25
Apr
2018

30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL 1 JOHN 2:2 THE PAYMENT FOR SIN

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1John 2:2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world

1 John 2:2 says He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.  This means Jesus Christ died on the cross so that anyone who believes He died in their place, took their hell, and paid the penalty for their sins can go to heaven.  The word propitiation means satisfaction and Jesus satisfied the legal demands that someone had to be punished and die for our sins.  That is why when Jesus died, He said it is finished, it means He paid our sin debt in full and anyone who will call on Him for forgiveness in repentance and faith will be saved.

 

22
Apr
2018

JOHN 2:11-22 THE CLEANSING OF THE TEMPLE BY JESUS

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John 2:12 After this He went down to Capernaum, He, His mother, His brothers, and His disciples; and they did not stay there many days. 13 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the moneychangers doing business. 15 When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers' money and overturned the tables. 16 And He said to those who sold doves, "Take these things away! Do not make My Father's house a house of merchandise!" 17 Then His disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up." 18 So the Jews answered and said to Him, "What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?" 19 Jesus answered and said to them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." 20 Then the Jews said, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?" 21 But He was speaking of the temple of His body. 22 Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said.

                  In this weeks message we will see two of the three reasons in this section of Scripture why Jesus is God.  Remember John’s Gospel is proving to us that Jesus is God come in human flesh.  The first reason we will see is that Jesus had zeal for his fathers house and only He had the authority and right to regulate worship.  Secondly we will see that Jesus is God because only He can rise from the dead and live again forever.  This is a great section of scripture that starts the conflict with the religious authorities and will culminate with them killing him on the cross as the Bible predicted many hundreds of years ago.  The Pharisees as you will notice here and throughout the Gospels always want a sign from Him, but He never gives into their request, but always gives basically the same answer to them.

18
Apr
2018

30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL 1 JOHN 2:1 THE FREEDOM OF FORGIVENESS

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1 John 2:1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

                 The last part of 1John 2:1 says And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. If we are Christians we don’t look at salvation as a license to sin, but if we are truly saved, as we continue to follow Christ we will sin less and less as the pattern of our life.  But He also tells us that when we do sin that Jesus is our Advocate, our ally, our intercessor who defends us before an accusing devil and a Holy God that He paid for that sin on the cross and it can never be held against us ever again.

15
Apr
2018

JOHN 2:5-11 THE FIRST MIRACLE OF JESUS PART 2

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John 2:5 His mother said to the servants, "Whatever He says to you, do it."6 Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece.7 Jesus said to them, "Fill the waterpots with water." And they filled them up to the brim.8 And He said to them, "Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast." And they took it.9 When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom.10 And he said to him, "Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!"11 This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.

 In this message we will finish the section of scripture we started last time.  We begin with a little refresher on what was said last time and then we begin to see how religion cannot save, only Christ.  We also see the role of Mary, she is not someone we pray to, but someone who needed a Savior just like we do.  We will also learn some more principles of how to live the Christian life in our daily walk with the Lord. Then finally we see the miracle itself and how Jesus is God because He is able to turn ordinary water into wine and He doesn’t need grapes or time to do it.  It is an instantaneous miracle done for a select few He chose to see it.

11
Apr
2018

30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL I JOHN 2:1 THE FREEDOM FROM SIN

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1 John 2:1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

            The first part of 1 John 2:1 says My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. This says that if we know Christ as our Lord and Savior then we do not have to sin because God has given us the Holy Spirit to overcome sin, suffering, and temptation, but we sin because we are weak and want to.  If you have not been saved, you are like Mic Jagger who says he is free, free to do whatever he wants.  But I say to you and anyone else who believes this, you are not free to not do what you want to do and no matter how hard you try you will never be able to change or break those bad habits without Christ and you definitely will not make it heaven

8
Apr
2018

JOHN 2:1-5 THE FIRST MIRACLE OF JESUS

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John 2:1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, "They have no wine." 4 Jesus said to her, "Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come."5 His mother said to the servants, "Whatever He says to you, do it."

In this great section of scripture we begin to see Jesus as He does His first miracle revealing yet another facet of who He is.  He is God over Nature and God over time. Only God can make wine out of water.  He is revealing more of who He is to His disciples, His mother, and the servants who see the miracle. Even though this is His first miracle, it is a private one for only a privileged few who get to witness it.  These verses reveal some principles we are to use as we seek to please Him and live our lifeJohn_2_1-5_mine-1.jpg as an obedient and productive Christian.

4
Apr
2018

30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL 1 JOHN 1:10 SAYS IF WE SAY WE HAVE NOT SINNED

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1 John 1:10 says If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.  Many people think they have never done anything wrong, or at least nothing that would send them to hell. James 4:17 says Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. We live in a day of tolerance that defines sin, as what we think is right or wrong, but the Bible is our standard.  If we realize we are not good enough on our own to get into heaven we can trust Jesus Christ and God will save us. Otherwise we are calling God a liar and rejecting His Holy Word.

1
Apr
2018

JOHN 1:43-51 THE REVEALING OF JESUS TO PHILLIP AND NATHANIEL

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John 1:43 The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, "Follow Me." 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote--Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." 46 And Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!" 48 Nathanael said to Him, "How do You know me?" Jesus answered and said to him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." 49 Nathanael answered and said to Him, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" 50 Jesus answered and said to him, "Because I said to you, 'I saw you under the fig tree,' do you believe? You will see greater things than these." 51 And He said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."(NKJV)

 In this section of Scripture Jesus actually goes out to find Phillip and when He does Phillip immediately goes to find his brother Nathaniel. Have you noticed that every time Jesus calls a disciple they immediately go and find someone else and bring them to Jesus? This is a great principle; we should all be bringing people to Jesus.  Nathaniel is a bit of a skeptic and takes some convincing. Jesus then begins to talk to Nathaniel and tell him all the things he was doing and thinking and Nathaniel is thoroughly convinced.  Jesus goes on to tell Nathaniel that the Son of Man is the only way to Heaven and the ladder that Jacob saw was actually a picture of Jesus.  This is a really great passage that begins to open up all the things about Jesus that we need to know and have you noticed all the names and titles that they have been given to Jesus beginning back in verse 29 of this Chapter.  There are about 16 of them, see if you can find them and see what they all mean.

 Following Jesus Means He leads you in a new direction v43-44

Initiative Evangelism - you take the initiative

The disciples of John were not the only men who began following Jesus. Andrew continued to bring other friends to Jesus. This incident preceded Jesus' formal appointment of the Twelve, but it shows Him preparing those who would become His disciples.

Everyone else in this chapter who came to Jesus came on the invitation of someone other than Jesus. Moreover John seems to have been stressing the importance of witnessing for Jesus. Andrew found Philip (a Greek name meaning "lover of horses") somewhere along the way or, most likely, in Galilee. Philip was from Bethsaida Julius in the region of Galilee (12:21). Having come to Jesus on Andrew's invitation, Philip accepted Jesus' invitation to follow Him. Verse 43, “The next day He purposed,” this is Jesus I believe.  Some think Andrew.  I think its Jesus.  “The next day He purposed to go to Galilee, and He found Philip, eureka.  Jesus said to him, ‘Follow Me.’” Philip is going one way, Jesus is going to pull  him another.  This one he sort of goes after, if you will.  Philips means a lover of horses.  That’s about all we know about Philip.  What is significant is that God meets Philip where he is.

