Communion & Eternal Life

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Luke 22:19-20

19 And He took bread, and gave thanks and broke it and gave it unto them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.” 20 Likewise also He took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you.

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1 Corinthians 11:23-26

23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you:On the night when He was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread, 24 gave thanks, broke it, and said, “This is My body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way, after supper He also took the cup and said, “This cup is the new covenant established by My blood.Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”  26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

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John 6:22-59

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22 The next day, the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the sea knew there had been only one boat. They also knew that Jesus had not boarded the boat with His disciples, but that His disciples had gone off alone. 23 Some boats from Tiberias came near the place where they ate the bread after the Lord gave thanks. 24 When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor His disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. 25 When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You get here?” 26 Jesus answered, “I assure you: You are looking for Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate the loaves and were filled.

27 Don’t work for the food that perishes but for the food that lasts for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal of approval on Him.”

28 “What can we do to perform the works of God?” they asked. 29 Jesus replied, “This is the work of God—that you believe in the One He has sent.” 30 “What sign then are You going to do so we may see and believe You?” they asked. “What are You going to perform? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, just as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”  32 Jesus said to them, “I assure you: Moses didn’t give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the real bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the One who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

34 Then they said, “Sir, give us this bread always!”

35 “I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “No one who comes to Me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Me will ever be thirsty again. 36 But as I told you, you’ve seen Me, and yet you do not believe. 37 Everyone the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of Him who sent Me: that I should lose none of those He has given Me but should raise them up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of My Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” 41 Therefore the Jews started complaining about Him because He said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They were saying, “Isn’t this Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can He now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered them, “Stop complaining among yourselves. 44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets: And they will all be taught by God. Everyone who has listened to and learned from the Father comes to Me— 46 not that anyone has seen the Father except the One who is from God. He has seen the Father.

47 “I assure you: Anyone who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven so that anyone may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”

52 At that, the Jews argued among themselves, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?”

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 53 So Jesus said to them, “I assure you: Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you do not have life in yourselves. 54 Anyone who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day, 55 because My flesh is real food and My blood is real drink. 56 The one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood lives in Me, and I in him. 57 Just as the living Father sent Me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on Me will live because of Me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven; it is not like the manna your fathers ate—and they died. The one who eats this bread will live forever.”

59 He said these things while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

 


During my “suicidal years” 2009-2010,  I was hearing this song “When we all get to heaven” in my head, word for word.   Remember, I had run away from the Lord for 30 years and didn’t return until 2015.   I never heard this song before, and didn’t recall ever hearing it in early years at any church I attended.   The Lord was watching me, even at this very low point in my life.   I just remembered this as I was working on this posting.

 

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24 thoughts on “Communion & Eternal Life

  1. Reblogged this on increase glory and commented:
    In the Lord’s Prayer, we ask the Father for our daily bread. Now, “daily bread” here has been taught to mean any number of various things. I’m not here to debate them. But I believe on at least one level, this reference to daily bread is a suggestion to take communion with the Lord on a daily basis. It has made a huge difference for me anyway, and I highly recommend it. I also recommend reading this reblogged post. Thanks, JC!

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  2. Thank you JC for this post and Stig and Debra for the input. This is such a sacred thing that has been taken so lightly by many churches and Christians. This seems to be one subject that is avoided on a lot of blogs, again, thank you.

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  3. JC so glad He saved you from the pit brother. In our darkest hours He is pulling and holding us. He gets a silent alarm when we are in such great need thanks to the Holy Spirit who groans for us .

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  4. Daily Devotional (04/30/2016):

    GOD USES PROBLEMS AND PERSECUTION TO PERFECT YOU
    “We can rejoice when we run into problems…they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady.” Romans 5:3-4 LB

    Here is the final of five ways God uses problems and persecution in your life: God uses problems and persecution to PERFECT you.

    Problems, when responded to correctly, are character builders. God is far more interested in your character than your comfort. Your relationship to God and your character are the only two things you are going to take with you into eternity.

    Christian singer, Helen Berhane, wrote a song of victory while in the terrible conditions of an Eritrean shipping container cell for almost three years:

    Christianity costs you your life
    But at the end, its outcome is victory The beating of the Hebrews with the whip was awful
    The waves of the sea and the mighty wind Crushed by the stone, suffering by day and night;
    Paul’s faithfulness was tested by a sword.

