FOR THE JOY SET BEFORE HIM

“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:2).

Jesus singular purpose for coming into this world was in obedience to his Father in Heaven.

“Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me” (John 8:42).

“In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. 32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. 33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? 34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work (John 4:31-34).

Jesus came and died to fulfill his Father’s will to save the world.  Jesus also came for the reward offered to him (Heb. 12:1-2)

The following passages describe some of the reward Jesus would receive for fulfilling the Father’s will. Part of these rewards are described in Revelation 22:26-27 and in Hebrews 1:1-2.

·       The Father made Jesus Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36).

·       The Father gave him all authority in heaven and earth (Matt. 28:18).

·       The Father ordained that every knee would bow to Jesus (Rom. 14:9)

·       Jesus would be given a name above every name (Phil. 2:9-11).

·       Jesus will be given a bride (the church) for eternity (Eph. 5:25-27; Rev. 19:7-9; Mark 2:19-20).

In view of the honor, which He would have at the right hand of God, and the happiness, which He would experience from knowing He had redeemed the world and brought many sons to glory, Jesus was willing to bear the sorrows and to patiently endure the pain and ignominy connected with the suffering of death on the cross.  There was the joy of fulfilling the will of the Father (Psa. 40:6, John 6:38-40) in tasting death for every man.

 

-Beth Johnson

Psalms 1

Compare scriptures about seeking to edify with the statements by Job’s friends. Was their intent to edify? At first, was their mission to encourage or discourage?

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Psalms 1

Here are some simple morning thoughts from reading through the Psalms.

Psalms 1:1-6

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

  • After so many years of little girl dreams about “one day” when I would be married, it’s amazing and exciting to finally be here – a wife, a helper, actually responsible for all those cares I used to imagine how I would manage. It’s such a sudden, new kind of life, that I feel almost like a child again – needing to stop and learn how to manage a simple day, needing to be taught the very basics. It’s been tempting to search online for advice and inspiration, but I need to shun worldly sources of counsel. Sometimes it sounds good, but it’s not the kind of counsel that will…

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Are You Weighed Down?

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“ARE YOU WEIGHED DOWN?”

“Let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12.1)

     INTRO.: A song which encourages us to run with patience the race that is set before us by laying aside the things of this life that weigh us down and looking to the Lord is “Are You Weighed Down?” (#654 in Hymns for Worship Revised). The text was written by Craig A. Roberts (b. 1957). The tune was composed by Richard L. Morrison, who was born on Nov. 17, 1945, in Fullerton, CA, to Richard Lee and Doris Morrison. Because his father was a preacher, he lived in Washington, Oregon, several places in California, Arizona, and Texas during his youth.   His musical education began at the feet of the prolific and admired song writer Austin Taylor, who partnered with Edgar Furr to start the…

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I’m Walking the Heavenly Way

I first learned about this brother when my husband and I rented a room from his widow. It is always great to realize that we don’t have to sing songs written by denominational false teachers.

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I’M WALKING THE HEAVENLY WAY

“But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly…” (Heb. 13:16)

      INTRO.:  A hymn which expresses the desire for a better, heavenly country is “I’m Walking the Heavenly Way.”  The text was written and tune was composed both by George Henry Pryor (G. H. P.) Showalter, who was born at Snowville, VA, on Oct. 15, 1870, the son of J. T. and Sarah Catherine Showalter.  Baptized into Christ by his father on the second Sunday in March of 1883, Showalter was educated at the Greendale Institute of VA, Milligan College in TN, and the University of Texas. In 1891 he began preaching in Greendale, VA, and was an active preacher for 63 years. After teaching school and doing some evangelistic work in Virginia and West Virginia from 1892 to 1897, he came to Texas in 1897 and…

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This antibiotic will ruin you. 

Probably the worst part of being “one of the victims” of this drug is that doctors will continue to prescribe it in its various forms. They say there is no other choice for you because you have run out of options for your type of infections.

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4739Hi there, we need to talk. My name is Amy Moser. I have almost written this post at least 20 times and got too overwhelmed and abandoned it. Well here goes…

The antibiotics you took or are taking for your sinus infection, UTI, skin infection, laser eye surgery…ect…may have already damaged you.

Cipro, Levaquin, Avalox, nearly every generic ending in “quin”, “oxacin,””ox,”…are all part of a large family of antibiotics called “Fluoroquinolones.” The FDA finally updated their warning on these antibiotics as of July 2016. They site “multiple system damage that may be irreversible. Permanent you guys. Here is the link for the warning if you are a doubting Thomas: https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm500143.htm. Take a gander real quick if you are reading this with an eyebrow raised. Trust me, I wish I had been given the opportunity to soak up this information before it was too late.

In 2010, I took…

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