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A Friday Prayer and Message!

Friday, August 05, 2011

"WOW!" Goooooooooood Morning Everyone! It's another Friday again. I don't know how many Fridays there are in a year, but we pray every one of them is a day of love, laughter and life. Give God all the glory!

PRAYER: " Good morning Father, Good morning Jesus, Good morning Holy Spirit! You are our refuge. We need desperately the righteousness only You can supply. Your rigtheouness is what fuels our search for Your presence in our life. When we struggle with our relationship with You, when we hunger and thirst for Your righteousness, we are at a point of growing and seeking to draw nearer to You. When we realize how much You love righteousness, it moves us to change our ways. Help us to be more like Jesus, to seek Your love and to love what is right. This we pray and ask in Jesus' Holy name, Amen!"

1. John showed us yesterday, "A Shadow From The Past" (vs 14), and now shows us "A SACRIFICE FOR SIN" (VS 16).
a. Jesus tells Nicodemus that God's love is so great that He gave up His only begotten Son (Jesus) to die that we might be saved.
b. Love is both an attribute of God and a description of His being, for God is love.
c. Paul tells us in Rom 3:25, that Jesus became a propitiation for us through His shed blood.
1. Propitiation is an act of God where He accepts the blood of Christ as a complete sacrifice for all of humanity's sins.
2. 1 John 2:2 says, "And He (Jesus) is the propitiation for our sins, and not ours only, but for the sins of the world".
3. One sacrifice, one time, for everyone's sin.
4. John the Baptist said in John 1:29, "Behold, the Lamb of God which take away the sin of the world".
d. Isaiah 32:14 tells us that Jesus would be marred (disfigured) by beatings and scourgings thatHe would be hardly reconizable.

e. It is difficult for us to grasp the pain and suffering Jesus indured for us.

2. PICTURE THIS! When sinners come to bow down before Jesus in repentant and obedient faith, Jesus has something to give them......EVERLASTING LIFE! As children of God we should always seek to be as obedient as Jesus. What does your heart reveal? To be continued Monday!

May the goodness, kindmess, love, mercy, and grace of God bless us and touch our hearts with His righteouness.

In His Love and Teachings, Vic.

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RUN4FOOD 8/5/2011 5:08PM

    Thanks for this prayer and this message.

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ILUVTTV 8/5/2011 1:30PM


Have a great weekend!


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ROLLINGREEVES 8/5/2011 11:16AM

    Great prayer! Amen.

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A Thursday Prayer and Message!

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Goooooooooood Morning Everyone! Greet each other today with a kiss and a hug, and give God all the praise!

PRAYER: "Most Holy Father, Sovereign Lord! You are in deed the DIVINE TEACHER, and whatever the circumstances of our life might be, may we entrust them to You. Give ear to our prayer, to our distress, and consider our meditation as we direct our prayers unto You. The foolish shall not stand in Your sight, but the wise shall lie down and sleep in peace; knowing they are safe in Jesus. Let us therefore come into the multitude of Your mercy, and worship You with all our heart, soul and mind. Let us who put our trust in You rejoice, for You O Lord, will bless the righteous. Our God is always near. This we pray with gladness in Jesus' blessed name, Amen!"

1. In John 3:14-17, John shows us "THE COMMENTARY".
a. Jesus clears away the confusion for Nicodemus and us.
b. In vs 14, John shows us A SHADOW FROM THE PAST>
1. Jesus uses an event (a scene: The Fiery Serpents) from Israel's history (Num 21:4-10) to illustrate His teaching.
2. God, in response to Isarel's grumbling, sends poisonous snakes among the people.
3. Many are bitten and die.
4. Moses intercedes for the people.
5. God tells Moses to fashion a snake from brass and hang it on a pole.
6. Whoever is bitten and looks up at the snake on the pole, will live.
c. Jesus is telling Nicodemus that just as the snake of old was lifted up, so must the Son of Man (John 2) be lifted up to save man.

2. PICTURE THIS! This whole world has been bitten by the snake of sin, and men are dying and dropping off into Hell. Just as the snake on the pole save them, whoever looks upon Jesus by faith and through obedience, will live, (Acts 16:31). No one can say, "I have not been bitten by sin", for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God ( Rom 3:23). Anything that is not of faith is sin (Acts 14:23). We have a job to do: LIFT THE SAVIOR UP SO OTHERS CAN BE SAVED! Are you doing your part? To be continued Friday.

May the mercies and the blessings of God find their way into each heart.
In His Teachings, Vic.

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ILUVTTV 8/4/2011 8:53PM

    It is sad that so many can not see the snake bites that sin is causing! Lord, protect us from the Evil One's bite. Make us like You, so that we can prevent others from his bite, too.


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KIN59VARA 8/4/2011 9:42AM

    Thanks for the beautiful prayer.

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A Wednesday Prayer and Message!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

ALOHA Everyone! "MAHALO" (which means Thank You)! Thank you for all the comments and responses. Busy, busy, busy.....rush, rush rush! It's too easy to lose track of people we care about, so let's make a point to contact them this week. Praise God!

PRAYER: " Heavenly Father, Glorious God! Blessed be the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come. May the name of Jesus be in our hearts, on our lips and in our praises always. May our responses always be in time of disaster, praises to God our King. Help us Father, never to forget, fear, or deny You, never to get angry and blame You for our misfortunes, but rather to praise Your name no matter what happens in our life. Help us to trust You in every situation. Let us praise You on our knees; let us submit ourselves unto you completely. Strengthen us in our hour of weakess; lift us up when we are down; let us sing songs and hymns of praises to You. Let us rejoice in the God who gave Himself for us. It is through His name that we pray, Amen!"

1. In Joh 3:8-13, John turns our attention to "THE IMAGERY OF THE NEW BIRTH"!
a. Jesus uses the image of the wind to describe the actions of the Holy Spirit (vs 8).
1. His movements cannot be predicted or aniticipated.
2. His movement is invisible yet powerful.
3. His touch can be felt and His power made evident.
4. When the Spirit of God moves over that which is dead, it can become alive (Exe 37:1-140).
b. The Holy Spirit has the power to awaken the heart to God's truth, so sinners can be drawn to Jesus.
1. When a sinner responds by faith and obedience, he is saved and given a New Birth from God.
2. The New Birth is necessary but a mystery.

2. PICTURE THIS! Like Nicodemus, many of us are still in the dark spiritually. Nicodemus could not grasp the simple truth that, "It is by faith in Jesus that produces salvation for the soul". Can you grasp that? Or, are you in the dark spiritually? Step out now into His marvelous light. To be continued Thursday.

May God bless us and keep us always in His truth.
In His Teachings, Vic.

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EDITOR 8/4/2011 4:04AM

    How our God must love to hear our praise prayers!

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RUN4FOOD 8/3/2011 8:00PM

    'Help us to trust You in every situation.'
Something I need to remember.

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JESUS.SAVED.ME 8/3/2011 3:45PM

    What a wonderful, praise filled prayer. Just last night I posted as my fb status "I will never stop singing Your praise!" We exalt Him!

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A Tuesday Prayer and Message!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Greetings to Everyone! Thank you for your comments and responses. We are into August and moving right along. Give God all the glory.

PRAYER: "Beloved Father, Faithful God. The course of histoty is changing, and it appears to be for the worst and not the better. Stories of evil repeat itself by those who manipulate the poor and destitude, who take advantage for their own gain. Help us to learn from past history what not to do; to speak up for the rights of those who love and serve You. Use us to honor You in all situations. You place us in these situations to open the eyes of our hearts. Give us the courage to speak up for all who cannot speak for themselves. Give us the strength to stand up against all evil and injustices; to stand up for Your truth and righteousness. This we pray and ask in the blessed name of Jesus our Lord, Amen!"

1. In John 3:6-7, John shows us THE IMPERATIVE OF THE NEW BIRTH!
a. Vs 6, makes it clear that there is a difference in what is produced by the action of the NEW BIRTH.
1. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh".
2. "That which is born of the Spirit is spirit".
b. When a sinner is redeemed, he becomes a "NEW CREATION" in the Lord (2 Cor 5:17).
c. The "NEW CREATURE" is created by God and fitted for heaven.
d. The "NATURAL MAN" (in the flesh) is suited only for this world, for Hell, not heaven.
e. The "NEW CREATURE" (The Redeemed) is made ready for the glory to come.

2. PICTURE THIS! Jesus makes all the difference in our life. The redeemed are changes forever by the power of Almight God. But many wear the name "CHRISTIAN" (Christ-like) only as an outer garment, and have not the name in their heart. Do you just wear the name "CHRISTIAN"? Maybe on Sundays only? OR, do you live the name "CHRISTIAN" everyday? To be continued Wednesday.

May the Lord hear our prayers and bless us with His love and grace.

In His Teachings, Vic.

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ILUVTTV 8/3/2011 11:23AM

    Amen! Great blog!

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    Thank you! emoticon

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RUN4FOOD 8/2/2011 5:56PM

    Appreciate your prayers/messages. They help me try to keep my focus centered on God.

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A Monday Prayer and Message!

Monday, August 01, 2011

A Glorious Monday Morning To Everyone! Staying in touch with each of you is a rewarding and challenging task. We hope everyone had a great weekend. Praise God!

PRAYER: " Heavenly Father, Adoring God! There is beauty all around us. Our beauty should not come from outward adornment, but from our inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in Your eyes. The outer beauty should never outshine the beauty of Jesus living in us.
Help us not to judge on the basis of outward appearances, as the world judges, but to glorify You through the beauty of the spiritual life we live in Christ Jesus, so others may see You through us. Physical charm and beauty is fleeting from us, but that which is spiritual is eternal. Deepen our beauty by the power of Your Word and Your Spirit. Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in us. This we pray in Jesus' name, Amen!"

1. John continues to amaze us with this 3rd portrait of Jesus, as he shows us THE CLARIFICATION BY JESUS (John 3:5-13).
a. Jesus reveals the two instruments of the new birth.
1. "Born of water and the Spirit" (vs 5).
2. The new birth is contrast between physical birth (water) and the spiritual birth (Spirit).
3. The new birth is being regenerated by the Spirit, signifying a rebirth by Christian baptism.
4. The water may also represent the cleansing action of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5).
b. Jesus is explaning the importance of the spiritual rebirth, that people do not enter the kingdom of God by living a better life, but by a spiritual rebirth that leads to spiritual living.

2. PICTURE THIS! When a sinner is quicken by God's truth and the Spirit, the sinner has a decision to make: To be united with Christ by baptism (Gal 2:20; Rom 6:3-11) (a re-enactment of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, according to scripture); OR, not to ber united with Christ. Are you "united with Christ according to scripture"? To Be Continued Tuesday.

May the union with Christ be the foindation of His love, grace, mercy, and eternal gift of life.

In His Teachings, Vic.

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ILUVTTV 8/1/2011 11:17AM

    Beautiful prayer! Thank you for today's message!

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SONYALATRECE 8/1/2011 10:33AM

    I receive this and meditated about this while walking/jogging along the beach this morning...amazing!!!

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7PASTORMIKE7 8/1/2011 9:59AM

    Thank you for the blessing of the word !

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KWHITEHEAD9 8/1/2011 9:54AM

    Thanks... I needed that this morning......God Bless!

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