Calming Word During the Coronavirus — Joy of Jesus! Joni & Job 42 — Isaiah 46

Matthew 6:25-34 New International Version (NIV)

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Let us be people of light and hope!

Joni

References & Reflections

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronavirus_disease_2019
[2] https://www.searchingthescriptures.net/main_pages/sermon_outlines/Sermon%20on%20the%20Mount%20-%20PFD/23%20Sermon%20on%20the%20Mount%20-%20Do%20Not%20Worry.pdf
[3] http://jimbomkamp.com/matthew/Matt_6P4.htm

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Judges 6:11-24 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Call of Gideon

11 Now the angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress to hide it from the Midianites. 12 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.” 13 And Gideon said to him, “Please, my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all his wonderful deeds that our fathers recounted to us, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and given us into the hand of Midian.” 14 And the Lord[a] turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?” 15 And he said to him, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” 16 And the Lord said to him, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.” 17 And he said to him, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, then show me a sign that it is you who speak with me. 18 Please do not depart from here until I come to you and bring out my present and set it before you.” And he said, “I will stay till you return.”

19 So Gideon went into his house and prepared a young goat and unleavened cakes from an ephah[b] of flour. The meat he put in a basket, and the broth he put in a pot, and brought them to him under the terebinth and presented them. 20 And the angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened cakes, and put them on this rock, and pour the broth over them.” And he did so. 21 Then the angel of the Lord reached out the tip of the staff that was in his hand and touched the meat and the unleavened cakes. And fire sprang up from the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened cakes. And the angel of the Lord vanished from his sight. 22 Then Gideon perceived that he was the angel of the Lord. And Gideon said, “Alas, O Lord God! For now I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face.” 23 But the Lord said to him, “Peace be to you. Do not fear; you shall not die.” 24 Then Gideon built an altar there to the Lord and called it, The Lord Is Peace. To this day it still stands at Ophrah, which belongs to the Abiezrites.

Fear Not! Francis Chan Gives Encouragement to the Church During Times of Plagues and Pandemics

Francis Chan, presently in Hong Kong, addresses his team of elders, his church in San Francisco, and the Church around the world. He reminds believers everywhere that now is not the time to lose our love, joy, or peace. We invite you to be encouraged with Chan’s message and to hold to Jesus’s greatest commandment, “Go, therefore and make disciples…”

For more information on how David C Cook is serving church leaders with resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit https://davidccook.org.

Rejoice Always! Anxious for Nothing

Philippians 4:4

4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be apparent to all. The Lord is near.

6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Rejoice Always! Anxious for Nothing

Philippians 4:4

4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be apparent to all. The Lord is near.

6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Heaven: Our Real Home – A Better World – Preparing a Place Before Jesus & God’s Presence!

John 14:2

In My Father’s House are Many Rooms

1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe in Me as well.

2 In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?

3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and welcome you into My presence, so that you also may be where I am.

Resurrection

Resurrection — Jesus tells us the truth: “Fear Not!”

Matthew 28:10

The Resurrection


9Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” They came to Him, grasped His feet, and worshiped Him. 
10“Do not be afraid,” said Jesus. “Go, tell My brothers to go to Galilee. There they will see Me.”

References & Reflections

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronavirus_disease_2019

God’s Wisdom & Health Over Worldly Wealth — Francis Chan Gives Encouragement to the Church During Times of Plagues and Pandemics

Francis Chan, presently in Hong Kong, addresses his team of elders, his church in San Francisco, and the Church around the world. He reminds believers everywhere that now is not the time to lose our love, joy, or peace. We invite you to be encouraged with Chan’s message and to hold to Jesus’s greatest commandment, “Go, therefore and make disciples…”

For more information on how David C Cook is serving church leaders with resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit https://davidccook.org.

Rejoice Always! Anxious for Nothing

Philippians 4:4

4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be apparent to all. The Lord is near.