    Christianity costs you your life
    But at the end, its outcome is victory The journey of Ruth was a hope where there was no hope;
    A sacrifice was paid even for a despised tribe. Although there was nothing promised for Ruth
    By faith she made her way toward Nazareth And she entered into Jesus’ genealogy.

    Christianity costs you your life But at the end, its outcome is victory

    RESPONSE: God is at work in my life—even when I do not recognize it or understand it. It is much easier and more profitable when I cooperate with Him. This is the way to victory!
    PRAYER: Thanks be to God who gives us the victory!

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  5. A Watchman on the Wall
    Posted: 29 Apr 2016 11:59 PM PDT
    “Many have spoken, but words spoken are not always mine. There are many voices speaking to My people. Many opportunities to choose worldly wise or kingdom knowledge – be on your guard. Choose wisely, do not be deceived.

    Listen and learn; My voice is eternal not temporal. Seek the eternal. The temporary worldly words are for those whose eye sight has been dimmed by the glitter of gold. Your eyes must not be dimmed by the world. The stakes are too high, much too high for you to falter, fall and fail to hear clearly when I speak.

    Doubt not. Do the will of your Father. Pray without ceasing, follow where I lead you and live a life wholly dedicated to the service of your LORD.”

    “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.” Psalm 32:8-9
    “Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:3-4
    “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:3

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  6. Another Daily Devotional (04/30/2016):

    What to Do When the Heat’s Turned Up
    Read James 1:1-12.

    They came up to the ensign and poured a glass of ice water down his back and threw another in his face. The ensign, who had fallen asleep in the chow hall after five sleepless nights, opened his eyes for a second, just long enough to utter a dull “Thank you, sir.” A moment later his eyes rolled upward and then closed. His head went down again. He didn’t touch his meal.

    It’s called Hell Week and is part of the navy’s Basic Underwater Demolition School where sailors are turned into SEALs—Sea-Air-Land commandos. By undergoing a grueling regimen of sleepless days and nights, sensory overload, and physical testing, these men are transformed into some of the toughest human beings in the world.

    This final period of torturous physical and psychological training begins on Sunday night with exercising and lying wet on cold steel plates, installed on a nearby pier.

    On Monday the six-man teams are ordered to run races with 250-pound Zodiac rubber assault boats balanced on their heads. On Tuesday, with less than an hour of sleep the night before, they have to row those Zodiac boats to Mexican waters and back. On Wednesday the men continue the races with boats bouncing on their heads.

    The chance to disenroll awaits each student. All he has to do is ring a certain bell three times and say, “I quit.”

    By Thursday everyone is hallucinating. By Friday afternoon the week is over, and the new SEALs are lined up to be checked by a doctor.

    Only in terms of the ugliness of war can punishment like this make any sense. By pushing these men to the very brink of insanity during times of peace, the navy is giving them the best chance to be ready to face the cruelty of real war if it comes.

    With his first words in this letter, James reminds his suffering brothers and sisters that they should not be surprised when they experience intense periods of testing. He knows that they face a spiritual conflict that will require a toughness learned only through proper instruction and monitored experience. James calls God’s training regimen “various [kinds of] trials” (1:2). As he prepares his friends for the inevitable test, he outlines for them and for us the following five strategies to employ when times of testing invade.

    Taken from bestselling author David Jeremiah’s book What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do. Copyright 2015 by David C Cook; all rights reserved.

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  7. JC

    IF you ever feel up to it and want to you could perhaps make a great witness of those bad years of yours and victorious return to Christ.

    What a witness that would be? But only IF you want to do it no force.

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      1. Seeing me as just a boring factory worker i cannot offer much but plainness with a spidey detailed or two IF i would make a witness story. Perhaps that in itself is a witness?

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  8. Daily Devotional (05/01/2016):

    SPIRITUAL WARFARE TACTICS
    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. Ephesians 6:12

    A Filipino pastor, who is a former Muslim, lives on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. He was a notorious gang leader and spent years in prison for robbery and murder. But there in prison he met Jesus Christ.

    After his release, he was so effective in leading Muslims to Jesus back home in Mindanao that Muslim extremists in his area kidnapped his fourteen-year-old daughter. They would only return her, he was told, if he stopped preaching about Jesus and returned to Islam.

    He and his wife prayed intensely about this and felt they could not give in to this blackmail. He continued to preach faithfully for three years with no definite news about his little girl.

    He concludes, “Despite the terrible things they have done to my daughter, I fear no one but God alone! Pray for my daughter and that I will continue to preach Christ.”

