected to transportation to the British colonies for religious differences, as England imposed Anglican disciplines on the Church of Scotland as well. The English army was deployed to break up illegal church assemblies and imprison or deport religious protesters.

Cruelty to servants was rampant. Beatings were common, and the perpetrators, buttressed by juries made up of fellow landowners, were rarely punished for abuse or even murder. In time, efforts were made to improve the lot of servants. Legislation in 1662 provided for a “competent diet, clothing and lodging” and disciplinary measures not to “exceed the bounds of moderation.” Servants were granted the right to complain, but the cruelty continued.

Infanticide by unmarried women was common, as they could be severely punished for “fornication.” The mother faced a whipping, fines, and extra years added to her servitude. Her offspring faced time in bondage as well. If the mother was the victim of a rape by the master, he faced a fine and the loss of a servant but wasn’t subjected to whipping.

Several uprisings in the American colonies awakened slave owners to problems, exposing their vulnerability within the caste-like master-servant social system they had created. In 1676, Nathaniel Bacon, an aristocrat from England who became a Virginia colonist, instigated an insurrection, referred to as Bacon’s Rebellion, that changed the course of white slavery.

Prior to Bacon’s Rebellion, much discontentment existed among servants over seemingly empty promises of land following their periods of indenture. When they were finally freed of their obligations, many found that they couldn’t afford the required land surveying fees and the exorbitant poll taxes.

In 1675, when war broke out with some of the native tribes, Bacon joined the side of the warring settlers and offered freedom to every slave and servant who deserted his master and joined Bacon in battle. Hundreds enthusiastically joined him in the insurgency. When Bacon died suddenly, his supporters fled or surrendered; some were recaptured, put in chains, and beaten or hanged. However, because of the revolt, whites gained rights. Whippings were forbidden without a formal judicial order.

By the early 1770s, the convict trade was big business, more profitable than the black slave trade because criminals were cheap. They could be sold for one third the price of indentured servants. England’s jails were being emptied into America on a significant scale. Additionally, merchants who traded in convicts from England and Ireland received a subsidy for every miscreant transported to America. Up to a third of incoming convicts died from dysentery, smallpox, typhoid, and freezing temperatures. Upon arrival, they were advertised for sale, inspected, and taken away in chains by new masters.

Following the Revolutionary War, the British continued to ship convict labor as “indentured servants” to America. During that time, seven ships filled with prisoners made the journey, and two successfully landed. In 1789, convict importation was legally banned across the U.S. America would no longer be the dumping ground for British criminals. It took another 30 years before the indentured servant trade ended completely.

A well written and well researched historical narrative, White Cargo, does an excellent job of elucidating a forgotten part of our colonial past by telling the story of thousands of Britons who lived and died in bondage before African slaves were transported to the New World. ” end

Books:

White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain’s White Slaves in America                                              https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_11?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=white+cargo+the+forgotten+history+of+britains+white+slaves+in+america&sprefix=White+Cargo%2Cstripbooks%2C166&crid=D0SUY7K67OV9

Christian Slaves Muslim Masters                                                                                                     https://www.amazon.com/Christian-Slaves-Muslim-Masters-Mediterranean/dp/1403945519/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_t_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=FT34W9FM2R343VJE6G0F

 

Issues At Hand, Race, Cold War

 

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Dear President Trump,

I’m 78, White, in NH, and voted for you. Your attack on Rep. John Lewis,  however, was uncalled for. Then again, his comments too, were uncalled for. RACE has to be healed in America.  You came across as a racist, which you are not.  I saw John Lewis’s heart and all the pain he went through on Finding Your Roots, with Henry Lewis Gates, Jr. He went through segregation. He saw lynchings…Listen to this old woman President Trump.  This has to stop. I was a jazz lover since I was a young girl of 13 and discovered Ella, leaving my classical roots and 8 years of piano lessons.  Every singer and musician I gravitated to was Black.  It wasn’t color I listened to, it was the depth, the chords, the harmony, with all that music from Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Charlie Bird, Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington, Billie Holliday, Nancy Wilson, so many others.  I mean I was a young impressionable girl not even in high school. But, when I heard Billie singing “Strange Fruit”, I was in tears and riveted. “Black man hangin on a poplar tree, strange fruit.”  And I felt her sorrow.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/finding-your-roots/profiles/john-lewis/

By the time I got to high school, as we were in NH.  We were White, mostly Catholic and back in 50’s many from Quebec and French Canadian.  So when I went in my freshman year, we had only 5 Black students.  Two brothers, one I’ll call “M” 2 years ahead of me, and his brother one year behind me.  Then another family my friend and classmate who was in fact brilliant, and lives in Manhattan today, worked for the Port Authority, and her two sisters.  I didn’t see the racism of the south, or any hint,  as “M” played football, and basketball and was an amazing athlete.  But, Jumping ahead to my senior year, I felt the racist insults.  I was coming down the steps of my high school, before graduation, and “M” was coming up the stairs to see his coaches and visit in his Air Force uniform. I greeted “M” and said “Hi, how are you?” And this little short big mouth Freshman looked me right in the eye, and called me a “N—–“ lover. I was floored.  I mean to look at the pain and hurt of “M”’s face, who now I know was so demeaned and discriminated in the Air Force by those who were southerners.  And it was awful back then.

