Wednesday, March 14, 2018

My 38th Weeding Anniversary The Gift That Keeps Giving-plus A Song I wrote

The 15th March. Hard to believe it has been 38 years, me and my wife Peggy have known each other 39 years.

We will be out of town until Monday, a good get away from Yermo.

I was looking up what thew gift for 38 years is, it is as follows, but we choose something different.

38th Wedding Anniversary. The modern gift given on the 38th anniversary is beryl and tourmaline. Beryl is said to increase and preserve married love which makes it an excellent anniversary gift. There are many varieties of the mineral beryl including emerald, aquamarine and morganite.

I have always loved Gems as a rock hound.

WE both talked and decided to go to a dollar store and get a set of ear plugs LOL. Hay I want to see 39 years, this gift is good insurance.

A song I wrote a while ago for my wife below.

Video description I wrote;

A message on marriage, anyone married, or who ever was will relate, the song deals with going from that first kiss to years later the big fights and yelling spells. It moves on to looking back at the way it was, and ends with how the lord is and was our only hope in marriage and he was our first love and He gave us our first kiss at birth. 


Monday, March 12, 2018

The Price For Christ By: Pastor Dr. Charles Novak

The Price For Christ
By: Pastor Dr. Charles Novak

Let us begin with a word of prayer, Thank you Father for allowing us to gather together in the house

of the Lord, we ask that you Bless this message, and allow your Words spoke through this sermon

to bring truth to our Christian ears, and new vision to our Christian eyes. Allow us dear God to cling

to the your Words in this message, father, and carry them with us, as we continue forward in our

Christian walk of life, in Christ Jesus Mighty, Holy name we pray, Amen..

I would like to read to you, a research conducted by the pew research center, it says:

Even though some politicians claim America is a “Christian nation,”

the share of the population that identifies themselves as Christian has declined

significantly in recent years.

New statistics from the Pew Research Center show that between 2007 and 2014,

the number of Americans who identify as Christian dropped by nearly eight percentage points,

from 78.4 percent to 70.6 percent.

At the same time, Pew’s 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Study found that the number of people

who are religiously unaffiliated — either atheist, agnostic or simply “nothing in particular” —

has grown by more than six percentage points, from 16.1 percent in 2007 to 22.8 percent in 2014.

There are now approximately 56 million religiously unaffiliated adults living in America,

according to the study, which is a follow-up to a similar study conducted in 2007.

The “nones,” as they are known, those who chose no religion, are more numerous than either

Catholics or mainline Protestants, and second only to evangelical Protestants.

Millennials, those born after 1980 and the first generation to come of age in the new millennium.

Have played a significant role in the extraordinary growth of unaffiliated Americans,

a phenomenon called “generational replacement.”

“As the Millennial generation enters adulthood, its members display much lower levels of religious

affiliation, including less connection with Christian churches, than older generations,

” The Pew Research Center reports.

There’s also little indication that these unaffiliated young people will become more religious as they

get older.

“It’s not that they start unaffiliated and become religious,”the Pew Research Center, says.

“In fact, it’s the opposite.”.......Yes the opposite.

Older Americans are also exiting from organized religion.

Nearly 25 percent of Generation Xers, that is the generation born between about 1966 and 1980,

surveyed in Pew’s Research Center study, identified as unaffiliated in 2014,

a four-point increase from 2007.

It’s also becoming increasingly common for Americans to leave the faith in which they were raised.

If all Protestants are considered a single religious group, 34 percent of American adults identify

with a faith different from their childhood faith — up from just 28 percent in 2007.

Today, former Christians represent about 19.2 percent of U.S. adults overall, the study finds.

Interestingly, Hindus, Muslims and Jews are the three religious groups with the largest retention


About 80 percent of Hindus, 77 percent of Muslims and 75 percent of Jews still identify with their

childhood faiths.

The number of Americans who belong to non-Christian faiths has slid up from 4.7 percent in 2007

to 5.9 percent in 2014, with significant growth among Muslims and Hindus.

What has happened to American, and its people ?

Was not the price that Christ payed enough ?

Dear Lord we ask here today, that you would allow us to receive your Word fully, so that we may

have a better understanding of your love for us.

