Week of Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost… 8/7/2016

THANK YOU GOD FOR TOMORROW!!! (push)

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we are to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve.  Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us the things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things of which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merit of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

WEAR THAT CROWN…

Dear brothers and sisters, grace be to you from our Lord Jesus Christ… It is funny to me that I pray for you all to have grace… smh (shaking my head) if only, I heard my own prayer… God knows, that I lose my grace when I workout… (YES, I am always at the gym)… An occasional swear word slips out of my mouth… To me, that is not reflecting the Lord in a good way.  WE ARE A REFLECTION OF OUR CREATOR… Truly, Truly I say to you, I must try harder to represent our Lord Jesus Christ (Jesus Christ = Immanuel = God with us) (ISAIAH CH. 7 & 8) in a good light.

The idea of representing Jesus Christ in a dark world gives me hope.  Hope for an AWESOME tomorrow.  What happened to me Tuesday was an awesome example of how a good representation sets a good example to other people in society.  I went to Karn’s (Grocery Store) to heat up my lunch (graciously given to me from a friend) and buy a Diet Peach Ice Tea to drink.  By the cooler, I talked to a worker employed by Karn’s.  I have met him before in the parking lot months before.   He was the “cart collector” and always had a smile on his face and a “good afternoon” for me… This time, I ran into him inside.  We started talking.  He told me that it was his first day working inside.  He had the job of cleaning the bathrooms.  That was the first time I heard frustration in his voice and saw a frown on his face.

I told him that he was not alone.  “One of my jobs is to clean the bathrooms at the gym where I work part-time… BUT, you know what??? I LOVE IT… however, it won’t stop me pursuing a job that benefits from my educational background. ATTITUDE IS A DECISION”  This immediately brought that smile back on his face.  I continued to thank him for having such a good attitude in the past, gathering the carts outside… He then went back to work cleaning the h+ll out of those bathrooms 🙂 THANK YOU GOD FOR YESTERDAY!!!

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Remembering yesterday brings to mind a letter written by, our brother in Christ, the Apostle Paul.

Paul writes in Romans:

I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen[a] according to the flesh, who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises; of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen.

This declaration, of being blessed, shines an AWESOME light for Christ.  I think, Paul gives us a good example of how to act as Christians.  He shows us that we are champions, one and all, empowered by God’s spirit… We will taste victory and sweet success made possible by His love and gifts to us… However, we may fear the harsh judgment of the majority or feel inadequate to standards set forth by others. We may even be unsettled by thoughts of death, persecution, and dark spiritual powers.  BUT, Paul celebrates the absolute assurance that no one and nothing can come between us and the love of God. 🙂 THANK YOU GOD FOR TODAY!!!

WEAR THAT CROWN.

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Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost… 7/31/2016 (REVISED)

HAVE COMMUNION WITH ME… (push)

Gracious Father, your blessed Son came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world.  Give us this bread, that he may live in us and we in him, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Have Communion with me…

We all have a commonality as followers of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I have a hard time trying to understand Religions that make other brothers and sisters in Christ feel alienated.  I hope and pray that no-one in my church mistakenly does this.  Being brought up a Lutheran and a member of a Lutheran church, I can name 95 excuses… THAT’S RIGHT… EXCUSES… why I shouldn’t want to have communion with Catholics; however, there is ONE truth of why I should… Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior.

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My question to Catholics is “am I welcome to have communion with you in your cathedrals?”  I have been told numerous stories on how Lutherans are not allowed to commune with Catholics; however, this feeling of alienation makes me want to go with a friend to a Catholic Mass in Harrisburg, PA…

Communion is a beautiful time in people’s life to remember the life and death of Jesus Christ with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ…

“Holy God, mighty Lord, gracious Father: Endless is your mercy and eternal your reign.

You have filled all creation with light and life; heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Through Abraham you promised to bless all nations.  You rescued Israel, your chosen people.

Through the prophets you renewed your promise (Isaiah 55:1-5); and, at this end of all the ages, sent your Son, who in words and deeds proclaimed your kingdom and was obedient to your will, even to giving his life.

In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.  Do this for the remembrance of me.

For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup, we will proclaim the Lord’s death”

Beautiful huh???

I learned that it is awesome to learn from the past and move on… (Jesus has RISEN) God sent us prophets written about in the Old Testament in our Holy Bible… I encourage you to read the prophecies of Isaiah.  Isaiah was extremely right on with his visions of the future.

An Invitation to Abundant Life

55 “Ho! Everyone who thirsts,
Come to the waters;
And you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price.
Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And let your soul delight itself in abundance.
Incline your ear, and come to Me.
Hear, and your soul shall live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you—
The sure mercies of David.
Indeed I have given him as a witness to the people,
A leader and commander for the people.
Surely you shall call a nation you do not know,
And nations who do not know you shall run to you,
Because of the Lord your God,
And the Holy One of Israel;
For He has glorified you.”

BREAD… REMEMBER… READ…

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To me, Isaiah offers us the words to instill a deep faith within our soul.  The birth, life, and resurrection of Jesus Christ verifies this scripture… let me explain… In verse 2 Isaiah asks why spend money for what is not bread? In John 6:35 Jesus says I am the bread of life.  Isaiah goes on by telling of a leader, who has covenant (promise) with you, to glorify God.  Truly, Truly I say to you… this is the point of taking communion.  Drinking the wine, is done in remembrance of the covenant (promise) between you and God.  Jesus Christ took your sins and mine to the cross to be put to death… LEAVE THEM THERE…

THANK YOU GOD FOR TODAY!!!

LET’s GO2 CHURCH.

Week of Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost… 7/31/2016

HAVE COMMUNION WITH ME… (push)

Gracious Father, your blessed Son came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world.  Give us this bread, that he may live in us and we in him, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Have Communion with me…

We all have a commonality as followers of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I have a hard time trying to understand Religions that make other brothers and sisters in Christ feel alienated.  I hope and pray that no-one in my church mistakenly does this.  Being brought up a Lutheran and a member of a Lutheran church, I can name 95 excuses… THAT’S RIGHT… EXCUSES… why I shouldn’t want to have communion with Catholics; however, there is ONE truth of why I should… Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior.

My question to Catholics is “am I welcome to have communion with you in your cathedrals?”  I have been told numerous stories on how Lutherans are not allowed to commune with Catholics; however, this feeling of alienation makes me want to go with a friend to a Catholic Mass in Harrisburg, PA…

Communion is a beautiful time in people’s life to remember the life and death of Jesus Christ with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ…

“Holy God, mighty Lord, gracious Father: Endless is your mercy and eternal your reign.

You have filled all creation with light and life; heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Through Abraham you promised to bless all nations.  You rescued Israel, your chosen people.

Through the prophets you renewed your promise (Isaiah 55:1-5); and, at this end of all the ages, sent your Son, who in words and deeds proclaimed your kingdom and was obedient to your will, even to giving his life.

In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.  Do this for the remembrance of me.

For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup, we will proclaim the Lord’s death”

Beautiful huh???

I learned that it is awesome to learn from the past and move on… (Jesus has RISEN) God sent us prophets written about in the Old Testament in our Holy Bible… I encourage you to read the prophecies of Isaiah.  Isaiah was extremely right on with his visions of the future.

An Invitation to Abundant Life

55 “Ho! Everyone who thirsts,
Come to the waters;
And you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price.
Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And let your soul delight itself in abundance.
Incline your ear, and come to Me.
Hear, and your soul shall live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you—
The sure mercies of David.
Indeed I have given him as a witness to the people,
A leader and commander for the people.
Surely you shall call a nation you do not know,
And nations who do not know you shall run to you,
Because of the Lord your God,
And the Holy One of Israel;
For He has glorified you.”

BREAD… REMEMBER… READ…

(Matthew 14:13-21) 🙂 🙂 🙂

Tenth Sunday After Pentecost… 7/24/2016 (REVISED)

WALK BY FAITH…

O God, your ears are open always to the prayers of your servants.  Open our hearts and minds to you, that we may live in harmony with your will and receive the gifts of your spirit; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

PRAYING FOR WISDOM

I must admit, in the presence of my friends in Christ Jesus, that I do not know everything… I think, I know enough to get by in life circumstances; however, there is so much I don’t know.  I do have a Bachelor in Science in Marketing from Penn State, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Penn State, and a Post-Graduate Certificate (6 courses) in Digital Marketing from the University of Illinios… However, you know what???

No accomplishment of mine will ever compare to the beautiful creation of this planet.  THANK YOU GOD!!!

This brings to mind a documentary I was watching on the History channel.  It was on the creation of the universe.  Stephen Hawking, who is to considered to be the most intelligent man, argued that God does not exist and the Big Bang Theory occurred from expansion of anti-matter and matter.  He is an atheist… I am praying for Jesus Christ to reveal Himself to Mr. Hawking.

The documentary went on by informing me that Mr. Hawking’s “conclusion” was based on the work and theories of a Zionist, Albert Einstein… YES… based on theories of a believer… I included one of my favorite quotes from Albert Einstein below…

*IF YOU ARE VIEWING VIA MOBILE PHONE… CLICK “REPLAY” UNTIL IT GOES AWAY…

My point is… man will always try to prove or disprove a theory; however, no man will truly have all the knowledge that God does…

In our Old Testament in the Holy Bible, King Solomon was conscience of the fact that he did not know it all… BUT… He did pray to the One who did.

1 Kings 3:5-12

Before Israel united as one nation under David, the countryside was inhabited by people who worship other gods. As Solomon prepares to build the temple and centralize worship of the one God—the Lord—in one place—Jerusalem—he finds it necessary to visit the former shrines of local gods and convert them to shrines to God. While this may have worked in the short term by introducing the people outside of Jerusalem to the worship practices of the Eternal, those shrines, called “high places,” will be the undoing of the entire country. By allowing people to worship at local shrines instead of only in Jerusalem, where the priests meticulously follow God’s laws, Solomon and future kings are opening the door to the blending of God worship and pagan worship.

The Eternal revealed Himself to Solomon in a dream while he was still in Gibeon.

Eternal One: Tell me, what is your request of Me?

Solomon: You have already revealed Your loyal love to my father, David, for he lived by Your truth and righteousness and honor during the days of his life. You have continued to show this loyal love to him by giving him a son who now reigns upon his throne. Eternal One, my God, You have allowed me to serve as my father David served, but I am still young and inexperienced. I don’t know much about anything,yet I am supposed to lead Your chosen people who are innumerable and even uncountable. Please give Your servant a listening heart for judging Your people and for knowing the difference between what is good and what is evil. Who is capable of judging Your chosen ones, a great people?

10 The Lord was delighted by Solomon’s request.

Eternal One: 11 Since you have asked for wisdom and not for an extended lifetime or for personal wealth or for the annihilation of your enemies, since you have instead asked for the ability to understand justice, 12 I will honor your request. I have planted the deepest human wisdom into your heart. There has never been nor will there ever be a man like you.

King Solomon was AWESOME!  I pray that each and every one of you is just as AWESOME!  SET AN EXAMPLE TO FUTURE GENERATIONS AND PRAY TO GOD FOR WISDOM.  Thank you +

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(Romans 8:28-30)

THANK YOU GOD FOR YESTERDAY…

THANK YOU GOD FOR TODAY…

Psalm 138

The Lord’s Goodness to the Faithful

A Psalm of David.

138 I will praise You with my whole heart;
Before the gods I will sing praises to You.
I will worship toward Your holy temple,
And praise Your name
For Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
In the day when I cried out, You answered me,
And made me bold with strength in my soul.

All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O Lord,
When they hear the words of Your mouth.
Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
For great is the glory of the Lord.
Though the Lord is on high,
Yet He regards the lowly;
But the proud He knows from afar.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch out Your hand
Against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

THANK YOU GOD FOR TOMORROW…

“Let’s take that test”

Tenth Sunday After Pentecost… 7/24/2016

WISDOM…

#read #push #learn

O God, your ears are open always to the prayers of your servants.  Open our hearts and minds to you, that we may live in harmony with your will and receive the gifts of your spirit; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

PRAYING FOR WISDOM

I must admit, in the presence of my friends in Christ Jesus, that I do not know everything… I think, I know enough to get by in life circumstances; however, there is so much I don’t know.  I do have a Bachelor in Science in Marketing from Penn State, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Penn State, and a Post-Graduate Certificate (6 courses) in Digital Marketing from the University of Illinios… However, you know what???

No accomplishment of mine will ever compare to the beautiful creation of this planet.  THANK YOU GOD!!!

This brings to mind a documentary I was watching on the History channel.  It was on the creation of the universe.  Stephen Hawking, who is to considered to be the most intelligent man, argued that God does not exist and the Big Bang Theory occurred from expansion of anti-matter and matter.  He is an atheist… I am praying for Jesus Christ to reveal Himself to Mr. Hawking.

The documentary went on by informing me that Mr. Hawking’s “conclusion” was based on the work and theories of a Zionist, Albert Einstein… YES… based on theories of a believer… I included one of my favorite quotes from Albert Einstein below…

*IF YOU ARE VIEWING VIA MOBILE PHONE… CLICK “REPLAY” UNTIL IT GOES AWAY…

My point is… man will always try to prove or disprove a theory; however, no man will truly have all the knowledge that God does…

In our Old Testament in the Holy Bible, King Solomon was conscience of the fact that he did not know it all… BUT… He did pray to the One who did.

1 Kings 3:5-12

Before Israel united as one nation under David, the countryside was inhabited by people who worship other gods. As Solomon prepares to build the temple and centralize worship of the one God—the Lord—in one place—Jerusalem—he finds it necessary to visit the former shrines of local gods and convert them to shrines to God. While this may have worked in the short term by introducing the people outside of Jerusalem to the worship practices of the Eternal, those shrines, called “high places,” will be the undoing of the entire country. By allowing people to worship at local shrines instead of only in Jerusalem, where the priests meticulously follow God’s laws, Solomon and future kings are opening the door to the blending of God worship and pagan worship.

The Eternal revealed Himself to Solomon in a dream while he was still in Gibeon.

Eternal One: Tell me, what is your request of Me?

Solomon: You have already revealed Your loyal love to my father, David, for he lived by Your truth and righteousness and honor during the days of his life. You have continued to show this loyal love to him by giving him a son who now reigns upon his throne. Eternal One, my God, You have allowed me to serve as my father David served, but I am still young and inexperienced. I don’t know much about anything,yet I am supposed to lead Your chosen people who are innumerable and even uncountable. Please give Your servant a listening heart for judging Your people and for knowing the difference between what is good and what is evil. Who is capable of judging Your chosen ones, a great people?

10 The Lord was delighted by Solomon’s request.

Eternal One: 11 Since you have asked for wisdom and not for an extended lifetime or for personal wealth or for the annihilation of your enemies, since you have instead asked for the ability to understand justice, 12 I will honor your request. I have planted the deepest human wisdom into your heart. There has never been nor will there ever be a man like you.

King Solomon was AWESOME!  I pray that each and every one of you is just as AWESOME!  SET AN EXAMPLE TO FUTURE GENERATIONS AND PRAY TO GOD FOR WISDOM.  Thank you +

*IF YOU ARE VIEWING VIA MOBILE PHONE… CLICK “REPLAY” UNTIL IT GOES AWAY…

(Romans 8:28-30)

Ninth Sunday After Pentecost… 7/17/2016 (REVISED)

Hi…

O God, you see how busy we are with many things.  Turn us to listen to your teachings and lead us to choose the one thing which will not be taken from us, Jesus Christ our Lord.

TIME MANAGEMENT 101… TEACH US LORD!

(#dingding class begins)

Everyone is different.  We each have different life experiences and a different way of life.  This diversity makes life fun and interesting… The thing we do have in common is the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ.  This faith takes us on an individual walk with Christ Jesus only to find out that we are actually sprinting with other believers in the birth, life, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

I, personally, am finding that my day is getting more and more filled with things of this earth… It might be a good thing or bad thing depending how you look at it… THANK YOU GOD FOR TODAY!!!

*IF YOU ARE VIEWING VIA MOBILE PHONE… CLICK “REPLAY” UNTIL IT GOES AWAY… (PSALM 86:11-17)

I want to share with you a teaching by our Lord Jesus Christ found in the Holy Gospel of Matthew…

Matthew 13:24-30

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

BEAUTIFUL!!! This teaching by Jesus Christ can be interpreted many different ways… The diversity in one man’s interpretation makes life fun and interesting… THANK YOU GOD FOR TOMORROW!!!

To me, Jesus Christ informs us that we are like the wheat in his teaching.  Eventually, we will be gathered up and stored in His Kingdom (BARN)… Sadly, the non-believers, or Tares (an injurious weed resembling wheat when young) will be burnt and destroyed. I pray that these people are revealed the truth of our Lord Jesus Christ… Jesus Christ teaches us that faith in our Lord will lead to entrance into the Kingdom of heaven.  MY LORD IS JESUS CHRIST…THANK YOU GOD FOR YESTERDAY!!!

*IF YOU ARE VIEWING VIA MOBILE PHONE… CLICK “REPLAY” UNTIL IT GOES AWAY… (Jeremiah 32:17John 20:27:)

I hope and pray that you find time in your busy day to read these scriptures that I posted…

 

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Ninth Sunday After Pentecost… 7/17/2016

Hi…

O God, you see how busy we are with many things.  Turn us to listen to your teachings and lead us to choose the one thing which will not be taken from us, Jesus Christ our Lord.

TIME MANAGEMENT 101… TEACH US LORD!

(#dingding class begins)

Everyone is different.  We each have different life experiences and a different way of life.  This diversity makes life fun and interesting… The thing we do have in common is the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ.  This faith takes us on an individual walk with Christ Jesus only to find out that we are actually sprinting with other believers in the birth, life, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

I, personally, am finding that my day is getting more and more filled with things of this earth… It might be a good thing or bad thing depending how you look at it… THANK YOU GOD FOR TODAY!!!

*IF YOU ARE VIEWING VIA MOBILE PHONE… CLICK “REPLAY” UNTIL IT GOES AWAY… (PSALM 86:11-17)

I want to share with you a teaching by our Lord Jesus Christ found in the Holy Gospel of Matthew…

Matthew 13:24-30

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

BEAUTIFUL!!! This teaching by Jesus Christ can be interpreted many different ways… The diversity in one man’s interpretation makes life fun and interesting… THANK YOU GOD FOR TOMORROW!!!

To me, Jesus Christ informs us that we are like the wheat in his teaching.  Eventually, we will be gathered up and stored in His Kingdom (BARN)… Sadly, the non-believers, or Tares (an injurious weed resembling wheat when young) will be burnt and destroyed. I pray that these people are revealed the truth of our Lord Jesus Christ… Jesus Christ teaches us that faith in our Lord will lead to entrance into the Kingdom of heaven.  MY LORD IS JESUS CHRIST…THANK YOU GOD FOR YESTERDAY!!!

*IF YOU ARE VIEWING VIA MOBILE PHONE… CLICK “REPLAY” UNTIL IT GOES AWAY… (Jeremiah 32:17John 20:27🙂

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