I am German.  My maternal grandparents came over from Hoff and Ahaweis, Germany on the Kroonland ship in 1903.  My mother and her brother were born here in the USA in Boston.  I say that for this, I was ashamed of being a German.  Guess Glenn Beck was too.  History buff that I am watching all the documentaries on PBS and Netflix, and I just cannot understand how the German people could have been so  gullible.  They were lied to and taken in. How could  a whole country, turn against the Jews as they did.  I was taught my Bible very young brought up in a Congregational church, and I knew God’s chosen were the Jews (was not taught the salvation message though).  No one in high school (other than other German kids my mother knew),  knew I was German, including one of my best friends who just died last summer, who I had known since we were 5 years old, (72 years).  My mother used to get all these letters from relatives in Germany  on what was going on…and I’d hear my mother and father talk. I remember the American Nazi party in Madison Square Garden on black and white newsreels at the movie theaters.  Around our house, there were 7 neighbors who lost sons, brothers, husbands in WWII, including my younger friend who lost his father.

My Dad knowing the Bible reached out in his business, as an electronic engineer to Jewish business owners throughout the State.  He was good to them, and they in turn when I worked for many, young, were good to me as a young woman, learning.   Some of the  best employers I ever worked for were Jews.  Three million Jews slaughtered?  How many Blacks were Hung unjustly in the South.  Remember “To Kill A Mockingbird”?  I have the book here in my bookcase.  I cannot stand for ANY human being, being treated with injustice, or discriminated against.  I HAVE A BLACK GRANDSON I LOVE.  I have visions of this young man who was brought up by my daughter and her then husband in a white home, of being pulled over and shot by some gun happy police officer, YES, even here in NH!   So before my conservatives attack me…forget it!    I would have walked that walk with Martin Luther King and Rep. John Lewis.  Good God, hasn’t America gone through enough?  How many were killed in the Civil War?

www.civilwar.org/education/history/faq/

“Approximately 620,000 soldiers died from combat, accident, starvation, and disease during the Civil War. This number comes from an 1889 study of the war performed by William F. Fox and Thomas Leonard Livermore. Both men fought for the Union.”  Not to mention Lincolns assassination, nor Martin Luther King, nor President John F. Kennedy, or Bobby Kennedy. Nor, looking at all the shootings, now, especially Chicago..  DISCRIMINATION is not my America.  “Make America Great Again?”  Reagan used that slogan too.  Someone has to reach out President Trump and Representative John Lewis, and offer their hand.  Someone has to bend and make a gesture.

I am GOP, I am a 78 White Born again Christian woman up here in NH.   I AM PRO LIFE.  I WILL FIGHT FOR THE UNDERDOG, UNTIL GOD TAKES ME HOME. I want to see Chicago and relations with police SOLVED…and in ALL inner cities.  It goes 2 ways.  All this Soros funded acts from Black Lives Matter and all these left wing groups, vs, the Heritage Foundation, and all the right wing AND Christian groups, including T.D. Jakes who I’ve had a problem with, COME TOGETHER AND REACH OUT…DO SOMETHING!  THE RACIAL DIVIDE IN AMERICA HAS TO END!!!

http://www.untoldhistory.com/#gallery

ALSO, Israel.  Israel belongs to the Jews, Genesis 12, 13, and Palestine never existed when GOD gave that land to the Jews, 5,000 years ago, and at the time, not only included what is Palestine now, but also Jordan and half of Syria!  I STAND WITH ISRAEL AND NETANYAHU, AND THIS IRANIAN DEAL WAS WRONG!  With that Obama got us in another cold war with Russia.  Reagan also failed to close the deal with Gorbachev…He blew it.  WARNING…EVERY PRESIDENT WHO CONTINUED AND KEPT OR STARTED THE US IN WAR HAS BEEN DEFEATED.  The Documentary I watched on Netflix, by Oliver Stone, was riveting.  “The Untold History of the United States”.  I saw the piles of bodies in Germany after WWII when the allies went in and Hitler was defeated.  I saw the videos of ignorant stupid German citizens forced to bury all the dead, by hand….by HAND! It took Germany 40 years to rebuild after WWII.  And I don’t think Merkle has learned anything!   Millions…And I saw all the dead piled up including women and babies, in Vietnam, when Johnson left disgraced, and our soldiers were decapitating them? What kind of depraved injustices has America been guilty of including waterboarding.  I saw that in action on this documentary too.  MANS INHUMANITY TO MAN.  Putin is STILL KGB, and always was, and needs to be stopped in Syria, and Ukraine.   With Gorbachev Reagan lost a chance.  He wasn’t right in all his decisions either.

You  know who was? President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  He was on the front working with FDR and Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and he saw death all around him.  Truman, was right remembering his mother’s Bible lessons, in fulfilling Herzels dreams of an Israeli state and signed it.  BUT he was wrong and refused to listen to Eisenhower who warned him against using the bomb in Hiroshima.  3 million killed?  Even after Pearl Harbor, that bombing never should have been an option.  And  I’ve been watching the PBS documentary on the trials that followed.  But to his credit, John F. Kennedy, wracking his head, and worrying so much DID listen to Eisenhower, with the Bay of Pigs, and turned his military advisors away, and refused to bomb Cuba.  Vietnam was wrong to go into.  Now we face problems with China, and their building islands, and expanding.  We have a fruitcake in No Korea, who may down our electrical grids in which case, it would be a total disaster and anarchy…including no internet, food, gas, etc. Decisions lie  ahead that have to be made with a level head and BALANCE.  Yes, my favorite word, BALANCE! I often wonder about how all the bomb tests have effected the earth’s inner core. Did it have any implication on earthquakes?  Water now drying up under the earth’s core?

 

I STAND AGAINST ABORTION AS THESE BABIES HAVE RIGHTS TOO..THEY ARE NOT A BLOB, A FETUS, BUT A BABY, AND THEY CAN FEEL THE PAIN, WHEN THEIR HEADS ARE SLICED IN AN ABORTION.  According to WHO, every year in the world there are an estimated 40-50 million abortions. This corresponds to approximately 125,000 abortions per day.

I am against the wars in the Mid east and we never should have gone into Iraq in the First place.  We opened up a Pandora’s Box.  So now we have an influx of aliens all over Germany, Austria, the UK, Greece, etc.  They are raping young girls, and old women, have no education, no civility, do not obey ANY laws except Sharia, nor do those here in the United States who do not respect our US Constitution.  A little Bible history: Do you know that Nineveh in the Old Testament is now Mosul?  Do you know that Abraham was born in UR way up at the top of Iraq where the Tigress and Euphrates  meet?  Do you know that Babylon is in the south of Iraq, and in a 1989 UPI article, all you media can dig up, the late Peter Jennings did a piece on Saddam Hussein attempting to rebuild Nebuchadnezzars hanging gardens.  Iraq was once the FIRST nation on earth, then called Mesopotamia.   Most of all the history, relics, and antiquity has been bombed away now and destroyed.  AND when God moved Abraham to Canaan in Genesis 12 and 13, to the land of milk and honey, (ISRAEL)  some 5,000 years ago, it was for the JEWISH people and there was no Palestine.  The land GOD gave Abraham, was not just Israel, but Jordan and half of Syria.  THAT land is sacred…And Heaven will one day reign right over Jerusalem.   As for the Arabs? That is from the seed of Ishmael.  God gave them oil…and so it goes.

Do we need jobs? Yes!  More businesses? Yes, but first and foremost we NEED BALANCE.  WE NEED AN END TO ABORTION, AND AN END TO GOVERNMENT FUNDING TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD FOR ABORTION, BUT WE NEED AN END TO WARS, TO STOP ILLEGALS,  WHO ARE RAPING AND KILLING, BUT RACE HAS TO BE HEALED AND SOLVED..AND I URGE BOTH YOU AS OUR PRESIDENT, TO DO WHAT OBAMA, FAILED TO DO, AND MAKE THIS RIGHT IN AMERICA…WITH YOU TOO REP. LEWIS.   BALANCE…WE CANNOT GO BACK IN HISTORY. TOO MUCH WAS WRONG!  WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD, WITH A NEW SAYING, ‘MAKE AMERICA WHOLE AS NEVER BEFORE!’.   NOT THE SAME OLE, SAME OLE…BUT A NEW RACIALLY EQUAL, ACCEPTED, AMERICA, TO LOVE OTHERS AS WE WOULD WANT UNDER CHRIST.   We were never great before as long as we murdered, had wars, and failed to respect each other as human beings.  God loves the sinner but hates the sin.  Decisions have to be morally correct in the eyes of God, when one day He will judge each and every one of us, when we stand naked before him.  The saved and unsaved.  Will we get many crowns, and live in eternal peace in Heaven, forever, or will he spit us out, as Revelations 3. “I’d rather ye be cold or hot, for if you be lukewarm I will spew thee out of my mouth.”  And that includes many who “think” they ARE saved.  He sees our hearts.  Discrimination, murders of innocent babies, and wars are not of God.   Dear Lord I pray for Rep John Lewis and ALL the suffering he has  gone through, to be healed and meet with our President.  John, attend this inauguration.  REACH OUT.  Never judge a book by it’s cover.  Mr President, reach out.  You have not been in this mans shoes.  Listen..He has stories.  He has seen horrors that you have not and felt pain you have not.  Come together.  THAT IS MY VISION.     

MAKE AMERICA WHOLE AS NEVER BEFORE!  

trumpawardellis

https://jeworthen.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/racism-in-america/

https://jeworthen.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/my-tribute-to-artistry/

Hamilton, Trump and Pence

160401_cbox_miranda-hamilton-cast-jpg-crop-promo-xlarge2As for me?  I will stay on the side of righteousness.   There are many “teachable” moments that we can all learn from, and this speech by the cast of Hamilton, is one of them.  I beg Vice President Elect Pence and President Elect Trump to learn from this moment.  For in this election campaign, you, Donald J Trump appealed to the Black and minority voter, who was already let down by our first Black President, “What have you got to lose?”  Well? It seems like the cast of Hamilton, is in fear thinking they have much to lose.   It would serve you to listen to that small voice of God inside, and what this cast was trying to bring to your attention.  THIS isn’t about ego, or an insult, it is about the future of AMERICA!

MY Message to President Donald J. Trump.  I fear for my country. You must make America proud. Undo the racism in America. For even if you think you and Pence were RIGHT at Hamilton? APOLOGIZE TO THEM! That is humility. God’s way. I went through it..most of us have. They are in fear. Need to know you care as Obama tore America apart. YOU with Jesus help have to give her HOPE! Thats what I write..HOPE! That’s why I voted and fought for you. I want you to appoint conservatives of color, as well.  So much pain and controversy. I saw John Lewis in tears in such pain on PBS Ancestry with Dr. Lewis Gates. Reach out..NOT only us who are White. I want to see an end to this hate, and racism, before God takes me home or the Rapture comes..which ever comes first. Please…I have visions of my 23 year old Black grandson,  being pulled over by a cop and shot…he has a baby girl now. It pains me..to see America so split. Your in God’s hands now Mr President. Will pray for you and love you and your family.  HOWEVER, I also say to this superb talented cast…Don’t be so fast to judge.  Lest YOU be judged.  He isn’t even sworn in at this writing as President yet.  

I have three platforms, that are personal and i write about. 1.) Domestic Violence, Abuse  2.) Mental Health, and lack of and suicide prevention, 3.) Racism, an end of in America.  I didn’t ask God for these issues, but, rather I lived them.  And we cannot be used, by God, if we can’t use the pain, and the obstacle, the addiction, or the problem, as a TESTIMONY to the LIVING GOD!   So, you the reader are just stuck with me.   I lost my first baby at only 19 at 3 mos old, while in CA.  I know the pain and loss of an infant.  I was in my 2nd marriage and went through horrific abuse while married to a Greek man I loved with all my heart.  But, he couldn’t control his anger, and coffee tables went through a window, I was pushed out of a car 5 mos. pregnant, for my youngest daughter, laying in an alley in a cold rainy Nov. 1962 night, with a broken leg.  I darned well KNOW what I’m talking about and my abuse booklet PDF is on here.  Now I have a 23 year old Black grandson I love. He keeps making decisions that at times are not wise, unlike 7 other very pragmatic grandchildren.  So I fear for him.  He already has a baby girl, another one of my great grandchildren, who I’ve never met.  I love this young man.  Oh, and he smokes.  And I’ve had cancer twice, and his mom once, and his grandfather, yes, my Greek ex, died of horrific cancer from smoking in 2012.  WHY with cancer all around him, would he have got addicted? Who knows, he’s young.   So I do what I do, worry.   Point?  I did not go through all that I have in my life, to just bury,  and play the victim.   Because I’m not.  I’ m a strong woman, who knows love, and has felt hate.   But I’m not even a survivor, but an overcomer in Jesus Christ.   In other words listen to me.  Listen and read what is posted here, it just could possibly change you, and your heart.

My message to the cast of Hamilton?  Talented and young, have patience.  I see good in Donald J Trump, and extraordinary compassion for those that have known pain, or loss.  Perhaps it should have all been said, backstage in a PRIVATE audience.   After all, someone could have relayed a message to go backstage where they were sitting.  Two wrongs do not make a right.  We need to end this divide.  This hate, this racism, this violence, and disregard for human life in our cities such as Chicago, down to little New Hampshire, and all the drug related deaths, murders, arrests, and overdoses.   All the crime, the racial tension that Obama never bothered as a Black man, to cure.  We want America Great Again….BUT ALL AMERICA….NOT JUST WHITE PEOPLE!   With Christ, all of us are equal, when we come to the CROSS for salvation.   And for the left media and liberal America?  All of the NON-Denominational churches, and pastors  who are on Christian TV, ARE MULTI-CULTURAL.  There is not ONE church that is ALL White.  Not one!  And Joel Olsteen’s out of a football stadium that holds 25,000 people.  Most on Daystar tv, Trinity Broadcasting, GETV, CBN, and Sonlifetv.   We are Black, White, Hispanic, Chinese, all cultures, and races.  ONE under the CROSS!   And there are millions of us across America.  My small church here in NH has all races.  Thank you Jesus.

But it isn’t easy  for these low income Black people.  I was blessed (hate the word lucky) for when I was a child, I grew up in  beautiful 7 room colonial house my Dad built, who had his own business as an  electronics engineer, and It was after WWII, and the 40’s and 50’s.  We thought we had the best of the best.  However, while I did, another segment of America’s population in Southern and rural America, were going through horrendous times, with violent discrimination.  I learned and I gravitated, as a young girl, brought up with the arts, classical piano, until I found Ella.  And oh, my world changed.  I loved her!  I loved then and still Ella Fitzgerald, and Duke Ellington, I loved jazz!  And they were all Black.  I never thought anything about color only sound.  Until later and I found Billie Holiday.  Oh,  the wrenching pain and sorrow in that woman’s voice of all she had known and seen with hate and discrimination….”Strange Fruit”, Black man hanging from a Poplar tree, strange fruit… Then reality set in.  (By the way it’s on YouTube.) Then, I was 18 about to graduate high school, and I still remember to this day,  one of the few Black students we ever had up here, coming up the steps to the high school to visit his history -football coach, in his Air force Uniform.   And I said..”Hi…how are you.” And some little small freshman opened his mouth, to me…”n—– lover”.  And I looked at this Air Force man, Black and handsome and saw the pain in his face envelope him as he continued up the steps.  I wasn’t mouthy and opinionated back at only 18.  But, boy would I have liked to give that little punk stupid kid a good right hook to this DAY!  Later on in my 20’s with small babies, I remember Frank Sinatra sticking up for Sammy Davis.  Imagine, he was in a gig with Sinatra, and because he was Black wasn’t supposed to stay in the same hotel? Boy did Frank fly!  And I remember Martin Luther King’s, march and later assassination along with the Kennedy’s.  So I say, to you Mr. President Trump and VP Pence, hasn’t this gone on enough?  Sixty plus YEARS!   America needs to heal.  Before they can heal, they need to be INCLUDED WITH WHITE AMERICA, NOT ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN.

