Posted by: wwyeshua | July 31, 2021

SPIRITUAL GARDENING LESSON

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Did you know that our lives are created by God to be like a blooming garden?

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A garden is meant to be alive with lots of beautiful plants, and great tasting vegetables. 

The Bible tells us that our life can also reflect good fruit like it tells us in Galatians 5:22-23, that the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, and that we can grow in our walk with Jesus and produce all of these fruits if we plant good seeds and care for them. 

So, let’s see what a plant needs to grow. Do you know what it needs? 

FIRST, it needs soil.

You can either plant a seed in a flower bed or in a garden and you can also plant a seed in a container with soil.

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Using good soil will make the seed grow much better than if you plant it in a hard or rocky soil. Good soil will give the plant an opportunity to grow strong roots and became a beautiful sturdy plant. 

Our hearts were created by God to bring forth fruit when His Word is planted in them. Just as a good seed has to remain in good soil over time to germinate, the same way, the Word of God has to abide in us. 

Jesus said in John 15:7, if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!

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Jesus nurtures us and supports us. He gives us a place to extend our roots and become strong in the knowledge of Him. And He also told us that the seed which is planted on good ground is like the person who hears the Word and understands it and produces a great harvestMatthew 13:23.

Christ gives His children every possible nutrient we would ever need – encouragement, wisdom, peace, love…and His provisions are unlimited. 

SECOND, plants need sunlight. 

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Without the sun, plants can’t get the food they need to grow, reproduce and survive. The sun is the main source of energy for almost every living thing on Earth. It gives a plant the light energy it needs to photosynthesize, which converts that light energy into a storable form (glucose – their food) and keeps plants alive. 

In the same way the Bible is our sunlight. Have you ever noticed how plants grow towards the light? Check it out sometime; they look for the warmth and strength that only sunlight can give. 

The sun is so very important because in the winter time when it is cold with frost and snow, and the sun is not as strong and warm as in spring and summer, the plants die; they need the sun to stay green and to produce the food that they need to stay alive. 

As children of God, we should also look towards the light, God’s Word, for guidance, and strength. Just like the sun is a source of food for plants, the Bible is a source of many things we need in our Christian life. 

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The Bible tells us that God’s Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my pathPsalm 119:105. 

THIRD, plants need water. 

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When we first plant a seed we need to water them so they can germinate, grow and develop. Plants also need water to absorb nutrients from the soil; and they always need water to keep growing. 

Have you ever seen wilted plants? The reason is that they are thirsty and once you give them water it might take them a little while but they revive again. So as you can see water is also very important for the plant to grow and to stay healthy. Just like us, we need water to stay alive also.

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Refreshing water is like being with people that love and obey Jesus; supporting each other as they grow. Fellowship can be refreshing to the soul, just like water is to a plant. And can help us perk up when we are down with a refreshing word from the Bible and a loving hug from a friend. 

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Jesus said, to anyone who is thirsty, I will give the water of life. It is a free gift.Revelation 21:6 

Now that we’ve learned about what a plant needs to grow big and strong, we also need to be aware of the “weeds” that can sprout up in our garden, both in real life and in our spiritual life. Weeds can be bad influence from friends, being angry or harboring bitterness, developing bad habits like lying or cheating, not obeying our parents and many other things. 

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Weeds choke plants, creating an atmosphere where growing can become impossible. Weeds work in our lives much the same way. They distract us from focusing on Christ and inhibit our Christian growth. 

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Tilling the soil in our hearts, pulling the weeds, breaking up the tough ground can be hard work. But God is the divine Gardener and wants to produce a life of bountiful harvest in you if you will simply allow Him into the garden of your life.  Invite Him in … will you? 

The Bible tells that the Lord is good. How happy is the man, woman, teenager and child who trusts in Him! – Psalm 34:8.

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Always remember that as your life is maturing on the outside, you need to make sure your faith is growing on the inside also. 

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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 12, 2020

THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT – Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  (Galatians 5:22-23)

Did you know that when we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and make Him the Lord of our life, that the Holy Spirit comes and lives inside of us and will guide us and help us understand the word of God? Because of that help, we can become more like Jesus and demonstrate the gifts of the Spirit just like when a good fruit tree produces fruit.

