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Are you a bridge or a wall هل أنت جسر أم حاجز 2 Petre 2:20-22; Luke 17:1-4; Pro. 17:5; Gal. 6:1-2; Isa. 58:9-12 Jesus is the bridge for all humans to come back to God, the creator, to His kingdom. To those who repent, He is a bridge above all the obstacles, pain and death. We as His disciple, follow Him being a bridge to our families and environment to come to the Lord, and not being a wall or stumble that prevents them from following Jesus.

Earthquakes الهزّات Jer. 6:16-19; Matt. 24:30-31; Matt. 24:37-41; 1Cor. 3:10-18; Zech. 8:23; Eph. 6:11-14 We notice that when a place was hit by an earthquake, many buildings were totally damaged or collapsed, while other buildings very close to them still standing with no damage at all. Why? For sure it is because many things but the main thing is that these standing buildings were built properly and with good materials. This is also with our spiritual state. When we are standing firm with our Lord Jesus, no earthquake in our lives will takes us down.

Fasting الصوم Isa. 58:1-12; Matt. 6:16-18; Zech. 7:4-5; Ps. 66:18 Fasting is not a sort of diet we practice, though it is good to do so, and it is not a punishment too, but an occasion to concentrate with the Lord. It is a time of celebration; we spent time with our beloved Lord, one to one. It is a quality time to receive wisdom, comfort, peace and love from God.

Check yourself check your heart   افحص قلبك افحص نفسك Deut. 9:1-6; Heb. 4:13; 2Cor. 5:10; 2Cor. 13:5; Phil. 4:13; Matt. 16:24; John 16:33; John 15:5; Rev. 3:17 God sees not only what is on the surface and what is appeared, but also the inner person, what usually people don’t see. How is the state of our heart? Is our faith is only on the surface, and we are righteous in the eyes of people because of our good deeds? We can go on this kind of life and we can fool everyone and even our selves how good believers we are, but we can’t fool or deceive our Lord. Let’s check our hearts and their condition, and let’s set them on the good Shepherd who is our righteousness.

The times when God is calling   الأوقات عندما ينادي الرب Jer. 18:1-10; Isa. 55:6-7; Matt. 13:14-17 God renewed His covenant with Moses, with Joshua, with Yehoyada with Hezekiah, with King David. And every time He renewed the covenant the people felt they are safe to do whatever they want like there is no responsibility from their side. God did not leave them but was always calling for them to come back. God is still calling for us to come back for His blessing and protection. Let’s clean our spiritual ears to hear His calling and build our homes on the rock, Jesus Christ.

Hold the firm, the steady تمسّك بالثابت Isa. 2:2-9; Rev. 3:20; John 15:15; Eph. 1:9; Eph. 5:17; John 14:23; Matt. 24:13 The people of the world are bowing and worshiping the work of their hands, things that are man maid. They forgot or maybe ignore the fact that these things which they worship are not sustained or firm forever. All who hold in worldly things will fall and collapse with them. But who hold in the Lord and stand with Him will be standing victorious in the day of the Lord while everything else around will be broken and in ashes.    

Who said that مين قال Gen. 3:1-4; Matt. 4:1-11; Jer. 1:6-8; Rom. 1:25; Ps. 14:1; Rom. 1:31-32; john8:36; 1 Peter 2:16 Who said that, says who? This question is usually used by those who want to justify their bad and wrong deeds, or by those that are far from Jesus, His teaching and morals. They do that because they don’t want to be condemned, shamed or even to be held accountable. On the other side, believers are asked by many about why they are doing this and that and why they have this attitude, thoughts and believes, who said that this? In both occasions the answer should be, and it is: God says so.

Faithful life with God’s gifts   حياة الأمانة في عطايا الله Luke 16:1-9; Luke 12:33; Gen. 39:7-9; 2Tim. 2:13; Matt. 6:19-21 The lack of faithfulness in the lives of many, is taking control. No faithfulness at work, no faithfulness in the husband-wife relationship, no decency and honesty in sport. And if there is intention to fix the situation, it will be done in dishonesty, like what the agent did in the parable in Luke 16:1-9. God gave each one of us many talents and gifts, what are we doing with that?

