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  • Knowing and being known by God

    -What were we made for? To know God. What aim should we have in life? To know God. What is the eternal life that Jesus gives? To know God. What is the best thing in life? To know God. J.I. PACKER
    -Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life's problems fall into place of their own accord. J.I. PACKER
    -What matters supremely, therefore, is not, in the last analysis, the fact that I know God, but the larger fact which underlies it -- the fact that He knows me. J.I. PACKER

    Jer 9:23-24 This is what the LORD says: "Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight," declares the LORD.
    John 10:25-28 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
    Ps 91:14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
    Matt 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”
    Mal 3:16-18 Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name. 17 “On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him. 18 And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.”
    John 17:3 “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”


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    Thank you, Mary Rae, for your lovely picture!

    "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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    • Protection against backsliding: love of the Scriptures

      -There is little backsliding when people love the Scriptures. D.L. MOODY

      Ps 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
      Ps 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.


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      Thank you, Mary Rae, for your lovely picture!

      "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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      • The path to heart knowledge of the word

        -The word of God can be in the mind without being in the heart, but it cannot be in the heart without first being in the mind. R.C. SPROUL

        Mark 4:24 (AMP) And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you—and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.
        Rom 10:14-15 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
        Heb 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
        Ps 40:8 “I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”
        Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
        2 Pet 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.


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        Thank you, Mary Rae, for your lovely picture!

        "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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        • Recognizing our own faults helps us bear with patience those of others

          -Endeavor to be always patient of the faults and imperfections of others; for thou hast many faults and imperfections of thine own that require forbearance. If thou art not able to make thyself that which thou wishest, how canst thou expect to mold another in conformity to thy will? THOMAS A KEMPIS

          Phil 3:12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
          Rom 12:3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.
          Phil 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
          Luke 6:41 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
          Luke 6:31 "Do to others as you would have them do to you."
          Job 33:6 I am just like you before God; I too have been taken from clay.
          Rom 12:10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
          Eph 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
          Col 3:12-14 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
          Phil 4:5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.


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          Thank you, Mary Rae, for your lovely picture!

          "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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          • The wise don’t trust traitors

            -No wise man ever thought that a traitor should be trusted. MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO

            Ps 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
            Prov 22:3 A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
            Ps 101:3-4 I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me.4 Men of perverse heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with evil.
            Prov 12:26 A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
            2 Tim 3:1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
            Rom 1:29-32 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
            Rom 16:17-18 I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.
            Phil 3:18-19 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.
            1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.


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            Thank you, Mary Rae, for your lovely picture!

            "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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            • Prayer also affects feelings

              -It makes a great difference in our feeling towards others if their needs and their joys are on our lips in prayer; as also it makes a vast difference in their feelings towards us if they know that we are in the habit of praying for them. CHARLES H. BRENT

              1 Sam 12:23-24 “As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right. 24 But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.”
              1 Tim 2:1-4 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
              Phil 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
              James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
              Col 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.


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              Thank you, Mary Rae, for your lovely picture!

              "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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              • Preaching in a way acceptable to the Lord

                -I claim the holy right to disappoint men in order to avoid disappointing God. A.W. TOZER

                1 Thes 2:4 On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts.
                2 Timothy 4:2-8 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. 6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
                Col 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
                1 Thes 2:13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.
                John 17:17-19 "Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified."


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                Thank you, Mary Rae, for your lovely picture!

                "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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                • Obeying the Lord may bring trouble with men…..Steady on!

                  -To be right with God has often meant to be in trouble with men. A.W. TOZER

                  Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
                  2 Tim 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
                  2 Tim 3:13-15 while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
                  Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
                  1 Thes 5:21-22 Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.
                  Is 51:7 "Hear me, you who know what is right, you people who have taken my instruction to heart: Do not fear the reproach of mere mortals or be terrified by their insults."
                  Phil 1:27-28 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.
                  Luke 12:4-5 I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.
                  Deut 31:6 "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
                  1 Cor 16:13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.
                  1 Pet 3:13-14 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened."
                  1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
                  Eph 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
                  James 1:12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.


                  Some previously posted related quotes:
                  -I thought when I became a Christian I had nothing to do but just to lay my oars in the bottom of the boat and float along. But I soon found that I would have to go against the current. D.L. MOODY
                  -Truth offends everyone outside its definitions. DAVID JEREMIAH
                  -Therefore, I bind these lies and slanderous accusations to my person as an ornament; it belongs to my Christian profession to be vilified, slandered, reproached and reviled, and since all this is nothing but that, as God and my conscience testify, I rejoice in being reproached for Christ's sake. JOHN BUNYAN (1628-1688), Preacher, Author of The Pilgrim's Progress (and more); imprisoned for 12 years for preaching outside of the allowable parameters of the day
                  -Right is right, even if everyone is against it; and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it. WILLIAM PENN
                  -The issue is now clear. It is between light and darkness and everyone must choose his side. G. K. CHESTERTON
                  -It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it. A.A. HODGE
                  -A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent. JOHN CALVIN
                  -I am convicted by scripture and plain reason--I do not accept the authority of popes and councils for they have contradicted each other--my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise, God help me. Amen. MARTIN LUTHER
                  -A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. WILLIAM G. T. SHEDD
                  -Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened. BILLY GRAHAM
                  -To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. E. HUBBARD
                  -The chief danger of the Church today is that it is trying to get on the same side as the world, instead of turning the world upside down. Our Master expects us to accomplish results, even if they bring opposition and conflict. Anything is better than compromise, apathy, and paralysis. God give to us an intense cry for the old-time power of the Gospel and the Holy Ghost! A. B. SIMPSON
                  -Give us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for, because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything. PETER MARSHALL, Mr. Jones, Meet the Master
                  -A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, “You are mad; you are not like us.” ANTONY OF EGYPT
                  -The point I am trying to make here is that when everything and everyone, even family members and close friends, are pointing at you and saying there is no hope, and that you are a bigot, a deplorable, an unredeemable person—it takes a strong belief in a standard of truth to stand against this kind of pressure. If you are deceived, you will give in to it. We have to be an Ephesians 6 kind of people these days, and we must stand on the Word of God—the only standard of truth I know. BILL WILSON
                  -One half the troubles in this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough. JOSH BILLINGS
                  -He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own. AESOP
                  -The present age is so flippant that if a man loves the Saviour he is styled a fanatic and if he hates the powers of evil he is named a bigot. CHARLES SPURGEON
                  -Always stand on principle even if you stand alone. JOHN ADAMS
                  -I claim the holy right to disappoint men in order to avoid disappointing God. A.W. TOZER

                  Thank you, Mary Rae, for your lovely picture!

                  "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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                  • Thanks again TL.

                    It's like you're posting spiritual vitamin pills to augment our regular diet of His Word.
                    It's ALL about Jesus. The Son of God - Emanuel - The Mighty God - Our Salvation.

                    John 1:1-3 NKJV --- Luke 22:42 NKJV --Romans 3:23 NKJV, Rom 5:8 NKJV, Rom 8:28 NKJV, Rom 8:31 NKJV, Rom8:38-39 NKJV, ---Titus 1:2 NKJV - Heb 6:18 NKJV --- John 14:6 NKJV --- 1 John 5:13 NKJV --- Acts 16:29-31 NKJV ... John 6:28-29 NKJV... 1John 2:22 NKJV... Heb 10:11-13 NKJV

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                    • “spiritual vitamin pills”….oh, I like that! Thanks, Wally!
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                      Ungodly laws show we are that much closer to the day the Son of Man will be revealed

                      -Our nation is being led astray by ungodly judges, mayors and governors, who are given to change, defying the Constitution and substituting their own wicked agendas. DAVID WILKERSON

                      Ps 119:152 Long ago I learned from your statutes that you established them to last forever.
                      Is 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
                      Is 10:1-2 Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees,
                      Luke 17:1-2 Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.”
                      1 Tim 4:1-2 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.
                      Titus 1:15-16 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
                      2 Tim 4:3-4 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
                      Is 59:8-9 The way of peace they do not know; there is no justice in their paths. They have turned them into crooked roads; no one who walks in them will know peace. So justice is far from us, and righteousness does not reach us. We look for light, but all is darkness; for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows.
                      1 John 4:5-6 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.
                      Matt 12:30 “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.”
                      Jer 8:9 The wise will be put to shame; they will be dismayed and trapped. Since they have rejected the word of the Lord, what kind of wisdom do they have?
                      Jer 6:10 To whom can I speak and give warning? Who will listen to me? Their ears are closed so they cannot hear. The word of the Lord is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it.
                      Ezek 12:2 "Son of man, you are living among a rebellious people. They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people."
                      Jeremiah 8:12 Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush. So they will fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when they are punished, says the Lord.
                      Rom 1:29-32 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
                      Prov 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
                      Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.
                      Luke 17:26-30 “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.”


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                      358. The viewpoint of the world
                      http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...07#post2402107
                      854. Desensitization
                      http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...93#post2504593
                      1055. Teaching eternal truth vs. accommodating the world’s sinking standards
                      http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...91#post2538391
                      1159. Emulating our founding fathers
                      http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...72#post2555872
                      1192. Unjust laws and defending evil
                      http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...76#post2561176
                      1312. Society spiraling out of control
                      http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...58#post2580958
                      1423. Staying alert and strong to avoid the world’s creeping crud
                      http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...91#post2591791
                      1746. A different drum
                      http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...15#post2619715
                      1941. Bully-fest against the truth
                      http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...71#post2634771

                      Thank you, Mary Rae, for your lovely picture!

