ETS Thought 031814, “Search Me, Cleanse Me,” Psalm 139:23-24

Psalm 139:23-24

King James Version (KJV)

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

“Search Me O, God,” and “Cleanse Me,” are two titles that lead the same song and the same message. It is a message that we should all have within our souls. I first heard the song in 1977 when my Pastor sang it, while being accompanied by a very good female singer. It is a song that I will sing, while also being accompanied by a much better female voice. When I listen to Glen Payne and George Younce singing this beautiful message of our calling out to God after we have sinned, and I think of my, now deceased, best ever pastor singing it, tears begin to swell. When we sin, may we call out to God, our loving Heavenly Father, and Say, “Search Me, Cleanse Me,” O God.

“That I May Know Him”
Philippians 3:10

ETS Thought 031714, The Believer’s Expectant Hope, The Rapture Of The Church

John 14:1-7

New King James Version (NKJV)

The Way, the Truth, and the Life

14 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”

6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
The Father Revealed

7 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

New King James Version (NKJV)

The Comfort of Christ’s Coming

13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.
15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

1 Corinthians 15:50-53

New King James Version (NKJV)

Our Final Victory

50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 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. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortalmust put on immortality.

John 3:1-3

New King James Version (NKJV)

The New Birth

3 There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Don’t be left behind. Unless you are born again, you can not see the kingdom of God.

Midnight Cry
Prestonwood Baptist Church
Southern Baptist Convention
Senior Pastor, Dr. Jack Graham
(Speaking at the end of the song)
Fort Worth, Texas, USA

ETS Thought 031614, The Believer’s Expectant Hope, “Will You Be There?”

Revelation 20:4-6

New King James Version (NKJV)
The Saints Reign with Christ 1,000 Years

4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

Revelation 21:1-8

New King James Version (NKJV)
All Things Made New

21 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 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. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

6 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. 7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.

Revelation 21:22-27

New King James Version (NKJV)
The Glory of the New Jerusalem

22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. 24 And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. 25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). 26 And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it. 27 But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
John 3:1-3

New King James Version (NKJV)
The New Birth

3 There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”

3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

No More Night
Prestonwood Baptist Church
Southern Baptist Convention
Senior Pastor, Dr. Jack Graham
Ft. Worth, Texas

ETS Thought 031314, “Considering God And Light,” Genesis 1:3

Genesis 1:3
King James Version (KJV)
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

“Consider God – Consider Light – Consider God”

Genesis 1:1-5. This passage shows the physical creation of “the whole wide world.”
New King James Version (NKJV)
The History of Creation
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.

John 1:1-9. This passage shows a new creation, a spiritual creation.
New King James Version (NKJV)
The Eternal Word
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
John’s Witness: The True Light
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.

Consider Light

Consider God…God created the heavens and the earth (vs 1). God said, “let there be light,” (vs 3).

Consider God, as He (Father, Son, And Holy Spirit) viewed His creation. He created the heavens and the earth (vs 1). He said, “let there be light,” (vs 3).

Consider God looking at His creation. Again, consider God looking at His creation. Again, consider God looking at His creation. Consider, God’s words, “Let there be light,” (vs 3).

God said, “let there be light” (the first day, vs 3); before He created, “the sun, moon, and stars,” (fourth day, vs 14-18); which were created after He created plant life, (third day, vs 9-13).

Consider the light of the sun, moon, and stars of the fourth day. Consider the light of the first day.

Consider why God would create “the whole wide world,” and say, “let there be light.”

Consider, “the whole wide world,” and its physical darkness.

Consider the “Light” of John1:4-5, 7-9. Consider spiritual darkness. Now, let’s go back to the light of day four and the light of day one. Lets consider “light verses Light,” and let’s consider God.

Consider our worship of God, “all of us for all of Him.”

John 4:24
King James Version (KJV)
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Holy Are You Lord

Isaiah 6:1-3
King James Version (KJV)
6 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

ETS Memo 03I214 – The Baby Is Innocent – Matthew 25:40

Matthew 25:40

King James Version (KJV)

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.

Read the statistics of the reasons that women have abortions. View the video. Read the Pro-Life News Report. Ask yourself: “How can a Christian vote for a candidate that endorses the killing of innocent babies, either through abortion or by allowing a “born-alive” baby to die? Remember. It’s not a choice, it’s a child, an innocent child, a child which deserves to live.

Reasons given for having abortions in the United States
by Wm. Robert Johnston
last updated 26 August 2012

Summary: This report reviews available statistics regarding reasons given for obtaining abortions in the United States, including surveys by the Alan Guttmacher Institute and data from seven state health/statistics agencies that report relevant statistics (Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Utah). The official data imply that AGI claims regarding “hard case” abortions are inflated by roughly a factor of three. Actual percentage of U.S. abortions in “hard cases” are estimated as follows: in cases of rape, 0.3%; in cases of incest, 0.03%; in cases of risk to maternal life, 0.1%; in cases of risk to maternal health, 1%; and in cases of fetal health issues, 0.5%. About 98% of abortions in the United States are elective, including socio-economic reasons or for birth control. This includes perhaps 30% for primarily economic reasons.

Planned Parenthood Abby Johnson: I saw the baby fighting for its life!

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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• Parents Arrested After Taking Raped 11-Year-Old Daughter for Abortion
• Doctors Use 3-D Ultrasound to Detect Unborn Baby’s Heart Defect, Save Her Life
• Teacher Battling Breast Cancer Gives Birth to Healthy Baby Girl
• Man Almost Died After Losing Health Insurance Due to Obamacare

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• When Will the United Methodist Church Extend Compassion to the Unborn?
• Planned Parenthood Lies: Only 4 Million Have Obamacare, Claims it Registered 27 Million
• Indiana Awards Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz That Hid Statutory Rape
• Man Sexually Assaults 13-Year-Old, Gives her $700 for Abortion to Hide Crime
• I’m a Pro-Life Lobbyist in an Auditorium Full of Pro-Abortion Feminists at the UN
• They Told Me Pro-Lifers Should Support Sex Ed, Then They Wouldn’t Let Me Join Their Sex Ed Club
• Missouri Down to Just One Abortion Business After Planned Parenthood Closes
• Supreme Court Asked to Review Suspension of Phill Kline’s License for Investigating Planned Parenthood
• Mad Scientists Push Self-Breeding and Polyamorous Genetic-Related Babies

Parents Arrested After Taking Raped 11-Year-Old Daughter for Abortion
Parents of an 11-year-old girl in West Virginia have been arrested after arranging for an abortion following a case of pregnancy after possible incest. West Virginia State Police say they consented to the abortions and, the abortion clinic in question didn’t report the abortion to authorities.

Michael and Amanda Adkins were arrested Friday night on charges of child neglect causing the risk of injury. While some licensed medical professionals were involved in getting information to authorities, WSAZ indicates the abortion clinic in Charleston that did an abortion did not report the clear case of statutory rape. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/11/parents-arrested-after-taking-raped-11-year-old-daughter-for-abortion/

Doctors Use 3-D Ultrasound to Detect Unborn Baby’s Heart Defect, Save Her Life
Doctors in Florida are using a high-tech method of detecting problems in unborn children and correcting them as soon as possible. While we often focus on heart disease in adults — sometimes the tiniest of hearts have problems. Now, doctors are diagnosing problems even before some babies are born.

addisonWhen mother Tina Morton got a 20-week ultrasound, her unborn child was diagnosed with a complex heart defect. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/11/doctors-use-3-d-ultrasound-to-detect-unborn-babys-heart-defect-save-her-life/

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Teacher Battling Breast Cancer Gives Birth to Healthy Baby Girl
Although doctors sometimes suggest an abortion when a woman battling cancer is pregnant, Briana Dannen and her husband Brian decided not to have an abortion and to carry the pregnancy to term to give birth to their healthy baby. Studies show women don’t need to have an abortion and can safely seek chemo treatment during pregnancy.

Despite the struggle with breast cancer Briana faces, she gave birth to Harper June Dannen. The Sherwood, Oregon teacher was diagnosed with cancer about 20 weeks ago but gave birth Monday afternoon. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/11/teacher-battling-breast-cancer-gives-birth-to-healthy-baby-girl/

Man Almost Died After Losing Health Insurance Due to Obamacare
The pro-life movement raised the alarm during the health care debate that adopting Obamacare would lead to rationing of health care in a way that could cost patients their very lives. That’s just what happened to Lenny Hubbs.

Hubbs lost his health insurance due to Obamacare and is now facing over $100,000 in medical bills that his insurance plan would otherwise have paid. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/11/man-almost-died-after-losing-health-insurance-due-to-obamacare-has-100k-in-hospital-bills/

Moving Video Pays Tribute to Man Who Drowned Trying to Save His Son With Down Syndrome
A new very moving video pays tribute to a man who drowned while trying to save his disabled son, who has Down Syndrome.

vanderwoudeThomas Vander Woude Sr. died in 2008 after leaping into a septic tank to save his youngest son, Joseph, who had fallen in. According to sources at the time, Thomas, 66, allowed himself to sink beneath the sewage while holding 20-year-old Joseph above his head until rescuers arrived. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/11/moving-video-pays-tribute-to-man-who-drowned-trying-to-save-his-son-with-down-syndrome/

Women’s College Allows Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz CEO to Give Commencement
One of the top women’s colleges in the nation thinks the CEO of America’s biggest abortion business is the best candidate to give the commencement address to this Spring to graduating students.

Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, will deliver the keynote address at Barnard College’s 122nd Commencement on May 18. Richards will address approximately 600 members of the Class of 2014 and receive the Barnard Medal of Distinction, the College’s highest honor, together with three other honorees. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/11/womens-college-allows-planned-parenthood-abortion-biz-ceo-to-give-commencement/

Pro-Life Organizations Stand United to Free Justina Pelletier
Making decisions for a child’s well-being is arguably a parent’s most important responsibility — especially when that child faces a life-threatening disease. According to the Patient Advocate Foundation, seeking a second opinion regarding a serious medical condition is not only a reasonable course of action, but commendable. However, for the Pelletier family, what started as a simple follow-up inquiry regarding their 15-year-old daughter Justina’s health has turned into a 12-month-long nightmare.

In January 2013, after Justina developed a severe bout with the flu, a medical team at Tufts Medical Center in Connecticut, which had been treating Justina’s mitochondrial disease for years, recommended that the Pelletiers visit an expert gastroenterologist at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH). http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/11/pro-life-organizations-stand-united-to-free-justina-pelletier/

Priests for Life Tells Supreme Court: Don’t Let Obama Admin Force Us to Obey HHS Mandate
The pro-life group Priests for Life was one of the earliest organizations to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its HHS mandate. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/11/priests-for-life-asks-surpeme-court-dont-let-obama-admin-force-us-to-obey-hhs-mandate/

When Will the United Methodist Church Extend Compassion to the Unborn?
My Saturday morning began with a chilling experience. I am not referring to the colder-than-expected DC weather (coming from Chicago, I had hoped for better) nor to my being an observer at the board meeting of the United Methodist Church’s controversial lobby office (which has its own spiritual challenges). http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/11/united-methodist-church-still-endorses-abortion-ignores-biblical-teachings/

Planned Parenthood Lies: Only 4 Million Have Obamacare, Claims it Registered 27 Million
Be in the pro-life movement for a while and you understand that those at the top of the pro-abortion movement tend to not really think truth or civility is relevant to debate. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/11/planned-parenthood-lies-only-4-million-have-obamacare-claims-it-registered-27-million/

Indiana Awards Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz That Hid Statutory Rape
Pro-life advocates in Indiana are upset that the State of Indiana has given an award to the head of the Planned Parenthood abortion business, which was shown as willing to hide statutory rape in an undercover investigation a few years ago. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/11/state-of-indiana-awards-planned-parenthood-abortion-biz-that-hid-statutory-rape/

Man Sexually Assaults 13-Year-Old, Gives her $700 for Abortion to Hide Crime
A Wisconsin man sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl and then gave her $700 for an abortion after she became pregnant in an attempt to hide his crimes. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/11/man-sexually-assaults-13-year-old-gives-her-700-for-abortion-to-hide-crime/

I’m a Pro-Life Lobbyist in an Auditorium Full of Pro-Abortion Feminists at the UN
The day started with snowflakes, overcast skies and long lines. Credentials for the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations’ New York headquarters – held in March of most years – was the hottest ticket in Manhattan today. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/11/im-a-pro-life-lobbyist-in-an-auditorium-full-of-pro-abortion-feminists-at-the-un/

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They Told Me Pro-Lifers Should Support Sex Ed, Then They Wouldn’t Let Me Join Their Sex Ed Club
As a pro-life activist who supports comprehensive sex education, reliable contraception, and pro-life legislation to reduce the number of abortions performed, I was deeply disheartened to learn that my university’s sex education club, which is officially connected to my university’s student health center, is officially pro-choice. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/11/they-told-me-as-a-pro-lifer-i-should-support-sex-ed-then-they-kicked-me-out-of-their-sex-ed-club/

Missouri Down to Just One Abortion Business After Planned Parenthood Closes
The abortion business can be very lucrative. Planned Parenthood alone brings in over $150 million from abortion revenues – as much as half of its patient charges. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/11/missouri-down-to-just-one-abortion-business-after-planned-parenthood-closes/

Supreme Court Asked to Review Suspension of Phill Kline’s License for Investigating Planned Parenthood
In a legal ethics case that has been heavily tainted by the abortion debate, former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline has petitioned the United States Supreme Court to review and overturn a Kansas Supreme Court decision suspending his law license. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/11/supreme-court-asked-to-review-suspension-of-phill-klines-license-for-investigating-planned-parenthood/

Mad Scientists Push Self-Breeding and Polyamorous Genetic-Related Babies
The bioethics movement grows ever more radical. In the reproductive field, many activists promote a near-absolute right to have a baby, the kind of baby we want, via any means we desire. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/11/mad-scientists-push-self-breeding-and-polyamorous-genetic-related-babies/

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ETS Memo 091014, Equipping The Saints Benevolence Missions Statement, Matthew 25:40

Matthew 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.”

1. Purpose: Equipping The Saints Ministries (ETS) provides Spiritual and Benevolence Support Services to individuals and groups, in The United States Of America, and in International locations. ETS enlists support from other groups and individual to create an expeditious flow of support to the areas of need. Our purpose is to support churches and other designated and established ministries. ETS members will always be submissive to church leaders, or other ministry leaders, who may have established, assigned, or designated authority in areas where we have been asked to provide such support services. We will provide ministry outreach where no other church or designated ministries are present, and it appears to be prudent for ETS to assume command of the mission.
2. Vision. Ephesians 3:20 shares a view of ministry that has been revealed to ETS. That scripture tells us, “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 …”That vision includes things that we do, to include, but not be limited to, the following:
a. Ministering to prostitutes, homosexuals, alcoholics, drug addicts, and the homeless.
b. Becoming an advocate for anyone who may need our support, including those who are not homeless, but may be classified as the working-poor.
c. Assisting in the staffing of national and international ministries.
d. Using the forces of personal evangelism and Internet media to make thousands of believers around the world aware of the burdens that God has placed on our hearts.
e. Supporting U.S. military forces around the world, based on the type of request.
3. Overview. Matthew 25:40 has challenged us to step outside of our comfort zones, and to respond to the needs of people who seem to have been overlooked. In that scripture, our Lord says to us, “…inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”
a. When I stepped outside of the area of comfort, that had previously shielded me from a very dark side of life, I began to share the love of Jesus in a way that had never entered my mind. To take the hand of a prostitute and pray with her – to see her closing her eyes and joining me in praying to our Lord and Savior, Jesus of Nazareth – to see tears flowing from her eyes … these are all special moments of my life, and will never leave my mind. To walk under a bridge and see a homeless city; to see homeless people devising ways to protect their personal belongings, such as putting all that they own in a grocery store shopping cart; to see a makeshift bed, that extended from one steel girder to another, so that a man and his wife would be able to sleep five feet above the dirt; to see women selling their bodies so that they could sleep in a real bed, and have food to eat; to see homeless people walking the streets all day long, with no place to go; to see the vacant houses where those without homes would make their homes, for a night, for a week, or until a police officer would tell them that they would have to “find some other place to sleep” – which might be a park bench, a bridge, or another abandoned house; to know that many homeless people die each winter’s night, because they don’t have clothing that is warm enough to protect them from subfreezing temperatures – to know that the heat of summer takes the lives of those who can not escape its deadly temperatures.
b. When I have become an advocate for one of “the least of these;” when I have tried to “do what Jesus would do;” when I have tried to “be Jesus to the less-fortunate;” it has been very challenging and fatiguing, yet very rewarding.
c. As a ministry seeks to recruit volunteer ministers, it is very rewarding to be asked to assist in the recruiting and logistics effort of the growth of that ministry.
d. As I have been invited to explain the ministry of “Equipping The Saints,” to churches and church groups, it has been more of a blessing than I could ever have imagined.
e. The challenges of the United States armed forces are numerous. Many troops have no relationship with Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Military chaplains need the assistance of churches, individuals, and civic groups, in providing bibles and personal items to the troops. It is a blessing to be a part of that supply process.
f. Displaced persons ministry needs are overwhelming. ETS is attempting to respond to the needs of any people who are living outside of their designated homes. We attempt to support ministry and medical leaders, who oversee displaced persons dwelling places. There are many churches that need to be made aware of the needs of “the least of these.”
g. There are many churches that need to be challenged to seek out that demographic of society that seems to slip through the cracks of our minds. But, there is only so much that can be done by a few people. Other people, of similar sentiment, need to become affiliated with this ministry. That will allow more churches to embrace the message that scripture has so clearly been given to the Church, as it relates to the less fortunate. More sermons need to be preached about meeting the needs of the less fortunate. More hurting and lost souls need to be told about the love of Christ, and need to have more of their daily needs met by the Church. May God help this ministry to be all that it can be to share the message of Matthew 25:40, “in as much as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”
4. Ministry Objectives.
a. Matthew 28:18-20: Evangelism;
b. Matthew 25:35-40: Benevolence;
c. Ephesians 4:11-12: Equipping The Saints.

