Pastor Bob Tousey
MATTHEW CHAPTER 5 VERSES 6 - 12
Happy are those who long to be just and good, for they shall be completely satisfied. Happy are the kind and merciful for the shall be shown mercy. Happy are those whose hearts are pure, for they shall see God. Happy are those who strive for peace -- they shall be called the sons of God. Happy are those who are persecuted because they are good, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs."
"When you are reviled and persecuted and lied about becauseyou are my followers --- Wonderful ! Be happy about it! Be very glad! for a tremendous reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted too."
MATTHEW CHAPTER 5 VERSES 13 - 16
You are the world's seasoning, to make it tolerable. If you lose your flavor, what will happen to the world? And you yourself will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the world's light --- a city on a hill, glowing in the night for all to see. Don't hide your light! Let it shine for all; let it shine for all; let your good deeds glow for all to see, so that they will praise your heavenly Father.
JOHN CHAPTER 2 VERSES 1 -11
Jesus’ mother was a guest at a wedding in the village of Cana in Galilee, and Jesus and his disciples were invited too. The wine supply ran out during the festivities, and Jesus’ mother came to him with the problem. “I can’t help you now” he said “it isn’t my time for miracles.” But his mother told the servants “Do whatever he tells you” Six stone water jars were standing there, they were used for Jewish ceremonial purposes and held perhaps twenty to thirty gallons each. Then Jesus told the servants to fill them to the brim with water. When this was done he said “Dip some out and take it to the master of ceremonies.”
When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from, he called the bridegroom over.
“This is wonderful !” he said “You’re different from most usually a host serves the best wine first, and afterward, when everyone is full and doesn’t care, then he brings out the less expensive brands. But you have kept the best for last!”
This miracle at Cana in Galilee was Jesus’ first public demonstration of his heaven sent power. And his disciples believed that he really was the Messiah.
JOHN CHAPTER 10 VERSES 11 – 18
I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again This commandment I received from My Father.
JOHN CHAPTER 15 VERSES 9 – 12
As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love. "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.