We have a Fresh Start (reborn) Daily

Ressurection Place – adapted by Dana Jarvis

There came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the small room and departed. (Matthew 27:57-60)

He did not care or fear the condition of the body. Bloodied and nail scarred. He is going to move it from a place of death to a place of resurrection..

This man said, “I’m moving it from where it is to where it ought to be”.

See, I don’t care how bad you may feel you look. I don’t care how decayed you feel your life is. I don’t care how dead spiritually you feel you are, how addicted you are. How messed up or broken you feel. I am here to tell you that you are so strong and this is not the end of your story. I am cheering you on and so is your King of Glory!

He will move you from that place of death into a place of rebirth (resurrection).

That child is moving from death to life! That marriage is moving from death to life. That situation is on the move! The addict, the broken, the ones religion kept bound and feeling condemned is not staying in this place no more, they are moving!

Who is this coming to you, leaning on you and treating you like their beloved? This is us, the Body of Christ, the Bride. He is taking us out of those difficult and lonely places as we lean upon him. He is resuscitating his Bride with the fresh wind of His Holy Spirit!!

That place where you feel weary, that place of darkness, that place of pain and hurt, that place where you feel you are alone, I assure you that is more with you than you know. He is moving you from where you are to where you need to be. You are positioned for resurrection!!

Bible Scripture Mathew 27:57-60

The Burial 57When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathæa, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple: 58he went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. 59And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.

Meditation: Imagine having Jesus by your side. He has come to give you a rebirth of his Holy Spirit to help you get over any painful or difficult time in your life. He is moving you into a resurrection of living life abundantly! Thank him for being the best friend and Father you could ever have.

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Peace During Advent

PEACE

Peace is a precious quality. When nations, families and friends are in conflict, our prayer is for peace. When worry and fear fill our minds, our cry is for peace. When uncertainty surrounds us, we look and long for peace.

Peace makes good things happen. People are most productive and fulfilled in an atmosphere of peace. People are healthier when their spirits are at rest. Homes are stronger when mom and dad get along.

One of the royal titles of Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace. When and where He rules, the result is supernatural peace.

As the Prince of Peace, Jesus handles the worries we release to Him. He reconciles strife-infected relationships. He quiets our raging emotional storms and drives away demons of fear by His Word and power. When and where Jesus rules, there will be peace!

Christmas provides us a fresh opportunity to seek God’s peace. Are you worried? Give your cares to Jesus. Are you at odds with another person? Invite Jesus to heal your broken relationships. Are you living in guilt about some sin in your past? Look to Jesus for His forgiveness. Let this Christmas be a new day of peace for you!

Scripture Reading

“For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. The dominion will be vast, and its prosperity will never end. He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and sustain it with justice and righteousness from now on and forever. The zeal of the Lord of Armies will accomplish this.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭9:6-7‬ ‭CSB‬‬
https://bible.com/bible/1713/isa.9.6-7.CSB

Meditation. Based on the reading what is God saying to you.

PRAYER

Lord, how we need your peace! Worry and fear, strife and bitterness regularly rob us of the full life you designed for us to live. Help us to enter into your peace. Teach us how to keep your peace. Drive away every force of darkness that torments our minds and disturbs our relationships. Come as the Prince of Peace and rule over us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Reference Life Church 14 day Christmas Devotional Plan.

How to use the Bible for Your Success

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Use the Bible for for Your Success

Almost everyone in this world wants to be successful, and by the world system, many appear to be. But, according to God’s Word, success is referred to as “good success” (Joshua 1:8 amp). It is God’s will that the believer come in to good success and not just success. Here is the passage where God lays out the recipe, or plan to Joshua to have good success. It is wise council for our soul.

