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 April 15, 2010 1:04 AM

What the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.

The law having a shadow of good things to come, [and] not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered?--By him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily he took not on [him the nature of] angels; but he took on [him] the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto [his] brethren.

Ro 8:3 Heb 10:1,2 Ac 13:39 Heb 2:14-17

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 March 12, 2010 7:40 AM



"Sin . . . exceeding sinful."-Romans 7:13

Beware of light thoughts of sin. At the time of conversion, the conscience is so tender, that we are afraid of the slightest sin. Young converts have a holy timidity, a godly fear lest they should offend against God. But alas! very soon the fine bloom upon these first ripe fruits is removed by the rough handling of the surrounding world: the sensitive plant of young piety turns into a willow in after life, too pliant, too easily yielding. It is sadly true, that even a Christian may grow by degrees so callous, that the sin which once startled him does not alarm him in the least. By degrees men get familiar with sin. The ear in which the cannon has been booming will not notice slight sounds. At first a little sin startles us; but soon we say, "Is it not a little one?" Then there comes another, larger, and then another, until by degrees we begin to regard sin as but a little ill; and then follows an unholy presumption: "We have not fallen into open sin. True, we tripped a littl!
e, but we stood upright in the main. We may have uttered one unholy word, but as for the most of our conversation, it has been consistent." So we palliate sin; we throw a cloak over it; we call it by dainty names. Christian, beware how thou thinkest lightly of sin. Take heed lest thou fall by little and little. Sin, a little thing? Is it not a poison? Who knows its deadliness? Sin, a little thing? Do not the little foxes spoil the grapes? Doth not the tiny coral insect build a rock which wrecks a navy? Do not little strokes fell lofty oaks? Will not continual droppings wear away stones? Sin, a little thing? It girded the Redeemer's head with thorns, and pierced His heart! It made Him suffer anguish, bitterness, and woe. Could you weigh the least sin in the scales of eternity, you would fly from it as from a serpent, and abhor the least appearance of evil. Look upon all sin as that which crucified the Saviour, and you will see it to be "exceeding sinful."
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 February 22, 2010 7:24 AM

My sheep hear My voice
and I know them,
and they follow Me.
John 10:27
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 January 04, 2010 6:41 AM

Understanding what the will of the Lord [is].

This is the will of God, [even] your sanctification.-- Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.--This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.--We know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, [even] in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

We . . . do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.--The God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what [is] the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe.

Eph 5:17 1Th 4:3 Job 22:21 Joh 17:3 1Jo 5:20 Col 1:9 Eph 1:17-19
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 December 04, 2009 3:08 PM

Knowing the Will of God

December 4, 2009

The first step in knowing the will of God is the surrender principle.  It’s an insult to tell God, “I want to know Your will, but I’m not willing to do your will.”  Couched in a passage about serving our “masters” is the phrase “the will of God” See this principle in Ephesians 6:5-8. A portion of that passage reads, “…in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men….”

Another principle in knowing the will of God is the Scripture principle. Jesus said, “If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”(John 15:7) First surrender – “you abide in Me,” then, Scripture – “My words abide in you.”

Do you want to know God’s will? Then here’s your test: How much time do you spend in God’s Word? Do you think God really believes you when you say “I want to know the will of God,” but you don’t read the one book above all books that God has specifically written to show you His will, to reveal His will to you, to unfold His will to you?

Romans 12:2 tells us, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Adrian Rogers

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 October 23, 2009 3:45 AM

A man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

A little that a righteous man hath [is] better than the riches of many wicked.--Better [is] little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.--Godliness with contentment is great gain. . . . Having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: lest I be full, and deny [thee], and say, Who [is] the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God [in vain].--Give us this day our daily bread.

Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?--When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.--[Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Lu 12:15 Ps 37:16 Pr 15:16 1Ti 6:6,8 Pr 30:8,9 Mt 6:11,25 Lu 22:35 Heb 13:5

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 October 19, 2009 3:31 AM

XVI. Peace and War

It is the duty of Christians to seek peace with all men on principles of righteousness. In accordance with the spirit and teachings of Christ they should do all in their power to put an end to war.

