My Lord, My Friend

Two Trees Ministries Shining Light In Dark Places

Point to Ponder Believing and Doing’

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Being a follower of Our Lord and Our Friend, is not just believing in Him, but actively ‘doing righteousness’.

It is one thing to follow, but Judas Iscariot was one who followed for all the wrong reasons.

Matthew 3 verse 13 to 17; The Baptism of Jesus;

Doing righteousness, is the underlying reason for the baptism of Jesus. If baptism is for the remission of sin. Why was Jesus baptized? Jesus had no sin to wash away, nothing to be cleansed, and yet he came to John to be baptized.

John didn’t want to baptize him, and protested it should be Jesus baptizing him. Jesus was adamant by saying in verse 15: “Allow it for now, because this is the way for us to fulfill all righteousness”.

It was not an act of repentance for Our Lord and Our Friend, as it was and is for everybody else, but it was an act of righteousness. His father had told Him to do it, so He did it.

Jesus is our role model, and He was always demonstrating the importance of doing by completing the very activities he would expect from His followers.

Being a follower {disciple} is not just believing, it is easy to say you believe, in most countries, but actively doing the things He has showed he wants of us do, is doing righteousness. 

God Bless.

O F J

We All Have Needs

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We all have needs, and unfortunately we all have wants. Sometimes our consumption for wants, consumes what we basically need.

Philippians 4 verse 19: “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

By faith in Him, He will supply are our needs, but not necessarily our wants. The riches referred to, have more than a world’s economic value.

Psychologists, list six things they consider humans fundamental needs:

1. Survival; the needs to exist.

2. Security: the need for stability, emotional and economic.

3. Sexuality: the need for intimacy.

4. Significance: the need to amount to something.

5. Self-fulfillment: the need to achieve. 

6. Self-hood. the need for identity.

All these are true, but we are more than just physical beings. We were created in the image of God. Genesis 1 verse 26: We are also spiritual beings, we were created for intimacy with God.

By faith My God shall supply all my needs;

Survival: Romans 8 verse 10 and11:

V10: “Now if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness,”

V11: And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then He who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through His Spirit who live in you.”

Security: Romans 8 verse 28:

V28: “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love  God; those who are called according to His purpose.”

Sexuality: {Intimacy with God}; 1 John 1 verse 3;

V3: ” What we have seen and heard we also declare to you, so that you may have fellowship along with us; and indeed our fellowship is with The Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.”

Significance; 1 John 3 verse 1:

V1: “Look at how great a love The Father has given us, that we should be called God’s children. And we are!”

Self-fulfillment: 1 John 3 verse 2 and 3:

V2: “Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. we know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him as He is.”

v3: “And everyone who has this hope in him {them} purifies himself {themselves} just as He is pure.”

Self-hood: Galatians 2 verse 20:

V20: “And I no longer live, but Christ lives in me, The life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in The Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself  for me,”

God has all our needs covered, let us not mistake our wants for needs by remembering 2 Corinthians 12 verse 9:

V9: “”But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness’.”

God Bless.

O F J.

Reflective Moment ‘Entertaining Angels’

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Not Just The words of a Song, ‘Entertaining Angels’, but word from Scripture. Hebrews 13 verse 2;

"Don’t neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this some have welcomed angels as guests without knowing it."

Related stories from Scripture, about entertaining angels, Genesis 19; in a story about Lot. Genesis 18; It was Abraham who had angelic visitors

Abraham sought how long they could stay. Lot seemed concerned about how long they would stay.

Abraham’s visit resulted in a blessing. Lot’s visit resulted in the destruction of all he had, even though he himself was saved.

Hebrews 13 verse 1: “Let brotherly love continue.”

We should have more than brotherly love, we should have Christ like love. and no matter whether we are blessed through our hospitality, or warned through our hospitality, we should do everything as if it was to The Lord.

Entertain everybody with Christ like hospitality, because that is who we represent as ambassadors of His Kingdom.

God Bless.

O F J

Scripture Verse Of The week ‘Romans 8 verse 29’

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Romans 8 verse 29:

"For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers."

God has predestined His people to be conformed to to the image of His Son, that is, to be like Christ Jesus.

Predestined His people, all who accept through repentance, what Our Lord and Our Friend did on the Cross, are predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son.

There is a line of thought, that not all people are predestined, for God’s purpose. That thought is actually saying, God favors some more than others.

Predestined is talking about ALL, who ask Christ to be their Lord, their Savor, their Redeemer. We come out of the kingdom of the wold, into the Kingdom of God, the people in the Kingdom of God, become those predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son.

God gave us all free will for free choices, to accept or not to accept. Our Creator God is Loving and Awesome, but He wouldn’t force anyone to accept His Son. People who do not accept, by the free Will, He has given us all,  will lose the chance to be conformed into His Son. When we accept, we accept what has been predestined by God, to become His people and be conformed into the image of His Son.

It is not saying some people are predestined to be saved, that would mean God loves some people more than others. God doesn’t have favorites, but He is proud of those willing to follow the plans He has for each one of us.

For God so LOVED that He GAVE {John 3 verse 16} that a ‘whosoever’ can come, which rules out that somebody is predestined to be saved.

The offer is always there, for a ‘whosoever’ to  come, and by coming and accepting, be conformed into the image of Christ Jesus. The Offer is for all who accept to have a transformed life.

God Bless.

O F J.

Restoration Of God’s People

For today’s scheduled post, we have the honor of welcoming our first guest writer to the site. Anne, our good friend, is truly a great Christian warrior! As the mother of three boys, Grandmother of Six, and wife to the Old Fellow John, She’s spiritually strong and carries a mothers heart for people of this earth. So please enjoy her wonderful contribution to our site. Many thanks and Blessings, The Kid.

Ezekiel 37

In this vision Ezekiel sees a great valley filled with dry bones, said to be the whole house of Israel.

The main lesson of this vision is the restoration of God’s people.
He takes them from among the heavens and gathers them out of all countries
as bones without flesh.

They were, historically a scattered people. this isn’t just a picture or a metaphor. It does however show the power of God to raise those who have not only been
scattered, but also are dead in sins.


This new birth was explained to Nicodemus, and God promises it here to Israel for the first of many times.


They are to be brought forth, filled with God’s Spirit and brought to their land.


When you are in the Spirit you become ALIVE in the Spirit. God’s hand was upon Ezekiel. Thus he was alive in the Spirit.


We have to become alive in the Holy Spirit. We are to be born again we have to start to proclaim the Lord. Jesus will come back looking for a people walking in the Spirit.


We need him to Breathe new life, a fresh anointing allow to breathe over us afresh with conviction, power, and anointing. When there is real life something takes place.


We need God so much. We must be a people who will pray. God is
saying come, don’t hold back. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

Romans 10 verse 17 God wants us to open our mouths, God wants to invade us with His presence.

Come alive in the spirit, come alive to the things of God. The yoke of The Holy Spirit will break the yoke of bondage!

Be Blessed Anne

All One In Christ

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The Church is not full of people who are all stars, it should be full of people doing there part, doing there best for God.

The only person who is to be worshiped and followed, is The King of Kings, Lord of Lord, God Himself.

The Apostle Paul never sought to be better than anyone else, or a person who stood out more than anyone else, but through what he did, he has stood out as a great person of Faith and Commitment. In His writings in 1 Corinthians 7 verse 7:

"i wish that all people were like me. But each has his Own Gift from God, one this and another that."

There is a concept in the world of ‘big city attractions’, where we are drawn by the lights of the big city, and the big structures of the city, and the big personalities of the big city. But for any city to operate, it needs more behind the scene things, doing their jobs to function as a city. We never take much notice of the wires, cables and pipes, that keep the supply of electricity and water, and even taking away the waste.

We are all precious in the Kingdom of God and Our Lord and Our Friend doesn’t play favorites or have any favorites. Acts 10 verse 34 and 35:

V34: “Then Peter began to speak: ‘In truth, I understand that God doesn’t show favoritism, V35: but in every nation the person who fears Him and does righteousness is acceptable to Him’.”

When we look at the Church, we see the Pastor, or Minister or Priest, they have been given a gift of great responsibility to undertake what they do, but if  they did not have people with other giftings and skills working around them, the church would not function. 

1 Corinthians 12 verse 4 to 6; V4; Now there are different gifts, but the same spirit, V5 There are different ministries but the same Lord,  V6 And there are different activities, but the same God is active in everyone and everything.”

Unfortunately, ‘The Big City Mentality’, has made many just pew warmer, listening  to a message from a person just trying to be the best they can be for God. There are many things each of us can do for the advancement of God’s Kingdom, to name a few,

Pray for all those around us, encourage all those around us, help all those around us the best way we can, and the same God who is working through The Pastor, The Minister or Priest is active in everything you do for Him. God is no respect of persons, and He loves you as much as anybody else.

God Bless.

 O F J

Days Of Following ‘Though I Walk Through The Valley’

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Days of pain and belittlement, they come with the cross.

Days of victory and blessing, come through the cross.

Matthew 16 verses 24 and 25:

V 24: “Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross and follow Me.”

V 25: “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will find it’.”

Be willing to take up your cross and follow, in following we have been given a task and a promise; Matthew 28 verses 19 and 20;

The Task is to go, and make disciples verse 19;

The Promise is, He is with us always, to the end of the age;

We are called to witness, Jeremiah was called and He had an excuse too.

