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Countdown to Pentecost #8

GOD’S WORD THROUGH THE BOOK OF PSALMS

By Fr. Paul Stewart

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

I Can Only Imagine, Counting the Stars

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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.”

The World full of Distractions

 

noahs-ark-fr-nathanileNoah teaching February 19, 2014This evening we are going to read

Genesis 8:15-22

We are all familiar with the story of Noah, how God used him to deliver a remnant thru the destruction of the flood, brought on by the evil found in the hearts of men. Tonight I want to look at it from the perspective of how it relates to us as brides who have made promises to live vows of spiritual poverty, chastity, and obedience.

We live in a world full of distractions. It is a fast-paced and often chaotic place. Yet, as those who have said to the Lord that we want to separate ourselves from that world and enter into a closer place with Him. The story of Noah has special meaning to us as we live in these times when we realize that we are living in perilous times when signs point toward His return soon, and the world is overwhelmed with violence as it was in the days of Noah. Also, we realize the hour is late for the world as watch right become wrong and wrong become right in the eyes of the world.

First, we see the obedience of Noah as he heard the word of God and acted upon it. We see the poverty in the life of a man who, in acting upon the word of God certainly brought ridicule and hurt to himself and his family, building a boat for a flood when no one understood the concept of the flood. Chastity is evident in the life of Noah as he had lived a life before God in the midst of the sin he was surrounded by.

Tonight we have prepared ourselves to receive from, and minister to, Christ through a period of silence. As I said earlier, we live in a loud, distracting world and so, in order to hear His voice, we must learn to quiet ourselves and shut out the noise around us. Then, having quieted ourselves to hear we too, like Noah, must be willing to obey and act upon what he is calling us to do.

Then what did He do with Noah? He brought him into the ark, the place of safety. He was separated from the world. Are we willing to be separate from the world as God is asking us to. After he had built the ark, Noah had to get into it along with his family and the animals that God sent, he was shut into the ark. Do you think that Ark was a pleasant place? It had to smell. It had to be crowded. But God was working a miracle every moment in that Ark. There is no way they could have air to breathe or food to eat for all those animals plus the people without it. There is no way they could have all been in there and had peace.  When we follow God and allow Him to separate us from the world, He performs miracles in our lives moment by moment.

Then, after more than a year in the ark, and knowing that the land was exposed, he still waited for God’s word to open the door of the ark and come out. He was patient and obedient lest he comes out and sinks in the mud. How often do we find ourselves stuck in the mud in our lives when we are not seeking his direction for the moves in our lives?

Finally, after they finally emerged what did he do? He built an altar, he set up a place to meet God and offered sacrifice to him in. Do we recognize ourselves in Noah tonight or are we caught in the noise of the world, unwilling to enter in and separate ourselves to Him?

Fr. Nathaniel Maynard

 

OPENING THE BOOK OF NATURE

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Nature is the Father’s most perfect word picture book where the invisible is made visible and the unknowable made knowable.  God makes Himself available through the Book of Nature so clearly that even a child might come to understand who He is.

As the ancients used hieroglyphics to document their story, so to God depicts His story through the pictures and patterns of the created universe.  The very heavens proclaim His glory and make known His message of love and restoration.

In Genesis, when God spoke, His voice, His energy, and life moved over the waters.  It is a strange but compelling visual, as the “deep” already existed at the beginning of the Genesis account.  The invisible power of God moved through the visible element of water, which gave us God’s first-word picture as He began to reveal the most awesome love story ever created.

As a young Christian, at the age of 31, I loved the Word of God and knew faith came by hearing that Word.  No matter how much I studied and listened to the Word being taught, I had come to a real roadblock in my walk with the Lord.  I was at an impasse that seriously affected my understanding of God.  I could not grasp the Trinity.  I prayed.   I studied.   I listened, but my dilemma grew.

Often as a young man, I would journey into the woods or go to the ocean whenever faced with life’s troubling moments.  In those times of doubt and conflict, there were many voices but nothing made sense and the path to clarity was hidden from me.

My spiritual struggle becomes pronounced with no solution in sight.  So on a late April day in the mountains of Vermont, I hiked into a nearby wilderness area seeking that place where I could just ponder the things of God, as Mary had done so long ago.  “How could she be with child not having known a man?”  “How could The Lord thy God be One, but in three persons?”

I sat for the longest time on a rock by the side of the river.  The sun rose above the trees and shone brightly upon me where I rested.  There was still snow on the bank of the stream and ice along the edge of the water, but in the middle, the current was now free-flowing in the warmth of the spring sun.  It was a magical moment as I sat on the edge of time when winter dies, and spring is born. My eyes were overwhelmed by such beauty flooding the windows of my soul!

And then a mystery was revealed to me!  As I studied the small stream with the rays of the sun streaming down, a mist began to rise from the place where the ice remained on the edge of the river.  The voice of God rang in my inner ear as my eyes beheld His revelation being made plain to me by His book of nature!  There, where the water, the ice, and the vapor all assembled, I could now believe that the Lord thy God is one God in three persons and that the one element H2O, is three forms, ice, water, and vapor!!  The Word from Genesis, God’s voice moving over the water; water in the natural, gives testimony to the spiritual nature of God Himself.  Even a child, a child like me, in that moment could understand.

Thus began my introduction to the Book of Nature, God began to confirm His written Word through The Word made visual; the greatest show and tell, presented by the great Teacher Himself.

“Some people, in order to discover God, read books. But there is a great book: the very appearance of created things. Look above you! Look below you! Note it. Read it. God, whom you want to discover, never wrote that book with ink. Instead, He set before your eyes the things that He had made. Can you ask for a louder voice than that?”   (St. Augustine of Hippo)

Fr Stephen Young

Creative power of the tongue James Chapter Three

THE EPISTLE OF JAMES
Chapter Three

What is the Creative power of the tongue?

• Is it as powerful as the Bible says?
• Can it really start fires?
• What does my tongue reveal about my Character?
• How can blessings & Cursing come from the same place?
• What are my thoughts?
• How can I use my tongue for Good?

THIS WEEK:
We will answer these questions & more, as we unpack Gods word together, revealing a fresh understanding of the power of the word of God for our lives. We will gain a clear vision of what the tongue hides and reveals about our character and its incredible creative force in our lives.

Most importantly we will receive the tools needed, to live a closer walk with Jesus, our bridegroom!

James: A Covenant People

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James 1:1 is encouraging the household of faith “Israel” the twelve tribes, meaning you and me, those that have received the revelation, as born again spirit filled Christians. We are called Spiritual Israel; Ephesians 2:8 for by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, those that are called, fulfilling God’s desire to dwell within each of us in a covenant relationship. The most important reason for Jesus being Crucified on the Cross and Rising from the dead, was to fulfill and establishing this New Covenant as prophesied, Jeremiah 31:31- 33 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a New Covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was a husband unto them, saith the LORD: however, this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. As it is written in 1 Peter 2:9 Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; with Jesus as our High Priest… Again this is whom James is writing to, the brides and the priesthood of the New Covenant that what ratified by a covenant confirming meal at the last supper, and by the sprinkling of very blood as our High Priest, Jesus the anointed messiah. This is the meal as recorded in Matthew 26:26-28 as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. Moreover, he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. What sins you may ask? The sins against the covenant, that was broken all the way back in the book Exodus as referenced in Jeremiah!

Understanding the context of his letter! Realizing why James is encouraging the brethren by saying “count it all Joy” because we are participating in the work of the covenant, as a kingdom of Priests and Brides participating with our High Priest Jesus sharing in His suffering along with and his brother James, establishing the kingdom of God throughout the scattered tribes of Israel. James writes in James 1:2 my brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; the Joys is a result of the knowledge of knowing the reason for the struggle on a personal and a corporate level, James describes in his Epistle that the trying of your faith works patience, Letting patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

James reminds us to ask for in prayer without wavering single-minded, and it shall be given to you we can be bold asking for wisdom because it is Gods desire that we would have this wisdom offering it to us liberally.

He also warns us that a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways and when we are unstable in our thinking James 1:7 we should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Remember crowns are for a Kingly people with dominion over a kingdom, this is something that we lost when the covenant was broken, and with the establishment of the New Covenant Jesus gives us dominion, and shared authority in His kingdom, it is shared through enduring the trials and temptations of this life.

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