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Trust In God and His Name
As Christians and God’s people we are to know About God’s Name. While the Angel of the Lord told Manoah that His name was incomprehensible, we need to know that while the completeness of God’s Name was then incomprehensible, we are to trust in His name as given in the Word of God. There are certain things we are given where God speaks and says…
I appear to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty; as for My Name YHWH, I have not been known to them;
“And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.”
Exodus 3:13-15 KJV
I [am] YHWH, this [is] My Name, “” And I do not give My glory to another, “” Nor My praise to carved images. Isaiah 42:8
Read about the I AM statements Christ made.
“Why do you ask my name,” said the angel of the LORD (YHWH), “since it is beyond comprehension?” Judges 13:18
“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Acts 4:10-12 KJV
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father…For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:9-11, 13 KJV
As we approach the celebration of the most world changing event in history, the Resurrection, may we remember the importance of His Name.
Why Are We To Partake At Communion Service?
Jesus said, “This do…”
And He took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body, given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you. Luke 22:19-20
Jesus gave the church two ordinances – Communion Supper and Baptism.
We cannot live without the Bread of Life.
I Am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live forever. John 6:48-58
To Whom Is This Command Given?
Paul made it clear the ordinance of Communion is given to the Church. The church is made up of those who are believers and who have received Christ and been received by Him. They are placed into this body by Holy Spirit. See Acts 2
First of all, I hear that when you come together as a church, …For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you;c do this in remembrance of Me.”In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. 1 Corinthians 11:18-23-26
Believers will receive the bread and the cup because this is symbolic of the Body and Blood of Christ. Those who are looking for another way to eternal life will reject this ordinance.
Does It Matter?
Yes, it matters! Not because partaking saves a person but because the saved will obey Christ’s command. We are saved by Christ who paid our sin debt on Calvary’s tree. Christ Jesus gave His body and His blood that we might have life in Him. We partake because we have received life in Christ!
“So Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. 54 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.’“
President Trump Was Right About Some Things…
Before we look at what President Trump was completely wrong about and why, it is only fair to check out what he got right.
Although President Trump made many enemies by working tirelessly to block funding to Planned Parenthood, I am placing this as the number one thing he did that was right. While there are those who do not consider this something he did right, pro-life Christians like myself, consider this very right.
President Trump was right about how to bring jobs back to the USA. During Trump’s first three years, from January 2017 through January 2020, the nation added 6,585,000 jobs, an increase of 4.5%.
The President was right when he said a vaccine would be available before the year 2020 ended.
President Trump’s China policy was right. Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of state Tony Blinken said that President Trump “was right” to take a “tougher approach to China.” Most in Washington agree and outside as well, agree. President Trump’s Middle East policy was not only right, it was phenomenal!
That ‘a well built border wall will end the problem America has long had with illegals crossing our southern border’ was one of President Trumps’s campaign promises that was rapidly becoming a reality. The wall was effective. Trump was right.
‘The Future Act’ that President Trump signed has allocated more funding to historically black colleges and universities than any President has done before. In May 2017, President Trump promised “unwavering support” for the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). In December 2019, President Trump signed a bipartisan bill, known as the FUTURE Act. This is certainly something he did that is right.
President Trump moved the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and proposed a peace plan that substituted economic development for immediate Palestinian statehood. Traditional experts feared that Trump’s policies would ignite regional conflict. Instead, if anything, the region has calmed. First the United Arab Emirates, then Bahrain and Sudan, and most recently Morocco have opened diplomatic relations with Israel. It’s now possible to fly direct from Tel Aviv to Dubai, overflying Saudi Arabia.
President Trump was right about his decision to stop sending money to Iran and instead go after Soleimani. He brought long-delayed justice to Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani, who had orchestrated so many acts of terrorism. Experts feared that the killing of Soleimani would trigger the direst of consequences. Instead, the Iranian regime itself halted the cycle of retaliation!
President Trump’s 2017 tax bill actually helped those Americans in the lower income bracket despite what some predicted. The 2017 tax bill did ease the tax burden for many low-income earners. Before the tax bill, the standard deduction for taxpayers was $6,350 for single people, $9,350 for heads of household, and $12,700 for married couples. (There was also a personal exemption of $4,050.) Beyond that protected amount, low-income taxpayers could deduct additional amounts—if they kept proper records. With Trump’s bill, the standard deduction was almost doubled : For income earned in 2020, a single person pays no income tax on their first $12,400, heads of household on their first $18,650, and married couples on their first $24,800.
Under the Trump administration’s First Step prison-reform proposal sentences will be reduced for certain drug offenses. The program makes it easier for non-violent prisoners to qualify for early release, and be closer to their home. Women in prison will also receive sanitary products free of cost. This program offers much needed reform and is something very right done by the Trump administration.
President Trump was right when he said his phones were wire-tapped and the opposition spied on his campaign. We now know that Trump was right…
In May, declassified Department of Justice (DOJ) documents showed that President Obama was aware of the details of wiretapped conversations of then-incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak back in December 2016. Joe Biden was also aware, and was present at a meeting discussing it.
“On January 5, 2017, Yates attended an Oval Office meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey, then-Vice President Joe Biden, then-CIA Director John Brennan, and then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, according to the newly declassified documents, including an FD-302 FBI witness report,” reported Fox News’ Gregg Re at the time. “They were discussing Russian election interference, along with national security adviser Susan Rice and other members of the national security council.”
President Trump was right when he said emphatically Russia was not involved in aiding his campaign.
“The entire investigation of Trump and his associates was based on Russian disinformation, and the FBI “used Russia’s meddling with the 2016 election as a pretext to investigate Donald Trump” and those around him.”
“According to handwritten notes from Peter Strzok, it was Biden who suggested using the Logan Act to target Michael Flynn.” Taken from: Obama and Biden Knew About Spying on The Trump Campaign
With many good and right decisions, most who read this will agree that none of these achievements brought greatness!
Was the President Wrong?
Good policies are never wrong, but depending upon a policy or a president is wrong because…
Sadly Trump Was Wrong When He Said…
“…We are born free, and we will stay free. We will never be a Socialist country.”
Our freedom and our safety depends upon the Lord our God. I hope that America does not lose all freedom and I know socialism has never been successful. Still our future depends, not on who is president or upon a person. In America we have always been “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” however, this will remain only so long as we look to our Maker and obey Him.
“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”
Proverbs 14:34 KJV
As for President Trump, His campaign slogan to “Make America Great Again” is a promise that hinges upon America’s willingness to humble herself before God, because our greatness depends upon our obedience to God and His Word!
The quoted statements above were made prior to the release of the Covid virus and the resulting fiasco on November 3rd. With the mail-in voting and weeks following we have learned that things can change very quickly… Freedom is fragile. Even the former President is no longer free to speak on social media. Many of us are no longer free to operate a business or post on social media. Many students are not free to attend school. We are not free to attend certain events. We are ruled more by executive orders than by a representative government, News is highly edited and now efforts are being made in Congress to control what media is allowed in our country. We are not free if what we are allowed to view, read, or hear is controlled by Washington!
“Democratic Reps. Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney, both from California, sent letters to television content providers such as AT&T, Roku, Comcast, and Verizon asking them why they carried the three “purported” news outlets that they say function as “misinformation rumor mills and conspiracy theory hotbeds that produce content that leads to real harm.”
Freedom is a right given by our Creator and we will enjoy it only so long as our Creator permits.
Mandates are the new normal. For these reasons, I say that President Trump was very wrong when he made the above statement and similar statements.
Please pray that our nation will return to obeying Christ and His righteousness so that He might make America great. It is only in Christ that we will find freedom.
A COMPARISON STUDY OF INDIA VS USA
In the nation of India, Hydroxychloroquine was used early on to treat and or prevent Covid. Niharika Sharma reports that “On Feb. 2, the government informed parliament (pdf) that it has distributed 111.6 million pills of hydroxychloroquine or HCQ. The medicine is used for the treatment of autoimmune diseases or malaria.”
Meanwhile, in the USA, the FDA continues to refuse to place the drug on the approved list for treatment of Covid.
The United States is about 3 times bigger than India.
India is approximately 3,287,263 sq km, while United States is approximately 9,833,517 sq km, making United States 199% larger than India. Meanwhile, the population of India is ~1.3 billion people (993.5 million fewer people live in United States). One would expect the crowded conditions of India to cause Covid to spread rapidly and many more lives be lost.
(Updated February 2021)
|Country/place||Reported deaths||Deaths, last 7 days||Deaths per 100,000|
The information presented here seems to me to indicate that the FDA and WHO made a terrible mistake in not approving Hydroxychloroquine for Covid. This is not a scientific study and there may be other reasons India has outperformed other nations. Whatever the reason, I ask myself, “Why are we not seeking to learn what they are doing right and applying those therapies here?”
Where Are We Headed?
There are seventeen instances of Christ commanding those who will be His disciples to “follow” Him. The most often quoted is…
And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Mark 8:34
We are told if we belong to Him we will follow Him…
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:..John 10:27
Do we sometimes forget that following Jesus means we are headed toward suffering?
Christ steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, even knowing pain, agony, suffering, and death in the form of the cross of Calvary awaited Him there.
What Did Jesus Know?
Jesus knew all things, including what lay beyond the cross. After asking the young man we refer to as the rich, young ruler to sell his worldly treasures, Jesus told the man that at the end of the journey…
…thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. Luke 18:22
Jesus asked us to follow Him knowing that there will be tribulation, suffering, and for some a cross, because He knew the rest of the story. Satan, the Jews, the Romans, and even Christ’s disciples looked at the cross and saw a beaten, defeated man. But Jesus knew all along that this wasn’t the end. This wasn’t defeat. This wasn’t a loss. Christ’s death on the cross was the opposite of those things. The King of glory was willing to leave His estate and be made lower than the angels He had created for one purpose…so that we might be brought into His kingdom!
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. In bringing many sons to glory… Hebrews 2:9-10
But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.” Ephesians 4:7-8
Will You Also Go Away?
The Jews and some of Jesus’s disciples were offended when He spoke plainly to them about His body being a sacrifice.
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst…I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world…From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? John 6:35, 51, 66-67
It is actually the same today. We must be willing to receive Christ as the Passover Lamb was received or we are not covered. This is what we agree to when we follow Him.
We Walk By Faith
When we follow Christ we sometimes forget that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem. We forget how He suffered. We forget that He warned us in this world we will have tribulation. This year has been a reminder. Many have suffered. A national pandemic has caused fear and panic. Death has touched many families, including mine. Still I believe Him when He says…
I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!” John 16:33
Steady – firmly fixed, supported, or balanced; not shaking or moving.