“There Is No Fear of God Before Their Eyes” -Romans 3:18 ESV.

Monday, December 28th, 2020. 7:14 PM.

 “There Is No Fear of God Before Their Eyes”

-Romans 3:18 ESV Study Bible

What Is It with the World?

What in Tar Nation Is the Matter with the World?

And another thing . . . [may God be merciful to me for asking such a question – since I am only a no- account little nothing with but a wondering mind]:

Since the Lord God Almighty is Good, how is it that the world is so bad?

 Mark 10:17-31

 Mark 10:17-31 ESV – The Rich Young Man – And as he was – Bible Gateway

Isaiah 13

[verses 11-13]

“I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will put an end to the pomp of the arrogant, and lay low the pompous pride of the ruthless. I will make people more rare than fine gold, and mankind than the gold of Ophir. Therefore I will make the heavens tremble, and the earth will be shaken out of its place, at the wrath of the LORD of hosts in the day of his fierce anger.”

Pomp “1 a splendid display; splendour; 2 (often in pl.) vainglory (the pomps and vanities of this wicked world).” -The Oxford English Reference Dictionary (1995 1996).

Isaiah 13 ESV – The Judgment of Babylon – The oracle – Bible Gateway

Romans 1-3

Romans 1-3 ESV – Greeting – Paul, a servant of Christ – Bible Gateway

For those who are unable to handle the truth of God’s Holy Scriptures concerning the world, here is a sweet song to comfort you/us for a moment — like a soothing ointment on the painfilled wound of our human suffering souls – like a thumb in the mouth of a babe when the bottle — or his mother’s nipple — is not available to him, yet.

What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong – with Lyrics

(2) What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong – with Lyrics – YouTube

. . . and a comforting poem

Desiderata ~ The poem

(2) Desiderata ~ The poem – YouTube

Again, may God forgive me in His mercy for daring to even think such a question as this:

Since God Is Good, Then Why?  . . .

Why is there so much evil and wickedness and suffering and misery and poverty and injustice and unrighteousness and pain and sickness and death – and why has it been allowed to go on for so long?

Genesis 2-4

Genesis 2-4 ESV – The Seventh Day, God Rests – Thus the – Bible Gateway

2 Timothy 3

2 Timothy 3 NIV – But mark this: There will be terrible – Bible Gateway

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” -Colossians 3:17 ESV Study Bible.

In the name of the Lord Jesus, thank you God our Father, Father of mercies over those who believe on Your Son, our dear Savior and Lord – who believe the gospel of Christ in obedience to You, O LORD.

We are living at a most interesting time in the history of the world . . .

So much is going on, lately – in the United Kingdom; in the USA; in Europe and the European Union – and in many and perhaps all places on God’s earth – and in our minds and souls and spirits and our hearts, too.

The Times They Are A Changin’ Lyrics

The Times They Are  A Changin’ Lyrics – YouTube

For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield with lyrics

For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield with lyrics – YouTube

Genesis 11:1-9. NIV

Genesis 11:1-9 NIV – The Tower of Babel – Now the whole – Bible Gateway

Question

Is there a similarity between what happened at the tower of Babel in Mesopotamia [present-day Iraq] and what is happening in the world today?

A Definition from Dictionary of Business Terms [Barron’s Business Guides] Jack P. Friedman p. 129.

Corporation legal entity, chartered by a state or the federal government, and separate and distinct from the persons who own it, giving rise to a jurist’s remark that it has “neither a soul to damn nor a body to kick.” Nonetheless, it is regarded by the courts as an artificial person; it may own property, incur debts, sue, or be sued . . .”

Could it be that these “artificial persons” — invented by and for the ambitions of men seeking power and wealth, and vastly impowered by man’s business laws — possess by the vanity of their artificialness an unjustified and irresponsible freedom that allows them – again by the vanity of mere mortal man’s business laws–  to do much evil in the world; such as, becoming so wickedly wealthy and thus worldly-powerful that they have at last become saboteurs and hijackers of God-ordained governments;  and are putting their own corporate agents [masquerading as public servants for the public welfare of all citizens into positions in government [by something euphemistically-called Citizens United] and are thus able to take [aggrandize] unto themselves the wealth of Nations while putting those Nations into extreme debt – thus weakening those governments while impowering themselves with their ill-gotten gain; and they are also polluting the earth and its environment and sickening all living things on the earth. Could it be that all of this corporate corruption and greed – together with the abomination of legalized abortion of millions of unborn human beings in the womb — is bringing down upon us all the wrath of God by this world-wide pandemic? And, if so, then all the things that the worldly leaders do apart from a world-wide repentance will avail nothing to stop the Biblically Prophesied Tribulation from occurring? The world that does not believe in God is not going to repent. It will continue in its unbelief and ignorance of God and the gospel of Christ until it passes away. And then, the kingdom of God will come. And later, there will be a resurrection of the living and the dead; and a judgment – more than one judgment, in fact; and later, there will be a regeneration of the heavens and the earth; and many resurrected believers will also be regenerated gloriously — and with eternal life they will never die again – and they will live gloriously in the Lord God Almighty’s new heavens and new earth that He will provide for all those who genuinely and wholeheartedly believe in the Son of God Jesus Christ according to the gospel of God in The New Testament of The Holy Scriptures, inspired by the Holy Spirit of the One True God of heaven and earth.

Romans 13

Romans 13 ESV – Submission to the Authorities – Let – Bible Gateway

1 Peter 1, 2

1 Peter 1-2 ESV – Greeting – Peter, an apostle of Jesus – Bible Gateway

Revelation 19:1, 2. ESV Study Bible.

 “After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out,

“Hallelujah!

Salvation and glory and power belong to God,

For his judgments are true and just;

For he has judged the great prostitute

Who corrupted the earth with her immorality,

And has avenged on her the blood of his servants.” -Revelation 19:1, 2. ESV Study Bible.

Revelation 17-19

Revelation 17-19 ESV – The Great Prostitute and the Beast – Bible Gateway

Matthew 13

Matthew 13 ESV – The Parable of the Sower – That same – Bible Gateway

Mark 4

Mark 4 ESV – The Parable of the Sower – Again he – Bible Gateway

Luke 21

Luke 21 ESV – The Widow’s Offering – Jesus looked – Bible Gateway

Many questions have arisen in my thoughts since the beginning of reading the Bible — in February 1978 – after the great blizzard that year.

What Is with the World?

What Is Going on with the World?

What Is Wrong with the World?

What Exactly Is the World?

Who Is “the god of this age?”

Who Is the True God Over All?

Who Created the World?

Who Is Sustaining the World?

Why Is There So Much Suffering in the World?

Will the World Always Be?

Will Something Else Ever Replace the World?

What Will It Be That Replaces the World?

Who Will Live in the New Heavens and the New Earth?

Who Will Be the God-blessed Citizens of The Kingdom of God?

What Will Happen to Those Who Choose Not to Be a Part of the Kingdom of God?

This writer does not exactly know the answers to the above questions;

However, reading the Holy Scriptures all these years has at least awakened an awareness of these questions.

And the Holy Scriptures do speak to believers about these matters;

And they do give us some answers to these questions.

And a Study Bible with extensive footnotes on every page helps the reader get a better understanding of the Scriptures.

Even YouTube has some helpful hints about the world:

 Paul Harvey If I Were the Devil (Best and Original Version)1965- SecondComing.org – YouTube

WHAT DO THESE 10 HAND SIGNS MEAN? – YouTube

All in the Family 06 11 The Little Atheist – YouTube

“Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world – the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions – is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” -1 John 2:15-17. ESV Study Bible.

James 4

James 4 ESV – Warning Against Worldliness – What – Bible Gateway

Acts 4

Acts 4 ESV – Peter and John Before the Council – And – Bible Gateway

“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. -John 6:35-40. ESV.

