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Friday, October 22, 2010

Colors in a Christian world have meaning!
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Colors in a Christian world have meaning!

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 Genesis 9:13
I have put my rainbow in the clouds. It will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

 Revelation 4:3The One who sat there shone like jewels. Around the throne was a rainbow that looked like an emerald.
(both are references from NIRV)

or REV 10 (FreeIllustrated bible)
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It appears as if God likes color and wants us to like color as well.
 
Ever seen an animal trying to capture colors in some way by painting, scratching, or tinting things? No? Well neither have I!

 Many animals cannot even see colors!

Isn’t it a wonderful gift to be able to see colors? Do you know that dogs don’t see like we do? They see more in the yellow and blue-indigo range, but not as much in other color ranges. They have two thirds or the color range we have! Cats on the other hand don’t see shades of red!

 In Canada and the USA we know hunters wear bright orange because the deer don’t see that like we do and don’t get scared away by the color. Ferrets see in shades of gray!

 The reason I quoted the above verses is that we as humans think we know color and the rainbow symbolizes all the colors to us. But read carefully and you will notice that John, the guy who wrote revelations agrees that all the colors of the rainbow looked emerald

 
Weird right?

 Seems like God’s presence adds further qualities to colors we already know!

 Biblically there is mention of many colors and we as humans are specially prepared to see them. We have extra color seeing things in our eyes to give us extended ranges that we can see.

 So let’s start with the color that they say contains the others, WHITE!

 In the bible WHITE is used to represent purity, happiness, holiness and being right with God. Here are a few verses that show this…

 Jesus in heaven … Revelation 1:14
The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow. His eyes were like a blazing fire.

 God’s people in heaven Revelation 7:9
[The Huge Crowd Wearing White Robes] After this I looked, and there in front of me was a huge crowd of people. They stood in front of the throne and in front of the Lamb. There were so many that no one could count them. They came from every nation, tribe, people and language. They were wearing white robes. In their hands they were holding palm branches.

 White is tied to happiness (a general statement, don’t go and dress only in white okay!) Ecclesiastes 9:8
Always wear white clothes to show you are happy.

 Then white is tied to the cleanup of sin….  Isaiah 1:18
"Come. Let us talk some more about this matter," says the Lord. "Even though your sins are bright red, they will be as white as snow. Even though they are deep red, they will be white like wool.

 Also in Old Testament times the priests wore white linen to show their purity!
 So what about other colors? (I will have to jump through this a bit as we don’t have much time and I want to give you just a flavour of the color implications, please investigate for yourself sometime, its worth the time J )

 BLUE is a color representing heaven and other worldliness biblically.

 Priests wore Blue tunics. Blue is the color of the sky and water and turned people’s thoughts to refreshment and heaven. It was a color woven into many of the religious garments and cloths of the past. Strangely enough, blue is a color many people like. Catholics seem to tie the color to the Virgin Mary (but why eludes me!).

 As humans we often misinterpret God’s positive slant on this color. We say we are feeling blue to say we are feeding down and unhappy. No-one in God’s bible thought of blue this way. It was an uplifting color.

 PURPLE is a color representing royalty. It was an expensive color to make in the ancient world and so only the rich had purple cloth. The clearest indication that it was a kingly color is in that Jesus was dressed in purple by the soldier who mocked him as “king of the Jews”.

 Matthew 27:28They took off his clothes and put a purple robe on him.

 In the story of Lazarus and the rich man Jesus says
Luke 16:19
"Once there was a rich man. He was dressed in purple cloth and fine linen. He lived an easy life every day.

 Okay, so how about Red or Scarlet?

 Red represents sacrifice and love, but also war and sin! It’s the color of blood. It’s the color we use for love because Jesus spilt his blood to say he loves us. Giving ones life and spilling ones blood for another is considered the highest form of showing love. Red is the sin paid for on the way to being cleared away forever.

 Red is not a cheap color. It is color that indicates high price payment! It is a color chosen by God to mix with blue and purple on the High Priests clothes of old! In Jesus day many Roman soldiers had red clothing. It was used to hide the fact that soldiers had been wounded in battle. To be brave and continue fighting while hurt was why people wore red.

 We have the ability to see colors all day. Today, as we see these colors lets consider how they are used by God to move us emotionally and give us depths of meanings that cannot be said with simple facts. God created our senses; it makes sense that he would use them to explain aspects of himself to us. Particularly those aspects that words seem to fail to convey!

