L. A. Marzulli
Letting Go and Resting in the Lord.
Most of us are incredible busy. We get up in the morning and rush to work. We work hard and vacation hard too! We are bombarded with information that would make a person living 1000 years ago, head spin!
We are inundated with ads, music playing, TV commercials, billboards. There are beautiful women who are used to sell us things and in some way, define what beauty is.
Most of us never enter into the “rest” of the Lord. This rest is not sitting idly by in a hammock, sipping lemonade. It’s not having a million dollars in the bank so that we feel financially secure. It’s not having a great paying job, or our kids going to prestigious colleges so that we feel we have accomplished something.
While there is nothing wrong with any of the afore mentioned things this is not the rest of the Lord. I have found that when we cease from striving we can enter into His rest. When we cease from insisting on our own will and say, as Jesus did in the Garden, your will be done, we can enter into His rest. When we let go of our ambition, of wanting a particular outcome, of striving for success we can enter into His rest.
Of course there is a tension that goes with this. Let me explain. While I want to enter into His rest this doesn’t mean I cease from working at what He has called me too. It does mean that I let go of the results of my work, I rest knowing that He will do with it whatever He pleases.
This mindset is contradictory to the worlds system. It goes against our human nature. Yet, as the familiar saying goes, when we let go and let God we enter His rest.
Do you know Jesus, The Son of God? Do you know the Prince of Peace? He is right now at the door to your heart. He loves you and will give you rest and peace. Open the door and let Him in…
L. A. Marzulli
Music and Lyrics
by Stewart Townend
Lyrics: How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
And make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory
Behold the Man upon the cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished.
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
I was sitting in church last week and at the end of the service the worship team launched in with this incredible song by Stewart Townsend. I got to the last verse and lost it. This worship song is the Gospel set to music. I don’t need to say more. L.A.
The Sunday Bun
L. A. Marzulli
I had a weird dream last night that followed a nightmare that I don’t remember. The Wifey awakened me as I was groaning in my sleep. She said it sounded like I was battling the forces of evil. The enemy never sleeps and even though I put my armor on before I went to bed and we prayed, it’s no guarantee for a peaceful sleep.
After she awakened me I got up and checked on my Mom who is in the process of leaving this world. She’s 95 and is now on morphine to ease the pain as her body is shutting down. Neither Peggy or I have ever experienced someone actually dying in our midst. We are on a “death-watch.”
I gave Mom some water and rolled her over on her other side to lessen the chance of bed-sores and then went back to bed. Then I had another dream. This is all I remember of it.
There was a large fish and out of its mouth came a gushing stream of water. I awakened from that dream around 2am and checked on Mom again. As I was doing this I thought about the fish symbol the Ichthus. And thus, we have an excursion into Church history and another Sunday Bun.
The History of the Ichthus
by Gregory B. Dill
You see them on the back of automobiles everywhere. Occasionally, you see them worn on necklaces or bracelets. I’ve even seen them as key chains and on hats. Even the evolutionists show off this symbol with the name “Darwin” aptly inscribed upon it. I’ve even seen these mysterious symbols with a small, pointy, dorsal fin protruding off the top of one of these, resembling a shark.
Those little fish symbols. Just what are they? What do they mean? What are they suppose to symbolize?
The “ichthus”, when displayed properly should look like either of the four figures displayed below:
Just what does the Ichthus mean?
Ichthus (ikh-thoos) or ichthys is the Greek word simply meaning “fish”.
The Greek spelling for ichthus is — These are the first letters of the Greek words Iesous (Iota), Christos (Chi), Theou (Theta), Uios (Upsilon), and Sotor (Sigma). The English translation is IXOYE. The five Greek word stand for the English words meaning, “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior” or “Jesus Christ God’s Son Savior“.
This symbol was used primarily amongst Christians of the early church years (1st and 2nd century A.D.) The symbol was introduced from Alexandria, Egypt; which at the time, was a very heavily populated seaport. It was the port in which many goods were brought over from the European continent. Because of this, it was first used by the peoples of the sea as a symbol of a familiar deity, in this case, Jesus Christ.
The symbol was later used as a means of identifying or acknowledging a fellow believer in Christ without the need for any verbal communication being exchanged. Why was this necessary?
During the reign of Emperor Nero (54 A.D.- 68 A.D.), and throughout the reign of subsequent evil emperors of the Roman Empire, Christians were commonly persecuted, tortured, and put to death because of their faith in Christ Jesus. Emperor Nero himself personally despised Christians. He blamed them for the great fire of A.D. 64 which burned nearly half of Rome. It was during Nero’s persecutions that both Peter and Paul are thought to have perished.
Spread throughout the empire, Roman soldiers were stationed everywhere to keep order and to act as police. This included keeping a watchful eye on the happenings of the daily lives of the people. Often times, when a soldier spotted a Christian, he would report it to his superiors who in turn would be ordered to arrest the Christian and to be brought in for interrogation. The Christian would then be harassed and tortured in order for them to recant and to submit to the many polytheistic religions of Rome. In most cases death would be the final end.
In order to prevent this unnecessary capture and persecution, Christians would often draw an ichthus in the dirt, mud, sand, or on the walls of caves to let another Christian know that he too was a fellow believer of Christ and that it was safe to talk about their faith without the fear of being turned in.
It wasn’t until around 307 A.D. under the reign of Constantine that Christians were no longer persecuted. During his reign (307 A.D. – 337 A.D.) he declared Christianity as the official religion of the state which was a direct result of his own conversion to Christianity, although his perspective of Christianity was somewhat polluted with pagan ideology. Nevertheless, Christians, in general, were spared from persecution – at least for the time being. Shortly after the Constantine dynasty ended, a successor, Julian the Apostate (360 A.D. – 363 A.D.), would later reinstate the pagan religions of Rome as the state religion and the protection of Christians was nullified.
Today, Christians all throughout the world have brought back to life this most interesting and historic symbol. Christians today proudly show off the symbol that their spiritual ancestors once boldly and courageously showed to fellow believers centuries ago. So the next time you pass by a vehicle proudly displaying the ichthus, wave and acknowledge your fellow brother or sister. After all they’re family!
L. A. Marzulli
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3: 20,21
How big is our God? Can He heal us? Can He change our circumstances? Is He really all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere at once? Do we really believe what is written in our Bibles? Do we embrace the supernatural world knowing that He is ABLE to do all things?
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think,
When we read this verse we must realize that when we ask Him, through our prayers to intervene, it is not for our glory or riches so, we can spend it on ourselves. It is always for the kingdom… period. Either directly or indirectly.
Here’s an example. When I pray for sales of our books and DVD’s some might think it’s a selfish prayer. However, that prayer is to keep our research and ministry going. I need His favor. I need His direction. Knowing this I pray believing that He in charge and is ABLE!
He recently re-directed our steps, which is why we created the film on Fatima. I was already shooting something else, another film and He gave me one word, Fatima. I went into the kitchen and told Peggy: We’re going to Fatima. He provided the funds to get there when someone out-of-the-blue donated 5k to us. That donation paid for the trip! He is able.
according to the power at work within us,
What power is this? It is the power of the Spirit of the Living God who dwells in every believer. This power is not some star-wars-like force, but is the power that raised Jesus up from the dead. It is the comforter who will guide us and teach us in all things. The third person of the Trinity.
to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.
As I stated earlier it’s all about the kingdom not us. “To Him be glory.” Paul points out where the glory is located. The first place is the church, the gathering of believers, in other words, it’s not the building, it’s the people who have come to a knowledge of Messiah, our savior. Then he states, in Christ Jesus, once again pointing us back to the one who created all things and gave His life for our redemption at Calvary.
Finally he states this: throughout all generations, forever and ever.
Are these idle words or is Paul pointing to the eternal? I think it’s the latter. Forever is a very long time and when we find ourselves in our glorified bodies at some point in the future, we will begin to understand the full meaning of this verse. Ask Him for He is able!
He is Able!
Sunday go to Meeting Bun
L. A. Marzulli
Wait on the Lord.
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalm 27:14
We rush through life. Our alarm rings, and we tumble out of bed. The coffee machine is automatically turned on and we have our first cup of coffee. We listen to the morning news, while reading from multiple sites on the net, simultaneously.
We jump in our cars and head to work. We crawl through morning rush hour traffic and finally arrive at work, sometimes tense and weary from the morning drive.
Deadlines, appointment, meetings, power lunches, more meetings, phone calls, endless texts, and emails. For many of us this is our life. Day after day, year after year, except for the two-week vacation that we get and when we return we’re more exhausted then when we left!
Reading our Bibles? Not a chance with the schedule I just outlined. Waiting on the Lord? Whaaaat?
For many of us we’ve never done this. We’ve never waited on the Lord. We move through life with our own agenda firmly in place. We have set goals, a five-year plan, our retirement planned out. Our 401K’s growing bigger annually.
However, when a man or woman comes under the discipline of The Lord they will spend time in the forge of the living God. They will be cast into the fire, heated up and then placed on the anvil where our loving Father, pounds us into a different shape. As He takes us through the fire, he teaches us to wait on Him.
This is not a popular subject and it’s not, for the most part, taught in our churches. Yet, this is the Christian way of life. At first there is a resentment and even confusion at being placed in the forge. All to often we hear, why is God doing this to me?
When a bit is first placed in a horses mouth the horse at first resists. So it is with us. We’ve been used to having our way, to do what we please, to live according to our own will, thoughts and desires.
When we wait on the Lord our agenda is placed to the side in favor of His. In the end it comes down to trust. Do we really believe He is able to do the things our Bibles says He can do? Can He really save? Is the arm of the Lord able?
We live perhaps 80 years and as my late father used to say: we grow to soon old and to late smart.
Walking with the Lord requires us to wait on Him. We take everything to Him in prayer and we wait patiently for an answer. We seek His face. We pray and trust knowing this: He knows how we are made and knows that we are but dust.
Wait on the Lord!
Please keep these folks in prayer.
Asking for prayers for my friend’s mom, Mrs Cindy Miller. She is recovering from a recent bypass surgery and was just rushed to the er with suspected heart attack or stroke. Thanks so much in advance!
L. A. Marzulli
Matthew 16:13-20New International Version (NIV)
Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah
13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[c] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[d] loosed in heaven.”20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
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There’s a lot of “meat” in the passage of scripture and we could spend a considerable amount of time going over this, verse by verse. What I want to call our attention to is the statement made by Peter regarding who Jesus is! When Jesus asks Peter who do you say I am?
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
This clarifies, for all time, who Jesus actually is. This should clear up any doubt as to Jesus’ identity, where he “comes from,” what His mission is and His claim as the Messiah.
He is the one that mankind had been waiting for and as scripture declares:
He came unto his own, and his own received him not. John 1:11.
Such is the case with many today… they receive Him not. Yet, He stands at the door of our hearts and knocks. However, we have to willingly let Him in. There’s the “free-will” card in play, one of the heavenly protocols set in place, a universal law that is obeyed by both sides in the Cosmic Chess Match.
Remember Genesis 3:15 which, in my opinion, sets up the rest of the Biblical prophetic narrative.
The seed of the serpent will be at enmity with the seed of the woman. He will crush your head and you will bruise his heel.
Peter’s statement points back to the Genesis 3:15 prophecy. The one who will crush the head of the serpent, the one who was sent, has arrived!
Jesus defeated the serpents hold on this planet. He took the title-deed to earth and at some point—and I think it might be sooner than later—He will return to set up his literal millennial kingdom. I’ll close with a statement I’ve made numerous time:
If you think you know Him but you don’t know Him, then, you don’t know Him.
Many people think they know who Jesus is but there’s no personal relationship with Him. In other words they don’t really know Him. Take a moment and think about it. I invited Him in 37 years ago and my life has never been the same. Jesus is the truth, the way and the life. He is the Prince of Peace.