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Press On to Win the Prize…

Press onYou have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. Psalm 139:1-4

Paul writes, We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7:14-15, 7:21-25a

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-15

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away (getting old), yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen (Jesus), since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18


God doesn’t do things in a vacuum

One of life’s difficult experiences is to work for a boss who makes decisions in a vacuum. By that I mean that (s)he will make a decision without knowing all of the facts. Or, (s)he may put together a team to analyze all available data and recommend a course of action only to ignore the team and make the decision himself/herself – even while the team is still deliberating.

Another trait this type of boss tends to have is a lack of communication skills. He or she makes a decision and then doesn’t tell everyone who needs to know. So employees waste time, energy, and resources working on something that they have not been told is no longer supposed to happen.

This is a frustrating work environment, especially for those employees who are of the “make it happen” mentality. It is also a path to corporate failure.

Making decisions in a vacuum or failing to communicate decisions works in small shops, but as an organization grows, so does the need for decisions to be made and communicated in a quality manner. Otherwise, the organization will suffer and may find itself floundering as employees become less eager to make things happen or to expend mental energy on projects because, “The boss will just do what (s)he wants to anyway,” and, “I’m not doing anything with this because the boss will just change his/her mind again without telling me.”

The Bible paints a different picture of God. Amos recorded, “Surely the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.” And Micah writes, “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you, but to behave justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”

God wants you to know the important things for success in life. That is why He has given us the Bible. There He records the things we should do because they will make us better humans and the things we should not do because they are harmful to ourselves, our families, and our communities.

The most important things He tells us in the Bible is how to please Him and how we can have eternal life. He doesn’t change His mind about these matters and He hasn’t hidden them from us, but they are plainly evident in His word.

What we need to do is communicate with God by reading the Bible over and over again and ask God to grant us understanding.

The Way

God may seem like He is distant, but His thoughts can be known by reading the Bible

The Lord Almighty…

The Lord AlmightyWhen I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? Psalm 8:1-4

Who can fathom the Spirit of the Lord, or instruct the Lord as his counselor? Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge, or showed him the path of understanding? Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust. Isaiah 40:13-15

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you. Blessed (happy) are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. Psalm 89:14-15

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7

Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: “Power belongs to you, God, and with you, Lord, is unfailing love”; Psalm 62:8, 11-12a


The Real Meaning of Christmas

Over the years the real meaning of Christmas has lost it’s focus especially in Western societies.
The real meaning of Christmas is buried under a rumble of excessive drinking and eating and not least of all retail shopping. People will increase their credit cards and borrowing levels to purchase expensive gifts they cannot afford for love ones. Why? Parents feel pressured to buy the latest electronic gifts for their children because every parents are buying them for their children. If they refused to buy the newest gadgets they will be viewed as stingy and their children will feel embarrassed by their peer group. Parents will feel that their children are missing out even when they put themselves in huge debt.
Not only has the real meaning of Christmas changed, the word Christmas has changed too. Nowadays, some people have taken Christ out of Christmas and Christ has been replaced for the letter X. For some the word Christmas has been changed to the word Xmas. Xmas is a poor substitute for Christmas. Here, X has no value. It’s a way of reducing the significance of Christ in the Christmas activities and downplaying the real meaning of Christmas.
The real meaning of Christmas is summed up in the book of Isaiah.
In Isaiah chapter 9: 6 For unto us a Child is born; unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder. These will be his royal titles: “wonderful,” “Counsellor,” “The Mighty God,” “The Everlasting Father,”
“The Prince of Peace.” 7 His ever-expanding, peaceful government will never end. He will rule with perfect fairness and justice from the throne of his father David. He will bring true justice and peace to all the nations of the world. This is going to happen because the Lord of heaven’s armies has dedicated himself to do it!

A.G. Douglas is the author of a ebook called, ‘Your Change is Coming’ which is freely available to download from

The Lord’s prayer-God is omniscient

IN Matthew 6:8, Jesus Christ informs us that before we think, ponder, and ask anything, God the Father KNOWS our needs. The idea of the Father knowing our needs before speaks of omniscience. The point is manipulating appearances, prayers, and giving in attempt to get God to answer or bless us would not work. Now let us approach the first part of prayer in Matthew 6:9.

