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Love one another as Jesus has loved us.

Jewish Cemetery (Jerusalem)
Rita Poynor

Visualize hammering the nails into the hands of Jesus when sin comes knocking at your door.

More than 2000 years ago Jesus was crucified. Graphically revealing sin’s barbarity— cruelty— evil.

Shouting to all. “Work hard for sin your whole life, and death is your reward!”

YOUR sin…

Whipped His body with a cat o’ nine tails until skin and muscle were torn from His bones. 

Pounded the nails into His hands.

Shoved the crown of thorns down into His skull.

Pulverized His face.

Slowly sucked the breath from His lungs.

Knowing crucifixion would be His destiny here on earth. Jesus still chose to leave His heavenly throne and come to earth to live as a human being.

Why?

So He could redeem Papa’s children from the pit of hell.

Knowing they would desert Him in His time of need. Condemning Him to a death of unspeakable horror. Jesus still chose to lovingly heal and comfort the lost, the forgotten, the hurting.

Jesus chose to use precious oxygen to plead. “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”  Luke 23:34

Jesus died alone and separated from His heavenly Father’s presence so none of us ever have to ask.

“My God! My God! Why have You forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:46

Thankfully, Jesus’s crucifixion was not the end of this love story! Jesus did not remain on the cross or in the tomb. He overcame death and was resurrected.

It’s Jesus’s resurrection that’s the cornerstone of Christianity. It’s proof of Jesus’s deity and undeniable confirmation of Papa’s great love for His children.

You crucified Jesus Christ, but God has brought Him back to life.

Acts 4:10

GOD’S WORD Translation

There is a loneliness epidemic in America. According to a nationwide survey conducted by global health service company Cigna, “an astonishing 43% of participants (that’s 2 in 5 Americans) sometimes or always feel isolated from others, and that their relationships are not meaningful. Additionally, 27% (that’s 1 in 4 Americans) rarely or never feel as though there are people that really understand and connect with them.”

At the core of loneliness is an orphan heart. For those with an orphan heart…

Identity, sense of destiny and purpose are illusive.

Are continually searching in vain for the answer to “Who am I?”

Never feeling accepted or loved.

Trusting others is taboo.

Self-reliance and perfectionism define a life of excellence.

A victim mentality permeates problem-solving strategies.

At no other time in Church history has the need been so great to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Caring for the orphans among us by…

Providing financial support and physical protection. 

Teaching Papa’s precepts by living a life that epitomizes His holiness, mercy and goodness.

Loving Papa with all our heart, soul, mind, strength AND our neighbors as well.

Being the hands and feet of Jesus is not always easy or convenient.

BUT

It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

You have a special place in My Father’s heart. Come and experience the full inheritance of the kingdom realm that has been destined for you from before the foundation of the world! 

When you saw Me hungry. You fed Me. When you found Me thirsty. You gave Me something to drink. When I had no place to stay. You invited Me in. When I was poorly clothed. You covered Me. When I was sick. You tenderly cared for Me. When I was in prison. You visited Me.

Then the godly will answer Him, “Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty and give You food and something to drink? When did we see You with no place to stay and invite You in? When did we see You poorly clothed and cover You? When did we see You sick and tenderly care for You or in prison and visit You?’

And the King will answer them, “When you cared for one of the least important of these My little ones, My true brothers and sisters, you demonstrated love for Me.

Matthew 25:34-36 and 40

The Passion Translation

Study Reveals Gen Z as the Loneliness Generation in America

Ginosar, Israel
Rita Poynor

Stop calling…     

selfishness— immaturity 

irresponsible decisions— addictions 

laziness— unmotivated

          evil— an illness.

In America sin— evil has been…

Whitewashed. 

Ignored. 

Confined to children’s fairy tales. 

Why?

The belief and devotion to absolute truth is unilaterally rejected. 

Thanks to humanistic philosophies and political correct doctrines. Good and evil are continually being redefined. 

Personal intentions are no longer considered the reason for one’s actions, good or bad. Genetics. Cultural expectations. Environmental factors have replaced free will as the watchdog of human behavior.

When Papa created man. He gave man not only the ability but also His permission to make choices— free will. This ability to choose a course of action from among various alternatives is what separates man from all creation. 

You have a choice. You can either obey Papa— the Father of righteousness and life OR satan— the father of sin and death.

But don’t be deceived. Thinking you can overcome the yearnings of the flesh singlehandedly. Only Papa’s grace can empower you to overcome sin and live a victorious life.

Join Papa’s campaign today against sin. Just say no!

The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good. The evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil. For his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.

Luke 6:45

New American Standard Bible

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