The Big Picture

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

Ephesians 2:10 (New Living Translation) Biblia.com

We were jokingly taught in school that the chemicals our bodies are made up with would gain less than $1.00 if sold.

“A rose by any other name is still a rose.” William Shaekespeare

Whatever you call them, each one of us is a person: fetus, enemy, “God looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7). He does not see color, fame, finances, etc. No partiality

“You’re My prize possession” God said to Joel Osteen

“Therefore love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Deuteronomy 10:19

Christian Intellectuals

“Jesus answered him, ‘The first of all the commandments is, “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” This is the first commandment.’

Mark 12:29-30 BibleGateway

“Walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:16

Do some Pastors come off simplistically brainy and cold to you? Like our walk should be so easy if you just do A, B and C? God’s word is the ultimate Preacher, simply because no one compares with Him. He understands us who He made. He encompasses everything we’re about.

If we are to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength, we need to relate to Him with all that we have, not just our minds.

“You can do nothing without Me.” John 15:5

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Babies’ Rights

King Solomon saves a baby’s life (1 Kings 3:16-28), he’s known as wisest person in the word aside from Jesus.

Nathan, the Lord’s prophet defends a little lamb in 2 Samuel 12:1-25, analogous to a defenseless person.

Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.”

Matthew 12:24 (NIV)

11,477,836 Abortions this year

As of April 10, 2020, 2:20 EST                                                 https://www.worldometers.info/

Veterans – We Love You

“For who will heed you in this matter? Bus as his part is who goes down to the battle, so shall his part be who stays by the supplies; they shall share alike.

“So it was, from that day forward, he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel to this day.”                              1 Samuel 30:24-25

Phone call in crisis: 800-273-8255                               https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/

Heavenly Father, we lift up to You, our brothers and sisters in arms, in Jesus’ name, please remove the dark cloud of lies.  Restore their identity in You, because You’ve made them for a purpose, a hope and a future.

 

 

ABC’s of Jesus

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Jesus in Matthew 7:12

“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”    1 Corinthians 3:11

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”                                                       Ephesians 5:1-2, BibleHub

“Jesus answered him, ‘The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one.’ ” Mark 12:29

“Forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34

“I do what My Father tells Me”  John 8:28

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Higher Standard

In Pastor Tim Keller’s The Reason for God, 2008, he quotes one of many former athiests: Christians have a “higher standard” following Jesus, than she thought she had by being a moral person.

“Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God – what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.” Romans 12:2 (Good News Translation w/ Apocrypha GNTA)

Matthew 5:

“Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.”    Verse 28 (NKJV)

“And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.”           Verse 30 (NKJV)

Psalm 61

To the Chief Musician. On a stringed instrument. A Psalm of David.

Hear my cry, O God;
Attend to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

For You have been a shelter for me,
A strong tower from the enemy.
I will abide in Your tabernacle forever;
I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah

For You, O God, have heard my vows;
You have given me the heritage of those who fear Your name.
You will prolong the king’s life,
His years as many generations.
He shall abide before God forever.
Oh, prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him!

So I will sing praise to Your name forever,
That I may daily perform my vows.

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Ticker Tape Machine

“On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ”                                                  John 7:37-38

Vision: Ticker tape machine on altar at church as God who never stops, slows or empties

(Machines formerly used to transmit finance, even sports scores over wire before the internet.)

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Proverbs 14:27, “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death.”

 

 

 

Immediate Obedience

“And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him.

When He had gone a little farther from there, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat mending their nets. And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went after Him.”                 Mark 1:16-20

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Dear Lord, make us bold in worshipping and honoring You, to follow You and obey Your voice immediately, in Jesus’ name.