Do You Know Jesus?

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To accept Jesus, as your Lord and Savior, you must believe he paid the price for your sins at the hands of the Roman soldiers. The beatings he suffered by their cat of nine tails that ripped into his innocent flesh was for your[everyone’s] sins. Our punishment for our sins. He was crucified on that terrible cross for our sins.[He had no sin] He died and descended into hell where he spent three days declaring his victory over sin and death.  He was taking our place in hell for our[everyone’s] sins. On the third day, God ascended him out of hell and the grave. Now Jesus is in heaven with the Father. You must believe he took your punishment for your sins. [Paid in Full] Jesus’ salvation is a free gift.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, pray this prayer. If you truly want Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and to forgive you of your sins, and secure your place in heaven, pray it more than once.

Believers Prayer: Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I am sorry for all my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Thank you Lord Jesus. A-men.

If you prayed that prayer you have been born again. You are now a Christian. Praise God!

 

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Be Still International Prayer Partners

Jesus Christ- Founder, Heaven ***          Jackie[God’s Ambassador]- Philippines

Frida- Kenya, South Africa ***                 Emorut – Jerusalem, Israel

JA Ireland- USA

 

Philippians 4: 6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7- And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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Father in Heaven, I commit to You that I will pray for the people and organizations on this list twice daily. May You work miracles in their lives. In Jesus name. A-men.

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All prayer partners please pray for the following twice daily:

Emergency Prayer Request – Running out of time- Gary – California, USA – Suffering from liver failure. Looking for a liver match. Pray for a full recovery from his liver disease. Pray for a liver donor on the directory. Also pray the Lord will pour out His graces and mercies upon Gary’s life. Pray for God’s blessings upon Gary’s finances.

Frida- Kenya, South Africa – A prayer Partner. We praise God for her devotion to this prayer team. We ask for prayer due to her impending eye surgery. A scheduled minor operation. Pray that God will bless the surgery and Frida’s recovery. Also pray that God will bless her life and family. As a prayer partner, we pray for God’s hedge of protection for Frida and her family.

Jackie in the Philippine Islands – [God’s Ambassador] Pray that God will reveal His Calling for her life. Pray that God will send her a Christian husband that loves the Lord with all his heart. Pray for healing for her back pain and a better job or easier job; that her boss will be kinder to her. Pray that God will bless her with employment abroad. Also pray for her family that God will bless and keep her family in good health and rich blessings. As a Prayer Partner, pray for God’s Hedge of protection for her and her family.

Emorut – Jerusalem, Israel – [Jesus’ Prayer Partner] Pray that God will bless his life, his job. Keep him in good health. Pray that God will reveal His Will for Emorut’s life. As a Prayer Partner, pray for God’s Hedge of protection for him. Pray that God will provide a way for Emorut to relocate to America.

Sherry H. – America – Pray for Sherry’s surgery on June 1 st. Pray that she will recover from the anesthesia. Pray for God’s blessings during the surgery and a total recovery from the operation. Pray that the Lord heals her body speedily and returns her to work quickly. Pray for God’s blessings upon Sherry’s live, her husband, their son Shawn; their health and finances and home.

Glenndaan, Mactan, Philippines – Pray For God’s Hedge Of Protection– Pray that God will lift up her spirit when life’s heartaches anchor her soul.  Pray that the Lord will keep her long-distance daughter safe. Give the Lord praises that her family is all in good health.

Nikkaricci in Manila Philippines -Pray For God’s Hedge Of Protection Pray for her safety. That the Lord will bless her and care for her and meet her needs. That God will pour out His grace and mercies upon her life. Pray that God will bless her VBS work.

Jill in America- Pray for healing.

Becky in Alabama, USA- Suffering from terminal cancer. Pray that God will heal her and save her life. At her last doctors appointment, she weighted 85 pounds. She is five feet and five inches tall. Pray fervently for the Lord to heal her of the cancer.

Amy in America- Pray that God will pull her back from apostasy. She went down a dark path due to rebellion and naivety. She opened a door for Satan into her life without realizing it – over the internet and by her actions. Pray that the Lord will return her to Himself  and her family with forgiveness in her heart.

