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And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Rev 3:14-20

Looking back we sometimes do not see where we have been.

Like the frog in the pot…

Put the frog in hot water he jumps out.

Put the frog into a pot and slowly heat it up… the frog will not jump out but he will end up cooked.

We become Laodiceans when we fall away from God’s Word. We become lukewarm pew sitters.

Not seeing the joy that we first had when we first came to Christ.

Looking back in the rear view mirror we can see where we have been in Christ and where we are now.

It is time to return back to Jesus, Our First Love.

Revival starts with each of us.

Rev. John Kirst

Only Through The Cross–A Completed Work

Only Through The Cross–A Completed Work

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Here we are observing Easter of 2011. What does Easter mean to us this year, or any year?

Is Easter now a not so major holiday ( they delivered the mail)  and are we focusing on the true meaning of Easter?  Mostly I see people hurrying around filling Easter baskets and creating Easter displays.

I remember as a child participating in Easter egg hunts and looking forward to the Easter basket filled with chocolate bunnies and yellow chicks–not to mention jellybeans. I still love chocolate and jellybeans–but they take a certain back seat to the true meaning behind Easter and The Cross of Christ.

Our Saviour sacrificed his entire being for us on Calvary’s cross. There has never been or ever will be another sacrifice to match it.  That is because as Jesus said, “It is finished”.

He performed a completed work so that you and I could be alive this day to live in Him and to partake in Communion with Him. He performed a completed work so that we could have a right to reign with Him for eternity and the glorious indwelling of the Holy Spirit to guide us in this life. He performed a completed work so that the entire world could be ministered to and the Great Commission performed in His Name.

As it states in Matthew 27: 35-37 NKJV : “Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet:

‘They divided my garments among them, And for my clothing they cast lots.”

‘Sitting down, they kept watch over Him there. And they put up over His head the accusation written against Him:  THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.’

They did this to make fun of our Saviour, but they inadvertently furthered the plans of the Kingdom of GOD.  It is because of Jesus’ sacrifice that we can stand firm and declare that the Kingdom of GOD is here. It is our duty and our desire to see those who need the King of Kings gather at the Easter Banquet table.  Rev. Charlene

Jesus Christ Revealed

Jesus Christ Revealed

October 23, 2009 

     This teaching will be in several installments. May it be a help to you as you seek GOD’s will.

     Jesus Christ has revealed Himself as the “Pearl of Great Price” in His matchless beauty and worth; as the “Lily of the Valley” in His rich fragrance; as the “Rose of Sharon” in His abundant perfume; as the “Bright and Morning Star” in His diamond brilliance; as the “Bundle of Myrrh” in His Holy purity.”  As the Holy Spirit gives me this teaching, I will be using these metaphors from the Gospels to describe the power and beauty of John’s revelation of our LORD.   Rev. Charlene Kirst

Part One: Jesus Christ Revealed (The Pearl of Great Price)

      In Matthew 13:45,46 Jesus states: “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a pearl merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. He discovered a real bargain–a pearl of great value–and sold everything he owned to purchase it!”  Jesus is our priceless pearl. We could never afford His worth with our own resources. He is our gift, freely given, from the Father above. As we walk in Christ, life becomes as the grain of sand in the oyster’s shell, and as Christ abundantly pours balm over our pain and irritation in this life we gladly receive His gift as our “pearl of great price”.

     The LORD directed me to begin reading the Book of John on a daily basis–one chapter per day. He said: “I will be teaching you new things and reiterating those things that you have lost”. All of us fall behind in our dedication at times and GOD has to tie us down to study diligently so that He may be revealed more fully to us.

     The Book of John is full of Christ’s wisdom and sayings. The scriptures have spoken to me in profound ways. I would like to share these scriptures with you. As you study them, may you be enlightened and blessed. I have found as I have progressed that the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke) and other scriptural books also have pearls of wisdom to offer.  All scriptures are from the Life Application Bible: Living Bible Translation. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. and Youth for Christ/USA Wheaton, Illinois 1971.      

     The Book of John begins: “Before anything else existed, there was Christ, with GOD. He has always been alive and is Himself GOD. He created everything there is–nothing exists that he didn’t make. Eternal life is the light that shines through the darkness–and the darkness can never extinguish it.” It is only fitting that the Creator of the universe would be defined by His Creation. The pearl is a gem born out of discomfort. The grain of sand in the oyster’s shell is bathed again and again to ease the irritation. As a result of covering this grain, there arises beauty and purity, attributes of our LORD Jesus Christ.

         John the Baptist declared Jesus to the Jews at Bethany beyond the Jordan River. He emphasized that he was not the Christ, but one sent to declare His coming.  John states: “I am a voice from the barren wilderness, shouting as Isaiah prophesied, get ready for the coming of the LORD!’ ”  John 1:23

     In the book of John we find affirmation of GOD the Father’s love and trust in His Son on earth.  As Jesus was teaching the Greeks during the Passover before His Crucifixion, He spoke these words: “Now my soul is deeply troubled. Shall I pray, ‘Father, save me from what lies ahead’ ? But that is the very reason why I came! Father, bring glory and honor to your name.” Then a voice spoke from heaven saying, “I have already done this, and I will do it again”.  John 12:27 & 28. In the Synoptic Gospels and the Book of John is the declaration of seeing the Holy Spirit descend as a dove upon Jesus in the River Jordan. The Father says, “You are my much loved Son, yes, my delight.”

     An important point to remember is the purpose of John’s Gospel. John wrote this Gospel as a way to show that Jesus was not just human flesh but the Eternal Son of GOD. John had a personal view from which to expound his message, and of all of the twelve disciples–Jesus chose John to take care of His mother. Trust existed between the Deity and His servant.

     Because Jesus is GOD’s Son, we can perfectly trust what He says. By trusting Him, we gain an open mind to understand GOD’s message and fulfill His purpose in our lives. Jesus offers eternal life to us all. He invites us into a personal relationship with Him–a relationship that provides us with all of the benefits of inheritance. Although we have to die and leave this earth we are guaranteed a place in heaven. This gives us hope. 

     The Book of John records eight different accounts of signs and miracles that reveal Jesus’ love and sovereignty. We see His power over all living things, a power manifested through His role as Creator of the Universe. That Jesus waited until He was empowered from on High to perform these signs and miracles testifies to us as an example of how we are to respond to requests for service as friends of Christ here on earth. We are supported by the power of the Trinity to do the work of the Kingdom, and we are never to take on a task in Christ’s name that we have not invoked GOD’s Holy Spirit to guide us. 

 Part Two: The Miracles (Lily of the Valley)

     By definition a miracle is an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention over the natural universe. ( Nelson’s Three-in One Bible Reference Companion. 1982)   

      Intervention is an occurrence or event that falls between points of time and events. This interferes with the outcome of a condition or process to prevent harm or improve functioning.

     The natural universe is that GOD-breathed, GOD-ordained, GOD-spoken expanse called the cosmos of which the earth is a part.

      Song of Solomon 2:1b “I Am the “Lily of the Valley.”

     What is more beautiful than a fresh, white lily–the rays of the sun striking rainbows on its flesh, the sweet dew glinting as diamonds. Jesus as the “Lily of the Valley” gives forth a marvelous fragrance as the source of miracles in our lives. He brings refreshing healing to us in times of crisis, in times of hurt and pain. Does your pain seem prolonged, even endless? Do your prayers seem to go unanswered? Trust in the divine miraculous intervention of the Living GOD! Not only is He willing and able to deliver you, but he will also shower you with fragrant blessings from on High. The lily in the natural world will fade from view–the “Lily of the Valley” will never lose His beauty or fragrance or His heart.

     The miracles of Christ reveal GOD’s work of restoration–delivering and restoring His Creation. Making the blind to see; the lame to walk; the dead to rise is Christ’s way of showing the grace given to us. We are never deserving of the miracles in our lives. These miracles are gifts from above. Let us be thankful that we have a Savior who cared for His Creation enough to die for our many sins. That is the ultimate miracle.

         From the first of Jesus’ miracles, the water into wine at the wedding in Cana of Galilee–to the miracle of the cross of Calvary, we can see a picture of GOD exerting influence over His Creation. That Jesus came to earth at all was a divine miracle in itself. This was a miracle of grace. To come to suffer and die for the sins of His created children was truly straight from the heart of GOD to His lost sheep.

