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Week of 9/2-6  (B36;19)

 

Luke 12:49-59  (NKJV - Jesus Christ speaking)

 

"I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already
kindled!  But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how dis-
tressed I am till it is accomplished!  Do  you  suppose that I came
to give peace on earth?  I tell you, not at all, but rather division.
For from now on five in one house will be divided:  three against
two, and two against three.  Father will be divided against son
and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter
against mother;  mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and
daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."
Then He also said to the multitudes, "Whenever you see a cloud
rising out of the west, immediately you say, 'A shower is coming' ;
and so it is.  And when you see the south wind blow, you say,
'There will be hot weather ' ; and there is.  Hypocrites!  You can
discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how  is it  you do
not discern this time?  Yes, and why, even of yourselves, do you
not judge what is right?  When you go with your adversary to the
magistrate, make every effort along the way to settle with him,
lest he drag you to the judge, the judge deliver you to the officer,
and the officer throw you into prison.  I tell you, you shall not 
depart from there till you have paid the very last mite."


All-knowing God, we bless You as Most High God.  We praise
You for seeing the  whole  picture.  Man is so different.  Our
vision is so limited.  Help us accept Your full Counsel regarding
Your revelation from Your Word.  Thank You that He is the Prince
of Peace.  Thank You for His peace which passes understanding,
even in the midst of a fallen world so opposed to You, Your ways
and Your people in Jesus Christ.  Thank You for warning us of 
the fruits of darkness which contribute to  betrayals  and other 
forms of division.  Thank You for directing us, as much as we
are able, to make peace with our (and Your) enemies.  May Your
kind Spirit lead us each and every one ... each and every day. 
And thank You for gracing us with foretold signs which precede 
Your Son's glorious return.  Help us watch as You've called us to
watch and so be ready for Your Son's initial appearing in glory.
And, dear YHVH God, help us  live out  Your insights.  Keep us
from rejecting Your sweet, protective Counsel during these end
of days.  Thank You Father, for new Life in Jesus Christ Your 
beloved Son, our Savior.  Help us live it to the full as we walk
in Your Holy Spirit!  And Lord, help us better discern the wolves
in our midst.  It's in Christ Jesus' name we pray, amen.  

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Week of 9/9-13  (B37;19)

 

Luke 17:1-10  (NKJV)

 

Then He  [Jesus Christ]  said to the disciples, "It is
impossible that no offenses should come, but woe
to him  through whom they do come!  It would be
better for him if a millstone were hung around his
neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he
should offend one of these little ones.  Take heed to
yourselves.  If your brother sins against you, rebuke
him;  and if he repents, forgive him.  And if he sins
against you seven times in a day, and seven times in
a day returns to you saying, 'I repent,' you shall forgive
him."  And the apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our
faith."  So the Lord said, "If you have faith as a mustard
seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be pulled up by
the roots and be planted in the sea,' and it would obey
you.  And which of you, having a servant plowing or 
tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in
from the field, 'Come at once, and sit down to eat' ?
But will he not rather say to him, 'Prepare something
for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I
have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and
drink' ?  Does he thank that servant because he did the
things that were commanded him?  I think not.  So like-
wise you, when you have done all those things, which
you are commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants.
We have done what was our duty to do."


Supreme and glorious God of lights, Your ways are surely
not our ways!  We bow to YOUR standard.  Help us submit.
Dear Father in heaven, in our efforts to humbly accept this
principle which Your exalted Son, Christ Jesus, has taught
Your own, be patient with us, we pray.  Please help us to 
better walk under the statute of  fear / respect  of You.  This 
needed quality is so lacking in Your people today.  Please 
help us be Your adopted sons who are not conformed to this
world - in the lacking aspect of  fear of God  too! - whereby 
we walk in such a way as to affirm we are but living sacrifices
who are called to both  positional holiness  in Christ  and 
to  walk in  holy obedience as we abide in our Savior.  Help 
us, in our present state, to walk in humility before You, 
knowing one day we will experience the glorification You 
have promised Your own.  We praise You Lord.  Thus we
ask:  How can we further serve You TODAY?  And Lord,
minister to the Jarrid Wilson family in their need.  The evil
tragedy of losing one to darkness does seem overwhelming
and is indeed just that - a  great  tragedy.  Help Julianne,
Finch and Denham, oh Lord, we pray.  In Jesus Christ's
name, amen.

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Week of 9/16-20  (B38;19)

 

Luke 17:20-25  (NKJV)

 

Now when He  [Jesus Christ] was asked by the Pharisees
when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them
and said, "The kingdom of God does not come with obser-
vation;  nor will they say, 'See here!' or 'See there!'  For 
indeed, the kingdom of God is within you." ["in your midst" ;
NASB]  Then He said to the disciples, "The days will come
when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of
Man, and you will not see  it.  And they will say to you, 'Look
here!' or 'Look there!'  Do not go after  them  or follow  them.
For as the lightning that flashes out of one  part  of heaven
shines to the other  part  under heaven, so also the Son of 
Man will be in His day.  But first He must suffer many things
and be rejected by this generation.


Lord Jesus, help us to walk in Your Counsel regarding our
days.  Help us to keep the first things (Gospel and Disciple-
ship) first.  Help us to go with first-love passion toward Your
great commission mandates.  And Lord, as we go, may we
discern we are ministering in a different day - the end of 
days - days which allow for great variety as to our sharing
Your requirement of being  in You  so as to enjoy reconciliation
with God Most High.  Thank You for Your Spirit's help in the
tasks You have given Your Church.  May we walk therein.
In Your great name we pray, amen. 

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Week of 9/23-27  (B39;19)

 

Luke 17:26-37  (NKJV -  [ ] content is ours ; omissions ours)

 

[ Jesus Christ speaking ]  "And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will 
be also in the days of the Son of Man:  They ate, they drank, they
married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah
entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.  Likewise
as it was also in the days of Lot:  They ate, they drank, they bought, 
they sold, they planted, they built;  but on the day that Lot went out of
Sodom it rained fire and brinstone from heaven and destroyed  them
all.  Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.  In
that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods  are  in the house,
let him not come down to take them away.  And likewise the one who
is in the field, let him not turn back.  Remember Lot's wife.  Whoever
seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will pre-
serve it.  I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed:  the
one will be taken and the other will be left.  Two will be grinding
together:  the one will be taken and the other left.  Two will be
in the field:  the one will be taken and the other left."
And they [ His disciples ] answered and said to Him, "Where, 
Lord?"  So He said to them, "Wherever the body is, there the
eagles will be gathered together." 


Lord, please help us think on the things which  Your Word  high-
lights, NOT on immoral things which our ungodly culture desires
to push.  Thank You for calling us to be ready for Your glorious
Son's return as we discern the signs of our times as outlined in 
Your Word of Truth.  Thank You that You'll take Your people from
the earth  before  You pour Your Bowls of Wrath upon the earth
just like You took Lot and Noah out of harms way millennia ago.
Thank You Lord!  And Lord, help us to be willing to lose our lives
for You whereby we attain eternal Life.  Thank You that Your Son
has been clear in His teaching above.  Until His rapture gathering
of us - Your sheep in Christ Jesus - at the final trumpet, may we 
abide in Your explicit Word - 
1.  for our protection,
2.  toward our reaching out to the unsaved with Your love message 
       of everlasting Hope in Christ Jesus Your Son,  and ultimately,
3.  unto Your glory and praise.  
In Jesus Christ's name we pray, amen.

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Week of 9/30 - 10/4  (B40;19)

 

Luke 21:5-19  (NKJV)

 

Then, as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with
beautiful stones and donations, He [ Jesus Christ ] said,  "These
things which you see - the days will come in which not  one  stone
shall be left upon another that shall not be thrown down."  So they
asked Him, saying, "Teacher, but when will these things be?  And
what sign  will there be  when these things are about to take place?"
And He said:  "Take heed that you not be deceived.  For many will
come in My name, saying, 'I am  He,'  and,  'The time has drawn 
near.'  Therefore do not go after them.  But when you hear of wars
and commotions, do not be terrified;  for these things must come
to pass first, but the end  will not come  immediately."  Then He
said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom 
against kingdom.  And there will be great earthquakes in various
places, and famines and pestilences;  and there will be fearful
sights and great signs from heaven.  But before all these things,
they will lay their hands on you and persecute  you,  delivering
you  up to the synagogues and prisons.  You will be brought
before kings and rulers for My name's sake.  But it will turn out
for you as an occasion for testimony.  Therefore settle  it  in your
hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer;  for
I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries 
will not be able to contradict or resist.  You will be betrayed even
by parents and brothers, relatives and friends;  and they will put
some  of you to death.  And you will be hated by all for My name's
sake.  But not a hair of your head shall be lost.  By your patience
possess your souls."


Thank You Lord, for Your precious Counsel as we walk through
these  end of days.  May we, Your sheep in Christ Jesus Your
holy Son - the Son of God - walk in Your statutes.  Thank You
for graciously providing Your Holy Spirit whereby we have the
means to walk as You have so clearly called us to walk.  And
Father, thank You that we are  safe  in Your loving embrace no
matter what may come!  May Jesus Christ be praised.  Amen

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Week of 10/7-11  (B41;19)

 

Luke 21:20-28  (NKJV - Jesus Christ speaking)

 

"But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know
that its desolation is near.  Then let those who are in Judea flee
to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart,
and let not those who are in the country enter her.  For these 
are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may
be fulfilled.  But woe to those who are pregnant and to those 
who are nursing babies in those days!  For there will be great
distress in the land and wrath upon this people.  And they will
fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all
nations.  And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the
times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the 
stars;  and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity,
the sea and the waves roaring;  men's hearts failing them
from fear and the expectation of those things which are
coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be
shaken.  Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a 
cloud with power and great glory.  Now when these things
begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because
your redemption draws near."


Father, what can we say but  THANK YOU  for this 
pertinent Counsel from Your Son.  THANK YOU  so
for the insights You graciously allow as a result of
our walking in light of Your Truths forever settled in 
heaven.  Thank You for blog CB10B;19 and the Truths
therein!  And Lord, when the day of the  heavenly
unrest  begins to unfold, please help us respond
wisely, knowing  all  of Your Truths are indeed just 
that:  TRUTHS.  May we  endure to the end  as Your
holy Son has so commanded Your sheep in Him.
In Jesus Christ's precious name we pray, amen. 

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Week of 10/14-18  (B42;19)

 

Luke 21:29-38  (NKJV)

 

Then He [Jesus Christ] spoke to them a parable:  "Look at the
fig tree, and all the trees.  When they are already budding, you
see and know for yourselves that summer is now near.  So you
also, when you see these things happening, know that the king-
dom of God is near.  Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will
by no means pass away till all things take place.  Heaven and
earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down
with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that
Day comes on you unexpectedly.  For it will come as a snare
on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth.  Watch
therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to
escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand
before the Son of Man."  And in the daytime He was teaching
in the temple, but at night He went out and stayed on the
mountain called Olivet.  Then early in the morning all the
people came to Him in the temple to hear Him.  


Holy Father God, in response we sincerely say, "Please 
come Lord Jesus!"  It's in His precious name we pray, amen.

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Week of 10/21-25  (B43;19)

 

I Thes. 3:1-13  (NKJV)

 

Therefore, when we could no longer endure it, we thought it 
good to be left in Athens alone, and sent Timothy, our brother
and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of
Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your
faith, that no one should be shaken by these afflictions;  for
you yourselves know that we are appointed to this.  For, in
fact, we told you before when we were with you that we would
suffer tribulation, just as it happened, and you know.  For this
reason, when I could no longer endure it, I sent to know your
faith, lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and 
our labor might be in vain.  But now that Timothy has come to
us from you, and brought us good news of your faith and love,
and that you always have good remembrance of us, greatly
desiring to see us, as we also  to see  you - therefore, brethren,
in all our affliction and distress we were comforted concerning
you by your faith.  For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord.
For what thanks can we render to God for you, for all the joy
with which we rejoice for your sake before our God, night and
day praying exceedingly that we may see your face and per-
fect what is lacking in your faith? 
Now may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus
Christ, direct our way to you.  And may the Lord make you
increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just
as we  do  to you, so that He may establish your hearts
blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the 
coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints. 


Dear God our Father;  dear Lord Jesus:  Please open our
minds and hearts to the points You make through Your
Word.  [  Mt. 24:9 ; John 16:1-4 ; Acts 14:22 ; Romans 12:12 ;
II Tim. 3:12 ; Hebrews 10:33 ; I Peter 4:13  and others ]

Lord God, allow us to endure in Your strength and love
as we press on in abiding in Your Vine - our sweet Hope.
And Father, as we walk in Your Spirit, may  Your  perspective
be our peace and joy.  Thank You for graciously Counseling 
us as You have.  We praise You for Your kind and generous 
revelation to us as we walk through these  end of days.  Thank
You, Father, for the example of perfection in our Lord Jesus, 
Your Son.  Lord, in the context of growing persecution, may we 
keep our eyes on Him and continue enjoying  Your  fruit in and 
through our sacrificial lives, unto Your glory and praise.  In 
Jesus Christ's name we pray, amen.  

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Week of 10/28 - 11/1  (B44;19)

 

Hebrews 10:19-25  (NKJV)

 

Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by
the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He con-
secrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and
having  a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw
near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our
hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies
washed with pure water.  Let us hold fast the confession
of  our  hope without wavering, for He who promised  is
faithful.  And let us consider one another in order to stir
up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling 
of ourselves together, as  is  the manner of some, but
exhorting  one another,  and so much the more as you
see the day approaching.


Soon-coming King, may our assemblies - where we
choose to gather - be settings where Your Word reigns
supreme.  Father, please help us discern the contexts
where Your revelation is not honored.  May Your kind
Spirit help us to test and discern the spirits because
many false prophets have gone out into the world.
And Lord, as we enter into the precious THANKS-
GIVING season, may we express to You our hearts
which You have made glad.  Blessed be oh Creator,
Sustainer, Savior and Coming King.  In the name of
Jesus Christ we pray, amen.

 


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