Respect The Name Of Jesus!

Philippians 2:5, 7-11 KJV – 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 

6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth;

11 And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The lack of respect for the name of Jesus is very evident in our society. The words of our text for today is in direct opposition to the attitude that many express. Jesus name is to be respected and held in high esteem. Our text for today declares in

Philippians2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

As we approach the season of His birth it is a privilege to declare the name of Jesus is of supreme importance to us. He is the only way to find salvation. There is no other name that is the gateway to God the Father.

It does not matter what man says, one day every knee shall bow before Him. Again let us read:

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth;

11 And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Give the name of Jesus the respect it deserves. He never fails us and men will respect Him as eternity unfolds before us.

Our Eternal Hope

Jhn 14:1-4 KJV – 1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.

4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

It is comforting to read the words of Jesus as He gives us promise that He will come again. He has not forgotten us but has prepared a place where we can be with Him.

What a tremendous thought! We as Christians do not have to fear what is ahead but we can rejoice in Jesus promise. He has said He will take us to be with Him. That means in life or death we have safety.

Unlike those who do not share our faith and are uncertain about eternity, we have hope! The scripture declares:

1Th 4:13-14 KJV – 13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

I am glad that in the midst of all the turmoil of our world, we can look to an eternal hope. Jesus is providing for us in eternity.

Draw Close To God

Jeremiah 29:11-13 NLT – 11 For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

12 In those days when you pray, I will listen.

13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.

It builds my faith to hear the words of Jeremiah. The thoughts that God thinks toward you and me are thoughts of good. So that He can give a future and hope.

He promises that God will hear our prayers as we seek Him and tells us we can find our God if we will seek Him with all our heart.

Many people are without hope because they do not have a true relationship with God. The words of the prophet are true! If you will seek God with a whole heart you will find Him.

God wants to have you close to Him.

Jas 4:8 KJV – 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.

If you do not know God as your heavenly father. It is not His fault. He is there! He is available but it is your choice as to how you will relate to Him.

If you make an effort to get close to Him, He will come to you.

Go to God in prayer and ask Him to come into your heart and you will find He is true to His word. He will draw close to you!

Keep Looking Up,

Dan

Peace For A Troubled Time

Jhn 14:25-27 KJV – 25 These things have I spoken unto you, being [yet] present with you.

26 But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Our verses for today confirm that our God will give us a peace that is not found in our world. It is only found as His Holy Spirit gives it to us who believe.

Let me encourage you that the unrest of our nation should not rob you of the peace that God wants to be in your heart. The peace God gives is not subject to the confusions and confrontations we see. It is only limited by our lack of closeness to our God.

Lean on the promises of God and let him give you that peace and comfort. Listen to the words of the book of James.

Jas 4:8-10 KJV – 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded.

9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and [your] joy to heaviness.

10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Whatever comes in the days ahead we can have peace as followers of Jesus Christ. He will draw close to us. We just need to draw close to Him.

Keep Looking Up!

Dan

No Confusion In God

1Co 14:33 KJV – 33 For God is not [the author] of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Rev 11:17-18 KJV – 17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

Our nation is trying to figure out the process of electing a President for the next four years. It is obvious that we are in a state of confusion. But God knows exactly what is going to take place. He is not the author of confusion.

Confusion is manmade as he tries to rule himself without the guidance of God. When man does not recognize the wisdom of God, he does not know what is right. He does not know to go to the left or the right.

As Christians who respect the word of God we can proclaim with John the words given him by Jesus himself.

 “ We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned."

I want to emphasize again today that God is in control. The confusion of our world does not present a problem for him. He will show his power in His time to judge the nations and to reward them that serve Him.

God controls the process of the governments of men and he will put an end to it when He is ready. Do not be discouraged by what you see and hear. Be joyful in the promises of God to reward His own.

If you are following the laws that God has set in order, all will be fine in Him.

Keep Looking Up,

Dan

God Still Reigns

Rom 14:11-12 KJV – 11 For it is written, [As] I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

A day after election day and we still do not have a declaration of who will be the President of the United States. We may not know who our president will be for the next term for some time. I can live with that and whoever wins. The reason is that I know who is really in control.

The words of our verses for today tells us that even though our world is confused, God is still in control. He still reigns.

We do not need to fear whatever the outcome of the elections may be because we have a God who is looking down on it all. He will keep those of us who have faith in Him.

Whatever comes in the days after this election, God will still fulfill His will and plan for the earth. Bible prophecy will take place and we can hold on to His promises.

Trust the Lord and don’t be afraid of what is ahead.

Keep Looking Up,

Dan

Have You Voted?

In a matter of days the election of a new administration to lead our nation will be upon us. I feel it is truly one of the most important elections in the history of the United States. Your vote is important and will help decide our success or failure. It is hard for me to grasp that we have those in our government who would embrace the socialist agenda of many countries. In doing so they would strip the freedoms that exist for your and me. 

This election is not only about politics, it is about our ability to bear arms as individual citizens. It is about how we worship and own property. It is about how we raise our children and a  multitude of other moral choices. This not a time for racial division and hatred. It is a time when we need to unite to vote for those who support our freedom as a people. 

I believe your vote and mine will decide if the United States with all its imperfections will continue to be the greatest place to live in the world or whether we will become a second rate copy of other countries that offer so much less.

My prayer is that our freedoms may continue and that we will have an opportunity to right our wrongs. Let us together black, white, Hispanic, and all other nationalities in our land work to make America truly a nation of Liberty and A Bastion for the Free!

Keep Looking Up!

Dan

The Importance of Your Vote!

Your vote on November 3, 2020 may be the most important you have ever cast! Our nation has never seen such division. The very foundations of our democracy are under attack. We have always been known as one nation under God. Since the Obama administration that has been questioned and attacked. As a result the moral fiber of our society is in decay.

The political leaders on both sides of the aisle are spending little time trying to lead our nation into new success. They are too busy attacking one another and trying to destroy the credibility of their opposition. We have the seen the extremity and spread of hatred that has caused rioting and violence in our cities. We cannot condone the actions of some who have not performed their duties with integrity. Those actions have created strife and hatred. Yet violence and destruction are not the answer.

We at this junction are going to see our rights as citizens destroyed as a lack of respect for authority overrides our country. Civility is disappearing as there are accusations of racism creating destruction. We certainly must do better than we have in the past. But those who would pit one race against another are not serving our country but tearing it down. We must cast our vote on the side of law and order even though we are not perfect. I share the grief of those who have lost loved ones in the last months but we must learn from the mishaps not revert to people who cannot forgive. We must make constructive changes that improve our circumstances not try to lay; blame on each other.

Get Out and Vote for those who will make change that will once again return us to a safe and peaceful nation!

Let Freedom Ring!

It greatly troubles me that we are seeing the foundations of our society challenged by those who do not appreciate our freedoms and prosperity. We certainly are an imperfect people but if we treat each other civily and confront the ills of our land with reason, we can overcome every problem. There is no one race or nationality that rules and reigns over another. We are all created by God!

There needs to be change in many areas but that will not be accomplished by rioting and hatred. Change will not be legislated successfully by men and women in our govenment who cannot even treat each other with respect. We must set aside selfish goals and work together for the good of all. It does not matter to me what your color or nationality, I can live with you as my friend and neighbor if we share mutual respect. Just venting a few frustrations! We do not need to destroy our history we need to learn the lessons from it that can make us better! 

Let Freedom Ring as we grow together into an even greater society/

Keep Looking Up!

Dan

Episode 155 On our Podcasts!

Our latest Episode which will post tomorrow on our podcast, https://www.buzzsprout.com/546637/podcast/website is number 155. I hope you will take the opportunity to listen to it. It is titled Jesus Is Alive In Me. I want to be an encouragement during this time of Pandemic and struggle for our nation. In Christ we are overcomers! We just need to let Him live through us. Hopefully, as the world sees Jesus working in our lives they will grasp the hope and joy that we have!

Keep Looking Up!

Dan

We are a the church and Live Streaming!

It is Sunday and we will be meeting in our church at 9:30 am for Sunday School and at 10:30 am for Morning Worship. We will also be live streaming on Facebook during the 10:30 am service. on personal page. Hope you can join us.

Podcasts growing!

I am pleased to say that we now have over 130 Podcasts and each day as we post the number  is getting larger. You can find them at my Buzzsprout web page.

https://www.buzzsprout.com/546637

The Listeners to the podcast are increasing and I hope people are enjoying the short 3-5 minute devotionals that I provide. Just wanted to drop a short praise report concerning the podcast. 

Everyone have a day blessed by the Lord!

Keep Looking Up!

Dan

A Good Day In the Lord!

This has been a good day in the Lord! I have been working on the podcasts found at https://www.buzzsprout.com/546637 and God has been blessing my efforts. There are so many new avenues of outreach that I have been learning lately. With all the turmoil in our world and the seeming opposition to the church we are still progressing. I cannot help but declare the words of the Psalmist

Psa 103:1-2 KJV – 1  Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, [bless] his holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

The Lord is deserving of our praise!

Keep Looking up! 

Dan

Great Day of Communion!

Yesterday was a great day of enjoying communion at Fountain of Life Community Church in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Due to the Covid 19 we had a limited number in attendance but as of this morning we had almost 200 who joined us on our live stream. I hope that many of those on live stream took the communion with us. The first Sunday of each month we enjoy receiving the communion as a congregation with few exceptions. Just wanted to give an update!

Keep Looking Up!

Dan

An Invitation To Communion

We have updated our podcast and given an invitation for you to attend communion service with us on this coming Sunday. The invitation to participate with us in the communion service will upload to our podcast site on Sunday moning at 5:00 am. Until then you can look at our other podcasts at https://www.buzzsprout.com/546637  and see the current and past podcasts we have uploaded. Hope you will take a look.

Keep Looking up!

Dan


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