060514, Considering The Day Of Preparation, John 19:14-31

When I was a boy the attendance of Church services on Sundays was very important to most of the families that I knew. It was common for people to use Saturday as a day to get ready for Sunday Church. I can remember one such Saturday when I was doing some work around a house in a small town. The house was a traditional one story, white frame, single family structure. On this particular day, as I was walking around the house I received a very special blessing. You have to picture this setting in your mind. As you face the house, there is an eight foot deep front porch that extends all the way from the left side wall to the right side wall. The front door was situated on the left side of the porch; windows were placed to the right side of the door, and were about eight feet high. A four foot window would roll up and down, with one on the top, and one on the bottom. The bottom window could be raised so high that a child could walk from the porch into a bedroom. Air conditioners were not always built into these homes, so the front windows were opened on this warm summer’s day. By the way, some of the paint on the wooden siding was peeling but, “who really cared?” I hope that some of you can remember such a house of your younger years. And, by the way, the house was built upon concrete block piers, and had about a three-foot space between the floor of the porch and the ground.

On this particular day, I was especially blessed by the sound of music that I heard coming from the inside of the house. A teenaged girl was playing a piano, and she and her mother were singing a song that they would be singing in Church the next day. These ladies, of which one was a little more “mature in age” than the other, were singing a very beautiful song, which has the title of, “He.” (Ladies, was that a kind description of “the mama?”) By the way, these two saints of God were wearing long and loose fitting flower print dresses. And, their hair was long, and was shaped into a bun. You might say that they resembled “the old time Pentecostal women;” may God richly bless them. The only bad thing about this experience was that when I finished my job, I had to leave this heavenly likeness and go to another house, and pray that I would receive a similar blessing.

In the scripture passage of this writing, we find the Jews preparing themselves for the coming of the Sabbath. The Day of Preparation began on Thursday evening at sunset, and continued until Friday at sunset, when the Sabbath would begin. The Sabbath would continue until Saturday at sunset, when the first day of the week would begin, or as we call it in Christian churches, “The Lord’s Day.” As we can see in John 19:14, it was about noon on Friday morning. Many Jews had spent much of the morning hours preparing for the arrival of the Sabbath. It was during this time, until the time of our Lord’s crucifixion, that there were other Jews who were conspiring with the Pilate, the Roman governor, to crucify Jesus … but it had to be done, with Jesus being buried before sundown, which would be at the time that the Lord’s Sabbath would arrive. The crucifixion took place, and Jesus hung on the cross from noon on Friday until three PM (Matthew 27:45-50), when He died. Then, Jesus was taken to a burial tomb, where His body was placed, and done so before Friday at sunset, which was the beginning of the Sabbath. (Matthew 27:51-62). Jesus’s body was “protected” from the disciples by guards, “until the third day” (Matthew 27:64). It was “after the Sabbath,” on the “First Day Of The Week”that the women found the tomb of Jesus to be empty (Matthew 28:1-8), as the angels announced that, “He is risen!”

This particular Day of Preparation was an emotional roller coaster ride. Not a lot of good things happened as the Lord’s Sabbath was waiting to arrive. But, let’s move on to our time in history, from the year of the crucifixion of Jesus (33 A.D.) to our present time day, and year. How have our Days of Preparation been? How have our Sabbath’s been, and our Lord’s Days, too? It is a practice of mine to try to put the cares of the world aside each Friday, as I prepare for our church’s Friday Evening Sabbath time of worship, praise, Bible study, teaching, preaching, and fellowship meal/remembrance of our Lord’s death, burial, and resurrection. Last Friday was a horrible Day of Preparation for me; the horrors began on Tuesday. Satan had painted a large bulls eye on the back of my shirt, and it appeared that “arrows galore” had been aimed at me all day long. Of course, I can look back and see that I was very much of a “willing accomplice,” as I offended a special friend with a word that I shouldn’t have used. This week, an offense began on Wednesday. In both situations, I knew that serious repentance and asking of forgiveness was necessary to “clear the air” of distractions that could have placed a great wall ofseparation between very special and very close relationships. The clouding of the air can create serious divisions to friendships, and needs to be “taken care of” quickly.

Our church meets on Fridays at 7PM. We are now having summer hours. This week, we will be discussing sins, repentance, and forgiveness in our time of meeting. Our study will relate to Acts 2:38, Matthew 6:15, John 3:18, Romans 8:1, James 5:16, and 1 John 1:9. All of our times of Bible study are very comprehensive. People have mentioned how much they have learned from being present in our times of congregational study, which are designed to teach believers to teach other believers. It is my responsibility to teach everyone who attends our congregation to do everything that I do as the leader of our church; that includes women (Matthew 28:18-20). If you are in the local area, please stop by and try out our very effective way of teaching God’s Word to all of God’s people. Below, you will find the scripture text for this writing. it is followed by a Bible Dictionary explanation of the Day of Preparation. A song video will conclude the post.

John 19:14-31,

English Standard Version (ESV)

14 Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour.[a] He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” 15 They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” 16 So he delivered him over to them to be crucified.

The Crucifixion

So they took Jesus, 17 and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. 19 Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20 Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. 21 So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” 22 Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”
23 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic.[b] But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, 24 so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” This was to fulfill the Scripture which says,
“They divided my garments among them,
and for my clothing they cast lots.”
So the soldiers did these things, 25 but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

The Death of Jesus

28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Jesus’ Side Is Pierced

31 Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would 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 that they might be taken away.

Footnotes:

John 19:14 That is, about noon
John 19:23 Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin

Holman Bible Dictionary

Preparation Day

Sixth day of week in which Jews prepared life’s necessities to avoid work on the sabbath (compare Exodus 20:8-11; Matthew 12:1-14; John 9:14-16 ). Preparation of food, completing work, and spiritual purification were included. The Hebrew day began and ended at 6 p.m., so the day of preparation extended from 6 p.m. on Thursday until the beginning of the sabbath at 6 p.m. Friday.

The Feast of Passover was immediately followed by the holy convocation of the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23:1-7 ). No one worked on either of these holy days, so a day of preparation was set aside to prepare for the holiday period (John 19:14 ). John explicitly identified the day of preparation as the day of Jesus’ execution (John 19:14 ,John 19:14,19:31 ,John 19:31,19:42 ) and placed the Last Supper before Passover (John 13:1 ). The Synoptic Gospels, however, dated the Last Supper on the day of Passover (Matthew 26:1 : 17; Mark 14:12; Luke 22:7 ). This apparent contradiction in dating may depend on whether the gospel writers were referring to the preparation day for the sabbath or to the preparation day for the Passover.

He, Tammy Wynette

Philippians 3:10, “That I may know Him …”

060414, The Deity Of Christ, John 1:1-5

John 1:1-5, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Deity of Jesus Christ

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 [a]He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not [b]comprehend it.

My note. The Godhead (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) was present in the beginning (Genesis 1:26, “Then God said, let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.”) Jesus, the Life, is the Light of men. The Light of Jesus shines into the darkness (unsaved man) of the world. Darkness can not penetrate light, but light penetrates darkness. Unsaved man does not receive the Light of God, in and of, himself. Light relates to the Holiness of God. Darkness relates to the unholiness of unsaved man. God is proactive in aiming that “beam of the truth of the Light of Jesus” into those of the world who are called “darkness,” and are unsaved. Luke 19:10 says,”For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Jesus is the seeker; all of us were lost until Jesus saved us. Darkness is in total opposition to light. There is no interest in darkness seeking out light. But, you can see that if you go into a totally dark room and turn on a flash light, that darkness will disappear and light will appear. When the Light of Jesus shines “into us,” we are no longer “darkness.” We have become “light,” with that light being as bright as the Light of Jesus. To show the importance of our being “light,” consider 1 John 1:5, where we read, “God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” Until we receive the Light of Jesus into our lives, we will never be with God, or in God. We receive the Light of God into our lives by being born again. It is an act of God, per John 3:8. It is an inside job, because God’s Spirit must get inside of our spirit, or “indwell” our spirit, where He will place that Light, the Light of Jesus. (Colossians 1:27). Until the Spirit of God takes an interest in us, we have no interest in God. We are like a bunch of hogs, “slopping in the mud.” The hogs are very contented with their “slop mud filled life,” and we were happy with our “darkness filled life”, until we were born again. See 1 Corinthians 1:18, and 2:14.

John 3:8, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

8 The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Colossians 1:27, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

1 Corinthians 1:18, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who [a]are perishing, but to us who [b]are being saved it is the power of God.
Footnotes:

1 Corinthians 1:18 Or perish
1 Corinthians 1:18 Or are saved

1 Corinthians 2:14, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

14 But [a]a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually [b]appraised.
Footnotes:

1 Corinthians 2:14 Or an unspiritual
1 Corinthians 2:14 Or examined

Following are thoughts of Dr. C.I.Scofield, and Dr. R.C. Sproul. A worship and praise video by the choir and orchestra of Prestonwood Baptist Church will conclude this post.

Footnotes:

John 1:2 Lit This one
John 1:5 Or overpower

Scofield’s Reference Notes

John overview

Book Introduction – John

WRITER: The fourth Gospel was written by the Apostle John John 21:24. This has been questioned on critical grounds, but on the same grounds and with equal scholarship, the early date and Johanean authorship have been maintained.

DATE: The date of John’s Gospel falls between A.D. 85 and 90. Probably the latter.

THEME: This is indicated both in the Prologue (John 1:1-14), and in the last verse of the Gospel proper (John 20:31), and is: The incarnation of the eternal Word, and Son of life; (2) that as many as believe on Him as “the Christ, the Son of God” (John 20:31) may have eternal life. The prominent words are, “believed” and “life.”

The book is in seven natural divisions:
1. Prologue: The eternal Word incarnate in Jesus the Christ, John 1:1-14.
2. The witness of John the Baptist, John 1:15-34.
3. The public ministry of Christ, John 1:35 to John 12:50.
4. The private ministry of Christ to His own, John 13:1 to John 17:26.
5. The sacrifice of Christ, John 18:1 to John 19:42.
6. The manifestation of Christ in resurrection, John 20:1-31.
7. Epilogue: Christ the Master of life and service, John 21:1-25.

The events recorded in this book cover a period of 7 years.

Verse 1

Word
Gr. “Logos” (arm. “Memra,” used in the Targums, or Heb. paraphrases, for God). The Greek term means,
(1) a thought or concept;
(2) the expression or utterance of that thought. As a designation of Christ, therefore, Logos is peculiarly felicitous because,
(1) in Him are embodied all the treasures of the divine wisdom, the collective “thought” of God 1 Corinthians 1:24; Ephesians 3:11;Colossians 2:2; Colossians 2:3 and,
(2) He is from eternity, but especially in His incarnation, the utterance or expression of the Person, and “thought” of Deity John 1:3-5; John 1:9;John 1:14-18; John 14:9-11; Colossians 2:9.
In the Being, Person, and work of Christ, Deity is told out.

Verse 5

comprehended
Or, apprehended; lit. “laid not hold of it.”

Reformation Study Bible, Dr. R.C. Sproul

1:1–18 This “Prologue” to the Gospel is a preface to the narrative beginning at v. 19.
Reformation Study Bible

1:1 the Word. The term “Word” (Greek logos) designates God the Son with respect to His deity; “Jesus” and “Christ” refer to His incarnation and saving work. During the first three centuries, doctrines of the Person of Christ focused intensely on His position as the Logos. In Greek philosophy, the Logos was “reason” or “logic” as an abstract force that brought order and harmony to the universe. But in John’s writings such qualities of the Logos are gathered in the Person of Christ. In Neo-Platonic philosophy and the Gnostic heresy (second and third centuries a.d.), the Logos was seen as one of many intermediate powers between God and the world. Such notions are far removed from the simplicity of John’s Gospel.
In this verse the Word is expressly affirmed to be God. The Word existed already “in the beginning” (a clear reference to the opening words of the Bible), which is a way of denoting the eternity that is unique to God. John states clearly, “the Word was God.” Some have observed that the word translated “God” here has no definite article, and argued on this basis that it means “a god” rather than “God.” This is a misunderstanding; the article is omitted because of the word order in the Greek sentence (the predicate “God” has been placed first for emphasis). The New Testament never endorses the idea of “a god,” an expression that implies polytheism and is in sharp conflict with the consistent monotheism of the Bible. In the New Testament, the Greek word for “God” occurs often without the definite article, depending on the requirements of Greek grammar.
That “the Word was with God,” indicates a distinction of Persons within the unity of the Godhead. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are not successive forms of appearance of one Person, but are eternal Persons present from “the beginning” (v. 2). “With” suggests a relationship of close personal intimacy. See “One and Three: The Trinity” at Is. 44:6.

1:3 All things were made through him. This verse also emphasizes the deity of the Word, since creation belongs to God alone. See also v. 10; Col. 1:16–17; “God the Creator” at Ps. 148:5.

1:4 In him was life. Another affirmation of deity: the Son as well as the Father has “life in himself” (5:26).

1:5 has not overcome it. It is characteristic of the style of this Gospel to emphasize contrasting concepts (see Introduction). The plot of this Gospel could be seen in terms of a struggle between the forces of faith and unbelief.

My Note:

Before you play the following video of worship and praise, please let me say that I am so excited about Jesus that I feel like falling flat on my back, and “SHOUTING!!!!!!!”

The End Of The Beginning

Prestonwood Baptist Church

Southern Baptist Convention

Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Senior Pastor, Dr. Jack Graham

060314, John 3:1-10, The New Birth

John 3:1-10

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The New Birth

My Note: When Adam and Eve fell, the effect was that Adam and Eve would die. The body, soul, and spirit of Adam and Eve, and everybody who would follow them through birth, would also die (Genesis 2:15-17). The flawed sperm and egg of Adam and Eve created children who also had a flawed sperm and egg, and so on and so forth. Immediately upon conception, resulting in an embryo, which has life, the newly conceived life begins to die (body, soul, spirit, 1 Thessalonians 5:23). The fall and death of Adam and Eve resulted in the death of every other conceived being (Romans 5:12). It is important to know that death, of any kind, did not occur until Adam and Eve sinned. The reason for the New Birth, or the birth from above, is to provide a spirit for mankind that is free of the flaw from the fall of Adam and Eve. Notice in verse 3 that Jesus tells Nicodemus that he must be born again if he wants to spend eternity with God. Nicodemus approached Jesus, “in all of his Jewishness.” Jesus, in essence, told Nicodemus that his keeping of the Ten Commandments, or his keeping of the feasts, would provide him with no entry into heaven. Jesus was talking to Jews, just as the apostles spoke to Jews and Gentiles, saying that we would need a spirit that is as pure as His Spirit, in order for us to enter into Heaven. Just as the Spirit of God will indwell those of us who have been born again, our spirit will also indwell the Spirit of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (See John 14:1-21 for that indwelling). 1 John 1:5 states that there is no darkness in God. So, in order for us to indwell God, our spirits must be cleansed of all darkness, which is a result of the New Birth.

1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews;

Reformation Study Bible

3:1–21 This is the first of many teaching discourses recorded by John. Typically on being asked a question, Jesus answers in a way that steers the discussion into a deeper realm, often through misunderstandings that are corrected for those becoming true disciples. The new understanding reveals Jesus more fully.

2 this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these [a]signs that You do unless God is with him.”

Reformation Study Bible

3:2 by night. This might betray a fear of being seen, or it might be a sign of deference to Jesus, a rabbi who should not be distracted during the day. Understood symbolically, Nicodemus is a person living in the darkness of this world, who now encounters the light (8:12; cf. 9:4; 11:10; 13:30).

a teacher . . . from God. Nicodemus understands that God attests His messengers through giving them power to perform miracles, but this understanding falls far short of Jesus’ true identity.

3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born [b]again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Reformation Study Bible

3:3 born again. See text note. The translation “born from above” accords well with the discussion of “earthly” and “heavenly” things in v. 12, and the discussion of ascending and descending in v. 13. This is the meaning of the Greek adverb in other places in this Gospel (19:11, 23). Nicodemus apparently understood it to mean “a second time.” It is possible that both meanings are intended—a new birth that is a birth from above. See theological note “Regeneration: The New Birth” on the next page.

4 Nicodemus *said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?”

5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Reformation Study Bible

3:5 born of water and the Spirit. Some suggest that the “water” is the release of fluid that accompanies physical birth, but linguistic considerations point to understanding “water” and “Spirit” as referring to a single spiritual birth. Many interpreters understand “water” here as the water of baptism, but such a reference, before Christian baptism was instituted, would have been meaningless to Nicodemus. Others find a reference to John’s baptism, but Jesus nowhere makes John’s baptism a requirement for salvation. Probably the statement refers to Old Testament passages in which the terms “water” and “Spirit” are linked to express the pouring out of God’s Spirit in the end times (Is. 32:15; 44:3; Ezek. 36:25–27). The presence of such rich Old Testament imagery accounts for Jesus’ reproof of Nicodemus (v. 10): as a “teacher of Israel,” he should have understood.

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born [c]again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Reformation Study Bible

3:6–8 This passage emphasizes the priority and sovereignty of God in the work of salvation. It does not exclude the reality of human response in repentance and faith.

My Note: Jesus relates the Holy Spirit to the wind. Consider the wind. It can not be seen, proof of its presence can easily be seen (trees blowing and knocked down, etc.) The wind can go left, right, forward, and backward. The wind can go fast, slow, turn in circles, and can stand still. The same is with the Holy Spirit, which can not be seen, but proof its presence can easily be seen, such as changed lives. 2 Corinthians 5:17 states, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” The old and the new relate to the Spirit of mankind. The Holy Spirit can move to the left, to the right, forward, and backward, and can go fast, slow, turn in circles, and can stand still. The important thing to remember is that God controls the wind and The Holy Spirit. We have no control over either. We can’t go down to the local “Born Again Store” and buy a gallon of it. Please know that the soul and body are not the subject of this topic of discussion. At the embryo stage, a spirit has been conceived and is in need of a Savior. Consider “grace;” Ephesians 2:8, for questions that relate to the deaths of pre born children.

9 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be?”

10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things?

My Note: Nicodemus should have known the truth of the new birth, as is taught in Ezekiel 36:25-26, and shows a spiritual regeneration of the spirits of Jews.
Footnotes:

John 3:2 Or attesting miracles
John 3:3 Or from above
John 3:7 Or from above

Scofield’s Reference Notes

John 3, Born Again

Regeneration:

(1) The necessity of the new birth grows out of the incapacity of the natural man to “see” or “enter into” the kingdom of God. However gifted, moral, or refined, the natural man is absolutely blind to spiritual truth, and impotent to enter the kingdom; for he can neither obey, understand, nor please God John 3:3; John 3:5; John 3:6; Psalms 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Mark 7:21-23; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Romans 8:7; Romans 8:8;Ephesians 2:3 (See Scofield “Matthew 6:33”).

(2) The new birth is not a reformation of the old nature (See Scofield “Romans 6:6”) but a creative act of the holy Spirit John 3:5; John 1:12;John 1:13; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:10; Ephesians 4:24.

(3) The condition of the new birth is faith in Christ crucified John 3:14;John 3:15; John 1:12; John 1:13; Galatians 3:24

(4) Through the new birth the believer becomes a partaker of the divine nature and of the life of Christ Himself Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:10;Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 1:27; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 5:10-12

Verse 10

A Master

Lit. Art thou the teacher of Israel, etc.

Consider the proactive nature of God, as it relates to our salvation. Consider this question. Who is the seeker, and who is lost?

Luke 19:10, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

10 For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Jesus Saves

Prestonwood Baptist Church

Southern Baptist Convention

Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Senior Pastor, Dr. Jack Graham

060214, Bless The Lord

As believers in Christ, we are facing more opposition to the name of Christ. The battles are increasing. Our energy levels are being diminished. Today may be a good day for us just to, “Bless The Lord.” The worship video will find a good place within your soul.

Psalm 103, King James Version (KJV)

103 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies;
5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;
18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
19 The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
20 Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
21 Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
22 Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.

10,000 Reasons

Philippians 3:10, “That I may know Him ….”

060114, Consider The Words, Consider The Commitment

Husbands and wives, do you sing songs of love to each other? Do you remember your words of commitment that you said to each other on the day or evening of your wedding? “to have and to hold” – “for better for worse” – “for richer for poorer” – “in sickness and in health” – “to love and to cherish” – “til death do us part.”

In our world of today, marriages are under constant attack by liberal and ungodly forces. It is important for our families to be tied together by the love that husbands and wives should have for each other, and should unashamedly be shown to those who come in contact with them.

Consider the words of love that Lenny and Sherrie Le Blanc sing to each other at the Church Of The Apostles in Atlanta, Georgia (USA). The Senior Pastor of the church is Dr. Michael Youssef.

After you view the video, you will see the inspired words of The Apostle Paul as he speaks to wives of Christian marriages.

One Desire

Ephesians 5:22, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Marriage Like Christ and the Church

“Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.”

052514, Remember When ?

Remember When … marriage was only between one man and one woman?

Brothers and sisters in Christ, don’t let the liberals of government, education, unions, academia, entertainment, etc, tell you anything else. It was Adam and Eve and not Adam and Steve. I am putting “a circle around and a line through” the network that showed the football player kissing his boy friend; so that all of the world could see the abomination that took place. No matter how much I want to see my favorite sports teams and personalities, I will not watch them on that network of notoriety. While we’re at it, we should also be putting a circle around and a line through politicians and businesses who are trying to force homosexual marriage on us. (The word is not “gay.”) Should not God’s people take a stand and not vote for politicians who support homosexual marriage, and not patronize businesses who also endorse the perversion that comes from two men having sex, and two women having sex? The word “marriage” does not even fit into this last example of abominable life styles.

Now, let’s consider what a real marriage looks like, one man and one woman.

Remember When

Genesis 2:24, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.