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Jesus Amazing Arrival into Jerusalem

Matthew 21:1-11; Zechariah 9:9; Isaiah 62:11

Palm Sunday, May 5, 2020

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Points to Ponder

  1. When Jesus sends you on a mission you must follow His detailed instruction (Matthew 21:1-3).
  2. Jesus had to fulfill the ancient of days biblical prophies as written in the Old Testament to reconcile us to God (Mathew 21:4-5, Zechariah 9:9, Isaiah 62:11).
  3. It’s very important to follow the instructions of Jesus and to make personal sacrifices for our savior (Mathew 21:6-8).
  4. Jesus has many ways of impacting peoples’ lives to deliver them from their destructive ways (Matthew 21:9-11).

Something to consider

Today we celebrate Palm Sunday because Jesus chose to come from heaven to sacrifice himself for the atonement of our sins. Jesus chose two of the 12 disciples to get the donkey and her colt. The disciples trusted Jesus’ strange requests and took the journey of faith. They returned with the donkey and her colt as requested. 

They didn’t deviate from Jesus’s instruction. It was interesting Jesus didn’t want the donkey and her colt separated probably to keep the mother calm.  Jesus is always concerned about situations which might have negative and positive impact in our lives. Jesus’ loves us it’s guaranteed his love will never perish.

We must love, support, help and encourage others during these difficult times for the glory of God as we celebrate Palm Sunday and Easter. Let’s have an amazing entrance into the lives others who don’t know Jesus.

He loves us and has given us a free will to make choices.  Jesus constantly displays his love through us to others daily.  We must remain in the world and sacrifice our lives assisting others for the glory of God. 

The disciples and the peoples in Jerusalem saw his amazing love based on His past actions.  Jesus was on his final journey before his life would be given up for the sins of the world. His purpose was to reconcile us to God Almighty. 

We are on a journey everyday of our lives for the glory of God whether we believe it or not.  We must aggressively pray for God intervention to strengthen us and empower us to trust Him during these difficult times in the world.

Let’s triumphally enter the lives of those needing assistance regardless of their social status.  God wants us to work together for humanity and for the protection of our environment. Jesus wants to inter into your life today and every day. If you don’t know Christ. Please repent of your sin and accept Jesus as your personal savior and you shall be saved. He expects a tremendous change in your life.  I encourage you to read and meditate on God’s Word and fellowship

(c) 2020 Billy J. Strawter, Sr

We Must Not Fear but Pray and Unite to Survive.

By Billy J. Strawter, Sr
March 27, 2020

We must not fear but we must follow the guidelines as mentioned by the governor. Social distancing is critical to prevent the spread of the enemy, the coronavirus.

Michigan is now one of the fastest in the spread of the coronavirus. The Detroit areas have a major problem.

I hope everyone will pray for:

I. God’s mercy and grace.
2. An abundance of ventilators to be manufactured.
3. Sufficient masks for health care workers.
4. Assistance for those with less and for those loosing much, etc.
5. Manufacturers to step up and make an abundance of ventilators.
6. Unity between the States and the Federal Governments regarding equipment needs and financial needs.
7. Families and businesses struggling because of the businesses that are shutdown.
8. People to comply with social distancing.
9. Supernatural healing of those with the coronavirus.
10. An awesome vaccine for the coronavirus.
11. Leadership around the world to make wise decisions during these difficult times.
12. Peoples struggling to provide food for their family and money to pay their bills.
13. People who can’t see their love ones because of isolation.

Lastly, pray for our faith to increase and for others to come to know Christ.

Please stay educated about the evolving situation. I know it’s difficult to hear the bad news but we must stay informed to make right decisions. We must maintain hope. We need ventilators, doctors, services providers and other helpers to fight this battle.

God, please, please help us to fight this enemy trying to destroy your creation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Hope in The Midst of the Storm

Hope in The Midst of the Storm

1 King 19:1-18

Have you every been in the midst of a storm and felt nothing but hopelessness. You are not alone and I hope and pray you will be encouraged by this devotional. You must always trust God while you are in the midst of your storm.


Points to Ponder


1. Sometimes an unexpected storm will come in our lives (1 King 19:1-2).

2. There may be a time when the storm (hopelessness, stress, depression, self-doubt) of life will get the best of us (1 King 19:3-4).

3. God will provide spiritual nourishment during the storm in our lives (1 King 19:5-9).

4. You can be zealous for God but still face many dangerous storms but you are not alone (1 King 19:9-10).

5. We must always remain hopeful and trust God to carry us through the storm (1 King 19:11-13).

6. God will always give us strength to overcome any storm we face (1 Corinthians 10:13).

7. God is willing to hear our perspective regarding the storm in our life (1 King 19:14).

8. We can always expect God to send helpers our way when we are in the midst of the storm (1 King 19:15-17).

9. God will always preserve a remnant of people who will not compromise their faith both young and old (1 King 19:18).


Something to Consider


As long as we live, we will face storms in our lives. They will suddenly appear just like a severe thunder storm during spring and summer months or anytime. The storms will cause tremendous lost of life and property.

However, God always give believers and nonbelievers the ability to overcome the storm. There will be times when the storm may overwhelm us but it will never overcome us if we put our hope and trust in God. He will strengthen us during the storm.

The storms might be the results of natural disasters, and conflict within the family, friends, health issues, death, or disagreements with society because of our belief.
Elijah knew God but he felt lonely, hopeless, stress, depression, and doubt because Jezebel wanted his life because he had her false prophets killed. He felt alone because he was the only prophet left. Elijah wanted to die but when God was ready He responded to Elijah and addressed him in love to encourage him, he was not alone and would receive help. God gave him the help necessary to perform the task.


Regardless of our faithfulness and strength, we must always be prepared when the storm arrives in our lives. God will help us by sending others in our lives to encourage us to remain faithful and trust in Him in the midst of the storm or God Almighty may do something supernaturally.


Are you trusting God in the midst of the storm?
(c) 2015 Devotional by Billy J. Strawter, Sr.

Forgiveness Can Heal A Broken Heart

Forgive

 (Genesis 50:15-20, 1 Kings 8:50, Matthew 6:14-15, Mark 11:25, Luke 17:3-2)

Devotional: by Billy J  Strawter, Sr.

 Points to Ponder

  1.  You must let go of the bitterness you have in your heart toward those who have hurt you (Genesis 50:15-17).
  2. Do not hold grudges against those that are jealous of you but forgive them and you will have joy in your life (Genesis 50:18-20)
  3. You must forgive people who sin against you just like you expect God to forgive you (1 King 8:50).
  4. If you don’t forgive people who violated your trust, God will not forgive you (Matthew 6:14-15, Mark 11:25).
  5. It is your responsibility as a Christian to forgive people regardless of the number of times they have hurt you (Luke 17:3-4).

Something to Consider

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Sun Rays of God’s Creation

Is there someone in your life that has hurt you to the core of your heart? Your answer is probably yes! You are so angry with them because you don’t understand why someone who claims to love you would hurt you so badly. You might blame yourself or wonder what you did to deserve a broken challenging. However, we all fall short of the glory of God because of our sinful nature.

It is sin that caused an individual to hurt you. Just like it was sin that caused Jesus to suffer and die on the cross for you. He also died for the person that broke your heart and violated your trust. God holds each of us accountable for our own sins. He gives you a simple process for healing your broken heart. He wants you to rely on Christ as the source of your strength.

Your healing process will began when you forgive the person or persons that hurt your heart. It want be easy but when you let go and let God you will find wonderful peace in your life. When you forgive, you are no longer in bondage but free. Enjoy your freedom, starting today, as you forgive those who have hurt you. Remember! You can’t rely on others to heal your broken heart only God can.

Hope in The Midst of the Storm

Devotional:  1 King 19:1-18

Have you every been in the midst of a storm and felt nothing but hopelessness. You are not alone and I hope and pray you will be encouraged by this devotional.  You must always trust God while you are in the midst of your storm.

Points to Ponder

  1. Sometimes an un-expected storm will come in our lives (1King 19:1-2).
  2. There may be a time when the storm (hopelessness, stress, depression, self-doubt) of life will get the best of us (1 King 19:3-4).
  3. God will provide spiritual nourishments during the storm in our lives (1King 19:5-9).
  4. You can be zealous for God but still face many dangerous storms but you are not alone (1 King 19:9-10).
  5. We must always remain hopeful and trust God to carry us through the storm (1 King 19:11-13).
  6. God will always give us strength to overcome any storm we face (1 Corinthians 10:13).
  7. God is willing to hear our perspective

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    Hope in the Midst of the Storm

    regarding the storm in our life (1 King 19:14).

  8. We can always expect God to send helpers our way when we are in the midst of the storm (1 King 19:15-17).
  9. God will always preserve a remnant of people who will not compromise their faith both young and old (1 King 19:18).

