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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 04/02/15- “He Endured It All, For All!” (Isaiah 53:5)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 04/02/15- “He Endured It All, For All!” (Isaiah 53:5)

Premise Question: Did the prophet Isaiah get it right, in regard to the absolute specifics, of his descriptive prognostications, of what The Anointed One would have to go through, on behalf of humankind, in order for them to be restored to a right relationship and fellowship with Papa God, The Creator?

But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭53‬:‭5‬ NLT)

It was not for His own transgressions, that The Savior’s head was punctured with a crown of thorns and His side run through with a soldier’s spear, but for our own transgressions and evil deeds; nor was He humiliated, shamed, pounded with fists and severely bruised, for His sin, for He was without sin, but for ours. He took such a beating for us, that He became completely unrecognizable, by taking upon Himself the punishment and chastening meant for us, in order, that we might have the ability to be in a righteous, being full of peace and joy, relationship with Papa God, The Creator. He, The LORD, took and received the blows of a vicious and most nefarious whip, as He was flogged and thrashed with a lash, on our behalf, for our healing. (Isaiah 53:5 PDCP)

Bottom Line: We all should daily be continually giving thanks, with a heart filled with gratitude, for what Papa God and His Son, our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ has done for us, by choosing to go through and joyfully endure, all that He did. The prophet Isaiah was completely 100 percent correct, being exact, in every detail of his future prognostications, concerning The Anointed One! He was punctured and pierced: (John 19:2,34, Matthew 27:29) He was humiliated, shamed and beaten with fists: (Matthew 26:67-68, 27:28-30) He was whipped for our healing: (John 19:1, Matthew 27:26, 1Peter 2:24) He is, without any doubt, The King of kings! The LORD of Lords, The Redeemer and Savior, of humankind! He endured it all, taking a pounding, undeserved, for all of us, who do deserve, all chastisement and punishment, but He took it upon Himself, by taking our place. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 04/01/15- “He, Came To Serve!” (Matthew 20:28)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 04/01/15- “He, Came To Serve!” (Matthew 20:28)

Premise Question: As a member in good standing, of The Company of The Redeemed, are you following the example of Christ, by making yourself available to Him, in order to serve others, and then, are you actively looking for opportunities to do so; or are you, in fact, just sitting back, waiting and looking, with the expectation of an entitlement attitude, of wanting and expecting to be served by others?

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭20‬:‭28‬ NLT)

So, it was Papa God’s only Son, Jesus Christ, who came to earth, as a humble and obedient servant, not to be served, by all of humanity, but to serve all of humanity, by meeting their greatest need, of faithfully serving in the role of an absolutely necessary Redeemer; thereby, volunteering to lay down His life, in order to purchase their lives. (Matthew 20:28 PDCP)

Bottom Line: It has been said, that there are primarily two different kinds of people in the world, (church) those who are looking to serve and those who are looking to be served! That actually works out well, as the one who wants to serve will always have plenty of opportunities to serve those who are looking to be served. This, ironically and beneficially, works both ways! A wonderful example of this scenario took place on a weekly basis, in a community of believers that I was greatly honored and privileged to personally minister with and see this incredible dynamic, of serving and being served, carried out, with diligence, in a beautiful way. The ministry was called LAF, (Loaves and Fishes) which served a weekly hot meal, that coincided with an encouraging word and service, personal ministry, follow up, referrals and also sent home, with each of them who came out for the meal and ministry time, about 40 to 60 lbs of groceries and personal necessities. The entire ministry was staffed and facilitated with volunteers from the community of believers. Those who served those who were in need of being served, ended up receiving the greater blessing, for it truly is more blessed to serve than to be served! Another ongoing result of the ministry, was that, many of those who had come for the ministry and were being served, eventually, became joyful volunteer servers, in the LAF ministry, and then, they too, received the greater blessing, of serving, rather than being served. Before Christ, we were in great need of being served by Christ, but now that we’ve been served by Him, we should now become His faithful servant, by serving others. So, as Jesus came to serve, rather than to be served, we too, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, should have this same attitude and mind, the mind of Christ! We are to follow the example of Christ, by being what Christ like means: An authentic Christian! I leave you with two very poignant scriptures: #1. For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” (‭Luke‬ ‭19‬:‭10‬ NLT) #2. Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” (‭John‬ ‭20‬:‭21‬ NLT) He came to serve, seek and save the lost, and now, He is sending us to do the same…Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 03/21/15- “Freedom To Serve In Love” (Galatians 5:13)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 03/21/15- “Freedom To Serve In Love” (Galatians 5:13)

Premise Question: What is the greatest temptation, for the most part, given the blessings that have been bestowed upon us here in America, that The Church has to overcome, in order to fulfill the reason and purpose Papa God has given us the freedom we enjoy?

