Today, Scripture points are shared on the character and nature of servitude as disciples of Christ.  Balance, circumspection and modesty are to be shown by the “born again” believer.  Those having new life will resist pursuing worldly ambitions, covetousness, and self-promotion just as they will avoid boasting, showing off, and vainglory.  All Christian believers are to discipline themselves and maintain self-government while answering the sovereign reign of GOD over all.  As servants and stewards within the household of GOD, Christians are by no means to feel disgraced, or made a fool of when addressing the needs of others, for they truly are divine agents and representatives of Jesus Christ.  Even when employed in secular jobs and worldly occupations, believers are to excel at what they do as their acknowledgment and expression of gratitude for life from GOD as well as their own gift and offering in thanksgiving to the Lord.  Consider again the following from the Bible, and the comments appearing below:  Psalms 100:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.  2 Serve the LORD with gladness:  come before his presence with singing.  3 Know ye that the LORD he is God:  it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  Also, Colossians 3:  16-17, KJV:  16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.  1st Corinthians 7:  21-23, KJV:  21 Art thou called being a servant? care not for it:  but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.  22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman:  likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant.  23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers (Canada)” using the ID “nathan b” (Level 2 with 306 points, a member since February 26, 2009) posted the following:


Is it bad for me to be a servant?

Im just wondering I know I am not a leader and in fact i dont like being 1. I genuinely enjoy serving other people. Not in a religious sense no but in a practical sense. If someone ask me to do something i genuinely enjoy doing said thing for them


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But the end of all things is at hand:  be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.  And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves:  for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.  Use hospitality one to another without grudging.  As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth:  that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.  (1st Peter 4:  7-11, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Ordinance of Humility? (08/12/2015); When Asked to Serve? (01/21/2015); It Comes With the Job? (01/11/2015); Asked to Carry the Cross? (07/25/2014); Good Intentions? (07/26/2014); Religious Bosses? (07/08/2014); Unprofitable Servants? (01/19/2014)


“nathan b”, while Christian believers are called to receive place as joint-heirs, kings, and priests of a divine kingdom with the Lord, all are to continually display the dutifulness, humility, trustworthiness, and zeal that characterize loyal servants.  Just as expressed and preserved through the traditional marriage vow, to obey is one of the highest expressions of love, for in obedience one puts aside their own desires and will to perform the will of another, and to ensure their satisfaction and well-being.  Called and recruited to serve is to be understood as being granted intimate access to those who are anointed and sanctified (we say, holy).  The servant is acknowledged and elevated by the privilege to freely express allegiance and devotion as well as by multiple opportunities to gain merit and earn reward.  The principles believers and disciples are guided by include commitment, dependence, exclusive focus, honesty, perseverance, reliability, respect, self-esteem, and unselfishness.  Consider again the following points from the Bible:

(1.)  Isaiah 65:  13-16, King James Version (KJV):  13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry:  behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty:  behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed:  14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.  15 And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen:  for the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name:  16 That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.

(2.)  Matthew 20:  25-28, KJV:  25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.  26 But it shall not be so among you:  but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;  27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:  28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

(3.)  Matthew 23:  8-12, KJV:  8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.  9 And call no man your father upon the earth:  for one is your Father, which is in heaven.  10 Neither be ye called masters:  for one is your Master, even Christ.  11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.  12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Isaiah 56:  4-7, KJV:  4 For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;  5 Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters:  I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.  6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;  7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer:  their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

Today, reply is made to a familiar challenge that a person approve/disapprove of how GOD has responded to Adam, Satan, and sin.  The true people of GOD are to deal with divine law, operations of divinity, and sacred principles, rather than cultural fabrications, individual desires, personal opinions, and worldly traditions.  Their heart (i.e., breath, life essence, spirit) must engage the sacred heart of GOD.  By insisting that academic presentations and secular reasoning have the same or greater value than the holy writings, many continue in darkness, error, and spiritual confusion.  Consider again the following from the Bible, and the comments appearing below:  Isaiah 29:  16, King James Version (KJV):  16 Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay:  for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?  Also,  Matthew 15:  7-9, KJV:  7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,  8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.  9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.  Ezekiel 33:  31-33, KJV:  31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them:  for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.  32 And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument:  for they hear thy words, but they do them not.  33 And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “drummer man” (Level 1 with no points shown, a member since July 16, 2007) posted the following:


Does god’s way of dealing with the rebellion and sin of Satan, Adam and Eve bother you? and how would you deal with them if you were god?


