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Post  Admin on Wed 14 Oct 2020, 7:12 pm

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Guest poems by Julie Clark


Seek my face.
At the start of the day.
And I will show you. 
The living way.

Seek my grace. 
Before you eat. 
Seek my love. 
Before you speak.

Seek my hope.
Before you pray. 
Seek my joy.
Before your nerves fray. 

Seek my healing.
When you are sick. 
Seek my wisdom.
When you are confused.

Seek my life-giving stream.
When you're filled with guilt.
Seek my heart. 
When you're led.
To bring my compassion. 

Seek my peace.
When day is done.
Seek my protection. 
As you lie to sleep.


SEEK MY FACE

 

Seek my face my precious child.

Don’t run ahead and turn from me.

Don’t strive my child just rest.

And I will give you peace.

In the middle of the storm.

 

Talk to me my precious child.

I am always here for you.

And when you come.

To talk to me.

I will listen to what you say.

 

I know your worry; I know your need.

And I want to meet each one.

I’ll open the doors for you to walk through.

And give you the treasures of heaven.

If you would just trust my word.

 

So, rest for a while my precious child.

Come and talk to me.

I never made you to walk alone.

So come take my hand at the break of day.

And let me be your constant friend
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Welcome to a very special Simply Scripture on one of the most important subjects in the bible

My Dearly beloved Friends,

I have been led of the Lord to write on the most wonderful event, that is yet to happen in this world, and that is the wonderful second coming of Our Lord and Saviour, JESUS CHRIST.  In writing this, I am not going to take a position on when the rapture will happen. I am someone who just believes that we will be raptured and am looking forward to that great event.

Please feel free to share this message with everyone you can, the Word of God needs to get out into the world. The church needs to awaken, and I just hope that God through His Precious Holy Spirit, uses this message to encourage and bless my fellow believers in their most holy faith.

All bible quotes are from the Amplified Bible.


"WE DO NOT KNOW THE DAY OR THE HOUR"

Mark 13:32-37

32 But of that day or that hour not a [single] person knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 
33 Be on your guard [constantly alert], and watch and pray; for you do not know when the time will come. 
34 It is like a man already] going on a journey; when he leaves home, he puts his servants in charge, each with his particular task, and he gives orders to the doorkeeper to be constantly alert and on the watch. 
35 Therefore watch (give strict attention, be cautious and alert), for you do not know when the Master of the house is coming--in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrowing, or in the morning-- 
36 [Watch, I say] lest He come suddenly and unexpectedly and find you asleep. 
37 And what I say to you I say to everybody: Watch (give strict attention, be cautious, active, and alert)! 

Acts 1:6-7

6 So when they were assembled, they asked Him, Lord, is this the time when you will re-establish the kingdom and restore it to Israel? 
7 He said to them, It is not for you to become acquainted with and know what time brings [the things and events of time and their definite periods] or fixed years and seasons (their critical niche in time), which the Father has appointed (fixed and reserved) by His own choice and authority and personal power. 


My Brothers and Sisters, 

In the church today, there is much debate, about the exact time Jesus will return. Indeed some people are even saying, that they know the day and hour of His coming.  HAROLD CAMPING and others are WRONG...AGAIN!!!!!

Please note from the words of Jesus, that the time of his return, is entirely in the hands of the Father and no one else. If you hear people say, they know the date and time of the rapture, do not believe them.  They are deceived, and they are attempting to deceive others.  However, the Lord gives us clues regarding His return.  If you read Mark 13 and Mathew 24, Jesus tells us that there will be signs that we should look for that may indicate His return is near. Two significant signs are:  "Nation shall rise against nation and the gospel will be proclaimed to all people.”  Jesus warns the disciples that many will say, “Look here is Christ.”  

He gives us these words of warning in Matthew 24:23-27

23 If anyone says to you then, Behold, here is the Christ (the Messiah)! or, 
There He is!--do not believe it. 
24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise, and they will show great 
signs and wonders so as to deceive and lead astray, if possible, even the 
elect (God's chosen ones).
25 See, I have warned you beforehand.
26 So if they say to you, Behold, He is in the wilderness (desert)--do not 
go out there; if they tell you, Behold, He is in the secret places or inner 
rooms--do not believe it. 
27 For just as the lightning flashes from the east and shines and [h]is seen 
as far as the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.  

So how is Jesus going to return to Earth? We are told in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud cry of summons, 
with the shout of an archangel, and with the blast of the trumpet of God. 
And those who have departed this life in Christ will rise first. 
17 Then we, the living ones who remain [on the earth], shall simultaneously 
be caught up along with [the resurrected dead] in the clouds to meet the 
Lord in the air; and so always (through the eternity of the eternities) we 
shall be with the Lord! 
18 Therefore comfort and encourage one another with these words. 
We are also told that it will take the world by surprise. Jesus says that 
it will be the same as in the time of Noah.


Mathew 24:38-39

38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, 
marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 
39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and 
took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of 
Man.  


I Thess 5:1-4

1 But as to the suitable times and the precise seasons and dates, brethren, 
you have no necessity for anything being written to you. 
2 For you yourselves know perfectly well that the day of the [return of the] 
Lord will come [as unexpectedly and suddenly] as a thief in the night. 
3 When people are saying, all is well and secure, and, there is peace and 
safety, then in a moment unforeseen destruction (ruin and death) will come 
upon them as suddenly as labour pains come upon a woman with child; and 
they shall by no means escape, for there will be no escape. 
4 But you are not in [given up to the power of] darkness, brethren, for that 
day to overtake you by surprise like a thief. 

So in light of all this, what is to be our attitude? How does the return of Jesus affect our daily lives? Here are some principles for you to consider:

1) Keep looking up.. Amen. I don't know about you, but I am always scanning the skies, eagerly looking for as Paul puts it...the glorious appearing of our Lord. I hope your eyes are turned upwards...looking for Jesus. 


Titus 2:13 

13 Awaiting and looking for the [fulfilment, the realization of our] blessed hope, even the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One)...


2)  Continue living for Christ.

One of the greatest things we can do is share the gospel.  Every day over 150,000 people die.  The vast majority of them are going to die in their sins and go to hell. Many will have never heard the gospel of Jesus.  Why?  Because the church did not take the time to reach them.  CT Studd said, “Some wish to live within the hearing of church or chapel bells.  I want to run a rescue mission within a yard of hell." Time is short, people are sick and dying and you believer have the cure; if you saw someone dying and you had medicine to cure him/her, wouldn't you give it to them?"

Matthew 28:16-20 and Acts 1:8, tells us what we are to do, and it is not to debate and speculate on when He is coming back. To do this is to fall into a trap of the devil. He wants us to be side-tracked from our main task of sharing Christ, and will do whatever it takes to keep us from doing so.


3) We have to be surrendered to the Lord. We must have a close and deep relationship with Him. That means spending lots of time in prayer, reading and studying His Word, and being in fellowship with His people. 

Many brothers and sisters all over the world are suffering terrible persecution and over the coming years, the western world, will start to see more and more persecution of the Church. We really need to be so close to the Father in fellowship, so that we can stand up to the coming persecution. Christian, you may say, that I am speaking idle words, but persecution is coming.


4) We need to grow into the very likeness of Christ - Ephesians 5:1-2 and 1 
Peter 1:13-17 

Here are more things for you to consider:
We need to have on the armour of God - Ephesians 6:10-17 
We need to be filled with the Holy Spirit - Ephesians 5:18 
We need to have our minds renewed by the Word of God - Romans 12:1-2 
and Colossians 3:16 
We need to be ready in season and out of season to share the gospel - 2 Timothy 4:2 

Time is very short my brothers and sisters. Every day is one day nearer the glorious appearing of our wonderful Lord and Saviour.  Let us not debate when Jesus is coming back, but let us rejoice that He IS coming back to take us to be with Him - John 14:1-6. We need to be about our Master's business.

Matthew Henry Comments on the Apostles Question in Acts 1:

“...They (the Apostles) were earnest in asking about that which their master, never had directed or encouraged them to seek." 

You know every single prophecy about the first coming of Jesus, was fulfilled, and likewise, every prophecy about His second coming in power and glory, will be fulfilled, also.  Christian, your job is to look forward with joy to that glorious day and to spend your time in fruitful service, so that you will hear the words…”Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord." If you disagree with me on what I have written, then please give feedback. 

I owe everything to God. I am a blood-bought child of God who loves God, His Word, and His people. I have shared texts from the Holy Scriptures...the book I reverence and love.  I long for that day, when my Saviour I will see.  I hope you do too.

Scriptures for further study:
Mark Chapter 13 
Matthew chapter 24 
Matthew 25:13 
1 Thess 4:16-18 
1 Thess 5:1-4 
2 Peter 1:20-21 
2 Peter 2:1-4 
2 Peter 3:8-12 
Titus 2:13 

God bless you! 


Your friend and fellow servant 

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([url=http://gracegems.org/C/William Dyer.htm]William Dyer[/url], "Christ's Famous Titles")

"Learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart." Matthew 11:29
Learn humility, from Christ's humility.

For lack of humility, some angels became devils. 
Proud sinners are fit companions, for none but proud devils.

When men glory in their pride, God stains the pride of their glory. "The Lord Almighty planned it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to humble all who are renowned on the earth." Isaiah 23:9 

The most lowly Christian, is the most lovely Christian.
A believer is like a vessel in the sea: the more it fills, the more it sinks. 

None live so humble on earth, as those who live highest in Heaven. See how one of the best of saints looks upon himself as one of the least of saints, "Unto me who am less than the least of all saints," said the great Paul in Ephesians 3:8

The most holy men, are always the most lowly men. 

Where humility is the corner-stone, there piety is the top-stone. 

The coat of humility, should always be worn on the back of Christianity. 
"Clothe yourselves with humility." 1 Peter 5:5 

God Almighty has two houses in which He dwells: His city-house, and His country-house. 
His city-house is the Heaven of heavens; and 
His country-house is the humble and lowly heart. 
Isaiah 57:15, "I dwell in the high and holy place," that is, in Heaven, God's city-house; "and also with him who is of a contrite and humble spirit," that is God's country-house. 

Humility is a Bethel for God's dwelling-place. 
Pride is a Babel for the devil's residence. 

If you do not keep pride out of your soul, and your soul out of pride--pride will keep your soul out of Heaven.

I will not say, that a poor man is never proud, but I will say, that a proud man is never godly. 
James 4:16, "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."
The face of piety, shines brightest through the mask of humility. 

"Clothe yourselves with humility." Of all garments, humility best fits Christians and best adornstheir profession. 

A Christian should look with one eye upon God's grace, to keep him thankful;
and with the other eye upon himself, to keep him mournful. 

When you begin to grow proud of your glistening feathers, look down upon your black feet. 
[Dyer is here alluding to the fact that most white-feathered swans have black skin underneath. Hence we should not be proud of our outwardly pure appearance, while our hearts are desperately wicked.]

Revelation 4:10, "The twenty-four elders fall down before the throne, and cast down their crowns before Him who sits on the throne." The only way of keeping our crowns on our heads, is the casting them down at Christ's feet. 

Alas, sirs, what are you proud of? 
Are you proud . . .?
  of your riches,
  of your honours,
  of your relations,
  of your beauty,
  of your strength? 
Alas, alas! these are poor base things to boast in. 
Oh, go to the graves of those who have died before you. Are not their bones scattered, their eyes rotted, their flesh consumed, their mouth corrupted. Where now are their ruddy lips, their lovely cheeks, their fluent tongue, their sparkling eyes, their flowing hair? Are they not all gone, as a dream! 

And where will you be before long? 

And will you be proud of these things?

"I hate pride and arrogance." Proverbs 8:13


"He is able to humble those who walk in pride." Daniel 4:37
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Beautiful Spirit of God
 
Come, holy and beautiful Spirit of God ~
Let blessings fall on Your children.
Occupy all of our being, nor hide
Anything You are doing.
 
Your Holy Fire bring into our hearts,
Burn out the dross and impure;
Exhaust us with passions of Love of God
And help us to stand and endure.
 
Your Holy Spirit, so loving and kind ~
Please residence in my being
Till all around will look and say:
“It must be an angel we’re seeing.”
 
Come, Holy Spirit, abide in my heart,
Till love flows out like a stream;
Wash me each day in Your holy way,
Until I am eternally clean.
 
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[size=16]Australia
 
Population : 25 Million
 
Christians: 3 Million
 
Over half a million Aborigines live all over Australia. They have been mistreated for many years and are very hurt and resentful. Please pray that the power of the Gospel would penetrate this people, who are nominally Christian.
 
Pray for the Aborigine Evangelical fellowship that they would co-ordinate fellowship, training and contact with other Christian believers.
 
Please pray for the many mission agencies reaching out to these people. Over 500 are engaged in this work.
 
Please pray for bible translation work that is ongoing.
 
Nearly 3/4 million students need reaching, many from countries that are un-reached. Please pray that many Australian and foreign students would be saved and energized to reach out to the world.
 
Young people are a major challenge. Agencies such as Scripture Union and Youth for Christ are active, but so are false religions and materialism. Each school has a spiritual counselor. Many are filled by believers, but others are not. Please pray.
 
Please pray for media outreach via films, radio, literature and through the internet. The latter is a great opportunity to reach many communities as is the mobile phone.
 
May the gospel be protected by the church and proclaimed to the whole of Australia. 
 
May Jesus be lifted up and glorified in Australia.


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Experience More of God’s Presence during Your Daily Quiet Time

Committing to daily quiet time with the Lord transforms your faith. Starting your day in His Word aligns your mind, will, and emotions to fulfill your purpose that is written in Heaven for that day. 

But there is a problem. Many Believers simply go through the motions of quiet time without stepping into God’s presence. The enemy uses distractions to pull us out of a meditating mindset. 

Have you ever started to pray, and suddenly your to-do list for the day is all you can think about? 
In moments like these, take the thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. Remember that part of your inheritance is to have the mind of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 2:16). Call upon this inheritance during your daily quiet time. 

Five Ways to Experience God’s Presence during Daily Quiet Time
Surrender Your Thoughts during Daily Quiet Time
If you go into a quiet place to pray and thoughts are racing through your mind, bring them before God. Surrender them during prayer by praying scripture such as this…

“Father God, I recognize my mind is racing and not resting in Your presence. Right now, I ask that Your presence rests upon me, according to Zephaniah 3:17. Your Word says that You are in my midst, and You save me! My heart bursts with gladness. Your Word says that Your love quiets me. Therefore, I will sing Your praises, in Jesus’ name.”

Action Step: Pray scripture that speaks truth to your thoughts.

Check Your Heart and Repent during Daily Quiet Time
If you want intimacy and to experience God’s presence during daily quiet time, begin by checking your heart. 

Imagine if your spouse spoke hurtful words toward you. Then the next day, came to you, asking you to do something for them. The previous offense stands in the way of the request like a roadblock preventing a car from moving forward down the path. 

Because God wants a deep covenant relationship with you, you need to remove anything that blocks the relationship from moving forward in your favor. 

Many will approach the Lord, making requests and asking for peace, yet there is no repentance for their own unforgiveness. 

The key to experiencing God’s presence is repentance. When you recognize sin in your life, ask Him to cleanse and renew your heart, thus making room for His transforming power. 

“Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.”—1 Peter 3:7

Action Step: Get honest with God and yourself. Repent of any offenses such as doubt, unforgiveness, and fear. 

Meditate on the Word during Daily Quiet Time
In Hebrew, the word meditation means to pay attention to what the Holy Spirit reveals and to lift up the name of the Lord. 

Joshua 1:8 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

As you “lift up” the name of the Lord, you are literally speaking and proclaiming who He is: Redeemer, the Living Water, Friend, Father, Judge, and Revelator, to name a few. 

Meditating can also be described as murmuring. In the verse above, the point is to speak or murmur God’s Word throughout your day. 

This is why being in the Word of God is essential. When you know it, you can decree the Word in the physical realm, and it will shift the atmosphere of the spiritual realm.  

Action Step: Read a passage. Ask the Spirit to reveal how it applies to your life today. Then praise the Lord’s name for illuminating truth. 

Listen to Worship Music
People often think of daily quiet time as being, well… quiet. However, if we think of it as more of a time to quiet our spirit and soul in the Lord, we find a place during that time to sing and listen to worship music, again meditating on the words of the songs. 

The verses below illustrate how worship was magnified by singing and dancing. 

“speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,”—Ephesians 5:19
“… ‘I will declare Your name to My brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.’”—Hebrews 2:12
“My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing to You, and my soul, which You have redeemed.”—Psalm 71:23
“I will sing of mercy and justice; to You, O Lord, I will sing praises.”—Psalm 101:1
Action Step: Choose songs to listen to during your daily quiet time. Raise your hands, sing along, and dance.

Focus on His Faithfulness during Your Quiet Time
This may seem simple enough, but we can quickly forget the faithfulness of our Abba Father. As you enter your daily quiet time, thank God for the times He has come through on His promises… 

Has He sustained you during a trial? Tell Him. 
Has He provided for you? Tell Him.
Has He given you strength? Tell Him.
Has He comforted you? Tell Him.
Have you noticed the perfectly orchestrated events of your life fall together at the right time? Tell Him. 
“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;”—Deuteronomy 7:9 

“If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.”—2 Timothy 2:13

Action Step: Create a list of the ways God’s faithfulness has prevailed in your life. Pull the list out during your daily quiet time and talk to Him about those moments.

Take Action during Daily Quiet Time
The Lord longs to hear from you. He wants a covenant relationship with you in which you can experience His presence, power, and prosperity in your life. 

Commit to…

Eliminating distractions and surrendering your thoughts
Checking your heart and repenting 
Meditating on the Word
Listening to worship music
Focusing on His faithfulness
… and see how your daily quiet time is transformed. 

Set aside time today to meet with your Father. He’s waiting. 
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Post  Admin on Sun 27 Sep 2020, 9:32 pm

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[size=16]"The Glory of Christ"

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Psalm 110:1, "The Lord says to my Lord, sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet."
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This verse clearly concerns the exaltation of Christ. David, in the Spirit, prophetically speaks from the Father addressed to the Son: from Jehovah to Messiah. This was the One that was to come after David and be one of his offspring. To this One it is said, "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet." The Father says to the Son, "You have completed your task on earth. You have glorified Me. You have redeemed a people to Yourself. Now take Your rightful place and reign. All will submit to You. All will honor You, even Your enemies."
This is the verse that Christ quotes to the Pharisees, saying it prophetically speaks of him in Matthew 22:44. There is a lot we could say about this verse, but it really centers on the glory of Jesus Christ, and I would like to simply narrow our glance into this verse in that direction.
In Acts 7:56, '"Look," he said, "I see Heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God."' There is found more than part of the account of the stoning to death of Stephen. It is a lesson to us for meditation. Here this man, about to die, is granted a taste of Heaven before he goes, and Christ is there exalted. Christ's glory is something that the Saints will eternally make their occupation in Heaven. We are given a taste of our being with Him in John 17:24, where Christ wishes that those who the Father had given unto Him could see His glory. One day we will, and it is good for us to meditate and think on these things even now.
Christ is said to be in Romans 9:5, "God over all, forever praised." In Colossians 2:9 we are told, "For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form." 1 Corinthians 15:25, is almost another repeating of Psalm 110:1, "For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet." Examples could be multiplied greatly and I will give you just a taste by listing five more: Philippians 2:9-11, Psalm 47:6-9, Psalm 2:8, Hebrews 1:3, and Matthew 28:18.
My friends, Christ is the one with whom we have to do, both in this life and in the life to come. I would urge you to make His glory a priority now and to seek His face now, if for no other reason than as a preparation for Heaven. The angels in Heaven both worship Him and are at his command (Hebrews 1:6, Revelation 1:1). When we rejoice in Christ's glories, we join the Heavenly chorus. Just taking one example, to meditate upon the glory of Christ in His love to sinners will stir us up to love more and more one another. The one brings about the other. Christ is seated in glory. Let us worship and honour Him, as He is worthy to receive all honour and blessings.[/size]
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In His humblest works!

(Thomas Guthrie, 1803-1873)
"The earth is full of His unfailing love!" Psalm 33:5
The British Museum possessed in the Portland Vase — one of the finest remains of ancient art. It may be remembered how, some years ago — the world of culture was shocked to hear that this precious relic had been shattered by a maniac's hand. 

Without disparaging cultured taste, or this exquisite example of it — I venture to say that there is not a poor worm which we tread upon, nor a sere leaf which dances merrily in its fallen state to the autumn winds — but has superior claims upon our study and admiration. The child who plucks a lily or rose to pieces, or crushes the fragile form of a fluttering insect — destroys an intricate work which the highest human art could not invent, nor man's best skilled hand construct!

There is not a leaf which quivers on the trees of the forest — which does not eclipse the brightest glories of the painter's brush or the sculptor's chisel! A simple flower has no rival among the triumphs of invention, which the silly world flocks to see.

Yes, in His humblest works, God infinitely surpasses the highest efforts of all created skill.
"How many are Your works, O Lord! In wisdom You made them all; the earth is full of Your creatures!" Psalm 104:24 

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge!" Psalm 19:1-2

"Time for Healing"
Be still and know that I am God. Ps. 46:10 (ESV)
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles… Is. 40:31
I’m not a patient person. Anyone who knows me well could tell you that. I’m not always patient with other people, but I’m definitely not patient with myself. So, when I got what I call “Intensive Care Unit sick” with pneumonia in February of 2015, after six months of chemo therapy. I had a lot to learn about the patience needed for the process of physical healing.

After spending five days in ICU and another five in a regular hospital room, I was finally sent home. I figured that, within a couple weeks, I could get back to work. I knew I would have to start off slowly, but was kind of eager for life to get “back to normal.” God, my body, and my doctor had other ideas, though.

“Take things slowly,” he said. “Get a lot of rest. Get up and around as you feel able, but don’t push yourself too hard. You’re immune system is still compromised. You’re still on medications to help your lungs heal. You have been under stress. You need to give yourself time.”

Since my goal was to get well and stay out of the hospital, I was very willing to do whatever he said would be best. I knew he knew pneumonia a lot better than I did. I was “supposed” to rest and not stress over anything. That’s what my doctor said, so I decided to think of this as an actual "on paper" prescription. Having the decision for me to stay out longer, handed down from a “higher authority,” took away any pressure I was putting on myself to “hurry up” and get back to work and “stop being lazy.”

I realized I had a unique opportunity to concentrate on healing, without pressure of any kind to do anything else. That made so much difference in my ability to focus on the task before me. I tried to really listen to myself, as far as what felt comfortable and healthy. I rested and slept a lot. I started taking vitamin supplements. I got outside for a little sun and exercise, when the weather was warm enough. I was protective of my limited physical and emotional energy, and steered clear of all avoidable stress. I operated in energy storage and conservation mode. I was quiet a lot, choosing to let my family handle most of my phone calls, and using email and Facebook to keep friends posted about how I was doing.

