Sixth Sunday After Pentecost… 6/26/2016

WHEN, I DON’T KNOW… (Please push/click)

O God, you have prepared for those who love you joys beyond understanding.  Pour into our hearts such love for you that, loving you above all things, we may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

WHEN I DON’T KNOW… (next email will be new… you won’t want to miss it!)

We live in very interesting times.  I, myself, am really excited to see what tomorrow brings.  Yes… there will be a tomorrow, and next day, and next day, and next day, and next day, and so on… you know why I can say this with confidence???

Because I truly do not know if we will be on this earth tomorrow, the next day, the next day, the next day, or anyday in the future… HOWEVER, I do have a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  (1 Peter 1:3)

This living hope gives me the awesome reassurance that it really doesn’t matter what happens tomorrow as long as I am thanking (praising) God NOW!!!

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I want to share with you a story found in the Old Testament in the Holy Bible… May God please have mercy on me if I misinterpret anything… This story is about Job.

In Job, we are told of a man, who God allows to be directly attacked by Satan. He is an awesome example of faithfulness as he loses everything important to him yet remains faithful to God. This books purpose is to illustrate God’s sovereignty and faithfulness during a time of great suffering.

  •    In chapters 1-3, God tests Job’s faithfulness through allowing Satan to attack him. God told Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him”(1:12). Through Job’s trials, all is lost including his health, his wife even tells him to curse God and commit suicide, but he remains strong and faithful, “Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.”(1:22).
  •    From chapters 4-37, Job’s friends give him plenty of bad advice, in rounds of discussion. They mistakenly blame his sufferings on his personal sins rather than God testing and growing Job. One of them was half-correct in that God wanted to humble him, but this was only a part of God’s test.
  •    In chapters 38-42, God speaks to Job and restores him. God knows that Job has received incorrect guidance from his friends, “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?” God fittingly declares that humans do not know everything. Then He humbles Job by asking a series of questions that could never be answered by anyone other than Almighty God; for example, “Have you understood the expanse of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this”. God then brings him to an understanding that believers don’t always know what God is doing in their lives.

In the end, Job answers God by saying, “I have declared that which I did not understand”. God then blessed Job with twice as much as he had before his trials began.

JOB IS THE MAN!!!  He displayed his faithfulness without having the knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Job, himself, was deeply loved by God… and you know what??? You are too… You would make today a lot easier to live if you had that knowledge…

THANK YOU GOD FOR OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!!!

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#iread

Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost… 6/26/2016

WHEN, I DON’T KNOW… (Please click)

O God, you have prepared for those who love you joys beyond understanding.  Pour into our hearts such love for you that, loving you above all things, we may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

WHEN I DON’T KNOW…

We live in very interesting times.  I, myself, am really excited to see what tomorrow brings.  Yes… there will be a tomorrow, and next day, and next day, and next day, and next day, and so on… you know why I can say this with confidence???

Because I truly do not know if we will be on this earth tomorrow, the next day, the next day, the next day, or anyday in the future… HOWEVER, I do have a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  (1 Peter 1:3)

This living hope gives me the awesome reassurance that it really doesn’t matter what happens tomorrow as long as I am thanking (praising) God NOW!!!

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I want to share with you a story found in the Old Testament in the Holy Bible… May God please have mercy on me if I misinterpret anything… This story is about Job.

In Job, we are told of a man, who God allows to be directly attacked by Satan. He is an awesome example of faithfulness as he loses everything important to him yet remains faithful to God. This books purpose is to illustrate God’s sovereignty and faithfulness during a time of great suffering.

