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Places to taste the excellence of food.
An addiction
 
 
32501 Bestowed upon us by God
The manner of love
 
 
32502 of all.....
The saviour
 
 
32503 Who is fooling who
The main question
 
 
32504 But who is doubtingh the creation
Some doubt
 
 
32505 will He return to us.....
2000 years ago
 
 
32506 The story of the Ukraine
Bandera the so admired killer in WW2 by the EU.
 
 
32507 With the devil on your side
Who can fail.....
 
 
32508 It grows.
Belief is like a tree
 
 
32509 I will presch........
Being the least of all saints
 
 
32510 The bibles answers
Who can.......
 
 
32511 Antique books.
Killing off a market
 
 
32512 A path for us.....
God has laid out
 
 
32513 You can move mountains.
If you belief
 
 
32514 without a church
Spreading the word
 
 
32515 On heaven and Earth
Praising the Lord
 
 
32516 or are they not?
Are they?
 
 
32517 Let us pray.....
When we say.....
 
 
32518 wrote those words?
Did Mordecai
 
 
32519 Without Jesus?
Would the Hebrew be known
 
 
32520 Any real proof of Jesus?
But is there any?
 
 
32521 a belief?
Atheism
 
 
32522 Immunity
A system
 
 
32523 Revive thy work
Oh Lord
 
 
32524 What to do with him
A masn called Christ
 
 
32525 Spirits, deities and gods
first three pages
 
 
32526 Are the churches getting the hungry
To the table...
 
 
32527 Called Jesus.
What tyo do with a man
 
 
32528 The mediator
Christ.....
 
 
32529 Spirits, Deities, Gods
second part
 
 
32530 I should do.
What is it....
 
 
32531 It rules religion
Money
 
 
32532 full of self control
See a man
 
 
32533 Spirits, Deitie, Gods
part four
 
 
32534 In the hand of God
We are sinners
 
 
32535 Are you?
Iam a Christian
 
 
32536 The microben
Human health
 
 
32537 Where is my strenght
Heavenly father
 
 
32538 Spirits, Deities, Gods
Part four
 
 
32539 He shall help us
Do not hesitate
 
 
32540 Views....
Paternostal
 
 
32541 Microbal inflamation
Maladaption of the body
 
 
32542 of the feet
The washing.....
 
 
32543 Spitits, Deities, Gods
Part five
 
 
32544 from gopfor wood
Make yourself an ark
 
 
32545 What is life to you,
Our life,
 
 
32546 Use it well
Time is short,
 
 
32547 When old passes away
All becomes new
 
 
32548 Spirits, Deities, Gods
part Six
 
 
32549 His love will remove it.
Hatred?
 
 
32550 It stirs up your love
His love
 
 
32551 The holy spit works.
Through providence
 
 
32552 Hell for you.
Hell will be.....
 
 
32553 Spirits, Deities, Gods
part seven
 
 
32554 Rejoice.......
All the people......
 
 
32555 The killing of Floyd
The previous history of
 
 
32556 Language
streken Frysk
 
 
32557 Karaites
The story
 
 
32558 God
The concurend
 
 
32559 Atheist
Part two
 
 
32560 McCarthyism
A look in the past
 
 
32561 a view of God
The Western countries
 
 
32562 It's burning
The Negev....
 
 
32563 Anti-Semitism
The misuse
 
 
32564 The Karaites
Part 2
 
 
32565 Is Britian changing
Is it really?
 
 
32566 Part 3
The Karaites
 
 
32567 Britain
Slowly changing
 
 
32568 Sliding back?
The 30tier years
 
 
32569 Part 4
The Karaites
 
 
32570 non-Jews included
Anti-Semitism
 
 
32571 in the past.
Back to the future
 
 
32572 Part 5
The karaites
 
 
32573 Or hit him with the sword
Shall I beat him with a whip
 
 
32574 Follow the first reason
To follow the rest
 
 
32575 Confession
A brave outspoken
 
 
32576 walking to Christ
A small step
 
 
32577 The message
Christ
 
 
32578 The Corinthians
Morality
 
 
32579 The two Messiah's
David or Joseph
 
 
32580 By the grace of God
To be saved
 
 
32581 a naste web
we did weave
 
 
32582 Celebrating the birth of Christ
Midwinter holiday or....
 
 
32583 History
Following
 
 
32584 Climate change
The IPCC indication to
 
 
32585 Anti-Semitism
Common sense or......
 
 
32586 The first wave
Circassians
 
 
32587 chips of the first creation by man
Bible, Torah, Quran
 
 
32588 There is evil
In the darkness
 
 
32589 The US/UK want to rule the world.
O, what a nasty web we weave
 
 
32590 Ignored by Israel, US/UK.
Thou shall not kill
 
 
32591 A God's gift
Our free will
 
 
32592 from which angle you look at it
It is a creators story
 
 
32593 The old question
Will they see?
 
 
32594 It is the creators story
From which ever side you look
 
 
32595 An old question
Do we have an answer
 
 
32596 Lemuria
No: 3
 
 
32597 a balancing act
The Genesis story
 
 
32598 a believe or a confession
Faith
 
 
32599 and moraly corrupt, NATO
USA led
 
 
32600 Creating a beginning
Controlling people
 
 
32601 according to the bible
The bible
 
 
32602 against the words of Christ
For the love for Israel
 
 
32603 Genesis
Balancing the story
 
 
32604 Changing world
A look at a
 
 
32605 A small step in time
Christ
 
 
32606 web we weave in Belarus
What a terrible
 
 
32607 Indeed
A changing world
 
 
32608 in a changing world
Epifanie
 
 
32609 of Jesus.
For the love
 
 
23610 The scientists
The bible according to
 
 
23611 USA army extention
NATO the
 
 
23612 least among the leaders of Judah
You are by no means
 
 
23613 A BRAVE CONFESSION
Faith
 
 
23614 Free speech
We have a God given
 
 
32615 Into the light.
From the darkness
 
 
23616 Evolution
Creation or
 
 
32617 for Christ
All for the love
 
 
32618 or just a little bounce
Big Bang
 
 
23618 The return
Davids Message
 
 
23619 to be learned
A lessen
 
 
23620 The rule of Thump
Billions of death or,
 
 
23621 the wind blows
The lord
 
 
23622 suffering at the hand of God
All those who do not believe
 
 

32574 Follow the first reason

The first reason that I would mention why we esteemed not Jesus is because we esteemed ourselves so highly. Self-esteem naturally keeps Jesus out of the heart. And the more our self-esteem increases, the more firmly do we fasten the door against Christ. Love of self prevents love of the Saviour! The sinner sets up an idol-god—himself—on the throne where God alone ought to sit! Hear this, O you heathen, and blush for the wickedness of men who live in this land of many privileges, in this enlightened age—and some of whom even profess and call themselves Christians! Instead of bowing down to blocks of wood and stone, or worshipping the sun, moon and all the host of heavenly bodies, they are worse heathens than even you are, for they prostrate themselves before themselves and adore their own merits, their own good deeds, their own charity, and so on!
Christian, was not this the reason why you did not esteem Christ—because self was everything to you in the days of your un-regenerate? If anyone had then told you that your heart was corrupt to its very core, what would you have replied? You would have answered, "I feel that I am as good as anyone else whom I know and better than most of those I see around me." If you had been informed that all your good works were but varnished sins and that the very best of them were foul and full of faults, would not your blood have boiled with indignation? Or if someone had told you that YOU’RE best righteousness was only like a heap of filthy rags, fit for nothing but to be burned, you would surely have replied, "I have a righteousness of which I have no reason to be ashamed. And although I do not say that it is perfect, yet I hope I shall have as good a chance of standing before God's Throne as anybody else will have." 
"Such were some of you" and, as long as you thus highly esteemed yourselves, of course you did not esteem the Lord Jesus Christ! Does the man who is in perfect health esteem, the physician? If all were always well, who would care for the doctors? Would they not laugh them to scorn? Does the man who is rich hold in high esteem the one who would give him alms? "No," he says, "give your alms to those who need them. I do not require them." Will a man who has the proper use of his limbs care for crutches? "No," he says, "hand them over to the lame. I have no need of them." In like manner, we did not esteem Christ because we felt that we had no need of Him. We thought that we could do very well without Him, at least for the present.
There might come a time when He might be able to give us a lift over a fence, or if we came to a muddy place in the road, He might be willing to lay His cloak down for us to step on so that we might not soil our feet. But as for the rest of our journey, we thought we could get on very well by ourselves, though we might be glad for Christ to help us into Heaven at the last. Perhaps no one of us would have put the matter quite so plainly, as I have done, but that would have been the practical effect of our self-esteem—and that is why we did not esteem Christ, for self-love had completely engrossed our hearts. Self and the Saviour can never live in one heart. He will have all, or none. So, where self is on the throne, it cannot be expected that Christ should meekly come and sit upon the footstool. 
Another reason why we esteemed not Jesus was because we esteemed the world so highly. We were like the man of whom John Bunyan tells us, who was quite willing that others should have the joys of the world to come so long as he could have all that he wanted in the present life. The world still says, "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush," and to him this present evil world is the bird in the hand—and he thinks of all the bliss of Heaven as though it were but a bird in the bush. "Let me live while I live," he says, "and have all the happiness that I can here. And let them have the next world who can win it." With some of us, it is not very long ago since we also talked like that—and scorned the glories that are everlasting!
And, we put far away from us Jesus Christ and His great salvation. "We esteemed Him not" because we loved the earth and all its follies, because we were so busy gathering its poisoned dust into heaps, or delighting ourselves in its unsatisfying pleasures. It is not until the rope is cast loose that the balloon can soar above the clouds—and it is not until the cord that binds us to the things of this earth has been cut that our soul can hope to mount towards the things which are unseen and eternal! Until we have been weaned from the world, we shall never esteem Jesus as the chief among ten thousand, the altogether lovely One in whom is all our delight! 
A third reason why we did not esteem Christ was because we did not know Him. It is true that we knew a great deal about Him, but we did not know HIM. We had read what the Evangelists had recorded concerning Him. We knew much concerning His doctrines. Perhaps we had even tried to keep some of His precepts, yet we did not personally and saving we know Him. There is a great distinction between knowing about Christ and knowing Christ Himself. Between knowing what He did and knowing Who and what He is. Knowing Him in the sense in which He used that expression when He said, in His great intercessory prayer to His Father, "This is life eternal, that they might know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." Yet it is only through Him, by the Infallible instruction of His ever-blessed Spirit, that we can thus know Him! As the Apostle John writes, "We know that the Son of God is come and has given us an understanding that we may know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life." The poet was right when he wrote— 
"His worth, if all the nations knew, surely the whole world would love Him too."
Surely, Lord, if the whole world could see You, the whole world must love You. If You would but open only one of Your eyes and look upon them, they must run unto You, ravished with delight, for You are so fair, my precious Jesus, that You only need to be seen to be loved." But, the world has never seen Christ, so he does not know Christ and does not love Christ! Ah, poor world, if you had but seen my lord as I saw Him in the hour when He said to me, "I, even I, am He that blots out your transgressions for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins". You could, with the ear of faith, have heard that Divine declaration, sweeter even than the music of the harps of Heaven. In a single moment you would have loved the Lord Jesus with such an ardent passion that the bonds of life would scarcely have been strong enough to keep you in this clay tenement, but you would have longed to fly away and be with your beloved Lord forever!
And, World, could you have such a visit from Jesus as, now and then, the Believer is privileged to have—if you could experience but five minutes of the bliss that a Christian has, "Whether in the body, I cannot tell. Or whether out of the body, I cannot tell. God knows"—if you could thus be "caught up to the third Heaven" and hear unspeakable words, which it is not possible for a man to utter. If you could once behold our blessed Saviour, you would be compelled to love Him, for He is so lovely, so gracious, so glorious that you could not any longer think unkindly of Him! Those who think wrongly of Christ have never known Him. And we who do know Him, confess with shame that the reason why, for so long "we esteemed Him not," was because we then knew Him not. 

 

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