I began paying a lot of extra attention to small sensory things that made me feel better, too. I wore comfy clothes, read enjoyable or interesting audio books that seemed right for my slower mental speed, listened to music I liked, journaled about my experience to make sense of it, and appreciated little things that made me smile or laugh. I allowed myself to be entertained and distracted by TV shows I liked. If I wanted company, I sought out those close to me, the people I felt safest and most comfortable with. If I wanted time alone, I went off to myself and snuggled under a fuzzy blanket, with my cat Callie snoozing next to me. I just intuitively did whatever my body said it needed, either for literal physical reasons or for emotional/mental reasons.

I started doing so many things mindfully, because everything I did took more effort, and because I wasn’t pushed for time and rushing to try and get so much done. I took each day as it came, and accepted operating at a slower pace. Regaining strength and health is a gradual process and there ware setbacks. I get frustrated with myself at times. I I am trying to come to terms with certain limitations, and humble myself enough to admit these limitations to other people.

I realize through this experience that healing happens in God’s time, not in ours. Obedience to Him (and to my oncologist) was the key. I  rely on those who are wiser and more experienced than me, and trust that they have my best interests at heart. If I don't, the process will take longer, and I may get sick again sick again.

There are times when God wants us to be more productive and involved, and times when He wants us to pull back and rest. Even Jesus had to take time to recharge, when He lived on Earth with human limitations. When we become depleted or ill, God may be telling us to step back and be less active and more meditative for a while. We get very caught up in being “human doings” when sometimes, we need to be “human beings.” Our job is to pay attention to which time and season God has us in, and to do what He wants from us at that time. His timetable may not suit us, but it truly is for our best. So, I took another immune infusion yesterday, and have another one in February. As my immune system slowly returns, I except that God knows better than I, and I fall on my knees in worship to him, and ask that He help me to take one day at a time. Thank You, my precious Savior.
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A Word In Due Season

THE ARMOR AND PRAYER

Scripture:  Ephesians 6:11 & 18  "Put on the whole armor of God .... Praying with all prayer and supplication in the spirit."

Paul instructed the people to pray with all kinds of prayer in the spirit.  However, he told them before they prayed to put on the whole armor of God.  He emphasized that we do not wrestle with flesh and blood but against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness.  He then listed the various pieces of the armor of God that are necessary to fight against these spiritual forces.  They are truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. (Ephesians 6:13-17).  The first thing that we need to consider is that the armor is the "armor of God."  It is not our own armor and does not depend upon our own personal abilities.  This spiritual armor is supernatural.  It comes from God and it bears witness of His strength.

Every piece of the armor of God is necessary and has a definite purpose.  When we wrap ourselves in God's truth, the spirit of deception has no place or authority in our lives.  So the devil cannot deceive us into praying for things that are outside of God's will or contrary to His Word.  The devil will come against us while we are in prayer and tell us that we have no right to pray because we have sinned or fallen short in our daily walk with the Lord.  But when we stand with the breastplate of God's righteousness protecting us, the devil has no room for accusations against us.  Our own righteousness, which is as filthy rags, is displaced by the pure righteousness of God.  Although our sins be as scarlet, we are made as white as snow because Jesus cleanses us from all sin.  This forgiveness allows us to approach God's throne with boldness and without any condemnation.

When our feet are shod with God's gospel of peace, we have a peace that passes all understanding.  This peace enables us to yield ourselves to God in prayer, unreservedly, because we know that all things are going to work out for our good.  As we pray, we can cast all of our cares upon the Lord, knowing that He cares for us.  When faith becomes our shield, it quenches the fiery darts of the devil.  Every doubt that comes against us is destroyed by our faith in God.  Mark 1:24 says, "When you pray, believe."  Doubts may come later, but at the time we pray, our faith must reach out and touch the heart of God.  Faith is supernatural.  It pleases God and receives God's rewards.


Paul also said, "Put on the helmet of salvation."  When you pray you must allow God's helmet of salvation to cover your mind and control your thoughts.  You must focus on God and believe that He will deliver you from every adversity that is coming against you.  Then finally, when you pray, you must take the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.  God's Word is your only offensive weapon.  There is no mightier weapon than to speak the Word of God in prayer because it silences the voices of evil.  Even Jesus used the Word of God when He stood against the devil and declared, “It is written.”

Prayer does make a difference and definitely changes things.  It is a mighty force, and like the force of gravity, we may not be able to explain it, but prayer works.  Prayer is simple communication with God.  A small word of prayer to the Heavenly Father can move a mighty mountain of difficulty.  You can stand, sit, kneel, walk, or run when you pray.  You can be alone or in a vast crowd when you communicate with God.  Your voice can be loud or your whispers can be soft.  It does not matter.  You are communicating spirit to Spirit.  The important thing is that your spiritual man is adorned with truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, and also armed with the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.  Your prayers will then be victorious because the forces of Hell cannot come against this mighty armor of God. +++
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SERMONS

4 Sermons by Derek Melton

The formation of the Biblical Church Romans 12:1-8

https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=61916130288

Solo deo gloria Romans 11:33-36

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Secret Disciples John 19:38-40

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Twas the Night before Hell John 13:18-30

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[size=18]Tears have a voice!

(Thomas Brooks, "The Crown and Glory of Christianity, or, HOLINESS, the Only Way to Happiness", 1662)

"The Lord has 
heard the voice of my weeping." Psalm 6:8

Tears have a voice. God has an eye upon a man's tears, as well as upon his prayers. Penitent tears are divine ambassadors, which never return from the throne of grace without answers of grace. Peter said nothing, but went out and wept bitterly--and obtained mercy. Tears are a kind of silent prayers, which will at last prevail for mercy. 

A sinner's face never shines so beautiful, as when it is bedewed with penitential tears.

"I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears!" Isaiah 38:5
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It pleases God to send it, and whatever pleases Him pleases me

(Thomas Guthrie, "Christ and the Inheritance of the Saints" 1858)

"Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, 
 and there are no grapes on the vines;
 even though the olive crop fails,
 and the fields lie empty and barren;
 even though the flocks die in the fields,
 and the cattle barns are empty, 
yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!" Habakkuk 3:17-18 

What should hinder him who sees God as his heavenly Father, and believes that all events proceed from His hand, and are managed by His wisdom, and are prompted by His love--from kissing the rod, and saying, "My Father, not my will, but may Your will be done." I say, what should hinder him from taking the agonizing cup and draining it to the bitterest dregs. 

We have perfect confidence in God's wisdom and in His love. We only do Him the justice which we would expect from our own children, when we believe that He does not afflict us willingly, nor unnecessarily grieve His redeemed children, nor ever chastens us but in love.

His was a noble saying who, when his crops were rotting in flooded fields, and poverty stared at him from the scowling heavens, and other men cursed the weather; on being asked his reason for saying that it pleased him, replied, "It pleases God to send it, and whatever pleases Him pleases me." We are ready to envy a man whose faith could triumph over such great misfortunes. 

Yet why should we not lie as calmly in the arms of God's providence, as we lay in infancy on our mother's bosom? 

Having an ever-living, an ever-lasting, an ever-loving father in God--how may we welcome all of His providences!

Drawing some good from every evil, as the bee extracts honey even from poisoned flowers--how may we say, "Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory!" 

Sweetly submissive to the will of God, shall it not fare with us as with the pliant reeds that fringe the margin of the lake, and bending to the blast, not resisting it--raise their heads anew, unharmed by the storm that has snapped the mountain pine, and rent the hearts of oaks asunder?

"The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised." Job 1:21 

"Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?" Job 2:10 

Guthrie Christ and the Inheritan


"Even if He slays me, I will hope in Him" Job 13:15 

"He is the Lord; let Him do what is good in His eyes." 1 Samuel 3:18 

"When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider:
 God has made the one as well as the other." Ecclesiastes 7:14 

"My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will."Matthew 26:39
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[size=32]DAILY PRAYER
 
[size=32]Lord we Thank and Praise you for all you do each day to guide, protect, provide, and answer every petition as they make their needs, wants, and the desires of their hearts known to you.[/size]
 
[size=32]Lord please bless, keep, guide, and provide each person this message reaches. Throughout each day, bless them with perfect health, healing, and the abundant supply to fulfill all they need, want or desire.  Keep each of them safe and secure, no matter the weather, temperatures, or other circumstances that should try to cause their body, mind or our spirits to be tried and tested! Guide each of them as they pray, ask, and require. (2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Ephesians 6:10-20;Luke 1:1-4; Luke 18:1-8; Colossians 1:9-23; Romans 8:26-30)[/size]
 
[size=32]Dear Lord in sharing the words of prayers and words of wisdom from history, I hope to encourage all my readers of these messages, to show that we are not experiencing anything that others have not, and to show that you always provide. Let the readers also reflect on the time and circumstances of these prayers and words of wisdom, so they may draw strength and insight from them. Amen[/size]
 
[size=32]God knows us through and through. Not the most secret thought, which we must hide from ourselves, is hidden from him. As then we come to know ourselves through and through, we come to see ourselves more as God sees us, and then we catch some little glimpse of his designs with us, how each ordering of his providence, each check to our desires, each failure of our hopes, is just fitted for us, and for something in our own spiritual state, which others know not of, and which, till then, we knew not. Until we come to this knowledge, we must take all in faith, believing, though we know not, the goodness of God toward us.[/size]
[size=32]Edward Bouberie Pusey (1800–1882)[/size]
 
[size=32]Have a wonderfully blessed and prosperous day in the Lord today![/size]
 
[size=32]TODAYS DEVOTIONS[/size]
 
[size=32](It is not my intent to be a salesperson, just send uplifting and encouraging devotions, so all links are removed, linked items are in bold print, the attached PDF still has hot links or you can follow the link at the bottom to view the devotion online)[/size]
 
[size=32]God’s Goodness in the Waiting Rooms of Life[/size]
[size=32]by April Barcalow [/size]
 
[size=32]The symptoms had started slowly enough: headaches, muscle aches, and fatigue that seemed insurmountable. When their impact on my life became undeniable, I began the quest for answers. But it was only the beginning. In the months that followed, an entire cacophony of symptoms would replace the music of my life. My muscles grew fatigued after standing or walking. I had trouble swallowing, difficulty sleeping. I had tremors and numbness and tingling. Blurred vision made it difficult to work, and brain fog kept me in a confused haze many days.[/size]
[size=32]A progression of life changes followed.. I relied on a cane daily. For longer distances, I often needed a wheelchair. A chair lift was installed in our house so that I could reach our bedroom on bad days. I went from full-time work to part-time to not working at all. During flare-ups, I managed only two or three hours of mild activity and was confined to the couch or bed for what was left of the day. I missed out on bike rides, hikes, and basketball games with my kids in the driveway. Many nights I was too exhausted to leave the couch. I frequently cancelled plans with friends because I was too ill to participate. Conversations with my husband sounded more like medical team discussions than those of a married couple. And I grieved. I grieved deeply all the things that I’d lost.[/size]
[size=32]There were no answers for all the tests and studies and doctor’s visits. No answers for nearly three years.[/size]
[size=32]Inevitably, the waiting rooms became the spaces that shaped my faith. In those quiet, long moments, I was alone with God and the questions. There were so many questions. The waiting rooms were my desert, my place of wandering and testing and learning what it meant to believe that God was good.[/size]
[size=32]I’d heard all my life about His goodness. “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8 NIV). I’d heard all my life that His plans for me, His purposes for me, were good. “I know the plans I have for you, they are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT). I’d believed in His goodness, trusted in it, even encouraged others to remember it.[/size]
[size=32]But in the waiting rooms, my God felt anything but good. I was angry and heartbroken and grieving. I felt deceived — after all, the plans unfolding in my life were anything but good. How could He promise goodness?[/size]
[size=32]He could — if goodness didn’t mean simply good things.[/size]
[size=32]I thought of my children, of my role as their mother. I knew that in order to be a good parent, I would have to let my children stumble and fall so they could learn. I would need to push them, to encourage them to grow. I would have to let them go through hard things — to avoid it would ruin them. I would need to walk with them, support them, teach them, and comfort them through difficult things. I would need to correct them at times. A child without discipline, without boundaries, without the opportunity to learn from mistakes is a child who is not thriving. There’s more to parenting than filling our kids’ lives with good things. This is the making of a good mother.[/size]
[size=32]I thought of teachers. A teacher who fails to correct mistakes in math is not doing his students any favors. Neither is a teacher who never pushes the child, never teaches new things, never encourages the student to move beyond what is comfortable and easy into what allows them to grow and learn. This is the making of a good teacher.[/size]
[size=32]So, what, I found myself asking, is the making of a good God? A God who spares me hardship and heartache? A God who only allows my life to be filled with good things, comfortable things? Why do I think a good God would be any different from a good teacher or a good mother? Where had I come up with the idea that God was only good if I was protected and sheltered and spared heartache?[/size]
[size=32]That’s not the goodness of God at all.[/size]
[size=32]Rather, God’s goodness is something much greater, much more beautiful. The goodness of God is a God who is unchanging, who never wearies (no matter how weary I am), who never slumbers. It’s a God who walks with me through the fire and water, never leaves my side, and wakes me each morning with the promise of new mercies. It’s a God who gently corrects me and guides me and who refuses to leave me in the messiness of my own wrong ideas and actions. It’s a God who has my wholeness in mind and not just my happiness. And wholeness requires growth — sometimes uncomfortable growth.[/size]
[size=32]His goodness isn’t some kind of deceit. It’s not disappointed hope or misplaced trust. His goodness, instead, is a heart that has my very best — my very fullness — in mind. His goodness isn’t absent just because I am hurting. Actually, it’s more present than ever.
Our lives are full of waiting rooms: those solitary, heartbreaking places full of questions. We question God’s goodness. We question His heart. We question whether He can be trusted in our circumstance. But the God who is good in the easy times is the God who is also good in the waiting rooms of life, in the broken spaces. His goodness is so much more than just good things.
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Repent And Believe The Good News

MARK 1:15 NKJ 15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."

According to Mark's Gospel, these are the first recorded words of Jesus Christ after beginning His earthly ministry.

It's important to understand that the word translated "Gospel" means "good news.." Many translations render it that way.

Religious thinking has turned this wonderful announcement of Jesus into a harsh reprimand used to put people down.. This wrong interpretation is something like "you no-good bunch of dirty rotten sinners, unless you become perfect I will reject you."

Nothing could be further from the truth. Truth Himself was standing before the people joyfully sharing good news of God's love. He offered truth their lives could be built on, so regardless of life's storms, they could always enjoy victory and blessing.

Jesus was not saying "repent" as a rebuke, but as an encouragement. He was not mad or condemning, but full of joy and bursting with good news to share.

In modern language what Jesus said was, "Change your thinking and believe the good news!"

He was telling the people: "Your thinking is not correct. It does not line up with ultimate reality. It does not work to your advantage. Your way of thinking and your approach to life is off the mark, but I see reality clearly and I understand how everything works. So change your thinking to line up with mine, so you can enjoy life as I meant for you to do."

Jesus, by one English word -- repent -- is saying that your way does not work, but My way will work to provide you life in all its fullness, life as God intended. So, believe the good news I am telling you, and change your thinking so you can enjoy life.

MARK 1:14 NIV 14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God.

The good news Jesus was proclaiming could not have been about His death and resurrection -- which is certainly good news for us -- for He had not yet died. Good news does not have to be limited to one thing, or one time.

The good news Jesus was proclaiming was God's kingdom -- the rule of God. This is good news because satan is a horrible master, but God is good and kind. So enjoying the rule of God and living in His kingdom is a wonderful blessing. Jesus came proclaiming that was now available for all people. It is available to you simply by receiving Jesus as your Lord.

The main good news Jesus was proclaiming was that God is good! God is a wonderful, loving Heavenly Father who loves us beyond our human comprehension, and you can now choose to live under His beneficent Kingdom.

The message of Jesus was "Change your thinking about God, and believe the good news I have to share with you from God and about God."

We must choose to believe the good news Jesus proclaimed before it will benefit us.
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[size=40]Our First Duty[/size]


Tell your children of it,
and let your children tell their children,
and their children to another generation.

Joel 1:3

In this simple way, by God's grace, a living testimony for truth is always to be kept alive in the land: The beloved of the Lord are to hand down their witness for the Gospel and the covenant to their heirs, and these again to their next descendants. This is our first duty; we are to begin at the family hearth: He is a bad preacher who does not commence his ministry at home. The heathen are to be sought by all means, and the highways and hedges are to be searched, but home has a prior claim, and woe to those who reverse the order of the Lord's arrangements.
To teach our children is a personal duty; we cannot delegate it to Sunday school teachers or other friendly helpers. These can assist us but cannot deliver us from the sacred obligation; substitutes and sponsors are wicked devices in this case: Mothers and fathers must, like Abraham, command their households in the fear of God and talk with their offspring concerning the wondrous works of the Most High.
Parental teaching is a natural duty. Who is better fitted to look after the child's well-being than those who are the authors of his actual being? To neglect the instruction of our children is worse than brutish. Family religion is necessary for the nation, for the family itself, and for the church of God. By a thousand plots empty religion is secretly advancing in our land, and one of the most effectual means for resisting its inroads is routinely neglected—namely, the instruction of our children in the faith. It is time for parents to awaken to a sense of the importance of this matter. It is a pleasant duty to talk of Jesus to our sons and daughters, and the more so because it has often proved to be an accepted work, for God has saved the children through the parents' prayers and admonitions. May every house into which this volume shall come honor the Lord and receive His smile.
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Guest Devotion

Dr Kenny Mcclinton

Traps, Tears & Pits[size=16]                                      Psalm 57:6[/size]
Text: “They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves.”
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Good morning, militant Christian!  For you, and for me, it is not enough that we have been graciously saved by the Lord Jesus Christ, and completely redeemed by the shedding of His own precious Blood – you and I have been saved to militantly SERVE the risen Lord. 
It is, therefore, not enough for us to just sit idly by until death takes us Home to be with Him; we believe we have been saved in order to serve Christ in the preaching/teaching of His glorious Gospel message of Eternal Salvation; to be militant instruments in awaking the elect from sin’s grasp, that they too might seek to serve the Lord Who has saved us.
Dictionary Definition:  Militant – (adjective) fighting, engaged in warfare; actively contending; combative; ...strenuously active in support of a particular cause.  (The Chambers Dictionary, page 1019)
Militant Christians are thus clearly seen to be engaged in warfare – in our case, Spiritual warfare against sin and all evil.  We are actively contending – ‘... earnestly contending for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints...’  (Jude 3)  Militant Christians like thee and me, are combative in the sense of willing to wrestle against all instances of false doctrine, and religious error.  We must be strenuously active in supporting the cause of King Jesus Christ, and Him Crucified for the sins of ‘His people’. 
These are the traits of Christian faith I hereby define as militant, Bible-believing, born again, Christianity – and I openly contend in this lesson that this brand of true Christianity is the only genuine way to live, suffer, and often die in the service of the Living Lord Jesus Christ.  There can be NO SECRET, SILENT, CHRISTIANS!
“Thou therefore endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  No man (woman) that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he/she may please Him Who hath chosen him/her to be a soldier.”  (2 Timothy 2:3-4)
The apostle Paul, just prior to his martyrdom under the Roman Caesars, declared his victory as a militant Christian: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.” [size=16]         (2 Timothy 4:7-8)[/size]
Now let me point out what should be most obvious to each genuine Christian today – in this increasingly apostate and ‘lukewarm’ Laodicean’ church age: IF “...faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God...’, how then are God’s elect souls going to ever be quickened with faith to believe and receive Christ’s Salvation, if you and I are silent reference our witness for Christ? Again I say, there are NO SECRET, PRIVATE, SILENT, CHRISTIANS!

[size=16]All that glitters in not gold – often it’s just plain YELLOW!

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“I’m not ashamed to own my Lord, nor to defend His cause; maintain the honour of His Word, the glory of His Cross!”  (Hymn often sung with the mouth, yet unpractised by the heart of professing Christians.)
Verse 6.  “They have prepared a net for my steps. The militant Christian is, at all times, under the microscope of the world, the flesh, and the Devil.  ‘Cardboard Christians’ have nothing to fear from such ruthless foes, the Devil and the world leave them alone in their Spiritual cowardice, since they are doing Satan’s kingdom no harm at all.  It is the militant Christian who is the focus of Hell and Hell’s children in the world – many traps/nets/snares are set for the feet of those in active service to King Jesus Christ.
“...For we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.  We are fools for Christ’s sake,...we are weak...we are despised.  Even unto this present hour we doth hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place; and labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: being defamed, we intreat (pray): we are made the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.”  (1 Corinthians 4:9-13)
I wonder: How many of the ‘right, right, right reverends’ in professing Christianity today are treated, or live, like the apostle Paul did in the early days of Christ’s church?
Verse 6.  “My soul is bowed down.  Militant Christian souls are frequently ‘bowed down’ – bowed down in affliction, grief, frustration, as the enemies of Christ and the Gospel seek to, untiringly, hinder our labours for the Lord Jesus Christ.  Yet, we are also more frequently ‘bowed down’ in militant prayer to the Almighty Lord God, for His help against all foes.  Hallelujah!  We are more than conquerors through Him who hears our prayers and helps us.
Verse 6. “They have digged a pit before me.  I do not believe that unsaved mankind would have the cunning, nor the relentlessness required to continually seek to hinder and thwart Christians in our service to the Lord God.  No.  I sincerely believe that such hinderers, constant opponents of holiness Bible standards; are mere putty in the malignant hands of Satan and his vile kingdom of evil angels. Many are the ‘pits’ dug to trap genuine Christ-serving Christians, but the Lord guides our feet in His paths of safety and peace.
“For a just man (justified man/woman) falleth (falls, and continues to fall) seven times (the perfect number of falls), and riseth (rises, and continues to rise up) again: BUT THE WICKED SHALL FALL INTO MISCHIEF.”  (Proverbs 24:16)
Verse 6.  “...Into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves.  The Devil and his wicked servants in this world, make traps which cause true Christians tears, as we often fall into the Satanic pits dug for our harm.  Yet, be God’s Sovereign grace and power, we always rise back up out of danger, and continue on ‘...contending for the faith once delivered unto the saints.'  Furthermore, those hindering, and persecuting true Bible-believing Christians ALWAYS seem to end up in the pits, and suffering the hindrances and pains with which they sought to harm God’s servants.  God is not mocked.  He always avenges ‘His people’.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7)
 
