till He appeared &the soul felt its worth // oh so relevant.
God is Goodness.. His love is, as it were, bottomless, selfless by very definition; it has everything to give.." -C.S. Lewis
i will give you a new heart &put a new spirit in you; i will remove from you your heart of stone &give you a heart of flesh
i have become a sign to many; you are my strong refuge. do not be far from me, my God; come quickly, God, to help me.
like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, &death is the man who deceives his neighbor &says, "i was only joking!"
(you know these people.. say no to sarcasm /people who think it's funny to be mean!)
if you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," &believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
if they do not listen to Moses &the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.
john 12:37: even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him.
my heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; i do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. but i have calmed &quieted myself, i am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child i am content.
Then the Lord said, "The outcry against Sodom &Gomorrah is so great &their sin so grievous that I will go down &see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know."
"Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? What if there are 50 righteous people in the city? will you really sweep it away ¬ spare the place for the sake of 50 righteous people in it? far be it from you to do such a thing -to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous &the wicked alike. far be it from you! will not the Judge of all the earth do right?"
The Lord said, "if i find 50 righteous people in the city, i will spare the whole place for their sake."
Then Abraham spoke up again: "now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust &ashes, what if # of righteous is 5 less? will you destroy the whole city for lack of 5 people?"
"If i find 45 there, he said, "I will not destroy it."
Once again he spoke to him, "what if only 40 are found there?"
He said, "for the sake of 40, i will not do it."
Then he said, "may the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. what if only 30 can be found there?"
He answered, "I will not do it if I find 30 there."
Abraham said, "Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only 20 can be found there?"
He answered, "for the sake of 10, I will not destroy it."