” The Heart of the Gospel “

(Read Luke 19:1-10)

How would you answer the question, what is the gospel? Jesus used the occasion of His confrontation with a tree-climbing public official named Zacchaeus to tell us a great truth. He gave us His mission statement: ” The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost. ” That short, simple sentence is a profound declaration.

First, the Son of Man came! That proclamation should give us the shivers. God came. The gospel is first and foremost the action of God’s story. While the people around Zacchaeus argued about Jesus eating with a sinner, they missed the point that God in the flesh, in the person of Jesus, was present.

We say it in the Nicene Creed: ” God from God, Light from Light… of one being with the Father… For us and for our salvation He came down from heaven.”

Second, it’s a good practice to notice verbs when reading the scripture. In this one sentence there are three: “came, ” ” seek” and “save.” Jesus is the subject. He came, He seeks and He saves. We are so hopelessly lost and alienated from God that it took this kind of action to make us right with Him.

Lastly, the gospel is for lost people. We are not just unhappy or troubled, nor do we simply have a poor self-image. Our condition is more desperate than we know: We are lost! Only God can find us. The gospel is from God and about God, and it is for those who realize they are lost. – Glady’s Hunt-

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for coming. Thank You for seeking us. Thank You for saving us from sin and from ourselves. Help us to make our life a song of praise to You.” Amen!! Amen!!

Follow God’s Word…

For inner satisfaction, Contentment, peace of mind, Read the Holy Bible And in it you will find A treasury of wisdom, Advice of every kind… There are answers to the problems You encounter everyday, There are words of love and words of praise To meditate and pray_ And every word you read will bring you Closer to God’s way! -Alice Joyce Davidson-

…Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read…Isaiah 34:16

Paul Accepted By The Apostles

Galatians 2:1-10 Fourteen years later I went up again to Jerusalem, this time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also. I went in response to a revelation and set before them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. But I did this privately to those who seemed to be leaders, for fear that I was running or had run my race in vain. Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek. This matter arose because some false brother had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might remain with you.

As for those who seemed to be important…whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not judge by external appearance…those men added nothing to my message. On the contrary, they saw that I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the Gentiles, just as Peter had been to the Jews. For God, who was at work in the ministry of Peter as an apostle to the Jews, was also at work in my ministry as an apostle to the Gentiles. James, Peter and John, those reputed to pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the Jews. All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.  (Read also 1 Samuel 16:7)

Give Hope to Others

We all have our rainy days when the clouds are so thick it’s hard to find the way by ourselves. Unless we have an umbrella an umbrella of faith and hope.

When I see someone standing lost in a storm, help me, God, to remember to offer my umbrella my umbrella of faith and hope. -Alice Joyce Davidson-

“He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength.” Isaiah 40:29

Reflection: What Is In Our Hearts?

The Lord’s Supper….1 Corinthians 11:17-32

In the following directions I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval. When you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat, for as you eat, each of you goes ahead without waiting for anybody else. One remains hungry, another gets drunk. Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you for this? Certainly not!

For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, and He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ” This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way after supper He took the cup saying, ” This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. But if we judge ourselves, we would not come under judgment. When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.

So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for each other. If anyone is hungry, he should eat at home, so that when you meet together it may not result in judgment. And when I come I will give further directions.

REFLECTIONS

I’ve noticed a peculiar thing about mirrors. How I see myself depends upon the light in which I view myself_ the brighter the light, the truer the image.

Dear God, to see my inner self, let me view myself in Your light so the image will be true, and I can see what I need to do to be a better person_ to be a reflection of You! -Alice Joyce Davidson-

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! Amen!! Amen!!

Space for Grace

Read: John 7:53-8:11

When they kept on questioning Him

He straightened up and said to them,

“If anyone of you is without sin, Let

him be the first to throw a stone at her.”

John 8:7

 

Jesus knew how to clear a room. He was in the temple courts, with many people gathered around Him, when the teachers of the law and the Pharisee’s brought a disheveled and likely ill-clothed woman before Him. Cringing under the onslaught of accusation and shame, she was powerless and robbed of human dignity.

Jesus gave those accustory hypocrites a quick lesson in self-examination. By stooping to write on the ground, He gave them time to cool their (self-) righteous indignation. Imagine them all slinking away one by one, His words ringing in their ears, and not only the Pharisee’s and teachers, but everyone who heard Him. He took the attention off the woman and gave her space to breathe and to think her own thoughts about this Jesus who had defended and saved her.

We sometimes like to bring people, especially family members, to Jesus, so that He can “straighten them out.” But if our prayers and our eyes are focused on people’s faults and foibles, we are not allowing Jesus to deal with them in His own way. We need to give Him, and them the space to meet each other face-to-face.

It’s not that we shouldn’t pray for others, especially those who indulge in obvious sin. We should bring them to Jesus. But we need to view their sin in the wise and loving way Jesus did, putting the emphasis on His ability to love, forgive and redeem them in the same way He confronts us with our sin. If we wrap people in straitjackets of blame and judgment, there is no room for them to change or grow; we back them into a corner, where their human instinct to defend themselves keeps them prisoner. Instead we should move away and leave space for grace, God’s grace. _Ruth A. Dejager

 

Prayer: Lord Jesus, when we bring family members to you in prayer, remind us to have an attitude of gentleness and non-judgment. Help us to remember that it is you who can change hearts, and minds and that your wisdom is supreme. Amen!! Amen!!

 

” A LEADER “

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Hello everyone!! Today the word Leader came to mind. The word leader has been in my vocabulary  since I can first recall hearing it.  In grade school the teacher would have us to play  “Follow the Leader ” game. We were to do whatever the leader would do. He are She would say: (Simon says do this are do that)…then they would say Simon says don’t do this are that. So if you did (Do) you would be fine,  (if) they say (Don’t), but you did it anyway, I do believe we were out of the game. LOL LOL I don’t know if you all have played that game. So anyway as I continue growing up. The word leader I notice that many people would rather be a leader. Not too many wanted to be followers. I would notice that they would get upset, and angry. Just to as a child I can recall many of the children wanted to be the Leader, then being the follower. (What’s Up!! with that?) For me I could go either way. So as years has passed on.  I have learned in years, that a leader are to make positive choices. But are we choosing to serve or to be served? I find that people worship leaders more than worshiping Jesus Christ. What do I mean about that? There are people don’t spend time with Him, unless they asking for something. Instead of giving Him Praise.

I find that Leaders are called to help people, not to kick them or bruise them. As leaders we need to be living a spiritual life, and not only in the ministry. I’m not saying that we are perfect. Because I have studied in (Romans 3:23) For ((all)) have sinned and fall short of the glory of God….As leaders our responsibility is to not stop serving Jesus Christ, just because someone says something nasty or ugly about us. Are that they don’t agree with us. There opinions, does not count, our opinions does not count with Jesus Christ. It is what He has to say!! His Thoughts, His Words matters.  He is a Great Leader. (Proverbs 3:5-6) Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways (acknowledge) Him, and He will make your paths straight.  I have seen leaders that do fail, because they can’t endure the persecution. (Matthew 5:10) Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

We who have been called to be leaders…It can not be our way; It must be the way of the LORD. We can not go and change His word to please others. Nor are we not to judge one another.(Matthew 7:1) ” Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” Again we ((All)) will give an account for what He is seeing, and hearing us do before Him. Now (if) we say we do believe He is who He is. We would know that He is Alive, He is not Dead. A lie that comes from the devil. If we are Son’s and Daughter’s of Jesus Christ. We would know in our hearts that He is Faithful, and that He will continue fulfilling what He said that He will do. So may we all stay focus on Him. You and I will be standing before Him. So ask yourself are you a leader, were you call to be one? We must be very careful who are whom we are following. I do know that I must continue following the one who loves me, and cares for me. So when we do make mistakes. He does not condemn us. (John 3:17)  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. (v.18) Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. [His Word said this.] Well I do hope you were blessed, and encourage. Grace & Mercy

Betty Jo

Keep Your Priorities Straight. Matthew 6:19-21

 

” Love From A Single Woman Perspective “

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Hello everyone!! Happy Bless Valentine to each and every one of you. I’m setting here at my work table. I have been busy since this morning. We all know today is Valentine Day. To be really truthful!! Valentine is everyday to me and for me. I know there are many people who are sharing their love with their partners. And that is beautiful!! I’m a single woman and I wanted to share as a single woman my own perspective about love. I finally at my age know just what true love is. You don’t have to wait at my age to find the true perspective about true love. I’m not talking about the worldly love. There is a huge difference. I have been on both side of the coin. There is (Love) and there is (Lust.) Sometimes we get it twisted. I know I had, because I didn’t know the difference, and if someone was trying to tell me, I was to stubborn to listen, and to accept. It was when  Jesus Christ had shown me what true love is. (John 3:16) For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:17) For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Now  that tells me all about what love is. Because I didn’t have to do anything out of sin to get His love. I was already laying in it. He has shown me my worth. Sometimes we really don’t know our worth. That we deserve to be value. So we ladies must value ourselves, you don’t wait for someone to value you. You must value you, and once you value you, they will see that.  That is what I would love for the man whom God is preparing me for. Because He is going to know my worth. Because He will know who and whom Jesus Christ is. He wont have to trick me, he want have to lie to me, he wont have to say the words that he believe will get me, and he wont have to be concern about what someone else think are say about us. Because it will be about pleasing God, and not people. Love is I’m here for you, I will respect you, I will love you whether you are not perfect. We are here for one another and we are going to do this with the blessing of our Lord and Savior. So as a single woman I do love me, I will not short cut myself. I will not stop loving me, and if there be no one else ever love me. I will Love me!! and know that God loves you. And let’s be joyful for those who are united with the one whom they love and they love them. Don’t ((Hate)) that’s not good. I can talk so much on this topic, but I wont. I’m hoping you will get something positive out of this. Buy yourself some flowers, if you can single women. Take yourself to a movie, are connected to a Netflix movie; etc. there are so many things that we can do for ourselves and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Wait on that special person whom God is preparing for you. Allow Him to direct your path, He knows who is for you, and who is not. So be joyful and say: I love Me!! Jesus Christ love’s Me!! People who are my family and friends, love Me!! Happy Bless Valentine To all the Married and Single Ladies. Valentine Day Is Everyday!! Not Just One Day!! Do you agree????

Betty Jo

” Thank You!! Jesus Christ…We Thank  You For Your Unconditional LOVE.” 🙂

 

Daily Devotional – 2/8/17 “Wounded but not out!”

I May Have Been Wounded but I’m Not Out!! Thank You!! Jesus Christ. Amen!! Amen!!

Kisha's Daily Devotional

You want to know why you feel like you do. Want to know why you can’t seem to get through. You really want to know why you wake up refreshed and energized but it doesn’t last. It’s because you’ve been wounded and instead of getting help, you’ve tried to fix it yourself. So now you’re trying to hide but bleeding over everything. You’re trying to push but you’re getting weak because you can’t replace what you’ve lost. You’ve even tried to stitch yourself up only to end up infected and feeling worse. On the verge of dying spiritually because you are too stubborn to admit, you can’t do it by yourself. Depressed and suicidal because you’re hurting and don’t know how to make it stop. Beloved, you’re wounded and you need help. Stop running. Although you were hurt at one church, online ministry won’t fix you. You need to attach…

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