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  • Bible Mustard Seed Ministries Presents The HOLY J.P. Kok Arranged by For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell , and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him , whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of H i s C r o s s Col 1:19-20 “ Chant” CD Produced by Don Wyrtzen & Don Boyer; Unison Music, 1996; Thomas Nelson Inc. Nashville, TN “ Holy Bible, Part I” CD Produced by Philip A. (John) Kok, Mustard Seed Ministries, Inc. 2005 On Automatic Without Pause, The Show is About 45 minutes, At Approx. 12 Seconds Per Slide Hit F1 At Any Time For Navigation Tips Click Above on Slide Show and then “ View Show” to Begin
  • Table of Contents Page--------------------Topic   4-5------------------The Great Commission 6------------------“One God” 7-8-------------------Blameless 9-------------------- Sheep…Wolves 10-11-------------------What Should we Eat? 12-13-------------------One Spirit 14-20------------------- Holy Spirit 21-24-------------------The Lord our God, Commandments, Precepts, Deuteronomy 25-39--------------------Love 40-46-------------------- Believe--------------------------------- 43-45-------------------- Stand Fast 47-49----------Suffer, Strive Together 50-56----------Faith 57-58----------Hope 59-65--------------------Peace 66-----------Liberty 67 ----------Alpha, Omega 68-70------------------Lukewarm 71--------------------Sabbath Day 72-73--------------------Let There be Light! 74-78---------------------Grace 79-80---------------------Take Heed 81--87----------------Ten Commandments, Statutes, Laws 88-89-----------------The Shema Click on star to Hyperlink to “Believe”, p.40
  • 90-96---------Truth 97-99-------------As for My House; Fullness! 100-104---------------Turn the Other Cheek, Forgiveness 105-106------------------Blasphemy 110-112------------------Be Strong 113-114------------------Name in Vain 115-120----------------Honor 121-134---------------Prayer 135-136--------------To Live ! 137-146--------------Kingdom , Power , Glory… 147--------------------Give Thanks! 148-154--------- sin 155 -------------------Law, Faith 157-160------Eternal 161-163------Children, Health, Mystery 164—166--------Body of Christ, Love Your Neighbor 167—171---------------Revelation 172--174----------------Love of Christ, Love Your Neighbor as Yourself; Katrina Care 175-177------------Wisdom & Knowledge 178------------------Neither Jew Nor Greek 179--------------------------He Who has Begun a Good Work 180--------------------------I Believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God! 181--------------------------God Bless You, and you be a Blessing to Him! Table of Contents (cont.) Click on Star to Hyperlink to P. 98
  • Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age!" Matt 28:19-20 15 And He said to them, " Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature . Mark 16:15-16
  • Matt 28:16-20 (1.) To the apostles primarily, the chief ministers of state in Christ's kingdom, the architects that laid the foundation of the church. Now those that had followed Christ in the regeneration, were set on thrones (Luke 22:30); Go you . It is not only a word of command, like that, Son, go work, but a word of encouragement, Go, and fear not , have I not sent you? Go, and make a business of this work. They must not take state, and issue out summons to the nations to attend upon them; but they must go, and bring the gospel to their doors, Go you. They had doted on Christ's bodily presence, and hung upon that, and built all their joys and hopes upon that; but now Christ discharges them from further attendance on his person, and sends them abroad about other work. As an eagle stirs up her nest, flutters over her young, to excite them to fly (Deut 32:11), so Christ stirs up his disciples, to disperse themselves over all the world. (from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: Matt 28:20 Teaching them, [ didaskontes ]. This is teaching in the more usual sense of the term; or instructing the converted and baptized disciples.To observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I. The "I" [ Egoo ] here is emphatic. It is enough that I am with you always, [ pasas tas heemeras ] - 'all the days;' that is, until making converts, baptizing, and building them up by Christian instruction, shall be no more.Even unto the end of the world, [ aioonos ]. ( from Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1997, 2003 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)
  •   "...for us, there is one God , the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist,and one Lord, Jesus Christ,through whom are all things and through whom we exist " 1 Cor 8.6       1 Cor 8:4-6 2. There is to us but one Lord, one Mediator between God and men, even Jesus Christ. Not many mediators, as the heathen imagined, but one only, by whom all things were created and do consist, and to whom all our hope and happiness are owing-the man Christ Jesus; but a man in personal union with the divine Word, or God the Son. (from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.) Commentary City Hall, Los Angeles California
  •        "May the God of peace Himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" 1 Thessalonians 5.23               Devil’s Tower, Wyoming Photo by J.P. Kok 6/20/04
  • 1 Thess 5:23 And - i.e., 'and so (omit I pray God: not in the Greek) may your ... spirit and soul and body be preserved whole:' a different word from "wholly:" [holokleeron ] 'entire;' with none of the integral parts wanting. [ Teleios is what has reached its end, in respect to quality; holokleeros, 'complete in all its parts,' in respect to quantity, James 1:4.] It refers to man in his normal integrity: all ideal which shall be attained by the glorified believer. All three-spirit, soul, and body-each in its place, constitute man 'entire.' The "spirit" links man with higher intelligences, and is that highest part receptive of the quickening Holy Spirit (1 Cor 15:47). The soul [ psuchee ] is intermediate between body and spirit: it is the sphere of the will and affections. In the unspiritual, the spirit is so sunk under the animal soul (which it ought to keep under), that such are 'animal' ('sensual,' having merely the body of organized matter, and the soul the immaterial animating essence), "having not the Spirit" (Jude 19: cf. 1 Cor 2:14: notes, 15:44,46-48; 3:6). The unbeliever shall rise with an animal (soul-animated) body, but not, like the believer, with a spiritual (spirit-endued) body like Christ's (Rom 8:11). Blameless unto, [amemptoos ] - 'blamelessly (so as to be in a blameless state) at Christ's coming.' In Hebrew [shalom], "peace" and "wholly" [ holoteleis] are kindred terms; so the prayer explains "God of peace." Bengel takes "wholly" as collectively-all the Thessalonians-so that no one should fail; and "whole" individually-each one entire-with "spirit and soul and body." The mention of the body accords with 1 Thess 4:16, end. Trench, better, "wholly" - i.e., 'having perfectly attained the moral end;' namely, to be full-grown in Christ. "Whole," complete, with no grace [also part] which ought to be in a Christian wanting . (from Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1997, 2003 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved
  • Commentary J.P.: Matt 10:16-42 They are here forewarned of the troubles they should meet with, when after Christ's resurrection, their commission should be enlarged, and the kingdom of heaven, which was not at hand, should be actually set up; they dreamed of nothing then, but outward pomp and power; but Christ tells them, they must expect greater sufferings than they were yet called to; (from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.) "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves" Matt 10.16
  • " Have you faith? Have it to yourself Before God. Happy is he that Condemns not Himself in that Thing Which he Allows" Romans 14.22                   "For the Kingdom of God is not Meat and Drink, but Righteousness, and Peace, and Joy in the Holy Ghost." Romans 14.17     [But] let not him that Eats Despise Him that Eats Not; and let Not him Which Eats not Judge Him that Eats:For God has Received Him" Romans 14.3  
  • Rom 14 (1.) Concerning meats (v. 2): One believeth that he may eat all things - he is well satisfied that the ceremonial distinction of meats into clean and unclean is no longer in force, but that every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused; nothing unclean of itself, v. 14. This he was assured of, not only from the general tenor and scope of the gospel, but particularly from the revelation which Peter, the apostle of the circumcision (and therefore more immediately concerned in it), had to this purport, Acts 10:15,28. Commentary This the strong Christian is clear in, and practices accordingly, eating what is set before him, and asking no question for conscience' sake, 1 Cor 10:27. On the other hand, another, who is weak, is dissatisfied in this point, is not clear in his Christian liberty, but rather inclines to think that the meats forbidden by the law remain still unclean; and therefore, to keep at a distance from them, he will eat no flesh at all, but eats herbs, contenting himself with only the fruits of the earth. See to what degrees of mortification and self-denial a tender conscience will submit. None know but those that experience it how great both the restraining and the constraining power of conscience is. (from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.)
  •     "But he that is Joined unto the Lord is One spirit" 1 Corinthians 6.17   Snolqualmie Falls Near Kirkland, WA 10/7/04
  • 1 Cor 6:17 One spirit - with Him. In union with a harlot, the fornicator becomes one "body" with her, not one "spirit;" for the spirit-the normal organ of the Holy Spirit in man-is in the carnal so overlaid with what is sensual that it is in abeyance. Commentary The believer not only has his body sanctified by union with Christ's body, but also becomes " one spirit " with Him (John 15:1-7; 17:21; 2 Peter 1:4: cf. John 3:6). (from Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1997, 2003 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.) Tunnel Through Zion “ For the LORD dwells in Zion !"Joel 3:21
  • “             Right Click, Scroll Down to Speaker notes for Comment Matt 12:22-37 (1.) The heart is the root, the language is the fruit (v. 33) (2.) The heart is the fountain, the words are the streams (v. 34); (3.) The heart is the treasury, the words are the things brought out of that treasury (v. 35); Matthew Henry's Commentary How much more will your Father in Heaven Give the Holy Spirit to Those who Ask Him!” Luke 11. 13 And Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God" Ephesians 4.30 “ Whoever Speaks a word against the Son of man it shall be Forgiven him, but whosever Speaks against the Holy Spirit , it shall not be Forgiven him, neither in this World, nor the World to Come” Matthew 12. 32  “ Having Believed, you Were Marked in Him with a Seal, The Promised Holy Spirit who Is a Deposit Guaranteeing Our Inheritance until the Redemption of those who are God’s Possession— the Praise of His Glory “ Ephesians 1. 14
  • “ Not by Works of Righteousness which we Have Done, but according to His Mercy He Saved Us, by the Washing of Regeneration And Renewing of the Holy Spirit Which HE Shed on us Abundantly Through Jesus Christ our Savior” Titus2.5     “ But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit , whom the Father will Send in my Name, will Teach you all Things, and will Remind you of Everything I Have Said to you” John 14.26 The Surgeon Who Did the Spinal Injection on Me Near Huntington Hospital
  • His divinity is established (1) from the fact that the names of God are ascribed to him (Ex 17:7; Ps 95:7; comp. Heb 3:7-11); and (2) that divine attributes are also ascribed to him, omnipresence (Ps 139:7; Eph 2:17,18; 1 Cor 12:13); omniscience (1 Cor 2:10,11); omnipotence (Luke 1:35; Rom 8:11); eternity (Heb 9:4). (3) Creation is ascribed to him (Gen 1:2; Job 26:13; Ps 104:30), and the working of miracles (Matt 12:28; 1 Cor 12:9-11). (4) Worship is required and ascribed to him (Isa 6:3; Acts 28:25; Rom 9:1; Rev 1:4; Matt 28:19). (from Easton's Bible Dictionary, PC Study Bible formatted electronic database Copyright © 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.) the third Person of the adorable Trinity. His personality is proved (1) from the fact that the attributes of personality, as intelligence and volition, are ascribed to him (John 14:17,26; 15:26; 1 Cor 2:10,11; 12:11). He reproves, helps, glorifies, intercedes (John 16:7-13; Rom 8:26). (2) He executes the offices peculiar only to a person. The very nature of these offices involves personal distinction (Luke 12:12; Acts 5:32; 15:28; 16:6; 28:25; 1 Cor 2:13; Heb 2:4; 3:7; 2 Peter 1:21). Commentary H O L Y G H O S T
  • HOLY SPIRIT In the New Testament used in the KJV In the Old Testament "the Holy Spirit" (Ps 51:11; Isa 63:10-11). The Hebrew ruwach , and Greek pneuma , is the same for both "Spirit" and "Spirit." His personality is proved by attributes and acts being attributed to Him peculiarly (from Fausset's Bible Dictionary, Electronic Database Copyright (c)1998 by Biblesoft) Commentary HOLY SPIRIT In Old Testament the law was in the foreground, the Holy Spirit less prominent; in New Testament the Holy Spirit is prominent, the law in the background. The triune benediction puts the Holy Spirit on a level with the Father and the Son, one God. So Rev 1:4-5, where "the Seven Spirits before God's throne," coming between God "who is, was, and is to come," and Jesus Christ, can only mean the ONE sevenfold divine Spirit (Isa 11:2-3). ( from Fausset's Bible Dictionary, Electronic Database Copyright (c)1998 by Biblesoft) And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God , v. 30. By looking to what precedes, and to what follows, we may see what it is that grieves the Spirit of God. In the previous verses it is intimated that all lewdness and filthiness, lying, and corrupt communications that stir up appetites and lusts, grieve the Spirit of God. In what follows it is intimated that those corrupt passions of bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, and malice, grieve this good Spirit. Eph 4:17-32 (from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible
  • SPIRIT pneuma NT:4151 primarily denotes "the wind" (akin to pneo, "to breathe, blow"); also "breath"; then, especially "the spirit," which, like the wind, is invisible, immaterial and powerful . The full title with the article before both pneuma and hagios (the "resumptive" use of the article), lit., "the Spirit the Holy," stresses the character of the Person, e. g., Matt 12:32; Mark 3:29; 12:36; 13:11; Luke 2:26; 10:21 (RV); John 14:26; Acts 1:16; 5:3; 7:51; 10:44,47; 13:2; 15:28; 19:6; 20:23,28; 21:11; 28:25; Eph 4:30; Heb 3:7; 9:8; 10:15. (from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985 , Thomas Nelson Publishers.) One of the Students At Sutter Middle School 12/8/03
  • Sixth, ruach is often used of a man's mind-set, disposition, or "temper" Seventh , the Bible often speaks of God's "Spirit," the third person of the Trinity. This is the use of the word in its first biblical occurrence: "And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters" Gen 1:2. Isa 63:10-11 and Ps 51:12 specifically speak of the "holy or free Spirit." Eighth , the non-material beings (angels) in heaven are sometimes called "spirits": Ninth , the "spirit" may also be used of that which enables a man to do a particular job or that which represents the essence of a quality of man (from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.) SPIRIT; BREATH ruach OT:7307, "breath; air; strength; wind; breeze; spirit; courage; temper; Spirit." This noun has cognates in Ugaritic, Aramaic, and Arabic. The word occurs about 378 times and in all periods of biblical Hebrew. First, this word means "breath," air for breathing, air that is being breathed. Second, this word can be used with emphasis on the invisible, intangible, fleeting quality of "air": Third, ruach can mean "wind.“ Fourth, the wind represents direction. Fifth , ruach frequently represents the element of life in a man, his natural "spirit":
  • Commentary HOLY SPIRIT The third person of the trinity, who exercises the power of the Father and the Son in creation and redemption. Because the Holy Spirit is the power by which believers come to Christ and see with new eyes of faith, He is closer to us than we are to ourselves. Like the eyes of the body through which we see physical things, He is seldom in focus to be seen directly because He is the one through whom all else is seen in a new light. This explains why the relationship of the Father and the Son is more prominent in the gospels, because it is through the eyes of the Holy Spirit that the Father-Son relationship is viewed. This unified ministry of the trinity is also seen as the Spirit-- brings the world Under conviction of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He guides believers into all truth with what He hears from the Father and the Son (John 15:26). Paul's teaching about the Holy Spirit harmonizes with the accounts of the Spirit's activity in the gospels and Acts. According to Paul, it is by the Holy Spirit that one confesses that Jesus is Lord 1 Cor 12:3). The Holy Spirit also reveals to Christians the deep things of God (1 Cor 2:10-12) and the mystery of Christ (Eph 3:3-5) ( from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright © 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)
  •       "Take Heed unto yourselves, les you Forget the Covenant of the Lord your God, which He made with you, and make you a Graven Image,or the Likeness of any Thing, which the Lord your God has Forbidden you“ Deuteronomy 4. 23     " you shall Therefore, Keep His Statutes, and His Commandments, which I Command you, and with your Children after you..." Deuteronomy 4.40 " Out of Heaven He Made you to Hear His Voice, that He might Instruct you; and Upon Earth He Showed you His Great Fire, and you Heard His Words out of the Midst of the Fire" Deuteronomy 4.36 "For the Lord your God is a consuming Fire, even a Jealous God“ Deuteronomy 4.24      "For the Lord your God is a Merciful God; HE will not forsake you, neither Destroy you, nor Forget the Covenant of your Fathers, which He Swore unto them." Deuteronomy 4.31       " Unto you it was Shown, that you Might know that the Lord He is God; there is None Else Beside Him“ Deuteronomy 4.35       "Know therefore this Day, and Consider it in your Heart, that the Lord He is God in Heaven above, and Upon the Earth Beneath; there is none Other" Deuteronomy 4.39   Deuteronomy Commands & Precepts Tunnel Through Zion N.P. I Built a Bonfire on the Shore of Lake Michigan When I was in St. Joseph, MI in May, 2005
  • Deuteronomy 4:1-40 Exhortations and arguments ( 1.) He demands their diligent attention to the word of God, and to the statutes and judgments that were taught them: Hearken, O Israel. He means, not only that they must now give him the hearing, but that whenever the book of the law was read to them, or read by them, they should be attentive to it . " Hearken to the statutes, as containing the great commands of God and the great concerns of your own souls, and therefore challenging your utmost attention ." At Horeb God had made them hear his words (v. 10), hear them with a witness; the attention which was then constrained by the circumstances of the delivery ought ever after to be engaged by the excellency of the things themselves. What God so spoke once, we should hear twice, hear often. (2.) He charges them to preserve the divine law pure and entire among them, v. 2. Keep it pure, and do not add to it; keep it entire, and do not diminish from it. Not in practice, so some: "You shall not add by committing the evil which the law forbids, nor diminish by omitting the good which the law requires." Not in opinion, so others: " You shall not add your own inventions, as if the divine institutions were defective, nor introduce, much less impose, any rites of religious worship other than what God has appointed; nor shall you diminish, or set aside, any thing that is appointed, as needless or superfluous ." God's work is perfect, nothing can be put to it, nor taken from it, without making it the worse. See Eccl 3:14. The Jews understand it as prohibiting the alteration of the text or letter of the law, even in the least jot or tittles; and to their great care and exactness herein we are very much indebted, under God, for the purity and integrity of the Hebrew code. We find a fence like this made about the New Testament in the close of it, Rev 22:18-19. [ 2.] Never were any people so privileged in hearing from God , by the statutes and judgments which were set before them, v. 8. This also was the grandeur of Israel above any people. What nation is there so great, that has statutes and judgments so righteous? Observe, First, That all these statutes and judgments of the divine law are infinitely just and righteous, above the statutes and judgments of any of the nations. The law of God is far more excellent than the law of nations. No law so consonant to natural equity and the unprejudiced dictates of right reason, so consistent with itself in all the parts of it, and so conducive to the welfare and interest of mankind, as the scripture-law is, Ps 119:128 . Secondly, The having of these statutes and judgments set before them is the true and transcendent greatness of any nation or people. See Ps 147:19-20 . It is an honor to us that we have the Bible in reputation and power among us. It is an evidence of a people's being high in the favour of God, and a means of making them high among the nations. Those that magnify the law shall be magnified by it. Deut 4:1-40 Commentary (from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.)
  •         "you Shalt Have no Other gods Before Me" Deuteronomy 5.7                         you shall not make any Graven Image , nor any Likeness of anything that is in Heaven above, or that is in the Earth Beneath, or that is in the Waters Beneath the Earth" Deuteronomy 5.8     One of the Buddhist Idols In Bangkok, Thailand January, 2005 Photo By Mustard Seed Ministries
  • IDOL (17) pecel. The process by which stone, metal, or wood was made into a graven or carved image (literally, one trimmed into shape and having had the finishing stroke) is described Isa 44:10-20. (from Fausset's Bible Dictionary, Electronic Database Copyright (c)1998 by Biblesoft) Graven image Deut 27:15; Ps 97:7 (Heb. pesel), refers to the household gods of idolaters. "Every nation and city had its own gods...Yet every family had its separate household or tutelary god." (from Easton's Bible Dictionary, PC Study Bible formatted electronic database Copyright © 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)     Hebrew: “Pecel” "you Shall not Make you any Pecel OT:6459 pecel —an idol, an image (from The Online Bible Thayer's Greek Lexicon and Brown Driver & Briggs Hebrew Lexicon, Copyright © 1993, IDOL :Most of the time, however, image refers to a statue or something of human manufacture which people have substituted for the true and living God. Occasionally it appears in the same sentence with idol (Lev 26:1; 2 Chron 33:7). (from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright © 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers) Commentary Buddhist Idol in Southern Thailand January, 2005 Jesus said to him , "'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.‘ Matt 22:37 NKJV
  •                                   Therefore my brethren, whom I love , and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved..." Philippians 4.01   " Love the brotherhood. fear God. " 1 Peter 2.17     "Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them..." Colossians 3.19 Tunnel Arch @ Arches National Park Photo by J.P. Kok August 1, 2004
  • Rom 13:7-10 2. A general rule concerning the nature of brotherly love: Love works no ill (v. 10) - he that walks in love, that is actuated and governed by a principle of love, works no ill; he neither practices nor contrives any ill to his neighbor, to any one that he has any thing to do with: ouk ergazetai . The projecting of evil is in effect the performing of it. Hence devising iniquity is called working evil upon the bed, Micah 2:1 . Love intends and designs no ill to any body, is utterly against the doing of that which may turn to the prejudice, offence, or grief of any . Commentary It works no ill; that is, it prohibits the working of any ill: more is implied than is expressed; it not only works no ill, but it works all the good that may be, devises liberal things. For it is a sin not only to devise evil against your neighbor, but to withhold good from those to whom it is due; both are forbidden together , Prov 3:27-29. This proves that love is the fulfilling of the law, answers all the end of it; for what else is that but to restrain us from evil-doing, and to constrain us to well-doing? Love is a living active principle of obedience to the whole law. The whole law is written in the heart, if the law of love be there. (from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.)
  •                          "So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love ...“ 1 Corinthians 13.13     "For the love of Christ controls us, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died...“ 2 Corinthians 5.14   ” .. Since love covers a multitude of sins...“ 1 Peter 4.08     "... but perfect love casts out fear..." 1 John 4.18 LOVE "[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13. 7   Philip Kok, (Left), and his Siblings, Julia (center) Andrew (right), and Steven(Bottom) " He destined us in love to be his sons ..." Ephesians 1.05 Philip Steven Julia Andrew
  • Love is patient and kind. It does not envy. It does not boast. It is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it does not anger easily." 1 Corinthians 13.4    “ My Command is this: Love Each Other as I have Loved You. Greater Love has no one than This, that he Lay down his Life For his Friends ” John 15.12-13   This I command you to love one another" John 15.17     " If you love me you will keep my commandments...“ John 14.15 One of the Many Missing Persons After the Tsunami Hit Asia & Africa on December 26, 2004 Photo by J.P. Kok Southern Thailand January, 2005
  •     "   "  “ For this is the Message that you Heard from the Beginning, that we Should love One Another” 1 John 3. 11 you Shall not Commit Adultery. you Shall not Kill. you Shall not Steal. you Shall not Bear False Witness. you shall not Covet; and if there be any other Commandment, it is Briefly Comprehended in this Saying, namely you Shalt Love your Neighbor as yourself" Romans 13. 9  
  • LOVE:- This word seems to require explanation only in the case of its use by our Lord in his interview with "Simon, the son of Jonas," after his resurrection (John 21:16,17). When our Lord says, "Loves you me?" he uses the Greek word agapas ; and when Simon answers, he uses the Greek word philo, i.e., "I love." This is the usage in the first and second questions put by our Lord; but in the third our Lord uses Simon's word. The distinction between these two Greek words is thus fitly described by Trench:, " Agapan has more of judgment and deliberate choice; philein has more of attachment and peculiar personal affection. Thus the 'Lovest you' (Gr. agapas) on the lips of the Lord seems to Peter at this moment too cold a word, as though his Lord were keeping him at a distance, or at least not inviting him to draw near, as in the passionate yearning of his heart he desired now to do. Therefore he puts by the word and substitutes his own stronger 'I love' (Gr. philo) in its room. A second time he does the same. And now he has conquered; for when the Lord demands a third time whether he loves him, he does it in the word which alone will satisfy Peter ('Lovest you,' Gr. phileis ), which alone claims from him that personal attachment and affection with which indeed he knows that his heart is full."(from Easton's Bible Dictionary, PC Study Bible formatted electronic database Copyright © 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.) John 21:15-17 Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?"He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You."He said to him, "Feed My lambs." 16 He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?“ He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.“ He said to him, "Tend My sheep." 17 He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?"And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You." LOVE "The fulfilling of the law" (Rom 13:8,10), the prominent perfection of God (1 John 4:8,16), manifested to us (1 John 4:10) when we loved not Him (John 3:16). Passing our powers of knowledge (Eph 3:19), everlasting (Jer 31:3), free and gratuitous (Hos 14:4), enduring to the end (John 13:1). The two Greek words for "love" are distinct: fileoo, the love of impulse, ardent affection and feeling; agapaoo , the love of esteem, regard. John 21:15, "Simon, lovest (agapas, esteemest) you Me?" Agapas sounds too cold to Peter, now burning with love; so he replies, "you know that I LOVE (filoo) you." "Simon, esteemest you (agapas) Me? ... you know that I LOVE you." At the third time Peter gained his point. "Simon, LOVEST (fileis) you Me?" Love to one another is the proof to the world of discipleship (John 13:35).(from Fausset's Bible Dictionary, Electronic Database Copyright (c)1998 by Biblesoft) Commentary
  • LOVING-KINDNESS checed OT:2617, "loving-kindness; steadfast love; grace; mercy; faithfulness; goodness; devotion." This word is used 240 times in the Old Testament, and is especially frequent in the Psalter. The term is one of the most important in the vocabulary of Old Testament theology and ethics. ositoal Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.) Hebrew writers often underscored the element of steadfastness (or strength) by pairing checed with 'emet ("truth, reliability") and 'emunah ("faithfulness"). The association of checed with "covenant" keeps it from being misunderstood as mere providence or love for all creatures; it applies primarily to God's particular love for His chosen and covenanted people . CHESED Commentary One of the 2005 Rose Bowl Floats January 1, 2005 LOVING-KINDNESS Checed implies personal involvement and commitment in a relationship beyond the rule of law.
  • LOVE (NOUN AND VERB) 1 . agapao NT:25 and the corresponding noun agape (B, No. 1 below) present "the characteristic word of Christianity, and since the Spirit of revelation has used it to express ideas previously unknown, inquiry into its use, whether in Greek literature or in the Septuagint, throws but little light upon its distinctive meaning in the NT. Cf, however, Lev 19:18; Deut 6:5. "Love can be known only from the actions it prompts. God's love is seen in the gift of His Son, 1 John 4:9,10. But obviously this is not the love of complacency, or affection, that is, it was not drawn out by any excellency in its objects, Rom 5:8. It was an exercise of the divine will in deliberate choice, made without assignable cause save that which lies in the nature of God Himself, Cf. Deut 7:7,8. Agapao Commentary Here, however, one commentary Says that agape has a stronger Meaning than suggested previously, Even the love of God toward His Son But then they revert to saying That agape love is not the same As affectionate love (phileo), and Sometimes Not because of the worthiness of The object loved "Agape and agapao are used in the NT (a) to describe the attitude of God toward His Son, John 17:26; the human race, generally, John 3:16; Rom 5:8, and to such as believe on the Lord Jesus Christ particularly John 14:21; (b) to convey His will to His children concerning their attitude one toward another, John 13:34, and toward all men, 1 Thess 3:12; 1 Cor 16:14; 2 Peter 1:7; (c) to express the essential nature of God, 1 John 4:8.
