Let the word sink down and settle you

And they were all amazed at the majesty of God. But while everyone marveled at all the things which Jesus did, He said to His disciples, “Let these words sink down into your ears, for the Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men.” But they did not understand this saying, and it was hidden from them so that they did not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask Him about this saying.” (Luke 9:43-45)

There may be times when the message of God’s word is hard to understand, but when this happens he wants us to do one thing – meditate on what he’s said and trust what he’s saying.

Our imperfections may cause our understanding of how things will work out to fall short of God’s desire, but nonetheless, the importance of remembering and trusting remains the same (Psalm 119:147-149). EA

And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.” (Luke 2:18-20)

America’s Award-Winning President

I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian, it’s also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.” (Barack Obama – April 17th, 2008)

7 years later…

America’s 44th President can add another award to his trophy case thanks to being voted as “Out” magazine’s 2015 “Ally” of the Year.

The “Ally” award is given to an individual who has championed the “rights” of LGBT’s…which definitely includes the new “legalization” of homosexual marriage. And sadly, there’s very few politicians that come even close to rivaling the President’s political agenda in this area of light for darkness and darkness for light (Isaiah 5:20).

I’m sure the President is so proud of his award…err, make that a certain sort of pride in his award.

I wonder if President Obama repeated the whole “God’s in the mix” thing during his acceptance speech? EA

It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness, for a throne is established by righteousness.” (Proverbs 16:12)

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” (Proverbs 29:2)

He Was Deprived So We Could Indulge

Jesus experienced poverty so we could receive his riches.

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.” (2 Corinthians 8:9)

Jesus carried burdens so we could be released from ours.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”” (Matthew 11:28-30)

Jesus experienced loneliness so we could have comfort.

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”” (Matthew 27:46)

Jesus went without sleep so we could rest peacefully.

And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.” Then He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again He went away and prayed, and spoke the same words. And when He returned, He found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy; and they did not know what to answer Him. Then He came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough! The hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.” (Mark 14:36-41)

Jesus went hungry so we could be filled.

What are you looking for Jesus with?

Jesus was born into this world with people looking for him (Matthew 2:1-2).

Throughout his ministry, politicians wanted a private venue (Luke 23:8), preachers desired public debates (Mark 12:13-14), and commoners were willing to turn over the stones in the wilderness to find him (John 6:1-8).

The trend even continued after his burial (John 20:11-17)!

Yet he was found by few because few went looking for him with the same thing that he came looking for us – the heart! EA 

One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ).” (John 1:40-31)

Bible Questions and Answers – Does God Have a Body?

“Brother Thurman: God is a Spirit, but doesn’t he have a shape or body parts, such as hands, face, eyes, ears, etc.? Are we not fashioned after Him?  D.W., TX”

God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24). “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” (Colossians 1:15). We can tell from these verses that God is fundamentally different from those He created. He is a spirit and is invisible. The Lord God “alone possess immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see” (1
Timothy 6:16). Obviously, God is not like the creation. After all, God existed before He created anything. That is, before there was matter, God existed. That means He is not made of matter and is not bound by physical limitations as we are.

We are told that God has a face (2 Chronicles 6:42), that He has hands (Isaiah 59:1), that he had a back, because Moses could not look God in the face and live, and instead could only glimpse the Lord’s back (Exodus 33:18-23). However, most of these references are probably using poetic license to try to make an unapproachable deity more approachable. We do the same when we speak of the face of the mountain, or the eyes of big brother, or the hands of industry. None of us really think a mountain has a face or that industry has literal hands or that the government has actual eyes. These are all phrases we use to make the unfathomable more fathomable.

Yes, we are indeed created in God’s image. (more…)

Jesus: The rock of our salvation

His teachings provide the solid rock-foundation that we’re called to build our lives upon (Matthew 7:24-25).

His sonship of God is the very foundation that the church is built upon (Matthew 16:16-18; Romans 1:1-4).

He was the rock that provided life-giving water to those in need in the wilderness, and he still provides this water to this day (1 Corinthians 10:1-4; John 4:1-15, 6:35, 7:37).

He is the cornerstone of great value to God’s priesthood and the rock of offense to those who lack faith (1 Peter 2:5-8).

This person is none other than Jesus, the Christ, of Nazareth.

So when it comes to everything dependable about salvation, this dependability comes from the one to whom our salvation depends upon – the savior, Jesus!

As our rock, our fortress, our deliverer, our God, our strength, our shield, our might and our high-tower, Jesus is trustworthy and worthy of exaltation (Psalm 18:2, 46); for there is no other rock than Jesus that can save our soul from Hell. EA

let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:10-12)

For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 3:11)

As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?” (Psalm 18:30-31)

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.Psalm 95:1).

Abraham’s Faith Was Not Alone

Faith alone saves? Not according to Abraham, the father of the faithful.

When the Bible says Abraham believed God, it means he trusted God’s word to the extent that he acted upon what God had said:

Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”” (Romans 4:16-22)

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.” (Hebrews 11:17-19)

But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.” (James 2:18-24)

If faith alone didn’t work for the father of the faithful, it won’t work for the children of faith either. EA

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:26-29)