Have you ever thought about eternity and what there is after death?
Does Jesus Christ and God the Father love ALL people?
Do you believe that you will be with God in heaven when you die?
These thoughts and questions may have, at one time or another, been the questions of all of us if we think seriously about spiritual things. Some have stronger faith than others, but God wants all people to know His eternal love and how to have assurance about the future…even about death
I believe this blog, with the message given of hope, could be the answer to these questions. The man, featured in this blog, faithfully brought to the world, without hesitation, what he believed God had told him to present to people everywhere. He took this message to the far ends of the earth.
His message never changed whether he was meeting with the poor and disenfranchised of the world, the rich and famous or Presidents and Monarchs. It was the message God gave to him to present to the world. It is the same message God is giving to us today.
Set some time aside to hear God’s message. It could change your life as it has done for thousands of others. It is the message that He LOVES YOU…no matter WHO you are; WHERE you live or what SKIN COLOR you have. It was not only the message to masses of people in previous years, who sought out God’s words for their lives, but how much we need God’s message today as our nation and world struggles with riots, protests, burning of property, tearing down statues of history, sickness and death. Those who listened to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Billy Graham found in their words...HOPE.
“In the midst of outer dangers I have felt an inner calm and known resources of strength that only God could give. In many instances I have felt the power of God transforming the fatigue of despair into the buoyancy of hope.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
“Each of us experiences clouds in life—sometimes slight, but sometimes dark and frightening. Whatever clouds you face today, ask Jesus, the light of the world, to help you look behind the cloud to see His glory and His plans for you.”
― Billy Graham
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My last post during this Easter season was about the temptation of Christ in the desert. Today we look at another special day in the week before the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus at Easter.
What exactly does Maundy Thursday mean? The word Maundy is a shortened form of mandatum, which is Latin. The word means “command”.
Jesus celebrated the final Passover meal with His disciples. It was during this time that He gave a command to them, as He washed their feet in a great gesture of compassion and humility. This was usually the job of a servant.
Christians today and in centuries past believe it was also a command to show love and humility to others. He said the following to them:
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” John 13:34
Some Christian congregations today have the ceremony of foot washing, after the example of Christ. The Pope has gone to prisons and washed the feet of prisoners, usually kissing their feet after they were washed and dried. He too was obeying the command and example of Christ.
Do we all have to ask to wash people’s feet? The answer would be “no” in that there are many ways to show love and compassion as well as humility. Think of how you can show God’s love at this Easter season and throughout the year. God will show you how.
Humility and Love is the real lesson Jesus gave us as Christians. Christ said that in this way, people will know that you are His followers and disciples.
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Readers around the world may not understand some of the rituals of the Christian Church. Because today is called Ash Wednesday, it may be good to help in this understanding. The observance even varies from one Christian church to another.
“Ash Wednesday is a day of repentance and it marks the beginning of Lent. Ashes were used in ancient times, according to the Bible, to express mourning. Dusting oneself with ashes was the penitent’s way of expressing sorrow for sins and faults.”
I think there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that we all have faults, even if we do not always call them sins. Most people know when something is considered a real sin. So, why in the modern world… when we are asked to think on the positive, should we set aside 40 days for reflection, prayer, and being sorry for things done? As mentioned, this day begins the forty days of Lent. Some take it lightly and joke about giving up candy or a latte for this period of time. To others it is much more a serious matter.
Job, who had suffered so many unbelievable things, said the following:
. “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. The other eye wandereth of its own accord. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:2-6)
The prophet Jeremiah, for example, calls for repentance this way: “O daughter of my people, gird on sackcloth, roll in the ashes” (Jer 6:26).
The prophet Daniel recounted pleading to God this way: “I turned to the Lord God, pleading in earnest prayer, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes” (Daniel 9:3).
Jesus spent 40 days praying and fasting in the wilderness to His Father in heaven for the people of the world.
How does Ash Wednesday get its name? It comes from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of believers as a sign of repentance before God. These ashes typically are gathered from the palms used the year before at Palm Sunday, which is a celebration of Jesus riding into Jerusalem. The palms are burned to make the ashes. Some think of this as only a Roman Catholic practice, but it is also celebrated each year by those in the Episcopal and Anglican churches, as well as Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians and some Baptist denominations.
Does this Ash Wednesday, or any other Christian observance, forgive sins?
No, of course not, for it is not what we as believers do that forgives and gives eternal life. Only Christ, our Savior, who died for our sins…taking our place…can forgive. He said on the cross, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Jesus Christ was not just another prophet as some of the major religions believe. His resurrection from the dead makes Him different. His disciples who observed Him die on the cross also saw Him three days later very much alive. Thomas, who was much like any of us, wanted to see proof. He asked to actually see the nail prints in His hands and the scar on His side. Yes, the resurrection, which is celebrated by Christians at Easter, is the only hope for our own resurrection. The Apostle Paul said, “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”
By the way, for anyone who has not studied Paul’s writings in the New Testament, I would suggest that you do so. Paul, first known as Saul and a powerful member of a Jewish group, had persecuted the Christians and actually held their robes while they were stoned. God had other plans for him and later he found Christ as his Lord and Savior.
Hopefully, this writing has helped our non-Christian readers understand better some of the rituals of the Christian church. Persecution of Christians is happening around the world today, especially the Coptic Christians.
It is important to pray for peace and understanding. I am certain there are those in cyber-world who are searching for the truth. You are wrestling, but God also has a plan for you. Like it or not, we must remember that we are dust and to dust we will return. It is important to be ready.
If you have any questions, please feel free to write to us at Boyer Writes. firstname.lastname@example.org We will try our best to answer any questions.
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Behold is born to you this day, A Saviour, Christ the King! Out of the root of Jessie…out of the line of David….Jesus, the Messiah came.
Isaiah 7, verse 14: Al right then, the Lord Himself will choose the sign. Look. The virgin will conceive a child. She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (God with us).
THE PROPHECY FULFILLED