Monday, November 30, 2009

The Daily Meditation
Amen Me!

The Promise of the Holy Spirit

John 14:16 - 18

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give
you another Comforter, that he may abide with you
forever, (a)
17 Even the Spirit of truth, whom the world
cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither
knoweth him: but ye know him: for he dwelleth
with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you fatherless: but I will come
to you.

(a) Verse 16 (click here to see all related study scriptures)

Acts 2:4
1 Timothy 4:8
Romans 8:15
1 John 2:27, 4:6, 5:7

Editor’s Thought - I was thinking as I was preparing today’s meditation, and I thought to myself, that the Spirit within us, is what helps us, as promised. But it also convicts us in so far as it shows and allows us to know what is acceptable and right in God and that which is contrary to His word. In other words it tells us what is right and wrong instinctively, and not through laws of men, of which come from the basis of God’s Holy Spirit. 

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Daily Meditation - Sunday Sermon
Amen Me!

Furthermore, brethren, whatsoever things
are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever
things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever
things are worthy love, whatsoever things are
of good report, if there be any virtue, or if there be
any praise, think on these things.

Philippians 4:8

Of Prayer
By John Calvin

Editor’s Note - I will preface this sermon by John Calvin with some scriptures I had read just yesterday and was going to use on Monday. However, they dovetail nicely into his sermon and serves, at least to my mind, how God constantly reaffirms His Word. I have only included parts 2 and 3 today. It is my hope to continue with the various other parts each Sunday until concluded.

John 14:12 - 14
12 Verily, verily I say unto you, he that believeth in
me, the works that I do, he shall do also, and 2greater
than these shall he do: for I go unto my Father.
13 And whatsoever ye ask in my Name, that will
I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask anything in my Name, I will do it.

John 16:23 - 24
23 And in that day shall ye ask me nothing. Verily,
verily I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the
Father in my Name, he will give it you.
24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my Name:
ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

James 1:5 - 6
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God,
which giveth to all men liberally, and reproacheth
no man, and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, and 1waver not: for
he that wavereth, is like a wave of the sea, tossed of
the wind, and carried away.

And now on to the Sermon

To prayer, then, are we indebted for penetrating to those riches which are treasured up for us with our heavenly Father. For there is a kind of intercourse between God and men, by which, having entered the upper sanctuary, they appear before Him and appeal to his promises, that when necessity requires they may learn by experiences that what they believed merely on the authority of his word was not in vain. Accordingly, we see that nothing is set before us as an object of expectation from the Lord which we are not enjoined to ask of Him in prayer, so true it is that prayer digs up those treasures which the Gospel of our Lord discovers to the eye of faith. The necessity and utility of this exercise of prayer no words can sufficiently express. Assuredly it is not without cause our heavenly Father declares that our only safety is in calling upon his name, since by it we invoke the presence of his providence to watch over our interests, of his power to sustain us when weak and almost fainting, of his goodness to receive us into favour, though miserably loaded with sin; in fine, call upon him to manifest himself to us in all his perfections. Hence, admirable peace and tranquillity are given to our consciences; for the straits by which we were pressed being laid before the Lord, we rest fully satisfied with the assurance that none of our evils are unknown to him, and that he is both able and willing to make the best provision for us.

But some one will say, Does he not know without a monitor both what our difficulties are, and what is meet for our interest, so that it seems in some measure superfluous to solicit him by our prayers, as if he were winking, or even sleeping, until aroused by the sound of our voice? Those who argue thus attend not to the end for which the Lord taught us to pray. It was not so much for his sake as for ours. He wills indeed, as is just, that due honour be paid him by acknowledging that all which men desire or feel to be useful, and pray to obtain, is derived from him. But even the benefit of the homage which we thus pay him redounds to ourselves. Hence the holy patriarchs, the more confidently they proclaimed the mercies of God to themselves and others felt the stronger incitement to prayer. It will be sufficient to refer to the example of Elijah, who being assured of the purpose of God had good ground for the promise of rain which he gives to Ahab, and yet prays anxiously upon his knees, and sends his servant seven times to inquire (1 Kings 18:42); not that he discredits the oracle, but because he knows it to be his duty to lay his desires before God, lest his faith should become drowsy or torpid. Wherefore, although it is true that while we are listless or insensible to our wretchedness, he wakes and watches for use and sometimes even assists us unasked; it is very much for our interest to be constantly supplicating him; first, that our heart may always be inflamed with a serious and ardent desire of seeking, loving and serving him, while we accustom ourselves to have recourse to him as a sacred anchor in every necessity; secondly, that no desires, no longing whatever, of which we are ashamed to make him the witness, may enter our minds, while we learn to place all our wishes in his sight, and thus pour out our heart before him; and, lastly, that we may be prepared to receive all his benefits with true gratitude and thanksgiving, while our prayers remind us that they proceed from his hand. Moreover, having obtained what we asked, being persuaded that he has answered our prayers, we are led to long more earnestly for his favour, and at the same time have greater pleasure in welcoming the blessings which we perceive to have been obtained by our prayers. Lastly, use and experience confirm the thought of his providence in our minds in a manner adapted to our weakness, when we understand that he not only promises that he will never fail us, and spontaneously gives us access to approach him in every time of need, but has his hand always stretched out to assist his people, not amusing them with words, but proving himself to be a present aid. For these reasons, though our most merciful Father never slumbers nor sleeps, he very often seems to do so, that thus he may exercise us, when we might otherwise be listless and slothful, in asking, entreating, and earnestly beseeching him to our great good. It is very absurd, therefore, to dissuade men from prayer, by pretending that Divine Providence, which is always watching over the government of the universes is in vain importuned by our supplications, when, on the contrary, the Lord himself declares, that he is "nigh unto all that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth (Psalm 145:18). No better is the frivolous allegation of others, that it is superfluous to pray for things which the Lord is ready of his own accord to bestow; since it is his pleasure that those very things which flow from his spontaneous liberality should be acknowledged as conceded to our prayers. This is testified by that memorable sentence in the psalms to which many others corresponds: "The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry" (Psalm 34:15). This passage, while extolling the care which Divine Providence spontaneously exercises over the safety of believers, omits not the exercise of faith by which the mind is aroused from sloth. The eyes of God are awake to assist the blind in their necessity, but he is likewise pleased to listen to our groans, that he may give us the better proof of his love. And thus both things are true, "He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep" (Psalm 121:4); and yet whenever he sees us dumb and torpid, he withdraws as if he had forgotten us.

(To be Continued Next Sunday - RPW)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

One Mind, One Spirit; Rejoice for God Likewise Dwells With Us and Within Us
Amen Me!
John 14:7 - 11

7 If ye had known me, ye should have known
my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him,
and have seen him.
8 Philip said unto him, Lord, show us thy Father,
and it sufficeth us.
9 Jesus said unto him, I have been so long time
with you, and hast thou not known me, Philip? he
that hath seen me, hath seen my Father: how then
sayest thou, Show us thy Father?
10 Believest thou not, that I am in the Father,
and the Father is in me? The words that I speak
unto you, I speak not of myself: but the Father that
dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. (a)
11 Believe me, that I am in the Father, and the
Father is in me: at the least, believe me for the very
works’ sake.

Editor’s note - I am just going to briefly preface this entry by saying have you ever heard the expression “kindred Spirits”? I will not claim to know who first said it or in what context it was used originally. However, the above verses would make a good source for the inspiration of the term.

So, I believe that our Savior was saying to His disciples that soon they and those that follow later on, will also dwell with Him, in mind, and spirit, and in heaven.

I am also reminded of Isaiah 7:14 in particular, the name Immanuel

6004 Immanuw'el im-maw-noo-ale' from 5973 and 410 with a pronominal suffix inserted; with us (is) God; Immanuel
5973 `im eem from 6004; adverb or preposition, with (i.e. in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically, equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English):--accompanying, against, and, as (X long as), before, beside, by (reason of), for all, from (among, between), in, like, more than, of, (un-)to, with(-al).
410 'el ale shortened from 352; strength; as adjective, mighty; especially the Almighty (but used also of any deity):--God (god), X goodly, X great, idol, might(-y one), power,strong.

(a) Verse 10 - 11
Psalm 101:6
Zechariah 2:11
John 10:38
Romans 8:9 - 11
2 Corinthians 6:16
Ephesians 3:17
Colossians 1:19
1 John 4:13
Revelation 21:3

Friday, November 27, 2009

Bring It On, It's Show Time!