6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Rejoice Always! Anxious for Nothing

Philippians 4:4

4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be apparent to all. The Lord is near.

6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Heaven: Our Real Home – A Better World – Preparing a Place Before Jesus & God’s Presence!

John 14:2

In My Father’s House are Many Rooms

1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe in Me as well.

2 In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?

3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and welcome you into My presence, so that you also may be where I am.

Resurrection

Resurrection — Jesus tells us the truth: “Fear Not!”

Matthew 28:10

The Resurrection


9Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” They came to Him, grasped His feet, and worshiped Him. 
10“Do not be afraid,” said Jesus. “Go, tell My brothers to go to Galilee. There they will see Me.”

References & Reflections

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronavirus_disease_2019

Parable of the Shrewd Manager

The Sheep and the Goats

31When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His glorious throne. 32All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will place the sheep on His right and the goats on His left.

34Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you took Me in, 36I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you visited Me.’

37Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? 38When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39When did we see You sick or in prison and visit You?’

40And the King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’

41Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, I was naked and you did not clothe Me, I was sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’

44And they too will reply, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’

45Then the King will answer, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.’

46And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

40 And the King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’

Matthew 25:40

Bible About Money

Cross Reference. The Parable of the Talents His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master!’ — Matthew 25:23

Management as a service. We are to be servant-leaders just like Jesus was the Good Shepherd [John 10:11]

Be Ready for Service

35 Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning.
36Thenyouwill be likeservantswaiting fortheirmasterto returnfromthewedding banquet,so thatwhen he comesandknocks,they can open the doorfor himat once.
37 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds on watch when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve and will have them recline at the table, and he himself will come and wait on…

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Treasure I Seek — You Are My All In All! — Jesus Worship Song

You Are My All in All

You are my strength when I am weak

You are the treasure that I seek

You are my all in all

Seeking You as a precious jewel

Lord, to give up I’d be a fool

You are my all in all 

Taking my sin, my cross, my shame

Rising up again I bless Your name

You are my all in all

When I fall down You pick me up

When I am dry You fill my cup

You are my all in all Jesus, Lamb of God

Worthy is Your name

Jesus, Lamb of God

Worthy is Your name You are my strength when I am weak

You are the treasure that I seek

You are my all in all

Seeking You as a precious jewel

Lord, to give up I’d be a fool

You are my all in all Taking my sin, my cross, my shame

Rising up again I bless Your name

You are my all in all

When I fall down You pick me up

When I get dry You fill my cup

You are my all in all Jesus, Lamb of God

Worthy is Your name

Jesus, Lamb of God

Worthy is Your name

https://lyricstranslate.com by Dennis Jernigan

References & Reflections

[1] https://wordtoworship.com/song/1631

[2] https://lyricstranslate.com/en/Worship-Songs-You-are-my-all-all-lyrics.html

Blind by Greed, Gold, Arrogance: 8 Woes Warnings to False Teachers — Altar and Gift of God Mt 23 #2

16 Blind guides! What sorrow awaits you! For you say that it means nothing to swear ‘by God’s Temple,’ but that it is binding to swear ‘by the gold in the Temple.’ 

Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.
— Matthew 15:13-14

 17 Blind fools! Which is more important—the gold or the Temple that makes the gold sacred?

18 And you say that to swear ‘by the altar’ is not binding, but to swear ‘by the gifts on the altar’ is binding. 19 How blind! For which is more important—the gift on the altar or the altar that makes the gift sacred?

20 When you swear ‘by the altar,’ you are swearing by it and by everything on it. 21 And when you swear ‘by the Temple,’ you are swearing by it and by God, who lives in it. 22 And when you swear ‘by heaven,’ you are swearing by the throne of God and by God, who sits on the throne.

references & reflections

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_blind_leading_the_blind
[2] https://slideplayer.com/slide/7864452/
[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woes_of_the_Pharisees

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