Walk The Talk

What you say
1. You say "I wouldn't " or "I won't" do that---
then you do just that.... It becomes .......... Shame
2. You say "I will"
then you don't ...... it becomes ....... Guilt
3. You say "I'll try, because it should be"
then if you do it , it is success without pride;
then if you can't do it, it is failure without guilt.

Love and Service
1. If you love God with all your heart then you do not vilify His love by disregarding His desires.
2. If you love someone you would do everything you could to please them or make them comfortable. If I say I love someone, it is the same thing.
3. If you serve someone, you go in and do what they want done, the way they want it done, and not what you want to do or to do it your way.

The temptation is always there to just study and learn and discuss rather than learn and do. We also have  adopted a “classroom mentality” in the church, (ie), knowledge for knowledge’s sake rather than a “disciple mentality,” learn to live it out in daily life.

Steps Upward

What does it take to make an "ahah" experience?
Some think it is the "turning on of that light bulb in the brain", which is a good explanation.  When we are enlightened with sudden insight to understanding, we feel that light come on!  Even the man of wisdom that discerns spiritual things (or thinks he does) can have that sudden insight enlightenment sometimes.

To understand something, we must have knowledge of that thing, at least to a degree of discerning.  The more we know about it, the better that understanding.   We must give our attention fully to the matter with an open mind to learn.  One cannot be biased, or prideful and puffed up, if one expects to reach a total understanding.  And if we can achieve that total understanding of the matter, we can feel that "light bulb go on" with a twinge of joy!

Now, if one would wish to have "ahha" experiences in their spiritual understandings, then one must have an open, inquisitive and searching mind-set to allow truth to flow in.  But before starting that searching, one must have wisdom and understanding of their FAITH, and confidence in what they believe.  Their faith must be strong enough to be able to discern right from wrong, and truth from falsehood, and study of the scriptures and Christian principles set down therein is the path to be taken.... earnestly and diligently.  To know the absolutes that cannot be ignored as well as those things that must be ignored when they are what must be kept between you and your God concerning your relationship with your fellowman.   It is the ROAD WE WALK!

Our Times

First Century Christians
Wouldn’t you have loved being in the number of  first century Christians?  Their love for each other, and the caring for each others’ welfare was paramount in their lives.  They contributed to the welfare of those who would carry the gospel into all the world without any hesitation.  When there arose tragedies, disasters, and deep needs, they banded together and took care of those needs; doing good to all men and especially to those of the household of God.

This century has brought about such changes in thinking, trust and care for the other person that is unreal.  We live in a world of scams and fraud, and that spills over into our whole lives.

The paradox is that we fall for the illegal scams, and don’t trust the true loving care, even of our brethren.   Yet, who can blame anyone for pulling away from their suspicions when any thing comes their way?

Not I; because  I, myself, have fallen before for someone’s decitful schemes!

But, the Lord willing, we will endure the pain of  “culture shock” or whatever comes our way, and maybe, just maybe, we can see the day when it swings back to the truth in all things!

Our Changing World

 Do we change with the cultural changes to keep the growth of the church?  Some  indications are that it is a must for us to change with the cultural changes; as we know, cultural changes have been an issue for many centuries. But there are two sides to this issue! And we simply cannot ignore the other side and the dangers it presents.

Easing into the subtle changes that make us more "like" the world than more "Christ-like". We cannot make the changes to come to an understanding with the world without considering the dangers of such changes. So much of some of the changes appear to cater to indulgences of the passions; are you willing to admit that?

. I look around and see and hear immodest dress changes and immodest language usage; dress codes do not always have to be the same, but we should not indulge in fashion codes that are suggestive and immoral because we want to impress the world with our compromising Christian attitudes. Next comes the immoral language acceptance and immoral lifestyle acceptance. We are accepting the attitude of "hate the sin, but love the sinner".... which is a biblical concept .... but that does not mean that we accept that lifestyle and partake of their decadant way of life.

Rom_6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God Forbid!

Eph_2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them.

