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10-13-17 Loved One’s Devotion SAYING WHAT IS TRUE…

10-13-17 Loved One’s Devotion SAYING WHAT IS TRUE…

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day...“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and WHO 1CORRECTLY HANDLES THE WORD OF TRUTH.” (2 Tim. 2:15)  1orthotomeō: to make a straight cut, that is, to dissect, to rightly divide.

[When we present the gospel we must remember we are handling THE WORD OF GOD! So we must honor the word of God, respect the word of God and most importantly pray over the word of God, pray that Our Abba Father will reveal the word to us so we may reveal it to others!]

“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become IN EVERY RESPECT the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, GROWS AND BUILDS ITSELF UP IN LOVE, AS EACH PART DOES ITS WORK.” (Eph. 4:15-16)

[There are two ways to understand this: One, that all the members of the church may attain a greater portion of love for Christ and to one another; OR know that mutual love among Christians is a great motivator for spiritual growth: it is in love that the body edifies itself; whereas a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand.]

“…I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and WILL BE IN YOU.” (John 14:16-17)

WE MUST SPEAK THE TRUTH IN LOVE, SO WE WILL GROW TO BECOME, THE MATURE BODY OF HIM WHO IS THE HEAD, THAT IS, CHRIST!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] “…another Helper, to be with you forever, even THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and WILL BE IN YOU!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

 

10-12-17 Loved One’s Devotion CAUGHT UP TOGETHER, WHEN…

10-12-17 Loved One’s Devotion CAUGHT UP TOGETHER, WHEN…

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day“You know very well that the day of the Lord will come like A THIEF IN THE NIGHT.”   (1 Thess. 5:2)

We do not know when, we just know that we must keep ourselves in the love of God…

“While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly…” (1 Thess. 5:3)

We have seen some examples of sudden destruction in Texas, Louisiana, Florida and California –– God help these families!

 

All our loved ones who knew Jesus will return with the Lord to be joined with us as we are headed to the marriage supper of the Lamb!

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be CAUGHT UP TOGETHER with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so, we will be with the Lord forever.

Very encouraging promise from the Lord…

Therefore ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER with these words.” (1 Thess. 4:13-18)

WE GIVE YOU THANKS, O LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, THE ONE WHO IS AND WHO WAS AND WHO IS TO COME….

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] “…we who are still alive and are left will be CAUGHT UP TOGETHER with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

CAUGHT UP TOGETHER, WHEN?

CAUGHT UP TOGETHER, WHEN?

“You know very well that the day of the Lord will come like A THIEF IN THE NIGHT.”   (1 Thess. 5:2)

We do not know when, we just know that we must keep ourselves in the love of God

“While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly…” (1 Thess. 5:3)

We have seen some examples of sudden destruction in Texas, Louisiana, Florida and California –– God help these families!

“…we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, WHO HAVE NO HOPE.

Before the end comes we will be “caught up” together, that is our hope

For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.

All our loved ones who knew Jesus will return with the Lord to be joined with us as we are headed to the marriage supper of the Lamb!

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be CAUGHT UP TOGETHER with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so, we will be with the Lord forever.

Very encouraging promise from the Lord…

Therefore ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER with these words.” (1 Thess. 4:13-18)

WE GIVE YOU THANKS, O LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, THE ONE WHO IS AND WHO WAS AND WHO IS TO COME

-Bill Stockham

10-11-17 Loved One’s Devotion WALKING IN A WORTHY MANNER…

10-11-17 Loved One’s Devotion WALKING IN A WORTHY MANNER…

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day“We exhorted and encouraged and implored each one of you so, that you would WALK IN A MANNER WORTHY OF GOD who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.

When we are born again we become citizens of heaven, we are “in” the world but no longer “of” the world so, it is of the greatest importance for us to live our lives in a manner that pleases the Lord…

For this reason, we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, YOU ACCEPTED IT not as the word of men, but for what it really is, THE WORD OF GOD… (1 Thess. 2:12-14)

Remember the bible says: “God has BREATHED LIFE into ALL of Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true. It is useful for correcting our mistakes. It is useful for making our lives whole again. It is useful for training us to do what is right.” (2 Tim. 3:16)

WHEN A MAN’S WAYS PLEASE THE LORD, EVEN HIS ENEMIES WILL BE AT PEACE WITH HIM! (Pro. 16:7)

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] “…that you would WALK IN A MANNER WORTHY OF GOD who calls you into His own kingdom and glory!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

WALKING IN A WORTHY MANNER…

WALKING IN A WORTHY MANNER…

“We exhorted and encouraged and implored each one of you so, that you would WALK IN A MANNER WORTHY OF GOD who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.

