Thank you Pastor JD!
Faith of Dennis Quaid – The Story Behind On My Way To Heaven
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
Verse 5 isn’t talking about people having weak moments; the picture here is a total and complete corruption of the human heart. The people here were “hell-bent” on anything and everything except for God. In this moment, we see God’s desire for justice. Yet, Noah found favor. The KJV says that Noah found grace. God is Just, and God gives grace. The cost of sin is death and we are saved from that cost by Jesus. God’s wrath for all sin hit Jesus instead of us. That makes Jesus “the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him”. (John 14:6)
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
Exactly what formed my opinion or my thought? Honestly I am certainly not alone. I find it interesting to ask someone. “You know that verse in the bible that talks about how a lion and a lamb will lie together?” They ALWAYS say, “Oh YES!” I love it when you can say, “well, that is not what it says”. As a matter of fact I did that yesterday with a coworker. She had a bible on her desk and so I said get your bible and see what it says. She did and she read it. The look on her face was priceless. NOW, let me be clear, I certainly had the same look of bewilderment on my face when I first became aware of this. I was in the privacy of my home in personal study instead of someone telling me about it. It was a couple of years ago when I realized this was incorrect memory of scripture . Really, I never memorized it, but it was just a thing in my mind where I thought that was what scripture said because I always heard that. BUT WHY? Why do so many say the bible has been changed? Well, I ran across a comment someone made on a video I was watching. I am so glad that I saw it! It cleared up the MYSTERY! I am in my 50’s! The commenter had said the Lion and the Lamb was written in the well known literature by Mark Twain. This is classic literature right? Who hasn’t had to study and read that book at some point in school? Who maybe has even watched the movie? The comment didn’t say where it was in the book so I went on a search. Finally I found it. It is in chapter 5 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Below I have copied it from the online book I found. I would ask you to read the short part.
Ask yourself, is it possible that most of us believed that is what was written in the bible although many of us probably at one time couldn’t have told you where it was, but we thought it because of this book we were ALMOST ALL exposed to growing up? I find it interesting that in a fictional book we would all cling so closely in our minds to something written it it as truth. Why? Is it because it was a fictional pastor who said it in the fictional book?
Now that we know why that might be in our minds I would challenge everyone to go out and ask your bible savvy friends if they like the verse about the lion and the lamb and if they don’t call you out on it then tell them they are incorrect and that it says wolf and ask them to look up verse Isaiah 11:6 And read it.
Then, share what just might be the reason why.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. …taken from chapter 5- by Mark Twain
The minister gave out his text and droned along monotonously through an argument that was so prosy that many a head by and by began to nod —and yet it was an argument that dealt in limitless fire and brimstone and tdownhinned the predestined elect down to a company so small as to be hardly worth the saving. Tom counted the pages of the sermon; after church he always knew how many pages there had been, but he seldom knew anything else about the discourse. However, this time he was really interested for a little while. The minister made a grand and moving picture of the assembling together of the world’s hosts at the millennium when the lion and the lamb should lie down together and a little child should lead them. But the pathos, the lesson, the moral of the great spectacle were lost upon the boy; he only thought of the conspicuousness of the principal character before the on–looking nations; his face lit with the thought, and he said to himself that he wished he could be that child, if it was a tame lion.
Here is what the scripture actually says.
Isaiah 11:6 KJV
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
And the wolf will dwell with the lamb,
And the leopard will lie down with the young goat,
And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
And a little boy will lead them.
American Standard Version
And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
Warnings have been shown. Warnings have been spoken. Be prepared with the sword of the Spirit. Be ready to give an answer to anyone asking a question.
Psalm 1:1 KJVS
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
My thoughts : First part of the verse, saying if you walk NOT in the council of those who are ungodly. Let’s simply say; we shouldn’t be heeding the advice of those who clearly don’t know God and His word. If you find yourself needing help in direction concerning a life problem, we should pray, seek answers as we read the word of God. If we find we need more discernment then seek truly godly friends out, seek council from a good pastor or seek christian counseling. (If you are going with a christian counselor it us important to ask about what type of belief they have. What makes them put “christian” in the title of their work. All those calling themselves christian are not all the same. If you are a rose and your counselor is a daisy, you are both flowers but are clearly different flowers altogether. Some Christians may have more ‘new age’ doctrine and if you are truly following Jesus Christ of the bible you certainly don’t want to get any direction from a new age belief system. (Only saying don’t fall prey to anyone calling themselves christian.)
The next part: nor standing in the way of sinners.
