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Easter Sun and Son

4/12/2020: The sun is a powerful energy source. The son is a powerful energy source. Romans 8: 11: But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Notice the “but if”.

Why God is not doing something

4/4/2020: This lesson was personal for me.  It may be for you as well. Christians are praying for God to do something about the coronavirus.  The presumption seems reasonable that only God could intervein.  However, nothing seems to be happening.  So, we pray more frequently and fervently.  God returns with the response, “it is up to you”.  How could that be?  “I already have told you how to achieve healing.”  When was the method given and where is documented? 2 Chronicles 7:14 King James Version (KJV) If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Look at this carefully for the conditions. If my people, which are called by my name (Christians in this dispensation; that is me) Do what? shall humble themselves (no pride) and pray (intercede) and seek my face (intimate relationship and no faking it) and turn from their wicked ways (oops).  I thought we had to get the non-believers to change their ways to have things improve.  No, it is me and maybe you.  Yes, it is me.  I have complied. The above is necessary to get a hearing and a response.  then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. We are to go about it as instructed in Romans 12: 1-3. 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.  (It is not unreasonable.) And be not conformed to this world (No conformity to the ways of the world) but be ye transformed (Changed and How?) by the renewing of your mind, (What is that going to prove?) that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Further instruction is point-on for most of us) 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. That takes me back to the first word of instruction to get change started; humbling myself.

Tampa Pastor should be arrested

3/30/2020: Pastor Rodney Howard-Brown in Tampa should be arrested.  He violated the law and put his parishioners at risk.  He has a long history of non-Biblical practices including recommending Christians bark like dogs when “worshiping” God.  Crazy again.

Sales Job with 90% commission

3/11/2020:  There is a sales job with a 90% commission.  The sales job is as outlined in Bible in Mark 16:16.  The 90% commission is outlined in Malachi 3: 8-10 where only 10% goes back to the management and the salesperson will not have enough existing room to contain the 90% benefits. From my new book @ hondocarpenter.com/product/things-my-fathers-told-me/ Download for donation of any amount to the ministry.

Making it look easy

2/16/2020:”If you want to make your accomplishments appear easy, then work hard.”

Debt, debt, and more debt

2/12/2020: Debt, debt, and debt.  The government, corporate and personal debt is higher today than yesterday and will be higher yet tomorrow. www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2019/08/26/us-national-debt-is-growing-rapidly-infographic/#4fdeafb53a9e www.mckinsey.com/~/media/mckinsey/business%20functions/strategy%20and%20corporate%20finance/our%20insights/rising%20corporate%20debt%20peril%20or%20promise/rising-corporate-debt-peril-or-promise-web-final.ashx finance.yahoo.com/news/u-household-debt-exceeds-14-160303784.html Debt is a financial killer.  What ever happened to the ancient proverb that says to owe no one anything but to love them.  The truth that the borrower is the slave of the lender has not gone away.  

Without Hope in This World?

1/20/2020: It is not uncommon to lose hope on any given situation or issue in life. Hopelessness will lead to despair and then on to desperation. This scenario is likely the cause of anti-social behavior; i.e. robbery, assault, murder, suicide, etc. We need to learn from Abraham on how he had a promise of God, but did not think it possible considering the facts and could not be criticized to loosing hope. The Word has the solution as one might expect. However, at that moment, not sometime later, Abraham took action. He “hoped against the lost hope”. He fought back against the likely onset of hopelessness. Abraham had the promise of God that he was to be a father of a child that would change the world as he knew it. A big promise at any age, but really unlikely at 100 years and wife likewise. Romans 4:18-21 King James Version (KJV) 18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. 19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about a hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. The solution is to be able to create a hope beyond what one would naturally be able to hope for based upon the facts. Abraham based his hope against no hope upon the promises of God. I like the wording, “he staggered not at the promise of God”. Clearly the promise was overwhelming, but it was not going to impede his walking forward without hesitation or “staggering”. He decided, although certainly without existing evidence to believe, while at the same time giving glory to God for what had yet to materialize. This is the “calling those things that are not as though they were” as in the preceding verse 17; “…even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.” Note this is the way God Himself does it. This is the speaking aloud which is necessary in the definition of “calling” of that which was promised from God to you specifically and that which you were willing to agree with. The “agreeing with” is the first act of faith which then is followed by the second action of faith; taking action according to and in line with what was promised. This is not ignoring the making of evidence-based decisions. Evidence is very important, especially in medicine. Abraham had no natural evidence of even the likelihood of possibility. He only had the Word and promise of God. I laugh at myself as I often think that God’s promise is not enough. Where did Abraham get the evidence? This may be a mystery to some who have not experienced such, but Abraham got the evidence from faith. In Hebrews 1:1 it is stated, “Now faith is the evidence of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Imagine that! Faith creates the evidence. To repeat, “faith is nothing more or nothing less than agreement with the Word and willingness to take action accordingly.” So, Abraham with the evidence walked it out to the tangible reality of the promise of God with Sarah, “the father of many peoples”. Now back to our situation. What promises of God do I have? The promises are many and listed in the Word and Will of God. For starters look at Deuteronomy 28: 1-14. Then know that they are further confirmed in our relationship with Christ. Note the necessity of “in our relationship” wording. 2 Cor1:20: “For all the promises of God in Christ are yea, and in Christ Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” Note that the purpose is not solely for our benefit, but ultimately for the glory of God by the tangible reality expressed in and for us. Good bye despair and hello hopefulness.