  • Agapao Grandpa & Grandma Kok
  • "Love had its perfect expression among men in the Lord Jesus Christ, 2 Cor 5:14; Eph 2:4; 3:19; 5:2; Christian love is the fruit of His Spirit in the Christian, Gal 5:22. "Christian love has God for its primary object, and expresses itself first of all in implicit obedience to His commandments, John 14:15,21,23; 15:10; 1 John 2:5; 5:3; 2 John 6. Selfwill, that is, self-pleasing, is the negation of love to God. "Christian love, whether exercised toward the brethren, or toward men generally, is not an impulse from the feelings, it does not always run with the natural inclinations, nor does it spend itself only upon those for whom some affinity is discovered . Love seeks the welfare of all, Rom 15:2, and works no ill to any, 13:8,9,10; love seeks opportunity to do good to 'all men, and especially toward them that are of the household of the faith , ' Gal 6:10. See further 1 Cor 13 and Col 3:12-14.“ From Notes on Thessalonians, by Hogg and Vine, p. 105. In agapao as used of God, it expresses the deep and constant "love" and interest of a perfect Being towards entirely unworthy objects , producing and fostering a reverential "love" in them towards the Giver, and a practical "love" towards those who are partakers of the same, and a desire to help others to seek the Giver. See BELOVED . (from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.) LOVE (NOUN AND VERB) B. Nouns. 1. agape NT:26, the significance of which has been pointed out in connection with A, No. 1, is always rendered "love" in the RV where the KJV has "charity," a rendering nowhere used in the RV; in Rom 14:15, where the KJV has "charitably," the RV, adhering to the translation of the noun, has "in love." Note: In the two statements in 1 John 4:8 and 16, "God is love," both are used to enjoin the exercise of "love" on the part of believers. While the former introduces a declaration of the mode in which God's love has been manifested vv. 9,10, the second introduces a statement of the identification of believers with God in character, and the issue at the Judgment Seat hereafter v. 17, an identification represented ideally in the sentence " as He is, so are we in this world." (from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.) Commentary
  •   "He that Loves Not Knows Not God, for God is Love " 1 John 4.8 "Therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.." Romans 13.10 “ Do Everything in Love ” 1 Corinthians 16.14      “ Love does not Delight in Evil but Rejoices with the Truth” 1 Corinthians 13. 6  Sometimes translated as “ charity” Agape "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God...for God is love" 1 John 4. 7-8   "Love Works no Ill to His Neighbor, therefore Love is the Fulfilling of the Law..." Romans 13.10 Inside Cave of the Wind Colorado Springs, CO Summer 2004, Photo By JPK/MSM
  • "… God 1 John 4.16 is Love! ..."
  •   " "Therefore you Shall Love the Lord your God, and Keep His Charge, and His Statutes, and His Judgments, and His Commandments, Always" Deuteronomy 11.1     'ahab OT:157 'ahab (aw-hab'); or 'aheb (aw-habe'); a primitive root; to have affection for (sexually or otherwise): (Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)    " And you shall Love the Lord your God with all your Heart, and with all your Soul, and with all your Might " Deuteronomy 6.5 Lola, my Golden Retriever Photo by JPK And He will Love you , and Bless you, and Multiply you, he will also Bless the Fruit of your Womb, and the Fruit of your Land..." Deuteronomy 7.13   
  • “ Seeing you Have Purified your Souls in Obeying the Truth through The Spirit unto Unfeigned Love of the Brethren , see that You Love one Another with a Pure Heart, Fervently” 1 Peter 1.22 philadelphia NT:5360 philadelphia (fil-ad-el-fee'-ah); from NT:5361; fraternal affection: KJV - brotherly love (kindness), love of the brethren . ( Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.) " Love one another with brotherly affection, outdo one another in showing honor..." Romans 12.10 Me at Coronado Dog Beach On Pacific Ocean In San Diego
  • LOVE (NOUN AND VERB) 2 . phileo NT:5368 is to be distinguished from agapao in this, that phileo more nearly represents "tender affection." The two words are used for the "love" of the Father for the Son, John 3:35 (No. 1), and 5:20 (No. 2); for the believer, 14:21 (No. 1) and 16:27 (No. 2); both, of Christ's "love" for a certain disciple, 13:23 (No. 1), and 20:2 (No. 2). Yet the distinction between the two verbs remains, and they are never used indiscriminately in the same passage; if each is used with reference to the same objects, as just mentioned, each word retains its distinctive and essential character. Phileo is never used in a command to men to "love" God; it is, however, used as a warning in 1 Cor 16:22; agapao is used instead, e. g., Matt 22:37; Luke 10:27; Rom 8:28; 1 Cor 8:3; 1 Peter 1:8; 1 John 4:21. The distinction between the two verbs finds a conspicuous instance in the narrative of John 21:15-17. The context itself indicates that agapao in the first two questions suggests the "love" that values and esteems (cf. Rev 12:11). It is an unselfish "love," ready to serve. The use of phileo in Peter's answers and the Lord's third question, conveys the thought of cherishing the Object above all else, of manifesting an affection characterized by constancy, from the motive of the highest veneration. See also Trench, Syn., Sec. xii. LOVE (NOUN AND VERB) 2. philanthropia NT:5363 denotes, lit., "love for man" (phileo and anthropos, "man"); hence, "kindness," Acts 28:2, in Titus 3:4, "(His) love toward man." Cf. the adverb philanthropos, "humanely, kindly," Acts 27:3. Note: For philarguria, "love of money," 1 Tim 6:10, see MONEY (love of). For philadelphia, see BROTHER, Note (1). (from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words , Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.) Again, to "love" (phileo) life, from an undue desire to preserve it, forgetful of the real object of living, meets with the Lord's reproof , John 12:25. On the contrary, to "love" life (agapao) as used in 1 Peter 3:10, is to consult the true interests of living. Here the word phileo would be quite inappropriate. Note: In Mark 12:38, KJV, thelo, "to wish," is translated "love" (RV, "desire"). (from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.) Phileo Commentary
  •            “ For if we believe that Jesus Died and Rose again, Even So they Also who Sleep in Jesus will God Bring with Him” 1 Thessalonians 4.14           “ Consider Abraham: ‘He Believed God, and it was Credited to him as Righteousness’” Galatians 3.6   “ Therefore, whether it were I or They, so we Preach, and so you Believed ” 1 Corinthians 15.11   “ Against all Hope, Abraham in Hope Believed and so Became the Father of Many Nations just as It had been Said to him, ‘So shall Your Offspring be’ ” Romans 4.18 "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled, Believe in God, Believe in Me“ John 14.1
  • "Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is a child of God..." 1 John 5.1 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life..." John 3.16 “ Therefore I Tell You, Whatever you ask for In Prayer , Believe that You Have Received it, and It Will be Yours” Mark 11.24     From Jersey City Looking Across the Bay Where the World Trade Center Used to Be. A Memorial In the Foreground Photo by JPK, 7/11/04
  • “ Without Faith it is Impossible to Please Him, for he that Cometh To God must BELIEVE "And this is His Commandment, that we Shall Believe on the Name of His Son Jesus Christ, and Love one Another, as He Gave us His Commandments' 1 John 3.24 Part of the Berlin Wall at the Ronald Reagan Museum in Simi Valley Photo by J.P. Kok 8/19/04 that He Is and that He is a Rewarder Of those that Diligently Seek Him” Hebrews 11.6
  • VERB BELIEF, BELIEVE, BELIEVERS 1. pisteuo NT:4100, "to believe," also "to be persuaded of," and hence, "to place confidence in, to trust," signifies, in this sense of the word, reliance upon, not mere credence. It is most frequent in the writings of the apostle John, especially the Gospel. He does not use the noun (see below). For the Lord's first use of the verb, see 1:50. Of the writers of the Gospels, Matthew uses the verb ten times, Mark ten, Luke nine, John ninety-nine. In Acts 5:14 the present participle of the verb is translated "believers”. See COMMIT, INTRUST, TRUST. (from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.) Noun. pistis NT:4102, "faith," is translated "belief" in Rom 10:17; 2 Thess 2:13. Its chief significance is a conviction respecting God and His Word and the believer's relationship to Him. See ASSURANCE, FAITH, FIDELITY . (from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)
  • TO BELIEVE Old Testament: Verb. 'aman OT:539, "to be firm, endure, be faithful, be true, stand fast, trust, have belief, believe." Outside of Hebrew, this word appears in Aramaic (infrequently), Arabic, and Syriac. It appears in all periods of biblical Hebrew (about 96 times) and only in the causative and passive stems. (from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.) TO BELIEVE In the causative stem, 'aman means "to stand fast," or "be fixed in one spot," which is demonstrated by Job 39:24: "He [a war horse] swallows the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet." Even more often, this stem connotes a psychological or mental certainty, as in Job 29:24: "If I laughed on them, they believed it not." Considering something to be trustworthy is an act of full trusting or believing. (from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)
  • Adjective. pistos NT:4103, (a) in the active sense means "believing, trusting"; (b) in the passive sense, "trusty, faithful, trustworthy." It is translated "believer" in 2 Cor 6:15; "them that believe" in 1 Tim 4:12, RV (KJV, "believers ");in 1 Tim 5:16, "if any woman that believeth," lit. "if any believing woman." So in 6:2, "believing masters." In 1 Peter 1:21 the RV, following the most authentic mss., gives the noun form, "are believers in God" (KJV, "do believe in God"). In John 20:27 it is translated "believing." It is best understood with significance (a), above, e. g., in Gal 3:9; Acts 16:1; 2 Cor 6:15; Titus 1:6; it has significance (b), e. g., in 1 Thess 5:24; 2 Thess 3:3 (see Notes on Thes. p. 211, and Gal. p. 126, by Hogg and Vine). See FAITHFUL, SURE . (from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.) Pray for the Burroughs Family at Gordons Auto Rick Burroughs The Mother A Daughter, Brittany Josh
  • TO BELIEVE So the 'amen was an affirmation of a covenant, which is the significance of the word in Num 5:22, its first biblical occurrence. Later generations or individuals might reaffirm the covenant by voicing their 'amen Neh 5:1-13; Jer 18:6. (from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.) Adverb. TO BELIEVE The term 'amen is used 30 times as an adverb. The Septuagint renders it as "truly" (lethinos) once; transliterates it as "amen" three times; and translates it as "so be it" (genoito) the rest of the time. ( from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.) Ms. Woods, A.P. at Los Angeles Academy See page 176
  •                                             Striving and Suffering for Christ Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit , with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God. For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake , having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me. Phil 1:27-30     That’s me with a Halloween Pumpkin 10/30/04
  • Commentary Commentary (from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.) Re. Phil 1:27-30 2. To suffer for the sake of Christ is a valuable gift too : it is a great honor and a great advantage; for we may be very serviceable to the glory of God, which is the end of our creation, and encourage and confirm the faith of others. And there is a great reward attending it too: Blessed are you when men shall persecute you, for great is your reward in heaven, Matt 5:11-12. And, if we suffer with him, we shall also reign with him, 2 Tim 2:12. If we suffer reproach and loss for Christ, we are to reckon it a great gift, and prize it accordingly, always provided we behave under our sufferings with the genuine temper of martyrs and confessors (v. 30): "Having the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me; that is, suffering in the same manner as you saw and now hear of me that I suffer." It is not simply the suffering, but the cause, and not only the cause, but the spirit, which makes the martyr. A man may suffer in a bad cause, and then he suffers justly; or in a good cause, but with a wrong mind, and then his sufferings lose their value. Re Phil 1:27-30 2. The unity and unanimity of Christians become the gospel: Strive together , not strive one with another; all of you must strive against the common adversary. One spirit and one mind become the gospel; for there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism. There may be a oneness of heart and affection among Christians, where there is diversity of judgment and apprehensions about many things. 3. Steadfastness becomes the gospel: Stand fast in one spirit, with one mind . Be steadfast and immovable by any opposition. It is a shame to religion when the professors of it are off and on, unfixed in their minds, and unstable as water; for they will never excel. Those who would strive for the faith of the gospel must stand firm to it.
  • Re Phil 1:27 Only - Whatever happens as to my coming to you or not, make this your only care. By supposing this or that future contingency, many persuade themselves they will be such as they ought to be, but it is better always, without evasion, to perform present duties under present circumstances (Bengel). Let your conversation be (cf. Phil 3:20) [politeuesthe ] - 'Let your walk as citizens (namely, of the heavenly state: 'the city of the living God' Heb 12:22; Eph 2:19), be,' (Acts 23:1, etc.) I ... see ... hear - so Phil 1:30. "Hear," in order to take in both alternatives, must include know.Your affairs - your state. In one spirit - the fruit of partaking of the Holy Spirit ( Eph 4:3-4). With one mind, [ psuchee ] - 'soul,' the sphere of the affections: subordinate to the "spirit," man's higher and heavenly nature, whereon the Holy Spirit acts. 'There is sometimes natural antipathies among believers; these are overcome when there is not only unity of spirit, but also of soul' (Bengel).Striving together - with united effort . (from Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1997, 2003 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.) re Phil 1:27 (o)The word signifies to stand fast in, and it is proper to wrestlers, that stand fast and do not move their feet back at all. (from Geneva Notes, PC Study Bible formatted electronic database Copyright © 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.) Commentary
  •   "For we walk by Faith , not by Sight" 2 Corinthians 5. 7   FAITH !   "And Put no Difference Between Us and Them, Purifying Their Hearts by Faith " Acts 15.9     "In Whom we Have Boldness and Access with Confidence by the Faith of Him" Ephesians 3.12       " ...your Faith Should not Stand in the Wisdom of Men, but in the Power of God...“ 1 Corinthians 2. 5     The Old North Church in Boston Where Paul Revere Hung His Lantern To Warn the Troops Photo by J.P. Kok, 7/17/04
  • “ Without Faith it is Impossible to Please Him, for he that comes to God must Believe that he Is and that he is a Rewarder Of them that Diligently Seek Him” Hebrews 11.6 " That Christ May dwell in Your Hearts by Faith : that you, Being Rooted and Grounded in Love May be Able to Comprehend with all Saints what is the Breadth, and Length, and Depth, and Height: And to Know the Love of Christ Which Passes Knowledge, that you Might be Filled with all the Fullness of God." Ephesians 3.17-19 ' Since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation" 1 Thessalonians 5. 8 Absecon Lighthouse In Atlantic City July 14, 2004 Photo by JPK/MSM
  • pistis NT:4102 pistis (pis'-tis); from NT:3982; persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: KJV - assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity. (Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.) pistis NT:4103 pistos (pis-tos'); from NT:3982; objectively, trustworthy; subjectively, trustful: KJV - believe (-ing, -r), faithful (-ly), sure, true. NT:4104 pistoo (pis-to'-o); from NT:4103; to assure: KJV - assure of.
