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Sunday, July 30, 2017

VIII Pentecost! Alive in Christ?














VIII Pentecost! Alive in Christ?

                                      


Greetings in Christ Jesus,

Sunday July 30, 2017


Epistle: II Corinthians 12:20-13:2
Gospel: Mark 4: 24-34
Psalm:  Psalm 86/87

Friends,

II Corinthians 12:20-13:2

20 For I fear lest perhaps when I come I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found by you such as you would not. Lest perhaps contentions, envyings, animosities, dissensions, detractions, whisperings, swellings, seditions, be among you. 21 Lest again, when I come, God humble me among you: and I mourn many of them that sinned before, and have not done penance for the uncleanness, and fornication, and lasciviousness, that they have committed. 1 Behold, this is the third time I am coming to you: In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word stand. 2 I have told before, and foretell, as present, and now absent, to them that sinned before, and to all the rest, that if I come again, I will not spare.

Mark 4:24-34

24 And he said to them: Take heed what you hear. In what measure you shall mete, it shall be measured to you again, and more shall be given to you. 25 For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, that also which he hath shall be taken away from him.

26 And he said: So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the earth, 27 And should sleep, and rise, night and day, and the seed should spring, and grow up while he knows not. 28 For the earth of itself brings forth fruit, first the blade, then the ear, afterwards the full corn in the ear. 29 And when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest is come. 30 And he said: To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? or to what parable shall we compare it? 31 It is as a grain of mustard seed: which when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that are in the earth: 32 And when it is sown, it grows up, and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out great branches, so that the birds of the air may dwell under the shadow thereof. 33 And with many such parables, he spoke to them the word, according as they were able to hear. 34 And without parable he did not speak unto them; but apart, he explained all things to his disciples.

Oh friends how pitiful we are as Christians, in the second epistle to the Corinthians St. Paul was defending himself from among the accusations against him from the legalists, one of the accusations he had been accused of was skimming money from the contributions, in today’s epistle he went on from defending himself to begin pointing out the sins of the Corinthian church that he may still find there when he arrives. How easily do we fall while raising ourselves in our own mind? How easily are we blinded by our own sins and yet accuse others?

Our Lord Jesus Himself spoke out in parables so that those who thought that they could see and hear actually could not as they were blinded by their own pride, lust, envying, and arrogance as they believed that they already knew it all and yet knew little. My friends, we can never stop seeking, we must never become complacent in our intellect, this is when we begin to fool ourselves, we must prove all things, the spirit does not simply give but we must seek, do we not remember the story of the old woman before the judge when the judge granted her petition only because she appeared daily before him and would not let it rest?

Did not our Lord say that we are to be the same before the Father? (Luke 18:1-8). We must never stop seeking spiritual growth by the shedding of our own corruption and gaining the spirit of truth and love for one another. Did Jesus say; “forgive them Father for they know not what they do?” or did He say; forgive those whom you have given me because they believed me and should be saved? You know the answer. Love your enemies and pray for them, if your enemy thirsts give him water, if he is hungry give him bread.

Do you not ask a departed saint to pray for you while another Christian does? Do you accuse that one? The Christian church has done this from the beginning and nowhere was it condemned. The bones of the prophet Elisha brought a dead man back to life and yet while all call this scripture there are those who bring accusation against those who still believe that this can happen. Why do we accuse one another? There is no law that says to believe or not to believe either of these things, so why accuse? Can either side prove either position?

Love one another, this is the command. If one says that Jesus did not come from the Father then this we know is untrue and this person is not truly Christian. If one says that Jesus did not rise from the dead then this we know is not true and this person is not a true Christian. From these things we stay away from and yet we pray for those who make these statements.

Today’s Psalm speaks of the gates of Zion and how the Lord loves them, it speaks of those who are born there and the Lord loves them. The new Zion, the New Jerusalem is being built, it is built by those who belong to the Christ Jesus, and we are all building blocks of the living Jerusalem. Do not remove yourself from the walls by hate and pride, arrogance and envy; keep yourself alive in Christ through the love of others and living the word of Christ in this world.

