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He is not here!

“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” Matt. 28:6

He is not here…

During the course of Jesus’ ministry on earth he encountered many individuals and groups of people; some who were very poor and homeless, others absorbed in themselves declaring their deity and building their kingdoms on earth. There were others who were sick and dying, without anyone caring for them.

As I have traveled to places around the world I have seen both wealth and poverty and the majority of people are living and working toward some sort of purposeful dreams and goals for which they will be remembered by family and friends. The ones who are most hopeful are those who believe in the resurrection of the body and this is what Resurrection Sunday or “Easter Sunday” is all about.

The truth of the matter is on the morning the women mourners came to apply burial ointment to Jesus’s body, they were met with an empty tomb. Suddenly their despair and disappointment was turned into hope and excitement.

“As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples…’” Mark 16:5-7

Jesus came to rescue the perishing, care for the dying, offering hope to those who were hopeless. The disciples hope for an earthly king had been shattered but yet their hopelessness and unbelief at the time didn’t stop Jesus from dying, then rising.

Jesus was dead, buried and in the grave. But, this wasn’t the end of the story or God’s plan for mankind. Resurrection Sunday is not about an empty and final resting place here on earth, it is about an eternal home beyond our earthly understanding and is where Jesus will greet everyone who becomes His disciple, once their physical bodies die.

Christ’s resurrection is a promise for everyone who will believe in the person of Jesus. He isn’t just someone who lived a memorable life, then died and we honor His works and contributions and gifts to mankind. Jesus is risen indeed! He is alive and is in fact God, the Creator of mankind. He has already prepared for us to be with Him once our life here on earth is over.

Unlike any other idol or god, Jesus rose from the dead just like He promised he would. “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,” John 11:25

One day I was told the story of Jesus. That day as I prayed, I believed in my heart that what I was hearing was true. Jesus is the bondage breaker and takes away the bondage of sins and sorrows that plague our lives. There is no other prescription for change than the one Jesus has already written.


He walks with me and He talks with me, He tells me I am His own.
He lives inside of me!

“That you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.” Eph. 1:18-21

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The Pig Stuck in the Mud

So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating,
but no one gave him anything.

Luke 15:15-16

Recently I had a dream and it was terrible. In it there was a pig like the one pictured above that was buried and stuck in the mud. This pig looked so awful that I felt like she/he would die any second. It was buried up past it’s neck and stuck up under the porch of a house where you could barely see it at all. The yard had been flooded and to even get underneath the porch would be nearly impossible.

I kept looking around for someone to help. I was alone and there was no one in sight. It was getting dark quickly. I had to act fast if this pig was to be rescued.

I feel embarrassed to say my first thoughts were;

Just walk away and pretend that you didn’t notice it underneath there. No one will know.

Marlene’s Thoughts

Then the still small voice of the Holy Spirit spoke to me. He said, “I’ll know.”
I felt so ashamed and yet, the Holy Spirit didn’t bring condemnation only conviction. He said,

God loves that pig whether it lives or dies. You’ve been given a choice to either get down and get dirty, or to turn and walk away. Jesus still loves you too.

I woke up in a sweat. I was so thankful I was only dreaming! Then I remembered the story of the prodigal son who had squandered his inheritance and was so hungry that he would have gotten down into the mud just to eat the pigs food. Only if he had been allowed to.

Luke 15:15-16

The Lord showed me the condition of my heart and how easy it was for me to judge who is worthy or not worthy of rescuing.

The entire chapter of Luke 15 is about how God will leave those who are in good condition to go after the one lost person, in this case a pig. The Lord is ever pursuing the dirty, the broken, the lost and hurting. This is what His saving grace is all about.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53

Again, I’m thankful this was just a dream, but I’m even more thankful that like a pig stuck in the mud, the Lord sent Jesus to die for my sins, my pig pen, and he never hesitated a time coming in after me.

You are one of God’s Treasures,

Marlene

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How Do You Eat An Elephant?

About 58,000 People in Los Angeles County Experience Homelessness
Every Night. How can you help this many people?

