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Holy...what does it mean?? by Greg
This is how I see it.

Holy...what does it mean??


 First of all I would like to set some things straight. I do not dislike anybody due to their beliefs, disbeliefs, lifestyles, or their background. I do not care if they are catholic, Baptist, protestant, Jewish, atheist, or if they are undecided. This is not a plea for you to accept my beliefs. It is, in fact, an insight into some things that I have noticed and feel as though I need to share it with all who would listen. I will back up what I say with scripture so if you want, have your Bible at hand please and read it as I give the scripture and see what you think. I am the owner  of a website devoted to learning Gods word and the teachings of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. It is at www.crossroad2faith.com. We invite all peoples and denominations to come and check us out, and even become a member if you care to. Just because you are a member, that doesn’t mean you agree with me, just gives you the opportunity to give your opinions and interact more with others. I DO NOT allow hatred, profanity, adult matter, or rude posting of any kind! I will stop it right away and your membership privileges will be revoked. It is a family oriented, loving site and I intend to keep it as such.  
    My name is Greg, I am married and I live in a small southeast Texas town. I am not a Bible scholar or a theologian. I don’t hold any special degrees or even finished high school. So you know now I am not a “genius” by any stretch of the imagination. I am what you would call “the average Joe”.  We go to work, pay our bills, support our family and our pets. We don’t drive a fancy car. We have a 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan we bought used. We don’t live in a fancy home or have fancy stuff. We don’t drink, (used to), smoke, (used to), or go out partying, (yep…used to), Why shucks…We are even working on the profanity habit…and I am winning!  Personally, all these things were given up just before I got saved and baptized. (not saying that you must give them up before getting saved, or baptized…more on this later.) My wife and I figure as long as bills are paid, food is available, and we can go out for dinner every once in a while, then things are good. We don’t require the lifestyles of the rich and famous, just of the blessed and highly favored!  We are followers of Jesus, some say Christian, I have seen the term used pretty loosely lately so I prefer follower of Jesus. We go to church on Sunday morning for Sunday school at 9:45 am., worship service at 10:45 am., care rings small groups meeting at 6:00 pm., and dinner and a bible study on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. As of this writing, we also go to a Discipleship class on Monday nights at 7:00pm., then there are all the other events that we enjoy others at church. We invite all to come, not just the “members” of the church.. ALL are invited and welcomed at our church. We believe in God the Father, His Son Jesus, who came to earth in flesh and gave His life for our sins on the cross, and the Holy Spirit. We do not care for “organized religion”. That is any, church entity that has their own set of rules you must obey to go there. We believe that all scripture is God breathed and recorded by the people He chose to record it. We don’t think we are right and you are wrong. We don’t think you should think and act the same way we do. I expect I will probably step on a few toes in this, and I am sorry if I do. I don’t mean to offend anyone. Now, on with my letter…
   Here is the thing. Lately I have seen a lot of “Christians” that are on a warpath. Yes, we are to be bold for Christ, but, not hateful.  We are to love the person, unconditionally as Jesus would, but, hate the sin. Now, that word sin is where we get all tweaked out of shape. The humanism in is likes, and sometimes requires that we make lists. Lists are easy to follow for us. Everything on a list is cut and dried. If you have a list, you can’t go wrong. Just look at the list, and if it is on the “good” list, do it, if it is on the “bad” list, don’t do it. Nice and simple, huh?  Well, I really wish being a follower of Jesus was that simple.. wait… it is simple. It is us that make it hard. I will explain this later… just wait.  I am going to break this down into different segments, if you will, so it is easier to follow. I will go through some of the things that I have seen, or heard, that are weighing hard on my heart and soul and explain why they are. Then what my thoughts are, along with the scripture for my feeling that way.  Well here we go. Please give me the honor of reading this thoroughly so as not to misconstrue what I am trying to say. Pray before you read it for God to give you discernment as to what you are reading. If at the end you have an opinion to express… remember the website? Go there and let me know please. I am open to opinions, but state them in a loving way please as I try and do. I will be using the NIV version of the Bible as it is the one I use. I know many readers use, and swear by the KJV version, but, I don’t talk in that manner, and, as far as I know the people who God had write it for Him didn’t either. Besides, the KJV can be very confusing to some people, especially “new” Christians and  I don’t want them to be confused. Away we go!
Holiness: What is it? God said Be Holy as I am Holy.
