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  • 🍊He prunes the branches that do bear fruit, so they will be even more fruitful. - John 15:2

When I read John 15:2, I felt led to create this artwork for those who may be in a season of pruning — those who are going through pain, heartaches, struggles, challenges, and loss. Know that first of all, God sees you and is with you in the midst of it all. ⠀
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God says that He prunes those who bear fruit, so that they will be even more fruitful. In the midst of pain, know that it is not in vain. There is purpose and hope. He is working all things together for your good. ⠀

A season of pruning will often lead to a season of great fruitfulness. And through the pruning, God is shaping you more into the likeness of Christ. The pain that you’ve been feeling, can't compare to the glory that will be revealed in you. - Romans 8:18⠀
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Much love, Laura
  • 🍊He prunes the branches that do bear fruit, so they will be even more fruitful. - John 15:2

    When I read John 15:2, I felt led to create this artwork for those who may be in a season of pruning — those who are going through pain, heartaches, struggles, challenges, and loss. Know that first of all, God sees you and is with you in the midst of it all. ⠀
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    God says that He prunes those who bear fruit, so that they will be even more fruitful. In the midst of pain, know that it is not in vain. There is purpose and hope. He is working all things together for your good. ⠀

    A season of pruning will often lead to a season of great fruitfulness. And through the pruning, God is shaping you more into the likeness of Christ. The pain that you’ve been feeling, can't compare to the glory that will be revealed in you. - Romans 8:18⠀
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    Much love, Laura
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  • Matthew 15:18 
But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
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—🚩Have you ever heard someone say,"Follow your heart"? Really?
Jeremiah 17:9
➚"The Heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?
Proverbs 26:23-25
➚Like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross Are burning lips and a wicked heart. He who hates disguises it with his lips, But he lays up deceit in his Heart. When he speaks graciously, do not believe him, For there are seven abominations in his Heart.
Mark 7:21 -20 ➚And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. ➚For from within, out of the Heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, ➚Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: ➚All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
—🚩Better make sure that heart is Right with God.
  • Matthew 15:18
    But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
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    —🚩Have you ever heard someone say,"Follow your heart"? Really?
    Jeremiah 17:9
    ➚"The Heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?
    Proverbs 26:23-25
    ➚Like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross Are burning lips and a wicked heart. He who hates disguises it with his lips, But he lays up deceit in his Heart. When he speaks graciously, do not believe him, For there are seven abominations in his Heart.
    Mark 7:21 -20 ➚And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. ➚For from within, out of the Heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, ➚Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: ➚All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
    —🚩Better make sure that heart is Right with God.
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  • 2 Timothy 1:7🙏🏽
  • 2 Timothy 1:7🙏🏽
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  • “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” Psalms 46:10
  • “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” Psalms 46:10
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  • Tem dias que parece que o sol focou em você, mas tem dias que parece que ele resolveu se esconder. 
O importante é termos a certeza que estamos sendo guiados por Jesus! ☺️ Somente seguindo o caminho do Mestre teremos a oportunidade de viver o sobrenatural. ......................................................... 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻
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☑️A fé nos faz andar sobre as águas. ☑️A dúvida nos faz afundar. ........................................................
