Christian Brotherhood

So for today, Father Monk, I am sending this message of hope and goodwill to whoever might find it.  It shall be rolled up and placed in a bottle; corked and sealed, and I shall toss it into the roaring sea.

Well done Brother Monk.  I am sure your ministry will touch the very heart and soul of one worthy to receive it. May the grace of Christ continue to shine upon you.

Thank you, Father Monk, and may the blessings of Almighty God be always upon you.

Brother Monk wrote:

We are brothers and sisters by the grace of Christ Jesus, our Savior.  We are children of God; we are saints of His forever.

We are nothing and can do nothing; but we shall do all things in Christ who shall strengthen us.

By His grace we are saved.

We then are to love one another, for love is of God and from God and by God.  We are His if we love one another.

And this great love embraces being in each others company, to listen and support and help each other in time of need.  To give a good word, a hug, a pat on the back to let each know you care.  Then to pray for each and everyone who we find and who finds us…ever expanding out family whereby we reach out.

We encourage to strengthen, to endure, to accept, sometimes pain and sorrow, often joy, perhaps a little wisdom for insights to better understand, better cope with any and every situation in this life that may come our way.  And then to act as we are able to act as God gives us the light, to stay in the fight, step by step by step.  Since Christ has come into our lives, we fight the good fight and hold on to eternal life.

In a Saturday morning Men’s Breakfast, fellowship, an awesome Bible study and commentary by our Pastor, and great discussion, why, for those several hours, we grew closer to each other in prayer, support, love and insights than we could at any other time in the coming week.

You see God at work in each life as comments or testimonials are shared.  Something is given; something is received; something is taken away from our wonderful meeting, thanks be to God in the highest.

Shane: “God lets you use the wisdom you have now, then allows you to fail, in order to give you a greater wisdom for later.”

May the grace of Christ our Savior, and the love of God our Father, and the fellowship of the Spirit be with us…us…may the grace of Christ our Savior, and the love of God our Father, and the fellowship of the Spirit be with us…forever and ever, for ever more, Amen.

Kevin, Ernest, Steve M, David, Tyler, Jay, Al, Craig, Pastor Ron, Steve S, Roy, Shane, Earl, Ivan, Robert, Don, Tom, and Pastor Elliot.

Blessed be the name of Almighty God, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit; glory and praise to God now and forever…

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

Amen and Amen.

 

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He Is Mighty

Jesus Christ is mightier than we can imagine.  I know of His great works and I proclaim His name from the top of housetops.  He is the One who came ‘in the fullness of time,’ according to God’s Plan of the Ages whereby everything that was and is and is to come was planned by GOD to the minute, all things and time and events and people everywhere in human history.  And whether we like it or not, I think we make the choices without making the choices.  He created the heavens and the earth, air to breath, sun for life, the moon to lighten the darkness.  He made the seas and all that are in it  He made every bird of the air and all that stand on solid ground.  The green grass, the herbs and trees, crops for food, fire for cooking.  Even the smallest detail was already planned by God before the foundations of the earth.  In all things He gave specific details on how to make things He wanted whereby man could live, and prosper and raise a family.  From conception to birth to death it is all in God’s hands.

So you think you know a thing or two, do you?

OK.

How does a tree grow?  How does a cloud that you can put your hand through hold water?How does a fire keep burning?  How do birds seem to always know where their food is even in winter?  Explain the disease of alcohol or drugs or cancer?  How do explain the wonder of conception to growth to birth?

Isn’t it really all about Jesus, the Son of God the Father?  Isn’t it also the God, the Holy Spirit at work in the world today?

Give Him, the blessed Holy Trinity, then Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One GOD who made all things, sustains all things, executes His Plan of the Ages, His Plan of Salvation which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord and our God.

He is mightier than we can ever imagine as hard as we might try.  He is mightier than the earth, the sun and the moon and all the planets and stars of the universe, for He made it all!

Why, for all mankind He made known who He is in every generation by the heavens which declare His almighty glory; the deeds He wrought for His people. Mighty acts no man could ever do!  And He became a man and lived and died for us and for our salvation.  He gave His life on the Cross for the forgiveness of sin and eternal life with Him in Heaven and on earth.

