Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Truly God Devotional 9

Truly God Devotional 9

It must have been frustrating for Jesus that the religious leaders of His time didn't believe that He was the Messiah. The Bible prophesied His coming in detail in the Old Testament, He healed the sickly, and brought some back to life, yet their unwillingness to see the truth was probably louder to Him than their words.

John 8:54-56

"If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. Though you do not know Him, I know Him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep His word. Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad."

Jesus clarifies again that He is not working for His own personal glory, but for His Father in Heaven. The Old Testament should have made it clear to the Jewish leaders that Jesus was the Messiah, but He wasn't the type of king they were looking for. They wanted a warrior king who would battle the Romans and all the enemies of Israel. Of course, Jesus won the ultimate battle....the battle for the souls of men!

Jesus doesn't call them liars in a fit of anger, but in the spirit of truth. His words sound harsh, but when we remember who He was dealing with, and how much He loved them, we understand His reasoning. He had a job to do and He did it perfectly. Jesus is God glorified! The anointed ONE! The God in three parts working with perfect, singular intent.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

First Responders Christmas 2016

Not only do we make Ouch Pouches, but we also deliver them! We deliver them to the most amazing people who serve our community by risking life and limb to keep us all safe. They were so happy to see us and were so excited to have the pouches to utilize on the job. The final count was around 240 pouches in all so that is 240 children who will be comforted by this amazing ministry. Our cookie selling is a major part of our financial support so this coming week we will be baking on Friday in order to get fresh homemade cookies into your hands days before Christmas! So contact us by phone, text or internet.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Truly God Devotional 8

Sometimes when I'm driving I can't seem to get my visor to block out the brightness of the sun. There's almost always a small gap that it can penetrate and blind me. Jesus is this kind of light. Let's look at what Jesus Himself says about being light.

John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people He said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

You can't run and you can't hide because you can't avoid His presence. Even the lost feel His presence. Common grace given to everyone by God leads the lost. A lack of personal fulfillment and spiritual emptiness may both lead the lost to seek and find the truth. All human beings are born with the need for Jesus. Jesus is the only REAL God, the only REAL Savior, and the only REAL friend. He is the rock on which humanity rests. A life without Him is NO life at all!

Jesus says to follow Him and we will never walk in darkness, but light. Following Christ has always been an act of rebellion against organized religion and society as a whole. This is what we see happening in the life of Christ and what we experience in our own life. Jesus knew that living in the truth could make the darkness in others erupt. He reassures us that the light of life will be with us in ALL circumstances. The darkness will NEVER extinguish the light....in the world.....or within us. We have an eternal flame living within us people and it is burning for Christ. Now that is a wonderful comfort to us all.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Ouch Pouch Packing Christmas 2016

At church tonight a wonderful thing happened! Our youth packed 144 Ouch Pouches and what a blessing! Tomorrow they will be delivered to local first responders. Praying that each Ouch Pouch brings a blessing to a child in need.

Every circumstance in life should begin with prayer!

Let the work begin!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Truly God Devotional 7

Only God knows what's in a person's heart. So true. As Christians we pray that our hearts are full of God's love for others and for ourselves. Jesus was the precursor to the Holy Spirit living in our individual hearts. Let's learn more about this in John 7:38-39.

"Whoever believes in me, as the scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." By this Jesus meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him, were later to fully receive. Up to that time the spirit had not yet been fully given to believers since Jesus had not yet been glorified. However, the Holy Spirit was in the world since we read in Genesis 1:2 that it was "hovering over the face of the waters." In Genesis 6:3 "my spirit shall not abide in man forever." In Genesis 41:38 "can we find a man like this in whom is the spirit of God? Exodus 31:3 "and I have filled him with the spirit of God." Numbers 11:25 "the Lord came down in a cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the spirit."

Jesus is re-establishing what will happen once the spirit fully enters into the hearts of believers. Out of this person's heart will flow blessings and living water meant to shower lost, thirsty souls and all those who come into contact with the believer. Jesus is the precursor to the fully-given and all-powerful Holy Spirit. Jesus is the securer. The deliverer. He is the sacrificial lamb whose blood payment allowed God to enter our hearts and live there in Holy Spirit form. God's Holy Spirit leads thirsty souls to Jesus! Isn't that miraculous? Yes, it is!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Truly God Devotional 6

Truly God Devotional 6

As we gaze up at these Giant Sequoia trees let's think about Christ leaving His throne and coming down from Heaven to live the earthly life of a servant slave. The power of a God and the frailty of a human being all rolled into one perfect man. Jesus had a mission! He was a missionary God. Self-grandeur such as becoming a king had no place in Christ's thinking. Jesus was grace and truth in perfect harmony. We should all strive to be more like Him. We are seeing that Jesus spoke a lot about who He was. Let's look at our next passage:

John 6:37-40

"All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from Heaven not to do my will but to do the will of Him who sent me. And this is the will of Him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that He has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."

