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  • A reminder for the men entering their pulpits today:

    “One of the errands on which the Son of God came from heaven to earth was to bind up the broken-hearted and comfort all who mourn. Like their divine Master, ministers ought to be sons of consolation and perform the functions of a comforter as well as those of an instructor. For if pure and undefiled religion consists in visiting the widows and fatherless in their affliction, how much more incumbent is it on its teachers to cherish and manifest the same tenderness of spirit towards this deeply suffering portion of the human family?

    The bruised heart loves the gentlest handling, and the troubled spirit is soothed with the simplest music. The soul has no inclination at such times and in such circumstances for anything but the "sincere milk of the Word", leaving the strong meat for other and healthier seasons.”
    John Angell James
    A reminder for the men entering their pulpits today: “One of the errands on which the Son of God came from heaven to earth was to bind up the broken-hearted and comfort all who mourn. Like their divine Master, ministers ought to be sons of consolation and perform the functions of a comforter as well as those of an instructor. For if pure and undefiled religion consists in visiting the widows and fatherless in their affliction, how much more incumbent is it on its teachers to cherish and manifest the same tenderness of spirit towards this deeply suffering portion of the human family? The bruised heart loves the gentlest handling, and the troubled spirit is soothed with the simplest music. The soul has no inclination at such times and in such circumstances for anything but the "sincere milk of the Word", leaving the strong meat for other and healthier seasons.” John Angell James
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  • The crippled woman had an infirmity for 18 years can be found in Luke 13:10-17. It is a story of love, compassion and what is really important in the kingdom of God. The difference of legalism and righteousness is brought to light through this woman.
    The story of the crippled woman is only found in the Gospel of Luke. This is not surprising because Luke was a physician and would focus on the telling of this woman’s story. She gives us a great incite of life in the world of hurting women. She gives us hope and courage to carry on knowing the love, compassion and righteousness of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.
    Luke 13:11 refers to this condition as being a spirit of infirmity. I am suggesting that this infirmity was a fragility of the soul not a condition from birth. Carrying heaving burdens, bearing trials and troubles for 18 years could weaken the body and could bow the back. Bow the back is an indication that this poor crippled woman was completely bent forward and could not lift herself up. Jesus laid His hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
    The ruler of the synagogue, being indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the multitude, "There are six days in which men ought to work. Therefore come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day!" (Luke 13:14 KJV).
    The focus was on the legality of healing on the Sabbath. The focus should have been on the miracle of healing, the righteousness of the healing. The crippled woman glorified God for her healing. She made a statement that she was a worthy person and one that received a great gift from Jesus and gave glory to God. She believed in the healing powers of Jesus.
    Jesus identifies that the crippled woman was a daughter of Abraham, meaning she was of the chosen people. And it was satan who had bound her the 18 years. How fitting it was that it was on the Sabbath that this crippled woman was released from the bonds that satan has placed upon her. When Jesus had said these things, all His adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Jesus. Because this crippled woman had been pledged for 18 years by satan and became bent over with an infirmity people rejoiced and recognized the miracles of Jesus Christ on the Sabbath. This woman gives us all hope.
    It is easy for us to blame God for allowing suffering in our lives that too often cripples us. Jesus held satan responsible for this suffering of this crippled woman. It was satan that had entangled her and far too often entangle us.The social media dictates what we should be, who we are, and what we should look like. We are held captive by the evilness of a society that allows our very identity to be dictated to through glamor magazines, movies, video games, even the tabloids lining every grocery store shelf that tells us how ugly we are. We need to stand up on the beauty we have inside because we are daughters of a loving Lord who value us as Women of Christ. The dictates of this society should not be allowed to claim who we are and what we should look like inside or outside. We are all who the LORD has created and loves.
    Once the woman was healed and set free, she glorified God. She recognized the miracle. We need to stand up and recognize the miracles and the blessings we have in our lives today given to us individually by the LORD God. I am not talking about the flashy, pretend, earth shaking miracles that do not give the glory to a loving LORD that we see on the television. I am talking about the miracles that are done in the quietness of the soul, the everyday "stuff” that happens in our lives. These are the miracles that the common people or the ruler of the synagogue cannot see nor understand. The quiet times when we feel the arms of Jesus wrapped around us in comfort or protection. The miracles we feel in those times we hear the words of Jesus come into our heart in times of trials or troubles. The comfort and peace we receive in times of pain and anguish are miracles of love from the LORD.
