"Greater will be the future glory of this house than the former, says the Lord of hosts." —Haggai 2:9
After the temple had been destroyed for sixty-seven years, the Israelites returned from exile. Following seventeen more years of seeing the temple lie in ruins, the Lord raised up the prophets Haggai and Zechariah (see Zec 6:11-12) to command Zerubbabel the governor, Joshua the high priest, and the remnant of the people to get to work (Hg 2:1-2).
Four groups of people were necessary for the rebuilding of the Temple. If we are to rebuild the Church, we will need these same four groups of workers. First, we need prophets to tell us what God is saying. Without them, we don't know what work to do or when to do it. "Without prophecy the people become demoralized" (Prv 29:18). After the prophets tell us what God wants, we need civil officials — not to play party politics, but to come under Jesus' Lordship. Next, we need the clergy. We need priests who will rebuild the Church by fearlessly proclaiming our need for repentance and salvation. Finally, we need the "remnant of the people" to do the work of rebuilding the Church. The remnant is not just the "leftovers," the few remaining people in a time of eroded faith. They are prophetic, called by God, uncompromised with the world, and totally committed to the Lord.
With two prophets, one or two righteous politicians and priests, and several members of the remnant, we have the workers needed to rebuild the Church. (Copyright Presentation Ministries )
Dearest father in heaven show us how to use our gifts to bring about your kingdom .
How can we truly hope ? Jesus' life , his death on the cross and his resurrection that is what gives us a sure hope . Praying for one another and speaking words of hope for scripture such as ;
Thanks be to God who ... makes us in Christ , partners in his triumph , and through us is spreading the knowledge of himself , like a sweet smell everywhere . (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)
I am reminded of St Paul's exhortation to the Corinthians . Christian hope we are not capable of generating by ourselves Hope is not something that is earned
"Remember it is God himself who assures us all , and you of our standing in Christ , and has anointed us , marking us with his seal and giving us the pledge , the Spirit , that we carry in our hearts . (2 Cor 1:21-22)
If you would understand that the cross is Christ’s triumph, hear what he himself also said: “When I am lifted up, then I will draw all men to myself.” Now you can see that the cross is Christ’s glory and triumph - Saint Andrew of Crete (660-740)
When I am lifted up I will draw all men to myself . Should we be worried about anything ? I think not .
Jesus claims to be God:
Mt16:13ff "Who do, people say I am?....Who do you say I am? Blessed are you....."
Mt 26:63ff " Caiaphas: "I adjure you by the Living God that you tell us if you are the Christ the Son of God. Jesus said: Thou hast said it.... and you shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of the power of God."
Jn 19:7 The Jews said: "He ought to die because He made himself the Son of God."
Lk 10:22 He claimed equality with God. "All things are given to me by my father; no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom He chooses to reveal Him."
Mt 25:31 He claimed to sit in judgement on all mankind. "The son of Man will come in His majesty and all the angels with Him ... and all the nations shall be gathered together before Him, and He shall separate them one from another."
Mt 5:22 "You have heard it said ... but now I say to you."
Jn. 10:30-33 "I and the Father are one" The Jews were about to stone Him because "being a Man He made Himself God."
Jn 5:17-21 "He said God was His Father, making himself equal to God."
Jn 5:18 to Nicodemus. "He who does not believe, believes not in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
God is the power that unites the universe and gives everything meaning. God transcends time. But God is not just a power, an energy or a light. God is a person with whom we can communicate and live in communion, a person who can satisfy our thirst to love and be loved, a person with whom we can enter into an intimate relationship. God hides quietly inside each of us.
Until we know God as a person we do not really know him . The God of Israel is transcendent , eternal and unique .
There comes a shout of joy
From the tents of the just
The name of Elohim Adonai
There comes a shout of joy
From the tents of the just
The name of elohim Adonai
Elohim ! Adonai ,
The name of Giod most High !
The name of God most High !
There comes a cry for help
From the vice of the oor ,
The name of Elohim , Adonai ....
Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. But the shepherd of the sheep enters by the gate. The keeper opens the gate to him and the sheep hear his voice; he calls each of his sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them and the sheep follow him for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, rather they will run away from him because they don’t recognize a stranger’s voice.”
Jesus used this comparison, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
So Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, I am the gate of the sheep. All who came were thieves and robbers, and the sheep did not hear them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved; he will go in and out freely and find food.
“The thief comes to steal and kill and destroy, but I have come that they may have life, life in all its fullness.”
"Remember Christ who suffered for you, leaving you an example so that you may follow in his way. Jesus is the way but like sheep we usually stray and like thieves we find other ways. Let us ask for the courage and humility to get back on track when we are lost."
The above was sent to me . Most of the people I know and that includes some in the clergy think there is no such thing as sin . Sin to me is anything that separates us from the love of God and neighbor . We have to remember to love ourselves also .
I think we all need a savior for me that would be Jesus . Without Jesus I can be hateful . The word of God says in Colossians chapter 1 verse 21 that we nourished hostility in our hearts because of evil deeds . ( You nourished hostiility in your hearts because of evil deeds )
For he is the peace between us , and has made the two in two one and broken down the barrier which used to keep them apart , actually destroying in his own person the hostility caused by the rules and decrees of the law .(Ephesians 2:14)
In Jesus the barrier of hostility can be broken down . I have a problem with resentment and it seems that it rears it's ugly head often enough . It is only in Christ and in his power that we can truly love one another
Jesus saved us because of his mercy .(Titus3:3-5) "Remember there was a time when we too were disobedient , and misled and enslaved by different passions and luxuries ; we lived then in wickedness and ill -will, hating each other ."and hateful ourselves" We are called to replace hate with Love . Forgive our enemies love our enemies . (Matthew 5 :43-44) We are asked to replace hate with love that includes enemies . We all have enemies , the world we live in is full of them and i'd say in Christ hatred has nothing to feed on
Jesus said: Do not work for food that cannot last, but work for the food that endures to eternal life. (John 6)
The invitation of Christ is the invitation to move out of the house of fear and into the house of love; to move out of that place of imprisonment into a place of freedom. Years ago I had a dream about being in a prison I could see a street above but I was below ground level . Why was I in a jail ? Big steel bars, no way out funny thing was I was praising God . Later I went to see a counselor , a Christian and the first thing I noticed when entering her office was picture of a man behind bars . I knew I was in the right place for counseling . Emotionally starved I was. We didn't focus on specifics . We prayed , read scripture and it was difficult for me to share the pain that was deeper than hell . What freed me to be the child of God I am is prayer with scripture . Jesus did say that his people perish for lack of knowledge of him
|Acts 8: 1 - 8
|1||And Saul was consenting to his death. And on that day a great persecution arose against the church in Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the region of Judea and Sama'ria, except the apostles.|
|2||Devout men buried Stephen, and made great lamentation over him.|
|3||But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison.|
|4||Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word.|
|5||Philip went down to a city of Sama'ria, and proclaimed to them the Christ.|
|6||And the multitudes with one accord gave heed to what was said by Philip, when they heard him and saw the signs which he did.|
|7||For unclean spirits came out of many who were possessed, crying with a loud voice; and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed.|
|8||So there was much joy in that city.|
And today there is much joy when one is freed of evil spirits . In the prayer room ministry some where freed as we prayed . Some and we don't know the reason where not freed . Jesus uses his people to pray and he decides what the appropriate time is for a particular person . I rememer reading about an older lady who went to church on a daily basis . She needed deliverance of evil spirits . One woman I had known fro many years heard voices and had hallucinations . She was prayed with by a priest . She had told me that she would never forgive her husband for leaving her alone . He had gone fishing for the weekend . She had the responsibility of nine kids a general store and a bakery . She was pregnant at the time . When life hurts deeply we still have to forgive . The Holy Spirit can empower us to do it . At least that works in my life .
"God, you gave the Virgin Mary a share in the passion of your Son and in the glory of his resurrection. Turn our eyes to look on [Christ] so that we may seek [the reign of God] on earth and enter into everlasting life, to be one with Mary, our Mother. We ask this through Christ.”
This is the month of May . Dedicated to the Virgin Mary by my church . Catholics have always had fervor for the Mother of God . I remember the love my mother-in -law had for the virgin Mary . She spent much time decorating her home with flowers and pictures in her bedroom . Pictures of Mary and her Son Jesus reminded me to pray
Dear Mother Mary search out your children who are lost and bring them to Jesus .
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