• Joan Winifred

    Spiritual Hypothermia

    Read this “cool” illustration: illustrating “warm” intentions:

    “Imagine a hiker who succumbs to exhaustion on a cold winter day. He begins to suffer from hypothermia, and he feels drowsy. If he falls asleep in the snow, he will die. While waiting for a rescue party, his companion occasionally slaps him in the face to keep him awake. The slap may sting, but it could well save his life.” (excerpted reading)

    Do i need a (spiritual) slap??

    “Should the righteous one strike me, it would be an act of loyal love,” said the psalmist David, and “should he reprove me, it would be like oil on my head.” Psalm 141:15

    “The slap may sting, but it could well save his life. Similarly, David recognized that a righteous person might need to give him painful correction for his own good. Love and firmness are needed to produce the desired result.”

    correction to help me keep living (and compassionately)!…a slap? hmmm, may be i need a (figurative) kick in the butt -lol;)

     

    9/23/16 @ 11:23 a.m.

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  • Joan Winifred

    The Breathing are Living…(DUH! joanie)

    the dead are dead. period.

    the breathing are living. period. (not talking quality of life;)

    Most of the world’s religions teach that something inside a person continues living after the body dies. Some religious groups still cling to the idea that God punishes the wicked by subjecting them to eternal suffering in a fiery hell. But is that the truth?What does the Bible really teach about death?

    16, 17. According to the Bible, what is the condition of the dead?

    16 God’s Word states: “The living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all, neither do they anymore have wages.” Since the dead “are conscious of nothing at all,” they cannot hear, see, speak, feel, or think. They no longer earn any wages. How could they? They are incapable of any work! Moreover, “their love and their hate and their jealousy have already perished,” for they cannot express any emotion.—Ecclesiastes 9:5,6

    17 What the Bible says on this subject is simple and clear—the dead do not continue to live somewhere. There is nothing that leaves our body at death and lives on so as to be reborn in another body, as stated by those who believe in reincarnation. We might illustrate matters this way: The life that we enjoy is like the flame of a candle. When the flame is extinguished, it does not go anywhere. It is simply gone.

    18. When a Bible student learns that the dead are not conscious, what conclusions can he draw?

    18 Think of the implications of that one simple but powerful truth. When a Bible student learns that the dead are not conscious, he should easily be able to conclude that no matter how resentful his dead ancestors may have been during their lifetime, they cannot trouble him. He should also quickly grasp the point that his dead loved ones can no longer hear, see, speak, feel, or think. Therefore, they cannot be experiencing unbearable loneliness in purgatory or suffering in a place of fiery torment. However, the Bible teaches that the dead who are in God’s memory will be resurrected. What a wonderful hope!— John 5:28, 29 “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.” (excerpted  w 07, etc )

    Two different states…but there is HOPE for both!:)

     

    9/21/16 @1:12 p.m.

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    A.voiding s.cars (and) s.carring

    “We must realize that making a poor decision could scar us so badly that we may have to suffer serious consequences […] (and for a long time, eh?)

    “Early detection of disease may save a person’s life. Similarly, we can avert disaster if we quickly identify tendencies that could lead us into temptation. As soon as we discover such leanings, it would be wise for us to take immediate action […]

    Look out that no one takes you captive by means of the philosophy and empty deception according to human tradition.— Col. 2:8 (excerpted w 14 8/15)

    Honestly, do any of us really desire pain and suffering (and scarring)…Is it too difficult AVOIDING being a Jack ***??

    (Acting promptly–a wise choice)  A lot easier to write than to live, huh?

    9/21/16 @ 11:11 a.m.

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