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The BAD GUY

Posted on November 19, 2018 at 10:03 AM Comments comments (45)

The "bad guy"



The "bad guy" isn't the other guy

Our enemy isn't the "rich guy" or the minority that "looks different" or "lives different"! It is not the left or right! Our enemies aren't the protestant or Catholic or even the "Muslim."

With shootings like the most recant night cub shutting, evil raises it's or “his” ugly head. I to try to make sense of all of it, the truth is we can't make sense of “evil”!

In an effort to make sense of it some blame God, in the case of the shootings others blame “guns” (If there wasn't any guns, there couldn't be killings by guns) Sadly before guns were invented mankind found even more heinous way to maim and kill one another. Genghis Khan is estimated to have killed some 40 million people by large-scale massacres.

The enemy of mankind is the devil in Bible. The Book of Job comes to mind.

what the devil does is put evil thoughts and evil intent into the minds of individuals

The Bible expositor Finis J. Dake put together a list of ways to recognize satan's {capitalization omitted} dealing:

lies, father of lies, teach lies, live like sinner, compromise truth, greedy & lazy, deals falsely, deceitful, sinful, encourage sin, commits adultery, selfish, unfaithful, covetous, teaches doctrine of men, works iniquity, causes division, corrupts truth, hypocrisy, denies Christ, imitates Christianity.! (Finis Dake)
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If you take one step, God will take two

Posted on September 28, 2018 at 9:41 PM Comments comments (48)

God will take Two

If you will take one step, God will take Two

In St. Luke 19 we see Zacchaeus just out of curiosity climbed a tree to see this man Jesus of Nazareth some call Christ , the Messiah or Savior. Let me point out the Scripture tells us that Zacchaeus was short (Vrs.3) so it took him some effort to get through the crowd and then some struggle to climb the tree. Jesus passing by looked up and said “I must stay at your house” knowing that Zacchaeus was only curios yet put out much effort Jesus made Himself part of his life. Zacchaeus took the first step, Jesus took the next step looking up saying “come down” the second step was abiding with him that day.

(IF YOU WILL TAKE ONE STEP, GOD WILL TAKE TWO!)

In St. Matthews Gospel Chapter 8 Vrs. 5-7 there came to Jesus a Roman soldier asking not for himself but his servant who he explained lay grievously sick and tormented. (the Centurion took one step)

In vrs. 7 Jesus did more than the soldier expected saying, “I will come and heal him.” Jesus took two steps without hesitation, Jesus was willing to go. The soldier being a man of authority in charge of other men, he explained “I say go or come, they come or do this, they do.” (Vrs. 9) The soldiers request was “say the word and my servant will be healed.” Christ marveled at so “great Faith” then said “go thy way and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto the” and his servant was healed in the same hour! (Vrs.13)

(IF YOU WILL TAKE ONE STEP, GOD WILL TAKE TWO)

In St. John Chapter 11 is the story of Lazarus, he had two sister whom Jesus had visited earlier now Jesus receives word that His friend was ill. The sisters Mary and Martha took one step.

Jesus delayed his return for two days upon their arrival they learned Lazarus had been dead four days. After comforting them with words of resurrection and eternal life some talked among themselves, had Jesus not healed the lame, deaf and the blind? Healing the leper and those sick of palsy? Had He been here would He not have healed His friend Lazarus? Surly Mary and Martha walking with Jesus to the four day old grave of their brother expected a eulogy. Upon their arrival Christ commanded they roll away the stone that covered the entrance to where Lazarus lay. In astonishment, Martha said, “by now he stink. (Vrs.39) Now with words of encouragement Christ prayed, then said, “Lazarus come forth.”

Jesus Christ did more than they expected. He took one step in coming to comfort them. He took two steps in raising Lazarus from the grave.

( IF YOU WILL TAKE OE STEP, GOD WILLTAKE TWO)

And he that was dead came forth. (Vrs.44)

Zacchaeus only expected to see Jesus who he was. Christ went and “stayed with him.”

The soldier expected only that Christ command the the servant be healed, yet at the centurions request, Christ said “I will come.”

Mary and Martha expected only comfort from Christ's presence, but their brother was raised from death.

( IF YOU WILL TAKE ONE STEP, GOD WILL TAKE TWO!)

Why do the heathen rage

Posted on August 27, 2018 at 3:39 PM Comments comments (43)

“Why do the heathen rage”

1. Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
    The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed . . . Psalm 2 King James Version (KJV)

    BREAKING NEWS:

    A shooting during a gaming event at a popular shopping center in Jacksonville, Fla., killed two people and wounded several others before the gunman killed himself, investigators confirmed.
    11 people were transported to hospitals with injuries, including nine with gunshot wounds.

    What can be said? I am aghast . . . Again !

    While doing a funeral during our first pastorate 1980 the Baptist pastor preached the service, I was riding with him to the grave site I was performing the committal portion. I was moved by his compassionate words he had just preached. I have remembered his response ever since, “we can do no more for the deceased, we can only comfort the living.”

    We are faced again with evil actions by an evil person!

    As the political and social justice pundits debate the issues I am sure the REAL ISSUE will again completely miss the major and ultimate issue of EVILE in the minds of mankind.

    The amazing thing about this paradox of love overcoming evil is that it leads us to the answer of why God allows evil.
    The answer is found in the cross.
    Suffering and physical death are not good, but neither are they evil in and of themselves. In fact, through the cross, suffering and death can be redemptive. That is, they can help us to re-capture some of the purity, love and holiness that we are created for. The Cross of Jesus is God’s answer to evil. In it, He conquers and shows us how to overcome evil.http://www.aggiecatholicblog.org/2015/08/when-looking-into-the-face-of-evil-how-should-christians-react/

    I read the above article after the 2015 Shooting of a tv anchor live on assignment.

    Jesus of Nazareth look evil in the eye in the wilderness;Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” (Matthew 4:1 NIV) 
    From the Cross Jesus said:Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34
    My point is “compassion” not for the evil or evil doer. Though Jesus said to forgive “them” for the lies, the beatings, the mockery and even the Cross!
    But “compassion” for the living, pray for the hurting and grieving because of this EVIL.

    Mighty and merciful God remove from me any vengeance from my heart. Let not such evil dwell in us because of the evil in our world. Indwell in me, yes, in us all your Spirit of Love. More over compassion for the living. Almighty Lord make us an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy.
    Matt. 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

    blessed are those who bring their pain to God and Christ our Healer.” (James Robertson)

    Amen

    Artillery Sermons

    Posted on June 5, 2018 at 7:11 PM Comments comments (36)

    DEBARKATION DAY

    aka "D-Day"
    6 June 1944


    O100 the newly formed 101 Airborne Division jumped behind enemy lines.

    At 0630 after predawn naval bombardment 150,000 troops began the invasion of German occupied western France. U.S. 1. Army landed on Omaha & Utah beach known to the French as Normandy. Objectives known as Gold, Juno and Sword beaches included Divisions from U.K. Britain's Royal Infantry, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, followed up with Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark and Czechoslovakia, Greece & Poland. At the same time the French underground sabotaged communications and transportation.

    At the end of the day Allied commanders on the ground were reporting 10,000 casualties with 4,414 confirmed killed in action, while the German western front commanders were under reporting only 4,000 casualties with only a few KIA.



    Artillery Sermons*

    June 6th

    Marching Orders, Part One
    by Chuck Swindoll

    Ephesians 6:10-12

    I wasn't there when a few men gathered around him.

    General Dwight Eisenhower had the awful job on that day in early June 1944 of determining if that was the right day to make the most significant invasion in the history of military strategy.

    The weather wasn't right.
    The tide wasn't right.
    The sea wasn't good.
    In fact, some of his most trusted advisors urged, "No."
    But he said, "Let's go."

    As we all know from history, during the Allied invasion of the Normandy beaches on D-Day, those first few waves of soldiers were picked off by the enemy like sitting ducks. The wet sand on the beach was dyed crimson with the blood of great Americans as they landed and invaded the northern perimeter of France to take that area before moving on toward Berlin.

    I have the distinct feeling that nobody sat around in a small group telling jokes just before that first, second, or third wave hit the beach. No one in an amphibious landing craft said, "Man, this will be fun! We're gonna have the time of our lives." No. Not that morning. There were real bullets in those rifles. There were real shells in those massive cannons. There were powerful landmines hidden along those shores. Bodies would be blown apart. Friends would die. It was serious stuff—as serious as a coronary—as they waded ashore, as some stumbled to shore over their own vomit, as others were blinded by explosives, scared half out of their wits. They knew this was for keeps. No more jokes, no more fun and games. The training was done. This was the real thing.

    We face a very real, insidious enemy. To make things even more confusing, the source of all the evil is invisible, as are all of his troops. Some even question his existence. Rarely are "artillery sermons" (messages readying congregations for battle with the enemy) delivered in pulpits around our land anymore. How seldom are Satan and his demons even mentioned by name. In some churches you will hear all of that explained away: "This isn't like that!"

    What are we to believe—that he's a little creature with a red epidermis and horns, carrying a pitchfork and sitting like an imp on our shoulders? No! Our foe is brilliant. "Genius" is a better word. He's been studying you for years. He knows you thoroughly and plans the attack that will strike at your most vulnerable weakness in hopes of bringing you down. He exists for your failure, fall, and demise.

    In order to step intelligently and wisely into the battle, we need clear marching orders. Thankfully, God gives them to us in His Word. Tomorrow, we'll take a look at God's commands to us, His servants, as we engage in this battle with Satan and his demons.

    Be forewarned. The answer may surprise you. Even shock you.

    Excerpted from “Why, God? Calming Words for Chaotic Times,” Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll


    *Edited by du Padre

    National Day of Prayer

    Posted on May 3, 2018 at 10:08 PM Comments comments (16)
    NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER 

    Pray for Christian persecution around the world. 

    *American Pastor Andrew Brunson critically needs our prayers. Brunson jailed in Turkey.

    *Pray for the release of Pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov in Tajikistan

    Praise God for Saeed Abedini's release, an Iranian American Christian pastor who was imprisoned in Iran. 

    Pray for N. Korean talks

    Pray for our nation and our leaders 

    Pray for hurting and broken hearted,  the sad and lonely, the undone. 


    The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. All your works praise you, Lord; your faithful people extol you. They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.
    Psalm 145

    *Devoted  in Prayer, 
               du Padre *

    Passion Week: "it is finished"

    Posted on March 31, 2018 at 5:09 PM Comments comments (1158)
    Day Seven

    Every thing is quiet behind the stone in front of the tomb, Jesus must be confined securely, death is assured ! ! !

    Lots of stuff died on the cross, “Faith”, “hope”, “son” and “savior”   like Jesus said, “it's over!”


    Yours in the Life and Death of Jesus,
                                    du Padre©2000-2018

    The Passion: Day Six

    Posted on March 30, 2018 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (41)
    Day six
             * looking beyond * the “CROSS”

         Remember Jesus has been in custody now for all night, 1 trial before Caiaphas, Jesus is held over for trial. The whole Sanhedrin is gathered before sun up for a second trail, so the full Sanhedrin declares Jesus of Nazareth a Blasphemer! (Matt.26:65)
    Peter denies “he knows Jesus”!
    A third trial at sun-up Jesus is declared guilty of Blasphemy worthy of death.
    Jesus sent to Pilate a “forth” trial. Pilate sends him to king Herod “a fifth” trial.
    Trial SIX back before Pilate and the crowd that cried aloud “crucify him!”

    YOU KNOW THE REST
    wounded – execution Crucifixion
    Seeing; Stations of the Cross

         God our God , how magnificent is Thy Name in all the earth.
    We can not feel how you felt, Oh, God how great may be your grief. Lord and Savior the pain in Your mortal body, none other could have borne! By who's stripe we are healed!
    Praise ye the Lord, Praise God for His power. Praise Him for His mighty acts: praise Him according to His excellent greatness. Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord. (Psalm 150) paraphrased

    Yours in the Life of Jesus, His Death, Burial and Resurrection,
                                                          du Padre ©2000-2018

    Passion week: day Five

    Posted on March 29, 2018 at 10:56 PM Comments comments (44)
    Day Five Thur
    Staring down the Old Rugged Cross.

    The Plot thickens - Passover is ready

    Like Jesus we shouldn't get distracted with time lines or days for feasts but keep our eyes on the “Cross.” What is important here is God's Plan!
    It included the betrayal, the institution of Christ Communion, the Cross and the coming Resurrection!
    This is also the time Jesus washed the disciples feet, the prayer of agony in Gethsemane and His ultimate arrest.

    You God, we glorify; Have mercy on us, according to your unfailing love.
    Strengthen our hands and our wills for love and for service. Keep before our eyes the image of your son, who, being God, became a servant for our sake.
    All glory be to him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    Yours in the Life of Jesus, His Death, Burial and Resurrection,
                                             du Padre ©2000-2018

    Preparing for the Cross

    Posted on March 29, 2018 at 11:34 AM Comments comments (68)
    day four 

        All Israel prepares a paschal lamb or a kid of a year old, Exo. 12:5 says it must be “an unblemished Male” on the tenth day of the month until the 14th day. Our pastor just preached on this, Jewish tradition says they would bring the lamb into their homes, clean it up, keep it till the day of the “Sacrifice.” It was special to them, it was the best they had!

    Not much is said in the New Testament about Jesus and the disciples activities on this day. But we do know that in this silence in scripture, Gods plan was still in action!

    Judas was selling out Jesus, The holier than thou church members were still plotting against Jesus. The disciples were still pondering the Parables of Jesus and still understanding with carnal minds.

    Have you thought, not seeing any action, was God still in control?
    Prayer:
        God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, prepare our heart as all Israel prepares for the “Feast of Passover” You, Lord, are always faithful. We stumble. We become lost. But you are steady and sure. Give us the grace to endure our troubles, and reveal to us the glory of your kingdom.
    Through your son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit.
    Amen.

    Yours in the Life of Jesus, His Death, Burial and Resurrection,
               du Padre ©2000-2018

    Looking toward Via Dolorosa

    Posted on March 28, 2018 at 4:56 PM Comments comments (18)
    Tuesday – day three

    Looking toward Via Dolorosa

    Departing Bethany again on the 3 day they pass by the orchard on the way to the temple; And Peter remembered and said to him, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered." (Mark 11:21) Jesus used the teachable moment to encourage the disciples faith. While at the temple the scribes and elders challenge Jesus' authority. Leaving the temple Jesus taught with many “parables” as they returned again to Bethany.
    The betrayal begins: Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went off to the chief priests in order to betray Him to them.(Mark 14)

    Prayer:
    “O Lord of hosts, God who is enthroned above, You have made heaven and earth. You are God of all the kingdoms of the earth. Incline Your ear, O Lord, and hear our prayer;
    Help us endure if others betray us like Iscariot. Open our ears to Lord Jesus Parables, our hearts to accept His precepts. Alas Lord God! Empower us “to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God” [Romans 12] — Amen.

    Yours in the Life of Jesus, His Death, Burial and Resurrection,
                                                             du Padre ©2000-2018

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