    Three years later, he received a letter from his daughter. She shared with her parents that she had been sold into prostitution in neighboring East Malaysia. But God had helped her escape. She was then taken in by a sympathetic Malaysian family and hidden for her safety. And then she fell in love with a young man and married him. She and her parents planned to visit together in a safe place.

    Spiritual warfare is the cosmic conflict that rages between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan. Remember we are not talking about two equal kingdoms battling-it-out for victory. Satan is only a created being. Christ has all authority and power. Satan’s power was broken at the cross. The Apostle Paul records for us in Colossians 2:15, And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. So the only power Satan has today is the power to deceive the people of the world – to blind them from seeing the glory of God (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).

    Satan’s primary strategy is to divide and conquer. His key tactics include accusation, deception, and the interruption of our relationships with the Father and with each other. He is actively leading mankind to defile the land, which is God’s, in order to keep humanity in darkness. This is one reason unity in the Body of Christ is so critical for the fulfillment of the Great Commission.

    Why would someone lost in the chaos of the world want to be part of a fellowship of people that is disorderly, dysfunctional, and even destructive? The Church of Jesus Christ must be ruled by love. We must be a refuge, a place of safety!

    RESPONSE: I will be alert to Satan’s spiritual warfare tactics today without getting distracted from the Lord’s primary ministry directions.

    PRAYER: Pray for witnessing brothers and sisters on the frontlines who experience Satan’s greatest fury.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  9. Great shared happening by that filipino pastor. Been there in the Philippines so i know what a dangerous country IT is. Especially the muslims, but other filipinos are Very hearty and Nice people.

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  10. Powerful post JC. Thank you for that. The parents followed Jesus and loved Him first .And all else including her were cared for and delivered by Him. Those parents showed amazing walks of trust and faith.

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  11. (**Note ** changed “I Falling Apart” to “Is Falling Apart”– JCsouthwest).
    Falling Apart May 01, 2016 11:38 am | Glynda Linkous

    My children, I do not wish for you to be frightened, but the world around you is falling apart. Mankind has not properly cared for all I gave him, and the results shall be frightening. This is one sign of My soon return.

    Do not be afraid, for you are coming home to Me, but with each sign fulfilled, make yourself more ready by drawing nearer to Me.

    James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

    Matthew 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

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  12. A Watchman on the Wall
    Posted: 02 May 2016 12:00 AM PDT
    “The redeemed of the LORD must stand. Hopelessness rules the nations, great evil casts a broad shadow over the multitudes. The redeemed of the LORD must speak. Your silence allows evil to spread and sin to dominate.

    My goodness, grace and glory will flow out to millions if you will take every opportunity to stand and to speak. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so.”

    “..who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.” Titus 2:14
    “You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.” 1 Corinthians 7:23

    “For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:13-14

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  13. Daily Devotional (05/02/2016):

    SPIRITUAL WEAPONS
    The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:4

    Helen Berhane was imprisoned for almost three years in the shipping container prisons in Eritrea. She shares how a Muslim man with epilepsy was also imprisoned. She says in her testimonial book titled Song of the Nightingale:

    I noticed that he wore two charms on his belt. I pointed at them, “Where did you get those charms from?” “I saw a witch doctor, before I was arrested, about my fits. He said that they would make me better, but I should never take them off.” “Jemal,” I said, ‘those charms cannot heal you. Only prayer to God can do that.”

    As I spoke he began to have a fit, and so I prayed for him. I did this often until, miraculously, he agreed to take the charms off. I took them away and burnt them, but whatever was in them smelled awful, and the guards demanded to know what I had been doing, which gave me the opportunity to explain to them that only prayer can heal a person, not charms from a witch doctor.

    Jemal’s health improved and his fits became less frequent. I was delighted but he was worried.

    “Helen, if they know that I am feeling better they will keep me here, and I want to be released.”

    “If you continue to trust in God, no one can keep you from going home, not if God wills that you should be released.” I was very pleased when he was released shortly afterwards.[1]

    RESPONSE: Today I will live in the awareness that the spiritual battle rages all around me and I can be used to counter Satan’s bondage over people.

    PRAYER: Lord, you have given me the spiritual weapons with which to demolish the strongholds of the spiritual battle that I find myself against today. Help me not to depend on the weapons of the world.

    1. Berhane, p. 31.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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      1. She has videos of Churches and Organs from all over the world. Truly Amazing Talent there. I saw her play one verse of a song, just using her feet.

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