☑️A fé nos faz conquistar novas terras. ☑️A dúvida nos faz morrer no deserto. .........................................................
☑️A fé nos dá a oportunidade de nos alimentar em meio a escassez. ☑️A dúvida nos faz morrer pisoteados antes de desfrutar da vitória.
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✔️Crer sempre será a melhor opção ! 🙏🏻 .
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.#jesus #jesuschrist #god #bible #jesussaves #jesuscristo #faith #jesusislord #jesusfreak #love
  • Tem dias que parece que o sol focou em você, mas tem dias que parece que ele resolveu se esconder.
    O importante é termos a certeza que estamos sendo guiados por Jesus! ☺️ Somente seguindo o caminho do Mestre teremos a oportunidade de viver o sobrenatural. ......................................................... 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻
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    ☑️A fé nos faz andar sobre as águas. ☑️A dúvida nos faz afundar. ........................................................
    ☑️A fé nos faz conquistar novas terras. ☑️A dúvida nos faz morrer no deserto. .........................................................
    ☑️A fé nos dá a oportunidade de nos alimentar em meio a escassez. ☑️A dúvida nos faz morrer pisoteados antes de desfrutar da vitória.
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    ➿ .........................................................
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    ✔️Crer sempre será a melhor opção ! 🙏🏻 .
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    . #jesus #jesuschrist #god #bible #jesussaves #jesuscristo #faith #jesusislord #jesusfreak #love
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  • He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.
Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
  • He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.
    Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
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  • How to Respond to Someone with Gender Dysphoria⠀
(or any human suffering from the consequences of original sin in general)⠀
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SAY P.L.E.A.S.E.⠀
1. PRAY quietly to the Holy Spirit the WHOLE time you are in conversation with the other person, for healing and wholeness in yourself (first and foremost) and for healing and wholeness in the other person.⠀
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LOVE them. They image God on earth. You’re called to communion with them as a fellow image of God. So look at them, in the eyes, where the life of their spirit bubbles up and over, spilling into yours.⠀
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ENTER into their experience. Listen more than you talk.⠀
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ASK them what they want more than anything else in the world. Chances are you want the same thing. Then, when common ground is set…⠀
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SHARE a bit of your own sense of your identity; where have you come from, where are you going? Share your crooked path, the imperfect family history. The faces and the places that formed you. Your own longing to be known, to be loved, to be seen, to have a relationship and a place to find and to give yourself. Share your understanding of the theology of the body, the plan of God for making us male and female, called to love and life through sexual complementarity.⠀
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EXPLAIN that you care for them and that in that light, you are honored to have shared time talking together and would love to talk some more. Don’t feel like you need to fix something, tidy something up, bring closure or sign a contractual agreement. You just shared some human time together. What did you learn by receiving the gift of this other person? Maybe it was messy, heated, maybe you were misunderstood. That’s ok too. What did you learn from that experience?⠀
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If the conversation continues (and pray it does), talk about your personal experience of the way you came to know your identity – by contact with the world through the reality of your body, through the mystery of other people in your family, and through the other people and things around you.⠀
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#theologyofthebody #bible #God #gospel#faith #pray #worship #cathedral #jesuschrist #prayer #christians #religion #christian #Jesus #church #Christ #christianity #catholic #romancatholic #catholics #rosary
  • How to Respond to Someone with Gender Dysphoria⠀
    (or any human suffering from the consequences of original sin in general)⠀

