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The Bread and the Cup

The Bread and the Cup
Final day of freedom,

prior to the great test;

time spent with disciples,

the ones who knew Him best.

Together they gathered,

in the large upper room;

to share a final meal,

His demise would come soon.

Jesus in His great love,

broke bread and lifted up;

said, “eat and remember,

as you gather to sup.”

In the very same way,

after bread took the cup,

“My blood poured out for you,

a new covenant trust.”

They could not truly grasp,

all that Christ was saying;

His heart heavy with grief,

for what He’d been praying.

Despite the great sorrow,

He did willingly choose;

to lay down His own life,

so ours we wouldn’t lose.

As we gather, recall,

the price we could not pay;

for the bread and the cup,

all our sin washed away.

(Responding to Luke 22:19-20)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son to make the way for us to live. Thank You Jesus, for giving Your life for mine, though I deserve it not. Please forgive us for all that we do that is not pleasing to You, and help us to remember with grateful hearts, the greatest gift we have ever been given – eternal life in You. Teach us to embrace Your grace all the more, so that we may live boldly for You, loving as You love, and allowing Your light to shine brightly through us. May many come to know the glorious gift of Your sacrifice, and may they receive all that You have to offer. Let us honor You with all that we say and do, and may our love be a pleasing offering unto You. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.


The Atheist— From the Found on Facebook Files

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An atheist was taking a walk through the woods, admiring all that evolution had created.

“What majestic trees! What powerful rivers! What beautiful animals!”, he said to himself. As he was walking along the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. When he turned to see what the cause was, he saw a 7-foot grizzly charging right towards him. He ran as fast as he could. He looked over his shoulder and saw that the bear was closing, He ran even faster, crying in fear. He looked over his shoulder again, and the bear was even closer. His heart was pounding and he tried to run even faster. He tripped and fell on the ground. He rolled over to pick himself up, but saw the bear right on top of him, reaching for him with his left paw and raising his right paw to strike him.

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Count Zinzendorf & Moravians missionaries…and America’s Bill of Rights via American Minute

Count Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf was from a noble German family.While on his “Grand Tour,” in which young aristocrats were introduced to royal courts around Europe, Nikolausviewed in the Dusseldorf museum a painting by Domenico Feti depicting Christ’s suffering.

Titled “Ecce Homo” (“Behold the Man”), the painting had a caption underneath, “This have I done for you-Now what will you do for me?”Young Count Zinzendorf was moved in a profound way.

Convicted, he came to an intensely personal faith in Christ, an experience which was part of a revival movement labeled “pietism.”

In 1722, Zinzendorfopened up his estate at Berthelsdorf, Saxony, for persecuted Christians of Europe to come and live together.

People arrived from Moravia, Bohemia (Czech Republic) and other areas, and built a village on his estate called Herrnhut.

When they started disagreeing amongst themselves, 27-year-oldCount Zinzendorf began a prayer meeting, August 13, 1727, which went on24 hours a day, seven days a week, and, with believers taking turns, the prayer meeting went on uninterrupted for over 100 years.


Count Zinzendorf stated:

“I have one passion: it is Jesus, Jesus only.”

The Moravians sent out more missionaries in the next 20 years than all Christendom had in the previous 200 years.

Moravianmissionaries went all over the world:

to Greenland,

to the West Indies,

to American Indians,

to the northern shores of the Baltic,

to the slaves of South Carolina,

to Suriname,

to slaves in South America,

to Tranquebar and Nicobar Islands in the East Indies,

to the Copts in Egypt,

to the Inuit of Labrador, and

to the west coast of South Africa.

Moravian missionaries went to the colony of Georgia in America where their sincere faith greatly affected Anglican John and Charles Wesley, who later went on to found the Methodist revival movement.

Through the Wesleys, the Moravian influence was felt byGeorge Whitefield, who helped lead the Great Awakening Revival in the American colonies.

In 1741, Count Zinzendorf visited America, hoping to unify the various German Protestants churches in Pennsylvania.

On Christmas Eve, 1741, Count Zinzendorffounded Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

There his daughter, Benigna, organized a school which becameMoravian College.

Count Zinzendorf traveled with the German Indian agent and interpreterConrad Weiser into the wilderness to share his faith with Iroquois Indian chieftains, making Zinzendorf one of the few European noblemen to meet with Indians in their villages.


Conrad Weiser’sdaughter married a young German minister, Henry Muhlenberg, one of the founders of the Lutheran Church in America.

Henry Muhlenberg became pastor of fifty German families at the Old Trappe Church in Pennsylvania, December 12, 1742.
In 1751, he founded Trinity Lutheran Church in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Henry Muhlenberg was influenced by the Pietist movement within Lutheranism which stressed that ‘personal’ belief in Christ was more than just adhering to an orthodox doctrine but also involved an individual change of heart.
Pietism had an unintended political consequence.
Whereas Calvinist Puritansbelieved God had a will for everything including government and that Christians had a duty to participate, in contrast Pietistsbelieved that government was worldly and should be avoided the same as bars, theater and brothels.
It was therefore a major step forHenry Muhlenberg‘s son, John Peter Muhlenberg, pastor of Emanuel Church in Woodstock, Virginia, to join General George Washington‘s army as a colonel, with 300 members of his church forming the 8th Virginia Regiment.
John Peter Muhlenberg was promoted to Major-General in the Continental Army, then elected to the U.S. Congress and Senate.
Another of Henry Muhlenberg‘s sons, Frederick, was pastor of a Lutheran congregation in New York.
Frederick Muhlenberg became active during the Revolution and afterwards was elected to the U.S. Congress, being the first Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Both John Peter and Frederickwere members of the First Session of U.S. Congress which passed the First Amendment.
As Speaker of the House,Frederick Muhlenberg was the first signer of the Bill of Rights which limited the power of the Federal Government.
Pastor Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, who died OCTOBER 7, 1787, wrote ofGeneral George Washington‘s personal faith at Valley Forge in The Notebook of a Colonial Clergyman:
“I heard a fine example today, namely that His ExcellencyGeneral Washington rode around among his army yesterday and admonished each to fear God, to put away wickedness…and to practice Christian virtues.”
Rev. Muhlenberg continued:
“From all appearancesGeneral Washington does not belong to the so-called world of society, for he respects God’s Word, believes in the atonement through Christ, and bears himself in humility and gentleness.
Therefore, the Lord God has also singularly, yea, marvelously preserved him from harm in the midst of countless perils, ambuscades, fatigues, etc., and has hitherto graciously held him in his hand as a chosen vessel.”
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Fifth Warning: Danger of Refusing God

Hebrews 12:25-29

Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: 26 whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 29 for our God is a consuming fire.

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