God Knows The Heart

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So, the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?” He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites, as it is written: “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain” their teachings are merely human rules.” You have not let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”                                                      Mark 7:5-8

As we read in the book of Mark, Jesus’ opponents which was the Pharisees and scribes from Jerusalem questioned Jesus about why he and his disciples were not living according to the tradition of the elders. Trying to embarrass him and undermine his authority. When with the crowd he had been teaching, they questioned Jesus about eating with ritually of the elders would never do which is to eat with unclean hands.

The tradition of the elders was an oral interpretation of Israel’s ancestral custom. The Pharisees considered this tradition legally binding all Jews, even through not all followed it. Mark’s gospel of the explanation of the purification ritual demonstrate he is not sympathetic towards the tradition.

Jesus first responded to his opponents by quoting from the Prophets and the Law, sources important than the tradition of the elders. He said his adversaries were people who honored God with the lips but not with their hearts. They taught human laws as divine doctrine which can also be found in Isaiah 29:13 which states “These people come near to me with their mouths and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is based on merely human rules they have been taught.”  Finally, Jesus responded directly to their question about the purification regulation. However, he addressed the crowd, not his opponents, thus resuming his position as a teacher with authority. He told the crown that nothing went into a person could defile them. Rather it was the things that comes out of a person’s mouth that defiles them. In other words, things that a person puts into their mouths such as food could not defile them, it is what comes out of a person’s mouth, which truly comes from the heart  Jesus’ new teaching about inner purity calls us to reexamine our tendency to engage in long-held traditions and rituals rather than the transformation of our hearts. It also challenges our tendency to hold on to human traditions as if they were divinely commanded. Finally, it calls us to reexamine the exclusive stance of our faith communities. This last challenge may be the hardest call of all, if our faith is predicated on a versus then understanding. Just as traditions and purity regulations helped preserve ancient Israel’s religious and ethnic identity and faith is a hostile world, so traditions and purity rules help preserve traditional biblical Christian identity. Are we like the crowds following Jesus or are  we like Mark’s first readers, are confronting Jesus. Do we hang on to traditions and rituals remaining exclusive in our thinking in order to protect our traditional faith and identity? Or do we let God open our hearts-even if such action subjects our faith and identify to change?

We need to remember what Jesus tells us as well as his disciple, God is not interested at our human traditions, which is that we come to church on Sunday mornings and sit in the pew, we then feel that we did our Christian duties until next week. We are called Christians because we are followers (disciples) of our Lord Jesus Christ, and we should live our lives according to the teaching of Christ. More important is what God told Samuel in the book of 1 Samuel 16:7 God does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Eileen

 

 

 

 

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The Ruach Ha’Kodesh (Guess Blogger)

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We have went over some of the many names and personalities of God, Abba Father, and we talked about Yeshua. So let’s  go to the third person of the Holy Trinity. The Holy Spirit, the Ruach Hakodesh. Pronounced, roo-ok, wind or spirit, Ha-Ko-Desh is Holy. He descended upon Jesus in the form of a dove.

If you go back to Genesis, He is moving over the waters, He helps bring about creation by God’s own words, it is also His role when Jesus promised Him to come after the crucifixion. He moves over us, hovers over us, broods, He would gather us under His wings. The feathery white wings of a dove, pure gentleness yet power. We can hinder or quench Him, and even grieve Him, He is a person, the very persona of Christ.

In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit, came upon people, like David to kill Goliath, it was the Holy Spirit who gave him strength, like Samson, like the prophets. Perhaps, even like the woman of Thebez who tossed a rock and killed the leader of an invading army and saved her city. While John 10:10 makes it plain who gives life and that it is the enemy who takes it, God moved by His Spirit to strengthen believers and prophets to move into action, resulting in the death and destruction of certain people and races, the wages of theirs sins were so, that He allowed it. Make no mistake He is not trying to divide or stir hate or promote racism, He would gather anyone who would believe to Him.

But the ever loving and merciful, ra-chum, (rah- ch and whom )* Lord was not through trying to redeem His fallen creation, He is patient even if His anger is stirred at times. He sent His beloved Son to be crucified, and Jesus in turn told us how He would send another,the Holy Spirit, to teach us, cause us to remember what He had taught us, He is a seal over our soul, a crown of glory if we choose to walk in the Spirit and not war after the flesh. A crown that is a canopy to protect us. Like a clear or perhaps glorious umbrella that envelopes our body and soul. We might not see it, but the enemy will.

He is our Comforter. We have the blessing of the gift of the Holy Spirit at the time of salvation. But the Word is clear that Jesus would baptize with fire and the Holy Spirit. There  are two baptisms, John’s is with water and the other with the Holy Spirit. Acts 8:16, and 19:2, tell of those who had never heard of the Spirit, and say they received John’s baptism. I am sure there are those may not agree, yet, it is what it says.

He gives us many gifts in 1 Corinthians 12, and 13 is the love Chapter. Ahavah, love. It is all about Jesus. One of the gifts is tongues, this is described in Acts 2. Jesus told the disciples He would send the Ruach Hakodesh. Because of food laws the Jews saw cloven tongues and knew it was safe for their mouth like a cloven hoof. We don’t need that assurance, we have the benefit of Jesus and His words, many people tried to go back to Judaism, even after receiving the Holy Spirit. So it is important after receiving the gift to use it on a regular basis.

And I use the word it to describe the gift, the ma- ta-na, the Holy Spirit is He, a definite personality, and you can hurt Him, love can be hurt. You can grieve Him and hinder His moving in your life, it is called quenching. But He is the living water from Jesus placed in us, a precious gift, so spend time with the Ruach Hakodesh and get to know Him, He is the very same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead. He raises us from the dead because we were dead in trespasses, He can raise you physically, mentally, spiritually. He will quicken our mortal bodies.

He is the power, love, and sound mind that we are given in 1 Timothy 1:7 We need His help to overcome, Jesus own Spirit in us. I know all do not believe in these gifts, fear caused me to not receive, but I can promise He is the helper and love and power we can count on. It is our choice how far we can believe, He will not force you to accept gifts.

Hebrew is called the L’Shon Hakodesh, the holy tongue and He can give us our own heavenly tongue to praise God with and pray what the enemy does not understand. We can also sing in the Spirit. What he gives us is tahor, pure and kadosh, holy from, Yeshua. He is like a breath of fresh air in the spring, aviva. A walk by the sea, yahm, after lying down in green pastures. He restores our soul, nefesh. Jesus calls Him the Spirit of Truth, emet. Bo Ruach Elohim, come Spirit of God. Jesus is the one pouring out His Spirit, like the latter rain, geh-shem. Rebecca Jones / Loe Moshkoskova

  •  ra-chum, (rah- ch and whom ), this word has roots in Hebrew for the word womb, such proof of the Father’s love for women and how He creates life.

 

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Do Unto Others (Guess Blogger)

My name is Pami Clark, and I’m married with two beautiful, feisty kids, ages 10 and 7. Two weeks after giving birth to my second child, Micah, I had a massive stroke. I remember lying on the floor, and feeling so confused as to why I couldn’t move my left arm or my left leg. I remember my 3 year-old screaming for her mommy who collapsed right in front of her, and I remember the ambulance, and then…
I woke up a few days later in the ICU and discovered that the doctors were shocked I had survived.
But I soon learned that I had lost quite a bit of function on my left side, my cognition was badly damaged, and my memory was severely effected. My short term memory was pretty much gone, and I could not remember much of anything from childhood through college.
I have gained some strength on the weakened side, and am blessed that I am able to walk and talk, and I realize I’m one of very few stroke survivors who can say that! But the most devastating outcome of the stroke for me, was my memory. I had no idea who I was! It is such a scary thing to happen to someone, but I CLUNG to God. I hadn’t forgotten HIM!
I started my blog, Back to the Beginning, about a year later. It started out as a means to “re-learn ” and “re-study” the Bible. However, it soon turned into an outlet for me to express very honestly the struggle of my journey with pain, of many kinds.
My most sincere prayer is that my words will encourage even just one.

