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Happy New Year!

(On God’s Calendar)

March 31, 2014

Prayer Reminders

A popular acronym teaches that to have JOY, you must put:

Jesus First,
 Others Next, and
   Yourself Last.

To attain, maintain and retain the attitude of Joy, we must choose an attitude of loving God, and loving others.


Pastor Saeed Abedini is a husband, father, and American citizen whom the Iranian government has arrested for his Christian conversion (from Islam) and for his efforts to share the Gospel in Iran. He is jailed in a notorious Iranian prison where people are regularly abused and mistreated.

Please pray for Pastor Saeed’s speedy release and safe return to his family and Congregation.


Super Bowl Sunday isn’t only about Football.

There are men (and, I use the word loosely) who celebrate the game by raping underage sex-slaves.

Pray for these abused women and girls: that God Would Continue to Inspire people to rescue them.

Pray that the “Johns” would realize that these women and girls are not prostitutes, but rape victims; that the Johns would realize that they are not customers, but rapists; and, that the Johns would turn from Darkness.

Pray that those who force these women and girls into sex-slavery will follow John Newton’s example, and turn from Darkness, to Christ.


The Election is over. But, our TROUBLE is only beginning.

We are more divided: against each other, and (more importantly) against God, than ever before.

Pray for our Nation, as we enter the most dangerous (and, possibly, the final) period in our history.


Over the past few years, several states have been dramatically affected by:

  • droughts,
  • wildfires,
  • storms,
  • tornadoes,
  • hurricanes,
  • flood,
  • sinkholes,
  • snow and ice storms.

Homes and property have been lost.

Lives have been lost.

And, it’s not over, yet.

Pray that God Will Comfort and Send Help to those affected, and that He Will Use these situations to Lead people to Love and Trust Him.

And, pray that we’ll ask the hard question:


Those who seek to destroy our Republic, employ numerous tactics – including that age-old ploy: “Divide and Conquer.”

They seek to divide us along ethninc, gender, economic and other lines.

Pray that God Will Help us to finally live up to our Dream – our Goal – our Destiny – and truly become “One Nation Under God.”


A regional court in Germany has ruled that “Circumcism” – the Cornerstone of Judaism – is a crime: Child abuse.

It is impossible to be Jewish, without obeying God’s Command to Circumcise. (Genesis 17; Exodus 4:24-26; Leviticus 12:3)

Pray for the World – as the Nazi Nightmare returns.


The Obama Administration and some members of Congress are attempting to seize control of the internet: under the guise of National Security and Copyright enforcement.

Pray that God Will Help us avoid the inevitable loss of Free Speech and Free Expression of Religion that these Collectivist efforts would cause.


Violent outbursts continue to occur across our Country – and, around the world.

There are people who have been planning – and, who are inciting – this kind of uncivilized behavior.

Pray that God Will Help people to:

  • see the Truth, and
  • seek Peace and Righteousness.

In March 2011, a labor leader outlined a plot to bring down the U.S. economy.

An international group is plotting to set the stage for a multi-national invasion and occupation of Israel.

Pray that God will Protect us from these plots.


Pray for the people of Israel – as they struggle to survive, while surrounded by enemies who have vowed to take their land, and exterminate them.


Pray that we don’t step into Satan’s trap – and, condemn Israel for self-defense against homicidal bullies: who declared war against Israel the day the world officially recognized the return of Israel’s nationhood.


Pray for those in and near Japan – as they seek to recover from the effects of a major earthquake, tsunami, and damage to nuclear power plants.


Pray for the people of Mexico – as they struggle to defend themselves against the drug cartels.


Pray for the southern U.S. border states – as they struggle to defend themselves against a Federal Government that will not permit them to defend themselves against the drug cartels.


Pray for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the people of Tucson, Arizona – as they continue to recover from the massacre at Safeway.


Pray for the people of Haiti.


Pray for those who lead and influence – at all levels – in Government, Education, Entertainment, Church, Community organizations...

You are a leader to someone.


Thank God that those in our Government work for us – and not the other way around.


God Bless You.
God Bless America.

And, while He’s At it,
God Bless me, too.

SCMA Meditations

Rev. Homer Faris Abney

A Prayer for America

Happy Holidays!

Love

Revival

Who Is A Christian?

Published in:
“Weekly Meditations From the Saluda County Ministerial Association”
a column in the Saluda Standard-Sentinel

The following Meditations are available for download — in pdf format:
A Prayer for America
Election
Fearfully & Wonderfully Made
Happy Holidays!
Love
The Cornerstone of Truth
Who Is A Christian?
Why?

 


Bible Study

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
May 04, 2011
Last Updated: 11.15.11

B’réan Bible Institute is the Bible Study of B’réan Fellowship’s Worship Service.

Our current Bible Study (“Why?”) explores the Biblical Answer to such questions as:

  • Why did God Create?
  • Why did God Allow an angel to corrupt himself — and, become Satan?
  • Why did God Allow Humanity to fall?
  • Why did Jesus have to Die, to Save us?

 


A recent Bible Study (“Can Man Rule Himself?”) was inspired by a question considered by Glenn Beck on his weekday television news commentary program.

The Study Guide:
“Can Man Rule Himself?” (thus far)
has been updated, and
is available in pdf format.

 


A Prayer for America

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
October 06, 2012
Last Updated: 02.14.13

We are living in the most challenging — the most dangerous — time that our Nation has ever known:

We fought the Revolution, to escape external tyranny.

We established the Constitution, to prevent internal tyranny.

Never before have so many — in such influential positions — sought to overturn our Constitution, and return us to tyranny.

Never before has the world been so unstable — with so many enemies determined to destroy us.

Never before have we been so weak and vulnerable.

Never before have we — as a People —as a Culture — as a Nation — been so far from God.

Please join me, in a Prayer that our Great God Would Spare us the Judgment our behavior demands, and once again Restore us to what He Created us to be: A City on a Hill, shining the Light of Freedom, Justice and Truth:

Father:

Thank You, for Loving us.

Thank You, for Giving us: Life, Health & Strength.

Help us to trust You, and to do Your Will.

Lead us, and Guide us: in Your Everlasting Way.

Fill us with the Love and Power of Your Holy Spirit.

Strengthen and Sustain us — According to Your Will — with: Health and Healing; Wisdom, Comfort and Peace.

Thank You, for the Blessing of living in this Wonderful Land that You Have Created — this Marvelous Land of Freedom, Opportunity, and Abundance.

Please, Forgive us, for taking Your Blessing for granted — for neglecting It — for allowing agents of Darkness to sneak in, to: attack, dilute, spoil and steal It.

Forgive us, for allowing them to teach us that we don’t need You to Tell us what to do.

Deliver us from their hand — Save us from their power:

Protect us from the Socialists, Jihadi-Caliphatists, and all others who seek to drown us in the Darkness and Deception; Chaos and Slavery; Destruction, Despair and Death of Collectivism.

Bless our Beloved Republic, and Your Chosen Nation, Israel, with the Peace, Prosperity and Security that come from knowing and loving; trusting and obeying; and serving you.

Keep us close to You — and, close to each other.

We ask in the Name of Jesus.

Amen.

 

Published in:
“Weekly Meditations From the Saluda County Ministerial Association”
a column in the Saluda Standard-Sentinel,
on:
November 08, 2012 (as Election — Part 7);
January 03, 2013 (as Happy Holidays! — Part 8);
April 04, 2013

 

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Jihad and Caliphate

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
February 11, 2013
Last Updated: 04.22.13

Jihad
Jihad is Arabic for “Struggle.” It can refer to an internal, personal struggle. Or, it can refer to an external struggle against perceived “Enemies of Islam.” Depending on who is using the word, its meaning can range from: Debate, to Diplomacy, to Warfare. Some embrace the philosophy: “Whatever it takes, to succeed…” — “The end justifies the means.” — “By any means necessary.” For these, the method of Jihad can range from: Decpeption, to Terrorism.
Caliphate
An Islamic Empire,ruled by a Caliph (Arabic for “Successor” — i.e. a successor to Islam’s prophet, Muhammad). The Caliphate was known most recently (from 1299 to 1922) as the Ottoman Empire.
Caliphatists
Those who seek to re-establish the Islamic Caliphate — with the ultimate goal of Global Islamic Imperial Domination.

The Hard Question

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
May 23, 2011
Last Updated: 02.14.14

We have chosen:

As a culture, we have made a decision:

We have allowed a relative handful of bureaucrats, lawyers and activist judges to decide that there is no room in our Society for God.

Being a Gentleman, God has Stepped back — a little.

Groups that had plotted the internal destruction of the United States, since the 1800’s, shifted into high gear, in the 1960’s.

We've made great medical and technological advances, since the ’60s, but:

As Collectivists have infiltrated all areas of our Society, have they made our Nation stronger, or weaker; better, or worse; safer, or more dangerous?


Obamacare

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
June 28, 2012
Last Updated: 01.23.13

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Democrat Party’s Federal Government Takeover of Healthcare is: Mostly Constitutional.

The issue is far from over:

Everyone knew the 2012 Elections would be a major deciding factor.

So, Democrats fought “Tooth & Nail,” to prevent states from passing laws to prevent Voter Fraud.

Pray that the Lord will Grant us:

  1. the Wisdom to understand what is at stake, and
  2. the Courage to do what must be done:
    1. We must know and stand up for the Truth.
    2. We must be authentic. (We must “Walk our Talk.”)

Gun Grab

We the People of the United States of America — and the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution — won Round One against the Forces of Global Socialism.

But, the Struggle is far from over:

The United Nations is preparing an international Treaty that will untimately outlaw the private ownership of firearms.

Our President and Secretary of State endorse this Treaty.

Democrat Senator, Harry Reid, controls the U.S. Senate with an iron fist. All he has to do, to impose U.N. treaties on U.S. Citizens, is to prevent the Senate from voting on whether to ratify the treaties — after the President and Secretary of State sign them.

Our Nation would then be at the mercy of other nations that long to abolish the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution — and, deprive us of what some of our Founders warned would be the Last Line of Defense against Tyranny.

But, now — while the spotlight is on the Senate — they don’t dare violate their Oath to “Protect and Defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Pray that God will Protect us from those who seek to Undermine our Constitution — and Enslave us to International Socialism.

Biblical Month

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
March 03, 2014
Last Updated: 03.03.14

The 1st Month, on the Biblical Calendar, began at sunset (Israel time), on Monday, March 31, 2014 – when witnesses in Israel sighted the Crescent New Moon.

The Biblical Year begins after barley growing in the Land has reached a stage of ripeness called “Aviv.”

Witnesses searched Israel’s Barley fields for days, and located mature Barley on Sunday, March 23, 2014.


Biblical Calendar

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
March 13, 2013
Last Updated: 03.14.13

The Biblical Calendar – God’s Calendar – began at Creation.

The Biblical Year Began with the beginning of Fall, until the Exodus, when God Shifted His Calendar, by six months – so that it now Begins with the beginning of spring.

(Exodus 12:1-6, 18; 13:4; 23:15; 34:18; Leviticus 23:5; Numbers 28:16; Deuteronomy 16:1)


Every Day: A Day of Prayer

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
May 05, 2011
Last Updated: 05.05.13

May 2, 2013 – the First Thursday in May – was “National Day of Prayer.”

Each year, by law, the President of the United States proclaims the First Thursday in May to be “National Day of Prayer.”

Across the country, people gathered at State Houses, County Court Houses, City Halls, Churches, parks, and other locations, on May 2, the First Thursday in May to observe “National Day of Prayer.”

Here in Saluda, SC, 16 of us (incuding 3 Pastors) gathered at the County Court House, to pray for our Nation.

For far too many, National Day of Prayer, other days of prayer, prayer breakfasts and luncheons, etc, are just events. Once they’re over, they’re over.

But, these gatherings are meant to be reminders to pray and seek God’s Face (Presence) every day.

Please pray for our Republic – and for God’s Chosen Nation, Israel – daily.


Glenn Beck Returns to Satellite-Cable TV

Glenn Beck left Fox News Channel, at the end of June 2011, to establish a new internet-based Channel, called GBTV (Glenn Beck Television).

Glenn recently re-branded GBTV as The Blaze (the name of his online News Service.

For those of us who do not have broadband internet access, Glenn has returned to satellite-cable television, on DishNetwork, channel 212.


Updated Documents

“Can Man Rule Himself?”


A House Divided

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
Last Updated: 01.23.13

Those who seek to destroy our Republic, employ numerous tactics – including that age-old ploy: “Divide and Conquer.”

They seek to divide us along ethninc, gender, economic and other lines.

Pray that God Will Help us to once again become “One Nation Under God.”


A Very Special Christmas Special

The Blaze
online,
DishNetwork, channel 212.

8:00 pm, Thursday, December 13, 2012

Remember the Andy Williams Christmas Specials of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s?

Glenn and Tania Beck invited us into their home, for a Christmas Special reminiscent of the Andy Williams Christmas Specials.

In fact, before Williams’ death (on September 25, 2012) he recorded a greeting for the Special.


Israel

God Created the nation of Israel, not to be a privileged “Elite,” but, to be the the “teachers” of Humanity.

God Gave Israel annual, monthly and weekly Festivals; a daily Worship schedule; carefully-Crafted Language, History and Culture; and, a Library of Divine Revelation: to teach us about the Ministry of the Messiah.


Persecution

God has blessed us to live in the greatest and freest nation on Earth.

But, there are many people who do not share our freedom: Among them are millions of Christians who face daily persecution for their faith in Jesus – especially in countries where Socialism, Islam or Hinduism dominate.


Chuck Colson

Evangelical Christian leader, Chuck Colson, died on Saturday, April 21, 2012.

Colson was the founder of Prison Fellowship, a Christian Ministry dedicated to Prison Evangelism and Prison Reform.

 


 

See You At The Pole — 2013

Wednesday, September 25, is the Global Day of Student Prayer called “See You at the Pole.”

See You at the Pole” is scheduled annually on the fourth Wednesday in September. Since 1990, students have gathered around their school’s flag pole (or at other campus locations) before the beginning of the school day (usually, at 7 am) to pray for their school, friends, teachers, families, community and nation.

See You at the Pole” is a student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led event. It as not a demonstration or political rally. It is a group of students gathering to pray.

God has promised us that if His people will draw near to Him in humility and repentance, that He will hear our prayers and heal our land. (2 Chronicles 7:13-14)

This applies to younger believers as well as to older believers. Let’s encourage our young people to step forward and do their part to lead our community and nation into a closer relationship with God. And, remember to pray for those young people who do step forward.

For more information, go to “syatp.com.”

 

 


 

 

Revival

Contents

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

 

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Revival

Part 1

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
April 07, 2008
Last Updated: 04.06.13

“‘When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people,

“‘if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face,

and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.’”

(2 Chronicles 7:13-14 NKJV)

2 Chronicles 7:14 is one of the best-known Revival-related verses in the Bible. Believers quote God’s promise to respond to the sincere prayers of His people — as an incentive to repent and seek Revival.

But, many of those who quote this verse fail to mention the preceding verse:

Before God promises healing for His people’s land, He makes it crystal clear why the land needs healing.

Before looking any deeper at this Scripture, it is absolutely essential — if we wish to be Biblically accurate — that we recognize that God is speaking first and foremost to Israel. However, He says: “My people.” Those who truly believe (love, trust and obey) the God of Israel (the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) are His people — whether they call themselves Israel, the Church, or both. God initially addressed this Scripture to the nation of Israel. But, it is Biblical to apply this Scripture to any and all who are truly His.

If you love, trust, and seek to obey God, then, He’s talking to you.

And, what He says is that there are times when He brings suffering — sometimes, even intense suffering — to His people’s land. And, that suffering will inevitably affect His people — as well as the unbelievers in their midst.

God says there can come a time when He shuts heaven so that there can be no rain. If God withholds rain, believer and unbeliever alike will suffer: The ground will dry to dust. Crops and livestock will die — resulting in food shortage and the spread of disease. People will suffer and die of disease, starvation, murder, suicide, shock (heart attacks and strokes).

God says there can come a time when He sends creatures we would call “pests” to destroy crops.

God says there can come a time when He deliberately — actively — sends disease: not against unbelievers, but among His own people.

Published in:
“Weekly Meditations From the Saluda County Ministerial Association”
a column in the Saluda Standard-Sentinel
on Thursday, April 11, 2013

 

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Part 2

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
April 13, 2008
Last Updated: 04.15.13

Before God Promises Healing for His people’s land (2 Chronicles 7:14), He Declares the reason the land needs healing (2 Chronicles 7:13).

God Says there are times when He Brings suffering — sometimes, even intense suffering — to His people’s land. That suffering will inevitably affect His people — as well as the unbelievers in their midst.

God Says there can come a time when He Withholds rain, Sends pests to destroy crops, or even Sends disease among His people.

There are those who teach that all these things come from Satan. They believe God’s only activity in such situations is to wait until His people repent and believe Him, so that they can receive the Deliverance He has promised to give.

But, that’s not what God Says. He Says “I Shut…, or Command…, or Send….”

As a loving Father, God Is not afraid to Chastise His children. (1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Hebrews 12:5-13)

Something else to note is that while 2 Chronicles 7:14 begins with the word “if,” verse 13 begins with the word “when” — at least, in English translation:

God’s people will sin. He Will Chastise His wayward children. And, if they repent, then — and, only then — He Will Remedy their situation.

God Promises to Heal His people’s land; but first, He Tells us why the land needs healing, by Presenting the conditions under which He will heal:

God’s First Condition for Healing our land is that we (His people — who dare to take His Name) must humble ourselves.

Humility is a tricky subject:

To some, humility is an attitude of being worthless. So, they avoid it.

To others, humility is a boast intended to gain something from others. So, they miss it.

As is often the case, if we want to know what humility really is, we must ask our Creator.

Published in:
“Weekly Meditations From the Saluda County Ministerial Association”
a column in the Saluda Standard-Sentinel
on Thursday, April 18, 2013

 

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Part 3

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
April 21, 2008
Last Updated: 04.22.13

“For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”

(Romans 12:3 NKJV)

After pleading with his brothers and sisters to present ourselves as “Living Sacrifices” (in Romans 12:1-2), Paul gives us a key to obeying this summary of all God’s Commandments:

To truly present oneself as a “Living Sacrifice” is to humbly take one’s rightful place under God’s Authority — to “present” oneself — to “give”oneself (totally) to God. This is both the easiest and the hardest thing to do. Such an act requires faith (love, confidence and submission).

Obviously, if humility is a prerequisite to our receiving God’s healing of our land, then our lack of humility must be part of the reason God has put our land in a state of needing to be healed.

If we obey this Command to think rightly of ourselves, we will see ourselves as being equal (neither superior, nor inferior) to our brothers and sisters. But, we will also see ourselves rightly in relation to God.

God has Created us. He has Redeemed us, when He could have Condemned us. He has Given His Best for us. We can choose to ignore all He has Done for us; or we can choose to be grateful — to be creatures who revere our Creator — to be sheep who follow our Shepherd — to be servants who lovingly obey our King.

Satan (Ezekiel 28:11-19; Isaiah 14:12-17) and Adam (Genesis 2:15-17; 3:6-12, 17; 1 Timothy 2:13-14) chose to ignore all God had done, and rebel against His Rightful Authority over them.

Jesus Chose to live a life of total submission to God’s Revealed Will. (John 4:31-34; 6:38; Matthew 26:39; Hebrews 4:15)

Anyone can make religious claims and live an external, counterfeit life. But, when we choose to see ourselves rightly in relation to our Creator, our internal attitudes and motivations will match our external behavior. We will not only “talk the talk,” but, we will also “walk the walk.” (James 1:21-27; 2:14-26; 1 John 1:5-10) When we live in obedience to God — out of love and gratitude — our religion is true; it is real; it motivates us to do the right thing, for the right reason. (1 Corinthians 13)

When our religion is True (Psalm 24), all of life becomes one continuous act of Worship. (John 4:24; Colossians 3:16-17, 23-24)

Satan. Adam. Jesus.

Whose example will you follow?

Published in:
“Weekly Meditations From the Saluda County Ministerial Association”
a column in the Saluda Standard-Sentinel
on Thursday, April 25, 2013

 

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Revival

Part 4

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
May 12, 2008
Last Updated: 05.05.13

God Says He Will Heal His people’s land if we meet certain conditions:

First, we must humble ourselves: We must choose to see ourselves as we are — neither superior nor inferior to other humans, but definitely inferior to God. We must willingly submit to God’s Absolute Authority over our lives.

Once we have learned humility, we can pray rightly.

Jesus Prayed Rightly in Gethsemane. (Matthew 26:36-44; Mark 14:32-40; Luke 22:39-44)

Real prayer is honest. (Matthew 26:37-39a, 44; Mark 14:33-36a, 39; Luke 22:41-42a, 43-44) Real prayer doesn’t cover itself in false spirituality. Real prayer expresses the heart’s truest and deepest concerns to God. Jesus did not desire the cross.

Real prayer is humble. (Matthew 26:39b, 42, 44; Mark 14:36b, 39; Luke 22:42b) Real prayer recognizes the necessity of putting God’s Will above our own.

Real prayer is trusting. (Philippians 4:6-9) Real prayer trusts God so much that it thanks Him before it even knows what His Answer will Be — because the one praying knows that God’s Answer will be whatever is Right and Best. Jesus Was Able To Pray As He Did Because He Knew He Could Trust His Father.

Real prayer is not self-centered. (James 4:1-3) Real prayer cares about more than simply gratifying personal desires. Real prayer recognizes that there are times when other people’s needs are more important than our own. And, there are times when other issues are more important than anyone’s personal desires. Jesus Put His Father’s Will — and our salvation — Above His Own Desires.

Real prayer is not possible without humility — seeing ourselves rightly. And, as humility is necessary for real prayer, so also, humility will lead to real prayer: When I see God and myself Rightly Related, I will not only submit my life to His Will, but, I will also bring Him my concerns and desires — and submit them to His Will.

