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Love one another as Jesus has loved us.

Don’t know about you, but I’ve grown weary of…

Death separating me from loved ones.

Personal kingdoms built on the backs of hard working Americans.

The greedy and heartless destroying planet earth.

Relationships, careers and dreams shipwrecked by lies.

The reputations of the innocent damaged by subversive schemes and slander.

The poor, uneducated and marginalized victimized by those in authority.

What can be done to negate hate, injustice, and greed?

Disciples of Christ MUST internalize 2 Peter 3:10-13

The day of the Lord will come and take everyone by surprise— as unexpected as a home invasion. The atmosphere will be set on fire and vanish with a horrific roar, and the heavenly bodies will melt away as in a tremendous blaze. The earth and every activity of man will be laid bare.

Since all these things are on the verge of being dismantled, don’t you see how vital it is to live a holy life? We must be consumed with godliness while we anticipate and help to speed up the coming of the day of God. When the atmosphere will be set on fire, and the heavenly bodies consumed in a blaze.

But as we wait, we trust in God’s royal proclamation to be fulfilled. There are coming heavens new in quality, and an earth new in quality where righteousness will be fully at home.

Disciples of Christ must ROB satan of his power to deceive and manipulate by…

Repentance— CHANGE the way you think. CHANGE your attitude. CHANGE your behavior so it aligns itself with Papa’s truth— His wisdom— His righteousness.

Obedience— SUBMIT to Papa’s sovereign, absolute authority and to His truth.

Backbone— DO NOT compromise Papa’s word— His truth. BOLDLY proclaim the Gospel— Papa’s heavenly treaty with earth’s inhabitants.

Yes, the day is coming when Jesus will rule the earth. 

When heaven on earth is a reality.

When tears are no more.

Join the growing multitude of Christians whose hearts are strong as steel and soft as silk. Usher in the return of our Savior and King— Lord Jesus Christ!  

Even though you’ll never know all the answers to the “whys” of life or discover all the treasures of the Kingdom on this side of eternity. Never forget Jesus is the Son of God. 

This is what ultimately changed Peter’s heart. The man who deserted Jesus in His time of need no longer feared man. Jesus was now Lord and Master of his life.

Living a holy, sacrificial life was Peter’s “thank you” for this incredible and undeserved gift of love and forgiveness. A “thank you” thousands heard on the day of Pentecost. 

People of Israel, listen to the facts. Jesus, the Victorious, was a Man on a divine mission. Whose authority was clearly proven. For you know how God performed many powerful miracles, signs, and wonders through Him.

This Man’s destiny was prearranged, for God knew that Jesus would be handed over to you to be crucified. That you would execute Him on a cross by the hands of lawless men. Yet it was all part of His predetermined plan. God destroyed the cords of death and raised Him up because it was impossible for death’s power to hold Him prisoner. 

Repent and return to God. Each one of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus, the Anointed One, to have your sins removed. Then you may take hold of the gift of the Holy Spirit. For God’s promise of the Holy Spirit is for you and your families, for those yet to be born and for everyone whom the Lord our God calls to Himself.”

Peter preached to them and warned them with these words.“Be rescued from the wayward and perverse culture of this world!”

Those who believed the word that day numbered three thousand. They were all baptized and added to the church. Acts 2:22-24 and 38-41

Why was Peter’s message so powerful? 

Jesus is truth. 

Jesus hung on the cross and conquered death through His resurrection. 

Jesus ultimately will abolish death forever. 

Jesus denies no one the opportunity to repent and be baptized into the family of God. 

Jesus has the power to radically transform anyone who will call upon His name and believe His truth. 

God expressed His love for the world in this way. He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not face everlasting destruction but will have everlasting life.

John 3:16

The Voice

Bethlehem, Israel
Rita Poynor

Let Jesus open that wound. Remove the shame, guilt and regret. Cleanse it with His love. Setting  you free forever.

Jesus, the Great Physician, has wonder working power. Doing what no drug, psychotherapeutic technique or self-help program can. Permanently freeing you from fear, insecurity, addiction, bondage and sin. Healing you of the curses this sinful world has spawned. 

Nothing is immune to His healing power. Including…

a failed marriage

childhood abuse

loss of a job

a broken dream 

hopelessness

un-forgiveness

Jesus’s treatment plan includes the antibiotics of…

Repentance.

Forgiving individuals who wounded you, including yourself.

Trashing the “if onlys” of life.

Destroying idols that dominate your life.

Resting in the Lord is paramount to the healing process. Rest that declares neither the past nor the future has power, only the present. That I am not God, and my efforts without the Holy Spirit’s guidance are futile. 

Ultimately, you must decide. 

Does Papa unconditionally love me?

Will Papa fulfill His promise to never forsake me?

Does Papa have my best interest at heart? 

You can have no doubts. Your faith in the goodness and trustworthiness of Papa must be unwavering. 

Trust Him. He won’t let you down!

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Curing their pains and their sorrows.

Psalm 147:3

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As long as you live on this side of eternity, you are at war with satan who takes no prisoners. That’s why it’s so important that you remain immersed in Papa’s truth— His Word. 

We have the living Word of God, which is full of energy. It pierces more sharply than a two-edged sword. It will even penetrate to the very core of our being where soul and spirit, bone and marrow meet! It interprets and reveals the true thoughts and secret motives of our hearts.

There is not one person who can hide their thoughts from God. Nothing that we do remains a secret, and nothing created is concealed. Everything is exposed and defenseless before His eyes, to whom we must render an account. Hebrews 4:12-13   

It’s your heart, not your circumstances that’s the battlefield in this war for your soul. 

Sadly, some Christians’ hearts are more like a black hole than a well-guarded fortress. Whatever tickles their fancy is allowed entrance. Believing they are powerless to control their thought life. The devil’s lies become their reality. Yes, these Christians may truly love Jesus.

But…

If the devil controls their mind, he’s the god of their world. 

This is why many who call themselves Christian think and behave no different than when they first made a confession of faith in Jesus.

Seeking to build their personal kingdoms instead of Papa’s.

Personal happiness, not truth, is their moral compass. 

Studying Papa’s truth is not for enlightenment and transformation but for divine confirmation of self-centered agendas.

What can be done to demolish these unrighteous paradigms? 

A non-negotiable biblical worldview must be taught and lived. All information, experiences, relationships and opportunities are to be processed through the filter of Papa’s moral absolutes. A filter that both purifies and increases your capacity to love others.

Now, because of your obedience to the truth, you have purified your very souls, and this empowers you to be full of love for your fellow believers. So express this sincere love toward one another passionately and with a pure heart. For through the eternal and living Word of God you have been born again. This “seed” that He planted within you can never be destroyed but will live and grow inside of you forever. 

For:

Human beings are frail and temporary like grass, and the glory of man fleeting like blossoms of the field. The grass dries and withers and the flowers fall off, but the Word of the Lord endures forever!

1 Peter 1:22-25

The Passion Translation

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