The temptation to not believe it until you see it

Thursday is Dottie’s 74th birthday. I took her to lunch & she only wanted a day out.

When it rains! The water pump went out and the technicians say there is a 40% chance the water level is low. So we need more prayer! Your list of prayer needs for us must be long.

There was a demonstration at a high school where students were marching. A car ran though the crowd causing major damage & one student lost both legs & an arm. There was a photo of the police on their knees praying for the students.

Thank you for responding to our call for help for a couple in dialysis & other help for Aroldo. We have a plan & we will do all we can to accomplish it. But we still need a couple for little girls as well as for dialysis.

Minor re-cropped the Christmas photo so we can use it. PTL!

A love seat for the aged

 

The temptation to do it our self; the temptation to take the easy way and now we see that the third temptation of Jesus in Luke 4 was the temptation to not believe it until you see it. (Luke 4:9-11).

Satan tells Jesus that it He was the Son of God jump off this 450 foot drop. Jumping off a cliff was not the way for Jesus to stat His ministry. This was contrary to the will of God. We cannot jump into something of our own making and then asking God to get us out of the mess.

Satan wanted Jesus to ‘make a splash’ and there are many people entering ministry who seek to do exactly that. But ministry is not about ‘show’. It is about faithfulness and doing it God’s way not our own. There have been so many shooting stars who fade eventually.

For instance marriage is what happens after the wedding ceremony. Margaret Thatcher said, “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it”. I have found out in my own life that I have had to ‘man up’ after trying and not succeeding. I cannot win over temptation if I am looking to hit a homerun every time.

Because Jesus defeated Satan in these three temptations you and I are in a position to know how to resist the enemy. Satan never quits.But we can win!

The Chosen

We continued our study of Acts and read Acts 1:12-25.  After Jesus gave His disciples the Great Commission, they traveled to Jerusalem.  There were eleven disciples.  One of the disciples was Judas, son of James.  Who is that?  Matthew 10:2-4, “These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Him.”  Judas son of James is Thaddaeus, not Judas Iscariot.  John 14:22, “Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, ‘But Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world.'”

Peter said, “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who served as a guide for those who arrested Jesus.”  What scripture?  Psalm 41:9, “Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.”

During the Feast of Passover, Jesus dipped bread and gave it Judas.  John 13:26-27, “Jesus answered, ‘It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.’  Then, dipping the piece of bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon.  As soon as Judas took the bread, satan entered into him.”

Jesus knew who was going to betray Him.  John 6:70-71, “Then Jesus replied, ‘Have I not chosen you, the twelve?  Yet one of you is a devil!’  (He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who, though one of the twelve, was later to betray Him.)”

How did Judas Iscariot die? He hung himself.  Matthew 27:5, “So Judas threw the money into the temple and left.  Then he went away and hanged himself.”  Why did Peter say, ‘there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out?’  What happened?  Have you ever seen an animal dead on the road?  As it decays, the body bloats.  Why?  The body decomposes by the bacteria inside the body and it produces gas.  The gas causes the bloating.  The body of Judas decayed, bloated and it fell causing his body to burst and spill out his intestines.

The bible teaches us not just spiritual things but scientific things as well.  As we study His word, we will encounter many examples.

Two men were candidates to be a witness of the resurrection.  Joseph called Barsabas (also known as Justus) and Matthias.  There is no information regarding these two.  The disciples prayed, cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias.  Like the disciples, when we have decisions to make, we need to pray and seek God’s will.

Have you ever watched the movie “Hachi.”  Our little one wanted to watch it and we invited a few of our boys to come in and watch it with us.  The premise of the movie is that a man named Parker Wilson found a lost puppy at the train station and took care of him.  The puppy grew and it wanted to be with Parker all the time.  They had a strong relationship.  Hachi watched his master leave on the train and waited for him to come back.  This went on for years.  One day, Parker had a heart attack and died.  He never came back home on the train.  Every afternoon, Hachi waited at the train station for his master.  He loved Parker and was very loyal to him.  Loyal until death.  Hachi died waiting.  Then he was reunited with his master.

