Are my emotions crucified with Christ?

Many times we look at this Scripture – even quote it without realizing that it also applies to our emotional state. If Christ lives in me am I willing to allow Him to govern my thoughts? It is our thoughts that take down the rabbit trail of emotional distress. Phil 4:6-7 ESV (Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures will be the ESV version found at http://www.Biblegateway.com.) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  There will be situations in our lives that call for asking for help with our thought patterns and the behaviors that result from them. Note that 2 Corinthians 10:5 speaks to just that “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,..” God will never leave his people helpless and alone.

When He says “we” He means just that. We belong to a body of believers.  Ro 8:28 declares “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” “We know” this from reading the Bible and believing what it says. We know this because we attend our weekly fellowship meetings where a teacher of God’s word expounds Scripture to us as we grow to love God and feed on His word. We know this when we discuss our growth in the Lord and our life events with our brothers and sisters and receive affirmation that we are walking in the right direction. James 5:16 announces “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

How encouraging to know that a person crucified with Christ has such powerful forces working on their behalf. This applies to the little things in life that a slight hiccups. However, it also applies to the huge mountains that have sent landslides of rocks across our paths and seem to be insurmountable. Those mountain paths may seem to be impassable, but God has an answer and a solution for continuing our journey of joy (1 Peter 1:3-8).  We are never alone. His presence is always with us because the Holy Spirit lives in us. At this point, you may be thinking then why am I depressed? Why do I feel so alone? Why can’t I feel like my risen Savior? Those are all great questions to ask. If you are asking yourself these questions seek answers. They are there, buried in the jewel of great price, The Bible.

Contact us if you need help. That is why this ministry was formulated by the Lord. To feed God’s children, to grow The Kingdom of God by sharing the Gospel with God-seekers.

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Freedom is Never Free-Someone has to pay the price!

#ThePriceWasPaid

When one determines that love and equity are the words to live by they know that going up against the system has a price! As we travel through history we have learned that freedom was and will never be free! Someone has to pay the price for change to occur! TY Dr. King and your family for keeping the dream alive. All of humanity should live as you did. You grew closer to God and you loved ALL people better. Then you took your lifestyle to the streets to show all Americans how to grow closer to God and love ALL people better! Dr. King took the Shamah seriously

 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30-31 NET)

When Dr. King stated

“But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred” [1]

he believed in acquiring freedom through love. “Bitterness and hatred” are permeating this nation at a rapid rate. We are a nation of Christians. Let us live by what Scripture commands us to do…

Hebrews 12:14-15 declared “ Pursue peace with all men, as well as holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.  Be careful that no one falls short of the grace of God, so that no root of bitterness will spring up to cause trouble and defile many. ” (Berean Study Bible).

Jesus Christ died to set us free from the fear and worry that develops into bitterness and hatred. Scriptures about freedom and our use of it.

  1. For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Gal 5:1 ESV [2]
  2. For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. Gal 5:13
  3. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 1 Pet 2:16.
  4. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

Do not allow the politics of the times and the conditions of the human spirit to strip you of the kind of freedom that God prophesied through Isaiah and fulfilled in the birth, death, and resurrection of His son Jesus Christ.

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; Isa 61:1

The enemy has a spirit of condemnation. He creates the “root of bitterness” that divides. It starts with a little seed. Then the root grows down into our souls and buries itself in our spirit. Now that it is firmly established the stem emerges in the form of thought of bitterness. The thoughts produce leaves of bitterness that see every injustice as something that should be spoken about with words of fear and hatred that leads to destructions of relationships. This process has perfected itself when it produces the kind of fruit that we see on the news and on social media where one sees only the bitterness and dark side of every comment that a person makes.

One wants to condemn, and or justify the behavior of persons who are – compared with Scripture, not speaking words of love. Fear and dread become our thought process and bitterness and hatred -even though we will NOT admit it, becomes our continual response to everything and everyone that threatens our perceptions of freedom. But Scripture declares that a child of God has…” no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” Ro 8:1-4. The very Son of God was murdered – if you view historical documents of the law codes of the times all proceedings of the trial of Jesus Christ was in violation of those laws. Pilate said it “I see no wrong….” But envy, bitterness, and hatred won – or thought that it won – that day- and the Son of God was murdered! But His murder was necessary for us to receive freedom.

Dr. King continued,

 I have a dream that one day ‘every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.’

[Here Dr. King was citing Scripture Isa 40:3-5 KJV.]

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. 

All flesh has not seen the glory of the Lord yet.  Dr. King continued.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day. [3]

Can we hope and believe as Dr. King did that “True freedom-spiritual freedom will come to all flesh, all people? That we will see a time when all who proclaim the name “Jesus” will grow closer to God and love people better? When all people who make the declaration of faith will be willing to stand for “freedom” for all people and live lives that demonstrate the Shammah. If you are concerned about the things that you are seeing in our current culture and it is impacting your spirit contact us.  Let’s talk through the kinds of things that you can do to allow the Holy Spirit to free your mind to live and love as our Heavenly Father wants you to live and love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes

  1. Martin Luther, “Address At March On Washington”, King Encyclopedia (Stanford University, 2018), 2.
  2. Unless otherwise stated the scriptural references are from the English Standard Version https://www.biblegateway.com, 2018.
  3. Luther, “Address,” 3.

It’s Saturday Night-Family Reunion Eve!

#FamilyReunion takes on a #NewMeaning when applied to #Kingdomgatherings

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Gen 12:3b (NIV) trumpets “and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Or as stated in Genesis 18:18 “Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.” (NIV) Every weekend this promise becomes reality!  In Acts 3:25 Paul confirms that these Scriptures are referencing all believers “25 And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring, all peoples on earth will be blessed.” (NIV).

So, are your preparing to gather together in the place where He has placed His name to worship Him? Are you preparing your mind to receive His Word, His special Words that will teach us how to “grow closer to Him and love each other better?” 

What happens at family reunions? Love flows down like the cool refreshing waters of a mountain stream! It glows like the hot embers of a firepit on a cold night. It ignites actions of forgiveness, giving, belonging, and fellowship the way a match lights a candle that is sitting in a dark or dimly lit room.

Don’t have a place to go where you can worship Him? No worries.

  1. Use this site for teaching.
  2. Use the worship blog to sing praise to His name, or contact us and we will locate a Bible-believing congregation for you where you will be welcomed as members of the Family of God! It may take some time. But we will ask others to help us help you.
  3. Visit my church’s [FreedomLifeChurch] FB Page. This month we are fasting. Each day there is a devotional to guide and direct us.

People learning to grow closer to God and loving people better – where? All over the world! The biggest family reunion on earth. Be there!!

 

 

Our ways R not His!

#HeIsNotPleasedAtAll I was abruptly awakened this morning out of my very deep sleep with this Command- “Read your Scripture!” It was loud blasting like a megaphone! We can justify our actions or even our thoughts about actions and words we have spoken, but God and only God know the intent of our hearts. We can lie to everyone around us, but God knows why we are doing what we are doing and why we are saying what we are saying.

For the word of God (Jesus in this case) is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. (Heb. 4:12-13 NKJ)

To avoid self-deception or mental manipulation by others focus on Scriptures like “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths” (Prov. 3:5-6 NKJ).  It if sounds wrong it is probably wrong. If it has offended millions of people what I have said is probably of center, if not out and out wrong. My responsibility then is to follow Matt 18: and ask my brother for forgiveness. God does weigh our hearts. He knows it better than we do. If we have challenges being truthful to ourselves we will not be able to be truthful with others. Talk to someone about it. We are happy to help you!

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Just talk to Him!

Never become discouraged while praying. You don’t have to use Christianize language. Daniel knew that

“Give ear, our God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.” – Daniel‬ ‭9:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Is that not our prayer for this nation today? Talk to our friend in prayer.

“Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to him: “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips.”

‭‭Hosea‬ ‭14:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

We don’t have to develop a “prayer language” to talk to God He is our friend. Prayer is not like learning French or some foreign language. We have the Holy Spirit within us. He intercedes and speaks to God as we pray. There will be times when we simply cannot find the words.  That is ok. What do we do when we go to a friend and we are distressed? What happens when we just don’t know what to say? We end up crying? Within the tears and incomprehensible words, the Holy Spirit cries out for us.

Speak to God as if He is our friend. Then the intimacy develops. He speaks to us as we study His words with faith. Belief is not conjured. It is a gift from God. If you are not sure how to develop the spiritual disciplines contact us. Someone will work with you on discovering what they are and the benefits to your walk with him.

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Do not allow anger to steal your joy!

#uralreadyforgiven

Unreleased anger will manifest itself either physically, as in health problems. Or spiritually as in distance from God. Unlived spiritual disciplines or emotional turmoil! We do not have to live in a state of fear, panic, and anxiety. Seek Him Alone or with help from a pastoral counselor! Remember that ““Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” Proverbs‬ ‭30:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Don’t allow anger and the thoughts associated with it to control your mind and actions in a negative way. That is when sin creeps in.

“Accept instruction from his mouth and lay up his words in your heart.” Job‬ ‭22:22‬ ‭NIV‬‬

We may not be willing to admit that we have allowed anger to destroy precious relationships. It takes humility to go back and seek forgiveness. But it is necessary. It is also necessary to find out why anger is your immediate reaction to conflict. Accept instruction from the Lord. He will show you how to be angry without committing a sin! Accept His instruction to forgive and be forgiven and the anger that destroys relationships will go away.  For some of us, it takes time and it takes counseling. But I promise you it will go away. Trust Him-anger by and of itself is not a bad thing. It becomes an issue when it is the only emotion that you have when responding to every situation in your life. Allow the cool refreshing water of the Holy Spirit to calm you down. When we do it feels like being in a spiritual spa.

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Huh-just commit my plans to Him?

Have you ever had some plans that you thought were just awesome and we perfect for you and your skills sets and you were positive that those things that you wanted to do were in His will? I have! Each time that I have taken on an assignment without intensive prayer and fasting it has blown up in my face. What does commit really mean?

to bind or obligate, as by pledge or assurance; pledge: to commit oneself to a promise; to be committed to a course of action.

So, do I pledge myself and my actions to line up with God’s will for my life and He will make me successful? Well, man’s definition of success is not God’s definition of success (Luke 12:15).  So, how do I commit? Ask Him, pray to Him, seek His will by studying His word, and then listen to Him. He may send the message through a brother or sister in Christ. He may speak to you personally. It’s like a thought comes to your head in the form of a small voice-listen. Either we believe all of God’s Word or we don’t believe any of it.  There is no such thing as partial faith. Psalms 32:8  announces “I will instruct and teach you about how you should live.
I will advise you as I look you in the eye” (NET). Proverbs 3:5-6 continued the same thought “ Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.  Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight.”

So, do you have concerns in your life that need solutions?  Then commit them to the Lord. Procure support through your pastors, a Christian Counselor – if your pastor is not trained in pastoral counseling this ministry is more than willing to talk through your concerns with you – using the support of Scripture and the power of the Holy Spirit. Contact us that is what we are here for.  We are a teaching and helping ministry!

 

 

Declare A Fast!

 

#forclarity #forrevival

He died for all.

It might happen every week – but DON’T miss it!

#FamilyReunion takes on a #NewMeaning when applied to #Kingdomgatherings

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Gen 12:3b (NIV) trumpets “and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Or as stated in Genesis 18:18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.” (NIV) Every weekend this promise becomes reality!  In Acts 3:25 Paul confirms that these Scriptures are referencing all believers “25 And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring, all peoples on earth will be blessed.” (NIV). So, are your preparing to gather together in the place where He has placed His name to worship Him? Don’t have a place to go where you can worship Him? No worries. Use this site for teaching. Use the worship blog to sing praise to His name, or contact us and we will locate a Bible-believing congregation for you where you will be welcomed as members of the Family of God!

People learning to grow closer to God and loving people better – where? All over the world! The biggest family reunion on earth. Be there!!

 

 

Yes..I do believe that I can do all thing! Why?

Track 4 from Covered- Alive in Asia. I don’t own anything.

Because He is the source of my strength. He has never failed and will never fail. I don’t have to be like “The Little Engine” that had to convince himself that he could go up that hill. I know that faith will get me there and not that of myself. His faith, His strength, His gifts, His fruit of the spirit empowerment gives me the strength to do what I must each day.

Times can get rough and one can begin to allow that little thought to creep into one’s mind that “I just can’t do this anymore!” Well, we don’t have to do anything! Just rely on His strength – it is more than enough.

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He alone knows our hearts!

#Hesearchesthem and still loves us’ with all of out faults he still calls us His children! Walk out into 2018 knowing that you can and are experiencing unconditional love! Want to talk about it? Contact us!

He is our refuge-so sing for joy!

#HisHandOfProtectionIsURrefuge. Why? #ThatYouMayRejoice

As  the snow poured down outside I watched the animals. They were not panicking. They took refuge in the places that their creator made for them. Every now and then a mockingbird would send someone packing who wanted to take a shortcut and use their nest for refuge. I know that the ants burrowed down as far as they could and of course the snakes were in their underground domain. I thought about us.  As the snow fell I wondered about the folks who were concerned because they did not have adequate shelter, heat, clothing, and or the basic necessities to keep them warm.  I am sure that many of them called out to their Abba “Heavenly Father” and He provided a place of refuge for them.

A warming shelter was opened in one of the local schools. I smiled and said to myself. “There He is doing His thing again. Taking care of folks, even folks who may not know Him.” He kept me warm. I could have been in an area where the power went down. I would have had to leave home and stay elsewhere. The fact that I had people I could call upon is a testament to His protection. A sister in Christ sent me a text to make sure that I was OK because they know how the cold impacts my body.  My children checked on me to make sure that I was fine.

Now these are all human being. His word declares that if His eyes are on the sparrows. So, I can be certain that He is watching over and protecting me. But He doesn’t just protect me for the sake of protecting me.  He does it so I may have joy or rejoice in His name! David praised Him with all of his being – continually because he knew that God’s hand of protection was on him. Do you know that?

  1. When depression hits – are you aware of that?
  2. Do you know that it is OK to call on someone to pray with you?
  3. To talk with you about what you are feeling?
  4. To be a Barnabas-the encourager-in your life?

That is one of the purposes of this ministry. Call on us and allow us to be iron to your soul. The body of believers is a group of people to whom you can go for “refuge.” But He uses them as an extension of His protective wings.

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Love-but place your love on the right things.

You love is too priceless to waste it on things that come and go. It is a gift from the Father. Love as He loves-people-unconditionally. I remember once when someone sent me a message so enraged and so filled with profanity that I was shocked. Why was I shocked? The person ends all of his messages with the following tag Pastor XXX. You see a decision was made that this person did not like. He wanted to operate under the guise of the world, but also claim that we should be Christians. We cannot do both. We cannot deny Christ and that His Holy Spirit governs our thoughts, our actions, and even the company that we keep.  We cannot place persons in positions of authority in the work of God who are involved with the ministry of Satan. Oh Yes, he has a ministry!

Another example, someone blew up on me because the jokes they were posting on our Christian page were off-color and totally unbecoming a child of God. Oh yes, I believe that laughter is one of God’s biggest blessings to us. It unleashes endorphin in the brain and is called the “feel good medicine!” But Scripture also tells us not to become confirmed with the world. When laughter involves the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and appeals to someone’s prideful nature we have a problem. Romans 12:10 proposes “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another” (KJV).  If my jokes are offensive to my brother then I should be more than willing to avoid them and not AVOID my brother instead.We are so easily offended that we are forgetting that we are Ambassadors of the Kingdom of God-we have become so in-love with the world that we are forgetting whose we are.

So, what do I do? I must think this way – did what I just say, do, or think and posted on social media represent His holy character? If not why not? If I was corrected about it why would I be so offended that I walk out of the doors of the church, ministry, study group, cell group, social media-spiritual group, never to return again? You see I have seen and experienced it all on social media. Yes, I use social media as a stress reducer. But if that stress reduction activity causes me to sin what am I doing? Something to think about huh?

We must be kindly affectionate towards all people – even the sinners. I remember when a piece of legislation rolled out of DC that conservative Christians did not like I saw and read posts that were so hateful towards the person who sent out the legislation, and the persons to whom the legislation referred, that it took me days to get what I saw out of my head. I had to stop reading the newsfeed. Unknowingly my brothers and sisters were demonstrating the kind fruit mentioned in Gal 5 that God did not want us to show. Don’t become so involved in the political/religiosity of this world that we forget what we are commanded to think on. The government is not our spiritual and or moral compass guide. God and His Holy Word are.  I don’t have an opinion on social issues. I simply state what God says about them. If a friend, no matter how dear they are to me, differs from the Word of God, that is their perogative. I will not love them any less, but I will not change what God’s Word says about the issue.Thiis is what God tells us to do ”

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Phil 4:8 KJV)

Life is full of stresses we must find more healthy and spiritually uplifting ways to serve Him and reduce the stress at the same time. If you are feeling overwhelmed, have been so offended by a brother that you feel that shunning them is the only solution – then let’s have a chat to see how we can resolve that issue. We are here not just to share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to teach His word to the nations, but we are also here to help you experience emotional and spiritual peace.

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Hope-you have a refuge and He is your hope in 2018!

No one gives us the kind of hope that lasts forever like Jesus. His word tells us to “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (1 Thess 5:11 NIV).

  1. Zephaniah 3:17  “The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
  2. 1 Corinthians 2:9 “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.
  3. Revelation 21:4 “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

We can experience these things today. Allow the Word of God to speak to your soul. There you will find peace , hope, joy. Do you feel hopeless? #contact us now He has real hope for U! Don’t sit at home wondering. God has never failed us yet and never will. Live in the present and find a listening ear and willing spirit to help you over this life hump.

Come before Him with confidence….

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Sometimes we timidly approach the throne of grace partially believing that God has a solution for any and every problem. We also approach the throne of grace not believing that He is joyous when we are joyous (see Matthew 5.) I do not do New Year’s resolutions, not because I believe that they are pointless. I don’t do them because I know that God sits on His throne and He wants the best for me. In 2 Peter 1:4 He declares “Through these things he has bestowed on us his precious and most magnificent promises, so that by means of what was promised you may become partakers of the divine nature, after escaping the worldly corruption that is produced by evil desire.” Jeremiah trumpets that God has plans to bless us.  The three Hebrew children stood before Nebuchadnezzar with boldness and confidence. They were facing certain death if they defied Him. They trusted God. But they also knew that if God chose to allow them to die it would be alright!

So come before Him with confidence knowing that he does all things for our good. If you need someone to talk to because life just seems too hard. Contact us. We are here for you.

 

He came to live, die, and rise up-why?

#eternalpeace

There are so many reasons given for this season. The reality is simple. Scripture declares that a son would be born and “he will save his [all] people from their sins.” If sin did not exist there would be no reason for the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Sin is the reason why we have the season. A grace is the result of this stupendous gift of love for which there is no human reason. Why would anyone die for a person who hates them” Romans 5 clarifies why?

For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life (7-10).

That is why I praise Him and that is why this season is so important. No, we do not know the exact date of the birth of the Lord. Yes, someone chose this date. Yes, it is similar to Saturnalia. No, we are not worshipping foreign Gods on this date we are remembering God’s decision to send his only son in the form of a helpless baby a long time ago. We are remembering the eternal promise that is attached to that birth, death, and resurrection, but more importantly, we are remembering that without that birth we would not have an opportunity to experience eternal life.

23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Ro 6)

He is not a baby anymore He is Messiah!

No need to feel ashamed!

 

What is the gospel?

The word gospel is found ninety-nine times in the NASB. In the Greek New Testament (NT), the word gospel/good news is the English translation of the Greek noun euangelion  and the verb euangelizo meaning “to bring or announce good news.” Euangelion  and euangelizo come from the noun angelos or  “messenger.” Classical Greek, denotes euangelos as one who brought a message of victory or other political or personal news that connotated euphoria or joy. Also,, euangelizomai  meant “to speak as a messenger of gladness, to proclaim the good news.” (1) Further, the noun euangelion became a technical term for the message of victory, though it was also used for a political or private message that brought joy. (2)

In 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, The apostle Paul noted the core message of the gospel in 1 Corinthians 15:1-8.

  1. The death,
  2. burial,
  3. resurrection,
  4. and appearances of the resurrected Christ.
  5. The above references are stated below in the verses 3-5:

15:1 Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel that I preached to you, that you received and on which you stand, 15:2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 15:3 For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received—

  1. that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures,
  2. 15:4 and that he was buried,
  3. and that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures,
  4. 15:5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve…(3)

The gospel message that Bible shares are a binary  statement:

  1. Christ died for our sins and
  2. He was raised on the third day.

Scripture verifies the veracity of these two statements (cf. Ps. 16:10Isa. 53:8-10). The empty tomb and eyewitness reports affirm the truth of these statements.

Paul declares that he is not ashamed of sharing the good news. His writing certainly declared

  1. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.– Hebrews 13:8

The Apostle John affirmed who and what Christ is..

  1. do you say about the one whom the Father set apart and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? – John 10:36 – Only God can relinquish us from our sins.
  2. “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even if he dies, – John 11:25 – only a risen Savior can save us and offer us the gift of eternal life.
  3. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. – John 14:6 There is only one way to YHWH and that is through Jesus Christ.
  4. I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener.. – John 15:1 How do we grow and produce fruit? By clinging to the true vine Jesus Christ.

This time of the year is a difficult time for many people. They look back at their lives and begin to belittle themselves because they did not reach enough people for Christ-they berate themselves because did not share the gospel enough. Well remember that the Holy Spirit does the calling, you do the sharing. The mere fact that you are sharing demonstrates that you are not ashamed of the gospel. You should not be ashamed of yourself as a person either. Trust Him to help you grow. Feed on His word and you will grow. Do not go looking for a miracle pill to spiritual growth-there is none. If you are feeling depressed just contact us we can talk with you. We may be nearing the end of the year, but it is not the end of you as a Christian. The holidays are the most depressing time of the year for many people. Reach out to us and allow us to share the good news of the peace and love of Jesus Christ with you!

 

 

Notes:

1 Colin Brown, general editor, The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology, (Zondervan, Grand Rapids, 1976), Volume 2, 107.

2 Ibid.

4 Unless otherwise note, all quotations are from the NET Bible www.BibleGateway.com.

We have no choice!

#loveyourenemies
It is no optional!

The depth of his riches delivered us….

 

Why would an all knowing God search out a person like me to redeem me from my sins?Because He loves of humanity. Every human being that lives on the face of this earth is related to each other through the family of Noah. That is a path that God put in place when He traced out the existence of mankind before the flood.   Then he sent His one and only son to redeem us from our sins (John 3:16).  This is it. There is no other plan of redemption for humanity. So, Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),” -Luke 1:68-70 THANK YOU FATHER FOR SENDING YOUR SON TO REDEEM ME FROM MY SINS!

Just believe

Knowing who we serve and who we worship make a difference in my outlook on life. This week I had to make decision that meant taking the high road, probably losing a lot of money in the long run, but having His peace. I chose to have His peace. I left the battle in His hand because I know that He is the Sovereign Lord. He is the ultimate problem solver.  Live life knowing that we never have to sweat the small stuff or the big stuff.

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He blesses us!

#goodgifts
Our most prized possessions are the gifts God has given us. Gifts that He expects us to use to bless His people. Not just the people in the body of Christ. Of course, it should begin there. But we should also us them to bless others! Then they become witnesses of His love ❤️!

Be patient with each other and forgive.

#forgiveness

Pray even for our enemies.

Prayer separates us from the ungodly! It connects us to the Almighty like the umbilical cord of a baby connects it to its mother! Hate for one’s enemy twists that cord and reduces the connection. Stay connected to Him pray even when your enemy hates and abuses you! Pray even when your enemy is determined to unravel you. Pray even when your enemy goads you on or tries to destroy your name!  Let God handle them. Use the judgment that He has given you to know when to act following the laws of the land or when to stand still and let Him deal with the person and situation. Sometimes one has to do both. But if your enemy is a brother in Christ then you have no choice but to pray. It is not possible to state that one loves God when they hate their brother – the Bible calls us a liar. So  pray and keep praying  until God’s answers is revealed in the flesh.

Confess-forgive, live a life of love.

What a stupendous promise from the Lord! The simple act of saying.. “Father forgive my weakness. I sinned against you and I am just incapable of handling this on my own. Please have your Holy Spirit to guide and direct my step, my tongue, my actions, my mental state to prevent me from sinning against you again!” I am reminded of Oliver Twist when he asked … unthinkable question…

Please sir, I want some more

Love is an action verb!

So we sing this song, but we must live it. https://youtu.be/7CobNWUXb1M?t=6s
WHY? Because we shame The Word when we do otherwise!
If we cannot stand to look at each other here on earth, how can we rule with Him in the New Jerusalem? Oh, Revelation defines what type of person will rule will Him in His kingdom.

Agape love is always associated with the love of God and once in a while, it occurs when in a relational sense.  The Greek word agape is not a common phrase in Greek-speaking societies but in the NT, it appears 320 times.
Scriptural references to agape love: To grasp the magnitude of the Scripture Replace the word “love” for agape

  1. 1 John 4:8
  2. Romans 5:5
  3. John 10:17
  4. 2 Peter 1: 7

Paul defined love in 1 Corinthians 13. Note that each definition declares our spiritual state if we do not have love-agape love.

1If I speak in the tonguesa of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,b but do not have love, I gain nothing.4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (http://biblehub.com/niv/1_corinthians/13.htm)

Why am I harping on love so much? Because it separates us from the ungodly. It defines us as human beings. Because it appears that our “agape” love meter has been smashed to smithereens and we are not aware of it. Where love dwells, division, confusion, and hatred cannot exist. So, pray with me. God help us… forgive us because our LOVE is not demonstrable as Your Love for Us. AMEN!

 

He protests us!

#HeIsOurProtector

In my daily Bible Study I came across this verse and literally the hairs stood up on the back of my neck. Did I truly understand what this Scripture is telling me?

“No weapons formed against [me} shall prosper.” No matter what the enemy has planned against me, not matter who he uses to complete his plan of action against me It will not come about because God – the El Shaddai – will not allow them to do it.

“and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.” We live in a world where folks appear to believe that if they think it they should speak it too. It doesn’t matter if “it” happens to be the truth of not. But God’s word gives me a guarantee – He gives all of us a guarantee – you see this study is not just about me. It is for all of us who are called by the eternal to be His children. His ambassadors here on this ball of clay.  This is not a glib promise by a human being. It is a promise by YHWH.

This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord.  This is our heritage given to us by The Elohim. Psalms 112:3 declares “Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever.” We were made righteous when we accepted Christ as our personal Savior.

Our present blessings from our Father.

The  New American Standard Bible states 13“All your sons will be taught of the LORD; And the well-being of your sons will be great. 14“In righteousness you will be established; You will be far from oppression, for you will not fear; And from terror,f or it will not come near you. 15“If anyone fiercely assails you it will not be from Me. Whoever assails you will fall because of you.…” (Isa 54:14). So, my dear brothers and sisters know that you are safe. Wear your armor when you enter into battle. Keep the breastplate of righteousness firmly protecting your spiritual vital organs and trust Him to protect you.

CHORUS: No weapon formed against me shall prosper, it wont work. (repeat)
GOD will do what he said he will do he will stand by his word, he will come through (chorus repeats) no weapon formed against me shall prosper, it wont work.(repeat)
GOD will do what he said he will do, he’s not a man ,that he should lie he will come through say (chorus repeats)
oh, I wont be afraid of the arrows by day from the hand of my enemy. I will stand my ground with the LORD on my side for the snares they have set will not succeed.
CHORUS: No weapon formed against me shall prosper, it wont work. (repeat)

Do not fear

The Great Multitude!!

Everytime that we share the Gospel we are adding to the Great Multitude of people mentioned in this Scripture. Our weekly Family Reunion is our weekly shot in the arm to prepare us for what we should be doing during the week and to encourage us to grow to love God and love people better.

Our Present Sufferings..

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Come Lord Jesus Come~~~

The bride of Christ awaits the return of her groom. Until that day we are not expected to just sit and wait. We should be sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What is the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

In Christianity, the Gospel (Greek: εὐαγγέλιον euangélion; Old English: gospel), or the Good News, is the news of the coming of the Kingdom of God (Mark 1:14-15), and of Jesus‘s death on the cross and resurrection to restore people’s relationship with God (Wikipedia).

The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia offers this summary of the gospel message:

The central truth of the gospel is that God has provided a way of salvation for men through the gift of His son to the world. He suffered as a sacrifice for sin, overcame death, and now offers a share in His triumph to all who will accept it. The gospel is good news because it is a gift of God, not something that must be earned by penance or by self-improvement (Jn 3:16Rom 5:8–11II Cor 5:14–19Tit 2:11–14). (1)

The basic premise of the Gospel is contained in  In 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, the  Paul presents the details of the gospel message, namely, the death, burial, resurrection, and appearances of the resurrected Christ.  Paul details four clauses introduced by the word “that” in verses 3-5 below:

15:1 Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel that I preached to you,

  1. that you received and on which you stand, 15:2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 15:3 For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received—
  2. that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, 15:4 and
  3.  that he was buried, and
  4. that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures, 15:5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve…(2)

So we share the simplicity of why Christ came, how he lived, died, rose again, and open the channel of direct communication between God and man while we are looking forward to the day when He returns to reclaim the earth and erase hated, division and strife from our lives.  Unforgiveness is one of the worse sins that we could possibly commit.  As a nation, we are suffering relationally because of this sin. So, the only way to end it is true acceptance of Christ and living a life of love while waiting for HIm to return and clean up the mess we have made of this world! Even so come Lord Jesus come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes

  1. Charles F. Pfeiffer, Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia, (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1975), electronic media
  2. Unless otherwise note, all quotations are from the NET Bible www.bible.org.

Seek Him 1st!

#WhatIsMostImportantToMe gets my attention first thing in the morning when I open my eyes. So, is God the first person with whom I connect each morning or is He something that fills in an empty spot on my schedule?  When I love someone one I want to talk to them each day, or connect in some way with them so they know that I am here and thinking about them. When I rely on someone for guidance I keep in touch with them.  When I have a mentor we regular touch base to make sure that I am staying on track. So, if my human relationships are more important than my relationship with the El Shaddai that tells me that He is not as important to me – relationally as my human relationships.

He must be first in my daily life and sometimes I simply fail in this area. He does remind me – through the Holy Spirit – that we have not had our time together yet. He is very forgiving. He loves me with an everlasting love and wants to communicate with me.

 

Do I live in awe of Him?

There are no words that can describe His incomparable majesty and holiness. There are times when I wonder why He called me when I was a teenager. I am astonished at His hand of protection over my lifespan. The miracles that happened in my life just because He loves me unconditionally. I ask myself each day if I am living in awe of Him? Not dreadful fear. Not the kind of consternation that says I am waiting for the next shoe to drop, but simply am I putting Him first in my life? Am I talking to HIm as I should? Am I respecting Him in  His majesty and allowing Him to speak to me through His word? Seek him, and fear Him for He is the Lord God Almighty.

He alone is Holy!

His grace is greater:Grace and Peace to you!

 

 

I was like the prodigal who wanted his own way
So I left my loving Father to see what sin would pay
I had broken God’s commandments
Rebelled against His will
Until I turned to Jesus
And found He loved me still
I found that His grace was greater
His grace was greater
When I was overcome by sin I just looked to Him
And found that His grace was greater His grace was greater
God’s grace amazing grace Was greater
Oh the shame that filled my heart
Knowing I was wrong
All the guilt I kept inside me
Had haunted me so long
But He reached to me in mercy
And drew me to His light
His love and great compassion
Made me feel precious in His sight
I found that His grace was greater
His grace was greater
When I was overcome by sin I just looked to Him
And found that His grace was greater
His grace was greater
God’s grace amazing grace
Amazing Grace How sweet the sound
His grace was greater
His grace was greater
When I was overcome by sin I just looked to Him
And found that His grace was greater
His grace was greater
God’s grace amazing grace
Amazing grace was greater

Things that hurt your soul!

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We are judged by the words we speak.

Sometimes we think that it is ok to take part in course language and jokes that are socially acceptable, but violate God’s language code “whatsoever is pure etc.”  Many people have been ostracized for choosing to stick to God’s words and not participate in “colorful joke” or language that is unbecoming an ambassador of Christ. Stand on the Word of God and know that He stands with you on this issue.

Words!

#represent

Use God’s word to spread love not condemnation!

#calledtolve

Do not fear!

 

When you pass through the fire I will be with you,
And the flames they will not overcome you.
Do not fear for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by name.
You are mine.

For I am the Lord Your God.
For I am the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I am the Lord. (Women: Do not fear.)
I am the Lord. (Do not fear.)
I am the Lord. (Do not fear.)
I am the Lord. (Do not fear.)
I am the Lord.

 

#HeistheLord

He sent His Son!

 

Be Still-He fights for us.

Sometimes we forget that we are not alone in this world of turmoil and deception.  When we find ourselves in a situation where it seems that all hope is lost we must remember that The Lord can preserve us from all evil and protect our souls, our families, and our belongings. His love is our yardstick for how we live and work with others. Not political correctness, not socialistic tendencies to espouse equity for all peoples, but fuels those thoughts with hatred and mayhem. Trust in the Lord – just be still and believe. He will deliver us.

 

 

The solution to all societal perceptions of inequity is love!

 

When we live lives of love instead of dissension we are showing others how to love like Jesus. When we love a person simply because they are a human being, we are being Jesus im disguise. Look for opportunities to love others as He loves us.

He bears our daily burdens.

God is not mocked!

#WeCanOnlyFoolManNotGod

Holy lives

#holiness

Every living thing has an expiration date, BUT GOD!

#AllHumansWereBorn #AtSomePointWeWILLFadeIntoTheSunset

#WhentheFadeComesWhatNext?

 

The context surrounding this verse is offered here.

23For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

Belief in Jesus Christ as one’s Lord and Savior and confession and receipt forgiveness of sin demonstrates faith. After a Christian’s born-again experience there is a reverence and fear of God. When we choose to sin, God visits us with the consequences of that sin. Repentance of sins after the born-again experience reminds the believer of the assurance, that by faith they are saved from condemnation due to the Blood of Jesus Christ. They are reminded that He is no longer hanging on the cross as a dead Savior, but He is with the Father in His glory  Belief in the resurrected and glorified Lord is the Christian’s assurance for His word proclaims...

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  (Joh 14:3 KJV).

How is that possible when we are such sinful people?  In Romans 7:24-25 (NKJV)Paul cried out…

24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 

Then He answered his own question.

I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

Paul identified that the flesh has a bent toward sin, but his soul and mind goes through the transformation process. He warns us not to …

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

As transformation continues through the word of God planted in the heart by the Holy Ghost we will…

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:16 –

The stirring up of our minds by the Holy Spirit as we feed on God’s word leads to
[Sanctification] through thy truth: thy word is truth.  John 17:17 

Transformation, justification by faith, and sanctification relieve the mind of a believer because they know that….

24 For, “All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25 but the word of the Lord stands forever.” Berean Study Bible · Download till it is fullfilled in the gift to eternal life.

That full realization is not experienced until the Christian receives their glorified body

For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. I Corinthians 15:53 King James Version

So, don’t be concerned that

because when this flesh of our withers away we will receive a glorified body. A body that is incorruptible and lasts forever.

Live blameless lives.

#lovingunconditionally
Loving others without adding expectations from them is like living blamelessly. How does God love me? That is the question I ask myself as I develop relationships with others,
He doesn’t pass the buck when I make a mess of things! He doesn’t play the blame game either. He just forgives. How about us?

Judah’s inheritance!

#GodsBlessingAreSure

He is our strong tower!

True emotional safety can only be found through Christ! It is yours for the asking! Ask us how you can acquire it? #SafeinJesus!

Will I allow others to care for me?

Interesting how we refuse to do this one isn’t it? So, does that mean we are being disobedient to the law of Christ? #careforeachother #allowotherstocareforyou

Compassion is only a word until it is allowed to become an action. Then we can see the Holy Spirit at work!

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