Bible Study: The Excellence of God

Sunday of the Holy Trinity

O Lord, Our Lord,
How Excellent Is Thy Name
in All the Earth
Psalm 8

This psalm emphasizes the power of the name of God, when God's name spoken even by babes in arms can overpower his enemies.

When we realize the power of God's name, we reach a better understanding of the Second Commandment, where we are told to respect and protect the name of God.

How can this overwhelming, awesome God even be aware of any one of us? Yet he cares for each of us personally, even though we are a little lower than the angels who worship him without ceasing.

The translation in the Contemporary English Version of the Bible is interesting, but even though the language is difficult, for this psalm, I prefer the King James Version.

From this psalm we sing How Majestic Is Your Name by Michael W. Smith, in the Maranatha Praise Chorus Book.


1. Who ranks higher in the universe than people?



[Angels hold a higher position in the universe than people do.]



2. Does the name of God have power by itself?



[Yes, the name of God is of itself powerful.]



3. Does God love each and every one of us?



[God loves each one of us so much that he gave his only son, Jesus, to die for us.]

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Bible Study: The Power of Jesus

There are so many people in need today, our focus by way of The Holy Spirit is to provide relevant information to strengthen our faith in The Power of Jesus.

Prayer: Oh God our Father, You are all powerful and all powers are vested in Thy Son, Christ Jesus and The Holy Spirit. We humble ourselves of all sin, we pray for all, and forgive all in Christ Jesus. We thank you Lord and Bless Your Holy Name. Praise God for being God. We ask that you continue to Bless this ministry and each follower, we pray that each follower brings in more souls to Thy Word in the name and Joy of Jesus: A-men.

LESSON: Why Jesus Healed the Sick and Cast Out Demons (Exposition of Matthew 8:14-17)
Posted on October 8, 2007 by Steve Weaver
They’re making a new Indiana Jones movie. Harrison Ford is appearing for the fourth time as the professor/archaeologist/adventurer in a release scheduled for May 22, 2008. Archeology has long been an interest of mine, perhaps because of the popularization of the science by the Indiana Jones films.

Although when the science of archeology first emerged in the nineteenth century it was thought that it would soon disprove many assertions of the Bible, in reality many of the historical facts of the Bible have been confirmed scientifically through archeology. One example of this comes from the city of Capernaeum where most scholars agree that the home of Simon Peter has been uncovered.

During the fourth and fifth centuries it was common for churches to be built over “holy places.” Underneath a church built during that time period was found a house that dated back to around 100 B.C. The excavators could tell that the house was remodeled some time in the late first century A.D.. This remodeling probably indicates that it was converted from a private residence to a public meeting house. 134 fragments of plaster from the second century had writings with the name of Peter and references to Jesus on them. The conclusion by archaeologists is that this was the home of Peter and was later converted into a church. If this is the case, it is the home where the miracle of the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law occurred. This is the miracle to which we now turn found in Matthew 8:14-17.

Now when Jesus had come into Peter’s house, He saw his wife’s mother lying sick with a fever. (15) So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose and served them. (16) When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, (17) that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND BORE OUR SICKNESSES.”

I. The Healing of Peter’s Mother-in-Law, vv. 14-15.
The healing of Peter’s wife’s mother is the third in a series of three strung together by Matthew which shows Jesus concern for the outcasts of society. In vv. 1-4, Jesus heals a leper. In vv. 5-13, Jesus heals a Gentile, the servant of the centurion. Here in vv. 14-15, Jesus heals a woman.

It’s interesting to note that in these three healings: the first was in answer to one’s own petition, the second was of another, and the third was not in response to any recorded petition.

Jesus “touched her hand” (v. 15). In so doing, he broke three social taboos. First, he was touching a woman. Second, he was healing on the Sabbath (which we know from comparing the account in Mark 1:21-35). Third, he was touching someone with a fever which was forbidden by the rabbis of the day. But as in the case of the healing of the leper, in the words of D. A. Carson, Jesus’ “touch did not defile the healer, but healed the defiled” (Matthew, 204).

This fever was a serious one. In ancient days, fevers were not understood as a symptom, but as a disease in and of itself. Thus, Matthew simply calls it a fever. However, it was probably a fever caused by malaria, which was common in the region at the time. The language in the Greek for “lying sick with a fever” is much more graphic. It is a form of ballo meaning “I throw.” Peter’s mother-in-law was literally “thrown down” with a fever. This fever had completely incapacitated her.

Then Jesus touched her hand . . . “and the fever left her.” The disease in her body causing the fever immediately fled. So complete was her healing that she immediately “arose and served them.” This signifies the completeness of her healing. There were no lingering effects. There was none of the physical weakness normally associated with recovering from a fever. Instead there was strength to serve.

II. The Healing of the Many, v. 16.
At sunset the crowds began to bring the demon-possessed to Jesus. They had waited until the Jewish Sabbath day had ended at 6 pm before they brought the people to Jesus (see Mark 1:21-35). They brought the “demon-possessed.” Jewish intertestamental writings linked illness with demons. The crowd may have thought all which they brought to be possessed by demons. But Jesus seems to have made a distinction by casting out demons of some and healing others who are merely sick.

He “cast out the spirits with a word.” An example of this is seen in the story which ends this chapter. Jesus caused the demons possessing the two men to leave them and enter a herd of swine with the simple command: “Go!” (8:32).

III. The Purpose of the Healings and Exorcisms, v. 17.
But what was the purpose of these healings and exorcisms? In one sense we could say that Jesus healed the sick and cast out demons because of His compassion. Matthew 14:14 says, “And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.” That is certainly one reason why Jesus healed. But the main motivation in Scripture given for why Jesus healed the sick, cast out demons, or performed any kind of miracle was to reveal something about who He was. In the Gospel of John the miracles are signs which point to the deity of Jesus. In Matthew 9 Jesus heals a paralytic to show that He has the divine power to forgive sins. And here in Matthew 8:17 we are told that Jesus healed the sick and cast out demons in order to fulfill Isaiah 53:4. That is the text which is quoted here. Matthew clearly sees the healings and exorcisms as Messianic miracles, miracles which revealed Jesus to be the promised Messiah of the Old Testament.

Whenever the New Testament writers wanted to reference a particular section of the Old Testament, they didn’t have the luxury of being able to cite chapter and verse (a relatively modern convention). Instead they would cite a verse, with the understanding that the surrounding context be understood to also be in the mind of the author. That’s why it is important when we see an Old Testament text cited in the New Testament that we go back and see that verse in its original context.
That is true in this case, because Matthew does not only want us to see Jesus as the Mighty Messiah, but also as the Suffering Servant. Chapter 53 of Isaiah is one of the great prophetic descriptions of the sufferings and death of Christ upon Calvary. Matthew uses Isaiah 53:4 not only to reveal the power of the Messiah over disease and demons, but also to reveal the Suffering Servant as a Sacrificial Substitute.

This is the way Isaiah 53 is used by Peter in 1 Peter 2:21-25,

For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: (22) “WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH”; (23) who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; (24) who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. (25) For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

Isaiah 53 points forward to the death of Jesus who “bore our sins in His own body on the tree.” Matthew himself understands it this way which is seen by at least three allusions to Isaiah 53 in his description of the Passion of Christ (Is. 53:7 in Matt. 27:12; Is. 53:9 in Matt. 27:57; and Is. 53:10-12 in Matt. 20:28).

By quoting Isaiah 53:4, Matthew is showing that Jesus is announcing to the principalities and powers of this world that the King has come to make things right. This little house of a fisherman had become a battlefield in the war between the Seed of the Woman and the Seed of the Serpent.

The Scriptural storyline is clear:

Sickness and death were not a part of the original creation
Sickness and death will not be a part of the new creation.
Sickness and death are a result of sin which Satan brought into the world.
Jesus came to defeat Satan and thus break His power.
Therefore these healings are the shots over the bow of Satan’s ship announcing that the war is almost over. These miracles point forward to Jesus’ death on the cross where sin, sickness, demons, and death will be finally defeated. Richard Halverson explains why Jesus did not just stay on earth healing diseases, etc.:

Why did Jesus Christ not remain alive and eliminate, generation by generation, all the evils which harass humanity? Simply because He was the Great Physician, and in the finest tradition of medical science, He was unwilling to remain preoccupied with the symptoms when He could destroy the disease. Jesus Christ was unwilling to settle for anything less than elimination of the cause of all evil in history. Christianity Today, Vol. 38, no. 2.

Jesus dealt with the root cause of sin, suffering and death when He defeated Satan on the cross! As 1 John 3:8 says, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” This reality is what the healing miracles and exorcisms were pointing forward to.


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Sermon: Just to Touch Jesus

Our message today by way of The Holy Spirit is The Power of Jesus, and just to touch Him.

Prayer: Dear God of all healing, we Praise and bless your Holy name. We humble ourselves of all sin. We forgive all, pray for all, and thank You for all spiritual Blessings in the healing power in Christ Jesus.

Praise God for whom all blessings flow in the name of Christ Jesus. Bless all who read these words in pure Faith, A-men.

Sermon: The Power of The Touch. As Jesus walks through the town, a woman who had been suffering with a bleeding problem for over eight years, sought out Jesus to heal him of her aliment. If she could just touch not him, but His rob she would be healed.

As a result of her indeed touching of The Robe of Jesus she was healed. Our question today is one that examines the power of Jesus and His touch?

People today need healing. We are just about sick over anything and everything in a sin sick world. We are bleeding red ink in our lives and in business and governments as well. Our family are are bleeding and suffering to do more with less.

Rudeness and evil actions fill our streets and news. What are we to do?

We need to touch Jesus and and receive his healing powers today. Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world. God raised Him on the third day. Jesus will return soon and very soon to put an end to all evil and all problems. Jesus has the power to prepare a new Heaven and a new Earth for all those who believe in His power.

Convocation: The Lord is our Salvation

The purpose of this convocation is to allow us to focus on Gods word. Often we are so over-burden that we may lose our main goal in life. The media hits us with so many messages that it has become rather painful for me. Yet, we Thank God and Praise God for you. We are growing in number and pray that The Lord will continue to send folks our way. Please share this good news with a friend. We pray for all people, at all times. We pray that God will Bless you in a special way. The Joy of Jesus is the answer to all of our concerns in life. The following passages address Gods concern for our Salvation. Do reflect on these words as you will indeed be blessed by your faith in The Lord Jesus Christ:

The Lord Is My Strength

Exodus 15:2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.

2 Samuel 22:33 God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.

Psalms 18:1 I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.

Psalms 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Psalms 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

Psalms 22:19 But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.

Psalms 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalms 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

Psalms 28:8 The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.

Psalms 31:1 In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.
Psalms 31:4 Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength.

Psalms 37:39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.

Psalms 43:1 Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.
2 For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psalms 62:7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

Psalms 73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

Psalms 81:1 Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.

Psalms 118:14 The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.

Psalms 140:7 O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.

Psalms 144:1 Blessed be the LORD my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:
2 My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.

Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

Isaiah 49:5 And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength.

Jeremiah 16:19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.

Habakkuk 3:19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.


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Devotion: Bless The Lord

Often most people are looking for a blessing. This is particularly true during a world recession. Times are hard. The joblessness, rudeness and violence are so common place. Foul language is funny, relationships are strained to the limit. Sure we want Cod to Bless. We need a blessing. Yet, our scripture instructs us to Bless The Lord with our soul and everything we have. Therefore in our devotion; let Bless God with our whole being, today.


<< Psalm 103:1 >>


New American Standard Bible (©1995)
A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
King James Bible
Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

American King James Version
Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

American Standard Version
Bless Jehovah, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For David himself. Bless the Lord, O my soul: and let all that is within me bless his holy name.

Darby Bible Translation
{A Psalm of David.} Bless Jehovah, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name!

English Revised Version
A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Webster's Bible Translation
A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

World English Bible
Praise Yahweh, my soul! All that is within me, praise his holy name!

Young's Literal Translation
By David. Bless, O my soul, Jehovah, And all my inward parts -- His Holy Name.

תהילים 103:1 Hebrew OT: Westminster Leningrad Codex
לְדָוִ֙ד ׀ בָּרֲכִ֣י נַ֭פְשִׁי אֶת־יְהוָ֑ה וְכָל־קְ֝רָבַ֗י אֶת־שֵׁ֥ם קָדְשֹֽׁו׃

תהילים 103:1 Hebrew OT: WLC (Consonants Only)
לדוד ׀ ברכי נפשי את־יהוה וכל־קרבי את־שם קדשו׃

תהילים 103:1 Hebrew OT: WLC (Consonants & Vowels)
לְדָוִד ׀ בָּרֲכִי נַפְשִׁי אֶת־יְהוָה וְכָל־קְרָבַי אֶת־שֵׁם קָדְשֹׁו׃

תהילים 103:1 Hebrew Bible
לדוד ברכי נפשי את יהוה וכל קרבי את שם קדשו׃

Apocalypsis 22:21 Latin: Biblia Sacra Vulgata
(101-29) filii servorum tuorum habitabunt et semen eorum ante faciem eorum perseverabit

Salmos 103:1 Spanish: La Biblia de las Américas (©1997)
Bendice, alma mía, al SEÑOR, y bendiga todo mi ser su santo nombre.

Salmos 103:1 Spanish: La Nueva Biblia de los Hispanos (©2005)
Salmo de David. Bendice, alma mía, al SEÑOR, Y bendiga todo mi ser Su santo nombre.

Salmos 103:1 Spanish: Reina Valera (1909)
Salmo de David. BENDICE, alma mía á Jehová; Y bendigan todas mis entrañas su santo nombre.

Salmos 103:1 Spanish: Sagradas Escrituras (1569)
De David. Bendice, alma mía al SEÑOR; y todas mis entrañas al Nombre de su santidad.

Salmos 103:1 Spanish: Modern
(De David) Bendice, oh alma mía, a Jehovah. Bendiga todo mi ser su santo nombre.

Psaume 103:1 French: Louis Segond (1910)
De David. Mon âme, bénis l'Eternel! Que tout ce qui est en moi bénisse son saint nom!

Psaume 103:1 French: Darby
Mon âme, bénis l'Éternel! Et que tout ce qui est au dedans de moi, bénisse son saint nom!

Psaume 103:1 French: Martin (1744)
Psaume de David. Mon âme, bénis l'Eternel, et que tout ce qui est au-dedans de moi bénisse le Nom de sa Sainteté.

Psaume 103:1 French: Ostervald (1744)
Psaume de David. Mon âme, bénis l'Éternel, et que tout ce qui est en moi bénisse son saint nom!

Psalm 103:1 German: Luther (1912)
Ein Psalm Davids. Lobe den HERRN, meine Seele, und was in mir ist, seinen heiligen Namen!

Psalm 103:1 German: Luther (1545)
Ein Psalm Davids. Lobe den HERRN, meine Seele, und was in mir ist, seinen heiligen Namen!

Psalm 103:1 German: Elberfelder (1871)
(Von David.) Preise Jehova, meine Seele, und all mein Inneres seinen heiligen Namen!

詩 篇 103:1 Chinese Bible: Union (Traditional)
( 大 衛 的 詩 。 ) 我 的 心 哪 , 你 要 稱 頌 耶 和 華 ! 凡 在 我 裡 面 的 , 也 要 稱 頌 他 的 聖 名 !

詩 篇 103:1 Chinese Bible: Union (Simplified)
( 大 卫 的 诗 。 ) 我 的 心 哪 , 你 要 称 颂 耶 和 华 ! 凡 在 我 里 面 的 , 也 要 称 颂 他 的 圣 名 !

詩 篇 103:1 Chinese Bible: NCV (Simplified)
大卫的诗。我的心哪!你要称颂耶和华;在我里面的一切,都要称颂他的圣名。(本节在《马索拉抄本》包括细字标题)

詩 篇 103:1 Chinese Bible: NCV (Traditional)
大衛的詩。我的心哪!你要稱頌耶和華;在我裡面的一切,都要稱頌他的聖名。(本節在《馬索拉抄本》包括細字標題)
A Psalm of David Bless the LORD O my soul and all that is within me bless his holy name


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A Psalm of David
David (daw-veed')
loving; David, the youngest son of Jesse -- David.
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Bless
barak (baw-rak')
to kneel; by implication to bless God (as an act of adoration), and (vice-versa) man (as a benefit); also (by euphemism) to curse (God or the king, as treason)
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the LORD
Yhovah (yeh-ho-vaw')
(the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God -- Jehovah, the Lord.
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O my soul
nephesh (neh'-fesh)
a breathing creature, i.e. animal of (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental)
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and all that is within
qereb (keh'-reb)
the nearest part, i.e. the center, whether literal, figurative or adverbial (especially with preposition)
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me bless his holy
qodesh (ko'-desh)
a sacred place or thing; rarely abstract, sanctity -- consecrated (thing), dedicated (thing), hallowed (thing), holiness, (most) holy (day, portion, thing), saint, sanctuary.
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name
shem (shame)
an appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character -- + base, (in-)fame(-ous), named(-d), renown, report.
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Scripture for Life: Prayer for All

John 17
Jesus Prays for Himself
1After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: "Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. 5And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
Jesus Prays for His Disciples
6"I have revealed you[a] to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one. 12While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled. 13"I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17Sanctify[b] them by the truth; your word is truth. 18As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.
Jesus Prays for All Believers
20"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 23I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 24"Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. 25"Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them."


Footnotes:
a.John 17:6 Greek your name; also in verse 26
b.John 17:17 Greek hagiazo (set apart for sacred use or make holy also in verse 19
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Bible Study-The Holy Spirit

Our Bible study comes to us as a result of need; many of our friends need health, jobs and resources to make it financially. We pray for each person and family. The real power will come from the Holy Spirit. Please read our lessen, pray on it and Jesus will indeed bless you:

Who Is the Holy Spirit?
Christian tradition starts speaking of the Spirit by saying that the Holy Spirit is God, based on the Bible.

The Spirit has the attributes of God :

eternal, having neither beginning nor end (Hebrews 9:14),
omni-potent, having all power (Luke 1:35);
omni-present, being everywhere at the same time (Psalm 139:7); and
omni-scient, understanding all matters ( 1 Corinthians 2:10,11).


Not only is the Holy Spirit is God, the Spirit is a full person of the Trinity. What is meant by that? (Forgive me for talking strange here, but this is about the Holy Spirit, the One that can least be described by words.) The Spirit can be addressed as 'you' by other 'I's (such as you and me), and can respond as an 'I'. The Spirit is an 'I', able to take action and cause action. The Spirit is able to be a 'we' with other 'I's.

In a Barna survey in 1997, 61% of US residents surveyed agreed with the statement that the Holy Spirit is "a symbol of God's presence or power, but is not a living entity". Even more : that answer was held by a majority or near-majority of those in most every Christian denominational family, including mainline Protestants and evangelical Christians, and was most common in non-whites and young people. It's not a new view. Back in the days of the early church, some held that the Holy Spirit was an 'emanation' of God the Father, and others thought of the Spirit in the same terms as the Talmudic discussions on the divine Shekinah (Presence), as an expression of what Christians call the 'Father'. Those are not far off, they're just describing part of a larger picture, like speaking of an elephant by describing its ears without reference to its trunk, tusks, or thick legs.

Scripture shows that the Holy Spirit is a person and is God :

the Spirit's work in the Old Testament is closely identified with the Word of YHWH spoken by the prophets (this was affirmed by the early church in 2 Peter 1:21).
the close ties between Jesus' mission and the work of the Spirit (see the work of the Spirit).
the close ties between the mission of the apostles and the work of the Spirit; esp. see 1 Peter 1:12.
The episode with Hananiah (Ananias) in Acts 5, where first, Peter says that Hananiah lied to the Holy Spirit, then later says that he lied not to men but to God.
The trinitarian baptismal formula found in Scripture ( Matt 28:19): "in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit". It dates to the church's earliest days.
Jesus made a habit of confronting traditions with "box-breaking" actions. He ate with tax collectors and other scorned people, He turned over the tables of the money changers in the temple, He talked to the woman at the well, He healed the occupier-centurion's daughter. The Holy Spirit does the same kind of thing in Acts, and ever since.


The Holy Spirit As A Person
The Holy Spirit is not a mere symbol of anything. No mere symbol is able to:

communicate ('speak') (Acts 13:2),
intercede (step in on behalf of someone) (Romans 8:26),
testify (John 15:26)
guide (John 16:13),
command (Acts 16:6,7),
appoint (Acts 20:28),
lead (Romans 8:14),
reveal to someone how wrong, foolish, or sinful he/she was (John 16:8).
seal God's promise in believers' hearts (Ephesians 1:13-14)
shape the life of each person and community to Christ's (Romans 8:1-17)
In the Bible, the Holy Spirit has intellect, passions, and will, and can be grieved. In short, the Spirit has a personality.

The key way of giving the Holy Spirit grief is malice, which is shown as bitterness, rage, anger, clamor (making lots of noise and disruption), and slander. Paul follows this description by what makes for a happy Holy Spirit : forgiving others as, in Christ, God forgave you.

The Holy Spirit can act in whatever manner the Spirit wants to act. The Spirit generally acts through the church, but doesn't have to; the Wind blows where it will. The Spirit is free not to always be seriously focused on those purposes; the Spirit can have fun while at work.

This is all stuff that can't be true of a mere (or even 'The') Force. That is how we often experience the Spirit and know of the Spirit's presence, but that is not what the Spirit is. As God, the Holy Spirit is cause, and that cause has effect. Yet, there are those in the Christian churches who reduce the Holy Spirit to a force, or to a collective will or a living memory of the gathered believers, or the force of emotion or conscience within a person. Those people, fine as they may be, are describing a different spirit than the Holy Spirit as viewed by the Christian faith. The Spirit works in all of these ways and more, yet against all of them at times. The Spirit works in whatever ways are needed to do what needs to be done, except in choosing not to take forceable control of people's actions.
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The Spirit In the Old Testament
The Spirit shows up in the Old Testament (OT), especially in the prophets' books.

The OT does not use nephesh (soul of earthly beings) to describe God. It uses ruach.

Sermon: Jesus is The Best Preacher

Praise God for Whom All Blessings Flow in Christ Jesus and The Holy Spirit of God.

Our message this week comes from The Word of God. Jesus is the best preacher. We should all do well to hear him. This is the greatest sermon ever given. These are difficult days we face. We must be so prayerful. God knows and understands the problems we face and how much we can bare. Jesus ask that we cast our burdens on Him.

Let us take all of our burdens. Jesus our Lord and Savior, we thank Thee and Praise Thee all To the Glory of God. A-men

The Beatitudes

1And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:


3"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
5Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.

6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
8Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
9Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
10Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11"Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Believers Are Salt and Light
13 "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
14"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Christ Fulfills the Law
17 "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

Murder Begins in the Heart
21 "You have heard that it was said to those of old, "You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.' 22But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, "Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, "You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire. 23Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.
26Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.

Adultery in the Heart
27 "You have heard that it was said to those of old, "You shall not commit adultery.'
28But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. 30And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

Marriage Is Sacred and Binding
31 "Furthermore it has been said, "Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.' 32But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.

Jesus Forbids Oaths
33 "Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, "You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.' 34But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God's throne; 35nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. 37But let your "Yes' be "Yes,' and your "No,' "No.' For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

Go the Second Mile
38 "You have heard that it was said, "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' 39But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. 41And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 42Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.

Love Your Enemies
43 "You have heard that it was said, "You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'
44But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 48Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Matthew 6

Do Good to Please God
1"Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 3But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

The Model Prayer
5"And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
8"Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11Give us this day our daily bread.
12And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

14"For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Fasting to Be Seen Only by God
16 "Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 17But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

Lay Up Treasures in Heaven
19 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The Lamp of the Body
22 "The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

You Cannot Serve God and Riches
24 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

Do Not Worry
25 "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
27Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28"So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31"Therefore do not worry, saying, "What shall we eat?' or "What shall we drink?' or "What shall we wear?' 32For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 7

Do Not Judge
1 "Judge not, that you be not judged. 2For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?
4Or how can you say to your brother, "Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
6"Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.

Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking
7 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! 12Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

The Narrow Way
13 "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

You Will Know Them by Their Fruits
15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

I Never Knew You
21 "Not everyone who says to Me, "Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22Many will say to Me in that day, "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' 23And then I will declare to them, "I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'

Build on the Rock
24 "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26"But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall."
28And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, 29for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

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Convocation: A Good Day!

Today is a Good Day. Years ago The Hebrew faith started a Holy Day. We too are aware of the past as we address the present and future. We pray for all people at all times in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. We have been indeed Blessed by The Holy Spirit to do all things. We pray for Great Days. Glory to God in Highest. In Jesus names we pray. A-men.

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Rosh Hashanah Study:
Introduction


Image: High Holiday Prayer by Chassidic artist Zalman Kleinman
It's difficult to write about the festivals of the Jewish calendar in the English language. None of the available words seem to capture the mood of these landmarks in Jewish time. Holiday? Too frivolous. Holy Day? Too somber. Festival? Better, but still not quite the right word. The Hebrew phrase Yom Tov literally and blandly translates as "good day." How, indeed, to describe the blend of reverence and revelry, seriousness and exuberance, liturgy and lokshen kugel that is the Jewish festival?

In particular, the first festival of the year, Rosh Hashanah, seems to fit no familiar mold. It is the day on which we tremulously submit to the divine sovereignty and crown G-d as our king, but as the Chassidic masters point out, a coronation is always a festive event, with bands playing in the streets and crowds picnicking in the parks and fields. It is the day on which we stand in judgment before G-d, the day on which the Heavenly Court rules "who shall live and who shall die...who shall be impoverished and who shall be enriched... who shall fall and who shall rise"; but also the day on which we "eat lush foods and drink sweets... for the joy of the Eternal is your strength." The Talmud offers the image of a person coming to court where a life-or-death verdict will be handed down on him, but he is dressed in white and has a feast awaiting him at home, confident that he will triumph in his trial.

Scripture for Life

Psalm 41 (New International Version)

Psalm 41
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 Blessed is he who has regard for the weak;
the LORD delivers him in times of trouble.
2 The LORD will protect him and preserve his life;
he will bless him in the land
and not surrender him to the desire of his foes.

3 The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed
and restore him from his bed of illness.

4 I said, "O LORD, have mercy on me;
heal me, for I have sinned against you."

5 My enemies say of me in malice,
"When will he die and his name perish?"

6 Whenever one comes to see me,
he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander;
then he goes out and spreads it abroad.

7 All my enemies whisper together against me;
they imagine the worst for me, saying,

8 "A vile disease has beset him;
he will never get up from the place where he lies."

9 Even my close friend, whom I trusted,
he who shared my bread,
has lifted up his heel against me.

10 But you, O LORD, have mercy on me;
raise me up, that I may repay them.

11 I know that you are pleased with me,
for my enemy does not triumph over me.

12 In my integrity you uphold me
and set me in your presence forever.

13 Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and Amen.


New International Version (NIV)
Copyright © 1973, 1978

Our Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy Name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power,

and the glory,

for ever and ever.

Amen.

Scripture for Life

The Scripture for Life series will help you in your walk of Faith. We encourage you to read, meditate and apply these golden words in your heart and soul. God Bless and share this with others in prayer.


Mark 10:23-27 (King James Version)

23And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

24And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!

25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

26And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?

27And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.


King James Version (KJV)

Sermon: Asking God

Prayer: Praise God in Christ Jesus that Thy word be magnified in our hearts,minds and soul to the full Glory in Christ Jesus. A-men.

Scripture: Mathew 7.
Ask, Seek, Knock
7"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
9"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets


Sermon: We pray that The Word of God rings deep in your heart today. Asking God is our message to you. We bare witness that The Bible states,"Ask and it will be given to you;"

There are so many needs in life. People are hunger for food, money, healing, jobs and peace. There are some people that will do anything to get what they want and need. Life's needs have forced some people to crime and murder to do what they believe they need.

We of the Christian Faith, trust God for all our needs. We ask God for all our needs. There is no need to turn to crime or drugs to do anything. We simply ASK God for our basic needs according to His word.

We pray for all people in Christ Jesus. Now is the time to ask God for what you need. The Bible says it will be given. We praise God today and thank God for all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus.

In closing, what God did for you and I at Calvary is more than one could ever ask. Jesus gave His life for our sins. God raised Him up on the third day. God will also return as Christ will judge the Earth of all sin and evil. We ask for the perfect will of God in Christ Jesus to Bless us all to know Gods' will and word.

Prayer: Lord we thank thee and praise today for all people. We Ask in the name of Jesus to bless us all according to Thy will and word in Christ Jesus. A-men.

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Bible Study

Scripture:Mark 9:1-7 (New International Version)

Mark 9
1And he said to them, "I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power."

The Transfiguration
2After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. 3His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.
5Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." 6(He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

7Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: "This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!"


New International Version (NIV)
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

The lessens in this particular passage are important to understanding the actual personage of Jesus. We witness Jesus, Peter, James and John go to the mountain top. Then Jesus is transfigured in shinning white. Moses and Elias also appear. A voice state " This is my beloved Son:hear him."

The main points are as follows:

1. We must follow Jesus to meet with God in prayer.

2. The prophets of old recognized Jesus as the one whom was promised.

3. We must listen to the words that Jesus says because it is the word of God that gives eternal life.

We pray that Gods' words live richly in our hearts and souls. This is a blessing for us and all that hear the Lord. In the end of our lessen there is only Jesus. This is our only hope and sense of Joy. Let this be a blessing to you as we bless others all in Christ Jesus name we pray. A-men

Prayer Time...

Dear God is Heaven,

We praise Thee in Thy Son Jesus Christ,
Thank You for all spiritual blessings found in The Christ.

Let us behold the Christ mind.

We praise God and Thank God for all readers and believers in your name.

We pray for all people. We pray for all in need.
Hear our cry Dear Lord.

Lord, we give You all the Power, Glory and Honor in The Name of Jesus our Lord and Savior. A-men

Scriture: For Life

The Psalms
27

The LORD Is My Light and My Salvation
A Psalm of David.


1 The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the strength of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?


2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes,
came upon me to eat up my flesh,
they stumbled and fell.


3 Though a host should encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear:
though war should rise against me,
in this will I be confident.


4 One thing have I desired of the LORD,
that will I seek after;
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the LORD,
and to inquire in his temple.


5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion:
in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me;
he shall set me up upon a rock.


6 And now shall mine head be lifted up
above mine enemies round about me:
therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy;
I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.


7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice:
have mercy also upon me, and answer me.


8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face;
my heart said unto thee,
Thy face, LORD, will I seek.


9 Hide not thy face far from me;
put not thy servant away in anger:
thou hast been my help;
leave me not, neither forsake me,
O God of my salvation.


10 When my father and my mother forsake me,
then the LORD will take me up.


11 Teach me thy way, O LORD,
and lead me in a plain path,
because of mine enemies.


12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies:
for false witnesses are risen up against me,
and such as breathe out cruelty.


13 I had fainted, unless I had believed
to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.


14 Wait on the LORD:
be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart:
wait, I say, on the LORD.




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Sermon; Can You Wait on the Lord?

Scripture: But for who wait on the Lord will renew their strength....Isaiah 40:31

Prayer: Oh Lord thy God, Creator of all the universe,we humble ourselves unto Thee of all sin. We forgive all and pray for in Christ Jesus.
We worship You, Praise You, with all Thankfulness and gratitude in Christ Jesus. A-men

Today is one of great joy. We have learned through The Word of God, that if we wait on God, all the power we need will be ours. This is a comforting idea. At this stage in life, the problems of the world are unbearable. War, poverty, joblessness, and public health are real issues.What can we do?

The scripture says to wait on God. In other words take your time because God through Christ Jesus will restore all things in Heaven and Earth. This is a reason for tremendous Joy.

Our hope is in the Lord. We pray of course for those lost in poverty, sickness and drugs. Yet, we also pray for our business community to do better to help people live better under tough conditions. Yes, we can. Yes we can wait on the Lord.

It is God with the power. He will renew our strength. People will get faint, But those who wait on God will fly like the eagle.

In conclusion, we thank God and praise God today and forever for what he did on the cross. God gave us the gift of life eternal. Jesus gave His life for our sins. He will return with all power, glory and honor. We who wait will indeed be blessed. Our pray is for those who wait on the Lord. Can we wait on the Lord? In Jesus name we pray..A-men.

Scripture for Life

Today's scripture for life is a powerful tool to aid all who get tired of the battles of each day. We pray that you meditate on these words with your heart and soul. We pray that The Power of God in Christ Jesus make this Church grow. God Bless you all in Jesus name. A-men.

Scripture for Life

The Book of the Prophet
Isaiah
40

The LORD's Comforting Words to Zion
1 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.

2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD's hand double for all her sins.

3 ¶ The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Mt. 3.3 · Mk. 1.3 · Joh. 1.23

4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

5 and the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. Lk. 3.4-6

6 ¶ The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:

7 the grass withereth, the flower fadeth; because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.

8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever. Jas. 1.10, 11 · 1 Pet. 1.24, 25

9 ¶ O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!

10 Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. Is. 62.11 · Rev. 22.12

11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.


Israel's Incomparable God
12 ¶ Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?

13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counselor hath taught him? Rom. 11.34 · 1 Cor. 2.16

14 With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and showed to him the way of understanding?

15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.

16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering.

17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

18 ¶ To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?

19 The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains.

20 He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved.

21 ¶ Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?

22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:

23 that bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.

24 Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown; yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.

25 ¶ To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.

26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.

27 ¶ Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?

28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

31 but they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.



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Convocation: The Big Increase

Scripture:St. John 21:6 ...,Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find....

We are in deep prayer to increase the followers of this new church for people online.It is our thinking by way of the Holy Spirit that many people today literally live online. They conduct a large percentage of their time doing work and recreation on their computer. We understand this fact as well. Therefore this church is designed for them. There are some people who can not leave home for various reasons normally due to an illness.

Our prayer is to spread the word of God to them through this medium. We pray for all those who are online to visit us, read our message of Joy and follow. We also pray that they share is site with their contacts as well.