For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. (‭Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭13‬ NLT)

The freedom that Papa God has granted all of us to experience, enjoy and live in, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, was not given to us, so that we could spend it all upon ourselves, by satisfying and gratifying our own sinful desires of the flesh. Rather, though, it’s been given to us, so that we would be fully equipped, with every provision, in order to have the necessary capacity and ability, to love and serve others, with our freedom and blessings. (Galatians 5:13 PDCP)

Bottom Line: I truly believe, that The Church in America, has been extremely blessed for the divine purpose and reason of having the great ability to bless and reach those who are less fortunate. I believe that Papa God has given us, The United States, a trust. He desires that we be good, honorable and faithful servants, to utilize what He’s given us to reach and bless those, first, who are amongst us, then, those who are outside the church, and finally, to the rest of the world. So we’ve been given a choice, of how we are going to use our new found freedom and blessings: #1. We can choose to enjoy and use the blessings of our freedom, by spending the biggest portion upon ourselves, building our own kingdoms, by satisfying and fulfilling our own desires, goals and dreams. Or, instead, #2. We can choose to use our new found freedom to love and serve others, by meeting their needs, helping them to get on the path that see them succeed in life; thereby, fulfilling Papa God’s commands, His will and purpose, and one of the main reasons He for granted us freedom in the first place, which, if we’ll do, will highly please Him! And that’s a good thing. Let’s begin to inquire of The LORD, as to what He wants us to spend and use our freedom and blessings on, rather than always lavishly spending it all upon ourselves. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 03/17/15- “Don’t Stop Now, Don’t ever Stop!” (Philippians 4:9)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 03/17/15- “Don’t Stop Now, Don’t Ever Stop!” (Philippians 4:9)

Premise Question: What are some of the highlighted things, that we, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, have learned, received and heard about, from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians, and now, subsequently, also see modeled in others, that we ought to perpetually put into practice, in our everyday lives, in order to experience Papa God’s comforting presence and His perfect peace?

Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭9‬ NLT)

Safeguard, by holding securely in your grasp and refusing to ever let go of, all that you’ve received, been taught and caught, as well as, been shown by me and my example, of what I’m doing and have done. Do this, by perpetually putting it into practice, in your daily walk, with the blessed result of becoming well versed in everything. Then, you can fully expect to experience the comforting presence and perfect peace of Papa God. (Philippians 4:9 PDCP)

Bottom Line: Here are just a few highlighted things we ought to perpetually put into practice, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, in order to fully experience Papa God’s comforting presence and perfect peace: Stay true to The LORD, settle your disagreements, seek peace, tell others about the Good News and supply the needs of those who have devoted their lives to sharing the Good News of The Gospel with others. Be considerate and joyful, no matter what, don’t worry about anything, pray about everything. Tell Papa God what you need and thank Him for all that He’s done. Stay focussed upon The LORD and the work He’s called you to. Watch out for those who would do evil and follow those who set a good example, by choosing to do good. Depend on your faith in The LORD, for your righteousness, not yourself or the law. Forget the past and look forward to what The LORD has in store for you, and finally, don’t ever stop learning, don’t ever stop doing good! Practice, Practice, Practice! Learn by doing and follow closely the righteous example of others! (Philippians 3-4) Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 03/15/15- “Teach Me!” (Psalm 143:10)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 03/15/15- “Teach Me!” (Psalms 143:10)

Premise Question: When we ask Papa God to teach us and to keep our feet on firm footing, does that necessarily mean that our path will always be smooth, without any ruts, cracks, bumps, or one that’s fraught with danger, peril and difficult challenges?

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing. (‭Psalms‬ ‭143‬:‭10‬ NLT)

Instruct me, your humble and reliant servant, to always desire to do your bidding, in order to fulfill Your will and purpose for my life, by putting You, O LORD, first and foremost in everything in my life’s journey. For You and You alone are my Almighty Sovereign Papa God, there is no other! I ask that Your loving and most merciful, being full of gracious favor, Holy Spirit would always direct and guide every step I take, upon the path forward, of my sojourn in this life. No matter what I may encounter upon the path You’ve chosen for me, I humbly request that You keep my feet from stumbling off or straying from, Your path. (Psalm 143:10 PDCP)

Bottom Line: Quick answer to the Premise Question: NOPE! But Papa God has given us many assurances that we should not be frightened, concerned or overwhelmed, with what we may face or encounter, while traveling upon our path in life. After all, He has clearly told us that we would have trouble, trial and tribulation in this life, but He also said not to worry about any of that, because He has overcome all of it for us! (John 14:1,16:33) For even in the midst of all of it, He is faithful to give us His joy, peace and comfort.
(1 Thessalonians 3:3-8) For He promises to never abandon or forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6, Hebrews 13:5) We are told not, at any time or any occasion or circumstance, to fear evil or what may happen to us, for He, The LORD, will always be there beside us! (Psalm 23) And finally: We should start every day, with Psalm 40:8, as our opening salvo, in our daily prayers. The message of this verse is: That it should be our utmost desire to do His will, above all else, each and every moment, of each and every day! “Teach Me!”
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 03/05/15- “Our Greatest Honor” (1 Peter 4:16)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 03/05/15- “Our Greatest Honor!” (1 Peter 4:16)

Premise Question: Is there a difference between suffering, because you’re being recognized as an associate of Christ, and suffering, because of you’re own willful belligerent behavior?

But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name! (‭1 Peter‬ ‭4‬:‭16‬ NLT)

There is never any ignominious guilt or shame associated with being recognized as a follower of CHRIST. So, when you suffer reproach, because of your association and personal attachment to Him, rejoice! For it is a great privilege and supreme honor to be identified and labeled as a true follower of CHRIST, when you are called a Christian. (1 Peter 4:16 PDCP)

Bottom Line: The greatest privilege and supreme honor, that a believer in CHRIST can receive, in this life, from the world; is to be associated with, by being recognized and called, by The LORD’s Name, a Christian. It may be done in a contemptuous way and manner, being completely derisive, but it carries not an once of stigma or shame. There is a distinct difference, though, between suffering because of our alignment with CHRIST, and suffering due to our own bad decisions and behaviors, outside of CHRIST! One is filled to the brim and overflowing, being over the top, with loathsome and quite perilous ignominy, while the other is a glorious and wonderful reason to rejoice, with thanksgiving and gratitude, for the great privilege and supreme honor of being identified, as being an associate of CHRIST, thus, wearing the label, termed by designation and reputation, of being a Christian.
A note of interest: The writer, of this great Epistle of 1st Peter, is none other than Peter himself! It’s interesting to point this out, because of his own brief moment of great shame suffered, when he denied his association and personal relationship with the “Galilean” CHRIST! He definitely rebounded and fully recovered from his momentary lapse, and that, because of The LORD’S compassion and unfailing love and His mercy and grace. We bear CHRIST’S Name, without any shame, for it is a privilege, our greatest honor.
Check out the entire chapters of 1Peter 3-4. It’s great reading and wonderful insights into how we ought to deal with suffering, as well as, how to approach and interact with others. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 03/04/15- “Me, Afraid? Of What?” (Psalm 56:4)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 03/04/15- “Me, Afraid? Of What?” (Psalm 56:4)

Premise Question: In reality, is there any reasonable, or even unreasonable proof, that we, who are children of The Most High, should ever be frightened by anything or afraid of anyone, in this life?

I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me? (‭Psalms‬ ‭56‬:‭4‬ NLT)

With grateful homage, great tribute and high praise, I exalt and extol The Sovereign LORD God Almighty, for His declarations of certitude, made on my behalf and for my greatest benefit. Papa God has assured me, with His word of honor, His absolute sure guarantee, upon which I place my complete hope, trust and reliance in; so, for what cause, or for what reason, should I ever be apprehensive, being filled with terror or anxious about anything, or fearful of anyone? After all, what can mortal flesh and blood really do to me, a favored child of The Most High? (Psalms 56:4 PDCP)

Bottom Line: Promises, promises! They’re made all the time, by multitudes of individuals and most of the time, with good intentions, but there’s only One who has always faithfully kept every one He’s ever made, Papa God. We can place our complete confidence and trust, with full assurance, that Papa God will do all that He says He’ll do, every time, on time, with perfect timing! So, when Papa God is for us, it doesn’t matter who or what may be against us! (Romans 8:31) Papa God has promised that He will not ever fail or abandon us! (Hebrews 13:5) Papa God tells us that He is always at the ready to give us His help, strength and protection! (Psalm 46:1) Papa God assures us that even when we are surrounded by our enemies and facing some dire straits, that His presence is surely all around us, with His comfort, peace, protection and provision. (Psalm 23) And, He’s promised us, that one day we will receive all the rights and privileges of His rightful heirs, including a glorious new body, one that will last for all of eternity, which will be spent in His glorious presence. (Romans 8:23) So, me, afraid? Afraid of what or who? Ha! Nothing and no one! (Job 42:2) Blessings…
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