I commend unto you
(Psalm 1:1 KJV)  Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 4  The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5  Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6  For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
 
And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times.   (NIV) Psalm 12:6
 
While God allows tribulations, hardships to test our   personal faith, to cause it to grow as well, but that is not the same fact as saying that God solely caused it all, or that we should it accept it quietly as all from God now too, or that he God  approves of  the acts of evil persons who abuse, abused us... rather he will repay them for their wrong doings if they do not repent of it. 
 
(Psa 3:1 KJV)  A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son. LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.
 
(Psa 13:3 KJV)  Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;   4 Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.  5  But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. 6  I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.
 
(Luke 11:2 KJV)  And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. 3  Give us day by day our daily bread. 4  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. 5  And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; 6  For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? 7  And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. 8  I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. 9  And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 11  If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12  Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13  If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
(Heb 10:19 KJV)  Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,  20  By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21  And having an high priest over the house of God; 22  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. 26  For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27  But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28  He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29  Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 30  For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
 
(Isa 47:3 KJV)  Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man. 4   As for our redeemer, the LORD of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel.
 
(Rev 3:19 KJV)  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
 
(Gal 6:10 KJV)  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. 11  Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand. 12  As many as desire to make a fair show in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. 13  For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. 14  But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. 15  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. 16  And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. 17  From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. 18  Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
 
Daily as long as all of the men and women are alive on earth, they are still sinful, often set on a course towards doing evil, even towards us, being used by the devil to do further this, but it is God's job to deal with them still too.
(Psa 56:1 KJV)  To the chief Musician upon Jonathelemrechokim, Michtam of David, when the Philistines took him in Gath. Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me. 2  Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.  3  What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. 4  In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. 5  Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil. 6  They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul. 7  Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God. 8  Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book? 9  When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me. 10  In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word. 11  In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me. 12  Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.  13  For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living? 57:1  To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave. Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. 2  I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. 3  He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth. 4  My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword. 5  Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth. 6  They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah. 7  My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. 8  Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. 9  I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations. 10  For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds. 11  Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.
58:1  To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David. Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men? 2  Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth. 3  The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.  4  Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear; 5  Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely. 6  Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD. 7  Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces. 8  As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun. 9  Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath. 10  The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. 11  So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth. 59:1  To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David; when Saul sent, and they watched the house to kill him. Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me. 2  Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men. 3  For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD.  4  They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold. 5  Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah. 6  They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city. 7  Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear? 8  But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision. 9  Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence. 10  The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies. 11  Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield. 12  For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak. 13  Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah. 14  And at evening let them return; and let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city. 15  Let them wander up and down for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied. 16  But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou 16  But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble. 17  Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.
(Est 7:10 KJV)  So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified.
 
(Luke 12:42 KJV)  And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? 43  Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 44  Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. 45  But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; 46  The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. 47  And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48  But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. 49  I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? 50  But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! 51  Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: 52  For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. 53  The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 54  And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. 55  And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. 56  Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time? 57  Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right? 58  When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison. 59  I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite.
 
(Luke 13:6 KJV)  He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. 7  Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? 8  And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: 9  And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.
(Luke 13:24 KJV)  Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. 25  When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: 26  Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. 27  But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. 28  There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. 29  And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. 30  And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last. 
(1 John 1:9 KJV)  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
 
(1 John 2:1 KJV)  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
 
(Eccl 7:20 KJV)  For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
 
(Gen 3:1 KJV)  Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?  2  And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3  But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7  And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. 8  And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 9  And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10  And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11  And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 12  And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 13  And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. 14  And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. 16  Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. 17  And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18  Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
 
The same old lying devil is telling the same lies today too..The devil lies and tells us that we can deliberately sin against God, disobey God's commandments to us and we will still not experience any negative spiritual or physical consequences next which is not so.. when we deliberately sin, and do not repent, our spiritual state with God doe become damaged, marred and it   becomes worse even,and the decietfulness of sin causes many wrongfuly not to repent, tto turn away fro m their sins
 
(Ezek 33:11 KJV)  Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
 
(Ezek 33:12 KJV)  Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth.
 
(Ezek 33:13 KJV)  When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.
 
(Ezek 33:14 KJV)  Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right;
 
(Ezek 33:15 KJV)  If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die.
 
(Ezek 33:16 KJV)  None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live.
 
(Ezek 33:17 KJV)  Yet the children of thy people say, The way of the Lord is not equal: but as for them, their way is not equal.
 
(Ezek 33:18 KJV)  When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby.
 
(Ezek 33:19 KJV)  But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby.
 
(Ezek 33:24 KJV)  Son of man, they that inhabit those wastes of the land of Israel speak, saying, Abraham was one, and he inherited the land: but we are many; the land is given us for inheritance.
 
