MARK 2:18 ….  Shares Questions About Fasting:  This post is dedicated to my Bro. Evg Umair at Love For Lord Group Ministries in Pakistan and all Bro. and Sis in his ministry.  

The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were fasting.  Then they came and said to Him (Jesus), “Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?”  And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them?  As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.

Peter writing for Mark does not answer some important questions that I have reading this passage.  First my mind is unclear about this subject of “Fasting”, and I ask what is Fasting?  

Spiritual Fasting

What Does the Bible Say About Spiritual Fasting?


 Spiritual Fasting
In the Old Testament, God commanded Israel to observe several set times of fasting. For New Testament believers, fasting was neither commanded nor forbidden in the Bible. While early Christians were not required to fast, many practiced prayer and fasting regularly. Jesus himself affirmed in Luke 5:35 that after his death fasting would be appropriate for his followers. Spiritual fasting clearly has a place and a purpose for God’s people today.

What is Spiritual Fasting?

In most cases, a spiritual fast involves abstaining from food while focusing on prayer. This can mean refraining from snacks between meals, skipping one or two meals a day, abstaining only from certain foods, or a total fast from all food for an entire day or longer.

The Purpose of Spiritual Fasting

While many people fast to lose weight, dieting is not the purpose of a spiritual fast. Instead, fasting provides unique spiritual benefits in the life of the believer.

Fasting requires self-control and discipline as one denies the natural desires of the flesh. During spiritual fasting, the believer’s focus is removed from the physical things of this world and intensely concentrated on God. Put differently, fasting directs our hunger toward God. It clears the mind and body of earthly attentions and draws us close to God. So, as we gain spiritual clarity of thought while fasting, it allows us to hear God more clearly. Fasting also demonstrates a profound need for God’s help and guidance through complete dependence upon him.

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I gather from this passage that the Christians (Disciples) had a different approach to fasting than the Pharisees.  It is clear that the Pharisees did not accept Jesus Christ and that they were still living under the Law.  The law gave strict guidelines where Jesus Christ is believing and by having repented of sins is functioning under God’s Grace.  Amen  

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Ministries Reaching Around The World

“Its was very nice meeting to you via phone call and thank you very much once again for the wonderful prayer as right now i am feeling very blessed by the grace of God.” “Its was very nice meeting to you via phone call and thank you very much once again for the wonderful prayer as now i am feeling very blessed by the grace of God.”
Thus a new and blessed relationship begins: Christians that state and share the brotherhood is indeed a blessing.

Umair Ashraf
Love for Lord Group of Ministries

Umair has a wonderful ministry in Pakistan. Umair found us by Facebook and this blog website and contacted Me (Faith Hope and Love Ministries) by email and then by phone. We had a wonderful time meeting and sharing common interest, that being the love of Jesus Christ. Oh how I admire this man for wanting to learn and share.

Bro. Umair desires to learn and grown in the lord, and cherishes prayer. Love for Lord Group of Ministries also reciprocates by praying for Faith Hope and Love Ministries.
To learn more about Umair’s ministries, visit his website
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Our prayers and love go out and up for this ministry..

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Mitch thinking

Mitch thinking

Mitch Thinking, “Am I To Old” to Believe in God? What do you think.

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Question, What Is SIN

Please leave a comment as to the way you would explain sin.  I will followup in a few days discussing “Cursing” and “Sin”.  

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So Long 2013 – 2014 =’s New Adventures

2013 ending, and now the new adventure begins.  What are your dreams as for as service to God and His people?

My first effort will be to pause, listen to the Spirit of God speak to me.  I will listen as I am praying to God through Jesus Christ via the Holy Spirit, seeking His mission for me.  I will seek God’s direction as we begin to grow Faith Hope and Love Ministries. I think of 1 John sharing in detail and depth the Love of God for us. 

May the grace and love of God embrace each of us, and I pray that we will allow the LOVE of Jesus Christ will radiate from our being.  God Bless and Happy New Year.

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WHAT NOW? Can I Find Spiritual Insight during this Season?


WHAT NOW? Can I Find Spiritual Insight during this Season?

November and December of the year is the most depressing time for me.  Yes I do know it should not be, but it is!  For me, I am not really depressed, but as I see the Thanksgiving doings, family, friends I feel an emptiness that is carnal and human.  Dad deceased, Mom , brother and sister and cousins are busy with their families.  Mrs. Jan and I often feel that we are celebrating alone.  Yes Mrs. Jan is from Wyoming and we are now in North Mississippi, so we together (married for 48 years) make plans to try to celebrate Thanksgiving, and I say to her, lets keep it simple.  This year we celebrated four thanksgiving meals with four diverse people’s.  Yes, much food, lots of love, and sharing.  Yet I had to dig deep within myself to find the blessings.  Blessings indeed were there and Jan and I smile as we hold each other more tighter, and drift off to dream land with a warmth in our being.  Yes! Jesus Christ via God sent the Holy Spirit to give us all the warmth we can handle.

Christmas day is approaching.  A day set aside to celebrate and rejoice in the birth of Jesus Christ.  It warms the human Mitch to see all the lights, the sounds, the presence being made ready for loved ones.  It all so grieves my heart as so many different groups and people try to diminish and even eliminate the words “Jesus Christ” and what He stands for.

I ask everybody that is a believer and Christian to pause and pray that the Holy Spirit will give all of us strength to share the true story of Jesus Christ and the Gospel.

Blessing for this season.

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Six Steps to Salvation

Six Steps to Salvation

Titus 3:3-7 

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

Brethren have often suggested that there are five steps to salvation.  Continue…

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Assurance of the Resurrection  2 Cor. 5 ….

For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.

The helping hand

The helping hand

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As you read this short commentary, understand it is written with a HEARTFELT knowledge of God answering prayers as we are humans wish.   This is personal and real.

It was a Tuesday during the month of October 2013 in North Mississippi.  The sun was warm and welcoming, with a light Western breeze tickling the leaves on the great old oak tree.  It is a tree on the corner of my property, perhaps near 100 years or more, standing as a strong soldier giving me pleasure of shade, protection, and the show of leaves falling to the ground.

The setting is very peaceful, and welcoming.  I go to the deck in the back yard, a freestanding deck build about 3 1/2 years ago.  I remember that date because I was driving a nail when the pain started and stopped my actions.  A successful 4 by-pass surgery and months of healing.  Oh the heart was fine, the important arteries were full of diabetes inflammation. So the battle to live and stay around for my wife and friends continue.  Oh don’t pity me, praise God and Jan and I enjoy every moment together claiming the truest sense of love.  We hold each other as if there is no tomorrow, and indeed we know there are no promises for this flesh, but for our souls.  We are very sure and do not doubt that when we go “absent the body, we will be present with God”  and that’s when I will be normal.  Standing in His presence with a smile in my being.

Wow, got off the current story for a moment.  Tuesday, a warm beautiful day:  In the afternoon, I became tense, agitated, and shaking.  Felt fine, so I went out to the deck, set and reviewed the lesson for the upcoming Faith Hope and Love Ministries meeting.  My body settled down, and we had a wonderful spirit filled meeting.  Everybody was drinking in the Holy Spirit as it ministered to our individual needs.

The session is over, Jan and I go into our home to relax and go into the evening of sharing with each other.  As suddenly as the winds cease blowing I was in the bathroom throwing up with extreme force leaving me weak and a bit confused.  We first though it was food poisoning.  Being diabetic I knew not to ignore, but to start checking levels and blood pressure.   The high blood sugar level alone did not alarm me, However the high blood pressure and pulse rate did set off the alarms.  The levels and rate continued and even climbed, so we made an appointment with my Dr., with is a good practice when something very much out of the normal starts.

After sharing all details with my Dr. she wanted to do an EKG test, which is fine with me.  She showed me some new and different readings and called the Cardiology  department in the hospital, shared what she was seeing, where the Cardiolog admitted me on the spot for test. A heart look-see was completed with good results.

On the way to the procedural department, I saw a mortuary person with a body leaving the hospital.  I had lots of feelings as I considered that this one did not make it for whatever reason.  For a moment I allowed myself to consider the negative possibilities, but quickly turned my mind back to Jesus Christ.  I had already made peace with Christ and had received revelations that everything would be just fine.

These feeling were because I could feel the prayers from far and wide.  Therefore, sometimes prayers are answered.  This time prayers were answered in my favor and I live for another day.  Praise God for the prayers…

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ImageThe young Lady “Casey”

full of Spiritual excitement being encouraged and love by Mrs. Jan.

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excitement, proud and loving mom encourages.

ImageEvern Momma Hazel

our most mature believer enjoys the moments when a child of Jesus Christ starts their new walk in life.

ImageEven the shock of the cold water does not stop the process.

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raised to a new life in Christ.


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Several months ago during one of Faith Hope and Love’s Tuesday night meetings, a young lady, perhaps 22 years old bust out, “I want to get saved and right!”  As the leader, teacher, Minister of this group, I was overwhelmed with Spiritual Excitement! However, it was my responsibility to go through a process of insuring that she knew what she was asking.  Did not take long for her to make us all know and feel through the Holy Spirit that the young lady had through “repentance and asking Jesus Christ for forgiveness, and to come into her being!”  What a thrilling moment in the Ministries of Faith Hope and Love Ministries.  Most importantly, we have a new sister in Jesus Christ and she is growing.

Now, she has asked to be baptised. The wait I think has been a growing time for this woman, and I am honored to Serve Jesus Christ in baptizing this young sister.  Since Faith Hope and Love Ministries is not affiliated with any Church or Denomination the woman is being baptised into the Christian Family as a Believer and disciple.  God Bless us all Tuesday night September 24, 2013.   561281_10151089315712355_1130661270_n

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By:  Mitch DeCanter

Why do I want to have a better and clearer understanding of FAITH? I think it is because most often quotes Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” and following.  The two words substance and evidence has always left me missing the concept of faith.  Yes, I understand the words, but what do they mean in the context of understand FAITH.  Thus the quest to gain a clear explanation of faith begins again.

What does the word faith mean?

noun complete trust or confidence in someone or something.

  • “this restores one’s faith in politicians”, Synonyms: trust, belief, confidence, conviction, and more. 

 Strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension and not proof.

 Synonyms: religion, church, sect, denomination, ideology, creed, teachings, doctrine more.
So now I am beginning to see with “my spiritual eye and mind, strong belief in God or in the doctrines of religion”  “of things not seen.”

What does the word ‘faith’ mean? What is true faith?

Let Your Faith...

Let Your Faith…

On the words and concepts ‘faith’, ‘faithfulness’, ‘believe’ and ‘believing’, in the Bible and especially in the New Testament.

The saints’ faith had very little to do with how the word “faith” is used in the religious language of our day. Their faith did not consist of “believing in God”. For them, it was a matter of putting their trust in God and his son Jesus and relying on them, and being their faithful servants. That is the matter of faith, “in a nutshell”.

Where English translations of the NT have “faithful”, the Greek text mostly has pistos which indeed meant “faithful” (trustworthy, reliable, true).

What in English translations of the New Testament appears as “faith”, is in the Greek text for the most part pistis. That word had “two sides”. It could refer to “trustworthiness”, “faithfulness”, “honesty”, but it was also used in the meaning “trust in others”, “persuasion of a thing”, “confidence”, “assurance”.

In the passages where many English bible-versions use the verb “to believe”, the Greek NT text has for the most part pisteuô. In old Greek, that verb meant such things as “to trust” and “to rely on”, and, “to entrust something to another” and “to be entrusted with something”.

A friend’s son shared this with me, John Clark When I was a child, my father’s faith in The Lord had left an impression on me. If there was ever a situation that he was fearful in I never saw it. He would always say his trust is in The Lord. And he showed me that God loves us. Now that I am a father I try to instill in my boys the same level of love and faith my father did with me. Once I became a father I truly began to understand how much The Lord loves us. He gave his own son, his only son. To save us from hell. That’s love. That’s where my faith comes from. My faith in God cause he loves us so much he sacrificed his love His heart His son for us.

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Morality! Do Christians Need To Understand?

Morality! Do Christians Need To Understand?

  • This is a long and could be confusing article.  Anyone that have questions should email them to Faith Hope and Love Ministries

      <  It is not our intention to confuse anyone, but to give enough detail so the reader can draw their own conclusions! >>

During the last Faith Hope and Love Ministries meeting, a young man asked us a direct question, “what does morality mean”?  The use of that word had pasted by several moments, but a simple answer was given.  Yet, it seems that the fellow was still trying to process the word “Morality”.

Karl this post is dedicated to you for your use and to share with anyone you may desire.

It seems that a good definition of the root  word moral is in order:

mor·al  (môrl, mr-)


1. Of or concerned with the judgment of the goodness or badness of human action and character: moral scrutiny; a moral quandary.

2. Teaching or exhibiting goodness or correctness of character and behavior: a moral lesson.

3. Conforming to standards of what is right or just in behavior; virtuous: a moral life.

4. Arising from conscience or the sense of right and wrong: a moral obligation.

5. Having psychological rather than physical or tangible effects: a moral victory; moral support.

6. Based on strong likelihood or firm conviction, rather than on the actual evidence: a moral certainty.


1. The lesson or principle contained in or taught by a fable, a story, or an event.

2. A concisely expressed precept or general truth; a maxim.

3. morals Rules or habits of conduct, especially of sexual conduct, with reference to standards of right and wrong: a person of loose morals; a decline in the public morals.

Just from this definition, there still leaves room for most to individually understanding the word.  It seems that we must be taught and given understanding of MORALs by our parents, school teachers, and most importantly our church.  The church seems to be the best place to gain a understanding of MORALS and Morality from a Christian Understanding.  It should start in the early formative years. Colossians 2:6-22 is a very good Bible passage to start with.

 What is Morality?

Filed under: ethics,philosophy — JW Gray @ 3:18 am
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People discuss morality quite often and many of our actions are based on assumptions about morality. I will discuss the meaning of “morality” within ordinary language and illustrate the difference between morality and everything else by comparing moral and non moral standards.

What does “morality” mean?

Morality involves what we ought to do, right and wrong, good and bad, values, justice, and virtues. Morality is taken to be important, moral actions are often taken to merit praise and rewards, and immoral actions are often taken to merit blame and punishment.

What we ought to do

What we morally ought to do is what’s morally preferable. It’s morally preferable to give to certain charities and to refrain from hurting people who make us angry; so we morally ought to do these things.

Sometimes what we ought to do isn’t seen as optional. Instead, we often think we have moral duties (obligations). It might not be a moral duty to give to any charities, but it seems likely that we often have a duty not to hurt people.

Nonetheless, what we ought to do doesn’t just cover our obligations. It’s possible to do something morally preferable that’s not wrong. For example, we can act “above the call of duty.” Some actions are heroic, such as when we risk our life to run into a burning building to save a child. Some philosophers call actions that are above the call of duty “supererogatory” rather than “obligatory.”

Right and wrong

Something is morally right if it’s morally permissible, and morally wrong if it’s morally impermissible. For example, it’s morally right to help people and give to certain charities, but morally wrong to kill people indiscriminately.

Good and bad

“Good” and “bad” refer to positive and negative value. Something is morally good if it helps people attain something of positive value, avoid something of negative vale, or has a positive value that merits being a goal. For example, food is good because it is necessary to attain something of positive value because it helps us survive; and our survival could have positive value that merits being a goal. Something is morally bad if it makes it difficult to attain something of positive value, could lead to something of negative value, or has a negative value that merits avoidance. For example, starvation is bad because it could lead to suffering; and suffering could have negative value that warrants its avoidance.

Something has “instrumental moral value” if it is relevant to achieving moral goals. Food is instrumentally good because it helps us achieve our goal to survive; and starvation is instrumentally bad when we have a goal to avoid suffering, and starvation makes it more difficult for us to achieve this goal.

We take some of our goals to be worthy as “moral goals” for their own sake rather than being instrumental for the sake of something else. These goals could be taken to be worthy for having positive value (or help us avoid something of negative value)—what Aristotle calls “final ends” or what other philosophers call “intrinsic values.”

Imagine that someone asks you why you have a job and you say it’s to make money. We can then ask why you want to make money and you can reply that it’s to buy food. We can then ask why you want to buy food, and you can reply that it’s to survive. At this point you might not have a reason to want to survive other than valuing your existence for its own sake. If not, then we will wonder if you are wasting your time with a job. All of our goals must be justified at some point by something taken to be worthy as a goal for its own sake, or its not clear that any of our goals are really justified.

Final ends – Final ends are goals that we think are worthy. Pleasure, survival, and knowledge are possible examples of goods that should be taken to be promoted as final ends. Some final ends are also meant to help us avoid something of negative value, such as our goals to avoid pain and death. The goals of attaining these goods are “final ends.” It is possible that final ends are merely things we desire “for their own sake” but some final ends could be better and of greater importance than others. Aristotle thought that our “most final end” or “ultimate end” is happiness and no other good could override the importance of happiness.

Final ends seem relevant to right and wrong. It seems morally right to try to achieve our final ends because they are worthy. All things equal, it seems morally right to try to attain happiness and survive.

Intrinsic values – Intrinsic values are things of positive or negative value that have that value just for existing, and some philosophers think Aristotle’s truly worthy final ends have intrinsic value. The main difference here is that final ends could merely be psychological—what we take to be worthy goals, but a goal has intrinsic value only if it really is worthy. Some people might have “final ends” but actually be wrong about what goals are worthy of being final ends.

We can desire intrinsic values “for their own sake,” many think it’s rational to often try to attain things that are intrinsically good, and whatever is intrinsically good is good no matter who attains it. For example, if human life is intrinsically good, then survival is good for every person.

Intrinsic value plays the same role as final ends—we think it’s often morally right to try to achieve goals that help people attain intrinsic goods and we morally ought to do so. However, intrinsic values can conflict. If pain is intrinsically bad, that doesn’t mean we should never allow ourselves or others to experience pain because there might be intrinsic goods that can be attained as a result of our pain. For example, homework and learning is often painful, but the knowledge attained can help us live better lives and could even be intrinsically good.


Justice refers to our interest in certain ethical issues such as equality, fairness, and merit. It is unjust to have slavery or to have different laws for different racial groups because people should beequal before the law, it’s unfair, and racial groups don’t merit unequal treatment before the law. It is just to punish all people who break the law equally rather than let certain people—such as the wealthy—break certain laws that other people aren’t allowed to break. Additionally, it’s unjust to punish the innocent and to find the innocent guilty in a court of law.


Some people are better at being moral than others. It’s important that we know the difference between right and wrong, attain the skills necessary to reach demanding moral goals, and find the motivation to do what is morally preferable. For example, courage is a virtue that involves knowledge of right and wrong, skills, and motivation. Courage requires us to endanger our personal well being when doing so is morally preferable, to have skills that make it possible to endanger our personal well being in many situations, and the motivation to be willing to endanger our well being when we ought to do so.

Praise and blame

We often think that moral behavior merits praise and immoral behavior merits blame. It often seems appropriate to tell people who have done good, such as saving lives, that we appreciate it and that what they are doing is good; and it often seems appropriate to tell people who have done something immoral that we don’t appreciate it and that they did something morally wrong. Additionally, it generally seems appropriate to hold people responsible for their actions and let them know that their actions could have been different.

Reward and punishment

One way to hold people responsible for their actions is to reward and punish them for their behavior, and this often seems appropriate. We could give gifts or return favors to people who help us, and break our friendship or ignore those who do something immoral. For example, a company that scams people should be held responsible and punished by consumers who decide to no longer do business with that company.

Sometimes punishments could be severe and could seem immoral in any other context. For example, it might be morally justified to throw murderers in prison even though it would be an immoral example of kidnapping and imprisonment in many other contexts. We can’t just throw anyone in prison that we want.

Moral and nonmoral standards

Not everything is morally right or wrong. Sometimes something is entirely nonmoral and irrelevant to morality—such as standing on your head or counting blades of grass. One way to clarify what “morality” refers to is to compare and contrast it to nonmoral things that are sometimes confused with it.

What we morally or nonmorally ought to do

We don’t just talk about right and wrong, good or bad, or what we ought to do in moral contexts. This is because there is both moral and nonmoral instrumental value.

Moral instrumental value – We ought to do what is necessary to attain moral goals. For example, we morally ought to get a job and buy food to stay alive. It’s morally right to get a job and buy food, and food has moral instrumental value insofar as it helps us attain our moral goal of survival.

Nonmoral instrumental value – Not all instrumental value helps us achieve moral goals. We can also have personal goals that have (almost) nothing to do with morality. For example, I might have a goal of standing on my head and taking gymnastics classes could be what I ought to do to achieve this goal. The right thing to do to be able to stand on your head is to take gymnastics classes, even though it has nothing to do with morality. Additionally, some instrumental values could even be immoral. For example, I might have a goal to murder someone and I could say I ought to use a gun if that’s the best way to murder someone. That’s not to say that I morally ought to murder anyone.


Etiquette tells us how to be polite and show respect within a culture. Etiquette tells us not to chew our food with our mouths open, to open doors for people, and not to interrupt people who are talking. Sometimes being rude and impolite can be morally wrong, but the fact that etiquette and morality sometimes overlap doesn’t mean they are identical or that etiquette is always relevant to morality. First, etiquette tends not to be serious enough to be morally relevant. Burping in the US is considered rude, but it would be strange to say it’s ever morally wrong. Second, it’s often morally right to be rude. Many people think that questioning someone’s moral qualifications and moral opinions is rude, but it’s often the morally preferable thing to do because it’s essential that we have the best moral opinions possible and sometimes it’s a good idea to help people improve their moral opinions. The importance of helping people be moral can override the importance of showing the superficial signs of respect assigned within a culture. Such signs of respect are often arbitrary and can conflict with more important ways of showing respect—such as the respect we show people when we assume that people have a concern to morally improve themselves.

What’s the difference between Human morality and Christian morality?

Human morality would be the standard that people put on each other. It’s summed up very well in Colossians 2:6-22. (Colossians 2:6-22

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Spiritual Fullness in Christ

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces[a] of this world rather than on Christ.

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. 11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh[b] was put off when you were circumcised by[c] Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.

13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you[d] alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.[e]

Freedom From Human Rules

16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. 18 Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind. 19 They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.

20 Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: 21 “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? 22 These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings.

We have been set free from “human traditions” of the olden days by Christ’s appearance and gift of salvation, so all we have to live by is Him and His law, which is summed up by Love the Lord and Love others as yourself. So, the process in making these decisions would be the law, approval and opinions of other humans, and what the world sees as “the right thing”.

