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Monday 9/30 ~ We fall at his bloody pierced feet and worship him

The scripture for today, September 30 (9/30), is Luke 9:30f as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

“Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem.”

Hebrews 5:7 says something very startling to most people. “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death.”

Jesus did not look forward to going to the cross, even though many thousands of others had died that way. Why was it different for him? Because he had to take on all our sins as though he had committed them himself ~ every lie we ever told, every gain from cheating, every insult, every slander campaign against another, every adultery, every murder ~ everything. He had to take the blame for ALL our sins! How could he bear it?

Not only that, but he had to experience both physical and spiritual death. Spiritual death means being separated from, being forsaken by God. What a terror to experience!

And so, a few weeks before his crucifixion, as he prayed on the mountain, Moses and Elijah appeared to him and they spoke about his death. They surely gave him the courage to do what had to be done to save you and me who deserve hell.

The crowning glory of this conversation with Moses and Elijah is that the Father himself reassured him by announcing, “THIS IS MY SON! WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN! LISTEN TO HIM!”

Jesus was to nail the Old Law of Moses to the cross (Colossians 2:14). He had promised people, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law and the Prophets: I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” (Matthew 5:17).

On the cross, he said, “It is fulfilled.”  Indeed, by the time Jesus returned to heaven, he had lived the Old Law introduced by Moses perfectly ~ something no man had ever been able to do. And by the time he returned to heaven, he had fulfilled every prophecy about his birth, life, and death, the first such full-time prophet being Elijah.

Oh, the things Jesus went through for us. We fall at his bloody, pierced feet and worship him.

 

THEY MET JESUS: SHADOW OF DEATH includes two chapters on the crucifixion itself ~ one the first three hours, one the last three hours.  I studied a lot of medical manuals and consulted physicians and they are the result. It also includes the hours before his crucifixion, the mourning of his followers and that great Sunday morning when he gave Satan the final blow: He came back to life!  To BUY NOW, click a book cover or paste this:  https://amzn.to/2MPmDcj

 

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Available FREE to Blind & Upper-body handicapped here

Help me spread the word.  All my books are now available FREE on this website for the blind and upper-body handicapped (paralysis, amputees, etc.) in ELECTRONIC BRAILLE format.

Most now have an electric braille reader connected to their computers.  A friend who has been blind all her life “translated” all my books into electronic braille for me. Here is my page:

https://northernlightsbooks.org/free-braillebooks/

You will see there are no pictures on that page.  Pictures confuse the blind.  Also, I have eliminated use of a mouse because they cannot tell where the cursor is. They only use arrows to get around. 

I first explain what is on the page. Then I list categories of books in a simple row.  They just click what they want.

Those with upper-body handicaps may use a pointer under their chin or between their lips. I have used larger letters to help them target what they choose, but not so large they have to move their pointer around a lot.

I have had a couple blind people use this free service and they said it was easy to follow and fun and they were enjoying their free book selection.

HELP ME SPREAD THE WORD!

 

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Sunday 9/29 ~ …and we love Him for it.

The scripture for today, September 29 (9/29), is Matthew 9:29 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

“Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘According to your faith will it be done to you.’ “

Sometimes when we pray for healing during sickness, a well-meaning friend will say, “Well, you haven’t been healed because you didn’t have enough faith.” But Jesus did not heal everyone according to their faith.

The boy in Nain he brought back to life (Luke 7:14-15) did not have any faith at all. The girl in Capernaum he brought back to life (Luke 8:51-56) did not have any faith at all. When Jesus turned water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana (John 2:1-9) the hosts did not have any faith at all.

This is encouraging because often we pray for the healing of non-religious friends. It would be futile to ask God to bring them back to health if it depended on their faith all the time.

He is not a God of futility. He is a God of hope. And we love him for it.

 

TOUCHING GOD TRILOGY: 365 SILVER-WINGED PRAYERS: YOUR SPIRIT TO GOD’S. Includes daily prayers of praise, repentance, and thanksgiving.  Wonderful gift for weddings, anniversaries, new converts, your church library.  To BUY NOW, click a book cover or paste this:  https://amzn.to/2ooAsTj

 

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How Big is Your God?

via How Big is Your God?

 

Free book

I do not know if the congregation you attend commemorates the Lord’s death and resurrection every Sunday or not.  If not, perhaps this book will encourage you to begin this wonderful practice ~ celebrate “Easter” every Sunday.

FREE: THE LORD’S SUPPER: 52 READINGS WITH PRAYERS. For presiding at the Table or personal meditation. Available WORLDWIDE.

Download your FREE book to read on your computer, phone, notebook, etc. here: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/3r3rm0o4v1

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Saturday 9/28 ~ Just keep walking and walking and…

The scripture for today, September 28 (9/28), is Hebrews 9:28 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

“So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”

Waiting is hard to do. We wait for relatives to arrive at our house for a visit. We wait for our next promotion. We wait for babies to be born. We wait for enough money to buy new clothes.

But what about waiting for something that we have never seen? Waiting for something we believe in by faith? Waiting an entire lifetime?

All the more reason to keep your eyes on the Word, your activities in good works, and your heart on your Creator and Savior.

It’s a long spiritual walk. But just keep walking, and keep walking, and keep walking until someday in the distant future you walk right through the gates of heaven.

Then, when you look back from eternity, you will say, “The wait wasn’t so long after all.”

 

THEY MET JESUS: COME FLY WITH ME is the last novel in the life of Christ series. It is about Jesus appearing several times after coming back to life including the memorial service of 500 of his closest friends which he interrupts.  The very last chapter is old apostle John’s visit to heaven.  This series is being considered for a TV series.  To BUY NOW, click a book cover or paste this:  https://amzn.to/2lZ0gEE

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Friday 9/27 ~ God is your friend

The scripture for today, September 27 (9/27), is Nehemiah 9:27 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:

“So you handed them over to their enemies who oppressed them. But when they were oppressed, they cried out to you. From heaven, you heard them, and in your great compassion you gave them deliverers, who rescued them from the hand of their enemies.”

What was going on here?  The Jews had started worshipping false gods, putting some of their altars in the temple of God, and even offering their children as sacrifices to the fire god. God let their enemies take them captive until they stopped their horrible practices and started praying only to the one true God. Then he rescued them those enemies.

Do you know anyone who could care less about God? The only exception is when they feel oppressed by something or someone in their life? More than likely, they blame God.  Satan has convinced them he does not exist, so the only one left to blame is God. 

Wait!  Don’t be so hard on such people. That can be a good thing. Perhaps they hadn’t given God a second thought since their last calamity. But now they’re thinking about him. They may be angry at God, but at least they’re thinking about him. Now is your chance to approach a broken, desperate, but softened spirit.

Let us thank God for times of oppression. Sometimes that is what it takes for God to get their attention. Then perhaps God can show them he wants to be their friend.

 

MEFIBOSET: CRIPPLED PRINCE lived life with everything against him:  His grandfather and father were killed. He was denied his throne. He was homeless and raised by a stranger. He became crippled for life.  But the Bible says he married and had children and grandchildren.  Despite all this, the crippled prince learned to smile.  To BUY this inspiring book, click a book cover or paste this:  https://amzn.to/2FKe0dA

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Thursday 9/26 ~ How amazing God’s plan for us

The scripture for today, September 26 (9/26), is Hebrews 9:26f as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

“Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face the judgment.”

According to the Old Law of Moses, sacrifices of perfect lambs had to be made to temporarily pay the ransom of death for people’s sins. But it wasn’t enough because what Satan really wanted was the death of God so he could take over.

Finally, Jesus became the perfect Lamb of God and gave Satan what he wanted (Matthew 20:28). In a sense, he laid down on the altar of the world. He paid the ransom Satan demanded to release our sinful souls from his clutches.

Then Jesus fooled Satan.  Satan thought he got what he wanted ~ God in the body of Jesus had died.  The ransom was paid and our souls released in one fell swoop. Then three days later he played a trick on Satan: He came back to life!

And so, just as Jesus died once, we too die once. Then our judgment. No second chances. No reincarnations. No going back and trying to be perfect again and failing again.  No trying for yet another 1000 years because supposedly Jesus didn’t get it right the first time.  

Jesus released us from all of our failures at being perfect. Thank God, he was perfect for us. And now, after dying once, when he returns, he will not set foot on earth.  Instead, his followers will meet him in the air among the clouds (I Thessalonians 4:17). The rest will face judgment.

How amazing God’s plan for us!

 

A CHLD’S LIFE OF CHRIST: Storybook 7, SHADOW OF DEATH, takes the child very gently through Jesus hurting and then dying so he could go to a perfect and beautiful world and show us how to follow him there.  Children hear about the cross; help them understand with gentle words that keep them focused on the beauty of heaven.  To BUY NOW, click a book cover or paste this:  https://amzn.to/2OR1Ztg

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Wednesday 9/25 ~ How’s your race going?

The scripture for today, September 25 (9/25), is 1st Corinthians 9:25f as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

“Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore, I do not run like a man running aimlessly….”

Every few years there are world-wide Olympic Games with many races. The racers must eat properly, rest sufficiently, and exercise daily.

The Bible has been called the Bread of Life. As a Christian, you need to eat your spiritual meal every day to stay fit. You cannot keep up your strength without food.  Do you eat at least one spiritual meal a day? How delicious is reading His Words? Ah, you cannot wait until your next meal!

Your time of rest is prayer. You enter a room in your heart alone and talk to God every day. You do not spend all your time asking for things. You can hardly hold back your gratitudes and your praises. Ah, sweet time of rest in God. You need your rest. You cannot keep up your strength without it.

I Timothy 4:8 says, “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” You exercise your godliness by being out in the world and being a good example in the face of temptation to react to the world around you in the wrong way. Yes, spiritual exercise means purposely getting out there and facing obstacles to yourself or others. You exercise your spiritual muscles by pushing back and you do it daily.

The race, of course, is your Christian life. You run every day. How is your race going?

 

TOUCHING GOD TRILOGY provides a daily meditation (GOLDEN BIBLE THOUGHTS: GOD’S HEART TO YOURS), food to face the day (PEARLS OF WISDOM: GOD’S SOUL TO YOURS) and prayers of praise, confession, and thanksgiving for each day (SILVER-WINGED PRAYERS: YOUR SPIRIT TO GOD’S). A beautiful gift set with original cover art and delightful script.  To BUY NOW, click the book covers to paste this:  https://amzn.to/2lJwMud  (Click individual books to get paper price.)

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Tuesday 9/24 ~Mull over it. Absorb it. Be amazed

The scripture for today, September 24 (9/24), is Luke 9:24 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

“For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.”

Romans 6 explains this phenomenon best. We are to put our old self to death ~ to crucify that part of us that sins and doesn’t care, that part of us that puts ourselves first (verse 7) ~ in imitation of Jesus dying. Once we decide to put that part of ourselves to death, we are buried, just like Jesus was buried (verse 3 & 4a).

And then, just as he was raised from the dead as the savior, we rise from the dead as the saved. Why? “If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection” (verse 5). Having been “brought from death to life” (verse 13) through baptism, we have been born again!

This is a spiritual death, of course. There is another spiritual death called the second death in Revelation 21:8. If we go through the first spiritual death at baptism, we will not have to go through the second spiritual death in hell. We will have lost our life of sin and in the process saved our souls.

It’s all there. Study it. Mull over it. Absorb it. Be amazed.

 

REVELATION: A LOVE LETTER FROM GOD takes readers through the glorious symbolism, especially the meaning of numbers to the Jews. For example, 10 means all-inclusiveness.  Therefore 10x10x10 =1000 means all-inclusiveness with no exceptions forever. What amazing promises God makes us in this, his last book.  Read it and be lifted up.  To BUY NOW, click a book cover or paste this:  https://amzn.to/2lphdYu

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