Archive for May, 2023

A Cross • A Grave • A Sonrise

Jesus took a Cross for me that I might not be cursed.
Jesus took a Grave for me that I might live.
Jesus rose from the Grave that I might also conquer all and sit in righteousness with the Father.

Jesus gave it all that we might have it all.

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.

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Today’s Manna in the Word:
Faith without works, is it faith?

Faith in the God of the Bible without action is not faith at all.

Faith without corresponding action does not show your faith at all.

Ooh. That was kind of harsh.

Yep but true.

If you say you have faith in God and there is no action, no sign, no proof, no change, well, … Did you really have faith in God?

It is a good question.

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
James 2:26 AKJV

Have faith in God (Mark 11.22) and act like it.

If faith means having hope in, having confidence in, having trust in, being persuaded in God being who He says He is and will do what He says He will do then …

Action is an outward sign of our inward belief in God and our life with Him.

Be encouraged.
Do those things Jesus said you would do, could do, and do them in faith that He will back them up. And, He will. He does.

You do, He will.

Have faith in God.
Act on it, your faith.










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

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with Dr David J Rogers
Foundational Scripture:
Luke 1.4
“That you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.”


Mt 4.12
Now when Jesus heard that John [the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin] had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee.
v.17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 

1. Fishers of Men – call to Andrew and Simon, sons of Jonah
Mt 4.18-22 Mk 1.16-20, Lk 5.1-11
Mt 4.19 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

2. Delivered on Sabbath
Mk1.21-28, Lk 4.31-37
Mk 1.22-26 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, Saying, “Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.” 
And Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Hold thy peace, and come out of him.” 
And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. 

3. Peter’s Mother in law healed
Mt 8.14-17, Mk 1.29-34 Lk 9.38-41
Mt 8.14-16 And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever. And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them. When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick.
•Laid hands on the sick and she recovered; touched her hand and the fever left.
•God healed them all who were sick.

4. Call to disciples – James and John the Beloved, sons of Zebedee
Mt 4.18-22, Mk 16-20, Lk 5.1-11
Mt 4.21-22 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And, they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.

•Andrew and John had been disciples of John the Baptist.
John 1.35-41 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 
Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. 
One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. 

5. Call to disciple – Matthew, the tax collector
Mt 9.9-13, Mk 2.13-17, Lk 5.27-32
Mt 9.9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him. 

•Jesus came to those who are lost.
Mt 9.11-13 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? 
But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

 Jesus came to proclaim the Kingdom of God is now. He said “at hand”.

Jesus did not come to call the righteous, those obeying and fulfilling the Law of Moses.

Jesus came to call those who were sinners – outside of the Law, those who were separate from God.

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The Right Leadership Paradigm

I have been engaged in business and observed leaders since my youth; about 50 years worth of work life now. I have met and served under many great leaders and many leaders who by example taught me to not be like them.

The most effective leaders have all been “firm but fair”. The best among them all them sought out what was it I needed to be successful in what I was doing. This did not occur to me until many years later. All I knew was there were certain leaders in my life that looked out for me and I did not want to disappoint them.

I found out later that what they were doing was success in leadership by serving those they led.

History is replete with examples of those who were alpha types or even hyper-alpha types. But they were known for their ruthlessness and cruelty and self-centeredness.

Sadly, fewer are the examples of leaders who so cared for their people that their people would do whatever was deemed necessary to ensure success. Those few “great” leaders were known for their service to those they led and their success.

Be that leader, just as Jesus said :
“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles Lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Matthew 20:25‭-‬28 NKJV

Be the leader who is known for causing those they lead to succeed by serving them, and thereby, ensuring your own success and legacy.

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Today’s Manna in the Word:
Seek first…

“Before anything else I do, I do this…”
That is what seek first means.
You make that one thing primary.
It is first.

Jesus said we should do this concerning God, our Heavenly Father.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭33‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

I think we go through that verse too quickly at times.

After talking about all that other stuff that was important to our lives, Jesus boils it down to this:

  • Seek first God’s Kingdom, God’s domain
  • Seek first a right relationship with Him

It is a personal, individual, moment by moment choice. Choose God first in all you do.

Choose God, the God of the Bible.
He chooses you and gave you Jesus so you could be with Him.









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:
No longer just me…

For those who have come to a saving grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ and accepted for themselves the price paid at the Cross… your life becomes no longer “just me”.

You have come to the realization that real life comes from the Father, the God of the Bible, the God of Creation, and the life given to you now was only possible through the death and sacrifice of Jesus at the Cross.

No joy. I get it. It is not about you.

But, the life we now have is the gift of life from God through Jesus Christ.

So, our new reality is life in God through the gift of life from Jesus Christ.

So, it is not us who live, but Jesus in us who gives us life and righteousness with God the Father.

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭2‬:‭20‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Now, let us live by trust, confidence, hope, being persuaded, and faith that what Jesus did at the Cross gives us life with our Father in Heaven, the God of the Bible.







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

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

Seeking first the Kingdom of God

1. Make it a priority
Mt 6.33 Seek first …
•If the God of the Bible, Jesus and the Cross, and God’s Kingdom are truly important, seek it first.

2. His Kingdom His dominion
Mt 6.33 … the kingdom of God …
•A kingdom is ruled by a king, the highest authority 
•The kingdom is the area of the king’s authority, judgment, and dominion
•His ways are right

3. His righteousness; right like Him
Mt 6.33 … and His righteousness …
•The God of the Bible only does what is right and good
•Doing what is right, because it is the right thing to do
•Being in right relationship with the God of the Bible 

4. What happens when we are in right relationship with the God of the Bible
Mk 16.17-18 – signs or proofs will follow –
And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” 

Mt 18.18-20 – what you say goes –
Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”  

Mk 11.22,24 – what you believe (live out as so) happens
v.22 “Have faith in God.”
v.24 “whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Get Saved • Walk with God • In all you do, see first (before anything else) the kingdom of God.  

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