Welcome to A Year In Christ!

28 12 2010

This blog is our small family’s way to join the generations together and update Bible study, service to God and our church & ministry experiences to a modern level. While this is primarily meant as a way for us to share Bible study in a new way and thus not really a public blog, if you land here and find something of value, we pray God’s blessings over what has been shared and how it touches your life!

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Matthew 5:1-12

10 04 2012

Matthew 5:1) And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him.
Matthew 5:2) Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
Matthew 5:3) “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:4) Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Matthew 5:5) Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Matthew 5:6) Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Matthew 5:7) Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
Matthew 5:8) Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
Matthew 5:9) Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Matthew 5:10) Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:11) “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Matthew 5:12) “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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So basically all those who follow Jesus Christ are blessed, for at least one point in our lives we have been at least a handful of these… the main point, I think anyway, is that we keep the mindset… not always mourning for those that have died, but mourning for the world that has fallen into sin, God sent his Son to wash our sins and purify our hearts. As Christians we all should be peacemakers. However we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and it’s only through Him that we are worthy… so praises be to God!





Psalm 32:1-2

9 04 2012

Psalm 32:1) Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered.
Psalm 32:2) Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit.

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Sounds like what Jesus did for us… his blood forgave our transgressions, he paid for our sins, he died and rose again. Thanks be to the Lamb who conquered Death.





2 Kings 6:14-18

7 04 2012

2 Kings 6:14) Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city.
2 Kings 6:15) And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”
2 Kings 6:16) So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
2 Kings 6:17) And Elisha prayed, and said, “LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
2 Kings 6:18) So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the LORD, and said, “Strike this people, I pray, with blindness.” And He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.

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How many times are we blinded by our unfaithfulness, we will believe in our leaders, our friends, hey even our enemies… before we’ll believe in Him. We’ve been captured by our disbelief and allowed it to lead us around by the nose… and sometimes the worse things get, the worse our unfaithfulness becomes. We think, “If God loved us he wouldn’t let something like this happen.” But God does love us… he’ll just let’s us fall and waits for us call for help.





Judges 17:1-4

6 04 2012

Judges 17:1) Now there was a man from the mountains of Ephraim, whose name was Micah.
Judges 17:2) And he said to his mother, “The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from you, and on which you put a curse, even saying it in my ears–here is the silver with me; I took it.” And his mother said, “May you be blessed by the LORD, my son!”
Judges 17:3) So when he had returned the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, his mother said, “I had wholly dedicated the silver from my hand to the LORD for my son, to make a carved image and a molded image; now therefore, I will return it to you.”
Judges 17:4) Thus he returned the silver to his mother. Then his mother took two hundred shekels of silver and gave them to the silversmith, and he made it into a carved image and a molded image; and they were in the house of Micah.

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So far we have theft and idolatry, but he told the truth so that’s okay right. Wrong! His mother after hearing that he stole from her said that the Lord God, who forbade theft, would bless him and then encouraged him to turn the money into a carved image meant to  be a way to see God. So sin on top of sin and the Lord would bless him. I don’t think so, but I have to ask do we do that… your son/nephew/grandson or whatever gets caught smoking, and of course he denies it even though he got caught in the act… sin on top of sin. In many ways we’re repeating past mistakes… although that’s pretty much all we do when we sin, and the sad thing is… we usually don’t stop sinning until we’re caught.





Matthew 20:25-28

5 04 2012

Matthew 20:25) But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them.
Matthew 20:26) “Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.
Matthew 20:27) “And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave–
Matthew 20:28) “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

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“The least is the greatest.” That’s something that Jesus said. We all serve God in someway, shape, or form; whether it be ministry, construction, cooking, and so on. We need to serve those who are both our spiritual brothers, and our unsaved neighbors… we serve them by trying to convert them, we serve them by comforting them in time of despair, we serve them by feeding them when they are hungry, we serve them and by doing so we serve the Lord.





Isaiah 42:1-4

4 04 2012

Isaiah 42:1) “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.
Isaiah 42:2) He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.
Isaiah 42:3) A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth.
Isaiah 42:4) He will not fail nor be discouraged, Till He has established justice in the earth; And the coastlands shall wait for His law.”

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God will not lay on us more than we can handle, He doesn’t seek to crush us under the Devil’s foot, but want’s us to crush him under ours. Justice is supposed to be blind… but in society today, laws protect criminals more than they do the victims of crimes. Laws are being twisted over backwards; bribery is running wild, where anyone with enough money is automatically innocent… even if the whole world know’s he’s guilty. But God’s justice cannot be subverted, it will be true, and you can’t bribe your way out of punishment. The only way to forgiveness is belief in Jesus Christ and repentance of your sins. As Jesus says, “Go and sin no more.”





Micah 6:3-8

3 04 2012

Micah 6:3) “O My people, what have I done to you? And how have I wearied you? Testify against Me.
Micah 6:4) For I brought you up from the land of Egypt, I redeemed you from the house of bondage; And I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
Micah 6:5) O My people, remember now What Balak king of Moab counseled, And what Balaam the son of Beor answered him, From Acacia Grove to Gilgal, That you may know the righteousness of the LORD.”
Micah 6:6) With what shall I come before the LORD, And bow myself before the High God? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, With calves a year old?
Micah 6:7) Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, Ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
Micah 6:8) He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?

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That sounds familiar, I mean I’ll be walking along in my sin and enjoying it… just going yo-di-do-di-do; and suddenly God say, “Hey! Don’t do that.” And will yank the road out from under me, and I’ll be mad at God saying, “Hey why’d you do that, I’m a good person. I go to Church (once a week), I pray (every so often), and I read my Bible (a few times a week/month).”

Many times I was quick to blame God, my parents, my teachers, my friends, or even some times the government… rather than take responsibility for my own bad choices, my sins are somehow not my fault. But eventually when we fall, we usually hit our knees and ask for God’s forgiveness which he always gives. So remember when you fall He’s always there to pick you up.