Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
For His Glory!
What words of wisdom would you want to pass on to the next generation? What advice would you give to keep and encourage the youth of today to remain faithful now and forever?
Some seventy years ago, before TV, cell phones, satellites and the internet, a few people were in search of truth to guide their path in life. Some turned to the Bible and some searched for some intelligent guru that would guide them on their path. Stories would be told of the young and old traveling to ancient places, crossing oceans and deserts, climbing high mountains just for an answer to life. Maybe a single word or phrase would be their answer - how about you?
Below is a sample list of two contrasting columns of Biblical Words. They point to the truth that all might heed and be inspired by the Words of life and shun the words that lead to the way of death.
Know this first - The Word
John 1:1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
(From Strong’s) [this Word] In John, denotes the essential word of God, Jesus Christ, the personal wisdom and power in union with God, his minister in creation and government of the universe, the cause of all the world's life both physical and ethical, which for the procurement of man's salvation put on human nature in the person of Jesus [Yeshua] the messiah…and shone forth conspicuously from his words and deeds…
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary:
The WORD One of the titles … indicating perhaps that by his acts and teachings God is revealed, somewhat as thought is by words, 1Jo 1:1; 5:7 Rev 19:13. "The word of the Lord" was a common phrase in the Old Testament, always denoting some revelation of Jehovah.
John 4:41And many more believed because of His word;
In Scripture we have words and phrases that convey life and peace or bondage and death.
There are many more Words of these two ways - check them out in the Creator’s Holy Word.
Pick out the words that are deserving of Death
Rom 1:21because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, …24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
Rom 1:29being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death…
But know this
2Tim 3:1…that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
1John 3:8He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
Therefore - What shall we pass on?
Deut 30:19"I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants
So choose life - Amen
Knowledge and Understanding
Proverbs 1:4To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion,
Proverbs 1:7The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 2:6For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
"The more humble and obedient to God a man is, the more wise and at peace he will be in all that he does." ― Thomas ΰ Kempis, The Inner Life
Words to the wise - Humility and obedience = Peace
Words to live by:
Psalm 119 showcases God’s will, God’s way and God’s word in a truly divine way.
These 10 words are synonyms referring to God’s divine law. They work together to form a multifaceted dimension of the Torah (Elohim’s direction, His teaching for mankind).
An overview of these 10 words can give us a quick glimpse of the beauty of this Psalm.
Law - 25 times - Hebrew = Torah - Strong’s # 8451
Word - 24 times - Hebrew = dabar # 1697
Testimonies 23 times - Hebrew = eduth, edah # 5713, #5715
Judgements - 23 times - Hebrew = mishpat - #4941
Statutes - 22 times - Hebrew = hok, hukkah - # 2706 #2708
Commandments - 22 times - Hebrew = mizvah - #4687
Precepts - 21 times - Hebrew = pikkudim #6490
Word - 19 times - Hebrew = imrah #565
Righteousness - 15 times - Hebrew = zedek #6664 #6662
Way - 13 times - Hebrew = derek #1870
Holy words long preserved
Humility and Creativity
Do you take credit for all of your ideas? Have you ever said an idea came to me? This implies an external source. If your thought processes doesn't lead to a new idea by direct logical sequence, then where do they come from? God’s word asks what you have that you did not receive, and implies that the answer is nothing. It is a position of humility to acknowledge that you can't take credit for your own creativity, but you are called to be poor in spirit. If you acknowledge the Creator with gratitude He is prepared to pour out creativity on you in ever greater measure. Isn't that better than claiming credit for little?
(Adopted from a blog post by Dale Cresap)
About 9/11 (By Rona L. Edelstein, Pittsburgh - from the AARP Bulletin)
My 9/11 canvas contains the gray of smoke and ashes, the red of flames and blood, and the black of death and despair. Yet because of where I was on the Tuesday, my canvas also resonates with the yellow of hope.
When news of the first attacks came, I was engaged in the "replace the Blahs with the Hurrahs" creative assignment with my sixth-graders in a suburban Detroit middle school. Not only did events quickly change my lesson plan, but they also altered the dynamics within the classroom. As my students watched the tragedy unfolding on the television screen, they began rearranging their chairs in ways that dissolved the boundaries different cliques had established.
Soon, the extroverts were listening to the more reserved students; empathy and an awareness of a shared human experience became more important than academic and social status. I noticed especially that my Caucasian student were reaching out to the Chaldeans, Asians and other minorities in a more sensitive and positive way than I’d seen before.
Later in the day, my eighth graders entered the classroom. Ironically, my plan was to introduce to them the novel To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee’s book that teaches it is a sin to hurt or kill the innocent. I followed through with the lesson and then sat back as my students animatedly discussed the relevance of this book to the events of the day. I saw learning take place-a recognition of the role that books play in life and an understanding that what happens in school does have meaning beyond the walls of the classroom.
That day ended when Jacob, one of the nicest, kindest eighth-grade boys I have ever taught, shyly approached my desk. "Today is my birthday." He whispered. I thought about that, about how hard it must be to want to celebrate a special occasion on such a sad day, and then I looked Jacob in the eyes and said, "Happy birthday, Jacob. You bring joy to an otherwise unhappy day; you show that we cannot forget our blessings, even when the world looks so dark."
And that is what I remember of September 11-Students coming together, a book coming to life, and one young man ensuring that beauty will survive, even on a day as dark as that.
Dr. Geezer's clinic
An old geezer became very bored in retirement and decided to open a medical clinic.
He put a sign up outside that said: "Dr. Geezer's clinic. Get your treatment for $500, if not cured, get back $1,000."
Doctor Young, who was positive that this old geezer didn't know beans about medicine, thought this would be a great opportunity to get $1,000. So he went to Dr. Geezer's clinic.
Dr. Young: "Dr. Geezer, I have lost all taste in my mouth. Can you please help me?"
Dr. Geezer: "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in Dr. Young's mouth."
Dr. Young: Aaagh!! -- "This is Gasoline!"
Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your taste back. That will be $500."
Dr. Young gets annoyed and goes back after a couple of days figuring to recover his money.
Dr. Young: "I have lost my memory, I cannot remember anything."
Dr. Geezer: "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient's mouth."
Dr. Young: "Oh, no you don't, -- that is Gasoline!" Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your memory back. That will be $500."
Dr. Young (after having lost $1000) leaves angrily and comes back after several more days.
Dr. Young: "My eyesight has become weak --- I can hardly see anything!!!!
Dr. Geezer: "Well, I don't have any medicine for that so, "Here's your $1000 back." (giving him a $10 bill)
Dr. Young: "But this is only $10!
Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You got your vision back! That will be $500."
Moral of story -- Just because you're young doesn't mean that you can outsmart an old Geezer.
Lovingkindness and Forgiveness
Psalm 32:1How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered!
Psalm 32:5I acknowledged my sin to Thee, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD"; And Thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin. Selah.
Psalm 86:5For Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon Thee.
Blessed be YHVH (Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)
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