Please father write your Words on our hearts, minds, and souls, that we may have them with us

always forever more.

Let your Words build a confidence within us Lord God, that we may speak your Words of truth,

to all who don't know you, or those who have not yet a understanding of you.

Allow us to be doers of your Word, and bring new souls to you by your Words and Will alone.

In Christ Jesus name, we pray, Amen.

Everything has a price, now to pay that price is something else, consider the truth of it.

If you break the law, you go to jail.

If you speed, you get a ticket.

If you deny Jesus as the Son of God, you go to hell.

Couples argue, they break up.

There is always a price to pay.

I don't believe enough people really appreciate what was given up, what price was paid at Calvary,

on the cross by Jesus Christ.

What about God the Father, the father of Jesus.

What price did He have to pay, what did He feel having to see all that was placed upon His son at


What Hardship Did God (Jehovah) Have To Go Through

God Gave His Only Son:

When we read in (John Chapter 3 Verse 16 of the ESV Bible) it says

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should

not perish but have eternal life."

Now any parent knows that they will have to give a lot in their lives,

but no parent is willing to give their child, but not just their child, but their only child,

give him up knowing that he will die, and willing hand him over.

And with good right, i would not give any of my children over to death,

especially knowing of the circumstances,

i and any parent would their very best,

they would do anything in their power to save their child from death.

With that being said, we can just imagine how God must of felt,

having to give over His one and only son, to death, and God knew how Jesus would suffer,

and He still gave him over, to death, for us.

Adam Clark's Commentary On The Whole Bible describes it as this:

For God so loved the world - Such a love as that which induced God to give his only

begotten son to die for the world.
First, The world was in ruin's, in a condemned state, about to perish everlastingly;

and was utterly without power to rescue itself from destruction.

Secondly, That God, through the impulse of his eternal love,

provided for its rescue and salvation, by giving his Son to die for it.

Thirdly, That the sacrifice of Jesus was the only means by which the redemption of man

could be effective,

and that it is absolutely sufficient to accomplish this gracious design:

for it would have been inconsistent with the wisdom of God,

to have appointed a sacrifice greater in itself, or less in its merit,

than what the urgent necessities of the case required.

Fourthly, That sin must be an indescribable evil, when it required no less a sacrifice,

to make atonement for it, than God manifested in the flesh.

Fifthly, That those who believe receive a double benefit:

1-They are exempted from death - that they may not perish.

2-They are brought to eternal glory - that they may have everlasting life.

These two benefits point out the state of man: he is guilty, and therefore exposed to

punishment: he is impure, and therefore unfit for glory.

God Had To Listen To His Son Ask For Help, And Not Provide

It says in (Matthew Chapter 26 Verse 39 of the ESV Bible) “And going a little farther he fell

on his face and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me;

nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will."

The hardest thing I believe God had to encounter was hearing His son Jesus

ask for help, and God being all powerful knew He could provide it,

but He also knew He could not help His son Jesus.

This had to take place for the forgiveness of sin.

Jesus said My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me”

What Jesus is asking is, Let it pass me, and not touch me,

Let what I know I am about to endure not have to come to me, let me not have to endure it.

Christ knew what He was going to have to go through at cavalry,

was going to be the hardest thing in the world that would be set before Him to accomplish.

Then Jesus said “nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will."

This statement alone shows the true and total faith that Jesus Has in His Father.

Jesus says I know what is coming, and what I must do, but not what I want to happen,

but what ever you want Lord God, and Father.

God Had To Forsake His Son Jesus:
in (Matthew Chapter 27 Verse 46 of the ESV Bible) it says that Jesus cried out from the cross, And

about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?"

that is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

God knew that His one and only son would suffer unimaginably,

and yet for the fulfillment of scripture,

and the redemption of sin for mankind he forsake His one and only son,

knowing that he could help him and remove all the pain, all the suffering,

all the persecution, and knowing that He (God) could remove all these things,

and save His son.

He still allowed His son Jesus, The Christ, to suffer and die in our place.

The Peoples New Testament reads: About the ninth hour.

Three o'clock, after the Lord had been six hours on the cross.

