Cease from anger and turn from wrath…But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
Psalm 37:8, Colossians 3:8
“Why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord,’ but don’t do what I tell you?”
Breaking Covenant Through Blemished Sacrifices
“A son honors his father, and a slave his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due Me?” says the Lord Almighty.
“It is you priests who show contempt for My name.
“But you ask, ‘How have we shown contempt for Your name?’
“Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king,” says the Lord Almighty, “and My name is to be feared among the nations.”
No one else can save us. Indeed, we can be saved only by the power of the one named Jesus and not by any other person. All the prophets testify about Him that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name.
Acts 4:12, Acts 10:43
For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity–the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.
1 Timothy 2:5-6
And at His appointed season He brought His word to light–The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. And repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of Hs mouth and destroy by the splendor of His coming.
The time has come, The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!
So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with Him.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves–giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.
Brothers, children of Abraham, and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.
Acts 13:26, 1 Peter 2:9
“My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations,” says the Lord Almighty.
Things you might not know about sunflowers…
A sunflower is actually a bunch of little lowers, or florets crowded together. This is sometimes called a composite flower. The florets are arranged in a spiral pattern, each one oriented to the next one at an angle of approximately 137 degrees, the golden angle. This produces a fascinating pattern of interwoven spirals in the center of the disk.
Sunflowers require a lot of direct sunlight and fertile soil, but otherwise don’t require a lot of attention.
While their distinctive and brilliant appearance makes it easy to see why sunflowers have long held our fascination, when they were first grown in Central and South America, it was more for their usefulness (providing oil and food) than beauty. And perhaps this unique combination of striking beauty and utility is, in part, why sunflowers have appeared as such revered symbols throughout the ages.
The sunflower moves itself in the most direct position in front of the sun so it can get the maximum sun rays. This is symbolic of spiritual faith, and worship because we follow our belief system as the sunflower moves to face the life-giving rays of the sun. The sunflower is a symbol of God’s love. The sunflower as a symbol can also represent the unwavering faith that guides the soul to the highest spiritual attunement. It also is a symbol of the bountiful harvest in the Lord’s provision.
The sunflower is the state flower/emblem of the state of Kansas…
Kansas recognized the sunflower as official state flower in 1903 (the sunflower is also featured on the Kansas state quarter, state flag, and the nickname for Kansas is “The Sunflower State).
Excerpt from Kansas legislation:
“Whereas, Kansas has a native wild flower common throughout her borders, hardy and conspicuous, of definite, unvarying and striking shape, easily sketched, molded, and carved, having armorial capacities, ideally adapted for artistic reproduction, with its strong, distinct disk and its golden circle of clear glowing rays — a flower that a child can draw on a slate, a woman can work in silk, or a man can carve on stone or fashion in clay; and
Whereas, This flower has to all Kansans a historic symbolism which speaks of frontier days, winding trails, pathless prairies, and is full of the life and glory of the past, the pride of the present, and richly emblematic of the majesty of a golden future, and is a flower which has given Kansas the world-wide name, “the sunflower state“…
Be it enacted … that the helianthus or wild native sunflower is … designated … the state flower and floral emblem of the state of Kansas.”
American Indians were using native sunflowers for food over 3,000 years ago. These wild sunflower seeds were only about 5 mm. long. Over hundreds of years and careful husbandry (selecting only the largest seeds for cultivation), the plains Indians began the development of today’s large modern sunflower, rich with oil.
Sunflower heads consist of 1,000 to 2,000 individual flowers joined together by a receptacle base. The large petals around the edge of a head are actually individual ray flowers, which do not develop into seed.
There are more than 60 species of sunflowers. The Native Sunflower grows to 15 feet tall with flower heads up to 2 feet in diameter, and can produce over 1,000 seeds from one plant. The flower head turns and faces the sun throughout the day – tracking the sun’s movement. Sunflower seeds are rich in protein and yield a high-quality vegetable oil.
–that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that you, being rooted and grounded in love!
“Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.”
God makes everything come out right; He puts victims back on their feet.
He showed Moses how He went about his work, opened up His plans to all Israel.
God is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, He’s rich in love.
He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold, nor hold grudges forever.
He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve, nor pay us back in full for our wrongs.
As high as heaven is over the earth, so strong is His love to those who fear Him.
And as far as sunrise is from sunset, He has separated us from our sins.
As parents feel for their children, God feels for those who fear Him.
He knows us inside and out, keeps in mind that we’re made of mud.
Men and women don’t live very long; like wildflowers they spring up and blossom,
But a storm snuffs them out just as quickly, leaving nothing to show they were here.
God’s love, though, is ever and always, eternally present to all who fear Him,
Making everything right for them and their children as they follow His Covenant ways and remember to do whatever He said.
People Returning for the Reunion
“Get out of bed, Jerusalem! Wake up. Put your face in the sunlight.
God’s bright glory has risen for you. The whole earth is wrapped in darkness,
All people sunk in deep darkness, But God rises on you, His sunrise glory breaks over you. Nations will come to your light, Kings to your sunburst brightness.
Look up! Look around! Watch as they gather, watch as they approach you:
Your sons coming from great distances, your daughters carried by their nannies.
When you see them coming you’ll smile—big smiles!
Your heart will swell and, yes, burst!
All those people returning by sea for the reunion, a rich harvest of exiles gathered in from the nations! And then streams of camel caravans as far as the eye can see,
young camels of nomads in Midian and Ephah, Pouring in from the south from Sheba, loaded with gold and frankincense, preaching the praises of God.
And yes, a great roundup of flocks from the nomads in Kedar and Nebaioth,
Welcome gifts for worship at My altar as I bathe My glorious Temple in splendor.
Father, I pray that each day I would arise with Your praise on my lips, singing, “This is the Day that the Lord has made, I will be glad and rejoice in You!” Father, help me to learn the lesson of the sunflower, that in all my circumstances throughout the day, my eyes remain fixed on Jesus, who alone is the Author and Finisher of Faith. He will perfect that which concerns me and His unfailing love is all I need to make it every step of the way. I pray that whatever He tells me to do, that is what I do–not my will but You will be done Father, on earth as it is in heaven. Make my heart so one in Him that Your desires are ours. I pray that all people see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living and that Your grace is enough that Your Spirit flows through me in thought, word and deed. That I “walk the talk” in complete agreement as a son honors his father as a living memorial. Let my light so shine before men that they see Your glorious light as a beacon calling them home in love to You. May they find life, prosperity and honor as You promise in Christ Jesus who is Faithful and True. Amen.
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Thank God because He’s good, because His love never quits.
Tell the world, Israel,
“His love never quits.”
And you, clan of Aaron, tell the world,
“His love never quits.”
And you who fear God, join in,
“His love never quits.”
Pushed to the wall, I called to God; from the wide open spaces, He answered.
God’s now at my side and I’m not afraid; who would dare lay a hand on me?
God’s my strong champion; I flick off my enemies like flies.
Far better to take refuge in God than trust in people;
Far better to take refuge in God than trust in celebrities.
Hemmed in by barbarians, in God’s name I rubbed their faces in the dirt;
Hemmed in and with no way out, in God’s name I rubbed their faces in the dirt;
Like swarming bees, like wild prairie fire, they hemmed me in;
in God’s name I rubbed their faces in the dirt.
I was right on the cliff-edge, ready to fall, when God grabbed and held me.
God’s my strength, He’s also my song, and now He’s my salvation.
Hear the shouts, hear the triumph songs in the camp of the saved?
“The hand of God has turned the tide!
The hand of God is raised in victory!
The hand of God has turned the tide!”
I didn’t die. I lived! And now I’m telling the world what God did.
God tested me, He pushed me hard, but He didn’t hand me over to Death.
Swing wide the city gates—the righteous gates! I’ll walk right through and thank God!
This Temple Gate belongs to God, so the victors can enter and praise.
Thank You for responding to me; You’ve truly become my salvation!
The stone the masons discarded as flawed is now the capstone!
This is God’s work. We rub our eyes—we can hardly believe it!
This is the very day God acted—let’s celebrate and be festive!
Salvation now, God. Salvation now! Oh yes, God—a free and full life!
Blessed are you who enter in God’s name—from God’s house we bless you!
God is God, He has bathed us in light.
Festoon the shrine with garlands, hang colored banners above the altar!
You’re my God, and I thank You. O my God, I lift high Your praise.
Thank God—He’s so good. His love never quits!
“You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to Me.”
You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus! I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism.
Barukh attah Adonai, melekh m’hulal batishbachot.
Blessed are you Lord, a King to be praised in adoration.