Listened to an old CD series .. where Chuck Swindoll talked about the birth of JESUS .. and the roles of Mary [The Mother of Jesus] and Joseph .. The Husband of Mary and so many "deep thoughts" that only a womman might understand because giving "birth" is so foreign to men .. and as he talked about the “25 Questions For Mary” – By Max Lucado .. I had to recall my Catholic roots and the many, many, many times we prayed the rosary as I grew up .. REMEMBER IF YOU WILL .. Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.
I would guess if you gre up Catholic you'll never forget these words .. nor how many of your "christain friends" in later years would say things like .. WHY DO CATHOLICS "worship" Mary? I never did, but I will say that I always held her in the "highest esteem" as my mother taught us .. for she was THE MOTHER OF JESUS .. and I was never ashamed to tell someone that I always recalled the words in Matthew 7:18 - 18 .. A good tree can’t bear bad fruit. And a bad tree can’t bear good fruit.
You might enjoy reading this .. “25 Questions For Mary”, From Max Lucado’s Book, “God Came Near.”
1. What was it like watching him pray?
2. How did he respond when he saw other kids giggling during the service at the synagogue?
3. When he saw a rainbow, did he ever mention a flood?
4. Did you ever feel awkward teaching him how he created the world?
5. When he saw a lamb being led to the slaughter, did he act differently?
6. Did you ever see him with a distant look on his face as if he were listening to someone you couldn’t hear?
7. How did he act at funerals?
8. Did the thought ever occur to you that the God to whom you were praying was asleep under your own roof?
9. Did you ever try to count the stars with him….and succeed?
10. Did he ever come home with a black eye?
11. How did he act when he got his first haircut?
12. Did he have any friend by the name of Judas?
13. Did he do well in school?
14. Did you ever scold him?
15. Did he ever have to ask a question about Scripture?
16. What do you think he thought when he saw a prostitute offering to the highest bidder the body he made?
17. Did he ever get angry when someone was dishonest with him?
18. Did you ever catch him pensively looking at the flesh on his own arm while holding a clod of dirt?
19. Did he ever wake up afraid?
20. Who was his best friend?
21. When someone referred to Satan, how did he act?
22. Did you ever accidentally call him Father?
23. What did he and his cousin John talk about as kids?
24. Did his brothers and sisters understand what was happening?
25. Did you ever think, That’s God eating my soup?
What Hardens a Heart?
The warning in Hebrews 3 is a serious one. Anytime we ignore what God has said, it may be evidence of a hardened heart. Although we usually think this condition applies only to those who reject Christ, the reality is that believers can “be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin” (Heb. 3:13).
When the Lord begins to convict us, we could rationalize our disobedience, thinking it’s not that big a deal. Or we might be tempted to preoccupy ourselves with other things to avoid facing the issue at all. Perhaps we’re unwilling to deal with that sin because we’re afraid of the changes God is challenging us to make. Therefore, we distract ourselves with other thoughts and activities, pushing Him further and further from our mind in hopes of silencing His conviction.
We may think ignoring the Spirit in this way is not a serious issue, but it is rebellion against God, which is the very core of sin. And rebellion often begins with a refusal to relinquish control and trust the Lord. When we start catering to our own preferences, it’s not long before we redefine what God has said in an attempt to make ourselves feel better and quash the nagging sense of guilt.
The danger in such behavior is that we lose sight of our “first love”—our actions testify that we love our sin more than Christ (Revelation 2:4). The result is a heart that is desensitized to the sin. By ignoring the Spirit’s warnings, we can become acclimated to unrighteousness and adopt a sinful lifestyle. This is why we must carefully guard and examine our hearts.
Your daily devotion for 07/27 from In Touch Ministries
For some reason today .. I am asking a question because of many posts I read on #Facebook and what people say about #Muslims .. and references I myself have made many times .. so I ask? .. IS A MUSLIM .. a person? .. a faith? .. a religion? Muslims are people correct? .. People who follow or practice Islam, which defined is a monotheistic Abrahamic religion. Muslims consider the Quran, their holy book, to be the verbatim word of God as revealed to the Islamic prophet and messenger .. Muhammad
Among the Islamic states are: Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Mauritania, Oman, and Yemen. Other states where Islam is the politically defined state religion are: Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Algeria, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Somalia and Brunei.
SO I ASK ... IS A MUSLIM a person, a faith or a religion?
Definition "A" .. a Muslim who believes that Islam is the complete and universal primordial faith that was revealed to them and consider the Quran in its original Arabic to be the unaltered and final revelation of God.
Here, in a nutshell, is the one great purpose of Jesus coming to earth. And it is echoed throughout the New Testament in different ways and with different words - but all with the same meaning and thought.
Why did Jesus come? ---- Jesus came to save sinners!!! OK .. what color sinners? .. what race of sinners or peoples?
Luke 19 [NIRV] Zacchaeus the Tax Collector
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man named Zacchaeus lived there. He was a chief tax collector and was very rich. 3 Zacchaeus wanted to see who Jesus was. But he was a short man. He could not see Jesus because of the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree. He wanted to see Jesus, who was coming that way.
Jesus reached the spot where Zacchaeus was. He looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, come down at once. I must stay at your house today.” So Zacchaeus came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
All the people saw this. They began to whisper among themselves. They said, “Jesus has gone to be the guest of a sinner. ”
But Zacchaeus stood up. He said, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of what I own to those who are poor. And if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay it back. I will pay back four times the amount I took.”
Jesus said to Zacchaeus, “Today salvation has come to your house. You are a member of Abraham’s family line. The Son of Man came to look for the lost and save them.”
SO I ASK AGAIN ... IS A PERSON OF MUSLIM ORIGINS a person, a faith or a religion -- and if they convert to CHRISTIANITY .. what are they then?
Definition "B" .. what do you call a Muslim who has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour? .. and believes that the Bible is the inerrant Word of the Most High God [Elyon] (Biblical Hebrew עליון; Masoretic ʿElyōn) is an epithet of the God of the Israelites in the Hebrew Bible. ʾĒl ʿElyōn is usually rendered in English as "God Most High", and similarly in the Septuagint as ὁ Θεός ὁ ὕψιστος ("God the highest").. would these now be Christian Muslims, Muslim Christians, Muslims of a Higher Order?
IS TRUTH DEAD?
No truth, No Certainty .. our new and modern sociatal relationships [social relationships] Social Media Today .. all our modern day answers .. do you understand that the most powerful weapon in this world is the TRUTH.
In all that we see and hear today .. all that we read .. and post .. and tweet .. truth is not absolute today it is made to something that we take in "relative terms" .. maybe you believe in political correctness .. just causes .. the green new deal, global warming .. it is all our own thinking ..
Take a few minutes and consider this by a very wise man .. Ravi Zacharias (born 26 March 1946) is an Indian-born Canadian-American Christian apologist. A defender of evangelical Protestantism, Zacharias is the author of numerous Christian books, including the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association's Gold Medallion Book Award winner Can Man Live Without God?
Solomon .. Son of King David .. The Wealthiest Man Who Ever Lived On This Earth .. and wrote a couple of Books of the Bible .. He had #wisdom, #wealth, #builder of lots of #construction projects .. had more wives than anyone I've ever heard of .. and #concubines to boot ..
Mishlei (Book of Proverbs), a collection of fables and wisdom of life.
Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), a book of contemplation and his self-reflection.
So maybe we can take some #insights into the questions .. He ASK GOD .. as we seek to ask our own questions .. take some time to reflect and listen.
We’ve all heard the saying, “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” There’s a lot of truth in that statement. Satan is like a saboteur looking for an opportunity to tinker with our minds and our souls.
There IS a war going on, and it’s of a spiritual nature. Ephesians 6:12 also tells us that. Turn to Ephesians chapter 6, a companion piece to our 2 Corinthians chapter 10 passage. The two go hand-in-hand.
12 For we do not wrestle against _____________ and ___________, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against _________________ hosts of wickedness in the ___________________ _________________. (NKJV)
If our battle is not with human beings (“flesh and blood”), but with “rulers of the darkness of this age,” what sort of weapons must we use? What Are You Using To Fight the Good Fight?
Forgiving the Undeserving
When I tell people who have been ill-treated that full healing requires forgiving their abuser, many will argue, “You don’t understand the hurt I’ve endured.” They’re right. But a bitter spirit, like cancer, penetrates every part of our life. Anger and resentment are symptoms that cannot be pushed away and ignored. They spill out, harming relationships and leading to risky decisions.
Withholding forgiveness may feel as if we’re punishing the offender. But people cannot take revenge on one another without destroying themselves. That’s why the Lord calls us to follow His example of extending grace to all (Eph. 4:32). Since God has pardoned us so generously, we shouldn’t withhold forgiveness from others. When someone hurts us, we may feel that person doesn’t deserve pardon, but neither are we deserving of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
Crucifixion was slow and agonizing, but Jesus’ worst torment occurred when the sin of the world was laid on Him and His Father turned away (Matt. 27:46). Still, as the crowd cast lots for His garments, Jesus gave us the best possible example of forgiveness by saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). I may not know your pain, but I assure you that Jesus does. With His infinite love and gentleness, He’ll help you overcome hurt, anger, and bitterness.
Forgiveness is a choice—an act of service to the Lord, a witness to the person who inflicted our pain, and a necessary step in our healing. No matter how terrible the acts committed against us were, God requires that we show mercy. For our good and His glory, He wants us to give up the “right” to punish those who hurt us.
Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” (Galatians 4:6)
Referring to God, “Our Father” is wonderful .. Yet the word can be too broad and vague .. ill-defined, uncertain .. in our minds. In the Old Testament, for example, God as “Father” is mentioned 14 times, but always in its broadest sense, as in Him being the Father of all humanity, or The Father of Israel .. But 275 times in the New Testament Jesus calls God “Father” in a manner so personal it offended the religious establishment. They knew God as “Father” with their “head” .. but Jesus knew God as His “Father” with His “heart”! .. and fact of the matter is that Jesus is one with His Father .. “Abba” was the way a small innocent child addressed a father.
Important prayers at institutional settings, like dedications and inaugurations, often begin with a pretentious sounding “Faw-ther Gawd.” But those who know by the witness of the Spirit that they are His children .. call out to Him as “Abba,” “Daddy.” Think about it this way - George Washington is the “father of our country" .. but you and I are not authorized to call him Daddy.
Does your heart feel free to call out to God as “Abba”? ( Daddy) .. If you can’t call God “Abba,” you need to receive His only begotten Son, Jesus - Pray like this: “Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God Who died for me, rose again, and ascended to the Father, and now sits at His right hand .. interceding for me .. I now turn away from my sin, and receive You as my Savior. If you are a child of God through Christ, meditate on what it means that the Father of the universe is your "Abba" .. and worship Him.
Try looking into the "Names" that God has revealed to us in the scriptures .. the meaning and revelations into His Character .. read this a few times and begin to have your eyes opened .. LOOK HERE: http://www.iaskgod.com/
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me… ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
- Matthew 25