Posted by: wwyeshua | April 8, 2019

ON THE ROAD TO EMMAUS – Luke 24:13-49

On the third day after Jesus was crucified and put in the tomb, two of His disciples were walking along a road out of Jerusalem. One of them was Cleopas.

They were on their way to a village called Emmaus 7 miles (11 kilometers) from Jerusalem.

They were talking about the sad events that led Jesus to be crucified on a cross and die. As they talked, a man came up and walked alongside them. It was Jesus but they did not recognize Him.

The stranger asked, ‘What are you talking about?’ They stopped and stood still, looking sad. Cleopas asked, ‘Are you the only person in Jerusalem who does not know what has happened?’

 ‘What things?’ asked the stranger?

‘Jesus of Nazareth was handed over by the Chief Priests to be sentenced to death and they crucified Him,’ the disciples explained. ‘We hoped He would save us and free us from the Jews.’

‘But then, this morning when some of our women went to the tomb, it was empty. His body was missing! They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels. The angels said that Jesus was alive! Some of our friends went to the tomb to see what had happened and it was definitely empty, but they did not see Jesus.’

‘How foolish you are not to believe what the prophets said would happen many years ago. They told us the Savior (Messiah) would have to suffer before rising to glory.’

Then Jesus explained how first Moses then other prophets had written down that the Savoir of the world would die and rise from the dead.

As they approached Emmaus Jesus, who was still a stranger to them, acted as if He did not plan to stop there. But they begged Him, ‘Stay with us. It is late; and it will be getting dark pretty soon.’ So He accepted and went in to stay with them.

When they sat down to eat, Jesus took some bread, gave thanks, broke it and gave it to them. Immediately God allowed the two disciples to see who the stranger was. Jesus!

At that moment Jesus disappeared from their sight. Then they said to each other ‘Weren’t our hearts warmed as Jesus spoke to us and explained what is written about the Savior?’ It was so exciting when He explained the true meaning of the Scriptures.

So the two disciples got up immediately and rushed back to Jerusalem as fast as they could.

When they got there, they found the 11 apostles and other disciples together. They were saying, “It’s true! The Lord has risen! He has appeared to Simon!” Then the two of them told what had happened to them on the way. They told how they had recognized Jesus when he broke the bread. Now the room where they were meeting was locked.

All of a sudden Jesus appeared and stood among them and said: ‘Peace be with you.’ Everyone was frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost. Can you imagine Jesus walked right through a closed door! I would have been frightened also, wouldn’t you?

But Jesus asked them ‘Why are you afraid and in doubt? Look at my hands. Look at my feet. You can see that it’s really me. Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do.’

The disciples were full of joy and amazement but could still not believe Jesus was really alive. ‘Do you have something I can eat?’ Jesus asked. So they gave Him some broiled fish and Jesus ate it as they watched.

Then he helped them understand the Scriptures. He told them: The Scriptures say that the Messiah must suffer, and then three days later He will rise from death. They also say that all people of every nation must be told in My name to turn to God, in order to be forgiven. So beginning in Jerusalem, you must tell everything that has happened.

But before leaving He told them listen! My Father has promised you something; I will send Him to you. But you must stay in Jerusalem until you have received that power from heaven. Then Jesus once more disappeared from their sight.

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Let’s see what happens next time. Until then, remember to say your prayers, obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.

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The word transfiguration means “to transform, to change in appearance.”

So let’s see what happened when Jesus took Peter, James and John and led them up a high mountain to pray; and they where there all alone.

 

When they got to the top of the mountain, Jesus began praying.

But the disciples were very sleepy from the long walk up the mountain, and fell asleep.

As Jesus was praying, all of a sudden, the appearance of His face changed and became bright like the sun. And his clothes became white as light. 

 

Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor and were talking with Jesus. They talked about the things that were about to happen to Jesus to fulfill the scriptures.

Peter, James and John woke up and saw the glory of Jesus and the two men standing with Him. They were frightened and Peter blurted out, ‘Let’s make three shelters, one for Jesus, on for Moses and one for Elijah.’ (Peter was so stunned that he did not know what he was saying.) 

