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    by Cecelia Lester

October 27, 2023

Whatever is True. . .

Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” (John18:38)

People have searched to find an answer to his question. Once, my Sunday school teacher asked this question of our class. A saintly lady answered with, “That which measures up to reality.” My concordance defines truth as: ‘that which is reliable, trustworthy, and consistent with the character and revelation of God.’

In my childhood parents instilled the idea that telling the truth was what was the expected avenue to take when their children were ‘called…  ( Click for more )

For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV) Words of the Lord spoken through Jeremiah. The Lord had just informed the exiles, who were being punished for sin, that the promise of peace……  ( Click for more )
October 20, 2023
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving, one another, even as God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV) Words of Paul: What is he telling us? Be kind: We are supposed to treat others as we want to be treated. (Luke 6:31) tenderhearted:……  ( Click for more )
Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight-- Psalm 51:4 (NKJV) Words of David David, confronted by Nathan the prophet, realized that he had sinned by his actions with Bathsheba. He knew he had transgressed God’s law immediately when he heard the……  ( Click for more )
October 6, 2023

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:10 (NIV)

"Persecuted” ‘ to be afflict constantly so as to injure or distress especially for reasons of religion, politics or race.’1In the 20th Century, Adolph Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Idi Amin, Moa Zedong, and Joseph Stalin are men remembered in history as people who persecuted those who lived by a set of life guidelines they did not follow.

In today’s world, Christian people overseas endure unspeakable acts done…  ( Click for more )

September 29, 2023
For He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation. Luke 1:49-50 (NKJV) Verses from the Magnificat of Mary. Mary, the future mother of Jesus, sang praise to the Lord.……  ( Click for more )
September 22, 2023
Those who are well have no need for a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Matthew 9:12-13 (NKJV) Words of Jesus Our Lord has been criticized……  ( Click for more )
September 15, 2023

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God”

Matthew 5:9

1 Peter 3:8

“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another . . .” Peter speaks to everyone who reads this letter. He tells those chosen by God to live at peace with one another.

“ . . . be sympathetic, love as brothers. . .” Peter advises us to treat each other as you would a beloved family member. Also, the Golden Rule states that we should treat others as we wish to be treated if we were in their place. My favorite passage for…  ( Click for more )

September 8, 2023
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”……  ( Click for more )
September 1, 2023
God be merciful to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us. Selah That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among the nations. Psalm 67:1-2 (NKJV) These verses form an invocation. The writer asks God’s blessing……  ( Click for more )
August 25, 2023
Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit. Psalm 32:2 (NKJV) Blessed Looked upon with favor. When a child of God receives a blessing, that child realizes the special degree of God’s……  ( Click for more )
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD. The people He has chosen as His own inheritance. Psalm 33:12 (NKJV) The LORD chose the children of Israel as His special people. We sometimes wonder why He opted to do this. We come to realize the God’s grace and love for those who He made is……  ( Click for more )
August 11, 2023
I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; The humble shall hear of it and be glad. Psalm 34:1-2 (NKJV) Words Penned by David I……  ( Click for more )
August 4, 2023
Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; Psalm 1:1(NKJV) The writer of this Psalm shows a progression that evil brings to a person. Blessed……  ( Click for more )
July 28, 2023
...when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. Mark 11:25 (NIV) Words of Jesus Jesus shares a very basic thought with His disciples, the importance of forgiveness. What this passage tells me is the importance……  ( Click for more )
But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. Romans 6:17-18 (NKJV) Paul tells the believers at Rome that God is to be thanked that they……  ( Click for more )
July 14, 2023
... then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” ...”Therefore if the Son makes you free, you are free indeed.” John……  ( Click for more )
July 7, 2023

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

Matthew 5:8 (NIV)

Jesus highlights a reward for those who remain true to God. What does He mean by ‘the pure in heart?’

Purity has several meanings; among them are ‘cleanness; clearness; Freedom from sin; innocence; chastity.1

Pure water is usually transparent. I remember, when I was a teenager, my mother told me that a person could see through iced tea that was good—not too strong.

As Christians, we strive for perfection. This asset has some qualities attached…  ( Click for more )

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God Philippians 4:6 (NKJV) Has anyone ever asked, “Why do you Pray?” How would you respond? Here are some reasons Jesus’ children pray. *We pray to tell……  ( Click for more )
June 23, 2023
Awaken to God’s Presence My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;/ I will sing and give praise. Awake, my glory! Awake, lute and harp!/ I will awaken the dawn./ I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples;/I will sing to You among the nations to give praise……  ( Click for more )
June 16, 2023

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” Matthew 5:7 (NIV)

Jesus singled out the ones who exercise forbearance in dealing with others. We see Him showing mercy in His life when our Lord forgave the woman caught in adultery. Also he forgave the paralytic of his sins.

Showing mercy simply means we overlook the wrong done to us by another. We take into consideration the bad action and forgive the one who caused it.

Receiving mercy from another may follow our confession of a wrong doing on our part. In movies, we hear defense attorneys tell…  ( Click for more )

I heard a lady say this at the ecumenical women’s meeting last month. Another lady responded with. “He has been trying to speak to us for a long time.” Our lesson was on love and mental health. The discussion brought us to discuss the state of our world-wars, mass……  ( Click for more )
June 2, 2023
Have you ever wondered what the term ”Church” really means? We say we are going to church when we prepare to assemble together with other believers in Christ. There are some people who refer to the membership of the church as their church family. One church I was in received a new pastor who……  ( Click for more )
May 26, 2023
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. ……  ( Click for more )
May 19, 2023
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will……  ( Click for more )
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