Mon, Nov 30th - 8:54PM
22: After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.
23: And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.
24: For John was not yet cast into prison.
25: Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.
26: And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.
27: John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
28: Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.
29: He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
30: He must increase, but I must decrease.
31: He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.
32: And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.
33: He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.
34: For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.
35: The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
36: He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
If you do not have the Son the wrath of God abideth on you. Can it be any more clearer than that, without Christ your destiny is eternal damnation, plain and simple. That is why I love the Book of John, John doesn’t hold back the punches. If you want eternal life the only way to obtain it is to born again in the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
Sun, Nov 29th - 7:35PM
1: There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3: Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4: Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
5: Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6: That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7: Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8: The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
9: Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
10: Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
11: Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
12: If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
13: And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
14: And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17: For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18: He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19: And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20: For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21: But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Let’s make something perfectly clear if you are not born again you will never see heaven, never. Don’t let anyone fool you and lead you astray if you are not born again you will not see heaven, never. The Bible says we are all born sinners, all of us. The penalty of sin is death, spiritual death, eternal damnation without God. That is your fate until you turned from your sins and accept Christ. The Bible says when we accept Christ we become new creatures, we are born again, we are no longer servants of sin and Satan, we become servants of God and our destiny changes from eternal damnation to eternal life. These verses can’t be much clearer without accepting Christ and being born again you will never see eternal life, never.
Sat, Nov 28th - 4:35PM
23: Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.
24: But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,
25: And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.
What is in man is a evil nature. The Bible says we are born sinners. We are all sinners until we give our lives to Christ then we are sinners saved by the grace of God. Once we become saved we still struggle with sin and temptation. Satan isn’t going to give up that easy. He is going to try and sway us away from Christ with those things that tempt us. Rather they be sex, lust, alcohol, drugs, anger, etc. We all have those things that try to drive us away from Christ. It is only in Christ that we have the strength to resist these things. These things are tempting because they have a strong allure to them. My biggest temptation is lust. Before I got married and became a Christian I was very sexually active and had had several sexual partners. I have never cheated on my wife but the temptation is always there. With the internet pornography is a fingertip away. It is something I have to be strong against but I know the Lord is my strength. It is when I take my eyes off of the Lord is when my mine strays to other things. Our spiritual body just like our physical body has to be fed or we grow weak. We have to fed our soul with God’s word or we grow weak and open ourselves to temptation. It is God's word that strenghtens us against temptation.
Fri, Nov 27th - 5:23PM
13: And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,
14: And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
15: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;
16: And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.
17: And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
18: Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?
19: Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
20: Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
21: But he spake of the temple of his body.
22: When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.
This a different picture then of what we normally get of Jesus. Here Jesus is angry and is using force to drive the money changers and those that sold animals for sacrifice out of the temple area. The Temple of God was meant to be a holy place to come and worship God but the Jewish leaders had turned into a marketplace to make money. They had corrupted the Temple of God. Today we are the Temple of God. Are we keeping the temple clean or are we corrupting it with the influences and temptations of the world?
Thu, Nov 26th - 1:58PM
1: And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
2: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
3: And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
4: Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
5: His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
6: And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
7: Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
8: And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.
9: When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
10: And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
11: This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
12: After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days.
I love studying the Bible there is a point to every verse. Everything is written for our benefit. If we take the time and carefully study the Word of God it will reveal his will for us. At first glance it would appear Jesus was being short with his mother in verse 4 but Mary knew Jesus would do what was right. In verse 4 Jesus was simply letting it be known that up to this point he had not revealed his true nature. This is really the beginning of his ministry. He had collected his disciples now more than Mary would know who he was.
Sun, Nov 22nd - 6:28PM
35 The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples. 36 As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!” 37 When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus.
38 Jesus looked around and saw them following. “What do you want?” he asked them.
They replied, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
39 “Come and see,” he said. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place where he was staying, and they remained with him the rest of the day.
40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus. 41 Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means “Christ”[m]).
