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BE BLESSED BY GOD’S WORD THROUGHOUT THE WEEK

May 1st, 2017

 

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” -John 3:16-17
 
As a young child I remember singing “Jesus loves me this I know.” This song has always been with me throughout my life. Throughout my life I have been blessed by His love toward me through tough times and good times.
Recently, our church gave us the privilege of visiting the Holy Land. While we were there, we visited several places Jesus travelled, met with people, did miracles, ultimately was crucified and arose to sit at the right hand of God. During the visit, I really understood my childhood song “Jesus Loves Me.”
Jesus left everything to come to earth. Not only that, the land He came to was not anything like the beautiful hills and mountains of our country or the never ending streams and landscapes either. It is a place which is dry and drab. There were no roads or conveniences but falling rocks and occasional rainfall. We did not see the acres and acres of trees and flowering bushes we see here. The guide shared that they didn’t receive sufficient rainfall on a regular basis to grow enough crops to feed their people. Everything had to be imported. I can go on and on but Jesus did come because He loved me. He came to a family where they did not have much. He wanted to identify with people like me. He had to work as a carpenter’s helper. He understood day to day living. Jesus interacted with people who were fisherman, the unwanted lepers, blind and crippled, also with people who were in authority, rich and well to do. He understood life in many aspects. He was with the people at weddings, at funerals, at the synagogs. He also served at the campfires and sat with people of means. Jesus understood despair, needs, suffering, shame and not being wanted and being abused. Why? Because “Jesus loves me.” The visit to Israel made me realize to what lengths Jesus went to get me back to Him and tremendous sacrifices He made, accepted humiliation and pain for me. So don’t let me take it for granted–all the blessings I receive each and every day.
I must also recognize His dedication to spending time with His father, being obedient to His father, following through the commitment He made to die on the cross at calvary. Why? Because “Jesus loves me.”
As a visitor to Israel, I realized fully why the disciples were so dedicated, even to die for Him. Others like Paul, Timothy, Jude and Barnabas were willing to spread the gospel wherever they traveled and paid the price.
My hope is let me not call myself a Christian to have a comfortable life, a blessed life and forget what Jesus did for me. The least I could do is to follow His footsteps of servant hood, obedience and commitment to proclaim His message through my life.
 
Lead Me to Calvary
“King of my life, I crown Thee now Thine shall the glory be lest I forget Thy thorn-crowned brow Lead me to calvary. Lest I forget Gethsemane, lest I forget Thine agony, lest I forget Thy love for me, lead me to calvary. May I be willing, Lord, to bear daily my cross for Thee even Thy cup of grief to share Thou hast borne all for me. Lest I forget Gethsemane, lest I forget Thine agony, lest I forget Thy love for me lead me to calvary.” Now I know fully how much “Jesus loves me.”
 
In Christ’s steps,
Shaker

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April 1st, 2017

Listen to some verses that declare that God is faithful to his promises.

1. Numbers 23:19, “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?”
2. 1 Kings 8:56, “Praise be to the LORD, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses.
3. Joshua 21:45, “Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.”
4. Joshua 23:14, “Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.”
5. 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
6. Hebrews 10:23, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”

What are God’s great and precious promises?

God has said that he will do a number of things, here are just a few:

Jesus said “I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (Mt. 16:18)
1. Most of us are a part of that church that Jesus built.
2. It has been in existence for 2000 years and it will remain until the end.

Another precious promise of God is “I will be with you.”
1. God has made this promise to his people throughout time.
2. To Joshua God said, “No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Josh. 1:5)
3. In the Great Commission Jesus said, “And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Mt. 28:20)
4. In 2 Tim. 4:16-17, Paul wrote, “At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength…”
5. That’s what God does for his people. He sticks close to them.

God has also promised: “I will strengthen you.”
1. I like Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
2. 2 Thess. 3:3, “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.”
3. That’s why Paul declared, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Phil. 4:13)
4. I know that it’s because of God’s strength that I am who I am and do what I do. There’s no way I could do even half of what I do on my own!

One final precious promise: “I will come again.”
1. John 14:1-3, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. 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.”
2. How wonderful to know that we are saved and that we have eternal life.
3. 1 John 2:25, “And this is what he promised us – even eternal life.”
4. 1 John 5:13, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”
5. Jesus is coming back, and he will take us to live with him…forever. That’s a promise!

How do we receive God’s promises?

First we need to Prayerfully Study our Bibles. Second, to receive God’s promises we must patiently wait. A third aspect of receiving God’s promises is living in obedience to God’s will. A final way that we receive God’s promises is by FAITH. God has been faithful to our church, to our community most of all to me and my family. We need to praise God for His constant watch over us. God bless.

In Christ’s steps,

Shaker

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March 1st, 2017

“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” -Luke 6:36-37

“Guilty as sin! It happened just a few years ago. The banks in New Jersey had been robbed systematically, one after the other. What made the robber stand out was his politeness. He just gave the tellers a note which said, “Please place your money in this bag. Thank you.” The newspapers called him the GENTLEMAN BANDIT.


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February 1st, 2017

“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.'” -Matthew 18:21-22

Since we’re imperfect people, we’re bound to have trouble with forgiveness. I’m convinced that relationships are built not on a standard of perfection, but on our ability to ask for forgiveness, and upon our willingness to extend forgiveness. In other words, grace must impact both our friendships and our forgiveness.

If you and I want to have relationships that last for the long haul, then we must be willing to extend forgiveness to others. Here’s another way to say it: In every relationship you have, you will constantly be called on to forgive and to ask for forgiveness.

Forgiveness is costly — it’s not easy to ask for forgiveness and it’s certainly not easy to extend forgiveness to those who’ve wronged us. Proverbs 18:19 says that, “An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.”


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January 1st, 2017

To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 1:7

We are beginning a new year. We have been given a whole new year to fill with all the things which are going to happen to us as individuals, families, church and the community. The most exciting thing is that we don’t have to do it alone. God will guide us through. As you read, most of Paul’s letters start very positive. In the above verse, Paul is writing to the Roman church and he shares five privileges that belong to all Christians:

1. They are loved by God.
2. They are called.
3. They are saints.
4. They are the recipients of grace.
5. They are the recipients of peace from God the father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.


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