Sunday Scripture: Mark 9:35

Three crosses on a hill

Verse:

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

-Mark 9:35

Personal Meaning:

We are called to love and serve one another. This is what Jesus taught, what He lived and why He died. He lived to share the Good news and to bring people to God. He suffered and died as a willing and perfect sacrifice for our sins. He paid the price we should have paid for sinning against God so we could be reconciled to Him. We are to love and serve those around us  just as He loved and served us. We are called to follow in His footsteps. Although most are not, some are even called to be martyrs. This is how the world is to know Christ’s followers, by their love for and service to others.

Prayer:

Lord, help me to see the world with Your eyes and have Your heart for those around me. Help me to love and serve others as You did. Amen

Today I am Thankful For:

That we are healing and recovering from COVID.

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Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

Welcome to the Resistance.

 

Sunday Scripture: Philippians 2:14-16

Three crosses on a hill

Verse:

Do everything without grumbling and arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world, by holding firm to the word of life. Then I can boast in the day of Christ that I didn’t run or labor for nothing.

-Philippians 2:14-16

Personal Meaning:

It took a long time for me to understand the concept of wanting to do something out of love versus doing it out of obligation. I finally got it and it was love for Christ that taught it to me. We do not get to heaven or earn “God points” redeemable for heavenly prizes for doing God’s will. We do God’s will because we are redeemed and going to heaven. We do it because we love Him and try to do what he says out of that love. We even have a helper in the Holy Spirit who dwells within us and is working to help us see what we should be doing and want to do those things. We are being transformed from the inside out to be willing and joyful in following Christ instead of grumbling and arguing.

Prayer:

Dear Lord, please continue to work within me to transform me, to help me live a Christlike life, not out of obligation but out of love. Help me to see the world through Your eyes and love it with Your heart. Amen

Today I am Thankful For:

A am very thankful for the changes to my spirit and soul that allow be to serve You and others joyfully and willingly instead of grudgingly and out of obligation.

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Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

Welcome to the Resistance.

 

Sunday Scripture: John 8:31-32

Three crosses on a hill

Verse:

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

-John 8:31-32

Personal Meaning:

“…the truth shall set you free.” These are some incredibly powerful words. They are also words that have been misused and taken out of context as much or more than any others in the Bible. It is not just any truth that will set you free or truth in general. It is the truth of Jesus Christ. If you follow Him and His teachings, if you believe in Him as your Lord and Savior, as the Son of God, sent to pay for our sins and reconcile us to God then you will be free. That is the truth that will set you free.

Prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus, I believe in Your truth and thank You for that truth. I thank You for the freedom and peace that comes from accepting that truth. Amen

Today I am Thankful For:

Oh Lord, thank you for all of us being on the mend and recovering. Please continue to heal up and strengthen us.

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Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

Welcome to the Resistance.

 

Unafraid

Regardless of which propaganda outlets you tune into the constant barrage of “fear porn” can be overwhelming. It is very easy to fall into depression and it is easy to let the fear mongering take hold. It has happened to me, to Wonderful Wife and other member of the family. It has happened to friends and acquaintances. I am sure it has happened to complete strangers.

When I find myself being dragged down by the weight of the challenges we are dealing with I take a step back, take a deep breath and ask myself a question or two.

Based on what I am seeing, what precautions do I need to take that I am not already taking? Then get busy taking any needed precautions.

What preparations do we need to make that we are capable of making? Is there something that I can do that is left undone? If so, get it done.

They key here is “that we are capable of making.” Would I be better prepared with a private island out of the prevailing winds with an underground bunker fully sealed against nuclear, biological and chemical threats? How about a submarine to evac us there undetected? For sure. Are those possible. Not on our incomes. If it was we would be retired there right now!

If there are no more precautions or preparations to be done, the only thing left to do is pray and be at peace because at that point everything else is in His hands.

The Lord has given us wisdom and knowledge on how to prepare. He has even given us blueprints, in the Bible, of how we should prepare for bad times on Earth and has told us there WILL be bad times. If we are following His words and have faith in Him we are good. He is our savior and no matter what happens in the next few years, we will ultimately be with Him…eternally.

Dwelling on His commands and in His will gives what no amount of food storage, water purification and radiation pills can. It’s not that those things aren’t important. It’s just that He is most important.

Take care and take heart brothers and sisters because if you have read your Bible you know how the story ends…with Christ returning not as a lamb but as a lion. Not as a humble servant and teacher but as a conquering king who will crush those who oppose Him and threaten His people. That will be a day that is both terrible and wonderful. The bottom line is that our Lord wins and we will be with Him.

So take heart. The light will always drive out the darkness.

God bless and God save the Republic.

 

 

Sunday Scripture: Colossians 3:17

Three crosses on a hill

Verse:

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

-Colossians 3:17

Personal Meaning:

Make everything you do and say an act of worship and obedience. Do everything in His name and for His glory. Thank God in all things.

Prayer:

Lord,

Help me to focus on You in all that I do and say. I pray that my actions and words would further Your kingdom and bring you glory.

Amen

Today I am Thankful For:

Recovering from being sick (not COVID).

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Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

Welcome to the Resistance.

 

Sunday Scripture: John 1:1-2

Three crosses on a hill

Verse:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

-John 1:1-2

Personal Meaning:

Jesus, here referred to as “the Word,” has been in existence since before time began. He was with God but also a part of God. Two parts of the triune God, the Trinity.

Prayer:

Lord,

There are mysteries I cannot comprehend until the resurrection. Help me to understand those that are relevant to my earthly existence and to have faith in those beyond mortal comprehension.

Amen

Today I am Thankful For:

Those people You have put into my life. Help me to not only protect them but to love and cherish them as You would have me do.

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Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

Welcome to the Resistance.

 

Sunday Scripture: Luke 12:31

Three crosses on a hill

Verse:

But seek His kingdom, and these things will be provided for you.

-Luke 12:31

Personal Meaning:

God will provide for our needs if we focus on His mission for us and on Him.

Prayer:

Dear Lord,

Help me to keep my eyes on You and my focus on Your kingdom. Give me strength and wisdom to avoid the temptations of Babylon. Please drive the darkness from our lives. Rebuke and banish the spirits that are dragging on us. Fill us with Your holy light.

Amen

Today I am Thankful For:

You have blessed us so bountifully we can never be as grateful as You deserve but we truly are grateful.

Thank You Lord.

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Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

Welcome to the Resistance.

 

Sunday Scripture: – Luke 2:8-14

Three crosses on a hill

Verse:

In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped tightly in cloth and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:
Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and peace on earth to people he favors!

-Luke 2:8-14

Personal Meaning:

I am a sinner. Through much of my life I was blind to my sin believing I was good enough based on the few commandments I didn’t break or the ones I could rationalize away. I was arrogant as well as blind. It took a long time before I was forced, through circumstance, to recognize my sin. When I did, I cried for hours begging God’s forgiveness; on my knees, in bed through the night and on the drive back home from out of state. For the first time I knew the pain of my sins and guilt but, for the first time, I also knew of God’s love and grace.

Over 2000 years ago God sent His son, Jesus Christ, from the glory in Heaven to this dark and sinful world. He grew and became a man knowing all the temptations and suffering we face on a daily basis yet He remained pure and sinless. He did not give into the temptation of sin. At the end of His ministry of healing and hope he offered himself up as a living and holy sacrifice to pay the punishment for our sins so that we could join Him in His Father’s house. He redeemed us…He redeemed me.

Prayer/Thanks:

Dear Lord,

No words can ever thank you enough for Your love and sacrifice, for your grace that frees us from our sins and the punishment we deserve. Nevertheless I offer up my thanks; in words, in deeds, in prayer and in worship.

Dear Lord thank you!

Amen

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Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

Welcome to the Resistance.