(Ezek 33:25 KJV)  Wherefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Ye eat with the blood, and lift up your eyes toward your idols, and shed blood: and shall ye possess the land?
 
(Ezek 33:26 KJV)  Ye stand upon your sword, ye work abomination, and ye defile every one his neighbour's wife: and shall ye possess the land?
 
(Ezek 33:27 KJV)  Say thou thus unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; As I live, surely they that are in the wastes shall fall by the sword, and him that is in the open field will I give to the beasts to be devoured, and they that be in the forts and in the caves shall die of the pestilence.
 
(Ezek 33:28 KJV)  For I will lay the land most desolate, and the pomp of her strength shall cease; and the mountains of Israel shall be desolate, that none shall pass through.
 
(Ezek 33:29 KJV)  Then shall they know that I am the LORD, when I have laid the land most desolate because of all their abominations which they have committed.
 
(Mat 12:41 KJV)  The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
 
(Jonah 1:1 KJV)  Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me...(Jonah 3:4 KJV)  And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.5  So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.
 
(Mat 12:43 KJV)  When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.44  Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. 45  Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.  46  While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. 47  Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. 48  But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? 49  And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 50  For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
(Rom 16:1 KJV)  I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: 2  That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also. 3  Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: 4  Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. 5  Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my well beloved Epaenetus, who is the first fruits of Achaia unto Christ. 6  Greet Mary, who bestowed much labour on us.
 
Women have always , always undeniably in the New Testament even at the time of Jesus, the 12 apostles they have been closely associated tied to the church growth, ministry, as well as today!
 
(Rom 16:7 KJV)  Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.
 
An honest exposition of the above verse indicates that Junia was a women apostle, one of the at least 18 apostles mentioned directly as being apostles in the New Testament. ( and why do some have a problem of this, it is cause they realy do not know God or His word.) *
 
(Rom 16:8 KJV)   Greet Amplias my beloved in the Lord. 9  Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved. 10  Salute Apelles approved in Christ. Salute them which are of Aristobulus' household. 11  Salute Herodion my kinsman. Greet them that be of the household of Narcissus, which are in the Lord. 12  Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, which laboured much in the Lord. 13  Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine. 14  Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren which are with them. 15  Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints which are with them. 16  Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.
 
(Rom 16:17 KJV)   Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
 
The Church of Jesus Christ today too is composed of male and female workers, and of good and bad workers, good and false teachers, good and false apostles , good and false  prophets, good and false elders, bishops, pastors too. Note this there is good and bad people in the chruch now too today!

(Rom 16:19 KJV)    For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. 20  And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. 21  Timotheus my work fellow, and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you. 22  I Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord. 23  Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus the chamberlain of the city saluteth you, and Quartus a brother. 24  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. 25  Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 26  But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: 27  To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.
 
(1 Pet 4:12 KJV)  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:13  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14  If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. (1 Pet 1:7 KJV)  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: (Mat 5:11 KJV)  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
 
Please let's us all not misquote one part of the Christian Bible now and preach only as to what is "beautiful and of good report .. but we must all also apply the rest of the Bible.. Personal Repentance of sins included.. and
 
(Mat 5:22 KJV)  But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
 
(1 Tim 1:9 KJV)    Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10  For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind ( gays), for menstealers ( slave traders) , for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
Imagine now the reality that the  liars will not enter the kingdom of heaven, lying now a sin now is on the same level as murder, sorcery, stealing , prostitution, even acts of cowardliness too. I have wondered why the penalty is so hard now too. It is because the liars do hurt others, even themselves by their lies. The liars start to believe next even in his lies, it's effectiveness and cannot distinguish truth form reality eventually as well as the listeners it too. From the sound of the above verse most politicians now clearly and undeniably will not enter in Heaven next  too, not just the gay persons.
 
 (Deu 33:29 KJV)  and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.
 
(Jer 50:36 KJV)  A sword is upon the liars; and they shall dote: a sword is upon her mighty men; and they shall be dismayed.
 
(Rev 2:2 KJV)  I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
 
(Rev 21:7 KJV)  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.8  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
 
(Prov 28:23 KJV)  He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
 
I have rightfully learned long ago not to trust the PC, or Liberal, NDP  spin doctors too in Canada... when you hear of the wrongs being done now next too often it is rather the tip of the iceberg in reality still too.
 
(Prov 27:2 KJV)  Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
 
(Jer 9:6 KJV)   Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the LORD.
 
Most people lie once every 5 minutes still. 
 
(Job 17:5 KJV)  He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.
 
Public exposure and prosecution of the guilty is what serves all of the persons' good welfare. Even God prosecuted the liars.. all of them too.
 
While rebellion against God , and pride were the clear initial sin in the Bible of the devil, one the first sins that he the devil was mentioned for and directly punished for in the Bible, on earth, was lying. and so were Adam and Eve too now..
 
 (Gen 3:14 KJV)  And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
 
(Gen 3:15 KJV)  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
 
(Gen 3:16 KJV)  Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
 
Next time you are tempted to lie do also  think how it kills your relationship with God in reality..
 
(Mark 7:21 KJV)  For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,22  Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:23  All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
 
(Rom 1:22 KJV)  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. 28  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31  Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
 
(Rom 3:9 KJV)  for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; 10  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11  There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 13  Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 14  Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 15  Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16  Destruction and misery are in their ways: 17  And the way of peace have they not known: 18  There is no fear of God before their eyes. 19  Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
 
(Col 2:8 KJV)  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.9   For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.10  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
 
(1 Th 2:3 KJV)  For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: 4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. 5   For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness:6  Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. 7  But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:  
 
Lying Spin doctoring management is also still not management..  and lying spin doctors/ostriches who wrongfully do oppose negative truths will distort the truth and say that "the positive message is what we must get across.  The adversary  delights in critical, negative messages.  Our loving Lord Jesus also does tells us to "think on those things that are beautiful and of good report." "   In reality our loving Lord Jesus now also says to also think about the reality of Heaven and Hell and the many people who will end there in Hell rather  too. I too have often wondered why so many of the Liars. thieves, abusers, now have people have not repented on their own yet, chosen the good path? why? because these same bad people, liars have chosen to continue personally believe in the effectiveness of their own lies, they have wrongfully chosen to use a liars approach in all of  life..  for they do want to win at any costs, to have all  their way, even by lying. And who are they fooling. Themselves for a start that they will always get away with it. In reality most of these the Bad people do really still needed to be managed by real negative discipline too. If the wicked persons are not punished they next will not learn to do good. As every good manager knows firsthand too.  This applies not only to the tax payer's money abuses  but  even the application of real justice now as well.
 
There are in reality two personnel, resources management approaches we need all to use even in the  related discipline messages we give out .. "Rewards and punishment"..  Reward the good guys and openly punish the bad guys.. one is really positive and the other  one is really negative.. both are the needed in daily management  reality  now for all managers now as well .. Spin doctoring, false denials, more lies, inaction an  common Liberal pr PC ostrich approach to the negative aspects or even the positive critical messages is wrong and does not cause positive changes  now as well.. the one sided positive spin messages,  management style approach  are mere lies.. "for in reality those whom  I love I also do chasten and rebuke as well" for the good of us all.. even  all of the liars..  simple too.
(John 13:34 KJV)  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
 
(John 15:12 KJV)  This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
 
(John 15:17 KJV)  These things I command you, that ye love one another.
 
(Rom 13:8 KJV)  Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
 
(1 Th 4:9 KJV)  But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
 
(1 Pet 1:22 KJV)  Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
 
(1 John 3:11 KJV)  For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
 
(1 John 3:23 KJV)  And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
 
(1 John 4:7 KJV)  Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
 
(1 John 4:11 KJV)  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
 
(1 John 4:12 KJV)  No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
 
(2 John 1:5 KJV)  And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
 
(1 Cor 4:21 KJV)  What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?
 
(Eph 1:4 KJV)  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
 
(Eph 3:17 KJV)  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
 
(Eph 4:2 KJV)  With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
 
(Eph 4:15 KJV)  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
 
(Eph 4:16 KJV)  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
 
(Eph 5:2 KJV)  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
 
(Col 2:2 KJV)  That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
 
(1 Th 3:12 KJV)  And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:
 
(1 Th 5:13 KJV)  And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
 
(1 John 4:16 KJV)  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
 
(1 John 4:18 KJV)  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
 
*(1 Cor 12:28 KJV)  And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
 
An New testament  Elder is generally  overlapping terms, the elders of the church  do compose of  the Apostles, prophets, teachers, evangelists- healers, pastors, bishops. Paul left Titus on Crete to ordain elders (Titus 1:5). Paul gave Titus some applicable qualifications specifically for bishop elders (Titus 1:5 KJV)  "For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: 6  If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. 7   For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; 8  But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; 9  Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. 10  For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: 11  Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. 12  One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are always liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. 13  This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; 14  Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth."
 
One can see that an elder can be a bishop and function as a prophet now too.  All Elders submit mutually to the other elders and even other believers too now. Elders is a plural term generally in a church  for a  matured church will likely not have just one elder.
 
Elders also generally are those gifted spiritual persons who do not get drunk at all too and those persons who have already suffered real Christian persecutions, hardships and they clearly have gone through them  effectively and now can help the others to do so as well. (2 Cor 1:4 KJV)  Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 5  For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. 6  And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. 7  And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation. 8  For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: 9  But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: 10  Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
 
(1 Pet 5:1 KJV)  The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:  2  Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 3  Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. 4  And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. 5  Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9  Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
 
An elder or bishop, apostle, prophets, evangelists,  for that matter all are not an inclusive term to one set of specific duties... a major common error of many simple minded persons who are really ignorant of the bible when they try to over simplify, reduce the duties, role  of the elders,God's  gifted persons to the church.
 
God now also appoints Apostles in the church * Apostles: messengers of the Lord . What is an apostle? Isn't that the highest rank of church leadership? Yes, that is how the word is commonly used, but it also  meant "one who has been sent"--an ambassador or representative, a missionary, a new church builder. This general meaning is seen in some New Testament uses. Jesus also used the word in a general sense when he said that a "messenger" is not greater than the one who sends him (John 13:16).

The original 12, plus more  Jesus, who was sent by the Father, was an apostle (Heb. 3:1). The 12 disciples, who were sent by Jesus, were also apostles (Mark 3:14, etc.) for  the same Greek word is used. Barnabas and Paul were also sent out, and they were called apostles (Acts 14:4, 14).  The 12 disciples and Paul used the term apostles as the name of their leadership office in the church (Acts 15:23; Rom. 11:13; Gal. 1:1; etc.). Authority came with the sending--a messenger sent by Jesus Christ had an authoritative understanding of that message. James was an apostle,   (1 Cor. 15:7; Gal. 1:19). Similarly, Timothy is included  (1 Thess. 2:6 ).  In Rom. 16:7  Andronicus and Junias (or Junia) were apostles; 

Jesus is the ultimate perfect example of an Apostle . He was, is not only an apostle, but also a prophet, an evangelist, a shepherd, an overseer, a servant and a teacher.  An Apostle thus is one who tends to be familiar in the usage of all the gifts, offices of the church but also now suffers real persecutions too..

Some people falsely also as now claimed to be apostles (2 Cor. 11:13; Rev. 2:2).

God now also appoints prophets in the church.  (1 Cor. 12:28; Eph. 4:11). The early church had numerous prophets. Some made predictions (Acts 11:27; 21:10). Others served in encouraging and strengthening (Acts 15:32). In Antioch, they worked with teachers (Acts 13:1). Philip's four daughters prophesied (Acts 21:9). Paul referred to a prophetic message that accompanied Timothy's ordination (1 Tim. 1:18; 4:14).

Some Prophets, Evangelists became Apostles next too. Some persons say that Apostles do suffer the most for Christ, as well as the prophets. The were both old and new Church builders for sure. Although the apostles had more authority than prophets did, and prophets had authority over evangelists, and evangelists had authority over pastors and teachers. Likely one reasons so many pastors wrongfully do not want to recognize the existence of Apostles, prophets today too.(Acts 13:20 KJV)  And after that he gave unto them judges about the space of four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet. There were, are women prophets now too.

God now also appoints TEACHERS in the church. He Jesus, he called himself a teacher, his disciples called him teacher, the crowds called him teacher, even his enemies called him teacher. "Teacher" is the Greek equivalent of "Rabbi" (John 1:38; 20:16). I have spoken openly to the world," Jesus said. "I always taught in synagogues or at the temple.... I said nothing in secret" (John 18:20). Although every member may teach, not everyone has the position of "teacher" (1 Cor. 12:29). James warns us, "Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly" (Jam. 3:1). God appoints teachers in the church (1 Cor. 12:28); he gives teachers to equip the saints (Eph. 4:11). The Holy Spirit is still the one who does the teaching (Luke 12:12; John 14:26; 1 Cor. 2:13; 1 John 2:27). Scripture teaches (Rom. 15:4; 2 Tim. 3:16). All Apostles, Prophets, Elders, Overseers  should be able to teach (1 Tim. 3:2). Paul warned Timothy, "Watch your life and doctrine [teaching] closely" (1 Tim. 4:16). Using the word for "teaching," Paul warned about "every wind of doctrine," "human commands and teachings," and "things taught by demons" (Eph. 4:14; Col. 2:22; 1 Tim. 4:1). "The time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear" (2 Tim. 4:3). "Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings" (Heb. 13:9). Keep away from false teachers, Paul warned (Rom. 16:17). "If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him" (2 John 10).

