Israel

“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the Lord loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the Lord brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;” Deuteronomy 7: 6-9

The Jews are God’s chosen people, not because they are so great and wonderful, but because God chose to set His affection on them. He loved them because He loves them.

So what has happened today. We learn in Romans 11: 1-2
” I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew.”

No He has not rejected His chosen people and even today just as God told Elijah, there is always a remnant. But in our time under the New Covenant established in the blood of Jesus, God is working through the Church and calling Gentiles into His kingdom. We are told what is happening as Paul continues in Romans 11: 25-27

” For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written,

“The Deliverer will come from Zion,
He will remove ungodliness from Jacob.”
‘This is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.’ ”

Paul describes the Jews as broken off olive branches during the time of the Gentiles and then at the proper time, God will turn back to the Jews and all Israel will be saved.

And Paul continues with verses 28-29 “From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God’s choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers; 29 for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.”

God is faithful and He is a God who cannot lie. What He promised Abraham in Genesis 12: 1-3

“Now the Lord said to Abram,
“Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your father’s house,
To the land which I will show you;
And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so you shall be a blessing;
And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

All this God is working out according to His plans and His purpose and all his good pleasure and He will bring it to pass.

“For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it.”
Isaiah 46: 9-11

“I have planned it, surely I will do it.’ We can trust Him to accomplish all He has set out to do in history and in our own lives as His followers.

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Marianas

“In the beginning God made the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 and on day 3 “The God said, ‘Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place and let the dry land appear.’ And it was so. God called the dry land earth and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw it was good.”
Genesis 1: 9-10

So amazing!! I am watching a utube show about finding the Marianas Trench. Scientists believed the sea only went so deep and then leveled off–the prevailing view of the time–the late 1800’s.

Kind of like Al Gore and the “scientists” of today–climate change is settled–no discourse or discussion and jail for the deniers!!! But then not really because the scientists back then were open to discovery and challenging the prevailing ideas.

So they went to the Pacific with depth testers and all went according to prevailing science—until the distant Pacific–and the depth preceptors kept going down and down and down!!

And wow!! What did they find–the Marianas Trench and amazing life and depths that they never imagined!!

Where are the scientists today who can’t be bought by money and political correctness and who are willing to be ridiculed and persecuted and ostracized and outlawed and threatened with jail for scientific truth and discovery?

There are a few who stand against the prevailing tide of political correctness and I applaud them for standing up for the scientific method following where the data leads and not making the data fit a preconceived notion. That is not science. The scientific method tests and questions and challenges and is not afraid of new ideas and theories and dialogue.

True scientists are always questioning and never static and always ready to say that we do not have all the answers and we have not reached all truth and there are always more discoveries out there and when evidence suggests something contrary to believed notions, then they are willing to question and test.

The Al Gores of the world shut down knowledge and learning and discovery and take us to the dark ages and lead to stagnation and bondage.

True science always questions and challenges and drives to exploration and expansion and is not afraid of new and or differing views, so unlike our society today which does not countenance any varying view or opposing thought.

We have the choice–enlightenment or darkness–

The darkness of politically correct thinking or the enlightenment of freedom to explore and make new and amazing discoveries that were previously not imagined.

God is a God of light and of knowledge and the heavens and the earth display His glory. “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” Romans 1: 20

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Jesus Does All things Well

And He does all things well. Who does all things well? – – Jesus. Mark 7

Many people do some things well. Some people do many things well. But no human being does all things well.

Only Jesus, the God-man, does all things well. Only Jesus completely accomplished the purpose set out for Him.

“And you shall call His name Jesus for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1: 21

And He perfectly saved His people on the cross, taking on sin and being crushed by the Father so that His own, all who repent and believe, will have forgiveness and eternal life.

And He cried out, “It is finished!” John 19: 30 and “gave up His spirit.” John 19: 30

He lived the perfect life, died a sacrificial death and now sits “at the right hand of the Majesty in high”. Hebrews 1: 3 where He is our High Priest–Hebrews 4: 14-15 ever interceding for His own–Romans 8: 34 and someday returning for the final defeat of all evil and the establishment of the new heaven and earth where all believers will be with Him forever. Revelation 21: 1-4

He truly does do all things well!!

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The Lord Great and Mighty

The Lord, the Lord God, the Lord great and mighty,
Riding on the clouds, Breathing fire and thunder,
Awesome in splendor, Majestic in glory,
Seated on His throne,
Surrounded by His Seraphim calling out “holy, holy, holy!”
In worshipful adoration.
He is perfect in all His ways,
Pure holiness and light,
In Him there is no darkness,
No hint of wickedness or evil.
Impeccable is He,
Sin cannot tempt Him,
All loveliness and beauty,
All righteousness and truth,
His goodness is His glory,
Loving kindness and mercy characterize Him,
Abounding in grace upon grace.
He loves justice and uprightness,
Pouring out His tender mercies,
Bringing joy, peace and hope to the hopeless and lonely.
Heaven is His home, Earth is His footstool,
All the universe displays His divine attributes,
He makes Himself known.
He is God above all,
There is none like Him.
All creation bows down and rejoices before Him,
He calls to His own, to all mankind,
Promising blessing upon blessing to those who turn and adore Him,
Holding out His holy hands to helpless, hurting creatures,
Lost in trespass and confusion,
He brings new life for the sin-sick
And rest for the weary.
He is patient and long-suffering,
Slow to anger, abounding in grace.
Hear His merciful cry– turn from evil, run to Him,
His arms open wide,
Refreshing and renewing lost, hopeless souls,
In Him are found all wisdom and all hidden treasures,
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.
A life worth living and pleasures indescribable,
With our great God and Father and our Savior Jesus Christ,
Today filled with His Spirit,
One day face to face in a place of utter loveliness,
With Him forever in the new heavens and earth!!

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Our Great God

“Do not let kindness and truth leave you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good repute
In the sight of God and man.”
Proverbs 3: 3-4

Do not let kindness and truth leave you. Kindness and truth go hand in hand. We are told to press both upon our hearts.

Where do we see kindness in the most glorious and sacrificial and loving manner? It is in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and very God Himself. He is the kindest and most compassionate person who ever lived.

He looked upon a great multitude of people “and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd and He began to teach them many things.” Mark 6: 34 And after teaching His kindness and compassion for them continued as He fed them with 5 loaves and 2 fish and “They all ate and were satisfied.” Mark 6: 42 And there were twelve baskets of abundance.

His kindness knows no bounds and He gives and gives liberally and generously and does not hold back. His mercies are new and tender every single morning. Kindness upon kindness, grace upon grace and mercy u[on mercy to the point of sacrificing His life for lost sinners.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation” .
Romans 5: 8-11

As we were railing against Him in our sinfulness, Christ laid down His life so we could be reconciled to God. How great a love is this!!!

And His kindness and His truth go hand in hand. “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.” John 17: 17-19

In Jesus’s last hours, He prays to His Father to sanctify His followers in the truth, set them apart as they know the truth of who He is and who they are in Him; even in His darkest times, He is always thinking of His own.

Where do we know this truth of His–in His word. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My word will never pass away.” Matthew 24: 35

Here is what the Lord God Almighty things of His word–
“I will bow down toward Your holy temple
And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name.” Psalm 138: 2

God Himself equates His lovingkindness and His name and His truth and His word and magnifies them all. He does not separate truth and kindness. they go hand in hand.

His word and His truth and His everlasting kingdom will reign forever and all who come to Him through faith and repentance will be received and find rest and hope and new life in this everlasting kingdom of God.

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In a time long past, in a land far away,
A place so ancient and yet not unlike today;
Some would deny and say that is not true,
They’re old-fashioned, but we’re updated, modern and new.
But looking down through the corridors of time,
Nothing has changed-lawful is lawful and crime is crime,
Dark is dark and light is light,
Wrong is wrong and right is right,
Many deny it;
They decry it;
We are enlightened and scientific,
They were darkened and ignorant.
Modern man, so full of himself and his pride,
Looks to himself and sets all else aside.
Thinking himself wise with all his philosophy,
Dismissing and disdaining past history,
No cell phones, no computers, no technology.
What did they know about the origins of life and human sexuality?
They were steeped in far-fetched tales and mythology.
But if we look around with an open heart and mind,
We will see that there is much we can learn from past mankind.
So as we ponder and think and look to the ancient ones,
We can see there is nothing new under the sun.
Summer, fall, winter, spring, seasons come and seasons go,
Refreshing rains, bright sunlight, thunder, lightening, sleet and snow.
Seedtime and harvest, crops appear,
The earth endures year after year.
All in a rhythm that speaks of order, not chaos or chance,
All in a cadence that speaks of a Creator, not happenstance.
God’s word says look to the heavens and the earth,
And see the display of God’s glory in the great universe.
The mountains and the seas display His majesty,
All creatures great and small reflect His creativity.
God has revealed Himself in His magnificent creation,
He has given us eyes to see His general revelation.
He has made known His eternal power and divine nature,
To every earthly tribe, people, language, and culture.
But men suppress the truth and go their own way,
They did it long ago, and it’s still the same today;
Not wanting to acknowledge the truth of His existence,
Loving their own darkness, sin and wickedness,
They exchanged the truth of God for lies and speculations;
They look to human wisdom and declare themselves wise creations.
A darkened spirit overwhelms them, Leading to all kinds of lusts and sin,
Causing blindness and hardness in their hearts,
They have become foolish thinkers in their deepest parts.
Created to worship God and have fellowship with Him,
But rather rushing at breakneck speed into sin,
Rejecting God’s wisdom and revelation,
Refusing to acknowledge His rule over creation,
Replacing His glory with idols formed by mortal man,
Rejoicing in images fashioned by man’s own hand,
But God has stamped His likeness on their hearts,
So even as man rejects and departs, Looking to self and human accomplishments,
And decries God with all his rejections and dissents,
God has given him light and revelation,
He has shown Himself in His creation
So no one can cry foul and pretend not to know
No one can deny and say it isn’t so,
God has been clear, He’s proven to be near,
So no man is without excuse,
No one is hidden or a recluse,
God’s glory and attributes are known far and wide,
From one side of the earth to the other side, S
o as man represses the truth he’s been given,
He closes his ears and refuses to listen,
God gives him over to degrading passions,
To sexual impurity and unnatural actions.
Man jumps upon these immoral lusts,
Trading eternal treasure for moth and rust,
Relishing in his own sinfulness,
Justifying depravity and heartlessness,
Gossiping, boastful, arrogant, disobedient,
Doing what ever feels good and seems expedient,
Insolent, slandering, ruthless and greedy,
Taking advantage of the downtrodden, helpless and needy,
Storing up more and more of God’s righteous wrath,
Refusing to see he’s walking to destruction on the broad path,
But by no means be deceived, God’s perfect justice will be received
And His perfect justice will be dispensed,
All lawbreakers will receive their just recompense.
No one will be able to stand before the perfect Judge and whine,
“We didn’t know, You didn’t show us or give enough time.”
He’s made Himself known around the world,
Age to age, His divine attributes unfurled
For all who have eyes to see, He has established His majesty.
So if you do not see Him now, Call on His name to show you how.
He is good and gracious and full of love,
And anyone who looks to the heavens above
And asks with a broken, contrite heart,
Not wanting to spend another moment apart
From the glorious God who is merciful and kind
And showers blessing upon blessing upon mankind,
‘What must I do to be saved and belong to You?’
Will find the answer from the One who is faithful and true.
Turn from sin And turn to Him
Fall on His mercy, love, and grace
And find your name written in the heavenly place,
Received into His kingdom of Light No more darkness, striving or fight.
Now belonging to the One who died for sin.
Now clean and pure deep down within,
By the blood He shed on the cross,
Your life now all gain, the former no loss.
And live the rest of your life in peace with God,
No more wrath or iron rod, No more condemnation or guilt or shame,
But Beloved of God is your new name. Come to Him,
Call on Him,
Repent of sin,
Arms open wide, He’ll welcome you in.
His kingdom come,
His will be done,
In your life,
Peace with God and no more strife.
Rejoicing, joyful, filled with grace,
And one day with Him face to face.

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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11: 28-30

In our present day where there is so much anger and strife and fighting and disunity and de-humanizing those who have opposing views, these words of Jesus bring so much comfort and we can become weary and burdened and heavy-laden.

And now is no different from then. “There is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1: 9 Jesus stepped into a world filled with oppression and violence and disunity and hatred and all kinds of bigotry. The Romans were viciously oppressing the Jewish people, keeping them in subjugation. At the hint of any rebellion or dissent, they ruthlessly went after the perpetrators and the roads were lined with those being crucified for the least offense against Rome.

And the religious leaders of Israel, rather than being shepherds of the people and teaching them of God, laid heavy regulations and burdens and law-keeping on their backs, looking down on those whom they were called shepherd and had great disdain for tax-collectors and “sinners” whom they deemed unworthy of their time.

Jesus stepped into this world. “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”
Galatians 4: 4-5

He came with a new message of hope and He had compassion for the masses. “When Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.” Mark 6: 34 Jesus’ reaction to the masses was in direct opposition of that of the Romans conquerors and the religious leaders. He looked and saw them through the eyes of love and compassion. He saw them as sheep without a shepherd, as sinners in need of a Savior.

And rather than look down on them with disgust and disdain, His compassionate heart went out to the and He taught them and cared for them and brought a message of life and hope. He saw them as sin-sick and heavy-laden and met them at their deepest point of need and after teaching and bringing good news, He saw their physical need for food and with 5 small loaves of bread and 2 couple of fish, He thanked His Father in heaven and began multiplying the food and feeding the masses until all “ate and were satisfied, and they picked up twelve baskets of broken pieces. and also of the fish. There were five thousand man who ate the loaves.” Mark 6: 42-44

Jesus satisfied and He satisfied in abundance. This feeding of the 5000 is such a picture of His care and compassion of us down to today. In a world of trouble and turmoil, we can look to the One who meets us in our deepest need and who satisfies our longings and who supplies all our “needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 19 What He did then, He does now in our topsy, turvy world, bringing hope to the hopeless and life to the lifeless.

All who look to the Son and His finished work on the cross on behalf of lost sinners and hear His cry of “Come to Me all who are weary and heavy-laden” and come will be met with open arms, reconciled to the Father and at peace with God, have forgiveness of sins and declared righteous and will be granted eternal life.

Come and come now; do not delay. “Behold, now is the ‘acceptable time,’ behold, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6: 2

And as believers we can rejoice with thanksgiving in our salvation and for the “great love with which He loved us.” Ephesians 2: 4 and tell others of this glorious hope.

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