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Please pray for the people in and near Mexico City

Earthquake Struck 2 Hours Ago

Fellowship of the Minds is a blog with a distinctly Christian emphasis. So it’s only reasonable to call our many Christian readers to focus their prayers and faith power on the rescue, healing and protection of the people near the quake.

And of course, for the people dealing with the hurricanes.

Thank you.

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Something will happen on September 23 2017

On that very day, the profitability of September 23 will come to a sudden stop.

“God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear…”
Psalm 46:1-2


See also: September 23 2017 – False Prophecy Alert!

Clarifying Psalm 91 with the words of Jesus

To qualify for supernatural protection

“I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.” – Psalm 91:14b

The whole of Psalm 91 is a mighty promise of protection. But to benefit from that protection, we must meet the qualifications. We must “make the Most High our dwelling.”

Jesus stipulated that if we obey His words, then we will be in Him and He in us. That sounds like dwelling to me.

Please note the similarity between the verse above and the one below. They speak of the same situation. If we are proud of the the name of the Jesus before men, then we are obedient and pleasing to the Father and His angels.

The following warning should make us tremble:

“If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” – Mark 8:38

If we are ashamed of Jesus in our dealings with men and women, how can we expect Psalm 91’s protection to be ours?

Lord Jesus, I resolve to always be proud of You before the men and women of this world.

How Things Got So Messed Up

 

It all started with lies

Genesis 3:1-5

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

(Lie #1. Did you know that a question can be a lie? )

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ”

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

(Lie #2. A direct accusation that God was cheating Adam and Eve. )

The serpent was projecting his own motivations onto Eve

“…and you will be like God.” The devil was giving us window into what was driving him crazy, the fact the the serpent was not God, not the boss. Satan was looking at God’s most important creation, the beings that were made in the image and likeness of God Himself. He was likely thinking, “If I don’t wreck this thing, God will surely put these new creatures over me. Then, not only will I not be ‘the Most High,’ but I’ll even be unde the rule of these new upstarts!”

So what was the serpent’s strategy? It was to trick the humans into doing what he had done: to disobey and rebel against God.

Treason (verse 6)

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.

Eve! you idiot!

She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

Adam! You were with her the whole time!
You are without excuse!

About that new wisdom (verse 7)

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Well, Adam and Eve, hows that “gaining wisdom” thing working out. You became to “smart” that you realized you were naked. 

Running from God instead of running to Him (verse 8)

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

Enter Fear (verse 9-10)

But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

The first Blame Game (verses 11-13)

And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

Yup Adam not only blamed his wife, he blamed God. Smooth move, Adam.

Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

The Consequences (verses 14-19)

So the Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your headand you will strike his heel.”

Did anyone notice the first Messianic prophecy in the Bible? 

To the woman he said,
“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”

To Adam he said,
“Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”

Life After The Fall (verses 21-24)

Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.

The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.

A sad day for animals. An indication that blood would have to be shed for redemption.

And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”

Expulsion! The tree of life out of reach (verses 23-24)

So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east sidee of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

Expulsion from the Garden of Eden by Thomas Cole

 

That, boys and girls, is how things got this way.

But wait, there’s more…

Eden Restored (Revelation 22:1-3)

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse.

How Fake News Lies Nonverbally

Very Fake News

It is worth noting that this kind of deception is done a lot on the alphabet networks.

A little more Alex Hicks just for kicks

I have more questions than answers about Bill/Alex, but this issue seems to be settled.

The only misgivings I have are a concern that the cynical Hicks, who scorned my holy faith, is still lurking behind the persona called Alex Jones.

In all honesty, I think Bill/Alex has experienced over time a change of heart. I am inclined to give him room to do some good.

Bill/Alex, I would love to hear from you. If you would like to talk in confidence, please indicate to us. My “name” is Trail Dust, which most primates would realize is a mask. So I am not offended at your Alex Jones identity.

(Hmmm… Trail Dust… doesn’t sound strong enough. Too bad the name, “Dash RipRock,” was already taken.”)

What do Noah, Daniel and Job have in common?

Answer: Who They Could Not Save

These 3 men were famed for their righteousness. To call them influential would be an understatement. But Noah was only able to save his immediate family and the animals from the flood; Daniel was an exile himself, a remnant of an already crushed people; Job couldn’t save his own children from a disaster. So they were known for their limitations as well as their greatness.

“The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, if a country sins against me by being unfaithful and I stretch out my hand against it to cut off its food supply and send famine upon it and kill its people and their animals, even if these three men—Noah, Daniel and Job—were in it, they could save only themselves by their righteousness, declares the Sovereign Lord.” – Ezekiel 14:12-14

By contrast, Joshua and Samuel led their generations into righteousness and times of national stability. 

All the men mentioned are righteous leaders. All sought to influence their fellows  to honor God and find salvation. Two succeeded, but the first three were not able to hold off God’s wrath.

They all lived in God’s protection and were rescued. The Lord’s judgements are not indiscriminate.

As we plead with our generation to honor God, we can expect His care for us to be secure, but we may not know if our efforts will succeed in turning people back to God.

Readers, as we observe a large number of natural disasters bearing down on this world, we plead with you to seek the Lord right now, and not wait until it’s too late.


“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16