John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”May we never forget our fallen heroes”

“May we never forget our fallen heroes”

CC Thought 030714-2, The Preparation Day, John 19:31, A Solemn Assembly, Joel 2:15

The Preparation Day
John 19:31, The Preparation Day, or Day of Preparation, refers to Friday, and is the day before, or the preparation day for the Sabbath which begins at sundown on Friday. Let us prepare ourselves for a Solemn Assembly which will take place at our church at the beginning of this Friday Evening’s Sabbath worship.
John 19:31
New King James Version (NKJV)
Jesus’ Side Is Pierced
31 Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and thatthey might be taken away.
A Solemn Assembly
Joel 2:15
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
15 Blow a trumpet in Zion,
Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly,
2 Chronicles 6:12-17
New King James Version (NKJV)
Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication
12 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands 13 (for Solomon had made a bronze platform five cubits long, five cubits wide, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court; and he stood on it, knelt down on his knees before all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven); 14 and he said: “Lord God of Israel, there is no God in heaven or on earth like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts. 15 You have kept what You promised Your servant David my father; You have both spoken with Your mouth and fulfilled it with Your hand, as it is this day. 16 Therefore, Lord God of Israel, now keep what You promised Your servant David my father, saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man sit before Me on the throne of Israel, only if your sons take heed to their way, that they walk in My law as you have walked before Me.’ 17 And now, O Lord God of Israel, let Your word come true, which You have spoken to Your servant David.
2 Chronicles 6:22-31
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22 “If anyone sins against his neighbor, and is forced to take an oath, and comes and takes an oath before Your altar in this temple, 23 then hear from heaven, and act, and judge Your servants, bringing retribution on the wicked by bringing his way on his own head, and justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness.
24 “Or if Your people Israel are defeated before an enemy because they have sinned against You, and return and confess Your name, and pray and make supplication before You in this temple, 25 then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and bring them back to the land which You gave to them and their fathers.
26 “When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, when they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin because You afflict them, 27 then hear inheaven, and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Israel, that You may teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people as an inheritance.
28 “When there is famine in the land, pestilence or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers; when their enemies besiege them in the land of their cities; whatever plague or whatever sickness there is; 29 whatever prayer, whatever supplication is made by anyone, or by all Your people Israel, when each one knows his own burden and his own grief, and spreads out his hands to this temple: 30 then hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of the sons of men), 31 that they may fear You, to walk in Your ways as long as they live in the land which You gave to our fathers.
2 Chronicles 7:1-3
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Solomon Dedicates the Temple
7 When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. 2 And the priests could not enter the house of theLord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house. 3 When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying:
“For He is good,
For His mercy endures forever.”

Now, Let’s Worship God

In The Presence Of Jehovah

Psalm 99:9

New King James Version (NKJV)

9 Exalt the Lord our God,
And worship at His holy hill;
For the Lord our God is holy.