God Is With Us

There is something marvelous about knowing God.

Knowing his identity.

Knowing the colossal, incredible love He has for you.

Knowing the arrangement He has for your life.

That makes you… well, extraordinary.

I have discovered that:

His effortlessness and delicate benevolent actions make every one of us the more delicate.

His unending adoration encourages us to love others much more.

His safeguarding us from the pit of gloom influences us to need to protect others from a similar destiny.

However, we don’t “protect them.” God does that in His opportunity.

God does that in His chance.

Be guaranteed, He needs none to die. (See 2 Peter 3:9)

What’s more, recollect, you are managing the lost.

You can talk a decent talk all you need, however, they need to see you show others how it’s done.

It is safe to say that you are Fulling The Great Commission?

Each Christian is a pioneer in his own right. In that capacity, you are engaged to:

Sparkle the light on Jesus.

Lead the best approach to Jesus.

Plant the seed for Jesus.

Be a steadfast observer of what Jesus has done in your life.

All things considered, that is our Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20:

What’s more, Jesus came and addressed them, saying, “The sum total of what expert has been given to Me in paradise and on earth. Go in this manner and make supporters of the considerable number of countries, purifying through water them for the sake of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, instructing them to watch everything that I have told you; and lo, I am with you constantly, even to the finish of the age.” Amen

I trust it is God’s wonderful love that makes us more delicate to the situation of the individuals who still don’t know Jesus’ identity or that Jesus came with the goal that you may have life, and have it all the more richly. (See John 10:10)

A valid example:

Recently, I have been getting remarks on my online journals… writes that are years old.

The remarks are worldwide, originating from as far away as England, Australia, and Africa.

Why now? It is safe to say that we are exploring new territory with our blog entry SEOs that Google puts them higher in their pursuits?

Or then again, is God at work in individuals’ lives?

God is His own Search Engine Optimization, you know.

Which is awesome on the grounds that…

1. There are times I believe I should enjoy a reprieve from blog composing. All things considered, I have composed 70 of them over the most recent 3 years. I can go ahead to different things, let another person assume control. In any case, at that point, I see what individuals compose. Maybe God is stating, “Ani, the gather is abundant however the specialists are few (see Matthew 9:37), so don’t stop now. Take a gander at how these websites are influencing individuals.”

2. These online journals truly have any kind of effect in individuals’ lives. Some are harming profoundly. Some are grieved and look for an answer. Others need consolation that God does without a doubt love them. In any case, others question how to love God, and if God cherishes them.

It would be ideal if you keep every one of these individuals in your petitions. Many are battling.

Perhaps they need to know Jesus’ identity and look for His fact.

Perhaps these words are simply a warm cover on a cool night.

It doesn’t make a difference in the reason.

What makes a difference is individuals, God’s kin, is tended to by His Word and through the Holy Spirit.

Vexed, in torment, in lose hope, sorrowful, heathens needing consolation and absolution … these are the general population God sends to our online journals.

I pondered internally, these are similar individuals Jesus met when He strolled the Earth.

These are the general population He came to mend.

Finding A Blog Through God’s Divine Intervention

I have positively no uncertainty these perusers found these sites through God’s perfect intercession.

I figure you will concur after you read a portion of these remarks.

You can visit the web journals being referred to by tapping on the titles.

Check whether you spot yourself in any of the accompanying remarks.

Assuming this is the case, rest guaranteed God cherishes you enough to work in your life.

I was profoundly moved by perusing Dave’s remark.

Which one of us has not battled with the inquiry, “Does God exist?”

Now and then it’s a virtuous answer that says a lot of truth.

1. FROM DAVE on the blog “The Reason Why God Wants You to Be Like a Little Child”:

“I am 76 and for my entire life, I’ve been profoundly disapproved however unfit to trust that God exists. Humankind appears to have influenced an awesome hash to up of their convictions and thoughts of what God is. This idea came into my brain: ‘To trust in God is silly’. Astoundingly, this refrain in the Bible came straight into my considerations… ‘be as meager youngsters to know me’. I comprehended out of the blue what that implied. … A light minute that has changed my life.”

2. FROM JANICE on the blog “Do You Know the Different Ways That God Can Heal?”:

“This has truly helped me. I have encountered recuperating by God calling home his hireling my mother. She was wiped out and I implored alongside others for mending yet understood her recuperating stopped by leaving this old body and getting the better and brighter one God had for her. Presently I have a companion who malignancy has assumed control over her body. I don’t comprehend what God is doing. In any case, implore that he will have his direction.”

3. FROM GR on the blog “Is Sin Drowning Out the Voice of God in Your Life?”:

“This article was difficult to peruse… yet it was precisely what I expected to hear. It influenced me to understand that in spite of the fact that I am an adherent, I have not enabled Jesus to be Lord and focus in all parts of my life. I am that Christian who “has one foot on the planet and the other in Jesus.” That is the reason I am confronting a trouble at the present time and why God appears to be quiet with respect to it. The Spirit drove me to this article since I discovered it unintentionally and I expected to hear. I will reflect on this today and tomorrow morning. Much thanks to you.”

