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Archive for December, 2014

God With Us Redemptively

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Emmanuel, “God is with us”, is the God-Man who was born of a virgin that God might dwell among men. Not only did Jesus, Emmanuel, live among men but He lived redemptively among men. He didn’t come to bring merely a message or a creed but He lived out redemptive acts through His life on earth. His disciples, those whom He has redeemed by His redemptive act of His shed blood on the cross must, in turn, live redemptively among men. There are too many and too much to redeem to simply live to go to heaven.

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” (Matt.1:23, NKJV)


Your Home A Place Of Receiving

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Your Home #11—May your home be a place of receiving. May your family receive encouragement, good times, happy times, times of celebration, gifts and surprises, supplies, breakthrough, health, wealth and resolve of on-going issues.

“Enlarge the place of your tent, And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; Do not spare; Lengthen your cords, And strengthen your stakes.” (Isa.54:2, NKJV)


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He Has Caught Our Attention

In his new book, The Orphan Heart, Larry Burden gives an interesting definition of “glory” from the Greek man lookingword “doxa”:  “the appearance, form or aspect of a person which catches our attention and commands our recognition”. The Person, Jesus, has “caught our attention” and “commands our recognition”. He has truly caught our attention and commanded our recognition when we begin to emulate Him. Jesus told His disciples, “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit…” (Jn.15:8). So, we are to follow in the same pattern as THE SON and live in such a manner and to such a degree of fulfillment that the Father, through us, is “catching the attention” of people wherever we go. Jesus told Philip, “…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father…” (Jn.14:9). May it be said of us also.

(This is the tenth excerpt from Marty’s article “Don’t Stop Short” which was published in SEEC Magazine. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)


Provided A King

3 wise menAs the people of God assemble today, may they rejoice in the God of their salvation for He has provided us a King who rules in righteousness (Isa.32:1). May they practice the wisdom of seeking Him.
“…Three wise men came from country far;
To seek for a king was their intent…”
“Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.”

“Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O Daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King comes to you; He is [uncompromisingly] just and having salvation [triumphant and victorious], patient, meek, lowly, and riding on a donkey, upon a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zech.9:9, Amp)


Glory Of The Father

walk aloneJesus was a Tree who brought forth fruit (Jn.12:28; 17:1). Jesus was the Kingdom exposed to mankind. In Jesus, the Kingdom was observed; in His lifestyle, His character, His actions (Matt.12:28). The fact that He brought forth fruit is the fact that He was the glory of His Father in the earth. “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (Jn.1:14, NASB) In his new book, The Orphan Heart, Larry Burden gives an interesting definition of “glory” from the Greek word “doxa”:  “the appearance, form or aspect of a person which catches our attention and commands our recognition”. The Message puts it like this:  “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.” (Jn.1:14, Msg) Though the Father was sitting upon a throne in heaven, He could be seen in the earth in Jesus as He interacted with His environment. 

(This is the ninth excerpt from Marty’s article “Don’t Stop Short” which was published in SEEC Magazine. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)


Memories Not Take Toll

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May our Lord minister to your memory and regret so that you seldom, if ever, think of those things again that caused them;  and if you do happen to think of them, may they not take any toll on your sense of worth or readiness to obey your Lord. May He move upon the hearts and minds of those who have freeze-framed you, to just let it go. And if they need to forgive you, may they receive from our Lord the grace to do so.

“And the Master, God, stays right there and helps me, so I’m not disgraced. Therefore I set my face like flint, confident that I’ll never regret this.  8  My champion is right here.  Let’s take our stand together!  Who dares bring suit against me?  Let him try!” (Isa.50:7-8, Msg)


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What Trees Produce

Jesus had made wise observations about trees and fruit in His time on earth. From His statements to the very orchard1religious Jews, it was apparently His observation that fruit was not hung on trees by angels nor did it come by the blessing of laying on of hands, but fruit came when the trees produced it: “…given to a people producing the fruit of it” (Matt.21:43). It seems the lesson learned here is that there must be people who will be “planted” in relationship with the Lord and His people (Ps.92:13) in such a way that they receive the “nutrients” that will enhance and mature a tree in such a manner that fruit grows on the limbs. The concept of “planting” is one of staying and permanence (Isa.60:21; 61:3). A tree (1) stays planted, (2) takes moisture, (3) takes nutrients from the ground it is planted in, then (4) brings forth fruit. Fruit is brought forth by the tree that has been planted and enabled (Ps.1:3; Jn.10:38; Js.2:17-24; cf.Mk.11:13). “Bring forth”: make, produce, bear, shoot forth. The tree does not stand alone or produce alone. Jesus even said of Himself, “At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father…” (Jn.14:20) Then He informed His disciples how they were to glorify God—Jn.15:8 “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit…” The bringing forth is redemptive. Jn.3:16 is redemptive; it is about Something that is beneficial to mankind. Prov.11:30a “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life…” Jesus is “THE Tree Of Life”. Jn.14:6a “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life…” Trees bring forth fruit and it is (1) glory to the Father, (2) life and (3) redemptive.

(This is the eighth excerpt from Marty’s article “Don’t Stop Short” which was published in SEEC Magazine. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)