We should be "striving to make someone realize the error of their ways, not giving in to them". We should respect LIFE, and we should respect marriage, and any and all of the "promises we make to each other", living honestlty before all men. We should live by the NATURAL lifestyles that God created us for. We should respect ALL of the teachings in the new Testament scripture as our guide to becoming more "Christ-like" in our lives.

No matter what century/culture we live in, we can and should strive to live according to the Will and Purposes that God has ordained that we should live by, even from the creation. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow!. Christ came into this world to redeem mankind from the bonds of sin, and we should always be thankful and obedient for the opertunity to return to God under His Will through His Church as children.
Study questions:  these are questions I have been using and adding to for some time now.  I keep forgetting to come back to them often, so they are not complete and I will be editing and adding to from time to time.... hopefully!

Name reasons that establish the Bible as being God's word:
    Because He makes claim that it is His word.
    God is not a liar.
    History has proven things related in the Bible as true.

What is the Bible's primary concern?
     The plan of salvation through Jesus Christ as the Son of God.
It is the Old Testament concealed and the New Testament revealed.

What is the most significant question asked in the Old Testament?
     When Abraham left the three servants at one point, he put the bundle of wood on Isaac's shoulders, took the "fire", and told the servants that they would go to the mountain to worship and for them to remain until Abraham and Isaac returned.  On the way up the mountain, Isaac asked Abraham where the lamb for the sacrifice was.
What was the answer?
     God will provide the lamb for Himself.  This statement was indeed a prophetic statement concerning the Lamb of God.

What is the distinction between light and darkness?
    It was for division of night and day.  Darkness is related to sin; those who are drunken, are drunken in the night to hide their shameful deeds.
Those who walk in the Light are knowledgeable of God's goodness; honest and open to His precepts.

What is the burden of sin under the Old Testament?
       1.The guilt of sin.  The toiling of "works".
       2.The ordinances that man added.

Why was God displeased with Cain's sacrifices?
Cain's attitude was disobedience and rebellious.

How many generations had passed before God was sorry that He had created man?
10

Did Methuselah die before the flood?
No.  According to the fifth chapter of Genesis, he died the year of the flood.  Whether it was during that year before the flood occurred or during the flood cannot be answered.


Why did God choose to have Noah build the Ark?
      Because He found Noah righteous in his generation
Covenant?  Stated:  Noah found favor in the sight of God. Gen 6:8

How many humans/beasts/fowl did God tell Noah to bring into the Ark with him?
Gen 7:1 And Jehovah said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.Gen 7:2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee seven and seven, the male and his female; and of the beasts that are not clean two, the male and his female:
Gen 7:3 of the birds also of the heavens, seven and seven, male and female, to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.

How is the Sabbath constructed?
7th day
7th year
49th and 50th years
The principles of God's Sacred Calendar extend far beyond the year to include the Sabbath year and the Jubilee year. The pattern of the seventh day of rest in the week for the weekly Sabbath continues with the seven yearly Sabbath days in a year. This pattern of seven is also the number of weeks between the first yearly Sabbath of Passover and Pentecost. The pattern continues with the seventh year, which is a Sabbath year to the land.

What was it for?
     Rest in God's care, for man and for the land.  Jubilee was to set everything free and return possession of land in Israel to the original owner/family.

What is the basic differences between Man and Animal?
     conscience; man is given the choice between good and evil.

What is the difference spiritually?
Animal was created as a living being.
Man was made alive when God breathed the breath of life into him.
Man was made in God's image.

What is death spiritually/physically?
Physical death equals: separation of spirit and physical body.
Spiritual death equals: separation of spirit from God.

What does Revelation say about death?
What is the first death?
What is the second death?
What is the sting of death?
Why do we fear the sting of death?
Why does the soul of man die?
How does the soul of man die?

How is the "toil in the field" and the "bread" symbolic of the "grazing on God's word"?

Why was the slaying of an animal symbolic physically/spiritually? Why was blood shed to cover our sins?
The animal in the Garden  was slain to obtain the skin to make a cover for man's nakedness.
Christ's blood was shed to obtain the covering for our nakedness in the Body of Christ.

