Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

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Sunday Bun

by 

L. A. Marzulli

After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.
When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead. John 21: 1-14

I’m sure that some folks who read this will most likely think to themselves: There’s goes Peter, acting like a fool, throwing himself into the ocean. Good grief!

I thought about this passage all week and here’s the reason why. The scene, of course, is after the resurrection and Peter is told by John, It’s the Lord!

Peter has spent the last three and a half years as Jesus’s disciple. He has seen everything imaginable, from multiplying fish and loaves which feed 5000 people, to Jesus Walking on the water.

He’s seen prophecy fulfilled, as with the events of the crucifixion. He’s travelled through time, as he sees Jesus standing with Moses and Elijah discussing his “date” with destiny in Jerusalem.

He’s watched Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead. He’s seen blind eyes open, and mute lips speak.

He’s seen storms calmed and he’s paid his taxes by pulling two gold coins out of the mouth of a fish he’s caught—and all because Jesus told him he would find the gold coins in the mouth of a fish!

He’s walked next to Jesus from the Galilee to Mount Hermon.

He’s seen the crowds, seen the worship of the people, heard the dissent of the skeptics and watched the people try to make Jesus King.

He’s seen Jesus grow weary and pray and he’s watched Him weep.

Peter knows who Jesus is and his spirit-man, every ounce of it in him, wants nothing more that to be next Him.

He knows that he is a sinner, like the rest of us, but he also knows his redeemer.

He’s seen him several times now after the crucifixion, once in the upper room, which must have been overwhelming, as it was just a few days after Jesus’s death. Peter and the other disciples thought all was lost and then, when it seems completely hopeless, Jesus walks through the walls and appears to all who are gathered in that room.

In the scene above, Peter is doing what he knows best, he’s gone fishing. Perhaps to get away from everything, and maybe just to clear his head, to sort things out.

When he is told by John that Jesus is on the shore. The last three years he spent with Jesus, click like a row of dominoes toppling over and Peter throws himself into the Sea. He can’t wait for the boat to get to shore. He must get near to the one whom he knows is the God of the universe, the one he loves.

How do we react to this story? Are we expectant? Are we looking forward to  His return? Are we looking for our blessed hope, when we are snatched away to meet Him in the air?

I truly believe I too would have dived in the water had I been in that boat.

But here’s another take. When I’m speaking at conferences I have to be really careful when I talk about The Rider on the White Horse. If I’m reading from Revelation 19, I almost always lose it.

There’s a reason for this.

He is my savior. My redeemer.

The one who holds my times in His hands.

He is my King but also—incredibly—my friend. Go figure.

He is the one I am waiting for and I know I will see Him, I will greet Him in the air.

I will get my white horse and ride with my King into the battle that defeats the god of this world.

When that happens, when we ride with Him to the great battle, and the evil one is finally dethroned, I will bow before, Jesus, the King of King and the Lord of Lords, but in the meantime, my spirit calls to Him as loud as it can! MARANATHA!

 

Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

BunSunday Go to Meeting Bun

by

L. A. Marzulli

Be still and know that I AM God.

I was recently in a church where the “pastor” stood in front of the congregation and told everyone to begin to speak in tongues.  The entire place exploded in a cacophony of voices.  I turned to the Wifey, shook my head, and stated this was unbiblical.

There are those, especially in the Hyper-Pentecostal church, who will disagree with this.  However, when we look at the scripture in 1 Corinthians 14: 23 If therefore the whole church be assembled together and all speak with tongues, and there come in men unlearned or unbelieving, will they not say that ye are mad?

So there we have what the Bible says about everyone speaking in tongues together. We can tap dance around this and tell each other that this scripture didn’t apply to the corporate church, but I believe it’s very clear.  The gift of tongues, when manifest, must have an interpreter, period, and the congregation is not to speak in tongues all at once.

27 If any man speaketh in a tongue, let it be by two, or at the most three, and that in turn; and let one interpret:

28 but if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

Then there are those who insist that these gifts passed away in the first century, and won’t move in the gifts at all.  However, there is nothing that states the gifts have ever left the church…. For the most part they have either been dormant, or abused.

Back to the church service:  What was interesting to me was nothing happened after the outburst.  There was no move of God.  However, just before the outburst the congregation was sitting still, in silence, and was waiting on Him. We weren’t trying to manipulate anything, or storm the gates of heaven.  We were still before Him.  I spoke first, as the Spirit of the Living God gave me a short word: Praise God the giver of Life. 

Then, someone else added to it.  All in all, about 30 people participated and everyone’s words were an insight about our Father.  In other words what we experienced was a Bible study about the attributes of God.  It was wonderful, and the people moved in the gifts of the spirit.

The churches, for the  most part, have forgotten what it is like to sit before the Lord, to be still and know that He is God.

Most churches never practice this, so the folks never actually hear from the Lord in a service.  They are never trained corporately to be still.  When and if it happens, most are uncomfortable with it.  We’re so used to being entertained, to have something going on, a program, the morning announcements, the special offering song, the worship team playing the latest “hits.”  While all that is part of our services, we neglect the basics.  Most churches have less than 30 seconds of prayer each week.  Most churches never are still before the Lord, and certainly won’t allow any “outburst” from the congregants.

With all of this said, I would state that we live in a time where we have a form of religion but deny it’s power, Just like Jeshua/Jesus warned us would be the case in the last days.  The power comes from when the spirit of the living God, shows up.  You and I have nothing of ourselves.  We can’t manufacture the presence of God.  There’s no magic formula. There’s no set way to bring it in except to be still.  In other words by emptying ourselves of our agenda and being still before the living God, we are then allowing His Spirit to move, to teach, to admonish, to warn, to utter prophecy, to have a word of healing.

This is what happened in the first century church and we read about it all through the Book oF Acts!  The people waited on the Living God and lives were changed and transformed.  Oh that our churches would abandon their seeker-friendly programs and their rigid structures, and Be still and know that He is God. 

Sunday Go to Meeting Bun! Why Israel – Why Now?

BunSunday Go to Meeting Bun

by

L. A. Marzulli

(Note – Here’s the new image for the Bun!)

 

And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.  Zechariah 12:3

And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.  Zechariah 12:9

Israel Timeline

 

 

Why the global attention on Israel and why is it happening now?  Isn’t it interesting how Antisemitism is on the rise?  Isn’t it amazing how even portions of the church are proclaiming that the Jews that are in the Holy land are not the real Jews.

Obama wants Israel to  go back to the 1967 borders which would be national suicide.  The Palestinians call out for a homeland but a case can be made that Jordan is that homeland and as Joseph Farrah of WND puts it:  There is no language known as Palestinian. There is no distinct Palestinian culture. There has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians. Palestinians are Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians (another recent invention), Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, etc. Keep in mind that the Arabs control 99.9 percent of the Middle East lands. Israel represents one-tenth of 1 percent of the landmass.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2000/10/1696/#cD9tu12HjeKA6BMS.99

Think about it.  Israel is the focus of international scrutiny.  The Iranians want her wiped off the map.  HAMAS and Hezbollah have vowed not even one grain of sand will they give to the nation of Israel.

There is a supernatural reason for what we see and it is because we are headed to The Time of Jacobs Trouble, in other words The Tribulation.  All the signs are here, the signs that Jesus warned us would precede His second coming; wars and rumors of wars, famines, pestilence, earthquakes in diverse places and troublesome times.

The present administration sent it’s lackey’s to Israel in an attempt to sway the election and not being pleased with the results, Obama now threatens to go before the United Nations in an attempt to once again divide the land.  (Keep your eye on the New Madrid fault-line if this happens)

Israel is now gathered back into her ancient homeland, just like Bible prophecy declared, centuries before.  The Most High God is about to deal with her.  She is now surrounded by nations that will coalesce into a confederacy and attack her, but she will be victorious.