For the grave couldn’t hold Him, for He is God, and on the third day He arose from the dead with a new, glorified body, as we who believe shall one day have.  Then He ascended into Heaven to the Father, and one day soon we shall also follow Him with new, glorified bodies…and so shall we ever be with the Lord.!

This is the greatest news in all of history!  In Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords, we shall have life after death and live forever and ever and ever.  For He is mighty to save!

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

 

Amen.

 

 

 

 

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A Christmas Message

Sometime, awhile back, I walked to Emmaus.

Sometime, awhile ago, I walked the Romans Road.

Sometime, in my heart, I shall want to also walk the road to Bethlehem.

Then, come, come let us walk together to seek the Christ child.

Let us go forth to little Bethlehem of Judea where Joseph and Mary trod, carrying the baby to be born: Jesus the Christ.

Let us find where He was born, the Son of God who would save us.

Let us see the One who was born the King of the Jews.

The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

He is not there, now!  For we know the rest of the story and His glory!

But, try to wrap your arms around this special time of the year.

This special time as we prepare our hearts and souls and minds to truly remember and to joyfully and expectantly celebrate His arrival.

Jesus, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit…

Born of the Virgin Mary…

There, in a stable dark, the Light of the world is come, wrapped in a manger because there was no room anywhere for the Son of God…

In Bethlehem.

That silent night, that holy night, when all was calm, all was bright.

Round yon Virgin, mother and Child; Holy infant, so tender and mild…

Who slept in heavenly peace.

And then it was Christmas as the angels rejoiced, and the shepherds, watching their flocks by night, came up to worship Him.

And this is the message of Christmas, a message to hold in your hearts; the message you proclaim to your family and friends and to the whole world:

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called:

Wonderful

Counselor

The Mighty God

The Everlasting Father

The Prince of Peace”

I believe, O, Lord…

You are the One…

The home I longed to find, my only hope, God’s only Son…

I do believe…

I touch, I see…

That all along you’ve longed to be, my Lord and my God.

Yes, there in Bethlehem, so long age, so far away, “In the fullness of time,” a Savior was born, who is Christ the Lord.

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.

May God bless you always.

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

 

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Year of our Lord, Part III

After His resurrection He was seen by hundreds of His believers before He ascended up to Heaven to be with the Father, Almighty God, and is seated at His right hand.

As we remember and celebrate this awesome event on Ascension Day in the Church Year, forty days after Easter, let us call to mind the Ascension of Jesus recorded in Mark, chapter 16, verse 19:

“So then the Lord Jesus, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into Heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.”

I have a saying I tell others that speaks of the Rapture of the Church saints, even you and me,  and all those precious believers who came before, and it is this:

In the air, above the clouds…

For, one day, perhaps soon, we shall meet the Lord Jesus above the clouds and we shall see Him as He is…and we shall follow Him to Heaven!

The Lord Jesus promised to send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, when He left and went up to Heaven.

And so it was, and so it is even today that we who believe have God, the Holy Spirit dwell in us.  He convicts us, seals us, guides us, protects us, stirs us, reminds us, helps us in prayer, and helps us in all things.

And this glorious event we celebrate when the Apostles received the Rushing Wind of the Holy Spirit and the Church was born!

This is Whitsunday…White Sunday, better known as Pentecost.

What a wonderful, totally awesome calendar of holy events the Lord has given us, events to cherish and live in and within our church year, our family, and our community.

For what follows next is blessed, holy Trinity Sunday!

This is the Sunday that follows Pentecost, observed in the early Church to honor the blessed holy Trinity, one in three, three in one, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Almighty GOD!  The manifestation of God in Christ.

It is right to remember that our Lord’s public life, His ministry began with the revelation of the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity in Matthew 3:16-17, when Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist:

“And when Jesus had been baptized, just as He came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to Him and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him.  And a voice from heaven said: “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”‘

And the last command Jesus gave to His Apostles was a command to make disciples of all nations by baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit as recorded in Matthew 28:19.

This is the faith we proclaim as Christians; this is our journey “In the Year of our Lord.” This is our walk.  For He will never leave us or forsake us, never!

Let me conclude this powerful, awesome Christian walk in our Christian Year with the celebration of “All Saints Day.”

This observance occurs in the Fall, and reminds us who the blessed saints are? Just those of all the centuries from 33 AD, and right up to our present time in history, all who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, that’s who!

You, dear ones, are the Lord’s forever; you are the saints of His everlasting Kingdom.  We are the children of God and heirs to the Kingdom of God forever and ever.

We, you and I, are in “The Year of our Lord,” now!

This is your, our, Christian walk, our year and the years to come…always separated from the secular year that denies all that has been written here.

Bur we are blessed and we know the truth, and so we act, and so we live!

“In the Year of our Lord,” the Christian Year, the wonderful, awesome Church year of faith and celebration and remembrance.

May God bless you always.

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

Amen.

 

 

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Year of our Lord, Part II

But not all are Christian years in “In the Year of our Lord.”  No, that designation began at Pentecost in the year 33 AD, and will finish sometime in the near future at the Rapture of the Church saints!  Since then, every year in Christendom has been a year of our Lord Jesus Christ.

But the unbelieving world does not know this or much less care, but counts their secular years right along side the Christian Year, just like the Lord Jesus told us in this life the unrighteous would live along side the righteous, as explained in the parable of the Wheat and the Tares in Matthew 13:24.  Therefore, “The Year of our Lord” is indeed the “Christian Year.”

Just what is the “Christian Year,” and how then should we live?  What difference does it make anyhow?

In every way of your life!

First, you proclaim the Lord God over all things.

Second, you realize these are His years that He created, is Lord over each and every year, and we are living in those years according to our appointed time.

Therefore, when you say or write today’s date: In the Year of our Lord, December 23, 2016, you are proclaiming the Lord Jesus!  And you realize that our Christian Year begins and ends over and over again with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, the Son of God.

And as you reflect upon this, you begin to become more in the moment of Jesus in your life and all the mighty things that transpired in His earthly life that He did for you me.  By thinking and imagining these events, well, it just draws us closer and closer to Him throughout our Christian Year.

Can you see it?

Can you feel it?

Can you hear it?

This has been the teaching of our Church from the beginning, and has continued through 20 centuries.

So, our journey of faith begins “In the Year of our Lord” with the season of Advent in December, the last month of the year, yet the beginning of our Christian Year.

Advent is the four weeks before Christmas and comes from the Latin word, “adventus,” which means “the arrival” or the “coming forth”…when God became man and dwelt among us.

Try to wrap your arms around this special time of the year as we prepare our hearts and minds to truly remember, to joyfully and expectantly celebrate the arrival at the birth of Jesus, wrapped in a manger because there was no room for the Son of God anywhere!

That silent night, that holy night, when all was calm, all was bright.

Round yon Virgin, mother and Child, Holy Infant, so tender and mild…who slept in heavenly peace.

There, in the city of David, in the town of Bethlehem of Judea, our Savior was born on Christmas morning.

I know that Christmas has taken on many different meanings…what” with Santa Clause, and shopping, parties and decorations and gifts and whatnot? Yes, all this, but we know the true meaning  and should give our eternal thanks for God’s love that He made a way  for forgiveness and salvation in eternal life with Him…forever!

I, like many of you span two centuries of life as we turn in January to a blessed New Year.  Will it be happy?

As we prepare for “Epiphany,” in January, in the second month of our Christian Year, it is a Greek word that means, “showing forth,” when the Magi, wise men from the east came to worship the baby Jesus, and thus the manifestation of Christ to the nations.

Now we fast forward to the months of March and April to Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.  Here we take ashes of burnt palm leaves and mark them on our body, usually as a cross, as a sign of of humble repentance through 40 days of fasting and prayer as we prepare to celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus.

Then comes “Holy Week,” the week before Easter when our Lord Jesus began to tell His disciples about His coming suffering and death.

During this week, we remember the Last Supper in the Upper Room in Jerusalem: how He took the bread, broke it, and said, “Take and eat, for this is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” And how after supper He took the cup of wine, and told them that “This ids my blood of the new covenant which is shed for you and for many for the remission of sins.  Drink this as often as you shall dink this in remembrance of Me.”

“Good Friday” is a solomn day of remembrance, a day consecrated by our Lord’s crucifixion, death, and burial.

We are ever mindful of this great act of love when we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

Easter Sunday comes next, the glorious day of joyous celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead!  It is the principal feast day of the Christian Year that began with the early church of the 1st Century.  It is the most important event in human history!

For He was resurrected from the dead is our salvation of all who believe, our eternal life with Him forever!

To be continued…

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A Prayer& Message for the “Year of our Lord,”Part I

The Lord be with you…

Let us pray:

O, Lord, without You I am nothing and can do nothing.  Only in You, Heavenly Father, can I live and move and have my being; for I shall do all things in Christ who strengthens me.

Therefore, may the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be always

acceptable in Thy sight, O, Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

To all, a blessed day to you, precious saints in Christ Jesus.

What a glorious and wonderful day He has given us in His creation.  I pray you are safe and well.  I wish I could be with you but I greet you from a distance and send my love.

All who are in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are awesome saints, now amidst the things of the time we live in in the world in our fight against the evil that Satan and his army of demons may throw against us in this short life…where, later, eternity awaits us in Heaven with Christ, and His Father, and the Holy Spirit, and the uncountable number of holy angels.

Greetings, precious ones, you are awesome! and blessed and saved and forgiven, in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit…Amen.

Soon, very soon, it will be a new year, and we will be saying 2017.

Question: was it a Christian year for you?  Is it a Christian year for the world, the unbelievers?  NO!

Yet, all things belong to the LORD…creation, time, events, actions, seasons, months, days, minutes, seconds, all, everything is the Lord’s! Even the weather and all invisible and visible things, as far as the eye can see…all things!  And especially us, you and me.

GOD created the very beginning of time in the six days of creation.

You remember the account the Lord God gave us in His holy, spoken word written in the Holy Bible, in the very first book, Genesis, chapter one:

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

It goes on to say after God created light and separated it from the darkness, and God called the light Day, and the darkness, Night.

And the evening and the morning were the first day, the first day of creation, the very first 24 hour day!

You see, everything is from God, and of God, and by God! He made all things and keeps everything working perfectly by His Word! He holds it all together; it is all His.

God’s creation week was just that: one week, seven days!

In six days God created everything, and man was created on the sixth day, and on the seventh  day God rested from His mighty work!

And this was the very first week of time, of the beginning of history, in God’s very first year.

All years are the Lord’s…all things happen in His time of years, In the Year of our Lord.

Every year since creation has been the “In the Year of our Lord”…one year of 365 days each (used to be 360…) 12 months, 30-31 days of months…all this moving forward in time is the Lord’s.

To be continued…

 

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God Knew

So now, it has been eight days since the stunning election!  God knew.  Before the foundation of the earth, GOD planned all this to happen. Did God raise up His servant to accomplish His plans?  Only God knows, but I believe it is so…for He created all things…and all things work by the power of His Word, and all good ideas come from God, and human history was planned in the beginning to appear at the appointed time to do as God wills…

Our Father, who art in heaven hallowed be thy name…thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…

Almighty GOD, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…in whom we live, and breath, and have our being…

Holy in God is my soul at rest, for in You comes my salvation…

You, only You are my Rock, my Strength, and my Salvation…

As we approach Thanksgiving, may we be ever thankful for all the blessings God has given us in our lives at this time here on earth…

As we approach Christ-Mas , let us give our eternal thanks to God, the Son, who was born of the Holy Spirit by the Virgin Mary…who suffered and died for our sins…who conquered death by His mighty resurrection in His new, glorified body, and opened heaven to all believers.  One day we shall follow Him, for we shall be like Him after death…God knows the time.  God knows all things…He planned all…He made all…for His pleasure, that He may be glorified.

Let us, therefore press on and embrace a new beginning with enormous possibilities to be accomplished according to God’s will by His eternal plan…and let us pray to Him for success, and give Him our thanks and blessings in all things, through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior and Redeemer, the Son of God, fully God, fully Man, the Light of the world, the Creator, the Life…forever and ever…

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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