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Release The Last Penny
  
Jesus paid His own blood, because we do not have enough of anything of ourselves to pay.

There is God's correction > Hebrews 12:4-11 < which gets God's results in this life, no procrastinating to after we die, as if we ourselves could do what we really need.


Are Christians Gullible
  
Jesus Christ's "sheep", not only leaders, can tell the difference between a predator and a good shepherd > John 10:1-30.

So, in case a preacher is fooling people, the preacher is being exploited by Satan so the preacher does not know how to love. So, he or she is paying a great price for using people.

And the people are wrong to fool themselves into trusting someone our Shepherd would not guide us to trust. Because Jesus makes His sheep able to tell the difference.

And yet, when people get betrayed and hurt and used, ones of them never deal with the fact that they were wrong because they did not make sure with God about who He would guide them to trust.


Should We Break The Law
  
Well, when a country goes to war, it is supposed to be for the good of all, but many families lose their children to combat. This is legal.

Plus, there are many innocent noncombatants, and this can be legal how noncombatants get killed.

So, what about breaking immigrant laws? Yes, it is wrong to allow evil people to stay free to hurt others.

But having loose immigrant laws can help a political party to have a source of votes.

Ones can make a major issue of separating children from parents, but they are ok with killing unborn children. So, may be they are not really about children and the wellbeing of mothers.

But they can get votes, by picking and choosing who they pretend to care about.


How Does God Prove Himself
  
At times, I can get self-righteously critical of others, and God corrects me to first be concerned about how I myself need correction. Then have compassion on ones who are wrong >

"He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness." (Hebrews 5:2)

Yes, there are ones who stray from obeying how God rules us in His peace >

"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body, and be thankful." (Colossians 3:15)

But if we trust in Jesus, He will keep correcting us so our attention is to obeying Him with "rest for your souls." (in Matthew 11:28-30)


Is Living Bread Literial
  
Jesus gives us life. So, yes He is our life-giving food spiritual. And we become what we eat. As we keep feeding on Jesus in our spirit, we become more and more "as He is" "in this world." (1 John 4:17 > also consider Galatians 4:19)


Are You A Faith Expert
  
Our Apostle Paul says we need "faith working through love," in Galatians 5:6. So, when people tell me about faith, I listen for if they talk about this.

My opinion, Nicole, is that each person's own personality and character has a lot to do with how he or she understands his or her faith's official beliefs. No matter how well you know official ideas of faith, your character has much to do with if and how well you live the way God wants.


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?



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