  •    In chapters 1-3, God tests Job’s faithfulness through allowing Satan to attack him. God told Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him”(1:12). Through Job’s trials, all is lost including his health, his wife even tells him to curse God and commit suicide, but he remains strong and faithful, “Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.”(1:22).
  •    From chapters 4-37, Job’s friends give him plenty of bad advice, in rounds of discussion. They mistakenly blame his sufferings on his personal sins rather than God testing and growing Job. One of them was half-correct in that God wanted to humble him, but this was only a part of God’s test.
  •    In chapters 38-42, God speaks to Job and restores him. God knows that Job has received incorrect guidance from his friends, “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?” God fittingly declares that humans do not know everything. Then He humbles Job by asking a series of questions that could never be answered by anyone other than Almighty God; for example, “Have you understood the expanse of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this”. God then brings him to an understanding that believers don’t always know what God is doing in their lives.

In the end, Job answers God by saying, “I have declared that which I did not understand”. God then blessed Job with twice as much as he had before his trials began.

JOB IS THE MAN!!!  He displayed his faithfulness without having the knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Job, himself, was deeply loved by God… and you know what??? You are too… You would make today a lot easier to live if you had that knowledge…

THANK YOU GOD FOR OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!!!

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#iread

Fifth Sunday After Pentecost… 6/19/2016

FAITH or FEAR??? (Please click)

O God our defender, storms rage about us and cause us to be afraid.  Rescue your people from despair, deliver your sons and daughters from fear, and preserve us all from unbelief; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

FAITH or FEAR???

This is a question that I heard on the River 97.3 (radio station in Central PA).  Yes, I like Classic Rock.  This question sparked a fire within me and feel that it is an awesome question to ask ourselves at this point in time in the United States of America.  The events of this past weekend in Orlando Florida has inspired me to pray for the victims and families of a horrible act done in the name of a radical religious figure.  While praying, I was drawn to a teaching of Jesus Christ.  I want to share this knowledge with you.  Here are the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ written in the Holy Gospels of John.

John 13:31-35

31 So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him. 32 If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and glorify Him immediately. 33 Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come,’ so now I say to you. 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

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Jesus Christ sets an awesome example for us to follow.   Honestly, I cannot understand how a human being can take the life of another human being over a radical form of religion.  Who are these people to judge???  Do they think they are gods???  What my faith teaches is that we have one judge in the afterlife (PSALM 7:8)

Call me naive… However, this cowardly act should have no place in the United States of America… You might disagree with the way that an American Citizen lives their life; however, it does not give you the right to be their judge and executioner in a free society.

By the way, we do live in a free society… THAT IS THE LAW OF THE LAND… God Bless the US of A!!!

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Fourth Sunday After Pentecost… 6/12/2016

Got FAITH??? (Please click)

Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Faith… got Faith??? It is truly awesome to realize that we do not have to do anything to receive eternal life but to believe in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  This faith that we have that Jesus Christ took the sins of the world to death with His humanly body is beautiful.  All the good works we do, can not compare what was done for us… perhaps that is the reason man created religion… (man’s attempt to praise and honor God)… Religion is beautiful; however, (like with anything created by man) it will fall short to the PRAISE and HONOR God deserves.

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I am drawn to a letter written by my brother in Christ, the Apostle Paul.  I want to share with you the words he wrote to the Galatians.

Paul writes in Galatians Chapter 2…

16 knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.

17 “But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not! 18 For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 19 For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

I truly believe that you should follow Paul’s beautiful example of Faith… If only we all had this strength.  I believe the world wouldn’t be in the mess that it is in NOW…

Knowing of this powerful love should make us want to return that love to other brothers and sisters in Christ.  When non-believers see this love, it is my HOPE that they get curious about Jesus Christ…

GOD IS AWESOME!!! Huh???

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Third Sunday After Pentecost… 6/5/2016

STRENGTH… (Please click)

O God, the strength of those who hope in you: Be present and hear our prayers; and, because in the weakness of our mortal nature we can do nothing good without you, give us the help of your grace, so that in keeping your commandments we may please you in will and deed; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Strength… what is Strength???  Yes, it is awesome to be physically Strong; however, do you consider yourself spiritually strong as well??? This is a question that makes me want to continually get up at 5:30 every morning and read from God’s word (Holy Bible) before I take on the challenges of the day. (Proverbs 27:17)

God knows that I love to be challenged every day. Whether it be: going to the Hershey Public Library for job searching/learning, running after birds, working out at a gym, mowing grass, I love the challenge.  I love the challenge even if I feel uncomfortable doing it.   What I have learned is to ignore my temporary pain on earth and focus on God’s promise of eternal life with my belief in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  My confidence in Him gives me power to conquer that challenge. (Philippians 4:13)

An example of a challenge I face is with a diminishing weakness of mine… It is my hope that you will find strength in my weakness.  Back in 2000, I was involved in a near fatal car accident and to this day am trying to overcome certain limitations that I am experiencing.  When things are difficult, I remember the past of being confined to a wheel chair and God’s mercy to deliver me from that personal h+ll… NOW, I AVERAGE RUNNING 3 MILES A DAY.  ALL PRAISES DUE!!! (2 Corinthians 12:10)

Enough about me, it is you that God loves deeply… We might be faced with certain challenges in life; however, if we learn to put our hope in Jesus Christ our Lord the challenges will be become insignificant.  YOU CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST!!!

Second Sunday After Pentecost… 5/29/2016

TEACH OUR YOUTH… Please click!!!

I want to begin by telling you that God loves you.  We live in interesting times when we are faced with many oppositions to an individual strengthening their relationship with God.  I often wonder how people think they are strengthening their relationship.  Are they strengthening it by going on a run?  Are they strengthening it by going to the gym?  Are they strengthening it by going to a library and learning about things on this earth? OR Are they devoting alone time trying to establish a relationship with God through the reading the written word, the Holy Bible? This brings a quote by Albert Einstein to mind..

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Personally, the mystery of faith is sparking my curiosity.  I find myself reading more of God’s way of Life, and getting closer to man’s feeble attempt to live it through religion…

PLEASE DO NOT GET ME WRONG.  I think, religion is BEAUTIFUL… I pray for our pastors and church leaders to keep strong in the Lord…

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, it is my hope that we encourage these men and women of God.

I feel, that pastors are a gift from God.  They are here to teach our youth God’s way of Life.

Brothers and Sisters in Christ it is also equally important that we reflect God’s way of Life through our lives… When was the last time you read from the Holy Bible???

HOLY TRINITY… 5/22/2016

Mystery of Faith… (PLEASE CLICK)

This week marks the First Sunday after Pentecost.  Remember that Pentecost is not only a beautiful reminder of the gift of receiving the Holy Spirit, but also the “birthday” of the church… us… Happy Birthday!  May God’s favor always shine down on you.

I mention the Holy Spirit to you as a gift from God… Jesus Christ was an AWESOME gift as well… knowing and having a relationship with your Heavenly Father is equally as awesome… I don’t intend to put limitations on God; however, I want to try to explain God to you… May God have mercy on me… I hope to Glorify my Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16)

I picture God as the full circle in a peace sign with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit as the inner spokes…  making one symbol…

We all been given the gift of the Holy Spirit & the Apostle Paul reminds us that our bodies are a vessel for the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19) for those that believe that Jesus Christ is Emmanuel (God made human), Lord, and Savior of all.  In my pictorial, the Holy Spirit is one of the inner spokes of the peace sign… BUT WAIT… THERE’s MORE…

I also put the Son as one of the inner spokes.  We are reminded that Jesus Christ is the Son of God in the Holy Gospel of John… (John 3:16)  A lot of scholars question: “How can it be that the Son and the Father is one?”

We are made in God’s image… (Gen 1:26) Truly I say to you, if you have seen the Son… you have seen the Father!  This close relationship is extremely difficult to put into words.  Jesus Christ indeed has this intimacy with the Father.  This reminds me of a teaching that Jesus Christ gave while on this earth with us. He instructed that we should do good works to glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16)…

BEAUTIFUL… huh???