  • FAITH - Faith is in general the persuasion of the mind that a certain statement is true (Phil 1:27; 2 Thess 2:13). Its primary idea is trust. A thing is true, and therefore worthy of trust. It admits of many degrees up to full assurance of faith, in accordance with the evidence on which it rests. Mere intellectual agreement to a truth is illustrated in James 2:19, where even demons are said to believe that there is one God. Obviously, however, they are not saved by this type of belief. Genuine saving faith is a personal attachment to Christ, best thought of as a combination of two ideas-reliance on Christ and commitment to Him. (from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright © 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers) Faith is the result of teaching (Rom 10:14-17). Knowledge is an essential element in all faith, and is sometimes spoken of as an equivalent to faith (John 10:38; 1 John 2:3). Yet the two are distinguished in this respect, that faith includes in it assent, which is an act of the will in addition to the act of the understanding . Assent to the truth is of the essence of faith, and the ultimate ground on which our assent to any revealed truth rests is the veracity of God. Historical faith is the apprehension of and assent to certain statements which are regarded as mere facts of history. Temporary faith is that state of mind which is awakened in men (e.g., Felix) by the exhibition of the truth and by the influence of religious ..., or by what is sometimes styled the common operation of the Holy Spirit. Saving faith is so called because it has eternal life inseparably connected with it. It cannot be better defined than in the words of the Assembly's Shorter Catechism: " Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace, whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel." The object of saving faith is the whole revealed Word of God. Faith accepts and believes it as the very truth most sure. But the special act of faith which unites to Christ has as its object the person and the work of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 7:38; Acts 16:31). This is the specific act of faith by which a sinner is justified before God (Rom 3:22,25; Gal 2:16; Phil 3:9; John 3:16-36; Acts 10:43; 16:31). In this act of faith the believer appropriates and rests on Christ alone as Mediator in all his offices. Continued…
  • This assent to or belief in the truth received upon the divine testimony has always associated with it a deep sense of sin, a distinct view of Christ, a consenting will, and a loving heart, together with a reliance on, a trusting in, or resting in Christ. It is that state of mind in which a poor sinner, conscious of his sin, flees from his guilty self to Christ his Saviour, and rolls over the burden of all his sins on him. It consists chiefly, not in the assent given to the testimony of God in his Word, but in embracing with fiducial reliance and trust the one and only Saviour whom God reveals. This trust and reliance is of the essence of faith . By faith the believer directly and immediately appropriates Christ as his own. Faith in its direct act makes Christ ours. It is not a work which God graciously accepts instead of perfect obedience, but is only the hand by which we take hold of the person and work of our Redeemer as the only ground of our salvation. Saving faith is a moral act, as it proceeds from a renewed will, and a renewed will is necessary to believing assent to the truth of God (1 Cor 2:14; 2 Cor 4:4). Faith, therefore, has its seat in the moral part of our nature fully as much as in the intellectual. The mind must first be enlightened by divine teaching (John 6:44; Acts 13:48; 2 Cor 4:6; Eph 1:17,18) before it can discern the things of the Spirit. Faith is necessary to our salvation (Mark 16:16), not because there is any merit in it, but simply because it is the sinner's taking the place assigned him by God, his falling in with what God is doing. The warrant or ground of faith is the divine testimony, not the reasonableness of what God says, but the simple fact that he says it. Faith rests immediately on , "Thus saith the Lord." But in order to this faith the veracity, sincerity, and truth of God must be owned and appreciated, together with his unchangeableness. God's word encourages and emboldens the sinner personally to transact with Christ as God's gift, to close with him, embrace him, give himself to Christ, and take Christ as his. That word comes with power, for it is the word of God who has revealed himself in his works, and especially in the cross. God is to be believed for his word's sake, but also for his name's sake. Faith in Christ secures for the believer freedom from condemnation, or justification before God; a participation in the life that is in Christ, the divine life (John 14:19; Rom 6:4-10; Eph 4:15,16, etc.); "peace with God" (Rom 5:1); and sanctification (Acts 26:18; Gal 5:6; Acts 15:9). All who thus believe in Christ will certainly be saved (John 6:37,40; 10:27,28; Rom 8:1). (from Easton's Bible Dictionary, PC Study Bible formatted electronic database Copyright © 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)
  • FAITH Heb 11:1, " the substance of things hoped for (i.e., it substantiates God's promises, the fulfillment of which we hope, it makes them present realities), the evidence ( elengchos , the 'convincing proof' or 'demonstration') of things not seen." … Kok Road in Randolph Wisconsin Photo by J.P. Kok 6/26/04 In its barest primary form, faith is simply crediting or accepting God's testimony (1 John 5:9-13). Not to credit it is to make God a "liar"! a consequence which unbelievers may well start back from. The necessary consequence of crediting God's testimony ( pisteuoo Theoo ) is believing in ( pisteuoo eis ton huion , i.e. trusting in) the Son of God; for He, and salvation in Him alone, form the grand subject of God's testimony. (from Fausset's Bible Dictionary, Electronic Database Copyright (c)1998 by Biblesoft)
  • Abraham did not Waver through Unbelief Regarding the Promise Of God, but was Strengthened in His Faith and Gave Glory to God, Being Fully Persuaded that God had Power to do what he had Promised    Romans 4.20   “ Therefore, since we have been Justified through Faith we have Peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…” Romans 4.21    “ Now when a Man works, his Wages are not Credited to him As a Gift, but as an Obligation. However, to the Man who does Not Work, but Trusts God who Justifies the Wicked, his Faith Is Credited as Righteousness” Romans 4.5      “ Therefore the Promise Comes by Faith , so that it may Be by Grace, and may be Guaranteed to all Abraham’s Offspring-not only to Those who Are of the Law, but also to those Who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the Father of us all. Romans 4.16
  •                                                   "For we are Saved by Hope, but Hope that is Seen is Not Hope..." Romans 8.24   HOPE! At the Top of the Alpine Slide the Boy Prepares you for Launch Me on the Alpine Slide Near Mt. Rushmore 6/21/04 Self-Photo I HOPE I Make it!
  • Rom 8:17-25 (1.) The grounds of this expectation in the saints. It is our having received the first-fruits of the Spirit, which both quickens our desires and encourages our hopes , and both ways raises our expectations. The first-fruits did both sanctify and ensure the lump. Grace is the first-fruits of glory, it is glory begun. We, having received such clusters in this wilderness, cannot but long for the full vintage in the heavenly Canaan. Not only they - not only the creatures which are not capable of such a happiness as the first-fruits of the Spirit, but even we, who have such present rich receivings, cannot but long for something more and greater. In having the first-fruits of the Spirit we have that which is very precious, but we have not all we would have. We groan within ourselves , which denotes the strength and secrecy of these desires; not making a loud noise, as the hypocrites howling upon the bed for corn and wine, but with silent groans, which pierce heaven soonest of all. Or, We groan among ourselves. It is the unanimous vote, the joint desire, of the whole church, all agree in this: Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly . The groaning denotes a very earnest and importunate desire, the soul pained with the delay. Present receivings and comforts are consistent with a great many groans; not as the pangs of one dying, but as the throes of a woman in travail-groans that are symptoms of life, not of death Rom 8:24 For we are saved by hope , [ tee gar elpidi esooyoumen ]. This sense of the words makes hope the instrument of salvation, which it can only be if we view hope as nothing else (to use the words of Alford) than faith in its prospective attitude . Still hope is not faith, but is that which begets it ; and in the New Testament they are carefully distinguished. The true sense, as the great majority of good critics admit, is, 'For in hope we are saved;' that is, our salvation-in that sense of it which the preceding verses refer to-is in the present state rather in hope than in actual possession. (from Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1997, 2003 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.) Commentary (from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.)
  • Peace!
  • “ And the Peace of God, which Passes all Understanding, Shall Keep your Hearts & Minds Through Christ Jesus” Philippians 4.7 “ Make Straight Paths for your Feet, Lest that which is Lame be Turned out of the Way, but Let it Rather be Healed. Follow Peace with all Men, and Holiness, without Which no Man Shall See the Lord” Hebrews 12. 13-14 Commentary PEACE In the New Testament, peace often refers to the inner tranquility and poise of the Christian whose trust is in God through Christ, brought about by a reconciliation with God. Such peace was proclaimed by the host of angels at Christ's birth (Luke 2:14), and by Christ Himself in His SERMON ON THE MOUNT (Matt 5:9) and during His ministry. He also taught about this kind of peace at the Lord's Supper, shortly before His death (John 14:27).The apostle Paul later wrote that such peace and spiritual blessedness was a direct result of faith in Christ (Rom 5:1). (from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright © 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers) Marion CRC Photo by JPK 6/23/04
  • “ And Let the Peace of God Rule in Your Hearts, To the Which also you are Called in One Body, and be you Thankful” Colossians 3. 15  “ Grace be with you, and mercy, from God the Father, and From the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in Truth and Love” 2 John 3 Peace "Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with you all." 2 Thessalonians 3. 16 Reading a Psalm At the Wayside Chapel Alongside the Missouri River Self-photo, 6/22/04 I read all 150 Psalms Over the Course of a Year In Front of the Camera to Produce “Psalms Across America”
  • PEACE Shalom also signifies "peace," indicative of a prosperous relationship between two or more parties. Shalom in this sense finds expression in speech: "Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaks deceit: one speaks peaceably [literally, "in peace"] to his neighbor with his mouth, but in heart he lays in wait" Jer 9:8; in diplomacy: "Howbeit Sisera fled away on his feet to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite: for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite" Judg 4:17; and in warfare: "...if it make you answer of peace, and open unto you, then it shall be, that all the people that is found therein shall be tributaries unto you, and they shall serve you" Deut 20:11. PEACE The Septuagint gives the following translations: e irene ("peace; welfare; health"); eirenikos ("peaceable; peaceful"); soteria ("deliverance; preservation; salvation"); and hugiainein ("be in good health; sound"). PEACE shalom OT:7965, "peace; completeness; welfare; health." The root is a common Semitic root with the meaning "peace" in Akkadian, Ugaritic, Phoenician, Aramaic, Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic. Shalom is a very important term in the Old Testament and has maintained its place in Mishnaic, rabbinic, and modern Hebrew. In Israel today, people greet the newcomer and each other with the words mah shlomka, ("what is your peace," "how are you doing,") and they ask about the "peace" ("well-being") of one's family. (from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.) Commentary
  • 3. hesuchazo NT:2270 signifies "to be still"; it is used of holding one's "peace," being silent, Luke 14:4; Acts 11:18; 21:14, "we ceased. See CEASE, A, No. 3, QUIET. 4. phimoo NT:5392, "to muzzle," is used metaphorically in the passive voice, in Mark 1:25 and Luke 4:35, "hold your peace"; in Mark 4:39, "be still." See MUZZLE. (from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.) PEACE (HOLD ONE'S) 1. sigao NT:4601 signifies (a), used intransitively, "to be silent" (from sige, "silence"), translated "to hold one's peace," in Luke 9:36; 18:39; 20:26; Acts 12:17; 15:13 (in v. 12, "kept silence"; similarly rendered in 1 Cor 14:28,30, KJV, "hold his peace," 34); (b) used transitively, "to keep secret"; in the passive voice, "to be kept secret," Rom 16:25, RV, "has been kept in silence." See SECRET, SILENCE. Commentary 2. siopao NT:4623, "to be silent or still, to keep silence" (from siope, "silence"), is translated "to hold one's peace," in Matt 20:31; 26:63; Mark 3:4; 9:34; 10:48; 14:61; Luke 19:40; Acts 18:9; in the Lord's command to the sea, in Mark 4:39, it is translated "peace" (for the next word "be still" see No. 4); in Luke 1:20, RV, "you shalt be silent" (KJV, "dumb"). See DUMB, B.
  • SWORD: It is a symbol of divine chastisement (Deut 32:25; Ps 7:12; 78:62), and of a slanderous tongue (Ps 57:4; 64:3; Prov 12:18). The word of God is likened also to a sword (Heb 4:12; Eph 6:17; Rev 1:16). Gideon's watchword was, "The sword of the Lord" (Judg 7:20). (from Easton's Bible Dictionary, PC Study Bible Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth . I did not come to bring peace but a sword . 35 For I have come to 'set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law'; 36 and 'a man's enemies will be those of his own household.' 37 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. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it . Matt 10:34-39 “… Not Peace but a Sword …” At Bryce Canyon, Utah 8/3/04
  • Jer 6:14 They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, Saying, 'Peace, peace!‘ When there is no peace . For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of My people slightly, Saying,'Peace, peace!‘ When there is no peace . Jer 8:11 Because, indeed, because they have seduced My people, saying,'Peace!' when there is no peace — and one builds a wall, and they plaster it with untempered mortar … Ezek 13:10 “… that is, the prophets of Israel who prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and who see visions of peace for her when there is no peace ,'" says the Lord GOD. Ezek 13:16 “… Peace, Peace, when there is no peace …”
  • "Now the Lord is that Spirit: and Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Liberty" 2 Corinthians 3.17   "Stand Fast Therefore in the Liberty Wherewith Christ has Made us Free, and be Not Entangled Again with Yoke of Bondage" Galatians 5.1     eleutheria NT:1657 eleutheria (el-yoo-ther-ee'-ah); from NT:1658; freedom (legitimate or licentious, chiefly moral or ceremonial): KJV - liberty.(Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.) Waitress at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor in Lemars Iowa July 23, 2004 Photo by J.P. Kok
  • "Fear Not, I am the First and the Last“ Revelation 1.17     I am the Alpha and Omega--the Beginning and the End" Revelations 1.8   Black Hills Train Near Mt. Rushmore Photo by J.P.Kok 6/21/04
  •   "Because you art Lukewarm, and Neither Cold nor Hot, I will Spit you out of My Mouth " Revelations 3.16
  • Rev 3:14-22 1. The heavy charge drawn up against this church, ministers and people, by one who knew them better than they knew themselves: you art neither cold nor hot, but worse than either; I would rather you were cold or hot, v. 15. Lukewarmness or indifference in religion is the worst temper in the world . If religion is a real thing, it is the most excellent thing, and therefore we should be in good earnest in it; if it is not a real thing, it is the vilest imposture, and we should be earnest against it. If religion is worth any thing, it is worth every thing; an indifference here is inexcusable: Why halt you between two opinions? If God be God, follow him; if Baal (be God), follow him. Here is no room for neutrality. An open enemy shall have a fairer quarter than a perfidious neuter; and there is more hope of a heathen than of such. Christ expects that men should declare themselves in earnest either for him or against him. 2. A severe punishment threatened: I will spit you out of my mouth. As lukewarm water turns the stomach, and provokes to a vomit, lukewarm professors turn the heart of Christ against them. He is sick of them, and cannot long bear them. They may call their lukewarmness charity, meekness, moderation, and a largeness of soul; it is nauseous to Christ, and makes those so that allow themselves in it. They shall be rejected, and finally rejected; for far be it from the holy Jesus to return to that which has been thus rejected. (from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.) Commentary St. George Episcopal Fredericksburg, Virginia Photo by J.P.Kok 7/17/04
  • Neither cold - antithesis to "hot" [ zestos boiling ("fervent, Acts 18:25; Rom 12:11:f. Song 8:6; Luke 24:32), requires that "cold" should mean more than negatively cold; positively, icy cold: never warmed]. The Laodiceans were cold comparatively, not as the world outside, and those who never belonged to the Church. The lukewarm state, if the transitional stage to a warmer, is desirable (for a little religion, if real, is better than none); but fatal when an abiding condition, for it is mistaken for a safe state (Rev 3:17). Hence, Christ desires that they were cold rather than lukewarm ; for there would not be the same ‘ danger of mixed motive and disregarded principle' (Alford). There is more hope of the cold - i.e these of the world not yet warmed by the Gospel call; for, when called, they may become fervent Christians: as the once-cold publicans, Zaccheus and Matthew. But the lukewarm has been within reach of the holy fire, without being kindled into fervor; not enough to save the soul: as the halters between two opinions in Israel (1 Kings 18:21: cf. 2 Kings 17:41; Ezek 20:39; Matt 6:24). Commentary (from Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1997, 2003 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.) Inside Penn Cave, 7/9/04
  • "And on the Seventh Day , God Ended His Work Which He had Made; and He Rested on the Seventh Day from all His Work Which He had Made" Genesis 2:2     The Seventh Day Being a “Sabbatarian” means more than one day a week         "Keep the Sabbath Day to Sanctify it , as the Lord your God has Commanded you" Deuteronomy 5.12   "And God Blessed the Seventh Day , and Sanctified it; because that in it He had Rested from all His Work which God Created and Made" Genesis 2:3 7
  •   “ I Have made you a Light for the Gentiles, that you may Bring Salvation to the Ends of the Earth” Acts 13. 47 "And There Shall be No Night There and They Need no Candle Neither Light of the Sun, for the Lord God Gives them Light , and they Shall Reign Forever & Ever" Revelations 22.5   “ No one Lights a Lamp and Hides it in a Jar or Puts it Under a Bed. “ Luke 8.16   We are Lights to the World  “ Walk as Children of Light – for the Fruit of The Spirit is in all Goodness and righteousness and Truth”” Ephesians 5.8-9 LET THERE BE L I G H T !
  • “ That you may be Blameless and Harmless, the sons of God, without Rebuke, in the Midst of a Crooked And Perverse Nation, Among Whom you Shine as Lights in the World” Philippians 2.15 NT:5458 phoster (foce-tare'); from NT:5457; an illuminator, i.e. (concretely) a luminary, or (abstractly) brilliancy:KJV - light. (Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.) “ For Satan himself is Transformed into an angel Of light ” 2 Corinthians 11.14 CAUTION! Jesus the Great Healer Baytown Revival Church Baytown, Texas 7/24/04 Photo by JPK
  •   "But Unto Every One of us is Given G race , According to the Measure of the Gift of Christ“ Ephesians 4.17   GRACE!  “ You know the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was Rich, for your Sakes He became Poor, so that you through His Poverty Might Become Rich” 2 Corinthians 8.9     Have Gained Access by Faith Into this Grace in which we now Stand. And we Rejoice in the Hope Of the Glory of God” Romans 5.1-2   “ Grace be with all them that Love our Lord Jesus Christ in Sincerity.Amen. Ephesians 6.24  
  •   “ The Grace of God that Brings Salvation has Appeared to All Men” Titus 2.11    “ In Him we have Redemption through His Blood, the Forgiveness of Sins, in Accordance with the Riches of God’s Grace that He Lavished On us with all Wisdom and Understanding” Ephesians 1. 7 Pray for Daniel Mark Arnall Owner of DMA Enterprises. He Owns or Manages the Property Where My First Ministry Office was Located in Pasadena. His Property Manager Billie Harris Needs Our Prayers Too ! Photo by J.P. Kok 7/22/05
  • “ And with Great Power gave the Apostles Witness of the Resurrection Of the Lord Jesus; and Great Grace Was upon them All” Acts 4.33   “ That being Justified by His Grace , we Should be Made Heirs According to the Hope Of Eternal Life” Titus 2.7   My Grace is Sufficient for you, for my Strength is Made Perfect in Weakness" 2 Corinthians 12.9"   For by Grace you are Saved through Faith, and that not of Yourselves it is the Gift of God" Ephesians 2.8   Balanced Rock @ Arches National Park 8/1/04 By J.P. Kok
  • charis NT:5485 charis (khar'-ece); from NT:5463; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude): kJV - acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy, liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy). NT:5486 charisma (khar'-is-mah); from NT:5483; a (divine) gratuity, i.e. deliverance (from danger or passion); (specifically) a (spiritual) endowment, i.e. (subjectively) religious qualification, or (objectively) miraculous faculty: KJV - (free) gift. (Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.) GRACE - (1.) Of form or person (Prov 1:9; 3:22; Ps 45:2). (2.) Favour, kindness, friendship (Gen 6:8; 18:3; 19:19; 2 Tim 1:9). (3.) God's forgiving mercy (Rom 11:6; Eph 2:5). (4.) The gospel as distinguished from the law (John 1:17; Rom 6:14; 1 Peter 5:12). (5.) Gifts freely bestowed by God; as miracles, prophecy, tongues (Rom 15:15; 1 Cor 15:10; Eph 3:8). (6.) Christian virtues (2 Cor 8:7; 2 Peter 3:18). (7.) The glory hereafter to be revealed… (from Easton's Bible Dictionary, PC Study Bible formatted electronic database Copyright © 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)
  • GRACE The grace of God revealed in Jesus Christ is applied to human beings for their salvation by the HOLY SPIRIT, who is called "the Spirit of grace" (Heb 10:29). The Spirit is the One who binds Christ to His people so that they receive forgiveness, adoption to sonship, and newness of life, as well as every spiritual gift or grace (Eph 4:7). (from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright © 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers ) In the Old Testament, the supreme example of grace was the redemption of the Hebrew people from Egypt and their establishment in the Promised Land. This did not happen because of any merit on Israel's part, but in spite of their unrighteousness (Deut 9:5-6). (from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright © 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers) Was there grace in the Old Testament? Paul & GRACE The theme of grace is especially prominent in the letters of the apostle Paul. He sets grace radically over against the law and the works of the law (Rom 3:24,28). Paul makes it abundantly clear that salvation is not something that can be earned or merited; it can be received only as a gift of grace (Rom 4:4). Grace, however, must be accompanied by faith; a person must trust in the mercy and favor of God, even while it is undeserved (Rom 4:16). (from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright © 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)     " And God is Able to Make All Grace Abound Toward You, that you, Always Having All Sufficiency in All Things,May Abound to Every Good Work“ 2 Corinthians 9.8  
  •       “ For we are Made Partakers of Christ, if we Hold the Beginning of our Confidence Steadfast unto the End” Hebrews 3.14         “ Harden not your hearts as in the Provocation, in the Day of Temptation in the Wilderness” Hebrews 3.8           "             "  World’s Largest Rocking Chair, Near Stephenville, TX Photo by J.P. Kok 7/26/05 Take Heed…
  • 2 . He enforces the admonition with an affectionate compellation: "Brethren, not only in the flesh, but in the Lord; brethren whom I love, and for whose welfare I labor and long." And here he enlarges upon the matter of the admonition : Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God. Here observe , Heb 3:7-19 He gives the Hebrews a proper caution; the word is, Take heed, blepete - look to it. "Look about you; be upon your guard against enemies both within and without; be circumspect. You see what kept many of your forefathers out of Canaan, and made their carcasses fall in the wilderness; take heed lest you fall into the same sin and snare and dreadful sentence. For you see Christ is head of the church , a much greater person than Moses, and your contempt of him must be a greater sin than their contempt of Moses; and so you are in danger of falling under a severer sentence than they." Observe, The ruin of others should be a warning to us to take heed of the rock they all who come after them; for all these things happened to them for ensamples (1 Cor 10:11), and should be remembered by us. Take split upon. ,(from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers
  •   THE TEN COMMANDMENTS Exodus 1. " You shall have no other gods before Me" (Ex 20:3). 2. "You shall not make for yourself a carved image " (Ex 20:4). 3. "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain " (Ex 20:7) 4. "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy" (Ex 20:8). 5. " Honor your father and your mother, that your days may belong upon the land" (Ex 20:12). 6. "You shall not murder" (Ex 20:13). 7. "You shall not commit adultery " (Ex 20:14). 8. "You shall not steal " (Ex 20:15). 9. "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor“ (Ex 20:16) 10. "You shall not covet " (Ex 20:17). ( from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Statue of Moses Holding Ten Commandment Tablets at Crystal Cathedral Photo by J.P.K 7/05
  • Deut 5:6-21 6'I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 7'You shall have no other gods before Me. 8'You shall not make for yourself a carved image — any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 9 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 10 but showing mercy to you and, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. 11'You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain , for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. 12'Observe the Sabbath day , to keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you. 13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. 15 And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day. And in Deuteronomy
  • 16'Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you . 17'You shall not murder. 18'You shall not commit adultery . 19'You shall not steal. 20'You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 21'You shall not covet your neighbor's wife; and you shall not desire your neighbor's house, his field, his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's. ' Continued…(from Deuteronomy) Conversely You should give life You shall be faithful to your spouse You should give You should be a truth teller You should be content
  • COMMANDMENTS, TEN (Ex 34:28; Deut 10:4, marg. "ten words") i.e., the Decalogue (q.v.), is a summary of the immutable moral law. These commandments were first given in their written form to the people of Israel when they were encamped at Sinai, about fifty days after they came out of Egypt (Ex 19:10-25). They were written by the finger of God on two tables of stone. The first tables were broken by Moses when he brought them down from the mount (32:19), being thrown by him on the ground. At the command of God he took up into the mount two other tables, and God wrote on them "the words that were on the first tables" (34:1). These tables were afterwards placed in the ark of the covenant (Deut 10:5; 1 Kings 8:9). Their subsequent history is unknown. They are as a whole called "the covenant" (Deut 4:13), and "the tables of the covenant" (9:9,11; Heb 9:4), and "the testimony." COMMANDMENTS, TEN The Ten Commandments form the heart of the special COVENANT between God and His people God never intended for the Ten Commandments to be a set of regulations by which the people of Israel would earn salvation. ( from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright © 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers) They are obviously "ten" in number, but their division is not fixed, hence different methods of numbering them have been adopted. The Jews make the "Preface" one of the commandments, and then combine the first and second. The Roman Catholics and Lutherans combine the first and second and divide the tenth into two. The Jews and Josephus divide them equally. The Lutherans and Roman Catholics refer three commandments to the first table and seven to the second. The Greek and Reformed Churches refer four to the first and six to the second table. The Samaritans add to the second that Gerizim (from Easton's Bible Dictionary, PC Study Bible formatted electronic database Copyright © 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)
  • And in Leviticus you find a Mixture of Commandments (Repeated) as Well as a Variety Of Moral Precepts—Specifically Intended for the Israelites Then And There St. Anthony’s in Milwaukee 6/27/04
  •           13'You shall not cheat your neighbor , nor rob him. The wages of him who is hired shall not remain with you all night until morning. 14 You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but shall fear your God: I am the LORD. 15'You shall do no injustice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty. In righteousness you shall judge your neighbor. 16 You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people; nor shall you take a stand against the life of your neighbor: I am the LORD. 17'You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him. 18 You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD. 19'You shall keep My statutes. You shall not let your livestock breed with another kind. You shall not sow your field with mixed seed. Nor shall a garment of mixed linen and wool come upon you. 20'Whoever lies carnally with a woman who is betrothed to a man as a concubine, and who has not at all been redeemed nor given her freedom, for this there shall be scourging; but they shall not be put to death, because she was not free. 21 And he shall bring his trespass offering to the LORD, to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, a ram as a trespass offering. 22 The priest shall make atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering before the LORD for his sin which he has committed. And the sin which he has committed shall be forgiven him. 19:1 Moral and Ceremonial Laws And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 "Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them:'You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy. 3'Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father , and keep My Sabbaths : I am the LORD your God. 4'Do not turn to idols , nor make for yourselves molded gods: I am the LORD your God. 5'And if you offer a sacrifice of a peace offering to the LORD, you shall offer it of your own free will. 6 It shall be eaten the same day you offer it, and on the next day. And if any remains until the third day, it shall be burned in the fire. 7 And if it is eaten at all on the third day, it is an abomination. It shall not be accepted. 8 Therefore everyone who eats it shall bear his iniquity, because he has profaned the hallowed offering of the LORD; and that person shall be cut off from his people. 9'When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. 10 And you shall not glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather every grape of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger: I am the LORD your God. 11'You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to alsely, nor shall yof your God I am the LORD. Leviticus 19
  • 26'You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor shall you practice divination or soothsaying. 27 You shall not shave around the sides of your head, nor shall you disfigure the edges of your beard. 28 You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the LORD. 33'And if a stranger dwells with you in your land, you shall not mistreat him. 34 The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God . 35'You shall do no injustice in judgment, in measurement of length, weight, or volume. 36 You shall have honest scales, honest weights, an honest ephah, and an honest hin: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt. 37'Therefore you shall observe all My statutes and all My judgments, and perform them: I am the LORD.'" 32'You shall rise before the gray headed and honor the presence of an old man, and fear your God: I am the LORD. 31'Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God. 23'When you come into the land, and have planted all kinds of trees for food, then you shall count their fruit as uncircumcised. Three years it shall be as uncircumcised to you. It shall not be eaten. 30'You shall keep My Sabbaths and reverence My sanctuary: I am the LORD . 29'Do not prostitute your daughter, to cause her to be a harlot, lest the land fall into harlotry, and the land become full of wickedness. 24 But in the fourth year all its fruit shall be holy, a praise to the LORD. 25 And in the fifth year you may eat its fruit, that it may yield to you its increase: I am the LORD your God. Some are Precepts
  •              " Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength . Deut 6:4-5 THE SHEMA       In the Old Testament Why was this such an important command? The Cathedral of Learning In Pittsburgh, PA 7/8/04
  •                THE SHEMA   “ The Most Important [Commandment] is This: ‘Hear O Israel, The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord with all your Heart And with all your Soul And with all your Mind, And with all your Strength” Mark 12.29-30       In the New Testament Sunset Picture by J.P. Kok 6/17/04
  •               “ I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life . No One Comes to the Father Except through me. If You Really Knew Me, you Would know my Father as Well.” John 14. 7   Walden Pond Made Famous by Thoreau Photo by JPK/MSM 7/14/04
    • TRUTH
    • Used in various senses in Scripture. In Prov 12:17,19, it denotes that which is opposed to falsehood . In Isa 59:14,15; Jer 7:28, it means fidelity or truthfulness. The doctrine of Christ is called "the truth of the gospel" (Gal 2:5), "the truth" (2 Tim 3:7; 4:4).
    • (from Easton's Bible Dictionary, PC Study Bible formatted electronic database Copyright © 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)
    Conformity to fact or actuality; faithfulness to an original or to a standard. In the Old and New Testaments, truth is a fundamental moral and personal quality of God . God is truth; the Spirit is truth; and Jesus is truth. (from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright © 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)
  • NT:225 aletheia (al-ay'-thi-a); from NT:227; truth: KJV - true, truly, truth, verity. NT:226 aletheuo (al-ayth-yoo'-o); from NT:227; to be true (in doctrine and profession): KJV - speak (tell) the truth. NT:227 alethes (al-ay-thace'); from NT:1 (as a negative particle) and NT:2990; true (as not concealing): KJV - true, truly, truth. NT:228 alethinos (al-ay-you-nos'); from NT:227; truthful: KJV - true. (Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.) 'emeth OT:571 'emeth (eh'-meth); contracted from OT:539; stability; (figuratively) certainty, truth, trustworthy: KJV - assured (-ly), establishment, faithful, right, sure, true (-ly, -th), verity (Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)
  •    "This is he that Come by Water & Blood, Even Jesus Christ, not by Water Only, but by Water and Blood. And it is the Spirit that Bears Witness Because the Spirit is Truth" 1 John 5.6           “ But we are Bound to Give thanks always to God for you; Brethren Beloved of the Lord, Because God has from the Beginning Chosen you to Salvation through Sanctification Of the Spirit and Belief of the Truth” 1 Thessalonians 2.13 “… We thank God without Ceasing, Because, when you Received the Word of God which you Heard of us, you Received it not as the Word of Men, but as it Is in Truth, the Word of God, which Effectually Works also in you That Believe” 1 Thessalonians 2.13
  • “ By Pureness, by Knowledge, by Longsuffering, by Kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by Love Unfeigned, by the Word of Truth , By the Power of God, by the Armor of Righteousness on the Right Hand and on the Left” 2 Corinthians 6.6-7 Porthole on Aircraft Carrier Museum San Diego, California, 10/16/04 by J.P. Kok
  •   "He is the Rock, His Work is Perfect; for all His Ways are Judgment: a God of Truth and without Iniquity, Just and Right is HE" Deuteronomy 32.4   My Little Children, Let us not Love in word,neither in Tongue, but in Deed and in Truth " 1 John 3.18   "Speak you Every Man the Truth to his Neighbor, Execute the Judgment of Truth & Peace in Your Gates" Zechariah 8.16    “ But when he, the Spirit of Truth Comes, He will Guide You into all Truth ” John 16.13 Statute in Front of Santa Barbara Superior Court Santa Maria, California " For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth " 2 Cor 13.8 Peter Scheffler was the Media Representative For the Michael Jackson Case 3/7/05
  • “ But when the Comforter is Come, Whom I will Send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth, which Proceeds from the Father, he shall Testify of me” John 15.26   " Sanctify them Through the Truth; your Word is Truth" John 17.17 Jefferson Memorial Washington D.C. Photo By J.P. Kok 7/17/04
  •                                 "And if it Seem Evil unto you to Serve the Lord, Choose you this Day whom you Will Serve, whether the gods Which your fathers Served that were on the Other Side of the Floor, or the gods of the Amorites... but as for me and my House we Will Serve the Lord " Joshua 24.15 Arcadia University In Philadelphia, PA Photo by J.P. Kok 7/10/04
  • Josh 24:15-28 [ 4.] He directs their choice in this matter by an open declaration of his own resolutions: "But as for me and my house, whatever you do, we will serve the Lord, and I hope you will all be of the same mind." Here he resolves, First, For himself: As for me, I will serve the Lord. Note, The service of God is nothing below the greatest of men; it is so far from being a diminution and disparagement to princes and those of the first rank to be religious that it is their greatest honor , and adds the brightest crown of glory to them. Observe how positive he is : "I will serve God." It is no abridgment of our liberty to bind ourselves with a bond to God. Secondly, For his house, that is, his family, his children and servants, such as were immediately under his eye and care, his inspection and influence. Joshua was a ruler, a judge in Israel, yet he did not make his necessary application to public affairs an excuse for the neglect of family religion. Those that have the charge of many families, as magistrates and ministers, must take special care of their own (1 Tim 3:4,5): I and my house will serve God. 1 . " Not my house, without me ." He would not engage them to that work which he would not set his own hand to. As some who would have their children and servants good, but will not be so themselves; that is, they would have them go to heaven, but intend to go to hell themselves. 2. " Not I, without my house." He supposes he might be forsaken by his people, but in his house, where his authority was greater and more immediate, there he would over-rule. Note, When we cannot bring as many as we would to the service of God we must bring as many as we can, and extend our endeavors to the utmost sphere of our activity; if we cannot reform the land, let us put away iniquity far from our own tabernacle. 3. " First I, and then my house ." Note, Those that lead and rule in other things should be first in the service of God, and go before in the best things. Thirdly, He resolves to do this whatever others did. though all the families of Israel should revolt from God, and serve idols, yet Joshua and his family will steadfastly adhere to the God of Israel. Note, Those that resolve to serve God must not mind being singular in it , nor be drawn by the crowd to forsake his service. Those that are bound for heaven must be willing to swim against the stream , and must not do as the most do, but as the best do. (from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.) Commentary Brent Gate’s House in Littleton, MA, Photo by J.P. Kok, 7/14/04
  •     " For the Earth Is the Lord's, and the Fullness Thereof" 1 Corinthians 10.26 The earth is the LORD's, and all its fullness,The world and those who dwell therein. 2 For He has founded it upon the seas,And established it upon the waters. ( Psalm 24:1-2) pleroma NT:4138 pleroma (play'-ro-mah); from NT:4137; repletion or completion, i.e. (subjectively) what fills (as contents, supplement, copiousness, multitude), or (objectively) what is filled (as container, performance, period): KJV - which is put in to fill up, piece that filled up, fulfilling, full, fulness. (Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.) An Exciting Moment @ Yellowstone: I Saw a Bear Coming out of the Forest! Photo by JPK 10/4/04
  • “ If Someone Strikes you on One Cheek, Turn to him the Other Also …” Luke 6.29 The Grapevines in San Joaquin Valley Photo by J.P.K 6/15/04
  • The supreme example - In the teaching of Jesus, the highest of all incentives is the example of God . This was no new principle. The central section of Leviticus is called "the law of holiness" because of its recurring theme: " I am the Lord your God...Be holy; for I am holy " (Lev 11:44). This bears a close resemblance to Jesus' words in Luke 6:36 , " Be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful ." The children of God should reproduce their Father's character. He does not discriminate between the good and the evil in bestowing rain and sunshine; likewise, l . He delights in forgiving sinners; His children should also be marked by a forgiving spirit. ( from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright © 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers ) JESUS CHRIST The way of nonviolence - The principle of nonviolence is deeply ingrained in Jesus' teaching. In His references to the "men of violence" who tried to bring in the kingdom of God by force, Jesus gave no sign that He approved of their ideals or methods. The course which He called for was the way of peace and submission. He urged His hearers not to strike back against injustice or oppression but to turn the other cheek , to go a second mile when their services were demanded for one mile, and to take the initiative in returning good for evil. But the way of nonviolence did not appeal to the people. The crowd chose the militant Barabbas when they were given the opportunity to have either Jesus or Barabbas set free. But the attitude expressed in the shout, "Not this man, but Barabbas!" (Matt 27:15-26) was the spirit that would one day level Jerusalem and bring misery… e Commentary New Holy Ghost Missionary Baptist Church in the Brewery Hill District In Milwaukee, WI Photo by Kok 6/27/04
  •   And when you Stand Praying, if you Hold Anything Against Anyone, Forgive him, so that Your Father in Heaven May Forgive you Your Sins” (Mark 11.26)     "Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven " Matt 9.2      Forgiveness: Is it The Same as “Grace”? Yes & No. When we Say Grace We Are Usually Speaking About God Forgiving Us. But we Also Have a Responsibility to Forgive Others and Have them Forgive Us. It is Theologically Dishonest To Hold Someone Captive to a Sin Forever , or For them to do So to You, As Long as it is Not a Recurring, Repetitive Sin . Mammoth Hot Springs Federal Courthouse, Yellowstone Wyoming Photo by J.P. Kok 10/4/04 FORGIVENESS I Forgive the Forest Rangers for their Mistakes John Barksdale was the Attorney for the Park Rangers The Bailiff
  •   ” Give us each day our daily bread; and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us; and lead us not into temptation .” Luke 11:2-4      “ Friend, Your Sins are Forgiven ” Luke 5.20 To Whom you Forgive Any Thing, I Forgive Also:for if I Forgave any Thing, to Whom I Forgave it, for Your Sakes Forgave I it in the Person of Christ “ 2 Corinthians 2.10   Photo of Moose at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone, WY 10/4/04 By J.P. Kok
  • To whom you forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Another encouragement to their restoring the offender. They may be assured of Paul's apostolic sanction. For if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it. 'Aleph (START HEBREW END HEBREW) A B C G f g, Vulgate, read 'for even what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven any thing.' He uses the perfect tense, as of a thing determined on; as in 1 Cor 5:3, or as speaking generally: It is for your sakes I have forgiven, and do forgive, that the church (of which you are members) may suffer no hurt by the loss of a soul, and that you may learn leniency as well as faithfulness.In the person [ en prosoopoo ] of Christ - representing Christ; acting by His authority: answering to 1 Cor 5:4. Wahl translates, 'in the sight of Christ' [ Hebrew, lipneey: Septuagint, en prosoopoo autou ]; 'before Him' (Prov 8:30: cf. Greek, Acts 3:13). (from Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1997, 2003 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.) Commentary ( 3.) He mentions his readiness to forgive this penitent , and concur with them in this matter. "To whom you forgive I forgive also, v. 10. I will readily concur with you in forgiving him." And this he would do for their sakes, for love to them and for their advantage; and for Christ's sake, or in his name, as his apostle, and in conformity to his doctrine and example, which are so full of kindness and tender mercy towards all those who truly repent. (4.) He gives another weighty reason (v. 11 ): Lest Satan get an advantage against us . Not only was there danger lest Satan should get an advantage against the penitent, by driving him to despair; but against the churches also, and the apostles or ministers of Christ, by representing them as too rigid and severe, and so frightening people from coming among them. In this, as in other things, wisdom is profitable to direct, so to manage according as the case may be that the ministry may not be blamed, for indulging sin on the one hand, or for too great severity towards sinners on the other hand. Note , Satan is a subtle enemy, and uses many stratagems to deceive us ; and we should not be ignorant of his devices: he is also a watchful adversary, ready to take all advantages against us, and we should be very cautious lest we give him any occasion so to do. (from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.) 2 Cor 2:5-11 2 Cor 2:10
  • “ Wherefore I say unto you, All Manner of Sin and Blasphemy shall be Forgiven Unto Men, but the Blasphemy Against the Holy Ghost shall Not be Forgiven unto Men” Matthew 12. 31  
  • He that gathers not with me scatters 12:22-37 (3.) Those who will not appear, and act, as furtherers of Christ's kingdom, will be looked upon, and dealt with, as hinderers of it; if we gather not with Christ, we scatter; it is not enough, not to do hurt, but we must do good . Thus is the breach widened between Christ and Satan, to show that there was no such compact between them as the Pharisees whispered. (from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.) We have reason to think that none are guilty of this sin, who believe that Christ is the Son of God, and sincerely desire to have part in his merit and mercy: and those who fear they have committed this sin, give a good sign that they have not. Matt 12:22-37 (from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.) 2. How blasphemously they speak of his miracles; they could not deny the matter of fact; it was as plain as the sun, that devils were cast out by the word of Christ; nor could they deny that it was an extraordinary thing, and supernatural. Being thus forced to grant the premises, they had no other way to avoid the conclusion, that this is the Son of David, than by suggesting that Christ cast out devils by Beelzebub; that there was a compact between Christ and The devil; pursuant to that, the devil was not cast out, but did voluntarily retire, and give back by consent and with design: or as if, by an agreement with the ruling devil, he had power to cast out the inferior devils . No surmise could be more palpably false and vile than this that he, who is Truth itself, should be in combination with the father of lies, to cheat the world. (from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database
  • But if we Hope for What we See Not, Then We Do with Patience Wait for It." Romans 8.25 "Now the God of Patience & Consolation Grant you to be Likeminded One Toward Another According to Christ Jesus“ Romans 15.5   But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience . Luke 8:15 By your patience possess your souls. Luke 21:19 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience . 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:4 Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, Baltimore Maryland 9/24/05 By J.P. Kok The POWER OF PATIENCE
  • "I know your works, your labor, your patience , and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience , and have labored for My name's sake and have not become weary. Rev 2:2-3 "I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience ; and as for your works, the last are more than the first. Rev 2:19-20 Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Rev 14:12 J.P. Kok @ Mission Purisma, Near Vandenberg CA 2/16/605
  • 1 . hupomone NT:5281, lit., "an abiding under" (hupo, "under," meno, "to abide"), is almost invariably rendered "patience." 2. makrothumia NT:3115, "longsuffering" (see B, No. 2), is rendered "patience" in Heb 6:12; James 5:10 (a) used intransitively, means "to tarry behind, still abide (b) transitively, "to wait for," to bear patiently, endure," translated "patient" (present participle) epieikes, translated "patient" in 1 Tim 3:3, anexikakos , translated "patient" in 2 Tim 2:24 , PATIENCE Marine Statute @ Quantico Virginia Photo by J.P. K 7/17/04
  • “ Be on your Guard; Stand Firm in the Faith, be Men Of Courage, be Strong.” 1 Corinthians 16. 13   " Be Strong and of Good Courage, fear not, nor be Afraid of them; for the Lord your God, he it is that Goes with you; He will not Fail you nor Forsake you" Deuteronomy 31.6   … When I am Weak, I am Strong." 2 Corinthians 12.10   "The Lord is Good, a Strong Hold in the Day of Trouble" Nahum 1.7     Empire State Building New York City Photo by J.P.Kok7/11/04
  • And they Came Near and Put their Feet upon the Necks of Them. And Joshua said, "Fear not and be not Dismayed , be Strong and of Good Courage, for thus Shall the Lord do to all your Enemies Against Whom you Fight“ Joshua 10.25 Man Who Lost His Home, his Son, and his Father, in the Tsunami In Thailand Photo & Interview by J.P. Kok January, 2005 “ Finally, be Strong in the Lord and in His Mighty Power. Put on the Full Armor of God so that you Can Stand Against the Devil’s Schemes” Ephesians 6.10-11
  •     7   "Only be you Strong and very Courageous, that you May Observe to do According to all the Law, which Moses my Servant Commanded you, turn not from it to the Right or to the Left, that you May Prosper Wherever You Go“ Joshua 1
  • you shalt not take the name of Jehovah your God in vain ; for Jehovah will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain . ASV Deut 5:11 11 you shalt not take the name of Jehovah your God in vain : for Jehovah will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain . ASVPs 139:20 20 For they speak against you wickedly, and your enemies take (your name) in vain ASV Ex 20:7             OATH The prohibition "swear not at all " (Matt 5:34; James 5:12) refers to trivial occasions, not to oaths on solemn occasions and before magistrates . (from Fausset's Bible Dictionary, Electronic Database Copyright (c)1998 by Biblesoft) OATH But men do not escape the guilt of "taking God's name in vain " by avoiding the name itself, as in the oaths, "faith!" "gracious!" "by heaven," etc. (from Fausset's Bible Dictionary, Electronic Database Copyright (c)1998 by Biblesoft) Ex 20:7 Ex 20:7 you shalt not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain .   (f) Either by swearing falsely or rashly by his Name, or by condemning it.  (from Geneva Notes, PC Study Bible formatted electronic database Copyright © 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.) “… God’s Name in Vain…”
  • Text of the Treatise So also in the Second Commandment we are forbidden to use His Name in vain . Yet this is not to be enough, but we are thereby also commanded to honor, call upon, glorify, preach and praise His Name . And indeed it is impossible that God's Name should not be dishonored where it is not rightly honored. For although it be honored with the lips, bending of the knees, kissing and other postures, if this is not done in the heart by faith, in confident trust in God's grace, it is nothing else than an evidence and badge of hypocrisy. (from Luther: Treatise on Good Works, PC Study Bible formatted electronic database Copyright © 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.) Article 2 - Whether blasphemy is always a mortal sin? Reply to Objection 2: Since, as stated above (Article [1]), blasphemy is contrary to the confession of faith, its prohibition is comprised under the prohibition of unbelief, expressed by the words: "I am the Lord your God," etc. (Ex 20:1). Or else, it is forbidden by the words: "you shalt not take the name of . . . God in vain" (Ex 20:7). Because he who asserts something false about God , takes His name in vain even more than he who uses the name of God in confirmation of a falsehood. (from Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologiae, PC Study Bible formatted electronic database Copyright © 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)
  • - … but in Righteousness You Shall Judge Your Neighbor" Leviticus 19.15 “ Every one of you Should Know how to Possess his Vessel in Sanctification & Honor ” 1 Thessalonians 4.4 "you art Worthy Oh Lord, to Receive Glory & Honor and Power, for you Hast Created all Things, and for your Pleasure, they are and Were Created" Revelations 4.11   Honor On top of a Kiva, @ Edge of Cedars Museum, Blanding, Utah, 8/2/04
  • Honor and majesty are before Him; Strength and gladness are in His place. 1 Chron 16:27 … and that He will set you high above all nations which He has made, in praise, in name, and in honor , and that you may be a holy people to the LORD your God, just as He has spoken." Deut 26:19 Honor and majesty are before Him; Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. Ps 96:6 Pasadena City Hall Photo by MSM June, 2005
  • " Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you. Ex 20:12
  • Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase Prov 3:9 "If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, From doing your pleasure on My holy day, And call the Sabbath a delight, The holy day of the LORD honorable, And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, Nor finding your own pleasure, Nor speaking your own words , Isa 58:13 Instead of your shame you shall have double honor , And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs. Isa 61:7 Sing out the honor of His name; Make His praise glorious ! Ps 66:2 Photo of Deer at Mesa Verde NP 5/21/05 by JPK
  • Ex 20:12-17 . But here a long life in that good land is promised particularly to obedient children. Those that do their duty to their parents are most likely to have the comfort of that which their parents gather for them and leave to them; those that support their parents shall find that God, the common Father, will support them. (from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.) Endeavoring, in every thing, to be the comfort of their parents, and to make their old age easy to them, maintaining them if they stand in need of support, which our Saviour makes to be particularly intended in this commandment, (from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.) Commentary
  • (h) By parents it is also meant all that have authority over us. (from Geneva Notes, PC Study Bible formatted electronic database Copyright © 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.) Ex 20:12 Honor your father and your mother - by expressions of respect and reverence for them, as instrumentally the representatives of God, and by every token of attention and considerate regard for their support and comfort. This commandment holds a high place in the rank of social duties, and comes next in order after the law of the Sabbath, with which it is associated (Lev 19:3). Love is the sentiment required to be cherished toward our fellow-men (Lev 19:18), but honor or 'fear' toward parents. There is a solitary instance of apparent neglect to His mother in the life of Jesus; but His conduct, as explained by Himself, was perfectly consistent with the utmost respect to His human parents (Luke 2:49). (from Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1997, 2003 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.) Ex 20:12 This commandment, in its spirit and legitimate range, extends beyond natural parents to rulers, who existed at the time of its delivery in the form of patriarchal governors (Ex 22:28; Gen 45:8; Judg 5:7), as well as to prophets and teachers, who are frequently called "fathers" (2 Kings 2:12; 13; 14: cf. Ps 34:11; 45:10; Prov 1:8,10,15) (from Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1997, 2003 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)
  • I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, thankful for your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now" Philippians 1.3-5     “ Continue in Prayer and Watch in the Same with Thanksgiving” 1 Thessalonians 4.2   “ Ask all things, Whatsoever you ask for in Prayer , in Faith, you Shall Receive” Matthew 21.22   Calico Ghost Town at 245 pm 8/4/05
  • I appeal to you brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf...“ Romans 15.30
  •   “ For the Eyes of the Lord are Over the Righteous, and His Ears are Open unto their Prayers, but the Face of the Lord is Against them that Do Evil” 1 Peter 3. 12 “ Confess your faults, one to Another, and Pray one for Another, that you May be Healed. The Effectual Fervent Prayer of a Righteous Man is Profitable ” James 5. 16 “ For I know that through your Prayers and the Help Given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has Happened to me Will Turn out for my Deliverance Philippians 1.19 Me @ Juist Omdat Windmill, Edgerton, MN 6/24/04
  • proseuche NT:4337 prosecho (pros-ekh'-o); from NT:4314 and NT:2192; (figuratively) to hold the mind (NT:3563 implied) towards, i.e. pay attention to, be cautious about, apply oneself to, adhere to: KJV - (give) attend (-ance, -ance at, -ance to, unto), beware, be given to, give (take) heed (to unto); have regard. (Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.) Effectual prayer occurs in James 5:16 Authorized Version. The Revised Version renders appropriately: "The supplication of a righteous man avails much in its working", i.e., "it moves the hand of Him who moves the world." (from Easton's Bible Dictionary, PC Study Bible formatted electronic database Copyright © 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.) 3 rd CRC, Denver, CO 7/30/04
    • Lord's Prayer
    • the name given to the only form of prayer Christ taught his disciples (Matt 6:9-13). The closing doxology of the prayer is omitted by Luke (11:2-4), also in the R.V. of Matt 6:13. This prayer contains no allusion to the atonement of Christ, nor to the offices of the Holy Spirit. "All Christian prayer is based on the Lord's Prayer , but its spirit is also guided by that of His prayer in Gethsemane and of the prayer recorded
    • In John 17.
    Prayer - is converse with God; the intercourse of the soul with God, not in contemplation or meditation, but in direct address to him. Prayer may be oral or mental, occasional or constant, ejaculatory or formal. It is a "beseeching the Lord" (Ex 32:11); The Lord's Prayer is the comprehensive type of the simplest and most universal prayer ." (from Easton's Bible Dictionary, PC Study Bible formatted electronic database Copyright © 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.) Platte CRC 6/22/04
  • PRAYER Acceptable prayer must be sincere (Heb 10:22), offered with reverence and godly fear, with a humble sense of our own insignificance as creatures and of our own unworthiness as sinners, with earnest importunity, and with unhesitating submission to the divine will. Prayer must also be offered in the faith that God is, and is the hearer and answerer of prayer , and that he will fulfill his word, "Ask, and you shall receive" (Matt 7:7,8; 21:22; Mark 11:24; John 14:13,14 ), and in the name of Christ ( 16:23,24; 15:16; Eph 2:18; 5:20; Col 3:17; 1 Peter 2:5). (from Easton's Bible Dictionary, PC Study Bible formatted electronic database Copyright © 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.) Wild Horse Nevada 6/16/04
  • His prayer is one of the most comprehensive in the Bible , and shines forth like a brilliant star in the midst of a genealogical catalog of names; probably offered in setting out in life, an admirable model for youths. "Oh that you would bless me indeed (God alone knows what is not only seemingly, but indeed, good for us, not earthly shadows but heavenly realities, and all things here that tend toward them) and enlarge my coast," not merely in temporal but in spiritual interests (c)1998 by Biblesoft) Church in Brandon, Wisconsin 6/27/04 (1 Kings 4:29; Ps 18:19; 31:8; 118:5), "and that your hand might be with me (as 'the hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek Him': Ezra 8:18,22; 7:6,9), and that you would keep me from evil," etc. (Matt 6:13; John 17:15; Luke 22:40,46; 1 Cor 10:13; 2 Peter 2:9; Rev 3:10). Evil may assail, but cannot finally "grieve," the believer. Jabez, the son of sorrow, by prayerful faith inherited joy in the end (Matt 5:4; Ps 90:15; Heb 12:11). Prayer was the secret of his being "more honorable than his brethren" (1 Sam 2:30). (from Fausset's Bible Dictionary, Electronic Database Copyright JABEZ: his prayer "that evil might not grieve him…,"
  • PRAYER (1) Techinnah , from chandra "to be gracious"; hithpael, "to entreat grace"; Greek deesis. (2) Tephillah , from hithpael of paalal, "to seek judgment"; Greek proseuchee : "Prayer ," proseuchee, for obtaining blessings, implying devotion; "supplication," deesis, for averting evil. "Prayer " the general term; "supplication" with imploring earnestness (implying the suppliant's sense of need); enteuxis , intercession for others, coming near to God, seeking an audience in person, generally in another's behalf. Thanksgiving should always go with prayer (1 Tim 2:1; Eph 6:18; Phil 4:6). (from Fausset's Bible Dictionary, Electronic Database Copyright (c)1998 by Biblesoft) Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Denver, CO 7/29/05
  • PRAYER Prayer produces and strengthens in the mind conscious dependence on God, faith, and love, the state for receiving and appreciating God's blessing ordained in answer to prayer . Moreover prayer does not supersede work; praying and working are complementary of each other (Neh 4:9). (from Fausset's Bible Dictionary, Electronic Database Copyright (c)1998 by Biblesoft) Church in Waupun, Wisconsin 6/27/04
  • "your will be done," and "if we ask anything according to His will" (1 John 5:14-15), is the limitation. Every truly believing prayer contains this limitation . God then grants either the petition or something better than it, so that no true prayer is lost (2 Cor 12:7-10; Luke 22:42; Heb 5:7). Also "intercessions" for others (the effect of which cannot be merely subjective) are enjoined (1 Tim 2:1). God promises blessings in answer to prayer , as the indispensable condition of the gift (Matt 7:7-8). Examples confirm the command to pray. (from Fausset's Bible Dictionary, Electronic Database Copyright (c)1998 by Biblesoft) PRAYER 1 st United Methodist Church, Pittsburgh, PA 7/8/04 Photo by Mustard Seed
  • Our "Father knows what things we have need Of before we ask Him"; "we know not what things we should pray for as we ought" (Matt 6:8; Rom 8:26). Yet "the Spirit helps our infirmities," and Jesus teaches us by the Lord's prayer how to pray (Luke 11). Nor is the blessing merely subjective; but we may pray for particular blessings, temporal and spiritual, in submission to God's will, for ourselves .
  • PRAYER In the New Testament Christ in the body at God's right hand "for us" is the object toward which faith looks…, Andy & Carol Kok’s House Clarksville, Michigan Photo by J.P. Kok 6/30/04 … as formerly the Israelite's face was toward the temple . He endorses our prayers so that they find acceptance with God … … Intercessions now should embrace the whole human brotherhood ‘ (Matt 5:44; 9:38; 1 Tim 2:2,8 ). (from Fausset's Bible Dictionary, Electronic Database Copyright
  • Requirements in prayer . Spiritual worship, in spirit and truth, not mere form (Matt 6:6; John 6:24; 1 Cor 14:15). No secret iniquity must be cherished (Ps 66:18; Prov 15:29; 28:9; James 4:3; Isa 1:15). Hindrances to acceptance are pride (Job 35:12-13; Luke 18:14), hypocrisy (Job 27:8-10), doubt, double mindedness, and unbelief (James 1:6; Jer 29:13; Mark 11:24-25; Matt 21:22), not forgiving another, setting up idols in the heart (Ezek 14:3). Trevor Rubinghs House In Jersey City, New Jersey Doing His will, and asking according to His will, are the conditions of acceptable prayer (1 John 3:22; 5:14-15; James 5:16); also persevering importunity in prayer for ourselves, taught in the parable of the importunate widow; as importunity in intercession for others, that the Lord would give us the right spiritual food to set before them, is taught in that of the borrowed loaves ( Luke 18:1, etc.; 11:5-13). (from Fausset's Bible Dictionary, Electronic Database Copyright (c)1998 by Biblesoft ) Photo by J.P. Kok July 11, 2004, 10:15 a.m. (e.s.t.)
  • PRAYER Modes of prayer . (1) Sighing meditation (hagigiy), intense prayer of the heart (margin Isa 26:16). (2) Cry. (3) Prayer "set in order" ("direct," 'atak), as the wood upon the altar, the shewbread on the table (Ps 5:1-3; Gen 22:9). Prayer is not to be at random; God has no pleasure in the sacrifice of fools (Eccl 5:1). The answer is to be "looked for," otherwise we do not believe in the efficacy of prayer (Hab 2:1; Mic 7:7). Faith realizes need, and looks to Him who can and will save. This is the reason of Peter's telling the impotent man, "look on us" (Acts 3:4); expectancy and faith (so Matt 9:28). (4) "Pouring out the heart before God"; emptying it of all its contents (1 Sam 1:8,15; Lam 2:19; Ps 142:2; 1 Peter 5:7; Ps 62:1,8, "waits," literally, is silent unto God. (from Fausset's Bible Dictionary, Electronic Database Copyright (c)1998 by Biblesoft) Me at Disneyland Taking a Break from Praying for the Care & Kindness Conference 3/10/05
  • “ For ME to Live is Christ and to Die is Gain” Philippians 1.21 “ Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution . 2 Tim 3:12-13 Pray for us; for we are confident that we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably. Heb 13:18 To Live…! The Arch in St. Louis Photo by J.P Kok, 5/18/05
  • To live is Christ. 'Life is but another name for Christ' (Peile) (Gal 2:20). There faith is the prominent idea; here, works. Living, in my realization of it, consists only in union with, and devotion to, Christ. My whole being and activities are His (Ellicott). (from Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1997, 2003 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.) Phil 1:21 To die is gain - not the act of dying, but, as to apothanein, 'to have died,' expresses, the state after death. Besides Christ's glorification by my death, which is my primary object (Phil 1:20), the change of state caused by death, so far from being a shame (Phil 1:20) or loss, as my enemies suppose, will be a positive "gain" to me. (from Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1997, 2003 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.) Commentary
  • The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed , which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches." Matt 13:31-32 The Pool at Hearst Castle San Simeon, CA Photo by J.P. Kok 10/11/04
  • For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. Matt 6:13 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Matt 4:17 The Kingdom! And as you go, preach, saying,'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.‘ Matt 10:7 Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church Baltimore, MD 9/23/04 Photo by M.S.M .
  • "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. Matt 13:45-46 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away. Matt 13:47-49 Sam Houston Memorial Houston, TX Photo by J.P. Kok, 7/24/04
  • "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Matt 13:44 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand ." Matt 4:17 Photo of the House Linda Peters Kok Grew Up in, in Grand Rapids, MI Grandma Peters Grandpa Peters Linda Peters The House that Butter Built
  • For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you." Luke 17:21 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." Matt 16:19 Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. John 18:36 But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. Luke 12:31 J.P. Kok Reading the Word Lake Michigan, St. Joseph, MI April, 2005
  •   " But we Have this Treasure in Earthen Vessels, that the Excellency of the Power may be of God, and Not of Us" 2 Corinthians 7.4 Jim Kok in Pasadena 4/12/05 Pray for the Father, Jim Kok Our Waitress on 4/12/05 In Pasadena God Bless Jimbo! Jim with Steve & Kris, 7/26/05 In the car with Jim, 5/29/05 He Showed me the Alfalfa Plows Jim Kok on July 4, 2005 Jim with Robert A Schuller at the Care & Kindness Conference
  • But I will sing of Your Power ; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense And refuge in the day of my trouble. Ps 59:16 St. Peters in Jefferson City, Mo May 19, 2005 Photo by J.P. Kok
  • After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, "Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God ! Rev 19:1 Linda Kok in Pasadena 4/12/05 Pray for Mother Linda God Bless Linda
  • Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. 1 Chron 16:10 PRAY for Our Precious School Kids Around Los Angeles , Around America , Around the World !
  • Let my mouth be filled with Your praise and with Your glory all the day. Ps 71:8 The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, And all flesh shall see it together ; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken." Isa 40:5 For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. Rom 11:36 Behold, I tell you a mystery : We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed — in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. 1 Cor 15:51-52
  • … and Who is to Come… " Revelations 11.17   "We Give Thanks to you Oh Lord God Almighty, Who is and who Was… Dutch Windmill at Holland Christian High School’s Tulip Festival Presentation, 5/12/05
  •       Steve at Pasadena Public Library 8/19/05 To his sin he adds rebellion; scornfully he claps his hands among us and multiplies his words against God." Job 34:37 Pray for Steve
  • Remember Our Library Employees & Patrons For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips, Let them even be taken in their pride, And for the cursing and lying which they speak. Consume them in wrath, consume them, That they may not be; And let them know that God rules in Jacob To the ends of the earth Ps 59:12-13 Pray for Gerald Pray for Peter Williams
  • But that you may know that the Son of Man has Power on earth to forgive sins Matt 9:6 Ruben Davis at Dept. of Social Services, Pasadena 7/7/05 Pray for Our Social Services Clients
  • Linda at WAMU 4/12/05 Rachel at WAMU Pray for our Bank Employees Then Moses returned to the LORD and said, "Oh, these people have committed a great sin , and have made for themselves a god of gold! Ex 32:30-31 Linda at WAMU, Rancho Cucamonga April 12, 2005
  • Pray for Our Auto- Related Employees Pray Especially for Fred Jafari And the LORD said to Moses,"Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book Ex 32:33 John at All Pro Auto in Santa Ana 4/16/05 John at 3 Star Auto in Pasadena 8/1/05 Near Grand Canyon, 12/26/03
  • Pray for The Kinko Copy Shop Employees Around the Country Pray for Lilah, In Upland, CA Therefore the sin of the young [people] was very great before the LORD, for [they] abhorred the offering of the LORD . 1 Sam 2:17 Pray for Darlean At Kinkos, Pasadena Pray for Lisa Marie! And Cliff! And Jerry the Transvestite at Kinkos in Studio City
  • Pray for Our Clerks "Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean , but your inward part is full of greed and wickedness. Luke 11:39-40
  • Pray for Our Law Enforcement Employees “… not having my own righteousness, which is from the law , but that which is through faith in Christ , the righteousness which is from God by faith ; Philippians 3:9 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law . Rom 3:28 Steve Boysaw, A. Public Defender, Pasadena
  • Pray for the Homeless For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom 6:23 … and the lost.
  • He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. John 12:25-26 Pray for Barbara, part of the Fuller Community Pray for Mike At the PC House Pray for the Del Taco Drive Thru Gal
  • And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." Matt 25:46 NKJV The eternal God is your refuge, And underneath are the everlasting arms; Deut 33:27 NKJV Pray for Carol Hughes, Secretary at Canoga Park High Gal in front of me at Bagel Me
  • Whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:15-16 Pray for Our Medical & Para-Medical Employees & Our Pet Boarding Facility Personnel And for this Gal Jogging Around Lake RSM Pray for Our Chiropractors Jennifer Well, Chiropractor Sheila Weddle, Chiro Regina Holt, Chiro Staff at Ronald Reagan Library Christina Ma, Chiropractor Jeanette Pena, Chiro
  • And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God… … and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do John 17:3-4 Pray for Our School Kids
  • Pray for this Little Girl in Front of me In the Line at Disneyland And all the Little Children in the World! Let them give glory to the LORD, And declare His praise in the coastlands. Isa 42:12 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 3 John 3-4
  • Pray for the Jamba Juice Employees! It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones. Prov 3:8 Pray for Jackie At Jamba, Pasadena Osiris at Jamba Glendale, 09/01/04
  • Remember Our Post Office Employees And He said to them, "To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, Mark 4:11-12 Pray for Diane And Cami
  • Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. 1 Cor 12:27 Pray for Steve & Kris & Their Family
  • Megan, Larkin, … Mom & Dad … for the edifying of the body of Christ Eph 4:12 Pray for the Andersons in St. Joe, Michigan Kevin Anderson with Megan At the Hospital Julie Anderson With Megan Julie Kok Anderson Megan Anderson Larkin Larkin! Megan & Her Dad Julie & Megan in Lake Michigan Julie & her Youngest Daughter
  • Lindy, Lindy, Lindy… Rick Burroughs mom, Joe, and Doug 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" Matt 19:19 Doug Timmer! Joe is Developmentally Disabled. He Lives on Chicago Ave . Lindy is the Cleaning Lady for Jim & Linda Kok The story takes place in the Little Los Angeles Suburb of Bellflower, CA The Mother of Rick Burroughs Works at Gordons Auto 6/2/05
  • Mustard Seed Ministries Formally Visits the Cathedral! Donna Grimm Gave Me the Information I needed to Know About a Class Called ‘Discovery’ at the Crystal Cathedral Cathedral Picture By J.P. Kok 11/6/05 Donna Works on the 10 th Floor For Care Ministries “… Rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 1 Peter 1:13 9/8/05?
  • Five Weeks of “Discovery” At the Crystal Cathedral Culminated In a Membership Commemoration Inside the Cathedral at the 11:00 a.m Worship Service on October 30, 2005! From Top Four, Left Corner: Robert A. Schuller Greeting the New Members In the Discovery Room, and his Wife Donna in White (sorry, it’s blurry) Top Two, Above: Robert A. Schuller Preaching the Morning Message; Robert A. Sitting Down At the Pulpit; Bottom Right His Father, Robert H. Schuller Walking up to the Pulpit; Me in the Middle, A New Member of the Crystal Cathedral Congregation. Robert A. Schuller Donna & Robert A. Yours Truly, J.P.Kok At Discovery, 10/30/05 Robert A. Schuller on the Pulpit Robert H. Schuller Arrives DISCOVERY! “ But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose… 10/30/05 10/30/05
  • Judy Pinkman, a New Member Teri Nyhuis, Pastor Teri Nyhuis on 10/30/05 Sheila Coleman, the Oldest Daughter of Robert H. Schuller Judy, again I’m Taking a Picture of the Guy Taking a Picture of Me Five Weeks of Discovery! One of the Church Service Assistants At the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA 10/2/05 to 10/30/05 … to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. Acts 26:16
  • Cathedral Picture By J.P. Kok 11/6/05 Jim Kok Giving Care Presentation But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him Gal 1:15-16 Jan Currington was the Leader for the Whole Group. She is Retiring and Moving to Bishop, CA Burt, Our Small Group Leader in Training, From Canada Shirley Zink on October 23, 2005 She has her Own Simple Acts of Kindness Organization Calvie Hughson Is in Charge of Volunteer Ministry;
  • Discovery is a Five Sunday Introduction to Becoming a Member & Participant at the Crystal Cathedral “… God will reveal even this to you. Phil 3:16 Burt, from Vancouver,Training to be a Small Group Leader Robert Fassir was In Our Small Group Jason Swinea was in Our Small Group Jim Walsh was our Original Small Group Leader, but he Fell Ill after the First Sunday October 2, 2005 Cathedral Picture By J.P. Kok 11/6/05
  • A Few Weeks Prior to Discovery I Assisted with Katrina Care at the Crystal Cathedral Raul Helped Load the Truck Beverly Muffin was There Lorena, A Katrina Care Helper Jim Kok Stopped by Joanna Kelley September 18, 2005 “ You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matt 19:19
  • Tim Nguyen, a Paid Employee Sheila Nichols was a Volunteer Edmund Tyler, Volunteer Monica at Red Cross is a Teacher in Lynwood 9/10/05 I helped Do Katrina Disaster Relief For the Victims of Hurricane Katrina At The Red Cross in Los Angeles Contrary to Popular Misconception, The Red Cross has Nothing to do with Christianity Solangi(?) or Solvani(?) 9/13/05 Antoine, an Evacuee from New Orleans Bonita Wirth Paid employee, 9/14/05 Psychologist talking to Gal from USC whose Parents Were Affected by Katrina Right Click for Notes about Katrina, 8/31 to 10/04 “ Let each of us please his n eighbor for his good, leading to edification.” Rom 15:2
  • Helping Out at Red Cross, Los Angeles For Katrina Relief Gabrielle Mathilde Red Cross, OC Kit, Paid Employee, Red Cross, OC Anne Hutton, Nurse Red Cross, OC … and Red Cross,OC Morris Paulson, Red Cross Volunteer, L.A. Ed Anderson, right, and his Wife & Two Children were Displaced from New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. He was a Professor at Dillard University Obaca, a Helpful Fellow, Red Cross, L.A. Richard, a Paid Employee, Red Cross, L.A. Katrina’s Windspeed at Landfall was 140 M.P.H This was the Largest Displacement of Americans Since the Civil War Mid-September, 2005 For the love of Christ compels us 2 Cor 5:14 Or it Compelled Me at the Red Cross
  • Two Weeks @ W A S H I N G T O N HIGH I Supervised P.E. for Two Days Miss Candy, Office Assistant Coach Davis, PE Llon King, no Not “Lion King”, is In Charge of Implementing The “First Things First”Program at Washington HS They Played Basketball Some Jumped Rope I was Also Inside the Classroom On Other Days 10/21/05 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! Rom 11:33 On Assignment at Washington High School, Home of Former 49er’s Coach, Bill Walsh Davon Davis
  • L.A. Academy! … and for Shakira Pray for Charles And pray for Mike … And for Ron AND THE T.A.! Ms. Woods, A.P. I’ve taught at L.A Academy a Few Times.. August 16, 2005 Pray that Our Public School Kids Will Not be Led Astray Add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge , to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 2 Peter 1:7
  • Audubon Middle School ! Katrell Ms. Ramiro, Mr. Blank, A.P. at Audubon M.S. I Spent a Day at September 9, 2005 May they Somehow Become Wise in Christ For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. 1 Cor 3:19
  • Pray for the Custodians at 127 N. Madison, Pasadena The Husband Custodian and his Wife Clean the office from 7 to 9 pm Every Weekday Night. I think they are Illegal Immigrants—they Never talk, Never say Hello and DMA, the Property Manager, Won’t Discuss them at All . Pray for their Liberation from Bondage. Let them Become Full American Citizens and be Liberated! And Let them Know the Lord Jesus Christ So that they may be Free for Christ, or Slaves for Christ, One and the Same “ There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free , there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ” Jesus . Gal 3:28 Pray that DMA and Billie Harris Will Let them be Free!
  • It All Started at Fuller Seminary in 1998, or it Came Together there… While Teaching and Taking Classes I Started My Own Ministry … I Opened an Office Right Next Door to the Seminary We Were Just Another Name on the Door, at First… Mustard Seed Ministries! “… Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” Phil 1:6 Photo by Jim Kok
  • The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham Matt 1:1 “ I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." Acts 8:37
  • And That’s It! Temporarily God Bless You! J.P. Kok Pastor/Teacher “ But we will bless the LORD From this time forth and forevermore. Praise the LORD!” Ps 115:18 Click on star to go to Merry Christmas, 2004 Click on Star to go To Tsunami M.S. Ministries Also Does the News. Click on Star for “Year in the News ” Click Here for Sneak Preview Of Holy Bible, Part II