When we are born again we become citizens of heaven, we are “in” the world but no longer “of” the world so, it is of the greatest importance for us to live our lives in a manner that pleases the Lord

For this reason, we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, YOU ACCEPTED IT not as the word of men, but for what it really is, THE WORD OF GOD,

Remember the bible says: “God has BREATHED LIFE into ALL of Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true. It is useful for correcting our mistakes. It is useful for making our lives whole again. It is useful for training us to do what is right.” (2 Tim. 3:16)

Not only all that but the word: also PERFORMS ITS WORK IN YOU who believe. For you, brethren, became 1imitators of the churches of God in Christ…for you also endured the same sufferings at the hands of your own countrymen…FOR YOU ARE OUR GLORY AND JOY.” (1 Thess. 2:12-14, 20) 1mimētēs: an example as a follower.

WHEN A MAN’S WAYS PLEASE THE LORD, EVEN HIS ENEMIES WILL BE AT PEACE WITH HIM! (Pro. 16:7)

-Bill Stockham

10-10-17 Loved One’s Devotion ANTICIPATING BUT NOT PREPARING…

10-10-17 Loved One’s Devotion ANTICIPATING BUT NOT PREPARING…

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every dayJesus was asked by the crowds: “When will you return?” “Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. At that time MANY WILL TURN AWAY FROM THE FAITH…” (Matt. 24:4&10)

Then he admonished his followers: I am coming soon. HOLD ON TO WHAT YOU HAVE, so that NO ONE will take your crown. (Rev. 3:11)

Jesus instructs us to hold on to what we have because the devil would love to take our crown away from us. I want to share with you that I am concerned, when I posted the blog: THE CHANGE WILL OCCUR… (0n 09-27-17 about the return of the Lord) 9,352 people viewed it on the COGOP site, then I posted “THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIS WILL…” (on 10-05-17 teaching us how to walk worthy of the Lord,) 436 people viewed it. So, it seems we are interested in the return of the Lord but not necessarily interested in knowing what we need to do to be ready. Jesus taught us that we must hold on because Satan will cause many TO TURN AWAY FROM THE FAITH

Paul teaches us that it will take A LOT OF POWER to hold on to what we have:

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may STRENGTHEN YOU WITH POWER through his Spirit in your inner being so that CHRIST MAY DWELL IN YOUR HEARTS THROUGH FAITHI pray that you, being rooted and established in love, MAY HAVE POWERTO GRASP (to take eagerly, to possess) how WIDE and how LONG and how HIGH and how DEEP is THE LOVE OF CHRIST, and to 1KNOW THIS LOVE that surpasses [goes beyond] knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of ALL the fullness of God. (Eph. 3:17-19) 1ginōskō: an intimate knowledge, intimacy.

SUBMIT YOURSELVES TO GOD. RESIST THE DEVIL, AND HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU. DRAW NEAR TO GOD, AND HE WILL DRAW NEAR TO YOU.  (Jam. 4:7, 8)

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, MAY HAVE POWER…TO GRASP how WIDE and how LONG and how HIGH and how DEEP is THE LOVE OF CHRIST!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

ANTICIPATING BUT NOT PREPARING…

ANTICIPATING BUT NOT PREPARING…

Jesus was asked by the crowds: “When will you return?” “Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. At that time MANY WILL TURN AWAY FROM THE FAITH…” (Matt. 24:4&10)

Then he admonished his followers: I am coming soon. HOLD ON TO WHAT YOU HAVE, so that NO ONE will take your crown. (Rev. 3:11)

Jesus instructs us to hold on to what we have because the devil would love to take our crown away from us. I want to share with you that I am concerned, when I posted the blog: THE CHANGE WILL OCCUR… (0n 09-27-17 about the return of the Lord) 9,352 people viewed it on the COGOP site, then I posted “THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIS WILL…” (on 10-05-17 teaching us how to walk worthy of the Lord,) 436 people viewed it. So, it seems we are interested in the return of the Lord but not necessarily interested in knowing what we need to do to be ready. Jesus taught us that we must hold on because Satan will cause many TO TURN AWAY FROM THE FAITH

Paul teaches us that it will take A LOT OF POWER to hold on to what we have:

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may STRENGTHEN YOU WITH POWER through his Spirit in your inner being so that CHRIST MAY DWELL IN YOUR HEARTS THROUGH FAITHI pray that you, being rooted and established in love, MAY HAVE POWERTO GRASP (to take eagerly, to possess) how WIDE and how LONG and how HIGH and how DEEP is THE LOVE OF CHRIST, and to 1KNOW THIS LOVE that surpasses [goes beyond] knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of ALL the fullness of God.” (Eph. 3:17-19) 1ginōskō: an intimate knowledge, intimacy.

SUBMIT YOURSELVES TO GOD. RESIST THE DEVIL, AND HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU. DRAW NEAR TO GOD, AND HE WILL DRAW NEAR TO YOU(Jam. 4:7, 8)

-Bill Stockham

10-09-17 Loved One’s Devotion PLEASING, RESPECTING AND SERVING…

10-09-17 Loved One’s Devotion PLEASING, RESPECTING AND SERVING…

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day“Children, obey your parents in everything. THAT PLEASES THE LORD

It is up to us to see to it that we obey our parents, praying for them to train us up in the way we should go

[students], obey your [teachers] in everything. Don’t do it just to please them when they are watching you. Obey them with an honest heart. Do it out of RESPECT FOR THE LORD.

Think about it, when we do our best on our jobs or in school we are demonstrating respect for the Lord Jesus Christ

Work at everything you do WITH ALL YOUR HEART…YOU ARE SERVING THE LORD CHRIST(Col. 3:20-25)

WE MUST BE MOTIVATED TO ALWAYS DO WHAT IS RIGHT! FOR THIS WILL PLEASE THE LORD!!!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] Work at everything you do WITH ALL YOUR HEARTYOU ARE SERVING THE LORD CHRIST!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

PLEASING, RESPECTING AND SERVING…

PLEASING, RESPECTING AND SERVING…

“Children, obey your parents in everything. THAT PLEASES THE LORD. Fathers, don’t make your children bitter. If you do, they will lose hope.

It is up to us to see to it that our children do not lose hope so we must be dedicated to training them up in the way they should go…

Slaves [students], obey your earthly masters [teachers] in everything. Don’t do it just to please them when they are watching you. Obey them with an honest heart. Do it out of RESPECT FOR THE LORD.

Think about it, when we do our best on our jobs or in school we are demonstrating respect for the Lord Jesus Christ…

Work at everything you do WITH ALL YOUR HEART. Work as if you were WORKING FOR THE LORD, not for human masters. Work because you know that you will FINALLY RECEIVE AS A REWARD what the Lord wants you to have. YOU ARE SERVING THE LORD CHRIST.

Our service to the Lord involves doing what we do WITH ALL OUR HEARTS. IF or HOW they respond is of no consequence, the Lord promises to respond with a wonderful reward for us. 

Anyone who does wrong WILL BE PAID BACK for what he does. God treats everyone the same.” (Col. 3:20-25)

WE MUST BE MOTIVATED TO ALWAYS DO WHAT IS RIGHT! FOR THIS WILL PLEASE THE LORD!!!

-Bill Stockham

10-08-17 Loved One’s Devotion LIVING HEAVENLY MINDED…

10-08-17 Loved One’s Devotion LIVING HEAVENLY MINDED…

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day“Therefore, if you have been raised up with Christ, KEEP 1SEEKING THE THINGS ABOVE, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. SET YOUR MIND ON THE THINGS ABOVE, not on the things that are on earth. 1Zēteō: try to obtain, desire to possess.

Obtaining and possessing the wisdom of God must be our goal, we must put on the mind of Christ…

“For who has understood the mind of the Lord…we have THE MIND OF CHRIST.” (1 Corin. 2:16)

The popular expression “What would Jesus Do?” would be known to us if we have the mind of Christ!

“…WHATEVER YOU DO, in word or deed, do everything IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Col. 3:17)

OUR LIVES MUST BRING GLORY TO GOD!!!! IN WHATEVER WE DO!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] WHATEVER YOU DO, in word or deed, do everything IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh