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JRandal
JRandal
 Brazil,  
What Is Wrong With This World? | i read the word
The thinking goes something like this; because God is who He is and because these things are present in the world, God has somehow failed (at best) or perhaps this even means He doesn’t really exist at all (at worst).

The faulty assumption is that since God is who He is—all-powerful creator of all things—then what happens in this world must be consistent with His own nature. That is, He should prevent all evils and right all wrongs.

#God #evil

JRandal
 Brazil,  
Writing: 1 John 2.1 VOTD | Fellowship Room
“My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.”

See comments at the link.

#VOTD
JRandal
 Brazil,  
The shortest verse in the Greek New Testament | Fellowship Room

Notes from a college class, with five points on this verse.

#Bible #Greek
JRandal
 Brazil,  
The years roll on – Believing Prayer
The coming holidays and year’s end bring concerns, but let us see in the turning of the calendar still more evidence of your hand and your care for us. You hold this world and move it around the sun. You hold our lives in your hands as well, we rejoice in your goodness.

#prayer #time
JRandal
 Brazil,  
Sunrise on the Rails | Fairmount Illinois. 600mm Sigma lens.… | Raymond Cunningham | Flickr

Couldn't find the photo link to insert here, so you'll have to click to see it, but it's mighty fine.

#photography

JRandal
 Brazil,  
Hebrews 1 Study Sheet – Basic Bible Studies
Because Jesus: (1) is the one through whom God has spoken in these last days, (2) is the heir of God, (3) is the creator of the world, (4) is the radiance of God’s glory, (5) is the exact representation of God’s nature, (6) is the one who cleansed our sins, (7) is seated at God’s right hand, (8) is superior to angels, (9) is God’s Son, (10) is worshiped even by angels, (11) righteously rules an eternal kingdom, (12) will outlast the universe, (13) and sends out angels to do his bidding as they serve on behalf of Christians, then there is NO ONE who deserves our allegiance more than He.

#Jesus #Bible #Hebrews
JRandal
 Brazil,  
Vários trabalhos fazem progresso – Projeto Alcance
O livro sobre Salmo 119, com título de Amor & Angústia, está na revisão. O livro tem mais de 100 páginas com boa introdução do salmo e tratando de cada divisão dele conforme as letras hebraicas.

#publicações #livros #revistas
JRandal
 Brazil,  
We breathe your air – Believing Prayer
Lord God, you are sovereign over all creation. You spoke absolutely everything into existence with the word of your mouth. You planned it all and brought it all to fruition. You sustain the universe and keep planets and galaxies in line. All life depends on your moment-by-moment, constant care. We breathe your air. We eat food you cause to grow. We move within a protective bubble of atmosphere, gravity, earth, weather, seasons, and water, with perfect conditions for our well-being. You are to be praised and thanked every day, time and again, for all you have done and continue to do for us.

#prayer #praise #intercession

JRandal
 Brazil,  
Ecclesiastes 9 Commentary - Mark Dunagan Commentary on the Bible
"Whatever your hands finds to do, verily, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or wisdom in Sheol where you are going."

"Whatever….do it with all your might"-i.e. what you can accomplish, do! In the above verses, God isn"t advocating a drifting along, do nothing, addicted to pleasure attitude in life. There is work to be done, talents to use. "And at this time the brevity of life has become a spur, as it did our Lord when He spoke of the onset of night, "When no one can work" (John )" (Kidner p. 84). "Throw yourself into" (Mof).

Point To Note:

Eternal life is great, but that doesn"t mean that this earthly life doesn"t matter. God isn"t impressed by the religious person who attempts to justify their present laziness by saying, "I"m supposed to lay up treasures in heaven, not upon the earth", or, "I don"t need to plan for my physical future, because I just know that God will take care of me." God expects us to make the most of each day, to make the most of the physical blessings that we receive and to make the most of our marriages, families, human relationships and employment. Clearly, righteous people should be seen as people who love the Lord and love life, who have a zest for God and a zest for living. There should be no such thing as a boring, lazy, apathetic, or unmotivated Christian. God wants us to do everything with zeal and enthusiasm.


#life #Ecclesiastes #work

JRandal
 Brazil,  
Boas NovasBoas Novas wrote the following post Sun, 03 Dec 2017 12:25:23 +0000
A mensagem no biscoito da sorte
A mensagem no biscoito da sorte

Ele abriu o biscoito da sorte no restaurante chinês e leu a mensagem: “Muito passo em falso é dado por permanecer no lugar”.

A ideia é esta: Muitas vezes se comete erro por não fazer nada. A falta de ação também pode conduzir ao equívoco. Há momento quando deixar de agir ou tomar decisão leva ao prejuízo.

O princípio também se aplica no âmbito espiritual.

“Pensem nisto, pois: Quem sabe que deve fazer o bem e não o faz, comete pecado” Tiago 4.17.

É claro que quem define o que é bom é Deus. “Ele mostrou a você, ó homem, o que é bom e o que o Senhor exige” Miqueias 6.8a.

Quando Deus nos revela o que é bom, devemos fazê-lo, já. A demora significa desobediência.

Para usar uma ilustração da área da ética, é errado gritar FOGO! numa sala lotada de cinema. E é errado também não avisar que há fogo quando de fato as pessoas correm perigo de morrer.
  • É errado não buscar a fé definida por Deus, ao invés de ter uma fé vazia e morta que não faz nada exceto da boca pra fora.
  • É um passo em falso não seguir os passos para a salvação: o arrependimento, a imersão na água para o perdão dos pecados, o serviço no meio da família de Deus.
  • É um pecado não promover a causa de Cristo, porque somente ele é o caminho até Deus e as pessoas precisam ouvir a mensagem salvadora do evangelho.
  • É uma decisão equivocada permanecer no estado em que se encontra, depois de descobrir o final infeliz dele.
Havia grande sabedoria na mensagem do biscoito da sorte. Pois a mensagem não depende da sorte, mas sim da verdade espiritual sobre a infelicidade da passividade ante à necessidade da ação.
JRandal
 Brazil,  
2 Tessalonicenses 1 NTLH - Bible Gateway
(...) vocês se tornarão merecedores do seu Reino

Surpreendente ver essa tradução, *merecedores,* do termo para "digno", e isso numa versão evangélica. Tb no v. 11, termo afim. Não tenho explicação por que verteram dessa forma.

#tradução #2 Tessalonicenses #merecimento #NTLH

JRandal
 Brazil,  
Phone Substitutes To Cure Smartphone Addiction: Why We Obsess Over Touchscreen Devices
Image/photoThe addiction is real. The mini heart attack moment we have when we cannot find our phones is proof enough of our dependence.

Now, Austrian designer Klemens Schillinger has created a device to help smartphone addicts cope in its absence. He has named it the Substitute Phone.

Schillinger designed five facsimile phones, made of black polyoxymethylene plastic, with stone beads embedded on the surface. The idea is to allow users to replicate familiar actions, such as scrolling, pinching, or swiping. The goal is to use it as a coping mechanism for someone trying to check their phones less.

Reckon they'll work as designed?

#coping #addictions #technology

JRandal
 Brazil,  
Shorts: Jeremiah 13.11 VOTD | Fellowship Room
The prophet called God’s people to repentance. He condemned their pride, vv. 8-9, 15-16. God wanted them to be near him, but their disobedience prevented it.

Besides the Bible verse, see also the two thought questions.

#God #Bible #VOTD
Mark Richardson
 from Diaspora
Good text. A reminder, I suppose, that God cannot approach us when we erect barriers of sin.
JRandal
  
Very true, Mark.
JRandal
 Brazil,  
Key: Isaiah 22.22 VOTD | Fellowship Room
Do we open the doors of the kingdom to those on the outside? Or do we keep people from entering by taking away the “key of knowledge”? Lk 11.52.


#Bible #VOTD
JRandal
 Brazil,  
Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote:
Earthly goods are given to be used, not to be collected. In the wilderness God gave Israel the manna every day, and they had no need to worry about food and drink. Indeed, if they kept any of the manna over until the next day, it went bad. In the same way, the disciple must receive his portion from God every day. If he stores it up as a permanent possession, he spoils not only the gift, but himself as well, for he sets his heart on accumulated wealth, and makes it a barrier between himself and God. Where our treasure is, there is our trust, our security, our consolation and our God. Hoarding is idolatry

His statement goes beyond Scripture, but still serves as a powerful reminder of the tempting power of things to become gods. "So put to death whatever in your nature belongs to the earth: sexual immorality, impurity, shameful passion, evil desire, and greed which is idolatry" Colossians 3.5 NETB.

#greed #materialism #wealth
JRandal
 Brazil,  
Flee by Pursuing | i read the word
There’s an important principle at work here; you tend to get more of what you focus on. That’s true even if you’re focusing on what you want to be rid of or avoid. That means focusing on not doing something really isn’t the best way to avoid doing it. That’s why nagging is such a poor means to affect positive behavior; it focuses on the negative. It’s said that in training high-speed race car drivers that they are told never to look at the wall. Even though they are wanting to avoid it, when they look at it, they tend to drift that direction. Look instead where you want to go, not where you don’t want to go.

#pursuit #positive #focus
JRandal
 Brazil,  
Psalm 119 Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
Life is desirable in order to serve God; that we may do so aright, we should seek to have our eyes opened to behold His truth, and earnestly desire fully to understand it.

#life #serving God #Bible
JRandal
 Brazil,  
James McFerrin does a good job in his Chronological Bible Study:

Nov. 28. Redeemer to Reunite Man with God | Fellowship Room
Isaiah painted a bleak picture of sin and hopelessness. He explained that God was able to hear and to save them from their enemies, but that was not possible because their sins had separated them from Him. When a child of the Lord is mired in sin and all hope seems lost, he should realize that he cannot escape by his own efforts. Repentance and a return to God is the answer. The prophet looked ahead by inspiration and saw salvation for Zion. “The Redeemer will come to Zion, And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob.” A new covenant would be made by the Lord. Through present day knowledge, we know that covenant was of the Lord Jesus Christ that superseded the Law of Moses.

#Isaiah #Bible #sin
JRandal
 Brazil,  
In search of your glory – Believing Prayer
Often, Lord, I ask for your blessings in my life or in the life of another. And you approve of this. Jesus taught us to ask. I know I should do it more even than I do.

But today I come with a different purpose. Paul told the Corinthians that he did not seek theirs (their possessions), but them (meaning their salvation). I come before you today, not in search of something from you, but you yourself, your presence, your glory.

#prayer #glory #presence of God
JRandal
 Brazil,  
The question that must be faced before long is this: Ought I continue using the same #TiddlyWiki I've used for the last couple of years, or start the new year with a new one? What are the advantages of each option? Does TW start getting heavy and slow after so many tiddlers? Does content start getting hard to search for?