Wednesday, 29 October 2014

John 8:56-59.


Repentance prayer.

Father God, forgive my sins. Thank you for sending Jesus Christ down
to die on the cross and for shedding his blood for me. Three days
later you resurrected him. I accept that. I invite Jesus Christ into
my heart as my Lord and savior. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

God bless you.

Matthew 23:1-12.

Matthew 23.1-12
Jesus Condemns the Pharisees and the Teachers of the Law of Moses

"Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: The Pharisees and the
teachers of the Law are experts in the Law of Moses. So obey
everything they teach you, but don't do as they do. After all, they
say one thing and do something else. They pile heavy burdens on
people's shoulders and won't lift a finger to help. Everything they
do is just to show off in front of others. They even make a big show
of wearing Scripture verses on their foreheads and arms, and they wear
big tassels for everyone to see. They love the best seats at banquets
and the front seats in the meeting places. And when they are in the
market, they like to have people greet them as their teachers. But
none of you should be called a teacher. You have only one teacher, and
all of you are like brothers and sisters. Don't call anyone on earth
your father. All of you have the same Father in heaven. None of you
should be called the leader. The Messiah is your only leader. Whoever
is the greatest should be the servant of the others. If you put
yourself above others, you will be put down. But if you humble
yourself, you will be honored."

God bless you.

1 John 4:1-12.

1 John 4.1-12
God Is Love

"Dear friends, don't believe everyone who claims to have the Spirit of
God. Test them all to find out if they really do come from God. Many
false prophets have already gone out into the world, and you can know
which ones come from God. His Spirit says that Jesus Christ had a
truly human body. But when someone doesn't say this about Jesus, you
know that person has a spirit that doesn't come from God and is the
enemy of Christ. You knew that this enemy was coming into the world
and now is already here. Children, you belong to God, and you have
defeated these enemies. God's Spirit is in you and is more powerful
than the one that is in the world. These enemies belong to this
world, and the world listens to them, because they speak its language.
We belong to God, and everyone who knows God will listen to us. But
the people who don't know God won't listen to us. That is how we can
tell the Spirit that speaks the truth from the one that tells lies. My
dear friends, we must love each other. Love comes from God, and when
we love each other, it shows that we have been given new life. We are
now God's children, and we know him. God is love, and anyone who
doesn't love others has never known him. God showed his love for us
when he sent his only Son into the world to give us life. Real love
isn't our love for God, but his love for us. God sent his Son to be
the sacrifice by which our sins are forgiven. Dear friends, since God
loved us this much, we must love each other. No one has ever seen God.
But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is truly in
our hearts."

Father God, forgive my sins. Thank you for sending Jesus Christ down
to die on the cross and for shedding his blood for me. Three days
later you resurrected him. I accept that. I invite Jesus Christ into
my heart as my Lord and savior. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

God bless you.

Joshua 3:1-17.

Joshua 3.1-17
Israel Crosses the Jordan River

"Early the next morning, Joshua and the Israelites packed up and left
Acacia. They went to the Jordan River and camped there that night.
Two days later their leaders went through the camp, - shouting, "When
you see some of the priests carrying the sacred chest, you'll know it
is time to cross to the other side. You've never been there before,
and you won't know the way, unless you follow the chest. But don't get
too close! Stay about half a mile back."Joshua told the people, "Make
yourselves acceptable to worship the Lord, because he is going to do
some amazing things for us." Then Joshua turned to the priests and
said, "Take the chest and cross the Jordan River ahead of us." So the
priests picked up the chest by its carrying poles and went on ahead.
The Lord told Joshua, "Beginning today I will show the people that you
are their leader, and they will know that I am helping you as I helped
Moses. Now, tell the priests who are carrying the chest to go a
little way into the river and stand there."

Joshua spoke to the people:

Come here and listen to what the Lord our God said he will do! The
Canaanites, the Hittites, the Hivites, the Perizzites, the
Girgashites, the Amorites, and the Jebusites control the land on the
other side of the river. But the living God will be with you and will
force them out of the land when you attack. And now, God is going to
prove that he's powerful enough to force them out. - Just watch the
sacred chest that belongs to the Lord, the ruler of the whole earth.
As soon as the priests carrying the chest step into the Jordan, the
water will stop flowing and pile up as if someone had built a dam
across the river. The Lord has also said that each of the twelve
tribes should choose one man to represent it. The Israelites packed up
and left camp. The priests carrying the chest walked in front, until
they came to the Jordan River. The water in the river had risen over
its banks, as it often does in springtime. But as soon as the feet of
the priests touched the water, - the river stopped flowing, and the
water started piling up at the town of Adam near Zarethan. No water
flowed toward the Dead Sea, and the priests stood in the middle of the
dry riverbed near Jericho while everyone else crossed over."

God bless you.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Matthew 7:15-29.

Matthew 7.15-29
A Tree and Its Fruit

"Watch out for false prophets! They dress up like sheep, but inside
they are wolves who have come to attack you. You can tell what they
are by what they do. No one picks grapes or figs from thornbushes. A
good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A
good tree cannot produce bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot produce good
fruit. Every tree that produces bad fruit will be chopped down and
burned. You can tell who the false prophets are by their deeds.

A Warning

Not everyone who calls me their Lord will get into the kingdom of
heaven. Only the ones who obey my Father in heaven will get in. On
the day of judgment many will call me their Lord. They will say, "We
preached in your name, and in your name we forced out demons and
worked many miracles." But I will tell them, "I will have nothing to
do with you! Get out of my sight, you evil people!"

Two Builders

Anyone who hears and obeys these teachings of mine is like a wise
person who built a house on solid rock. Rain poured down, rivers
flooded, and winds beat against that house. But it did not fall,
because it was built on solid rock. Anyone who hears my teachings and
doesn't obey them is like a foolish person who built a house on sand.
The rain poured down, the rivers flooded, and the winds blew and beat
against that house. Finally, it fell with a crash. When Jesus finished
speaking, the crowds were surprised at his teaching. He taught them
like someone with authority, and not like their teachers of the Law of
Moses."

God bless you.

Humility.

Humility

And He said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like
little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in
the kingdom of heaven. "And whoever welcomes a little child like this
in my name welcomes me."

Matthew 18:3-5 NIV

When men are cast down, then thou shalt say,
There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.

Job 22:29 KJV

But he gives more grace; therefore it says, "God opposes the proud,
but gives grace to the humble." Submit yourselves therefore to God.
Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and he
will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify
your hearts, you men of double mind.

James 4:6-8 RSV

For though the LORD is exalted,
Yet He regards the lowly,
But the haughty He knows from afar.

Psalm 138:6 NASB

The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself
will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

Matthew 23:11,12 ESV

Father God, forgive my sins. Thank you for sending Jesus Christ down
to die on the cross and for shedding his blood for me. Three days
later you resurrected him. I accept that. I invite Jesus Christ into
my heart as my Lord and savior. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

God bless you.