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Running From God

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Why do men run from God?  It has been a question with me for years and one I have had the deepest interest in because I cannot understand it and things I cannot understand when it comes to the way people behave have a way of bothering me.  I have always wanted to know why men do what they do.  I have wanted to know how men think and why they think the way they do and thus what motivates a man.   The reality is only God can know for sure for only he can see inside a man and read a man’s heart.  As for you and me the Bible says, “For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him?” (1 Cor. 2:11 NKJV)

Our best hope for knowing another lies in their willingness to open up to us.  Even then we may end up scratching our head in bewilderment.  They may tell us what they think but do they themselves even understand the processes of the heart and mind that have led them to the point where they are at?

If there be a God (I am not expressing doubt) then by definition of what it means to be God it is clear one could not successfully run from him.  Hear David in the 139th Psalm.

“O LORD, You have searched me and known me.   You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.   You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways.   For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether…Where can I go from Your Spirit?   Or where can I flee from Your presence?  If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.   If I take the wings of the morning,  And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,  Even there Your hand shall lead me,  And Your right hand shall hold me.   If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall fall on me,’ Even the night shall be light about me; Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.” (Psalms 139:1-4, 7-12 NKJV)

The writer of the book of Hebrews put it this way, “There is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” (Heb. 4:13 NKJV)  To try and run from God or win a battle against him is utter folly and only shows how foolish man can be to even consider such a thing.

Since man cannot run from God why try?  While we may never know a particular individual’s thinking or motive for attempting to do so the Bible tells us of some who have tried to run from God in past history and gives us their motivation.  Maybe we can learn from that for man has not changed in his human nature since creation.

Adam and Eve were the first to ever try and run from God.  When they sinned in the Garden of Eden by eating of the forbidden fruit, breaking God’s commandment, they attempted to hide from God.  Adam said to God he was hiding because of his nakedness (Gen. 3:10) but that had never been a problem before.  Sin made it a problem and thus sin caused the first man and woman to run from God and try and hide from him. 

Every case of running from God or away from God has been caused by sin in a man’s life.  Those who love God and obey his commandments do not run from God.  “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.” (1 John 5:3 NKJV)  God is man’s great benefactor.  Why run from one who is the only one who can bestow eternal life?  There is only one ultimate reason, the fact of sin in one’s life, sin that has not been repented of or forgiven.  Every reason we can list as motives for man’s attempt to run away from God ultimately will in every case come back to the matter of sin in the person’s life.

But what was the reason behind Adam and Eve’s sin?  There are some things here that ought to teach us some lessons.  Eve was willing to listen to someone other than God for guidance.  Eve listened to the serpent.  Adam was willing to listen to Eve.  The world is full of people whose desire it is to get you to listen to them and follow them and their lead not only out in the world but even in what is styled Christendom.  What folly!  The word of God lies in the hands of the man who holds the Bible, there and there only will you find it.  God’s word is the only sure guide man will ever have. 

I would dare say that last Sunday the majority by far of those the world calls Christians engaged in a worship service (if they went at all) in which they did at least some things which cannot be found in the New Testament of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, things that sprang up in some man’s mind once upon a time and that was taken up by a body of believers and has been handed down by tradition through the years as if it came from Jesus’ own mouth.  They placed God’s stamp of approval on those things without a single word from God voicing his approval.  They took it upon their own authority, forget God, to do it and they want you to take their word for it that God will be pleased.  They are sure of it even though God has not spoken.  This is nothing other than pure presumption.  They know it will please God because it pleases them.  The problem is they listened to man to get the practice as Eve listened to the serpent.  If God never spoke of the practice in the pages of the New Testament how can it be of God?  It cannot. 

Add to that we are now living in a generation that is outdoing all past generations in finding new ways to worship (?) God, things unimaginable to my grandparent’s generation.  Adam and Eve were God’s children.  Eve sinned by listening to another who was enlightening her so she thought, who knew better than God himself.  We ought to learn a lesson here.  If you cannot quote book, chapter, and verse from the New Testament for your practice or doctrine you have listened to someone other than God.  Adam and Eve did not have a New Testament but they had God’s word.  In our dispensation of time the New Testament is the last will and testament of Christ our Savior and thus God’s word for man to live by until time shall end and Jesus shall return.  Are you listening to it or listening to men and their desires and traditions?    

But, why did Eve do that, why did she listen to another?  Because she liked what she heard from the serpent more than she liked what she heard from God.  So the second thing we can learn from Adam and Eve is to not allow our personal desires to guide us.  Always remember it is not what seems good or right or desirable to you or me that counts with God but whether or not we are obeying him by obeying his word.

I know it is our desire to want everybody in Christendom saved and the entire world saved for that matter unless it is for the mass murderers of the world and the world’s most evil people.  But if God is God and he gets to make the rules then his word gets to decide the matter.  John equates Jesus as being the Word in John 1.  If God’s word is good then only a few relatively speaking will be saved whether we like it or not.

Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matt. 7:13-14 NKJV)  “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” (Matt. 7:21 NKJV)  God’s will is found only in God’s word, not outside it in man’s proclamation.

I don’t know that a man can have too big a heart but I do know our great love for a wife, a husband, a child, a parent, a friend, or whoever can lead us to reject God’s word in order to have them saved.  They will either not accept or obey the gospel or if they have done so go off into false doctrine or apostasy, as the case may be, and we want them saved so badly we start looking at scripture differently.  Suddenly we find the word of God changing and old passages that use to teach us one thing now seem to be teaching us something entirely different.  What has changed?  Has the Bible changed or has it been our heart?  Our great passion for and love for our fellowman can easily result in our rejection of God’s word for the word we want it to be rather than the word it actually is. 

