Our Father?

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All around the world people are praying right now. Some of them may pray morning, noon and night; others pray once, twice, or five times a day. They may be standing up, sitting down, on their knees, or prostrate on the ground.

How often they pray in a day or whatever position they take while praying doesn’t really matter-as long as they are in connection with the true and living God.

Most people pray for someone’s salvation or healing of body, soul, and mind. Many pray for financial blessing or at least for food, clothing, and shelter. The diversity of petitions are beyond human calculation. Regrettably, God hears few of them because most of the petitioners are worshipping idols. In the Bible there is a model(example) prayer that Jesus taught his disciples. It begins with Our Father.

The Old Testament foreshadows who the Father is:

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder. And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

The New Testament reveals who the Father is:

Jesus said unto him, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.

7 If ye had known Me, ye should have known My Father also; and from henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him.”

8 Philip said unto Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.”

9 Jesus said unto him, “Have I been so long a time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip? He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, ‘Show us the Father’? John 14:6-9

If we do not receive Jesus’ words of truth then we cannot be his children and we will have another father:

43 Why do ye not understand My speech? Even because ye cannot hear My Word!

44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own, for he is a liar and the father of it.

45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe Me not. St. John 8:43-45

How do we become His children?

Believe on His Name Alone

That was the true Light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

10 He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.

11 He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.

12 But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to those who believe in His name,

13 who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:9-13

Repent and Be Baptized

36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

38 Then Peter said unto them, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:36-38.

Allow Word to change Us

23 being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God which liveth and abideth for ever. I Peter 1:23

Yield to Discipline

Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh who corrected us, and we gave them reverence. Shall we not far rather be in subjection unto the Father of Spirits, and live? Hebrew 12:9

Receive Spirit of Adoption

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, “Abba! Father!”

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God; Romans 8:14-16

You may know who your biological or earthly father is; do you know who your spiritual father is? If you’re not “born again” then today is the day to make your spiritual adoption certain. Don’t feel like an orphan anymore.

The world’s religious system seems to believe that the Pope is the Holy Father but they are greatly deceived. The Pope and His Church prove by their actions and their beliefs that they don’t serve or honor the true God of the Bible. Last month he announced that he would soon sign a treaty with the Palestinians. Read about it here. The following links are articles that inform us concerning his trip to the United States in September. In these last days this Pope should be watched closely.

http://www.worldmeeting2015.org/the-latest/press-releases/

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/pope-francis-visit-cuba-n346141

 

The Story of the 3 Trees

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Writing Prompt-write an essay, or a poem or short short story with a talking animal who is angry at a human being.

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From the first time I read the following story I’ve never forgotten it. It’s an amazing allegory which teaches us that our carnal dreams must die before God’s heavenly dreams for us can come true-For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-10

The Three Trees

Once upon a mountain top, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up.

The first little tree looked up at the stars and said: “I want to hold treasure. I want to be covered with gold and filled with precious stones. I’ll be the most beautiful treasure chest in the world!”

The second little tree looked out at the small stream trickling by on its way to the ocean. “I want to be traveling mighty waters and carrying powerful kings. I’ll be the strongest ship in the world!”

The third little tree looked down into the valley below where busy men and women worked in a busy town. “I don’t want to leave the mountain top at all. I want to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me, they’ll raise their eyes to heaven and think of God. I will be the tallest tree in the world.”

Years passed. The rain came, the sun shone, and the little trees grew tall. One day three woodcutters climbed the mountain.

The first woodcutter looked at the first tree and said, “This tree is beautiful. It is perfect for me.” With a swoop of his shining axe, the first tree fell.

“Now I shall be made into a beautiful chest. I shall hold wonderful treasure!” the first tree said.

The second woodcutter looked at the second tree and said, “This tree is strong. It is perfect for me.” With a swoop of his shining axe, the second tree fell.

“Now I shall sail mighty waters!” thought the second tree. “I shall be a strong ship for mighty kings!”

The third tree felt her heart sink when the last woodcutter looked her way. She stood straight and tall and pointed bravely to heaven.

But the woodcutter never even looked up. “Any kind of tree will do for me,” he muttered. With a swoop of his shining axe, the third tree fell.

The first tree rejoiced when the woodcutter brought her to a carpenter’s shop. But the carpenter fashioned the tree into a feedbox for animals.

The once beautiful tree was not covered with gold, nor with treasure. She was coated with sawdust and filled with hay for hungry farm animals.

The second tree smiled when the woodcutter took her to a shipyard, but no mighty sailing ship was made that day. Instead, the once strong tree was hammered and sawed into a simple fishing boat. She was too small and too weak to sail on an ocean, or even a river; instead, she was taken to a little lake.

The third tree was confused when the woodcutter cut her into strong beams and left her in a lumberyard.

“What happened?” the once tall tree wondered. “All I ever wanted was to stay on the mountain top and point to God…”

Many, many days and night passed. The three trees nearly forgot their dreams.

But one night, golden starlight poured over the first tree as a young woman placed her newborn baby in the feedbox.

“I wish I could make a cradle for him,” her husband whispered.

The mother squeezed his hand and smiled as the starlight shone on the smooth and the sturdy wood. “This manger is beautiful,” she said.

And suddenly the first tree knew he was holding the greatest treasure in the world.

One evening a tired traveler and his friends crowded into the old fishing boat. The traveler fell asleep as the second tree quietly sailed out into the lake.

Soon a thundering and thrashing storm arose. The little tree shuddered. She knew she did not have the strength to carry so many passengers safely through with the wind and the rain.

The tired man awakened. He stood up, stretched out his hand, and said, “Peace.” The storm stopped as quickly as it had begun.

And suddenly the second tree knew he was carrying the king of heaven and earth.

One Friday morning, the third tree was startled when her beams were yanked from the forgotten woodpile. She flinched as she was carried through an angry jeering crowd. She shuddered when soldiers nailed a man’s hands to her.

She felt ugly and harsh and cruel.

But on Sunday morning, when the sun rose and the earth tremble with joy beneath her, the third tree knew that God’s love had changed everything.

It had made the third tree strong.

And every time people thought of the third tree, they would think of God.greentreescape

That was better than being the tallest tree in the world.

The next time you feel down because you didn’t get what you want, sit tight and be happy because God is thinking of something better to give you.

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In the footsteps of Abraham II

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Writing Prompt-write in first person about a special trip or journey you took that changed your life or someone else‘s life.

When we hear the word anti-Semitism it often invokes memories of the dark days of the Holocaust and World War II. Though some people have forgotten that horrendous time in history, many Jews cannot because there are too many reminders all around them(ie. news stories in paragraph above)-plus the plethora of terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah that they must constantly counteract. Besides these fierce haters, Israel -the homeland of the Jews-also has several nations whose leaders openly scorn them and some, such as Iran, threaten their annihilation. For some background information on “Who is a Jew?” go here.

Recent incidents have stirred Prime Minister Netanyahu to call the Jews (especially in Europe)to make aliyah to Israel. Anti-Semitism is growing rampant in France and other parts of the world. Earlier this year 4 Jewish young men where taken hostage and murdered at a kosher grocery store in Paris.  In Denmark terrorists attacked people at a “free speech” meeting in an internet café. Later that day they shot a Jewish guard outside of a synagogue during a bar mitzvah celebration. You can read more here.

Why are the Jews and Israel hated so much? One reason is because many of them seek to live by the Book-at least the first part of the Book -which is called the Tanakh by Judaism. Within the Holy Bible God tells us a lot about the purpose of Israel and the Jewish people. The following verses in Genesis 12 begins the story:

Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great ; and thou shalt be a blessing:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

God chose Abraham who came from a land of idolaters (they served many gods)to be the father of Israel. It would become a nation that had a covenant with the One true God and therefore be an example to other ungodly nations. Through Israel the Messiah was born and the Gospel of Jesus Christ was spread across the world to Jews and Gentiles alike.

 And when he was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. 3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. 6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. 7And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 8And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. Genesis 17

A great point of contention among Arab people-nations is that Jews declare that the land of Canaan(where Israel is today) was given to them through the promise God made to Abraham. Jews consider him as both their ancestor and as the patriarch of Judaism.  But Arab  Muslims claim that  Abraham is their patriarch and prophet and that they rightfully inherited the land through his first son Ishmael. But the promise of the land of Israel came through the lineage of Isaac and Jacob-not Ishmael.

And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.Genesis 17:9

 But God did not forget Ishmael because he was Abraham’s son also. 20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee : Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful , and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget , and I will make him a great nation. Genesis 17:20

Many people believe Ishmael’s descendents are now the Arabic desert nations of the Middle East. These nations include: Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Syria. The majority of them were founded in the exact same century as Israel was reborn. So you can surmise from the fulfillment of these prophecies that God did keep his promises concerning both Isaac and Ishmael. (Yet there are future fulfillments to come)

Muslims believe the Koran(Quran) was given to their great prophet Mohammad by the angel Gabriel. The Bible opposes such a possibility..Galatians 1:8, 9  Moreover, their “sacred” book is full of contradiction and error. And there is evidence that Islamic religion and traditions originated with the worship of the moon god of ancient times. To truth seekers it is obvious that Islam is a false belief system built on deceptive lies. 

According to the Koran they honor the “People of the Book” which means Jews and Christians.  Basically they claim to believe in the Torah and the 4 Gospels but they say that the Koran is the last and highest revelation of Allah’s truth. Still yet they assume that Jewish and Christian scriptures have been corrupted on purpose to discredit the Koran. Surely if they searched out the roots of their own religion then they would realize that Islam has no foundation in truth or peace.  Radical Islam teaches submission to Allah by force. Almost on a daily basis these terrorists target Jews and Christians in particular, raising the likelihood that it is the one world end -time religion that will be ruled by the Anti-christ. Read more here. True religion is only by choice and real salvation is only in the name of Jesus Christ. (Acts 4:12)

THE GOD OF THE BIBLE IS A GOD OF LOVE WHO CAME TO THE EARTH IN A HUMAN BODY AND DECLARED HIS LOVE TO US BY SACRIFICING HIMSELF ON THE CROSS FOR OUR REDEMPTION.  HIS NAME IS JESUS CHRIST AND HE SAID “I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU THAT WHERE I AM YOU MAY BE ALSO.”

 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go outinto a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed ; and he went out , not knowing whither he went . 9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. 11 Through faith also Sara herself receivedstrength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised . 12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead , so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. 13These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. Hebrews 11

Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed . 9 So then they which be of faith are blessedwith faithful Abraham Galatians 3

 Muslims and Jews alike must believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ if they desire to enter the Kingdom of God. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish , but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved . 18 He that believeth on him isnot condemned : but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved . 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest , that they are wrought in God.  St. John 3beautiful_natural_scenic_03_hd_picture_166230[1]