Thursday, April 12, 2012

A to Z: K is for King of Kings

K is for King of Kings

Jesus is also known as the King of Kings,

(1 Timothy 6:13-16 ESV) I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

Jesus is not only the King of kings, but he is also the Lord of lords.
The King of Ages:
(1 Timothy 1:17 ESV)To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
The King of Israel:
(Zechariah 9:9 ESV) Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

The King of the Jews:

(Matthew 2:1-2 ESV) Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
The King of Nations:   
(Revelation 15:3 ESV) And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,“Great and amazing are your deeds,O Lord God the Almighty Just and true are your ways,O King of the nations!

Think about what you just read.... Jesus is the king over all kings, nations and even the ages... WOW!

1. Look it up for yourself about Jesus being the King.
2. Pray About it!
3. Meditate on it throughout the day.
4. Write down what you learned for future reference.

Hope you are having an amazing Thursday!!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A to Z: J is for Just One

J is for Just One

Another name of Jesus is: The Just One or Righteous One

(Acts 7:52 ESV) Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered,

(Acts 3:13-15 ESV)  The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.
 In Acts chapter 3 and 7 we hear of how the people murdered the ones who told of the Just/Righteous one and how even he himself was betrayed and murdered.

1. Reflect on what it means that  Jesus is the Just one and how that affects him taking on our guilt and dying on the cross for us.
2. Look it up in the bible.
3. Pray about it.
4. Write what you learned down and meditate on it throughout the day.

Have a great Wednesday!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A to Z: I is for Immanuel

I is for Immanuel

Jesus is called in the bible Immanuel.

(Isaiah 7:14 ESV) Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

What does Immanuel Mean??
from Hebrew `immānū'el, literally means: God with us.

Jesus was called Immanuel, because it means God with us. When Jesus came to earth to be born a man, he was both God and man... making God be with us humans. Isnt that just amazing??

1. Read for yourself in the bible where it talks about Jesus being the Immanuel.
2. Pray about it.
3. Write down what you learned and really think about it.
4. Meditate on Jesus being God with us, for the rest of the day. :D

Have an AMAZING Tuesday!!

Monday, April 09, 2012

A to Z: H is for Head

H is for HEAD 

Jesus is known in the bible as the Head of the body.

(Ephesians 4:15-16 ESV) Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

(Colossians 1:17-18 ESV)  And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.

(Ephesians 1:22-23 ESV)  And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Jesus is the Head of the church, He should be the one ruling and what He has said should be done, should be what we are doing.  

(1 Corinthians 11:3 ESV) But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.

Jesus is the Head of every man. He is the one who should be in charge..
(Colossians 2:9-10 ESV) For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.

Jesus is the Head over all rulers and authorities. In one translation it says over all powers and principalities.

Jesus is the Head over everyone. He is the one we are supposed to submit to. The one we are to obey.

1. Look up in the bible for yourself where it talks about Jesus and Him being the Head.
2. Pray about it.
3. Write down what you learned!

Have a happy Monday!!!

Saturday, April 07, 2012

A to Z: G is for God

 G is for God 

Many times in the bible Jesus is called God. 

(Isaiah 40:3 ESV) A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

(Isaiah 9:6 ESV) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
In the first verse found above, Isaiah the prophet is prophesying about a prophet who would come, and prepare the way for the messiah, his God. The second is where Isaiah is talking specifically about the birth of the Messiah and what he will be called and his attributes. 

(John 1:1 ESV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Jesus is also called both the Word and God in the verse above... Not only is he the word of God, but he is God. 

(Matthew 1:23 ESV) “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).

The above verse is one of the most important ones, because it explains why Jesus came, he came to save sinners and to reconcile their relationship with God so that they could be with God and not separated from him. Is that not amazing? What we celebrate on Easter has everything to do with this, Jesus died and bore our sins and rose again so that we could be with God. 

(1 John 5:20 ESV) And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

Jesus is God and eternal life!

There are many more verses than just the above that call the messiah or Jesus God. 

Jesus who was God, took our punishment and died on the cross for you and me! He died so that we might one day have a relationship with God through Him. Before Jesus died, there was no way for man to be "with" God. 

Aren't you glad Jesus came and died and rose again???

1. Reflect on the fact that Jesus is God and that he died for you on the cross.
2. Look up in the bible for yourself where it calls Jesus God, do and internet search if you want to.
3. Pray about it and ask God to reveal more to you about his Son through the knowledge that Jesus is God.
4. If you have some extra time on your hands listen to the songs on the links provided below:

Have a great Easter weekend and remember: He is Risen!!!
I couldn't resist posting this cute lil chick on here. :D

Friday, April 06, 2012

A to Z: F is for Faithful Witness

F is for Faithful Witness 

(Revelation 1:4-6 ESV)    John to the seven churches that are in Asia:
    Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.
    To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

The above verse is from the book of revelation where John is taken to heaven and Jesus the son, tells him what to write. He calls Jesus the Faithful witness. 

What does Faithful mean? It means one who stick by another no matter what and says/does what is true and right.. Jesus is Faithful to God the father and those who are his.
1.strict or thorough in the performance of duty: a faithful worker.
2.true to one's word, promises, vows, etc.
3.steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant: faithful friends.
4.reliable, trusted, or believed.
5. adhering or true to fact, a standard, or an original; accurate: a faithful account; a faithful copy.

(Revelation 19:11 ESV) Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.

(Revelation 3:14 ESV)  “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation.
Later on in the book of revelation, John calls Jesus the Faithful and true witness. 

(John 14:6 ESV) Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Jesus called himself the truth.

(1 Peter 4:19 ESV) Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.

He is also called the Faithful creator.

(Hebrews 2:17 ESV)Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

And the Faithful high priest.

    Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say,
    “The Lord is my helper;
        I will not Fear;
    what can man do to me?”
(Hebrews 13:5-6 ESV)

Why is is so important that Jesus be Faithful? Because if he is Faithful, we know he will never leave us nor forsake us... no matter what we do!  If he is Faithful, then his promises are true. What he has promised he will do.


Take time yourself to search the bible, use a concordance or even google and search for Faithful witness and the word Faithful in the bible. Find out what God wants you to learn about himself and his son through this name.

Have a great Friday!!!

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Thursday, April 05, 2012

A to Z: E is for Everlasting Father

E is for Everlasting Father

I am carrying on with my themes of Jesus' names, today's is Everlasting Father.

(Isaiah 9:6 ESV)    
For to us a child is born,
        to us a son is given;
    and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
        and his name shall be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
        Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

In the above verse Isaiah a prophet of the old testament is prophesying about the coming Messiah. He calls him many things in this verse one of which is everlasting father.

This verse tells of the attributes or characteristics that the Messiah would have.

 (2 Samuel 7:13-14 ESV)   He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men,

In this verse God promises David and heir whom God will establish the throne of forever! This is again where the characteristic of everlasting is found of the Messiah.

(John 1:1-5 ESV)  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The messiah, Jesus, is the Word... He was with God in the beginning and is God.

(John 14:9 ESV)    Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

(Hebrews 1:1-4 ESV)    Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

Jesus is the representation of God the Father. The exact imprint of the fathers nature.

Why is it so important that Jesus is the everlasting father?
Because that makes him the Messiah, the savior of both Jew and gentiles. The son of God.

Take sometime yourself to look up in the bible where it talks about an everlasting father. Think about what that means. Pray about that name and ask God to reveal to you more about himself through that name.

If you want, check out this song by Chris Tomlin called Everlasting God. Link:

Have an amazing Thursday!!!
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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

A to Z: D is for the seed of David

D is for the seed of David

Jesus is called in the bible the seed or descendant of David.

  (Romans 1:1-6 ESV)  "Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,"
   (Matthew 1:1 ESV) The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

There are multiple other places in the new testament where Jesus is referred to as the son of David. 

You may ask "Why is it so important that Jesus be a descendant of David? 

The reason is because in the old testament God promised David and heir who would reign forever. This heir would be a descendent of David as well as the son of God.

(2 Samuel 7:11-17 ESV)   Moreover, the LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house. When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, but my steadfast love will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.’” In accordance with all these words, and in accordance with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David.
This is so important because if Jesus truly is the son of God and the descendant of David, that makes him the fulfillment of the prophecy and promise to David. This makes Jesus the promised Messiah for Jews and gentiles.

(Mark 12:35-37 ESV)    And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared,
    “‘The Lord said to my Lord,
    “Sit at my right hand,
        until I put your enemies under your feet.”’
    David himself calls him Lord. So how is he his son?” And the great throng heard him gladly.

Jesus in the above verse is claiming himself to be a fulfillment of that prophecy.

Take time yourself to look in the old and new testament to find where it talks about the Messiah and Jesus the son of David.

Have a great Wednesday!!!
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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

A to Z: C is for Christian

C is for Christian

What is a Christian?

A christian is a follower or disciple of Jesus Christ.

Dictionary Definition:
1.of, pertaining to, or derived from Jesus Christ  or His teachings: a Christian faith.
2.of, pertaining to, believing in, or belonging to the religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ: Spain is a Christian country.
3.of or pertaining to Christians: many Christian deaths in the Crusades.
4.exhibiting a spirit proper to a follower of Jesus Christ;  Christlike: She displayed true Christian charity.
5.decent; respectable: They gave him a good Christian burial.

7.a person who believes in Jesus Christ;  adherent of Christianity.
8.a person who exemplifies in his or her life the teachings of Christ: He died like a true Christian.
9.a member of any of certain Protestant churches, as the Disciples of Christ  and the Plymouth Brethren.
10.the hero of Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress.
11.a male given name.

How do I know if I am a Christian?

Do you believe that Jesus Christ is Gods son and that God raised him from the dead? Have you been baptized as a physical sign to others that you have decided to follow Jesus?  Do you have the Holy Spirit in you? Are you showing fruit of love, joy peace, patience kindness goodness faithfulness gentleness and self control? Do you desire to read and obey gods word? Do you love the Lord your God with everything? Do you love others?
If you answer yes to these questions, then yes, you are a christian.

Matthew 22:35-40
35One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, 36“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37And He said to him, “ ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ 38“This is the great and foremost commandment. 39“The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ 40“On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”  

Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

How do I become a Christian?

One becomes a Christian through faith in Jesus Christ. God grants you faith through his grace and opens your eyes to see the truth that Jesus died for you and that you are a sinner. You then embark on a lifelong journey of getting to know your lord and savior better and becoming more like him. 

Romans 10:9-13
9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Christians: Take some time to ask yourself if you really are a Christian. Search the bible to find out what it means to be a Christian. 
If you aren't a Christian, search the bible to learn more about God and to allow Him to reveal Himself to you!

Matthew 16:24

English Standard Version (ESV)

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

Have a Happy Tuesday!!!

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Monday, April 02, 2012

A to Z: B is for Bible

B is for Bible
Today’s A to Z challenge letter is the letter “B”; So, I am going to talk about my favorite book; the Bible.

What is the bible?
The bible is the written word of God. The Holy Spirit is the author.

The bible is divided into two parts: The Old and New Testament.  The Old Testament contains the Old Covenant between God and man for being found Righteous in the eyes of God through sacrifice. The New Testament shows how Jesus, God himself, made the ultimate sacrifice, dying on the cross for you and I and what we are supposed to do now if we believe he is the son of God and that God raised Him from the dead.

What is the bible useful for?

The bible is useful for teaching, rebuking correcting and training. 
"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;so that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17 

Who is the bible about?

The bible is all about Jesus. 

What is the purpose?

To show us, what to do and what sin is.
 "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Psalm 119:105

How do  you Read the Bible?

You can read the bible in any order you want to and in any way you desire. Here is a link to some reading plans:

Read a chapter or two... If this is your first time, I suggest you start with the book of John in the new testament.  Don't believe what others have to say about it, take time to read it yourself.
Have an Beautiful Monday!!!

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Sunday, April 01, 2012

A -> Z: The letter "A"

Ok so today's letter challenge is the letter "A", so I thought I would would answer some questions about myself since my name is Angela.

What kind of music do you like and who are your favorite bands?
 I love contemporary Christian. My favorite artists are Francesca Battistelli and BarlowGirl.

What are your favorite movies and what was the part you liked best?
 My fave movie is the 6hr Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth.

Do you like to travel and where have you been?
 I love to travel and so far in the US I have been to: CA, AZ, TN, KY, PA, MI, DC, VA, WV, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, TX, NM, NY, & NJ. Outside of the US: Mexico, not just border towns but deep into Mexico on missions trips.

What's your favorite season and what sports do you like best?
 Fall/Winter and Synchronized swimming.

What is your favorite food and favorite take out place?
 Fettuccine Alfredo is my FAVE food, I would have to say Taco Bell is my fave fast food place.

Do you believe in God or another supreme being?
I believe in God/ Jesus Christ.

Are you introverted or extroverted? 
 I am kind of in between, it really depends on who I am with.

Do you like group activities or one on one activities?

Do you have brothers and sisters? What are they like? Are you close?
 I have two brothers and two sisters.
My brothers are now 11 and 13 years old. They are boys..... They love lizards, snakes etc. I wouldnt exactly say we are close although I was to my baby bro before I got married.

My sisters are almost 17 and 20 years old.  We are kind of close. They love doing crazy things that I would never do like sock races in Walmart.
I am the girl in the middle. I am also the oldest even though my sisters may look older. :)

What are your hobbies?
 Currently my hobbies are gardening and reading.

Are you in College? If so, what are you studying to do?
 I am currently a student at the University of West FL. I am a senior working towards a degree in Elementary Ed and Special Ed.

I guess that is all for my first post. :) If you read this and want to join the A to Z challenge click on the picture below and it will bring you to the page to link to.

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Have a great Sunday everyone!!!