Grace of God Sunday, Jan 24 2016 

Grace of God

The grace of God is manifold.

1 Peter 4: 10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

This means that it has various forms.

Luke 2: 40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

The grace of God was upon Jesus as a child.

Acts 11: 23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.

24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.

The grace of God is upon us at conversion.

Acts 13: 42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath.

43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.

44 And the next Sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.

The grace of God comes from hearing the word of God.

Acts 15: 36 And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do.

37 And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark.

38 But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work.

39 And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;

40 And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God.

41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.

The grace of God goes with us when we travel.

Acts 20: 22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:

23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesses in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.

24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.

26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.

27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

The grace of God is with us in afflictions, while preaching, while witnessing, while teaching. This is the gospel-God’s grace on us.

Romans 5: 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.

17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

By grace we are saved through faith in Jesus. Grace is a gift God gives to all who trust in Jesus.

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1 Corinthians 1:4

I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;

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1 Corinthians 3:10

According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

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1 Corinthians 15:10

But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

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2 Corinthians 1:12

For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.

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2 Corinthians 6:1

We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

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2 Corinthians 8:1

Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;

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2 Corinthians 9:14

And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.

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Galatians 2:21

I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

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Ephesians 3:2

If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

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Ephesians 3:7

Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

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Colossians 1:6

Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

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Titus 2:11

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

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Hebrews 2:9

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

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Hebrews 12:15

Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

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1 Peter 4:10

As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

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1 Peter 5:12

By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.

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Word of God Saturday, Jan 23 2016 

 

There are people who are really into the WORD. They read their bibles every day and go away forgetting what they just read.

Deuteronomy 11:17-21The Message (MSG)

16-17 But be vigilant, lest you be seduced away and end up serving and worshiping other gods and God erupts in anger and shuts down Heaven so there’s no rain and nothing grows in the fields, and in no time at all you’re starved out—not a trace of you left on the good land that God is giving you.

18-21 Place these words on your hearts. Get them deep inside you. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder. Teach them to your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning until you fall into bed at night. Inscribe them on the doorposts and gates of your cities so that you’ll live a long time, and your children with you, on the soil that God promised to give your ancestors for as long as there is a sky over the Earth.

It is when the WORD is in you that the power of Christ comes out. When the WORD is in you it comes to remembrance right at the perfect moment to comfort and encourage.

John 5:37-40The Message (MSG)

34-38 “But my purpose is not to get your vote, and not to appeal to mere human testimony. I’m speaking to you this way so that you will be saved. John was a torch, blazing and bright, and you were glad enough to dance for an hour or so in his bright light. But the witness that really confirms me far exceeds John’s witness. It’s the work the Father gave me to complete. These very tasks, as I go about completing them, confirm that the Father, in fact, sent me. The Father who sent me, confirmed me. And you missed it. You never heard his voice, you never saw his appearance. There is nothing left in your memory of his Message because you do not take his Messenger seriously.

39-40 “You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you’ll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me!And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren’t willing to receive from me the life you say you want.

Abiding in the WORD is the natural state of the Christian. Their testimony has Christ in it. You may be the only bible that some people read. When Jesus was in the world He spoke of himself to the people but now we are living in the world and it is our job to testify of him also.

John 8:36-38The Message (MSG)

34-38 Jesus said, “I tell you most solemnly that anyone who chooses a life of sin is trapped in a dead-end life and is, in fact, a slave. A slave is a transient, who can’t come and go at will. The Son, though, has an established position, the run of the house. So if the Son sets you free, you are free through and through. I know you are Abraham’s descendants. But I also know that you are trying to kill me because my message hasn’t yet penetrated your thick skulls. I’m talking about things I have seen while keeping company with the Father, and you just go on doing what you have heard from your father.”

Here we have Jesus explaining that the WORD of God is abiding in his people not in the people of the enemy that seek to kill and destroy. The more you have Christ in your heart the more you have his WORD in you.

John 15:6-8The Message (MSG)

5-8 “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.

Jesus explains that it is his WORD abiding in us that gives us the power to do His good will and work. When we share the WORD with others we are sharing Christ in us with others. That part of the Holy Spirit that is in you comes out for all to see.

Acts 20:32The Message (MSG)

32 “Now I’m turning you over to God, our marvelous God whose gracious Word can make you into what he wants you to be and give you everything you could possibly need in this community of holy friends.

The WORD sanctifies us. It cleanses us. It purifies our hearts and minds. It does a work on us. We need to allow the Word to do its’ work in us. We are His workmanship. He is changing us by his WORD.

Ephesians 5:25-28The Message (MSG)

25-28 Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They’re really doing themselves a favor—since they’re already “one” in marriage.

When the WORD is in us the very best of us is brought out. Our lives show the evidence of our changed nature. We become radiant with holiness. We are “One” in the Spirit. We are “One” in the LORD.

2 Corinthians 6:6-10The Message (MSG)

Staying at Our Post

1-10 Companions as we are in this work with you, we beg you, please don’t squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us. God reminds us,

I heard your call in the nick of time; The day you needed me, I was there to help.

Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped. Don’t put it off; don’t frustrate God’s work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we’re doing. Our work as God’s servants gets validated—or not—in the details. People are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly . . . in hard times, tough times, bad times; when we’re beaten up, jailed, and mobbed; working hard, working late, working without eating; with pure heart, clear head, steady hand; in gentleness, holiness, and honest love; when we’re telling the truth, and when God’s showing his power; when we’re doing our best setting things right; when we’re praised, and when we’re blamed; slandered, and honored; true to our word, though distrusted; ignored by the world, but recognized by God; terrifically alive, though rumored to be dead; beaten within an inch of our lives, but refusing to die; immersed in tears, yet always filled with deep joy; living on handouts, yet enriching many; having nothing, having it all.

The WORD of truth approves us as God’s ministers to the saints in Christ. It does not matter what state we are found in so long as we are found in Him. His WORD abides in us.

1 Timothy 4:4-10The Message (MSG)

Teach with Your Life

1-5 The Spirit makes it clear that as time goes on, some are going to give up on the faith and chase after demonic illusions put forth by professional liars. These liars have lied so well and for so long that they’ve lost their capacity for truth. They will tell you not to get married. They’ll tell you not to eat this or that food—perfectly good food God created to be eaten heartily and with thanksgiving by believers who know better! Everything God created is good, and to be received with thanks. Nothing is to be sneered at and thrown out. God’s Word and our prayers make every item in creation holy.

6-10 You’ve been raised on the Message of the faith and have followed sound teaching. Now pass on this counsel to the followers of Jesus there, and you’ll be a good servant of Jesus. Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion. Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart. This is why we’ve thrown ourselves into this venture so totally. We’re banking on the living God, Savior of all men and women, especially believers.

Over and over throughout the bible it tells us it is the WORD in us that brings about the changes that mark us as His. We need to take seriously the admonition to be doers of the WORD and not hearers only. Being exercised by the WORD. His WORD is life. We are living “for” God.

Hebrews 4:12The Message (MSG)

12-13 God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.

The WORD is a deep down purifier. Like fire.

The WORD which is Christ in us is powerful to breakdown the strongholds.

There is power in the WORD. It can keep us from sinning. It is able to keep us from falling away from GOD. (Jude 24-25)

2 Corinthians 10:3-6The Message (MSG)

3-6 The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

Jesus himself used the WORD as a weapon against the devil in his battle in the wilderness. The WORD is part of our daily armor that we “put on”.

1 John 1:9-10The Message (MSG)

8-10 If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. If we claim that we’ve never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God—make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God.

When his word is not in us we do not have the power to do those things that He would have us to do. The WORD is the light that shows us the WAY. It guides our feet in the way we should go. It lights the way to eternal life with God in Christ Jesus our LORD.

2 Timothy 2:14-18The Message (MSG)

14-18 Repeat these basic essentials over and over to God’s people. Warn them before God against pious nitpicking, which chips away at the faith. It just wears everyone out. Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple. Stay clear of pious talk that is only talk. Words are not mere words, you know. If they’re not backed by a godly life, they accumulate as poison in the soul. Hymenaeus and Philetus are examples, throwing believers off stride and missing the truth by a mile by saying the resurrection is over and done with.

Unity is the whole purpose of His WORD in us. We are called to remember the WORD. Let it have its’ work in our heart. We are serving the WORD which is Christ to all who will be partakers of Him.

