Praying for the Christians in Syria. (With music Peace in the Valley)

Great persecution of Christians child

Praying for the Christians in Syria.

I am sure you are aware of the church bombing in Syria a few weeks ago when over 200 people were killed. We as Christians should not be forgetful of the persecution that has been going on for the last few years and not be negligent in holding up our fellow believers in Jesus Christ for divine protection and pray that it doesn’t come to any of our countries.  Here is a link that was posted before this tragedy. Please read it.

http://info.persecution.org/blog/bid/287809/A-Great-Persecution-of-Christians-is-at-Syria-s-Doorstep

Now here is a video of the sunrise with Peace in the valley being sung.

As always feel free to comment and share.

In Him, Mike

 

 

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Why I dont like to cook!

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I have this problem, I have to eat. I have this other problem, I don’t like to cook. It seems like every time I try, some little demon from hell wants to remind me what his future is going to be by spitting hot grease on me. However, the ladies who come out to the pier where I work have discovered my dire circumstances and bless me with their great platters of fine cuisine and along with there distant cousins, Marie Callander and Mrs. Stoffer I get by fine. (Thank you Lord for microwaves.)

Now most ladies have a recipe book that they have added to over the years as a backup and they love to share their favorite ones, if you don’t believe it just go on Facebook. My point is that great food comes with a lot of practice and we should expect no less when we want to participate in the feast that the Lord Jesus lays out before us. For He will give us our daily bread but to get the full flavor of the meal  that He has prepared for us we have to study the recipe book, The Bible, otherwise we will be left just eating life sustaining meals and missing out on the fine cuisine dinning that He wants us to enjoy.

I remind myself of this by calling someone a couple times a week and going out to a fine restaurant! Enjoy your next meal!

As always feel free to share and comment.

In Him, Mike

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An email from “Great friend of God”

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In my previous two post I shared a message by Russell Grigg (http://creation.com/russell-grigg) that she sent to me by a friend of mine.
 This is the reply that she followed with and is one of the reasons that I call her  Great friend of God.
FOR YEARS AS WE SEARCHED GOD’S WORD FOR THESE TRUTHS, IT WAS A LONG ARDUOUS, TEDIOUS JOB WHICH TOOK WEEKS, MONTHS, EVEN YEARS TO FULLY UNCOVER… TRIPS TO THE LIBRARY, SEARCHING OUT COMMENTARIES DELVING INTO THE CONCORDANCE REPEATEDLY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, A CONTINUED STUDY AND SEARCH THROUGHOUT GOD’S HOLY WORD!!!  THEN FINALLY THE TRUTH CAME BURSTING FORTH THROUGH THE SCRIPTURES AS WE WERE LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD… HIS REVELATION BURST FORTH CONFIRMING TO OUR HEARTS THE TRUTH OF IT ALL…
REVELATION IS THE ONLY WAY ONE WILL EVER COME TO KNOW THE TRUTH, NOT MERELY BY STUDY OR LOGIC BUT TRULY BY GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT’S INSPIRATION WILL HIS WORD EVER BE
CONFIRMED IN OUR HEARTS… THEN IN THE LIGHT, WE CAN SEE THE TRUTH…
PAUL PREACHED THE ‘GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST’ ACCORDING TO THE REVELATORY WORD GIVEN TO HIM BY CHRIST JESUS ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS… THIS CHANGED HIS LIFE AND THE LIFE OF THE EARLY CHURCH WHICH WAS, SALVATION WAS NOT FOR THE JEWS ONLY, BUT FOR THE GENTILES AS WELL I. E. ALL WHO WOULD CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD WOULD BE SAVED!!!
THERE IS NOTHING MORE EXCITING, SATISFYING OR FULFILLING THAN THE WORD OF OUR LIVING GOD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST… NO MATTER THE TURNS WE MAY TAKE IN LIFE THIS ROCK IS THE FOUNDATION UPON WHICH WE STAND AND ALL ELSE IS TRULY SINKING SAND!!!
JESUS CHRIST IS THAT ROCK, AS SCRIPTURE REVEALS…
HOW WONDERFUL…SOME FORTY FIVE YEARS LATER OUR LORD WOULD GIVE US THE TECHNOLOGY TO LOOK UP AND VERIFY ALL HE HAS TAUGHT US… WHAT TOOK US YEARS TO CONFIRM CAN NOW BE VERIFIED IN A NANO SECOND ON OUR COMPUTERS… BLOWS ME AWAY!!! TRULY WE ARE CLOSER THAN WHEN WE FIRST BEGAN FOR HIS WORD REVEALS THAT
KNOWLEDGE WILL  FLOW FREELY IN THE LAST DAYS…
Daniel 12:4 KJV