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,  Gird up thy loins now like a man:  I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.  Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?  Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?  Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.  Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath:  and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.  Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.  Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.  Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.  (Job 40: 6-14, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Justified for Attacking The Bible? (06/28/2015); Correct in Only Your Mind? (05/04/2015); The Testing of Job? (10/06/2014); Knowing the Spirit is Inside? (10/07/2014); Satan Should Stand Trial? (02/16/2014); The Right Place to Get Knowledge? (02/17/2014); Confusion 2013 (01/13/2013); Why A “Spokesperson”? (01/14/2013)


“drummer man”, for mature Christian believers your question draws (we say, entices, seduces, tempts) others into thinking of themselves in a way that insults divinity.  The operations of presumption, pride and sin oppose the continued existence of divine law, of the divine Law Giver, and of the universe maintained through sacred law.  While sin is no thing created by GOD and contains no sacred matter (as does the living), sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  The thought “if I were god” is forbidden in the sense that ones awareness and self-will are not to be turned away from acknowledging, reverencing, and serving GOD toward any exercise of authority, independence, and privilege that has not been granted by the Father through the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Even so, it is correct for believers to carefully examine the many facets of the accounts that come to us as sacred knowledge.

Correctly understood, the record of Creation, the fall of Adam, and the full range of holy writings must be seen as features within a closed system for consciousness of GOD that derive from operations of spirit, rather than operations of intellect, logic, philosophy, or science.  The holy writings provide a divine point of view, so to speak, showing the operations of divinity using thousands of events and thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years.  In the same way none may know and understand divinity as revealed through Jesus Christ without operations by GOD through spirit, none may assign value, criticize, or evaluate the process of Deity (we say, judge GOD), even when they have spirit and sacred truth.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  Human error characterizes our judgment; thus, many important points are overlooked as we consider the human predicament.  For example, (1) the single name “Adam” was used by the GODhead for both the male and female who existed as a single person; (2) there are multiple operations of GOD to reveal the character and nature of divinity to the living, and to proclaim divine sovereignty; (3) Adam and all living upon the earth are used as figures to correct and guide those of heaven; (4) divine law, judgment, and the figure of Satan are used to correct and guide the living both upon the earth and in heaven; and (5) as with the elimination of chaos and flux that appeared before heaven and earth were established, the elimination of sin requires permanent change that pertains to the entire universe, not merely to angels and mankind.

Given that many points in our routine conversations and exchanges are taken to be facts and proven truth that, in actuality, are assumptions relied upon in order to advance various considerations, correct acceptance of the holy writings demand balance, completeness, consistency, focus, maturity, and stability that only come by operation of the same Spirit that was at work in Creation.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC



New Disclaimer

Today, reply is made to the mistaken notion that the value of the Lord’s death upon the cross is made less by his resurrection.  The divine use of elements familiar among mankind such as blood, death, and sacrifice must be understood within a framework of non-negotiable law, love, sacred process, and eternal purpose.  Consider again the following from the Bible, and the response appearing below:  1st Corinthians 1:  17-19, King James Version (KJV):  17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel:  not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.  18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.  Also, Galatians 2:  19-21, KJV:  19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.  20 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 for me.  21 I do not frustrate the grace of God:  for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.  Hebrews 12:  1-4, KJV:  1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.  4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (Malaysia)” using the ID “TheistSlayer” (Level 4 with 3,500 points, a member since August 20, 2015) posted the following:


If Jesus came back to life, doesn’t that make the “He died for your sins” thing kind of worthless?


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.  For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.  (Ephesians 2:  11-22, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Power Against Sin? (04/12/2015); Gall Refused on the Cross? (03/20/2015); The Agony of Death? (03/21/2015); The Sin Covered By Salvation? (12/28/2014); Mortality Is Required Because of Sin (12/29/2014); The Power of Death? (10/01/2013); Divine Love Revealed? (10/02/2013)


“TheistSlayer”, for Christian believers it is a worthless notion that the resurrection of Jesus Christ may annul or cancel the gifts of GOD that are imparted Spirit, eternal life, redemption, and salvation.  Genuine understanding of divinity and its workings upon the earth through mankind require sacred knowledge that emerges only by the existence of spirit matter.  Things made up entirely of spirit can not be communicated about, perceived, or known to exist using only such finite human tools as intellect, language, logic, philosophy, and science.  Thus, disciples of Christ must receive a fresh deposit of spirit content from the makeup of Deity to correctly apprehend the cross, the ascension, and the Advent.

The conversation must become one that also attributes active presence, love, eternal purpose, and divine prerogative to divinity.  The full set of operations whereby the invisible personness of GOD is made known and seen by created beings and living creatures includes atonement, birth, death, forgiveness, incarnation, judgment, repentance, resurrection, and sanctification as well as perdition and the second death.  Believers are equipped with an imparted, indwelling spirit having the character and nature of GOD.  Inseparable aspects of divinity should appear such as faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

How and what we speak become an indication of inner change, and the operations and power of GOD influencing our consciousness and will.  Just as sin dominates created beings and living creatures through their awareness and self-will, the divine substance establishing existence also must generate our perceptions of truth, and the fixed patterns we employ to communicate, exchange, and interact.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, the problems to our understanding the deeds that have been performed on our behalf by Christ, and the further actions being taken by divinity through the Holy Spirit mostly result by our dependence upon carnal, material and social reality.  The believer must make a clean break, and be set apart for exclusive service to GOD.  Their entire internal system of interrelated desires, feelings, goals and thoughts must be replaced.  Thus, we say, there must be permanent change and transformation:  “You must be born again.”)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC


New Disclaimer


Today, points are shared on repentance as a continuing and ongoing sacred process carried out by the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit can not be stopped.  Believers must realize a total dependence upon divinity for their new life and salvation.  All are gradually guided, led and rooted in (i.e., carried through what scientist call successive approximations) events expressing the divine character and nature, and that consistently display correct acknowledgment, praise and service to Deity.  Given that sin attacks, dominates and influences the living through their own awareness and self-will, the divine operations in salvation establish consciousness and focus that indicate permanent change, and reinforce the divine will that must be present within created beings.  Despite the damage and destruction by the operations of sin against all living (angels, animals, mankind, plants), the Holy Spirit will fulfill all divine utterance (we say, breath, proclamation, promise, prophecy, word), and complete his work to maintain the Creation.  Consider again the following from the Bible, and the presentation below:  Ephesians 5:  6-10, King James Version (KJV):  6 Let no man deceive you with vain words:  for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.  7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.  8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord:  walk as children of light:  9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)  10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.  Also, John 1: 12-13 KJV:  12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  Hebrews 10: 35-37, KJV:  35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.  36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.  37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Gabrielgoh” (Level 1 with 111 points, a member since April 19, 2013) posted the following:


How to truly repent of my sin ?

How to truly truly repent of my sin ?  I don t wish to go to hell.  I know that it is difficult to forgive others completely to those who hurt me.   I know I also commit some kinds of other sin that I know but harder for me to let go.  Because I know I have a pride, self will and stubbornness.  It is difficult for me to humble myself under the mighty hand of God.  What prayer must I do in order to get to heaven ?  I don t even have an opportunity to have a friend and at the same time talk to a girl.  I also wish I have desire Christian girl to be my girl friend who I like.  Face must be nice and personality are also very important.  She can able to relate to me.  We can enjoy together going for the adventure.  Thank you :)  Hope you understand.


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:  for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:  That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.  Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect:  but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:  but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded:  and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.  (Philippians 3:  7-15, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Repentance, Sin and Willpower (09/08/2015); There Must Be Permanent Change (07/12/2015); Becoming Ripe for Harvest? (07/03/2015); Holy Wars? (11/06/2014); Genuine Repentance? (03/24/2014); When Is A Law The LAW? (03/25/2014)


“Gabrielgoh”, here are a few points I can share that may help you focus upon repentance as a work accomplished by GOD:

(1.)  A Christian is a “new creature” called into being by divinity, who has appeared using flesh and the physical person of Jesus Christ (we say, by incarnation).  In water baptism there is death and burial of ones inborn spirit, and rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak.

(2.)  In rebirth, the “born again” believer receives inseparable spirit substance from the makeup of GOD (e.g., faith, holiness, longsuffering, love, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin), and so may be spoken of as a child or offspring of GOD.  As a child, the believer must “grow up again,” and become mature (we also say, ripe for harvest) by continuing to meet the same life challenges as all others upon the earth.

(3.)  Believers are accounted as being in a new standing with GOD.  The sacrifice of Christ upon the cross has not eliminated and erased all death, error, and sin, yet, has provided for atonement and propitiation for sin.  Similarly, baptism does not automatically remove all earthly desire, ignorance of sacred knowledge, and lust for things carnal, material and social.  Yet, meaningful change and growth are provided that are necessary as preparation for the transformation at the Advent (Second Coming of Christ).

(4.)  Repentance is more than a matter of performing acts of contrition, making public apology, or declaring heartfelt remorse.  Correctly understood, repentance is an appearing or manifesting of the Holy Spirit (we also say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  Repentance is known and made visible through permanent change in attitudes and behavior that repeatedly occur in ones lifestyle and regular routine, and is not a “one-time” event.

(5.)  Sin has not been created or put forth from any inner aspect of divinity (e.g., heart, imagination, mind, thoughts); and has neither divine substance nor material and tangible form that we might toss it about like a ball.  Yet, sin has direction, effect, and presence; and sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  Sin has never existed as do living entities, and is more related to chaos and lack of divine order.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the universe that conforms to sacred law.

There is far more that must be said to fully shift your awareness regarding that that is holy (i.e. having the active presence, and eternal purposes of divinity).  For example, (6.)  The believer must trust that they truly are in a bond with the Father through Christ the Son, and that the Holy Spirit will actually accomplish all things divine for their benefit.  Believers display acceptable works, and live “lives of repentance” by applying and responding to sacred knowledge, divine law, and shared standards within a community of faith.  All must increasingly respond to the guidance and promptings from the imparted, indwelling Spirit that has been deposited from Christ and the Father.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and willingness to be made spiritually mature.

Washington, DC


New Disclaimer

Adornment, amusements, and social activities conducted within the church are topics, today.  Believers are to be in the world, yet, not of it.  The clothing believers wear can neither ensure their salvation, nor of itself seal them in condemnation.  Many believers are committed to a process for increasing the church that relies upon connecting to outside the congregation upon their own carnal, material, and social level.  Even so, judgment remains the exclusive province of Christ partly because there must be a weighing of things that are subtle (i.e., barely visible; having hidden shifts in meaning and value), and that have no physical substance such as comprehension, divine prerogative, and eternal purposes.  Those within communities of faith also may derive benefit from amusements such as family entertainment, ice cream socials, singles activity, and Super Bowl parties.  However, just as accountability and intimacy within the home generate a different standard for shared activities to entertain and refresh the family, recreation within the body of believers that appears in the public forum should always continue circumspection and restraint.  To avoid misrepresentation of the spiritual body, leisure behavior should only be shared in private settings, and not events open to the public.  Consider again the following from the Bible, and the comments appearing below:  John 7:  24, King James Version (KJV):  24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.  Also, 2nd Corinthians 13:  5, KJV:  5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.  Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?  2nd Corinthians 4:  15-17, KJV:  15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.  16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! 7 Answers” (Australia) using the ID “Anonymous” (profile information withheld) posted the following:


Christians: What are your thoughts of this Protestant church promoting the wearing of sports jersies to their weekend services?

Crossroads Fellowship Church

Saturday, November 7 | 5:00pm
Sunday, November 8 | 8:30am, 10:00am, & 11:30am

Wear Your Favorite Team Jersey to Church!

How do you feel about this? Show your team spirit by wearing your favorite team jersey to church!

Come prepared for worship and game day fun!

Update:  Do you see this as an abomination? A desperate marketing tactic perhaps?


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.  And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;  To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.  To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak:  I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.  And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.  Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.  And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.  I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:  But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection:  lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.  (1st Corinthians 9:  19-27, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Not A Matter Of Opinion? (04/24/2014); What Faith Makes Possible (04/25/2014); Worship Wear? (01/23/2014); Mankind Destroyed? (01/24/2014); Are Holidays Bad? (11/16/2013); Denying GOD by Eating Shrimp? (11/17/2013); Will GOD Bless My Team? (12/31/2012); Put Every Man His Sword By His Side (01/01/2013)


“Anonymous”, in the effort to create an atmosphere of mutual acceptance, suspension of being judged by others, and unconditional love, many congregations of Christian believers now appear to operate without the strict dress codes and standards that once distinguished church goers and Christian believers as “sanctified” (i.e., set apart for the exclusive use of divinity).  For those in relationship with GOD through Jesus Christ, it is important to address such doctrines and themes as release from the strictures of Old Testament law; new life by apprehension of divine spirit content; new covenant grounded in righteousness through faith as well as discerning sameness and difference for the spirit of divine law and its letter.  Even so, there is never to be a total abandonment of discipline, regulation, and shared truth that establishes stability.

Correctly understood, sanctification proceeds only by operations of GOD, and is not the product of indoctrination, intellect, logic, and reason.  Believers experience excitement joy, and zeal as they acquire sacred knowledge and gain mastery through sacred practice (we say, observing sacraments).  However, these are aspects of the character, nature and spirit that make up divinity; and are not the same as emotion, excitement, fanaticism, and passion that characterize carnal and finite being.

Correctly received, assembling and church attendance are gifts and sacred events from GOD wherein believers are granted access to the divine presence, and opportunity to be in shared communion and direct exchange with Deity.  Mature believers “put their best foot forward” and wear their “Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes” as acknowledgment, and an outward demonstration of inner order, propriety and respect toward GOD.  What they wear is not intended for boasting, showing off, and vainglory.  Their attitude, mind-set and motives are directed to knowing and pleasing GOD.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, believers have to be careful to avoid the trap that baits them into judging others.  Because all believers must gradually develop and grow, everyone who participates in a gathering at the church does not come being on the same level of commitment, devotion, maturity, and understanding.  All appear because they are confessing their need for change, correction and growth.  The welcome is equally to those seeking peace and rest as it is for those seeking their place as disciples, laborers and workers for the kingdom.  What appears as casual dress and clothing more suited to play often has been chosen for its value as a lubricant to contact (i.e., familiarity, recognition, remembering), being in proper uniform for hard work, and a lever to interaction that will nourish the body.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC

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Today, focus is upon the evidence that GOD exists:  baptism, faith, rebirth, trust, and new life.  Many are not healed in their understanding of the things from GOD in Christ because they have not responded to the correct prescription and “medication” provided to them by divinity.  Those who accept the claims of mathematics and science that propose the existence of unseen things (e.g., a point, a line, an atom), do so accepting fixed boundaries, limits and rules for application and understanding.  Meaning and value are assigned and determined within a closed system.  The experience of those who are drawn to GOD through Jesus Christ must be observed and responded to in the same way.  Certainty and conviction as consciousness of divine existence are established only as ongoing aspects of awareness that come by revelation and continuing operations of Deity.  (Similarly, disobedience to sacred law and transgression come by operations of sin upon awareness and self-will within the living.)  Only perceptions and substance generated within the revealed system of sacred knowledge and process can be evidence for the truth of GOD.  Consider again the following from the Bible, and the discussion appearing below:  Hebrews 11:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.  3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.  Also, 2nd Corinthians 4:  17-18, KJV:  17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;  18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen:  for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.  Luke 10:  23-24, KJV:  23 And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see:  24 For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.  Romans 5:  1-2, KJV:  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:  2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “outonalimb” (Level 4 with 3,818 points, a member since November 12, 2012) posted the following:


Exactly what kind of evidence would convince unbelievers that God exists?

I think I’ve asked this question before, but it’s time to ask it again….


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:  for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:  as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.  (Romans 1:  16-23, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Beyond Anything We Imagine? (11/13/2015); The Choice of Knowledge? (10/28/2015); The Evidence GOD Exists? (09/29/2015); Experience Is Not Evidence? (05/05/2013); Church Mandatory? (05/06/2013); Evidence of the Unseen Spirit? (04/09/2013); A Guide to Salvation? (04/10/2013)


“outonalimb”, how and that we exist is the proof of existence; and there is no “evidence” that can persuade or manipulate the thinking of others enough to make them mature followers of Jesus Christ.  Correctly understood, commitment to Christ is not the result of argument, debate, indoctrination, intellect, logic, philosophy, politics, secular history, or science.  Ones standing as being in right relationship with divinity only comes through divine operations that reformulate a person’s spirit content.  There must be baptism (i.e., death and burial of ones inborn spirit with rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak).

In the same way, we must have the correct prescription before we go to a pharmacy for medication, we must follow the necessary procedures to arrive at godliness and spiritual maturity.  All Christian believers begin in ignorance and holding to multiple errors that must be corrected, yet, only those who actually submit themselves to be permanently changed by GOD become grounded in the sacred knowledge, lifestyle, and practices that demonstrate the condition of having eternal life.  Believers become immersed within a gospel, sacred processes, and divine purposes intended for those who believe and follow the Lord; and, rightly understood, there is nothing for the unbeliever.

The evidence for spiritual things itself must be spiritual.  GOD is a spirit with whom created beings and living creatures communicate, exchange and interact as they apply and contain divine spirit substance within their own makeup.  Those who choose to follow Christ receive a fresh deposit of spirit matter from the makeup of divinity.  Included are inseparable aspects of the Savior’s character such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Those who are “born again” must “grow up again” meeting the same carnal, material, and social life challenges (we say, growing pains) as all others upon the earth.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, Moses was on his way home from work when he saw something that aroused his curiosity.  There was a bush that was burning without giving off smoke, or turning into ashes.  Moses had some ideas about the GOD of his fathers; however, Moses did not stop and go closer because he wanted to pray, or have a religious experience.  He was being drawn by GOD to divinity; and when he heard the voice and word from GOD, Moses first went about to acknowledge the divine presence by prostrating himself.  In effect, it is the same experience for us, today.  Conviction and trust may be ignited during a one-time event, however, new life in Christ is a divine process that continues, and is not interrupted by death.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC


New Disclaimer

Today, some thoughts are shared on the idea of divine rule over the church and earthly nations as well as over divine kingdoms.  In addition to speaking of GOD as a partner with mankind implementing multiple covenants, many Christian believers speak of both “the kingdom of God” and “the kingdom of heaven;” and the two expressions are used interchangeably.  Consider again the following from the Bible, and the discussion appearing below:  Matthew 4:  12-17, King James Version (KJV):  12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;  13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:  14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,  15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;  16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.  17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent:  for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.  Also, Matthew 4:  23, KJV:  23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.  Luke 19:  12-14, KJV:  12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.  13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.  14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.   John 18:  33-38, KJV:  33 Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews?  34 Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?  35 Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me:  what hast thou done?  36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world:  if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews:  but now is my kingdom not from hence.  37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.  38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:


What is God’s kingdom?

Is it the church?


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;  That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:  Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;  Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see:  to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.  (1st Timothy 6:  13-16, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Sum of the Saved? (11/04/2015); A Kingdom Now and One To Come? (09/05/2014); Comfort? (09/06/2014); Inheriting the Kingdom? (06/27/2014); Points on Bible Study (06/28/2014); The Ruler Of the Earth? (05/01/2014); Parables About the Kingdom? (05/02/2014); Loving Someone Unseen? (05/03/2014)


“Anonymous”, for many Christian believers, the idea of a kingdom upon the earth where divinity has all sovereign authority has been very useful to focus their understanding of such features as allegiance, divine order, duty, and eternal purpose.  Also, given that GOD is a spirit, many are comfortable with language that speaks of a celestial kingdom that is a sphere of life separate from the earth.  The character and nature of Deity as creative, exalted, generative, holy, and preeminent requires language that continuously acknowledges and affirms divine merit and superiority as well as divine ownership.  When divinity is understood as capable of personal communication, self-expression, exchange, and interaction with created beings and living creatures, GOD is more than an intellectual abstraction.  So that he may be correctly known, GOD provides covenant relationships, revelation, and a living presence within the beings put forth by GOD.  Applying language to GOD that we ordinarily use to describe things that exist in human experience as carnal, material and social, we speak of divine operations through sacred law as accomplishing control, judgment, and rule administered by a single person (we say, caliphate, empire, monarchy).   Consider again the following from the Bible:

(1.)  1st Chronicles 29:  11-13, King James Version (KJV):  11 Thine, O LORD, is the greatness and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:  for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.  12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.  13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.

(2.)  Psalms 24:  7-10, KJV:  7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.  8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.  9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.  10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory.  Selah.

(3.)  John 10:  14-16, KJV:  14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.  15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father:  and I lay down my life for the sheep.  16 And other sheep have I that are not of this fold:  them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st Timothy 1:  17, KJV:  17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever.  Amen.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC


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