Archive for March, 2014
How do I know that Jesus lives you ask ?… Because He continually stirs the spirit within me . He causes me to empathise with folks of unfortunate circumstance. His forgiveness of me demands my forgiveness of others.
He compels me to share my daily blessings with those who may not yet believe .. He gives me insight into things that may inadvertently harm me or my relationship with Him…..
He beckons me to draw ever closer to Him and His provisions …He provides unnatural strength when life is most challenging …. He guides my discretionary path….He shows me boundless love and encourages that unconditional love to flow forth from me ..
He shows me the incomparable wonders of His creation …He restores my soul .. He gives me hope when all worldly indications scream hopeless .
I know He lives because I can readily feel His presence within me and daily…
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“Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 (NASB)
It is sharing and caring,
Giving and forgiving,
Loving and being loved,
Walking hand in hand,
Talking heart to heart,
Seeing through each others eyes,
And always trusting and believing
And thanking God for each other…
For love that is shared
is a beautiful thing–
It enriches the soul
and makes the heart sing.
Helen Steiner Rice
“Be on guard! Let no one mislead you. Many will come attempting to impersonate Me. ‘I am the Messiah!’ they will claim, and they will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. Do Not be alarmed. Such things are bound to happen, but that is not yet the end. Nation will rise against nation, one kingdom against another. There will be famine and pestilence and earthquakes in many places. These are the early stages of the birth pangs. They will hand you over to torture and kill you. Indeed, you will be hated by all nations on My account. Many will falter then, betraying and hating one another. False prophets will rise in great numbers to mislead many. Because of the increase of evil, the love of most will grow cold. The man who holds out to the end, however, is the one who will see salvation. This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world as a witness to all the nations. Only after that will the end come.”
Matthew 24:4-14 (NAB)
In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.'” 1 Corinthians 11:25 (NASB)
In his series of poems “Idylls of the King,” Alfred Lord Tennyson told a story that had in some form already circulated in England as one of the legends surrounding King Arthur. Sir Galahad saw a vision of the very cup that Jesus used when He instituted the Lord’s Supper. It was called “the Holy Grail.” He and the other knights embarked on a long and fruitless search to find this cup.
Suppose the cup had been found. Would Communion then mean more to us than it already does? Would that enhance our observation of the Lord’s Supper? Not at all. However, we do have something from the Upper Room. We have the presence of Jesus Himself. That is enough to make Communion holy, no matter the kind of cup we use. It is His presence and our reverence, humility, and prayerful attitude, that give meaning to the Supper. The kind of table on which the emblems rest, the kind of utensil from which they are poured or into which they are poured, the kind of building in which we meet–all of these are really unimportant. What is in our hearts is most important. And what happens in our lives as a result is essential.
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often have I wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let Me. And now, look, your house is abandoned and desolate. For I tell you this, you will never see Me again until you say, ‘Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD!'”
Matthew 23:32-39 (NLT)
Regardless of religious affiliation , civil good-works , or regular attendance at a chosen house of worship , if you have never personally invited Christ into your heart as your savior and mediator with God Almighty , your soul is in grave danger of eternal separation from your Creator. All our righteousness is as filthy rags before a Risen Savior ..
Righteous works do not produce salvation , quiet the opposite … good works are a product OF salvation , not a means TO salvation…. Hell will be filled with folks of good intentions and earthly good works !
If man were capable of attaining salvation through his own generosity and compassion , there would be no need for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ ..His death and resurrection are then comparable to your own good works as a means for eternal salvation..Hardly !
All are lost and undone without Christ…
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“‘I love You, O Lord, my strength.’
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:1-2 (NASB)
Jesus is the living water to quench my thirst, the heavenly bread to satisfy my hunger, the snow-white robe to cover me, the sure refuge, the happy home of my soul, my meat and my medicine, my solace and my song, my light and my delight. He is all I desire. Charles H. Spurgeon
“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You lock up the kingdom of heaven from people. For you don’t go in, and you don’t allow those entering to go in.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You devour widows’ houses and make long prayers just for show. This is why you will receive harsher punishment.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to make one proselyte, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as fit for hell as you are!
Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever takes an oath by the sanctuary, it means nothing. But whoever takes an oath by the gold of the sanctuary is bound by his oath.’ Blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the sanctuary that sanctified the gold? Also, ‘Whoever takes an oath by the altar, it means nothing. But whoever takes an oath by the gift that is on it is bound by his oath.’ Blind people! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift? Therefore the one who takes an oath by the altar takes an oath by it and by everything on it. The one who takes an oath by the sanctuary takes an oath by it and by Him who dwells in it. And the one who takes an oath by heaven takes an oath by God’s throne and by Him who sits on it.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You pay a tenth of mint, dill, and cumin, yet you have neglected the more important matters of the law–justice, mercy, and faith. These things should have been done without neglecting the others. Blind guides! You strain out a gnat, yet gulp down a camel!
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence! Blind Pharisees! First clean the inside of the cup, so the outside of it may also become clean.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every impurity. In the same way, on the outside you seem righteous to people, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we wouldn’t have taken part with them in shedding the prophets’ blood.’ You therefore testify against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ sins!
Snakes! Brood of vipers! How can you escape being condemned to hell? This is why I am sending you prophets, sages, and scribes. Some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will flog in your synagogues and hound them from town to town. So all the righteous blood shed on the earth will be charged to you, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. I assure you: All these things will come on this generation!”
Matthew 23:13-36 (NASB)