Jesus Christ wants his audience to approach God as Father. The term Father is not a name, but a title. It means SOURCE. Christ wants them to direct their prayers to the Father in heaven. God the Father has established His throne in heaven and Jesus Christ directs prayers upward. In the world, Jesus always directs His prayers to heaven. So, He is teaching people to imitate Him. The Source is in heaven.
Then, Jesus Christ informs us to worship, honor, and adore the NAME of our heavenly Father. The Greek transliteration of the word NAME is called ANOMA. It means Character or Authority. The Father has ultimate authority; that is why Jesus instructs us to pray toward heaven to the Father. Then, the character of God has to do with the nature or essence. Some of the divine characters are omniscient, omnipotent, just, kind, love, etc. I want to argue that Matthew 6:8 gives the context for the type of attribute Jesus is emphasizing here in the term NAME. In verse 8, it indicates that God the Father is OMNISCIENT because He knows what our needs are before we think, ponder, and ask. It follows that Jesus wants us to honor and glorify the NAME or Omniscience of the Father in verse 9. There is nothing wrong with glorifying all the attributes of the Father. But the context of the chapter seems to point to the omniscience of the Father. Jesus is instructing us to direct our prayers to the Father in heaven, how the Father deserves to be honor because He is omniscient over all of our prayers. This is comforting and encouraging because we do not need to impress or gain praises from others when we pray. We need to know when we attribute the glory to the Father in our private prayers; we would be rewarded before God.
Next time, we will discuss the second part of the prayer in Matthew 6:10. Please, remember, the Father is in heaven for reason and we need to continue to exalt the name or omniscient of the Father.

The Lord’s Prayer-Introduction 2

The Lord’s Prayer is found in two books: Matthew and Luke. The prayer is singular, but the prayer was given in two contexts or settings. Let us focus on the first context in Matthew Chapter 6. Jesus Christ in previous chapter was sharing with the multitude and teaching them. Then, in chapter 6, He warns his audience about wrong attitudes, motives or ways of giving or praying. Since the focus on this series is prayer, Jesus Christ lists dangerous things we should not do when we pray and the right actions to take when we pray (Matthew 6:5-8). Things not to do are praying to get attention from others and using repetitive phrases. These people think that by engaging in these behaviors, they are able to manipulate or twist the hand of God to grant them success to prayers. On the other hand, Jesus Christ admonishes us that we should pray privately and commune with our God. It is not necessary for us to manipulate our prayers in attempt to get something from God because God knows what we need before we ask. In other words, God is giving insights to believers that the triune God is omniscient and it is not necessary in trying to inform God using repetitive words. From this, we learn that prayer is not depend on how impressive our words are or based on self-righteousness egotistical attitudes. Prayer is grace-driven embedded in the attitude of being humble before omnipotent, omniscient, and majestic character of God. It is true that human beings can manipulate each other, but we are serving triune God who cannot be manipulated.

Now we move to the next setting or environment in which Jesus Christ repeated the Lord’s Prayer in Luke 11:1. In this setting, there was no major audience. It was Jesus Christ and His disciples spending quality time together. Jesus Christ had just completed his personal prayer. Interestingly, He was consistent with his own teachings about privately spending time with our heavenly Father. He did not try to impress His disciples with heavenly driven words. There was a disciple who asked Jesus Christ about teaching all the disciples to pray. The twelve disciples were around when Jesus Christ introduced the Lord’s Prayer to the multitude. They might have thought that by asking Jesus Christ to teach them to pray, Jesus Christ would teach them different prayer. This idea is possible because the question pose to Jesus referred to John the Baptist and his disciples. The disciples of Jesus wanted Jesus to fulfill the same responsibility as John. For example, they argued John taught his disciples to pray, so they wanted Jesus Christ to do the same thing for them. But Jesus had already taught them the prayer in another setting with many people. Maybe, they were expecting something different.

The next time, we will look at parts of the prayer one at a time. Let Us Pray.

THE LORD’S PRAYER SERIES (Matthew 6:5-14; Luke 11:1-13)

Introduction (Matthew 6:5-7; Luke 11:1)

Prayer was essential and beneficial for Jesus Christ. Likewise, since we are representatives or ambassadors of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, prayer is vital, advantageous, and healthy for our bodies, spirit and soul. What is prayer? It has to do with communication and communion between an individual and God. Christians do affirm the premise that prayer is two-way street and not one directional communication.

What is two-way prayer communication? It is clear from scripture that our prayers should be directed toward the throne of the heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. For example, when Jesus Christ prayed, he looked up and directed his prayers to our heavenly Father. So, as we express our thoughts, emotions, feelings, concepts, and requests to God, we are fulfilling one-way communication toward God. In my Christian walk, I have heard how people adamantly convey that after I pray, I must and should stay silent and wait to hear from God. The idea behind waiting before God, according to them, means that I have to wait to hear audible voice of God. As we share and finish our responsibility of communicating with God, how does God fulfill “responsibility” in communicating with us? The answer to this question consists of two elements. First, God has already spoken to us via the Old Testament. In addition, God ultimately has communicated with us by way of Jesus Christ in the New Testament.

Interestingly, from Genesis to Malachi, we have varieties of God’s voice demonstrated in the past. Matter of fact, after the death of Malachi, God stopped communicating with human beings for 400 hundred years. People prayed and prayed, but God did not communicate with his people in extraordinary ways. I think it is because people expected God to continuously communicate, through signs and wonders, with them every day. For 400 hundred years, people were asking God to speak to them. God is infinitely genius; God had already spoken to people through the writings from Genesis to Malachi. There were so many wisdoms, teachings, laws, answers, and communicating responses to prayers.

In the New Testament, God began to lay the ultimate way of communicating with us, which is through Jesus Christ. It is important to indicate that people whom God spoke to were imperfect men and women possessing human sinful nature. But, God the Father speaks to us today through Jesus (the human being) Christ (divine being) possessing no sinful nature and demonstrating the character and nature of the triune God. Jesus Christ embodies God-Man. He lived, walked, spoke and gave us the New Testament by giving His words and voices to apostles of Christianity. Everybody who came after Jesus Christ and His apostles with contrary voices or words were liars and deceivers. These examinations are footnotes to what follows next.

The Bible is inspired by God, specifically, by the Holy Spirit. As we grow in our relationship with our heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit, we grow in our understanding of the inspired words of God. Becoming stronger Christians mean that we are learning as much about the quality and biblical teachings of Jesus Christ from the Old and New Testaments. As we communicate with God and are silent, the inspired words of Bible answer, direct, comfort, rebuke, instruct, encourage, build, strengthen, transform, conform, etc. God’s words from the Bible can become audible voices in our minds and souls. Therefore, we can say that God speak to us audibly through His words in the Bible and we gain understanding by right interpretation of scriptures.

The Way…

The WayIn the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality. Proverbs 12:28

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father (God) except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” 

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? John 14:5-9a

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples (followers)Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12


A son belongs to it forever

“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8: 31-32) Jesus is speaking to the Jews who believe Him that if you hold to my teachings you are my true disciples. The Lord says that if we obey His words we will know the truth and the truth will set you free. Every word is God’s word in the Bible if you read, reflect and obey these words then this truth will set you free. My time in the word has changed me through the scriptures the Spirit of Jesus Christ has convicted, revealed, and loves me. The truth has set me free to live each day at a time for others and not for myself.

They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:33-36) A son holds to the teaching of Jesus Christ and obeys the truth and is set free and a son forever. But, the man who does not hold the truth and does what he wants is a slave of sin and he has no place in the family. The Son speaks of Jesus Christ and anyone who obeys the truth in the word and repents and believes on Jesus Christ will be free indeed. (Acts 11:21; 17:30)

“I know you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are ready to kill me, because you have no room for my word. I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you do what you have heard from your father.” (John 8:37-38)  The Jews through the years took on more than was given to them by Moses. We like to add instructions or policies into our church doctrines that are not written in the Bible. So, when someone starts sharing the gospel we are on the offensive because we are no longer following you’re made up rules. You have no room for the true word that was given from the Father; you have only room for your father’s word.

“Abraham is our father,” they answered.

“If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would do the things Abraham did. As it is, you are determined to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things. You are doing the things your own father does.” (John 8:39-41) These Jews could not see or hear because they didn’t recognize that Jesus Christ was the Messiah for they had no eyes to see or ears to hear. For their love of power and the things that power in detail blinded them to the truth. The word says but their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but they cannot see; they have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but they cannot smell; they have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk; nor can they utter a sound with their throats. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them. (Psalm 115:4-8) We will be like these men when we worship rules and regulation within our churches instead of the truth within the pages of our Bibles.

“We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.”

Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but He sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!” (John 8:42-45) Again, they could not hear if they wanted to because they lived and breathe the law and their own desires. Because their hearts were far from God they were listening to the father of lies. The voice of Jesus Christ couldn’t get through and unrepentant heart that thirst for law. There are people in our congregations who want to go by the book and normally this book is outside the truth. They will not back down because their way is right and your way is wrong. These people do not know or love Jesus Christ their Father but their love is in justice and their father is Satan.

“Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” (John 8:46-47) No one could prove that Jesus Christ was in sin. True believers were hearing but the ones who belong to Satan could not hear because their heart was not right. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.

Do you belong to God? Or do you belong to Satan?

Do you hear the Father, he calls for you. Do not harden your heart? God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave (to sin), but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir. (Galatians 4:4-7)

The word says if you believe in Jesus Christ His only Son, (you) shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

Thank you, Jesus that I am no longer a slave to sin but a son in the family of God. Thank you, Father for your love for me that you sent your Son to redeem me. I pray for the family of God that we read the truth and obey the truth so that we can be counted as your disciples. The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want for anything but you dear Lord. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He makes me read His word and obey His precepts so that you can lead me beside the still waters, he restores my soul. (Psalm 23:1-2) Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. (Psalm 51:10-12) Guide me in paths of righteousness for His name sake. Guide me to the paths that lead me to your truths and great mercy so that even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Even though my day is full with struggles and though the people you surround me are your enemies you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house forever. (Psalm 23:3-6) In Jesus Christ name I pray; Amen.


The Word of Life…

The Word of LifeThat which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life (Jesus) appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father (God) and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:1-3

But your dead will live, Lord; their bodies will rise—let those who dwell in the dust wake up and shout for joy—your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead. Isaiah 26:19

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26

After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. John 17:1-5

AMEN!!!  … spread the Word

Hiking to waterfalls





The Great Smokey Mountains National Park is one of my favorite paces to visit. I enjoy the hiking trails, especially the ones that lead to waterfalls.

On our most recent visit, I hiked with family members to some of the water falls. One of the more interesting ones was our hike to Rainbow Falls. Classified by the Park Service as a moderately difficult hike, it took us a couple of hours to make it up the rugged terrain and around the numerous switchbacks to one of them. We didn’t hike non-stop. We took time to view the scenery, take pictures in a hollow log, walk behind another waterfall on the way, and climb over boulders and fallen trees just off the trail.

There were other people along the trail. Some were taking self-made shortcuts. Others were resting. Some had decided to quit and go back. There were others who were on a different trail. One guy that passed us was jogging up the trail. Amazing. In spite of roots, rocks, muddy spots, and an uphill grade, he wasn’t even breathing hard.

There was another waterfall along the trail to Rainbow Falls. It was pretty. I even walked behind it. If you didn’t have a clear understanding of what your destination was or knew where you were on the path you could easily be deceived into believing you were at Rainbow Falls when in fact , you would be well short of it.

Regardless of what we were doing or what others did, the reality was there was only one trail to Rainbow Falls. Whether you tried a self-made shortcut, or you stopped for photos, or you got off the trail to explore, the only way to the falls was to get back on that trail and follow it.

We also went to Grotto Falls. The path was easier and the distance was shorter than the trail to Rainbow Falls. However, there were the same similarities. There was only one way to Grotto Falls and there were fewer opportunities to take side paths.

There are those who want to say the way to heaven is like multiple trails on a mountain. We’re all headed to the same destination, but we haven’t all chosen the same path and therefore, any religion is just as good as another. That sounds good, but it is a fallacy.

If you want to get to Rainbow Falls or Grotto Falls you can’t take any trail you want in the Great Smokey Mountains, because they don’t all lead there. You can try other routes and shortcuts and scenic by-passes, but unless you get back on the trail that leads to the falls, you won’t make it.

Jesus said He was the way, the truth, and the light and that no one makes to God except through Him. He warned us that there was another path. He called it the broad way, but He said it leads to destruction. He said only the narrow way – His way – leads to eternal life.

Don’t be deceived by those who would point you down another path or who would suggest a destination that is short of the goal or convince you to turn around because the way is too difficult. The journey to Grotto Falls wasn’t as difficult as the one to Rainbow Falls, but it wasn’t easy either. It wasn’t an easy journey for us to Rainbow Falls, but when we got there, it was worth it all.

If you are trying another way, or if you have decided to go on your own shortcut or if you have gotten distracted by the scenery or listened to someone who is pointing you in a different direction, I plead with you to follow the path Jesus taught. How do you get on the path? The Four Spiritual Laws is a guide to the beginning.

Act of Kindness

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven Matthew 15:16).”
It is not the norm to offer your seat to a complete stranger on a passenger train. Male chivalry is frown upon. People will stare at you on the train, they will think that you are an oddball. Remember, it’s the 21st Century, we don’t do that anymore. We are all equal under the same law. According to our unwritten rules’ you shouldn’t have to give up your seat to anyone.There is an assumption by others that you are giving someone preferential treatment which makes you feel even more afraid to show act of kindness. Most people will go with the direction of crowd as they don’t want to be singled out by others as deviant. But, they will be missing out on the impact of what they would have made on the stranger’s life by act of kindness. One of the many benefits of act of kindness is that the person’s heart will be opened towards you. The person will appreciate your act of kindness. You are different from the other passengers on the train. Kindness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is working from the inside to outside of you which makes you different. The stranger will see the Christ working from the inside of you. The stranger will begin to trust you enough to share with you his well being and life’s journey. You will be able develop a relationship with the person to share the gospel. Lastly,it is God who is bringing the stranger to you. You will be surprise to Know how much you share with the stranger. Let the Holy Spirit prompt you to give up your seat.

Everlasting Grace…

Everlasting GraceJesus said “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again.  John 10:14-15, 17

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. John 10:27-28

On this mountain he (God) will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. The Lord has spoken. Isaiah 25:7-8

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. Revelation 21:3-7


Back to Church

There is a growing number of Christians who are looking for a church which tick all the boxes. If the church don’t meet their expectations they will vote with their feet. In other words, they have decided not to go to church for a variety of reasons. Here are some of reasons given. Someone in the church said something to upset me? They are not singing hymns in church anymore? They think they are spiritual better than me? The church is not giving me a platform to teach or to lead the praise and worship team? No what the issue is you are not having fellowship with other Christians and you need to humble yourself before God will exalt you. The longer you are away from church, the harder it will be for you to return to church. You are not invincible. You can’t serve God on your own. We all need encouragement from fellow Christians without any shadow of doubt. Moses needed Hur and Aaron to support him as cited in Exodus 17 verses 9-12.
The psalmist wrote,”I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord(Psalm 122:1).” The Lord inhabit the praise of his people. Finally, Jesus said,”For where two and three have gathered in My name, I am there in their midst. The question is we are all parts of the body of Christ and your eyes need your head and your hands need your arms. Are you getting the message? we need each other. Great things will happen when we are together. For example, when the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them (Act 2:1-4). Are you getting the message? You need fellowship and God has given each member of the body a gift to minister to you. He will speak to you through someone else speaking His word and by a prophecy. So why don’t you to make time this Sunday to return to church to hear His words.
(A.G.Douglas is the author of ‘Your Change is Coming’. A free Ebook from Smashword, Barnes and Noble iBook and Kobo. etc)

Fulfilling Prophesy…

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(Isaiah was written around 800 years before Christ)

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor (in spirit). He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favorIsaiah 61:1-2a

Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.

He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Isaiah 61:1-2)

Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him.  He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:14-21

Jesus said, You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, John 5:39

He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. Luke 24:44-45