     To create a bridge across turbulent waters is a feat of engineering. To create a bridge to merge divided hearts is a miracle. Hebrews 13:4 says, “Honor your marriage and its vows, and be pure; for GOD will surely punish all those who are immoral or commit adultery.”  Marriage is a sacred trust, sanctioned and ordained by GOD the Father, GOD the Son, and GOD the Holy Spirit. Jesus approved of marriage as is witnessed by His presence at the marriage feast, and His turning water into wine in Cana of Galilee in John 2:1-12. This was His first recorded miracle, and it speaks of not only His Godly right to perform miracles, but is also an example of the power that He has extended to us all through His Holy Spirit. Simply put, we are given power to raise the dead, to heal, to deliver, and to set the captives free. The church is the bride of Christ and the church is composed of people, not walls. That is why it is so important to recognize GOD’s miracles in our lives. This gives us witness to share with others who are going through experiences that are similar to our own already delivered circumstances. We have Jesus’ teaching in the Scriptures (Matthew 5: 31-32) about unGodly behavior that qualifies for divorce. This behavior is adultery. Adultery can be mental or physical. desiring another partner instead of your own requires asking for forgiveness.

     The next statement (as the Apostle Paul would put it) is my own (Rev. Charlene’s) opinion. Through seeking the Spirit of Christ who dwells in me, I believe that living with an abusive spouse would not be in His will. Married couples are instructed to honor one another and to love one another as Christ loves the church. Abuse, whether physical or mental, is not honoring your spouse. There are many opinions as to whether abuse is a ground for divorce. I do not believe that the LORD created us for abuse.

     What about Hosea and Gomer you might ask? Wasn’t this an example of GOD-allowed infidelity and abuse? Did not Hosea know that Gomer would be untrue before he married her? Hosea did know this, and he chose to honor his marriage through honoring His Maker. Hosea 1:2 states, “The LORD said to Hosea, “Go and marry a girl who is a prostitute, so that some of her children will be born to you from other men. This will illustrate the way my people have been untrue to me, committing open adultery against me by worshipping other gods.”

     The Biblical narrative of Hosea is an unusual circumstance. Hosea’s deep and complete trust and obedience to the LORD is remarkable in that few men would have willingly married a prostitute knowing that she would be untrue to their marriage vows. In his obedience Hosea allowed GOD to use his circumstances to teach the idolatrous, adulteress nations of Israel and Judah that GOD would grant tender mercy to them if they would repent of their ways. Gomer did have choice. She chose to leave a loving husband and her children for a life of uncertainty and pain. As the people watched, Hosea granted grace over and over, unselfishly gathering his wife to his bosom after each transgression. Thus Hosea embodied the love of Christ that grants grace to His people. This is also an example of how we are to forgive our spouses if true repentance is in their hearts. We all err, and without having the mind of Christ that was in Hosea (who forgave Gomer for running after other lovers) we can destroy the foundations of our lives. Just as GOD forgave Judah and Israel we must forgive one another.

     GOD will ask you to do things that are not always logical to your mind. Even those around you will say that it doesn’t make sense. However, obedience to Christ is a key to allow miracles to work in your life, in your marriage and in your relationships.

     Is there a Godly purpose in your being yoked to your spouse, or your church? Yes, there is. As human beings we need to receive and give love and companionship. It is through the miraculous grace of Christ that we are given those around us to act as examples of GOD’s mercy and continuous work, and we are ourselves to act the same.

 Part Three: The Rose of Sharon (The Apple of God’s Eye).   

     Song of Solomon 2:1a: “I Am the Rose of Sharon”. 

        There are many plants in the rosacea family. Roses, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and apples are just a few examples. The “rose of sharon” generically refers to several flowering plants. The “Rose of Sharon” refers to the living Christ.

Looking at the examples above from the rose family–what properties do they have in common? Principally, the production of beautiful, sweet, aromatic flowers and fruit that bring pleasure to the senses. But there is another feature that is also predominantly present in many of the plants. Thorns.

When our LORD was being mocked, abused, and sentenced to die, they placed a crown of thorns upon His sweet, sacrificial brow. Jesus had brought fragrance and fruit to this world. He desired to give the people this fruit abundantly–if they would receive it. They tasted of the fruit He willingly gave, and rejected it as sour. How many times has the LORD presented you with a table laden with abundant fruit, only to have you reject it’s goodness in favor of a different table laden with thorny temptations of life. Probably more times than you would care to remember. I know that this has been in my life, and I have repented of many things.

The delectable apple is of especial significance in the Christian’s life, and is used both literally and metaphorically in the Scriptures. Contrary to popular belief, the fruit eaten by Adam and Eve from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil was not named as the apple, but the apple has none-the-less been designated as the fruit eaten. This fruit therefore represents the Fall in the minds of many Christians. Strangely, the apple is also one of the most desired fruits to eat in many forms such as apple pie, applesauce, apple juice, apple cobbler, and etc. This is due to the life-learning application of the use of apples as sources of goodness and strength.

Remembering that the apple is part of the rosaceae family–what does this say to us? As the “Rose of Sharon” Jesus is our source of goodness and strength and has overcome the stigma of death much as the apple has through time overcome the stigma of betrayal. Jesus brought us life through His sacrifice and is spoken of as “the Apple of GOD’s eye”. Applying life-learning lessons here produces fruit mete for repentance. As Jesus Christ has arisen from the grave, He has enabled each of us to become more like Him–to also be  the “apples of GOD’s eye.

to be continued    Rev. Charlene

The Test of Prosperity

The Test of Prosperity

While studying this morning The LORD revealed a connection to me between King David and King Uzziah–2 Samuel 6:17 and 2 Chronicles 26:16-20.

King David

2 Samuel 6:17: “The ark was placed inside the tent which David had prepared for it; and he sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings to the LORD.” It would be wise to read the entire chapter.

King Uzziah

2 Chronicles 26: 16-20: “But at that point he became proud–and corrupt. He sinned against the LORD his GOD by entering the forbidden sanctuary of the Temple and personally burning incense upon the altar. Azariah the High Priest went in after him with eighty other priests, all brave men, and demanded that he get out. “‘It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense, they declared. That is the work of the priests alone, the sons of Aaron who are consecrated to this work, Get out, for you have trespassed, and the LORD is not going to honor you for this!”” Uzziah was furious, and refused to set down  the incense burner he was holding. But look! Suddenly–leprosy appeared in his forehead! When Azariah and the others saw it, they rushed him out; in fact, he himself was as anxious to get out as they were to get him out, because the LORD had struck him. ”

We are studying in our Learning to Trust text about how King Uzziah went into the temple and burned incense upon the altar. Was this a bad thing? Yes, in this particular instance, and only because the task of burning incense upon the altar was reserved for the priests of Aaron’s descent.

In doing this abomination, King Uzziah had raised himself above the priesthood and had disregarded their appointed role in the temple. Sometimes it is not so much what we desire to do for The LORD but the question is were we appointed to this task? All of us have work to do for the Kingdom. This is a given, and without the desire to work, there would arise no fruit. Holy Spirit unction is what directs us to our own particular role or roles in the work of the Kingdom.

King Uzziah had reigned for many years, and he was blessed mightily by GOD in numerous ways. Where the dilemma came was in his inability to listen to the voice of humility, to the Holy Spirit. Was the Holy Spirit at work in this time? Yes, He was. King Uzziah became puffed up in his own importance because of his prosperity. It is hard to hear GOD when you have no needs. There is less desire to seek GOD when nothing is amiss. It is a human trait, this inability to remain humble and contrite in our successful times.

When is it necessary to hunker down and look to GOD for deliverance? During our times of prosperity. Our eyes can be blinded and our ears stopped up, not to mention our hearts can be hardened by prosperity. King Uzziah lost his vision due to arrogance. He was struck down with leprosy. Let us try to do better.

You may be asking how this relates to King David. King David also went into the temple to burn offerings unto the LORD after he had brought the ark triumphantly into the City of David. He had the wisdom to ask for the assistance of the priests, knowing that this was their GOD-appointed task, otherwise a similar fate as King Uzziah’s would have been his. In so doing he showed humbleness before the LORD and his reward was more prosperity. Even though he had danced before the LORD and acted clamorously foolish, and had won the disrespect of Michal, his wife because of this–his humble heart had led him to do so and GOD blessed him.

Always keep your spiritual guard up during the prosperous times. Remember that GOD gives and that He can take away.

                                                                                          Rev. Charlene

Constructive Vs. Destructive Criticism

Constructive Vs. Destructive Criticism

What is criticism? The base meaning of the word is critic–someone who reviews and expresses a negative or positive opinion. Criticism has it’s purpose– it is designed to help people to grow, and to expose areas that need to be purged or at least improved in their lives. When it is negative criticism, the purpose is thwarted and produces bad fruit.

Was Jesus critical of His disciples? Yes, he was. Example: Matthew 17:15, 16  KJV revised.

There is a man whose son is plagued with seizures. The disciples, despite all of Jesus’ teachings, cannot heal him.

“LORD, have mercy on my son; for he is lunatic (luna-moon) and sore vexed; for oftentimes he falls into the fire, and often into the water. And I brought him to Your disciples and they could not cure him.” 

Verses 17, 18, 19, and 20: Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you? Bring him hither to me”. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, “Why could we not cast him out”? And Jesus said unto them, “Because of your  unbelief: for verily I say unto you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove, and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

This was an example of criticism. What was Jesus’ intention in telling them of their unbelief? To strengthen their belief. To inspire the disciples to embrace all that He was teaching them, and to recognize the power they possessed through Christ. This was positive criticism. It was designed to promote growth.

Negative criticism is designed to hurt and tear down. Pray that you can distinquish between the positive and the negative, for you do not want to discourage GOD’s people through tearing their spirits apart and leaving them in despair.

Have a criticism? Intend for it to help someone to grow, and make sure that the Voice of The LORD has uttered the words.

Likewise, try the Spirit if you have a tendency to interpret all criticism as negative. There are those lead by GOD to deliver you and me from error.

                                                             In His Name,

                                                                      Rev. Charlene

Does God Use Women In Ministry?

Does God Use Women In Ministry?

Greetings Ladies,

Another Teaching based on “The Confident Woman” by Joyce Meyer and “The Holy Scriptures“.

One of the most controversial scriptures in the Bible is that expounded by Paul the Apostle in 1 Corinthians 14 NIV. “As in all the congregations of the saints, women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.” 

This scripture has been misapplied for the entire history of the Christian church, and has impeded the ministry of the church. Women are especially inclined to instruct and to exhort.  Men can also be gifted this way–but it is my belief that women naturally love to instruct.  Women can also be outspoken, inquisitive, and demanding as human beings. We want to know what is going on right now.  This trait can bring troubles of its own.

In 1 Corinthians, Paul is addressing an issue in the church that arose out of the need for the church to transition from the pagan practices of the time before Christ’s death and resurrection, into the Christian practices of the early church. Sad to say, a lot of those pagan ways are resurfacing in the church today and leading God’s people astray, and some practices were never purged from the church.

The early church was inhabited by many people who had come out of the pagan worship arena. Some pagan services were noisy and out of control, and many people brought this behavior into the assemblies of the early Christian church. Let me pause here to make a distinction between the prevailing worship attitude of the church today, that is inspired by God’s Holy Spirit, and the pagan attitude of worship that did not include the check of God’s Holy Spirit on the heart of His people. They erred for lack of knowledge.

The women, even though they were now in the Christian church, still carried the habits they had learned in the pagan worship ceremonies. The Jewish converts were also inclined to ask  for explanations of the service content. They would call out comments and questions due to the early church’s lack of providing education for their women. The Jewish temple structure included a women’s court. The women were not allowed into the inner temple area. As a result, they were forced to inquire of their husbands and sons as to what was occurring in the service.

There are many examples of the Apostle Paul’s association and work with women in the church. To name a few we have Priscilla, Tabitha, Phoebe, and Lydia. Paul gave high praise to all of these women. It would be contradictory to assume that he would embrace these women but no others. 

It is our role as workers in the Kingdom to listen to God’s Holy Spirit and to act upon His leading. There is no room for gender consideration in the Lord’s army. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female; for all are one in Christ Jesus”. Galatians 4:28

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The Confident Woman by Joyce Meyer

The Confident Woman by Joyce Meyer

Hi Ladies.

We are going to be studying Chapter 2 of Joyce Meyer’s “The Confident Woman”. This has been an inspirational text aimed at helping us to define who we are as confident women of God. So far we have explored God’s concept of us as women and how closely His perceptions line up with our own. Sad-to-say, we are lacking more in our eyes than His.

