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Faith over action

This week I want to start off with some verses, From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray to the Lord , that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live. Numbers 21:4‭-‬7‭, ‬9, And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,  that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. John 3:14‭-‬15  The Israelites were plagued by fiery serpents and were dying. Moses cried out to the Lord, the Lord told Moses to lift up a snake on a pole and anyone who looked on the bronze snake would live. See it wasn’t the action of looking at the snake, it was the faith that saved their physical lives. This was a picture of the sin that Jesus would take on and destroy forever by being lifted up on the cross except He will save our souls.  He wants to know us, He wants us to have faith and trust in Him. The Israelites were always complaining about everything that happened to them. We are in a situation where we could very easily complain about having to stay home or about having to go out to work or to go to the grocery store. But we could choose not to complain and to see that maybe God did not cause it, but He allowed it to happen. He will work all of this out for His glory, in all of the situations we find ourselves in during this time. We will look back on this sometime in the future and we will say we could see that God was working all of this for His good. And we will see we learned some important things through this time. That no matter how much technology we have, He is the only one that has ever been in control and He is the only one who will ever be in control. He wants to have a personal relationship with you. We get to have a personal relationship with the King of the universe. This week let’s remember who is in control! That no matter what happens, if we have faith in what He did for us on the cross, how He was lifted up for us, so we could live with Him forever in Heaven. And let’s remember that God wants faith over action, it wasn’t the act of looking towards  the bronze snake, it was the faith it took to look. So let’s remember to let our faith grow during this time. If you don’t know Him and you want to know more click the link below.

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He wants to dwell in your heart

This week I want to start off with some verses, Remember, O Lord , in David’s favor, all the hardships he endured,  how he swore to the Lord and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob, “I will not enter my house or get into my bed, I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids,  until I place for the Lord , a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.” Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah; we found it in the fields of Jaar. “Let us go to his dwelling place; let us worship at his footstool!”   Arise, O Lord , and go to your resting place, you and the ark of your might. Let your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let your saints shout for joy. For the sake of your servant David, do not turn away the face of your anointed one.   The Lord swore to David a sure oath from which he will not turn back: “One of the sons of your body I will set on your throne. If your sons keep my covenant and my testimonies that I shall teach them, their sons also forever shall sit on your throne.”  For the Lord has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his dwelling place: “This is my resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it. I will abundantly bless her provisions; I will satisfy her poor with bread. Her priests I will clothe with salvation, and her saints will shout for joy.  There I will make a horn to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed. His enemies I will clothe with shame, but on him his crown will shine.” Psalm 132:1‭-‬18 For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” 1 Peter 2:6 In the first passage the writer is telling us something that is so powerful for the lives of  Christians and even nonbelievers. David said that He will not sleep until He finds a place for the Lord to dwell among men. If we said we were not going to sleep until God had a dwelling place among men, then we would need to realize that today, He does not want a building. He wants to dwell in our hearts and we should not sleep until we are sure He dwells in our hearts. He wants to know you and He wants you to tell others about Him. It is more important that we have assurance of salvation, than having sleep, food or anything else in our lives. We must tell others about Him, even in this time where we are not seeing people as much as we used to. We can pray for them, we can message them, we can video call and we can share a sermon with them on social media. Do you know God?   He wants to know you. So this week let’s tell others about Him and encourage each other in the Lord, because we are all in this together and He is the only unchanging thing!

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Seek Him this Easter

Happy Easter everyone, This week I want to start off with a verse, Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”  While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day. Matthew 28:1‭-‬15 Isn’t it interesting who found the tomb empty first, it was the two Marys. Back in Bible times, women were not allowed to testify in court. So, if you were going to make up a story about Jesus, you would have skipped the part about the women seeing Jesus first. But, it was included because it was important, it showed something about God’s nature. He chose to appear to the ones who were seeking His body. This Easter He wants you to seek Him and when you seek Him, He will show up in your life. The disciples who were locked in an upper room, fearing for their lives, Jesus showed them that He was alive! I pray that He will show up in your lives, even if you are locked inside due to what is going on in the world. So, this week let’s seek Him and remember what He did for us 2000 years ago on Easter. 

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He is waiting for you

This week let’s start off with some verses, Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”  It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” Luke 23:32‭-‬47 Today is Good Friday the day that Jesus Christ died for you and me. For the disciples Good Friday was not such a happy day, they all felt fear, because Jesus had just been killed and they had been with Him for 3 years. He did this for us, He wants to know us and dwell with us forever. In this passage, Jesus saves one of the men who was crucified beside Him. He said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” There was no prayer recorded, it was the faith of the man that saved him. For someone on a cross to say something and to breath they have to pull themselves up on the nails through their wrist and feet. I believe that if we could see what Jesus went through on the cross that we would not call this Good Friday. We would tell everyone we come in contact with about what He did for us. The only thing we have to do to be saved is believe that He died for our sins, rose again for us and ask Him to come into our hearts.  Even in our last breath we can declare Him King of our hearts or we can be like the man to the other side of Jesus who didn’t believe enough to call on Him to save his soul. He was more worried about his earthly body. So which one will you be, will you trust in Him or will you deny Him even with your dying breath. So, if you don’t know Him this would be a great time to come to know Him.

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The True Lamb of Passover


I am going to start off with some verses, Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?” He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.'”  And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover. When it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve. And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me.  The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” Judas, who would betray him, answered, “Is it I, Rabbi?” He said to him, “You have said so.” Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.”  And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’  But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same. Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.”  And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.  Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.” While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.” And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him. Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you came to do.” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him. And behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?  But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?” At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled. Matthew 26:17‭-‬56 Today is the first day of Passover, Jesus was looking for a place to celebrate Passover with the disciples. Passover is a celebration of the Lord passing over the Jewish households. At that time, when the Israelites were in Egypt, if the blood of a lamb was on the door of the house, then the firstborn would not be killed. To read the full account of the passover read Exodus 12. Back to the passage about Jesus and the disciples celebrating the passover, the very next day the ultimate lamb would be sacrificed.  Now when the Lord looks at our hearts, if we know Him He sees His son’s blood and He will allow us to enter into His Kingdom. Also in this passage, Jesus was foretelling His betrayal by Judas and Peter denying Him 3 times. One other thing I want to point out is that Jesus didn’t fight His capturers. Jesus was led away peacefully without Him fighting, except for Peter, who cut off one of the High priest guard’s ears. But it was all good, because Jesus picked up his ear and put it back on healing him. This was Jesus’ last miracle prior to the crucifixion. He died for you and He wants to know you. If you don’t know Him click the link below.

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Who is Jesus to you



This week I want to start off with some verses, And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he drew near to Bethphage, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here.  If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.'” So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” Luke 19:28‭-‬40 Today is Palm Sunday, this is the day that Jesus made His Triumphant entry into Jerusalem and this would be His final week before His resurrection. This is when the tension between Jesus and religious leaders peaked and when they probably started to plan to kill Him. While He was riding in on the donkey, the people of Jerusalem were throwing down their cloaks and palm branches on the streets, saying Hosanna Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! This is the week that shaped the world forever. This is the week that He died and rose again crushing sin, death, and hell beneath His feet. In this passage, as Jesus was riding along on the donkey, He was called a lot of names. He was called Lord, Teacher, and Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Who is Jesus to you? Is He Lord, is He Teacher, is He Savior? C.S. Lewis once said “Jesus Christ was either a liar, a lunatic, or He was who He said He was.” So who is Jesus to you, is He your King, is He your Savior. If not and you want to know Him click on the link below.