 So let’s go have a bright day, filled with the fire of God, the brilliant white brightness of his presence, understanding we are royalty, we are the princes and princesses of God! Our day is to be one of overcoming tough things, of sacrifice and power! When tired we can look heavenward and thank God for the blue skies that will come our way!

 
Have a blessed day!

Fri, October 22, 2010 | link          Comments

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Life forced me to stop my planned course of action, how do I react?
Life forced me to stop my planned course of action, how do I react?
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Yesterday I was sending personal individual messages to friends on facebook telling them about my new book" Rift in Evil",
and Facebook told me to stop sending the messages or they would close my account!

  
Ever been stopped forcefully when you were doing something? Feels really unpleasent doesn't it? We almost want to retaliate in some way don't we?

So annoying!

Got me thinking about how we as people have rejected and stopped God's plans for us! I wondered if God also got frustrated and angry and that got me looking into the bible to see if God got angry, when and how God dealt with frustration.



I guess God's frustration is different to ours in that ours is due to inability to do something about a situation, whereas God refuses to do anything because he loves us sufficiently to allow us as the human race to learn from our mistakes and grow towards loving him. He could obliterate everything in a second but is patient, incredibly patient.



I guess that's the first lesson I learned, that God unlike me doesn't just erupt with anger, he is patient and controlled despite his anger.

Everything done is done carefully and with a loving objective in mind!


Most people when they think of "anger" and Jesus think of the time he whipped people. One story goes...`
 

It was almost time for the Jewish Passover Feast. So Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courtyard he found people who were selling cattle, sheep and doves. Others were sitting at tables exchanging money. So Jesus made a whip out of ropes. He chased all the sheep and cattle from the temple area. He scattered the coins of the people exchanging money. And he turned over their tables. He told those who were selling doves, "Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father's house into a market!"   His disciples remembered what had been written. It says, "My great love for your house will destroy me."—(Psalm 69:9)[1]

So how do we explain this act of violence? There are some important things that need to be understood in all of this.

 Firstly it was totally normal for people to be in that area conducting the business and Jesus had been in there before and not reacted this way previously.

 This means that this was a very specific point in time chosen by Jesus to show us something different. We know it was just before he was taken into custody by the guards of chief priests in what was to be his last days on Earth before he died (he came back and spent more time with friends after his death).

 Jesus has a habit of saying much with little and John’s reference to Psalm 69 should not be taken lightly as it adds the reference to the emotions and stress of the moment.

 It says things like

 “God, save me. 
      My troubles are like a flood. 
      I'm up to my neck in them.
 I'm sinking in deep mud.
      I have no firm place to stand.
   I am out in deep water.
      The waves roll over me.
I'm worn out from calling for help.
      My throat is very dry.
   My eyes grow tired
      looking for my God.
Those who hate me without any reason
      are more than the hairs on my head.
   Many people who don't have any reason to be my enemies
      are trying to destroy me.
   They force me to give back
      what I didn't steal.”
[2]

 This speaks to Jesus state of mind prior to that incident and how he felt the whole world was crowding in on him, the hate for him was growing. 

It continues…

Lord, you are the Lord who rules over all. 
      May those who put their hope in you not be dishonored because of me.
   You are the God of Israel.
      May those who worship you not be put to shame because of me.
 Because of you, people laugh at me.
      My face is covered with shame.
I'm a stranger to my brothers.
      I'm an outsider to my own mother's sons.
My great love for your house destroys me.
      Those who make fun of you make fun of me also.
When I sob and go without eating,
      they laugh at me.
When I put on black clothes to show how sad I am,
      people make jokes about me.
Those who gather in public places make fun of me.
      Those who get drunk make up songs about me.
 But Lord, I pray to you.
      May this be the time you show me your favor.
   God, answer me because you love me so much.
      Save me, as you always do.
 Save me from the trouble I'm in.
      It's like slippery mud. Don't let me sink in it.
   Save me from those who hate me.
      Save me from the deep water I'm in.
 Don't let the floods cover me.
      Don't let the deep water swallow me up.
      Don't let the grave close its mouth over me.
 
16 Lord, answer me because your love is so good.
      Turn to me because you are so kind.
 
17 Don't turn your face away from me.
      Answer me quickly. I'm in trouble.
 
18 Come near and save me.
      Set me free from my enemies.
 
19 You know how they make fun of me.
      They dishonor me and put me to shame.
      You know all about my enemies.
 
20 They have broken my heart by saying evil things about me.
      It has left me helpless.
   I looked for pity, but I didn't find any.
      I looked for someone to comfort me, but I didn't find anyone.
 
21 They put bitter spices in my food.
      They gave me vinegar when I was thirsty.

 Can you see the strain and prophecy of what was coming was upon Jesus?

Unlike us, he knew what was happening! God is different to us in that there is no future unknown to him, yet he still gets angry at the pain we cause ourselves and others. In this Psalm we see Jesus crying out to Father God for help.

 It is this righteous anger at the false worship that gets him going, making a whip and chasing the people out of that place. In a strange way that forced the temple authorities to take action resulting in his death! His death was to save us all, not himself!

So he was angry at our failures, and used that anger to direct our anger against him, so that we could be saved!
 Complicated but true!

 A different version of the same story is told by Matthew[3]

Jesus entered the temple area. He began chasing out all those who were buying and selling there. He turned over the tables of the people who were exchanging money. He also turned over the benches of those who were selling doves. 13 He said to them, "It is written that the Lord said, 'My house will be called a house where people can pray.'—(Isaiah 56:7) But you are making it a 'den for robbers.' "—(Jeremiah 7:11)

 14 Blind people and those who were disabled came to Jesus at the temple. There he healed them. 15 The chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did. They also saw the children in the temple area shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" But when they saw all of this, they became angry.

It’s worth noticing ion both stories Jesus got upset with those selling doves (sold as the lowest form of offering to the poorest people). He targets those abusing these poor! Then after the tables are turned he brings in blind and disabled people into the temple, then heals them so they can rightfully be there.

 Now we need to know it was against the temple lore for disabled and blind to come into the temple according to the priests of the time. They were not welcome!

 With Jesus they were! His anger was revealed only because it enabled those who could not come inside,  to enter God's special worship place,  and so it enabled others to gain from his anger!

 He opened temple doors to allow EVERYONE to worship God and took away the need to pay a price to worship God. He set up his own death by which this could be accomplished and we see that this event of anger and seeming frustration was not unplanned, but very specifically planned to say some very important things to those of us that have the eyes and spiritual understanding to see them.

 So, God does get anger and shows frustration, but it is not self serving!
 
 My anger at Facebook was self serving! I was wrong! This means I want to take more time to check my anger to see that when it occurs it is not self serving. That way I can be more like God!

 How about you?



[1] John 2: 13-17 NIRV

[2] Psalm 69 NIRV

[3] Matthew 21 : 12 onwards…   NIRV

Thu, October 21, 2010 | link          Comments

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Russell Williams, a mad sex killer?
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The former commander of Canada's largest military airfield was convicted yesterday of first-degree murder in the deaths of Jessica Lloyd and Corporal Marie-France Comeau[3].


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 How did this happen? How did a man with military discipline get to end up a sex crazed murderer who was glad to admit he was guilty of the crimes? How can a person be so evil?

 Have you heard people say there is no God? I have! Those same people ignore the fact that evil exists. Do we really believe this world has no evil?

 Horror upon horror unfolds as we listen to news and hear of what people do to other people. Evil exists and is prevalent!

 Not only does evil exist but those who give into it find it is addictive and progressive! Once something starts (Russell Williams started with a fetish for clothes of women and girls), it demands that more and more be given to feed it. Evil feeds upon itself by increasing evil.

 Think about it, a few years ago the movies that were given R ratings are now movies with PG-13 ratings. As a human race we are following the path that Russell Williams followed. The problem with it is that as a whole human race we are getting seduced and lulled into increasing evil while all the time telling ourselves that its okay!

 
It’s not okay!

 That’s why as a Christian I try and stand against evil and point out where it happens and the fact that we (particularly those of us in the 1st world countries) are becoming increasingly deluded.

 So how are we to deal with this?

 The bible suggests Take away the power of bad and sinful people. Hold them accountable for the evil things they do. Uncover all the evil they have done.”[1]

 This is what is happening to Russell Williams! That is good!

 However, please explain to me how we are to reduce evil for our human race?

 How do we stop that slide down the slippery slope of increasing evil that is hidden under the subtle exterior of compromise, consensus and minority manipulation of legal issues. 

 I’m all for listening to everyone, taking things into consideration and legal controls, but what makes sure those are not heading in an evil direction when the very people directing and controlling them do not often even acknowledge God exists!

How can they keep us out of the sticky evil that clings to modern life? 

It required Gods intervention!

Whether people like it of not, that’s why America is what it is! People who started modernizing this continent believed there was a God who was supreme and who should be in charge of guiding powerful nations.

 We like to ignore this but it’s true!

 What about Russell Williams, why did the evil in him increase?

Not even he can explain it, but the bible does. It says a man like him is demon possessed. (I know, weird argument, very unpopular today, but the bible talks of this!).

 The fact that he admits guilt on all charges so easily, seems to indicate he knew what he was doing was wrong but couldn’t stop.
Maybe he even threw out the demon for a while and tried to come right. The bible explains this as

 “Then the evil spirit goes and takes seven other spirits more evil than itself. They go in and live there. That man is worse off than before."[2]

 Summarized, the situation gets seven times worse! Horrible!

 We will stop Williams! We are appalled by what he did!

 But what are we going to do to correct the society that breeds this type of person?

 Pornographic material is easily available on the net. All you have to do is switch down the setting of your google searches from "moderate" to "off" and shortly pornographic things start to pop up despite innocently phrases searches.

 Maybe we need to listen to what that early leader of the Christian church, a guy called Peter who said…

 God's power has given us everything we need to lead a godly life. All of that has come to us because we know the One who chose us. He chose us because of his own glory and goodness.

  He has also given us his very great and valuable promises. He did it so you could share in his nature. He also did it so you could escape from the evil in the world. That evil is caused by sinful longings.

  So you should try very hard to add goodness to your faith. To goodness, add knowledge.”[3]

 We can improve this world if we understand what good is, that it comes from God, that only he can really reduce evil's power, and we must try to follow God's advice, be good and learn what he has to say.

 That’s how we turn the tide of evil! It doesn’t start with powerful governments and legal systems making laws, it starts in our hearts as we chose to follow good and reject evil! We choose to have faith and learn about God, Jesus and Holy Spirits power to overcome the evil of this world.

When we understand how much God loves us and wants to see this hurt removed from our lives, when we teach our children this and reduce their access to evil, then the world will improve!

 So we can make a difference! We can do something about the Russell William’s of this world. We can do our best to help overcome evil, spread good, and help others to learn the truth!

 That’s my goal today, what is yours?


[1] Psalm 10:15 NIRV

[2] Luke 11:25-27

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

a High Priest? Who would be like a high priest in today’s world?
What is a High Priest? Who would be like a high priest in today’s world?

 In the Ancient world, when Moses led Israel there were three main classes of people, the High Priest, the Priesthood and the Congregation of people!
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The guy who appeared to be in charge was the High Priest!

 
He wasn’t really, because he consulted with God on most things, but this man was the person everyone looked up to and went to with their real big problems! He represented them to God. He even dressed funny so that he stood out in a crowd and people would know who he was and could make sure to deal with him the right way.

 I want to discuss a little about some of the things he wore and did that are interesting, but before I do, I want to explain why I am even interested in this.

In the Bible it says that Jesus was a High Priest in the order of Melchizedek and Aaron(Two of the great High Priests in the ancient world).

 In Hebrews 5 (NIRV) it says Every high priest is selected from among men and is appointed to represent them in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness. This is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people.

  No one takes this honor upon himself; he must be called by God, just as Aaron was. So Christ also did not take upon himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him,  "You are my Son;
      today I have become your Father." And he says in another place,
   "You are a priest forever,
      in the order of Melchizedek."

  During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.

 So if Jesus is a High Priest then it must be important.
 
If we also see how we relate to this then it becomes even more important!
 
In the bible in the book 1 Peter 2:4 it says that we have a special relationship to Jesus the High Priest. Here it refers to him and us in this way

 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ

 Then in 1 Peter 2:9 it says

 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

 So we are priests(or priestess' Laughing)! More about this in a future blog that I will write. For now, let us focus on the High Priest!

 So who’s this Melchizedek guy and why did Paul mention him?

 In the years before the Jewish people became a nation, one of their ancestors Abraham was fighting with a bunch of people to rescue his nephew Lot, and in the process met the King Melchizedek. This guy was King of Jerusalem(called Salem at the time) AND was also the Priest of the God that today we know as the Christian and Jewish God! You can read about this in Genesis 14.

 So why did Paul mention an ancient guy who predates the Jewish nation as a High Priest?

 Simple, he wanted to point out that although the High Priests were Jewish, the original human high priests were not!

SO God had a plan for EVERYONE in the world before he even started the nation of Israel!

 Interesting!

 Okay so the High Priest was important because he led the worship of God!

 But it also says you and me, if we love God, are PRIESTS! (or Priestess’ for those of the fairer sex Innocent )

 
We offer spiritual sacrifices! We offer our lives in love to Jesus to in turn offer as special to God. Our prayers are in fact what is used to make heaven smell great and wonderful because it says they are like the incense (a type of perfume) that is on the incense altar in heaven! 

Jesus is the high priest making all this happen, but he is also the sacrifice, and he is also a King! 

The high priest wore a square of cloth with precious stones on it as a type of covering for his front and back. It was made of two pieces (front and back) linked over the shoulders with onyx stones in gold and twelve tribes engraved on the stones.   This was worn over a robe of blue cloth that was worn over a white linen cloth 

(I’m only discussing this but there is much more to the dress of the High Priest)

 The white linen represents purity, righteousness, and holiness so the High priest must be at the deepest level pure, righteous and holy!

 The blue robe represents heavenly things. It shows there is something unearthly or divine about the High Priest.

 Gold represents Godliness! The Ephod was white linen interwoven with gold, blue, purple and scarlet.

 The purple represented royalty (it still does today) and the red or scarlet represents sacrifice. 

These were all aspects of the High priests work and are things that Jesus fulfilled by his life, death and resurrection on this earth.

 So why is this important?

 We need to know that Jesus looks to us as Priestly people to also take on these ways of life!  

We should be pure, live the right way, be holy (set apart for God), have a focus on heavenly things and be Godly! We are now children of the King if we accept Jesus’ love and love him back believing in him and what he did so we are royalty! Finally we are living sacrifices! We stop doing the wrong things in life and instead offer our lives to God’s work in this life.

 That way we are lifted from being one of the common ungodly people of our world and become special people selected by the God who made the universe as having a very special relationship with him.

 That’s something to help us enjoy the day isn’t it?

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Old Ancient rituals vs Modern slaughter, is there a reason we need to care?
Old Ancient rituals vs Modern slaughter, is there a reason we need to care?

  SACRIFICE: Because we don’t see it happen, doesn’t mean  we don’t slaughter living animals every day

as a modern society!

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 That steak, or those leather shoes, or the belt around our waist are all animal by–products!
 
An animals life was sacrificed for us!

We hate to think about it, but each day we use animals, hundreds of thousands of animals world wide, in order to keep our lives comfortable and supply our needs.

 Then, many of us like to look back on the days where animals were slaughtered as part of a religious ceremony as barbaric and uncouth!
  

But were they?

 Here is a short expert of how slaughtering is done today (extracted from Wikipedia)…please skip this next piece if you are squeamish… 

The slaughterhouse process differs by species and region and may be controlled by civil law as well as religious laws such as Kosher and Halal laws. A typical procedure follows:
1.       Cattle (mostly steers and heifers, some cows, and even fewer bulls) are received by truck or rail from a ranch, farm, or feedlot.
2.       Cattle are herded into holding pens.
3.       Cattle are rendered unconscious by applying an electric shock of 300 volts and 2 amps to the back of the head, effectively stunning the animal,[10] or by use of a captive bolt pistol to the front of the cow's head (a pneumatic or cartridge-fired captive bolt). Swine can be rendered unconscious by CO2/inert gas stunning. (This step is prohibited under strict application of Halal and Kashrut codes.)
4.       Animals are hung upside down by both of their hind legs on the processing line.
5.       The carotid artery and jugular vein are severed with a knife, blood drains, causing death through exsanguination.
6.       The head is removed, as well as front and rear feet. Prior to hide removal, care is taken to cut around the digestive tract to prevent fecal contamination later in the process.
7.       The hide/skin is removed by down pullers, side pullers and fisting off the pelt (sheep and goats). Hides can also be removed by laying the carcase on a cradle and skinning with a knife.
8.       The internal organs are removed and inspected for internal parasites and signs of disease. The viscera are separated for inspection from the heart and lungs, referred to as the "pluck." Livers are separated for inspection, tongues are dropped or removed from the head, and the head is sent down the line on the head hooks or head racks for inspection of the lymph nodes for signs of systemic disease.
9.       The carcase is inspected by a government inspector for safety. (This inspection is performed by the Food Safety Inspection Service in the U.S., and Canadian Food Inspection Agency in Canada.)
10.   Carcases are subjected to intervention to reduce levels of bacteria. Common interventions are steam, hot water, and organic acids.
11.   Carcases (typically cattle and sheep only) can be electrically stimulated to improve meat tenderness.
12.   .Carcases are chilled to prevent the growth of microorganisms and to reduce meat deterioration while the meat awaits distribution.
13.   The chilled carcase is broken down into primal cuts and subprimals for boxed meat unless customer specifies for intact sides of meat. Beef and horse carcases are always split in half and then quartered, pork is split into sides only and goat/veal/mutton and lamb is left whole
14.   The remaining carcase may be further processed to extract any residual traces of meat, usually termed advanced meat recovery or mechanically recovered meat, which may be used for human or animal consumption.
15.   Waste materials such as bone, lard or tallow, are sent to a rendering plant. Also, lard and tallow can be used for the production of biodiesel or heating oil.
16.   The waste water, consisting of blood and fecal matter, generated by the slaughtering process is sent to a waste water treatment plant.
17.   The meat is transported to distribution centers that then distribute to retail markets.

 So death and life are linked.

Some creatures die to enable life of others.

 
To pull this back to our discussion, those practices by the ancients appear pretty amateur and simple compared to our modern killing machine!

The rituals were not really barbaric at all, and in fact they endued respect for the animals that is rarely show today!

 In addition, God used the needs of people (who wanted to sacrifice to a god) to establish a respect for himself, and to show them that there is more than the immediate here and now. Where do our modern practices show that? All they appear to show is greed and “I need!”

 
Respect for life was inherent in the ancient worship that occurred in Jewish temples and the Jewish temple was differed to others in this regard. No human sacrifices, no abuse of women as prostitutes, no child abuse, cleanliness was mandatory…unlike the other religions of those days!

 Then in the New testament times Christ came to be sacrificed himself, as the one human/God sacrifice that would stop all future sacrifices being needed.


It’s interesting that the Jewish temple destruction finalized this! The Jews have stopped the sacrifice system although their religion never said they should!

 
What does this mean and why should we even care about this?

 Well Jesus was both the High Priest (doing the sacrificing) and the sacrifice! Revelations 13:8 says of Jesus he was “the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world”

 
 Then we as Christians are termed living sacrifices! 

       Romans 12:1&2

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.

We are to offer our lives to Jesus who has the right to do anything with them as he pleases.

We don’t physically die but we die to things Jesus doesn’t like if we are Christian.

Fortunately we have a High priest (Jesus) who wants a sacrifice of love and that cannot be demanded, only given.

 
So…are we willing to give our lives to Jesus in love?

I am!

What about you?

[aren’t we fortunate to know the part of the story Moses didn’t?]
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Rift in Evil

By Ken X Briggs

  • Published: September, 2010
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  • Pages: 208
  • Size: 6x9
  • ISBN: 9781450250894 

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This suspense thriller centers on Kiara, a beautiful young woman pursued by a murderous group of people, who relentlessly and ruthlessly hunt her and her sisters. Kiara has no idea why she is being targeted! When Kiara and her family turn to the law for help, this fails. Her pursuers’ powers reach deeply into the political and law enforcement world. Family support for her dwindles when they too have to flee her pursuers. Can Kiara escape the clutches of both the law and dishonest big business? With the media broadcasting that Kiara and friends are dangerous and subversive, can Kiara clear her name and bring her pursuers to justice?

 

 
  

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 RiftInEvil.gifThe town of Zinaville is dropped into a spiral of evil causing a young man and a beautiful but abused woman to launch into an investigation that unveils an evil conspiracy.

A horrific mining accident results in Joshua Robyn's father being killed. Joshua struggles both with himself and his townsfolk as he tries to make sense of an incomprehensible situation. Is it an accident or a murder? Why is there a seeming link to evil? Why is his work environment suddenly threatening? What is the conspiracy about and what are they trying to do? As action moves dramatically from exotic African grasslands to the heart of North America's cities, the plot unfolds and the pace quickens. Will there be time? Why is a beautiful abused young woman in the center of this plot?

Evil tendrils tighten on their lives and the interplay between the visible and invisible world shows opposing forces at work.

Will there be a rift in evil?

Will they be able to stop the evil in time?

 

 

 
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  • Published: September, 2010
  • Format: Perfect Bound Softcover(B/W)
  • Pages: 208
  • Size: 6x9
  • ISBN: 9781450250894 

Available from Barnes and Noble, Amazon, iUniverse. Chapters

 
  
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