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Countdown to Pentecost #9

LEARNING GODS WORD THROUGH THE PSALMS

Fr Paul Stewart

TET ט

Psalm 119:65-72 

  1. You have dealt well with your servant, O Lord, according to your Word.
  2. Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe your commandments.
  3. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word;
  4. You are good, and do good; Teach me Your statutes.
  5. The proud have forged a lie against me, but I will keep your precepts with my whole heart.
  6. Their heart is as fat as grease, but I delight in your law.
  7. It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn your statutes.
  8. Then thousands of shekels of gold and silver.

David learned in the progression of his life suitable instructions from the Torah.  As a young boy he learned to shepherd the flocks, and then when called on he learned to become a warrior, but then when he was anointed he learned to rule as a King.  However, nothing advanced him greater than in the stillness of the night- this is when he poured his heart out in song; his joys and sorrows, his praise and disappoints, to his Lord.

Over and over he cried out, “You are good, and do good.  Teach me your statutes”.  Every time he strayed the Lord would not let him stay away long.  The afflictions came, but the word pulled him back to God.  Our hearts get overwhelmed too, with the boring mundane things.   But under the careful eye of the Holy Spirit, we can only drift so far before He acts.  Gently, persuasively, tugging us back to Jesus. The demonstration of Holy Spirit is greater than thousands of dollars of silver and gold.

As a young boy, David learned to be a shepherd. As an unsteady youth, he learned to become a warrior. As God’s anointed, he learned to rule as King. But in the stillness of the night, King David learned to worship His God, and to pour out his heart in song; his joys and sorrows, his praise and his disappointments, his own lack of judgment and the understanding he found in God and the Torah.

“You are good, and do good”, King David proclaims. God is good! His very character is good, and what He gives to His children is good. We live in a culture that is increasingly cynical and negative. People all around you are looking for encouragement, a steadfast spirit, and an unwavering hope. They are searching for answers and wondering if anyone or anything is truly good?

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Countdown to Pentecost #8

GOD’S WORD THROUGH THE BOOK OF PSALMS

By Fr. Paul Stewart

CHET ח

Psalm 119: 57-64

  1. You are my portion O Lord, I have said I would keep your words.
  1. I entreated Your favor with my whole heart. Be merciful to me according to your word.
  1. I thought about my ways. And turned my feet to your testimonies.
  1. I made haste and did not delay to keep Your commandments.
  1. The cords of the wicked have bound me, But I have not forgotten Your Law.
  1. At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You. Because of your righteous judgments of those who fear You.
  1. I am a companion of all those who fear You, And of those who keep Your precepts.
  1. The earth, O Lord is full of Your mercy. Teach me Your statutes.

Each day we have work, jobs, appointments, responsibilities, and commitments, and it is so easy to get whelmed over.  The more we take onto ourselves, the more we tax our ability to complete them all.  “I entreat Your favor with my whole heart.  Be merciful to me according to your word.”  This favor comes, The Holy Spirit opens favor to us to make our way easier.  Someone we need to talk to is calling us; something we need to buy is on sale; if our car is about to break down, it does in a convenient place.

The Lord covers us with this grace, His Holy Spirit is above us and around us.  Wherever our feet carry us, this canopy of love moves with us.  “The earth, O Lord, is full of Your mercy, Teach me Your statutes.”

The word is not a code of rights and wrong, rather testimonies of His love, mercy, and grace.  He likens you to His bride, sending the Holy Spirit to remind us, that He will never leave nor forsake those who have made Him their portion.

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Count Down to Pentecost #7

GODS WORD THROUGH THE BOOK OF PSALMS

By Fr. Paul Stewart

ZAYIN ז

Psalm 119: 49-56

  1. Remember the word to Your Servant, Upon which You have caused me to hope.
  2. This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your word has given me life.
  3. The proud have me in great derision, Yet I do not turn aside from Your law.
  4. I remembered Your judgments of old, O Lord, And have comforted myself.
  5. Indignation has taken hold of me. Because of the wicked, who forsake Your law.
  6. Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.
  7. I remember Your name in the night O Lord, And I keep your law.
  8. This has become mine Because I kept Your precepts.

David had come to a place where the word became his greatest comfort!  He faced many accusations against him, and through these trials, he turned not from the law of God.  It seems we are always in some kind of conflict and we are ready with a sword to combat them.  Often our zealousness causes us to react in ways that outside of Gods word.  Peter pulled out his sword and cut the soldiers ear off, but Jesus quickly spoke, this is not my way.   During the night we ponder the day, wishing like Peter that our choices were different.

