The Apple Of God's Eye

July 2, 2011

Deviance And Perversity is Normal

Editors Comment: This article is from the Trumpet.com and contains valuable insight into the character of much of today’s anti-god society. It shows the complete lack of moral underpinning required for a stable society to survive and thrive, while also revealing the cause: a lack of God given understanding of law.

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Back around 35 years ago when I was working for the Australian government in that nation’s capital, Canberra, an academic gave me a research paper purporting to prove that no human behavior can be judged as deviant.

The academic had been a campus child of the ’60s at a prestigious university and had since moved on to become a lecturer at Canberra University and an occasional consultant to the government. At the time, I did not realize that he was part of a deliberate strategy adopted by the socialist left in Western society to penetrate and take over all major institutions of government. We live the results of that takeover to this day.

The one thing I noticed during that six-year tenure in Canberra was the distinct difference between the outlook on life of my contemporaries, born in the war years of the late ’30s and early 1940s, and that of our juniors born in the following decade who hailed from the campus life of the tumultuous ’60s through to the early ’70s.

The most telling difference had to do with morality. Whereas most of my peers working for the government at the time were established family men and women exhibiting a reasonable dose of conservatism in their outlook and demeanor, the younger set were quite overt in expressing a multitude of views geared against the mores of traditional Anglo-Saxon society. (more…)

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July 8, 2010

Are You An Instrument For God?

Filed under: Attitude,Decisions — melchia @ 9:29 pm

God wants us to be His human instruments – …prepared unto every good work ((II Tim. 2:20-21). In fact, we are to be honorable vessels “meet for the Masters use.”

The English word instrument is defined as ” a means whereby something is achieved, performed or furthered” (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary).

What kind of instruments are we? God is the Master and we have to yield ourselves to His use. When He tries us out as instruments, what response is He getting? Would He say, “Everything I do, this person responds exactly the way I want Him to. He is a mirror of all the effort and mastery I am putting into Him.

Perhaps more commonly it is: ” I try to play this instrument this way, and yet there are places where it doesn’t respond the way I need to.” (more…)

November 27, 2009

What Does The Bible Teach Regarding Tattoos?

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Tattoos have become a craze among young people today. But does the Bible have anything to say about the subject? Most would say no, but then, they would be wrong! God’s word plainly condemns such practices in Lev. 19:28, which reads, “Ye shall not…print [tatoo] any marks upon you: I am the Lord.”

A true Christian attitude is one of giving and service. It should demonstrate humility and modesty. A Christian should not appear strange or outlandish in attire. It fact, there are warnings against such attitudes and rebellion.

“Body art” and tattoos are generally motivated by vanity, sexual lust and rebellion; attitudes condemned throughout the Bible. Even if someone says he or she isn’t doing it for those reasons, we should avoid all “appearance of evil” (I Thess. 5:22).

Christians are told by God to be a light to this world (Matt. 5:13-16), and their body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. They must glorify God with it. God does not want graffiti on His temple (I Cor. 6:19-20). We must ensure that our appearance is clean, wholesome and modest. It must be based on God’s law.

August 1, 2009

You Aren't Bipolar, You're Just A Jerk

Truly hilarious. Had to post this one in a summation, but the entirety of the article can be found at Townhall. Give it a read and tell me you don’t agree, or know of someone who has these supposed symptoms. Accountability, or character, is truly lacking these days, as is wonderfully pointed out here by columnist Mike Adams.

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It’s getting old, isn’t it? Everyone these days is bipolar or has some other chic mental disorder that he feels excuses his self-centered conduct. Like the guy who once walked into my class 20 minutes late. I told him it was his last time to come in late. He said, “But you don’t understand, I’m bipolar.” And he said it in front of the whole class.

Having a mental disorder used to be a source of embarrassment. But, now, it’s often a request for special treatment, which, when granted, fuels self-centered conduct. That’s why a pastor friend of mine now hears the claim “But, I’m bipolar!” in approximately 80 percent of his marital counseling sessions. This means that approximately 40 percent of the people he counsels are claiming to be “bipolar.”

Is there something in the water that is causing a massive outbreak in manic depression and other mental disorders? Or is it possible that we live culture of entitlement, which gives us strong incentives to claim some sort of disability rather than face the consequences of our freely chosen actions?

Just about everyone who really suffers from some form of depression (manic or otherwise) has something in common: He is engaged in self-centered conduct, which either a) actually caused the disorder (real or perceived), or b) greatly exacerbates the disorder (real or perceived).

The truth is that changing one’s behavior with an exercise in other-absorption, rather than self-absorption, will cure what most people label as depression. If that fails they should talk to a professional. If that also fails they should consider an experiment with prescribed medication.

But people who shout “I’m bipolar” usually don’t want to be helped. And if we feed their sense of entitlement we hurt them very badly.

June 2, 2009

The Power Of Words: Is Talk Cheap?

Filed under: Attitude,Hatred — melchia @ 6:42 am

We have all grown up in a world that places little value on a person’s word. People say things that aren’t true, make promises they do not intend to keep, say cutting things designed to hurt and belittle.

The attitude seems to be summed up in the expression, “Talk is cheap.”

But is it?

When God spoke, mountains arose and the covering seas were pushed back from the land throughout the world. When God spoke, plant, fish, bird and animal life was created upon the earth. When God spoke, humanity came into existence.
When God speaks in judgment, He speaks with a sharp, two-edged sword (Revelation 1:16, 2:12), clearly distinguishing between good and evil works. That sword is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17).