Son: “How Do You Eat an Elephant?”
Mom: “One Bite At a Time.”
Son: “How Do We Help Those In Crisis?”
Mom: “One person at a time, One prayer, Sharing the Good News of Jesus.”

How Do People Become Homeless?

  • 31% job loss
  • 20% drugs or alcohol use
  • 15% divorce or separation
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Searching for God’s Treasures,

Marlene

Marlene has been called to go and serve others
wherever God calls her.

She combines teaching, prayer, worship with the prophetic, words of knowledge and wisdom to bring salvation, deliverance & healing to those who are lost, hurting helping each other prepare for ruling and reigning with the MOST HIGH GOD!


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Make No Mistake Vulnerable Love Hurts

Make no mistake, vulnerable love hurts. To love with complete abandon will cost you. It has cost many their very lives.

Have you ever loved so deeply that it hurts when you think about never seeing that person again? So many writers describe this feeling…

“If you were my last breath I’d just want to hold you.” ~Kip Moore

“Vulnerable love doesn’t just hope to see. It longs.” ~Beth Moore

The Apostle Paul loved his Christian brothers and sisters so much he hurt. He was willing to die alone and in prison (and eventually was martyred) to further the good news and testimony that he himself had met Jesus Christ, the living God! Before his conversion, Paul, (known as Saul of Tarsus) was a Roman citizen who was also a Pharisee and zealot. He actually went out killing and persecuting those who were the disciples of Jesus.

As a Pharisee he once took great pride in keeping God’s laws. One day as he rode on his horse to the city of Tarsus, to hunt down and murder Christians, his entire perspective changed in one instant. You might say, “He was knocked off his high horse.”

He was blinded by a light and knocked off his horse. A voice from heaven asked him this question, “Saul, why do you persecute me?”

When you have an encounter with God, it will change the way you stand.

Rev. C. Pettis

Paul, once a murderer and terrorist had been eternally transformed through the power of a resurrected Jesus. Read Acts 9.

Paul would become one of the greatest authors, evangelists, missionary and apostles the world has ever known.

After his conversion and now, years later Paul finds himself being led by the Holy Spirit knowing his future looks bleak. There are those who seek to destroy him. Those he once stood beside, now stand to judge, imprison and persecute, beat and kill him.

“And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. 24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. Acts 20:22-24

Love hurts
Love scars
Love wounds and marks
Any heart not tough or strong enough
To take a lot of pain, take a lot of pain
Love is like a cloud, it holds a lot of rain

Songwriters: Boudleaux Bryant

Near the end of his life, Paul had grown so very close to those he had once persecuted because of Jesus. His hardened heart was now soft and vulnerable. He writes near his death (most agree it was Timothy) “I remember your tears.” (2 Tim. 1:4)

Because of Paul’s conversion and the grace, love & scars Paul endured we see what Beth Moore calls Vulnerable Love.

Make no mistake there is a God who loves and treasures you. He wept, He suffered, He was crucified, for one and only one reason: His Love For The World (John 3:16).

Divine Love Does Not Spare Itself. ~ Beth Moore

He is jealous for me, Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

John Mark McMillian

You are one of God’s Treasures,

Marlene

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What is your mission statement?

I recently had the opportunity to meet with several millennials who have started their own businesses.

We discussed Google’s mission statement which is:

Google’s Mission Statement. “To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”Aug 27, 2018

God tells the prophet Habakkuk who was living and working in very evil and perilous times to write down the vision/mission/revelation and make it plain….

The Lord’s Answer

Then the Lord replied:

“Write down the revelation
    and make it plain on tablets
    so that a herald[b] may run with it.
For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
    it speaks of the end
    and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it;
    it[c] will certainly come
    and will not delay.

Read entire Habakkuk 2 Here 

The Lord gives instructions on being a righteous business man or woman and how important it is to stay focused on the vision and mission God gives us.

If you would like help discussing or writing your vision or mission statement please feel free to contact me at CinderellaReleased@gmail.com and give me your name, phone/ Skype/What’s App number and best time to reach you! I will be happy to help or simply click here to contact me.

