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161126The earth is the LORD’S and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers. Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? Those who have clean hands and pure hearts, who do not lift up their souls to what is false, and do not swear deceitfully. They will receive blessing from the LORD, and vindication from the God of their salvation. Such is the company of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in. Who is the King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. (Psalm 24, NRSV)

Who is this King of Glory?

The Lord the strong and mighty!

Mighty in battle. Mighty to deliver us.

Christ the savior of the world, holds all of creation in His hands.

He is the King of Glory!

Give Him his praise, and follow!

161125In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.’” (Matthew 2:1-6, NRSV)

We have come to pay homage to the one born King of the Jews. Where is he?

We saw His star at it’s rising and assumed He would be in the palace, where is He?

Where would you look for a king?

Might I suggest on a cross on Calvary?

And follow Him when you find Him, because the life He will lead you to, will be beyond your wildest dreams!

161124Then I saw heaven opened, and there was a white horse! Its rider is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems; and he has a name inscribed that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, wearing fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron; he will tread the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name inscribed, “King of kings and Lord of lords.” (Revelation 19:11-16, NRSV)

On his robe and on his thigh…

Does that mean it is tattooed on Him?

It is inscribed on his robe and his thigh. So all can see and know who He is. But only He knows his name.

What does all of this vision mean?

I am not sure. But I know it was a vision given to man for comfort from God so that we might know Him better and know we are not alone.

So in your trials and tribulation, know that God is always with you.

veritas

Posted: 2016/11/23 in Biblical, Devotional, Discipleship, Pentecost
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161123Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate asked him, “What is truth?” After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, “I find no case against him. But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover. Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” (John 18:33-39, NRSV)

What is truth?

Jesus said if you are his follower and belong to the truth listens to him.

But what is truth?

Jesus came to testify to the truth.

So I would say the truth is love. God is love and that is what Jesus showed us.

So what do you say truth is?

Hosanna!

Posted: 2016/11/22 in Biblical, Devotional, Discipleship, Pentecost
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161122When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.’” So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They said, “The Lord needs it.” Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!” (Luke 19:29-38, NRSV)

Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!

Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey. The only thing He needed in all of the New Testament.

And they heralded Him as King!

Is He your King?

161121May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. (Colossians 1:11-20, NRSV)

May you be made strong…

May you be prepared…

I find these two opening statements comforting.

The author of this letter is hoping the Colossians will be given strength from Christ and prepared to endure everything that is coming with patience. And through everything that happens, they will be joyful!

Christ has come to do all of this for us, to give us strength, and patience, and prepare us for everything, and through it all, He will walk with us!

And in all of that I find comfort.

So May you!