You know slavery has been around as wars, killings, kingdoms, that came and went since the beginning in Genesis, to the first civilization, Mesopotamia.  Which is modern day Iraq.  Part of my old Ancient Civ days, which I loved.   Love tying Ancient Civ, and the Bible together, as well as now, with end times.  Ir is fascinating.  So Abraham was born in UR up in Iraq where the Tigress and Euphrates meet.  There were tribes then, and STILL in Arab countries.   Tribes had kingdoms, all through the ages, and tribes and kingdoms fought and slaughtered each  other all through the ages, taking more land, enlarging what they had, and so on.  And with it all came slavery.  Slaves built the pyramids in Egypt.  That had to have been a lot worse than cotton fields in the south.  But I’m not making light of this. Nor am I approving, it is just a fact of history, as OUR US history going back to our Founding Fathers.   They were bad people owning  slaves, but did what was a way of life.  My question is, how long Mr. President does this have to continue?   Hasn’t America suffered enough?

From my old Smith’s Bible Dictionary: “The institution of slavery was recognized, though not established by the Mosaic law, with a view to mitigate its hardships and to secure to every man his ordinary rights.  Under Hebrew law one who had mortgaged his property might submit to servitude until he had accumulated enough to redeem it.  The commission of  a theft made one subject to servitude until he had repaid the theft under the provisions of the Law. (Ex 22:2-3.  The exercise of parental authority was limited to the sale of a daughter of tender age to be a maid-servant, with the ulterior view of her becoming the concubine of the purchaser (Ex 21:2-7).  All through the Bible it talks about slavery 5,000 years ago.  Also Lev. 25:40, Ex. 21:2, 21:6, Deut. 15:17, Lev, 25:39.   The conditions of the Hebrew servant was not bad.  Masters were ordered to treat them as hired servants or as sojourners.  At his liberation the master was to give to the servant liberally of his flocks, his flour, and his winepress.  (Deut. 15:13-14). In Genesis 2, you can read the story of Joseph (and his other coats) when his brothers tried to kill him for their inheritance, then sold Joseph…after Reuben cast him into a pit. So Joseph’s brothers sold him instead in 37:27 to the Ishme-elites,  (Tribe in Egypt from the line of Ishmael.) then lied to their father.  Then was all the deception, with Pharaohs wife, who tried to bed him down, and even innocent went to prison.  But then, see how God works…for he could tell Pharaohs what his dreams meant.  Eventually he was trusted, and throughout the story to chapter 42, Joseph was promoted from a slave to a huge promotion and land.  When the famines came in 41, Joseph’s brothers had to appear before him in Egypt and did not even recognize him.  Imagine?  GOD raised him up…and they who tried to kill him, had to kneel at his feet.  Finally he saw his father and was reunited in forgiveness.  So I say……

REACH OUT...Invite the cast of Hamilton who you were so offended by to Trump Towers.  For that matter invite Congressman John Lewis to Trump Tower and Dr. Henry Louis Gates as well. LEARN from them… LISTEN TO THEM….and then that still small voice of God.   For your not a Christian, unless you love your fellow man.  We are all equal.   AND they have FEAR…which is a legitimate concern.  You want businesses to stay here?  Corporate America?  Ford? Well, how many Blacks and minorities to they employ?  How many businesses are up in war torn Chicago, with all these druggies, in low income Black neighborhoods….Better yet?  Make the Secret Service even more crazed, and  go and visit and see for yourself.  They need education. They need a lot that is not affirmative action, and more than I am qualified to see or detail, and YOU HAVE TO BE THE PRESIDENT THAT AS YOU DRAIN THE SWAMP IN WASHINGTON, DRAIN THE GHETTOS IN AMERICA, AND PUT BLACKS TO SCHOOL AND WORK!  YOU PROMISED THEM!  

Media Slander Jeff Sessions As ‘Racist’ But Ignore That He Marched At Selma With Civil Rights Leaders

I also ask that they tune into PBS Black America since MLK, and Still I Rise part 1.  http://www.pbs.org/video/2365889620/

I heard nothing wrong in the speech from this cast, except fear, that you as President, will disregard all that has been accomplished with Race, yet all that Obama, as the first Black President, did to split us apart.  (ie Chicago and all the murders.)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2016/11/19/trump-demands-apology-from-hamilton-after-casts-message-to-pence/

Biblical Forgiveness

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Eight Steps To Biblical Forgiveness
by Bill Fields

for definitions of the Biblical principles see
BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES IN RECONCILING BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS

NOTE: What has hindered true forgiveness as I’ve known in estrangement is lack of acknowledgment of sin, AND repentance!  I hope this helps those who need.  For if the other person does not repent there is no relationship, even though you have tried with all your heart, for God sees all things.  And HE will forgive you, while the unforgiving person will put himself in judgment, tests and trials.  

“While trying to bring reconciliation and healing between many bitter, hostile, and hurting people, I recognized that simply to ask “will you forgive me?” wasn’t bringing the kind of emotional and spiritual healing that Jesus Christ came to give to a broken world. Using Matthew 18:15-20 as a basis, I searched the Scriptures for biblical insights into confession, repentance, asking for forgiveness, restitution, reconciliation, and brotherhood. I discovered that the process of asking Christ into our hearts, and asking Him to be Lord of our lives as we became Christians, was the model for which I was looking.

