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Campaigning and governing requires putting policies and situations in terms people can understand.  The policy wonks and campaign advisors on Capitol Hill and in Buckhead aren’t about is life in  “G. A. red clay.”  I have a few popular culture references to explain what’s what.

In the Geto Boys’ hit “My Mind Playing Tricks On Me,” Willie D said “Or is it the one I beat for five thousand dollars.  Thought he had caine but it was Gold Medal flour.” While I am no lawyer and intent is different in different states, Donald Trump Jr. thought he was about to getg dirt from a foreign government that could change the election….intent like thinking you purchased cocaine but got flour.  You tried to do something very wrong if not illegal.  If Watergate and Bill Clinton’s drama was a pebble, this mess is a basketball sized rock.

“I make big money. I drive big cars.  Everybody know me. It’s like I’m a movie star.”  President Ronald Reagan was a movie star turned governor but we shouldn’t forget that he was head of the Screen Actors Guild, a big union.  The Trumps thought making a lateral move from the private sector to public sector fame would be simple.  Running for office is like a Madison Avenue marketing campaign but actually governing with 300 million bosses is something else.

This nation owes a collective apology to Jeb Bush.  Donald Trump saw seeking and maybe being president as another project.  Jeb knew how hard being in high office was from watching his family to being governor of a big, diverse state.  Jeb said that he wouldn’t run if it required the sneakiness and lies that basically Trump used.  And may I say, the Black community will never support Trump because of his dirty treatment of Obama and will never support anyone for any office who thinks or thought he is presidential material.

Between a Transformer movie and the Terminator franchise, characters that can morph into something else puts me in the mind of some politicians.  Yea, these Decepticons run for office under one flag and switch.  The current Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was a Democrat a few years before he switched to the GOP and became governor of Georgia.  Nathan Deal is the governor now but was a moderate Democrat congressman.

Shakespeare wrote “what’s in a name, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”  Matthew 7:15-20 spoke of false prophets, ravening wolves in sheep’s clothing.  You will know good leaders by the fruits they bear because a corrupt tree can’t produce good fruit.

The skill set that got the Trumps rich disqualifies them to run the White House.  It’s the White House..not the oligarch-run Kremlin.

The mid-term elections of 2018 will be the first step for Republicans and Democrats in getting back to a normal government.  Regular Republicans are having second thoughts and some folks are discovering that deep federal cuts will hit them hard.  Their minds are playing tricks on them.

Obama and Hillary Clinton were about a strong defense but when possible soft power—using goodwill and temporary foreign assistance to help nations help themselves.  The Geto Boys sang “I live by the sword. I take my boys everywhere I go, because I’m paranoid. I keep lookin’ over my shoulder and peepin’ around corners.  My mind is playin’ tricks on me.”

That sounds like Trump, his sons and son in law to me (Ivanka is cool because she is down with Chelsea Clinton).   Trump and North Korea’s Kim live by the sword but Isaiah 2:4 spoke of beating swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks—learning war  no more.

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Scriptures and southern sayings do more for you than the government.  The roles of the federal and state governments need to be reexamined during this non-election year.   My idea is that the best life doesn’t depend on what governmental officials do and we need to hear some of them say that.

Free Milk and a Cow: The Georgia Satellites use this saying as the central theme in their hit “Keep Your Hands to Yourself.”  Beyoncé sang something similar in “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It.)”  Grandmothers once taught girls to hold “the cookie” hostage until a young gentleman (literally a gentle man) presented a long term, whole life package that included caring for future children.  America will always provide a little temporary food assistance to needy families but the government is not now nor should it be your baby’s daddy for 18 years.

2 Thessalonians 3:10-15: Paul broke that thing down in this letter.  “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.  For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all but are busybodies.  Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work and eat their own bread.  But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.

And if any man obeys not our word by this epistle, note that man and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet, could him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

Society wants to help the needy but how do we have young parents who are too cool to flip burgers and toss watermelons.  But, you love your kids so much.  Hogwash.  We grew up with parents who had a job and a side job.  Paul’s “Disorderly” would be current thugs but Democrats shouldn’t consider them as the enemy…just brothers who never learned the right way.

Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach him to fish and he eats for a lifetime: You help those who help themselves.  Unfortunately, we have a large number of half-raised people in this country.  Georgia Governor Nathan Deal was surprised to discover the amount of money our state spends on corrections.  I love calling the prison system “corrections” because that is what it is.  If a fraction of that money could have been spent on better college, technical schools and K-12, we would need less funding for corrections and have fewer crime victims.

Know who you are and whose you are: Back in the day, our community had pride.  You represented yourself, your family, your community, your race and your church in everything you did.  In his first book, Secretary Colin Powell wrote that we need to bring the concept of shame back in America and I agree.  If your kids are hungry but you won’t pick tomatoes as a job, you should be ashamed.  If that same person plays Xbox all day, he should be ashamed.  If you sell dope on the corner which poisons the community and creates a violent illegal commerce, shame on you.

Look, the American way should be an equal opportunity at success for everyone..a fair shot. If you blow off your shot with your actions (playing in school, disrespecting your family, being lazy), you are messing up an opportunity slaves and sharecroppers would have died to have.

They did die to have the right to vote but too many people in our community blow off voting.  Wait a second..the same young people getting temporary assistance don’t vote. Amazing.  The Trump Presidency is reality and  his plan is simple: Reduce government assistance to needy people, they can do the work currently done by illegals…the work Americans won’t do.

Black Lives Matter: Okay, I always thought this movement should have been Black Lives Matter Also but what do I know.  It’s not saying that other lives don’t matter..they do.  As a southern moderate, I find the progressive movement to be a little aggressive with the whole “what government did and what corporate America did” thing.  But, I was hyped to see a You Tube video say Black Lives should matter to Black people.

 

Yes, sir..there it is right there.  Jesus said one of the two greatest commandments was love your neighbor as yourself but you don’t love yourself.   If we took care of our community, the government would be secondary…”defend the borders and deliver the mail” is one more southern saying.

Oh, liberals don’t want to read this blog’s year-long treatise the Best Interests Initiative.

https://bestinterestsinitiative.wordpress.com/long-term-bii/

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The term “thinning the herd” comes to mind when I think about the private discussions ultra conservatives have regarding public health and ethics.  It’s messy business to mix our faith beliefs and mores with the public policy of a diverse nation and world.

In ranching, you evaluate your cattle to determine which ones will make it and you make hard decisions about the rest.  For humans, applying this concept is similar to Darwinian evolutionary theory or Survival of the Fittest.  The best America to me would be one in which everyone has a fair shot at a nice life.  Conversely, those who don’t grind hard or make poor decisions will deal with the consequences.  Of course, we could break out Jesus teachings on caring for the poor…your brethren.

In the 1980s, I had a feeling that some hardcore conservatives saw AIDS and Crack as thinning the herd.  Today, we are in the middle of a healthcare debate and Crack is replaced by opioids addiction.  When President Obama was trying to provide healthcare for as many people as possible, some thought “let the uninsured die”….thinning the herd.

Oh, they voted for Trump to Make America Great Again…more like Make America Hate Again.  With all of her issues and warts, America is now and has always been great.

But, wait.  President Trump breaks out a budget and some folks are surprise that they too have been eating at the public trough.  “Yea, lock up the crackhead and toss away the key in the 80s but this new drug has hit my family in the heartland…time for government funded treatment.”  We should pray that everyone breaks the chains of addiction.

Regarding abortion choice, the Clintons, the Obamas and I think abortions should be safe, legal and very rare.  Obviously, they are rare if fewer unwanted pregnancies occurred in the first place and I personally hope that people would explore options as early as possible.  But, it’s hard to impose your faith’s views on the nation as a whole.  If the founding fathers wanted to declare Christianity as the official religion of this nation, they would have.

The same people who are against early abortions support zero assistance to poor “born” babies and children.  They aren’t pro-life; they are just pro-birth.  If you are deep enough to conceptualize your unborn children, you should be compassionate enough toward them to have them when you can afford them.  If you never have the money or proper situation, you never have children.  I don’t know the answers.  To me, heaven sent every baby on earth down here but I also see people and think “that person needs a baby like a fish needs a bicycle.”

We need single-payer, universal coverage healthcare in America.  Look, the uninsured use the emergency room as a doctor’s office.  They wait until an easily treated issue becomes an expensive matter… $100 to $100,000 and the government still gets the bill.

I am also guilty of a little “thinning the herd” mentality.  My favorite blog post was “Fat On Food Stamps” because how did you get fat on public assistance.  Okay, I am over simplifying the situation but we need doctors to sound the alarm during annual physicals.  And if someone insist on unhealthy behavior, they dug their own grave… my goodness, I am a conservative Democrat.  I hope the progressives don’t thin the Democrat herd of me.

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Georgia is the Empire state of the South and our next governor will help define the next version of the New South.  A region that is busy hating and a fighting family can’t strive in the global economy.  During the turbulent Civil Rights era, Atlanta was known as the city too busy to hate.

As a moderate Democrat, hate isn’t an everyday part of my life; the same can be said for most of my Republican and Democrat friends.  But, politics and elections have been poisoned by marketing.  I recently introduced a smart friend to Dr. Frank Luntz, game changer.  Dr. Luntz got in the lab for Newt Gingrich and cooked up the 10 points in the Contract With America in the early 90s.  With control groups and testing, he discovered the hot button issues Newt use to move millions of Bill Clinton supporters from the Blue Team to the Red Team.

So, a Phd from Madison Avenue used marketing to move Main Street America for Wall Street.  The 10 points were brilliantly selected.   The issues made rural blood boil but fostered division for political gain.

Yesterday over the phone, I told the dean of grassroots politics in South Georgia that the Dems need to light a fuse with Stacey Abrams, Stacey Evans or Stacy Adams.  Can Stacy Abrams add new voters in record numbers and get them to vote the whole ballot for years?  Can Stacey Evans marry core Democrat issues with working class voters’ kitchen table concerns?  As the Bible says, iron sharpens iron.  A healthy primary between these two smart women could be like Hillary and Obama.

Who or what is Stacy Adams?  If you asked that question, you don’t know the sensible center of the South.  Stacy Adams is a brand of kidskin men dress shoes.  When men dress as gentlemen for church on Sunday and relaxing on Saturday, this was their shoe.  Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio says Democrats need voters who shower after work as well as those who shower before work.  I love his thinking.

I never wore those hard bottom Stacies because the comfort of Bass Weejuns and Rockports better served me.  However, my daddy swore by his classic Black lace-ups for decades.  Morris Day and the Time floated across the floor in Purple Rain in Stacy Adams.

As kids, we learned community commitment and Black honor in Nether’s Barber Shop in Sylvester, Georgia.  Men with steel in their backs would walk in with laundry pressed khakis, tucked-in golf shirts and polished Stacy Adams…smelling of Aqua Velva and confidence.  These men worked hard during the week—making someone else rich.  On our side of the railroad tracks, they were respected and we listened to every word of knowledge and wisdom.  Some men would wear Stacies with new overalls and of course, the shoes were popular with White southerners as well.

The kids today kill me with these soccer flip flops and socks…girls in house shoes at Walmart.  They are called “house” shoes for a reason.  I don’t understand how a young person owns three pairs of $200 Jordans, no car and wear God knows what to grandad’s funeral…oh, they rather walk than drive a $1000 car and wear Walmart sneakers.  In that coffin, grandad is wearing Stacy Adams and those grandkids would be much better if they had put down those phones and controllers listened to him.  Can you imagine kids fishing with Pa Pa….getting mud on their J’s.

For Stacey Evans and Stacey Abrams, getting key rural voters energized starts with their supporters having a comfort level in beauty and barber shops from Toccoa to Thomasville.  The old native American quote says never criticize a man until you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins… or Stacy Adams, Timberlands, Jordans, Georgia Work Boots, flip flops etc.  The GOP, using Dr. Frank Luntz marketing techniques, would have you think that all Democrats are urban thugs seeking a free ride or latte-sipping liberals.  The grassroots guru told me yesterday that Georgia actually has more people who identify as Democrats than Republicans.  However, Republicans vote every election without fail.  Nationally, the Democrats won’t win if we can’t get those helped by our policies to the polls.

Ted’s Bible List

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I put together my regular guy’s favorite Bible verses in three forms: long form, highlight outline list and documents.  It’s like Cliff Notes for sinners and saints.  This post will also be a new permanent page.

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Genesis

4: 9, 13  Keeper                 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?  And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.

9: 20-27 Ham/Canaan     And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: 21  And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. 22  And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. 23  And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness. 24  And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. 25  And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. 26  And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. 27  God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

17:20 Ismael       And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.

50:20 Good         But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

 

Exodus

20:1-17 Ten Commandments    1  And God spake all these words, saying, 2  I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage3  Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 6  And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. 7  Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. 8  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9  Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10  But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11  For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

 

12  Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. 13  Thou shalt not kill. 14  Thou shalt not commit adultery. 15  Thou shalt not steal. 16  Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. 17  Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

 

Deuteronomy

15:11 Poor           For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.

 

Joshua

24:15 My House                And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

 

1 Chronicles

16:22 Touch        Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

 

2 Chronicles

7:14 My People                 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

 

Psalms

1:1 Blessed         Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

23 Shepherd      The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

27: 1-4, 10, 14 Afraid       The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2  When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. 3  Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. 4  One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.  10  When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.  14  Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

30:3 Pit                                 O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

34: 6-7, 10 Lion                  6  This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. 7  The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.  10  The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.

34:17 Cry                              The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

37: 1-4, 7-8 Fret                 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. 2  For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. 3  Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 4  Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.  7  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. 8  Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

37: 24-25, 39 Old               24  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. 25  I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.  39  But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.

40: 1-3 Wait        I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 2  He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. 3  And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

41: 1-2 Blessed                 Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. 2  The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.

51: 10-12 Clean                  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

55: 22 Cast           Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

82: 2-4 Unjustly                 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. 3  Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. 4  Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.

85:10 Mercy       Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

109:2 Lying          For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.

118: 5-6, 9 Distress           I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. 6  The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?  9  It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

121: 1-8 Lift up/Keeper                  I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2  My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. 3  He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4  Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5  The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. 6  The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 7  The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. 8  The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

131: 1 Too High                  LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.

133:1 Good/Pleasant      Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

 

Proverbs

3:5-7  Trust          Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

4:14-17 Wicked                 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. 15  Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. 16  For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. 17  For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

6: 16 Seven         These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18  An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19  A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

13:4 Fat                The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

13:20 Wise          He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

14:29 Wrath        He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

16: 7-8 Peace     When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.  8  Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.  9  A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

17:22 Medicine                                 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

19:1 Poor             Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

19:20 Counsel                    Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.

20:1,4 Wine                        Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.  4  The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.

20:13 Sleep                         Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

21: 19,23 Wilderness       It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.  Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

22; 1-3,6 Name/Child      A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. 2  The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all. 3  A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.  6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

22: 24-25 Angry Man       Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: 25  Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.

23: 12 Knowledge            Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

24:17-20 Enemy                Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: 18  Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him. 19  Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked; 20  For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.