What exactly does that mean? Possibly it means not to constantly be nagging a loved one concerning their choices. If they are not saved but are living in the world they simply are not going to gain anything out of YOU telling them constantly that they are going to burn in hell if they do this or that. We can let them know what we believe and why and then just live our lives accordingly so they can SEE what that looks like. While it is hard to watch those we love make bad choices I think we should pray for them and just be there for them on that day they approach you and ask, “so why are you happy, or is your God really able to help me, or I know you are a seemingly good person so what would you do?” When desperate they will go to a person they can trust and not all those friends who let them down. Don’t burn your bridge by being a I TOLD YOU TO STOP YOUR WICKED WAYS. Maybe that also goes into the last part too. Don’t sit in the seat of the scornful. Sometimes we can get on our so called high horse if not careful and humble. Remember we are living in a world full of unbelievers. We can’t just say…you better do this or that and expect them to suddenly awake to the truth of God. Be an example everyday. Sometimes we try to scare them into heaven. Unless the Holy Spirit penetrates their heart they won’t GET IT. Don’t be angry because they ignore or push you away. Simply, pray always for their salvation and seek God and if given an opportunity to share then pray you are prepared.
Romans 8:35-36 KJVS
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
8:35, 36 (Commentary from KJVS)
These words were written to a church that would soon undergo terrible persecution. In just a few years, Paul’s hypothetical situations would turn into painful realities. This passage reaffirms God’s profound love for his people. No matter what happens to us, no matter where we are, we can never be separated from his love. Suffering should not drive us away from God but help us to identify with him and allow his love to heal us.
May God be glorified!
May God be glorified!
Be bold and courageous!
On fire for God!
Pastor JD Farag
Psalm 117:1-2 KJV
O praise the Lord , all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.
For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord .
Do you know the word of God? Is it hidden in your heart?
Isaiah 43:1-28 KJV
But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
 For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.
 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.
 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;
 I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;
 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
 Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.
 Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth.
 Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord , and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
 I, even I, am the Lord ; and beside me there is no saviour.
 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord , that I am God.
 Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?
 Thus saith the Lord , your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships.
 I am the Lord , your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.
 Thus saith the Lord , which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters;
 Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow.
 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
 The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.
 This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.
 But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel.
 Thou hast not brought me the small cattle of thy burnt offerings; neither hast thou honoured me with thy sacrifices. I have not caused thee to serve with an offering, nor wearied thee with incense.
 Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities.
 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
 Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
 Thy first father hath sinned, and thy teachers have transgressed against me.
 Therefore I have profaned the princes of the sanctuary, and have given Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches.
Commentary from study bible..
43:1ff Chapter 42 ends with God’s sorrow over the spiritual decay of his people. In chapter 43, God says that despite the people’s spiritual failure, he will show them mercy, bring them back from captivity, and restore them. He would give them an outpouring of love, not wrath. Then the world would know that God alone had done this.
43:1-4 God created the people of Israel, and they were special to him. God redeemed them and called them by name to be those who belong to him. God protected Israel in times of trouble. We are important to God, too. If we claim to belong to God, we must never do anything that would bring shame to him.
43:2 Going through rivers of difficulty will either cause you to drown or force you to grow stronger. If you go in your own strength, you are more likely to drown. If you invite the Lord to go with you, he will protect you.
43:3 God gave other nations to Persia in exchange for returning the Jews to their homeland. Egypt, Ethiopia, and parts of Arabia (Seba) had attacked Persia, and the Persians defeated them.
43:5, 6 Isaiah was speaking primarily of Israel’s return from Babylon. But there is a broader meaning: All God’s people will be regathered when Christ comes to rule in peace over the earth.
43:10, 11 Israel’s task was to be a witness (44:8), telling the world who God is and what he had done. Believers today share the responsibility of being God’s witnesses. Do people know what God is like through your words and example? They cannot see God directly, but they can see him reflected in you.
43:15-21 This section pictures a new Exodus for a people once again oppressed, as the Israelites had been as slaves in Egypt before the Exodus. They would cry to God, and again he would hear and deliver them. A new Exodus would take place through a new wilderness. The past miracles were nothing compared to what God would do for his people in the future.
43:22-24 A sacrifice required both giving up a valuable animal and pleading with God for forgiveness. But the people presented God with sins instead of sacrifices. Can you imagine bringing the best of your sins to God’s altar? This ironic picture shows the depths to which Israel had sunk. What do you present to God—your sins or a plea for his forgiveness?
43:25 How tempting it is to remind someone of a past offense! But when God forgives our sins, he totally forgets them. We never have to fear that he will remind us of them later. Because God forgives our sins, we need to forgive others.