                      "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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                      • Happy Independence Day!

                        -The great comprehensive truths written in letters of living light on every page of our history are these: Human happiness has no perfect security but freedom; freedom none but virtue; virtue none but knowledge; and neither freedom nor virtue has any vigor of immortal hope, except in the principles of Christian faith, and in the sanctions of the Christian religion. JAMES H. AUGHEY

                        2 Cor 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
                        Ps 22:4 In you our fathers put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.
                        Ps 33:12a Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD . . .
                        John 8:31-32 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
                        Gal 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.


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                        356. Trusting in the name of the LORD
                        http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...51#post2401551
                        361. America's Christian Heritage
                        http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...96#post2402296
                        362. Does the Flag Still Wave?
                        http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...13#post2402413
                        442. Nations ignore God at their peril
                        http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...63#post2418963
                        625. Godly freedom or ungodly, self-destructive slavery to sin
                        http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...31#post2464931
                        961. Our Christian nation and our Christian roots
                        http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...16#post2522516
                        1068. Great political consequences of our Christian roots
                        http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...83#post2540883
                        1194. But…..if nations will not listen…..
                        http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...35#post2561535
                        1195. Intercession for our nation
                        http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...92#post2561692
                        1196. "This is a Christian nation"
                        http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...48#post2561848
                        1197. Honoring our Christian roots
                        http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...65#post2561965
                        1399. If America ever ceases to be good . . .
                        http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...97#post2589197
                        1418. Our fathers’ God to Thee, Author of liberty: Let freedom ring
                        http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...97#post2591197
                        1419. "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "In God We Trust"
                        http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...62#post2591262
                        1605. Practicing Bible principles: necessary to sustain a free, impartial and righteous government
                        http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...21#post2605321

                        Thank you, Mary Rae, for your lovely picture!

                        "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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                        • "America the Beautiful" / "God Bless America"
                          Gaithers/David Phelps

                          Thank you, Mary Rae, for your lovely picture!

                          "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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                          • Put your ultimate trust in God, not people

                            -Never trust anyone completely but God. Love people, but put your full trust only in God. LAWRENCE WELK

                            Ps 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
                            2 Pet 3:17 Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position.
                            Num 23:19 God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
                            Ps 40:4 Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.
                            Ps 146:3 Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.
                            Ps 56:3-4 When I am afraid, I will trust in you. 4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?
                            Ps 62:8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Selah
                            Ps 84:12 O LORD Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.
                            Prov 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on our own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
                            Is 12:2 “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”
                            Is 26:3-4 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.4 Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.
                            John 14:1-3 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
                            Rom 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.


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                            512. Being on guard
                            http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...40#post2439540
                            518. Trusting God
                            http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...49#post2441349
                            880. Trusting God
                            http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...48#post2508948
                            1891. Our only hope is in God
                            http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...53#post2631153
                            1985. The wise don’t trust traitors
                            http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...68#post2636768

                            Thank you, Mary Rae, for your lovely picture!

                            "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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                            • Time and truth

                              -The greatest friend of truth is time, her greatest enemy is prejudice, and her constant companion humility. CHUCK COLSON

                              Bible prophecy, truth and time
                              Is 42:9 “See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.”
                              Is 45:21 “Declare what is to be, present it--let them take counsel together. Who foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the LORD? And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me.”
                              Is 46:9-10 “Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’”
                              John 13:19 “I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am.”
                              2 Pet 1:19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts
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                              Prejudice against truth
                              Ezek 12:2 “Son of man, you are living among a rebellious people. They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people.”
                              2 Cor 4:4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
                              2 Tim 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.


                              Humility and gentleness
                              1 Pet 3:15-16 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
                              Col 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.


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                              426. Sir Isaac Newton’s Take on Bible Prophecy
                              http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...32#post2415932
                              1172. How to know you can trust the truth of the Bible: 100% accuracy of Bible prophecy
                              http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...73#post2557973
                              1251. It’s all there in black and white.....and sometimes red
                              http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...29#post2570329

                              Thank you, Mary Rae, for your lovely picture!

                              "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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                              • There is peace in seeking out the Lord, the truth and the reliability of Bible prophecy

                                -Nothing gives rest but the sincere search for truth. BLAISE PASCAL

                                Jer 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
                                2 Pet 1:19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
                                1 Thes 4:13-18 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
                                Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
                                Matt 24:33 “Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.”
                                Heb 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.


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                                1311. Discouragement
                                http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...79#post2580879
                                1386. Standing on the promises
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                                1669. Knowing the time is short
                                http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...98#post2611598
                                1681. Waiting for the curtain to rise
                                http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...91#post2613091
                                1814. Looking up
                                http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1806...20#post2624920

                                Thank you, Mary Rae, for your lovely picture!

                                "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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