Saturday, August 01, 2015

They ate and were satisfied but forgot

Jesus fed 5000.  The people had their fill but soon forgot the miracle.

"Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people.  They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers."
(Matthew 14:19-20 NLT)

"But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
(Matt 4:4 NLT)

Friday, July 31, 2015

Jesus is truly the Bread of Life

God who knows exactly what we need, created us for Himself.  Nothing in this world will ever satisfy us but God Himself.  (St Augustine)

"Jesus replied, I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never be hungry, and he who believes in and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me will never thirst any more (at any time)."
(John 6:35 AMP)

"But He replied, It has been written, Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God."
(Matthew 4:4 AMP)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Are you ready for persecution?

No servant is greater than his Lord.  If they persecuted Jesus, what do you expect?  Don't be afraid!

"Herod had John beheaded; John’s disciples came and told Jesus."  (Matthew 14: 10, 12 RM)

"Blessed and happy and enviably fortunate and spiritually prosperous (in the state in which the born-again child of God enjoys and finds satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of his outward conditions) are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake (for being and doing right), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!"
(Matthew 5:10 AMP)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Carpenter’s Son

For much of 30 years, Jesus worked as a carpenter.  First as an apprentice then as self-employed carpenter.  His humility was evident to all.

"Where did this Man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? 
Is not this the carpenter’s Son? Is not His mother called Mary?"
(Matthew 13: 54 - 55 AMP)

Jesus the carpenter was a self-employed business man.  He knew first hand the joys and frustrations of self-employment.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Worship the Lord is His Sanctuary

How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!

"Blessed they who dwell in your house!
   continually they praise you.
Blessed the men whose strength you are!
They go from strength to strength."

How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!

"I had rather one day in your courts
   than a thousand elsewhere;
I had rather lie at the threshold of the house of my God
   than dwell in the tents of the wicked."
(Psalm 84: 4 - 5, 10 RM) 

The hidden treasure in your backyard

What do you do if you find by chance a hidden treasure?  The Gospel is the hidden treasure in your backyard.

"God's kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field for years and then accidentally found by a trespasser. The finder is ecstatic—what a find!—and proceeds to sell everything he owns to raise money and buy that field."  (Matthew 13:44 MSG)

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Lord is kind and merciful to all

God reveals Himself to us so that as we get to know Him better, we may come to trust that He really cares for us.

“Yahweh! The LORD! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.  I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin.”
(Exodus 34:6-7 NLT)

Mary the Virgin

The statue of Mary the Virgin with the Infant Jesus

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The small beginning of the work of grace in the soul

The work of grace in the soul follows the principle of the mustard seed.  Small steps.  Small beginnings.  Silently.  Steady progress.

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.  Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”   (Matt 13:31-32 NIV)