Can you imagine that, six hours hanging on the cross in utter pain, bleed beaten, pierced.

The cry that follows is from the 22d Psalm. Why hast thou forsaken me?

These words can only express the idea that he was treading the wine-press alone.

As he hung on the cross, "made sin for us," he was left to struggle without a sense of his

Father's presence(Forsaken).

Yet, the cry, My God, my God! shows that he still clung to the Father as his own.

What Jesus Has Given:

First and most importantly He Gave His Life

In (Mark Chapter 9 Verse 31 of the ESV Bible) Jesus says "The Son of Man is going to be

delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him.

And when he is killed, after three days he will rise."

This was spoke by Jesus while with His disciples as they passed through Galilee before the


That has got to be mentally tormenting, to live your last days and knowing how many

days you have left , and seeing the date approaching near and near;

Jesus knew all this and still was able to compose Himself ,

hold Himself together, without breaking down over what is sure to come to Him.

While knowing all this, Jesus continued on teaching his disciples,

preparing them for the future without Him.

Consider if while going out to war the king himself on the battlefield when

seeing the enemy turned and ran away leaving his men,

you and I both know that every single man would also run away just like their leader,

their king.

Just as he has shown fear to his men so they also have fear.

But Jesus knowing He was going to die stood strong by the disciples, and because

He (Jesus) was strong in His Faith, so His disciples were strong in faith in Him.

A strong King makes strong followers.

For What Did Jesus Give His Life:

Jesus gave His Life For The Forgiveness Of Man's Sins:

Lets look in (I Peter Chapter 3 Verse 18 of the ESV Bible) it says:

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous,

that he might bring us to God,

being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit".......

What is this scripture really saying.

This is without a doubt one of the great statements that show the true love Jesus has for us.

It says “For Christ also suffered once for sins, what is being said here is Christ

suffered death once, and not to suffer death again,

it also says that Jesus suffered for sins,the scripture does not say Jesus suffered for His sin,

He suffered for our sins, yours, and mine, not His own because Jesus is perfect,

and without sin, next the scripture says “ the righteous for the unrighteous”

the righteous is the sinless that is Jesus,

and Jesus suffered for the unrighteous which is those with sin,

this referring to all who have broken God's law,

all sinners, that is you and me, right ?

Next the scripture says “ that he (Jesus) might bring us to God”

This is saying that by the death of Jesus sinners will be brought to the presence of God,

this sentence ensures where Believers of Jesus are going to spend eternity.

The scripture concludes saying “Being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit"

the meaning here is Jesus being put to death in the flesh, as a man.

But raised to life by the Spirit, Both by his own divine power,

and by the power of the Holy Ghost.

Make no mistake of it, Jesus died for sins, the Bible tells us so.

For Who Did Jesus Give His Life:

Jesus died for mankind, lets read in (Romans Chapter 4 Verse 25 of the NIV Bible) it says

He was delivered over to death for OUR sins and was raised to life for our justification."

The Bible is very clear that Jesus Christ died for the sins of mankind, In the books of Mark,

Matthew, Luke the Bible shows the same testimony by the various authors.

Jesus loved us, humans, which were a lower form of being when compared to Him,

because Jesus was one hundred percent God and one hundred percent man, sinless,

He still willing gave His life over as a living sacrifice,

taking death for us who really deserve it for our sin.

That is unconditional love, in the Greek, it is Agape, love without boundaries,

love without question.

No one could ever duplicate Jesus love for us.

Have you ever heard the saying “actions speak louder than words ?

Well what do the actions of Jesus Christ on the cross at cavalry say to you. ?

What Price Should We Pay For Christ

Avoid Sin In Our Lives:

In (Proverbs Chapter 28 Verse 13 KJV) it says

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper:

but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

What is being said here in Proverbs is, the man that covers or excuses his own sin as if the

sin did not matter and as if man himself has the right to excuse his own sin,

which man does not,that man will not succeed, he will not thrive or gain in his living,

but the man that confesses his sin straightaway, and turns away,

and abandons the sin altogether, that is the man God will have mercy upon.

After the price that Christ paid for us, for our lives, what we should be attempting to do is

not to sin before Him, not to hurt Jesus our Christ with our sin.

It seems to me that the wise thing to do is listen to what The Bible says in Proverbs.

There is no down side to following the scriptures instructions regarding sin.

As long as we, as sinners as we all are, do not dismiss our own sin,

but rather confess the sin to God, repent of the sin and ask for His forgiveness,

then God will have mercy on us.

This is a win-win situation here, by not trying to do what only God can do,

and cover our own sin, by not doing this, we please God by not attempting to hide or push

aside what God already has knowledge of, plus when we as sinners come before God to

confess, repent, and ask for His Forgiveness, it brings joy to the angles of God;

as we read in (Luke Chapter 15 verse 10 of the NIV Bible) “In the same way, I tell you, there

is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

Yes i will tell you that God wants for nothing more than for humans to follow His Deivne


Follow God's Law:

As we read in (Romans Chapter 2 Verses 12 Through 13 ESV) it says “For as many as have

sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law

shall be judged by the law;

For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be


The Apostle Paul is clearly saying that those who have sinned without law shall also perish

without law, and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law.

Paul said it is not the hearers of the law, but the doers of the law that are justified.

Also clearly written in (Exodus Chapter 20 Verses 1 Through 17 of the NIV Bible) “And God

spoke all these words:

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

You shall have no other gods before me.

You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth

beneath or in the waters below.

You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,

punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate

me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless

who misuses his name.

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your

God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or

female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.

For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day.

Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is

giving you.

You shall not murder."

You shall not commit adultery."

You shall not steal."

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor."

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house."

"You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or

anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

By the way the only commandment not spoke of in The New Testament is the Sabbath day


God wants us to observe His law.

For all the promises of God await you, as long as you follow God's law.

Let us not forget what is written in (Deuteronomy Chapter 6 Verse 24 of the Niv Bible)

The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the Lord our God, so that we might

always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today .”

We Should Keep The Command For The Great Commission:

This is what The Bible says about The Great Commission in

(Matthew Chapter 28 Verses 16 Through 20 of the ESV Bible) it says

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, just eleven, remember Judas hung himself after selling

Christ for thirty pieces of silver, the price of a slave, i might add, to the mountain to which Jesus

had directed them.

And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.

And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the

Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.

And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

Jesus commanded His disciples to go to all the nations, in other words go to all the land of all the

Earth and to those who will believe in me, to make disciples of then.

Then Jesus said to baptize them, and to teach them to follow all that I have taught you.

Then these new disciples will go out and keep the command of The Great Commission and make

new disciples, who will go out and do the same.

By this the whole world can have knowledge and believe in Christ Jesus, our Lord and our Savior.

But yet we still see writings like this

I would like to read a article from -Religion News Service, called:

The Great Decline, 60 Years of Region in America.

Religion in the United States is in the midst of what might be called ‘The Great Decline.’

Previous declines in religion pale in comparison. Over the past fifteen years, the drop in religion has

been twice as great as the decline of the 1960s and 1970s.

During the post-war, baby-booming 1950s, there was a revival of religion.

Indeed, some at the time considered it a third great awakening.

Then came the societal changes of the 1960s, which included a questioning of religious institutions.

The resulting decline in religion stopped by the end of the 1970s, when religion remained steady.

Over the past fifteen years, however, religion has once again declined.

But this decline is much sharper than the decline of 1960s and 1970s.

Church attendance and prayer is less frequent.

The number of people with no religion is growing.

Fewer people say that religion is an important part of their lives.

All measures point to the same drop in religion:

If the 1950s were another Great Awakening, this is the Great Decline.

This is staggering to me. After all God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit has done for us.

Was the price that Christ paid, not enough for them ?

In conclusion, what can I say regarding The Price For Christ.

Well if I never speak before you again, if I never have the opportunity to take this pulpit again, I

want you to know to that the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ at Cavalry was enough for me.

The Word of the Son of the most high God was enough for me.

The resurrection of Christ was enough for me.

The empty tomb was enough for me.

The ascension of Jesus was enough for me.

The Price For Christ was enough for me, and it is enough for you.

Our great Lord and God in Heaven, we thank you for your son Jesus whom is the Word, and for The

Holy Spirit whom is our teacher.

I pray Father that the words spoken here today will be embedded in the minds and the hearts of

our church family, and that they may take these truths with them and exercise the command of The

Great Commission, bringing more souls to the knowledge and perfect

love of Jesus Christ, to fill the world with His followers.

I pray that this be for the Praise, Honor and the Glory of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus, in who's

mighty, precious and Holy name we pray, Amen.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Getting Things Back

Getting Things Back

1Sa 30:19 And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor anything that they had taken to them: David brought back all.

The Chapter deals with David at Ziglag. He was out to war, when the enemy came and took everything single thing they had, family included. The men were so mad they were ready to stone King David, David was so saddened, the word says, And David encouraged himself in the lord. This is step one in gaining back things we have lost, I am not talking just about material things, but spiritual things, loved ones who have gone astray, divorce, a loss of the spiritual fire and joy you once had. You can by the lords grace and power gain it all back,

You just need to go back to where you were, the place you were when all was well, that usually means fervent prayer and the word. In these troubled times, there are so many cares we all face, at times they can take over, before we know it, these cars choke the word, and we become dry, unhappy, and sometimes unfriendly. We have all been there, and many are there right now. The word is filled with promises, of our lords goodness, to whom shall we go? Jesus alone has the word of life.

A life of joy, happiness, friendliness, caring for others, the poor, peace in your home and heart, can be plundered back, your peace is taken one brick at a time, never all at once , as a tower would fall. today can be the start of a renewal of worship, praise and bible study, if you choose, some need to start who are alone, no one standing with you, no one caring , no person can help, but you start by encouraging YOURSELF in the lord, and than after your renewed go back back to the cross and claim the promises of God. Leave your ziglag to go and take back what you lost, by the enemy, or your self, it matters not, you must just go in grace and take it back.

Joe 2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the canker-worm, and the caterpillar, and the Palmer-worm, my great army which I sent among you.

Joe 2:26 And ye shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and shall praise the name of Jehovah your

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Jesus Friend Of Sinners By: Pastor Charles Novak

Jesus Friend Of Sinners

By: Pastor Charles Novak

By the standard of today, if we were to consider that Jesus would chose another twelve Disciples

we would think that they would be murderers, thieves, prostitutes and the like. But even if we were

to look at the the twelve disciples that Jesus chose nearly two thousands years ago, the words

spoke about them would still be very similar if not identical to our words today.

The Bible shows us how the people of Jesus day viewed the actions of Jesus with the Disciples He

chose (Mark 2:13-17 ESV) “He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to

him, and he was teaching them. And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the

tax booth, and he said to him, "Follow me." And he rose and followed him. And as he reclined at

table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for

there were many who followed him. And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was

eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, "Why does he eat with tax collectors and

sinners?" And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a

physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners."

We also think of the tax collector Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10 NIV) “Jesus entered Jericho and was

passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was

wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the

crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that

way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down

immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” But

Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions

to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of

Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

You see those who looked at Jesus and seen His actions as sinful were actually the people who

viewed themselves as not having any sin, yes they seen what they considered as sin in others, but

failed to see the sin that is right in them. When I say this it bring to my mind the Bible Verse about

the plank in the eye (Matthew 7:1-6 ESV) “"Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the

judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to

you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your

own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is

the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see

clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye. "Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw

your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.”

Lets take a look at some of the Disciples that Jesus choose.......

Peter:.......Peter was a fisherman by trade and a professional at his job. Peter is the first to be called

by Jesus as a disciple. (Luke 5:1-11 ESV) “On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on

him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two boats by

the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of

the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and

taught the people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into

the deep and let down your nets for a catch." And Simon answered, "Master, we toiled all night and

took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets." And when they had done this, they

enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the

other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to

sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am

a sinful man, O Lord." For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that

they had taken, and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.

And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men." And when

they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.”

But what about Peters over all personality ? Every personality has gifts. When those gifts are

taken to an extreme, they can become weaknesses, or they can become terrible. Peter had his share

of personality issues. Peter was a brash (rude cocky and arrogant), talkative, impulsive man who

nevertheless loved Jesus. His faults are seen as he learned and worked with Jesus. Like many

other people, he bites off more than he can chew, is extremely optimistic – to the extreme of being

naive, and speaks without thinking. Now let me say that this kind of speech was common of

fisherman in those times, sort of like we say today that a person speaks like a truck driver.

What about his downfalls ?

Well he was the one who stated he would never deny knowing Jesus, yet before the next morning he

had denied Him 3 times. (Matthew 26:69-75) “Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And

a servant girl came up to him and said, "You also were with Jesus the Galilean." But he denied it

before them all, saying, "I do not know what you mean." And when he went out to the entrance,

another servant girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, "This man was with Jesus of

Nazareth." And again he denied it with an oath: "I do not know the man." After a little while the

bystanders came up and said to Peter, "Certainly you too are one of them, for your accent betrays

you." Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, "I do not know the man." And

immediately the rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, "Before the rooster

crows, you will deny me three times." And he went out and wept bitterly.”

He was the one who boldly stepped out of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But

before he reached the Lord, he realized his faith wasn’t as great as he thought, and he started to

sink. (Matthew 14:24-31 ) “but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the

waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them,

walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and

said, "It is a ghost!" and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Take

heart; it is I. Do not be afraid." And Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to

you on the water." He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came

to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, "Lord, save

me." Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, "O you of little

faith, why did you doubt?"

When Jesus stated that He was going to be killed, Peter rebuked Him and said that should

never be. But Jesus said to Peter, “Get behind me satan!” (Matthew 16: 21-23) “From that

time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the

elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took

him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, "Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to

you." But he turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you

are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man."

When Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, Peter rashly drew a sword and cut off the

ear of the high priest’s slave. (John 18:4-10) “Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him,

came forward and said to them, "Whom do you seek?" They answered him, "Jesus of Nazareth."

Jesus said to them, "I am he." Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When Jesus said to

them, "I am he," they drew back and fell to the ground. So he asked them again, "Whom do you

seek?" And they said, "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus answered, "I told you that I am he. So, if you seek

me, let these men go." This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken: "Of those whom you gave

me I have lost not one." Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's

servant and cut off his right ear.”

When John and Peter came to the empty tomb on Easter morning, John respectfully stood at the

doorway. But not Peter! He rushed right in, saw the situation, then turned and ran home, terrified.

(John 20:3-10 ) “So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb.

Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.

And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter

came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face

cloth, which had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by

itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and

believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the

disciples went back to their homes.

Now lets take a look at Matthew

Matthew was a dishonest tax collector driven by greed until Jesus Christ chose him as

a disciple. When we first see Matthew in Capernaum, in his tax booth on the main highway. He was

collecting taxes on imported goods brought by farmers, merchants, and caravans. Under the Roman

Empire's system, Matthew would have paid all the taxes in advance, then collected from the citizens

and travelers to reimburse himself. Now tax collectors were notoriously corrupt because they

extorted far and above more tax money than what was owed, to ensure their personal financial


And because their decisions were enforced by the Roman soldiers, no one dared to question or

object to the over taxation. As a tax collector he would have been literate in Aramaic and Greek. His

fellow Jews would have despised him for what was seen as collaborating with the Romans, who

were viewed as a occupying force.

Lets look at the calling of Matthew

(Matthew 9:9-13) “As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax

booth, and he said to him, "Follow me." And he rose and followed him. And as Jesus reclined at

table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and

his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher

eat with tax collectors and sinners?" But when he heard it, he said, "Those who are well have no

need of a physician, but those who are sick.

Go and learn what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the

righteous, but sinners."

Even though the disciples were sinners, just as we are today, through Jesus and with Jesus they

would change their life styles dramatically. It is from these changes that they were the closest to

Jesus and went on to write, preach and teach the Word of God and the truth of Jesus the Christ.

Well what kind of changes did they make ? Lets take a look at some of their changes.