As I watched this, I kept thinking about our relationship with Christ.  We were lost and now we are found.  He loves and takes care of us.  We follow Him daily.  He loves us so much that He has forgiven us of our sins, died and on the third day, He was raised to life.  He ascended into heaven and we wait until He returns.  And we wait.  God’s word says, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope-the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself tor us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.”

One day, we will be with our master, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them.  They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

All His,

Lee and Candy

Because He Lives

Today we began studying the book of Acts.  After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples to encourage and strengthen them.  He reminded His disciples what they must preach.  Luke 24:45-47, “Then He opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.  He told them, ‘This is what is written; The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.'”

Jesus told His disciples, “I am going to send you what my Father has promised.”  What did God promise?  One of our leaders said, “The Counselor.”  Just a sidebar… it is a blessing to see our leaders grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  God promised to send the Counselor, the Holy Spirit.  John 14:25-26, “All this I have spoken while still with you.  But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

Jesus blessed His disciples, then ascended into heaven.

We continue our journey with our Lord, beginning in Acts.  I asked the boys, “Who is the author of Acts?”  No one knew, which is one of the reasons why we study God’s word.  To teach us.  “The book of Acts was written to a man named Theophilus.  Where have we heard that name before?”  Luke 1:3, “Therefore since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”  Acts was written by Luke.

Jesus told His disciples to wait until they received the gift of the Holy Spirit.  John baptized with water, but they will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.  We are baptized with water; it is a symbol of our rebirth.  Being baptized in water doesn’t save us.  We, too, are baptized by the Holy Spirit.  Titus 3:1-7, “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.  At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.  We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.  But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.  He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”

The Holy Spirit will convict us of sin, righteousness and judgment.  John 16:8-11, “When He comes, He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.”

“The Holy Spirit gives us the power to go out into the world and preach the gospel.  Where?  Jesus told His disciples, “…and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  For us… we will be His witnesses in San Bartolomé, and in all of Guatemala, and to the ends of the earth.”

And remember, He is with us always, to the very end of the age.

A dear brother in Christ, Beecher, was called home to be with Jesus.  When Candy told me, a wave of emotion overwhelmed me.  Last time I was back in Tennessee, I visited my friend, and it was just like old times.  Before I left, I prayed with him, and he gave an unexpected gift…a wall hanging of three nails, in the form of a cross. It was then wired to a wooden cross.  It was a special gift from a special friend.  It hangs on our wall here, and it is a constant reminder of what Jesus told Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?”

I believe.  I believe my brother lives.  There is a song called “Because He Lives.”  It’s a song that comforts me. I know where Beecher is, and one day, I will be with him praising God.

“Because He lives I can face tomorrow

Because He lives all fear is gone

Because I know He holds the future

And life is worth the living just because He lives”

All His,

Lee and Candy

Take the easy way

There is a temptation to do things ourselves and there is a temptation to take the easy way. Luke 4:5-7 says, “If you will worship me I will give you all these things”. He was offering Jesus a kingdom without a cross. This is always the easiest way for us. We want something for nothing.

We have a “me” mentality that says I deserve more and I should get it whether I work or not. Why would Jesus go through all that suffering when He could have it for nothing? Sadly, I see young people today who want what it took years for their parents to accumulate. They desire to start marriage with an oversized house and multiple cars, etc.

I would not give anything for the first few years of my marriage. We lived in a small apartment that cost us $35 a month. We ate very little steak and dining out was out of the question. But those days seem to be my happiest days of memory.

When we build churches we do not hand them a check. The congregation must give a day a week to help the one paid block layer. They have to gather rocks in the streams to use in the concrete. This gives them ownership.

When we get it for nothing it means so much less.

Abortion and divorce are the easy way outs.

Do it myself

The reason the dollar is falling according to our banker is Trump’s deportation threats & Guatemalans in the USA are bailing out. Makes sense!

I bought Dottie a sofa and a love seat for her birthday. She still needs love at 74.

We are open on Wednesday Sept 13; Sunday the17th & the following Wednesday the 20th so we can drive from South Louisiana 500 miles in any direction should we get churches for those dates in a close proximity. Pray about it!

The new washer/dryer arrived today.

We need you to stand with us in prayer

 

When the devil came to Jesus after His baptism & recognition that He was God’s Son it was the first time in human history that Satan knew who He was. Ever sine Cain killed Abel Satan had tried to kill descendants of Adam & Eve to stop the Word given to Eve in the garden.

He tempts Jesus with 3 lies and it shows our own three temptations in life. When he told Jesus to turn the rocks into bread that was the TEMPTATION TO DO IT OURSELVES. Since Jesus had the power to turn the rocks into bread this was a very real temptation.

There are things that you and I can do but are not always God’s will. Being smart or talented or capable can be a huge problem if we do something on our own but it is not within the will of God for us. We do it like this because we really do not trust God.

Satan came when Jesus was alone and that is when you and I are most vulnerable. You and I are very weak when we are do-it-our selfers”.

More tomorrow

Prayer Time

We had our bible study and read Matthew 28:16-20. Before Jesus returned to His Father in heaven, He gave His disciples the Great Commission.  These words were not the end of His ministry here on earth but the beginning of new ministries.  Jesus planted His word in the hearts of His disciples and now they are to go throughout the world and plant the seeds of faith, hope and love in others.

The first thing Jesus told His disciples is that He has total authority in heaven and on earth.  Jesus is the Word.  He was with His Father from the very beginning.  John 1:1-5, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.  In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”

On earth?  He healed the sick and paralytic, controlled the wind and seas, changed water into wine, walked on water, fed thousands of people, forgave sin, died, was buried and raised to life.  Death has no power or authority.  He is the light of the world.  1 John 1:5-7, “This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you:  God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.”

This is the reason for the Great Commission.  Jesus wanted His disciples to go and make disciples.  Our commission is the same.  We are not here just to make friends on earth, but to change the world.  To teach others about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  We have to be careful.  Sometimes we can focus on ourselves more than our Lord.  The Great Commission can turn into the Great Omission.  Jesus didn’t send His disciples to give “their testimony” but to “testify about Him.”  To teach others everything they have been taught.  To obey, to love and to forgive.

We teach others about the love of the Lord and that we need to believe in Him yet sometimes we do not tell them everything.  At times we do not tell them the truth.  The reason why He descended from heaven and became man.  The reason?  Sin.  We do not want to hurt the feelings of our family and friends so we change the gospel to be more pleasing to the world and less condemning. We change the truth into a lie.

What is the truth?  The truth is that all of us have sinned against our Lord. Romans 3:21-24, “But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.  This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

Because of our sin, we cannot be with Him.  Isaiah 59:2, “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.”

The penalty of sin?  Death.  Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  This is the truth.  This is the reason we need to go and teach others about our Lord.  The gospel is the power of God for salvation.  Romans 1:16, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.”

Salvation is what all of us need.  Yet, salvation from what?  Our sin?  No, from God.  Salvation is being saved from the wrath and judgment of God that all of us deserve for our sin.  This means that we will be saved from the penalty of our sin the moment we believe in Him.

Salvation also means faith, hope and love.  Salvation is forgiveness, mercy and grace.  Salvation is life.  Eternal life.  To be with Him.  Revelation 21:3-4, “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them.  They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.'”

Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  He is with us.  He is faithful!

Even though I teach the boys God’s word, I need to disciple more.  Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.”  We need to do more.  I need to do more.  This is what the Lord desires.

Please pray for one of our leaders.  He had to go to the hospital yesterday and returned late.  Initially, they thought it was his appendix, but it wasn’t.  He is still under observation.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, Candy was supposed to have her final treatment. However, she became sick over the weekend with symptoms of the flu. Her doctor moved her final treatment to May 3. PLEASE pray for healing. We all miss being together. God is faithful.

All His,

Lee and Candy

 

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