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Inside – the high priest began asking Jesus about His followers, and what He had been teaching them. Jesus replied – “Everyone knows what I teach. I have preached regularly in the synagogues and the Temple – where the people gather. I have not spoken in secret. Why are you asking Me this question ? Ask those who heard Me. They know what I said.”

Then one of the Temple guards standing nearby slapped Jesus across the face. “Is that the way to answer the high priest ?” he demanded.

Jesus replied – “If I said anything wrong – you must prove it. But if I’m speaking the truth – why are you beating me ?”

Then Annas bound Jesus and sent Him to Caiaphas – the high priest.

In Part 5 of my continuing sermon leading-up to Resurrection Sunday I continue from the Gospel of John – Chapter 18. In Verses 19 to 24 John writes about the high priest and his questioning of Jesus. (This is the morning that He was crucified – what we now know as Good Friday.)

This questioning was in accordance with Roman law at the time where defendants were questioned directly. It was an attempt for the defendant – Jesus – to incriminate Himself. This differed from Jewish law where witnesses were questioned instead to establish guilt. Jesus replied that they should talk to the witnesses – His followers – as everything that He had taught them was not done in secret. It was done in a public forum – free for anyone to see and hear.

One of the Temple guards was so insulted at what he saw as rude and disrespectful answers to authority that he slapped Jesus across the face.

Jesus obviously knew that he was in the right. No witnesses accused Him of anything. No evidence was presented.

Let’s continue on with Verses 25 to 27, and Peter’s 2ND and 3RD denials of Jesus:

Meanwhile – as Simon Peter was standing by the fire warming himself – they asked him again – “You’re not one of His disciples – are you ?”

He denied it – saying – “No – I am not.”

But one of the household slaves of the high priest – a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off – asked – “Didn’t I see you out there in the olive grove with Jesus ?” Again – Peter denied it. And immediately a rooster crowed.

Sometimes it may seem convenient to keep your personal relationship with Jesus Christ a secret in order to avoid questioning, mocking, ridiculing, and persecuting by those of the world who hate us for who we follow and what we believe. I think that we’re all guilty of that at times when we’re distracted by the world and not focused on our King of Kings. Christ said (in red letters) – “But everyone who denies Me here on earth – I will also deny before My Father in Heaven.” (Matthew 10:33)

I’ll continue this journey through John Chapter 18 – next Sunday Scripture.

Missed the first 4 parts of this sermon ? Check them out – PART 1 / PART 2 / PART 3 / PART 4

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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1986

Every Friday I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 15, 25, 30, or 35 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 4TH Friday of the month, so I go back 35 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday February 23RD 1986:

  1. “The Phantom Of The Opera” – Sarah Brightman & Steve Harley
  2. “When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going” – Billy Ocean
  3. “System Addict” – Five Star
  4. “And She Was” – The Talking Heads
  5. “How Will I Know” – Whitney Houston

35 years ago this weekend Sarah Brightman – one of the stars of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom Of The Opera” – scored a # 1 smash on my chart with the title track of the West End (London) musical. At the time she was married to Andrew Lloyd Webber. He composed the song (with lyrics added by others). I actually saw the play LIVE in person later in 1986 with a couple of coworker friends of mine at the time. It was my first play ever. I saw it several months after my first concert ever.

Nationally (in the United Kingdom) Billy Ocean’s # 2 hit was # 1 in the British Isles. Whitney Houston’s # 5 hit was # 1 back home stateside on “American Top 40”.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with 2 more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

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My Spring Break 2021 Road-Trip

One week ago (last Thursday) I returned home from my Spring Break 2021 Road-Trip. It was a fun 5-day adventure traversing 624 miles through the 10 South and Central Florida counties of Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, Okeechobee, Highlands, Hardee, Glades, Hendry, and Collier. I also barely touched Monroe County, and I saw its many islands.

Starting here in Miami-Dade County (my home of 33 years) I ventured from my church building in Homestead (right after Sunday service) up to NW Broward County. That’s where I attended the TobyMac concert at the BB&T Center. I wrote all about it this past Monday.

On Monday morning (Presidents’ Day) I was back on-the-road from Broward to Palm Beach to Martin, and into Okeechobee County. I made a pitstop for a few hours at the northern rim of Lake Okeechobee – just south of the city of Okeechobee. It was my 2ND visit to the area. I’d previously spent a few days leading-up to Christmas Day of 2019 there. I walked a portion of the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (high atop the dike / levee). I actually walked exactly 2.00 miles on that dike – a mile up to it and then eastward along it, and then a mile back to where I started. After that I took in views of the beautiful lake from the pier.

I drove northward from the lake about 15 miles to Arnold’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (a first-time visit). This place exceeded my expectations, and I really appreciate the work that they do to save and care for the animals in the local area.

After my fun few stops in the Okeechobee area it was on to Highlands County (probably my future hometown county once I retire). I arrived in Lake Placid on Monday afternoon, and this would be my home for the next 3 nights.

I enjoyed Dinner at a nice restaurant in town with a friend who used to live in Homestead and was a close sister in my first church family. She and her husband moved away and settled in Lake Placid. It was good to see her again. We may be neighbors in the future.

On Tuesday morning I headed northward and then westward from Lake Placid into Hardee County. I’ll share my Tuesday and Wednesday of my road-trip next Thursday here on my blog.

Miles Driven on Sunday & Monday = 229

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Blogging Christian God Ministry Music Radio

My Top 10 Hits – Week 210

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. It’s the continuation of a weekly hobby that goes back 40+ years. Here it is – this week’s chart:

1 1 13 Every Step Of The Way
[12TH week @ # 1]
Cade Thompson
2 2 15 Out Of My Hands Jeremy Camp
3 4 6 Say I Won’t MercyMe
4 5 5 Less Like Me Zach Williams
5 3 20 Truth Be Told Matthew West
6 1 Good God Almighty Crowder
7 10 3 Battle Belongs Phil Wickham
8 9 4 Next To Me Jordan Feliz
9 8 5 Fires Jordan St. Cyr
10 6 9 Another In The Fire Hillsong United

# 1 This Week In:
2020 – “Almost Home” – MercyMe
2019 – “Maybe It’s OK” – We Are Messengers
2018 – “Gracefully Broken” – Matt Redman Ft. Tasha C. Leonard
2017 – “Love Broke Thru” – Toby Mac

Last Sunday night (February 14TH 2021) I attended TobyMac’s “Hits Deep Tour 2021” at the BB&T Center here in South Florida (Sunrise). It was my first LIVE concert in over 11 months (since just before COVID shut-down America), and it was my first LIVE concert at the BB&T Center in over 15 months. It was also my 3RD TobyMac concert in mid-February over the past 4 years.

The wearing of face masks was mandatory and strictly enforced by staff. The arena had socially-distanced seating. Individuals and groups were more than 6 feet apart from others both in the standard (elevated) seating as well as the floor seating. Arena seating (usable for the concert) was probably no more than about 20% to 25% full. It was one of the best concert experiences I can ever remember for the simple reason that I had plenty of room to stand-up and dance all around my seat on the floor, and I did just that. Everyone had their own personal dancefloor !

I was seated along the right-edge of the floor in the center of the arena. There were two stages – the main stage up-front – and the center stage to the left of me (by about 20 feet or so).

Unspoken kicked-off the show from the main stage, and then Terrian performed from the center stage. We Are Messengers were up next from the main stage, and then Cochren & Co. took over from the center stage. Tauren Wells performed from the main stage. The first 5 artists split (almost evenly) 1 hour and 20 minutes (about 15 minutes apiece). They were all great. We Are Messengers are my personal favorite of the 5, so naturally I was singing and dancing along through all of their hits. I liked when Chad Mattson (lead singer of Unspoken) guest-performed “Echo” (the Elevation Worship song) with Tauren Wells.

After a 35-minute sermon and fundraising push (Food For The Hungry) TobyMac took center stage for “The Elements”. He performed non-stop hits for the next 1 hour and 35 minutes – performing about half of his set from the main stage – and half from the center stage. The guy has so much energy for his age. (He’s 56.) He’s also from one of my childhood hometowns of Fairfax County Virginia.

Terrian was with Toby for many of his hits. (She’s a back-up vocalist with Toby’s Diverse City band.) Michael Cochren assisted Toby with one of his hits.

What a great night to praise and worship my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ with my instant church family for the night.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again this upcoming weekend – with 4 new entries on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday. I don’t blog on Saturdays. That’s my day of rest.

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Be blessed my friends !  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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