Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Becoming a credible witness for Jesus

"God sent a man, John the Baptist,  to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony."
(John 1:6-7 NLT)

“In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
(John 18:37 NIV)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Do not love life too much

"Do not love or cherish the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him.

For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things]—these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself]."
(1John 2:15-16 AMP)

Monday, December 29, 2014

You fulfilled your promise

"And prompted by the [Holy] Spirit, Simeon came into the temple [enclosure]; and when the parents brought in the little child Jesus to do for Him what was customary according to the Law, [Simeon] took Him up in his arms and praised and thanked God."
(Luke 2:27-28 AMP)

"(Lord, now let your servant go in peace;  your word has been fulfilled: my own eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the sight of every people, a light to reveal you to the nations, and the glory of your people Israel.” (Luke 2: 29)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Fear the Lord Honor your Parents

"God sets a father in honor over his children; a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons.
Whoever honors his father atones for sins,
and preserves himself from them.
When he prays, he is heard;
he stores up riches who reveres his mother."(Sirach 3: 2-6)

"My son, be steadfast in honoring your father;
do not grieve him as long as he lives.  (Sirach 3 : 12)

A family that prays together stays together.

What is Kairos?

What is Kairos?

Kairos is History's moment when all is ready.
It is the fullness of time, God's appointed time for an event to happen.  God never acts arbitrarily.  Every event, every action of God happens in the Kairos moment.

In the fullness of time, Sarah gave birth to Isaac.  In God's Kairos moment,  John the Baptist was conceived.  Christ Jesus was born in the fullness of time.  It was History's moment when all was ready to receive the Lord of History.

The opposite of Kairos is Chronos.  Chronos is the human measurement of time.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

We see We hear We touch We believe

"We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ."   (1John 1:3 NLT)

The Apostles saw, heard and touched Jesus.  They gave a credible eye witness account of the Lord.  We believe because of their truthful testimony for which they gave their lives.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Let your face shine upon your servant

"Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, LORD, my faithful God."
(Psalm 31:3, 5 NIV)

" Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love."
(Psalm 31:16 NIV)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

At last God spoke to us through Jesus

"And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth."
(John 1:14 AMP)

Happy Birthday Jesus.  Thank you Emmanuel for sharing our humanity.  We love you so much!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Set us free from the hand of our enemies

"And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,  to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins."  (Luke 1:76-77 NIV)

“I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant,
He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, the Rock my Savior.’
I will maintain my love to him forever, and my covenant with him will never fail."
(Psalm 89: 3, 26, 28 NIV)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Prepare your heart Prepare the way

1   “Look! I am sending my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. Then the Lord you are seeking will suddenly come to his Temple. The messenger of the covenant, whom you look for so eagerly, is surely coming,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.
(Malachi 3:1 NLT)

O King of all nations and keystone of the Church; come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!

Monday, December 22, 2014

God has done great things for me

"What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me? [How can I repay Him for all His bountiful dealings?]"
(Psalm 116:12 AMP)

“Sir, do you remember me?” Hannah asked. “I am the woman who stood here several years ago praying to the LORD.  I asked the LORD to give me this boy, and he has granted my request.  Now I am giving him to the LORD, and he will belong to the LORD his whole life.” And they worshiped the LORD there."
(1 Samuel 1:26-28 NLT)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Abba Father My Son My Father

"And he will call out to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’
I will love him and be kind to him forever; my covenant with him will never end."
(Psalm 89:26, 28 NLT)

"I WILL sing of the mercy and loving-kindness of the Lord forever; with my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness from generation to generation".
(Psalm 89:1 AMP)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Ask Look for the sign this Christmas

"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel."  (Isaiah 7:14 NIV)

“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you."
(Luke 1:35 NLT)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Time for Prayer and Time for Answer

"But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him John."   (Luke 1:13 NLT)

"For my words will certainly be fulfilled at the proper time.”
(Luke 1:20 NLT)

"So has the Lord done for me at a time when he has seen fit to take away my disgrace before others.”  (Luke 1:25 NABRE)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Do not be afraid of Mary