 Now, you know, we, we say that axiom sometimes too much; God meets us where we are; and that can be inaccurate, can’t it.  But there’s a profound spiritual truth as well in that statement that God does meet us where we are.  One of the most profound passages in my spiritual journey has been Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  I hope you never get over that verse.  I hope you never tire of reviewing the fact that you and I were sinners in a sinful condition when we met Jesus Christ.  We did not have to get a little more good, a little bit better, clean up our lives, and then trust Christ.  He meets us while we are in our sinful condition.  So, in a sense, He does meet us where we are, doesn’t He?  And He meets Philip where he is.  Where are you?  Doesn’t matter ‘because that’s where He’ll meet you.

  1. Following Jesus Results in a new comprehension of who Jesus is v45-49

Apologetic Evangelism

 Philip then brought his friend Nathaniel (meaning "God has given" or "given of God," modern Theodore) to Jesus. Some commentators identify Nathanael with Bartholomew (cf. Matt. 10:3; Mark 3:18; Luke 6:14).

However there is no good reason to equate these two men. The witness continued to spread through the most normal lines of communication, namely, friend to friend, as it still does. The prophecies to which Philip referred may have included Deuteronomy 18:15-19; Isaiah 53; Daniel 7:13; Micah 5:2; and Zechariah 9:9. These and

others spoke of the Messiah. This suggests that the early disciples understood messiahship in the light of the Old Testament background rather than only in a political sense.98 Philip described Jesus as Joseph's son, which is how people knew Him before they learned that He was the Son of God (v. 49). "In one sense it is legitimate to view Jesus' disciples in the gospel of John (with the exception of Judas Iscariot) as believers in Him from near the beginning of His public ministry. In another sense, however, it is also clear that the disciples' faith in Jesus grew and developed as they observed the progress of His public ministry. The course of this development may be traced in the gospel of John."99

Ge 28:8-19 And he called the name of that place Bethel (House of God); but the name of that city had been Luz (Means Wilderness or Separation) previously.

V49 The fig tree is interesting.  It’s brimming with meaning.  Jesus saw him previously.  There are two things going on here.  One is historical and one is prophetic.  He saw him sitting under this fig true.  That’s the historical part.  But there’s a prophetic notion with it as well for in the Old Testament, if you were under any tree, you were meditating.  We might call it quiet time in our vernacular.  If a good Jew was under a tree, he was having a quiet time in our terminology.  So he saw Nathanael having this devotion under the tree. 

 Psalm 139 says, “God knows everything about you.”  It’s exciting and scary to read that Psalm.  He knows everything about you.  Every crevice in your heart, every guilty conscience, every sin hid away, every motive of love, everything He’s changed, He knows every little thing about you and me.  We think about videotapes of our lives.  Think about a holographic 3D re-enactment imagery of your life.  Jesus knows every motive and whim.  So Nathanael is found out, if you will, when Jesus says of him, “Look, there’s no deceit in that guy.”  Well, this is enough to push Nathanael over the edge.  He says, “You are, Rabbi, the Son of God.  You are the King of Israel.” 

Jesus' simple statement elicited the most dramatic reaction from Nathaniel. He concluded that the only way Jesus could have seen him when he was under the fig tree was if Jesus had supernatural knowledge.

Evidently Nathanael knew that he was completely alone and that no one could see him when he was under the fig tree. Nathanael's reaction appears extreme at first since even prophets had knowledge of things other people knew nothing about. Why did Nathanael think Jesus was the Son of God and not just a prophet? The answer seems to be that even the title "Son of God" did not mean deity to all the Jews in Jesus' day. It meant that the person in view bore certain characteristics of God (cf. Deut. 3:18; 1 Sam. 26:16; Ps. 89:22; Prov. 31:2; Matt. 5:9; John 17:12). Nathanael appears to have regarded Jesus as the Messiah who had supernatural knowledge (cf. v. 45; 2 Sam. 7:14; Ps. 2:6-7; Isa. 11:1-2). However, Nathaniel spoke better than he knew. Jesus was the Son of God in a fuller sense than he presently understood. 100Bruce, p.

 Following Jesus Is only a beginning v50-51

He’s saying, “If you believe ‘because you think I’m clairvoyant, you're going to see a whole lot more than this that’s going to push you over the edge of belief.”

 Now, if you connect Verse 48 with Verse 51 this fig tree devotion and what Jesus says in 51 about this angels descending and ascending, we go back to Genesis 28:12 where Jacob, the supplanter, the deceiver had the dream and he saw the angels going up and down the ladder, remember?  If that’s true I think what’s happening here, I think it is true, Jesus is saying, “I saw you under the fig tree.  You’re not a deceiver.”  There’s the word.  Jake, I was just thinking about Jacob the deceiver under the tree and those angels going up and down the ladder.  He says, “You’re not a deceiver and you think you saw angels?  I’m here,” Jesus says.  “You’re going to see the angels descend and ascend out of me.  You don’t need a ladder.  You don’t need a conduit.  I am God in flesh.”  So he blows Nathanael away with His insight not only into his soul but into what He knew about his heart. 

Re 8:4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel's hand.

Angel’s carry blessings down to us and burdens up to God for us.

 How can all these people come up with all these designations about Christ when they meet Him?  Because when you have an encounter with Jesus Christ and you meet Him your life is dramatically changed and the dots start to come together.  When you follow Jesus Christ He is asking for you to be His disciple and Him to be the master

 At least 16 different names and titles of Jesus appear in chapter one: the Word (vv. 1, 14),the light (vv. 4,7-9), the only begotten of the Father (v. 14), Jesus Christ (v. 17), the only begotten God (v. 18), the Lord (v. 23), the Lamb of God (vv. 29, 36), a man (v. 30), the Son of God (v. 34), Rabbi (Teacher, vv. 38, 49), Messiah (v. 41), Jesus of Nazareth (v.45), the son of Joseph (v. 45), the Son of God (v. 49), the King of Israel (v. 49), and the

Son of Man (v. 51).

 Lessons:

  1. He is the master, you are the follower (disciple)

Now, there are two lessons I want us to conclude on this message and the first is very simple and I’ve already said it a number of times.  If you are a believer in Christ, He is to be your master.  You are to be His disciple.  John sole’s mission in life was to point other people to Jesus and he’s content with stepping out of the light and letting Jesus take the light and letting his friends follow Jesus, and he’s happy with that.  Let me apply that in a question.  Is there any master from which you need to detachment?  Some tentacles from another master still in your soul holding on to your heart and your time?

Maybe you’ve heard it dozens of times, maybe hundreds of times; if you do not embrace Jesus Christ as your Lord, as your King, as your Savior, and your Master, you’re playing with Him, you’re toying with Him.  You going to be a follower?  If you’re going to follow Jesus Christ, it will fundamentally change the purpose of your life.  It cannot not change the purpose of your life.  If it doesn’t it you’ve not embraced who He is.