Peter.......As numerous as Peter’s issues were, Jesus saw genius in Peter. He chose Peter and made

him a part of the inner circle. You see Jesus knew with training and guidance, Peter would become

the significant leader we know about today. Peter was one of the few apostles who saw the

transfigured Jesus. To be transfigured means to to change in outward form or appearance, to

transform. We read this in (Matthew 17:1-8 ESV) “And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and

James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was

transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And

behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, "Lord,

it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses

and one for Elijah." He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a

voice from the cloud said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him."

When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. But Jesus came and

touched them, saying, "Rise, and have no fear." And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one

but Jesus only.”

With training, Peter’s gift of idly talking was tamed and he became a great preacher, (Acts 2:14

ESV) “But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: "Men of Judea

and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words.” This was at

Pentecost when the people thought that the those in the upper room were drunk when they had

receives the Gift of the Holy Spirit and were all speaking in tongues.

Jesus called on Peter’s leadership gifts when he was given the responsibility to shepherd the people

of God. (John 21:15-17 ESV) “When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter,

"Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I

love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs." He said to him a second time, "Simon, son of John, do

you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my

sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved

because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" and he said to him, "Lord, you know

everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep.”

Peter’s previous fear and inconsistency were honed into confidence. He stood up to leaders he once

had hid from, he healed the blind, he inspired crowds with his words, and he led many people to

Christ. (Acts 2:14 ESV) “But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed

them: "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my


(Acts 4:31 ESV) “And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was

shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with


Peter’s gifts were used by Jesus when debatable concepts had to be introduced to former Jewish

believers. Peter had the boldness and strength of character to stand up against those who were in

agreeance with the current state of things in Jerusalem. Particularly, that the former dietary rules of

the Jews no longer applied, (Acts 10:9-15 ESV) “The next day, as they were on their journey and

approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. And he became

hungry and wanted something to eat, but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance and saw

the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners

upon the earth. In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. And there came a

voice to him: "Rise, Peter; kill and eat." But Peter said, "By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten

anything that is common or unclean."And the voice came to him again a second time, "What God

has made clean, do not call common."

Peter was given the honor and privilege of authoring two of the New Testament books.

What about Matthew ?.......Well he served as one of the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ. And as an

eyewitness to the Savior, Matthew recorded a detailed account of Jesus' life, the story of his birth,

Jesus Gospel message and the many deeds that Jesus did are in the Gospel of Matthew. He also

served as a missionary, spreading the good news to other countries. Significantly Matthew went

from a stealing tax collector to one of the great authors of the Bible.

The Book of Matthew presents many important facts and significant lessons. First, it clearly

establishes that Jesus Christ is the Messiah that was prophesied throughout the Old Testament.

Second, it proves that Jesus was the Son of God, whom He claimed to be through living a sinless

and perfect life. Third, the Gospel records Jesus performing miracles over nature (calming the

storm; Matthew 8:23-27), healing people (curing the servant; Matthew 8:5-13) and raising the dead

(Jairus' daughter; Matthew 9:18-19). Fourth, Jesus personally gives over 200 real and practical

lessons of how God desires people to live, respond through challenging circumstances, and make

choices regarding their future for eternity. A few examples of these include: having faith (Matthew

9:29), dealing with fear (Matthew 8:26), God answering prayers (Matthew 8:2), the promise of

salvation (Matthew 10:22), obeying God (Matthew 15:19), loving your neighbor (Matthew 19:19),

sacrificing (Matthew 20:22), resolving legal issues (Matthew 5:25), how to give to others (Matthew

6:2), forgiving others that sin against you (Matthew 6:14), resisting temptation (Matthew 4:2), being

a hypocrite (Matthew 23:28), acknowledging Christ (Matthew 10:32), and the image of Heaven and

Hell (Matthew 13:49, 50). Every word spoken and written in this Gospel can be applied to life in a

practical manner. The last chapter of the Gospel of Matthew specifies the calling of all disciples of

Christ, otherwise known as The Great Commission, (Matthew Matthew 28:19-20) "Go therefore

and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the

Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you

always, to the end of the age." This is the mission of all Christians that have a faithful commitment

to Jesus Christ. It is to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world and teach the lessons that

He commands.