The true remedy for the war spirit is the gospel of our Lord. The supreme need of the world is the acceptance of His teachings in all the affairs of men and nations, and the practical application of His law of love. Christian people throughout the world should pray for the reign of the Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 2:4; Matthew 5:9,38-48; 6:33; 26:52; Luke 22:36,38; Romans 12:18-19; 13:1-7; 14:19; Hebrews 12:14; James 4:1-2.

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 October 08, 2009 5:10 AM

"Bring him unto me."-Mark 9:19

Despairingly the poor disappointed father turned away from the disciples to their Master. His son was in the worst possible condition, and all means had failed, but the miserable child was soon delivered from the evil one when the parent in faith obeyed the Lord Jesus' word, "Bring him unto me." Children are a precious gift from God, but much anxiety comes with them. They may be a great joy or a great bitterness to their parents; they may be filled with the Spirit of God, or possessed with the spirit of evil. In all cases, the Word of God gives us one receipt for the curing of all their ills, "Bring him unto me." O for more agonizing prayer on their behalf while they are yet babes! Sin is there, let our prayers begin to attack it. Our cries for our offspring should precede those cries which betoken their actual advent into a world of sin. In the days of their youth we shall see sad tokens of that dumb and deaf spirit which will neither pray aright, nor hear the voice of God !
in the soul, but Jesus still commands, "Bring them unto me." When they are grown up they may wallow in sin and foam with enmity against God; then when our hearts are breaking we should remember the great Physician's words, "Bring them unto me." Never must we cease to pray until they cease to breathe. No case is hopeless while Jesus lives.

The Lord sometimes suffers His people to be driven into a corner that they may experimentally know how necessary He is to them. Ungodly children, when they show us our own powerlessness against the depravity of their hearts, drive us to flee to the strong for strength, and this is a great blessing to us. Whatever our morning's need may be, let it like a strong current bear us to the ocean of divine love. Jesus can soon remove our sorrow, He delights to comfort us. Let us hasten to Him while He waits to meet us.
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 October 03, 2009 7:15 PM

Persecution

The beating Pastor Bandoni endured put him in the hospital for two days.

Jesus promised His followers that the world would hate and persecute them. Many Gospel for Asia-supported missionaries have come to know the harsh reality of Jesus' words.

Persecution is a part of life for many GFA workers. Beatings, death threats and imprisonment are a few of the things they encounter on a daily basis. But despite great hostility, they continue to press onward as they proclaim the Good News of Christ to the unsaved souls of Asia. They are not willing for any man to perish without hearing the name of Jesus, even if that means that they might physically perish.

Read an update to a previous story of persecution: UPDATE: Extremists Try to Murder Missionary; Attack Well-Drilling Team


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of persecution.

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 September 29, 2009 4:25 AM

Hereby perceive we the love [of God], because he laid down his life for us.

The love of Christ, which passeth knowledge.--Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.--Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.--Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.--Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.--Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye.--For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.--Christ . . . suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.

Ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.--We ought to lay down [our] lives for the brethren.

1Jo 3:16 Eph 3:19 Joh 15:13 2Co 8:9 1Jo 4:11 Eph 4:32 Col 3:13 Mr 10:45 1Pe 2:21 Joh 13:14,15 1Jo 3:16

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 September 15, 2009 9:30 PM

"No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper."-Isaiah 54:17

This day is notable in English history for two great deliverances wrought by God for us. On this day the plot of the Papists to destroy our Houses of Parliament was discovered, 1605.

"While for our princes they prepare
In caverns deep a burning snare,
He shot from heaven a piercing ray,
And the dark treachery brought to day."

And secondly-to-day is the anniversary of the landing of King William III, at Torbay, by which the hope of Popish ascendancy was quashed, and religious liberty was secured, 1688.

This day ought to be celebrated, not by the saturnalia of striplings, but by the songs of saints. Our Puritan forefathers most devoutly made it a special time of thanksgiving. There is extant a record of the annual sermons preached by Matthew Henry on this day. Our Protestant feeling, and our love of liberty, should make us regard its anniversary with holy gratitude. Let our hearts and lips exclaim, "We have heard with our ears, and our fathers have told us the wondrous things which Thou didst in their day, and in the old time before them." Thou hast made this nation the home of the gospel; and when the foe has risen against her, Thou hast shielded her. Help us to offer repeated songs for repeated deliverances. Grant us more and more a hatred of Antichrist, and hasten on the day of her entire extinction. Till then and ever, we believe the promise, "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper." Should it not be laid upon the heart of every lover of the gospel of Jesus!
 on this day to plead for the overturning of false doctrines and the extension of divine truth? Would it not be well to search our own hearts, and turn out any of the Popish lumber of self-righteousness which may lie concealed therein?


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 August 07, 2009 4:02 AM

He Blesses and Keeps

"The LORD bless thee, and keep thee" (Numbers 6:24).

This first clause of the high priest's benediction is substantially a promise. That blessing which our great High Priest pronounces upon us is sure to come, for He speaks the mind of God.

What a joy to abide under the divine blessing! This puts a gracious flavor into all things. If we are blessed, then all our possessions and enjoyments are blessed; yea, our losses and crosses and even our disappointments are blessed. God's blessing is deep, emphatic, effectual. A man's blessing may begin and end in words, but the blessing of the LORD makes rich and sanctifies. The best wish we can have for our dearest friend is not "may prosperity attend thee," but "the LORD bless thee."

It is equally a delightful thing to be kept of God; kept by Him, kept near Him, kept in Him. They are kept indeed whom God keeps; they are preserved from evil; they are reserved unto boundless happiness. God's keeping goes with His blessing, to establish it and cause it to endure.

The author of this little book desires that the rich blessing and sure keeping here pronounced may come upon every reader who may at this moment be looking at these lines. Please breathe the text to God as a prayer for His servants.
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 August 01, 2009 2:46 AM

"Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn."-Ruth 2:2

Downcast and troubled Christian, come and glean to-day in the broad field of promise. Here are abundance of precious promises, which exactly meet thy wants. Take this one: "He will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax." Doth not that suit thy case? A reed, helpless, insignificant, and weak, a bruised reed, out of which no music can come; weaker than weakness itself; a reed, and that reed bruised, yet, He will not break thee; but on the contrary, will restore and strengthen thee. Thou art like the smoking flax: no light, no warmth, can come from thee; but He will not quench thee; He will blow with His sweet breath of mercy till He fans thee to a flame. Wouldst thou glean another ear? "Come unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." What soft words! Thy heart is tender, and the Master knows it, and therefore He speaketh so gently to thee. Wilt thou not obey Him, and come to Him even now? Take another ear of corn: "Fear not, !
thou worm Jacob, I will help thee, saith the Lord and thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel." How canst thou fear with such a wonderful assurance as this? Thou mayest gather ten thousand such golden ears as these! "I have blotted out thy sins like a cloud, and like a thick cloud thy transgressions." Or this, "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Or this, "The Spirit and the Bride say, Come, and let him that is athirst come, and whosoever will let him take the water of life freely." Our Master's field is very rich; behold the handfuls. See, there they lie before thee, poor timid believer! Gather them up, make them thine own, for Jesus bids thee take them. Be not afraid, only believe! Grasp these sweet promises, thresh them out by meditation and feed on them with joy.

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 July 23, 2009 9:38 AM

Then [cometh] the end.

Of that day and [that] hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. --And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.--The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.--The coming of the Lord draweth nigh. . . . The judge standeth before the door. --Surely I come quickly.

[Seeing] . . . [that] all these things shall be dissolved, what manner [of persons] ought ye to be in [all] holy conversation and godliness.

The end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.--Let your loins be girded about, and [your] lights burning; and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.

1Co 15:24 Mr 13:32,33,37 2Pe 3:9 Jas 5:8,9 Re 22:20 2Pe 3:11 1Pe 4:7 Lu 12:35,36

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 July 20, 2009 5:38 PM

He that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy [is] his name.

