Monthly Archives: April 2007

Musings on ….. Trust



(picture from a website pertaining to the work environment)

” Come on, try this, don’t you trust me?”

”I won’t hurt you, trust me, I love you”

”I will come to church with you, trust me”

Someone has asked you to trust them some time in your life, what does trust mean?

And can you trust anyone?


Does trust have to be this complicated?

(picture from The socio-cognitive model of trust website)


Look at the—Synonyms 1. certainty, belief, faith. Trust, assurance, confidence imply a feeling of security. Trust implies instinctive unquestioning belief in and reliance upon something: to have trust in one’s parents. Confidence implies conscious trust because of good reasons, definite evidence, or past experience: to have confidence in the outcome of events. Assurance implies absolute confidence and certainty: to feel an assurance of victory. 8. commitment, commission. 17. credit. 19. entrust.

Here is what Nave’s Topical Bible says


Trust * See FAITH~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Torrey’s Topical Textbook

(sorry these are long, but so interesting, and I know you won’t click on the link….

  • Israelites
    Isaiah 31:1


in the bible, in the word study of trust, we are not to trust in;

men, spiders webs, emptiness, gold, my bow or sword, wealth, oppression and guile, princes,

Ps 146:3 – Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation. chariots, idols/molten images, confusion, fortified cities, deceptive words, crafty brother,

lying prophet (Hananiah), own achievements and treasures, Do not trust in a neighbor; ourselves

Who or what are we to trust in?

According to the Word….

In the Lord, Let him trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God.

therefore, I will do to the house which is called by My name, in which you trust,

Jer 17:7 – “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD And whose trust is the LORD.And let your widows trust in Me.” , Ps 91:2 – I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!” Ps 115:9 – O Israel, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield. Ps 115:10 – O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield. Ps 115:11 – You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield. Ps 119:42 -So I will have an answer for him who reproaches me, For I trust in Your word. Ps 125:1 -Those who trust in the LORD Are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever. Ps 143:8 – Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; For I trust in You; Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to You I lift up my soul.Pr 3:5Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.Isa 12:2 – “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the LORD GOD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.” Isa 26:4 -“Trust in the LORD forever, For in GOD the LORD, {we have} an everlasting Rock. And the list goes on and on….Blessings on Your Day!Kristina

Musings on …. Cowper and Nouthetic Counseling



Ode to peacE

Come, peace of mind, delightful guest!

Return, and make thy downy nest

Once more in this sad heart:

Nor riches I nor power pursue,

Nor hold forbidden joys in view;

We therefore need not part.

Where wilt thou dwell, if not with me,

From avarice and ambition free,

And pleasure’s fatal wiles?

For whom, alas! dost thou prepare

The sweets that I was wont to share,

The banquet of thy smiles?

The great, the gay, shall they partake

The heaven that thou alone canst make?

And wilt thou quit the stream

That murmurs through the dewy mead,

The grove and the sequester’d shed,

To be a guest with them?

For thee I panted, thee I prized,

For thee I gladly sacrificed

Whate’er I loved before;

And shall I see thee start away,

And helpless, hopeless, hear thee say—

Farewell! we meet no more?

~William Cowper

Here is the website

Heres another site w/explanation

Nouthetic Counseling Embraces Three Ideas

Because the New Testament term is larger than the English word “counsel,” and because it doesn’t carry any of the “freight” that is attached to the latter term, we have simply imported the Biblical term into English. In that way, the full force of the Biblical concept of counseling may be set forth while avoiding the many contradictory connotations surrounding the English one. The three ideas found in the word nouthesia are confrontation, concern, and change. To put it simply, nouthetic counseling consists of lovingly confronting people out of deep concern in order to help them make those changes that God requires.

By confrontation we mean that one Christian personally gives counsel to another from the Scriptures. He does not confront him with his own ideas or the ideas of others. He limits his counsel strictly to that which may be found in the Bible, believing that “All Scripture is breathed out by God and useful for teaching, for conviction, for correction and for disciplined training in righteousness in order to fit and fully equip the man from God for every good task.” (2 Timothy 3:16,17) The nouthetic counselor believes that all that is needed to help another person love God and his neighbor as he should, as the verse above indicates, may be found in the Bible.By concern we mean that counseling is always done for the benefit of the counselee. His welfare is always in view in Biblical counseling. The apostle Paul put it this way: “I am not writing these things to shame you, but to counsel you as my dear children.” (1 Corinthians 4:14) Plainly, the familial nature of the word noutheteo appears in this verse. There is always a warm, family note to biblical counseling which is done among the saints of God who seek to help one another become more like Christ. Christians consider their counseling to be a part of the sanctification process whereby one Christian helps another get through some difficulty that is hindering him from moving forward in his spiritual growth.By change we mean that counseling is done because there is something in another Christian’s life that fails to meet the biblical requirements and that, therefore, keeps him from honoring God. All counseling — Biblical or otherwise– attempts change. Only Biblical counselors know what a counselee should become as the result of counseling: he should look more like Christ. He is the Standard. Biblical counseling is done by Christians who are convinced that God is able to make the changes that are necessary as His Word is ministered in the power of the Spirit. It is their hope to help every interested church develop a nouthetic counseling program that will be a blessing to all of the members of that congregation. The importance of such counseling in churches is underscored by the words of Paul as he described his ministry in Ephesus: “Therefore, be alert, remembering that for three years, night and day, I didn’t stop counseling each one of you with tears.” (Acts 20:31) The regularity and intense nature of Paul’s counsel during his three-year ministry at Ephesus is emphasized by these words. If Paul found it necessary to counsel nouthetically for that entire period, as he said, surely our churches need it, too.


