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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.

Sunday Go to Meeting Bun… Two Kingdoms.

Sunday Bun
by
L. A. Marzulli
We know from the Biblical Prophetic narrative that there are two kingdoms. One is the Kingdom of the Most High God, the other is the kingdom the Fallen Cherub, i.e. Satan.
The currency of God’s Kingdom is faith. The currency of Satan’s is fear.
The hallmark of God’s kingdom is HIS goodness. The hallmark of Satan’s is to rob, kill and destroy.
“Taste and see that the Lord is Good!”
I interviewed John B. Wells for The Watchman Chronicles and John B. stated that Satan is the father of lies and thus, everything is a lie.
A few weeks ago on another installment of the Bun, I discussed the web of lies that engulf some of us. Satan is always lying to us, we can be sure and certain of that. The Bible tells us there is no truth in him (Satan) and that he is father of lies. That’s quite a title.
Can you imagine the lies he told the other angels in order to get them to follow him?
Think of the lie in the garden: You will be like god when you eat of the fruit.
We should never forget that Satan is both accuser and destroyer.
Contrast this to Gods goodness.
I was in the shower the other day pondering this and suddenly I felt the Lord’s presence, His goodness. It was overwhelming. It was wonderful.
This planet is full of the works of The Fallen One, from the poison on TV, to the crimes on the streets,  the dishonesty of politicians,the endless wars, the depravity of the drug trade and human trafficking. In some ways it’s an uphill battle.
The good news is: Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.
God is good all the time… period. His goodness leads us and guides us through His spirit. His word guides us if we study to show ourselves approved.
Two kingdoms. One of faith the other fear. One of goodness the other of lies. With that in mind who will we serve? Which kingdom will be part of?
As for me and my house I will serve the Lord!

 

Sunday Go To Meeting Bun

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The Bun
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L.A.

“Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”

Most of us know the story. Jesus has been falsely accused by the Jews, handed over to the Romans and now he has met one of the cruelest of punishments ever devised by man, crucifixion.
The Roman soldiers taunt Him as do the Jewish leaders. They scoff and jeer and hurl insults at Him. Remember not only was Jesus scourged within an inch of his life but he carried the wooden cross beam and then was pierced by three nails, which held him fast to the ancient implement of torture and death.
With all this in mind, He looks down at the people who are more like “raging bulls of Bashan,” and utters what may be one of the most profound remarks found in our Bibles.
Father forgive them for they know not what they do.
Jesus’ statement in the thick of being tortured to death, sets up a mandate for us who are His disciples. Essentially we are to forgive everybody, everything… period.
We are to pray for those who spitefully use us.
We are to bless and not curse those who insult  or injure us.
We are to turn the other cheek to those who strike us.
We are to walk two miles instead of one.
We are to love our enemies.
Who among us can live up to this ideal? Yet, this is what the Christian walk is all about, learning, through the circumstances that life brings our way, to model what our savior did while He was on the earth.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Go to Meeting Bun! The Father of Lies

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Sunday Bun
by
L. A. Marzulli

Who is the Father of Lies?

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

I’m reading a novel by Roger Williams entitled, Broken Lies. It will soon be in our book store, as there’s a lot to be gleaned from it. It’s got me thinking and thus, this is the subject of todays Bun.

We know from scripture that Satan, the Devil, is the father of lies. There is no truth in him. Period. This statement, given to us by Jesus, reveals the character of The Fallen One. We also know that Satan is the ruler of this planet and he will continue to rule it until Jesus breaks the power of his reign by  returning to earth, on a white horse, with the armies of heaven. (This is NOT fiction!)

I want to focus on one aspect of this and how it affects our life. You and I have been lied to, throughout the course of our lives. How many of us carry these lies around for years, perhaps even a lifetime, believing in them and never getting free of them. The enemy of our souls, will whisper these lies to us in the form of thoughts. He knows, far to well, how to do this and the lies he plants in us keep us in bondage, keeps us from being who we were meant to be. Then, there are the lies told to us by people we encounter. All in all, we can become a tangled mess.

You may have been told lies like, you’ll never amount to anything?

Your just like your father.