Christian morality is forgetting what people say and turning your heart fully to God! He holds the answers and is willing to give them to you if you truly seek. A lot of humans will have right, Godly answers, but a lot won’t. So in making a christian decision, you must show discretion when asking humans. But ALWAYS go to the Word of God and pray for His guidance. So in making a Christian moral decision one must read the Bible, listen to God, and evaluate the affect it will have on your Christian walk and the affect it can have on others who see you, who claims to be a Christian, acting. Because, believe it or not, others are watching and we have to be on our guard to show them God’s love and righteousness. But don’t freak out too much if you mess up, that’s why Jesus died! 😉

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ANOINTING!  With prayer!

Recently in a Faith Hope and Love Ministries meetings, we had a special time of ANOINTING prayer with oil.  I noticed several looking very confused with questions and I did tell them that I would do a lesson on the subject of anointing and anointing prayer with oil.  Thus here it goes.

The first question I would ask is what does the word “anointing” mean in the spiritual sense.

Question: “What is the anointing? What does it mean to be anointed?”

Answer:The origin of anointing was from a practice of shepherds. Lice and other insects would often get into the wool of sheep, and when they got near the sheep’s head, they could burrow into the sheep’s ears and kill the sheep. So, ancient shepherds poured oil on the sheep’s head. This made the wool slippery, making it impossible for insects to get near the sheep’s ears because the insects would slide off. From this, anointing became symbolic of blessing, protection, and empowerment.

The New Testament Greek words for “anoint” arechrio, which means “to smear or rub with oil” and, by implication, “to consecrate for office or religious service”; andaleipho, which means “to anoint.” In Bible times, people were anointed with oil to signify God’s blessing or call on that person’s life (Exodus 29:7;Exodus 40:9;2 Kings 9:6;Ecclesiastes 9:8;James 5:14). A person was anointed for a special purpose—to be a king, to be a prophet, to be a builder, etc. There is nothing wrong with anointing a person with oil today. We just have to make sure that the purpose of anointing is in agreement with Scripture. Anointing should not be viewed as a “magic potion.” The oil itself does not have any power. It is only God who can anoint a person for a specific purpose. If we use oil, it is only a symbol of what God is doing.

Another meaning for the word anointed is “chosen one.” The Bible says that Jesus Christ was anointed by God with the Holy Spirit to spread the Good News and free those who have been held captive by sin (Luke 4:18-19;Acts 10:38). ”

18  y“The Spirit of the Lord zis upon me,

because he has anointed me

to aproclaim good news to the poor.

bHe has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives

and crecovering of sight to the blind,

dto set at liberty those who are oppressed,

19  eto proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” “38 how oGod anointed Jesus of Nazareth pwith the Holy Spirit and with qpower. He went about doing good and healing all rwho were oppressed by the devil, sfor God was with him.”

After Christ left the earth, He gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16 “16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another dHelper,6 to be with you forever,). Now all Christians are anointed, chosen for a specific purpose in furthering God’s Kingdom (1 John 2:20). “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee” (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).

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So anointing with oil was and is still a practice.  It seems to me that the practice is not done so very often, but I do feel that we still should be doing ANOINTING.

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When The Day Ends Then See The Hand Of God

When The Day Ends

Sunset, Let the night be beautiful

The hand of God creates the most pleasing view the eyes can take in.  That view leads to the Spiritual Heart and with a prayer in your being one can feel the awesome presence of God within our being.  That Spirit that God gave is lifted up, and we praise God for His Spender.

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16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self[a] is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.  2 Corinthians 4:16-18


I believe it is time for us to move off the milk of the word, and to study deeper into God’s mind and heart.  “Study to show yourself approved.”  Study requires reading God’s word, listening to the Holy Spirit, and to be still and KNOW!

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A Voice Giving Blessings

A Voice Giving Blessings

It came from the silence of my mind as Jan and I walked the Park streets at Piney Grove in North Mississippi.  July 20th, 2013 before the night time could come.  As we walked and as we often do, we each were in our own mind thinking and meditating on spiritual matters.  I was so deep that I was not aware of anyone else alone the way.  In fact, I was somewhat in a peaceful trance of appreciation for the life and blessing that God has given Jan and me during fourth eight years of marriage.  These thoughts were pleasant and mixed in the second channel, praying that God would lead me into a subject and material to present at our next Faith Hope and Love Ministries group meeting.

It was suddenly and alarmingly joyful and movement stopping, the voice on my left “I am blessed”! It seems to me that my right foot stopped in mid air as I turned toward the sound.  My eyes feasted on the face of a man that was smiling with love and joy coming from his face.  Before I could stop myself, I was walking up toward the fellow camper, and his welcoming expressions of what I can imagine would be very much like Jesus Christ’s warmth of “I care for you” eased my approach.

