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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

The Blessed Hope

I did a series of Bible Studies through the book of Titus on my Live By Faith Bible Studies blog. ( link to blog here - Bible Study Blog  ) The teaching on the blessed hope is an important study. Here is the study - a repost from my other blog.



We are studying through the book of Titus. This passage from Titus 2 which we are about to study is a favorite of many many people. It is the passage regarding the blessed hope that we have. We will see Jesus face to face. Our troubles and trials will once and for all be behind us. We wait with great eagerness and longing to be with Jesus! 
So let's go through this passage verse by verse and unpack it slowly:

Verse 11 - For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
It is the grace of God that provides salvation for us. We read in Ephesians 2:8-9 -For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast

Salvation has been provided full and free for everyone. No one is excluded. All who are willing can be saved. When Jesus Christ came to earth the first time, He came to save us from our sin. The next time He comes, it will be to reign as Lord of lords and King of kings. Every knee will bow to Him and confess that He is Lord!

 Verse 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Here in verse 12 we learn that we are to say "no" to the evil that presents itself before us. We are to turn from all that God calls sin, turn away from lust and sinful pleasures. We are to resist evil temptations. We are instructed to in complete surrender and devotion to God. We need to obey Him, do what He says in the Bible. Sometimes we may feel that we have already done what God requires when in fact we have only read about it. One example of this is repentance. We need to repent of our evil ways and turn from them once and for all. The reason why this is so is explained in verse 13.

Verse 13 -  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
 We are looking for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ! This is the blessed hope that is alive within us by the power of the Holy Spirit. This gives us hope to endure whatever we are enduring or facing today. This old world is not all there is. We are looking for Jesus to appear in the clouds and take us home! Then we will be with Him forever! No more sorrow, or pain, no more tears. All who are saved through faith in Jesus can rest in this blessed hope of eternal life with Jesus for eternity!

Verse 14 - Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Jesus died on the cross for each of us. He took your sin and mine, He became guilty of that which we have done wrong. Jesus was pure and sinless, but He died to pay for our sin.  He died to redeem us back to God. He died to cleanse us from our sin, to purify us for Himself. We belong to Jesus, we are set apart for Him. We are to bring glory and honor to Jesus by doing the good that He has called for us to do. He has something for each of us to do that will build His kingdom and bring the lost to Him for salvation!



Verse 15  - These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Here in verse 15, Paul says to Titus that he must teach these things and encourage the believers to obey these teachings of our Lord. The Bible is the true Word of God. If you want to hear from God, then open your Bible and He will speak to you. Read the Bible every day, pray and obey the word of the Lord.



Friday, 22 May 2015

Israel Tour - JD Farag - Pool of Siloam

Pastor JD Farag is currently on a tour to Israel. He is doing some teachings from Israel. I want to post the links to them as they become available. Please take the time to watch these videos from Israel. 

Pastor JD commentary on Jesus's healing of the blind man at the pool of Siloam opening his eyes to see pointing out that delivery from problems give glory to the Lord.

The Pool of Siloam
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Here is the link to the teaching from the Pool Of Siloam - Pool Of Siloam _ JD Farag

Israel Tour JD Farag - Southern Steps, The Feast of Pentecost

Pastor JD Farag is currently on a tour to Israel. He is doing some teachings from Israel. I want to post the links to them as they become available. Please take the time to watch these videos from Israel.

Pastor JD discusses, at the southern steps which Jesus used to enter the temple court, the event which occurred on the feast of tabernacles when Jesus proclaimed that anyone who thirst come to Him.



Here is the link to the teaching from the Southern Steps - JD Farag -Israel Tour of Southern Steps





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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Rhubarb Squares

I want to try this recipe soon....


Crust: 

2 cups flour 
3/4 Cup icing sugar
3/4 margarine

Mix crust and press into 9x13" pan. Bake in 350 oven for 10 minutes 


Filling: 

4 eggs, beaten
 4 cups chopped rhubarb
 2 cups sugar 
1/4 cup flour 
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt

Combine eggs, sugar, flour,cornstarch and salt. Mix. Fold in rhubarb. Pour on top of baked crust. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes until done.

JD Farag Israel Tour - Beth Shean

Pastor JD Farag is currently on a tour to Israel. He is doing some teachings from Israel. I want to post the links to them as they become available. Please take the time to watch these videos from Israel. 

Pastor JD, at the site where the Philistines fastened the body of Saul to the wall of the temple of Ashtoreths, contrasts the hearts and minds of Saul and David.