Published in:
“Weekly Meditations From the Saluda County Ministerial Association”
a column in the Saluda Standard-Sentinel
on Thursday, May 09, 2013

 

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Revival

Part 5

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
May 19, 2008
Last Updated: 05.12.13

God says He will heal His people’s land if we meet certain conditions:

First, we must humble ourselves. Then, we must pray in honest, trusting, unselfish humility.

If we are praying as we should, we will be seeking God’s Face — His Presence: We will be seeking an ever-deepening intimate relationship with God.

To seek God’s Face is to put His will ahead of our own. (Matthew 26:36-44; Mark 14:32-39; Luke 22:39-44)

To seek God’s Face is to put knowing Him as a Person ahead of getting what He can give us. (Jeremiah 9:23-24)

To seek God’s Face is to put Who He is ahead of what we see as our needs. (Matthew 6:24-34)

As it is impossible to pray rightly without true humility, so also, it is impossible to seek God’s Face without true humility:

God is the Creator, and I am a part of His creation; He is the King, and I am one of His subjects; He is the Master, and I am one of His servants.

If I do not recognize and embrace this truth, I cannot seek true intimacy with God.

I may seek intimacy; but, it will be a false intimacy with a false god — a caricature of the Real God — an image I have imagined — a concept generated by my mind — an idol.

The True God will only accept me on His Terms. He will not share His Throne with me. (Isaiah 42:8)

The True God has promised that if I seek to know Him, He will reward me. (Matthew 5:6; Jeremiah 29:11-13; Hebrews 11:6)

Published in:
“Weekly Meditations From the Saluda County Ministerial Association”
a column in the Saluda Standard-Sentinel
on Thursday, May 16, 2013

 

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Revival

Part 6

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
June 02, 2008
Last Updated: 05.30.13

God Says He Will Heal His people’s land if we come to Him on His Terms:

We must humbly seek closeness to God through prayer.

As our attitude harmonizes more and more with God’s Attitude, we will turn away from the natural human life-style of seeking our own way (sin), and will recognize and embrace God’s Way (Righteousness).

The more we embrace God and His Way of living, the closer we will get to Him. The closer we get to Him, the more we will recognize the bankruptcy of our way and the Wonderful Abundance of His Way.

The better we understand God’s Way, the more we will embrace it — and the closer we will be to Him.

When God Calls our ways “Wicked,” He Is not simply Saying that our ways are contrary to His Ways. (Isaiah 55:6-11)

Our ways do not originate with us, but with Satan — who intends to destroy us. (Isaiah 14:12-15; Genesis 3:1-5; 1 Peter 5:5-11; John 8:42-47; 1 John 5:19; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12)

God Is not trying to get us to do things His Way to satisfy His Ego: He Is Showing us His Way because His Way Is Right, and our way is wrong. And, He Is Showing us His Way to Protect us from Satan — whose bait always disguises a hook. (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25; Matthew 16:24-27; Mark 8:34-38; Luke 9:23-26)

Closeness to God and loving submission to His Will (as revealed in the Bible) are mutually dependent. If we say we are close to God when we knowingly disobey the Bible, we lie. (James 4:1-10; John 14:21-26; 1 John)

Published in:
“Weekly Meditations From the Saluda County Ministerial Association”
a column in the Saluda Standard-Sentinel
on Thursday, June 06, 2013

 

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Revival

Part 7

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
June 09, 2008
Last Updated: 06.07.13

God Says there are times when He Will Send suffering among His people: We have strayed from Him — and the Safety only He Can Provide. So, He Is Giving us a reason to return.

God Says the appropriate and necessary response of His people is to humbly seek closeness to Him through prayer — and, thereby turn from our wicked ways. He Says that if His people will respond appropriately, then He Will Respond to our response.

His Response Will Come in 3 parts:

First, He Will “Hear from Heaven.” Our refusal to live God’s Way — to walk His Path — blocks our prayers. (Isaiah 59; Psalm 66:18; 1 Peter 3:7)

If we wish God to Hear our prayers — to Regard them as valid — we must stay on His Path. (Galatians 6:7-8)

Second, God Says that Having Heard our prayers, He Will Forgive our sins. Obviously, at least a part of what He Will Have Heard is our acknowledgment that we have done wrong: in straying from God’s Righteous Way, to our own wicked way. He Will Have Heard us sincerely plead for forgiveness.

No excuse or rationalization will convince God to “See things our way.” (1 John 1; Isaiah 55:6-9)

Third, God Says that Having Heard and Granted our request for forgiveness, He Will then “Heal” our land. God Sent the suffering to get our attention, and call us back to the True Path — His Way. Once we have returned, the suffering — the spanking — will have done its job, and will no longer be necessary.

As a Loving Father, God Has No Wish to see His children suffer. But, He Is Willing to Chastise us to Discipline us — to Teach us Right from wrong. (Hebrews 12)

Of course, we can avoid Chastisement by not misbehaving. (1 Corinthians 11:30-32)

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Contents

Part 1 — A Crazy Little Thing

Part 2 — History

Part 3 — February

Part 4 — Light and Darkness

Part 5 — Phil

Part 6 — Storgé

Part 7 — Eros

Part 8 — Agapé

Part 9 — Recap

Part 10 — Romance

 

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Part 1 — A Crazy Little Thing

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
December 28, 2012
Last Updated: 01.24.13

“Love makes the World go ‘round.”

“What the World needs now, is love, sweet love.”

“All you need, is love.”

“Love will keep us together.”

“And, love may grow, for all we know.”

“If lovin’ you is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.”

“Do I love you, because you’re beautiful? Or, are you beautiful, because I love you?”

“It’s very clear: our love is here to stay.”

“The Love I lost, was a sweet love. The love I lost, was complete love. The love I lost: I will never, no-no never, love again.”

“...So, for at least, until tomorrow, I’ll never fall in love again.”

Love.

It’s one of the most important things in life:

We write songs about it. We sign letters with it. We print it on tee shirts.

We love our spouse. We love our children. We love our parents.

We love ice cream. We love pizza. We love our dog.

God Commands us to love Him, and to love our neighbor.

We’ve dedicated a month to celebrating love.

We’ve developed words and rituals to enshrine love.

We fall in love.

We suffer when the one we love, doesn’t love us back.

We want love. We need love. We give love. We make love.

We live for love. We die for love.

We kill for love.

We use love, to explain — or, justify — all sorts of things.

But:

Just what is this “crazy little thing called love”?

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Part 2 — History

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
February 05, 2007
Last Updated: 01.28.13

We live in a world in which people separate themselves into groups, and then allow the separations to dominate their perspectives on life.

God Created us with an almost infinite diversity — to Bring us together. Because we’re all different, we each have something the others need. (1 Corinthians 12)

But, many people believe our differences are more important than our similarities. They focus so intensely on the differences, that they lose sight of the similarities. And, they lose sight of the reasons for the differences.

This worship of separation causes some people to falsify History: They omit some contributions, while attributing others to those who did not make them. They edit recordings, to make their opponents appear to have said things that they never actually said. They rewrite History to enhance the reputation of their own group, or to diminish the reputation of another group.

The point of History is to maintain an accurate record of past events. When History becomes distorted, we must seek to rectify the situation by bringing out the Truth.

Some History books have distorted the relative contributions of those from the various continents and ethnic groups.

In 1926, historian Carter Godwin Woodson established Negro History Week as a response to historical deficiencies and inaccuracies concerning Africans, African-Americans, and our contributions to Humanity. Negro History Week became Black History Week, and grew into Black History Month.

Each year, people across the country designate February as a month to celebrate African-American Culture and History.

America began its history as a Christian nation.

But, more and more, a tiny but very vocal minority has been telling us that we must abandon our acknowledgment of our Christian Heritage: Over the past six decades, our courts have issued decisions which amounted to passing laws that reject God and His Commandments. Publishers have re-written history. Pseudo-scientists have strained to use an unscientific “Theory” to erase God. Churches have faced the threat of the loss of their tax-exempt status: if they dared to bring God’s perspective to certain issues.

For over a decade, numerous cities and states have been proclaiming and celebrating America’s Christian Heritage (usually, during Thanksgiving week, some throughout the month of November).

Censoring History — whether for Ethnic or Religious reasons — is LYING.

Combating the deception of Historical Censorship is an expression of Love.

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Part 3 — February

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
February 05, 2007
Last Updated: 02.01.13

Before Julius Caesar altered the Roman Calendar, “Februarius” (which means “Repentance”) was the last month of the Roman year. During “Februarius,” the ancient Romans concluded the year: by examining their lives, and resolving to be better.

We perpetuate the ancient Roman use of this month through our “New Year’s Resolutions.” Many people in our culture examine their lives, and resolve to do better in the new year.

In modern American Culture, “February” has two primary meanings:

Black History Month is in line with the ancient Roman use of the month: as a time to right wrongs.

But, the other “February” celebration is somewhat different:

February is the month of Valentine’s Day - the month of Love. People exchange valentines (cards, jewelry, candy, flowers) to declare their undying love. But, many people think love is about what they can get: a girlfriend or boyfriend, a mate. They fail to realize that Love is about giving. (John 3:16; 15:12-17; Romans 5:6-8; 1 John 4:7-12)

Love is the most important of all things. (Matthew 22:34-40; Mark 12:28-34; Luke 10:25-29;
Deuteronomy 6:4-12; Leviticus 19:1, 2, 9-18)

The best way to celebrate the “Month of Love,” is to evaluate our lives in view of how much we love God. If God Is not First (“Front and Center”) in my life, then I do not love Him as I should. If I do not love God as I should, then, I cannot properly love myself - or others.

True self-evaluation involves change. The problem with most New Year’s Resolutions, is that while there is a general acknowledgment that change is desirable, there is little conviction that change is necessary.

True Repentance is a conviction that change must occur. True Repentance is a choice to change directions.

The combination of “Ultimate Love” and “Repentance” is what February is truly about - not the empty, meaningless pseudo-love that puts self first, but the true Love that puts God first, others next, and self last.

God Knows that none of us is perfect. But, He Commands us to grow towards “Ultimate Love,” through True “Repentance.”

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Part 4 — Light and Darkness

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
February 10, 2013
Last Updated: 02.11.13

Dictionary definitions for the English word “Love” range from: “profoundly tender, passionate affection” to “warm personal attachment” to “sexual desire.”

Sometimes, we attempt to distinguish our usage of the word “love” through spelling variations, such as: “Love, with a capital ‘L’”; “L-O-V-E, in all caps”; “Luv”; “the L-word.”

Some view the vagueness of the word “love” as an advantage: They say, “Just as ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’ so also is love.” They redefine “love,” in order to manipulate others. They call something: “love,” that is not love — that, in fact, may very well be the opposite of love. They seduce young girls into fornication, with: “Let me show you how much I love you.” They coerce, with: “If you really loved me, you would prove it.”

Many young girls would not succumb to seduction, if they understood what love is — and, what it is not.

Many facing coercion, could respond with: “If you really loved me, I wouldn’t have to prove anything.”

Satan uses our greed and selfishness to seduce us into Darkness. Then, he uses us to seduce others.

