Thank you Pastor
Pastor JD Farag
Teaching by Pastor Andy Woods
Thank you Pastor JD Farag!
Many of us know these verses, but it was the commentary. Actually it was the last question in the commentary that caught my attention. We must never grow so comfortable with what we think is true. We need to always keep ourselves in check. That was what this did fir me this morning. Caused me to really think about it.
Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.
Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet goes fine until He reaches Peter. Only after Jesus tells Peter that it was a requirement of being with Christ does he change his mind. This is a foreshadowing of what Christ was about to do on the cross, in more ways than one. Interesting that Peter initially denies Christ here, and then denies Christ again 3 times later as Jesus predicted. It is also interesting that Jesus washes Judas’ feet, knowing that he would betray Him. Consider those examples today. Are you able to receive what Jesus did for you?
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
Something coming to a close and then a new beginning!
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
Rejoice! Rest in the assurance that God is near today. Just because God the Father and God the Son are seated in the heavenly realm does not mean that God is far from you. He has made His home with you and come to be with you in the person of the Holy Spirit. His grasp on you is firm…believe it and rejoice!
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
Keep looking up! I love you brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus!
Really? Do you know the God that created you? Can you comprehend the power of God? When God moves you will know it! Praise the Lord God Almighty!
1 Chronicles 16:8-36 KJVS
Give thanks unto the Lord , call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.
 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.
 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord .
 Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.
 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;
 O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
 He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth.
 Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations;
 Even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac;
 And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant,
 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance;
 When ye were but few, even a few, and strangers in it.
 And when they went from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people;
 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes,
 Saying , Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
 Sing unto the Lord , all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation.
 Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.
 For great is the Lord , and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods.
 For all the gods of the people are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.
 Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.
 Give unto the Lord , ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength.
 Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
 Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.
 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The Lord reigneth.
 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein.
 Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the Lord , because he cometh to judge the earth.
 O give thanks unto the Lord ; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.
 And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.
 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the Lord .
Luke 8:16 (below the prayer)
Help me Abba Father to NOT try to hide my light. Forgive me for doing so many times in the past. I am ashamed of myself for it. I can see that I didn’t want to put it completely out, but am guilty of trying to dim it a little. Why? Abba Father, if I had to say based on my current understanding I would say that it could be compared to as this. Say that I have unbelieving family members coming over to eat at Thanksgiving. I know that they don’t believe and or fear that if my light was shining brightly that they would ridicule me, or try to debate my beliefs. I live in my house and as people enter in I put up a curtain to block a lot of the light. I don’t want to put it completely out, but why do I try to keep the brightness of the light of the Holy Spirit which dwells within me from shining brightly? I feel it within myself! When these family members come I seem to want the light to not be too bright for them. Hence the curtain to take away the brightness. That is wrong! That is stifling the glorious work that You, the King of Glory might be trying to do. By doing this I am trying to please man instead of my Father in Heaven. I am trying to create a place so that those who are saying that they don’t believe won’t be forced to see their own wickedness because of Your glorious light that shines brightly. If I have the curtain up so that they can come in and they might still be comfortable in their sin because the light of Jesus Christ is being hidden a bit so that the filth of their own guilt won’t be exposed. I can’t make anyone choose You Father, nor can I change anyone in my own power. Help me Abba Father to stop trying to dim the glorious light that You have put within me! If those who are walking into the well lit room because of Your light that I DO DESIRE TO SHINE EVER SO BRIGHTLY from me, if they become angry or condescending or begin mocking me , I desire for YOU to help me to respond in all patience and meekness and humble kindness and love. Help me not to lash out or run and hide. If they seem to not want to come back again because Your light shining brightly in the darkness and showing each one his own wickedness within his own heart and flesh, then Lord God help me to accept that they may not come back. If they don’t come back it is not because of me, but instead because Your light shines upon them and causes some to see places in their lives that need the blood of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit causes light to shine brightly and begins to convict the hearts of the sinner. When someone chooses to rebel against the convicting truth they will flee back into the darkness where they might be comfortable going on in the wickedness they have grown to enjoy. Often it is because of selfishness, because we would rather live in deception that this world will provide freely to be able to walk in our own fleshly desires. I pray LORD God that You will help me to stand like a light on a hill shining brightly and stop ME from trying to help others to be comfortable in their sin. I am certainly not doing what You expect and require of those who say they are the children of God. I am not saying I should point out the sin of those around me , no, I have my own filth to constantly be asking and praying for You to wash from my flesh. When I let Your light shine brightly, then I pray it might begin changing the hearts and minds within each who see the light of God. That they might desire to seek You. Not because I am saying things to them to condemn or convict them or trying to convince or convert them but because the Holy Spirit which is the light dwelling in the hearts of those who belong to You Father. If I might not fear my light shining brightly, but instead allowing it to shine brightly knowing that the Holy Spirit might actually be received by others and hearts will begin to be changed. Not because of me but because of thee that lives within me.
I thank You LORD God, I ask for Your help in living and walking in the way You would desire me to, knowing that simply by following Jesus Christ that others might also desire to know You. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ I ask and pray these things. Amen.
Luke 8:16 KJV
No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.
Do you know the KING OF KINGS, the KING OF GLORY?
Tenth Avenue North –
1 Corinthians 15:9-11
For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.
Through Paul’s transformation, we see God’s grace displayed. It reminds us that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, and that God’s ways are not our ways. No Christian at the time would have thought that Paul could become an apostle. Sure enough, Christ Himself calls him to service, to surrender all and turn on a dime. I’m sure that I will never fully understand the glorious “riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7 and Ephesians 2:7) – yet I am comforted by the fact that our God is an ocean of grace that I can never exhaust. His sovereign will accomplishes exactly what it means to. Nothing and no-one can dodge Him or stand beyond His loving reach.
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
Psalm 42:1-11 KJV
As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?
 When I remember these things , I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.
 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.
 O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.
 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.
 Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.
 I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
 As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?
 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
Be thankful! Stick with the word and seek God always and understanding will be given to you. Here, in this scripture we have understanding as to why we might feel like we don’t belong.
1 John 3:1-3 KJV
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.