When was the last time you gave God glory for something good that happened to you or a family member? Many people don't! They prefer to say they did this and that, leaving God out of the picture. How often do you fail to give God the glory? How often do you fail to recognize God's provision, grace, mercy, and love?
When we go to sleep each night, we have no guarantee that we will awake the next morning. Something may happen during the night to keep us from waking up.
What we do with what we are given will either glorify God and display God's work in us or make us dysfunctional and self-centered. We give glory to God in our own particular ways. I give glory to God when I reflect on who God is, God's majesty, goodness, and loving and forgiving nature. There's many ways you can give glory to God [helping others in need and in acts of kindness, thanking Him for your life, your good health, and allowing you to serve Him.]
When you use your life and resources for God's kingdom, God receives the glory. THAT IS AS IT SHOULD BE!!!
You stop at the parking lot just inside the entrance. You leave your car just as it disapears. Why? You won't have any need for one in heaven.
The 4th Gospel is the one that bears John as the author. But, did he write it? Read on...
Most biblical scholars today assert that the 4th Gospel was authored by an anonymous follower of Jesus referred to within the Gospel text as the Beloved Disciple. It is posited here that, in an earlier tradition of the 4th Gospel's community, the now "anonymous" Beloved Disciple was known to be Mary Magdalene. She was also one of the founders and leaders of the early Christian church.
To this day, Mary remains a most elusive and mysterous figure. She has been the subject of many different theories and myths throughout ecclesiastical history.
The deafening silence from the Scriptures rearding this woman who is cited by all 4 Gospels as being present at both the cruciixion of Jesus and the empty tomb on the morning of the resurrection. WHY is it that we know virtually nothing else about her?
Here is a fact that few people seem to know: The Bible never explicitly says that Mary Magdalene was ever a prostitate at any point in her life. Luke does not name her in his narrative about the "penitent whore" who washes the feet of Jesus with her hair [Luke 7:36-50]. Nor is she named as the woman who was caught in act of adultery and saved from being stoned to death by Jesus [John 8:1-11]. She is identified as once having been demon-possessed [Luke 8:2].
However, the assumption that her sinful past consisted primarily of sexual sin is a presumption that is not usually made about the men who are identified as former sinners.
God has an only begotten Son-the Lord Jesus Christ and so has Satan-"the son of Perdition" [2 Thess. 2:3]. There's a Holy Trinity and there's an unholy trinity [Rev. 20:10].
There are children of God and there's "the children of the wicked one" [Matt. 13:38]. There's "a mystery of godliness" [1 Tim. 3:16], there's also a "mystery of Iniquity" [2 Thess. 2:7]. Christ has His church, Satan has his "synagogue" [Rev. 2:9].
Christ appointed "apostles" Satan has his apostles, too [2 Cor. 11:13]. Christ is seated upon a throne, so is Satan [Rev. 2:13 Gr]. Christ performed miracles, so also can Satan [2 Thess. 2:9]. God "seals" His servant's in the foreheads [Rev. 7:3]. so also, we learn that Satan by his agents sets a mark in the foreheads of his devotees [Rev. 13:16].
Christ is the Light of the World, then so is Satan himsel "transformed into an angel of light" [2 Cor. 11:14].
A previously unknown scrap of ancient papyrus has 4 words written in Coptic that provide the first unequivocal evidence that written 150 years of his death, some followers of Jesus, believed him to have been married.
A Harvard historian has identified a faded, 4th-century scrap of papyrus she calls "The Gospel of Jesus' Wife." One line of the torn fragment of text purportedly reads: "Jesus said to them, my wife..." The following line states, "she will be able to be my disciple." It doesn't say who Jesus' wife might have been.
The above was discovered by Karen King, a historian of early Christianity and Hollis professor of divinity at Harvard Divinity School.
Here's an unusual thought...maybe they had one child.
The US economy is bad this year. Some families can't even celebrate Christmas with all the presents, the tree and decorations, even with kids. To ease the pain on telling the kids Santa Claus he won't be by their house...don't go out the back door and shoot off a gun saying Santa just committed suicide!
NOW, we can celebrate the birth of Jesus as He's alive yesterday, today and tomorrow, everyday!!
CHANGING HISTORY VIA TIME TRAVEL?
Let's say for the sake of argument that you go back in time to where your parents got married, and had you! Let's say you went beck in time and killed your parents. If you killed your parents.....how can you be born when you just killed them? Would you still be alive after you killed them?
If you go back in time and save Abraham Lincoln from being assassinated you evidently saved someone else's Abraham Lincoln. Your Lincoln died. You are changing another parellel universe's Abrahan Lincoln. The people there are genetically identical to the people of your past, but they are different. How diferent? We don't know.
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