Thanksgiving

happy thanksgiving

by J. C. Corcoran

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving

and I have much to be thankful for; most notably the strength in my legs. For several years now, ever since my mini stroke in 2013, I have been unable to get up from the floor without help. If no one was around, I had to crawl to a chair or table and use my arms to push myself up.

But for several days now, I have been noticing a new strength in my legs. A few nights ago I knelt beside my bed to pray. usually I would sit at my desk or pray after I reclined on my bed. But this night, I felt compelled to get on my knees. I knew it was going to hurt but I felt strongly that this was what I needed to do. It hurt but not as bad as I had feared; and I was happy to see how much easier it was for me to get up.

So today, during my exercise, I decided to get down on the floor (flat on my back) and do some things to strengthen my legs and tummy muscles. When I finished, I layed there thinking – do I have to crawl over to that chair or do I dare to just stand up?

Well I dared and, amazingly, I just stood up using my legs only ( the first time in 2 years). And I sit here crying as I write this to think of God’s wonderful grace. He is renewing the strength in my legs according to his promise in Proverbs 3:7-8 “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”

Praise the Lord all you people and thank him for his goodness and grace. Obey his word and you too will receive a blessing(s). His word is truth and all you need do is trust him with all your heart.

Remember this, all of you who live by faith; God has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Can I hear an amen?

Why is Sexual Immorality So Rampant in the World Today?

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J. C. Corcoran, a servant of Christ Jesus, to all who are loved by God.

God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity – Romans 1:18-32

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”

The word of God, directly from the Bible, is the only way I could answer this question. My hope and prayer is that God will give understanding to all those who read it, and lead those, who need it, to repentance.

To God be the glory. Amen
J. C.

A Lesson in Tithing

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by John C. Corcoran

 

“My God will meet all of your needs” Philippians 4:19

I live on Social Security; a certain amount each month; it’s what I have to live on.

I needed to move so I began searching for an apartment that I could afford. Each one I looked at was more than I could afford. The lowest was at least half of my monthly income. That didn’t leave much for utilities, computer (which I need because of my writing), phone, and TV. How was I going to manage this?

I called on God and he answered. But, it was not what I really wanted to hear. God said, “Bring the whole tithe and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”

I immediately began to argue; “God, I don’t have enough now; take away 10% and how can I possibly make it?” And he answered. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverb 3:5

“Well, Lord, I definitely don’t understand but I do trust you with all my heart.” So, I went on line and gave 10% of my income that month to Gleaners, which is an organization in Indianapolis that feeds the hungry. And God wants us to feed the hungry.

On October 27th, 2015, I went online again and gave another 10% to Gleaners. And on November 4th – just eight days later – I moved in to this cute little apartment from which I am writing this. All of my utilities were turned on (including a $100.00 deposit to the water Dept.) and my computer was on so I could work, and I have a phone; and I still have money left over. In fact, I have more than 10% of my check left. Yes, God has kept his word to provide my needs, plus some.

The only thing I don’t have is a TV but I am able to watch movies (dvd’s) on my computer, and I can go online to catch the news and weather. I would like to have a TV but I don’t really need a TV and the promise is; My God will meet all of my NEEDS.

However, God says, “I will pour out so much blessing that you will not have enough room for it.” So, I believe that if I continue to tithe, which is a blessing in itself, God will provide me with a vehicle and a TV.

Yes, it is a blessing to tithe – feeding hungry people makes me feel good and God says in Matthew 25:34-35; “Come, you who are blessed by the Father… for I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…”

He Loves Me Just because

God so loved

by John C. Corcoran

 

My relationship with my earthly father was one that I would never wish on my worst enemy. I don’t know why, or what I ever did to my earthly father but I’ve always felt as though he hated me for some reason. I remember the many beatings I received from him; and I remember all the names he called me, i.e. “stupid”, “birdbrain”, and, excuse my language but, his favorite name for me was “shit for brains”. I cannot remember, one single time, ever hearing him tell me he loved me.

