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Perfect Love – Hillsong United

March 30th, 2010

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The holy week

March 29th, 2010

The Passion
Comprises the very last week of Jesus’ life on Earth.
It began on Palm Sunday and concluded on the morning of Easter Sunday.

Saturday and Sunday
Christ’s last public ministry outside of Jerusalem was probably primarily in Perea and Judea. A few days before the final Passover, Jesus drew near to Jerusalem (John 11:55), arriving at Bethlehem six days before the Passover (John 12:1), namely the Saturday before the Passion Week. That evening, Jesus was anointed at Simon the leper’s house (Matt. 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; John 12:1-8). On the next day (Sunday), there was a great crowd that came to Bethany to see Jesus (John 12:9-11).

Monday
The next day (John 12:12), Monday, was Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Matt. 21:1-9; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-19), His visit to the temple (Matt. 21:10-11; Mark 11:11), and then His return to Bethany. The day of the triumphal entry would be Nisan 10 when the lamb was selected for Passover. Hence, the triumphal entry was the day when Christ presented Himself as Israel’s Paschal lamb.

Tuesday
On Tuesday on the way from Bethany to Jerusalem, Jesus cursed the fig tree (Matt. 21:18-19; Mark 11:12-14), and then He went to Jerusalem to cleanse the temple (Matt. 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-17; Luke 19:45-46). The religious leaders began to seek how they might destroy Him that evening, and that evening Jesus left Jerusalem, presumably returning to Bethany (Mark 11:18-19; Luke 19:47-48).

Wednesday
On the way to Jerusalem on Wednesday, the disciples saw the withered fig tree (Matt. 21:20-22; Mark 11:20-26). At the temple in Jerusalem, Jesus had a day of controversy with the religious leaders (Matt. 21:23—Matt. 23:39; Mark 11:27—Mark 12:44; Luke 20:1—Luke 21:4). That afternoon Jesus went to the Mount of Olives and delivered the Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24:1—Matt. 25:46; Mark 13:1-37; Luke 21:5-36). Two additional things occurred on that day: (1) Jesus predicted that in two days He would be crucified at the time of the Passover (Matt. 26:1-5; Mark 14:1-2; Luke 22:1-2); and (2) Judas planned the betrayal of Christ with the religious leaders (Matt. 26:14-16; Mark 14:10-11; Luke 22:3-6).

Thursday
On this day, He had His disciples prepare the Passover lamb (Matt. 26:17-19; Mark 14:12-16; Luke 22:7-13), and Jesus and His disciples had their Passover meal in the Upper Room (Matt. 26:20-30; Mark 14:17-26; Luke 22:14-30; John 13:1—John 14:31). Leaving the Upper Room, Jesus had a discourse with His disciples and offered an intercessory prayer in behalf of them (Matt. 26:30-35; Mark 14:26-31; Luke 22:31-39; John 15:1—John 18:1). They arrived at the Garden of Gethsemane, and it is here where Jesus suffered in agony (Matt. 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46; John 18:1). Later that night Jesus was betrayed and arrested (Matt. 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-53; John 18:2-12). During the rest of that night, Jesus was tried first by Anna’s and later by Caiaphas with the religious leaders (Matt. 26:57-75; Mark 14:53-72; Luke 22:54-65; John 18:13-27).

Friday
Early in the morning, the Sanhedrin, Pilate, Herod Antipas, and Pilate tried Jesus again (Matt. 27:1-30; Mark 15:1-19; Luke 22:66—Luke 23:25; John 18:28—John 19:16). Jesus was then led to the cross and crucified at 9: 00 a.m. and died at 3: 00 p.m. and was buried later that day (Matt. 27:31-60; Mark 15:20-46; Luke 23:26-54; John 19:16-42). Christ the Paschal Lamb (1 Cor. 5:7) died at the time when the Israelites were sacrificing their Passover lambs.

Saturday
Jesus laid in the tomb during the Sabbath, and the Pharisees secured Roman guards to keep watch of the tomb (Matt. 27:61-66; Mark 15:47; Luke 23:55-56).

Sunday
Christ was resurrected from the dead (Matt. 28:1-15; Mark 16:1-8 [9-13]; Luke 24:1-35). He is a type of the offering of the Firstfruits, which was offered the day after the Sabbath (Lev. 23:9-14; 1 Cor. 15:23)

Hillsong United – Hosanna

March 29th, 2010

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Love

March 28th, 2010

Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home.

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

Good works are links that form a chain of love.

It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters.

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.

There is more hunger in the world for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.

I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I don’t know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will NOT ask, How many good things have you done in your life?, rather he will ask, How much LOVE did you put into what you did?

Mother Theresa

The road map

March 28th, 2010

If you pick up a road map, you can readily discern the best route to reach your destination. But while the map logically arranges the maze of highways so that you can stay on course, it does not provide a total picture of what the journey holds in store. Hills, curves, stoplights, restaurants, service stations, school zones, and other details of the trip can be discovered only as the trip unfolds.

Knowing God’s will operates in a similar manner. God has a plan for your life, but the specifics you want so desperately are revealed only as you are committed to the journey of devotion and discipleship.

Solomon wrote in Proverbs that God will guide your steps and unveil His plan as you trust wholeheartedly in God, refuse to rely solely on your limited wisdom, and obey Him consistently.

As you do these things, combined with prayer and the study of Scripture, the details of His personal plan—a place of work, a marriage partner, a church to attend—will follow.

God wants you to know His will. Delight yourself in Him; put aside preconceived notions, and concentrate on trust, obedience, and a personal relationship with Christ.

Wait on Him, and at the right time, the answer will come.

Source: STGJ Newsletter

You Are Loved

March 28th, 2010

While raising our children, my husband and I had a tradition of occasionally taking the family out on a special family breakfast date to McDonalds. We did not have much money, but by saving a few dollars here and there, we were able to occasionally share this special treat together.

One unusually cold winter morning we were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden we noticed everyone around us backing away from the counter. Just then I was overcome with a horrible ‘dirty body’ smell. As I turned around I saw two poor homeless men standing behind me. As I looked down at the shorter gentleman, I noticed he was smiling. His beautiful sky blue eyes seemed full of God’s Light as he searched for acceptance. He said, Good day as he counted the few coins he had been clutching. The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend. I realized the second man was mentally challenged and the blue-eyed gentleman was his salvation. I just nodded hello.

As my family and I stepped aside after placing our order, the young lady at the counter asked the homeless men behind us what they wanted. The shorter gentleman smiled and said, One coffee please. It was obvious that this was all they could afford. I smiled and, handing the young lady behind the counter some money, asked her to give each of them a breakfast meal too. They looked at me with warm smiles and said thank you. I leaned over and quietly said, God put it on my heart to do this. He wants to let you know that you are loved.

When my family sat down, my husband leaned over, touched my hand and said, That is why God gave you to us, Honey, to let us know He loves us too.

Source: STGJ Newsletter

USED vs. LOVED

March 27th, 2010

While a man was polishing his new car, his 4 yr old son picked up a stone and scratched lines on the side of the car. In anger, the man took the child’s hand and hit it many times not realizing he was using a wrench. At the hospital, the child lost all his fingers due to multiple fractures. When the child saw his father….with painful eyes he asked, ‘Dad when will my fingers grow back?’

The man was so hurt and speechless; he went back to his car and kicked it a lot of times. Devastated by his own actions….. sitting in front of that car he looked at the scratches; the child had written ‘LOVE YOU DAD’. The next day that man committed suicide. . .

Anger and Love have no limits; choose the latter to have a beautiful, lovely life & remember this:

Things are to be used and people are to be loved. The problem in today’s world is that people are used while things are loved. Let’s try always to keep this thought in mind: “Things are to be used, People are to be loved…”

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character; Watch your character; it becomes your destiny, and always remember: respond , Do not react. Reaction is automatic,it lacks control Response comes from the mind; it requires thought.

Love suffers long [and] is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;.
does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether [there are] prophecies, they will fail; whether [there are] tongues, they will cease; whether [there is] knowledge, it will vanish away. (1Cor 13: 4-8)

Source: STGJ Newsletter

Love

March 27th, 2010

Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.

The success of love is in the loving – it is not in the result of loving. Of course it is natural in love to want the best for the other person, but whether it turns out that way or not does not determine the value of what we have done.

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God – the rest will be given.

If we want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.

Intense love does not measure, it just gives.

Mother Theresa

Source: STGJ Newsletter

That’s My King! Do You Know Him?

March 26th, 2010

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Such a great video to highlight such a great message. From Dr. Shadrach Meshach (S.M.) Lockridge’s famous sermon.

I do not own this video nor have I created it. I actually just saw this over at vimeo and downloaded it many months back because I was deeply touched by it. I can’t seem to find the original video online anymore and so I couldn’t give the video creator the proper credit. But I hope it’s ok with him/her that I’m sharing this with all of you in YouTube.

To the one who made this video, you are blessed! Thank you for blessing us too.

The Bible says my King is the King of the Jews. He’s the King of Israel. He’s the King of righteousness. He’s the King of the ages. He’s the King of Heaven. He’s the King of glory. He’s the King of kings, and He’s the Lord of lords. That’s my King. I wonder…Do you know Him?

My King is a sovereign King. No means of measure can define his limitless love. He’s enduringly strong. He’s entirely sincere. He’s eternally steadfast. He’s immortally graceful. He’s imperially powerful. He’s impartially merciful. Do you know Him?

He’s the greatest phenomenon that has ever crossed the horizon of this world. He’s God’s Son. He’s the sinner’s Savior. He’s the peak of civilization. He’s unparalleled. He’s unprecedented. He is the loftiest idea in literature. He’s the highest personality in philosophy. He’s the fundamental doctrine of true theology. He’s the only one qualified to be an all-sufficient Savior. I wonder if you know Him today.

He supplies strength for the weak. He’s available for the tempted and the tried. He sympathizes and He saves. He strengthens and sustains. He guards and He guides. He heals the sick. He cleanses the lepers. He forgives sinners. He discharges debtors. He delivers the captives. He defends the feeble. He blesses the young. He serves the unfortunate. He regards the aged. He rewards the diligent, and He beautifies the meager. I wonder if you know Him.

He’s the key to knowledge. He’s the wellspring of wisdom. He’s the doorway of deliverance. He’s the pathway of peace. He’s the roadway of righteousness. He’s the highway of holiness. He’s the gateway of glory. Do you know Him?

Well, His light is matchless. His goodness is limitless. His mercy is everlasting. His love never changes. His word is enough. His grace is sufficient. His reign is righteous, and His yoke is easy and His burden is light. I wish I could describe Him to you. Yes, He’s indescribable. He’s incomprehensible. He’s invincible. He’s irresistible. You can’t get Him out of your mind. You can’t get Him off of your head. You can’t outlive Him, and you can’t live without Him.

Well, the Pharisees couldn’t stand Him but they found out they couldn’t stop Him. Pilate couldn’t find any fault in Him. Herod couldn’t kill Him. Death couldn’t handle Him, and the grave couldn’t hold Him. I wonder if you know Him.

God has a plan for your life

March 16th, 2010

If you pick up a road map, you can readily discern the best route to reach your destination. But while the map logically arranges the maze of highways so that you can stay on course, it does not provide a total picture of what the journey holds in store. Hills, curves, stoplights, restaurants, service stations, school zones, and other details of the trip can be discovered only as the trip unfolds.

Knowing God’s will operates in a similar manner. God has a plan for your life, but the specifics you want so desperately are revealed only as you are committed to the journey of devotion and discipleship.

Solomon wrote in Proverbs that God will guide your steps and unveil His plan as you trust wholeheartedly in God, refuse to rely solely on your limited wisdom, and obey Him consistently.

As you do these things, combined with prayer and the study of Scripture, the details of His personal plan—a place of work, a marriage partner, a church to attend—will follow.

God wants you to know His will. Delight yourself in Him; put aside preconceived notions, and concentrate on trust, obedience, and a personal relationship with Christ.

Wait on Him, and at the right time, the answer will come.

Source: STGJ Newsletter