Let’s take a look at this word, Holy. What does it mean? Well, therein lies the problem. In order to understand the meaning of the words used in the scriptures, we must first understand the language of the ORIGINAL text. We cannot define the word Holy in our,(latin) definition as that is not the way the Hebrew language meant it to be defined. 
Holy ~ qadosh
When we use the word holy, as in a holy person, we usually associate this with a righteous or pious person. If we use this concept when interpreting the word holy in the Hebrew Bible then we are misreading the text as this is not the meaning of the Hebrew word qadosh. Qadosh literally means "to be set apart for a special purpose".). Israel was qadosh because they were separated by the other nations as servants of God. The furnishings in the tabernacle were qadosh as they were not to be used for anything except for the work in the tabernacle. We are holy in the fact that we are  set apart from the world to be God's servants and representatives.  Let me go a little further to explain this. Holy is not a performance, it is a purpose. Example: Take a pen. It is a perfect example. When you take a pen and write with it, even though it may smear or smudge, it is perfect for its “purpose”, that is writing, although the performance isn’t perfect it is still a perfect writing instrument.  Now, take that same pen, try driving in a nail with it. For this purpose it isn’t perfect, yet, for its purpose of writing it still remains perfect. Holy in Hebrew is talking about our purpose for God, not about our performance for Him. We cannot “do” anything to make ourselves holy, we are made holy by God. When we set our sites on Him, give ourselves over to His teachings, and commit our lives to the teachings of Jesus, He “sets us apart for a special purpose”, thus, making us holy. Does that make sense??
Leviticus 19:2
“Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.
Now, there are a LOT of scriptures on this. I will take some time and point some of them out. Then, I am going to try and explain what the word Holy means. Patience please.
Genesis 2:3
Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. 
It wasn’t the holy because of what the day did or was, but because it was set apart from the other days. Its purpose.
Exodus 3:5
“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”
Numbers 10:21
Then the Kohathites set out, carrying the holy things. The tabernacle was to be set up before they arrived. 
See how the word holy has been wrongly used by many church people? They insist on the latin meaning which is exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness. This is done by a performance, what you do, not a purpose as was intended by God. You cannot make yourself holy by what you do, how you act, who you help, etc. You are made holy by God setting you apart for His use, and you can only get to God by the way of Jesus, who gave His life for us on the cross.
The way to God and into Heaven: What is it?
Contrary to what a lot of people, including some popular preachers, think, there is only ONE way to the Father, that is through Jesus Christ. There aren’t “many” roads to Him. There is only one way into Heaven also. Scripture says:
John 14:6
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Matthew 7:13
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
No one can get you into Heaven. Not your pastor, spouse, kids, mom, dad, church, etc. It is a choice YOU have to make. A good heart will not get you there either.  The only thing that is able to get you there is Gods grace. You can only receive Gods grace by having faith in Him. A lot of people will say that it takes faith and works. I disagree. 
Ephesians 2:8
New International Version (NIV)
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
Now, some will point out or quote this scripture: 
James 2:26
As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
I want you to look at this scripture though:
James 2:18
But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.
I look at it this way. The deeds or works don’t get you the grace, because then you would be earning the grace, like a paycheck for doing a job. If it is a gift from God, as stated in Ephesians 2:8, then all you need is the faith to receive it. The deeds will come as you will want to do more for those around you as God changes your life and gives you the Holy Spirit who will dwell within you and give you a servants heart. Grace is not a product of works, works are a product of the grace. Understand?
Love: What is it?
Let me start by saying that this has been an issue between many people, even Christians, all over. There is so much hatred in the world that I am saddened by it. Here is a true story you probably seen on the news. I won’t mention who was involved, but, I assure you it did happen. I was watching the news when I saw a piece about a preacher who verbally attacked a lesbian lady and called her a “lesbian pig”. I was appalled that a pastor, of all people, would show that kind of hatred, or hatred in general towards any of Gods creation. I do not condone or approve of homosexuality in any way because scripture does say:
1 Timothy 1:8-11
New International Version (NIV
8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 9 We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.
 God is love. Jesus said:
Matthew 22
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 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[c] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
If you don’t know what love is, then read this:
1 Corinthians 13: 1-13
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 1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
We cannot be hateful to others and still have the heart of Jesus. We must love the people, but hate the sin. How you judge others , you will be judged:
Matthew 7:1
[ Judging Others ] “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
Matthew 7:2
For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Luke 6:37
[ Judging Others ] “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
That one was short, huh?
