Read Acts 2:36-47. You can either catch the drift or continue adrift. However, if you are wondering what you can do to bail yourself out (Acts 2:40;Philippians 2:12; James 2:24,26), it's as good a place to start as any. Note especially vs 38, 40, 41 and 47. Jesus in fact builds the New Testament version of the Old Testament ark. 1 Peter 3:20-21.
And this is partially why Christians live and walk by faith, not by sight-
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The current White House has shifted the type of weapons exports the U.S. favors. Prior to this year, aircraft was the largest component of U.S. arms sales, according to the Security Assistance Monitor. Under the first year of the Trump administration, sales of bombs and missiles dominated.
That year, the U.S. sold Saudi Arabia $298 million worth of Paveway laser-guided missiles, $98 million in ammunition for various types of firearms and $95 million worth of programmable bomb systems. A recent attack on a school bus in Yemen that killed dozens of children was carried out with a bomb the U.S. sold to Saudi Arabia, CNN has reported.
Just this year, the State Department has approved sales to Saudi Arabia of $670 million worth of BGM-71 TOWs, a type of anti-tank missile, $1.3 billion worth of medium self-propelled Howitzers and at least $600 million in "maintenance support services."
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France's Presidential cultural heritage envoy Stephane Bern told broadcaster France-Info on Wednesday that 880 million euros (USD $995 million) has been raised-
in just a day and a half since the fire.
Contributions came from near and far, rich and poor – from Apple and magnates who own L’Oreal, Chanel and Dior, to Catholic parishioners and others from small towns and cities around France and the world.
the churches of Christ Salute You Romans 16:16
the Church of Christ in Cornwall
17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.
18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord.
20 Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head."
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
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The 9 August attack killed 40 boys aged from six to 11 who were being taken on a school trip. Eleven adults also died. Local authorities said that 79 people were wounded, 56 of them children. CNN reported that the weapon used was a 227kg laser-guided bomb made by Lockheed Martin, one of many thousands sold to Saudi Arabia as part of billions of dollars of weapons exports.
After the bombing of a funeral hall in October 2016 that killed 155 people, Barack Obama halted the sale of guided munition technology to Saudi Arabia, on the grounds that improved precision would not save civilian lives if the Saudi-led coalition were not taking care to avoid hitting non-military targets. The sales were reinstated by the Trump administration’s first secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, in March 2017.
Saudi Arabia is the biggest single customer for both the US and UK arms industries.
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24 "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands.
25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.
26 From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.
27 God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.
28 'For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.'
29 "Therefore since we are God's offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone — an image made by man's design and skill.
30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.
31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead."
A recent attack on a school bus in Yemen that killed dozens of children was carried out with a precision guided bomb the U.S. sold to Saudi Arabia. On 9 August 2018, Saudi Arabian expeditionary aircraft bombed a civilian school bus passing through a crowded market with U.S.-made bombs in Dahyan, Saada Governorate, Yemen, near the border with Saudi Arabia. At least 40 children were killed, all under 15 years old and most under age 10. Yemen is the poorest country in the Arab world. Half of the population lives on less than $2 a day without access to clean water and proper sanitation.
SYRIAN MIGRANT BOY WHO DROWNED WHEN THE OVERLOADED BOAT HE WAS IN CAPSIZED.
5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written:
Eye has not seen
nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him
10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
1 Corinthians 2:5-11
The speed and scale of those donations has sparked a debate about income inequality and the worthiness of the cause.
The criticism comes after Francois Henri Pinault and Bernard Arnault — both billionaires — each pledged more than $100 million to the restoration efforts.
The rivals have a history of one-upmanship.
According to the Yemen Data Project, Saudi and Emirati aircraft have conducted over 18,500 air raids on Yemen since the war began—an average of over 14 attacks every day for over 1,300 days. They have bombed schools, hospitals, homes, markets, factories, roads, farms, and even historical sites. Tens of thousands of civilians, including thousands of children, have been killed or maimed by Saudi airstrikes.
But the Saudis and Emiratis couldn’t continue their bombing campaign in Yemen without U.S. military support.
