Sun, Aug 30th - 7:49PM
28: And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.
29: And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples,
30: Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither.
31: And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.
32: And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them.
33: And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt?
34: And they said, The Lord hath need of him.
35: And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.
36: And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way.
37: And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
38: Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
39: And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
40: And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
41: And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
42: Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
43: For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
44: And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.
Salvation was visiting upon the Jewish people and they would reject and crucify their Savior. The Jewish people wanted a worldly king that would overthrow the Romans and re-establish the Jewish kingdom. What they failed to realize is that Jesus had come to establish a spiritual kingdom established in his blood on the cross delivered there by the very people who had come to save. Jesus paid the sin offering that we might all be made righteous before God but unfortunaly the ones he came to save are still rejecting him and his gift of salvation to their own demise because don’t be deceived if you do reject Christ and his gift of salvation your fate is judgment before God and eternal damnation after that. Anybody that says otherwise is a liar and a deceiver.
Mon, Aug 24th - 12:59AM
11: And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.
12: He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
13: And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
14: But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.
15: And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
16: Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.
17: And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.
18: And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.
19: And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.
20: And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:
21: For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.
22: And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:
23: Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?
24: And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.
25: (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)
26: For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.
27: But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.
Each and everyone of us has a purpose. Each and everyone of has been given a gift to use for the spreading of the Gospel. Are you using your gift? Do you know your purpose? We all are expected to be disciples of Christ. We all are expected to be witnesses of the Gospel to the lost. Are you following the Great Commission? Christians in the Bible are often described as farmers or fisherman. Are you reaping the harvest? Are you bringing in the catch? Are you doing your part? Which servant are you? Are you bringing in a profit or are you doing nothing with what you have been giving?
Sat, Aug 22nd - 11:12PM
1: And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.
2: And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.
3: And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.
4: And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
5: And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.
6: And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.
7: And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.
8: And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
9: And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
10: For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
This man was lost just as we all are before we find Christ. We all have our past. I use to drink heavily, take drugs, sleep around. I knew what I was doing was wrong. I made no excuses for my actions, I didn’t try to rationalize them, I knew I was wrong. I thought I was having fun but in truth I wasn’t happy. I was constantly broke, I was lonely, I was miserable. I have bad days now but no matter what kind of bad day I have I know I have a better life awaiting me because I now know Christ.
Sun, Aug 16th - 11:19PM
35: And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging:
36: And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant.
37: And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.
38: And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
39: And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
40: And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him,
41: Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.
42: And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.
43: And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.
What did Jesus say had saved this man? His faith. His faith that Jesus was the Messiah and that he had the power to heal him. Don’t be deceived by those who would deny the importance of faith in our walk with God. As the Bible says the just shall live by faith and in another place, without faith it impossible to please God. He wants us to bring our burdens to him in faith that he has the power to ease our heavy burdens.
Sun, Aug 9th - 6:08PM
31: Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished.
32: For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on:
33: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.
34: And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken
Jesus came to earth for one reason, to give his as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. Paul says all have sin and is worthy of death but Jesus gave his life so that we don’t have to suffer the death penalty. The gift of salvation is there for all but so many are still blind to the truth and still live in unbelief and rebellion and refuse to receive this gift that would give them everlasting salvation. Don’t be fooled by these Universalist false teachers that say all is going to heaven no matter what. The Bible clearly says if you want to escape death you must accept Christ as your Savior.
Sun, Aug 9th - 1:16AM
18: And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
19: And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
20: Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.
21: And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.
22: Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
23: And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.
24: And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
25: For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
26: And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved?
27: And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
28: Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee.
29: And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake,
30: Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.
I don’t understand how prosperity preaches and those who follow the prosperity movement can look at verses like these and still believe in the prosperity doctrine. Wealth is trap. Those who have wealth tend to put their trust in their possessions instead of in God. That is why Jesus said it is easier for camel to go through an eye of needle then a rich man to go to heaven. They put their trust in worldly possessions instead of in God. The Bible says anything we put before God is an idol and we know what the Bible says about idols don’t we? God will provide for our needs if we put our trust and faith in him.
Thu, Aug 6th - 10:37PM
15: And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
16: But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
17: Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
How do you accept the Kingdom of God as a child. By accepting it in a truly humble spirit of complete faith. A little child has complete trust in their parents because he knows he parents love him and care for him. We should have the same attitude of trust and faith in God because he cares and loves us and always provides for our needs.
Wed, Aug 5th - 11:21PM
9: And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
10: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
11: The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
12: I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
13: And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14: I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
This is one of the simplest message in the Bible. We must come to God in a truly humble spirit realizing we are mere humans praying to the almighty God of the universe. If we chose to exalt ourselves God will humble us in his own way.
Tue, Aug 4th - 11:35PM
1: And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
2: Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
3: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
4: And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
5: Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
6: And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
7: And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
8: I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
Be sure that when we pray within the will of God he hears our prayers. He might not always answer the way we expect or want but we have to know that he has our best interests at heart. Just think of all the foolish things you have prayed for in the past. I am embarrassed at some of the things I prayed for as a teenager especially since they involved a girl I thought I wanted to marry. I realize know she was all wrong for me and I can thank God he didn’t answer that prayer and he had someone better lined up for me. Gart Brooks had a song, thank God for unanswered prayers. Well I can agree with that song wholeheartedly. We have to remember that God knows our needs and he will provide for ours needs if we remain faithful to him.
Sun, Aug 2nd - 6:33PM
20: And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
21: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
22: And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.
23: And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them.
24: For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.
25: But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.
26: And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
27: They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
28: Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
29: But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
30: Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
31: In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.
32: Remember Lot's wife.
33: Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
34: I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
35: Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
36: Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
37: And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.
Just as there is those that deny Jesus as the path of salvation, and there is those that deny the coming judgment of God and of the existence of Hell, there is those that deny the coming return of Christ. Well don’t be fooled, not be deceived Christ is returning. He proclaims his coming return in several passages in the Bible. He will return for the righteous and to judge the unrighteous. Where do you stand? Are you ready for his return? Will you stand with the righteous or be judged with the unrighteous? There are those that deny the existence of heaven and hell. They say heaven and hell is here on earth. The way you live your life determines rather you are living in heaven or hell. How sad. If you think this life is heaven, how sad. The Bible I read describes heaven as so much more than this world could ever offer.
Sat, Aug 1st - 6:06PM
11: And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
12: And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
13: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
14: And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
15: And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
16: And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
17: And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
18: There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
19: And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
What made these men whole? Their faith. Notice they were cleansed once they obeyed the command of God. After they were healed only one returned to give thanks to God. Often we try to turn God into a magical genie. We want nothing to do with God until we want something then we expect him to grant our demands. We don’t want to follow his commands our study his word we just want him to give us what we want. How many times have people called on God in the midst of a bad situation only to forget once they are out of their situation?
Back to Blog Main Page