Dear Family of our Lord Jesus Christ,
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Thank you for stopping by for a CUP!
We just received some exciting news! PRAISE GOD!
We will let you know when we can announce it! For God’s Glory Alone!
Been on the phone all morning! WOW! Prayer with many!
My brother Daryl said to me this morning, “You sure have a lot of friends” he sure is right! WOW! Today Wanell Pate FGGAM Board, Pastor’s Brian Alarid andGarland Moore and Charles of C and A Transmission, Aaron Cobb of Cobb Electric, Rick Stambaugh of FGGAM News, Daryl Moede, and others were in prayer with me and discussing issues of the day! Charles and ASaron are helping us with our car and house. We PRAISE GOD for our friends!
We love you all……we pray for you all each day……..we pray over your names! We treasure our relationship with you! Amen! Let us give thanks to our Lord for our friendship! Let us give thanks to our Lord for 17 years of the Daily CUP! Amen! Let us give thanks to the Lord for 20 months of FGGAM and the super natural growth of FGGAM! For God’s Glory Alone!
Please pray for Pastor Bill Ruhl who is also the Vice Chairman of FGGAM:
Spent the day laying low after a morning at Presbyterian Urgent Care. Leg swelling and burning sensation throughout my body. Couldn’t find the cause, pray hidden things revealed and a better nights sleep tonight. Follow up with primary not until next Wednesday and I’m not much for laying low. Blessings, PB
Brother Bill, we pray healing over you in Jesus name Amen!
Have you read yesterdays CUP? I know someone of you are behind in your reading because you tell me so! LOL!
Marsha from North Carolina responded this way:
Marsha Rolens Thank you so much for this. Sure gives me something to ‘chew’ on.
Amen to that Marsha, daddy used to say, “chew on that for awhile”
It’s been a long time since we have her from Sam…….What a blessing to hear from her! All the way from California! Don’t you just love our World wide family here at the CUP! Amen! We love you Sam!
For those of you who are new to the CUP, Sam designed and built the statue of Ken Curtis, who played ‘Festus’ in Gunsmoke and it is on display in Old Town in Clovis, California where Ken was living when he died.
Dearest Dewey and family,
I’m sorry I haven’t gotten back to you in such a long time. I’ve been dealt the hand of Pain to deal with on a daily basis. And if I were to let it, it would Run My Life. But I know where my strength lies. And I am one very fortunate woman.
Our Country is in the middle of another Great Awakening. Dewey I believe that with all my heart. It appears Everyone is struggling with God. That is a sign to me. They are in the middle of a Spiritual Warfare, and that is the beginning of an Awakening in my mind. We are in a time of History that we should all be keeping a diary of what happens daily.
Your cup is a blessing to me. I don’t always reply to them, but I always am fed BY them. Thank You.
I Pray you and your family are well and safe, and remain that way.
Much Love, Sincerely, Sam. God’s Peace to all.
Thank you for those word’s Sam! We pray for you everyday! We are blessed each time you send us an email! I have been praying for a trip to come and see you and others!
I read this to Charles at C and A Transmission today and he got fired up after I read this to him…………..
I guess it’s nice of the folks at The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Authority to tell us we are in a drought! What was their first clue? Was it yesterday when they went outside and got a piece of New Mexico real estate blown into their mouth??!! WOW! The winds hit 60 mph gusts in some parts of the state, over 80 mph gusts reported in Texas. We could smell the dirt in the air at our house! Anyhow, the folks at the Water Utility, by the way are these the same folks who want to raise our water bill 5% because we saved so much water last year they did not budget properly and take into consideration taxpayers would answer their call to save water? or maybe it’s another Authority! Here in America we have created all these different ‘Authority’s’ What did we do in the old days? back home we used to have a ‘Civil Defense” to help with flooding, tornadoes, etc.ran by local people, residents of the town, now we have this thing called ‘Homeland Security’ a huge government, or country of it’s own! Okay let me get back on track, The Utility officially announced a drought advisory. Duh!
For 4 years now we have been sharing on our blog, radio and TV that we need to all gather and repent of our sins as a state and seek the face of our Lord, to pray for healing rains. It is very sad for me to see that the leaders of this state are not seeking the Lord for rain. It is sad for me to see officials of Albuquerque not seeking the face of the Lord on the issue of crime. By the way I hate this term ‘Water Authority’, as their is only one Authority over water and that is our Lord Jesus Christ, and if we as a people, the residents of New Mexico, will repent of our sins and seek the face of our Lord, the rains will come.
The severe drought conditions are spreading in America, deep into our farm lands, the wheat crop is wasting away in Kansas. The American people as a whole seem so blind to this problem. No water, no life. Water is drying up in New Mexico, making every stream a fight for control. Ranchers are in severe pain.
It is long overdue, Public prayer for rain, and for the killings to stop, and order brought to the city. Jesus Christ is the only answer, not more laws or more rulings and reforms from the Justice Department, we need to reform our hearts, that is the answer.
We as a country look to man for most all answers now, we don’t look to God.
Yes, I know, I don’t have a popular message, one that tickles people’s ears.
I hereby issue a Spiritual Advisory for America.
Jesus Christ is the only answer.
We thank Charles for fixing the transmission of the FGGAM ministry car! Praise God!
Written by Pastor Duke Taber
This week at my church I won’t be sharing a traditional Mother’s Day sermon but instead will be sharing a message about the God who comforts as a mother who comforts her child. Often times we place upon God attributes that show severity and rigidness. However I would like to show you the God who is willing to comfort us as a mother comforts her child. So let me start by sharing with you a verse out of the book of Isaiah chapter 66 and verse 13.
GOD COMFORTS LIKE A MOTHER
I will comfort you there in Jerusalem
as a mother comforts her child.”
Mothers are very special people. No one has more hopes, dreams, ambitions, and love for a child the way that a mother does. She watches over her child and hurts when they hurt. In my own life, my mother has been there to encourage and comfort me many times when life has thrown me a curveball. Many times in fact she has been there before I even let her know that I was struggling. She has had a sixth sense about such things.
MARY THE MOTHER OF JESUS AS A GODLY EXAMPLE OF A MOTHER
Mary the mother of Jesus is an example of a mother who watched over her child. In Luke’s gospel chapter 2 we see how she was just like a typical mother. She heard, watched and pondered the things that she saw. Let me give you a few examples.
17 After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, 19 but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often.
Later Jesus was presented at the temple as was the requirement of the law. During this time as they were asking for a blessing to be pronounced over their child, a man named Simeon shared with them these things.
33 Jesus’ parents were amazed at what was being said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, but he will be a joy to many others. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. 35 As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.”
Then to top it off, a woman named Anna who was a prophetess and confirmed to them what Simeon said about Jesus.
38 She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem.
All of these things were things that Mary heard and pondered concerning Jesus. They were the deep things that only a mother dwells on and were the hopes and ambitions that she did not know how God was going to accomplish.
These are the same types of things that mothers hear and hope for their own children. They may not be prophetic words about changing the world but they are still hopes and dreams that a mother has for their child.
Later, when Jesus was 12, Mary had another experience that caused her to dwell on the future of her son.
41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. 42 When Jesus was twelve years old, they attended the festival as usual. 43 After the celebration was over, they started home to Nazareth, but Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents didn’t miss him at first, 44 because they assumed he was among the other travelers. But when he didn’t show up that evening, they started looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they couldn’t find him, they went back to Jerusalem to search for him there. 46 Three days later they finally discovered him in the Temple, sitting among the religious teachers, listening to them and asking questions. 47 All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 His parents didn’t know what to think. “Son,” his mother said to him, “why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been frantic, searching for you everywhere.” 49 “But why did you need to search?” he asked. “ Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they didn’t understand what he meant. 51 Then he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. And his mother stored all these things in her heart.
As our children grow up, they start walking out their own lives. During their teenage years they do not give much thought to the heart and needs of their mothers. As you can see in this passage, Jesus was not thinking about the needs of his mother, but was busy getting on with what God had called Him to do. He was in His father’s house. He was in the house of God. In the KJV is states that He was about His father’s business.
Mary is beginning to see that what she had hidden in her heart concerning what was said about Jesus when He was born is coming to pass. Now let’s look at the difference in how Jesus deals with His mother later in life. Rather than not thinking about her heart and her needs, He makes sure she is taken care of.
26 When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” 27 And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.
Here we see that Jesus makes sure that His mother is going to be taken care of and comforted by family. He places her care into the hands of John, the writer of this gospel. He knows that she is going to be lost, confused, bewildered etc. All of the things that were spoken of Him seem to be falling apart. He is being rejected and despised by those that were supposed to find deliverance from Him. It was going to be a dark day for Mary.
Many times, mothers will be faced with what Mary is seeing. Their hopes and dreams for their children seem to be falling apart. Their lives seem to be turning out differently than what they had believed God for. They do not see the promises of God being fulfilled in their childrens lives.
But the crucifixion is not the end of the story. Jesus promised that He would send the “Comforter”.
THE HOLY SPIRIT: THE GOD WHO COMFORTS
John 16:7 KJV
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
In the book of Acts, Jesus leaves instructions to His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they are immersed in the Holy Spirit. The story is not finished. Mary will see the fulfillment of the promises and the things that she kept in her heart.
4 Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. 5 John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
Now there is no mention that this was spoken to Mary but there is mention that Mary is part of the group that is obeying the instruction that Jesus gave to these disciples.
14 They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus.
In Acts chapter 2 we see the fulfillment of the promise of the Comforter coming. The Holy Spirit was poured out and Mary saw the fulfillment of the destiny of her child and she saw it in Jerusalem just as was promised.
ALLOWING GOD TO COMFORT YOU
This morning I just want to encourage you to allow the God who comforts to comfort you. Allow the Holy Spirit to immerse you in His presence. Allow God to comfort you as was promised in Isaiah.
I will comfort you there in Jerusalem
as a mother comforts her child.”
We pray for all Mothers! I thank the Lord for my Mom, Ruth, my Grandma’s Lena and Dena and my Mother-in-law, Betty! And my wonderful wife Sharon!
Lord Willing I will have a visit with you on Friday!
For God’s Glory Alone in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ, Dewey, Sharon, family and FGGAM Team
Let us keep praying for each other and our families.