You can’t do that.

That’s just who you are, you’ll never change.

You were born this way. (Think the lie of being born gay here)

They don’t like you.

Your stupid and will never be able to learn.

Your not good enough.

You should never forgive that person because what they did to you was so wrong. 

This list could continue almost endlessly but I think you get the point.

One of the dynamics of The Spirit of the Living God is to break the power of lies in our lives. He does this by revealing the lie to us and how it has affected us. He can do this in a variety of ways, often with a Bible verse, or a dream, or something someone says. Then He shows us how the lie has ensnared us and created a web of deceit around us.

The good news is, we can be free of the lies that are in our lives. We can see them for what they are, and break the power they have over us by the power of His spirit.

In closing todays Bun: My first mentor, Wayne Kendall used to say, Human beings are garbage dumps. This may sound like a harsh statement and the first time I heard it I was shocked by it. However, some of us hold on to the lies and these lies are like spiritual garbage.

Take the time to sit quietly and ask The Spirit of the Living God to show you the lies in your life. Ask Him to remove them. Ask to be set free. Then, give thanks to Him for, if the Son sets us free we are free indeed!

Prayer:

Our President, Donald J. Trump. No Weapon formed against him would prosper!

Jane – For healing from bitterness and anger and cancer.

Keith – Husband of Rose who passed away a while back. For peace during this time or mourning.

Russ – For total and complete healing. That God would send his healing angel to restore him.

Tammy – That there would no more cancer.

Annie – Whose husband, Rick passed away  a while back. For peace during this time or mourning.

 

Sunday Go To Meeting BUN!

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Sunday Bun!

by

 L. A. Marzulli

The Salvation Message?

Recently someone contacted me and stated that someone in their church was wondering why the focus on the Nephilim, UFOs and other supernatural events that are taking place all over our blue-ball-of-a-planet. They went on saying that the discussion of such subjects do not contain a salvation message.

You know what? They’re right. The discussion of UFOs and Nephilim and other seemingly non-related Biblical topics are not directly tied into a salvation message. However, I’ve used my work to point back to the cross as is demonstrated in THE COSMIC CHESS MATCH and the countless interviews I have done. 

The writer of Hebrews admonishes us when he states this in chapter 6:1

New International Version
Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God,

New Living Translation
So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds and placing our faith in God.


King James Bible
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

In other words the discussion about UFOs and/or Nephilim are not to be confused with the basic, elementary teachings about humankind’s depravity and our need for a Savior, which of course, leads us to Jesus.

The purpose of discussing UFOs, the Nephilim and other modern-day supernatural events is this. We read in Genesis 3:15 there is going to be a seed war. Specifically the seed of the serpent will be at war with the seed of the woman.

We know the seed of the woman eventually manifests in the birth of Messiah. The seed of the serpent manifests in the Nephlim only 3 chapters later. We also know that the Anti-Christ will be the Son of Perdition. Does this statement denote that this dark figure will be the actual seed of the serpent himself? In other words the literal offspring of Satan?

I would posit to you that we are about to enter into a time in history that is unprecedented. The believe in UFO’s and that the human race was seeded here  by extraterrestrials has in some places, usurped the Biblical prophetic narrative. In other words more people believe in ET than the Bible.

We are constantly introduced to a steady flow of books and movies that have an “alien” theme. Chuck Missler has stated that he believes the Anti Christ may boast of an alien connection.

I have come to call this burgeoning phenomena The Coming Great Deception. So unless we discuss what is manifesting we are not part of the conversation. Unless the church engages in this discussion headlong, many people will believe the lie, and will be deceived.

In closing todays Bun: It is important to remember Paul’s admonishment in Ephesians 6, to put on the armor of God on a daily basis. As we mature in Christ we put on our armor and engage in the war that is all around us. We fight the good fight. We expose the works of the devil. We point out the deception which is coming upon the whole earth.

