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Have a Wonderful Day

Psalm 62:8
Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts before Him. God is our refuge. 

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Topics for Week of August 10th Thru 16th, 2020

Monday August 10, 2020

God never stopped loving us…even those who crucified Him.

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Tuesday August 11, 2020

Who is your Living Hope? The resurrection of Jesus made Him the only Living Hope.

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Wednesday August 12, 2020

What has man accomplished that we can say to God here is my accomplishment?

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Thursday August 13, 2020

When Paul said…I know of a man that was caught up to the third heaven, what did he mean?

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Friday August 14, 2020

If this was all we had to look forward to? No, Jesus gave us a glimpse of Heaven.

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Saturday August 15, 2020

Do we need a miracle to end Covid-19? It is there for the asking, the vaccine is being readied, but pray for God to end it.

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Sunday August 16, 2020

The Holy Bible contains all the answers… It is a complex book of the future.  Search it and learn.

DAILY DEVOTIONALS

Monday August 10, 2020

God never stopped loving us…even those who crucified Him.

Luke 23:34

But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves.
John 14:23

Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.

Imagine… When Jesus said: “WE” will come and make “our” abode with you?

Imagine this is said by the King of kings, and Lord of all lords.

How much more can you and I expect? When our ‘Creator’ and our Great Redeemer offered His love and His eternal promise.  This is the highest rewards we can ever receive. But it is not earned, it is only by our personal unconditional love of the Lord.

Psalm 37:4

Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

So, as we begin a new week, let us look beyond the conflict, the distortions and find the Truth which is found in Jesus.

John 14:6

Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

Know this… That anyone that thing contrary to this factual statement of Christ. Then it is an attempt to make Jesus a liar. Remember this…

Matthew 7:21-23

I Never Knew You

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

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Today more than ever people are being displaced because of wars, civil unrest, terrorism, and uncertainty of the future.  But we want to express to our readers that nothing is New…  Mass-Migration existed in Europe, India, Middle East, , and today we have the atrocities of war in Syria, Africa, Middle East displacing millions. 

The Bible made referenced to this… Daniel 12:3-5

Those who are wise shall shine
Like the brightness of the firmament,
And those who turn many to righteousness
Like the stars forever and ever.

“But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

Then I, Daniel, looked; and there stood two others, one on this riverbank and the other on that riverbank.

Our message today is to highlight the unwavering Word of Jesus, when He told John to ‘Write these things down’

The most Re-Assuring words are…

Revelation 22:12

Jesus Testifies to the Churches] “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work.

While Jesus mentioned ‘According to his work’ we are highlighting that His Reward is brought to those who know Him, and He knows them… Because ’Work’ will not make us eligible for His Kingdom.

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

The Reward is the Lord Himself, as He shall dwell among His people.

Revelation 21:3

And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.

His Promise:

1 Corinthians 3:16-23

16 Do you do not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

Prayer: Heavenly Father because of Jesus our Redeemer and through You Lord we have Victory and we can boldly declare that this day is the best day of all because Your Lord Jesus paid it all.  Lord we thank you for our Visitors and we ask your Divine blessing on us all. To You Lord Jesus is the Power and the Glory now and forevermore… Amen.

Praise:

English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-hvI1nbS80

Chinese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9gHS2iARxE

Spanish:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcc4IcEfutk

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Topics for Week of August 3rd Thru 9th, 2020

Monday:

Where would you prefer to be, here at home, or on vacation in Europe, Asia, or the Grand Canyon

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Tuesday:

                God’s Green Pastures & Still Water, what a peaceful place, find it today, He is ready to show it to you

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Wednesday:

                It is Hurricane season, fire season, and Rain season, and a hot summer, stay-cool take a break

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Thursday:

                You can say it is a dog’s life… Americans spent an estimated $15.73 billion on veterinary care in 2015.

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Friday:  

                Letting go of negativity… leave the gloom behind and say, Hello Happiness leading to real JOY.

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Saturday:

                Making today different, why? Do you want more of yesterday? Let today us make a great day…

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Sunday:  

              A time to share, a time to keep, and time to give and a time to receive… do all these today.

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Self-Denial is the most important of all of life’s function…

2 Timothy 3:11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

11 persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord rescued me!

2 Corinthians 12:2

I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a man was caught up to the third heaven. In Context | Full Chapter |

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DAILY DEVOTIONALS

 

Sunday:          

A time to share, a time to keep, and time to give and a time to receive… do all these today.

 

Is your Pastor a ‘Shepherd’ of his congregation? Is he around after the service?

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: - John 10:27.

 

If your pastor does not know you how can you follow him?  How can you grow in the Body of Christ if there is no ‘Bond Servant’, knowing that…

 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me… —Galatians 2:20

Fellowship and unity may be as important as presenting the message.


Beware that a ‘too-busy’ pastor may need to look at oneself…

Jude 1:12

These people are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead,

 

Jesus spent His Three years of Ministry with His disciples and He walked among crowns and He inspired all. Even when the woman with the issue of blood, said…” If I could only touch the hem of his garment-I would be healed” and she did.

Text: Revelation 3:20  

Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and will dine with him, and he with Me.  Revelation 3:19-21 (in Context) 

 

Commentary: 

Behold my Jesus stands at the door and knock. While He can enter without opening the door, but He is calling me to receive Him, and His mission is to bring me Joy, as he said as I stand at the door and know and if I answers, He will come in and dine with me.  What a privilege this would be to sit at a table set by my Lord and to be just like when He sat at dinner with the disciples. 

 

Yes, my Jesus has been at my door and He came because He wants to give me Peace, Joy, Hope, His Love, His care, and His plan for my life.

 

Today as I gather with all my friends and families, I will Thank Him and Praise Him for His Graciousness knowing that it is only by His Grace that I am saved and journeying to His Kingdom, where He has prepared a place for me.

 

Jesus said…” I am not of this world” what did He mean by this statement? No need to wonder about this.  He ascended to Heaven, but He did not abandon us; He said The Holy Spirit would be with us while He went to His Father. The same Holy Spirit that descended on the day of Pentecost where 5,000 came to Jesus through Peter’s telling them the Good News, this Holy Spirit is with us right now.

 

Jesus said… “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them”.  Matthew 18: 20.

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father because of Jesus our Redeemer and through You Lord we have Victory and we can boldly declare that this day is the best day of all because Your Lord Jesus paid it all.  Lord we thank you for our Visitors and we ask your Divine blessing on us all. To You Lord Jesus is the Power and the Glory now and forevermore… Amen.

 

Praise:

English:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3o3DiMVdOI&list=RDO3o3DiMVdOI#t=0

Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4wuAcmwmIg

Chinese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJBwf-hIS7k&list=RDlJBwf-hIS7k#t=3






Devotionals for Saturday: August 8, 2020

Making today different, why? Do you want more of yesterday? Let today us make a great day…

When we say let us make today a great day, without God’s Grace what we would make would be just about ‘a-day’ and not more than that. A day with many hits of misses and a self-imposed mission that would be marginally good, but not a ‘great’ day.  Only in Christ we can have a great day. 

One of America’s most famous wartime general… General George Patton.  In the Movie/Documentary Patton, during a season of inclement weather, Patton summoned the Army-Chaplain and requested that he writes a prayer for good weather.  The response from the Chaplain was, “Am I to ask God for good-weather so we can kill our enemy?”.

He wrote the prayer and General Patton prayed it and the weather cleared.

Patton was one of America’s greatest commanding Generals, known for commanding the Third Army following the invasion of Normandy in June 1944, where he led an extraordinarily successful rapid armored drive across France.

He led the relief of beleaguered American troops at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge and advanced his Third Army into Nazi Germany by the end of the war.

Paris was liberated on Aug 25, 1944. ... General Jacques-Philippe Leclerc and was attached to General George S. Patton's 3rd U.S. Army conquered the Germans as they surrendered in Paris, after four years of occupation.

On 29 August, the U.S. Army's 28th Infantry Division, which had assembled in the Bois de Boulogne the previous night, paraded 24-abreast up the Avenue Hoche to the Arc de Triomphe, then down the Champs Élysées.

Good News:  Peace is mentioned in the NKJV Bible 376 times, so our Lord is offering His Peace to you today.

TEXT: John 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Commentary: The history of the world is full of war; the world is constantly undergoing conflicts. Some are more pronounced and impacts us in more way then one.  Many conflicts are staged under the difference of philosophy and Religious war.  Individually we have a constant battle waging within ourselves, the battle of good versus evil, making the right choices and not falling into temptation.

Yes, there will be a time when 'Real-Peace' will reign...  We can have personal Peace in Christ today because He said, “Do not worry…” Seven times Jesus spoke this:

1] Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

The Gospels (Matthew-Mark-Luke & John) introduced Jesus, declared Jesus as the Messiah, and affirmed Jesus as our Triune God. Salvation comes only through The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.  No other name or religion can ‘Forgive’ Sins, there are no ‘Redemption’ offered by any other religion, Only Christ died for our sins and Rose on the third-day to conquer death which is the penalty of sin. 

The Bible said… It is appointed unto man to die and after that the judgment… what does this mean? Is this a contradiction? If you are dead how will you be around for the judgment? Factually we will never die, as you are created in His likeness… therefore; our soul lives on to be judged or be rewarded.

Real Peace comes only from God through Jesus Christ who came on His Mission to save use.  He offers His Grace, (Grace is like the extra 10 days that your insurance company offered before they cancel your insurance) His Grace will be withdrawn on the Day of the Lord; It is by His Divine Crucifixion, dying in our place that we would not die, and His Blood of atonement is His Seal that you will receive when you accept Him as your Lord and Savior.  

We also must remember that our God is Love… Jesus loves you, but the Bible also said; God is a God of a consuming fire… Holiness is the only state that you will be accepted into His Kingdom, on that day entering His Kingdom you will be fully Sanctified made sinless by His grace forever. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father in Jesus we come.  Lord we thank you for Your Righteousness and Your Love. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for being our Mediator. Lord that You for Your Grace and Your Divine Redemption through Your Blood of Atonement. Lord we come knowing that Your mission here was to solely redeem us as we acknowledge that Salvation is only in You as there are no other name given by which we can be saved.  Lord thank You for Your Assurance as we thank You for our Visitors and Your blessing on all as we pray; in Your Holy Name Lord Jesus to You is the Power and the Glory now and forevermore… Amen.

 

Praise:

English:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUwXo0jgORI

Chinese:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DUXYfuaYrs

Spanish:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w19h9laPDoU




Devotionals for Friday: August 7, 2020

Do this…. Letting go of negativity… leave the gloom behind and say, Hello Happiness leading to real JOY.

Hello Happiness begins by coming to the Lord at the beginning of our day… The Joy of the Lord is found through our association with Jesus.

Nehemiah 8:10

Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” In Context | Full Chapter |

Psalm 20:5

We will sing for joy over your victory…  And in the name of our God we will set up our banners. May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.

Psalm 35:27

Let them shout for joy and rejoice, who favor my vindication; And let them say continually, “The Lord be magnified, who delights in the prosperity of His servant.”

The Power of Prayer… Prayer is the source of Power given to us by our Lord to seek HIM.
Thoughts for today… Do not throwaway today by fretting about tomorrow, The Bible said Fret not.

Text:  Matthew 6: 7 NIV

Jesus taught us how to pray

7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Commentary:

Prayer is a Divine interaction with our Lord, He gave us this privilege of coming to Him, and He also revealed many secrets to us:

  1. Faith:  This is the Power of coming into His Presence; Faith is the key step in coming to Him,
  2. Belief: He said when we pray, we must have Faith and Believe we already received His Favor
  3. Supremacy:    He is Supreme and Sovereign, and we must place Him First over all
  4. Redemption: Acknowledge His Redemption and His Grace that saved us
  5. Holy Spirit:      Seek His Holy Spirit and He is Omnipresence and Omni potent.
  6. Thanksgiving: Give Thanks and acknowledge in Faith that whatever we Ask, or Think He said He will do

Plant seeds by speaking positively, never ‘dumb-down’ or putting down anyone, including yourself, step out in Faith…remembering that negativity only breeds failure, and success breeds success.

Are you facing a Giant today, Our Lord can make a way for you to overcome it and be victorious... Praise our Lord Jesus for He is Faithful.

2 Corinthians 2:14
But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.

While the world undergoes the turmoil of economic woes, Europe, China, the USA and everywhere else, we have Hope (mentioned 121 times in the KJV and 159 times in the NIV Bibles.)