In that light, I have used these Eight Steps To Complete Forgiveness in many cases. Therefore, I offer them to you with the hope that your experience and biblical insights will improve upon them. In pratical terms, true repentance will flow quite easily–but immature, false/worldly non-repentance, those having a form of Godliness always seeking truth but never practicing it (2 Timothy 3), will lack some of these elements and/or spiritual depth. Therefore these steps are presented in greater detail to aid in bringing true repentance and forgiveness or uncovering/exposing empty words (Ephesians 5:6-11) and the “form of godliness.”

A quick note about forgiveness which is often wrongly taught–Christians are to have a heart of forgiveness, such as Christ displayed upon the cross (Luke 23:24) and God has toward us sinners (Colossians 3:13). But often Christians are told to GIVE forgiveness for their own health or so that their sins can be forgiven, even if the sinner is unrepentant–this is unbiblical and destructive to the individual believer, the sinner who is unrepentant, and to the body of Christ, HIS Church, as well as to the non-believer. A heart of forgiveness patiently/eagerly waits to give forgiveness, as displayed in Matthew 18:21-35 knowing that their sin against God is far greater than another human’s sin against them, and by God’s grace, the heart of forgiveness shows Christ’s love, mercy, compassion, patience, grace, etc. thereby inviting the sinner to repent and enjoy God’s wonderfulness and Christian community through repentance and believing in Christ’s forgiveness of their sins and adding their forgiveness, their covenant to not hold their sins against them. God does NOT forgive where there is no repentance but God does show common grace and mercy as HE invites sinners to HIM through Godly repentance. see John Calvin’s exposition of Luke 23:34 and Dr. Jay Adams’ article A Basis For Forgiveness

NOTE: These steps should be used when you commit a sin (James 5:16, Matthew 5:23-26; Matthew 18:15-20), or when you see another sin (Matthew 7: 1-6; Galatains 6:1-5; James 5:19-20), when a leader sins (1 Timothy 5:17-22). We must be sensitive to honor Matthew 5:23-24, as these matters must be addressed quickly. To God, reconciling a relationship is important before the next worship experience.

Eight Steps To Biblical Forgiveness

Step 1: Have the OFFENDER confess specifically to the OFFENDED what was done or said wrong that caused offense.

It appears that the specific act of confessing the OFFENDER’s sins (Leviticus 5.5, Numbers 5:7, James 5:16, 1 John 1:9), demonstrates to the OFFENDED party the OFFENDER’s godly sorrow, the OFFENDER’s knowledge of the sin committed, and the OFFENDER’s willingness to accept responsibility and consequences for their actions.

WARNING: If the OFFENDER cannot state specifically what he did or said that was wrong, his confession is incomplete. If the OFFENDER finds he cannot remember enough of the facts of his offense, he should ask the OFFENDED (be sure the OFFENDER has the correct spiritual attitude to hear) to help the OFFENDER recall from the OFFENDED’s perspective, what was done or said wrongly.

WARNING: Failure by the OFFENDER on this step MAY BE a sign of rejecting the Word of God and the Work of the HOLY SPIRIT. It MAY BE the OFFENDER needs to study the Bible and compare GOD’S WORD with the OFFENDER’s life.

WARNING: Do NOT proceed beyond any step until successfully completed! To do so adds to a “form of Godliness.” 2 Tim. 3:5

If the OFFENDER comes to an OFFENDED to ask for forgiveness, and cannot recall what the OFFENDER did or said that was wrong, or the OFFENDER is unwilling to listen as to how the OFFENDED was hurt, then the process must be stopped! Next, ask the OFFENDER to come back when he has understood for what he is asking forgiveness. Failure to complete this step correctly will result in increased hurt and division.

NOTE: If at any time an OFFENDER is unwilling to listen to how the OFFENDED brother was sinned against, or if the OFFENDER is not willing to ask for forgiveness and be reconciled, the OFFENDER must be confronted with his unwillingness to change. If the OFFENDER persists in a wrong attitude, then you must proceed according to the biblical principles in Matthew 18:15-20 if the OFFENDED is unwilling to listen or begin the forgiveness process and be reconciled. In that case, the OFFENDED must be confronted with his unwillingness to forgive. If the OFFENDED does not repent of an unforgiving heart, he must be taken through the next step in the Matthew 18:15-2O process.

Step 2: Have the OFFENDING party identify the biblical principle(s) he violated.

In this step, the process of identifying the actual biblical values and principles that were violated helps both the OFFENDER and the OFFENDED to learn from God’s Word, and learn from their experiences. As a result, their witness encourages the whole Body of Christ to grow more holy.

If the OFFENDER is unable to identify a biblical value, then either the OFFENDED, or a third brother (a peacemaker or a witness) should take the necessary time to search the Bible together until the biblical values and principles are found. Then the OFFENDER and the OFFENDED should come to an agreement upon the biblical values that were violated.

If the OFFENDER does not agree with the identified biblical values and cannot identify any himself, then an appropriate amount of time should be given for additional discovery, (the witnesses or peacemakers help in this process). If no biblical values are discovered or agreed upon, then the Matthew 18:15-2O should be taken to the next appropriate step; that is, tell it to the Church.

NOTE: The reason for proceeding to the next step in the Matthew 18:15-20 process is to bring other godly men and women into the process to help identify what is wrong, what is necessary to correct the broken relationship, and to oversee that all parties fulfill God’s directions in their lives.

Therefore, when you come to an impasse, either alone or as a peacemaker, tell each party that you need the help of others. Ask for suggestions as to whom each party would be willing to listen to for spiritual direction. Then call another meeting and proceed to the next step. Some Scriptural helps to identify biblical values and principles are: Matthew 5:1-12; Romans 12–15; 1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5–6; Ephesians 4-6; James 1–5; 2 Peter 1:5-9.

Step 3: Have the OFFENDER ask the OFFENDED “How were you wronged when I did (or said)………..?”

This step allows the OFFENDER to experience in part and hopefully bear the OFFENDED’s burdens, (Hebrews 13:2) in a large way, by how the OFFENDED was impacted by the offense. We know that Christ suffered and died on the cross for our sins, when we offended Him–it appears important for the human side of the model for the OFFENDER to fully understand the consequences and impact of his sin against the OFFENDED. In addition, this can enable the OFFENDED to be released from some of the pain and hurt caused by the offense. Matthew 18:23-35.

WARNING: If the OFFENDED is not willing to share how he was sinned against by the offense, he may be acting as a Pharisee (not really wronged, but only interested in being judgmental in a unbiblical way–Matthew 7:1-5). Or, if the OFFENDED is not willing to seek reconciliation and is hanging on to his bitterness and resentment, the OFFENDED should be confronted with his “unspiritualness” and if unwilling to change, should be taken to the next step in the Matthew 18:15-20 process.

CAUTION: If this step is successfully completed, Do Not Stop Here, the tendency is for both parties is to “feel” in closer communion and, therefore, believe that the restoration process has been completed. It hasn’t, proceed to Step 4.

Step 4: Have the OFFENDER recall, as best he can, a time when they were wronged/offended by another, in the same way they caused offense.

Examples are not always easy to recall in a short amount of time, but stick with it, the rewards will be more than worth it. Remember the biblical values and principles in Step 2, and this should help the OFFENDER to remember a time when someone sinned against them, violating those same biblical values principles, and how Christ has changed them, 2 Corinthians 1:1-7.

The OFFENDER’S sharing of how he was impacted when he was offended in a similar way, will help the OFFENDED believe that there has been full communication between them, and that the OFFENDER does understand what they did or said wrong, and how they hurt the OFFENDED.

WARNING: If the OFFENDER can not share a time when they were hurt by the violation of the same biblical values/principles, there is good reason to believe the OFFENDER still does not fully understand what he has done wrong, and will not be able to grow fully from this experience. Therefore, the OFFENDER should repeat Steps 1 through 4 until he does understand. All sin has it’s origin in pride, power and control. Therefore, everyone is subject to similar experiences, though not in specific details.

If after an appropriate amount of time, there seems to be little understanding, then proceed to the next appropriate step in Matthew 18:15-2O.

If the OFFENDED seems to be less than satisfied with the OFFENDER’S understanding and sharing, check with the OFFENDED to be sure you understand what it is the OFFENDED feels was less than satisfactory, and in your discernment, if you think the OFFENDER has misunderstood, then have the OFFENDER repeat Steps 1,2, and 3.

WARNING: However, if you think the OFFENDER has shared appropriately and does understand, and the OFFENDED party continues to hang on to their bitterness and hurt, by asking for more and more understanding from the OFFENDER, then the OFFENDED must be confronted with their unforgiving attitude and proceed to the next appropriate step in Matthew 18:15-20.

In either case, give appropriate time for recall and sharing. If this step cannot be fully completed to the satisfaction of all, then the one who cannot recall, share, or accept, should be confronted with his lack of insight, wisdom, and spiritual imaturity. If he remains unchanged, then proceed to the next appropriate step of Matthew 18:15-20.

Step 5: Have the OFFENDER restate their sin(s) expressing Godly Sorrow (2 Corinthians 7:10-14) AND wait for the OFFENDED’s response.

I used to say for step 5: Ask for forgiveness. But the more I studied, the more I realized the asking put an unbiblical pressure/expectation on the OFFENDED. A simple confession before God and others, with Godly Sorrow is enough. The response from the OFFENDED is fully the OFFENDED’s responsibility.

By now, a majority of the reconciliation process is completed and this step is a check point to be sure that all previous steps have been completed successfully. For example, if the OFFENDER still hesitates or does not demonstrate Godly Sorrow after an appropriate amount of time, then you must proceed to the next appropriate step in Matthew 18:15-2O.

WARNING: If the OFFENDED does not give unconditional forgiveness upon biblical repentance, at this step, then he must be confronted with an unforgiving spirit, then proceed to the next appropriate step in Matthew 18:15-2O.

Step 6: Have the OFFENDER repeat in his own words, the answer given by the OFFENDED, when expressing Godly Sorrow.

This steps gives the OFFENDER a chance to restate clearly the answer he heard. This will usually bring a better understanding and become a foundational step toward rebuilding trust in a Godly relationship.

If the OFFENDER cannot repeat in his own words (assuming the OFFENDED responded Biblically) what the OFFENDED said, then there is good reason to believe the OFFENDER still does not understand how the OFFENDED was wronged. Great care should be given here to proceed slowly in repeating the steps to be sure it’s not more than a communication block.

If the OFFENDED gives a conditional forgiveness, or does not forgive, or gives an “I’ll forgive, but I can’t forget attitude, he is to be confronted with his unforgiving attitude, and if unwilling to repent, he should proceed to the next step of the Matthew 18:15-2O process.

NOTE: If the OFFENDED fails to give complete forgiveness, the OFFENDER is still released from the bondage of his sin, if he biblically asked for forgiveness. 1 John 1:9 – 2:5)

Step 7: Have the OFFENDER ask, “What can I do differently, so I won’t hurt you again?”

Here the biblical act of repentance and the turning away from his sin is brought into the forgiveness act. Each now bears the trust and responsibility to bear one another’s burdens, and together work out a way in which they can show love and develop trust, based on biblical values and principles.

It’s acceptable to include follow-up meetings, as necessary, to gain feedback, establish accountability so that reconciliation, restitution, and restoration have been completed.

Step 8: Restitution: What can we do to make you whole?

Far from the normal charge of punishment or revenge, restitution involves the whole Christian Community including the OFFENDER and OFFENDED, pursuing justice, mercy and faithfulness.

Here the OFFENDER recognizes what impact and consequences his sin has caused the OFFENDED, and is more than willing to do all he can to give back more than his sin cost the OFFENDED, and the OFFENDED shares equally the responsibility to bear the burden of restitution.

WARNING: If the OFFENDER stubbornly balks or refuses to participate righteously in the restitution process, then the Matthew 18 process of treating them as a non-believer opens the possibility the OFFENDED could/should take the OFFENDER to secular court, seeking justice from one not in the Christian Community.

WARNING: Here, it’s possible for the OFFENDED to wrongly try to extract every penny (Matthew 5:26) from his OFFENDER, this demonstrates an unbiblical forgiveness (Matthew 18:21-35). The same is true of “I can forgive you, but I won’t forget it.” The OFFENDED must be reminded of two cogent passages, 1 Corinthians 6:1-11 (not shaming God by going to the secular court against another believer), and Matthew 18: 21-35, (God’s definition of forgiveness).

WARNING: If the OFFENDED continues unsatisfied in his claim, then he is to be confronted with his unforgiving spirit, if he refuses to give complete forgiveness, then proceed to the next appropriate Matthew 18:15-2O step.

WARNING: If given enough time and the OFFENDER and/or the OFFENDED is unwilling to commit to a follow-through plan of restoration, then there is serious question of rejecting the work of God’s Word and Holy Spirit and there is not a complete Biblical repentance or forgiveness, Therefore, he must be confronted and if unwilling to change, proceed to the next appropriate step in the Matthew 18:15-20 process.

This process when done correctly by all parties, will bring a Holy Spirit directed reconciliation and a spiritual reunion that builds and does not tear down (1 Corinthians 13:10). May God bless you as a peacemaker!

Confronting Sin And Repentance: https://jeworthen.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/confronting-sin-and-repentance/

Jeremiah: The call to genuine repentance (4:1-4)
Expositors Bible Commentary: FrankE. Gaebelein

1-2 The people’s cry of anguish (3:24-25) is now answered by the Lord with an assurance of blessing when they do return to him. There is a vast difference between perfunctory repentance and heartfelt restoration to God. If Judah would truly repent, it must be to God alone (v.1). Furthermore, they must really rid themselves of their detestable things, their idols. Evidently they had not yet done this. Moreover, if the people will remain steadfast (on their oath in the name of the Lord) in the essential qualities of truth, justice, and righteousness, then their example will profoundly affect the nations (v.2). Judah’s conversion will herald blessing for the nations. To swear by God’s name involves recognition of him as Lord. Oaths in the name of other gods were not to be sworn by them. When the nations are being blessed, the Abrahamic blessing is being realized (cf. Gen 12:3; 18:18; 22:18; 26:4; 28:14; see also Isa 2:3; Zech 8:20-23). The very name of Israel will become a formula of blessing. 

3-4 Jeremiah now uses two figures to show the nation’s need of spiritual renewal: one from agriculture and the other from physiology. He exhorts the people of Judah to break up their neglected and untilled hearts, which had become as hard as an uncultivated field (v.3). No farmer will sow seed on unplowed ground. So the plow of repentance and obedience was needed to remove the outer layer of weeds and thorns that had resulted from idolatry. Otherwise, thorns would choke the newly sown seed (Hos 10:12). The very foundations of the nation’s spiritual life needed tending, even restructuring. 

Again, Jeremiah calls for repentance—this time under the figure of circumcision (v.4). The hard encrustation on their hearts must be cut away. Nothing less than removal of all natural obstacles to the will of God would suffice. Outward ritual must be replaced by inward reality (cf. Deut 10:16; Rom 2:28-29). The heart was involved because outward worship was valueless unless the inner life was given over to God. Their hearts must be spiritually receptive. The only other alternative to obedience was to experience the fitting wrath of God. Jeremiah everywhere underscores the necessity for the new heart as in the prophecy of the new covenant (ch. 31).

page 408 Amazingly enough, even at that late hour there was still opportunity for repentance. Prophecies of judgment are conditional; obedience to God reverses the threat of judgment. But there must be inner cleansing, even of the thought life, if disaster is to be averted

Page 411 “Judah’s total corruption (5:1-31)

This chapter reveals Jerusalem under moral investigation. It may be viewed as a theodicy. A superficial reading of the earlier chapters of the prophecy might lead one to conclude that the nation has been charged with all it has been guilty of. But the depths of her sin against the Lord must be reviewed at length. The nation must come to a much fuller realization of her ingrained sin. The desperately low spiritual state of the nation must be brought under the searchlight of God’s scrutiny. Moreover, her sin must be judged in view of her continued refusal to heed the Lord’s gracious calls to repent and so avert disaster. What a telling portrayal of unrelieved apostasy the chapter gives us! ”

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