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Remember!

Scripture reading for September 8th: 2nd Kings 20, Isaiah 38-40, Psalm 68, 1st Corinthians 11

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 11:23-26 “For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when He was betrayed took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, “This is My body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way also He took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”

Paul gave further instructions concerning the Lord’s supper to the Corinthian believers. Some there had been taking this sacrament without proper understanding and personal repentance. The partaking of the bread and cup were to be done in remembrance of Jesus Christ, Whose body and blood they represented. They were to examine their hearts and repent of known sin because Jesus Christ was coming again for those eagerly awaiting Him. The cup of the Lord’s supper was prophetic of the Wedding Supper of the Lamb, ushering in the Church as Christ’s eternal ‘Bride’! Proper wedding garments come only through Jesus’ sacrifice!

Psalm 68:24-26 “Your procession is seen, O God, the procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary–the singers in front, the musicians last, between them virgins playing tambourines. “Bless God in the great congregation, the Lord, O You Who are Israel’s Fountain!””

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for the bread and the cup, representing Your body and Your blood, shed for my redemption. I look in anticipation to Your return in power and glory for Your people!

Isaiah 40:30-31 “Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles’ they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

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Judging ourselves to keep from judgment!

Scripture reading for July 21:  1st Corinthians 11

Christians know that Christ has paid the penalty for their sins and can rest in His finished work on the cross. (2nd Corinthians 5:21)  There is no ‘condemnation’ for those in Christ . (Romans 8:1)  But does this mean that we never have to look at our lives again in relation to possible sins?  Are we automatically under grace when we do sin?  Paul addressed this question in relation to taking the Lord’s Supper.

“In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good.  In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it.  No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval.  When you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat, for as you eat each of you goes ahead without waiting for anybody else.  One remains hungry, another gets drunk. . . .What shall I say to you?  Shall I praise you for this?  Certainly not!”  (1st Corinthians 11:17-22)  The church was coming together to worship in division and strife.  The Lord’s Supper was a sacrament meant to bind His body together and it was bringing more strife because of wrong hearts.

The remedy was self-examination before partaking of the Lord’s Supper!  “Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.  A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks the cup.”  (1st Corinthians 11:28)  Partaking with division, pride, unforgiveness or an improper respect for God’s mercy towards you and others could be hazardous to personal health and eternal rewards!  Let’s judge ourselves!

 

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Preach Good News to all!

Scripture reading for March 12th: Mark 16:1-20, Psalms 55:1-23, Proverbs 11:7

Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, just as He said He would.  Death could not hold Him and He showed Himself alive to the women, the disciples, and others.  The eleven remaining disciples had a hard time believing  the reports of those who had seen Him.  “Later Jesus appeared to the eleven as they were eating; He rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.” (Mark 16:14)  These men should have been expecting the resurrection because Jesus had repeatedly told them about the crucifixion and coming resurrection.  To whom much is given, much is required.  A rebuke is a sign of love to those who can be corrected by it.  (Proverbs 13:1) (Revelation 3:19)

Jesus had final instructions for these disciples.   They were not to sit around feeling sorry for themselves and thinking of the good old days when Jesus was with them.  They must now go into all the world with the good news of Jesus Christ and preach to every creature.  Some would believe and be baptized unto salvation and others would refuse the good news and be eternally condemned. (Mark 16:15-16)

Those who believed had Jesus’ promise to confirm the good news with signs that would follow them and the preaching of the Gospel.  They would drive out demonic forces as they spoke in His name.  They would lay hands on the sick and see people healed in His name.  If they were poisoned or ran into satanic opposition, God promised to protect them.  Jesus would give them support.

Jesus was then taken up into heaven and  seated at the right hand of God.  (Mark 16:19)   Acts records that Jesus was taken up into heaven on a cloud and would return the same way as He left.  (Acts 1:9-11)   Jesus had told the high priest and elders that they would see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Might One and coming on clouds of heaven.  (Mark 14:62)  From that position of power and authority, Jesus prays for us and watches over us as we preach the Gospel to every creature.  This is His plan to reach the entire world!  When this command is fulfilled, Jesus will come again on the clouds for His Bride, the church!  What exciting days we live in!

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The new command!

Scripture reading for May 24th: John 13:31-14:14

“My children, I will be with you only a little longer.  You will look for Me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.”
“A new command I give you:
Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:33-35)

Jesus knew that after Judas left to betray Him, the final hours had come.  He reaffirmed to these faithful men that He was going away and that where He was going, they could not come now.  He would be going to the cross, and willingly laying down His life.  They had other things to do before they would also give their lives for the Gospel!

Jesus was emphatic about a new commandment that He was giving to them.  The act of keeping this commandment would particularly mark them as Jesus’ disciples.  It was not an optional requirement, but something that they must do as His disciples.  This command was all about showing love for one another.  Love is the fulfillment of God’s laws.  Jesus was setting an example for them in showing love by laying His life down for them as well as for the sins of the whole world.  He commanded them to learn to give this kind of self-sacrificing love to each other.

When we love someone with God’s love, we desire the very best for them.  We consider them better than ourselves and act for their highest good.  We speak truth to them and would never steal from them or lie to them.  We would never stay angry with them without resolving the differences.  We would never covet their property, power, or position, but would rejoice with them in the good things God had done for them.  We would seek to bless them and encourage them to be all that God wants them to be and help them with needs.  We would not compete with them, but would seek to help them be the best.

This kind of love marked Jesus Christ as the Son of God.  It is the Father’s heart that His children have this love for each other.  Do all men know that you are Jesus’ disciple because of your extravagant love?

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He Will Appear a Second Time!

Scripture reading for December 15th: Hebrews 8-10

The Jewish believers being addressed by the writer of Hebrews needed help understanding the work of Jesus Christ in bringing atonement for their sins.   They were under the Old Testament law and knew that the High Priest went into the Holy of Holies once a year on the Day of Atonement.  He went in to offer the blood sacrifice for the sins of the people and even for his own sins.  This High Priest could only come from the line of Aaron or he would not be qualified to be a priest.  (Hebrews 9:6-7)

Their questions about this came from the fact that Jesus Christ was from the tribe of Judah, rather than from Levi and Aaron.  Jesus did not offer an animal sacrifice in the earthly temple like the Aaronic priests.  Jesus offered His own blood in the heavenly tabernacle.  The shed blood made forgiveness of sins possible for all who would put their faith in Him.  (Hebrews 9:21-26)  Jesus also offered this sacrifice of His own blood just once and then He sat down because His work was finished.  The writer of Hebrews had previously shown that Jesus was of the priesthood of Melchizedek.  This was because of the resurrection from the dead and the power of an endless life!

“But now He has appeared once for all to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself.  Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are awaiting for Him.” (Hebrews 9:26-28)

Jesus Christ came the first time to take away sin and destroy it’s power to bring eternal death to mankind.  He offered His sacrifice of His own blood in Heaven itself before God’s throne.  But Jesus Christ is coming again!  This next time it will not be to bear our sins, but to bring the fullness of salvation to all those who have put their trust in Him.  Those who are waiting for Him gather together regularly to encourage each other to love each other and do good deeds.  (Hebrews 10:23-25)  Are you eagerly waiting and regularly gathering with God’s people?  The time is near!

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