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To God Be the Glory

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Published Date : 2014-08-07T01:37:21.000Z

Probably more persons have accepted Christ with strains of that old hymn ringing in their ears than any other gospel song. Just as I am, without one plea, But that Thy blood was shed for me, And that Thou bidd’st me come to Thee, O Lamb of God, I come. Charlotte Elliott, who wrote that song, was an invalid living in England. One day Dr. Malan, a house guest from Geneva, broached the subject of personal salvation and asked Miss Elliott whether she ever had come to the Lord Jesus Christ and accepted Him as her personal Saviour. The young woman resented the question and quickly changed the subject. But it set her to thinking. Later she said to Dr. Malan, “You spoke of coming to Jesus, but how? I am not fit to come.” He replied, “Come just as you are.” She did so; and later, in her room, she wrote the lines of her hymn. One verse says: Just as I am, poor wretched, blind; Sight, riches, healing of the mind, Yea, all I need in Thee to find; O Lamb of God, I come. Sometime afterward she related her experience to a friend and showed him what she had written. Somehow the lines got into print, and eventually people began singing them to a tune composed by a New Englander, William B. Bradbury. Today the hymn is translated into many languages, and people of every color, every age, and every station in life have knelt before God and made it their prayer of penitence. Some hesitate to come as they are. They think they’re not fit to come. They want to dress up first. They think they have to get rid of their bad habits, or make restitution, or do something else before they can come. That’s like a drowning man who can’t swim but who keeps struggling in a vain attempt to save himself. The lifeguard can’t save him until he quiets down. You can’t save yourself. God does not ask you to. All He asks, if you are not saved, is that you let Him do it. Just confess your need of salvation and repent of your sins, and then trust in His saving power. Never mind your bad habits or misdeeds. He will help you solve those problems later. It will be easier than you expect, for you will be a new person once you are saved. Come now, and don’t delay. You need not wait another minute, as the hymn says: Just as I am, and waiting not, To rid my soul of one dark blot, To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot. O Lamb of God, I come. This is a modified version of the original classic hymn.

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Published Date : 2019-04-03T21:37:12.000Z

Winners 1 Peter 1:7-9 – These [trials] have come so that your faith — of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire — may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (NIV) As those who journey in the kingdom of God, we can rejoice that God is with us always. So, when I wake up in the morning, I say, "Morning, Lord!" (or something similar) and pour out my mind upon Him with my thoughts for the day. Those who are in a relationship want to talk to their partner. Then, at some point, I try to remember that He is actually God, worthy of my praise and worship, and not just my companion for the day ahead. I reflected today on how I used to want to win a million pounds so that I could give the money away to good causes. The discussion would be something like this: "If I were to win a million pounds, I could give 100 percent of it away and help those in need." I did not hear God's reply, so I continued: "I know that my wife would not look kindly on me, giving away all of the cash when we are in debt to the mortgage company." Covetousness would sneak up on me from the nether regions and I would say, "So how about if we gave away 90 percent of the million pounds and we keep 10 percent to pay off our debts and have enough for a new car and a holiday?" Then, I would say, "But I know that it would be hard for me to give 900,000 pounds away without giving some to my children, so how about 20 percent for us and 80 percent for good causes, etc.?" By this time, I would realize that I was sunk and would give up asking, in the knowledge that I could not be entrusted with money that would first become mine, because I would want to own it and spend it, rather than allow God to flow through the giving. In reality, we do not own money, because the value of any paper money that we possess is not inherent; it carries an authority as currency which is recognized as binding. We use it, if we have any, to trade, receive, or give away. Now, we have digital as well as paper money, no longer with intrinsic worth, unlike the original copper, silver, and gold lumps of metal, which, several millennia later, are still traded as desirable. I am reminded how God gave us His Son, Jesus, sent into the world to bring us back to Him. The value of this Jesus kingdom is innate and always with those who are willing to receive it. As Christians, we are recipients of this free gift of grace, winners as a part of the kingdom of God on earth. We have Jesus abiding with us always via the Holy Spirit. We are tasked with giving away this good news of grace, witnessing to our life-changing salvation. We are entrusted with something of greater worth than mere currency. Prayer: Lord, we rejoice that You have set us free from sin and taken us to be a part of Your kingdom here on earth and in heaven. Grant us wisdom and boldness to share Your story and give away the joy of the good news. Be with us as we pray for all those we can, in Jesus' name. Amen. Rod Marshal

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Published Date : 2019-03-27T14:47:07.000Z

A Sabbath Moment Psalm 46:10-11 – "Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth." The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. (NRSV) In a busy world, Sabbath is something that we need to seek intentionally. People need to pursue Sabbath moments in life. People in the church and in society alike need concrete examples of how to create Sabbath — in their car, through their lifestyle, while engaged in daily activities. In the storms of life, Jesus created Sabbath moments in various situations and found the presence and peace of God. Mark 4:37-38a – But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. (NLT) Luke 6:12 – One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night. (NLT) Luke 9:18a – One day Jesus left the crowds to pray alone. Only his disciples were with him. (NLT) Luke 22:39 – He came out and went [to pray], as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. (NRSV) It is essential for us to model what we believe. We have to show people first what Sabbath means to us. We have to show the world what it means to be observers of Sabbath in a world always on the go. Prayer: Speak to us, Lord, as we seek You again and again in the stillness of a Sabbath moment, a pause in the pace, a quiet in the quickness of the day, until Sabbath shall at last become for us a hallowed discipline, a familiar way of life, a moment with You. Amen. Kenn Stright

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Published Date : 2016-01-11T15:54:59.000Z

"...They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son." Zechariah 12:10 Yesterday we learned that if we're looking for humility, we gaze at God. More specifically, we focus on Christ. No, even more humbling, we drag ourselves to the cross. It is there, pride is suffocated... 'self' withers... and humility results. Why the cross? Because the spirit of humility is lavished not on the deserving, but on the undeserving. Nowhere do we recognize ourselves as more undeserving than when we stand in the shadow of the cross. How do you humble yourself before the cross? Just take a look up into the night sky. Jesus, who set suns and stars spinning in motion, who dreamed up, not just our galaxy which is 100,000 light-years across, but a billion other galaxies Hubble Telescope will never photograph, this Jesus who "determines the number of the stars" and "gives to all of them their names," looking at the distinctiveness of each star and then dreaming up a name that "fits," this same Jesus who, on the cross, did not suspend His commands for squirrels to hibernate or birds to fly south, Jesus who held together "by His word" the very sinews and joints in the hands who hammered spikes into His wrists, this same Jesus bore His Father's wrath against you and your sin when He hung on the cross. Amazing love! How can it be that God should plunge the knife in His own chest for me - me, or you who yawns and makes a mental note to get a manicure when you focus on your chipped nail as you lift the communion cup to your mouth. Humility is just another word for the little-last-lost-least position you hold when gazing at Christ. Tackle a word study of 'redemption' and 'reconciliation,' 'atonement' and 'propitiation.' When you meditate on exactly what occurred at the cross, you'll be inviting the spirit of humility. Lord, if you could make yourself "of no reputation," as it says in your word, so can I. I humble myself before you, Lord Jesus. Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

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Published Date : 2019-04-18T20:21:22.000Z

Why Should I Die..Jesus Christ Superstar in 1973 After growing up in the church, I found myself in a backslidden condition, while attending this move with a date. Hearing the lyrics I was moved to tears, while my date was wondering whats wrong with this dude!! The Holy Spirit was convicting me and calling me to come home..

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Published Date : 2019-01-29T02:09:13.000Z

Living Hope Psalm 27:7-9 – O Lord hear my voice when I call; Have mercy and answer. Of you my heart has spoken: "Seek his face." It is your face, O Lord, that I seek. Hide not your face. You have been my help. Do not abandon or forsake me, O God my help! When the waves of grief swell and break upon us like ocean breakers, soaking us with pain, then in that moment, have we felt abandoned and alone? With the Psalmist do we cry, "Do not forsake me, O my God, help!" Grief's emotions roar within like the Niagara River cascading onto the rocks below. Logic fails. Memories intrude unwanted upon our day. We are benumbed. Our friends and families grow impatient. We just can't seem to "get on with it." At those times, one thing I do know from experience. God enters our lives. Others who have mourned are God's agents of strength, comfort, and hope. I also know from personal experience, that because Jesus lives, and imparts the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to me, I can face tomorrow. Believe the Good News. In Jesus, there is hope. Prayer: Holy Comforter, always you are there for us. Thank you for such steadfast, secure love. Abide with us for Jesus' sake. Amen. Cassandra Wessel

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Published Date : 2014-12-02T04:20:06.000Z

"Call upon me and l will answer you" say the Lord in the book of Jeremiah 33:3 He listen! Because He is good, merciful, and faithful. And today verse invites us to call upon the Lord. Sometimes the Lord is quiet, and looks like that is not listening, but He is listening. The bible say the He humble himself to see the heaven and earth, psalm 113:5-6 and the following verse say: "He raises the poor out the dust, and lifts the needy out the ash heap, " (vrs 7 ) the poor and the needy are calling upon the Lord. A few days ago, l was at one of the Shopping Mall, at the time l was leaving the mall l got across a lady that it looked that was waiting for someone at the entrance of the Mall, but at the moment that l pass her, l felt that something pulled me back to her, then l turned my head and look at her, and decided to get closer, l introduce myself, and l say to her that l talk to people about Jesus loves. And she smile and said I believe in Jesus. Do you have any need that l can pray for, maybe someone in your family, and tears start coming down her face, and she said, l was praying to the Lord, and give him a sign, and this my third time that l give Him a sign, for l have a sister at the hospital, she have surgery twice, and l say to the Lord l give you this sign if you are going to heal my sister, and the Lord answer me with the sign, but then l ask him, Lord l need more, l give you this other sign if you are going to heal my sister, and the Lord answer me again, but l still doubt, and l just say to him, if someone offer me to pray for me then l going to believe that you are going to help my sister, and here you are asking me if you can pray for me, and we pray together there at the entrance of the Mall. I asked for her sister name to keep praying for her, and she gave me her name and her own e-mail address. I gave mine too. Now l am going to the hospital to visit her sister, and l pray and call upon the Lord for this visit, that the Lord be glorify in that person, with many health issues but the more complicated is a heart problem. Where the two surgery has been done. Father you are a God of miracles, a merciful God, compassionate, and you listen to the pray of your people, right now Lord, l give you thank for this opportunity to go and visit Ramia at the hospital, l ask you for your presence, Lord. That your presence be with us in that room, for in your presence anything can happen. I ask you for your healing touch in the life of Ramia, and for your Holy Spirit to help her to believe, for you there is nothing impossible Lord. I join to Roula her sister, that has been praying for her and ask you Lord to answer to her cry, Lord, if it is in your will. In the name of Jesus l pray. All glory, all praise, all honor and all power to you. Brothers and sisters I ask you for your prayers too. Thanks to all. May the Lord bless you with the wonders of heaven to each of you, have a blessed day everyone. Alba Montes

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Published Date : 2016-03-10T13:51:07.000Z

As a believer in Christ—don’t focus on yourself; focus on all that you have in Christ! “How’s life?” someone asks. And we who’ve been resurrected from the dead say things like…Well, things could be better…or, I couldn’t get a parking place… or, My parents won’t let me move to Hawaii. Are you so focused on what you don’t have that you are blind to what you do? Paul asks in Philippians 2:1, “Have you received any encouragement? Any fellowship? Any consolation? Then don’t you have reason for joy?” You are blood-bought and heaven-made—a child of God! So be grateful and joyful! For isn’t it true? What you don’t have is much less than what you do! Don’t focus on yourself; focus on all you have in Christ! From A Love Worth Giving Max Lucado

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"Our Father in heaven" -- We need to always acknowledge first and foremost who we are talking to. He (God) is our heavenly Father. We address Him with respect just as we should address our earthly father with respect. He is the only true God who created all things in this universe, including ourselves. He loves us and we need to show our love for Him. "Hallowed be your name" -- We must see Him as being holy, sanctified, consecrated; worthy of praise, honor and glory! "Your kingdom come" - We acknowledge His coming kingdom. We pray that Christ will soon return and establish His earthly kingdom where we will reign with Him for eternity. "Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven" -- We need to be praying for His will to be done in our lives, so that we might bring glory to Him here on earth as He is also glorified in heaven. We need to do things His way, instead of selfishly doing our own things to satisfy our own desires. "Give us today our daily bread" -- We should ask our Father each day to provide for our needs, just as He promised in His Holy Word. His Word says that we don't have, because we don't ask. Of course, we must first know God through His Son, our personal Lord and Savior. If we don't know Christ, God won't acknowledge this request for daily provision. "Forgive us our debts (or transgressions) as we also have forgiven our debtors (transgressors)" -- This speaks about forgiveness among our associates, neighbors, friends, family and loved ones. Any and all persons in our lives that we come in contact with in social or business situations are included as well. If we can't forgive others, how can we expect our heavenly Father to forgive us? "Lead us not into temptation" -- We need to ask our heavenly Father to help us recognize every evil thing, every temptation before us. We need help to stay focused on our Father and see the evil that we might fall into, for what it is really is, a trap set by Satan to bring us down to his level. "But deliver us from the evil one" -- Help us, dear Father, to steer clear of that liar and deceiver. Let us see clearly the path that you want each of us to walk. By the power of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us, may we never stray from your will and way... Lord's Prayer - A Glorious Ending Some commentators believe that the end of the Lord's Prayer - "For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever" - was added by someone other than the original writer. Whether that's true or not, this last phrase simply emphasizes more praise and glory to God the Father - so it's absolutely biblical... a glorious ending to a model prayer to God!

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Published Date : 2017-07-25T03:13:28.000Z

Talking To God Or To People I have come to the conclusion that some of us who lead in worship services or are asked to offer a public prayer at gatherings of some kind are at times caught up in the desire to be well spoken. We want to be assured that the people around us are able to hear us and are impressed with the way we pray, the words we use, and how good we sound. We attended a church some time ago where it is the custom that one of the elders offers the pastoral prayer. Some of them bring a sheet of paper either with the prayer written out in full or else a card with some points to refer to and the names of people to be remembered in the prayer. That is my style as well. One time when we were there, the elder who prayed had no notes, and several people commented to me about what a great prayer he always offers, and someone mentioned how he prayed without having written anything down. I started to feel that my style was inferior, but then I remembered that to me, it almost appeared that he was talking to the people rather than to God. This reminded me of a funeral that I once attended, where one the daughters of the deceased talked about her father. She mentioned a number of good things about him, including the fact that he always prayed at mealtime. One time, one of her aunts was visiting, and after the prayer, she told her brother, "I'm sure that it was a good prayer, but I did not understand a word of it." Her brother replied, "That's all right. I wasn't talking to you." Jesus tells the parable of the two men who went to pray. Luke 18:10-14 – Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, "God, I thank You that I am not like other men — extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess." And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, "God, be merciful to me a sinner!" I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. (NKJV) Jesus reminds us that we don't need long prayers; we don't need to impress those around us. It is good just to express our inner thoughts to God in simple prayer, whether privately or publicly. Prayer: Our Father in heaven, when we are struggling to find words to thank You for the good things in our lives and to bring You our concerns, we pray that Your Spirit will guide us, and that all we say will be for Your glory and not ours. We ask it in Jesus' name. Amen. by Joel Jongkind

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Published Date : 2010-08-06T00:00:12.000Z

"Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?Exodus 15:11 English Standard Version (©2001)

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Published Date : 2012-03-13T20:24:18.000Z

"The lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you." Genesis 22:5 NKJV Abraham is about to sacrifice his only son—and what word does he use to describe the act? "Worship." He's headed up the mountain to place the biggest part of his life on an altar and he calls it "Worship." When we think of worship we typically think of offering a song, or a prayer, or a gift. But when Abraham worshiped, he offered his son. He offered the biggest part of his life to God. Max Lucado

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Published Date : 2010-07-18T03:13:51.000Z

Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name; the upright shall dwell in your presence.Psalm 140:13

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Published Date : 2019-02-06T04:12:27.000Z

The Only True God Psalm 62:1 – For God alone my soul in silence waits; from him comes my salvation. John 17:3 – Eternal life is to know you, the only true God, and to know Jesus Christ, the one you sent. Acts 4:12 – Only Jesus has the power to save. His name is the only one in all the world that can save anyone. How shall I meditate? Christian meditation must be centred in God alone, the only true God; in Jesus Christ, the only one who has the power to save; and in the Holy Spirit who makes it all come together. Silence, Scripture, Prayer and Time are essential. Here are Bonhoeffer's key words of direction: The words that come from God will be the steps upon which we find our way to God. Accept the words of Scripture and ponder them in your heart as Mary did. That is meditation. When we read the Bible we are to make a very slow quiet, patient, advance from word to word, from sentence to sentence. Try one short sentence, or even a word or two that grabs you. Then ponder this word in your heart at length, until it is entirely within you, and has taken possession of you. Such meditative reading of Scripture leads directly to prayer. Repeating God's words after him, we begin to to pray to God. Ask Jesus to help you. He will. Prayer: O Lord God, I have just read a mass of words. Help me to find the ones that you have chosen especially for me today. Keep me keen to follow through on this adventure of getting to meet you and know you on a daily basis. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. Grant Muir

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Published Date : 2015-12-09T15:50:29.000Z

To comfort all who mourn, To grant those who mourn in Zion, Giving them a garland instead of ashes, They will raise up the former devastations; And they will repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations.… Isaiah 61:3

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Published Date : 2014-12-03T20:10:46.000Z

Because He Lives... Have you ever sat and pondered that truth. What does that mean? Because He lives, we can face anything in this life. Because He Lives, we live forever. Because He lives, we have victory over sin. Because He lives, we have victory over hell. Because He lives, we can face uncertainity. Because He lives, all fear is gone. Because He lives, I know that He holds the future. Because He lives, we will enjoy Him forever. Because He lives, we will learn more of Him all the days of eternity and not scratch the surface. He is the Resurrection and the Life... He is the Bread of Life.... He is the way, the truth, and THE LIFE... Kurt Steele

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Published Date : 2010-05-22T23:51:57.000Z

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10)................................... Support this artist by purchasing their work @ Amazonmp3 or iTunes

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Published Date : 2016-09-23T10:39:43.000Z

Sir,” the woman said, “I see that You are a prophet. 20Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews say that the place where one must worship” is in Jerusalem. 21“Believe Me, woman,” Jesus replied, “a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.…John 4:20 **see the instrumental version on Tanner Track at

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Published Date : 2011-02-01T03:29:47.000Z

Psalm 147:4-5 - He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite. (NKJV)

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Published Date : 2013-02-19T18:40:01.000Z

Oh magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. Psalm 34:3, NASB Worship is the act of magnifying God. Enlarging our vision of Him. Stepping into the cockpit to see where He sits and observe how He works. Of course, His size doesn't change, but our perception of Him does. As we draw nearer, He seems larger. Isn't that what we need? A big view of God?

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Published Date : 2011-10-28T11:42:43.000Z

"Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:9-11)

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Published Date : 2010-04-29T13:53:17.000Z

And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom (Matthew 27:50-51a).

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Published Date : 2015-02-07T19:51:10.000Z

Son of God, the Lamb of God, the Resurrection and the Life, Alpha and Omega. Phrases that stretch the boundaries of human language in an effort to capture the un-capturable, the grandeur of God. They always fall short. Hearing them is somewhat like hearing a Salvation Army Christmas band on the street corner playing Handel’s Messiah. No names do God justice! But there is one name. Jesus. A name so typical, if He were here today, his name might be John or Bob or Jim. He was touchable, approachable, reachable. “Just call me Jesus,” you can almost hear Him say. Those who walked with Him remembered Him not with a title or designation, but with a name—Jesus! It’s a beautiful name and a powerful name. The day is coming when at the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord! Max Lucado

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Published Date : 2015-04-01T15:28:18.000Z

"For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ." Galatians 3:27 I often wish I could dress myself. I can't pull on a sweater, button a jacket, or hike up a pair of slacks. This frustrating predicament has driven me at times to God for help. And isn't it like the Lord to give not only grace, but insight. I was reading today's verse and decided to hunt down other references to clothes. Isaiah 61:10 says "I delight greatly in the Lord...for he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness." There's a similar reference in Revelation 19:8. Even back at the Garden of Eden, it was God who provided skins to clothe Adam and Eve after the Fall. Why does the Bible say that God clothes us when it speaks of our righteousness? Then it hit me. Garments of salvation and robes of righteousness are things we cannot provide for ourselves. God provides the salvation and the righteousness. Yes, we can clothe ourselves with Christ as it says in today's reading, but it's His righteousness, not ours. Righteousness is something that God does to us and for us. In fact, when we try to impress God by our own acts of righteousness, the Bible doesn't call them clothes, but "filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6). Can you imagine putting on a garment which you sewed out of smelly, soiled rags? I now have a whole new perspective on my "robe of righteousness" whenever someone dresses me! The Lord Jesus Christ is our garment of praise, our robe of righteousness, our garment of salvation. Put Him on today and delight in all that He sacrificed to clothe you in something so precious, so priceless...His righteousness. Lord God, I want to head into this day clothed in Your righteousness, not righteous acts performed through my fleshly effort. I put You on today. Help me to put off sin and self-centeredness and anything that detracts from Your glory. You are my robe of salvation, and I couldn't be dressed in a finer garment! Blessings, Joni and Friends

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Published Date : 2010-05-05T17:20:01.000Z

And hope maketh not ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth His love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. -Romans 5:5- 8-

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Published Date : 2019-02-07T14:35:10.000Z

Willing To Try? God has chosen ordinary people — you and me — to help others. Occasionally, it is for something very significant, but usually, it is for something small. However, in every case, we have to be willing to try in order for God to use us. Where I now live, there is a self-serve breakfast buffet. The coffee dispensers sit on a shelf that is a little high for short people. The other day, I noticed a new resident struggling because of her height, having difficulty filling her cup. A nearby person provided assistance and engaged in a welcoming conversation. When the helpful lady returned to the table where I was seated, I complimented her on her kind act. She replied, "Well, I tried." That little act has resulted in the new resident feeling welcomed, the two starting an ongoing friendship, and both parties benefitting, just because someone was willing to try to help. The famous hockey player, Wayne Gretzky, is quoted as saying, "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take." If we don't try, we will never succeed. I have often told others that God wants to use us, but He can't do so if we are just sitting on our backsides and not trying. God is a master at correcting mistakes, providing we have tried. I have over eight decades of proving that fact. It seems that I am always saying or doing something that I later regret, but at least I am trying to help others. Every day, I observe simple acts of kindness where one person is willing to try to help another. Interestingly, those little acts of kindness seem to bring even more pleasure to the giver than the recipient. Galatians 6:7 – Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (KJV) Basically, this verse plainly sets out that every action has a reaction. When our actions are helpful, we always seem to gain even more from the reactions. There is a Salvation Army chorus that has these words: I want to live right, that God may use me At any time and anywhere. Every day, you and I have the opportunity to choose to be used by God to help others. We only have to be willing to try! Prayer: Dear God, we don't understand why You have chosen to help others through us. However, we do thank You that You give us the privilege to be a part of Your scheme of life. Help us to be willing to try to do our part in the extension of Your kingdom. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen. by Vincent Walter

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Published Date : 2019-02-28T09:51:23.000Z

Calm Our Troubled Waters Luke 8:24-25 – The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!" He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. "Where is your faith?" he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, "Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him." (NIV) Years ago, we started out on a holiday, heading from Ontario to British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada. As I drove along, towing a pop-up trailer with my husband, two children, and a dog in the car, we were in trouble before we got out of the province. The axle on the trailer broke off at the wheel, the trailer fishtailed, and I lost complete control of the car. Mishaps like this can strike us without any warning, and can leave us wondering what happened. As it turned out, we passengers were shaken up but not injured. The car was a write-off, and the holiday was over. Just as a calm lake can, in moments, be churned up into a sea of billowing waves, so the storms of life can, without warning, come crashing down upon the shores of our calm, quiet lives. Whether the storms of life are sudden illness, an accident, surgery, a broken relationship, or death, when the storms come in the midst of the calm, we are not prepared. Sometimes, in a moment, a vast change can take place. Let us not be afraid, for fear is not of God. Instead, let us simply trust in Him, for here we sense a closeness to God, when we believe without seeing. Here is when our faith must hold firm, like an anchor thrown from a boat into the sea. Prayer: Our Father in heaven, help us to weather the storms of life. Let not our faith be shaken, but keep us close to You. Calm our troubled waters, and teach us to put all our trust in You. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen. by Anne Russell

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Published Date : 2019-01-22T23:21:34.000Z

God Is Always With Us Psalm 121:5b – The Lord is your shade at your right hand. (NKJV) One day, I was studying Psalm 121, and as I do quite often, I checked my Dutch and German Bibles. I noticed that in those two languages, there is only one word for shade or shadow, the emphasis being on shadow. That made me think more about the word "shadow", as in the shadow that we see when the sun shines. When I was a little boy, I remember discovering my shadow. It was going along beside me, and it did not matter how fast I ran or how quickly I stopped — it was still there. I tried to outrun it and outmanoeuvre it, but it was still there — it did not matter what I did. That is the way it is with God, whether we act according to His will or not. Whether we are aware of His presence or not, He is there. That is one of the main messages of the Advent season, which begins today: Matthew 1:23 – Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. (KJV) He is our shade in times of trouble, and He is always with us. The psalmist asks the question, "From whence comes my help?" And then comes the immediate answer: "My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth." (Psalm 121:1b-2 NKJV) No long explanations, just a plain statement. Then it continues with the assurance that God is always with us: "The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore." (Psalm 121:5-8 NKJV) Moses told the people of Israel that whatever happens, "Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you." (Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV) God assures us that He is always with us: "Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10 NKJV) Jesus Himself assured His disciples (and us!): "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV) How wonderful and reassuring it is to know — really know — through Scripture and faith, that God is always with us! Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we get such comfort from the knowledge that whatever happens, wherever we are, You are always with us. We thank You for this assurance, in Jesus' name. Amen. Joel Jongkind

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Jehovah Shalom - Jehovah send peace, the name which Gideon gave to the altar he erected on the spot at Ophrah where the angel appeared to him ( Judges 6:24 ). Elohim - The Hebrew name for God Yahweh - Yahwehin the Septuagint: kurios…Lord, Master despotês…Lord, Master, denoting the omnipotence of God, despot, absolute ruler Jehoval Jireh - The meaning of this name is The Lord Who Provides. The name is literally, The Lord Who Sees, or The Lord Who Will See To It. Genesis 22:12-14. El - Elyon - God most high.

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Published Date : 2014-02-18T12:43:00.000Z

12 In the same way, we can see and understand only a little about God now, as if we were peering at his reflection in a poor mirror; but someday we are going to see him in his completeness, face-to-face. Now all that I know is hazy and blurred, but then I will see everything clearly, just as clearly as God sees into my heart right now. 1 Corinthians 13:12 (TLB)

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Published Date : 2010-06-16T10:32:41.000Z

The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing" (Zephaniah 3:17).

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Published Date : 2018-09-17T22:56:11.000Z

I Believe Hebrews 13:5 – God Himself has said, "I will not fail you or desert you," and so we can say with confidence, "With the Lord to help me, I fear nothing." (Jerusalem Bible) I received a phone call from my sister, aged 89, alone for a week at the family cottage. The beauty of her words inspired these thoughts. She said, "It is now night, and I am looking out at the lake. I can see nothing but the blackness of the night. But I think to myself, I know that the lake in all its beauty is still there in the darkness. Like God's love, it is there, even when we find it hardest to see it or to trust it." I am reminded of the words scribbled on the wall of the cellar of a bombed house in one of the war-torn cities of Germany, found by American troops when they entered, searching for snipers. A victim of the holocaust had drawn a Star of David, and, beneath it, had written these words: I believe in the sun — even when it does not shine I believe in love — even when it is not shown; I believe in God — even when He does not speak. As David said, "Though I pass through a gloomy valley, I fear no harm; your rod and your staff are there to hearten me." Prayer: O Lord our God, in Jesus You have come to us as a friend Who will never forsake us. We thank You, and we rejoice in the assurance of Your presence, even when we cannot see its evidence with our mortal eyes. We will walk and not be afraid. Amen. Harold Moddle

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Published Date : 2018-02-11T12:45:01.000Z

Unseen Blessings Psalm 34:8 – Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. (NIV 2011) A country church in our area has one of those signs which gets changed periodically. Some time ago, it displayed this saying: "Count your blessings, not your troubles." I thought that statement was a really good message. It made me think about my blessings, and I hope that others who saw it would as well. We are so prone to dwell on the things which are bothering us that we are not even aware of the blessings that we have experienced or are experiencing right now. From a strictly human point of view, the blessings seem to be hidden from us. They seem to be covered by the mundane things in life. Everyone's life has its ups and downs. We may not be happy with what is happening, but we grudgingly accept it. As one of my grandsons quite often says when things don't go according to plan, "It is what it is", and we cope the best that we can. Sometimes, really good things happen to us, and we just take it for granted. While I was thinking about this, our water bill for two months came in. I was shocked by the amount for several reasons. There are just the two of us living in our house. We are very frugal when it comes to consuming water. It has been a wet summer here in southern Ontario, Canada, and we have not needed to water our garden or flower beds. Yet our bill was, in our opinion at least, extremely high, and I fretted about that. That evening, watching the news, we saw that there are in excess of 275,000 people in Yemen who have cholera, and 5,000 new cases are expected each day, mainly because their water is contaminated. I woke up in the middle of the night, thinking about this, and I was ashamed that I had complained about the cost of our clean, unlimited supply of fresh, potable water. I had failed to see that blessing, which was hidden in the size of the invoice. There are times in our lives when we just can't see the blessings that we are experiencing, and it is at times like that when we need the power of faith in God to realize how blessed we really are. Ephesians 5:19b-20 – Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV 2011) Seeing and being aware of God's blessings has always been and is still important, right here, right now. If we are unhappy about some things in our lives, let's make sure that we don't miss the blessings that we do have. Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we ask that when we worry, when the problems of the world overshadow us, You will make us aware of the blessings that we do receive from You. We ask it in Jesus' name. Amen. Joel Jongkind

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Published Date : 2016-05-13T16:49:57.000Z

"And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him." Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)

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Published Date : 2010-05-24T15:54:19.000Z

"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe" (Proverbs 18:10))................................... Support this artist by purchasing their work @ Amazonmp3 or iTunes

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Published Date : 2019-01-08T21:19:57.000Z

Have you ever wondered why singing is part of our church services? Isn’t church the place where we’re supposed to learn about God? Doesn’t God just want us to proclaim his word? After all it took him 1,500 years to put it all together. The least we could do is devote as much time as possible to expounding it. Certainly we all need to hear as much of it as we can. Well, all of that is true. We are supposed to learn about God in his house. God wants us to hear what he has to say. And it is true that we all need to hear it in huge volumes. But God’s word is so much more than a history book. It is more than just the greatest instruction manual ever written. And yes, it is more than a collection of stories designed to teach us lessons on morality. In fact, as you spend time in God’s word you will find that he often mentions music and singing. The various verses and passages that mention music are also part of God’s word and he wants us to hear those parts as well. So, let’s take a quick look at some of the things God has to say about this part of our worship services. Following are some verses directly from God’s word that help to explain his view of music and most specifically singing. · Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (Colossians 3:16) · Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. (James 5:13) · Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; (Ephesians 5:19) · Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. 2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing (Psalm 100:1-2) · Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely. (Psalm 147:1) · O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation (Psalm 95:1) Notice that the last three entries are from the book of Psalms. Did you realize that a Psalm is a poem set to music? The collection of Psalms we know today is the longest book of the Bible. It seems to me that God is saying that there is a place for singing in our worship of him. Let’s look at some examples of how some of the Bible characters we know so well included singing in their worship of God. After God successfully delivered the Israelites from Egyptian bondage how did Moses celebrate? In chapter 15 of Exodus you will find the first song of worship recorded in scripture. Paul and Silas had been stripped and beaten. They were tired and sitting in a drab and dreary jail cell. What did they do? They proceeded to pray and sing praises to God while the other prisoners listened. (Acts 16:25) Jesus during his last hours as a free man led his disciples in song after the Passover meal and before venturing out to the garden of Gethsemane. Can you imagine the thrill the disciples must have felt as their Lord encouraged them to sing by singing himself and giving praise to God? (Matthew 26:30) So it seems clear that God endorses singing. As a matter of fact he encourages it and you might say that he commands us to sing. Take another look at Psalm 100. The first 2 verses read: Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. 2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. It does not read: “why don’t you make a joyful noise”. It doesn’t say “it might be a good idea to serve the Lord with gladness” and it doesn’t just “suggest” that we come before his presence with singing. This endorsement, encouragement, commandment is not just meant for those people who happen to have finely tuned vocal chords either. It starts out by saying: Make a joyful noise unto the Lord ALL YE LANDS. I take it that this means that everyone should be singing praises to God. So even if you don’t feel like you have a great voice sing anyway. God wants to hear you sing. Now, how you participate is your choice. You don’t have to be a member of the choir and you don’t have to sing solos or as part of special groups such as trios, quartets or ensembles. But at the very least you should open your mouth and sing what is in your heart along with the rest of the congregation when the time comes for that part of the worship service. Abba Father, we thank You for the marvellous wonders of Your creation, for the testimony of the heavens, and for songs of praise that echo throughout the earth. According to Your Word, may we speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. May we make melody to You, O God, with all of our hearts, always giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom all things exist. Amen.

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Published Date : 2010-11-02T22:19:07.000Z

All Your works shall praise You, O Lord, and Your loving ones shall bless You [affectionately and gratefully shall Your saints confess and praise You]! Psalm 145: 10

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Published Date : 2010-08-29T02:01:46.000Z

"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus."—Ephesians 2:4-6.


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