American planes refuel Saudi aircraft on route to their targets, and Saudi and Emirati pilots drop bombs made in the United States and the United Kingdom onto Yemeni homes and schools. Nevertheless, U.S. attention to the war in Yemen has been largely confined to brief spats of outrage over particularly dramatic attacks, like the August school bus bombing that killed dozens of children.
11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,
13 each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is.
14 If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.
15 If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
1 Corinthians 3:11-17
Something to think about.
Whether you have a dollar or millions and billions of them ask yourself this. Would Jesus have restored a mammoth life-less, self-serving icon made by human hands for human egos out of vanity, or, a priceless, one of a kind precious temple of life made by God’s hands out of love, though sadly destroyed by ‘ours’ out of greed and neglect and indifference? When Jesus told ‘those’ of His day that if the ‘temple’ was destroyed He would rebuild it in three days, what or who do you think He was referring to? (John 2:19-22). In terms of value and worth and purpose what do you believe He meant? Mankind, maybe it’s time to stop building ‘bigger barns’ for self and start building ‘better barns’ for one and all (Luke 12:15-31). While you still have time, endeavor to dedicate yourself to what such symbolism is supposed to stand for- or it stands for nothing as do those standing along with it. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
ABOVE: NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL PARIS- INSERT IS A 7 YEAR OLD YEMEN GIRL WHO IS WITH THE LORD NOW. 85,000 CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 5 HAVE STARVED TO DEATH SINCE 2017 IN SAUDI ARABIA'S WAR ON YEMEN USING MILITARY WEAPONS & EQUIPMENT PROFITEERED BY THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA PLUS PORT BLOCKADE HELP FROM THE U.S. THESE ARE THE 'JOBS' THAT TRUMP AND TRUDEAU DON'T WANT TO 'LOSE' AND BOTH COUNTRIES SEEM WILLING TO LIVE WITH THE DEATHS OF THE CHILDREN. SAUDI ARABIA MAY BE BUYING THE WEAPONS BUT YEMEN'S CHILDREN ARE PAYING THE PRICE. TRUDEAU CAMPAIGNED ON A PROMISE TO CANCEL THE SAUDI-CANADIAN DEAL BUT HIS CHILDREN NOR TRUMP'S LIVE, WORK, GO TO SCHOOL OR VACATION IN YEMEN, SELPHIE'S? UHM? - AND TRUMP HAS NO GOLF COURSES THERE SOO...
P.S. THE CANADA-SAUDI DEAL HASN'T BEEN CANCELLED YET. STILL THINKING ABOUT IT.
Profiteering: a person who takes advantage of a situation in which other people are suffering to make a profit.
Jet on a bombing run in Syria
"With a click of their fingers, two French billionaires have given €300million to restore Notre Dame. Just imagine if billionaires cared as much about uhhhh human people," one tweet said. The post highlighted French poverty statistics and suggested the wealthy could solve such problems if they chose to.
LVMH (LVMHF) and its CEO Bernard Arnault have promised €200 million ($226 million). The donation has been matched by the Bettencourt Meyers family, which controls L'Oreal (LRLCF).
The Crown of Thorns, regarded as Notre Dame’s most sacred relic, was among the treasures quickly transported after the fire broke out, authorities said. Brought to Paris by King Louis IX in the 13th century, it is purported to have been pressed onto Christ’s head during the crucifixion.
The cathedral’s famous 18th-century organ that boasts more than 8,000 pipes also survived.
Meanwhile Macron’s 5-year deadline –coincides with the 2024 Paris Olympics, which the government wants to make a major showcase.
The Yemen bus bomb was found by CNN to be an American-made, 500-pound (227-kilogram), laser-guided MK 82 bomb, a weapon similar to one that killed 155 people in an October 2016 attack on a funeral hall in Yemen. Earlier that same year, a strike on a Yemeni market -- this time reportedly by a US-supplied precision-guided MK 84 bomb -- killed 97 people.
We would all do well to pay attention to these universal statements made by Jesus Christ
5 Year old Syrian boy pulled from the rubble of a hospital in Aleppo, Syria after a night of bombing by planes.
Be a part of something bigger and greater than the sum of all its individual parts and lasts longer than time itself!
As Paul wrote: "I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe."
Only the fool says in his heart that there is no God. When one looks at the world today, sometimes it's easy to think that most of mankind is a ship of fools on a sea of madness of their own making. They unwittingly sail by the Devil's charts guided by Satan's sextant of blind faith, determined to continue a course plotted to make a shipwreck even of that. Their bounty is guilded, shiny and pleasing to the eye yet only thinly veiling something of little worth. Fittingly 'fool's gold', they know it not, and without an anchor to the soul, doomed to drown in the wake of their own sins while cutting through waters of deception heading for the perfect spiritual storm, bowing to the Master and Commander of lies and deceit. Psalms 14:1-2 The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God.
As Jesus often said, "He who has ears to hear, let him listen".
As He also said, "Go and learn what this means".
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38 "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.'
39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
40 If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also.
41 And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.
42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.
43 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'
44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?
48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
1 "Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.
2 Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets,
that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
3 But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
4 that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.
Matthew 5:38-48; 6:1-4
Syrian kids going to school
27 "But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.
29 To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either.
30 Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back.
31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.
32 "But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.
33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.
34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back.
35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High.
Sunday April 28-2019 'Shame, Shame, Shame'
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Charred Wood, Scorched Stone and dead lifeless relics-Is That What Jesus Came, Lived And Died For? And You?
And the Lord said to Gideon, "The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, 'My own hand has saved me.'
3 Now therefore, proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying, 'Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him turn and depart at once from Mount Gilead.'" And twenty-two thousand of the people returned, and ten thousand remained.
4 But the Lord said to Gideon, "The people are still too many; bring them down to the water, and I will test them for you there. Then it will be, that of whom I say to you, 'This one shall go with you,' the same shall go with you; and of whomever I say to you, 'This one shall not go with you,' the same shall not go."
5 So he brought the people down to the water. And the Lord said to Gideon, "Everyone who laps from the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set apart by himself; likewise everyone who gets down on his knees to drink."
6 And the number of those who lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was three hundred men; but all the rest of the people got down on their knees to drink water.
7 Then the Lord said to Gideon, "By the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand. Let all the other people go, every man to his place."
8 So the people took provisions and their trumpets in their hands. And he sent away all the rest of Israel, every man to his tent, and retained those three hundred men.
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What Would Jesus Do? What Would He Say? What Did He Do? What Did He Say?
15 And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, "Alas, my master! What shall we do?"
16 So he answered, "Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them."
17 And Elisha prayed, and said, "Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
18 So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, and said, "Strike this people, I pray, with blindness." And He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.
19 Now Elisha said to them, "This is not the way, nor is this the city. Follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek." But he led them to Samaria.
20 So it was, when they had come to Samaria, that Elisha said, "Lord, open the eyes of these men, that they may see." And the Lord opened their eyes, and they saw; and there they were, inside Samaria!
21 Now when the king of Israel saw them, he said to Elisha, "My father, shall I kill them? Shall I kill them?"
22 But he answered, "You shall not kill them. Would you kill those whom you have taken captive with your sword and your bow? Set food and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master."
23 Then he prepared a great feast for them; and after they ate and drank, he sent them away and they went to their master. So the bands of Syrian raiders came no more into the land of Israel.
2 Kings 6:15-23
19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward." Matthew 10:42
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
5 Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling,
3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked.
4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling,
so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
5 Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.
7 We live by faith, not by sight.
8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience.
2 Corinthians 5:1-11
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?
15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?
16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people."
17 Therefore "Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you."
18 'I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty."
2 Corinthians 6:14-18
A GIRL SITS ALONE AMID RUBBLE AFTER A TSUNAMI STRUCK A COASTAL TOWN IN JAPAN 2011
Shame On All Of Us! Shame On Each One Of Us!
THIS LITTLE BOY WAS TRYING DESPERATELY TO GET TO A FEEDING STATION WHILE A VULTURE SITS AND WAITS. THE JOURNALIST WHO TOOK THIS PHOTO AND WALKED AWAY WON A PULITZER PRIZE.