The word pastor now appears only once in  the New Testament.. (Eph. 4:11). Funny how they the too often greedy, self centered pastors often lie and claim they hold all of the church offices now too. The Greek word is usually translated "shepherd." Luke 2:8 uses the word in its literal meaning: "There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night." Shepherds take care of sheep. Note it is a generally always also more often a  plural term, a church would have many pastors depending on the size of the flock. Pastors were also often associated as being teachers too. Even Apostles, Prophets  were to pastor. Jesus himself, using the verb for shepherding, told the Apostle Peter to "take care of" his sheep (John 21:16). Paul told the Ephesian elders that the Holy Spirit had made them overseers of a flock; he exhorted them to shepherd the church (Acts 20:28). Peter also told elders to shepherd the flock, serving as overseers (1 Pet. 5:2).  Jesus said he was the  sole good shepherd (John 10:11-14). The people were "like sheep without a shepherd" (Matt. 9:36). His own disciples were "sheep of the flock" (Matt. 26:31; Luke 12:32)--but Jesus had other sheep, too (John 10:16). Jesus He is the sole great shepherd, the sole head of the church now too, and we are the sheep of his pasture (Heb. 13:20; 1 Pet. 2:25). A shepherd's role was not enforceable on anyone, for one always was still a willing submissioner to the shepherd. A true shepherd was "not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock" (1 Pet. 5:2-3). This is the only kind of leadership Christ wants in his church. Leadership done in humility  and in love. "The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep" (John 10:11). "Whoever wants to be first must be slave of all" (Matt. 20:27; Mark 10:44).  Christ still today also "will separate the people, and the false shepherds too,  one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats" (Matt. 25:32). (Rev 3:19 KJV)  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

An Apostle, prophet, evangelists, bishop, and a pastor are all clearly different functions but both amongst many others too are part of the elders of the church still too.

God now also appoints HEALERS  in the church. Healing was often associated with the work of an evangelist. God can make one sick and he can heal them even today  (Deu 28:27 KJV)  The LORD will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed. (Psa 30:2 KJV)  O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me. (Isa 53:5 KJV)  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

What is an evangelist? "The work of an evangelist" was also evangelism--preaching the gospel and often included the gift of miracle working, healing.The New Testament uses the word only three times, Philip was called an evangelist (Acts 21:8). That means he did evangelism--he preached the euangelion, the gospel (e.g., Acts 8:5-40). Paul exhorted Timothy to "keep your head in all situations, to endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry"  and part of his job was also to be a good personal example but also to rebuke others too. (1 Tim 5:20 KJV)  Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.(1 Tim 5:1 KJV)  Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;

Bishops: overseers of our souls. Generally an Apostle. There was more than one bishop (NIV: overseer) in Ephesus, and more than one in Philippi (Acts 20:28; Phil. 1:1). Near Ephesus, Paul sent for the elders, called them all bishops, and told them to be shepherds  of the church ((Acts 20:28 KJV) " Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood." We see in  that elders are overseers, and we see from 1 Tim. 3:2 that overseers must be "able to teach." A bishop is an direct overseer, a supervisor, someone who watches over the specific others (Acts 20:28). This implies both care and authority.  Jesus Christ is both "Shepherd and Overseer of your souls" (1 Pet. 2:25). Peter told his elders also to be shepherds, "serving as overseers" (1 Pet. 5:1-2). Here again, we see that the titles overlapping. All  shepherds also watch over their sheep..(Prov 27:23 KJV)  "Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds." One being a pastor, shepherd does not make you automatically now an apostle, prophet, bishop, but you are one of the church elders.

Now because many people have hidden pet preferences, false agendas they do now falsely still also  twist especially the isolated verses on these church offices to their false liking.. and now for every true office, there is also a demonic counterfeit one even today. Yes false apostles, false teachers, false evangelists, false pastors, false healers. and false personal empire builders, and false teachers now too. (Mat 10:17 KJV)  But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;

(Mat 3:1 KJV)  In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2  And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3  For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 4  And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. 5  Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, 6  And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. 7  But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8  Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: 9  And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 10  And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 11  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 12  Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
 
 I have no doubt about it, merely going to the front of the church, and using in prayer useless  words next  like God forgive me IF I have sinned. if? is still a real mockery towards God.
 
(Isa 29:13 KJV)  Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
 
(Isa 29:15 KJV)  Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?16  Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?
 
(Isa 29:21 KJV)  That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.1  Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: 2   That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt! 3 Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.
 
(Luke 23:38 KJV) 38  And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. 39  And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 40  But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41  And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 42  And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43  And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
 
(Mat 18:1 KJV)  At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?  3  And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5  And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. 6  But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. 7  Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! 8  Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. 9  And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
10  Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. 11  For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. 
12  How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? 13  And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. 14  Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. 15  Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16  But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17  And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican. 18  Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19  Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
 
(Mat 18:21 KJV)  Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22  Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. 23  Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. 24  And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. 25  But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26  The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 27  Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. 28  But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. 29  And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 30  And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. 31  So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. 32  Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: 33  Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? 34  And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 35  So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
 
(Jonah 1:1 KJV)  Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,2   Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.3   But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.
 
