For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 NIV
And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” John 12:32
Forty days after Jesus rose from the dead, he ascended into Heaven, just as he prophesied about himself.. This final act completed was just the beginning of the arrival of The Holy Spirit and the beginning of the Christian Church.
When Jesus ascended into Heaven he was seated at the right hand of God, this was the exaltation of Jesus Christ. No longer was he the “Suffering Servant” who lowered himself below the angels to be the ransom for our sins. Now he is sitting on the throne in Heaven as King of Kings and Lord of Lords
You might wonder why the disciples and apostles of Christ were willing to lay down their lives with no Earthly reward for themselves except persecution, suffering, and death. The reason is simple, many of these men were eye witnesses to Christ’s resurrection and ascension.
Paul teaches at one point there were over 500 people who witnessed the Resurrected Jesus. This is why all the people are drawn to Jesus Christ. This is why Christians were willing to risk losing their lives, because they know Jesus is the only one that can save our life
Time is running out, it’s time to be drawn to Jesus Christ, the one who was lifted up and seated at the right hand of God. The one who defeated sin and death and has made us free in Jesus name Amen
They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity–for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” 2 Peter 2:19
What has mastered you? Many people believe they are free, however we are all slaves. You are either a slave to sin and death or a slave to Jesus Christ. Most people don’t want to see it this way, but this is the truth.
If you deny Christ, and you deny the existence of our Father God. You are still under the bondage of The Law whether you believe it or not. You’re not living free, as every day you are chained to your mortality, sickness, and disease.
There is only way to be set free, and its through Jesus Christ. For if the son has set you free, you are free indeed ( John 8:36) However even though we a freed from The Law by the blood of Christ, we chose to be slaves to Christ because he is our Lord and Master
Jesus said to deny yourself , carry your cross, and follow him (Matthew 16:24) Meaning let go of your worldly desires and sins that have mastered you. No longer live to please your flesh but live to please God. Make Jesus your Lord and Savior, and you will be free from the slavery of Satan in Jesus name Amen
it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
1 Corinthians 15:43-44 NIV
Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” John 11:40
When Jesus told others, including Martha and his disciples, that he was going to raise Lazarus from the dead, no one believed or even understood him. By their typical human limited thinking , they couldn’t even begin to imagine that Jesus could bring Lazarus back to life
But this is what Jesus was trying to tell them and tell us. If you truly believe you will see the Glory of God. Jesus did the imaginable, brought back Lazarus to life after being dead for 4 days. Now you might say this is just a story made up by his disciples. But this resurrection was witnessed by many people, including the Jewish religious leaders. They were so threatened by this miracle that they plotted to kill Lazarus again to eliminate the evidence.
We as Christians need to stop reading the gospels as folk tales and see them for what they are. The Gospels are historical documented evidence from multiple eye witnesses. You should put your trust in The Gospels and the entire Bible, because its witnessed testimony of your God and Savior.
No other religion has real documented eye witnessed miracles like Christianity. When people try to group Jesus with other prophets, they are clearly showing their lack of knowledge and background with World Religions and The Bible. Jesus is asking you to put your faith and trust in him and you will see the Glory of God in Jesus Name Amen!
Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them–not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 1 Peter 5:2
We know Jesus is the “Good Shepherd” who watches over us and we answer his calling. But have you considered that you are a shepherd also? The Bible teaches us we are to be “shepherds” to the people. So what does that really mean?
A few months ago the city of Houston had a historic flood and many of its Citizens were in desperate need for food and shelter. A famous millionaire TV pastor who lives in a mansion and owns a private jet, originally refused to open his doors of his Mega Church that fits 20,000 people. Is this a good example of being a Shepherd to the people?
Of course not, I’m just using him as an example of what Christianity appears to be in todays world, when in fact it should be totally the opposite. As the scripture says you should want to watch and care for the people, not for your personal gain, but because you want to serve God
Jesus taught us false prophets will be revealed by the fruit they bear (Matthew 7:16) One day those people will have to stand before Jesus and give an account for there actions.
Let’s serve The Lord for the right reasons, not for money or fame, but because we are willing and eager to serve God. Be a Shepherd in Jesus Name Amen
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Regardless of what obstacles life puts in front of us, Gods plan is bigger! When Tanner was around 3 years old he was officially diagnosed with Autism. At that point we didn’t know what the future held for Tanner. He still didn’t speak a word and struggled to adapt socially.
But God has big plans for Tanner, and regardless of what the world was going to label him, he was going to overcome and succeed. It’s been an amazing journey these past 8 years, Tanner ended up teaching me a lot about life and purpose. I truly believe he was one of the main reasons that brought me close to God.
Today Tanner is thriving in school, in his music, and on the swim team. Tanner is the kindest soul you will ever meet, a very soulful person who has compassion for everyone. His smile is contagious and lights up the world. I feel honored and privileged to be his Father and I thank God every day. So Happy 8th Birthday Tanner , to my beloved Son, may God continue to guide your path Amen!