Here is the link to the teaching from Beth Shean - 
JD Farag Israel Tour - Beth Shean



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JD Farag Israel Tour - Gideon Springs...To God be the glory!

Pastor JD Farag is currently on a tour to Israel. He is doing some teachings from Israel. I want to post the links to them as they become available. Please take the time to watch these videos from Israel. 

Pastor JD presents, at the Springs of Harod, the selection of the 300 men from an army of 32000 which God uses, for His glory, to defeat the 135000 man Midian army.


Here is the link to the teaching from Gideon Springs - JD Farag Israel Tour - Gideon Springs



The Spring of Gideon
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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Tour of Israel - JD Farag - Capernaum

Pastor JD Farag is currently on a tour to Israel. He is doing some teachings from Israel. I want to post the links to them as they become available. Please take the time to watch these videos from Israel. 


From Luke 8:40-56 Pastor JD tells of the starting point of Jesus's ministry in Capernaum where He lived. This ministry included the people healed and the teachings given by Jesus.



Here is the link to the teaching from Capernaum - Israel Tour JD Farag - Capernaum


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Israel Tour ...Sea of Galilee - JD Farag - Jesus is with you in the storm of your life...

Pastor JD Farag is currently on a tour to Israel. He is doing some teachings from Israel. I want to post the links to them as they become available. Please take the time to watch these videos from Israel. 

Pastor JD teaches, while on the Sea of Galilee, on Mark 6:45-52 and Matthew 14:25-32 where Jesus walked on water with an emphasis to trust in and have eyes on Jesus when storms arise.





Here is the link to today's teaching JD Farag - Sea of Galilee Teaching from Israel



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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Israel Tour - JD Farag - Caesarea Philippi and Tel Dan

Pastor JD Farag is currently on a tour to Israel. He is doing some teachings from Israel. I want to post the links to them as they become available. Please take the time to watch these videos from Israel. 


Pastor JD talks discusses the events of Matthew 16:13-28 and what God wants to do in and through our lives at the site of those verses - Caesarea Philippi. He also speaks on the 1 Kings 12:25-30 about Jeroboam building an alter for sacrifices for convenience at the site of that alter at Tel Dan.





Here is the link to today's teaching Israel Tour, JD Farag - Caesarea Philippi and Tel Dan




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Israel Tour - JD Farag

Pastor JD Farag is currently on a tour to Israel. He is doing some teachings from Israel. I want to post the links to them as they become available. Please take the time to watch these videos from Israel. 

Pastor JD Farag speaks on the nearness of the coming final battle of Armageddon as presented against the backdrop of the Jezreel Valley from the top of Har Megiddo. 


Here is the link to today's teachingJezreel Valley at Megiddo - JD Farag




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Friday, 15 May 2015

Jesus Loves You....a salvation message for kids

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Today let's talk about a very very important thing that we need to always remember. It is equally important for children as it is for grown-ups. Do you think you know what that is?...It is that Jesus loves you! Jesus wants to live with each of us here on earth and then someday he will take us home to heaven to live with him there. 

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Each one of us has done some things we shouldn't have. Can you think of some bad things that we do? Maybe tell a lie, or say an unkind word, maybe we took something that didn't belong to us, or maybe we didn't obey our mom or dad when they told us to do something, or maybe we have not been nice to our brothers and sisters and even hurt them. When we do these kinds of bad things, it makes God very sad, and it puts a barrier of separation between us and God. But God loves us very much and He wants that we always love him too. That is why God sent Jesus to die on the cross. Jesus died to save us from our bad things and and to bring us back to God. Jesus died for each one of the sins that we have done. So now, when we believe that Jesus died for us, and we ask Jesus to forgive and save us, He saves us and we become children of God. We are friends of God! Then God walks with us and talks with us here in this life and someday we will live in heaven with him. Heaven will be the best ever!!

Here is a prayer that you can pray to ask Jesus to save you. I really hope and pray that you will ask Jesus to be your Saviour today.

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Monday, 11 May 2015

Prophecy Update May 10,2015 JD Farag, ( discusses Texas Terror attack )

For some time now I have been listening to the Prophecy Update each week by Pastor J.D. Farag and it is something that I look forward to each week. So now on a weekly basis I want to share the link with you here on my blog so that together we can be watching for the Lord's return as that is what He instructed us to do. 

Mark 13:33  Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

Here is the link to this week's update - Prophecy Update May 10, 2015 - JD Farag


In what will be the last prophecy update until Sunday, May 31st, because of the Calvary Chapel Kaneohe Israel tour, pastor J.D. talks about the stunning controversy surrounding the events at a cartoon exhibition in Garland Texas.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to my dear Mom! Love you Mom!



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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Prophecy Update - JD Farag - May 3, 2015

For some time now I have been listening to the Prophecy Update each week by Pastor J.D. Farag and it is something that I look forward to each week. So now on a weekly basis I want to share the link with you here on my blog so that together we can be watching for the Lord's return as that is what He instructed us to do. 

Mark 13:33  Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.


Here is the link to this week's program: JD Farag Prophecy Update - May 3,2015


Pastor J.D. addresses two very serious matters concerning both the situation in Baltimore, and the same sex marriage case before the Supreme Court.



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Friday, 1 May 2015

Blind Bartimaeus

Recently I have started a blog -  Bible Stories for children. I would like to share one of the stories here with you. For more stories please link to the blog here Bible Stories for Children



Jesus and his disciples were in Jericho. When they left the town, many people followed Jesus. There by the side of the road was a blind man. His name was Bartimaeus. He was sitting there because he was begging for things from the people that passed by. Because he was blind, he would not have been able to work so that is why he needed to beg. 
Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was coming along the road and he began to shout to Jesus. This is what Bartimaeus said "Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me!" He was crying out to Jesus for help! The people around him told Bartimeaus to be quiet and to hold his peace. But Bartimaeus did not want to miss his chance to be healed so he called out even louder. Bartimaeus shouted again "Thou son of David, have mercy on me!"
Then Jesus heard Bartimaeus calling and Jesus stopped. Jesus told the people "Tell him to come here." So the people told  Bartimaeus Jesus was calling him to come. Bartimaeus was so happy! He threw down his coat and came to Jesus. Then Jesus asked him "What do you want me to do for you?" And Bartimaeus said "Rabboni, that I may receive my sight." 
Jesus heals blind Bartimaeus
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What do you think happened next?
The Bible says that Jesus healed Bartimaeus. Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." Bartimaeus could see again! Can you imagine how happy he was? Now he would not ever need to sit and beg for food again! Jesus had made him to see again and he was not blind anymore!
The Bible says that Bartimaeus followed Jesus. I think that Jesus was very pleased to have Bartimaeus come along with him, don't you?

Discussion:
Pray
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There is a good lesson for us in this story. Just like Jesus heard Bartimaeus calling for him, Jesus hears us when we call out to him today. There was so much noise all around and people were trying to make Bartimaeus be quiet, but Jesus still heard him call and Jesus wanted to help him. In the very same way, Jesus hears you and me when we call to him and he wants to help us too. So let's remember to never let anyone or anything ever stop us from calling out to Jesus. Let's keep praying to Jesus and trusting him to help us. Jesus loves us and he is always there for us!
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Monday, 13 April 2015

What difference does it make? Sermon Review

What difference does it make? Isn't that a now famous quote from Hillary Clinton concerning the Bengahzi scandal? Well for some reason our Pastor used that as his topic line in his sermon yesterday, he did not mention Hillary though so I have no idea if he is even aware of it. Anyway I took sermon notes and I would like to share them with you here. It was a study in the book of Acts.

Here are the notes I took in church:
Easter is the foundation of our faith.
God pours out His grace on our lives, we are unworthy.

What Now?
What difference does Jesus make in our lives? 
Jesus life, death and resurrection - what difference does it make in our lives?

Ascension of Jesus
Luke 24:51 -  And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
The Ascension of Jesus is a picture of Jesus taking His place of authority and power on the throne.
Ephesians 1:20-21  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come
Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth.
Matthew 28:18 -  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth

So what difference does it make?

The Holy Spirit is mentioned a lot in the book of Acts. Believers were filled and guided by the Holy Spirit.
Acts 1:4-5 
 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Now that God has given the Holy Spirit - what difference does this make? What does it look like to live in the Spirit?

How do we receive the Holy Spirit?
If you are a follower of Jesus, you have the Holy Spirit indwelling you. 
We can not earn the Holy Spirit -  it is a gift from our Heavenly Father.
Acts 2:38-39 
 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
You will receive - this is a promise of God - God is always faithful to His promises.
Then why do we not experience it that much?
- we misunderstand the Holy Spirit's role in our lives.
- the Holy Spirit comforts us and makes us aware of God's presence but there is more.
-we receive the Holy Spirit for the purpose to make us like Jesus. We have been created in the image of God, we are to represent God in this world.
We do not experience more of the Holy Spirit's power in our lives because we resist the Holy Spirit and we are not living for Jesus but we are living for ourselves!
What does the Holy Spirit want to do in our lives?
We have a mission to accomplish. There is a reason why we are here. We exist to reach the world!
Matthew 28:18-20
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Mark 16:15
 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Jesus sends us out - we are to witness for Him!
Every gospel ends with Jesus sending us out!
Image bearers reflect God's image to the world!

Acts 1:8
 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

How do we do this?
Show love and compassion.
How we live is our greatest testimony  but we must witness in word as well,
help others,
show grace,
pray for people,

This isn't easy, we must not look for approval from other people, we are called to lay down our lives for others!

PRAY
- we cannot save anyone, God saves through Jesus Christ
- we are tools that God uses,
- pray for people who don't know Jesus,
-keep praying,
- pray for opportunities to share your faith,
- pray for boldness to witness




Prophecy Update JD Farag , April 12. 2015

Pastor Farag took about one month off from his prophecy update but he has now returned to his weekly updates. It is something that I look forward to each week. On a weekly basis I want to share the link with you here on my blog so that together we can be watching for the Lord's return as that is what He instructed us to do. 

I took a few notes as I listened, so please look for them below the link to this week's update.

Mark 13:33  Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
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Please take the time to watch this week's Prophecy Update from Pastor Farag. Here is the link to this week's update:

Prophecy Update, JD Farag April 12, 2015


My Notes:
Pastor JD Farag discussed the following:

* Nuclear framework with Iran
*it is a miracle that Prime Minister Netanyahu has been re-elected as Prime Minister of Israel.
*Obama continues to outright blast Christians, most recently at the prayer breakfast.
*Obama's anti-Israel and mocking of Netanyahu has been taken to a new level.
*all that we are seeing must come to pass so that the end can come,
*all these things must take place in the last days, so we are not surprised,
* everything from Christian persecution to Christian demonization has been predicted in the Bible,
*what to do about it?
*is it possible to once again reclaim back our Christian nation it once was?
*we need to support Christians in their politics as they stand for Biblical values,
* elected political officials have done little to stop evil - 50 million babies have been killed through abortion
*Christians should not place their hope and trust in politicians for change,
* the USA is not in Bible prophecy, so we can assume something happens that removes it's influence,
*Iran is out to destroy Israel and USA, even after this nuclear deal, the Iranians are still chanting death to America,
*God has an everlasting covenant with Israel but not with USA.
*God will save Israel from an Iranian attack,
*what is happening in Yemen has fingerprints of Ezekiel prophecy all over it,
*the Lord's return is near,
*troubled by the fact that in our day evil is pronounced as good and good is thought of as evil - this is a deception eg are homosexuality, Iran/Israel, Obama will meet with Castro but not Netanyahu,
*the word "live" is the word "evil" spelled backwards.


Please everyone - take the time to watch the prophecy update :  Prophecy Update April 12, 2015, JD Farag





Saturday, 28 March 2015

New Blog for Children

I just want to let everyone know that I have started a new blog. It is especially for children. I know that many children are on the internet and could be blessed by it. The stories are also suitable to be read out loud to children. The blog is Bible Stories for Children  My goal is to tell and post many more Bible Stories to children - I will write as I feel led of the Lord, and I want to be accurate as the Bible tells the stories.  Please share this with parents and children in your life. Please link to the blog for children here:

Bible Stories for Children



God bless you and your children!

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

What Has the Lord Been Teaching you recently??

What has God been teaching you lately? This is a question that we should ponder regularly. We can bring glory to our Father in Heaven by sharing these kinds of things with each other. So I want to share a few thoughts that The Lord has been encouraging me with and I would invite anyone to share as well in the comment section below.

* The Lord is not angry or impatient with me when I ask Him about things I should understand by now but still do not. I can be real with Him and tell Him what is on my heart, I can tell Him everything - things that no one else would understand and even embarrassing things.

*Jesus whispers in the quietness - Come, Take my Hand, Come with Me, Follow Me

*Jesus hears us pray, He hears me cry out to Him. In the midst of the noise all around, He picks up my voice out of the crowd. He hears me, He is pleased to hear me, He loves me and will answer. Remember the story in the Bible of Bartimaeus. He called out to Jesus for healing. Jesus picked up on his cry in the midst of the crowd and called for Bartimaeus, and Jesus healed him. Read the story below - it is found in Mark 10:46 -52

 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.