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Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

Posted by lamarzulli on November 23, 2014

Bun!!!Sunday Bun

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L. A. Marzulli

And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”  Revelation 4:10

This scene is from the book of the Revelation of John, while he was exiled by the Roman government, on the island of Patmos.  He was taken in the spirit and shown things that no man has seen before or since.  He was told to write down what he saw and heard.

This scene amazes me as there are 24 elders who cast their crowns before the throne of the Most High God.

I believe they do this because they know in their heart of hearts, to the deepest part of their beings, that they have become elders through the grace and power of the living God and not of their own strength.  They willingly and with great deliberation cast their crown before the one seated on the throne.  No one is twisting their arms.  They are not trying to curry favor.  They do this out of love for the one who has made them what they are.

As we go through our Christian walk we are—as the saying goes—always under construction!  The Father, the Son and the Spirit are always moving us, changing us, and creating in us a depth of character and godliness, although sometimes this is not evident to those who are immediately around us!  LOL!

I was on a radio show last night and the host introduced me: as a man of God. 

He spoke highly of me, praising the books and the Watchers series and then it was my turn to speak.  I had been working on the bun a few hours before the show and this scripture was fresh in my mind.  While the hosts praises were nice to hear,  and certainly were an ego boost, I referred to this scripture and how the Elders were casting their crowns before The Ancient of Days.  I then proceeded to cast my crown before the throne, as I then said with all the sincerity I could muster, any good thing in me has been produced because of my relationship with the Living Son of God, Yahsua, Jesus, the Messiah, The One whom we/I have been waiting for.

When the spirit of the living God comes into our lives, when we are born again, everything begins to change.  I used to smoke three packs of cigarettes a day.  Guess what?  They went the first week, after I was born in the spirit of the living God, without any withdrawal.  I used to use the F-bomb more frequently than the periods at the end of my sentences and He cleaned that up too.  I used to act and think a certain way, and this began to change as the word of God—what is written in our Bibles—under the power of the spirit of the living God began a good work in me.  I am what I am today because of He who has come into my life.  All glory, honor and praise to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

In closing todays Bun:  Do you know the Son?  Has He made Himself real to you?  Is the Spirit of the Living God residing in your heart?  Is He performing a good work in you and me and making us into the men and woman who He knows we can and should be?  This type of relationship is not some pie-in-the-sky fantasy.  It’s as real as reading the words today on this blog.  He is standing at the door of your heart and knocking, but you have to let Him in.  He loves you and accepts you for who you are now.  Cast your crown of life to the one who created you in the first place.  This is the starting point.  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

Posted by lamarzulli on November 2, 2014

Bun!!!Sunday Bun 

by

L. A. Marzulli

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus

Last week at the Strategic Trends Conference, one of the speakers stated that if anyone of the speakers present were being interviewed by Larry King, and asked if Jesus was the only way to God, unlike one pastor who appeared on King’s program who equivocated when asked, all of us would give a strong affirmative to the King’s question, yes, Jesus is the only way.

This got me thinking.

People like King or other hosts I’ve watched over the years, like to lead with this question as it immediately puts the person being interviewed on the defensive.  If there’s a live audience you can hear them react to it too.  If the person answers yes, then he or she can come off sounding self-righteous, and narrow-minded.  Furthermore, the host can then ask what about the babies in Africa or China that never heard about Jesus.  

Here’s how I would respond if asked this question.

First off.  We need to place this question in its historical context as it is crucial to my answer.  We must put ourselves back in time and imagine we are witnessing the acts that Jesus is doing during the three plus years of His ministry.  We must realize that no one before or since has ever done the miracles that were attributed to Jesus.  While the skeptic will rail against this and insist that there were no miracles, I would ask him to at least consider the following.  If he or she was alive and witnessed lepers being healed, blind eyes being opened, storms ceasing at Jesus’ command, people being delivered of demons, Jesus walking on the water, Jesus changing water to wine, the deaf suddenly hearing, the lame walking for the first time and on and on and on it goes.  What are we to think of these incredible acts?  In other words Jesus is backing up His claim that He is God by demonstrating complete mastery of the natural and also in the supernatural, or spiritual realm.

A reasonable man or woman witnessing these events would have to at least agree that Jesus was doing superhuman feats.  Let’s take it a step further and I argued this point on a radio show years ago as the atheist host refused to answer my hypothetical scenario, which almost made me hang up!  I asked him this.  If his father had terminal cancer and Jesus showed up at his house and healed him would that be a good thing?  Because of this man’s world view, good and evil are not absolutes and thus, he was reluctant to answer.  Finally, he said yes, it would be a good thing.

Let’s bring this closer to home.  If it was our father or mother lying on their deathbed and Jesus came to the house and healed them, what would we think?  I believe we can agree that witnessing a miracle like this would radically change our world view.

It was in this context that Jesus proclaimed, He is the way and the truth and the life.  Remember, when he is stating this there is no Vatican or Billy Graham.  No priests or dark confessionals.  No nuns or stain glass windows.  No statuary or cathedrals, rosaries, candles, altars Christian TV, or any of the man-made trappings that in some ways have hindered people from seeing who Jesus really was/is!

In closing todays Bun. When we put Jesus comments in historical context of where He was and what He was doing, His declaring that He is the way the truth and the life, becomes a statement that is both pregnant with meaning and carries a weighted authority that is unequaled by any other historical figure.  He said He was God, because He actually was God and He demonstrated this everywhere He went, as he had mastery over our physical reality as well as the supernatural or spirit world as well.  This is why He is the only way to the father, and there is no other name under heaven by which we can be saved.  Emanuel – God with us!

With that in mind.  Do you know Him?  Have you asked Him to come into your life?  He stands at the door and knocks.  He won’t force Himself on you.  You have to ask and He will come in for He is the way, the truth and the life….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Go to Meeting BUN!

Posted by lamarzulli on October 19, 2014

Bun!!!Sunday Bun

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L. A. Marzulli

 

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  Genesis 1: 26

Our Bibles tell us that we are made in the image and likeness of God.   If I’m honest, I really don’t grasp all that implies.   However, if this is true, and as a Christian I believe it is, then everyone I meet, no matter what they look like, fills the bill, as they are made in the image and likeness of God.  This concept allows us to love everyone we meet—they will know you by the love you have one for another (JESUS) This love is called Agape. 

As we go through life there are people we encounter, they bother us and sometimes this get us into the dangerous realm of judgment.  For some of us it can be people who look different from us.  It can be people who have tattoos, or long hair, or no hair, or fat, or thin, or tall, or short, or of a certain ethnicity.  It doesn’t matter what it is that hangs us up, for when we go down this road, when we allow these thoughts to be unchecked, we are living in the kingdom of darkness, the kingdom of the enemy.  We have crossed over into the kingdom of the Fallen One, who comes to rob, kill and destroy.   These thoughts align with the fallen cherub and thus, we when engage them, when we allow them to enter in, we are living in his kingdom.

When we allow ourselves to begin to pick at others in our thought life, we are, in essence acting like the accuser of the brethren, which of course is the signature of The Fallen One.

I travel a lot and I’m actually writing Sunday’s Bun from 34,000 feet in the air!  (Got to love modernity!)  The next time you’re in an airport or a mall,  go to the side and just watch the people go by.  Begin to pray for each person you see.  Sometimes there’s so many people you can’t possibly pray for them all, as they are all going somewhere.

This is a great exercise as we can just bless everyone who walks by.  We can also listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit who may have a word for an individual.  Everyone we see is made in the image and likeness of God.  Everyone has value.  Everyone has a destiny that has been created in them before they were their mother’s womb and most don’t even know what that is, as in many instances it has been hidden from the person by the Fallen One.

God loves each and every person walking by in the mall or at the airport, or train station.  God loves everyone and does not want anyone to perish.

In closing todays Bun.  When we look at people with disdain, contempt, or from a haughty attitude, we are living in the enemy’s camp.  We are participating in the works of the devil.  We are bound by our thoughts and held captive to them.

When we begin to pray over everyone we encounter, things change,  the atmosphere changes, people respond and begin to talk to us about their lives without knowing why.

What we are showing is the love of the Messiah, Jesus, whose love transcends time itself.  He will be with us even unto the end of the age.  

We are admonished to love one another.  When we begin to see everyone, know matter what they look like, as created in the image and likeness of God, everything changes and we are bringing the kingdom of heaven to earth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wars and Rumor of Wars…. Is WWIII Beginning?

Posted by lamarzulli on October 12, 2014

ISIS Control in Iraq and Syria 6/16/2014The Sunday Bun – Sort of.

Wars & Rumors of Wars.

Is WWIII Beginning?

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L. A. Marzulli

Leaders of Iraq’s Anbar province call for U.S. ground forces to stop ISIS

http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/11/world/meast/isis-threat/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Iraq asks for US ground troops as Isil threaten Baghdad

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/islamic-state/11156264/Iraq-asks-for-US-ground-troops-as-Isil-threaten-Baghdad.html

Middle East Updates / Bombings kill 45 in Baghdad, outskirts

http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/middle-east-updates/1.620207

Syria Kobane toll ‘passes 500′

While our media is concentrating on Ebola, which I firmly believe is a classic wag-the-dog campaign, WWIII is most likely beginning in the Middle East.  ISIL is about to overrun Iraq’s Capital city, Baghdad, and there’s nothing the Iraqi’s can do but pray the US comes to their aid.  Heads up.  This is not going to happen and thus, if Baghdad falls, and I predict it will, it’s a major game changer in the region.  Next stop?  Amman Jordan?  Kuwait?  Let’s hope and pray that when ISIL takes over the Iraqi capital we won’t see a bloodbath, similar to what happened when the Viet Cong took over South Vietnam, or Pol Pot’s genocide in Cambodia which left over 3 million annihilated in some of the most gruesome killing in the history of mankind.

ISIL is about to up the ante when they take Baghdad.  They will have the oil revenues, the oil fields and the military hardware left over by the US at their disposal.  This victory will most likely go to the leadership’s heads and they will believe they are victorious because of their devotion to Allah.  They will believe falsely, that they are invincible and this will most likely create a false boldness in them and then they will strike out at the neighboring countries to further expand their Caliphate which will, in some way, be legitimized by taking the Iraqi capital.  Jordan is in their cross hairs, as is Saudi Arabia, with Mecca and Medina as the ultimate prize.  We are hearing stories of Muslims who are leaving their countries, traveling to the Middle East to join ISIL and help establish an Islamic Caliphate.

While most Americans are busy following the Ebola story, in my opinion our focus should be on what is happening right now in the Middle East.  Thousands of people are being displaced from their homes in Kobane and I would speculate the folks in Baghdad are more than uneasy.  Will Israel enter the fray at some point?  Will there be a coalition of countries coming together like they did in the Gulf War to stop ISIL?  Will Iran feel threatened and thus come to the aid of the Iraqi’s and protect Baghdad?

In closing today’s Bun-sort-of:  Jesus admonishes us to watch the signs of His coming.  Folks can argue that examining the headlines and tying to tie them to prophetic scripture has nothing to do with solid interpretation.  Respectfully, I would disagree.  We know that Jerusalem has become a rock of stumbling to the whole world, just like the Bible predicted.  We see Israel gathered and established in her ancient homeland.  We see the rise of antisemitism reaching heights not seen since the 1930’s in then Nazi, Germany, except it’s global.  We are told that when we begin to see these signs—and you will notice the first warning is that of wars and rumors of wars—we are to look up because this is our indication that He’s about to return.  It’s really heating up and this may be the beginning of WWIII.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

Posted by lamarzulli on October 5, 2014

Bun!!!Sunday Bun

by

L. A. Marzulli

 My eyes are on the Lord, for only He can loose my foot from the snare. Psalm 25:15

We all struggle with different thoughts which then, when acted out, can lead us down a path most of us would avoid.

James talks about this and so does Paul.  Both men sum it up when they tell us that we must watch our thought life and as I have addressed on the Blog many times, this means we take every thought captive.

If we don’t do this then we can be ensnared by the wrong thoughts that we are thinking.  Some of these thoughts can be identified and thus, listed in this way.

Galatians 5:19-21King James Version (KJV)

19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

We can become captive to thoughts of bitterness or hatred, lust, envy, or any of the above listed conditions which are contrary to The Most High Gods word; in short we become captive to sin.

Alcoholics Anonymous or AA, works because people who are slaves to drink and realize there’s no way to break their destructive pattern surrender their lives to a higher power.  As Christians we know who this “higher power” is and He has a name, Jesus/Yahsua.

The miracle of sobriety happens because the person realizes they are powerless to stop their addictive behavior and they cry out for a savior.  While this is dramatic, the bottom line is the same for all of us who cry out in our affliction, whatever it may be.  He comes and we are set free.

If we have something that is weighing us down, or a pattern in our thought life that is habitual, our eyes should be on the Lord and through prayer, we ask for Him to deliver us (from the snare).

The good news is that He wants to do this.  Sometimes it can be dramatic as in the case of a man whom I know who was in a jail cell and after 25 years of being addicted to speed, the Lord set him free while in the cell, awaiting sentencing, when he got down on his knees and asked for forgiveness and salvation. His was a dramatic conversion and instant freedom from drug addiction, and he is now a godly man who at some point, most likely will become a pastor.  (Richard, if you’re reading this say hi to Sam for me.)

Are any of us ensnared and weighed down by sin?  Let us look to the Lord for only He can release us.  He loves us and wants us to live life more abundantly, and I’m not talking about a materialism here!

Paul sums it up best when he admonishes us:

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:38

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

Posted by lamarzulli on September 28, 2014

Bun!!!Sunday Bun

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L. A. Marzulli

2 Corinthians 10:5

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

I’ve covered this before but as I was on my run yesterday I felt that I needed to go back over it.  It’s OK, as there’s always another skin of the onion to uncover.

The mind is where we hold our thoughts.  No one knows what we are thinking.  Here’s what I mean.  We can be sitting next to our wife in church and looking at the woman in a pew across the aisle in a lustful way!  We can be smiling while talking to someone and acting like they are our friend but our minds are steeped in bitterness towards this individual and who knows?  We can say one thing and inwardly know we mean exactly the opposite of what we are saying.

We can imagine that we are more than what we are, that we should have this job or drive that car, or live in some mansion somewhere.  We can all think to highly of ourselves.  We can entertain imaginations, or as some translations say, vain imaginations.  It all happens in our thought life.  The mind is truly the battle ground.  James warns us against this when he admonishes us:

 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. (James 1:14)

A thought comes in to our minds.  If we do not take charge of it, if we do not check it at the door of scripture and what the word of God tells us, we are in big trouble.  If we entertain it, before we know it, we are captured by it and it has control over us.

This is why knowing what is actually in the Bible arms us with the truth and allows us  to distinguish right from wrong.

For the word of God—the Bible—is alive and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.  (Hebrews 4:12)

When a thought comes in that is contrary to the word of God we are to take charge of it.  We are to cast it out, annihilate with prayer, and bring it into captivity.  In other words we make sure we are in control of it, not the thought in control of us.  This is the charge of every believer.

In closing todays Bun:  I have a “quiver” of arrows on my iPhone.  These are scriptures I use in warfare, some I have committed to memory, others are old friends and I literally wash my mind with these when the unwanted thoughts begin, or I am tempted.  The good news is this, once the spirit of the Living God is in us, it is He who will help us with this.  Then, when we put on the armor of God that we read about in Ephesians 6, we are armed to do battle and we can take every thought captive.

We can and should as believers walk in the victory!

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

Posted by lamarzulli on August 31, 2014

Bun!!!Sunday Bun

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L. A. Marzulli

Matthew 6:15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.  Jesus 

Soooo.  I’m working out in my garden yesterday.  I was cleaning out a 10 foot, elevated bin that I “invented,” which is also 3.5 feet off the ground to fend off the pesky gophers, squirrels and rabbits.  (See pic below) I was getting ready to plant some lettuce from seed.  I was minding my own business and just enjoying the moment alone in my garden.  A thought popped into my head about a brother who not only deeply offended me but also said some nasty stuff about my children.

