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God is God
God is God and besides Him, there is no other. He is the Holy Other, the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent Lord of all creation. Those acquainted with Him know that God is above and beyond all our finite minds can grasp and yet, He is our Father who understands us better than we can even hope to understand ourselves. He is our Creator God and the sustainer of all things and is perfectly holy and just. God has demonstrated His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, He sent His Son to redeem us and to use us in the full and rich life of His Kingdom.
His justice being tempered with longsuffering and mercy; He is concerned with our daily living and that we may find in His companionship the guidance and strength we need in the difficult details and practical problems of our lives.
God is the center of His Book which was given to us to learn of Him. In it, we learn of how He revealed Himself to the prophets and made known His character and demands of His people. We learn of His revelation through His Son, Christ Jesus, who so fully revealed the moral characteristics of God that He and He alone could claim deity Himself. Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us."
Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:8-14 (NIV)
We talk about Him, read about Him, hear about Him, pray to Him, sing praises to Him and see movies about Him. But do we know God in our own personal experience? Is He a remote ideal or is He real to us? Do we feel His presence and know of His personal interest in us?
To know God on a personal, intimate level is not the same as knowing all about Him. But what sincere believing Christians claim is that we have experienced God in our lives and know that He loves His creatures and desires that we recognize His great love. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is our God.
Before anything began, God was. Before worlds had beginning, He was from everlasting to everlasting. God was, God is, and God always shall be. Man has difficulty accepting this truth. Since creation, man has been trying to match wits with His creator. And so God has been busy teaching mankind that He is God and besides Him there is no other. He is God alone. This is the lesson He has been teaching us since we went astray from Him. He has been busy breaking down high places, exalting low valleys, casting down imaginations and pride, that we might know that He is God alone. There is no one else to turn to who can meet our every need.
He was an exceptional teacher,
He taught what it meant to live
He was one solitary life who
He was wholly and solely committed,
He was ridiculed, hurt and abused,
Yes, He was indeed "The Teacher,"
Rev. Saundra L. Washington, D.D., is an ordained clergywoman, veteran social worker, and Founder of AMEN Ministries. She is also the author of two coffee table books: Room Beneath the Snow: Poems that Preach and Negative Disturbances: Homilies that Teach which can be reviewed on her site. Her new book, Out of Deep Waters: My Grief Management Workbook, is expected to be available soon.
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Cut Off Your Hand!
Cut off your Hand!Arguably the most bizarre command of Christ is found in Matthew 5:29-30, where he tells us to pluck out our eyes or cut off our hands if they cause us to sin. "It is better to enter heaven blind and lame," he says, "than to have a healthy body and be cast into hell.
Being In-Between Religions
Who said religion has to last a lifetime?When I was in my thirties, people used to ask me what religion I was. I'd stutter a little bit and then explain that I was, by my own definition, "in-between religions.
Catholics Need To Take a Second Look at Morality
According to CNN, Catholics voted for President Bush over Senator John Kerry by a 51 to 48 percent margin. Hence, Catholics voted for a Born Again Methodist over a Catholic candidate.
Saved From Religion
"Religion is the fashionable substitute for belief." - Oscar WildeA recently released study by The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, found that the number of adults who say they subscribe to no religion jumped from 14.
The Freemasonic Order of the Golden Centurion
I think most people who will read this will not accept what I am saying here without doing a lot of checking into the facts.'I tried sending through an attachment from a fellow researcher who is working on the Kaballah as derivative from Qaballa which is an ancient Verbal Tradition such as kept by the Bairds or bards and the Bardic Tradition for over 25,000 years.
Why The Devil Is He Out To Get You?
The devil's agenda for tricking Adam and Eve into eating the wrong fruit and thus rebelling against God, was so he could be like the most high GOD himself.The devil (Lucifer) cleverly devised his plan to be like God by tricking Adam and Eve into eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil instead of The tree of Life.
Amos and Social Justice - Part 1
Amos was a shepherd who lived in the region of Tekoa, not many miles from the city of Jerusalem. He earned his living by raising sheep and taking care of sycamore trees.
New Orleans is only the Beginning as Prophecy Unfolds
We are all very well aware of the tragedies occurring right now in the United States; particularly New Orleans. Yet, Bible Prophecy never leaves us to chance what is happening.
The Study of Saints and Why Its Important
Sainthood?that title given by the Catholic Church that seems to draw so much criticism from so many denominations. The mere mention of it angers some people.
What Did I Do To Deserve This?
"You must have done something awful for this to happen to you." Has anyone ever said that to you? Have you said it to yourself?Job had been through a lot.
Should Professional Athletes Be Glorifying God And Jesus On Their Public Platforms?
Recently I have run across quite a few Christians who seem to be offended whenever any of the professional athletes get on TV or the radio and publicly give God and Jesus all the praise, honor and glory for all of their accomplishments in their personal lives as well as all of their success on the athletic field.I have heard that many Christians state that a person's spiritual beliefs should be considered a personal matter and that these athletes should not be talking about God and Jesus on their "public platforms.
Treachery in the Midst of the Land
The term Scripture uses to describe the activities of those who attempt to sell-out Israel comes to mind. "Treacherous!"Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is being underhanded, deceptive, manipulative, and threatening.
Left Behind! Who Me?
The popularity in the past few years of the apocalyptic fiction series Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins in indicative of the fact that people would rather believe a lie told to them in a sexy, slick way then believe the truth of the Word of God that has been staring them straight in the face for centuries.Many Christian groups today propound that one day soon and it seems like the more money that is needed by the preacher the closer the day is that all Christian believers will be gathered together and thus disappear from the earth and that all of the unbelievers of the world will be left behind.
Spirituality from the Hebrew Bible: 10 Major Themes
The major themes of the Hebrew Bible (also known as the Old Testament) surely include God, man, sin, righteousness, grace, covenant, law, atonement, and holiness. A final theme we will examine is the Messiah.
Heads I Win, Tails You Lose
In a time when public scrutiny is becoming tighter and more pervasive businesses have learned that they need to be on guard more than ever to ensure they are operating by ethical standards. Though not often mentioned in this discussion, I believe it is especially true of Christian organizations in whom trust is placed by donors.
Cloning: Is the Human Being Unique?
I am not discussing here whether cloning is evil. [I think it is a dangerous attempt to play God].
Africa; The Forgotten Land of The Catholic Church
African Nations upset at the selection of the new Pope, Benedict XVI; they wanted a Black Pope. Instead they got another 'white man'.
Spring Into Gods Love
Spring is springing here in the Pacific Northwest the plants and trees are blooming. We are fast approaching the Christian celebration of Easter Sunday and if my Catholic is correct we should be in Lent right now.
The Catholic Obsession with Martyrs and the Question of Pain and Suffering
The Catholic Church is kind of like a forest sometimes. Someone on the outside looking in sees nothing but thousands of trees?and most of them look alike.
Sealed With the Holy Spirit
At the moment of salvation when we accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, three most amazing things will happen. The first is that we get automatic forgiveness for all of our sins - all past, present and future sins that we will ever commit.
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