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The Price

5 Dec

The Price…

When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified him … Yeshua, Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.’ He’s naked, hanging on the cross, the Roman nails through his hands and feet.

His body is wracked with excruciating pain – and what’s He doing? He’s praying for those who nailed him to the cross. He’s thinking about their needs! He’s bleeding to death and He’s more concerned about their future and salvation. He’s forgetting about Himself and doing what love does – putting Himself in the shoes of others.

It’s one thing to put yourself in the shoes of another. It’s another thing to put yourself in the shoes of your enemies. It’s another thing to do this while you’re hanging naked on the cross, bleeding to death. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in your problems, needs, worries, and desires.

When you’re wrapped up in yourself, you can’t love. If He, in all His pain, could forget about Himself, how much more can you forget about yourself, and love others, even your enemies? Do something divine today – forget about yourself and love someone.

You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:43-48

Whatever you might be going through today, instead of being focused on your issues, seek to focus on others, and how you can be a blessing to everyone you meet.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Lord’s Supper

4 Dec

The Lord’s Supper…

Communion, the Lord’s Supper, was really a Pesach, a Passover Seder. Now the Passover is not just a supper, it’s a service. The one who leads is the one who serves, who passes out the matzah, the bitter herbs, and all the other required foods.

In other words, it’s not a buffet. You let the leader serve you. And since the Lord’s Supper is a Passover, it’s the same way. The Lord is the one who serves you the bread of life.

There’s a reason for that. He is love. And He wants you to learn of love as well. Too often we live serving ourselves, going through life desiring, lusting, and taking. But in the Lord’s Supper, God is saying, in effect: “You don’t have to live like that. I will serve you. I will take care of your needs. Sit at my table. Let me minister to you.” And then live your life serving, not yourself, but others.

So take time today to sit at the Lord’s table and let Him minister to you. And then, in His love, serve another. For this life is not a Buffet, but the Lord’s Supper.

I am the bread of life. John 6:48

Take some time out of your busy schedule today to just sit at the table of Jesus and let Him minister to you, receive His blessings, and then bless others.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Lamb and The Doorway

3 Dec

The Lamb and The Doorway…

On the eve of Passover, 3,000 years ago, God told the Israelites to put the blood of the Passover Lamb on the wooden beams of their doorpost. When they did this they were to enter the doorway and stay inside. When the angel of death passed over the land, that doorway became the doorway of salvation, the doorway to the Promised Land.

A thousand years later, on the same day, Passover, God put the blood of the final Passover Lamb, Jesus, on another set of beams of wood, the cross. That means that the cross must also be a doorway. A doorway to the Promised Land!

What does it mean to you? No matter how far you think you are from God or what you’re going through there is a doorway, only one step away.

There is a doorway to lead you out of bondage and to the Promised Land, in which you will find freedom, grace, and the light of heaven to shine on your heart.

It’s the cross, it’s Calvary, it’s the love of God. And in your hardest, darkest and loneliest times, it will be there, just one step away, the Doorway to Heaven.

I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. John 10:9

In whatever situation you’re in today – Look for His doorway, the doorway that will allow you to walk in a way you’ve never walked before.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Heaven Entering Your Gates

2 Dec

Heaven Entering Your Gates…

The idea that most people have about heaven is that heaven is a place you enter or the place you hope to enter. Even as believers we tend to think of Heaven primarily as the same thing.

It’s the place we will enter or we hope to enter, but Palm Sunday is the answer to that. Palm Sunday is about the Lord entering Jerusalem. The Lord, Yeshua, is the Lord of Heaven, the epitome of all that is Heaven – the Heavenly. And notice what’s happening, it’s not that we are trying to get into Heaven’s Gate, rather it is HEAVEN entering into earth’s gate.

Salvation is not primarily about getting into heaven. It’s about heaven getting into you. Stop trying to reach heaven and let Heaven reach you. You didn’t first come to Him – He came to you.

Stop trying to attain His love – let His love enter in. Stop trying to attain His holiness – let His righteousness enter in. Stop trying to attain His joy; but let His joy come into you, for He came into the gates of Jerusalem that Heaven would come through the gates for you.

Blessed are those who bwash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Revelation 22:14

Stop trying to reach Heaven today and let Heaven reach you. Let the light and glory of Heaven enter the gates of your heart.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Love – Essential To Life (12/8)

1 Dec

Love – Essential to Life…

I believe that if you don’t derive a deep sense of purpose from what you do, if you don’t come radiantly alive several times a day, if you don’t feel deeply grateful at the tremendous good fortune that has been bestowed on you, then you are wasting your life. And life is too short to waste.

One of my favorite things to do is to go into the woods and enjoy the magic of nature. Everyday nature wakes up and surprises us with something wonderful, something beautiful and something magic of life in its fullest. I often wonder why people can’t do the same.

I’ve written before about how we all seem to live in our own world and by sharing our world with others as they share theirs with us our world’s grow bigger and hopefully better. Life is a growing experience and our sharing, with love, makes the experience so much better. Which is why I am perplexed when people tell me they have a hard time loving others.

You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good He sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:43-48

I’ve watched as some look at others as inferior and tend to hold themselves in a higher plane. I have learned over the years that although we are all somewhat different, we really are all the same. Each one of us is trying to make our path through life and each of us wants to see others succeed. What is missing is the realization that in order to succeed we all need to learn from each other for without each of our worlds, the world fails. We are the world, each and everyone of us and it’s our love that makes it grow. It is love that holds us together.

So how does one get that message out to everyone? We live in a very diverse world and it is this diversity that makes it as great as it. The idea that some are better than others is stupid, to say the least, for what you lack in something they just may be very strong and where they are weak, you just may be strong. We all need each other and for those who think they know it all or don’t need anyone’s help once in a while, you just need to look into a mirror and see just how ignorant you are.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Believe it or not, in spite of all the greed and discontent in the world, love still makes it worthwhile for us to move forward. I believe when Jesus gave us to command to love our neighbors as our self, He meant every other person in the world. It is a big command because we tend to limit our world’s to just the area we live in. There is more to life than what we see, it’s the hidden things in life that really make the difference. Until we open ourselves up to love and offer our love to others, these hidden things will remain hidden. They present themselves to us as we share our love and world’s with others.

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. Deuteronomy 7:9


That simple greeting and a smile goes a long way in making someone’s day a bit brighter. It will also make your day better too. A little love goes a long way – give it a try!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Second Blessing

30 Nov

The Second Blessing…

When Jesus came to Jerusalem, many of the people shouted the words which greeted pilgrims to Jerusalem. From Psalm 118 “… Baruch Ha Ba, Ba Shem Adonai – Blessed Is He Who Comes In the Name of the Lord.”

Many of them said that, but many did not and in the end, He would not be welcomed but rejected. And so what He said is interesting. He said – You will not see me again until you say, “Baruch Ha Ba, Ba Shem Adonai.”

The Lord will not come again until the Jewish people say those words. It might sound hard but it’s actually the mercy of God. The Lord is giving a second chance for His people to do what they did not do when He first came: to receive Him, to welcome Him in and to bless Him.

So be encouraged and rise to your calling, for God is not finished with you. He’s not finished with you until you, like Israel, fulfill all that He gave you to fulfill and for which He placed you on this earth: to bless Him, to welcome Him and to usher in His glory.

The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24

Is there an area where you’ve messed up and haven’t done what God is calling you to do, or stop doing? Today is your second chance – do it!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Passion

29 Nov

The Passion…

God loves you and me – great heresies believers believe, but not true. God doesn’t just love you. He LOVES you!!! He didn’t just give His Son for you, he gave His son for you!!! He’s not just good, He’s great; awesome!!!

God is passionate. He doesn’t just love you, He passionately LOVES you. He gave His life because He loved you–that’s passionate. He went through the passion because He passionately loves you.

When He asks you to love Him, He doesn’t ask you to love Him, but love Him!!! We need to learn the passionate love of God so that we can live a passionate life for God, a passionate joy for God.

Be passionate about God; He is passionate about you. You think, well He loves you; maybe you’ll praise Him, maybe you’ll serve Him, maybe you’ll live a little bit for Him. If you realize He loves you then you’ll praise Him, serve Him and live for Him with all your heart!!!

You won’t be able to do anything less when you get it into your head and heart that He doesn’t just love you. Remember my friend, He LOVES you!!! Be blessed.

I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Jeremiah 31:3

Today, meditate on and cherish His incomprehensible, extravagant love. Let it fill you to overflowing because there’s more than enough to give away.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Dirt Beneath The Flowers

28 Nov

The Dirt Beneath The Flowers…

Flowers are beautiful. Fruits are sweet. But you can’t have flowers or fruit without dealing with dirt. You can’t have a garden without dirt. Galatians 5 speaks about the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control, goodness.

You cannot have these without dealing with some dirt. First you must dig, then turn over the dirt in your life. God calls you to bear fruit, but first you’ll have to deal with some things you don’t like to deal with – things that are unpleasant, not loving, good or gentle – areas we’d rather not dwell in or on.

Sin, hardness of heart, things that are dark and not pretty; that are not loving or pure. God calls you to bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, self-control, and goodness, etc., and fruit all grows from the ground. It all begins when you put your hands to the plow and break up the fallow ground.

Don’t be afraid, my friend, of dealing with those difficult areas of your life, those areas you don’t really want to look at. Take them on, break up your fallow ground today, because it’s time for you to bear your fruit.

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Ephesians 4:1

Do some yard work today.. in your heart and life. Deal with the dirt. Let God plough it over, and do new things.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Plans That He Knows

27 Nov

The Plans That He Knows…

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “Plans for welfare, plans to give you a future and a hope, not for calamity but for Shalom.”

He doesn’t just say, I have a plan. Instead the Lord says “I know the plans.” He’s saying I know the plans, you don’t know. Not that I am telling you all the plans, but I know the plans.

You’re so caught up in the details of your situation, you’re forgetting something. I’ve got a plan for you. You couldn’t even handle the plans I have for you, if you knew. It’s enough for you to know that I know the plans. “Trust Me,” says the Lord.

You may not know where your life is heading, but I know the plans. Stop worrying, fearing and being anxious. You can be at peace, because there is something good ahead if you’re following the Lord. He’ll work all things for good.

It’s enough that there is a plan, and even more than that, it’s enough for you to simply know that the Lord says, I know the plans.

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. Psalm 37:3-8

Today, rest in this truth – God knows the plans He has for your life – You don’t have to. The plans are good and for your blessing. Just seek to walk in them.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Ask, Seek and Knock

26 Nov

Ask, Seek and Knock…

Hosea 2:15 says, I will transform Israel’s Valley of Trouble into a gateway or Door of Hope for her. In Hebrew, the word ‘Achor’ means trouble and Heta Petah Tikvah means “Door of Hope.”

You might be in the valley right now, in trouble, and you are getting down and getting discouraged, but God’s will and power is to turn your Valley of Trouble into a Door of Hope.

Now Jesus said, knock and the door shall be opened. A door can be opened or closed, and that’s where you have to follow Jesus’s command. You might be standing right next to the Door of Hope, but you haven’t knocked yet. A closed door looks like a wall, unless you knock and you have to open it.

So listen, you want to get out of that Valley of Trouble, look for the Door of Hope. Knock and the Heta Petah Tikvah, the Door of Hope shall be opened to you. Because in God, every Valley of Trouble will turn into a Door of Hope for you and your part is to knock and go through it.

You who are the hope of Israel, its Savior in times of distress, why are you like a stranger in the land, like a traveler who stays only a night? Jeremiah 14:8

What troubles do you have in your life? Instead of being upset or down over it, look to find the Door of Hope, the good thing God is planning to do.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed