My Lord, My Friend

Two Trees Ministries Shining Light In Dark Places

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

A Heart Of Reasoning

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A Heart Of Reasoning.

Proverbs 2 verse 1to 2

v 1 My son {my children] if you accept my words and store up my commands with you.

v 2 Listening closely, to wisdom and directing your heart to understanding.

Proverbs 23 verse 7

As he {person} thinks within himself, so is he {they].                                       {KJV} For as He [person] thinks in His [their] heart, so is he [they]

What drives your reasoning. Two major thoughts or beliefs;

1. God [ a higher authority created everything OR

2. Evolution life comes from a big bang and life oozed up out of the ground.

I know the way we think at this ministry and WHY. We are created in the image of God, who is Our Lord and Our Friend.

We believe the Bible is the inspired and unfailing message from God, who is both intimate and infinite. Every verse of the Bible is beneficial and priceless for all

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and we are to live out of every word that proceed from the mouth of God.

2 Timothy 3 verse 16 ” All Scripture is inspired by God.”

 In Mathew 4 verse 4 “Man {people } must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Or continuing 2nd major thought. You can believe we are just oozy people, just hopelessly moving through life, until we die than we become just dry dust, that had no purpose for living.

But my instincts tell me, I am born with a destiny, I can choose that destiny and that is to reflect the One who created me, and to live with Him for eternity. We are eternal beings.

The Bible isn’t just a great book, it is in a class of it’s own, the book authorized by the creator God, through the agency of human beings {His Creations} who were guided by the Holy Spirit in their writings.

The whole of the belief of Christianity is that there is a God, that He made us, that He loves us, That He is concerned about our lives, and that He is capable of communicating with us.

I love to think on this truth, it is the truth that hold my life together, knowing that we are born with a purpose, and a destiny, not subjected to the waffle of the world as to where we came from and what we are doing here and dying with NO HOPE.

BORN FOR A DESTINY, BORN OUT OF THE CREATIVE PROCESSES OF A LOVING GOD.

BORN FOR ETERNITY WITH OUR LORD AND OUR FRIEND.

Think on these things let your heart be changed more and more to reflect our loving God.

God Bless

O F J

Scripture Verse Of The Week ‘Hebrews 4 verse 12’

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Hebrews 4 verse 12;  “For The Word of God is living and effective and sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as to divide soul, spirit, joints and marrow, it is a judge of the ideas and thoughts of the heart.”
Scripture says that The Word of God is alive, active, sharper than a two-edged sword and profitable to teach truth, rebuke sin, correct errant ways, and train people up in righteousness. Even though things around our lives, don’t seem to make sense, we can rest in the knowledge that God has provided a path to peace. All people can be rock solid about His Presence for all of eternity, instead of troubled at the though of facing a dreadful afterlife.

The Word of God is active, actively doing, Our lives should be actively doing the Word of God. The next verse says. V13 “No creature is hidden from Him, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account.”

There is no place to go missing in the Kingdom of God, Our Lord and Our Friend is watching over us, to help us live an active believer’s life before Him.

Verse 14: Tells us to hold strongly to our confession of Faith.

Verse 15; Tells us at all times no matter what we go through Our Lord and Our Friend is with us. For He has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin.

Verse 16: That wonderful verse, speaking of being active even in our needs and confusions that will come to us at times. Let us approach the throne of Grace with boldness.

The Word of God is Living, effective and sharper, penetrating and dividing, actively trying to sort out our Lives, that We have surrendered to Him. Surrendered is not a giving up, it is a handing over, of all of who we think we are, to be used as vessels of honor that He created us to be.

Surrender where we go under His surgeons knife, so He can transform us in the The Kingdom people we should be, living and active in our Faith.

God Bless.

O F J

Rerflective Moment “Life’s Fazes”

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There are times in our lives, when we are so busy we yearn for quieter times. There are times in our lives, where nothing seems to be happening, we yearn for busier times.

Life has become so complex, but mostly we make it complex. The Book of Ecclesiastes is a good place to turn, when we feel complex.

Ecclesiastes 1 verse 7: Solomon {King Solomon} one of the richest and wisest kings in history is reflecting, “Is life worth living, everything is futile”.

 If we take a moment to reflect on Ecclesiastes, we find that apart from God, life is full of weariness and disappointment.

Watching people in a crowd, sometimes makes you want to cry, sometimes want to laugh, but most people you are observing, would know little about God. In there little corner of the world, they were either trapped in the weariness and disappointments of what life offers, or they were happy with what life had dealt them.

Ecclesiastes is a dramatic autobiography of Solomon’s experience and reflections, while he was out of friendship with God. The problem that faced Solomon’s in his reflections was how could he find happiness and satisfaction apart from God.

Ecclesiastes is a good place to start reading, when we are reflecting on our life and the situations around us. Every problem we think we have, someone else has had it before.

The trouble is most of us at sometime, reflect on the problems around our lives, but the Answer is to reflect on The God that loves us and gave Himself for us, that In Him we can have New Life.

God Bless.

O F J

Scripture Verse Of The Week ‘Phillipians 3 verse 8’

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Philippians 3 verse 8: “More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them fifth so I may gain Christ.”

Full commitment, Full Consecration. The surpassing knowledge of knowing Christ Jesus, as Our Savor, Our Redeemer, Our Lord and Our Everything. Christianity is not a religion, it is a life style of growing in the wondrous things of God.

We can learn all the world knows about Christianity, and have nothing, because Christianity is about relationship with the God that Created us. It is a growing relationship in the knowledge of His love for us.

It is a calling, when Jesus called His disciple they gave up everything to follow, it is a willingness to be a vessel for Him. Just as Jesus had to sacrifice all to be a perfect offering to God, so we His followers must give up everything, that would separate us from a life journey with Him.

The Apostle Paul found this truth, to count all things but loss for Our Lord and Our Friend, and this was the prime purpose of his life. It must be ours also if we we are to fully share the Power of a resurrected life.

Paul goes on to say in verse 9: “And be found in Him {Christ Jesus}, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ Jesus—-the righteousness from God based on faith.”

We have been made righteous IN Christ Jesus, no wonder Paul said, ‘I also consider everything to be a loss, to know more about Him’.

Full Commitment, Full Consecration.The Joy that is set before us all In Christ Jesus.

God Bless.

 O F J.

Reflective Moment ‘Vessel With A Compassionate Heart’

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The compassion that Christ Jesus showed us on the cross at Calvary should become the driving force of our lives.

The Great Hymn, ‘All To Jesus I Surrender’ means totally giving ourselves , to Him so He becomes Lord of our lives.

'All to Jesus I freely give': When one gives their heart to Christ Jesus, Christ Jesus gives His Heart to them, and they become one of many other followers with a transplanted heart. That new heart gives you a new appreciation for life. New life, by which we humbly acknowledge our responsibility to honor the donor.

2 Corinthians 5 verse 17: “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look new things have come’.

We need to surrender all to Jesus, we can’t be a bit of the old and a bit of the new. All things become new. Christ’s new heart, gives us something we have been lacking or lost under the burden of sin {wrong-doings against God}.

By giving All to Jesus which includes our heart, we literally feel different. Why because we feel what Christ Jesus feels, and one of His sanctified emotions is compassion. That is why even though it is still possible for us to sin, now it should be more unlikely, because our heart begins to break for the things that break the heart of God. 

And that is the heart of what it means to love God with all your heart.

God Bless.

O F J.

Building Our Faith ‘By Our Focus’

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Matthew 6 verse 21: Tells us: :For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”.

If we expand on this, without taking away from, the importance of the verse, we can conclude that, if we focus our thinking on God, before we do anything, we will know where our heart is.

When we get up in the morning, we should acknowledge Him. We greet a lot of other people on our morning rounds, so why not, “Good Morning Lord”.  We also should focus our thinking on Him, before focusing what lies before us. He will be with us, so make Him feel welcome and that we want Him along.

You see it is one of the laws of life, that we become like the things on which we focus. Focus on money and we become like it, hard and controlling. Focus on revenge, on those who have done us wrong, we become like them, revengeful and inconsiderate. There is, the answer focus on God and we will become more like Him, loving, kind, and gracious.

People will want to know more about us, because they see in us what we are focusing on, which leaves a door open to witness, the great love He has for a “Whosoever”. John 3 verse 16:

Jude 1 verse 21: “Keep yourselves in the Love of God”, by making Our Lord and Our Friend, the center of our focus.

God Bless.

O F J

Reflective Moment ‘The Water Of Life’

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"Come, everyone who is thirsty come to the waters: Isaiah 55 verse 1:

Ezekiel saw the source of that water flowing from the temple of God: Ezekiel 47 verse 1 to 12; Ezekiel see three things about the water.

it comes from the temple, where God himself is worshiped.

It does not lessen, but grows deeper and stronger the further it goes.

It brings new life wherever it goes.

This is all a wonderful vision of the life-giving work of God’s Spirit. God’s Spirit, poured out in the water of life from the place where God is worshiped, is for everyone, everywhere.

Come everyone to The One, who came down from heaven for us and as one of us, to give us new life.

John 7 verses 27 and 28: V27 “Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone is thirsty, he {or she} should come to Me and drink”. V28 “The one who believes in Me, as the scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him or her}”.

Come everybody, to be vessels for The Water of Life, It is for everyone who believes, John 3 verse 16:

God Bless,

O F J.

Point To Ponder

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The desire not to be confrontational, and to minimize upsetting people of different faiths may tempt us to be silent about our own faith, and what God’s Word clearly declares. To recognize that there are likeable things and helpful insights in many belief systems, may make us question whether sharing The Bible’s concept of truth really matters.

The observation that people find happiness in a multitude of concepts, may make Christians wonder if we have anything to offer. But if you are to explore the differences, in belief systems, there is one that matters most from a Christian perceptive. Jesus {Our Lord and Our Friend} said. “I Am the way, the truth, and The Life. No one comes to The Father accept through Me”.

Christianity states; We are created in The Image of God, we all come short of The Glory of The God that created us. There is nothing anyone can do that will make a difference, to bring us closer to God. But God with His love for His creation, made away for us to come to Him.

John 3 verse 16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that ‘whosoever’ believes Him should not perish but have eternal life”.

It is a gift, to any ‘whosoever’ who accepts, no hoops to jump through, no initiation to take part in, we don’t have to prove anything. Just accept, the fact the even in our fallen state, God has made away for any ‘whosoever, to come, just repent, believe and accept, all that The Creator God has for a ‘whosoever’. Then a new life journey begins, where this same God said He will never leave us or forsake us. {Hebrews 13 verse 5}.

Now that is really something to ponder, and want to share.

God Bless.

O F J.

Dealing With Difficulties ‘Who We Are’

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Behold—-Bestowed—-Become

Behold who we are.

What we are Bestowed with.

Who we have become.

In 1 john 3 verse 1; tells us {NKJV}

"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him".

Behold: meaning to see or look at. Let really look at the manner of love The Father has bestowed on us,

Romans 5 verse 8: shows us the proof of Beholding.

"But God proves His own love for us in that while we were sinners Christ died for us".

John 3 verse 16: is obvious to Behold the love God has for us all.

"For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so  that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life".

Bestowed: meaning to give or present. Given as a free gift not earned that none should boast.

Ephesians 2 verse 9: Confirms it is a free gift:

"Not from works, so that no one can boast".

Become: The Children of God:

John 1 verse 12; Confirms this:

"But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name".

Behold— Bestowed— Become. It is only the start of a great journey of faith.

 God Bless.

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