 

 

 

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Sunday Go to Meeting Bun
by
L. A. Marzulli

What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. James 4:14

How many of you reading this have met your great, great, great-grandfather? Most likely none of us have. Maybe there’s an old photograph but in most cases there’s to much of a gap, too many years between us and our ancestors.
They were a “mist” that appeared for a little time and now they are gone. Maybe there’s not even a grave-stone to mark where their final resting place is.
Life is fleeting, a mist.
I remember turning 20 years old and thinking to myself that I would never make it to 30. The summers have flown by and now I am 66 years old. How many more summers will I see before He, who is the keeper of my soul, calls me home, or if  we are in the end-times, as I truly believe we are, the trumpet will sound, and I will rise to meet Him in the air?
Knowing that our time here is short, then, as Francis Schaeffer stated: How then should we live?
What is important, what is eternal, what should the focus of our life be?
I have a friend who is not spirit-filled. He will talk your ear off, without the use of a comma. If you’re in a car with him, he’ll yak for the entire drive, for hours. The problem, however, is all of his conversation is worldly. There is no real substance to it. It’s little more than pabulum.
When Peggy and I are on the road and we meet other believers the conversation centers on the Lord, on prophecy, on ministry, on His return.
People who are near the end of life often regret not spending more time with their children and family. Their careers, while important, are not their focus.
Others carry bitterness to the grave with them, unable to be set free of the burden that has festered, in some cases, for years, and may have led to their illness in the first place.
With that in mind. We should forgive everyone, everything, no matter what it is. Realize how precious life is and love everyone with the love of the Lord.
Are you holding a grudge? Pray and then write an email to that person or better yet pick up the phone and call them.
Life really is short and the summers fly… how they fly.
Please keep these folks in your prayers.
Russ Dizdar – Continued healing.
Keith – For peace and comfort as he just lost Rose, his wife, about a month ago.
Annie – Who lost her husband about a month ago.
Tom – Shoulder pain.
Greg – Knee pain.
Jane – Another brain tumor appeared and it is inoperable. Pray she would forgive those who have hurt her.
Tammy – For healing of tumors.

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer needs.

 

Tony K’s Wife

Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

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Sunday Bun

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L. A. Marzulli

When Life Hits Us with Unexpected Circumstance.

Trust in the Lord with all thy heart
and lean not unto your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will 
direct your paths… Proverbs 3:5-6
A few weeks ago my editor Rose Diepstra lost her battle with cancer and passed from this world. It happened quickly and I talked to her just a week before she passed and now she’s gone.
She left behind her devoted husband, Keith and their two children. Keith and the kids and even Rose herself never saw this coming. Life hit them like a Mack truck.
A friend of mine’s wife has an aggressive brain tumor and she has maybe a year left on this earth. My friend and his wife have been married 30 years. Last night he called me and asked me what he should do. It was a hard conversation and because this friend doesn’t know Jesus I told him to go to whoever he thought God was and ask for peace and direction. It was a huge step for him to accept this. (He knows I’m a pastor)
Another friend tore his rotator cuff and has been sleeping upright in a chair for about two months.
Another, has a torn ligament in his knee.
We get emails during the week from people who have all sorts of issues. We hear about entities in the room at night, black-eyed children, and unbelievably, even centaurs.
The point I’m trying to make here is this. Trust in the Lord…. period. We have really no control over what life will throw at us and thus, our anchor should be in Christ and Him alone.
My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus Christ and righteousness

There is no other place for us to go. When life hits us with the unexpected, we lean on Jesus. We go to Jesus. We ask for mercy, grace and peace.
Though he slay me yet I will praise Him.
When King David’s son died he stated he would see his son again. This is our hope that at some point in the future He, Jesus, the creator of heaven and earth, will bring us back to him and we will see our loved ones again.
He will wipe away our tears and there will be no more sickness and death.
Think on these things. Dwell on this. Put this into our spirit man and woman. Put on Jesus and walk circumspectly knowing: He remembers our frame and knows that we are dust.

Prayer is needed.

Russ Dizdar
Jane – Healing from Brain tumor.
Sam – Heart attack.
Tom – Shoulder.
Greg – Knee injury.
Keith and the kids – Peace and comfort that passes understanding.
Tammy – Pastor Mike’s wife. Healing from cancerous tumors.
God is still on the throne and prayer changes things….