Is mercy tendered without obedience?
Webster's dictionary: In law, an offer, either of money to pay a debt, or of service to be performed, in order to save a penalty or forfeiture which would be incurred by non-payment or non-performance; as the tender of rent due, or of the amount of a note or bond with interest. To constitute a legal tender, such money must be offered as the law prescribes; the offer of bank notes is not a legal tender. So also the tender must be at the time and place where the rent or debt ought to be paid, and it must be to the full amount due.

How did God "cleanse" the earth from its evil the first time?
He sent the flood upon the earth to destroy everything except those in the Ark built by Noah.

How will He "cleanse" it finally?
By fire and all will be melted with fervent heat.

What is our understanding of Faith and the "things unseen"?

What are we hoping for?
For God's promises/ purposes to be completed.  And for life eternal in the presence of God.

What is the "saving element" in God's plan of salvation?
Life is in the blood of Christ that covers us.
Lev_17:11  For the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh atonement by reason of the life.

By what 3 measures do we have the opportunity to return to God in spite of our sinful nature for a good relationship with Him?
Grace
Obedience
Endurance

What proof do we offer God that our love is genuine?

How was righteousness imputed to Abraham?
Completion of his faith in obedience before circumcision.

What is the seal of the Old Testament Covenant? Of the New Covenant?
Old Testament: physical circumcision
New Testament: circumcision of the heart +baptism+the guarantee of the Holy Spirit.

What is the significance of circumcision: the flesh being cut off?
Physical/Spiritual = separation of the physical from the spiritual.

What does it mean "sin layeth at the door "? Gen 4:7
If Cain did not do well to be accepted then the way would be open to usher in the longing and desire that would cause him to sin.

What is the significance of the awareness of being naked?
Understanding one's vulnerability and sinful nature that brings shame.


Walk In Old Paths

If I could have but walked the paths .......that Jesus tred......To see His awesome miracles;......... To see Him raise the dead;......... To hear His words of hope and joy;....... To feed upon fish and bread;..........How could I but suffer grief to see the thorns that crowned His head.

Priest Forever

05 Nov 2009
Melchizedek King of Salem (Peace; Old Jerusalem). A high priest of the Almighty God. Had no mother; had no father.  Had no beginning and no end. Came out to meet Abraham in his victory. Brought bread and wine. (a table prepared before his enemies). Gave him a blessing. (Abraham refused the gifts of the King of Sodom). Praised God who brought victory. Was given a tenth of all the spoils. 

Christ, Prince of Peace (Salem; New Jerusalem). Our High Priest from God. His mother – Mary; His Father – God. Is the Beginning and the End: Alpha & Omega. Came out to meet us for our victory. Brought His Body and His Blood (Bread and Wine of communion- a table prepared before our enemies). Gave us a Blessing. (Refused the offers of Satan) Glorified God in victory.

What do we give to Him?

Taxes

23 Oct 2010
Dreaming sometimes surprises me.  Learning something or solving a problem can come in the wee hours of the night.  One point in mind is that Christ taught us to give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s.  If we do not follow the path of that principle, we soon learn that we can lose, and the loss sometimes would be devastating!

Last night I was dreaming that the tax assessor came to my house to inventory what I had in my house for taxing.  And WORDS would be the basis of the taxing, of all things. 
As he went through the house he would check things, and it seemed that a word was attached to everyting.  I began to tremble at the thought of the size of taxes that I must pay.

When at last the time was drawing to a close, a friend walked in and brought back a book that I had loaned her, and the tax assessor  said “Aha, books!”  At that I simply grew feint-hearted!  I knew that I had just lost everything I had!

About three days later, he came and told me that I had lost everything and he would be taking over.  But there was one thing I might could do to keep it.  I would have to sign over my house and everything I had to him and that would free me from having to pay taxes.  But then he could give it back to me as a gift and I could keep it as long as I kept the house in order and maintained it in good condition. 
It was a perfect gift!

Amazing Beauty


March 2 2011
God's Grace: it is the unconditional part of God's love, that in spite of what we are. it is what we can become.

The amazing beauty of the indwelling Spirit
1. It knows our hearts
2. it knows our thoughts
3. It knows our needs and our desires
4. It bears wittness with our spirit and conscience, and helps us discern right from wrong.
5. It carries our petitions to the Father, and interprets our feelings
6. It holds the guarantee that the Father will keep His promises, if we remain faithful.

Eph 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Luk 12:34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

The amazing beauty of knowing WHY you are baptized
It places you into the body (God adds you to the church) of Christ
It is your gaurantee that His promises will be kept, if you are faithful, with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit
His blood continually cleanses you as you seek forgiveness
It g...ives you remission (REMISSSION, NOT CURE) of your sins by forgiveness
It gives you a clear conscience to serve by His Righteousness!

This is about as well as I can expleain.
From Webester’s dictionary: REMISSION =In medicine abatement; a temporary subsidence of the force or violence of a disease or of pain, as distinguished from intermission, in which the disease leaves the patient entirely for a time.
CURE: 1. A healing; the act of healing; restoration to health from disease, and to soundness from a wound. Remedy for disease; restorative; that which heals. 2. To subdue, remove, destroy or put an end to; to heal, as a disease. 3. To remedy; to remove an evil, and restore to a good state.
eg: The child was cured from that very hour. Mat 17.

Forgiveness
pardon; that is, the giving up of the punishment due to a crime; as the remission of sins. Mat 26. Heb 9.

Christ is “the Healer; He is the rememdy; but while we are still here on this earth, we are only given the chance to stay in remission. It would be comprable of taking a medicine that relieves a headache or a disease, but does not promote a CURE. Cancer is a disease that we would like to say “cured!”, but we are told “in remission” because it has the propensity to return. That would be the reason why we are to continually ask forgiveness of sins; then each is relieved of punishment as long as we are here. Then, if we remain faithful to God’s word, and walk in the light as He is in the light, we are continually covered by his blood, and in the day of Judgement, we will receive complete cure.

Which Way To Go ?

30 Sep 2010 
As we are growing up, there are many people and many ways by which we learn, building our
moral excellence, or teaching us sophistication of the world and moral decadence.   Our basic learning comes from the family unit – parents and grandparents.   If they are grounded in biblical truths, then we will be taught those biblical truths; and if those teachings are strong enough to hold our attention away from our peers and the social/cultural sights and sounds, then we will walk a straight and narrow path, following it onward to a more abundant and happy life.

Whether we live by biblical truths or a moral code of our own, it is still a better, happier and more productive life. Some of our road signs are clearly labled.

   Fruit of the Spirit:

Gal 5:22-26 — But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, self-control; against such there is no law. And they that are of Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with the passions and the lusts thereof. If we live by the Spirit, by the Spirit let us also walk. Let us not become vainglorious, provoking one another, envying one another.

Truly, if we love each other, just as if that other one was ourselves, then we live in peace and harmony, living and serving for the good of all whether they be family, friend or enemy, even as it is for the good of nature itself!

Some of the warnings against the forks in the road that are clearly labeled.  



   Gal 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousies, wraths, factions, divisions, parties, envyings, drunkenness, revellings, and such like; of which I forewarn you, even as I did forewarn you, that they who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

If we live following the passions of the flesh, then we will surely reap the consequences that are brought about by such ways that we indulge in. We live in a society with cultures of various philosophies, and we can see the consequences: warings, strife of all kinds, illnesses, depression, murders which decry the value of life!

The Road We Walk

 9/29/2010
The journey that we take, may not always be upon a pleasant path, for there will be hills and valleys; forests, plains and deserts; but there will also be paths mapped out to make that journey just a little bit more secure, if we follow those that we have known to be traveled safely before us.
  There is a guide book for our comfort and compass, and there will be paths that are marked with warnings, as we reach the forks that lead aside; so if we make the right choices our journey’s end will not be unattainable.

Growing Spiritually

Add to faith (moral conviction).

virtue (valor that is excellence).
Add to virtue
knowledge (as understanding and the sicience of).
Add to knowledge
temperance (self control).
Add to temperance
patience (cheerful endurance).
Add to patience
godliness (piety; specifically of the gospel theme).
Add to godliness
brotherly kindness (affection for).
Add to brotherly kindness
charity (benevolence and love).

