Monday, August 13, 2018

THE LORD IS INCOMPARABLE

Psalm 89:6
King James Version (KJV)


6 For who in the heaven can be compared unto the Lord? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the Lord?


Psalm 89 is a messianic psalm reaffirming the Davidic covenant in which his Seed will reign. It shows that God is able to rescue His promise from the depths of the grave, if necessary to fulfill it.


Janet Irene Thomas
Playwright/Screen Writer/Director
Published Author/Gospel Lyricist &Producer
FOUNDER/CEO
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts


Sunday, August 12, 2018

JOHN THE BELOVED DISCIPLE

IN TELLING of the life of that great apostle who began his work after Christ’s death, it seems fitting to tell you that he lived to be the last man alive who had known and talked with Jesus; his name was John.




Among that valiant little band who walked with Jesus during His brief ministry on earth, none is so interesting to us as that "beloved disciple" – as he has ever since been called-John, the son of a fisherman of Galilee.

Jesus loved all his disciples. We may even doubt if He had anything in His heart but pity and compassion for Judas; but to John He gave a large measure of this divine affection.

There were three especially intimate disciples among the twelve, an inner circle mysteriously close to Jesus than the other nine, and these three were John, his brother James, and Peter. Luke tells us that Jesus committed to John and Peter the arrangements for the Last Supper. Peter, John and James alone witnessed the Transfiguration. They alone were present, according to Mark, in the dark hours of Gethsemane.


The Disciple Who Best Understood
The Love and Beauty of Jesus

Although it was to Peter that Jesus confided the charge of His brotherhood, He gave to John the fullest measure of His friendship. Peter could found and manage the brotherhood; it was John who could breathe into it the love and beauty and mystery of the Master. So, we see that John outlived all the other disciples, and _had penetrated the brotherhood, and was secured to all the ages to-do Galilean fisherman named Zebedee, able to hire servants and to live in some ease.  John and James, his two sons, probably received some education in their boyhood and certainly from their mother, the pious Salome, they must early and all through life have gained a desire to live closely with God.


Janet Irene Thomas
Playwright/Screen Writer/Director
Published Author/Gospel Lyricist &Producer
FOUNDER/CEO
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts



Saturday, August 11, 2018

THE LAWS OF SOWING AND REAPING

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:6-7
King James Version (KJV
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9:6 Giving bountifully (“literally with blessings”) blessed both the recipients and those who give.

9:7 cheerful, hilaros (hil-ar-oss); Strong’s #2431: Willing, good-natured, joyfully ready. The word describes a s spirit of enjoyment in giving that sweeps away all restraints. The English word hilarious is a transliteration.


Janet Irene Thomas
Playwright/Screen Writer/Director
Published Author/Gospel Lyricist &Producer
FOUNDER/CEO
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts





Friday, August 10, 2018

OUR HEAVENLY FATHER GIVES GOOD GIFTS

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.


Not only is God not responsible for human sin, He is the source of all good. In contrast to the wandering heavenly bodies He created, God is unchangeable. He always keeps His promises.


Janet Irene Thomas
Playwright/Screen Writer/Director
Published Author/Gospel Lyricist &Producer
FOUNDER/CEO
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts



Thursday, August 9, 2018

FORGIVENESS AND HEALING

3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;




Psalm 103:3


 DIVINE HEALING. This is a definite OT promise of bodily healing based upon the character of Yahweh as the Healer. It is clear that the dimension of healing promised here is specifically to include physical wholeness. The text reinforces the healing covenant, since the Hebrew word tachawloo (diseases) is from the same root (chawlah) as the word for "disease" in Ex. 15:26 (makhaleh). Further, the words for "heal" are the same in both passages (Hebrew rapha), the distrinct meaning involving the idea of mending or curing. The two texts form a strong bond (Deut. 19:15; 2 Cor. 13:1). These two verses bear witness from the OT that the Lord not only forgives iniquities He heals our diseases. If under the former covenant bodily healing was pointedly included with the Father’s many other benefits, we can rejoice and rest in faith.

The New Covenant "glory" exceeds everything of the Old (2 Cor. 3:7-11), and we can be certain that God, in Christ, has made a complete provision for the well-being of our total person.