Sin: What is it?
Sin means missing the mark. Whether we focus upon the action, the agent of the action or the result of the action is irrelevant - the point is we missed the mark. The shift from Hebrew to Greek adds one vital ingredient. In Hebrew you miss the mark; in Greek you miss your share of the prize because you missed the mark.  Also, to me, anything that takes your focus off of God, or, comes between you and God.
There have been many lists made on this one. It seems every church, pastor, person, has a different idea on what sin really is. This is where the lists make life easier to live by. Many of these are my opinion, I don’t have scripture to back them up, just a discernment that leads me to believe as I do. I hesitate on writing this section a little because of this scripture:
Romans 14
New International Version (NIV)
 1 Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. 2 One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3 The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand. 5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. 6Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister[a]? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11It is written:
   “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, 
‘every knee will bow before me; 
   every tongue will acknowledge God.’”[b]
 12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. 13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. 14 I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. 15 If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. 16Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 21It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.[c]
I’m going to go out on a limb though. Here it is:
Homosexuality: Well already went over it so I will copy and paste it for a reminder:
1 Timothy 1:8-11
New International Version (NIV
8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 9 We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.
Romans 1:26,27
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26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
Drinking: This one is interesting. I am against it. I don’t think you should put something in your body that changes your thought process, your  attitude, your emotional state, etc. I know that Jesus made wine, even drank it at His last supper with the disciples. It doesn’t say if it was fermented or un-fermented. (Can’t get drunk from the un-fermented). Even the grapes still on the vine were called wine back then. I give you this scripture though:
Judges 13:6,7
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6 Then the woman went to her husband and told him, “A man of God came to me. He looked like an angel of God, very awesome. I didn’t ask him where he came from, and he didn’t tell me his name. 7But he said to me, ‘You will become pregnant and have a son. Now then, drink no wine or other fermented drink and do not eat anything unclean, because the boy will be a Nazirite of God from the womb until the day of his death.’”
I also don’t think one should go to bars, clubs, etc. and be part of that crowd. I give you this scripture:
1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
Isaiah 29:9
Be stunned and amazed, blind yourselves and be sightless; be drunk, but not from wine, stagger, but not from beer.
Luke 21:34
“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap.
1 Corinthians 5:11
But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.
1 Corinthians 6:10
nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Thessalonians 5:6-8
New International Version (NIV)
6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.
Smoking and non-prescription drugs: I am against them. I used to smoke. Don’t anymore.
I think that since our bodies belong to God, and that since our bodies are a temple, and the Holy Spirit resides in us, then why should we poison it with these? I don’t have a scripture here, just what God has put on MY heart about them. I have heard a lot of people say that God made it, why is it wrong? Well, he also made poison plants that will kill you if you eat them…why not eat them? BECAUSE THEY WEREN’T INTENDED TO BE ATE!! Same with these. Just because God created it, doesn’t mean we are supposed to use it that way…remember the tree of knowledge in the garden of Eden? I’ll remind you:
Genesis 2:17
but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
Sex: Here we go now.
Sex is to be between a man and woman AFTER they are married. Period! It is not ok to have sex if you are going to get married, if you are fiancés, if you are drunk, high, etc. There is no excuse for sexual immorality or promiscuity in ones life. Most people will point out the things that went on in the Old Testament. Let me remind you…we do not live in them times now. The laws have changed, yes, I mean Gods laws. 
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
New International Version (NIV)
 12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”[b] 17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.[c]
18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
1 Corinthians 7:1-3
New International Version (NIV)
 1 Now for the matters you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” 2 But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband.
