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Our Daily Bread…Featuring Paul Beverly

Posted in Culture, Our Daily Bread with tags , , , , , , on April 8, 2018 by paulthepoke

apple_booksWhen did we stop wanting the best for each other?? It saddens me to see so many bashing our teachers. You know, the ones responsible for giving our children the best education they possibly can. Those doing all the complaining are mostly those that are never involved & apparently see teachers as babysitters. Guess what? If you want to pay them what child care providers make I’m sure they’d take it. They’d be raking in about $4,500 a week at least. The thing is, they are marching at the capital for school funding & support staff raises more so than for themselves. Why wouldn’t we want them to have the best tools available to teach our children? If you were told to go build a house with only a hammer, how well will you be able to do your job? Stop the hate & let’s support one another & love each other & want the best for everyone.

1 Peter 4:8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

Have a loving week my friends!!!

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Revelation: Laodicea, Christ’s Love

Posted in Revelation, Teshuvah/Repent with tags , , , , on April 8, 2018 by paulthepoke

Revelation 3:19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.

Φιλέω/phileó is the Greek word for “love”. It means: love (of friendship), regard with affection, cherish; I kiss (Strong’s Concordance). Jesus regards believers with a warm and deep affinity. There is a sense of harmony.

Christ loves us so much He is willing to reprove and discipline.

Reprove or ἐλέγχω/elegcho can also be translated as: reprove, rebuke, discipline; expose, show to be guilty.

Discipline or παιδεύω/paideuó can mean: I discipline, educate, train; more severely: I chastise.

Jesus is willing to reveal and uncover your issues. He will find us all to be guilty. If necessary, we will be trained like a child. Heaven forbid in severe cases, Christ is willing to reprimand and censure the believer.

The theme of God’s discipline is consistent across time in Scripture. He is not being mean. Correction is for our own good. As a reminder, He loves us…

Deuteronomy 8:5 Thus you are to know in your heart that the LORD your God was disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son.

1 Corinthians 11:32 But when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.

As a result of discipline, the believer should have a response.

…be zealous…This is the Greek word ζηλόω/zéloó. This is where we get the English word “zealous”. HELPS Word Studies provides an excellent definition and example.

Imitating the sound of boiling water; to bubble over because so boiling hot; figuratively to burn with zeal (J. Thayer); to be deeply committed to something, with the implication of accompanying desire; to be earnest, to set one’s heart on, to be completely intent upon.

Christ is imploring us to boil with passion for Him and His word.

 

…repent…This is not a mystical, spiritual word with a deeper theological meaning. The Greek word for repent is μετανοεο/metanoeo. It means: to change one’s mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one’s past sins. -Strong’s Concordance

The idea of repent in the Hebrew is teshuvah. Prepare and turn to God. People are called to turn away from their sin, repent, and change course. It is a time of inward reflection and sincere self-assessment. The goal is a change in lifestyle away from sin to obedience in God’s word. The Hebrew month of Elul initiates a 40-day period called Teshuvah.

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One should be ashamed of their actions. There should be real conviction. Be honest. Right is right and wrong is wrong. We can all do better.

Consider the path you are taking. Is a change of heart and mind necessary?

 

Wife Beating…Thoughts from an American Soldier

Posted in American soldier, Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2018 by paulthepoke

Ephesians 5:25-33 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

This is how a husband is to relate to his wife. Jesus Christ is the model. Look at the verbs in the passage above…

Love, love, gave, sanctify, cleanse, wash, present, be holy, love, loves, loves, nourishes, cherishes, hold fast, become one, love…

 

hijab domestic abuseDoes the Religion of Peace believe in wife beating? Does Islam allow a man to hit his wife? YES!!!

But only if she doesn’t do as he asks. The beating must stop if the woman complies with her husband’s demands. Behind verbal abuse and abandonment, beating is intended as last resort solution to coerce submission. According to testimony in the Hadith, Mohammad physically struck his favorite wife for leaving the house without his permission. It is not known how he treated his less-favored wives.

Here’s where it’s found in the Quran in case someone tries to disclaim this to you.

Quran 4:34 Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.  

Quran 38:44 “And take in your hand a green branch and beat her with it, and do not break your oath…”  

Allah telling Job to beat his wife Tafsir.

 

Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradhawi, one of the most respected Muslim clerics in the world, once made the famous and somewhat ridiculous statement.

“It is forbidden to beat the woman, unless it is necessary.”

He went on to say that “one may beat only to safeguard Islamic behavior.”

There is no doubt that wife-beating is a matter of religious sanction.

 

Mohammed beat his wife and recommended wife beating to others. Allah sanctioned and gave directions on how to beat a wife.

Jesus loves, nourishes, and cherishes His wife. Christ demonstrates self-sacrifice for His bride. He wants to present her as blameless. Jesus took her place and died on her behalf. Christ keeps His wife from punishment.

Mohammed or Jesus, what’s your choice???

