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What Truths Are You Willing to Die For?

A Look at the Tiny Book of Jude

What is truth? What are truths in your faith that you stand on?

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Jude

Jude is the shortest book in the Bible — only 25 verses. I read it this morning in three versions. Then we studied it in church.

What a powerful little book it is.

Background

Jude was one of Jesus’ brothers along with three others. Stepbrothers actually, as Jesus was not born from Joseph. James, Joseph, Simon and Judas (Jude). [Mark 6:3 and Matthew 13:55–56] They were not following Jesus before His death.

But all the brothers became leaders in the first Jewish Christian communities.

Jude was a travelling missionary evangelist. And this book is written to a church in crisis. In his writing, he assumes that this church has a massive knowledge of Jewish scriptures as well as the Apocrypha. The Book of Enoch is found in that body of work.

Churches in crisis

Every church faces some sort of crisis. We have been in 4 churches and each one has had some type of crisis. Usually, the crises are based on financial matters, leadership or people vying for power.

Jude knew he had to speak to this church or group of churches with the power of Christ.

The first 4 verses and last verse are appeals to the church. The middle is filled with warnings.

Called

So we know we have been called. You didn’t find Jesus. He found you. You might have been searching as I had been. But in the end, Jesus came to me and revealed Who He is.

Kept for Jesus

I love this. We are kept as a gift for Jesus. God gave us to Him. He is the Bridegroom and the Church is His bride.

Jesus keeps me from stumbling, He keeps me on my feet.

What was God doing through Jude for His church?

Fighting for the faith

What truths are there worth dying for? There are many doctrines and ideas in the Church. But which ones are important to you? I think I agree with our pastor that these are the things most important to my faith.

  1. Jesus led a sinless life.
  2. Jesus died on the cross.
  3. Jesus rose — The resurrection
  4. Jesus is coming back.

Find out what is essential to your belief.

Modern-day “truths”

First, there were books, and now the Internet are full of “truths’’. What people believe to be true.

But when our faith is at stake, then our salvation is also at stake.

Watch out for books, even ones that have scripture in them. Be aware of whether they are biblical or not. Or are they pulling scripture to match their own thoughts? Are they adding worldly thoughts and ideas, such as astronomy?

The real truth

What is the real truth?

It’s all about Jesus. We need to fly the banner of Jesus.

When we gather under Jesus, all our differences disperse. Jesus pulls diverse people together.

How can we know the truth?

First of all, we know that the Holy Spirit will guide us in all truth.

Our faith has always been threatened from within the Church.

“I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.” (Acts 10:29, NIV)

How can we contend for the faith?

Learn how to feed yourselves on a daily basis.

Don’t count on a weekly sermon to feed you fully and satisfy you. You need to work out your faith in fear and trembling.

Work it out means to do something about it

We need to build spiritual muscle. If we don’t know the scriptures we can easily be led astray.

Let’s trust the Holy Spirit

Listening to God through the Holy Spirit will not lead you astray. We don’t want to rest on human wisdom but on God’s power.

Bible Art by Janis Cox.

Stuck on Jesus

Saturday I wrote about being stuck on Jesus. I talked about God’s Word being like a kaleidoscope. So many colours. So many ideas. Such power.

How Stuck Do You Want to Be to Jesus?
Day 30 in “Draw the Circle” by Mark Batterson — Abide in Me
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May I pray for you and me?

Help us, Lord Jesus, to contend for the faith. To learn more by being in Your Word and praying. Help us to help others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Enough – Five Minute Friday

Enough of Me

Joining Kate at Five Minute Friday #FMFparty. The word is “enough”. Write for 5 minutes. Go.

Sometimes it feels like I’ve had enough. What about you?

Too many things going wrong
arguments
cooking and cleaning
confusion
sickness

But then I stop. I realized it’s me. It’s not what I’m doing, or what others are doing. It’s me.

I have had enough of ME.

How do I get rid of me?

Seek Jesus, He is enough for me.

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When I go to Him, talk to Him, He gives me all I need.

I’m finally realizing that peace means to give up ME, and get Jesus.

The song that comes to me is Christ is Enough  sung by Hillsong.

Listen to some of the words:

There’s nothing in this world that could ever satisfy.

I’ve been set free.

Heaven is our home.

And it finishes with I have decided to follow Jesus.

When you’ve had enough of this world –
Seek Jesus because He is the Only One that can satisfy. (tweet this)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV).

What do you think of the word “enough”? Read other posts at Five Minute Friday.

And there is a giveaway on Kate’s blog this week. Drop over.

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Best Bake Off Ever – Creative Tuesdays

Best Bake Off Ever – Creative Tuesdays

This week on Creative Tuesdays Michael’s challenge is “baked goodness”. As I thought about this challenge I realized that as a Christian I have this “baked goodness” every time I take communion.  Michael gave us a link to the Great British Bake Off. And I see our communion as the Best Bake Off Ever.

Best Bake Off Ever

During Lent I have been reading through Mark as we head towards Easter. One of the passages is Mark 14:22. Before Jesus was crucified He ate the Last Supper with His disciples. At that time this is what we read:

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”

And then He went on to take the cup in Mark 14:23-24.

Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.

“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them.

The wine and the bread – a banquet for us. This is “baked goodness” at its best.

Communion – The Best Bake Off Ever

It is free for everyone.
It will save your life.
It is satisfying.

Here is a recipe for Unleavened Bread for Communion (from allrecipes.com)

1 cup flour
1/3 cup oil
1/8 tsp sale
1/3 cup water

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Line a baking sheet with Parchment paper.
Mix the dry ingredients, Add the wet.
Form dough – 6 balls
Make them into disks on the parchment paper
Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Since I don’t eat any grains here is a recipe that is Paleo friendly.

Coconut Flour Bread

Here is Hillsong singing Cornerstone

How I see communion – a banqueting table. Mark 14:22-26. (tweet this)

 

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Sunday Stillness – Happy Easter – Let the Light of Jesus Shine

Sunday Stillness – Happy Easter – Let the Light of Jesus Shine

This is the best of times – the resurrection of our Lord. What a glorious day!

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I read Psalm 18:28 the other day and had to paint a picture.

O, LORD, keep my lamp burning

my God turns my darkness into light (Psalm 18:28, NIV).

Because of Jesus I am no longer in the dark. He has brought me into the light. Thank You, Jesus.

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6, NIV)

Here is a wonderful song from Hillsong. Light Will Shine in the Darkness

Tweetable:

Happy Easter – Let Jesus’ light shines through us. (tweet this)

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Janis 

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request.

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Sunday Stillness – How to Let the Light Shine

Sunday Stillness – How to Let the Light Shine

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I have been at my daughter’s for two weeks now – awaiting the birth of number 2.

Last Sunday I visited a new church. The church celebrated their 10th anniversary. They showed pictures of the members building the church, putting up the walls and painting. It inspired me because there was such love, caring and belief in those that surrounded me.

The children sang “This Little Light of Mine”. Of course, I can’t sing that without doing the motions – so I joined in; shining my light, not hiding in under a bushel; not letting Satan blow it out.

I have had a chance to read some wonderful inspiring posts this week; by reading I feel connected to my fellow believers; I feel the strength, passion and love of Christ through their words.

I started to memorize again. This time I wanted to know the first verses of John. So I began. I read the first verse, then said it over 10 times. I repeated that the next day. Then on to verse 2 – I am now at verse 5.

I thought it very interesting that the words from my memorized verses were in the children’s song this week.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:1-5, NIV).

God speaks through His Word.

He is in constant contact with us.

Enjoy reading the posts that link up here today. They are a joy to me and I am sure they will be a joy to you.

Prayer:

Let Your light shine in our communities, Lord, and in our lives. Help us to be bold to shine for You. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Another great praise and worship song: Light Will Shine sung by Hillsong.

Your light will shine in the darkness
Your light will shine in the dark, in the dark
Woah, we are Yours

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Tweetable:

How God is in constant contact with us. (tweet this)

Are you shining His light? (tweet this)

Listen to Light Will Shine by Hillsong. Let others see the Light of God. (tweet this)

 

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Please check out all the places I link to during the week. Thanks to everyone who has joined Sunday Stillness. I do try to get to your posts every week but I admit sometimes I don’t have the time.

Here are my favourite links for Sunday Stillness:

The Sunday Community by Deidra Riggs

Still Saturday by Sandra Heskaking

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Missional Women – Faith Filled Fridays

Jennifer Miller at Scripture and a Snapshot

Fellowship Fridays at Christian Mommy Blogger

The Weekend Brew by Barbie

Shelly Hendricks at Renewed Daily (Recommendation Saturday)

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How Our Heavenly Father Doesn’t Miss a Thing

How Our Heavenly Father Doesn’t Miss a Thing

by Joy Lenton

How our Heavenly Father

Everyone needs compassion, love that’s never failing; let mercy fall on me. Everyone needs forgiveness, the kindness of a Saviour~ Hillsong ‘Mighty to Save’

Life can alter in a day. My husband’s minor cold symptoms escalated to major. Quarantined with a continual cough, weakness and pain, he hacked and sneezed his way through several days and nights.

Co-incidentally, cupboards were almost bare, cash flow practically non existent, and I was forced into acting as nurse and carer to him instead. I rang for help. My brother-in-law shopped for us. A neighbour fetched necessary medication.

We survived, able to cope due to the kindness of family and friends. God ensured I could keep going, providing increased energy and strength to match the needs.

And as I set about preparing the simplest of fare to keep us fed and watered, my heart was filled with deep gratitude to God.

For our heavenly Father doesn’t miss a thing.

He is always looking out for us. His mercies, loving kindness and compassion are new every morning.

Yes, we lived on snacks (Christmas party food, anyone?), lots of toast, pre-prepared, microwaveable meals for a while. Dust collected in corners, dirty laundry piled up, but we managed.

Each person has gifts which bless and benefit others.

Kindness, like encouragement, is within the reach of all.

Learning to give and receive is both art and grace. 

Prayer:

Lord,
Help us learn to be both generous givers and grateful recipients of your grace and goodness as it reaches us through the hands of others. May we trust you to meet all our needs day by day. Amen.

Tweetables:

Kindness, like encouragement, is within the reach of all. (tweet this)

Our heavenly Father doesn’t miss a thing; He is always looking out for us. (tweet this)

Here is the wonderful Hillsong praise song Mighty to Save.

Joy Lenton

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Joy is a grace-dweller and storyteller who weaves words out of the fabric of my days. Her desire is to seek the poetic in the prosaic and look for the eternal in the temporal.

As an M.E and chronic illness sufferer, who is also recovering from a painful past, she writes with a heart for the hurting and to support and encourage others who are struggling with life and faith issues.

She is  a member of the Association of Christian Writers and Fellowship of Christian bloggers.

You can connect with her at her blogs, ‘Words of Joy’ or ‘Poetry Joy’, and on TwitterFacebookGoogle + or Pinterest.