Taxes.. Oh How You Are Hated

Good morning readers! Today is tax day if you are in the United States. Have you got those taxes in? If not, you have till midnight to post-mark them.

Each year, the dreaded taxes come around, and each year the whining comes out as well.  Here in the USA, tax evasion costs our country millions upon millions of dollars because people choose not to pay their taxes. People loathe the accountant and tax collector. This isn’t any different then what occurred back in Jesus’s time.

But as some of you know, Jesus loved the tax collector. He made it a point to hang out with them. He even made one his disciple.

Even though a certain person is disliked in society, doesn’t mean that they should be treated a different way.

So, on this tax day, remember the commandment of the Lord our God:

“Love your neighbor as yourself

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Scripture Thursday — 1 Peter 4:12-13

Hello readers! Today is Scripture Thursday and we will be looking at a great verse today!

1 Peter 4:12-13 (NIV)

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.”

Let’s look at different translations:

(ASV) Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial among you, which cometh upon you to prove you, as though a strange thing happened unto you:13 but insomuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings, rejoice; that at the revelation of his glory also ye may rejoice with exceeding joy.”

(The Message) “Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job.13 Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.”

(KJV) Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

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So what does this mean?

Right now I am going through some trials of my own. This verse really spoke to me, because when I go through these trials, I always think, ” Woe is me..” In retrospect, I really should be thankful that my trials aren’t as bad as Christ’s were. Christ suffered a whole lot more than anyone person has or ever will. I also have to think and know that God will pull me out of this.

What does this verse mean to you?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Tech. Tuesday — The Bible and the Iphone

Good afternoon readers! Sorry about the late post, but it is Tech. Tuesday! Today we are going to look at the Bible and the Iphone. Ever since the Iphone came out, it has been considered the best  “smartphone” technology, and continues to be the best according to consumers. Several thousand applications have been developed to be used on the phone and itouch devices.

One of the most important applications I have on my phone is the Bible. Several different applications have been made for the Bible, but I use the application created by the folks over at YouVersion.com.

It gives you the capability to view many translations, see what others think about a verse, read a Bible plan, etc.; all from your phone screen. How cool is that?

So readers, do you think that the Bible applications are a necessity for a “smartphone” user? If you do, what application do you have? If not, why not?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Scripture Thursday — Luke 10:27

Good morning everyone! This day has been blessed by God. How are you using this day to bless others? Today is Scripture Thursday, and we will be looking at Luke 10:27.

Last night, my wife and I during our marriage class at church were given this verse to help us write our family’s purpose statement. I wanted to share with you this verse because it should be a part of everyone’s live; not just those who are married.

Luke 10:27 (NLT)

“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.” And, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

As always on Scripture Thursday, let’s look at what other translations have to say.

(ASV) “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.”

(The Message) “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.”

(KJV) “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.”

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So what does this mean to you?

I think that no matter what, we should love God with every fiber of our being. With that, we should love other people as our self. God loves us no unconditionally, and if we show that love to others, maybe it will rub off. Showing that love to others, lets others see God in us.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Scripture Thursday– 1 John 4:12

Morning readers! Today is Scripture Thursday, and we will be looking at 1 John 4:12.

1 John 4:12 (NLT)

No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.

Now let’s look at different translations to see different meanings.

(ASV) No man hath beheld God at any time: if we love one another, God abideth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

(The Message) No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us—perfect love!

(KJV) No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

So what does this mean?

In my opinion, I think that this is saying that no one has seen God in the physical sense of the word. When God and the Holy Spirit lives in us and is alive and active in us, He is “brought to life” for others to see. Forgive me if I am wrong, but that is what I take from that.

What do you think?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Scripture Thursday– Romans 12:9

Morning readers! Today is Scripture Thursday! Today we are going to look at a verse in Romans.

Romans 12:9

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. (NLT)

Now let’s look at it in different translations. I think it is interesting sometimes to do that, because the translation can say something different.

(ASV) Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

(The Message) Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good.

(KJV) Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good

Love is really the answer, no matter how you say it. Don’t pretend to love someone. Love them as Christ would.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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New Blog Schedule

Hello readers! I hope everyone’s Monday went well. I hope your Valentine’s Day was great as well.

I wanted to let you know of the direction my blog is going to go for a little bit. Right now, my time is really limited, so I will be scheduling blog posts in advance.

The following is the schedule I plan to keep to right now.

Monday: Music Monday.. An album review, song review, or anything related to Christian music

Tuesday: Tech. Tuesday.. Something related to technology and today’s Christian.

Wednesday: News Wednesday… Something interesting posted in the news from the current day or previous week.

Thursday: Scripture Thursday.. Thoughts on a verse or sermon I have read or heard from the current day or previous week.

Friday: Feature Friday.. Featured blog or Christian website

Saturday: Movie Saturday.. Upcoming movies and my thoughts about them.

Sunday.. Day of rest..

Well readers, that is what I think I will be doing for a little bit. I hope you like the changes.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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