Jyotee in Nepal- New Christian, pray that God will grow her in the faith of Jesus Christ. Praise God that she has finished College and is an English teacher. Pray that God will use her as a powerful witness for Christ. Pray for God’s hedge of protection for her and her family.

Danlea from the Philippines. Pray that her husband changes his attitude. He breaks his addition to alcoholic. Changes his focus to his wife. Pray that her husband receives Christ as Savior and Lord.

Marlene in the Philippines – Pray that God will bless her health and financial status. Also pray that the Lord will enter her into a friendship with a Christian man; that the relationship will blossom into a lifelong marriage. Pray that God will pour out His grace and blessing upon her family. Pray that the Lord will bless her niece and nephews with their school work, and give them the ambition to complete their education.

Arthur, now in Glory with his Lord Jesus. Passed away at age 91, in Manchester, UK. We praise you Lord that he was a man of the faith. We also pray that the Lord will pour out His blessings and mercies upon his son, Nick in the UK. Pray that God will bless Nick’s  book business with more commercial success.

Mavis – Atlanta, Georgia – Pray that the Lord will bless his life, his health, his finances, and his business. Pray that God will pour our His grace and mercies upon Mavis’ entire life.

Hager in Ghana –  Pray that God will pour out His blessings and mercies upon her health, her life, and her home. Pray that God will bless her finances. Also pray that the Lord will bring a Christian man into her life; pray that the relationship will grow into a lifelong marriage.

Carol , USA – Age 90. Scheduled for full knee replacement surgery May 29 th. Pray for God’s blessings upon Carol’s surgery. Pray for a full recovery. Pray that the Lord will keep her pain low. Pray that God will pour out His grace and mercies upon Carol’s life in every way. Pray that God will bless her finances and health during the recovery.

Michelle – California, USA – We praise God for her growth in Christ and her testimony of faith. God has given her such joy in life. I praise God for her Christian example of love, faith, and joy in Christ. Pray that the Lord will bless her life to the fullest.

Shahid – Pakistan, Pray that God will rescue him from the financial problems he is experiencing. Pray for his health. He is having stomach pain and fever from an ulcer. Pray that God will deliver him from this illness. Pray for the Lord’s blessings upon his life.  Pray that the Lord will bless his two sons and keep them healthy. Pray for their education.

Priscilla’s Mother in Ghana. Suffering from stomach cancer. Pray that God will heal her cancer. Pray for a total recovery.  We pray for the Lord’s blessings upon Priscilla’s and her Mother’s life, their health, and their finances.

Josephine in Marietta, USA – Pray for God to bless her with employment. Pray for her finances and health. Pray that the Lord will bless her life in every way.

 

 

JA and Jill’s personal prayer partners and ministries we financially support:

Kerri J. Phillips – Baptist Missionary in Uganda, Africa [SOAP] Orphanage

 

Houlton Lake Baptist Church – Houlton Lake, Michigan

Our Daily Bread Ministries

 

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The Holy Spirit—The Great Counselor and Life Giver

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Genesis 1:2 – Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

The Holy Spirit [ In the person] hovered over the earth at creation as he does today. His presence fills the entire surface of the planet. God’s presence, in the Holy Spirit, is everywhere creating and sustaining life; all life.

Exodus 31: 1-5- Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel, son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3- And I have skilled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts—4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze.  5- To cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship.”

The Holy Spirit gives us power. In this case, the Spirit gave Bezalel the gift of craftsmanship. The Spirit can give us whatever gift He chooses. He also gives us power. All kinds of power. These powers are given to us at the point of our salvation [The moment we receive Christ as our Lord and Savior. When we receive God’s eternal forgiveness for our sins and eternal life].

Job 34:14-15- If it were His intention and He withdrew His Spirit and breathe, 15- all mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust.

As we breathe every minute, we breathe in the Holy Spirit. This is what sustains our life and life on the planet; everything that breathes. The Holy Spirit is the giver of life. We can only breathe because of Him. At our appointed time, He [The Spirit] will remove his breathe of life from our sinful bodies and our bodies will perish.

