This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:
2 Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,
Perez the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
4 Ram the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,
Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,
Obed the father of Jesse,
6 and Jesse the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
7 Solomon the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asa,
8 Asa the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram,
Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
9 Uzziah the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
10 Hezekiah the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amon,
Amon the father of Josiah,
11 and Josiah the father of Jeconiah[c] and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
12 After the exile to Babylon:
Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
13 Zerubbabel the father of Abihud,
Abihud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
14 Azor the father of Zadok,
Zadok the father of Akim,
Akim the father of Elihud,
15 Elihud the father of Eleazar,
Eleazar the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.
17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[d]: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet[e] did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son.
And he gave him the name Jesus.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be always pleasing and acceptable in Thy sight Oh Lord My God, my Rock and my Redeemer.
God has shown us many season in these generations. There were abundant times and lean times. Strict times and "Hey we found Scripture when we cleaned out the falling down Temple" Times.
My son Alexander runs on an idea - you have to live with what God gives you. The concrete facts of life. And then we look for the models of success to make success. Alexander is going to build - getting a Masters in Building.
Today we all got a NEW PLAN handed down to us from The Supreme Court.
And Peace was not increased. And The Thunder Rolls.
If you are 70 Something percent of regular Church Going America - You are Concerned.
We are worried about More Words that are Hateful. Hateful. Describing the problems of the Nation and the hope of the Nation
We are worried about our Great Great Grandchildren born trying things that in other times wouldn't have thought to try.
We are worried about The Greek Empire and The Roman Empire.
We do not know what to say to the ones we love who are Gay.
We are worried our Clergy will be pressed to be in compliance like Wine in the Great Prohibition.
We have - an - Amazing - Ally - GOD - is FOR HIS PEOPLE And FOR HIS PLAN and For His Church.
We Have Identified Our Times.
We Continue to know the Direction - Upwards to God.
In All Seasons - JESUS THE LORD.
We have 70 Plus Percent praying and Going to Church. We only have 30 Percent more to go- bring to the Father's House in Jesus' Love. That means if we bring 1 person to Church and let them Know the Good News of Jesus' Amazing Unfailing Grace as the Reason Church Exists - To Glorify God - We will have established more of the Great Commission.
We can do one
of two things
We can cut off people. Tell them NO WAY You are His.
We can huddle down and complain to no great effect. Just become an isolated and unhappy dwindling Church that in it's perfection does not reach people in their needs - just the Sunday show up.
We can hunker down and be cautious. Reject the divorcing. Reject the odd looking with pirate type clothing. Reject the jock who just wants to run. Reject People with different ideas than ours and different lives. Reject all but the very safe because times are hard.
Hunker down and talk and talk and talk and talk.
Look for Models of Success.
We have Models for Great Success in this exact same area.
What did the Church do when faced with the realization that Jesus was coming again there were still 30 percent to be reached???
So now we need to fall over and bend over and save the planet with an Improved Scripture?
No. We stick to what God tells us is HIS.
The Book of Romans Chapter One is His.
We just don't act like we expect to be the Children of Israel in the lean burned out desert.
Do we have to shut up and put up? NO. God gave us voices. VOICES THAT BELIEVE THAT GOD IS LOVE AND HOPE. That JESUS spoke of the JOY in this Life. Voices that LOOK TO WHATEVER IS GOOD AND NOBLE AND PURE!
Good NEWS! The Federal Government is so Interested IN Human Rights!!!
Speak Up!!! Our Arlington and our National Cemeteries are filled for those who Died Specifically for Our Rights!!! WE HAVE OUR LOVED ONES WHO GAVE OUR RIGHTS FOR US TO GET UP ANYWHERE USE A MICROPHONE AND HAVE FREEDOM
We now need to decide what our responsibility is in bringing Hunker Down times or
dealing with bringing the Good News to the Earth.
We want all of our family included - the prosperous family - the old family - the unsure family - the young people and the children - in God we want them to come to find they are Loved. This is the Father's House.
The Mission Field is - Your Life. Not out of the Church - Right next to you.
God says Words are Effective.
We can talk sad times until we go purple in the face.
Or we can say
The Bible says we are fallen. We must believe we are fallen.
God sees the World. Shaken. Brutal. Worried. And sees the poor with hardly enough to take a child to the doctor taking in a mother-in-law and an uncle. God sees a blended family where the daughter calls in once a month to see if her father has kicked off. And the second wife and the step-daughter and daughter in law have left all their life on hold to take care of a man a Nursing Home almost destroyed.
The Roman Empire was in very similar shape as - TODAY.
You could "really" be married. Or you could be temporarily be married. Or you could be living with the slave boy you purchased and wed. Or you could just be impregnating this baby momma before you move on with your money and legally let those children rot.
And the People Of GOD Knew How Much God Loved Them - and wanted to HELP each other.
Give your 2nd Cloak did not mean give that sucker to Good Will. That meant you know someone who is cold at home because there is trouble and they need warmth. This is Still Going ON Today. I just got a specific type of leash for my dog. Wow. I needed that because Jo knew she had something someone else could use. Sharon just got a huge surprise when her doorbell rang and Sandy and Steve thought she needed Chicken Noodle Soup because of her sinus infection. And she was thrilled and called to tell me that did I know that some fast food places sell Chicken Noodle Soup and that made her Better!
This week I received an electronic Card and it was at a time I was pressed. Do you know - that Word of Encouragement - kept me going for three days?
Love Your Neighbor As Yourself !
Notre Dam saw the furnishings burned and sacrifices made to wound the hearts of the faithful.
We do not mope. We will go forth in His Strength Alone.
So what is the Passage actually mean today? Days are Coming!
There are new generations ahead - we prepare the way for our loved ones to know they are loved
in Jesus Christ.
Father God, You always tell us to Look For Good. To Give thanks in all circumstances. To believe in expectation all things are in Your Hands. We boldly ask for Freedom of Speech to Pray.
We ask for the patience with everyone for a huge change.
We ask You, Holy Father, not for revenge of evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.
WE look to the Future with Expectation. Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. We will look in Jesus for opportunity to speak of the Love, Joy, Peace, Patience and Goodness of God.
We want to see news as the opportunity for God. Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. Stay away from every kind of evil.
Now may the God of peace make us holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. God will make this happen, for He who calls us is faithful.
Dear brothers and sisters, pray for us and one another. Jackson and Jim. For the new attitude of evangelism to provide Hope leading to the Knowledge of God's Love.
Help us to Greet all the brothers and sisters with Christian love.
Father we will preach all of Your Word in the name of the Lord to all the brothers and sisters.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us as a Nation and a Light of the World in Jesus Christ. Let the Light of Jesus Christ Shine Forth in Greater Victories.
We give God Glory for the people who help us effectively minister to others. In Jesus and for His Advice to have teams of two, especially in Prayer. Amen.
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