Jesus wants to take sinners and through beliefe in Him Save them form themselves and use them for

the Glory of His name. He will not turn any of us away, remember (John 6:37 ESV) "All that the

Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out." The lord

promises in John 6:37 that anyone, that means ANYBODY, who comes to Him will not be turned

away. Jesus didn't stipulate any exclusions. The Lord didn't make a list of people who don't qualify

to come to Him. Anyone may come to Jesus! Just as with the 12 Disciples that Jesus chose Himself,

they were all sinners as we are all today. And through the saving Grace of Jesus they went on to do

the work that they were made to do.If you think that for a second that because of sin in your life

that you cannot serve the Lord you are wrong.

God creates every person for a specific assignment on earth; to good works ordained before you are created.

Moses - God created Moses for only one assignment on earth; to bring out the children of Israel

from Egypt. (Exodues 3:10)

Joshua - God created Joshua for only one assignment on earth; to lead the children of Israel across
river Jordan into the Promised Land. Joshua was the man created by God to take over after Moses.
(Joshua 1:1-2 )

David - God created David to shepherd and be a warrior to the children of Israel. (2 Sam 7:8) and (1 King 2:11)

Solomon was created and placed on this earth to build the temple. (2 Sam 7:12-13) (1 Kings 6:14)

Jeremiah was created and placed on earth to be a prophet (Jeremiah 1:5)

Jonah was created to take repentance message to Nineveh (Jonah 1:1-2)

John the Baptist was created for only one assignment on earth; a voice in the wilderness to prepare
the way for Jesus. (Matthew 3:1-2) (Isiah 40:3) (Matthew 3:3)

Paul was created to take the gospel to gentiles (Acts 9:15) (Acts 13:46-47)

All these people in the Bible accomplished their assignments on earth and God gave them rest in His kingdom.

So what can we take home for this ? I think it is clear to say that Jesus wants sinners to come to

Him and through Him become exactly what He has made them to be. You see God has taken the

very lowest sinners of society and made them the hightest in His kingdom. Jesus is truly the friend

of sinners, you and i both. Let God do in our lives, what he has done in the lives of His disciples

and many others. (Ephesians 2:10 NIV) "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do

good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

God formed every creature on this planet with a special area of expertise. Some animals run, some

jump, some swim, some dig, and some fly. Each has a particular role to play based on the way they

were shaped by God. The same is true with humans. Each of us is uniquely designed, or "shaped,"

to do certain things.

Before architects design any new building they first ask, "What will be its purpose? How will it be

used?" The intended function always determines the form of the building.

Before God created you, he decided what role he wanted you to play on earth. He planned exactly

how he wanted you to serve him, and then he shaped you for those tasks. You are the way you are

because you were made for a specific ministry.

Remember the Bible says in,(Ephesians 2:10 NIV) "We are God's workmanship, created in Christ

Jesus to do good works." Our English word "poem" comes from this Greek word translated

"workmanship." You're God's handcrafted work of art. You're not an assembly-line product, mass-

produced without thought. You're a custom designed, one-of-a-kind, an original masterpiece.

God deliberately shaped and formed you to serve him in a way that makes your ministry unique. He

carefully mixed the DNA recipe that created you. David praised God for this incredible personal

attention to detail God gave in designing each of us, as we see in (Psalm 139:13-14 NLT) "You

made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. Thank you

for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous"

Not only did God shape you before your birth, he planned every day of your life to support his

shaping process. David continues to say in, (Psalm 139:16 NLT) "Every day of my life was

recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed"

This means nothing that happens in your life is insignificant. God uses all of it to mold you for your

ministry to others and shape you for your service to him. God never wastes anything. He would not

give you abilities, interests, talents, gifts, personality, and life experiences unless he intended to use

them for his glory.

WHAT DO YOU THINK? We have all sinned and deserve God's judgment. God, the Father, sent

His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal

Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the

punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly

believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord,"

you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.

Lets Pray

Dear God: Today, give me the courage to live the life You’ve called me to with the same confidence

as we have that the sun will rise at each new day. Please help me to walk away

from roles and expectations that other people have for me, and to live in peace with the exact way

You created me — on purpose and for a purpose. In Jesus Precious Holy Name, i Pray these and all

things...... Amen.