Isaiah 6:8 "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? ' And I said 'Here am I, Send me!' "

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  • The Jews, The High Priest, and Jesus

    John 19:9-22(note that in John 19 it specifically states the chief priests)

    A lot of people hate the Jews because they crucified Jesus. The thing is that it was prophesied that Jesus would come and be rejected by his own people, also if they hadn’t then the world wouldn’t be Redeemed.

    What most people forget is that the Jewish High Priest had to be the one to offer Jesus as a sacrifice unto God. In The Old Testament there was the Levitical Priesthood. The High Priest was the one who would go into the temple and present the sacrifice to God, if the priest was not in right standing with God then he would die. Many people say that Pilate was the one who crucified Jesus but Pilate wanted no part in it and the only reason he was involved was because of the laws of the land. Pilate found nothing wrong with Jesus and tried to give an easy way out but when given the Jews and The High Priest the choice they shouted crucify Him. So Pilate did not offer Jesus up but the High Priest.

    If Pilate had offered Jesus He wouldn’t have been considered a good sacrifice unto God. Jesus fulfilled the Law, everything He did up until the cross and even after was to fulfill it making Him the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. So why would Jesus follow everything up to that point and then break what God was doing then? The point I’m trying to make is don’t hate the Jews because if they hadn’t done what they did none of us would be saved right now.

    Jesus came first to the Jews and then to the Gentiles but God’s chosen people are the Jews. They fulfilled His prophesies and they trusted and believed Him from the beginning. God is going to continue to bless them and we need to as Christians continue to pray for them, pray for Israel. Jesus is alive and He loves the Jews just as much as He always did.

    “John 19:9-22 (NIV)

    9 and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”

    11 Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”

    12 From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jewish leaders kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.”

    13 When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). 14 It was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about noon.

    “Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews.

    15 But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!”

    “Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked.

    “We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered.

    16 Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.

    The Crucifixion of Jesus
    So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

    19 Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: jesus of nazareth, the king of the jews. 20 Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. 21 The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.”

    22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

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  • God’s Provision/The Heart Of God

    Yesterday God gave me an awesome opportunity and in that opportunity He provided as well. Every time I get my paycheck I always pull aside a tithe. The amount of the tithe depending on what God shows me to give. This last week I had some things I needed to get so I had to pull extra money out of my check to do so. Which by the end left me with $20 for myself which needed to last me two weeks. For this weeks tithe I felt like God was showing me to give $40, but because I was so short I was very much tempted to only give $30 because it would have been considered 10%. I thought the extra $10 would help me get by better. But after a quick run through in my mind I stopped and told myself “no! There is a lot you can do but cheating God is not one of them. I will not take from God for myself.” So I gave the full $40. Not too much after that the money I had set aside for myself for the two weeks had dwindled to $5 and I still have a lot of days to go.
    But yesterday it snowed and as much as I hate snow God used it to bless me. In my town there is an ordinance that the snow must be shoveled off the sidewalk within 24 hrs. So whenever it snows my neighbors and I all help each other shovel snow to get it done faster.
    My next door neighbor is unable to shovel his driveway and sidewalk so my brother and I always go next door and shovel for him. We never ask for anything we just do it knowing he really needs our help. Yesterday he insisted on paying us (which we never ask for and refuse if he ever offers but he was very adamant about us taking the money). I was surprised at this not because he isn’t a generous man but because we’ve always had this understanding that helping each other is what neighbors do. He insisted we take the money and so we did and he gave me $20. I thought back to the beginning of the week when I had thought to take $10 from my tithe and I realized that God had provided for me because I had chosen to give to Him what He had asked instead of holding onto it selfishly. I trusted that God would do what needed to be done with this tithe and that He had laid the amount on my heart for a reason. Because I was faithful, God provided for me just like He promises. You see, we don’t give to God to get and we don’t give to God because God needs our money. God doesn’t need our money but what He wants is our obedience. Tithing is for others but also for us. When we give we are trusting God to use it for His purposes, we are trusting Him to take care of our needs, we are helping others in their need, we are learning to be selfless, to give of ourselves, and we are getting a glimpse of God’s heart. God loves to give to His children and by giving to others we get to see that, we get to be a part of it. We learn selflessness and compassion. God gave us Jesus, a Promise, Salvation, He didn’t hold back. God provides all His children’s needs. From the Spiritual to the physical there is no need that God can not fill.

