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I Wish You, Dead! (part 2)

I Wish You, Dead! (part 2)
Luke 15:13-24 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.  And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.  And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.  And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!  I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,  And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.  And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kisse…

I Wish You, Dead!

I Wish You, Dead!
Luke 15:11-20 And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.  And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.  And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,  And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hire…

In All Circumstances, Give Thanks

In All Circumstances, Give Thanks
I Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  
When my husband, Glen, died, almost 12 years ago, one verse became instrumental in shaping my spiritual attitude about life and about death. The key word was small but had a significant meaning. It was the word, “In.” To give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you, had a tremendous effect on how I viewed every situation God allowed in my life. 
Some dictionaries have given this definition for the little word in: expressing the situation of something that is or appears to be enclosed or surrounded by. In the midst of death, surrounded by despair, in hopelessness, anguish, distress, and desperation, I am to give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for me. If this is the will of God, then I would have to say, it is a command from God for all believers to be giving thanks.
The scriptural princi…

Moral Reform?

Moral Reform?
Luke 11:24-26 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
Our Lord told a story that illustrates one of the most important principles in breaking bad habits. A man that was inhabited by a “demon” was glad when the evil spirit was expelled and the wicked spirit went out seeking rest. When it found none, the spirit decided to return to it’s original dwelling place and to the spirit’s satisfaction, found the house unoccupied, swept, and put in order. Then the spirit found “seven other spirits more wicked than himself” and they went in and lived there, and the last state of the man became worse than the first. What happened? Why did thi…