Little children, love one another; because this is our Lord’s command and if you fulfill this, nothing else is needed.

Remember; if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all iniquity.




In Christ.

   


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Many Blessings!
+William

Saturday, June 24, 2017

3rd Sunday After Pentecost. Walk in Faith!

3rd Sunday after Pentecost!

                                      






Greetings in Christ Jesus,

Sunday June 25, 2017


Epistle: Romans 3: 21-4:3
Gospel: Matthew 7: 7-11
Psalm:  Psalm 76/77

Friends,

Justified by faith! What does this mean to us today? We are still looking at Justification by Faith today and not our works but the works of God for God’s works are greater than man’s. Friends we can do nothing to earn our salvation, there is no works that we can do to gain heaven and yet by our faith and belief in our Lord and savior Jesus the Christ we will begin a life of works. If we say that there is no God and yet we help people who need help and give money to non-profit organizations who claim to help others; will we see heaven? No! We will not see heaven, we may do some good here but by denying God, claiming that He does not exist we have already separated ourselves from Him and therefore we have no part in Him.

By claiming that Christ Jesus was a good man full of wisdom and good teachings and denying His sacrifice for our salvation, denying that He came from God, taught, died, was buried, rose, and ascended back to God then we have separated ourselves from our Lord and therefore if we do not claim Him how can He claim us? We are not His by our own admission.

It is only by our faith in our Lord Jesus that we can be saved. Our labors are in vain when it comes to our eternity. Even though we may have helped some on earth we have not helped our own eternal soul. This is an issue for today because the saying is; ‘I can do good things all on my own I do not need some god to tell me to be good’, so, my friends, I know that you have seen this written and possibly even heard some speak these words. If possible you may attempt to correct this understanding but if it is not possible it is on them. It is a rare place in what is considered to be the civilized world that the name of Jesus has not been heard.

We must live our faith in spite of the goody two shoes who make the statement that they do not need God in their life to do good. We who believe still need our Savior because we sin everyday whether in thought, word or deed. There is no amount of good that we can do that will erase our sin once we have committed it. There is only our faith in Christ Jesus, our recognition of our sin, our confession, and repentance. This is our faith.

Remember; if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all iniquity.



In Christ




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Many Blessings!

+William

Saturday, June 17, 2017

2nd Sunday after Pentecost

2nd Sunday after Pentecost!















                                       


Greetings in Christ Jesus,

Sunday June 18, 2017


Epistle: Romans 5: 1-10
Gospel: Matthew 6: 19-25
Psalm:  Psalm 74/75

Friends,

Justified by faith! What does this mean to us today? According to today’s epistle we will not be neglected in suffering, we will suffer. We are told to glory or boast in our suffering as well as in our hope of sharing the glory of God. We are told to store up treasure in heaven and not here on this earth. Our heart will be wherever our treasure is, according to the gospel. We have a warning here; 22 the light of your body is your eye. If your eye be single, your whole body shall be lightsome. 23 But if your eye be evil your whole body shall be darksome. If then the light that is in you, be darkness: the darkness itself how great shall it be!

So what is this “justified by faith” meaning? We simply believe and that is it? Regardless of what comes upon us and regardless of our reaction to it; we are justified simply because we believe?  In another scripture we are told that even the demons believe and tremble, are they justified by their belief as well? What does it mean to store up treasure in heaven? Is this simply a matter of believing? I say that it is not.

We believe and have faith that Jesus is true to His word and that we have salvation through Him unto everlasting life in the light of Almighty God, we store up our treasures in heaven by being faithful to the commandments of Jesus; love God first with all of our heart, with all of our mind, with all of our soul, and with all of our strength. Secondly we love our neighbor as our self. It is by doing these two commandments that we begin to store up treasure in heaven by doing for others. Care for people, clothe them, feed them, give them water, pray for them, and comfort them. This is storing up treasure in heaven. By loving and acting out of true love.

It need not be difficult through many rituals, care for one another as our Lord Jesus cared for us. Carry each other’s burdens as best as we can. Of course we are limited often times in what we can actually do but we do what we can and never, ever, neglect prayer for others, this is free to all of us.

Remember that it is Almighty God who judges us; rejoice in His love and care of and for us and do not be so quick to judge, discern what is right and wrong and stay away from the wrong but it is not ours to judge, judgment and discernment are not the same and are often times confused with each other, by discernment we may keep our hearts and our souls pure, by judgment we cast judgment on ourselves as well. By this I mean that we do not determine who goes into eternal damnation and who does not, we discern one who is on the road to eternal damnation but we do not send that one there. That is God’s decision alone.

Remember; if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all iniquity.


In Christ.


   

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Many Blessings!

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

I Pentecost. 1st Sunday after Pentecost.


1st Sunday after Pentecost!















                                      

 Greetings in Christ Jesus,

Sunday June 11, 2017


This day is also one of two All Saints Days’ in the year.

Epistle: Galatians 6: 8-14
Gospel: Matthew 16: 24-27
Psalm 147/148

Friends,

We reap what we sow! If we sow to the flesh we will also reap to the flesh. Therefore we have made no heavenly or spiritual gain. If we want heavenly or spiritual gain we must not sow to the flesh, we must become followers of Jesus; deny ourselves and take up our cross.

If we sow to the flesh in order to gain the whole world and in this we lose our own life, how have we made profit? We must lose our life in the flesh in order to gain our life in the heavenly realm. This is the basic teaching of today’s readings.

Praise the Lord; in all things give glory to God through our Lord and savior Jesus the Christ. All of creation praises the Lord. Man who has a mind and free will has chosen to not praise the Lord but to seek power and glory for himself and to lord himself over all that he is able to lord himself over.

These are the ones who are sowing to the flesh. They seek riches at the expense of others. They care nothing for the struggles of anyone else. Some even say; I can do good all by myself I do not need a god to tell me to help others. Look and see how much I give to the many foundations. I am a good person, I need no one to tell me and I answer to no one.

We must be different than this, love God first with all of your heart, with all of your mind, with all of your soul, with all of your strength. Then love your neighbor as yourself. Then we will be sowing to the spiritual things. Do this in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus. Give up yourself when needed to help someone in need. Do what you are able to do, we all do not have money but we may have bread, we may have a bed, sometimes we may only be able to just simply be there for someone who is in pain whether physical, emotional, or spiritual.

If you are married then give up yourself to care for your family, this means also to instruct them in the ways of the Lord and not to neglect their proper upbringing. Work to support them, love them. If you are single then you must be celibate, you will then have even more time to help others who are not within your family.

Pray always, do not chase after entertainment at the expense of time with the Lord. We will become what we begin and strive for here. If we choose to neglect God then we have taken ourselves away from Him today and in the new world we will be separated from Him because we have separated ourselves from Him here today.

Strive for the true prize that awaits us with patience, faith, perseverance, and diligence. Do not neglect the time here today, it will determine the time tomorrow.

Remember; if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all iniquity.

 In Christ!



   

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Many Blessings!

+William

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Love and Worldly Troubles!

 5th Sunday after Resurrection  
 
                                      










Greetings in Christ Jesus,

Sunday May 21, 2017


Epistle: Acts 16: 19-36
Gospel: Mark 7: 31-37
Psalm 70/71 “In thee, O’ Lord, I have hoped

My Friends,

In the readings today we see troubles, there are health issues; a man is brought to Jesus who is deaf and dumb, Jesus heals the man. Notice that Jesus groaned before He healed the man; we have read this before when Jesus raised his friend Lazarus from the dead after four days in the tomb. We have read that Jesus wept. The Apostles are imprisoned for casting an unholy spirit from a girl who was being used for profit by her keepers because she could divine or tell the fortunes of those who she came into contact with. This of course made those who were her keepers much money. While the Apostles were in prison they began praising God, an earthquake came and shook the prison, the doors of the prison were opened and the bands fell off of all of the prisoners.