1 Peter 1:22-25The Message (MSG)

22-25 Now that you’ve cleaned up your lives by following the truth, love one another as if your lives depended on it. Your new life is not like your old life. Your old birth came from mortal sperm; your new birth comes from God’s living Word. Just think: a life conceived by God himself! That’s why the prophet said,

The old life is a grass life,     its beauty as short-lived as wildflowers; Grass dries up, flowers droop,     God’s Word goes on and on forever.

This is the Word that conceived the new life in you.

The WORD of our GOD stands forever. It is alive in us. It lives and moves and has its’ being in us.

James 4:10The Message (MSG)

7-10 So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.

When the Holy Spirit urges you to pray for someone or give them a word of knowledge or a word of wisdom take from the deep deep well in your heart of His HOLY BIBLE. Pass it around. Share it. Distribute it. He will lift you up.

Promises of God Saturday, Jan 23 2016 

Promises of God

1 Chronicles 25:4-6New International Version (NIV)

As for Heman, from his sons:

Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shubael and Jerimoth; Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti and Romamti-Ezer; Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir and Mahazioth. (All these were sons of Heman the king’s seer. They were given him through the promises of God to exalt him. God gave Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.)

All these men were under the supervision of their father for the music of the temple of the Lord, with cymbals, lyres and harps, for the ministry at the house of God.

Asaph, Jeduthun and Heman were under the supervision of the king.

God promises offspring. Here Heman gets an “orchestra of sons and daughters.” God loves our worship. Music is an invitation for the Spirit of God to enter the church just like we “make melody in our hearts to the LORD.”

 

Romans 4:19-21New International Version (NIV)

19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.

When we have faith in the promises of God we are strengthened in our faith and God receives the glory for His promises fulfilled just like Abraham and Sarah when Isaac was born.

Galatians 3:20-22New International Version (NIV)

20 A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one.

21 Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. 22 But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.

A promise is a covenant. The promised Savior was the fulfillment of the new covenant. No one comes to the Father but by Him. Christ is our mediator.

Move of God Friday, Jan 22 2016 

Move of God

Genesis1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Even in the very beginning, God moved.

2 Chronicles 18:30-32King James Version (KJV)

30 Now the king of Syria had commanded the captains of the chariots that were with him, saying, Fight ye not with small or great, save only with the king of Israel.

31 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, It is the king of Israel. Therefore they compassed about him to fight: but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the Lord helped him; and God moved them to depart from him.

32 For it came to pass, that, when the captains of the chariots perceived that it was not the king of Israel, they turned back again from pursuing him.

He moves in times of war.

Ezra 1New International Version (NIV)

Cyrus Helps the Exiles to Return

1 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing:

“This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:

“‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Any of his people among you may go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the Lord, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem, and may their God be with them. And in any locality where survivors may now be living, the people are to provide them with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with freewill offerings for the temple of God in Jerusalem.’”

He moved the hearts of kings.

Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites—everyone whose heart God had moved—prepared to go up and build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem. All their neighbors assisted them with articles of silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with valuable gifts, in addition to all the freewill offerings.

He moved the hearts of everyone.

 

Psalm 93:2 Your throne was established long ago;     you are from all eternity.

The seas have lifted up, Lord,     the seas have lifted up their voice;     the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.

He moved the seas.

 

Acts 17:28New International Version (NIV)

28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’[a] As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’[b]

 

     We move in him.

 

2 Chronicles 30:11-13New International Version (NIV)

11 Nevertheless, some from Asher, Manasseh and Zebulun humbled themselves and went to Jerusalem. 12 Also in Judah the hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following the word of the Lord.

He moved the people into unity of mind.

Job 19:20-22New International Version (NIV)

20 I am nothing but skin and bones;     I have escaped only by the skin of my teeth.[a]

21 “Have pity on me, my friends, have pity,     for the hand of God has struck me. 22 Why do you pursue me as God does?     Will you never get enough of my flesh?

He pursues Job.

Exodus 9:13-15New International Version (NIV)

The Plague of Hail

13 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning, confront Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me, 14 or this time I will send the full force of my plagues against you and against your officials and your people, so you may know that there is no one like me in all the earth. 15 For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the earth.

