Archive for April, 2023

Today’s Manna in the Word:
The Word became flesh

The impact of this phrase is not fully grasped when it is said by itself: the Word became flesh…

In John 1 we read the Word was and is the God of the Bible. He made everything that was made. Then, He became flesh, one of us.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
‭‭John‬ ‭1‬:‭1‬, ‭14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

God so loved us (affection, appreciation, desire to be with, “agape”) that He gave us His Word. Now all we have to do is accept what He did, even at the Cross and the Grave, ask for forgiveness, and follow Him.

Ask Him.
Receive Him.
Be made new by the Word of God made flesh, Jesus by name.



God loves you, pray for one another, and together we will build the Kingdom of God, in Jesus’ name.

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Foundational Scripture:
Luke 1.4
“That you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.”

The Wilderness
Jesus was led of the Holy Spirit into the wilderness, a desert place with no support other than God.

Have you ever had a big moment then immediately it seems like it was taken away and everyone and everything left you?

Jesus can relate.

Jesus went to see his cousin John, the Baptist. Jesus asked John to baptize him. John knowing who Jesus was prophesied to be said Jesus should baptize John.

1. Jesus baptized in the Jordan
Mt 3.13-17, Mk 1.9-11, Lk 3.21-23
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” 

The Lamb of God
John 1.29-34
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.” 

It was a big moment. John baptizes Jesus for repentance, when Jesus had nothing to repent. God the Father announces Jesus is His son. The Holy Spirit lands on Jesus and anoints Jesus. You would think this would have been a time for celebration. Instead, …

2. Jesus led by the Holy Spirit into the Wilderness
Mt 4.1-11, Mk 1.12-13, Lk 4.1-13
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and “‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’” Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.

Jesus, as a Man, a descendent of Adam, had to be challenged and deprived and win.

When you go through your “desert” places, your challenges, your extreme moments of lack: Jesus can relate.

Note also, it was not a “one and done” event with the devil. The Bible says that satan left for a more opportune time. Which means, the devil would come back to catch Jesus or stop Jesus with trouble. When that happens to you, do what Jesus did.

3. Return in Power
Lk 4.14
And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. 

4. Preached
Mt 4.17, Lk 4.14-15, Jn 4.1-4
From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 
Mk 1.14-15
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

5. Rejected
Lk 4.16-21,28-30, Isa 61.1-2a fulfilled in synagogue 
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 
When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. But passing through their midst, he went away.

Even when others, even those closest to you reject you, continue in God. Go and do what God said do according to His word and according to what God has confirmed through His elders and prophets.

Be like Jesus, obey God. Repent for others, intercede for them. Resist the devil. Respond with the Word of God. Preach the good news of the Kingdom of God. And, watch what God does.

Praise God!


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Today’s Manna in the Word:
His Glory for ever and ever

In Philippians 4, Paul shares some encouraging words to the Church about God.
V.1 Stand firm
V.4 Rejoice
V.6 Do not be nervous
V.7 God’s peace will guard you
V.8 Things to think
V.13 God strengthens you
V.19 God supplies us according to His ability

And, after all of that, we must note:
“Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭20‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

We must note that as God takes care of us, and after He has blessed us, we should in turn give Him the glory, the honor, our thanks and gratitude.

After all, God loves us so much He have us Jesus, that through Jesus and the Cross we can have a right relationship with God the Father and walk in His shalom…nothing missing, nothing broken.







God loves you, pray for one another, and together we will build the Kingdom of God, in Jesus’ name.

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Going to the gym can be like seeing the parish priest: “Forgive me, it has been 4 months since my last session.”
“Give me 20 reps on every station and three laps around in reflection.”

#catholicscanrelate #gymtime #backatit

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Foundational Scripture:
Matthew 6.33
But seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Kingdom of God within you

1. How does it come?
Luke 17.20
And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”
•You cannot look for the Kingdom of God as a place nor a wisdom.
•The Kingdom of God is God with you, in you.

Matthew 16.17
And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.”

2. The Kingdom of God is within you
Luke 17.21
“Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”
•The Kingdom of God is not a location to search for, to find.
•The Kingdom of God is within in you, if you have received Jesus Christ’s sacrifice so that you can be one with the Father God just as Jesus is one with Him.

John 17.21
“That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”

3. Out of the heart…
Matthew 12.24-28
But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, “This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.” 
And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.”
•What is in your heart? The World or the God of the Bible?

4. What comes out of your heart?
Matthew 15.10-11, 17-20
And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand: “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.” 

“Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.” 
•Question: what do you have in you? God, self, or the world?

Mark 7.15
”There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” 

•What is in your heart?
Matthew 12.34b
“… For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”

Colossians 1.26-27
The mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

•The Kingdom of God is within you IF you are in Christ.
•The dominion of the King and God of the Bible can be with you, because of Jesus and the Cross.

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Today’s Manna in the Word:
The hardest thing ever

Jesus said “Peace. Be still.” And it was.

Jesus said “Peace be unto you” to the disciples hiding behind locked doors.

The writer of the books to the Hebrews wrote:
“Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4‬:‭11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Paul wrote:
“Having done all to stand, stand.”
Ephesians 6:13-14

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is “nothing” but rest in the Lord God of the Bible knowing He has got this.

But… rest knowing He does.
But… stand, ready to take action
But… stand, knowing He has this
But… stand firm, knowing those things He said He will do He will do them, because His own word said He would.

Stand in faith (hope, confidence, trust, being persuaded).
Rest in the knowledge He will do just as He said.

Do the hardest thing and let the God of the Bible do His part … and stand … ready to do your part.


stand #rest





God loves you, pray for one another, and together we will build the Kingdom of God, in Jesus’ name.

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Today’s Manna in the Word:
A Cross, A Grave, A Sonrise

Easter has passed, Passover is being resolved, now a price paid is being walked out.

Day before Passover, Wednesday, Jesus sits down with his disciples for the last time as their teacher: “I longed to have this meal with you.”

After dinner, Jesus goes to a garden nearby to pray. It is late. Three follow along a little further.

Soldiers led by Judas, a zealot, came to take Jesus away. On the second attempt he let them.

Thursday morning, in the mid watches, Jesus is accused by religious leaders. He is taken to the Roman governor for punishment. They lied about Jesus. The governor sends Jesus to a local royal for judgment. The royal only mocks Jesus and had him beaten and sends Jesus back.

Thursday morning, a crowd demands Jesus to be judged. The governor finds the meanest, most despicable person in prison and offers the choice: Jesus or Barabbas. They did not choose Jesus.

The governor asked what should he do now. The crowd cries out for crucifixion.

Thursday noon, the sky darkens. There is an earthquake. The Temple doors are knocked of their hinges. The curtain hiding the Holy of Holies, the inner sanctum of the Temple, is torn in half, top to bottom.

It is nearing the time for Passover. A request was made for the body of Jesus. The governor did not believe Jesus was dead. The Roman soldiers broke the legs of the two hanging on crosses near Jesus. They found Jesus already dead. A soldier ran a spear through Jesus’ side to make certain.

Before sunset, a tomb holding the body of Jesus was sealed.

Friday was Passover.

Saturday was Passover Sabbath.

Sunday was the first day of the week. Three women, disciples of Jesus, went to care for the body properly. The stone was removed before they arrived. A man sat there and asked: “Why do you look for the living among the dead?”

Sunday before: Hosanna!
Thursday before: Crucify him!
Sunday after: He is risen…

His witness and testimony are true.







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