Saturday, April 30, 2016

We are sorry that people without authority are upsetting and confusing you.

Authority is core to the life and survival of the Church.

"This is the letter they took along with them:
“From: The apostles, elders and brothers at Jerusalem.

“To: The Gentile brothers in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia. Greetings!"

"We heard that some men from our church went to you and said things that confused and upset you. Mind you, they had no authority from us; we didn’t send them. We have agreed unanimously to pick representatives and send them to you with our good friends Barnabas and Paul. We picked men we knew you could trust, Judas and Silas—they’ve looked death in the face time and again for the sake of our Master Jesus Christ. We’ve sent them to confirm in a face-to-face meeting with you what we’ve written." (Acts 15: 24 -  27 MSG)

It is the will of Jesus Christ that the Church be constituted to function under proper authority: "Apostles and Elders."

Friday, April 29, 2016

If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.

If you have decided to follow Jesus, be prepared for trials.

"Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’   If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.  If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.   They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me."
(John 15: 20 -  21 NIV)

“Get up and prepare for action.
Go out and tell them everything I tell you to say.
Do not be afraid of them, or I will make you look foolish in front of them. For see, today I have made you strong like a fortified city that cannot be captured, like an iron pillar or a bronze wall.
You will stand against the whole land — the kings, officials, priests, and people of Judah.
They will fight you, but they will fail.
For I am with you, and I will take care of you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” (Jeremiah 1: 17 - 19 NLT)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

I will bear witness to You in the world O Jesus!

"You did not choose me; I chose you. And I ·gave you this work: [appointed you]to go and produce fruit, fruit that will ·last[remain; abide]. Then the Father will give you anything you ask for in my name."  (John 15: 16 EXB)

"I will bear witness to You in the world O Lord.  I will spread the knowledge of Your name among my brothers and sisters.  (Psalm 17: 50 ; 21:23 RM)

Happy Feast Day St Catherine of Sienna, Virgin and Doctor of the Church.

My sheep hear my voice and they follow Me.

"Jesus said to his disciples:
“As the Father loves me, so I also love you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love,
   just as I have kept my Father’s commandments
   and remain in his love.

“I have told you this so that
   my joy might be in you and
   your joy might be complete.”  (John 15: 9-11 RM)

What are the commandments of Jesus?  Principally, the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Receive My Peace and Live in My Peace.

"Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]"   (John 14:27 AMP)

"Let the peace ·that Christ gives [of Christ] ·control [rule; arbitrate] your ·thinking [hearts], because you were all called together in one body [the church as the body of Christ] to have peace. Always be thankful."
(Colossians 3:15 EXB)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Jesus give us a child-like mind and spirit.

"Clothe yourselves with humility
in your dealings with one another, for:  God opposes the proud but bestows favor on the humble.

So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,
"that he may exalt you in due time.
Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you."  (1Peter 5: 5-6  NABRE)

Be sober and vigilant through prayer and the word of God.