He pursues Pharaoh with plagues.

 

Amos 4:9-11New International Version (NIV)

“Many times I struck your gardens and vineyards,     destroying them with blight and mildew. Locusts devoured your fig and olive trees,     yet you have not returned to me,” declares the Lord.

10 I sent plagues among you     as I did to Egypt. I killed your young men with the sword,     along with your captured horses. I filled your nostrils with the stench of your camps,     yet you have not returned to me,” declares the Lord.

11 I overthrew some of you     as I overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. You were like a burning stick snatched from the fire,     yet you have not returned to me,” declares the Lord.

Over and over He moves to bring His people to him.

Jeremiah 10:

10 But the Lord is the true God;     he is the living God, the eternal King. When he is angry, the earth trembles;     the nations cannot endure his wrath.

He moves the earth.

John 11: 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked.

He is moved by our weeping.

He moves in our lives. He goes with us just like he went with the Israelites through the wilderness. “A cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night.”

Will of God Thursday, Jan 21 2016 

The will of God is that we encounter him and not just each other. He wants to be in our prayer meetings, bible studies, and church services. He wants to love us where we are-in debt, in trouble, in sin-

He wants to answer our cries, our calls, our prayers, our pleas.

H wants to heal our broken hearts, our broken spirits, our broken lives.

H wants to be our first thought  every morning and our last thought every night.

He wants to be our first love.

He wants to help us to be more like Jesus: to walk in His power, His grace, His glory, His will.

He wants us to never lack any good thing. He is good. He wants to be our God.

John 7:16-18New International Version (NIV)

16 Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me. 17 Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. 18 Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.

Acts 20:26-28New International Version (NIV)

26 Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you. 27 For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. 28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God,[a] which he bought with his own blood.[b]

Romans 8:26-28New International Version (NIV)

26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.

1 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,

Power of God Wednesday, Jan 20 2016 

Power of God

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.

Exodus 15:Your right hand, Lord,     was majestic in power. Your right hand, Lord,     shattered the enemy.

11 Who among the gods     is like you, Lord? Who is like you—     majestic in holiness, awesome in glory,     working wonders?

13 In your unfailing love you will lead     the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them     to your holy dwelling.

14 The nations will hear and tremble;     anguish will grip the people of Philistia. 15 The chiefs of Edom will be terrified,     the leaders of Moab will be seized with trembling, the people[c] of Canaan will melt away; 16     terror and dread will fall on them. By the power of your arm     they will be as still as a stone— until your people pass by, Lord,     until the people you bought[d] pass by. 17 You will bring them in and plant them     on the mountain of your inheritance— the place, Lord, you made for your dwelling,     the sanctuary, Lord, your hands established.

Philistia is Palestine

Edom means “stillness” or “Red Dawn”.

It is a response to something stupefying, physically motionless.

Refers to edge of a sword which was known as its mouth. Likewise, the greatness of the LORD’s arm makes people still as stones.

Moab means “my father.”

Canaan means “land of purple.” Purple is often related to royalty.

Micah 5:4 He will stand and shepherd his flock     in the strength of the Lord,     in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness     will reach to the ends of the earth.

Isaiah 63:1 Who is this coming from Edom,     from Bozrah, with his garments stained crimson? Who is this, robed in splendor,     striding forward in the greatness of his strength?

“It is I, proclaiming victory,     mighty to save.”

Why are your garments red,     like those of one treading the winepress?

 

Bozrah means fortified city.

The root verb בצר (basar) describes the act of separating something from its maternal environment, with the purpose of letting that something mature in peace until the final result can be extracted. This act is usually achieved by building a strong wall around the something (some scholars suggest that our English word bazaar derives from this root).

Job 27:10-12New International Version (NIV)

10 Will they find delight in the Almighty?     Will they call on God at all times?

11 “I will teach you about the power of God;     the ways of the Almighty I will not conceal. 12 You have all seen this yourselves.     Why then this meaningless talk?

Psalm 68:33-35New International Version (NIV)

33 to him who rides across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens,     who thunders with mighty voice. 34 Proclaim the power of God,     whose majesty is over Israel,     whose power is in the heavens. 35 You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary;     the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.

Praise be to God!

Matthew 22:28-30New International Version (NIV)

28 Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?”