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Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 7:12
And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.
Luke 6:31
I’m sure I heard a version of this verse many times as a kid.

I think it was used as a tool to convince me and my sisters to get along with one another.
But there really is so much more to this thought than just “getting along” with each other.
So many times, I feel like I’m lacking something.
Sometimes, I feel lonely…
Or discouraged,

Misunderstood,
Ignored,
Invisible,
Unappreciated,
Undervalued….
This list goes on and on,
For EACH of us, I’m guessing.

What do we do when we are in that place of disappointment?
It’s one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves, because if we follow our feelings, we will oftentimes follow them right over a cliff.
Anger, bitterness, and resentment are just a few of the things we will find at the bottom of that cliff.
This verse guides us in the right direction.

Feeling lonely?

Say hello to someone new. Invite somebody out to lunch. Be sure to include an invitation for me, too, because I LOVE lunch. Pay attention to others who appear to be lonely, too.
Feeling discouraged?
Send a note of encouragement to a friend. Compliment lots of people…. SINCERELY!
Feeling misunderstood?
Take time to really listen to others. Put yourself in their shoes, and walk around in them for awhile.

Feeling ignored?
Pay ATTENTION to others!
Feeling invisible?
Open YOUR OWN EYES, and love on other “invisible” people.
Feeling broken?
Know that ALL of us are broken! So, be GENTLE with EVERYONE!
When we give to others all the things WE desperately need, His Word promises we will greatly rewarded.(Luke6:35)
I learned years ago, that all of those feelings we have sometimes lead us to believe we are the “only ones” who feel them.
No greater mistake can be made, if you ask me!
Your feelings aren’t special.
Your feelings certainly aren’t unique!
So, instead of wondering why no one notices us in our darkest moments….

Notice Somebody else
Because in doing so,
You will, in some crazy way,
Because in doing so,
You will, in some crazy way,
Get exactly what you need.
“Do Unto Others”….For REAL!!

 

 

 

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Here Am I, Send Me!

 

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In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple, Above him were seraphim, each with six wings. With two wings they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty, the world earth is full of his glory. At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. “Woe to me!” I cried. I am ruined. For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this as touched your lips, your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I, Se”nd Me!”                                Isaiah 6:1-8

These words are written by the prophet Isaiah. Although some prophets predicted future events their primary role was to call God’s people back to him. The most eloquent of the prophets, Isaiah, analyzed the failures of all nations, around him and pointed to a future Messiah who would bring peace to the nation and to the earth. After the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, he meet with the eleven disciples in Galilee, and told them what he expect them to do. “All authority is heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 18-19. This is know as the Great Commission in the Gospel.

For anyone who personal knows me, you know that I have been on a journey in becoming a license local Pastor through the United Methodist Church. I can truly tell you and honestly say to you it has been a difficult one as well as a filling one, during these last few years, and yet I still have so much to learn. At times I have question God more than once, Lord, are you sure you have the right person for this job, one would think to say God knows what he is doing even when I do not. I have been bless to serve in churches while their own Pastor is away and even a few months while one was on sabbatical. I once was told by a Pastor as long as I have a willing heart God is able to use me, and he has at that. I have spent many hours in prayer and search the scriptures to try to understand what God’s will for my life is, and many times these words from the book of Isaiah comes to my mind, “Here AM I Lord, Send Me. Today before our service began someone had given me something in which he had written for me, as well as another young man on the same journey. As I read these words it once again confirm what God has called me to do.    