27: 1-2, 12, 17 Boast        Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.  2  Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.  12  A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.  17  Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

29:18 Vision                        Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

31:10, 30-31 Woman       Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.  30  Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. 31  Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

 

Ecclesiastes

3:1-8, 13 Time                   To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2  A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;  3  A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5  A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6  A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;  7  A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8  A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. 13  And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

7:1 Good Name                A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.

12:13-14 Whole Matter                 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

 

Isaiah

1: 17-20 Reason                17  Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. 18  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 19  If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: 20  But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

2:4 Nations                         And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

10:27 Yoke                          And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

40: 28-31 Wings Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. 29  He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31  But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

43:2 Waters                        When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

 

Jeremiah 

29:11-12 Thoughts                           For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12  Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

 

Habakkuk

2:2-3 Tables                        And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 3  For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

 

Zechariah

4:6 Spirit                               Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

8: 16-17 Things                  These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates: 17  And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD.

 

Matthew

5:1-12 Beatitudes             And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: 2  And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, 3  Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4  Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 5  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

6  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 7  Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 8  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 9  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 10  Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

5: 15-16 Light                      Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

5: 43-45 Enemy                 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

6: 9-13 Lord’s Prayer       After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11  Give us this day our daily bread. 12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

6:19-21 Treasure              Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22  The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

6: 25-32 Wealth                 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26  Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27  Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28  And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29  And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

6:33-34  Seek                     But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

7:7-8 Knock                         Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

7: 12 Golden Rule             Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

7:13-21 False/Lord, Lord                Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

15  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.  21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

9:12-13 Sick                         And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? 12  But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. 13  But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

 

 

11:28-30 Yoke                    Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

 

 

21:42 Stone                        Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

 

22:37-40 Greatest            Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38  This is the first and great commandment. 39  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

 

25:20-21 Well Done         And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21  His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

 

26:26-28 Supper               And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27  And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28  For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

 

26:41 Stone                        Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

 

Mark

 

3:24-25 Divided                 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25  And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

8:34-37 Profit                     And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 35  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. 36  For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37  Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

10:45 Ransom                    For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

12:10-11 Stone                  And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner: 11  This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

12: 29-31 Greatest           And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

 

Luke

5:30 Eat/Sinners               But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? 31  And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. 32  I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

6:27-28,31 Likewise         But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, 28  Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.  31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

14:13-14 Poor/Just          But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:  And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.

 

John

3:3-7 Born Again                               Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

3:16 So Loved                                    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

14:1-6 Prepare                                  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4  And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5  Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

 

Acts

9:3-6 Saul                             And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4  And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5  And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 6  And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

 

Romans

6:23 Wages                         For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

8:28 Purpose                      And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

8:31 For Us                          What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

8:38-39 Separate              For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

10:9 Confess                      That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

12:1-2 Beseech                                 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

12:16 Same mind              Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

12:18-21 Vengence         If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19  Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20  Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21  Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

13:1-3 Powers                   Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2  Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3  For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

13:12-14 Armor                 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 13  Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

14:11-13 Knee                   For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12  So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. 13  Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.

 

1st Corinthians

1:10 Divisions                     Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

2:9 Eyes                                But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

13:11,13 Childish/Charity              When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.  13  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

 

2nd Corinthians 

5:1 Earthly                           For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

5:17 Creature                     Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

6:14 Yoke                             Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

9:6-7 Giving                        But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 7  Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

 

Galatians

5:16,19-21 Flesh                This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.   19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

6:2-5 Burdens                    Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. 3  For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. 4  But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5  For every man shall bear his own burden

6:6-10 Sow                          Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. 7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

 

Ephesians

4:23-25,29 New Man      And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 25  Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

4:26 Sun               Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

4:32 Kind              And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

6:10-12 Amour                  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

 

Philippians

2:4 Others                                           Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

3:13-14 Forgetting                           Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

4:5 Moderation                                 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

