WWJS about Orlando?









What would Jesus say about Orlando?

The question via Facebook Messenger was  “How do you feel about what happened in Florida?” Still reeling from the deleted tweet of Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick saying the Orlando victims were reaping, I replied. “I think we should pray for them and their families.”

I am a Christian leader, and I DON’T understand hate ‘in Jesus’ name.’ Neither do I understand so-called leaders, Christian or otherwise, that make statements like Patrick’s.

What I DO understand is that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son for a very good reason; that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. That single act of God ushered in a new era; an era of love.

Present that day in Luke Chapter 13, were people much like the Gov.

“There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.”

Seems like they were trying to impress Jesus by saying that Pontius Pilate, Governor of Judea’s killing of the Galilaeans was a reaping of their own come-uppins. “We understand the ways of God, and His justice!” they  thought. Well I’m sure they wanted to hastily delete their tweets when Jesus looked at them and said…

  “…Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”

Then Jesus brought up another tragedy.

“Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”

If you would be a Christian, respond like Jesus. Remember, none of us are worthy to be saved, and we are what we are by the grace of God. Pray for your neighbors, and your enemies, and pray for the victims and their families in Orlando. And, as Jesus said, haters, pray for yourselves!

“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”
(I John 4)

Happy New Year!

12487208_553529244814280_4244600302103988083_oDearest Family and Friends, Happy 2016! Our prayer for you this year is that our loving LORD will make his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you: and lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. That the road will rise to meet you and your shoes will be iron.

Yours in Him,
Michael and Tanya Kekel

Ephesus ROCKS! (lit.)

I’m sure you’ve read about the Temple of Diana of the Ephesians in the bible; but the only remains of her temple is a lone column left standing on the temple site, in a valley near the city center.

What you’re seeing in today’s post, are pictures of the Theatre where Paul was in Acts 19.  Look carefully at the photos with the trees, and you can see the Theatre in the distance; it is massive, and very high. Supposedly, it would seat 30,000. The people ascending along the wall are going up to the Theatre entrance, which is likely where the events of Acts 19 took place.

The Theatre
2302 θέατρον [theatron /theh·at·ron/]; a spectacle;  theatre, a place in which games and dramatic spectacles are exhibited, and public assemblies held (the Greeks used the theatre also as a forum). A place where a man is exhibited,  gazed at, or made sport of. To the Greeks, a ‘Theatre’ had a 180 degree shape, but later, when the Coliseum in Rome was built, it was originally called an ‘Amphitheater’, because it was a ‘double theater’ being 360 degrees.

The main floor level is where speakers stood, such as Philosophers, Poets, etc., and all could hear them. What an amazing PA system! In addition, there were some Gladiator type activities there.

Acts 19:  28 And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians. 29 And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul’s companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre. 30 And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not. 31 And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into the theatre.



A Refuge for Mary

We went by bus from the port city of Kusadasi (KOOSH-ah-dahss) to Ephesus, through the mountains of Turkey, and briefly visited the place where they say the Apostle John took Mary to abide after the death of her Son; evidently to protect her from the Romans. This little stone house, they say, is where she lived out her days. Also notice the stone wall heavily salted with many prayers inserted between the stones; very similar to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. Afterward, we continued our bus trip toward Ephesus, about which I have much more to share.


On the road again

On the road again, to Fayetteville, North Carolina to check the progress of the Servicemen’s Home remodel, (more on that later) and while we’re there we want to have some church! We’ll be there Wednesday through Friday night, and then having a Fellowship Meeting Saturday, in Jacksonville, NC at Rev. Gandy’s; we would greatly appreciate all prayers. We return to Washington next Tuesday. God bless you everyone!


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