AS JESUS RODE INTO JERUSALEM A MULTITUDE OF DISCIPLES SHOUTED "PRAISE THE LORD." THE PHARISEES WANTED HIM TO REBUKE THEM FOR THAT. HIS REPLY TO THEM WAS THAT IF THEY DIDN'T DO IT THE ROCKS WOULD CRY OUT. I'M GOING TO KEEP PRAISING HIM, BECAUSE I DON'T WANT NO ROCKS CRYING OUT IN MY PLACE. WHAT ABOUT YOU?
EPHESIANS 4:2-3 - (2) Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. (3) Make every effort to keep the unity of the SPIRIT through the bond of peace.
ALWAYS BE HUMBLE AND GENTLE. PATIENTLY PUT UP WITH EACH OTHER IN LOVE. TRY YOUR BEST TO LET GOD'S SPIRIT KEEP YOUR HEARTS UNITED. DO THIS BY LIVING AT PEACE.
MICAH 6:8 - HE hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy GOD?
GOD HAS SHOWN US WHAT IS GOOD AND WHAT HE REQUIRE OF US. THAT IS TO BE JUST AND FAIR IN OUR DEALINGS WITH OTHERS, BE MERCIFUL AND BE HUMBLE. THESE THINGS PLEASES HIM. IT'S JUST GOOD TO DO RIGHT BEFORE GOD.
1 CORINTHIANS 9:19 - Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.
ARE YOU WILLING TO WIN SOULS TO CHRIST? I LIKE PAUL AM WILLING TO SPEAK UP FOR THE LORD AND COMPEL PEOPLE TO TURN FROM THE WORLD AND TURN TO GOD. YOU'RE WELCOME TO JOIN ME IN THIS MINISTRY TO LIFT CHRIST UP TO THE WORLD SO THAT THOSE WHO ARE IN THE DARK MAY COME TO THE LIGHT. WILL YOU BE WILLING TO DO THAT?
Lesson Of The Pearl Oyster
HEAT AND HOLINESS
Why is it taking my hair so long to get dry? I wondered. As usual, I was in a hurry, and I didn’t want to go outside into the wintry weather with wet hair. Then I realized the problem. I had changed the setting on the hairdryer to “warm” instead of “hot” to accommodate my niece’s preferences.
I often wish I could control the conditions of life as easily as I can change the setting on my hairdryer. I would choose a comfortable setting—not too hot, not too cold. I certainly wouldn’t choose the heat of adversity or the fire of affliction. But in the spiritual realm, warm doesn’t get the job done. We are called to holiness, and holiness often involves “heat.” To be holy means to be set apart for God—separated from anything unclean or impure. To refine and purify us, God sometimes uses the furnace of affliction. The prophet Isaiah said, “When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned” (Isa. 43:2); he didn’t sayif. And the apostle Peter said that we should not be surprised by trials (1 Peter 4:12).
None of us knows when we’ll be called to walk through the fire or how hot the furnace will be. But we do know this: God’s purpose for the flames is to purify us, not to destroy us.
When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply.
The flames shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine. —Keen _____________________________________________________________________________________________
God's Ultimate Plan
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Things were going really well for the Johnson family. Bryant, the father, had gotten a new, better-paying job in the suburbs, and the family had moved out of their city apartment into a new house in the suburbs. The world just seemed to move a little slower in the suburbs. There was less noise, fewer people, and apparently fewer dangers. In spite of this, Angela the mother, always insisted that the house's ultra-modern alarm system be turned on each night when the family went to bed. Brandon and Bree, the couple's children, constantly chided Angela for her "city phobia" regarding the alarms.
"Mom," they teased, "you can take the woman out of the city, but you can't take the city out of the woman."
Still, Angela remained firm in her insistence that before they retired to bed the alarms be turned on each and every night. One night, Brandon and Bree decided to stay up to watch a little TV after their parents had gone to bed. After the program, the two children turned out the light in the house and went upstairs. A few minutes after Brandon had gotten comfortable into bed, he remembered that they had forgotten to turn on the alarm system. He thought, "If we've lived here all these months without anyone trying to break in, surely leaving it off for one night is not going to hurt." With that, he turned over and went to sleep.
Late that night, Brandon was awakened by what he thought was a sound in the house. He lay in his bed and listened carefully, and then he heard the sound of broken glass. He climbed out of bed, tip-toed into his parents' room, woke his dad and whispered, "Dad, someone is in the house!"
There was another rustle of footsteps. Bryant pushed a nearby panic button wired to the alarm system. A blaring alarm sounded throughout the house. The intruder ran out the back door and car was heard screeching away. When the police arrived they asked why the family had neglected to turn on the alarm that night. Brandon confessed that he had gone to bed and was too lazy to go back downstairs to turn it on. He said that they had never had any trouble before so he felt that leaving the alarm off for one night would not be a problem. The policeman told Brandon that in his experience, thieves never showed up when people were least expected.
In today's lesson Paul explained to the Thessalonian Christians that because the Day of the Lord would come as a theif in the night, they were to live as though they expected Christ to return at any moment.
When He comes will be waiting and watching. That could be any day now.
Children Should Be In Church
There has been much discussion about whether or not children should be in church during Church Services, or whether they should be attending Church School or nursery for the very young. Should children be in Church. The answer does not lie in how the Church view it or what you want for your children. The answer lies in what God says about it.
Should children be in Church? Definitely. You can't teach about the life of Jesus if children are excluded from that part of life. Even with their twisting, noise and cries they should be in church. Are they a distraction to others? Sometimes. But they are Christians in the making. they will become regular Church Goers if they attend Church on a regular basis.
Proverbs 22:6 - Passage Lookup - New International Version
Train Or Start a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Any child will learn certain behaviors in certain situations if they are used to it and exposed to it on a regular basis. Why not exposed them to Church. A child at six can be expected to pay attention a little bit longer than one who is two. Of course, nine months will just look and take everything in and maybe let out a scream without hesitation occasionally. One may wonder whether it is worth it or not. Making tracks to the back of the church and the bathroom is not unusual. But that is all a part of training. When they grow up and ask what is meant by Amen, Mercy, and start clapping their hands to the ringing of choir songs Alleluia or "Lord Have Mercy." Learning Father, Son, and Holy Spirit rouses curosity which is the center of focus.
Is Church different now with children? Yes. Would it be easier for them to be in Children's Church instead of church? Yes, but that should not be what you want. You should want them to be involved with Jesus Christ and the Church. this is what you want for them now and in the future. If they are kept on the fringe now. they will be involved on in the fringes of Christ later. Being with your children during Church Services is your work for God and His future church. If you miss the opportunity to hear every word or miss the reading of the Scriptures, or even not be able to sing in the choir, you can believe that your job now is to raise you little children to worship the name of Jesus, and to know prayers are offered for them.
By regular attendance in church, children learn and notice even more that we will ever know. However, it is not without a great deal of effort and patience on the parent's part. Following are some suggestions that will help with your children as you make the life of Christ and His Church part of their life.
1. Sit as close to the front as possible.
2. Bring materials for them (picture books, snacks, crayons, switches, Let them know what is acceptable and what is not.
3. Prepare your children for Church
Psalm 127:35 ~ Psalm 113:9 ~ Matthew 21:15-16 ~ Matthew 18:26 ~ Matthew 18: 1-14
GOD BLESS YOU IN RAISING YOUR CHILDREN.THE BEST WAY TO RAISE THEM IS BY TAKING THEM TO CHURCH.
The Way To My Father's House
Make a Right turn to "Believeth Blvd". Keep straight through the Green Light, which is "Jesus Christ." From there you must turn onto the "Bridge of Faith," which is over the troubled waters. When you get off the bridge make a right turn and keep straight. You are on the "King's Highway" Heaven - Bound.
Keep going for three miles, "One For The Father, One For the Son, and One For The Holy Ghost."
Then exit off onto "Grace Blvd." From there make a right turn on "Gospel Lane." Keep Straight and then make another Right on "Prayer Road."
As you go on your way, Yield Not to the traffic on "Temptation Ave." Also, avoid the "SIN STREET" because it is a "DEAD END."
Pass up "Envy Drive" and Hate Avenue. Also pass "Hypocrisy Street" , Gossip Lane, and "Back Biting Blvd., and Immoral Sex Avenue.
However you have to go down "Love, Patience, and Long Suffering Lane." Persecution, Trials, and Tribulations Avenue." But, that's alright, because "Victory Street is straight ahead.
Keep your eyes on the road and look straight forward to "Heaven's Gates" Jesus is waiting. Then you will be "Home" safe.
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