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Posted On 03/24/2017 14:59:57

Posted On 03/24/2017 14:37:25

James 1:2-4 – Trusting God

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“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4 NIV)

The last couple years of my life have been pretty rough, filled with chaos, change and a burdensome feeling of uncertainty about the future. As hard as I tried, I could not escape the overwhelming feeling of stress and the presence of worry in most aspects of my life. I worried about my struggling business, my teenage sons and the decisions they would make, and even my status in the community. Truth is, I worried about everything. Even though I had clearly lived a blessed life, I still found myself always anticipating that next piece of bad news.

Several years ago, a

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Blessings....Good Morning!
Posted On 03/24/2017 14:34:17

Posted On 03/23/2017 18:27:09

Today's Writing is based on Matthew 27:1-31:

When it was morning, all the chief priests and elders met and made the decision to put Jesus to death.  They bound him, led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.

Then Judas, who had betrayed him, upon seeing him (Jesus) condemned, felt remorse, and took the thirty pieces of silver back to the chief priests and elders, saying, I have sinned, in that I betrayed an innocent man. 

They said, What does that have to do with us?  It's your problem.  He threw the pieces in the temple, left, and went and hung himself.

The chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, it's not legal for us to puut in to the treasury, because it is the price of blood.  They decided and bought a potter's field, with the pieces of silver, to bury strangers in. That filed was called the field of blood, to this day.  This fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of of the one that was valued, by the children of Israel. And gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord commanded (appointed) me. 

Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Are you the King of the Jews?  Jesus said to him, It's what you say.

When he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he remained silent.

Then Pilate said to him, Don't you hear the many things they are saying against you?  Jesus did not say a word, to the great amazement of the governor.

At the feast the governor wanted to release a prisoner, to the people, that they chose.  They had a natorious prisoner, named Barabbas.  So when they were gathered together, Pilate asked them, who do you want me to release to you?  Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?  He knew that they delivered him to be crucified because of jealousy (envy).

When he set down in the judgment seat, his wife sent a message, saying, Have nothing to do with that innocent man: for I've suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.

But the chief priests and elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas, and execute Jesus.  The governor asked them, who do you want me to release to you?  They answered, Barabbas.

Pilate said to them, what should I do with Jesus who is called Christ?  They all answered, crucify him!

The governor asked, Why, what has he done wrong?  But they cried out even more, saying crucify him!

Pilate saw that he could not get anywhere with them, but rather an uproar was starting, he took water, and washed his hands before the crowd, saying I am innocent of this man's blood.  It is your responsibility!

Then the people answered, and said, His blood is on us, and on our children.  Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had Jesus whipped, he delivered him to be crucified.

The soldiers then took Jesus to the common hall, and gathered before him the whole band of soldiers.  They stripped him, and put a scarlet robe on him.  When they had braided (platted) a crown of thorns, they placed it upon his head, and a staff (reed) in his right hand:  and knelt before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!  They spit on him, and took the staff, and hit him on the head.  After they had mocked him, they took the robe off him, and put his own clothes back on him, and led him away to crucify him.

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Posted On 03/23/2017 14:42:44

Matthew 6:14-15 – Be a Grace Giver

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Matthew 6:14-15 ESV)

The question of genuine forgiveness is one of eternal importance. And why is it, you may ask, so crucial that Christians forgive? For starters, Jesus’ statement in today’s text is quite a compelling reason, for “if you do not forgive others…neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Suffice it to say then, we had better make sure we are forgiving “our debtors” (Matthew 6:12).

Here’s the bottom line: forgiveness is such a central element to Christianity that it is an indicator of salvation! Not that we are saved by any works of our own, such as forgiving others, but that when we are reconciled to God through Christ, our new life will be marked by grace giving and forgiveness.


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Blessings....Good Morning!
Posted On 03/23/2017 14:35:23

Posted On 03/22/2017 14:24:50

Jeremiah 12:5 – How Do You Handle Adversity

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“If you have raced with men on foot, and they have wearied you, how will you compete with horses? And if in a safe land you are so trusting, what will you do in the thicket of the Jordan? (Jeremiah 12:5 ESV)

How do you handle adversity and great odds against you? Do you cower in a corner and hope it goes away? Do you operate in fear and worry, become fretful and overwhelmed? Do you break down and blame others making excuses?

Jeremiah was dealing with adversity in his life. In short, what Jeremiah endured at the hands of the evil priests who were plotting his death because he remained faithful to the Lord was nothing compared to the persecution to come. If he couldn’t handle persecution in peace time, he was going to fall when the real adversity came.

How are you responding to

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Good Morning Blessings!
Posted On 03/22/2017 14:18:57

Posted On 03/21/2017 18:22:37

Today's writing is based on Matthew 26:51-75: 

One of them with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and cut off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, Put your sword back into it's place, for all who take the sword will perish with the sword. Do you think that I cannot pray to my Father, and he will present give me more then twelve groups (legions) of angels?  How will the Scriptures be fulfilled, that say this must be?    In the same hour Jesus said to the crowd, Have you come out against a thief with swords and stave's to take me?  I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and you did not arrest me.  All this ws done, so that the scriptures of the prophets would be fulfilled.  Then all the disciples ran away.

And those that had arrested Jesus led him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the legal experts and the elders were gathered.  Peter followed him in to the high priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see what happened.

The chief priests, along with the elders, and all the council, looked for false witnesses to testify against Jesus, to put him to death; but didn't find one, though many false witnesses came, not one was found.  At last there came two false witnesses, And said, This fellow said, I am able destroy the temple of God, and build it again in three days.

The high priest rose, and said to him, Are you going to say nothing?  What is this that these witnesses brought against you?  But Jesus held his peace.  And the high prest said to him, I demand you, by the living God, that you tell us whether you are the Christ, the Sod of God.

Jesus said to him, you have said: nevertheless I say to you, Hereafter you will see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

The high priest tore his clothes, saying, He has spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses?  look you have now heard his blasphemy. What do you think?  They answered and said He is guilty, deserves to die.  Then they spit in his face, and beat him, and others slapped him, Saying, Prophesy to us, Christ, Who is he that slapped you?

Now Peter sat outside in the palace: and a servant (damsel) went to him saying, you were also with Jesus of Galilee.

But he denied before them all, saying, I don't know what you're saying.

And he when he went out to the porch; another maid saw him, and said to those that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.

Again he denied him swearing, I do not knbow the man.

After a while, another came to him, and those that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely you are also one of them (disciples), for your speech betrays you.

Then he began to curse and swear, sying I don't know the man.  Immediately the rooster (cock) crowed. And Peter remember the word of Jesus, that he said to him, Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times (thrice.  Then he went out, and wept bitterly.

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