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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Take My Yoke for it is Easy

Take My Yoke for it is Easy
Each Wednesday Pastor Allan has encouraged me to bring a message that will build us up as we consider evangelizing and sharing the gospel with others. 

What do you think of when you hear the word “YOKE?”

A yoke was placed on oxen to control them and keep them on the “Right path.”

Two as a team under a yoke would get more work done, faster and easier. 

The farmer could not hook together opposite animals such as an ox and a donkey, because they would pull against each other causing problems, waste and destruction.   

This is the reason Paul told us
2 Corinthians 6:14 Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has Righteousness with Unrighteousness?  What partnership has Light with Darkness?

(This verse speaks of partnership with both God and the devil and it just will not work.) 

We should also apply this scripture to our association with people we hang out with.  Are your friends like minded to follow Christ or is there a clash of wills and desires? 

It is good to attend a church where the Bible is taught, and your belief in God is yoked up together with persons who attend. 

If you are seeking a mate – do keep this in mind to avoid BIG trouble ahead.  Only date those of LIKE precious faith, and persons who are actively serving Christ Jesus. Also it is good to date one who believes in the present day work of the Holy Spirit.

Warning: Do not date an unbeliever or one who is a member of a cult, such as New Age, types of meditation, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons or into Spiritism.  Avoid the problems and horror stories that come from yoking up with these kinds of relationships.
Jesus offered us to YOKE up with him because he is gentle, kind and will give you peace and rest.
Matthew 11:28-30  Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
The yoke of subjection to Jesus.
Jesus is giving his disciples a reason why they should embrace his teachings. He was not harsh, overbearing, and oppressive, like the Pharisees, (For they bind heavy burdens laying them on men’s shoulders and grievous to be borne,) but Jesus is meek, mild, and gentle in his government. His laws were reasonable and tender, and it would be easy to obey him.

Once we are free in Christ, Galatians 5:1 Christ did set us free: stand fast therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage.

What can we learn from this message today? 

1.     Examine your self be sure you are “Yoked up” with Jesus and those of like minded Faith.

2.     As we reach out to our neighbors, we will discover people yoked up with all types of belief and bondage.  Keep Jesus uppermost in our sharing and be sure to have a Bible or brochure to leave with those we meet to encourage them to Yoke up with Jesus.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Kingdom of God


Our Bible study lesson at Open Door Church on Sunday Mornings at 9:30 was continuing about how the Golden Table of Show Bread relates to Jesus and to the Kingdom of God.  I took notes and present an edited message for you to enjoy.
The border (or crown molding) of the table was crafted with small golden crowns representing the Kingship of Jesus.  We shall cast our crowns before Him in glory.

How does this apply to us today?  What is the Kingdom and where it is now?  Jesus prayed, “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” When you receive Jesus as your King and Master, He sets up His kingdom in your life.

We understand there are varieties of “kingdoms:” A community or a family, where wisdom rules, a Business where there is trust, High ethic values where there is worth.  Jesus has made us worthy and has given us authority to labor with Him.

Jesus was teaching about the Kingdom and likening it to ten virgins who were waiting in the night for the wedding party to arrive.  Five were wise and had brought extra oil for their lamps, but five were foolish and did not prepare and their lamps went out.  There was no time to purchase more oil, because the Bridegroom was coming.  It pays to be ready at all times for the return of Christ and to be filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus also told the story of a business man who gave his trusted servants bags of gold to invest and multiply.  One servant was afraid and hid his gold because he feared to be bold and take risks for increase.  Jesus said the unfaithful servant would be cast out into outer darkness.

Each of us has an individual responsibility to serve in the Kingdom of God.  View others as Jesus would see them.  Find your place in the Kingdom and pray for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to endow you with power.  Allow the voice of the Holy Spirit to guide you to where you should go and to whom you should speak and share the Gospel with.

Once we commit to the King, then we are able to commit to serve others.

Watch our hearts and keep humble, because a great price has been paid for you.

With extravagant love God has made provision for you to have entrance into His Kingdom.

King Jesus is the Door by which we may all enter in and participate in His Kingdom.

Monday, October 24, 2016




Pastor Allan asked our Bible Teacher Linda to take the morning sermon, and I took notes and present an edited message.

Our Bible Studies have been about the articles in the Tabernacle and how they relate to Christ Jesus.

Today is Communion and we have a table set with bread and grape juice representing the body and blood of Jesus.  God is a great and faithful king, and the Holy Spirit speaks to always glorify Jesus.  Jesus is worthy of it all.  The table of Showbread in the Tabernacle was made of pure gold with decorative gold crowns around its edging and on the table was placed twelve loaves of unleavened bread.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem, and the Hebrew word is “House of Bread.”  Jesus is the living bread as He said.  He is our bread of Life.

Matthew 26:26-30 speaks of Jesus taking the bread, blessing it and breaking it saying, “This is my body, which is broken for you, do this in remembrance of me. God is a god of detail, and the bread on the table of Showbread was a representation of Jesus the Bread of life.

Jesus then took the cup saying, this is my blood which is given for you - - he went on to say, I will not drink it again until I am able to drink it with you in the kingdom.

Why did Jesus speak about the Kingdom? 

What do you think about when you think about a king?  Perhaps you think of Majesty, a Gold crown, royal garments, Honor, Reverence, and Power.  Jesus is all of that and more. He is our King and we worship Him as King of our life. 

In Matthew chapter 25, Jesus likens the Kingdom to wise and foolish virgins; some with enough oil, and some who neglected to make provision for more oil.  We as believers must keep filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit and this is accomplished by study of God’s word, and being in His presence.

Jesus gave another illustration about the Kingdom, like as a business man giving gifts to invest to his trusted workers as he left on a journey.  Some were diligent to step up and invest in the kingdom, and were faithful in the opportunities given to them. 
One was fearful and afraid to use that which was gifted to him.  He held back and refused to work with what he had, but instead hid it.  When the owner returned, he was pleased with those who invested wisely, and gave them more responsibility in the Kingdom of light, but the fearful man was cast out into the kingdom of outer darkness.

Matthew 25 depicts Jesus on the throne as king with the angels surrounding him.  He gathers all the Nations and begins to separate the sheep from the goats. He says to the righteous, when I was hungry you fed me, when I was naked, you clothed me. 
They replied when did we do this?  Jesus said, “For as much as you have done this for others, you have done it as onto me.” 
This was the condition, serve others and you are serving me.  The body of Jesus was broken for everyone, and His blood was shed for all.  Jesus modeled for his followers what the Kingdom was like. 
Jesus knew one would betray Him, but he girded a towel around his waist, and taking a basin of water, he washed the feet of His disciples.  He asked, “Do you understand what I have done?  You have called me Lord and Master, and you say well, for I AM. 
His example was the servant is not greater than his lord, but we must all have humility.  Receiving those persons who God sends your way, is the same as receiving Jesus and therefore receiving God the Father who sent Jesus. 
There is no difference in the kingdom.  Love one another and know that God loves all people.  It is a choice to become a part of God’s Kingdom. 
A decision must be made to accept Jesus Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Consider your willingness to serve in the Kingdom.  Model after Jesus with Kingdom, behavior, kingdom love, service, giving and commit our loyalty to God who rules.

As we take communion today, may it not be a ritual, but an emotional and spiritual experience, remembering the symbolic meaning of the bread and wine. 
His broken body and his blood was shed for you. 
Be a part of His body, for He is worthy of it all. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

ONE PERSON – Is all it Takes – Let it be YOU.


Our Wednesday Prayer meeting begins with a lesson I am privileged to bring.  Pastor Allan has asked me to bring encouraging words about evangelism and sharing with others, Christ Jesus the Savior.

On the negative, we are reminded that it was ONE person who took it upon herself to have prayer and the Bible removed from our schools.

On the positive, Jesus was all alone resting at a well, because his disciples had gone into the city to purchase food.  Along came a woman, and Jesus requested of her a drink of water.  The woman was a Samaritan and knew the Jews did not associate with such people so she questioned why did He speak to her and request water? Jesus told her if she only knew who He was; she would ask Him to give her living water so she would never thirst again.  As Jesus began to tell the woman all about her past life, she ran into the city and brought back a huge crowd to hear Jesus.  One person was all it took and many became believers.

Jonah was a disobedient prophet and ended up in the whale’s belly, but when he repented and decided to obey God - - he went to the city of Nineveh all by his self, (Just ONE Person) and preached against sin and that they should repent.  The King and the entire Nation repented and turned to the true God.

You have probably said, but I am only one person and can’t do much for the Kingdom.  I must remind you that if you are entertaining doubtful ideas in your mind those thoughts did not come from God. 

Understand this: Jesus has chosen YOU and he has ordained YOU to be his messenger. 

Will you say out loud these two Bible verses and believe that this is Jesus speaking to YOU? 

John 15:16 You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ORDAINED you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.   

Matthew 16:19 And I will give to you the (secret) keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 

You as a believer have the authority to Unlock Prison doors; to release the chains that bind others.
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You might face problems as you pray with people.

1. A person believes they are going to heaven because they are a good person.  Or they may not be sure they are saved.  Our good works will NOT save us, only Jesus can save us and give us eternal life.  Jesus said, “I am the door and no one may enter in except by me.  They should not wait because today is the day of salvation.

Highlight in your Bible: Romans 3:23, (All have sinned) - - Romans 6:23, (Sin brings death, but God gives eternal life) - - Romans 10:9-10 (Believe on Jesus, Confess you receive Him now.  Rev 3:20 (With your mouth say “Come in to my life Lord Jesus.) 

ABC’s of Salvation:  Admit you are a sinner, Believe Jesus died for you in your place.  Confess Him as your Lord and tell him you are surrendering to His will for your life.   

2. If a person you are praying with is struggling with a habit or a spiritual problem:

It is good to ask the person a question.  Do you want to be free?  Are you ready to tell Jesus you want to be free to serve him?  Are you ready to put aside those habits that are keeping you in bondage?  Are you ready to RENOUNCE all forms of your habit (bondage) and say with your mouth –I renounce all habits, and tell them to leave and be gone and do not return?  Now there is an empty space, so we need to ask Jesus to come and fill up the void with the Holy Spirit:  

Say this with your mouth:  Jesus I ask you to come into my life and fill me with your Holy Spirit. I want to serve you all the days of my life.  Encourage the new believer to read their Bible daily and to attend a Bible believing church faithfully. 

3. A Person needs healing.  (Unforgiveness often blocks healing)

Is there any unforgiveness in their life?  Encourage them to open up their heart to God’s Love and forgiveness in their own life.  Encourage them to release anyone they are holding bitterness or resentment against. 

Now we come before a Holy God who sent his Son Jesus to take a whipping on his back to pay for our healing.  I Peter 2:24  By His stripes we were healed.   Isaiah 53:5  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 

Jesus shed His blood for our atonement and healing.  It is God’s will for you to be healed.

May God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  No one is sick in heaven.

Ask the person to place their hand where they need healing.  If it is not an appropriate area, have them place their hand on their heart or stomach.  Lay your hand on their hand - - or anoint their forehead with oil and pronounce “Be Healed in Jesus Name.”

Remember it only takes ONE person to begin a snow ball of changes in our city, our families, and in our Nation.  Will you be that One Person?

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Table of Show Bread in the Tent Tabernacle

The Table of Show Bread in the Tent Tabernacle

Our Bible Study teacher had prepared 12 flat loaves of bread in the shape of 8 inch pancakes, to illustrate the show bread that was placed on the Table of showbread in two rows of 6 and represented the 12 tribes of Israel.  At the end of class she offered us small cups of grape juice and a piece of the bread she had broken.  We celebrated the reminder of Jesus body and His blood and being in His presence.

It was called the Bread of “His Presence.” This bread was a Spiritual invitation for man to enter into God’s presence and to fellowship with Him.  

I took notes and present an edited lesson.

The table of Show Bread sat to the right in the Holy Place, and was anointed twice daily morning and evening with frankincense.  Our prayers are likened to incense as we pray to the Father. 

Each Sabbath day, the twelve flat loaves were replaced with fresh loaves and the priests were to eat the old bread while standing in the Holy place.  Everything was done while standing.  There was no place to sit down and rest.

When Jesus made the final sacrifice; He sat down. Hebrews 10:11-14 "But Jesus after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God - -

The Table for the Showbread  Exodus 25:23-30   You shall also make a table of acacia wood; two cubits shall be its length, a cubit its width, and a cubit and a half its height.  And you shall overlay it with pure gold, and make a molding of gold all around.  You shall make for it a frame of a handbreadth all around, and you shall make a gold molding for the frame all around.  And you shall make for it four rings of gold, and put the rings on the four corners that are at its four legs.  The rings shall be close to the frame, as holders for the poles to bear the table. And you shall make the poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold, that the table may be carried with them.  You shall make its dishes, its pans, its pitchers, and its bowls for pouring. You shall make them of pure gold.  And you shall set the showbread on the table before Me always.

Jesus said He is the Light of the World as the Lamp Stand represents, and the Table with the bread is a symbol of Jesus the Bread of Life. 

The Table was made of hard acacia wood that has large thorny spikes, and is thought to have been the thorns that were used to make the Crown placed on the head of Jesus when he was crucified.

His Body was broken by whipping and beating and as we partake of the Lord’s Supper we are reminded of His broken Body and of His Blood shed for our salvation.

Pure Olive oil was beaten for the lamp in the Holy Place to burn continually.  We are reminded to not allow our light to go out, but to keep our light burning always.

Jesus had fed a multitude with loaves and fishes, and went to the mountain to pray, but told his disciples to get in their boat and go back to the other side.  The people walked around the lake to reach the other side, and knew the disciples had left without Jesus.  But here Jesus was with them.  How could this be? 

They really were not interested, but wanted Jesus to give them more physical food.  Jesus told them that Moses gave them manna in the wilderness, but He said, “I am the Living bread.”  As he explained in spiritual too deep for their understanding - - many left him.  May we understand Jesus has much for us in the Spirit and we can feast at His table anytime?  He supplies living bread and living water that we shall never hunger and thirst again
1 Corinthians10:14-17 Therefore my beloved, flee from idolatry.  I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?  For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.

We are many, but we are one.  Our actions speak for us. 

How can we change a culture?  By our example; may we walk the talk?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fire Cider - Make Your Own

I purchased my first 16 ounce bottle of Fire Cider over the internet for $26.00 plus shipping - then I made my own.

Each Winter my mother would mix up some homemade salsa with tomatoes, garlic and hot peppers from her garden.  At the first sign of a sore throat, she would take a tablespoon full and chew it down. 

I never tried her recipe, but perhaps it might have saved my hearing as most winters I contacted bronchitis and additional damage to the nerves in my ears. 

Now I am trying my best to prevent a bad cold or the flu by brewing FIRE CIDER and drinking small amounts.  Sometimes I mix the Fire Cider in a bit of Kefir Lemon Water or to the last gulp of  my Kombucha tea.

Here for your enjoyment is the Recipe I use to make a batch of Home Made Fire Cider

Fire Cider: Health Tonic and Homeopathic Remedy for Colds and Flu


1 Glass Gallon Jar with tight fitting lid.
  • 1 large horseradish root, about 7 inches long (scrubbed very well)  OR - - -
  • ( I could not find horseradish, so I bought a 6 ounce jar horseradish in the refrigeration section at the Food Market. (Or two 4 ounce jars)
  • 1 large ginger root, about 7 inches long
  • 1 large onion, root and stem end removed and peeled and chopped
  • 2 large oranges peeled and cut in pieces
  • 2 lemons peeled and cut in pieces
  • 16 cloves of garlic, peeled  (I minced the garlic in my garlic press)
  • 4 habanero peppers, stems removed
  • 2 jalapeno peppers remove seeds and chop
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 2 quarts Heinz or Bragg’s apple cider vinegar  (save the glass jars)
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne Pepper
  • Raw honey to taste  (begin with ½ cup and add more if not sweet enough.)
Grate the horseradish and ginger roots. Roughly chop the onions, orange, lemon, garlic, and habanero and Jalapeno peppers. Stuff them into a gallon glass jar with a tight fitting lid or divide evenly between two half gallon sized canning jars. Sprinkle the turmeric on top (dividing evenly between the jars if using more than one jar). Pour the raw apple cider vinegar in over the contents, allowing it to settle in through the crevices and adding more so that the contents are submerged. Lay a piece of parchment paper over the rim of the jar, then screw the lid tightly in place. Let the mixture sit in a dark, cool place, allowing it to marry and infuse for 4 weeks, shaking once daily.

After 4 to 6  weeks, pour the contents into a muslin or cheesecloth lined colander positioned over a stable pot. Let it drain for 30 minutes, then gather the corners of the cloth, twisting and squeezing until you cannot release any more liquid. When it's fully strained, add honey to the liquid to taste and pour into a sterilized wine bottle or canning jar. Store in a cool, dark place for up to a year, shaking well before using.   (I reuse the glass vinegar bottles for the Fire Cider. I store the jar I am using in the refrigerator. And keep the other Fire Cider bottles in the dark room where I am brewing my Kombucha.

·                           When you grate your horseradish, make sure you do it in a well-ventilated area or you will regret it. That stuff packs some serious oomph and will empty your sinuses in 30 seconds flat.

·                           When it’s time to strain your Fire Cider Health Tonic & Homeopathic Remedy, line a colander with butter muslin, a muslin tea towel, or a double layer of super fine cheesecloth, and set it over a large, stable pot. Pour the contents of your jar into the lined colander and let it drain for 30 minutes. After the 30 minutes, pull the corners of the cloth together and twist to squeeze the contents until you cannot squeeze any more liquid from it. You may reserve the solids for tossing in stir-fries or discard them.

·                           You’ll notice there is not an actual quantity of honey listed in the recipe. You should add this to taste. We tend to like ours less sweet, you may prefer yours more so. Start with 1/4 cup and whisk it well, then add 1 tablespoon at a time, whisking after each addition, until you reach your desired sweetness.

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Instant Fire Cider  (I made some of this to get me by while my mixture is still brewing)  It is okay, but not as good as the real brew.

·                    1/3 cup raw apple cider vinegar

·                    1/3 cup lemon juice or the juice of 2 lemons

·                    1 teaspoon ground cayenne

·                    1 teaspoon ground ginger

·                    1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

·                    Pinch of cracked black pepper

·                    1/3 cup of raw honey


·                    Add lemon juice, vinegar, and spices to your jar

·                    Add honey to bring up to 8 ounces

·                    all ingredients in a small jar (like a mason jar)

·                    Shake well to mix

·                    Store in the refrigerator

Monday, October 17, 2016



Sunday Morning Service at Open Door Church, we were honored to have a visiting Missionary Pastor Gamel from Egypt ministering as I took notes and present his edited message here.

Psalms 16:2 My soul has said to the Lord, “You are my Lord.”

Some people know about the Lord, and some have heard about the Lord, but others have made Him LORD.

Some may say “Praise the Lord,” but others have made Him a Personal Savior; one who has redeemed us from our sins.  Some have accepted Jesus as Pastor, friend, even a savior, but it is important to make Him LORD over your life, over your family, your business.  We crown Him Lord of all, giving up our “rights;” We allow Him the preeminence to be our LORD. 

The Gospel of John explains what God has established, and that Jesus is God.

Matthew's gospel is to the Jewish People and reveals Jesus the Lion of Judah, and Jesus as a servant.  The gospel of Mark speaks of many miracles. Luke presents Jesus as the Son of Man, and John speaks of Jesus as the Son of God.  John presents miracles and signs showing Jesus as the Messiah.

John 20:31. But these are written so that you may believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in His name.

John chapter 2. Jesus did his first miracle by turning water into wine.  Jesus is Master of ecology.  Without any kind of outside influence; change was made. Wine represents the Holy Spirit and we are filled to the brim and we are different.  Our taste to life has changed and old things fall away and our appetite is no longer the same.  Wine brings joy and we find peace in Christ.  Our desire is now to read the Bible, to pray and worship our Lord.  If your life is boring, allow Jesus to change you.

John chapter 4. A Nobleman asked Jesus to come heal his son.  Jesus told the man to go home because his son is now healed.  When we pray, Jesus is in heaven, but He is also near and he hears and will answer.  Some people worry about their son.  But the Lord is speaking; your son shall live.

Chapter 5. A crippled man lay many years at the pool waiting for someone to help him into the healing water.  Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do?”  The man answered, I have no one to help me.”  Jesus knows your miserable situation, and he is Lord over the affairs of life.  He has come especially for you, to become your personal Lord.

Chapter 6 speaks of a multitude being fed with 5 small barley loaves and 2 small fishes.  A boy’s mother had made him a little sack lunch and when Jesus blessed his insignificant gift, it was able to bless thousands.  What ever you have, give it to Jesus and He will supply your needs.   Jesus is Lord over your provision.  He is the master, so do not worry about your future, for the Lord will take care of all you need.

6:19 Jesus was asleep when the storm came, and his disciples, cried, Lord we are perishing.  Jesus is Master over Nature, and Lord over the storms of life that try to sink your boat. He speaks peace and stills the winds and says, “Do not be afraid.”  The word is “Now,” what ever you are facing, God is able to deliver.

There was a man born blind, but Jesus the creator made new eyes.  Jesus is Master and Lord of creation.  Are you willing to allow His glory to be in you as your Lord?

Chapter 11  Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead even though it had been 4 days and he was stinking.  Jesus is Master of Life, and has power over death.  If your life stinks, Jesus is able to restore and renew you into a different person. 
Jesus is King of Kings, Lord of Lords, the First and the Last, and He is Master of Everything. 

He IS my Lord.