    SAY P.L.E.A.S.E.⠀
    1. PRAY quietly to the Holy Spirit the WHOLE time you are in conversation with the other person, for healing and wholeness in yourself (first and foremost) and for healing and wholeness in the other person.⠀

    LOVE them. They image God on earth. You’re called to communion with them as a fellow image of God. So look at them, in the eyes, where the life of their spirit bubbles up and over, spilling into yours.⠀

    ENTER into their experience. Listen more than you talk.⠀

    ASK them what they want more than anything else in the world. Chances are you want the same thing. Then, when common ground is set…⠀

    SHARE a bit of your own sense of your identity; where have you come from, where are you going? Share your crooked path, the imperfect family history. The faces and the places that formed you. Your own longing to be known, to be loved, to be seen, to have a relationship and a place to find and to give yourself. Share your understanding of the theology of the body, the plan of God for making us male and female, called to love and life through sexual complementarity.⠀

    EXPLAIN that you care for them and that in that light, you are honored to have shared time talking together and would love to talk some more. Don’t feel like you need to fix something, tidy something up, bring closure or sign a contractual agreement. You just shared some human time together. What did you learn by receiving the gift of this other person? Maybe it was messy, heated, maybe you were misunderstood. That’s ok too. What did you learn from that experience?⠀

    If the conversation continues (and pray it does), talk about your personal experience of the way you came to know your identity – by contact with the world through the reality of your body, through the mystery of other people in your family, and through the other people and things around you.⠀

