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4th Sunday of Lent

March 25th, 2018 Welcome To Holy Week...

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Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

“Say to Daughter Zion,
    ‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
    and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”[a]

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna[b] to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[c]

“Hosanna[d] in the highest heaven!”

10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Matthew 21:1-11


Welcome to the 1st Day of Holy Week

Today we celebrate the beginning of the end of Jesus's Ministry on Earth.  This day was the one & only day that Jesus accepted the praise of the followers & the crowd.

Palm branches are seen as a symbol of peace and victory, and in Biblical times were often thrown before the feet of a conquering hero in homage. When Jesus arrived in the Holy City, the Gospel writers said the crowds lay palm branches and clothes at his feet to honor him. 

It had been predicted in the Old Testament that people would recognize the Messiah when he rode into the city and they would then lay palms at his feet.  He came riding on a donkey to show he was "coming in peace."  The Jewish people of the time were awaiting their "Messiah."  A fulfillment of the Scriptures; a warrior to deliver them from their enemies; to release them from persecution, slavery & oppression.  They were looking for someone to free them "Nationally" & rescue them from the "Political" oppression.   Unfortunately, Jesus did come in peace.  His purpose was to save our souls & our salvation; not to deal with the "worldly" human constraints.  The people were ignorant (ignorant: without knowledge) & yes, the way Jesus was treated was ignorant too. 

Jesus wept because He knew that the way he would be treated would bring about His demise.  Their cheers & cries of "Hosanna" (an expression of praise, adoration & joy) would soon turn to the shouts of "crucify Him." 

That’s why, “as [Jesus] approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies . . . will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you” (Luke 19:41–47).

May we remember this Palm Sunday that Jesus is not who we want Him to be according to our personal opinion, needs, desires or preconceptions. He is not primarily the one who will pay our bills or make things happen our way or give us success in all things.


May we remember this Palm Sunday that He wants us to know Him through His Word, to know who He is: Our Savior, Our King, Our Father.

That He did not come to serve us but to save us.

He did not come to make us happy or successful but to make us holy and separated unto Him for good works -to save all who are lost.
May we recognize ‘the time of God’s coming’ to us.  Today, remember His Glory & how His love saves us all.


Lord Jesus,

King of Kings,

Today I again praise you

&

Welcome You as the King of my heart. 

May this day be joyous

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A celebration of Your Love, Grace & Sacrifice.

Amen


Have a WONDERFUL, blessed week. 

Be kind to one another & especially during this Holy Week... 

Be Jesus To The Least Of Us.

March 11, 2018 Can YOU change?

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After 6 days Jesus took Peter, James & John with him & led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone.  There he was transfigured before them.   His clothes became a dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them.  And there appeared before them Elijah & Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 

Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here.  Let us put up 3 shelters-one for you, one for Moses & one for Elijah." (He did not know what to say, they were so very frightened.) 

Then a cloud appeared & enveloped them, & a voice came from the cloud: "This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to Him!"

Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone except Jesus.  As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.  They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what 'rising from the dead' meant."

Mark 9:2-10

Funny.  "Back in the day," Jesus's day; this was a miraculous event that sent Peter, James & John to their knees in both awe & fright.  Changed them & made them question what was meant by the vision. 

Today, I can see a different reaction.  3 men standing together, looking at each other & saying...  "Dude.  We MUST be trippin'."  Kinda falls under "aliens," "Big Foot," & "Ghosts."  [By the way, "Ghost's" ARE fickin' real.  Just spend a night in a nursing home! LOL] 

The question is; Do we believe our eyes & mind or do we believe what our heart & souls "feel?"

The difference in the 2 reactions is simple, FAITH.  The faith that moves mountains...  The faith in what is unseen...  The faith in a higher power. 

We are ALL frightened, at times.  It's what biologically/scientifically has kept us alive for millenniums as humans.  Scientifically known as the "flight or fight" response.  It's the "kick a** or die response" & the "get the H*** outta here so we don't die" response that we've all experienced at one time or another.  The one very REAL thing that our body does when the chemicals in our brains react & release to trigger the "flight or fight" response is that it produces a "memory marker."  We learn NOT to get into that situation again because we remember both physically & mentally what happened to cause the reaction before.

Whether we believe (have faith) or we question what is before us, it changes us.  Makes us think.  Makes us respond.  It changes us to our core.  Well, in over two thousand years nothing much has changed.  We've ALL said "I'll believe it when I see it."  Haven't we?  God knows this.  He knows things way before it happens because he is "Omnipotent." [All knowing.  In the past, the present & the future all at one time.]

He "knew" that Peter, John & James would have to "see" to believe.  But their understanding of the event wouldn't come until the fulfillment of the prophecy.

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Elijah & Moses were prophets.  Their stories are mainly documented in the Old Testament.  They foretold of a "Messiah."  They spoke of the coming of Jesus as did John the Baptist who said "One who comes after me whose sandals I am not fit to untie."  All were speaking of Jesus's arrival.

Jesus took James, John & Peter up on a mountain because it represented a "nearness to God."   He knew they needed to see to believe.  He also knew that their minds could not comprehend the vision they were about to see. 

The "transfiguration" of Jesus revealed Jesus's divine nature.  God's voice over them let them know that Jesus was above Elijah & Moses.  That He was the Messiah with FULL divine authority.  Moses represented the "Law."  Elijah represented the "Prophets."  Their appearance on the mountain along side of Jesus was showing that Jesus was in fact the Messiah that had been foretold & that His presence was the fulfillment of the Prophetic Promises of the Old Testament.  Jesus was NOT the reincarnation of the Prophets.  He was God's only Son.  He is above all other authority & power. 

When Jesus told them not to speak of it until after His death it was because He knew they didn't understand what they saw & wouldn't understand until after his death.  After His death, with His resurrection; it would show His power over death & His authority to be King over all.  It was natural that the disciples would be confused, after all, they could not see into the future.  We are the lucky ones.  We have the Bible to reveal God's word.  We have no excuse for our unbelief.

So.  What do YOU believe?  Do you have "faith" in what YOU believe?  What has "changed" you?  Was the change "good" or "bad?" 

Sadly, much of the things in life that "fundamentally" change us are a result of negative experiences.  We are bitter because we didn't get the raise & some A-hole that didn't deserve it did.  We unknowingly punish the one holding our hand going into the movies for "wrongs" done to us by an Ex.  "She smiled at the Usher; it's just a matter of time before she cheats on me."  We treat our children poorly because "that's how I was raised & I survived."  We "road rage" because we were once "cut off" by someone & ended up having a flat from moving to the side of the road not to be hit.  The list goes on & on.

My challenge this week for you is not only to be "Jesus To The Least Of Us" but create for yourself a NEW "memory marker."  To "change" one thing in your life.  It may be as simple as making a conscious effort to open the door for everyone you meet.  (A LOST courtesy, sadly enough)

It may be a little more difficult like... Taking 5 minutes at the beginning & end of the day to simply sit quietly & thank God for getting you through another day. 

Or as difficult as it may be to tell someone in your life...  Anyone.  Coworker.  Neighbor.  Husband.  Wife.  Child.  Heck, the Starbucks kid who hands you your morning brew everyday...  Stop.  Actually MAKE eye contact & say a simple "thank you" for being you.

So.  Can YOU change?  ABSOLUTELY.  All it takes is a little effort & a little determination.  With one simple gesture we can cause the "butterfly effect."  YOUR smile.  YOUR "thank you."  YOUR "change" can change the next person, & the next...

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Have a wonderful week.  Be kind to one another.  Take a nap to recover from Daylight savings time; you have my permission, LOL.

Blessings, Joy & Smiles...ALWAYS!

Reverend V


Dear Lord, 

Thank you for our many blessings. 

May we all feel the love you have for even the "least of us." 

May we support each other in times of need. 

May each of us have "a soft place to land" when our life becomes too much. 

May we all have faith in the "unseen" for the "unseen" is eternal & the "seen" is only temporary. 

Keep us all in your loving hands. 

Amen.       

 

 

 

March 4, 2018 Are YOU For Real...?

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"These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  They worship me in vein; their teachings are but rules taught by men.  You have let go of the commands of God & are holding on to the traditions of men.  You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions. "

MARK 7:6-9

Welcome to the 3rd Sunday of Lent

Hope all is well with everyone.  I see we have a few more friends out there.  Thank you for joining us & welcome to our "PBE Sunday Service."

Hypocrisy. 

The Dictionary states that hypocrisy is:

  • A pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.
  • A pretense of having some desirable or publicly approved attitude.

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Well, we all see it EVERYDAY.  Someone saying one thing & doing another.  Being your friend & talking "smack" behind your back as my son's use to say.  A co-worker all buddy buddy to your face; then running to the boss telling about a small infraction that would matter to no one else other than the person gunning for your job. Or gossiping behind your back.

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It's a hurtful place to be when you are the "subject" of the above infraction.  But it's a sadder commentary on the person inflicting it.  How sad is their life that they need to bring down another to build themselves up or to feel better about themselves?

This reading in MARK is the recounting of Jesus's teachings of, well, basically how to be a good steward of the Commandments.  Notice that I capitalized Commandments?  Why?  Because it's not just a word.  It's a noun.  A set of rules.  It's also a verb; in as to "follow" them.  

Bet you think there are 10 Commandments. 

Are you right? 

NO!!!

Actually, the Bible came after Jesus Ascension when the Apostles set out to spread the "Good News."  The original Commandments given to Moses were

613

Yep. That's right!  Blows Your Mind, don't it? 

They are written in the Jewish "Bible" called the Torah.  Moses was up on that mountain for a VERY long time literally hammering out the details.  Many of the commandments given were to sustain the "Chosen People" in the era in which they lived.  It's known as the Kashrut which means "fit."  As in "fit" for consumption.  Remember, they were in a desert with very little water that wasn't parasitic, NO refrigeration & NO health department.  That's where you hear the word Kosher.  Many Commandments were written just to keep people alive. 

So why do we only have & know 10 now?  Maybe it was all he could carry down the mountain.  Some may have been lost when tablets were destroyed for the Isrealites worshiping false idols.  [ Kinda like the Kardashians or CELL PHONES!  Hmmm. ]  Maybe because many were lost over time.  Might just be that God picked His favorite "Top 10."   I can not say honestly.  They do seem to change over time as society evolves but the basic concepts remain the same.

The 10 Commandments that Moses brought us are still VERY relevant today; as much as they were back then.  They are our guiding rules to have to have a life full of Love, Faith & Hope.  They are a compass to living a good life. 

Just in case you want to give them a quick read they are found in:

Exodus 20:2-17

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Deuteronomy 5:6-21

[ NOTE: Name is the book in the Bible, # before the : is the Chapter & the numbers after the : are the verses or lines in the chapter ]

So what does the Bible verse mean?  Jesus was calling out the Pharisees for being fakes or phonies.  [ The Pharisees were a community or sect of "separatists" that were known for their self-righteous religion and pride. ] Their "Holier Than Thou" mentality was just a act or display to the community.  Do YOU know anyone who thinks well,  that "their crap don't stink?"  That's basically what Jesus was doing to the Pharisees.  Calling them out on their bull.  They were worshiping God for the wrong reasons.  Their desire was for profit not to worship God out of love. 

How are "we" hypocrites?  Well...

Do you pay more attention to reputation than to character?  Do you go through the "motions" of being a "Christian" without having your heart in it?  Go to church on Sunday & cuss out the guy in the parking lot afterwards because he's holding you up from watching the Steeler's game?  Hmm.  NEVER thought of it that way have you?  Do you emphasize your virtues & point out the sins in others?

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Not much has changed since back in the day.  The Pharisees had a bunch of rules to follow that had nothing to do with God.  Jesus was just pointing out the obvious.  Man had made himself more important than God & HIS word.

Was Jesus against ALL the Laws (rules) & traditions?  No.  Traditions are important.  They give us a guide & a sense of structure which in turn makes us feel secure.  Good traditions shine a spotlight on God's Word.  They move us to service & let our hearts sing.  God's Word should be the focus & "traditions" bring those Words alive.  Celebrate the traditions like prayer that bring God's Word alive.

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So on this 3rd Lenten Sunday... 

Are YOU For Real?

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It takes a while to make an "action " a "habit."  So as we faithfully try to maintain our Lenten sacrifices; let us also try to make a new habit.  It is a time of rebirth.  A time to reflect on ourselves.  Are we actually the person we want to be?  Could I be a better person?  A better disciple of His word?  A better human being?

Well, EVERY change starts with one small step.  Let's start here... 

Remember To Be...

"Jesus to the least of us"

Go & Love Each Other In Peace

&

Have A GREAT Week!


Special Prayers

Please Lord,

Fill our life with the Love of Christ.  Allow us the forgiveness of sins; both ours & those committed against us.  Let us be kind to one another & may we each do our best to hold YOUR commandments close to our heart.   This I pray in the name of my Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ.

AMEN


Bow your head for one minute & thank God for your blessings. 

DON'T FORGET TO PRAY!! 

It's the worlds GREATEST "wireless" connection! 

See you next week.

 

February 25, 2018 So It Begins...

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"I want to know Christ & the power of His resurrection & the fellowship of shared sufferings, becoming like Him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection of the dead."

PHILIPPIANS 3:10-11

Welcome to the Lenten Season

The "Lenten Season" is a Christian solemn observance of Jesus's final journey.  It starts on "Ash Wednesday" and continues for 40 days and ends with Easter Sunday.  Ash Wednesday is marked by a special service where Catholics & many other denominations mark their foreheads with an ashen cross [just in case you didn't know what that was about.]  The ashes are made from burned palm leaves.  The Priest and some Ministers will place the cross on ones forehead repeating "from ashes you come, to ashes you shall return," or "repent & believe in the Gospel."  It marks the crucification, death & the joyous resurrection of Jesus.

Many observe "fasting" on Ash Wednesday & Fridays.  No meat or "Fish Fry Friday," my personal favorite.  I wait all year for the Clairton Sports Club Fish Fry.  Best in the town, hands down!  Some "old school" Catholics observe No meat on Wednesdays & Fridays.  It is also the custom to "give up" something that you love or means something to you as a sign of repentance for the Lenten season.

To me, there are 2 great stories in the Bible.  The Christmas story found in the Gospel of Matthew & the Easter story in the Gospel of Mark.  If you read nothing else in the Bible, read those two books.  It's the basis of what it means to be a "Christian."  Some would say if you haven't read & understood those 2 Books, you can't call yourself a "Christian."  I'm not THAT judgemental.  Though, I to would suggest reading it.  Besides, it's a good read.

So why do we celebrate Lent?  It's a tribute to all that Jesus has given for us, a celebration of His life & teachings.  Mostly, it's to recognize one God; in human form, who changed the world in 36 short years of His life.  No other person alive or dead has EVER had such an impact on lives, hearts & minds.

Wow...

Step back & think about that.  One kind, gentle soul changed the world.  Can we ever do that?  No.  But with every breath we can at least TRY to be a little more like Him.  Forgive.  Love.  Be kind, gentle & caring.  Give more than just a wave to your neighbor.  Spend a second thanking a Vet.  Give shelter to a homeless pet.  Buy a meal for a homeless person.  There are TONS of kind gestures that go undone daily & never thought about twice.

So on this 2nd Lenten Sunday... 

Smile at a stranger. 

Call a lonely elderly person to let them know someone cares. 

Pet a cat, rub a belly of a dog. 

Ask yourself at the end of the day... 

"Was I Jesus to the least of us?"

Go & Love Each Other In Peace

&

Have A GREAT Week!


Special Prayers for the victims & survivors of the Florida shootings.

Dear Heavenly Father;

I give praise to your glory.  I understand that your ways are not the ways of man.  Your divine wisdom, compassion & grace has no bounds. 

Please Dear Lord;

Hold the children & victims of the mass shooting in Florida in your loving arms.  Please give peace to the families of the fallen.  Please let the community heal & the anger put to good use for the betterment of society.  Please heal the injured & reduce the pain of both their physical body & their minds.   Heal the survivors & the community as a whole.  Let the horrific actions of a mentally distressed person unite them rather than separate them in their time of need.  Let them feel your presence, always. 

Please Lord,

Find forgiveness for the shooter for he is a lost soul in pain & plagued with demons.  This I pray in the name of my Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ.

AMEN


Bow your head for one minute & thank God for your blessings. 

DON'T FORGET TO PRAY!! 

It's the worlds GREATEST "wireless" connection! 

See you next week.

 

 

January 21, 2018...Is He Listening?

2  Corinthians 1:3-4

The God Of ALL Comfort

Each of us are on our on path.  Each bare burdens & troubles that deeply effect us.  Each person's burdens are unique but again, we are all the same.  No one is free of troubles.  That's not how "Life" works.  It sucks, but then again...who said it wouldn't?

Before I start...I have to go to the Beginning... 

[In the beginning...NO!  Not that far back!  LOL]

You have to KNOW your past BEFORE you can deal with the "present" or accept the future.

No one is ever "promised" that life would be perfect.  If someone told you that...I'm sorry, they were lying.  I don't understand where this attitude of "entitlement" came from.  I understand that when we parent; we TRY to be better or have more insight than our parents had.  Many of us succeed.  MANY just continue the dysfunction unfortunately. 

It seems as though the pendulum has not just swung; the damn thing just dropped off! 

You can't protect your children from life's troubles, pains & hardships. 

I'm finding SO MANY parents being overly protective of their children.  The protection is driven by love but comes from some hurt or pain in THEIR childhood that is leading them to "safeguard" their own children.  Trying to insulate them from the pains that were inflicted on their youth. 

"Life" happens to each of us whether we are prepared for it or not.

Your "protection" is NOT helping your child, it's hurting their ability to cope.  To be a "winner," you must 1st experience "losing" or the "win" has no meaning.  To "succeed," you need to fail.  It took MANY attempts before we came up with the wheel.  It took THOUSANDS of light bulbs popping before the 1st one held a light.  If we as "humans" had not adjusted our behaviors from trial & error way back when...  We as a species would be extinct.

The best thing you can do for your child is let them fall.  Sure.  They may scream, cry, have a bruised knee or ego...  But running to them right away...blaming the other kid who pushed them...and having the "poor baby" syndrome burned into their psyche will only work against them in the future.  I'm not saying not to be vigilant.  ALWAYS watch & be there for your children.  But what would help them more?  You running over & picking them up before they even hit the ground OR waiting a second...  Anxiously, watching them fall, possibly crying for a moment or two; THEN seeing them push themselves up.  Dusting off.  Wiping the tears.  Going back to playing just as rambunctious as before? 

They just learned an important lesson...self reliance.

I was once told...  The BEST thing you can teach your child is to "leave."  WHAT!?    It's true.  Being an "ADULT" is a LEARNED LIFE SKILLBeing an adult doesn't "naturally" happen once you turn 18; or Lord have Mercy...24 like I heard on the news this week!  THAT'S CRAZY!  As much as you teach your children to tie their shoes, learn the alphabet & write their name to prepare them for their job for the next 12-16 years plus as a student, they must be TAUGHT to be an ADULT!

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Take the time to teach them the skills for their NEXT job as an "ADULT."  You NEED to teach them coping skills (how to deal with disappointment, pain & loss) as much as any other skill.  Let them get a job.  It won't kill them.  It actually builds confidence!  You need to teach them responsible FISCAL skills.  Budgeting.  Savings.  Teach them to put 10% of their earnings into their savings.  Teach them how to use a checkbook!  Let them bail themselves out of a bounced check!  Once.  Twice.  They'll learn.  ESPECIALLY when a $5 cup of coffee from Starbucks costs them their weeks earnings; $60 in bounced fees. They'll also learn that McDonald's across the street has a cup of coffee just as good for a $1!

I can't tell you how many times & get checks from "20-somethings" filled out with the date of their wedding where the "date" portion of the check is!  It makes me ABSOLUTELY INSANE!  That's a BASIC life skill!  You can't fill out a check correctly & you want to be married?  LORD HAVE MERCY!!!

WORKING for the things you want & yes, charity.  Time management.  Teach them to be a kind, caring individual.  Becoming a "good person" doesn't just happen.  It evolves from: mirroring the people around us, fostering kindness, patience & understanding.  Making them RESPONSIBLE for their own actions & the consequences that result from the choices made.  We are ALL responsible for our own choices & behaviors.  ALL these "Life Skills" will be a COMFORT to them throughout their life.

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"Life" is the most wonderful journey we are gifted with. 

In the same aspect; "Life" sucks.  It's hard.  It's often painful.  Never ending days of struggle.  Struggle to pay bills.  Struggles to go day in & day out to a job that you hate because your kids need fed.  Struggles to walk up & down stairs because your body aches.  Struggle to smile at your mate even though your relationship is in a difficult place.  Health struggles when your own body is your worst enemy...  The list goes on & on.  What WILL HELP is the coping skills that were fostered in us as children.  Common sense solutions, adapting to what life throws at you or critical thinking that brings us comfort when things get hard.

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With all of life's trial & tribulations remember we are NOT alone.  God is ALWAYS by your side whether you believe in Him or not...  He is comforting you whether you feel Him or not...

"Father of compassion & the God of all comfort..."

Many think that when God comforts us, our troubles should go away.  Much like we try to protect & comfort our children.  But if that was the case, people would turn to God only out of a desire to be relieved of pain or requesting a favorable outcome for a particular circumstance.  Not out of love for Him.  Kinda like... 

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We must understand that being "comforted" can also mean receiving strength, encouragement & hope to deal with our troubles.  The more we suffer, the more comfort God gives to us.  If you are feeling overwhelmed; allow God to comfort you. 

Pray On It.

Prayer is the MOST powerful weapon in the world!  It changes heart, mind, soul & spirit!  Just remember.  God is EVERYWHERE.  The past.  The present.  And the future.  He is omnipotent ( having unlimited power; able to do anything.)

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You may be heavy of heart right now.  Anxious over a bill you can't pay...  A surgery that you need...  A job loss...  A loss of a loved one...  Difficulty at work...  {Remember those "invisible muscles?} Trust & have Faith that it is ALL part of a bigger plan God has in store for us.

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Be thankful for what you have.  So many have less.  Have faith that God only wants what is good & right for you. 

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Remember that EVERY trial you endure will help you comfort other people who are suffering similar troubles.

So.  This week I close with the words of one of my FAVORITE singers...

Garth Brooks Unanswered Prayers

Is He Listening?

Yes!

Have A Blessed Day & Week!

Blessings ALWAYS~

Reverend  V

   

 

January 14, 2018...Expect the Unexpected

Come to me, all you who are weary & burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you & learn from me, for I am gentle & humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy & my burden light."

Matthew 12:28

This week I have friends, family & congregation members dealing with difficult burdens in their lives.  It made me realize they were not alone.  Each of us live day to day with the crap life throws at us.  I'm not one to recite meaningless platitudes at very REAL problems.  I am not perfect.   Sometimes my faith wavers in the face of adversity, I'm human.  I do find comfort however in the words of the Bible.

Often I turn to this passage. (Matthew 12:28)    

  For the younger generation...  A "yoke" is the heavy  wooden harness that goes over the head of a plow animal that attaches to the equipment that needs to be pulled; like a plow.  Can you imagine how heavy those weigh on the animals?

Jesus is comparing our daily burdens & troubles to heavy yokes of the animals.  Don't your troubles & burdens weigh you down?  I know mine do.  Some days I feel so "heart heavy" its hard to even get out of bed.

It ALWAYS makes me smile when I see this...

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Hallelujah!

And Can I Get An "AMEN?!" 

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More often than not we will end the day falling short of the expectations we had when we woke up.  It is what it is.  We are all human, imperfect beings.  All we can do is start each day with a grateful heart & try again. 

"Life" weighs us down.  Responsibilities, health concerns, surgeries, job loss, "Haters" or just the inability to make ends meet...  All of life's burdens weigh on us.  At times, it seems almost too much to bare.

So what does this Bible passage mean... 

No matter how heavy life's burdens become; Jesus asks you to bring them to Him.  I often say; "Give it up to God.  His shoulders are much bigger."  Jesus frees us from all our burdens.  The "rest" that Jesus promises is love, healing & peace with God.  He's offering to take your burdens & you take his.  Is His a "yoke of ease?"  No.  It's not.  But it is now a yoke of "shared" burden.  Your "weights" are falling on bigger shoulders with someone up front who has more pulling power than you could ever hope to have sharing the load. 

Many times talking about our troubles with another helps.  Sharing our burdens.  I'm a BIG advocate of writing in a journal.  Just letting those UGH moments out, getting them off your chest REALLY does help.  I also love the idea of writing what bothers us on a piece of paper & burning/destroying it.  It's a very "freeing" way of getting rid of "baggage" privately. 

The biggest burden we all carry is the inability to give up control.  We find it VERY difficult to let go.  Even when what we are trying to control is uncontrollable.  We're human, it's part of our DNA.  It's our inherent stubbornness that brought us from cavemen to a MOSTLY civilized culture.

Trust.  Faith.  Gratitude.  Hope & Prayer are our "invisible muscles."  If they're used often; they are strong, toned & support us.  It takes time to "believe."  It takes time to develop a relationship with God or our spiritual selves.  If you take on a partner, (God) to share your burdens you may start noticing that grimace or frown is turning into a smile & your "gripes" turn into songs.  

  So.  To those with heavy burdens...  Know that you are NOT alone.  Each of us are "plowing a field" of burdens & troubles.  Take a moment to look up from your phones or what ever you're doing & smile at a stranger, coworker or friend.  That ONE connection might be the only blessing in their day.  If nothing else, they'll be spending the rest of the day wondering "Did I know them?" or "What the Hell was that about?"  Either way, you made an impression!  LOL!!

At some point in your day...  Take a brief moment to close your eyes & bow your head.  Ask for help to carry your burdens.  Will they go away?  Probably not.  But the weight you carry may just lessen.  Expect the Unexpected!    What can it hurt? 

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Please take a moment of your time each day... 

Bow your head  &  Say...

Thank  you  God for my Blessings

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Please  bless  each  of  us

Who's  burdens  weigh  heavy~ Amen.

Have a Blessed Day/Week

Sending Prayers Your Way...

Reverend V


This Weeks Service Is Dedicated To My Friend T & My Cousin Bill.

May Your Burdens Be Light & Your Troubles Be Few.   

   You Are Loved More Than You Know.