4:6-8 Request/Whatsoever          Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

4:13 Things                          I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

 

Colossians

3:1-2 Above                        If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

3:8-9 Put Off                      But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9  Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

3:12-16 Put On                  Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

4:6 Speech                          Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

 

1st Thessalonians

5:14-18 Exhort                   Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. 15  See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.   16  Rejoice evermore. 17  Pray without ceasing. 18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

 

2nd Thessalonians

3:1-2 Unreasonable        Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: 2  And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

3:10-15 Eat                          For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 11  For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. 12  Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. 13  But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. 14  And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15  Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

 

1st Timothy

2:1-2 Peaceable                I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2  For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

3:5 House                            Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 4  One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5  (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

5:8 Provide                         But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

6:7, 10 Money                   For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 10  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

6:17-19 Rich                        Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 18  That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; 19  Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

 

2nd  Timothy

1:7 Spirit of Fear               For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2:22-23 Flee                        Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23  But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.

3:1-7 Perilous                     This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7  Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

4:6-8 Good Fight               For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Hebrews

4:16 Throne                        Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

11:1 Faith                             Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

12:1-2 Compassed           Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

13:5-6 Helper                     Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

 

James

1:12 Temptation               Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

1:19-20 Slow                       Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20  For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

2:14,17 Faith/Works        What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?  17  Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

3:17: Wisdom                     But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

3:8-12 Tongue                   But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9  Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10  Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11  Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 12  Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

4: 7-12 Submit/Judge     Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9  Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. 11  Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. 12  There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?

5:13-16 Afflicted               Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. 14  Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15  And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

5:19-20 Err                           Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 20  Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

 

1st Peter

2:13-14,17 Submit            Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14  Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.  17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

3:12 Eyes                             For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

3:17 Wisdom                      For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

5:5-8 Humble                     Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

 

2nd Peter

1:5-8 Add                             And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2:10 Walk                             But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

2:21 Better                          For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

3:10 Thief                            But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

 

1st John

1:5-7 Light                           This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6  If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

1:8 No Sin                            If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

2:15-17 World                    Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

4:20-21 Love, Brother     If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21  And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

 

2nd John

1:10-11 Doctrine               If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 11  For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

 

3rd John

1:11 Follow                         Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

 

Jude

1:24-25 Doxology             Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25  To the only wise God, our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

 

Revelation

1:8 Alpha                             I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

2: 10-11 Prison                   Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. 11  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

3:20-22 Door                      Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21  To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

19: 11 Horse                       And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

21:1, 4-8 New, Tears       And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.  8  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

 

Ted’s Bible List  (Outline)

Genesis

4: 9, 13  Keeper

9: 20-27 Ham/Canaan

17:20 Ismael

50:20 Good

Exodus

20:1-17 Ten Commandments

 

Deuteronomy

15:11 Poor

Joshua

24:15 My House

 

1 Chronicles

16:22 Touch

 

2 Chronicles

7:14 My People

 

Psalms

1:1 Blessed

23 Shepherd

27: 1-4, 10, 14 Afraid

30:3 Pit

34: 6-7, 10 Lion

34:17 Cry

37: 1-4, 7-8 Fret

37: 24-25, 39 Old

40: 1-3 Wait

41: 1-2 Blessed 

51: 10-12 Clean

55: 22 Cast

82: 2-4 Unjustly

85:10 Mercy

109:2 Lying

118: 5-6, 9 Distress

121: 1-8 Lift up/Keeper

131: 1 Too High

133:1 Good/Pleasant

 

Proverbs

3:5-7  Trust

4:14-17 Wicked

6: 16 Seven

13:4 Fat

13:20 Wise

14:29 Wrath

16: 7-8 Peace

17:22 Medicine

19:1 Poor

19:20 Counsel

20:1,4 Wine

20:13 Sleep

21: 19,23 Wilderness

22; 1-3,6 Name/Child

22: 24-25 Angry Man

23: 12 Knowledge

24:17-20 Enemy

27: 1-2, 12, 17 Boast

29:18 Vision

31:10, 30-31 Woman

 

Ecclesiastes

3:1-8, 13 Time

7:1 Good Name

12:13-14 Whole Matter

 

Isiah

1: 17-20 Reason

2:4 Nations

10:27 Yoke

40: 28-31 Wings

43:2 Waters

 

Jeremiah

29:11-12 Thoughts

 

Habakkuk

2:2-3 Tables

 

Zechariah

4:6 Spirit

8: 16-17 Things

 

Matthew

5:1-12 Beatitudes

5: 15-16 Light

5: 43-45 Enemy

6: 9-13 Lord’s Prayer

6:19-21 Treasure

6: 25-32 Wealth

6:33-34  Seek

7:7-8 Knock

7: 12 Golden Rule

7:13-21 False/Lord, Lord

9:12-13 Sick

11:28-30 Yoke

21:42 Stone

22:37-40 Greatest

25:20-21 Well Done

26:26-28 Supper

26:41 Stone

 

Mark

 

3:24-25 Divided

8:34-37 Profit

10:45 Ransom

12:10-11 Stone

12: 29-31 Greatest

 

Luke

5:30 Eat/Sinners

6:27-28,31 Likewise

14:13-14 Poor/Just

 

John

3:3-7 Born Again

3:16 So Loved

14:1-6 Prepare

 

Acts

9:3-6 Saul

 

Romans

6:23 Wages

8:28 Purpose

8:31 For Us

8:38-39 Separate

10:9 Confess

12:1-2 Beseech

12:16 Same mind

12:18-21 Vengence

13:1-3 Powers

13:12-14 Armor

14:11-13 Knee

 

1st Corinthians

1:10 Divisions

2:9 Eyes

13:11,13 Childish/Charity

 

2nd Corinthians

5:1 Earthly

5:17 Creature

6:14 Yoke

9:6-7 Giving

 

Galatians

5:16,19-21 Flesh

6:2-5 Burdens

6:6-10 Sow

 

Ephesians

4:23-25,29 New Man

4:26 Sun

4:32 Kind

6:10-12 Amour

 

Philippians

2:4 Others

3:13-14 Forgetting

4:5 Moderation

4:6-8 Request/Whatsoever

4:13 Things

 

Colossians

3:1-2 Above

3:8-9 Put Off

3:12-16 Put On

4:6 Speech

 

1st Thessalonians

5:14-18 Exhort

2nd Thessalonians

3:1-2 Unreasonable

3:10-15 Eat

1st Timothy

2:1-2 Peaceable

3:5 House

5:8 Provide

6:7, 10 Money

6:17-19 Rich

 

2nd  Timothy

1:7 Spirit of Fear

2:22-23 Flee

3:1-7 Perilous

4:6-8 Good Fight

 

Hebrews

4:16 Throne

11:1 Faith

12:1-2 Compassed

13:5-6 Helper

James

1:12 Temptation

1:19-20 Slow

2:14,17 Faith/Works

3:17: Wisdom

3:8-12 Tongue

4: 7-12 Submit/Judge

5:13-16 Afflicted

5:19-20 Err

 

1st Peter

2:13-14,17 Submit

3:12 Eyes

3:17 Wisdom

5:5-8 Humble

 

2nd Peter

1:5-8 Add

2:10 Walk

2:21 Better

3:10 Thief

 

1st John

1:5-7 Light

1:8 No Sin

2:15-17 World

4:20-21 Love, Brother

 

2nd John

1:10-11 Doctrine

3rd John

1:11 Follow

 

Jude

1:24-25 Doxology

 

Revelation

1:8 Alpha

2: 10-11 Prison

3:20-22 Door

19: 11 Horse

21:1, 4-8 New, Tears

backstabbers

Trump can’t win said the political establishment.  Obama should quietly wait his turn in the Senate said the other establishment.  Bernie Sanders is too disheveled to appeal to young voters.  Clearly this writer isn’t crazy about the so-called establishment; you have blue crabs in a barrel, white crabs, black crabs, red crabs, and brown crabs.

Why are elite groups behind the scenes telling candidates they should or shouldn’t run for office almost a year before filing and nearly a year and a half before the general elections?

Traditionally, candidates would mull over a possible campaign and make a decision with family after thanksgiving dinner.  I say these possible candidates should take it to the people between now and that holiday.  If you really have a message and a path to victory, your vibe will resonate with real people and the necessary fire will be obvious.

In Georgia, three questions need to be answered by candidates for high state office or congress on the Democrat side:

  1. Can you produce better turnout from the base than Obama and Hillary?
  2. Can you expand the base with unregistered citizens?
  3. Can you pull a percentage (say 15%) of working class Whites with an innovative kitchen table platform?

Whoa, that’s a Herculean task that will require divine intervention.  With all due respect to current officeholders and the establishment elite, candidates should test the waters in every section of Georgia to discover if they have the right stuff.

On the presidential level, Ross Perot, Ralph Nader and Bernie Sanders led noble movements that inadvertently put someone in the White House from the other side.

In the Georgia governor and lt. governor races, the eventual Democrat nominees won’t fare well in November if the primary is bloody.  This blog mentioned time and time again how the party elite selected and supported candidates who the actual voters weren’t feeling.  As the Ojay’s sang, you have got to give the people what they want.  Of course, that song was on the Back Stabbers album… I’m just saying.

It’s not rocket science; meet and greet receptions with Motown, Disco and jazz will get people into local eateries.  Candidates or their surrogates get 10 minutes to make their cases. Candidates or their surrogates get 10 minutes to make their cases.

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Former F.B.I. Director James Comey recently introduced America to the word “memorialize” regarding his memos to himself after meeting with President Trump.  On my deathbed, I will swear that some nerdy polly sci major in the future will come across my blog posts and use the concepts, approaches and ideas to help this lovely nation.  Of course, my banker wishes that would happen now.

Ice Cube just got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in part for writing prophetic hip hop lyrics regarding the powder keg that was inner city L.A.  Well, the sampling of blog post below predicted the current turning point in Georgia and southern politics and offers solutions for what should happen next.

https://projectlogicga.com/2012/11/06/plantation-mentality-of-politics-2012/

https://projectlogicga.com/2014/09/08/1-peter-chapter-2-respect-the-office-of-the-president-gop-and-dem-plantations/

https://projectlogicga.com/2016/08/16/thank-you-atlanta-mayor-kasim-reed-dont-support-candidates-who-support-trump/

https://projectlogicga.com/2017/05/04/georgia-governor-race-3-queens-and-a-trump-card/

 

https://projectlogicga.com/2013/10/04/abcs-scandal-and-owns-the-haves-and-the-have-nots-our-plantation-mentality/

https://projectlogicga.com/2017/06/06/election-winning-coalitions-2018-and-2020/

https://projectlogicga.com/2015/09/28/the-establishment-power-control-and-moneycame-for/

https://projectlogicga.com/2013/09/14/national-questions-for-local-election-candidates/

https://projectlogicga.com/2016/02/10/2016-rural-georgia-voters-guide-consider-yourselves-told/

https://projectlogicga.com/2016/08/23/hillary-wins-georgia-if-the-grassroots-are-realfingers-crossed/

https://projectlogicga.com/2016/08/09/georgia-dems-need-unity-to-stop-b-s-artist-trump/

https://projectlogicga.com/2015/09/25/fair-questions-are-you-cool-with-obama-voted-for-rep-bishop-ride-with-senator-isakson-down-with-speaker-boehner-deal-with-governor-deal/