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By Raymond Ellis
Little children are precise and meek and trusting and curious, and they ask questions. We know King David as a teen was precise with his slingshot, killing a bear a lion and Goliath; he was precise because he loved God. His love of God also made him wise.
Little children do not worship power: Zechariah 4:6: Not by might nor by power but by my spirit says the Lord -- not by the worship of might and the worship of power but by the worship of my Holy Spirit says the Lord.
We also know God is precise from Hebrews 4:12: For the word of God is living and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing, to the dividing asunder of the soul and the spirit, and the joints and the marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
The worship of power is the cause of all sin and evil and pain and sorrow. Might is another form of power worship, a heavy and stubborn black spirit. The spirit of Power is not the sin but the worship of power is the sin because we should only worship the Holy Spirit.
The worship of power enables Satan to get close to us. And we form a covenant with death and some of Satan's spirits because of the worship of power: Isaiah 28:15.
Repent of the worship of power and seek the truth. The truth will set us free: John 8:31-36. We know from Alma that the word is like a seed that grows with faith -- when the seed becomes a large tree it casts out all evil and sets us free -- also the parable of the Mustard seed in Matthew.
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For FHE tonight, as somewhat of a wry riff on events of the last 48 hours, I am watching BYUTV's Relative Race. Kinda fun. Anyone else watched it? If so, whadya think?
My first week in the ward, I also noticed mention of an app that allows you to see who you're related to in the ward.
I'm seeking someone to have a PM conversation with about experiences/advise about converting against your family's wishes.
Thanks in advance
About 13 centuries ago, an event played out in northern Europe that might interest some here.
A Frisian leader was investigating the version of Christianity taught by the neighboring Frankish kingdom. At that time, the Frisian leader was engaged in defending his people against attempted conquest by the Franks.
It is said that he was nearly baptized, but refused at the last moment after asking what would come of his forefathers. The priests among the Franks answered that he would not be able to find any of his ancestors in Heaven after his death. Some claim that the Frisian leader preferred spending eternity in Hell with his ancestors than in Heaven with his enemies (the Franks). Others might conclude, based on the context, that he felt any faith that was powerless to rescue those who died in innocent ignorance was not an effective or just faith at all. Also, his response aligns well with the ancient Germanic ethos of never abandoning one's leaders in battle - and with the modern U.S. military creed: leave no man behind.
1 Corinthians 15:29
A broader question might be, beyond the hype of what Frankish chroniclers claimed, what did northern peoples beyond the scope of the Franks' version of Christianity actually believe?