Bread of Life

First Serious Snow this Winter

Time to bake 🍞 …

32Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” 35And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. 36But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. 37All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.”

John 6:32-37 NKJV

What a wondrous promise to ponder from Jesus today! Thank you, LORD! And Jesus continued …

38“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. 40And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

John 6:38-40 NKJV

Isn’t it amazing how when God speaks, His words carry power and authority, clarity and purpose, leaving no doubt about His meaning? In this scripture passage, Jesus connects every phrase to the previous sentence, so that we will understand in our spirit what He means for us to hope for and believe in.

Thank you, Jesus and Holy Father, for Your love and redemptive promises to us. Thank you that You never change and Your Word is truly about salvation forever; and for making it so easy to understand.

Have a blessed winter day and thank you for following Jesus!

Baptism | The Good Confession

This writer was re-baptized last Sunday. It didn’t overshadow my first baptism wayyyyyy back when. I still remember the feeling of total cleansing as I came up out of the water that first time. There were many witnesses at the church. My own mother was baptized that evening, too. We accepted the Lord Jesus as our Savior together and we were baptized together. It was a double testimony of our faith in Christ.

So why this second baptism?

Have you ever re-dedicated your life to God? Me too. When the pastor suggested that any who had re-dedicated his or her life consider being re-baptized, I prayed about it.

11But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. 12Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. ~ 1 Timothy 6:11-12 NKJV

His answer: Re-baptism is my good confession to many witnesses of my re-dedication to faith in Jesus. It says that I haven’t always been as obedient as He commanded. My re-baptism shows that I am still pursuing a right standing with Jehovah through belief in His Son, Jesus. There is major spiritual warfare going on around us and I am re-engaging in the good fight of faith, even in blindness. I can’t see the battle, but I know it exists. My God is strong and all powerful. Studying His Word equips and shields me against the arrows of the enemy who would slay me with false knowledge. We know who wins this war of souls, and I still want to be counted among those who trust Jesus as our foundation for hope and a future of eternal Life with Him. Jesus is MY Lord of lords and MY King of kings.

This time as I came up out of the waters, it didn’t feel as exhilarating as it did that first time. But it was life-changing; full of wonderment at what Jesus has done for me, a sinner. It impacted the witnesses, too. Many in church this past Sunday told me later that they were encouraged, hearts were gladdened, spirits were uplifted, and more positive comments confirmed to me that my step of faith was God’s will. See, it brought contentment to the brethren, and it blessed me.

That is my good confession for you today. Trust in Jesus. He rules and reigns. He is ALL.

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Photo of the Month | February 2021

A valentine from King David to Jehovah God:

“I love you LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Psalm 18:1-2

This month we claim God’s love over us; our nation, those in authority over us, those who protect and serve us, and our enemies. The meaning of love is often debated but seldom practiced between humans.

LORD, we aspire to love You like David. Make us strong in your wisdom. May we thirst after Your Word and cling to Jesus – the Horn of our Salvation. Create in us a new heart for You now and forever. We remember the kindness of our Savior, who submitted to the most insulting filth that man could heap upon Him. Forgive our arrogance, Father, in the most Holy and Righteous Name of our King and Refuge, Jesus. All glory and thankfulness to You for Your love toward us. Amen.

May Jehovah bless, protect, and heal each and every one of you this month. May love abound in your hearts toward God and each other;

And thank you for following Importantstuff.Live.

Freedom of Choice

With all that is changing in our nation it’s important to realize that God’s plan has always been for humans to have freedom of choice whether to follow Him or not. No matter what happens in the world, we may choose whether to stand on our faith in Jesus to get through.

I’m okay with that. His way is the only way that works in every circumstance. He does not extend freedom to choose and then take that freedom away. His will is the one constant in the universe. Just as Jesus freely chose to suffer and die on a cross in order to pay our sin debt, we may accept His gift of eternal life or not. PRAISE GOD! WHAT A SAVIOR!! He never asks us to live by a different set of rules than He does.

“Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.” ~ John 10:17-18

So Jesus redeems us by choice – not because He has to. It is an act of love. I encourage you to exercise your God-given freedom of choice and believe in Jesus today. Step into the Light of the World and be changed forever.

God bless you all, and thank you for following Importantstuff.Live!

“Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

John 8:36

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Expectations | New Year 2020

My expectations for 2019 didn’t pan out.  Oh, for sure it was a good year as far as the usual subjects of weather, health, relationships, and personal growth …

But the most important event I was looking for did not happen.  Jesus did not come.

Most of you all are busy enjoying New Year activities today and I get that.  So I decided to keep this as brief as possible.  Mom and I are relaxing too.  We were up late watching fireworks displays on TV from around the world last night.  It was very entertaining and downright spectacular.

Then quite unexpectedly Mom said, “Wouldn’t it be great if the world celebrated the birth of Jesus at Christmas with as much enthusiasm?”

My heart just skipped a beat and those familiar Holy Spirit tinglings shot through me.

“Yes, Mom,” to her spontaneous remark.

We sort of lost interest in the TV soon after that and called it a night.

So here is my expectation – my hope – for 2020:

  1. I am praying that Jesus comes this year – PRAISE GOD!!
  2. I am trusting God for the promised GREAT AWAKENING in 2020 – THANK YOU, LORD!!
  3. All the usual good health, joy and peace this new year for my family, friends, fellow believers in Christ, and you readers of course!
  4. A national repentance and turning back to Jehovah God Almighty.
  5. In JESUS Name, MARANATHA 2020! MARANATHA 2020!
  6. And may there be THE BIGGEST FIREWORKS SHOWS WORLDWIDE AT THE SECOND COMING OF OUR LORD – or next Christmas, whichever comes first. Selah.

Share your expectations for 2020 in the comments.  I would love to read them!

THANK YOU for following Importantstuff.Live previously and in 2020.  Your encouragement fills my heart with true joy.  My love to All and God’s blessings and prosperity for you and yours in 2020.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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Today’s Nugget | Mary’s Song

Mary’s Song

46Mary responded,

“Oh, how my soul praises the

Lord.

47   How my spirit rejoices in

                God my Savior!

48   For he took notice of his lowly

                servant girl,

        and from now on all

                generations will call me

                blessed.

49   For the Mighty One is holy,

          and he has done great things

                for me.

50   He shows mercy from

                generation to generation

        to all who fear him.

51   His mighty arm has done

                tremendous things!

         He has scattered the proud

                and haughty ones.

52   He has brought down princes

                from their thrones

         and exalted the humble.

53   He has filled the hungry with

                good things

         and sent the rich away with

                empty hands.

54   He has helped his servant Israel

         and remembered to be

                merciful.

55   For he made his promise to

                our ancestors,

         to Abraham and his children

                forever.”

   56Mary stayed with Elizabeth

about three months and then

went back to her own home.

~ Luke 1: 46-56 NLT