4. FROM VIRGINIA on a similar blog entry:

“On the off chance that you don’t feel Gods nearness in your life, this is on account of you are closing Him out by protecting yourself in wrongdoing”… I cherish this expression … I’m so grateful for this article. I’m youthful only 19 … an age which is extremely hard to take after Christ, however, I’m happy He saved me … however, I have been feeling so far off from Him … your article has helped a ton … I’d ask for you keep me in supplications coz the excursion isn’t so natural … Remember, the individuals who stay reliable until the point that the end will enter the kingdom … God favors you.”

5. FROM MARY on a similar blog entry:

“Much obliged to you such a great amount for your petitions! I have been put something aside for just about 13 years. In the first place, I would hear God conversing with me at that point time passed and I didn’t get notification from Him any longer. In any case, He told me that He is dependable with me notwithstanding when I didn’t feel like He was there.

“When I turned into another Christian 13 yrs back I didn’t get into chapel like I ought to need to develop in my association with the Lord since I have a non-Christian spouse that does not need me to go to chapel. So I was not ready to develop in the Lord like I ought to have. I think when preliminaries came and I shouted out to the Lord for help yet didn’t get notification from Him or see an addressed supplication. I lost trust and confidence in Him. Likewise, I got the opportunity to trust He didn’t love me. This article of yours has opened my eyes to the actuality that He loves me however regardless I require many petitions for an association with the Lord. Much obliged to you for your supplications.

God needs us to petition Him and take our considerations to Him.

Songs 55:22 instructs us to “Cast your weight on the Lord, and He will maintain you; He will never allow the equitable to be moved.”

6. FROM MA’KAEL on the blog “For what reason Would God Ever Want to Love a Sinner Like Me?”:

“I would have never figured I could ever observe those words from God. That was something I needed to hear for as long as I can remember.”

God cherishes every single one of us enough to send His Son, Jesus, to have our spot on the cross.

He paid the value that our wrongdoings would be pardoned … until the end of time.

7. FROM JUAN on a similar blog entry:

“Express gratitude toward God for this disclosure He has given you. Much obliged for sharing as I expected to peruse this. I have much to be appreciative for. This will influence me to refocus on the entirety of my activity.”

8. FROM MANDY on a similar blog entry:

“I simply read this. I have faith in God and I have acknowledged Christ as my hero yet I abhor myself, I loathe my life. I have numerous endowments however I additionally know the torment and mishandle and demise and things that a great many people know and I battle fiscally and battle with extreme uneasiness and I walk the lines of living God and needing to be Christ’s girl to needing the world to acknowledge me. However, the world appears to continually dismiss me. I’m sad in case I’m meandering I simply feel like I continue getting more established and I can’t get my life altogether or make sense of my motivation. I committed numerous errors in my past and all I need is a typical life. Not this life of cutting and sorrow and nervousness. I will be in my forties soon.”

(I addressed Mandy in an any longer answer. Yet, Christians ought to get it. We are on the planet, however, we are not of the world).

9. FROM PAULETTE on the blog “The Truth About Spiritual Outages and How to Fix Them”:

“Wonderful word, thank you for sharing. I posted it on Facebook. The Lord dropped control blackout in my soul. I looked into the definition then I discovered your instructing. Truly welcome it. Much obliged to you by and by. God favors you and keep you.”

10. FROM AHENKAN on the blog “How to Avoid the Dangers of Molding God Into Your Image”:

“Much obliged to you for helping me to remember the genuine gospel. Knowledge is an extraordinary blessing. Acclaim to our God.”

11. FROM SIBONGILE on the blog “How to be the Tip of the Spear in Spiritual Battles”:

“This is ground-breaking, particularly in our African culture they don’t know precisely how to keep the murkiness under control. They consider physical appearance and character that is worthy to spectators and not diving deep and grounded in the expression of the main Savior Jesus Christ.”

Key Takeaway

There is something great that happens to a man who makes an association with Jesus.

You can guess by a considerable lot of these remarks.

You can, at last, comprehend God’s plentiful love for YOU.

When you personally know Jesus, you have no uncertainty He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

How To Lift Our Vibration

Vibes, or energies can some of the time gauge intensely or make you feel as light as a quill. I’m not catching that’s meaning however? Your vibration is fundamentally how your spirit’s vitality works. Your activities, words, musings and sentiments help your vitality recurrence vibrate at various dimensions. At the point when the things you do make you feel better and help you accomplish beneficial things on the planet, your vibration moves at a higher recurrence. On the opposite end however when we place things in our bodies, or do things that have a negative effect, we enable ourselves to keep running at a lower vibrating recurrence. So just put do the things that satisfy you and feel awesome. Do the things that bring great into world. Quit wasting time.