Leviticus 18
New International Version (NIV) 1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘I am the LORD your God. 3 You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices. 4 You must obey my laws and be careful to follow my decrees. I am the LORD your God. 5 Keep my decrees and laws, for the person who obeys them will live by them. I am the LORD. 6 “‘No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am the LORD.7 “‘Do not dishonor your father by having sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother; do not have relations with her.8 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your father’s wife; that would dishonor your father.9 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your sister, either your father’s daughter or your mother’s daughter, whether she was born in the same home or elsewhere. 10 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your son’s daughter or your daughter’s daughter; that would dishonor you. 11 “‘Do not have sexual relations with the daughter of your father’s wife, born to your father; she is your sister. 12 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your father’s sister; she is your father’s close relative.13 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your mother’s sister, because she is your mother’s close relative.14 “‘Do not dishonor your father’s brother by approaching his wife to have sexual relations; she is your aunt.15 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law. She is your son’s wife; do not have relations with her.16 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your brother’s wife; that would dishonor your brother. 17 “‘Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter. Do not have sexual relations with either her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter; they are her close relatives. That is wickedness. 18 “‘Do not take your wife’s sister as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living.19 “‘Do not approach a woman to have sexual relations during the uncleanness of her monthly period.20 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your neighbor’s wife and defile yourself with her.21 “‘Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molek, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.22 “‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.23 “‘Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.24 “‘Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled. 25 Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. 26 But you must keep my decrees and my laws. The native-born and the foreigners residing among you must not do any of these detestable things, 27 for all these things were done by the people who lived in the land before you, and the land became defiled.28 And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you. 29 “‘Everyone who does any of these detestable things—such persons must be cut off from their people. 30 Keep my requirements and do not follow any of the detestable customs that were practiced before you came and do not defile yourselves with them. I am the LORD your God.’”
I think I am done on this one. I hope you get what I am trying to say. There are many others that I will not go through right now, such as lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, pride, vanity, etc.
   I think I would like to take some time to focus on the relationship between a husband and wife. We are given instruction on how we should treat each other in a marriage.  Here is one I like in particular:
Ephesians 5:21-32
New International Version (NIV)
21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26to make her holy, cleansing[b] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”[c] 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
Colossians 3:18,19
New International Version (NIV)
18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.
1 Peter 3:1-7
New International Version (NIV)
 1 Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, 6 like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
I think it is time for me to stop now. I believe that I have said all I have been led to say for now. I would like to close with this:
   Have you ever wondered why God created us? Why He would give us life? Why His love for us is unconditional? Even though we had turned our backs to Him, He gave us His only Son, to die a death so horrific and painful? Why His Son took all our sins on Himself so that we may have everlasting life with Our Father after we pass away from this one? We were not created for this world. We were created to have a loving relationship with God. We were to not only love, but be loved. He gave us authority over all the Earth and all the beasts. He only wanted the best for us yet we have failed him. We find so many reasons why we don’t have time for Him. We are too busy at work, too busy playing or watching sports, we have to get online and do facebook, we have so many chores to get done, we are really tired, we need to work longer to make more money, etc. We have a million excuses why we can’t give Him some time, yet, He only had one reason to give His Sons life on the cross for us….HE LOVES US THAT MUCH!! Next time you think it is such an inconvenience to go to Sunday school, church service, tell others of His love for them, or just take time to sit with Him and talk to Him. Remember, what Jesus went through just so we can go to Him and say thank you! He waits on the time that you will take to go to Him even if it just to say Hi. We were created for a relationship with God, do you have one with Him? I mean, are you willing to give up all that you are to do what He wants you to do, go where He wants you to go, speak to those He wants you to speak to? Do you love Him that much? Careful, He knows what is in your heart. I want to end with  a scripture that I really like:
Colossians 3:1-17
New International Version (NIV)
 1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your[a] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
 5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.[b] 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
I want to thank you for reading this. I hope that I have made sense and not just sounded like a “religious fanatic” because I am not. My only defense is I love Jesus with all my mind, heart, and soul. I know that He was God in the flesh, He descended from Heaven, was on this earth as a man for a short time, was tortured and crucified for my sins, died upon a cross, then ascended into Heaven where He waits to return one day and claim me as part of His bride, His church. I also know that no matter where you are in life, He is waiting on you also. He waits for you to accept Him as your Lord and Savior. He doesn’t want that anyone should perish, but that all would have a place with Him in His grace. As I said before, I can’t get you there, your spouse can’t get you there, neither can anyone in the world, including a pastor. The only way to Heaven, is through Jesus. He is the way, the only way. Do not be fooled by those who tell you different. It isn’t what’s in your heart that saves you, not what you do that saves you, who you help, what you own, where you live or go to church. What you need is to ask Jesus to come into your heart. Be your personal Savior. Take over your life, mind, body, and soul. Let Him know that you believe that He was the Son of God, He came to Earth, Gave His life for your transgressions, He defeated death and in 3 days was resurrected and ascended into Heaven where He sits at Gods right hand. He will return one day to judge all people.  And commit your life to following His teachings and spreading His word. And above all, showing all people love.
1 Corinthians 13: 4-8
New International Version (NIV)
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.
                                                        Thank you and God Bless!
                                                                  Greg Dick
Written 3-21-2012

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