John 14:16-17- And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—17- the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

John 16:5-11- Jesus said, “Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asked me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6- Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. 7- But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteous and judgement. 9- In regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; 10- in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me longer; 11- and in regard to judgement, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

12-15- I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13- But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14- He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. 15- All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.

The Spirit of Truth is an additional Spirit[Another dimension of the Holy Spirit]. God Is doing a new thing. In addition to the Holy Spirit that is already upon the entire planet[Genesis 1:2]. Also the Holy Spirit that anointed Jesus after John the Baptist baptized him[Matthew 3:13-17]. This Holy Spirit gave him[the human] the power to accomplish his mission on earth. To endure the torture of the cat of nine tales, to endure the torture of the cross, to endure hell for three days. No human could endure that torture-only Jesus, the Son of God.

16- “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”

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The Holy Spirit was like tongues of fire

The Holy Spirit Comes At Pentecost—God Is Doing A New Thing- The Spirit of Truth

Acts 2:1-4- When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2- Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3- They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4- All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Possibly Apollos, writes of the Holy Spirit in Hebrews. Tongues of Fire- This is how the Holy Spirit chooses to introduce himself to the world. Also enabling the disciples to speak in tongues. The Holy Spirit gives us power–just one example.

Hebrews 9:14- How much more then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleansed our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God.

The Holy Spirit Is The Giver Of Life

The role of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament is described in four phases. First, rebirth, [to be born again]. To enter the kingdom of God, everyone must be born again (John 3:3).

The second role of the Holy Spirit is indwelling [possession]. Immediately upon praying a salvation or believer’s prayer and accepting Christ as Lord and Savior, we receive the eternal gift of the Holy Spirit within our being. As part of the prayer, we are truly sorry for our sins and we ask God to forgive our sins.  We receive God’s eternal forgiveness for our sins; we are transformed by the Holy Spirit. Our salvation is a gift from God forever. It is of Him and not of us. It is for all eternity. We cannot lose out salvation once saved. Once our name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, it can never be blotted out. We have God’s promise. John 10:28 Jesus said, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch then out of my hand. 29b- no one can snatch them out of the Fathers hands.”

The third role of the Holy Spirit is to restrain our sinfulness. [Genesis 6:3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal, his days will be a hundred and twenty years.” The Holy Spirit breathes life into us and He will remove His life from us at the appointed time. This is God’s way of putting an end to our sinful bodies; this is a gift and should be viewed as such. [2 Corinthians 5:6-8 – Therefore, we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7- We live by faith, not by sight. 8- We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.]

The second the Holy Spirit removes life from our sinful bodies, we are escorted by angels to heaven to be with our Lord forever.[ Luke 16:22- The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side.]

The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin. We are to hide God’s Word in our hearts, so we will not sin against Him[Psalms 119:11]. If we read God’s Word, when temptation presents itself, the Holy Spirit will cause us to recite the scripture in our minds that rebukes the sin. It is for us to obey the Word. If we love the Lord Jesus, we will obey his commandments. If we fall short of the glory of God, sin, immediately ask for forgiveness, and try harder in our walk with Christ.

Allow me to make the point; if we get into the habit of ignoring the scriptures, purposely sinning, and asking God for forgiveness, we are forfeiting  the full life in Christ He has in store for us. The scriptures tell us to walk with God daily; live a holy, sin free lifestyle to enjoy the fullness of the Lord.

The fourth and conclusive role of the Spirit; He gives gifts that allow us to serve in the body of Christ,  the church, and the community, and home.

1 Corinthians 12:8-11 – To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.

Galatians 5:22-23- But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,  faithfulness, 23- gentleness and self-control.

The Holy Spirit is the giver of life. Every living being and creature on earth is alive because of the Holy Spirit and only by the Holy Spirit [Job 34:14-15].

The third person in the God Head; Father-Son- Holy Spirit; the Creator, is the Holy Spirit.

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The Spirit is the Giver of Power to the believer. At salvation, He gives us gifts. Spiritual gifts, and fruits of the spirit, and the ability to connect with the Lord God Almighty, and the Lord Jesus. He is our connector, our interpreter.

