1 Peter 5 King James Version (KJV)

The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being examples to the flock.

 

Psalm 91
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

The Psalms
109

A Cry for Vengeance
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

1     Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise;
2     for the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me:
            
they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
3     They compassed me about also with words of hatred;
            
and fought against me without a cause.
4     For my love they are my adversaries:
            
but I give myself unto prayer.
5     And they have rewarded me evil for good,
            
and hatred for my love.
6     Set thou a wicked man over him:
            
and let Satan stand at his right hand.
7     When he shall be judged, let him be condemned:
            
and let his prayer become sin.
8     Let his days be few;
            
and let another take his office. Acts 1.20
9     Let his children be fatherless,
            
and his wife a widow.
10     Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg:
            
let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.
11     Let the extortioner catch all that he hath;
            
and let the strangers spoil his labor.
12     Let there be none to extend mercy unto him:
            
neither let there be any to favor his fatherless children.
13     Let his posterity be cut off;
            
and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.
14     Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD;
            
and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
15     Let them be before the LORD continually,
            
that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.
16     Because that he remembered not to show mercy,
            
but persecuted the poor and needy man,
that he might even slay the broken in heart.
17     As he loved cursing,
            
so let it come unto him:
as he delighted not in blessing,
so let it be far from him.
18     As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment,
            
so let it come into his bowels like water,
and like oil into his bones.
19     Let it be unto him as the garment which covereth him,
            
and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually.
20     Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD,
            
and of them that speak evil against my soul.
21     But do thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name's sake:
            
because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me.
22     For I am poor and needy,
            
and my heart is wounded within me.
23     I am gone like the shadow when it declineth:
            
I am tossed up and down as the locust.
24     My knees are weak through fasting;
            
and my flesh faileth of fatness.
25     I became also a reproach unto them:
            
when they looked upon me they shook their heads. Mt. 27.39 · Mk. 15.29
26     Help me, O LORD my God:
            
O save me according to thy mercy:
27     that they may know that this is thy hand;
            
that thou, LORD, hast done it.
28     Let them curse, but bless thou:
            
when they arise, let them be ashamed;
but let thy servant rejoice.
29     Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame;
            
and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle.
30     I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth;
            
yea, I will praise him among the multitude.
31     For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor,
            
to save him from those that condemn his soul.

I am truly blessed today as always by the grace of God and I hope and pray the same for you. I have on more than one occasion stepped back and questioned as to whether or not I am truly being the man I profess to be. Who am I? I call myself Christian but what does that really mean? I do not profess to know all the answers but I know where to look and who to look to for them.

Reading the bible one learns that the term Christian was not used until the beginnings of the church at Antioch where Luke called the disciples by that name for the first time. In short it means follower of Christ. So, what does it mean to be a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ? It means you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, by accepting Him as your personal Lord and Saviour. Simply believing in God is not enough. Being a good person is not enough. Nor is going to church, being baptized or taking communion, although all of those things are done by Christians.

Sadly there are many that live in a state of denial thinking they are Christians as I once did. "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast." -- Ephesians 2:8-9

First, many believe that just by simply going to church is enough. That just by showing up on time regularly earns you a ticket into heaven. If that were true then you’re disputing the validity of the bible. Just imagine walking into a restaurant and thinking you are going to get full just by showing up. If you are sick or have hurt yourself seriously and need to go to the hospital, just by simply stepping your foot in the hospital or emergency room is not going to make you any better. I have a lot of friends that went to school with me and God bless them but just because they showed up didn’t make them any smarter. In each of the examples I just mentioned something else is needed, some sort of action is required. At the restaurant you have to order your food and then eat it. At the hospital, you need the doctors to work on you and figure out how to help you heal. Furthermore, at school there is no way you are going to learn or get smarter if you don’t study and work hard to get ahead. The same principles apply to being a Christian. You and I are not Christians unless we put some action behind our words. When going to church one must eat of the word of God and truly digest the gospel in our lives. Just as a doctor prescribes medicine for us to take at home and follow some kind of regimen for us to recover from whatever ailment so must we follow God’s prescription for our lives day in and day out. How can we truly become stronger and wiser if we do not read the bible and study the word of God? The bible is the mana or the wisdom we need to get ahead on life and the set of instructions for our lives as Christians. Therefore, in other words if you are not putting into action the word of God then you’re just being a hypocrite. 

June 3, 2014

Today let us reflect on the word of God and his commandment to make a difference in the world around us.

Psalms 31: 8-9

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
    for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
    defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Hoy reflejemos en la palabra de Dios y su mandamiento que nos urge a ser un impacto en el mundo.

Psalmos 31: 8-9


»¡Levanta la voz por los que no tienen voz!
    ¡Defiende los derechos de los desposeídos!
¡Levanta la voz, y hazles *justicia!
    ¡Defiende a los pobres y necesitados!»

June 10, 2014

Corinthians 2:9-11


9but just as it is written, "THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM." 10For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.11For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.…