Our Psalmist speaks of his troubles and of those who seek his life and cause him great grief. Yet in spite of these things, even though his life is in peril, he praises God. He glorifies Him as savior and protector, he believes the promise of God, and he has great faith. The Psalmist as well as the Apostles, who are imprisoned after being beaten, never stops praising God in spite of their life being in great jeopardy.  These are lessons for us today. Regardless of our life and its many difficulties, we are loved and helped. We cannot know how much more difficult it would be for us if our Lord Jesus did not love us. Jesus groans at the healing of those who ask, Jesus weeps at the grave of His friend. Jesus does indeed love us to the point of giving His life for us.

Notice however that all of these people faced great challenges in their life. They had no easy life because they praised and preached Jesus, no, their life was indeed difficult. The world does not want anyone to live in eternal glory because the world is ruled by Lucifer the devil. He was and is the first to defy Almighty God and he suffers greatly for it. So how can he rule the world that God created? Because man allowed him into the world and followed him, this is how. Man continues to allow Lucifer to control him and the world system. Because we have been given free will by the Father, this will continue. We need to struggle against the devil and live for Jesus on this earth. There will come a day when man no longer praises the Creator and when this day comes it will finally signal the end. Currently people are still being born who turn to the Savior Jesus the Christ. Enough so that Almighty God has not instituted the end of the world as we know it and a new earth begins.

We do not know when this end and the new beginning will be, in spite of the many modern prophets who make a living selling Jesus and the destruction of the world; we have no clue when it will be. In the meantime, it rains on us all, haters and lovers of Jesus. The sun shines on us all, haters and lovers of Jesus. We remain together in this world until that day. So take a lesson from the readings. Continue to praise and worship Jesus the Christ and the Father through Him. Never cease to pray and live according to the gospel. Allow the Holy Ghost to guide you. Love God with all of your heart and soul; love your neighbor as yourself. You never know whose life you will change because of this love of God in you.
  
May the peace of our Lord Jesus the Christ be with you throughout this day and the rest of your life. May the Holy Spirit fill us all to overflowing so that everyone in whose path we cross may receive a blessing from our Lord Jesus the Christ.


Blessings

In Christ.



   







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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

MID-PASCHA

  











 Greetings in Christ Jesus

Wednesday May 10, 2017


Epistle: Acts 4: 31-35

Gospel: Luke 24: 36-48

Psalm 68/69

My Friends,

We see the power of the Holy Spirit in today’s Epistle reading from the book of the Acts of the Apostles; “and when they had prayed, the place was moved wherein they were assembled; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spoke the word of God with confidence”. There is a great need of this today, so many are preaching their own words and calling them the word of God. I don’t know what god they are referring to because there is not much from the Holy Spirit in their speech or philosophy. I believe that going to seminary and memorizing a philosophy and verses of scripture to back this philosophy is not being spiritually led, it is being scholastically led. There is a major difference between the two.

In the Gospel today our Lord has risen from the dead and has appeared to His Disciples, He instructs them further in a face to face conversation so that you would think that after following Him for a few years and then getting further understanding from Him after coming back from the dead that they should know all that they need to know, but then He gives them a strange directive; “I send the promise of my Father upon you: but stay you in the city till you be endued with power from on high”.

In other words, I know that I have taught you face to face and you intellectually know many things, you must wait to go out after I am gone until you receive power from on high. The Holy Spirit had not yet descended on them, they had no power, and they had an intellectual understanding but were still lacking in this authority and power. This is true today of many who go about preaching. There is a lot of dancing around on stage and throwing the arms up in the air. A whole lot of “praise God” is said, promises of a better life here in this world today, a feel good emotionally charged preaching and then the plate is passed around.

