Saturday, April 30, 2005

Luke: The Lord's Prayer

Luke 11:1  And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.  

 A disciple learns from the master. They had followed John the Baptist first, and learned to pray from him. How should we pray as we follow Jesus? Remember, Jesus was not with his Father, he was in the form of a man. Some say that he taught us to pray to the Father, not to him. Now Jesus is with the Father, I believe that together they hear our prayers. Here is his prayer example; it is not meant to replace our prayers or to have special power, but it is a guide to prayer.

Luke 11:2  And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  

 Our Father, through receiving Jesus as Lord and savior, God becomes our Father. He is above, in the Holy place for he is hallowed, Holy, separated high above all in perfection of all good things. He is perfect in wisdom, power, love, justice, he is more than all we can say of Him.   Thy kingdom come; come now, the kingdom now is Spiritual, in His Spirit, increase your Spirit in our life Lord, increase your kingdom in and through me so that we may fellowship with you and do your works here on earth. As in heaven may you be manifested here, on earth through your disciples.

Luke 11:3  Give us day by day our daily bread.  

 We trust you each day to meet our needs for food, shelter, health. Thank you for this day and may I use it for your purposes.

Luke 11:4  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.  

We must forgive others to be forgiven. If we hold a grudge, a hurt, we are hindered in our Spiritual service. Cleanse our hearts Lord, remove what does not belong. We want to be vessels cleansed, fit for your use. We love you and we love all men, but we do hate evil and the evil spirits that war against you. Lead us not into temptations, testings to prove us. We wish to serve you willingly with a whole heart.


Friday, April 29, 2005

Luke: Martha and Mary

Luke 10:38  Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.

  The village was Bethany and they had a brother, Lazarus.(John 11:1)

Luke 10:39  And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
Luke 10:40  But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
Luke 10:41  And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
Luke 10:42  But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Two sisters, one was so busy serving that she had no time to spend at the Master's feet. Mary had been a sinner who had come to Jesus anointing his feet with ointment, and wiping his feet with her hair.  

 John 11:2  It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair,...  

John 12:1  Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.
John 12:2  There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.
John 12:3  Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

Martha complained about Mary who would not help her prepare a meal or set the table. Martha was so busy she had no time for Jesus. Mary was sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening to him. She gave also, of her costly ointment to the Lord, wiping his feet with her hair with humble loving service. Jesus commended Mary for hearing his word, while Martha's heart was filled with anxiety and cares. Are you a Martha, so busy doing things, looking at others wishing they would help you and not coming to hear Jesus? We must hear from Jesus first. Each day we should spend time in his word and talking with him. We must love him in prayer and in praise and worship. Mary did this, the better thing. Martha was too busy, too filled with the cares and needs around her to spend time with Jesus; she had no peace.  

Phil 4:6  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Phil 4:7  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  

Mary was blessed because she gave her heart to Jesus.  

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Re: Walls

For the LORD takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.
-Psalms 149:4 NAS

Things can get hard sometimes as we all know. But when people are busy building walls of protection, numbing themselves to reality, staying angry or retreating from God and everything else. What they are in effect doing... is... building  their own defense. No one can come in; including God. And they are not coming out to risk another wound.  (gh)   As you said, some deal with hurts by putting up walls. All seems tp be alright, but do not get too personal, because no one is allowed behind the walls. These walls are especially dangerous because they could harbor bad spirits. The walls become strongholds, One such person online had two bad spirits that tried to keep others away. On the outside all was smiles , but on the inside the spirits were gaining more and more control until the day she took her own life.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Luke-Good Samaritan

Luke 10:29  But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?   Knowing that he did not love everyone, he asked, " Who is my neighbour?" Jesus speaks of this in another place.   Mat 5:43  Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
Mat 5:44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Mat 5:45  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Mat 5:46  For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
Mat 5:47  And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
  Jesus would use a parable to get his message across.   Luke 10:30  And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.   This man was in need of help.
Luke 10:31  And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.   He ignored the need of the wounded man, perhaps he was thinking about preaching a message of love for the Sabbath service? We can be so involved in our ministry, that we miss the Lord.
Luke 10:32  And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.   The Levite was dedicated to the Lord's service, but he was only caring about the temple meeting place, not the needs of people outside in the streets.
Luke 10:33  But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,   The Samaritans were hated by the Jews, because their beliefs were all confused. Jesus loved all who were in need. Remember the Samaritan woman at the well? She knew enough to know that a Messiah was to come. She even was given the knowledge that Jesus was the Messiah from God. Jesus loved the Samaritans too.
Luke 10:34  And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.   The Samaritan met the needs of the wounded Jewish man. Wine and oil were used as medicines, he applied medicine to his wounds. He placed him on his own donkey and brought him to an Inn, a place to stay, and cared for him personally.
Luke 10:35  And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.   He left money and his authority to the inn keeper, so that the man would be cared for until he was able to travel. Any expense would be charged to his account. Jesus did this for us. We were helpless in sin, he came to us, he stayed with us and left his authority for us in his word and promises, so that we would be restored. Any need that we would have would be covered by His blood and was paid in full.
Luke 10:36  Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
Luke 10:37  And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
  Who is our neighbor? Anyone in need, and all need Jesus.

Luke-Perfect man

Luke 10:25  And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?  

How was this tempting? He was seeking to prove Jesus wrong, looking for something to make him look bad. We see this all the time in the Internet chats, someone asking questions, seeking to cause a debate or to put you down. This is not love. Another word for tempting is testing. We are to test the spirits. Jesus wants us to do that. Whether the lawyer was tempting or testing, Jesus knew. He knows our hearts. It is good to ask questions for more understanding. It is not good to ask questions with a desire to trip some one up.

Luke 10:26  He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?  

He was a lawyer, he knew the law. One way to stop a question of strife, is to ask another question. One man said if you do not know the answer, then ask a question back. Jesus knew the answer.

