Follow God’s Light:

 

 

Follow God’s Light: Glenn Schischka (D) Chairperson, Auckland Deaf Christian Fellowship

More to learn about parables in our church or read Bible in your bed!!!

What the Bible said about Mark 4:33: “Jesus used many stories like these to teach them.  He taught them all that they could understand.”

Parable means: a short story used to teach some truth or behaviour from the point of view or right and wrong (moral) lesson.

 

Can make us mistake a meaning time without the Holy Spirit!!!! Sad!!!

Always listen to God first.  When Samuel was a child, God used him to speak his message.

Sometimes God can use children today, too!!  Often a child will grow to become an adult to Christ.  Children are not afraid to speak the truth.  They can be bold witnesses for Jesus.  Remember to take time to encourage children, your grandchildren or any children in anywhere or any church.  (Our church is the “best family” in the world.)  Remind them that they can serve God even though they are young.

Help them find ways to reach out to their friends for Jesus (Save them).

 

2 Corinthians 5:17

If any person is in Christ then that person is made new.  The old things have gone; everything is made new!!

So in the future

Romans 8:14

The true children of God are these people that let God’s Spirit lead them.

When you pray or read the Bible about past history as same as today.  All the miracles in the Bible show us God’s power.  If God can do these wonderful miracles, then he can also give us a way to follow his right path; our sins forgiven.   Remember that we need to keep a good balance between God and our lives.

 

But when Jesus told and taught them about a spiritual Kingdom different from an earthly kingdom.  (Do you see the difference between God’s behaviour and world behaviour?)  One that would be in the hearts of people.

See Luke 17:21 ‘Nor will they say, ‘See here! Or See there!’ For indeed the Kingdom of God is within you.’

That means ‘I am in God’s hands’ (I feel it flowing into you)

Look at your life today, to see what the society, community, world behaviour is like.  Make sure that these weeds are not keeping God’s word from growing in your life.

We must have God all the time.  No matter what happens to us.

Maybe you will face difficult situations yesterday, today or in the future.  Don’t stop loving God.  Continue to love him with all your heart.

Goliath was a very powerful giant, more than nine feet tall.  What happened?

Deuteronomy 9: 2 – 3 tells about people called Anakites who were tall and strong.  1 Chronicles 20:4  – 8 – one of these giants had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot.  Another giant, Og, was a king who slept in a bed that was more than 13 feet (4 metres) long and 6 foot (1.8 metres) wide (Deuteronomy 3:11).

When the Israelites faced these giants, they were scared; same thing in Japan.  But David knew God was with him.  God helped David defeat Goliath.

Sometimes we face problems that seem like giants to us.  We become scared and we think that we cannot overcome these problems.

We always need to remember that God was with David.  God will be with us, too, when we are scared or when we face difficult situations.

Ask God to help you today.  He will give you courage and strength.

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

We know how much our Christian witness can be hurt by such actions.  We need to show mercy to people, be kind, humble, gentle and patient and wait for the Holy Spirit to enter our lives.

Jesus wants us to keep thinking about the spiritual Kingdom all the time.



God Has Made All Things New!!

Bible Reading:

Acts 1: 3 – 4, 6 – 11

            For forty days after Jesus had

suffered and died, he proved in many ways that he had been raised from death.  He appeared to his apostles (disciples) and spoke to them about God’s kingdom.

            While the apostles were still with Jesus, the asked him, Lord, are you now going to give Israel its own king again?’

            Jesus said to them, ‘You do not need to know the time of those events that only the Father controls.  But the Holy Spirit will come on you and give you power.  Then you will tell everyone about me in Jerusalem, in all Judea, in Samaria and everywhere in the world.’

After Jesus said this, and while they were watching, he was taken up into a cloud.  They could not see him, but as he went up, they kept looking into the sky.

            Suddenly two men dressed in white clothes were standing beside them.  They said, ‘Why are you standing here and looking into the sky?  Jesus has been taken into Heaven. But he will come back in the same way you have seen him go.’

 

Message: Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven

It is five weeks from Easter.

Next week is Pentecost, and this week we remember Jesus going back to Heaven to sit at the right hand of God.

Jesus:

God’s only birthed Son.

Jesus:

Our brother; our Saviour;

Our friend.

The one who would sooner

die than live without us.

 

Jesus reached out to us, and loved us

 

THIS IS A GIFT!!

THIS IS WONDERFUL!!

THIS IS THE BEST NEWS EVER!!

When Jesus came to Earth, everything changed – just because he came and lived as a person.

 

And because of this, Jesus made EVERYTHING and all things new.

 

Let us look at how the Bible tells this true story:

Jesus was and is God’s only birthed (begotten) child.

Jesus was all things to God.

The whole universe had been created by and for Jesus.

Jesus owned everything – more than we can ever understand.

But even though Jesus had everything there was one more thing Jesus wanted so badly, he was prepared to suffer and die for it.

JESUS WANTED PEOPLE –   

      PEOPLE TO LOVE AND BE LOVED     PEOPLE WHO WOULD LEARN TO     TRUST GOD AND LIVE OPENLY       WITH GOD ALWAYS

      THE WAY GOD HAD CREATED

      THEM IN THE BEGINNING

      AND NO ONE ELSE COULD    MAKE THIS HAPPEN

      NO ONE ELSE COULD MAKE PEOPLE WHOLE AGAIN!

 

And because Jesus wanted us so much, he came and lived the life of a normal person.

Why?  So that he could save us and bring us to live with him instead of being isolated and alone.

So, Jesus started on a journey.  A journey that would take him through isolation and loneliness.  Through being shamed and humiliated.  Through being treated as stupid and being rubbished.

And then his journey took him to the cross.  With all the shame and pain.

 

Jesus had died.  Everyone knew that – it is written about in the Bible, and it is written about in the accounts of the day.

There is no question that Jesus lived, and when he was about 33, he was put to death because he was becoming a problem to the people who governed Israel. 

He would not shut up, sit down and behave!

 

Instead, Jesus told the leaders and the government and the Romans what God thought was right and how people should behave.

Because of this, they killed him. 

But they did not know they were making God’s prophesy come true.

What was less well known – the authorities did their best to shut up the people who told the truth – was that Jesus only stayed dead for a very short time.

This is still being argued about today.  Even some church people say Jesus did not rise from the dead.

Jehovah’s Witness and some other groups say Jesus never died, an angel took his place on the cross. 

 

But the truth is that Jesus is alive.  Death could not hold him.

 

What happened after Jesus died and came alive again?

For forty days Jesus went around Jerusalem and the countryside visiting friends and talking with people.

Often he would just appear out of no where, because his body had been changed into the type of body God had designed at the beginning.  A wonderful body that can do anything and is not controlled by the things our bodies are now controlled by. 

 

Then, after that forty days the time came for him to leave us.  Jesus talked with his disciples, his friends, and left them some last minute instructions, then as they were talking together he was taken up into Heaven.  The Bible tells us that:

 

After the Lord talked with them he was taken up into Heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.

 

Because with God nothing is impossible.

 

Jesus’ body was/is able to disappear and reappear when and where he wanted it to.  It is never sick, it is not controlled by gravity, and not controlled by time, or other things which make our lives a burden to us.  Maybe this is the kind of body we will have after death, too. 

In 1 Corinthians 15, St Paul wrote about the new bodies we would have after death just like Jesus.

 

How will this happen?  Through Faith

 

But Jesus did not leave the apostles (this is what the disciples were now called) alone.

      One week after Jesus had left them to go back to Heaven, the wonderful Holy Spirit came.

      Because they were all so scared, they were in a locked room.  We would have been scared too, if we had been there!!

      And then the Holy Spirit came.

      AND NOTHING WOULD EVER BE THE

      SAME AGAIN!!!!

 

This was Pentecost – the gift of the Holy Spirit

 

And God continues to come to us today.

 

Remember – nothing is impossible with God.