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Prayer and Study Circle

 

Today, reply is to a teen on family prayer and shared Bible study as a remedy to conflict and division within the home. Because the goal is to establish family unity, a full reading aloud of as few as 12 books may be taken up and treasured as a family’s own sacred inheritance from divinity, and their own special anchor and grounding from GOD. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality, who uses the ID “Nicholas” (Level 1 with 41 points, a member since June 24, 2017) posted the following:

 

Am I crazy?

Ill try to make this quick. Im 19. Ive been a baptist for 4yr now. My Catholic parents dont allow me to go to the church i want and say under there roof i need to go to a catholic church. I finally decided to leave. I have 500.00 and no car. I dont have a job either. Am i crazy to leave home cause of religion? Am i in the right or are my parents? Im thinking of trying to get into job corps. Any advice on what i should do?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (Matthew 18: 15-20, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Sacred Ministry or Parenting? (05/10/2018); Honoring Our Own Parents (04/09/2018); What Young People Need? (06/26/2017); Becoming A Full Person (02/12/2017); In Her father’s House? (02/08/2017); Many Forms of Christianity? (04/30/2015); Choosing a Church? (05/31/2014); Why Not One Bible? (11/02/2013); Why Jesus Used Parables (11/03/2013)

 

Nicholas”, put your thoughts about leaving your parents aside until you have considered these points that have been helpful among mature Christian believers whose household needed a “home remedy” that would supply divine healing:

1. Sinners must be “born again,” become “developing believers,” and “grow up again” (i.e., there must be rebirth of a person’s inner character and makeup; they must receive a fresh endowment of life essence (breath; spirit; word) from the makeup of GOD). Water baptism depicts the sacred operations wherein the inborn spirit is slain, buried, and raised from the dead, so to speak.

2. Inseparable aspects of divinity are imparted to indwell and gradually increase within the believer. Included are faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

3. The followers of Jesus Christ are all admonished: In the same way religious customs and traditions have been mistakenly respected as though they were sacred law, young people often confuse conscience, independence, integrity of personhood, and self-will; while parents and other caretakers often confuse self-control and holding to personal regimen with discharging sacred authority and the ministry of divine will.

4. Within the home a primary, yet, often unmet need is for shared experiences of discovery, fellowship, learning, and service. Through cooperative communication and exchanges such as family prayer and Bible study, spiritual maturity can be nourished, and will become visible through such elements as accord, adult accountability, balance, completeness, consistency, sobriety, and stability.

5. Where those within the shared household can come together and agree that (1.) no one present is an enemy, (2.) there is a clear need for something that may provide spiritual benefit to everyone present, and that (3.) it is not likely to harm anyone to participate in a family reading of a minimum of 12 books from the Bible, take turns reading aloud and let the reader share their thoughts and feelings. The declaration from the Apostle Paul may help to get things started: I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. (1st Timothy 2: 1-6, King James Version, KJV)

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 6. Romans 8: 5-9, KJV: 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, I share an original poem I recently posted at Facebook (October 21, 2018, 9:09 PM), TO BE TOLD, BE STILL. Existing as a servant to GOD and abiding in a relationship with divinity poses many challenges to romantic love as well as to the hopes for family, home, and the stable relations of marriage. Endowed with mountain-moving faith, the Apostle Peter and others who were married made the sacrifice for many years separated from their wives while serving as evangelists and circuit preachers. It is written: Matthew 19: 23-30, King James Version (KJV): 23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? 26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. 27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? 28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my names sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. 30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. (John 6: 66-68, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Discernment And Godly Love (06/26/2018); The Relationship As Servant (06/03/2018); The Practice of Love (07/27/2017); 1st “Poem-fall” 2017: THE SNOWFLAKE BALL (01/10/2017); Divine Jealousy? (09/11/2015); A Valentine, 2014 (02/15/2014); Family and Romance? (10/13/2012); Why Courage? (10/14/2012)

 

TO BE TOLD, BE STILL

It disturbs us to be told

be still and know

for the winter days begin

when we shall be encased in snow

and ice, all action frozen, paused

unwillingly, impotent, halted

like the sunshine process in the leaf

that turns the light to sweetness

from the root

 

Is it by stillness only fullness comes

the emptiness from all you know

dismissed, released

the days of frost rush over

hidden bulbs to bloom

in spring that may not be

how shall we bare or dare

without you

an evergreen of forest

 

can not exist alone

nor lovers without each other

embrace a new unknown

glacial abrasion, melting from

a heat of burning cold

putting aside our

youth with all its rage

succumbing to the quiet of old age

 

defiance and rebellion came

as wise, without deceit

and stealth, without fresh lies

through stolen moments

kisses fresh as dew

creating memories

that keep us new

and joined alive to life

 

what God has joined together

celebrate, receive as blessing

should deadly chill winds echo

I will never ever leave

and though we be apart

when shadows fall

in strength of what we share

I will not grieve

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There is far more that should be considered, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, reply is on blasphemy, discipline for speech and thought, and casually using the phrase “in God’s name.” Using mild expletives (e.g., dang!; darn!; shucks!) are thought to make one colorful and memorable, yet, undermine control and self-discipline. Cursing, swearing, and threatening are not the only forms of speech that introduce division, nourish immaturity, and trigger violence within the family circle and in the home. Thoughtful Christians also will stay on guard against blasphemy, exaggeration, irreverence, and lying. Properly understood, ones speech and thoughts are to continually display Christlikeness, and minister to others such elements as admonition, blessing, comfort, correction, praise, prayer, prophecy, teaching, and thanksgiving. The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality public forum who uses the ID “Katie J.” (Level 1 with 3 points, a member since April 22, 2010) posted the following:

 

When is it appropriate to ask questions in God’s name?

My nine year old son just learned about asking questions in God’s name and has been having an absolute field day with it. He asks everything from “where in God’s name should we order pizza from?” to “where in God’s name is the salt shaker?” and “when in God’s name was the last time the dog went out to pee?”. I asked him to chill with it and he just asked me “why in God’s name should I stop?” and I didn’t have a real answer for him. Is there certain criteria to ask things in God’s name? I need to make sure I have the rule right before I go tell him and he asks “where in God’s name did I learn that?” It’s getting out of hand.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? But Jesus held his peace, And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death. Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands, Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee? (Matthew 26: 59-68, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Bible Definitions Of Sin (10/01/2018); Power Of The Tongue (01/04/2018); Christianity Is Not Mindless (05/02/2017); “Good grief!” and Prophecy? (11/06/2016); Freedom of Foul Speech (09/10/2014); Dating and Worship? (09/11/2014); Blasphemy Against the GODhead (05/06/2014); Offenses to GODhead (05/07/2014); Acknowledging Divinity? (03/30/2013)

 

Katie J.”, sinners who choose to become “developing Christians” are encouraged to change their patterns of speech and thought so that their consciousness can become filled by, and continually give expression to the Spirit of GOD. Because believers are to avoid casual use of language that may be regarded as “cheap talk” and hurtful (e.g., pronouncing curses, exaggeration, gossip, lies, obscenity, profanity, rumors, slander, vulgarity), many also avoid insults, “ranking”, slang, and the use of expletives (i.e., expressions of surprise) that may include OMY Gosh/O my God/OMG.

Within the household of faith the goal of achieving spiritual maturity and becoming ripe for harvest by the Lord at his coming (i.e., the Advent; the Rapture; the Second Coming) is met through emphasis upon accountability, consistency, duty, respect, sacred practice, and unselfishness. This purpose also will be seen in the careful use of words to acknowledge the awesomeness of divinity, maintain godliness, and continually convey reverence (we say awe; fear of the Lord). Where believers use the phrase “in the name of the Lord” there are multiple meanings. Included are, I ask/command/require/speak as (1) an anointed agent, representative, or spokesperson from the Lord; (2) in obedience to the Lord; (3) having authority from the Lord; and (4) on pain of divine judgment against you. Consider again the following that uses language from the holy writings:

(1.) Proverbs 10: 18-20, King James Version (KJV): 18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool. 19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. 20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.

(2.) James 3: 6-14, KJV: 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. 7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. 13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. 14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

(3.) Hebrews 13: 15, KJV: 15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) Matthew 12: 30-37, KJV: 30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. 31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. 32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. 33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. 34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, response is shared on the benefits of church for young people through regular attendance and responsible membership.  In the Scriptures, the church is spoken of as a bride and consort to the Savior, because the church is to be a living presence whose character, nature, and substance are compatible with that of Jesus Christ.  Included are such aspects of priesthood as commitment, discernment, governance, humility, love, sacred knowledge, personness, eternal purpose, purity, and willingness to “give birth” to an eternal creation.  Early disciples of Jesus and those led by his apostles gathered together as “the church” within the homes and households of baptized members.  Ordinances and sacred practices were continued such as foot-washing, observing Sabbath rest, and sharing the Lord’s Supper.  Often the youth are eager to have a personal relationship with the Lord that is secret and apart from that with family or with “the brethren.”  Lacking maturity and prophetic vision, what they display and express may be little more than desire for control, independence, and separation from the primary mechanism provided by GOD for their highest spiritual development.  Sinners are to learn what it means to be joint-heirs with the Lord by serving and sharing within a full community of faith.  Those who break-off fellowship and study within the body are like a knight who rushes into battle without a weapon.  Such young believers frequently leave before being sent, and must encounter the pressures and problems of adulthood having only the tools from their own childhood.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Am I not a good Christian because I don’t go to church?

I don’t like any churches in my new town ever since moving…they’re all focused on money and “events” and not prayer.

Can I have a holy sacrament in my home and serve my faith there?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:   I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world:  but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.  For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:  So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.  Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;  Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering:  or he that teacheth, on teaching;  Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation:  he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.  Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.  Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;  (Romans 12:  1-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Church Attendance and Inheritance (09/11/2016); Can A Church Not Be “Religious”? (07/27/2016); Going To The Cross? (05/25/2016); Skipping Church A Sin? (11/17/2015);  A Correct Church? (10/05/2015); Church Attendance for Prayer? (07/20/2015); Denying Mutual Need? (06/25/2015)

 

THE BATTLE CRY:  Two selections from the music ministry are recommended.  The first piece became one of my favorites immediately; however, I disliked the second, and felt it did not deserve so much attention after hearing it played repeatedly on radio.  Finally, I listened to the lyrics, and was struck by the simplicity and power I heard in one of its lines.  In that instant, I had to acknowledge the high value of the work as prophecy to all the church.  Readers are encouraged to hear THE HERALDS, We Are An Offering, from their 1987 album “Honor The Lord.”  No less worthy is Bishop Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir, I Need You To Survive, from the 2007 album, The Essential Hezekiah Walker.  The works are available online as MP3 and YouTube video files.

 

“Anonymous”, how “good” a believer (i.e., effective as one who wins souls; fruitful; productive) a sinner becomes appears in divine judgment as a matter of rewards, rather than their redemption and salvation that can be carried out only by divinity.  A person’s home always is to be a center and hub for their continual response to the ministry of Jesus Christ particularly for fasting, meditation, praise, prayer, and study.  When becoming a member of a community of faith, Christian believers give their word (we say, pledge their honor) and promise to be present in worship services and other activities (e.g., missions, outreach, socials, study); provide necessary financial resources to maintain good works and ongoing programs as well as cleanliness and health within the place of assembly; show respect to GOD and all others through the works of salvation (e.g., intercessory prayer, observing sacraments, spreading the gospel); and willingly cooperate with leaders within the congregation who may be clergy and those otherwise appointed to give comfort, guidance and instruction (e.g., mothers of the church; the church Board; the choir director and prophets of the music ministry).  While these are the very duties and responsibilities parents are hoping to demonstrate, instill, and require from their children by attending church together as a family, many young people leave the church before they truly grasp the full meaning of being held accountable, commitment, interdependence, love, mutual support, sacrifice, and unselfish service.  More than this, many leave the church before they have received the necessary anointing that is given only by GOD (the imparted, indwelling Spirit) that enables genuine sacred knowledge, and adult spirituality.  Being restricted to fellowship with those outside the body of Christ, believers must be anchored firmly in their own experiences and understandings from the Holy.  Consider again the following cautions and counsels to both  young people and the many congregations:

(1.)  Jeremiah 5:  7, King James Version (KJV):  7 How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods:  when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots’ houses.

(2.)  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.

(3.)  1st Corinthians 15:  58, KJV:  58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Revelation 3:  14-19, KJV:  14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;  15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot:  I would thou wert cold or hot.  16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.  17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:  18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.  19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:  be zealous therefore, and repent.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, points are shared on continuing to live in agreement with family who are non-believers.  At some point, most Christian believers are challenged regarding their commitment to GOD by someone who is a close relative.  This may be a parent, their spouse, their children.  The final judgment and removal of wickedness from the earth is the work of divinity, not that of the believer.  In the same way we are not required as individuals to attack, condemn, quarrel against, and remove every restaurant or shopkeeper selling alcoholic beverages, cigarettes or coffee, Christians are not to be in the role of those seeking to destroy ownership of private businesses, the world, or the home.  Instead, we are to show how, endowed and gifted by divinity, a person may rise above the recurring conflicts of the modern world, and resist negative influence from others like ourselves in need of salvation.  Consider again the following from the Bible, and the presentation below:  1st John 2:  15-16, King James Version (KJV):  15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  Also, Romans 12:  1-2,  KJV:  1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “sha A” (Level 1 with 32 points, a member since March 14, 2014) posted the following:

How do I come at peace with family that never supports me As a Christian ?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,  As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!  When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.  For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.  Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways:  behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned:  in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.  And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee:  for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.  But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.  Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever:  behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.  (Isaiah 64:  1-9, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Denying Mutual Need? (06/25/2015); Approaching Mothers Day (05/07/2015); In Not From The World? (12/26/2014); How To Renew The Mind (11/22/2013); The World Passeth Away (11/12/2013); My Brother’s Keeper (04/05/2013); Issues for Children’s Church? (04/06/2013); A Family Affair? (04/01/2013); Emotional Appeal? (04/02/2013)

“sha A”, here are some points to consider on having true peace:

(1.)  To have peace, Created beings and living creatures must be in correct relationship with the Creator.  Thus, the obstacles of finite being, separation, and sin must be overcome. This is why the process of achieving peace with ones family members who are not believers and followers of Christ is the same as that for continuing in peace with the world.  Believers are to acknowledge that the world system created by mankind for communication, exchange and survival operates in terms that are very different from those supplied by divinity as sacred knowledge and practice.  Believers are to conduct themselves as “in the world” yet not a product of the world.

(2.)  The tasks and work given to believers are not the condemnation and destruction of the world.  Rather, focus is upon divinity, and expressing divine truth that proclaims acknowledgment, acceptance, release, and reconciliation.  Sacred operations must be completed whereby the entire universe is established in permanent change.  Thus, the disciples of Jesus undergo change, and are used as a divine instrument to further preserve and transform the world.

(3.)  Through baptism (i.e., death of ones inborn spirit; rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak) and other operations of GOD, believers are given spirit content from the makeup of Deity.  Included are inseparable aspects of the divine nature such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Those who are born again are to “grow up” again by meeting the same life challenges as all others upon the earth.  They must grow to maturity (i.e., become balanced, complete, stable) as well as be made perfect for eternity through divine actions that include judgment, death, resurrection, and sanctification.  Believers are to demonstrate godliness (we say, god-likeness) and the unique patterns of growth where believers are made ready to be received by Christ when he comes to harvest them from the earth.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, believers are to continue showing love and respect to family members.  Where it comes to matters of belief, be ready to share and give as much as may be received; however, demand nothing from others.  Withdraw to give freedom, and so that you maintain independence and integrity—theirs as well as your own.  Keep in mind, amateur preaching is seldom welcome.  Unasked for explanations are called “excuses”; unasked for advice is called “interference”; and unasked for help is called “meddling”.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
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Offering prayer in public on behalf of minor children during a kindergarten graduation is considered, today.  Christ is our only mediator provided by the Father, and no one else may fill his role or take his place.  Adults must be careful to present prayer as a sacred practice and not simply another secular activity.  The intercession and prayers of those who follow Jesus Christ only become acceptable to divinity when the heart, mind, and spirit of the Lord are being acknowledged and communicated.  Then, ones words express the gratitude, hope, humility, sacred intent, joy, love, praise and righteousness of the Savior and those endowed with his Spirit, rather than merely the desires, needs and thoughts from an individual seeking to minister by prayer.  For an assembly, the framework for effective prayer must be agreement, and shared spirit.  Because the prayer is to carry all assembled into the divine presence, it also pertains to examination and judgment.  Thus, the children should first have been prepared at home through parental instruction, and the sacred practice within their own family.  While adults will often have correct knowledge regarding the carnal, emotional, intellectual, material and other needs of children, they are not to presume themselves expert regarding all the detailed spiritual needs of those who come under their protection.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “ceila” (Level 1 with 97 points a member since March 24, 2015) attacked using the following:

 

I need kindergarten graduation closing prayer to read tomorrow afternoon. please help!?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.  And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see;  And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep;  That the LORD called Samuel:  and he answered, Here am I.  And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down.  And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again.  Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him.  And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child.  Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down:  and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.  And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.  (1st Samuel 3:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Family and Beliefs of Children? (08/29/2014); Stories Repeated in the Bible? (08/30/2014); Why the Gospel for Our Children (05/13/2014); Changing Times and Laws? (05/14/2014); Issues for Children’s Church? (04/06/2013); Outgrowing Childhood Prayers? (04/07/2013); Confessing Only to GOD? (04/08/2013); Childlike Faith (10/18/2012); Why Did The Judges Fight? (10/19/2012)

 

“ceila”, where you only want to put on an act, or public performance (we say, ceremony) a poem from a greeting card will do.  Where you truly want to intercede, and speak to divinity on behalf of the children, their parents, the staff of the institution, and others, your prayer must come from your spirit.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Psalm 54:  1-3 King James Version (KJV):  Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.  Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.  For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul:  they have not set God before them. Selah.

(2.)  Matthew 6:  5-14 (KJV):  And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are:  for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.  But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do:  for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.  Be not ye therefore like unto them:  for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.  After this manner therefore pray ye:  Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.  For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

(3.)  Matthew 5:  16 (KJV):  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Here, again, there is far more that must be plainly said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Truth spoken in love is the primary need (like here).  Leading a group in prayer is not the same as offering a prayer as their representative and spokesperson.  A brief heartfelt prayer is better than a long-winded speech that attempts to include everything from a laundry list of needs and “things to do.”  As their final instruction, the children may be sent forth with words of blessing, or a passage from the Scriptures, no more than 3 or 4 verses as with Numbers 6:  24-26 (KJV):  The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:  The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:  The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Atheist offspring, teens, and Christian parenting are in view as the topic, today.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Ksh 007-Rachel Madd” posted the following first asked at Yahoo Answers Canada:

13 Year Old Atheist Kicked Out By Parents?

Damn, whats wrong with these people!

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Children, obey your parents in the Lord:  for this is right.  Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;  That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.  And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath:  but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.  (Ephesians 6:  1-4, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Unguarded Chocolates (09/07/2013); Jesus Rose? (11/08/2013); How Children Learn (11/09/2013); A Lid on Love? (09/27/2013); Dying in Terror and Joy? (09/28/2013); Issues for Children’s Church (04/06/2013); Outgrowing Childhood Prayers? (04/07/2013); The Childhood of Jesus? (03/06/2013); Non-existent Debt? (03/07/2013); Childlike Faith? (10/18/2012); Why Did The Judges Fight? (10/19/2012)

The parents of that teenaged atheist you report must speak for themselves regarding their feelings, their purpose, and their accountability for their own actions.  Even so, here are a few points shared among Christian believers that may be taken into account:

(1.)  The Christian home should be a place of intimacy that may only thrive through cooperation, mutual respect, shared belief in GOD, and implicit trust.  Careful discipline and tested practices are maintained that promote achievement, balance, healthy exchange, growth, harmony, security, and the proper deepening of relationship with Divine Person.

(2.)  By contrast, awareness and self-will influenced by sin insist upon an independence that masks selfishness, and fosters betrayal, lying, malice, treachery, and violence.  The incorrigible child who repeatedly chooses to do the forbidden and unthinkable (i.e., disobey and dishonor their parents after careful instruction), may also “surprise” his caretakers by striking them dead in their beds as they sleep.  The child you may not trust with your property, you may not trust with your life; and the child who is destructive within the home also loses his place in the community (see Deuteronomy 21:  18-21, KJV).

(3.)  The burden of parental duty is greater than simply providing food, clothing and physical shelter.  Where parents are challenged to raise children who have problems communicating and special needs, it is not cruel, inappropriate, or unloving that they place their child in institutions, or with those who have the formal training, equipment, experience, and other resources for the child’s maintenance.  While it remains natural for the child to view this as abandonment, punishment, or rejection, such responses also are to be seen as parental acknowledgment that their child continues under the authority and nourishment of GOD.

There is far more to be said, correctly shared, and spiritually understood.  For example, (4.)  In the same way, Satan and his angels continue through the mercy of GOD (we know they are wrong, but they don’t know it; and such are given opportunity to discover revealed righteousness), problematic children often require unique life experiences in protective custody, and structured settings outside the home.  Saying this another way:  some children outgrow their home, and their parents.  Yet, they must be assisted by giving them both correction and support to continue life.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.  Jesus is coming.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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