Category Archives: Civil Society Defined

THE VALUE OF RETURNING TO GOD

   RETURN TO GOD –
A CALL TO RETURN TO GOD
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God hears the cry of his people; He urges the nation, and them, to RETURN TO HIM in order to find rest for their souls and to live in peace
                                
Jer 3:21-22
A cry is heard on the barren heights,
the weeping and pleading of the people of Israel,
because they have perverted their ways
and have forgotten the LORD  their God. 
22 "Return, faithless people;
I will cure you of backsliding."  NIV
    
Jer 4:1-2
4 "If you will return, O Israel,
return to me," 
declares the LORD .
"If you put your detestable idols out of my sight
and no longer go astray, 
2 and if in a truthful, just and righteous way
you swear, 'As surely as the LORD  lives,'
then the nations will be blessed by him
and in him they will glory."   NIV


    
Lam 5:21-22
21 Restore us to yourself, O LORD , that we may return;
renew our days as of old 
22 unless you have utterly rejected us
and are angry with us beyond measure.   NIV

Hos 6:1-3
"Come, let us return to the LORD .
He has torn us to pieces
but he will heal us;
he has injured us
but he will bind up our wounds. 
2 After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will restore us,
that we may live in his presence. 
3 Let us acknowledge the LORD ;
let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
like the spring rains that water the earth."  NIV
    
Hos 12:6
But you must return to your God;
maintain love and justice,
and wait for your God always. NIV
    
Zech 1:2-4
2 "The LORD  was very angry with your forefathers. 3 Therefore tell the people: This is what the LORD  Almighty says: 'Return to me,' declares the LORD  Almighty, 'and I will return to you,' says the LORD  Almighty. 4   NIV
    
    
Jer 6:16-19
16 Thus says the LORD :
"Stand in the ways and see,
And ask for the old paths, where the good way is,
And walk in it;

Then you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, 'We will not walk in it.' 
17 Also, I set watchmen over you, saying,
'Listen to the sound of the trumpet!'
But they said, 'We will not listen.' 
18 Therefore hear, you nations,
And know, O congregation, what is among them. 
19 Hear, O earth!
Behold, I will certainly bring calamity on this people — 
The fruit of their thoughts,
Because they have not heeded My words
Nor My law, but rejected it.   NKJV
    
…and these as a comparison in the AMPLIFIED VERSION and in THE MESSAGE  versions for more clarity:
    
Jer 6:16-19
16 Thus says the Lord: Stand by the roads and look; and ask for the eternal paths, where the good, old way is; then walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk in it!  [Matt 11:29.] 
17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hear and obey the sound of the trumpet! But they said, We will not listen or obey. 

18 Therefore hear, O [Gentile] nations, and know, O congregation [of believing ones], what [great things I will do] to them. 
19 Hear, O earth: behold, I am bringing evil upon this people, the fruit of their thoughts (their schemes and devices) because they have not listened and obeyed My words, and as for My law, they have rejected it.   AMP
    
Matt 11:28-30
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will tease and relieve and urefresh vyour souls.] 
29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (wrelief and ease and refreshment and xrecreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.  [Jer 6:16.] 
30 For My yoke is wholesome (useful, ygood — not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne. AMP
Jer 6:16-19
"Go stand at the crossroads and look around.
Ask for directions to the old road,
The tried and true road. Then take it.
Discover the right route for your souls.
But they said, 'Nothing doing.
We aren't going that way.' 
17 I even provided watchmen for them
to warn them, to set off the alarm.
But the people said, 'It's a false alarm.
It doesn't concern us.' 
18 And so I'm calling in the nations as witnesses:
'Watch, witnesses, what happens to them!' 
19 And, 'Pay attention, earth!
Don't miss these bulletins.'
I'm visiting catastrophe on this people, the end result
of the games they've been playing with me.
They've ignored everything I've said,
had nothing but contempt for my teaching. 

(from THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. All rights reserved.)
            
Jer 6:16-17
16 The LORD  said to his people, "Stand at the crossroads and look. Ask for the ancient paths and where the best road is. Walk in it, and you will live in peace."
But they said, "No, we will not!" 17 Then the LORD  appointed watchmen to listen for the trumpet's warning. But they said, "We will not listen."  TEV
    
Jer 6:16-19
16 Thus saith the LORD , Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.
18 Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them.
19 Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.  KJV
    (even the fruit of their thoughts…..interesting)

Jer 6:16
16 Thus saith the Lord: Stand ye on the ways, and see and ask for the old paths which is the good way, and walk ye in it: and you shall find refreshment for your souls.  Douay-Rheims
Jer 6:16-17
16 The LORD  said to his people, "Stand at the crossroads and look. Ask for the ancient paths and where the best road is. Walk in it, and you will live in peace." TEV
 


The promise if we , and our country, do this?

Refreshment for our souls, and living in peace.

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WHAT IS A CIVIL SOCIETY?

WHAT IS A CIVIL SOCIETY?

Society1— Mary A. LaClair

 Have you noticed?

1) People against capital punishment are often for abortion?

2) People against abortion are often for capital punishment?

On the face, it seems these statements contradict themselves. Yet, most people will agree with either the first or the second–  in its entirety.

A roaring liberal once attempted to confuse a conservative by asking how they could favor capital punishment and still claim to be against abortion. The answer seems simple to me.

They did not think capital punishment respected life; however, others think that it is abortion which does not respect life.

Are people actually contradicting themselves?Who%20knows%20Man%20shrugging%20his%20shoulders%20wearing%20a%20Q

Not if you look at it this way.

I feel one group is for the destruction of a civil society; one group is for the preservation of a civil society.

Observation: those against capital punishment are often the same ones against the public display of the Ten Commandments.

Let’s look at the second statement: being for capital punishment and being against abortion.  bassinet

The issue here is more than life. It is about innocent life. One life is innocent, one life has been proven not innocent in very grave matters that threaten a civil society.

criminals9When abortion is favored over capital punishment, that chooses to let the criminal live instead of the innocent; in actuality, it condemns the innocent instead of the criminal.

To decide against abortion and to favor capital punishment chooses to give life to the innocent instead of the proven incorrigible criminal in society.baby

With no death penalty, often times these criminals live to further corrupt society through the jail cell marketing of products touting their destructive personalities, often in the form of colorful biographies, and movies made on those biographies for sale to those who feed criminal minds6upon such inerrancy, once again multiplying the detriment to society. This has become such an issue that legislation has been considered that puts any profits from such dealings to families of the victims. What a vicious circle!

Let us never overlook the descriptive word of innocent.

Woe to a society which will not rid itself of crimes against humanity.

And woe to a society who sheds innocent blood!

crimial informant3– end –baby 2

This article is about SOCIETY , groups of people. If one is repentant of an abortion, there is forgiveness through Christ Jesus when we go to Him seeking that forgiveness without assuming it.  In these cases, a talk with Jesus is now the right  thing to do.

For more reading on capital punishment see:

http://www.TheProverbs120Column.net

under the CATEGORY: JUDGING: //  EYE FOR EYE, TOOTH FOR TOOTH, LIFE FOR LIFE – BOTH RESTRICTIVE AND PERMISSIVE.

THANKS FOR READING and continue to: Look, Listen, and Think …