Do we think God is unjust in condemning those who will not believe the truth and obey it?  Do we think we love more than God who gave his only begotten son on the cross to die in order to give to man a means of salvation?  Do we think we love more than Jesus who died for us all?  Do we think God is just too strict (I guarantee you many, many, many do)?  However big your heart is I can assure you it is not as big as God’s but do we really expect God to save unrepentant sinners and people who do not love him?  If he did how would heaven be any better than life on earth? 

Have you ever thought that perhaps Adam loved Eve just a bit too much?  Did he love her more than he loved God?  Love is a wonderful thing but we must love God foremost.  “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me.  And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me,” said Jesus. (Matt. 10:37 NKJV)  If this be the case certainly he who loves a husband or wife more than Jesus is not worthy of him either.

The Bible says regarding Adam and Eve’s sin, “Adam was not deceived” (1 Tim. 2:14 NKJV) but Eve was (same verse).  God in speaking directly to Adam in the garden says to him, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you…” (Gen 3:17 NKJV) thus the case with Adam may well have been one of wanting to please Eve more than wanting to please God.

So what lessons have we learned from Adam and Eve?  (1) Sin led them to run from God.  (2) This sin was caused by or the result of listening to the words of another who was not God.  (3) Eve listened to another other than God for she desired the doctrine he brought more than the doctrine God gave.  (4) Love for one’s mate, or for others, even for all of humanity as a whole for that matter, cannot supersede one’s love for God and if it does so it will only result in disaster.  Are you and I immune today from falling into one or more of the same traps?  No, not at all.  

Jonah is another example and with little doubt the best known example in the Bible of a man who attempted to run from God.  God sent him to Nineveh to preach against that city’s wickedness.  Jonah did not want to go and do that for fear that Nineveh would repent and God would not destroy its inhabitants but rather forgive them and spare them (see Jonah 3:10-4:2) which is exactly what ended up happening.  The story is well known.  Jonah wanted to see the city destroyed and fearing that preaching God’s message to the people there would end up saving the city he tried to flee from God, got caught up in a storm on the sea, a storm God sent purposely, and was tossed overboard by the sailors to save their own lives.  He was thereafter swallowed by a great fish, a fish that spit him out, after he repented of disobedience to God’s command.

Once again then we have another example of a man running from God because of disobedience to God but this would be a good time to pause and try and get behind the sin of disobedience to see what caused it?  In Jonah’s case the motivating factor was a lack of love for his fellowman?  Indeed, one could call it hate?  He wanted to see the people of Nineveh die, 120,000 of them.  Jonah had a heart problem. 

When a person has a heart problem they will want no part of God and will naturally flee from him.  Not every sin is heart related.  One might sin out of ignorance or weakness of the flesh (Peter denying Christ out of fear) but when sin is in the heart man wants no part of God and will seek to run from him.  The heart must be changed to change the man.

Then we come to the rich young ruler we find in the New Testament who thought he wanted to obtain eternal life and came to Jesus seeking an answer as to how to do it.  We find this account in Matt. 19:16-22, Mark 10:17-22, and Luke 18:18-23.  Jesus invited the young man to sell his goods and come follow him.  You know the story.  The young man could not bring himself to do so and we could with correctness say he ran away from God.  Why?  Because he loved his wealth, his money, more than God and eternal life.  He had a heart problem, the love of money.

There is another account found in John of those who ran away from God.  The text says, “Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” (John 12:42-43 NKJV)  Again, the problem lies within the heart of the man.  It is man wanting the wrong things out of life leading him into sin and away from God.

Finally it needs to be brought out that the place many run to when they are running from God is to religion itself.  In the example just given the rulers were going away from God but headed out to the synagogue for worship.  In today’s world men will search and search and search to find the denomination that will teach it the way they want to hear it so that Paul’s prophesy finds its fulfillment.  “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” (2 Tim. 4:3-4 NKJV) 

You tell me what it is you want to hear today and I think I can find you a place to go if you will let me research it just a little.  You can find the doctrine that comforts you in whatever state of sin you are living in and in whatever beliefs you are holding if you will only search around awhile.  You may well end up in a place you do not want to be in the next life but for here and now you can find a place of comfort, a place where they will tell you the lie you are living is nothing other than God’s own truth.  

The Bible only teaches one church and one faith and it does not teach a thousand different competing doctrines.   “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” (Eph. 4:4-6 NKJV)  Churches today have many, many people in them who are in reality running from God but are not willing to admit it to themselves.  They left the old place and came to the new so they could persist in their sin rather than be cleansed from it. 

Yes, we can run from God; we just cannot stay hidden from him.  We must give an account.  The day of accounting will be a terrifying day for many for in that day the heart of man will be revealed and we will all have to come clean.  Why did we believe what we believed?  Why did we practice what we practiced?  Was it because of God’s word or was it because we had a heart problem we would not admit to or face up to?  Is your faith and trust in your own heart, in your own mind, in what seems best and right to you, or is it in the words spoken by the Holy Spirit?  God’s word is just an extension of himself.  He is revealed in his word.  Are you running away from God?  I hope not for I can promise you he will find you in the Day of Judgment when you do not wish to be found. 

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Source by Denny Smith

Is Jesus God?

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Is Jesus God? That is a good question. Let’s start by looking at what Jesus claimed about himself.

So who did Jesus claim to be? His enemies understood him claim to be God. John 10:30-33 “I and the Father are one.” The Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, “I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?” The Jews answered Him, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.”

Here is Jesus’ response in verse 36-39 do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.” Therefore they were seeking again to seize Him, and He eluded their grasp.

So Jesus declared that he and the Father are one. The Jews understood this as a claim to be God. Jesus then calls himself the Son of God and then reaffirms his statement of “I and the father are one” So the question is did the Jews correctly understand what he meant. He called himself the Son of God, but did he also claim to be God? I believe the answer is yes he did claim to be God.

This comes out clear in John 20:28-29

“Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”

Thomas here called Jesus his Lord and God. Jesus being the teacher that he was should have rebuked or at least corrected Thomas. Certainly Jesus would not let this error or using the Lords name in vain, (as some have interpreted it) go by without some correction. Jesus’ answer to Thomas shows that Thomas was correct to call him his God and Lord.

Jesus not only claimed to be the Son of God and God one with the Father, but he also claimed to be the expected messiah foretold in the Old Testament.

John 4:25-26 .” The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”

Jesus often referred to himself as the Son of man. Matt 17:22-23 And while they were gathering together in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men; and they will kill Him, and He will be raised on the third day. “And they were deeply grieved.

It is interesting that Jesus would call himself this since he was not a son of man in the way we often think. He was born of the Virgin Mary and by the Holy Spirit. Joseph was not his father. He was the Son of Man in two ways.

(1) As the Messiah being born through the family of David as well as, Jesse, Judah, Jacob, Isaac and Abraham as shown on page 3&4. This genealogy traces him through man. Both Mary and Joseph’s bloodline can be traced through these people.(Mt.1:1-16, Lk.3:23-38). This title “Messiah” is also applied to Jesus because the Messiah that was to come in Old Testament prophecy was called the Son of Man Dan.7:13-14

(2) Jesus is also seen as the Son of Man referring to his humanity, when God became a man.

Phil 2:5-8 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

John 1:1 & 14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. & in verse 14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

So how important is it to accept Jesus’ claims of who he is?According to Jesus it is very important,

John 8:24-25, “I said therefore to you, that you shall die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He you shall die in your sins. “And so they were saying to Him, “Who are You?” Jesus said to them, “What have I been saying to you from the beginning?”

As we have already seen Jesus claimed to be the Messiah, God one with the Father and the Son of God. So he told them unless they accepted that this is who he was they would die in their sins. So what does it mean to die in your sins? It means to die and be separated from God. The Bible declares that those who are separated from God spend eternity in a place called Hell. Fortunately Eternal Life is a free gift. All you have to do to gain eternal life is accept Jesus and make him Lord of your Life.

(Mt.25:31-41, Jn.3:16-18, Rom.3:23, 1 Jn.1:10,  James 2:10, Mt.5:22, Eph.2:8-9, Lk.6:44-49)

Who does the Bible declare Jesus to be?

The church usually answers this question by referring to the Trinity. The Trinity is a title of a doctrine that the Bible teaches. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary defines the Trinity as follows:

“The coexistence of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in the unity of the Godhead (divine nature or essence). The doctrine of the trinity means that within the being and activity of the one God there are three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”

Throughout the Bible we find that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all called God and all 3 posses the attributes of God. We also find that there is only one God. There are not 3 Gods in one. All 3 are also seen separate even though they are one God. Jesus is God the Son the 2nd person in the Trinity. One could write a lot on this subject but for here I only want to focus on Jesus.

The Bible calls Jesus God.

Isa 9:6  For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Acts 20:28  “Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

According to this verse the church was purchased with whose blood?

Col 2:8-9 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,

I Jn 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding, in order that we might know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

2 Pet 1:1 Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ:

Rev 1:7-8 Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. Even so. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Compare this with Rev 2:8 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: The first and the last, who was dead, and has come to life,

Heb 1:8 But of the Son He says  “Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom.

Titus 2:13 Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus;

Does Jesus posses the attributes of God?

We would expect God to be seen as Creator, Judge, Savior being able to forgive sins, omniscient- all knowing, omnipotent – all powerful, omnipresent – the ability to be everywhere at once, eternal having always existed, and worshipped. I will show all of these things can be found in Jesus Christ.

Jesus is Creator:

Col 1:13-16 For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. And He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities– all things have been created by Him and for Him.

(See also Jn.1:3, Heb.1:8-10, 1 Cor.8:6, Is.44:24)

Jesus is Judge: (see also 2 Tim. 4:1, Rom.14:10)

John 5:22 “For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son,”

Jesus is Savior he can forgive sins: Mark 2:5

And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, “My son, your sins are forgiven.”

We can forgive someone for sinning against us, but we cannot forgive someone for sinning against God as Jesus did here. (See also Mk.2:10, Col.2:13)

Acts 5:30-31 “The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross. “He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

Jesus is Omniscient (all knowing or all wise):

1 Cor 1:24 to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

Jesus is shown in the New Testament to have knowledge far beyond our human understanding. We do not know the heart of every man but in Jn. 2:24-25 it says Jesus knew all men and what was in man. In Jn.6:64 we are told Jesus knew from the beginning whom they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him. Then in Jn.13:1 we find Jesus knew his hour had come to die and go to the Father. In Jn.16:30 the disciples said “Now we know that You know all things” Again in Jn.18:4 it says Jesus knew all the things that were about to happen to him. While Jesus was on the cross we are told he knew the Old Testament prophecies concerning him and our redemption had been fulfilled. Nobody else knew that at that time, yet, he did Jn.19:28. Peter declared that Jesus knew his heart and all things Jn.21:17. What man has ever had this kind of knowledge? This knowledge is far beyond even any of the prophets in the Bible. They may have foretold future events but none of them knew the heart and thoughts of every man. These are only a few examples that could be shown that Jesus knew such things.