42 Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter”[n]).
43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Come, follow me.” 44 Philip was from Bethsaida, Andrew and Peter’s hometown.
45 Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person Moses[o] and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.”
46 “Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”
“Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied.
47 As they approached, Jesus said, “Now here is a genuine son of Israel—a man of complete integrity.”
48 “How do you know about me?” Nathanael asked.
Jesus replied, “I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found you.”
49 Then Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God—the King of Israel!”
50 Jesus asked him, “Do you believe this just because I told you I had seen you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” 51 Then he said, “I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth.[p]” (New Living Translation)
I used the NLT today because I like how the NLT uses stairway to heaven to describe Jesus. Jesus is our stairway to heaven. He is the only way to heaven as describe in John 14:6. Why is he the only way to heaven? The answer is in verse 36, because he is the Lamb of God. He and he alone became our sin sacrifice to take away sins forever.
Sun, Nov 15th - 6:14PM
John 1: 29-34
29: The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
30: This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
31: And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
32: And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
33: And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
34: And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
Jesus the Lamb of God. What does that mean? Under the old law a lamb had to be offered every morning and evening as a sin sacrifice for the people. This lamb had to meet certain requirements, one of which is that it had to be without blemish. When Jesus died on the cross he became our eternal, blemish free sin sacrifice. That is why the temple veil was torn at his death and why the temple was destroyed a few years later and has never been rebuilt. It is not needed. Never again will lambs need to be sacrificed for our sins. Never again will a human high priest have to make intercession for us before God. Jesus is our sin sacrifice and high priest and we ourselves are the temple of God.
Sat, Nov 14th - 2:35PM
19: And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?
20: And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.
21: And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.
22: Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?
23: He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.
24: And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.
25: And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?
26: John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;
27: He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
28: These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
John was sent to prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah. He prepared the hearts of the people for Christ. Well we have a similar mission today. Christ is coming again, we don’t know when, but he is coming again. This time when he comes he is going to gather up his church and render judgment on everyone not part of that church. And when I say church I don’t mean a denominational church I mean the body of believers that believe in Christ and follow his teachings. Those not part of that church face judgment and eternal damnation. Our mission is to get the good news of the Gospel out to this lost world and gather them into the fold of the believers before it is to late. Everyday thousands of people die without Christ and many more will be without him when he comes again, this people all face the judgment of God for living in rebellion to him. Our mission is to get to as many of these people as we can before it is to late.
Fri, Nov 13th - 6:55PM
1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2: The same was in the beginning with God.
3: All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4: In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5: And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
6: There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7: The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
8: He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9: That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
10: He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11: He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14: And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
15: John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
16: And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
17: For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
18: No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
Just like John we are called to be a witness of the light and to reflect the light of Christ. Just as John was called to prepare the way for Christ we are called to pave the way for his return. And he is returning, don’t be fooled by those that say otherwise. He will return this time to receive his church and bring judgment on the lost. Just as he was rejected in his own time, Christ has mostly be rejected by the people of this generation but don’t be fooled Christ is the only way to heaven and without him you will never see salvation or heaven.
Sun, Nov 8th - 6:53PM
50: And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.
51: And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
52: And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:
53: And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.
We know they didn’t stay in the temple. These few disciples that a few days ago were scared for their lives went out and spread the word of God throughout the world. Thomas, who was called the doubter, is believed to have traveled to India, others went to Russia, Europe, and throughout the knowed world of their time. Today the Gospel is spread through most of the world but there is work still be to done. It is getting dark, the day is drawer to a closer and much of the harvest has not been harvested we need workers in the field. Are you ready to answer the call. There are no bench warmers in the Army of God. Everyone has a purpose to fulfill. Are you fulfilling yours? Are you doing your part to spread the Gospel to as many as you can before it is to late? How many die everyday still lost in their sins? How many die everyday without hearing the good news of the Gospel? Someone loved you enough to tell you the good news of salvation. Do you love your fellow man to do the same?