Well, I began to agree.  How dare he! I thought!

Garden BinWhat a jerk!  

The guys an idiot and I’m glad I don’t associate with him anymore.

By engaging in this seemingly innocent thought stream I have just opened myself for an attack from the enemy.  I have, in fact given him legal right because of unforgiveness in my heart.  I have opened the door to all sorts of junk from the Fallen One.

About an hour later the attack began and I went into warfare mode.  There is a book I access daily, How to Rout Demons & Break Curses by John Eckhardt—highly recommend a copy for everyone!  There are some good “arrows” for my quiver in that tome. I also have some goodies on my I-Phone,  and some favorite scriptures committed to memory, so I’m ready to go.

However, the Holy Spirit brought to my attention what I had entertained in the garden.  How I had let the thought of unforgiveness go unchecked.  In fact I had planted the seed of bitterness!  I repented and the Lord’s peace came upon me and the attack from the one who seeks to rob, kill and destroy us stopped, as he no longer had legal right to access me.

This is the key for all of us, forgiving others the junk that they’ve done to us. It doesn’t matter what the wrong is, forgiveness is the key.  Forgiving those who have hurt us sets us free from the self-created prison we have constructed due to our unforgiveness.  By no means does this excuse the wrong, but it does keep us in good standing with the Father, as is evidenced from the scripture above.

When Jesus hung on the cross He looked down at the Roman soldiers who had scourged him within an inch of His life, who had spit on Him, who had shouted insults and taunted Him, who had mocked him with a crown of thorns and who had driven the cold, iron spikes through His wrists that pinned Him to a horrific instrument of torture, the cross, and forgave them for they know not what they do….

Unbelievable…

In closing todays Bun.  Forgiving others allows the Father to forgive us.  It’s very straight ahead what we are to do and yet, most of us have harbored bitterness at some point in our lives.  We should learn to drop this like a hot potato.  Bitterness and unforgiveness is not worth holding on to and in the end will poison us internally and may even lead to sickness.  Forgiveness is the key that sets us free!  Do not allow a root of bitterness to spring up.  Dig it out with the spade of forgiveness.  May the Lord’s peace be upon all of us today….

 

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Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

Posted by lamarzulli on August 24, 2014

Bun!!!Sunday Bun

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L. A. Marzulli

USGS: 6.0 EARTHQUAKE SHAKES CALIFORNIA’S BAY AREA

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CALIFORNIA_EARTHQUAKE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-08-24-07-45-24

ICELAND LOWERS AVIATION ALERT LEVEL FROM VOLCANO

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_ICELAND_VOLCANO?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-08-23-09-41-28

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: ANTI-ISRAEL PROTESTERS DEFEND HITLER, POLICE EJECT PRO-ISRAEL MAN

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/08/23/Anti-Israel-Protests-Number-10-Aug-23

‘Underestimated’ Ebola outbreak spreads

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/08/23/ebola-spreads-in-nigeria-liberia-has-1000-cases/14489251/

Cold summer: US daily record minimums outnumbering record maximums 3 to 1 in the last 30 days

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/08/23/cold-summer-us-daily-record-minimum-outnumbering-record-maximums-3-to-1-in-the-last-30-days/

NATO sees alarming build-up of Russian forces near Ukraine: Rasmussen

http://news.yahoo.com/nato-sees-alarming-build-russian-forces-near-ukraine-151906404.html

5 False ‘Messiahs’ and Why Their Claims to Be Christ Contradict the Bible

http://www.christianpost.com/news/5-false-messiahs-and-why-their-claims-to-be-christ-contradict-the-bible-97059/

UFOs are being seen all over the world

http://ufos-disclosure.blogspot.com

(Jesus said) – Then they asked him, “Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?”8He answered, “See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’* Do not follow them! When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.” Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.  Luke 21

I have been accused, more than once, of interpreting news articles as signs that we are in the end times.  This is called eisegesis in theological terms.

