Life Application

How much richer would our lives be if we left each Bible reading with a new perspective and a small change for the better?  A small change every day adds up to a changed life – and that is the very purpose of Scripture.

Applying God’s Word is a vital part of our relationship with Him.  God urges us to apply His Word (Isa. 42:23; 1 Cor. 10:11; 2 Thess. 3:4; Jas. 1:22), but too often we stop at accumulating Bible knowledge instead of putting into practice what we have learned.  Exposure to God’s Word must lead to obedience otherwise it’s just another history lesson.  When we don’t apply the Bible to our personal situations, spiritual dryness, shallowness, and indifference will result.

The best way to define application is to determine what it is not.  Application is not just accumulating knowledge.  History is filled with philosophers who knew what the Bible said, but failed to apply it to their lives, keeping them from believing and changing.  Application is not just illustration.  Illustration only tells us how someone else handled a similar situation.  While we may empathize with that person, we still have to apply the Bible to our own individual situations, which is likely different than his or hers.

What, then, is application?  Application is deeply personal – unique for each individual.  A good application shows us how to take the timeless truth of Scripture and apply it to our lives today.  It shows us what to do about the passage we are reading and motivates us to respond to what God is teaching through His Word.  Application is putting into practice what we already know (Mk. 4:24; Heb. 5:14) by confronting us with the right questions and motivating us to take action (1 Jn. 2:5-6; Jas. 2:17).  It involves taking a relevant Bible truth and making it a personal truth.  It involves developing a strategy and action plan to live in harmony with God’s Word.  Application is the biblical “how to” of life.

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About Pastor Joe Quatrone, Jr.

Pastor Joe has been serving in Christian ministry for 19 years. He is the author of "Back to the Basics: A Guide for Christian Living." Through a commitment to servant leadership, he proclaims relevant Bible truth, equips the saints for effective ministry, and builds up the body of Christ. Married thirteen years, Pastor Joe and his wife live in New Jersey and have two children.
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38 Responses to Life Application

  1. It’s amazing how often I can “get it” and not “do it!” This is a great reminder for me today. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Shaun says:

    I tell my kids, if the ear is the body’s front porch, and the heart is the body’s family room, where do we socialize with God’s word? It’s one thing to greet someone at the front door, it is something totally different to sit with them over a cup of coffee.

  3. jelillie says:

    I have always found that application begins after I have spent some time mulling over what I read in the word and asking “What does this mean for me?”

  4. johnedoe says:

    this is the first time that i have been able to comment on what you have shared, as before, when i clicked your link in my email,…it would not allow me to. i am about to put on an old pair of boots that are worn and scarred from the sands and other obstacles of iraq….today though” these boots will be scarred by hiking through the arizona desert,…….two totally different “paths”,…yet somewhat similar none the less………we choose where and how we “walk”…and why………i like your post……..

    i “now” let my hair grow long,….tattoos, reminders of certain chapters from life are also visible,…for any who “may” be “looking” my way…..i don’t worry, or actually,….i’m not concerned about what someone thinks about what i look like,……life is too short,……and precious,……and you can’t please everyone……so,……i just don’t try to. i am not responsible for anyone’s judgments of myself or my life,…condemning,…or otherwise….what i believe today, and how i believe,…and “why” especially….is up to me………and now,……..for what you have written……..

    i was walking with a friend through a lumberyard one friday afternoon,…as we spoke,…a friend, of my friend, who worked there walked up to say hello to him, during the middle of our conversation,….as i was saying,…”Jesus sums up the entire new testament by saying, “lighten up!” (lol,..but true)…now, as per my earlier description….i DO NOT LOOK like what “many” may perceive a “church goer” to look like,……the look on the face of the lumber yard employee was quite “humorous” to me…..but he listened to what i said……….i say this because i actually believe that “heard” what i said. do you know what i mean here by “heard???”…..anyway……

    to stay “on point” as to what you shared…..the apostle paul had appeared in “rome?” where all the philosophers gathered,…the place with all the statues, and or, idols, the figures of the many and varied “god’s” that they “believed???” in,…..and…even the “other” god…..with the nameless statue…..

    upon his presentation of the gospel,…as i’m sure you know this story quite well,…they asked him to hang out with em the “next day?” and continue saying the same thing over and over again,….to which he responded,….long story short,……….i just told you God’s truth,……….and now,….i have other places to go,…..he then said,…….you all hang out here talking crap all day long, not even truly having anything to actually believe in,….and no TRUE GOD TO WORSHIP……(“ye worship ye know not what??????”)….and then he says,…..”YOU JUST “BELIEVE?”, AND OR, “TRY” TO BELIEVE IN ABSOLUTELY WHATEVER YOU WANT TO IN THE MOMENT,…AND NO MATTER WHAT OR WHEN THE MOMENT IS????”………and of course,…he then pointed out the statue to their “unknown god”……….okay,…i gotta get my boots on,……about to leave,……more in a sec,….ok???

  5. johnedoe says:

    ok,…i just stepped outside,…it is beautiful out today!!!!!…..life is good!!!!……..so,..paul told them,…all of what you “talk” about here all day, (and night) i count your talk as crap upon the pile!!!! (pretty straight forward guy, ya think???)…this makes me think of the EVER learning but NEVER coming to the KNOWledge of the TRUTH scripture???? So, paul says,…here’s the deal folks,…what you NOW DO,…with WHAT you have NOW HEARD,…is entirely UP TO YOU!!!…then,…he said,…”have a GOOD one” (as they now had a chance to) and then he went away…

    SO,…every story in the bible is there for a very good “reason”….especially when WE “REASON” FOR OURSELVES,…what it may be???…simply,…we use our minds to figure the meaning of the evidence.

    was that story there so we could laugh at what fools the philosophers were???…i just don’t think so!….or perhaps i should say,…”i don’t REASON so!!!?”…i believe it is their as a reminder for each and every one of us as believers…Do we “daily” KNOW what we believe???…do we “practice” what we “say” that we “believe???”…that we “profess?” to believe???…hhhmmm…makes me think????

    was it JESUS, who said, “HOW CAN WE NEGLECT SUCH A GREAT SALVATION????”

    are we told (present tense) to “WORK OUT OUR OWN SALVATION”,…..finishing with “WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING”…????…i’m pretty sure that it what we are told this

    so,…i love this and hate this next part, by the way,…as i know it too well from personal experience… the part about…”how” can we NEGLECT such a great salvation????…the answer is right there in the question itself!,…..it’s simple,…we simply choose to neglect it. this is how.

    the funny thing is, the “neglecting” is seen as an “action verb????”…..how can that be????…..when we are truthfully doing,….NOTHING???

    JESUS TELLS US THAT WE “WILL KNOW” THAT WE “KNOW HIM”,….IF WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS……and he even tells us that they are easy to keep……….

    forgive any misunderstanding or any inaccuracy to what i say now please…..this is very important to me to say this and ask this of you as i DID NOT COMMENT here to be argumentative, IN ANY WAY!!!…i assure you,………..earlier you had used the word “URGES”….???….

    perhaps we should use the word “COMMANDS???”,….as i believe this is what is vital to our daily faith, strength, survival, love, faith, correct outlook, hope, healing, peace, rest, joy, (deep breath here, lol) relationship, walk, effectiveness, prayer, receiving, seeking, finding, sharing, casting bread, fishing, resisting storms, blessings (as opposed to self chosen cursings!!!) family guidance, healing, etc, deep breath again,…etc, etc,……..

    urges????,….yes,….these things are “URGENT!!!” to all that we need,…to be who need too be,….yes, very true,….”WITH URGENCY!!!!!!!!”,….this being the more important and urgent,….”IF AND WHEN WE “NEGLECT” (OUR!!!!) GREAT SALVATION!!!!!!,……….and as jesus says,…..great is the fall of THAT house…………..

    there are so, so, so many things that can easily distract us from the importance of what we believe, and how we are supposed to believe………….but,…in essence, we can so quickly end up sitting there with the philosophers,……while we watch the apostle paul walking away………..

    ok,….time to go hiking now,….much to see,..much to do,…….today is the first day of the rest of my life…..and all that stuff,….lol,…i would love to correspond and share with you more!!!!!!

    thank you again,…and,…honestly,…God bless each and every one of you…toksoon, john e doe

    • Joe Quatrone, Jr. says:

      Thanks for your insightful comments, John! It’s a beautiful day here too! I’m in Pennsylvania. Where are you? I don’t look, talk, or act like what many perceive a church-goer (let alone pastoral candidate!) would be either. We have this in common!
      You are right, the word “commands” is much more appropriate than “urges.”
      You said, “Jesus sums up the entire New Testament by saying, ‘lighten up!” Are you referring to grace? You also brought up the passage about the philosophers and their statue to an unknown god. I love that story!
      Let’s talk more.
      Your friend.
      Joe

      • johnedoe says:

        lol,….okay joe,…..i am JUST NOW!!!!!!,….(FINALLY LEAVING FOR MY WALK!!!!! LOL)…..i just posted some follow up comments on a piece that i wrote called, “THERE’S YOUR SIDE, MY SIDE,….AND THEN THERE’S THE…..TRUTH!!!!”,……..if you’d like,……give those a read …..i’d like to hear your thoughts on some of my thoughts………….what we see at first view,…or first “glance” when reading the bible,…..can and does so often has a subtle but VERY REAL AND POWERFUL TRUTH HIDDEN JUST BELOW THE SURFACE!!!!!!!,……when we allow ourselves to look deeper, thus breaking free of THE LIMITS from the superficial view of our “human and carnal” minds,….THIS IS WHEN WE TRULY FIND SOLID GOLD!!!!!!!!!,………….where two are more are “gathered” in his name,……there is where he will be also,…………..i dig that scripture right there joe!!!!!!

        i think it may be in the book of luke when we are (yet again, not advised, but commanded to) told to DIG DEEP,…buried treasure my brother!!!!!!……….i love that part!!!!!!,…………… toksoon,…. john e doe

  6. dledet says:

    Great post!
    A reminder today for me to walk the walk.

  7. ancientcures says:

    This may just be what someone is needing to take a second look at the Gospel. Keep it up.

  8. johnedoe says:

    HEY JOE,….you know,…i never answered your question as to what i had meany by the new testament overview of jesus telling us to lighten up…..sorry…..i want and hope to try to cover a few points as i attempt to do so,..as one has to do with the other,….it’s funny,..i have spoken to so many people who have read the new testament (parts of it any way) and that told me it all appears to be saying the same thing………and,…..i pretty much agree with them,…BUT….it how the “what” is being said that blows me away!!!!!!,…..

    many of the people who came to hear jesus speak (sermon on the mount, for example) were highly oppressed,..in many ways, (without going into an abundance of “for examples.”)…by the organized (and corrupt) religion that they were in essence, cursed by,….????…..if they didn’t play by the rules….for example….being overcharged for their sacrificial offerings,…which is a huge example of the one time when jesus totally nutted out on the money changers in the temple!!!!!!,…which,…he didn’t “nut out” at all,…..he exhibited “Godly anger!!!!!”….and drove a point home to the hearts of the corrupt!!!!!…(many of those “offended?” may have been the very men he reasoned with as a child, when his own family had lost sight of him????….when he reminded them that didn’t they know that “he would be about his father’s business????…i wonder, sometimes, if they remembered him from childhood???

    even then,…when driving the money changers from the temple, to “some”, he would have appeared to have lost his cool!????….anyway,….movin right along!!! lol!

    so,…this type of corruption, is what drove many of them (the people, the “true” believers…those who wanted to believe and needed love and acceptance and hope) away from the walls of Jerusalem, and especially away from the “temple” itself,…and into the outlying areas,…they were the “outcasts”…

    john the baptists “wilderness ministry” was, i believe, a good reflection and reinforcement to support my “belief” or my “view” on what i am saying now,…as well as why……………….i believe zacharias was his father, sarah his mom???….correct????…..i think his dad was a high priest at one time????………..

    on one side of the coin,….john the baptist,….could have lived a life safely in the “confines”..????….of the walls of jerusalem……….wearing nice clothes and living well,…or,…well off.
    hhhhmmmmmm…but we know where he spent his time,….don’t we???………more in a few

    • johnedoe says:

      as i write this now,….by my own admission,…at this moment in my life,…i am quite weary,….a si am very human,…a huge life change is in front of me at this moment and i am needing to hear clearly the answer,…my answer,….as to what to do,….being “wrong” in my choices has never been a “good” thing,…….as i write today,…i hope to be understandable, and encouraging,….in in the midst of this “time in the wilderness”……..writing,…at this moment in time,…is the only way that i can “fellowship with anyone else…….and that’s just fine,…….we do not have to meet to be encouraging to one another………..simple “sharing and caring” (whether we hurt, or not), can bring healing and answers to others lives, as well as our own,…to me,…the power of the truth, as well as us as individuals seeking the truth,…is where the power, and the magic is,…….

      recently,….during a moment of doubt and pain,….i pulled all of my writings from my blog page,……whether it’s a good thing, or not,….at this moment,……it’s water under the bridge,…..i do not believe that, what i have written, as to have been a “waste” of my time,……”but” i consider it to have been, a part of my journey,….or, a part of my “quest???”………….it is what it is,….and it was,….what it was……..i value the fellowship, found in posts such as yours,……as well as others,……as to what anyone ever writes,….i use the motto of EAT THE MEAT,…AND SPIT OUT THE BONES……….as simple as that,……….and this an incredible and easy way to move on to the next day (or next hour) of our lives without losing our true focus…..ok,…back to where i started now……

      more in a sec………

      • Joe Quatrone, Jr. says:

        You said, “Writing,…at this moment in time,…is the only way that i can “fellowship with anyone else.” I’m not sure if I understand what you mean, John. Are you in prison or something?
        I think you have a lot of good things to say. The Lord is clearly working in your life and touching others in the process. Keep it up, my friend!

  9. johnedoe says:

    i may not finish what i began to say earlier about “lightening up” just yet,….if not,….i’ll try to get back to it,…..i’m finding it a bit difficult to convey my thoughts today,…..(a little, anyway)…but i’ll try….so,…..here are all of these oppressed individuals who want and need God in their lives,…some who are cast in to the wilderness,…away from organized religion (those who jesus refers to as being in the hi-ways and the bi-ways)…….and then we have those who are oppressed by their deep (yet dead) involvement in and due to the false hollow dead works attached to organized religion…..those who are attempting to find their salvation through their works,….which (due to pride) is what they base their “goodness” on…….or,…their are “buying the stairway too heaven, if you will???” (yes, i listen to led zepplin….lol!!!!)……but,……is their a COMMON GROUND BETWEEN THE TWO GROUPS?????,…….i believe there is,……….jesus’ message is the same for us all,…..or do you disagree?????……..for “jew and gentile alike????”…..yes???……no????…….if you disagree,…and AM I NOT SAYING THAT YOU ARE, OR THAT YOU DO!!!!! OKAY JOE???…LOL!!!!!!…..my point is this,……nicodemus came to see jesus under cover of darkness,…..if he had been found out that he did so,….it could have had great repercussions on him!!!!!!,….but he came, nonetheless…………as he was in the heart and capital of severe organised religion!!!!!!……yet,….he still came,………….we are all in the same boat,…………..someone had referred to jesus as being good,….to which he basically said,…..there is only one who is truly good “THIS ONE IS GOD,…GOD IS GOOD,…AND GOD IS LOVE,…..THE LIGHT WITH NO SHADOW OF TURNING…………..THUS,……FOR ALL OF US WHO RESPOND TO GOD’S CALLING,…JESUS’ CALLING,……RELIGIOUS OR OTHERWISE,……WE, IN OUR CORRECT (AND RIGHTEOUS) VIEW OF GOD AND WHO HE IS AND HIS WAYS,…..THEN ARE ABLE TO SEE EACH OTHER MUCH DIFFERENTLY AS WELL AS IN AN ACCEPTING MANNER,…OR, “WAY”…………………AS WE WALK BY FAITH,…AND NOT BY SIGHT!!!!!!!!!!! ,…………………….SO,….YOU HAD ASKED IF I MEANT “GOD’S GRACE?????……AS FAR AS WHAT I MEANT BY JESUS SAYING “LIGHTEN UP!!!!!!!”….THERE YOU GO!!!!!!!!,…..TAAAHHHHDDDAAAHHHH!!!!!!!!!!,…….LOL………………….FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD!!!!!!!!………..MEANING,….SIMPLY,………EVERY ONE OF US…………..I HOPE THAT MAY HAVE KINDA ANSWERED YOUR QUESTION,….AND SOMEWHAT STAYED ON POINT WHILE TRYING TO!!!!!!!,…????????????…………..one more thing that you and i had touched on earlier???,….but,…..i’ll cover that one later on,…..ok,…………it is about the “urges” and “commands”, and THE INCREDIBLY POWERFUL BEAUTY IN IT TRUE MEANING,…..i feel that it must be expounded upon!!!!!!!……there are so many hidden treasures in the new testament alone,……i am blown away as i see each one of them unfold before my very eyes ans i try to keep in mind, when writing, as if i was writing to speak to myself from years ago,….with and in the hopes that i save myself some of the suffering that i have had in my life,….due to lack of seeing the things which i see now,…..that,…for “whatever” reason,….i didn’t (clearly, anyway) in my past…….it’s so easy to forget who we once were,……..and,…..it is also a tragedy,…………….when we pass on lessons in love,….others don’t have to be submitted to the “pain”,….as well as the “loss”,….that comes with learning things the HARD WAY,…(and some of these losses we WILL NOT RECOVER FROM OR FORGET,…”TRUST ME ON THIS ONE”….many times these unchangeable losses,… are purely a reminder of our stubbornness, and other “things, reasons, neglect, indifference, disobedience, complacency, etc, etc)…..john the baptist pointed out to “any and all”,…to bring forth meat good for repentance??????…………………………to jew and gentile alike,……yet again,…..the “GOSPEL,..GOOD NEWS,…HAS ONE PURE AND BASIC MESSAGE!!!”,…(but there are many different responses to the message!!!!!!!)…………to me,…..part of my salvation,…is found and seen and shown, in the concern for others,…(for my “children” for example!!!!!!!,…we can and do show them a life of blessings,….an “abundant” life,………..sadly,………we also show them a life of “cursings”….CHOOSE THIS DAY WHOM WE WILL SERVE????…………………….time waits on no man,…………..i am in the middle of great, and difficult, and painful decisions and choices right now,……….only God has the RIGHT ONE FOR ME………….THIS I KNOW……………………jew or gentile,…..truth is truth,……grace has no limits,……as we have no titles,…………………”people are people,…….GOD BLESS EVERY ONE OF US,……..AND,……..BY THE WAY,……HE HAS………more some other time,…..hope you are well joe!!!!!!………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..remind me to bring up why i mentioned jesus earlier and the way in which he must have spoke during his sermons, speeches, chats, talks,..sharings,,, etc, etc,,…..it’s quite cool actually,……talk about a great study in human nature!!! (and GOD’S)..toksoon, john e doe

  10. johnedoe says:

    in prison????…..good question joe!!!!!!,…….the question itself inspires food for thought!!!!,…so,….let’s chat about prison,..or more accurately,….maybe i’ll just babble my thoughts which your question has just inspired!!!! (sounds like i’m gonna blame somethin on you should this go majorly awry, huh!,..lol!!!!!!)..although the “blame game” holds no water as far as God is concerned huh????…lol…..no matter how much our human nature might desire for it to!!!!! another lol on that one!!!!!………..prison????…..hhhhmmmmmm………………actually in a physical prison??? no. but your question inspired this thought,…..actually,…it magnified it,……..so,……..what about the choices in our lives,…and the results of????….repercussions from our choices???? i think “you” are onto somethin pretty cool here joe!!!!!! (lol,…see how i’m keepin that false blame thing close at hand should i have a desire to deceive myself!!!!!!???? lol!!!!)………….so,….jesus says that “we shall know the truth,…and THE TRUTH SHALL “MAKE” US FREE????…………hhhmmmmm…….. i’ll get back with you on this one joe!!!!!! and i think it may be kinda fun!!!!!!…….????????……..but then again,…..who knows??? lol,….toksoon, john e doe………………oh,….and another thing,….your earlier comment said,..if you understand me correctly????……please ask any and all questions in any area that i may have left vital pieces out of so that i may clear it up please!!!!!!!,……very important to me,….and sometimes writing can be difficult during hard times!!!!!!,…thanks again joe!!! toksoon!!!!!!!