That’s all I have for today. I’m doing some training this week at the local Humane Society to see if I would like to volunteer there. So far, I’m thinking a couple of hours a week, washing dogs or walking them, cleaning cages, clerical stuff.   Blessings on your day, KristinaZec 6:13 – “Yes, it is He who will build the temple of the LORD, and He who will bear the honor and sit and rule on His throne. Thus, He will be a priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace will be between the two offices.'” Eph 1:11 -also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, Isa 11:2 – The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. Isa 28:29 -This also comes from the LORD of hosts, {Who} has made {His} counsel wonderful and {His} wisdom great. The Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon  


 Strong’s Number:  3245 dsy
Original Word Word Origin
dsy a primitive root
Yacad yaw-sad’
Verb 875

  1. to found, fix, establish, lay foundation
    1. (Qal) to found, establish, begin
    2. (Niphal)
      1. to fix or seat themselves close together, sit in conclave
      2. to be founded
    3. (Piel)
      1. to found
      2. to establish, appoint, ordain
    4. (Pual) to be founded, be laid
    5. (Hophal) to be founded


KJV (42) – appointed, 1; counsel, 2; established, 2; foundation, 15; foundation + (03117), 1; founded, 8; instructed, 1; lay, 8; ordain, 2; set, 1; sure, 1;NAS (48) – appointed, 2; established, 4; firmly placed, 1; found, 1; foundation, 6; foundation will be laid, 1; foundations i will lay, 1; foundations which laid, 1; founded, 11; given orders, 1; laid, 5; laid its foundations, 1; laid the foundation, 3; laid the foundations, 1; lay its foundation, 1; lay the foundation, 1; laying, 1; lays the foundation, 1; make, 1; rebuilding, 1; set, 1; take counsel, 1; took counsel, 1;

Yeah, It’s Friday…New Hot Tamale ~ ICE!


When we got Anna from the Humane Society, she didn’t really act like a dog, didn’t fetch or play with toys or chew on anything. It’s like we had to teach her to do those things. She loves her bones now and carries them to whatever room we are in and plops herself down with it and chews.

See the stack of toys behind her? That’s the supply of stuffed animals she runs after and kills, we buy them at the thrift store and wash them, then let her tear into them until the stuffing is everywhere. She is neat and tidy, tho. She will pull the stuffing out, lay it aside and pull more out.

I went to the doctor today convinced I was having an appendicitis attack.

But it looks like it may be scar tissue problems. From when I got my uterus and ovaries ripped out a few years ago.  I was hoping it was something easy like my appendix, then I could get it ripped out and be done with it.

Eh, I’m still hopeful. Maybe a trip to the emergency room will be in order.

My doctor gave me some knee exercises cuz my joints/tendons hurts. So do my elbows when I tricep press too much weight.

Maybe I’m just old.

I was looking through my last batch of thrift store bought bibles, it was a good batch by the way, and found this card with this ‘poem’ on it.

Thought I would share…

Life’s Weaving

My Life is but a weaving
Between my God and me;
I may not choose the colors,
He knows what they should be

For He can view the rainbow
Upon the upper side,
While I can see it only
On this, the under side.

Sometimes He weaves sorrow,
Which seems strange to me;
But I will trust His judgment,
And work on faithfully;

At last, when life is ended,
With Him I shall abide,
then I may view the rainbow
Upon the upper side;

Then I shall know the reason
Why pain with joy entwined,
Was woven in the fabric
Of life that God designed.

Today the boy and hubby have the day off, so we are out looking for a kitchen table and chairs and maybe a computer.

I scored big time and acquired (from my Hero) a Microsoft Office Pro 2007 at a rock bottom low price. Not sure how old my computer is, but it’s running slow, the DVD doesn’t work…

(I’m also running an ‘inauthentic’ version of office on my computer)

Bad Christian! Shh, don’t tell anyone.

