Category Archives: Behold He Comes

“Christianity” by Reinhard Bonnke

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By Reinhard Bonnke

“Christianity…

Has an unconditional…

‘WELCOME’

Above its doors…

For the storm tossed…

The broken in spirit…

And the inadequate….

It is the arm of God’s love…

Thrown around those…

 Who have given up on themselves…

Or been given up by the world…

And don’t have what it takes….

If you would believe…

You would see the glory of God…

 John 11:40

Christ causes us to make it…

We, who otherwise would never make it on our own…

In the Gospels…

We see Him coming open-faced and with open‑arms…

To Him…

There were no nobodies…

Nor riffraff…

No social rejects…

He came for lost sheep…

Plus, to women…

Who were treated as sub-species in some eastern countries…

Even as they are now…

Christ gave honor…

Jesus said,

‘I always do those things that please Him [the Father].’

John 8:29

What had He seen the Father do?

He had seen Him stoop over the wretched tribes in Egypt…

Those Israelite‑nobodies…

Expendables…

God picked them up…

And made them great!

Jesus did the same…

He chose fishermen…

Not princes…

To be His ambassadors…

The Gospels again and again…

Show Him meeting the unwanted…

And giving them a place…

His outreach to the discarded…

Is a moving part of the Gospel story!

Jesus is with the ‘lost’ and the ‘last’…

The lost He finds…

And to the last He says…

‘The last will be first.’

Matthew 20:16″

Amen!

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Enjoy Your Breakfast Now…They Don’t Serve Breakfast In Hell!! Nope!

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Where as, the good news is…

There’s a banquet to enjoy in Heaven!!

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Isaiah 25:6-9

“On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare   

a feast of rich food for all peoples,

a banquet of aged wine—   

the best of meats and the finest of wines.

On this mountain He will destroy   

the shroud that enfolds all peoples,

the sheet that covers all nations;

He will swallow up death forever.

The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears   

from all faces;

He will remove His people’s disgrace   

from all the earth.

The Lord has spoken.

In that day they will say,

‘Surely this is our God;   

we trusted in Him, and He saved us.

This is the Lord, we trusted in Him;   

let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.’”

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Matthew 22:1-14

“Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying:

‘The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.

He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come,

but they refused to come.

Then he sent some more servants and said,

‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner:

My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready.

Come to the wedding banquet.’

 But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business.

The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them.

The king was enraged.

He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

Then he said to his servants,

‘The wedding banquet is ready,

but those I invited did not deserve to come.

So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’

So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find,

the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

But when the king came in to see the guests,

he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes.

He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’

The man was speechless.

Then the king told the attendants,

‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside,

into the darkness,

where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

For many are invited, but few are chosen.’”

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Here’s…Classic Newsboys with a great reminder!!

Hold the milk, put back the sugar
They are powerless to console
We’ve gathered here to sprinkle ashes
From our late friend’s cereal bowl

Breakfast clubbers, say the motto
That he taught us to repeat
“You will lose it in your gym class
If you wait ’til noon to eat.”

Back when the Chess Club said our eggs were soft
Every Monday he’d say grace and hold our juice aloft
Oh, none of us knew his checkout time would come so soon
But before his brain stopped waving, he composed this tune

When the toast has burned
And all the milk has turned
And Cap’n Crunch is waving farewell
When the big one finds you
May this song remind you
That they don’t serve breakfast in hell

Breakfast clubbers, drop the hankies
Though to some our friend was odd
That day he bought those pine pajamas
His check was good with God

Those here without the Lord, how do you cope?
For this morning we don’t mourn like those who have no hope
Oh, rise up, Froot Loop lovers; sing out sweet and low
With spoons held high, we bid our brother “Cheerio!”

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John 14:1-4

Do not let your hearts be troubled.

You believe in God;

believe also in Me.

My Father’s house has many rooms;

if that were not so,

would I have told you

that I am going there to prepare a place for you?

And if I go and prepare a place for you,

I will come back

and take you to be with Me

that you also may be where I am.

You know the way to the place where I am going.

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Colossians 3:1-4

“Since, then,

you have been raised with Christ,

set your hearts on things above,

where Christ is,

seated at the right hand of God.

Set your minds on things above,

not on earthly things.

For you died,

and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

When Christ, who is your life,

appears,

then you also will appear with Him in glory.”

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Revelation 21:4

“‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes.

There will be no more death’

or mourning or crying or pain,

for the old order of things has passed away.”

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Revelation 22:1-5

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life,

as clear as crystal,

flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 

down the middle of the great street of the city.

On each side of the river stood the tree of life,

bearing twelve crops of fruit,

yielding its fruit every month.

And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

No longer will there be any curse.

The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city,

and His servants will serve Him.

They will see His face, and His Name will be on their foreheads.

There will be no more night.

They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun,

for the Lord God will give them light.

And they will reign for ever and ever.”

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Philippians 3:20-21

“But our citizenship is in Heaven.

And we eagerly await a Savior from there,

the Lord Jesus Christ,

who, by the power that enables Him

to bring everything under His control,

will transform our lowly bodies

so that they will be like His Glorious Body.”

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Psalm 23:6

“Surely Your goodness and love will follow me   

all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord   

forever.”

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Revelation 19:7-9

“Let us rejoice and be glad   

and give Him glory!

For the wedding of the Lamb has come,   

and His bride has made herself ready.

Fine linen, bright and clean,   

was given her to wear.”

(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)

Then the angel said to me,

‘Write this:

Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’

And he added,

‘These are the true words of God.’

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You’re invited to the banquet!!

Everything is ready!

No excuses!

It will not be cancelled!

There’s still room at the King’s table!

It’s your choice to come!!

Say “Yes!” to God’s Son!

Put on your wedding garment…

Go to the Heavenly banquet!

Celebrate!

Enjoy the wedding feast…

At the Supper of the Lamb!

Amen!

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With You, Lord…I Can Climb The Sky!!

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Genesis 1:1

“In the beginning

God created the heavens

and the earth.”

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Need a better view of your life???

Look at it from God’s point of view…

From the sky!!!

Who else gets to paint with clouds???

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I see my life sometimes and I ask why
My heart became like stone and turned to ice
Tell me, what have I become?
But You came just in time like a shooting star
Across my universe out of the dark
Tell me, what have I become?

Take me away, You save me from myself and all I do…
‘Cause life just ain’t the same when I’m with You

I can climb the sky!!

You got me…
Walking on, wa-walking on the stars
(Walking on, walking on the stars)

I see life through new set of eyes
Set on someone different that I never realized…
Outside my mind is a lost world that lies…
But step into my thoughts, you’ll believe you can fly
Your words like wings, gravity they defy…
My heart like a leaf on the wind catchin’ rides…
They say we can’t make it, at least we gotta try…
We make too much sense, to foolishly pass it by
So I’m taking a rainbow up to the 5th floor
Steppin’ out to see that You’re really worth more, and I
See our love in 3d, no more 2 dimensional worries
Climb until the sky don’t exist no more…
That’s when I’ll knock knock on Your front door
Open to the possibilities I ignored
But I know now exactly what our love was meant for…

Take me away, You save me from myself, and all I do
‘Cause life just ain’t the same when I’m with You

I can climb the sky!!

You got me…
Walking on, wa-walking on the stars…
(Walking on, walking on the stars)
Now, I can see my life from way up high…
And now the troubles I once knew, I left behind

I can climb the sky!!

You got me…
Walking on, wa-walking on the stars
(Walking on, walking on the stars)

And I can see, much more clear…
When I’m lost in Your atmosphere
You pull me close, to the place…
Where You’re always waiting
So I won’t stop, the walls are down
Make my way at the speed of sound
Hold me now, hold me now…

Take me away, You save me from myself, and all I do
‘Cause life just ain’t the same when I’m with You

I can climb the sky!!

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Genesis 1:8

“God called the vault ‘sky.’

And there was evening, and there was morning

the second day.”

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Genesis 1:14-19

“And God said,

‘Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night,

and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times,

and days and years,

and let them be lights in the vault of the sky

to give light on the earth.’

And it was so.

God made two great lights—

the greater light to govern the day

and the lesser light to govern the night.

He also made the stars.

God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth,

to govern the day and the night,

and to separate light from darkness.

And God saw that it was good.

And there was evening,

and there was morning—

the fourth day.”

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Psalm 139:7-12

“Where can I go from Your Spirit?   

Where can I flee from Your presence?

If I go up to the heavens, You are there;   

if I make my bed in the depths, You are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,   

if I settle on the far side of the sea,

even there Your hand will guide me,   

Your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me   

and the light become night around me,’

even the darkness will not be dark to You;   

the night will shine like the day,   

for darkness is as light to You.”

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Psalm 147:4

“He determines the number of the stars   

and calls them each by name.”

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Numbers 16:42

“But when the assembly gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron

and turned toward the tent of meeting,

suddenly the cloud covered it

and the glory of the Lord appeared.”