29 Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. 30 At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.

1 Corinthians 1:17-19New International Version (NIV)

17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;     the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”[a]

1 Corinthians 1:23-25New International Version (NIV)

23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

6 As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says,

“In the time of my favor I heard you,     and in the day of salvation I helped you.”[a]

I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

Paul’s Hardships

We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. 12 We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. 13 As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also.

Warning Against Idolatry

14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial[b]? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

“I will live with them     and walk among them, and I will be their God,     and they will be my people.”[c]

17 Therefore,

“Come out from them     and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing,     and I will receive you.”[d]

18 And,

“I will be a Father to you,     and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”[e]

 

2 Timothy 1:7-9New International Version (NIV)

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,

Glory of God Monday, Jan 18 2016 

Glory of God

2 Chronicles 5:13-14New International Version (NIV)

13 The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang:

“He is good;     his love endures forever.”

Then the temple of the Lord was filled with the cloud, 14 and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.

The word Glory in this verse should be capitalized. This Glory of the LORD is what comes when we worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.

Psalm 19[a]

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

The heavens declare the glory of God;     the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech;     night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words;     no sound is heard from them.

In the first verse the worship came from 120 priests singing. In this verse the “Glory of God” comes from the work of his own hands. A full silence that screams out the “AWE” of YAhWEH.

Psalm 29:2-4New International Version (NIV)

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;     worship the Lord in the splendor of his[a] holiness.

The voice of the Lord is over the waters;     the God of glory thunders,     the Lord thunders over the mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful;     the voice of the Lord is majestic.

God’s voice demands that He be worshiped and glorified.

Psalm 79:8-10New International Version (NIV)

Do not hold against us the sins of past generations;     may your mercy come quickly to meet us,     for we are in desperate need. Help us, God our Savior,     for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins     for your name’s sake. 10 Why should the nations say,     “Where is their God?”

Before our eyes, make known among the nations     that you avenge the outpoured blood of your servants.

People pray for the “Glory of His Name.”

 

Isaiah 24:14-16New International Version (NIV)

14 They raise their voices, they shout for joy;     from the west they acclaim the Lord’s majesty. 15 Therefore in the east give glory to the Lord;     exalt the name of the Lord, the God of Israel,     in the islands of the sea. 16 From the ends of the earth we hear singing:     “Glory to the Righteous One.”

People’s voices shout for joy. Glorifying God brings full joy.

Joy of the Redeemed

Isaiah 35:1-2The desert and the parched land will be glad;     the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom;     it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,     the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the Lord,     the splendor of our God.

Even the desert screams the Glory of God through its’ blooming flowers.

 

Isaiah 60:18-20New International Version (NIV)

18 No longer will violence be heard in your land,     nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation     and your gates Praise. 19 The sun will no more be your light by day,     nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light,     and your God will be your glory. 20 Your sun will never set again,     and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light,     and your days of sorrow will end.

Here Isaiah predicts the “Glorious Coming” of Jesus Christ. Notice there will be “Joy” and sorrow will end.

Ezekiel 8:3-5New International Version (NIV)

He stretched out what looked like a hand and took me by the hair of my head. The Spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven and in visions of God he took me to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the north gate of the inner court, where the idol that provokes to jealousy stood. And there before me was the glory of the God of Israel, as in the vision I had seen in the plain.

Then he said to me, “Son of man, look toward the north.” So I looked, and in the entrance north of the gate of the altar I saw this idol of jealousy.

Ezekiel saw the “Glory” in a vision.

Ezekiel 10New International Version (NIV)

God’s Glory Departs From the Temple

10 I looked, and I saw the likeness of a throne of lapis lazuli above the vault that was over the heads of the cherubim. The Lord said to the man clothed in linen, “Go in among the wheels beneath the cherubim. Fill your hands with burning coals from among the cherubim and scatter them over the city.” And as I watched, he went in.

Now the cherubim were standing on the south side of the temple when the man went in, and a cloud filled the inner court. Then the glory of the Lord rose from above the cherubim and moved to the threshold of the temple. The cloud filled the temple, and the court was full of the radiance of the glory of the Lord. The sound of the wings of the cherubim could be heard as far away as the outer court, like the voice of God Almighty[a] when he speaks.

