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God Gave Them Over

I post this not for argument nor debate but for serious, mature, and respectful dialogue. It is clear where I stand. I also respect the opinions of others. I give a listen, especially, if they are shared with decency. I have shared from the only source I believe where right and wrong can be justly determined. God’s Word is the standard. So varying insights should reflect a basis on God’s Word. 
A starting point…

18. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 

19. because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 

20. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 

21. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 

22.Professing to be wise, they became fools, 

23. and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. 

24. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 

25. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 

26. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 

27. and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. 

28. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 

29. being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 

30. slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 

31. without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 

32. and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. (Romans 1:18-32 NASB)

Are we seeing the results of God giving them over?
If God gave them over then should we not also do the same?

  • this would mean to focus on that which is righteous more than unrighteousness?
  •  ignore sin? 
  • not to cast pearls before swine, so to speak? 

Are we opposing the lifestyle or the forcing of our acceptance of the lifestyle?

  • since God doesn’t embrace it, should we?
  • Christianity isn’t forced but encouraged. It has eternal results. 

Should we expect advocates of polygamy, pedophilia (where parental consent is given) to become acceptable? It is not as far a leap as some might think. However, just as deplorable. 

Should we be tolerant knowing it is received as acceptance more often than simple toleration?

Is accepting the lifestyle showing God-like love? 
Christians are told others will know we are the disciples of Jesus if we have love for one another. Does that mean Christians cannot being loving while opposing what God opposes?

Until Next Time,

Hoss

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I Will Not: But I Will

For The Record…

I Will Not: 

I will not regard the Supreme Court of the United States of America decision to allow same sex marriage to be legal as a mandate that I must be willing to officiate such unions. I will not perform such anti-biblical services. 

I will not regard the Confederate Flag as a symbol of hatred. I will view it as a part of the history of America and keep it in the contents of which it belongs. 

I will not hate African Americans because of race. In fact I will seek to love all my neighbors as myself in accordance to biblical standards. 

I will not respect the current president of the United States of America, Mr. Obama, but will respect the “Office” of the Presidency. Individuals earn respect and lose respect. Just as any person is free to disrespect me for my principles, so am I free to do likewise. 

I will not support a church which puts forth their intention to worship Jehovah God and seemingly does otherwise as indicated by their actions. Dear church where do you fly your Christian flag in relation to the American flag? Is your pulpit a sacred desk for proclaiming the Word of God or is it an avenue of political pondering so? Does your pastor teach self-help or ‘thus saith the Lord?”

I will not trust the federal government, state government, and local government. I put my trust in no man but in the God-Man Jesus Christ. 

I will not blindly sit under a church pastor who refuses to share the good news of salvation and be a pastor to his flock. This world is in a deeply depraved enough state now as it is; so why listen to a man tell stories on how to live without leading the congregants to a deeper walk with God! They tell about Jesus without bringing the listener to Jesus. 

I will not accept the killing of a life being formed in the womb as an act of anything but murder. It is the Creator’s business to give and take life. We take life two primarily biblically accepted ways; just war and just punishment . 

But I Will:

Respect mankind as all being created in the image of God and therefore equal in His eyes. God is no respector of persons.

Judge matters of biblical significance as a voice of one crying in the wilderness and as a watchman to warn my fellow mankind of God’s standard. God has final say and that is His business however His children are called upon to ‘test the spirits,’ ‘judge the fruit they bear’ and ‘mark them which cause division.’ 

Acknowledge the right for others to have their viewpoints though we may disagree on certain matters. 

Remember I have “Not Arrived” thus am still a student of my Lord Jesus Christ. A student, I might add, who has much to learn.

Until Next Time,

Hoss

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A Dead Child or A Dead Lamb, That Was Their Choice

Can you imagine knowing there was going to be a death in every home on one given night? Can you imagine the choice being your child (firstborn) or a lamb? 

The first Passover recorded in Exodus 12 sets the perimeter for deliverance. Either you sacrifice a lamb which met the standard and placed its blood on the doorposts of your home or your child (firstborn) would die. Seems like a simple decision. Of course I’d kill the lamb! However, doing so meant a great more than the death of an animal. I’ll leave that discussion for a later time.

I want to see how many actually read this and answers a couple of questions from this blog. Consider this a greatly reduced focal point of the first Passover and the Passover observed in Mark’s gospel chapter 14 where Jesus is the presenter. 

At the first Passover there were three elements to the meal. What element is significantly different in Mark’s account and what does it mean?

I ask this question because it is vastly important to your identity, relationship, and understanding of Jesus. 

In the first Passover, the choice was your child (firstborn) or a lamb. The choice is somewhat different for us now. Therefore, question number two. What is your choice to the New Passover initiated by Jesus?

Until next time,

Hoss

Now the LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you. Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, ‘On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a lamb for themselves, according to their fathers’ households, a lamb for each household. Now if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his neighbor nearest to his house are to take one according to the number of persons in them; according to what each man should eat, you are to divide the lamb. Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight. Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the flesh that same night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled at all with water, but rather roasted with fire, both its head and its legs along with its entrails. And you shall not leave any of it over until morning, but whatever is left of it until morning, you shall burn with fire. Now you shall eat it in this manner: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste-it is the LORD ‘ S Passover. For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments-I am the LORD. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. (‭Exodus‬ ‭12‬:‭1-13‬ NASB)

On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb was being sacrificed, His disciples said to Him, “Where do You want us to go and prepare for You to eat the Passover?” And He sent two of His disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him; and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is My guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”‘ And he himself will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; prepare for us there.” The disciples went out and came to the city, and found it just as He had told them; and they prepared the Passover. When it was evening He came with the twelve.

While they were eating, He took some bread, and after a blessing He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is My body.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He said to them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly I say to you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” (‭Mark‬ ‭14‬:‭12-17, 22-25‬ NASB)

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Pleasant Personalities

More often than not our journey into the public landscape yields visible and verbal results which are anything but pleasant. The male gender trudging along with pants clasped with one hand to prevent there continue downward plunge. The female gender bouncing along with her undergarment straps displayed in various fluorescent colors across her shoulder blades due to the outer garments missing some needed fabric. 

Exposed cleavage from the females and males clinging to their genitalia are the common occurrences. Enough about that. How often do I and how often do you speak of the Pleasant Personalities we encounter. 

While I don’t frequent Olive Gardens Restuarants often, I have had the pleasant experience of meeting two young servers whose Christian personalities made for a very pleasing evening out for dinner. One was a male server who offered us wine, etc… but learned we did not drink alcoholic beverages. For whatever reason, he expressed to us he is required to make the offer. We understood. From there the conversation turned to church and living as a Christian. He spoke of his recent conversion and hunt for a church. We were careful not to converse too much. We did not want to cause the waiter any trouble. 

The second experience was this week when my wife and I met a wonderfully sweet Christian woman. The young woman was our server. We learned she was attending college. I teased her about trying to hook her up with one of the young men where I work. She seemed almost open to it until she learned I worked in a prison. 

Brandi was a pleasant young woman who was our server. She did well. It was encouraging to meet a young person unashamed to tell of their Christian relationship with Jesus. Since my wife and I met her, I have wondered how many other pleasant personalities I have missed simply because I was noticing what I find unpleasant. 

Today, I thank God for these two young people and their witness as Christians. I pray to find more like them and intend on looking for such rather than the opposite. God bless them and my search. 

Until Next Time,

Hoss

  

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Advice From An Old Tennessee Farmer

Advice From An Old Tennessee Farmer

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight, and bull-strong.

Keep skunks and bankers and lawyer at a distance.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

A bumble bee is considerable faster than a John Deere tractor.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered, not yelled.

Meanness don’t just happen overnight.

Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

Do not corner something you know is meaner than you.

It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.

You cannot unsay a cruel or unkind word.

Every path has a few puddles.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

The best sermons are not preached, but lived.

Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway. 

Don’t judge folks by their relatives.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

Don’t interfere with something that ain’t bothering you none.

Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

If you find yourself Ina hole, stop diggin.

Sometimes you get and sometimes you get got.

The biggest trout asker you’ll probably have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every morning.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

Good judgment comes from experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

Letting the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in. 

If you get to thinking you’re a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else’s dog around. 

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest up to God. 

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Until Next Time,

Hoss

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The American Dread

The  American Dream, Dread

(Subtitle: The Weariness of Reality)

  • Wake up to more problems than pleasure.
  • Walk daily to more trials than triumphs.
  • My companion is more heartache than happiness.
  • The journey is filled with more junk than joy.
  • Travel each path with more despair than delight.
  • Surrounded with the unemployed living off the employed.
  • Sights and sounds of the druggies partying while the taxpayer struggles to pay for their dope.
  • Deadbeats go for free medical treatment while the insured get showered with medical fees.
  • Criminals get a slap on the wrist while the law-abiding are pounded with requests for donations.
  • Children having babies they think are toy dolls only to mistreat them and hurt them.
  • Beautiful artwork cover ups a beautiful person. 
  • The melodies of your lips are saturated with vulgar and filth. Whose did you say you are? 
  • The killing of a six pack leads to a killing.
  • She’s a beauty in bed even though she’s not in her husband’s. 
  • He’s your hunk although borrowed for a few moments from his wife. 
  • You Just Don’t Give A Care. 
  • As Long As You’re Not Hurting.
  • So, What The Hell! Deal With It! Right?

Until Next Time,

Hoss

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Four Categories of Wisdom

Proverbs was written for the purpose to make one wise. However not all will take their knowledge and use it to become wise. You might find that proverbs list four categories of wisdom or the lack thereof. (See Proverbs 1:4)

  1. There is the wise person. A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, (‭Proverbs‬ ‭1‬:‭5‬ NASB)
  2. There is the foolish person. The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding, (‭Proverbs‬ ‭1‬:‭1-2‬ NASB) A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none, But knowledge is easy to one who has understanding. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭14‬:‭6‬ NASB) A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding Than a hundred blows into a fool. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭17‬:‭10‬ NASB)
  3. There is the scornful person. A scoffer does not love one who reproves him, He will not go to the wise. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭15‬:‭12‬ NASB) Drive out the scoffer, and contention will go out, Even strife and dishonor will cease. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭22‬:‭10‬ NASB)
  4. There is the simple naive person. The naive believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭14‬:‭15‬ NASB) Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, That I may reply to him who reproaches me. A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, The naive proceed and pay the penalty. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭27‬:‭11-12‬ NASB)

Source: notes from graduation ceremony delivered by Dr. Thomas L. Tatum, sEnior Pastor East Belmont Church of God, Charlotte, NC.

Until Next Time,

Hoss

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