Why there is death   لماذا يوجد موت Rom. 5:18-19; Heb. 9:27; Gen.3:19; 2 Sam. 14:14; Rev. 21:4; 2 Cor. 4:17-18; 1 Tim. 2:4; Ps. 118:6a; John 11:25-26 Many are complaining (about God?) why there is death? Why we suffer? Why there is evil? Many questions like these are circling. And many say: “we did not do anything that horrible to disserve this kind of life.” When a father takes his children to a very bad place which makes them suffer, it is not their fault, it is their father’s fault but still they suffer. God did not create humans to suffer and to die, but the fall of Adam and Eve brought humanity to this. But also their ancestors participate in a live of sin…they were stubborn and rebellious who engaged in evil and impurity. Still, God is a loving and merciful Father, who gave His only Son to die on the cross instead of the world and to give those that accept Him and his work eternal life.

Jesus canceled the charge   لقد محى الصك James 2:10; Rom. 3:19-20; Col. 2:13-14; Deut. 8:17-18; Ps. 24:1; Col. 2: 23-24 Who live by the law (of the Old Testament) will not be justified. The law is to show what is right and wrong conduct…how to recognize it and what is the fruit, result, of each of them. It is by the grace of God. Jesus paid the price, the wage of sin I death, and canceled the charge.

Take courage! It is I don’t be afraid   تشجّعوا هذا انا لا تخافوا Matt. 14:22-32; John 2:5; Luke 9:35; 2Cor. 12:9; John 10:27-28; John 16:33 When a little child is in a crowded place (like market), and he became a bit far from his mother, he will be afraid and maybe terrified, worry and without confidence. But when he hears his mother’s calling and voice telling him “I am here, come, I am with you don’t be afraid”. He will be happy and restful, because she is an address of peace and love for this child. Many times we, the adults, are like this child. We do not feel peace and secure in the world, though Jesus is with us. Jesus will always call for us and say, as He said to the disciples: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid” (Matt. 14:27)

What legacy do you leave behind? أي ميراث تترك خلفك  Job 1:20; Ex. 24:13-14; Jos. 1:7-9; 1Kings 19:19-20; 1 Tim. 6:6-7; Pro. 13:22; Jos. 4:4-7 When people look at your life, what do they see? Are they happy if you leave…and may say thank God that you are not around? Or, what a great person we will miss him/her. Jesus left a wonderful and blessed legacy for Peter and other disciples. They were blessed and blessed many others. Jesus left this legacy also for us, what do we plan to do with it?

The death canceller   مُبطل الموت   Rom. 6:23; Matt. 6:15; Rom. 8:2; 1Cor. 15:54-58; Col. 2:15

If you are in a dessert and there is only one glass of water that you eagerly need. But in this water there is deadly poison. If you add to it honey and sugar, chocolate and many other sweet and testy things, the effect of the poison is not cancelled and still deadly. There is one and only antidote that if you add it will cancel the poison. Our lives are exactly like this glass of water. Poisoned with our sins, and the word of God says: “For the wages of sin is death…” Romans 6:23 

No matter how many good deeds we will do and how good we are, this will not cancel the wage of sin, the death. Only one thing will: Jesus Christ, to accept him King on our life and submit to him. As Romans 6:23 continue to say: “…but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

The inevitable result  نتيجة حتميّة Gal. 6:7; Isa. 3:8-13; 2 Kings 17:19-23; 2kings 16:2-3; Jos. 24:15; 2 Cor. 5:10; 1+1=, for this equation there is only one inevitable result which is 2. The word of God says “…for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” It is inevitable, and it is right always. For everything we are doing in our lives there are inevitable results. For that, Let us be more aware and carful for what we think, speak and do. The results could be for blessing and life or for pain, agony and death.

God meets our needs  الله يسدّد الاحتياج 2 kings 4:1-7; Peter 5:1-7; Phil. 4:19; James 4:2-3; Rom. 13:8; Ps. 18:2; Ps. 23:4 When the people lift their hearts and prayers to the lord, He answered and met their needs, as long as they are according to His will and heart. Our needs are known to God, but he doesn’t force himself upon us. The lord is waiting for our call to Him to intervene in our lives and needs. But when we ask from him according to his will, we should be ready to receive abundantly, because God will give generously (James 1:5).

Who is the one that will find Jesus   من الذي سيجد المسيح Matt. 2:1-3, 7-11; Matt. 7:7-8; isa. 55:6-7; Ps. 139:8-10; Num. 24:7; John 1:45 Jesus is near not far, “God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.” (Acts17:27) Those that seek the Lord will find him, he is waiting for us. We will not find Him in the field of evil, who is looking to find Him there will never meet with Him.

Jesus is available for all, and who wants Him to be the good shepherd and the Lord of his life will find Him.

The Mother ألأم Pr. 31:25-31; Isa. 66:13; 2 Tim. 1:5; 2 Tim. 3:14-15; 1 Kings 3:24-28; Ex. 20:12
One of the biggest gifts that the Lord blessed us with is the mother. Still there is even bigger than this gift, which is a mother that fears the Lord and is filled with His love. She is a blessing for her children, family and the whole environment. When God wants to tell us how big His comfort is, He defined it as the mother’s comfort.

Let’s be prepared for Christmas  لنتحضّر لعيد الميلادIsa. 40:3-5; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:10-11; Ex. 23:20;

Jesus is not in need that we should prepare for Him the way that He can walk in without problems. Who need the way to be prepared are us. To prepare ways in our lives and hearts with which we will meet Jesus. The historical and prophetical event of the Messiah’s birth was declared long time before it come true. That’s why we believe the word of the Lord for us today, when He said and promised that He will come and return to take us. Let’s be prepared for that and not be caught by surprise and regret when Jesus returns.

The evil spirit army الشرأجناد Num. 23:8; Rom. 8:14; John 8:43-44; 1Cor. 3:1-3; Rom. 6:4; Eph. 4:27; 2 Cor.2:11; Luke 4:34-35; Eph. 1:20-22; Luke 11:24-26; 1 John 1:9; 1 John 4:4;               Heb. 4:15-16  If we are filled with the Holy Spirit and Jesus is the king on our hearts’ throne, no evil spirits or witch craft forces will penetrate our heart. It could cause some pressure and inconvenient fillings or even pain; it will be heavy and will absorb our powers. We are triumphant only if we are firm in Jesus and concentrated in His way and teachings. When Peter’s eyes were fixed on Jesus he walked on water toward Jesus. But when he lost his concentration and looked around, he felt fear and unconfident and drown in the water.

The Wise Virgin And The Foolish Virgin العذارى الحكيمات والعذارى الجاهلاتMatt. 25:1-13; 2Cor. 11:2; Matt. 5:15; 1Peter 2:21-23; Lev. 24:2; In most of His parables Jesus speaks about that the believer has to be ready for Jesus’ return, like also in the parable of the ten virgins. Both the wise and the foolish took lamps, both were invited and both came to meet the bridegroom, and the ten were virgins. The difference was the wise were ready and prepared, full with oil, faith and the Holy Spirit and the foolish were not. Are we ready?

Waiting for the Lord   انتظار الرب Isa. 40:31; Ex. 14:13-14; Col. 3:2; Ps. 106:13-15; Ps. 62:5-8; Ps. 145:15; Gal. 6:9; 2Cor. 4:16-18; Isa. 30:18

Why we have to wait for the Lord? Is He busy and His schedule is full? Or maybe we ask too much and He doesn’t want to give us that much? The answer is no, rather, waiting for the Lord is a time of strengthening our relation with God and so our knowledge of Him. In the time of waiting our hearts will be nourished and filled with rejoice. Waiting is one of the difficult things that the Bible asks us to do, still, who is waiting for the Lord is generously reworded by God.

The Light came to the World النور جاء الى العالم Isa. 9:2; John 3:16; john 1:12; Matt. 4:13-14; John 1:29; John 12:46; John 8:12; John 1:1-9; Luke 1:79;

The pride of the world makes the people to be blind for Jesus’ light, for God’s words. Because of that they do not see the way for life and they are going deeper into the life of sin and darkness, the life of death. The only thing that can pull humanity from this lost and confusion and show the way of life is the light of our Lord Jesus the Christ.