Instructions to Raise Your Vibration

Raise Your Vibration


Feel that vibes or energies are not genuine? Consider the last time you got an awful inclination from somebody conversing with you or strolled into a room after two individuals were plainly contending. It feels tense, clumsy and a lot of descriptors that are nothing more than trouble. Another precedent? Think about your coaches or legends. For what reason do you revere certain individuals? It might be on the grounds that how fruitful they are throughout everyday life. They are effective, as a result of the great they place out on the planet. They work at their mentality every single day. They center around the positive and that encourages them accomplish their objectives and all the more significantly their joy. This is on the grounds that their vibration is running higher ordinarily.

Presently when discussing vibrations, I have notice the two finishes of the range. Try not to botch me however. Nobody is at either end of the range on a reliable premise. Life isn’t that benevolent or remorseless. More often than not we keep running with a blend of both. Some days our vibration is can be at an untouched higher. Different occasions, it might feel lower than soil. More often than not it is a level of both. That being stated, we have the ability to raise our vibration and no one but we can control our vibes. So how about we talk how!


So as to be glad, and satisfied without doing any damage to another person, you have to deal with yourself. Both all around. This can be extreme at times or it very well may be simple, however dependably begin little and move your way up!

When attempting to raise your vibration, center around 3 things:

Your Body

Your Mind

Your Soul

Every one of the 3 of these work together, so when one isn’t working at a similar recurrence it influences the other two. So it’s a matter of making a pleasant even harmony between the three. So here are a few thoughts for each!


Nourishments Eat great sustenances and nourishments that make you feel better. So quit eating low quality nourishment all the time as a normal feast. Rather have it like a treat like it is assume to be.

Exercise-When you practice your cerebrum discharges synthetics that make you feel cheerful. You may despise it at first, yet you will figure out how to welcome it more as you come.

Breath work-When rehearsing distinctive breathing methods for the duration of the day, you can soothe some pressure and feel progressively quiet. When you are worried your breathing turns out to be faster and come now and then lead to fits of anxiety. By rehearsing breath work you will give yourself something to concentrate on and ideally help to quiet yourself down.


Adore yourself-When you figure out how to cherish yourself you enable yourself to feel better, and you acknowledge yourself. Your vibration goes up when you treat yourself well. When you talk adversely about yourself you will feel low, discouraged and absolute bad.

Spend time with loved ones who are lined up with you-Stick to the ones who will help make you a superior individual. These are the general population who are assume to issue most to you. Furthermore, you should matter most to them. On the off chance that you leave investing energy with them feeling awful about yourself then they are not the general population you ought to invest the vast majority of your time with. Rather endeavor to limit the time you go through with one another. Keep in mind however that it is a two way road. You should treat them the manner in which you need to be dealt with.

Relinquish hard feelings Take a minute to consider how holding resentment truly makes you feel. Now and then it’s significantly all the more baffling when it doesn’t appear as though the other individual is influenced by it. Despite the fact that it is more difficult than one might expect, you should endeavor to relinquish hard feelings. It does only make you stew over negative contemplations and it doesn’t benefit you in any way.


Ponder Meditation can be a precarious thing to begin doing. Once in a while it is disappointing as hellfire so as to get your brain to quiets down for 10 minutes. Be that as it may, when you have aced it, you will leave it feeling progressively content and more joyful.

Make a consecrated space-Having a space all to yourself, particularly in a full family can be a gift. It’s your place to unwind and decompress. Adorn it the manner in which you need it to look and make it your own. Go there when you have to ruminate, de-stress, holler, make, acknowledge or whatever else that will support your spirit. Look at this post here on the most proficient method to make your own hallowed space!

Give-Whether the time has come, endowments, or something different, offer something to other individuals without the desire for getting something consequently. The way toward accomplishing something for other individuals will make yourself feel great inside also.

Appreciation One of the most ideal approaches to raise your vibration is to acknowledge what you have. By voicing your appreciation you are demonstrating that you acknowledge what life brings to the table you.


Low vibrations are those occasions when you feel down, sick, negative and about each other awful inclination you get. At times you are what makes it, and now and then it’s the earth around you. In any case, it’s about how you handle it that has the effect. Here are somethings to look out for with regards to low vibrations

Vitality vampires-Those individuals who simply drain the existence appropriate out of you. It might possibly be purposeful.

Shoddy nourishment This makes you feel like poo when you eat a lot of it

Low vibe television programs-Those demonstrates that give you bad dreams, make you miserable or upset about the world you ought to for the most part avoid.

Your self image It is in our inclination to need to be made to feel better. We need the compliments, and the gratefulness for assignments that we do. At times we sense that we merit it and when we don’t get it we end up inclination terrible about ourselves.

Tattle Who doesn’t love a decent tattle session? Until we are on its opposite end. What may make us feel great right now, is unquestionably not for the benefit of our spirit. Try not to contribute and partake in it.

Seeking God

Nearness of God – O my spirit, pull back into yourself and, overlooking all things, drive forward in looking for God with all the friendship of your heart.


“At all you do in word or in work, do all for the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ, expressing gratefulness to God and the Father by Him” (Colossians 3:17). We should look for God, amid the hours recommended for petition, as well as in every one of the demonstrations and occupations of life. Jesus said in such manner, “We should dependably to supplicate” (Luke 18:1). There are vocations and contacts with animals required by the obligations of our state throughout everyday life; these are articulations of God’s will, and we ought not surmise that we should stay away from them so as to look for Him. On the off chance that they are managed precisely as indicated by God’s will, these contacts with others can never, of themselves, be deterrents to the association of our spirit with God. Be that as it may, we should dependably keep ourselves inside the cutoff points of God’s will. At the end of the day, in our contacts with animals and in our different exercises, we should have however one end in view, the satisfaction of our obligations. At the point when, actually, the “fondness” of our will fixes itself upon such things, looking for in them a little close to home fulfillment, satisfying our interest or our common want for friendship, endeavoring to pick up acknowledgment for ourself or searching for regard from others, at that point our will strays far from the way of God’s will; our heart winds up connected to animals, and in this manner meets a genuine deterrent—the best—to its consistent looking for God. St. John of the Cross explicitly necessitates that we “go forward from everything as per the friendship and will” (Spiritual Canticle 1,6). He requests not just the separation that is material withdrawal from the world, however significantly more, the unit of the heart.


As the parched stag pants for the spring of living water, so does my heart ache for You, O God. My spirit craves You; it wants, looks for and needs only you.

“O merciful and adoring Lord of my spirit! You likewise say: ‘Come unto Me, all ye that thirst and I will offer you to drink.’ O Life, who giveth life to all, deny me not this valuable water which You have guaranteed to the individuals who want it. I want it, Lord, and I request it and I come to You: conceal not Yourself from me, Lord, for You know my need and how this water is genuine medication for the spirit You have injured… . O living streams, issuing from the injuries of my God! How bounteously do you ever stream for our help and how securely will one go through the risks of this hopeless life who can draw sustenance from this awesome water!” (Teresa of Jesus Exclamations of the Soul to God 9).

Just You, O Lord, can fulfill my spirit’s hunger for incomparable truth, vast philanthropy, and everlasting excellence. At the point when my heart winds up settled upon any made thing, looking for a little fulfillment in it; when it gives itself a chance to be taken up, even to a slight degree, by some natural love, and without watchfulness moves toward becoming submerged in the business and considerations of life, soon it needs to pull back from them, fatigued and depleted, unfilled and mistreated. O Lord, make in me an unadulterated, upstanding heart which looks for You generally and no matter what; set all together philanthropy inside me, with the goal that my affections and wants may remain continually coordinated toward You.

“Who can free himself from base and mean ways, if Thou, O my God, wither not lift him up to Thee in unadulterated love? In what manner will a man raise himself up to Thee, for he is brought up in wretchedness, if Thou shrivel not lift him up with the hand that made him?… Thou wither not detract from me, O my God, what Thou hast once given to me in Thy just sired Son, Jesus Christ, in whom Thou dost give me all I want. I will accordingly celebrate, Thou wither not delay in the event that I sit tight for Thee. Hold up in expectation, at that point, O my spirit, for from consequently thou mayst love God in thy heart.

“The sky are mine, the earth is mine, and the countries are mine; mine are the fair, and the delinquents are mine; mine are the heavenly attendants, the Mother of God, and everything is mine: God Himself is dig and for me, since Christ is mine, and for me. What dost thou, at that point, request, what dost thou look for, O my spirit? All is thine, all is for thee, don’t take less, nor rest with the pieces which tumble from the table of thy Father. Go forward and celebrate in thy magnificence, conceal thyself in it, and cheer, and thou shalt acquire every one of the wants of thy heart” (John of the Cross Spiritual Maxims I (Words of Light), Prayer of the Enamored Soul).

The Fact About Spiritual Growth

Individuals normally enter profound heading with the end goal to encounter otherworldly development. It’s an intense thing to check since profound encounters shift extraordinarily. Be that as it may, every so often it’s critical to think back and think about where and how otherworldly development has occurred.

The more you are profound way, the less demanding it is for both you and your executive to assess this. I incline toward the direction be the person who names what they have seen occurring in them because of their work profound way. It very well may be useful, be that as it may, for chiefs to specify — now and again — what they see in the method for individual change.

This is what to search for:

Proof of “product of the Spirit.” Paul named a couple of these in his letter to the Galatians (5:22, 23): love, euphoria, harmony, tenderness, goodness, confidence, docility and balance. At the point when a man turns out to be more mindful to the Spirit, they display a greater amount of these attributes.

A warm, cherishing, confiding in association with God.

Warm, adoring, confiding involved with others.

Sympathy for the requirements of the individuals who are poor, persecuted and pariah. Connecting with them in friendliness. An energy for equity and harmony.

Harmony between the inward, thoughtful life and the external, other-centered life.

A picture of God that is in accordance with the Psalmist’s naming of God as “benevolent, kind, ease back to outrage and possessing large amounts of enduring affection.”

Acumen turning into a lifestyle.

Profound development can be hard to achieve. Inward mending irritates our existing conditions. A few people trust otherworldliness will make a rich and agreeable life significantly more so — at that point, they’re amazed or disheartened to find that drawing nearer to God sparkles a light on parts of themselves that need to change. It is difficult to consider ourselves to be we are and realize that an association with God won’t enable us to effortlessly remain as we seem to be. Profound executives are prepared to be tolerant and sit with you as you build up this new mindfulness.

The profound life is from multiple points of view as real life — loaded with developing torments. The uplifting news of otherworldly heading is that the torment isn’t unending and the recuperating that originates from having a legitimate association with God prompts the sort of development that mends ourselves as well as the world.

Getting Into The Peace: Self-Forgiveness


FreedomIt is simple here on Sunday to go into that place inside where you are totally cherished, totally settled, where there is no space for that past stuff, simply love—feeling complete unequivocal love. It’s dependably there. The issue is arriving on Monday, with the general population at the workplace and with family. How would we arrive, with all the blame we convey for what we’ve done even long back? Self-absolution! When we get to self-absolution we can get to the peace.

Have you at any point seen that peace and blame don’t go together? When we have blamed it’s the point at which we have seen the universe as out of adjusting. Jesus instructed, “…forgive us our wrongdoings, as we have excused the individuals who sin against us… Be that as it may, on the off chance that you decline to pardon others, your Father won’t excuse your wrongdoings.” In this, “the Father above” means the awesome power we each have inside to give up or to hold tight! It’s our capacity, our decision.

Charles Fillmore composed the book Prosperity and said that interfacing with the obligation is a sentiment of being out of adjusting. On the off chance that we cling to it, we get (have) it. In the event that we let go, we break up that thought inside us. There was a legal advisor with a few generous bills owed him. Each time he contemplated the account holders, he stated, “gracious, I am out of adjusting” and after that, he’d consider them to be entire and finish. In a shockingly brief time, around the same time, he got a check from each ponying up all required funds! For what reason did it happen? Since it never again was genuine inside him. How would we do it?

I have a dear companion who had a great deal of blame that his liquor abuse had harmed such a significant number of. We discussed how the celestial nearness of affection will recuperate and discharge. Be that as it may, his youth encounter had not been about a God of adoration. He could consider it, however, he couldn’t feel it. Furthermore, in his family, he was dependable “not sufficient.” I inquired as to whether there wasn’t somebody in his life that simply cherished him. He stated, “My grandma cherished me as I might have been, for my entire life. ” So he envisioned her conveying her unqualified love to his blame, and his blame simply blurred away.

The ability to get love regularly came to us as the female. Envision that celestial ladylike/Grandma/Mom/unique individual/Infinite Love—has their arms around you. (Embrace yourself.) Relax into that sentiment of adoration. I am adored! Feel that brilliant nearness of affection (embracing yourself). There is no judgment at all. I am cherished! Acknowledge its blessing. I am free! That is what’s there, would it say it isn’t?!!

So on Monday when you stroll into the workplace and somebody begins their stuff (if the aerating and cooling is on, nobody will see you fold your arms on your chest) say to yourself, I am adored! I am free! Do it when you’re with the general population in your family that makes you fell blameworthy quicker than any other individual. This is seven days of self-absolution. I am adored! I am free! Appreciate it! Gesundheit!


Always Give Thanks







Most of you I am sure to have heard of the novel Moby Dick by Herman Melville. It tells the story of Captain Ahab’s relentless hunt for the great white whale Moby dick who had destroyed his ship and bitten off his leg. Ahab was obsessed with destroying the whale—his life revolved around his resentment, bitterness and the desire for revenge and it tarnished everything he did.

His bitterness had twisted him into a cruel and hateful person and the saddest thing about the book and bitterness, in general, is the fact that the real victim of Ahab’s bitterness and hatred was Ahab himself. His obsession had made him a most unhappy man and that is what bitterness will do to you. Do you know any bitter people? Those who have been wronged in some way in life and have allowed such to turn them into negative and critical people? Bitterness is a terrible thing for not only does it make us miserable, it makes those around us miserable.

Webster’s defines bitterness as an attitude unfriendliness, resentment, and animosity. Doris black said that if we fail to overcome our resentment and animosity, it will likely develop into bitterness. Bitterness is a malignant form of resentment and anger and it is capable of spreading rapidly until it affects every area of our lives. It causes us to become harsh, reproachful, unpleasant and unfriendly. Do you know anyone that this describes? Do you know any Christians that this describes?

Bitterness can be the result of someone doing us wrong and getting away with it. It can be brought about by someone achieving a success that we feel we deserve and have not yet attained. It is often the result of the feeling that life has somehow been unfair to us. Regardless of what causes it, bitterness can rob us of our joy for life and make us unbearable to be around.

Bitterness can prevent us from practicing kindness and forgiveness (Eph.4:30-32). It can destroy relationships with our families, friends, and brethren (Heb.12:14-15). And bitterness can cause us to put all of the focus in our lives on self (Jm.3:13-14). In the end, bitterness causes us to grieve the Holy Spirit, possess a heart of ingratitude, lack kindness, and compassion and be unwilling to forgive.

So how do we overcome and rid our lives of this extremely negative emotion? While there is much I could say, let me just suggest that you stop often to count your many blessings. “Count your blessings; Name them one by one. Count your blessings; See what God hath done. Count your blessings; Name them one by one. Count your many blessings; See what God hath done. When it comes to the bitterness, anger, and resentment of the world, God has the solution, be thankful in all things.”

Let us never forget that regardless of what trial or difficulties we may be experiencing, we will always have a great deal for which to be thankful. It is like the man who said, “I was sad because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.” Whenever you start feeling bitter about your lot in life, how about you stop for a minute and think instead about all of the blessings God has bestowed upon you and give thanks in all things.









The apostle Paul, and those writing in his name, often began their letters by saying, “I thank God for you…” The letters go on to describe the faith that has been shared and lived by those to whom the letter was first addressed. So too, I want to begin my letter

to you this month by saying, “I thank God for you.” Our church family has really pulled together over these last few weeks. With our building’s plumbing, bathrooms, and entrances in a bit of disarray, our church family pulled together! In a time of financial need, our church family has been stepping forward to help. When you think about “family” you know that it is times like these that bring out the best or the worst in people. In our case, it has brought out the very best! I am thankful for your patience, your flexibility, and your good humor. Soon, the nursery, Legacy and the surrounding bathrooms will be reopened with a fresh coat of paint and even some new furniture. Soon, the floor will be repaired and the glass doors on Carroll Street will be reopened. The plumbing crisis will be behind us. Yet, the memory of facing a crisis together and meeting the challenge will remain…and it will be a very good memory! When I think of our daughter, Beth’s ordination service, I will thank God for all of you for the rest of my life! This congregation stepped forward to provide a wonderful service of worship and praise


for both Beth Clementson and Don Myers. As we hosted people from around our synod and people from multiple chapters of the Clementsons’ life in the church, the love and hospitality of Grace Lutheran Church shone brightly. I want to say a special thanks to the four families who worked together to purchase the “new to us” organ in Grace Hall. The addition of this organ for the Ordination/Consecration Service will be a good addition for special worship services in the future as well. In this time of financial challenge, we want you to know that this purchase was made with special donations from members and friends over and above their regular giving. Church funds were not used in obtaining this new instrument. As we enter this month of November, a traditional time of thanksgiving in our nation, I invite us to say to one another, “I give thanks to you.” In addition to the upcoming holiday, we also will finally learn the results of Election Day this month. In whatever happens, whether your candidate is elected or not, let us give thanks for the opportunity to live in a nation where we have freedom of speech and on Election Day a safe and structured process. As Christian sisters and brothers, let us speak well of one another and in all things give thanks for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who leads the way to peace, freedom, and justice. I do truly give thanks to you!!!

Introduction to the Study of the Book of Acts

Introduction to the Study of the Book of Acts


Today begins a study of the book of Acts in this Daily Bible Study series. We’ll try to put the book of Acts in context to prepare us to take on the text.

The book of Acts was written within the lifetime of most of the eyewitnesses of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Those events occurred within the boundaries of Palestine about 2000 years ago. The birth of Jesus is dated between 4 and 6 BC, and his death AD 30 or 33.

Four emperors were on the Roman throne during the span that the book covers: Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero.

There are three main characters in the book, Jesus, Peter, and Paul. Many might argue that Jesus is not the main character but He is there in every chapter, every verse. Peter and Paul are carrying out His commission, they are preaching His Gospel. Jesus had commanded (1:8), “and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” The book of Acts is a small look into what was done in carrying out that command. It is the story that God wanted to be preserved. Peter was with Jesus throughout his entire ministry and was a witness to the baptism, transfiguration, arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus. He was also witnessing to the miracles of Jesus and to His resurrection. Paul’s introduction to Jesus was on the road to Damascus where he was going to arrest Christians. He was a witness to the risen Lord there and immediately afterward determined to preach the resurrected Christ (Acts 9).

Antiquity tells us that Luke is the human author of the book as he is of the gospel account that bears his name. We would expect that someone close to the events of the book would write the record and Luke was a companion of Paul through much of his journeying. He had also taken upon himself to investigate closely the events to which he was not a witness (Luke 1:1-4). Luke was a physician (Col. 4:14) and scholars tell us that Luke often uses medical terms that are common to a physician.

This book serves as a pattern for Christians and searchers for truth today because of the path it outlines to heaven. The examples of conversion within its pages show how men and women became Christians under the preaching of the apostles and prophets. If we obey today what they obeyed then we’ll be saved today just as they were then.

Acts is a record of hardship that was endured by Christians for the faith. This was a testimony to the truth of the Gospel’s claims. Jesus’ ministry was an open one. Many of the events were public. Even the fact of the resurrection was witnessed by five hundred (1 Cor. 15:5) Christians at once. In the face of death sentences and hardship beyond imagination, the Gospel spread (Acts 5:29; 8:4) until Paul could say that every creature had heard (Col. 1:23).

Asking For Forgiveness

Asking For Forgiveness




A querist asks, “Does God forgive people who do not ask? I have never seen where that happened. Should I forgive anyone who doesn’t ask?”

The Bible teaches that repentance has always been a prerequisite for forgiveness being granted by God (Psalm 51; Jonah 3:10; Acts 2:38; Acts 3:19; Acts 8:22; Acts 17:30; 2 Timothy 2:25; 1 John 1:9. Our Lord gives us the criteria for forgiving others who sin against us in Luke 17:3-4, “Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he trespasses against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent, thou shalt forgive him.” We can certainly see clearly that asking for forgiveness coupled with repentance is necessary for forgiveness.


In Matthew 18:15-22, the Lord gives us instructions on how to deal with a brother who trespasses against us. In Matthew 18:21-22, Peter asked, “Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but Until seventy times seven.”

The number, “seven,” was the most sacred number to the Hebrews, symbolizing God’s completion and perfection. In other words, as often as our brother repents and asks our forgiveness, we are to forgive our brother. The duty of forgiveness has no limit, save in the want of penitence in the offender. We should also remember that in no instance should a Christian harbor malice or retain resentment toward a sincere penitent offender (Colossians 3:13). We should have the loving attitude of our heavenly Father in this regard; when He forgives, He forgets (Hebrews 8:12; Hebrews 10:17; cf. Jeremiah 31:31-34).


The Evidence Of Divine Prophecy

The Evidence Of Divine Prophecy


Prophecy is foretelling an even in such detail before it happens so as to necessarily require divine guidance. The Bible is a book containing hundreds of detailed prophecies. There are, for example, well over sixty distinct predictions in regard to our divine Savior Jesus Christ. Not only were some these predictions made one thousand years before Christ came from heaven to earth, but regarding His crucifixion, they were made over five hundred years before crucifixion was first used anywhere in the world as a form of capital punishment! Crucifixion didn’t exist when the prophecies were made!

A scientist picked out forty-eight such prophecies and determined that the probability of one man randomly fulfilling them all is one in ten to the exponent of one hundred fifty-seven. That is “one” followed by one hundred fifty-seven series! Yet, Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies! In this article, let us look at sixty prophecies of Christ by subject categories and observe their fulfillment.

Concerning His Birth

1) Born Of The Seed Of a woman

Prophesied – Genesis 3:15
Fulfilled – Gal. 4:4

2) Born Of A Virgin

Prophesied – Isaiah 7:14
Fulfilled – Matthew 1:18-25

3) Seed Of Abraham

Prophesied – Genesis 22:18
Fulfilled – Matthew 1:1

4) Seed Of Isaac

Prophesied – Genesis 21:12
Fulfilled – Luke 3:23,34

5) Seed Of Jacob

Prophesied – Numbers 24:17
Fulfilled – Luke 3:34

6) Seed Of David

Prophesied – Jeremiah 23:5
Fulfilled – Luke 3:31

7) Tribe Of Judah

Prophesied – Genesis 49:10
Fulfilled – Rev. 5:5

8) Family Line Of Jesse

Prophesied – Isaiah 11:1
Fulfilled – Luke 3:32

9) Born In Bethlehem

Prophesied – Micah 5:2
Fulfilled – Matthew 2:1-6

10) Herod Kills The Children

Prophesied – Jeremiah 31:15
Fulfilled – Matthew 2:16-18

Concerning His Nature

11) He Pre-existed Creation

Prophesied – Micah 5:2
Fulfilled – 1 Peter 1:20

12) He Shall Be Called Lord

Prophesied – Psalm 110:1
Fulfilled – Acts 2:36

13) Called Immanuel (God With Us)

Prophesied – Isaiah 7:14
Fulfilled – Matthew 1:22-23

14) Prophet

Prophesied – Deuteronomy 18:18-19
Fulfilled – Acts 3:18-25

15) Priest

Prophesied – Psalm 110:14
Fulfilled – Hebrews 5:5-6

16) Judge

Prophesied – Isaiah 33:22
Fulfilled – John 5:22-23

17) King

Prophesied – Psalm 2:6
Fulfilled – John 18:33-37

18) Anointed By The Spirit

Prophesied – Isaiah 11:2
Fulfilled – Matthew 3:16-17

19) His Zeal For God

Prophesied – Psalm 69:9
Fulfilled – John 2:15-17

Concerning His Ministry

20) Preceded By A Messenger

Prophesied – Isaiah 40:3
Fulfilled – Matthew 3:1-3

21) To Begin In Galilee

Prophesied – Isaiah 9:1-2
Fulfilled – Matthew 4:12-17

22) Ministry Of Miracles

Prophesied – Isaiah 35:5-6
Fulfilled – Matthew 9:35; Matthew 11:4

23) Teacher Of Parables

Prophesied – Psalm 78:1-4
Fulfilled – Matthew 13:34-35

24) He Was To Enter The Temple

Prophesied – Malachi 3:1
Fulfilled – Matthew 21:10-12

25) Enter Jerusalem On Donkey

Prophesied – Zechariah 9:9
Fulfilled – Matthew 21:1-7

26) Stone Of Stumbling To Jews

Prophesied – Isaiah 28:16; Psalm 118:22
Fulfilled – 1 Peter 2:6-8

27) Light To Gentiles

Prophesied – Isaiah 49:6
Fulfilled – Acts 13:46-48

The Day Jesus Was Crucified

28) Betrayed By A Friend

Prophesied – Psalm 41:9
Fulfilled – John 13:18-27

29) Sold For Thirty Pieces Of Silver

Prophesied – Zechariah 11:12
Fulfilled – Matthew 26:14-15

30) Thirty Pieces Thrown In Temple

Prophesied – Zechariah 11:13
Fulfilled – Matthew 27:3-5

31) Thirty Pieces Buys Potters Field

Prophesied – Zechariah 11:13
Fulfilled – Matthew 27:6-10

32) Forsaken By His Disciples

Prophesied – Zechariah 13:7
Fulfilled – Mark 14:27,50

33) Accused By False Witnesses

Prophesied – Psalm 35:11,20,21
Fulfilled – Matthew 26:59-61

34) Silent Before Accusers

Prophesied – Isaiah 53:7
Fulfilled – Matthew 27:12-14

35) Wounded And Bruised
Prophesied – Isaiah 53:4-6
Fulfilled – 1 Peter 2:21-25

36) Beaten And Spit Upon

Prophesied – Isaiah 50:6
Fulfilled – Matthew 26:67-68

37) Mocked

Prophesied – Psalm 22:6-8
Fulfilled – Matthew 27:27-31

38) Fell Under The Cross

Prophesied – Psalm 109:24-25
Fulfilled – John 19:17; Luke 23:26

39) Hands And Feet Pierced

Prophesied – Psalm 22:16
Fulfilled – John 20:24-28

40) Crucified With Thieves

Prophesied – Isaiah 53:12
Fulfilled – Matthew 27:38

41) Prayed For His Enemies

Prophesied – Isaiah 53:12
Fulfilled – Luke 23:34

42) Rejected By His Own People

Prophesied – Isaiah 53:3
Fulfilled – John 19:14-15

43) Hated Without Cause

Prophesied – Psalm 69:4
Fulfilled – John 15:25

44) Friends Stood Aloof

Prophesied – Psalm 38:11
Fulfilled – Luke 22:54; Luke 23:49

45) People Wag Their Heads

Prophesied – Psalm 22:7; Psalm 109:25
Fulfilled – Matthew 27:39

46) People Stared At Him

Prophesied – Psalm 22:17
Fulfilled – Luke 23:35

47) Cloths Divided And Gambled For

Prophesied – Psalm 22:18
Fulfilled – John 19:23-24

48) Became Very Thirsty

Prophesied – Psalm 22:15
Fulfilled – John 19:28

49) Gall And Vinegar Offered Him

Prophesied – Psalm 69:21
Fulfilled – Matthew 27:34

50) His Forsaken Cry

Prophesied – Psalm 22:1
Fulfilled – Matthew 27:46

51) Committed Himself To God

Prophesied – Psalm 31:5
Fulfilled – Luke 23:46

52) Bones Not Broken

Prophesied – Psalm 34:20
Fulfilled – John 19:32-36

53) Heart Broken

Prophesied – Psalm 69:20; Psalm 22:14
Fulfilled – John 19:34

54) His Side Pierced

Prophesied – Zechariah 12:10
Fulfilled – John 19:34,37

55) Darkness Over The Land

Prophesied – Amos 8:9
Fulfilled – Luke 23:44-45

56) Buried In Rich Man’s Tomb

Prophesied – Isaiah 53:9
Fulfilled – Matthew 27:57-60

His Resurrection And Ascension

57) Raised From The Dead

Prophesied – Psalm 16:8-11
Fulfilled – Acts 2:24-31

58) Begotten As Son Of God

Prophesied – Psalm 2:7
Fulfilled – Acts 13:32-35

59) Ascended To God

Prophesied – Psalm 68:18
Fulfilled – Ephesians 2:8-10

60) Seated Beside God

Prophesied – Psalm 110:1
Fulfilled – Hebrews 1:3,13


Today, the only way Bible scoffers can explain away this astronomical probability is to discredit the prophecies in one way or another. Their only alternative is to accept that God is the author of the Scriptures. The Bible is a reliable book of genuine divine prophecy – We can trust it!

The evidence of divine prophecy presented in this article is just a tiny portion of the “proofs” available to establish the divine origin of the Bible. Yet, they are more than sufficient to prove the inspiration of the Bible. There will always be men who scoff at the Bible. As Christians, however, we can be confident when we read our Bibles that God is definitely the Author, as it is written:

“We constantly thank God that when you received from us the word of God’s message, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God” (1 Thessalonians 2:13).

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