So, when I was told that God loved me, I had a whole lot of trouble accepting it. But now I can truly say that I know that I know that God, my heavenly Father loves me. Even with all the things I’ve done to be undeserving of His love. Like Saul of Tarsus, I’ve been a chief among sinners. I’ve broken every one of God’s laws several times over. And yet, He loves me so much that he allowed His only Son to die for me (John 3:16).

My earthly father never told me he loved me, but my heavenly Father tells me, and shows me, time after time, after time.

My earthly father called me terrible, filthy names but my heavenly Father calls me “good and faithful servant”.
I don’t know why my earthly father hated me so and he’s gone now so, I guess I’ll never know. But I know my heavenly Father loves me and He will go on forever, which means that love will go on forever. He promises to never leave me nor forsake me. He loves me unconditionally.
I tried and tried to gain my earthly father’s acceptance and it’s just the opposite with God, my heavenly Father. There is nothing I need to do, or can do, to receive His love. He loves me just because…..
Can you feel the love I’m talking about? Just go to Him. He’s knocking at the door of your heart. In Romans 10:9-10, He says “confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead and you will be saved.” Believe me when I say He loves you just because.

The Scapegoat

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The Scapegoat
By J. C. Corcoran
Back in Old Testament times they celebrated what was called the Day of Atonement. Atonement had to be made for all the people once a year. On that day, the priest would take the animals the people brought to him; usually a lamb or a goat, and he would slaughter all but one goat.
The blood from the slaughtered animals would then be poured out over the altar. Then he took the live goat, placed both hands on its head and confessed all the wickedness and sins of the people. Finally he sent the goat into the desert. The “scapegoat” carried their sins away.

Leviticus 16:20-22 tells us:  “When Aaron has finished making atonement for the Most Holy Place, the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall bring forward the live goat. 21 He is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites—all their sins—and put them on the goat’s head. He shall send the goat away into the wilderness in the care of someone appointed for the task. 22 The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a remote place; and the man shall release it in the wilderness.
All of this was a picture of Jesus Christ, who was called “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.” John the Baptist made that declaration in John 1:29. Then we are told that John the Baptist baptized Jesus. All four Gospels tell us different parts of the story. But, when you put them all together, it looks like this:
I see John rest his hands on Jesus as He goes down into the water; just as the priest placed his hands on the head of the animal on the Day of Atonement. When Jesus came up from the water, Luke 1:12 tells us He headed out into the desert; just like the scapegoat on the Day of Atonement.
I believe at this point, Jesus took on the sins of the world; just like the scapegoat. But there is one big important difference. The priest slaughtered those animals and poured their blood out on the altar. The religious leaders of the New Testament had Jesus slaughtered. His flesh was torn apart by that terrible flogging.
The cross they hung Him on became the altar of sacrifice. His arms were outstretched; His hands were nailed to the cross; the blood from his arms and hands reached the corners of the cross. The thorns on His head caused His head to bleed, so the blood touched the top of the cross. His feet were nailed together so His blood covered the foot of the cross.
His entire body was a mass of blood so the entire cross (the altar) was covered; saturated; with the blood of the Lamb. The sacrificial Lamb had taken on all the sins of the world and carried them, Himself as the High Priest, to the altar.
Just before Jesus released His last breath of life, we are told in John 19:30 that Jesus said… “It is finished.”
The writer of the Book of Hebrews says in 9:22… “The law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.”
And he says in verse 25 that Jesus did not enter heaven again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now He has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself.”
And one final note:
The tabernacle in the Old Testament was furnished with a lampstand, table, and the altar (Exodus 25-40). There was no chair for the priest to sit down and rest. He didn’t have time to sit; he was always busy.
But Jesus, our High Priest, said, “It is finished.” Then God raised Him from the dead and He ascended into heaven where He “sat down at the right hand of God.” (Hebrews 10:12)
Jesus said “It is finished.” And all you have to do is “confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead and you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9). And when Peter was asked, “What must we do?” He answered, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)

Salvation is a free gift of God and the bible says “And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Acts 2:21

I did, many years ago; and I have never regretted it. Neither will you if you haven’t already.

