This Week’s Picture

Prayers by Tony Bakare

 Courtesy Talentbuddies.com 

Music

 Hymns – On Eagles Wings!

Luther Vandross – Little Miracles Happens Everyday

TODAY’S TALKING POINT:

There is a reason why you deserve a miracle!

Business should not be as usual for you all the time! You should not always be able to predict the magnitude of your success because it should be more than your imagination!

You deserve a miracle because what’s coming your way should be more than what you ever dreamt off or bargain for! It should change your life completely and make you afresh and new again!

 

In John 21:1-19 – http://niv.scripturetext.com/john/21-1.htm

The disciples of Jesus Christ went fishing and obviously did not catch any fish! Nothing at all! Then the Lord Jesus Christ showed up where they were fishing and showed them where the fishes were, it was either they were fishing on the left while the fishes were on the right, or where they did fished on the right and there were no Fishes, suddenly now has large and abundant fishes!

When another disciple noted that the Lord Jesus was around and was the one instructing, Peter jumped into the water! In Surprise? In awe? with Joy? or with fear and trepidation?

 

Probably Peter was acknowledging none or all of the above but rather he was just a fun guy! and he was just acknowledging the fact that the Lord was around and miracles are inseparable from the presence of the Lord! The Lord may come with miracles and powers and he may make his presence known to his servants through miracles and powers!

 

Then Peter and the other disciples with him caught 153 fishes in their net and the net did not break! Another second miracle from the Lord!

A parallel can be drawn with the burning bush that Moses experienced in that the bush was burning but the leaves and the trees were not burning but were all okay! ( http://bible.cc/exodus/3-2.htm ; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burning_bush ).

 

in John 21 Verses 15-19, We also today finally heard from the Lord Jesus himself, what it means to love him! He asked Peter three times if he did truly love him? and he gave Peter the answer three times what it meant to love him: “Feed my sheep, Feed my Lamb!” “Take care of my sheep.” – To love the Lord Jesus, is to make Him known to others and his power of Resurrection, its to feed others both physically and Spiritually with his love and truth and to release his grace and power into others!

 

We saw another miracle of a changed life when SAUL became PAUL! We saw a man who persecuted the church and the Lord for years and was indeed on a mission to persecute the Lord’s disciples when he was confronted by the Lord on the road to Damascus! Saul was blinded for three days and through a miracle that the Lord performed through Ananias, his vision was restored as he became a Christian ( Acts 9:1-6, (7-20) – http://niv.scripturetext.com/acts/9-1.htm ).

 

Life should be full of miracles from the Lord Jesus Christ for everyone of us and it must not be boring! Our prayers today should be that we should receive miracles and love of God daily in our lives! We deserve miracles of love and of changed lives, and of peace and mercy and of everlasting life in the Lord Jesus!

Dear Lord, let us receive the miracle to know you and to worship you as it was made know in the revelations:

Revelation 5:11-14 – http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/5-11.htm

 

11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,

to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength

and honor and glory and praise!”

Today’ Bible Passages:

First reading and Psalm

Acts 9:1-6, (7-20) – http://niv.scripturetext.com/acts/9-1.htm

Psalms

Psalm 30 – http://niv.scripturetext.com/psalms/30.htm

Second reading

Revelation 5:11-14 – http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/5-11.htm

Gospel

John 21:1-19 – http://niv.scripturetext.com/john/21-1.htm

Diyfaith Theological Reflections 

Today’s message is from Gospel reading from

John 21:1-19 – http://niv.scripturetext.com/john/21-1.htm and the corresponding bible commentaries:

http://biblecommenter.com/john/21-1.htm

Jesus Christ appeared to his disciples for the third time to confirm that he has indeed risen from the dead and he is alive!

 

The disciples went fishing and did not catch any fish and he appeared to them and showed them where the fishes were! Then the Lord fed them with meal as they dine together and he then thought them what it means to love him by feeding others and looking after other people physically and spiritually!

No longer will human be held down by the grave, death has no more sting and the grave has being denied. Those who believe in Jesus Christ and pass on to eternity, shall rise again in Jesus Christ and live forever in the peace and love of God with Jesus Christ in his kingdom!

 

The Second Gospel Message today is from:

Revelation 5:11-14 – http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/5-11.htm

and the corresponding bible commentaries is: http://biblecommenter.com/revelation/5-1.htm

 

Jesus Christ made a revelation of his glory in God Almighty to John.

Jesus Christ became the Lord and he is worshipped in heaven and on earth by the hosts of heavens!

 

The first reading today was taken from: Acts 9:1-6, (7-20) – http://niv.scripturetext.com/acts/9-1.htm and the corresnponding Bible commentaries: http://biblecommenter.com/acts/9-1.htm

 

We saw a miracle of a changed life when SAUL became PAUL! We saw a man who persecuted the church and the Lord for years and was indeed on a mission to persecute the Lord’s disciples in Damascus when he was confronted by the Lord on this road to Damascus! Saul was blinded for three days and through a miracle that the Lord performed through Ananias, his vision was restored as he became a Christian

Lessons of today

1. Our lives must be filled with miracles because God love miracles and God moves with miracles! We cannot and must not be devoid of a miraculous life!

2. We must expect our own individual miracles and a change of life regardless of our present state, even if we are worse than Paul as above! The Lord can meet and confront us!

3. How can we get to point that people will say: “Surely there is something going on here! Even if i don’t know what it is or believe in what it is!”?

One good answer is that: Jesus Christ! The saviour and Lord can get us there!

4. After today, never live a life without miracles! Long for them and receive them!

Prayer of the Day

Help us dear Lord to believe you, give us the faith to believe you and the peace to live and walk and work in faith but not by what we can see alone. Lord we learnt today to be tolerant, not being self righteous and to allow others to repent and to whole heartedly accept their repentance.

Revelation 5:11-14 – http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/5-11.htm

 

11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,

to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength

and honor and glory and praise!”

Lord we pray like the Psalmist in Psalm 30 – http://niv.scripturetext.com/psalms/30.htm

 

1 I will exalt you, Lord,

for you lifted me out of the depths

and did not let my enemies gloat over me.

2 Lord my God, I called to you for help,

and you healed me.

3 You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;

you spared me from going down to the pit.

4 Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;

praise his holy name.

5 For his anger lasts only a moment,

but his favor lasts a lifetime;

weeping may stay for the night,

but rejoicing comes in the morning.

6 When I felt secure, I said,

“I will never be shaken.”

7 Lord, when you favored me,

you made my royal mountain stand firm;

but when you hid your face,

I was dismayed.

8 To you, Lord, I called;

to the Lord I cried for mercy:

9 “What is gained if I am silenced,

if I go down to the pit?

Will the dust praise you?

Will it proclaim your faithfulness?

10 Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me;

Lord, be my help.”

11 You turned my wailing into dancing;

you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,

12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.

Lord my God, I will praise you forever.

Dear Lord JESUS, help us to be what you want us to be. Give us the wisdom, knowledge and understanding to serve, you, our community and our nations. Help us to deliver your message of repentance to the world and to repent from our sins and follow you. Teach us how to wait upon you and how to not be troubled but rather to have faith that changes the world and makes it a better place for everyone. Teach us how to follow you with everything within us and with everything that we are and that we have and with everything that we will ever have. Teach us how to submit all to you and teach us how to love. For love changes everything and love covers and overcomes multitudes of sins.

Dear Lord, we come to you today with our heads bowed down in humility and love for you. We ask for forgiveness, have mercy on us and grant us your grace and salvation. We prove no point before you and we exalt nothing before you, but we just bow down our heads in prayers and reference to your Holiness. Teach us how to serve with humility and in faith and save us from ourselves and shortcomings. Teach us how to live a successful life. Teach us how to follow your word on earth when you said: “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.” We accept you today into our lives as our Lord and saviour.

Lord, please comfort those going through various hardships all around the world and speak peace to their various circumstances.

For those requiring healing in their marriages, Lord we proclaim your healing today and we ask for your restoration for those who are hurting.

Let your house be built within us through the power of your Holy Spirit! You are the one that sends out your Spirit that enables your messages to be delivered!

Help us to always repent and come to you. Help us to make the right decision to follow you and to seek your guidance through prayers. Bless us all today and our families and friend, through Jesus Christ our Lord (Amen).

Today’s Bible Passages:

First Reading & Psalms

Acts 9:1-6, (7-20) – http://niv.scripturetext.com/acts/9-1.htm 

Saul’s Conversion

1 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. 8 Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. 9 For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”

“Yes, Lord,” he answered.

11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”

13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”

15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem

Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.

 

Psalm of the Day

Psalm 30 – http://niv.scripturetext.com/psalms/30.htm 

1 I will exalt you, Lord,

for you lifted me out of the depths

and did not let my enemies gloat over me.

2 Lord my God, I called to you for help,

and you healed me.

3 You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;

you spared me from going down to the pit.

4 Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;

praise his holy name.

5 For his anger lasts only a moment,

but his favor lasts a lifetime;

weeping may stay for the night,

but rejoicing comes in the morning.

6 When I felt secure, I said,

“I will never be shaken.”

7 Lord, when you favored me,

you made my royal mountain stand firm;

but when you hid your face,

I was dismayed.

8 To you, Lord, I called;

to the Lord I cried for mercy:

9 “What is gained if I am silenced,

if I go down to the pit?

Will the dust praise you?

Will it proclaim your faithfulness?

10 Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me;

Lord, be my help.”

11 You turned my wailing into dancing;

you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,

12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.

Lord my God, I will praise you forever.

Second Reading:

Revelation 5:11-14 – http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/5-11.htm 

11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,

to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength

and honor and glory and praise!”

13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb

be praise and honor and glory and power,

for ever and ever!”

14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

Gospel:

John 21:1-19 – http://niv.scripturetext.com/john/21-1.htm

Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish

1 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”

“No,” they answered.

6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. 8 The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. 9 When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Jesus Reinstates Peter

15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”

Preparatory Sources

http://biblecommenter.com

www.bible.cc

http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu

www.google.com

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