Something to Consider

As long as we live, we will face storms in our lives. They will suddenly appear just like a severe thunder storm during spring and summer months or anytime. The storms will cause tremendous lost to life and property. However, God always give believers and nonbelievers the ability to overcome the storm.  There will be times when the storm may overwhelm us but it will never overcome us if we put our hope and trust in God. He will strengthen us during the storm. The storms might be the results of natural disasters, and conflict within the family, friends, health issues, death, or disagreements with society because of our belief.

Elijah knew God but he felt lonely, hopeless, stress, depression, and doubt because Jezebel wanted his life because he had her false prophets killed. He felt alone because he was the only prophet left.  Elijah wanted to die but when God was ready He responded to Elijah and addressed him in love to encourage him, he was not alone and would receive help. God did give him the help necessary to perform the task.

Regardless of our faithfulness and strength, we must always be prepared when the storm arrives in our lives. God will help us by sending others in our lives to encourage us to remain faithful and trust in Him in the midst of the storm or God Almighty may do something supernaturally.

Are you trusting God in the midst of the storm?

(c) 2015 Devotional by Billy J. Strawter, Sr.

 

Touching the Hearts of Teenagers

Touching the Hearts of Teenagers

 Listed below is a true story about an interaction I had with teenagers in a Juvenile Detention Center. I had an opportunity to volunteer my time in a Juvenile Detention Center for 22 years. Working with troubled teenagers changed my career.  Now, I am working with parents, teens, teachers and youth workers to provide strategies to connect with teenagers in the 21st century. Listed below is a story taken from my book Behind the Eyes of Juvenile Delinquents. 

How quickly a heart can be touched

I had an opportunity to visit Jeffery, Duke, Robert, Parker, and Jamal in their unit at the Juvenile Detention Center to read some of the things written in the manuscript Behind the Eyes of Juvenile Delinquents.  When I arrived in the unit, Jeffery, Duke and Jamal were playing cards. Robert and Parker were watching the movie “Spawn” on television.  There were four other young men locked in their rooms for discipline.

Jeffery, Duke and Jamal slowly stopped playing cards and Robert stopped watching television and came to listen to the story as I read.  Then Jeffery, Duke, Jamal and Robert became angry with Parker because he continued to watch television.  They told me Parker worshipped Satan.  I asked the other boys to “leave him alone because Parker was serving his master.  I said, “You tell me you love God but yet you are not serving him.  If you were serving him, more than likely you would not be in the Detention Center.  I wish you were as faithful to God as Parker was to his master.  You are in worse shape than Parker because you know the truth and refuse to live by the truth.”

After those words were spoken, everyone calmed down.  I then continued to read from the manuscript Behind the Eyes of Juvenile Delinquents to Jeffery, Duke, Jamal and Robert.  They were captivated by the words being read because they knew it was about them and me.   They just took it all into their minds as they sat and listened intently.  It’s difficult to describe what I felt.  What struck me most was Parker who had his back turned to us? He got out of his chair, went behind our backs to lie on top of the ping pong table near us.  A glance from the corner of my left eye showed that we now had Parker’s attention.  Parker asked, “Where did you get that information from?”  I told Parker I got the information from the youth in the Detention Center.  Robert said, “He wrote it himself as if he was proud of me.”

Parker continued to lie on the table as I read from the manuscript.  As we continued, to my surprise, Parker got a chair and sat right in front of us.  He listened intently as I continued to read with a smile on my face.  Before I knew it, time was up.

As I was leaving the unit, Parker told me that “he didn’t serve Satan but was trying to determine the right way to go.”  I told him “I understood and hoped he would start going to church.”  Then Parker proceeded to tell me he was going to attend church in the Detention Center.  He also wanted to know when I was going to read the rest of the manuscript to them.

Well, I looked for Parker on the following Tuesday evening but he did not show up.  I told the others to tell Parker I inquired about him.  On Sunday Parker showed up in church.  I was elated to see him.  I never considered that the words I read would have an impact on Parker’s life, but one should never be surprised about the operation of the Holy Spirit.  If no one else reads this book, I  will always cherish the words spoken by Parker.  I hope he will make the correct choices.  I did not force my beliefs on him or try to debate with him.  Parker said he was rebelling against his parents and that he grew up in the church.  I hope he will turn his life over to Jesus Christ.

source: Behind the Eyes of Juvenile Delinquents,

(c) EnviCare Consulting, Inc.   All Rights Reserved

Our Secret Place

When I read “Our Secret Place” it really touched my heart. It was written by my sister and it inspired me to share it with my followers. Please enjoy and let God speaks to you.

Our Secret Place

By Shirley Strawter

I met with God today in our secret place. It had been awhile since I had been there. I made up in my mind that this morning would be another morning that I would get up, and get out just to walk again. In the process of walking, my heart began to yearn for something greater than the walk itself. I discovered that it was our secret place wooing me to come and visit. Believe it or not, I wanted to go. In fact, I ached to go. No sooner had I headed in that direction, than I could feel the pull of God.

God had not left our secret place, I had.  He was waiting for me. He knew that I would come, and I was glad that I had come. I stood before Him humbled, broken, and inspired! Words tumbled before me, before Him – words of Adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication. I stood in awe of His wonderful, wonderful glory! Such a peace and a holy hush filled the area. I had to lift my hands, my heart, my being, myself to Him in total abandonment. He received my offerings, my presence, and the meditations of my heart. The flames of His love and power lapped up my offerings as if His thirst for them were greater than the offerings themselves!

What can I offer my God who has everything? What gifts could I possibly give Him that would honor His worth? The answer is a resounding “ME”!

I can give Him me, all of me! Whatever contaminations, insecurities, flaws, or inhibitions I have – He wants them all!  The secret places in our spirit and soul are His specialty. He can handle each one of them with perfection.  The Creator God loves His creation, His creatures, and I am so glad that He does.

Do you have a secret place that you can go to and experience God on a whole different level? Does your heart yearn and ache for His Presence?

If so, He waits to meet you there – alone, no cell phones, nothing but your thirst and your hunger. If not, ask Him to stir a hunger and thirst in your heart for a secret place to meet with Him. It will be personal and private, refreshing and fulfilling! In His Presence is fullness of joy, and pleasures forevermore.

My secret place for meeting with God birthed a new outlook on life and this writing – what will your secret place for meeting with God birth?

© June 30, 2011 Shirley Strawter Ministries  All rights Reserved Worldwide

A Fantastic Journey into Jerusalem

We must not forget the sacrifices Jesus Christ made for the
world. He suffered and willingly gave up his life for us. His love for us is
greater than we deserved. I am personally thankful that Jesus made a fantastic
journey into Jerusalem. Jesus has blessed me, my family, and friends during
difficult times. I’m eternally grateful of Jesus commitment to all people. His
mercy and grace give us another opportunity to repent of our sins and he will
forgive us.  I hope you will enjoy this inspirational message (Audio file: A Fantastic Journey Into Jerusalem)

John: 12:12-13, 16, 17-19, Luke:19:29-31,36-40,41-44 Matt 21:4-7, 10,11 Mark 11:8

Points to Ponder

  1. We should be excited about worshipping Jesus everyday of our lives (John 12:12).
  2. We should spread out our hearts, souls, spirits, and minds before Jesus as a testament of our faith (John 12:13).
  3. We must be willing to quickly obey Christ regardless of how strange the request might seems (Luke 19: 29-31).
  4. Food for thought, I wonder if the colt felt it was a privilege to have Jesus as his first rider (Luke 19:30).
  5. Jesus will always fulfill God’s prophecies (Matthew 21:4-5).
  6. There are times when we don’t understand God’s Word but eventually the correct meaning will be revealed (John 12:16).
  7. When we are in the will of God, his purpose will be fulfilled (Mark 11:4-7).
  8. We can’t stop the contagiousness of God’s Word when we are celebrating, and worshipping Jesus (Luke 19:36-40).
  9. We must be willing to share our material processions with Christ whether its cloaks or palm branches (Mark 11:8).
  10. We must cry out for the lost because they can’t see that Jesus’ Kingdom is coming soon and there will be trials and tribulations (Luke 19:41-44).
  11. Jesus will stir the hearts of people when He is in their presence (John 21:10-11).
  12. Jesus kingdom will spread throughout all nations and nothing can contain His words (John 12:17-19).

Something to Consider

We often celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.  As we read the bible, we get a small understanding of the peoples’ celebration.  There were people who didn’t like Jesus because Jesus had the tendency to reveal their sins. There were those who expected him to rule on earth as King yet they were blinded because of their own selfish desires, and expectations.

Jesus wept over Jerusalem because he knew the devastation that would come as a result of their rejection of him.  Jesus’ said Luke 19:42 “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace-but now it is hidden from your eyes.”  What a tragedy when we miss an opportunity to receive God’s blessing.  We must focus on every small blessing and the small still voice we hear from Christ so we can act.  We must celebrate Jesus every day of our lives as if He was triumphantly entering our homes, work places, and churches.  Everyone will not love Jesus as we do but they must see how much we love to celebrate and worship Jesus in an awesome manner. We must share the light of Jesus as we live and walk among those who don’t believe Jesus is the son of God.  Jesus is our King, and He will finally reclaim the earth and establish his Kingdom forever.  We will celebrate, and worship Jesus forever and forever with eternal peace and joy.

 

Written by: Billy J. Strawter, Sr.

(c) 2011  EnviCare Consulting, Inc.           All Rights Reserved Worldwide

www.envicareinc.com

 

 

Family And Friends Too Selfish to See The Needs of Other

I don’t know the frequency in which I have read John 5:1-15, but each time I meditate on those scriptures, God seems to give me additional insight. This story is about an invalid at the pool of Bethesda.

Each year, the Lord would send an angel to the pool to perform physical healing for those able to get into the pool. John 5:3 says, “Here a great number of disabled people used to lie the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for 38 years.” As I continue to picture this story in my mind, I can visualize a multitude of people rushing to the pool every year around the same time just for healing. The people were expe­riencing physical healing and joy.

 As I picture the invalid in his home, I can hear him saying with tears in his eyes, “next year someone will help me into the pool.

 However, I see an invalid in despair and with­out hope because he is not able to put himself in the pool. As he saw excitement in the eyes of those healed, sadness entered into his heart because the angel of the Lord had left. The invalid had to wait another year. So, once again they carried him back home.

 As I picture the invalid in his home, I can hear him saying with tears in his eyes, “next year someone will help me into the pool. Someone will carry me on their back into the pool and I will be healed this time.”

A year passed and the invalid returned to the pool. I can see his friends carrying him to the pool. Once again, they placed him in the same spot just watching others get healed in the pool of Bethesda. The Bible does not tell us who carried the invalid to the pool, but we can be assured they weren’t strangers. So then, why did they not help him into the pool? I believe they were too busy watching the miracles being performed, or they just didn’t care. Whatever the reasons, the invalid persevered. He never gave up. He kept returning to the pool even though he could not put himself into the pool.

 Jesus saw the invalid lying there and quietly asked, “Do you want to get well?” and the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool, while I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” But the master healer Jesus Christ said, “Get up!   Pick  up your mat and walk.” We know the invalid did walk. In this story, we see there are uncontrollable situations that only Jesus Christ has the capacity to handle. Sometimes our friends and family are too busy or too selfish to help. or, maybe they just have too many problems of their own.

 However, Jesus  is always available to guide us. He quietly touches us, and others can’t see until we receive the blessings. Jesus is perfect and knows all our needs and wants. The invalid received his joy through physical healing but later Jesus touched his spirit by saying “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”

 The heart must change to receive spiritual healing. We must learn to put self behind and reach out to those in pain less something worse happens to us. It is time for us to put selfishness to death and give life to love, faith and hope by helping others.

 Written By: Mr Wisdom

(c) 2010 EnviCare Consulting, Inc.

Shall We Gather At The River

I had to share this poem with our followers.  The poem was written by Arlene (mom).  My wife and I have adopted Arlene as our mom.  She lives in Tennessee and she sends us a card every month to encourage us.  She never fails to send holiday greeting cards nor birthday cards.  She prays for us every day and we know mom will see her creator soon.  I can personally feel it in mom’s poem.  We have missed our parents because they are in heaven.  However, God has given us an opportunity to share our love with Arlene (mom).  She is a remarkable and caring woman.  We hope you will enjoy this poem and pray that God will continue to bless mom. We love our mom very much.  She is deeply rooted in our hearts. Thank you God!

 

Shall We Gather At The River

 

Shall we gather at the river

The words of the song said

And suddenly, it became so real

As it played out in my head

 

I was standing there with others

When this vision came to me

As a figure all dressed in white

Standing right by my side, was He

 

Then I felt an arm around my waist

 I glanced and saw my precious Neal

My heart beat nearly out my chest

When I realized, it seemed so real

 

Then suddenly there was another face

One that I’d longed to see

Her face so full of joy and love

Her mom once more to see

 

Then I felt someone take my hand

There stood my precious son

He looked so proud and happy

Among all those souls he’d won

 

Thank you Jesus for this dream

When I felt like I had a broken heart

I’m on my way, please hold my spot

Where never again will we be apart

 

Then we can wait for the other two

I pray they will find their way

To that gathering at the river

Where we will always stay

 

And finally the circle will be unbroken

As our loved ones, family, and friends are there

With my precious Savior

 Who paid the price for all to share

Written by: (c) Arlene Campbell 7/2010