I was laying in bed this morning rather wide awake as I couldn't sleep after getting my stepson up to go to work and a thought or two came across my mind about the up and coming circus trials that are going to occur in NYC.

1) Attorneys for both the prosecution and defense are of the same political ideology.

Think about this for a minute.

The prosecuting attorneys will be representing the AG of the United States Eric Holder, who already has demonstrated an extreme statist view of HOW the USA should be administered. That view is very hostile to "we the people" and as been said and shown over and over again to be one of contempt for our opinions, and very dismissive of our thoughts and wishes, wherein they fail to realize that it is they that work for the electorate and not the other way around.

Just as an aside here, it would be of interest to speculate if the prosecution would allow or call upon family members of the 3000+ victims to come forth and make statements, and/or give testimony in relation to the deaths of their loved ones.

Now, as for the defense attorneys. It is almost a sure bet that ACLU lawyers are chomping on the bit, and frothing at the mouth to do Pro Bono work on behalf of the defendants. As we already know, they are even more left of center than AG and his people, (although I do not expect by all that much), and will do their damndest to get their “cliental” freed and exonerated. It will of course be all smoke and mirrors, or as they say, “it’s show time!”

All the lawyers involved on both sides are reasonably certain that there will be convictions. The American people are not so foolish, as to set free known terrorists and release these animals back into the wild. So in that I suppose there is a very small consolation. However, that is not the point. The point is that these trials should not even be allowed to go forth.

All of the above brings me to the next thought, and is based on the preceding comments.

2) Since EVERYONE knows this is a circus trial, then all of this going to create a platform for these terrorists to spew their vile hatred of this country, make them martyrs, and continue to fan the flames of Islamofascism. What it likewise does is it gives them a legitimate voice by treating them as American citizens, to air imagined grievances, and give a voice to a violent religious and racist doctrine.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Daily Meditation
Amen Me!

“ I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life”
John 14:1 - 6

1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in
God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many dwelling places:
if it were not so, I would have told you: I go to
prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will
come again, and receive you unto myself, that where
I am, there may ye be also. (a)
4 And whither I go, ye know, and the way ye
5 Thomas said unto him, Lord, we know not
whither thou goest: how can we then know the way?
6 Jesus said unto him, I am that Way, and that
Truth, and that Life. No man cometh unto the Father,
but by me. (b)

(a) Verse 3
John 14:18, 15:26
Acts 1:11, 2:1-4

(b) Verse 6
Editor’s thought - The way being the acceptance as Jesus as sole Savior and Redeemer of our sins, without which, nobody can, as He said, come to the Father.

John 1:14, 10:7-9
Hebrews 9:14-17, 24, 28
1 Timothy 2:5

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Daily Meditation
Amen Me!

We Must Also Serve and Walk as He Walked
John 13:3 - 5, 13 - 16, 20

3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all
things into his hands, and that he was come forth
from God, and went to God,
4 He riseth from Supper, and layeth aside his
upper garments, and took a towel, and girded himself.
5 After that, he poured water into a basin, and
began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them
with the towel, wherewith he was girded. (a)
13 Ye call me Master, and Lord, and ye say well:
for so am I.
14 If I then your Lord, and Master, have washed
your feet, ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.
15 For I have given you an example, that ye should
do, even as I have done to you. (b)
16 Verily, verily I say unto you, The servant is not
greater than his master, neither the ambassador
greater than he that sent him.
20 Verily, verily I say unto you, If I send any, he
that receiveth him, receiveth me, and he that receiveth
me, receiveth him that sent me. (c)

(a) Verse 5
Editor’s thought - I believe that there is a connection here between this verse and Luke 7:37 - 38, for just as Jesus the Master, does this for his followers and as we later read, He sets the example, so did this woman who already recognized our Lord as Master and worthy of honor.

(b) Verses 14 - 15
Editor’s thought - I have long maintained that a leader, should be the servant of his people. Yes, they should follow him, and respect him, giving him all due honor of which he is worthy, but not out of fear, but out of love.

Romans 12:10
1 Peter 2:21 - 24

(c) Verse 20
Matthew 10:40 - 42

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Daily Meditation
Amen Me!
Receiving The Father Through Christ
John 12:44 - 50

44 And Jesus cried, and said, He that believeth in
me, believeth not in me, but in him that sent me. (a)
45 And he that seeth me, seeth him that sent
46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever
believeth in me, should not abide in darkness.
47 And if any man hear my words, and believe
not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the
world, but to save the world.
48 He that refuseth me, and receiveth not my
words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I
have spoken, it shall judge him in the last day. (b)
49 For I have not spoken of myself: but the father
which sent me, he gave me a commandment what I
should say, and what I should speak.
50 And I know that his commandment is life
everlasting: the things therefore that I speak, I speak
them so as the Father said unto me. (c)

(a) Verse 44
Mark 9:37

(b) Verse 48
1 Samuel 8:7, 10:19
Psalm 118:22

Isaiah 28:16, 53:3
Jeremiah 8:9
Mark 12:10

(c) Verse 50
Exodus 4:11 - 12
Isaiah 50:4 - 5
Ezekiel 3:17
Matthew 13:35

Ephesians 6:19
Revelation 2:16

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Daily Meditation - Sunday Sermon
Amen Me!

In continuance with an idea in so far as presenting thoughts upon which to meditate I am presenting another sermon by the early Christian theologian Martin Luther.

One must remember, that he was very much a reformist, and as such was highly critical of the Papacy in Rome. Some of those sermons reflect that enmity. But overall, his words and analysis of the Bible reflect deep thought and insight, which in the opinion of this writer was inspired by God.

To read the entire sermon click here

17 Brethren, be followers of me, and look on them,
which walk so, as ye have us for an example.
18 For many walk, of whom I have told you
often, and now tell you weeping, that they are the
enemies of the cross of Christ:
19 Whose end is damnation, whose God is their
belly, and whose glory is to their shame, which mind
earthly things.
20 But our conversation is in heaven, from whence also
we look for the Savior, even the Lord Jesus Christ,
21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be
fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to
the working, whereby he is able even to subdue all
things unto himself.

1. Paul immeasurably extols the Philippians for having made a good beginning in the holy Gospel and for having acquitted themselves commendably, like men in earnest, as manifest by their fruits of faith. The reason he shows this sincere and strong concern for them is his desire that they remain steadfast, not being led astray by false teachers among the roaming Jews. For at that time many Jews went about with the intent of perverting Paul's converts, pretending they taught something far better; while they drew the people away from Christ and back to the Law, for the purpose of establishing and extending their Jewish doctrines.

Paul, contemplating with special interest and pleasure his Church of the Philippians, is moved by parental care to admonish them--lest they sometime be misled by such teachers--to hold steadily to what they have received, not seeking anything else and not imagining, like self-secure, besotted souls who allow themselves to be deceived by the devil--not imagining themselves perfect and with complete understanding in all things. In the verses just preceding our text he speaks of himself as having not yet attained to full knowledge.


2. He particularly admonishes them to follow him and to mark those ministers who walk as he does; also to shape their belief and conduct by the pattern they have received from him. Not only of himself does he make an example, but introduces them who similarly walk, several of whom he mentions in this letter to the Philippians. The individuals whom be bids them observe and follow must have been persons of special eminence. But it is particularly the doctrine the apostle would have the Philippians pattern after. Therefore we should be chiefly concerned about preserving the purity of the office of the ministry and the genuineness of faith. When these are kept unsullied, doctrine will be right, and good works spontaneous. Later on, in chapter 4, verse 8, (Philippians 4:8) Paul admonishes, with reference to the same subject: "If there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

3. Apparently Paul is a rash man to dare boast himself a pattern for all. Other ministers might well accuse him of desiring to exalt his individual self above others. "Think you," our wise ones would say to him, "that you alone have the Holy Spirit, or that no one else is as eager for honor as yourself?" Just so did Miriam and Aaron murmur against Moses, their own brother, saying: "Hath Jehovah indeed spoken only with Moses, hath he not spoken also with us?" (Numbers 12:2). And it would seem as if Paul had too high an appreciation of his own character did he hold up his individual self as a pattern, intimating that no one was to be noted as worthy unless he walked as he did; though there might be some who apparently gave greater evidence of the Spirit, of holiness, humility and other graces, than himself, and yet walked not in his way.

4. But he does not say "I, Paul, alone." He says, "as ye have us for an example," that does not exclude other true apostles and teachers. He is admonishing his Church, as he everywhere does, to hold fast to the one true doctrine received from him in the beginning. They are not to be too confident of their own wisdom in the matter, or to presume they have independent authority; but rather to guard against pretenders to a superior doctrine, for so had some been misled.


5. In what respect he was a pattern or example to them, he has made plain; for instance, in the beginning of this chapter, in the third verse and following, he says: "For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God, and glory in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh: though I myself might have confidence even in the flesh: if any other man thinketh to have confidence in the flesh, I yet more: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews." That is, he commands the highest honor a Jew can boast. "As touching the law," he goes on, "a Pharisee; as touching zeal, persecuting the Church, as touching the righteousness which is in the law, found blameless. Howbeit what things were gain to me, these have I counted loss for Christ. Yea verily, and I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for who I suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but refuse, that I may gain Christ, and be found in him, not having a righteousness of mine own, even that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith."

6. "Behold, this is the picture or pattern," he would say, "which we hold up for you to follow, that remembering how you obtained righteousness you may hold to it--a righteousness not of the Law." So far as the righteousness of the Law is concerned, Paul dares to say he regards it as filth and refuse (that proceeds from the human body); notwithstanding in its beautiful and blameless form it may be unsurpassed by anything in the world--such righteousness as was manifest in sincere Jews, and in Paul himself before his conversion; for these in their great holiness, regarded Christians as knaves and meriting damnation, and consequently took delight in being party to the persecution and murder of Christians.

7. "Yet," Paul would say, "I who am a Jew by birth have counted all this merit as simply loss that I might be found in 'the righteousness which is from God by faith.'" Only the righteousness of faith teaches us how to apprehend God--how to confidently console ourselves with his grace and await a future life, expecting to approach Christ in the resurrection. By "approaching" him we mean to meet him in death and at the judgment day without terror, not fleeing but gladly drawing near and hailing him with joy as one waited for with intense longing.

Now, the righteousness of the Law cannot effect such confidence of mind. Hence, for me it avails nothing before God; rather it is a detriment. What does avail is God's imputation of righteousness for Christ's sake, through faith. God declares to us in his Word that the believer in his Son shall, for Christ's own sake, have God's grace and eternal life. He who knows this is able to wait in hope for the last day, having no fear, no disposition to flee.

8. But is it not treating the righteousness of the Law with irreverence and contempt to regard it--and so teach as something not only useless and even obstructive, but injurious, loathsome and abominable? Who would have been able to make such a bold statement, and to censure a life so faultless and conforming so closely to the Law as Paul's, without being pronounced by all men a minion of the devil, had not the apostle made that estimation of it himself? And who is to have any more respect for the righteousness of the Law if we are to preach in that strain?

9. Had Paul confined his denunciations to the righteousness of the world or of the heathen--the righteousness dependent upon reason and controlled by secular government, by laws and regulations--his teaching would not have seemed so irreverent. But he distinctly specifies the righteousness of God's Law, or the Ten Commandments, to which we owe an obligation far above what is due temporal powers, for they teach how to live before God--something no heathenish court of justice, no temporal authority, knows anything about. Should we not condemn as a heretic this preacher who goes beyond his prerogative and dares find fault with the Law of God? who also warns us to shun such as observe it, such as trust in its righteousness, and exalts to sainthood "enemies of the cross of Christ whose God is the belly"--who serve the appetites instead of God?

10. Paul would say of himself: "I, too, was such a one. In my most perfect righteousness of the Law I was an enemy to and persecutor of the congregation, or Church, of Christ. It was the legitimate fruit of my righteousness that I though I must be party to the most horrible persecution of Christ and his Christians. Thus my holiness made me an actual enemy of Christ and a murderer of his followers. The disposition to injure is a natural result of the righteousness of the Law, as all Scripture history from Cain down testifies, and as we see even in the best of the world who have not come to the knowledge of Christ. Princes, civil authorities in proportion to their wisdom, their godliness and honor are the bitter and intolerant enemies of the Gospel.