Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Passion Week : Wednesday

Today I will be sharing about Wednesday of Passion Week.( Matthew 26:3-5, 14-16; Mark 14:1-2, 10-11; Luke 22:1-6)
The chief priests and elders plot to kill Jesus. Judas bargains with the chief priests and tries to find an opportunity to betray Jesus. He was promised money in exchange for Jesus.

I know today's post is short, but tomorrow I am looking forward to sharing about Thursday, The Last Supper !

Bye for now!

Janelle L.C.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Passion Week : Monday and Tuesday

So yesterday I said I was going to spend this week concentrating on the events of Passion week. Yesterday I shared about Jesus' Triumphal Entry that happened a week before His resurrection. Today I will be sharing about Monday and Tuesday of Passion week.

Monday: ( Matthew 21:12-13, 18-19; Mark 11:12-17; Luke 19:45-46)
Jesus cleanses the temple by overturning the tables in the temple. He drove the sellers out of the temple. He quotes Isaiah 56:6 and Jeremiah 7:11. Jesus curses the fig tree.

Tuesday: ( Mark 11:20-25; Matthew 21:23-23:39)
The apostles see the withered fig tree that Jesus cursed the day before. The Pharisees try to challenge Jesus' authority. Jesus then tells them the parable of the two sons. Jesus tells them the parable of the landowner . Jesus tells them the parable of the marriage feast. They try to test Him by trying to get Him to tell them not to pay their taxes but instead he tells them to pay their taxes. The Sadducees try to test Him again by using the example of a woman who is married and her husband dies and he has 6 brothers she marries the second one and he dies basically she marries all 7 but they each die and then she dies and they ask which will she be married to in Heaven and He tells them that there is no marriage in Heaven. The Pharisees ask Him which is the greatest law of all. His reply is ," ' You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ' You shall love your neighbour as yourself.' On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."
Christ exposes Pharisaim to be a fraud. he then gives the  Pharisees and the Scribes the 8 woes . Jesus again prophesies the destruction of the temple and Jerusalem.

Tomorrow I will studying about Wednesday of Passion week.

Bye for now!

Janelle L.C.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Passion Week : Sunday - Jesus's Triumphal Entry

So for this week I have decided to dedicate it to sharing what I am learning about Passion Week, and especially Jesus' Crucifixion and Ressurrection. I thought it would be fitting this week that in addition to my quiet time I also read what all four gospels have to say about Passion week.
The first day is Sunday, a week before Jesus' ressurrection.
(Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10 ; Luke 19:28-44 ; John 12: 12- 19.)
  This day is known as Palm Sunday because this was the day that Jesus made His triumphal entry through Jerusalem.
 It is referred to as Palm Sunday because in all four gospels it tells us that the people placed branches in the street. John 12:13 tell us more specifically that they were palm branches. Just as His birth took place in the humblest of places. so was the animal that He rode because usually when I think of a king I think of him riding a majestic horse. But the King of kings rode on a humble donkey which is also known as "the beast of burden" ! This was to fulfill the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9. At first the apostles did not understand what was happening.
The crowd that was worshipping Him and rejoicing Him would also be the same crowd, days later, that would order His Crucifixion! During our Lord's triumphal entry the pharisees tell Jesus to tell the apostles to stop praising Him. Jesus replies to them saying that if the apostles and the crowds were made silent the stones on the street would weep! Jesus then also prophesies about the destruction of Jerusalem. The pharisees become jealous and angry at Jesus.

I look forward to the week ahead !

Bye for now!
Janelle L. C.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

What I learnt from Psalms 11-15

This is a continuation of my study on the book of Psalms and how it applies to me that I started last Thursday .

Psalm 11:
God is my Refuge. Those who are wicked hate believers. It also talks about temptation and how I can, will, and have been tempted. If I allow the devil to succeed, my foundation in Christ is destroyed. God tests my faith in order to make it stronger. God does not like the ungodly. verse 6 talks about the judgement of the wicked. I must have righteousness as God is righteous and He loves righteousness.

Psalm 12:
Those who are godly are rare. There are those who say they are godly yet they still live in the world. God does not like flattery, especially if it is false flattery. The ungodly do not see their own wrongs. God will keep me safe. Everything about God is pure, while I am impure. The ungodly are the pretenders.

Psalm 13:
If I sin and continue to sin ultimately God will give me over to that sin ( see Romans 1:24-32). But if I acknowledge and abandon my sin, God will forgive me. God can take my life from me me when He so chooses. I must put all my trust in Him. I must rejoice in His salvation. I must worship Him.

Psalm 14:
Those who don't believe in Christ are foolish. Those who do wrong to the believers and do not repent of their wrongdoing must be in dread of the Lord. God is my refuge.

Psalm 15:
I believe in Christ therefoe I have become a citizen of Heaven. As a citizen of Heaven , I must not have anything bad come out of my mouth. I must do evil to anyone. I mujst not shun my friends. I must honor those who fear the Lord, and I must also honor authority even if they are not believers. I must not swear oathes that I can not keep. I must not take bribes against others.

I am looking forward to sharing more about what I am learning from God's Word in the coming weeks, months and Lord willing , years.

Bye for now

Janelle L. C

Sunday, April 10, 2011

What I learnt from Psalms 1-10

On Thursday I decided to do a study on the book of Psalms. I managed to get through the first 10 Psalms.
Here are some notes I took on them and how they apply to my life:
Psalm 1:
I must not be friends with the wicked,(for example: Hollywood, etertainment in general, but not all of it there is some entertainment out there that is good.) but this also doesn't mean I can't be friendly to them. I must to meditate on God's Word, if I do this I will produce the fruits of my "labour". I will prosper if I do this. The wicked are condemned. I am to follow the path of righteousness as I will perish if I follow the way of the wicked. (for example: most of today's top entertainment stars.)

Psalm 2:
Mankind takes counsel against the Lord. God mocks those who are evil. 2:7-9 talks about Christ. I am to worship and rejoice God. Those who are unsaved must ask Christ into their hearts so that His wrath for us will fade, and that I can find refuge in Him!

Psalm 3:
It talks about how the Lord prtotects us.
3:8- " This is a broad sweeping, all-inclusive deliverance, whether in the temporal or eternal realm." ( The MacArthur Study Bible) The Lord sustains us. I must not be afraid of mankind as the Lord will deliver me no matter what, whether it means protecting me or taking my life to be with Him in Heaven.

Psalm 4:
Talks about how unbelievers love what is worthless and deceptive. God hears the godly. I must meditate on the His Word. I must trust the Lord at all times. God alone keeps me safe from harm and gives me peace.

Psalm 5:
God hates evil, no evil dwells in Him. He hates boasting and troublemakers as well as murderers. Believers experience His lovingkindness. God can choose to take an evil man's life, actually anyone's life. God blesses and shields those who are righteous.

Psalm 6:
The Lord rebukes me when I anger Him, usually in the form of someone whom I have sinned against or is an authority. The Lord is gracious to me. He can heal us, but sometimes He doesn't as our death is all a part of His plan and His plan might be helping someone through that. The Lord loves me and He won't let my soul go weary if I follow Him, and don't sin. Sinners don't give Him thanks now, so therefore in hell there will be no thanks given to God. God listens to my prayers and my tears if I just let Him.

Psalm 7:
The Lord is my only true Protection. God does allow things to happen to me when I don't follow Him. Also when we disobey or choose the wrong path I experience the consequences and ultimately I need to go through that in order to learn that that is wrong. God is a righteous and just God. He is my sheild, He saves the righteous. I must give Him thanks and praises for all He does for me.

Psalm 8:
All of nature that I see was made and hand-crafted by God. He is the ultimate, most awesome Artist of all time! He crafted and moulded and shaped everything in nature and the universe! God thinks highly of us as He put mankind as overseers of His creation. His Name is truly majestic in all the earth, whether it is in the forests, cities, mountains, deserts and seas!

Psalm 9:
I must give thanks to God with all my heart. I must sing His praises, I must tell others of His wonders. I must exalt Him! Sinners will perish. God is the ultimate Judge. God can destroy nations and blot out their names forever. ( Read the book of Joshua)
The Lord is eternal! He judges righteously. The Lord is my Safehouse in my times of trouble. If I know Him, I must put my trust in Him, He will not forsake me if i seek Him. I must declare  God's good deeds to the whole world. He does not forget the afflicted. He does not forget the needy. He gives me hope. I must fear the Lord.

Psalm 10:
Sinners boast and those who are greedy curse God. They thin that there is no God. God does not forget those going through hard times. God helps those in need. The Lord is the Almighty, Most Holy, King of Kings! The Lord strenthens and hears the heart of the humble. There will come a day when there willbe no more evil to cause terror in the earth.

I hope that in the next few weeks I will be able to share more about what I am learning from the book of Psalms.

Bye for now!

Friday, April 1, 2011

10 Ways To Get Over Boy Craziness. ( From Lies Young Women Believe)

These 10 things are not my own but are from a book a recently finished called Lies Young Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Dannah Gresh. I like these ways to get over boy craziness because I know how obsessed I can be when I become boy crazy. And instead of putting God first in my life , as we should, I start putting some guy first, usually someone who isn't even a Christian. So today I am going to start these 10 ways of getting over boy craziness:
1. Write love letters to God.
2. Create a list of great books and movies that don't fuel impure thoughts and romance.
3. Hang out with friends who aren't boy crazy .
4. Invest time in the "man of your life" - your dad.
5. Exercise or get involved in sports.
6. Get a mentor to talk about it.
7. Write a list of your future husband's qualities.
8. Begin a journal to your future husband.
9. Read Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot.
10. Go on a mission trip ( if you can!).

I highly recommend Lies Young Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Dannah Gresh. It is very eye-opening as it uncovers 25 of the most popular lies young women are most likely to believe. Quite a lot of them I know I have believed and even now still sometimes believe them!