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen

If you have a question or a comment on this or any of my posts, you can email me at: Yazzi6234@gmail.com

I promise to answer every one a.s.a.p. – if not sooner.

Walking in the Light

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“The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going.” John 12:35b
I can certainly attest to that. Have you ever been in total darkness? I mean so dark that you can hold your hand directly in front of your face and not be able to see it? I have.
When I was a student at the seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, I worked for the Seminary security department. What else would a retired cop do, right? It helped pay my tuition. Anyway, I happened to be on patrol one evening when we were expecting a severe storm to hit the area.
During my patrol of the campus, I had to patrol the inside of the building that housed the School of Music. My plan was to start in the basement floor and work my way up the next two floors. There was an outside entrance to the basement and that’s the one I used.
From ground level, there was a flight of stairs down to the entrance way. As you entered the first set of doors, you were in a small area where you could leave your boots and wet coats; then there was another set of doors, which led into a large corridor.
The corridor ran north to south and was probably close to a hundred yards long. Running along either side of the corridor were doorways leading into the library, classrooms, meeting rooms, and several offices. It was after hours when I made my patrol so all of these doors were supposed to be locked. It was my job to walk the length of the building and make sure they were. At the far end of the corridor were two sets of double doors, which led into a large conference room and music room.
It was getting dark outside as I entered but the building was well-lighted. It took me probably less than ten minutes to reach the far end. I had walked along the east side checking all those doors and would return along the west side. Just as I reached the far end, while I was checking the doors to the music room, there was a loud clash of thunder; a bright flash of lightning and then; the lights went out.
For the first, and only, time in my life, I witnessed total darkness. When the lights went out, I was facing the south wall. I quickly turned around and nearly stumbled over my own feet. I was shocked. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Nothing! Absolute darkness!
I stood perfectly still with my back against the south wall. Since I was standing with my back against the wall, I knew that I was facing north, so I should have been able to see through the glass windows on the entrance doors. But there was nothing. All of the outside lights were out as well.
I thought, oh well, I just need to walk straight ahead; once I get outside, I should be able to see something.
I started moving forward, slowly; one foot in front of the other. In less than a minute, I walked into a wall. I was stunned; I could not believe it. And then I had to wonder: is this the east wall or the west wall?

I stood perfectly still and stretched my arms out to the side. There was nothing there. So, I had no idea where I was. That’s when I put my hand up and touched my face. Slowly, I moved my hand away and discovered that I could not see it. My hand was directly in front of my face ( I think ), but I could not see it.
I decided to use my radio to call in. I needed to let them know where I was. The radio did not work. I found out later that the lightning had struck the tower and the transformer.
Okay; I thought if I put my back against this wall and slide along, I should hit something. I should either wind up near the entrance way or back at the conference room wall. I decided to move left. I moved slowly; it was a little creepy. I started thinking about all those crazy Halloween movies. I was hoping to come upon one of the classroom doors because that would mean I was moving in the right direction; toward the front door.
I was so disoriented, I wasn’t even sure how much time had passed. I was moving slowly but I thought surely I should have reached one of the classroom doors by now. I heard a noise so I stopped. Then I heard a loud hum and suddenly the lights came on. The emergency generator had kicked on and I saw, but couldn’t believe, that I was still within four feet of the south wall and leaning against the east wall. I was going back toward the south wall. A quick look at my watch showed me that what had seemed like an hour had actually been less than five minutes.
I quickly moved along the west wall, checking the doors, and, with a deep sigh of relief, reached the exit and ran up the stairs. It was still dark on the outside so I went and sat in my patrol car. And As I sat there, it struck me how true those words from the Holy Scripture really are; “The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going.”
Jesus says in John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness.” And He says in John 15:5… “…apart from Me you can do nothing.” You can’t even find your way down the corridor.
People all over this crazy world are stumbling around in darkness and don’t even know it. If you don’t know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are walking in darkness. If you are not following Him by reading His words and obeying them, you are walking in darkness.
So, come to the Light. As Peter says… “Repent and be baptized in the Name of Jesus…”
Oh Lord, my God, I pray in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth that You bless the person reading this with peace and grace; lead them out of the darkness and into the light and bless them abundantly. Amen