Jesus was waiting on the disciples to return from fishing after his death. They all returned to what they had been doing before they met Jesus. However, they were unsuccessful. Jesus said, go out again and cast the net on the right. They did so and caught so many fish that their nets broke and the boat almost sank.

We are casting net out on the right side of this site. We pray for the increase. We pray for and bless anyone who hears this prayer in Jesus name. Our prayer is for the power in the Gospel. Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, lived according to the will of God, crucified on the cross for our sins,raise for the dead,and now sits in the right side of God. Jesus will return and destroy all evil. He will create a new Heaven and Earth. We will all (who believe) live forever in perfect peace. We ask this in the name of Jesus. A-men.

Prayer Time

Eternal God,
Christ Jesus The Son, and The Holy Spirit of God,
We humble ourselves of all sin,we forgive all in Jesus name.

We thank Thee for all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus.

We pray for all people and the pure will of God.
Bless this ministry Lord in Your name.
We pray for an increase of members/followers.
Jesus.

We pray for the sick, children, families, and the homeless. We pray for the jobless and all those who need help. In The Name of Jesus we pray, A-men..

Bible Study

Psalms 3:8 8 Salvation F28 R55 belongs to the LORD; Your blessing R56 {be} F29 upon Your people! Selah.

Here we see two particular lessens in one main selection of scripture.
1. The idea of salvation, being saves, comes only from God and by God.

2. As a result of this act of salvation, it is indeed a bless for the people.

We need both a blessing and salvation today. The Lord is the source of all salvation and blessings. Therefore we must trust in the Lord of our salvation on order to receive the blessing. The real question involved in our lessen is:
Who is The Lord? The answer is Jesus Christ is both Lord and Savior. We have provided an addition background information on this particular lessen for you to study. We pray that you with ask the Lord for pure spiritual wisdom regarding His Divine Will regarding your experience with this lessen.

Cont. Study:

8. Two great truths he here builds his confidence upon and fetches comfort from. (1.) That salvation belongeth unto the Lord; he has power to save, be the danger ever so great; it is his prerogative to save, when all other helps and succours fail; it is his pleasure, it is his property, it is his promise to those that are his, whose salvation is not of themselves, but of the Lord. Therefore all that have the Lord for their God, according to the tenour of the new covenant, are sure of salvation; for he that is their God is the God of salvation. (2.) That his blessing is upon his people; he not only has power to save them, but he has assured them of his kind and gracious intentions towards them. He has, in his word, pronounced a blessing upon his people; and we are bound to believe that that blessing does accordingly rest upon them, though there be not the visible effects of it. Hence we may conclude that God’s people, though they may lie under the reproaches and censures of men, are surely blessed of him, who blesses indeed, and therefore can command a blessing. In singing this, and praying it over, we must own the satisfaction we have had in depending upon God and committing ourselves to him, and encourage ourselves, and one another to continue still hoping and quietly waiting for the salvation of the Lord.

Prayer

Great God Almighty,

We humble ourselves completely unto Thee of all sin, in the name of Jesus,
Lord we forgive all and pray for all people around the world,

Glory to God in the highest.

Praise God and Thank god for all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus.
Glory to God.,
We pray for the children. We pray for the homeless. We pray for all families, We pray for the sick and shut in. We pray for the people in power to do the right thing for all people. We pray for this ministry and bless all of our members. Bless all these businesses to help more people. We ask this in this name of Jesus Christ.

Glory to Glory to God and Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. A-men.

The Lord is Your Helper

The Psalms
40

Praise for Deliverance
Ps. 70.1-5
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.


1 I waited patiently for the LORD;
and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.


2 He brought me up also out of a horrible pit,
out of the miry clay,
and set my feet upon a rock,
and established my goings.


3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth,
even praise unto our God:
many shall see it, and fear,
and shall trust in the LORD.


4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust,
and respecteth not the proud,
nor such as turn aside to lies.


5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done,
and thy thoughts which are to us-ward:
they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee:
if I would declare and speak of them,
they are more than can be numbered.


6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire;
mine ears hast thou opened:
burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.


7 Then said I, Lo, I come:
in the volume of the book it is written of me,


8 I delight to do thy will, O my God:
yea, thy law is within my heart. Heb. 10.5-7


9 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation:
lo, I have not refrained my lips,
O LORD, thou knowest.


10 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart;
I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation:
I have not concealed thy loving-kindness and thy truth
from the great congregation.


11 Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD:
let thy loving-kindness and thy truth continually preserve me.


12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about:
mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up;
they are more than the hairs of mine head:
therefore my heart faileth me.


13 Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me:
O LORD, make haste to help me.


14 Let them be ashamed and confounded together
that seek after my soul to destroy it;
let them be driven backward and put to shame
that wish me evil.


15 Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame
that say unto me, Aha, aha.


16 Let all those that seek thee
rejoice and be glad in thee:
let such as love thy salvation
say continually, The LORD be magnified.


17 But I am poor and needy;
yet the Lord thinketh upon me:
thou art my help and my deliverer;
make no tarrying, O my God.




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