Jesus Christ is saying to you I’m the teacher, you are the student, and oh by the way, you’re always going to be a student.  Jesus Christ is saying to you I’m the Rabbi, you’re the disciple, oh by the way, you’re always going to be a disciple.  You’ll never be a Rabbi. This generation arches its back against submission like no generation ever has before.  We hate submission.

 2. If you’re going to follow Me then follow me.  Don’t play with Me. Obey Me no matter what anybody tells you, obey me.”  Well, it’s tough, it’s hard.  I mean, gee, whiz Lord.  I had this sexual orientation.  I think I’m gay, I think, you know, I’m living with my girlfriend, I’m living with my boyfriend, I’m sleeping around and I --.  You know, your Bible says that’s wrong but that Bible, it’s an old book.  Come on, Lord.  Everybody says this is okay.  I’m the Master, you’re the child. 

Jesus Christ wants followers, not fans.  He wants committed students, not a crowd of spectators.  Do you think Jesus Christ, the Sustainer, the Creator of the world and the universe is a Master worthy of your obedience?  And if so, what area do you lay down and give to Him? 

Mt 4:19 Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men

If you don’t know who Jesus Christ is, Jesus Christ is standing in front of you today in your soul, in your heart and your mind, and just like those first two guys that started walking about Him He’s turned on His heels, He’s locked eyes with you, and He’s saying, “What do you want?”  What are you coming to me for?  What are you looking for in this life?”  And on the authority of the Word of God and Jesus Christ that question still stands men and women.  What do you want?

 And, if you’ve never come to know who Jesus is, He is God.  He lived, He died, He was buried and came back from the dead, and He says, “Anyone who believes in me, I give eternal life.  You want to know what it is, come follow Me.”  “All you have to do is come and follow Him,”

30
Mar
2018

30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL 1 JOHN 1.9 SAYS IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS PART 2

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1 John 1:9 says If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  To confess means to say the same thing about our sin as God does.  We like to rationalize our sin. Others are conceited, but I respect myself. When others lose their temper, they are angry; me, I have righteous anger. Others are prejudiced; but I have convictions.” Nice labels do not change the poison inside the bottle. Don’t say God, I don’t know if I sinned or not, or if I sinned forgive me, but call it sin like God does. We need to admit and confess sin to be right with God.

28
Mar
2018

ROMANS 1:14-17 JESUS PAID IT ALL

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The important pieces of evidence that surround Christ's resurrection.

  1. There is no dispute among scholars that Jesus was dead after being crucified
  2. Next, there are the early reports of the resurrection.
  • Reports of Jesus' resurrection that come so quickly, you can't just write them off as being a legend.
  • We have one report of the resurrection, including named eye-witnesses that has been dated back by scholars to within months of the resurrection of Jesus. That is historical gold.

        3.   Third, the focus on the empty tomb.

Even the opponents of Jesus implicitly conceded that the tomb of Jesus was empty.

         4.   We have nine ancient sources, inside and outside the New Testament, confirming and corroborating the conviction of the disciples that they encountered the resurrected Jesus.

  • That is an avalanche of historical data.

There are ancient sources inside and outside the New Testament that confirm the fate of Jesus' disciples and the suffering they were subjected to for proclaiming that Jesus had risen.

The resurrection of Jesus is a historical reality based not on mythology, but a solid foundation of historical truth.

         5.   Of course the biggest reason is the Bible says it is so.

1Corinthians 15:1-4 and the rest of the chapter also

Ps 40:9 I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness In the great assembly; Indeed, I do not restrain my lips, O LORD, You Yourself know. 10 I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth From the great assembly.

1Co 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Just live by faith - Hab 2:4; Joh 3:36; Ac 3:21; Ga 3:11; Php 3:9; Heb 10:38

John 16:8 "And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  9 "of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 "of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more;  11 "of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

Joh 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  17 "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 "And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 "For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 "But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God."

Joh 3:35 "The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. 36 "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." (NKJV)

25
Mar
2018

JOHN 1.35-42 THE REVEALING OF JESUS TO THE DISCIPLES

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John 1:35 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. 36 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, "Behold the Lamb of God!" 37 The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38 Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, "What do you seek?" They said to Him, "Rabbi" (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), "where are You staying?" 39 He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour). 40 One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which is translated, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, "You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas" (which is translated, A Stone).

 In this section of Scripture we continue to see Jesus revealed to another group of people, very important people in God’s plan for the salvation of Mankind.  This is the last time we see John the Baptist in his role as the revealer of Jesus.  He fades off into the sunset now that his part has been played and the revealed one becomes the main focus of John’s Gospel.  Many people then and probably many today misunderstood the role of John the Baptist.  He is only the newspaper boy telling us to read all about it in the Headlines, Jesus the Lamb of God has come to take away the sin of the World.  We will see John, James, Andrew, and Peter come to Jesus and begin their walk with Him.  This is the beginning of their call to eventually become his Apostles and the ones who would write scripture, and become the foundation of the church.

  1. Following Christ Determines (or means you have to decide) what you want v35-39

Pulpit Evangelism

 Jesus did not call these men to follow Him as His disciples now. That came later (cf. Matt. 4:18-22; 9:9; Mark 1:16-20; 2:13-14; Luke 5:1-11, 27-28). The Apostle John recorded a preliminary contact that these men had with Jesus.

 V37 Two of John the Baptist's disciples started following Jesus because of John's witness. This was perfectly proper since John's ministry was to point others to Jesus. They were not abandoning the Baptist for a more

popular teacher. They were simply doing what John urged his hearers to do. They began following Jesus physically to learn from Him. They also took the first steps toward genuine discipleship. This was no tentative

inquiry but a giving of themselves to Him as disciples.

 "It appears that the Evangelist is writing on two levels. The question makes sense as straightforward narrative: Jesus asks the two men who are following him to articulate what is on their minds. But the Evangelist wants his readers to reflect on a deeper question: the Logos-Messiah confronts those who make any show of beginning to follow him and demands that they articulate what they really want in life." Jesus' question gave the men the opportunity to express their desire to become His disciples. However, they may not have been quite ready to make that commitment. They replied by asking where He was staying. This polite response may have implied that they simply wanted to have a preliminary interview with Him

 John 1:38 "Staying" translates one of the writer's characteristic words (i.e., Gr. meno, "to abide"). Here it means to reside, but often it has theological connotations of continuing on especially in an intimate relationship. These men may have already been wondering if that type of relationship with Jesus might be possible for them. This word occurs 112 times in the New Testament, and John used it 66 of those times, 40 times in his Gospel

1:39 Jesus responded by inviting them to accompany Him, not just to see where He was staying but to visit Him. They first had to come with Him and then they would see. This statement was also highly significant spiritually. Only by coming to Jesus could they really comprehend what they were seeking spiritually. The same thing holds true today.

 Following Jesus  Means an ongoing discovery of who He is v40-41

Friendship Evangelism

We should not conclude, however, that because Andrew believed that Jesus was the Messiah he also believed that He was God. He may have believed this, all the evidence in the Gospels points to the disciples learning of Jesus' deity after they had been with Him for some time (cf. Matt. 16:16; Mark 8:29; Luke 9:20). Probably Andrew thought of Jesus as a great prophet who was the messianic deliverer of Israel. The title "Messiah" means "anointed one." The anointed one in Israel was originally any anointed priest or king who led the people. As time passed God gave prophecies of a coming Davidic king who would liberate the Israelites and establish God's rule over the whole earth (e.g., 2 Sam. 7; Ps.2; 110). Thus the idea of a coming anointed one crystallized into the title "Messiah - The Greek is Christ

 Following Jesus Means you get a new identity v42

1:42 Jesus anticipated what Peter would become in the history of the church by God's grace.

Jesus gave him a nickname that expressed his character, which was not uncommon. It is interesting that Simon Peter originally had the same rash and impulsive character as his ancestor Simeon, the second son of Jacob.

Cephas is Aramaic, the common language of Palestine, and means "Rock." Peter is the Greek translation of Cephas. As the record of Peter unfolds in the Gospels, he appears as anything but a rock; he was impulsive, volatile, and unreliable. Yet Jesus named Peter in view of what he would become by the power of God.

"In bringing his brother Simon Peter to Christ, no man did the church a greater service than Andrew."96

Every time we meet Andrew in this Gospel he is bringing someone to Jesus (cf. 6:8; 12:22).

Jacob means deceiver, Israel means having Power with God or God’s fighter

Abram means high father or exalted father, Abraham means Father of a Multitude

Isa 62:2 The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, And all kings your glory. You shall be called by a new name, Which the mouth of the LORD will name.

 Re 2:17 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it."'

 Re 3:12 "He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. And I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.

 

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Mar
2018

30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL 1 JOHN 1:9 SAYS IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS

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1 John 1:9 says If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  You ask why do we have to confess our sins if God has already forgiven us.  We can never lose our salvation, but we can mess up the relationship. If I slap you and ask you later to do something for me, I am sure you would say no.  You would at least want an apology, it is the same with God, we grieve Him when we sin, and we need to ask forgiveness to restore our right relationship and place in His will. So, have we asked God to forgive us today and made sure we are in fellowship with Him?

18
Mar
2018

JOHN 1:31-34 THE REVEALING OF JESUS TO JOHN AND ISRAEL

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John 1:31 "I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water." 32 And John bore witness, saying, "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 33 "I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.' 34 "And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God."

            This is a great section of scripture that tells us that John did not know Jesus even though he was His cousin.  It gives us a glimpse into the mind of God and how He works when showing us His will.  If you want to know the will of God you have to do the will of God that has already been revealed.  We will also see the difference between John’s baptism and the Baptism that Jesus came to give to us who would believe in His name.

 Verse 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel."

  • Up to this time even though John was the cousin of Jesus he did not know Jesus
  • He had lived in the wilderness so they had no contact with each other
  • He is in effect denying that he and Jesus had schemed together
  • He had to go before Jesus baptizing to fulfill prophecy

 Verse 32 - Then John gave this testimony: "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.

Verse 33 - I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.'

Mt 3:13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?" 15 But Jesus answered and said to him, "Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he allowed Him. 16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

Mark 1:12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the desert, 13 and he was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.

  • In his first act of public ministry Christ was identifying himself publicly with sinners
  • His perfect righteousness will be given to us
  • His baptism represented his death, burial, and resurrection
  • His being the Messiah was publicly attested to by God’s voice from heaven
  • Notice John saw Christ, the Holy Spirit come down on Him, and heard God’s voice from heaven.
  • He was an eyewitness of Christ’s Majesty

2Peter 1:16 We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

 Verse 34 - I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God."

Hebrews1:1-3 

1 In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

14
Mar
2018

WARDEN BURL CAIN TESTIMONY FOR HIS LOVE MINISTRIES

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Listen to Burl Cain former Warden of Angola State Prison describe what it means to all of us when people minister to those in Jails and Prisons

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To see a short presentation of all we do go to:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_u49CmD55WlMWQ1UTNNN0RtTkU/view

His Love Ministries
A Ministry Dedicated to Reaching out to those the World Has Forgotten!
Board of Directors: President: Marty McKenzie
Robin Evans, Gina McCall, Jerry McNair, George Mitchler, Vicki Mitchler, Esther Wilson
Staff: Marty McKenzie, Ronnie Nichols, Erik Lacanilao, Matt Gallant, Brandon Beard
PO Box 30513, Savannah, GA 31410 Phone: 912-398-0573
Non-Profit 501 (c) 3 Organization Tax ID- 58-2549397
Contact E-mail: mmckenzie@hisloveministries.net

How we use our funds
To purchase Bibles and Bible-based Literature for large print hymnals for the Nursing Homes.
The funds are also used for daily expenses that have allowed us to continue our current ministry and expand the amount of church services and Bible Studies in the Jail, Transitional Center, Youth Detention Center, Prisons, Nursing Homes/Assisted Living Facilities, and Treatment Facilities for Adults, Youth, and Adolescents

Our Mission
His Love Ministries is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit Christian Ministry. This ministry is based on Matthew 25:35-40. The key verse is 40: “And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'” Our mission is to spread the gospel throughout: correctional facilities (adult and youth), nursing homes/assisted living facilities, treatment centers (adult and youth), and the local community to reach more people with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ; to equip and edify those who know Christ as their Lord and Savior; to build greater relationships with those in need by providing joy, comfort, and security in their lives through Bible studies, church services, correspondence, and site visits. We reach out to those the World has forgotten. Everyone we minister to is locked up in some way, shape, or form. Those in the nursing homes are captive in bodies that don't function, a wheelchair, a bed or a facility they cannot get out of; children and youth who are locked up due to behavioral and emotional crisis. They have been separated from their parents, and all they want is true unconditional love (some have said to me, “We want a real family”). We also minister to those locked up in the jail, prison and Youth Detention center; and those “locked up” in addictions to drugs, alcohol, depression, and suicidal thoughts and a variety of other things that keep them from becoming who Jesus wants them to be. Jesus Christ came to set us free from the burden and penalty of sin and give us abundant life. We want all these people to see how much God loves them; that He made a way through Jesus Christ to receive forgiveness and freedom from their sin.
Our organization serves People in facilities that are unable to get to a Church service or
Bible Study. We reach out to the forgotten.
We have been on mission in Correctional Facilities since December 1997; Nursing
Homes/Assisted Living Facilities since April 1999 and Coastal Harbor Treatment Center since
February 2009

Recipients of our services and how many people we serve each year
We serve the People in facilities that are unable to get to a Church or Bible Study. We reach
out to those the world has forgotten.
We conduct about 2,321 church services and Bible studies a year (193 a month).
We currently minister in 12 Nursing Homes/Assisted Living Facilities; 5 youth and adult
Correctional facilities; 3 Behavioral Treatment Facilities for youth and adults, Greenbriar
Children's Center, and the Savannah Mission Bible Training Center. We also do a Bible Study
at a church that is a substitute for an AA or NA program.

12
Mar
2018

JOHN 1:27-30 JESUS IS THE LAMB OF GOD THAT TAKES AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD

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John 1:27 "It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose." 28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing. 29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 "This is He of whom I said, 'After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.'

