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November 22 - Evening

"The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross."
- Colossians 1:15-20

All Things For Him, Through Him and Reconciled By Him

Jesus Christ is the one who made “peace through his blood, shed on the cross” (Col. 1:20). Jesus Christ is described in the most incredible language and richest expression in Colossians 1:15-20. Paul communicates the cosmic glory and the eternal existence of Christ as the one who is the creator of “all things.” Christ is also the one who holds the visible and invisible worlds together to guarantee that they continue in a state of cosmos (Gr. kosmos, “a harmonious arrangement, order, government”) and do not unravel into chaos (Gr. khaos, “emptiness, vast void, formlessness”).
Jesus is the “image (eikon) of the invisible God,” which means he is both God’s image as in a mirror and a perfect manifestation of God’s character in our natural world.
Jesus is the “firstborn (prototokos) over all creation,” which means he is was eternally existing before anything was created and, because of that, he has supremacy in rank and in glory over all creation.
In Colossians 1:16 Paul says that Jesus created “all things,” which is from a Greek phrase, ta panta, that captures the universal proportions of both the physical and spiritual creation.  “All things” where created:
  1. “in him” - “all things” where created in his sphere of operation and power and control
  2.  “through him” - Jesus was the agent who was the source, who did the work and who brought “all things” into existence
  3. “for him” - all things where designed and continue to exist with a plan and a purpose that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the eternal being who is the source of the spiritual and physical realities over which he currently rules in order to maintain order so that everything continues in harmonious order to find its fulfillment in Christ’s eternal plan. This eternal Son of God was the one who, instead of sending an angel, a magic incantation, a religious ritual, or fires of judgment, would:
“reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” – Colossians 1:20
Sbennumi (Gr) - Quench (Eng) - sbennumi is Greek word that means "to extinguish by drowning with water, as opposed to smothering." It is used in:
Mark 9:48 where the fires of hell are not quenched.
Ephesians 6:16 where the shield of faith is able to quench the fiery darts.
1 Thessalonians 5:19 where believers are told not to quench the Holy Spirit in their life.
Do I understand that universal reality and scriptural truth are expressions of Jesus Christ, who is the source of all truth and reality! I will live my life in the wisdom of truth and reality seeking to find my purpose and fulfillment in Jesus Christ.

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To be a good spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend


Avoid compromise
Trinidad & Tobago

Mangers for chariot horses in a stable in Megiddo. This is the location and remains of one of the stables in Megiddo, which was a fortified "chariot city" (according to 1 Kings 9:15; 4:26; 2 Kings 15:29; 23:29) positioned beside the Jezreel Valley to protect Israel for Solomon and the kings of Israel and Judah that followed him.
The walls and some detail of today's Old City of Jerusalem with the original city of Salem, Jerusalem or David's City to the south (or, bottom right). The location of the Western Wall Prayer Plaza is highlighted with the bold dot.

Someone to Quote

"Not to care about truth is not to care about God. To love God passionately is to love truth passionately. Being God-centered in life means being truth-driven in ministry. What is not true is not of God. What is false is anti-God. Indifference to the truth is indifference to the mind of God. Pretense is rebellion against reality and what makes reality is God. Our concern with truth is simply an echo of our concern with God."
-John Piper

Something to Ponder

In the last 1,900 years writing styles and cultures have changed between the time the last book of the Bible was written (Revelation) and now.
But, understand that writing styles and cultures also changed in the 1,500 years between the time Moses edited the ancient documents from the days of Noah (Gen 6), Abraham (2000 BC) and Joseph (1700 BC) into the book of Genesis in 1400 BC and the last book written by John around 96 AD.

Here’s a Fact

Sargon II, the king of Assyria from 722-705, finished the destruction of northern Israel and deported the ten tribes.
(2 Kings 17:24) In his annals as king, Sargon claims to have laid siege to Samaria, Israel and captured it at the beginning of his reign in Dec/Jan in 722/721. Isaiah mentions Sargon in Isaiah 20:1. A brick found in the ancient Assyrian city of Khorsabad is inscribed with cuneiform text and refers to King Sargon II. (details Here and see line 7 Here. Details of the brick are Here and a photo of the brick is Here)


"There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord."
Proverbs 21:30

Coach’s Corner

Embrace your job, get involved and be passionate about your place in life. This is where success begins and joy is uncovered.

2 Kings 17:24
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Samaria Resettled
24 The king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Kuthah, Avva, Hamath and Sepharvaim and settled them in the towns of Samaria to replace the Israelites. They took over Samaria and lived in its towns.
Isaiah 20:1-3
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A Prophecy Against Egypt and Cush
20 In the year that the supreme commander, sent by Sargon king of Assyria, came to Ashdod and attacked and captured it— at that time the Lord spoke through Isaiah son of Amoz. He said to him, “Take off the sackcloth from your body and the sandals from your feet.” And he did so, going around stripped and barefoot.
Then the Lord said, “Just as my servant Isaiah has gone stripped and barefoot for three years, as a sign and portent against Egypt and Cush,
Ephesians 6:16
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16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Mark 9:48
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48 where
“‘the worms that eat them do not die,     and the fire is not quenched.’
1 Thessalonians 5:19
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19 Do not quench the Spirit.
John 15
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The Vine and the Branches
15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.
The World Hates the Disciples
18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. 24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’
The Work of the Holy Spirit
26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. 27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.
Ephesians 1
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Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise for Spiritual Blessings in Christ
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
Thanksgiving and Prayer
15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
James 4-5
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Submit Yourselves to God
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud     but shows favor to the humble.”
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?
Boasting About Tomorrow
13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
Warning to Rich Oppressors
Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.
Patience in Suffering
Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
12 Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned.
The Prayer of Faith
13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
19 My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

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