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CharliRenee

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He tells us this...

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
Philippians 4:8 NASB

Based on this often quoted scripture what are some of the specific things you ponder, reflect and think about that fall into the category of things in this particular verse?
 

Gregoryp

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This is going to be extremely controversial, but the naked human form fits your criteria. I live by that as much as possible, as do many thousands of others around the world. It gives me authenticity, freedom, a real attachment to Jesus and the truth, the removal of the illusion and lies of the world, helps my self esteem, and has helped with my health. http://spiritofprophecy.org/godandnudity.htm
 

CharliRenee

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This is going to be extremely controversial, but the naked human form fits your criteria. I live by that as much as possible, as do many thousands of others around the world. It gives me authenticity, freedom, a real attachment to Jesus and the truth, the removal of the illusion and lies of the world, helps my self esteem, and has helped with my health. http://spiritofprophecy.org/godandnudity.htm
You never cease to surprise me. Um, well, I am glad it works for your self esteem. I am NOT on your page, though, to be honest, lol. As a 54 year old woman, seeing certain things are definitely not lovely, lol, or praise worthy, lol.
 

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This scripture reminds me to always focus upon our blessings and on being positive... which has always been the mantra of positive energy that I have striven to bestow upon my kids...
After getting knocked down and stumbling thru our struggles many of us have to remind ourselves to avoid fixating upon the perceived negativity in our lives and instead we need to make a conscience decision to focus upon our blessings and the good in our lives...

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CharliRenee

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This scripture reminds me to always focus upon our blessings and on being positive... which has always been the mantra of positive energy that I have striven to bestow upon my kids...
After getting knocked down and stumbling thru our struggles many of us have to remind ourselves to avoid fixating upon the perceived negativity in our lives and instead we need to make a conscience decision to focus upon our blessings and the good in our lives...

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I can imagine your kids are grateful for encouraging positive outlooks. Encouraging ourselves to find what is right is healthy and biblical. We don't have to ignore the bad, but give them to the Lord, and just focus on the blessings. I don't always do it, but I strive to.

I saved the image to my phone. Yes yes yes... Thank you.

My 12 year old asked me on Sunday how to get closer to God.

I told her..."be on a quest to see the lovely of nature, ppl and circumstances and give thanks to God. Be intentional, think on Him and His goodness as much as you can. Yearn for His direction, because His path is most lovely. And when hardships or not so lovely things surface, look for ways that God and you can turn it around, pray to Him and give Him praise, knowing He is working all things out for good to those who love Him.
 

CharliRenee

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This is going to be extremely controversial, but the naked human form fits your criteria. I live by that as much as possible, as do many thousands of others around the world. It gives me authenticity, freedom, a real attachment to Jesus and the truth, the removal of the illusion and lies of the world, helps my self esteem, and has helped with my health. http://spiritofprophecy.org/godandnudity.htm
Sorry, If I was offensive. I was just being silly.
 

maxwel

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This is going to be extremely controversial, but the naked human form fits your criteria. I live by that as much as possible, as do many thousands of others around the world. It gives me authenticity, freedom, a real attachment to Jesus and the truth, the removal of the illusion and lies of the world, helps my self esteem, and has helped with my health. http://spiritofprophecy.org/godandnudity.htm

It's starting to make me a wee bit uncomfortable when, regardless of the actual topic, you keep finding some way to bring up your own nudity.



Maybe you need to put on some pants and go get some fresh air.

It's getting creepy.

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SoulWeaver

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- God's character and things He's done for us, and how He's so different in His ways and character than anyone else's in existence. That's the most "praiseworthy" for me;
- Infinite wisdom, intricate detail, purposefulness, intelligence, magnificence, beauty and all-pervading divine fingerprint in all created things around us;
- Thoughts about how it would be to reach the fully enlightened state of mind where we are completely empty of distractions and 100% in accord with Father God like Jesus, with NOTHING interrupting or interfering with the Holy Spirit;
- Thoughts about absolute and perfect faith of Jesus, that if one has they are able to walk on water, move mountains, heal any illness, raise dead, and literally do anything...
 

CharliRenee

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- God's character and things He's done for us, and how He's so different in His ways and character than anyone else's in existence. That's the most "praiseworthy" for me;
- Infinite wisdom, intricate detail, purposefulness, intelligence, magnificence, beauty and all-pervading divine fingerprint in all created things around us;
- Thoughts about how it would be to reach the fully enlightened state of mind where we are completely empty of distractions and 100% in accord with Father God like Jesus, with NOTHING interrupting or interfering with the Holy Spirit;
- Thoughts about absolute and perfect faith of Jesus, that if one has they are able to walk on water, move mountains, heal any illness, raise dead, and literally do anything...
Oh this touched my heart...
God's character and things He's done for us, and how He's so different in His ways and character than anyone else's in existence. That's the most "praiseworthy" for me;
- Infinite wisdom, intricate detail, purposefulness, intelligence, magnificence, beauty and all-pervading divine fingerprint in all created things around us.

Reflecting on the Glory of God is such a privilege that if we really sit and think about How Great He is, it really does takes our breaths away, indeed.

 

Gregoryp

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It's starting to make me a wee bit uncomfortable when, regardless of the actual topic, you keep finding some way to bring up your own nudity.



Maybe you need to put on some pants and go get some fresh air.

It's getting creepy.

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Well I certainly hope David didn't think that, or Saul, Peter, Isiah, we would never have had any prophets or apostles. Jesus must have been baptised fully clothed.
 

JamOn

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Well I certainly hope David didn't think that, or Saul, Peter, Isiah, we would never have had any prophets or apostles. Jesus must have been baptised fully clothed.
I think so, fulfilled the covering of sin in which an animal was sacrificed in the garden.
 

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My church has started a teaching series based on the sermon on the mount from Matthew, and our community groups, which have just started back up again after summer break, follow along with the Sunday teaching so we can dig more in depth for greater understanding... we also break bread together, pray with and for each other, and a new element tonight's group leader has introduced is these little cards with Scripture and questions on them, for self reflection and sharing opportunities of where we see and/or feel a need for growth in our Christian walk, etc. My thoughts go there, to how a Christian community functions, building each other up in the Word, being available to share heart concerns, getting to know one another authentically, like family, as a body should function. To how that is real love, being present for each other, and keeping it real and also grounded in the Word. I love my church! :)
 

Gregoryp

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I think so, fulfilled the covering of sin in which an animal was sacrificed in the garden.
Jesus Christ was sacrificed for our sin, those days of any other sacrifice are over. Clothing is now a manmade tradition, along with sexual immorality and pornography. Satan has having a great time here destroying mankind with his traditions
 

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Well I certainly hope David didn't think that, or Saul, Peter, Isiah, we would never have had any prophets or apostles. Jesus must have been baptised fully clothed.
You bring up some interesting points.

The biggest argument that is difficult to pinpoint is what Jam On alluded to...namely the Lord's action after they had fashioned themselves clothes from plants.

I can conceptualize how you can apply the propitiation to clothing (although I'm on the fence and may stay there) but what do you mean by sexual immorality being a manmade tradition? In reference to traditional inhibitions on recreation or boundaries within the marriage bed or marriage itself?
 

JamOn

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Jesus Christ was sacrificed for our sin, those days of any other sacrifice are over. Clothing is now a manmade tradition, along with sexual immorality and pornography. Satan has having a great time here destroying mankind with his traditions
Jesus didn’t walk around naked for 40 days after the resurrection, he appeared to Mary Magdalene looking like the Gardner, and peter was dressed in a under gariment he placed his outer tunic on. working on a boat fishing was laboring lightly clad fir such work. gymnos
 

JamOn

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Clothing is not a man made tradition, God made clothing for Adam and Eve
 

SoulWeaver

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Well I certainly hope David didn't think that, or Saul, Peter, Isiah, we would never have had any prophets or apostles. Jesus must have been baptised fully clothed.
"David uncovering himself" while dancing is a common misinterpretation of the Scripture. He wore a simple linen ephod, looking like a common Levite priest. This is why Michal despised him, because to her this was unfit for a king, no crown, nor the rest of the royal attire... She was a very snot nosed person, and she was being sarcastic to David.
2 Samuel 6:14 Then David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod.

So, David was not naked. He was wearing a linen ephod, which is a full set of priestly attire with almost knee long ephod plus long undergarment which had to be worn underneath the ephod. I do not want to judge you about your lifestyle, as long as it doesn't cause others to stumble and you are really doing it out of faith in your heart. But I disagree about nudist Bible interpretations. Isaiah was naked, yes, his mission has been special and God wanted him to get attention. But it's not so inconceivable that people did get baptized wrapped in a bit of linen, especially in that day and age. For most of people being naked that you mentioned, they still probably had some linen around their waist, they were just naked in the sense of being exposed to the elements, including the case of Saul.

For some people, looking at other people naked, is a stumbling block and a cause for sin. For the rest, it's simply TMI and feels weird. The idea that clothing is somehow evil is not Biblical... it protects us from the elements and makes our bodies less of a distraction to one another, creating healthy boundaries and affirming the exclusivity of marriage.
 

Gregoryp

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You bring up some interesting points.

The biggest argument that is difficult to pinpoint is what Jam On alluded to...namely the Lord's action after they had fashioned themselves clothes from plants.

I can conceptualize how you can apply the propitiation to clothing (although I'm on the fence and may stay there) but what do you mean by sexual immorality being a manmade tradition? In reference to traditional inhibitions on recreation or boundaries within the marriage bed or marriage itself?
Paedophilia, threesomes, gay relationships, affairs, playboy magazine and it's ilk, lust, upskirting, the list goes on and yes, this is way off topic so I am saying no more on the subject here.
 

Gregoryp

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Clothing is not a man made tradition, God made clothing for Adam and Eve
Incorrect, Adam and eve made loincloths out of leaves. The first iteration of clothing. God knew they were now damaged goods and not worthy to be presented in his image, hence he gave them something better to hide behind
 
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