(Jonah 3:10 KJV)  And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not. 4:1  But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. 2  And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. 3  Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live. 4  Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry? 5  So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city. 6  And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. 7  But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered. 8  And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live. 9  And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death. 10  Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: 11  And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?
 
The prophet Jonah disobeyed God to ask the city of Nineveh to repent , because he was wrongfully upset that they would repent and God would forgive them... I can partially relate to that having being abused so many times.. so of course I do not want the abusers to get of lightly for their abuses.. but even if they repent they will not get of lightly .. for with the measure you measured it will be measured back to you as Apostle Paul found out firsthand an, he who persecuted the Christians was himself continually persecuted..
 
(Mat 7:2 KJV)  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
 
(Mat 7:3 KJV)  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
 
but my personal issue is not  that people will repent mainly  at all or my asking them to repent.. .. for as you do know I do now often ask people to repent..  (Rev 3:19 KJV)  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. & (1 Tim 5:20 KJV)  Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.
 
In fact by now I do tend to  follow a regular pattern on asking even people to repent,, I tell them what they did wrong and I ask them to repent once, I wait for a long period, I ask them to repent again, nad I inlude the Bible verses that they have tansgressed in too.. And why doo I do that?  A short time ago i was wring letetrs to Canada;s most promeients officals.. i was going not to inlude Bible verses.. when God spoke to me and said if you leave out the evrse you know that your letetrs will not do any good at all.. so i left the Bible verses in.. it is the Holy spirt that changes people's hearts but he ueses God's word to do this too mainly..
 
(Mark 8:38 KJV)  Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
 
NOW I wait for another long period, but finally I do seriously ask them to repent publicly now before at least one thousand  persons...
 
(Luke 17:28 KJV)  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;  29  But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. 31  In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. 32  Remember Lot's wife. 33  Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. 34  I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 35  Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 36  Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

I had asked two persons to  specifically repent of their unacceptable wrong doings towards me this week. 
I had one of two people repent this week.. that was an amazing miracle to me still too but I was troubled still by the hardness of the other one who did not repent.. Jesus himself still could not cause all people to repent, Judas one of the 12 apostles now included.
(Jer 26:12 KJV)  Then spake Jeremiah unto all the princes and to all the people, saying, The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words that ye have heard.13  Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD your God; and the LORD will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you. 14  As for me, behold, I am in your hand: do with me as seemeth good and meet unto you. 15  But know ye for certain, that if ye put me to death, ye shall surely bring innocent blood upon yourselves, and upon this city, and upon the inhabitants thereof: for of a truth the LORD hath sent me unto you to speak all these words in your ears. 16  Then said the princes and all the people unto the priests and to the prophets; This man is not worthy to die: for he hath spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God. 17  Then rose up certain of the elders of the land, and spake to all the assembly of the people, saying, 18  Micah the Morasthite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and spake to all the people of Judah, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Zion shall be plowed like a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest. 19  Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him at all to death? did he not fear the LORD, and besought the LORD, and the LORD repented him of the evil which he had pronounced against them? Thus might we procure great evil against our souls. 20  And there was also a man that prophesied in the name of the LORD, Urijah the son of Shemaiah of Kirjathjearim, who prophesied against this city and against this land according to all the words of Jeremiah: 21  And when Jehoiakim the king, with all his mighty men, and all the princes, heard his words, the king sought to put him to death: but when Urijah heard it, he was afraid, and fled, and went into Egypt; 22  And Jehoiakim the king sent men into Egypt, namely, Elnathan the son of Achbor, and certain men with him into Egypt. 23  And they fetched forth Urijah out of Egypt, and brought him unto Jehoiakim the king; who slew him with the sword, and cast his dead body into the graves of the common people. 24  Nevertheless the hand of Ahikam the son of Shaphan was with Jeremiah, that they should not give him into the hand of the people to put him to death.
Most people still do not like to be told to repent and the do not readily accept it still too.
 
(Jer 27:4 KJV)  And command them to say unto their masters, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say unto your masters;5  I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.
 
(Jer 28:15 KJV)  Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The LORD hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie.16 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the LORD.
 
(1 Sam 15:23 KJV)  For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
 
but this is still what bothers me  the most is   why it takes so long for people to repent.. to listen to God and this is what  I still do really find personally the  hardest to take  is that almost all of the people I ask to repent, most will, they will  take so many many years to repent if they actually do repent in the first place.. generally, often at least seven or more years, but do also note more often 90 percent of them do not repent at all like Lot's wife.. and Lot too was troubled by this.
 
(Mat 13:19 KJV)  When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 20  But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21  Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22  He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23  But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
 
(Mat 13:24 KJV)  Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25  But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26  But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27  So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28  He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29  But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30  Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
 
Yes I can not expect,  instantaneous repentance or conversions for that MATTER.. FOR  when we plant a seed it will take time, long time and more work  for it to grow and bear fruit.. and I know their hearts have been hardened by sins.. so the word of God needs to be sowed on Good ground, softened ground to bring abundant results, but waiting 25 to 30 years for someone to repent is a little bit long to me.. .. and I know the prodigal father did not wait that long for the prodigal son to come home for sure.
 
(2 Pet 2:1 KJV)  But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.  2  And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3  And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. 4  For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; 5  And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; 6  And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; 7  And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: 8  (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) 9  The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: 10  But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. 11  Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. 12  But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; 13  And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; 14  Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: 15  Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 16  But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet. 17  These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. 18  For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. 19  While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 20  For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21  For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22  But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.  
 
(Mat 10:17 KJV)  But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;  18  And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. 19  But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. 20  For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. 21  And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. 22  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. 23  But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come. 24  The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. 25  It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? 26  Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. 27  What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. 28  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29  Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31  Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. 32  Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33  But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
(Isa 43:10 KJV)  Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. 11  I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. 12  I have declared, and have saved, and I have showed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God. 13  Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it? 14  Thus saith the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships. 15  I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King. 16  Thus saith the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; 17  Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow. 18  Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 19  Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. 20  The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen. 21  This people have I formed for myself; they shall show forth my praise. 22  But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel. 23  Thou hast not brought me the small cattle of thy burnt offerings; neither hast thou honoured me with thy sacrifices. I have not caused thee to serve with an offering, nor wearied thee with incense. 24  Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities. 25  I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. 26  Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified. 27  Thy first father hath sinned, and thy teachers have transgressed against me. 28  Therefore I have profaned the princes of the sanctuary, and have given Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches.
 
(Isa 44:2 KJV)  Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen. 3  For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: 4  And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses. 5  One shall say, I am the Lord's; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD, and surname himself by the name of Israel. 6  Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. 7  And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them show unto them. 8  Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any. 9  They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed. 10  Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing? 11  Behold, all his fellows shall be ashamed: and the workmen, they are of men: let them all be gathered together, let them stand up; yet they shall fear, and they shall be ashamed together. 12  The smith with the tongs both worketh in the coals, and fashioneth it with hammers, and worketh it with the strength of his arms: yea, he is hungry, and his strength faileth: he drinketh no water, and is faint. 13  The carpenter stretcheth out his rule; he marketh it out with a line; he fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it out with the compass, and maketh it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man; that it may remain in the house. 14  He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which he strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest: he planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it. 15  Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto. 16  He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire: 17  And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god. 18  They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand. 19  And none considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it: and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I fall down to the stock of a tree? 20  He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand? 21  Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me. 22  I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee. 23  Sing, O ye heavens; for the LORD hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel. 24  Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself; 25  That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish; 26  That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof:
(Eccl 3:22 KJV)  Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?
 
(Isa 45:7 KJV)  I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. 8  Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it. 9  Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands? 10  Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth? 11  Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me. 12  I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded. 13  I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the LORD of hosts. 14  Thus saith the LORD, The labour of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over unto thee, and they shall be thine: they shall come after thee; in chains they shall come over, and they shall fall down unto thee, they shall make supplication unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; and there is none else, there is no God. 15  Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour. 16  They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols. 17  But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end. 18  For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else. 19  I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right. 20  Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.  21  Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. 22  Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. 23  I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. 24  Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. 25  In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory. 
 
(1 Ki 18:1 KJV)  And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, show thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.  2  And Elijah went to show himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria. 3  And Ahab called Obadiah, which was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly: 4  For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.) 5  And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into the land, unto all fountains of water, and unto all brooks: peradventure we may find grass to save the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all the beasts. 6  So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it: Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself. 7  And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him: and he knew him, and fell on his face, and said, Art thou that my lord Elijah? 8  And he answered him, I am: go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here. 9  And he said, What have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me? 10  As the LORD thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they said, He is not there; he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not. 11  And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here. 12  And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from thee, that the spirit of the LORD shall carry thee whither I know not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find thee, he shall slay me: but I thy servant fear the LORD from my youth. 13  Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of the LORD, how I hid an hundred men of the Lord's prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water? me. 15  And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself unto him to day. 16  So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to meet Elijah. 17  And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? 18  And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim. 19  Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel's table. 20  So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel. 21  And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. 22  Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men. 23  Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: 24  And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken. 25  And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under. 26  And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made. 27  And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked. 28  And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them. 29  And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded. 30  And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down. 31  And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name: 32  And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed. 33  And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood. 34  And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time. 35  And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water. 36  And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. 37  Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. 38  Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 39  And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God. 40  And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there. 41  And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain. 42  So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees, 43  And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times. 44  And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not. 45  And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel. 46  And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel. 19:1  And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.
 
(Gen 15:6 KJV)  And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
 
(1 Sam 2:1 KJV)  And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.
 
(2 Ki 18:5 KJV)  He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.
 
(Psa 4:5 KJV)  Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.
 
(Psa 11:1 KJV) In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?
 
(Psa 21:7 KJV)  For the king trusteth in the LORD, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved.
 
(Psa 26:1 KJV)  Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.
 
(Psa 31:6 KJV)  I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.
 
(Psa 31:24 KJV)  Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.
 
(Psa 32:10 KJV)  Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.
 
(Psa 32:11 KJV)  Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
 
(Psa 33:1 KJV)  Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.
 
(Psa 34:2 KJV)  My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
 
(Psa 35:9 KJV)  And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.
 
(Psa 37:3 KJV)  Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
 
(Psa 37:4 KJV)  Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
 
(Psa 37:7 KJV)  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
 
(Psa 40:3 KJV)  And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
 
(Psa 56:10 KJV)  In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word.
 
(Psa 64:10 KJV)  The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.
 
(Psa 73:28 KJV)  But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.
 
(Psa 97:12 KJV)  Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
 
(Psa 104:34 KJV)  My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.
 
(Psa 112:7 KJV)  He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.
 
(Psa 115:9 KJV)  O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.
 
(Psa 115:10 KJV)  O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.
 
(Psa 115:11 KJV)  Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.
 
(Psa 118:8 KJV)  It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
 
(Psa 118:9 KJV)  It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
 
(Psa 125:1 KJV)   They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.
 
(Psa 146:5 KJV)  Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:
 
(Prov 3:5 KJV)  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
 
(Prov 16:20 KJV)  He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.
 
(Prov 22:19 KJV)  That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.
 
(Prov 28:25 KJV)  He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
 
(Prov 29:25 KJV)  The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
 
(Isa 26:4 KJV)  Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:
 
(Isa 29:19 KJV)  The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
 
(2 Cor 10:17 KJV)  But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
 
(Eph 1:15 KJV)  Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
 
(Eph 4:17 KJV)  This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
 
(Eph 5:8 KJV)  For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
 
(Eph 6:10 KJV)  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
 
(Phil 3:1 KJV)  Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.
 
(Phil 4:1 KJV)  Therefore, my brethren, dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
 
(Phil 4:4 KJV)  Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
 
(1 Th 3:8 KJV)  For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.
 
(Rev 14:13 KJV)  And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
 
But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.(Psa 37:11 KJV)
 
(Judg 5:3 KJV)  Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the LORD; I will sing praise to the LORD God of Israel.
 
(2 Sam 22:50 KJV)  Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.
 
(Psa 9:2 KJV)  I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.
 
(Psa 13:6 KJV)  I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.
 
(Psa 27:6 KJV)  And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
 
(Psa 57:7 KJV)  My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
 
(Psa 57:9 KJV)  I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.
 
(Psa 59:16 KJV)  But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.
 
(Psa 75:9 KJV)  But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
 
(Psa 89:1 KJV)  Maschil of Ethan the Ezrahite. I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
 
(Psa 101:1 KJV) I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.
 
(Psa 104:33 KJV)  I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
 
(Psa 108:1 KJV)  O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.
 
(Psa 108:3 KJV)  I will praise thee, O LORD, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.
 
(Psa 144:9 KJV)  I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.
 
(Psa 146:2 KJV)  While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.
 
(Psa 7:17 KJV)  I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.
 
(Psa 9:1 KJV)   I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvellous works.
 
(Psa 35:18 KJV)  I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.
 
(Psa 52:9 KJV)  I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints.
 
(Psa 54:6 KJV)  I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for it is good.
 
(Psa 56:4 KJV)  In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
 
(Psa 57:9 KJV)  I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.
 
(Psa 69:30 KJV)  I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
 
(Psa 86:12 KJV)  I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.
 
(Psa 108:3 KJV)  I will praise thee, O LORD, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.
 
(Psa 109:30 KJV)  I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude.
 
(Psa 111:1 KJV)  Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.
 
(Psa 118:19 KJV)  Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:
 
(Psa 118:21 KJV)  I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.
 
(Psa 118:28 KJV)  Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.
 
(Psa 119:7 KJV)  I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
 
(Psa 138:1 KJV)   I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.
 
(Psa 139:14 KJV)  I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
 
(Psa 145:2 KJV)  Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
 
(Isa 12:1 KJV)  And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.
 
(Isa 25:1 KJV)  O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
 
(1 Cor 14:15 KJV)  What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
 
(Rom 8:32 KJV)  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33  Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. 34  Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
 
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