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Someone We Treasure

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Someone We Treasure
Mark 12:29-31  ‘… And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.’”
Figurative definition: anything or anyone we value, love, cherish, prized, or have a deep affection for. 
Someone we treasure we treat with loving kindness holding them in the highest regard.  We show great respect to those we cherish and exhibit compassion. “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue” (Proverbs 31:26). We are careful not to let anger overtake us, but keep our hearts with all diligence in accordance with the Word of God. “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:31-32). 
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A Powerful God!

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A Powerful God!
Acts 12:1-12 During the reign of King Herod, and the days of Unleavened Bread, the king began to take some people prisoner who belonged to the church. He had James the brother of John killed by the sword and apprehended Peter putting him into prison. There were four quaternions of soldiers guarding him with two chains attached to two soldiers for the highest security with two guards at the door. Why so many soldiers for just one man? Herod must have been fearful of the God Peter served.
King Herod’s intentions were to bring Peter out of prison after the Passover to let the people observe his execution. But, during the night, while Peter was sleeping between two guards, an angel of the Lord came unto him. Suddenly, there was a light in the prison cell, and the angel struck Peter on the side waking him and saying to him, “Get up quickly!” Peter’s chains fell off, and the angel said to him, “Dress yourself and put your sandals on.” They passed two guards without notice and p…

Thanksgiving

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~Thanksgiving ~ I Thessalonians 5:18 KJV In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Well, Thanksgiving Day is almost here! Will our gratitude last beyond the afternoon nap? Is Thanksgiving—a one-time, get-it-out-of-the-way holiday that forces us to reflect on how blessed we are? Too quickly, people resort back to being ingrates and complaining about what they don’t have. God’s will for us is to be thankful for all things.  Believers, by faith, need to trust His design and sovereign will for them.
“In every thing” carries an unlimited stipulation. It refers to everything that may take place in one’s life, except, of course, personal sin. No matter what struggles or trials God will directly or indirectly allow in our lives, there is always a reason for thanking Him. I Peter 1:6-9 tells us that we are to rejoice when we have been grieved by various trials. These trials test the genuineness of our faith which is more precious than gold and results …

A Royal Banquet

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A Royal Banquet Esther 1:1-9 
Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and twenty provinces:)  That in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the palace, . . .

Esther lived during the Persian period of world history. The palace in Susa was the winter residence of the king of Persia which was a fortified palace built above the city for protection. In the third year of his reign, King Ahasuerus gave a magnificent banquet inviting his princes, army officers, and nobles of the provinces surrounding him. The main theme of this banquet was to display the great riches and glory of his majesty and splendor to all his guests. 
The Persian King is referenced to 175 times or more in the book of Esther but the name of God, the mention of God or any prayer worshiping Him is never stated. We know that God’s sovereignty prevailed in saving the Jews and if He…

The Exodus and the Gospels

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Exodus and the Gospels

Exodus 1-40
Scripture from the book of Exodus is mentioned by Jesus in the Gospels with reference to the burning bush and in the explanation of the resurrection (Exodus 3:6; Matthew 22:29-32; Mark 12:26; and Luke 20:37). When telling the rich young ruler how to enter the kingdom of God, Christ recalls the Ten Commandments quoting Exodus 20:12-16 in Matthew 19:18-19; Mark 10:19; and Luke 18:20. Jesus was clarifying that in keeping the Law perfectly one could enter the kingdom of heaven, but as we understood scripture, it is impossible to do that.
Some of the clearest engagements of the book of Exodus are found in (John 1:1–18) and the feeding of the 5,000 (John 6). Jesus interprets that the feeding of the 5,000 is likened to the manna which Moses gave their ancestors in the wilderness (John 6:31). Manna is described to be “bread from heaven” and in the Gospel of John, Jesus himself says, “I am the bread of life...” (John 6:35) the bread coming down from heaven.
How i…