If these things abide in you (come into existence quietly) and abound (increasing) you will not be lazy or useless or without fruit in the recognizance and/or full discernment of the Christ.
This is a cycle of events that takes place in the growth of a Christian. It starts with the idea of being convicted of sin and wanting to make the changes necessary to be Christ-like.
Then comes the desire to excell in Christian attributes. As the understanding of all precepts proceeds, comes self control, and is perfected in cheerful endurance of all the problems controlled through the trust in Christ, and one becomes more Christ-like and living more as a Christian should. Through this walk one gains more affection for God’s children and grows in the benevolence and love of God. As one finishes the cycle it continues again to add to each phase as one walks with his Lord each day.
But the one who lacks these things is spiritually blind and has forgotten that they have been cleansed.

God has invited us to enter His Kingdom, and we who choose that path should give diligence to make that “calling” and election” (choice) sure: and if we do these things we will never stumble and fall.


The Whole Armor Of God

30 Sep 2010 
As we are growing up, there are many people and many ways by which we learn, building our
moral excellence, or teaching us sophistication of the world and moral decadence.   Our basic learning comes from the family unit – parents and grandparents.   If they are grounded in biblical truths, then we will be taught those biblical truths; and if those teachings are strong enough to hold our attention away from our peers and the social/cultural sights and sounds, then we will walk a straight and narrow path, following it onward to a more abundant and happy life.

Whether we live by biblical truths or a moral code of our own, it is still a better, happier and more productive life. Some of our road signs are clearly labeled.

   Fruit of the Spirit:

Gal 5:22-26 — But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, self-control; against such there is no law. And they that are of Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with the passions and the lusts thereof. If we live by the Spirit, by the Spirit let us also walk. Let us not become vainglorious, provoking one another, envying one another.

Truly, if we love each other, just as if that other one was ourselves, then we live in peace and harmony, living and serving for the good of all whether they be family, friend or enemy, even as it is for the good of nature itself!

   Gal 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousies, wraths, factions, divisions, parties, envyings, drunkenness, revellings, and such like; of which I forewarn you, even as I did forewarn you, that they who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

If we live following the passions of the flesh, then we will surely reap the consequences that are brought about by such ways that we indulge in. We live in a society with cultures of various philosophies, and we can see the consequences: warings, strife of all kinds, illnesses, depression, murders which decry the value of life!

Refining Silver

28 Sep 2010
Anonomous
 Malachi 3:3 says: “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.”

This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.  One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.  

  That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn’t mention any-thing about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining Silver. 

As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities. The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says:    “He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.”

She asked the silver-smith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined.

The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.  

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silver-smith, “How do you know when the silver is fully refined?”  He smiled at her and answered, Oh, that’s easy — when I see my image in it.” 

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire , remember that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.
  “Life is a coin. You can spend it any-way you wish, but you can spend it only once."

Facing A New Year - 2018

I think I have this in an earlier entry, but this is to look forward to the New Year.
Abraham walked with God because he "believed" that God existed, believed that God would keekp the promises for a son, and went where God led him. When Isaac was a young lad, God reckoned Abraham's faith as righteousness, and He requested that Abraham offer his son as a sacrifice to prove his faith. Abraham proved that he would do anything that God requested of him because he believed God would be faithful to His promises, and God spared the life of Isaac. After his testing, God entered into a covenant with Abraham. God made several promises as His part of the covenant, and Abraham was to circumcise all males in his houshold and all male children on the eighth day born in his household. All who were circumcised, were under the covenant promises, but those not circumcised would be excluded from the covenant.
Now, we who are of the "faith", as the faith of Abraham, under the royal law of Christ's blood (He is the one we are to "hear" and "answer to") enter into a covenant relationship with God (under Christ's blood in baptism) when we "believe" that God is, and that He is a rewarder of all those who "seek" Him, and that Jesus is the Son of God; God gives us, by His grace (granting us Peace) which is His good will toward man (and we learn this by knowlede of God's perfect Will), promises of everlasting life with Him and we are to enter into that covenant relationship by baptism in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, which is representative of Christ's death, burial, and resurrection, and then to rise from the waters to walk circumspectly, worthy to be called a son of God in His righteousness through the blood of His Son, our redeemer. All those who are baptized are under the covenant relationship, and those who are not baptized are excluded from that covenant.
We are now facing a New Year, with the opertunity to "seek His Kingdom" and to "answer a good conscience:" by yielding to His Call to reconcilliation to be added to Christ's Body, which is the church. Then to move on toward becoming the child of God as He wants us to be, reading and learning to walk in His paths of righteousnes. Will this be the year that America, as a nation, will bow the knee before God, and accept His Good Will toward us? Will this be the year America will once again seek to be a "Nation under God" as our founding fathers set it up?
Our New Year's resolutions: what will they be?

