A Prisoner for Christ Paul, a prisoner, bravely faced King Agrippa and other powerful men as he explained his
belief about Jesus. In doing so, Paul simply spoke the truth about a personal experience that actually happened to him on the road to Damascus. About noon, O king, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions. We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads. * (Goad= prod or You are only hurting yourself. The Living Bible)
Then I asked, Who are you, Lord? I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting, the Lord replied. Paul definitely had seen the Light of God; in fact, it physically blinded him for a time. In accurately reporting this event to these
officials, Paul did so sincerely, as an eyewitness, because he knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus had spoken to him and then had sent him to open the eyes of men and women, turning them from darkness to Gods powerful Light. Jesus Divine intervention changed Pauls life forever, rescuing him from a religion that denied the sacred birth of the Greatest Hope in the world, Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. After Paul finished sharing his eyewitness account, King Agrippa, still skeptical, said to him, Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian? Pauls humble response was and is Eternally Significant, reaching all the way to 2008. Short time or long I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains. Paul, the persecutor of Christians, had become a Believer in the Savior of all mankind, and he spent the rest of his life as a servant of the Gospel. Soon Paul was preaching the message that righteousness with God comes only through believing and trusting in Jesus Christ. Although cynics attacked his credibility, no one could deny that Pauls life had been forever changed that day on the road to Damascus. Many, many years ago, Paul told a true story to doubtful leaders who seemed to reject his eyewitness account. And yet, that Message of Hope continues - as powerful and accurate as it did soon after Christ died and was resurrected. For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. John 3
Contents: A Prisoner for Christ 1 Happy Thanksgiving & Anita 2 Helesteo 3 Christ and His Bride Byrum 3 Christ and His Bride 4,5 Beautiful Zion 6 A Look at the Book of Matthew 6 Matthew & Letters 7
*Volume 105 *No. 09 *Published by Christian Triumph Co. *Permit # 695 *NOVEMBER 2008
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.
by Anita The Thanksgiving meal is one that most of us look forward to with pleasure. Not only is the food enjoyable but also the company usually friends and family. Of course, clean up time involves more of a tasteless type of expectation. Large stacks of dishes, cups and cooking utensils, as well as excuses for delay, are easy to find: Im too tiredtoo fulllets visitor weve been in this kitchen too long! Yet to procrastinate may not be in ones best interest. There is another kind of feasting, however, that brings complete & perfect delight. Jesus issued this personal invitation to each one of us Come and dine in John 21:12. Feasting with the Lord is not only enjoyable but also essential in our busy lives. Food for this feasting comes from the Holy Bible because Gods Word fills us with instruction, direction, guidance and history lessons. Hope and a closer understanding of God fully satisfy our hunger and thirst. Sacred music also presents immeasurable amounts of spiritual pleasure, comforting and soothing our need for nourishment. Gospel literature, poetry, and missionary books are food for the soul as well as spirit-filled church services that support and enlighten.
Visiting with those who are ill or cannot get out and about provides a very special time of feasting and fulfillment.
Similarly, when the Thanksgiving meal is over and it is time for cleaning up all those dishes and utensils, Christians, too, need to find the time for their eternal souls to be cleansed and fed. Waiting for a better time may mean not having the time at all.
SONG: COME AND DINE Jesus has a table spread where the saints of God are fed. He invites His chosen people, Come and dine. With His manna He doth feed and supplies our every need. Oh, tis sweet to sup with Jesus all the time Anita Please take time to feast with our Wonderful Lord, not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the coming year. (edited) Faith Messenger
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What Money Can Buy! (An original article written for the El Mensajero by
eleven year old Helesteo & translated by him for the Faith Messenger.)
Money can buy houses, cars, food, hotels, pools, and televisions, but money cannot buy the blood of Jesus or God. The blood of Jesus paid for everything because God is everything. Some persons wear the Crucifix with Jesus hanging on it (as a piece of jewelry) but this does not have value because Jesus (God) is the only One Who is of (the highest) value and can bring us through. There is no other!
Exodus 20: You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them ______________________________________________________
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CHRIST AND HIS BRIDE Byrum C. Lee
GOD'S SYMBOLIC RELATIONSHIP WITH ISRAEL
In the Old Testament there are numerous places where God is described as being married to Israel, such as Isaiah 54:5: (Y)our Maker is your husbandthe Lord Almighty is his namethe Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth. Because of Abraham's faithfulness, God chose Abraham and his descendants from among all others as a peculiar people, special to himself. The uniting of a man and a woman in marriage is the closest, and ideally the most beautiful, of all human relationships. In Mark 10:8, quoting from Genesis 2:24 Christ said, they are no longer two but one. This is what God hoped for in the relationship between himself and Israel, only to be heart-broken by her frequent flirtations with other gods, so that God even described Israel as an adulteress. When God created Eve as a life-partner for Adam, he intended that the husband/wife relationship should be that of one man/woman for life. For a time, allowance was made for a man to take more than one wife, but sharing the marriage bed was always fraught with problems even within Abraham's own family. However, polygamy wasn't God's plan for the human family. In his relationship with Israel God demanded exclusivity. The second of the Ten Commandments decreed, Thou shalt have no other gods before (besides) me. . . for I, the Lord thy God, am a jealous God (Exodus 20:3,5 KJV). However, the history of Israel reveals many occasions of unfaithfulness to God; she frequently joined with her neighbors in worshiping the Baals. In Jeremiah, chapter 3, God expresses his frustration with Israel (the ten northern tribes) because of her infidelities, causing him to ponder the thought of divorcing her. (Continued on Page 4)
(Continued) Christ and His Bride But he remained hesitant about doing so, commenting, If a man divorces his wife and she leaves him and marries another man, should he return to her again? Would not the land be completely defiled? But you have lived as a prostitute with many loverswould you now return to me? (3:1). What should God do? Through her repeated prostitutions with other gods, Israel had broken her covenant, but should he divorce her, with no possibility of restoration? As we look further, God says, I gave faithless Israel her certificate of divorce and sent her away because of her infidelities (vs 8). But should the divorce decree be permanent? Because of his promise to Abraham, and his undying love for Israel, we find God offering the opportunity for restoration, even pleading, Return, faithless people, for I am your husband. However, with little expectation of a wholesale return, God extended the invitation on a