1Pe 4.14 +
If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory & of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
“A godly man must save both time & money. Before he was converted he lost…time & squandered…money. All this he now saves & therefore wealth & riches must be in his house: & if he do not distribute to the necessities of the poor, they will continue to accumulate till they be his curse.
– Adam Clarke
A former student of mine once responded in class, “God wants us to be happy.” That is true, profoundly true. It will be true a 1000 yrs from today – – – IF spoken of the Next World. In this world, satan (as he has, since Eve) promises happiness – all his promises are lies.
“With [some] learning is all in all; it is the substitute for the unction of Christ
& the grace & influences of the Holy Spirit.”
– Adam Clarke, /ChristianTheology/
The pray-er is a spokeswoman/spokesman for God, to God.
The preacher is a spokesman for God, to his fellowman.
God “Paints” with Light
God made solid forms – they appear left and right
Hill, mountain, stone, rocks, shrub and tree
Then he splashes them with varied light
Till same-ish-ness is lost in variety.
He made more mobile forms – apparent to sight
Waves which roam the sea, clouds the sky
Different they look today than last night
Light glances on low tide or up on high.
On his firm forms He “paints” – with brushes slight
They are light or dark at His supreme will
And sea or sky look dull or quit bright
By the light, His light He allows to “spill.”
– eab, May 2010
“Sanctification requires no greater degree of faith than justification.”
– J A Wood /Perfect Love/
Reasons some consider suicide:
1.) they’ve committed a bad sin. – Don’t forget Jesus Christ saves sinners. (Only ones he saves!)
2.) they want people to feel sorry for them. – “I’ll show ‘em.” A very stupid decision
3.) they have horrible pain. – Live one day at a time.
There are no GOOD reasons to consider suicide. None. They are all selfish.
“…When they shall say, ‘Peace & safety’ then sudden destruction cometh upon them,
as travail upon a woman with child; & they shall not escape.”
“Christians begin to backslide when they feel it their duty &
see it their privilege to seek holiness & refuse to do it.”
– J A Wood /Perfect Love/
The average person doesn’t want to be disturbed when they’re drifting off to sleep. (A terrifying, spiritual sleepiness permeates much of the church.) So – – – it’s understandable when a post “jars” & they react. But even their “come-back” can work to good; it may flow through their minds more because they “resented” & responded. Yes, the 5 wise virgins slept, but please balance that with Paul’s “Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch & be sober”(1Th 5.6).