Jeremiah 1 verse 6: “Oh no Lord God! Look I don’t know how to speak since I am only a youth.”

We are called to witness, and Our Lord and Our Friend has the answer and is the answer.

Jeremiah 1 verse 8: “Do not be afraid of anyone, for I will be with you to deliver you.”

In our repentance, and acceptance and following, Our Lord and Our Friend will be with us, through everything, in times of  the exciting and the miraculous and in times of the difficult and the trying. That is His Promise.

Take up our cross is our calling, The Holy Spirit is our helper and guide. The Way has been set Jon 14 verse 6;

"Jesus told them, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to The Father accept through Me’."

Take up our cross and follow, and even though we walk through some challenging places, He will be with us. Psalm 23. The Lord is our Shepherd.

God Bless.

O F J

Reflective Moment ‘Identity’

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"The enemy will attack you on your identity. It literally is his oldest trick in the book. He wants nothing more than for us to be tangled, doubting, and wondering who we are. Instead of Steadfast, sure, confident in who we are, and the authority and power we carry. Which is greater than His.

“If you are the son of God…” (Matthew 4:6) isn’t a challenge for Jesus to prove himself, it’s an attempt at getting Jesus to question his Identity.

If you are a son or daughter of God you have nothing to prove to anyone. Free yourself from the doubt of who everyone else says you are, and start seeing yourself for who you are…

Anointed, Appointed, & Victorious!”

The Kid

Reflective Moment ‘Conformed Or Transformed’

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"Be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Romans 12 verse 2.

Conformity; Any actions or behavior which follows the attitudes, customs or rules of others.

Transformation: An experience that changes you into some better.

We can live and be like all the rest, or we can let Our Lord and Our Friend transform us to His likeness, which is different from all the rest and give us real meaning for living.

When we allow ourselves to be overtaken by the ways of the world, we will lose much of our faith, in The God Who loves us dearly. Compromise and conformity to this world is a very sad option, but some seem to think holding an open view allows us to dabble in things that become so unforgiving.

It is a sad lesson to learn, that dabbling in the things that displease Our Loving God, will eventually leave us destitute of the power and joy that is available to them that overcome, and live a victorious Christian Life.

Our Lord and Our Friend always gives us the power to choose, the choice is easy Conformity or Transformation.

God Bless.

O F J

Faith In Action ‘Seasons’

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Ecclesiastes # verse 1: {NKJV}: “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.”

One season not many people like is the season of change. There is a saying which says ‘Change’ is good as a holiday. One of the major changes in life is getting older, if you can’t handle change, aging in some way will make you.

We seen to have so many items to entertain us through life, yet we will still here the words I am bored. perhaps with all the different forms of entertainment around, we are becoming people who just need to be entertained, and can’t think outside the square.

Sometimes in life we need more than entertainment, we need  to know that people care. We need to know about The creator God that loves us, but to really know Him requires a bit of delving into His Word. We can never get bored delving into the things about Him.

I myself have done many things in life, currently still driving a taxi, only part time for an income, because of my wife illness, which God has under control, which is the best way  to describe what is happening there. That season of driving could be coming to an end because the taxi I am driving has been sold. Oh no change again, I could have thought, but my thought was, there must be something new, you want me to do Lord.

I went out driving in the taxi on one of my few days left,  still thinking, about what i would be doing. because I found the greatest joy in encouraging and witnessing.

I met an elderly man Gavin, Gavin wanted to go to the local shops and have me wait a short while and then bring him home again. I conversed in some wonderful conversation with Gavin, he had much to tell me about his life, and there must have been many seasons in his life, Gavin must have gone through. Gavin also told me his life wasn’t as good as it should be, even though he was elderly. Gavin was in season of unwantedness and loneliness, he had been a successful in life, but now virtually felt unwanted and lonely.

I ask him my favorite question, did he have a faith in God. Oh yes Gavin replied, this was the chance to give out our Ministry card, which has 1 Peter 5 verse 7; on it;

"Cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you" also with the saying, "If it matters to you it matters to Him".

Tears weld up in Gavin’s eyes, and He said, ‘I needed to meet someone like you, that would tell me that He still cares about me.’  My response was God never stopped caring, and perhaps there was something Gavin  could do for Him, and He should check it out.

Gavin’s countenance had changed, because someone had reassured him, God still cared about him. From my chance meeting with Gavin, God had changed Gavin’s season to one of hope again.

Never grow tired of encouraging people about the great love, Our Lord and Our Friend has for them. Season in all our lives may change, but God’s Awesome love is constant.

God Bless.

O F J

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