When the Lord commanded the man in linen, “Take fire from among the wheels, from among the cherubim,” the man went in and stood beside a wheel. Then one of the cherubim reached out his hand to the fire that was among them. He took up some of it and put it into the hands of the man in linen, who took it and went out. (Under the wings of the cherubim could be seen what looked like human hands.)

I looked, and I saw beside the cherubim four wheels, one beside each of the cherubim; the wheels sparkled like topaz. 10 As for their appearance, the four of them looked alike; each was like a wheel intersecting a wheel. 11 As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the cherubim faced; the wheels did not turn about[b] as the cherubim went. The cherubim went in whatever direction the head faced, without turning as they went. 12 Their entire bodies, including their backs, their hands and their wings, were completely full of eyes, as were their four wheels. 13 I heard the wheels being called “the whirling wheels.” 14 Each of the cherubim had four faces: One face was that of a cherub, the second the face of a human being, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.

15 Then the cherubim rose upward. These were the living creatures I had seen by the Kebar River. 16 When the cherubim moved, the wheels beside them moved; and when the cherubim spread their wings to rise from the ground, the wheels did not leave their side. 17 When the cherubim stood still, they also stood still; and when the cherubim rose, they rose with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in them.

18 Then the glory of the Lord departed from over the threshold of the temple and stopped above the cherubim. 19 While I watched, the cherubim spread their wings and rose from the ground, and as they went, the wheels went with them. They stopped at the entrance of the east gate of the Lord’s house, and the glory of the God of Israel was above them.

20 These were the living creatures I had seen beneath the God of Israel by the Kebar River, and I realized that they were cherubim. 21 Each had four faces and four wings, and under their wings was what looked like human hands. 22 Their faces had the same appearance as those I had seen by the Kebar River. Each one went straight ahead.

The Glory of God departs from the temple. Notice the stones “lapis lazuli and topaz,” used to describe the sparkle. Lapis lazuli was a gem from Afghanistan that was used to make the thrones in the temples of the goddess Athena of war and wisdom in Greece during idol worship. Topaz symbolizes elegance and fire.

 

God’s Glory Returns to the Temple

Ezekiel 43 Then the man brought me to the gate facing east, and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with his glory. The vision I saw was like the vision I had seen when he[a] came to destroy the city and like the visions I had seen by the Kebar River, and I fell facedown. The glory of the Lord entered the temple through the gate facing east. Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.

While the man was standing beside me, I heard someone speaking to me from inside the temple. He said: “Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place for the soles of my feet. This is where I will live among the Israelites forever. The people of Israel will never again defile my holy name—neither they nor their kings—by their prostitution and the funeral offerings[b] for their kings at their death.[c] When they placed their threshold next to my threshold and their doorposts beside my doorposts, with only a wall between me and them, they defiled my holy name by their detestable practices. So I destroyed them in my anger. Now let them put away from me their prostitution and the funeral offerings for their kings, and I will live among them forever.

10 “Son of man, describe the temple to the people of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their sins. Let them consider its perfection, 11 and if they are ashamed of all they have done, make known to them the design of the temple—its arrangement, its exits and entrances—its whole design and all its regulations[d] and laws. Write these down before them so that they may be faithful to its design and follow all its regulations.

12 “This is the law of the temple: All the surrounding area on top of the mountain will be most holy. Such is the law of the temple.

The Great Altar Restored

13 “These are the measurements of the altar in long cubits,[e] that cubit being a cubit and a handbreadth: Its gutter is a cubit deep and a cubit wide, with a rim of one span[f] around the edge. And this is the height of the altar: 14 From the gutter on the ground up to the lower ledge that goes around the altar it is two cubits high, and the ledge is a cubit wide.[g] From this lower ledge to the upper ledge that goes around the altar it is four cubits high, and that ledge is also a cubit wide.[h] 15 Above that, the altar hearth is four cubits high, and four horns project upward from the hearth. 16 The altar hearth is square, twelve cubits[i] long and twelve cubits wide. 17 The upper ledge also is square, fourteen cubits[j] long and fourteen cubits wide. All around the altar is a gutter of one cubit with a rim of half a cubit.[k] The steps of the altar face east.”

18 Then he said to me, “Son of man, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: These will be the regulations for sacrificing burnt offerings and splashing blood against the altar when it is built: 19 You are to give a young bull as a sin offering[l] to the Levitical priests of the family of Zadok, who come near to minister before me, declares the Sovereign Lord. 20 You are to take some of its blood and put it on the four horns of the altar and on the four corners of the upper ledge and all around the rim, and so purify the altar and make atonement for it. 21 You are to take the bull for the sin offering and burn it in the designated part of the temple area outside the sanctuary.

22 “On the second day you are to offer a male goat without defect for a sin offering, and the altar is to be purified as it was purified with the bull. 23 When you have finished purifying it, you are to offer a young bull and a ram from the flock, both without defect. 24 You are to offer them before the Lord, and the priests are to sprinkle salt on them and sacrifice them as a burnt offering to the Lord.

25 “For seven days you are to provide a male goat daily for a sin offering; you are also to provide a young bull and a ram from the flock, both without defect. 26 For seven days they are to make atonement for the altar and cleanse it; thus they will dedicate it. 27 At the end of these days, from the eighth day on, the priests are to present your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings on the altar. Then I will accept you, declares the Sovereign Lord.”

Glory of God returns to the temple. Christ is also coming again. Zadok was the minister of music in the temple. His name means “Righteous.” He was a direct descendant from Eleazar the son of Aaron. Zadok’s sons were strong opponents to paganism. Our God is a jealous god.

 

John 11:39-41New International Version (NIV)

39 “Take away the stone,” he said.

“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”

40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.

Christ tells them at the resurrection of Lazarus that if they believe they will see the “Glory of God.”

Acts 7:2

To this he replied: “Brothers and fathers, listen to me! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Harran.

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Acts 7:55

But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.

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Romans 1:23

and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

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Romans 3:23

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

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Romans 4:20

Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,

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Romans 5:2

through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.

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Romans 8:17

Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

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Romans 8:21

that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

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1 Corinthians 10:31

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

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1 Corinthians 11:7

A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man.

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2 Corinthians 1:20

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

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2 Corinthians 4:4

The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

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2 Corinthians 4:6

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

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2 Corinthians 4:15

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

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Ephesians 1:14

who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

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Philippians 1:11

filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

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Philippians 2:11

and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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Philippians 4:19

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

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Colossians 1:27

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

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1 Thessalonians 2:12

encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

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1 Timothy 1:11

that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

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Titus 2:13

while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,

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Hebrews 1:3

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

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Hebrews 2:9

But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

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Hebrews 2:10

In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered.

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Hebrews 5:5

In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.”

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1 Peter 4:11

If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

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1 Peter 4:14

If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

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1 Peter 5:10

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

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2 Peter 1:3

[ Confirming One’s Calling and Election ] His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

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Revelation 11:13

At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

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Revelation 14:7

He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.”

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Revelation 15:8

And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.

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Revelation 19:1

[ Threefold Hallelujah Over Babylon’s Fall ] After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,

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Revelation 21:11

It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.

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Revelation 21:23

The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.

 

The Whole Duty of Man Sunday, Jan 17 2016 

The twelfth and final chapter of Ecclesiastes sums it up nicely:

  1. Fear God.
  2. Keep his commandments.
  3. Everyone is judged.
  4. Seek God first.
  5. Life is short.
  6. Be kind.

Risk and Reward Saturday, Jan 16 2016 

These are my out-takes from Ecclesiastes 11:

  1. Choose wisely.
  2. Consider the consequences.
  3. Weigh the risks.
  4. Assess the rewards.
  5. Just do it,
  6. But after prayer.
  7. Be happy.

Dangerous Occupations Saturday, Jan 16 2016 

These are my take outs from Ecclesiastes 10: Choose your occupation carefully for many occupations are dangerous.

  1. Politics
  2. Employers
  3. Wealth Managers
  4. Jockeys
  5. Ditch diggers
  6. Excavators
  7. Lumberjacks
  8. Snake charmers
  9. Public Speakers
  10. Fortune Tellers
  11. Taste Testers
  12. Bar Tenders
  13. Handymen
  14. Cooks
  15. Bankers
  16. Zookeepers
  17. Soldiers
Key verse: 18: If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.

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