In the Upper Room

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It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.  Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” When he had finished washing their feet, he and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am He. I tell you the truth, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.” – John 13:1-20

In Old Testament days washing of the feet was the first act upon entering the tent or house after a journey. In houses of ordinary people each person would wash their own feet with the water provided by the host.  However, in the house of richer people, the washing was done by a slave. It was looked upon as the lowliest of all services. Jesus act of humility actually cleansed their hearts of selfish ambition, killed their pride, and taught them the lesson of love. Feet washing symbolizes humility and service.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, Thank You for washing my feet and (all of us, our feet). Teach me how to wash other people’s feet by serving in Your name and with Your grace. Amen.

The Last Supper

The day of Unleavened Bread is when the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus instructed Peter and John to make preparations for the Passover at a guest room and a man would show them a large upper room, all furnished. (Luke 22:7-12).

When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”  And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” – Luke 22: 14:20.

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Prayer: Thank You Jesus for eagerly desiring to be our Passover lamb and suffer for us to die for our sins at the Cross and shed Your precious blood for us to make payment for our sins.  This is real love. You gave Your all for us. I thank You and praise You for being a wonderful Savior and Friend. Thank You because, “It is Finished.” (John 19:30). There is nothing we can do to earn the gift of eternal life and heaven as You paid for it all completely when You died on the Cross and God raised You on the third day from the grave. You resurrected from the dead! As the angels told the women in the empty tomb, “He is not here; for He is risen as He said. Come see the place where the Lord lay.” (Matthew 28:6). You are alive and live forevermore! Hallelujah to the Lamb of God! Amen.

Happy Resurrection Easter Sunday!

A Bethlehem Christmas

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Each year over two million Christians visit the place where Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, Israel located in the West Bank. Manger Square becomes a very festive place to celebrate Christmas. Families enjoy the beautifully decorated Christmas trees topped with a bright star echoing that Christ came.

“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.” – Isaiah 60:1

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Manger Square. (Photos from Google).

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Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, Israel located on Manger Street, the place where Jesus was born. The church is 1,863 years old, c.333 a.d.

“And she brought forth her first-born Son, and laid Him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.” – Luke 2:7

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Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity. Everyone must “stoop” to enter. As a holy place, visitors must bow. The Lord is holy and we must bow before Him.

“And it shall be from new moon to new moon And from Sabbath to Sabbath, all mankind will come to bow down before Me,” says the LORD.” – Isaiah 66:23

“You alone are the LORD. You have made the heavens. The heaven of heavens with all their host, The earth and all that is on it, The seas and all that is in them You give life to all of them And the heavenly host bows down before You.” – Nehemiah 9:6

“I will bow down toward Your holy temple And give thanks to Your name for Your loving kindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name.”
– Psalm 138:2

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” For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
– Luke 2:11

“And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.”
– Matthew 2:9-11

Prayer: Dear God, You alone are holy. You are worthy of our praises and thanksgivings. Thank You for sending Your very best, Your only begotten Son, JESUS, to us all at Christmas. For God so loved the world that He gave…

God gave His finest to us at Christmas. We  give presents to our families and friends as Christmas is a special time and season of giving. Jesus gave His all for each of us, willingly, and sacrificially. The very best gift we can give God is to love Him by loving others. 

May you and your family have a very blessed Christmas filled with God’s Love, Joy, and Peace.

MERRY CHRISTMAS ! 

An Open Secret

 

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“Bear not a single care thyself,

One is too much for thee;

The work is Mine, and Mine alone;

Thy work –to rest in Me. – Selected

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is life more than food and the body more than clothing?” “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field…”

Mathew 6:25, 28

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your care for us each day. Thy good and perfect will be done for our lives. We are trusting You O Lord. Our eyes are upon You. Thank You Jesus for Your glorious power, in Your mighty name we pray, Amen.

 

 

 

Jesus, the King of Glory

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Psalm 24. The King of Glory and His Kingdom
A Psalm of David.

The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell therein.
For He has founded it upon the seas,
And established it upon the waters.

Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?
Or who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.
He shall receive blessing from the LORD,
And righteousness from the God of his salvation.

This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him,
Who seek Your face. Selah

Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The LORD strong and mighty,
The LORD mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Lift up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory?
The LORD of hosts.
He is the King of glory. Selah

Prayer: Lord, Thank You that You are the King of glory.
That You are strong and mighty in battle and You Lord fight our
battles for us. Let us seek You each day. We thank You and praise You in Jesus’ royal and mighty name, Amen.

