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Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 03:55 | No Comments »
Mark 12:30-31
You are to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength: this is the first commandment.
And the second is like it, that is: You are to love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no other commandment greater than these.
The greatest commandments; and what do we do with them?
Most days forget them.
Can you say that day in and day out you give the Lord your whole heart soul and mind and you give all your strength to doing the will of the Father?
Or do you spend your days more concerned with your own personal comfort and desires?
Placing more time and energy trying to get further in this world and have more than the next guy.
 
Do you love the Lord more than self?
Do you give more energy to a brother’s need then your own?
Do you truly Love the Lord, or do you live your life more as a hypocrite (Are you a person who pretends to have virtues, morals or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that you do not actually possess, a person whose actions contradict your stated beliefs. A person who puts on some desirable or publicly approved attitude, but your private life, opinions, or statements contradict those statements.)
Most American Christians get dressed up and go to church on Sunday and the rest of the week don’t think about Sunday or what was heard at all. We live as if we are in charge of our lives and destiny, as if we don’t do it - it won’t get don.
Who do we really serve?
Do we love Christ Jesus or ourselves?
A hypocrite: someone who says they love Christ Jesus but lives to serve self, a person who on Sunday uses no foul language but the rest of the week cusses up a storm, a person who speaks of love and caring for others but puts self-first in most situations.
 
So let’s look at it aging:
 
You are to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength: this is the first commandment.
And the second is like, that is: You are to love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no other commandment greater than these.
 
Now let’s all go and do our best to live it out, put God first then others then self.
 

Monday, June 26, 2017, 23:58 | No Comments »
Matthew 24:3-51
And as Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives, his disciples came to him away from the crowd, saying, tell us when these things will happen, and what sign will we see before your coming, and the end of the world.
And Jesus answered, and said to them,
 
“Take care that no man deceives you.
For many will come in my Name, saying, I am Christ, and will deceive many.
And you will hear of wars, and rumors of wars: see that you are not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not to come yet.
For nation will rise against nation, and realm against realm, and there will be famine, and pestilence, and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of sorrows.
Then they will deliver you up to be hurt, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for my Name’s sake.
 
And then many will be offended, and will betray one another, and will hate one another".
"And many false prophets will arise, and will deceive many. And because iniquity will be increased, the love of many will be cold.
But he that endures to the end, he will be saved. And this Gospel of the kingdom will be preached through the whole world for a witness to all nations, and then the end will come.
 
So then when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the Prophet, set in the holy place (let him that reads this, consider it.)
Then let them in Judea, flee into the mountains. If you are up on the roof, don’t come down to get anything out of your house.
And if you are in the field, don’t go back home to get your clothes.
And woe shall be to them that are with child, and to those that nurse baby’s in those days.
But pray that your flight does not happen in the winter, or on the Sabbath day. For then will be great trial and suffering, such have not been seen from the beginning of the world to this time, nor ever shall be.
And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
Then if any man will say to you, Lo, here is Christ, or there, don’t believe it. For there will rise up false Christ’s, and false prophets, and will show great signs and wonders, so that if it were possible, they would deceive the very elect.
Behold, I have told you before. If they say to you, look, he is in the desert, don’t go there: look, he is in a secret places, don’t believe it.
For as the lightning comes out of the East, and is seen clear to the West, so also will the coming of the Son of man be.
For where ever a dead carcass is, there the Eagles will be gathered together.
And immediately after the tribulations of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give her light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of man will appear in heaven: and then all the people of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of man come in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send his Angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together his elect, from the four winds, and from the one end of the heavens to the other.
 
Now learn the parable of the fig tree: when her bough is yet tender, and it puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. And likewise, when you see all these things, know that the kingdom of God is near, even at the doors.
For truly I say to you, this generation will not pass, till all these things be done. Heaven and earth will pass away: but my words will not pass away. But of that day and hour no man knows, nor do the Angels of heaven, but only My Father.
But as the days of Noah were, so likewise will the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days before the flood, they did eat and drink, marry, and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the Ark, And knew nothing, till the flood came, and took them all away, and likewise the coming of the Son of man will be.
And at that time two will be in the fields, the one will be received, and the other will be refused.
Two women will be grinding at the mill: the one will be received, and the other shall be refused. So then keep Watch: for you don’t know what hour your master will come.
Of this be sure, that if the good man of the house knew at what time the thief would come, he would surely be watching, and not let his house to be broken into.
 
Therefore you should stay alert and ready: for in the hour that you think it is ok to relax, that the Son of man won’t come right now, for He will come when you think He won’t.
Who then is a faithful servant and wise, whom his master has made ruler over his household, to give them meat in season?
Blessed is that servant, whom his master when he comes, will find doing as he has been instructed.
 
Truly I say to you, he will make him ruler over all his goods.
But if an evil servant will say in his heart, My master does defer his coming, And begin to mistreat his fellow servants, and to eat, and to drink with the drunken, That servant’s master will come in a day, when he is not looking for him, and in an hour that he is not aware he will come, And will cut him off, and give him his portion with hypocrites: there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth on that day..
So let’s make this personal:
Jesus is coming back and you don’t know when, but Jesus has told us to spread His good news to all, He has told us
     we are to keep the Lords commandments
     we are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and mind
     we are to love our fellow man as our self’s
     we are to have no other gods before Him
     we are not to make any idols nor worship then
     we are not to take the name of the Lord your God in vain
     we are to remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy
     we are to honor our father and mother
     we are not to commit murder
     we are not to commit adultery
     we are not steal
     we are not to bear false witness
     we are not to covet your neighbor or anything he may poses
 
And if we don’t follow the instructions given to is then we will be cut off.
 
