Sunday Go to Meeting Bun

Sunday go to Meeting Bun
by
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!

Amanda Ryan

Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

Sunday Bun
by
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.
 Maranatha!

 

 

Sunday Bun!

Sunday Bun
by 
L. A. Marzulli
I will be with you even unto the end of the age.  Jesus – Just before He ascended into Heaven.
This is the promise of our Lord and Savior spoken to the Apostles who then watched Him ascend into the clouds and disappear from sight. I can only imagine what the disciples must have thought.
Why is He leaving us now? Why is He going now?  Will He return? What just happened?
It has been nearly 2000 years since He left. Some skeptics will proclaim—just like prophecy indicated they would—where is the promise of His coming?
Then there’s the argument from some folks: Every generation believed they were the last generation so what makes this generation any different?
I think we’re living in a time where we can’t fix what is happening all around us. I think we’re headed toward a climax. I think we’re about to see prophecy that was written thousands of years ago manifest and become fulfilled.
Our Bibles speak of a one-world government and a one-world religious system all under the son of perdition, the Anti-Messiah, i.e. Satan’s man.
I would posit that we’re in a window of time where all of this will happen and it might just be sooner than any of us think.
The good news is the church will be gone. Are you aware that new-agers have been talking about a taking away of the people who are not ready to make the paradigm shift, into the new consciousness? I first heard this about 45 years ago. They have a ready-made excuse for the rapture event.
The other good-news is that as believers we have the indwelling of the spirit of the living God in us. This sets the church apart from Israel, and the “saint’s” of the Old Dispensation under the law. We are under grace, we have the comforter who will teach us all things inside us.
Even so Maranatha!

 

 

 

Sunday Bun

Sunday Bun

by 

L. A. Marzulli

2 Timothy 3New American Standard Bible (NASB)

“Difficult Times Will Come”

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, [a]haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of [b]godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.

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A few days ago I was on one of the many freeways in Los Angeles, specifically the dreaded and feared #101. A woman driving a van with a Bernie Sanders Sticker on it cut in front of me. I had to hit the brakes. I threw up my hands gesturing a “hey what gives.” Immediately without hesitation, the one finger salute was raised!
This is a microcosm of the world in which we live.
Every year on Black Friday shoppers claw and fight over a $20 toaster or some other trinket. People are left on the floor as the stampede of wild-eyed consumers rushes over them.
Older people have become pray to the “knock-out” game where some punk kid cold-cocks the unfortunate person seeing if they can knock him or her out with one punch.
Hooligans take over trains.
Parents fight each other at sports events.
Paid protestors engage in what can only be called anarchy.
Evil is called good and good is called evil.
The rights of a 6-year-old girl is trumped by a boy, who thinking he’s a girl,  wants to use her bathroom.
I’ve stated this before but if these are not the signs of the last days, I’ll shave my head an become a Buddhist! (Photo-shop of the Zulli-Lama thanks to Richard Shaw!)
The question I have for Jesus is this. Why does He wait? How bad do things have to get before He’ll intervene? How long will the madness that surrounds us continue before He acts. Before He mounts His White Horse and defeats the enemy.
As Gary Stearman stated at the Prophecy Watchers conference last year—you’ll want to sign up for that if you haven’t already!—Just a little while longer…
Even so Maranatha!

The Sunday Bun!

The Bun
by
L. A. Marzulli

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8: 38-39

I love this verse, it reassuring.
This verse lets us know just how powerful Jesus and the Father’s  love for us really is. The closing words:
…nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love  God in the Messiah, Jesus our Lord.
Nothing can separate us. Nothing in all of heaven and earth or under the earth can separate us from His love.
The gates of hell shall not prevail against His church and us!
If that doesn’t put  a giddy-yap in your step nothing will!
I remember when I was a new Christian 37 years ago, a pastor stated: Jesus loves you just where you are. That Jesus will meet you today just where you are, so come just as you are. Don’t wait another day to get better, today is the day of salvation!
Later I would read: He remembers our frame and knows we are but dust.
All of us struggle. We all sin. We all have unwanted thoughts and we learn to take those thoughts captive and renounce them.
We confess our sin to one another.
We fall, but we pick ourselves up and get back in the race.
…for  though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.
The assurance that nothing can separate us from His love can bring rest to the weary, and peace to those of us who are restless.
Nothing can separate us from his love… nothing.

The Sunday Bun–from Peru

Sunday Go To Meeting Bun 

From Peru!

“And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”
Luke 22:44 (NKJV)
Jesus Christ experienced hematohidrosis while praying in the garden of Gethsemane before his crucification as mentioned in the Defenders Bible by Physician Luke as “and being in anguish he prayed more earnestly and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”

I can’t imagine what He went through, what he must have been thinking as he prayed in the garden. As God, He knows all things. He knows what awaits Him. Yet, He knows this is the only way to set the human race free from the Sin-Code and the grip of the Fallen Cherub, Lucifer. As a man he must recoil from knowing the torture he is about to experience.

At some point an angel is dispatched to comfort Him. I wonder what they said to one another because surely there must have been words of encouragement sent from the Father.

He must have been weary and knowing what awaits Him, somewhat apprehensive, manifesting in the blood-sweat. He knows He is The Lamb of God and He is about to take away the sins of the world.

There is also one part of this story that has always intrigued me. Who is witnessing these events and later re-telling them? It’s not the disciples, as they are all asleep? Could it have been Mary Magdalene? Perhaps, as she is the first person He appears to and we know she loved Him and He her. However, there was no DaVinci Code nonsense going on here and He most certainly did not have any form of physical relations with her.

He agonized and then He sets his face like flint and goes willingly to what He was born into this world to do. No man takes His life from Him, He lays it down willingly…

It is by the Blood of Jesus that our sins are forgiven. By His blood we are saved. By His blood we are cleansed and made new. By His blood we are sealed into the heavenly kingdom. By His blood…. By His blood.

Never forget the price that was paid to set us free.

Sunday Bun – Looking in Both Directions

Sunday Bun

by

L. A. Marzulli

And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. 14Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. 15And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. 16David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth. 17And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them. 18And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead? 19But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead. 20Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.

Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. 22And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? 23But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.

(2 Samuel 12)

The Bun:
There is a lot in this story and I could go with it in many directions. I could discuss King David’s sin. I could discuss the judgment from a holy God. I could write about the supernatural events that are taking place throughout the chapter. However, I’m going to focus on David’s ability to look in both directions.
David’s  son was stricken and David prayed that the child might live. He was caught in the tension of two extremes. On one hand, if the child lived, then David would watch his son grow and mature into a man. On the other, if the child died, he knows he will see him again when he passes from this earthly life… but there will be sorrow.
David was not afraid to face both death and life. He was not afraid to look in both directions.
We pray that the Lord i.e. Jesus would direct our steps that He will be the Lord of our life, that all things work together for good.
Yet, when faced with adversity we all to often collapse in our faith.
No mater what the circumstances are He is in control. David’s son died. He was taken. David dealt with it.
Job lost everything and yet in the midst of it God shows us and instructs him.
We’ve often heard the phrase: let go and let God.
It’s true but hard to practice because many of us really don’t believe that Jesus loves us and cares for us and no matter what happens He will work all things together for good.
What are you facing?
Don’t be afraid to look in both directions.
Please keep these folks in Prayer.
Jane – Healing from bitterness and cancer.
Richard H. – Healing
Richard S. – Healing.
Corrie – Healing from drugs.
Sean – for life instead of suicide.