Good night from #Guam

Wrapping up conference tomorrow morning so I am heading for bed.

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Good Night

May your sleep be undisturbed as you rest in the arms of the One who made you.

Psalm 4:8 (ESV) In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 3:5 (ESV)  I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.

Shalom

Bedtime Prayer to Stop an Anxious Heart

Dear Lord, please help me trust You and empower me through Your Spirit to stop my emotions from bossing me around. I want to quit worrying about what might happen and focus on what has already happened by remembering and praising You for Your faithfulness in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. ~ Renee Swoop

The Beatles – Good Night

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Go and sin no more

GO AND SIN NO MORE

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John 8:2-11 NKJV Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them.  Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again, He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

Get the picture here. A woman has been caught in adultery (the Bible doesn’t mention the man she was caught with by the way) and is about to be stoned by the elders of the congregation. The elders are asking Jesus to judge her and condemn her, Jesus says you are without sin cast the first stone, since none of them are squeaky clean (and we are talking about priests and elders here). They are “convicted by their own conscience” and turn away.

It is not my job to judge anyone including both the godly and the ungodly, it is God’s job. You take the love that God has for you and you pass it on. The Christ they see in you is the one that went to the cross and died for your sin, my sin, and yes even the ungodly ones you keep judging. Show them God’s love, not your condemnation.

But back to my title line… The end of that passage is Jesus talking to all of us; go and sin no more. All the love and grace is there but He is clear: Do not go back to whatever He just saved you from.

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Daily Service: The heart of a servant

Daily Service: The heart of a servant

 My Pastor used this passage for a session at a conference for ministers. Topic was “Having a mind to serve”

Philippians 1:27-2:8 (ESV) Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have. So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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Above all keep in mind that we call ourselves Christians (Follower of Christ). Read the passage again…taking the form of a servant.  Wherever you are in the body of Christ, you should have the mind of servant.

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Fox’s Book of Martyrs

Fox Book of Martyrs

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Edited by William Byron Forbush This is a book that will never die — one of the great English classics. . . . Reprinted here in its most complete form, it brings to life the days when “a noble army, men and boys, the matron and the maid,” “climbed the steep ascent of heaven, ‘mid peril, toil, and pain.” “After the Bible itself, no book so profoundly influenced early Protestant sentiment as the Book of Martyrs. Even in our time it is still a living force. It is more than a record of persecution. It is an arsenal of controversy, a storehouse of romance, as well as a source of edification.”

Fox’s Book of Martyrs is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed.

The Story of Galileo

Galileo Galilei
The most eminent men of science and philosophy of the day did not escape the watchful eye of this cruel despotism. Galileo, the chief astronomer and mathematician of his age, was the first who used the telescope successfully in solving the movements of the heavenly bodies. He discovered that the sun is the center of motion around which the earth and various planets revolve. For making this great discovery Galileo was brought before the Inquisition, and for a while was in great danger of being put to death.
After a long and bitter review of Galileo’s writings, in which many of his most important discoveries were condemned as errors, the charge of the inquisitors went on to declare, “That you, Galileo, have upon account of those things which you have written and confessed, subjected yourself to a strong suspicion of heresy in this Holy Office, by believing, and holding to be true, a doctrine which is false, and contrary to the sacred and divine Scripture– viz., that the sun is the center of the orb of the earth, and does not move from the east to the west; and that the earth moves, and is not the center of the world.”
In order to save his life. Galileo admitted that he was wrong in thinking that the earth revolved around the sun, and swore that–“For the future, I will never more say, or assert, either by word or writing, anything that shall give occasion for a like suspicion.” But immediately after taking this forced oath he is said to have whispered to a friend standing near, “The earth moves, for all that.”

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131 Christians Everyone Should Know

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Justinian I and Theodora I

Greatest Byzantine Rulers

483-565

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There are two great gifts which God, in his love for man, has granted from on high: the priesthood and the imperial dignity”

—Justinian I

What many previous emperors before had failed to do, “we have decided now to grant to the world, with the help of Almighty God,” announced the ambitious Justinian I with his wife, Theodora. Not content to plaster over an empire cracking and peeling with age, he intended to do nothing less than completely remake the Roman Empire—legally, militarily, architecturally—and unite it once more into a glorious kingdom. And in large measure he succeeded.

Farmer and performer

Justinian was born Flavius Peterus Sabbatius, the son of a farmer whose childless uncle was on his way to becoming Emperor Justin I. Justinian was called to the capital in his teens and given the best education possible. He became a member of Justin’s inner circle, took a variation of his name, and became Justin’s most influential adviser.

Justinian was meticulous, patient, and by nature solitary. He could also persevere, sustaining long-range plans in spite of serious reverses—though he became unnerved when in danger. He needed so little rest, he was known by his subjects as “the emperor who never sleeps.”

When Justinian was crowned in 527, he named as co-regent his young wife Theodora. She was 15 years his junior and his opposite in nearly every way. She was social, witty, supremely self-confident, and never lost her head in a crisis. He adored her, and she was his most important adviser.

She had come to the crown from the gutter. Her parents were performers, the lowest strata of free society. Her father died when she was a child, and she took to the stage to earn a living. Most actresses were also prostitutes, and whispers to that affect followed her all her life.

When she became a Christian, she gave up her former life for spinning wool. In 522, she met Justinian, who was so enamored with her, he changed the law so that actresses could marry into high society. The following year, he married her.

Church and state

Justin longed to reunite the empire partly because of his philosophy of church and state. “There are two great gifts which God, in his love for man, has granted from on high: the priesthood and the imperial dignity,” he wrote. “The first serves divine things, while the latter directs and administers human affairs; both, however, proceed from the same origin and adorn the life of mankind.”

If both church and state perform their duties well, a “general harmony will result.” It was in pursuit of this general harmony that Justinian enlisted his efforts.

Justinian sent his armies to take Africa back from the weakened Vandals in 533. He concluded a peace treaty with his Persian rivals to the east and conquered one Arabic or Slavic kingdom after another. In 535 he invaded Italy and fought the Goths for 25 years until they had been ejected and the peninsula virtually destroyed. By the end of his reign, Justinian had very nearly restored the boundaries of Roman Empire at its height—but at the cost of an empty treasury.

In 528 Justinian established three imperial law schools and appointed a commission to reorganize the legal system. He created what has become known as the Code of Justinian—the Corpus Juris Civilis—part of the authoritative statement of Roman law that was gradually accepted throughout Western Europe.

The Code contained much that was unapologetically Christian. “It is right that those who do not worship God correctly should be deprived of worldly advantage too,” said Justinian, so the laws made life difficult for heretics and unbelievers. He also closed the famous university at Athens, a center of pagan thought, and prosecuted the heretical Montanists.

But to the faithful he was benevolent. He made it easier to free Christian slaves, gave more legal rights to women and children, made divorce harder, and reduced the number of capital crimes.

Unsatisfying compromise

Still, Justinian sought to unite his empire in religious matters. The most bothersome division for Justinian was between the orthodox Christian believers and the Monophysites. Orthodox believers, who honored the conclusions of the Council of Chalcedon, said Jesus had two natures in one person. Monophysites said Jesus had one nature, his divinity having swallowed up his humanity like a “drop of wine in the ocean.” Justinian believed the dispute was a misunderstanding and wanted to reconcile the parties.

But more than theology was at stake. The Monophysites, centered in Egypt, controlled the grain exporting regions of the empire. And then there was Justinian’s beloved Theodora: a Monophysite.

In 544 Justinian published a tract, known as “The Three Chapters,” in which he tried to find ground for compromise, but this satisfied nobody. Even after forcing his views through a church council, the Second Council of Constantinople (553), the issues were left unresolved.

Great builder

Throughout his 38-year reign, Justinian erected magnificent buildings around the empire—25 basilicas in Constantinople alone, including the Sancta Sophia (“Holy Wisdom”), the crowning jewel of Byzantine architecture.

When Justinian died, the Mediterranean was once again an imperial lake. But the empire was never really united and began dismantling within two years. Nonetheless, the reign of Justinian and Theodora ranks as the greatest in Byzantine history.
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2019 #UPCI #Micronesia General Conference day 3

6/22/2019 UPCI Micronesia General Conference 2019 Day 3

Brother OG Solitario – Regional Evangelist

Devotion: seek the Lord

Amos 5:4-6

2 Chronicles 7:14

Jeremiah 29:13

Proverbs 8:17

Deuteronomy 4:29

Amos 8:11-12

Psalm 51:10-12 (Create in me a clean heart)

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Hebrews 13:8

Brother Robert Prieto ABF Guam

Having A Mind to Serve

Philippians 2:5-8

Philippians 1:27 (Amp)

Philippians 1:27-30

Philippians 2:1-2 (Amp)

Philippians 2:2-3

Philippians 2:4

Philippians 2:5

Philippians 2:6-8

Hebrews 12:2

John 8:58

Mark 9:33-35

Mark 10:41-45

Galatians 6:9

1 Corinthians 15:58

Romans 12:2

Philippians 2:9-11

Brother Dibble Regional Superintendent

Back to Basics

Romans 8:31

2 Chronicles 28:19-26

2 Chronicles 30

Romans 8:31

Isaiah 54:17

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1 Kings 8:1-13

Exodus 25:14-15

1 Corinthians 9:16-18

2 Corinthians 6:17

2 Corinthians 6:14-16

1 John 2:2

2 Corinthians 6:17

Genesis 3:7

Genesis 3:21

John 8:44

1 Peter 2:9

Leviticus 11:44

1 Peter 1:16

2 Peter 2:

2 Samuel 7:10

Acts 15:16-17

Luke 9:58

John 18:36

John 16:17

Ephesians 1:20

Ephesians 4:8

Ephesians 5:23

Acts 2:1-4

Acts 2:38-40

Isaiah 28:10-12

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Daily Bible Reading 22 June 2019

Bible Reading Enhances Any Day (BREAD)
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Daily Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles 12-13, 1 Corinthians 16
 
1 Chronicles 12:8-15 (ESV) From the Gadites there went over to David at the stronghold in the wilderness mighty and experienced warriors, expert with shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions and who were swift as gazelles upon the mountains: Ezer the chief, Obadiah second, Eliab third, Mishmannah fourth, Jeremiah fifth, Attai sixth, Eliel seventh, Johanan eighth, Elzabad ninth, Jeremiah tenth, Machbannai eleventh. These Gadites were officers of the army; the least was a match for a hundred men and the greatest for a thousand. These are the men who crossed the Jordan in the first month, when it was overflowing all its banks, and put to flight all those in the valleys, to the east and to the west.
 
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (NKJV) Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.

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Song Extra: Everybody ought to know

Okay this conference has brought back many old songs I’d forgotten. Here’s another from old Sunday school days.

Everybody ought to Know

Everybody Ought to know

Everybody ought to know
Everybody ought to know,
Everybody ought to know,
Everybody ought to know
Who Jesus is.

Everybody ought to know,
Everybody ought to know,
Everybody ought to know
Who Jesus is.

He’s the Lily of the Valley,
He’s the Bright and Morning Star;
He’s the Fairest of ten thousand.
Everybody ought to know.

Everybody ought to know,
Everybody ought to know,
Everybody ought to know
Who Jesus is.

On the cross He died for sinners,
And His blood makes white as snow;
Loving, living, coming Savior,
He’s the one you ought to know.

Everybody ought to know,
Everybody ought to know,
Everybody ought to know
Who Jesus is.

Everybody ought to know,
Everybody ought to know,
Everybody ought to know
Who Jesus is.

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Daily Bible Verse

Verse of the Day

So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

Genesis 2:3 ESV

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