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Week of 4/1-5  (B14;19)


Matthew 25:1-13  (NKJV ; emphasis ours)


Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who
took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.  Now five
of them were wise, and five  were  foolish.  Those who  were 
foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise
took oil in their vessels with their lamps.  But while the bridegroom
was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.  And at midnight a cry
was  heard,  'Behold. the bridegroom is coming, go out to meet 
him!'  Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.  And
the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us  some  of your oil, for our
lamps are going out.'  But the wise answered, saying,  'No,  lest
there should not be enough for us and you;  but go rather to
those who sell, and buy for yourselves.'  And while they went
to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went
in with him to the wedding;  and the door was shut.  Afterward
the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!'
But he answered and said, 'Assuredly I say to you, I do not
know you.'  Watch therefore, for you know neither the day
nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

Lord Jesus, You have been so clear on essential matters
for Your Church today.  THANK YOU for helping us discern
the many false teaching within the  Christian  community.
Lord, in Your mercy and grace, continue helping us discern
these false appeals and help us to respond in the way You
have outlined:  Speak the Truth in love.  Thank You, Lord,
for  all  aspects of Your  love, including  truth  as declared in 
I Corinthians 13.  May You, oh God most high, be exalted
above the heavens.  Even so, please come quickly Lord
Jesus.  Amen



Week of 4/8-12  (B15;19)


Matthew 25:14-30  (NKJV)


For  the kingdom of heaven  is  like a man traveling to a far
country,  who  called his own servants and delivered his goods
to them.  And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and
to another one, to each according to his own ability;  and 
immediately he went on a journey.  Then he who had received
the five talents went and traded with them, and made another
five talents.  And likewise he who  had received  two gained
two more also.  But he who had received one went and dug
in the ground, and hid his lord's money.  After a long time the
lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
So he who had received five talents came and brought five
other talents, saying, 'Lord, you delivered to me five talents;
look, I have gained five more talents besides them.'  His lord
said to him, 'Well  done,  good and faithful servant;  you were
faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many 
things.  Enter into the joy of your lord.'  He also who had
received two talents came and said, 'Lord, you delivered 
to me two talents;  look, I have gained two more talents
besides them.'  His lord said to him, 'Well  done,  good and
faithful servant;  you have been faithful over a few things,
I will make you ruler over many things.  Enter into the joy
of your lord.'  Then he who had received the one talent
came and said, 'Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping
where you have not sown, and gathering where you have
not scattered seed.  And I was afraid, and went and hid 
your talent in the ground.  Look,  there  you have  what  is
yours.'  But his lord answered and said to him, 'You wicked
and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not
sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.  So you
ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and
at my coming I would have received back my own with 
interest.  Therefore take the talent from him, and give  it
to him who has ten talents.  For everyone who has, more
will be given, and he will have abundance;  but from him
who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.
And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness.
There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

Lord Jesus, You have clearly given each member of humanity
talents  to be used for Your glory and praise.  Help us thrive by
active service toward the end of fruitful activity in Your Kingdom
things.  Help us better understand that You will reject those who
say they are Yours but who live to the contrary.  Help us discern
the full Counsel of Your Word concerning what it actually means
to be saved.  Thank You for the conditional cautions in Your Word,
ones which encourage us to work out our salvation with fear and 
trembling.  As we abide in Your Spirit, may God-honoring fruit
be the result.  Yes, Lord, thank You for Your teaching in the
15th chapter of the Gospel of John - including verses 1 - 8. 
Help us discern those who would bring interpretation which
is in denial of what You have graciously Counseled therein.
In Your holy name we pray, amen



Week of 4/15-19  (B16;19)


Matthew 25:31-46  (NKJV)


When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels
with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.  All the nations
will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from
another, as a shepherd divides  his  sheep from the goats.  And 
He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.
Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you
blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from
the foundation of the world:  for I was hungry and you gave Me
food;  I was thirsty and you gave Me drink;  I was a stranger and
you took Me in;  I  was  naked and you clothed  Me;  I was sick
and you visited Me;  I was in prison and you came to Me.'  Then
the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see
You hungry and feed  You,  and thirsty and give You  drink?  When
did we see You a stranger and take  You  in, or naked and clothe
You ?'  And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I
say to you, inasmuch as you did  it  to one of the least of these
My brethren, you did  it  to Me.'  Then He will also say to those
on the left hand,  'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the ever-
lasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:  for I was
hungry and you gave Me no food;  I was thirsty and you gave
Me no drink;  I was a stranger and you did not take Me in,
naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you
did not visit Me.'  Then they also will answer Him, saying, 
'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger
or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?'
Then He will answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you,
inasmuch as you did not do  it  to one of the least of these,
you did not do  it  to Me.'  And these will go away into 
everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.

Holy Father God, we sincerely bow in worship.  Thank You
for allowing us the privilege and honor of being Your redeemed.
We praise You for Your gracious and merciful  adoption  of us,
sinners needing forgiveness.  Thank You for sending Your Son
to die on our behalf.  Thank You for expressing so powerfully
Your Victory in His Resurrection which we especially ponder
this precious  holy week.  Lord God Most High:  We do indeed
CELEBRATE.  We also  submit  to Your call to  live out our 
salvation  as we abide in Your Son and walk in Your Spirit.
Thank You for Your full Counsel on salvation, oh God of glory,
God of grace.  In Jesus Christ's glorious name we pray, amen. 



Week of 4/22-26  (B17;19)


II Thessalonians 2:1-12  (NKJV)


Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon
shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as
if from us, as though the  day of Christ  [ some English versions read, 
"Day of the Lord" ]  had come.  Let no one deceive you by any means;
for  that Day will not come  unless the falling away comes first, and the
man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts
himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he 
sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these
things?  And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed
in his own time.  For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work;
only He who now restrains  will do so  until He is taken out of the way.
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume
with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His
coming.  The coming of the  lawless one  is according to the working
of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all un-
righteous deception among those who perish, because they did not
receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this
reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe
the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth
but had pleasure in unrighteousness.    (notation in [brackets] ours)

The  "Day of the Lord"  is a  crucial  end time doctrine.  CLICK HERE
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Oh holy, most merciful and gracious Father of lights, THANK YOU
for  the love of the truth  -  Jesus Christ our Savior  -  Your holy Word.
Help those whose eternal destiny continues in the balance.  Help them
receive Your love expresssed through the Gospel of Jesus Christ - the
Lord of lords and King of kings.  THANK YOU  for the celebration at 
hand as we especially ponder His death and resurrection.  Open the
eyes of the needy whereby we see Your kind provisions out of the 
eternal Lake of Fire.  Thank You for rescuing us from dark bondage
through Your Lamb who takes away the sin of the world.  Help those
still needing regeneration - new birth - to receive Your loving, forgiving
provision.  It's in His great name we pray, amen. 



Week of 4/29 - 5/3  (B18;19)


I Thessalonians 5:1-11  (NKJV)


But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have
no need that I should write to you.  For you yourselves know
perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the
night.  For when they say, "Peace and safety!"  then sudden
destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant
woman.  And they shall not escape.  But you, brethren, are not
in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.  
You are all sons of light and sons of the day.  We are not of the
night nor of darkness.  Therefore let us not sleep, as others  do,
but let us watch and be sober.  For those who sleep, sleep at
night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night.  But let us
who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith
and love, and  as  a helmet the hope of salvation.  For God 
did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our
Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or
sleep, we should live together with Him.  Therefore, comfort 
each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.  

Alleluia - Praise to Yah!  YHVH God, we praise You for 
Your kind and generous revelation to us.  Help us rightly
divide Your Word of Truth.  Thank You for equipping us 
so as to even minister during the early days of the  Day 
the Lord  before Your wrath is poured out on the earth.  
Yes, thank You for gathering us together before Your bowls
of wrath.  And thank You for sparing us from Your eternal
wrath in separation from You in the Lake of Fire.  Father
God, we  so  thank You for Your precious Son.  We take
comfort in these things, oh God of glory, God of grace.
In Your Son - Jesus Christ - I pray.  Amen



Week of 5/6-10  (B19;19)


II Thessalonians 1:3-12  (NKJV ; emphasis ours)


We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it
is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love
of every one of you all abounds toward each other, so that we
ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your
patience and faith  in all your persecutions and tribulations
that you endure,  which is  manifest evidence of the righteous
judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the
kingdom of God, for which you also suffer;  since  it is  a
righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who
trouble you, and to  give  you who are troubled rest with us
when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His 
mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those
who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the
gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.  These shall be punished
with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord
and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that
Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among
all those who believe, because our testimony among you
was believed.  Therefore we also pray always for you that
our God would count you worthy of  this  calling, and fulfill
all the good pleasure of  His  goodness and the work of
faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the
grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen Lord God.  Even so, please come quickly Lord Jesus.



Week of 5/13-17  (B20;19)


II Thessalonians 2:13 - 3:6  (NKJV)


But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren
beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you
for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the
truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of
the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, brethren, stand 
fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by 
word or our epistle.  Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, 
and our God and Father, who has loved us and given  us  
everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort
your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may 
run  swiftly  and be glorified, just as  it is  with you, and that
we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men;
for not all have faith.  But the Lord is faithful, who will estab-
lish you and guard  you  from the evil one.  And we have 
confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do 
and will do the things we command you.  Now may the Lord
direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience
of Christ.  But we command you, brethren, in the name of 
our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother
who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which
he received from us. 

Father God, we praise and thank You for Your generous good-
ness to mankind.  Lord, may Your kind Counsel be received in
this day of unusual darkness.  May the light of Your Word bring
glorious fruit in both our lives and as Your Word returns having
accomplished that for which You sent it.  In our lives, Lord, be
glorified, be glorified today.  In Your holy Son's wonderful name
we pray, amen. 



Week of 5/20-24  (B21;19)


II Timothy 3:12 - 4:4  (NKJV)


Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer
persecution.  But evil men and imposters will grow worse and
worse, deceiving and being deceived.  But you must continue
in the things which you have learned and been assured of,
knowing from whom you have learned  them,  and that from
childhood you have know the Holy Scriptures, which are able
to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ
Jesus.  All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is  pro-
fitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction
in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, 
thoroughly equipped for every good work.  I charge  you 
therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will
judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His 
kingdom:  Preach the word!  Be ready in season  and  out
of season.  Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering
and teaching.  For the time will come when they will not endure
sound doctrine, but according to their own desires,  because
they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;
and they will turn  their  ears away from the truth, and be turned
aside to fables.  But you be watchful in all things, endure 
afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.  

Precious Lord Jesus, as the incarnate, eternal Word of God, we also
thank You for Your  written  Word to us.  Lord, help this generation
discern the  NEED  for  all  to honor Your Word of doctrine, reproof,
correction and instruction in righteousness.  This includes a growing 
number of contemporary churches who choose  not  to submit to these 
aspects of Your Word.  Rebuke them, oh God of Truth and Holiness.
As  LORD  over Your Church, help us discern the false churches
today who willfully put themselves  under the authority  of  dark
culture  and  who reject Your Word in so doing.  Lord, may we
endure to the end unto Your glory and praise.  Amen


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