“And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God, 9 but the one who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God.
10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
11 And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
3 Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and not we ourselves;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
5 For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
We love to get the thoughts going about why we can't do - what we usually don't do.
I was once asked laughingly - never talk to the newcomers again at Church - they don't come back. This is Lent. Lend me your ears. Blessed are the ears that hear. Begin your Ambassadorship to Jesus again.
1. What Aspect of God do you like the best?
Why did you pick your Church? Does your Church hold dear and fond memories pleasing to God?
Well, we all need to Worship God in His House every week. To be in Worship where you will be fed and encouraged and Loved by God. We recognize hunger pains - but what about Spiritual Hunger? Galatians 5.
One of the best ways to have appropriate response is to do what Winston Churchill famously did: Prepare Your Impromptu Responses.
You are more than likely either never to see the person again - or you will know them into perpetuity. Get started.
Yes, Indeed. I do see the Passage about allowing the Holy Spirit to speak through His Promptings. Did you also see that is at the point of death? God does Not Mind if you do like the 70 Disciples, 2 were fired. Do your Ministry as two people who have prepared like a job interview - prepare and ask questions - then answer.
You can actually have fun with this. A tithe is time, talent and funding. Have fun. Create a talent for fun with time spent. Role play. You can be the busy mom. The bored teenager. The Grandmother who doesn't like the music. The Grandfather who says people in his day didn't wear shorts to Church. You can be the mom who desperately wants her husband to join. You can be the annoyed Denominational Repressed Spouse. You can be the Second Language Visitor. The intellectual. The way far out far to the left, Hippie.
The Gates of Heaven are always Open.
And there is a lot of Singing! And no one asks you if you like the music!
Enter His Gates with Praise!
The Fruit of the Spirit is Love.
A Blessing pouring fourth.
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.
Father God, You are Good. Let us see You in each other as the Light of Christ shines. Let us be generous in our expectations and talents we each are given. Let us be moderate and gracious with our words when the words still must be said.
Blessings upon the hearts allowing for human mistakes and feeling confident in the Upbuilding of God in each other. May God keep us on the Path He would have for us. Guide us in His Love, Mercy, Joy and Wisdom. We ask for ourselves and our loved ones His Direction and Protection.
May you, as a Child of the Most High God, be strengthened in your many kindnesses. In Your desire to see Good. To love. To be loved. To know you are High in His sight. To know the work of bringing up to the Lord, those around you, has been a dedication of yours. And you are winning, see this in faith each day. To make mistakes and to recover. Is genuine. Let Love be genuine.
We ask for ourselves and our loved ones His Direction and Protection. Bring us Forth Daily the Renewal of our Spirits. Lord Jesus we Adore You. Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †