Category Archives: Lenten Devotion

Resurrection Sunday 2014

“On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them,’Peace be with you.’ When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.’ And when He said this He breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy spirit. If you forgive sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.'”

In the Resurrection come great Glory and Power of God. Jesus is giving to the disciples, His power, His grace and His forgiveness. And in that we come to the fullness that what God has forgiven, we are instructed to forgive. He has breathed His Holy Spirit into us that we are enabled to use the gifts as Jesus used them. Nothing is held back.

As This time, the passion of Christ is to commemorate the forgiveness of sin, let us also forgive. As it is the time we remember the gift of the sacrifice of Love, let us love. Not for a day, but for eternity. As He has shown His glory to us, let us show His glory to others. As Jesus was sent by the Father, let us go out and be a blessing to all.

Prayer for this Day: Glory to God, Christ has risen! Glory to the Heavens above, let us rise up and greet Him who comes in the Name of the Father and by His spirit, heals and forgives. Amen and amen!


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19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” (ESV)

Lenten Devotion 2014: Holy Saturday

“Like a sapling he grew up in front of us. like a root in arid ground.
Without beauty, without majesty (we saw him), no looks to attract our eyes;
a thing despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering,
a man to make people screen their faces; he was despised and we took no account of him.

And yet ours were the sufferings he bore, ours the sorrows he carried.
But we, we thought of him as someone punished. struck by God, and brought low.
Yet he was pierced though for our faults, crushed for our sins.
On him lies the punishment that brings us peace, and through his wounds we are healed.”

He laid in the tomb, He walked into the Pit of Hell and He rescued us from death and all the saints before Him. And yet they did not know Him. Do we really know Jesus? Are we not seeing Him for the greatness He has done? Let us learn to hear and to see what others did not. Let us see God in Christ Jesus. Let us see Christ in each other.

Prayer for today: Grant us eternal Peace, and Mercy for what our sins have done. Amen


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For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected [1] by men;
a man of sorrows, [2] and acquainted with [3] grief; [4]
and as one from whom men hide their faces [5]
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his stripes we are healed. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 53:3 Or forsaken
[2] 53:3 Or pains; also verse 4
[3] 53:3 Or and knowing
[4] 53:3 Or sickness; also verse 4
[5] 53:3 Or as one who hides his face from us

Lenten Devotion 2014: Good Friday

“It was now about the sixth hour and, with the sun eclipsed, a darkness came over the land until the ninth hour. The veil of the Temple was torn right down the middle, and when Jesus cried in a loud voice, He said,’Father into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ with these words he breathed His last.” : 44-46

This is what we celebrate, the final sacrifice. In Jesus, all sacrifices are complete. As a man He took all sin, all transgressions and bore them into death. And even onto the very last breath, He committed all this to the Father. He took presented them to God and took the death that was due mankind and died for our sake.

I have believed at the moment of this death, Jesus was separated from the Father because God can not contain sin, so it was Jesus, wholly man who bore our sins. And as man, Jesus turned His spirit over to the Father to take all punishment for our sins. In doing this we are free from condemnation. While we were still sinners, He took our sins, suffered our fate and defeated Satan at his own game. That is why this day is such an important day to remember.

Prayer for Today: Lord Jesus, you gave everything that we may obtain grace and purity. You became nothing so we could have everything holy and pure. Blessed is the Name of Jesus! Blessed are You who are our rescuer and salvation! Amen!


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23:1 Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.” And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no guilt in this man.” But they were urgent, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place.”

When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. And when he learned that he belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him. So he questioned him at some length, but he made no answer. 10 The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. 11 And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate. 12 And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other.

13 Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people. And after examining him before you, behold, I did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him. 15 Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, nothing deserving death has been done by him. 16 I will therefore punish and release him.” [1]

18 But they all cried out together, “Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas”— 19 a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and for murder. 20 Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, 21 but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” 22 A third time he said to them, “Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.” 23 But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. 24 So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted. 25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus over to their will.

26 And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. 27 And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. 28 But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31 For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

32 Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33 And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” [2] And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35 And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription over him, [3] “This is the King of the Jews.”

39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, [4] saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

44 It was now about the sixth hour, [5] and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, [6] 45 while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. 47 Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” 48 And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 49 And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things.

50 Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God. 52 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53 Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid. 54 It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning. [7] 55 The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. 56 Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments.

On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 23:16 Here, or after verse 19, some manuscripts add verse 17: Now he was obliged to release one man to them at the festival
[2] 23:34 Some manuscripts omit the sentence And Jesus . . . what they do
[3] 23:38 Some manuscripts add in letters of Greek and Latin and Hebrew
[4] 23:39 Or blasphemed him
[5] 23:44 That is, noon
[6] 23:44 That is, 3 p.m.
[7] 23:54 Greek was dawning

Lenten Devotion 2014: Maudy Thursday

“I say to you as a sensible people: judge for yourselves what I am saying. The blessing cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ, and the bread that we break is a communion with the body of Christ. the fact that there is only one loaf means that, though there are many of us, we form a single body because we share in this single loaf.”

“Now taking as they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and when he has said the blessing, he broke it and gave it to His disciples, ‘Take and eat,’ He said, ‘this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he has returned thanks he gave it to them, ‘Drink all of you from this,’ he said, ‘for this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, which is to be poured out for many for the forgiveness of sin.”

In the words of Thomas a’Kepus, “For it is Your [Christ’s] work, not the power of man, Your sacred instructions, not his invention. No man is able of himself to comprehend and understand these things which surpass even the keen vision of angels. How, then, shall I, an unworthy sinner who am but dust and ashes, be able to fathom and understand so great a mystery?”

I AM NOT ABLE TO UNDERSTAND but I still believe, I believe in the fullness of Christ as it was presented to the disciples. And that when we partake of the sacrament, we are joined in Christ, with Christ and for Christ. That we are held up to God the Father in Union with Christ as a single body,one Faith one People of God. It is no coincidence that Jesus used the Passover to introduce this sacrament to us, He is presenting Himself as the lamb of Israel and by His blood on our Doorpost to our souls, we are spared eternal death but are guarded by the Holy spirit, in that we are receivers of the Promise of God for eternity.

Prayer for Today: Let the celebration begin! Christ has given Himself for us. In His blood we are sealed in the New Covenant! Rejoice, oh my people, rejoice and Praise to the Father who grants us eternal Peace! Amen


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15 I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. 16 The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. (ESV)


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26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the [1] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 26:28 Some manuscripts insert new

Lenten Devotion 2014: April 16

“Finally, brothers, we urge you and appeal to you in the Lord Jesus to make more and more progress in the kind of life that you are meant to live: the life that Gods wants, as you learnt from us, and you are already living it. You have not forgotten the instructions we gave you on the authority of the Lord Jesus.”

Now that you have left the wilderness, the wilds of the world and its sinful desires, and you are being taught the ways of the Lord, though your church, pastors and teachers; you are being lead onto the Word and the Way. You are being guided on the path of Right living, godly living. Do not let the false wisdom of the world and the flesh.

Let sound teaching reach your hearts and test every thing as to it source. Is it of men or of the Son of Man, Jesus? Continue to live as Jesus lived and walk the path of His Light.

Prayer for Today: Dear Lord, Let me make true progress on Your Light, more and more purity in loving in your Word. Do mot let me walk away from Your instructions. Amen


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4:1 Finally, then, brothers, [1] we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.

1 Thessalonians 4:2 (Listen

4:1 Finally, then, brothers, [1] we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.

1 Thessalonians 4:2 (Listen)

For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 4:1 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 10, 13

Lenten Devotion 2014: April15

“Whoever believes in me, believes not n me but in the one who sent me, and who ever sees me sees the one the one who sent me. I, the light, have come into the world so that whoever believes in me need not stay in the dark anymore. If anyone hears my words and does not keep them faithfullyit is not I who will condemn him, since I did not come to condemn the world, but to save the world; he who rejects me and refuses my words has his judge already: The word itself I have spoken will be his judge on the last day.”

The Gospel of John is loaded! It is not meant for the Sunday Morning Christian. It is meant for the Everyday Christian. These verses speak directly to the point. Keep His Word faithfully! Failure to do so will be your judgment. The key words, the word itself will be the judge. How you lived according to the word. So in the new Path of God, are you going to continue to pass your gaze at the world or are you going to keep your eyes straight on the Word?

If you believe with all your heart, your focus will be only on Jesus and His choices. You will see with His eyes, hear with His ears. Bless as He blessed and remember that He only forgave, never condemned.

Prayer for Today: I believe, Lord, I believe. Show me open my eyes, my ears to see and hear every word in my heart. Amen


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44 And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. 45 And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. 47 If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. 48 The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. (ESV)

Lenten Devotion 2014: April 14

Jesus replied to them:
“Now the hour has come
for the Son of Man to be glorified.
unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies,’
it remains only a single grain;
but if it dies,
it yields a rich harvest.
Anyone who loves his life loses it;
anyone who hates his life in the world
will keep it for eternal life.
If a man serves me, My Father will honour him.
Now my soul is troubled.
What shall I say:
Father, save me from this hour?
But it was for this very reason that I have come to this hour.
Father, glorify Your Name!”
A voice came from Heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”

So much to say in these few words, so much to understand. The Disciples could not understand that Jesus was speaking of His own death. But it also speaks of us, we are to die to the world so that we can begin a new life with eternal consequences. We are to be of service to God as He was. Only in this way can God honor us. Jesus said no love greater than to give up your life for another, but He gave up not only His Life but His relationship with the Father in taking in all our sins. And in knowing what was to come and being obedient to the Father for our sake, He was glorified and once again He will be glorified in the Days of Judgement. God has given Jesus the Glory that is His alone. God says, “I will Glorify Jesus!”

Prayer for Today: All Glory is Yours, Lord Jesus, all glory in Heaven and on Earth, Blessed are you who so loved that death is conquered. amen.


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23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

27 “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” (ESV)

Lenten Devotion 2014: Palm Sunday

“The next day the crowds who has come up for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. they took branches of palm and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna! Blessings on the King of Israel, who comes in the name of the Lord.’ Jesus found a young donkey and mounted it – as scripture says: Do not be afraid, duaghter of Zion; see your king is coming, mounted on the colt of a donkey. At the time his disciples did not understand this but later, after Jesus had been glorified, they remembered that this had been written about him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead were telling how they had witnessed it; it was because of this, too, that the crowd came out to meet him: they had heard that he had given this sign.”

We have been given a sign. We have been reminded that the King has come! he came from a humble stable, lived in a backwater town, preached in the countryside of a obscure province of a vast empire. He rode a young donkey, entered with praises and then was dragged to a tormented death only to be glorified again with the Father. We celebrate this event with palm branches, branches that were to signify the cleaning of the road, a dusty road into a glorious city.

Let the palm branches represent to you the clearing of the wilderness and the sheltering us from the dust of the world. For in Christ we are also glorified with the Holy Spirit, joined with God the Father. The waste of the Wilderness is now gone, we walk on a cushioned path, softened by Grace. The filth of the word no longer clings to us.

Prayer for Today: Blessed is he who come in the Name of the Lord! Spread our branches before the King who reigns in the Most High heaven. Glory to God. Amen!


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12 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” 14 And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,

15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion;
behold, your king is coming,
sitting on a donkey’s colt!”

16 His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him. 17 The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. 18 The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. (ESV)

Lenten Devotion 2014: April 12

“Who can overcome the world? Only the man who believes that Jesus is the Son of God; Jesus Christ who came by water and blood, not with water only but with water and blood; with the Spirit as another witness – since the Spirit is the truth – so that all three of them may agree. We accept the testimony of human witnesses, but God’s testimony is much greater, and this is God’s testimony, given as evidence for His Son. Everybody who believes in the Son of God has this testimony inside of him; and anyone will not believe God, is making God a liar,because he has not trusted the testimony God has given about His Son.”

As is my custom, I watch the movie “The Passion of Christ” every year around this time. And the movie is the testimony about Christ as the living sacrifice. We, as believers are to be filled with the Holy Spirit, redeemed by the water and blood of Jesus and reconciled before God as witnesses to the truth, that Jesus is the Son of the Living God. The question we have to ask ourselves is whether or not we have the testimony and witness of Christ or are we just going through motions to placate ourselves. Take time this week, Passion Week, to reaffirm your commitment to Christ and to become the witness that you are called to be.

Prayer for Today: From Your entrance into Jerusalem to your death and your triumphant victory over death, we exalt You Jesus, That you should take away our sins and call us Yours. Let our lives be the witness of Your Grace and Mercy. Amen


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Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. (ESV)

Lenten Devotion 2014: April 11

“Anyone who says, ‘I love God’, and hates his brother is a liar, since a man who does not love the brother that he can see cannot love God, whom he has never seen. So this is the commandment that He has given us, that anyone who loves God must also love his brother.” : 20,21

Every day I see this battle between people of God. And I wonder, if they trully understand what it means to love God. We are given the commandment, love one another, love your neighbor, love your enemy. But then we still are filled with the desire to fight each other, to maim each others hearts, to even slander them in public. Why is that?

Is ti because we still walk in the wilderness? that we have not taken the hand of Jesus completely? Or is it because we still cling to our human frailty and fleshly faults. Most likely it is simply we are weak, we are alone with our failings and are not yet perfected in love. A n on going journey that is yet to be completed and may not be until the final Judgement.

Prayer for Today: I am weak, I am still struggling with the idea of pure godly love. Help me by Your Spirit to overcome these failings that I may trully Love You and my fellow man as you love us. Amen.


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4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot [1] love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 4:20 Some manuscripts how can he