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    9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and
    cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
    10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will
    be exalted in the earth.
    11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

    Oh that God would make all wars to cease. We all long for a day when we can
    listen to the news and not hear about wars and rumors of war. It is being
    reported this morning on a variety of news station that the Russian Jetliner
    that crashed last week in the Sinai Desert was probably the victim of a bomb on
    board. If that is so, Russia will like retaliate in some fashion and it won't
    be pretty.

    These words of David were written to portray God as the God of peace. When will
    there be peace on earth? It is not likely any time soon given the current
    mindset of so many. I believe that the majority of us, whether Christian or
    not, just want to be left alone to live out our lives in peace. It is the few
    who keep the cauldron's of war boiling.
    I am not ISIS sympathizer by any stretch of the imagination but one must ask,
    just where does such venom and bitterness and hatred come from. Those who are
    attracted to ISIS are those that feel they have a legitimate grievance against
    the world. I might also be that some see this movement as an extension of some
    video game they have played on a computer. That is, it is a life game and they
    want in on it. But, I believe they would be in the minority and that the
    majority of those who join ISIS and other groups similar to them feel cheated or
    threatened and just desire to surround themselves with some form of protection
    from whatever threat they perceive to be out there. Defending themselves from
    some tyrant, they become tyrants and thus, the wars continue and they seem to be
    Christ is the Prince of Peace. His kingdom is the kingdom of peace. In this
    world as part of the world, there is no peace. Life is a constant struggle and
    there is no respite from those struggles. But, in Christ one can find a peace
    that is beyond this world's comprehension. The Bible calls it a peace that
    passeth understanding. For the Christian, God has broken the bow, snapped the
    spear and burned the vehicles of war. We do not want to learn the ways of war
    but much prefer to learn the way of peace. To know what that means all we need
    to do is to study the life of Christ. His only war was against Satan and all of
    the evil that he has brought into the world. He conquered him and sin on the
    cross of Calvary.
    We do hear of wars and rumors of wars these days. Christ said we would. But,
    we do not have to contribute a thing to the cause of these wars. All we have to
    do is to trust God to be our peace and we will have it. May God bless your day
    with this great peace that only He can endow you with.
    God bless and go and have a great day.
    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Rom12:18)

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    1 O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.
    2 For the Lord most high is terrible; He is a great King over all the earth.
    3 He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.
    4 He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom He loved.
    5 God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
    6 Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.
    7 For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.
    Psalm 47:1-7

    As I read the paper and listen to the news and then turn to the Scriptures, I
    realize the truest meaning of the ancient writing that asks, "Why did the
    heathen rage, why did the people imagine a vain thing?" We are so smart, all of
    us. We imagine that we are in charge and we set the course for our day and think
    what it will play out just as we imagined that it would. When will we ever
    learn? Every tick of the clock is in God's hands. We do not rule. We all are
    subject to the grand scheme which is God's plan and there is nothing we can do
    but submit to it because we trust God with it. God's plan will lead to eternal
    bliss and rebellion against it will take one to eternal anguish. God is the
    great King over ALL the earth and all the earth will come to know and
    this for it is written that every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess
    that Jesus Christ is Lord.
    Why is it that we rebel against this truth? It can only be that we want to be
    in charge of our own destiny and the only reason for that would be that we do
    not trust God with it. As for me, I will praise the Lord. He is not threat to
    me. Rather, He is comfort and joy and peace. When all the days of the earth
    are come to an end, there will be God, eternal in His heaven and sitting there
    high and lifted up. It will be glory to see Him and to toss our crowns at His
    feet for when we see Him we will see Him as He has desired to be seen by us
    since from the very beginning. He will not be threatening in His countenance,
    He will be awesome and welcoming and His voice will speak and say, "welcome
    and, "come and take your place in My home which is now become your home".
    For now we have to put up with all of man's foolish goals which go against His
    for them. But, one day this will be all done. What we must be is faithful in
    the meanwhile. If we are faithful to Him, He will be faithful to us for He is
    always faithful to His word that He has spoken to us.
    God bless and go and have a great day.
    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Rom12:18)

