This should have been posted before Thanksgiving Day. All the same,
“Better Late than never,” and on thanksgiving week,
I heard one radio announcer say:
“Thanksgiving is not a day, it is an attitude of the heart.”
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T – THANK and PRAISE God
for all things
and BIG !
And do not forget
the precious people in your life!
H – HEALTH LIFE AND
are things we can all be thankful for
even if we are ill at a hospital
A – APPRECIATE and ADMIRE
the beauty of
around you. God’s creation
N – NAME and NUMBER
its a rewarding experience,
including the precious people in your life.
K – KINDNESS and THANKSGIVING
in the heart
are twin siblings in the same home.
S – A SMILE and a CHEER;
want to see it on the face of the deserving?
from the heart
and with a warm
G – GIVING and RECEIVING:
The one exists not without the other
I – ICTUS;
Five Greek letters for ‘
‘: fish Jesus, Christ, God, Son, Savior:
at least one reason to
V – VISION and VALUE:
“ like when you say
I see and I value what you have done”
I – INSIDE and OUTSIDE:
, expressed heart in sincere words
N – NICE and NEW:
Thanksgiving is always
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G – GOOD to GREAT:
become ‘Good Gifts’
when it is received with a heartfelt:
There are three sources of Evil and Suffering in the World:
A BROKEN NATURAL ORDER
According to the second law of thermodynamics:
matter always tends to the lowest state of order
meaning, in nature all things tend towards decay.
The start and sustenance of ‘life’ itself
proceeds in the opposite direction;
living things autonomously draw energy
(in the form of ‘food’)
from the surrounding environment,
but then eventually succumb to this law,
when it ends in illness, accidents, and death!!
For example, storms, earthquakes, and volcanoes
occur on the other planets and in other parts of the universe!!
When these happen on earth,
where human beings live,
they cause suffering!!
A PERSONAL EVIL BEING CALLED SATAN
Personal experience with a presence
outside of human beings,
possessing the ability to reason with and influence individuals,
and whose sole purpose appears to be
to instigate, encourage all things
evil, painful, and
opposed to goodness and to God’s purposes;
demonstrated in real ‘supernatural’ and demonic encounters, and
described in the events and exhortations in the scriptures,
is a source of much of the evil, and suffering upon the earth;
OUR FALLEN HUMAN NATURE, THAT IS,
the evil tendencies in everyone of us and/or combined with
our human limitations
(limited in knowledge, memory, ability etc.)
to use our God given freedom,
for selfishness, opposition to goodness and God,
as individuals or together as members of communities;
causes evil and suffering
upon one another,
and upon the earth.
The ULTIMATE RESOLUTION (HOPE) FOR ME! AKA:
I HAVE PEACE BECAUSE OF THE FOLLOWING *:
I KNOW GOD LOVES ME in the face of all the evil and suffering in the world:
“but God demonstrates his own love for us [ME] in this: While we were still sinners [I WAS STILL A SINNER], Christ died for us [ME].”
Paul in his letter to fellow Christians at Rome
GOD HAS A PLAN FOR A FALLEN CREATION:
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, … 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” …
“I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
Jesus’s BFF, John in his letter to some very young churches in first century AD
SATAN, (THE DEVIL) WILL BE DEFEATED FOREVER
10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
John the BFF of Jesus
MY FALLEN HUMAN NATURE:
In Christ we are a
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the has come: The old has gone, the new creation is here! new Paul in his letter to believers at Corinth
In Christ we have a
and are under a New Heart
33 “This is the I will make with the people … [NEW] covenant
“I will put my law in their minds
and write it on their [NEW] hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
34 No longer will they teach their neighbor,
or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest,”
declares the Lord. From the writings of the famous Jewish ‘weeping’ Prophet
We now and will have only one
NEW COMMANDMENT: LOVE!
“A I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. new command Jesus according to his BFF John
THEREFORE I LIVE BY FAITH TRUSTING IN GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST!
7 For we live by faith, not by sight.
Paul to his believer friends at Corinth
*All quotes are from the New International Version (NIV).
and our Satan fit Sinful Nature
in explaining the evil that is in the World Today?
As a Christian
I learn about the existence of ‘
‘ and of the ‘ Satan ,’ but Sinful Nature I have not fully resolved
how those two (sinful nature and Satan) interact to bring evil in the world.
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(the devil, serpent, tempter, accuser, destroyer, etc.) Satan
Is he present everywhere at the same time?
everyone appears to be constantly being affected or
How is he able to tempt each person individually?
How come he knows what we are thinking?
How come he knows so much
about our individual histories, personalities and weaknesses?
, ‘the devil’
can tempt, deceive, dissuade, discourage, destroy individuals
even as the human population on the earth
continues to grow and
has reached over 4 billion; and if he
can work his evil from generation to generation for thousands of years;
the way some people say he does,
does not that make him a very powerful person
with some attributes like God(!)?
But he is NOT GOD!
This brings us to another source of evil in the world:
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in all of us. Sinful/Evil Nature
A ‘celebrity’ (in the early church) once said this about himself:
(in the first century)
“For I know that good itself does not dwell in me,
that is, in my sinful nature.
For I have the desire to do what is good,
but I cannot carry it out.
For I do not do the good I want to do,
but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.”
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This is what that
looks like: sinful nature
He(She) is lazy, slow, and a procrastinator.
He(She) lies, exaggerates, and deceives
He(She) is incredibly selfish;
He(She) is greedy, proud, boastful, and self-promoting
He(She) can be lewd, nasty, and insensitive
He(She) is utterly against God
He(she) does not want to submit to God’s rule or to worship him;
He(She) does not like to humble himself before God;
He(She) does not like to pray;
He(She) does not want to read sacred scriptures;
He(She) does not like limits
if the speed limit is 40 mph, he(she) wants to go at 45 mph or
if the speed limit is 55 mph, 65 mph seems attractive to him/her
He(She) lacks self control, prefers excesses,
he(she) does not want to wait or to accept limit on him/herself
whether it’s with regard to food and drink, or
in relation to social interactions,
including sex, and marital fidelity;
he(she) does not want to go to bed or to wake up early;
with regards to words and conversations,
he(she) can be mean, insensitive, inconsiderate, gossipy, and crass.
He(She) is never satisfied, always wants more.
He(She) works against the interest of the person in whom he dwells;
the excesses of the sinful nature may cause
disease, physical harm, crime and punishment;
auto accidents, fire, financial ruin,
ruined relationships and broken families,
loss of face and status, loss of power, etc.;
but this does not stop him or cause him to change direction .
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I believe that
is in every human being;
it can be conditioned/tempered by
parental discipline and personal experiences;
Christian (religious) conversion and education, and by
custom, and the laws of society;
is a “he/she” because
it is a part of but
not the totality of who we are as individuals
because he(she) appears to operate by ‘reason’ and ‘persuasion’
to our minds and/or to our will
(See Paul above in Romans 7.15-25);
as individuals we have still have the ability
TO MAKE A CHOICE
the persuasion of what the sinful nature wants and what
commons sense, conscience, laws of society, and the dictates of our faith, tell us.
(Personally, I refer to this sinful nature as
). “THE BEAST” Bring a community of people together
with this sinful nature and its tendencies,
we then have endless possibilities for evil,
NEXT POST: BRINGING THE TWO TOGETHER:
SATAN, OUR SINFUL NATURE, AND THE PREVALENCE OF EVIL IN OUR WORLD!!