Luke 10:27  And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.  

The lawyer knew the answer, but did he live the answer? That is the question. If we think we know the law and the word of God, are we obeying it?

Luke 10:28  And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.  

Jesus agreed. Jesus kept these laws, but no other man ever kept the laws. If we kept all the laws based on love, we would be as God, not fallen and sinful. The problem is, all are fallen and sinful. Law keeping cannot save us, it is a good thing, but without the forgiveness of Jesus Christ we are lost in sins.   Jesus kept the law and did many good works. yet sinful men despised him and wanted him to die.   John 10:32  Jesus answered them, Many good works have I showed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?

John 10:33  The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

 They refused to see Jesus as he is; God the Son, the way to the Father, the forgiver of our sins. Are you trusting inyour good works to outweigh the bad? You are lost and you need Jesus.  

 Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Rom 3:24  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:  

 There is no way anyone can love perfectly and keep the laws of God. Only Jesus was able to do this. Trusting him is our salvation. In Jesus we are perfect.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Re: Revealed things (Lianne)

Mat 18:2  And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
Mat 18:3  And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 18:4  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Luke 10:21  In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

Wise men (the educated in our society) can not see as we see, because they see as wise men and not children of faith as all who receive Jesus, are.

But, what they are attempting to project unto the people, is exactly what we know. But they can not see, because they are children of flesh and not spirit.

Luke 10:23  And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see:
Luke 10:24  For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

We walk amongst those even in our Bible studies, who seek to see as we see and hear from God as we do. And they would have all people think that they do indeed see as we see and hear as we hear.

1 John 4:1  Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
1 John 4:2  Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
1 John 4:3  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
1 John 4:4  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
1 John 4:5  They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
1 John 4:6  We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

Eph 5:6  Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Eph 5:7  Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
Eph 5:8  For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
Eph 5:9  (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Eph 5:10  Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
Eph 5:11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
Eph 5:12  For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
Eph 5:13  But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
Eph 5:14  Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

Col 2:20  Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
Col 2:21  (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
Col 2:22  Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
Col 2:23  Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
Col 3:1  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Col 3:2  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
Col 3:3  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Col 3:4  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Col 3:5  Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
Col 3:6  For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
Col 3:7  In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
Col 3:8  But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
Col 3:9  Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
Col 3:10  And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Col 3:11  Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
Col 3:12  Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Col 3:13  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Col 3:14  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
Col 3:15  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Col 3:16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Col 3:17  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Wow, we do love an awesome God!

2 Pet 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Thank you again dear friend for sharing with me all that you share.
After reading this Daily Bible, these were my thoughts.
Thank you for allowing me to share.


Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Luke-Revealed things

  Luke 10:21  In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.  

What was revealed? That in Jesus name there is authority to heal and to cast out devils. This is not something learned in theology school, or a school for prophets. It is the power of God by faith, revealed as you are sent in obedience to do God's work. This power was hidden from the wise and skilled managers, but revealed to babes, new believers, inexperienced and not being wise in themselves; it is by faith. These things were revealed by the Father.

Luke 10:22  All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.  

The revealing of Jesus is by the Father, through the Holy Spirit. Peter received this knowledge first.  

Mat 16:16  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Mat 16:17  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 16:18  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Mat 16:19  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

The Father revealed Jesus as Lord, to Peter. In the name of Jesus is power and authority from God. Jesus is the rock and foundation of our faith. Peter was as a babe in Christ, but through Jesus we are strong. All the apostles were to build on the foundation of Jesus, through the power revealed from God the Father.

Luke 10:23  And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see:  

Eyes of faith to do the work of God.

Luke 10:24  For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.  

 Before Jesus, all believed through faith the promises of God. These disciples were able to see God, the Son, the promise fulfilled. The kingdom of God had come to them.  

Mat 12:28  But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Luke-In His Name

Luke 10:17  And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

The seventy witnesses returned rejoicing, saying even the devils must depart, when the name of Jesus is spoken. There is power in our belief in His name. When we return from our journey on this earth to the Father, we shall rejoice, because Jesus has given us power to overcome the world and to enter the eternal home in heaven. For those who believe in the name of Jesus, we come together; we are His family, satan cannot do his work if we stay in the vine that is Jesus.

Luke 10:18  And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

Responding to their comments that devils were cast out by the power and name of Jesus, he shares that when he spoke with the Father, that Satan himself was cast out of heaven. Jesus is the power to cast out the devil and his fallen angels. Apparently these things happened before Jesus came, and before the fall of Adam in the garden. Jesus speaks more of this in Revelation.

Rev 12:7  And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
Rev 12:8  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
Rev 12:9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

There was a war in heaven, Michael the arch angel at the command of God fought satan and he was cast out of heaven, with a third of the angels who followed him. These fallen angels are the devils spirit warriors.

Eph 2:2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Eph 2:4  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Eph 2:5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Eph 2:6  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Eph 2:7  That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

We war in the Spirit under the name and authority of Jesus.

Luke 10:19  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

We overcome evil in Jesus name. Nothing may hurt us from the enemy, because we trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. We must realize this. If we are of the Lord, we bring no evil, but we are the light of the world to expel the darkness.

Luke 10:20  Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Our rejoicing is not in the power to overcome satan in this life. We rejoice that we are citizens of heaven and our names are written in the book of life. Believe it, preach it, live an overcoming life. 

Thank you Jesus!

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Luke-Your witness

  Luke 10:10  But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say,
Luke 10:11  Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.

 It was the custom of the Jews to shake off the dust of the Gentile lands from their sandals. These were Jewish cities, but they refused the witness of Jesus their Messiah. For the kingdom of God had come to them, in the witnesses full of God's Spirit and the healings of God.

Luke 10:12  But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.
Luke 10:13  Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
Luke 10:14  But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you.
Luke 10:15  And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell.


 The judgment for these cities would be greater, because they had more evidence of God's kingdom. I cannot imagine the degrees of torment for those apart from God. Hell is bad, separation, weeping and wailing. Are some places hotter? Or is the torment the eternal regret of turning from the truth? God knows. We must escape God's wrath by coming to Jesus.  

2 Cor 1:9  But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
2 Cor 1:10  Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

Luke 10:16  He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.  

We are one with Jesus, think of that? This should certainly make our ways conform to his ways. For we represent him to the world. The world knows this. When we enter a room, the bad jokes stop, unless they pick on you. If they refuse you, they refuse Jesus. Think about the responsibility we carry, are we aware of this? Eternal souls await our response to them. 
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Natural man, Spiritual man

+ "A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word darkness on the walls of his cell."  (C.S. Lewis)
  2 Tim 2:13  If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

Yes, a good quote. So often I hear people who say they hear from God, but refuse His Bible. Every word was put there for our understanding. The more we understand, the greater our faith. Our faith is not in a dream, or hearing from an angel or a god. These are words of faith that he keeps as he keeps us. His promises are sure or we are lost. There is always a dissension between those who only see the natural world and those of faith. Faith must be based on truth.  

Acts 23:6  But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
Acts 23:7  And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.
Acts 23:8  For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.
Acts 23:9  And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees' part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.
Acts 23:10  And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle.  

If all we believe only in what we see, then we are only natural men and not Spiritual.  

1 Cor 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Cor 2:15  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
1 Cor 2:16  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

The Bible gives us the testimony of a natural man who saw and believed, and was made a Spiritual man. This was Thomas.  

John 20:27  Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
John 20:28  And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
John 20:29  Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

This is our faith. We believe the true report and are Born again of His Spirit. Thank you Jesus!

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Friday, April 22, 2005


Luke 10:4  Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. They were sent out to the city to prepare the way for Jesus to come. They were not to bring money or supplies. They were not even to greet people along the way. This is not a sight seeing trip. They were sent to make people aware that Jesus was coming, they were not to be side tracked from this purpose.

Luke 10:5  And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house.
Luke 10:6  And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.

Enter a home and if peace is there, the presence of Jesus, then stay, if not, it will turn to you again. Take it back. I have entered into homes where peace was evident and other homes where there was no peace found. To leave this home was a relief.

Luke 10:7  And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.

Stay put, do not go from house to house as a celebrity or as one choosing the best place for a meal. Stay put and eat what is provided for you.  The laborer is worthy of his hire.   1 Tim 5:18  For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.

Luke 10:8  And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you:   Again he said, eat whatever strange thing is given you. Bless it and eat it.
Luke 10:9  And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.   Preaching peace, the gospel of the kingdom, followed by signs and wonders. While you are there, heal the sick. It is the will of Jesus and the power of Jesus. This you do where you find peace and are welcomed. What good would it do to heal where unbelief and strife is? God is glorified in healing where there is faith and belief. Isn't that reasonable? 


Re: Earth day

  It’s not normal to
pollute God’s Earth and it’s not normal to pollute His Truths. 
The nation has become fanatical about "Earth" to the point that reguations are everywhere, driving business to other countries and limiting personal freedoms. Almost everything has been labeled hazardous and at the bottom of the tree hugging and earth celebrating is pantheism and paganism. They worship goddess mother earth, with all the gods that the pagans worshipped before Christ came. This spiritual movement has thrown out Jesus and the God of the Bible while embracing the gods of environment and self.

Dog and cat under one master

We're neither a cat or a dog, but many times like a cat, we want God 2 serve us, rather than serving God like a dog serves it's Master.... If U have ever owned a dog, U probably know, they find great joy being in the presence of their Master & they love serving their Master.... Cats also love 2 be in the presence of their Master, but I don't believe I've ever seen a cat serve anything, except a few dead animals near the steps as presents....
LOL, thats right. It is true that they get along under a master. I had a terrier/poodle mixture dog and a black cat that my son call Jack Sprat...until Jack had kittens. Then we named her Jackie. The cat slept on the mop haired dog we called Buffy. We would take Buffy to the dog groomer, who changed his long haired mop into a poodle cut with a ribbon. Buffy when placed in the back yard would come running to Jackie and Jackie backed away...Who is that? A poodle hair cut is short and strange looking.   We no longer have cats and dogs. Our cat died last month, a Siamese. It would scratch on the screen door even would climb it until we let it in. Then it would take its time walking through the door. We would say "Elvis is in the building." He demanded attention. My wife loved him, but he rarely would go to her, I fed him, so he followed me. If I was outside in bare feet he would come to me and rub his head on my feet, purring. It reminded me of the woman who broke the alabaster box and rubbed the feet of Jesus with her hair. That cat would only show affection to me. My wife had a colorful afghan, that she knitted that she laid at her feet. The cat loved that afghan, so that's how she got the cat to come and lay at her feet. Faye crochets maybe 50 afghans a year, many sizes and colors. Most she takes to the church to be blessed, then we gives them to the old people in the various care homes.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Luke-Lambs among wolves


Luke 10:3  Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.

They were sent forth by the good shepherd as lambs among wolves. Sheep are not very bright, lambs are weak and defenseless, unable by there natural abilities to survive in the world. What is out in the world? wolves. A wolf will follow a sheepfold and pick off the stragglers or the weak ones away from the fold. What is Jesus saying? In themselves they are weak, not so smart, totally unable to survive in a world of wolves. A wolf is symbolic of a bad spirit, a worker for the devil. The world is full of people serving the devil. Where is the Shepherd of the sheep? Where is their help?

Jesus sent them; they believed in the power and authority of the name of Jesus. They went forth as ambassadors representing the king of kings and Lord of lords. As Peter, they had authority because they knew Jesus as the Messiah, the Christ. Who he sends he equips with his grace through the Holy Spirit. They could do nothing without this power. The Spirit at this time was given for service, but the Spirit could leave afterwards. After Pentecost, the Holy Spirit stays with us, He is the seal, of ownership, a seal that we belong to God. They were to go forth in the power of God, not in their own strength. Jesus gave them a job to do, he would supply what is needed. This is true for us as well. If we are called to do something, we do it by His supplied power, through the Holy Ghost.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Imprtant date for Hiram

Gary, April 19 is an important date on my  calendar. 59 years ago on April 19 I was discharged from the U.S. Navy. 49 Years ago on the same date, my second daughter was born to Jean and I. 10 years ago on April I9 I was sequestered with the U.S. Federal Grand Jury in St. Louis, and was not allowed to leave because the court building in Okla. had been boomed. Also my birth date is Sept 11, and the twin towers were bombed on that date. Nothing important about this to others, but to me it is strange that things happen to me on dates that go down in history.  Hiram.  


Luke 10:1  After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.

Two witnesses were required by the law to confirm a report. Jesus sent out seventy more people, to announce his coming.

Luke 10:2  Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

The harvest of souls is great, the workers are few. What then? We should work harder and pray for others to help in the harvest of souls. It bothers me to see gatherings of Christians where there is little interest in the things of God. They do not discuss scriptures or share their testimonies. How will people hear and be saved?

Rom 10:13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Rom 10:14  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
Rom 10:15  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Rom 10:16  But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
Rom 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Let's get busy, the Lord needs workers in the harvest, he is coming again.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Luke-No looking back

No looking back

Luke 9:61  And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.

Perhaps the family of mother, father, brothers and sisters are not saved. Will they persuade you to stay away from following Jesus? Is your heart more with them? Maybe you had not so good parents, will you let them control you? Will you let your bad past keep you from following Jesus? Is it more important for you to seek their approval, then to follow Jesus through a new heart and Spirit?

Remember Lot and his wife who were told to flee their homes and not look back? His wife looked back, having love for the things of the city.

Gen 19:24  Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;
Gen 19:25  And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
Gen 19:26  But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

Luke 9:62  And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Who will you obey? Who are you seeking to please? Are we going to stay the course or bail out when things do not go our way? Are you king of your life? Make up your mind, for there is no looking back, no turning back if you are going to follow Jesus.

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through the veil

The veil was the partition that separated the holy place from the most holy
place.  Only the high priest could enter the most holy place, and then only
one time per year, accompanied by great ceremony and through a cloud of
smoke.  This ritual signified the darkness of that dispensation and the
darkness of our sin.

That smoke was sweet incense to the LORD. In revelation that was referred to as the prayers of the saints.  

 Rev 8:4  And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.

No one can enter the presence of the Lord except through the veil of Jesus' flesh, torn or broken for us.  

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

All the ceremonial cleansing was to prepare a heart to enter the Holy Place. God always looks at the heart. They washed hands, but it was the heart. We should prepare our hearts before attending church or even a Bible study. Many enter with hearts somewhere else, dressed to go to the lake or beach, lets get this over so we can go where our heart desires to be. Should not our hearts desire be to fellowship in the presence of the Lord? Maybe not in a holy temple that is a building, but in the temple of the Holy Spirit that dwells within.We can be in the Holy presence in our closets or as we walk in the wilderness, even at work, he is with us. We commune with him, if our hearts are cleansed and our minds renewed in Him. It is not about a building and a priest in a garment doing religious things. That passed with the tearing of the veil. We each have a holy garment, not as the Mormons wear, but the Spiritual garment, the white linens of our Lord Jesus Christ.  

Rev 3:5  He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Luke-Preach it

Luke 9:59  And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
Luke 9:60  Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.

This man's father was not dead, but he wanted to stay with his father until he was dead. There is nothing wrong with caring for the father. Jesus earlier made a point of giving to the needs of the parents and seeing that they were cared for.  

Mat 15:4  For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
Mat 15:5  But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;
Mat 15:6  And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

They were giving offerings of the money that was to be used for the care of their parents. Another place Jesus says this:  

Mat 10:34  Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Mat 10:35  For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Mat 10:36  And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
Mat 10:37  He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Mat 10:38  And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
Mat 10:39  He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

We are to care for the parents and our families, but to follow Jesus we must put his desires first. Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. There are brothers who can wait for your father to die. Perhaps like your father they are dead. They are not believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and are spiritually dead. Let the dead bury the dead. We are to put our service to Jesus as a priority. We are not to let excuses keep us from following him. Go thou and preach the gospel of the kingdom of God. Show your new life and start preaching. First preach to your father and family and then go to others. Jesus knew what it meant to serve His father, as he said to his earthly parents:  

Luke 2:49  And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?  

We serve God by serving others, but they are not to control us. Jesus is Lord, we serve him; so we must preach the gospel. Jesus is Lord and master of our lives.  

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Luke 9:57  And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.

A man comes to Jesus as he was traveling on the highway saying, Lord, master I will follow you wherever you go. Do we say this too? We sing where he leads I will follow. We like the blessings of the Lord and some believe by giving to certain evangelists that they will receive homes and cars and material success. There is another success that they should seek, the success of doing the will of God.  

Luke 6:45  A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Luke 6:46  And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Luke 9:58  And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.  

Jesus was not born a king in a palace, but to a humble family. He was laid in a manger. He came as a lowly servant.  

Mat 12:18  Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall show judgment to the Gentiles.
Mat 12:19  He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.
Mat 12:20  A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.
Mat 12:21  And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.
  Jesus gave his life a sacrifice for many.  

Mat 20:27  And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
Mat 20:28  Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
  Mat 23:11  But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

Mat 23:12  And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.   Jesus had no home, but he served the Father with all his heart, doing his will, blessing many. Do you still want to follow Jesus? If so? A mansion awaits you in heaven. If you are blessed with a home, use it for hospitality. If you are given wealth; use it for God's kingdom. All we own comes from the Father. Follow Jesus and use all for his glory.


Can I do enough for Jesus?

I often wonder if I can ever come close to do enough for Jesus.
The church is often no more than a reflection of the world. When the stock market boom was going on, the Church was preaching financial prosperity. It is good to look at the life of Jesus, to see our example. We shall never be able to do enough, but he did all we need to follow him to heaven. Many have their eye on the prize in this life: health and prosperity...Thats fine, but we all will leave this life and what have we sent ahead? What is our spiritual treasure to be rewarded by a well done, my good and faithful servant?

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Who do we please?

Death upon the
Cross was the most disgraceful way to die at the time.  This appealed greatly
to the Pharisees as they hoped His crucifixion would sink His reputation
forever and put an indelible black mark upon His name.

We humans are masters at ignoring our own sin, especially if there’s someone
else at whom we can point the finger.  We certainly see that attribute in the
Pharisees.  But what about ourselves? (Jeff Myers)  

To point out anothers sins or to try to make another look bad, from poitical motives is certainly a politicians way of doing things. We are not politicians but ambassadors. I personally must hold back my anger at times when I see blasphemy, arrogance, foolish thoughts; but we are not to be the wrath of God. I must step away. He came to give life, not to take away hope. Even in death, (on the cross) he consistantly showed grace.  Seeing Paul near death in 2 Tim, we see how he was hurt and abandoned, but a few remained by him, faithful. Are we wanting power from the world? Are we wanting many to follow us, then be will be like the world. Jesus and Paul were almost left alone in death, yet they were in the Father's will.  He is who we want to please. He made us, called us, equipped us and will receive us....Gary

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Luke-Son's of thunder

Luke 9:54  And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?

These brothers were wanting to defend the Lord's honor, but were instead an offense. We sometimes are so eager to serve God and to show his glory, but do we destroy others? Elijah called fire down to show the glory of God over the pagan god Baal. The fire consumed the sacrifice, whereas Baal could do nothing. Elijah himself killed the prophets of Baal.  

1 Ki 18:40  And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.  

We sometimes are quick to draw the sword to defend the Lord, as did Peter.  

Mat 26:52  Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
Mat 26:53  Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

The fire we bring down on people comes from our own tongue.  

 James 3:5  Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
James 3:6  And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
James 3:7  For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
James 3:8  But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
James 3:9  Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
James 3:10  Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

The fire of God falls on believers for purifying and service, not on unbelievers.

1 Pet 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
1 Pet 4:18  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

Luke 9:55  But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
Luke 9:56  For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

 He rebuked them. We are not to condemn people but to save them. Jesus would give his life for sinners, not for the rghteous. The Spirit of God is long-suffering and gentle.  

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  

What manner of spirit are we? Are we as Jesus to sacrifice ourselves to bring others to salvation? Our sacrifice may be in long-suffering, in love shown in hours spent witnessing for him. Will we use our own glory to destroy another? What spirit are you of?  

They went to another village and they planted the seed of God's word. Perhaps another would would come to those who were afraid to come to Jesus and show them the way to life? Maybe you will be the one another trusts and you will do the work of Jesus? Show forth his fruit, He will build his church. We are not sent to destroy but to give life to as many as would receive our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the way. We must get out of the way; and show Jesus to them.

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Ragman story (sent from Daisy)

Scripture: Revelation 7:17
“For the Lamb who stands in front of the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to the springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe away all their tears”

I saw a strange sight. I stumbled upon a story most strange, like nothing my life, my street sense, my sly tongue had ever prepared me for.

Hush, child. Hush, now, and I will tell it to you. Even before the dawn one Friday morning I noticed a young man, handsome and strong, walking the alleys of our City. He was pulling an old cart filled with clothes both bright and new, and he was calling in a clear, tenor voice: "Rags!"

(Ah, the air was foul and the first light filth to be crossed by such sweet music.)  "Rags! New rags for old! I take your tired rags! Rags!" "Now, this is a wonder," I thought to myself, for the man stood six-feet-four, and his arms were like tree limbs, hard and muscular, and his eyes flashed intelligence.

Could he find no better job than this, to be a ragman in the inner city? I followed him. My curiosity drove me. And I wasn't disappointed.

Soon the Ragman saw a woman sitting on her back porch. She was sobbing into a handkerchief, sighing, and shedding a thousand tears. Her knees and elbows made a sad X. Her shoulders shook. Her heart was breaking. The Ragman stopped his cart. Quietly, he walked to the woman, stepping round tin cans, dead toys, and Pampers.

“Give me your rag," he said so gently, "and I’ll give you another." He slipped the handkerchief from her eyes. She looked up, and he laid across her palm a linen cloth so clean and new that it shined. She blinked from the gift to the giver.

Then, as he began to pull his cart again, the Ragman did a strange thing: he put her stained handkerchief to his own face; and then HE began to weep, to sob as grievously as she had done, his shoulders shaking. Yet she was left without a tear.

“This IS a wonder," I breathed to myself, and I followed the sobbing Ragman like a child who cannot turn away from mystery. "Rags! Rags! New rags for old!"
Scripture: Luke 1:51a
“His mighty arm does tremendous things” NLT

In a little while, when the sky showed gray behind the rooftops and I could see the shredded curtains hanging out black windows, the Ragman came upon a girl whose head was wrapped in a bandage, whose eyes were empty. Blood soaked her bandage. A single line of blood ran down her cheek.

Now the tall Ragman lookedupon this child with pity, and he drew a lovely yellow bonnet from his cart. "Give me your rag," he said, tracing his own line on her cheek, "and I'll give you mine."

The child could only gaze at him while he loosened the bandage, removed it, and tied it to his own head. The bonnet he set on hers. And I gasped at what I saw: for with the bandage went the wound! Against his brow it ran a darker, more substantial blood - his own! "Rags! Rags! I take old rags!" cried the sobbing, bleeding, strong, intelligent Ragman.

The sun hurt both the sky, now, and my eyes; the Ragman seemed more and more to hurry. "Are you going to work?" He asked a man who leaned against a telephone pole. The man shook his head -- The Ragman pressed him: "Do you have a job?" "Are you crazy?" sneered the other. He pulled away from the pole, revealing the right sleeve of his jacket - flat, the cuff stuffed into the pocket. He had no arm.

“So," said the Ragman. "Give me your jacket, and I'll give you mine." Such quiet authority in his voice! The one-armed man took off his jacket. So did the Ragman - and I trembled at what I saw: for the Ragman's arm stayed in its sleeve, and when the other put it on he had two good arms, thick as tree limbs; but the Ragman had only one. "Go to work," he said.

After that he found a drunk, lying unconscious beneath an army blanket, an old man, hunched, wizened, and sick. He took that blanket and wrapped it round himself, but for the drunk he left new clothes.   And now I had to run to keep up with the Ragman. Though he was weeping uncontrollably, and bleeding freely at the forehead, pulling his cart with one arm, stumbling for drunkenness, falling again and again, exhausted, old, old, and sick, yet he went with terrible speed. On spider's legs he skittered through the alleys of the City, this mile and the next, until he came to its limits, and then he rushed beyond.
Scripture: Colossians 3:12a
“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you” MSG

I wept to see the change in this man. I hurt to see his sorrow. And yet I needed to see where he was going in such haste, perhaps to know what drove him so.

The little old Ragman - he came to a landfill. He came to the garbage pits. And then I wanted to help him in what he did, but I hung back, hiding. He climbed a hill. With tormented labor he cleared a little space on that hill. Then he sighed. He lay down. He pillowed his head on a handkerchief and a jacket. He covered his bones with an army blanket. And he died.

Oh, how I cried to witness that death! I slumped in a junked car and wailed and mourned as one who has no hope - because I had come to love the Ragman. Every other face had faded in the wonder of this man, and I cherished him; but he died. I sobbed myself to sleep.

I did not know - how could I know? - that I slept through Friday night and Saturday and its night, too. But then, on Sunday morning, I was wakened by a violence. Light - pure, hard, demanding light - slammed against my sour face, and I blinked, and I looked, and I saw the last and the first wonder of all.

There was the Ragman, folding the blanket most carefully, a scar on his forehead, but alive! And, besides that, healthy! There was no sign of sorrow nor of age, and all the rags that he had gathered shined for cleanliness.

Well, then I lowered my head and trembling for all that I had seen, I myself walked up to the Ragman. I told him my name with shame, for I was a sorry figure next to him. Then I took off my clothes in that place, and I said to him with dear yearning in my voice: "Dress me."

He dressed me. My Lord, he put new rags on me, and I am a wonder beside  him. The Ragman, the Ragman, THE CHRIST.

by Walter Wangerin, Jr.

Re: Ragman story

Thanks Daisy. Yes, I had heard this story of the Ragman and it really is a blessing, even if somehow my name could be connected to the Christ. In a way this is a confirmation to my strange name which I received as a child before I heard of this story. It is certainly a story for us all to try to be like. As a young man I was strong and yes 6' 4", but cancer put an end to self glory. Perhaps affliction makes us aware of others needs? Even when the Lord came to me in the hospital I became a witness for God. Not knowing anything about Him, other than he touched me and gave me peace and a desire to serve him.  

Life leaves many scars, afflictions, devine healing; triumph, and defeat as we put our love on someone else and lose that love and through many tears and struggles we find our way back to the foot of the cross. With new purpose we take his white linens, pick up the rod of His word and began a new walk in His steps never to look back. The journey from the cross at last has given me hope and the witness of his word for myself and others. As we go we find many who have been bloodied and with such needs that only the Lord Jesus Christ can bring new life to; the white linens replace the blood and tears with peace and joy.   Gary  

 Isa 61:1  The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
Isa 61:2  To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
Isa 61:3  To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

Friday, April 15, 2005

Luke-Don't let him pass you by

Luke 9:51  And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,

It was nearing the time of the final Passover, Jesus was doing things that needed to be done before he would go to the cross for our sins and be received up to heaven with the Father. He fixed his face towards Jerusalem. Be assured this weighed heavy on his human mind. Important and difficult things do cause us to ponder and be prepared in our minds and hearts.

Luke 9:52  And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him.  

The Jews hated the Samaritans and normally would go around their land. Jesus had no hate, he would cut through Samaria as he did when he met the woman at the well.  

 John 4:4  And he must needs go through Samaria.

 Every place Jesus went had opportunities for ministry, this is true for us as well. Remember the great commission:  

Mat 28:19  Go ye therefore, (as you go) and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mat 28:20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 Jesus sent messengers ahead to prepare the Samaritans to meet Jesus. They were sent bearing good news.The work of the apostles was to go as ambassadors to introduce Jesus to others.

Luke 9:53  And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.  

 Interesting, his focus and attention seemed to be elsewhere, on the difficult time ahead, so he seemed to be not coming to them, but just passing through. Jesus was perfect, but we are not. If we expect people to want to hear us, we must be prepared and enthusiastic. Jesus could have blessed these people with eternal life, but they thought he was going to others. How many feel that they are unworthy to receive Jesus? How many cannot see that he loves them? That he came to die for them to secure eternal life for them? Do not think that Jesus did not come for you. Do not let him pass by without being touched by him.  

 Luke 19:10  For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.  

He came for me and he came for you, don't let him go by without making you whole. He is healer and life giver. In Jesus is eternal life and the forgiveness of all sins. He came to them and he comes to you, because he loves you with all of his heart. Reach out and receive him.

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Thursday, April 14, 2005

Luke-Who is for us?

Luke 9:49 And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us.
Luke 9:50 And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.

This is an exception, to other scriptures on the subject. God always shows us something new. Who can know the mind of God? A scripture that supports this verse is:

Mat 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
Mat 12:26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

But there are other scriptures that do not agree with this.

Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

What is different in this passage? Many claimed to prophesy, cast out devils in Jesus name and to do wonderful works, BUT, Jesus knew their hearts. They were phonies, not truly of God, but pretenders. Jesus examined their works, they did not do the will of the Father. They were doing things on their own, claiming to hear from the Father, claiming to do great things from the Father, it was all smoke, worthless. Why? Jesus said, "I never knew you, depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Religious things and games, from their own wicked hearts. They had not bothered to come to Jesus and to hear from the Father. They were lying, children of the devil, perhaps self deceived.

Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Jer 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

Our Holy Spirit discernment is needed. The real Holy Spirit, from receiving Jesus as Lord and savior; not eyes glazed, emotional pretense. You may fool the people, but not the Lord.

2 Pet 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 Pet 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
2 Pet 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

Are you fooled by those who wish to make merchandise of you for their own gain? Truly be careful. If they prophesy, is it of God, from his word? Are they really casting out devils and doing wonders? I wonder? Examine all their fruit, not just what they claim. Do they have the fruit of the Spirit?

Getting back to our scriptures from Luke. They may not be with us, maybe in another denomination, but doing the Lord's work. If they are for Jesus, praise God and offer them your fellowship. If they are of another spirit, rebuke them in love and withdraw from them.

Demons? fallen angels

Angels and demons are created beings. There is only One Being who was not God Himself. Angels were originally created holy and without sin, but...there was a rebellion by Satan, who, being lifted up by his own beauty, sought to exalt himself above God and rebelled. In his rebellion, he took with him one-third of the angels (Rev. 12:4). This rebellion and fall is probably described for us in Isaiah 14:12-14 .     In Gen. 3 It the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field. Consider...that If the angels who were in the presence of God for who knows how long...Could be duped by Satan or could not resist him...mankind can be fooled as well. Satan is more clever, deceitful, and shrewd than any man or woman in history. (SC) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  

If we do not believe there are fallen angels, then why not believe in extra terrestrials, flying saucers  etc. ? I see fallen angels. They come in different sizes and shapes. They have various levels of authority. Yes, they are smarter than humans. Many people say they (hear) from god, and do not like the Bible. These are spirits, angel guides. We do not become infatuated with angels, fairies...The lore we enjoy, just may be fallen angels, devils. They are clever, we can't debate with them apart from God's word. We should not try. Usually those with angel wisdom say, do not quote a book, use your own mind...then they have won the debate. We never stop quoting God's word. Jesus did this against satan, the highest ranking devil, so must we...

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Response to "who is greatest"

  Another God Blessed study Elder Gary.... Thank U.... Adrian ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Who is greatest?
Easy answer........................GOD.....................  :)

If only I had more money, more possessions, then I would command respect?

================================= The heck with having more stuff and respect, I just want to get by and live in a place I can call being my own........
Jesus is with the innocent and the weak, the trusting children.

:)  (GL) \~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Here is a story that helped me understand how God can use special needs people.  Also an inspiring woman, Johnny Erickson Tada put in perspective how we can treat people with disabilities. She recently quoted this passage in regards to the precious woman (Terry) whom our society let starve to death.   Proverbs 31:8 "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. 9 Speak up and judge fairly;defend the rights of the poor and needy."   God blessed me richly by letting me have a special needs brother.  He was born with cerebral palsy and I got to see God's glory minister through my mother's love and care for him.  He went to be with the Lord last Friday and we are rejoicing that he was part of our lives and is now completely whole.   It is coincindental that this is the very passage that the Lord had ministered to me when working through my initial grief.  My brother has a special place with the Lord.  His mind remained as a child even though he was 41 years old!   NOT A COINCIDENCE AT ALL OF COURSE.  As Pastor Arlon says "He gives us handfuls on purpose".  I am truly blessed and to God be the glory!  Thank you Gary for being used in this way.  As I have said before, your ministry comes just in time more often than you know.  Better that one hand doesn't know what the other is doing sometimes.    Blessings to all, Debbie    


You have stated two very powerful statements that Jesus made. The first is the way we treat little children reveals the way we treat Jesus Himself. We cannot mistreat or abuse little children without abusing Jesus Christ. If we love the little ones we are also loving Jesus Christ.

The second statement concerns the way we respond to believers who are in need.
If we close our minds to those who are needy, we are closing our minds to Jesus Himself. "In as much as you have done it unto one of the least of these my children you have done it unto me." We are to be very concerned for those in His family who are in need, and help them to the best of our ability. In so doing we are serving Jesus Christ.

Y.B.I.C.    Hiram

Luke-Who is greatest?

  Luke 9:46  Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest.  

 Isn't this the thinking of the world? If I can only rise to the top of my profession, to be respected of all. If only I had more money, more possessions, then I would command respect? If only I was more thin or fat, then I would look better and people would notice me? Perhaps I would be loved? What things in your mind hold you captive? What are you wishing to achieve to make you more loved and respected by people? Hear God, and put away these things.  

1 Cor 3:19  For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
1 Cor 3:20  And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

Luke 9:47  And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him,
Luke 9:48  And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.

  Jesus  showed them a child and said how you treat this innocent one in Jesus name, how you love him and are gentle, caring and kind and receive him, it  is as receiving Jesus. Jesus is with the innocent and the weak, the trusting children.   This can make us consider some things. How many leave their children in someone elses care while they work to achieve wealth and things? Are you are ignoring Jesus, are you are leaving Jesus behind? Jesus is saying, do not seek prominence, but seek me. Do good, love your children and your family. Relationships are more important then being first in the world.  

Mat 19:13  Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
Mat 19:14  But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 19:15  And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.

Not only is the Lord in little children, but he is in those who are most needy in the world. Do we see how we could neglect the needs of others when we seek personal wealth and prominence? What is our hearts fervent desire?  

 Mat 25:34  Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Mat 25:35  For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
Mat 25:36  Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Mat 25:37  Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
Mat 25:38  When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Mat 25:39  Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
Mat 25:40  And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.  

Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.
I think we see the heart of God better now.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Luke-afraid to ask

Luke 9:43  And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God. But while they wondered every one at all things which Jesus did, he said unto his disciples,  

They were amazed that at his command the devil left the child and was healed. They were amazed when he fed the 5000. They were amazed when he said, peace be still and the wind and waves were stilled. Jesus is amazing and he was doing the will of his Father in heaven.

Luke 9:44  Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men.
Luke 9:45  But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not: and they feared to ask him of that saying.

Several times he would tell them this message.  

Luke 9:22  Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.   They could not understand, the meaning was hid from them. One reason they did not understand is that they were afraid to ask him questions. Questions for understanding are good. Never be afraid to ask questions concerning the things of God.   Some who are of the devil ask questions to sow strife and confusion.  

James 3:14  But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
James 3:15  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
James 3:16  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
James 3:17  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
James 3:18  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

 We must be careful who we listen to. If we ask questions of a devil possessed person, he will lead you astray. Jesus speaks the truth.
Jesus was no devil, he is God the Son. Why is it that they were not able to understand him? Is the devil hindering the hearing?

John 12:38  That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?
John 12:39  Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,
John 12:40  He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.  

Perhaps they just could not understand, because they did not have God's Spirit for discernment?  

1 Cor 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  

 All this to say this:   If you have a question, seek the word of God or someone who you trust to help you, who knows the word. Do not listen to those who sow discord, for they will lead you into confusion. God is not a God of confusion.  

 2 Tim 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  

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Monday, April 11, 2005

spiritual battle

We must enter into the battle as a force that makes the devil nervous. God is going to train us to meet and overcome the resistance of the enemy. In an army; there are all kinds of job descriptions and duties. We are all a part of God's Army and we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us. (gh)
Yes, for he has already overcome the enemy. The devil comes with lies, we speak the word of truth. The devil comes to steal, we remove the captives from captivity. He comes to kill, God gives us life. He comes to  destroy, we offer eternal life, now and forever. The Spirit and the word by faith defeat the devil. It is a spiritual battle by spiritual people.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Luke-hear Jesus

Luke 9:32  But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him.  

They seemed to sleep when they should be watching. This was for their benefit too. How many of us mean well, but fall asleep reading the Bible and praying? Get sleep, but not in place of these important things. Make room for the things that build your faith   When they were awake, they saw his glory and the two men. We should see the glory that is Jesus, he is above all men. He is God the Son.

Luke 9:33  And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said.  

As they departed, Moses and Elijah, Peter realizes who the two men were. He wanted them to stay, so he blurts out; let me make three dwellings from branches, as when we celebrate the feast of tabernacles. Let's have a religious celebration.

Luke 9:34  While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.  

As Peter spoke a cloud of glory overshadows them and covers them. They are covered with the presence of God, as the cloud that covered Moses on Mt. Sinai.  

Exo 24:16  And the glory of the LORD abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud.
Exo 24:17  And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.
Exo 24:18  And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.
Exo 25:1  And the LORD spake unto Moses... 

 The very presence of God was in the cloud and spoke out as Peter was still speaking. Are we like Peter, talking from our many thoughts when we should be still, in the presence of God? We need to listen as Peter, to hear from God.

Luke 9:35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.  

Hear my Son. You have heard Moses and the law. You have heard my prophets. Now someone greater is come. This is my Son: hear him.  

1 Cor 15:27  For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
1 Cor 15:28  And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

Luke 9:36  And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen.  

Jesus stood alone. He stands alone among men in authority, power, truth and grace. Listen to Jesus, he is the way to the Father.

Saturday, April 9, 2005

Luke-A glimpse of Glory

A Glimpse of Glory   Luke 9:27  But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.  

This was spoken over two thousand years ago. Some refer to this verse to prove the Bible to not be the truth. The Bible is all true.  

2 Pet 3:3  Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
2 Pet 3:4  And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

Here is the coming of the kingdom of heaven in the glorified Christ. Remember that Jesus brought the kingdom of heaven with him, the presence of God with man.   Mat

12:28  But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

Luke 9:28  And it cameto pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.  

Some of them will see the kingdom of heaven, the glorified Lord Jesus Christ and the living of those who were from the past.

Luke 9:29  And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.  

Before their eyes they see the brightness of his glory. Jesus has prayed that we shall be with him forever, to see him as he is. Jesus came to complete the redemption of those who by faith receive the promise of eternal life in glory with him. Meditate on these things.  

John 17:24  Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

Luke 9:30  And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias:  

Moses and Elijah, the law giver and the beloved prophet of God, standing before him, alive, alive forevermore. A proof of our eternal life in Christ Jesus. They are not dead. There is no death for those who trust in Jesus. We receive a new glorified body. God is the God of the living!  

Mark 12:26  And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?

Mark 12:27  He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.

Luke 9:31  Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.  

Moses and Elijah knew. They knew that Jesus must shed his blood, to fulfill the promise they had received by faith.  

Mat 26:28  For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.  

 The communion wine,a picture of the shed blood of Jesus Christ which was shed for all; Moses, Elijah, the old testament saints, and Jew and Gentile believers then, now and in the future. The blood is the power for our deliverance, from sin and the devil, to righteousness and eternal life. He would accomplish this in Jerusalem, the holy city of God.   Moses and Elijah speak these things before his disciples; Peter and John and James. They saw the kingdom of God and we have received the witness; Jesus is Lord and our savior.

As I wrote this, three Jehovah's witnesses came to the door. One was a small boy. They did not understand God's kingdom. I began to show them their error and to open the truth from the Bible. Jesus shall rule with God in the kingdom of heaven.   

Rev 22:3  And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: 

 They turned away and left. Will you leave Jesus for another belief?
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