How do we find the Clarity and Enlightenment that will Protect us from Satan’s Dark Deception?

How do we discover what “Love” truly is?

As always, we must turn to God:

Our earliest copies of the New Testament are in Greek.

Greek uses at least four different words to communicate the ideas we seek to communicate in English, with the one word: “Love.”

The Septuagint is probably the best-known Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament. Originally, several Greek cities used their own distinct versions of Greek. Later, these versions combined into one language. This amalgamation of Greek may be the reason the Septuagint, and ancient Greek literature outside the Bible, use these four words somewhat interchangeably.

But, the New Testament (which only uses three of the four words) uses them much more distinctly.

By examining the New Testament’s use of these words, we can develop a clearer understanding of “love” in general, and “Romantic Love” in particular.

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Part 5 — φιλ — Phil

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
February 17, 2013
Last Updated: 02.18.13

The first of our four Greek “Love” words, is φιλ — “Phil.”

“Phil” appears in several forms:

The verb φιλέω —“Phileo” — (pronounced: “fill-EH-oh”) can mean “to love” or “to kiss.”

καταφιλέω — “Kataphileo” — (“kah-tah-fill-EH-oh”) means “to kiss.”

The noun φίλημα — “philéma” — (“fill-AY-ma”) means “kiss.”

φίλος — “Philos” — (“FILL-oss”) means “friend.”

φίλη — “Philé” — (“FILL-ay”) means “female friend.”

φιλία — “Philia” — (“fill-EE-ah”) means “friendship” or “love.”

We use these “Phil” words as prefixes in some Greek words that English has adopted:

The Greek word for “brother” is αδελφος — “adelphos.”

φιλ — “Phil” (“love”) and αδελφος — “adelphos” (“brother”) give us φιλαδελφία — “Philadelphia” (“the city of ‘brotherly love’”).

The Bible Tells us that Wisdom Comes from God. In fact, Wisdom (as Revelation from God) Is the Word of God. And, the Word of God Is God. (John 1:1-14)

Pagans took this Truth, and twisted it into a separate god (actually, a goddess) of Wisdom, whom they called “Sophia.” “Philos” (“love”) and “Sophia” (“Wisdom”) give us “Philosophy” (“love of wisdom).

Each of these “Phil” words involves feelings — specifically, feelings of affection: Some refer to the feeling, some to the expression of the feeling, and some to the cause (and recipient) of the feeling.

“Phil” is influenced by feedback from the other person, as well as by the nature of the relationship.

Feelings can grow, or fade — over time: Friends from the past, may barely be acquaintances — years later. Acquaintances may become life long friends. A person’s feelings for an acquaintance or casual friend, will be different from her feelings for her “BFF.”

If someone considered to be a “good friend,” or even “best friend” does something that appears to betray the friendship, the negative statement or act is magnified by the fact that the friend did it.

“Phil” is a feeling — a very potent feeling — but, still, a feeling. And, feelings can change. Feelings can be influenced by: circumstances, the behavior of the object of the feelings, proximity to the object of the feelings, the attitude of others toward the object of the feelings.

“Phil” (“feelings of affection”) can be small whispers, or raging tornadoes. But, they are still feelings. Feelings can be strong building blocks; but, they can not provide a sound foundation.

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Part 6 — στοργη — Storgé

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
February 24, 2013
Last Updated: 03.04.13

The second of our four Greek “Love” words, is στοργη — “Storgé” (pronounced:“store-GAY”).

The New Testament uses στοργη — “Storgé” only once — as part of the compound φιλόστοργοι — “Philostorgoi” (“fil-OSS-tor-goy,” which begins like “philosophy” and rhymes with “boy”).

Paul urged the Believers in Rome:

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;”

(Romans 12:10 NKJV)

While the NKJV translates “Philostorgoi” as “kindly affectionate,” the KJV reads “kindly affectioned,” and the NAS and NIV use the word “devoted.”

φίλος — “Philos” and στοργη — “Storgé” combine to become φιλόστοργος — “Philostorgos” (“fil-OSS-tor-goss”).

In Romans 12:10, “Philostorgos” becomes “Philostorgoi,” because Paul is addressing the Believers as a group — and must, therefore, use the masculine, plural form of the word.

“Philostorgos” (“Philostorgoi” in Romans 12:10) refers: to the mutual love — the reciprocal tenderness — among members of a family.

“Storgé” refers to: cherishing one’s kindred — in other words, Family Love.

As “Philos” (“Affection”) and “Sophia” (“Wisdom”) combine to become “Philosophy” (“Love of Wisdom”); and, as “Philo” (“Affection”) and “Adelphos” (“Brother”) combine to become “Philadelphia (“Brotherly Love” — which Paul uses in Romans 12:10; “Philo” (“Affection”) and “Storgé” (“Family Love”) combine to become “Philostorgos” (“Affectionate Family Love” — “kind affection” — “devotion.”)

To understand “Storgé” (“Family Love”), we need to consider two sayings:

  1. “Blood is thicker than water” refers to the fact that blood relationship, and the long-term closeness generally associated with family, usually lead to feelings of responsibility: to raise younger siblings, avenge wrongs done to family members, etc.
  2. “ ‘Home’ is where: when you have to go there, they have to take you in,” speaks of an obligation to provide for family members — simply because they are family members.

As “Phil” refers to feelings of “Affection,” “Storgé” refers to feelings of “Obligation.” So, “Phil” and “Storge” combine to become feelings of “Affectionate Obligation” — “Obligation motivated by Affection.”

Like “Phil,” “Storgé” and “Philostorgos” are feelings. As feelings, they can all be affected by circumstances: Family members who cross certain lines of betrayal, can find themselves rejected by other family members: who may decide that they don’t really have to take them in, after all.

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Part 7 — ερος — ερως — Eros

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
March 04, 2013
Last Updated: 03.04.13

The third of our four Greek “Love” words is “Eros” (ἔρος — “ERR-ross” — which begins like “error” and rhymes with “boss,” or ἔρως — “ERR-Roce” — which rhymes with “dose”).

In modern American culture (outside the Christian Church) Eros is perhaps the best-known — and most used — of the four words:

Eros is the root of “Erotic” (“Err-ROT-tick” or, more commonly “Ee-ROT-tick”) which refers to sexuality. (People often refer to sexually-oriented “art” as “Erotic Art,” to sexually-oriented dancing, as “Erotic Dancing,” etc.)

In Greek mythology, Eros was the son of Ἀφροδίτη — Aphrodité (“Af-ro-DY-tay”or, more commonly “Af-ro-DY-tee”) and Ἄρης — Arés (“AIR-race,” more commonly “AIR-rees,” “AIR-riss” (which rhymes with “kiss”) in Modern Greek).

The Greeks worshiped Aphrodite as “goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation.” The Romans called Aphrodite “Venus,” and worshiped her as “goddess of love, beauty, sex, fertility, prosperity and victory.” The Romans called Ares “Mars.” (Both groups worshiped him as “god of war.”)

“Beauty” and “War” produced “Desire.” The Greeks worshiped Eros (“Cupid,” to the Romans) as “god of desire.” They credited him with deciding who should “love,” and then, using his “love arrows” to cause the “chosen” to “fall” in love. They believed Eros’ or Cupid’s Arrow could produce instant “desire,” or, as we call it, today: “Love at first sight.”

Some ancient authors wrote about the madness that resulted when Eros only infected one person — and, so, the object of their desire did not share their feelings.

Ancient pagans saw “love at first sight,” and other sexual desire, as coming from the Arrow of Eros. Western Culture is largely influenced by ancient Greek and Roman cultures. So, we associate sexually-oriented art, dance, feelings, etc., with Eros — through the use of his name.

Eros refers to sexually-oriented feelings — which may range from mild interest, to lust, to full-blown obsession. Like any feelings, erotic feelings can be good or bad — depending on whether they are legitimate or illicit, tempered or out-of-control.

God Created us as two genders — or, sexes: male and female. He Gave us the capacity to experience — and to share — many different types of feelings. Each of these feelings must be kept in its proper place and experienced in the proper way — or, it will cause pain and suffering.

As Creator of all things — including our feelings — only God can Determine what is proper. He Has done so, and has Revealed His Determination to us in the Bible. (Romans 1:16-32)

Feelings of sexual “Desire” are based in the senses; and, we generally refer to them as “Attraction.”

Like “Phil” (“Affection”) and “Storge” (“Obligation”), “Eros” (“Attraction”) is a feeling. So, it is caused by — and depends on — circumstances.

This relationship with circumstances makes these — and, all — feelings, dependent on something else — something far greater: for stability, durability and longevity.

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Part 8 — ἀγάπη — Agapé

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
March 04, 2013
Last Updated: 03.11.13

The last of our four Greek “Love” words is ἀγάπη — Agapé (“ah-GOPP-ay”).

Within the Christian Church, Agapé is probably the best-known, and the most-mentioned, of the four words.

Sadly, within the Church — as outside the Church — Agapé is probably the least-experienced, and the least-shared.

“Phil,” “Storgé” and “Eros” all refer to feelings. But, Agapé refers to something quite different.

Whenever the New Testament Records a Command from God that we “Love,” the Greek word God Uses is a form of Agapé.

When the New Testament Declares that “God Is Love,” the Greek word God Uses is Agapé. (1 John 4:7-8)

New Testament scholars generally define Agapé as: “love for someone or something, based on sincere appreciation and high regard,” “a love founded in admiration, veneration, esteem.”

Unlike “Phil,” “Storgé” and “Eros” (which all begin in, and depend on, the senses and emotions) Agapé is a decision — a choice:

With “Phil,” one feels Affection.

With “Storgé,” one feels Obligation.

With “Eros,” one feels Attraction.

But, with “Agapé,” one Chooses an Attitude:

Agapé chooses to put the needs of the other person ahead of one’s own wants — and, if necessary, one’s own needs.

Agapé is a Love that does not change, because it does not depend on feelings or circumstances — which can and will change.

Agapé Predates Phil, Storgé and Eros, because Agapé Originates within the Heart of God, Himself:

Before God Created our First Parents, Adam and Eve, God Himself Existed — Complete, Whole and Entirely Self-sufficient. He Created His children with emotions that would Mirror His Own — until sin tainted them.

So, Agapé may be thought of, figuratively, as an older cousin to the three siblings.

And, as an older relative will watch over, and care for, younger ones — as an older relative must sometimes make up for the inadequacies of younger ones — so, Agapé is able to sustain herself, when changing circumstances cause her cousins to fail.

Agapé is an attitude of “Commitment.”

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Part 9 — Recap

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
March 11, 2013
Last Updated: 03.18.13

In our quest to understand that “Crazy little thing called ‘Love’,” we have tasted a sampling of song lyrics, and other uses of the word “Love.”

We’ve considered the importance of honesty (particularly, historical accuracy).

We’ve considered the importance of repentance: the earnest desire and intent to replace “wrong behavior” (thought, word or deed) with “right behavior.”

We’ve considered dictionary definitions of the English word “love.”

And, we’ve considered four Greek words that translate into English as “Love.”

The Septuagint is probably the best-known of the Greek translations of the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament).