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  • God’s Will

    God has so much for you guys. A plan and a purpose. Speak it, believe it, be confident in it, ask God to lead you in it, know that He is with you and know that it is already yours to have, Jesus won it for you, now you have to want it and I know that you guys do.image

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  • God Will Lead/God’s Calling For Your Life

    Last night God gave me a Revelation for Bible study that was so last minute even I was blown away by what He had coming out of my mouth. So blessed to serve a God who is not only full of amazing surprises but never leaves His children without. I had a teaching all set up to talk about and God was laying Gideon on my heart but I feared doing so as having read Judges 6&7 a week before and hadn’t seen any way to incorporate him into what I had planned to say. All the way up until the last song in worship I was going to teach from 2 Chronicles but God told me no teach about Gideon. Having no idea what I was going to say or where God was going with it, I completely trusted Him and lead my group in the reading of Gideon. A few verses in I still didn’t know as then all of the sudden We hit that one verse where The Holy Spirit just said “This one, I want you to teach on this one. The Called” and that’s what I did. Everything that came out of my mouth was all the Holy Spirit was showing me to say and it came out as if I had rehearsed but I didn’t. That is what is so cool about God and His Holy Spirit, He never leaves you empty when you trust Him and follow Him without holding back. I could have easily been afraid and stuck with what I knew, but I didn’t. And God revealed Himself in a way that resonated with each and everyone of us. What I’m saying is God is so amazing and we should never be afraid to follow Him in His will for our lives in every moment if God instructs you to do something do it. He won’t lead you into something that He won’t see you through to the end.
    The message from last night is you are all called, don’t question it and don’t be afraid to go after what God has called you to do. God will see you through to the end. Don’t be afraid, seek Him and He will lead you in the way He should have you go.
    In the end “Who are we to question whom God calls because it’s not our call to make its God’s” don’t question who God calls especially yourself. Go for it God knows what He’s doing.

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  • For Everything There Is A Season

    Whenever I feel God moving me towards something I must go because if I don’t I find no satisfaction in the place I tried to set up camp. In life there are seasons and God moves us from one to the other every season is a new experience full of God’s great opportunities for our lives. Sometimes we are sad or even scared to leave the old season but God has a plan and we must trust that where He is taking us is even better. God will never take you out of better to worse.
    Ecclesiastes3:1
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  • The Power Of Worship

    There I a deeper worship. A worship where it’s just you and God, no one else and all the cares of the world just break away. Where the chains that have entangled you are broken off and destroyed. Where your heart and your thoughts are completely focused on God and He is working on your behalf. Renewing your heart and your mind, strengthening you in His Love and by His Holy Spirit. There is no greater experience than this one, the moment of total surrender to God. There is power and freedom in surrendering to God. It is something you can not explain to someone but must be experienced for themselves for them to understand. There is a reverence toward God and His Holy Spirit we must have in worship when God is speaking to us and moving we must be silent and we must be still. It is respect for our God and Saviour Who truly deserves it. We must look at ourselves and ask “Do I show God the Love and respect He deserves when I worship Him? Do I fully surrender my heart and thoughts focusing completely on Him or is my heart and thoughts wandering focused on other things?” These are important things to ask ourselves if we ever want to enter into a deeper level of worship with God. To come before God in worship is to come before the throne to enter the Holy of Holies. Jesus won that back for us when He died on the cross for our sins. Only the High Priest could enter before Jesus because man’s sin wasn’t allowed before the throne of God, wasn’t allowed in the Holy of Holies. But Jesus saved us from our sins and His sacrifice on the cross and resurrection now makes us pure and forgiven in God’s eyes and now we may come freely an boldly before the Throne of God. May we understand this honor and respect it with our whole being.

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  • January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month The A21 Campaign

    One of the most influential and defining moments in founder of The A21 Campaign Christine Caine’s life was when she went to meet the first group of girls ever rescued by The A21 Campaign. As she talked to the girls one of the girls broke down in tears of sorrow and anger and asked her “Why didn’t you come sooner?” The only answer Christine had was “I didn’t know before.” (which she did not verbalize knowing that wasn’t an acceptable excuse). It was a moment that changed everything, it was a moment that opened her eyes to what God was calling her to do. From that day forward she dedicated her life to educating people on the evils of human trafficking and has become a voice for the ones still in captivity because the more people who know about it the more people to join in the fight to end it. In this life we are accountable for what we know and we can no longer say we don’t know. But it is up to each of us to decide what we are going to do with what we know.

    To learn more go to http://www.a21.org/index.php

    Also check out Christine Caine’s best selling book “Undaunted”

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  • Love Is Not Earned It’s Freely Given

    God loves you and nothing can separate you from His Love. You can’t earn it, we don’t deserve it, but God freely gives it to us anyway. His Love is unconditional, it is everlasting, it is like nothing you’ve ever felt before, it cannot be fully described. All I can say is God’s Love fills the void left in your heart from the sins of the world and heals the wounds left there by the troubles you’ve fallen into. God’s mercy and grace is extended to all men. God’s Love for you is stronger than anything you’ve ever experienced or have ever known. Accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour and He will strengthen you and heal you and fill you with the Love you’ve been searching for your whole life.
    Written By: Christine Sawyer
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  • Standing Strong In What Is Right

    This really resonates with me. I talk about God a lot, I live my life for God, and God means everything to me. In doing so over the years I have found that in a nation where God and His Word are not considered politically correct because the mention of mankind being sinful and needing a Saviour offends people, where serving God is not considered popular I’ve found that many don’t want to hear about God and I’ve found myself being outcast, ignored, or looked down on by many. Yet, I wouldn’t change what I do for the world. I love God with all of my heart and I made the decision a long time ago that no matter what I am going to serve Him, I am going to spread the Gospel, I am going to teach God’s Word to people all over the world. Even if only one person accepts Jesus as their Saviour because of the stands I’ve taken and will continue to take my whole life than I will be satisfied knowing that I have given God my all. Serving God has never been in vain to me and I have what I have because God has given it to me, he has blessed me with much. I will serve God all the days of my life. At the end of the day the only thing that matters is did I do what God called me to do. Did I take a stand for God and do what is right despite all that tries to come against me. This is what I want to do and this is who I am.

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  • God Is Everywhere

    1 John 4:16-19
    16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
    17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.
    18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
    19 We love because he first loved us.

    Every time I watch Frozen I think about this Scripture verse. The whole movie Elsa is running away in fear and she convinces herself that she has found true freedom by being isolated and alone where no one can see her. It’s not until Anna saves Elsa from Hans that Elsa realizes that what she needed the whole time was Love. It wasn’t isolation she needed but to accept the Love that was being offered to her the whole time.

    As people we tend to do that with God. We do things that we regret and then in fear we run. We run from God, we run from people, and we even try to run from ourselves. We run ourselves into an inward isolation and we turn to other things to help us forget what we’re trying to hide. Then we try to convince ourselves we have a handle on things. When in all reality we don’t. Our problems are still there they are just swept under a rug and even though no one else may be able to see them we know they are still there.

    There is someone else who knows they are still there and that’s Jesus. Jesus was sent to earth by Our Heavenly Father to die on the cross and pay the price for our sins. Jesus took our punishment and in Him we are forgiven. Because of what Jesus did you can come before the Father and He will forgive you, He will take your shame, the things of your past that try to torment you and the burden away from you. The Bible tells us that God is Love and that Perfect Love casts out fear. That those in God’s Love are made perfect. That anyone who fears is walking in judgment and have not been made perfect in Love because God’s Love casts out fear and in Christ Jesus there is no judgment.

    When we trust in Jesus we see that we have nothing to fear and although things may try to come against us in Jesus we can overcome them. It’s when we focus on our troubles instead of Jesus that we start to fear. But if we focus on Jesus instead of our troubles we will not fear.
    When Elsa realized that Anna loved her and was willing to give her life up for her that was when her fear left her and the storm that tormented her had to leave. It’s the same with us. When we realize that Jesus loves us so much that He suffered on the cross, gave His life for us, died on the cross, and rose again even though we didn’t deserve it, we find that God loves us more than we could ever imagine and we can trust that He will protect us from all evil and He will give us strength for a new day. God will take our shame, our pain and make something beautiful.

    God loves you very much. He wants to take your pain away and the burdens you carry from your past, from your sin. All you have to do is give your life to Him accept Jesus as your Saviour and He will forgive you.

    If you want Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour say this prayer;

    Dear Heavenly Father,
    I come before you asking that you would forgive me. I’ve made mistakes and I realize that I am a sinner. I ask that Jesus would come into my heart and be The Lord and Saviour of my life. I ask that you would make me new Father and cleanse me of my transgressions. Help me to be who You called me to be from this day forward. I ask this in Jesus Name I pray amen.
    John 8:11b
    Jesus: “Go and sin no more.”
    (John 8:1-11)

    Jesus too changes our heart because of His Love and because of what He did on the cross.
    In Ezekiel 36:26 it says:
    “26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”

    Jesus changes our hearts to that we can love and have The Fruits of The Spirit through His Holy Spirit. (See Galatians 5:22-23)

    John 15:12
    “12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”

    “Only An Act Of True Love Will Thaw A Frozen Heart”

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