Saturday, August 08, 2015

A grain of wheat must die

Lord prune us to bear more fruit in your Vineyard.

"Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain."  (John 12:24 NKJV)

"I AM the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser.   Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit."   (John 15: 1-2 AMP)

Friday, August 07, 2015

My God is my Rock and my Strength

Fear God and deeply respect Him.

“Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone.  And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength."  (Deuteronomy 6:4-5 NLT)

"Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name."  (Deuteronomy 6:13 NIV)

Thursday, August 06, 2015

The Eucharist is food for the Journey

The Eucharist is food for the Journey and the medicine of immortality.

"He got up, ate, and drank;
then strengthened by that food,
he walked forty days and forty nights to the mountain of God, Horeb." (2 Kings 19: 8)

"I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord;
whoever eats this bread will live forever."  (John 6: 51)

"The angel of the LORD encamps
around those who fear him and delivers them.
Taste and see how good the LORD is; blessed the man who takes refuge in Him."  (Psalm 34: 8 - 9)

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Way of the Cross leads to Life

The down payment of the cost of discipleship has been made by Jesus.  Do not be afraid!

"Then Jesus went to work on his disciples. "Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You're not in the driver's seat I am. Don't run from suffering, embrace it. Follow me and I'll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself;  your true self. What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?"
(Matthew 16:24 - 26 MSG)

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

The Message is Reliable

Don't be scandalized by the compromised messenger.  The Message is utterly Reliable.

We did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

"Moreover, we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable.
You will do well to be attentive to it,
as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts."
(2 Peter 1: 16, 19 NABRE)

Monday, August 03, 2015

A Woman of Great Faith

God shows His very best to those who trust Him.

"Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David!
My daughter is tormented by a demon.”  (Matthew 15: 22 RM)

"Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment."
(Matthew 15:28 NIV)

"No unbelief or distrust made Abraham waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God. "
(Romans 4:20 AMP)

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Beware of criticizing God's servants

Today it appears smart to criticize our religious leaders.  They may appear stupid in our opinion but remember who is their Boss:  How do you know you are listening to Jesus?  (Luke 10: 16)

"I speak to him face to face, clearly, and not in riddles! He sees the LORD as he is. So why were you not afraid to criticize my servant Moses?”   (Numbers 12:8 NLT)

"Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins.   Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin.   For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night."  (Psalm 51:1-3 NLT)