Saturday, July 20, 2013

Jesus in the Bible


I promised a friend to print some pages she emailed me a while ago. As I was searching through my documents to find the right one, I found an other one I wrote after watching a video on youtube.
I think it was back in January when I first watched how an 11 years old boy (Josiah Willis) was proclaiming Jesus throughout the Bible. The message was recorded on April 3rd, 2011 in the Sunday morning services at Bent Tree in Carrollton, Texas. 
Surely some of you know this, but I guess it's a good reminder. Jesus appears not only in the gospels or the New Testament, He can be found in the whole Bible.


In Genesis – Jesus Christ is the breath of life
In Exodus – He is the Passover lamb
In Leviticus – He is our High Priest
In Numbers – He is the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night
In Deuteronomy – He is the prophet like unto Moses
In Joshua – He is the captain of our salvation
In Judges – He is our judge and law-giver
In Ruth – He is our kinsman redeemer
In 1&2 Samuel – He is our trusted prophet
In Kings & Chronicles – He is our reigning king
In Ezra & Nehemiah – He is the rebuilder of the broken down walls of human life
In Esther – He is our Mordecai
In Job – He is our ever living redeemer
In Psalms – He is our shepherd
In Proverbs & Ecclesiastes – He is our wisdom
In Song of Solomon – He is our loving bridegroom
In Isaiah – He is our Prince of Peace
In Jeremiah – He is the righteous branch
In Lamentations – He is the weeping prophet
In Ezekiel – He is the wonderful four-faced man
In Daniel – He is the fourth man in life’s fiery furnace
In Hosea – He is the faithful husband forever married to the backslider
In Joel – He is the baptizer of the Holy Ghost in fire
In Amos – He is our burden bearer
In Obadiah – He is mighty to safe
In Jonah – He is our great foreign missionary
In Micah – He is the messenger of beautiful feet
In Nahum – He is our strength and shield
In Habakkuk – He is God’s visual’s crying “Revive your work in the midst of the years!”
In Zephaniah – He is our saviour
In Haggai – He is the restorer of God’s lost heritage
In Zechariah – He is the fountain opened up in the house of David for sin and uncleanlyness
In Malachi – He is the son of righteousness rising with healing in his wings
In Matthew – Jesus Christ is the king of the Jews
In Mark – He is the servant
In Luke – He is the son of man feeling what you feel
In John – He is the son of God
In Acts – He is the saviour of the world
In Romans – He is the righteousness of God
In 1 Corinthians – He is the rock, the Father of Israel
In 2 Corinthians – He is the triumphal one giving victory
In Galatians – He is your liberty. He sat you free! 
In Ephesians – He is the head of the church
In Philippians – He is your joy
In Colossians – He is your completeness
In 1&2 Thessalonians – He is your hope
In 1 Timothy – He is your faith
In 2 Timothy – He is your stability
In Titus – He is truth
In Philemon – He is your benefactor
In Hebrews – He is your perfection
In James – He is the power behind your faith
In 1 Peter – He is your example
In 2 Peter – He is your purity
In 1 John – He is your life                                                                   
In 2 John – He is your pattern
In 3 John – He is your motivation
In Jude – He is the foundation of your faith
In Revelation – He is your coming king

He is the first and the last, the beginning and the end. He is the keeper of creation and the creator of all. He is the architect of the universe and a manager of all times. He always was, He always is and He always will be: unmoved, unchanged, undefeated and never undone. He was bruised and brought healing. He was pierced and eased pain. He was persecuted and brought freedom. He was dead and brought life. He is risen and brings power. He reigns and brings peace. The world cannot understand Him. The armies can’t defeat Him. The schools cannot explain Him and the leaders cannot ignore Him.
Herod couldn’t kill Him. The Pharisees couldn’t confuse Him. The people couldn’t hold Him. Nero couldn’t crush Him. Hitler couldn’t silence Him. The New Age can’t replace Him.
He is light, love, longevity and Lord. He is goodness, kindness, gentleness and God. He is holy, righteous, mighty, powerful and pure.
His ways are right and His word is eternal. His will is unchanging and His mind is on me.
He is my redeemer. He is my saviour. He is my God. He is my peace. He is my joy. He is my comfort. He is my lord and He rules my life. 

Amen.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Flood


I’m sure you are aware of the events in Hungary – at least those, who are from or living in Europe right now.
Our beautiful blue Danube isn’t that beautiful and blue any more.
According to the forecasts the river expected to peak on Monday in Budapest.
We often have floods and inland waters but I don’t remember experiencing floods in the capital. Of course we all had learnt about the great flood from 1838 – and I walked by the memorial tablet hanging on the wall of a Catholic church every day on my way to university. But… that this can happen is so sad.
Every day when I walk across the bridge I see the water level and the damage. It’s so astounding – in a very negative way – to see how swollen a river can become in hours. The mayor of Budapest said he expects a record of 895 centimeters (almost 30 feet).

The situation turns even more frightening when you get an email from the general manager of your company saying he isn’t sure you can come to work on Monday and Tuesday. It could happen that our buildings have to be evacuated.
Evacuation… it’s really unbelievable.

Thanks to our great people (mostly military and fire fighters along with many volunteers – like my cousins and former classmates) we hope to defend the city, though many streets / part of villages had to be evacuated by now.

Please pray for them as I do and ask God to have mercy on our country.
Thank you. 




Saturday, February 16, 2013

Facing *My* Giants


Since I usually start working at 7 am, it means for me to get up around 5:10-5:15. But I wake up about 30 minutes earlier. So at 4:45 I am wide awake and spend time with my precious Lord. (I am following the ESV Bible reading plan for the New Testament: reading Luke now. So I begin my day with Bible reading and praying.)
My body knows when to wake up even if my mind says "it's Saturday, you can sleep longer"! So today (after having my quiet time) I had the wonderful idea to watch Facing the Giants again. This time in English - of course! (Last time I watched it with my Mom in Hungarian and I was under the influence of Courageous.)
Well... this time I could concentrate on the say far better and I did really need Kleenex within reach! The Lord broke me down and lifted me up so many times during these two hours! Several times I had to pause the film and take a moment for prayer. I even tried to encourage my friend (who is more or less diligently but unmotivated studying for her final exam at college) with quotations, scenes and songs from this Kendrick Brothers' production. (During the last couple of weeks I'm praying for her and I call her every other day or so just to ask how she's doing, how far she's come with studying and to cheer her along this way.)

In the last weeks I feel the pressing of my past... or present. The fact is I haven't finished university. There is a second thesis I need to write and a final / qualifying exam I need to pass for my education degree.
I have a good list of excuses, why I haven't started working on it yet.
- I'm sitting in front of computers 8 hours long a day from Monday to Friday and I just can't do more.
- I get up early every morning, so I am way too tired to study in the evening.
- There is always something going on at the weekends which hinder me.
- I also have other obligations and responsibilities to do... which take time.
- I'm just not in the mood to do it.
- ...
- And the biggest lie (not that I'd lie): I'm not able to write it on my own at all! (I don't get any help from my consultant. - I really have "luck" in choosing the right supervisor. Oh... whatever.)

"The problem is not the problem; the heart is the problem." My Biblical Counseling teacher from WOLBI used to say this. And again he is right.
Actually I quoted Mr. Vanderwier to my friend this week. But today morning I realized that I'm not better than she is. But rooting for her encouraged me too. I know I also need to face my giants: laziness, fear of failure and thesis.

The Lord used this movie this morning in my life.
Suddenly I feel motivated, I want to do it! I want to start just right now! (And after posting this I will! :)
I want this work to be done as soon as possible! I want to do this as unto the Lord Himself. I don't know how long it will take or when the due time is... so I'm considering even taking some days off if I had to. Keep me in your prayers, please!

Grant's concepts for the football team applies to all of life!
Concept #1. We are here for God's glory, not our own. (Revelation 4:11: You are worthy, O Lord to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.)
Concept #2: Loving God and others is the most important thing we can do. (Matthew 22:37-39: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.)
Concept #3: Give God your best in every area. (Colossians 3:23: Whatsoever you do, do it heartly, as to the Lord and not to men.)
Concept #4: God deserves our worship and praise whether we succeed or fail. (Job 1:21: The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.)

Here are some of my favorite quotations from the movie:

Grant Taylor: Lord Jesus, would you help me? I need you. Lord, I feel that there are giants of fear and failure staring down at me, waiting to crush me. And I don't know how to beat 'em, Lord. I'm tired of being afraid. Lord, if you want me to do something else, show me. If you don't want me to have children, so be it. But You're my God. You're on the throne. You can have my hopes and my dreams. Lord, give me something. Show me something. 

Grant Taylor: Mr. Bridges!
Mr Bridges: Revelation Chapter 3 says: We serve a God that opens doors that no one can shut, and he shuts doors that no one can open. He says: Behold, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. Coach Taylor, the Lord is not through with you yet. You still have an open door here, and until the Lord moves you, you’re to bloom right where you’re planted… I just felt led to come and tell you that today. 
Grant Taylor: Mr. Bridges! You believe God told you to come tell me that?
Mr Bridges: I do.
Grant Taylor: I admit to you I have been struggling. But I’ve also been praying. I just don’t see him at work here.
Mr Bridges: Grant, I heard a story about two farmers who desperately needed rain. And both of them prayed for rain, but only one of them went out and prepared his fields to receive it. Which one do you think trusted God to send the rain?
Grant Taylor: The one who prepared his fields for.
Mr Bridges: Which one are you? God will send the rain when he is ready. You need to prepare your field to receive it.

Brock Kelley: You don't want us to win games?
Grant Taylor: No. Not if that's our main goal. Winning football games is too small a thing to live for. And I love football as much as anybody. But even championship trophies will collect dust and one day be forgotten. It's just that so far this has all been about us; how we can look good, how we can get the glory. The more I read this book, the more I realize that life's not about us. We're not here to get glory, make money, and die. The Bible says that God put us here for Him. To honour Him. Jesus said that the most important thing you can do with your life is to love God with everything you are, to love others and yourself. So if we win every game and we miss that, we've done nothing. Football then means nothing. So I'm here to present you a new team philosophy. I think that football is just one of the tools we use to honor God.
Brock Kelley: So you think that God does care about football?
Grant Taylor: I think He cares about your faith. He cares about where your heart is. And if you can live your faith out on the football field then yes, God cares about football because He cares about you. He sent His son Jesus to die for us so we could live for Him. That's why we're here. But see, it's not just on the football field; we've got to honor Him in our relationships, our respect for authority, in the classroom, and when you're at home alone surfing the internet. I want God to bless this team so much that people talk about what He did. But it means we got to give Him our best in every area. If we win, we praise Him. And if we loose, we praise Him. Either way, we honour Him with our actions and our attitudes. So I'm asking you: what are you living for? I've resolved to give God everything I've got. Then I'll leave the results up to Him. I want to know if you'll join me? 

Grant Taylor: Your attitude is like the aroma of your heart.  If your attitude stinks, it means your heart’s not right.

Grant Taylor: Scripture says to honor your parents, and all you do is complain.
Matt Prater: All he does is boss me around. He doesn't even try to understand me.
Grant Taylor: Matt, you can't judge your father by his actions and then judge yourself by your intentions. It doesn't work that way. You're not responsible for him. You're responsible for you. You honor God by honoring your authority. 

Grant Taylor: I'm a bit nervous. It's the championship. It's kind of surreal for me.
Mark Richt: Well, I can promise you. I don't care what level of ball you're coaching; it's surreal when you make it to the championship game. And Grant, I can just tell you: I'm so proud of you and what you've done. I've been reading about the team and where you've gone, and more than anything else I'm just proud of the fact that you finally learned to win the big one.
Grant Taylor: Well, we haven't played them yet.
Mark Richt: No, you won the big one when you accepted Christ. And now that you're teaching these guys and ministering to them, I think it's just fantastic.
Grant Taylor: I got it. These players got it.
Mark Richt: Well, I can promise you: win or loose this game, you guys are champions.
Grant Taylor: I appreciate that.
Mark Richt: But while you're here, you might as well win it, eh?
Grant Taylor: I will try my best. You know, this team we're playing: they're huge, they're fast, they're strong. I just don't want my players to be afraid.
Mark Richt: Well, in God's word He said 365 different times, "Do not fear." Now if He says it that many times, you know He's serious about it, don't you? 

Grant Taylor: You are about to play the biggest team you’ve ever faced. They’re strong, fast, and undefeated… so far.  But I want you to remember where God has brought us.[…] We weren't supposed to have a winning season, but we do. We weren't supposed to advance to the playoffs, but we did. We're not supposed to be here, but we are. So if there's anything in you that says this is a loosing effort throw it out.  'Cause as I stand here I believe that as long as we honor God nothing is impossible… nothing. Give everything out on the field. Give your best to God tonight. Whether we leave the field as victors or not, we will give God the glory. Now, who will go fight the Giants with me? 

Coach Taylor: This is when it matters most. I know you're tired. It's easy to lead when you're strong, but now is when you lead! Right now!

Grant Taylor: David, I need a 51-yard field goal.
David Childers: Coach, I can't kick that far.
Grant Taylor: David, they've been stopping the run and the pass all night. You're my best option.
David Childers: Coach, the farthest I've ever kicked is a 39-yarder. There is no way I can kick a 51-yard field goal.
Grant Taylor: I believe you can. Your job is to do the best you can, and leave the results up to God. I need you on that field. 
[…]
Brady Owens: Grant, we gotta throw it. He can't kick it from there. It's too far.
Grant Taylor: No, it's not.
Brady Owens: What are you doing?
Grant Taylor: I'm preparing for rain. 

Larry Childers: I'm standing for my son!

Grant Taylor: You are state champion!

Grant Taylor: I've got something to say. David Childers. Don't you ever let anyone tell you that you're under-par, second-rate or inferior. I just watched God do a miracle through you. I saw a field of Giants, eighty-five of them to be exact, fall in defeat. Now you tell me what's impossible with God. 
David Childers: Nothing, Coach.
[…]
Grant Taylor: Are you sure? Cause those giants are big. They outnumber us three to one. Are you sure there's nothing impossible with God?
David Childers: I am sure, Coach.
Grant Taylor: How 'bout it Nathan? What's impossible with God?
Nathan: Nothing, Coach.
Grant Taylor: Jonathan?
Jonathan Weston: Nothing.
Grant Taylor: Are you positive?
Jonathan Weston: Positive, Coach!
Grant Taylor: So am I. So am I. God can do whatever He wants to do however He wants to do it. And He chooses to work in our lives 'cause He loves us. 'Cause He is good. I hope today's a milestone for what He can do for the rest of your lives - if you trust Him. 

If you haven't watched the movie yet, I encourage you to do so.



You gotta believe!

Blessings.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Vow

January 16, 2012 - I shared the news about and the trailer of The Vow on Facebook.
February 9, 2012 - The movie was released in Hungary.
February 11, 2013 - I finally could watch it. 

In a nutshell:
Paige (Rachel McAdams) and her husband Leo (Channing Tatum) are driving home. On their way at a stop sign Paige unbuckles her seatbelt to lean over and kiss Leo. At that very moment a truck rams their car from behind and Paige crashes through the windshield...
When Paige regains consciousness, she thinks Leo is her doctor, having lost all memories of the past few years. When her parents learn about this and visit her, it is the first time that Leo meets them. Paige doesn't understand why she left law school, broke her engagement with her previous fiancé Jeremy, and why she has not been in touch with her family and friends...
Paige goes back home and basically relives her past.
She faces relationship issues of her parents again, begins to sketch, leaves university, moves away from her parents...

***
I'm sure it's not easy to handle memory loss. When you don't know who you are or you just cannot remember years of your life (what happened, who you married...) But I think it was harder for Leo. He had to see the girl of his life changing the way he had never known her before.
And still he remains faithful to the committment he made and tries to earn her love again.


The movie is based on true events, the story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter. It is only based, but it's not exactly their story. It's only the Hollywood version.
Their story dates back 20 years.
In an 1993 car accident, Krickitt Carpenter lost her memory due to brain injury and has never gained it back. Their vows weren't centered on the way they felt about each other but on a promise they made to one another and to God. So Kim knew her memory loss doesn't erase his love for her or the vows he took. And Kim held to his promise: "I made a vow before God. It didn't matter if she remembered me or not". Krickitt, knowing she made the vows, honored it and worked to rekindle the love they felt.
Hollywood's version of love and marriage is not the way God designed it to be. Perhaps you're not  thinking of marriage. But this applies to behavior and expectations in dating too.
It's so easy to get emotionally attached to someone and mistake it for love. Trust me, I'm experenced in falling into traps like this. And the attachment is too hard to break. But with Jesus Christ, all things are possible. With His plan for love and marriage, a happily-ever-after is promised. Doesn't sound this wonderful?
Remember how important it is to guard your heart! Take some time to pray for your future (or current) spouse! Ask God to give you the discernment to know the difference between a Godly and a "Hollywoodized" relationship!
We used the have a quotation on our wall in our first year of Bible school:
"To love someone is not just a strong feeling — it is a decision, it is a judgment, it is a promise."
(The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm)

Happy Valentine's Day!

http://youtu.be/PybAnb7yEd8


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Facing the Giants

Mom asked me at lunch.. Is there any movies you would like to watch with me this afternoon?
Of course! There's always one or two.

Sherwood Pictures. Because the Kendricks rock! :)

It's a great movie indeed... You don't have to be a big football fan (the fact is, I don't really like sports at all), to be a fan of this movie!
1. It's a movie about how God can change lives.
2. The movie speaks to people on many levels: kids, coaches and parents and how they should work together for a higher good.
3. It's about faith, hope and love.
4. A story of faith overcoming fear.
5. A great family movie. Again you can laugh and cry. So have a box of Kleenex within reach! =)


In his six years of coaching, Grant Taylor has never had a winning season. Even the hope of a new season is squelched when the best player on his Shiloh Eagles decides to transfer schools. After losing their first three games of the season, the coach discovers a group of fathers are plotting to have him fired. Combined with pressures at home, Coach Taylor has lost hope in his battle against fear and failure.

However, an unexpected challenge helps him find a purpose bigger than just victories. Daring to trust God to do the impossible, Coach Taylor and the Eagles discover how faith plays out on the field and off.


FACE YOUR GIANTS!


With God, all things are possible! - Matthew 19:26