batiamyersb:

God is the only one who can judge us! It’s it important to read the Bible for yourself!!!

Originally posted on Why Not Believe?:

 Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, 11 for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him. (John 12:9-11 NIV)

The religious leaders of Jesus’ day hated Him for raising Lazarus from the dead, because it took so much attention away from them. They didn’t want people to think that Jesus was great for raising him from the dead; they wanted people to think that they were the great ones. So they made plans to kill Lazarus, so that people would stop claiming that God had raised Him from the dead.

Religious leaders in our day do the same thing. They do not like it…

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Accepting God!!!

ImageAs a child I was abused mentally and physically. Many years I would go about being angry, fighting my peers, and trusting no one. At age 16 I was offered to go to church and from that day on I haven’t been the same. God showed me that even though I’ve been through a lot I can lay my burdens upon Him. Whoa wait? I’ve done so many wrong things and You’re willing to forgive me and continue to love me unconditionally? I was amazed by God’s grace and mercy. I’ve changed for the better. I am no longer angry and bitter.  It’s good to know that our Loving Father is willing to forgive and care for us even when we don’t love and forgive ourselves. He is amazing.

 

batiamyersb:

Cherish your love-making while married.

Originally posted on Why Not Believe?:

In the New Testament:

The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt youbecause of your lack of self-control. (I Corinthians 7:3-5)

In The Quran:

As for women of whom you fear rebellion, admonish them, and remain apart from them in beds, and beat them. Then if they obey you, do not seek ways to harm them. Allah is Exalted, Great. (Quran 4:34)

According to the Bible, neither a husband or a wife has authority…

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batiamyersb:

What I get from this passage is basically GOD IS IN CONTROL. Human can try to do whatever but we’re only able to do it because of Him!

Originally posted on Why Not Believe?:

So from that day on they plotted to take his life.

54 Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the people of Judea. Instead he withdrew to a region near the wilderness, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples. (John 11:53-54)

Jesus knew what the Pharisees were thinking. He knew that they were plotting to kill Him. Therefore He avoided them. Jesus had come to Earth to die, but the time was not right yet. The Pharisees could never kill Jesus until He let them.

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batiamyersb:

My newfound quote : Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
– James Russell Lowell
It’s wonderful to know that no matter race, gender, culture, or religion we all have something in common….. reading!

Originally posted on Steve McCurry's Blog:

To read is to fly:
it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view
over  wide terrains of history,

human variety, ideas, shared experience and the
fruits of many inquiries.

- A. C. Grayling

Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road.
They are the destination, and the journey.
They are home.
– Anna Quindlen


Germany

India 

Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something,
learned something, become a better person.
Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on…
Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.
- Nora Ephron

India

Everywhere I go in the world, I see young and old, rich and poor, reading books.  

Whether readers are engaged in the sacred or the secular, they are, for a time,
transported to  another…

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batiamyersb:

Such beautiful art. Steve at his BEST!!! Waiting=Longlasting Results

Originally posted on Steve McCurry's Blog:

Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.
-Khaled Hosseini,  A Thousand Splendid Suns 

Tibet

Often the act of waiting is anything but simple.
Many people hate to wait because they are waiting to do something,
get something, or go somewhere.

Tibet

Waiting doesn’t seem like an act, but the lack of action;  however,
the decision to be patient and willing to wait is an act of courage and perseverance.

Crowds at the Kumbh Mela await their turn to bathe in the Ganges.  Allahabad, India

A person who is a master of patience is master of everything else.
– George Savile

Waiting for medical care. Kabul, Afghanistan

A mother waits for news of her missing son.  Afghanistan

Refugees wait in line.  Thailand

Endurance is patience concentrated.
– Thomas Carlyle

Women queue in Yemen

 Patience is the companion of wisdom.
- St. Augustine

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