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Psalm 136:7-9

“Praise Him who made the heavenly lights,

for His loving-kindness continues forever: 

the sun to rule the day,

for His loving-kindness continues forever; 

and the moon and stars at night,

for his loving-kindness continues forever.”

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Isaiah 40:26

“Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:   

Who created all these?

He who brings out the starry host one by one   

and calls forth each of them by name.

Because of His great power and mighty strength,   

not one of them is missing.”

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1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

“For the Lord Himself will come down from Heaven,

with a loud command,

with the voice of the archangel

and with the trumpet call of God,

and the dead in Christ will rise first.

After that,

we who are still alive and are left

will be caught up together with them in the clouds

to meet the Lord in the air.

And so we will be with the Lord forever.”

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 Exodus 13:21-22

“By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud

to guide them on their way

and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light,

so that they could travel by day or night.

Neither the pillar of cloud by day

nor the pillar of fire by night

left its place in front of the people.”

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Acts 1:9-11

“He said to them:

It is not for you to know the times or dates

the Father has set by His own authority.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;

and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem,

and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’

After He said this, He was taken up before their very eyes,

and a cloud hid Him from their sight.

They were looking intently up into the sky as He was going,

when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.

Men of Galilee,’ they said,

“why do you stand here looking into the sky?

This same Jesus,

who has been taken from you into Heaven,

will come back in the same way

you have seen Him go into Heaven.”

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Philippians 2:15-16

“…so that you may become blameless and pure,

‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’

Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky

as you hold firmly to the word of life.”

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Daniel 12:3

“Those who are wise

will shine like the brightness of the heavens,

and those who lead many to righteousness,

like the stars for ever and ever.”

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Psalm 8:3-4

“When I consider Your heavens,   

the work of Your fingers,

the moon and the stars,   

which You have set in place,

what is mankind that You are mindful of them,   

human beings that You care for them?

Amen!

Lord, I see my life sometimes and I ask why

But I’m so thankful that You are mindful of me!!

I Didn’t Understand Its Value…

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We’re talking about…

My husband’s prized…

Signed Baseball!

That he’s had since he was a kid!

From the 1957 World Series Yankees!!

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/ws/yr1957ws.shtml

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/history/postseason/mlb_ws_recaps.jsp?feature=1957

With 28 signatures…

Including…

Manager-Casey Stengel,

Mickey Mantle, Elston Howard, Phil Rizzuto, Yogi Berra, Moose Skowron, Bobby Richardson, Hank Bauer, and the other teammates;

Plus Joe DiMaggio who was in the dug out with my husband (who was 10 years old at the time) and his Dad.

My husband’s dad knew them from the Newark league…

Before they played with the Newark Bears…

Which at the time was the Triple A Yankee minor league!!

They were watching the Yankees at batting practice…

Hank Bauer got in the dug out and said to everyone…

“Sign the ball for the kid!”

The Yankees lost that game to Warren Spahn…

But my husband really cherished that ball!

He says it’s worth about $4,000-$5,000!

Well…

When our sweet little boy was around two years old, perhaps…

I remember he and I were at home, while my husband was at work…

I was trying to wrap Christmas presents…

 My rambunctious, little guy was no help at all!!

Sooooooo…

Wanting to distract him…

So I could get this job done…

 I grabbed this treasured ball of my husband’s…

And gave it to the child to play with!!!!!

I know…

If you’re a baseball fan…

Or even a collector of anything…

You’re horrified!!!

It’s beyond belief!

I know!!!

But, not being a guy…

Or a very sports-minded girl at all…

I just didn’t know its value!!

Soooo…

In walks hubby…

Who is horrified as he sees his two year old…

Gumming Mickey Mantle’s signature!!

He looks at me, “Are you Crazy???”

“What?” I say!

He grabs it…

And stomps out of the room…

Well…

We’re still together after 36 years…

But, I haven’t seen that baseball since!

“Where is it???”

I ask, as I’m writing this…

“Where you can’t get at it!”

He replies!

Wise move!!

Our son is 23 now…

And we may have grandchildren someday…

Who need to be distracted, too! 

Ha!

Lord…

You’re seated above…

Enthroned in the Father’s love…

Destined to die…

Poured out for all mankind…

God’s only Son…

Perfect and spotless One…

You never sinned…

But suffered as if You did…

All authority…

Every victory is Yours…

Savior…

Worthy of honor and glory…

Worthy of all our praise…

You Overcame!!

Jesus…

Awesome in power forever…

Awesome!

And great is Your Name…

You Overcame!

Power in hand…

Speaking the Father’s plan…

You’re sending us out…

Light in this broken land…

We will overcome…

By the blood of the Lamb…

And the word of our testimony…

Everyone overcome!!

Because You Overcame!

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Savior…

I see and understand your value…

You’re worthy of all our praise!

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John 16:33

“I have told you these things,

so that in Me you may have peace.

In this world you will have trouble.

But take heart!

I have overcome the world.”

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Revelation 12:11

“Our people defeated Satan   

because of the blood of the Lamb   

and the message of God.

They were willing   

to give up their lives.”

Amen!

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Recognize His Value!

Rejoice!!!

He has Overcome!!

Ready? Or Not??

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Luke 12:39-40

“But understand this:

If the owner of the house

had known at what hour the thief was coming,

he would not have let his house be broken into.

You also must be ready,

because the Son of Man

will come at an hour

when you do not expect Him.”

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1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

“For the Lord Himself will come down from Heaven,

with a loud command,

with the voice of the archangel

and with the trumpet call of God,

and the dead in Christ will rise first.

After that,

we who are still alive and are left

will be caught up together with them in the clouds

to meet the Lord in the air.

And so we will be with the Lord forever.”

Don’t try to cover your “Shine!”

Or try to stay “In the lines!”

Don’t hide!

No! 

Don’t take your light…

And try to fit it in a box!

Be confident in Who you belong to!!

Ready or not!

Here you go!

Showing the world where the Light comes from!

Whether they’re ready or not…

This is who you are!

You can’t hide it…

Take it all over the world!

To the young, to the old, every boy and girl…

Ready or not, here you go!

Show the world where the love is!

Never sell out!

Loving out loud is what it’s all about!

Give everything to see the lost get found!

Refuse to keep this buried deep inside… 

It’s time to let your little light shine!

No point hiding it

It’s everything You are…

The source of all your hope

The reason why you stand

Be somebody real!

No holding back!

Show them how you feel…

Love is more than a word

Put it into action…

Hiding it is absurd!

Make sure everyone’s heard…

Everyone needs to be ready!!!

Show them where the love is!!

And where your Light comes from!!

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John 8:12

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said,

“I am the Light of the world.

Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness,

but will have the Light of life.”

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Ephesians 5:8

“For you were once darkness,

but now you are Light in the Lord.

Live as children of Light…”

“Marked By Our Past…Transformed By Love!”

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We are a small group of people humbled by the love of Jesus,”

Read the entire Denison Forum Cultural Commentary on Truth and Culture,

Tattooed Jesus:  Blasphemy or Blessing?

http://www.denisonforum.org/cultural-commentary/856-tattooed-jesus-blasphemy-or-blessing#jesus-tattoo-video

To form your own opinion!!!

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Saved!!!

Accepted

Free

Loved

Trusting

Holiness

Joy

Redeemed

Set Free

Purpose

Cherished

Brave

Humble

Peace

Confident

Child of the One True God!!!!

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No longer…

Outcast

Addicted

Jealous

Fearful

Sin

Hurt

Mistake

Scarred

Worthless

Invisible

Coward

Self-Righteous

Strife

Depressed

Lost!!!!!!

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1 Peter 2:21-25

“To this you were called,

because Christ suffered for you,

leaving you an example,

that you should follow in His steps.

 ‘He committed no sin,   

and no deceit was found in His mouth.

When they hurled their insults at Him,

He did not retaliate;

when He suffered,

He made no threats.

Instead,

He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.

‘He Himself bore our sins’

in His body on the Cross,

so that we might die to sins

and live for righteousness;

‘by His wounds you have been healed.”

For ‘you were like sheep going astray,

but now you have returned to the

Shepherd and Overseer

of your souls.”

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Isaiah 53:5

“But He was pierced for our transgressions,   

He was crushed for our iniquities;

the punishment that brought us peace was on Him,   

and by His wounds we are healed.”

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1 Peter 1:18-19

“For you know that it was not with perishable things

such as silver or gold

that you were redeemed from the empty way of life

handed down to you from your ancestors,

but with the precious blood of Christ,

a lamb without blemish or defect.”

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1 Peter 3:18

“For Christ also suffered once for sins,

the righteous for the unrighteous,

to bring you to God.

He was put to death in the body

but made alive in the Spirit.”

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Thank you, Jesus…

For taking the marks of my past on Your body…

And transforming me…

 With Your amazing love!!

I’m humbled!!!

Amen!