  • JOY:     Joy is mentioned 244 times in the Bible, considering the announcement of our Savior’s Birth…
  • Luke 2:10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Luke 2:9-11 (in Context) Luke 2 (Whole Chapter) 

  • FAITH:                Romans 1:17
    For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
    Romans 1:16-18 (in Context) Romans 1      

  • TRIUMPH:     Revelation 17:14
    They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”

His Promise:                  

2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:7-9 (in Context)

His Faithfulness:

1 Timothy 1:14
The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 1:13-15 (in Context) 

Action: The Difference of intellectually knowing my Lord or experientially knowing Him… Experience Christ by Living and Learning, Christ must be the Center of my/our Life.

Prayer: Heavenly Father we come in Jesus our Lord and Savior.  Lord we are privileged to bring Your message of being good stewards for Your Glory. Lord all wealth and honor come from You Lord and without You Lord Jesus we can do nothing.  Lord we honor You knowing that You are on the Throne of Righteousness and in Your Hands, are strength and Power. Lord be with our Visitors as we all go in Faith looking to that day when we shall see You Lord Jesus. Lord we give You thanks and to You is the Power and the Glory now and forevermore… Amen.

Praise:

English:     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5L6QlAH3L4&list=PLcHqC9YNzSaB621igMmxfeMUvroQqYr3L

Chinese:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrXlFpgWk_E&list=PLv6Pd2KKiF_fujTzVQVS9CWTzgHSlkjPn

Spanish:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZsl9c1tVk0



Devotionals for Thursday: August 6, 2020

You can say it is a dog’s life… Americans spent an estimated $72.56 billion on Pet care in 2018. 

What is a billion here and there? It is just numbers… these are some assumptions that may not be 100% accurate, but it is just to do a little mind-game… If the US population is 328.2 Million consisting of 89.7 Million Dogs and 95.6 Million Cats, making the total pet population to be 185,200,000. This translate to about 55% of American households own a pet.

 Breaking down the total spent divided by the pet population it is just about a $96 per pet.

American gave $390 Billion dollars *YTD-annualized.  (2017) This translates to an average of $1,214 / household, to various charities. In 2014 American gave to Churches almost $115 Billion this averages out to be $352 / giving.

So, the final analysis is we are spending on cats and dogs almost 30% of which was given to the house of the Lord.

Using our time… giving 30% to our pets and 60% to family leaves only 10% for the Lord.  This is what we call the ‘Leftovers’…   So, today why not invert the ratios, 60% to the Lord, 30% to family and 10% to the pets.???

Let us try the inverted ratio and see how things will change, bring to the Lord the First Fruit is mandated by God.

Maybe we should try this and see the outcome.  Remember that: ‘Self-Denial is the most important of all of life’s function’.

Text:  Luke 9:23 [Full Chapter]

Take Up the Cross and Follow Him] Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.

1 Peter 2:24-25 New American Standard Bible (NASB) https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mcconachie/nasb/1Pet.2.24-1Pet.2.25

24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. 25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.

What is your ‘Cross’? or better to say what is our Cross?  Our Cross is not the ‘baggage’ it is our lifeline…

The baggage consists of the things that we spend more time in rather than of the Lord.  So. Switch the baggage, and not do as the Word of God …


Leviticus 26:1

Blessings of Obedience] ‘You shall not make for yourselves idols, nor shall you set up for yourselves an image or a sacred pillar, nor shall you place a figured stone in your land to bow down to it; for I am the Lord your God.

Deuteronomy 4:28

There you will serve gods, the work of man’s hands, wood, and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell.

 

Remember Rachael stole the family god and hid it. Genesis 31: 34 Now Rachel had taken the household idols and put them in the camel’s saddle, and she sat on them. And Laban felt through all the tent but did not find them35 She said to her father, “Let not my lord be angry that I cannot rise before you, for the manner of women is upon me.” So, he searched but did not find the household idols.

 While Laban did not find his idol-god, he came to peace with Jacob.

Genesis 33 (NASB) https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mcconachie/nasb/Gen.33  (Click here. Listen to the best story of brothers reunited by the Lord) Remember Jacob’s deception and the stolen birthright…

Jacob Meets Esau

33 Then Jacob lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, Esau was coming, and four hundred men with him. So, he divided the children among Leah and Rachel and the two maids. He put the maids and their children in front, and Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph last. But he himself passed on ahead of them and bowed down to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.

Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.

Today, we too shall be reunited with our love ones, because of Christ Jesus who paid it all on the Cross.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus… We are today acknowledging You as our Supreme Holy Creator, Redeemer and we know You Lord Jesus took our sins in You on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by Your wounds we are healed.  Lord we thank You for Your Grace. Lord bless our Visitors as we give You the Glory now and forevermore… Amen.

Praise:

English/Spanish/Chinese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfpOvM5OcuY&t=20s


Devotionals for Wednesday: August 5, 2020

It is Hurricane season, fire season, and Rain season, and a hot summer, stay-cool take a break…

Be still and know that He Jesus is God…

Psalm 46: 9-11 New King James Version (NKJV) In Context | Full Chapter |

He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. 

Let us think of what we must give thanks to the Lord for:

  • Thank You Lord for successful surgery for our brother Greg…
  • Thank You Lord for another day to use the opportunity to spread Your Good News…
  • Thank You Lord for Your Providence as all things are from You and You know our needs…
  • Thank You Lord as we receive Your Blessings and Your Providence, let us use it wisely and let us be good stewards.
  • Thank You Lord for hearing my prayers and for remembering me among 8 billion people, Lord You are Omniscient.
  • Thank You Lord as I am listening, and Your Holy Spirit will indwell in me as I call upon Your Name.

The Word of Jesus…

John 14:13

And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. In Context | Full Chapter 

Today, as we come to the Lord knowing He is Omniscient, (The word omniscient, which has been part of English since at least the beginning of the 17th century, brings together two Latin roots: the prefix omni-, meaning "all," and the verb scient, meaning "to know.") and we are set-aside because He ‘Redeemed’ us, we can come boldly to His as He said…

John 14:14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. In Context | Full Chapter | 

Mark 11:24

Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. In Context | Full Chapter |

Come to Christ and let His Holy Spirit transform you and give you the inner peace…

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do, I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. In Context | Full Chapter |

FOCUS: Give Thanks instead of worrying… Look up… make sure that you are asking for a real cause, if you do, His abundance will flow.

Recently visiting with an old friend of mine that is approaching his 94th Birthday, so I asked… How are you and his reply was, ‘I am down’ as I worry about the future… after speaking for a few minutes, I found out that he had that feeling of insecurity because his income was limited.  I had to remind him that he lives in a house that was worth almost a million dollars, he had a ‘Reverse-Mortgage’ that he did not have to make any payments, his mortgage, taxes and insurance were paid from the reverse-mortgage, and his social security check gave him enough to live, pay for his car and still had a few dollars for charitable contributions (which he took delight in giving) and above all at 94 years old he was healthy as his physician said after his annual check-up, the doctor told him…”I will see you a year from now” .  After this I said John…you have so much to thank the Lord for, and to worry you are acting contrary to having faith in the Lord.  So, remember, yesterday is gone, tomorrow is not yet here, today is a great day, so give thanks to The Lord.  So, he said, when my friend comes over, he will start sharing his new outlook of thanking the Lord for His graciousness.

TEXT: Philippians 4:4-9 (NKJV)

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say, rejoice!

Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Meditate on These Things

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus today as we affirm You Art One with the Father, we come and Praise You and Thank You Lord for Your abundant life, today and forevermore.  Lord bless our Visitors as we go in faith knowing that all things work together for good to those who love You Lord. To You Lord Jesus is the Power and the Glory now and forevermore… Amen.

Praise:

English:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXUnpUVoS0s&list=RDlXUnpUVoS0s#t=35

Chinese:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7a0zCZIJ8XQ&list=RD7a0zCZIJ8XQ#t=4

Spanish:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=busrACxbIvE&list=RDbusrACxbIvE#t=4





Devotionals for Tuesday: August 4, 2020

God’s Green Pastures & Still Water, what a peaceful place, find it today, He is ready to show it to you…

The restored Eden as described in Revelation is more like a capital…

Revelation 21:  14 Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15 And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall.

 16 The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal. 17 Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.

 18 The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.

 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

Ezekiel 36:  33 ‘Thus says the Lord God: “On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt. 34 The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by. 35 So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ 36 Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate. I, the Lord, have spoken it, and I will do it.

Revelation 22:

Jesus Testifies to the Churches

12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”

14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”

17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

Jesus said He is coming quickly, and He is our reward, He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning, and the End, the First and the Last.

1 Corinthians 15:52

in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Today could be the day, so come to Christ and freely receive His Redemption…

Acts 4:12 (NIV)

12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

John 14:23 (NIV)

23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

John 11:25 (NIV)

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.

Romans 5:9
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!

Ephesians 1:7
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace

Accept His Invitation today; come to our Lord as He is willing to accept you just as you are…

Pray:  Heavenly Father in Jesus our Redeemer we come knowing that You are on the Throne of Righteousness and through You Lord Jesus we can be Redeemed as we come with a contrite heart seeking Your Forgiveness, Lord we thank you for Your Saving Grace and Bless our Visitors that we are privileged to serve for Your Glory, we give You our Praises and to You Lord Jesus is the Power and the Glory now and forevermore… Amen.

Praise:

English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odWlsVxahVE

Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCx0_OkiOVo&list=PLNIP3RbGxP6W5o8RbByBUStz-9lH31G8v

Chinese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Q444bzsehU&index=2&list=RDbvDsnLabvM8

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Devotionals for Monday: August 3rd, 2020

Where would you prefer to be, here at home, or on vacation in Europe, Asia, or the Grand Canyon?

Psalm 63:1

Joy in the Fellowship of God] [ A Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah.] O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.

Psalm 86:8

Among the gods there is none like You, O Lord; Nor are there any works like Your works.

As David said he was in a dry and thirsty land, and he sought the Lord.  Are we in a dry and thirsty land? Yes, and it is also in Europe, Asia and even in our beautiful national parks.

David sought the Lord and he was given what he sought…

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.

So, choosing where you would prefer to be, let us choose what David sought and give thanks to the Lord for providing the ultimate… to dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.

Commentary:

You do not need the devil to confirm that there is a God, because God loves you, and the devil hates you…

God through His Son Jesus who is God in One of the Father cares for you, the devil wants to destroy you.

Remember the devil cannot use you unless you grant him your permission. This is done when we yield to temptation, being tempted is not a sin, but to indulge knowing that the temptation is from the evil one, you are now crossing over and will be used by the devil.

The devil has no power that cannot be overcome when you are armed with the Word of God.  Unless the devil is permitted, he cannot harm those in Grace with the Lord.  What do we mean, He could not harm Job, he was permitted to render pain and grief but God stopped him from killing Job, and God restored Job and all that he lost caused by the evil one.

So today do not grant your permission to the evil one.  We need to be armed with the armor of God.  The text above clearly stated… For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age.

Knowing that God is Real and Jesus who is Supreme and Eternal and conquered death, on the other hand we need to know there exists the wicked spiritual forces who is the ruler of this dark age. 

Yielding to temptation is like knowing that beyond the next step is the end of the ledge and you will fall 20 floors to the ground, but the lure of this world tempts you to indulge.  So, indulging you fall, not many people ever survived such a free-fall to tell us of the brief ‘soaring feeling’ that may be a good feeling which ends in seconds.  Such is the pleasures of what the devil offers.

The text also said… build up your strength in union with the Lord and by means of his mighty power. Put on all the armor that God gives you, so that you will be able to stand up against the Devil's evil tricks.

Remember the ‘Mighty-Power’ belongs to the Lord, and through Jesus we have His Power to withstand the devil’s evil tricks. 

Ephesians 6:13-18 (GNT) 13 So put on God's armor now! Then when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist the enemy's attacks; and after fighting to the end, you will still hold your ground.

14 So stand ready, with truth as a belt tight around your waist, with righteousness as your breastplate, 15 and as your shoes the readiness to announce the Good News of peace. 16 At all times carry faith as a shield; for with it you will be able to put out all the burning arrows shot by the Evil One. 17 And accept salvation as a helmet, and the word of God as the sword which the Spirit gives you. 18 Do all this in prayer, asking for God's help. Pray on every occasion, as the Spirit leads. For this reason, keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God's people. 

