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“Time for Judgment”

Psalm 75: 2, 7: “When I select an appointed time, it is I Who judge with equity. For God is the judge; He puts down one, and exalts another.” In these days when men attempt to exalt and put down leaders for themselves, it is good to remember who actually does the choosing. How many times has the expected winner gone down in defeat, and the presumed also-ran come out on top? The best option is always: Let God be God!

“Time for Sharing”

John 6: 12: “And when they were filled, Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Gather up the leftover fragments that nothing may be lost.’” You realize, of course, that Jesus knew exactly how many people were there, and could have multiplied exactly the amount of food that was needed? He purposely made more. Why? Those five thousand were not the only hungry people in Galilee, you know. He created extra for them, too; just as he does when He feeds you. Gather it up, and share it.

“Time for Truth”

Psalm 60: 4: “You have given a banner to those who fear You, that it may be displayed because of the truth.” If there was ever a time the world needed truth, it is today. As Isaiah says, “Truth has fallen in the streets.” But this need not be, because God has given a banner of truth for His people to raise high, that all may see it. Do not hide it; do not fold it away; do not be ashamed of it. “Be not intimidated by the world’s lies, but hoist God’s truth ever up to the skies.”

“Time for Resurrection”

Hebrews 9: 27, 28: “And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sin of many, shall appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin.” We all have one time to die, and one time to rise again in a bodily resurrection at Christ’s Second Coming. Please ignore all the talk about multiple existences. Christians have one life to live; first here on earth, then in God’s presence until Jesus comes again, then eternally in God’s Kingdom on earth. One is all you get!

“Time for Healing”

John 5: 5: “And a certain man was there, who had been thirty-eight years in his sickness.” Imagine, for almost twenty years Jesus had passed by this man during His annual Passover trips to Jerusalem, probably wanting to do something, but knowing it was not the right time. But this year was different! Now was the time! And wasting no time, Jesus went to work, and legs that had not worked in thirty-eight years suddenly functioned like an athlete’s. “To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” When it comes, nothing can stop it!

“Time for Battle”

Genesis 14: 14: “And when Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he led out his trained men, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.” Imagine, 318 servants born in his house! Maybe Abram had no children of his own, but he sure had a house full of folks! And although maybe it seemed like he didn’t need them, and they didn’t need the CAT training he gave them, when the need arose, Abram was ready! Be ready in season and out of season, for you never really know when what God has given you will come in handy.

Third Sunday after Epiphany: “Proclamation is Profitable”

Isaiah 49:1-7 Psalm 40:1-11 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 John 1:29-42 The Cross is a picture of what is wrong with humanity. All that is wrong with man and the world as influenced by the devil, by the powers and principalities is shown by the Cross. The reason Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself on the cross is so that we can see our wrong. The verse song says, “Now, O Lord, we see our wrong, heal our hearts and show Yourself strong.” The Cross was the product of religion, politics, envy, hatred and all evil inflicted on one Man who happened to be innocent. The Cross is all the place we see God’s forgiveness. In Romans 3:25 MSG Translation, “God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that

3rd Sunday After the Epiphany - Episode 9

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The Feast of Our Lord, The Giver of Life

If a new year means a new beginning, then what does a new decade mean to you? What are you looking forward to in 2020? The year 2020 will probably be like any other year; full of confusing and depressing events, but there will be some good things too. There will even be several interesting things as the new decade starts. We have a whole ten years to shape the trends, life plans and events that will be associated with the 20's. As they say, we are the makers of our own destiny. We can make our plans, but the Lord directs our steps (Proverbs 16:9). We can make a good start by practicing important values in our lives. One of these is humility. Though striving to keep it ever-present c

“Exemplary Sacrifice”

Hebrews 7: 28: “For the Law appoints men as high priests who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints a Son, made perfect forever.” The Law had its priests and the Law had its sacrifices, none of whom were perfect. The Gospel has Jesus Christ, perfect Priest and perfect Sacrifice rolled into one, in the form of the Cross, represented by the letter “x”, which is found in every day’s title this week. Like the Law itself, it always pointed to Christ!

“Shocking Expose’”

John 4: 18, 26: “You have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband … I Who speak to you am He [the Christ].” There are two kinds of expose’s out there: the kind that exposes the faults of others, and the kind that exposes the truth of God. Which interests you the most? Be honest … do you need to be told what your answer ought to be?

“Population Explosion”

Genesis 11: 4: “Let us make for ourselves a name, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” This wasn’t really so bad, except that the Lord had commanded to multiply and fill the earth, not for everybody gather in one place and in one tower. So, He gave mankind what they feared—He scattered them all over the whole earth (vv. 8, 9). You see, God really prefers Free Range, even when it comes to people.

“Undesirable extraction”

Psalm 119: 43: “Do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for I wait for Your ordinances.” There’s nothing worse that the feeling of when someone’s waiting on you for an answer, and none is forthcoming. No matter how hard you try, and think, and pray—nada! How do you avoid this? Fill your heart with God’s word and His ordinances, and the Holy Spirit will be faithful to bring it to your remembrance when needed. Otherwise, He’ll yank out what little is there.

“Expanded Diet”

Hebrews 5: 13: “For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.” This isn’t about whether you should avoid dairy products, or meat, or coffee, or rotgut whiskey. That’s another story for another day. This concerns a new believer who spends more time mastering the ins and outs of his new iphone than he does the inner workings of his faith. Believe it or not, the faith will be around longer than technology. If you want to grow up, give it some attention.

“Inexplicable”

John 3: 8: “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” How can you explain a change of heart, a change of attitude, a change of life and behavior? The Pharisees, who took pride in having all the answers, did not have the explanation for this in their book. For men who claimed to be spiritual creatures, they certainly spent a lot of time dealing with earthly things. But in the midst of a mass of unbelievers, Nicodemus was trying, and eventually came around. You see, there is hope for all the Nicodemuses in your life.

2nd Sunday After the Epiphany - Episode 8

Music and Musings is a weekly video podcast with Bishop Ariel to help us understand more and celebrate our Sunday Mass better with music and reflections for us to meditate with.

What Are You Looking For?

Our Gospel reading this week is drenched in the language of looking and seeing. “I saw the Spirit,” John says after a dove descends on the newly baptized Jesus. And again: “I myself have seen and have testified.” “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” He tells his disciples the next day. Jesus “turns and sees” those same disciples, and invites them to “come and see” where He’s staying. Later, Andrew tells his brother Simon that he has “found” the Messiah. The passage ends with Jesus looking at Simon before renaming him. Looking. Seeing. Finding. What are you looking for?” I believe it’s a question for the ages. What are you looking for? What are you hoping for in your spiritual life? Ar

“Real Zeal”

John 2: 15, 17: “He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the moneychangers, and overturned their tables … His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for Your house will consume Me.’” This story is in all four gospels, and never once does it say that Jesus was angry, mad, or even a little pissed; however, John tells us that His motivation was zeal. Zeal is passion, in this case a passion for righteousness. The scriptures forbid anger in many places; why would Jesus violate His own word? But He did fulfill Psalm 69: 9.

“What’s Your Rebirth Sign? The Sign of the Cross”

Psalm 16: 2: “I said to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord; I have no good besides You.’” God is our only good. When we look to other sources for direction or support we come close to bartering for another god (v. 3). Your name may indicate your character (if your parents did a good job of listening to God when they christened you), but it cannot dictate your character. Ultimately, we should pattern our character after the image of Christ, regardless of our birth sign.

“Faithless or Falling?”

Hebrews 3: 12: “Take care, brethren, lest there should be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart, in falling away from the living God.” The danger here is not in the sin of unbelief, the penalty for which has been taken away in Christ. (“If we are faithless, He remains faithful”, 2 Timothy 13) The far more disastrous thing is the result of unbelief: the falling away from God. Falling away from God is its own curse, and leads to all kinds of misery and pain. He will never leave us, but if we, through unbelief, leave him … “If we deny Him, He will also deny us.” (2 Timothy 2: 12b) Don’t go there!

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