            In this tremendous passage of scripture we see John the Baptist still saying he is nothing compared to Jesus. He tells us that before he talks about Jesus and then again after he points us to the Lamb of God. He will tell us about that glorious Lamb that takes away the sin of the world and was predicted all the way back in Genesis 3:15, and spoken of so many times in the Old Testament sacrifices. He tells us that Jesus is the only one who can take away our sin and provide salvation.

 Verse 26   "I baptize with water," John replied, "but among you stands one you do not know. 27 He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie."

John replied by implying that his authority to baptize as he did came from an authoritative figure who was present but yet unknown. John did not identify Him then. This would have exposed Jesus to the scrutiny of Israel's leadership prematurely. John only realized that Jesus was the Messiah after he said these words (cf. v. 31). John simply referred to this One and implied that he baptized in water under divine authority. He stressed the great authority of Jesus by saying he was unworthy to do even menial service for Him. Thus John bore witness to Jesus even before he identified Him as the Messiah.

1st He tells them he only baptizes with water and cannot do any more

  • The baptism signified when the Gentiles were converted into Judaism
  • It signified repentance and becoming a people of God
  • This was amazing as they hated Gentiles and they were saying they were as Gentiles
  • Repenting in anticipation of the return of the Messiah

2nd He points them to the one all of our lives should point to Christ

  • One that can do for them what he cannot

Next he tells them that Jesus stands among them

  • God is often nearer to us than we know
  • Christ is to be preferred over him
  • Notice that the priests and Pharisees do not ask John where the Messiah is
  • They wanted to harass him
  • The did not come to receive instructions so their ignorance was willful
  • They might have known Christ but would not, this is willful rejection of Christ

Psalm 84:10 Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. 11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.12 O LORD Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.

"To get the full impact of this we must bear in mind that disciples did do many services for their teachers. Teachers in ancient Palestine were not paid (it would be a terrible thing to ask for money for teaching Scripture!). But in partial compensation disciples were in the habit of performing small services for their rabbis instead. But they had to draw the line somewhere, and menial tasks like loosing the sandal thong came under this heading. There is a rabbinic saying (in its present form dating from c. A.D. 250, but probably much older):  ‘Every service which a slave performs for his master shall a disciple do for his teacher except the loosing of his sandal-thong.' John selects the very task that the rabbinic saying stresses as too menial for any disciple, and declares himself unworthy to perform it."

Verse 28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

  • Notice the place where this happens

Bethany – Signifies the house of passage two Bethany’s, one where the disciples live and one near the Jordan, confuse it by calling it Bethabara

 There's one down there by Jerusalem where Mary and Martha and Lazarus lived. And there's another one,

  • Some think it was the very place where Israel passed over into the promised land under the guidance of Joshua
  • Now Jesus opens a way through here to the Gospel
  1. The Presentation at Christ’s Baptism

Verse 29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

Ex 12:3; Isa 53:7,11; Joh 1:36; Ac 8:32; 1Co 15:3; Ga 1:4; Heb 1:3; 2:17; 9:28; 1Pe 1:19; 2:24; 3:18; 1Jo 2:2; 3:5; 4:10; Re 1:5; 5:6

Genesis 22:1-14 Abraham sacrificing Isaac

  • The use of a Lamb as a sacrifice was very familiar to the Jews
  • A lamb was used as a sacrificed during the Passover

Exodus 12:21 Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, "Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. 22 Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. Not one of you shall go out the door of his house until morning. 23 When the LORD goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down. 24 "Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants.

  • A lamb was to led to slaughter in the prophecies of Isaiah

Isaiah 53:7

He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

  • A lamb was offered in the daily sacrifices of Israel

Leviticus14:12 "Then the priest is to take one of the male lambs and offer it as a guilt offering, along with the log of oil; he shall wave them before the LORD as a wave offering.

  • Jesus was the Lamb that was sacrificed to take away the sin of the world when he died on the cross

Verse 30 This is the one I meant when I said, 'A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.'

7
Mar
2018

30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL 1 JOHN 1:8 WE ARE DECEIVED IF WE BELIEVE WE HAVE NOT SINNED

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1 John 1:8 says If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  I remember I was talking to a woman about Christ and she told me she never sinned.  I told her the Bible says we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God.  But she had been deceived and thought she had no need of Christ since she was not a sinner.  How about you?  Do you think you are good enough to get to heaven on your own?  Romans 6:23 says the wages of sin are death, but the gift of God is eternal life.  You need to ask God to forgive you and save you because Jesus died on the cross for your sins, that’s the only way to get to Heaven.

5
Mar
2018

JOHN 1:19-26 THE TESTIMONY OF JOHN ABOUT HIMSELF

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John 1:19 Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?" 20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, "I am not the Christ." 21 And they asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?" And he answered, "No." 22 Then they said to him, "Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?" 23 He said: "I am 'The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Make straight the way of the LORD,"' as the prophet Isaiah said." 24 Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees. 25 And they asked him, saying, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?" 26 John answered them, saying, "I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know.

We’ve seen the testimony of John about Christ, now we see the powers that be asking John who he is and why he is doing all the things he is doing, especially baptizing.  They are worried about who he is and why he has come and why so many people are flocking to him out in the desert.  John will not even speak about who he is but does what he always does, his job, which is to point others to Jesus.  The ones who are sent go away without the answer of who he is, but heard something much more important that they do not even listen to or care about.  How sad for them.

The Presentation by John The Baptist

Who was John? …The cousin of Jesus

We see the early years of John the Baptist in Luke 1:5-80

His birth is foretold by Gabriel to His father Zacharias in 1: 5-25   

Zacharias rendered speechless

Jesus birth is foretold to Mary in 1:26-38

Mary’s visit to Elizabeth in 1:39-45

Baby leaped for Joy (John)

Mary sings a song of joy in 1:46-56

John’s birth in 1:57-66 ….Named him John

Zacharias’ prophetic song in 1:67-79

John’s growth and early life in 1:80

He lived in the wilderness, wore a camel hair coat and ate locusts and honey

We see his Public Ministry in Luke 3:1-18

  1. John’s Presentation of Christ to the religious leaders – verses 19-28

Verse19 - Now this was John's testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was.

  • Jews used about seventy times in John’s Gospel. Refers to the Sanhedrin or governing body of Jews
  • Made up of legalistic Pharisees who had about 600 laws that they kept in addition to the 10 Commandments
  • They traveled 26 miles to question John
  • This shows 7 things
  1. Sending persons of such character and figure, was showing John a great deal of honor
  2. Serves to make his testimony of Christ the more public and remarkable
  3. It also shows what a noise John's ministry and baptism made among the Jews, that it even reached Jerusalem, and the great council of the nation;
  4. They thought he was the Messiah, it shows the opinion that was entertained of him

Luke 3:15 The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Christ.

  1. They were afraid that there may be something to what he was saying. They were the top dogs and might lose their position of power.
  2. They thought they needed no repentance, so could not stand someone preaching it
  3. It was a show of power, they sought to stop him from his ministry

Verse - 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, "I am not the Christ." Or Messiah... both mean "the Anointed One 21 They asked him, "Then who are you? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?" He answered, "No."

  • Hearing of John’s doctrine, character, and baptism because he appeared so suddenly, he seemed to have dropped from heaven in the part of the country where Elijah was taken to heaven so they thought he was Elijah

Mal 4:5 “See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes.

 Mt 11:14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.

Luke 1:17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous-- to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."

Mt17:12 But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands." 13 Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.

1st He had already told them he is not the Messiah

2nd He was not a prophet like Samuel or Elijah who would get involved in public affairs and bring them out from under the yoke of Roman Bondage

3rd He was not Elijah that had been raised from the dead

4th He was a prophet who had revelation from God, but did not get his revelation by dreams and visions as did the OT prophets

5th They thought the prophet and the Messiah were two different people

Verse - 22 Finally they said, "Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?" 23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, "I am the voice of one calling in the desert, 'Make straight the way for the Lord.'" {Isaiah 40:3}

  • In the original context this refers to God leading them from Babylonian exile through the desert
  • Romans 11:25-27 - It is a prophetic call for Israel’s greatest and final return to God from spiritual darkness.
  • His humble attitude –
  • He refers to himself as a mere voice thus focusing the attention totally on Christ
  • The voice of one Crying –(Crying out loud) His earnestness and heart for the people to repent
  • He was in the wilderness – Hear from God when secluded and in solitude away from the hustle and bustle of the world.
  • Have you ever heard the still small voice of the LORD?

1Kings19:11 The LORD said, "Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by." Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

  • Make straight the way of the Lord
  • He came to rectify the corruption of the law by the scribes and Pharisees
  • To prepare people to receive the Lord

Psalm 24:7 Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.

Verse 24 Now some Pharisees who had been sent 25 questioned him, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"

  • They asked knowing it would be used when the Messiah came
  • Zechariah 13:1 "On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.
  • Ezekiel 36:25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
  • They asked because he had denied he was Elijah and they wanted to know by what authority he Baptized

Verse26 - “I baptize with water," John replied, "but among you stands one you do not know. 27 He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie."

1st He tells them he only baptizes with water and cannot do any more

  • The baptism signified when the Gentiles were converted into Judaism
  • It signified repentance and becoming a people of God
  • This was amazing as they hated Gentiles and they were saying they were as Gentiles
  • Repenting in anticipation of the return of the Messiah

2nd He points them to the one all of our lives should point to Christ

  • One that can do for them what he cannot

Next he tells them that Jesus stands among them

  • God is often nearer to us than we know
  • Christ is to be preferred over him
  • Notice that the priests and Pharisees do not ask John where the Messiah is
  • They wanted to harass him
  • The did not come to receive instructions so their ignorance was willful
  • They might have known Christ but would not, this is a willful rejection of Christ

Psalm 84:10 Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. 11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.12 O LORD Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.

28
Feb
2018

30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL 1 JOHN 1:7 THE STANDARD OF TRUE SALVATION

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1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Hi, I'm Marty McKenzie with His Love Ministries.  1 John 1:7 says But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. This is better translated since we walk in the light.  This means we have truly been saved, we are habitually living according to the truth of the bible, we have a special bond with other believers because of the Holy Spirit that lives in us, and we are continually being cleansed from sin by the blood of Jesus Christ. Does your life meet this standard of true salvation? 

25
Feb
2018

JOHN 1:15-18 THE WITNESS OF JOHN ABOUT JESUS CHRIST

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John 1:15 John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, "This was He of whom I said, 'He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.'" 16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

             In this section of scripture we see the use of courtroom terms giving us the legal witness of John the Baptist about Jesus and who He is.  We see that John talks about Jesus being the preeminent one and that we see all of God in Him.  That He gives Grace whereas Moses gave the law which could only condemn.  Lastly we see that Jesus is the one who explains to us who the Father is.

 Verse 15- John the Baptists testimony corroborates John the apostles statement regarding the eternality of The Incarnate Word.

Verse 16- Grace for grace This phrase emphasizes the superabundance of grace that has been displayed by God toward mankind especially believers.

Ephesians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will-- 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace

 Ephesians 2:4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-- it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

Verses 17 and 18 shows that the law given by Moses was not a display of God’s grace, but God’s demand for holiness. God designed the law as a means to demonstrate the unrighteousness of man in order to show the need for a Savior Romans 3:19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. 21 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:10,14 and 21-26 also speak of this

The law revealed only part of the truth and was given to prepare men for the full truth, the reality towards which the law pointed came in the person of Jesus Christ.

Verse 18- Who is in the bosom of the Father – tells of the mutual intimacy, love, and knowledge existing in the Godhead(three in one God) Luke 16:22 The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.

Declared- Theologians-men who study religion derived the term exegesis which means to interpret

John meant that all Jesus is and does interprets who God is and what He does.

21
Feb
2018

30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL 1 JOHN 1:6 ARE YOU IN FELLOWSHIP WITH JESUS OR ARE YOU A LIAR?

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1 John 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

Hi, I'm Marty McKenzie with His Love Ministries.  1 John 1:6 says If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  Today there are many people who say they are Christians, they trust in Jesus and they are going to heaven, yet they still live in sin and do not intend to change.  This verse says that a person that says he knows Jesus, but still habitually lives in sin is a liar and does not live according to the truth of the Bible.  The bottom line is that if you live that way, you have not been saved, and you will not go to heaven.

18
Feb
2018

JOHN 1:14 JESUS CAME AS GOD IN A HUMAN BODY

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John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

 If you want to read a book of the Bible that will tell you about who Jesus really is and why He came, read this Book.  John 20:30-31 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. (NKJV)  John wrote this book with no birth narrative, no manger scene, no geneology, but he went straight to the point in John 1:1-2 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. He wants to let us know the Jesus is God in human flesh.  He is not God as some of the cults say, but He is THE ONE AND ONLY GOD.  John uses seven Key miracles, seven key people and the seven I AM statements of Jesus to make the point that Jesus is who He said He was and still is today.

 The Incarnation of Christ….Incarnation means in the flesh

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

 Matthew 1:17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ. 18 ¶ This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19  Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.  20  But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  21  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." 22  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23  "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" --which means, "God with us." 24  When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25  But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

 Verse 14 – The Word became Flesh- This emphasizes that the eternal and uncreated Christ took on human form.  The Infinite became Finite.  The Eternal was conformed to time.  The Invisible became Visible.  The Supernatural One became Natural.  He was still all God and all man.

The benefits of this are:

  • He revealed the Father to us
  • He is our example
  • He is our sympathetic High Priest
  • Died to save sinners

Dwelt – means to pitch a tabernacle (some temporary structure or shelter) Or live in a tent

Exodus 33:11 – Tabernacle of witness- where God spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.  In the New Testament- God chose to dwell among his people in a far more personal way by becoming a man.

We Beheld His Glory – Although his deity was veiled, we still see glimpses of his Divine Majesty, Matthew 17:1-8 – Mount of Transfiguration – They also saw Christ’s glory in a spiritual way (grace, goodness, mercy, wisdom, truth) Exodus 33:18 Then Moses said, "Now show me your glory." 19 And the LORD said, "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20 But," he said, "you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live." 21 Then the LORD said, "There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen."

 Only begotten- has the idea of “the Only Beloved One” it emphasizes the character of the relationships between God and Jesus- giving Jesus a unique prominence (being first).

 Full of grace and truth- Exodus 33:18 Then Moses said, "Now show me your glory." 19 And the LORD said, "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20 But," he said, "you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live." 21 Then the LORD said, "There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen."

 Exodus 34:5 Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD.  6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, "The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation."

LORD-Yahweh-The Self Existent One

Jesus as Yahweh of the OT displayed the same attributes as when he tabernacled among men in the NT

14
Feb
2018

30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL 1 JOHN 1.5 GOD IS HOLY

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1 John 1:5 tells us that the message the disciples heard from Jesus and that they are declaring to us is that God is light and in Him is found no darkness at all.  In the Bible light speaks of truth on an intellectual level and righteousness on a moral level.  Darkness on the other hand speaks of falsehood and sin.  This means that God is perfectly holy and is the only source of real truth.  It also means that He will never lie or do anything wrong.  In a day of whatever feels good do it, God sets a standard that we can never meet on our own.  This means that we can only approach God through the person of Jesus Christ. 

12
Feb
2018

JOHN 1:12-13 BUT AS MANY AS RECEIVED HIM

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John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:  13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

 In John 1:12-13 John begins to tell us how even though the world did not know Christ (cf: John 1:10-11) when He came into this world that He created and that His own special people the Jews did not know Him nor receive Him when He came into the world; that as many as received Him will be saved.  In other words, it is the ones who by faith alone ask God to forgive them on the basis of what Jesus did on the cross will be saved. He tells us how these who ask for forgiveness for their sins will become the children of God and the fact that man cannot be saved by any human effort of good works or mental effort of the will, but only by the grace of God (cf: Eph 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.)  I hope you will listen to this message and explore this passage as it answers many questions about working and willing ourselves into Heaven, it just cannot be done.

  1. The Acceptance of Christ

            Verse 12 and 13 - We see stressed a believing remnant

Verse 12 - As many as received him/ to those who believe in his name the second phrase describes those in the first. 

To receive him who is the Word of God is to acknowledge his claims, place faith in him, and give allegiance to him.

            Gave- emphasizes the grace of god in Salvation.  Ephesians 2:8-10

The right- Those who receive Jesus (The Word), receive full authority to claim the exalted title of God’s Children.

            Verse 13 - Ultimately it is not mans will that produces salvation, but God’s will.

Verse 13, here we look into the very nature of God. “Who were born”--to be a child you have to be born; this is that new birth, regeneration. “Who were born not of blood.” Know what that means? Heritage, descent; it doesn’t come down from your ancestors. That’s not how you become a child of God, not because of your parents or your grandparents, or your family. “Nor of the will of the flesh.” Not because of personal effort, personal moral effort, personal spiritual effort, personal religious activity. “Nor of the will of man.” What does that mean? The acts of others, some sacramental system, some system of religion plied by so-called priests on your behalf. You’re not going to become a child of God by family heritage. You’re not going to become a child of God by personal effort. You’re not going to become a child of God by some man-made system--all impossible.

New life does not come because of physical desire either. No amount of wanting it and striving for it will bring it. The only thing that will is belief in Jesus.

"The term 'flesh' (sarx) is not used by John to convey the idea of sinfulness, as it often does in Paul's writings. . . . Rather, it is indicative of weakness and humiliation as seen in 1:14. It simply affirms that in the Incarnation Jesus became fully human."

Third,  new spiritual  life  does  not  come  because  of  a  human  decision either, specifically, the choice of a husband to produce a child. It comes as the result of a spiritual decision to trust in Jesus Christ. The Greek word for "man" here is andros meaning "male." The NIV interpreted it properly as "husband" here.

New spiritual life does not come from any of these sources but from God Himself. Ultimately it is the result of God's work in our life, not man's. Therefore the object of our faith must be God rather than our heritage or race, our works, or our own initiative.

7
Feb
2018

30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL HIS LOVE MINISTRIES IS AN OUTREACH MINISTRY LOCATED IN SAVANNAH, GA

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His Love Ministries is an outreach ministry located in Savannah, GA. We conduct church services in Nursing Homes, Correctional facilities, orphanages, and treatment centers in and around Chatham and Effingham. Jesus said in Matthew 25: ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ If you would like to have one of our representatives speak to you or any other group that you might be involved in about what we do and how you can be involved then call us at 912-398-0573 or visit the website at www.hisloveministries.net.

 

4
Feb
2018

JOHN 1:8-11 JESUS CHRIST IS THE TRUE LIGHT WHICH GIVES LIGHT TO EVERY MAN

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In John 1:8-11 we see that John is not the light, but he came to be a legal witness of the one who is the light, Jesus. Light always stands for truth, righteousness, purity, and holiness. Darkness stands for error, falsehood, and immorality. He begins to tell us how Jesus gives light which is His revealing of Himself to everyone who has been born or will ever be born.  This is a good section of scripture which shows us that everyone has an opportunity to hear the Word of God and be saved if they want to. We talk about the scriptures that show us that God has revealed Himself to everyone through creation and conscience and that we have enough knowledge to know there is a God. This makes us responsible and if we reject Him, then we go to hell because we made a choice to not know that God who has revealed Himself.  He also tells us the fact that Jesus created everything (see Colossians 1:15-17) and He came to earth, but the very people He created did not even know Him and recognize Him when He came.  Not even His special called people, the Jews didn’t even recognize Him or receive Him as their Lord and Savior.  What a shame.

  1. Rejection of the True Light Jesus Christ 1:9-11

Verse 9 - Or that was the true light which coming into the world gives light to every man.  Written backward for emphasis on light – remember light stands for Biblical truth, purity, and holiness

-Highlights the incarnation of Jesus Christ which gives light to every man – Through Gods sovereign power God has planted his knowledge in man through creation and mans conscience.  Enough to be responsible. – Romans 1:18-22, The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 ¶ since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20  For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities-- his eternal power and divine nature-- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. 21  For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22  Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23  and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

Romans 2:11  For God does not show favoritism. 12  All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13  For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God's sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. 14  (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, 15  since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.) 16  This will take place on the day when God will judge men's secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.

  • This leads to either looking to the light or rejecting it.

-Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of the light that God placed in man’s heart-

The world- John uses it 75 times in the gospel– invisible spiritual system of evil dominated by Satan and all that it offers is opposition to God, his people, and his world. 

            Verse 9 - most of the time John uses it in a negative manner.

 Verse 10 - World made through him- Proverbs8:22 ¶ "The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old; 23  I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began. 24  When there were no oceans, I was given birth, when there were no springs abounding with water; 25  before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth, 26  before he made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world.  27  I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep, 28  when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,  29  when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth. 30  Then I was the craftsman at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence, 31  rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind. 32 ¶ "Now then, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. 33  Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it. 34  Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. 35  For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD. 36  But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death."

 The world did not know him.

Verse 11 -He came unto his own and his own knew him not- Jews- a chosen people- most still looking for Messiah to come- Salvation first offered to Jews when rejected him- gave it to Gentiles or all people- Isaiah 65:2 All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations-- 3  a people who continually provoke me to my very face, offering sacrifices in gardens and burning incense on altars of brick;

Jeremiah 7:25

  Cornelius- Acts 10,  Mark- looking for Jesus for Gentile at Sermon on the Mountain

31
Jan
2018

30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL 1 JOHN 1:1-4 NOT JUST RELIGION BUT TRUE SALVATION

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1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life--  2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us-- 3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.

In 1 John 1:1-4, it speaks of the fact that Jesus was seen and heard by the disciples because he came in the flesh.  John says Christianity is not just another religion, but a relationship with a living God who came and died on the cross for our sins.  But there is also a fellowship with other Christians and God that results from that relationship called salvation.  We also need to realize that the final result is that our joy may be complete.  Joy is a deep down settled feeling of peace and satisfaction that we can have no matter what the circumstances.  Do you know this Jesus I am talking about?

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28
Jan
2018

JOHN 1:4-8 LIFE, LIGHT, AND A WITNESS

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John 1:4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

In this section of scripture John begins to tell us that Jesus is the source of all life, not only physical, but spiritually also.  He lets us know that this life is the light or the holiness, righteousness, purity, and truth of man and that this Logos (THE WORD "Jesus Christ") is the one who supplies the truth that shows us that our way of living is not the way God wants us to live.  But the darkness (ungodliness, unrighteousness, impurity, and lies of man) can not understand the holiness of God, nor can it defeat Him.  He also shows us that John is the witness that was testified of in Malachi 4:5 and that he came to tell us who Jesus is.  John is not the light but was sent to bear witness (legal courtroom witness) so that we might believe in Him Jesus Christ who was sent to be the Savior of the World.  John 3:16

1:4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men.

  • John uses the word life 36 times in this Gospel
  • It means our Spiritual and eternal life imparted as a gift through belief in Jesus
  • He is called "the Life" and "the Light," because he has in himself life and light, and gives them to his creatures at his pleasure;
  • Ephesians 2:5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-- it is by grace you have been saved.
  • In Scripture light means biblical truth, holiness, or purity and darkness refers to error, falsehood or sin and wrongdoing

 1: 5 Jesus was the light that shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not overcome it. Jesus Christ overcame darkness.

  1. The forerunner of Christ

Verse 6 - Sent from God –That man was John the Baptist, with the beginning of John’s ministry thus ended the 400 years of silence between the Old Testament and New Testament during which God had given no revelation. Matthew 3:1, 3:1-6, Mark 1:4, 1:2-6, Luke 7:20, 1:5-25, 1:57-80

Malachi 3:1"See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come," says the LORD Almighty.

Matthew 3:1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea 2 and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: "A voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'"

Verse 7 - Witness…bearwitness-The terms reflect the courtroom language of the Old Testament where the truth of a matter was established on the basis of the multiple witnesses Deuteronomy 17:6, 19:15.

 John witnessed regarding Jesus as Messiah and The Son of God-

That all through him might believe- refers to John as the one who witnessed to Christ to produce faith in Jesus Christ as Savior of the World.

1:8 - He was not that light- John the Baptist was the agent of belief and Jesus was the object of belief.

  John’s role as a person and his ministry were important.  Matthew 11:11 I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

  • But he was merely the announcer of Jesus Christ. Many years after John’s ministry and death some still failed to understand John’s subordinate role. 
  • Acts 19:1 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2 and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" They answered, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit." 3 So Paul asked, "Then what baptism did you receive?" "John's baptism," they replied. 4 Paul said, "John's baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus." 5 On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.
24
Jan
2018

30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL JOHN 12 THE BEST GIFT FROM MARY

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In John 12 Mary takes a very costly perfume, breaks the bottle and pours it all out on Jesus and wipes His feet with her hair.  First of all, she gave her best and greatest gift when she poured out her costly perfume, probably worth $20,000 - $25,000 at our rate of exchange today.  This was probably all her wealth and savings she had in this world.  Then, she also used her hair which speaks of a woman’s glory.  She humbled herself and anointed Jesus for His burial with her perfume and her hair.  How about you, are you giving Jesus your best, your all, and humbly bowing down and worshipping Him?

21
Jan
2018

JOHN 1:3 JESUS CREATED IT ALL

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John 1:3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

In verse 3 Jesus is shown as God’s agent in creating everything  in the universe.

Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

 

In this week's message I speak to the issue of Jesus creating everything and all of the wonderful ways our world works together as a created world, the beauty and order of it all. I remember the food chain the solar system, and the hydrological cycle from my school days, but it comes alive when you see the beauty and wonder of it all by looking at it through the lens of the Bible.  I like to go to a site called creation moments.com; you can sign up for a daily email that will help you to see the world through the lens of creation rather than the lie of evolution which could have never happened.  When you see a watch you know someone made it, it is the same with everything in our world and universe, without a creator it would not exist and it amazes me how you could see all of this and believe that it just HAPPENED.  Read this below, it is a creation moment and you can get the flavor of what I am saying!

Ice Age or Greenhouse?

Genesis 8:22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease. It is interesting to look at scientific predictions made, say, a generation ago. Here is one that appeared in the December 1977 issue of Science Digest predicting our future climate. This article pointed out that the world's climate is already cooler than at many points in recorded history. It said that at one time Greenland was actually green and England was a major producer of wine. The article noted that while a few scientists think the Earth is warming, most climatologists agree that Earth's climate is definitely cooling. Some even say that we may be in for a new Ice Age. The words "Ice Age" evidently caught the media's attention. Some listeners will recall the same message given on radio and TV. The certainty of evidence for a cooling Earth is interesting in light of the same certainty, a quarter century later, that the Earth is heating up! And notice how both predictions are working from almost the same temperature records. The article noted the reason for this early fear: the winter of 1976-77 was especially cold and snowy for much of the northern hemisphere. Then, a decade later, after a warmer summer or two, we hear about a runaway "greenhouse effect." Our best response is to remember the Lord's promise to Noah that the seasons, seedtime, and harvest will continue until the end of the world. Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I ask that You would protect me and all who are Yours from the fears which so terrify a world which neither knows or regards Your promises. Help Your people to be lights in the midst of this darkness. Amen.

17
Jan
2018

30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL JAMES 2.14-26 TRUE FAITH VS FALSE PROFESSION

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 In this section of Scripture we will see the difference between the true children of God and the false professors.  Many people say they belong to God, but Jesus tells us here that if we were truly His children then our walk will match our talk.  It is easy to say you are a follower of Christ; it is another thing to have that ring true by the way you live and talk day in and day out.  The Bible always matches saying and doing together. James 2:14 says what does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?  In other words if you say you have faith, but are not backing it up by working for God, then you are not really saved.  He says can this kind of faith save him.  It is a question that is asked with the implied answer of no it cannot and will not.  He puts it this way in James 2:20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? 

James 2:14-26 says there are three kinds of faith, one is a dead faith that talks the talk, but cannot and will not walk the walk because it is not real.  One that is demonic, they say they believe in God, but the demons also believe and tremble.  Then there is Dynamic faith, that is true saving faith which believes that Jesus Christ’s work on the cross alone is sufficient to get them into heaven and works for God because they love Him.  It is one demonstrated by a love for those who cannot help themselves and by living a pure life by the power of God.