Thought:  We cannot be ‘servants of Christ’, without openly, and actively serving Him!  The Lord God only provides armour for Bible-believing soldiers who contend.
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[size=21][size=21]Nehemiah 2:11-20[/size][/size]
No matter what our position in life may be, we all at times encounter disappointment—and that can quickly lead to discouragement. Disappointment is simply an emotional response to a failed expectation or hope, whether because plans went awry or someone didn’t measure up.  But discouragement is a state of mind in which we become faint-hearted and lose confidence in God, ourselves, or others.
When Nehemiah arrived in Jerusalem, its inhabitants were discouraged—the city wall had been destroyed, leaving them vulnerable to their enemies, and there were significant hindrances to rebuilding. But he encouraged them to start, explaining that the Lord had shown him favor by moving the Persian king’s heart to approve the project. Nehemiah’s confidence in God replaced the people’s despair and lethargy with the hope of success and motivation to work diligently.
We have a choice: Either settle into disappointment and accept our discouragement or—like Nehemiah—focus on the Lord, who is greater than any problem facing us. Although obstacles and disappointments may remain, God’s Word shifts our hope to His promises, good purposes, proven faithfulness, and sufficiency ([size=21]Rom. 15:4). With His strength, we can persevere.[/size]
[size=31]Pouring Out the Water of Satisfaction[/size]
He would not drink it, but poured it out to the Lord..  2 SAMUEL 23:16
What has been like “water from the well of Bethlehem” to you recently— love, friendship, or maybe some spiritual blessing (2 Samuel 23:16)? Have you taken whatever it may be, even at the risk of damaging your own soul, simply to satisfy yourself? If you have, then you cannot pour it out “to the Lord.” You can never set apart for God something that you desire for yourself to achieve your own satisfaction. If you try to satisfy yourself with a blessing from God, it will corrupt you.. You must sacrifice it, pouring it out to God— something that your common sense says is an absurd waste.
How can I pour out “to the Lord” natural love and spiritual blessings? There is only one way— I must make a determination in my mind to do so. There are certain things other people do that could never be received by someone who does not know God, because it is humanly impossible to repay them. As soon as I realize that something is too wonderful for me, that I am not worthy to receive it, and that it is not meant for a human being at all, I must pour it out “to the Lord.” Then these very things that have come to me will be poured out as “rivers of living water” all around me (John 7:38). And until I pour these things out to God, they actually endanger those I love, as well as myself, because they will be turned into lust. Yes, we can be lustful in things that are not sordid and vile. Even love must be transformed by being poured out “to the Lord.”
If you have become bitter and sour, it is because when God gave you a blessing you hoarded it. Yet if you had poured it out to Him, you would have been the sweetest person on earth. If you are always keeping blessings to yourself and never learning to pour out anything “to the Lord,” other people will never have their vision of God expanded through you. From My Utmost for His Highest Updated Edition
Bible in One Year: Psalms 140-142; 1 Corinthians 14:1-20
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[size=19][size=19]                The Goal of ‘Early Seekers’                              Psalm 63:2-3[/size][/size]
[size=14]                                                                            Dr C.K. McClinton[/size]
[size=19]Text: “To see Thy power and Thy glory, so as I have seen Thee in the sanctuary.”[/size]
[size=19][size=19]                                                                                                                              Psalm 63:2.[/size][/size]
[size=19]          “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.  No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him.”[/size]
[size=19][size=19]                                                                                                                           John 1:17-18.[/size][/size]
[size=19]Good morning, God-seeing Christian!  No man can look upon the face of the Almighty Lord God Jehovah and live! WHY is this so?  Because the Lord God Almighty is an absolutely Holy Lord God, Creator of all things, and sin cannot survive in His Holy Presence.  I liken it to a human being walking into the range of an atomic reactor without a lead/protective suit to shield him/her from the deadly atomic rays.  Such a person would disintegrate immediately, instantly be vaporised by the powerful radiance of atomic fission.[/size]
[size=19]Likewise, sinners cannot abide in the Presence of Almighty Lord God, without the God-given ‘covering’ of the precious Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ – God in bodily form.  Praise and all glory to His gracious Name![/size]
[size=19]“Blessed (blessed with all blessings) is he/she whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin iscovered.”  (Psalm 32:1)[/size]
[size=19]In the Book of Exodus, we have the account of Moses seeking to see God’s face, and the answer the Lord God gave him – and gives us by this account.[/size]
[size=19]As an assurance, Moses asked the Lord: “And he (Moses) said, I beseech Thee, show me Thy glory.” (Exodus 33:18)[/size]
[size=19]“And He (the Lord) said, Thou canst not see My face: for there shall no man see Me, and live.  And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by Me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock (Christ Jesus?): and it shall come to pass, while My glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a cleft of the rock, and will cover thee with My hand while I pass by: and I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see My back parts: but my face shall not be seen.” (Exodus 33:20-23)[/size]
[size=19]“He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden underfoot the Son of God, and hath counted the Blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?  For we know Him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto Me, I will recompense, saith the Lord.  And again, The Lord shall judge His people. It is a fearful (terrible) thing to fall into the hands of the Living God.”  (Hebrews 10:28-31)[/size]
[size=19]Without the covering of the precious sinless, and shed, Blood of Christ Jesus – “…Our God is a consuming fire.”  (Hebrews 12:29)[/size]
[size=19]Therefore, you and I, born again, Bible-believing Christians, can indeed come into the Lord God’s Holy Presence – to worship and adore Him, to praise Him with thanksgiving; and to petition Him for our needs and the needs of others, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  What a privilege to be a ‘God-seeing Christian’!  Hallelujah!  Thanks be to God![/size]
[size=19]Verse 2.  “To see Thy power and Thy glory, so as I have seen Thee in the sanctuary.  Our misery is that we thirst so little for these sublime things and so much for the mocking trifles of time and sense.  The sight of God was enough for David, but nothing short of that would content him.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 274)[/size]
[size=19]The goal of early-seeking Christians is to constantly see the power and glory of the Lord God Who has quickened us to believe and receive Christ’s great Eternal Salvation, and to worship and adore Him in all His Divine Holiness.[/size]
[size=19]We do this, of course, by His Sovereign grace alone, it is an utter God-given privilege, and must never be taken for granted for a moment by all we who believe.  We must seek to enter God’s Holy Presence with the correct attitude of reverence and awe, for we are approaching a Lord God Who is a ‘…consuming fire…’ to all who harbour sin on our hearts and minds.[/size]
[size=19]“It is, or should be, the desire of every Christian to see and enjoy more and more of the glory of God.  A view of the Divine glory crucifies our lusts and puts the corruptions of our heart to death.” (John Angell James1785-1859)[/size]
[size=19]When Moses, in the chapters in Exodus previously referred, was blessed with a glimpse of the Lord God’s hinder parts from the cleft in the rock – God’s glory was etched upon Moses’ face for a time following.  So much so that Moses had to wear a face-covering to conceal the Holy glow from the tribes of Israel – in case it frightened them.[/size]
[size=19]“And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold (look and fully understand) the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid of him.”  (Exodus 34:30)[/size]
[size=19]“And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face.”  (Exodus 34:33)[/size]
[size=19]When we spend quality time in the Presence of the Living Lord God Jehovah – in prayer, in fellowship with Him, in praising Him, and worshipping Him from our hearts – the Divine glow of Spiritual health and strength is easily noticed by others.  Our light is clear for all observers to see that we belong to Christ Jesus.[/size]
[size=19]“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.”  (Matthew 5:16)[/size]
[size=19]When you and I rise each morning, our first thought should be the Lord God, and the joy of being able to come into His Holy Presence, hidden and clothed in Christ Jesus.[/size]
[size=19]It is the daily goal of early-seekers to see God, to hear what God has to say concerning the new day; to spend some time in His Word, and thereby, in His Holy Presence; to receive our Spirit-given instructions on how to go about our day.  Doing so, our faces will shine with the reflection of His Holiness, graciousness, and love.  We should be Christ-reflectors to others.[/size]
[size=19]Verse 3. “Because Thy lovingkindness is better than life. To dwell with God is better than life at its best; life at ease, in a palace, in health, in honour, in wealth, in pleasure; yea, a thousand lives are not equal to the Eternal life which abides in Jehovah’s smile.” [size=19]          (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 275)[/size][/size]
[size=19]“Divine favour is better than life; yea, it is better than many lives put together…No man sets so high a price upon the sun as he that hath long lain in a dark dungeon.” (Thomas Brooks 1608-1680)[/size]
[size=19]Thought: Those that seek God early, see His power and glory, and shine in the light of Jesus, and into the lives of sinners still living in the darkness of their sins.[/size]
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[size=40]This Man[/size]


This man receives sinners.
Luke 15:2

Observe the condescension of this fact. Jesus, holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners, who towers above all other men—this Man receives sinners. This Man, who is no other than the eternal God, before whom angels veil their faces—this Man receives sinners. It requires an angel's tongue to describe such a mighty stoop of love. That any of us would be willing to reach the lost is nothing wonderful—they are, after all, our own race; but that He, the offended God, against whom the transgression has been committed, should take upon Himself the form of a servant and bear the sin of many and be willing to receive the worst of sinners—this is marvelous.
“This man receives sinners”; not in order for them to remain sinners, but He receives them in order that He may pardon their sins, justify their persons, cleanse their hearts by His purifying word, preserve their souls by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and enable them to serve Him, show forth His praise, and have communion with Him. Into His heart's love He receives sinners; He takes them from the refuse pile and wears them as jewels in His crown; He snatches them like branches from the fire and preserves them as costly monuments to His mercy. None are so precious in Jesus' sight as the sinners for whom He died.
When Jesus receives sinners, He does not have an outdoor reception, no public square where He charitably entertains them in the way men treat passing beggars, but He opens the golden gates of His royal heart and receives the sinner right into Himself. He admits the humble penitent into personal union and makes Him a member of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. There was never such a reception as this! This fact is certain. Even this evening, He is still receiving sinners: It is our prayer that sinners will receive Him.



SURFING WITH JESUS

Pastor Gene A. Dasher, Sr.


Blessed with Family

I was just thinking that on September 10 2001 about my son’s birthday. Our family looks forward to family time on our birthday with a meal and a cake or other treats. We look forward to celebrating it and being thankful for all the blessings of God. Little did I know our Nation was about to be hit with such evil.
Once again this September 10 2020 we look forward to being blessed with my son’s birthday. Now on September 11 each year we also remember how our Nation suffered such a devastating tragedy.
Over this past 19 years my son has blessed us with his talents as he uses them for God, he has had some good times and bad times with his health but he always lifts the name of Jesus up.
Life is full of challenges and I’m so proud of how he continues to address them with the light he shows to others. Lord I thank you for giving him continuous love for his family and the people he serves so well. Thank you for blessing us each day to be able to arise and go about your will.
This past week Gene Jr. & Tina watched their son Christopher begin a journey, marrying his future bride Sarah with her 2 children making them a family that loves God. Lord, grant them wisdom as they walk in the light you place on their path. May we be there for them as they grow as a family.
Tina you have been such a wonderful wife and mother to Tiffany and Christopher I thank you so much for your labor of love taking care of Gene’s needs. On this another birthday God I want to thank you and ask you to continually bless him.
And God continue to bless the USA too. We need your direction as a Nation without you we will not last. Protect all our leaders and especially President Trump.
REMEMBER “If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1John 1:9. Join

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More GREAT QUOTES
-Sermonindex.net

"Our murmuring is the devil's music." - Thomas Watson

"If you don't plan to live the Christian life totally committed to
knowing your God and to walking in obedience to Him, then don't 
begin; for this is what Christianity is all about. It is a change of
citizenship, a change of governments, a change of allegience. If 
you have no intention of letting Christ rule your life, then forget
Christianity; it's not for you." - K. Arthur

"No sort of defense is needed for preaching outdoors, but it would
take a very strong argument to prove that a man who has never 
preached beyond the walls of his meetinghouse has done his duty. 
A defense is required for services within buildings rather than for 
worship outside of them." - William Booth

"One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful
organization do no constitute a church any more than eleven dead 
men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always."
- A. W. Tozer

"It is God's way to let ministers try all their strength first, and
then He Himself comes and subdues the hearts they cannot."
- Jonathan Edwards

"A man full of hope will be full of action." - Thomas Brooks

"We have the truth and we need not be afraid to say so."
- J.C. Ryle

"Finney preached, and sometimes the whole congregation would 
get up and leave! That's good preaching." - Leonard Ravenhill



[size=48]My Manna





"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be . . . lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God." 2 Timothy 3:1–2,4.


Has there ever been a more pleasure-mad culture than ours today?


It seems that we can't be entertained enough.


We have continuous media coming our way with constant imagery and sounds, all things that are supposed to bring us pleasure.


In fact, some people would say:
"For me, life means living for pleasure. You know, it's all about having a good time. It's all about the weekend. It's all about the next party. It's all about the next thrill in life."


That philosophy is nothing new.


The apostle Paul's contemporary, the emperor Nero, believed that the purpose of life was to live as an unbridled beast in pleasure, passion, and parties.
And that is exactly how he lived.


There also was a Greek philosophical group at that time who called themselves the Epicureans.


Basically, these were people who lived for pleasure.
And we still have people like this today.


In fact, the Bible tells us that one of the signs of the last days is that people will be "lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God." 2 Timothy 3:4.


What a waste to live this way-
- because the Bible says that "she who lives in pleasure is dead while she lives." 1 Timothy 5:6.


The apostle Paul said-
"For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Philippians 1:21.


Living for your own pleasure is the least pleasurable thing a man can do.


If his neighbours don't kill him in disgust he will die slowly of boredom and powerlessness."


What do you live for?
What gets your blood pumping?
What would you say is the greatest passion of your life?


Only the person who can say-
"To live is Christ" can also say,
"To die is gain."

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Colossians 3:22-25

Workplace conversations often revolve around achievements, recognition and advancement—as well as the energy people put into reaching these goals. Although the culture values a spirit of competition and the drive it takes to win accolades, these are not the qualities by which the Lord evaluates our work.

God calls His children to a different way of thinking and working—one that marks us as belonging to Him. It is called servanthood, and it is the Lord Jesus Christ whom we serve. However, we do so by selflessly serving others, whether they appreciate us or not.

Christ Himself is our model. He left the glories of heaven, took on human flesh, and humbled Himself to become an obedient bond-servant to His heavenly Father, even to the point of dying on the cross. As those who belong to Him, we are to imitate His humble obedience to the Father (Phil. 2:3-8).

Whatever job we may have, we should remember that we’re accountable to the Father for our attitude and diligence. He is pleased when our focus is to “work heartily, as for the Lord” (Col. 3:23) and to benefit others. With that servant-like approach, we’ll place less importance on ourselves and more on the people around us, who are likely to sense a reflection of Christ in our actions.



His!

They were Yours, You gave them to Me…  JOHN 17:6

A missionary is someone in whom the Holy Spirit has brought about this realization: “You are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19). To say, “I am not my own,” is to have reached a high point in my spiritual stature. The true nature of that life in actual everyday confusion is evidenced by the deliberate giving up of myself to another Person through a sovereign decision, and that Person is Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit interprets and explains the nature of Jesus to me to make me one with my Lord, not that I might simply become a trophy for His showcase. Our Lord never sent any of His disciples out on the basis of what He had done for them. It was not until after the resurrection, when the disciples had perceived through the power of the Holy Spirit who Jesus really was, that He said, “Go” (Matthew 28:19; also see Luke 24:49 and Acts 1:8).

“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:26). He was not saying that this person cannot be good and upright, but that he cannot be someone over whom Jesus can write the word Mine. Any one of the relationships our Lord mentions in this verse can compete with our relationship with Him. I may prefer to belong to my mother, or to my wife, or to myself, but if that is the case, then, Jesus said, “[You] cannot be My disciple.” This does not mean that I will not be saved, but it does mean that I cannot be entirely His.

Our Lord makes His disciple His very own possession, becoming responsible for him. “…you shall be witnesses to Me…” (Acts 1:8). The desire that comes into a disciple is not one of doing anything for Jesus, but of being a perfect delight to Him. The missionary’s secret is truly being able to say, “I am His, and He is accomplishing His work and His purposes through me.”

Be entirely His! From My Utmost for His Highest Updated Edition

Bible in One Year: Psalms 143-145; 1 Corinthians 14:21-40


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[size=48]My Manna[/size]


"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be . . . lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God." 2 Timothy 3:1–2,4.


Has there ever been a more pleasure-mad culture than ours today?


It seems that we can't be entertained enough.


We have continuous media coming our way with constant imagery and sounds, all things that are supposed to bring us pleasure.


In fact, some people would say:
"For me, life means living for pleasure. You know, it's all about having a good time. It's all about the weekend. It's all about the next party. It's all about the next thrill in life."


That philosophy is nothing new.


The apostle Paul's contemporary, the emperor Nero, believed that the purpose of life was to live as an unbridled beast in pleasure, passion, and parties.
And that is exactly how he lived.


There also was a Greek philosophical group at that time who called themselves the Epicureans.


Basically, these were people who lived for pleasure.
And we still have people like this today.


In fact, the Bible tells us that one of the signs of the last days is that people will be "lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God." 2 Timothy 3:4.


What a waste to live this way-
- because the Bible says that "she who lives in pleasure is dead while she lives." 1 Timothy 5:6.


The apostle Paul said-
"For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Philippians 1:21..


Living for your own pleasure is the least pleasurable thing a man can do.


If his neighbours don't kill him in disgust he will die slowly of boredom and powerlessness."


What do you live for?
What gets your blood pumping?
What would you say is the greatest passion of your life?


Only the person who can say-
"To live is Christ" can also say,
"To die is gain."






II Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified

As the signs of the last days rage around us, our sovereign God is still in control. As He delays His coming, though, we need to heed the wake-up call and warn others that the time to choose Jesus is now.

Today’s verse encourages every person to examine himself. Are you truly in the faith? Is Christ really at work in your heart? Are His power and wisdom growing in you every day? Are you looking more and more like your Father?

The Bible warns us of a broad way that leads to destruction; multitudes will take that easy path to eternal loss. The gate is small, and the path is narrow that leads to true, eternal life, and few will find it (Matthew 7:13-14). To find that path and to stay on that path takes discipline and focus.

Test yourself! Where are you in life? Are you walking the narrow, blood-stained path that leads to the cross? Or are you strolling hand in hand with the world?

Be certain that you are ready when that final trumpet blast rents the air. Tell others about a Savior Who loves us so much that He does not want to live without us.

Blessing:

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. If you are numbered among the redeemed, rejoice that your name has been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and that Jesus will one day present you faultless before God the Father!
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wise, and most kind, as well as holy Providence

(Thomas Guthrie, 1803-1873) 

"He existed before anything else, and He holds all creation together." Colossians 1:17

God's work of providence is "His most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing of all His creatures and all their actions." 

Providence has no Sabbath. No night suspends it, and from its labors God never rests.

Our world is but an outlying corner of God's creation; bearing, perhaps, as small a proportion to the great universe, as a single grain bears to all the sands of the sea-shore, or one small quivering leaf to the foliage of a boundless forest. 

Yet, even within this earth's narrow limits, how vast is the work of Providence! How soon is the mind lost in contemplating it! How great is that Being . . .
  whose hand paints every flower, and shapes every leaf
  who forms every bud on every tree, and every infant in the darkness of the womb; 
  who feeds each crawling worm with a parent's care, 
  who watches like a mother over the insect that sleeps away the night in the bosom of a flower; 
  who throws open the golden gates of day, and draws around a sleeping world the dusky curtains of the night
  who measures out the drops of every shower, the whirling snow-flakes, and the sands of man's eventful life; 
  who determines alike the fall of a sparrow, and the fate of a kingdom
  who so overrules the tide of human fortunes, that whatever befalls him, come joy or sorrow, the believer says, "It is the Lord; let Him do what seems good to Him." 1 Samuel 3:18 

"He holds all creation together." Wonderful words, as spoken of One who, some eighteen centuries ago, was a houseless wanderer, a pensioner on woman's charity, and frequently without a place where to lay His head! Yet how clearly do these words attest His dignity and divinity! In ascribing this great work of providence to Jesus Christ, my text calls you to render divine honor to Him. 

In the hands that were once nailed to the cross, it places the scepter of universal empire! 

On those blessed arms that, once thrown around a mother's neck, now tenderly enfold every child of God--it hangs the weight of worlds.
 
"He holds all creation together." Every object in nature is impressed with His footprints, and each new day repeats the wonders of creation. Yes, there is not a morning we open our eyes, but they meet a scene as astonishing as that which fixed the gaze of Adam when he awoke into existence. Nor is there an object, be it . . .
  pebble or pearl, 
  weed or rose, 
  the flower-spangled sward beneath or the star-spangled sky above, 
  a worm or an angel, 
  a drop of water or a boundless ocean, 
in which intelligence may not discern, and piety may not adore, the providence of Him who assumed our nature that He might save our souls. 

The comfort of God's redeemed people rests so much on the conviction . . .
  that the Lord Jesus reigns, 
  that His hand rules every event,
  that wise, and most kind, as well as holy Providence presides over our daily fortunes and all things besides.

"The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful Word." Hebrews 1:3



You shall have just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin.
Leviticus 19:36
Weights and scales and measures were all to be according to the standard of justice. Surely no Christian will need to be reminded of this in his business, for if righteousness were banished from all the world beside, it would find a shelter in believing hearts. There are, however, other balances that weigh moral and spiritual things, and these need to be examined often.
Are the balances in which we weigh our own and other men's characters quite accurate? Do we not turn our own ounces of goodness into pounds, and other people's pounds of excellence into ounces? The scales in which we measure our trials and troubles—are they properly set? Paul, who had more to suffer than we have, called his afflictions light, and yet we often consider ours to be heavy—surely something must be wrong with the weights!
We must see to this matter, before we get reported to the court above for unjust dealing. Those weights with which we measure our doctrinal belief—are they quite fair? The doctrines of grace should have the same weight with us as the precepts of the Word, no more and no less; but it is to be feared that with many, one scale or the other is unfairly weighted. It is a vital matter to give honest measure in truth.
Christian, be careful here. Those measures in which we estimate our obligations and responsibilities look rather small. When a rich man gives to the work of God the same amount as the poor contribute, are things properly weighted? When pastors are neglected, is that honest dealing? When the poor are despised, while ungodly rich men are held in admiration, is that a just balance? Reader, we could extend the list, but we prefer to leave it as your evening's work to identify and destroy all unrighteous balances, weights, and measures.
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Joseph of Arimathea by Colin Emerson

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The gospel according to David by Derek Melton psalm 22

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Handling life critics by joe head psalm 7


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God's word and homosexuality by wil owens  1 corinthians 6

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[size=16]~WORN OUT KNEES~
On February 26, 1829, a Jewish boy named Loeb Strauss was born in a cottage in the Bavarian village of Buttenheim. As a young man, Loeb changed his name to Levi and wound up in California, where he opened a textile company. One day, a gold miner walked into Levi’s shop. “Look at these,” said the miner, pointing to his pants. “I bought them six months ago, and now they are full of holes!” When Levi asked why, the miner explained, “We work on our knees most of the time.”
“What you need is some really strong material,” replied Levi. A tailor was called—and the rest is history. Soon miners across the West were wearing Levi Strauss’s jeans.
It seems to me that we Christians should have the same problem that plagued that miner—worn-out pants—for we ought to do most of our work on our knees.
Worn Knees Mean Reverence
We don’t have to kneel to pray, of course. The Bible describes many postures in prayer. Jesus prayed while standing with His eyes lifted to heaven. In Gethsemane, He fell prostrate on His face. In 1 Chronicles 17:16, David sat before the Lord in prayer. Sometimes Bible heroes prayed while lying on their beds or walking along the road as the disciples did with Jesus.
As we turn ourselves, our plans, and our problems over to Him, He intervenes. When we bow before Him, we’re acknowledging Him as our “Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.”
Worn Knees Mean Obedience
Worn knees also imply obedience. One of the strangest incidents in the life of King David involved moving the ark of the covenant from the village of Kirjath Jearim to its new home in Jerusalem. According to 1 Chronicles 13, David anticipated the day with excitement, for “the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.” Placing the ark in a new cart, they started off as David and all Israel played music before God.
The music stopped abruptly, however, when the oxen stumbled, the cart tottered, and a man named Uzza reached out his hand to steady the ark. God instantly struck him dead, “and he died there before God.”
It wasn’t until afterward that David realized what had gone wrong. He had failed to arrange for the ark to be transported as prescribed by the Mosaic Law. Second, he had failed to pray and to inquire of the Lord about how to go about it. “We did not consult Him,” David confessed in 1 Chronicles 15:13.
Sometimes we make the same mistake. We should be on our knees before accepting a job offer, making a purchase, choosing a new church, or making any decision of consequence. People are quietly watching, and they know when we’re living in prayerful obedience or when, on the other hand, we act without consulting Him.
Worn Knees Mean Dependence
It’s also obvious to others when our knees draw down blessings from above. In the January/February 2003 issue of Pray! Magazine, Elmer Towns said that he and his wife made it through college by faith, praying together and trusting God to meet their needs. 
“One evening,” he wrote, “the only thing in the kitchen cabinet was a can of tuna, so my wife served a tuna casserole. As we clasped hands to thank God for the food, I prayed, ‘God, you know we are broke. You know it’s two days until payday. You know we are willing to fast until we get money, but we ask you to please take care of our needs.’”
Just as they finished, the laundry man came to the door. He quickly explained that he hadn’t come to pick up but to deliver. “A few months ago,” he said, “your landlord asked me to pass along twenty dollars to you to pay for having thawed the pipes for him. I had forgotten about it until today.”
If you want to pull down blessings from above and impact the world around you, you’ve got to be surrendered to God’s will, taking life on your knees, bowed in humble reverence, obedience, and dependence on Him.
Do your knees give off signs of life? Like a California miner, let’s each declare: “I do most of my work on my knees.”
-Dr. David Jeremiah
Turning Point Ministries

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~WORN OUT KNEES~
On February 26, 1829, a Jewish boy named Loeb Strauss was born in a cottage in the Bavarian village of Buttenheim. As a young man, Loeb changed his name to Levi and wound up in California, where he opened a textile company. One day, a gold miner walked into Levi’s shop. “Look at these,” said the miner, pointing to his pants. “I bought them six months ago, and now they are full of holes!” When Levi asked why, the miner explained, “We work on our knees most of the time.”
“What you need is some really strong material,” replied Levi. A tailor was called—and the rest is history. Soon miners across the West were wearing Levi Strauss’s jeans.
It seems to me that we Christians should have the same problem that plagued that miner—worn-out pants—for we ought to do most of our work on our knees.
Worn Knees Mean Reverence
We don’t have to kneel to pray, of course. The Bible describes many postures in prayer. Jesus prayed while standing with His eyes lifted to heaven. In Gethsemane, He fell prostrate on His face. In 1 Chronicles 17:16, David sat before the Lord in prayer. Sometimes Bible heroes prayed while lying on their beds or walking along the road as the disciples did with Jesus.
As we turn ourselves, our plans, and our problems over to Him, He intervenes. When we bow before Him, we’re acknowledging Him as our “Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.”
Worn Knees Mean Obedience
Worn knees also imply obedience. One of the strangest incidents in the life of King David involved moving the ark of the covenant from the village of Kirjath Jearim to its new home in Jerusalem. According to 1 Chronicles 13, David anticipated the day with excitement, for “the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.” Placing the ark in a new cart, they started off as David and all Israel played music before God.
The music stopped abruptly, however, when the oxen stumbled, the cart tottered, and a man named Uzza reached out his hand to steady the ark. God instantly struck him dead, “and he died there before God.”
It wasn’t until afterward that David realized what had gone wrong. He had failed to arrange for the ark to be transported as prescribed by the Mosaic Law. Second, he had failed to pray and to inquire of the Lord about how to go about it. “We did not consult Him,” David confessed in 1 Chronicles 15:13.
Sometimes we make the same mistake. We should be on our knees before accepting a job offer, making a purchase, choosing a new church, or making any decision of consequence. People are quietly watching, and they know when we’re living in prayerful obedience or when, on the other hand, we act without consulting Him.
Worn Knees Mean Dependence
It’s also obvious to others when our knees draw down blessings from above. In the January/February 2003 issue of Pray! Magazine, Elmer Towns said that he and his wife made it through college by faith, praying together and trusting God to meet their needs. 
“One evening,” he wrote, “the only thing in the kitchen cabinet was a can of tuna, so my wife served a tuna casserole. As we clasped hands to thank God for the food, I prayed, ‘God, you know we are broke. You know it’s two days until payday. You know we are willing to fast until we get money, but we ask you to please take care of our needs.’”
Just as they finished, the laundry man came to the door. He quickly explained that he hadn’t come to pick up but to deliver. “A few months ago,” he said, “your landlord asked me to pass along twenty dollars to you to pay for having thawed the pipes for him. I had forgotten about it until today.”
If you want to pull down blessings from above and impact the world around you, you’ve got to be surrendered to God’s will, taking life on your knees, bowed in humble reverence, obedience, and dependence on Him.
Do your knees give off signs of life? Like a California miner, let’s each declare: “I do most of my work on my knees.”
-Dr. David Jeremiah
Turning Point Ministries
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God's Family Plan

JOSHUA 24:15b NKJ 15 But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

God's plan is a family plan. His will is for you to believe for the salvation of all your relatives.

JOSHUA 2:13 NKJ 13 "and spare my father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death."

JOSHUA 6:23,25 NKJ 23 And the young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab, her father, her mother, her brothers, and all that she had. So they brought out all her relatives and left them outside the camp of Israel. 25 And Joshua spared Rahab the harlot, her father's household, and all that she had . . . .

Rahab was a harlot who did not even belong to God's people. But she asked for all her family to be saved, and they were. We should stand in faith just as Rahab did and ask for the lives of all our family members.

God allows all people to choose whether to receive Jesus. But when you pray for and stand in faith for your loved ones, God will do everything necessary to bring your family members to a point where it will be easy for them to choose to receive Jesus.

God is able to make His case and get the job done!

ACTS 16:31 NLT 31 They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household."

1 TIMOTHY 2:3-4 NKJ 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Whoever we pray for, we know it is God's will to save them.


[size=16]DAILY PRAYER
 
Lord we Thank and Praise you for all you do each day to guide, protect, provide, and answer every petition as they make their needs, wants, and the desires of their hearts known to you.
 
Lord please bless, keep, guide, and provide each person this message reaches. Throughout each day, bless them with perfect health, healing, and the abundant supply to fulfill all they need, want or desire.  Keep each of them safe and secure, no matter the weather, temperatures, or other circumstances that should try to cause their body, mind or our spirits to be tried and tested! Guide each of them as they pray, ask, and require. (2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Ephesians 6:10-20;Luke 1:1-4; Luke 18:1-8; Colossians 1:9-23; Romans 8:26-30)
 
Dear Lord in sharing the words of prayers and words of wisdom from history, I hope to encourage all my readers of these messages, to show that we are not experiencing anything that others have not, and to show that you always provide. Let the readers also reflect on the time and circumstances of these prayers and words of wisdom, so they may draw strength and insight from them. Amen
 
God knows us through and through. Not the most secret thought, which we must hide from ourselves, is hidden from him. As then we come to know ourselves through and through, we come to see ourselves more as God sees us, and then we catch some little glimpse of his designs with us, how each ordering of his providence, each check to our desires, each failure of our hopes, is just fitted for us, and for something in our own spiritual state, which others know not of, and which, till then, we knew not. Until we come to this knowledge, we must take all in faith, believing, though we know not, the goodness of God toward us.
Edward Bouberie Pusey (1800–1882)
 
Have a wonderfully blessed and prosperous day in the Lord today!
 
TODAYS DEVOTIONS
 
(It is not my intent to be a salesperson, just send uplifting and encouraging devotions, so all links are removed, linked items are in bold print, the attached PDF still has hot links or you can follow the link at the bottom to view the devotion online)
 
Pay Attention and Look for the Evidence
by Aliza Latta 
 
I remember sitting in my counselor’s office last year. I had a lot of things I wanted to talk about that day, and I had gone in with a mental list I was preparing to cover. 
Before I could bring up any of the topics that I wanted to discuss, these words rushed out of my lips: “I am afraid to date.. I don’t know if I will ever be able to date again.” 
I stared at my counselor, surprised by the words I heard come from me. This was not one of the things I had been planning on discussing. And yet, as soon as I heard the words, I knew they were true. 
My counselor, Marie, is kind. She has a soft voice and talks often about the Holy Spirit. She wears a lot of makeup, and her hair is always perfectly coiffed or curled. The first time I had a session with her, I almost wrote her off, thinking she was a bit woo-woo for my liking. I was wrong. I’ve since learned she’s a tough woman, but also deeply kind. It’s a good mix. 
Marie smiled softly at me. “Let’s talk about that. Why are you afraid to date?” 
Marie knows some of my history with relationships. My ex-boyfriend was not kind to me — there were many hard things that took place, and many years of pain that followed. God is slowly healing me. Counseling helps. But I didn’t want to talk about him or my past, I wanted to think and dream and talk about my future. 
“I’m afraid I won’t be safe,” I said. “And I’m afraid I’ll make bad decisions. I’m afraid that what happened to me in my past will happen again. I don’t know how to look for someone good.” I sort of laughed. “I don’t know what a healthy relationship even looks like.”
She took out a piece of paper, scrawling a word in capital letters near the top. 
I peered over her desk to see what she was writing. In large letters I saw the word [size=16]EVIDENCE. [/size]
She drew a line down the middle of the paper, and held it up to me. “See this?”
I nodded. 
“You are now a detective. I want you to start looking for the evidence. Before you ever decide to date someone, I want you to be alert and write down all of the evidence from his life that you see. How does he talk about his friends or his family? What music does he listen to? How does he treat the barista at the coffee shop? What is his tone of voice when he’s speaking to you? Write down his actions. Write down everything. Be alert, and look for the evidence. The evidence doesn’t lie.” 
I took Marie’s wisdom to heart. Now anyone I think about dating has to endure all of my detective work. This process has saved me a lot of heartache, and has given me the confidence to know that my painful history won’t likely repeat. I literally have a notebook where I write down the evidence I see in that person’s life. It might sound a bit creepy, but it’s definitely effective. 
Recently, I’ve begun to wonder if looking for evidence isn’t only wisdom for dating relationships — but if it’s also a way to see God. 
I think of Marie’s words: [size=16]be alert and look for the evidence. [/size]
Am I alert when it comes to seeking God? Am I looking for the evidence of His love? When I truly think about it, and when I get my trusty notebook out and jot down the evidence of God, I am astounded by all of the ways He shows me He loves me. 
I see the love of God in the eyes of my nephew and niece. I see the love of God in the friendships He has given me. I see the love of God in the way He is redeeming some hard parts from my past. 
Here are three things I find helpful when I start to look for the evidence of the love of God:
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  • Ask God to show you His love. God delights in showing us how much He loves us! I ask Him almost daily to remind me of the love He has for me.

  • Pay attention to your daily life and to the world around you. Most of the time, I’d like God to show me a large, sweeping gesture of His love for me. Sometimes He does, but most of the time I see His fingerprints of love pressed into the folds of my everyday life. I am awakened to His love in the smallest and most tender details.

  • Once you find the evidence of God’s love, write it down. I keep a small leather notebook on my bookshelf. I call it my “Book of Remembrance,” and I write down every instance I see or hear from God. We humans tend to forget God’s faithfulness. Write down the evidence that God gives you, and the next time you question whether or not God reveals Himself, you can go back to your notebook and re-read all of the times God was faithful. 


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Look for the evidence of the love of God. If you stay alert, pay attention, and write down what you see, I think you’ll be surprised by what you find. 
God’s love is as close to you as the air you breathe. He delights in you and He sings over you. Sometimes we just need a reminder to wake up and look. [/size]
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[size=16]A SWEET-SMELLING OFFERING

Numbers 28.2b: “See that you present to Me at the appointed time the food for My offerings
made by fire, as an aroma pleasing to Me.”
The Lord God smells your offerings. Noah's offering had a pleasing aroma to the Lord (Genesis
8.20-21). That means that it was an acceptable sacrifice to Him..
Our worship/offerings must be preceded by the fear of the Lord before they can be acceptable:
Hebrews 12:28: “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, and
thus let us offer to God acceptable worship with reverence and holy fear ......... .”
Notice this: The Ephesus Church in Rev. 2 had some really good qualities in God's sight. They
were hard workers, a persevering people. They were bull's-eye good at testing and disclaiming
false teachers. They had endured hardship for the Lord's Name and had not grown weary. Now,
that commendation should look good on anybody's performance appraisal – Right?
Not necessarily so! In all that good – something absolutely vital was missing. Hear the Words of
the Lord Jesus to them: “I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love” (Rev. 2.4-5).
Without that relationship, the whole structure of all their good performance appraisal collapsed
(Rev. 2.5).
Remember that though we have physical bodies, we (the church) are a spiritual structure (1
Pet. 2:5), saved to worship our God acceptably (Heb. 12:28, John 4.23-24); and He gave us His
Word to show us how (Ps. 119.105).
So, let us look at our worship: Remember the woman coming into the house where our Lord
was having dinner (John 12.1-8)? She poured out her worship on the Lord Jesus in the form of a
very expensive perfume – and it was, oh, so sweet to Him. The fragrance filled the house. Judas
complained that the perfume could have been sold and the money given to the poor, but our Lord
accepted this woman's worship and said that it was the proper thing to do.
Now beware of thinking that our Lord does not want us to help the poor. On the contrary, it is
good and godly to do so– especially to those of the household of faith (Gal. 6.10). However, if your
zeal for helping the poor is squeezing out the time that you should be soaking in the perfume of
God's Presence through His Word (S of S 1.3) -- then you have left your first-love, and your
offering of help for the poor ceases to be acceptable to the Lord. It loses the characteristic of
being a sweet aroma to Him. So we see two aspects of what is worship acceptable to God: It is
brought to Him in holy fear and awe, and it is brought to Him out of a First-love relationship.
Now, the church in Ephesus had good qualities – but she had lost that sweet aroma that her
Lord was looking for. What a crash this church had taken (“remember the height from which
you have fallen”). The preacher, Charles Spurgeon, brings a sobering reality to our attention in
this description of the Ephesian church: Apparently the pastor of the church had not noticed that
they had fallen from that high place. In Sardis a dead church had a reputation for being “alive”
(Rev. 3.1); and in Laodicea (Rev. 3.14-22), a lukewarm church, in their pride, thought they were
doing just fine.
None of these churches were aware that their worship or serving had lost its sweet smelling
aroma for the Lord. There was no First-love relationship there, no soaking in God's Presence for
His sweet fragrance to rub off on them. There was no longing for the sweet taste of His Word (Ps.
119.103), which would have been pleasing to the Lord God. There was no delight to run in the
path of His Word (Ps. 119.35). These churches had deceived themselves. Folks, don't try to live off
of a reputation you may have received from people who might praise you for your works. His
thoughts are higher than ours (Is. 55.8-9). Let God's Word examine you. Let the report that our
Lord gave the churches in Revelation also speak to you (1 Cor. 10.11).
Folks, reverence and godly fear approaches the Lord (Ps. 5.7), and delights at the awesome fragrance of His Presence (S of S 1.3). The believer finds more joy in God's Word and in prayer
and worship to Him, than the world can find with all its riches (Ps. 119.14).
The believer stays there in the Lord's Presence for a time (Ps. 27..4) and soaks it up, during which
a marvellous thing happens- that fragrance/aroma that accompanies His Presence with His
people rests on their worship and offerings of service - and are pleasing to Him.
Let us each one strive to smell God's pleasing Presence, and then seek in turn to be a pleasing
aroma as we daily present our lives to Him (Romans 12:1, 2 Peter 1:10).
Love to you all in Christ Jesus,
Sandy & Michael

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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
What we are will always speak louder than what we say. 

YOKE, STAFF, ROD     
"For the yoke of his burden and the staff of his back — the rod of his oppressor — You have broken, as in the day of Midian." [Isaiah(Yeshayah9. 4 Tanakh, Nevi'im] {Referring to the time of Gideon. Judges/Shofetim 7-8

MESSIAH Y’SHUA is the ONE this text is speaking of. Only THE GALILEAN, the SAVIOR of the world could be all this and so much more, words and imagination could never fully describe our WONDROUS LORD; such amazing qualities and resemblances and analogies. 

Yoke of Burden: Speaking about the Assyrians yoke of oppression, Isaiah said: "It shall come to pass in that day that HIS burden will be taken away from your shoulder, and HIS yoke from your neck; the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil...Then HIS yoke shall be removed from them, and HIS burden removed from their backs. This is the plan that is planned against the whole earth; and this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations.. For the LORD OF HOSTS has purposed it, who then can annul it? HIS arm is stretched out, and who can stop it?" [Isaiah (Yeshayah10. 25; 14. 25 - 27 Tanakh, Nevi'im] Whereas, MESSIAH Y’SHUA encourages us by saying— "Take Myoke upon you and learn from ME, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For Myoke is easy and Mburden is light."[Matthew 11. 29 - 30] 

Staff of HIS Shoulder (Strength): "YOUR rod and YOUR staff  they comfort me" [Psalms/Tehillym 23:4], for through the voice of the LORD, the enemy will be beaten down as Hstrikes with the rod. "And in every place where the grounded staff shall pass, which the LORD shall lay upon him, it will be with tabrets and harps; and in battles of shaking will HEfight with it." [Isaiah (Yeshayah30. 32 Tanakh, Nevi'im] GOD will forgive Israel,"Oh, Shepherd YOUR people with YOUR staff, the flock of YOURheritage. May they who dwell isolated in a woodland, in the midst of Carmel; let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in days of old." [Micah(Michah7. 14 Tanakh, Nevi’im] 

The Rod: "I will be a FATHER to him, and he shall be a son to ME. When he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the affliction of mortals {the same as a human father would}." [2Samuel (Shemuel Bet7. 14 Tanakh, Nevi’im] 

In arguing his case Job’s reply to Bildad the Shuhite was, "If Hwould only take HIS rod away from me and do not let dread of HIM terrify me, then I would speak out without fear of HIM." [Job (Iyowb9.. 34 - 35 Tanakh, Kethuvim] Regarding rulers and nations who took counsel together against the ANOINTED ONE, YEHOWAH asserted— "YOU (Y’SHUA) shall break them (the nations) with a rod of iron; shatter them to pieces like potter's ware." [Psalms (Tehillym2. 9 Tanakh, Kethuvim] "Though I walk through the Valley of deepest darkness, I will fear no harm, for YOU are with me; YOUR rod and YOUR staff — they comfort me." [Psalms (Tehillym23. 4 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

Remembering the Covenant with David, and sorrow for lost blessings David reiterates what the HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL promised, "If his sons forsake MTeaching and do not walk in Mjudgments; if they violate MYLaws, and do not keep Mcommandments, I will punish their transgression with the rod, their iniquity with plagues. Nevertheless Mlovingkindness I will not utterly take from him, nor allow MYfaithfulness to fail. I will not break Mcovenant, or change the WORDthat has gone out of Mlips." [Psalms (Tehillym89. 30 – 34 Tanakh,Kethuvim] "The LORD said to my LORD Sit at Mright hand, while I make YOUR enemies YOUR footstool. The LORD will send forth from Zion the rod of YOUR mighty strength. Rule in the midst of YOUR enemies!"[Psalms (Tehillym110. 1 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

The Reign of Jesse's OFFSPRING"A ROD shall grow out from the stem of Jesse, and a BRANCH will grow out of his roots. The SPIRIT OF THELORD shall rest upon HIM, the SPIRIT of wisdom and understanding, the SPIRIT of counsel and valor, the SPIRIT of devotion and reverence for the LORD." [Isaiah (Yeshayah11. 1 – 2 Tanakh, Nevi'im] Punishment of Israel's injustice, "The LORD'voice cries unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see YOUR NAME: Hear the ROD, and WHO has appointed it." [Micah(Michah6. 9 Tanakh, Nevi’im] 

"Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?"[1 Corinthians 4. 21]  The judgment we will receive is in accordance to our choice. The rod of HIS anger and the staff of HIS indignation are for those who love wickedness and remain under the yoke of sin and lawlessness. But the yoke of righteousness by which we are guided to everlasting peace and joy is available to who-so-ever will come to Y’SHUA, the ROCK OF SALVATION, for forgiveness. In HIM we are made perfect through obedience by HIS Rod of guidance, and our names engraved into the Staff of righteousness as our rich inheritance. 

This WONDERFUL SAVIOR we serve is the ONE WHO will to rule all nations with a rod of iron. Therefore, "hold fast what you have till I come. And he who overcomes, and keeps Mworks until the end, to him I will give power over the nations  Hshall rule them with a rod of iron; they shall be dashed to pieces like the potter's vessels  as I also have received from MFATHER; and I will give him the MORNING STAR. He who has an ear, let him hear what the SPIRIT says to the churches."[Revelation 2. 26 - 29]  What a day that will be, for His coming soon to judge the earth in truth, and in righteousness will reign through all eternity. 


Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear HIM, in those who hope in HISmercy. Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem! Praise your GOD, O Zion!" Psalms 147:11-12
"Simcha Shel Mitzvah  Joy in doing good."  May each day be entered with joy in our hearts and confidence that ALMIGHTY GOD, in HIS mercy, will continue to use us as HISmessengers of the GOOD NEWS to the perplexed and depraved world around us! 







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"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be . . . lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God." 2 Timothy 3:1–2,4.

Has there ever been a more pleasure-mad culture than ours today?

It seems that we can't be entertained enough.

We have continuous media coming our way with constant imagery and sounds, all things that are supposed to bring us pleasure.

In fact, some people would say:
"For me, life means living for pleasure. You know, it's all about having a good time. It's all about the weekend. It's all about the next party. It's all about the next thrill in life."

That philosophy is nothing new.

The apostle Paul's contemporary, the emperor Nero, believed that the purpose of life was to live as an unbridled beast in pleasure, passion, and parties.
And that is exactly how he lived.

There also was a Greek philosophical group at that time who called themselves the Epicureans.

Basically, these were people who lived for pleasure.
And we still have people like this today.

In fact, the Bible tells us that one of the signs of the last days is that people will be "lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.." 2 Timothy 3:4.

What a waste to live this way-
- because the Bible says that "she who lives in pleasure is dead while she lives." 1 Timothy 5:6.

The apostle Paul said-
"For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Philippians 1:21.

Living for your own pleasure is the least pleasurable thing a man can do.

If his neighbours don't kill him in disgust he will die slowly of boredom and powerlessness."

What do you live for?
What gets your blood pumping?
What would you say is the greatest passion of your life?

Only the person who can say-
"To live is Christ" can also say,
"To die is gain."[/size]
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