Two Minute Bible – A Renewed Mind

This video was made at the Jumonville Cross. They gave us permission to drive up to the cross. The path up to the cross is a long winding narrow paved road. It is quite a climb. I walked up that path years ago with my wife when we were younger. It was the off-season in the middle of September when we visited the 60 foot steel cross this time many years later. I do not know the policy that is normally in place for driving up to the site where the cross is at.

The Lord put on my heart the scripture for this video before we even went to see the cross. We use my cell phone to make the videos. It is an inexpensive way for us to do this ministry God has put on my heart to do. All of the Two Minute Bible segments are unscripted. As for the verse, I would have had to write it down because I only had the Bible on my phone with me that day, and it was being used to make the video. However, on the way up, before I even shared the verse with my wife, she was reading things to me from the Herald Standard newspaper for that day. The verse she found in the paper was the verse on my heart. There is no coincidence.

If you want to have  sin out of your life and out of your mind, then let God’s Spirit begin a work in you by first coming to Jesus and accepting the free gift of God which is eternal life through Jesus Christ.

Two Minute Bible – Sooner or Later You Will Stand Before God

Are you ready for the inevitable? If you answered yes, are you certain? If you answered no, I want to tell you that you can be ready!

In this video I misquoted a line from George A. Romero’s original “Night of the Living Dead” movie made in 1968. I said ‘Margaret’ instead of “Barbra” as it is spelled on websites discussing the movie. The iconic low-budget horror flick that became a classic of the genre has the characters of Johnny and Barbra visiting a Pennsylvania cemetery when they are attacked by zombies. Johnny was played by Russell Streiner, and Barbra was played by Judith O’Dea over four decades ago.

Regardless of their popularity today, there is no such thing as zombies. However, we will all face death. You have every breath and every heartbeat you are given to make a decision in this life to accept the free gift of God, which is eternal life through Jesus Christ, or not. No matter what, sooner or later you will breathe your last breath, and that heart in your chest will cease to beat. But that is not the end. God’s word is clear that we will die, but then the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). Acts 4:8-12 and John 14:6 makes it clear that Jesus is the only way.

Two Minute Bible – Walking on Water and Faith in Jesus

We had a moment of putting faith into practice right after this video was made. We were trying to record this without the radio-controlled plane flying overhead drowning out my voice. I was already competing with the sound of the water flowing in the creek. The plane had me talking much louder than I am used to. I was a bit frustrated, but I prayed that we could successfully finish the segment.

When we were picking up our gear to walk back to our vehicle, a woman asked us what we were taking pictures of. In addition to telling her about photos we take in the area, I felt lead to tell her that we were also shooting short little Two Minute Bible segments teaching scripture and Christian concepts. She told us that she knew she had to stop and talk to us. She then told us how her sister had just passed away that very day. I do not even see the possibility for coincidences, so I know it was the Holy Spirit that made that moment possible.

Here is the video that was made just moments before the encounter.

Two Minute Bible – Love the Lord

This is the first of hopefully many Two Minute Bible segments. The goal is to teach God’s word in short video segments shot at various locations on whatever camera we have with us. We do not own any high-end video equipment. This video was shot on a cell phone camera! These videos are also unscripted. We will make them as the Spirit of the Lord leads us. We thank the Lord for what we have and will use it in service to him!

Jesus is Lord!

Follow the Word and see . . .

First the Psalm. Make a mental note of the words/phrases, “heathen, “kings,” “rulers” “Thou art my son,” “rod of iron” and “Kiss the Son.” Notice that “Son” is capitalized. David is prophesying of Jesus the Christ, the Holy One of God.

“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.”
Psalms 2:1-12

Now in Acts we see the people lifting up their voices with one accord after Peter and John through the name of Jesus heal the lame beggar at the temple gate called “Beautiful.” The Sadducees, who do not believe in resurrection from the dead, along with the priests and temple captain put Peter and John in prison overnight and had them give account of what was done the next day.

The religious leaders counseled to stop them from teaching in the name of Jesus. However, we know that the truth of Jesus of Nazareth being the Christ and risen from the dead could not be held back. Though the heathen, kings of the earth and rulers resist, God wins! Here we see who the “Son” in Psalm chapter two is.

“And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.”
Acts 4:24-31

Now, let us see how it all turns out.

Remember “rod of iron”?

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Revelation 19:11-16

Remember “Kiss the Son”?

As servants of the Most High God we willingly bow to Jesus as our King. To kiss the son is making a gesture of obedience to our Lord. As Christians it is our heart’s desire to serve our King. Look at the “mind” that should be in us. See what will come. Isaiah foretold of it.

“I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.”
Isaiah 45:23

Paul shows where we should be in our mindset as servants of Christ and what is to come to all living things.

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”
Philippians 2:5-12

The Lame Beggar

Acts 3:11
“And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering.”

Peter and John spoke a healing miracle to the lame man. The man was on the ground every day next to a gate of the temple that was called Beautiful. He was crippled from birth and people would carry him to the gate and put him there so he could beg money to survive. Such a contrast of a crippled man on the ground who had to rely on friends or family to carry him to the temple and back home every day so he could beg in front of a gate that was called “Beautiful.”

One source indicates the gate was big and covered in brass plates. The actual Greek word that “Beautiful” comes from in this context is “hōraios.” According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible it means, “belonging to the right hour or season (timely), that is, (by implication) flourishing (beauteous [figuratively]): – beautiful.” With what happened to the beggar, I would say it was both “timely” and “flourishing!”

Out of all the glory of this miracle that Peter plainly gives to Jesus there is one small thing that sticks out to me and that is that the lame man “held Peter and John.” He went from being powerless in one single moment in time to being powerful enough to physically hold two apostles. Also take note that the lame man was” . . .walking, and leaping, and praising God.” God was both due and did receive the glory for the work.

There is no doubt to me that our enemy derived pleasure for every moment the lame man lay on the ground begging. Then there was that moment when the power of God was demonstrated for a purpose. The formerly crippled beggar held onto Peter and John, and then the Holy Ghost held onto everyone there because of the miracle so that the Gospel message would be declared in that timely moment and so it would flourish all the more.

I pray healing into your life so that God receives glory and that the message that Jesus is the Christ and is still offering forgiveness of sins and eternal life to anyone who calls on his name flourishes more!

(I invite you to read the whole text of the healing in Acts chapters 3 and 4.)