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    Flightsimmer, I don't know how many other people are following this thread. But so you know, there's at least one. I've been enjoying it. Keep it up.
    INGOer #18,319

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    Thank you, I'll pass it on to Pastor Kirby.
    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Rom12:18)

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    2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the
    sides of the north, the city of the great King.
    3 God is known in her palaces for a refuge.
    4 For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together.
    5 They saw it, and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and hasted away.
    Psalm 48:2-5

    The phraseology of this text is something else. The term "beautiful for
    situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion" expresses a greater truth
    than most Bible commentators understand. One of the reasons for this is that
    they take the narrow view of the statement rather than the broader one.
    David was messianic and prophetic in what he wrote. He did not write what he
    wrote to satisfy a current curiosity, he wrote to satisfy what is true of God
    and His people in any age. The problem is that most people do not read the
    Psalms with an eye to a different age than the one in which they were written.
    Most people think that David only spoke of Israel then and not much about God's
    Israel through the end of time. Israel, after all, was God's creation. These
    people did not decide to become a people on their own. God raised them up.
    They did not even choose God, God chose them. Israel was and always has been
    the people of God's choice. This same theme runs through the Old Testament as
    well as through the New. "You have not chosen Me", Christ said, "I have chosen
    you". This is important.
    Zion is not just a physical mountain, it is a spiritual one as well. Zion is
    the church. The church is the composite of all those chosen by God to be His
    people. How does He choose them? He chooses those that choose Him. Christ put
    it this way, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son
    that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
    The church is composed of all of those who have believed in Christ for their
    I am part of a movement within Christianity that has been around for about 135
    years. We believe that Christ is our salvation. We believe that we are Zion.
    We are not "Zionists" in the sense that most people use that term, we simply
    believe what this Psalm says which is that for every and in every situation God
    is our Great King. We need not fear the world nor those who believe that they
    are in charge of it. They are not. Mount Zion, the church of God, has covered
    the entire earth and it is the one institution that most earthly men and women
    fear the most. It has resisted every effort to bring it down since its
    beginning for us. Jesus gave it existence when He died on the cross and the
    Holy Spirit breathed life into it on the day of Pentecost. This movement that I
    am glad to be a part of merely exists to tell its story over and over again to
    every generation. The church is eternal. It began with God in eternity before
    the earth and the cosmos was created and it will exist forever with God once the
    earth and the cosmos is gone. This fact frustrates the one who are bent on her
    demise. They see her as a formidable force that is the one constant in their
    changing world. I praise God for "Zion" and am proud to be one of many that
    make it not only a mountain but also the Holy City of God.
    God bless and go and have a great day.
    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Rom12:18)

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    6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of
    their riches;
    7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for
    8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever
    9 That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.
    Psalm 49:6-9

    This must have been bad news for those who believed that the sacrifices made at
    the temple in Jerusalem was intended to atone for the sins of a nation or a
    family. Though God instituted the ordinance of sacrifice, it was never intended
    to be payment for sin. The sacrifice made was an act of faith in a God who
    could and would forgive sin if sin was repented of. The sacrifice itself was an
    act of repentance. It was brought to the altar just inside the gates of the
    tabernacle to be killed as a way of saying that sin is death to me and the only
    way for me to live is for God to accept my honest sorrow over my sin. The
    sacrifice is to the person then what Christ is to us now. We did not die for
    our sins, Christ died for them. He is the atonement and there is no other that
    is acceptable to God. Why? The bulls and the goats and the lambs sacrificed in
    the Old Testament are serving for them the same function that Christ does for us
    now. These sacrifices died so that the sinner did not have to die. The sinner
    was guilty but provided a way for that person to be forgiven and the way of
    forgiven was common to all. It mattered not whether one was rich or poor God
    would accept a substitute sacrifice for sins committed so that the sinner did
    not have to die. A rich man could not bail out a close relative. A poor man
    could not rely on a wealthy relative to bail him out either. Everyone had to
    bring a personal sacrifice to be slain on the altar for the remission of sins.
    God so loved us that He, once and for all time, gave His only begotten Son to
    die for our sins so that we would not have to. Accepting Christ as that gift
    from God as the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world, accepting
    Him by faith and confession and repentance which is Godly sorrow, will lead us
    to the God of our salvation. Dare I say it? The Donald Trumps of this world
    nor the Marco Rubios possess the power to redeem the world. Only Christ can do
    that because He is the Lamb of God. God alone saves us for eternity.
    Right now there is a great uproar over the holiday cup that Starbucks is using
    for the "holiday season". Will you understand when I say, why do I care and
    furthermore, why should you care? My faith in the Christ child Who is born the
    Lamb of God will still be intact during the season and after and all the way
    into eternity. If you want to pay Starbucks their exorbitant price for a cup of
    coffee, by all means go for it. If you are a Christian that cup of coffee will
    not diminish the power of God to save you or to keep you that way. I don't go
    to Starbucks because I don't drink coffee not because they have a green or red
    cup with their logo on it. There are more issues that are more demeaning to
    Christ in this world that need to be addressed. Starbucks cannot save me nor
    can it keep me from being saved. Being saved by Christ was a personal choice
    that I made over 60 years ago and it is one you should have made and still can
    make. I encourage you to go to God for your salvation and not to a rich friend
    or relative.
    God bless and go and have a great day.
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    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Rom12:18)

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    10 For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person
    perish, and leave their wealth to others.
    11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their
    dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.
    12 Nevertheless man being in honor abideth not: he is like the beasts that
    13 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings.
    14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the
    upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall
    consume in the grave from their dwelling.
    15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for He shall receive
    me. Selah. Psalm 49:10-15

    There are some things that you cannot get from a cursory reading of the Bible.
    I have read the Bible through and study it often in search for its messages that
    need to be preached and taught. I came across this passage and it seemed most
    appropriate for the moment. This dear lady who passed away early this morning
    was never a wealthy lady nor a lady who had made a name for herself. For that
    matter most people in this community where she lived the biggest part of her
    life will hardly note her passing because they hardly knew she lived here. But
    one thing I do know is that God took note of her life and He has received her
    into His paradise.
    The rich (it seems we who think that we are poor always compare ourselves to
    them and pick on them a lot). Let me specify. The rich sinner who believes
    that he is something or someone more than the poor tends to believe that what he
    has in the way of material and financial wealth is his. In truth when the truth
    is known, nothing is his, he only has access to it for a while. Nothing of this
    earth belongs to us. The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof. He owns
    the cattle on a thousand hills and we are idiots if we think we do. We have
    deeds to our property and titles to our vehicles and claim ownership of the
    clothes on our back. And, yes, if someone takes them from us by force they can
    be arrested. But, when my death comes to our door and takes us away, then to
    whom do those things go? If we have a will we can express our desire as to
    where they go but once they are in the hands of those people we have lost all
    control over them. They can keep them or sell them or give them away to anyone
    and even someone we would never have given them to. When you think about it,
    everything returns to the earth from which it came and is recycled for a future
    generation not because we are so good at recycling those things but because God
    has ordained it so. Even our bodies return to the earth and become dust. We
    are here for a moment and then we are gone and the only enduring thing is the
    soul. It is the soul that God redeems and not the material things of the earth.
    God will rescue the soul if the soul seeks God for its rescue. The soul that
    seeks the Lord shall find Him but the soul that turns from the Lord shall be
    lost forever. As they say, this is not rocket science, it is very simple. What
    about you? Have you sought the Lord out for salvation? If not, what do you
    expect to happen to your soul at the time of your death? You do have a soul and
    for that matter you are your soul and your soul is you. The body is a temporal
    house that will fall into disuse one day but the soul of man, it goes on for all
    eternity. The sad thing is that not all souls will have that eternal place with
    the Lord. Think on it.
    God bless and go and have a great day.
    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Rom12:18)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GodFearinGunTotin View Post
    Flightsimmer, I don't know how many other people are following this thread. But so you know, there's at least one. I've been enjoying it. Keep it up.

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    9 I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds.
    10 For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.
    11 I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are
    12 If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is Mine, and the
    fulness thereof. Psalm 50:9-12

    God is self-existing and self sufficient. The only thing He wants from us is
    fellowship-honest fellowship. There is a reason that He created us in His
    likeness and image and that is that He craves fellowship with other beings
    similar to Himself. He created us for that fellowship. Of course, that
    relationship is to be based upon mutual respect for one another. If God did not
    respect us, why would He go to all of the trouble to save us so that we can be
    back in fellowship with Him?
    Do not misunderstand me. I am not saying that God created us to worship but He
    did created us to love. He created us to love and I know this because the Bible
    throughout is a message of that love of God for us which is continuously
    directed at us. All that God has done, even before the beginning, is to make
    provision for a mutually agreed upon fellowship with us. Throughout all of the
    Scripture we read about covenants. He made covenant with Adam. A covenant
    requires two or more parties and in this instance the two parties are God and
    the man He created. That He would give us a voice in any covenant is amazing to
    me. He is God. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills which literally
    understood means that He owns it all. God owns everything He created except us.
    He does not want to own us, He wants to befriend us and make us like Himself.
    Why would God want to do that? Because there is none holier, not more righteous
    and none more powerful. He wants to share heaven with us but He cannot let that
    happen as long as we want to be gods unto ourselves. The one thing God demands
    is that we love Him with all of our hearts, all of our minds, all of our
    strength, and with all of our souls. Where God is concerned, love begets love.
    He created us to love and to fellowship but it will be on His terms because His
    terms are perfect. He is good and His goodness endures forever. All He ever
    wanted and wants to this day for us is what He knows is good for us. Just as we
    want what is best for our children, God wants what is best for us even if we
    don't understand it at the time. We think we know what that is and attempt to
    sway God by our opinion but God sees the greater picture and prepares us for
    what is ahead and not just for the moment. He loves us so. We need to agree
    with His terms of endearment to be happy.
    God bless and go and have a great day.
    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Rom12:18)

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    14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
    15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt
    glorify me.
    16 But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes,
    or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?
    17 Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee.
    18 When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been
    partaker with adulterers. Psalm 50:14-18

    What can I say? God is great and especially so in times like these. My mother
    is moving on. She may last for a few more days but not many more. She has been
    and is a great lady and a woman of God. For her and what she has meant to me in
    my life, I can only give God praise and offer up to Him sincere thanks. These
    are troubling times in a way but they are also times of reaffirmation. When it
    comes to these times, there is only one Person to look to for consolation and
    help and He is no man, He is God. He is a present help in a time of trouble and
    every day I thank Him for being there to enable me to do the necessary things to
    comfort those around me.
    At the same time that I am ministering to my own mother, a man in the church
    that I pastor is preparing to say goodbye to his mom. She died three days ago
    early Wednesday morning. I will do her funeral Monday and I certainly covet all
    of the prayers that I can get in order to meet the needs of this young man and
    his family. It too is a good family and she too was a good and godly woman. I
    was blessed to have come to know her and to be her pastor. She is with the Lord
    today and of that I am certain.
    So, when we are so blessed, why is it that we ever question the integrity of
    My life has been with the saints for the most part. But in this scripture we
    are using for this Manna today, God cautions us to not fall in with the evil
    ones of this world. Protest their evil ways and the evil that they do. They
    will fight back to be sure, but if we do nothing, evil wins. This very thought
    brings me back to my own mom. She never let an evil thing slide. She protested
    it in her own way. She would write to politicians, judges, mayors, newspapers,
    and her words to them were specific to the problem that she wrote about.
    I remember when Anderson, Indiana was debating the horse track and the gambling
    that would come along with it. Mom wrote one letter after another cautioning
    the powers that were to consider the long-term effect it would have on the city.
    By the way, what she said would happen has happened and the city of Anderson is
    so diminished today that it has become a bedroom community that people commute
    from to find work elsewhere.
    If we don't call evil what it is, this Psalm tells us that we become part of the
    evil we should be protesting. To see another person committing a crime and do
    nothing makes us a part of the crime. We need to be do-something people. Do
    something even if it results in little or nothing being done about the evil.
    I love the Psalms for they speak to us in everyday terms, everyday situations
    that we all find ourselves in. As we read them we are reminded that God is with
    us to be the help that we all need.
    God bless and go and have a great day.
    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Rom12:18)

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