In closing todays Bun:  The hatred of the Jewish people has a supernatural origin and it is this.  The Messiah came from the root of Jesse, He was a Jew and he destroyed the works of the Fallen One, on Calvary.  He opened the door for all the people of the world to be reconciled with the real God of the universe.  When we call upon his name, Yashua/Jesus and ask Him into our hearts, our sins are forgiven and we have eternal life.  This is the good-news!  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

What was written will come to pass.  What was foretold will unfold.

 

Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

BUN!Sunday Bun

by

L. A. Marzulli

It’s nice to take some time off and Peggy and I spent three wonderful days with Bob Ulrich, his wifey, Crissy and their very mature, 15 year-old-daughter, Alyssa.  We went to Ouray, Colorado, braved the million dollar highway, which has to be the dumbest road in the USA, as at some points there is a 2000 foot drop, straight down, with no guard rail, and the car is less than two feet from the edge!

Bob and I hiked up the mountains surrounding the town and found an abandoned mine.  The air was perhaps the clearest, most refreshing I have ever breathed.  The ubiquitous Aspen trees, shimmered in the breeze and the town itself was a throw-back to another time… perhaps a better one.

We drove about 6.5 hours from Ouray to the Denver airport where we parted company.

We got back home on Friday night, just after midnight.

I will be going on our official vacation sometime next week, after we wrap up Watchers 7!

I want to thank all of you who came out to the conference in Colorado.  It was one of the best conferences I have ever had the privilege of speaking at.

Now onto the BUN!

Please read the entire Psalm and pay special attention to verses 7 through 12.

Psalm 139:

O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall[a] on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

13 For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;[b]
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.

19 Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God!
Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.
20 For they speak against You wickedly;
Your enemies take Your name in vain.[c]
21 Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred;
I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

This psalm informs us that no matter where we are, He is there with us.  We can’t hide from Him.  We can’t fool ourselves into thinking He is not everywhere all the time!  This is what it means when we hear that God is Omnipresent.  Somehow—and this blows my mind—He is everywhere and knows and sees everything.

It is a comfort to know that no matter what circumstances surround our lives He is there.  It might not seem like it at the time when we are going through a dark period, but the Psalmist assure us, He is there.

If we are sick in body, mind or spirit, He is with us and can heal us.

If we are penniless, He is there, and can be our provider.

If we are depressed and afflicted, He is there and can mend our spirits.

I truly believe nothing can separate us from His love!  As Paul tells us in Romans 8:38-39  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

These words ring true today, for He knows our deepest thoughts.  He constructed us, gifted us, and literally knows every hair on our heads!  He loves us and knowing this helps us go through the trials which are sometimes set before us.

He fills us with joy.  He gives us peace that passes understanding.  The world longs for this peace, but can’t find it, as it can only come from the Prince of Peace.

Be still and know that He is God.

Prayer Need!

Paddy Heron

Pastor Hector

Sue

Please keep these folks lifted up!  Let’s believe in their healing….

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Go To Meeting Bun!

Sunday Bun

by

L. A. Marzulli

2 Samule 7: 23 -24 And what one nation in the earth [is] like thy people, [even] like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, [from] the nations and their gods?  For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel [to be] a people unto thee for ever: and thou, LORD, art become their God.

I want to reopen a topic which closed the BLOG down for a while.  The topic is Antisemitism and not only is it on the rise, it has reared its ugly head in much the same way as was manifested in Germany in the 1930’s.  From Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who spews out vitriolic statements against Israel on a regular basis, to the rise of Anti-Semitic attacks by 45%, in France.

Anti-Semitic attacks in France rise 45 percent this year

Anti-Semitic attacks in France rise 45 percent this year | The Times of Israel

We’ve also had folks on this BLOG use the book of Revelation twisting the scriptures telling us Israel is the synagogue of Satan.  However the text plainly says in Revelation 3:9:

Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

Isn’t it convenient how most people who use this phrase leave out the most important three words in the text; and are not!?!