Hebrews 4:12 explains: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

If words are so powerful and so important to God, should not they also be important to us? With words we give answer to our accusers, discover and reveal error, admonish relatives and friends to avoid evil, reward loved ones and praise our Creator.

Those in positions of responsibility and authority make rules, reward achievers and punish the slothful — all with words.

Also with words, God’s Church is to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God.

Cutting words

Our words can be sharp. They are capable of cutting to the heart of a matter. With God’s guidance we can use words to promote good and avoid evil, but if we are malicious or careless in what we say, we err exceedingly and betray a trust our Creator places in everyone He calls.

True Christians are often shocked by man’s inhumanity to man, yet sometimes we speak words to one another that bear that same violent animosity.

James asks: “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask” (James 4:1-2).

In modern vernacular, people seek their own desires. Instead of turning to God for guidance as obedient children under His authority, people take matters into their own hands. When someone blocks their goals, they become frustrated and develop resentments and hatreds.

David prayed, in Psalm 64:2-3: “Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked, from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity, who sharpen their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows — bitter words.”

Murder statistics from various nations reveal the shocking fact that most murders occur within the home. Certainly, most of us would not think of ourselves as capable of slashing our loved ones with a sharp sword or shooting them with arrows, but to chop someone up with bitter, hateful words is akin to assaulting him with a deadly weapon.

Spiritual wounds, which may never heal, threaten the eternal lives of spiritual brothers and sisters just as certainly as fleshly wounds threaten their physical lives. Of course, if you’re on the receiving end of these sharp swords and arrows, you cannot often change what others say about you. But the hurt that results from these stinging words may make you guard your own words more diligently.

If you have been wounded by words, you must not allow the wound to fester. If you even suspect that you harbor ill will toward anyone, pray that God will reveal it to you and grant you repentance in order to help you root out this contrary spirit. A root of bitterness can be spiritually fatal (Hebrews 12:15).

The spiritual mirror

If you look into that mirror of righteousness, the Bible (James 1:23-25), and find yourself guilty of abusive words or irresponsibility with your tongue, what should you do?

If you have been guilty of bitter words with your loved ones, or if you have indulged in gossip — that ugly practice of telling things about others that hurts their reputation or that keeps sins from being forgotten — or if you have used verbal knives against your competitors in business, what should you do?

Ultimately all our sins are against God. Seek Him with a “broken and a contrite heart” as David did in the 51st Psalm, and He will forgive you: “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions” (Psalm 51:1, 17).

Repeated sins build habits

Deeply established habits of gossip or misuse of the tongue cannot be broken with just a simple resolve to quit. You may need to fast and pray many times that God will not only forgive you but will help you to repent and to replace evil, destructive speech habits with wholesome, constructive ones.

When God has answered your prayers and granted you repentance, you won’t need reassurances; you will know by the change that has come over you. But you will need to keep vigilant. It is easy to slip back.

You will also find yourself deeply concerned for those who might still be hurting from your actions — people who could be harboring ill feelings to their own detriment.

Now you should follow the admonition Christ gave in Matthew 5:23-24: “If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”

God will not accept your gift of prayer with this offense hanging over your head. It will affect your conscience until you do the right thing about it.

But when you go, go to your brother solely to bind up that wound. Don’t go to demonstrate what a good person you are or to try to justify what you did. Go with a pure, sincere, loving heart.

Misused, our words can cut deep wounds, but spoken thoughtfully, sensitively and honestly, they can also go a long way toward healing those wounds and building better relationships.

Source: The Good News, 1984

May 24, 2009

Arguments: Teach Your Mouth!

Filed under: Attitude,Hatred — melchia @ 1:32 am
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True Christians must learn to control what comes out of their mouth. Proverbs 16:23 says:

“The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.”

Educate yourself in good things, so you will have good, upbuilding things to say:

“The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.”

So don’t speak hastily. The things you say are very important; and many people aren’t careful about that. But God is highly concerned! (Ps. 37:30-31).

Sometimes what we say results in arguments. The root cause is usually pride (Luke 22:24) – a result of someone thinking too highly of himself. Lust is also a huge factor in division among people (Jam. 4:1). God says He resists the proud and give grace to the humble – not to the loudest, the most powerful, or the quickest of wit. Remember, if we’re looking out for the other person instead, that will eliminate a lot of arguing.

May 3, 2009

Attitude: It's All In How You Perceive The Problem!

Filed under: Attitude — melchia @ 6:40 pm
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There once was a woman who woke up one morning,  looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head.

Well,” she said, “I think I’ll braid my hair today?”

So she did  and  she  had a  wonderful  day.

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The next day she woke up,  looked in the mirror  and saw that she had only two hairs on her head.

“H-M-M,” she said, 

“I think I’ll part my hair down the middle today?”

So she did  and  she  had  a  grand  day.

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The next day she woke up,  looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on her head.

“Well,” she said,  “today I’m going to wear my hair in a pony tail.” 

So she did  and  she  had  a  really fun  day.

5 Attitude is everything.

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Be kinder than necessary,

for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

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Live simply,

Love generously, Care deeply, Speak kindly……
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…
It’s about learning to dance in the rain.
Love generously, care deeply, speak kindly……


Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…
It’s about learning to dance in the rain.

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