And if you want more information on how you are to live your lives read Matthew 5: 6-7

Monday, June 26, 2017, 05:24 | No Comments »
Matthew 19:16-26
Someone came to Jesus and said,
“Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?
 
And Jesus said to him,
“Why are you asking Me about what is good?
There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments
Then he said to Him,
“Which ones?”
 
And Jesus said,
“YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER;
YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY;
YOU SHALL NOT STEAL;
YOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS;
HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER;
and YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF
 
The young man said to Him,
“All these things I have kept;
what am I still lacking?”
 
Jesus said to him,
“If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven;
and come, follow Me.”
 
But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property.
 
This is where a lot of Christians in America are lost not willing to think of others above them selves, holding on tight to everything they can grasp hold of, constantly putting then self-first, in which puts them last In the next few verses Jesus says
“Truly I say to you, that a rich man will hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven for it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”
 
The gate is smal;l you cant take it with you through the gate that leads in to heaven. Excess baggage will keep a lot of people out.
 
And Jesus tells us also;
“With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
 
So do what is right in the sight of God and give of your-self first to God than to others.

Saturday, June 24, 2017, 04:08 | No Comments »
Matthew 10:32-42
Whoever will confess me before men, I will confess him also before my Father which is in heaven.
But whoever will deny me before men, him I will also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
Don’t think that I am come to send peace into the earth, but the sword.
For I have come to set a man at conflict against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
And a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.
For the one that loves father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me.
And the one that loves son, or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me.
And the one that does not take his cross, and follow after me, is not worthy of me.
He that will find his life will lose it: and he that loses his life for my sake will find it.
The ones that receive you receive me: and the ones that receive me receive Him that sent me.
The one that receives a Prophet in the name of a Prophet will receive a Prophet’s reward: and the one that receives a righteous man, in the name of a righteous man, will receive the reward of a righteous man.
And whoever will give to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, in the name of a disciple, I truly say to you, he will not lose his reward.
 
Giving of life,
to confess Jesus before others is giving your life,
to give of what you have is giving your life,
being aware of the needs of others and doing what you can to meet that need is giving of your life.
 
The lord said that the greatest gift a man can give for another is his life, if we are truly relying on and trusting in Christ for of all are needs and desires, giving of or losing our lives will mean nothing for our whole purpose will be to give, give our lives first to God than for others.
 
So try this spend today, stand firm in Christ, don't compromise your faith when others disagree with Gods word, trying not to hold on to everything as if it is your life try not being selfish, let go trust God and give of your life so you can find true eternal life.
 
 

Friday, June 23, 2017, 04:20 | No Comments »
Matthew 6:22-25
The light of the body is the eye: if then your eye is single set upon, and focused on Christ, your whole body will be light.
But if your eye is wicked looking after and desiring wicked things, then all your body will be dark.
 
So if that that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness?
For no man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will lean to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and riches.
 
Therefore I say to you, don’t be concerned for your life, what you will eat, or what you will drink: or for your body, what you will put on. Is not the life given to you by the Father worth more than meat, and the body worth more than clothing?
 
 

When our eye is set on things of this earth our heart will be pulled away from the Father and darkness will creep in and as we allow it to sin will; dominate our lives and thinking our life’s will be darkness. And the world around us will not see Christ. they will see that we are more concerned about things of this world what we will eat, what we wear, what we live in, stuff and things.

To have a drive to have the perfect looking home or clothing shows a dependency on self rather than the Father, for if you aere trusting in the Father you will not worry if your home or your clothing is like everyone else’s.

The secret (be content with what you have been given by the Father, spend your time serving God instead of your own desirers and things).

When most Christians to day think of sin they think of the so called big ones, the actions like stealing, murder, adultery,

But Jesus said that our thoughts life is just as important as our actions, and the sin of a bad heart, greedy, hateful attitude, lust are just as much of a sin. And will fill our lives with darkness, for when our minds are filled with these things we cannot be thinking of the Father and His love.

If we do not put God first in our lives and love Him with all our heart soul, and mind, but allow other things or people to become our focus we are sinning and allowing darkness to overtake us.

And we will not

  • Love our fellow man as our self’s
  • We will have other gods before Christ
  • We will have idols and worship then
  • and we will end up taking the name of the Lord our God in vain
  • we will forget the Sabbath day, and will not keep it holy
  • we will have no honor for father and mother
  • we will commit murder, perhaps only in our minds but we will
  • we will commit adultery, also perhaps only in our minds
  • we will steal maybe not stuff and things but we will steal our love from God
  • we will bear false witness
  • and yes we will covet our neighbor and the things he possess.
By keeping our eye on Christ, putting Him before everyone and everything in our lives, our body (our being) will be light to this world and draw others to Him. Like a moth to a light.
 
So: let your lite shin before men so that your heavenly Father may be glorified.
 
 
 
Tomorrow: have you found your life?



Hodgepenny

As time went on He just sat, knoqing, knowing what no one else seemed to know.

But staring in to the red leave's He knew spring was on it's way, and that His life would go on as He reflected on the Love He had felt.

And that no mater how the lonely streets desended upon Him He would continue to shin, as He sat their He could be heard sining softly to Himself,   This little light of mine.

Hodgepenny's philosphy has always been take care of home first, only give to those who are truly in need, never, No never take anything that you have not earned. always spend as much time with the Father ae you can, for His love will guide and keep you through all things, and this will make your life better than great.



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