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November 13, 2013

Just a Little Word

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John 3:16. For this is the way God loved the world:He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes him will not perish but have eternal life.

Re read this verse. Do you see anything wrong? So often our mind,ears and eyes can deceive us. We think we know this verse so well that we might be reading what isn’t there Let’ story again.

John 3:16. For this is the way God loved the world:He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes him will not perish but have eternal life. Do you see the difference? The first tome I omitted a word. It was only a little 2 letter word. Surely that can”t be important. But it is a very important little word. The word “in” changes the meaning of the entire verse. Satan believes, actually knows, Jesus is God’s Son and was sent to us so we could have eternal life. Believing that fact doesn’t give us eternal life. We must believe IN Jesus. To believe IN means we place our complete trust in Him. It means we will follow wherever He leads us. Being in church every Sunday won’t do it. Giving money or doing “good” for others won’t do it. The only way into the eternal presence of God is through belief IN His Son, Jesus. Our question is do we really believe IN Jesus or are we believing and trying to earn our way into heaven? Let us meditateon the difference today.

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July 31, 2013

Answered Prayer

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Acts 12:15. But they said to her, “Youve lost your mind!” But she kept insisting that it was Peter, and they kept saying, “It is his angel!”

Read the nature account. Peter was chained in prison and his friends were praying for his release. While they were praying Peter, released by God through an angel came to the door. The girl who answered was so surprised Peter was out that she forgot to open the door but want to tell the others while they were still praying for Peter’s release. They did not believe their prayers were answered. There are two truths here. One is where was their belief and where is ours. We often miss the answers to our prayers because we aren’t really looking for them. The other is regardless of our faith God will accomplish His will and purpose with or with out our faith. The question is do we want to actively be part of His workings though our prayers believing and looking expectantly for His answers?

April 29, 2013

Paul Sees

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1 Corinthians 15:8. Last of all, as though to one born at the wrong time, he appeared to me also.

Tough this is after the 40 days, Paul considered it as significant as the other appearances of Jesus.  We don’t know if it was a vision or in flesh and blood that Jesus appeared to Paul on the Damascus Road but as far as Paul was concerned it was as real as if Jesus was still walking this earth.  Today we tend to think we can’t see Jesus.  That is only because we don’t look.  We may not see Him in the form of flesh and blood but we can see Him through others, through the Bible and through our meditation times.    We need only to ask Him to let us see Him in the way He chooses to reveal Himself to us and believe He will do it.  Once we have seen Him we will never be the same as we were.  None of us are born at the wrong time.  We were all born at the time God choose for us to walk this earth.  Our question is will we choose to walk this earth with Him in the way and the time He chooses?  
 

April 16, 2013

Total Welcome

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1 Corinthians 15:6. Then he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.

Paul was not a disciple when Jesus walked this earth.  In fact he was a persecuted of the believers.  Yet, after his experience on the Emmaus road the believers evidently testified to Paul of the appearances of Jesus after His resurrection and before His ascension.  Their testimony was enough for Paul to write about it as a fact.  It must have been difficult for those believers to testify to Paul, a well-known and dangerous enemy of the past.  They had to have forgiven him the past persecutions before he came to know and believe in Jesus for himself.  Sometimes we have trouble accepting a new believer; especially if we know their past.  Out question is since God forgives them and welcomes them into His family, who are we to do less?  Let us take greater effort to accept and love those who enter the new life in Christ.

December 11, 2012

Anna

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Luke 2:36   There was also a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old, having been married to her husband for seven years until his death.

Once again a very old person in the temple sees the baby Jesus and comes up to Him.  Anna has been in the temple ever since her husband died when they were both young.  She spent her time praising and worshiping God.  When she saw Jesus she knew He was the promised Messiah.  Like many women she could not keep her mouth shut.  She started praising God and telling al who would listen that the Messiah has now come.  She was probably our first evangelist.  Our question is have we recognized our Messiah, Jesus, the Son of the Living God, has come?  Do we praise and rejoice and worship God for Him?  Do we open our mouths to tell others He has come?  Are we ready for Him to return to take us Home with Him?  Will we know Him when He returns?  Without receiving Jesus as our Lord and Savior and walking in obedience to what He has told us to do in the written word of God, The Holy Bible, we cannot know Him and will not recognize Him.  When we invite Him into our hearts, minds and lives we receive His Holy Spirit and will hear Him, recognize Him, desire to walk in obedience to God and open our mouths to tell others of His coming and His future return for us.  This is the best news for all time.  Let’s live it and spread it.

December 8, 2012

Inn Keeper

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Luke 2:7  And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. 

I think the inn keeper has been given a wrong judgement.  His inn was full to overflowing.  He didn’t have a room without pushing others who had already paid out of their rooms.  But he did give from what he had.  He had the place he kept his animals.  It wasn’t a great place but it did provide shelter.  Lots of times we thin we have nothing to give.  We think unless we have extra things, extra money, extra space we can’t afford to give.  God promises to provide for us but He also tells us to give generously.  Our question is do we really believe what God says?  Do we trust Him to be true to His word?  I had a friend who was answering the call to give household goods to a family whose home had burned down.  She looked in her linen closet, moved aside a set of new sheets still in their wrapping and pulled out a set of old sheets.  The she heard the gentle voice of God’s Holy Spirit, “You give me from what you would throw away rather than from your best?”  She put aside the old sheets and gave the new ones.  This has stuck with me and now I give of my best.  God always has provided generously and I know He always will.  Let’s pick out something of our best, either new or treasured, and give it to someone who really needs it.

December 4, 2012

Not the only Season

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Luke 1:5-6  During the reign of Herod king of Judea, there lived a priest named Zechariah who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah, and he had a wife named Elizabeth, who was a descendant of Aaron. They were both righteous in the sight of God,

Now Elizabeth comes into the picture.  She is also from a long line of priests.  Scripture says she was considered to be righteous but she was without a child which was considered a big blemish on a woman. Apparently her righteous life kept her from being judged by that stigma.  When Zechariah comes home mute from his temple service Elizabeth is probably stunned.  He has to write motes to tell her what happened.  Unlike her husband, Elizabeth believes the angel’s message from God.  Apparently she believes strongly enough to follow through with what is necessary for it to come about.  In a few months she is carrying the promise of God.  We can only imagine the changes God would have to make if Elizabeth did not believe and did nothing to carry through for the fulfillment of God’s promise.  Our question is are we believing the promises of God not only through our faith but also through our actions?  God says to tithe 10% of all we have.  He says in addition we should also give.  He says this not because He needs this but because we need to do this.  During this season even those who don’t normally give change and give to the needy.  it makes them feel good.  We have another question to face.  Is this season the only season for giving?  Let us carry the season of  Advent with us every day of the year.  It all belongs to God anyway, not us.  Let us listen to His Holy Spirit and give when we see a need cross our path.  God is faithful to supply our needs.

November 2, 2012

Only Believe

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Mark 5:36  But Jesus, paying no attention to what was said, told the synagogue ruler, “Do not be afraid; just believe.”

Jesus said we are to believe.  When we hear things that don’t agree with God’s Word, we are to pay no attention but just to believe.  When we see things that don’t agree with His Word, we are to believe.  How do we know we are believing?  Are we worried about anything?  Are we stressed out?  We must ask as children of the Living God what is there to fear?  We have the assurance of eternal life in the very presence of God.  He says nothing can separate us from His love as long as we believe.  Belief is a choice.  We can choose to listen to others or to circumstance or we can choose to believe God.  Job is a good example of belief.  He faced loosing health, family, home finances yet he said, (Job 13:15  KJV)  Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.”  Did Job feel like trusting God?  I doubt it.  Weather we feel like it or not, we are to trust God in all things.  He is faithful.  He loves us more than we can ever understand.  We have absolutely nothing to fear or worry about.  He is God Almighty and His will always prevails.

April 6, 2012

Good Friday

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Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Today we celebrate “Good Friday.” It seems strange to call the day Jesus was taken, beaten and crucified as being “good.” The “good” refers to the good of fulfilling the scripture and the open door for the restoration of sinful man with His God and Creator. During their last supper together, celebrating the Passover – the night the angels of death passed over the homes anointed with the blood of a lamb – Jesus talks about His betrayal by one of their own and talks about His crucifixion. We are good at not comprehending what we don’t want to believe. We re also good at thinking we will be true and brave in any circumstances. Simon Peter was like this. He claimed he would always be loyal unto death to Jesus. Yet, in just a few hours, he would deny Jesus three times in a row. But read the verse again and see what Jesus said. He said He has already prayed for Simon. He prayed Simon would turn back and through the experience of denial and turning back he would strengthen his brothers (the other believers). We deny our Lord through our disobedience many times in a day. He prayed for us as He knelt in the Garden on His last night (John 17:20). Since Jesus has already prayed for us we can rest assured each time we deny Him through our words, our silence, or actions or our inactions, He has given us the power to repent, follow Him closer and use those experiences to strengthen fellow-believers. We are not to keep our sins hidden but are to use them to encourage others of His all-encompassing love and forgiveness. Just remember, Jesus prayed for YOU. His prayers are always answered.

March 23, 2012

One Foound

Luke 15:7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Luke 15:5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Jesus tells two parables, two stories pointing to a truth. In each parable something is lost then found. He is referring to the human race He created as being lost from Him. He said when one repents there is great rejoicing in heaven. He says when one is found it is joyfully accepted and put into the proper place. Our question is do we seek diligently for those who are lost. The shepherd left his comfort zone and his companions to find that lost sheep. The woman diligently cleaned until she found her coin. We, believers, have experience the joy in heaven when we came to know our Lord and Savior. We now are called to seek the lost and lead them into the way of everlasting life. Our question is what are we doing and do we really rejoice when we hear a new believer testify to God?

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