Back to the computer, I really don’t know what I can do for it, done all the maintenance stuff on it and am thinking of reformatting….

Then Saturday we are off to Ikea for a bed frame and the Boeing surplus store.

Hubby works at Boeing and the surplus store rocks! Like a huge thrift store, maybe I could even get a computer there.

Anyway, what are you guys doing this weekend? Anything fabulous?

God’s Peace to you and yours this weekend, Enjoy!


Oh get this, I catch my boy yesterday, writing a note to a girl with this scripture on it!

Songs of Solomon 7

7 Your stature is like that of the palm,
and your breasts like clusters of fruit.

    8 I said, “I will climb the palm tree;
I will take hold of its fruit.”
May your breasts be like the clusters of the vine,
the fragrance of your breath like apples,

It seems my boy was looking up ‘beauty’ in the concordance, like a good little bible study boy, and found this and started a note with it.

His teacher was making a point in class one day, if the boys had to hide the relationship with their parents, or didn’t tell them if they liked someone, then it probably wasn’t a good thing. I’m paraphrasing here.

So now that my boy’s mother and this girl’s mother know they like each other and they write notes to each other BUT nothing innappropriate is going on, they feel free to write on and hang out at lunch.

(but cannot date until 32 and 35 years old respectively) 🙂

Back to the scripture, I explained to my little boy that while looking up words and quoting scripture was fine and all, he should probably read Solomons song IN CONTEXT, to really know what is being said there.

Well, he kinda got grossed out when he looked at some of it and found out the background.

See, he was grossed out, another good reason why dating should not occur until he is 35.

So, scripture got ripped up and teacher got an e-mail today from my son’s mom. I asked her if she would just like to rip my heart out now instead of giving speeches to teenage boys. I have yet to hear back from her (Don’t worry, we’re friends, I heard she laughed when she read it) 🙂

Musings on….Saints


Well,  here is another post I have been working on, it probably needs more work, but IF you are so inclined..just read it.

I am by no means, a scholar, of anything, just someone with time on her hands and love of learning new things.


Saintsin Michelangelo’s Last Judgment

Have you ever heard anyone say…

“Oh, he must be a saint to live with the likes of her”

“You are such a saint, thank you for bringing me coffee, dear”

“If they were inducting into sainthood, you’d be on the list”

“Well aren’t you just the saint?” in reference to my Christianity, sarcastically.

“Christian = saint”

Onward to the post;

saint /se?nt/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[seynt] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun 1. any of certain persons of exceptional holiness of life, formally recognized as such by the Christian Church, esp. by canonization.
2. a person of great holiness, virtue, or benevolence.
3. a founder, sponsor, or patron, as of a movement or organization.
4. (in certain religious groups) a designation applied by the members to themselves.
–verb (used with object) 5. to enroll formally among the saints recognized by the Church.
6. to give the name of saint to; reckon as a saint.


Saint in Hebrew

Strong’s Number: 6918 #wdq
Original Word Word Origin
#wdq from (06942)
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
Qadowsh kaw-doshe’
Parts of Speech TWOT
Adjective 1990b
sacred, holy, Holy One, saint, set apart

Translated Words
KJV (116) – Holy One, 39; holy, 65; saint, 12;
NAS (115) – Holy, 8; Holy One, 44; consecrated, 1; holy, 50; holy one, 3; holy ones, 6; one is holy, 1; saints, 2;


Strong’s Number: 6922 #yddq
Original Word Word Origin
#yddq corresponding to (06918)
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
Qaddiysh (Aramaic) kad-deesh’
Parts of Speech TWOT
Adjective 2967
holy, separate
angels, saints

Translated Words
KJV (13) – holy, 4; holy one, 3; saint, 6;
NAS (13) – holy, 4; holy one, 2; holy ones, 1; saints, 6;

Strong’s Number: 2623 dysx
Original Word Word Origin
dysx from (02616)
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
Chaciyd khaw-seed’
Parts of Speech TWOT
Adjective 698b
faithful, kind, godly, holy one, saint, pious
pious, godly
faithful ones (subst)

Translated Words
KJV (32) – Holy One, 1; godly, 2; godly man, 1; good, 1; holy, 3; holy one, 1; merciful, 3; saints, 19; ungodly + (03808), 1;
NAS (33) – Holy One, 1; godly, 2; godly man, 3; godly ones, 20; godly person, 1; gracious, 1; kind, 3; love, 1; ungodly, 1;

IN Greek

Strong’s Number: 40 aègiov
Original Word Word Origin
aègiov from hagos (an awful thing) [cf (53), (2282)]
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
Hagios hag’-ee-os
Parts of Speech TDNT
Adjective 1:88,14
most holy thing, a saint

Translated Words
KJV (229) – Holy One, 4; holy, 161; misc, 3; saints, 61;
NAS (232) – Holy, 92; Holy of Holies, 1; holy, 62; holy one, 5; holy ones, 1; holy place, 7; most holy, 1; saint, 1; saints, 59; saints’, 1; sanctuary, 2;

Eastons Bible Dictionary/Saint

One separated from the world and consecrated to God; one holy by profession and by covenant; a believer in Christ (Psalms 16:3; Romans 1:7; 8:27; Phil 1:1; Hebrews 6:10).

The “saints” spoken of in Jude 1:14 are probably not the disciples of Christ, but the “innumerable company of angels” (Hebrews 12:22; Psalms 68:17), with reference to Deuteronomy 33:2.

This word is also used of the holy dead (Matthew 27:52; Revelation 18:24). It was not used as a distinctive title of the apostles and evangelists and of a “spiritual nobility” till the fourth century. In that sense it is not a scriptural title.


The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia


In the King James Version 3 words are thus rendered:

(1) qadhosh (in Da the same root occurs several times in its Aramaic form, qaddish);

(2) chacidh, and

(3) hagioi.

Of these words (2) has in general the meaning of righteousness or goodness, while (1) and (3) have the meaning of consecration and divine claim and ownership. They are not primarily words of character, like chacidh, but express a relation to God as being set apart for His own. Wherever qadhosh refers to angels, the rendering “holy one” or “holy ones” has been substituted in the Revised Version (British and American) for the King James Version “saint” or “saints,” which is the case also in Psalms 106:16 margin (compare 34:9), and in 1 Samuel 2:9, as the translation of chacidh.

While hagioi occurs more frequently in the New Testament than does qadhosh in the Old Testament, yet both are applied with practical uniformity to the company of God’s people rather than to any individual. Perhaps the rendering “saints” cannot be improved, but it is necessary for the ordinary reader constantly to guard against the idea that New Testament saintship was in any way a result of personal character, and consequently that it implied approval of moral attainment already made.

Such a rendering as “consecrate ones,” for example, would bring out more clearly the relation to God which is involved, but, besides the fact that it is not a happy translation, it might lead to other errors, for it is not easy to remember that consecration–the setting apart of the individual as one of the company whom God has in a peculiar way as His own–springs not from man, but from God Himself, and that consequently it is in no way something optional, and admits of no degrees of progress, but, on the contrary, is from the beginning absolute duty.

It should also be noted that while, as has been said, to be a saint is not directly and primarily to be good but to be set apart by God as His own, yet the godly and holy character ought inevitably and immediately to result. When God consecrates and claims moral beings for Himself and His service, He demands that they should go on to be fit for and worthy of the relation in which He has placed them, and so we read of certain actions as performed “worthily of the saints” (Romans 16:2) and as such “as becometh saints” (Ephesians 5:3).

The thought of the holy character of the “saints,” which is now so common as almost completely to obscure the real thought of the New Testament writers, already lay in their thinking very close to their conception of saintship as consecration by God to be His own.

Torrey’s Topical Textbook

Character of Saints


Happiness of saints in this life


Titles and names of saints

Saints, compared to

So, what is my point in this post?

When I started this post I was going to find out if the word saint has changed from bible times to now.

I was going to say the definition had nothing to do with the way people use it now.

But, I was wrong, I can not believe all the stuff there is to learn about saints, I wish I had more time to savor it all.

But I give you the links to the verses and you can soak up Gods word about His saints, if you have the inclination to do so and the time.

Blessings, Kristina

Get Your Mammograms, Ladies!


*Warning! uncomfortable pictures ahead!

Breast Cancer…

I would like EVERYONE to read this ~

Someone you know and love will be effected by this in your lifetime ~

I would like everyone to look at the Surgery Options. Women tend to view themselves through the lens of what society deems as beautiful or womanly. When a woman has their breasts taken off their body, their self-image changes dramatically.

I am told by my aunt, the 2 best sites for info. on breast cancer are:

About Breast Cancer:

Statistics, Causes, Symptoms, Surgery Options

Every three minutes a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2006, an estimated 212,920 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed, along with 61,980 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer. And 40,970 women are expected to die in 2006 from this disease.

Breast cancer is the leading cancer among white and African American women. African American women are more likely to die from this disease.

Breast cancer incidence in women has increased from one in 20 in 1960 to one in eight today.

What this means is, you have 8 friends, 1 of you will have breast cancer in your lifetime

The exact cause of breast cancer is not known. Factors that can increase a woman’s risk include heredity, early puberty, late childbearing, obesity, and lifestyle factors such as heavy alcohol consumption and smoking. The biggest risk factor for breast cancer is age — just growing older. Most breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50, and women over 60 are at the highest risk.

