Palm Sunday

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As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethpage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: Say to Daughter Zion, see, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” The disciples went and did  as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted. “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”                           Matthew 21:1-11

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 The significance of Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem comes from the prophecy stated in Zechariah 9:9 (The coming of Zion King) The symbolism of the donkey may refer to the Eastern tradition that it is an animal of peace, verses the horse, which is the animal of war. Jesus entry into Jerusalem thus symbolized his entry as the Prince of Peace, not as a war-waging king. However, the people greeted Jesus was not greeting him as the spiritual leader who would take away the sins of the world, but as a potential political leader who would overthrow the Romans.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

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Passion

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Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along? They stool still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas asked him. “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem  who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” What things? he asked. About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. He was  prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him, but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of the women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body. They came and told is that they had seen a vision of angles, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus. He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory? And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if they were going father. But they urged him strongly, Stay with us, for it is nearly evening, the day is almost over. So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. Were not our hearts burning within while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?                               Luke:24:13-32

When we begin to read the scriptures over time God open our hearts, mind, and eyes to his word. It is truly amazing to come to understand how much we are truly love by our creator. There have been times in my life that someone ask me what my passion is, and that is my faith in Christ. When I serve Christ is someway through ministry it is wonderful to share with others how much God loves you, and their is nothing that can separate you from the love of God. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angles nor demons, neither present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor death, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8: 38-39

As I spend some part of my day everyday with God I come to realize that through the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet God unfailing love for you and me will not be shaken nor his covenant of peace be removed. Nothing on earth seems as enduring or immovable as huge, majestic mountains. When you stand on their heights breathing in that air, you can almost smell eternity. Yet God’s love and Peace are even more enduring than the greatest mountain on earth! Regardless of the sins of my past or any sins in my future his love and grace for me is incredible to even understand. Think deeply about God’s unfailing love for his children. One of the meanings of unfailing is inexhaustible. No matter how needy we are or how many times we may fail God, his supply of his love will never run low. Another meaning of unfailing is constant. God does not love us more on the days that we perform well, nor does he loves us less when we may fail miserable. God’s love is more persistent, invariable and steadfast that we can comprehend. Open your hearts to received this amazing gift in full measure, and through his wonderful gift to me my passion is to serve him everyday in ministry to love and serve him and others.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

On the Road to Emmaus

 

 

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Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem.

They were talking with each other about everything that had happened.  As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them;  but they were kept from recognizing him.

He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast.  One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

“What things?” he asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.  The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him;  but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning  but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive.  Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”

He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther.  But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.  Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.  They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”  They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven and those with them assembled together and saying, “It is true!” The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.                                         Luke 24:13-35

Wow! Can you imagine being on a road and not realizing that Jesus is walking right with you? I personal had such an experience in my own life! Their is such a retreat for woman and men different long weekends that you go onto the Walk to Emmaus. You are not allow to have a watch, phone, or any electronics on your journey. It is a time for you to draw closer to the Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A time for fellowship with other Christians, worship, music, prayers and more. During my own journey I drew closer to Jesus, and to continue to go deeper, deeper than I have ever done before in my understanding of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To come to understand what he has done for me, and how much he truly loves me, simply because I am his child. The more I read God’s word daily the more that my spirit cries out for understanding from him. I know I have so much more to learn on my journey I just need to continue to Trust that His plan for my own life will be so much more than I can ever imagine.

Grace and Peace to you my friends

Palm Sunday

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As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethpage on Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away. This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: Say to Daughter Zion, See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” ( Isaiah 62:11) The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut braches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted. ” Hosanna, to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” ” Hosanna in the highest heaven!” When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and ask, ” Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

The significance of Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem comes from the prophecy stated in Zechariah 9:9 (The coming of Zion’s King)” See, your king comes to you righteous and victorious lowly riding on a donkey.” The symbolism of the donkey may refer to the Easter tradition that it is an animal of peace, verses the horse, which is the animal of war. Jesus entry into Jerusalem thus symbolized his entry as the Prince of Peace, not as a war-waging king. However, the people who greeted Jesus were not greeting him as the spiritual leader who would take away the sins of the world, but as a potential political leader who would overthrow the Romans.

Christian congregations around the world begin this day with Palms in their hands and waving and singing or saying ” Hosanna, Hosanna, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, shouting louder, and louder. This day is the beginning of the week known to us as Christians Holy Week, so much happens during this week more than two thousands years ago. Were the people back then truly happy to see Jesus, the man who preach on love, who healed the blind, raised the dead, turn water into wine, fed more than 5,000 with two fishes and five loaves, or was it that they were just caught up in the moment. Just like so many of us today we get caught up with movie stars, musicians, with politicians, thinking that any of these could fill the void we seems to have deep within ourselves. For the Jews the people of Jesus’ time they believe that Jesus came to perhaps start a revolution however they didn’t understand the reason he did come into this world. Jesus came into a world that is full of sin, hatred, lust, a world that worship idol’s, people who would murder someone else. Why, have you ever ask this question, let us look no further that the gospel of John 3:16 & 17  “For God so loved the world that he sent his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. The reason that Jesus came into this world of sin was to take our place on the cross and to be a living sacrificed for all of mankind. Jesus loves YOU that much to spread his arms out and die for You and for me. Our sins put him on that cross, but his L-O-V-E for all mankind kept him there to die for us. Let me ask you a question if you love someone so much such as a child, any family member, friend, would you allow them to die in your place? Your answer like me would be are you NUTS of course I wouldn’t give up any of my children to die for me, and yet that is what God did for YOU, he sent his one and only Son Jesus to died for you and me.

My friend if you don’t have a close walk with the Lord, with this man called Jesus, would you like to. Right now bow your head and repeat these words, Jesus I ask you to come into my heart and become my personal Savior in my own life. I don’t know you yet, but Lord I want to get to know you, will you walk with me thru my own life. Jesus I know I am a sinner and I have heard that you have come into this world to die for me, and no one has ever loved me that much to do that, and I thank you for taken my place. Come and change me from the inside out.

Amen

You my friend has prayed a sinner prayer, you are a Christian, a follower of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to begin your journey look around your hometown  for a church, this is the perfect season to do so. If you don’t have a Bible you can pick one up in places like Wal-Mart, K-Mart, or even a Christian bookstore. I have read different ones, and the one I use everyday is called New International Version, or you can down load the Bible on your computer or I-phone or even a tablet, their are many ways to have a copy of God’s word. Start to read the New Testament beginning with the Gospel of Matthew, and get to know Jesus on a personal level, spend sometime with him during your day, Jesus has been waiting to talk with you my friend.

 

Grace and Peace to all of you my friends

Parable of the Mustard Seed

 

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Jesus told his disciples another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Through it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

Jesus used parables often and to great effect. Parables were a good way to teach and Jesus was good at telling them. The enemies of Jesus were always waiting for him to say something they could use against him. ( Matthew 13:34-35) Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet:

I will open my mouth in parables,

I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.  (Psalm 78:2, and also the new Testament  1 Corinthians 2:7)

What Jesus was teaching his disciples and even us today is that we just need to have faith as tiny as a mustard seed to believe. Too many times people would say show it to me and I will believe it, however Jesus was telling us the opposite. You need to believe first, that is the start to having faith. If we look at the clouds and different things in the sky we know when rain or snow is coming, we can feel the wind all around us. However when it comes to believing people want proof. Lets talk a good look around our world, pass any of the terrible things we have seen and what the news has put on our TV, computers, newspaper, and let us look at the beauty that God has created for his children. It’s winter now, and even thro the bad weather can be dangerous to drive or walk in for many, we can see how white the snow is. When I look around my home with the snow, I see that the earth is asleep for now until springtime, but these words come to my mind. Through your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow ( Isaiah 1:18) God has wipe my sins away and I am now white as snow, and he has done this thru his one and only son Jesus Christ who died on the cross for all who believes. Have you ever listen to a small child, I mean really listen to them, they are not afraid to believe in God who they can’t see with their own eyes, however they can feel him in their hearts. I have taught Sunday School and lead Vacation Bible School for many years, and the one thing I can truly say it is not always what I have taught them it is what they have taught me along the way about faith. I remember when I began to teach Sunday School in my early twenties, and it was the kindergarten class, ( a little child could see that I had been  crying from a difficult time I was going thru)  and the little boy came up and gave me wild flowers, and told me these words, I love you, things will get better. I knew in my spirit that it was God speaking thru this little boys to give me words of encouragement, and to remind me how much he truly loves me, and yes he truly loves you, just because you are his son or daughter and for no other reason. Over the next few writings on my blog I will share and talk with you more on having a tiny seed of faith.

 

Grace and Peace to all of you my friends

A Gift Called Love

christmasWhat is Christmas, and why do so many people make so much fuse over it, it is just like any other day, isn’t it.  I would like to take this moment to share the very first Christmas with you. You see more than two thousand years ago God knew that this world need a Savior, someone that would be able to saved His people (you and me) from our sins. Because the sin that we as humans commit on a daily basis, has cause us to be separated from God, the very God who created you and me. Too many people back then as well as today have turn their backs on  God, they have no time for him or even cared what he thought and even believe that God even exist, and the ones that think this way is so far from the truth. Long before the first Christmas the prophet foretold the birth of Jesus. In the book of Isaiah (which is in the Old Testament) Chapter 9:6 read these words, For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders, And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Price of Peace. Some prophets predicted future events, their primary role was to call God’s people back to Him. Isaiah was telling the people back then about a future Messiah and that would be Jesus. Many years later a young girl named Mary was visited by an angel telling her that God has chosen her to carry his one and only son. Mary was a teenager herself ones believe between the ages of 14-16 yrs. old, she was engaged to a carpenter named Joseph. The angel told Mary (in the gospel of Luke 1:35) The Holy spirit will come on you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, for nothing is impossible for God. Mary replied I am the Lord’s servant, may your word to me be fulfilled. So from that point on Mary and Joseph’s life would be forever change, God would use them both for His master plan to save his people from their sins. So Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. (Luke Chapter 2) While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

You see Jesus was not born in a palace, or some fancy place, nor did he come into this world surrounded by his parents loved ones. Jesus was born in a stable among the animals, a place that probably did not smell to good. To continue with this special night (Luke 2:9) and their were shepherds living out in the field nearby. keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord, shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said, do not be afraid, I bring you good news for all people, For unto this day is born  in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord, you will find a child wrapped in cloths and lying in a manager. So the shepherds as well as wise men from the east follow the star that stood over where the child was laying. Christmas is about a child being born in a manger, a child that would grow up and do so many wonderful things for people. However the most important thing that he would do would be to died on a cross ( in our place) which is not the end, he would Rise and He Lives Forever in the hearts of all who accept him as their own personal savior. As a song I have heard many times God Not Dead! He is truly Alive!, he is living on the inside of you and me.

Christmas is about God loving all of us even you who are reading these words. Their is nothing you can ever do that would stop God from loving and forgiving you. We give gifts to the people we love just as the wise men gave their gifts to the Christ child, the gifts of Gold, frankincense and myrrh. But the best gift that we can ever give to someone else is the gift called love, just like God giving all of us the greatest gift of all, his one and only son Jesus Christ.  If you are wondering what can you possibly give to the Christ child this Christmas and that gift is so simple, give Jesus your heart. Would you accept his love and the sacrificed he made for you because he LOVES YOU!, Yes You!

Merry Christmas my friend, remember God does Love you, because you are his child, his love is unconditional. Have a Blessed Christmas