The above represent the most advanced weapon ever made, as it is made and provided by God.

Come to Christ and receive His Redemption, in Faith to receive Him… Pray: Lord Jesus I am a Sinner, I come and repent of my sin by receiving Your Priceless Gift through Your Blood of Atonement, I invite You Lord to come into my heart and make me a new creation by your Grace. Lord I commit myself to You Lord and ask Your Holy Spirit to be with me from henceforth, To You Lord is the Power and the Glory forevermore… Amen.

Heavenly Father we thank You for this privilege of serving You for Your Glory. Lord bless our Visitors and Lord Open the floodgates that this endeavor will spread Your Living Water.  Lord we Praise You and to You Lord Jesus we give You the Glory and to You Jesus Messiah is the Power for evermore… Amen.

Praise:

English:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYBLCV1nqHE&list=PL58E401B9B0E21012

Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8E3aJB4f2rg&list=RD8E3aJB4f2rg#t=3

Chinese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5dRTBvTNZY&list=RDx5dRTBvTNZY#t=4






Notes for GNF-Topics Week of July 27th Thru Aug 2nd, 2020

Monday:

Spiritual Maturity takes time, and it is through a daily walk with Christ…

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Tuesday:

Have you discovered all the ‘extras’ that God gave you?

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Wednesday:

Winning is not everything… when Victory is by a peaceful resolution then it is savored by both sides.

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Thursday:

Who is your counsel” how much per hour is the fee? God’s Fee is ‘Pre-Paid’

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Friday:

Learning to listen… There is an Art to doing this.  It is not just listening; it is also seeing…

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Satrday:

Forming an opinion before hearing the outline? It is like the Bees and the Wasps…

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Sunday:

Look for the positive side before making negative comments, remember Noah making the Ark…

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DAILY DEVOTIONALS

Sunday: August 2, 2020

Look for the positive side before making negative comments, remember Noah making the Ark…

Many may have said what is with this big ship with no ocean?

Negativity breeds a mentality of depression…

Depression is no respecter of person.  Anyone, any age can experience this. But there is a shield from all this…

The Armor of God.

Ephesians 6:10-18

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. ...

Celebrate life today, many cannot attend church today because of the Covid-19 Virus, but we can find ‘Oneness in Christ’ because Jesus is always present, and you can find Him right by your side

Finding the Lord today will be a blessing as there is a day coming when He will be coming to gather us all.

Focus: Are we there yet?

Text Matthew 24 The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age

3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

Commentary: When boarding an Airplane first-class passenger are boarded first.  In Heavenly realms, the same applies.  Because there will be a rapture where those in Christ will be taken up to be with Him first. This is an event that precedes the final ‘Day of the Lord’ which will follow the ‘Rapture’. This second period will be the time of tribulation.

Beware that there will be no ‘Coach’ passengers, all in Christ are all ‘First-Class ‘there are no class system, there will be no Catholics, Presbyterians, Baptist, Methodist, Lutherans or others, only one class… Born-Again just as how Jesus told Nicodemus “You must be born-again”.

So, to face the reality of what is to come, we will ask a question that pertains to right now… Who is the most important person you will meet today, who would you like to meet? Could it be a high-profile celebrity and if you do what would this do for you?  But the day of the ‘Rapture’ could be today, or in an hour or less… so which boarding pass do we have? remember to Journey with our Lord there is only one-way, no alternate route, no compromise, only one Criterion! To be Born-Again or the answer is “I do not know you” So, to ‘know of’ Jesus is not enough to ‘Know Him’ and follow Him is what He said.

His instruction is amazingly Simple…Seek Him First and His Righteousness, call on Him and You will be Saved.


You may say what are we talking about, what proof do we have, and how do we know this will occur.  First, we must know the facts:

  1. We are created in the Likeness of God
  2. We are loved by our Lord
  3. Jesus came and Died, and His Triumphant Resurrection was to Redeem us
  4. We can gain Live-Everlasting in Christ
  5. He is returning Again

Action/Coming to our Lord:

2 Corinthians 2:14

But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.

While the world undergoes the turmoil of economic woes, Europe, China, the USA and everywhere else, we have Hope (mentioned 121 times in the KJV and 159 times in the NIV Bibles.)

•.     JOY:       Joy is mentioned 244 times in the Bible, considering the announcement of our Savior’s Birth… Luke 2:10

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.

•.    FAITH:    Romans 1:17

For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

•.   HOPE       1 Corinthians 13:13

And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

•.  TRIUMPH:     Revelation 17:14

They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”

Our hope in Christ founded on…

2 Corinthians 2:14 (NKJV)

14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

Prayer: Heavenly Father in Jesus we come. Lord Jesus today as we reflect on Your Crucifixion and Your Triumphant Resurrection, Lord we thank you for Your Graciousness and Your Love. Lord we thank You for your Sacrifice at Calvary, and Your Blood of Atonement we receive Lord as we stand in Awe knowing that Your choice was not to thwart Your persecutors as they brought You to the Cross Lord. We thank You for choosing to save us by Your Grace. Lord We give You our Praises and thank You Lord for this privilege and we ask Your blessings on our Visitors as we pray in Your Holy Name Lord Jesus to You is the power and the Glory now and forevermore… Amen.

Praise:

English:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hlh6_5znn7U

Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YhjFoDmTLE

Chinese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aIO7cfQZyo





Saturday: August 1, 2020

Forming an opinion before hearing the outline? It is like the Bees and the Wasps…

The story of the Bees and the Wasp… They both attend the same school, but the Wasp learned how to make that Comb, and though they knew enough. So, they left the school and moved on.  Today we know that only the Bees produce Honey. And the wasp make mud in their comb.

Are you listening? stop and ‘Hear’ the calling of the Lord, Know Him today…

Sometimes the ‘inner-voice’ which is always there as our mind is alert, this an inner-conversation with one-self, and is our conscience, a warning to be cautious.

As we ‘confer’ in our mind, pondering the next steps and what to do next, let us pause and tune-in to the frequency of the Lord.  Access to the Lord’s frequency comes when we come to Him in prayer. Our prayers of salutation, Praise and our request(s) followed by thanksgiving, will be over in a couple of minutes. It is a good thing to just pause and ‘meditate’ for a moment before commencing our prayer. This will clear any clutter and be ready to communicate with the Almighty, knowing that we are in His Holy-Presence.

Know this…  He (Jesus) is the solution to the conflicts among us. Be in harmony in Christ.

OUR LIVES ARE A REFLECTION OF OUR FAITH…To live a Life worthy of our (his) Calling, but while we are showing that we belong to Jesus Christ, I must walk with Humility and Gentleness, patience, bearing one another in love, striving to keep unity in peace, and be a Believer as a member of the Body of Christ. Ephesians 4: 1-16 

Solutions… we all seek solutions, in all stages of life we have sought solutions of doing our schoolwork, and in our adult lives we are seeking solutions to life’s challenges that can be a constant quest. 

Now, more than ever in a changing world of economic make-over, global uncertainties and the interference of the forces of evil in all levels of our lives…. 

We need the Armor of God!

Jesus said in His declaration of the Beatitude He said:

Matthew 5: AMP

12 Be glad and supremely joyful, for your reward in heaven is great (strong and intense), for in this same way people persecuted the prophets who were before you.

13 You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men.
14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

 15 Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.

While we seek Solutions… remember Jesus said:

Prayer

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Seek Him first…

 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Action/Coming to our Lord:

Ephesians 3:20

New International Version (NIV)

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

Come to our Lord today… He is ready to receive you.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father in Jesus we come.  Lord Jesus in awe we are still and know that You are God in One of the Father. Lord we thank You for Your Divine Redemption and the Grace that You have extended to us. Lord thank you for remembering us as without Your Grace we are hopelessly lost, but through Your Blood of Atonement we are cleansed and by Your Resurrection we are Redeemed in Victory over this world. Lord we thank you for the privilege of serving You to bring Your Good News to our Visitors. Lord, thank You for our Visitors and we seek Your Blessing to all. We Praise You and look to You for Your guidance. In Your Holy Name Lord Jesus to You is the Power and the Glory now and forevermore... Amen.

Praise:

English:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHe_qmo3gX4

Spanish:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-eLxibV9QM

Chinese:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECKjjYK49Mo




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