Jesus is Omnipotent

(All powerful, unlimited authority):

Matt 28:18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

In the following references we find that Jesus will return with power. Power flowed through him to heal people who merely touched him. Jesus had power over demons. He was able to give power to his disciples to heal others. Peter declared there was power in Jesus name. Jesus is the power of God. It was through Jesus that Paul received power. Jesus has the power to subject everything unto himself. It is by his power that we will be raised from the dead. He upholds all things by the word of His power. Jesus has the keys i.e.. the power over death and Hades. The time will come when Jesus will abolish all other rule, authority and power. (See also Mk 13:26,5:30, Lk. 4:36, 6:19, 9:1, Acts 4:7-10, Rom.1:4, 1 Cor 1:24, 15:23-25, 2 Cor 12:9, Phil 3:20-21,Heb 1:3, 2 Pet 1:16, Rev 1:17-18)

Jesus is Omnipresent

(Present at all places at all times)

Matt 18:20, 28:20 Jesus said “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, there I am in their midst.” He also told his disciples “and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Paul declared that Jesus dwells in the hearts of believers. Paul further stated if this is not true of an individual they do not belong to him. Rom.8:9.

(See also 2 Cor.13:5, Gal.2:20, Eph.3:17, Col.1:27, Rev.3:20)

Jesus is eternal (He has always existed)

Micah 5:2      “But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth for me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity.”

(See also Jn.1:1-2, 17:5, 8:58, Rev.1:17,2:8, 22:13)

Jesus is worshipped: (See also Mt.2:2 & 8)( lamb on throne, Rev.4:10, 7:17, Jn.1:29-36)

Heb 1:6  And when He again brings the first-born into the world, He says, “And let all the angels of God worship Him.”

Matt 14:33 And those who were in the boat worshipped Him, saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!”                     (Worship belongs to God alone. Mt.4:10)

What did the Christians think in the 1st century after Jesus? Did they believe the same as what Christians teach today about Jesus?

The Christian’s in the first century would have a better understanding of what the writers of the New Testament actually meant. I say this because some of what are known as the Ante-Nicene Fathers personally knew the writers of the New Testament. For example Ignatius was a personal disciple of one or more of the original apostles. (This can be found in the book “A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs”) Therefore it stands to reason that, if we are interpreting the New Testament correctly our beliefs about who Jesus was should not have changed from what was believed about Jesus in the 1st century.

The following quotes can be found in The Ante-Nicene Fathers, Translations of the Writings of the Fathers down to AD 325, Rev. Alexander Roberts, D.D., and James Donaldson, LL.D., editors, (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company) 1989. These have been copied from the CD ROM available through Logos.

Ignatius was the head of the church of Antioch. (Died A.D.110) He studied under the original Apostles.

The epistle of Ignatius to the Romans chapter 3.”

For our God, Jesus Christ, now that He is with the Father, is all the more revealed in His glory. Christianity is not a thing of silence only, but also of manifest greatness.

Justin Martyr is recognized to be one of the most important Christian writers A.D.110-166.

The first Apology of Justin chapter 63.

“the Father of the universe has a Son; who also, being the first-begotten Word of God, is even God. And of old He appeared in the shape of fire and in the likeness of an angel to Moses and to the other prophets; but now in the times of your reign, having, as we before said, become Man by a virgin, according to the counsel of the Father, for the salvation of those who believe on Him, He endured both to be set at nought and to suffer, that by dying and rising again He might conquer death. And that which was said out of the bush to Moses, “I am that I am, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, and the God of your fathers,”

(See Exodus 3:1-6, Mk.12:18-31)

There are many other quotes that could be brought up and things that could be said, but this should be adequate for our purpose.

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Source by Robert Kiser

THE TRUE PROPHET OF GOD

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To many the word NEWS has a wide range of definitions depending on the understanding of the word and its relevant application, especially to professional journalists around the world. When a story comes to the knowledge of the public, it is expected that it must have gone through a thorough analysis and check by the relevant authorities. Then comes the part that ensures that all involved parties in the news are given a fair sense of hearing so that both sides of the story are not only heard but the final story that is released to the public allows for them to make an informed conclusion.

When these above stated guidelines are disregarded, a major part of the ethics of the profession of journalism can be said to have been thrown out of the window. In most cases where it occurs, it appears to be that the writer is doing the bidding of a party to the story; to ensure that only one side is heard, and carry out an agenda; in most cases to bring disrepute to the other party of the story.

Without any form of doubt, when this continually occurs and become a trend, it then calls for concern and worry. It becomes obvious to all that a grand conspiracy to pull down the affected individual or body at all cost is in place. Again, it could be that certain practises of the involved individual are not completely understandable to the other party or perhaps they do not intend to come to terms with their mode of operation. Worst of all is if the said individual is a servant of God. Such a person should obviously be allowed to make their claims and then get the judgement that follows from their Creator.

As a person with no particular interest and inclination to the most persecuted Man of God that I have seen in recent times, Prophet TB Joshua, from Nigeria, I can say without any fear that the way and manner that the media has constantly attacked the Man has called for my writing this article. As a professional writer I have found myself constantly having to do follow ups on religious activities and their leaders around the world. I can boldly say that I have a complete dossier of different men of God which include their background, practises, habits, doctrines, etc.

It should be noted that I will never hold forth for any Prophet of God or even criticize their works as I believe strongly in the Almighty God and the fact that He is the all knowing, the only One who cannot be deceived by any living being born of a woman. I will only try to ask certain questions and then leave you to give answers to them and in so doing help yourself to take a well informed position regarding prophets of God such as TB Joshua. The questions go thus:

1. Who is prophet of God?
2. What is the role of the Prophet in the church?

3. How will one know a true prophet of God?
4. Are there any qualifications required to be a prophet?

Let us try to give answers to this questions one after the other.

1. Who is a Prophet of God?
In Exodus 7.1, God assigned roles to Moses and Aaron,

• Moses was to function as “God” to Pharaoh
• Aaron was to function as the prophet of Moses
Based on Exodus 7.1, we can arrive at the following conclusion,

• The job that a prophet does for God is the same job that God assigned Aaron to do for Moses.

So the Lord said to Moses: “See, I have made you as God to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet.” Ex 7.1

In Exodus 4.16, God said that Aaron would function as “spokesman to the people” on behalf of Moses.

As shown by Exodus 7.1 (above), God assigned Aaron the job of serving Moses in the same manner as a prophet serves God.

Based on Exodus 7.1 and 4.16, we can arrive at the following Bible definition,

A prophet is any person who serves as God’s spokesman to the people.

(God told Moses, ) “So he (Aaron) shall be your spokesman to the people. And he himself shall be as a mouth for you, and you shall be to him as God.” Ex 4.16

2. What is the role of the Prophet in the church?

Zechariah 1.6 gives the following information,

• A prophet is a servant of God
• A prophet speaks forth the words and commands (“statutes”) that he or she receives from God

• (God said, ) “Yet surely My words and My statutes, which I commanded My servants the prophets (to speak forth), did they not overtake your fathers?” Zech 1.6a

Second Peter 1.21 gives the following information,

• A prophet is a holy man of God
• A prophet speaks for God as he or she is moved (Greek: phero) by the Holy Spirit

for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved (phero) by the Holy Spirit. 2 Pet 1.21

phero — “to bear, carry,” is rendered “moved” in 2 Pet. 1:21, signifying that they were “borne along,” or impelled, by the Holy Spirit’s power, not acting according to their own wills, or simply expressing their own thoughts, but expressing the mind of God in words provided and ministered by Him.

3. How will one know a true prophet of God?
a. Acts 2:17-18, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:”

Age makes NO difference in being a prophet.
b. 2 Peter 1:21, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” A true Prophet only prophecy in the name of the Lord. He only seeks to glorify the Lord. He will never seek glory to himself. NEVER!

c. 2 Peter 1:20, “Knowing this first that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.”

A true Prophet NEVER gives his private interpretation. He only shares what the Lord reveals. Scripture defines Scripture, not man.

d. Jeremiah 28:9, “The prophet which prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the LORD hath truly sent him.”

A true Prophet will be 100% accurate. There is absolutely no margin for error.

e. Deuteronomy 18:21-22, “And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follows not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.”

The true Prophet of the Lord predicts that which does come to pass. If the Prophet’s predictions fail, they are exposed as NOT of God.

4. Are there any qualifications required to be a true prophet of God?

There are no external and/or educational qualifications required to be a true prophet of God. God does as he wills. He can decide to choose the least of men as His prophet. Perhaps the only criteria is willingness on the part of the Prophet. Prophets as recorded in the Holy Bible where recorded to have presented themselves to God, on ordination.

With proper understanding of the above answers to questions earlier asked, it beats my imagination to see people take up positions on issues concerning prophets of God, most times without even attempting to make a first hand analysis of the involved persons. Thanks to the fact that I will never hold forth for any prophet, lot less TB Joshua, who I have never met, and do not intend to meet in the foreseeable future, I will not bother to write about some of his enviable activities and actions in my possession thanks to my dossier. I believe that I will serve as a means of selling him to the world and my readers.

My advice to individuals and the world a large is very simple: A prophet of God is a sacred position of authority, bestowed by God on his select few, for no particular reason other than the fact that He has deliberately chosen them to carry out His assignments. Touch the anointed of God. Even when there are reasons to criticize them, caution should be exercised. Let God, who they claim to represent, be the Final judge.

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Source by Amita Jones

Tips For Growing The Flowering Dogwood Tree

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When it comes to picking the trees to contribute to the landscape, it is great to be able to plant flowering trees to add color at eye level and one popular choice is the flowering dogwood tree.

Dogwood trees, or the European Cornels as others would designate it, create a perfect impact to the environment. They are good choice for your landscape as their brilliant blossoms tend to last long. They are especially wonderful sight during autumn. On the average, a dogwood tree can grow from 20 to 25 feet in height. The spread of the dogwood can also reach as wide as 15 to 20 feet.

The dogwood is part of the Cornaceae family, under the Cornus genus. It is known as the provincial flower of British Columbia in Canada and the state flower of Virginia, USA.

The flowering dogwood trees generally have glossy green color. It has distinct opposite leaves, but there can be found some branches with the alternate order. All species of the dogwood bear fruits that have one or two seeds in it. On the other hand, the flowers of the dogwood have four parts. They usually come in clusters of yellow or white. They are also surrounded by greenish bracts that can be mistaken as petals.

There is a popular story for the flowering dogwood tree. It was said to be the wood used to build the cross for the crucifixion of Christ due to its towering characteristic and hardwood. The tree then won the favour of God that it was turned into a smaller tree with gnarled and twisted trunks so that it will not be used again for that dire purpose. It was also given white flowers resembling the cross. The center area of the flower is reddish and is regarded as a symbol for the blood of Jesus.

Dogwood trees are often used as ornaments. Nowadays, dogwoods can be found along water ways where they best give a natural effect to the landscape. The most favorite choice for this purpose are the species with bright yellow or red stems.

The term dogwood is actually a variation of the word ‘dagwood.’ This latter term is actually used to describe the slender stems that are characteristic of hard wood used for making daggers or skewers. This type of wood is also considered very useful in making tools, shuttles and other pieces that need strong wood.

Dogwoods also bear fruits in bright and cherry red colors. These are very much loved by the birds. Most of the fruits in the genus where dogwood belongs are edible, though they are not found very favorable because it does not contain much flavor. Some berries can only be feasted on by birds as they are toxic to humans.

Cultivating Flowering Dogwood Trees

There are certain considerations to ensure that you grow well a healthy and blooming dogwood tree in your yard. Here are some points to take note of.

1. Characteristic of the Soil

The dogwood can very well adapt to the different soil types that can provide it with basic nutrients. They can thrive in alkaline, acidic, loamy, sandy, clay or drought tolerant soils.

Problems may arise if the dogwood is not given the proper conditions needed. At the least, it is preferable to provide soils that are rich in nutrients and well-drained after sufficient water supply.

2. Enemy Pests

The Dogwood Borer is the main enemy of this flowering tree. This is most common in areas of the United States and Canada. They can cause damage by thriving in the bark of the trees to feast on its tissues.

This pest will cause the tree to grow slowly or at the worst, kill it. Make sure this pests are prevented properly.

3. Preventing Diseases

The flowering dogwood is also susceptible to the disease brought by dogwood anthracnose. The fungus Discula destructiva causes the devastation of the flowers before they can bloom.

There are many things in nature that we can enjoy. One of its clear proofs is the flowering dogwood tree. So make sure you get to enjoy it in your own garden. Bring nature closer to home.

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Source by Lee Dobbins

Lawn Business Names – 50 Name Suggestions For Your Lawn Mowing Business

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If you are starting a lawn business, one the most important but sometimes frustrating tasks is coming up with a good name. Lawn business names say a lot about you and your business so you need to choose one that will represent you and your company well. Here are some lawn business names that you can use or they may give you other ideas as well.

  • The Lawn Riders
  • Yard Birds
  • Yard Sharks
  • Lawn Sharks
  • Yard Monkeys
  • Grassmasters
  • Cutting Grass With Class
  • First Class Grass Service
  • Blowing Grass
  • Pain In The Grass
  • Kiss My Grass
  • Green Lawn Guy
  • Professional Lawn Care
  • Pro Lawn Care
  • Lawn Mechanics
  • Reliable Lawn Service
  • The Lawn Guys
  • Mow And Blow
  • Regular Joe Lawn Company
  • Mow And Tell
  • Mow And Joe
  • Mow And Grow
  • The Lawn Bandits
  • The Lawn Ranger
  • At Your Service Lawn Care
  • Absolutely The Best Lawn Service
  • The Dude That Cuts Your Lawn
  • The Lawn Keeper
  • Complete Lawn Service
  • Amazing Grass
  • (Name of your town) Lawn Service
  • (Your name) The Lawn Guy
  • Yard Works
  • Season To Season Lawn Care
  • All Seasons Lawn Care
  • Lawns And More
  • Lawn Busters
  • Lawn Of Your Dreams
  • Lawn Avenger
  • Lawn Stars
  • Lawn Hero
  • Lawn Justice
  • Lawn Ninja
  • King Of The Lawn
  • A Cut Above The Rest
  • Lawn Addiction
  • Addicted To Lawns
  • Yard Patrol
  • The Cutting Edge Lawn Service
  • Mow Town Lawn Company

Before finalizing your name you will need to check with the county clerk at your local courthouse to make sure that the name isn’t already being used by someone else. You can also do a search online as well.

When trying to decide on lawn business names, try not to overthink it. Most likely the perfect name will come to you when you least expect it.

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Source by Scott Miller

Home Garden – Six Amazing Tips To Create A Beautiful Home Garden!

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“Wow, what a beautiful garden!” How often have you expressed this view after observing the wonderful vista in front of you? Do you long to create the same magic in your own home garden so that you become the envy of your friends and neighbors? Well, here’s how:

(1) The basic mistake made by self-gardeners is not finding out correct details about the plants they purchase for their home garden. By this, I do not mean going into the botanical details about each and every shrub or tree! What I mean is inquiring about their growing habits. How tall will they be when fully grown? How far can the roots spread?

(2) People with large home gardens tend to forget that plants are also living things and grow up into tall shrubs and trees! Without a thought, they tend to put trees too close to the house or plant shrubs just under the windows. Can you imagine what will follow?

(3) Like growing children, these small shrubs and trees also grow year by year. Being too close to the house and having no place to spread, the roots of large trees may damage water as well as sewage lines by penetrating the foundation of the house. Your gardening expenses therefore go up, what with having paid for the plants themselves plus having to spend on costly repairs. The ultimate disaster is when you have to cut down the entire tree, despite having had it for so many years!

It is the same story with shrubs. Though their roots cannot destroy foundations, still the plants grow tall enough to prevent sunlight from entering the windows. You yourself will not be able to view your garden from within the house!!