Those are some reassuring words right there! Amen! Praise God! Once He has us He never lets go! Once a true believer is chosen....you are chosen for good. The trinity has been secretly drawing you to Christ all along. Once you have your "come to Jesus" moment, Jesus promises here to NEVER lose or destroy you. Isn't that wonderful? Makes me think of my favorite Psalm!

Psalms 139: 7-12

"Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Shoel, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night, even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you."

Awesome! Amazing! Miraculous! Don't try to hide in the dark because He will see you as clear as day. And we know from this weeks devotional that He'll never ever ever let go. He has a tight grip! AND....He is going to raise you up at the last days and we will all have eternal life. No death. No pain. No sickness. Just Jesus! I love that picture!

Jesus is protector, securer, holder and the raiser-upper of the faithful. Jesus is our last days champion! Oh what a joyful day that will be! Now that's something to be awestruck about! Praise God for sending His wonderful son Jesus Christ!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Truly God Devotional 5

Truly God Devotional 5

When we make our cookie dough it is made with lots of love. The cookies remind us of home and hearth and of family and friends. Food can be a comfort when we aren't feeling well and is a necessary component of human life. But what of our spiritual life? In John 6:33 & 35, Jesus explains just exactly who He is in terms that ALL people can understand.

"For the bread of God is He who comes down from Heaven and gives life to the world." Jesus said to them, " I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst."

Jesus says that He is food and water. These are both major necessities for sustaining the human body. Food and water gives us energy and as children allows us to grow. It is the foundation of human existence. It fills us up, comforts us, and renews our strength. It quenches our need or emptiness.

Through Jesus, God has continued to give the bread, but rather than the Manna of the Old Testament, it is a sustaining and eternal spiritual bread in the form of Jesus, God's only Son.

Much like the woman at the well who understood "the living water" literally, so too was the message of the "bread" taken. Utilizing the example of a basic human need, Christ tells and shows who He is. Jesus, "the bread of life" gives eternal life to everyone. In Him all of our basic human needs and spiritual needs are satisfied. Jesus is the bread of life! Believe in Him and live!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Truly God Devotional 4

Truly God Devotional 4

This is the fourth in this devotional series and we're hoping that you are enjoying it as much as we are. So many people today are more comfortable thinking of Jesus as a prophet only. But that's not at all who Jesus said that He was. The Bible has allowed Jesus to communicate with us over the centuries and its pages are full of prophecies of Jesus' coming and the actual words spoken by Jesus while He walked this Earth. Let's look again at John and see how else Jesus describes Himself.

John 5:19-23

So Jesus said to them, "Truly truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father."

When Jesus says, "Truly Truly" He really means it! We see in vs. 19 that Jesus and God work together in perfect harmony. Jesus was incapable of doing anything different than what the Father was doing. This could only be said of one who is the same as the Father; one being. God loved His son Jesus so much that He shared ALL of His power with His perfect, but fully human son. The Jews didn't like that Jesus made himself equal with God. They considered it blasphemous. They didn't see the divinity of Jesus' healing and resurrection power. It was a hard concept to understand. The dual nature of Jesus and God in one person was made quite clear in the Old Testament also.

In Deuteronomy 32:39 we see that only God has the power to raise the dead and heal. "See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand."

I Samuel 2:6 states, "The Lord kills and brings to life; he brings down to Shoel and raises up."

II Kings 5:7 says, "And when the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, "Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy?"

Healing and resurrection power are the sole prerogative of God proving that Jesus was fully human and fully God. Jesus and God are fully interchangeable.

How wonderful! Jesus is one with God and IS God. He is Healer. He is deity. He is judge. He is wonderful isn't He? Yes He is!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Truly God Devotional 3

Truly God Devotional 3

Sometimes Jesus spoke in parables using symbolism to communicate with those who would understand. Those who wouldn't understand....well, they just didn't get it. Other times He was soft, sharp and to the point. He didn't waste time or words. Ever. So lets visit John 4:25 & 26 and see what else Jesus said about who He was.

John 4:25,26

The woman said, "I know that Messiah is coming. When He comes, He will explain everything to us." Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am He."

Well, that was simply said. There was no way the woman could have missed that message. Jesus says that He is Messiah. Messiah is a term that means "anointed one." In the Old Testament the term was used as a summary of a coming king who would lead, teach and save God's people. He would be a great king of David's lineage.

Deuteronomy 18:15 says, "The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me among you, from your brothers-it is to him you shall listen."

Verse 18 goes on to say, "I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him."

In this passage from John 4, the Messiah is here and revealing His deity to this lone Samaritan woman. He knew her truth! She certainly was impressed with Him because she returned to town to tell others and get them to come and see Him. How wonderful to have met the savior! As Christians, someday we will meet Him too!

So far we have covered quite a few descriptions that Jesus has spoken about who He is.

He indirectly told Nicodemus that He was the "son of man."

He told the Samaritan woman at the well that He was a gift of God, a life-giver and the anointed-by-God Messiah. Now that's a hallelujah moment right there people! Have a blessed week!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Another amazing week! Seems like the Lord just keeps the blessings coming. Jerry's Barber Shop in downtown High Springs is selling our cookies like crazy. It's wonderful! They LOVE the Mazie Mae's Oatmeal Raisins....I do too! We'll be making dough every Tuesday and baking every Wednesday if you'd like to coordinate your orders with our regular baking days. Just let us know either by text or email or website.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Truly God Devotional 2

Did you know that Jesus is the only religious leader to have claimed to be God? All of the false religions around the globe had "regular Joe's" for prophets. They were simply men in what Christians call "sheep's clothing." These are false prophets sent by Satan, before and after Christ, to deceive the world. Satan wants to drag as much of God's creation as possible straight into Hell with no hope of escape. But as much as Satan and his false religions hate, Jesus loves. No other religious leader loved people like Jesus did. He was literally the perfect balance of grace and truth, salt and light, lion and lamb. Jesus doesn't need me to defend Him here though. He does a perfect job Himself. So, let's look at another example of who Jesus said that He was.

In John 4:7-14, we read the story of the Samaritan woman speaking with Jesus at Jacob's well:

A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?" Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." The woman said to him, "Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock." Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

Jesus was in Samaria because He was on His way to Galilee. The Bible says that Jesus "had" to go through Samaria. Samaria wasn't the typical way that Jews of the day traveled to Galilee. There was alot of hostility between Samaritans and Jews and in order to avoid the antagonism most Jews took a route along the Mediterranean coast or crossed the Jordan and went up through Perea. Samaria could be dangerous. Samaritans blended a false religion with worship to the Lord and harassed the Jews. This was similar to an inner city here in the U.S. that is overrun with gangs.

Being fully human, Jesus sat down to rest at the spring-fed well that Jacob had dug. A Samaritan woman came alone to draw water. Jesus asked her for a drink. The woman was probably shocked since she would have known that Jesus was Jewish. He was also a man talking to a woman alone which was completely inappropriate during that time. Their conversation was similar to the one Jesus had had with Nicodemus concerning the second birth and new heart. The woman took a literal view while Jesus was using the symbolism of "living water." Jesus promises that if we drink of spiritual water, or believe in Him, we will live forever and never thirst again. We will be like a spring-fed well overflowing with life!

Friday, October 21, 2016

What a week! You know cookie bakers get tired too! It is a good tired though. We raised more money for our outreach programs this week and this makes us happy. We are still a fledgling ministry, but God has been leading us full-steam ahead. Every single one of us made a mistake this week and cost us some cookies. And you know what? We got through it and nobody died! LOL! It's a miracle! Alot of cookies died though. (insert funeral dirge here). I'm glad that I mess up every once in a while. It helps to keep me on my toes and it also keeps me humble. I love this ministry so much. I pray that God continues to bless it and that the Lord leads us always. Jerry's Barber Shop in downtown High Springs is selling our cookies like crazy. I took an Ouch Pouch into the shop to show them and they loved the idea. Thank you Jenny Musen for this spirit-led outreach! It is spreading like wildfire. The farmer's market was a bit slow Thursday because of the heat, but we did have two repeat customers who came back for more Lemon Pizzazz and Sandy Cans. We had an order for Simon Peter's Pumpkin Eaters and some cut out Halloween cookies. The baking team worked so hard on Thursday. God has blessed this ministry with workers who truly love the Lord and also love others. In the end it all came together perfectly. We made our own buttercream frosting and it tasted amazing. The Simon Peter's Pumpkin Eaters are gorgeous don't you think?