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Unfriended by Jesus

The Bible states, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile.” Romans 1:16-17  (For anyone who doesn’t know, if you’re not a Jew, you’re a Gentile or a Greek in Biblical terms.)

FacebookDo you share your faith with others? Why are we hesitant to talk about Jesus with our friends or our acquaintances? I understand that it can be difficult…it is for me sometimes. But the Bible also states, “If people are ashamed of me and what I say, the Son of Man will be ashamed of those people when he comes in the glory that he shares with the Father and the holy angels.” Luke 9:26

 

I’m more afraid of being ashamed before God and His Holy Angels than I am of being “unfriended” or snubbed by those who don’t want to hear about Him. To put it another way, I’d rather be “unfriended” by a human being than by Jesus. Not that Jesus would ever abandon us (or unfriend us 😀 ) but to be embarrassed or ashamed before God is just unthinkable.

Why does it makes some people so angry when they see or hear anything about God, Jesus, Holy Spirit or Christianity? Are they scared of the gospel? Are they born again Christians who have strayed, are they unsaved?  Who are these people? Whoever they are, they definitely need Christ. And deep down, they know it. And we know it too. That’s why we need to share our faith as often as we can with as many people as possible. We can at least plant a seed, maybe somone else will water it and yet another can harvest a soul for The Kingdom. Facebook

We should do everything we can to bring every person in to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and save them from unquenchable fires of hell.

 

 

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I AM the oldest book in existence, having outlived the storms of thirty centuries. Men have endeavored by every means possible to banish me from the face of the earth. They have hidden, torn, burnt, reviled and despised me, and have done to death tens of thousands of my faithful witnesses. Indeed no other book has been more bitterly hated, no other book has been more dearly cherished; no other book has been so misrepresented and misunderstood. Nevertheless, today, while many of my foes slumber in death, I still live on.

It is not for me to speak of the conflicting creeds laid to my charge, but on behalf of the one true purpose of my Revered Author, I appeal to reason. Look at the stately trees of the forest, the living green of the meadows bespangled by a thousand lovely flowers, the singing birds that delight themselves amid the beauties of nature, the blue dome of heaven, illumined by the sun, moon and stars that space out a universe too immense for man to fathom. And know that the Creator of these things has a wise and loving purpose equally great and beautiful on behalf of man. Here is revealed within my covers a chain of testimony, which gives evidence of a plan so broad and a design so deep as to be beyond the power or human origin.

My story centers around the dear Redeemer, who “by the grace of God tasted death for every man”. Based upon this atoning sacrifice, all the dead will be raised, and the whole earth made glorious with life and happiness everywhere, without a trace of sorrow, pain or death. My message has blessed every follower of Jesus. It has inspired them with hope, encouraged them to zeal, comforted them in sorrow and strengthened them in faith until they have laid down their all in death, awaiting their grand reward. Like the crystal springs from the mountain side which flow on and on to refresh the luxuriant verdure on the plain below, so in the glad day now dawning, the waters of truth will impart its life-giving blessings to the willing and obedient of humanity, who will forever with one sweet accord, praise, love and adore my Beloved Author.


Apostle Peter Biography: Timeline, Life, and Death

The Apostle Peter is one of the great stories of a changed life in the Bible. Check out this timeline and biography of the life of Peter.

Peter’s Life Before Christ

The Apostle Peter may have been the most outspoken of the twelve apostles in Jesus’ ministry on earth. He certainly became one of the boldest witnesses for the faith. His beginnings were certainly humble in origin. He was born about 1 B.C. and died sometime around A.D. 67.

Peter was originally named Simon. Jesus was the One Who changed Peter’s name. Peter means “rock” or literally Petra. He was a Galilean fisherman and was the brother of Andrew. The brothers came from the village of Bethsaida (John 1:43, 12:21). Peter was married. He was also a follower of John the Baptist. Peter, like all humans before their calling, was a sinful man. In fact he was ashamed of his sinfulness in the presence of Jesus Christ (Luke 5:6-8). Peter was perhaps the very first disciple that Jesus called along with His brother Andrew.

Apostle Peter Biography

Peter left his career as a fisherman to follow Jesus.

Fishermen at that time were gruff, unkempt, vile, shabbily dressed, and often used vulgar language. The fishermen of the first century were a man’s man. They were full of vigor and had boisterous tempers. This is perhaps why James and his brother John were called the Sons of Thunder (Mark 3:17). Their’s was a rough life since fishing was a very physically demanding job. They must have been somewhat fearless too because some of the storms that came quickly upon the Sea of Galilee were fierce and furious. They often caught the fishermen by surprise and could easily capsize the 20 to 30 foot boats they used.

Peter was always putting his foot in his mouth but one thing you could say about Peter was that when Jesus told them (Peter and Andrew) to “follow me” they simply walked away and left everything they had without a second thought (Luke 5:9-1). Consider the fact that this meant that they left everything – all of their fishing boats, their fishing nets, and all the accessories that came with their trade. How many today would be willing to leave their own business to follow Someone that had simply asked them to follow Him?

Peter’s Life with Christ

As mentioned earlier, Peter was among the first disciples called by Jesus and he was frequently their spokesman – for good or bad. One thing that he is credited with is the special insight that he had concerning Jesus’ identity. Peter was the first to call Jesus the Son of the Living God – the Messiah (Mark 8:29, Luke 9:20, Matt. 16:16-17). When Jesus called him, Peter knew that He was of God and felt unworthy to be in Jesus presence (Luke 5:6-8). Even so, Jesus did not hesitate and told Peter and Andrew that He would make them “fishers of men” (Mark 1:17).

Peter was bold but often times in the wrong. Once he even rebuked the Lord and said that he was willing to die for Jesus even though at the arrest and trial of Jesus he denied Him three times (Matt. 16:21-22). Jesus loved the disciples and knew which of those whom would remain loyal to Him and those who would betray Him (Judas Iscariot). Peter was an eyewitness to the many miracles that Jesus did and also witnessed the Shekhinah Glory along with John and James in the Transfiguration. This was where Jesus’ humanity was peeled back to reveal the glory of His Divinity (Matt. 17:1-9).

Peter the Disciple to the Apostle Peter

A disciple means a “follower of” and that is what most Christians actually are today. An apostle is “one sent forth” in the sense of sent forth by God to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. The biblical definition of an apostle and the only one’s that are called apostles in the New Testament had to be either with Jesus during His earthly ministry (like the disciples) or having seen the risen Christ (as did Paul who was taught three years in the desert by Jesus Christ Himself).

After Christ tells the disciples about the end of the age (Matt. 24) He gives them the charge or command of the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20). This is the very last thing that Jesus tells them (Acts 1:8) and from that point on the disciples (followers of Christ) become the apostles (those sent forth). The designation of their being apostles was never used until after the Ascension of Christ (Acts 1) because before then, they were still following Jesus. After Christ had ascended to the right hand of the Father and was seated there (signifying His earthly ministry was done – except through the apostles) He sent them forth to go to all ends of the earth to proclaim the gospel of the Kingdom of God.

Peter was the first one to preach on the day of Pentecost after the coming of the Holy Spirit and he was the first one to proclaim Christ to a Gentile. He was one of the boldest apostles of all. He willingly suffered persecution, imprisonment, beatings, and even rejoiced at the fact that he was worthy to suffer disgrace for the Lord‘s sake (Acts 5:41).

Peter’s Glorious Ending

In the days leading up to Peter’s death, almost all of the apostles had been martyred. Did Jesus actually predict Peter’s death by crucifixion when He said that “when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and take you where you do not want to go” (John 21:18-19)? The church historian Tertullian, Origen, and Eusebius state that Peter’s was stretched out by his hands, he was dressed in prison garb, he was taken where no one wanted to go (a crucifixion), and was crucified. He was said to be crucified upside down because he felt unworthy to be crucified in the way that the Lord Jesus Christ had been.
From an arrogant, cocky, man of thunder, he became a humble, willing, obedient servant of the Lord even to death. He rejoiced in that day of his death, knowing that he would be reunited with his beloved Savior.

This was a lifetime of 65 years – of which his last thirty-three would be devoted to proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament, no one could even be a priest until they were thirty years of age. David became king at age thirty and this age is near the peak of mental and physical abilities. Peter will be one of only 12 apostles that will rule with Jesus Christ in the Kingdom of Heaven. The lowly fisherman became a mighty fisher of men – and one that changed and shaped the world forever and is still proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ through his gospel (written by Mark), the book of Acts, and through the epistles of 1 and II Peter.


(My apologies to anyone who has read this post before on the blog I used to author)

I was driving to work one cold, rainy morning dreading the busy day ahead when I came to the four-way stop by our local Middle School. As I yielded to the driver in the candy-apple-red Jeep on my right, I thought about how I should have taken a different route since I was running so late. I watched the man in the Jeep for a few moments, waiting for him to take his turn.  He sat there while I impatiently chewed my bottom lip and drummed the steering wheel in time with the music on my radio. Just as my annoyance began to turn to anger, a lovely young girl with dark brown braids stepped out of the Jeep, giggling as she looked back at her Father. The man at the wheel waved at her, then turned and beamed me a bright smile. At the sight of his cheery expression, my indignation vanished. As I continued driving to my office I realized there was a big grin on my face.

I began to think about the passage of scripture, “A merry heart does good like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” (Proverbs 17: 22) I thought of how often I forget to let my countenance reflect the hope that is in me, and how our attitudes can affect one another. I also thought about how much better I feel mentally and physically when I remember to smile.

There is scientific evidence that laughter may help prevent heart disease. As Christians we know God’s word states that as fact. Many of us have experienced its effect first hand.

The smile of a stranger in a candy-apple-red Jeep held the power to defuse my anger and brighten my day. It transformed my impatience into a reflection upon God’s Word. It caused me to remember my joy and in turn I was able to pass it on. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary puts it this way, “Christians should do what may give joy to the hearts of one another. From the world they expect trouble; they should find comfort and joy in one another.”


There are so many promises in God’s Word that it was hard to decide on only 15 of them.  These promises, like all His Word, you can depend upon.  These are from the New Living Translation Bible.

Below the list is a youtube video entitled, “God’s Promises Do Not Expire”.

  • Father knows what we need before we even ask Him.  (Matthew 6:8b)
  • Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.  (Matthew 10:32)
  • Your faithfulness continues through all generations.  (Psalm 119:90a)
  • The Lord hears when I call to Him.  (Psalm 4:3b)
  • You are the Father of the fatherless.  (Psalm 10:14 b)
  • Though my father and mother forsake me the Lord will receive me.  (Psalm 27:10)
  • The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit  (Psalm 34:18)
  • Come near to God and He will come near to you.  (James 4:8a)
  • The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer.  (1 Peter 3:12a)
  • Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.  (1 Peter 5:6b)
  • If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  (1 John 1:9)
  • He will wipe every tear from our eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain for the old order of things has passed away.  (Revelation 21:4)
  • Yes I am coming soon!  (Revelation 22:20b)
  • He rewards those who diligently seek Him.  (Hebrews 11:6b)
  • Praise be to the Lord, to God our savior who daily bears our burdens.  (Psalm 68:19)

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