WATER FOR THE THIRSTY

If you’re in Honolulu this Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, 6-7:00 p.m., Mark will be directing and singing with Voices of Aloha Christmas Concert at McKinley High School. Tickets may be bought at door $10-15 prior to concert.

God's Enduring Love

Mark Yasuhara could have been one of the greatest Metropolitan opera singers and was chosen twice to sing at the Congressional Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C.  He sang as part of the gospel group ‘The Hawaiians’ quite a few years ago and serves God in the ministry today on Hawaii island.

HO, EVERY ONE THAT IS THIRSTY!

“Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even…

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All authority has been given to Jesus Christ in heaven and on earth

GOD IS SOVEREIGN! HE IS LORD OF ALL!
AMEN! HALLELUJAH!

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

13 I will be his father and he shall be My son; and I will not take My lovingkindness away from him, as I took it from him who was before you. 14 But I will settle him in My house and in My kingdom forever, and his throne shall be established forever.”’” 1 Chronicles 17:13-14 (NASB) 

God is Sovereign. He is at no one’s beck and call. He is not subject to anyone. Men may indeed insist that God must follow their ideas of who He is and what He will or won’t do, but these things come from flawed Human reason. Men are arrogant creatures who have been trying to usurp God’s place on His throne since the fall in Genesis 3. Most people do not correctly understand God’s revelation of Himself that we find in the Bible, therefore, their doctrines are more man based than…

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Apostasy

Please read this reblogged post.  Let us not be found among the apostates!  (Shofar)

Source: Apostasy

TODAY’S WORD 11-10-16 How Should We Respond to a New Leader?

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Let God’s Word be our guide.

Romans Chapter 13 regarding ‘Submission to Governing Authorities’:

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.  For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Whosoever therefore resisteth the power resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil.  Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

For he is the minister of God to thee for good.  But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doth evil.

Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.

MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA!

AMEN!

 

TODAY’S WORD, 10-27-16 GOD’S GREAT LOVE FOR US

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ARE YOU SAFE IN GOD’S SHEEPFOLD, OR HAVE YOU GONE ASTRAY AND ARE LOST?

Isaiah 53:6 says ‘All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.’

Luke 19:10 tells us ‘For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.’

The ‘Son of man’ is JESUS who said ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.’  John 14:6

HOW MUCH DOES GOD LOVE THOSE WHO HAVE GONE ASTRAY? 

For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

How think ye? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray.

Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.’  Mt 18:11-14

GOD CARES FOR YOU AND WANTS TO SAVE YOU!

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John3:16

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.  1Peter 5:7

GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

(Read about the Good Shepherd in John 10:11-16 or go to Search Box ‘Good Shepherd’)

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TODAY’S WORD, 9-28-16 How To Be Blessed

Do you want to be blessed by God?  

Blessings come only by obedience to God and to His Word. If we are disobedient, we will not be blessed, but instead we will reap His disfavor and curses. The opposite of blessings are curses. We can read about this from Genesis to Revelation, more specifically Leviticus 26 and in Deuteronomy Chapter 28, which in my King James Version, is titled, ‘Obedience Blessed’. I suggest a careful reading of these chapters which shows how God will honor those who take Him seriously and will bless their lives and their nation. Having a good testimony for all to see will result in God making you:

the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only and thou shalt not be beneath, if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:

And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.” (Deut 28:10, 13-14)

God is looking for those who are faithful to listen and obey Him uncompromisingly, and without hypocrisy. His Word is “Yea” and “Amen”; it is clear as black and white, with no gray areas in between. When we are obedient children, we show God how much we love Him by worshipping and honoring Him only, doing what is pleasing to Him that brings glory to His name.

(Excerpt from Sounding the Shofar eBook, ch. 9 ‘How God Feels About Us’.)

Link to eBook and Table of Contents- a good chapter to begin with is Chapter 2, ‘How God Feels About Us.’

https://heulu.wordpress.com/shofar-ebook

TODAY’S WORD, 9-15-16 Hoping For What Can’t Be Seen

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Dear Friends,

I have been reading Paul’s letter to the Romans.  Talk about a long-winded man who once spoke at great length until way past midnight! You can read about this account in Acts 20:

 ‘a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.’  Paul stopped preaching long enough to go down to pray for him and the young man revived.  He continued preaching until daybreak then departed by ship to Macedonia.

An exciting word of comfort and exhortation to the Romans (and us, too) can be found in Romans 8 where the apostle Paul talks about:

‘glory which shall be revealed in us’  (vs 18)

‘glorious liberty of the children of God’  (vs 21)

‘groaning within ourselves. . .for the redemption of our body’  (vs 23)

He speaks about what we, the children of God, hope for and how the Holy Spirit is with us to help us in ‘the sufferings of this present time’ (vs 18).  Not only the Holy Spirit, but Jesus also, who is ‘at the right hand of God makes intercession for us ‘ (vs 34), and how ‘we are more than conquerors through him that loved us’ (vs 37) and how nothing ‘shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord’ (vs 39).

Here are more wonderful scriptures to meditate on:

For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it (vs 24-25).

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (vs 28).

If God be for us, who can be against us? (Vs 31)

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (Vs 38-39)

MARANATHA, THE LORD COMETH!

AMEN!

TODAY’S WORD FOR YOU, 8-23-16 Rejoice in the Lord Always!

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REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS!  (Philippians 4:4)

These 3 young ladies are my granddaughters, ages 15, 21, and 19.  This is one of their last summer flings on the beach before returning back to school.  The one on the right goes off to college in Washington state this weekend.  The painting I just finished this week will go with her to remember this joyful day with her sister and cousin in Blue Hawaii.

PSALM 33:6-9

By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the LORD;

Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him

For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

TODAY’S WORD, 8-2-16 THE BLESSED HOPE

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Holding Fast to the Blessed Hope

I just returned from the memorial services for a favorite cousin.  Two days ago the newspaper published a lengthy obituary of 8 paragraphs on his life.  Besides family information, it described the highlights of his life- accomplishments as an all-star athlete, professional achievements, awards and recognition as an educator and leader in the community, state and at the national level. His exemplary character and life lessons he expoused were extolled by the author of his obit.

BUT the most important paragraph was the first one which was a testimony of who he was- a child of God who had an intimate relationship with God, his Father in Heaven: 

(He was) ‘lovingly surrounded by family and friends, and filled with the Holy Spirit’. . . ‘called home to enjoy everlasting life with Jesus Christ in  heaven.  His family laid hands, and prayed the Lord’s Prayer saying a final aloha, knowing goodness and mercy shall follow him as his spirit lifted to dwell in the house of the Lord forever.’

My cousin loved the Lord with his whole heart and knew WHO he was; he knew WHERE he was going when his time on earth was over; and he knew HOW he would receive salvation and eternal life by believing in the name of Jesus.  He knew about the BLESSED HOPE and was holding on to it.

Looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify unto himself a peruliare people, zealous of good works.’ (Titus 2:12-14)

Hebrews chapter 11 says this about the ‘heroes’ or patriarchs from the Old Testament:

‘These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. . .  

‘But now they desire a better country, that is an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. (Heb 11:13, 16)

This is our BLESSED HOPE–  That because Jesus was resurrected from the dead so we, too, can also HOLD ON TO THE BLESSED HOPE OF OUR RESURRECTION!

‘But I would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Wherefore comfort one another with these words‘.  (1Thess 4:13-18)