The Septuagint, and ancient Greek literature outside the Bible, use these four Greek “Love” words somewhat interchangeably.

But, the New Testament uses three of them much more distinctly.

Examining the New Testament’s use of these words, helps us develop a clearer understanding of “Love” in general, and “Romantic Love” in particular.

Three of the four Greek “Love” words refer to feelings. And, like all feelings, these are conditional: They are subject to the effects of ever-changing circumstances:

“Phil” (“Affection”) can be influenced by the response of the other person, as well as by the nature of the relationship.

“Storgé” (“Family Loyalty”) can also be influenced by the response of the other person — especially, by the degree to which he demonstrates “Loyalty,” by adhering to the rules of the group.

“Eros” (“Attraction”) can be influenced by sensory input such as physical appearance, sound of voice, manner of movement.

These three “Love” feelings are like siblings.

They have an older cousin: “Agapé.”

Unlike her emotional cousins, “Agapé” is not a feeling.

“Agapé” is an attitude of “Commitment.”

“Agapé” is unconditional: “Agapé” is a decision to put the well-being of others ahead of self-interests.

 

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Part 10 — Romance

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
March 11, 2013
Last Updated: 03.25.13

“Romance” is a “Love” that we speak of “falling” into — and, sadly — out of.

Many people mistake “Phil” (“Affection”) and/or “Eros” (Attraction), for “Romance.”

But, actually, “Romance” consists of a combination of all four “Loves”: “Phil” (“Affection”), “Storgé” (“Loyalty”), “Eros” (Attraction) and “Agapé” (“Commitment”).

When “Storgé” and “Agapé” combine, “Agapé” enables “Storgé” to be more than “Duty.”

When “Storgé” and “Agapé” combine with “Phil,” they enable “Phil” to be more than “Infatuation.”

When “Storgé” and “Agapé” combine with “Eros,” they enable “Eros” to be more than “Lust.”

“Romance” is more than a collection of feelings. Feelings come and go, like the ebb and flow of the tides. A Romantic Relationship that is based on feelings, is unstable and unsustainable.

For decades, studies have informed us that half — or more — of all marriages, end in divorce. Rather than recognizing the reason (the unstable foundation of feelings) our culture has chosen to reject the Sanctity of Marriage, and adopt a cheap replacement: “Living Together.”

But, God — Who Created us — also Created Marriage. He Gave us Marriage — as a Gift. He Knows far better than we, how Marriage Works. He Knows that “Romance,” another of His Gifts, is Essential to Marriage.

“Romance” is a team: working together, to create and sustain a “Relationship.”

“Agapé” is the glue which holds the relationship together during lulls in the emotions. She is the bond which sustains the Relationship as time alters the body.

Like a babysitter, “Agapé” compensates for the conditional inadequacies of her three cousins.

Like a coach, “Agapé” trains and empowers her cousins to work together, as a team; and to withstand the onslaught of changing circumstances.

“Agapé” enables “Romance” to exist. “Agapé” makes “Romance” a reality. God’s Plan Is that we experience the Reality of “True Romance,” not the cheap imitation for which popular media encourages us to settle.

Just as “True Romance” requires the teamwork of all four “Loves,” it also requires the teamwork of both participants: The man and the woman must each employ Agapé,” to train and empower “Phil,” “Storgé” and “Eros” to work together, to produce “Romance.”

If they do so, then, God Will Bless them with a successful Marriage Relationship. But, if they do not follow the Instructions which God Has Given us, then, their Relationship cannot have stability — and, will be far more difficult and painful than it has to be.

As always, God Offers us a Choice, Encourages us to make the Right Choice, and, then, Allows us to choose.

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Happy Holidays!

Contents

Part 1 — Thanksgiving

Part 2 — Wish List

Part 3 — What’s In A Name

Part 4 — Happiness Is…

Part 5 — Comfort and Joy

Part 6 — Joy to the World!

Part 7 — After Christmas

Part 8 — Lost Cause for Hope

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Part 1 — Thanksgiving

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
November 18, 2012
Last Updated: 01.03.13

Many years ago (probably, in the mid to late 1980s) I decided to do something different, for Thanksgiving: I decided to spend the entire day giving Thanks:

With the exception of meals, I spent the entire day in Solitude, praying — thanking God for His Many Blessings. (Even at the table, I was praying in my heart, most of the time.)

If I’d kept going, 24/7, I would still not have run out of reasons to thank The One Who Made us.

While I only did this once, it was one of the most meaningful Thanksgivings that I have ever had.

When I hear people refer to Thanksgiving Day as “Turkey Day,” it saddens me, that the speaker doesn’t understand how much Thanks we owe — and, should give — to God. But, beyond the occasional “Turkey Day” remark, there is our general lack of Gratitude toward the Almighty.

Even in the Church, we feel so little Gratitude. We can’t wait for the “Service” to end, so we can “get on with life.” We seek our own importance, our own desires — rather than seeking “the Kingdom of God, and His Righteousness.” (Matthew 6:25-34)

One of my favorite songs encourages us to: “Give thanks, with a grateful heart.” How often do we give thanks — without any real, genuine Gratitude?

God Charged Israel with worshiping Him with their lips, but, not with their hearts. (Isaiah 29:9-16; Matthew 15:7-9; John 4:19-24; Psalm 24)

Even if we call it “Thanksgiving,” if we aren’t Thankful to God, it’s nothing more than a “Turkey Day.”

Paul teaches us that the lack of Gratitude to God, is the root of sin — because, lack of Gratitude towards God, is actually a rejection of the Reality and Relevance of God. (Romans 1:18-21)

The Cornerstone of all Truth is the Fact that “The Lord is God — The Lord, Alone.” (Matthew 22:34-40; Mark 12:28-34; Luke 10:25-29; Deuteronomy 6:4-12; Leviticus 19:1, 2, 9-18)

Those who embrace this Foundational Truth, build their lives on the Solid Rock, and can withstand any experience.

But, those who reject this Truth, build their lives on sand, and destroy themselves. (Matthew 7:21-27; Luke 6:46-49)

There is nothing wrong with watching a parade, having an enjoyable meal, and watching a ball game.

But, if that is all you do, on Thanksgiving — if there is no time devoted to reflection on How Wonderful God Is, and How Blessed we are, that He Invites us to know Him — then, your Thanksgiving is a bust.

Worse than that: it’s a lie!

But, if we Trust God, then, we can be genuinely Thankful to Him, and our Thanksgiving will be a joy to Him — as well as to us.

Any day in which there is no time that is devoted to God: is a day that has been wasted — worse, it is a day that has been stolen. (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Ephesians 2:1-10)

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Happy Holidays!

Part 2 — Wish List

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
December 13, 2001
Last Updated: 01.03.13

It begins around Halloween. It shifts into high gear the day after Thanksgiving.

It occupies the minds of millions. It dominates Prime Time TV. It can be seen in stores, homes, churches, and on downtown streets. It can be heard in personal and business greetings.

The Christmas Season is here: “Christmas is a-comin’.”

As December progresses, many children become more and more excited. Meanwhile, many adults become more and more tense — some, even frantic — about that one special gift for that one special (or, hard-to-shop-for) person.

“What do I get him?” “What do I get her?” “What do we get them?”

And, even with gift cards, “How am I ever going to pay for all this?”

There are songs and bumper stickers reminding us that: Christmas is supposed to celebrate the birth of Christ. So, it’s only right that as we give gifts to each other, we also remember to give to the One we say is “the Reason for the Season.”

Below is a partial list of what Jesus wants from each of us:

“‘I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.“‘You shall have no other gods before Me.’”

(Exodus 20:1-2, NKJV)

“‘...love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’”

(Matthew 22:37, NKJV)

“‘...love your neighbor as yourself.’”

(Matthew 22:39, NKJV)

“‘...love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

“‘By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.’”

(John 13:34-35, NKJV)

“‘...that they all may be one, as You, Father are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.’”

(John 17:21, NKJV)

The complete list of what Jesus wants — not only on Christmas Day, but every day — is called the Holy Bible.

Will you give Him any of the things He wants? Is He really yourReason for the season”?

 

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Part 3 — What’s In A Name?

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
December 13, 2001
Last Updated: 01.03.13

The word “holiday” began as a consolidation of the expression “Holy Day.” But, over the years, the word has gone from a variant spelling, to a substitution: When most people say “holiday,” they do not mean “Holy Day.”

This substitution reached the point that some stores began to forbid their employees to wish customers: “Merry Christmas,” and required, instead, the substitute: “Happy Holidays.” Some of the stores relented when they realized their customers were willing to take their “Christmas Shopping” elsewhere.

Many businesses, schools and towns began to substitute “Holiday” or “Winter” for “Christmas,” when referring to pageants, parades, parties and other celebrations. Some refuse to allow any “Christmas” element in their “Winter Holiday” decorations and events.

To many, Christmas is no longer about the Birth of Jesus: To many young children, it is about Santa Claus. To far too many adults, it is about going into debt to please or impress others with our gifts.

To some, even the idea of gift-giving has given way to debt-giving: They must give a gift to each person who gives them one. They must receive a gift from each person to whom they give one. And, the Response Gift must be comparable to the Initial Gift.

Many adopt the same attitude toward Greeting Cards. Decorations are often a Competition, rather than a Celebration. The glitz and glitter of the marketed "x-mas" have replaced the Spirit of the celebrated "Christmas."

Some object to the word “Christmas” because they do not celebrate Christmas, or they fear offending someone who does not celebrate Christmas.

Others object to “Christmas” because it contains the word “Christ.”

Some object to “Christ” because they do not separate Him from the multitude of evil things done (falsely) in His Name — especially, against Jews. (John 16:2-3; 1 John 1:6, 2:4; Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Leviticus 19:18b; Matthew 22:35-40; Mark 12:28-33)

Others object to “Christ” because, as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, He Claims Absolute Authority (Matthew 28:16-20) — including, Authority over our lives.

When you think about Christmas, do you consider it a waste — as did Dickens’ Scrooge?

Do you consider it a celebration of the evils done by those who falsely claimed devotion to God, in general — or, to Jesus, in particular?

Do you stress over decorations, cards and gifts?

Or, do you celebrate Christmas — as Scripture Commands us to celebrate every day — by loving God and each other? (Colossians 3:12-17)

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Part 4 — Happiness is…

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
December 13, 2001
Last Updated: 01.03.13

On the calendar we inherited from the Roman Empire, we conclude the year with a great holiday season: While some people celebrate other holidays, most wish each other a “Merry Christmas!” and a “Happy New Year!”

Then, we settle into the new year — and hope it’ll be a happy one.

It’s good to be happy. But, “happiness” has a major weakness: It depends on what “happens.” If things happen the way I want them to happen, I’m happy. If things happen in a way that I don’t want them to happen, I’m unhappy.

The Declaration of Independence recognizes that our Creator has Endowed each of us with the “unalienable right” to “pursue happiness.” The problem is that happiness (by definition) cannot last. No matter how long and hard we pursue it, we can never truly attain it, because it is as unstable as life.

Even the extremely wealthy do not always get everything they want: There are things money cannot buy. There is always someone who wants to take what you have. This life — however comfortable and luxurious it may be — must ultimately end.

We have three choices:

  1. We can endlessly pursue the elusive feeling of happiness — holding it one moment, and losing it the next.
  2. We can give up on happiness, and face the fact that it is un-retainable, and therefore, un-attainable.
  3. We can devote ourselves to pursuing something that is retainable.

God never Commands us to seek — nor promises we will always have — happiness.

God Speaks in Scripture of JOY.

Happiness is a feeling. Joy is an attitude.

Happiness depends on what happens. Joy depends on what you believe:

If you believe God is Real, and Knows what He is Doing; you can have Joy regardless of what happens. Joy is a confidence that God will Keep His Promise: God has Promised us that those who trust Him, are not alone. He is With us. He is Watching over us. He Has a Plan for our lives that includes: even those things that we see as “bad.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13; Romans 8:28-39)

A popular acronym teaches that to have JOY, you must put:

Jesus First,
 Others Next, and
   Yourself Last.

To attain, maintain and retain the attitude of Joy, we must choose an attitude of loving God, and loving others.

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Part 5 — Comfort and Joy

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
December 13, 2001
Last Updated: 01.03.13

No matter what we say — no matter what religions we invent to camouflage the unpleasant reality — every one of us knows the Truth:

We all see what we are — what’s inside us:

We all know how we think and behave when no one else is around. And, despite all our lies, we all know that doing a good deed does not erase having done a bad one. (Isaiah 53:6; 64:4-9; Romans 1; 3:23)

Because we’ve all turned from the path, we’re all headed over a cliff. (Romans 6:23)

We can pretend whatever we want. We can hide behind — or in — religion. We can assure ourselves that in the end, somehow, everything will work out alright. But, deep down, we all know the truth:

The rich, young ruler knew the truth. He came to Jesus asking how to get Eternal Life. (Matthew 19:16) When Jesus Told him to obey God’s Commandments, he claimed to have done so from his youth.
Then, he asked Jesus why it was that — with all his religiously proper behavior — he still didn’t have Eternal Life. (vs 17-20)

Jesus Told him to do something unbelievable from a human point of view — but essential from God’s Point of View: Jesus Told him to sell his possessions and give the money to the poor. Jesus Promised him Treasure in Heaven; and Invited, “‘Follow Me.’” (vs 21)

From the rich young man’s point of view, Jesus was telling him to give up all he had — all he valued.

But, from God’s Point of View, Jesus was Telling the young man how to free himself from all that held him back from what he truly wanted: Eternal Life.

The young man was religious — as we all are. But, he knew something was missing — as we all do. He knew he did not have Eternal Life.

And, deep down, we all know that no matter how faithfully we seek to fulfill our religion, we can never make ourselves acceptable to God.

A popular Christmas song refers to the knowledge that Jesus has Come as: good news — “tidings of comfort and joy.” (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; Isaiah 40)

Remember:

Happiness
is a feeling that depends on what happens.
Joy
is a choice to believe (no matter how things may seem) that God is Real, Loving, Competent, and In-Charge.

The rich young man yearned for Eternal Life; but his trust was in his wealth — not in God.
His problem was not that he had wealth, but that the wealth had him: It had taken God’s place in his life — in his heart.

That was why Jesus Told him he had to get rid of his wealth. It was standing between him and God. It was an obstacle to his attaining his ultimate desire: Eternal Life. It was his god; and, he followed it away from Jesus — away from Eternal Life. (Matthew 19:22)

So many people are trusting something other than Jesus, and following it away from Him — and the Eternal Life which they so desperately need and desire, and which only Jesus can give us. (John 1; Isaiah 53:6)

There can be no Joy without Jesus: In this life, there can be a pretense; but, in the next, there will only be inescapable reality. (John 3:14-21; Matthew 3:11-12; Luke 3:16-17; Revelation 20)

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Part 6 — Joy to the World!

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
December 13, 2001
Last Updated: 01.03.13

“Joy to the World, the Lord has come. Let Earth receive her King.”

When God Gave The 10 Commandments, He Began by Reminding us that He Is the LORD (The ETERNAL ONE). He is our God. He is the Only One Who ever Has or ever Will Free anyone. (Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:16-18; John 8:31-32) He Warned us not to have any other gods before Him — literally, in His Face (His Presence). (Exodus 20:1-3; Deuteronomy 5:6-7)

Sometimes, people look at that Commandment and think God is selfish, or self-centered, or insecure. After all, why should He get so bent out of shape over whether or not we worship Him? Why should He care if we worship someone else — or, no one, at all? Why can’t He just live and let live?

God Begins by Telling us Who He Is and what He’s Done for us. Then, He Tells us how we are to relate to Him if we want to live Blessed lives.

In the days when the Bible was being Written, this was the manner in which a king approached his subjects. A good king included instruction to protect his subjects. Properly relating to God as our King is the essence of Worship. When we allow anyone or anything to remove God from His rightful position as “First” (“Front and Center”) in our hearts and lives, the substitute becomes our god and king.

When God Says not to worship anything other than Him, He’s actually Looking out for us: When we worship God, we are worshiping the One and Only Being greater than ourselves. If we worship any thing other than the Person revealed in the Bible as God, the Creator, we are worshiping something less than ourselves. God Wants us looking up to Someone Who has Helped us, and can Continue to Help us; rather than looking down to someone or something that has, can and will only harm us.

When we turn to God — through Jesus — we connect ourselves to the Only Source of Joy: We can pretend everything is fine. We can pretend we have everything covered. We can pretend that believing something makes it true. But, deep down, we know that our lies, excuses, alibis, and Belief Systems cannot give True Meaning to life.

This life only has Meaning when we connect to our Creator. God Designed us to know Him. Even in our fallen state, we can still know the One Who Made us. No substitute can ever satisfy. No substitute can ever save. Inventing an artificial meaning for life only makes us more empty. And, the Judgment of God Awaits us. Ostriches are said to hide their heads — as though doing so could protect the entire body. Like the ostrich, people try to hide from the Truth. But, the danger remains. And, only God can Provide Salvation.

Happiness depends on what happens: We’re happy when what we want happens; we’re unhappy when what we want doesn’t happen.

Joy is a choice to trust God to Love and Care for us no matter what happens.

Almost anyone can have happiness — sometimes. But, only those who trust God — the Real God — can truly have Joy. The Joy that God gives us cannot be taken from us. (Luke 2:10-14; John 16:20-24; Romans 8)

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Part 7 — After Christmas

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
December 2001
Last Updated: 01.03.13

Christmas Day finally comes.

And then, almost suddenly, it’s gone:

For some, it is anti-climactic: They feel disappointed — let down: Not because they have not gotten what they wished for; but, because they have not gotten what they truly wanted. Their gifts could not bring them satisfaction, contentment, fulfillment. Things can never fulfill us.

God has so Designed us that our lives must revolve around Him. If anything other than God occupies the center of life, the life is off-balance. The person will find that the center of his life is empty — that his life seems to have no meaning or purpose. No matter how much of any “substitute-for-God” she shovels into the emptiness, she only seems to get emptier.

There is nothing wrong with giving and receiving gifts. But, unless we receive the Gift of God, we will never be whole. (Romans 3:23, 6:23; John 3:16-21)

The human life is like a jig-saw puzzle: Each piece — each component — must be in its proper place, and must be properly oriented (turned). Otherwise, the pieces cannot fit together, and the life cannot work right. It can only be a jumbled mess.

The Center Piece is God, Himself. Without God at the center of life, the life will never look or feel right. People without God at the center of their lives will often substitute religious practices, humanitarianism, chemicals, sex: They use these or other things to try to fill the void they feel. But, it never works: The more they try to substitute something else — anything else — for God, the emptier they feel.

Some drag themselves through their empty lives. Others, end their lives prematurely. Still others, continue to add or change their “substitutes-for-God.”

God Wants us to have lives that are full of purpose and meaning. (Proverbs 3:5-10; John 10:10; Jeremiah 29:11-13)

To receive God’s Gift, we must give Him a gift: If you want God to Be at the center of your life, you must give that center-place to Him. You must choose to submit yourself to God as a servant to his King. To do this, you must trust Him as a child trusts her Father. If you want God to Fill your life with purpose and meaning, you must choose to keep your life open to Him.

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Part 8 — Lost Cause for Hope?

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
December 28, 2012
Last Updated: 01.14.13

When I was about 13 months old, I contracted a serious illness: some sort of viral infection.

My Mom has described my appearance in the hospital, by saying: “My baby looked like a pin cushion.”

To at least some of the medical professionals who treated me, my situation seemed hopeless. I was a lost cause.

One of the doctors — a pediatrician — I think, told my parents that he wouldn’t give them ten cents for my chances of making it through the night.

54 years later, I’m still here.

What happened?

God.

God Happened:

God Had a life for me to live, and no micro-organism could derail His Plan. (Ephesians 2:10)

As we begin a New Year, our Republic also faces potentially fatal challenges:

Many of the most prominent Politicians and Celebrities promote Class Warfare, and practically every other kind of division imaginable.

An over-extended Government intrudes into almost every area of life: with unconstitutional power grabs, run-away taxation, deliberate currency devaluation, and other Socialist attacks on our Constitution.

Many wonder if this is the end — for our Republic.

But, God Is Still God. He Still Has the Final Word. (Daniel 2:20-21)

God Blessed us with the World’s First Constitutional Capitalist Republic.

Constitutional:
“We are a Nation of Laws, not of Men”: those who make the Laws are equal to the rest of us, in their legal responsibility — their legal obligation — to obey the Laws that they make.
Capitalist
Everyone has a legal right to own property, and to use their property as they see fit — so long as they do not interfere with anyone else’s right to own property, and use their property as they see fit. There is no guarantee of success, or equal opportunity; but, there is a guarantee of an legal right to try.
Republic:
We choose our Leaders. Our Leaders are not Rulers, who decide which Rights to give us. They are Servants, whom we can replace — if we believe they violate the Terms of their Service (as stated in The Constitution).

With so many voters not caring what certain people say or do, perhaps they will bring our Republic to the brink of destruction.

But, perhaps God — Who Created our Republic — is not yet finished with it.

Perhaps, when everyone has seen the bankruptcy of Atheism, Evolution, Wealth Redistribution,, and the rest of Socialism’s doctrines — perhaps, then, people will wake up, and remember to care.

Perhaps, then, We the People of the United States will remember who we are.

And, perhaps, then, we will say to our Socialist Rulers:

“We’re through with you.

'We’re through believing your lies, your half-truths, your distortions.

"We’re through stealing food from the hogs.

" We’re going home to our Father. We’re going home to God.”

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Part 9 — A New Year’s Prayer

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
October 06, 2012
Last Updated: 01.04.13

The 2012 Primary and Election Campaign Season was long and difficult — for the Candidates, the Parties and the Voters.

But, finally, the campaigning is over. The voting is done.

Election Year is behind us; and, a New Year has begun.

And, now, as the smoke clears, we have to live with the results — and, with each other.

So, the praying didn’t end when we returned from the polls — or, when the winners had all been announced. In fact, the praying is just beginning.