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Scripture. Now it happened after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ servant (attendant), saying, 2“Moses My servant is dead; now therefore  arise. (The Hebrew verb “arise” is an instruction to get ready to fulfill a command, somewhat similar to the military command “attention.”) [to take his place], cross over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land which I am giving to them,  3 I have given you every place on which the sole of your foot treads, just as I promised to Moses.  4 From the wilderness [of Arabia in the south] and this Lebanon [in the north], even as far as the great river, the river Euphrates [in the east], all the land of the Hittites.Hittites (Canaan), and as far as the Great [Mediterranean] Sea toward the west shall be your territory. (These Hittites are believed to be the descendants of Heth, a son of Canaan who was the youngest son of Ham. Canaan was cursed to a life of servitude by his grandfather Noah because of Ham’s act of disrespect for Noah. Gen 9:22-27.). 5 No man will [be able to] stand before you [to oppose you] as long as you live. Just as I was [present] with Moses, so will I be with you; I will not fail you or abandon you. 6 Be strong and confident and courageous, for you will give this people as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers (ancestors) to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do [everything] in accordance with the entire law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may prosper and be successful wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall read [and meditate on] it day and night, so that you may be careful to do [everything] in accordance with all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will be successful.

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There are many paths to take in. this. world. Use the Bible path, do. not turn left or right.

God’s formula leading to Joshua and his peoples success is clearly outlined in the Bible scripture above. Every one of us wants the taste of success, and many of us live our whole lives chasing success as the world presents it. Success, the world’s way, is packaged nicely on the outside. The trimmings and bows on a package may make it look enticing, but the contents may not match up to that which is on the outside. In the past, I myself not feeling successful have asked God, “is this all God?” I had forgotten that I was to look to God for my success and not the worlds. Thankfully, God reminds us that it his him we need to look to not the world for our success.

And, too many times we continue to base our future on empty promises made by men who hold a position in society. I want to encourage you to take God at his Word, because his Word tells us that everything will pass away but not one dot from his Word will pass away, and this, my friends, is a promise beyond promises (Matthew 24:35 amp ). And in

We are promised to be blessed (prosper, favored) by following the principles of the Bible. Read it and activate it in your life.

Scripture. But his delight is in the law of the Lord,And on His law [His precepts and teachings] he [habitually] meditates day and night .3And he will be like a tree firmly planted [and fed] by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season; Its leaf does not wither; (Amp. Psalms 1:2-3)


After God lays out the plan and equips us with the promise, he will most definitely give us the instructions to make that plan a success. The key to possessing our promise is really remaining confident in his ability to bring it to pass, as opposed to our own abilities. In order to remain confident in God’s abilities to bring the promises to pass, we have to focus, ponder, think about, and speak the promises. This principle was laid down from very early on in God’s Word and it has not changed. It is we who are changing because of the inability to maintain consistency in right believing.

Unfortunately for many, somehow man’s opinions and thoughts and strategies seem to take the forefront and God’s Word and promises become the last resort in the backup plan. Sometimes, unless we exhaust all our resources and truly come to the end of ourselves, we will not truly be able to embrace God and his Word as the priority in our lives. My friends, I want to encourage you to take God’s instruction first in your life, and I assure you that the results of good success will most definitely manifest!

Meditation
Are you interested more in worldly success or God’s plan for your life? Tell your Heavenly Father what success you want in life and then ask him if that is his plan for your life? See if he reveals an answer to you by sitting quietly or meditating on the question throughout the day.

Out loud Prayer: Father, I pray I will experience good success because I will follow the God-pattern as you gave to Joshua and his people for good success. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Contact us for Prayers or to Join our Tuesday Bible Group.

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Use the Bible for for Your Success

Almost everyone in this world wants to be successful, and by the world system, many appear to be. But, according to God’s Word, success is referred to as “good success” (Joshua 1:8 amp). It is God’s will that the believer come in to good success and not just success. Here is the passage where God lays out the recipe, or plan to Joshua to have good success. It is wise council for our soul.

nature forest waves trees

Scripture. Now it happened after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ servant (attendant), saying, 2“Moses My servant is dead; now therefore  arise. (The Hebrew verb “arise” is an instruction to get ready to fulfill a command, somewhat similar to the military command “attention.”) [to take his place], cross over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land which I am giving to them,  3 I have given you every place on which the sole of your foot treads, just as I promised to Moses.  4 From the wilderness [of Arabia in the south] and this Lebanon [in the north], even as far as the great river, the river Euphrates [in the east], all the land of the Hittites.Hittites (Canaan), and as far as the Great [Mediterranean] Sea toward the west shall be your territory. (These Hittites are believed to be the descendants of Heth, a son of Canaan who was the youngest son of Ham. Canaan was cursed to a life of servitude by his grandfather Noah because of Ham’s act of disrespect for Noah. Gen 9:22-27.). 5 No man will [be able to] stand before you [to oppose you] as long as you live. Just as I was [present] with Moses, so will I be with you; I will not fail you or abandon you. 6 Be strong and confident and courageous, for you will give this people as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers (ancestors) to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do [everything] in accordance with the entire law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may prosper and be successful wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall read [and meditate on] it day and night, so that you may be careful to do [everything] in accordance with all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will be successful.

photography of fall trees
There are many paths to take in. this. world. Use the Bible path, do. not turn left or right.

God’s formula leading to Joshua and his peoples success is clearly outlined in the Bible scripture above. Every one of us wants the taste of success, and many of us live our whole lives chasing success as the world presents it. Success, the world’s way, is packaged nicely on the outside. The trimmings and bows on a package may make it look enticing, but the contents may not match up to that which is on the outside. In the past, I myself not feeling successful have asked God, “is this all God?” I had forgotten that I was to look to God for my success and not the worlds. Thankfully, God reminds us that it his him we need to look to not the world for our success.

And, too many times we continue to base our future on empty promises made by men who hold a position in society. I want to encourage you to take God at his Word, because his Word tells us that everything will pass away but not one dot from his Word will pass away, and this, my friends, is a promise beyond promises (Matthew 24:35 amp ). And in

We are promised to be blessed (prosper, favored) by following the principles of the Bible. Read it and activate it in your life.

Scripture. But his delight is in the law of the Lord,And on His law [His precepts and teachings] he [habitually] meditates day and night .3And he will be like a tree firmly planted [and fed] by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season; Its leaf does not wither; (Amp. Psalms 1:2-3)


After God lays out the plan and equips us with the promise, he will most definitely give us the instructions to make that plan a success. The key to possessing our promise is really remaining confident in his ability to bring it to pass, as opposed to our own abilities. In order to remain confident in God’s abilities to bring the promises to pass, we have to focus, ponder, think about, and speak the promises. This principle was laid down from very early on in God’s Word and it has not changed. It is we who are changing because of the inability to maintain consistency in right believing.

Unfortunately for many, somehow man’s opinions and thoughts and strategies seem to take the forefront and God’s Word and promises become the last resort in the backup plan. Sometimes, unless we exhaust all our resources and truly come to the end of ourselves, we will not truly be able to embrace God and his Word as the priority in our lives. My friends, I want to encourage you to take God’s instruction first in your life, and I assure you that the results of good success will most definitely manifest!

Meditation
Are you interested more in worldly success or God’s plan for your life? Tell your Heavenly Father what success you want in life and then ask him if that is his plan for your life? See if he reveals an answer to you by sitting quietly or meditating on the question throughout the day.

Out loud Prayer: Father, I pray I will experience good success because I will follow the God-pattern as you gave to Joshua and his people for good success. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Contact us for Prayers or to Join our Tuesday Bible Group.

References: Created on Purpose for Purpose Lisa Singh as found at Life Church.

References: Created on Purpose for Purpose Lisa Singh as found at Life Church.

Children’s Bible Page and the Christmas Story

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Jesus is the best Christmas Gift

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Sing along or dance along to the Birth of Jesus Story. Thanks to Life Church and River Valley Network for this.

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Listen to God calls Samuel

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The Story of First Samuel 1- 3.Samuel (CEV)

Samel served the Lord by helping Eli the priest, who was by that time almost blind. In those days, the Lord hardly ever spoke directly to people, and he did not appear to them in dreams very often. But one night, Eli was asleep in his room, and Samuel was sleeping on a mat near the sacred chest in the Lord’s house. They had not been asleep very long[a] when the Lord called out Samuel’s name.

“Here I am!” Samuel answered. Then he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am. What do you want?”

“I didn’t call you,” Eli answered. “Go back to bed.”

Samuel went back.

Again the Lord called out Samuel’s name. Samuel got up and went to Eli. “Here I am,” he said. “What do you want?”

Eli told him, “Son, I didn’t call you. Go back to sleep.”

The Lord had not spoken to Samuel before, and Samuel did not recognize the voice. When the Lord called out his name for the third time, Samuel went to Eli again and said, “Here I am. What do you want?”

Eli finally realized that it was the Lord who was speaking to Samuel. So he said, “Go back and lie down! If someone speaks to you again, answer, ‘I’m listening, Lord. What do you want me to do?’”

Once again Samuel went back and lay down.

10 The Lord then stood beside Samuel and called out as he had done before, “Samuel! Samuel!”

“I’m listening,” Samuel answered. “What do you want me to do?”

11 The Lord said:

Samuel, I am going to do something in Israel that will shock everyone who hears about it! 12 I will punish Eli and his family, just as I promised. 13 He knew that his sons refused to respect me,[b] and he let them get away with it, even though I said I would punish his family forever. 14 I warned Eli that sacrifices or offerings could never make things right! His family has done too many disgusting things.

15 The next morning, Samuel got up and opened the doors to the Lord’s house. He was afraid to tell Eli what the Lord had said. 16 But Eli told him, “Samuel, my boy, come here!”

“Here I am,” Samuel answered.

17 Eli said, “What did God say to you? Tell me everything. I pray that God will punish you terribly if you don’t tell me every word he said!”

18 Samuel told Eli everything. Then Eli said, “He is the Lord, and he will do what’s right.”

The Lord Helps Samuel

19 As Samuel grew up, the Lord helped him and made everything Samuel said come true. 20 From the town of Dan in the north to the town of Beersheba in the south, everyone in the country knew that Samuel was truly the Lord’s prophet. 21 The Lord often appeared to Samuel at Shiloh and told him what to say. 

Footnotes

  1. 3.3 They. . . long: The Hebrew text has “The lamp was still burning.” An olive oil lamp would go out after a few hours if the wick was not adjusted.
  2. 3.13 refused. . . me: Or “were insulting everyone.”
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Peace During Advent

PEACE Peace is a precious quality. When nations, families and friends are in conflict, our prayer is for peace. When worry and fear fill our minds, our cry is for peace. When uncertainty surrounds us, we look and long for peace. Peace makes good things happen. People are most productive and fulfilled in an atmosphere …

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Advent during the Holiday Season

What is advent and why do we celebrate it?

Advent has a different meaning depending on the Christian Religion; however, the primary purpose all Christian religions is to share the celebration of the birth of Christ and the miracle of his birth through the Holy Spirit. Mary, the chosen mother of baby Jesus, is told by an Angel that she will have a baby from the Holy Spirit. And she conceives a baby before meeting her husband Joseph. ( Mathew 1:18)

Our Hope in Christ

Without Christ’s birth we could not have a future of hope and peace in this world. A future with God that is different and better than the one we have now. A future to see our loved ones in heaven. We can look forward to seeing our Christian loved ones in heaven. “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. (John 14:2-3)”

Without Jesus we would be following the old customs of sacrificing for our sons and would not have the Holy Spirit to mediate to God on our behalf.

Jesus is your mediator

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus . . . . (1 Timothy 2:5 NIV)”

The Key is your Hope in Jesus

The key to unlocking the door between you and God is trusting in the story of Jesus. Trusting that God sent Jesus to live among men and die for the original sin in the Garden of Eden. After he died, Jesus beat death by rising three (3) days later, showed himself to his disciples, and then rose to heaven. If you believe, confess and share the story of Jesus you too may have the hope of everlasting life. “”That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Everyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” “(Romans 10:9-13)

Concerning the traditions of Advent

Some religions emphasize two comings of Christ: His birth and the waiting on his return. The first coming at the birth of Christ, the second coming while we may be on earth during our lifetime, or when our life ends here on earth. Historically, religions had different seasons of advent.

The season of advent could begin the last week in November until Christmas., or for other religions, mid November with the start of Lent until Christmas Eve (December 24). “The coming of Jesus”- refers to the several weeks of preparation leading to the coming of Jesus on Christmas Day and the anticipation of His coming again.

Advent Traditions

Advent is a time of reflections, prayers, serving, waiting, and hope. Joy for the season is shown to others by the kindness of serving or giving of gifts. Christians will often travel to see their family and extended family. On Christmas Eve the celebrations begins with fasting, then followed lent fast (November 15-Christmas) by sharing a meal with family and friends. New traditions now include meatless Fridays and skipping snacking between meals.

Advent old traditions included the use of colors, such as purple throughout the season, and the color rose, during Christmas week. Today’s tradition includes decorating with green and red.

Jesus is the Light of the World

The Advent wreath is a traditional centerpiece of the Christmas season and is still in use today. The holy season includes lighting candles each of the four Sundays in Advent. The candle symbolizes: prayer, serving and joy in the waiting and for the coming of Christ. Three of the candles are usually purple (or blue), which reminds us to pray and serve others lovingly and to prepare the way for Jesus. The candle for the third Sunday of Advent is the color of Rose. This color symbolizes our joy as the birth of Jesus draws near.

Scripture reference: “Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” (John 8:12).

Traditionally, the tree with its lights was put up on Christmas Eve and left up until Epiphany (January). Today, many people enjoy the holiday season by decorating a tree before Thanksgiving and may take down their tree on Christmas Day.

First Coming

“The Lord answered me: “Write down what I show you. Write it clearly on stone tablets so whoever reads it can run to tell others. It is not yet time for the message to come true. But that time is coming soon. The message will come true. It may seem like a long time before it happens. But be patient and wait for it. These things will happen. They will not be delayed.” (Habakkuk 2:2-3 ICB)

For the second coming of Jesus Christ, we must hold on to our hope and have patience.

“Brothers, be patient until the Lord comes again. A farmer is patient. He waits for his valuable crop to grow from the earth. He waits patiently for it to receive the first rain and the last rain. You, too, must be patient. Do not give up hope. The Lord is coming soon.” (James 5:7-8 ICB)

References.

bible.knowing-jesus.com , Encyclopedia Britannica and Bible.com

Thankful or Thankless by Pastor Todd Boxley

Do you suppose a kind “thank you!” is apropos? In 2021 society is more filled with finding fault in everything and every word that is spoken. Have you seen how many people are living today? There is no room for them to say thank you for anything, because they are filled with all manner of malicious behavior.

The Bible refers to them as being unthankful (2 Timothy 3:1-7; Romans 1:21-32). This is what a heart devoid of thanks is like. Have you seen how our leaders are behaving today? We’ve been told they want a united people, and yet some out of their same mouths say we must destroy free speech and burn down society before things can change. Did Jesus handle things that way when he showed up?

Some will try to correct this sermon and say “just a moment Pastor Todd, didn’t Jesus go in the temple with violence to make a point?” When I hear that, I realize their relationship with Jesus is miniscule and possibly empty. Why do I say that? Because if they really understood the cause behind why Jesus cleansed the temple, and what righteous indignation means, they would rethink their assumptions.

Merchants and money changers had set up their booths in the Court of the Gentiles in the Temple, crowding out the Gentiles who had come from all over the civilized world to worship God. Their commercialism in God’s house frustrated people’s attempts at worship. Also, they might want to read these passages of scripture (Luke 9:54-56; Jeremiah 29:11).

Did you know Jesus loves those who are unthankful? (Luke 6:35,36). Before we close for the day, let’s look at a few examples of those who were unappreciative from kind acts done towards them. In Luke 17:11-19, Jesus left Galilee for the last time. He passed through Samaria and met ten men who had leprosy. Because leprosy was contagious, people who had leprosy were required to stay away from other people and to announce their presence if they had to come near.

In our time Covid has caused some unloving interactions among people. These men came to Jesus and asked for mercy. Jesus told them to go show themselves to the priest. If people thought their leprosy had gone away, they were supposed to present themselves to a priest, who could declare them clean (Leviticus 14). Jesus sent the ten men with leprosy to the priest before they were healed, and they went!

They responded in faith, and Jesus healed them on the way. Notice there was obedience from the lepers. In the past there may have been times when they shrugged off going to see the priest, even if their leprosy was in remission. So, because of their obedience, Jesus healed them on the way. The timing of God is always perfect. He could have healed them as they stood in front of him. But God wants our faith to be so strong that even if Jesus is not physically there, we can trust that he will still heal us.

Remember the doubting, Thomas? Remember the words Jesus expressed to him? (John 20:27-29). Jesus told him to be not faithless. He also said, “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” The lepers had believed Jesus just on his word. However, there was still things left to be done. When we were children and someone did something really nice for us, we were reminded by our parents to say “thank you!”

There were 10 men who got what they wanted from Jesus. However, nine of them like had the attitude of “thanks, but no thanks, don’t call us we’ll call you!” Only one returned to thank him. It is possible to receive God’s great gifts with an ungrateful spirit. Nine of the ten men did so. Only the thankful man, however, allowed his gratitude to further develop his faith.

This man also let everyone know that he was not ashamed of what Jesus did for him.  “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God” (Luke 17:15 KJV). The word loud in the Greek text (megas) means to exceedingly great, high loud, mighty. Later, Paul an Apostle and disciple of Jesus stated that he was not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ (Romans 1:16,17).

The one leper (no longer a leper) went another step further and thanked Jesus for the healing. This was not only physically healed, but his faith would cause spiritual healing. This man was headed towards wholeness. Sometimes individuals can be callous in excepting things from others.

Today, in 2021, many people feel that they are entitled to have anything they want. They are unthankful and demand things by force. These are people that die in that state of mind, would demand that Jesus let them enter heaven. Lastly, this leper was also a Samaritan. He was a member of a race of people despised by the Jews as idolatrous half-breeds.

A deep hatred existed between Jews and Samaritans. The Jews saw themselves as pure descendants of Abraham, while the Samaritans were a mixed race produced when Jews from the northern kingdom had intermarried with other peoples after Israel’s exile. Remember beloved, God offers love and grace to everyone.

[Through our gratitude, we grow in our understanding of God’s grace and see how much he loves us. God does not demand that we thank him, but he is pleased when we do so. And he uses our responsiveness to teach us more about himself.]


Many people in our nation today are being deceived and made to feel guilty about being born a certain color. People should reject all forms of racism based on the color of one’s skin. God is not a respecter of persons. And the followers of Jesus are taught through the Holy Spirit to be the same as Jesus was. Jesus is completely colorblind.

When you die, your entrance or decline to enter heaven will have absolutely nothing to do with skin color. Jesus had to rebuke two of his disciples over this destructive way of thinking. Read (Luke 9:51-56) to grasp a greater understanding. This is important to understand because Jesus healed the leper who was a Samaritan. There was no preconceived prejudice. He simply healed the man, because he cared and loved him. Shouldn’t we do the same to one another? Shouldn’t we look to be thankful and grateful?
 

The Lord always has his hands out to give and bless us with his goodness (Luke 11:9-13; 12:27-32). We must always remember that God is pleased when our attitude is to appreciate what he does for us. Thanksgiving in the Bible means to respond to God’s goodness and grace with gratitude. The word for giving thanks in the Old Testament means to raise hands to God in gratitude.
 

I mentioned earlier that there were others who were not thankful. Most of those that came out of Egypt by God’s gracious hand were never thankful, but certainly complained a lot. There was also a Pharisee Jesus spoke about in a parable to distinguish the difference between self-righteousness and those who are humble (Luke 18:9-14). It’s difficult to be thankful when you are self-absorbed and filled with pride.

🗣Last words: With Covid still fresh on everyone’s mind, and people maneuvering around their new-normal routines, let us remember those who are alone this Thanksgiving. People are more isolated than ever before. As families thin out their home guest, trust God and pray that he will prompt you to give a Thanksgiving dinner to someone who may be alone or separated due to Covid.

God can and will protect those who are motivated by love to help someone who is alone this year. May we continue to pray for all the grandparents out there. They need our love on a daily basis. Peter understood that kind of love in his relationship with Jesus. Even in his conversation about Jesus not washing his feet, he responded emphatically “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!” (John 13:6-9).

Sometimes it took Peter a little while to grasp some things, but after understanding more deeply, he wanted to be full of whatever Jesus offered to him. Therefore it’s not hard to understand that this same Peter would be filled by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and later see 3,000 souls added to the church. God loves to fill us!


The next time someone says “your full of it!”, you can smile and say “thank you, I sure am!” Many will fill up on their favorite Thanksgiving meal. You can also feed on Christ (calorie free!) and then go and live your life, and know that it is Christ in you that lives your life, that helps the poor, that tells the truth, that fights the battle, and that wins the crown.

DON’T BE THANK-LESS, BE THANK-FULL, LET PEOPLE SEE YOUR FULL OF IT!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

🛐 Here’s a prayer you can pray to make your heart full of thankfulness. “Heavenly Father, I am so thankful that you sent your son, so I can have a living relationship with you. You initiated this relationship by what your son endeavored to accomplish, paying the price for my sins. You know the times I have been ungrateful, held ill thoughts toward you and others. You know the times I complained and grumbled about life and its circumstances, but you love me regardless even when I’m ungrateful.

Today, Lord, even with the pandemic on my mind, I am thankful Lord for you keeping me in your peace and supplying all my needs. You do own the cattle on the hills. You have never seen the righteous forsaken, nor begging for bread.  I want to thank you for the gift of life, for the breath that sustains life, for the food of this earth that nurtures life, and for the love of family and friends without which there would be little happiness in life. For this, I am eternally grateful, in Jesus name, amen.”

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Why your Character Matters. Choose to Bless and Encourage.

Be a Pipeline of Blessings. 

God is interested in blessing us, he shows through his actions that he wants us to bless others too.   In the story of Abraham from Genesis. God blessed Abraham and tells him that he will be a blessing to others. 

Do you take the time to bless others? Or are you more like a reservoir to receive blessings? Some people are like reservoirs they collect blessings without letting them overflow to others. Other people are more like a pipeline. They receive God‘s blessings and see to themselves as His instrument.  They tell  Him, “God, use me to help other people“.

In the Bible Scripture, God tells Abraham, “I’ll make you a great nation and bless you. I’ll make you famous; you’ll be a blessing. I’ll bless those who bless you; those who curse you I’ll curse. All the families of the Earth will be blessed through you.” GOD told Abram: “Leave your country, your family, and your father’s home for a land that I will show you.” Genesis 12:1-3 MSG)

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God gives you far more blessings when you’re like a pipeline then when you’re like a reservoir. The Bible teaches that we are blessed so we can bless others. The purpose of a blessing is not to feel good, be happy, and live comfortably. The purpose of our lives is to be like a pipeline. We should take the blessings that God gives to us and be used by God to bless others.

This reminds me of my father. My father was a humble man. He was a single man, left alone working and raising two daughters at home.  Although life was difficult for him, I remember that he  blessed others by generously cooking extra and then he took plates  or pans of food to our neighbors and to our relatives.  He was also good at giving. If there was an organization in need, and they asked him for donations he always opened his wallet and gave a small offering. That vision of blessings others sticks with me today.  God working blessings through my father  still  convicts  me today.

God blesses you.  Then the more you bless and help other people, the more God blesses your life. You will never out give God. The more you try to bless other people around you, the more God says I’m going to pour blessings on you. Now remember, giving blessings to God does not always mean financial blessings. A blessing from God could be going out of your way to  give a connection with friends, and family. A blessing could be wisdom and discernment to make the right choices and giving prudent advice.   A blessing from God could be favor in your life and good health.

Declaration. Say this with me. The more I bless and help other people, the more God blesses my life.

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The more you bless and help other people , the more you will be blessed. How do you bless others? You don’t need to figure this out by yourself, you can follow God‘s example. Anything God has done good in your life you can reflect that good to others. God has forgiven you, through Christ so you can bless others with forgiveness. God has given you material blessings, so you can pass on good to those that are in need. 

Declaration. Say this with me. I can be a pipeline of blessing from God to others.

This is one reason it’s important to remember and think about how God has been good to us: so we will be encouraged to do good to others in the same way our heavenly father is good to us.

Blessing others will use will need mindfulness. I focus I’m with God really wants in our lives. Blessing others I’ll take practice and development of living Bible principles, I’m living the way Christ has Titus taught us.

During the meditation and music, reflect on whether you are a reservoir or a pipeline of blessings. Ask God to encourage you in this area of becoming a pipeline of blessings. 

Thank you so much for joining me in Speaking God’s word. If you enjoy this blessing, subscribe and share it with a friend. May God give you good health, peace, wisdom and strength. In Jesus name I pray Amen. 

References: Life Church, Rick Warren Open Doors, Message Bible

What does the Bible Mean?

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What does the Bible Mean?

My friend Ade and I talked and she shared a story with me. Her family was putting up Christmas decorations and her young nephew ran to his children’s Bible to find the directions on how to set up the tree. You see, he was taught that the acronym (letters of the B.I.B.L.E.) meant “Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth” If you look up the definition of the Bible in the Merriam Webster Dictionary it wiill tell you that the Bible defined is the “sacred Christian scriptures of the Old and New Testament.

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The book of the Bible basically consists of separate books of scriptures combined into one book. It was inspired by God and written by different authors. It truly gives you all instruction for teaching, correcting and training in right from wrong. It will help you build a relationship with God and know who Jesus is. Because of Jesus, we can live freely knowing our sins are truly forgiven when we ask and turn away from that which is morally wrong. The bible is the authority on the creation of the world, on how to have an abundant life, everlasting life , life after death. It also explains some of the mysteries of God, our Father, including his miracles, the power of prayer, and the requirement for gathering with other Christians.

Scriptures about the Bible used for Teaching

  • Colossians 3:16 (NIRV)Let the message about Christ live among you like a rich treasure. Teach and correct one another wisely. Teach one another by singing psalms and hymns and songs from the Spirit. Sing to God with thanks in your hearts.
  • Titus 3:8 (NLT)This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone.
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Yes and Amen

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Today I’d like to share my testimony. God talks to us through scripture, friends, and circumstances. Recently my girlfriend Cindi sends me the song “Yes and Amen“. It was a good song i thought. It was a song about our trust in Jesus’s promises and I thought not much about the song as I felt my trust in God’s promises is already very strong. Little did I know that I would have to have blind faith in these promises. I woke up with to distorted vision in the right eye. I could no longer read any letters at all with this eye. Very worried I make a doctor’s appointment. My husband knew this was serious as he stated “you never go to the doctor”. My tuesday Bible Group, my friend and group Leader focussed on verse mapping the scripture “

“One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach on the scripture ” When I’m Afraid, I put my Trust in You”. How fitting a scripture that She chose with the Holy Spirits guidance. And yes, I am a bit afraid. Not too much because God is always giving me signs that he is with me and that helps me walk confidently in him. Lol, my Father even had a new visitor, Dorothy who joined our zoom Bible Group. It was the first and only blind woman I’ve ever encountered. Yes and Amen to you God because you give miraculous signs to those who love you. We accommodated Dorothy by being more descriptive and she blessed us by closing us our group by singing a glorious short Hymn. I went to a retinal eye specialist and surgeon. I have schlerosis and a bleeding retina. I had to have a needle put in my eye along with a fluid to stop the bleeding. I’ll need to have this done every 6 weeks for a while. My eye is now bloodshot red and inflamed. I’m a bit in mourning, but I confidently feel blessed and will continue to be God’s Light. Our God is Awesome and I put my trust in him. Can I get a “Yes and Amen”?

Jesus Teaches

The Beauties 

 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth. God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied. God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way. “

Teaching about Salt and Light

““You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

Matthew 5:13-16 NLT