A glimpse into my posts on Facebook:

For those that are interested,

Here is a glimpse into what I post on Facebook that isn’t posted here.

They are meant as encouragements to my fellow believers.

Some are for non-believers in my own circle as well.

Some later become posts on this WordPress site, some don’t.

I posted the following this morning:

 WHAT KIND of PEOPLE SHOULD WE BE?

2 Peter 3:8-11 (CJB)

8 Moreover, dear friends, do not ignore this:

with the Lord,

one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day

9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise,

as some people think of slowness;

on the contrary,

he is patient with you;

for it is not his purpose that anyone should be destroyed,

but that everyone should turn from his sins.

10 However, the Day of the Lord will come “like a thief.”

On that Day the heavens will disappear with a roar,

the elements will melt and disintegrate,

and the earth and everything in it will be burned up.

11 Since everything is going to be destroyed like this,

what kind of people should you be?

You should lead holy and godly lives,

Yesterday, I posted the following:

Your ENTIRE way of life – not some or most – ALL!:

1 Peter 1:15 (AMP)

15 But as the One Who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all your conduct and manner of living.

Notice the following words used:

HOLY: (ἅγιος hagios) Consecrated -pure – upright – – – WORTHY of GOD: God is the standard and definition of Holiness (Be Holy because I am Holy)

 ALL: (πᾶς pas) Each and every – totality – the whole in its entirety: example from the text: through him ALL things were made

 CONDUCT AND MANNER OF LIVING: (ἀναστροφή anastrophe) – manner of life concerning you conduct and behavior – literally: your walk

 You have a choice:

  •  You can continue to disregard this command in the text (dismiss it – rationalize it – overlook it)

 or

  •  You can obey. After all, you love Him right? He didn’t give us this command to hurt us – He gave it to us BECAUSE He loves us – to HELP us!

A wise man once wrote in the text:

 Proverbs 9:8 (CJB)

8 If you reprove a scoffer, he will hate you;

if you reprove a wise man, he will love you.

The sad thing for me is how easy it is for many that profess to be “believers” to discard any of the text that doesn’t work with their own version of life or understanding of God . . .

 As Dr Brown said to the defrocked Methodist pastor:

 “It would seem the Word of God is not sitting in authority over you

but that you are sitting in authority over the Word of God . . .”

Needless to say, I realize for many believers my life and my lifestyle are too much to take.

 I have often said and proved to friends on more than one occasion in church:

The quickest way to clear out a church coffee shop?

 Start talking about the word of God . . .

 Quickest way to gather people around you in a church coffee shop?

 Start talking about something worldly like football or Hollywood . . .

— feeling meh.

Of course, I post what I write on this blog as well.  The day before the above, I posted the following:

KEEP YOUR PROMISES to ADONAI because if you don’t, you are PROFANING His Name . . .

Leviticus 19:12 (CJB)

12 Do not swear by my name falsely, which would be profaning the name of your God; I am Adonai.

 Numbers 30:2 (CJB)

2 when a man makes a vow to Adonai or formally obligates himself by swearing an oath, he is not to break his word but is to do everything he said he would do.

 Deuteronomy 23:21 (CJB)

21 “When you make a vow to Adonai your God, you are not to delay in fulfilling it, for Adonai your God will certainly demand it of you, and your failure to do so will be your sin.

 Matthew 5:33 (CJB) 33 “Again, you have heard that our fathers were told,

Do not break your oath,’

and

Keep your vows to Adonai.’

 ———————————————————————————–

With a divorce rate that is 50% for non believers and even higher is some instances for nominal or secular believers, the oath of marriage before Adonai could be viewed as profaning his name . . .

  Matthew 5:34-35 (CJB)

34 But I tell you not to swear at all

— not ‘by heaven,’ because it is God’s throne;

35 not ‘by the earth,’ because it is his footstool;

and not ‘by Yerushalayim,’ because it is the city of the Great King.

 Isaiah 66:1 (CJB)

1 “Heaven is my throne,” says Adonai, “and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house could you build for me? What sort of place could you devise for my rest?

 Psalm 48:2 (CJB)

2 beautiful in its elevation, the joy of all the earth, Mount Tziyon, in the far north, the city of the great king.

 ————————————————————————————-

 “So then, no one should split apart what God has joined together.”

Just something to think about . . .