(4) Timing is equally important. Yes, there is a proper season for planting young shrubs and trees in your home garden – it is late fall, when the roots are able to grow strong and healthy. Summer is a definite no-no where planting of new trees is concerned!

(5) “God, I am dying of thirst!” Well, shrubs and trees are also living things which require a certain quantity of water daily for their survival. They should not be under-watered nor over-watered, especially when young. In fact, a garden which has received more than sufficient water in the spring and summer, thrives during freezing winters too; much better than plants which have received less water.

(6) Do you trim your nails when they grow too long? What about hair and beard? They also undergo regular trimming to give a neat appearance. Well, plants also tend to grow wildly unless kept under control. Fall is the season for pruning vines and shrubs. This not only ensures proper growth, but also makes sure that there is good airflow. The result is better-looking plants in springtime.

The tips mentioned above may give the feeling that it is all too much work for one person alone! I agree. Creating a home garden is indeed tough work! But remember, working with your hands goes a long way in ridding you of everyday stresses and burdens. Even therapists agree that it is a wonderful way to do both, relax as well as exercise. No more daily trips to the gym! And what a great sense of achievement at the end of it all!

For the increasing number of Americans utilizing “home gardens” as a pastime and hobby today, the visual treat produced is more than enough reward for all their efforts!

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Source by Abhishek Agarwal

Earth – Amazing Spiritual Gardens For Personal And Spiritual Growth

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There are gardens spiritual in the universe where the air, water, fire and subtle combination of permutation of his life and made it there. The Earth is an incredible spiritual Gardens temporary stay for different types of individual life experience spiritual progress and the effects of greed, attachment, hatred and fear.

Balloons endless planets of the spiritual world to stay for the different types of individual life formed. Each of the planets do not have air, water and land needed for food and growth of life formed. Some of the globes of the planets in the spiritual world, are just globes of fire and carry out continuously self-destruction and not spiritual healing. Many of the planets is air, water and soil mixed with fire, but unsuitable for growth, health, healing life formed. Many of the planets is air, water and soil mixed with fire for the growth, health, healing life formed, but not in form, spiritual nourishment and spiritual enlightenment of life formed.

In the midst of spiritual gardens formed the spiritual gardens of the Earth is a temporary hotel incredible gardens for different types of individual life to experience spiritual growth and spiritual enlightenment and the effects of self-destruction of greed, attachment, hatred and fear. In the middle of the formation of Earth, the different types of individual life with great technological development, growth and the colors / styles of life of spiritual health. These different types of life, with great technological development, growth, have a lot of names are legion. Activities karma repeated with the wishes of spiritual progress and desires of greed, attachment, hatred and fear. of these different types of life are taken into account by the Court of true divine name of God without form. Tribunal true name of God is eternal and formless divine true name of God is eternal formless.

These styles of different types of individual life have come to this land of spiritual temporary hotel garden for the promotion of moral and spiritual development and experience of the effects of greed, attachment, hatred and fear. In this hotel gardens of the earth, physical activities of individual life complete with the sense of sight, hearing, taste and smell, and thoughts of greed, attachment, hatred and fear of many subjects and objects form. or thoughts of spiritual progress. In the spirit of the gardens hotel on earth, the physical activities of the different types of individual life conducted with different desires in the wisdom of thought, are calculated accordingly by a courtyard divine and eternal.

Vision of the unity of God without pure form leaves its mark on the effects resulting from the wishes of the individuals on their thoughts, to be accepted as the fate of seeds that meets the individual in the later incarnation. A person who has matured in his mind the desire (virtuous or bad) and the person who came to the liberation of desires (virtuous or evil) in mind, are considered by the Court of the divine name of God, the true knowledge of the facts. My dear, consider these saying of Guru Nanak., Founder of the Sikh religion and venerated by Hindus and Muslims and make a serious plan to play this short life in this stunning gardens of the hotel life on earth.

No Karma life physical activity is virtuous or sinful. Physical activity of the different types of individual life to be virtuous or sinful thoughts in mind as when I played. All activities carried out with the goodness of the thoughts of reducing the suffering of others or any other kind of life, sowing the seeds of goodwill in the subconscious. All activities carried out with ideas to enjoy the suffering of others or any other kind of life, sowing the seeds of desire in the subconscious habit.

All the activities they perform, or desire, but simply following orders from the unity of God and conscious desire to plant the seeds of liberation in the subconscious. Any donation or pilgrimage to religious retreats to win any popularity leads to self-destruction and spiritual thoughts vice win, so they are useless. Any expression of kindness, in order to alleviate the suffering of others, or religious pilgrimage humbly to any Win spiritual growth retreat. Earn virtues thoughts, making them useful..

The guy plays spiritual life without any hatred or subject to any kind of life, without any hatred or attachment to the location of any thing or place in the universe and that the time is bound to reach the destination of spiritual growth, spiritual healing, spiritual health and spiritual enlightenment and live this life with joy, even in worse physical condition.

To follow are the degraded types of life and are generally sowing the seeds of vice in the desires of the subconscious and needs to do more serious plan to play this short life. People with immature minds involved in intense darkness of thought in the mind. The robber carrying out the thoughts of food and other goods belonging to persons leaving the thoughts of the imposition of the enduring strength. People, who have killed many mercilessly, and carry out the thoughts of their murders. The bad guys who bear the thought of sin and disappear after the execution of the repeated acts of sin. People who are fraud and are engaged in false and are thought to turn on falsehood. Many people involved in critical thinking and accused of living the thought of criticism in mind.

Plan your activities for self improvement karma, spiritual enlightenment and liberation from the effects of greed, attachment, hatred and fear. If you have no desire for spiritual enlightenment, is not yet ripe for it.

My friend, believe me. Upon reaching the divine court of God informs real name, you will see that. Karma seeds of faith in the thought itself was admitted in the court of God’s true name of God without form.

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Source by GS Virk

Sowing Seeds and Reaping the Harvest

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Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.-Galatians 6:7-9 Can anything we do be done in secret when Proverbs 15:3 says “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” Is there any thought in a man’s heart that is secret when Proverbs 21:2 says “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.” Is there any place that we can go where the Lord sees not when Proverbs 5:21 says “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.” The answer is simply no, God sees all, knows all, and watches all even our very thoughts. “The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity-Psalm 94:11.” Why do we justify or wrongs? Why do we give up living a righteous life simply because we are tired of not experience the high pleasures of life? The word of God says God is not mocked and whatever we sow we shall reap. Many Christians will still try to justify their sin and say well Jesus died on the cross so I will just ask for forgiveness and I will be fine. This statement is both true and false. True because the wages of sin are death and Jesus has paid the price for your sins so that you will not receive the true penalty which is death. False, because God promised in his New Testament after the death of Jesus that he will not be mocked and if a man sows into the flesh he shall reap corruption. The mercy of God will keep us from extreme punishment but a harvest of corruption is coming. After all if we truly are children of the Lord and the Lord loves us indeed then these scriptures must be true For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.-Hebrews 12:6, As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”-Revelation 3:19, and “But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.-1 Corinthians 11:32.”

               It is true that the Lord does chastise or as Grandma said spank his children. The question is how much corruption have we placed upon ourselves? How many seeds have we sown in sin and when the harvest comes to past how much do we loathe and cry? I understand in my own personal walk with Christ I had a period of time when nothing seem to go right and after carefully examining my behavior I understood that I had planted some bad seeds and corruption was the harvest I reaped. This word by Paul gives us serious warning to live by and I pray that we are careful about the choices we make and how we sow because it could mean problems for us in the future. Every problem in our life is not related to our own doing some things we must endure for the name of Christ sake. The word of God tells us that we should not grow weary in well doing for in due time we shall reap that harvest. We must not give up sowing seeds into the spirit simply because we don’t see the results. Farmers will continue working on a field cultivating and watering until harvest time comes. It takes patience but the harvest will be great. Heaven is the ultimate harvest but God also has away of blessing us here on earth. Our ultimate goal is to plant seeds that will reap unto us heavenly benefits just as Jesus Christ foretold to us in Matthew 6:19-21 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”There is a reward in heaven and I encourage my self and others to sow spiritual seeds and reap the everlasting life. The way of the flesh is not justified by God and our sins are not inexcusable simply because we say they are.

           It is a sad thing in the life of a believer to be in a season where the chickens come home to roost and corruption is running wild in their life. 1 Corinthians 1:29 “That no flesh should glory in his presence.” God is gracious and just to forgive us, but we should stop reeking havoc in our own lives and decide to sow into something more profitable for us which is the spirit. Remember sin is a choice that we all make and we all sin but let’s do a better job at abstaining by much prayer and time with God. “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”-Galatians 5:16-25

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Source by Aaron D. Jones

The Hercules Garden Water Fountain at Kew Gardens

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One of the most beloved landmarks in England’s Kew Gardens is the Hercules garden water fountain at The Palm House Pond (as it’s properly known, although tourists are allowed to call it just “Palm Pond” or “Hercules Pond”).  Although originally built to add beauty and humidity to the next door’s tropical greenhouse (The Palm House), it seemed to the designers that something seemed to be missing from the outdoor garden water fountain.  It was a statue.

Say Hello To Hercules

Most of Kew Gardens was built and designed in the 1800’s, when the art of the Greeks and Romans was especially revered.  It was the only thing thought to be grand enough to place in an English garden water fountain.  The pond was built in 1845, the same time construction was going on at The Palm House.

The sculpture of Hercules wasn’t added until 1853.  He is naked in the Greek tradition and wresting with a large, angry serpent (the Greek God Achelus) on top of a large square base (called a plinth).  The whole thing is over six feet high.  Properly, the statue in the garden water fountain is called “Hercules Fighting Achelus”, but it usually just known as “Herc”.

Francis Joseph Bosio

The sculptor who won the job at placing a heroic image in one of the most visited garden water fountains in the country was Francis Joseph Bosio (1768 – 1845), also known as Baron Francois Joseph Bosio.  He was French, which somehow seem puzzling for England’s premier garden water fountain.  But then again, the subject matter of the sculpture was Greek.  England has always had a bit of an identity crisis.

Bosiso was heavily influenced by Greek and Roman art and most of his surviving works are all in the style and subject matter of Greek and Roman myths.  Mostly these were of large nude people and horses. Other sculptures resting in museums around the world include “Hyacinth Awaiting His Turn To Throw The Discus” in The Art Institute of Chicago and “Cupid with a Bow” in St. Petersberg.

However, Bosio is best known for the statues of angels and horses on top of the Arc de Trioumphe du Carrosel.  How he exactly won the commission for the Hercules statue in The Palm House Pond’s garden water fountain is not known, but in 1824 Bosio won renown for another Hercules and snake statue called “Hercules and the Lernaen Hydra”.  Besides his work, not much is known about Bosio.

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Source by Sandeep Silva