John 6

John 6 ESV – Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand – After – Bible Gateway

Jesus at the Center by DARLENE ZSCHECH

Jesus at the Center by DARLENE ZSCHECH – YouTube

Israel & New Breed – Jesus At the Center (Live Performance)

Israel & New Breed – Jesus At the Center (Live Performance) – YouTube

Israel & New Breed – Your Presence Is Heaven (Live Performance)

Israel & New Breed – Your Presence Is Heaven (Live Performance) – YouTube

Vinesong – Let Your Living Water Flow/Thank You Lord (Original Version w/ Lyrics)

Vinesong – Let Your Living Water Flow/Thank You Lord (Original Version w/ Lyrics) – YouTube

Mark 1

Mark 1 NIV – John the Baptist Prepares the Way – The – Bible Gateway

This Kingdom | Hillsong (Featuring Darlene Zschech)

This Kingdom | Hillsong (Featuring Darlene Zschech) – YouTube

GOD’S WAY OF SALVATION (JOHN 3:16)

Gospel Tract – God’s Way of Salvation (John 3:16) – Moments With The Book (mwtb.org)

BAD NEWS FOR GOOD PEOPLE, GOOD NEWS FOR BAD PEOPLE

Bad News for Good People, Good News for Bad People – Moments With The Book (mwtb.org)

To You – Hillsong Worship

To You – Hillsong Worship – YouTube

Matthew 5-6

Matthew 5-6 NIV – Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount – Bible Gateway

Matthew 23

Matthew 23 ESV – Seven Woes to the Scribes and Pharisees – Bible Gateway

Matthew 24-25

Matthew 24-25 ESV – Jesus Foretells Destruction of the – Bible Gateway

I Will Run To You – Hillsong Worship

I Will Run To You – Hillsong Worship – YouTube

 “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:4-7.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” -Philippians 4:8, 9. ESV Study Bible.

“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” -1 John 5:20, 21. ESV Study Bible.

Mary Did You Know by Clay Aiken

Mary Did You Know by Clay Aiken – YouTube

THE MIRACLE OF CHRISTMAS

Gospel Tract – The Miracle of Christmas – Moments With The Book (mwtb.org)

IT CAME TO PASS

Gospel Tract – It Came To Pass – Moments With The Book (mwtb.org)

The end of the age -Matthew 13:18-58

Matthew 13:18-58 ESV – The Parable of the Sower Explained – Bible Gateway

 A Short Short Story

The Little Story–Teller

Characters: Donny, Mom and Sonora

Setting: The Kitchen

Opening Scene

Mom Walks into the Kitchen and finds someone with their hand in the cookie jar . . .

Mom: “Donny! I told you to keep away from that cookie jar! You’re eating too many.”

Donny: “It isn’t me Mom; it’s your daughter. She dressed herself up like me to protect herself if you walked in here and caught her in the act.”

Mom: “Donny, do actually expect me to believe that crock of cookies you’re telling me?”

Donny: “It’s true Mom. I went to school today just like I always do; and Sonora stayed home – like she often does. You know how your daughter is, Mom. She’s always up to her tricks. Now she’s into putting on a disguise and pretending she’s me.”

Mom: “Do you expect me to believe that? You think I can’t tell the difference between my daughter and her little brother? Don’t you dare take me for a fool, you little whippersnapper!”

Donny: “Your darling daughter is more clever than you can imagine, Mom.”

Mom: “Well, just how clever is she, Donny boy?”

Donny: “She has magical abilities.”

Mom: “What magical abilities?”

Donny: “She can transfer my little pee pee from me to her, for example.”

Mom: “Why would Sonora did such a thing?”

Donny: “I don’t know . . . she never told me; but sometimes I have it and sometimes it’s gone for a while.”

Mom: “What would she do with your little thing, Donny?”

Donny: “I don’t know; maybe she has a penis envy complex and likes to play with it and imagine she’s a boy for a while.”

Mom: “Maybe my son has a magical imagination and likes to tell outlandish stories to his mother — is what I’m imagining.”

And just then, Sonora returned from her day at school and walked into the kitchen. “Hi Mom. Hi Donny,” she greeted them; and took a cookie out of the cookie jar.

Donny: “Mom, why don’t you say something to Sonora about taking cookies out of the cookie jar?”

Mom: “Well, Sonora has taken only that one cookie all day. And she went to school as she is supposed to – like a well-behaved daughter whom I love very much.”

Donny: “Mom, do you love me?”

Mom: “Yes Donny, I love you; but you have some peculiar ways about you that are a challenge to me.”

Donny: “Speaking of peculiar, Mom; I read that word in the Bible. Christians are a peculiar people is what I read there.”

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.” -Titus 2:11-15. KJV {King James Version of The Holy Bible}.

Mom: “Are you a Christian, my peculiar son?”

Donny: “Yes, I am a Christian, Mom. I really believe in the Lord Jesus — my Lord Jesus. He is my Savior and my Teacher and my Redeemer and my Good Shepherd.”

Mom. “And where did you learn all those words about Jesus, Donny?”

Donny: “From reading the gospel of Jesus Christ online for several months – at BibleGateway.com. And the Acts of the Apostles; and the Epistles; and the Book of Revelation. The New Testament of Jesus Christ really is a wonderful Book, Mom! It’s really out-of-this-world in what it tells believers about God and salvation and the Second Coming of Christ and the new heavens and the new earth; and Redemption and the Kingdom of God!”

BibleGateway.com: A searchable online Bible in over 150 versions and 50 languages.

“Jesus said, ‘For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.’ Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, ‘Are we also blind?’ Jesus said to them, ‘If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.” -John 9:39-41. ESV Study Bible.

Christopher Duffley sings Open the Eyes of My Heart in NH

Christopher Duffley sings Open the Eyes of My Heart in NH – YouTube

“The LORD sets the prisoners free;

The LORD opens the eyes of the blind.

The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;

The LORD loves the righteous.” -Psalm 146:7b-8. ESV Study Bible.

Psalm 146:1-10.

Psalm 146 ESV – Put Not Your Trust in Princes – Praise – Bible Gateway

Open the Eyes of My Heart (Duffley)

Open the Eyes of My Heart (Duffley) – YouTube

This is Amazing Grace – Christopher Duffley – Northland Church

This is Amazing Grace – Christopher Duffley – Northland Church – YouTube

“Awake, O sleeper,

And arise from the dead,

And Christ will shine on you.” -Ephesians 5:14b. ESV Study Bible.

Ephesians 5

Ephesians 5 ESV – Walk in Love – Therefore be imitators – Bible Gateway

Revelation 21-22

Revelation 21-22 ESV – The New Heaven and the New Earth – Then – Bible Gateway

GOD’S WAY OF SALVATION (JOHN 3:16)

Gospel Tract – God’s Way of Salvation (John 3:16) – Moments With The Book (mwtb.org)

Robin Mark – Days of Elijah (Official Lyric Video)

Robin Mark – Days of Elijah (Official Lyric Video) – YouTube

Raise A Hallelujah (Lyrics) ~ Bethel Music

Raise A Hallelujah (Lyrics) ~ Bethel Music – YouTube

Darlene Zschech – Jesus at the Center (Lyrics)

Darlene Zschech – Jesus at the Center (Lyrics) – YouTube

Romans 1-8

Romans 1-8 ESV – Greeting – Paul, a servant of Christ – Bible Gateway

Vinesong – Peace Like a River (Original Version w/ Lyrics) – LIVE

Vinesong – Peace Like a River (Original Version w/ Lyrics) – LIVE – YouTube

“Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” -Mark 1:14, 15. ESV Study Bible.

Vinesong – Let Your Living Water Flow/Thank You Lord (Original Version w/ Lyrics)

Vinesong – Let Your Living Water Flow/Thank You Lord (Original Version w/ Lyrics) – YouTube

John 4

John 4 ESV – Jesus and the Woman of Samaria – Now – Bible Gateway

Vinesong – Our God Reigns (Original Version w/ Lyrics)

Vinesong – Our God Reigns (Original Version w/ Lyrics) – YouTube

Titus 1-3

Titus 1-3 ESV – Greeting – Paul, a servant of God and – Bible Gateway

Vinesong – Holy You are Lord (Lyric Video)

Vinesong – Holy You are Lord (Lyric Video) – YouTube

Vinesong – Christmas Album

Vinesong – Christmas Album – YouTube

John 1-3

John 1-3 ESV – The Word Became Flesh – In the – Bible Gateway

1 John 5:1-21 ESV Study Bible.

1 John 5:1-21 ESV – Overcoming the World – Everyone who – Bible Gateway

 GOD’S WAY OF SALVATION (JOHN 3:16)

Gospel Tract – God’s Way of Salvation (John 3:16) – Moments With The Book (mwtb.org)

Amazing Grace – Best Version By Far!

Amazing Grace – Best Version By Far! – YouTube

THE THREE CROSSES

Gospel Tract – The Three Crosses – Moments With The Book (mwtb.org)

Revelation 20

Revelation 20 ESV – The Thousand Years – Then I saw an – Bible Gateway

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