WayneB

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About WayneB

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  • Birthday 12/19/1959

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  • Location Mississippi USA
  • Interests Family and Work...and JAIL Ministry.

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  1. hey you. Just thinking about you and wondering how you've been. :-)

  2. salu moi je sui burkina je veu changer aide moi

  3. Hey! I didn't miss your birthday!! Not by much at least. Phew...that was close. Hope you had a great birthday sis.

  4. What gift will you bring the King?

    Exactly! The verse you quoted and Your insight sums it up perfectly. may the Lord bless you richly!
  5. Enjoyed the recent bible study. Thanks much!

  6. What gift will you bring the King?

    The Main Characters The three principle groups or individuals mentioned in Matthew’s Gospel account are the Magi (Wise Men), King Herod and the Chief Priests and Teachers of the Law. So a good place to start the study is with a little background characterization of each. The Magi who are commonly thought to be kings were not really kings but more like servants to kings and even kingmakers in some cases. They often had the responsibility of deciding who would be king in the event of a dispute. Most likely, they were descendents of the priestly tribe of Medes (modern day Kurds) who were well educated in philosophy, science, medicine and astronomy. Although they were not of royal blood themselves, they were sometimes used as envoys to travel to other countries, representing the royal family of their home country. They were not sons of Israel although at least one of the earlier magi may have been. Some scholars believe that Daniel, “chief of the magicians” (Daniel 4:90), was the leader of the Magi in Babylon during the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar. There is much debate and speculation as to who these “Wise Men” really were and where they actually came from but this much is known for sure. God led them by the stars (verse 2), spoke to them through dreams (verse 12) and He used these non-Jews to acknowledge the birth of the King of kings. Then there was King Herod and to understand his reaction to the Magi coming to visit the newborn King of the Jews, we need to know a little more about him. Herod was a ruthless tyrant from the Land of Edom who persuaded the Roman senate to give him the title, 'King of the Jews', even though he was only a half Jew himself. Herod wanted to continue Rome's influence over Judea and saw himself doing that in his role as a Roman appointed King. Throughout his reign, he established new towns and harbors and brought neighboring regions into his own kingdom and in alliance to Rome. Once his kingdom was established, he ruled over Judea for 33 years, which included the time of the birth of Christ. Herod had at least one significant weakness in that he was very insecure and feared plotting and threats to his throne from every source, to include his own sons. So much did he live in fear that he had his wife, mother-in-law and three of his sons executed! There is much more to the complicated personality that was King Herod but suffice it to say that when he heard the Magi ask, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?”… his greatest fear was being realized. He believed that his throne, his power, his kingship was all at risk and soon to be lost if he did not take some action. He believed that this threat needed to be dealt with and soon! Lastly, there were the Chief Priests and Teachers of the Jewish Law. Regarding the Chief Priests, most of these men obtained their high position through bribery being appointed by Herod himself. Many of them were therefore illegitimate and their focus was on themselves along with the power and influence their position wielded. The Teachers of the Law…their focus seemed to be on the Law itself and not so much the Lawgiver hence they were able to tell Herod what the prophet Micah prophesized (verse 6) but were not able to recognize when it came to fruition in their lifetime and before their very eyes. The Actions of the Main Characters It seems pretty obvious that Herod’s reaction to the news of the newborn King of the Jews was one of FEAR. He was fearful that his throne was at risk and did everything he could to manipulate the Magi into finding this threat and reporting back to him. He even falsified his intentions in saying that he desired to “worship” the Christ child (verse 8). So here we see the first hypocrite…the one who says he desires to worship the King but when in reality his motives are not pure (verse 16). The Chief Priests and the Teachers of the Law (verse 4), at this point, just didn’t seem to care. Apparently, they had more important things to do, such as the temple rituals and administration of the temple business and financials. There were important things to do…temple bills to pay, incense to burn, and sacrifices to be processed. So much work and so little time! Obviously they were too busy to announce the Savior of the World so God choose to rely on the shepherds (Luke 2:8-20) and the Magi to announce the birth of His Son, the Savior of all men! Now we get to the meat of the Study. What can we learn from the Magi, the wise men of old, with whom God showed special favor by giving them revelation that a child was born who is the King of the Jews, the Savior of all men? They taught us the true meaning of worship and provided us a chronicle to follow. First, we must SEEK Him (verse 2). The Magi set out and followed a star, traveling over a thousand miles seeking the One that the star pointed to. One of my favorite passages of Scripture is Deuteronomy 4:29, which states, “But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.” So we must ask ourselves, do we seek Him with all our heart and all our soul? Second, we must BOW DOWN before Him (verse 11a). John the revelator witnessed the throne of God and how the twenty-four elders fell down before Him laying their crowns before Him saying, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” (Revelation 4:11) “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” (Revelation 5:12b) He is worthy saints! Are we ready to bow before Him casting our crowns at His feet? Lastly, we must give Him our treasures (verse 11b). The Magi offered Him gifts of Gold, a gift for a King; incense, a gift for a priest; and myrrh, a gift used in the embalming or anointing of the dead. Each gift had special significance in that they acknowledged Jesus as King and Priest, the One who would rule over all men AND bridge the gap between man and God, as well as prophesized His death on the cross just some 30 year later. Something for ALL of us to Consider So now we come to the point of the Study? What gift do I have that would bring great JOY to my Lord & Savior? I asked this question to a room full of inmates earlier this week and one spoke up and said my soul. I didn’t correct him at the time but I asked myself, how can we give what is not ours to give? Regardless of our position before the Master, our souls are already in God’s hands. No saints, what He wants more than anything is a personal relationship with each and every one of us. HE wants to fellowship with us, His creation. Jesus spoke of the lost sheep in Luke chapter 15. Look at what He said when He spoke of the shepherd who found his lost sheep. Jesus said that he “joyfully puts it on his shoulders” then calls all his friends together to “rejoice” with him. Jesus went on to say in verse 7, "I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” IF you have yet to turn your life over to Him, do so now and hear all Heaven rejoice. IF you have already accepted His free gift of Salvation, then serve Him by obeying His call to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:19,20) Either way, saint or friend, what HE wants is to fellowship with YOU! That is the gift that we can give in return for the GREATEST GIFT of all…the free gift of God’s abundant GRACE, which gives us eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15) May all of you have a Blessed Christmas, one full of JOY and Agape LOVE! Be Blessed, Wayne
  7. You are a sweetheart, Rhonda. I do miss talking with you guys daily but like I said, y'all are always on my heart and in my prayers.

  8. Nice to see you here, Wayne. You've been missed, my friend.

  9. Trinity, the Word of God, and Muslims

    At one time in my life, before I submitted to the transforming power of the Word, I believed like you....but I was wrong. Very wrong. God revealed His true nature to me through various events in my life and through His authoritative Word. Start with the Gospel of John, written by the Apostle John, the one whom Jesus loved, while in Ephesus during a time (around AD 85 after the destruction of the temple) when the deity of Jesus Christ was being questioned and undermined by the Gnostics mostly. John wrote his gospel account with one purpose...to make it clear that Jesus Christ is God. AND John recorded these words of Christ... John 3:31 "The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33 The man who has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. 34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. 35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him." John 5:24 "I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. Read the Gospel of John and the Book of Signs that is contained within it...the seven signs and the seven "I AM" statements of Christ... and imagine John as he penned those words, the last eyewitness of the ministry of Jesus Christ, the one whom Jesus loved; the one who was at the base of the cross with the mother of Jesus...the pillar of the early church. Those words are the words of an eyewitness translated from the original Greek. John's purpose is very evident...he revealed the true nature of Jesus Christ as God in the flesh!!! Why does Jesus have to be God? Only God can grant the forgiveness of sins. No one but God can live a perfect life without sin, making Himself the spotless Lamb who took our place at a sinners cross! ...and He did this freely and for all men who accept His free gift of GRACE. Why is it so hard to believe that God would reach down His hand to restore us into fellowship with Him transforming us to reflect His glory? Maybe because none of us are God. Seek and you will find...if you seek with a pure heart and desire for the one and only TRUTH. God Bless, wayne
  10. interested in fasting

    May the Lord bless you... Giving $$$ and food is easy (and needed) but do you have a sick neighbor who could use a dinner cooked for them? How about a homebound elderly person? You know what's fun? Buying the dinner for teh car behind you in the McD's drive-through. Pray and seek God's guidance. KingsCupBearer said it well..."Seek the Lord and heed the Holy Spirit who will lead you into all truth." Simply look for an opportunity. Ask the Lord to open your eyes to the needs of others.
  11. interested in fasting

    Exactly bro. We don't fast for a reward but rather God has given us a tool to connect with HIM on a more deeper level. Praise God! BY the way...Dave, have I mentioned how much I enjoyed posting along side you today? I have really missed it...and how I do love you bro.
  12. interested in fasting

    Once again, not to boast but to glorify God... My dear brother Matthitjah (whom I love dearly) participates in a minsitry that feeds the homeless. Right in the worse parts of our nation's Capital. I can't say for sure BUT my bet is Dave doesn't go to feed himself but rather to feed and serve the homeless. That is a fast...
  13. interested in fasting

    Someone explain that one, will ya? Peace, Dave Could it mean that a truly humble person recognizes his weaknesses as well as his strengths? Paul did this, did he not...when he wrote of his struggle with the flesh in his letter to the Romans.
  14. Where does baptism come from?

    Neb, it seems to me that throughout the Books of Moses, washing with water was a prerequisite for approaching God in the Holy place. That of coarse was before the Lamb of God was slain and before the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Regardless, what I found interesting is how the Levites and Priests were sent to John the Baptist asking him why he was baptising. They were confused because not only was John baptising gentiles but he was baptising Jews. They were confused as to what authority John would baptise these Jews, who according to their understanding, were already righteous and needed only ritual washing...not a complete soak that was reserved only for the non-Jew. John the Baptist answered them... "I baptize in water, but among you stands One whom you do not know...this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit." That sort of sums it up for me.