Alex is an active member of his church, a student of philosophy, and he has visited many holy houses of worship.
"For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." - John 3:17
I absolutely love this verse and I think that it is too often forgotten due to the hype surrounding the verse prior to it. For me, this verse emphasizes that Heavenly Father loves us. All too often, it seems that many people try to detract from Heavenly Father's love. The Apostle John's account of the Gospel seems to emphasize here that the plan of Salvation was not to harm mankind. We can find confirmation of my observation in 2 Nephi 2:25, wherein we learn that we came into being, ultimately, that we may be capable of experiencing joy. This is not to state that nothing matters, nor that everything is okay. Such ideologies are far from me. We should follow the Divine Law no mater what. Our covenants should be kept. We should help people, go to church, pay our tithes, and so on. However, we should also consider, I feel, that Heavenly Father's intent isn't to harm us; at least, not in any way that isn't necessary for our ability to be very happy.
"Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men." - 1 Corinthians 1:25
I feel like this verse confuses a lot of people. Heavenly Father has qualities, but all of those qualities are superior to us. In fact, when I am praying - I often ask Heavenly Father to do what he wills despite my own will, because he is more intelligent and much wiser than I am. I feel that, when many people forget that Heavenly Father has a physical body and even a son, there are misunderstandings as to what the Almighty is. I do not possess all of the answers at all, but I do testify that Heavenly Father is more like us than many people want to accept. However, and even so - everything he has as a personal quality is superior to our own qualities in every way.
"For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow." - Ecclesiastes 1:18 (KJV)
This quote may seem a bit depressing to many of you. And, it well should. I believe that this was the author's intent. Ecclesiastes is said to have been written by King Solomon the prophet, son of King David the prophet; and, it may be one of the oldest records of existential philosophical writing that has been preserved to the present day. Although I typically stay away from coming too close to Nihilism myself, Ecclesiastes certainly gives off an air of nihilistic thought. I include this quote as to display that God's Word is not just happiness and joy; there are real and practical messages and lessons in the Gospel for every aspect of our lives and experiences. That is not to say that the Bible doesn't have those messages of love and peace, but that the messages of the scriptures are very diverse and very profound.
"For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." - James 2:26
I've kept this verse memorized for a very long time now. I testify that good works come with blessings. There is a great importance to good works that should not be overlooked. Action is an essential part of the Gospel. Our personal testimonies of the Gospel of valuable, but members of Christ's church are asked to take action. I feel as though Saint James' words here are intriguingly strict. He writes that having faith alone is not enough for that faith to be alive.
"Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth." - Isaiah 12:5
The scriptures of the prophet Isaiah are some of my favorites. I love how Prophet Isaiah invites us to sing to the Almighty! I mean, who doesn't enjoy singing? One doesn't need to be good at it to love doing it! Singing our praises to Heavenly Father, instead of just blandly stating them to him - isn't that a fantastic meditation? Worship should be joyous; after all, joy is why we are going through this life. Worship can, and probably should at times, be fun.
© 2017 Alexander James Guckenberger
Alexander James Guckenberger (author) from Maryland, United States of America on February 25, 2019:
Margaret, the job of teacher is a lifelong one. Thank you for following. ^_^
Margaret Minnicks from Richmond, VA on February 25, 2019:
This is my favorite type of article to read since I am an ordained minister of Christian Education and Bible teacher. I am following you so I can read more of your articles.
Alexander James Guckenberger (author) from Maryland, United States of America on February 16, 2019:
Every time I find something new. We can never read it too many times. :)
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on February 16, 2019:
There are so many lovely verses in the Bible, and you have chosen ones that I also love. I always study the Bible, and learn each time I read it.
Alexander James Guckenberger (author) from Maryland, United States of America on June 15, 2018:
May God continue to guide and to bless you my brother.
Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on June 14, 2018:
Alexander -- God bless you 2000 times,for writing such a moving hub. If you keep doing (this) and obviously you have chosen to partner with God, well, I tell you: the sky's the limit as to how far you can go. God bless and stay in touch.
His peace to you.
Alexander James Guckenberger (author) from Maryland, United States of America on June 13, 2018:
Thank you so much Kenneth. You're messages are very touching. I hope your future is filled with good experiences.
Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on June 13, 2018:
Hey, Alexander -- LOVE this hub. I mean it. And all five verses are part of my life. Especially the one about the foolishness of man is chosen by the righteousness of God, I know that I didn't get that one perfectly, but God did.
And why this verse says so much to me is that recently I surrendered to preach the Gospel. I searched, prayed, fasted, for over 30 years before God used the most unobvious to show me where my calling belonged. Since then, I am praying to only be an empty vessel with a ready mind and available heart--fit for the Master's use.
Your deal about Fan Mail does not work, so I am putting it here.
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Thank You so much for your following. I want to hear from you whenever you have an opportunity. And if you have suggestions, ideas, even mild criticism of my work, please tell me so I can (if possible) help it and do better.
Your Friend Forever,
Alexander James Guckenberger (author) from Maryland, United States of America on March 30, 2018:
You are very welcome sister!
Margie's Southern Kitchen from the USA on March 30, 2018:
Alexander, great bible verses! Thanks for sharing and refreshing them to my memory!
Alexander James Guckenberger (author) from Maryland, United States of America on December 04, 2017:
Thank you so much for reading the whole article. God bless and take care. :)
charlie from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans on December 04, 2017:
First there is no such thing as a house of worship in this age of the rule of Christ. No building made with hands of metal, wood, steel, bricks, concrete and mortar is , or can be Holy.
Only God and His sons are Holy.
2nd there is no holy bible, bibles are just books, and they ARE NOT SCRIPTURE, they are translations made by, (the ones used by the “churches of men”), apostate men that have added, changed and otherwise polluted the meaning of the scriptures to fit what they teach. Two of the best tools of satan are the KJV ( authorized and BOUGHT and PAID for BY king james to replace the Geneva Bible (a much better and more accurate version) that he hated)and the NIV and all others with a man's name on them.
Third, God does not have a physical body only man has a temporary physical body. That is a new one I never heard before in 45 yrs, apostate men are still coming up with more new false doctrines no wonder Jesus says “do not be deceived my beloved” to His followers.
The Holy abode of the Holy Spirit is in the true disciples of Jesus Christ, those that DO ALL HE REQUIRES OF THEM and nothing else. The Church of Jesus Christ (true church of God) is built on the cornerstone ( all other stones depend on this one), Jesus Christ, and it is built WITHOUT HANDS out of LIVING STONES (bondservants of Christ)not inanimate object as the Levite temples of the previous age that was fulfilled, completer and closed by Christ at the cross were.
You have been deceived by the masters of deception, satan and his crew.
Many HAVE COME in His Name but are Not of HIS Spirit. They call themselves clergy, pastor, Reverend and other self mad titles and positions , but they represent a different jesus, one that is of the house of their father satan, the adversary and they drew those simpe ones into their trap and to their false jesus that does signs and wonders and all the things that please carnal man. BUT he cannot give LIFE only the real Jesus can do that and He only gives that to His undivided church not to those in the 46000 different DIVISIONS made by men in their godboxes they call “churches”. GOD HATE DIVISION and WILL NOT GO WHERE IT EXISTS.
WHY DO YOU AVOID AND NOT FOLLOW THE WORDS OF CHRIST," DO NOT BE DECEIVED"?
Luke 21:8-9 And He said: "Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am He,' and, 'The time has drawn near.' Therefore do not go after them.
Or other warnings in scripture like test all things to see if they be of God. Or understand the scriptural truth that The HOLY SPIRIT, not men is sent to teach all truth?
Or the structure of the church of Christ,
1 Cor 11:3-4 But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.
"You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. 26 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. 27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave — 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
Repent , meet the real Jesus and learn of Him through His Holy Spirit instead of the false emotional frenzy called holy spirit by the churches of men that serve their flesh and their father satan.
Satan, the church system of men, all its members and every other thing that has any unrighteousness in it will be cast into the lake of fore and DESTROYED at the judgment and only the sons of God through Christ will enter the eternal kingdom of God. They alone will inherit the earth and the new earth where God will join them as He move from heaven to the new earth with His throne to live among His sons forever.
Stop teaching the lies of men, you are a false prophet, repent of your unbelief and meet Jesus the Christ, the Only begotten son of God, the firstfruits of many sons that will be the ONLY ones joining God and His son Jesus in the eternal kingdom of God.
So sad the God that created the earth cannot live on it because it has been so polluted by men that He has to make a new undefiled earth so He can live WITH HIS SONS on it. But He loves His sons so much He is going to do it.