We both seemed to be blessing each other spiritually as the dumfounded small talk started.  It did not take long for both of us to openly share that we were Christians and believers of the Gospel.  As we shared we both soon shared that we were servants of Jesus Christ and that we both were preachers.  Our spiritually blessings to each other had to soon end.  Tony asked how we could keep in contact.  I shared with him, because he had to rush breaking camp, to come by our camp site number 35 and I would have my information written out for him.

Back at our camp site, Jan and I continued to make ready for our supper meal.  I did take a moment and write on a pad our names, address, email, phone numbers and etc. and laid the note aside.  As we started to sit down to eat, Mrs. Jan said honey look!  It was Tony and his wife, a very attractive and sweat lady, coming to our picnic table.  Of course we stopped our meal preparation and had the most pleasant visit.  Tony had to get his camper hooked up so that they could get back to his church and be ready for Sunday services.  With reluctance he parted, it was an immediate emptiness.

A spiritual blessing to us form just two words, “I’m blessed”!  I received from someone else the blessing that I teach about very often in our Faith Hope and Love Ministries meetings.  “TAKE TIME TO ALLOW THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST TO FLOW FROM OUR BEING, OUR FACE AND OUR EYES”!  The blessing to me was that someone else blessed me with that principle.

Tony, may it be that God will allow you to continue blessing people and you will be bless spiritually by continuing giving the LOVE of Jesus Christ..

Your comments are welcome!

For Tony

The bird sings, our ears are bless by God’s Creative
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In my previous post When To Listen To The Holy Spirit I went into great detail and depth trying to explain “What Is The Holy Spirit”, 

“Holy Spirit, or Holy Ghost, is a term found in English translations of the Bible, but understood differently among the Abrahamic religions.[1][2]

While the general concept of a spirit that permeates the cosmos is a general feature of most religions (e.g.,Brahman in Hinduism and Tao in Taoism and Great Spirit among indigenous peoples of the Americas), the term Holy Spirit specifically refers to the beliefs held in the Abrahamic religions.[3][4]

For the majority of Christians, the belief in the Holy Trinity implies the existence of three distinct holy persons being one eternal Triune God. Although the New Testament does not have a formal doctrine of the Trinity and contains no discussion of the Trinity as such, it speaks of God the FatherGod the Son and God the Holy Spirit.”

Well today I am sharing blessings of listening to the Holy Spirit, or following the leading of the Holy Spirit.  Let me say that I think every person can understand when the Holy Spirit is active and communicating with our flesh person.  I am not sure we all know when the Holy Spirit is leading, unless we take time to be in tune with God via the Holy Spirit.  Yep! I agree that is up to be another review in the future.  

Blessings! as a servant of Jesus Christ a Minister spending the last quarter of his life following the commission of Matt. 28:19 – 20, specifically “making disciples” via ministering the word.  

Perhaps the biggest blessing is having someone partner up with a ministry effort who is spirit led and has great love of Jesus Christ that encourages and support my personal efforts.  The encouragement of someone that has made a 100 percent effort of getting their life and being in tune and syn with God, gives me blessings Spiritually when they seriously ask us very serious questions, and then began to comprehend.  It’s the spark in the eyes, the look of contentment in their face telling me that the Holy Spirit is communicating with them.  

The list of blessings can grown when we take a moment and open our heart and minds and Spiritual Ear and eyes in a general social conversation.  When in that that conversation the Holy Spirit moves and causes them to “feel” something (Power of the Holy Spirit) radiating out of our being, and they cause the conversation to turn Spiritual.  Perhaps the person is a seeker, or has lost their spiritual direction.  Whatever, it is a blessing beyond my words to explain.  Then again, the expression of HOPE comes into their face and eyes.  



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When To Listen To The Holy Spirit

When to listen to the Holy Spirit, is always!  What is The Holy Spirit?  It would seem that if you the reader of this article is a believer, a Christian then you have been using this term for some time. Wikipedia shares this:  

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For other uses, see Holy Spirit (disambiguation).

The Holy Spirit depicted as a dove, surrounded by angels, by Giaquinto, 1750s.

Holy Spirit, or Holy Ghost, is a term found in English translations of the Bible, but understood differently among the Abrahamic religions.[1][2]

While the general concept of a spirit that permeates the cosmos is a general feature of most religions (e.g.,Brahman in Hinduism and Tao in Taoism and Great Spirit among indigenous peoples of the Americas), the term Holy Spirit specifically refers to the beliefs held in the Abrahamic religions.[3][4]

For the majority of Christians, the belief in the Holy Trinity implies the existence of three distinct holy persons being one eternal Triune God. Although the New Testament does not have a formal doctrine of the Trinity and contains no discussion of the Trinity as such, it speaks of God the FatherGod the Son and God the Holy Spirit. In the New Testament the doctrine never becomes a “tritheism“; it does not have three Gods or even two. The Shema of the Old Testament[Deut. 6:4] belongs to the New Testament also: “The Lord our God is one”.[Mk. 12:29][5] Christian denominations that do not share this doctrine and designation are referred to as Nontrinitarians.[6][7]

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For the majority of Christians, the Holy Spirit (prior English language usage: the Holy Ghost from Old English gast, “spirit”) is the third person of the Holy Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and is Almighty God.[12][13][14] The Holy Spirit is seen by most Christians as one person of the Triune God, who revealed His Holy Name, YHWH, to His people Israel, sent His eternally begotten son Jesus to save them from their sins, and sent the Holy Spirit to sanctify and give life to His Church.[15][16][17] The Triune God manifests as three persons (Greek hypostases),[18] in one divine being (GreekOusia),[19] called the Godhead,[20] the Divine Essence of God.[21]

Even this explanation does not yet fill my thirst for understanding The Holy Spirit.  Since I do understand that the Holy Spirit does reside in my being should that be enough.  For me it is enough, but my searching of the depth of understand is not at peace with just this.  

The Holy Spirit

by Matt Slick

The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity.  He is fully God. He is eternal, omniscient, omnipresent, has a will, and can speak.  He is alive.  He is a person.  He is not particularly visible in the Bible because His ministry is to bear witness of Jesus (John 15:26).

26 “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father,that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me,

Some cults like the Jehovah’s Witnesses say that the Holy Spirit is nothing more than a force (Reasoning from the Scriptures, 1985, pp. 406-407). This is false.  If the Holy Spirit were merely a force, then He could not speak (Acts 13:2); “2 While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” He could not be grieved (Eph. 4:30); 30 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.and He would not have a will (1 Cor. 12:11).

The truth is that the Holy Spirit is a person the same as the Father and the Son are within the Trinity.

How to listen to the Holy Spirit:  

The Third Person

If you are a person who knows about the Trinity, how well can you say you know God the Holy Spirit? Do you recognize Him? Are you conscious of this Third Person sent by the Father and the Son? Have you experienced His presence? Do you know how to listen to Him?

Up until about fifteen or twenty years ago, I thought everyone was like me in regard to listening to the Holy Spirit.

I had been taught about the Blessed Trinity-God the Creator, God the Redeemer, and God the Sanctifier-when I was quite young. Since I did not like to read I would rather sit and listen to God. I began to dwell on the thought of the trinity and I implored the Holy Spirit to enlighten me on this mystery. From these beginnings, over seventy five years ago at the age of five, listening to the Holy Spirit has become very natural for me.

I have become convinced that most people fall into one of the following categories: 1) those who do want to listen to the Holy Spirit; 2) those who do not know how to listen to the Holy Spirit; 3) those who do not believe that it is possible to listen to the Holy Spirit. (Edward V. Whalen Apostle of the Holy Spirit.)

Yep, listening to the Holy Spirit comes in steps.  I like to think it is one step at a time because understanding comes with studying our Bible, and seeking understanding.  I feel that our minds is a stumbling block, because one cannot think in just scientific logit!  We must release control over our understanding to the Holy Spirit to begin to listen.  Sure it would be easy to listen if we heard audible words.  I can testify that when we listen God will speak to us by the Holy Spirit from His Word.  One time I became to desperate to know what God wanted me to do, and I pleaded with God to give me an answer even if it was in a dream.  God via the Holy Spirit did answer the 1st part of what he wanted in a dream.  I can only remember His words “Mitch I want you to leave this place, I have something else for you to do!”  I had to wait for several more weeks before He spoke again.  Fact is that God did speak, and I am now trying to follow his command, thus Faith Hope and Love Ministries.  I do encourage you the reader to seek to hear the Holy Spirit, that is when PEACE begins…   



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Fearful Tear Drop, OM God

Today while I was having coffee, an older gentleman that I have known for several years spoke with me.  Yes nothing new there, however the tear drop in an 88 year old friends eyes did grab my attention and heart.  As he spoke, sharing about how immobile his wife of 64 years has become, he began reflecting.  I watched fear come into his face as he shared his concerns about where the United States is going.

Observably this man is an educated and deep thinker with Godly Spiritual values and high morals.  He said to me, “Mitch, where is this country going?”  Considering his state of being, tears and fears, I was moved to try to hear his heart cry.  Very simply, the 88 year old is feeling that the country is going to demolish itself, and I add just like Rome did.

I ask everybody, every Christian, every Believer to continue to lift the leaders of this country up in prayers, and rebuke Satan.  Yes we all need to try to find our real values and let us start today.

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