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John 14:6

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Greetings and welcome to this week’s fellowship



Our Beloved Physician

By Charles H. Spurgeon


“Great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all.”

Matthew 12:15


What a mass of hideous sickness Jesus must have seen. Yet He was not disgusted but patiently healed them all. What a variety of evils He must have seen. What sickening ulcers and festering sores. Yet He was prepared for every type of evil and was victorious over its every form. Let the arrows fly from any angel, He quenches their fiery power.
The heat of fever, the cold of fluid buildup, the lethargy of paralysis, the rage of madness, the filth of leprosy, the darkness of blindness: All knew the power of His Word and fled at His command. In every corner of the field, He triumphed over evil and received honor from the delivered captives. He came, He saw, and He conquered everywhere.

He is the same this morning. Whatever my case may be, the beloved Physician can heal me. Whatever the fate of others whom I remember in prayer, I have hope in Jesus that they will be healed. My child, my friend, or my dearest on, I have hope for each and all when I remember the healing power of my Lord.

In my own situation, however severe my struggle with sin and infirmities, I too may be of good cheer. He Who on earth walked the hospitals still dispenses His grace and works wonders among His children. Let me earnestly go to Him at once.

Let me praise Him this morning as I remember how He wrought His spiritual cures. He took on Himself our sicknesses. “By His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:3). The church on earth is full of souls healed by our beloved Physician. The inhabitants of heaven confess that “He healed them all.”

Come then and spread the virtue of His grace. Let it be “an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off” (Isaiah 55:13).


May His face shine upon you and be gracious and give you peace.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


Christians around the world profess the Apostle’s Creed.

We do so to join with others as a statement of our beliefs in God.



Apostle’s Creed



I believe in God, the Father, the Almighty,

The creator of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

Born of the virgin Mary,

Suffered under Pontius Pilate,

Was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended into hell.

On the third day He rose again from the dead

.He ascended into Heaven,

And sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

From there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church,

The communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

The resurrection of the body and life everlasting.

Amen.




Let us lift up in prayer the following in the Name of Jesus:


We come to YOU LORD this day and ask that YOU would open the hearts of our congress to YOU and to make the effort to come together for the people of the United States and make a budget to run the country. Open their eyes to the needs of we the people, especially our men and women in the armed forces and our veterans. Let them use YOUR wisdom to do what is right in YOUR eyes and not what brings them power. Let them be truly servants to all the citizens of the United States. Let them come together to bring sense to the mess that immigration is, that those who wish to live and work in this country, to become citizens follow the laws that have been set forth and that there be equality for all those who want to live and work here, that they have to take the same path and that there is no distinction between one group or another. Let us be loving and compassionate towards each other and stop blaming the other, but looking first at ourselves and removing the plank that is in our eyes and realizing our sins first and then help others to remove the speck in their eyes. Let us realize that our sin and our pride keeps us from confessing our sin. Let us humble our selves in YOU and to walk in YOUR ways always, we ask that YOU would teach us to be humble in heart and to be YOUR ambassadors in this hurting world, we ask that YOUR light would shine out of us, we ask for YOUR grace and love to fill us and to break hearts of stone to know YOU and to love YOU and to walk in YOUR way,  Vivian, Barbie and Dennis, Don and Nancy, Brian and Lucia, Shirley, all those whom we have met in the Journey, Ashley, Amy Jo and Danny and family, Valerie & Rocky, Jan, Deidre, Joanne & David, Suzanne, Debby, For YOUR healing touch LORD on those who suffer from disease and illness, fill hearts with the knowledge that YOU are more than enough to heal our hearts, our minds and our bodies. Help us to learn to wait on YOU to accomplish what YOU want for us. Whether healing comes right away, or years from the moment we pray or whether healing does not come in this life, help us to be at rest in YOU. Darrel & Jerilyn and their family, Paula and Steve and family, we lift up those who deny YOU and try to stop YOU from being spoken of. We lift up coaches and everyone who is being persecuted for worshiping YOU. Fill them with YOUR strength to continue unafraid in their praise and worship. Fill the courts with judges who know YOU so that righteous decisions will be given. We pray, LORD, that people will open their eyes and stop the violence that is happening in this country. We pray that people will accept our president, who was elected according to the laws of this country and that those who lost would not be trying to overthrow this government that was duly elected. We pray that people will stop spreading the lies of the devil and that people will listen to YOUR truth. We pray for the children who are abducted and abused, who are homeless and hungry. We pray for our loved ones who are sick. We lift up those who have lost their jobs and their homes and have given up. Give them Your peace, O Lord. Father, help us to let Your grace flow in all parts of our lives. We pray that people will get ready for Your return Lord Jesus.  God send us revival and spiritual awakening in our Christian churches that will set our nation aright, that radical Islam would stop their assaults, religious intolerance of Christianity, Mariam, Stephen, Edwin & Sherie & Eric & Ethan, Ester, Cindy, Shirley, Wayne and Shawna, safe travels, that Christians would seek Your Word daily & learn and seek Your way, Your truth and Your life in all areas of their lives and not allow the lies of the devil and the people he uses to spread his lies about You and that Your truth about all things will be revealed, let Christians rise up and declare their faith in You and Your Word and stop believing the lies of the liberal agenda,  Billy Graham, Franklin Graham, Joseph Prince, Kirk Cameron, Joyce Meyer, Jack Graham, Michael Youssef, Oral Roberts Ministry & the many other ministries that preach the Word Of God in truth & spirit, that people will tune in and watch in order to learn about you and that people would live in Your ways Father, for those trying to open new businesses will be successful, especially Beth and Playdate, for those who are trying to buy their own homes especially Nora and family, spiritually curious people, Arthur and Denise Blessitt, the slaughter of Christians in Nigeria by Boko Haran, Syria,  Sudan, Iran and many other lands, President Donald Trump and those he has chosen to serve with him, that they will bring good changes to the United States and in the world as the US has now accepted Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as it is, that people will realize that we are all YOUR children and as such we are brothers and sisters and to treat each other in YOUR amazing love, Christians United for Israel, stay-at-home moms and dads, we pray for the children who are homeless and hungry, aborted and are victims of pediphiles and sexual slavery, for those who suffer with addictions, for peace in Israel, that Your chosen people would come to know You Lord Jesus as their Savior. Pray for those who are out preaching the gospel both here in the United States and all around the world, that seeds of faith may be sown to bring glory to our Lord God. We pray for all who love the Lord that they will completely abandon themselves to YOU. We pray for those who do not know the Lord that they will come to the Lord and ask Him for His forgiveness and give their lives to God. We pray that they will learn that only through Jesus can they find eternal life, Michele & Dana & family, Carey & Martin & family, Michelle & family, Deanna & Josh & family, OJ, Anna, Ethan & Serenity, Sherie, Tommie, Mark, Bill and Bev, Hyma & family, Glenn, Dee Dee, Nancy & Dave, Emily & Joseph & Jamie & Kacie & Melissa & Phil & Mila & Karen & Kenny & family, Prodigals to come back, Robert & Elizabeth, Donna & Johnny & family, for those that are working to keep us safe and provide emergency services, Home Churches all over the world, for those who kill through abortion, prayer requests, Felicia & Campus Ministry, those affected by the weather and natural disasters, fires & drought, Aspen & AJ, for the children who suffer from disease or abuse, CJ & mom April, Callie & Cozy & Noah & parents Karen and Joe,  Bowen, Patty, Nathan & Erica & Sophie, Anna & Craig & family, Andrea & Jason & Ian & Ava, Barbara, those suffering from cancer and mental illness, Michael, Middle East, Israel, for judges to not make laws, Elaine & Tony, Jeanine, Beth & Eric & Isaiah & Alliyah & Addyson, Chrissy & JD & Noah & Ashton & Konner & Elle & Briley, Henry & Monica & Isaiah & Branson & Flora, Nora & Chris & Ethan & Jocelyn, Ben, Roanne,  John & Carol, Kat, Kim, Marie, Craig, Michael & Gina, Toni & Angel, Kevin & Ro, Monica, Bill, Mike, Shannon, Johnny & Jamie & Mikey, Becca, Allie, Harry & Sandy, Sara & Bella, Emily, John & Cheryl & family, Kathy, for our families and friends, for those that are in hospitals, nursing homes, care centers, Patt and Ron, Melanie & Nick, Sean, Scott, Kathie, Scot & Fran, Caity & Corey & Aiden & Tristan, Krissy & Travis & family, Renee & LA, Dwight & Brandy & Savannah & Blake, Brenda, Sebastian, Kathryn & Sean & Julian & Hunter & unborn son, Suzette, Mike & Erin & Nathan & Michaela & Colin, for all those who loved ones have passed on, Donna & Erick & family, Melissa & Aaron & Patrick & Kailyn & Macey & AJ, Crystal & Luke & son, Mary, Maureen & daughter Nicole & child, Janet, Henry & Noreen, this church & ministry & the Journey, peace, Christians who are persecuted & killed, our men & women in the armed forces and our veterans & their families, for all those who have asked for prayers …  (Your prayers and petitions)


We thank You Father for hearing our prayers spoken and unspoken. We know that You are the way to life. We believe that by following Your way that when we ask of You, we will receive; that when we seek, we will find; and when we knock the door will open. So with faith we humbly ask You to answer our prayers and grant our petitions and prayers according to the Father’s Will. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.




Readings


Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ


Psalm 38:

Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger
    or discipline me in Your wrath.
Your arrows have pierced me,
    and Your hand has come down on me.
Because of Your wrath there is no health in my body;
    there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin.
My guilt has overwhelmed me
    like a burden too heavy to bear.

My wounds fester and are loathsome
    because of my sinful folly.
I am bowed down and brought very low;
    all day long I go about mourning.
My back is filled with searing pain;
    there is no health in my body.
I am feeble and utterly crushed;
    I groan in anguish of heart.

All my longings lie open before You, Lord;
    my sighing is not hidden from You.
10 My heart pounds, my strength fails me;
    even the light has gone from my eyes.
11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds;
    my neighbors stay far away.
12 Those who want to kill me set their traps,
    those who would harm me talk of my ruin;
    all day long they scheme and lie.

13 I am like the deaf, who cannot hear,
    like the mute, who cannot speak;
14 I have become like one who does not hear,
    whose mouth can offer no reply.
15 Lord, I wait for You;
    You will answer, Lord my God.
16 For I said, “Do not let them gloat
    or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.”

17 For I am about to fall,
    and my pain is ever with me.
18 I confess my iniquity;
    I am troubled by my sin.
19 Many have become my enemies without cause[b];
    those who hate me without reason are numerous.
20 Those who repay my good with evil
    lodge accusations against me,
    though I seek only to do what is good.

21 Lord, do not forsake me;
    do not be far from me, my God.
22 Come quickly to help me,
    my Lord and my Savior.


James 5:13-20

13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the Name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.

19 My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.


John 14:1-15


“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in Me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I AM going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I AM. You know the way to the place where I AM going.”


Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we don’t know where You are going, so how can we know the way?”

Jesus answered, “I AM the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you really know Me, you will know[b] My Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him.”

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus answered: “Don’t you know Me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I AM in the Father, and that the Father is in Me? The Words I say to you I do not speak on My own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in Me, Who is doing His work. 11 Believe Me when I say that I AM in the Father and the Father is in Me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in Me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I AM going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in My Name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask Me for anything in My Name, and I will do it.”

15 “If you love Me, keep My commands.”


Weekly Way


Healing In The LORD

1O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your anger or discipline me in Your wrath. 2 Your arrows have pierced me and Your hand has come down on me. 3Because of Your wrath there is no health in my body; there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin. 4My guilt has overwhelmed me, like a burden too heavy to bear. 5My wounds fester and are loathsome because of my sinful folly. 6I am bowed down and brought very low; all day long I go about mourning. 7My back is filled with searing pain; there is no health in my body. 8I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart. Psalm 38:1-8

Update: Many years ago when I wrote this Weekly Way, I really did not have any major health issues and my son in law was living with Type One Diabetes. Henry had his health issues but since has many more. Now, I am diabetic, having been diagnosed last year when I went into ICU with ketoacidious. My arthritis has become severe and very painful. My son in law is now on dialysis and needing a transplant of a kidney and pancreas soon, Our daughter, his wife, struggles with depression because of his health and now she is the bread winner and mother of 5 children, having to work and be the homemaker as well, since her husband is now on disability because of his health. Dialysis is very hard on him and in less than a year, they have had to do dialysis through the heart because other places have not worked. He has also lost some sight from the diabetes. Henry is in permanent abnormal afib, with elevated heart rate, which limits him in everything. He is on meds for it, While we have these struggles with our health, they have brought us closer to GOD and has been building our faith even stronger. While we struggle and have not received healing from these health problems as of yet, we continue to hope and pray for healing, trusting in the LORD because HIS strength is sufficient, HIS love is unending, and in truth, HE’s got this. That is my new saying with all things. GOD’s got this. No matter what happens, whether healing comes in this life or when we are home with the LORD, we know that GOD is already there and that there is nothing to fear. GOD is on the throne and no matter what, HIS will be done. Because JESUS accepted death on the cross for us, we can accept whatever comes our way, because GOD did and HE will bring what we need. It has been 5 years since I first wrote this sermon an my sibling is still with us. Another sibling is battling kidney failure due to diabetes but is not on dialysis as of yet, and is dealing with some afib as well. But we keep going, learning to live with. But the rest of this sermon still applies and is worth the reading and telling.

We all have things we need to overcome and the biggest thing that we need to overcome is ourselves. We have to learn to walk humbly with our GOD and to walk only in HIS way and to walk in HIS love so that no matter what is going on in our lives we trust in HIM and are not afraid of what may come. Everything that happens is a chance for us to learn and to overcome or to be humble in our successes. Everything gives us a choice, GOD’s way or the evil one’s way, there is no middle ground. This world tells us that GOD is not good because HE does not want us to live in the devil’s way but HIS. The devil wants to keep us out of our home with GOD and to have us suffer with him in hell forever. And so he uses people on earth to lie and contort the truth of GOD. Living in GOD’s way is simple. HIS Word gives us HIS story and truth, HIS wisdom and knowledge, the basics we need to learn to love HIM and walk in HIS ways and prepare ourselves to living forever with HIM when our school of earth is done. There are only two choices in life, I want you to understand this, We have the ability to make the choice with whatever is put before us, whether to walk in GOD’s way or the evil one’s. GOD is good and perfect and HIS ways bring us to HIS perfection. But we have to choose HIS ways. And we have to learn HIS truth and we have t know HIS life. That is why reading the Bible and when we do, we have to ask the HOLY SPIRIT to convict us of GOD’s truth. We have to come humbly before GOD and ask HIM to teach us as our FATHER, and allow HIM into our lives and to have that beautiful, personal, loving relationship with HIM. In doing so, we put a hedge of protection around us that we keep us in HIS will, even in the midst of times of trial and troubles. It is a daily taking up of our cross and walking with JESUS with HIS cross and walking in the way of the LORD. It is standing firm in GOD’s truth even when the world tells us we and GOD are wrong. IF we continue to read HIS Word and walk in the way of the LORD, no matter what may come, we will thrive and survive and be made perfect in GOD. My prayer is that we will all learn to abandon ourselves to GOD and to come every day to HIS Word and learn and to walk with GOD in all areas of our lives. FATHER, please keep on loving everyone especially those who do not believe. O I pray LORD, that hearts will be broken from the lies and strongholds that the devil has over lives and that people will surrender all to YOU and be filled with YOUR love and to walk with YOU all of the rest of their days. And no matter what GOD, we trust in You no matter what is going on in our lives, even through the medical issues we have. YOU got this LORD and YOU are all we need.
The LORD bless you and keep you. The LORD make HIS face shine upon you and be gracious. The LORD turn HIS face toward you and give you peace. In JESUS’ NAME we pray. Amen.

When I decided to write about healing, I thought of the many Scriptures there are that speak about healing. The reason I decided this subject was because one of my siblings just received a diagnosis of cancer. My sibling already has other medical problems that limit the options for treatment. My sibling has had things happen that has caused a trial of faith before this cancer diagnosis. Cancer is a word that scares people. Automatically people are scared and wonder how long before they will die. They know that treatment options cause pain and because of the poison the treatment puts in the body, it causes one to be very sick, it makes people wonder if the treatment is worth it.

I have had a few family, friends and other people that I have known who died from cancer and I know people who are survivors. For the most part, the cancers have been different types. Henry’s brother died at age 51 from lung cancer. He had been treated for the wrong thing for about a year when finally a doctor recognized that Ric had cancer. He died about a week later. Ric’s wife died about 5 years after he did from cervical cancer. One of my uncles, he was opened up and the cancer was so great that they closed him up and in died in less than 6 months. A good friend of mine, Kris, lived for 15 years after she was diagnosed with liver cancer. She prayed from 2nd Kings 20:1-11, the prayer of Hezekiah. Hezekiah had become ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah came to him and told him the LORD told him to put his house in order because he was going to die. Hezekiah prayed to God, asking God to remember how he has faithfully followed Him and Hezekiah wept. God then told Isaiah to go back to Hezekiah and tell him, “I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the 3rd day from now you will go up to the temple of the LORD. I will add 15 years to your life. Kris lived almost 15 years to the day she prayed that prayer.

I have a niece who has survived breast cancer for over 15 years now. A young boy Vinny fought the good fight but he went home when he was 9. When his mom asked him if he could begin life and not have cancer, he said no because cancer brought him closer to God. I had never met Vinny but learned of him and his story through a prayer request. Vinny’s short life was a tribute to God. I prayed so hard for Vinny, I wanted to meet him and tell him that I love him. I will tell him when I go home. For now, every time I see Lego’s I will think of Vinny. A lady had come to me to be baptized because she felt that cancer brought her closer to God and she used her cancer to tell people about her faith in God. She was at peace when she went home to God. I met a lady when I was getting a mammogram who had been a breast cancer survivor for over 25 years.

Cancer, like other diseases, is not God’s desire for us. Cancer has come about because of the changes that have occurred in our DNA. Cancer cannot take away your faith. For many people it increases their faith and brings them closer to God. They become at peace because they know God loves them and because of their faith, know they will be going home to live with God. Cancer cannot take away the love that you have for your family and it will not take away the love of your family. It can bring about a stronger faith and help families to celebrate life and live life as if tomorrow will be your last day. It teaches people to enjoy each moment with family and to cherish each moment. And people learn to be thankful for every day they have.

Still for others, especially those without faith or whose faith is weak, they may turn away from God even more, and blame Him for the cancer. They feel God is punishing them. Psalm 38 tells these feelings. Sadly, many people without faith and those who have not surrendered their lives to God feel He is punishing them for their lack of faith. God loves you, even if you do not love Him or you doubt Him. Death is something we all will face. Some people face death and survive for many years. Henry has faced death twice now. During one of my bouts with pneumonia, I felt like I was going to die. I said goodbye to my children and husband while they were sleeping. I had pneumonia from the end of October to finally being okay to go out on December 24th. As a teen, taking my life seemed the only way to end my pain. As I have grown in the LORD, I have found that this earth is not my home. I look forward to the day when I will be with my LORD and Savior. Henry and I pray that the LORD will bring us home together, but if He calls me first, I’m okay with that. Henry teases me about that, how I want to leave him but we know that this earth is not our home and we long for being with God forever. We have no fear of death because we know God is there. His love fills our lives and fills our whole beings with His peace.

Psalm 38 is not about God punishing us because we deserve to be punished because of our sins. God can and does use the circumstances in our lives to bring us closer to Him. Psalm 30:2-3 says: O LORD my God, I called to You for help and You healed me. You brought me up from the realm of the dead. You spared me from going down to the pit. When you received your diagnosis of cancer fear may have filled your whole being. You sit there wondering why, and your whole life may flash before your eyes. You may get angry at God for allowing you to get cancer or you may call out to God because you have ignored Him your whole life; you have never put God first in your life and now you realize that you need Him. You may be a lukewarm believer and now you know that God and your relationship with Him should have been the most important part of your life. None of these things need keep you from coming to God. It is never too late to have a personal relationship with God. And when you do, it will fill you with His peace and you will learn to love Him and to live each day in His mercy and love, enjoying each day that you have left in this earthly life. You will celebrate each day, discovering that life is worth giving your all to God and loving those around you. And during this time you can make things right in your life. Take this time as you surrender all to God. You will learn to forgive those who have wronged you in life. You will be able to ask God to forgive you for the anger you have wrapped around you; you will be able to ask God to open your heart and to let go of the anger that has poisoned you for so long. You will understand that God did not desire that person or persons to hurt you. It was not what God wanted. It was the choice of the person who hurt you. They have freewill just as you do. They are the ones who caused your pain. And when you do not forgive, you are causing that pain to fester and grow. Forgive them and surrender yourself to God and let Him heal you of the hate. You only hurt yourself by hanging on to hate and unforgiveness. Let God into your life and let Him hold you and allow Him to fill you with His love. God will punish the evil doers in His time and in His way. After all, “Vengeance is Mine,” says the LORD.  

Just recently we witnessed the 3 young women who were held captive in Ohio. Their stories, their faith amazes me. And that man, well he killed himself and he will spend eternity in hell for what he did. These women are rebuilding their lives that was torn away from them God is healing them and surrounding them with His love. I remember back in the 70’s, a child had been abducted in the city that I lived. They found this child dead in a dumpster. The parents forgave the murderer.

When we hold on to the anger over what someone has done to us or someone we love, it only festers and poisons our whole body; it leaves an opening for the devil to implant his hate into our lives. The devil likes to inflict pain on his victims. Using cancer, illness, being molested or raped, losing a job or divorce, losing your house, having a bomb blow up when you are serving your country in another place far from home and you lose your arm or leg or you receive a traumatic brain injury, you or a loved one is killed or maimed by a drunk driver; the list goes on and on. And because of the pain we shut out God and blame Him for the actions of others. Our bodies suffer and the devil brings illness, whether cancer, stroke, heart attack, physical attacks or mental attacks; the devil will use anything to put you at odds with God; he will lie to you and fill you with his hate because he wants you in hell with him. Brothers and sisters, resist the devil, and flee from him and fall into the arms of our loving God. You will be safe in His loving arms.

God is waiting for you to let go of all the evil things that the devil has brought into your life. God is waiting with open arms to enfold you and shield you. He will cover you with His love and grace no matter what is happening in your life. You have to surrender your life to God, confess your sins and let go of all the hate and anger the devil has filled your life with. Psalm 33:18-22 says: But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear (and love) Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive from famine. We wait in hope for the LORD; He is our help and shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His Holy Name. May Your unfailing love be with us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in You.

Sisters and brothers, no matter what is happening in your life, come to God and let Him heal you; your diseases, your hate, your pain; let God heal you of all the things that life has done to you. Jesus became Man so that He could show us God’s way, His truth, and His life. Because humankind is weak, God had promised from the beginning that He would bring about our Salvation, to save us from ourselves. Jesus lived as a human, just as we do. He was tempted in every way that we are so that we can learn from Him and overcome as He did. He came to serve us; He fed people; He healed; He brought the dead back to life; He preached about the kingdom of God and that we have to repent of our sins. He is preparing a place in heaven for each of us who choose Him. He places before us life and death, blessings and curses. It’s up to us how we want to live our lives; it’s up to us to accept God’s love and truth; or we can chose the devil’s hate and lies. God will not control you. But when you surrender your life to God and seek Him first in your life; when you confess your sins and ask God to heal you from your sins; falling in love with God and growing day by day in a personal relationship with God, you will find in His peace that nothing will move you from standing firm in your faith and trusting God no matter what happens.

Let us read these words from Psalm 23:3-4: He restores my soul. Yea, though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me. Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. God loves you and is with you always. Let Him into your life and allow His love to cover you. Let go of the anger and the hate. It is never too late to come to the LORD. Don’t allow the devil to steal God’s love away from you. Jesus forgave you your sins with His life, dying a horrible death on the cross. He knows your fears; He knows your pain and sorrow. Think about this: God is your Parent. When He looks at you, what does He see? A person of love or a person of hate? A person living a life in His way, His truth and His life, or a person following the lies of the devil, promoting his agenda of lies and hate?

Let it all go to God and trust in Him. Give Him thanks and praise for all things in your life. Forgive one another as he has forgiven you. Let Him heal your heart and your body. Fall in love with God. Don’t fear; God tells us in His Word 365 times, not to fear. His love covers fear. When we learn to live in His love, nothing will cause us to fear. Cancer cannot take God’s love away. And even if our healing comes in death, we know we will be home with God and that no cancer, no pain will be there and death is conquered and that we will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Take the time to read through the Scriptures and write down all the Scriptures on healing and reflect on them. God loves you.



