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The Nest

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“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. 25 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. Matthew 7:24-25 I wonder if you are like me sometimes…. As I examine my life, my attitude, my decisions, my responses or reactions—are they pleasing to God? There is an inner drive, a push from within, an impulse to do better; to build my life on a foundation that will not be shaken. I know I have imperfections that are being refined; always being brought to the forefront of my mind and heart, challenging my soul to do better. Better is not like a test where I want to achieve and “A” instead of a “B”. No, it more about making choices to propel all that God is doing in me, making this life ready for a grander reward. A change that will please God and allow him to keep building me even as he str

Guess what day it is?

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He said to them, “Then give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”  Luke 20:25  Guess what day it is?   This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24).  You thought I was going to say Tax Day :)  Well it's that too! We who file taxes year after year with the government are always trying to figure out the law and every loophole as to keep as much of the money earned in our pockets.  Right?  The loophole mistake if you will. That's  OK . It's a legal and correct gesture to understand and apply the law correctly and reap the benefits.  How about what's due to God; ever thought of that? What does the law say?  Have you read the Bible lately? The Bible reminds me not to forsake the gathering of the saints ( Hebrews 10:25 ), in other words, go to church on Sundays; keep that day apart and go and meet with Him.  Every Sunday? Forgive those who have wronged you.  That's hard to do.  Ap

Instructions from a dead Man?

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On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.  Acts 1:4  (NIV) Instructions from a dead Man? Can the dead speak? Imagine seeing Jesus walking, talking and eating after you witnessed him crucified, bleeding and dying before your eyes; taken down from a wood cross drenched in His blood; would you believe? Sometimes we think we are really clever, smart, and all-together—I got this! But, what if your eyes seem to deceive you and what your ears heard confound your mind?  What if what your heart is proclaiming as truth is difficult to trust; could not possibly align with what you expected?  What if what you can see and touch defies all you know?  Ask Thomas ( John 20:27 ). In Jerusalem, men and women who had followed Jesus would now face that question.  After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was al

They sat on the rock...

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Angels announcing his birth, warning the new scared parents that would forever be mentioned when recounting the story of our Lord. Angels used to warn and redirect.  They came to minister to our Lord,  attending to him after the enemy tried to tempt him. We see them in Gethsemane as Jesus cried our to the Father. They were sent to roll the stone and   then to sit and watch as the story of our Resurrected God unfolds.  They are by his Throne. We find them singing and praising the Lord. All this for you and me; a redemptive story to draw us to the Father.  Jesus obeying to the point of death; brought back to life; victory over death!  Can you see what he has done for us?  He loves us and he will be relentless in his pursuit for us.  Will you welcome HIM in today? Join all creation in worshiping the Resurrected King! I'm part of the story, are you? The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Luke 1:28 But the angel said to her,

Father into your hands I commend my spirit. | Luke 23:46

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Word #7:   Father into your hands I commend my spirit. Luke 23:46  Jarius, The Synagogue Ruler (Written by Liz Rodrigues and brought to life in Dramatic  Presentation  @  the Orange County Gospel Fellowship 2013)   The day I saw him, I threw myself at his feet.  I  worshiped  him too.  What else does one; a ruler and I have no power to heal my daughter?  I saw him in the synagogue; (Mark 1) we were amazed; he spoke like one who had authority not like a teacher of the law.   The man possessed with evil spirits entered the synagogue and he called him by name, Jesus of Nazareth.  He question Jesus and asked him if he was the Holy One of God.  It happened so quickly; Jesus spoke and a loud shriek was heard; it still echoes in my soul.  In a moment; just with a spoken word, this man was free.  We were all amazed.  A new teaching and he, Jesus, has authority. So when my daughter was dying I ran to his feet. The crowd was massive but somehow I reached him.   I humbled myself befo

It is finished | John 19:30

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Word #6:   It is finished. John 19:30 The Women with the Issue of Blood (Written by Liz Rodrigues and brought to life in Dramatic  Presentation  @  the Orange County Gospel Fellowship 2013)   I’ve always been in the shadows, unable to be part of everyday life.  People avoid me. My relatives escape my presence.  I’ve lived in shame and ridicule.  I heard of him and sought to find him.  It’s with those words; “It is finish”, that have caused me to remember again.    He’s dying.  They taken him and placed his body on this cross. I see it, red like crimson; drops of blood flowing down his body.  It drips along his ripped flesh.  I can see it flow into his torn side. With every gasping breathe the blood streams to the ground. It was not long ago when I, the outcast, in desperation, moved among the crowds that followed him.  Here I am again in the crowd. No one would touch me.  No one could come near.  It was finished!  Healing, it was mine. The blood it just -- stopped

Guess what day it is?

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Luke 15:10  (NIV) In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” This morning I woke up to bells and whistles! 21st Century technology; if someone needs me my square, handheld device lets me know someone is trying to contact me.  Yes, my Droid cell phone! Today is a special day in so many ways.  Today is my birthday, Yaaaa!!!   When this time of year comes around I am always reminded of the day my life was changed.  Approximately 26 years ago there was a celebration in Glory.  This young girl, mother of one little boy, while on vacation heard the sweet voice of the Spirit of God wooing her to himself.   Yes, a small quaint church in the west part of the state of Florida; if you listen carefully bells, whistles, and rejoicing can be heard as the angels celebrate the life of Liz.  Listen everyone, there is a transformation going on! Yes, Liz would never be the same again.  Born of the Spirit of God, born again