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About Kristina

51 year old Christian lady, knitter, pet sitter/walker, bible collector, crafter, little business owner, thrill seeker (only when shopping at thrift stores for tremendous bargains) my animals servant, a child of God, saved, redeemed and trying to be joyful in a fallen world.

Musings on….Is the National Anthem a Proper Format to Protest Human Rights?

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Let’s talk about this. If the people who are kneeling during the national anthem are doing so because of unequal human rights, black rights, native rights, minority rights, gay rights, etc…is this the forum for it?

What if the people are protesting the flag as a symbol of the United States? the home of the free and the brave? its sad to say but in the USA we probably have more freedom and rights than other countries, we are even free to protest the very same country we live in. And while all protests can be well and good and also may be a start of a great revolution, let’s not divide, let’s work together to appoint leaders that actually care about being equal, free and brave. But I digress…. keep reading….

What does the national anthem stand for and where does it come from?

Below is where it came from….

But what does it stand for?

I am probably too literal of a person but I do not see human rights as a catalyst for this poem. Based on the War of 1812, which doesn’t have anything to do with human rights and literally kills/moves/destroys an entire race.

The poem was set to the tune of a popular British song written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a men’s social club in London. “To Anacreon in Heaven” (or “The Anacreontic Song”), with various lyrics, was already popular in the United States. Set to Key’s poem and renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner”, it soon became a well-known American patriotic song.

This poem was written in

The War of 1812 (1812–1815) was a conflict fought between the United States, the United Kingdom, and their respective allies. Historians in Britain often see it as a minor theater of the Napoleonic Wars; in the United States and Canada, it is seen as a war in its own right.

And part of the war of 1821 is killing the Natives and taking their land. ”American expansion in the Northwest Territory. [greed]

Which the British wholeheartedly agreed with.

Another part is about British and America blocking each other from trading with other countries. [greed]

President Herbert Hoover signed the bill on March 4, 1931, officially adopting “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem of the United States of America.[1] As currently codified, the United States Code states that “the composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem.”[25]

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36 U.S. Code § 301 – National anthem
US Code

(a)Designation.—
The composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem.
(b)Conduct During Playing.—During a rendition of the national anthem—
(1) when the flag is displayed—
(A) individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note;
(B) members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and
(C) all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and
(2) when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.

However, this statutory suggestion does not have any penalty associated with violations. 36 U.S.C. § 301 This behavioral requirement for the national anthem is subject to the same First Amendment controversies that surround the Pledge of Allegiance. super interesting read about where the pledge came from HERE 

The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, ensuring that there is no prohibition on the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble, or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights.

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BUT check out the Next code:

36 U.S. Code § 302 – National motto
US Code
“In God we trust” is the national motto!!!

Whoot, let’s have a heyday about that one!

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lyrics.

Oh say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.’
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave

from here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Star-Spangled_Banner

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Just my musings, let’s talk civilly about it.

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Musings on …… Food

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I eat. I eat way too much. I start to eat and want to continue to eat until I cant anymore.

I am that way with alcohol also, That is why I can’t drink. I still do, but I am learning to stop.

I eat and drink to pacify my angst, my depression, my worries and troubles.

I was really hit full force with this ‘dilemma’ last time I was with friends in Iowa. They know portion control, They sit, eat one plate, nice portions and are done.

Hubby and I both eat way too much. Whole bags of candy, chips and popcorn. Not one but two of sandwiches, hamburgers, whatever.

Being 51, having my cholesterol over 500 and sitting most of the day is basically killing me and not where I want my twilight years to be.

I remember my mother and I eating dinner with family, and when the guys were done and gone, we would sit and eat the rest of the potatoes or whatever other carbs there was.

About a week ago, I started a tiny exercise program of weight free exercises and 30 min  walks. I can feel my clothes are bit a looser, but nothing major.

I have to go back to the dr. and tell them I refuse to be on meds…. and this is the last ditch effort. Exercise and portion control.

Pray for me.

How Do We Treat Others

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As I was writing a blog post about hate, I found a few different articles about it.

Read on:

 

https://relevantmagazine.com/statement/stop-expecting-non-believers-to-act-like-christians/

https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-hate.html

http://www.bibleanswerstand.org/hate.htm

 

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For

“Whoever desires to love life
    and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
    and his lips from speaking deceit;
11 let him turn away from evil and do good;
    let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
    and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3

 

Can Zealous Christians Punch Nazi’s?

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I looked up the bible verses about hate… from here…..https://www.openbible.info/topics/hate

I also wanted to know what hate means in the bible

http://biblehub.com/hebrew/8130.htm

and

http://biblehub.com/greek/3404.htm

evil:

http://biblehub.com/hebrew/7455.htm  

and

http://biblehub.com/greek/2554.htm

Most of the verses talk about hate when speaking about a brother, another person who claims to love the Lord.

And Jesus tells his disciples that the world will hate them because of Him.

Matthew 5:43-47

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?

 Matthew stands out to me because it speak of the enemy. The enemy is the one who doesn’t think like us, believe in the same things as us or who persecute us.

But what does the bible say about how to deal with anger and to deal with the enemy.

To begin, I have been called a pacifist and other Christians, who claim to know the bible, think I am crazy to speak of love instead of hate when dealing with the world.  Nowhere in the bible do I see that we should …

punch a nazi

kill a muslim

deport the immigrants

kick out your homosexual child

jail or beat because of skin color

We should be extra tolerant of our brothers in Christ, gently rebuke them, lead them by example and love them.

If they do not repent…. treat them as non-brothers and basically don’t hang out with them, so you won’t be led astray.

Yes, Abhor [Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, abhor, fail, loathe, vilely cast away. A primitive root; to detest; by implication, to reject — abhor, fail, loathe, vilely cast away.] what is evil, but it was never our fight to return evil for evil, hate for hate, destruction for destruction.

So what are we supposed to do? Get on Facebook and tell all your friends to punch a nazi?

When I look at the bible verses pertaining to dealing with the world, it seems that God is telling us to stay separate and let your own light shine.  https://www.openbible.info/topics/non_believers  

Basically, mind your business, love one another and let God be God.

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For

“Whoever desires to love life
    and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
    and his lips from speaking deceit;
11 let him turn away from evil and do good;
    let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
    and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3

 

1 Corinth ESV / 

I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

 

2 Corinthians 6:14 ESV /

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?

1 Corinthians 15:33

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.

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Hate will put a stranglehold on your life, grow roots and bury itself deep within your heart. Bitterness, intolerance and even evil will grow and bloom like ivy, killing all love and joy in your life.

~Kristina

 

 

 

 

verses on hate below:

 

1 John 4:20ESV / 1,028 helpful votes

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.

Proverbs 10:12 ESV / 586 helpful votes

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

1 John 3:15 ESV / 566 helpful votes

Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV / 488 helpful votes

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV / 280 helpful votes

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Leviticus 19:17 ESV / 279 helpful votes

“You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him.

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 263 helpful votes

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

1 John 2:9 ESV / 229 helpful votes

Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 211 helpful votes

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

John 13:34-35 ESV / 181 helpful votes

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Proverbs 8:13 ESV / 176 helpful votes

The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.

John 15:18 ESV / 168 helpful votes

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.

1 John 2:11 ESV / 156 helpful votes

But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

Matthew 6:24 ESV / 126 helpful votes

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Ephesians 4:26 ESV / 105 helpful votes

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

Matthew 10:22 ESV / 102 helpful votes

And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

Matthew 7:1-29 ESV / 102 helpful votes

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. …

Matthew 24:12 ESV / 100 helpful votes

And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.

Psalm 97:10 ESV / 92 helpful votes

O you who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the lives of his saints; he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

Psalm 11:5 ESV / 73 helpful votes

The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.

Luke 14:26 ESV / 66 helpful votes

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.

1 John 1:9 ESV / 63 helpful votes

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Psalm 101:3 ESV / 56 helpful votes

I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.

Romans 6:23 ESV / 46 helpful votes

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Malachi 1:3 ESV / 46 helpful votes

But Esau I have hated. I have laid waste his hill country and left his heritage to jackals of the desert.”

Matthew 5:21 ESV / 43 helpful votes

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’

Psalm 119:163 ESV / 43 helpful votes

I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love your law.

Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV / 42 helpful votes

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

John 14:1-3 ESV / 39 helpful votes

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

Psalm 139:21-22 ESV / 39 helpful votes

Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you? I hate them with complete hatred; I count them my enemies.

Psalm 5:5 ESV / 39 helpful votes

The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers.

John 15:18-25 ESV / 36 helpful votes

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. …

Psalm 26:5 ESV / 36 helpful votes

I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked.

Proverbs 31:6-7 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress; let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.

Romans 2:6 ESV / 33 helpful votes

He will render to each one according to his works:

Matthew 15:19 ESV / 33 helpful votes

For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.

Mark 13:13 ESV / 32 helpful votes

And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

Ecclesiastes 3:8 ESV / 32 helpful votes

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

Psalm 91:11 ESV / 32 helpful votes

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

Ephesians 4:28 ESV / 31 helpful votes

Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

John 10:10 ESV / 30 helpful votes

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Luke 21:17 ESV / 28 helpful votes

You will be hated by all for my name’s sake.

Matthew 5:43-47 ESV / 24 helpful votes

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?

Proverbs 26:24 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart;

1 John 3:1-24 ESV / 23 helpful votes

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. …

Titus 3:2 ESV / 22 helpful votes

To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.

Proverbs 13:24 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.

Malachi 2:16 ESV / 20 helpful votes

“For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the Lord, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless.”

Psalm 119:104 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.

Psalm 31:6 ESV / 18 helpful votes

I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols, but I trust in the Lord.

1 John 4:1-21 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. …

Galatians 3:18 ESV / 14 helpful votes

For if the inheritance comes by the law, it no longer comes by promise; but God gave it to Abraham by a promise.

Isaiah 1:1-31 ESV / 14 helpful votes

The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord has spoken: “Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged. Why will you still be struck down? Why will you continue to rebel? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. …

Proverbs 16:1-33 ESV / 14 helpful votes

The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble. Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished. …

Romans 1:18-32 ESV / 13 helpful votes

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, …

Luke 6:22-24 ESV / 13 helpful votes

“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets. “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.

Matthew 5:10-11 ESV / 13 helpful votes

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

Romans 2:1-29 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. …

Matthew 26:50 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you came to do.” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him.

Psalm 109:1-31 ESV / 12 helpful votes

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. Be not silent, O God of my praise! For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me, speaking against me with lying tongues. They encircle me with words of hate, and attack me without cause. In return for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer. So they reward me evil for good, and hatred for my love. …

2 Timothy 2:1-3:17 ESV / 11 helpful votes

You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. …

Ephesians 4:18 ESV / 11 helpful votes

They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.

Psalm 83:1-18 ESV / 11 helpful votes

A Song. A Psalm of Asaph. O God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God! For behold, your enemies make an uproar; those who hate you have raised their heads. They lay crafty plans against your people; they consult together against your treasured ones. They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be remembered no more!” For they conspire with one accord; against you they make a covenant— …

Psalm 2:1-12 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, …

Romans 5:8 ESV / 10 helpful votes

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Acts 10:28 ESV / 10 helpful votes

And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean.

John 3:1-36 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. …

Mark 7:21-22 ESV / 10 helpful votes

For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.

Psalm 41:1-13 ESV / 10 helpful votes

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him; the Lord protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land; you do not give him up to the will of his enemies. The Lord sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health. As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against you!” My enemies say of me in malice, “When will he die, and his name perish?” …

Psalm 35:1-28 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Of David. Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me! Take hold of shield and buckler and rise for my help! Draw the spear and javelin against my pursuers! Say to my soul, “I am your salvation!” Let them be put to shame and dishonor who seek after my life! Let them be turned back and disappointed who devise evil against me! Let them be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the Lord driving them away! …

Psalm 27:1-14 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lordand to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. …

Psalm 22:1-31 ESV / 10 helpful votes

To the choirmaster: according to The Doe of the Dawn. A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame. …

2 Samuel 19:1-43 ESV / 10 helpful votes

It was told Joab, “Behold, the king is weeping and mourning for Absalom.” So the victory that day was turned into mourning for all the people, for the people heard that day, “The king is grieving for his son.” And the people stole into the city that day as people steal in who are ashamed when they flee in battle. The king covered his face, and the king cried with a loud voice, “O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!” Then Joab came into the house to the king and said, “You have today covered with shame the faces of all your servants, who have this day saved your life and the lives of your sons and your daughters and the lives of your wives and your concubines, …

Joshua 11:20 ESV / 10 helpful votes

For it was the Lord‘s doing to harden their hearts that they should come against Israel in battle, in order that they should be devoted to destruction and should receive no mercy but be destroyed, just as the Lord commanded Moses.

Genesis 25:18 ESV / 10 helpful votes

They settled from Havilah to Shur, which is opposite Egypt in the direction of Assyria. He settled over against all his kinsmen.

Genesis 16:10-12 ESV / 10 helpful votes

The angel of the Lord also said to her, “I will surely multiply your offspring so that they cannot be numbered for multitude.” And the angel of the Lord said to her, “Behold, you are pregnant and shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, because the Lord has listened to your affliction. He shall be a wild donkey of a man, his hand against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.”

Romans 8:1-39 ESV / 9 helpful votes

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. …

Ecclesiastes 7:1-10:20 ESV / 9 helpful votes

A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth. It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of face the heart is made glad. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools. …

Psalm 69:1-80:19 ESV / 9 helpful votes

To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. Of David. Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me. I am weary with my crying out; my throat is parched. My eyes grow dim with waiting for my God. More in number than the hairs of my head are those who hate me without cause; mighty are those who would destroy me, those who attack me with lies. What I did not steal must I now restore? O God, you know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you. …

Psalm 28:1-9 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Of David. To you, O Lord, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit. Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary. Do not drag me off with the wicked, with the workers of evil, who speak peace with their neighbors while evil is in their hearts. Give to them according to their work and according to the evil of their deeds; give to them according to the work of their hands; render them their due reward. Because they do not regard the works of the Lord or the work of his hands, he will tear them down and build them up no more. …

1 Corinthians 2:14 ESV / 8 helpful votes

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

Romans 12:1-21 ESV / 8 helpful votes

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. …

Romans 3:10 ESV / 8 helpful votes

As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;

Acts 23:1-35 ESV / 8 helpful votes

And looking intently at the council, Paul said, “Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience up to this day.” And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth. Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Are you sitting to judge me according to the law, and yet contrary to the law you order me to be struck?” Those who stood by said, “Would you revile God’s high priest?” And Paul said, “I did not know, brothers, that he was the high priest, for it is written, ‘You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.’” …

John 16:1-33 ESV / 8 helpful votes

“I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me. But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you. “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ …

Zechariah 12:9 ESV / 8 helpful votes

And on that day I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

Micah 7:1-20 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Woe is me! For I have become as when the summer fruit has been gathered, as when the grapes have been gleaned: there is no cluster to eat, no first-ripe fig that my soul desires. The godly has perished from the earth, and there is no one upright among mankind; they all lie in wait for blood, and each hunts the other with a net. Their hands are on what is evil, to do it well; the prince and the judge ask for a bribe, and the great man utters the evil desire of his soul; thus they weave it together. The best of them is like a brier, the most upright of them a thorn hedge. The day of your watchmen, of your punishment, has come; now their confusion is at hand. Put no trust in a neighbor; have no confidence in a friend; guard the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your arms; …

Jeremiah 6:23 ESV / 8 helpful votes

They lay hold on bow and javelin; they are cruel and have no mercy; the sound of them is like the roaring sea; they ride on horses, set in array as a man for battle, against you, O daughter of Zion!”

Isaiah 1:29-31 ESV / 8 helpful votes

For they shall be ashamed of the oaks that you desired; and you shall blush for the gardens that you have chosen. For you shall be like an oak whose leaf withers, and like a garden without water. And the strong shall become tinder, and his work a spark, and both of them shall burn together, with none to quench them.

Proverbs 24:1-30:33 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Be not envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them, for their hearts devise violence, and their lips talk of trouble. By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, …

Matthew 23:1-25:46 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so practice and observe whatever they tell you—but not what they do. For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, …

Matthew 5:22 ESV / 7 helpful votes

But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.

1 John 3:13 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you.

Matthew 11:18-19 ESV / 6 helpful votes

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”

Matthew 10:1-42 ESV / 6 helpful votes

And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, …

Micah 1:1-7:20

The word of the Lord that came to Micah of Moresheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem. Hear, you peoples, all of you; pay attention, O earth, and all that is in it, and let the Lord God be a witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple. For behold, the Lord is coming out of his place, and will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth. And the mountains will melt under him, and the valleys will split open, like wax before the fire, like waters poured down a steep place. All this is for the transgression of Jacob and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? Is it not Samaria? And what is the high place of Judah? Is it not Jerusalem? …

Romans 9:13

As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”

Luke 1:1-24:53

Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught. In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. …

Malachi 1:1-4:6

The oracle of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi. “I have loved you,” says the Lord. But you say, “How have you loved us?” “Is not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet I have loved Jacob but Esau I have hated. I have laid waste his hill country and left his heritage to jackals of the desert.” If Edom says, “We are shattered but we will rebuild the ruins,” the Lord of hosts says, “They may build, but I will tear down, and they will be called ‘the wicked country,’ and ‘the people with whom the Lord is angry forever.’” Your own eyes shall see this, and you shall say, “Great is the Lord beyond the border of Israel!” …

 

 

Leviticus, Tattoos, Life

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 I posted this on Fb but wanted to hear some feedback from you all.

So, I was reading an article about tattoos in a Presbyterian magazine [article in comments] and what struck me was how many people get tattoos to honor the dead people in their life.

The Leviticus verse for tattoos is this: 28 “‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.
But, if so inclined, read the entire chapter of Leviticus 19
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus%2019
To make a long story short….
1. we cannot pick an choose which verses we obey or force others to obey before we love them
2. Please tell me all your tattoos and what they mean to you!!

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Kristina Pasquan
Kristina Pasquan my tattoos are very personal to me. I have bible verses, pieces of bible verses. My sons name in a heart and bleeding heart of the trials we have endured. a ladybug and 3 sunflowers which came to represent the 4 children I killed. i have my 4 recent pets. the sacred road symbol, a beluga whale. all the flowers representing my family. psalm 46:10, ‘in Him I will trust’ in Hebrew. Love in the name of Christ heart and cross., the words saved by grace., rejoice always, Celtic heat and trinity symbol and a pansy. a cross that covers a scar with a hymn verse above it. a dove. a ladybug-my nickname. and i would love to get a bunch of flowers that are in the bible to wrap around my arm band.

Musings on…. Love One Another….. John 13:35

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I was going to write a post about how Christians should love non-Christians and use this verse.

34“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Now, this verse is great, and we should love non-believers, but This verse is Jesus telling the disciples to LOVE EACH OTHER.

THAT is how the world will know they are Jesus’ disciples.

Am I just late in the game or do most people read this verse wrong?

These comparative verses are what caught my attention: http://www.biblestudytools.com/john/13-35-compare.html

While we do a crappy job loving the ‘unlovable’ heathens, we do an even crappier job loving those who are our brothers and sister in Christ. Who believe the same Triune God we do. Who sin, fail and sometimes are quite obnoxious.

We don’t love them. And the world sees this. The world knows if we can’t even love EACH OTHER, we sure as hell can’t and won’t love them.

What is Love?

Love Is Indispensable

1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 
2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 
3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 
4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 
5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 
6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 
7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 
9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 
10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 
11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 
12For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
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Just Do It!!
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31When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. 32If God is glorified in him,c God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.

33“My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.

34“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

36Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?”

Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.”

37Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.”

38Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!