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Keep Your Children Home
There are possible financial problems because of keeping children home.

At schools, children also can get killed because of making friends with someone who drinks and drives and crashes a car. And they can connect with drug dealing students, then die of an overdose. I would say that already more children are killed by car crashes and overdoses, than by guns. And parents are not in great numbers keeping children home so they do not get killed by drugs and drunk drivers.

I would hope that financial matters would not be the main thing which decides what people do with their children. I think some people will not let evil decide how they live their lives, and others trust the LORD with their children.

Backslidden Christian Taken
To me, Hebrews 12:4-11 means how God succeeds in correcting us who are His children. So, if someone keeps rebelling against what you suppose is God's chastening, this could mean he or she is not a child of God.

And worldly people die young while being stubborn, while others die old. So, I can see there is no set rule for what God will do with stubborn people.

But, also Isaiah 55:11 says God's word will do all which God desires. So, the word of His New Covenant will do all which God means, in us who are His children. So, I would not excuse any less, but trust God for how He is able to do all > He < means by His word, in us.

How Does God Prove Himself
"Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us." (Romans 5:5)

Also, God proves Himself to me, by giving me good example people who help me find out how to love.

Mark Of The Beast
We will need strength of character of God's almighty grace, as well as spiritual insight. We need how God is able to prepare us so we do not give in.

If we are dependent spiritually on money, for example, we could be weak enough to give in so we can have and use money.

Our Apostle Paul says,

"All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any." (in 1 Corinthians 6:12)

So, if we are weak enough to be "under the power" of anything of this life, this weakness could make us able to give in.

How Does God Prove Himself
One thing is how God in us does what He means by His word.

Isaiah 55:11 says >

"'So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth,
. It shall not return to Me void,
. But it shall accomplish what I please,
. And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.'"
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Isaiah 55:11)

For one example, Hebrews 12:7-11 says God's correction succeeds in changing us into His love's "peaceable fruit of righteousness". And I keep finding how His correction does not only punish or criticize me, but He succeeds in making us more real in His love and how He has us relating with Him and one another.

What Changed Jacob
I would say he learned, if he really did change.

Not only was he a cheater, but he loved with favoritism. And when he favored Rachel but did not love Leah, God closed up the womb of Rachel. So, God expected him to love Leah. It did not matter what his preference was.

Genesis 29:31

So, not only Jacob but a number of us have cheated our own selves, by not loving any and all people the way Jesus wants. Ones of us have isolated ourselves with love idols.

"For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?" (in Matthew 5:46)

Did Paul Forgive Sins
Hi, Monk Brendan (c: God bless you (c:

How about Ephesians 4:31-32? >

"Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you." (Ephesians 4:31-32)

So, our forgiving needs to be "even as God in Christ forgave you." This includes putting away bitterness and anger . . . not only trying to control how we express it, but put that evil stuff away, as is possible with God.

Whether there should be confession, then, can be a decoy issue to keep our attention away from how we need to forgive lovingly, "even as God".

Can Criminals Change With God
After Jesus died, it looks as though Joseph of Arimathea was concerned about getting Jesus Christ's body so he could bury Him. It does not say anyone asked for or got the cross or part of it.

And Mary Magdalene seems to me like she was mainly attentive to seeing where they put the body of Jesus. The attention was to Jesus, mainly, it seems to me, not to the cross or pieces of it.

So-o . . . where is our attention now?

My Second Amendment
Yes, Strong Axe, but not all government people get $174,000 a year. I would say teachers are lesser paid members of the government and the authority structure.

I think the historical context of right to bear arms meant having arms so the people could stand up to a tyrannical government.

But, like I meant, below, people now might need a little more than AK-47's or whatever they are. Ones would need missiles for dealing with Cobra helicopters, and eventually that might not accomplish much more than spitting BB's, because "without Me you can do nothing" (in John 15:5).

Nicole, I think you are right, if you mean we need to not allow evil people to steer and decide everything we do.

But God uses prayer.

Can Criminals Change With God
I adjusted Catholicism to fit my personality and ways and nature > I became a social misfit of worry and building up with self-righteous anger until I at times exploded with rage.

Then I got "saved", and kept on in even more criticizing of others and looking down on others. So, I was a conceitaholic. The Roman Catholic Church did not give me the nature and evil spirit (Ephesians 2:2) of this.

And getting "saved" did not stop it.

But God's grace is almighty to succeed in us, to cure our nature into His love (c:

And I would say Jesus considers conceit and its hypocrisy to be more criminal than plenty of things which get people put in jail. So, yes God is able to cure any criminal, Nicole ! ! ! (c:

Can Criminals Change With God
"'For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.'" (Matthew 26:28)

To my knowledge, this is included in the Catholic Eucharist preparation. So, I am sure that part of Catholic belief includes how Jesus on Calvary shed His blood for our sins, that we may be forgiven.

Hebrews 9:22

Ephesians 1:7

So, yes Jesus Christ shed His blood for us, on Calvary, that we may be forgiven. And this covers any and all sins, including of criminals.

And His grace in us is almighty - - - able to change any of us and any criminal "from the power of Satan to God" (Acts 26:18) so we become like Jesus in God's own love > 1 John 4:17.

My Second Amendment
Hi, Nicole and everyone (c:

"Thousands die each year due to DUIs. Children are killed, abused and neglected because of Alcohol"

And a number are killed by medical instruments before they are born.

"The recent horrible shooting proves why Teachers need to be armed."
"The Government CAN NOT save you."

Teachers are part of the government, are they not?

And according to my knowledge of history, Jesus told the Apostle Peter that he who lives by the sword will perish by it.

"A Dictator CAN NOT exist when average Citizens are well armed."

machine guns, bazookas, missiles for taking down military jets and Cobras . . .

Can Criminals Change With God
We can pray for how God is able to change any evil person.

Jesus suffered and died on the cross with hope for any evil person, at all.

Love "hopes all things" (in 1 Corinthians 13:7).

So, if anyone does not believe God is able to change an evil person into a child of His love, possibly that person has not been changed by God into a Christlike person. Possibly that person has not experienced how God is able to change our nature so that "as He is, so are we in this world." (in 1 John 4:17)

Can Criminals Change With God
Jesus wants me to have forgiveness ready for any person. And God wants us to pray with hope for all which is possible with God for any evil person.

Jesus died on the cross with hope for any evil person, at all.

And Jesus calls to "all" >

"'Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.'" (Matthew 11:28)

So, yes any criminal can change to have hope and solace. And even if you have failed in shameful ways, still . . . Jesus calls to "all", which includes you (c: and me (c:

But we do need for God to correct our character so we can have real and stable rest for our souls > Hebrews 12:4-11.

Living Christian Lifestyle
"Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain." (Philippians 2:14-16)

So, God does expect us to stop our arguing and complaining. And if we do, we can "become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault", right "in the midst of" this evil world's "crooked and perverse generation".

God commands this, so God knows His grace can do this with us.

Scriptures Of The Early Church
Along with what wivv has said > each Christian was included in being >

"the epistle of Christ" > see 2 Corinthians 3:1-3.

And Paul says how ones became "examples" > see 1 Thessalonians 1:7. We were "examples" of what God's word really means (c:, including,

"with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love." (Ephesians 4:2)

"And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you." (Ephesians 4:32)

We have experienced how God in His love "in our hearts" (Romans 5:5) has lovingly forgiven us. Our Teacher demonstrates what His word means . . . in us! (c:

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