"Behold, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel—which, when translated, means, God with us."   (Matthew 1:23 AMP)

“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."
(Matthew 1:20 NIV)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

All that is necessary

"All that is necessary is to accept everything, placing no obstacle in the way of its action but letting it accomplish its work.  All things are intended to guide, raise, and support you, and are in the hand of God whose action is vaster and more present than the elements of earth, air, and water." (John-Pierre de Caussade, SJ)

Rejoice for the LORD is coming

"Rejoice, O heavens, and exult, O earth, for our Lord will come to show mercy to his poor. (Cf Isaiah 49:13)

"Behold, the Desired of all the nations will come, and the house of the Lord will be filled with glory." (Haggai 2 :8)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Lord hears the cry of the poor

"Those who look to Jesus are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles."
(Psalm Ps 34:5-6 NIV)

"O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good! Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts and takes refuge in Him."
(Psalm 34:8 AMP)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Prepare to receive love and peace

"Come to us, Lord, and bring us peace.  We will rejoice in your presence and serve you with all our heart."  ( Cf. Ps 106 : 4-5; Isaiah 38: 3)

Jesus is coming soon.  No more fear.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Rejoice Always Give Thanks Always

"The one who calls you is faithful, and he will also accomplish it."
( 1 Thessalonians 5:24 NABRE)
If God is with you, it is accomplished.
Rejoice! God Never Fails!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Come Quickly Lord Jesus

"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End."
(Revelation 22:13 NIV)

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done."
(Revelation 22:12 NIV)


Friday, December 12, 2014

Do not be afraid

“Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again.  The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”
(Exodus 14:13-14 NLT)

“I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.”   (Luke 1:38 NLT)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Lord our God will help us

"For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.  Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you,” declares the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel."
(Isaiah 41:13-14 NIV)

If the Lord is with you, it is accomplished.

No fear. No worry. No doubt.
God Never Fails!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Lord gives strength to the weary

"Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;   but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
(Isaiah 40:30-31 NIV)

"Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."
(Matthew 11:28 NLT)

"Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me."
(Psalm 103:2 NLT)

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The Word of our God stands forever

"All flesh is grass, and all their glory like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower wilts, when the breath of the LORD blows upon it." (Isaiah 40: 6-7 NABRE)

Lord, we are nothing without You.

Monday, December 08, 2014

The Holy Spirit will come upon you

"But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God."
(Luke 1:30 NIV)

“The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God."
(Luke 1:35 NIV)

"Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.”    (Luke 1:38 NLT)

Sunday, December 07, 2014

All that happens to me

"All that happens to me therefore will be food for my nourishment, water for my cleansing, fire for my purification, and a channel of grace for all my needs. That which I might endeavor to find in other ways seeks me incessantly and gives itself to me through all creatures." (Jean-Pierre de Caussade, SJ)

Behold the Lamb of God

"Church, the Lord will come to save all nations, and your hearts will exult to hear His majestic voice."  (Isaiah 30: 19,30)

Father, remove sins, greed, fears, worries and doubts that hinder us from receiving Jesus with joy.

Behold the Lamb of God

"Church, the Lord will come to save all nations, and your hearts will exult to hear His majestic voice."  (Isaiah 30: 19,30)

Father, remove sins, greed, fears, worries and doubts that hinder us from receiving Jesus with joy.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

The Lord gives you the bread you need

"The Lord will be gracious to you when you cry out, as soon as he hears he will answer you.
The Lord will give you the bread you need and the water for which you thirst."  (Isaiah 30: 19-20 NABRE)

"Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
(Isaiah 30:21 NIV)

God's Presence, Provision and Protection are firm promises.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Whom should I fear?

"The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?"
(Psalm 27:1 NLT)

"Yet I am confident I will see the LORD’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.  Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.
(Psalm 27:13-14 NLT)

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Trust in Jesus forever

"So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages]."   (Isaiah 26:4 AMP)

"It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in people."  (Psalm 118:8 NLT)

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Give us today our daily bread

“I feel sorry for these people. They have been here with me for three days, and they have nothing left to eat. I don’t want to send them away hungry, or they will faint along the way.”
(Matthew 15:32 NLT)

"On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine— the best of meats and the finest of wines."  (Isaiah 25:6 NIV)

The Eucharist is the Source of the Increase in the Life of God in us.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Rejoice in the Holy Spirit

"And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him—the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the reverential and obedient fear of the Lord."
(Isaiah 11:2 AMP)

"The Lord is just; He will award the crown of justice to all who have longed for His coming."
(2 Timothy 4: 8)

Monday, December 01, 2014

O Come O Come Emmanuel

"Nations, hear the message of the Lord, and make it known to the ends of the earth.  Our Savior is coming.  Have no more fear."   (Jeremiah 31:10 ; Isaiah 35:4)

May Jesus find us waiting, eager in joyful prayer.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Make this the Best Christmas

"No ear has ever heard, no eye ever seen, any God but You doing such deeds for those who wait for Him." —(Isaiah 64:3)

"Christmas will be an exceptional grace or an opportunity sadly missed."  The key is preparation; as a new mother waits for the Day.

"Praise You, risen Jesus, Emmanuel, "God with us!"

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Be Vigilant through Prayer

"But give attention to yourselves, for fear that your hearts become over-full of the pleasures of food and wine, and the cares of this life, and that day may come on you suddenly, and take you as in a net."  (Luke 21:34 BBE)

"Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”   (Luke 21:36 NIV)

Friday, November 28, 2014

Here God lives among His people

"Yes, the sparrow has found a house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young—even Your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God."   (Psalm 84:3 AMP)

"Happy are they whose resting-place is in your house: they will still be praising you." (Psalm 84:4 BBE)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Give Thanks to God Bless His Name

"What can I offer the LORD for all he has done for me?"
(Psalm 116:12 NLT)

On Thanksgiving Day 2014, we come before You with gratitude for Your kindness: open our hearts for concern for our fellow men and women, so that we may share Your gifts in loving service.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

"I will give thanks to You with all my heart, O Lord, for You have answered me."  (Psalm 138: 1)
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Fear God Worship the Lamb

“Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations.   Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
(Revelation 15:3-4 NIV)

"Sing a new song to the LORD, for he has done wonderful deeds. His right hand has won a mighty victory; his holy arm has shown his saving power!"
(Psalm 98:1 NLT)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Remain faithful to Jesus till death

"Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown."
(Revelation 2:10 NIV)

"And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  (Matthew 28:20 NLT)

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Poor Widow the Collection Basket

"While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box.  Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins."
(Luke 21:1-2 NLT)

“Truly I tell you,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others."
(Luke 21:3)

The poor widow trusted in God to always provide for her.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Christ the King is Christ the Shepherd

"How worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and divinity, and wisdom and strength and honor.
To him belong glory and power for ever and ever." 
( Revelation 5: 12; 1: 6)

Only Jesus Christ can break the power of evil.
Hail Jesus Christ the King of the Universe!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sufficiency of Grace in the Present Moment

"The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need."   (Psalm 23:1 NLT)

"If all that happens to a soul abandoned to God is all that is necessary for it, then we can understand that nothing can be wanting to it, and that it should never pity itself, for this should be a want of faith and living according to reason and the senses which are never satisfied, as they cannot perceive the sufficiency of grace possessed by the soul."  (Jean-Pierre de Caussade, SJ)

The Lord trains me to fight

"Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle."
(Psalm 144:1 NIV)

"Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.  For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places."
(Ephesians 6:11-12 NLT)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Seek the LORD in His Sanctuary

"Then Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the people selling animals for sacrifices.   He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.”
(Luke 19:45-46 NLT)

"Every day Jesus was teaching at the temple."(Luke 19:47 NIV)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The slain Lamb will open the scroll

“You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation."
(Revelation 5:9 NLT)

Jesus Christ, the Lord of History Can and Will Open the Scroll of the History of the World.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Praise the Lord in His Sanctuary

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”   (Rev 4:11 NIV)

"Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD."   (Psalm 150:6 NIV)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Today salvation will come to your house

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends."
(Revelation 3:20 NLT)

"When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”
(Luke 19:5 NIV)