The Need for Assistants

June 13 2017

The Need for Assistants

Reading from the Acts of the Apostles 6, 1 – 7:

At  that time, as the numbers of disciples continued to grow, the
Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were
being neglected in the daily distribution. So the twelve called
together the community of the disciples and said, “It is not right for
us to neglect the word of God to serve at table. Brothers, select from
among you seven reputable men, filled with the Spirit and wisdom, whom
we shall appoint to this task, whereas we shall devote ourselves to
prayer and to the ministry of the  word.” The proposal was acceptable
to the  whole community, so they chose Stephen, a man filled with
faith and the Holy Spirit, also Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor. Timon,
Parmenas, and Nicholas of Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They
presented these men to the Apostles who prayed and laid hands on them.
The word of God continued to spread, and the number of the disciples
in Jerusalem increased greatly; even a large group of priests were
becoming obedient to the faith.

We had another beautiful sunny day today and the temperature was warm.
The farmers are still hard at work plowing the fields and planting
potatoes and certain grains. I thank all those who sent me money to
help me with my debts. There is still money on the way but I did not
receive it so far. I hope the money will come overnight. My feet are
still sore and I ask you all to pray that this pain will go away.
Thank you very much.

Below you will the message of Our Lord and Savior given to Father
Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words, “I bless you My brother Melvin
and all My brothers and sisters who follow Me every day by praying and
reading the Bible. In the biblical passage above tells us the problem
that the Apostles came up against. The Christians came to them
complaining that their widows were neglected by the Jewish Christian
people. So the Apostles had a meeting and they came to the conclusion
that seven men should be appointed to distribute the food to the
Christians. All were very happy with this and so they chose seven men
to do that job. One of the most well known is Stephen, a man filled
with faith and the Holy Spirit. With this decision, the Apostles could
continue to pray and to spread the Good News. However, when the seven
were chosen, the Apostles prayed for them and laid their hands on
them. Today these men are called deacons. You should have deacons in
every diocese of the church. There are dioceses with deacons but
others do not have them. Pray that there be deacons in every diocese.
They will play a wonderful role for the diocese.
May the Lord bless you all.”

Father Melvin

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Trial before the Sanhedrin

May 31, 2017

Trial before the Sanhedrin

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 5, 17 – 26:

Then the high priest rose up and all his companions, that is, the
party of the Sadducees, and, filled with jealousy, laid hands upon the
apostles and put them in the public jail. But during the night, the
angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison, led them out, and
said, “Go and take your place in the temple area, and tell the people
everything about this life.” When they heard this, they went into the
temple early in the morning and taught. When the high priest and his
companions arrived, they convened the Sanhedrin, the full senate of
the Israelites, and sent to the jail to have them brought in. But the
court officers who went did not find them in the prison, so they came
back and reported. We found the jail securely locked and the guards
stationed outside the doors, but when we opened them, we found no one
inside.” When they heard this report, the captain of the temple guard
and the chief priests were at a loss about them, as to what this this
would come to. Then someone came in and reported to them, “The men
whom you put in prison are in the temple area and are teaching the
people.” Then the captain and the court officers went and brought them
in, but without force, because they were afraid of being stoned by the
people.

We had a beautiful sunny day today and it was not too cold. The
farmers are hard at work these days and they are planting potatoes.
The fishermen are also hard at work fishing lobster these days.
I am about to receive some money to build a house for the brothers of
Jesus but I need $500 to pay what is still waiting to be paid and then
I will receive the money. Please if you could help me with some money,
I would be very happy indeed and the money would soon be in my
account. Thank you very much.

Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Savior given to Father
Melvin. Jesus has spoken to him and he will write it down below. Here
is the message,

“I love you My brother Melvin and all My brothers and
sisters who are not afraid to suffer at times for Me. In the story
written above, you see that the Apostles were captured in the temple
and thrown into prison. The court case would be the next day. However,
during the night, I sent angels to go to the prison and open the doors
to let the Apostles out and to go to the temple to teach the people.
Then when the members of the court were present, they sent the guards
to go and bring in the Apostles. They went to the prison and found all
the gates locked but there was no one inside. They did not understand
what had happened. Then an officer came from the temple and told the
members of the court that the Apostles were in the temple teaching. So
they went and brought them to the court. There will be more of this
story tomorrow.”

Father Melvin

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Ananias and Sapphira

May 25, 2017

Ananias and Sapphira

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 5, 1 – 11:

A man named Ananias, however, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property. He retained for himself, with his wife’s knowledge, some of the purchase price, took the remainder, and put it at the feet of the apostles. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart so that you lied to the Holy Spirit and retained part of the price of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain yours? And when it was sold, was it not still under your control? Why did you contrive this deed? You have lied not to human beings, but to God.” When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last, and great fear came upon all who heard of it. The young men came and wrapped him up, then carried him out and buried him.
After an interval of about three hours, his wife came in, unaware of what had happened. Peter said to her, “Tell me, did you sell the land for this amount?” She answered, “Yes, for that amount.” Then Peter said to her, “Why did you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord?”
Listen, the footsteps of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” At once, she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men entered they found her dead, so they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things.

What a beautiful sunny day we had today. It was sunny all day and it was warm. We had a few days not long ago and they were cold enough with plenty of rain. I thank all those who sent me money to help me and others sent money to put names in the Book of Remembrance. I have a bill to pay which is $225 and I have to pay that bill as soon as possible. I would be so full of joy if I could get this money within the next few days. I pray for all of you who read the message and I ask the Lord to give you all that you need. He is there to help you.

Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Redeemer given to
Father Melvin. Jesus asked me to write these words,

“I bless you My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters who love Me and never tell what is wrong. The story which is at the beginning of the letter is taken from the Acts of the Apostles. Ananias and Sapphira were Christians who believed in Me but they did not tell the truth. They sold a part of their land and kept some money for themselves and the rest they gave it to the apostles. Ananias was the first to tell a terrible lie because it was the custom to sell some of the things you own and give it all to the apostles. Because Ananias did not do what was right, he just fell down and died. Then a few hours later his wife came in and Peter asked her if they had sold the land for a certain amount. She said “yes” and Peter said that the same would happen to her as her husband. So she fell on the floor and died.
This is a great teaching for all of you. If you are My followers,
never lie about anything. Always say the truth and you will be
blessed. I always said the truth when I was on earth. I love you all
and I bless you.”

Father Melvin

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