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.

Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

Sunday Bun

by

L. A. Marzulli

Philip goes to Azotus!

And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

I was reading this passage this morning and I decided to comment on it on the BLOG!

I want to call your attention to this verse: the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus,

I love it! The Holy Spirit moves Philip from one place to another, literally miles away from where Philip was with the eunuch! How does that work?

Our Bibles are full of supernatural occurrences which transcend time and space. How was Philip moved? Was some sort of vehicle used like a “divine taxi” of sorts? Was it like a star-trek transporter? LOL! (I’m kidding) Did an angel carry him from one place to another?

How long did it take to travel from one place to an other? Did time stop? Did Philip find himself instantly in Azotus or did a duration of time pass? (People back then did not have watches…!) Did Philip transcend our space-time continuum? It seems to me that he did. God is the author of time and thus has no problem transcending its bounds!

All to often we read our Bibles and fail to grasp the supernatural aspect that is found all throughout its pages.

God is still on the throne and He can move us from one place to another if He chooses to do so, just like Philip. When He shows up, everything changes.

With that in mind. Some of us may need to be re-located in our thinking, in our ministry,  in our workplace. Father God knows this and just like Philip has the power to transcend all our circumstances.

This is the God of our Bibles. This is God we serve. He is holy, might and awesome in His power.

Maranatha!

Sunday Go To Meeting Bun!

Sunday Bun
by 
L. A. Marzulli
Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico. None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem. And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed. Acts 5: 12-16
“Coincidentally,” this was the passage of scripture that I found myself reading, in my morning devotional. I start the day with the word…. always.
Peggy and I were down in Oceanside speaking at The Anchor, where Pastor Levi Moran  has been “anchored” since 2012. He’s a great man with a heart for the Lord and the Lord’s people. I spoke for about 4 hours on Friday night, including some Q & A. Always a privilege to do so.
However, as some of you know I was battling a very nasty sore throat which came out of nowhere and hampered me the entire weekend. I could barely swallow and this kept me up most nights. I was exhausted by the time we left to come back home yesterday.
Traffic was some of the worst I have ever seen it and it took an hour longer than usual just to make it our undisclosed location deep in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains, that we call home.
I was lamenting my situation and wondering how long this was going to go on as there was little relief. I was living on Fisherman Friends lozenges and spraying my throat every 15 minutes with a solution of Colidial Silver… without much relief from either.
Around dinner time I stopped in my tracks—I was getting the Bar-B-Que ready and I went into the kitchen and told Peggy.
“Its’ gone! My sore throat is gone! I’m healed!”
I was astonished. Yes, We had prayed and so had others while we down in Oceanside but nothing much had happened. Suddenly all symptoms were gone, vanished.
Now was this malady an attack from the enemy to keep me off guard while ministering at the Anchor? Was it a deliberate attack? I think it might have been.
However, countering the attack, people were praying as I received numerous emails letting me know the folks were not only wishing me well but praying for healing.
I think God acted. I think He showed up and when He does sickness and disease has no place in His space!
He is the God who heals all our diseases!
With that in mind.
Prayer changes things. It does. Thanks to all of you who covered us in prayer.
These folks need a touch too so let’s lift them up in prayer.
Jane: Cancer. Very aggressive brain tumor with no known cure. (There is bitterness in her life)
Richard H.: He’s had a long history of illness.
Richard Shaw: He’s got an eye “floater”and may need surgery.
The Ohio Conference!: The Lord would touch His people.

 

Sunday Go To Meeting Bun!

Sunday Bun

by
L. A. Marzulli

All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:3
We live in a world where the Darwinian paradigm and world-view reigns supreme. This “theory” instructs us that there is no God, no supernatural, no creation, no savior. Instead, we are told life, in its myriad of forms around us, was a product of random chance. That organisms started out as single-celled creatures and then slowly became more complex.
This is in stark contrast to the verse I posted above. We are told that Jesus created all things. That all things were made by Him and without his direct involvement was not anything made that was made.
The Berean Bible Translation states this:
All things came into being through Him, and without Him not even one thing came into being that has come into being.
What is the Truth? What world-view is the correct one?
For those of us who believe in the literal translation of the Bible we hold the words above dear to us. We know, that we know, that we know, that Jesus is our creator. That he holds the universe together and at some point he will roll it up like a scroll! (How does that happen? inquiring minds want to know!)
The Neo-Darwinists realize that Darwin’s original theory has a lot of holes in it and so they are looking to the concept of panspermia—the idea that life was seeded here by an advanced civilization from somewhere out  in space—as the new Darwinism.
In this re-working of the worn-out Darwinian theory there are still no miracles, no supernatural, no need for salvation or a savior, no absolutes. That somewhere, in some far-away galaxy, a race of people evolved and created life in a lab and then blasted it out into the universe. By chance it made its way to earth and life began…
Of course this is circular reasoning as it begs the question, where did this so-called advanced civilization come from?
In 2 Thessalonians we are told:
 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 2 Thessalonians 2:11
What cause?  because they refused the love of the truth that would have saved them.
What is the truth? That Jesus created everything and He came as our savior to set us free.
In short. Much of the human race has rejected the truth and instead replaced it with Darwinian lie.
To wrap it up. The strong delusion is coming and I believe it will be the revealing of the so-called extraterrestrial presence. The big question is this. When will this happen. If disclosure happens with an announcement without huge one-mile craft floating above some city, then what will be the fall out from such an announcement? If, on the other hand a mile-wide craft appears will the church still be here?
I have recently come to the conclusion that when we go up, they show up. When we go up they come down.
The strong delusion is coming. The good news for the remnant who is watching and waiting for HIS return and our meeting Him in the air is this. We won’t experience it as we will have met the Lord in the air. This is our blessed hope.
Maranatha!

 

 

 

Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

The Bun!

I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him.

John 5:43

There are many different interpretations of this verse. Let’s examine it and see what we can glean from it.

First, Jesus is making a statement, stating a fact. He tells the Jewish leaders, the Pharisees who are gathered and asking Him who he is, that He, Jesus, comes in His Fathers name, i.e. Jehovah.

Remember this, Jesus—Yeshua—means God with us. Interesting yes? We might call to remembrance when Jesus states:  He is from above. Also: Where I am going you can not follow. (At the last supper) Then: If you have seen me you have seen the Father.

It seems very clear that Jesus is making himself known to anyone who has ears to hear. He’s not playing games. In fact,  He backs these statements up by performing miracles, like raising the dead, healing the sick, casting out demons and controlling the weather—the storm He rebukes in the boat!

Then He states the second fact: … and you do not receive me.

I am reminded of this statement by what Phillip says in regard to Jesus being Messiah: Can anything good come out of Nazareth?

The Jewish leaders could not accept Jesus as Messiah. The one statement that infuriated the Jews was when Jesus declared: Before Abraham was I Am.

This is what got Him killed, because Jesus compared himself to the Father by using the word I Am. It was deliberate on His part and once again He states a fact.

Finally we get to the last statement.

If another comes in his own name, you will receive him.

Some commentators point to this verse as the Anti-Christ. While the Jews have had numerous deceivers and anti-messiahs’ throughout history, I would posit that this verse may point to THE seed of the serpent, the son of perdition, the anti-christ of the last days.

Remember, This man makes a covenant with the Jews to rebuild their Temple. This is how the world will know who the A.C. is. (Of course I hold to the view that the church will be long-gone by this time.)

If this is true that Jesus is pointing to the A.C. as the one who the Jews will receive it is a chilling statement.

In closing the Bun. Do you know Him? Is He, Jesus alive in your heart? Have you invited the Prince of Peace into your life?

If you think you know Him but you don’t know Him, then, you don’t know Him.

Jesus fulfilled numerous prophecies regarding Messiah. When we acknowledge Him who was sent—that He came in His fathers name—and confess our sins we have eternal life. We become born again. If you don’t know Him, I would ask you to sit still for a moment and reflect on todays Bun.

He stands at the door of your heart and knocks, let Him in today…

God is still on the throne and prayer changes things!  Noah Hutchings

Please keep these folks in prayer.

Bonnie’s Daughter, Kristine – Healing from Cancer.

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please pray for my teen-aged son Matthew who though has been home-schooled and brought up in the ways of the Lord is in full rebellion mode (prodigal son BIG TIME) and about to ruin the rest of his life (jail- time) or at minimum be removed from our home by the state. PLEASE pray for him.

Jeff

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Jane – Healing from cancer/Salvation/Forgiveness

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Keith – He lost his wife a little over two months ago.

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For all of our un-saved family members.

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Dear L A –
I just learned tonight that my daughter-in-law, Jackie, has stage two cervical
cancer. She is married to my oldest son, Jonathan. They are both in their 30’s
and have two children, Chloe age 4 yrs and Silas age 18 mos. In addition to
this, Jon just lost his job.
I know that you know people all over the world. I am asking that God’s perfect
will be done for this struggling family. There are also spiritual needs as well.

Sunday Bun!

Sunday Bun
by
L. A. Marzulli

What Did Mary Know?

On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” John 2: 1-5

I love this story. It’s one of my favorite passages in the Bible. Added to this is Mary’s directive to the steward of the wedding feast: “Do whatever he tells you!”
In my opinion I think and believe Mary knew—at least in part—who Jesus was. There’s almost a hint of humor in that line. “Do whatever He tells you.”
Long before this an angel appeared to Mary and told her she would give birth to Messiah. He also instructed her that she would be “overshadowed” by the Holy Spirit. There was also a prophecy that a sword would pierce her heart—this of course is in reference to the crucifixion. (We’ll talk about this next week.)
So let’s examine why Mary might be saying these words to the steward of the feast.
Mary has been living with the creator of the universe for decades. Joseph has passed away by this time and Jesus is more or less acting as the head of the household. The question is this, and I realize I’m speculating here, as there’s no way to really know what happened in Jesus childhood and adult life.
However, Mary must be basing this statement—Do whatever he tells you—on past experience. In other words, how much did Jesus show of his divinity? What did Mary see? What did Jesus do in the way of miracles?
Perhaps it was just the two of them walking to market and like the scene in The Young Messiah, Jesus heals a dead bird. No one knows this  but the two of them. This story is not found in our Bibles but I think Jesus did things that pointed to his Divinity that only Mary was privy to.
Mary knows that he is Messiah, and she has been visited by angels more than once. Who knows what happened in that household when Jesus was growing up?
That being stated. Mary is confident that Jesus can change the situation. He can create “new wine!”
Most of us know the outcome of the story. The water is changed to wine and it is better than the wine that was served first. This is Jesus’ first miracle. So with that in mind when we hear the prompting of The Spirit of the Living God in our lives we should Do whatever he tells us to do. 
Jesus is the creator of this universe. All things were created by Him and without Him nothing that was made was made.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding…
Mary trusted, the steward of the wedding feast trusted and as foolish as Jesus command was—to fill the pots with water—the result was new wine for the wedding feast…. and it was better than the wine that was served first!
Do whatever He tells us to do!

 

God is still on the throne and prayer changes things!  Noah Hutchings

Please keep these folks in prayer.

Bonnie’s Daughter, Kristine – Healing from Cancer.

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please pray for my teen-aged son Matthew who though has been home-schooled and brought up in the ways of the Lord is in full rebellion mode (prodigal son BIG TIME) and about to ruin the rest of his life (jail- time) or at minimum be removed from our home by the state. PLEASE pray for him.

Jeff

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Jane – Healing from cancer/Salvation/Forgiveness

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Keith – He lost his wife a little over two months ago.

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For all of our un-saved family members.