Father in heaven, at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan you proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit. Make all who are baptized into Christ faithful in their calling calling to be your children and inheritors with him of everlasting life; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
I WANT RECOGNITION… I need a new thought, new tires, and a new year…
I would love recognition… recognition as a Christian… Eternal life is granted to God’s children who belief in the Birth, Life, Death, and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ… RIGHT???
It is our faith in salvation that saves us… NOT OUR ACTS…
May I share scripture written in the book of Acts found in the New Testament of our Holy Bible???
Acts 19:1-7 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Paul in Ephesus
19 While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. 2 He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” They replied, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 Then he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They answered, “Into John’s baptism.” 4 Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied— 7 altogether there were about twelve of them.
I have witnessed many a baptism in our Lutheran Church… It seems legit to me…
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
Maker of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
WHAT ARE WE DOING WRONG THAT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WILL NOT RECOGNIZE THESE CHILDREN OF GOD???
I have been to plenty of Masses and distinctly remember hearing the priest refer to Catholics as Christians…
DO I HAVE TO BE BAPTIZED CATHOLIC IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED ONE OF GOD’s CHILDREN???
If not, Does this mean I can freely take communion with my fellow Christians???
NEW THOUGHT, NEW TIRES (Thank you Mom), NEW YEAR…
I am gonna get new tires at goodyear…
I have been told that one of the Os does not light up… Making Goodyear appear as Godyear at night…
THAT’S WHAT I NEED…
Can I give you a thought that began it all???
Genesis 1 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Six Days of Creation
1 In the beginning when God created[a] the heavens and the earth, 2 the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God[b] swept over the face of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
6 And God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7 So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. 8 God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
9 And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17 God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, 18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
20 And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” 21 So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, “Let us make humankind[c] in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth,[d] and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”
28 God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” 29 God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
NEW TIRES. (thank you Mom)
(Please READ this post to the end… I included a summation of testimonies and scriptures for my week… IT IS PRETTY COOL)
1/2/2018 – CRAZY… It was -1 degree… CRAZY…
Today was busy… I was in Hummelstown, Hershey, Lancaster, and Elizabethtown…
Tomorrow, I practice more of my speech I am giving at Toastmasters… I did READ this morning… Will you READ???
THANKs BE TO GOD!!!
Proverbs 1:7 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
7 THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF KNOWLEDGE;
FOOLS DESPISE WISDOM AND INSTRUCTION.
NEW TIRES… NEW YEAR…
Yes… I STARTED MY DAY BY READING…
I COULDN’T FIGURE OUT THAT MOVIE APP IN TIME FOR ME TO GO TO HERSHEY…
I then, got some time to figure out that movie app…
I then, went to Toastmasters… I told my club about my adventure with practicing with that puppet…
LAST TIME, I BROUGHT THAT DAMN PUPPET IN MY CAR TO PRACTICE… i got a flat tire…
I decided not to practice with him any more… I AM USING THIS INSTEAD…
THE EAST COAST IS PREPARING FOR A BIG WINTER STORM…
Good thing, I got NEW TIRES… they are good in the snow…
QUESTION: DO YOU KNOW WHAT IS GOOD DURING A STORM???
The Voice of God in a Great Storm
1 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,[a]
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name;
worship the Lord in holy splendor.
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord, over mighty waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl,[b]
and strips the forest bare;
and in his temple all say, “Glory!”
10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
11 May the Lord give strength to his people!
May the Lord bless his people with peace!
THANK YOU FOR TODAY GOD!!!
Did you know???
Luke (one of Jesus’s disciples)… was a Doctor…
THANK YOU GOD FOR TODAY!!!
Happy Birthday Mom… It is also the 12th day after Christmas and when our Church celebrates the Epiphany of our Lord…
Please do not let these BIG words scare you…
the festival commemorating the Epiphany on January 6.
a manifestation of a divine or supernatural being.
I NEED TO SHARE WITH YOU THE STORY OF THREE WISE MEN THAT TRAVELED BY FAITH TO SEE THE MESSIAH…
It is written…
Matthew 2:1-12 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The Visit of the Wise Men
2 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men[a] from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising,[b] and have come to pay him homage.” 3 When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah[c] was to be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
6 ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd[d] my people Israel.’”
7 Then Herod secretly called for the wise men[e] and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. 8 Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” 9 When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising,[f] until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw that the star had stopped,[g] they were overwhelmed with joy. 11 On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.
THOSE TIRES ROCK… (new tires, new year)
LET’s GO2 CHURCH