Prayer Walking

Seek the welfare of the city I have deported you to. Pray to the Lord on its behalf, for when it has prosperity, you will prosper.”

Jeremiah 29:7

Al Santino wrote Prayer walking is slowing down and stopping… We are listening for God’s voice to tell us, “You need to make an observation here.”

When turning 65, I had the idea to take the bus through the city. One thing learns there are lonely people without hope Jesus declare these words. When He saw the crowds, He felt compassion for them because they were weary and worn out, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples,  “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”

John Calvin wrote My intention was only to furnish a kind of rudiments, by which those who feel some interest in religion might be trained to true godliness. And I toiled at the task chiefly for the sake of my countrymen, the French, multitudes of whom I perceived to be hungering and thirsting after Christ, while very few seemed to have been duly imbued with even a slender knowledge of him. That this was the object which I had in view is apparent from work itself, which is written in a simple and elementary form adapted for instruction.

Al Santino wrote Prayer walking is slowing down and stopping… We are listening for God’s voice to tell us, “You need to make an observation here.”

The question, who is your neighbour, how should you treat your neighbour.? Why should you pray for them? Scripture states fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal. Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility, consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look out not only for his interests but also for the interests of others. Make your attitude that of Christ Jesus, Philippians 2:2-5

Someone once stated when you encounter an individual; whether they are a beggar, a person of the streets or addict, or your next doors living in quiet neighbourhood, and ifencounter them briefly, or over long period time. You need to treat them with dignity and respect that is your neighbour is a person meet every day whether it is your neighbour, the homeless the beggar on street or drug addict. They are created in God-image, and bear the scars of sins.

The bottom line, all humanity has sinned, and we have fallen short of God’s glory. That why pray for them because they have souls

If we do not love our them and with all our heart, and our soul and our mind. How could we say we love them?

The question, who is your neighbour? How should you treat your neighbour.? scripture states fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal. Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility, consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look out not only for his interests but also for the interests of others. Make your attitude that of Christ Jesus, Philippians 2:2-5

Someone once stated when you encounter an individual; whether they are beggar a person of the streets or junkies or your next doors in a quiet neighbourhood, you need to treat them with dignity and respect that your neighbour is a person created in God-image.

Dr. Tim Kellor wrote, By depicting a Samaritan helping a Jew, Jesus could not have found a more forceful way to say that anyone at all in need – regardless of race, politics, class, and religion – is your neighbour. Not everyone is your brother or sister in faith, but everyone is your neighbour, and you must love your neighbour.”

The bottom line I fall short. Of this, and I do not love my neighbour with all my heart, soul and my mind and it work in the process!!!

You need three elements, to reach the lost, one someone, to preaches, someone to prayer, and most importantly, you need Holy Spirit to move through Christians and non-Christians.

In Timothy 2:1 it states, First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone,

The lost needs Jesus as a believer, whether rich or poor, As follower of Christ we need to pray for them through intercession prayer

I believe Joan Cushine penned-these words, and The Christian is freed from the bondage of sin; the penalty of sin; the guilt of sin; the dominion of sin; the power of sin. And finally, we are freed from the fear of death and hell—such things we are freed from. But there are two sides to such questions as this. There are some things that we are rid of. First, we are freed to all that is in the Bible. Here is a never-failing treasury filled with boundless stores of divine grace. It is the bank of heaven—we may draw from it as much as we please. Next, we are freed to the throne of grace. We have a right to go to God’s throne at all times. We have a right to enter into the heavenly city. Only those who believe in Christ atoning work could make this claim.

That why we pray for the lost would be part of God’s family. As C.S Lewis stated, I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God. It changes me.”God gives us the grace to see through His and is helpless instead of his own eyes.

The parable of the good Samaritan is an excellent example of how you treat your neighbours. The moral of fable that its humanity, which is the victims of sin, is incapably rescuing himself; the good Samaritan is Jesus Christ. Jesus said the lawyer, ”go and do likewise.” Dr. Tim Kellar, That man might be half dead, but we were destroyed—dead in our sins (Eph. 2:1). Yet Christ did not leave us to be the living dead. On the cross, he did not merely risk his life or purity to help us; he freely gave it. Today, he speaks life into our death—even when we cannot love him or anyone else. He comes to our brokenness and vulnerability to rescue us by his grace. In this way, Jesus himself is the Good Samaritan.

We must say to ourselves something like this: ‘Well, when Jesus looked down from the cross, he didn’t think “I am giving myself to you because you are so attractive to me.” No, he was in agony, and he looked down at us – denying him, abandoning him, and betraying him – and in the greatest act of love in history, he STAYED. He said, “Father, forgive them, they don’t know what they are doing.” He loved us, not because we were lovely to him, but to make us lovely. That is why I am going to love my spouse.’ Speak to your heart like that, and then fulfill the promises you made on your wedding day.”

The gospel of justifying faith means that while Christians are, in themselves, still sinful and sinning, yet in Christ, in God’s sight, they are accepted and righteous. So we can say that we are more wicked than we ever dared believe, but more loved and accepted in Christ than we ever dared hope — at the very same time. This creates a radical new dynamic for personal growth. It means that the more you see your flaws and sins, the more precious, electrifying, and unforgettable God’s grace appears to you. But on the other hand, the more aware you are of God’s grace and acceptance in Christ, the more able you are to drop your denials and self-defences and admit the true dimensions and character of your sin.”

Essential of Prayer

The first is found in, Genesis 4:26 A son was born to Seth also, and he named him Enosh. At that time people began to call on the name of the LORD.

For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Romans 10:13 –

Got questions stated Prayer should not be seen as our means of getting God to do our will on earth, but rather as a means of getting God’s will done on earth. God’s wisdom far exceeds our own.We pray to demonstrate our faith in God, that He will do as He has promised in His Word and bless our lives abundantly more than we could ask or hope for (Ephesians 3:20). Prayer is our primary means of seeing God work in others’ lives. Because it is our means of “plugging into” God’s power,it is our means of defeating Satan and his army that we are powerless to overcome by ourselves.

There are six types of prayers, praise, petition (supplication), intercession thanksgiving and confessions. The most effective way is to uses of the scriptures.

We come to God in prayer for a variety of reasons—to worship Him, to confess our sins and ask for forgiveness, to thank Him for His blessings, to ask for things for ourselves, and/or to pray for the needs of others

Praisef one’s gratitude and respect towards a deity, especially in a song. … There are three Hebrew words in the Bible that are translated as praise. One is “yadah” which means “praise or give thanks or confess is simply means honouring God giving Him adoring through song, and reading His word. For y of voice in thanks, to applaud or clap, to speak well of God or conversation, and celebrate.

Jonathan Edwards wrote,Tis from the little that the saints have seen of God, and know of Him in this world, that they are excited to praise Him in the degree they do here. But here they see but as in a glass darkly; they have only now and then a little glimpse of God’s excellency; but then they shall have the transcendent glory and divine excellency of God set in their immediate and full view. They shall dwell in His immediate glorious presence, and shall see face to face (I Cor. 13:12). Now the saints see the glory of God but by a reflected light, as we in the night see the light of the sun reflected from the moon; but in heaven they shall directly behold the Sun of righteousness, and shall look full upon Him when shining in all His glory.”

They have another sense how great a gift the gift of God’s only-begotten Son is. They have another sense of the greatness and dignity of the Person of Christ, and how great a thing it was for Him to become man, and how great a thing it was for Him to lay down His life, and to endure the shameful and accursed death of the cross.” “… and have another sense what eternity is.

The church of God on earth ought to be employed in the same work with the saints in heaven … we ought now to begin that work which we intend shall be the work of another world …. If our hearts be not in some measure tuned to praise in this world, we shall never do any thing at the work hereafter.”

“If you praise God sincerely in this world, it will be a sign that you are really to be one of those that shall praise Him in heaven.” petition (supplication

Means,Supplication is a request. And if the request is made to God, it becomes a prayer or When we’re humble before God, we acknowledge our sinful condition as well as God’s holiness. Humble people pray with right motives (James 4:1-3). We will pray on behalf of other people (that’s called intercession). We will believe in God’s wisdom and timing because we won’t presume to understand God’s overarching plan.

Supplication arms us with the strength and courage to suffer and wait while we ask for relief. If we’re truly humble, we will ask in faith and continue to believe even when life doesn’t turn out like we had hoped (James 1:5-8

Scriptures declares,“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6

A petition, just as it is in the political arena, is a request to a sovereign to take some action. Any request made of God, is thus a petition. Prayer, on the other hand, is any communication with God

For example the Apostle Paul wrote, Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you. Or Hannah said For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. The Lord Prayer concert a petition,Luke 11:1-4, and Matthew 6:9-13

The most common prayer petition is Philippians 4:6

intercession means, A person who intervenes on behalf of another, especially by prayer or Prayer warrior is a term used by many evangelical and other Christians to refer to anyone who is committed to praying for others.

For example in, First John 2:1 points out, “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” Jesus is the Advocate of the Christian, working on behalf of those who are His children in order to provide forgiveness and access to the Father.

Jesus’ intercession points also to the fact that Jesus is alive and has received authority to be the eternal, perfect high priest. In the Old Testament, high priests were ordained to act on behalf of the people. They had to bring sacrifices for sin on behalf of the Israelites and pray for them too (Hebrews 5:1). But it had to be done over and over again. Priests died, so new priests had to be appointed (Hebrews 7:23). But Jesus only needed to bring the sacrifice one time.

But Jesus only needed to bring the sacrifice one time. Then He was raised from the dead: this underlines the eternal value of the sacrificial death He died (Romans 6:9). And because He is alive, He is able to intercede for us without end. He continues forever (Hebrews 7:24).

Remember He died for. All those who have found forgiveness in Him have the assurance of His interce. What does Jesus pray about you (if you believe in Him)? Need you ever fear losing your salvation? Memorize Hebrews 7:25.

Someone can lose your salvation,my response how could your salivation if it already determine? Ephesians 1:4-5: For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will.

Human example would be Abraham interceding on behalf Lot and family.Genesis 18;16-33 or Judah interceding on Benjamin behalf, Genesis 44: 18 -34 or Easter interceding her people behalf.Esther 7: 3-4, 8; 6

Thanksgiving means a prayer expressing gratitude toward and Jesus Christ grateful acknowledgment of benefits or favors. The Greek word is Ευχαριστία meaning thankfulness, giving of thanks to God

As scriptures declares,Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.Remember what He accomplished on the cross

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Philippians 4:4-5,

Chip Ingram wrote,We’re to pray with thanksgiving – not just when we feel like it, but as an act of our will and obedience. Regardless of what’s happening in our lives, we’re to thank God for the good, for the difficult, for the unknown, for the big decision we’re facing, and even for the challenging relationships. Further more he wrote,Now, this isn’t, “Oh, God, I thank You that my wife has cancer.”  Instead it is, “Thank You, God, that You are sovereign, You are all-knowing, You are with me, and You love my wife.”

My wife, Theresa, actually did have cancer and we went through a very difficult time. Yet it was possible for me to say “thank you” in the midst of it because I chose to surrender and acknowledge my faith in an all-powerful, all-knowing God.

On personal note often, when I go through times of trouble waters,I recite this verse,”Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Remember the apostle Paul wrote this letter in jail or dungeons

Confessions Scripture declares,If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we say, “We don’t have any sin,” we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.1 John 1:8,10 furthermore it states,If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we say, “We don’t have any sin,” we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. 1 John 1:8,10

Britannica’s Wrote Confession, in the Judeo-Christian tradition, the acknowledgment of sinfulness in public or private, regarded as necessary to obtain divine forgiveness. The need for confession is frequently stressed in the Bible. The mission of the Old Testament prophets was to awaken in the people a sense of sinfulness and an acknowledgment of their guilt, both personal and collective. Before the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem (AD 70), the sin offerings on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) were prefaced by a collective expression of sinfulness (Lev. 16:21), and, since the destruction of the Temple, the Day of Atonement has continued in Judaism as a day of prayer, fasting, and confession.

Further more it states,CONFESSION (Lat. confessio, from confiteor, acknowledge, confess), a term meaning in general the admission and acknowledgment that one has done something which otherwise might remain undisclosed, especially the acknowledgment of guilt or wrong-doing, either in public or to somebody specially entitled to such knowledge. The term has a special importance (I) in religion, (2) in law.

The Greek word is confess” is homologeo which basically means “to say the same thing” and then “agree, admit, acknowledge.

There are three elements in accepting the Lord, repent, confess, and believe.

To repent means to change one mind, such as to produce regret or even remorse because of sin. To confess means you agree with God that you wrong,and God declare you are a sinner.

Believer Commentary states, “ In order for us to walk day by day in fellowship with God and with our fellow believers, we must confess our sins: sins of commission, sins of omission, sins of thought, sins of act, secret sins, and public sins. We must drag them out into the open before God, call them by their names, take sides with God against them, and forsake them. To believe means,to believe, or to entrust to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing); i.e., credit; by implication, to entrust (especially one’s spiritual well-being to Christ):—believe, commit (to trust), put trust in Jesus.

The Voice concluded, “ÒSo if you believe deep in your heart that God raised Jesus from the pit of death and if you voice your allegiance by confessing the truth that “Ò Jesus is Lord,”Ó then you will be saved! Belief begins in the heart and leads to a life that’s right with God; confession departs from our lips and brings eternal salvation. Faith is not something we do. It is a response to what God has done already on our behalf, the response of a spirit restless in a fragmented world.When a Christian repents and believes the Gospel of Jesus Christ, all of their sins, past, present, and future are immediately forgiven! As scriptures declares,If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. Now the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on Him will not be put to shame,

For example the late Susan Akins wrote following,. After holding Sharon Tate she pleading with Tex and Susan to spare her, and her eight-month baby, she uttered these words, ” Look bitch, I don’t care about you. I don’t care if you’re going to have a baby or not. You’re going to die, and I don’t feel anything about it.” She felt no guilt in her mind Sharon look like store mannequin. 

In 1974 Jesus knocked her hardened, and she accepted Jesus as my personal Savior and Lord went was her bitter heart, and replace with a soft heart. According to Susan Christ assured her that in the depths of her soul that Old things had passed away, behold all things have become new, II Corinthians 5:17  On death bed her fellow prisoner recited Psalm 23. While on earth she died in prison because she was responsible committing seven murders; however, in heaven the saints uttering a different story welcoming her into heaven and rejoicing along with the other saints

Christopher Columbus wrote I am a most noteworthy sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for grace and mercy, and they have covered me completely. I have found the sweetest consolation since I made it my whole purpose to enjoy His marvellous Present

Charles Spurgeon wroteMy evidence that I am saved does not lie in the fact that I preach, or that I do this or that. All my hope lies in this: that Jesus Christ came to save sinners. I am a sinner, I trust Him, then He came to save me, and I am saved.

Furthermore he My evidence that I am saved does not lie in the fact that I preach, or that I do this or that. All my hope lies in this: that Jesus Christ came to save sinners. I am a sinner, I trust Him, then He came to save me, and I am saved.

In personal testament I wrote God heard my prayer. God also heard another prayer that day my mother and sister Marcia prayer her foolish rebellious are now believer. As scripture says in the same way, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents.

Acknowledging your sins before Christ simply works!!!!


Instant Salvation

Tex Waston wrote“In the world when something is broken, it is set aside. But in the Kingdom of God, He sets aside the unbroken thing. It is the precious, broken thing that He uses to confound the wise and show the world His glory through vessels of clay. Or H.A Ironside wrote, ”God is looking for broken men who have judged themselves in the light of the cross of Christ. When He wants anything done, He takes up men who have come to the end of themselves, whose confidence is not in themselves, but in God.”

John Newton wrote a hymn called Amazing Grace is well-known in declaring the gospel. One part hymn states, ”Twas grace that taught my heart to fear And grace my fears relieved; How precious did that grace appear. The hour I first believed.

Let examine the hour I first believed, first twas grace taught his heart to fear;How precious did that grace appear.The hour I first believed.

John Newton,he forgot the Saviour whom his mother had so often commended to him in childhood, and while he became, like one of old, a ‘blasphemer and injurious,’however, it was all leading to a day – in the midst of a tremendous storm at sea – when he was brought to say: ‘I stood in need of an Almighty Saviour, and such a one I found described in the New Testament. To say all-around bad guy would be an understatement, often he would use foul language around a Christian, or mock Jesus he took great pleasure in sneering the Christian.,

However, it was all leading to a day – in the midst of a tremendous storm at sea – when he was brought to say: ‘I stood in need of an Almighty Saviour,

After Newton ended his seafaring days he became tide-surveyor in Liverpool, a thriving slave port with a population of 22,000. It was here that Newton first heard the great evangelist, George Whitefield, With the message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of sins committed and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God. At grace site these words written,”JOHN NEWTON. Clerk. Once an infidel and libertine a servant of slaves in Africa was by the rich mercy of our LORD and SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST. He understood that he failed God, yet understood yet also understood instant forgiveness. How precious did that grace appear.The hour I first believed.

For example, the Apostle Paul is known as Saul persecute the church attempted to destroy the church in the infant stage. While on the road to Damascus Saul was still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord. He went to the high priest and requested letters from him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem.

Suddenly a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him.

Falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”

“Who are You, Lord?” he said. “I am Jesus, the One you are persecuting,” He replied.  “But get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

The last voice he expected to hear was Jesus’s voice, remembering he was attempting to destroy the church.

But Jesus stated But get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do. Most people would have lower Saul ears and would said how dare destroys my ministry and the people who were serving me. Yet Jesus stated, But get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.

In Acts 26:17-18 I will rescue you from the people and from the Gentiles. I now send you to them to open their eyes so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that by faith in Me they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share among those who are sanctified. Saul understood he was forgiven for persecuting the church.

He later wrote,one who was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an arrogant man. But I received mercy because I acted out of ignorance in unbelief. This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” —and I am the worst of them. But I received mercy for this reason, so that in me, the worst of them, Christ Jesus might demonstrate His extraordinary patience as an example to those who would believe in Him for eternal life.

Another example is a Samaritan woman who had five husbands, and man living with her was not her husband. She stated “I see that You are a prophet. Later on she state.The woman said to Jesus, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ ). “When He comes, He will explain everything. In John 4:26, Jesus stated,  “I am He, “the One speaking to you.”

Then the woman left her water jar, went into town, and told the men, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could this be the Messiah?” They left the town and made their way to Him.

Remember she came to draw water, and avoiding the town people on the account of her life style. She understood all her sins we’re forgiven. Later on chapter stated, ” Now many Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of what the woman said when she testified, “He told me everything I ever did.” And they told the woman, “We no longer believe because of what you said, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this really is the Savior of the world.

Another example is found in Luke 7:37-50, And a woman in the town who was a sinner found out that Jesus was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house. She brought an alabaster jar of fragrant oil and stood behind Him at His feet, weeping, and began to wash His feet with her tears. She wiped His feet with the hair of her head, kissing them and anointing them with the fragrant oil. When the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “This man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what kind of woman this is who is touching Him—she’s a sinner!”

Turning to the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she, with her tears, has washed My feet and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave Me no kiss, but she hasn’t stopped kissing My feet since I came in. 46 You didn’t anoint My head with olive oil, but she has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. 47 Therefore I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; that’s why[n] she loved much. But the one who is forgiven little, loves little.” Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” And He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

Luke 7:44-48,50.

Prior Jesus stated these words, Jesus replied to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Teacher,” he said, “say it.” 41 “A creditor had two debtors. One owed 500 denarii, and the other 50. 42 Since they could not pay it back, he graciously forgave them both. So, which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “I suppose the one he forgave more.” “You have judged correctly,” He told him.

In Romans 5;20 The law came along to multiply the trespass. But where sin multiplied, grace multiplied even more. Furthermore, scriptures declares, All have sinnned, and fall short.

In Mark 5 ; 1-20, In the region of the Gerasenes an unclean spirit came out of the tombs and met Him. He lived in the tombs. No one was able to restrain him anymore—even with chains — because he often had been bound with shackles and chains, but had snapped off the chains and smashed the shackles. No one was strong enough to subdue him. And always, night and day, he was crying out among the tombs and in the mountains and cutting himself with stones.

When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and knelt down before Him. And he cried out with a loud voice, “What do You have to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You before God, don’t torment me!” 9 “What is your name?” He asked him. “My name is Legion,” he answered Him, “because we are many.Jesus casts the demons into the pigs.

They came to Jesus and saw the man who had been demon-possessed by the legion, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind.

As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed kept begging Him to be with Him. But He would not let him; instead, He told him, “Go back home to your own people, and report to them how much the Lord has done for you and how He has had mercy on you.” So he went out and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and they were all amazed. Remember he had 6 to 8 thousands within him and, they torment him night and day. The next minute he dressed and in his right mind. All he would do declare that Jesus had mercy on him. Remember he was well known in this region.

Another example would be David Berkowitz known as Son of Sam While serving his time in prison the fear and anguished still haunted him, and lived in torment for ten years. Especially at nighttime when he was alone in his cell trying to sleep the demons would would still torment him.

However, David encountered a man named Rick, He told him that Jesus Christ loves him, and he wanted to forgive him, and had a plan and purpose in his life, and God sent me personally to this prison to tell you this.” Berkowitz shook his head, immediately dismissing. “There’s no way Jesus Christ could love me,” Berkowitz said. “I’ve done too much evil.” Rick insisted, “Jesus doesn’t hate you. He loves you”, however, David did accept the New Testament with the Psalms and Proverbs. Until he read Psalms 34;6 where it said, “ This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him from all his troubles.”

In 1987, David Berkowitz known as Son of Sam repented of sins, and became a Christian. According to his personal testimony, his moment of conversion occurred after reading Psalm 34: 6; “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him And saved him out of all his troubles.” He said this prayer; I told Him that I was sick and tired of doing evil. I asked for Jesus to forgive me for all my sins.” In his own words he stated, “ I spent a good while on my knees praying to Him. When I got up it felt as if a very heavy burden an invisible chain that had been around me for so many years was suddenly broken. A peace flooded over him. He did not understand what was happening. But in his heart He just knew that my life, somehow, would be different. He slept li like a baby. Another favourite text is Romans 10:13. It says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Here, it is clear that God has no favourites. He rejects no one, but welcomes all who will call upon Him.

Jesus declares these words,Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. He also declared 17 For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned.

Scripture declares, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

How joyful is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered! How joyful is the man the Lord does not charge with sin and in whose spirit is no deceit!

Furthermore, it, As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. He has not dealt with us as our sins deserve or repaid us according to our offenses. In short, none would enter heaven gates, all of us would perish

So when the individual repents, confesses theirs sins, and believe that Jesus redeemed them from the curse of sins. The hymns,and the scriptures, comes alive within that person. The burden of sin is lifted from the individual, and the world seems brighter and the future is more brighter.

Tex Waston wrote, When he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into life. the heaviness he felt was gone, and a smile was on his face. The sorrow and restlessness were gone, and it was replaced with endless happiness and it was all for free. He spent all kinds of money on drugs and alcohol and in which brought him no joy. Yet, the free gift from God Jesus brought him endless delight.

The heart of the gospel is found in John 3:14-18 it states, 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in Him will[i] have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God.

The Work Of Christ

Offices of prophet, priest, and king all important in OT
OT anticipates a better officeholder for each office
The prophet of Deuteronomy 18:15
The Davidic king of 2 Samuel 7
The substitutionary servant of Isaiah 53
Jesus the Prophet, in “The crowds answered, ‘This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.’” (Matthew 21:11) Also John 4;19“‘Sir,’ the woman said, ‘I can see that you are a prophet.’”
Where in Deuteronomy 18:15 For Moses said, “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from among his people. Lastly in Matthew 13;57‘Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honour.’
A prophet who speak on behalf God need to be 110% accurate in Deuteronomy 18; 20;22 ‘Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honour.’ When a prophet speaks in the Lord’s name, and the message does not come true or is not fulfilled, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.
Jesus had display that He was a prophet foretold Moses, The Heidelberg Catechism calls Him “our chief Prophet and Teacher, who has fully revealed to us the secret counsel and will of God concerning our redemption” (A. 31) RC Sproul As the Prophet, Jesus is the only One who can reveal what God has been purposing in history “since the world began” and who can teach and make manifest the real meaning of the “scriptures of the prophets” (the Old Testament; see Rom. 16:25–26). We can expect to make progress in the Christian life only as we heed His instruction and teaching.
But Christ did both perfectly. Romans 5:19 says, “By the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” Romans 5:10 says, “When we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son.” There is no other way to come into the presence of God than through Christ alone.
For example in Luke 4; 18- 19 Jesus uttered “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set free those who are oppressed, To proclaim the favourable year of the Lord. And Jesus said, “While you heard these words just now, they were coming true! Since Jesus proclaims these words either he was a prophet or God Himself, since He declared these concerning Himself. The stakes were higher Him.
John MacArthur in sermon on Blind for the Glory of God spoke these words concerning Jesus healing powers, “People with deformed and diseased organs were given new organs.  People with blind eyes given new eyes.  People who couldn’t hear given new ears.
Healing of Simon mother In Law Luke 4;38- 39.
Healing of Leper Luke 5; 13- 14.
Healing of paralytic Luke 5; 25- 26.
Healing centurion’s slave Luke 7; 10
Rising young man who was dead Luke 7; 14-15.
Forgiving a Immoral woman of her sins. Luke 7; 40- 50
Casting out demons Luke 8; 32.
Jesus brought Lazarus back from the dead after being dead for four days. John 11;43-44
Jesus predicted his death and resurrection found in, Mark 8:31, Mark 9:30-32, and, Mark 10:32- 34: note the accuracy in Mark 10: 32 – 34,
Jesus also predicted that second temple would be completely destroyed Found in Matthew 24; 2 Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” In 70 AD 40 years after Jesus’ death and resurrection Tiberius Julius Alexander and the roman soldiers. Even thou Tiberius wanted preserved the temple, however, the Roman solider destroyed the famous Second Temple and burn it to the ground. Accordingly, Historian Josephus claimed that Titus wanted to preserve the temple, but his soldiers were so angry at their resilient opponents that they burned it. The remaining Jews were slaughtered or sold as slaves. Several thing to considered; one it occurred 40 year after Jesus death and resurrection. The Romans magistrate were not exactly friendly to the Christian cultures if any they wanted to exterminate the christian movement The Roman solder likely were not aware Jesus predication, if they knew perhaps would have left the temple intact.
Jesus also predicated many false Christs and false prophets warn His follower not to follow them or listen them.

Adolf Hitler (1889-1945 responsible for exterminating six million Jewish people.
Charles Manson 1934) ordering his family of butchering nine people 1969 serving a life sentence.
Jim Jones (1931–1978 accountable for over 909 follower to commit suicide along with himself order the the killing of man Leo Ryan U.S. Representative from California’s 11th congressional district.
Charles Ryrie “The prophet spoke to men from God; the priest speaks to God for men.”
In Leviticus 21;1, 22;16 Aaron brother Moses was appointed and his sons were appointed by God The High Priest “The prophet spoke to men from God; the priest speaks to God for men.” Scriptures declares Speak unto Aaron and to his sons, saying: This is the law of the sin-offering: in the place where the burnt-offering is killed shall the sin-offering be killed before the LORD; it is most holy. In Hebrew 5;1“Every high priest is selected from among men and is appointed to represent them in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. In Leviticus 16;3-5 Aaron is to enter the most holy place in this way: with a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. 4 He is to wear a holy linen tunic, and linen undergarments are to be on his body. He must tie a linen sash around him and wrap his head with a linen turban. These are holy garments; he must bathe his body with water before he wears them. 5 He is to take from the Israelite community two male goats for a sin offering and one ram for a burnt offering. Responsible for representing the people before God Represented people especially by offering sacrifices.Two types of offerings – thank offerings and guilt offerings. “The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. You are to hold a sacred assembly and practice self-denial; you are to present a fire offering to the Lord.
Where in Leviticus 16;21-22  Aaron will lay both his hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the Israelites’ wrongdoings and rebellious acts—all their sins. He is to put them on the goat’s head and send it away into the wilderness by the man appointed for the task. 22 The goat will carry on it all their wrongdoings into a desolate land, and he will release it there.
According Encyclopaedia Britannica the chief religious functionary in the Temple of Jerusalem, whose unique privilege was to enter the Holy of Holies (inner sanctum) once a year on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, to burn incense and sprinkle sacrificial animal blood to expiate his own sins and those of the people of Israel. On this occasion he wore only white linen garments, forgoing the elaborate priestly vestments worn during the year whenever he chose to officiate at services. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it for you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement, by reason of the life.”Leviticus 17:11

When Jesus is called our High Priest, it is with reference to both of these previous priesthoods. Like Melchizedek, He is ordained as a priest apart from the Law given on Mount Sinai (Hebrews 5:6).as he says also in another place, You are a priest forever,
Like the Levitical priests, Jesus offered a sacrifice to satisfy the Law of God when He offered Himself for our sins (Hebrews 7:26-27). For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and pexalted above the heavens. 27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. Unlike the Levitical priests, who had to continually offer sacrifices, Jesus only had to offer His sacrifice once, gaining eternal redemption for all who come to God through Him (Hebrews 9:12). Jesus entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.
Hebrews has several passages depicting Jesus as the High Priest (Hebrews 2:17; 3:1; 4:14-5:10; 6:20; 7:11-8:2; 10:12). of priest was an important one in the Old Testament system and is fulfilled by Jesus.
Jesus as High Priest mediates for us. His sacrifice is what provides cleansing for our sins. Rather than a yearly (or daily) atonement, Jesus’ sacrifice is once-for-all (Hebrews 10:1-18). Jesus, like the high priests of Old Testament times, stands in the gap between us (the people) and God. He made the necessary sacrifice for us (Jesus was without sin so did not need to offer a sacrifice for Himself as did the high priests of the Old Testament). Those who have put their faith in Jesus have been made righteous by Him (2 Corinthians 5:21) and are now able to enter into God’s presence.
John 1:29 “‘Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’
Romans 8:3, “For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man…”
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)
Also “sympathize[s] with our weaknesses” (Hebrews 4:15)
Atonement not Jesus’ only work as priest
“‘He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.’” (Luke 1:32-33)
Since the second Temple was destroyed in 70 AD were all the family tree of the Jewish descendant were kept in great details and they were scattered throughout Europe and Asia, and would have been impossible to trace Judah line never mind David line found in 2 Samuel 7:12-13 especially King Solomon line where the royal line was established, in 1 Chronicles 3:5–8 and 1 King 1:30, Believer Commentary wrote,” It seems obvious that the Messianic line ended with the Lord Jesus. No one else can ever present a valid legal claim to the throne of David.

However, there is a record found in Luke 3; 23-38 and Matthew 1; 1-16 this was the line of King David Mary and Joseph was in king David line. Mary was found in Luke 3; 23-38 for an example in Luke 3 (v. 23) was the father-in-law of Joseph and the father of Mary.also was descended from David through his son Nathan (v. 31 Solomon brother. Joseph line found in Matthew 1; 1-16 where in Matthew 1:6 it states Solomon mother of Bathsheba. Where royal line was established as promise by King David found in 1 Chronicles 3:5–8 and 1 King 1:30.
Since God promised King David that his line would reign forever found in 2 Samuel 7:12-13 However, Joseph was not Jesus’ true father since the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary found in Matthew 1:16 and Luke 3:23.
Believer Commentary wrote, In Jeremiah 22:30 God pronounced a curse on this man: Thus says the LORD:” Write this man down as childless, A man who shall not prosper in his days; For none of his descendants shall prosper, Sitting on the throne of David, And ruling anymore in Judah. The nations of Jewish people were capture and were sent into exile where they cease ruling on the throne; however, the family tree continued on until Joseph
“If Jesus had been the real son of Joseph, He could not have redeemed mankind from the of their sin. Since Joseph was also part of Adam curse, and Jesus could not be the true lamb of God that would take away the sins of the world. As scripture declares,” I was sinful when my mother conceived me. For I am conscious of my rebellion, and my sin is always before me. Yet, He had to be the legal son of Joseph in order to inherit the rights to the throne of David.

The problem was solved by the miracle of the virgin birth: Jesus was the legal heir to the throne through Joseph. He was the real Son of David through Mary. The curse on Jeconiah did not fall on Mary or her children since she did not descend from Jeconiah shall not prosper, “Yet He had to be the legal son of Joseph in order to inherit the rights to the throne of David. Since Joseph was in Solomon family tree where royal line was established. Since seed came from Holy Spirit Jesus would not be effect by the sin curse

“They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna!’ ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Blessed is the King of Israel!’” (John 12:13)
Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ ‘Yes, it is as you say,’ Jesus replied.” (Matthew 27:11)
One day all will recognize Jesus as king
“Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter.’ He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19:15-16)

Jesus True Mission

NIV Bible Notes The beginning of a new emphasis in Jesus’ ministry. Instead of teaching the crowds in parables, he concentrated on preparing the disciples for his coming suffering and death
NKJV Study Bible Here it introduces the Cross and the ultimate rejection of the Messiah. Elders and chief priests and scribes His death and resurrection.
NIV Application This phrase has occurred earlier only in 4:17, “Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near where it marked the initiation of Jesus’ mission to Israel in Galilee. Here it marks the conclusion of his Galilean mission and the initiation of his journey to Jerusalem and the mission of the cross. The revelation of Jesus’ true identity by his heavenly Father to Peter is now matched by Jesus’ revelation of his true mission to the disciples.

My brother told me every time when Jesus kept felling when He was carrying the cross. He kept getting back up because a mission to accomplished by being obedient to His Father will. His mission was become the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. While this narrative is not told in the Bible, yet that was his mission taking mankind sins and Father wrath to bridge the gap between mankind and His Father.
In Mark 1;38  And He said to them, “Let’s go on to the neighboring villages so that I may preach there too. This is why I have come.” In Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Believe Bible Commentary wrote His great emphasis was on preaching the Word. The healing miracles, while intended to relieve human misery, were also designed to gain attention for the preaching. Joni Eareckson Tada wrote It hit her like a ton bricks that Jesus mission was to proclaim the gospel. According to Joni the real problem was her sin in her live in which it separated her from God, in which eventually would lead her to hell. While sickness, the disable, and the lame was cause and effect of sin. It was not paralysis in which left her in a wheelchair cause and effect it was bitter spirit that indwells her soul, it was sin in her life that separate her from God. That why Jesus came to atone for her sins.

Then all the disciples deserted Him and ran away Matthew 26;56 Judas betray with kiss Peter denied three times Even Peter claim in v. 35 Even if I have to die with You,” Peter told Him, “I will never deny You!” And all the disciples said the same thing. However, the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. When Jesus needed them the most they fled like a bunch scaredy-cat. So that the Scriptures could be fufilled

Jesus knows that the Scriptures prophesying salvation through His death must be fulfilled (Luke 22:37  For I tell you, what is written must be fulfilled in Me: And He was counted among the outlaw Believer Bible Commentary If their cowardice was inexcusable, ours is more so. They had not yet been indwelt by the Holy Spirit; we have

He would be silent before his accusers Matt. 27:12-14
NIV Study Note Jesus made no reply. See 26:63; Mk 15:4; Isa 53:7 and notes. amazement of the governor. Probably because he had never seen such behavior before. He had no idea that Jesus was carrying out his Father’s plan for the redemption of the world (see note on Mk 15:4).
While Jesus was king Jews, however His kingdom was not world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders Jesus said to Peter, “Sheathe your sword! Am I not to drink the cup the Father has given Me?” He could called 12 legions of angels to aid Him

He would be oppressed Matt.27:27-31

His faith in God would be mocked Matt. 27:43 , “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” He has put His trust in God; let God rescue Him now—if He wants Him For He said, ‘I am God’s Son.’
Orthodox Study Bible Jesus accepts mockery and endures the weakness of our body in His own to take upon Himself our sufferings. This He accomplishes by uniting His divine nature to our human nature. His humanity is indeed our humanity. Although He has no sin, He was made to be sin for us, that through His flesh He might condemn sin itself (Rom 8:3; 2Co 5:21; Heb 2:9). Two robbers (v. 38): Although one would later repent (Lk 23:39–43), at first both criminals mock Jesus (v. 44).
NKJV Study Bible He was the Son of God and the King of Israel (see John 10:18). He was obediently following God’s plan for Him; His obedience would lead to His exaltation as King over all (Phil. 2:8–11). Compare the religious leaders’ taunts with Ps. 22:8.Because Jesus must pursue his life’s mission to the very end, because there the Son of God will truly save humanity.
Between the mocking and the beating between the Temple guards and the Roman soldiers, plus wearing crowns of thorns around to head and two thieves mocking Him yet did not He uttered these words , “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing.”

He would be forsaken Matt. 27:46 Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?

I can imagine going through the pain and anguish Jesus went through. For example, every time I got extremely ill I was not the most gentle person to be around with, if anything I could be ill-mannered, harsh, and unsympathetic, not the gentle spirit to all men during those times. In the movie Patch Adam played by Robin William spoke these words on the edge of cliff when his girlfriend was murdered by a patient, “ So what now, huh? What do you want from me? So answer me please. Tell me what you’re doing. Okay, let’s look at the logic. You create man. A man suffers enormous amounts of pain. A man dies. Maybe you should have had just a few more brainstorming sessions prior to creation. You rested on the seventh day. Maybe you should’ve spent that day on compassion. Looks You know what? You’re not worth it.” I’ld dare says most people tend to be unpleasant during the extremely difficult times. When I was in the hospital in occupational therapy recovering from an operation in which they removed my second toe due resulting from diabetes. A patient that was next to me names George not his real name had pneumonia, asthma, and an extremely sore back. However, he was allergic to penicillin and Tylenol 3. Every time his back would seize up it would become very painful, and he would start cursing and taking the Lord’s name in vain.
Believer Bible Commentary wrote Behind the poignant question lies an awful reality—the suffering Savior actually was, literally and completely, forsaken by God. The Eternal Son who had always been the object of His Father’s delight was now abandoned. The Perfect Man who unfailingly did the will of God experienced the terrible desolation of being cut off from God.
At about 3:00 p.m., He cried out with a loud voice, saying, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” The answer is found in Psalm 22:3: “ … You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel.” Because God is holy, He cannot overlook sin. On the contrary, He must punish it. The Lord Jesus had no sin of His own, but He took the guilt of our sins upon Himself. When God, as Judge, looked down and saw our sins upon the sinless Substitute. He withdrew from the Son of His love. It was this separation that wrung from the heart of Jesus. There was never any doubt as to what God would do! He deliberately unleashed all the fury of His righteous wrath on His own beloved Son.
I know that it was for me. And it was for my sake that the heavens were silent to Him by day and by night.
What Mrs. Browning so beautifully called “Immanuel’s orphaned cry”:Deserted! God could separate from His own essence rather; And Adam’s sins have swept between the righteous Son and Father:
NKJV Study Bible It graphically parallels 2 Cor. 5:21. This was not a cry of defeat, however. Christ was quoting from Ps. 22 and may have been alluding to the great victory that the psalm describes.
Where Jesus love mankind and willingly went to the cross and offer Himself as sacrifice On it and took mankind sins and His Father wrath
so He can bridge a gap between His Father and mankind.

He would be buried in a wealthy man’s tomb Matt. 27:57-64

He would affect people throughout the world Matt. 28:19,20
The rejected stone would become the cornerstone Matt. 21:42,43

Jesus declare, Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. In gospel of Matthew there are twelve such fulfillment formulas, and more than fifty Old Testament quotations.

David BerkBowitz Who is this Saviour? He is the Lord Jesus Christ who is the Creator of the universe and the eternal Son of God who came into this world as a Man. As perfect, sinless Man, He suffered and died on the cross for our sins

Covid 19 How the Christian Community Respond

Covid 19 How the Christian Community Respond
Romans 8; 19-20,23 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed. 21 And not only that, but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the first fruits–we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.

23 And not only that, but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the first fruits–we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.

On Sunday, March 29, 2020, Pastor Russell preached Waiting Patiently in Hope on Romans 8; 18-26. He stated there are struggled that life ahead and we clearly did not see we did see this coming. One God deals with suffering that touches Spirit with hope the hope God is making something new. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.

COVID-19 is a global pandemic a newly identified respiratory virus that can spread easily. It shares several symptoms with influenza, but it’s treated differently. COVID-19 infection may appear two to 14 days after exposure and can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing cough, fever, difficulty breathing, pneumonia in both lungs.
The vast majority of confirmed cases are considered mild, involving mostly cold-like symptoms to mild pneumonia; however, those who underline health issues such as those with preexisting illnesses and the such as elderly Heart disease, Hypertension (high blood pressure. Such as Lung disease Diabetes and Cancer Or people with weakened immune systems from a medical condition or treatment, such as chemotherapy and Older adults

1. It will first infect the throat, so you’ll have a sore throat lasting 3/4 days
2. The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5/6 days further.
3. With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing.
4. The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you’re drowning. It’s imperative you then seek immediate attention.
1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold
2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.
3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 degrees. It hates the Sun.
4. If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.
5. If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours – so if you come into contact with any metal surface – wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.
6. On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. Normal laundry detergent will kill it.
7. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.
8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but – a lot can happen during that time – you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on.
9. You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.
10. Can’t emphasis enough – drink plenty of water!
11 social distant 6 feet apart to prevent spreading virus
Because of this, invisible enemy business, restaurant, schools, government and Churches are force closed down. Overtime it will have deep an effect on society. It will causes depression, anxieties, drug use, excessive drinking or massive suicide along with physical and emotional abuses.
Young people who have red ants in pants eagerly and wilily go back work providing for theirs family, President Trump stated America not build not built to shut down. In Genesis 2; 15 God place Adam in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it, its in man DNA to work
Federal, Provincial, and local government are force enact laws to protect people from spreading the virus No matter what they do they will criticize by the fault finder I would done this differently as Pastor Russell clearly stated we did not see this coming. They have thankless jobs
Remember it in man DNA to work so they can provide for their families men was not built to self isolate for long period of time to enact laws such as buying garden tools, plant seed, paint and going your going a cottage is prohibited. What all that Covid 19

Grocery, hardware, drugstores still providing essential service so able serve the customer, and protecting themselves and public well providing an essential services.
Home Hardware would asks the customers what they need will get the product customers would pay for products. The staff would wear masks and gloves.
Food Basic would have customers would wait in line six feet apart outside. Once you enter the store, they arrow pointing in direction should go you’re limited to certain products lastly you need to wait line someone directly to cashier Plexiglas are in front of cashier.
Canadian Tire order on line product pick up the items at front door.
All pharmacies only give out 30 day supply of medications instead usual 90 days until further notice
I spoke to sister who operated a farm all restaurant who vegetables no longer purchasing any products on account they are closed

While waiting in line I spoke a gentleman who emigrated from a communist country he told he wait in line waiting for food and clothing all night
Jackson Square is and all malls close down you only able enter one entrance they only allow people who buying Food Nations, and drug stores if need anything from Hamilton Market you need to enter front doors York Boulevard
Did blood works done felt Covid 19 ICU the staff gowns a glass shield over their faces a mask over mouth and nose surgical gloves? To say startle or shock would be understatement since they are dealing with blood, and they fall under the high risks catalogue. Their Job is protected the patient and themselves

While waiting in line I spoke a gentleman who emigrated from a communist country he told he wait in line waiting for food and clothing all night
I spoke to my sister who operated a farm all restaurant who vegetables no longer purchasing any products on account they are closed

The bus service passengers only able to enter the back door many of seats are cord off. The cab driver passenger sits in the back seat.
All surgery are put on hold many doctors offices such as DENTIST, eye doctor and specialize only taking problematic patients
All senior residences are locked in their rooms unable have any visitor.
To say we are under great stress it would be understatement

The fault finder would asks where is God all this or why would He allow this dreaded to spread throughout the world? To me, a better question would be what role does Christians play. Since we are agent of God? What God saying personally? What lessons learn can from this?
I should start by telling my story and in what the Christian’s community has done to me pebrsonilily and the community. I am candidate with underline health issue if ever caught all of this dreaded disease it would devastate to me personality. Yet despite all l still trust the Lord. My role is to pray stay safe and to encourage others. I’ve Hyper tensions diabetes, and only one kidneys that functioning at 20%
After churches serve a retired nurse name Lois Montgomery asks me about Covid. Let say it not my fine moment in short I was ignorant SOB She trying was gracious I was not. Clearly did not see the dangerous path was on horizon When arrive home received message from brother Stuart stating I was candidate Covet 19 since I’ve Hyper tensions diabetes, and kidney that functioning at 20%. Last time I check Lois does not have Stuart phone# or his email address.
So It was warning from God that something dangerous was on the horizon, Since known to have a hard head along with thick hair. As pastor Russell clearly had stated I did not see this one coming The Federal, Provincial, and local government agents were unaware of the danger that laid ahead even thou they put brave faces playing the blame game wagging finger at each others. Remember it China government that cause this mess likely came from Wuhan lab, or China lab, or the wet market like from bats.
As follower of Christ our hope lies in the unseen not seeing and we wait for it patiently. Earth is not our home we just passing through where true home is heaven
Note But if we hope for what we do not see, For in this hope we were saved. But, hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? Note the word hope especially the phase we wait for it patiently. Three times the word hope appears passages the Greek that words is elpis: meaning confident expectation of what God has promised and its strength is in His faithfulness. Are hope lies unseen not seeing
While Covid 19 is awful; however, God give permission and allows it to occur . So instead looking at the bad we should be examining the good in which Christian Community is doing. But, if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Note the word hope especially the phase we wait for it patiently

For example, Sonya Curtis a retired schoolteacher call her husband Bob who a resident Queen Garden every night he unable leaves his room she him to remind watch favorite tv program. She also calls elderly and prays for them.
Digging Into scriptures meet every Monday at 8 pm and 9pm Dr Phil Shadd is the teacher and using Zoom to teach on the work of Christ

The Living Rock tends youth who live streets. They have food banks where they can pick up food and in a however they wait in line six feet apart. Every Wednesday between 1pm and 200 pm the staff and volunteers set up Zoom pray for the youth throughout the city.
David Malloy mother is in St Joseph Villie with Alzheimer. His primer is minister needs in his view he view as a calling he recite her favorite Hymns He able recites these hymns and scriptures by memory Unable visit her on the account of Covid 19. According to David they check her temperature several Need someone to talk to miss her mother. I am confidence will see her again. Michelle David sister managed her mother estate ensure she. Enough clothing and her essential need met. They love her she in good hands
Triunity United Reformed Church in St. Catharines Ontario does a hymn sing everyday Saturday night where three female and two males sang all tradition hymns one plays the piano, and one play the violin They do live a stream all the words display a on screen They take request
Pastor Russell and wife Angela her daughter lead worship, and prayer every Wednesday at 7 pm in their home people writes to pray request through chat.
On Sunday, 1,045 am Philpott does a live stream where music plays Jan Mutter speaks to the children about the gospel someone read from scriptures Pastor Russell or Jesse Hill preaches a short message short message. Its played cable 14 on Saturday also You Tube.
Throughout Canada and USA, they do live stream live my Sister Saundra told she had go church play the pianos What told me doing playing piano live stream where her community and elderly in local area and abroad. Live stream live has the potential reaching the world with gospel
On personal note Covid, 19 effect me personally for example, I take the bus throughout and walk through malls pray for the city to many people are without hope because they do not know Christ and unaware he came redeemed mankind curse of sin in which all mankind curse with. As scripture declares all have sinned fall short glory of God

From medical point view I have dry feet in which a nurse cleans dead skin to prevent cracking there’re signs that feet crack in which other medical issue such as ulcer or amputation. While Client still open; however, they do will allow patient couch fever, or bad cold. All dentist’s office is closies so I have not teeth clean over a year in which leave nerve damage in which root canal or nerve damages.

Despite all this God is still sovereign and good If RC Sproul God is not sovereign, then God is not God. If ever a person had room to complain of injustice, it was Jesus. He was the only innocent man ever to be punished by God. If we stagger at the wrath of God, let us stagger at the cross. Here is where our astonishment should be focused. If we have cause for moral outrage, let it be directed at Golgotha.”
Over pass six weeks I have been reviewing taking stock my life since told to stay home limit my interaction this is a time where God would speak in whispering voice taking my walks and working in the backyard enjoy god creation and reflecting in His goodness. Whom am I, I am a prayer warrior, a student of scriptures, a servant of Christ, and forgiven sinner. The Dr John Stott wrote “Who am I? What is myself? The answer is that I am Jekyll and Hyde a mix up kids, having both dignity because I was created had been re-created in the image of God, and depravity because I have fallen and rebellious nature. I am both noble, ignoble beautiful, ugly good, bad, upright, and twisted image and child of God yes sometimes yielding obsequious homage to the devil from whose clutches Christ has rescue me. My true self is what I am by creation which Christ came to redeem, by calling myself what I am I am by the fall, which Christ came destroy.”
George Mason said to Jack Baur “You still have got a life, Jack.You want to be a real hero, here’s what you do ? You get back down there any put the pieces together. You find a way to forgive yourself for what happened to your wife. You make things right with your daughter and you go on serving your country. That’d take some real guts.“
While Covid 19 out there we to need branch out take step out cruel world in faith. Remember we are not built self to be isolate. But, to work and serve God and your community and follow the guild line laid out government and most important keep safe


In Memory Of Persecuted Saints Part Ten

  Queen Bloody Mary Bloody Mary Reign 

Queen Mary I of England was born February 18, 1516, the daughter of King Henry VIII   Catherine of Aragon.  She considered an illegitimate and thus deprived for a time of her status as an heir to the throne. This fuelled her rage regarding her father’s break from the Roman Catholic Church. She felt that if her father, King Henry VIII, had obeyed the Roman Catholic Church, she would be a legitimate child, and would have being heir  to the throne would not have been questioned, however, she was restored as second in line to the throne, after her half-brother Edward,  who was physically weak. 

In 1553 Edward died, however, by which time Protestantism had gained such ground.Being a devout Catholic, and resented the break with Rome that her father had instituted.  She acknowledged the religious dualism of her country, but she desperately wanted to convert England back to Catholicism.


On November 30,1553 declared queen of England.She started enacting the old heresy laws. Restoring papal authority and undoing various reforms to the English church giving them authority to arrest anybody who does not acknowledge the pope as the head of the church.   Where hundreds of Protestant leaders were burnt at the stake during her reign because they would submit to the Roman Catholic doctrine.   

 She also knew that if she remained childless, the throne would pass to her Protestant half-sister, Elizabeth. She needed a Catholic heir to avoid the reversal of her reforms. To accomplish this goal, she arranged to marry Philip II of Spain.The marriage to the Spanish king produced no children.  

 Mary’s goal of a Catholic England failed, as her successor, Queen Elizabeth I, took the nation back to Protestantism. As Scripture declares,”The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.  “


John Rogers

John Rogers was born in 1500 in the parish of Aston, near Birmingham. Under the influence, he William Tyndale he left the Roman Catholic faith. He took a wife named Adriana, a native of Antwerp who eventually bore him ten children.

 After Tyndale’s death Rogers pushed on with his predecessor’s English version of the Old Testament, which he used as far as Second Chronicles, employing Myles Coverdale’s translation of 1,535 for the remainder and for the Apocrypha. The complete Bible was put out under the pseudonym of Thomas Matthew in 1537. John Rogers used the assumed name “Thomas Matthew” to avoid persecution and prosecution by the authorities who continued to forbid under penalty of death, the printing of the scriptures in the English language. John Rogers had little to do with the translation, but he contributed some valuable prefaces and marginal notes. 

In 1,548, where he published a translation of Philipp Melanchthon’s Considerations of the Augsburg Interim. His work was largely used by those who prepared the Great Bible of 1539-40, out of which in turn came the Bishops’ Bible of 1,568 and the Authorized Version of King James in 1611.He also declined to wear the prescribed vestments, donning instead a simple round cap. 

When Edward VI had died Mary, a Roman Catholic, became queen. John Rogers preached a stirring message, urging his congregation to remain loyal to Reformation principles. Mary’s Catholic bishops questioned him about this sermon, but he answered well and was released. When Catholic had spoken

Paul’s Cross, churchgoers rioted. The mob attacked Bishop Bonner, an eminent supporter of Queen Mary. Rogers shouted to the crowd to calm down and helped hustle Bonner to safety. Although no harm had been done, the Queen’s council was upset. Rogers was arrested spent over a year in prison, questioned several times about his beliefs by Lord Chancellor Stephen Gardiner.

On 22 January 1554/5 Rogers and other Protestant preachers were brought before the Privy Council and examined. Cardinal Pole, on 28 January 1554/5, ordered a commission to proceed against persons liable to prosecution under the statutes against heresy, and six days later through sanction of the Council, Rogers was condemned and sentenced as an excommunicated heretic, to be burned to death at the stake at Smithfield. This sentence was carried out the morning of Monday 4 February 1554/5

He was not even allowed to see his wife and children before he died.  Mr. Woodroofe, one of the sheriffs, first came to John Rogers and asked him whether he would revoke his abominable doctrine, and the evil opinion of the Sacrament of the altar. Rogers answered “That which I have preached I will seal with my blood.” Then, Mr. Woodroofe said, “Thou art a heretic.” Rogers replied “That shall be known at the Day of Judgment.” Mr. Woodroofe added, “I will never pray for thee.” Though Rogers responded “But I will pray for you.”  

Rogers stands as the first blood on the hands of Queen “Bloody” Mary…and the first of hundreds more to come.

God heard Rogers plead where his wife and children, being eleven in number, ten able to go, and one sucking at her breast, met him via, as he went towards Smithfield. This sorrowful sight of his own flesh and blood could nothing move him but that he constantly and cheerfully took his death with wonderful patience, in the defence, and quarrel of the gospel of Christ. Eagerly waiting for his crown of martyrdom in heaven

 Excerpt From: John Foxe. “Fox’s Book of Martyrs 


Thomas Cranmer  Archbishop of Canterbury

Thomas Cranmer was born July 2, 1489 in Aslacton, now called Aslockton, near Nottingham. He was the Archbishop of Canterbury, During the reigns of the English kings Henry VIII and Edward VI. He was the first Anglican martyrs; burned in 1,556 for heresy, He is commemorated by the Church of England on March 21.

He compiled two books of the Common Prayer in which it is in use to this day. And was influential in the English language through its phrases and quotations. Such as, “In the midst of life we are in death, earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust, in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection.”  “Whereof it followeth Rome to be the seat of antichrist, and the pope to be very antichrist himself. I could prove the same by many other scriptures, old writers, and strong reasons.” 


 While his name as a reformer is less well known than Martin Luther’s or John Calvin, Cranmer deserves to be regarded as the father of English Protestantism. Dr Cranmer believed that the Scripture is the final  authority not the Pope. That the bishop of Rome had no authority whatever to dispense with the word of God since they had little knowledge of Scriptures.

On February 14, 1556, Cranmer was removed from office, imprisoned and charged with treason. The immediate cause of his arrest was a pamphlet he had just published condemning the Mass, which had been re-introduced at the Canterbury Cathedral. 

He was tried and sentenced, but his life was spared however, he was tried for heresy and, being found guilty, made several recantations, in order to avoid execution. Recanting was not simply retracting your statement but publicly or signing legal document declaring that pope had the final authority, and that Catholic doctrine was the true philosophical system you needed to stand by it. Such as the body and blood of Christ, being contained most truly under the forms of bread and wine. The bread was the body of Christ, and the wine was His blood. In some, the recanter would take faggot Not the Protestant’s movement such as Luther, Calvin, or Zuinglius were the religious outcast.  Sometimes the recanter would take the torch themselves and burn their former friend declaring to them as heretic. In case Thomas Cranmer,  he promise that would restore his position of Archbishop of Canterbury if would retract his statement.


According to John Fox Dr. Cranmer lay under the stings of a goaded conscience and the contempt of every gospel Christian; this principle he strongly felt in all its force and anguish.

He also confesses and acknowledges his sins before His redeemer Jesus Christ.   Changing his mind, and withdrew his recantation, and realizing that by admitting that he was in error, he was also rejecting all his convictions and his entire career.   

Cranmer was brought in procession to St. Mary’s Church in Oxford where he was to make a public statement affirming his recantation, he publicly denounced the Catholic doctrine and the Pope from the pulpit.  Stating, “And as for the Pope, I refuse him, as Christ’s enemy and Antichrist, with all his false doctrine.” Publicly exposing popish doctrines, also declaring Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savour and  adhere to the apostle teaching.

 While the flaming were consuming him he “stretched out his right hand, he held it unshrinkingly in the fire till it was burnt to a crisp. The very hand that signed the legal writ declaring that the pope was the head of the church. 

He also uttered these words,   “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit . . .I see the heavens open and Jesus standing at the right hand of God as Stephen declared the first martyr. 


Mrs. Cicely Ormes

Mrs. Cicely Ormes was the wife of Mr. Edmund Ormes, 

A simple woman according to the Bishop an ignorant, unlearned, and foolish woman; however, she had zeal for the Lord causes previously she recanted her Protestant beliefs under pressure from the Catholic magistrate. Miserable at her defection, she then wrote a letter rejecting her recantation. Withdrew and repenting of her sins, and was willingly to die for the cause of Christ atoning works.   

On the Sept 23 1557, between seven and eight AM, by the order of the Bishop she was taken to Lollard’s Pit to be put to death because of the teaching Christ and twelve the Apostles teaching. 

Standing stake she uttered these words,” Welcome thou cross of Christ.” Than utter these words, ” Good people! I believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost, three persons and one God. This do I not, nor will I recant: but I recant utterly from the bottom of my heart the doings of the pope of Rome, and all his popish priests and shavelings. I utterly refuse and never will have to do with them again, by God’s grace. And, good people! I would you should not think of me that I believe to be saved in that I offer myself here unto the death for the Lord’s cause, but I believe to be saved by the death and passion of Christ; and this my death is and shall be a witness of my faith unto you all here present. Good people! As many of you as believe as I believe, pray for me.” Than kissed the stake than uttered, “Welcome the sweet cross of Christ.”  

When the flames were lit, she lifted her hands praising the Lord until they fell off resulting from the flames. Waiting for her rewards in the celestial paradise being blessed forever  




Rev Laurence Saunders

Rev Laurence Saunders was born in 1,519 in Cambridge was the son of Thomas Saunders and Margaret Saunders. He was educated Eton and Kings Colleges in Cambridges, and gradate in 1541. He was apprenticed to Sir William Chester as a mercantile, however, abandoned and continued his studies, proceeding MA in 1,544 and obtaining a doctorate in theology. He obtained a licence to preach.

On 15 October, 1553 he preached at Northampton, warning the congregation that ‘the errors of the popish religion’ would be restored to the church by Queen Mary and that England was threatened with the visitation of God for her ‘lukewarm indifference in the cause of Christ. He was arrested by the order of the Bishop of London after having given a sermon at all Hallows Bread Street. After the bishop examined Saunders declare the queen a bastard, This irritated the bishop he sent him to  compter prison for a one year quarter where faithful declare the atoning work of Christ to his fellow prisoner. 

 The life of a prisoner was very different from that of today’s prisons. The prisoners were treated as animals and considered less of a human were  tortured either to obtain confession or recant their belief. Torture in the 1500-1600’s was systematic, cruel, and inflicted physical, and mental suffering. Devices and tools were used to inflict unbearable agony on a victim.  

On fourth of February the Bonner, bishop of London, came to the prison to degrade him; the day following, in the morning the sheriff of London delivered him to certain of the queen’s guard who was appointed to carry him to the city of Coventry, there to be burnt.         

 A poor shoemaker, who used to serve him with shoes, came to him, and said, “O my good master, God strengthen and comfort you.” “Good shoemaker.” Mr. Saunders replied, “I desire thee to pray for me, for I am the most unfit man for this high office that ever was appointed to it; but my gracious God and dear Father are able to make me strong enough.” 

   On the day of his execution, an officer asks him would recant than he would pardon him. Sanders responds not I but such as you have injured the realm. The blessed Gospel of Christ is what I hold; that do I believe that have I taught, and that will I never revoke!” Than when he had approached the stake he gave it hug, and he said,” Welcome, thou cross of Christ! Welcome everlasting life!”  When the dreadful flames consumed him he sweetly slept in the Lord Jesus. 



John Hooper, Bishop of Worcester 


John Hooper was born in Somerset in 1495. He entered Merton College, Oxford, under the tuition of his uncle William. Obtained a degree as Bachelor of Arts in 1,518 he commenced life by retiring from it as a monk in the Cistercian monastery. He left monastery life because its deplorable superstitions he returned to Oxford. Where some of the writings of the Swiss Reformers fell into his hands. Through the study of Bullinger’s commentaries on the Epistles of Paul 

During Henry, eight reign he departed England and went to Paris, and than to Basle and Zurich and continue his studies in reformed doctrine.Where he  met his wife Anna de Tzerclas, a Burgundian lady.

  When Edward VI became king he returned to England determined to forward the Lord’s work.After preaching a course of sermons before the King, he was nominated as Bishop of Gloucester. He was consecrated as Bishop of Gloucester on 8th March 1551. Where he continues preached reformed doctrine to his flock.

But his useful labours in the Lord’s work came to a halt when Queen Mary came to the Throne in 1553 who set out to reverse the changes made during the reigns of Henry VIII and Edward VI.He was driven from his diocese. The icons were replaced, and the Mass was restored.  

Dr Hooper was one of the first to answer for his beliefs before the Council. On the 1st September, 1553 he sent to Fleet Prison where he remained for more than seventeen months. It was an awful place where he wrote an account of his severe treatment while his in confinement, having on one side the common sink and filth of the house, and on the other the town ditch. Hooper gives a touching account of his sufferings with nothing for his bed but a little pad of straw with a tick and few feathers and he write I have been sick and the doors, bars and chains, being closed and made fast upon me.”

 He was three times examined before such judges as Bishops Gardiner and Bonner and finally condemned for denying the Romish doctrine of transubstantiation in the Mass. and for maintaining the lawfulness of the marriage of the clergy and was railed at by his judges, one of them calling him a “beast” for refusing to give up his lawful wife.

 Prior to his execution he spent much time in prayer and encouraging a poor who was blind boy uttering to the boy,”God has taken thy outward sight and given another sight more precious – the eye of knowledge and faith,” 

On market-day, 9th February 1555 at about eight o’clock, he was led to the place of his execution. He was rejoicing lifting up his eyes and hands to heaven, and praising God expressing his perfect obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. According to account to the Fox Book of Martyrs cheerful and ruddy radiance countenance. When he arrived at the stake under the great elm tree, he gave it hug. On the stool laid a pardon from the queen if he would turn. He uttered these words, “If you love my soul away with it.” While he pray that his death would quick; however, the flames would be burnt his hair and scorched his skin a little. He utters these words,” O Jesus, Son of David, have mercy upon me, and receive my soul!” After third attempt the flames were more intense

Last words spoken “Lord Jesus, have mercy upon me! Lord Jesus receive my spirit!” Nonetheless, he was black in the mouth, and his tongue so swollen that he could not speak, yet his lips went till they were shrunk to the gums: and he knocked his breast with his hands until one of his arms fell off, and then knocked still with the other, while the fat, water, and blood dropped out at his fingers’ ends, until by renewing the fire, his strength was gone, and his hand clave fast in knocking to the iron upon his breast. Then immediately bowing forwards, he yielded up his spirit. 

His death was very painful, however, he still declare Jesus as Lord and His redeeming work, and many were witnesses including the enemy of the gospel. 

 Excerpt From: John Foxe. “Fox’s Book of Martyrs / Or A History of the Lives,  



Thomas Drowry 

Prior execution Bishop Hooper he examined a blind boy concerning his faith and the cause of his imprisonment. He looked on him steadfastly, tears standing in his eyes, and said, “Ah! Poor boy, God hath taken from thee thy outward sight, for what reason He best knoweth; but He hath endued thy soul with the eye of knowledge and faith. God gives thee grace continually to pray unto Him, that thou lose not that sight, for thou wouldst then be blind both in body and soul.” The boy’s name was Thomas Drowry.  He was blind; however, when one sense goes they the developed the other senses such as your hearing , and the ability to recall recite the exact words spoken to them.  

Thomas Drowry had such abilities while being examined Dr. Williams, Chancellor of Gloucester, He asks “Dost thou not believe that after the words of consecration, spoken by the priest, there remaineth the very real body of Christ in the sacrament of that altar?” “No,” answered the blind boy, “that I do not.” 


Than the Bishop condemn as a heretic ask him who taught you this heresy?  You, Master Chancellor pointing toward pulpit ‘When you preached there ” (naming a day) “a sermon to all men, as well as me, upon the sacrament. You said the sacrament was to be received spiritually, by faith.

On May, 15th 1556 Thomas Drowry was taken to the stake in Gloucester. Place fasten to the pole and executioner lit fire went and consumed by the flames; however, the first person he saw was Jesus the Son of God. Entering through the Gates of Splendour and receiving the martyr crowns.


Joan Waste.

Joan was born in 1534 and had twin brother named Roger to a Derby barber, William Waste and his wife Joan. She was born blind.

While Edward was upon the throne, the people of England had church services in their own language instead of Latin. 

Joan was moved by the Holy Spirit to go to hear the Bible readings and sermons. She was converted to Christ her Saviour. Who has found own poor lost blind sheep and gave her a new of saving faith along with spiritual insight.

Even thou she was blind she wanted a Bible even thou the books were very expensive. She able saves enough to purchase a New Testament by applying her trade knitting and making rope. Even thou it took her time or two find someone to read the Bible. Eventually, she found an elderly man in Derby Gaol called John Hurt who said he would gladly read to her everyday a chapter until illness finally rendered him from reading However, she able find someone else to even thou cost her every time someone read her the investment paying off.

Joan was able to recite long passages of Scripture, and refuted all false doctrines, and rebuked those sinned against the Bible, exhort those commit their lives to Christ or face Judgement   

In 1553, Queen Mary came to the throne and in January 1555 it was made illegal by Parliament to hold Protestant view were expected to attend Roman Catholic Masses. Nonetheless, Joan would not submit to heresy of the Roman Catholic dogma and believe that the Scriptures had the finial authority not the pope. She also denied the Sacrament of the Altar where the body and the blood of Christ transubstantiation, in the bread, and wine.  Immediately, the Bishop requested that Joan turn away from the faith of the Bible, and trust in the Holly Church.

 At this point, the Bishop and his Chancellor became angry. First, they tried to persuade her that the Son of God was easily and regularly brought down and changed into bread and wine but, when it was clear that she would not listen, they threatened her with imprisonment, torture, and death if she refused to believe in this “Sacrament of the Altar.”

Then, she reminded her hearers that a number of sincere Christians had recently been imprisoned and then burnt to death for believing the same things that she did rather than embrace the doctrines of Rome, boldly she went on,  “Are you prepared to die for your doctrine? If not, then for God’s sake stop troubling me no more. I am but a poor, blind, uneducated woman, but with God’s help I am ready to yield up my life in this faith.” 

On August 1st 1556, she taken to Windmill Pit were many of her brothers and sisters were martyred because their faith in Jesus Christ. Before her execution, she called upon the multitude to pray for her. That Christ would have mercy upon her. Where the light of the everlasting sun of righteousness would beamed upon her when the departed spirit.

  Excerpt From: John Foxe. “Fox’s Book of Martyrs


 Rev. John RoughAt the age of seventeen, Rev. John Rough entered as one of the order of Black Friars, at Stirling, in Scotland. A religious community founded 1233 and relied solely on alms the residential district. Where became a Earl chaplain, 

After being there sixteen years, Lord Hamilton, Earl of Arran, taking a liking to him, the archbishop of St. Andrew’s, where he became a the Earl’s chaplain, and remained in this spiritual employment for a year? 

The Holy Spirit wrought him saving knowledge of the atoning work of Christ. Where he preached the gospel for four years in Ayr, fearing for his life he move to England. Where Edward VI reign and allowed the gospel to be preached. He moved Somerset where given a salary of twenty pounds. To preach at Carlisle, Berwick, and Newcastle, where he married. He was afterward removed to a benefice at Hull, in which he remained till the death of Edward VI. 

When queen Mary was declared the queen of England, where he, and his wife went to Friesland a Provence in Holland. He started an occupation of knitting hoses and caps, where needed yarn he came back to England on November 10th in London.  

Where he soon heard of a secret society of the faithful, to whom he joined himself, and was in a short time elected their minister, in which occupation he strengthened them in every good resolution.

 On December 12th, Mr. Rough, with Cuthbert Symson and others, was taken up in the Saracen’s Head, Islington, where, under the pretext of coming to see a play, their religious exercises were beholden. Where they examined before council, and charges were laid that he, being a priest, was married, and that he had rejected the service in the Latin tongue. To him, he would not argue these flimsy tenets, and he was degraded and condemned was accused being the most pernicious heretic in the country








I AM Part Three

I AM the Resurrection And The Life 

John MacArthur  uttered these words from “John 5;25-26, our Lord made it explicitly clear when He said this, “Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice and will come forth; those who did the good to a resurrection of life and those who committed the evil to a resurrection of damnation or judgment.”  Everybody will be raised from the dead.There will be a resurrection body for hell and a resurrection body for heaven.Death is not the end of anyone. “

In John 11:25  Jesus declared to Martha brother Lazarus who was dead for four days.  I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live. John MacArthur stated these word a sermon called I Am the Resurrection and the Life,“ Jesus is the resurrection and the life because He is life.  He has the power to create out of nothing, and He has the power to raise the dead because He is life.  He doesn’t draw His life from anyone else or anywhere else.  Life itself exists in Him. He is life.  This is His nature, and He is eternal life, who has been alive eternally and that life He granted to His creation.  Everything that exists, everything that exists in the spiritual and physical world, He made.  The inanimate things He made and the animate things that live, He made.  From the smallest cell to the most complex human being, He gave life to everything that lives. 

Furthermore he stated, “He is the Creator of life, and because He is the life, He will raise all the dead and give them a body suited for their eternal dwelling.  Death is not the end.  Death is a split second transition.” 

 KJV Bible Commentary He raises those who are dead in sin) and the life (He gives to them eternal life). Those who believe in Christ, though they may die physically, shall live. Beyond that, those who really have Christ’s life shall never die. Reformation Study Bible states 11:25 I am the resurrection and the life. This is repeated in part in 14:6 (Acts 3:15; Heb. 7:16). Life for the believer does not end at death, but continues eternally as an endless life of fellowship with God. This is true for those who, like Lazarus, were in the tomb as well as for those who are still alive.

 On March 8th 2012 at 130 PM my mother pass away in my journal I wrote the following “Her mouth was left wide opened as thou she was asleep. Often, while she was a sleep on the Lazy boy her mouth would be wide opened while  sleeping as scripture states, in 1 Corinthians 15;18 “Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.” To me mother is only  asleep and will wake up in heaven because she believe in the atoning works of Christ. A beginning of a new journey her. 

It only confessing your sins believing Christ die on the cross and took your sins and replace with His righteousness  would guarantee new resurrected body in heaven, and we need not to fear death. As scriptures declares, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? 

O death, where is your sting?”  1 Corinthians 15:53-57

Warren Wiersbe  we realize that we are saved by the Redeemer, Jesus Christ, and not by a doctrine written in a book. When we know Him  faith, we need not fear the shadow of death. 1 John 5:11-12

Romans 6;8-9 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him, 9 because we know that Christ, having been raised from the dead, will not die again. Death no longer rules over Him.


I AM The Way The Truth And The Life

John14;6 ;When Jesus declares that He was the way the truth and the life He was declaring He alone is only the way through heaven gates. Its through the atoning works of the cross that salvation is accomplished, and will cleanse you from all unrighteousness. Believer Bible Commentary wrote, “The way to God is not by the Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule, ordinances, church membership—it is through Christ and Christ alone.” As scriptures declares,”A road will be there and a way; it will be called the Holy Way.The unclean will not travel on it, but it will be for the one who walks the path.

To proclaim that there are many roads to heaven is to misleading the people and forget the necessity of Jesus coming and His redemption plan to mankind. Dr. S Lewis Johnson wrote,  “Well now that’s a mighty exclusive way of salvation. Yes it is exclusive, in fact it rules out everything else. The world truly hates the idea of the exclusive nature of Christianity’s claims. They think it is so narrow minded or so arrogant for anyone to suggest that salvation is only found in Jesus Christ.”It’s fatal to get on the wrong road to salvation.   

Remember Jesus stated “I am the way, the truth, the life. No man cometh unto the Father but by me.” Either He is lying or telling the truth.

 Dr. S Lewis Johnson wrote, “Call it narrow minded, it’s Jesus Christ’s way, it’s Paul’s way. Call it arrogant, it’s Jesus Christ’s way, it’s Paul’s way, it’s Peter’s way, it’s the way of the Scriptures.” Further more he wrote, “ But so far as the way of salvation is concerned, the Scriptures are plain and clear, we trust Christ. , “I’m the way the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me.”

Dr. S.Lewis Johnson wrote, “we are going to the Father’s house by way of the Son who is in union with the Father. Now if this is true, then all other ways are wrong ways. When a man leaves the rest of the crowd and goes out and gets on the airplane of good works, he’s got on the wrong plane. “For by grace are you saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast.” If a man leaves the gate and goes out and gets on the airplane of the way of reformation, he’s gotten on the wrong plane, he’s going to the wrong place.”


I AM The True Vine 

16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So,   every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

Matthew 7; 16-20

John 15:1,5 In verse 5 Jesus states,“I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me.” 

The Greek word for the is aμπελος meaning a vine, grape-vine. Only Christ Himself is the true Vine, in whom the people of God are formed into the mystical body of Christ. This is the fruit of His love (redemption). Compare Jn 15:1,4,5 with 1 Cor.12:13.

The Greek word  for branch is klados: meaning a young tender shoot, then: a branch; met: of descendants.

A person who love the Lord Jesus, and His atoning works realize that they need to be one with Christ to bear much fruits. A vine branch has one great purpose—to bear fruit. But it is good for fruit-bearing—as long as it abides in the vine. But it is good for fruit-bearing—as long as it abides in the vine.

Got question wrote,16 So, we depend on Jesus for everything, starting with our very life—“For in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28)—and including our reconciliation with God through Him (Romans 5:10). No one can serve God effectively until he is connected with Jesus Christ by faith. Jesus is our only connection with the God who gave life and who produces in us a fruitful life of righteousness and service.

 NIV Study Bible Notes. “A living union with Christ is absolutely necessary; without it there is nothing. apart from me you can do nothing.”Got A question This illustration of the vine and branches is no thoughtless generality or careless simile. It is absolute, stark reality. No believer can achieve anything of spiritual value independently of Christ Jesus. He also reminds us that there are some who are “in” Him who bear no fruit. 

Reformed Study Bible “The total inability of the unregenerate sinner makes saving grace absolutely necessary for the beginning, the development, and the completion of salvation.  

Warren Wiersbe The symbolism of the Vine and branches is similar to that of the Head and the body: we have a living relationship to Christ and belong to Him.

 As Scriptures declares ,”You will recognize them lby their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, mevery healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 nEvery tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them lby their fruits.”

 Furthermore scriptures declares2“But ethe fruit of the Spirit is flove, joy, peace, patience, gkindness, goodness, faithfulness,  hgentleness, iself-control; jagainst such things there is no law.”

 Jesus declares, “But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

 Believer Bible  Commentary wrote Sometimes we pray, “Lord, help me to live my life for You.” It would be better to pray, “Lord Jesus, live out Your life through me.” Without Christ, we can do nothing. 

I AM Part Two

I AM the Door of the Sheep 

 Think of a door of protecting yourself from outside intruder from invading your space intending to do you harm. In only able enter by unlocking the door In  John 10:7, 9  Jesus states, “I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn’t listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture.” 

John 10:8. When Jesus says, “I am the door,” He is reiterating the fact that only through Him is salvation possible One who believes the gospel (Hebrews 11:6) and repents of sin Luke 13:3 is assured of being in “the fold” and of having entered by “the door.” This section echoes Jesus’ words in 14:6 that He is the only way to the Father. His point is that He serves as the sole  to approach the Father and partake of God’s promised salvation. 

 Believer Commentary wrote, “Christ is the door. Christianity is not a creed, or a church. Rather it is a Person, and that Person is the Lord Jesus Christ. “If anyone enters by Me.” Salvation can only be received through Christ. Baptism will not do; neither will the Lord’s Supper. We must enter in by Christ, and by the power which He gives.

Dr S Lewis Johnson wrote “This is none other but the house of God. This is the gate of heaven.” And so on this beautiful picture of this beautiful church there was the quotation from  Scripture “The house of God, the gate of heaven.” Jesus is the door to heaven.“ Furthermore he wrote,”You could look at this and say it’s a beautiful illustration of the simplicity of entrance into life through the Lord Jesus. It’s not a philosophy. It’s not by the creeds. It’s not by personal conduct. It’s not by personal membership in the church. Jesus is the door. “I am the door.”

Dr S Lewis Johnson penned these words concerning Jesus as the door, “The tabernacle, perhaps the greatest visual picture of the salvation of God in the Old Testament, how many doors were there into the tabernacle? Well there was one door. All of this designed to stress the exclusiveness of the salvation that God provides. One may call this narrow intolerance, but it is the narrowness of truth. Every expression of the fact that there are different methods of salvation and it’s important simply to believe something and believe it sincerely all of those are false ideas. The world is flooded with them. But the Scripture stands solidly behind  the truth that the Lord Jesus and the Lord Jesus alone is the door.” 

As followers of Christ, Jesus is both our Shepherd and the Door to the sheepfold who provides for all our needs. Knowing that the world is full of predators whose sole intent is to destroy us (1 Peter 5:8), we are always under His protection. More importantly, we are fully confident that “when the Chief Shepherd appears [we] will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away” (1 Peter 5:4).

 The only way you’re able to enter heaven gates or sheep fold is through the atoning works of Jesus Christ. While on the cross Jesus uttered these words, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me.” All of mankind sins and His Father wrath fell upon Him, and when you repent, confess, and believe tha t Jesus took your sins. Than Jesus will take your sins and replace with His righteousness. As scripture declares, “He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 

Dr S Lewis Johnson penned these words concerning Jesus as the door, “The tabernacle, perhaps the greatest visual picture of the salvation of God in the Old Testament, how many doors were there into the tabernacle? Well there was one door. All of this designed to stress the exclusiveness of the salvation that God provides. One may call this narrow intolerance, but it is the narrowness of truth. Every expression of the fact that there are different methods of salvation and it’s important simply to believe something and believe it sincerely all of those are false ideas. The world is flooded with them. But the Scripture stands solidly behind  the truth that the Lord Jesus and the Lord Jesus alone is the door.” 

You could look at this and say it’s a beautiful illustration of the simplicity of entrance into life through the Lord Jesus. It’s not a philosophy. It’s not by the creeds. It’s not by personal conduct. It’s not by personal membership in the church. Jesus is the door. “I am the door.”

 Jesus said, “I am the door.” And then as if to emphasize 

it he lays stress upon the fact that one enters through him only. For he adds, “By me if any man enter in he shall be saved. Dr. S. Lewis Johnson, “ The door to eternal life, though the Lord Jesus who died as a sacrifice on Calvary’s cross for sinners, is always open. You may come right now and enter the sheep fold through the door, the Lord Jesus, and have him forever after caring for you, providing for you, giving you not only life, but abundant life.”

 The only way you’re able to enter heaven gates or sheep fold is through the atoning works of Jesus Christ. While on the cross Jesus uttered these words, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me.” All of mankind sins and His Father wrath fell upon Him, and when you repent, confess, and believe tha t Jesus took your sins. Than Jesus will take your sins and replace with His righteousness. As scripture declares, “He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  

As followers of Christ, Jesus is both our Shepherd and the Door to the sheepfold who provides for all our needs. Knowing that the world is full of predators whose sole intent is to destroy us (1 Peter 5:8), we are always under His protection. More importantly, we are fully confident that “when the Chief Shepherd appears [we] will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away” (1 Peter 5:4).



I AM The Good Shepherd 

  In Ezekiel, 34:23-24 it states. “I will appoint over them. A single shepherd, My servant David, and he will shepherd them. He will tend them himself and will be their shepherd. My servant David will be a king over them, and there will be one shepherd for all of them. They will follow My ordinances and keep My statutes and obey them.” In Isaiah, 40:11 it states. “He protects His flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them in the fold of His garment. He gently leads those that are nursing. In Ezekiel 34:16 states “I will seek the lost, bring back the strays, bandage the injured, and strengthen the weak, but I will destroy the fat and the strong. I will shepherd them with justice.

To get a clear picture of Jesus meaning in this statement, it is helpful to understand a little of that ancient culture, especially of sheep, and shepherding. Of all domesticated animals, sheep are the most helpless. Sheep will spend their entire day grazing, wandering from place to place, never looking up. Therefore, they often become lost. But, sheep have no “homing instinct” as other animals do. They are totally incapable of finding their way to their sheepfold even when it is in plain sight. By nature, sheep are followers. If the lead sheep steps off a cliff, the others will follow. Additionally, sheep are easily susceptible to injuries and is utterly helpless against predators.

Jesus is that Shepherd in John 10:11 He states, “I am the Good Shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”  Furthermore, he states in” John10;14-16 , I am the good shepherd. I know My own sheep, and they now Me, 15 as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. I lay down My life for the sheep. But, I have other sheep that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice. Then there will be one flock, one shepherd.” 

Furthermore in John 10:11 The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John MacArthur wrote, “This is a reference to Jesus’ substitutionary death for sinners on the cross.” Where Christ willingly went to the cross to atone mankind sins He gave His life, enduring death on behalf of sinners. Reformed Bible Study wrote, “ Jesus gives His life, enduring death on behalf of sinners.  This is intimated in the name “Lamb of God”  John 1; 29 Where Jesus is both the Lamb and the Shepherd. Where in Hebrew 13:20, its states “May the God of peace who brought up from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep by the blood of the eternal covenant, Jesus our Lord.

 John10;14-16 , I am the good shepherd. I know My own sheep, and they now Me, as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. I lay down My life for the sheep. But, I have other sheep that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice. Then there will be one flock, one shepherd.” Indicating Jesus is intimately involved with His sheep and His sheep has strong desire to be familiarly with the good Shepherd.    

Reformed Bible Study, “It is clear that “know” here, as so often in Scripture, means more than a mental grasp; it includes personal understanding and a commitment of will. To say, that God “knows” a person in this way refers to His gracious redemptive commitment to that individual. Matthew Henry states” He is known of them. He observes them with an eye of favour, and they observe him with an eye of faith. Christ’s knowing his sheep is put before their knowing him, for he knew and loved us first (1 John 4:19), 

Yet there other sheep that are not of this fold, and Jesus must bring them also and they will listen to My voice

NIV Study notes states,” These already belonged to Christ, though they had not yet been brought to him. Not of this sheep pen. Those outside Judaism. Here is a glimpse of the future worldwide scope of the church. One flock. All God’s people have the same Shepherd (see 17:20–23).”

John MacArthur Rom. 1:16). Jesus’ death was not only for Jews, but also non-Jews whom He will make into one new body, the church. As scriptures declares, “  I am obligated both to Greeks and barbarians, both to the wise and the foolish. Isa. 40:11; Ezek. 34:23; 37:24; Zech. 13:7. ‘John 10:11  John10;14-16

I AM Part One


In Matthew 22:32 Jesus declare to the Sadducees  I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob? He is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” 

In Exodus 3;14 the LORD stated these words to Moses,’I AM WHOM I AM “  meaning Yahweh, Because of  holiness of God the Scribes  would not  write Yahweh instead they wrote Jehovah meaning the great I AM meaning I AM BECAUSE I AM or I WILL BE THAT I WILL BE. Meaning God of the past, present and future in short an eternal God who has no beginning and no end or the same or unchanging yesterday today and forever.  In the Greek the words are solemnly emphatic and echo Ex 3:14 

Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am!’ At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds” (John 8:56–59). The violent response of the Jews to Jesus’ “I AM” statement indicates they clearly understood what He was declaring—that He was the eternal God incarnate. Jesus was equating Himself with God.

 When Jesus  uttered I AM in found John;6:41,48,51, John; 10:7,  John;14:6  John,15:1,5,  He was claiming that he is that God  found Exodus 3;14. Without doubt He display His power, where eyewitness gave accounts of His deity when He demonstrated in His miracles. 

 ‘before Abraham was born, I am!’ At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds” (John 8:56–59). The violent response of the Jews to Jesus’ “I AM” statement indicates they clearly understood what He was declaring—that He was the eternal God incarnate. Jesus was equating Himself with the “I AM” title God Exodus 3:14.. 

.CS Lewis wrote about Jesus, “Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse.” Furthermore he states, “Jesus could only have been one of four things: a legend, a liar, a lunatic–or Lord and God.


I AM The Bread Of Life

 In NIV Study Notes; 6:35 I am. The first of seven (the number of completeness and perfection) self-descriptions of Jesus introduced by “I am” (see 8:12; [9:5;] 10:7, 9; 10:11, 14; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1, 5; see also chart). In the Greek the words are solemnly emphatic and echo Ex 3:14 (see notes on Ex 3:12–15) and the seven “I am he” statements in Isaiah (41:4; 43:10, 13, 25; 46:4; 48:12; 51:12). Cf. note on 2:11. the bread of life. May mean “the bread that is living” and/or “the bread that gives life.” What is implied in v. 33 is now made explicit, and it is repeated with minor variations in vv. 41, 48, 51.


John; 6;35 Jesus declared “I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “No one who comes to Me will ever

In KJV Commentary I am the bread of life means the bread that gives life. The life of which He speaks is spiritual and eternal.  In John 4:14. Jesus declared these words to  But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again–ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.” Christ he gives life to dead sinners. Jesus stated that he is the life-giving bread, by which our souls are nourished In short our souls are provided bread from that comes from heaven. Jesus also declared Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,[g]for they will be satisfied.  

In John 6;51  Jesus stated If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” John MacArthur For My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.   Jesus refers here prophetically to His impending sacrifice upon the cross (cf. 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:24). Jesus voluntarily laid down His life for evil, sinful mankind (10:18; 1 John 2:2).

I AM The Light Of The World 

John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”“I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”

John Calvin wrote It is a beautiful commendation of Christ, when he is called the light of the world; for, since we are all blind by nature, a remedy is offered, by which we may be freed and rescued from darkness and made partakers of the true light.

Believer Bible Commentary  Naturally speaking, the world is in the darkness of sin, ignorance, and aimlessness.” 

Furthermore he, “The light of the world is Jesus. Apart from Him, there is no deliverance from the blackness of sin. Apart from Him, there is no guidance along the way of life, no knowledge as to the real meaning of life and the issues of eternity. Jesus promised that anyone following Him would not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.

To follow Jesus means to come to Him in repentance, to trust Him as Lord and Savior, and then to commit one’s whole life to Him. Those who do this have guidance in life and clear and bright hope beyond the grave.

John Calvin wrote, “For Christ declares that he is the light of the whole world; for by this universal statement he intended to remove the distinction, not only between Jews and Gentiles, but between the learned and ignorant, between persons of distinction and the common people.”

We take a candle into a room to dispel the darkness. Likewise, the Light of Jesus Christ has to be taken into the darkness of sin that engulfs the hearts and lives of those who are not following Him. That’s the condition behind having this Light—that we follow Him. If we do not follow Him, we will not have this light, this truth, this eternal life.