  1. While exegesis is the process of drawing out the meaning from a text in accordance with the context and discoverable meaning of its author,eisegesis occurs when a reader imposes his or her interpretation into and onto the text.
    I will leave it up to you to decide where we are in terms of end times prophecies, based on the stories I posted today.  This may be the shortest post in the history of this blog!  L.A.

res ipsa loquitur – the thing speaks for itself!

Please pray for Joe Taylor—Mount Blanco Muesum Curator.  He came down with Spinal Meningitis and we almost lost him!

 

 

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Sunday Go To Meeting Bun!

Posted by lamarzulli on August 17, 2014

Bun!!!Sunday Bun

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L. A. Marzulli

The Rider on the White Horse Revelation 19: 11-19

11 Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. 12 His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. 13 He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. 1From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. 16 On his robe at his thigh[e] was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.

17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, shouting to the vultures flying high in the sky: “Come! Gather together for the great banquet God has prepared. 18 Come and eat the flesh of kings, generals, and strong warriors; of horses and their riders; and of all humanity, both free and slave, small and great.”

19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the world and their armies gathered together to fight against the one sitting on the horse and his army. 20 And the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who did mighty miracles on behalf of the beast—miracles that deceived all who had accepted the mark of the beast and who worshiped his statue. Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. 21 Their entire army was killed by the sharp sword that came from the mouth of the one riding the white horse. And the vultures all gorged themselves on the dead bodies.

Rider on the White HorsePlease take careful note of the highlighted text.

The picture on the left is the closest portrayal of what I saw about 32 years ago.  I was a new Christian and had not read the Book of Revelation.  I had no idea of who the Rider on the White horse was.  I was also unaware of the great army, also on white horses, that followed the Rider!

Of course, now I know the Rider is Jesus, but here’s what happened to me 32 years ago.  As Paul would say, whether in the body or out of the body I know not.  All I know is I was taken and I found myself in that army, except the army was not on one plane.  The army was gathered in the shape of a horseshoe, and the horses, because they can fly, were stacked on top of one another.  Jesus was in the middle of the horseshoe and every eye could see him.

So 32 years ago, I believe the Lord took me into this heavily scene.  The first thing I noticed was there were no saddles or bridles.  I was holding onto the mane of the horse and we were riding into the battle of Armageddon.  I was mounted on the right flank and near the top of the stacked army, back about 4 or 5 rows.  The guys in the front were huge, and I remember thinking, don’t mess with them!  Then I was back.  The whole experience was about three seconds.  It was amazing.  I had no idea of what I had just seen so when I saw my pastor I told him what had happened.  He looked at me with a strange expression on his face and then he opened the Bible and showed me the passage that is above.  I was dumbfounded.

I was laying in bed in Pennsylvania a few days after my father had passed away last week.  I was thinking about the next time I would see him, he would be young and more than likely riding into battle with me and a host of others!  As I was thinking and praying the Holy Spirit pointed something out to me.  Now when He speaks it’s not in an audible voice, but over the last 34 years I have learned to listen to him and recognize Him when he speaks.  The conversation went something like this.

What do you think happens at the end of  the battle to the horses?

I have no idea? I replied.

He continued, Those horses are the Fathers gift to you.  The horse you are riding is your horse, forever….

OK.  Let me see if I get this.  The host of heaven is riding in on horses, this is what the passage says, and unless it’s allegorical, which I don’t believe it is, that’s going to be a lot of horses.  Then I started laughing and here’s why.  These horses can fly.  Think about it, the armies on earth are looking up at the Rider on the White Horse, for He is coming out of the heavens!  The horses fly and we are flying through the air with them.  So after the battle is over we will have flying horses to get around on.  I can’t wait!

Now some of you will scoff and tell me I’m crazy, and others will call me a heretic.  That’s Ok, but remember, we are the folks who believe in the virgin birth, floating ax heads, talking donkeys, coins that appear out of a fishes mouth, seas that part, staffs which turn into serpents, men that walk on water, a man who is swallowed by a great fish and lives to tell about three days later, lepers who are instantaneously healed, men who are born blind then can suddenly see and on and on it goes.  Soooo.  Flying horses!  You bet!

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Go to Meeting Bun! Good Sailing!

Posted by lamarzulli on August 3, 2014

Dad6Sunday Bun

by

L. A. Marzulli

My beloved father passed away quietly in his sleep last night from Alzheimer’s.  I am on my way to their home near Philadelphia… He was 94 years old. 

You’re in a better place pop!

L. A. 

1 Corinthians 15:13

2Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

13But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised;

14and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.

15Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised.…

(This is written, in part, while in route to my parents house on the plane from Los Angeles.  L.A.)

My father passed away last night.   We got the call at 4:30 this morning.  I last saw him only two days ago, as I went from the Colorado conference to my parents house and stayed until Thursday.  We all knew he was fading and I prayed over him and told him it was OK to go home.

I counseled my mom too, and told her to try to let him go.  Of course she couldn’t do that, as she had been with him since she was 5 years old.  They were child-hood sweet hearts and as my Uncle George stated in a recent phone conversation, one inhales the other exhales.  

Mom has been in a state of mourning, as the disease took my father ability to communicate months ago, so in a very real sense, we lost him then.

A few years ago when he was still able to walk, Dad and I took a walk around the neighborhood.  We talked about many things.  He knew he was slipping but at this point he could still carry on a conversation.   At some point we talked about Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  My Dad was raised Catholic and I don’t think anyone had ever asked him if he wanted to accept the Holy Spirit.  He thought about it for a moment and then told me, “Yes, I think I’d like to do that. “

We prayed and he asked the spirit of the Living God into his heart.

I miss my Dad.

About 18 months ago, Peggy and I were getting ready to head back to Los Angeles.  We had popped in to see how he was doing.  Dad was sitting in a chair in his bedroom and he waved to us as we were leaving and said, Good sailing!  He had a big smile on his face and I’ll never forget how he looked.  These were the last coherent words he said to me.

Dad had Alzheimer’s and the disease slowly but surely chipped away at every part of him and stole his mind from both him and us.  During the last year when I would pop in to see him, I could see his eyes light up.  Somewhere in his mind, he knew who I was, but he couldn’t connect the dots.

My Dad fought in WWII.  He came back from that war shell-shocked and devastated by what he had seen.  He was a Captain in the infantry and landed on the shores of France, in D-Day.  He was awarded two purple hearts and the Bronze Star.  He never talked about the war until the 50th anniversary of D-day and then for a few days he was an open book.  He could talk about the war without breaking down, which he had never been able to do before and after that open window, on the 50th.

My Dad loved the game of golf.  He taught both my brother and I the game.  He taught us not only the rudiments and rules of golf, but what to him was the heart of the game, good sportsmanship.  He loved to see the little white ball fly through the air.  He loved the outdoors and the smell of the fresh-cut grass and dew on the greens, in the early morning.

My Dad was a good man.  He was honest and truly a man without guile.  He was a good father, loving and kind.

The scripture above is the essence of our hope in the Risen Savior.  As Paul says, if Jesus did not rise from the dead  then our faith is in vain.   For those of us who have been born again, by the spirit of the Living God, we know through our experience, that this is our blessed hope.  One day we will see Him, who died in our place at Cavalry so long ago, but then rose from the dead three days later!

When the trumpet sounds He will gather us to Himself in the air!  The Dead in Messiah will rise first and then we who are yet alive will be gathered to Him.

This might sound like fantasy to some, but it is the fulfillment of the promise, of the redemption of all mankind.

Like David, so long ago, I know I will see my Dad again.  This is the promise of eternal life, which is given to us by just believing on Him who was sent, Jesus.  If we confess our sins and ask Him into our hearts then we are then born again from above, and the Spirit of the Living God resides in us.

In closing todays Bun.  My Dad loved Jesus.  He prayed every night to Him before bed.  All of us miss him, but I know that he is in a better place and one day I will see him again…. Good Sailing Dad!

 

 

 

 

 

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