Me….to you!

Asked……..”why”

A couple of weeks ago I was asked,  “why do you continually continue on your binge of the God-thing when you know others are not going to take your word for it”.

It’s easy.  In the first place, who am I to know that they “won’t”. The sub-consicence  cannot be controlled as we might “think”.  And in due time, IF a person is to be a part of God’s family, They WILL – – – even if it is in the last moment of their dying breathes, they will say “yes”.

That is all that is important.  Eternity is a long time to have been stupid in dealing with it.  Remember the thief on the cross?  NOTHING did he do right – – no choir – no walking the aisle – no tears – no bible studies – no anything that suits life as pre-Christian days but he made it in by the skin of his teeth.  It wa a last-second affair – out of fear probably – but nonetheless it happened.

I saw this on my Facebook this morning and it is TRUE!!!!!!

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Til next time then  Marge H.

Today is Thursday…..won’t forget

Sunday is coming!  But Thursday has to arrive first.  Oh! I directed so many Living Last Suppers.  Each one had a memory that I hold in my mind.  Every little church in which we worked, almost immediately I could see a Peter and a Judas in that church together with a Matthew.  Why?

In the “stance” for the LLS, Matthew had to hold a very difficult physical position for 13 minutes.  It had to be a “disciple” who had the physical strength to be “twisted” that long. Peter had to be an extrovert, both feet in his mouth before opening it.  And Judas.  The attitude, the mindset.  Some how I could find that person more easily than all the rest of the disciples.  Even Jesus.  It was not hard to find the one to portray that role.

The Bible is very specific with regards to the week before Easter, except for Wednesday.  Nothing is spoken of regarding Wednesday. Where did the disciples go?  What did they do?  Where did Jesus go?  Nothing on any of them………….until Thursday when Jesus had them arrange for the Upper Room experience.

Ah…….He knew all too well what would happen.  What would take place in that “one dish” on the table when His hand and Judas’ would meet and for the final time, their eyes would meet and then………..it all began.

But those poor disciples – they had no idea what had just happened and what had just begun.

Both Peter and Judas could have been forgiven for their actions. But.  That is not how it happened.  Peter, realizing that he had just lied as Jesus said he would, wept bitterly realizing that he had failed his Lord miserably and was repentant.  I believe Judas realized what he had done because he tried to return the silver which they refused so he committed suicide.  No repentance.

Every personality on the earth today is found in God’s Word.  Every personality on the earth today was found at the table of the Last Supper.

One of the most moving moments in all of the Word of God is when the young man clothed in a long white robe, said to Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, ‘Do not be alarmed.  You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.  He is risen!  He is not here.  See the place where they laid Him.  But go, tell His disciples – – – and Peter – – – that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him as He said to you,’ ”

AND PETER~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Don’t you feel some how the feeling that Peter must have had when he heard that his name had been called to go with the rest of the disciples to Galilee to meet the Lord?  Some times I spend more than a day just mulling over those words – wondering how I would have felt?

Jesus knew that Peter would lie and once the rooster crowed as Jesus told Peter it would, their eyes met.  (How could that be? ) Peter was in the outer court warming himself when that all took place.  Jesus had been brought to the high priest’s house (Luke 22:54).  How could their eyes meet?  How did the distance between them have nothing to do with it?

We pick up in Luke 22:59.  “Then after about an hour had passed, another confidently affirmed, saying ‘Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a Galilean. 60) But Peter said ‘Man, I do not know what you are saying!’  Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed, 61) And the Lord turned and looked at Peter.  Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, ‘Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.’  62) So Peter went out and wept bitterly.”

All Peter did was to lie.  Lie out of being afraid I am sure.  Not intentionally to harm any one.  How about you?  When did you lie to cover up?  When did you lie to keep the peace (we are never told to keep peace.) We are told to make peace……not try to keep it because it can’t be “kept“.  It is only “pieced” together a bit to keep from untangling, supposedly, relationships.  But strangely enough the relationships are never healed –  never forgiven – never mended – -they are simply put on hold, shoved into a room and the door quickly closed on them……….but NOT forgotten.  And YOU are the cause of healing balm of forgiveness never having been applied……why.  Because you lied to “keep” peace, and did nothing for those involved. The people involved KNEW it.

It happens every day of our lives. Peter was given to us as the example of what we should be and do and of course we are given that grace and mercy of the Lord that He bestows upon us when we lean on Him and do the right thing.  A lot of lessons from the week before Easter.  There are at least six more situations that happened between the disciples and the Lord that fateful night so long ago……………..just before the dawn of Resurrection Sunday. Perhaps there is one that you should take to heart and do something about.  What do you think!!

Because He lives!

Marge H.

I always find something new….

I hear and read the Easter story over and over again and even so, I still find some thing new about it each time.

I love the way John portraits Jesus after He was risen from the grave. John goes into great detail.  He writes differently.  He writes for you and for me: Gentiles.

Remember that Matthew presents Jesus as King. Primarily written for the Jew. (The Royal Genealogy is presented right off the bat.)

Mark presents Jesus as Servant.  Primarily written for the Romans.  (No genealogy here)

Luke presents Jesus as the perfect Man. Primarily written for the Greeks. (The genealogy goes waaaaay back to Adam.)

John presents Jesus as the Son of God.  Right off the bat John takes us right back to the BEGINNING. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

As I have picked up the story in each of the four Books, I have found something very interesting.

**Jesus never appeared to any one except believers AFTER He was risen.  He spent 40 days (almost 6 weeks) with them. First appeared to Mary Magdalene. He showed Himself to His disciples. (John 20:17) Jesus tells Mary Magdalene to go to “My brethren”.  He prepared breakfast at Galilee for the disciples, He showed Himself to 500 brethren (1 Cor. 15:6) And of course the small group with Him when He ascended into Heaven

Jesus, completed all of the work He had scheduled on the earth.  Now he was ascending into Heaven and basically commissioning the group to “go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you, and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” (Matt. 28:18-20)

Jesus had lived amongst them for 3 years.  Taught them so much and the Holy Spirit would soon bring to their memories all they needed at the hour of need.

The Christian faith is not national and not race contained.  It has no limits.  No boundaries.  It is for all mankind, everywhere.

Believing on the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of our lives is of #1 importance.  We are never too good and we are never too bad, but we can be……………TOO LATE!!

Encompassed in the arms of my living Lord!  Marge H.

**At the end of John’s writing, he leaves us with this:  “And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” (John 21:25)

We do not know every thing that the Lord did after He was risen. We are not told if He mingled with non-believers.  It would seem that His preparation for ascending was utmost on His mind and thus, preparing the brethren and the disciples were the two most important items on His agenda.

 

Prophecies…..unfolded

As we read of prophecies and then we read as they unfold, it is a miracle all of its own and only God….only God….can put it all together because He is seeing everything from the beginning through to the ending.

Mega blessings this Saturday night on you.  Marge

Tomorrow…..Saturday…….

…..is the 13th. Oooooooooooooooops!  Just the wrong month.  5/13 is move-in day for Od and me.  AND I/WE are ready!!!!!  I have everything from the outside already down and cleaned up.  And I have discarded a lot of the kitchen stuff.  (Just getting ready for the “next move”, which I won’t be doing myself.)

Oh!  You know.  It is so much fun doing this move even though I haven’t much strength. I can remember though, all the other moves and each one was so very special in a different way. This one in particular tells me this is the final place for me to live independently.  And I sit back and reminisce other times, other places, other feelings, other joys about making each little place find its own personality.

The apartment Od and I are in right now is already spoken for.  The gal really liked the way I had done it up. I am going to trying to keep in contact and see if I can get a glimpse of it after she is settled.

I was over to JT’s this morning to visit some ladies and the one who had so much through the years has the least in her apartment and it is the most lovely of the three.  I took note.  Realized that there was very little there but it was ALL “good stuff”. And the choices of what went in the room was special.

I will take care of you all of your life (even up to right now He has watched over me)

Yes.  Even when your hair is white with age. (Oh how special.  So many can’t stand to show the gray/white hair.  They want to look like their daughters.  They forget age is beautiful to the Lord)

I made you.  I will take care of you. (What promises.  Even when our backs are turned on Him, He will not let go of us.  Magnificent grace!)

I will carry you along and be your Savior. Ah!  Yes! when we can no longer do for ourselves, He will still be right there with us as He was at our beginning.)  As He carries us along, He will do the final preparations for our eternal living with Him.

My dear Christian Reader, never take for granted God and His Word.  He is real. He is alive.  In two weeks we will celebrate what Christianity is all about. It ain’t about the Baptist, or any other denomination.  It is ALL about a relationship that is ours to accept and enjoy and be blest with.  The relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.  HIM ALONE.

Christianity is the only One that can boast of its Founder living, dying, coming back to live again and promising to return some day to take Home those who believe in Him as the BIBLE leads and directs. What a day of rejoicing that will be.

Until He comes, let us be busy preparing for that day, unknown to us but fully known to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

In His perfect will and I AM staying there!!!!!

Marge

There is a way ~~~~

~~~~for us to relate to our Lord in a more distinct way and become more closely knit to His Word.

Having acknowledged Him as Lord and Savior is, of course, always #1.  Having walked through that door, we come to a Room with no walls and no limitations within.  Far ahead of us we see the Heavenly Father with open arms welcoming us, now that we are His children, to “come and eat” of the rich words of the Bible.

God knows every bend in the road of our lives.  He also knows how fast we should take the “bends” in order to not have failure.

It all stands from our attitude re the Word of God. For over 30 years, my husband and I, nightly, by memory, voiced the 23rd Psalm together before getting into bed. What a blessing it was to be in unity with and over God’s Word.  Today, I carry on with those moments that once were shared with the lover of my life.  They mean so much and give so much help to daily living.

For all, and I do mean ALL, of our problems we should attack them in one way.  Let me  give you an example.

Instead of saying, “This problem entangles me but the Lord is my Shepherd.”  We should say, “The Lord is my Shepherd, even though this problem entangles me.”

The “problem” is not something that God can not handle. A God who knows everything, made everything, keeps the world and all of the heavenlies in order certainly can handle any problem that puny man has.

“My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”          Phil. 4:19 (NASB)

Resting in His Word, even when I don’t always understand it.  Faith is the rollator that keeps me steady as my life moves along.  Marge H.

 

 

“That” Sunday is coming….

~~~~~ In the meantime, somewhere along the way, we received many, many years ago, a small Easter addition of The Daily Bread. So every day of this month we are zeroed in on the Lord and His sacrifice for me…….and for you!

Today I began my online course at DTS.  The study is Hebrews.  After that I read what was given in that Easter Daily Bread.

I cannot find the words to express to you what the Lord means to me. I do not know who wrote this but this is wonderful and it speaks to my heart and I pray it will to yours too, my Christian reader.

“In Christ we have a love that can never be fathomed, a life that can never die, a peace that can never be understood, a rest that can never be disturbed, a joy that can never be diminished, a hope that can never be disappointed, a glory that can never be clouded, a light that can never be darkened, and a spiritual resource that can never be exhausted.”

WOW!  That’s complete!!!  You know, the devil would just as soon send you and me to hell from the pew as he would from the gutter.  (Matt. 23:13-15)  What Jesus does with me and you will depend on what you and I do with Jesus.  (Matt. 10:33) The worst form of badness is human goodness when human goodness becomes a substitute for the New Birth. (Matt.21-28-32)

I pray you are on the Easter journey with God’s Word.  A life without Jesus Christ is a life of succeeding at the wrong thing. (Matt. 16:26)

Secure with my Savior!

Marge H.