Janet Irene Thomas
Playwright/Screen Writer/Director
Published Author/Gospel Lyricist &Producer
FOUNDER/CEO
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

THE WEATHER SIGNS


JESUS WARNS OF NOT 

DISCERNING THE TIMES



Luke 12:54-56 
King James Version (KJV)



54 And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is.

55 And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass.


56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?

Jesus is warning the people that they knew how to interpret weather signs but were ignorant of the signs of the times, that is, the fulfillment of the kingdom in the Person of Jesus.



Reflection: How good are we at reading signs?  Jesus expected his disciples to read the signs of the times accurately! While up-to-the-minute technology gives us greater accuracy for pinpointing troublesome tempests and quakes, our ability for discerning spiritual trouble and averting spiritual disaster seems to be in need of desperate repair or at least improvement. 

The people of Jesus' time expected that the coming of the Messiah would be accompanied by extraordinary signs and wonders. False messiahs had made great claims to attract followers, such as cleaving the Jordan River in two or causing the walls of Jerusalem to fall. Jesus knew the hearts of those who came to test him. They were more interested in signs and supernatural phenomena than they were in the word of God. Simeon had prophesied at Jesus' birth that he was "destined for the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that inner thoughts of many will be revealed" (Luke 2:34-35). 

Jesus gave them no sign except himself and the ultimate proof of his divinity when he rose from the dead. The Lord reveals himself to us in many ways -- in his word and in the "breaking of the bread" in the Lord's Supper -- the body of Christ, in his creation, and even in the everyday circumstances of our lives. If we seek the Lord, we can be confident that he will give us everything we need to do his will. Most of all the Lord assures us of his presence and the promise that he will never leave us.  Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you; all things pass: God never changes.  Patience achieves all it strives for.  Whoever has God lacks nothing, God alone suffices. Is God enough for you?

Janet Irene Thomas
Playwright/Screen Writer/Director
Published Author/Gospel Lyricist &Producer
FOUNDER/CEO
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

PRAYER FOR REALIZATION

THE IDENTITY of FAMILY 

IS IN GOD


                                                                          Ephesians 3:14-21

 

FAMILY ORDER
Humanly speaking, we link the identity of a husband, wife, and children to their particular family name.  This, however, is only a surface identification.  Family identity has a deeper root.  If we are to be success families in Christ, we are commanded to adhere to the below:
"Family" is a word that is rooted in God:  God is Father-the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  In Himself, God is a "divine family."  This also expresses itself in the way that God relates to people.


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elievers, the Bible reveals this aspect of God’s nature in rich and varied use of family imagery: God is our Father, God is Husband to His people.  God is Nurturing Mother, Christ is the Bridegroom of the church.
When a man and a woman come together in marriage, God extends to them this name that in essence belongs to Him-the name of family.  Husband, wife, and children live up to the true meaning of this name as they reflect the nature and life of the divine family in their human family.  Gen. 1:26-28; 1 Cor. 11:3
This apostolic prayer is for the Holy Spirit’s power to fill every believer, which is the logical need if the grand objective is to be realized.   

  •         3:16 STRENGTHENED with might is literally “become mighty by His power," which the Holy Spirit brings to work in the believer.

  •       3:17 ROOTED like a tree and grounded like a building on a strong foundation.

  •     3:18 COMPREHEND means to receive experientially, not simply to understand intellectually.

TO KNOW THE LOVE OF CHRIST is the essence of the greatest fullness.  All the fullness of God speaks of more than one experience or one aspect of His truth or power.  It points to a broad-based spiritually, balanced through participating in all of God’s blessings, resource, and wisdom.

FULNESS, that which has been completed.  The word describes a ship with a full cargo and crew, and a town with no empty houses. 

So, Friends, there you have it.  We have ‘all’ we need to be a FAMILY IN GOD.  Do you want to be counted among those in God’s Family?  I do.  We can make it happen together; one family at a time.  Amen

Janet Irene Thomas
Playwright/Screen Writer/Director
Published Author/Gospel Lyricist &Producer
FOUNDER/CEO
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts