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  1. Memorial For Lazarus

    John 11:5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister (Mary) and Lazarus. . For a moment in time, the town of Bethany was at the center of God’s story, and these three people were at center stage in the narrative concerning Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We know more about these three people than we do most of the apostles. This chapter in the gospel of John gives the account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. The story told exemplifies the work of Jesus in...
  2. How Good You've Been To Me

    I sit here listening to reckless, a beautiful song about God's overwhelming kindness and goodness and I can't help but feel hope. I don't deserve it but still God gives himself away for me. That's love beyond measure. No wall he won't kick down coming after me. It's overwhelming to the point that it makes you say, why me? what makes me so special, but despite what ever mess we are in, God tends to say, "I will still love you." How many times have we seen people who give up on others....
  3. Easter's Meaning In The Covid-19 Pandemic

    The coronavirus pandemic offers us inumerable opportunities to live sacrificial lives for the glory of God. Let's use them.
  4. Taking Life For Granted

    The abbot is asking the brothers to give a talk at chapter on how the Covid19 virus is affecting them. I gave my talk this morning. He understands that this world wide event will have long-lasting effects on each monk, the community, as well as the world, and i would think, the church itself. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Taking life for granted Chapter talk on Covid-19 given 3/29/20 Most people seek happiness. This elusive state can be sought...
  5. Something Prodigal

    Proverbs 20:20-21 (ESV): If someone curses their father or mother, their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness. An inheritance claimed too soon will not be blessed at the end. Doesn't the above sound like a launching point for the development of the story of the Prodigal Son? Bible Gateway passage: Luke 15:11-32 - Evangelical Heritage Version However, through Messiah Jesus, God has shown Himself to be merciful by way of the Good News! We prodigals are not left with a...
  6. Covid(7) Christ Over Viral Infections And Disease - What Can You Believe God For?

    What can you believe God for? This was the question on my mind as I wandered through our compound two days ago and as I prayed in the Holy Ghost and pondered on the event of the last few weeks as the world seems to cave under the threat of this deadly coronavirus moving like a whirlwind and killing people all over the world. After that session of prayer, I came back to my study and some spiritual truths was dropped in my heart as I was eating my dinner. My instinct then was to drop my food...
  7. Crowns Of Memorial

    Zechariah 6:14. And the crowns shall be to Helem and Tobijah and Jedaiah and to Hen the son of Zephaniah for a memorial in the temple of the Lord. Zechariah and Haggai were both prophets to the Jews who returned from captivity to Judah and Jerusalem. The Lord God spoke by them to the governor Zerubbabel (sown or born in Babylon) and to the High Priest Joshua (Yeshua) for whom the crowns were made and worn. They were responsible with overseeing the rebuilding the Temple of God. The...
  8. Hebrews 2

    Do Not Take Salvation Lightly In addition to the previous chapter, this tells us to be aware, at all times, the gift we have received. To weight day in and day out our actions and behaviour, to match His will as our own. Jesus Christ should be our desire; “Where your heart is, there your treasure will be also.” - Matthew 6:21 Life of Christ The son of God was born through Father God’s power and through a virgin God saw favour. Though man is fallen, He grew sinless. Jesus Christ was tempted...
  9. Persuaded By Grace

    When we consider the words believe and faith, we sense intuitively that a relationship exists between them. For a belief to operate in the power of faith there must be trust, without doubt, evidenced by acts of obedience. Mark 11:23. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Matthew 21:22. And whatever things you ask...
  10. Alleluia By Leonard Cohen A Powerful Prayer

    Alleluia by Leonard Cohen a powerful prayer The song alleluia by Leonard Cohen is very touching. Today, someone pointed out a video on you-tube for me to see, of a young man singing this song from the balcony of his apartment. He was singing to uplift the spirits of his neighbors. I was deeply touched by the act of kindness, but also the power of the song. Probably for the first time in my life, when seeing something on the internet, or reading about it in the newspapers, I am finding...
  11. Hebrews 1

    HIStory In a historical age, God made known His plans to His House, Israel. Even in these times has God spoken about His Son, Jesus Christ. The Son Himself even pointed this out to the proud Jews by saying “You study the scriptures because you think they give you eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me!” - John 5:39 Jesus Christ is Not an Angel, but a Saviour He is the Word made manifest by Father God’s power brought through by the Virgin Mary. Jesus Christ was the Lamb of...
  12. Blasphemy Of The Holy Spirit

    If you're a Christian & think you've committed the unforgivable sin, you haven't & you CAN'T! Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (NOTE: Scripture proclaims, ALL to be sinners) Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. NOTE: Bad news - Sins wage/sentence that we're all quilty of = DEATH. Good news - The gift of God/Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38, 10:45) gives eternal life to everyone who BELIEVES in...
  13. A Righteous Branch

    Jeremiah 23:1, 2. Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord. Therefore thus says the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; You have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, says the Lord. Even as Jesus pronounced woes to the teachers of the Law, His voice was echoing Jeremiah with the warnings for any who would assume spiritual authority...
  14. Christ Over Virus Infections And Disease - Shut The World Out, Live In The Word

    We are barely four months into the New Year and a lot is happening already on the world scene. At one point it looks like the beginning of 2020 will be heralded by the third world war as aggression in the Middle East between the United States and Iran reached a boiling point towards the end of last year and the beginning of the new one. Everyone seems braced up for the inevitable, the inevitable which somehow has been avoided. However, there is something else on the front burner taking the...
  15. The Starkness Stands Out

    The starkness stands out, I feel like a mouse, hunted by an invisible cat, feeling its presence, yet it eludes me. I hate the feeling, Lord, vulnerability, being in an open field, no place to hide, yet it is life as it has always been. The starkness stands out, as well as life's fragility, so I do the best I can, pray, work in our infirmary, be present for those i live with and love. Truly like flowers of the field we age, and weaken, or we get sick and then, Lord, we are gone....
  16. Key 1

    Over the centuries and starting in the time of Jesus, the world of man has gone out of it's way to twist what our concept of Jesus and salvation should be. After all, who when confronted with an alternate lifestyle and system will the world and it's mentor the Adversary defend, if not itself? The world defends it's own. Keep that in mind. Did the Pharisees believe in a Messiah and a Kingdom to come? Yes. Did they want to believe it was Jesus? No. Were there motives behind their beliefs?...
  17. Hear And Live

    Isaiah 66:5. Hear the word of the Lord, you who tremble at His Word. John 5:25. Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. The Son of God speaks to our spirit and gives overcoming life to those who listen and obey. This verse does not speak of the resurrection of the dead, but of being born again from above. For immediately after, Jesus says: John 5:28, 29. Do not marvel at this; for the...
  18. What Jesus Teaches About Vines & Fruit

    Before leaving this world, Jesus presented a vivid illustration to the twelve apostles that sums up his teaching in a way that we can all easily understand. We only need to step outside and observe the plants growing in our yard or visit a local garden to experience this important final teaching of Jesus. As followers of Jesus, we are part of a growing family that is in the constant care of God the Father who tends the soil and does the pruning. Jesus is the vine on which we the branches...
  19. I Have Decided

    Elevation Worship I Have Decided I have decided to follow Jesus I have decided to follow Jesus I have decided to follow Jesus No turning back, no turning back Though none go with me I still will follow Though none go with me I still will follow Though none go with me I still will follow No turning back, no turning back Everything All I am and all I have to bring I will give to You my everything All I am and all I have to bring I will give to You my everything (And I will...
  20. Acts 2 Repent & Be Baptized Parsed

    KJ Bible Acts 19:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. (NOTE: John is sent to preach the baptism of repentance. To PREPARE the people to believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. Through whom the remission/pardon of sin would be realized) 5 On hearing this they were baptized [again, this time] in the name of the Lord...
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