David had hope, the word taught him the judgments of God.  He comforted himself in knowing His Lord’s mercy. Peter after the denial was haunted- but Jesus came through after the Resurrection; “tell Peter too.”

The Holy Spirit reminds us that every promise of the Father, the things He spoke to us and said we would do, are restored through Jesus.  This is the house of our pilgrimage, the call to us; walk, and be lifted up by the Spirit of God.

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The Church of the Crucified One, is a Non-denominational, Faith Community, of born again, Spirit Filled Christians, located in beautiful Moretown, Vermont bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Moretown, Waterbury, Waitsfield, Warren, Montpelier, Burlington & The Madriver Valley.

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GLEANINGS FROM THE GEESE

2017-04-13 Geese Up State NY

By Fr Stephen Young

There is something so inspiring about the flight of geese as they wind their way across the morning or evening sky.  Even more incredible and captures our imagination is to watch a flock in the field lift off and almost magically move from randomness into a beautiful and coordinated “V” shaped pattern.

Woven into this ancient flight plan is a deep message that reflects the “V”ictorious life promised by God to those who will follow His flight plan as presented through His Son Jesus.  What lessons can we realize from these magnificent creatures?

FACT:  As geese flap their wings, they create an uplift for the birds that follow.  By flying in the “V” formation the whole flock adds 70% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.

LESSON:  People who share a common purpose and direction; who form community, get where they are going quicker and easier.  They lift each other up along the way. Encouragers!!

FACT:  If a goose falls out of formation, it feels the drag and resistance of flying alone.  So it quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.

LESSON:  If we have the sense of a goose, we will stay in formation with those committed to the same direction as we are headed.

FACT:  When the lead goose tires, it rotates back in the formation and another takes the point position.

LESSON:  t pays to share leadership and be humble enough to let others take a leadership turn when needed.

FACT:  Geese flying in formation honk to encourage one another and those up front to keep together and keep up the pace. The honking helps keep the pace and momentum.

LESSON:  It is important that we “honk” and that our honking be one of encouragement.

FACT:  When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down other geese drop out of formation to follow it down to help and/or protect it.  They remain until it dies or is able to fly again.

LESSON:  When one of us is down, it’s up to others to stand by us in our time of trouble.

PONDER: Reflect upon these lessons from the Goose.  What scriptures, parables and Biblical precepts are portrayed through their actions?  In Christ and in following in His pattern we do find “V”ictory.

 

Count Down to Pentecost #6

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Fr Paul Stewart

VAV ו

Psalms 119:41–48

41 Let your mercies come also to me, O LORD-your salvation according to your word.

42 So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me, for I trust in your word.

43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for I have hoped in your ordinances.

44 So shall I keep your law continually, Forever and ever.

45 And I will walk at liberty, for I seek your precepts.

46 I will speak of your testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.

47 And I will delight myself in your commandments, Which I Love.

48 My hands also I will lift up to your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.

“Let your mercies also come to me, O LORD-“How we need the mercies of the Lord each day in our lives. We are faced with so many decisions each day, and each answer will affect those around us. David sat in a judgment seat, he was the king- whenever he spoke, blessings or hardship came to those seeking his counsel. The last thing any of us wants to do is to bring harm to someone by our counsel.

These scriptures grip our hearts and exhort us to be filled with mercy and compassion for those who cross our paths; especially those needing encouragement and love. Many people come to us who are seeking a better life and do not know how to find it. We have become the distributors of the way, the truth, and the life. We are not to keep it for ourselves, but to give it away. The Holy Spirit fills you so that you become a storehouse of His wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, so when a needy soul comes; you have provision. Built up in you, the hungry will find truth in good measure, poured out with the love, mercy, and compassion of the

One who gives. 1 Peter 3:15 “…be ready always to give an answer to everyone who asks you, a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”

Count Down to Pentecost #2

Holy Spirit

By Father Paul Stewart

BEIT ב

Psalms 119: 9-16

9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart; don’t let me stray from your mitzvot.
11 I treasure your word in my heart, so that I won’t sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, ADONAI! Teach me your laws.
13 I proclaim with my mouth all the rulings you have spoken.
14 I rejoice in the way of your instruction more than in any kind of wealth.
15 I will meditate on your precepts and keep my eyes on your ways.
16 I will find my delight in your regulations. I will not forget your word.