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“Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.”

– Psalms 107:1

 

Old Glory, the American Flag

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“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance.” – Psalm 33:12

The American flag: The stars is a symbol of the heavens and the stripes is symbolic of the rays of light. The flag became known as Old Glory. White signifies purity and innocence, red, hardiness and valor, and blue, signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice.

The first official flag, also known as Stars & Stripes, was approved by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. The first American flag had thirteen stars representing the original 13 colonies, now commonly known as the “Betsy Ross Flag.” The 50 stars represent the fifty states. The flag stands for freedom and democracy. It represents the unity of America, our common cause, and the hope for a better tomorrow. May God continue to bless, heal, and protect America, land of the free.

The Bible says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14

Prayer: Lord, we humble ourselves before You today and ask Your forgiveness of our sins, our personal sins, and our sins as a Nation, help us turn from our wicked ways, and turn to You by seeking Your face each day, then, You have promised You will hear from heaven, and forgive our sin and heal our land. Lord, please heal our land! In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen!

In 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, President Eisenhower, (Rep.) encouraged Congress to add the words “under God,” creating the 31-word pledge we say today.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,
and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.”

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The Christian Flag was designed in the early 20th century to represent all of Christianity and has been most popular among protestant churches in North America, Africa, and Latin America. The flag has a white field, with a red Latin cross inside a blue canton.

We can praise God because the Lord Jesus Christ has set us free. He died and shed His precious blood for each of us at the cross at Calvary and forgives our sins. But, He did not stay on the cross, He was buried, and God raised Him from the dead on the third day. We praise God for the power of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.  Jesus is coming back again to bring His Church out of this world  back to Himself. Thank You  Jesus for Your love sacrifice for us all and for Your return to earth for us. You are worthy of all praise!

“For you, brothers, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Galatians 5:13-14

Prayer: Lord, help us love and serve one another in the love of Christ. Amen.

Information about the American and Christian flags were taken from Google.

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Happy 240th Independence Day, USA!

Our homespun American flag cake: It’s never a complete Fourth of July celebration without patriotic flag cake, a family tradition of many years. God bless you and God Bless America!

 

 

The Glory of God in Creation

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Psalm 8

To the Chief Musician. On the instrument of Gath.

A  Psalm of David.

O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth,
Who have set Your glory above the heavens!

Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have ordained strength;
Because of Your enemies,
That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the starts, which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?

For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
And You have crowned him with glory and honor.

You have made him to have dominion over the works
of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
All sheep and oxen–even the beasts of the field.
And the birds of the air,
And the fish of the sea
That pass through the paths of the seas.

O LORD, our Lord,
How excellent is Your name in all the earth!

Thank You Lord that You have made all things for Your glory.

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Enjoy making Mexican Ice Cream Sundae

If you haven’t yet, try it you and your family will like it.

1 quart of your favorite vanilla ice cream
1 cup sliced almonds, crushed walnuts or peanuts
Place almonds, crushed walnuts or peanuts in small saucepan with sugar. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until sugar is melted and coated with the nuts. This will take a while but don’t try to speed it up. When all are coated, place on plate and let cool. Set aside.

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Chocolate Syrup

In mixer bowl with electric mixer add heavy cream, sugar and cinnamon. Blend at med-high speed until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
Scoop ice cream into a dish, add a scoop of whipped cream and sprinkle with almonds, walnuts, or peanuts.

For chocolate lovers, pour a generous amount of chocolate syrup in a bowl and heat up in the microwave oven for 20 to 30 seconds. Add on to ice cream. Enjoy! It’s definitely worth the calories.

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Enjoy the summer…

 

 

 

 

 

What is Faith?

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According to God’s word faith is, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction (evidence) of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. Hebrews 11:1-2.

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:4

Prayer: Lord Jesus, just like the disciples asked you, “Lord, increase our faith!” (Luke 17:5). This is my prayer today, “Lord, increase my faith!” Teach me to walk in Your ways and guide my path to please You. Thank You for creating the universe by the word of Your mouth, and setting everything into place in heaven and on earth. Thank You that You are the faithful Great I AM of the Old Testament and the New Testament, the Ancient of Days. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Happy Mother’s Day to every M O M in the USA and around the world.

“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 

Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.” Proverbs 31:26,27,28,30,31

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