    We serve a loving LORD who does not want His people to be bent over with physical disability or bodily imperfection, sexuality, age, education, or income. We serve a LORD who holds us beautiful to behold and precious in His sight. He would have His family to have our strength renewed. He would have us run and not be weary or in pain. He would have us walk and not be faint or afraid. He would want us to recognize and know that we belong to Him and are accepted and loved by Him.
    The crippled woman had an infirmity for 18 years can be found in Luke 13:10-17. It is a story of love, compassion and what is really important in the kingdom of God. The difference of legalism and righteousness is brought to light through this woman. The story of the crippled woman is only found in the Gospel of Luke. This is not surprising because Luke was a physician and would focus on the telling of this woman’s story. She gives us a great incite of life in the world of hurting women. She gives us hope and courage to carry on knowing the love, compassion and righteousness of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. Luke 13:11 refers to this condition as being a spirit of infirmity. I am suggesting that this infirmity was a fragility of the soul not a condition from birth. Carrying heaving burdens, bearing trials and troubles for 18 years could weaken the body and could bow the back. Bow the back is an indication that this poor crippled woman was completely bent forward and could not lift herself up. Jesus laid His hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. The ruler of the synagogue, being indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the multitude, "There are six days in which men ought to work. Therefore come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day!" (Luke 13:14 KJV). The focus was on the legality of healing on the Sabbath. The focus should have been on the miracle of healing, the righteousness of the healing. The crippled woman glorified God for her healing. She made a statement that she was a worthy person and one that received a great gift from Jesus and gave glory to God. She believed in the healing powers of Jesus. Jesus identifies that the crippled woman was a daughter of Abraham, meaning she was of the chosen people. And it was satan who had bound her the 18 years. How fitting it was that it was on the Sabbath that this crippled woman was released from the bonds that satan has placed upon her. When Jesus had said these things, all His adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Jesus. Because this crippled woman had been pledged for 18 years by satan and became bent over with an infirmity people rejoiced and recognized the miracles of Jesus Christ on the Sabbath. This woman gives us all hope. It is easy for us to blame God for allowing suffering in our lives that too often cripples us. Jesus held satan responsible for this suffering of this crippled woman. It was satan that had entangled her and far too often entangle us.The social media dictates what we should be, who we are, and what we should look like. We are held captive by the evilness of a society that allows our very identity to be dictated to through glamor magazines, movies, video games, even the tabloids lining every grocery store shelf that tells us how ugly we are. We need to stand up on the beauty we have inside because we are daughters of a loving Lord who value us as Women of Christ. The dictates of this society should not be allowed to claim who we are and what we should look like inside or outside. We are all who the LORD has created and loves. Once the woman was healed and set free, she glorified God. She recognized the miracle. We need to stand up and recognize the miracles and the blessings we have in our lives today given to us individually by the LORD God. I am not talking about the flashy, pretend, earth shaking miracles that do not give the glory to a loving LORD that we see on the television. I am talking about the miracles that are done in the quietness of the soul, the everyday "stuff” that happens in our lives. These are the miracles that the common people or the ruler of the synagogue cannot see nor understand. The quiet times when we feel the arms of Jesus wrapped around us in comfort or protection. The miracles we feel in those times we hear the words of Jesus come into our heart in times of trials or troubles. The comfort and peace we receive in times of pain and anguish are miracles of love from the LORD. We serve a loving LORD who does not want His people to be bent over with physical disability or bodily imperfection, sexuality, age, education, or income. We serve a LORD who holds us beautiful to behold and precious in His sight. He would have His family to have our strength renewed. He would have us run and not be weary or in pain. He would have us walk and not be faint or afraid. He would want us to recognize and know that we belong to Him and are accepted and loved by Him.
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  • WE ALWAYS PRAY WRONG WAY

