As we look forward to celebrating The resurrection of Christ, let us remember those who do not know the significance of the resurrection of Christ or have been put off believing in the resurrection .
After my therapy session on Maundy Thursday I wished my Filipino occupational therapist a blessed good Friday and asked him if he was going to church. He said “no, I shall be resting at home. ”
Today Saturday after Good Friday, he was preparing me for my therapist session. As is the custom I would be ready when he came to collect us from our ward to the therapy room.
Unfortunately while my session is normally at 10 am he came to collect us at 9am it being Saturday and a half working day.
When we are ready we have our shoes on and are then seated in our wheelchairs. This morning I needed assistance to get my shoes on as it was early yet when he came.
He bent down to retrieve my shoes under my bed, and knelt in front of me to put my shoes on. I said ” you are so humble and remind me of Jesus. He washed his disciples’ feet and you are helping me put on my shoes. ”
My occupational therapist was so visibly moved but said nothing. I knew there must be a story behind the fact that Filipinos would go to church at Good Friday n Easter but he is not – pray that somehow the Lord will reveal Himself to my therapist today or during this blessed season.
Perhaps there is someone you should pray for while you celebrate our Risen Lord.
We serve a risen Savior and He is in the world today.
“But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.” (1 Thessalonians 4:9)
The Christian life involves both individual accountability and interpersonal involvement. Each of us is individually responsible for maintaining the right sort of relationship to others, especially others in our Christian fellowship.
A beautiful Greek word is allelon, often translated “one another.” For example, we are commanded: “Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32). Furthermore, we are to “be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility” (1 Peter 5:5), “in honour preferring one another” (Romans 12:10).
There are many other such admonitions, all built around the beautiful phrase “one another.” Although we have indeed “been called unto liberty,” we are nevertheless to “serve one another” (Galatians 5:13). We are also to “exhort one another daily” (Hebrews 3:13) and to “consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works” (Hebrews 10:24). “Use hospitality one to another without grudging” (1 Peter 4:9). We are told: “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).
In times of sorrow, Christians are admonished to “comfort one another” (1 Thessalonians 4:18). “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another” (1 Thessalonians 5:11) and “pray one for another” (James 5:16).
But by far the most frequently repeated admonition is that in our text: “Love one another!” There are no less than 15 times where this command is given in the New Testament. Most significantly of all, it is Christ’s own “new commandment. . . . By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:34-35). HMM
From the Institute for Creation Research
When we have no energy/ choice left and like Jesus have to say ” Father not my will but thine be done. ”
We have to submit to the Lord and to His time and plans as we come to the end of ourselves.
I felt somewhat like that when I was on the floor laid on my back after my accidental fall from missing a step at home, and when I came crashing down three more steps, with the cracking sound of my breaking femur bone on March 30 2017.
Thank God I was not knocked out unconscious.
I felt hopelessly inadequate, in doing anything except call on the Lord.
That was also when I texted Bedok Efg members for immediate prayer for help from the Lord.
Praise the Father in heaven who heard our call in Jesus’ name and will accomplish that which He purposes in my life.
“Thy will be done” has achieved new meaning and purpose in my life and given me serenity to ” accept the things I cannot change, change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference”, praise God.
I pray that every reader here will submit to the will of God and not wait to face an ultimatum with dire consequences for the Lord to catch our attention. The Lord help each of us to remain in the centre of His will out of love rather than fear.
He Doth Devise Means
“For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.” (2 Samuel 14:14)
These words of the “wise woman of Tekoah,” spoken to King David concerning Absalom, his son, were wiser than she knew, for they reflect a principle of human experience that affects us all. Human life must eventually deteriorate and die; this declension cannot be reversed any more than water poured down on the ground can be “un-poured” up into the cup again.
This principle is the famous law of entropy (“in-turning”). Physical systems wear out; biological organisms get old and die; societies and empires fall and vanish. All these phenomena are local expressions of God’s universal curse on man and all his dominion (Genesis 3:14-19). It applies to everything, without exception.
However, the very existence of the law of entropy points to a Creator because systems that are wearing out must first have been made new, and beings that die must first have been given life. The very idea of a universal naturalistic evolution of all things into more complex systems is contrary to all real scientific data and is contradicted by all human experience.
Nevertheless, the God who created all things can surely “devise means” by which the law of decay can be set aside. Solar energy and the hydrologic cycle can raise the spilled water; the sinful life can be purified by God’s grace and the blood of Christ; and the dead can be revived by the resurrection life of Christ. Someday the Curse itself will be removed when God creates new heavens and a new earth, and the whole creation “shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Romans 8:21). HMM
From the Institute for Creation Research
Tramadol Painkillers, Panadol, antibiotics, iron, calcium, anti acid , blood pressure pills, counter nausea, steroids pills – some bitter, some sweet, some more difficult to swallow than others , but all I need today.
How many pills do I need from the Word of God today? Do I not care until I am doggone low in spirit and faith? Or do I daily fortify myself with the preventive vitamins in God’s word?
Don’t wait, because daily we need His Word as the Lamp unto our feet and the Light unto our path.
Praise God He never leaves us alone!
“Woe unto them! . . . trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots.” (Jude 1:11-12)
Many illustrations in Scripture compare the responsibility of trees to bear fruit and the responsibility of Christians to produce righteousness. The reason for the frequent comparisons is that “a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit” (Luke 6:43). It is easy to tell what kind a tree is because “every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes” (Luke 6:44).
Jude is making the point, however, that there are “trees” planted amidst the orchard of God’s Kingdom churches that have withering “fruit” or have already been rooted up as worthless, fruitless, and twice-dead. These trees have absolutely no place among the healthy trees. At best they scar and mar the beauty of the orchard, and at worst they spread their decay and rot throughout it.
Another very important point is that trees that have withered or cannot produce good fruit are not salvageable. All of nature demonstrates and reinforces the eternal principle that “every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit” (Matthew 7:17). Such dead, fruitless trees are to be “hewn down, and cast into the fire” (Matthew 3:10).
The common thread in all of these several pictures by Jude is the damage that can be done by ungodly “tares” among the wheat (Matthew 13:24-30), fig trees that should be providing nourishment but do not (Luke 13:6-9), and plants that are choked by “cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches” (Mark 4:19). All of these can spread the “leaven” through the whole “lump” and undermine the work of God (Galatians 5:9). HMM III
From the Institute for Creation Research