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Sunday Bun
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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! 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 Bun

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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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L. A. Marzulli

Today is the day when over 70 nations will meet and decide whether or not there will be a two-state solution. For those of you who have no idea of what I’m talking about, the two state solution seeks to divide present day Israel and give land to the so-called Palestinians, thus creating a two-state solution.
Israel 1967bordersMost likely the 70-plus-nations will state that Israel will have to go back to the pre-1967 war boundaries, which will give Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital over to the Palestinians. This is national suicide for Israel and, in my opinion, this is what the Arab/Moslems/Islamists want, a divided Israel. One that can not possibly be defended, as if Israel goes back to her 1967 borders she can easily be cut in two, as there is less than 10 miles of territory. Does anyone really believe in land-for-peace? Think about this, Israel gave back the Gaza Strip and now, Gaza is the home of HAMAS, who has one goal, the destruction of Israel.
As we discussed in Watchers 9: Days of Chaos, when I sat down with Dan Gordon, as the Israeli’s were leaving Gaza, the rocket and mortar fire began.
These 70 nations will ram-rod this farce of a peace process down the Israeli’s throats. For those of you who have any doubts about Pope Francis and where the Vatican stands, Francis endorsed Mahmoud Abbas’ government and gave the PA (Palestinian Authority) an embassy at the Vatican.
The Rabbi’s have a saying. When the whole world goes against Israel then Messiah will come.
As Christian, my belief is that He already came the first time, as there are numerous prophecies that were fulfilled at His first coming. (Just read Isaiah 53 and explain who Isaiah is talking about.)
However, it would appear that the whole world is against Israel and even the USA, under the Obama administration has abandoned her.
Trump is still a few days away from taking office and anything is possible.
Bill Salus and I discussed this last night in a phone conversation. We’re both on Prophetic pins-and-needles, as it were.
So as watchmen we stand our ground and watch. As of this post there is nothing in the news about the 70 nations gathered in Paris and the outcome of this meeting. I will give an update and commentary the moment I hear something.
Do any of us really think anything is different when it comes to what the Arabs/Moslems really think about Israel? Watch the video… Res ipsa loquitur

Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

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Sunday Bun

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L. A. Marzulli

Thou Oh Lord are a SHIELD about me. (Psalm 3: 3)

The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. (Psalm 18:2)

When the enemy comes in Like a flood, the battle belongs to the Lord… (1 Sam. 17:47)

When we are attacked by the enemy of our souls, the one who comes to rob, kill and destroy us, we are admonished, by Paul, to put on our armor. (Read Ephesians 6) This is something I do daily and sometimes throughout the day. When we put on our armor we are putting on Jesus. He is our salvation, our righteousness, our truth, our peace, the author and finisher of our faith, and He is The Word of God.
There something else that hit me when I was going through a very severe attack recently. These usually come as unwanted thoughts and can be very disconcerting as they come from nowhere. These are, in my opinion the fiery darts that Paul talks about.
These thoughts had come in like a flood and it was at this moment, The Spirit of the Living God impressed upon me this praise song: Thou oh Lord are a shield about me. Then, He gave me the other two scriptures.
What impressed me was this. The Lord Himself is our shield. He is the one who covers us as we are really no match for enemy on our own. It is His power, His might that we call upon. It is His battle not ours. Yes, we have authority in Jesus. I understand that, but in the end it is He who is our rock, our high tower, our fortress, who is a shield about us.
So with that in mind. Whatever it is that faces us we must understand that He is our shield. He will protect us and save us and He will present us before His presence with singing.
Are you being attacked? Pray out loud: Lord, be my shield today. Cover me. Set me apart and bring your peace to me so that I may serve you and the people you bring across my path.
Thou, Oh Lord are a shield about me!
Please continue to pray:
Jane – Healing.
Rose – Healing.
Rick – Healing.

 

 

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L. A. Marzulli

Prayer…
What is prayer? It is taking our requests to the God of the  Universe. He hears them and answers them, sometimes in ways that confound us.
Prayer is not some rote repetition like saying the “rosary” with a gazillion hail-Mary’s or mindless mantra like the Hindu’s repeat over and over again, or bowing before some idol, fashioned by the hand of man.
Prayer is communicating our requests to the Lord of Hosts, the King of Kings, the one who fashioned us,  the keeper of our souls. As Noah Hutchings’  used to say: “Prayer changes things.”
Sometimes we don’t know what to pray about. We can be faced with a situation that overwhelms us. Recently a fellow Brother in Christ, wrote a nasty hit-piece on me in regards to the Fairy that we debunked. Now on the one hand I don’t want to curse this person or wish him any ill will, but on the other, what he said was beyond the pale. I talked to my Elder Brother, Gary Stearman about this and Gary suggested I say this: Lord, render unto this man according to his works. That works, as it takes me out of the equation and puts the matter in the hands of the Living God. What I love about this prayer is that it puts the onus on the Lord and not on me.
This is true of other situations that can come into our life. There can be people at our work-place that have a anti-Christian spirit on them. They can be a thorn in our side. This is where this prayer comes into play. We don’t want to curse, we want to bless, but when someone is doing something that is blatantly wrong, we learn to turn it over to God and let Him take care of it.
chuck-misslerThen there’s the situations that are completely overwhelming. Someone we love gets cancer, someone suddenly dies, a loved one is in a horrible accident. We often wonder why God allows these things to happen. This is where our trusting in Him comes into play and this is not an easy thing to do. Chuck Missler recently lost both his wife of decades, as well as son, all within a few months of each other. When I was sitting with Chuck at the recent K-House Conference I asked him if he had any suggestions, words of encouragement for my ministry. Chuck would not let go of my hand and he stated this. “God has an unfulfilled desire. He desires our trust. “
Think about this. When our lives are going well and there’s money in the bank and food in the frig and the bills are all paid it’s easy to give thanks and rest in the Lord. On the other hand ,when we’re faced with adversity it can be very hard to trust.
When our youngest daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia years go—she’s a survivor and is now 26—it threw our household into disarray. I look back and wonder how we got through this time. It was hard and there were times when my Wifey would cry herself to sleep. God brought us through, as He has time after time.
But then there are the situations that happen where it seems like God is far away, like He has abandoned us. Life can appear hopeless, and we can despair of life altogether. At this time we must rely on God’s word and put up our shield of Faith knowing that He cares for us. We must continue to pray and praise Him. We must stand and after doing everything we can, stand.
Prayer changes situations. Prayer is our offensive weapon against the enemy. Prayer is what we do all day long, every day. Prayer is good and the churches should do a lot more of it than the 2 minutes each Sunday morning. Think about it. The body of Christ is gathered together and we have an opportunity to pray collectively. To bring our voices and prayers in unison over situations. What an opportunity and yet most churches don’t engage in prayer.
With that in mind. There will be a few thousand people who will read this today. Let’s pray…
Rose needs our prayers as she has cancer and is not eating. She’s losing weight. Her husband has quit his part-time job to take care of her. This is a dire situation.
Jane has a brain tumor and both she and her husband are not believers. They need prayer for salvation, and healing.  She has been diagnosed with less than 2 years to live.
Rick who has lung cancer is in a lot of pain.
Let’s remember to lift these folks up throughout the week as prayer changes things….