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Make Me a Man Like Enoch

Make Me a Man Like Enoch

©1988 Jefferis Kent Peterson

Men:
Make me a man like Enoch
Make me a preacher like Paul
Give me a song like David’s
Make me a servant of all

Women:
Make me a woman like Deb’rah
Like Anna, teach me to pray
Give me a heart like Mary’s
Let me know God’s ways

Bridge:
O, God my Savior
Set me free
O, God my Savior
Let me Worship Thee

All:
Make us a people of Courage
Make us a people of faith
Give us an hope eternal
Let us finish the race.

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We Have Been Made Righteous!

From The ScholarsCorner.com

He took our Sin and having become Sin for us, is our Savior from Sin. 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.  2 Co 5:17–21.

from the ESV Study Bible note: This means that God the Father made Christ to be regarded and treated as “sin” even though Christ himself never sinned (Heb. 4:15; cf. Gal. 3:13). Further, we see that God did this for our sake—that is, God regarded and treated “our” sin (the sin of all who would believe in Christ) as if our sin belonged not to us but to Christ himself. 

It is As If All your sins are not your sins, but it is as if Jesus committed them and not you. That is how God sees you. Like you have never sinned.

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned … much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Romans 5: 12-19

How do we become God’s Righteousness? 

In the beginning, God’s fellowship with humanity was unbroken, for each had within them the Holy Spirit: then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being – Gen 2:7.    Adam and Eve shared God’s Spirit and had perfect fellowship with the Father. 

But Adam and Eve’s sin caused fellowship with God to be broken.

The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:15–17

Adam’s body did begin to die after eating of the forbidden fruit, but his separation fin from God was immediate. His unbroken fellowship with God was gone.   

For God is “too Holy to look upon sin.” He is too holy to fellowship with evil. He could not commune with Adam as he had done so before. Fear in Adam replaced love for God.  In order for God to restore us to unbroken fellowship, he had to remove the barrier of sin and fear. The only way to do that was to experience death and pay the consequences of our sins. 

Jesus had to die and be resurrected for us to receive God’s Holy Spirit anew. Before Jesus, no one, not even the most righteous had received an indwelling Holy Spirit. The Spirit rested upon the prophets, but did not indwell them.   John quotes Jesus, and then offers an interpretation:

Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. John 7:38–39

Yet after he was raised something happened.

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Judeans, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” John 20:19-23

Jesus gave back to us what Adam had lost… God’s Spirit. 

He Who is Holy now lives inside you. You are Holy because he who lives in you is Holy. You have been made righteous by virtue of He who lives in you. Not  in yourself, but in Him. 

Therefore, guilt and condemnation over sin in your conscience is not from God, but a lie to keep you bound to sin, doubt, and feelings of separation from God. In short, to keep you from trusting Him, running to Him, from fellowship with Him. 

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Adobe abandons another product

adobe takes the protection racket to a new levelAdobe is abandoning Business Catalyst in 2019, leaving many customers locked into a proprietary database of customer records, inventory linked photos, and secure users, with no easy way to transfer to other services. This type of thing has happened way too often with Adobe. They buy something, then fail to put enough resources into it to make it cutting edge, and even less to keep it current. They did this with Macromedia (Dreamweaver/Fireworks/Flash) and now with Business Catalyst. Tech support was choppy, second rate service from India, many of whom didn’t understand the issues, or the company failed to provide the resources to make the product effective. I’ve moved on from Adobe for the most part. Very disappointed in them. Keeping old versions of products until they break and learning new products from other companies that are more focused, like Affinity and Pinegrow. Adobe is becoming the Microsoft of the Web: big, bloated, lacking focus and innovation, and focused only on large corporations that don’t understand what their developers do or need.

For clients I am working on alternative services and looking for the best way to integrate the databases.

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Wimberley Arts Fest 2018

We had over 6,000 attendees at the Arts Fest.   I sold 4 paintings at my first art show, so not a bad start! Here was my booth.

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In Wimberley Arts Fest April 28-29

I will be in booth#1 at the Wimberley Arts Fest April 28th/29th.

Preview some of my work at https://Jefferis.Gallery  or see my Facebook Page

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Art History of Jefferis Kent Peterson

I began drawing in pen and ink in my early teens. My mother is an artist (JeanPeterson.com). In high school, I studied with Mr. Dan Mistrik in Chevy Chase, MD.  He taught the Old Master’s technique of blocking in with darks and building up lights.  I went to be an art major at Connecticut College, N. London Ct. and took art for 1 year, but it was the early 70’s and free expressionism was all the rage, so no actual teaching took place.  I dropped art and became a religion major.  After seminary and a few years in full time ministry, I pioneered online education courses in the early 1990’s and have been heavily involved in graphic arts with web design, photography, and Photoshop.

In 2006, I got back involved in oil painting and have been taking classes with Lillie Pell since Jan of 2015.

Email
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Wimberley, TX 78676
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#TimesUp and Black Dresses

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Black Dresses? #Timesup?

#timesup black dresses? Actions speak louder than words or symbolic gestures. But that is the Hollywood mindset.  It might be more convincing if you stopped taking off your clothes when you make movies or model. Actresses are partly responsible for the hypersexualized culture that turns women into objects. It isn’t art, it’s just glorified lust. By consenting to sexual scenes, you submit to the male disorder of subjugating all women to the spirit of fantasy and pornography.

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Sex Sells in Hollywood

Want to really make a difference!?  Refuse to disrobe on camera or do sex scenes. You sell a part of your soul for fame and fortune, you degrade yourself and then complain that powerful people treat you as sex objects to be used and manipulated.  Stop selling your soul and your body for fame that satisfies the greed and lust of the powerful. Then maybe your complaints will mean something more than a shallow statement.

And to Men:Stop treating women as objects. Value them as the Lord does… as daughters of God and princesses of the King of Kings.pexels-photo-752803.jpeg

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Feeling Guilty? There is a Remedy

There is no greater or more consistent accuser than a guilt-ridden conscience. The problem with this accuser is that it is your own self. How do you escape the accusations of your own mind, when you realize that not only is the accuser justified in fingering your flaws of character and misdeeds, but also that you are justly condemned?

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Illustrator of Henry Davenport Northrop’s “Treasures of the Bible,” 1894 – High_Priest_Offering_Sacrifice_of_a_Goat

The Hebrews have had for centuries a day of atonement, Yom Kippur, where the sins of the past year were confessed and laid on the head of a goat, called a “scape-goat.” This goat was led away into the wilderness and by some traditions was hurled over a cliff so as not to return the community’s sins. Another goat was slain. That sacrificial system ended about 2000 years ago when the Temple was destroyed by the Romans. However, the sins that were forgiven were only those unintentional sins like covetousness, crimes of passion, anger, etc. (Leviticus 4:2, Hebrews 9:7) For sins done with intent, with a “high-hand,” there was no sacrifice.

Confession, it is said, is good for the soul, and does bring some measure of relief to the mind. It is a good starting point, for it means at least you are honest with yourself. However, it does not by itself relieve the mind of the constant nagging guilt, doubt, and condemnation. Saying your sorry to one you have hurt, may also help, but may not be enough; especially if they do not forgive your sin.

What then is the remedy for a guilty conscience? There is only one I know. That is going to the One who can cleanse both the conscience and the mind by the Spirit of the Living God. That is going to Jesus, who died “for the sins of the whole world.” He is able to remove guilt and condemnation from within your heart and mind, and renew your image of yourself. For when God declares your sins forgiven, it makes a difference in your life.

A sample prayer:
Jesus, I have done this and this____ and I know I am wrong and have sinned against You and others. I hate my thoughts and deeds. But You were put to death for my misdeeds and raised from death by the Father. You paid the price for my sins. Please forgive me of my sins and cleanse me in thought, word, and deed, so that I may be thankful and grateful in life.

Hebrews 10 (ESV)  For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. 2 Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins? 3 But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins…

11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ  had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,
16   “This is the covenant that I will make with them
after those days, declares the Lord:
I will put my laws on their hearts,
and write them on their minds,”
17 then he adds,
“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.

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