David’s life was changed when the Lord called him.  Our lives have been changed because the Lord has called us too.  Now like David we see this favor of God in our lives and with it unbelievable struggles.  How do I live now?  King David asked the question, “How can a young man keep his way pure?”

We live in a nation that has risen from rags to riches. No other country has experienced the favor we have here.  A missionary from Africa standing at the entrance of one of our mega food stores said, “What is this!”  He could hardly believe his eyes.  With all the abundance we are like kings in a palace, the potential we have to do well, to help.  However the temptations are all around us, worldly desires, weaknesses, and craving of the flesh, power, prominence and position, luring us away from God.

When these temptations and troubles arose in King David’s life, he knew the only safe haven was the Word of God.  The Lord said He would write this Word on our hearts and mind. He would give us His desires- How?  By the Holy Spirit.  Come Holy Spirit we need you!  Take us into the safe harbor of your Word.

The Count to Pentecost #1

50 days

 

Fr Paul Stewart

ALEPH א

Psalms 119: 1-8

 

1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.

And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath…Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord.”

(Leviticus 23: 15-16 NKJV)

The Counting of the Omer- a fifty day period of time from the feast of first fruits until Pentecost.  Seven complete weeks plus one – 50 days.  Fallowing the inspiration of the dove given to us at Passover, let us journey together with expectation for the feast of Pentecost!

Moving now from our great celebration of the Resurrection we can continue with Psalm 119, stirring the condition of our hearts toward Jesus.  It is one of the most powerful Psalms in which King David praises the wonders of God.  Led by the Holy Spirit, our hearts can be taken over by the Testimonies, precepts, Commandments, and Statutes of the Living God. 

Listen to the still, small voice within you, be carried away like David in the simple ways of worship within you.  Your voice like David’s will please the heart of God; it will cause you to want more intimacy with Jesus.  A heart submitted, willing for the breath of God.

Psalms 119: 1-8

  1. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the LORD!
  2. Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!
  3. They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways.
  4. You have commanded us To keep Your precepts diligently.
  5. Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes!
  6. Then I would not be ashamed When I look into all Your commandments.
  7. I will praise You with uprightness of heart When I learn Your righteous judgments.
  8. I will keep Your statutes; Oh, do not forsake me utterly!

 

Passover Season

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By Fr Paul Stewart

Setting aside a time to be in His presences.  The seven Feasts, God-given prophetic outline of His completed work of redemption from sin through Jesus.  The picture of the Holy Spirit.

Four spring feasts- in Jerusalem fulfilled the first time.  Feast days are feasting on the Lord.  When you have an appointment with God, he meets you at these places.  Three remaining feasts will be fulfilled at his second coming.

Passover, the feast of unleavened bread, the feast first fruits, the feast of Pentecost.

Passover is the first chronologically and the first in the matter of importance, the foundation of all the others.  It is the beginning.

Nations celebrate the day it’s born.  The Feast of Passover marks the beginning of the nation of Israel.  Romans 11  we are grafted into the tree, the root of Israel.

On this day Israel is made a free and Holy Nation of priests unto him.  To us today the Egypt that we walk is the walk that we walk outside of the Lord, outside of the separation unto Him.  The Lord has his hooks in the Nations and is going to cause us to come out and be blessed by God.  We have been in Israel, we have seen the unbelief there, but God has not taken away this eternal calling of the physical nation of Israel.  Romans 11:28-29

The secret to our future is found in our daily routine.  Lord gives us the 613 moments with God, the commands of God.  They are the first five books of the Bible.  85% of the New Testament deals with these.  It is these moments that generate momentum in your life.  These are the Godly habits of God.  You do not decide your future your habits do.  One of them is called the feast of Passover.  God creates a moment, which generates a habit, which produces your future helping each of us to operate in a new season in your life.  The Lord uses this same pattern in the life of a born again believer and their family; this is how they came out of my Egypt.  In Israel, the celebration takes the form of a special meal called the Passover Seder.  For the Christian, it’s the commemoration of the mass.

Everything is transferred through the blood.  7 Covenants, Edam, Adamic, Noahic, Abrahamic.  Abraham cuts the animals in half, represent people, Abraham in a temporary sleep.  The two pieces of animal made a covenant by blood.

Today to demonstrate the New Covenant Jesus uses a meal.  The cup, blood of Jesus, and the bread, the bread of life, separated by the Word of God.  The Seder was to remind the Jewish Nation; the Mass is to remind us. “Do this in remembrance of me.”  The Seder is the oldest, on-going religious rite in the world- nearly 3,500 years old!  Moses received it about 3500 years ago at Mount Sinai.  (Instructed, Exodus 12:8 ) 3 things: lamb or shank bone, matzah bread, unleavened bread, bitter herbs.  The order of this meal goes 700 years before Jesus, and he celebrated it. The order of the meal still the same.

The eternal principals of God’s salvation are eternal principles, illustrated and explained in the Passover Meal.  These same principles are also relieved in the seven biblical feasts, also in the 7 thousand millennial years, the seven days of creation as well as the completion of your life, Jesus uses this meal to reveal the New Covenant Luke 22:19.

Blessed as we Celebrate this Feast in remembrance of the freedom that Jesus paid for each of us, bringing us out of the world and into our Promised Land.

The Animals Will Teach You

Praying mantis
Praying Mantis

By Fr. Stephen Young

There on the low hanging branch of the maple tree, hidden, but not hidden, stood the mantis. Brilliant green and statuesque, it appeared to be caught in deep prayer as it faced into the early morning sun; a mysterious and intriguing expression of God’s beauty.

Then, almost out of nowhere, another praying mantis materialized on the same branch and in a moment they began an ancient courtship ritual.  To be privy to this intimate act of creation was both humbling and even embarrassing.  Like Mary being overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, the female was overshadowed by the male, the egg within being brought to life by the acceptance of the seed.  Like the Word becoming flesh in Mary, a miracle!!  New Life!  New Birth!

Completed, the gift given, the womb was made alive.  And then came the shock.  A scene too hard to witness, visual words too hard to listen to!!  She who had received the gift proceeded to consume the gift giver; an act of supreme sacrifice, providing the food needed to ensure that the life begun would be the life fulfilled.  Eucharist!!

“………Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink of His blood, you have no life in you.”  John 6:53

“But now ask the animals, and they will teach you;…”   Job 12:7

I Can Only Imagine, Counting the Stars

StarsintheskyArticle by Fr. Leo

Photo by Magellanic Cloud Wikipedia

We recently read in the Bible about God asking Abraham to look up in the night sky and count the stars.  Genesis 15:5-6 – “And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.  And he believed in the LORD, and he counted it to him for righteousness.”  Realizing that Abraham was being asked to use his imagination to accomplish the seemingly impossible task of counting stars, reveals a profound example of what it would look like when Abraham sees the fulfillment of this promise.  God uses the number of seemingly infinite stars to fuel Abraham’s imagination concerning the promises.  We read that it is anything but possible when you are looking through the lens of the facts.  In Genesis 15:7 – “And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.”  What is so significant about this event that was going to occur through Abraham, was by this time he was up there in years and Sarah his wife, was no spring chicken herself, as well as she was barren, unable to have children.

For Abraham, not having a son meant that his heritage would not go on.  Not having a son was paramount to him revealing a lifetime of unfulfilled desires that were continuously nagging at his heart and staring him in the face were the facts that told him this was IMPOSSIBLE.  Even if it was just for a moment in time, something amazing takes place, a miracle of the heart.  Genesis 15:6 – “And he believed in the LORD, and he counted it to him for righteousness.”

There is an incredible lesson to be learned here, teaching us about how God works in our lives.  We must ask ourselves what was so pleasing to God.   It was this very act of believing before it even happened.  And what does God do?  He accounts it to Abraham as fulfilling the law of righteousness, in turn, making him the father of faith.  Abraham is an example to all those who are in Christ.  We read in the Epistle to the Romans 4:17 – “(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.”  A simple law was fulfilled as God was teaching Abraham to use his imagination and not to believe the facts nor depend on excuses like we all do in the face of impossible odds.  Instead, Abraham teaches us to trust God, knowing that His ways are not our ways; with Christ as our foundation and living by faith in Jesus.  We see evident in 2 Corinthians 4:18 – “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”  Abraham was learning to do what God is asking each of us to do, which is to exercise our faith with this incredible gift called our imagination that each one of has available to use.  It says in Mark 11:24 – “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that have received them, and ye shall have them.”  Remembering God is fully able to fulfill his promises to us, Jesus reminds us when he says in Luke 12:32 – “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

As we learn to live by faith, Jesus promises us we will never be disappointed, that it is the father’s pleasure to give you and I the kingdom and that His kingdom is built on the foundation of faith.  It is our small measure of faith in action that relies on HIS grace, through the renewing of our minds.  Titus 3:57– “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”