But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro , and knowledge shall be increased…
NEVER IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND HAS THE WORLD EVER ATTAINED TO THE HEIGHTS OF UNCOVERING SUCH KNOWLEDGE, WHICH BEFORE WAS CONCEALED… GOD’S CREATION MOVED IN SUCH PRIDE AS TO BUILD THE TOWER OF BABEL TO REACH HEAVEN, GOD BROKE THAT UP AND HERE WE ARE AGAIN… HAS THE WORLD REACHED THE HEIGHTS OF PRIDE ONCE AGAIN, THE SIGNS ARE TELLING… WHO NEEDS GOD??? WE CAN BUILD IT OURSELVES, BIGGER, STRONGER, HIGHER…TO REACH HEAVEN ITSELF!!!
VIOLENCE, THE CONDITION OF MANKIND, THE HEARTS OF MANY TURNING AWAY FROM GOD… TRULY WE ARE IN THE LAST DAYS, CONFIRMED THROUGHOUT THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS… AND STILL MEN RUN AFTER EARTHLY WEALTH AND PLEASURES…
BECAUSE I KNOW YOU ALSO FIND THE TRUTH IN HIS WORD EXCITING, SATISFYING AND FULFILLING I SHARE THIS WITH YOU NOW… NOTHING MEETS OUR NEEDS MORE THAN WHEN WE BASK IN THE TRUTH OF HIS WORD… HE IS FAITHFUL TO ME IN THESE DAYS WHEN PERSONAL FELLOWSHIP AND GATHERING TOGETHER WITH THE BRETHREN SEEMS TO BE A THING OF THE PAST… YET WITHIN THIS NEW TECHNOLOGY HE MEETS MY NEED AND I THANK HIM FOR THE COMPUTER, EMAIL, AND INTERNET… HE HAS GIVEN ME THE ABILITY TO USE THIS MEDIUM TO TOUCH AND BE TOUCHED BY THE FELLOWSHIP OF OTHER BELIEVERS…
GOD BLESS YOU… IN HIM ALWAYS…SIS.NITA
I have known Sis Nita for over 40 years. There was a time when she was in constant pain for a period of over 12 years but never gave up on our Lord, instead continued to study and research the word and finally through the power of the internet is able to save the trips to the library and various book stores which aggravated her pain. She has been a mentor and a friend that has always been there to encourage me and faithful to let me know when she thought I was wrong. This is why I call her Great friend of God. May God bless her and her family!
You might kike my video of the sunrise linked below while listing to The Old Rugged Cross.
As always feel free to comment and share.
In Him, Mike
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Rock of ages. Music with sunrise.

http://www.youtube.com/audio?video_referrer=watch&v=HJUQ8NnY1ug

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The doctrine of the Trinity

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This is more from Russell Grigg, this is his website.http://creation.com/russell-grigg

Sent to me from one of the main characters in my book, Sis Nita, who I call (Great friend of God.)

You can read the first post I published from him last week here.

http://mikeschultzblog.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=987&action=edit

God’s name

The root meaning of elohim is ‘the powerful one’, and so elohim stresses God’s omnipotence. As such, it was a particularly appropriate term for Moses to have used to describe the Creator God of Creation Week. ‘His power is seen much more clearly in creating many diverse objects and beings in a short time, than it can be seen in a long, drawn-out evolutionary timetable.’1

Although generally thought of as a name for God, elohim is rather a title or a descriptive expression. The truly personal name of God is the one He revealed to Moses at the burning bush (Exodus 3:15), namely YHWH, often transliterated Yahweh or in English as Jehovah and written in capitals, Lord. It means ‘I am who I am’ and so means ‘the self-existent one’ or ‘the one who causes to be’. It is used of God’s personal relationship with Adam and Eve in Genesis chapters 2 and 3,2 where Moses uses the combined term Yahweh elohim, which the translators have rendered as ‘the Lord God’.

References and notes

  1. Taylor, C.V., The First Hundred Words, The Good Book Co., Gosford, NSW, Australia, p. 3, 1996. Return to text.
  2. As well as of God’s covenant relationship with His people. Return to text.

Ancient diagram of the Trinity

The Tri-unity of God

The doctrine of the Trinity states that in the unity of the Godhead there are three eternal and co-equal Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the same in essence but distinct in role—three Persons (or three centres of consciousness) and one Being (see diagram). This doctrine is difficult to understand, but this is what God has revealed in the Bible about His own Being, so we should believe it. For example, at the baptism of Jesus, the Holy Spirit was seen descending and landing upon the Son, and the voice of the Father was heard from Heaven (Matthew 3:16–17). And when Jesus gave the Great Commission, He ordered His followers to baptize in the name (singular) of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18–20).

The different senses of oneness and threeness mean that the doctrine is not self-contradictory. This is similar in principle to saying that the navy, army and air force are three distinct fighting entities, but are also one armed service. Note: this is not to suggest that the three persons are ‘parts’ of God. Indeed, each Person has the fullness of the Godhead (see Colossians 2:9). A better analogy is that space contains three dimensions (length, breadth, height), yet the dimensions are not ‘parts’—the concept of ‘space’ is meaningless without all three dimensions.

The Trinity and the God of love

The Bible reveals, ‘God is love’ (1 John 4:8, 16). This is distinctive of the Christian faith, and means that love is part of God’s very nature, even before He created anything. But love requires at least two persons—self-love is not really love at all. So there must be at least two persons in the Godhead. If God were only one person, then love could not be part of His nature.

Love is even greater when the love between two persons is not restricted to themselves, but is combined and directed towards another. This should happen in a family, where the husband and wife love each other, and also combine their love towards their child. So for God to exemplify love in its fullest sense, there must be three Persons, so there is both individual and collective love. Any more than three is unnecessary for collective love, because it would just increase the number of persons involved, not the nature of the love.

 Thanks for sharing.  As you said,  “I NEVER GET TIRED OF REVIEWING THIS WONDERFUL REVELATION IN GOD’S WORD…” I share the same interest and passion for the wonderful truths of Scripture! How wonderful and loving of our Lord to have revealed to us the truth of His nature as well as ours. And even MORE loving how He provides THE solution (gospel) to our helpless situation. Glory be to God, our Savior and Lord! Jesus. Sis Nita.

One more post next time from Sis Nita in reply to this message.

As always feel free to comment and you have my permission to share with anyone.

In Him, Mike

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Daytona Beach sunrise.

Feel free to comment and share. In Him, Mike

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Who really is the God of Genesis?

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In my book God, the Mosquito, and Man one of the main characters is called Great friend of God. She has been not only a mentor in the Lord but also a friend. She sent me this that was written by Russell Grigg and I thought I would share it with you.

 Who really is the God of Genesis?

by Russell Grigg

http://creation.com/russell-grigg

The God of Genesis is not someone whom Christians share with Islam, modern-day non-Messianic Judaism,1 Hinduism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Unitarians, or any other belief system which rejects the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Rather, unlike those systems, Genesis portrays the God of Christianity (the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) to be the God who is not only one, but is also more than one.

The very first verse of the Bible reads: ‘In the beginning God (plural) created (singular) the heavens and the earth’ (Genesis 1:1). Moses, the author of Genesis under the direction of the Holy Spirit, chose to use the Hebrew plural term elohim for God,2 rather than the singular el3 or the singular poetic form eloah. But he does use the singular form of the verb ‘created’!

Besides elohim, Moses also used other plural forms with reference to God in Genesis. Genesis 1:26 reads, ‘Then God said, “Let us make [plural] man in our [plural] image.”’4 Here Moses uses the singular verb ‘said’, but quotes God as using a plural verb and a plural pronoun with reference to Himself. See also Genesis 11:7, where God says, ‘Let us go down and confuse their language.’

Why did Moses use these plural forms?

Some have suggested that this plurality is merely a plural of majesty, like the ‘royal we’ grandly used by kings, queens and others today. However, the kings of Israel and Judah were all addressed in the singular in the Bible accounts. Linguist Dr Charles Taylor says:

Genesis portrays the God of Christianity (the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) to be the God who is not only one, but is also more than one.

‘Nobody is in a position to show that in Moses’ day or earlier, people were in the habit of addressing kings and princes in the plural. In fact, there is no evidence at all from the Bible itself, and the Bible is one of the oldest books there is.’5

Others have gone further and said that elohim shows that God includes within Himself plurality of powers, attributes and personhood. With this we agree. Elohim is a plural noun with a singular meaning. The Old Testament writers used it over 2,500 times, usually with singular verbs and adjectives (as in Genesis 1:1), implying that God is one, yet more than one—what some commentators have referred to as the ‘uniplurality’ of the Godhead.6 So does this ‘uniplurality’ or ‘plurality of personhood’ refer to the Trinity?

Second Person: the Word of God

The doctrine of the Trinity was not, and could not be, fully formulated or understood until the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity, in the New Testament (see box). After Jesus came, one of His titles was revealed in John 1:1–14 to be ‘the Word’ (Greek logos), and note that ‘the Word was God’ (John 1:1, emphasis added). If we reread Genesis chapter 1 with this in mind, we find that everything that God created on each of the six days of Creation Week was by His word. The formula God used on each day was ‘And God said …’, and it was so.

We should note that although this activity of the Son of God is not defined at this stage in Genesis, it is clearly confirmed in the New Testament, which explicitly states that God created everything through Jesus. For example, Colossians 1:16 reads: ‘For by Him [the Son of God (v. 15)] all things were created.’7 Thus, the heavens and the earth and all things in them came into being, not through self-causation or evolutionary natural processes, but by the divinely powerful, intelligent will of God, operating through the Son of God. Furthermore, the same Son is ‘upholding all things by the word of His power’ (Hebrews 1:3; cf. Colossians 1:17).

Third Person: the Spirit of God

Genesis 1:2 reads, ‘… and the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters’. The Hebrew word ruach used by Moses can mean ‘spirit’, ‘wind’ or ‘breath’, with the choice being determined by the context. So did Moses mean to say that a wind was fanning the waters, or that the Spirit of God8 was participating in the creation event, particularly with regard to making the unfinished earth habitable?

Answer: The participle ‘hovering’ does not adequately describe the blowing of a wind. And if the text merely says that at the start of all the momentous events of Creation Week a wind was blowing, we might reasonably ask, ‘So what?’ We conclude that it was Moses’ intention to tell us that ‘despite the fact the earth was not then habitable, all was under the control of God’s Spirit’.9

Conclusion

We should be wary of using as proof texts any verses of the Bible which the author did not originally write with that purpose in mind. So it is probably better not to say that Genesis 1 explicitly teaches the Trinity.

The terms Moses used by divine inspiration in writing Genesis are completely in harmony with the Bible’s later and fuller revelation in the New Testament about all three Persons of the Trinity.

Having said this, we need to emphasize that we should expect that the wording of Genesis would not contradict later biblical teaching about the Son of God or about the Holy Spirit. In fact, we find that the terms Moses used by divine inspiration in writing Genesis are completely in harmony with the Bible’s later and fuller revelation in the New Testament about all three Persons of the Trinity (see box).

Genesis affirms, from the very first verse of the Bible, that the Creator God is truly one God. This is taught in the famous Shema (Hebrew for ‘hear’) from Deuteronomy 6:4: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord.’ But even here, the word for ‘one’ is echad, which is often used for plurality within the oneness. E.g. in Genesis 2:24 (which Jesus cited in Matthew 19:5, Mark 10:8) the husband and wife (two people) shall become one (echad) flesh.10

The rest of the Bible reveals this one God to be Father, Son and Holy Spirit—three personal distinctions within the one eternal divine nature or essence. Thus, the Trinity can indeed be found in Genesis 1. And it is clear that only the God of Christianity—unique and triune—is the God of Genesis, who is not only Creator, but also Lawgiver, Saviour and Judge.

References and notes

  1. Taylor, C.V., The First Hundred Words, The Good Book Co., Gosford, NSW, Australia, p. 3, 1996.
  2. As well as of God’s covenant relationship with His people

More to follow later. Thank you Russell Grigg and Sis. Nita (Great friend of God)

As always feel free to comment and share.

In Him, Mike

 

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How to fix the economy with some humor.

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How to fix the economy with some humor.

I really don’t like being pessimistic but outside of our Lord Jesus Christ some things don’t give me much hope. I am talking about debt, personal debt, corporate debt, but mostly our national debt which is now at the 16 trillion dollar mark, give or take a dollar or two. Now our dollar is not backed by anything other than the ”good faith of our government,” the same people who created the mess we are in and are basically giving us an I.O.U. I am sure that should make you feel much better. Who knows where it will end or how but I pray that we start crying out to God for his wisdom in this matter.

Here is how some people managed to become debt free and it didn’t cost anyone a dime.

An innkeeper had a traveling salesman stop and inquire about a room and was told the room was $100.00. The salesman said fine but he wanted to see the room first and left the innkeeper a $100.00 deposit and went off to see the room. The innkeeper took the $100.00 and ran next door to his restaurant food supplier and paid his bill that was due for $100.00. The restaurant supplier then ran to his butcher and paid his bill that was due for the amount of $100.00. The butcher then ran to his favorite hooker and said here is the $100.00 that I owe you. The hooker ran back to the innkeeper and gave him the $100.00 for the room she had been entertaining in. The traveling salesman then returned and said that the room was not up to his standards, took his $100.00 and left. Just think, all debts were paid with nobody out anything or no work done. Too bad our congress can’t work out a deal like this. Or maybe they are trying.

Consider the ant how he toils and stores up for the hard times. May God help us.

As always feel free to share and comment.

In Him, Mike

 

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Prayer works, but not always the way we think.

Prayer does work.

Sometimes I think that God has a sense of humor. Just a few short days ago our illustrious leader was wanting to attack the leader of Syria for using chemical weapons on his own people. Now I will grant you this guy in Syria has not won many friends over his life in politics (like father like son) but war weary Americans had spoken loud and clear that this was not our fight and if the so called rest of the world was so eager to get him out let them do it. But it looked like our president was determined to go against the overwhelming majority of the people of our country as he hummed bombs away.

Mean while the new Pope, (although I am not a member of the Catholic church I am really starting to like him) calls for a day of fasting and prayer for the Syrian problem. A lot of you, myself included must have taken him up on his request for two days later there are talks of Syria getting rid of their chemical weapons. Now this great plan was brokered by none other than the great peace maker himself, Vladimir Putin. I find this quite amusing but…. God did answer our prayer!

One more thing to make you smile we now have Dennis Rodman going into North Korea and calling the dictator his friend. Lets hope this works out, at least he can get him to talk. We live in strange times don’t we? I guess it is like Paul said, Consider your calling how not many wise or noble are called. I must be one of them for I can not figure this out!

As Always feel free to comment and share.

In Him, Mike

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Just Thinking

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Think about this. The food stamp program has increased from 37 million to 47 million in four years. Now the national park service has signs posted in their parks that say please do not feed the animals. The reason, the animals will become dependent on the free food and will not learn to take care of themselves. ????????????

Now a recent report says than believers in God are not as intelligent as non believers. Who is running this mess, believers or non believers??????

Just Thinking.

As always, feel free to comment and share.

In Him, Mike

 

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