So let us take a look at the fruit of the Spirit that the Bible teaches us about:

LOVE

Love is the first fruit of the Spirit mentioned. Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love God and love one another (Mark 12:30-31). When we love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and love our neighbors as ourselves, we show the world we belong to Jesus. However, until you know that God loves you, it will be difficult to love God and to love others.

It is only when we let God’s love come into our life that we can begin to love Him, and love one another the way God wants us to.

JOY

It’s easy to have joy when things are going our way. It’s a different story when they are not so wonderful. However, followers of Jesus are called to have joy all the time, not just when everything is going well.

To have joy means to be “happy” and the Bible tells us to: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). Even is we are sad, if we listen to Jesus’ words and obey them we will be filled with joy because we know that we are obeying Jesus and that He will be happy with our attitude.

 

PEACE

Sadly, the world doesn’t offer much peace; and the reason the world does not have peace is because they do not know the Prince of Peace. The Bible tells us: Do not worry about anything. But pray and ask God for everything you need. And when you pray, always give thanks. And God’s peace will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. The peace that God gives is so great that we cannot understand it. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Always remember that fear, anxiety and worry come from Satan. God wants to give you peace.

Read your Bible and pray. Submit to God and resist the Devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

PATIENCE

As we live in a very fast-paced world we don’t find many people that have the patience Jesus wants us to have. Those who call themselves Christians and who have the Holy Spirit living in them should be patient with others. We are to be patient with those who are handicapped, those who are old and cannot move so fast anymore, and there are many other reasons that we can think of to practice being patient with. Can you think of some?

Just as God is patient with us and waits for the lost to come to Him because He wants everyone to be saved  (2 Peter 3:9), we should show our love by being patient with one another (Ephesians 4:2). 

KINDNESS

The Holy Spirit can do some wonderful things in our life when we ask Him to give us a kind heart, because kindness yields marvelous fruit both in our lives and the lives of those around us. Scripture says:  Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32)

We must always remember that a kind word or kind action to a person can do wonders for them. They may be having a bad day, but when you are kind to them, you give them the opportunity to see the love of Jesus in you, and smile.

The Golden Rule is to do unto others as you would want then to do unto you. Luke 6:31

GOODNESS

God is good towards us and He wants you to treat other with goodness.

The Bible says that it is the goodness of God that will lead sinners to repentance and salvation.

Many people say that what drew them to want to know more about God was the love and goodness they saw shining through a believer, and that believer can be you!

FAITHFULNESS

To be faithful is to be trustworthy. For the Christian, it means being faithful to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by obeying Him every day.

Being faithful to God means not putting other things above what He tells us to do like being kind to one another, obeying your father and mother and following thru on something you promised someone you would do.

Do you give others a reason to trust you and have faith in you? Do you keep your promises? Always remember that God is faithful and keeps His promises, just as we must also do if we are to produce good fruit. Always remember that God is faithful and keeps His promises, just as we must also do.

GENTLENESS

Gentleness involves being kind, polite and helping others. Jesus teaches us to deal with others in a gentle and compassionate way just like He did throughout His ministry here on earth.

The opposite of gentleness is having an angry spirit and a desire for revenge. If, however, we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us, we will be filled with the fruit of gentleness like Jesus wants us to be filled.

SELF-CONTROL

One of the proofs of God’s working in our life is the ability to control our own thoughts, words, and actions. Self-control leads to perseverance and godliness (2 Peter 1:6) instead of the instant gratification of what the world has to offer.

Self-control is a gift that frees us to enjoy the benefits of a healthy mind and body. It frees us from a guilty conscience. Self-control puts the brakes on our foolish desires, giving us the freedom to love and live as we are destined to in Christ Jesus.

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As true born again Christians, we have the Holy Spirit producing fruit through us and we have the Holy Spirit’s power available to conquer the acts of the sinful nature. God’s Word tells us that, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Jesus said: “You can tell each tree by its fruit. Do people pick grapes from bushes? Do they pick figs from thorns?” Evidently not! So what kind of tree are you? Are you a good tree with healthy fruit?  If you think you are, have you asked Jesus to forgive you of your sins and made things right with Him? Are you obeying Him every day and making Him the boss of your life? Or do you think that you can have good fruit on your own merits?

Remember that just as a tree is recognized by its fruit.  You cannot live life without God and produce good fruit.  You cannot be the “good” person that God desires you to be without becoming His obedient child, meaning you cannot do it on your own.  You need the power of the Holy Spirit to work in you and through you.  Only then, will you produce the kind of fruit of the Spirit that the Bible teaches us about.

If you want to live a life filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control remember what the Bible teaches: I can do all this through Him (Jesus) who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)

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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 16, 2020

EXPLAINING WHAT SIN IS TO CHILDREN – James 4:17

Many children have heard about SIN, but they don’t really understand what it is, so let’s take a look at what SIN is. 

SIN = disobeying and doing bad things. Being proud an arrogant and thinking that you know everything and are better than anyone else. This sin is called pride. Using bad language and calling God, Jesus or people names is sin, and gossiping and saying something untrue about someone is also sin. 

Simply put, sin is the bad things we do that makes God sad and separates us from Him. The Bible tells us that: “When a person knows the right thing to do, but does not do it, then he is sinning” (James 4:17)

God gives us rules to live obedient lives. Many of you have heard of the 10 commandments that God gave to Moses. So when you disobey these commandments or rules, you are sinning against God. 

Here are some of the rules God has in the Bible for us: 

God tells us to: “Honor your father and your mother.” When you talk ugly or yell at your parents or disobey them, you are sinning against God. 

God also says: “Obey those who have authority over you.” When you disrespect your teachers or disobey them, you are sinning against God. 

Another rule is: “You shall not lie.” This means that you must tell the truth. When you tell a lie, you are sinning against God. It also means that you should not exaggerate, making your story bigger than it is. 

God gave us another commandment which is: “You shall not steal.” This means that you must not take anything that does not belong to you. Cheating is also a way of stealing because you are using information that you stole from someone else. When you take something that does not belong to you, or you copy something from someone because you were too lazy to study yourself, you are sinning against God. 

We are definitely not to use the Lord’s name in a disrespectful manner. Sadly, even little kids today use the Lord’s name by swearing and saying bad words; and yes, they often pick up the habit from their parents. We need to explain to children that saying nasty words to others and using God’s name in a very bad way means you do not respect God and if do not change you are going to be judged by Him and suffer the consequences of your disobedience. 

Do you know when sin started?

It started a very long time ago first when Lucifer who was the most beautiful angel became very proud. 

He wanted to be like God and because of his pride he was punished and was removed from heaven. 

Here on earth his name changed to Satan and he lied to Eve in the Garden of Eden and made her and Adam disobey God by eating the fruit that God told them not to eat. When that happened the sin that they committed brought lying, cheating, stealing, hatred, murder, sadness, sorrow, sickness, and death into the world. 

So, why do we sin?

The reason we sin is that we have sin in our heart, because we were all born sinners. 

We inherited sin from Adam and Eve when they disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, so now ALL people sin. Romans 3:23 says, “Everyone has sinned. No one measures up to God’s glory.” 

Then how can we be forgiven of our sins?

In the Bible in the book of Romans 6:23 it says: “When you sin, the payment you get is death. But God gives you the gift of eternal life. That’s because of what Christ Jesus our Lord has done for us on the cross.”  

Even though we sin, God provided the gift of eternal life by sending Jesus to die for us. All we have to do is accept that gift! 

God wants to erase your sin. First you must understand that sin is doing what God tells you not to do, and you agree with God that if you love Him you should not disobey Him. Then you must turn away from it and never do it again, and ask God to forgive you for what you have done.

1 John 1:9 tells us that: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all the bad thing we have done.” 

Once you have asked Him to forgive you, than you need to thank Him for sending His Son, the Lord Jesus, to take the punishment for your sins on the cross. 

Tell Him that you are trusting Jesus as your Savior and that you want to obey Him and ask Him to help you when you don’t know what to do; and He will! 

Once you do this, not only are your sins forgiven, but God gives you a new life. The Holy Spirit of God comes to live in your heart so you can stop sinning. 

Did you know that the name Jesus means “Savior?” 

YES! Jesus is our Savior who saves us from our sins.

 So remember the key to salvation is very simple, here it is: 

RECEIVING ETERNAL LIFE IS AS SIMPLE AS 

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  • Admit – and confess that you are a sinner and cannot attain eternal life by myself. Repent and turn away from your sin. (Romans 3:23)
  • Believe – and trust that Jesus Christ is God’s only Son who was crucified for your sins. (Romans 5:8)
  • Commit – and give your life to Jesus Christ and ask Him to be Savior and Lord of your life. (Romans 10:9)  

You can also take a look at the WORDLESS BOOK for additional explanation.

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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 10, 2020

PRINCIPLES OF SOWING AND REAPING – Galatians 6:7

Did you know that you plant seeds every day?  Let me explain what I mean.

Every day you plant invisible seeds with your words and actions. When you tell your mom, dad or grandma you love them, you are planting seeds.

When you push them away, make an unkind face or are disrespectful and have a tantrum, you are planting seeds.

Just like when you plant apple seeds an apple tree will grow; and when you plant love seeds, love grows! In the same way, if you plant seeds of unfriendliness and disrespect, unfriendliness and disrespect grows.

In the Bible we learn that whatever a person plants with their actions and attitude that is what ends up growing, whether it’s joy or anger! It warns us: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A person reaps what they sow.” (Galatians 6:7)

God sets rules for physical sowing as well as for spiritual sowing and a person cannot change God’s laws.

Are you sowing seeds of goodness, patience, and love or are you planting seeds of deceit, bitterness, and lies?

It matters what you are sowing and planting because one day, you will reap what you have sown.

The person who is disobedient to God and plants bad things in his life, like lying and stealing, cannot expect to grow good things and be pleasing to God!

God knows what kind of life we are living and knows what types of fruit we will harvest by the seeds we have planted and continue to plant and one day we will have to give an account of what we have done to Him.

All our choices good and bad accumulate over our lifetime and the harvest we reap from small choices made over a long period of time can produce very large harvests, and the harvest shows up in our character and how it affects people around us either in a good or bad way. 

Always remember that our choices form our character and that: 

  • If we choose to lie – we become a liar
  • If we choose to steal – we become a thief
  • If we choose to be patient – we become a patient person
  • If we choose to do loving things – we become a loving person

True Christians have the ability to understand and say NO to sin, because they know what the Bible teaches and know that the power of Christ has set us free from the power of sin. Because we were born with a sinful nature, sin is still present in our life, but we are no longer a slave to sin. When you become a Christian and Christ lives in you, then you are no longer a slave to sin, whatever kind it might be.

Once you truly understand what Jesus Christ has done for you, you will feel so grateful and joyful that you will want to thank Him every day of your life.

Obedience to the Lord starts by taking small steps. And here’s the good news of the gospel; when we fail, we have an advocate, Jesus Christ, who intercedes for us. We can confess our sin and receive forgiveness and cleansing through the blood of Christ and then get back in step with what God wants us to do; which is to sow good seeds.

As we walk through life, we leave imprints on others lives that not only can last a lifetime, but can last for eternity. If we keep in step with the Spirit and we sow to Spirit, the Spirit will use us to leave a godly influence in people’s lives that can last for eternity.

So if you keep sowing good seeds you will have a life that is much happier here on earth and one day you will reap your reward and spend all eternity with Jesus in heaven.

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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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“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38) 

This information is to help you and your child to understand that baptism is an act of obedience for those who know the meaning of salvation and have already been saved. The act of baptism is symbolic of salvation by faith; that is, having been buried with Him in baptism God makes us alive with Christ.

Baptism is an outward act in which we affirm our desire to follow Jesus on this inner path. This “death” that Paul mentions is a death to my old life, where I choose to stop living according to my sinful and biased human nature. I can then begin to walk in “newness of life” by obeying God’s commandments. (Colossians 2:12-14).

As taught and practiced in the New Testament, baptism is therefore an act of obedience by an individual and is a response to the renewing work of the Holy Spirit in his life.

Before a young person or anyone is baptized, he must be old enough to understand the gospel of Christ.

A candidate for baptism has repented of their sin, placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior and wants to make Him the Lord of their life. The evident desire to obey the Lord Jesus in this matter validates their conversion experience. Jesus said, “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me” (John 14:21).

Baptism is an important step in anyone’s journey as a follower of Christ and an outward symbol of the work He has already done in your life. The Bible paints a beautiful picture of baptism as our identification with Jesus in His death, burial, and resurrection. When you make the decision to accept Christ as your Savior, the Bible says that your old way of life is dead, and you are beginning a new life with Christ.

If your child wants to get baptized, ask questions.

Baptism comes after salvation, so start with the basic questions: 

  • Can you tell me who Jesus is?
  • What did He do for you?

Here’s one way to explain salvation in a way kids can understand:

We need to let them know that God loves us so much that He sent His son Jesus to earth. Jesus took the punishment for our sin by dying on a cross. But Jesus did not stay in the tomb! God resuscitated Jesus and He lives.

To follow Jesus, you have to believe that He died for you and that God resuscitated Jesus and He lives.

We need to understand that we are born with something called sin, which means that we all mess up at times and do wrong things. When we sin we deserve to be punished for those things, right!

So, we need to tell Jesus that we are sorry for the way we behaved and we need to repent. To repent means to change your mind; to turn away from sin and turn to God. We can then ask Jesus to forgive us and He will and His Holy Spirit will come and live inside us because Jesus knows our heart and knows that we no longer want to do anything that intentionally hurts Him.

Here are some initial questions that could provide insight if a child or a person is ready to be baptized:

  • Why would you like to be baptized? This question is asked to determine the motive or conviction to be baptized – e.g. to please their parents, friends, etc. or to obey God. 
  • Who should be baptized? This question is asked to clarify if they understood that baptism is a special act linked to salvation. 
  • What is baptism for? This question is asked to determine the level of understanding about the symbolism of baptism. 
  • Do you think that being baptized will make it easier for you to follow the Lord?  This question is asked to ensure that the child or person is not disillusioned about the Christian walk after baptism. 
  • Have you made a decision to follow Jesus Christ and make Him the Lord of your life? This is a very critical answer.

To make sure the child understands, here are additional questions that you might ask and confirm that they are aware of what is really taking place, since this is a very important commitment that they are making for life: 

  • What is baptism?Baptism means that I am telling people that I understand what Jesus did for me. It is a public profession of faith that tells people that I have decided to follow Jesus.

NOTE: Explain to your children that many are baptized without really understanding what baptism means and we can see that they did not understand because there is no change in their behavior, they continue lying, cheating and doing all kinds of bad things that the Bible tells us not do do. Jesus tells us that by their fruits you will know them. Baptism is a serious matter that needs to be understood before a commitment is made. It is important at any age to be knowledgeable of the meaning of baptism. 

  • What does baptism represent?That we are buried with Christ and shared in His death; that we are buried with Him when the pastor puts us under the water and when we come up out of the water it represents that we are going to live a new life, just as Christ was raised from death by the wonderful power of God the Father (Romans 6:4).

 

  • When we are baptized does the water wash away our sins in the same way that we wash the dirt of the body when we take a bath or a shower? (1 Peter 3:21) – NO, the water is a symbol of our sins being washed away because we believe in Jesus Christ and what He did for us, and that we now want to obey Him. 
  • Why do we get baptized?We get baptized to follow the example Jesus set for us. It is an act of obedience. Jesus said: “I tell you the truth. Unless you are born from water and the Spirit, you cannot enter God’s kingdom.” (John 3:5)

  • Who was Jesus baptized by? (Matthew 3:13-17)He was baptized by his cousin John the Baptist.
  • When was Jesus baptized? (Luke 3:21-22)At the beginning of His ministry

 

  • Why was Jesus baptized?Because He wanted to be an example for us, and God wanted everyone know that Jesus was His beloved son. When Jesus was baptized and He came out of the water a voice spoke from heaven. The voice said, “This is my Son and I love him. I am very pleased with him.” (Matthew 3:17)

Baptism is an important part of your relationship with God and it shows obedience to Jesus Christ. Baptism is not something we do because friends are doing it or because it looks kind of fun. We are baptized out of obedience and love for Jesus to tell everyone we are following Him by the way we behave, speak, live and treat others. And everyone can see that something really wonderful happened because the Holy Sprit who Jesus Christ sent is now living in us.

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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 | October 27, 2019

BOAZ MARRIES RUTH – Ruth chapter 3 and 4

After Ruth had been working in Boaz’s field for many months helping her mother-in-law; one day Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi spoke to her.

She said, “My daughter, I must find a home for you. It should be a place where you will be provided for. You have been working with the women who work for Boaz. He’s a relative of ours. Tonight he’ll be separating the straw from his barley on the threshing floor. So wash yourself. Put on some perfume. And put on your best clothes. Then go down to the threshing floor. But don’t let Boaz know you are there. Wait until he has finished eating and drinking. Notice where he lies down, then go over and uncover his feet and lie down there.

“I’ll do everything you say,” Ruth answered. So she went down to the threshing floor. She did everything her mother-in-law had told her to do. 

Now after all the hard work, when Boaz had finished eating and drinking, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Then Ruth approached quietly. She uncovered his feet and lay down there. 

Around midnight Boaz suddenly woke up and turned over. He was surprised to find a woman lying at his feet!  “Who are you?” he asked.

“I am your servant Ruth,” she replied. “Spread the corner of your covering over me, for you are my family redeemer.”

Boaz was related to Noami’s dead husband Elimelek. 

Then Boaz said, “The Lord bless you! You are showing even more family loyalty now than you did before, for you have not gone after a younger man, whether rich or poor. Now don’t worry about a thing, I will do what is necessary, for everyone in town knows you are a virtuous woman.

But while it’s true that I am one of your family redeemers, there is another man who is more closely related to you than I am. Stay here tonight, and in the morning I will talk to him. If he is willing to redeem you, very well; let him marry you. But if he is not willing, then as surely as the Lord lives, I will redeem you myself! Now lie down here until morning.”

 

So Boaz went to the town gate and took a seat there. Just then the family redeemer he had mentioned came by, so Boaz called out to him, “Come over here and sit down, friend. I want to talk to you.” So they sat down together. Then Boaz called ten leaders from the town and asked them to sit as witnesses.

And Boaz said to the family redeemer, “You know Naomi, who came back from Moab. She is selling the land that belonged to our relative Elimelech. I thought I should speak to you about it so that you can redeem it if you wish. If you want the land, then buy it here in the presence of these witnesses. But if you don’t want it, let me know right away, because I am next in line to redeem it after you.”

After thinking for a little while, the family redeemer told Boaz: “I can’t redeem it because this might endanger my own estate. You redeem the land; I cannot do it.”

Boaz was very happy; and in those days it was the custom in Israel for anyone transferring a right of purchase to remove his sandal and hand it to the other party. This publicly validated the transaction. So the other family redeemer drew off his sandal as he said to Boaz, “You buy the land.”

Then Boaz said to the elders and to the crowd standing around, “You are witnesses that today I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelech, Kilion, and Mahlon. And with the land I have acquired Ruth, the Moabite widow of Mahlon, to be my wife. You are all witnesses today.” 

So Boaz married Ruth and the Lord blessed them with a son and they called him Obed.

Obed was the father of Jesse whose youngest son David became King of Israel. So Ruth played a very important role in Bible history because Mary the mother of Jesus was a descendant of King David. 

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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 | August 16, 2019

THE STORY OF RUTH AND NAOMI – Ruth chapter 1 and 2

A long time ago there was a family that lived in Bethlehem of Judea.

Elimelec and his wife Naomi had two sons, Mahlon and Kilion. Then one day there was a great famine in the area and they decided to leave to find food.

They travelled to the nearby land of Moab and settled there. The Moabite people did not worship God but had their own idols.

Some time later Naomi’s husband Elimelec died. The two sons grew up and married Moabite women, one was Ruth and the other was Orpah.

Sadly, after they were there ten years tragedy struck again and Mahlon and Kilion both died. The Bible does not tell what happened to them, it just tells us that they died. It was very sad though because it left three widows, Naomi and her two young Moabite daughter-in-laws, Ruth and Orpah.

 

Then one day Naomi heard that the Lord had provided food for the people back in Bethlehem, so she decided to return. So they all packed up their belongings to go back to their land.

Naomi then told her two daughter-in-laws, “Go back home. Each of you go to your own mother’s house. You have been very kind to me and to my sons who are now dead. I hope the Lord will also be kind to you in the same way. I hope the Lord will give you another home and a new husband.”

Naomi kissed them both goodbye and they cried. ‘We will go back with you to your people,’ they replied. ‘No you must return home,’ Naomi insisted. ‘You can get marry again.’

Orpah and Ruth cried again. Orpah kissed Naomi goodbye and returned home to her mother’s house. Ruth however would not go and held on to Naomi.

‘Orpah has returned to her people and their gods,’ said Naomi. ‘Go back with her.’  

‘Don’t ask me to leave you,’ Ruth replied. ‘Where you go I will go, where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God will be my God. Where you die I will die.’

When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to stay with her, she did not insist any longer and they both started their trip on the road to Bethlehem.

They arrived back in Bethlehem just as the barley harvest was beginning. Their arrival caused quite a surprise. Naomi’s grief and suffering had changed her appearance so much that many did not recognize her. ‘Can this be Naomi?’ people asked.

‘Don’t call me Naomi,’ she said. ‘Call me Mara (which means bitter) because God has made my life bitter. I went away with my husband and boys but the Lord has brought me back without them.’

After Naomi and Ruth arrive in Bethlehem they needed food. So Ruth told Naomi, ‘Let me go into the barley fields to pick up the leftover grain.’ The poor were allowed to pick up grain that the harvesters had left on the ground. ‘Go ahead, my daughter,’ Naomi replied.  

So Ruth went into the fields belonging to Boaz, who was a relative of Naomi’s dead husband Elimelec. Later Boaz arrived and greeted the harvesters as he always did. ‘The Lord be with you,’ and they replied, ‘The Lord bless you.’  

Boaz immediately noticed Ruth collecting grain with the poor. ‘Who is that young woman?’ he asked the man in charge of the harvesting. ‘She is the Moabite, who returned with Naomi,’ he answered. ‘She asked permission to pick up grain and has been working very hard.’  

So Boaz went to talk to Ruth and said to her. “Stay here in my field to gather grain for yourself. Do not go to any other person’s field. Continue following behind my women workers. Watch to see which fields they go to and follow them. I have warned the young men not to bother you. When you are thirsty, you may go and drink. Take water from the water jugs that the servants have filled.” 

Then Ruth bowed low with her face to the ground. She said to Boaz, “I am a stranger. Why have you been so kind to notice me?”

Boaz answered her, “I know about all the help you have given to Naomi, your mother-in-law. You helped her even after your husband died. You left your father and mother and your own country. You came to this nation where you did not know anyone. The Lord will reward you for all you have done. You will be paid in full by the Lord, the God of Israel.”

Then Ruth said, “You are very kind to me, sir. You have said kind words to me, your servant. You have given me hope. And I am not even good enough to be one of your servants.”

At mealtime Boaz invited her to eat with the other harvesters. ‘Have some bread and dip it in the vinegar,’ he said. He offered her roasted grain and Ruth ate all she wanted.

When Ruth got up to continue working Boaz gave secret orders to his men. ‘Let her gather even around the bundles of grain. Don’t tell her to go away.  Even pull out some stalks from the bundles and drop them for her to gather.’ So Ruth busily gathered grain until the evening.

Then she separated the grain from the chaff and she had collected about one-half bushel of barley which equals to about 30 pounds or (13,5 kilos). She also brought Naomi the food leftover from the meal she had with Boaz and the harvesters.

Naomi asked her, “Where did you gather all this grain today? Where did you work? Blessed be the man who noticed you!” Ruth told her about whose field she had worked in. She said, “The man I worked with today is named Boaz.” Naomi told her daughter-in-law, “The Lord bless him!” Then Naomi told Ruth, “Boaz is one of our close relatives, one who will take care of us.”  

Then Ruth said, “Boaz also told me to come back and continue working. He said, ‘Keep close by my servants until they have finished the harvest.’”

And Naomi said to her daughter-in-law Ruth, “It is good for you to continue working with his women servants. If you work in another field, someone might hurt you.” So Ruth continued working closely with the women servants of Boaz. She gathered grain until the barley harvest was finished. She also worked there through the end of the wheat harvest. And Ruth continued to live with Naomi, her mother-in-law.          

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Goodbye, until next time; we will see what God has in store for Ruth and Naomi.

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 | 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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