This text should serve as a proof text for the “chosen” state of the house of Israel:   For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel [to be] a people unto thee for ever: and thou, LORD, art become their God.

It seems crystal clear to me this is a mandate and the word forever means what it says, forever.

So why would I bring this up when I know it attracts the trolls and the Jew haters?  Israel is now surrounded by hostile nations.  The only nominal ally she has is Jordan, and most likely we will see the Moslem Brotherhood topple the monarchy under the rulership of King Abdullah II.  This will make Israel surrounded by nations who pose a direct existential threat to her.  However, there is one over-riding factor and it is this; God has said Israel will be a people unto himself forever and He means what He says. He is not about to leave them or forsake them.

The cartoon sums up in a snapshot, what I believe with all my heart is being played out prophetically in the Middle East.  God’s word is true and it is being fulfilled with the nation of Israel being reborn in a day, just like prophecy told us it would.

In the end, they, the house of Israel, will look on Him whom they have pierced and mourn for Him as an only son.  In time all things will be restored, as God remembers His chosen people.

Be still and know that I Am God.  Behold the days are coming when I will show my strength on the mountains of Israel.

Sunday Go To Meeting Bun – Guest Post!

Sunday Bun!

Conference Update:  I kicked of the conference with three hours on Friday night.  Russ took the helm on Saturday morning and then I did another four hours that afternoon.  It was fairly well attended and all in all the people got it!  Thanks to my gracious hosts, Jim and Carol Cunningham and Pastor Gary and his wife Ruth.  Also I want to thank Doug and Dave for all their help in getting the power point to work!  Thanks to all who attended the conference!   Thanks to all of you who covered us in prayer!

I received this email today and thought it was to good NOT to post, so here it is.  Before I get it I want to tell you all a quick story that I also shared yesterday in my presentation.  I was mad at God and everyone at a church where I had been evicted for standing up to the pastor for wanting to divorce his wife.  Six months after I left he married his wife’s best friend and left the ministry.  I was bitter and didn’t go to church or fellowship for about a year.  One day I was driving and the Lord told me that if I did not forgive others then He couldn’t forgive me.  I was stunned.  I then went to the Gospels – Matthew 6:14-15 – and found the passage that speaks about bitterness and unforgiveness. It was a tough lesson but one I hope I will never have to repeat again.  Here’s the post about forgiveness!

This post was sent to me by Watcher Anita!

 

Urgent message before the rapture…, (btw I love your show)
Everyone is saying Jesus is coming, get ready, but no one is saying HOW.
Preachers are saying to ask God for  forgiveness; but they leave out an important aspect of scripture that allows God to forgive us.
Just as important as knowing the time is near is being prepared to go when it happens.
I cannot stress enough how important forgiving others is.
If we do not forgive others God CANNOT forgive us.      It is CRITICAL.
Jesus told a parable about unforgiveness in Matthew 18:23-35
For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was… brought to him; and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions and payment to be made. So the slave fell on his knees before him saying, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.
But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii and seized him by the throat, he said, pay what you owe. Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, have patience with me and I will pay you. But he refused then he went and threw him in prison until he would pay the debt. When his fellow slaves saw what happened they were greatly distressed and they went and reported it to their lord what had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, you wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because
you pleaded with me. Should you not have mercy on your fellow slave as I had mercy on you?
And in anger his lord handed him oer to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. So our heavenly father will do to every one of you if you do not forgive your brother or sister from the heart.
Matthew 6:14-15
If you forgive others their trespasses your heavenly father will forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your father forgive your trespasses.
Whatever your reason for unforgiveness you MUST release it. That is what is being spoken of by Jesus in Luke 6: 37-38
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
That is NOT a scripture about tithing as most preachers want you to believe. It is about forgiveness. Jesus is so expressive about forgiving and being forgiven. It is the only way to wash your robes white in that if you do not forgive you cannot fulfill the two commands Jesus left us, that is to love God with all your heart soul and mind and love one another as he loved us.
The message is this:
IF YOU HAVE UNFORGIVENESS IN YOUR HEART YOU MUST RELEASE IT IN ORDER TO BE FOUND WITH A PURE HEART AND GO TO HEAVEN.
UNFORGIVENESS SEPERATES US FROM GOD.  IT IS THE SAME MEASURE BY WHICH WE WILL BE JUDGED.
IF I ONLY OFFER THIS ONE PIECE OF TRUTH THAT GOD HAS SHOWN ME, I HOPE YOU WILL SEE HOW VITAL RELEASING ALL UNFORGIVENESS IS ABOVE ALL ELSE IN BEING PREPARED FOR HEAVEN.

Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

Sunday Bun

by

L. A. Marzulli

    Mat 10: 37 “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.

When I first read this passage 32 years ago, I said, “What, how can that be?  The above statement by Yashua/Jesus, seemed impossible and frankly like He was on the ultimate ego trip.   32 years later I can say that this saying applies to my life.  I love my wife, my parents, and my children, but I love Him, whom I have never seen, more.  Why?  Because I know by experience not theory that He is my savior, that he plucked me out of a life of drugs, bondage, and the occult.  Because unlike the guru that I followed, and later the spirit guides that I embraced, He went to the core of my being and where there was darkness He brought light.  He delivered me from the deception that I had bought into and I became born from above.   He shed his blood for me on Calvary and by that blood I am cleansed, made whole, left in right standing with the Father.  I can now cry out Abba, Father, for I am an adopted son, a king and a priest and although I am still on this earth, He sees me seated with him in heaven and no angel or man can snatch that away from me.

I am reading a book by a well-known author who in one chapter talks about Christianity.  He is right when he points to the corruption of the church with indulgences, and the buying of church offices.  He is right when he denounces the inquisition, and the wars that were fought in the name of its founder.  However, what he doesn’t understand, what eludes him is the experience of being born from above, or born again as most people call it today.  This is what set the ancient world on its head!  This is what Christianity was and still is today.  For me it was the most life changing day in my life.  It was the start of a new way of life, where the God I had searched for came to me and through His spirit, dwelt within me; not in some controlled, possession, making me an automaton, but a hand that guides, loves, comforts, instructs, and when necessary, correct.

All of us who have had this experience know of what I speak of and I think we would agree that we love Him more than even life itself, because He is our Redeemer King.  Those of us who have invited Him into our lives, now have eternal life.  We have the promise that He will present us before the Father with joy and singing.  These are not idle words, but a foreshadow of what is to come.  Though we sometimes do and say things that are hurtful, prideful, or self-serving we are all moving toward a point in time when we will see Him face to face and know as we are known.  The promise of His coming, while to some seems like a fairy tale, is nevertheless a reality that will change this planet forever.  In the meantime, for those of us who are born from above, we love Him and long for His return.

In closing todays Bun:  Some of you who may be reading this may think I’m nuts.  That’s OK.  I thought anyone who believed in Jesus was deluded, until one day, in the privacy of my room, with no prodding by anyone, I asked Him to come into my life and change it.  He showed up and my life has never been the same.  He is love.  I can’t say it plainer or simpler than that.  Jesus is love.  He will take the wasted years, the broken dreams, the bitterness, the hardness of heart and heal it all.  That is what He loves to do, heal us.   He will send His spirit into us, and all of this we get by asking Him for it.  Simple huh?  My mentor Wayne Kendall used to say, if it was more difficult than that, nobody would get it!  Wayne was right.  If you don’t know Him, ask Him into your life.  He is the Prince of Peace!  He is standing at the door to your heart and waiting for you to invite Him in.  Go ahead, ask Him in….