    CHRIST SAYS SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS AND THE EARTHLY THINGS GOD KNOWS WE NEED THEM HE WILL ADD THEM TO US BUT WHAT WE ALWAYS PRAY WE ALWAYS ASK EARTHLY THINGS WHICH IS WRONG.

    WE NEED TO PRAY ASKING GOD TO GIVE US THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT,IF WE HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT, WE CAN OVERCOME SINS WE WILL KNOW GOD'S WILL,OUR CHARACTERS WILL BE CHANGED, OTHER EARTHLY THINGS WILL BE ADDED TO US BECAUSE OUR FATHER KNOWS WHAT WE NEED

    As you receive the Spirit of Christ—the Spirit of unselfish love and labor for others—you will grow and bring forth fruit. The graces of the Spirit will ripen in your character. Your faith will increase, your convictions deepen, your love be made perfect. More and more you will reflect the likeness of Christ in all that is pure, noble, and lovely. COL 67.3

    "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance." Galatians 5:22, 23. This fruit can never perish, but will produce after its kind a harvest unto eternal life. COL 67.3 - COL 68.1

    CHRIST SAID

    KJV Matthew 7:7-8
    7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
    8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

    If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
    Luke 11:13

    The people who listened to the words of Christ were still anxiously watching for some announcement of the earthly kingdom. While Jesus was opening to them the treasures of heaven, the question uppermost in many minds was, How will a connection with Him advance our prospects in the world? Jesus shows that in making the things of the world their supreme anxiety they were like the heathen nations about them, living as if there were no God, whose tender care is over His creatures. MB 98.2

    "All these things," said Jesus, "do the nations of the world seek after." "Your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Luke 12:30; Matthew 6:32, 33. I have come to open to you the kingdom of love and righteousness and peace. Open your hearts to receive this kingdom, and make its service your highest interest. Though it is a spiritual kingdom, fear not that your needs for this life will be uncared-for. If you give yourself to God's service, He who has all power in heaven and earth will provide for your needs. MB 98.2 - MB 99.1

    Jesus does not release us from the necessity of effort, but He teaches that we are to make Him first and last and best in everything. We are to engage in no business, follow no pursuit, seek no pleasure, that would hinder the outworking of His righteousness in our character and life. Whatever we do is to be done heartily, as unto the Lord. MB 99.2

    Jesus, while He dwelt on earth, dignified life in all its details by keeping before men the glory of God, and by subordinating everything to the will of His Father. If we follow His example, His assurance to us is that all things needful in this life "shall be added." Poverty or wealth, sickness or health, simplicity or wisdom—all are provided for in the promise of His grace. MB 99.3

    God's everlasting arm encircles the soul that turns to Him for aid, however feeble that soul may be. The precious things of the hills shall perish, but the soul that lives for God shall abide with Him. "The world passeth away, and the lust thereof; but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever." 1 John 2:17. The city of God will open its golden gates to receive him who learned while on earth to lean on God for guidance and wisdom, for comfort and hope, amid loss and affliction. The songs of the angels will welcome him there, and for him the tree of life shall yield its fruit. "The mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but My kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of My peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee." Isaiah 54:10. MB 99.4
    WE ALWAYS PRAY WRONG WAY CHRIST SAYS SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS AND THE EARTHLY THINGS GOD KNOWS WE NEED THEM HE WILL ADD THEM TO US 😊BUT WHAT WE ALWAYS PRAY ⁉️WE ALWAYS ASK EARTHLY THINGS 🤷WHICH IS WRONG. WE NEED TO PRAY ASKING GOD TO GIVE US THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT,IF WE HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT, WE CAN OVERCOME SINS WE WILL KNOW GOD'S WILL,OUR CHARACTERS WILL BE CHANGED, OTHER EARTHLY THINGS WILL BE ADDED TO US BECAUSE OUR FATHER KNOWS WHAT WE NEED🤷 As you receive the Spirit of Christ—the Spirit of unselfish love and labor for others—you will grow and bring forth fruit. The graces of the Spirit will ripen in your character. Your faith will increase, your convictions deepen, your love be made perfect. More and more you will reflect the likeness of Christ in all that is pure, noble, and lovely. COL 67.3 "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance." Galatians 5:22, 23. This fruit can never perish, but will produce after its kind a harvest unto eternal life. COL 67.3 - COL 68.1 CHRIST SAID 👇👇 KJV Matthew 7:7-8 7 Ask,👈 and it shall be given👈 you; 👈seek, 👈and ye shall find; 👈knock, 👈and it shall be opened👈 unto you:👈 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how👈 much more 👈shall your heavenly 👈Father 👈give👈 the Holy Spirit 👈to them 👈that ask him?👈 Luke 11:13 The people who listened to the words of Christ were still anxiously watching for some announcement of the earthly kingdom. While Jesus was opening to them the treasures of heaven, the question uppermost in many minds was, How will a connection with Him advance our prospects in the world? Jesus shows that in making the things of the world their supreme anxiety they were like the heathen nations about them, living as if there were no God, whose tender care is over His creatures. MB 98.2 "All these things," said Jesus, "do the nations of the world seek after." "Your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Luke 12:30; Matthew 6:32, 33. I have come to open to you the kingdom of love and righteousness and peace. Open your hearts to receive this kingdom, and make its service your highest interest. Though it is a spiritual kingdom, fear not that your needs for this life will be uncared-for. If you give yourself to God's service, He who has all power in heaven and earth will provide for your needs. MB 98.2 - MB 99.1 Jesus does not release us from the necessity of effort, but He teaches that we are to make Him first and last and best in everything. We are to engage in no business, follow no pursuit, seek no pleasure, that would hinder the outworking of His righteousness in our character and life. Whatever we do is to be done heartily, as unto the Lord. MB 99.2 Jesus, while He dwelt on earth, dignified life in all its details by keeping before men the glory of God, and by subordinating everything to the will of His Father. If we follow His example, His assurance to us is that all things needful in this life "shall be added." Poverty or wealth, sickness or health, simplicity or wisdom—all are provided for in the promise of His grace. MB 99.3 God's everlasting arm encircles the soul that turns to Him for aid, however feeble that soul may be. The precious things of the hills shall perish, but the soul that lives for God shall abide with Him. "The world passeth away, and the lust thereof; but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever." 1 John 2:17. The city of God will open its golden gates to receive him who learned while on earth to lean on God for guidance and wisdom, for comfort and hope, amid loss and affliction. The songs of the angels will welcome him there, and for him the tree of life shall yield its fruit. "The mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but My kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of My peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee." Isaiah 54:10. MB 99.4
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  • # 9

    In Christ’s life of perfect obedience to God’s will, His suffering, death, and resurrection, God provided the only means ofatonement for human sin, so that those who by faith accept this atonement may have eternal life, and the whole creation may better understand the infinite and holy love of the Creator. This perfect atonement vindicates the righteousness of God’s law and the graciousness of His character; for it both condemns our sin and provides for our forgiveness. The death of Christ is substitutionary and expiatory, reconciling and transforming. The bodily resurrection of Christ proclaims God’s triumph over the forces of evil, and for those who accept the atonement assures their final victory over sin and death. It declares the Lordship of Jesus Christ, before whom every knee in heaven and on earth will bow.
    # 9 In Christ’s life of perfect obedience to God’s will, His suffering, death, and resurrection, God provided the only means ofatonement for human sin, so that those who by faith accept this atonement may have eternal life, and the whole creation may better understand the infinite and holy love of the Creator. This perfect atonement vindicates the righteousness of God’s law and the graciousness of His character; for it both condemns our sin and provides for our forgiveness. The death of Christ is substitutionary and expiatory, reconciling and transforming. The bodily resurrection of Christ proclaims God’s triumph over the forces of evil, and for those who accept the atonement assures their final victory over sin and death. It declares the Lordship of Jesus Christ, before whom every knee in heaven and on earth will bow.
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  • Luke 1:1-4 RSV

    Acts 1:15-26 In those days Peter stood up among the brethren (the company of persons was in all about a hundred and twenty), and said,

    "Brethren, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David, concerning Judas who was guide to those who arrested Jesus.

    For he was numbered among us, and was allotted his share in this ministry.

    (Now this man bought a field with the reward of his wickedness; and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out.

    And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their language A-kel'da-ma, that is, Field of Blood.)

    For it is written in the book of Psalms, 'Let his habitation become desolate, and let there be no one to live in it'; and 'His office let another take.'

    So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,

    beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us--one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection."

    And they put forward two, Joseph called Bar-sab'bas, who was surnamed Justus, and Mat-thi-'as.

    And they prayed and said, "Lord, who knowest the hearts of all men, show which one of these two thou hast chosen

    to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside, to go to his own place."

    And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Mat-thi'as; and he was enrolled with the eleven apostles.

    Hebrews 2:1-9 Therefore we must pay the closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.

    For if the message declared by angels was valid and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution,

    how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him,

    while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his own will.

    For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking.

    It has been testified somewhere, "What is man that thou art mindful of him, or the son of man, that thou carest for him?

    Thou didst make him for a little while lower than the angels, thou hast crowned him with glory and honor,

    putting everything in subjection under his feet." Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him.

    But we see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that
    Luke 1:1-4 RSV Acts 1:15-26 In those days Peter stood up among the brethren (the company of persons was in all about a hundred and twenty), and said, "Brethren, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David, concerning Judas who was guide to those who arrested Jesus. For he was numbered among us, and was allotted his share in this ministry. (Now this man bought a field with the reward of his wickedness; and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their language A-kel'da-ma, that is, Field of Blood.) For it is written in the book of Psalms, 'Let his habitation become desolate, and let there be no one to live in it'; and 'His office let another take.' So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us--one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection." And they put forward two, Joseph called Bar-sab'bas, who was surnamed Justus, and Mat-thi-'as. And they prayed and said, "Lord, who knowest the hearts of all men, show which one of these two thou hast chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside, to go to his own place." And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Mat-thi'as; and he was enrolled with the eleven apostles. Hebrews 2:1-9 Therefore we must pay the closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For if the message declared by angels was valid and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his own will. For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. It has been testified somewhere, "What is man that thou art mindful of him, or the son of man, that thou carest for him? Thou didst make him for a little while lower than the angels, thou hast crowned him with glory and honor, putting everything in subjection under his feet." Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. But we see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that
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  • Searching for Hope KJV Jubilee

    Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom

    Colossians 1:3-10 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

    since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,

    for the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;

    which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth;

    as ye also learned of Ep'a-phras our dear fellow servant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;

    who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.

    For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

    that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

    Romans 4:23-25 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;

    but for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

    who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised for our justification.

    Results of Justification

    Romans 5:1-5 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ;

    by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

    And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also; knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

    and patience, experience; and experience, hope;

    and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

    Romans 15:4-7 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

    Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus;

    that ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    The Gospel to the Gentiles

    Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.

    Romans 15:12-13 And again, Isaiah saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.

    Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

    Colossians 1:24-29 who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church;

    whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God;

    even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints;

    to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory;

    whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus;

    whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

    Ephesians 4:7-10 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

    Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

    (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

    He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

    Chosen to Salvation

    2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth;

    whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,

    comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
    Searching for Hope KJV Jubilee Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom Colossians 1:3-10 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, for the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth; as ye also learned of Ep'a-phras our dear fellow servant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ; who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Romans 4:23-25 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; but for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised for our justification. Results of Justification Romans 5:1-5 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also; knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope; and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Romans 15:4-7 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus; that ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospel to the Gentiles Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. Romans 15:12-13 And again, Isaiah saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Colossians 1:24-29 who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church; whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God; even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints; to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory; whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus; whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily. Ephesians 4:7-10 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) Chosen to Salvation 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth; whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
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  • Luke 1:1-4 NKJV

    Acts 1:15-26 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said,

    "Men and brethren, this Scripture has to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus;

    "For he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry."

    (Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out.'

    And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their won language, Akel Dama, that is, Field of blood.)

    "For it is written in the Book of Psalms; 'Let his dwelling place be desolate, and let no one live in it'; and, 'Let another take his office.'

    "Therefore, of these men who had accompanied us all the time that the lord Jesus went in and out among us,

    "beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection."

    And they proposed two; Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.

    And they prayed and said, "You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen

    "to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place."

    And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

    Hebrews 2:1-9 Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.

    For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward,

    how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was a confirmed to us by those who heard Him,

    God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?

    For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels.

    But one testified in a certain place, saying; "What is man that you are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him?

    You have made him a little lower than the angels;  You have crowned him with glory and honor, And set him over the works of your hands.

    You have put all things in subjection under his feet." For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him.

    But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.
    Luke 1:1-4 NKJV Acts 1:15-26 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said, "Men and brethren, this Scripture has to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus; "For he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry." (Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out.' And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their won language, Akel Dama, that is, Field of blood.) "For it is written in the Book of Psalms; 'Let his dwelling place be desolate, and let no one live in it'; and, 'Let another take his office.' "Therefore, of these men who had accompanied us all the time that the lord Jesus went in and out among us, "beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection." And they proposed two; Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed and said, "You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen "to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place." And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles. Hebrews 2:1-9 Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was a confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will? For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. But one testified in a certain place, saying; "What is man that you are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels;  You have crowned him with glory and honor, And set him over the works of your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet." For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.
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    Luke 1:1-4 NKJV


    Luke 1:1-4 INASMUCH as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us,

    just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us,

    it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus,

    that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed.

    John 20:24-31 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.

    The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord," So he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe."

    And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!"

    Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach you hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing."

    And Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!"

    Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

    And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book;

    but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

    Acts 1:1-3 THE former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus Jesus began both to do and teach,

    until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom he had chosen,

    to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen my them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

    Mark 16:9-20 Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons.

    She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept.

    And when they heard that He was alive and been seen by her, they did not believe.

    After that, He appeared in another form to two of them as they walked and went into the country.

    And they went and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them either.

    Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.

    And He said to them, "Go, into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.

    "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

    "And these signs will follow those who believe; In my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;

    "they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."

    So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.

    And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.

    Here is Today's Message Luke 1:1-4 NKJV Luke 1:1-4 INASMUCH as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed. John 20:24-31 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord," So he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe." And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!" Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach you hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing." And Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. Acts 1:1-3 THE former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom he had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen my them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. Mark 16:9-20 Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. And when they heard that He was alive and been seen by her, they did not believe. After that, He appeared in another form to two of them as they walked and went into the country. And they went and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them either. Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. And He said to them, "Go, into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. "And these signs will follow those who believe; In my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; "they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.
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  • 1 Peter 3:14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”

    The early church faced many threats to their safety, so it is not out of the ordinary to see the Apostle Peter mention suffering for righteousness’s sake . Followers of Jesus scared the rulers and non-Christian cultures with their loving religion. Who would have thought love could be so frightening?

    While many suffered for righteousness, many, including the Apostles, lost their lives for it. Peter said those who suffer are blessed, which sounds contrary to what we think it should. But he said that to encourage the early Christians. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). They drew comfort in knowing death was not the end and they’d be with the Lord in heaven.

    Christians today also face persecution. Groups like Voice of the Martyrs share stories of persecution and oppression around the world. Those of us in first world countries find it hard to believe people are still being killed for their faith in Jesus, but it is true. And it isn’t just in third world countries. Look at the school shootings where Christians were gunned down. Look at how many church shootings have taken place. There are stories of suffering for faith in our own communities.

    Peter encouraged those he penned his letter to telling them not to fear, referencing Isaiah 8:12 which tells the Israelites to fear God, not man. We should remember that suffering for what is right, our faith, is free from judgment. But suffering for what is wrong, the sins of our life, will exult in consequences. God will judge us for the sins, but we are blessed when we suffer for righteousness.

    As believers we wee never promised an easygoing life. Be sure you are not adding more trouble by choosing sin over righteousness. Therefore, choose today to be holy and blameless (1 Thessalonians 2:10; 1 Thessalonians 3:13) because the Lord delights in those whose ways are blameless (Proverbs 11:20).

    #TEENS4JESUS #t4jym #T4J #devotion #devotions #devotional #dailydevotional #dailydevotional #christianyouth #christianteens #christiangrowth #christiandevotion #dailybibleverse
    1 Peter 3:14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” The early church faced many threats to their safety, so it is not out of the ordinary to see the Apostle Peter mention suffering for righteousness’s sake . Followers of Jesus scared the rulers and non-Christian cultures with their loving religion. Who would have thought love could be so frightening? While many suffered for righteousness, many, including the Apostles, lost their lives for it. Peter said those who suffer are blessed, which sounds contrary to what we think it should. But he said that to encourage the early Christians. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). They drew comfort in knowing death was not the end and they’d be with the Lord in heaven. Christians today also face persecution. Groups like Voice of the Martyrs share stories of persecution and oppression around the world. Those of us in first world countries find it hard to believe people are still being killed for their faith in Jesus, but it is true. And it isn’t just in third world countries. Look at the school shootings where Christians were gunned down. Look at how many church shootings have taken place. There are stories of suffering for faith in our own communities. Peter encouraged those he penned his letter to telling them not to fear, referencing Isaiah 8:12 which tells the Israelites to fear God, not man. We should remember that suffering for what is right, our faith, is free from judgment. But suffering for what is wrong, the sins of our life, will exult in consequences. God will judge us for the sins, but we are blessed when we suffer for righteousness. As believers we wee never promised an easygoing life. Be sure you are not adding more trouble by choosing sin over righteousness. Therefore, choose today to be holy and blameless (1 Thessalonians 2:10; 1 Thessalonians 3:13) because the Lord delights in those whose ways are blameless (Proverbs 11:20). #TEENS4JESUS #t4jym #T4J #devotion #devotions #devotional #dailydevotional #dailydevotional #christianyouth #christianteens #christiangrowth #christiandevotion #dailybibleverse
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