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The Greatest Treasure!

Searching for Lost Treasure!

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?  And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 1In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:8-10



Perhaps you or a loved one has suffered a sudden or tragic loss. Questions similar to these crowd our thoughts….

“What if I don’t survive this health crisis?

What were they thinking when they did that?

Can God forgive me?

Why did he/she leave me?

Where do I go from here?

If God is good why did He allow this?

Jesus shared stories like the one above to those who would listen. Like this woman who had lost one of her valuable coins we all go through times when we suffer great loss, disappointment and hopelessness.

In this story of the lost coin Jesus compares this to a lost soul being found. Jesus says, “That the angels rejoice when ONE SINNER repents.”

God is not waiting to catch us in doing wrong, His heart is for us to be found. His love, forgiveness and eternal life is available not only for the abused, broken and hurting, but for even the worst of sinners, those who are abusers, addicts, homeless, and mentally ill. Repentance is about returning to our Creator.

There is not one soul that God does not count as treasure and of great worth.

Jesus came as Immanuel – God is with us! This is what the celebration of Christmas is all about! If He is for us, who can be against us?

When Jesus was still an infant, Mary and Joseph took him to the Temple.  Mary was there to make a purification offering as instructed by God’s Law following the birth of each child.  As Mary and Joseph walked into the Temple court, an old man named Simeon hurried over, obviously beside himself.  Taking Jesus into his arms he began praising God.  “Lord, now I can die in peace,” he cried.  “For I have seen the Savior you promised to show me.  He is the Light that will shine upon the nations, and he will be the glory of your people Israel!”

Simeon and Anna looked down into the face of God…and realized they were looking at the redeemer and deliverer of Israel. They saw the greatest treasure ever given to mankind! God came to earth as a baby and with a plan to redeem mankind!

Repentance

When we realize how much God loves us, that He created us and is alive and wants to build a relationship with us, we can accept His gift of salvation, deliverance and healing with an open heart and mind.

Like Simeon, Anna and many others we will be ready to meet Him and can die in peace and look forward to the restoration of God’s Kingdom and the freedom of living forever. Jesus is Lord of Lords and King of Kings and His Kingdom will reign and go on forever.

The crisis, trauma and sorrows of this life are only temporary afflictions and will truly be wiped away, forever when we choose to accept Jesus as our redeemer. 

You are one of God’s Treasures
Marlene Hoenig

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Merry Christmas from Marlene!

“Shalom aleikhem!” Yeshua repeated. “Just as the Father sent me, I myself am also sending you.” John 20:21 CJB

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, our savior let us remember the reason He came was to be with us, to redeem us and to return again. Our mission is to be fishers of men, and to equip and train others to lead others to Him. 

Behold, The Lamb who was slain for our sins!

For a church to be constantly needing revival is the indication of much sin, for if it were sound before the Lord it would remain in the condition into which a revival would uplift its members. A church should be a camp of soldiers, not an hospital of invalids. But there is exceedingly much difference between what ought be and what is, and consequently many of God’s people are in so sad a state that the very fittest prayer for them is for revival. Some Christians are, spiritually, but barely alive. ~Charles Spurgeon – What is Revival – Sword & Trowel 1866

Revival is not measured by the number of people who come to a church, Revival is measured by the number of sheep trained, equipped and led to the pasture God wants them! Mark Geppert, Founder SEAPC

Fishers of men are: Empowered by the Holy Spirit, Equipped by the Holy Spirit and Emitted by the Holy Spirit

True Leadership is mindful of others. 

Therefore, if you have any encouragement for me from your being in union with the Messiah, any comfort flowing from love, any fellowship with me in the Spirit, or any compassion and sympathy, then complete my joy by having a common purpose and a common love, by being one in heart and mind. Do nothing out of rivalry or vanity; but, in humility, regard each other as better than yourselves — look out for each other’s interests and not just for your own. Phil. 2:1-4 CJB

May the Lord bless you and your family this holiday season!

Marlene Hoenig

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