As 2012 ends, and 2013 begins, our nation desperately needs God’s Intervention – perhaps, more than ever before.

Please join me, in a Prayer for our Wonderful Nation:

 

Father:

Thank You, for Loving us.

Thank You, for Giving us: Life, Health & Strength.

Help us to trust You, and to do Your Will.

Lead us, and Guide us: in Your Everlasting Way.

Fill us with the Love and Power of Your Holy Spirit.

Sustain us — According to Your Will — with: Health and Healing; Wisdom, Comfort and Peace.

Thank You, for the Blessing of living in this Land of Freedom, Opportunity, and Abundance.

Forgive us, for taking Your Blessing for granted — for neglecting It — for allowing agents of Darkness to sneak in, to: attack, dilute, spoil and steal It.

Forgive us, for allowing them to teach us that we don’t need You to Tell us what to do.

Deliver us from their power:

Protect us from the Socialists, Caliphatists, and all others who seek to drown us in the Darkness and Deception; Chaos and Slavery; Destruction, Despair and Death of Collectivism.

Bless our Beloved Republic, and Your Chosen Nation, Israel, with the Peace, Prosperity and Security that come from knowing and loving; trusting and obeying; and serving you.

Keep us close to You — and, close to each other.

We ask in the Name of Jesus.

Amen.

 

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Part 1 — Questions

Part 2 — Types of Christians

Part 3 — David Rejects Censorship

Part 4 — Minding Our Place

Part 5 — The Answer

 

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Who Is A Christian?

Part 1 — Questions

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
February 29, 2012
Last Updated: 08.20.12

U.S. President Barack Obama was born the son and grandson of Marxists. By his own testimony, he associated with Marxist professors and students in college. He has associated with — and, in his Presidential Administration, has surrounded himself with — Marxists. For twenty years, he attended a church pastored by a Marxist. So, there’s been much controversy over whether President Obama is a Christian.

Former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate, Mitt Romney, is a Mormon. Some consider Mormons to be one of the many Christian denominations. But, others consider the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to be a cult, that is not actually part of the Christian Church, at all. So, there’s been much controversy over whether Governor Romney is a Christian.

But, just what is a Christian?

There was a time when that might have been quite easy to answer. The answer would have been: “A member of a Jewish Sect.” Or, as we might say, today, in common vernacular: “A member of a Jewish Denomination.”

After the Church-Synagogue split, the answer changed.

After three centuries of fluctuating persecution, the Roman Empire took control of much of the Church, throughout Western Europe — for nearly a millennium. And, once again, the answer changed.

A Remnant within the Church sought to reform the Church, and finding the Roman Authorities unwilling to yield to the Authority of Scripture, broke away from Rome, forming numerous Denominations. And, the answer continued changing.

There were those who never accepted the authority of Rome, such as the various Eastern Orthodox Churches (Greek, Russian, etc). They had their own answers.

Had you asked during Colonial times, or during the early days of our Republic, you would have gotten an even different answer.

Had you asked someone early in the 20th Century, you would have received an even different answer.

Today, because of the inroads made by infiltrators who seek to overturn our Republic through syncretism, “tolerance,” political correctness, and other assorted things — the answer is still different.

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Who Is A Christian?

Part 2 — Types of Christians

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
February 29, 2012
Last Updated: 04.18.13

Today, if we take into account the various ways different groups use the word “Christian,” we must regard the word “Christian” as having at least seven different meanings:

  1. Philosophical Christians agree with some of the things Jesus said, and, therefore, regard Jesus as one of their favorite philosophers.
  2. Traditional Christians have grown up in the religious setting of a group (congregation, denomination, etc) and participate (to the degree that they choose): to honor a family tradition.
  3. Relational Christians have become involved with a group (congregation, denomination, etc) through a relational affiliation, and participate in much the same way that someone who has no interest in sports: might attend a ball game with a spouse, relative or friend.
  4. Hunting Blind Christians use Christian concepts and terminology as camouflage, to mask the doctrines of their true Religion. They are wolves in Christian sheep’s clothing, who seek to gain the appearance of legitimacy for what they really believe — as when Marxists cloak their Marxist Beliefs and Practices, by repackaging them as “Liberation Theology” Christianity; or when homosexual activists repackage their rejection of Biblical Morality, as “Love and Tolerance.”
  5. Straw-Man Christians are fictional caricatures, that enemies of the Christian Church use to discredit Christians and Christianity. These caricatures can range from exageration (or, distortion) of beliefs and behavior of Christians, to outright lies.
  6. Born-again Christians profess to having had a life-changing experience with God, through a decision to receive Jesus as Personal Savior — although many of them do not understand that Jesus must be received not only as Savior, but also as Lord.
  7. Evangelical Christians profess to believe that the Existence of God, the Sacrifice of Jesus, the Bible, etc, are not simply traditions to be observed and honored, but are relevant to everyday life. They see these as components in an ongoing Relationship with Jesus, by which God: Trains and Disciplines His child (the Believer) toward Spiritual Maturity (the state of having a character that, more and more, resembles the Character of God).

Obviously, anyone can profess (claim) to be a part of one of these categories, without allowing their membership participation to affect any aspect of their lives over which they wish to retain control.

Some sincerely hold to these stated beliefs — however imperfectly their daily lives may represent their beliefs.

Some are putting on a show for others — but, do not actually believe what they profess.

Some consider Jesus’ Death on the Cross to have been the downpayment on a “Fire Insurance” Policy, and (for all practical purposes) regard their participation in religious activities as the payment of Premiums: that they hope will keep them out of Hell, and get them into Heaven.

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Part 3 — David Rejects Censorship

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
May 18, 2009
Last Updated: 08.31.12

(From Better Off Dead, Part 40 — 06.11.09)

(From The Cornerstone of Truth, Part 20 — 10.25.10)

One evening, while researching Hebrew for our Church’s Bible Institute, I surfed to a web site with a page that contained a list of articles. One of the articles was about a man’s experience with Judaism and homosexuality.

My initial reaction was that I had surfed into a homosexual propaganda site. I was about to click away from the web site. But, God prompted me to wait, put my knee-jerk reaction on hold, and see what the article’s author actually had to say. Reluctantly (and, I mean that, literally), I obeyed. To my surprise and delight, this was not an incursion of homosexual activism, at all. In fact, it was quite the opposite:

The author, David, described his dysfunctional family as “triadic” (which he identified as a typical source of male homosexual behavior).

He explained how his homosexuality had been a search for the relationship he should have had with his father. He pointed out how typically hopeless his search had been. He described his efforts to “absorb” the masculinity of those with whom he engaged in homosexual activity.

Then, he described his journey out of homosexuality: through therapy, self-examination, healthy heterosexual relationships, and the world-view he found Taught in the Torah (the 1st 5 books of the Bible).

The web page concluded with responses to David’s story of his struggles with — and ultimate freedom from — homosexuality. The author of one response pointed out that: one could not be a real Jew — without believing the whole Torah: He explained that the Scriptures teach that God rejects homosexuality — as a human rejection of His Plan and Will: And, if someone knowingly rejects God’s Word, then that person can not reasonably call himself a Jew.

While David’s experience was specifically about homosexuality, the principle applies to anything. And, as the response’s author realized about his Jewishness, so we must realize about our Christianity:

  • I cannot accurately call myself a Christian if I reject some part of the Scriptures that I don’t like. (1 John 1; James 2:14-26)
  • We must receive and submit to “the Whole Counsel of God.” (Acts 20:25-32)
  • We cannot pick and choose: Either the Bible is God’s Revelation to Humanity, or it is not. (Joshua 1:8; 24:14-28; 1 Kings 18:21)
  • We can’t censor God. (Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs 30:5-9; Revelation 22:18-19) If we do, we’re placing ourselves above Him — making ourselves gods, in our own eyes, and for our own lives. (Isaiah 14:12-15; Genesis 2:15-17; Revelation 12:1...9...17; 20:1...2...10; Genesis 3:1-5)

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Part 4 — Minding Our Place

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
June 07, 2009
Last Updated: 09.10.12

(From Better Off Dead, Part 41 - 06.07.09)

(From The Cornerstone of Truth, Part 18 - 10.11.10)

If I seek certain types of relationships, I do so with the understanding that I will have to abide by the rules and regulations of each particular relationship:

If I become employed as a cook, I cannot “decide” how to prepare the food. If I work in a factory, I cannot “decide” how the car (or other product should look or perform). If I enroll in a school, I cannot “decide” how my performance should be graded. If I work at a TV station, I cannot “decide” which programs to air. If I work for the government, I cannot “decide” which responsibilities to fulfill. If I become a doctor, I cannot “decide” who deserves life-saving treatment. If I work in law enforcement, I cannot “decide” which laws to enforce, and which to ignore.

In each case, I enter the relationship with the understanding that I have a specific relationship with someone else - who makes those decisions. If I want the job, I agree to do it according to the prescribed rules and regulations - which should be made clear to me, up-front. I agree to abide by the (already) established rules. My opinion is irrelevant - unless asked for by the decision-maker. (Matthew 8:5-13, Luke 7:1-10)

Most of us have heard the warning against discussing Religion and Politics. The two most important subjects (“What is Real and True?” and “How should we be Governed?”) are off-limits.

And, why? Because someone might disagree with what someone else says. We might be offended - or worse - by each other’s disagreement. We might even go from disagreeing on the subject under discussion, to devaluing each other. So, “better safe, than sorry.” Let’s just agree not to discuss certain topics.

Isn’t it interesting that there’s an “Ultimate Truth” about how to prepare a “Big Mac®,” or how to install the driver-side door of a “Porsche”; but, there’s no “Ultimate Truth” about the Existence of God, the Validity and Authority of the Bible, or whether a particular political policy is good or bad.

As a professing Christian, I don’t get to decide what a Christian is, or isn’t. As a professing Christian, I proclaim my submission to the Lordship (Mastery - Absolute Authority) of God, Through Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:18)

Published in:
“Weekly Meditations From the Saluda County Ministerial Association”
a column in the Saluda Standard-Sentinel
September 13, 2012

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Who Is A Christian?

Part 5 — The Answer

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
September 16, 2009
Last Updated: 03.14.13

When we consider the question, “Who Is A Christian?” we must remember several things:

First, and foremost, we must always begin with self. (Matthew 7:3-5; Luke 6:41-42; 1 Corinthians 10:12; 11:23-32; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Galatians 6:1-5)

We must also remember that we cannot look into another person’s heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)

However, we can — and, we must — make an educated guess: based on the other person’s behavior. We have a right — and, an obligation — to assess the behavior of those who claim to be Believers (James 2:14-26; Romans 2), and the fruit (results) of their behavior (Matthew 7:15-20; 12:33-37; Luke 6:39-45.

As we saw in Part 2, there are several ways in which different people use the word — and, the concept: “Christian.”

Philosophical Christians are name-droppers, who refer to Jesus in order to impress others.

Traditional and Relational Christians participate in Religious Activities, in order to please others.

Hunting Blind Christians seek to deceive others about what they actually believe and want.

Straw-Man Christians are misrepresentations used by those who wish to attack Christians and Christianity.

