God’s Apricot Kernels

Greetings! Because of Randal’s invitation, I’m a new author for TFR. It’s an honor to be here, and I’d like to share my story with you.

How often have you read the following verse and wondered why in the world God felt it necessary to tell us these plants and fruits came from seeds? I just thought it was because we humans tend to not “get it.”

“Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food’” (Genesis 1:29).

I recently learned that perhaps God meant for the seeds to also be our “food.”

After a two-year battle with cancer (Non-Hodgkins T-cell Lymphoma), all the conventional treatments failed me. Even what was considered a “cure,” a stem-cell transplant (from an adult donor), failed (because they overdosed me on an immune suppressant drug, but that’s another story).

Despite aggressive treatments, I was told I had four new tumors (one in my ribcage and three in my lymph nodes), including one that was previously found in my pelvic bone (so, a total of five tumors). Naturally, the doctor wanted to do more chemo, following the radiation I’d already had on my pelvic bone. I was discouraged by what the doctor had to offer, so I chose not to follow any more conventional treatments. Because of that decision, my oncologist talked of the medications I might want to use to ease my last days. Continue reading

#alternative-cancer-treatments, #apricot-kernels, #benefits-of-fruit-seeds, #cancer, #gods-food, #gods-nutrition, #laetrile, #natural-cancer-cures, #vitamin-b17

Churches are crossing borders into previously untried ground…

Churches are crossing borders into previously untried ground. Stained glass and steeples are out and coffee shops and strip malls are in. Blue jeans and shorts are replacing suits and dresses. Some will look down their noses at these efforts to reach into previously untouched and unreached population segments. But we should remember that Jesus went where the people needed help. At least one of these leading the way said, “We break with tradition, but we don’t break with scripture.” One thing we need to remember, when Samuel assumed Eliab was God’s chosen, the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance, for the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” This is Just-A-Minute

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The Back Page isn’t a part of the Bible

My family and I went to one of the local county fairs last week. My daughter got a big kick out of the lights and out of a couple of the kiddie rides that her mom took her on…I’m glad mom was there because rides that go round and round and round aren’t for me or my equilibrium.

Along with the rides the fair also provides agricultural events (including the animals that my daughter also got a kick out of seeing) and the ability for local civic and commercial booths to be set up in various buildings. We decided to walk through these areas to see what was being offered. There was everything from vitamins and supplements that “heal and prevent” ailments (I guess the fair will always have its snake oil people) to air conditioning companies to local photographers and vendors of other crafts.

The booths of particular interest to me were the ones that were religious in nature. And there were plenty of them with one major exception (I think I may say more on that next time after I get a little more clarification). One of the booths in particular was set up by the members of the Gideons International group. I can honestly say that I appreciate their efforts. As usual they were giving out free New Testaments with the addition of the Psalms and Proverbs located in the back. I eagerly took one and told the man handing them out thank you; it’ll make a good addition to my desk at work.

As you open the book, other than the scriptures themselves, you’ll see the usual things. There’s place to put your name and date. Contact info for the Gideons. After that there’s a good reminder about how “righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:3), and then you can read some info about the Gideon’s themselves. After that there’s a quick intro to the Bible, a good quick-reference-guide about various topics and a neat section that has John 3:16 translated into a lot of different languages including Portuguese…but the only one I can vouch for is English.

I can appreciate all of these things that can be found on the front pages of the booklet form of the Bible, but something I cannot appreciate is the back page. On the back page you’ll find “instructions” on how to be saved that simply comes down to signing your name and placing a date under some simplified version of the sinner’s prayer. It really is a shame that an organization that is so diligent in getting the word of God out into the hands of the masses fails to rightly divide the same exact word when it comes to salvation (2 Timothy 2:15). Not one time in the New Testament can anyone be found reciting any form of the so-called “sinner’s prayer” to find his or her salvation in Jesus, but yet people, and organizations such as the Gideons, continue to promote it as a legitimate way to be saved.

What people need to keep in mind is that a back page that has been inserted may rest between the covers of the book, but that’s not where one’s salvation is found. Salvation is found in the heart of God’s word! It’s found in believing the gospel, and submitting to the grace of God in the same way that you find those whom you read about in the book of Acts. People who believed in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (Acts 18:8). People who repented of their sins (Acts 2:38). People who were willing to confess Jesus (Acts 8:36-37). People who were baptized for the remission of sins by the blood of Jesus (Acts 22:16). And people who desired to live out their life in a way that glorifies God (Acts 26:28-29).

Many things may be found on the back page of the Bible, but remember, more often than not the back page isn’t a part of the Bible, the word of God which is able purify the soul through the gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:18-25).

#bible, #christianity, #gideons-international, #new-testament, #salvation

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(#70) The Proverbs of Solomon 13:15-Why Do Sinners Live The Hard Life?

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 13:15: “Good understanding gains favor, But the way of the unfaithful is hard.”

There is nothing in the teaching of Jesus Christ that cannot appeal to the better nature in every person. “Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men. Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another” (Romans 14:16-19). By precisely following Jesus Christ, the Christian life would be peaceful to all. “For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men– as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king” (1 Peter 2:15-17).

“The way of the unfaithful is hard” is proven every day in every way. It is much more difficult to live in sin than to follow the way of righteousness. The life controlled by alcohol, or other drugs, is littered with domestic abuse, violent arguments, tragic accidents, and lost wages; STDs, HIV, and their accompanying afflictions are not usually associated with the purity of one male and one female devotion in marriage (Matthew 19:4-9); finding purpose in life, holding to high principles, and facing threats and troubles from enemies in life is impossible without Christ (1 Peter 2:13-17); aging while looking back over a life of ruin is agonizing, and Solomon later said: “Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days are prolonged, yet I surely know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him. But it will not be well with the wicked; nor will he prolong his days, which are as a shadow, because he does not fear before God” (Ecclesiastes 8:12-13). If a sinner can see what a Christian does not have to endure, obeying Jesus Christ is clearly the better way. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled” (2 Corinthians 10:4-6). Other proverbs also teach this hardship of sinners: “Evil pursues sinners, But to the righteous, good shall be repaid” (Proverbs 13:21); “In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, But in the revenue of the wicked is trouble” (Proverbs 15:6); “Whoever walks blamelessly will be saved, But he who is perverse in his ways will suddenly fall” (Proverbs 28:18); “By transgression an evil man is snared, But the righteous sings and rejoices” (Proverbs 29:6). Given the difficulties in life, many sinners resort to even more sin! That’s like finding ourselves in a hole, and we start digging! The solution is not to do more sin, but to be relieved from that burden. Jesus said “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). “Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’” (Acts 2:38).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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