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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.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Praise God for Every Thing, Large and Small

September 30, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Psalms 147:11 

But the LORD is pleased with those who fear him, with those who hope in His gracious love.

This entire psalm is one of praise for the Lord and all that He magnifies in our lives. From comforting the broken-hearted to healing the sick, to providing food for animals to changing the weather, and more. For every thing, He is to be praised.  

To fear the Lord means to “worship Him with awe-inspired reference and obedience” (Amplified). He is also pleased with those who hope – those who have confidence in and feel secure because they know they are surrounded by His love. 

Let's read this verse, replacing the words fear, hope and those with something different: 

But the LORD is pleased with [your name] who worships Him with awe-inspired reference and obedience and with [your name] who in expectation and anticipation, has confidence and security in His gracious love. 

Wow! Look how PERSONAL that makes the passage; it makes the Bible come alive and feel relevant to today's circumstances. 

For all the things He does for every creature on the planet, He is worthy of our praise.

Today’s Prayer
Dear Lord, sometimes Your word is so clear and direct, there is little more to say about a specific passage except thank you. Thank You for who You are. We are grateful for your delight and it makes our hearts sing, knowing that some small act of kindness we have done to others is pleasing to You. Lord, we pray for our country, our constitution, our future. Into Your hands we deliver our hearts, our minds, and our very lives. Thy will be done for us, Lord, that we may follow the purpose You have laid out for us, even before we were born. We love you. We wait expectantly for you. In Jesus Name, Amen.  

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Set Your Hope On Christ

September 29, 2020 - LISTEN HERE - with special Guest David Block

1 Peter 1:13 

Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep a sober spirit, and fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at His coming.

The Bible records two letters written by Peter to encourage the early Christians who were scattered across what is now mostly modern-day Turkey. They were discouraged and they were being persecuted for their faith (v6). He wrote to remind them how God had blessed them through the gift of his Son and the Word of the Lord, which endures forever.

Recall the word hope, when used in the Bible, means to have confidence, to have security, to expect, and to anticipate.

The word grace, mentioned more than 150 times in the Bible, means the unmerited, unearned love and favor of God.

Let’s read that verse again:

Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep a sober spirit and fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed.

.....And then, let’s read it with the definitions:

Therefore, with your minds readied for action, be serious, and set your confidence and security on the unearned love and favor of God, which was brought to you with great anticipation.

How powerfully encouraging is that!  

Today’s Prayer:
Dear Lord, our confidence and trust is in You. We learn more about the magnificent gift of Your son and our Salvation each time we dig deeply into Your Word. We marvel at the stories and lessons that were given to Your early church – 2000 years ago – that are as relevant today as they were every day over the last 730,000 days. Help us to fix our gaze on Christ Jesus, no matter what worries or circumstances we have that are trying to distract us. Let us be confident that His ways will fulfill the purpose He has for us in our life. Thy will be done. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Monday, September 28, 2020

The Real Meaning of Hope

September 28, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Psalms 39:7
Now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.

In the English language, the word ‘hope’ has an element of doubt. For instance, “I hope it won't rain tomorrow” or “I hope I win the lottery.” 

However, that is not the meaning of hope from the Bible.

  • In the Old Testament, hope comes from the Hebrew word batah which means confidence and security. 
  • In the New Testament, hope is usually translated from the Greek words, elipis or elipizo, which originate from the world elpomai, which means to expect or to anticipate. 

How different is the meaning of HOPE when we know it means confidence, security, expectation, and anticipation!

When we say, “My hope is in the Lord” – it’s not a sense of desperation or the feeling of “crossed fingers.” We stand on a sure foundation with joyful confidence and solid anticipation.

As we explore various passages of the Bible about hope, keep these definitions in mind. I think you will be reading these verses with a whole new sense of interpretation!

Today’s Prayer:
Dear Lord, our hope – our confidence and security - is in You and Your unlimited power, knowledge, and dominion. We have confidence that all things will come to pass that are aligned with Your purpose for our life. Make Your plan, Your will for our lives clear, Dear Lord, so our hope in the future becomes clear. We know that no matter what, we have hope in You. We live in expectation of Your blessings for our life, for our country, for our world. Your purpose will not be defeated. May Your plan fulfilled in a timely manner, according to Earth time. May Thy will be done in our lives according to Your riches in glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


Friday, September 25, 2020

For God So Loved the World...

September 25, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that He gave His Only
 begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

No discussion about love would be complete without including what is arguably the most well-known verse in the Bible. John 3:16 describes the essence of our relationship with Jesus. This is the foundation of Christianity and what we refer to as The Gospel.

Emphasizing how important it was for humanity to live in love, Jesus summarized His entire message in just two commands: Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.  

Which brings us back to God is Love – a noun and a verb. Remember that divine love is agape love, the highest form of love that is everlasting and given freely, without judgment. There’s nothing we can do to deserve it or earn it.  

Jesus freed humanity as he was mocked, spat upon and beaten. God donated his son to be the ultimate sacrifice...to atone for our sins and bring us back to Him.

Today’s Prayer
Dear Lord, through Your Grace and Mercy, we are part of the Kingdom of Heaven through Your great love for us. The promise is not going to be delivered when we die, but by Your love and through the Holy Spirt, we are part of the Kingdom of Heaven right now. Dear God, You are the same yesterday, today, tomorrow, and forever. You may not approve of the sinful behavior, but no matter what, once we have accepted Jesus into our heart, Your love for us is without fail. You have promised to never abandon us. We are grateful for Your sacrifice, Your grace, and most importantly for a glimpse into what it means to feel Agape Love. We worship You and we thank You for all You do for our lives. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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