Why are women so hard on themselves? I believe that it is a reflection of our environment and of our society. From childhood we are taught that there are specific gender roles that do not cross paths at any given point in time. Black and White. Men do this. Women do that. In my own experience this theory lacks validity.

I have done many things in my lifetime that in the past were considered specifically male roles. I have co-pastored a church as a licensed and ordained evangelist, teacher, and preacher. Growing up I never saw women in these specific roles. I only know that when I felt called by God to minister to His people–there was never a hesitation to do the work based upon my gender. Even today, many people consider female ministers to be heretics. I can only listen to the Lord’s still, small, voice and do His bidding. Not one person on this earth will be standing with me in The Judgement. We will all be judged as individuals. Whether male or female, always trust God’s Holy Spirit to lead you in the path made for you. Favor with man is great–but I treasure favor with God more.

Also realize that people will not always understand your ministry call. It is only through application of the Word and giving example to the body of how God uses women that light dawns in people’s hearts.  God is a God of mercy. He is not willing that any one should perish. What does this mean? It means that I am to strive to be used by God’s Spirit to grant mercy and grace to those who are struggling to either know God better,  or have never been in the position to know Him at all. As a woman of God I must never fail to pray, intercede, or love His people with Christ’s unconditional, agape love.

Is correction a Kingdom application? Yes.  Love is also correction and I believe as women, mothers,and grandmothers, there is an obligation to correct mistakes with love, though not with condemnation. ” For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17 NIV

As we continue to discover who we are as women in Jesus Christ let us strive to be the best that we can be. Let us make a resolution to seek the Word as our guide and to love our neighbors as ourselves.   

                                                                                 Charlene

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Psalm 2

Psalm 2

 The LORD gave this Psalm to me this morning. There is so much corruption in High places, and we as Christians must be aware of the source and our power through Christ to make changes. Prayer is the key to change in this world, and action is the door opener.

 1 Why do the nations conspire [a]
and the peoples plot in vain?

    2 The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the LORD and against his anointed, saying,

    3 “Let us break their chains
and throw off their shackles.”

    4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.

    5 He rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,

    6 “I have installed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”

    7 I will proclaim the LORD’s decree:
He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have become your father.

    8 Ask me,
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.

    9 You will break them with a rod of iron [b];
you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”

    10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the earth.

    11 Serve the LORD with fear
and celebrate his rule with trembling.

    12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry
and you and your ways will be destroyed,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Footnotes: Psalm 2:1  Hebrew; Septuagint rage Psalm 2:9  Or will rule them with an iron scepter (see Septuagint and Syriac)

Today’s New International Version (TNIV)

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Ephesians 1

Ephesians 1

Pastor requested that we read this scripture in preparation for next Sunday’s sermon.

 1In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. 3The 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. 4So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

 5For to which of the angels did God ever say,
”You are my Son;
today I have become your Father[a]“[b]? Or again,
”I will be his Father,
and he will be my Son”[c]? 6And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says,
”Let all God’s angels worship him.”[d] 7In speaking of the angels he says,
”He makes his angels winds,
his servants flames of fire.”[e] 8But about the Son he says,
”Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever,
and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.
9You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
by anointing you with the oil of joy.”[f] 10He also says,
”In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
11They will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
12You will roll them up like a robe;
like a garment they will be changed.
But you remain the same,
and your years will never end.”[g] 13To which of the angels did God ever say,
”Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet”[h]? 14Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

Hebrews 1:5 Or have begotten youHebrews 1:5 Psalm 2:7Hebrews 1:5 2 Samuel 7:14; 1 Chron. 17:13Hebrews 1:6 Deut. 32:43 (see Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint)Hebrews 1:7 Psalm 104:4Hebrews 1:9 Psalm 45:6,7Hebrews 1:12 Psalm 102:25-27Hebrews 1:13 Psalm 110:1

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Words from The Lord

Words from The Lord

      Word 1:  A Heart Applied Appropriately

          Will Always Be A Prayer

Word 2:  I Am the One in Control

    Follow after Me, not after man

For I AM the One you will be

standing before in judgment

Man will not judge you,

I will judge you

Follow after Christ,

not after man

And do as I command you to do

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