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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Should We Submit to All Authorities?

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Romans 13:1-5

Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God. 
So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on them-selves. For [civil] authorities are not a source of fear for [people of] good behavior, but for [those who do] evil. Do you want to be unafraid of authority? Do what is good and you will receive approval and commendation. For he is God’s servant to you for good. 

But if you do wrong, [you should] be afraid; for he does not carry the [executioner’s] sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an avenger who brings punishment on the wrongdoer. But if you do what is wrong, you should be afraid, for it is not without reason that they bear the sword. Indeed, they are God's servants to administer punishment to anyone who does wrong. Therefore, it is necessary for you to be acquiescent to the authorities, not only for the sake of God's punishment but also for the sake of your own conscience.

Crazy laws requiring masks to walk your dog, to be in place in between bites of food, even when having sex. Crazy laws to stay six feet apart, not shake hands and leave a restaurant by 11pm. Legalized spying on your neighbors, deemed Contact Tracing, has pitted friends against each other. And mandatory vaccinations are on the way.....

Worst of all, many if not most churches across America remained closed. One has to wonder who the pastors and priests are taking their direction from...God or the Governor?

I’ve been told that many parishioners have approached their church leaders and have been rebuked, saying that “the Bible tells us to be subjected to government or government authorities,’ such as described in this verse, Romans 13:1

But if you read the entire passage, you can see that the directive must be taken in context: we are to obey rulers or government officials who put in place by God. 

How many of your legislators, your governors, your local school board members or your community leaders ...or maybe even your church deacons...are appointed by God? I don't know about you, but I find it difficult to listen to men who issue tyrannical rules and order "we the people" to stay away from God. 

But as a follow-up, 1 Timothy 2:1-2 gives us something to actively to do: 

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way."

And further, in Psalm 22:28, we are to put God in the middle of it all: 

“For kingship belongs to the Lord, and He rules over the nations.”

Today's Prayer: 
Dear Lord, we pray for our leaders, not just the president and first lady, but for our state and local elected officials. We pray for Constitutional Sheriffs to take charge of our counties. We pray for calm among the chaos. We pray for intelligent voters to select those who would uphold our laws and secure our communities. We pray that Thy Will Be Done, in our country and in our individual lives. In Jesus's precious name. Amen. 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Four Powerful Words: Be Still and Know

October 15th, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Psalm 46:1,10

God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble.....Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.


These two verses come from a Psalm that proclaims the power and security of God. In the center of these two verses is one of my favorite phrases in the entire Bible is “Be still and Know.”


To be still means to be quiet. To stop fighting. Stop squabbling. Stop being suspicious of each other. Let go of the artificial separations that have divided us. As Catherine Davis said in our prayer time together at www.ChristianRevival.net, “There is only one race – and this is the Human Race." 


Pull off your masks and see smiles and full faces of those around you. Be the Child of God you were chosen to be.


God’s people need to be still in the midst of the storms of chaos and violence sweeping many of the cities in our country. Once quiet – and in a meditative state – let this verse come to mind:


Exodus 14:14“The Lord will fight for you, you have only to be silent.”


In the silence comes strength and peace. Visualize the gift of God to our senses. Find the peace of God in the mountains, in the forests, by the ocean, in a cathedral...in our own soul.


To Know means to have an understanding. But when I think about Knowing God, it comes with an assurance that goes beyond basic understanding.

  • To Know God is to completely trust Him.
  • To Know God is to believe we can Ask anything and expect to receive it from Him.
  • To Know God is to feel His awesome presence in everything we do. We have confidence that we can rest in His love with an unshakeable peace.
  • To Know God is to find refuge in His strength and expect Him to always be with us in times of trouble

Be Still – and Know....the four most powerful words we can carry in our heart and mind at all times about our relationship with God, our Father.


Today’s Prayer:

Dear Lord, quiet our mind, our heart, our spirit. Allow us to find the stillness that allows us to feel Your power and know your strength. To Be Still and Know is the only true way humans can connect with Your holiness, Your power, Your compassion, Your love.


We know cognitively that You are omniscient (all-knowing), omnipresent (present everywhere), omnipotent (all-powerful). Your Word says that we are in “all ways” to acknowledge You and THEN You will guide our lives. Lord, we surrender to Your plan when we can simply Be Still and Know. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

"Call on Me; I will Answer You"

October 13, 2020. - with special guest, Elizabeth Nader - LISTEN HERE

Psalm 86:7, 12-13 

I call on You in the day of my distress, for You will answer me.... Teach me Your way, Yahweh, and I will live by Your truth. Give me an undivided mind to fear Your name. I will praise You with all my heart, Lord my God, and will honor Your name forever.

Psalm 86 is so beautiful. David was crying out to God for courage at a time when his enemies were trying to kill him. After he made his petitions for help known to God, he then praised and worshiped the Lord for His power, trustworthiness, and goodness.

We all have stress in our lives. More than 50% of patients that come to see me these days at my medical clinic list “anxiety” and/or “insomnia” as their chief complaint.

I wish I could toss my “medical stuff” out the window and simply pray with these folks. Pray that they would lay their worries at the feet of the Lord. Pray they would keep their eyes fixed on Him and not on the problem. Pray the Be Attitudes with them – reminding them that worry doesn’t add a day to their life. The prayer would assure them that God is in charge and He doesn’t want you to have a divided mine – one split between worry and rest. The Lord promised He would never abandon us in times of stress.

Read all of Psalm 86. Listen to the wonderful conversation I had with my guest, Elizabeth Nadar, who loves her friends and fans back to health.

Today’s Prayer:
Dear Lord, David says it best in this Psalm 86 to you: 
“Listen, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Protect my life, for I am faithful.You are my God; save Your servant who trusts in You. Be gracious to me, Lord, for I call to You all day long. Bring joy to Your servant’s life, because I turn to You, Lord. For You are kind and ready to forgive, rich in faithful love to all who call on You. Lord, hear my prayer; listen to my plea for mercy. Lord, there is no one like You and there are no works like Yours. All the nations You have made will bow down before You, Lord, and will honor Your name. For You are great and perform wonders; You alone are God. Teach me Your way, Yahweh, and I will live by Your truth. Give me an undivided mind to worship and honor Your name. I will praise You with all my heart, Lord my God, and will honor Your name forever." 

We pray our hearts can forgive those who have harmed us, whether it be mentally, physically, or emotionally. We pray for the protection of our country. We pray for the preservation of our constitution and our Bill of Rights. We pray for the health of our president. We pray that the election of our state and local leaders will be filled by persons of honor, integrity, and with Your heart to do things that are good, right and just. We thank You for Your love. We beseech Your will for our lives. We ask all these things, in Jesus’ holy name. Amen

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

"I Am the Vine; You are the Branches"

October 6, 2020 - With Guest, Dr. Anthony Silvestro - LISTEN HERE

John 15:4-7 

Abide in me, and I will abide in you. Just as the branch cannot produce fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. 

I am the vine, you are the branches. The one who abides in me while I abide in him produces much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Unless a person abides in me, he is thrown away like a pruned branch and dries up. People gather such branches, throw them into a fire, and they are burned up. "If you abide in me and my words abide in you, you can ask for anything you want, and you'll receive it.

From Dr. Silvestro: 
We need the proper context of the passages whenever we read the Bible. In the previous chapter, John 14:1-5, Jesus was speaking to the Apostles:

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”

John 14:6 provides the answer.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

That puts Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Mormonism, Jehovah Witness, Atheism, Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox into context: They are false religions because they do not have the exclusivity of Christ.

In the rest of Chapter 14, Jesus is explaining what the Apostles are to do when he leaves.

As we look into the passage for today…John 15 starts with two words that are often overlooked:  I AM - “I am the true vine...”

Jesus is the vine; The Father is the vinedresser. Picture a grapevine here…  Jesus is grapevine. A vinedresser is a person who prunes, trains, and cultivates vines. He takes care of vines to maximize the fruit produced by them.  Get the greatest yield. The vinedresser then is responsible for deciding what each branch is doing based on its fruit…

There are two types of branches that represent: the two types of disciples who outwardly professing attachment to Jesus:

1. the genuine branches, Born- again believers that abide in Him, and
2. the false branches (false converts, people who claim Christ but are not born-again)

Verse 4-6:  
"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

True Branches can only bear fruit when attached to the Vine. Being attached to Christ means having the indwelling of the Holy Spirit which generates all good works in us, yet we are responsible for carrying out those good works.

As believers, we are called to do good works.  However, those works do not add to salvation.  Good works are the result of being born-again; by Grace, we are saved. Our works do not cause us to be saved, nor do good works keep us saved. 
Yet, Jesus says that we can only bear fruit, do good works if we are truly attached to Him.

In verse 2- The Father takes every branch that bears fruit and prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. Pruning involves cutting a live branch in a certain way to make the branch more “productive.”

The term for this is sanctification – all believers are constantly being pruned – so we can continue to be transformed more and more into the image of Christ.

This brings verse John 14:6 into context: 
"If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned."

Unlike the true branches that get pruned for more production of fruit, the vine- dresser cuts off the dry, dead branches...The vinedresser (the Father) takes the unregenerate false branches away from their phony attachment to the vine, and they are put in the waste for burning

The reference here is not, as some imagine, to true Christians losing their salvation, as this cannot happen to people who are truly saved.  This is regarding “false converts” as spoken earlier.

Here's one example:
·       True branches – Most of the apostles (Who were active in ministry)
·       False Branch – Judas Iscariot

Outwardly, Judas was indistinguishable from the other eleven apostles, yet was a false convert who showed himself to be a traitor of Jesus. The ultimate fate that awaits the false branches is to be cast … into the fire and … burned.

On their judgment day, false converts will protest, 
“Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?” (Matt. 7:22)

Instead of “Well done, good and faithful servant,” they will hear the scariest reply from the Lord, recorded in the very next verse, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (v. 23).

Dr. Anthony R. Silvestro, Jr.

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Friday, October 2, 2020

The Lord Will Replenish Your Weary Soul

October 2, 2020 - Fireside Chat - LISTEN HERE

Jeremiah 31:25For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 - There is a season for everything and a time for every event under heaven

They say that confession is good for the soul, and I’m here to admit that I’m really worn out.

As most of you know, I’ve been working non-stop, day and night, since March 10, with barely even a half-day off.

I have to remind myself – and those around me – I’m 62.5 years of age. And I can't ride the pony as hard as when I was 42yo. 

This week, with the opening of the Boot Camp course, I knew something had to change.

I’ve prayed about it... I’ve feel that God is calling me to take better care of me...and not try to meet all expectations. I need the time  *right now* for current responsibilities.

I feel this is what He wants me to do:  For the next 8 weeks, the schedule for Happy Hour is going to change.
  • Tuesday – guest
  • Thursday – Revisited content
  • Friday – maybe a new lesson...or a new way to get to know people in our study group
I hope you continue to take the time out every night at 6p to have your own Happy Hour on your own, or with forming your own group.

Today’s Prayer:
Dear Lord, guide us to a place of stillness so we may know and feel that our strength and replenishment comes from God. When we trust God hears our prayers, we will not be shaken. Lord, Your Word gives us so many assurances that You will never leave us, never abandon us. You will always give us strength so that we can never be shaken.

We are grateful for Your presence and Your Greatness, Lord. Please hear our voices as we cry out to You for our personal safety, for our country, for our world. We pray for the presidents’ health and stamina. Twerr6tAs we make our petitions know, Thy Will Be done...and in all things, we pray in Jesus’s name. Amen.


Thursday, October 1, 2020

The 2000-year Comparison

October 1, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Lamentations 3:24-26 

The LORD is all I have," says my soul, "Therefore I will put my hope in him." The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the person who searches for him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.

The Book of Lamentations in the Old Testament was written by the prophet Jeremiah. 
The Spiritual Warfare Bible has this commentary about the book:

The Spirit moved Jeremiah with grief, sorry and tears for the tragic sin and the exile of God’s people from the land of Judah. They had rejected God’s Spirit and had reaped the harvest of judgment and destruction.

I encourage each of you to read the complete Book of Lamentations. It’s short; only 5 Chapters. But as I read the words of how the people were crushed, then scattered and taken into captivity as prisoners for decades as punishment for turning their backs on God, I couldn’t help but gasp at the parallels we are now living in America.

Here are a few sample verses from this book:
  • All your enemies have opened their mouth against you; they hiss and gnash their teeth. They say, “We have swallowed her up! Certainly, this is the day that we longed for, we have found it; we have seen it.” (v2:16)
  • The Lord has done what He has planned...He has caused the enemy to rejoice over you; he has exalted the power of your adversaries. (v2:27)
    • Those we have elected have turned against God, against our Constitution and gladly want to enslave us to the Globalists.
  • The kings of the earth and all the inhabitants of the world would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy could enter the gates of Jerusalem (v4:12)
    • Is America being destroyed from within by the adversaries planted here?
  • Slaves rule over us; there is no one to deliver us from their hand (v5:8)
    • When we are all muzzled, distanced, tagged and tracked like cattle, who will save us from our own government?
But even the state of slavery and destitution, the Lord did not abandon His people. 

He said,  
“The Lord is good to those who seek Him, and wait quietly for his salvation.” Remember the Lord said, “Vengeance is mine.” He also said in Lamentations 3:31, “For the Lord will not cast off forever."

Though He causes (allows) grief, He will have compassion according to the abundance of His great mercy.

Today’s Prayer:
Lord, in so many ways, we have sinned. We have removed You from our daily lives, our schools, our country, our government. Those among us have murdered more than 61-million of Your infants, without a word of regret. Those among us have broken every one of Your commandments. And worst of all, millions in our country have turned their heart and mind away from You, saying, “God is Dead” and desecrating Your places of worship.

Lord, you instructed us to pray for those who have harmed us, for those who ARE harming us. Lord, as difficult as it is to do, we ask You to bless our enemies and to create events in their lives that will open their hearts so they will see miracles, miracles that could only have been orchestrated by You. Lay their hearts bare so they can accept “welcome” as a Prodigal son, one of the lost sheep may return Home to You. We pray for the forgiveness of our country, for a calling to our government officials, for the protection of Your chosen ones during this time of division. We ask that Thy will be done and our HOPE remains only with You. In Jesus Name, Amen.