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Brother Jeff Bradshaw
Chaplains Corner (4/2/17) Brother Jeff's Easter Post

Grace, Power and Justice
“This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham: … David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife… (Matt. 1:1-6)”
Whether it is news we read in the paper or hear from our neighbors these days, it often can be rather deflating since reporting good news isn’t thought to be as attention grabbing.  This is one reason why it is very important to read the “Good News” of the Gospels from the New Testament regularly.  Even the genealogy of the Lord Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew can provide us with an uplifting word when we turn our attention to what’s going right in our life with God.  
The names used in the first sentence identify the significance of the genealogy of Christ before listing the complete genealogy for us.  Jesus the Messiah is the Lord of Grace.  Without God’s grace there is no forgiveness and gift of eternal life.  The Messiah was sent to be the Savior of the world and this genealogy points us to the promise (God’s grace) being passed down through the Lord’s predecessors.  God’s grace has opened the door to heaven for ALL who believe in God’s promise passed down to the present generation.  Jesus’ lineage comes through King David.  King David was given both the throne of Israel and power from God to unite all the territory in the lands promised to the Israel people under his sovereignty while he was king.  This second name in this list of three contained in the opening sentence points us to God’s promise of access to His eternal power.  Eternal power has been provided to ensure a future of being resurrected like Christ from the grave for ALL who believe in God’s promise passed down to the present generation.  Jesus’ lineage comes through the patriarch of the faith, Abraham.  God said to Abraham in Genesis 17:1 “walk blamelessly before me”.  Abraham points to God’s promise of eternal justice for His family.  God’s family will walk before God blameless because of their “faith in Christ”.  God’s family will enjoy a life with God after death where ALL people will treat one another as they would want to be treated.  Eternal justice has been provided for ALL who believe in God’s promise passed down to the present generation.
It’s interesting that the name Uriah is mentioned in this genealogy in verse 6.  His name sticks out like a sore thumb, especially if you know his story.  He was severely wronged by King David and left behind in battle (read 2nd Samuel 11).  There are probably days we feel like we stick out like a sore thumb or have been left behind.  Notice that God had Matthew mention Uriah’s name in this list.  He was mentioned because his wife would become the mother of Solomon.  His name mentioned reminds us that even those who seem to be pushed aside are remembered by God and important to Him despite their place in this world.  Be encouraged, even when you feel like Uriah, God’s children have a wonderful future in the Lord’s eternal “Grace, Power and Justice”.  (Note: Read Matt. 27:52 to see what eventually happens to Uriah.)  


Chaplains Corner (2/21/17)

“It is Done!”

He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. (Rev. 21:6)”

I remember both as a child and a dad these words shared in the car “Are we there yet?”

Often, these words were joined with much anxiety. It seemed like it was taking forever to me as a child to get to our destination. As a father, it seemed like there was a lack of knowledge and trust being experienced by my children when they asked this question.

 

I confess, I’ve never been a very patient person. Thanks to God, I have had my moments of breakthrough where I do receive the strength to be patient. It’s amazing how time passes when we approach situations that test us with a reasonable amount of knowledge and trust in the one who is driving. God does love us. He desires to spend time with us as we go through our times of testing in this quickly passing part of our lives in the U.S.A. Father knows exactly where He is leading us. This world is not our final destination.

 

Jesus, the Son of God is the personal navigator for our journey. He sees the road that has been completed for us all. He sees both the beginning and the end of the journeys of all His children. Trust the Lord and receive your heart’s desire. Both the destination you’ve been created for and eternity to enjoy it. Before we know it, all of God’s children will see and understand completely why the writer of Revelation shared these words “It is done!”

 

 

Chaplains Corner (1/12/2017
“Everything New!”
“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ (Rev. 21:5)"
At the start of every year, we go through the practice of putting the last year behind us and looking towards what the New Year has in store.  This past year I was impressed with all that was accomplished especially considering that I was running out of energy by the end of October to start anything new.  Nonetheless, those activities I’ve been involved with to serve others took significant steps forward in the last two months of last year, thanks to the Lord.
Remembering this, I’m led to encourage you with God’s words for us in Rev. 21:5.  What’s noteworthy is how the message in this verse is emphasized with this saying by the Lord “these words are trustworthy”.  In this current age, there is a lot of misinformation.  The latest phenomenon is fake news on the internet.  However, people of faith know God’s Word holds fast to the truth.  When Jesus had strong words to share he used the phrase “verily, verily, I say unto you”.  We should pay close attention to God’s strong words.  This verse reminds us especially now at the beginning of the year to set or reset our course heading towards the newness of life God is bringing to us.
Are you already heading as this year begins towards God’s promise of a time when “everything is new!”  Look at the new potential each new day brings into our lives, especially since we have been given the “love and power” of the Gospel.  Imagine a time when “everything is new” and the promise of the Gospel has been fulfilled.  This is our eternal destiny in the Lord.  God’s redemption brings us light in the midst of darkness and wholeness within in the midst of the brokenness of our bodies.  Believing God’s Gospel promise for us places us on a path that looks for newness rather than the fading failures of the past.  God has a wonderful plan for His people in 2017, stick to His plan and believe that God is bringing “everything new” to His children. 

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