When we pray to God, He intercedes for us. He cleans up our prayer and presents it to the Almighty. Praise God, our words are not important, it’s what is in our hearts that God hears. Aren’t you glad?

Jesus prays for us, also. Aren’t you glad? But only for his brothers and sisters.[Born again believers]

If we pray and wonder why God isn’t answering our prayer, there may be several very important reasons. As believers, God requires us to study his Word[Holy Bible]. We are to pray daily with more praise than requests. That is easy if we try. Attend church to worship with other believers, often.

Make sure to confess all sin in our lives and ask His forgiveness. Ask him to cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Ask Him if we have any unconfessed sin, he will show us. Confess it immediately and ask for forgiveness.

If God is still absent in your life, ask yourself, am I sure I am connected to the Almighty through the Holy Spirit? To put it simply, am I actually saved? Has there been a time in your life that you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? If your answer is anything besides Yes, Jesus is my Lord and Savior, you are possibly not saved.

Do you believe that Jesus died on the cross of Calvary for your sins, which he did. That he descended into hell to take your punishment for your sins, which he did. After spending three days in hell for you, God ascended him out of hell and the grave and now he sits at the right hand of the Father in Heaven.  Jesus paid for your sins in full so you do not have to, your debt is paid in full. Everyone’s is. He did this for everyone. He bought our way into heaven by taking our punishment for our sins. If you believe this with all your heart, and are sorry for your sins, you must make the choice to accept Jesus.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, pray this prayer. If you truly want Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and to forgive you of your sins, and secure your place in heaven, pray it more than once.

Believers Prayer: Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I am sorry for all my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Thank you Lord Jesus. A-men.

If you prayed that Salvation prayer you have been born again. You are now a Christian. Praise God!  The Holy Spirit dwells within you and you will see and feel God’s presence in your life.

Begin your new walk with God by studying His Word and praying.

I pray that God will grow you in His faith and you will experience His full mercies upon your life,

JA Ireland

 

 

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

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Matthew 14: 13-15-When he heard what had happened [to John the Baptist(that he had been beheaded and was buried)] he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14- When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15- As evening approach, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crows away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

vs- 16- Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” vs- 17-“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. 18- Jesus replied, “Bring them to me. 19- And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20- They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve baskets of broken pieces that were left over. 21- The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

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Mark writes, Mark 6:37-But Jesus answered, “You give them something to eat.” Then they said to him, “That would take eight months of a man’s wage’s! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?”

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Luke writes, Luke 9:10- When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida.

Jesus spoke to the people about the Kingdom of God and healed many, according to Luke.

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John writes, John 6:1- Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee(that is, the Sea of Tiberias)

vs- 4- The Jewish Passover Feast was near.

vs 5- When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6- He asked this only to test, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. 7- Philip answered him, “Eight months wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” 8- Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9- Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

10- Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. 11- Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

12- When they all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13- So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. 14- After the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, “Surely this is the prophet who is to come into the World.” 15- Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

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All three disciples wrote very similar stories. Each added details. I have noted those details only in Mark, Luke, and John to avoid replicating.

Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand is one of only two of His miracles that are found in all four gospels. The other, his greatest miracle, his own resurrection, is the basis of our faith.

These two miracles, being included in all four gospels, boasts of their level of importance. For this article, we will concentrate on the feeding of the five thousand.

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John 6:14- After the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, “Surely this is the prophet who is to come into the world.” 15- Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

Why the conflict? The people were looking for a great human leader that would be king, like King David. They were not looking for a savior.

The people were looking for the messiah, as the religious leaders described him, as they interpreted how the scriptures prophesied about him. Jesus did not fit into their mold of the messiah. So they rejected him.

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John 6:35-40- Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. 36- But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37- All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me, I will never drive away. 38- For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39- And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40- For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Even though Jesus was easily capable of filling five thousand plus, people’s empty stomachs, with only five small barley loaves and two small fish, that was not his purpose. As he said, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” That was his message; not the fact that he could easily feed five thousand people with almost nothing. Jesus offers eternal life.

John 14:6 “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one gets to the Father except through the Son.”

Do you have a personal relationship with the Son? With Jesus? If he is calling you to salvation, do not wait.

Today might be the only day that God calls you. Pray this Salvation Prayer to receive the bread of life Jesus is offering. Eternal life in heaven with him and God for all eternity, that is what Jesus offers.

With true repentance, pray this prayer. Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I am sorry for all my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Thank you Lord Jesus. A-men.

If you prayed this prayer and really meant it, you are now a child of God. You are born again. Your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. As Jesus said, it can never be blotted out.

The scriptures tell us that when one person repents and comes to Jesus, all heaven celebrates. Right now, all heaven is rejoicing, cheering, applauding for You; Proclaiming Your Name.

I pray that you will grow in the faith, and the love, of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Gary The Tested

Paul’s Love For Believers In Christ

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The Apostle Paul wrote the letter to Philemon about 60 A.D.; about the same time he wrote Colossians. He wrote this while being imprisoned, the first time, by the Roman government, most likely in Ephesus.

Philemon 1:1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother. To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker. 2- to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier and to the church that meets in your home.

In those days, of the early churches, and also in places today, churches are held in people’s homes. This was and is a common practice. Jesus tells us that where two or more are gathered in my name, I too will be there. ( Matthew 18:20)

vs 3- Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

vs 4- I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and your Love for all the saints. 6- I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. 7-Your love has given me great joy an encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Spirits.

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vs 8- Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, 9- yet I appeal to you on the basis of love.

vs- 10- I appeal to you for my son, Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains.  11- Formally he was useless to you, but now he has become useful to you and to me. 12- I am sending him—who is my very heart—back to you.

vs 15-Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back for good— 16- no longer a slave, but better, than a slave, a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you both as a man, as a brother in the Lord.

vs 17- So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. 18- If he has done you any wrong, or owes you anything, charge it to me. 19-I Paul am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back—not to mention that you owe me your very self.

vs 23-25- Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. 24- And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers. 25- The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your Spirit.

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Paul wrote this letter out of concern for his Christian brother Onesimus. Onesimus was a runaway slave, owned by Philemon. By Roman law, that offence was punishable by death. Paul and Onesimus met in Rome, there, Onesimus became a believer in Christ.

Paul wants to send Onesimus back to Philemon. His assignment is to preach the gospel in Paul’s absence. Paul is an elderly man and still in chains within the Roman prison. Onesimus is young, full of zeal for the Lord. Paul pleads with Philemon to accept his former slave as a fellow brother in Christ. If he demands payment, charge the slave price to Paul; Paul guarantees payment in full.

vs 17- So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. 18- If he has done you any wrong, or owes you anything, charge it to me. 19-I Paul am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back—not to mention that you owe me your very self.

This sounds like a teaching of Jesus. If someone owes us anything, charge it to what we owe Jesus. A-men.

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This letter shows the high level of importance Paul places on a relationship with Jesus Christ. Even though Onesimus was a runaway slave, once converted to Christianity, Paul felt he should be awarded free man status, based on his relationship with Christ. Paul felt his Christian status overrode Roman law. He felt Philemon should be reasonable and set his former slave free; forgiving the monetary  worth of his slave and the money that Onesimus had stolen from him. If he was not forgiving the debt, then charge it to Paul. But still, release Onesimus from slavery. No Christian should be a slave to a person.

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If Paul were alive today, he would no doubt feel the same way about Christians; that we should be at a higher level in society because of our faith in Christ.  Although that would be nice, it is far from what Jesus teaches and it was far from what Paul experienced in his own life.

Never- the- less, Paul’s passion for converting people was unmistakable.  His love for people unmatched. His life, after his conversion, testifies to this. Paul journeyed on his first missionary trip to Antioch, his second missionary journey to Antioch, Thessalonica, Athens, Corinth, and the stop in Philippi where he was imprisoned for two years. His third missionary journey and forth were to many of the same cities plus more, including Tarsus and Anatarbus.  Paul’s fifth, and final missionary journey took place when he was an elderly man, in the fall of 60 A.D..  He sailed to Italy, which included being shipwrecked near Malta, then visited several cities along the way to Rome where he was eventually imprisoned; he preached for two years while awaiting a trial for alleged crimes that he was imprisoned for.  In May or June 68 A.D. Paul was beheaded in the Roman prison.

Altogether, Paul was imprisoned for nearly six years during his tenure as a missionary, while spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul’s missionary life is a testimony to his love and endurance for Christ and for fellow believers in Christ. He writes of having to work harder than other people, put in prison more frequently, flogged more severely, exposed to death again and again. Five times he received the Jews forty lashes minus one. Three times beaten with rods. Once stoned. Three times shipwrecked, a night and day in the open sea. In constant danger everywhere. Gone without food and shelter many times

No one understood the concept of running your race like the Apostle Paul. He ran his race for Christ like very few before or since. His life reflects that.

For more information on running your race, I invite you to read my article: Run Your Race For Jesus

https://bestill876095733.wordpress.com/2018/03/06/run-your-race-for-jesus/

No one loved Jesus or Christians more than Paul. We all can look at the examples he set in motion for us to follow. His endurance, dedication, and sacrifices, are legendary. He knew how to love; a true warrior for Christ.

May we all be warriors for Christ and Love,

Gary The Tested

Has Satan Lured You Away From God?

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Aaron and Golden Calf

The Israelites worship a golden calf at the base of Mount Sinai

Genesis 15:13-14- Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated for four hundred years. 14- But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterwards they will come out with great possessions.

Exodus 3:1- Now Moses was attending the flock of Jethro, his father –in-law, the priest of Midian.

2- There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that through the bush was on fire, it did not burn up.

4-God called to him, “Moses! Moses!  and Moses answered, “Here I am.”

5- “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place you are standing is holy ground.” 6- I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.”

7-The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.

10- “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

13- Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, “The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they ask me, what is his name?

14- God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. I AM has sent you.”

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So Moses agreed reluctantly. God sent a helper in Aaron. Together they went before the Pharaoh and asked him to let the Lord’s people go. When he refused, the Lord released plagues upon Egypt.

1- He turned the water into blood.  2- Frogs- 3-Gnats 4- Flies 5-Diseased livestock 6-Boils- 7- Thunderstorm of hail and fire 8-Locust 9-Darkness for three days- 10-Death of the First born

The scriptures tell us that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart so he refused Moses so that God could show His glory through Pharaoh. (Exodus 11:10- Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh, but the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and would not let the Israelites go out of this country.)

Finally Pharaoh agrees, after the death of his son. (Exodus 12: 31-32 During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord as you have requested. 32- Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And bless me.”)

He frees the Israelites. They must leave quickly.

Soon, Pharaoh pursues with his army.

The Israelites saw with their own eyes God’s mighty hand.( Exodus 14:19-20- Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, 20- coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.

Then God parts the Red Sea. Later, God brings water out of stones in the desert.

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On Mount Sinai, the Lord gave Moses the Ten Commandments.

Moses was gone on the mountain a long time. The Israelites fell into temptation.  (Exodus 32:1-4- When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” 2- Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold rings that your wives, your sons and your daughters, and bring them to me.” 3- So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. 4- He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you out of Egypt.”

Many Christians go their entire lives and never see anything that they can say for certain was the hand of the Lord. The Israelites saw God do one great, supernatural miracle after another.

Satan’s power to tempt us and lure us away from God is very powerful. (Genesis 3:1-7- Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals  the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree in the garden?” 2- The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” 4- “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman.  5- “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God knowing good and evil.” 6- When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took and ate it. She also gave to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7- Then both of their eyes were opened and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.)

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Satan uses the same strategies today as with Adam and Eve to tempt God’s people into sin. Why? Because sin separates us from a relationship from our holy God. Sin grieves the Holy Spirit. We cannot sin and have a personal walk with a holy, righteous God. Satan knows that.

Satan will lure us by temptation. Once we act on his temptation, he will get us to stop praying because of guilt. Or perhaps make us too busy. Next we may stop reading our bible. Next we may become more sporadic with church attendance; thus drifting away from God. This will lead to more sin, which is what Satan wants.

That is only part of Satan’s strategies. Others include bringing a catastrophic storm into our lives that is so unfair and so crippling that it is all we can do simply to maintain basic life functions. This is so cruel that we are devastated.  We are probably crying uncontrollably; overwhelmed to the point of barely functioning in live.

Undoubtedly very angry with God for letting this happen to us and our family. We are much too overwhelmed to pray regularly, or read our bible.  To exhausted or distraught to attend church. We might be in the middle of a testing. For my insights on that subject read my article, The Full Armor Of God—Wear It! https://bestill876095733.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/the-full-armor-of-god-wear-it/

Are you going through a storm that has lured you away from God? Do you want to know where God is? Why has He forsaken you? And your family?

Deuteronomy 31:6- Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

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God is always with you. He has not forsaken you. That is His promise.

Instead of giving Satan what he wants; letting him win, I know it is very difficult, believe God’s promise and draw close to him. Get in Satan’s face for what he is doing to you and your family. Pray to the Lord like never before, He will hear you. Read and study your bible. Learn about God. The Holy Spirit will speak to you through the scriptures; the scriptures are alive. Attend church regularly. God will deliver you and heal you. You have His promise. This is how you get into Satan’s face. And pray for God’s hedge of protection for you and your family. God’s angels will protect you from Satan.

This is how you establish and maintain a close, personal relationship with God. The creator and ruler of the universe. And, declare victory over Satan.

Micah 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Follow the scriptures, and walk humbly with God—daily; defeat Satan every day.

Gary The Tested

Born Into Eternity

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Psalm 139:13-16 For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother‘s womb. 14- I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15- My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16- your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.

Job 33:4 The spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

John 5: 24 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”

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We were all formed by the Lord in our mother’s womb. God breathed life into us, bringing us into eternity. That means, from that moment, the person we are (our soul) lives throughout eternity.

As everyone knows, one of the grim facts of life is that everyone dies in the Lord’s good time. If we consider that we are all born into eternity, then only our body ceases to function. We are still alive for all eternity.

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Acts 7: 56 + 59 (The stoning of Stephen) “Look”, he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 59- Then he fell to his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.

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For believers in Jesus Christ, heaven opens up and Jesus descends to escort us (soul) to the throne of God, at the moment of our bodies death.

For the unbeliever, Satan claims that person (soul) for all eternity.

Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Are you prepared for the next step in eternity? When we die. Are you going to spend eternity in heaven or hell? It’s your choice. The choice is very real.

Repent of your sins and ask Jesus into your heart and you will live for all eternity with the Father and Jesus, and every Christian.

There is a believer’s prayer above. Sincerely pray with a repentant heart and repent of your sins like a child before the Father in Heaven and experience Jesus’s forgiveness. Jesus will save you and become your Lord and Savior. This will insure your name is written in God’s book of life. You will have eternal life in heaven. You will be a Christian.

May God lead you to His salvation,

Gary The Tested

 

 

Jack’s Spooky Snickerdoodle Cookies

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Ingredients:

1 cup melted butter ( I use no salt butter)

1 ½ cups sugar

2 eggs

2 ¾ cups flour

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

4 additional tablespoons sugar

4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Wash and spray 2 or 3 cookie sheets with non-stick spray.

In a large mixing bowl, combine melted butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs. Mix well with whip. In the same bowl, add flour, cream of tartar, and baking soda. Mix well with big spoon. Put in fridge.

In a small bowl, combine the 4 additional tablespoons of sugar and cinnamon.  Mix well.

Remove cookie dough from the fridge. Begin making 1 inch dough balls, rolling each in the sugar/cinnamon mixture until fully coated. Placing each on a cookie sheet 2 inches apart.

Continue until cookie sheet is full. Bake for 10 minutes.

Allow cookies to cool before removing from cooking sheet.

My recipe makes about 20 cookies. They freeze very well.

Hope you like them. Jack.

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Jack’s Spooky Snickerdoodle Cookies