JerryJerry 3  I may never know the person or persons I have touch along my journey, I ask our Lord to use me to share the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to all who wants to know. What I can share with any and all who reads these words that I write down on my blog, you are God’s most precious gift and He loves you, simply because you are His Child. God sent His one and only Son Jesus Christ into this world that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works so that no one can boast.             (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Eileen

Ask, Seek, Knock

Matthew 7.png    These are the words from Jesus according to the Gospel of Matthew 7:7-12 Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who ask receives; and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish will give him a snake? If you, then, through you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Anyone who prays would like to know what kind of God they are praying to. They want to know in what kind of atmosphere their prayers are heard. Do they pray to such a kind-hearted God that He is more willing to give them they are to receive? Jesus was born into a nation that loved prayer and He learnt to cherish prayer. In this part Jesus gives us the Christian principle of prayer.

Jesus’ examples are carefully chosen. Matthew mentions to and Luke adds another one. If children ask for bread, would their father give them a stone? (of course not) If they ask for a fish, would he give them a snake, or a scorpion of they ask for an egg? Small stones on the seashore looked just like small loaves of bread. The snake mentioned here probably refers to an eel that was forbidden food according to Leviticus 11:12 which can be found in the Old Testament. A scorpion looks very much like an egg when it is falling asleep, but it is deadly when it wakes up.

God will never refuse to listen to our prayers, or ridicule them. The lesson here is that God will always hear our prayers, but He will answer them in His way. His way is the way of the perfect wisdom and perfect love. Jesus says we must persevere always because the test of our sincerity lies in this. God will always answer our prayers in the way He sees fit, in wisdom and in love. We must continue praying to God and never stopping. For prayer to a Christian life is just as important as the air we need to breathe each and everyday of our lives. For in prayer we begin to grow closer to God in our daily journey. 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

The Greatest Commandment

John 15 d.png     Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them an expert in the law; tested him with this question: Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law? Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment, and the second is like it, Love your neighbor as yourself. All the law and the Prophets hand on these two commandments.”         Matthew 22:34-40

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of the great Christian thinkers of the twentieth century. He gave up his safe job as a teacher in America at the outbreak of the second world war to return to Germany. He was deeply aware of the sacrifices it would mean for him because of his opposition to the Nazi rule. He found great comfort in the compassion of his friends whose reputations and lives were at stake because they visited him in prison. 

Love is made up of little things. Although romantic love is an important matter, for some the most important thing in the world, is that God’s love that worked in the thought and hearts of His disciples, also manifested in the little and in deeds. Words and deeds mean the world to those who receive them. Are you having doubts; are you in depths of despair because of finances, relationships, or confusion? Nevertheless look for even the slightest ways in which you can show God’s love to one another. It will benefit them and you, if you remain in Christ and His love.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

 

Little Christmas or Three Kings Day

Matthew 2.pngAfter Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east to Jerusalem and asked “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?” We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him. When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. In Bethlehem in Judea, they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written. “But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judea; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel. Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. A soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child and his mother Mary, and they worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another way.        Matthew 2:1-12

Today is known as Little Christmas and some Christians also called this day   “Three Kings Day”, since is known that Christmas season last for twelve days beginning on December 25 and ending on January 6.

The magi began their search in unbiblical ways, following messages hidden in an alien faith and wisdom. But their search led them to the God of the Bible. There is a lesson here for us. These Gentiles followed the star, building on the own motions of what it meant. They may have been following their own wisdom, but it was God who put eh star in the sky to attract them. They were Gentiles and they were among the first to recognize the birth of the Messiah. Already, in the birth of Jesus, Matthew sees the dividing walls between us and them, breaking down. What about the star? Was it a supernova? a comet?  We do not know. But identifying the star would not change the faith which Matthew is writing. The star is important, he says, because it is God’s gracious gift. The dream is also about God’s grace. “Going home by another way” has been represented as a language of conversion ad changed lives, and it could mean that. It could also mean simply “to take a different road when you go home.” God is revealed not only in the special revelation of Scripture but in our natural world as well.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends