Religion

WEEKLY MEDITATION 16 – 22 JUNE 2014

As you begin this week, we ask that you meditate on the following scriptures and how they apply to your life and your growing relationship with the Lord.

“Our high priest is able to understand our weaknesses. When he lived on earth, he was tempted in every way that we are, but he did not sin. Let us, then, feel very sure that we can come before God’s throne where there is grace. There we can receive mercy and grace to help us when we need it” (Hebrews 4:15-16)

“You have been saved by grace through believing. You did not save yourselves; it was a gift from God. It was not the result of your own efforts, so you cannot brag about it” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

“After you suffer or a short time, God who gives all grace, will make everything right. He will make you strong and support you and keep you from falling. He called you to share in his glory in Chris, a glory that will continue forever” (1 Peter 5:10)

 

WEEKLY MEDITATION 9-15 JUNE 2014

As you begin this week, we ask that you think about the following scriptures and how they apply to your life and your growing relationship with the Lord.

“Think only about the things in heaven, not the things on earth. Your old sinful self has died and your new life is kept with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:2-3)

“You should know that loving the world is the same as hating God. Anyone who wants to be a friend of the world becomes God’s enemy” (James 4:4)

“Do not love the world or the things in the wold. If you love the world, the love of the Father is not in you. These are the ways of the world: wanting to please our sinful selves, wanting the sinful things we see, and being too proud of what we have. None of these come from the Father, but all of them come from the world. The world and everything that people want in it are passing away, but the person who does what God wants lives forever” (1 John 2:15-17)

WEEKLY MEDITATION 2-8 JUNE 2014

As you begin this week, we ask that you think about the following scriptures and how they apply to your life and your growing relationship with the Lord.

“We are  completely victorious through God who showed his love for us. Yes, I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor ruling spirits, nothing now, nothing in the future, no powers, nothing above us, nothing below us, nor anything else in the whole world will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37-39)

“When we were unable to help ourselves, at the right time Christ died for us, although we were living against God…God shows his great love for us in this way: Christ died for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:6,8)

Lord God All-Powerful, who is like you? Lord, you are powerful and completely trustworthy….Your kingdom is built on what is right and fair. Love and Truth are in all you do” (Psalm 89:8,14)

Weekly Meditation 26-1 June 2014

As you begin this week, we ask that you think about the following scriptures and how they apply to your life and your growing relationship with the Lord.

“But if any of you need wisdom, you should ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to all people, so he will you wisdom” (James 1:5)

“But if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins, because we can trust God to do what is right. He will cleanse us from all wrongs we have done” (1 John 1:9)

“But in all these things we have full victory through God who showed his love for us” (Romans 8:37)

WEEKLY MEDITATION 19-25 MAY 2014

As you begin this week, we ask that you think about the following scriptures and how they apply to your life and your growing relationship with the Lord.

“Everyone has sinned and fallen short of God’s glorious standard, and all need to be made right with God by his grace. which is a free gift. They need to be made free from sin through Jesus Christ” (Romans 3:23-34)

If anyone does sin, we have a helper in the presence of the Father – Jesus Christ, the One who does what is right. He died in our place to take away our sins, and not only our sins but the sins of all people” (1 John2:1-2)

“God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world guilty, but to save the world through him. People who believe in God’s Son are not judged guilty…. Those who believe in the Son have eternal life, but those who do not obey the Son will never have life. God’s anger stays on them” (John 3:17-18, 36)

WEEKLY MEDITATION 12 – 18 MAY 2014

As you begin this week, we ask that you think about the following scriptures and how they apply to your life and your growing relationship with the Lord.

“He is strong and can help you not to fall. He can bring you before his glory without any wrong in you and can give you great joy” (Jude 24)

“But the Lord is faithful and will give you strength and will protect you from the Evil One” (2 Thessalonians 3:3)

“Now we hope for blessings God has for his children. These blessings, which cannot be destroyed or be spoiled or lose their beauty, are kept in heaven for you. God’s power protects you through your faith until salvation is shown to you at the end of time” (1 Peter 1:4-5)

WEEKLY MEDITATION 5-11 MAY 2014

As you begin this week, we ask that you think about the following scriptures and how they apply to your life and your growing relationship with the Lord.

“We must not become tired of doing good. We will receive our harvest of eternal life at the right time if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

“My brothers and sisters, when you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience.” (James 1:2-3)
 “Those people who keep their faith until the end will be saved.” (Matthew 10:22)

WEEKLY MEDITATION 28 APRIL – 4 MAY 2014

As you begin this week, we ask that you think about the following scriptures and how they apply to your life and your growing relationship with the Lord.

“The Lord will always lead you. He will satisfy your needs in dry lands and give strength to your bones. You will be like a garden that has much water like a spring that never runs dry.” (Isaiah 58:)

“People make plans in their minds, but only the Lord can make them come true. Depend on the Lord in whatever you do, and your plans will succeed” (Proverbs 16:1,3)

“Do not change yourselves to be like the people of this world, but be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

American Pastor Saeed Abedini wrote the following Easter message from his hospital room serving an eight year sentence for his Christian faith in Iran.

Crucifying the resurrected “self” with Christ and resurrects our death faith with Christ.

Happy Resurrection Day.

On the Eve of Good Friday and Easter I was praying from my hospital room for my fellow Christians in the world.  What the Holy Spirit revealed to me in prayer was that there are many dead faiths in the midst of Christians today. That Christians all over the world are not able to fully reach their spiritual potential that has been given to them as a gift by God so that in reaching that potential, the curtain can be removed and the Glory of God would be revealed.

Some times we want to experience the Glory and resurrection with Jesus without experiencing death with Him.  We do not realize that unless we pass through the path of death with Christ, we are not able to experience resurrection with Christ.

We want to have a good and successful marriage, career, education and family life (which is also God’s desire and plan for our life). But we forget that in order to experience the Resurrection and Glory of Christ we first have to experience death with Christ and to die to ourselves and selfish desires.

Jesus said to His Disciples:  “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. (Matthew 16:24)

This means that we should not do things that we like to do (that God does not want us to do) and to do things that we do not like to do (but God wants us to do) so that He may be glorified.

So in addition to spending our days and night in doing the works of faith as described above, we should also transform our death faiths into living and active faiths through the resurrection of Christ which is an active and constructive love that is effective.

In conclusion, let us resurrect our Dead faiths to living faiths by first dying to our selfish “resurrected” self and experiencing the cross of Jesus. Then we are able to experience the Glorious resurrection with Christ.

A Glorious life with Christ starts only after a painful death (to self) with Christ.

We will start with Christ.

Pastor Saeed Abedini
Prisoner in the Darkness in Iran, but free for the Kingdom and Light

Please continue to pray for Pastor Saeed as we continue fighting for his release, and sign the petition for his freedom.

WEEKLY MEDITATION 21-27 April 2014

As you begin this week, we ask that you think about the following scriptures and how they apply to your life and your growing relationship with the Lord.

 

“You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal like. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life”. (John 5:39-49)

” All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but do the will of him who sent me.  And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:37-40)

” No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets: ‘ They will all be taught by God.’  Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. I am the bread of life. Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which will give for the life of the world.” (John 6:44-51)