  11. johnedoe says:

    hey joe,…..here’s somethin i wrote a while back that i don’t ever think that i had put on my blog page????……i tried to write it so it was “clearly” understood???? lol!!! (i’m startin to doubt my “clearly” anything as of late though!!!! lol, but lol just a little (more like a mumble,..or a gas pain??? lol)….anyway,…if you feel that it’s totally out of whack for your blog,….just delete it, k????,….i’m a pretty understanding guy, all in all??? or, for the most part??? (yeah,…that one’s better)…….anyway,……hope to hear from ya soon,……..toksoon…………….,…………………….,……………….,……………..,…………..,…………..,……………..,…………………..,…………………,………p.s. when i comment on anyone’s post,….it always scrunches everything together…….as it does with everyone’s (????maybe????)……,………………….,……………………,………………..I love what are referred to as, “OLD SAYINGS.” words of wisdom shared in witty ways. things to make us think and simplify what we have a tendancy to see as bigger of a problem than it really is. or, “MAKING A MOUNTAIN, OUT OF A MOLEHILL.”,………LOL,……..see, there’s another old saying right there!!!!,………

    where do these sayings come from??? why are they still around??? so many other questions concerning these shared thoughts???

    many of these sayings have been modified, and or, FINE TUNED. some of them are even used in the psychological field. an example of one of which is this one.

    ………..”INSANITY IS DOING THE SAME THING OVER,……….
    ………..AND THEN EXPECTING A DIFFERENT RESULT”……….

    have you ever heard that one????,……….in the psychologic field it has to do with destructive and damaging pattern behaviors. like the story about the guy who goes to the doctor and says, “DOCTOR, IT HURTS WHEN I DO THIS.”….to which the doctor replies, “THEN DON’T DO THAT!!!”……….come on man! you know that’s funny!!! have you ever done something the same as you did before that came up and bit you in the ass?????

    maybe you did the same thing, but this time it had to do with a different person in the scenario???,………..i know that i have!!!! because i can,…..do,…..and,…..HAVE DONE,…..SOME SERIOUSLY STUPID S*** IN MY LIFE!!!!! prompting me to “then” ask the question, “HOW COULD I HAVE BEEN SO DAMN STUPID!!!!!!!!”…………this is an honest, though sad, statement of fact. i am not happy about this at all!!!!!!…i only laugh about it because cryin does no good,…………………

    it’s too easy to “TRY TO BLAME THE “NEW” PERSON, FOR THE BAD CONSEQUENCES FROM THE REPEATING OF YOUR “OLD” ACTION. when we blame others for our neglect of being sensible (insane behaviors) then we don’t benefit at all!!!!!,……….a victim of our own “SELF CHOSEN” circumstances……perhaps we really do “reap what we sow????????…….(yes,…we do!)………………………

    there is a band that i love who wrote a song which lyrics say, “MY PAIN IS SELF CHOSEN!”,……………when we get to be that honest with ourselves,….this is when we see that we need to grow to change and break free of self applied chains…………..”but, how can we do that?????”

    this question is asked, usually silently, by many, many people. many times, people tell stories about how stupid the things that they do/have done are in an effort to provoke (find???) false sympathy from others near them,…and sometimes from others far away from them. or just from anyone at all…….THE PITY PARTY CROWD!!!!!!…….THOSE WHO WANT TO BE CONSTANTLY “CODDLED AND BABIED”,…..THOSE WHO TRY TO CONVINCE MW THAT “IMMATURITY” IS A “CUTE CHARACTER TRAIT!!!!”…?????….SORRY,…THAT DOESN’T WORK ON ME!!!!!!!!……LOL,……CUZ I’M “CAPTN LOVE!!!!!!”…………

    i don’t make a very good false friend. i’m the kind of guy that tells people (especially my closest of friends!!!) to pull their heads out of their a******!!!!!,…………because that’s what i hope that my friends tell me when i’m being a complete and total moron!!!!!,……..and trust me, THEY DO!!!,…..

    I LOVE MY FRIENDS!!!!!,………AND MY FRIENDS LOVE ME!!!!!,……….(more bout this later) friends, to me, are ones who encourage you to do the best that you can and love you while you are trying. the ones who will pull you from a burning building. (even if YOU ARE THE ONE WHO STARTED THE FIRE!!!!!!) this is one form of unconditional love. no matter what anyone else may say…….BUT,…READ THIS NEXT PART VERY, VERY CLOSELY TOO!!!!!!!…………IF!!!!!,….AND I MEAN “IF!!!!!!!”……..

    if we keep setting the next building, and the next building, and the next building, etc, etc,….on fire,……..after a while, our friends may get tired of us risking THEIR LIVES to save US from our own stupidity,…and destructive (to all near us!!!) choices. one day may come when they aren’t there to pull us from the fire………REMEMBER THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF??????………….

    i ask this, “HONESTLY, WHO’S “FAULT” WOULD IT BE WHEN, AS WE “STILL HOLD” THE GAS CAN AND “LIGHTER”, OUR BODY IS ENGULFED IN FLAMES AS WE SCREAM IN AGONY AS WE DIE?????”,……..i’m not the smartest guy in the world, but i’m pretty sure that would be our own damn fault.

    SO,…..BACK TO THIS OLD SAYING,….
    ………..”INSANITY IS DOING THE SAME THING OVER,……….
    ………..AND THEN EXPECTING A DIFFERENT RESULT”……….

    IT WAS WRITTEN THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO THIS WAY,…….

    ….JUST LIKE A DOG GOES BACK AND EATS IT’S OWN VOMIT,…….
    ONLY A FOOL CONTINUES TO DO THINGS………..
    THAT ARE PROVEN FOOLISHNESS………….

    that comes from a not so popular book called the bible. or, the “holy bible”….and i believe these words to be truth……….whether anyone else does or not. in it, the answer to how can and do we change to stop this destructive behavior is found. it is the single greatest book that i have ever read. i found have truth in a big way as i searched through each and every sentence,………….

    even if i don’t go to church,…………..which i don’t, by the way. i used to, but i prefer to live my life as i do now. too many times, humans and their rules (organized religion) has TRIED TO STEAL FROM ME MY FREEDOM,…………only what i give can be taken from me. I WILL NOT GIVE MY FREEDOM, PEACE, AND JOY TO ANYONE………..i believe what i believe, wherever i am, 24/7…………….right here, right now. my faith does not exist “only” when i am inside of a “building”, that is “built with man’s hands,……the book of HAGGAI, (WHICH I THINK IS ONE OF THE LAST CHAPTERS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT????,….actually,…i’ll google,…hang on….HERE YOU GO!……..it’s a beautiful statement,….with much encouraging truth when we see it “optimistically???” (i don’t know if the word “optimistically” even existed when the bible was written??? lol….but,…it explains in a “modern term” what the bible is to be about…………..anyway,…..check this out………THE BOOK OF HAGGAI,…WORTH READING,….VERY SHORT BOOK TOO!!!! WEEEEHEEEE!!!!!! LOL……..

    2 THIS IS WHAT THE LORD ALMIGHTY says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild the LORD’s house.’”

    3 Then the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai: 4 “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”

    5 Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. 6 You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”

    SINCE I BEGAN GOING TO CHURCH YEARS AGO,….MANY, AND I MEAN “MANY!!!!!” OF THE PREACHERS AT THE “BUILDINGS I WENT TO,….HAVE “CONSTANTLY SAID THAT ONE DAY SOON!!!!!?????,…..THE “LORD IS GONNA FILL THESE BUILDINGS UP TO OVERFLOWING!!!!!!!!…..MOST OF THESE BUILDINGS WERE ABOUT ONE QUARTER FULL (if that) AT THE TIME…….IF I WAS TO GO BACK TO THE MAJORITY OF ANY OF THOSE (gathering places, what haggai calls “paneled/ceiled” houses) CHURCH/BUILDINGS NOW,…..THEY WOULD “STILL” BE,…TWENTY YEARS LATER,…ONE QUARTER FULL (or empty, when viewed “pessimistically” lol,….i had it toss that in….needed a little realistic balance to what i was sayin!!!! lol)

    if you have a “church” that you go to where you are finding love and encouragement, then that is great!!!! more power to ya!!!!!,……that is right and good as long as we realize that the place of gathering is not our “salvation” nor is it an integral part of our “salvation”,…..when we see this clearly,….then our desire to “assemble ourselves”,…and go to these “gathering places” will then be strengthened,……..because we know “what and who” we believe in!!!!!!,….and,….that is a VERY IMPORTANT THING!!!!…..i think about why i am writing this now,….and i want to make sure that even though,…upon first glance,…what i am attempting to say here and now can be mistaken,…..i do not wish that at all!!!!!,…….i hope it to be an encouragement for all who may read it,….BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY (my opinion!) IS FOR EVERY AND ALL PREACHERS IN THE WORLD!!!!…..i say this because,…as preachers,..and many times especially when a concern of money is involved,…..money not only to pay the electric bills and the water bills,…(the PURE AND BARE NECESSITIES!!!!!)…….but also the need (OR IS IT “THE WANT” of money for “building improvements” such as new carpet, paint, “paneling”,…”ceiling tiles”,…fancy lighting,….computers,…..paintings, fake plants, new podium,….this that or the other,….etc,..etc,…………..to KEEP OUR CONGREGATION “COMFORTABLE” (thus “insuring” that they will want to come back…..????….strange incentive program huh?????)….not exactly “scriptural, is it?????………but,….very human……….nonetheless (these things should probably be paid attention to????………as they can cause any preacher to “compromise” what he “believes in” so quickly that it can make one’s head spin,…not quite like the little girl in the exorcist movie,…..but i think you get the picture,……………..when that happens….as jesus says about building our “houses” on the sand,….and also,….as haggai states about………well??? check this out and you’ll see it simply,……..MORE FROM HAGGAI……….
    7 THIS IS WHAT THE LORD ALMIGHTY SAYS: “Give careful thought to your ways. 8 Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the LORD. 9 “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I “BLEW AWAY”…(!!!!!!!!!! exclamation points are my mood lightening interjection, btw,..lol) Why?” declares the LORD Almighty. “Because of MY house, which REMAINS A RUIN, while each of you is “busy” with your ”own” house. 10 Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. 11 I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the olive oil and everything else the ground produces, on people and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”…great book in it’s simple truth,…..IT ACTS AS A GREAT “BAROMETER”,..OR AS A “GAUGE” FOR ANY AND ALL AS PASTORS, OR PREACHERS, OR TEACHERS!!!!!….if we EVER LET OURSELVES,…as pastors preachers and or teachers think that we are above being deceived!!!!!!..????….oh boy!!!! get ready FOR THE HOUSE TO COME CRASHING DOWN!!!!!,…..IF WE THINK THAT WE WILL INCREASE “CHURCH ATTENDANCE” THROUGH THE “AMENITIES” AND THE “COMFORTS” OF WHAT OUR GATHERING PLACE HAS TO “OFFER” (????) INSTEAD OF “AD”MINISTERING” THE BEAUTIFUL AND POWERFUL TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD???……………….then the “spiritual bulldozer” will be arriving soon!!!!!!….don’t get me wrong,…the “building” will still stand (more than likely,…lol) but the “super glue of God’s truth…..will not be there as the ever important spiritual nails needed to “keep the “TRUE HOUSE” together,………that is what (also) will be what TRULY FILLS THESE BUILDINGS FULL TO OVERFLOWING……jesus said that back in the day,….that the fields were EVEN THEN WHITE FOR HARVEST (OR RIPE FOR THE PICKIN, which is a little term where i come from,…lol)………..

    .i am not AGAINST (gathering together) GOING TO “CHURCH” AT ALL!!!!!,…..when we let ourselves “see”,..and i mean “really see!!!!” that we as the believers are the “true church”,….and that the “building that we refer to as “the church”,….is actually, in biblical reality,….a “place of gathering, and or, physically assembling. …so don’t take what i am saying wrong, please!!!!!,…….. more on this some other time,………..i’ll continue later,…………….have a good one,………toklater JOHN E DOE

    • Joe Quatrone, Jr. says:

      Your funny, John! But you’re also wise (in your own sort of way) – that was my attempt at making a joke, kind of corny perhaps lol. Seriously, you have so many good things to say! You talk a big game, John, so I promise not to hold any punches with you. lol.

      You mentioned a few great quotes and reminded me of a sermon I preached two years ago. I actually shortened it and used it as one of my very first blog posts six months ago. You should check it out if you haven’t already. I think you will dig it. It’s in the category, “Topics.” Here’s the direct link: http://www.joequatronejr.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/consequences.

  12. Rus Howard says:

    Joe, I like your blog. One aspect that would improve it would be to add a hot-link all of your bible references, if possible. I am amazed how many times neither I nor others will take that extra step to look up a verse reference. The Word of God is a life-changer. Make it easier for readers to read His Word, if you can. Blessings and peace, Rus

  13. johnedoe says:

    hey there mister joe!!!!…how goes my bruthah!!!!!???………..

  14. johnedoe says:

    Reblogged this on johnedoe and commented:
    this a “reblog” for my new friend joe’s page,…or “blog???”…or,…site????”,……or what ever we call these things,…but,…with my “removing and just not worrying about “labels”,….these will simply be my friend loe’s words,…and his thoughts,…..about whatever he is thinking,..or wanting to share with others…..and that’s just more than fine with me,…..so,….you will also see that i babble on in some of the comments on some of the things that joe has to share,…some call this “two way” communication…..lol……….which is kinda nice here in “blogland” where so many of (according to the statistics) are living our lives,…….when we begin to “converse”,…it can build friendships and increase our views and perspectives in life, on life, and of life…….if we desire it to???…..now,…joe discusses in his writings “specifically” biblical issues,…..as do i,…..yet, sometimes it may appear to be in a different manner than joe,…but at the same time,…hoping to say the same thing……”why???”……as christians,…so many of us for one “reason”….(????)…or the other,…..do not read our bibles and grow in our faith of our own choosing?????…..not only does this “perplex” me,…..this is dangerous to our spiritual lives to neglect, put aside, ignore, dismiss, etc, etc,…to do this,….the words of Jesus are the “bread from heaven”,…..our true “DAILY BREAD” (this i say according to jesus’ teaching in matthew 6 during the lord’s prayer),….we are to desire to eat of the bread of life,…..now,….i used to write a little too simply for my point to be seen very clearly,…..or that my “word picture” may paint a thousand words…….now i write hoping a thousand words paint a picture,……i love details,…as the little details in life are the difference in night and day as to what our “pictures” look like…i say that because of this,……….i am learning more as i write each thing that i do,…..i also, many times, try to clearly, with details, explain whatever scripture i am “focusing” on,……..there are many, many, preachers in the world,….this can be a very dangerous position to be in. one of the many reasons is this,….as i said earlier, when we, as believers, especially as “church going” believers,..DO NOT SEEK FOR OURSELVES OUR OWN DAILY BREAD,….WE THEN PLACE OR PUT AND UNDUE AND UNRIGHT BURDEN ON THE PREACHERS,….EXPECTING THEM TO FEED US WHAT WE SO BADLY NEED FOR OUR OWN SPIRITUAL GROWTH AND SPIRITUAL LIFE,……..there is a scripture(s) which discuss this in this manner,….they say that “when we should be pastors, and preachers, and teachers, etc,….instead we just sit on our butts like bumps on a log,…and we need “someone” to teach us the most basic of point again,……as we have obvioously not let these basic points take root in our lives,…as evidenced by our lack of being preachers and teachers, etc, etc,………..these point are referred to as the “spiritual milk” of “the word”,…….which WE ARE TOLD BY GOD TO DESIRE,…….so,…..as the bearer of bad news that i am sometime (which also means that i am the bearer of GOOD NEWS,…depending on what any certain individual wants to see and hear for themselves)….if we DO NOT DESIRE AND ARE NOT DESIRING THESE SIMPLEST SPIRITUAL TRUTHS,….THEN “WE” ARE THE REASON FOR SUCH,…….because we just “simply AREN’T DESIRING. PERIOD. now,….if we did not know that WE WERE TOLD TO DESIRE, EACH DAY, OUR DAILY BREAD, OR, “SPIRITUAL MILK” BEFORE READING WHAT I HAVE JUST WRITTEN,…….then we no longer can blame our lack of DOING WHAT GOD TELLS US FOR OUR BEST INTEREST SPIRITUALLY,……ON ANYONE ELSE,……when we DO NOT seek for ourselves,……we will eat any thing thrown our way!!!!!!!!,…….and this is not smart in any way at all!!!!….also,….by NOT DOING WHAT WE SHOULD,….WE BURDEN THE PREACHER FALSELY,…..WHICH THEY CAN THEN EASILY CRUSH UNDER THE PRESSURE THAT WE PLACE ON THEM,…………there was a group called the “bereans” who DID NOT TAKE “ANYTHING” THAT WAS BEING SAID, OR, TOLD TO THEM, PERTAINING TO JESUS, LIGHTLY,…THEY DUG IN TO THE WORD AND MADE SURE OF WHAT THEY WERE BEING FED!!!!!!!!!!!,……it may have been the apostle paul who told them that this was a very smart, intelligent, and Godly thing to do,…………….for those of us who would really like to see “true church growth”….then we should concentrate on the reflection of the truth that our mirrors show us,….if we desire, and “when” we desire,…the spiritual,…in each and all of our lives,…..then,….then, then, then, we will be witnessing true church growth,….firstly,….because in our “WILLFUL DESIRE AND CHOOSING TO GROW,…..WE,….WILL BE GROWING OURSELVES………….but if we neglect our own seeking of the basic points of our salvation,…….usually our faith will be very weak at best,…………………..if you brought your newborn baby home from the hospital,…and did not give this little baby milk for a few days at a time,…..chances are YOU WILL SEE A VERY WEAK,…IF NOT DEAD,…BABY!!!!!!!!!,…….a hungering baby knows instinctively the true importance of “crying out and desiring” (spiritual) milk,…….this is because it knows what it needs to survive,………………ok,….enough for now…….toksoon, john e doe,……………….ponder what i just wrote if you wanna and as i always say,…please feel free to share your thoughts and questions with me!!!!!!!!!!,….have a good one!!!!

  15. johnedoe says:

    hey joe,……i gotta couple of new friends who had posted about back pain recently…..their language may be a tad different,…but you’ll understand,…but then again,….mine’s kinda a funny color too!!!!!!!!!,…..anyway,…..the first part is part of that “pain” convo,…….BUT,….IT’S THE “VERY LAST SECTION” WHICH MAY REVEAL A LITTLE MORE ABOUT ME THAT MIGHT “FILL IN SOME BLANKS” AS TO WHO I AM,…AND WHY I COMMENT ON YOUR PAGE?????????????,…..BUT AS I ALWAYS SAY!!!!!!!,…..LOL!!!!!,….maybe it won’t in the slightest!!!!!!!…..lol…………oh,….by the way,……i think you might ALSO (LOL!!!!) understand the,….how’s you put it??????….oh yeah!,…TALK A BIG TALK!!!!!!!!!,…..LOL!!!!,….toksoon, john e doe ………………………………………………………………………………………………,………,………..,……..,……..
    johnedoe / March 28, 2012
    for me,…two ruptured discs L4 L5….for the last eight years,….i “feel” ya man,…(and lady!!!!)….(PAIN SUCKS!!!!,….but it sure can serve as an attention getter, huh?????)…what can we learn “during” times of pain??? physical pain???,……let’s ask the apostle paul,…shall we????……..there is no definite answer that i have found (although i haven’t looked too hard either) to what exactly that paul’s “thorn in the flesh was???”…….it coulda been a physical condition,…perhaps it was a mental condition,…perhaps it was a constant spiritual struggle????…….but,….no matter what it was,….God allowed it to remain as far as i know,……and, even with his “thorn”…..what did he (paul) tell God?????…….paul told Him,…YOUR GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR ME………as humans,…most of us don’t dig pain at all,…”especially” physical pain…..( I DON’T!!!! THAT’S FOR SURE!!!!!!),……but “in all things,…we are to give thanks??????………..all things?????………..yup,…ALL THINGS!!!!!…..why in “all things????” which means good or bad,….like wedding vows,…FOR BETTER,…OR,……anyone know????…….yup,…..for WORSE!!!!!!!……..IT IS JUST “WWWAAAYYYYYYY TTOOOOO EASY TO THINK THAT WE HAVE STRONG FAITH WHEN EVERYTHING THING IS JUST DANDY IN OUR LIVES!!!!!!!………but,….how is our faith,…when things kinda suck?????…..oh,….boy hoo,…..we aren’t feeling well today,…so,…let’s not be thankful,…and wait til we feel better to pursue our faith,…….??????……..we’ll put God first “tomorrow?????”…..or maybe the day after???? boohoo boohoo,….depending on how we feel?????…….oh boy,….satan is gonna have a “field day” when our attitudes are that way!!!!!!!!!!…….. anyone ever feel that way????………oh,…i’m the only one then??? (lol)…….ok?????…..(yeah, whatevah!!!!!???,…lol!!!!)…….so,….check this out then,…………i paint pictures for a living,….so,…let me paint a small one for us all now,………..gooogle what a “cat of nine tails is real quick!!!!!,…….or also called a “scourge”,…or a whip, in the most basic of terms,…..anyway,…that the “fun” little whip that Jesus was whipped and beaten with……..there is a very good chance that his very intestines may have been exposed after they had their way with him,…..(HOW DO OUR BACKS FEEL NOW??????),…….and then for added fun,….he got to carry his cross towards golgotha till he could no longer carry it,……this was a guy who was a very physically strong guy,….so,…what stopped him from carryin his cross to the top of the hill,…when the others being crucified were able to carry theirs?????,…..i’m thinkin it has a little bit to do with that “special” whipping that he took?????,….anyone think i may be correct??????…..do we know the “BY HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED scripture???……i thought we did……i write this not to make any one of us feel guilty in any way!!!!!!,…jesus ain’t about guilt,….”right????”,…..just that we may feel aware as to what love is for us all……my back hurts continuously…..BADLY……but i can still walk,….and that right there is more than some others can do,……right,…………….no boo hoo for me,…….just a thought there……….much love to yall,….my brothers and sisters,……life could be much worse,….or,…..we could even be too dead to see what we are being shown,………..walkin is JUST FINE WITH ME!!!!!,…LOL….TOKSOON,….JOHN E DOE

    Reply

    Steven / March 28, 2012
    Johnedoe, thanks for that. I sure do agree that it’s important to take whatever pain we have in faith. Yesterday, my Mom and Sister annointed me with oil and we prayed the prayer of faith. But, in my heart I was asking for the will of Yah. If there is some lesson for me to learn from the pain or it Father is trying to get my attention let his will be done. If this is a “thorn” from the enemy, I will have faith that his grace is sufficient for me and bear willingly. In all things, may his will be done.

    Good reminders……..Yeshua is no stranger to pain.

    johnedoe / March 28, 2012
    hey steven,….how goes today??????….i suppose it would be easy for anyone at all to wonder (there’s that word again, lol!!!) why anyone writes what we write,……we, meaning,…any and all of us as humans,…..many times i “wonder” and there is not one thing wrong with doing that,……i have not written one word to you (or any of the others on your page) because i am bored,….truly,….i do not allow myself to get bored,……as fact, i can’t even remember the last time i may have even said that i was bored???????…………i am not yet going to say why i write to you specifically,…..not “yet” anyway,……in time, perhaps,….but i will tell you a reason that i share much of what i do,…….you know that i hate labels,….but one that i “may” wear, that other people have applied to me in my past,…..is “pastor”……EX PASTOR,…..NOW…..why do i put that in capital letters,…..?????……well,….that’s what i’m gonna tell you now,…(lol!!!)…..did you see that one comin!!!!?????……lol………..you see,…..as pastors and deacons and such,…..there are certain criteria that we are to meet to even be in such positions,……if there are areas in our lives that do not meet these criteria,….then we are to walk away if we can not, and do not,….get these areas of our lives “straightened out!!!!!!”……there are different criteria,……some concerning our relation with our children and spouses,….etc, etc,…things to this effect,…….and as is clearly written,….there are others,……often times (for whatever the reason) people continue to hold these positions “falsely”,…………and this IS NOT A GOOD OR A GODLY THING TO DO!!!!!!!!!!!,…….THE “FLOCK”,….OR THE “CONGREGATION”,….OR THE “ASSEMBLY”,…..OR THE “BODY”,…..WILL BE AFFECTED IN A BAD, AND WRONGFUL,…..AND OR UNGODLY WAY!!!!!!!!!,……..so,…..if we can’t make those adjustments in our lives,….we should,….for EVERYONE’S BEST INTEREST,….STEP DOWN,…(down,….which sounds like we were higher????? i hate that term!!!…to truly serve,….everyone else’s best interest should be our concern!!!!!!!!)……….OR,…….WE, AS PASTORS AND DEACONS,…ACTUALLY,…JUST STEP AWAY,………………so,…..i stepped away!!!!!!,……as was the right thing to do at the time,………..i miss my gathering of “friends and spiritual family”…but they do not “need me!!!!!!”….as i am just another imperfect human!!!!!!!!!…………..i have seen many miracles in all of there lives,……jesus performed these miracles,…..not me!!!!!!!!,…..”HE” IS STILL PERFORMING MIRACLES IN THERE LIVES,……of this i have no doubt!!!!!!!!!……..as HE IS DOING IN MINE!!!!!………you had asked if i would ever have another church in the park?????,………perhaps one day,…perhaps not,……first things first, steven,…….always,….FIRST THINGS FIRST!!!!!!,….in doing what we are told,…..this is what enables us to fulfill any type of spiritual position correctly,……….if our children need us,….yet we “choose” to deceive others (and ourselves) into believing that we “meet the criteria” (TO BE PASTORS AND DEACONS) when we don’t,..(!!!!!!!?????????)…then, “we”, are the “one” (THE ONE,….SINGULAR,…..AS IT IS NO ONE ELSE’S RESPONSIBILITY!!!!!) responsible for the “damage” done to our children!!!!!!!!,…..the bible speaks of this as “provoking our children to wrath!!!!!!,………………………………………………………………….why?????,….because they can see the lies that we live by choice,….thus,…we render God to be “false” in their lives!!!!!!!,….we damn them!!!!!!,…….we cannot raise our children UP in the ways of the lord,….IF WE ARE NOT LIVING IN THESE WAYS FOR OURSELVES!!!!!!!!!!,………so,….there’s a little bit more about me,….and who i am,….and why i am,………..i’ll stop here for now,……….hope all is well for you,…and yours!!!!!,……toksoon,..john e doe

  16. johnedoe says:

    HEY JOE,…HOW GOES,….i was gonna say that i’d keep this writing short,…but??? yeah right!!!!! actually, i have many things to take care of today,…so i’ll try to keep it “somewhat” short,………anyway,……….i want to say it was when jesus was raising lazarus from the dead, when i “think” God spoke??? or “thundered???”…..or something like that???,….anyway,….my point being,….for those who were there,…..”some” heard beautiful peaceful angelic sounds,…..and “others” heard thunder………??????………anyway,…..i coulda looked it up,…but,…..i think you may see what i mean,……..one “voice”,,…or one “sound”…..but,…..it was CLEARLY HEARD TWO DIFFERENT WAYS……….??????………PRETTY COOL HUH?????………..now i brought that up because of something i had written previously…….about the “urges”,….”commands”,….”says”,….and “tells us” thing????……there was one point where jesus said,…a new “commandment” i leave with you now,…….was it the “LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU” command????…….anyway,…….why didn’t he always say that he “commands?????”…..when he “commanded” love another as i have loved you,…..he was speaking to believers i think?…believers who “weren’t under condemnation”….his “sheep” heard his voice…….not “thunder”……………….if he woulda always said i “command” you to this or that,…..he would have sounded just like the religious leaders who were always telling people what to do,….instead,….jesus led by example,..true example,….showing and teaching us what freedom is all about……………but,….. the way that jesus spoke,…..he spoke to let us know that our “choices” are freewill based. if he would have simply said he “commands” then we would have a “tendency” to DO,…WITHOUT “THINKING, PONDERING, PRAYING, ETC,…ABOUT THINGS “BEFORE” WE DO THEM,…….they would have just been more “going through the motions” (with no soul, no heart, no meaning, no Godly love and truth)….when we are truly seeking to be of and in the faith,……we “hear” what we are “told”…..automatically “knowing” that what jesus is telling us,….is actually him lovingly commanding us………………..there is no “thunder” in what his says this way,…….but,…..if and when we go against,…..our “consciences” can hear the thunder of conviction,…….in freedom of the faith,…..we hear the love and guidance,…..thus,…..he “urges” us to “listen” to what he has to say,…and “is” saying,………..and that’s pretty cool,………..i believe that when he “urges”, he may be letting us know that there are “certain” things that ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO US,…….MAYBE, THESE CERTAIN, ARE TO BE “HEARD” BEFORE OTHER THINGS?????……..did that make sense at all, joe????? lol,……maybe these certain things have to do with us not forgetting the importance of our spiritual milk,….and it’s ever important necessity to our lives and faith?????…………okay,……i gotta run now,……toksoon, john e doe

  17. Oscar Cuan says:

    Liked your post. I have never been “impressed” by people who flaunt around their knowledge of the Bible yet are not taking the time to apply it to their lives. it’s possible to do all the “church stuff” yet miss out on relationship with God and others. I like the saying: “People don’t care about how much you know but how much you care”. I think that people in the world are looking for what is real and they can detect what is not.Unbelievers can tell if you are reaching out to them out of “obligation” or to “put a notch in your belt for God” versus you taking the time to listen and interact and love them with the love of God because you are allowing Jesus to flow out of your heart towards that person. They want to see the Hands and Feet and Heart of Jesus extended through us. I heard this saying a long time ago and I think it’s very true: “Jesus gave His life for us so He can give His life to us so He can live His life through us.” God bless.

  18. Nick says:

    Thanks for your post, Joe. And thanks too for your interest in The Bible Through the Seasons.

    You are so right that we must apply the Bible to our lives. Your words suggest a question: who is doing the applying, me or the Spirit? Could application mean that we are open to allow God to “apply” the Word to our lives?

    A way that I have found helpful for several years to do this is through “Bible Breaths.” I wear a slap bracelet with four seven-syllable breath-prayers for the quarter parts of the day and night. These are based on the reading for the day. It’s a way to fulfill the instruction in Deuteronomy 6:8 about wearing the Word on the arm. Whatever I am experiencing, a pause to check the Bible Breath is a nudge from God infusing what I am experiencing at that very moment with the wisdom and love of the Holy Spirit.

    • Joe Quatrone, Jr. says:

      Great idea with the slap bracelet! As I said in a more recent post, “Our response to truth determines whether our hearts will be hardened or remain pliable and ready to have God make them after His own. Applying the truth we’ve obtained through study is the key to victory in this (or any) situation! Unless we allow God to apply the truth to our lives, we will continue to go our own way. And that’s a sure sign of a hard heart.” If interested, you can read the entire article here: http://www.joequatronejr.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/hard-heart

  19. morethancurious says:

    Very well put Joe, as you noted, James 1:22 puts it to us pretty directly. Also, Jesus directs his disciples in “the Great Commission” not to teach new disciples to “know” everything he had commanded, but to obey everything he had commanded (Matt 28:20). At the end of the day we’ve got to “just do it”!

    I do have a question for you though. How do we know when we read the Scriptures which of the commands that we read about are for us to obey today? Maybe you have written on this somewhere and could point me toward it?? Thanks Joe!

    • Joe Quatrone, Jr. says:

      Thank you, my friend!
      Regarding your question, I did write an article on biblical interpretation a while ago and recently wrote a piece on Jeremiah 29:11, which I think will answer your question. I believe that while the Bible is the objective, unchanging Word of God, our interpretations will always be in error if we fail to recognize the customs, rules, historical contexts, and ways of thinking of the biblical writers. The goal of biblical interpretation is to start with a careful reading of the text, grasp the meaning God intended, and then apply it to our specific situations so that it will change our lives.
      Hope this helps!
      https://joequatronejr.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/does-jeremiah-2911-apply-today

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