Can You Have Too Much Bread?

bread 3I was recently reading a chapter from Jeremiah, the Prophet of Crisis, by Timothy Joseph Golden, and something he said about the bread of life opened my eyes to an interesting concept. He was referring to John 6:35 where Jesus says, “I am the bread of life.” And then he connected that to the story in Matthew 14:13-21, where Jesus feeds the 5,000 with just a few loaves of bread. Actually there was more than five thousand; Matthew in 14;21, “the number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.”

For one thing, as I read all four versions of the story in all four gospels, I learned that this is the only miracle, other than the resurrection, that is actually told in all four gospel accounts. So, I figure this must be very important and I prayed and asked God to show me why.

Matthew and Luke report it in the same way. There were five loaves of bread and two fish and they both say that after the people ate they were satisfied, then it says,  “the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.” John says it a little differently; he says that the pieces that were picked up were “pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.” And Mark is even different than that; he says “the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish.”

Now, the reason I’m quoting all four is to dispel any arguments by those who read this and want to say somebody must be wrong. No, I don’t believe any of them are wrong. It’s just that anytime you get four people telling a story, there will be differences in those four stories because one remembers certain points in the story and another will remember something else. I witnessed it many times when I was a police officer talking to witnesses.

And keep this in mind also; Matthew and John are the only ones of the four who were actually there when the bread and fish were served. They witnessed the actual miracle as it occurred, so you can imagine that it is indelibly marked in their brains. Mark and Luke were not there. They were companions of Paul; long after the actual event. In the Book of Acts, which Luke writes, he refers to several sermons preached by Peter; and Peter was also there when the bread and fish miracle occurred. So, it’s my belief that Luke and Mark picked up their version of the event by listening to Peter. Thus the differences in the telling of it in the four gospel accounts.

Now that I’ve got that out of the way, I began by saying that this story about the bread opened my eyes to an interesting concept, and here it is. It’s really so simple that I can’t believe I haven’t caught it sooner than this because I know I’ve read the story of the loaves and fish at least a hundred times. And that is the point I wish to make here; even though I’ve read it a hundred times, God just now revealed this to me.

You see, we are told that there were twelve basketfuls left over after Jesus fed five loaves of bread and a few fish to more than five thousand people. This tells me that we can never get enough bread; there will always be more available. In John 6:35, Jesus tells us that He is the bread of life. And in John 1:1 we see these words; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Jesus is also the Word and we believe the Bible is the Word of God.

Jesus is the bread of life and Jesus is the Word. Bread, therefore, is food for the soul. the word of God, therefore, is food for the soul. We can never get enough of the word. Remember what I said earlier? I read it a hundred times and finally caught on to this concept. We can never get enough bread. We can read the same verse, chapter, or book many times over; and each time, we will glean something new from it; a new revelation from God.

Can you ever get enough bread? No, I don’t think you can. David said “I hide your word in my heart so I will not sin against You.” We need God’s word, we need the bread of life. Jesus said in John 15:5, “apart from Me you can do nothing.” If you don’t stay in the word, you’re as good as dead. I don’t know about you, but I do not want to be a dead christian. I think that’s probably a misnomer.

So, here’s my point; if you love Jesus and you want to follow Him as he says in Luke 9:23, you need to stay close to Him. He says in John 10:14, “I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”  But how can you know Him or stay close to Him without reading about him. Read the word; obey the word; live by the word. He says in John 8:31, “if you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples.” A true Christian is a disciple of Christ Jesus. His disciples were “called Christians first in Antioch.” Acts 11:26

Praise the Lord, oh my soul. I pray oh God, for all those reading this that You will bless them abundantly. Feed them the bread of life, and to God be the glory through Christ Jesus. Amen

Like a Little Child

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Have you ever seen a little child opening gifts on Christmas morning? That’s how God wants us to receive His gift of salvation. John 1:12 says “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God.”
Are you a child of God?
How do we receive the Kingdom of God? Do we trust God like we trusted our earthly father when we were little children.
I remember one of the fondest days of my young childhood. My father took me to the theater to see a movie: “The Durango Kid”. The theater was on Market Street and, as we were walking up Market Street toward the theater, we met two men who worked with my father.
One of them said, “Is this your son?” My father placed his large hand on my head and said, “yep, this is Jackie and we’re going to the movies.” Man,what a proud moment that was; so much so that I still recall it. And that is how God wants us to recall the day we came to Him and asked Him to save us.He wants us to expect Him to grab us in His loving arms and never let go.
He wants us to believe in His Son, Jesus; to trust Him as we trusted our parents when we were kids.
When I was a kid, I expected my parents to take care of me; to feed me; to protect me, And that is how God wants us to trust Him. He tells us that He will provide our every need in Philippians 4:19.
Our earthly father may let us down at times but God promises that He will “never leave us nor forsake us.” (Hebrews 13:5).
Have you learned to trust Him? Have you confessed Jesus as Lord? Do you believe that God raised His Son, Jesus, from the grave? This is what it takes to have Jesus call you a child of God?
The Bible says that “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” Today is the day of salvation because you may not be here tomorrow.
On the news today; happening as I write this, is a report of a shooting at a college in Oregon where several people were killed. Did they know they would die today? Were they ready to meet God? I certainly hope so.
Are you ready to meet God? I certainly hope so.


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Why I Write What I Write

writing by J C Corcoran

Psalm 51:12-13 says … “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.
I have prayed those very words back to God several times in the past few years to remind me that God has instructed me to do that very thing. It all started back in 1988 when I was a guest speaker at a business meeting. One man at that meeting – a black man named Bill – stopped me as I was preparing to leave and told me this: “I am an evangelist and, as I heard you speaking, I felt impressed to pray for you and I believe, with all my heart, that God has instructed me to tell you that He wants you in ministry.”
I was flabbergasted, to say the least, and I couldn’t wait to get back to my home town of Flagstaff, AZ and talk to my pastor. After I explained to him what had happened, he surprised me even more by saying, “You know, Jack, I have read some of your work and I believe you are a good communicator so I don’t doubt that God has called you into some type of teaching ministry.”
It took several years, including two years at seminary and even preaching at several churches in and around Fort Worth, TX, for me to learn that I could write better than I could talk. So, I began writing a novel that was finally published in 2006. It only sold around 300 copies so I was quite disheartened about the whole thing. But God kept after me; He wouldn’t let me go; and He finally led me to that Scripture. He has indeed granted me a willing Spirit and so I need to teach others as God teaches me.
Another reason I write what I write is because of what it says in Haggai 2:18, which says, “From this day on, from this twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, give careful thought to the day when the foundation of the Lord’s temple was laid.” Well my friends, I think some of you might already know that we are the temple of the Lord. “For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” (2 Corinthians 6:16).
We, Christian believers and followers of the Lord, Jesus Christ, are the temple of the Lord. Christ is our foundation.
And this country, the USA, once had that foundation. When this country was younger, its foundation was God. The schools taught from the Word of God (the bible). Now, you can’t mention His Name out loud in the public schools.
During the Christmas season, which is quickly coming upon us, we used to see manger scenes all around town; not just at the churches but in parks, stores, etc. – people were reminded of the meaning of Christmas (the birth of Christ) but No More! In fact, there are very few churches who display the manger scene outside. Inside you might see one, but unbelievers don’t go inside. And because of it the people don’t know.
And so I write. I write to remind the believers who they are in Christ and I write in the hopes that someone who doesn’t know might wander onto my site. And as the last part of Psalm 51:13 says, “sinners might turn back to God.”
And so I ask all of you, who do believe – if you will share these words of mine with others, you too will be doing the will of the Father. Keep in mind these words from Jesus in Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
Thank you for listening. I remain your servant in Christ;
J C Corcoran