Sat, Nov 7th - 3:39PM
44: And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
45: Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
46: And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48: And ye are witnesses of these things.
49: And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
Christ opened their eyes to the scriptures written by him. The things written about him had to and did come to pass. And they will again. It is written in the Bible over and over again that Christ will return and their will be a coming day of judgment. We all have loved ones that are lost in sin and we do not want to see them perish but no matter how sad the thought is that many will perish in we can hide from the truth because it is hard to bear. What is written will come to pass. It is our duties as believers to not only warn our loved of the things to come but to warn all people that if they are lost without Christ they will face the judgment of Almighty God.
Fri, Nov 6th - 6:31PM
35: And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.
36: And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
37: But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
38: And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
39: Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
40: And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
41: And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?
42: And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
43: And he took it, and did eat before them.
Christ rose from the dead he conquered the grave, death has no hold on him neither on us when we give our lives to Christ. He and He alone is our Savior, our Redeemer, He alone is the only path to Heaven and the Father, for he is the only one who gave his life as a sin sacrifice for us that we might have the forgiveness of sins and eternal life through him and only through him.
Fri, Nov 6th - 1:07AM
13: And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.
14: And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
15: And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
16: But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
17: And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?
18: And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass therein these days?
19: And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:
20: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
21: But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.
22: Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;
23: And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.
24: And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.
25: Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
26: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
27: And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
28: And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.
29: But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.
30: And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.
31: And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
32: And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
33: And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,
34: Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.
Most Jews in the time of Jesus thought they knew the scriptures concerning the coming Messiah but in reality they failed to understand the true Messiah. They were looking for a physical Messiah that would overthrow the Romans and reestablish the Kingdom of David, they were not looking for a spiritual Messiah that would establish a spiritual kingdom. When the Messiah did arrive they failed to recognize him or his mission. How many Christians today fail to understand the scriptures today or lack even the basic knowledge of scripture? They fail to understand the Christ they claim to follow or the significance of his death on the cross and his coming return and judgment on mankind. Christ was not just some great teacher or some kind of guru. He is the divine Son of God, born of a virgin, who lived a sinless life, he offered his life on the cross as a perfect sacrifice for our sins that we might have the forgiveness of sins, he is the only way to the Father and to heaven and he is coming again to judge mankind of its wickedness. Our duty as Christians is to bring this message to the lost of the world that they might understand that they are lost and on the way to hell unless they accept Christ as their Savior. Don’t be like so many of the Jews in the time of Jesus who thought they understood the scriptures and thought they knew God really, really study the scriptures and allow God to reveal himself to you through the scriptures of the his holy word.
Wed, Nov 4th - 11:32PM
1: Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
2: And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
3: And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
4: And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
5: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
6: He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
7: Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
8: And they remembered his words,
9: And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.
10: It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.
11: And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.
12: Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.
Why seek ye the living among the dead? We serve a risen Savior not a dead myth. Christ is alive and seated at the right hand of the Father. And he is coming back someday to judge the quick and the dead. Don’t be fooled by any that say otherwise Christ is coming back and there will be a coming day of judgment. Where will you stand on judgment day?
Sun, Nov 1st - 7:27PM
50: And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counseller; and he was a good man, and a just:
51: (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God.
52: This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.
53: And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid.
54: And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.
55: And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.
56: And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.
I often wonder what Satan was thinking during this period. Did he think he had won or did he know this was all part of God’s plan and he had no power to stop it. The Jewish leaders obviously thought they had won but little need they know they were actors in God’s overall plan. Obviously Satan has read Revelation and knows what is ahead. Does he think he has the power to stop what has been prophesied or does he knows what lays ahead for him. Just like the Jewish leaders who had Christ crucified, the enemies of the Gospel today are unknowing actors in what has been prophesied. They can’t stop the will of God. What has been prophesied will happen according to God’s will and they are powerless to stop it. All is left is what role will you play in the final act?
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