Born-again Christians profess to having had a rebirth experience; but, for some of them, it is nothing more than having engaged in a religious activity as a response to an evangelistic invitation.

Evangelical Christians believe God is relevant to everyday life. We believe God Requires us to live His Way — because He Tells us so, in the Bible.

Those who ignore or reject the Sanctity of Human Life (Genesis 9:5-6; Exodus 20:13) or the Sanctity of Marriage (Genesis 1:26-2:25; Exodus 20:14; 34:8-16; Leviticus 18; Romans 1:16-32), or the Sanctity of Conscience (Romans 14:4; James 4:12; Matthew 7:1; 1 Corinthians 4:5; Jude 1:24): are not Evangel (Gospel) -Believing Christians (Acts 26:28-29; 1 Peter 4:12-19).

From God’s Point of View, what truly matters, is whether a person believes God, not what a person calls himself. (Matthew 7:13-27; Luke 13:23-30; Romans 1:16-32; James 2:19; Matthew 8:28-29; Mark 5:1-7; Mark 1:23-24; Luke 4:33-34; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 20)

As Creator of all things, God Is the Owner and Ruler of all things. He — and, He Alone — Is Entitled and Qualified to Define and Judge all things.

So, the answer to our question, “Who is a Christian?” is: “the one who meets God’s Qualification.” (Proverbs 3:5-7; Acts 16:30-31; Romans 1:16)

Published in:
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a column in the Saluda Standard-Sentinel
September 20, 2012

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238
Years

July 4, 1776
July 4, 2014

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
July 04, 2009
Last Updated: 02.14.14

The Mayflower Compact

signed in the cabin of the Mayflower
in what is now Provincetown Harbor — near Cape Cod
November 11, 1620

In the name of God, Amen.

We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord, King James, by the Grace of God, of England, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, e&.

Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia; do by these presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid;

And by Virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the General good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.

In Witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord, King James of England, France and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth.

Anno Domini, 1620.


 

The United States Declaration of Independence

(Preamble):

adopted by the Second Continental Congress
Independence Hall
July 4, 1776

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident,

  1. that all men are created equal,
  2. that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
  3. that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
  4. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
  5. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

 

The United States Constitution

(Preamble):

adopted by the Constitutional Convention
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 17, 1787

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.


 

The Gettysburg Address

President Abraham Lincoln
Gettysburg, Pa
November 19, 1863

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.


 

Pledge of Allegiance

Composed: 1892;
Revised: 1923, 1924, 1954

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands: one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:1 NKJV


And God spoke all these words, saying:

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

“You shall have no other gods before Me.”

Exodus 20:1-3 NKJV


Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.

Psalms 33:12 NKJV


Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.

Proverbs 14:34 NKJV


The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God.

Psalms 9:17 NKJV


“When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people,

“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

2 Chronicles 7:13-14 NKJV


A glorious high throne from the beginning
Is the place of our sanctuary.

O Lord, the hope of Israel,
All who forsake You shall be ashamed.
“Those who depart from Me
Shall be written in the earth,
Because they have forsaken the Lord,
The fountain of living waters.”

Jeremiah 17:12-13 NKJV

 


Restoring Courage

Standing With Israel

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
August 24, 2011
Last Updated: 04.17.12

In August 2010, Glenn Beck invited us to join him at the Lincoln Memorial, to seek the Restoration of Honor in our Nation.

Despite intense persecution (that included name-calling and threats), hundreds of thousands joined him, to celebrate the wonderful Nation that God Has Given us.

Last year, Glenn invited us to join him in Israel, to Stand with God’s Chosen People. For those of us who were unable to travel to the Holy Land, the rally was presented on GBTV (now, The Blaze).

Trinity Broadcasting Network broadcast portions of the “Restoring Courage” rally, as well.

In His Covenant with Abraham, God Has Promised to Bless those who bless Israel, and to Curse anyone who curses Israel. (Genesis 12:1-3; 15:18-21; 17:15-22; 26:1-6; 28:1-4; 35:9-15)

We who love God, must be a blessing to Israel — no matter what those who hate God may say. (Luke 6:46; John 14:21-24)

We can bless Israel:

  • through our prayers (Psalms 122:6,
  • through our unwillingness to silently consent to the cursing of Israel by those who hate the Jews (Proverbs 24:11),
  • through knowing and sharing the truth: that God Has Not Cast Away His Chosen People (Romans 11)

Unmasked:

Occupying America

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
May 22, 2012
Last Updated: 05.22.12

For several years, a number of people have been warning us: that there is a movement in our Nation, that seeks to “Fundamentally Transform” our Constitutional Republic into a Socialist Regime.

Over a year ago, Glenn Beck warned us that the “Masks” were about to come off:

For a century, Socialists have masqueraded as protectors, upholders and defenders of the U.S. Constitution.

For several decades, they called themselves Liberals, before returning to their true name: Progressives.

Around the world — outside the United States and western Europe — Socialists have followed a pattern:

  1. Use deception to lure the oppressed into a Socialist army.
  2. Once the army of the downtrodden has reached sufficient numbers, use them to overthrow the existing dictator.
  3. Impose Socialism on the “Liberated” nation.

Ronald Reagan called it: Stealing the Revolution from the people.

In western Europe (where people had tasted freedom) and in the U.S. (where people had tasted freedom, and had weapons — with which to defend themselves from tyranny) Socialists realized they could not use their usual method of Conquest.

So, they adopted that old saying, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” …

Target: Israel

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
May 04, 2011
Last Updated: 11.15.11

The international conspiracy against the tiny nation of Israel may finally have developed an effective weapon, to set the stage for the long-prophesied global attack on God’s Chosen People:

Since the day the international community formally acknowledged the existence of Israel, as a nation, Israel’s Muslim neighbors have incessantly sought to destroy the tiny nation.

Each time her enemies attack, God Defends Israel; and, as often happens in war, Israel’s enemies lose territory.

Territory lost in war, generally stays lost — unless regained in subsequent war.

But, the rules are different for Israel: Her enemies — and, much of the international community — insist that Israel must return the territory to her enemies; “in the interest of peace.”

Whenever Israel gives territory to her enemies, they use the area as a base: from which to launch rocket and other attacks.

Israel has blockaded the area of Gaza to prevent arms shipments to her terrorist neighbors.

Leftist activists organized an attempt to defeat the blockade, last year. They distorted Israel’s defense through biased news outlets.

Now, these enemies of Israel plan to attack the Gaza Blockade,again: The attack had been planned for late May, 2011; but has currently been delayed.

They hope to set the stage for an incident that will trigger an international occupation force: to impose destruction on Israel:

Summer of Insurrection

Glenn Beck: ‘Freedom’ Flotilla? Not so much

Glenn Beck: Media Agenda With 'Freedom Flotilla'?

Glenn Beck: What Is the Free Gaza Movement?

Study Guide: Sources from today’s programs: Tuesday, Feb 8, 2011 at 5:10 PM EST

Economic Civil War

Rev. Homer Faris Abney
April 25, 2011
Last Updated: 07.05.12

On March 19, 2011, at Left Forum 2011, Stephen (Steve) Lerner, of SEIU Justice for Janitors, stated that unions and community organizations “are almost dead.”

He then outlined a plan to “destablize” our national economy, in order to “start to rebuild a movement.”

His plan is to “cause a new financial crisis for the banks” and “bring down the Stock Market.”

The plan would essentially unionize  the general population — beginning with students and homeowners.

The plan begins by calling on homeowners to refuse to pay their mortgages to J P Morgan Chase, beginning the first week in May.

Lerner expressed hope that enough participants “could put banks at the edge of insolvency again.”

If successful, the plan would force banks to deal with borrowers — as employers must deal with unionized employees — through union bosses.

Below are a sampling of web articles exposing this plot:

Revealed — The Left’s Economic Terrorism Playbook: The Chase Campaign by a Coalition of Unions, Community Groups, Lawmakers and Students to Take Down US Capitalism and Redistribute Wealth & Power

Beck: Labor Organizer Stephen Lerner Wants You to Stop Paying Your Mortgag

The Sound of Silence: Media Ignores Stephen Lerner’s Revolutionary Plan to Bring Down US Economy

SEIU’s Manifesto? Stephen Lerner Doubles Down on Crippling America’s Economic System

For further info:

http://www.theblaze.com/?s=stephen+lerner

http://www.glennbeck.com/?s=stephen+lerner

Civics 101

Written by Rev. Homer Faris Abney
November 09, 2010
Last updated 02.15.13

Think the Founding Fathers would recognize the Nation they helped create?

Absolutely: We're doing exactly what they warned us not to do.

The States created the Federal Government, to serve their needs — not the other way around. They placed the Federal Government on a Leash, called the Constitution.

The States created the Federal Government to serve as a tool by which they could network.

People who believe the Federal Government should rule the states, rather than serving them: have infiltrated our Society.

We're rapidly approaching the climax of a century-long scheme to undermine — and ultimately undo — the “Original Intent” of our Nation.

Many of those who seek to undo the Constitution, hold official governmental positions.

They began those positions, by swearing a sacred oath that they would “Protect and Defend the Constitution of this state, and of the United States.”

For uncensored news:

History 101

Written by Rev. Homer Faris Abney
November 10, 2010
Last updated 02.15.13

Those who fail to learn the lessons taught by the errors of the past, doom themselves to repeat those errors.

Those who control the present, control the past (by rewriting History). Those who control the past, control the future (by limiting our knowledge and understanding of our options).

For uncensored U.S. History:


Law 101

Written by Rev. Homer Faris Abney
January 7, 2011
Last updated 02.15.13

The Constitution is the “Law of the Land.” But, there are many in Law Enforcement and Government who ignore or distort the Constitution.

Visit Jay and Jordan Sekulow at the American Center for Law and Justice.

Economics 101

Written by Rev. Homer Faris Abney
February 28, 2011
Last updated 11.15.11

Our National Economy is in serious trouble — and has been, for a very long time. We’ve gone from being the world's Number One Lender, to being the Number One Borrower. Soon, every cent we make will go toward paying the interest on our National Debt.

But, Progressives tell us that the way to make the Economy sound, is to “Stimulate” it: by pumping massive amounts of money into circulation.

The problem is: we don’t have the money.

So, what do we do?

  • Print money out of thin air.
  • Borrow from anyone who will lend to us.

When I was a school-boy, I heard that if you dig a deep enough hole, you’ll reach China. Hollywood even popularized the metaphor with a film called, “The China Syndrome.”

Isn’t it interesting, that Red China is one of our top Creditors?


Drama 101

Written by Rev. Homer Faris Abney
March 28, 2011
Last updated 03.28.11

For what seems like forever, the faux “Director” and his many “Stage Managers” have been dressing the set, and preparing the audience.

Now, at last, the curtain is about to rise — on the “Drama of the Ages.”

The Meaning and Purpose of Life — God’s reason for Creation — is to reveal TRUTH,
and force us to choose whether we will accept or reject IT and HIM.

We must base and stake our lives not on feelings, wishes, or customs,
but on the one thing we can trust not to fail us: the Word of God.

The Choice is yours.

 

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