I am having a bad day

I was having one of those days until I looked past myself. After reading to following, I am beginning to understand was real sacrifice is all about.

How The Apostles Died/ The Death of Jesus

1    Matthew
Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia , Killed by a sword wound.

2    Mark
Died in Alexandria , Egypt , after being dragged by Horses through the streets until he was dead.

3    Luke
Was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous Preaching to the lost.

4     John
Faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution In Rome . However, he was miraculously delivered From death. John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison Island of  Patmos ..
He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos . The apostle John was later freed and returned to serve As Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey . He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully.

5        Peter
He was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross. According to church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die In the same way that Jesus Christ had died.

6         James
The leader of the church in Jerusalem , was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.  When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller’s club.
* This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.

 

7         James the Great
Son of Zebedee, was a fisherman by trade when Jesus Called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was ultimately beheaded at Jerusalem .  The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officer Walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and Knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.

8    Bartholomew
Also known as Nathaniel Was a missionary to Asia . He witnessed for our Lord in pres ent day Turkey . Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.

9    Andrew
Was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras , Greece .

After being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony.

His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words:

“I have long desired and expected this happy hour.”
The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.

He continued to preach to his tormentors for two days until he expired..

10             Thomas
Was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the Sub-continent.

11            Jude
Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.

12              Matthias
The apostle chosen to replace the traitor, Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded.

The Apostle Paul
Was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment, which allowed him to write his many epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire . These letters, which taught many of the foundational
Doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament. Perhaps this is a reminder to us That our sufferings here are indeed minor compared to the intense persecution and cold cruelty faced by the apostles and disciples during their times

“For the sake of the Faith. And ye shall be hated Of all men for my name’s sake: But he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”   Matthew

Faith is not believing that God can,
It is knowing that God WILL!�

The Death of Jesus

For the next 60 seconds, set aside whatever you’re doing and take this opportunity!

Let’s see if Satan can stop this.

THE (SCIENTIFIC) DEATH OF JESUS  At the age of 33,
Jesus was condemned to death .  At the time, Crucifixion was the “worst” death. Only the worst criminals were condemned to be crucified. Yet it was even more dreadful for Jesus, unlike other criminals condemned to death by crucifixion.  Jesus was to be nailed to the cross by His hands and feet.  Each nail was 6 to 8 inches long.. The nails were driven into His wrist. Not into His palms as is commonly portrayed. There’s a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder. The Roman guards knew that when the nails were being hammered into the wrist that tendon would tear and break, forcing Jesus to use His back muscles to support himself so that He could breathe. Both of His feet were nailed together. Thus, He was forced to support Himself on the single nail that impaled His feet to the cross. Jesus could not support Himself with His legs because of the pain so He was forced to alternate between arching His back t hen using His legs just to continue to breath. Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, the courage.

Jesus endured this reality for over 3 hours. Yes, over 3 hours! Can you imagine this kind of suffering? A few minutes before He died, Jesus stopped bleeding. He was simply pouring water from His wounds. From common images we see wounds to His hands and feet and even the spear wound to His side… But do we realize His wounds were actually made in His body. A hammer driving large nails through the wrist, the feet overlapped and an even large nail hammered through the arches, then a Roman guard piercing His side with a spear. But before the nails and the spear Jesus was whipped and beaten. The whipping was so severe that it tore the flesh from His body. The beating so horrific that His face was torn and his beard ripped from His face. The crown of thorns cut deeply into His scalp.. Most men would not have survived this torture. ” He had no more blood to bleed out, only water poured from His wounds. The human adult body contains about 3.5 liters (just less than a gallon) of blood. Jesus poured all 3.5 Liters of His blood; He had three nails hammered into His members; a crown of thorns on His head and, beyond that, a Roman soldier who stabbed a spear into His chest.. all these without mentioning the humiliation He suffered after carrying His own cross (the cross was almost 30 kg of weight, only for its higher part, where His hands were nailed) for almost 2 kilometers, while the crowd spat in His face and threw stones.. Jesus had to endure this experience, to open the Gates of Heaven, So that you can have free access to God. So that your sins could be “washed” away. All of them, with no exception!  PLEASE don’t ignore this situation.

JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR YOU!

He died for you and me!

With tears in my eye’s, I realize the stuff I dealt with today is nothing compared to what these men conquered.

Yes, I love God. He is my source of life and my Savior. He keeps me alive day and night. Without Him, I am nothing, but with Him “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me”.      Philippians 4:13.

 

Leave the Flock in Care of a Shepard

1 Samuel 17 (New International Version)

Early in the morning David left the flock in the care of a shepherd, loaded up and set out, as Jesse had directed.

Jesse had told David to take some supplies to his brothers near the battle. I was reading the above scripture and it caught my attention about David taking care of the safety of the sheep before he left. It could have read “Early in the morning David loaded up and set out, as Jesse had directed.” and still showed David’s obedience.

God does not leave something in scriptures like “left the flock in the care of a shepherd” if there was not a message. David was the smallest of the brothers and was ridiculed about being a sheep herder. Even with this going on, he loved the sheep and was concerned about their safety.  This can represent many things in our lives.

  1. I am not to good to do any job.
  2. Responsibility.
  3. Character
  4. I really can love any job if my attitude is right.

Maybe it is an analogy on how Jesus prepared the disciples to take care his father’s flock before he returned to the father. There could be a sermon on this phrase

Are we appearance driven or heart driven?

I was reading 1 Samuel 16. Saul has been rejected by God and he was in the process of anointing a new king.

6 When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed stands here before the LORD.”

7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

Even Samuel a man of God missed it. Do we look at outward appearances or try to read the heart? Something more to think about. Is our heart in a place where God will choose us to do something?

Do we value God’s Grace or treat it as a “Get out of jail free” card

Mathew 7 has some verses that really jerk at my heart on how we treat what Jesus has done. Most are going to totally reject him. Others that know him use him for their personal gain and destroy those around them in the process of doing it. The latter shows me that even though salvation is free, that I need to model my life after Jesus and do what he asks. It is a commitment and even though I may still sin, my goal should be to always try to be like him 7 days a week.

The Narrow and Wide Gates

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

True and False Prophets

15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

True and False Disciples

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

Pray for pastor and teachers that they stay true

Pastor and our teachers have a tough job and need our prayers.  Jesus has some things to say about those who don’t.  Thank you pastor for wanting to speak the truth as defined by God’s word.

Seven Woes on the Teachers of the Law and the Pharisees

Mathew 23:

13 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. [14] [b]

15 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.

16 “Woe to you, blind guides! You say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gold of the temple is bound by that oath.’ 17 You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? 18 You also say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gift on the altar is bound by that oath.’ 19 You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? 20 Therefore, anyone who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. 21 And anyone who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells in it. 22 And anyone who swears by heaven swears by God’s throne and by the one who sits on it.

23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices, mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law, justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. 24 You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.

25 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

27 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

29 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. 30 And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Go ahead, then, and complete what your ancestors started!

33 “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? 34 Therefore I am sending you prophets and sages and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. 35 And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36 Truly I tell you, all this will come on this generation.

37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. 38 Look, your house is left to you desolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’[c]

Watch what you support?

Mathew 18 6-9 Causing to Stumble

“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come! If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.

Our support of sin or not standing up to it has a greater negative effect then the sin itself. Because it is not just you but everyone around you is also doing it. We need to be careful in what we model and teach others