The Living Word is Our Eucharist:
Selected Bible Verses with Commentaries

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Proverbs 8:12
12 I wisdom dwell with prudence,
and find out knowledge of witty inventions.

📜Bible Readings Α-Ω
*In Progress:🌊

The Old Testament
1. Genesis💦
2. Exodus💦
3. Leviticus💦
4. Numbers💦
5. Deuteronomy💦
6. Joshua💦
7. Judges💦
8. Ruth💦
9. 1 Samuel💦
10. 2 Samuel💦
11. 1 Kings💦
12. 2 Kings💦
13. 1 Chronicles💦
14. 2 Chronicles💦
15. Ezra💦
16. Nehemiah💦
17. 🕯Tobit
18. 🕯Judith
19. Esther💦
20. 🕯1 Maccabees
21. 🕯2 Maccabees
22. Job💦
23. Psalms🌊
24. Proverbs💦
25. Ecclesiastes💦
26. Song of Solomon💦
27. 🕯Wisdom
28. 🕯Sirach
29. Isaiah🌊
30. Jeremiah
31. Lamentations
32. 🕯Baruch
33. Ezekiel
34. 🕯Daniel
35. Hosea
36. Joel
37. Amos
38. Obadiah
39. Jonah
40. Micah
41. Nahum
42. Habakkuk
43. Zephaniah
44. Haggai
45. Zechariah
46. Malachi

Deuterocanonical, Apocrypha🕯
Judith, 1 and 2

The New Testament
1. Matthew💦
2. Mark💦
3. Luke💦
4. John💦
5. Acts (of the Apostles)💦
6. Romans💦
7. 1 Corinthians💦
8. 2 Corinthians💦
9. Galatians💦
10. Ephesians💦
11. Philippians💦
12. Colossians💦
13. 1 Thessalonians💦
14. 2 Thessalonians💦
15. 1 Timothy💦
16. 2 Timothy💦
17. Titus💦
18. Philemon💦
19. Hebrews💦
20. James💦
21. 1 Peter💦
22. 2 Peter💦
23. 1 John💦
24. 2 John💦
25. 3 John💦
26. Jude💦
27. Revelation💦

Mark 8:34-37
34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. 36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Romans 7:21-25
21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 but I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Genesis 28:10-22
10 And Jacob went out from Beer-sheba, and went toward Haran. 11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. 12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. 13 And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; 14 and thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. 16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not. 17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. 18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it. 19 And he called the name of that place Beth-el: but the name of that city was calledLuz at the first. 20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, 21 so that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God: 22 and this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

1 Corinthians 15:51-58
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 2:9-16
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Matthew 6:19-23
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

Matthew 6:30-34
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clotheyou, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Luke 12:28-37
28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? 29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. 30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. 31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. 32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; 36 and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. 37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.

Matthew 16:18-19
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

Romans 9:32-33
32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; 33 as it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Galatians 5:5-6
5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

Hebrews 11:1, 32-40
11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and ofBarak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; ofDavid also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: 33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: 36 and others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 37 they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 38 (of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and inmountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. 39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: 40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Hebrews 12:26-29
26 whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 29 for our God is a consuming fire.

James 1:21-25
21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

James 2:20-26
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

1 Peter 2:18-24
18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. 19 For this isthankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 24 who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

1 Peter 3:13-18
13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? 14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; 15 but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 16 having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. 18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

1 Peter 4:8
8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

2 Peter 1:5-7
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

2 Peter 2:19
19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

2 Peter 3:8-9, 15
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

1 Kings 21:25-29
25 But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the Lord, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up. 26 And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the Lord cast out before the children of Israel.
27 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly. 28 And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 29 Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son’s days will I bring the evil upon his house.

Exodus 7:1-7
7 And the Lord said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet. 2 Thou shalt speak all that I command thee: and Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh, that he send the children of Israel out of his land. 3 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt. 4 But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. 5 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them. 6 And Moses and Aaron did as the Lordcommanded them, so did they. 7 And Moses was fourscore years old, and Aaron fourscore and three years old, when they spake unto Pharaoh.

1 Corinthians 11:31-32
31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

Matthew 6:34
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Matthew 11:28
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

1 Corinthians 1:26-28
26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
1 Corinthians 1:29-31
29 that no flesh should glory in his presence. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

2 Corinthians 3:3-5, 18
3 forasmuch as ye aremanifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. 4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: 5 not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen areeternal.

2 Corinthians 5:1-3
5 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 3 if so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
1 Corinthians 5:14-15
14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 15 and that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
1 Corinthians 5:18-19
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

1 Corinthians 6:3-9
3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: 4 but in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, 5 in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; 6 by pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, 7 by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 8 by honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yetpossessing all things.

(Willingness, readiness)
2 Corinthians 8:3
For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves;
2 Corinthians 8:11-14
11 Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have. 12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. 13 For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: 14 but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supplyfor your want: that there may be equality:

(Outward social comparison, judging)
2 Corinthians 10:13-14; 17-18
13 But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you. 14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ:
17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.

(Glory of God in my weakness)
2 Corinthians 12:5-11
5 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. 6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. 11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.

(Felicitation, desiring good for brethren)
2 Corinthians 13:5-9
5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. 7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. 8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. 9 For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.

(Blue fringe, after the heart of the lord)
Numbers 15:39-41
39 and it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: 40 that ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God. 41 I am the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord your God.

“Worldly Attachments”
The more of my world that falls away, the more of God shines through.

“Calibrate to God’s Will”
The only thing I can control, the only proper use of will power, is to choose to respond with love. To love unconditionally, without exception, as an offering to God, is always the only right decision, and is an incorruptible preservation and strength.

(Miss Scarlet with the Rope)
Joshua 2:12-22
12 Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the Lord, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father’s house, and give me a true token: 13 and that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death. 14 And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the Lord hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee.
15 Then she let them down by a cord through the window: for her house wasupon the town wall, and she dwelt upon the wall. 16 And she said unto them, Get you to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you; and hide yourselves there three days, until the pursuers be returned: and afterward may ye go your way. 17 And the men said unto her, We will be blameless of this thine oath which thou hast made us swear.
18 Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father’s household, home unto thee. 19 And it shall be, that whosoever shall go out of the doors of thy house into the street, his blood shall be upon his head, and we will beguiltless: and whosoever shall be with thee in the house, his blood shall be on our head, if any hand be upon him. 20 And if thou utter this our business, then we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear. 21 And she said, According unto your words, so be it. And she sent them away, and they departed: and she bound the scarlet line in the window. 22 And they went, and came unto the mountain, and abode there three days, until the pursuers were returned: and the pursuers sought them throughout all the way, but found them not.

2 Corinthians 3:2-5; 16-18
2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: 3 forasmuch as ye aremanifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. 4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: 5 not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. 17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there isliberty. 18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

1 Chronicles 28:9-10
9 And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. 10 Take heed now; for the Lord hath chosen thee to build an house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it.

Judges 7:2
2 And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee aretoo many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me. 3

Ruth 1:16-18
16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: 17 where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lorddo so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me. 18 When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.

Judges 13:6-7
6 Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name: 7 but he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing:for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.

(The Double-Edged Sword)
The word of God is a double-edged sword, because whomsoever wields it must oneself humbly accept that same rebuke, as we are all equal in the eyes of the Lord. He pays no respect to persons. The scourging of the Lord is a blessing, and to be humbly sought as part of His care and instruction, as a child and servant of God.

2 Chronicles 19:7
7 Wherefore now let the fear of the Lord be upon you; take heed and do it: for there isno iniquity with the Lord our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.

(Fear of the Lord)
Fear is a term for “motivation.” This is the only correct and righteous motivator. It can be understood as fear from veering outside of God’s will as the upright path of morality, and of losing His presence. Fear of being apart from God is love for God. I’m going to be motivated, or driven, by a “fear” of something, so let it be God! Choose your “master” wisely, you cannot serve both God and worldly pursuits.

Psalm 119

(Good to His Word)
2 Chronicles 20:8-22
8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, 9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help. 10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not; 11 behold, I say, howthey reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit. 12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee. 13 And all Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the Lord in the midst of the congregation; 15 and he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. 17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lordwill be with you. 18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord, worshipping the Lord. 19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high.
20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. 21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.
22  And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

(Step 1 Persistently Reaffirmed)
2 Chronicles 32:24-26; 31
24 In those days Hezekiah was sick to the death, and prayed unto the Lord: and he spake unto him, and he gave him a sign. 25 But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done unto him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem. 26 Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the Lord came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.
31 Howbeit in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart.

(Hand Always Outstretched)
2 Chronicles 33:10-13
10 And the Lord spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken. 11 Wherefore the Lord brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon. 12 And when he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, 13 and prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord he was God.

(Recognize Dependence)
Ezra 8:21-23
21 Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance. 22 For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him. 23 So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.

(1st Things 1st)
Ezra 9:15
15 O Lord God of Israel, thou art righteous: for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day: behold, we are before thee in our trespasses: for we cannot stand before thee because of this.

(The God Test: Love as Self-Sacrifice)
1 Chronicles 29:
17 I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee. 18 O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee: 19 and give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep thy commandments, thy testimonies, and thy statutes, and to do all these things, and to build the palace, for the which I have made provision.

(Angelina Jolie’s Tattoo)
“That which nourishes me destroys me.”
Interpretation/translation: That which sustains my ego destroys my soul. My soul is the space I make in my heart to cater to God and his will, not self-will.

Shattering away my ego, or my self-will, as my thoughts, wants, cares, and desires, creates room for God Himself within my being, and restores to me my eternal soul. When I defer to God in my heart and thoughts, to serve His will of selfless love, rather than cater to my own selfish wishes, then I live as He intends… the best way!

Sacrificial Love Lives!
Peace of mind is a clear conscience for having my motives, intentions, reasons for my actions, and ultimate objective or aim all in the right place, to be with, and serve, and love ❤️ God. Et aussi Jesus.

Path of Faith: “Pain is the touchstone of spiritual progress.” -Twelve & Twelve p. 93
(God-Reliance; Cart Before the Horse)
Job 8:13-22
13 So are the paths of all that forget God;
and the hypocrite’s hope shall perish:
14 whose hope shall be cut off,
and whose trust shall be a spider’s web.
15 He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand:
he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.
16 He is green before the sun,
and his branch shooteth forth in his garden.
17 His roots are wrapped about the heap,
and seeth the place of stones.
18 If he destroy him from his place,
then it shall deny him,
saying, I have not seen thee.
19 Behold, this is the joy of his way,
and out of the earth shall others grow.
20 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man,
neither will he help the evil doers:
21 till he fill thy mouth with laughing,
and thy lips with rejoicing.
22 They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame;
and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.

Pro re nata (Latin: for the affair born).
RX PRN: New Testament, Word is born.

Proverbs 3:13-18
13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom,
and the man that getteth understanding.
14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver,
and the gain thereof than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies:
and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand;
and in her left hand riches and honour.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her:
and happy is every one that retaineth her.

(Stray Lamb Convert; Mission of Love)
Matthew 18:2-5; 10-14
2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

Innocence of following God in faith, and relinquishing self-will and self-reliance.

(Love: Trust to Obey God’s Will Unto…)
10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. 11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. 12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? 13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. 14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

A will to love and save each and every one; all beings are God’s Own children. To love and save us is His will and good pleasure, and He will go any distance to offer that care to any who seek Him. There is strength is weakness: God’s.

The Truth of the Human Condition:
Salvation Begins with Honesty.
Lost! Humbly Admitting Powerlessness to Seek His Guidance and Instruction
God’s will is an open hand that will not force itself upon you nor deprive you of free-will, but wait for you to seek Him. In humbling oneself to obey God and follow Him with the unquestioning love and trust of blind faith, one receives knowledge of His will and the ability to fulfill that love.

The modern-day rebel is really a pacifist. Innocence will not contend with an aggressor, but rather, will turn the other cheek in meekness, and humbly offer the victory to the offender with compassion.

One Way to Heaven
“Only through Christ may you enter the kingdom of God;” Christ is referring to a lifestyle practice of love, faith, and virtue. Accepting Christ in your heart is only ever evidenced by actually practicing faith in daily living and upholding His statutes. The virtue and righteousness of the soul, through the adherence to morality and upholding values of goodness in all matters, is what is left over to sustain our souls past death; if there is not a spiritual substance to the soul it will perish. Practicing faith in God and loving Him will allow our souls to survive into His Eternity.

(Beatitudes and Repentance)
The lowly is exalted, and the high are made low… Humility and forfeiting self-reliance, upon vanity or the ego, allows the entrance of God into our lives. We are meant to humbly take glory in God and His grace, not arrogant egotism or self-pride. God is eternal, but the human ego is only mortal, and laying up our esteem or treasures therein will lead us to perish, as the flower of the grass, as chaff in the sun. Glorifying and praising God, in reverent love, creates a storehouse of heavenly treasure within our souls, which will last beyond the first death and sustain us all the way to the kingdom of God’s afterlife.

Forgiveness is Always the Offer:
Repentance, and working towards an honest conscience and clean account with God, is the alternative to the natural recompense of sin, and is the path of God’s will to the salvation of all souls. Putting trust and thought towards God is carefully recognized, and lasts for eternity.

(Stray Lamb)
Luke 15:3-10
3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and herneighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. 10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

My weakness and personal defeat is God’s glory, strength, and salvation.

The stray lamb in Matthew is about God’s will for us to humbly abide at all costs, to learn the unquestioning and unconditional love of blind trust and faith, to follow where God leads without ourselves knowing the way; howbeit, God’s will is not that we should actually perish in that path, much like the story of Abraham sacrificing Isaac in trust. The point is that we learn to be willing.

Going to any lengths for righteousness in God’s eyes entails self-sacrifice of any offending defect of character. There is also more joy in correcting a sin, or in collecting a stray lamb, and rejoicing in that improvement, than there would be in being pristine to start.

The stray lamb in Luke is more about the Prodigal Son parable. God’s will is for us to know Him, by repenting for our inherent sinfulness and defects, as it is His will to provide His saving hand and allow us to glorify Him, through the demonstration of His unlimited capacity to offer love, mercy, and forgiveness.

(I will for God…)
Revelation 4:11
11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Matthew 11:28-30
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke iseasy, and my burden is light.

(Good Master: )
“Why callest tou me good?…”
Mark 10:17-27
17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? 18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. 19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. 20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. 21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. 22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 26 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? 27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

Earthly riches are evidence of the lack of charity, and demonstrate trust in the material, or mammon, over the spiritual.

Manifold Paschal Mystery
-To demonstrate to man his own sinful nature and need for God’s forgiveness.
-To demonstrate the extent of Christ’s love and trust in God
-To demonstrate God’s love and willingness to forgive literally anything, even man’s crucifixion of His own Son
-To show man His need for God’s leadership and direction and the infallibility of placing one’s life in His supreme care
-Taking upon His own innocent shoulders the sins of man and suffering unjustly at their hands, so that ultimately, they might learn to be obedient to God and not vanity
-Creating an example of love unto death that overcomes death and earthly fears
-Demonstrating a worst case scenario to prove the extent of God’s forgiveness and love, so that people might trust Him
-Herding the sheep into eternity not hell
-Creating an example of self-sacrifice as the ideal of selfless love and charity
-Trying to get people to follow God with unquestioning trust, and to “be good”

God is Perfect Love
Good only ever comes from God, without God, man is prone to evil. God only ever wants what’s best for any child, in ways beyond our limited comprehension, and so to fulfill His will and receive His ideal plan for us, we have to trust Him rather than our own knowledge of His infinite creation.
“Loving without knowing.”
Respecting God and reverencing Him means assuming only the best of His will and intentions for our lives. Assuming anything less than Perfect Love as His will is disrespectful to God and His greatness.

Man being “Froward”
Self-direction is the root of sin, and the path of Christ is the righteous alternative. We may defer our direction and action to God, to serve His will rather than our own. In this way, we may all work in unity towards His greatest good and avoid social discord, or instincts in collision. Without God’s will of selfless love as our objective, we will inevitably be led by selfish motives and fall prey to sinfulness.

The most common false gods or idols in modern times include occupational advancement, earthly relationships, material goods, and esteem of our fellows. The most common folly is loving our neighbors, but forgetting to love God. God is a person, and to seek God is to seek a real, loving, mutual relationship.

The only pure and righteous way to live is through the intention or desire to serve and please the Lord God, and to follow the Commandments and Christ’s teachings. Man’s weakness is his own ego, or vanity.

There many paths to a maintain a clean consciousness, as disciplines of love, with the common theme being self-sacrifice.

All I am is my intention or motivation. To seek and love God is my only “Job.”

The decision to trust God’s care and seek His direction for me, not my own wants, is the omnipresent remedy to all fear or anxiety. All worry only ever arises because of doubt, which is the absence of faith or the decision to trust God. Unquestioning, ever-abiding faith and trust is the epitome of love.

Loving God casts out all fears and doubts. Loving God comforts me, because that intention, of my heart being in the right place and set upon God, lets me know I’m doing what I ought to in God’s sight.

7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit: see Wikipedia
(“Understanding” is using God’s Eye)
Proverbs 8:12
12 I wisdom dwell with prudence,
and find out knowledge of witty inventions.

(Σ: Love God, Almighty Father!)
Deuteronomy 6:1-9
6 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: 2 that thou mightest fear the Lord thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. 3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: 5 and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

(My motivation: Knowledge of God-lust…)
Proverbs 15:16
16 Better is little with the fear of the Lord
than great treasure and trouble therewith.

Proverbs 18:10, 24
10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower:
the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly:
and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Proverbs 3:5
(Rely not upon your own understanding)
Proverbs 3:1-9
3 My son, forget not my law;
but let thine heart keep my commandments:
2 for length of days, and long life, and peace,
shall they add to thee.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee:
bind them about thy neck;
write them upon the table of thine heart:
4 so shalt thou find favour and good understanding
in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes:
fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
8 It shall be health to thy navel,
and marrow to thy bones.
9 Honour the Lord with thy substance,
and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

Faith: don’t doubt or “think twice” of God
(God-dependence, “non-froward”)
Proverbs 20:24-25
24 Man’s goings are of the Lord;
    how can a man then understand his own way?
25 It is a snare to the man whodevoureth that which is holy,
    and after vows to make enquiry.

(Abide: to follow)
Deuteronomy 13:4
4 Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.

The Eucharist.
“This is my body, it is broken for you.”
The natural state of humanity is one of being inherently human, or innately sinful, by God’s Own perfect design. We were created to need the love, care, and guidance of the Lord. Such is the extent of our sinful nature that we hatefully rejected and crucified the Son of God, an innocent soul, purely loving without any blemish of sin or wrongdoing. This act of humanity, our sin in executing the Lord, is a demonstration to us of His love for us. Christ’s example is meant not only to illustrate to us our own wayward and evil nature when we act without His guidance, but also the extent of His love, as the agony He would endure to show us our folly so we may no longer reject God’s will, nor our need for the path and direction of Christ’s teachings of serving God’s love. In serving God’s will, we receive His love.

All love only ever comes from God, and all righteousness is only ever the result of God working through us. Only God the Father is good, as the Source of all good, and all else is necessarily inherently evil. We are meant to recognize the difference between us and Him, and submit to His will to love us, rather than follow the sinful behest of our own selfish and evil motives. In recognizing my sinfulness and my need for Him to experience goodness, I may humbly and gratefully receive His perfect love, which is in fact, His will for all of us.

The crucifixion mirrors for us our need for God, as without His guidance and love, we are hateful. Being honest about our true natures is not meant to shame us, but to show us how much we need Him, so that we submit to follow His path of teachings in the Gospel, rather than follow our base evil instincts and selfish wills or impulses. In admitting our sinfulness and the innate inadequacy of self-direction and self-will, we may humbly and gratefully accept the open hand of love that God stretches out to offer to us. In admitting my own sinful nature, I can appreciate God’s will to love me, and be motivated to follow His will, as demonstrated in the dedication and trust of Jesus’s self-sacrifice of redeeming love.

If I ever think I’m good enough, and that I don’t need the instruction and guidance of the Lord, I am essentially forsaking Him, in claiming I don’t need Him and He died for nothing. He died for our sins, to show us our own evil ways when without guidance, and He outlined the path of God’s will to follow as a way to avoid sin and self-will.

In accepting communion and partaking in the Eucharist, I am admitting to being a sinner. I accept Christ’s claim of human nature as necessarily requiring God and of being evil if not abiding within His path. Christ’s example helps us in recognizing the evil of human ways when self-directed. “But for the grace of God there go I;” so evil that I would crucify an innocent soul.

In taking communion, I am admitting my sinfulness. I am recognizing that His body was broken for me, because I’m a sinner. In accepting the truth of His sacrifice, I am committing myself to follow His path from the Bible, and not my own ways of the flesh, of selfish, corrupt human strivings. If I were not inherently sinful without God, then He would not have needed to die for me, to show me my own true nature and need for His forgiveness and instruction. I accept my human nature of inherent sinfulness, and accept His path instead.

In accepting Christ, I must live up to His teachings, and express the trust that God is perfect, and His will could only ever be perfect and unconditional love. This belief is the firm foothold from which faith springs forth and flowers into His reality.

Recompense means that when I admit my need for God, as demonstrated by our crucifixion of an innocent, I receive Him. When I fail to repent, I am paid in kind for my sins by His law of justice, in this life or in the hereafter; but by the same law of God’s justice, when I express repentance and regret for wrongdoing, I nurture my conscience and receive His forgiveness. “It is not God’s will that any should perish, but that all may come to repentance,” and accept the reality of His will to love us.

Fact: I, as human, need God to be good.
All good and love is only ever God.
In better appreciating my own hatefulness as the truth of my self-will and ego, I am better able to recognize, appreciate and absorb the grace and glory of God’s will.

Grace: “unmerited” love or favor.
…He’s just that loving!

Tangible and euphoric love:
Abiding within God’s presence is agàpë. In following God’s will and accepting His love, I am not of my own, but rather, am just a branch grafted onto God. Living as an offshoot of His will and not my own enables me to experience the beauty of life as He intends it, as of perfect love.

Proverbs 25:11-12
11 A word fitly spoken
is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold,
so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.

(“Mr. Fix-It”)
Proverbs 26:27
27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein:
and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.

Proverbs 27:21
21 As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold;
so is a man to his praise.

Proverbs 29:23
23 A man’s pride shall bring him low:
but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

“Hard Truth to Swallow”
Mark 10:18
18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
“Of myself I am nothing, the Father doeth the works.” -Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p.75

“Self-Honesty: Only God is Good”
Glorifying God means understanding that of myself, I have no merit. In this proper understanding of where I stand, I may receive the grace of God and depend wholeheartedly upon His love, as He Himself intends, in truth, as unmerited.

All I actually ever need is God and His love.

“Weird Neuroscience”
God is like a special type of receptor, outstretched and interlaced through all elements of His creation. Within any man, being, or material, all of which may be seen as congruent to individual neurons, only this “God receptor” is capable of transmitting or receiving true and actual, unconditional and selfless, love, which is analogous to a divine neurotransmitter.

No man is actually capable of love, giving or receiving it, if apart from the will of God. Only God may provide those receptors. In choosing to obey the laws of virtue, as God’s will, these receptors are activated. When I abide within morality and God’s will, I am flooded with a steam of His divine neurochemicals, and am immersed in a sense of overpowering rapturous love.

“The Eye of Providence…
A Reflection of Your Soul”
Any goal apart from God Himself directly and serving His will is a rejection of Him. Life is best experienced indirectly, via Him. His eye is the Gift of the Holy Spirit of Understanding, and constitutes my soul. I am to seek Him, the idea of Him within my mind as viewed as His eye of Providence, before any other thought, and He will guide me through the best path of life. This eye is my conscience and my soul, as the tabernacle of Christ that dwells within each being, through the Holy Ghost. This temple of my soul is my gateway to God’s Heaven and eternal life once I die. The more I invest in upright living and morality, the better the state of my soul. The point is that I grow a conscience and rely upon Him. All souls must pass through Hell to be tested for virtue. If there is no soul, then there is no life after death, and if the eye is evil or darkened, it may remain in Hell or perish before reaching Heaven. Repentance fosters a conscience and strengthens the soul to pass on to Heaven. Hell is like a crucible to refine the virtues of goodness, for the soul to be acceptable for entry to Heaven, without the blemish of earthly dilution. Only God’s virtues are eternal and capable of sustaining the soul. God’s Kingdom of Heaven is your soul, as the righteousness, faith, and love within your heart at this very moment. This soul is the only part of this life that is forever. All one must do is think of God to see Him. “Seek and ye shall find..”

“Badge of Honor”🌈
If even Jesus had to go through Hell before eternal life, obviously we all would. Certainly none of us are better than He!

“Gets My Goat…”
(Leaven means “power” or authority)
Mark 8:14-21
14 Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf. 15 And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod. 16 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread. 17 And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? 18 Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? 19 When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve. 20 And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven. 21 And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?

Did you think I was actually talking about bread? Define “parable.” …Allegory.

Metaphor: using concrete examples to illustrate abstract (spiritual) concepts.

Ecclesiastes 12:12
(Pursuits: choose flesh or Spirit)
Ecclesiastes 12:9-14
9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs. 10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written wasupright, even words of truth. 11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. 12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole dutyof man. 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

“Man does not live by bread alone but by every word of God.”
Choose a translation of the Scripture that sustains and enlivens the thirst of the soul.

“Grinds My Gears…”
Psalm 19
King James Bible or New American Bible?

To translate “tabernacle” as “tent” is an irresponsible choice, as it focuses upon the irrelevant aspect of its frame and fails to convey the actual meaning of that word, which is a structure “dedicated to God.”

The second translation of this beautiful psalm is clunky and impoverished, nearly destitute of its original beauty, with much of the original meaning lost in translation. If I attempted to sustain my soul with the word of God using this version of the Bible, I would feel somewhat destitute. Reading the Scripture is meant to be a beautiful experience to be savored, to commune with God. If the poetic and beatific quality is absent, so is the spirit. When I read the first version, I can feel my heart soar in holy exaltation, inclined alongside that same Spirit of the Lord.

Psalm 19Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
Psalm 19
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Day unto day uttereth speech,
and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
There is no speech nor language,
where their voice is not heard.
Their line is gone out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
His going forth is from the end of the heaven,
and his circuit unto the ends of it:
and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul:
the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart:
the commandment of the Lord ispure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever:
the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold:
sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is thy servant warned:
and in keeping of them there is great reward.
Who can understand his errors?
cleanse thou me from secret faults.
Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright,
and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart,
be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord,
my strength, and my redeemer.
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
KJV reproduced by permission of Cambridge University Press, the Crown’s patentee in the UK.

Psalm 19New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)
Psalm 19[a]
God’s Glory in the Heavens and in the Law
1 For the leader. A psalm of David.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the firmament proclaims the works of his hands.
Day unto day pours forth speech;
    night unto night whispers knowledge.
[b]There is no speech, no words;
    their voice is not heard;
A report goes forth through all the earth,
    their messages, to the ends of the world.
He has pitched in them a tent for the sun;[c]
it comes forth like a bridegroom from his canopy,
    and like a hero joyfully runs its course.
From one end of the heavens it comes forth;
    its course runs through to the other;
    nothing escapes its heat.
The law of the Lord is perfect,
    refreshing the soul.
The decree of the Lord is trustworthy,
    giving wisdom to the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
    rejoicing the heart.
The command of the Lord is clear,
    enlightening the eye.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
    enduring forever.
The statutes of the Lord are true,
    all of them just;
More desirable than gold,
    than a hoard of purest gold,
Sweeter also than honey
    or drippings from the comb.
By them your servant is warned;[d]
    obeying them brings much reward.
Who can detect trespasses?
    Cleanse me from my inadvertent sins.
Also from arrogant ones restrain your servant;
    let them never control me.
Then shall I be blameless,
    innocent of grave sin.
Let the words of my mouth be acceptable,
    the thoughts of my heart before you,
    Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
* Psalm 19 The heavenly elements of the world, now beautifully arranged, bespeak the power and wisdom of their creator (Ps 19:2–7). The creator’s wisdom is available to human beings in the law (Ps 19:8–11), toward which the psalmist prays to be open (Ps 19:12–14). The themes of light and speech unify the poem.
* 19:4 No speech, no words: the regular functioning of the heavens and the alternation of day and night inform human beings without words of the creator’s power and wisdom.
* 19:5 The sun: in other religious literature the sun is a judge and lawgiver since it sees all in its daily course; Ps 19:5b–7 form a transition to the law in Ps 19:8–11. The six synonyms for God’s revelation (Ps 19:8–11) are applied to the sun in comparable literature.
* 19:12 Warned: the Hebrew verb means both to shine and to warn, cf. Dn 12:3.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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“Charity: Selfless Love”
Matthew 6:3-4
“Let not the left hand know what the right hand does…”
An analogy of self-will as our (selfish) left hand, and God’s will as our (upright) right hand. Let us not let our egos take the pride or credit for the giving that is of God. If we take pride in ourselves for the work of God, then we have defeated the purpose of charity and rejected His glory. If I glory in my own self, then I know not the glory of God, nor His love. Only by surrendering the credit to God, where it belongs, do I know his “unmerited” grace. Grace by definition is unmerited, and the only way to fully acknowledge His love, grace, and glory, is to recognize the extent of my own unworthiness; I will never be worthy nor will ever be God. I am meant to accept and enjoy His grace, not usurp it. I am not meant to be self-sufficient, and I am not capable of being “deserving of merit,” because “only God” is good or worthy. I am meant to be humble and dependent, as a child, upon God. Praising God’s limitless love and glorifying Him satisfies that restless craving of my soul. Bolstering my own ego is a mistaken pursuit; I do require praise, but only in truth, to the only One who is righteous.

Libertas: What’s Your Native Tongue?
Unleavened bread is meant to represent our powerlessness to free ourselves from the bondage of slavery. God is the leaven.

Exodus 13:5-10; 14-16
5 And it shall be when the Lord shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee, a land flowing with milk and honey, that thou shalt keep this service in this month. 6 Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, and in the seventh day shall be a feast to the Lord. 7 Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days; and there shall no leavened bread be seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven seen with thee in all thy quarters.
8 And thou shalt shew thy son in that day, saying, This is done because of that whichthe Lord did unto me when I came forth out of Egypt. 9 And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the Lord’s law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the Lord brought thee out of Egypt. 10 Thou shalt therefore keep this ordinance in his season from year to year.
14 And it shall be when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What is this? that thou shalt say unto him, By strength of hand the Lord brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage: 15 and it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go, that the Lord slew all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man, and the firstborn of beast: therefore I sacrifice to the Lord all that openeth the matrix, being males; but all the firstborn of my children I redeem. 16 And it shall be for a token upon thine hand, and for frontlets between thine eyes: for by strength of hand the Lord brought us forth out of Egypt.

Exodus 33:15 (my fav!)
“If it’s not Your will for me, then I don’t want to do it–especially if it’s something I might want to do!”
Exodus 33:13-19
13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. 14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. 15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. 16 For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth. 17 And the Lord said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. 18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. 19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.

“The Point”
Deuteronomy 6:4-9
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: 5 and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

“Blessing or Curse”
Cleave unto the Lord…”Let Me In!”
Humbly Walk with God.
Deuteronomy 11:18-25
18 Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. 19 And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 20 And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates: 21 that your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.
22 For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him; 23 then will the Lord drive out all these nations from before you, and ye shall possess greater nations and mightier than yourselves. 24 Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, even unto the uttermost sea shall your coast be. 25 There shall no man be able to stand before you: for the Lord your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that ye shall tread upon, as he hath said unto you.
…It’s probably best to know the context of an excerpt from the Bible, as a single verse may not bestow the intended meaning. One would be responsible to read the rest of the chapter as homework.

Job 42:1-8
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
42 Then Job answered the Lord, and said,
I know that thou canst do every thing,
and that no thought can be withholden from thee.
Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge?
therefore have I uttered that I understood not;
things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak:
I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear:
but now mine eye seeth thee.
Wherefore I abhor myself,
and repent in dust and ashes.
7 And it was so, that after the Lord had spoken these words unto Job, the Lordsaid to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. 8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.

Job 36:1-15
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
36 Elihu also proceeded, and said,
Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that I have yet to speak on God’s behalf.
I will fetch my knowledge from afar,
and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
For truly my words shall not be false:
he that is perfect in knowledge iswith thee.
Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any:
he is mighty in strength and wisdom.
He preserveth not the life of the wicked:
but giveth right to the poor.
He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous:
but with kings are they on the throne;
yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted.
And if they be bound in fetters,
and be holden in cords of affliction;
then he sheweth them their work,
and their transgressions that they have exceeded.
He openeth also their ear to discipline,
and commandeth that they return from iniquity.
If they obey and serve him,
they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
But if they obey not,
they shall perish by the sword,
and they shall die without knowledge.
But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath:
they cry not when he bindeth them.
They die in youth,
and their life is among the unclean.
He delivereth the poor in his affliction,
and openeth their ears in oppression.

“For Love”
2 Corinthians 5:14
“The love of Christ constraineth us…”
1 Thessalonians 4
Ephesians 4

“Pray without ceasing…”
1 Thessalonians 5
Understanding the ritual of Communion and the significance of the Eucharist.

When I experience the process of intuiting a deeper spiritual meaning behind daily living, I am elevating my mind’s eye to thoughts of God. I may keep my mind uplifted to His spiritual plane through a selective interpretation of everyday events, seeing the symbolism that He provides as metaphors, as little reminders of His care or as tender mercies during times of distress. I may thus allow the material, tangible, or mundane tasks, like office work, grocery shopping, or the “breaking of bread” to retain spiritual significance, just by the way I view it. Using this this interpretation of the ritual of Communion, as implementing earthly objects to represent Christ’s love and sacrifice, I may learn an instance of how to live as a spiritual being, and keep God and Christ with me in my mind and thoughts always, though what I may seem to be doing might appear to be mundane. I keep intuiting and seeking God’s guidance and messages for me, as a life-line or trail to follow to carry me through the day, and because I seek Him, He is what I see.

It is the use of my imagination and my thought life that I offer to the Lord, for Him to guide my thinking, to be completely immersed in spiritual contemplation and meditation, alongside Jesus and God, in Their path of virtue and character building. I never let my thoughts drift from Them, and They guide me though understanding of the Scriptures all day long, to keep me on the internal, upright and uplifted, path. The way I interpret Communion, as merely a placeholder for the abstract spiritual principles that these components embody ought to serve as an example of how I am meant to look beyond the fleshly material world and cling instead to the life of the Spirit. My cares are evidenced by my thoughts, and most frequently, people are planning or self-seeking rather than living prayerfully. Conscious contact with God is meant to be continuous, as We never cease to pray, but rather, offer to think Our thoughts to God. He listens, and answers.

The single most important fact of my existence is my relationship with God. God Himself is the only thing in which I truly believe, that I actually hold to be real.

Isaiah 55:9-13 (AKJV)
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven,
and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth,
and maketh it bring forth and bud,
that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:
it shall not return unto me void,
but it shall accomplish that which I please,
and it shall prosper in the thingwhereto I sent it.
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace:
the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree,
and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree:
and it shall be to the Lord for a name,
for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

“Humble Admission (the gates)”
Job 32:1-6
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
32 So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 2 Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God. 3 Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job. 4 Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder than he. 5 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, then his wrath was kindled. 6 And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said,

“I’ll praise You instead of mourning me!”
How should I expect to know the reason for the workings of God? His miracles are beyond my capability to produce, and therefore beyond my ability to explain. As it turned out, Job was upright, and the evils that God incited to befall him had naught to do with being moral or unjust. To claim to know God’s reasons or the extent of His plans is arrogance and deception. If I could explain God’s plans, I would actually be rejecting of God’s majesty and be relying instead upon my own intellect. If could explain God’s ways, then inherently I could not be practicing faith, because faith entails trusting without myself knowing, and “worketh by love.” In fact, seeing how much Job would continue to trust faithfully in Him, even after many calamities, was God’s actual intention.

Acts 16:25-26 (AKJV)
25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

We venerate our crosses, bearing them with a sense of purpose, because they pull us in closer to God by entailing that we rely upon nothing but our faith, which worketh not by logic, nor by the laws of physics, nor by the understanding of man, but by the virtues which are themselves of God, as He fortifies and strengthens our faith, hope, and charity, all under His wing.

“After all the trials and tribulations…”
1 Corinthians 13:13
We emerge from the crucible of this life forged eternal, in the virtues of the Spirit.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

1 Kings 8:17-21 (AKJV)
17 And it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the LordGod of Israel. 18 And the Lord said unto David my father, Whereas it was in thine heart to build an house unto my name, thou didst well that it was in thine heart.19 Nevertheless thou shalt not build the house; but thy son that shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house unto my name. 20 And the Lord hath performed his word that he spake, and I am risen up in the room of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised, and have built an house for the name of the Lord God of Israel. 21 And I have set there a place for the ark, wherein is the covenant of the Lord, which he made with our fathers, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt.

2 Samuel 7 (AKJV)

From “that” Tree (…that bare thee!)
(Song of Solomon 8:6)
6Set me as a seal upon thine heart,
as a seal upon thine arm:
for love is strong as death;

That’s not what I meant by “Job!”
Song of Solomon 8:5-10 AKJV
Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved?
I raised thee up under the apple tree:
there thy mother brought thee forth:
there she brought thee forth thatbare thee.
Set me as a seal upon thine heart,
as a seal upon thine arm:
for love is strong as death;
jealousy is cruel as the grave:
the coals thereof are coals of fire,
which hath a most vehement flame.
Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can the floods drown it:
if a man would give all the substance of his house for love,
it would utterly be contemned.
We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts:
what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for?
If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver:
and if she be a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar.
I am a wall, and my breasts like towers:
then was I in his eyes as one that found favour.

“Flying Saucer”💠
In the beginning… The Word was with God, and the Word was God. The “word” JAH. Literally, a Word. Think happy thoughts.🖖 (-John 1:1)
The eye of Providence has a “calling.”
…Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord forever, for in the Lord Yahweh is everlasting strength. (-Isaiah 26:1-6)

John 1:1-5
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

Isaiah 26:1-6
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
26 In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah;
We have a strong city;
salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.
2 Open ye the gates,
that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee.
4 Trust ye in the Lord for ever:
for in the Lord JEHOVAH iseverlasting strength:
5 for he bringeth down them that dwell on high;
the lofty city, he layeth it low;
he layeth it low, even to the ground;
he bringeth it even to the dust.
6 The foot shall tread it down,
even the feet of the poor, and the steps of the needy.

12 Steps to Heaven!
Properly aligned motives and honest, upright morality, to seek the omnipresent love of the Lord, are prerequisites.

“The Broad Highway” (-AA, pg. 75)
John 14:6-7 (AKJV)
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

Proverbs 22:11-12 (AKJV)
11 He that loveth pureness of heart,
    for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
12 The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge,
    and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.


“Water from the Rock”
The Word poureth forth like a river from the tongues of the righteous, sustaining all those who earnestly seek God. The pure-hearted are preserved by the words of love and wisdom from their own mouths.

Mark 7:15-16 (AKJV)
15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man. 16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.

Exodus 17:5-6 (AKJV)
5 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go. 6 Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.

Proverbs 12:14
14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth:
and the recompence of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him.

…just “smitten!”😘

“Eagle Eye: My Pray”
Ecclesiastes 5:1-7
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
5 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. 2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. 3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words. 4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. 5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. 6 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands? 7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God.

Matthew 6:5-8 (AKJV)
5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

“How may I best serve Thee?”
May I do Thy will always, and not my own!
I come to God and Jesus each morning as a student before a teacher, seeking Their instruction and correction. This is the life I was given by God, and I am to consult my Maker for direction, to be free from sin and the all the evils of a self-directed lifestyle. I ask for noting to my own ends, but rather, ask to be purposed for Their own uses and God’s will, which is of the greatest good and of selfless love. I pray to conform my will to God’s and to act in confluence with Him. I would never come to God and act as if I knew what were best or what would be good for me, but rather, I seek His Own wisdom, and knowledge of His will for me. The greatest meaning comes from seeking to be an instrument of God’s will, and to practice refraining from following self-will.

“Constant Contact: God-Consciousness”
I often like to use the mantra or refrain in the prayers of my thoughts up to God of, “I’m sorry!” This keeps my mind-state pliable and ready for His corrections and interventions. I seek the humility of being and remaining teachable, to avoid the arrogance or disobedience of Original Sin. When I act as if I know best, or like I know what I’m doing, I am become a reproach to the Lord. This character defect, or sin, is, however, a natural human tendency, and so when it happens, I just pull back and apologize to Him for my pride. I may then reaffirm and espouse my trust in Him instead of my own intellect or direction.

“Cleave unto the Lord”
If the goal is to learn and make progress towards improvement, I need to nurture the openness of my heart and mind to be susceptible and receptive to correction. I am to keep self-correcting, to maintain humility before my Creator as His servant, and to desire to make difficult changes in my lifestyle practices and my patterns of thinking, to follow the lead of God’s will and not the alternative of self-will, which entails selfish, sinful, and immoral motives.

“Meditation is a Skill to Practice”
Practicing meditation is not meant to be easy or come naturally. If I were good at something the first time I tried it, it would offer no value for character building. I’m not any good at playing the guitar, but I’ve never given it a fair shot and practiced; meditation, in much the same way, is a skill! It is a necessary skill to practice in order to be aware of and receptive to the urging of the Lord. It is also a valuable tool for practicing self-restraint of thoughts and actions, patience, tolerance, and other virtues and cognitive control functions. Single-pointed meditation, by focusing upon only the idea of God, as the visual image of His Eye in my thoughts, to the exclusion of all other extraneous or tangential ideas, cultivates purposeful focus and concentration in the face of distractors. My purpose in meditating is to steady my mind upon Him as my Rock, and cultivate love towards Him, initially as a choice, or an act of the will, rather than as merely an emotion. Eventually, He reciprocates, and we may work together in generating this sense of agàpē, or charity (in contrast to the Greek love of philos). This agàpē is eventually quite visceral and can be overpowering. Seeking God Himself directly, as one on one contact, is the only way to access agàpē. God is the only source of this type of love, or rapture.

“The Brain”
When I involve myself in the workings of the material world, I try to look for God, and not to seek any material aspect of this world directly, without first engaging in the filter, or screening system, of “God.” I use the idea of God as a filter in the forefront of my thoughts, and simply decide to look to see God, and not some material object, and I allow myself to then see Him as He would have me, rather than as the world ostensibly appears to be. I regard all of existence as being like a brain with these God-receptors on all the neurons. I look right through everything, beyond all the tangible matter, or neurons, that I see, and instead direct my focus and attention towards these God-receptors within all aspects of existence. In this way, I allow my will for God, to seek Him above all else, to direct my experience with the world. I believe this process of experiencing life on Earth only indirectly, through the buffering or mediation of God’s loving will for us, to be the source of the “tender mercies” which King David described in the Psalms.

“The Second Coming of Christ”
Matthew 24:3-8; 13-22; 27-28; 36-51
3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 then let them which be in Judæa flee into the mountains: 17 let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18 neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21 for then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. 45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 49 and shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 50 the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51 and shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Clinging onto my own will instead of striving for the openness to abide by the will of God, as willingness or “being ready,” leads to the frustration that is described as “…weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

The “end” is the beginning, as the Alpha is One with the Omega. This material world undergoes a paradigm shift towards the realm of the spirit, wherein we may all live in togetherness, in a singleness of vision, at one with the will of our loving Creator.

Proverbs 15:24
24 The way of life is above to the wise,
that he may depart from hell beneath.

A continuation of “The Living Word is our Eucharist”

“Daily Bread”

John 14:6
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which templeye are.

Matthew 24:1-2
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
24 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

“It’s the Eye Unlocked”🌈
The soul of man is a temple of God. This soul is the Eye of Providence, indwelling within each human mind as the moral compass, or the conscience of the Spirit. Except through this gate the path of Heaven cannot be granted, and all who seek Heaven by the path of morality, as to abide by an upright conscience, are granted that which they seek of God.

Matthew 7:7-8
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

“The Gates of Heaven”
This Eye is “the path that keeps going.” At the time of one’s death, one may continue on unto eternal life through the soul’s Eye. If one’s conscience is impure or unclean through a lack of contrition for sinful offenses, this gate will not open, and eternal life cannot be accessed. Instead, that soul will perish, or go forth to Hell, or enter purgatory. Upon arrival in Hell or Purgatory, if the soul does not perish immediately therein, one may move on to Heaven by expressing repentance for sin.

Eye of Providence💠

Revelation 5:5-6
5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. 6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
4 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. 4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

(Exodus 17:11)
Exodus 17:8-16
8 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand. 10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. 14 And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. 15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah-nissi: 16 for he said, Because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.

…substitute in “Jahweh” for “Jehovah.”
Root word: “I AM.”

“Refraining from Judgement”
When I infer value-based conclusions from my experiences, I am practicing self-will in the form of making judgements or formulating opinions or evaluations that I am not supposed to be making. “Ye, we judge not ourselves,” because to do so would necessitate the absence of faith. To practice faith is to refrain from drawing conclusions or making value-laden (good or bad-valanced estimates of value or worth) observations of myself, others, or my surroundings; rather I try to practice acceptance, as the faith that everything is inherently already okay and taken care of by the hands of God. I refrain from making judgements about God’s creation, God’s plan for me or His other children, and the situations in which I may find myself. Practicing faith means assuming, with a firm assurance and certitude, that all is well, because of my choice to trust in God and His inherent love for all of us. If I ever wonder after what could be “wrong,” start to worry or entertain fears, express disdain for others, or entertain doubts or anxieties, then I have ceased to practice faith, as faith is defined as the absence of doubt.

When I perform my Step 10 spot-check inventories, I check my motives to ensure that my aim or goal is aligned in Hope to conform to the will of God and not my own self-will. I do not evaluate myself as good or bad; rather, I take it as granted that we are all “worthy” by virtue of God’s love. We are all equally “not-God” in His eyes. Working and moving forward from this place of love, the unconditional and unmerited love that can only come by choosing to believe and trust in God, I may continue on in the freedom from the fear, doubts, sins, and evils that are manifested by serving my self-will rather than the will of God, of selfless love, the virtues, higher spiritual principles, and the greater good.

I defer to God’s judgement and my knowledge of His will, from the 12 Step foundational literature, the Bible and the Commandments, and Jesus’s teachings. If I am ever formulating “good-bad” opinions or “like-don’t like” judgements, then this is evidence that I am not practicing faith. Faith entails belief that all is inherently well, and choosing to trust God rather than my own finite and mortal perspective. Faith means believing and trusting without actually knowing, as to know would preclude the opportunity to practice the priceless and eternal virtue of faith. “To know” by the mode of “reason” would entail self-reliance, as dependent upon my own intellect, rather than by the blind, pure faith which is trust in God to the exclusion of all else. “Faith worketh by love,” as I can only have such steadfast and devoted faith by believing in God as perfect love. Only belief in God as unconditional, unmerited love, extended to all, allows one true faith, with the natural freedom from all doubts or reservations; God’s love necessarily extends to all of us.

I could not possibly see the fullness of His plan for me, and to insert my own doubts along His path is to sully or defile the practice of trusting Him through thick and thin, regardless of evils and obstacles. In showing God my devotion and practicing faith as a true child of God, I never doubt His perfection, nor the perfectness of His love for me. In abiding by my faith in this way, I can institute a self-correction at any pitfall, to renew my Step 3 choice to trust in God’s care rather than pursue the folly of self-will or to trust upon the fallacy of self-sufficiency, which is the arrogance of Original Sin. Obedience to God and the path of upright morality is it’s own reward.

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit💠

The Virtues

Charity (frequently misunderstood)


Matthew 7:1-5
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
7 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

“The Leaven of God”
“The principle that we shall find no enduring strength until we first admit complete defeat is the main taproot from which our whole society has sprung and flowered.” -(AA) The 12 & 12, pg. 22

“Our admissions of personal powerlessness finally turn out to be firm bedrock upon which happy and purposeful lives may be built.” -The 12 & 12, pg. 21

Matthew 13:18-23; 33; 36-46
18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. 19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21 yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it;which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38 the field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 the enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

“Casting Pearls…” (-Matthew 7:6)
Reliance upon God is the greatest art, and is the essence of fruitful, healthy living.

Once finding the upright path of God’s will and spiritual progress to the Kingdom, one could not possibly turn back to the inferior, selfish, material lifestyle of the flesh. Either I’m moving towards God and with Him, or away from Him in worldly pursuits. There is no comparison between the metaphysical spiritual existence under the wing of the Most High God, and living under the illusory, transitory, vacuous existence fueled by sinful self-direction.

Proverbs 23:23
23 Buy the truth, and sell it not;
also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Matthew 6:19-23
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

“Nous: The Eye (-Matthew 6:22)”

“Fun Trivia: Define this Word’s Meaning”
Selah (delay, sigh)
Sinai and Horeb (Sun + Moon, reflectively)
Bryn Mawr

“Comic Strip Ideas”
-Better than a monkey (on my back)
-Through hoops (Bryn Mawr May Day)
-Giving up Church for Lent joke
-“Too much pressure!” (To appreciate life)
-“I said it was a curious belt!”
-“Will I ever find another Job?”
-“Between two tails, one sits on a firebrand.” -Samson (French Proverb)😜
-12 Steps, yada yada… I mentioned “God’s will!” (Serenity now! A Moveable Festivus)
-“Love the tentacle!…I mean tabernacle!”
-Bullock chick-flicks and gas-guzzling Rams given up as sacrifice
-This cat is a Lion, thank you, but maybe that’s just my pride talking

“Eulogy Selections for Nonnie”
Emma Jane Brown

John 14:1-4
14 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-8
5 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7 (for we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8 we are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

Psalm 31:23-24
23 O love the Lord, all ye his saints:
for the Lord preserveth the faithful,
and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.
24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart,
all ye that hope in the Lord.

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