Japanese Maple 4 – D. Raymond-Wryhte – Digital Art, Landscapes & Nature, Forests, Boreal & Temperate – ArtPal

22 11 2018

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Ethics: Holiness

13 04 2018

Holiness 

Leviticus 11:44-45 (WEB)

44 For I am Yahweh your God. Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be holy; for I am holy…. 45 For I am Yahweh who brought you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.

1 Peter 1:12-16 (WEB)

13 Therefore prepare your minds for action, be sober, and set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ— 14 as children of obedience, not conforming yourselves according to your former lusts as in your ignorance, 15 but just as he who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all of your behavior; 16 because it is written, “You shall be holy; for I am holy.”

 

Refer to the entry for 15 March 2018 for the Introduction to this series.





Ethics: Faith

8 04 2018

Hebrews 11: 1-3, 6 (WEB) 

11 Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, proof of things not seen. 2 For by this, the elders obtained testimony. 3 By faith, we understand that the universe has been framed by the word of God, so that what is seen has not been made out of things which are visible….

Without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to him, for he who comes to God must believe that he exists, and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him.

 

Romans 14:23 excerpt (WEB)

23  … and whatever is not of faith is sin.

 

Refer to the entry for 15 March 2018 for the Introduction to this series.





Ethics: Love

2 04 2018

Love

John 15:11-13 (WEB)

11 I (Christ Jesus)have spoken these things to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be made full. 12 This is my commandment, that you love one another, even as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Note: the words within parentheses have been added by this editor for clarity.

1 John 3:23-24 (WEB)

23 This is his (God the Father’s) commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, even as he (Jesus) commanded. 24 He who keeps his commandments remains in him, and he in him. By this we know that he remains in us, by the (Holy) Spirit which he gave us.

Note: the words within parentheses have been added by this editor for clarity.

Romans 12:9-11 (KJV)

Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord….

1 Corinthians 13 (WEB)

13 If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don’t have love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but don’t have love, I am nothing. If I dole out all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but don’t have love, it profits me nothing.

Love is patient and is kind; love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

But where there are prophecies, they will be done away with. Where there are various languages, they will cease. Where there is knowledge, it will be done away with. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; 10 but when that which is complete has come, then that which is partial will be done away with. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child. Now that I have become a man, I have put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I was also fully known.

13 But now faith, hope, and love remain—these three. The greatest of these is love.

 

Refer to the entry for 15 March 2018 for the Introduction to this series.





Easter Wings

31 03 2018
Lord, who createdst man in wealth and store,
      Though foolishly he lost the same,
            Decaying more and more,
                  Till he became
                        Most poore:
                        With thee
                  O let me rise
            As larks, harmoniously,
      And sing this day thy victories:
Then shall the fall further the flight in me.
My tender age in sorrow did beginne
      And still with sicknesses and shame.
            Thou didst so punish sinne,
                  That I became
                        Most thinne.
                        With thee
                  Let me combine,
            And feel thy victorie:
         For, if I imp my wing on thine,
Affliction shall advance the flight in me.

 George Herbert





Ethics: the Golden Rule

28 03 2018

The Golden Rule:

Matthew 7:12 (WEB) 

12 Therefore whatever you desire for men to do to you, you shall also do to them; for this is the law and the prophets.

Refer to the entry for 15 March 2018 for the Introduction to this series.





The Spicebush in March

25 03 2018

yellow bush

 

Spicebush, yellow spicebush, tell me

Where you found so much clear gold?

Every branch and every twig

Has as much as it can hold.

Flaunting before tattered winter

Your new dress the wind whips round —

Color, color! You were first,

You dredged and drew it from the ground!

Sara Teasdale