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.
(John 4:14)

ISSUE: #198


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Psalms 119:97 - 104
Seeking The Truth
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And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
(Rev 22:1)

For His Glory!


The Reasoning Mind

Proverbs 15:14 The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on folly.

Proverbs 16:9 The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.


"Be oft times mindful of the saying, the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear with hearing. Strive, therefore, to turn away thy heart from the love of the things that are seen, and to set it upon the things that are not seen. For they who follow their own fleshly lusts, defile the conscience, and destroy the grace of God." ― Thomas ΰ Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

Wrong Intent

Jer 17:9 "The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it? 10 "I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds.

Jer 16:10 "Now it will come about when you tell this people all these words that they will say to you, 'For what reason has the LORD declared all this great calamity against us?

Ezek 28:17 "Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I put you before kings, That they may see you.

Prov 6:16 There are six things which the LORD hates… 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes

Mal 2:14 "Yet you say, 'For what reason?' Because the LORD has been a witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant.

Mark 2:8 And immediately Jesus, aware in His spirit that they were reasoning that way within themselves, said to them, "Why are you reasoning about these things in your hearts?

Luke 12:17 "And he began reasoning to himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?'

Luke 14:20 "And another one said, 'I have married a wife, and for that reason I cannot come.'

Jas 3:14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.

1John 3:12 not as Cain, who was of the evil one, and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother's were righteous.

John 5:16 And for this reasonbecause He was doing these things on the Sabbath.

Corporate reasoning

Luke 20:5 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say, 'Why did you not believe him?'

Luke 20:14 "But when the vine-growers saw him, they reasoned with one another, saying, 'This is the heir; let us kill him that the inheritance may be ours.'

Luke 5:21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, "Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?"

The Mind

Eph 2:3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.

Eph 4:17 This I say therefore, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind,

Col 1:21 And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds,

Titus 1:15 … to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.

1Cor 3:20 and again, "The Lord knows the reasoning’s of the wise, that they are useless."

Think – Thought - Mind


Webster 1828

MIND, n. [… memory, mention, to remember, mind, ardor of mind, vehemence; anger. Mind signifies properly intention, a reaching or inclining forward to an object, from the primary sense of extending, stretching or inclining, or advancing eagerly, pushing or setting forward, …mind, courage, spirit, mettle.]

1. Intention; purpose; design.

The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination; how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind. Prov 21.

2. Inclination; will; desire; a sense much used, but expressing less than settled purpose; as in the common phrases, ""I wish to know your mind;"" ""let me know your mind;"" ""he had a mind to go;"" …

3. Opinion; as, to express one's mind. We are of one mind.

4. Memory; remembrance; as, to put one in mind; to call to mind; the fact is out of my mind; time out of mind…

5. The intellectual or intelligent power in man; the understanding; the power that conceives, judges or reasons.

6. The heart or seat of affection. Which were a grief of mind to Isaac and Rebekah. Gen 26.

7. The will and affection; as readiness of mind. Acts 17.

8. The implanted principle of grace. Rom 7.

MIND, v.t. To attend to; to fix the thoughts on; to regard with attention. Mind not high things. Rom 12.

1. To attend to or regard with submission; to obey. His father told him to desist, but he would not mind him.

2. To put in mind; to remind.

3. To intend; to mean.


Webster 1828

THINK, thought, To think of, to have ideas come into the mind.

1. To have the mind occupied on some subject; to have ideas, or to revolve ideas in the mind.

--For that I am - I know, because I think.

2. To judge; to conclude; to hold as a settled opinion. I think …

3. To intend.

4. To imagine; to suppose; to fancy.

5. To muse; to meditate. Think much, speak little.

6. To reflect; to recollect or call to mind.

7. To consider; to deliberate. He thought within himself, saying, what shall I do? Luke 12.

8. To presume. Think not to say within yourselves, we have Abraham to our father-- Mat 3.

9. To believe; to esteem. If there by any virtue, and if there by any praise, think on these things. Phil 4.

1. To light on by meditation. He has just thought on an expedient that will answer the purpose.

2. To remember with favor. Think upon me, my God, for good. Neh 5.

THINK, v.t. To conceive; to imagine.


Webster 1828

THOUGHT, a. thaut. [primarily the passive participle of think]

1. Properly, that which the mind thinks. Thought is either the act or operation of the mind, when attending to a particular subject or thing or it is the idea consequent on that operation.

We say… the mind, the intellectual part of man, is set upon such an object, it holds it in view or contemplation, or it extends to it, it stretches to it.

2. Idea

3. Fancy; conceit; something framed by the imagination.

4. Reflection; particular consideration.

5. Opinion; judgment.

6. Meditation; serious consideration.

10. Inward reasoning; the workings of conscience.

Reasoning - [What do you think? What are you thinking?]

Webster 1828

RE'ASONING, ppr. arguing; deducing inferences from premises; debating; discussing.

RE'ASONING, n. The act or process of exercising the faculty of reason; that act or operation of the mind by which new or unknown propositions are deduced from previous ones which are known and evident, or which are admitted or supposed for the sake of argument; argumentation; ratiocination; as fair reasoning; false reasoning; absurd reasoning; strong or weak reasoning.

Abraham Intercedes

Can we pray as Abraham? What faith, what trusting, what willingness to go the extra mile for others.

Did you know?

Subject: Two questions (what do you think?)

Question 1: 

If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already, three who were deaf, two who were blind, one mentally retarded, and she had syphilis, would you recommend that she have an abortion? 

Read the next question before looking at the response for this one. 

Question 2:    

It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts. 

Here are the facts about the three candidates. Who would you vote for? 

Candidate A

Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologist 

He's had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day. 

Candidate B 

He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening. 

Candidate C 

He is a decorated war hero. He's a vegetarian, doesn't smoke, drinks an occasional beer and never cheated on his wife. 

Which of these candidates would be our choice? 

Decide first... no peeking, then scroll down for the response. 

Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt

Candidate B is Winston Churchill

Candidate C is Adolph Hitler

And, by the way, on your answer to the abortion question: 

If you said YES, you just killed Beethoven. 

Makes a person think before judging someone. 



Amateurs...built the ark. 

Professionals...built the Titanic 

And Finally, can you imagine working for a company that has a little more 

than 500 employees and has the following statistics: 

* 29 have been accused of spousal abuse 

* 7 have been arrested for fraud 

* 19 have been accused of writing bad checks 

* 117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses 

* 3 have done time for assault 

* 71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit 

* 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges 

* 8 have been arrested for shoplifting 

* 21 are currently defendants in lawsuits 

* 84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year... 

Can you guess which organization this is? 

Give up yet? 

It's the 535 members of the United States Congress. 

The same group that cranks out hundreds of new laws each year designed to keep the rest of us in line.   


Heaven has a wall, a gate and a strict immigration policy. Hell has open borders.

Lighter Side?

A Keeper

Their marriage was good, their dreams focused.

Their best friends lived barely a wave away.

I can see them now,

Dad in trousers, work shirt and a hat;

and Mom in a house dress,

Lawn mower in one hand, and dish-towel in the other.

It was the time for fixing things:

a curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door,

The oven door, the hem in a dress.

Things we keep. 

It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy.

All that re-fixing, re-heating leftovers, renewing;

I wanted just once to be wasteful?

Waste meant affluence.

Throwing things away meant you knew there'd always be more. 

But when my mother died, and I was standing in that clear morning light in the warmth of the hospital room,

I was struck with the pain of learning

That sometimes there isn't any more.

Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away...never to return.

So..... While we have it, it's best we love it... And care for it...

And fix it when it's broken... And heal it when it's sick.  This is true:

For marriage... And old cars...

And children who misbehave at times...

Dogs and cats with bad hips...

And aging parents... And grandparents.

We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.

Somethings we keep, like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with. 

There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special…

And so, we keep them close! 

Good friends are like stars ...

You don't always see them, but you know they are always there!

Life in Messiah

Come let us Reason together

God says to come and let us reason together. How do you think of this reasoning process? For you are already familiar with the practice of debate and argument, in which you have a point of view for which you present facts for evidence and reasons to support your position for the purpose of convincing others. Yet God’s reasoning process is different, for He already knows the facts and it is not for you to convince Him. Instead, this is for you to come into agreement with God that you may be reconciled to Him. For the conclusion of this reasoning together is that your sins may be made white as wool.

(Adopted from a blog post by Dale Cresap)


The Mind and Thinking

Psalm 144:3 O LORD, what is man, that Thou dost take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that Thou dost think of him?

Psalm 16:7 I will bless the LORD who has counseled me; Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.

Psalm 26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and try me; Test my mind and my heart.

Blessed be YHVH (Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)