    #theologyofthebody #bible #God #gospel #faith #pray #worship #cathedral #jesuschrist #prayer #christians #religion #christian #Jesus #church #Christ #christianity #catholic #romancatholic #catholics #rosary
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  • At the recommendation of @william_lane_craig in his recent advice video I’ve brought this book. It does appear to be a glancing overview at Christian doctrine. I would recommend any Christian to read something like this. As sure as you can be looking at these topics individually I think there’s a blessing (metaphorically) to read a good summary like this. You never know if you’ve got a few holes or topics you’ve not gone into enough. Or good to remind yourself especially after spending a lot of time in apologetics #doctrine #Christianity #Jesus #scripture #book #theology #bible
  • At the recommendation of @william_lane_craig in his recent advice video I’ve brought this book. It does appear to be a glancing overview at Christian doctrine. I would recommend any Christian to read something like this. As sure as you can be looking at these topics individually I think there’s a blessing (metaphorically) to read a good summary like this. You never know if you’ve got a few holes or topics you’ve not gone into enough. Or good to remind yourself especially after spending a lot of time in apologetics #doctrine #Christianity #Jesus #scripture #book #theology #bible
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  • “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” - John‬ ‭13:34‬
  • “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” - John‬ ‭13:34‬
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  • This bible is almost 200 years old. It's from 1827.
I'm not religious but it's a strange feeling holding something so old.

#book #old #vintage #bible
  • This bible is almost 200 years old. It's from 1827.
    I'm not religious but it's a strange feeling holding something so old.

    #book #old #vintage #bible
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  • You’re going to be better than before.
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This is what the surgeon told me before he cut into my knee. He said my new ligament would be even stronger than the one I was born with. But like any serious surgery, being cut open is not without residue, you are left with scars.
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We see scars as a deformity, flaws even. I look at my knee and I see an ugly imperfection I’d rather keep hidden. Scars are reminders of wounds we’ve incurred. Physical and emotional pain we’ve experienced. We are inclined to protect our scars because they are so personal; there is a story behind every scar. Perhaps this is why we are reluctant to share our scars with one another.
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Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe. (John 20:27)
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It seems like an oxymoron that the resurrected body of Christ would reveal his scars. Christ’s most glorified state, a body that is scarred? The Father could have easily removed these from his body. So I wonder, why didn’t he?
Christ’s scars represent glory not defect.
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His scars reveal the dept of his empathy for us, and ultimate victory over sin and death. Through Christ’s suffering, resulting scars and resurrection, we have redemption. His scars serve as a sign of hope.
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This is visual encouragement for us. A call to boast in our imperfections as we hope for new life. Because Christ’s redemption is greater than any wound and able to heal any scar.
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I hear him say, 
You are going to be better than before. 
Do not be ashamed. 
You were punctured by pain and suffering, but there is healing, renewal for you. 
See my scars? By my wounds you have been healed. 
Remember the triumphant nature of my being. 
What I did, I did for you.
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May God’s ultimate scar story be a source of strength for you. I pray that you would be empowered to share your scars with joyful confidence. For you have been redeemed! 📝-@howsheworships
  • You’re going to be better than before.
    .
    This is what the surgeon told me before he cut into my knee. He said my new ligament would be even stronger than the one I was born with. But like any serious surgery, being cut open is not without residue, you are left with scars.
    .
    We see scars as a deformity, flaws even. I look at my knee and I see an ugly imperfection I’d rather keep hidden. Scars are reminders of wounds we’ve incurred. Physical and emotional pain we’ve experienced. We are inclined to protect our scars because they are so personal; there is a story behind every scar. Perhaps this is why we are reluctant to share our scars with one another.
    .
    Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe. (John 20:27)
    .
    It seems like an oxymoron that the resurrected body of Christ would reveal his scars. Christ’s most glorified state, a body that is scarred? The Father could have easily removed these from his body. So I wonder, why didn’t he?
    Christ’s scars represent glory not defect.
    .
    His scars reveal the dept of his empathy for us, and ultimate victory over sin and death. Through Christ’s suffering, resulting scars and resurrection, we have redemption. His scars serve as a sign of hope.
    .
    This is visual encouragement for us. A call to boast in our imperfections as we hope for new life. Because Christ’s redemption is greater than any wound and able to heal any scar.
    .
    I hear him say,
    You are going to be better than before.
    Do not be ashamed.
    You were punctured by pain and suffering, but there is healing, renewal for you.
    See my scars? By my wounds you have been healed.
    Remember the triumphant nature of my being.
    What I did, I did for you.
    .
    May God’s ultimate scar story be a source of strength for you. I pray that you would be empowered to share your scars with joyful confidence. For you have been redeemed! 📝-@howsheworships
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  • "But one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 3:12
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》》Turn your back to the past! Sure, our "past" is why we are where we currently are, but we can't honestly do anything about it. That reality is constant spiritually and relentless in health and fitness!
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☝️ Wherever your past has brought you - leave it behind, for that is where it belongs! Your past has shaped you one way or another, so press on forward and keep going - never turning back. 💪🌻💁‍♂️
  • "But one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 3:12
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    .
    》》Turn your back to the past! Sure, our "past" is why we are where we currently are, but we can't honestly do anything about it. That reality is constant spiritually and relentless in health and fitness!
    .
    .
    ☝️ Wherever your past has brought you - leave it behind, for that is where it belongs! Your past has shaped you one way or another, so press on forward and keep going - never turning back. 💪🌻💁‍♂️
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  • If you have a mom, are a mom, will one day be a mom, celebrate Mother's Day in France this Sunday with JTGS Church! 👩‍👦‍👦👩‍👧💐
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JTGS Church at Club Haussmann
23 Rue Taitbout, 75009 Paris
Métro 7 or 9: Chaussée d’Antin
English Service at 1 - 4 PM
Filipino Service at 5 - 6 PM
More info: https://jtgschurch.com/events/sunday-services
  • If you have a mom, are a mom, will one day be a mom, celebrate Mother's Day in France this Sunday with JTGS Church! 👩‍👦‍👦👩‍👧💐
    .

    JTGS Church at Club Haussmann
    23 Rue Taitbout, 75009 Paris
    Métro 7 or 9: Chaussée d’Antin
    English Service at 1 - 4 PM
    Filipino Service at 5 - 6 PM
    More info: https://jtgschurch.com/events/sunday-services
  • 3 1 8 minutes ago
  • If you think you can fool God, you are only fooling yourselves. You will harvest what you plant.
Galatians 6:7🌻
  • If you think you can fool God, you are only fooling yourselves. You will harvest what you plant.
    Galatians 6:7🌻
  • 2 1 9 minutes ago
  • “This I command you: love one another.”
When we first hear it, Jesus’ words sound like an updated version of “be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, full of compassion.” Sentimental. Comforting. 
Kind of a snuggly version of the Golden Rule.
If that’s how it sounds to us, if that’s all we’re getting out of it. Then we need to take a look at what we think love is.
While love can play itself out in ways that are sentimental and comforting, love is a lot more than that. St. Thomas Aquinas put it this way,
“To love is to will the good of another.”
Which means that love isn’t just a feeling. Love is a choice.
Not that feelings don’t come with love. But that at the heart of those feeling is something intentional. Something greater. Something that doesn’t come and go with feelings. 
We’ve all seen it real life.
It’s someone who gives up their seat on an over-booked flight so a stranger can get home to be with their dying father. Even though it messes up their dream vacation. 
It’s the mother who takes time off to advocate for her child with a disability. Even though it costs her a promotion at work. 
It’s the husband who continues to care for his wife with Alzheimer’s. Even though she has no idea who he is anymore.
That’s the kind of love that Jesus is talking about. 
The kind of love that’s only possible with God’s help.
The kind of love that changes everything.
  • “This I command you: love one another.”
    When we first hear it, Jesus’ words sound like an updated version of “be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, full of compassion.” Sentimental. Comforting.
    Kind of a snuggly version of the Golden Rule.
    If that’s how it sounds to us, if that’s all we’re getting out of it. Then we need to take a look at what we think love is.
    While love can play itself out in ways that are sentimental and comforting, love is a lot more than that. St. Thomas Aquinas put it this way,
    “To love is to will the good of another.”
    Which means that love isn’t just a feeling. Love is a choice.
    Not that feelings don’t come with love. But that at the heart of those feeling is something intentional. Something greater. Something that doesn’t come and go with feelings.
    We’ve all seen it real life.
    It’s someone who gives up their seat on an over-booked flight so a stranger can get home to be with their dying father. Even though it messes up their dream vacation.
    It’s the mother who takes time off to advocate for her child with a disability. Even though it costs her a promotion at work.
    It’s the husband who continues to care for his wife with Alzheimer’s. Even though she has no idea who he is anymore.
    That’s the kind of love that Jesus is talking about.
    The kind of love that’s only possible with God’s help.
    The kind of love that changes everything.
  • 3 1 10 minutes ago
  • “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭118:8‬ ‭KJV‬‬
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Often times people base Christianity on the leader of the church or the person that is in the eye of the public when in fact Jesus said to follow Him. Not man, not your feelings, not your emotions, follow Him.
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We must understand that the leaders of the church are human also. They make mistakes as well. Be cautious that you do not make these men or women into idols. If they are to make a mistake we should cover and pray for them but we look to Jesus, He is our head, He is our King. He is the true leader of the church and if He is not present in the church then flee that place.
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I am stating to dishonor your leader certainly not! God certainly has placed these men and women of God into place for the advancement of His church but because a storm comes on a man or woman of God doesn’t mean that having a relationship with Jesus isn’t authentic. Jesus is faithful even when we are faithless. He is our rock and redeemer.
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#God #Jesus #Truth #peace #grace #wisdom #honor #thegodlyman #Bible
  • “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭118:8‬ ‭KJV‬‬
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    Often times people base Christianity on the leader of the church or the person that is in the eye of the public when in fact Jesus said to follow Him. Not man, not your feelings, not your emotions, follow Him.
    _
    We must understand that the leaders of the church are human also. They make mistakes as well. Be cautious that you do not make these men or women into idols. If they are to make a mistake we should cover and pray for them but we look to Jesus, He is our head, He is our King. He is the true leader of the church and if He is not present in the church then flee that place.
    _
    I am stating to dishonor your leader certainly not! God certainly has placed these men and women of God into place for the advancement of His church but because a storm comes on a man or woman of God doesn’t mean that having a relationship with Jesus isn’t authentic. Jesus is faithful even when we are faithless. He is our rock and redeemer.
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    #God #Jesus #Truth #peace #grace #wisdom #honor #thegodlyman #Bible
  • 2 0 12 minutes ago
  • Samael told us that the salt is matter (earth). Salt is alchemically represented by a circle that has a line directly through the middle.
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This symbol is quite significant in many ways. That symbol is a unity and also a duality. It has two halves. Salt is like that. If you have ever studied physical chemistry, you know that salts are polarised. Physically speaking, there are masculine salts (+) and feminine salts (-). Esoterically speaking, we say the same thing. Salt is also polarised. We see that in any form of matter.
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When we talk about salt in Alchemy, we are not talking about table salt, physical salt, the salt you use in your food. The salt in Alchemy is something more subtle; it is a symbol that represents any kind of matter. Physical matter is “salt,” alchemically speaking. So our body is salt in Alchemy, and that is why Jesus in the gospels said:
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“Ye are the salt of the earth.”
~Matthew 5
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That was an Alchemical statement. Our salt, our body, is this first element.
  • Samael told us that the salt is matter (earth). Salt is alchemically represented by a circle that has a line directly through the middle.

    This symbol is quite significant in many ways. That symbol is a unity and also a duality. It has two halves. Salt is like that. If you have ever studied physical chemistry, you know that salts are polarised. Physically speaking, there are masculine salts (+) and feminine salts (-). Esoterically speaking, we say the same thing. Salt is also polarised. We see that in any form of matter.

    When we talk about salt in Alchemy, we are not talking about table salt, physical salt, the salt you use in your food. The salt in Alchemy is something more subtle; it is a symbol that represents any kind of matter. Physical matter is “salt,” alchemically speaking. So our body is salt in Alchemy, and that is why Jesus in the gospels said:

    “Ye are the salt of the earth.”
    ~Matthew 5

    That was an Alchemical statement. Our salt, our body, is this first element.
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