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"A mother is a treasure gift,
Of love that's deep and true…
To guide and comfort you…
A mother gives encouragement
With wisdom and a smile…
She understand your hopes and dreams
And makes them seem worthwhile."
When you were born in this world,
You were hopeless and cold.
Your Mom and Dad were glad
of their precious gift of love.
Their tender hands were your guide.
When you were crying hysterically,
They were quick to call the doctor
asking," what's wrong with the baby?"
When you were fast asleep,
They were watching you Closely;
To see if you are alright
and everything is okay.
At night inspite of being so exhausted,
Wanted a good and peaceful rest;
She stays awake no matter what,
just to prepare your milk.
And in the morning your father can't wait
To see you awake, so that he can play with you
A peek a boo and try to captured
your precious innocent glimpse of look.
Now that you've grown taller and older,
You wanted to leave home and be free;
Even if its not quiet time yet for you to be away;
You never give then a moment to explain to you clearly.
Soon you began to change
Like a hot summer rain.
You became more stubborn
Like a roaring thunder storm.
You never realized their love for you;
All you can think is to follow
The inclination of your own ego.
You have ignored them in a flash of a lightning.
You left without even looking back at them.
Few years passed since you've gone,
You lost your way as it is said and done.
Carried by the ebbing tide of restlessness,
Lost in fantasy and phantom of happiness.
Finally, you came to the end of the road.
You found yourself mesirable
wrecked and bored.
Your so called friends were gone
No one had come to helped,
To offer a little food even just a crumb.
You have regretted what you have done.
You decided to come back home...
The first person you've approached
Was your crying Mom...
She asked; "My child ,Why did this happen to you?"
And tears roll down upon your chicks
Without you noticing it.
Your thought were fall of regrets
You've realized you made a mistake.
You started a new beginning,
Like a sun rise in the morning;
And trying to put your past behind,
Like the fading rays of a setting sun.
Your Mom and Dad spark with joy,
Knowing that their lost son came back home;
And now a change man,
Deserve a tittle of a superman.
My friend thank you for your rate and review.
Please do not bite the hands who feds you.
Hope some passage can relate to you...
Written by Ms.Ging
May 8, 2012
Hi,We need to Confess, and do the will of God not ours. "With God's love." (1
John 1:9) (If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us
our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.)
Hi, We can get through it with Jesus Christ, and have Peace. "With God's Love."
(1 Peter 4:12-13) (Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you
are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice
that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed
when his glory is revealed.)
Hi, We should not walk in old, if we are truly in Christ."With God's Love." (2
Corinthians 5:17) (17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has
come: The old has gone, the new is here!
Hi, God has so much to offer if we only just accept Him, and live for Him. "With
God's Love." (Ephesians 2:4-7) But God, being rich in mercy, because of the
great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses,
made us alive together with Christ by grace you have been saved and raised us up
with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that
in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in
kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
Subject: Cheating at the Pump
CHEATING at the gas pumps (PRINT OUT YOUR RECEIPTS!!!)
This email was sent by the LA fire captain.
This is true. It happened to them three weeks ago somewhere in Pomona on our way to Pechanga.
The pump should have totaled @ $68.00 (and change). When the receipt was printed, and she checked it was $ 77.00 (and change).
She got mad, went inside the store, asked for a calculator and let them do the math. They refunded her. she told them that if they cheat, they had better make it right. Normally, her husband would skip printing the receipt. Not her
We saw on the news the other night that this is
Brian pumped exactly one gallon of gas. The price did not match the cost of one gallon. It was higher.. He went inside and complained, got a refund.
There is also a number on each pump that you can call and complain.
This is a true story, so read it carefully.
I stopped at a BP gas station in GA. My truck's gas
gauge was on 1/4 of a tank. I use the mid-grade, which was priced at $3.71 per gallon. When my tank is at this point, it takes somewhere around 14 gallons to fill it up.
When the pump showed 14 gallons had been pumped, I began to slow it down. Then, to my surprise, it went to 15, then 16. I even looked under my truck to see if it was being spilled. It was not.
Then it showed 17 gallons on the pump. It stopped at 18 gallons. This was very strange to me, since my truck has only an 18 gallon tank. I went on my way a little confused, then on the evening news I heard a report that 1 out of 4 gas stations had calibrated their pumps to show more gas had been pumped than a person
Here is how to check a pump to see if you are getting the right amount:
Whichever grade you are using, put EXACTLY 10 GALLONS in your tank, then look at the dollar amount. If the dollar amount is not EXACTLY 10 times the price of the fuel you have chosen, then
the pumps are rigged.
In my case, as I said, the mid-grade was $3.71 9/10 per gallon; my dollar amount for 10 gallons should have been $37.19. I wish I had checked the pump. It doesn't matter where you pump gas please check the 10 gallon price. If you do find a station that is cheating,
contact the state Agriculture Department, and direct your comments to the Commissioner the info is on the gas pumps.
Please don't delete this until you have sent it to all people in your address book. We need to put a stop to this outrageous cheating of customers. The gas companies are making enough profits at honest rates.
This is the same thing as the butcher with his finger on the scale the company has nothing to do with the station owner's
practices. Yes the big oil is making big bucks but the dishonest guy will still be dishonest
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Thank you for this group and allowing me to become a member. I am in Central
Welcome friend to the group. Thank you for joining in. Everyone's presence
really meant a lot. Feel at home and free to share inspirational thought. May
you have a wonderful time in this group family.
Take care and God bless,
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Franklin J"
> Thank you for this group and allowing me to become a member. I am in Central
Hi, Receive Christ, and receive His Mercy. "With God's Love." (Psalms 106:1)
Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy
endureth for ever.
Hi, Keep your heart in Christ, our mouth should follow. "With God's Love . 1
Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good man
Hi,In the hard times we need to hold on to God's promise, and Believe. "With
God's Love." (1 Peter 4:12-13) Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful
trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But
rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be
overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
Hi, Let God Guide us away from sin, by reading ,and practicing the word. "With
God's Love."(Romans 6:23) For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of
God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Hi, We need to give are all to Jesus Christ. "With God's Love." (1 John 5:14)
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing
according to his will, he hear us
Hi, With God we can get through it. "With God's Love." (James 1:1) Blessed is
the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he
will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Hi, Takes God's word to Heart. "With God's love." (Matthew 7:24-25) Therefore
everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a
wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose,
and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it
had its foundation on the rock.
P.1 THE MESSENGERS OF THE King (10:1)
And having summoned His twelve disciples, He gave them authority over
unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every
kind of sickness. (10:1)
Those whom Jesus had called to pray for workers He then called to become
workers. As they began to see the world as He sees it, looking out on lost
humanity through their Lord's eyes and with His heart of compassion, they also
began to see that they themselves were called to go out and warn that lost world
of the coming harvest of judgment and to invite them into the Lord's kingdom.
Vital as it is, prayer is not all that is required. The believer who prays
for God to send workers but is unwilling to go himself, prays insincerely and
hypocritically. The Christian who genuinely prays for God to send witnesses is
also willing to be a witness.
William Barclay reports that when Martin Luther became convinced that the
biblical way of salvation was by God's grace working through man's faith in His
Son, Jesus Christ, he began earnestly preaching and contending for this doctrine
that became the hallmark of the Protestant Reformation. A friend of his was
equally convinced of this truth, and the two men agreed that Luther would spend
his time out in the world preaching, writing, and debating, while the friend
would spend his time alone in a monastery upholding Luther and the cause of the
Reformation in prayer. As Luther visited the friend from time to time and
reported the difficulties and obstacles of the work, the friend would intensify
his praying. One night the friend had a dream in which he saw a gigantic field
that stretched over the whole earth. But only one lone figure was working in the
field, and when he looked closer the man saw that the lone figure was his dear
friend Luther. When he woke up he immediately went to find Luther and tell him
that God made clear to him through the dream that it was not enough simply to
pray. He, too, must give himself directly to the work of spreading the good news
of salvation. He did not forsake praying, but he set aside his pious solitude
and began to labor beside Luther in the heat and dirt of battle.
Until this stage of His ministry, Jesus had ministered alone. He had the
companionship of the twelve disciples and the company of vast multitudes who
followed wherever He went, but none of the twelve, and certainly none in the
multitudes, participated in His ministry except as an observer or recipient.
After the imprisonment of John the Baptist, Jesus was God's sole worker in the
great field of the world. Then He began the preliminary stages of commissioning
those twelve to join Him as fellow workers.
The major thrust of Jesus' commissioning process begins in verse 5 of
Matthew 10 and continues through the chapter as the Lord sets forth His
foundational instructions for ministry. But in the first four verses Matthew
gives three essentials of the commissioning. ln verse 1 he tells of Jesus'
initiation of the disciples and of the divine impact their ministry was to have
on the world. ln verses 2-4, which will be discussed in the next several
chapters, we are given the disciples' identities.
And having summoned His twelve disciples, He gave them authority (10:1a)
The verb behind having summoned is proskaleo, a compound of kaleo(to call)
and pros (toward, or to). It is an intense term that means to call someone to
oneself in order to confront him face to face. lt is used of God's calling the
Gentiles to Himself through the gospel (Acts 2.39) and of His calling His chosen
men and entrusting them with proclaiming the gospel (Acts 13:2; 16:10).
When Jesus summoned His twelve disciples, He was making more than a casual
request. The writer's choice of verbs seems to imply that this summoning was
connected to an official commissioning to the Lord's service. Here Matthew
refers to the twelve as disciples, whereas in the next verse he calls them
apostles. Mathetes (disciples) refers to those who learn under the instruction
of a master teacher. Apostoloi ("apostles," v.2) refers to qualified
representatives who are sent out on a mission. During their training period, the
twelve were learners and were primarily called disciples, but as they ventured
forth themselves in obedience to Christ's commission and in His power, they were
most often called apostles. They still had more to learn before they could be
fully sent out to represent their Lord, and it is on their further learning that
Jesus next concentrated His attention and effort.
There were four general phases in Jesus' training of the disciples to be
apostles. The first two, already presented in previous chapters of the gospel,
were their conversion and their initial calling to follow Him. From the many who
came to trust in Him as Messiah and Lord early in His ministry, Jesus
hand-picked the twelve for special and unique service, He called them away from
their former occupations and gave them a completely new vocation.
The third phase of their training could be called an internship, which they
experienced as they lived with Jesus constantly for three years, to be taught
both by His instruction and by His example. lt is this phase that is highlighted
in Matthew 10. From Mark's account (Mark 6:7) we learn that this involved their
going out in pairs on short-term assignments to practice what their Lord had
been teaching them. During this phase they were never far from Jesus, who
closely monitored their progress; and the greatest lesson of this phase was that
they were totally inadequate without Him. After such short periods of active
service, the twelve disciples returned to Jesus for further teaching.
The fourth and final phase of the disciples' training began after Jesus'
resurrection and ascension, when He returned to heaven and sent the Holy Spirit
as the supernatural Helper who would be with them forever (Acts 1:8; 2:4; cf.
It is encouraging to realize that Jesus did not call those twelve disciples
who became apostles on the basis of their innate worthiness or personal
capabilities or faithfulness, but solely on the basis of what He could make of
them by His own power working through them. lt is a mark of authenticity and
honesty that the gospel writers, like all the other Scripture writers, make no
effort to mask the faults and short comings of God's people, including those of
their most outstanding leaders. During the disciples' three years of training
under Jesus, we see few signs of maturity and reliability but many signs of
pettiness and inadequacy. lt is a marvelous insight into the grace of God toward
us to see Christ dealing so lovingly and patiently with men who are so weak and
Behind Jesus' training of the twelve are several foundational facts First,
these men were chosen sovereignly by God. None of the twelve initiated the idea
of following Jesus and becoming His disciples, much less His apostles. lt was
entirely God's planning and doing. Mark tells us that Jesus "summoned those whom
He Himself wanted" (3:13), and near the end of His earthly ministry Jesus
reminded them, "You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you" (John
15:16). The men themselves were not consulted nor were any other men. Jesus'
only consultation was with His heavenly Father. Like Abraham, Moses, David,
lsaiah, and all the prophets, the twelve disciples were chosen by God's
sovereign will and for His sovereign purpose, being foreordained to His service
before the foundation of the world. That has always been God's way. He divinely
chose lsrael, He divinely chose His prophets and His apostles, and He divinely
chooses those today who become the leaders of His own Body, the church. Acts
13:1-4 and 20'.28 clearly teach that the Holy Spirit sovereignly places men in
leadership in the church.
IN GOD WE TRUSTTHIS IS THE BEST EMAIL OF THE DAY!!!
As I came out of the supermarket that sunny day, pushing my cart of groceries towards my car, I saw an old man with the hood of his car up and a lady sitting inside the car, with the door open.
The old man was looking at the engine. I put my groceries away in my car, and continued to watch the old gentleman from about twenty five feet away.
I saw a young man in his early twenties with a grocery bag in his arm walking towards the old man. The old gentleman saw him coming too, and took a few steps towards him.
I saw the old gentleman point to his open hood and say something. The young man put his grocery bag into what looked like a brand new Cadillac Escalade. He then turned back to the old man. I heard him yell at the old gentleman saying:
'You shouldn't even be allowed to drive a car at your age.' And then with a wave
of his hand, he got in his car and peeled rubber out of the parking lot.
I saw the old gentleman pull out his handkerchief, and mop his brow as he went back to his car and again looked at the engine.
He then went to his wife and spoke with her; he appeared to tell her it would be okay. I had seen enough, and I approached the old man. He saw me coming and stood straight, and as I got near him I said, 'Looks like you're having a problem.'
He smiled sheepishly, and quietly nodded his head. I looked under the hood myself, and knew that whatever the problem was, it was beyond me. Looking around, I saw a gas station up the road, and I told the old man that I would be right back. I drove to the station and went I inside. I saw three attendants working on cars. I approached one of them, and related the problem the old man had with his car. I offered to pay them if they could follow me back down and help him.
The old man had pushed
the heavy car under the shade of a tree and appeared to be comforting his wife. When he saw us he straightened up and thanked me for my help. As the mechanics diagnosed the problem (overheated engine), I spoke with the old gentleman.
When I shook hands with him earlier, he had noticed my Marine Corps ring and had commented about it, telling me that he had been a Marine too. I nodded and asked the usual question, 'What outfit did you serve with?'
He said that he served with the first Marine Division at Guadalcanal Pelieliu, and Okinawa .
He had hit three of the worst ones, and retired from the Corps after the war was over. As we talked we heard the car engine come on and saw the mechanics lower the hood. They came over to us as the old man reached for his wallet, but was stopped by me. I told him I would just put the bill on my AAA card.
He still reached for the wallet and handed me a card that I assumed had his name and
address on it, and I stuck it in my pocket. We all shook hands all around again, and I said my goodbye's to his wife.
I then told the two mechanics that I would follow them back up to the station. Once at the station, I told them that they had interrupted their own jobs to come along with me and help the old man. I said I wanted to pay for the help, but they refused to charge me.
One of them pulled out a card from his pocket, looking exactly like the card the old man had given to me. Both of the men told me then that they were Marine Corps Reserves. Once again we shook hands all around and as I was leaving, one of them told me I should look at the card the old man had given to me. I said I would and drove off.
For some reason I had gone about two blocks, when I pulled over and took the card out of my pocket and looked at it for a long, long time. The name of the old gentleman was on the card in golden leaf and under his name was
written: 'Congressional Medal of Honor Society.'
I sat there motionless, looking at the card and reading it over and over. I looked up from the card and smiled to no one but myself and marveled that on this day, four Marines had all come together because one of us needed help. He was an old man all right, but it felt good to have stood next to greatness and courage, and an honor to have been in his presence.
Remember, as we approach another Memorial Day, OLD men like him gave you, and all of us, FREEDOM for America .
Thanks to those who served and still serve, and to all of those who supported them, and who continue to support them.
America is not at war. The U.S. Military is at war. America is at the Mall.
If you don't stand behind our troops, PLEASE feel free to stand in front of them!
Remember, Freedom isn't Free. Thousands have
paid the price, so that you can enjoy what you have today.
LET'S DO THIS: JUST 19 WORDS:
GOD OUR FATHER, WALK THROUGH MY HOUSE AND TAKE AWAY ALL MY WORRIES; AND PLEASE WATCH OVER AND HEAL MY FAMILY; AND PLEASE PROTECT OUR FREEDOMS, AND WATCH OVER OUR TROOPS, WHO ARE DEFENDING THOSE FREEDOMS. AMEN
This prayer is so powerful. Pass this prayer around to celebrate Memorial Day!
Imogene SpinksGod Bless!
|Sometimes I wonder if God really loves me. |
On Mon, May 21, 2012 at 3:41 PM, Robert <rkmorgan2008@...>
Hi,In the hard times we need to hold on to God's promise, and Believe. "With God's Love." (1 Peter 4:12-13) Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
He dose love you. Just can let the Circumstances Cloud our hearts. And Believe in His promise which is Faith.
From: Cecil Dale Crawford <cecilcrawford@...>
Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 2:35 PM
Subject: Re: [YOU ARE NOT ALONE GET ADVICE] Verse of the day
Sometimes I wonder if God really loves me.
On Mon, May 21, 2012 at 3:41 PM, Robert <rkmorgan2008@...>
Hi,In the hard times we need to hold on to God's promise, and Believe. "With God's Love." (1 Peter 4:12-13) Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
Hi, Put all in to Christ, and Believe. "With God's Love." (Psalm 37:5-6) Commit
your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your
righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday
Hi, (Think!) about what we say before we say it. "With God's Love." Matthew
(12:36-37) I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every
careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your
words you will be condemned."
Hi, Give of your heart, and be helpful to one another. "With God's Love." (Luke
6:30) Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do
not demand it back.
Hi, Live according to the word. "With God's Love." (Psalm 119:9-11) How can a
young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with
all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in
my heart that I might not sin against you.
Hi, Walk with God in your heart all through the day."With God's Love."
(Ephesians 5:1-2) (Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk
in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and
sacrifice to God.)
Chosen After Prayer
Second the twelve were chosen after prayer. The men were Christ's
choice, and His choice was His Father's choice. Jesus sought the Father's will
in everything He did, doing absolutely nothing independently or on His own
initiative (John 5:19, 30; 8:28). Jesus chose and called those whom He would
disciple only after a long vigil of prayer. "And it was at this time that He
went off to the mountain to pray," Luke tells us, "and He spent the whole night
in prayer to God" (Luke 6:12). It was only after day came that He called "His
disciples to Him; and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles" (v.
13). He chose these twelve because they were His Father's choice, the Father's
gift to the Son. "l manifested Thy name to the men whom Thou gavest Me out of
the world," Jesus later prayed; "Thine they were, and Thou gavest them to Me"
(John 17:6). This same pattern of prayer in choosing servants of the Lord can be
seen in Acts 13:1-4. Those were very special men, not because of who they were
in themselves, but because they had been sovereignly chosen by God the Father to
be disciples of God the Son.
CHOSEN To BE PREPARED
Third, the twelve were chosen to be prepared. Even though they were
converted and called, they were far from ready to serve the Lord. Training is an
essential part of any work, including the Lord's. The disciples left their nets,
their crops, their tax collecting booths, and their other businesses; and for
three years they walked with Jesus-watching, listening, observing, learning, and
One writer says of them, They have no occupation, they have given up the
pursuits in which they were engaged. their fishing, their tax gathering, and
their agriculture. They carry on no business; they simply walk around and behind
their leader, talking to each other or to Him, and when He speaks to the people
who begin to gather, they listen just like everybody else. The only thing they
do is go with Him from place to place. They are idle, and it begins to be a
question of whether it is not doing harm and giving rise to reproach that twelve
grown men are being kept idle for no apparent purpose and neglecting obvious
duties in order to do so. (Herberl Lockyer, All the Apostles of the Bible [Grand
Rapids: Zondervan, 19721, p 13)
It must have looked like that to many of those who came to Jesus. lt was easy to
see what He was doing; but why were the twelve with Him? They did very little to
help Him, and on more than one occasion they disagreed with and even tried to
interfere with what He was doing.
Yet they were with Jesus for a purpose, and not a moment's time with Him
was wasted, regardless of appearances, because their preparation was on a divine
schedule. Jesus knew they needed to be taught and trained. They had to be
trained before they could be sent. They had to learn as disciples before they
could minister as apostles, and theirs was the unimaginable and unparalleled
privilege of being trained by the Lord Himself. to every believer Jesus says,
"Take my yoke upon you, and learn from.me" (Matt. 11:29) No believer can grow in
Christ apart from learning from Him through His Word. But the training of the
twelve disciples was absolutely unique. ln all of history, they alone were
taught directly by the incarnate God, as they lived with Him inseparably for
those three years.
Much can be learned from the classroom, from good books, and from
personal experience. But spiritual growth comes best from close contact with a
holy example. A consistently pure life that is patient, loving, reverent, and
that has peace of heart and mind is an unmatched tutor for godly living. To hear
a godly person talk to others and pray to God, to see him act and react, and to
feel his heartbeat for the Lord is to be trained in the best of all schools. The
disciples were a humanly defective and inept group, but their Teacher was
unsurpassed. His intention was not to teach them to be the best they could be in
their own capacities and strength but to teach them to be what they could be
through His provision and power.
One of the most obvious shortcomings of the disciples was their lack of
spiritual understanding. They were called to evangelize the world for Christ,
yet even far into their training they showed no perception of heavenly truth or
of God's unfolding purpose and eternal plan for redeeming the world. They were
spiritually alive because they had trusted in Christ, but they had little
spiritual perception or sensitivity. They were dense to spiritual things. They
struggled to understand Jesus parables nearly as much as the crowds did. When
Jesus asked if they understood what He was teaching, they would often say, "Yes,
Lord." But their subsequent words and actions invariably proved they did not
understand all that the Lord taught. They were so dull that they did not even
understand that they failed to understand. Added to their spiritual dullness
were their many prejudices and preconceptions, which they were reluctant to
forsake even in light of the Lord's specific teaching to the contrary.
When on one occasion Peter said to Jesus, "Explain the parable to us," Jesus
replied, "Are you still lacking in understanding also?" (Matt. 15:15-16). When
Jesus gave the disciples an object lesson in humility by personally washing
their feet, Peter proudly refused. After Jesus told him that otherwise he would
have no part in Him, Peter went to the other extreme, asking to be washed all
over (John 13:5-9) By both responses Peter proved he had missed the meaning of
what Jesus was doing and teaching.
When Jesus first began to tell the disciples of His coming death in
Jerusalem, "Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, 'God forbid
it, Lord! This shall never happen to you to which Jesus replied, "Get behind Me,
Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on
God's interests, but man's" (Matt. 16.21-23). When Jesus took His disciples
aside to explain His imminent crucifixion-telling them of His predicted arrest,
mocking, scourging, death, and resurrection-"they
understood none of these things, and this saying was hidden from them, and they
did not comprehend the things that were said" Luke 18:3'l-34. After Jesus was
crucified, just as He had predicted, the disciples ignored that He had also
predicted His resurrection, and they went despondently back to their fishing
(John 21). Even after the Lord had appeared to them several times, proving His
victory over the grave, they still did not understand the purpose of His
suffering or death or resurrection-or what their role in His future ministry was
Yet through all their misunderstandings, contradictions, pettiness, and
failures, Jesus patiently continued to teach-repeating many of the essential
truths again and again. Even during the time between His resurrection and
ascension "He also presented Himself alive, after His suffering, by many
convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days, and speaking
of the things concerning the kingdom of God" Acts 1:3.
Closely related to the disciples' spiritual dullness was their lack of
humility. Often they failed to understand what Jesus said simply because they
assumed they already knew They were proud, jealous, and envious men who were
frequently more concerned about their own welfare and prestige than about Jesus'
teaching or work or about His own human welfare or divine glory.
After Jesus and His disciples arrived in Capernaum one day, He asked them,
"What were you discussing on the way? But they kept silent, for on the way they
had discussed with one another which of them was the greatest" (Mark 9:33-34).
Jesus had just told them again of His coming arrest, crucifixion, and
resurrection (v. 31), yet they could think only of their personal rankings in
the kingdom! Jesus rebuked them by saying, "lf anyone wants to be first, he
shall be last of all, and servant of all" (v. 35).
A short while later the contest over greatness became even more intense.
Probably at the prompting of her sons, the mother of James and John came to
Jesus and asked, "Command that in Your kingdom these two sons of mine may sit,
one on Your right and one on Your left" (Matt. 20:20-21). Again Jesus' rebuke
was sharp, and it was addressed more to the two disciples than to their mother.
He said, "You do not know what you are asking for. Are you able to drink the cup
that I am about to drink?" With typical self -confidence they replied, "We are
able" (v.22). Even at this late date in Jesus' ministry they dld not fully
comprehend that the cup He was about to drink was the crucifixion; but even had
they known, their answer would doubtlessly have been the same. As Jesus went on
to tell them, their answer was correct, but in a far different way and degree
than they imagined. James would be martyred for His Lord, and John would be
exiled for life, but not because of their own bravery or strength.
At this point the other ten disciples "became indignant with the two
brothers" (v. 24), but from no better motive. They were simply angered that
James and John presumed to claim the high places they themselves coveted. Jesus
therefore said to all of them, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it
over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. lt is not so among
you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and
whoever wishes to be first among you shall 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"
Jesus not only corrected the disciples wrong thinking and attitudes by
teaching them again the principles of His kingdom, but He gave them object
lessons of those principles. On one occasion He picked up a little child and
placed it before them as the model of true humility (Mark 9:36), and when He
wanted them to comprehend what true servanthood is like, He washed their feet
Himself (John 13:5-15)
A third weakness that plagued the disciples was lack of faith., They had
trusted Jesus for salvation but they struggled to trust in His truth, His
goodness, or His power. Repeatedly Jesus referred to them-His select inner
circle-as men of "little faith." When they became terrified for their lives
during the storm at sea, He said, "Why are you so timid? How is it that you have
no faith?" (Mark 4:40). Even after His resurrection, "He reproached them for
their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who
had seen Him after He had risen" (Mark 16:14). The disciples had witnessed
virtually every miracle the Lord had performed during His three years of
ministry, including at least two miracles of raising the dead. Yet they did not
believe the reports of His own resurrection any more than they had believed His
predictions of it.
A fourth problem with the disciples was lack of commitment. Their lack of
humility and self-understanding made them quick to promise they would never
leave or forsake Him, but their lack of faith bred weak commitment, which
rendered them just as quick to fail the test of their promises. When the time of
real testing came, Judas betrayed Jesus, Peter denied Him, and the other ten
were frightened away. ln the beginning, when the cost was small, the disciples
"left everything and followed Him" (Luke 5:1 1); but when they faced the swords
and clubs of the soldiers in the garden, "they all left Him and fled" Mark
Only a few hours earlier Peter had confidently boasted, "Lord, with You I am
ready to go both to prison and to death!" (Luke 22:33), and Matthew reports that
"all the disciples said the same thing too" (26:35). But Jesus knew them
infinitely better than they knew themselves, and He said to Peter, "The cock
will not crow today until you have denied three times that you know Me" (Luke
22.34). Jesus had already warned Peter of Satan's desire to sift him like wheat
and assured him He had prayed that his faith would not fail (vv. 31- 32)
A fifth frailty of the disciples was lack of power, As with the other
problems, However, they themselves were unwilling to admit it. ln themselves
they were impotent and helpless, yet even after repeated failures they continued
to believe they were strong and self-sufficient. When a certain man brought his
son to the disciples for healing, they self-confidently tried but "could not
cure him" (Matt. 17:16). Before Jesus Himself healed the boy, He said, "O
unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long
shall I put up with you?" (v. 17). When the disciples asked Jesus privately why
they were unsuccessful, He answered, "Because of the littleness of your faith;
for truly I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you shall say to
this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it shall move; and nothing shall
be impossible to you" (vv. 19-20). The day came when the disciples had such
power of faith, but it was only after they were filled with the Lord's own Holy
Spirit (Acts 1:8',2'.4', cf . John 20'.22).
Jesus dealt with His disciples' lack of understanding by continuing
patiently to teach them. He dealt with their lack of humility by demonstrating
humility He dealt with their lack of faith by demonstrating the power of God. He
dealt with their lack of commitment by praying for them. After He had given them
several warnings of the persecutions they would face for His sake (John
15:18-21', 16'.1-4,22,32-33), He lifted "up His eyes to heaven" and prayed on
their behalf the most beautiful prayer ever uttered (17.1-26). And He dealt with
their lack of power by sending them His own Holy Spirit as their divine Helper
(John 14:16', 16'.7 , 13-15).
It is therefore not surprising that the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem were
amazed at the preaching and healing power of Peter and John, whom they knew to
be "uneducated and untrained men." lt was at this point the people "began to
recognize them as having been with Jesus" (Acts 4:13). They were recognized as
Jesus' disciples because they now spoke and acted like Jesus. They had become
living mirrors of their Lord, and that is why believers were eventually called
Christians, which means "little Christs." The disciples became living
illustrations of the axiom that "everyone, after he has been fully trained, will
be like his teacher" (Luke 6:40). Jesus had trained them well, and now they went
out and lived like their Master. What they had learned by being with Christ and
had received from Him through His Spirit not only had transformed their lives
but would, through them, transform the world'
For three years they lived with this Man among men who never uttered a word
that was not true, who never sinned in thought or deed, who never lost His
temper, and who was never angry except in righteous indignation over evil.
Though He was the Son of God, He never followed His own will or took glory for
Himself. He cared nothing for His own welfare but everything for the welfare of
others, literally wearing Himself out with fatigue in their service. He healed
the sick, cleansed the demon-possessed, and raised the dead; and He loved
anybody and everybody. Now He appointed the "twelve, that they might be with
Him" (Mark 3.14) in order that they might become like Him. And they did.
Hi, Be strong,and Endure He is Coming. "With God's Love." (Matthew 5:10)
(Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is
the kingdom of heaven.)
Hi, The Lord is always with us. "With God's love." (John 14:20) - (At that day
you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.)
Hi, Run far from evil deeds. "With God's Love." (Job 28:28) And he said to man,
'The fear of the Lord--that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.' "
Hi,Run your race every day tell Christ comes back. (WIN)! "With God's Love." (1
Corinthians 15:58) (Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move
you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that
your labor in the Lord is not in vain.)
Chosen To Be Sent
Not only were the twelve disciples chosen sovereignly, chosen with
prayer,and chosen for training, but they were also chosen to be sent. The
disciples("those who learn") were trained to become apostles ("those who are
sent"). Jesus calls all disciples in order to send them out. There were only
twelve apostles (Matthias was later added to replace Judas, and Paul was a
unique addition beyond the twelve) who were the official "sent ones" of the
early church and who one day will "sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve
tribes of lsrael" (Matt. 19.28). But every disciple of Jesus Christ is called to
make other disciples (Matt. 28:19-20) We are all trained to be sent.
He gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal
every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. (10:1b)
Exousia (authority) is from a verb that means "it is lawful," and it
therefore refers to a right or power that is legitimately delegated. Jesus
granted the twelve disciples God's divine authority to do exactly what He
Himself had been doing (see 4'.23',9:35). To do what He did would demonstrate
they were sent by Him, just as what He did demonstrated He was sent by the
Father. Throughout the book of Acts we see the disciples doing the very things
for which Jesus here gives them authority.
The apostles did indeed cast... out many unclean spirits and heal
every kind of disease and every kind of sickness' Peter and John healed the lame
man at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple (Acts 3:2-8). "At the hands of the
apostles many signs and wonders were taking place among the people,... And also
the people from the cities in the vicinity of Jerusalem were coming together,
bringing people who were sick or afflicted with unclean spirits; and they were
all being healed" (5'.12, 16', cf. 8:6-7). To the man in Lystra who was "without
strength in his feet, lame from his mother's Womb, who had never walked," Paul
said, "'Stand upright on your feet.' And he leaped up and began to walk"
(14'.8-10). While Paul was stranded on the island of Malta, he healed the father
of Publius, the leading man of the island, "and after this had happened, the
rest of the people on the island who had diseases were coming to him and getting
The apostles manifested the kind of kingdom power that their Lord had
manifested, and by their faithful obedience they turned Jerusalem and then the
world upside down (cf. Acts 17:6). Jesus promised that they would do "greater
works" (in extent, not power) and His words began to be fulfilled.
The following story fell into my hands from an unknown source.
One night in the East End of London a young doctor was turning out
the lights of a mission hall in which he was working. He found a ragged boy
hiding in a dark corner, where he begged to be allowed to sleep. The doctor took
the homeless boy to his own room, fed him and tried to get his story. He learned
that the boy was living in a coal bin with a number of other boys. He persuaded
the boy to show him where these boys were. They went through narrow alleys and
finally came to a hole in the wall of a factory. "Look in there," he said. The
doctor struck a match and looked around, crawling into the cellar. Finally he
found thirteen boys with only bits of old burlap to protect them from the cold.
One lad was clasping to him a four-year-old brother. All were sound asleep. The
doctor caught a vision then and there of service for his Lord. He cared for
those boys and started the Bernardo Homes for neglected children. At the time of
the death of Dr. Bernardo, the newspapers reported that he had taken, and
surrounded with a Christian atmosphere, more than 80,000 homeless boys and
girls. Hundreds of them became fine Christian citizens. O that we might have
eyes to see the need about us! Thousands will drift into a Christless eternity
because Christians do not take Christ to them.
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