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A Thursday Prayer and Message!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Aloha Everyone! Mahalo (thank you) for all your comments and responses. Give God all the glory!

PRAYER: " Glorious Father, Almight God! There are times we feel like we are the ONLY ONES who are trying to do Your will, but that is not true.....it only seems that way because we have such limited vision. Like Elijah, we want to go hide some place or just quit. Allow us to experience Your Holy presence just like him; a gentle whisper of encouragment from Your word; and to know that You are always with us no matter when or where we are. Forgive us when we feel alone. Help us to remember that You are always with those who do Your will. Strengthen our faith when we are weak, and are tempted to go hide or quit. Give us a heart that cares and the courage to keep-on-keeping-on; to serve the God we love, the God who loved us so much that He gave Himself for us. This we pray in the name of Jesus, our Lord, Amen!"

MESSAGE: JESUS, THE DIVINE TEACHER!
1. John turns our attention now in this portrait of Jesus, to THE CHALLENGE from Jesus.
a. Jesus ignors the compliments and the pious platitudes of Nicodemus, and addresses the need in Nicodemus's heart (John 3:3).
1. We need to understand that religion alone is not enough to save a soul.
2. To be saved, one must experience the NEW BIRTH.
b. What's the NATURE of the NEW BIRTH?
1. "Except a man be born again".
2. The word "again" means "from a higher place".
3. It refers to things which come from God only.
4. Man cannot accomplish it.
5. It is the work of God and none other.
c. What is the NECESSITY of the NEW BIRTH?
1. "Except......he cannot see the kingdom of God".
2. The word "except" means literally "a person has no other choice".
3. We either come to God and do it His way, or there will be no salvation for those that don't.
4. It's either Jesus or Nothing!
2. PICTURE THIS: Acts 4:12 tell us, "Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name given under heaven among men, whereby we must be saved". FOLK! This is not something a church decided; it is something God decided. If God designated Jesus to be the only Savior (and He did), no one else can be His equal. Are these words speaking to the needs of your heart? To be continued!

May hope and faith bring you blessings and peace during your search for truth.
In His Teachings, Vic.

  
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ROLLINGREEVES 7/28/2011 11:11AM

    Bless you, Vic.

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ILUVTTV 7/28/2011 11:01AM

    Vic, it is so awesome when we hear/feel our God as Elijah did! And yes, I agree, Lord, please strengthen our faith when we are weak!

Have a great Thursday!
Anne
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COOP9002 7/28/2011 10:17AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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A Wednesday Prayer and Message!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Greetings To Everyone In The Name Of Jesus, Our Lord! Celebrate "LOVE" always from the depth of your heart, and the right words are sure to follow.
Give God all the praise and glory.

PRAYER: " Heavenly Father, Words cannot describe the joy You bring into our hearts. What compliment can we say to show our gratitude? Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! This is the confidence we have in approaching You our Loving God. If we ask anything according to Your will, You hear us and knowing that You hear us, You will provide. Today, we come before You with just one thought on our heart and on our mind: Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! For all the blessings of this life and for Jesus Christ our Savior. This we pray in His name, Amen!"

MESSAGE: JESUS, THE DIVINE TEACHER!
1. In this 3rd portrait of Jesus, John shows us the COMPLIMENT of Nicodemus.
a. Nicodemus addresses Jesus: calls Him "RABBI" (John 3:2).
b. He refers to Jesus as "Teacher" and appears to hold Jesus in high regards.
c. He addresses Jesus with a REALIZATION.
1. He undersatood that Jesus had been sent by God to the world.
2. He knew of the powers Jesus had displayed through the miracles He did.
3. But he stopped short (as many do), of recognizing who Jesus was.
4. To Nicodemus, Jesus was nothing more than a great teacher or a prophet.
2. PICTURE THIS! This has always been and will always be the problem with religion. In John 1:1, John revealed to us that "the WORD was GOD". Jesus is the CONTROVERSAL WORD to many. Why? Because men accept Him as a "great man" or "a prophet" of God, but not AS GOD. If our system of belief stops short of receiving Jesus Christ as the sole means of salvation, then THEY HAVE NO SALVATION. " fOR BY GRACE ARE WE SAVED THROUGH FAITH....IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD (EPH 2:8)". How do you see Jesus? As a great man? As a prophet from God? Or, as GOD? To be continued Thursday.

May each of you find your new home in Christ Jesus to be one of harmony, peace, and love.
In His Teachings, Vic.

  
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MACKEYW 7/27/2011 8:56PM

    amen

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PATTIE441 7/27/2011 6:34PM

    Thank you! emoticon

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ILUVTTV 7/27/2011 10:32AM

    Jesus is God! He is the Word made Flesh! Thank you for your lessons!
Anne
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KARRYB1 7/27/2011 9:45AM

    Thanks Vic.
Your daily prayers really help.

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A Tuesday Prayer and Message!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Gooooooooooood Morning Everyone! Generosity is a sign of a Great Soul, and I know no one more generous than Jesus. Give God all the Praise.

PRAYER: "Merciful and Loving Father, Gracious God! Your eyes are on the righteous and Your ears are attentive to their prayers, but the face of our Lord Jesus Christ is against those who do evil. We thank You that You see our hearts and hear our prayers. How grateful we are that when You see our hearts, You see the righteousness of Jesus in us, and not the sinner we once were.
Thank You, Father, that You not only hear our prayers, but that You see our needs, and answer our cries from the heart. You are indeed an AWESOME LOVING GOD! This we pray this morning in the Glorious name of Jesus our Savior, Amen!"

MESSAGE: JESUS, THE DIVINE TEACHER!
1. Who was Nicodemus?
a. He was a RULER of the Jews.
1. He was a Pharisee (John 3:1).
2. He was a member of the Sanhedrin (The Jewish Supreme Court).
3. He was a judge (John 7:50-51).
4. He was a Master, a RABBI of Israel (John 3:10).
b. He was RELIGIOUS.
1. He was called a Pharisee, which is one of the strictest of the Jewish religion and ethical stanndard.
2. Not all Pharisees we hypocrites; some, like Nicodemus, lived before God in holiness.
c. He was REAL.
1. The fact that he approached Jesus indicates he was sincere in searching for TRUTH.
2. The fact that he came to Jesus at night, may not indicate he was fearful, but that he sought an uninterupted converstion with Jesus.
2. PICTURE THIS! I do not mind someone asking questions when they are sincere and searching for TRUTH.....and neither did Jesus. John will shows us later a change that takes place in Nicodemus. How about you? Are you ready for a change in your life? To be continued Wednesday,

May hope and blessings find the way to your heart!
In His Teaching, Vic.

  
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ILUVTTV 7/26/2011 5:32PM

    I really appreciate your reason that Nicodemus sought Jesus at night. I was wondering about that yesterday and didn't stop to research reasons.

Am I searching for TRUTH...yes!
Am I ready for a change...yes!

Lord, I am here for You!

Thank you, Vic!
Anne

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PATTIE441 7/26/2011 11:55AM

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ROLLINGREEVES 7/26/2011 11:30AM

    Amen. Thank you.

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A Monday Prayer and Message!

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Happy Monday Morning To Everyone! We saw something we had never seen before on our weekend trip: WE SAW DEERS SWIMMING IN THE LAKE. WOW!
Give God all the glory!

PRAYER: "Most Holy Father, Redeeming God! One attribute that stands out on being an effective servant of the Lord, is this: DOING WHAT HE SAYS! Even though there are those who are hostile to us, and even though we may fear of taking the message of salvation to them, help us to always trust and please You rather than man. Grant us the prospective everyday to live like Elijah, to deliver Your message to an enemy. Help us to grow in the knowlesge of Your WORD, to speak Your WORD as You give us opportunities, and to obey You no matter what happens. Teach us and make us effective as Your servants to Your name, glory and honor. This we pray in the blessed name of Jesus our Lord, Amen!"