A woman’s risk for developing breast cancer increases if her mother, sister, daughter, or two or more other close relatives, such as cousins, have a history of breast cancer, especially at a young age. However, 85% of women who develop breast cancer have NO known family history of the disease.

Changes in certain genes (BRCA1, BRCA2, and others) make women more susceptible to breast cancer. Genetic testing can determine whether a woman has these abnormal genes.

The widespread use of screening mammography has increased the number of breast cancers found before they cause any symptoms. But some are still not found early.

The most common sign of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. A lump that is painless, hard, and has uneven edges is more likely to be cancer. But sometimes cancers can be tender, soft, and rounded. So it’s important to have anything unusual checked by your doctor.

Other signs of breast cancer include the following:

A swelling of part of the breast
Skin irritation or dimpling
Nipple pain or the nipple turning inward
Redness or scaliness of the nipple or breast skin
A nipple discharge (other than breast milk)
A lump in the underarm area

Stage Definition

Stage 0 ~ Cancer cells remain inside the breast duct, without invasion into normal adjacent breast tissue
Stage I ~ Cancer is 2 centimeters or less and is confined to the breast (lymph nodes are clear)
Stage II ~ The tumor is over 2 centimeters but no larger than 5 centimeters
There is spread to the lymph nodes under the arm
Stage III (includes substages IIIA & IIIB) Also called locally advanced cancer. ~ The tumor is more than 5 centimeters across
The cancer is extensive in the underarm lymph nodes
It has spread to other lymph nodes or tissues near the breast
Stage IV ~ The cancer has spread—or metastasized—to other parts of the body.


Surgery Options
Treatment Description

Lumpectomy ~ The malignant tumor and a rim of normal tissue are removed

Quadrantectomy ~ The malignant tumor and a larger rim of normal tissue are removed

Total or Simple Mastectomy ~ The whole breast is removed

Modified Radical Mastectomy ~ The whole breast is removed, along with underarm lymph nodes

Radical Mastectomy ~ The whole breast, chest muscles, all of the lymph nodes under the arm, and some additional fat and skin are removed

Axillary Dissection ~ Underarm lymph nodes are removed to determine if cancer has spread

Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection ~ Only a few underarm lymph nodes are removed. These are the nodes that filter fluid from the affected area of the breast. These nodes are identified using a radioactive substance or blue dye injected near the tumor site within the breast

Breast Cancer Prevention from The Mayo Clinic

This page tells about mammograms (Which is the best form of detection)

Mammograms are probably the most important tool doctors have to help them diagnose, evaluate, and follow women who’ve had breast cancer. Safe and highly accurate, a mammogram is an X-ray photograph of the breast. The technique has been in use for about thirty years.

Mammograms don’t prevent breast cancer, but they can save lives by finding breast cancer as early as possible. For example, mammograms have been shown to lower the chance of dying from breast cancer by 35% in women over the age of 50; studies suggest for women between 40 and 50 they may lower the chance of dying from breast cancer by 25–35%.

Leading experts, the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and the American College of Radiology now recommend annual mammograms for women over 40.

Finding breast cancers early with mammography has also meant that many more women being treated for breast cancer are able to keep their breasts. When caught early, localized cancers can be removed without resorting to breast removal (mastectomy).

Also, the self breast exam: seen here

The reasoning behind this post:

I know of 4+ people who have had breast cancer.

1. My mother, who had a double Modified Radical Mastectomy (lymph nodes taken from one arm) A woman who doesn’t care to follow God, is thinking about taking her implants out, loves her grandkids more than anything. (a self breast exam caught hers)

2. My friend, Kim, who is a few years older than me, who is in the last stages of a double Total or Simple Mastectomy and in the first stages of reconstructive surgery. A mother of 2 girls who are in college and a husband who works and lives out of the country. (a mammogram caught hers)

3. A Neighbor down the street, Kathy, older lady, double mastectomy, maybe 20 years ago (give or take a few years) and has a hole in her chest that will not heal from radiation. A gramma who takes care of her grandson because the mother and father can’t handle him, he is 9.

4. An elderly lady at my church, Barb, who had a Lumpectomy, more than once, and bladder cancer, uterine cancer and tumors. When she was 24, she was given 6 months to live. She is the matriarch of our church at a young 74 years of age. She buried her husband a few years ago, from lung cancer, this woman is a true woman of God, who literally takes whatever He throws at her with a smile and a shrug. She is truly grateful for every day she has. (a mammogram and self exams caught hers)

5. I’ve known a few different ladies who have had lumpectomies.

6. UPDATE: As of Sept. 2007, I can add my aunt, my mothers sister to the list, she had a double mastectomy with noreconstructive surgery . She did not need chemo or  radiation. Thank God. A strong-willed, professional woman, non-believer. (Hers was detected by a mamogram)

I put a bit of a story behind the faces of the breast cancer I know.

I am literally begging you who read this, to get checked, or get your loved ones checked.

Because of the history in our family I have been getting the dreaded mammograms since I was 30.

Compared to the awful reality of having cancer, the mammograms are easy, safe and really, only logical.

I would really hope this condensed version of the stats on breast cancer would put a scare into some women who haven’t been to the doctor to get checked. And you fellas, Tell your wives, mothers, lovers and daughters you love them. And you would like for them to get checked out!

God has created us from His image, for His glory and for His good.

God has given us doctors to help us and heal us.

God gives us common sense to take care of our bodies. We are the temple of the Lord. We house His Holy Spirit.

Please, be good stewards of all He has given us.

* In tribute to my loved ones with breast cancer and for those I don’t know.

Blessings, Kristina

1 Corinthians 3:16-17

16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God and {that} the Spirit of God dwells in you?

17 If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.

1 Corinthians 6

19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?

20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

2 Corinthians 6

For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.

17 “Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord. “AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you.

18 “And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty.

Word Studies on 2 Thessalonians 2


This is what we were to do this week for Precepts bible study, look up these words, the Greek meaning and definitions, verb tense and mood. Since I have to do it anyway and print it out, I will type up a post for you, also. (Just in case you are interested) )

2 Thessalonians 2
The Man of Lawlessness
1Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers,

2not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come.

3Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for (that day will not come) until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.

4He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.

5Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things?

6And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time.

7For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.

8And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.

9The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders,

10and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

11For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie

12and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.


Strong’s Number: 3952 parousiða
Original Word Word Origin
parousiða from the present participle of (3918)
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
Parousia par-oo-see’-ah
Parts of Speech TDNT
Noun Feminine 5:858,791
the coming, arrival, advent
the future visible return from heaven of Jesus, to raise the dead, hold the last judgment, and set up formally and gloriously the kingdom of God

*parousia is connected with the 2nd coming of Christ, the parousia corresponds w/the apokalupsis of the son of man.

* the 2 expressions are used interchangeably in 2 Thess. 2:1-2

Gathering together

Strong’s Number: 1997 eÍpisunagwgh/
Original Word Word Origin
eÍpisunagwgh/ from (1996)
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
Episunagoge ep-ee-soon-ag-o-gay’
Parts of Speech TDNT
Noun Feminine 7:841,1107
a gathering together in one place
the (religious) assembly (of Christians)

* a being gathered tog.


Strong’s Number: 646 a)postasiða
Original Word Word Origin
a)postasiða feminine of the same as (647)
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
Apostasia ap-os-tas-ee’-ah
Parts of Speech TDNT
Noun Feminine 1:513,88
a falling away, defection, apostasy

I thought this of very interesting!

**person does not depart from where he is, to go somewhere else, but stays away, haven chosen from the beginning to stay away, not to believe, instead of believing.

those who reject Christ not Christians who depart from the faith

lawlessness, lawless

Strong’s Number: 458 a)nomiða
Original Word Word Origin
a)nomiða from (459)
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
Anomia an-om-ee’-ah
Parts of Speech TDNT
Noun Feminine 4:1085,646
the condition of without law
because ignorant of it
because of violating it
contempt and violation of law, iniquity, wickedness

*transgression of the law


Strong’s Number: 684 a)pwñleia
Original Word Word Origin
a)pwñleia from a presumed derivative of (622)
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
Apoleia ap-o’-li-a
Parts of Speech TDNT
Noun Feminine 1:396,67
destroying, utter destruction
of vessels
a perishing, ruin, destruction
of money
the destruction which consists of eternal misery in hell

*destruction either temporal or eternal

*state after death where in exclusion from salvation is realized (interesting!)


Strong’s Number: 601 a)pokalu/ptw
Original Word Word Origin
a)pokalu/ptw from (575) and (2572)
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
Apokalupto ap-ok-al-oop’-to
Parts of Speech TDNT
Verb 3:563,405
to uncover, lay open what has been veiled or covered up
disclose, make bare
to make known, make manifest, disclose what before was unknown

* to make manifest or reveal a thing previously secret or unknown.


Strong’s Number: 2722 katerga/zomai
Original Word Word Origin
katerga/zomai from (2596) and (2192)
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
Katecho kat-ekh’-o
Parts of Speech TDNT
Verb 2:829,286
to hold back, detain, retain
from going away
to restrain, hinder (the course or progress of)
that which hinders, Antichrist from making his appearance
to check a ship’s headway i.e. to hold or head the ship
to hold fast, keep secure, keep firm possession of
to get possession of, take
to possess


Strong’s Number: 3466 musth/rion
Original Word Word Origin
musth/rion from a derivative of muo (to shut the mouth)
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
Musterion moos-tay’-ree-on
Parts of Speech TDNT
Noun Neuter 4:802,615
hidden thing, secret, mystery
generally mysteries, religious secrets, confided only to the initiated and not to ordinary mortals
a hidden or secret thing, not obvious to the understanding
a hidden purpose or counsel
secret will 1c
of men 1c
of God: the secret counsels which govern God in dealing with the righteous, which are hidden from ungodly and wicked men but plain to the godly
in rabbinic writings, it denotes the mystic or hidden sense
of an OT saying
of an image or form seen in a vision
of a dream

*denotes in general something hidden or not fully manifest

*2 Thess – speaks of the ‘mystery of lawlessness’ which began to work in secret but was not then completely disclosed or manifested


Strong’s Number: 2919 kriðnw
Original Word Word Origin
kriðnw perhaps a primitive word
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
Krino kree’-no
Parts of Speech TDNT
Verb 3:921,469
to separate, put asunder, to pick out, select, choose
to approve, esteem, to prefer
to be of opinion, deem, think, to be of opinion
to determine, resolve, decree
to judge
to pronounce an opinion concerning right and wrong
to be judged, i.e. summoned to trial that one’s case may be examined and judgment passed upon it
to pronounce judgment, to subject to censure
of those who act the part of judges or arbiters in matters of common life, or pass judgment on the deeds and words of others
to rule, govern
to preside over with the power of giving judicial decisions, because it was the prerogative of kings and rulers to pass judgment
to contend together, of warriors and combatants
to dispute
in a forensic sense
to go to law, have suit at law

*to divide, separate, make a distinction, come to a decision


I’m gonna focus on Apostasy for a minute, I’m intriqued by that word;

the same word for apostasy is – forsake and is in Acts

Ac 21:21 –
and they have been told about you, that you are teaching all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs.

In Old Test.

there are two passages with apostasy

Jer 8:5 –
“Why then has this people, Jerusalem, Turned away in continual apostasy? They hold fast to deceit, They refuse to return.

Ho 14:4 –
I will heal their apostasy, I will love them freely, For My anger has turned away from them.

Strong’s Number: 4878 hbw#m
Original Word Word Origin
hbw#m from (07725)
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
M@shuwbah mesh-oo-baw’
Parts of Speech TWOT
Noun Feminine 2340c
turning away, turning back, apostasy, backsliding

The Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia

The Apostasy

Its Cause. The marriage of the sons of God and the daughters of Men (Genesis 6:1,2).

Its Effect on the Human Race. Men forgot God and became giants In wickedness (Genesis 6:3,4).

Its Effect on the Creator. “And the LORD repented that he had Made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart” (Genesis 6:6). The word “repent” always describes a change in something. There is a sense In which God cannot change (Matthew 3:9; James 1:17).

He is always God, omnipotent and eternal. There is a sense in which He changes His Purposes toward us, otherwise forgiveness would be impossible (Jeremiah 31:34; Hebrews 8:12). God has declared that the soul that sins shall die (Ezekiel 18:4), but the sinner who turns from his sins and obeys the Lord, has the promise of salvation (2 Peter 3:9).

God therefore changes His purposes toward men, but He is always God!


The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

a-pos’-ta-si, a-pos’-tat (he apostasia, “a standing away from”):

I.e. a falling away, a withdrawal, a defection. Not found in the English Versions of the Bible, but used twice in the New Testament, in the Greek original, to express abandonment of the faith. Paul was falsely accused of teaching the Jews apostasy from Moses (Acts 21:21); he predicted the great apostasy from Christianity, foretold by Jesus (Matthew 24:10-12) which would precede “the day of the Lord” (2 Thessalonians 2:2). Apostasy, not in name but in fact, meets scathing rebuke in the Epistle of Jude, e.g. the apostasy of angels (Jude 1:6).

Foretold, with warnings, as sure to abound in the latter days (1 Timothy 4:1-3; 2 Thessalonians 2:3; 2 Peter 3:17). Causes of: persecution (Matthew 24:9,10); false teachers (Matthew 24:11); temptation (Luke 8:13); worldliness (2 Timothy 4:4); defective knowledge of Christ (1John 2:19); moral lapse (Hebrews 6:4-6); forsaking worship and spiritual living (Hebrews 10:25-31); unbelief (Hebrews 3:12). Biblical examples: Saul (1 Samuel 15:11); Amaziah (2 Chronicles 25:14,27); many disciples (John 6:66); Hymeneus and Alexander (1 Timothy 1:19,20); Demas (2 Timothy 4:10). For further illustration see Deuteronomy 13:13; Zec 1:4-6; Galatians 5:4; 2 Peter 2:20,21.

“Forsaking Yahweh” was the characteristic and oft-recurring sin of the chosen people, especially in their contact with idolatrous nations. It constituted their supreme national peril. The tendency appeared in their earliest history, as abundantly seen in the warnings and prohibitions of the laws of Moses (Exodus 20:3,4,23; Deuteronomy 6:14; 11:16).

The fearful consequences of religious and moral apostasy appear in the curses pronounced against this sin, on Mount Ebal, by the representatives of six of the tribes of Israel, elected by Moses (Deuteronomy 27:13-26; 28:15-68). So wayward was the heart of Israel, even in the years immediately following the national emancipation, in the wilderness, that Joshua found it necessary to re-pledge the entire nation to a new fidelity to Yahweh and to their original covenant before they were permitted to enter the Promised Land (Joshua 24:1-28).

Infidelity to this covenant blighted the nation’s prospects and growth during the time of the Judges (Judges 2:11-15; 10:6,10,13; 1 Samuel 12:10). It was the cause of prolific and ever-increasing evil, civic and moral, from Solomon’s day to the Assyrian and Babylonian captivities. Many of the kings of the divided kingdom apostatized, leading the people, as in the case of Rehoboam, into the grossest forms of idolatry and immorality (1 Kings 14:22-24; 2 Chronicles 12:1). Conspicuous examples of such royal apostasy are Jeroboam (1 Kings 12:28-32); Ahab (1 Kings 16:30-33); Ahaziah (1 Kings 22:51-53); Jehoram (2 Chronicles 21:6,10,12-15); Ahaz (2 Chronicles 28:1-4); Manasseh (2 Chronicles 33:1-9); Amen (2 Chronicles 33:22). See IDOLATRY.

Prophecy originated as a Divine and imperative protest against this historic tendency to defection from the religion of Yahweh. In classical Greek, apostasy signified revolt from a military commander. In the roman catholic church it denotes abandonment of religious orders; renunciation of ecclesiastical authority; defection from the faith.

The persecutions of the early Christian centuries forced many to deny Christian discipleship and to signify their apostasy by offering incense to a heathen deity or blaspheming the name of Christ. The emperor Julian, who probably never vitally embraced the Christian faith, is known in history as “the Apostate,” having renounced Christianity for paganism soon after his accession to the throne. An apostate’s defection from the faith may be intellectual, as in the case of Ernst Haeckel, who, because of his materialistic philosophy, publicly and formally renounced Christianity and the church; or it may be moral and spiritual, as with Judas, who for filthy lucre’s sake basely betrayed his Lord. See exhaustive articles on “Apostasy” in the Jewish Encyclopedia.

Dwight M. Pratt


Nave’s Topica Bible here


Ok, is it just me or does something just pop right out at ya here…

Book of John
Chapter 6 – 6:66 – As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew R477 and were not walking with Him anymore.



Matthew Henry concise comm.

Verses 1-4 If errors arise among Christians, we should set them right; and good men will be careful to suppress errors which rise from mistaking their words and actions. We have a cunning adversary, who watches to do mischief, and will promote errors, even by the words of Scripture. Whatever uncertainty we are in, or whatever mistakes may arise about the time of Christ’s coming, that coming itself is certain.

This has been the faith and hope of all Christians, in all ages of the church; it was the faith and hope of the Old Testament saints. All believers shall be gathered together to Christ, to be with him, and to be happy in his presence for ever. We should firmly believe the second coming of Christ; but there was danger lest the Thessalonians, being mistaken as to the time, should question the truth or certainty of the thing itself.

False doctrines are like the winds that toss the water to and fro; and they unsettle the minds of men, which are as unstable as water. It is enough for us to know that our Lord will come, and will gather all his saints unto him. A reason why they should not expect the coming of Christ, as at hand, is given.

There would be a general falling away first, such as would occasion the rise of antichrist, that man of sin. There have been great disputes who or what is intended by this man of sin and son of perdition. The man of sin not only practises wickedness, but also promotes and commands sin and wickedness in others; and is the son of perdition, because he is devoted to certain destruction, and is the instrument to destroy many others, both in soul and body.

As God was in the temple of old, and worshipped there, and is in and with his church now; so the antichrist here mentioned, is a usurper of God’s authority in the Christian church, who claims Divine honours.

So, the question here, is apostasy a Christian who falls away, or an un-believer who chose never to believe to begin with?

Who maybe was sitting in with the flock, but when hard times, end times, come, they leave?


Blessings on your day, brethren!