It is my own experience that when people that quote the text of Facebook, they quote just a single verse.  I don’t like to do that unless we are deleving into specific words and meanings within a single verse.  My reasoning?  CONTEXT!  We need to learn the entire thought, not just part of it (the context).

IMITATE ME (and change as a result):

1 Corinthians 4:14-17 (CJB)

14 I am not writing you this to make you feel ashamed,

but,

as my dear children,

to confront you and get you to change.

15 For even if you have ten thousand trainers

in connection with the Messiah,

you do not have many fathers;

for in connection with the Messiah

it was I who became your father by means of the Good News.

16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me.

17 This is why I have sent you Timothy,

my beloved and trustworthy child in the Lord.

He will remind you of the way of life I follow

in union with the Messiah Yeshua

and teach everywhere in every congregation.

Sometimes, I will write in response to a picture like the following from Paul Wilbur:

Yeshua

Revelation 5:5 (CJB)

5 One of the elders said to me, “Don’t cry.

Look, the Lion of the tribe of Y’hudah,

the Root of David,

has won the right to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

ה. וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי אֶחָד מִןהַזְּקֵנִים אַלתִּבְכֶּה הִנֵּה גָבַר הָאַרְיֵה מִשֵּׁבֶט יְהוּדָה שֹׁרֶשׁ דָּוִד לִפְתֹּחַ אֶתהַסֵּפֶר וּלְהַתִּיר

שִׁבְעַת חֹתָמָיו:

 Va•yo•mer e•lai e•chad min – haz’ke•nim al – tiv•ke hee•ne ga•var ha•ar•ye mi•she•vet Yehooda sho•resh David lif•to•ach et – ha•se•fer ool•ha•tir shiv•at cho•ta•mav.

Mattityahu (Matthew) 1:21 (CJB)

21 She will give birth to a son,

and you are to name him Yeshua, [which means ‘Adonai saves,’]

because he will save his people from their sins.”

יְשׁוּעָה yeshûʿāh: salvation, deliverance

כא. וְהִיא יֹלֶדֶת בֵּן וְקָרָאתָ אֶתשְׁמוֹ יֵשׁוּעַ כִּי הוּא יוֹשִׁיעַ אֶתעַמּוֹ מֵחַטֹּאתֵיהֶם:

 Ve•hee yo•le•det ben ve•ka•ra•ta et – sh’mo Yeshua ki hoo yo•shi•a et – amo

me•cha•to•tey•hem.

Sometimes, I make quizes to get people to think about what they believe – to get people to consider their life in Messiah.  Such is the case in the following post:

2 question SELF-EXAMINATION QUIZ

 I woke up this morning with 2 thoughts concerning “OUR FATHER” in heaven:

1) Fathers teach their children how to live a good and fulfilling life. They teach us about: respect – right from wrong – good from bad – about marriage – about the kind of people we should hang out with – about integrity – about manners – the golden rule – to tell the truth – have a good work ethic – charity – mercy . . .

 If we respect our father and learn these lessons . . . these values – if we value and adopt his values and teachings instead of rebelling against them and him, he can be proud of us. He will tell others how proud he is of us.

 So the FIRST QUESTION is this:

 Is our FATHER in HEAVEN proud of you? Have you adopted his values and teachings or rebelled against them because you want to “BE YOUR OWN MAN?”

 2) Fathers want their children to have a better life than them. They work hard and make a business to take care of their family. From bible times to now, fathers teach their children a trade and bring their children into the family business so that they can have a fulfilling life and not have to want for anything.

 So the SECOND QUESTION is this:

 If being Holy because he is Holy is his business – – – If conducting our lives like he conducted his is the business – – – If the bible is the company manual – – – If being worldly is a business principle that the business rejects . . .

 Are you running the “family business” in a way that that honors your father? Are you content to be in that “business?” Is he proud of what you have done as part of the business?

 OR

 are you just working there until you can do what “YOU REALLY WANT TO DO?” Do you say to him, “Dad, I’m just not cut out for this business – I want to go to college and find my OWN way. I appreciate all you have done, BUT . . . “

 *** both of these questions force us to look at a simple biblical premise:

 “Is our Father in Heaven going to look you in the eye on that day when every knee bows and say: Well done son! Well done my good and faithful servant?!?”

 Be blessed

Just after Christmas time (and before), so much hate is spewed – so much anger – so many accusations.  I made a single verse quote in hopes that some would back down – in hopes that some would repent:

Psalm 37:8 (CJB)

 8 Stop being angry,

 put aside rage,

 and don’t be upset

 — it leads to evil.

Several days before the post above, I made the following post about the 2nd most IMPORTANT COMMAND:

What it means to love one another:

 Some questions you should ask yourself. . .

 If you REALLY LOVED your brother:

Would you lie to someone you actually love?

Would you plot behind their back if you truly loved them?

Would you murder them with your tongue if you loved them?

would you be part of a conversation that did if you loved them?

Would you sleep with their wife or husband if you loved them?

Would you steal from them if you loved them?

Would you want their material possessions if you truly loved them?

Would you call them pagans if you truly loved them?

Would you sanctify yourself at THEIR EXPENSE if you truly loved them?

 Romans 13:8-10 (CJB)

8 Don’t owe anyone anything

— except to love one another;

for whoever loves his fellow human being has fulfilled Torah.

9 For the commandments,

“Don’t commit adultery,”

“Don’t murder,”

“Don’t steal,”

“Don’t covet,”

and any others

are summed up in this one rule:

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”

10 Love does not do harm to a neighbor;

therefore love is the fullness of Torah.

 This verse is clear – this verse in a warning to some and an indictment against others . . .

 If what you are doing harms others,

it is NOT LOVE

and therefore your Torah is hollow and meaningless.

 A lack of love for your brother and harming others could literally be called anti-Torah . . .

The following is a somewhat longer post.  Not many likes on this one – love is the fullness of Torah:

The 2 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS IN LIFE: LOVE does NOT HARM its neighbor…

 WHY is our WALK and our TALK as believers supposed to be an EXAMPLE to others? A LIGHT? And why are so many that think they are a light are actually BURNED OUT BULBS (darkness) . . .

 Israel wanted what the world wanted – what the world had . . .

 1 Samuel 8:19-20 (CJB)

19 However, the people refused to listen to what Sh’mu’el told them,

and they said,

“No! We want a king over us,

20 so that we can be like all the nations,

with our king to judge us,

lead us and fight our battles.”

 They wanted to be like the nations – to have what the nations had even though the text in many areas warns them against this such as the following verse:

 Deuteronomy 12:30 (CJB)

30 be careful,

after they have been destroyed ahead of you,

not to be trapped into following them;

so that you inquire after their gods and ask,

‘How did these nations serve their gods? I want to do the same.’

 The purpose?

 To be a LIGHT . . .

 Isaiah 42:6 (CJB)

6 “I, Adonai, called you righteously,

I took hold of you by the hand,

I shaped you and made you a covenant for the people,

to be a light for the Goyim,

Isaiah 49:6 (CJB)

6 he has said,

“It is not enough that you are merely my servant

to raise up the tribes of Ya‘akov

and restore the offspring of Isra’el.

I will also make you a light to the nations,

so my SALVATION (YESHUA) can spread to the ends of the earth.”

 Yes, it uses the word for SALVATION in this verse . . .

 and there was a child born whose name had a definition and a purpose

 Definition: Adonai saves or Adonia will save

Purpose: He will save the people from their sins

 Matthew 1:21 (CJB)

21 She will give birth to a son,

and you are to name him Yeshua, [which means ‘Adonai saves,’]

because he will save his people from their sins.”

Here is the point . . .

 God’s name is His reputation . . .

For example, this is part of his name – His reputation:

 Exodus 13:16 (CJB)

16 This will serve as a sign

on your hand

and at the front of a headband around your forehead

that with a strong hand Adonai brought us out of Egypt.”

With a strong hand . . . does not lie . . . faithful to His covenants . . . love

full of grace . . . full of mercy . . . . forgiving sins . . . sending his son . . .

 As believers, you are to be a reflection of these things – – – a REFLECTOR reflecting HIS LIGHT?

 If not, then you are defaming his reputation . . . the cognate of blaspheme is defame

 If you poorly reflect who he is, you are besmirching his reputation! You are blaspheming his NAME!

 If you tear down those that actually abide in HIM – his TEMPLE, then you are also blaspheming the temple . . . and tearing down his reputation in the process . . . defaming Him by defaming them . . .

 I can’t say that strongly enough . . .

 How can we understand how to be this reflection of HIS LIGHT?

 SIMPLE . . .

 There were two commands considered the most important commands . .

1) Love God with everything you got

2) Love your neighbor in the way you would want to be loved

 You LITERALLY do NOT and can NOT understand the text if you do not do these two things because the ENTIRE text is based on understating and practicing these two things:

 Matthew 22:40 (CJB)

40 All of the Torah

and the Prophets

are DEPENDENT on these two mitzvot.”

DEPENDENT: This meaning is explained by Bertram:

 “As objects hang on a nail, and fall if the nail does not hold,

so that they are essentially dependent on it,

so the details of moral conduct,

or individual requirements of the Law,

are dependent on the law of love”

(“kremannumi,” Kittel, 3:920).

Ironically, in the Greek, the word for dependent can also be used for the word crucify as well . . .

 I will let that statement and its implications sink in for a minute . . .

 Luke 10:29 (CJB)

29 But he, wanting to justify himself,

said to Yeshua,

“And who is my ‘neighbor’?”

Luke 10:36-37 (CJB)

36 Of these three,

which one seems to you to have become the ‘neighbor’

of the man who fell among robbers?”

37 He answered,

“The one who showed mercy toward him.”

Yeshua said to him,

“You go and do as he did.”

You will not be far from the KINGDOM OF GOD is you understand these things:

 Love GOD

Love your NEIGHBOR . . .

 Mark 12:28-34 (CJB)

28 One of the Torah-teachers

came up and heard them engaged in this discussion.

Seeing that Yeshua answered them well, he asked him,

“Which is the most important mitzvah of them all?”

29 Yeshua answered,

“The most important is,

‘Sh’ma Yisra’el, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad [Hear, O Isra’el, the LORD our God, the LORD is one],

30 and you are to love Adonai your God with all your heart,

with all your soul,

with all your understanding

and with all your strength.’

31 The second is this:

‘You are to love your neighbor as yourself.’

There is no other mitzvah greater than these.”

32 The Torah-teacher said to him,

“Well said, Rabbi;

you speak the truth when you say that he is one,

and that there is no other besides him;

33 and that loving him with all one’s heart,

understanding and strength,

and loving one’s neighbor as oneself,

mean more than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

34 When Yeshua saw that he responded sensibly,

he said to him,

“You are not far from the Kingdom of God.”

And after that, no one dared put to him another sh’eilah.

Yeshua said it more than once:

John 13:35 (CJB)

35 Everyone will know that you are my talmidim

by the fact

that you have love for each other.”

 John 15:12 (CJB)

12 “This is my command:

that you keep on loving each other just as I have loved you.

 John 15:17 (CJB)

17 This is what I command you: keep loving each other!

You think Yeshua is trying to make a point?!?

 Romans 13:8-10 (CJB)

8 Don’t owe anyone anything

— except to love one another;

for whoever loves his fellow human being has fulfilled Torah.

9 For the commandments,

“Don’t commit adultery,”

“Don’t murder,”

“Don’t steal,”

“Don’t covet,”

and any others

are summed up in this one rule:

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”

10 Love does not do harm to a neighbor;

therefore love is the fullness of Torah.

I thought the following was worth sharing from Chabad:

 Chabad shared this tidbit from Rambam on truth:

 “Truth does not become more true by virtue of the that the entire world agrees with it, nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it”

 -Maimonides, The Guide for the Perplexed

I was reflecting on my marriage one morning and thought I would share the following:

 How did Julie and I survive 30 years of marriage as 2 separate and distinct couples?

The first 15 years were pure stubbornness. Both of our parents were divorced in our childhoods. We were determined to not be a statistic, and if truth be told, we didn’t want to have to admit that we were no better than our parents – we just thought we were.

 We hurt ourselves and in the process hurt our children.

 Our second 15 years are because we put God at the center of our relationship. We valued each other based upon the value that God gives us in His word. We practiced tearing up our lists of accusations. We practiced kindness. We practice humility. We did this because God comes before our spouse. In honoring God, we honored each other.

This is a glimpse into my daily life outside of this WordPress site.  The sources are not always  cited in every instance like I do on WordPress because they were Facebook posts.

Be blessed,

Bill

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Dani'el 3:17-18 (CJB) 17 Your majesty, if our God, whom we serve, is able to save us, he will save us from the blazing hot furnace and from your power. 18 But even if he doesn’t, we want you to know, your majesty, that we will neither serve your gods nor worship the gold statue which you have set up.”
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