Wha Is This Life?

What is this LIFE? What is the purpose for this LIFE? I hope to get some comments on this!
It seems to be that it is not about us as humans, but about the battle between good and evil. We either have a relationship with the fun and games of a physical relationship with the world, or we have a spiritual relationship with God. No matter what it is.... riches or poverty; male or female; happiness or sadness; even faith or unbelief.... it is either a physical relationship with the world, or a spiritual relationship with God. It is like a Mary or Martha type of choice; a physical relationship to feed the body, or a spiritual relationship to feed the soul.

Here I remember the old story the Indians told of the grandfather telling the grandson ... there are two wolves in us; one is evil and one is good and they are at battle within us. The grandson asks which one will win, and the grandfather replies .... it is the one that you feed.

.Quote from Rob: We are created for God's pleasure, and we are to fear God and keep his commandments. We have been made ambassadors for Christ to convince others to accept and obey the gospel. God initiated the plan, paid for it, and will keep his side of the bargain. We choose this day whom we will serve, and every day God gives us another chance to make the right choice. We invest in this life to gain the true Life. God did the work, and we get the profits.

.Pamela West Olsen::) Ecc. 12:13: "Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man."

Of course, all of this is good, good answers! Biblical! What the Bible tells us about our duty to God and all about His promises to us. And what our purpose is for being here.

But what about that daily walk, and those daily choices? If we live by the Spirit, then we bear the Fruit of the Spirit; if we live by the Spirit we become more Christ like. If we walk in the light as He is in the Light, we endeavor to become a “grown” Christian. We learn to bridle not only the tongue but every “passion” of the carnal man.

Easy? Certainly not! But it has to be "a daily choice" how we speak and what we say; our manner of dress and attitude; how much and what we eat that provides individual needs. We are God's workmanship and all we do is to be done for His honor and glory.

I think my new Year's resolution will be to awaken each morning to making the day's choices to feed my Spiritual wolf!
 The Immigrants who landed at New York's Ellis Island numbered over 12 million. They came from every corner of the globe, in search of what became known as the American Dream.

This is a very interesting view of the changing of a country by emigration.   Different times and different situations.

The immigrants that entered into the United States between 1492 and 1900 came because they were searching for a better life of respect, honesty, and freedom.  But as the years advanced, those dreams became tarnished.  They did not simply settle the country, but they tried to eliminate the original population.  And that is what most immigrants seem to be trying to do now.  The better life of respect, honesty, and freedom is slowly giving way to total chaos;  confusion; disorder; a state in which the parts are undistinguished.
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Many Years, Many Ways

    I am an old woman, and have seen many changes in the past 9 decades.  Most, sad to say, brings no comfort or benefit to the general populations of this world.  In fact, they have brought homes, communities, and countries to the very bottom of the pit.  Morals, technology with its abusive trends, spirituality, and the best of congeniality has hit the lowest point in human cares and endeavors.

People have become so selfish and so dependently independent.  They seek the praise and sympathy of their peers, and have no spiritual thought. They gossip about all their peers, but then praise all their peers for love and support from them.  The saying used to be "flattery will get you nowhere", but is now "flattery will get you everything you want".  They may support each other, but they fight viciously among themselves to be "top man".  There seems to be no intelligence except that of the narcissist.  They cry out "Love; Peace", but there is no real love and no peace.  How can they be happy?

There is no happiness without peace;  there is no peace without forgiveness.