It is interesting that Peter wanted to build shelters for Moses, Elijah and Jesus. Maybe he wanted to make a place like the tabernacle in the Old Testament for them. Or perhaps he wanted them to stay for a while. (In the book of Luke 9:31 we read that Jesus, Moses and Elijah were talking about how He was leaving them soon and perhaps Peter wanted them to stay for a while.) Either way, Peter never forgot this event. He wrote about it later when he wrote 2 Peter 1:16-18, about being with Jesus on the sacred mountain.

Now, while Peter was saying these things, a cloud came down all around them. Peter, James, and John became afraid when the cloud covered them, but a voice came from the cloud. The voice said, “This is my Son. He is the One I have chosen. Obey him.” When the voice finished speaking, only Jesus was there, and Peter, James, and John where very quiet and said nothing.

Now, they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Don’t tell anyone about the things you saw on the mountain. Wait until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead. Then you may tell.” So they obeyed Jesus and said nothing about what they had seen; but they discussed what Jesus meant about rising from the dead.

Do you know what caused the face of Jesus to be changed and his clothes to become dazzling white? It was because they were in the presence of God!

Did you know that God wants our faces to shine also?

Jesus said: In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do. Live so that they will praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

So, if we walk with Jesus every day and obey Him, others will see that we have the love of Jesus in our heart, and they will see His reflection shining brightly in our faces!

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Goodbye, until next time. Until then, remember to say your prayers, obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.

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Posted by: wwyeshua | February 13, 2019

JESUS WALKS ON WATER – Matthew 14:22-36, Mark 6:45-56

It was the evening of a busy day in which Jesus had taught over 5,000 people and miraculously fed them.

Jesus told his disciples to get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side to Bethsaida and that He would join them later.

After dismissing the crowds, Jesus climbed up by himself the side of a mountain to pray. Jesus knew that He had to be close to His heavenly Father so He could have the strength to do His will each day; just like we should do also.

As it got dark Jesus, Jesus could see the disciples had rowed 3-4 miles (5-6 km). By this time, the boat was already far away and was having trouble because of the waves, and the strong wind that was blowing against it.

Shortly before dawn Jesus finished praying and started walking the quickest way back to Capernaum, which was across the sea.

When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were afraid. They said, “It’s a ghost!” and cried out in fear.

But Jesus quickly spoke to them. He said, “Have courage! It is I! Don’t be afraid.”

Peter said, “Lord, if that is really you, then tell me to come to you on the water,” and  Jesus said, “Come.”

The disciples watched as Peter carefully got out of the boat and began to walk on water towards Jesus.  Peter watched Jesus at first, but then started noticing the wind and the small waves on the water and looked around with worry.

As soon as Peter started to be scared and took his eyes off of Jesus, he started to sink, and he cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Then Jesus reached out his hand and caught Peter. Jesus said, “You have such little trust for me Peter, why did you doubt me?” 

As soon as Jesus got into the boat the wind stopped and the water was calm.  Then everyone in the boat worshipped Jesus saying, “Truly you are God’s Son!” And almost immediately the boat reached the shore, which was in itself another miracle.

When they had crossed the lake, they came to shore at a place called Gennesaret. They tied the boat there. When they got out of the boat, the people saw Jesus and immediately recognized Him. They ran to tell others everywhere in that area that Jesus was there. They brought all the sick people to him and begged to touch the corner of his long coat because all who touched Him were healed.

Remember that when we obey Christ and focus on Him things go well, but when we focus only on the world things begin to go wrong.

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Goodbye, until next time. Until then, remember to say your prayers, obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.

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Posted by: wwyeshua | January 5, 2019

SAUL’S CONVERSION – Acts 9:1-30

Saul was a very angry man who persecuted Christians. He was a Jewish Pharisee and he did not believe in Jesus Christ as the Messiah.

The Jews hated the Christians and tried to kill them every chance they had. Saul had just been present at the stoning of Stephen who loved Jesus and was preaching to the Jews about Him when they stoned him to death.

 

After the death of Stephen, Christians in Jerusalem suffered so much that many left to find new places to live. Some traveled north to the city of Damascus.

 

Saul, however, was not going to let this happen, so he went to the High Priest and asked for papers that would give him permission to go to Damascus and arrest any of those who believe in Jesus.

The papers were given to Saul and he set off to Damascus.

As he got near to the city, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him and he fell to the ground. He heard a voice saying: ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’

‘Who are you, Lord?’ Saul asked. ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the voice replied. ‘Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.’

The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless. They heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up, but when he opened his eyes he could not see, he was blind.

So they led Saul by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

 

In Damascus there was a disciple of Jesus Christ named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, ‘Ananias!’‘Yes, Lord,’ he answered.

‘Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man named Saul. He is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.’

 

‘Lord,’ Ananias answered, ‘I heard that this man has harmed your holy people in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.’

 

But the Lord said to Ananias, ‘Go! I have chosen Saul for an important work. He must tell about me to non-Jews, to kings, and to the people of Israel.  I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.’

Then Ananias went to the house and placed his hands on Saul. ‘Brother Saul, Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.’

 

Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see. Saul got up and was immediately baptized by Ananias.

Afterword he ate some food, and regained his strength.

After this, Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus – the very people he had come to arrest.

And he immediately began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.

 

Those listening were amazed. They said, “This is the man who was in Jerusalem. He was trying to destroy those who trust in this name! He came here to do the same thing. He came here to arrest the followers of Jesus and take them back to the leading priests.’

But Saul powerfully explained to them that Jesus is the Messiah. A few days later some Jews who were against Jesus plotted to kill Saul. They were planning to do the same thing Saul came to do in Damascus, but now it was he who they were after.

They kept watch at the city gates hoping to catch him and kill him. But Saul found out about their plans.

So, Saul’s friend took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall so he could escape.

Once Saul left Damascus he returned to Jerusalem where he tried to join the disciples. But they were all afraid of him, because they did not believe that he really was a disciple.

However, Barnabas explained that Saul was now a Christian, and how he had preached in Damascus that Jesus is the Son of God.  So the Apostles welcomed Saul, and he started speaking boldly about Jesus in Jerusalem.

But again, when he started telling about Jesus in Jerusalem they tried to kill him there also.

 

To protect Saul the believers took him to the port of Caesarea and sent him back to his home city of Tarsus. Saul was his Jewish name but as a Roman citizen he also had the Latin name which was ‘Paul’. 

The apostle Paul from then on suffered many persecutions. Instead of being the person who hurt other Christians, he became persecuted himself for Christ’s sake. 

God had a special job for Paul to do, and He may have some great work for you to do also. So be ready and always take every opportunity to learn more about Jesus Christ who is our Lord and Savior.

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Goodbye, until next time. Until then, remember to say your prayers, obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.

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Posted by: wwyeshua | December 17, 2018

ZACCHAEUS MEETS JESUS – Luke 19:1-10

In this story we will meet a man that was not very liked in his town; and the reason was that Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector for the Romans and he was also a swindler. He got pretty rich because while he was doing his job collecting taxes, he would always cheat and would charge extra so he could accumulate riches for himself.

 

Now, Jesus and His disciples were on the way to Jerusalem and were passing through the city of Jericho where Zacchaeus lived.

 

On that day, Zacchaeus looked down the dirt road that came into Jericho and he saw a crowd of people coming his way. He did not know that Jesus was coming, but a large crowd was gathering because they all wanted to see Him.

 

When he found out what was happening, He wanted desperately to see Jesus, but the crowd was blocking his vision. Being a short man he couldn’t see over the taller people in front of him, and even standing on his tip toes, he still could not see what was happening.

So he had an idea and ran on ahead and climbed up in a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus when He came by. He didn’t care if he looked silly doing that. He just wanted to see Jesus!

 

Sure enough, Jesus went right by there and when He got to the tree, He looked up and said, ‘Zacchaeus hurry down. Today is my day to be a guest in your home.’

“Wow! Zacchaeus thought to himself, how does He know my name?” “But He does! And He wants to come to my house!”

  

Zacchaeus was so happy he could hardly believe it, so he came down the sycamore tree as fast as he could and took Jesus to his house, and warmly welcomed Him into his home. But the people complained and wondered why Jesus had gone as a guest to the home of such a big sinner! And they were not very happy about it.

They had spent all day in the hot sun following Jesus, and now He had chosen to stay at the house of Zacchaeus a dishonest tax collector. So, they began to criticize Zacchaeus and many were saying: “This man is a very big sinner!” And someone else said: “He cheats and steals from his own people!”

Zacchaeus heard what the people were saying about him and he knew that they were right. Now that Jesus was a guest at his house; he recognized how bad and wrong he had been and had a great desire to make things right.

 

So he told Jesus, “Listen Lord! I will give half of everything I have to the poor! And if I cheated anyone, I will pay them back four times as much!”

 

Jesus said to Zacchaeus, today salvation has come to this house! What you were doing was wrong, but now you have made things right. You were lost, but now you have been saved!

We all know that Jesus came to find and save the lost!” This is why God sent His son Jesus to come to earth. 

To find those who didn’t know God and were lost and to show them who God is, so they can repent and be forgiven and one day live forever in Heaven with Him.

Jesus knows you too! Jesus knows you by name, just like he knew Zacchaeus. He wants to come and tell you how much he loves you. He wants to tell you the good news of salvation.

 

All you have to do is invite Him in!

 

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Goodbye, until next time. Until then, remember to say your prayers, obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.

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Posted by: wwyeshua | July 29, 2018

MOSES BUILDS GOD’S TABERNACLE – Exodus 25 – 40

When Moses was on Mount Sinai God gave him instructions to build a place where He could live among them.

It was to be called a Tabernacle, made of materials that could be packed up and moved as they travelled through the wilderness.

He was told by God that it would need expensive metals, fine wood, leather, rich cloths, dyed threads, wood and precious stones would be needed to make the Tabernacle. The Egyptians had given the Hebrew slaves expensive gifts when they left Egypt but would they be prepared to give a share of these to God?

Exodus 35:4-29, When Moses came down the mountain he told everyone, ‘God wants those who are willing to bring their gifts to build a Tabernacle. We need precious metals and stones, strong acacia wood, linen and cloth. We also need skilled workers.’

Every morning people willingly came and gave their gifts to make the Tabernacle. They brought jewelry and objects made of gold, silver and bronze, ram’s skins, leather and acacia wood.

People were happy to give fine linen, goat hair and expensive threads in blue, purple and scarlet. Others gave olive oil, spices and precious stones.

Exodus 35:30-35, God had told Moses that Bezalel and Oholiab, two fine craftsmen, should be put in charge of the work. They were filled with the Spirit of God and had all the skills necessary to artistically design with metals, wood and other materials what had to be done.

Exodus 36:1-7, other skilled workers joined them to make everything that God required.

Every morning people kept coming to bring their gifts. Soon they had more than they needed and Moses told them to stop giving.

Exodus 38:9-20, In God’s plan there was to be a large courtyard (150ft x 75ft or 46m x 23m). There were 20 posts down the longer sides and ten down the shorter sides each made of wood with a bronze base, silver hooks and silver top. Finely twisted linen curtains were made to go between these posts.

The entrance of the Tabernacle was always to be set in place facing the East. Curtains of finely embroidered blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen were made for the entrance.

Inside the courtyard the Tabernacle (45ft x 15ft ,13.5m x 4.5m) would stand. A strong wood frame was built and four covers to go over it were made. First, there was fine embroidered linen, then a layer of goat’s hair, over that was a layer of ram’s skins dyed red. On top was a cover made of a bluish animal skin.

Exodus 36: The Tabernacle was to be divided into two rooms separated by a thick veil of fine linen embroidered with figures of angels in blue, purple and scarlet. Only priests would be allowed to enter the Holy Place.

No one would be allowed behind the veil into the Most Holy Place (Holy of Holies) apart from the High Priest. He would enter it once a year to bring the blood of a sacrificed animal to make peace with God for their sins.

Exodus 37:1-9, the only object made to go inside the Most Holy Place was an ark made of acacia wood covered in gold. The cover (mercy seat) was made of pure gold with two cherubim facing each other whose wings met and spread over the cover. It was over this cover that the very presence of God would be.

Golden poles and a cover were made for the priests to lift and move the ark on their travels.

Exodus 37:10-16, A table made of acacia wood covered in gold was made for the Holy Place. It too had golden poles to carry it. It had plates, dishes and bowls all made of gold. Placed on the table each week were 12 loaves of bread representing the 12 tribes of Israel.

A lamp stand with seven branches made of pure gold was made to light up the Holy Place.

Exodus 37:25-29, There was a golden alter that was also part of the Holy Place. Priests would use this to burn pure incense of sweet spices every morning and evening to make a pleasing aroma to God.

Exodus 38:8: So that the priests could wash their hands and feet before they served God in the Tabernacle a large bronze wash basin was made. It was to be placed in the courtyard in front of the Holy Place.

Exodus 38:1-7, A square altar of acacia wood covered with bronze was made to go in the courtyard. At each corner was a bronze horn and it had golden carrying handles.

The altar would be used for people to bring a male animal without defect, be it cattle, sheep, goats (or birds if they were poor). They would put their hand on the animal to show it was being offered for them to make peace with God (Leviticus 1:4).

The animal would be sacrificed and its blood sprinkled on the altar. This shed blood made it possible for God to forgive them for the wrong things they had done. The animal would then be burnt on the altar.

Exodus 39, Garments for the priests were made of white linen. A special garment was made for the High Priest, Aaron. It had a blue sleeveless tunic.

Bells of pure gold were sewn around the hem with woven pomegranates between them. When the High priest went into the Most Holy Place people who were outside could hear the bells as he moved around and know he was still alive.

Over the robe a richly embroidered ephod of gold, blue, purple and scarlet was worn. It was made in two pieces joined together at the shoulders with golden clasps. Each clasp was set with an engraved onyx stone.

On his head the High Priest wore a turban made of fine linen which was bound around the head in coils. And on the front of the turban on Aaron’s forehead, attached by a blue lace ribbon, was a golden plate engraved, ‘Holy to the Lord’.

A special breastplate was made for the High priest. It had 12 precious stones each one engraved with the name of one of the 12 tribes of Israel. (A list of the stones is found in Exodus 39:10-13).

Exodus 40, When everything was ready the Tabernacle was built in the middle of the camp with three tribes stationed on every side. The Tabernacle furniture was put in position.

Moses placed the two tablets of stone containing God’s laws into the Ark and put the cover over it.

When everything was finished, and Aaron and his sons had washed and put on their robes, the glory of God filled the Tabernacle.

The cloud of God was over it by day and the fire of God every night. When the cloud lifted the Israelites would dismantle the Tabernacle and travel on through the wilderness. When they stop for a while they would assemble it again and God’s presence remained with them wherever they went.

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Goodbye, until next time. Until then, remember to say your prayers, obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.

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Posted by: wwyeshua | June 17, 2018

THE GOLDEN CALF – Exodus 32 – 34

Now while Moses was on the mountain before coming down with the 10 commandments God had given him the people down below quickly forgot what they had promised. Just a few days after they had heard the mighty voice of God and seen His glory and power, they turned again to their wicked and deceitful ways. 

Hearing the law from almighty God did not change these people. They were still sinful and rebellious. The purpose of the commandments was to show the people God’s holiness and how to live right. The law itself could not change their hearts.

 

Now as Moses was on Mount Sinai for 40 days and nights and the people below wondered if he would ever come back.

They came to Aaron and demanded, ‘We don’t know what has happened to Moses. Let us make gods to lead us.

 

Aaron told them to take off the gold earrings and jewelry the women and children were wearing and give them to him so they could be melted down to make an idol.

 

The gold was melted down and shaped into a golden calf. 

The people responded by declaring, ‘These are our gods who brought us out of Egypt.’

 

Aaron saw all this, and he built an altar before the calf. Then he made an announcement. He said, “Tomorrow there will be a special feast to honor the Lord.”  

 

Early the next day, people sacrificed burnt offerings, ate, drank and started making a lot of noise while dancing and worshipping the golden calf.

 

Meanwhile, Moses, who was still high on Mount Sinai, was instructed by God. ‘Go down immediately. The people I brought out of the land of Egypt have done a terrible sin.’ 

 ‘They have quickly turned away from the things I commanded them to do. They have made for themselves a calf of melted gold. They have worshiped that calf and offered sacrifices to it. The people have said, ‘Israel, these are your gods who brought you out of Egypt.’” 

God was so upset by their disobedience he told Moses He wanted to destroy them.

 

But Moses begged the Lord his God. Moses said, “Lord, don’t let your anger destroy your people. You brought these people out of Egypt with your great power and strength. Don’t let the people of Egypt say, ‘The Lord brought the Israelites out of Egypt. But he planned to kill them in the mountains and destroy them from the earth.’ So stop being angry. Don’t destroy your people.

 

Then Moses went down the mountain. In his hands he had the two stone tablets with the commandments on them. The commands were written on both sides of each stone, front and back. God himself had made the stones. And God himself had written the commands on the stones.

 

Halfway down Moses met Joshua who had been waiting for him. ‘It sounds like there is a war in the camp,’ said Joshua. ‘It is not the sound of victory or defeat,’ replied Moses. ‘It is the sound of singing.’

 

When Moses came close to the camp, he saw the gold calf and the dancing. He became very angry.

He threw down the stone tablets which he was carrying. He broke them at the bottom of the mountain.

 

Then Moses took the calf the people had made and burned it in the fire. Then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it.

 

Moses turned on Aaron. ’What did these people do to you, that you led them into such great disobedience?’ ‘When they saw you were gone a long time they wanted gods to lead them,’ protested Aaron. ‘I put gold in the fire and out came this calf.’

  • As we see Aaron and the people had already broken the 1st commandment, which they had so recently received that says: You must not have any other gods except me.
  • And now Aaron was breaking the 9th commandment which says don’t lie.

 

Moses stood at the entrance to the camp and said, ‘Whoever is for the Lord, come to me.’

 

And all the people from the family of Levi gathered around Moses. Moses told them to get their swords and carry out God’s punishment on those who had disobeyed Him.

 

After this, Moses called the rest of the people together and told them. ‘You have committed a great sin, but I will go up and talk with God.’

 

Moses climbed back up the mountain to ask God to forgive His people for their disobedience. 

God told Moses that those who had worshipped the golden calf would be punished with a plague but the rest would be led on to the land God had promised to give them.

 

The Lord said to Moses, “Cut two more stone tablets like the first two. I will write the same words on them that were on the first two stones which you broke. Be ready tomorrow morning. Then come up on Mount Sinai. Stand before me there on the top of the mountain. No one may come with you. No one should even be seen any place on the mountain. Not even the sheep or cattle may eat grass near that mountain.”

 

So Moses cut two stone tablets like the first ones. Then early the next morning he went up Mount Sinai. He did this just as the Lord had commanded him. Moses carried the two stone tablets with him. Then the Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with Moses.

When we read the 10 commandments, we realize how holy God is and how sinful we are. To be forgiven we must turn in faith to his son Jesus, who paid the penalty for our breaking of the law, just as the Israelites did. The Bible says that ‘the commandment is like a school teacher to bring us to Christ that we through faith might be made right with God’. Galatians 3:24 

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Posted by: wwyeshua | February 21, 2018

What Is a Good Friend?

Jesus is our very best friend. 

 So let’s see what the Bible tells us about being a good friend.

 

A True Friend is Faithful.

The Bible says:

A friend loves at all times

(Proverbs 17:17)

So true friends do not desert each other when times are bad.

 

A True Friend Does Not Gossip

The Bible says that:

A bad person tells stories that are not true and separates close friends.

 (Proverbs 16:28)

 

A True Friend Keeps a Secret

The Bible says that:

A good friend keeps a secret.

(Proverbs 11:13)

They might tell an adult the secret only when their friend might be in danger.

 

A True Friend is Kind

 

 Friends treat each other as they would like to be treated. 

Jesus said, I have called you friends.

(John 15:15) 

How can you be a good friend? You can be an example like Jesus was and you

might show kindness by walking with someone that is scared of walking alone.

 

To Find a Friend, we Need to be a Friend

Invite someone to come to church with you.

 

Choose Your Friends Carefully

It is very important to choose your friends wisely because the Bible tells us:

Whoever spends time with wise people will become wise. But those who make friends with fools will suffer.    (Proverbs 13:20)

If you make friends with good people you are going to learn from each other. And if you make friends with bad people they are going to teach you bad things and lead you into trouble.

 

Good Friends

 

Have fun sharing Jesus’ love and telling others about Him. 

 

True Friends Share

 

Their time with those that have needs and cannot do activities like they can. 

The Bible tells us to be kind and loving to each other.

(Ephesians 4:32) 

 

True Friends Pray Together

 

For each other and those that might be sick or have a special need.

 

True Friends Love Each Other

 

Sometimes it is hard to love someone because some friends are mean to us, or call us names. Sometimes they make fun of us or hurt us. But God wants us to love everyone, even if we don’t like what they do to us. 

Remember, we love one another because God loves us! And maybe we can have an opportunity to teach someone else the love of Jesus, just by the way we behave.

 

True Friends Worship Together

They love to sing together and praise God with their voices.

 

Best Friends

Love to study the Bible together.

 

 

Best Friends Stick Together

 

Because, friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you more loyal than a brother or a sister.

(Proverbs 18:24)

 

 

Are a gift from God

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Goodbye, until next time. Until then, remember to say your prayers, obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.

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Posted by: wwyeshua | February 12, 2018

THE STORY OF THE TEN LEPERS – Luke 17:11-19

Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem with His disciples.

They were traveling from Galilee to Samaria.

And on the way, He came into a small town.

Luke 17:11

 

There Jesus met ten lepers. Lepers are people who are sick.

Their sickness causes them to get terrible sores all over their bodies.

Luke 17:12

 

Lepers could not be cured.

Doctors could not help the lepers.    

People were afraid to go near them.  

They did not want to get sick too, because it was very contagious.

Luke 17:12

 

The lepers took the opportunity while Jesus was there and asked Him to heal them.

They knew He could perform miracles and make their sores go away.

Luke 17:13

 

Jesus had compassion for them and wanted them to be well, so He told them to go and show themselves to the priests.

Luke 17:14

 

So the lepers obeyed Jesus and on their way to see the priests, all of them were healed.         

Their sores were gone and their skin was normal again.

Luke 17:14

 

One of the lepers was so happy that Jesus had healed them, so He went back and bowed down at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him.                      

(This man was a Samaritan.)

Jesus asked him where the other nine lepers were.

They had not come back?

Jesus told the leper who had thanked Him that his faith had made him well.

Luke 17:17-19

 

God wants us to walk with Him,

keep our eyes on Him,

listen to His voice leading us and

seek to know His will every moment of our life. 

When we walk with the Lord we draw closer to the Lord with all our heart.

He becomes our focus.

Our hearts longs for Him.

Our heart seeks His presence.

Our desire to have fellowship with Christ and be like Him will grow,

 while our desires to do what the world does will decrease. 

The Bible tells us that whoever says that God lives in him must live as Jesus lived.

1 John 2:6

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 Goodbye, until next time. Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week. 

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Posted by: wwyeshua | December 1, 2017

MOSES AND THE 10 COMMANDMENTS – Exodus 19 – 20

The Israelites had been traveling in the desert for about 3 months when they finally arrived at Mount Sinai. 

This great mountain rises straight up from the desert. It was near the place where Moses saw the burning bush.

This is where the Israelites camped, right in front of the mountain.

God spoke to Moses from the mountain and told him. “Don’t let the people touch this mountain. This is a holy place. Soon everyone will see me come to the mountain top.”

Remember Moses was already over 80 years old when this was all happening.

So God talked to Moses and told him to tell the Israelites to get ready because He was going to show up and was going to talk to them. 

So when Moses came down the mountain, he told the people to take a bath and to clean all their clothes in preparation of the coming of the Lord.

By obeying, the people were getting prepared to hear important words from God.  It is very important for all of us to show respect to God when He tells us to do something according to what the Bible tells us.

So they all went to sleep and waited.

On the third morning after Moses had talked to God, the Israelites were sleeping when all of a sudden there was a large rumble and thunder over the mountain.  If anyone was still sleeping they woke up startled and suddenly.

Everyone went out of their tents to see what was happening, and the mountain was wrapped in smoke. God had come down on it in a cloud of fire. The whole mountain shook wildly and the people were terrified.

A trumpet began to sound louder and louder.

Then Moses spoke to God and He answered in thunder. The people were so afraid that they thought they would die. “Don’t let God speak to us anymore,” they begged Moses.

Moses then went up and entered the cloud and the thick darkness on the mountain; and God called him to the mountain top.

Moses and God spoke together there on the mountain for forty days. God told him about all the laws Israel should obey.

God also gave Moses two tablets made of stone where God himself had written the Ten Commandments which He had told the Israelites when He showed up on the mountain top.

Let’s take a look and see what the 10 commandments say:

You must not have any other gods except me: The first commandment is to put God first. This means that nothing should be more important than God – a hobby you enjoy, TV or video games, money, even your friends and family should not be more important than God.

You must not make or have any idols or statues: The second command is to worship only God. This is   like the first commandment in that God wants our love, and He doesn’t want us to bow down and worship a statue just because we can’t see Him. In other words   God is the only one that we should pray to and worship.

You are not to take the Lord’s name in vain: The third commandment is broken all the time. God commands us to use His name with respect. Many people use God’s name like a swear word, or say it when they’re upset. God wants us to use His name when we’re talking to Him, or telling others about Him in a nice way. To use His name in these other ways is very disrespectful and hurts God.

Remember to keep the Sabbath as a holy day: The fourth commandment tells us that we are to remember God’s Seventh Day and keep it holy. The Old Testament Sabbath was Saturday; many Christian’s worship on Sunday, the day that Jesus was raised from the dead. Christians love to worship God every day.

Honor your father and your mother: In the fifth commandment God tells us to respect our parents. Sometimes you might think you know what’s best, or you get frustrated because your parents won’t let you do something. Remember your parents were once kids just like you, and they are trying to keep you safe and from making the same mistakes they’ve made.

You must not kill or hurt anyone: The sixth commandment says don’t hurt others. Now imagine for a minute if everyone in the whole world obeyed this rule like God wants us to. We probably wouldn’t have any jails and we would all get along with one another.

You must keep your wedding promises: The seventh commandment is for those who are married. God tells us to be faithful in marriage. He wants us to love our wife or husband only and to treat them with respect.

You must not steal: The eighth commandment is don’t steal. This means that we shouldn’t take something that doesn’t belong to us. And if we do we need to return it and ask for forgiveness.

You must not tell lies: The ninth commandment is don’t lie. It is always better to tell the truth because parents know when you’re lying, and if you get caught, you are going to be in trouble. The most important thing is that we should not lie because the Bible tells us that liars will not go to heaven. Remember, God sees, hears and knows everything that we do.

You must not be envious of others: The tenth and last commandment is don’t be envious of others. This means that we shouldn’t wish to have things that someone else has. I know there is always a new toy or game – there is always something that we want to get.  It’s important to remember that these things aren’t really important because God is the most important of all.

Remember the first commandment says: PUT GOD FIRST!

Next time we will see what happened when Moses came down from the mountain to give the Israelites the Ten Commandments written by the finger of God on the tablets of stone..

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Goodbye, until next time. Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.  

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