Do you think that because there is good preaching that tickles the ears that one cannot leave the spirit? What does the scripture say? Apocalypse/Revelation 2: 2 I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you cannot bear them that are evil, and you have tried them, who say they are apostles, and are not, and have found them liars: 3 And you have patience, and have endured for my name, and have not fainted. 4 But I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love. 5 Be mindful therefore from where you are fallen: and repent, and do the first works. Or else I come to you, and will move your candlestick out of its place, except you repent.

The church in Ephesus left its first love which was the joy in Christ Jesus which we can only have through the Holy Spirit. Legalities creep in, false teachings creep in, the zeal becomes alive for the false understanding and the legal commitment along with the emotional showmanship and the quality of the entertainment. These things are not of the Holy Spirit and the love and zeal of and for Jesus the Christ dies.

Our Psalm begins with the words; 1 Unto the end, for them that shall be changed; for David. 2 Save me, O God: for the waters are come in even unto my soul. 3 I stick fast in the mire of the deep: and there is no sure standing. I am come into the depth of the sea: and a tempest hath overwhelmed me.

Unto the end, for the end of time, for them that shall be changed; those who are converted to the Christ, Jesus, this Psalm is for us. Save me O God are the words that we should be crying out, for we are all stuck in the mire of the deep and there is no sure standing because the waters are come in even unto our souls. These are the sin, the cares and the worries of this materialistic world. We must renew our first love and again begin to walk with the Spirit, seek wisdom, seek the Holy Spirit to direct our footsteps. Do not settle for less.

May the peace of our Lord Jesus the Christ be with you throughout this day and the rest of your life. May the Holy Spirit fill us all to overflowing so that everyone in whose path we cross may receive a blessing from our Lord Jesus the Christ.

Blessings




   























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Friday, May 5, 2017

3rd Sunday after Resurrection


 3rd Sunday after Resurrection  

                                       

Greetings in Christ Jesus,

Sunday May 7, 2017


Epistle: Acts 2: 22-28

22 You men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you, by miracles, and wonders, and signs, which God did by him, in the midst of you, as you also know: 23 This same being delivered up, by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, you by the hands of wicked men have crucified and slain. 24 Whom God has raised up, having loosed the sorrows of hell, as it was impossible that he should be holden by it. 25 For David says concerning him: I foresaw the Lord before my face: because he is at my right hand, that I may not be moved. 26 For this my heart has been glad, and any tongue has rejoiced: moreover my flesh also shall rest in hope. 27 Because You will not leave my soul in Hades, nor suffer Your Holy One to see corruption. 28 You have made known to me the ways of life: You shall make me full of joy with Your countenance.

Gospel: John 4: 5-42

He came therefore to a city of Samaria, which is called Sichar, near the land which Jacob gave to his son Joseph.Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well. It was about the sixth hour.There came a woman of Samaria, to draw water. Jesus said to her: Give me to drink.For his disciples were gone into the city to buy meats.Then that Samaritan woman said to him: How do you, being a Jew, ask of me to drink, who am a Samaritan woman? For the Jews do not communicate with the Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered, and said to her: If you did know the gift of God, and who he is that said to you, Give me to drink; you perhaps would have asked of him, and he would have given you living water.

11 The woman said to him: Sir, you have nothing wherein to draw, and the well is deep; from where then have you living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13 Jesus answered, and said to her: Whosoever drinks of this water, shall thirst again; but he that shall drink of the water that I will give him, shall not thirst for ever: 14 But the water that I will give him, shall become in him a fountain of water, springing up into life everlasting. 15 The woman said to him: Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw. 16 Jesus said to her: Go, call your husband, and come here. 17 The woman answered, and said: I have no husband. Jesus said to her: You have said well, I have no husband: 18 for you have had five husbands: and he whom you now have, is not your husband. This you have said truly. 19 The woman said to him: Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers adored on this mountain, and you say, that at Jerusalem is the place where men must adore.

21 Jesus said to her: Woman, believe me, that the hour comes, when you shall neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, adore the Father. 22 You adore that which you know not: we adore that which we know; for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour comes, and now is, when the true adorers shall adore the Father in spirit and in truth. For the Father also seeks such to adore him. 24 God is a spirit; and they that adore him, must adore him in spirit and in truth. 25 The woman said to him: I know that the Messias comes (who is called Christ); therefore, when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26 Jesus said to her: I am he, who am speaking with you. 27 And immediately his disciples came; and they wondered that he talked with the woman. Yet no man said: What seek you? or, why talk you with her? 28 The woman therefore left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and said to the men there: 29 Come, and see a man who has told me all things whatsoever I have done. Is not he the Christ?

30 They went therefore out of the city, and came unto him. 31 In the mean time the disciples prayed him, saying: Rabbi, eat. 32 But he said to them: I have meat to eat, which you know not. 33 The disciples therefore said one to another: Has any man brought him to eat? 34 Jesus said to them: My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, that I may perfect his work. 35 Do you not say, there are yet four months, and then the harvest comes? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes, and see the countries; for they are white already to harvest. 36 And he that reaps receives wages, and gathersh fruit unto life everlasting: that both he that sows, and he that reaps, may rejoice together. 37 For in this is the saying true: That it is one man that sows, and it is another that reaps. 38 I have sent you to reap that in which you did not labour: others have labored, and you have entered into their labours. 39 Now of that city many of the Samaritans believed in him, for the word of the woman giving testimony: He told me all things whatsoever I have done.

40 So when the Samaritans were come to him, they desired that he would tarry there. And he abode there two days. 41 And many more believed in him because of his own word. 42 And they said to the woman: We now believe, not for your saying: for we ourselves have heard him, and know that this is indeed the Saviour of the world.

Psalm 67/68

Unto the end, a psalm of a canticle for David himself.Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered: and let them that hate him flee from before his face.As smoke vanishes, so let them vanish away: as wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.And let the just feast, and rejoice before God: and be delighted with gladness.Sing to God, sing a psalm to his name, make a way for him who ascends upon the west: the Lord is his name. Rejoice before him: but the wicked shall be troubled at his presence,who is the father of orphans, and the judge of widows. God in his holy place:

God who makes men of one manner to dwell in a house: Who brings out them that were bound in strength; in like manner them that provoke, that dwell in sepulchres. O God, when You did go forth in the sight of Your people, when You did pass through the desert:The earth was moved, and the heavens dropped at the presence of the God of Sina, at the presence of the God of Israel. 10 you shall set aside for Your inheritance a free rain, O God: and it was weakened, but You have made it perfect. 11 In it shall Your animals dwell; in Your sweetness, O God, You have provided for the poor. 12 The Lord shall give the word to them that preach good tidings with great power. 13 The king of powers is of the beloved, of the beloved; and the beauty of the house shall divide spoils.

14 If you sleep among the midst of lots, you shall be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and the hinder parts of her back with the paleness of gold. 15 When he that is in heaven appoints kings over her, they shall be whited with snow in Selmon. 16 The mountain of God is a fat mountain. A curdled mountain, a fat mountain. 17 Why suspect, you curdled mountains? A mountain in which God is well pleased to dwell: for there the Lord shall dwell unto the end. 18 The chariot of God is attended by ten thousands; thousands of them that rejoice: the Lord is among them in Sina, in the holy place. 19 You have ascended on high, You have led captivity captive; You have received gifts in men. Yea for those also that do not believe, the dwelling of the Lord God. 20 Blessed be the Lord day by day: the God of our salvation will make our journey prosperous to us. 21 Our God is the God of salvation: and of the Lord, of the Lord are the issues from death.

22 But God shall break the heads of his enemies: the hairy crown of them that walk on in their sins. 23 The Lord said: I will turn them from Basan, I will turn them into the depth of the sea: 24 That your foot may be dipped in the blood of your enemies; the tongue of your dogs be red with the same. 25 They have seen Your goings, O God, the goings of my God: of my king who is in his sanctuary. 26 Princes went before joined with singers, in the midst of young damsels playing on timbrels. 27 In the churches bless God the Lord, from the fountains of Israel. 28 There is Benjamin a youth, in ecstasy of mind. The princes of Juda are their leaders: the princes of Zabulon, the princes of Nephthali. 29 Command Your strength, O God: confirm, O God, what You have wrought in us.
30 From thy temple in Jerusalem, kings shall offer presents to You. 31 Rebuke the wild beasts of the reeds, the congregation of bulls with the kine (herd of cows) of the people; who seek to exclude them who are tried with silver. Scatter the nations that delight in wars: 32 ambassadors shall come out of Egypt: Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands to God. 33 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth: sing to the Lord: Sing to God, 34 who mounts above the heaven of heavens, to the east. Behold he will give to his voice the voice of power: 35 give glory to God for Israel, his magnificence, and his power is in the clouds. 36 God is wonderful in his saints: the God of Israel is he who will give power and strength to his people. Blessed be God.

My Friends,

In our opening Epistle from the book of Acts we can see that today we are speaking of the victory of God over evil, (sin and death). We are shown that Jesus the Christ could not be held in death but that He was freed from death and overcame death so that we might live, this was in fact prophesied by King David in Psalm 15/16: 8 I set the Lord always in my sight: for he is at my right hand, that I be not moved. 9 Therefore my heart has been glad, and my tongue has rejoiced: moreover my flesh also shall rest in hope. 10 Because You will not leave my soul in Hades; nor will then give Your holy one to see corruption. You have made known to me the ways of life; You shall fill me with joy with Your countenance: at Your right hand are delights even to the end.

This is a time of great joy for all of mankind for all who believe and trust or entrust their entire life or being to the Lord Jesus the Christ. We all must remember that to simply believe that this Jesus existed is not a saving belief for even the demons believe and tremble. This believing for salvation means to trust in and on the Lord, everything in our entire life including our very life and the things that take place are entirely entrusted to Him. This is the belief that we are to have. Nothing short of this will be acceptable.

Remember Jesus said; not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord, will enter into the kingdom of heaven. We must give ourselves completely over to Him, period. No matter what happens in our life.

In today’s Gospel we see that all, every race, all of mankind is able to believe and gain heaven by this belief. There is no difference of mankind in the salvation of man’s soul. Believe, entrust your entire life to Him and live according to the commandments; if you love me, keep my commandments. The path is not easy, the tempter, Lucifer the devil never rests. We must be ever vigilant to keep ourselves from sin which is turning our back on God himself and doing that which is against Almighty God by either doing what we should not or by not doing what we should.

In today’s Psalm we see the Psalmist speaking prophetically regarding the Resurrection of Jesus the Christ. In verse 1 we see (unto the end) and in verse 19 we can see resurrection and ascension to the Father. (19 You have ascended on high, You have led captivity captive;) We can see this theme spoken of by the apostle Paul in the book of the Ephesians chapter 4 verse 8: 8 Wherefore he says: Ascending on high, he led captivity captive; he gave gifts to men. 9 Now that he ascended, what is it, but because he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? Psalms 65, 66, and 67 are sung throughout the Paschal season including bright week, (the week following the Sunday of the Resurrection up to but not including the following Sunday, (Which is called Thomas Sunday)). At the Christ’s resurrection, death, the final enemy, was defeated, we can see here in verse 22 how He ‘broke the heads of his enemies: the hairy crown of them that walk on in their sins’.

This is a victory Psalm of God over His enemies.

May the peace of our Lord Jesus the Christ be with you throughout this day and the rest of your life. May the Holy Spirit fill us all to overflowing so that everyone in whose path we cross may receive a blessing from our Lord Jesus the Christ.


Blessings

In Christ.


   













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Many Blessings!

+William