The Lord’s Supper



(You will need bread (or unleavened bread) and wine (or grape juice) for the Lord’s Supper. Place bread in a bowl or platter and wine (grape juice) in a wine glass or nice cup. Use the same bowl and glass each week, reserving it only for the Lord’s Supper out of reverence for the Lord. Place the bread and wine on a table. You can stand or sit around the table. You can have candles if you would like.)



Whenever two or three are gathered there is God among them. Jesus tells us: ” I tell you the truth, whoever hears My Word and believes Him Who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent. I AM the bread of life. He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand there praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” As Your children, Father, teach us and let Your Word become for us, a living part of our lives. Teach us to love one another and to forgive one another.



Lord have mercy on us, forgive us our sins.

Christ have mercy on us, teach us to forgive others

.Lord show us Your Way, Your Truth, and Your Life.


If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the Name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children. Devote yourselves to the apostle’s teachings and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.


Father, before us sits bread and wine. Jesus said: “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him.”


He always loved those who were His own in the world. When the time came for Him to be glorified by You, His heavenly Father, He showed the depth of His love.As Jesus and His disciples were reclined at the table, He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.”


And while they were eating, Jesus took a piece of bread, and giving a prayer of thanks to the Father, He broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying, “Take and eat, this is My body given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”


In the same way, He took the cup, again giving thanks to the Father and offered it to them, and they all drank from it. Jesus said to them, “Drink it, all of you, this is My blood, which seals Gods covenant, My blood poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will never again drink this wine until the day I drink the new wine with you in My Father’s Kingdom.”



Worthy is the Lamb, Who was slain,

To receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength

And honor and glory and praise!


To Him Who sits on the throne and to the Lamb

Be praise and honor and glory and power,

Forever and ever!


And by His stripes we are healed!



Teach us, Father, that in celebrating this Supper given to us by Your Son, Jesus Christ, how we are to live our lives. The greatest should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. And Jesus will confer on us a kingdom, just as You Father conferred one on Him, so that we might eat and drink at His table in heaven. Teach us to live out our Salvation in the way we live our lives.



Praise God from whom all blessings flow,

Praise Him all creatures here below

Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.



Communion (sharing {eat and drink} the body and blood)



Prayer after Communion


May the grace of Christ our Saviour,

And the Father’s boundless love,

With the Holy Spirit’s favor

,Rest upon us from above.


Thus may we abide in union

With each other and the Lord,

And possess, in sweet communion,

Joys which earth cannot afford.Amen.

By Rev. John Newton, 1779



Lord’s Prayer (please join hands)


Our Father, Who art in heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy Kingdom come

Thy will be done

On earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our trespasses

As we forgive those who trespass against us

And lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil. Amen.


Benediction


The LORD bless you and keep you.


The LORD make His face shine upon

you and be gracious.


The LORD turn His face towards you

and give you peace.




Concluding


    Ragman

By Walter Wangerin


I saw a strange sight. I stumbled upon a story most strange, like nothing my life, my street sense, my sly tongue had ever prepared me for.

Hush, child. Hush, now, and I will tell it to you.


Even before the dawn one Friday morning I noticed a young man, handsome and strong, walking the alleys of our city. He was pulling an old cart filled with clothes both bright and new, and He was calling in a clear, tenor voice: “Rags!” Ah, the air was foul and the first light filthy to be crossed by such sweet music.

 “Rags! New rags for old! I take your tired rags! Rags!


“Now this is a wonder,” I thought to myself, for the man stood six-feet-four, and His arms were like tree limbs, hard and muscular, and His eyes flashed intelligence. Could He find no better job than this, to be a ragman in the inner city?

I followed Him. My curiosity drove me. And I wasn’t disappointed.

Soon the Ragman saw a woman sitting on her back porch. She was sobbing into a handkerchief, sighing, and shedding a thousand tears. Her knees and elbows made a sad X. Her shoulders shook. Her heart was breaking.

The Ragman stopped His cart. Quietly, He walked to the woman, stepping round tin cans, dead toys and Pampers.

“Give Me your rag,” He said so gently, “and I will give you another.”

He slipped the handkerchief from her eyes. She looked up, and He laid across her palm a lined cloth so clean and new that it shined. She blinked from the gift to the giver.

Then, as He began to pull His cart again, the Ragman did a strange thing; He put her stained handkerchief to His Own face; and then He began to weep, to sob so grievously as she had done, His shoulders shaking. Yet she was left without a tear.

“This is a wonder,” I breathed to myself, and I followed the sobbing Ragman like a child who cannot turn away from mystery.

“Rags! Rags! New rags for old!”

In a little while, when the sky showed grey behind the rooftops and I could see the shredded curtains hanging out black windows, the Ragman came upon a girl whose head was wrapped in a bandage, whose eyes were empty. Blood soaked her bandage. A single line of blood rand down her cheek.

Now the tall Ragman looked upon this child with pity, and He drew a lovely yellow bonnet from His cart.

“Give Me your rag,” He said, tracing His Own line on her cheek, “and I’ll give you mine.”

The child could only gaze at Him while He loosened the bandage, removed it and tied it to His Own head. The bonnet He set on hers. And I gasped at what I saw; for with the bandage went the wound! Against His brow it ran a darker, more substantial blood—His Own!

“Rags! Rags! I take old rages!” cried the sobbing, bleeding, strong, intelligent Ragman.

The sun hurt both the sky, now, and my eyes; the Ragman seemed more and more to hurry.

“Are you going to work?” He asked a man who leaned against a telephone pole. The man shook his head.

The Ragman pressed him: “Do you have a job?”

“Are You crazy?” sneered the other. He pulled away from the pole, revealing the right sleeve of his jacket—flat, the cuff stuffed into the pocket. He had no arm

“So,” said the Ragman, “Give Me your jacket, and I’ll give you Mine.”

Such quiet authority in His voice!

The one-armed man took off his jacket. So did the Ragman—and I trembled at what I saw: for the Ragman’s arm stayed in its sleeve, and when the other put it on he had two good arms, thick as tree limbs, and the Ragman had only one.

“Go to work,” He said.

After that He found a drunk, lying unconscious beneath an army blanket, an old man, hunched, wizened, and sick. He took that blanket and wrapped it around Himself, but for the drunk He left new clothes.


And now I had to run to keep up with the Ragman. Though He was weeping uncontrollably, and bleeding freely at the forehead, pulling the cart with one arm, stumbling for drunkenness, falling again and again, exhausted, old, old, and sick, yet He went at terrible speed. On spider’s legs He skittered through the alleys of the City, this mile and the next, until He came to its limits, and then He rushed beyond.

I wept to see the change in this man. I hurt to see His sorrow. And yet I needed to see where He was going in such a haste, perhaps to know what drove Him so.

This little old Ragman—He came to a landfill. He came to the garbage pits. And then I wanted to help Him in what He did, but I hung back, hiding. He climbed a hill. With tormented labor He cleared a little space on that hill. Then He sighed. He lay down. He pillowed His head on a handkerchief and a jacket. He covered His bones with an army blanket. And He died.

Oh, how I cried to witness that death! I slumped in a junked car and wailed and mourned as one who had no hope—because I had come to love the Ragman. Every other face had faded in the wonder of this man and I cherished Him, but He died. I sobbed myself to sleep.

I did not know—how could I know?—that I slept through Friday night and Saturday and its night, too.

But then, on Sunday morning, I was wakened by a violence.

Light—pure, hard demanding light—slammed against my sour face, and I blinked, and I looked, and I saw the last and the first wonder of all. There was the Ragman, folding His blanket most carefully, a scar on His forehead, but alive! And besides that, healthy! There was no sign of sorrow nor of age and all the rages that He had gathered shined for cleanliness.

Well, then I lowered my head and, trembling for all that I had seen, I myself walked up to the Ragman. I told Him my name with shame, for I was a sorry figure nest to Him. Then I took off all my clothes in that place, and I said to Him with dear yearnings in my voice: “Dress me.”

He dressed me. My Lord, He put new rags on me, and I am a wonder besides Him. The Ragman, the Ragman, the Christ!

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