Thought For The Day 09/29/13


This Is The Word Of The Lord


Sunday September 29th, 2013



Russian Orthodox icon of the Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian

18th century (Iconostasis of TransfigurationChurch, Kizhi Monastery, Karelia,Russia).


John the Apostle lived from c. AD 6 – c. 100, and he was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus according to The Bible. The son of Zebedee and the brother of James, it is believed that he survived all of the remaining Apostles, who (it is believed) died a martyrs death. And while there are many named John who have been honored as Sainta by the Roman Catholic Church, John the Apostle is likely also known as  John the Evangelist, John of Patmos, and the Beloved Disciple.

He is identified by scholars as the author of five books of the Bible including, “The Gospel of John”, the “three Epistles of John”, and the “Book of Revelation”!



Gospel, John 1:47-51 NIV 


When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” 

“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.

Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”

 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” He then added, “Very truly I tell you,you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”


What Does John Mean?

While some scholars view this passage as a way for Christ to show the world the omniscience of his deity. He is able to discern Nathaniel sitting under the fig tree, hidden from sight. And this is likely one explanation that merits consideration. But I prefer to see this in another way….Christ’s more human way! I see Christ as someone who is intuitive, observant and able to make some draw some conclusions about a person’s character simply from His instantaneous observations of them.This is a gift that some possess, but few display, even today! Couple this with an ability to speculate what will or might be based on that discernment, and it is understandable that there will always be those who doubt!



Revelation 12:7-12 NIV

Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury,  because he knows that his time is short.”



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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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