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Today, selected verses on how to pray are shared from the Bible.  Prayer may be thought of as a return of the life essence (breath, spirit, word) imparted from the makeup of the Creator to indwell the figure fashioned by divinity that would become a living soul.  Included among the aspects of access and communion with GOD in prayer are acceptance, acknowledgement, awe, confession, gratitude, intercession, intimacy, petition, praise, reconciliation, repentance, submission, and trust.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “dingo” (Level 2 with 696 points, a member since October 07, 2016) posted the following:

 

Does the bible instruct Christians how to pray?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.  (2nd Timothy 3:  16-17, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Benefits of the Rosary (02/14/2017); About Praying to Mary (08/21/2015); A Prayer to Read? (03/25/2015); Intercession (12/27/2013); Jesus Is GOD’s Word (12/28/2013); Prayer on Behalf of Others? (11/25/2013); Prayer not Enough? (07/12/2013); A Tree Falls To The South (07/13/2013)

 

“dingo”, here are some important examples and lessons on prayer from the holy writings:

(1.)  1st Chronicles 29:  10-13, King James Version (KJV):  10 Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation:  and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever.  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.)  Matthew 6:  9-15, KJV:  9 After this manner therefore pray ye:  Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  11 Give us this day our daily bread.  12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  13 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.  14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:  15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

(3.)  Mark 11:  22-26, KJV:  22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.  23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.  24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.  25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any:  that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.  26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

(4.)  James 5:  13-18, KJV:  13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.  14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:  15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.  16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.  17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain:  and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.  18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  1st John 5:  14-18, KJV:  14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:  15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.  16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death:  I do not say that he shall pray for it.  17 All unrighteousness is sin:  and there is a sin not unto death.  18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Scripture points are shared on divine deliverance, grace, sacred law, and salvation as seen through the Flood of Noah’s day.  Readers are encouraged to consider how the following Bible verses apply to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ along with the presentation below:

Matthew 24:  37-39, King James Version (KJV):  37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,  39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Ezekiel 14:  20-23, KJV:  20 Though Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.  21 For thus saith the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast?  22 Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters:  behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it.  23 And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings:  and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord GOD.

Luke 17:  24-30, KJV:  24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.  25 But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.  26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.  27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.  28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;  29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.  30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

2nd Thessalonians 2:  15-17, KJV:  15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.  16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,  17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Miki” (Level 2 with 606 points, a member since March 12, 2010) posted the following:

 

Although God destroyed the world, what is the ultimate message we receive from the story of Noah and the Flood?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised:  he is to be feared above all gods.  For all the gods of the nations are idols:  but the LORD made the heavens.  Honour and majesty are before him:  strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.  Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.  Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name:  bring an offering, and come into his courts.  O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness:  fear before him, all the earth.  Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth:  the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved:  he shall judge the people righteously.  Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.  Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein:  then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice  Before the LORD:  for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth:  he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.  (Psalms 96:  4-13, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  An Eternal Plan and Process (07/05/2015); Sin and the Great Flood (11/03/2014); Remembering Lot’s Wife? (11/04/2014); Grace is Not Against Law (07/23/2014); Cruel and Offensive (07/24/2014); Destroyed in Noah’s Flood? (04/28/2013); Both Born Holy? (04/29/2013); A Second Adam? (03/25/2013); GOD Hiding in Plain Sight (03/26/2013)

 

“Miki”, for many mature Christian believers, there is no single lesson or message from the Flood because it is a sacred event that accomplishes multiple divine works.  Included are cleansing, incarnation, inheritance, judgment, prophecy, revelation, reconciliation, regeneration, salvation, and sanctification.  Creation must respond to divine law, and those chosen from among mankind may serve as special vessels of sacred law and inseparable divine substance such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Divinity is more than an abstract principle, and is shown to respond to created beings and living creatures through personal exchange, dynamic interactions, and intimate relationship.  Consider the following from the holy writings:

(1.)  Psalm 24:  1-2, King James Version (KJV):  1 The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.  2 For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.

(2.)  Genesis 6:  7-9, KJV:  7 And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.  8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.  9 These are the generations of Noah:  Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

(3.)  Genesis 18:  24-26, KJV:  24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city:  wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?  25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked:  and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee:  Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?  26 And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.) Ephesians 2:  4-9, KJV:  4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:  9 Not of works, lest any man should boast).  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, answer is made to the charge that Christ used parables to deny and frustrate those desiring to receive the Gospel.  The “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using ID “rrocketmangurung” (Level 3 with 1,873 points, a member since April 06, 2015) accuses the Savior of error using the following challenge:

Why would Jesus deliberately obscure the gospel by speaking in parables so that people would not understand, turn, and be forgiven?

(Mark 4:11-12) Did he not come that all men might be saved?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.  He hath made every thing beautiful in his time:  also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.  (Ecclesiastes 3:  10-11, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Parables About the Kingdom? (05/02/2014); Loving Someone Unseen? (05/05/2014); Why Jesus Authored No Books (05/01/2013); Recognizing True Prophets (05/02/2013); Why Jesus Used Parables (11/03/2013); Denying Baptism to Others (11/04/2013)

“rrocketmangurung”, while Christian belief may be shared as plain, it is no less a comprehensive system of sacred knowledge and practices.  Here are a few points every Christian must take into account for complete, correct understanding:
 
(1.)  The revelation of divinity to all created beings and living creatures is an eternal and profound sacred process.  While all may seek to approach GOD using simple acts and expressions intended to convey such awareness as awe, humility, material needs, respect, trust, and truth, full acknowledgment, obedience and worship must occur all at the same time, and upon multiple levels.

(2.)  The divine operations to proclaim divine forbearance and forgiveness for sin, and the work to make visible the kingdom of GOD in the earth can not be separated from that focused upon discovering and permanently binding together the elect (we say, the work of assigning value and judgment).  The Immortal, Invisible GOD appeared using flesh in the person of Jesus Christ (the Incarnation); a further indication that, men are to be drawn to Deity, not driven and subjugated through violence.

(3.)  GOD is not the author of confusion; consider again:  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:  for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  (John 4:  23, King James Version, KJV).  But without faith it is impossible to please him:  for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  (Hebrews 11:  6, KJV).  But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;  To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.  (Psalm 103:  17-18, KJV)

(4.)  When ministering to the multitudes, the Savior used doctrine, parables (we say, object lessons), praise, prayer, precepts, principles and the law to establish shared awareness of the spiritual condition, needs, readiness, and true commitment of Israel, and all Creation (e.g., the dead, the sick, unclean spirits, the wind).

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually taken into account.  (For example, (5.)  Christ had to be identified to Israel through the ministry of John the Baptist.  A new covenant relationship with Deity was introduced that would provide more than preaching, prophecy, sacrifices in the temple at Jerusalem, and study in the synagogues.  The presence and operations of the indwelling Spirit promised from GOD would be demonstrated through water and fire baptism.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Focus, today, is upon expressions of love for “unseen” divinity.  Also, there is more on parables about the kingdom.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Prowess” (Level 2 with 352 points, a member since March 19, 2013) posted the following:

 

Why do people say they love god? 

I mean, they’ve never met God. How could you truly love someone you’ve never even seen or talked to?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Parables About the Kingdom? (05/02/2014)—(4.)  While we understand that parables serve as verbal illustrations and object lessons, many miss that parable are also to be understood as statements of prophecy.  Many were based upon common experiences in daily life; some were taken from historical events, and familiar Scriptures.  The intent of using parables was not so much to provide full explanations and complete knowledge as to engage hearers, excite curiosity, and establish an appetite for more spiritual matter. (5.)  The kingdom Jesus came to demonstrate and increase can not be correctly described and detailed using only the language, material objects, and processes of human experience.  There must be a peculiar resonance (aspects of oneness and sameness) between the content of being that resides within a person, and that residing within divinity and GODhead.  Jesus himself is a sum and vessel of the kingdom, such that by his Advent and coming, mankind receives divine governance, frameworks for sacred practice (we say, sacraments), and rule without there also having to be a change in eternal law.  Consider Deuteronomy 18:  18-19, Psalms 78:  1-8, Proverbs 1:  5-7, Ezekiel 17:  1-10, Isaiah 14:  3-12 and Revelation 12:  10-12, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:   Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:  Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.  (1st Peter 1:  3-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Personal Relationship? (04/03/2014); GOD Everywhere? (04/04/2014); A Relationship not Just Knowledge? (06/25/2013); Lost Without GOD? (06/26/2013); Desire for Love? (07/05/2013); A GOD of Love? (05/07/2013); Commanding the Storm? (05/08/2013); How To Love GOD? (03/24/2013); A Second Adam? (03/25/2013)

 

“Prowess”, here are a few points to consider that may help you have a clearer view of Christian belief:

(1.)  For many the process of love to GOD is one of preparation for encounter.  We expect to meet GOD at some point during our full life experience, and so we cleanse, study, and otherwise prepare ourselves.  Think of this as an exciting process of expectation and hope similar to that of a married couple about to have their first child.  Their affection, commitment, and sense of relationship should begin long before the child is actually born.  They begin to examine and decide upon possibilities for their little one, as surely as they prepare a little room, a crib, and articles of clothing.

(2.)  For many the process of love to GOD is one of endurance until reunion.  We are in a painful separation from the Almighty, and so we go about to maintain and strengthen ourselves until we are together again.  Such believers have deep-grained “memories” of divine glory, the beauty of holiness, majesty, and sovereignty.

(3.)  What believers receive by fellowship and participation in study and worship within a congregation is often spoken of as a “foretaste of glory divine.”  Attitudes, behavior, conduct, goals, language and thinking are shared that immerse a believer in experiences of sacred truth.  Otherwise hidden and personal thoughts are found to be shared, and to have their common origin in divine operations, eternal purposes, and correct relationship with GOD.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly put into place, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Carnal love relationships begin in a diffuse recognition of our needs for continuing affection and companionship as well as “what we bring to the table,” and want to offer within a relationship.  Similarly, our responses to divine love begin in recognizing needs, and wanting to make offering.  In the same way we use intellect, logic, and reason to choose what we eat and drink, we should not depend upon the animal aspects of our nature (e.g., appetite, instinct, intuition) to establish and maintain relationships that are healthy, lasting, productive, and satisfying.  We may pursue an informal plan that allows us to experience “chemistry” and fit with candidates for relationship (dating), before committing ourselves to friendship or marriage.  Similarly, believers explore their possibilities for right relationship with GOD.  It is not enough to simply desire to avoid isolation and rejection, or want to escape damnation and hell.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith, and your integrity as a genuine believer.

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:  therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:  but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.  And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.  (1st John 3:  1-3, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, some points are shared on ones freedom to argue against the Bible when in church.  Also, there is more on relationships where believers may get spiritual knowledge.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Cloudberry vs Boysenberry” (Level 1 with 244 points, a member since May 11, 2009) posted the following:

 

Christians, during church can you argue against something from the bible?

Let’s say you read something in the bible and say to yourself “I don’t think that is true, I want to argue that”. Can you do that? Can you get with other Christians and say that somethings are just inaccurate in the bible?

If you do that, how will others look at you? Will you be looked at as weird or odd for even questioning the bible?

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What’s wrong with the question? Scientists do this all the time. They argue points, disprove theories and still move on. That is not negative in any way shape or form.

My question is for Religion. How do they handle something like this?

“Deadeye” so you are saying you have to read the bible cover to cover before you convert? Most of us were children that didn’t have much of a choice but and went along with mom and dad.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  The Right Place to Get Knowledge (02/17/2014)—(5.)  In a certain sense, believers should only seek spiritual knowledge from within themselves.  In the holy writings, Christian believers are commanded to avoid relationships and situations that compromise, and work against the divine content they receive as part of the church.  Even family, and others in close association may operate as those who  contend against the Gospel, and continually promote sin.  The Internet, social media, television, and the public forum are not dedicated, disciplined, and set apart (we say, sanctified) to serve Christian believers, and using these tools require the same balance, discretion, and maturity as choosing ones friends, and deciding how to interact with ones spouse, schoolmates or co-workers.  Believers all must arrive at the point where they stand entirely upon their own measure of faith from GOD.  All develop discernment whereby they make choices and decisions for companionship and participation.  Through the ministry of Jesus Christ, believers are built up in understanding, and guided by the imparted, indwelling Spirit (called the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  A fresh endowment of spirit content from GOD is acquired through baptism that operates upon awareness and self-will within the believer.  Christians must answer many things that are contrary to, and different from, their own spiritual beliefs, cravings, and understandings.  Included are atheist beliefs, Buddhism, the Koran, Greek myths, Hindu, mathematics, occultism, philosophy, politics, popular culture, shamanism, and witchcraft.  Believers may freely examine and study various belief systems, yet, they must be careful to maintain a disciplined grasp upon those things from GOD that provide genuine nourishment of the divine spirit they themselves contain.  See Proverbs 13:  20, Proverbs 22:  4, Luke 14:  25-27, Romans 10:  5-10, 2nd Corinthians 1:  24, 2nd Corinthians 6:  14-18, 2nd Timothy 2:  3-4, 2nd Timothy 3:  1-5 and 1st John 2:  18-29, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:  A sower went out to sow his seed:  and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.  And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.  And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.  And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold.  And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.  And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?  And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God:  but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.  Now the parable is this:  The seed is the word of God.  Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.  And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.  But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.  (Luke 8:  4-15, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why Jesus Authored No Books (05/01/2013); Recognizing True Prophets (05/02/2013); Quoting Scripture to GOD? (04/24/2013); Illusion? (04/25/2013); How To Accept Bible Truth? (04/17/2013); About Preaching the Gospel (04/18/2013); No Contradictions? (01/15/2013); Accomplished in Christ? (01/16/2013); Believing Everything? (11/23/2012); How To Have Conviction (11/24/2012)

 

“Cloudberry vs Boysenberry”, here are a few points intended for the children of GOD that I can share from my experience:

(1.)  In classroom situations and settings for instruction, many opportunities for discussion and exchange are provided.  Believers freely raise questions, and offer responses that display not only their understandings of various doctrines, policies of the church, and Scripture verses, they also deliver and exchange insights, personal testimonies, and prophetic proclamations.  The are many rules that may apply, and respect is to be maintained throughout.

(2.)  Argument, debate, and private opinions are accounted as useless.  The body and congregation are to welcome only statements that clarify the divine law, sacred duty, the operations of divine spirit, and eternal purpose.  For this reason, many assemblies discourage the use of speaking in tongues and their translation, and interruptions during lessons, particularly sermon presentations.

(3.)  While everyone attending a meeting or session may be a baptized adult, a member of the church in “good standing” who actively participates in the several ministries available, and has met all their obligation to support the church by giving, all believers are not equal, and have not achieved the same levels of responsibility, authority, knowledge, and maturity.  Differences, diversity and imbalance are necessary as a dynamic for the church that provides energy, growth, and movement.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. ( For example, (4.)  Within the church, the process and duty for believers is to first, prepare their Spirit for participation by submitting themselves to GOD in prayer; listen carefully to any presentations that are offered while they are in the gathering place (take nothing for granted, no matter how casual, or offhand it may seem); reflect; then go to GOD for confirmation of sacred truth through prayer, and further study of the holy writings.  In the final stage, one may have to accept and acknowledge correction, and begin to display change as well as resolve to practice according to the new light they have received.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

He that hath knowledge spareth his words:  and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.  Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise:  and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.  (Proverbs 17:  27-28, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, I share some points on mortality and divine intent; and there is more on the life lessons from becoming a driving instructor.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Stewie” (Level 1 with 135 points, a member since September 02, 2012) posted the following:

Aren’t we supposed to be immortal?

Don’t get me wrong! I’m not against any religion or anything like that, simply I’m just curious, since I haven’t read the Bible itself.

So… According to the things I’ve read and heard: Our first sin was to eat the apple of eden. Before the first sin we (humans) were immortal, right? And since Jesus has died for our sins, shouldn’t we be immortal?

Maybe I’m wrong or there are some explanations, or I just misheard/read something, but this is nebulous for me…

Thanks for the answers!

THE BATTLE AXE:  Driving Under the Influence (02/07/2014)—There are many “nuggets” I could have shared from my days with the driving school.  (For example, there was a lesson that every skill used in driving from here to California is used when parking a car.  Also, there was a nun living in the neighborhood of the Catholic University, who was dressed in full habit when I met for her very first lesson.  The sister sweated terribly, and appeared to have a panic attack.  I think she was offended that I spoke so much explaining different details, and would not allow her to just “feel her way” out on the road. Adding insult to injury, I dared to encourage her with a chiding word (perfect love casts out fear).  The next time I saw her, she was behind the wheel with a rival driving school.)  The “mother load” appears to be in the anecdote regarding my certification to teach.  Often believers are reluctant to insist upon righteousness and truth because we do not want to appear to be arrogant, overbearing, and pushy.  However, false notions of anarchy, freedom, the greater good, and mercy in judgment are at work.  Such feelings and thoughts arise from conceit, self-centeredness, and self-promotion.  We account ourselves righteous as we try to silently endure the errors of others generously admitting to ourselves that we also are still imperfect, and prone to making mistakes.  Thus, on surface, the trial I endured in the transformation from classroom and college level teaching to serving as a professional driving instructor behind two steering wheels was merely one of removing deeply ingrained and hidden pride.  However, the entire process was geared to (1) an instructor developing sensitivity; (2) a teacher establishing safety through removal of negative habits, operating by instinct, and relying upon emotion and muscular reflexes instead of knowledge and reason; (3) trainers more correctly recognizing subtle (barely visible) differences; and (4) drivers behaving as examiners (leaders) rather than sheep in traffic cohorts.  It was years later, as I was being trained to trade currencies, options and stocks (equities) through U. S. and foreign exchanges, that the embarrassments from the driving school began to appear as true life lessons:  Traders are cautioned that every loss and every mistake is to be recognized as a benefit, “due diligence,” and a “paid for” lesson that must be used for change and improvement.  Thus, I realized this morning, had I been thinking correctly, I would have accepted that I was no longer one of those (who assume they know their rights and responsibilities, and do not); I was like one “born again,” and I had become one of these (who continually practice the things given as law and wisdom).  I had entered a contract as one who protects the city, not one who presumes upon it, or who seeks to escape detection by hiding as an anonymous person within the various crowds to be found there.  I should have flunked that student, ignored her weeping and her tears, and even taken away her learner’s permit, rather than allow her on the road again to endanger others.  My compassion and authority were not to be that of her chum, her friend, or her defender as she insisted upon error.  In that situation, I was to be a judge on behalf of the community-at-large, deny her the right to put others at risk (by her relying on chance, luck, and false hope), and lawfully disallow her the fantasy (of knowing there is a right way, yet refusing to learn it, and do it) whereby she further endangered herself.  Consider again the accountability and complicity of the watchman (Ezekiel 33:  8-9, KJV).  Also, see Leviticus 19:  15, Proverbs 31:  8-9, John 7:  24, 1st Corinthians 6:  2-3 and Revelation 19:  11, KJV.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:  therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:  but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.  And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.  Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law:  for sin is the transgression of the law.  And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.  Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not:  whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.  Little children, let no man deceive you:  he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning.  For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.  Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him:  and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil:  whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.  (1st John 3:  1-10, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Mankind Destroyed? (01/24/2014); What Salvation Is (01/25/2014); Death Has Been Transformed (05/09/2013); Loving the Enemy? (05/10/2013); The Price of Humanity? (12/13/2012); Remembering the Holocaust? (12/14/2012); The Meek Will Inherit (10/16/2012); Life and Death (09/26/2012); Mob Rule and Violence (09/27/2012)

“Stewie”, here are a few points many Christian believers have found useful when considering our present human condition, and why it does not accomplish divine intent:

(1.)  Only GOD is immortal.  Mankind has never been immortal, yet, was made to be an eternal companion of divinity.  Through multiple operations of sin, mankind has become unfit.  Aspects of the full divine substance imparted as the breath of life can be blocked, defiled, and its power diminished.  Sin is nonmaterial as well as non-spirit; is no substance emanated from GOD; is no entity that can think and act on its own; and can not influence sovereign will or the inseparable aspects of divine person (such as faith, holiness, righteousness, truth, wisdom).  Nonetheless, sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  Sin was first discovered among the angels of heaven (who are neither mortal nor immortal), and fostered opposition to continued existence of divine law, of the Law Giver, and of all Creation.

(2.)  Mankind was designed to gradually grow, learn and unfold as a being over time.  Death and mortality are more to be understood as corrections to extend time and maintain life than punishments to destroy life.  As provisions of the law prior to any transgression, these conditions for existence and life went into effect to favor Creation, and to operate as aspects of the full revelation of GOD through judgment.  Redemption, repentance, salvation, and sanctification also were added for the benefit of all.

There is far more to be said, properly shared, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (3.)  Adam and Eve did not have a written code of law such as was presented to Moses and those who entered covenant with the tribes of Jacob.  The pair were not required to operate on the basis of their knowledge of sacred law through intellect and logic, so much as to demand from within themselves more of the contact and relationship with GOD that they were already experiencing and receiving.  Thus, the basis for right relationship with GOD, and the divine operations to complete the transformation to establish mankind as immortal, incorruptible, and sinless emphasize “new birth” wherein divinity is imparted to indwell those who willingly accept the provision of GOD.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.  And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him.  And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.  (1st John 3:  23-24, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, I share an anecdote (intended to serve like a parable) cautioning believers to focus upon the meaning, purpose, divine content, and spiritual value of human events, rather than their appearance, fashion, and form.  Some of our most difficult and necessary life lessons as Christian believers come to us in the appearance of day to day life experience.

THE BATTLE AXE:  On Youth Doing Enough (02/06/2014)—Like other young people dwelling in the earth, Christian youth all will face challenges, disappointments, times of uncertainty, and “growing pains.”  Yet, they will be continually supplied with tools from GOD that make possible lasting victory over confusion, fear, frustration, and weakness.  While growth, learning and preparation to serve will be a shared duty throughout the entire experience for those who are followers of Christ, new believers and youth often must be given added encouragement and support suited to their levels of maturity and understanding.  So to speak, the eternal life of a believer begins at their baptism; and there is only one truth for all the children of GOD, no matter what their ages.  Even so, genuine authority vested in children often is not properly acknowledged and obeyed without conflict, and unpleasantness.  Moreover, those in such roles as apprentices, beginners, disciples, and students often require added guidance, nourishment, and support.  Usually, minor children, teenagers, and young adults are not called to perform independently or without adult supervision in the vital offices and work whereby congregations and faith communities are initiated, organized, and maintained as worship assemblies.  Within a body of believers, consecration, intercession, pastoral counseling, and many other sacred tasks require continuous and full-time attention that would result in imbalance for young people still in stages of development that are not yet stable and complete.  Scripture reports that, at twelve years old (the age of bar mitzvah), Jesus was eager to begin service to GOD the Father when he visited the Temple at Jerusalem.  However, the Lord had to practice restraint and self-discipline until the time year later that was appointed for his appearing in public ministry.  See again, Luke 2:  40-52, King James Version.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also:  knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  And patience, experience; and experience, hope:  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.  For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die:  yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.  (Romans 5:  1-10, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  That We Might Know (01/07/2014); Unguarded Chocolates? (11/07/2013); Jesus Rose? (11/08/2013); Why Jesus Used Parables (11/03/2013); Denying Baptism to Others (11/04/2013); Issues for Children’s Church? (04/06/2013); Outgrowing Childhood Prayers? (04/07/2013); GOD in Schools? (12/20/2012); Naaman the Leper (12/21/2012)

Yesterday, I shared an anecdote with my neighbor and his visiting friend.  A question came up regarding companies that provide automobile insurance, and the discounted costs their customers must receive.  I talked about my time as a driving instructor, here, in the District of Columbia.  I could not find work at that time in my chosen fields of management consulting and college level teaching, so I decided I would put pride aside, and respond to a newspaper advertisement for teachers at a driving school in nearby Silver Springs, Maryland.  My older sister had worked for this same firm, and I was sure it would be a solution for me, at least for a short while.

The company advertised that it would provide training to licensed drivers.  Having eight years as a licensed vehicle operator (and miscellaneous experience behind the wheel as a “renegade”), I was given two in-vehicle orientation sessions (in a car filled with four other instructor candidates), and challenged to apply for an instructors permit in the District of Columbia.  This meant taking the same written test given to new license applicants (that I aced), and passing a commercial driver’s “road test” (the same one—Oh happy day!—given to beginners).

Much to my surprise, I flunked the first road test, and was embarrassed.  I flunked the second, and was shocked.  I flunked the same test a third time, and began to panic (that the license I already had would be revoked; and I would not be accounted as fit for the necessary job).  Upon taking the test the fourth time, I realized that this was the “training” new drivers were to receive.  I was shown that I had become comfortable driving by feeling, habit, and instinct; and I was not relying upon knowledge and a commitment to safe driving.  Like others in the driving public at large, I conformed to patterns of the cohort (groups of cars moving at the same speed, and in the same direction).  I was not responding correctly to the markers (on the ground), the signals (electronic indicators), and signs (postings above ground).  I passed the test, understanding that I had become aware of every mistake that beginning drivers usually make.

On one occasion, I was dispatched to the home of a new driver, whom I was told was an older person who wanted only a few lessons that would fit her for an already scheduled road test.  When I arrived to her home for her first lesson, she opened her door, and fainted.  I was stunned!  I did not know what to do.  She fell against the door, shutting the door in my face.  I thought she might be dead from a heart attack!  At first I hesitated—I did not want to have to touch a cadaver—and I was sure, if I opened her door, I would be liable for breaking and entering (a person can end up in trouble for trying to help somebody!)  Finally, I decided I should check and see, and perhaps call for help.  Somewhat revived, she insisted she be given her one hour lesson.  So, on our way to the car, and before she could step completely out of her door, she fainted again—this time, into my arms!  I was stunned at the thought of what it looked like—me, with my hands and arms all over this woman on her front porch, and in her doorway!  Scandalous!

This lady insisted (who had only a learner’s permit) it was her right to take the city’s exam, and that I prepare her for her coming road test.  She introduced me to her husband (and insisted he be allowed in the car as her passenger during her lessons).  So, I decided I would spend the hour parked in front of her home describing the features of the vehicle, and the startup procedure.  No, no, no, no, no, no!  We must go out on the street; surely, the two steering wheels and dual brake system were all she would need for safety!  Reluctantly, I  submitted; and we went out to intersection at the end of the block (that happened to be one of the major arteries of the city).  Turning into a safe position, I told her to merely guide the car in it’s lane.  However, being in the left-most lane, when she saw the oncoming traffic, she threw up her hands, and covered her eyes.  I went off!  What are you doing!  Don’t you ever take your hands off the steering wheel!  How dare you cover your eyes when you are the driver of the car!

Thinking that, I have to accept my responsibility to my company, I figured I must acknowledge:  We are in this for the money!  After two or three sessions (she refused to pay for more), she legitimately insisted we assist her in taking the road test by escorting her to her appointment.  I counseled her that she was not ready.  Again, she insisted that she had a right to try, and to do her best. 

Once in a second vehicle with the examiner (one owned by the school I work for, however, not having the dual brakes and steering systems), the examiner directed her to start the vehicle, go up the ramp to the street, and make a left turn onto the thoroughfare.  I had been careful to caution this student that most beginners flunk their test at this very point.  Two stops are required:  one before entering or crossing the pedestrian lane (the sidewalk), and one before entering the vehicle traffic lane (the street).  By these two stops, the speed of ones vehicle is controlled, and the likelihood of collision is reduced.

To my surprise, this student acknowledged both these necessary cautions.  Even so, she flunked her test; and the examiner (the same one who had been my “instructor”) came down on me like a ton of bricks.  Mr. Jackson returned the vehicle to the test lot in less than 45 seconds!  Her left turn had been into the oncoming traffic lane, and she had exposed them both to the most fatal form of automobile casualty—head on collision!  Officer Jackson exploded on me:  How dare you put my life, the property and lives of others at risk!  How dare you bring this person here, knowing she was not ready, or able to safely compete the road test!  He was right, and I felt like dirt.

Just as the mechanics and processes of driving a car requires more than the application of feeling, instinct and intuition, becoming and serving as a mature Christian believer requires more than arrogance, audacity, presumption, and self-confidence.  Believers must be instructed in and practice divine truth as provided through the sacred writings, the performance of sacraments, and the pronouncements of fellow believers continuing with us in fellowship.  To teach beginners, believers all must think like beginners, yet, not continue in the errors of starting believers.  Also, experienced believers must be prepared to accept that all are not on their same level; and no one has a right to have more and receive more of the things given by GOD simply because they have desire or need.  More important are balance, commitment, contrition, conviction, faith, integrity, meekness, sobriety, and trust.

There is far more to be said, properly shared, and spiritually understood.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.  (Proverbs 21:  21, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC