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July 9, 2015, 11:42 AM

Communion


Have you ever given thought to how you personally take communion? I have and I am once again today. Why? Because I am preparing for Sunday school class this Sun. July 12th at Living Hope Free Methodist Church led by Greg Brillhart. (by the way it begins at 9:30 a.m.; why not join us?)

In I Corinthians Paul is disturbed by the news he hears about the manner in which they are partaking in communion and enjoying a huge feast.

When Christ administered that 1st communion on the night before his death, He took the cup and the bread and He gave thanks.

Eucharist from the Greek word "thanksgiving." Christ became our "Eucharist."

Paul goes on to warn the Corinthians whoever eats and drinks in an unworthy manner are guilty of sinning against the body and blood of Jesus.

There it is "unworthy" that has me thinking on my personal communion. Unworthy - unacceptable in a manner respectable for a "good" person; not good enough.

What makes me unacceptable; not good enough?

When I come to the table with un-confessed sin. I need to first look at my life; do I have sin I need to confess? Then I must do so in my seat before approaching or by kneeling at the altar. Once confessed, I am ready to partake and remember that Christ is my “Eucharist.”

Today I see my approach to personal communion as “I am unworthy” but it is through the blood and the body of Christ that I am able to come, confess and be forgiven and partake to be made worthy.

When Jesus comes, I want to be among those who are, “invited” to the wedding feast.

Revelation 19:9 “And the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.’” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.”

bjz



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07-10-2015 at 10:43 AM
David Mathis
Let this be our prayer Philippians 1:27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel
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June 30, 2015, 8:38 AM

Be Ready to give an answer for your hope


God's word tells us that we should "be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh us a reason of the hope that is in us with meekness and fear" (1 Peter 3:15)"  These words have generated a desire in my heart to think deeply about what response I would be ready to give about these difficult issues in society today.  Such as, this recent decision by the Supreme Court about homosexual marriages.  I, like many of you might be tempted to just keep quiet not knowing what the best thing to say would be.  But there is another passage in God's word that tells me this is a sin. (If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn't do it, it is sin for them. James 4:17)

          Well--------I asked God to show me what to say.  After all, He has the answers written in His word.  In 1 Corinthians 6:9 the word definitely points out that homosexuality is wicked and sinful BUT there were those that Paul had been communicating with that had been washed from this sin and set free.  This goes against where our sinful world is headed by saying if it feels good do it.  He also states in chapt. 7 that for some it is good that a man should not marry.   I believe if we should have these tendencies in our life, then we should take on an attitude of celibacy. 

          There are people in our churches all over that are trying to change the way the church preaches about this even calling homosexuals into the pulpit.  But how can we dispute what God's word clearly says AND call ourselves a church of God.

          God help us to look to you for the answers to be ready to give a reason for our hope. 

Posted by Barb Crisenbery

 

 



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06-30-2015 at 12:48 PM
Jackie Snider
I can HATE the sin and LOVE the sinner BUT I do not have to celebrate the sin. I have family who are gay and they expect me to be happy for them that this law has passed. To celebrate and be joyful. I LOVE THEM but in NO WAY, SHAPE or FORM will I celebrate that SIN has become law in our land!
06-30-2015 at 12:35 PM
David Mathis
At church we have been using Ezekiel 22:20 as ourv theme. Basically 6000 years ago God was looking for men to stand in the gap and speak up against the sins of Judah. He could find no one. Today, we are being asked the same thing- to fill the gap. I am opne who will do that. Will you join me?
06-30-2015 at 10:12 AM
Beverly J Zuvers
I posted on facebook: I choose to remain true to the Supreme Creator of the Universe. I do not have to have an opinion of this decision. I just do not have to judge, I just have show love.
In response to the article I poste there too. "How will you respond to the Supreme Court's decision on gay marriage?
I am not of this world for I am of Jesus Christ.
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June 24, 2015, 8:19 AM

I am a Princess.


Do you ever give much thought to "who you are?". I don't mean your name or your career title. 

Who were you created to become?

Lately God has been doing a huge work in me on this subject. I recognize that I am Jackie, a mother, a wife, a friend, a daughter,  a mother-in-law, and much more. But who am I in God's eyes?

I worry so much about the way I look. Am I fashionable? Do I fit in. Do I look "old". What do people see when they look at me?  Am I good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, and on and on.......

God has been teaching me that none of this matters because I am His Princess. He is My King!

Do I act like a Princess? Webster tells us that a Princess is " a female member of a royal family; a daughter of a KING. A woman who is treated with special attention and kindness."

In my daily activities do I act like a Princess, representing my Father's kingdom?  Do I speak in a kind and mild manner or do I raise my voice to get my point across? Do I give willingly of my time and talents? Do I love without conditions?  And a BIG one for me is this....is the way I dress represent my King or am I dressing according to wordly ways? Most days, except for Sunday, I just throw on clothes without a thought of who I am to be representing. I don't want the responsiblities that come with being part of The King's family. 

Esther 4:14  "And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?'

Lord, My KING, please help me in my daily walk to represent your kingdom in the way you would have me do, in all things, according to your will! Thank you for making me your Princess!!

 



Comments

07-01-2015 at 10:59 AM
Barb Crisenbery
Thanks Jackie for your perspective on dress. I know I am old fashion, but I have always told my kids that on Sunday you dress better to respect the Lord's Day. I love the song, "give of your best to the Master". And that always goes for my clothing also. I don't like to wear thing that have printed words on them on Sunday to distract someone from the word of God., I think that it is important to wear clean clothes and modesty to me is also important. Not everyone has to agree with me but for me this is the way I honor the Lord's house.
06-29-2015 at 10:55 AM
Bev Zuvers
Thank you Jackie for this post. I have been reviewing my wardrobe lately and do not like my Sunday clothes. Goodwill and I are becoming friends! My everyday dress at home is not becoming either and I need a hair cut!
06-24-2015 at 11:40 AM
David Mathis
Jackie, this is not only a great article but thought provoking.
06-24-2015 at 9:21 AM
Jackie Snider
Written by Jackie Snider
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June 19, 2015, 12:00 AM

Freedom


FREEDOM

Letting go and giving in,

being at peace and giving in.

 

God who strengthens me,

has now set me free.

 

This life holds me down,

but when I  walk with him

I don't carry a frown.

 

I rejoice in being free, 

because that is how we 

all should be.

 

God shed his blood and died for me,

what more could I ask to see?

 

God is just and knows ours ways,

believe in him and he will help you

all your days. 

 

He is faithful and has freely given us life, 

What about you? Don't you want to be 

apart of the afterlife? 

 

Maybe today is the day you will see, 

just how much he loved you to 

shed his blood for you and me.

 

With God's arms open wide,

don't be scared and don't hide.

 

He will wipe your tears as you go, 

this place here on earth is only 

the rehearsal before the big show.

 

Stand tall and take pride, 

by having God walk by your side.

 By: Natasha Turner 

 



Comments

06-20-2015 at 7:45 PM
Bev Zuvers
What a beautiful poem. I would like to print this and place it in my quiet room. Thank you for sharing it Natasha.
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June 10, 2015, 9:20 AM

Peace and Holiness


Hebrews 12:14 “Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.”

This scriptue speaks to me this day as I study for the Sunday School lesson for June 14th. My friends I confess to you I do not always have peace with everyone in my heart.

I struggle to stay a peace with someone so I avoid them, this is Satan seeing my weakness and taking me off track to ignore the call to holy living.

I am a pretender.

My altar today is at my quiet spot in my home; and I have confessed my sin.

I claim Jesus Christ at the cross and know that this sin in me is forgiven.  Paraphrasing Jesus words to the sinner, "My sister, go in peace your sin is forgiven, now sin no more."

For the full lesson on Peace, Holiness and God's wisdom, join me on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m at Living Hope Free Methodist Church in West Unity Oh.

bjz

 



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06-12-2015 at 11:14 AM
David Mathis
I don't see you as a pretender. God doesn't either. You are growing in Christ and more "Christlike" every day. We are all this same journey together. As we continue the Holy Spirit points out areas where we can improve. That's what is happening here. Now, work on staying at peace with people you are avoiding. Soon you will check that off your list and begin working on something else. Love you, Bev!
06-10-2015 at 10:52 AM
Barb Crisenbery
I believe this is true with all of us as we work through troubles in our life. One great thing is that God has revealed it to you and so now the work begins. God can only work with us when we are honest with ourselves and with him. He knows our inmost struggles AND "He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it to the end"
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