 

 

 

A Matter of the Heart…

Posted in Culture, Our Daily Bread, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2018 by paulthepoke

Authors: Paul Beverly, Paul Lehr

Genesis 4:8 Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him.

The first recorded death of a human being was a murder. The Bible does not state the instrument used in the murder.

Some conjecture Cain used a knife. John tells us in his epistle the death was violent. The Greek word σφάζω/sphadzo was used for “murder”. It means: slay, kill by violence, slaughter, wound mortally. -Strong’s Concordance

1 John 3:12 We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous.

The extra Biblical text of Jubilees 4:31 indicates a rock was used. “He (Cain) killed Abel with a stone.”

Does it really matter the instrument used in the murder? God did not respond by passing a law controlling the use of rocks or knives. He spoke against murdering a fellow human being.

Exodus 20:13 You shall not murder.

The violence and mass slaughter at a Florida school this past week were tragic. Seventeen people were murdered. This past week, a gun was used. What will be used in the future? A knife, poisonous gas, missiles, nuclear weapons, whatever…

Politicizing the event with the issue(s) of the day is a distraction and not productive. Until people give a rip for all humanity, this behavior is going to continue to happen.

The issue is the human heart.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

Mark 7:21-23 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” -Jesus

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There is an answer.

Love unconditionally. Love unselfishly. Love without expectation. Love without fear. Love with all your heart. Love with your thoughts. Love with your actions. Love in truth. Love is contagious. Love BIG. Love conquers all!

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient, love is kind. It (love) does not boast, it (love) is not proud. It (love) does not dishonor others, it (love) is not self-seeking, it (love) is not easily angered, it (love) keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It (love) always protects, (lovealways trusts, (love) always hopes, (love) always perseveres.

1 Peter 4:8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

LOVE!

 

Revelation: Philadelphia, Christ Loves His Bride

Posted in Prophecy, Revelation with tags , , , , , on December 3, 2017 by paulthepoke

Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they will learn that I have loved you.

This is the fourth and last mention of Satan to the churches in Revelation. The church at Smyrna also had their synagogue of Satan.

…the synagogue of Satan…The Greek word for “synagogue” is not the same Greek word used for “church”.

The word for “synagogue” is the transliterated word συναγογε/sunagoge. Two points about this word. One, it is a physical structure or building. Two, it is an assembly of men.

The Greek word for “church” is εκκλεσια/ekklesia. It means: a called out group of Christians; the whole body of Christians scattered throughout the earth. The church is not a building.

Satan’s synagogue is different than Jesus Christ’s church. They can make the claim, but they are not the real deal.

 

Jesus states two times in the verse. “Behold, I will make…” In the future, Christ is going to take action on these liars. Those of the synagogue of Satan will be forced by Jesus to “come and bow down before your feet”. Satan’s group will be physically present before the church. They will “bow down” or προσκυνέω/proskuneó in the Greek. They will be on their knees in a prostrate position of absolute submission. They will kiss the ground the church treads.

Christ has a reason for bringing Satan’s followers to a point of church worship. It is an educational opportunity. They must γινώσκω/ginóskó. It is time to know, learn, realize, and ascertain.

I have loved you…This is word ἀγαπάω/agapaó. This is God’s unconditional love towards those who chose His Son. God takes pleasure in those who chose Him of their own free will. This love is the nature of God.

(Definitions in study provided by Strong’s Concordance.)

To the synagogue of Satan, you made the wrong choice and followed the wrong person. You will worship those you mocked, abused, and chided.

Jesus Christ loves His bride the church.

 

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Love in Secret…Featuring Matt Weinreich

Posted in Matt Weinreich with tags , , , , , on November 13, 2017 by paulthepoke

givingMatthew 6:1-4 “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them.  Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.  Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men.  Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.  But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret: and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”

A true gift cannot be given without receiving. A true gift cannot be received without giving.  When I give generously, my spirit is raised knowing I have shown love to another.  When I receive, my spirit is raised knowing another loved me enough to give generously to me.

A taker cannot truly give, nor receive.  A taker takes out of fear of being taken from.  The spirit of taking wants to convert givers into takers.

This is why I believe Jesus told us to give in secret.  To give is to loveLove the other as other.   Love and release.  Love spontaneously in secret.  Leaving the other with the expectation of praise, or repayment turns that love to vanity.   Don’t allow your love to be hijacked.

 

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Our Daily Bread…Featuring Paul Beverly

Posted in Our Daily Bread with tags , , , , , , on September 14, 2017 by paulthepoke

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One of the biggest things I get from the Bible is that Jesus taught in love. He even loved those that hated him. There are so many verses in the Bible about love & that tells me that the greatest thing we can do is love one another. If we could all love each other a little more, this world would be a far better place. Spread love, it’s contagious.

Pray for Florida and America’s southeast. Pray for a break in the storms. Pray for communities, states, & a nation to come together.

1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope, & love. But the greatest of these is love.

Have a loving weekend my friends!!!

 

 

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