MESSAGE: JESUS, THE DIVINE TEACHER!
1. John has shown us two marvelous portraits of Jesus in his gallery:
a. 1st Portrait (John 1): JESUS, THE WORD OF GOD!
b. 2nd Portrait (John 2): JESUS, THE SON OF MAN!
2. Now John opens up for us, a 3rd Portrait (John 3): JESUS, THE DIVINE TEACHER!
a. We have to remember that when Jesus came to earth:
1. He came to teach men how to flee darkness and come to the light.
2. He came to teach men how to flee death and come into life.
b. In this 3rd portrait, we find Jesus carrying out His mission of TEACHING.
1. First to Nicodemus.
2. And then also to us.
3. PICTURE THIS! No one ever explained a truth like Jesus. Let's listen as He teaches Nicodemus about truth and salvation. Focus on this portrait with all of your heart, soul and mind. But most importantly, apply what you learn to your life. To be continued Tuesday!

May each of you be blessed with a special gift for listening with your heart.
In His Truth and Grace, Vic.

  
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KINSBAILE 7/26/2011 9:19AM

    Good to see you and read your words!

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ILUVTTV 7/25/2011 11:53AM

    Your deer in the lake makes me think of Psalm 42! Must have been a wonderful sight.
I pray that I am able to learn and be an effective Servant for my God.
Have an awesome day in the Lord.
Anne


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STARMIZER2000 7/25/2011 9:17AM

  Amen

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A Friday Prayer and Message!

Friday, July 22, 2011

ALOHA Everyone! It's Friday Again! My wife and I will be traveling this weekend, so there will be no messages until Monday, God willing. Thank you each for your comments and responses this past week. Give God all the glory!

PRAYER: "Awesome Father, Almighty God! Make us your people, a people of conviction, to do what You want us to do and not what we want to do. Allow us to experience Your blessings always, in season and out of season: when evil seems to prevail in the world; when all seems lost for Your name sake. Help us to be Your people who are willing to live among those people who will not acknowledge or serve You, the Living God and Creator of heaven and earth. If we must suffer, than let it be because we serve the God we love. Enable us to hold up Jesus and Your power for the world to see. Pour Your blessings upon us till we overflow with Your love, Grace and Mercy. These things we pray in the name of our blessed Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen!"

MESSAGE: JESUS, SON OF MAN!
1. We see in this 2nd portrait, that "Christ Jesus Provides in the Events of Life (John 2:10).
a. Jesus provided that which was needed in their immediate circumstances (good wine ).
b. Paul reminds us in Phil 4:19, that God will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory by (or through) Christ Jesus.
c. Jesus will do the same for us.
2. Christ Jesus Provides that Which Pertains To Faith (John 2:11).
a. "His disciples believed on Him".
b. Our faith in Jesus is never misplaced if we display that faith in our hour of trial.
c. In our hour of trial, Jesus will move in and move that mountain for us.
3. Christ Jesus Provides That Which Pertains To The Future (John 2:11).
a. "And manifested forth His glory".
b. When Jesus does something for us, it will strengthen our faith to give us hope for tomorrow.
4. PICTURE THIS! Jesus, the Son of Man, is tied to the events of our life. His miracles always have a purpose and He is ready to minister to our needs if we call upon Him and believe on Him. What is your need today? Bring it to Jesus! Share it with us and we will also go to Him on your behalf. To be continued Monday!

Wishing each of you a life filled with the love of Jesus by faith and all the blessings oof God. In His Blessings and Grace, Vic.

  
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ACCTGMAMA 7/22/2011 11:31PM

    Thanks Vic. Have a wonderful weekend. God has provided for my needs yesterday, today, and God willing tomorrow too:)

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ILUVTTV 7/22/2011 9:29PM

    Thank you, Vic, for this gentle reminder. May we all recognize Jesus' blessings upon us, especially in times of trial and tribulation.

I hope you have an enjoyable time. Stay safe. God bless.

Anne
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KMICHA 7/22/2011 10:23AM

    Great message . . .Thanks for posting. Have a wonderful weekend!

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