Archive | March 2012

Sunday’s Word -25Mar12

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Blessed are  the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are  those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the  meek, for they  shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and  thirst  for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are  the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

Blessed are  the pure in heart, for  they shall see God.

Blessed are  the peacemakers, for  they shall be called  sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for  theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely  on my account.  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for  so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:3-12

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A Letter to Tim

 

Dear Timothy,

Let all who are under a yoke as bondservants regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled.  Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved.

Teach and urge these things.  If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness,  he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions,  and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.  But godliness with contentment is great gain,  for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.  But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.  But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.   Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.   I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession,  to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,  which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,  who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.  They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,  thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,”  for by professing it some have swerved from the faith.

Grace be with you,

Paul

(1Timothy 6)

Sunday’s Word -18Mar12

Sunrise as seen over the Atlantic ocean from C...

Praise the Lord!

Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament!

Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!

 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals!

 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 150

Pinning or Pining

English: A push pin, or thumbtack Русский: Кан...

Okay, I know, I’m going to get into a lot of trouble for this…

But since I write about things that I deal with here goes! (I’m prepared to duck, by the way!)   This is something the Lord has recently reminded me: The Eye Gate and Achan.

Do you remember the story in the book of Joshua about Achan?  The Lord had given specific instructions considering Jericho including what to do afterwards; they were not to take any spoils of war.  When the Israelites went into the next battle, they suffered a great loss which should have been an easy victory.  Joshua rent his clothes and inquired of the Lord to find out happened. God revealed the problem and what needed to be done to make things right.  Achan had seen things that were quite nice in Jericho and helped himself to those choice items. He hid them in his tent, his delightful possessions. When Joshua found out what Achan had hidden away, he ordered Achan and his whole family to die, according to God’s instructions.  Achan died because he saw.

Now this story has many messages but the one that means so much to me is Achan’s problem was what he saw. His sin came through the Eye Gate; what he saw, he had to have.  He coveted so much it cost him his own life and his family. Today, when we walk by what we see, we can be led into areas of sin and away from God.  We start to lust after the things of the world. We begin to compare ourselves with others, wanting to have what they have. Soon we are discontent with our lives and what God has given us, maybe even desiring to exchange lives with someone else. We may take measures to have those things. Sometimes we do whatever it is to have them! This may cause terrific devastation in our lives and those we love.

Throughout the bible we are admonished to hear the Lord. It is by hearing our faith grows- not when we walk by sight. Our vision should be steadfast on the Lord, not looking to the things of this world and its possessions.  This life is temporary but eternity is forever. What awaits us is far better than anything we can be Pinning or Pining for.

Refuse to be Achan!

 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.   1 John 2:16

 

 

 

Sunday’s Word – 11Mar 12

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You visit the earth and  water it;   you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water;  you provide their grain,  for so you have prepared it. You water its furrows abundantly,  settling its ridges, softening it with  showers, and blessing its growth.

Psalms 65: 9-10

Purim – Letters of Deliverance

She probably never realized the importance of her life until that moment.  Here a beautiful woman once thought as ordinary, now royalty, throwing herself to the ground in humility. Praying, asking, begging for the deliverance of her people and ultimately herself. After 3 days of petitioning the King of the Universe in fasting, petitioning her husband the King of Persia, the death of an evil man, Esther finds herself petitioning once more. Standing now in the presence of the King she is beseeching for another letter to be written. This time it is for her deliverance.

Esther is like all of us at one time or another; a soul in need of deliverance. Whether we are lost, abandoned, sick, poor, bound we can have the favor we seek and deliverance we need.  It is freedom written by the King.  This Word, written in 66 books or letters, has set us free from certain death and destruction.

Esther is not only a story of deliverance for the Jewish people, whom I dearly love; it also is a reminder of our own deliverance as we choose to embrace it.  Grace has delivered us. This day let me encourage you to read the powerful story of Esther and reflect in Heavens deliverance.

Your deliverance has already been written… receive it!

 

Esther rose and stood before the king. And she said, “If it please the king, and if I have found favor in his sight, and if the thing seems right before the king, and I am pleasing in his eyes, let an order be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, which he wrote to destroy the Jews who are in all the provinces of the king. For how can I bear to see the calamity that is coming to my people? Or how can I bear to see the destruction of my kindred?”    Esther 8: 5-6 

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