Who [is] like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who [is] like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful [in] praises, doing wonders?--Among the gods [there is] none like unto thee, O Lord; neither [are there any works] like unto thy works.--Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for [thou] only [art] holy.--Hallowed be thy name.

Blessed [be] the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,

Who [is] this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this [that is] glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.--I have laid help upon [one that is] mighty; I have exalted [one] chosen out of the people.

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, . . . [be] glory.

Lu 1:49 Ex 15:11 Ps 86:8 Re 15:4 Mt 6:9 Lu 1:68 Isa 63:1 Ps 89:19 Eph 3:20,21

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 July 12, 2009 6:01 AM


Difficult Lessons Learned Through Suffering
--from the messages of Adrian Rogers

BIBLE MEDITATION:
Hebrews 11:21 - "By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff."

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
Jacob became a wounded worshipper because God did not withhold the rod of correction. The wounded in life are those who have learned difficult lessons through suffering. Do not resist the Shepherd's rod of correction. Is the wounding painful? Indeed. Does it seem that you will not be able to bear it? Most certainly. Then, why would He subject you to such pain? Because you have a Father who loves you so much that He is willing to hurt you to heal you. What you need to focus on is not your pain, but your Savior. God didn't save you to take you to heaven. That's a fringe benefit. God saved you to make you holy as He is holy.

ACTION POINT:
Read Hebrews 12:1-13. What application can you make from this passage for your life today?
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 July 09, 2009 10:37 PM

An Angel Encampment

The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. (Psalm 34:7)

We cannot see the angels, but it is enough that they can see us. There is one great Angel of the Covenant, whom not having seen we love, and His eye is always upon us both day and night. He has a host of holy ones under Him, and He causes these to be watchers over His saints and to guard them from all ill. If devils do us mischief, shining ones do us service.

Note that the Lord of angels does not come and go and pay us transient visits, but He and His armies encamp around us. The headquarters of the army of salvation is where those live whose trust is in the living God. This camp surrounds the faithful so that they cannot be attacked from any quarter unless the adversary can break through the entrenchments of the Lord of angels. We have a fixed protection, a permanent watch. Sentineled by the messengers of God, we shall not be surprised by sudden assaults nor swallowed up by overwhelming forces. Deliverance is promised in this verse--deliverance by the great Captain of our salvation, and that deliverance we shall obtain again and again until our warfare is accomplished and we exchange the field of conflict for the home of rest.
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 July 07, 2009 5:49 AM

BIBLE MEDITATION:
Jude 24 - "Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy."

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
Have you fussed and fumed through life's challenges, wondering if the Sovereign Creator of the Universe was on vacation? I have a message for you: The God who hung the stars, the God who poured the oceans, the God who raised the mountains, the God who knew you before you were knit together in your mother's womb, this sovereign God is your Savior. He is your King, and He is in control. When you are plucked from the depths of sin, you are placed in the very hand of God! You can't climb up into the hand of God; you are placed into the hand of God. Hallelujah! Our efforts didn't get us there. His grace placed us there. And His love will keep us there forever.

ACTION POINT:
Read Psalm 139 and rejoice in the truth that God has created you and will make a way for you!
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 July 03, 2009 6:02 AM

This [is] the ordinance of the passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof.

We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.--Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of--God. That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: but now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

For he is our peace, who hath made both one, . . . having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace.

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.

If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Ex 12:43 Heb 13:10 Joh 3:3 Eph 2:12-15,19 Re 3:20
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 June 20, 2009 5:28 PM

Why The Old Time Gospel Wednesday, 9:40 AM


Why the old time gospel, what's wrong with todays gospel? What's the difference anyway? Well, the simple truth is, todays gospel, for the most part, is another gospel altogether. Paul wrote, "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:"   Galatians 1:6

What Paul said, (according to Strongs Concordance) was that the Galatians had removed themselves from the truth, to a strange and altered gospel, unfamiliar with the teachings of Christ. Brass had replaced the gold, "...and he took away all the shields of gold which Solomon had made. And king Rehoboam made in their stead brasen shields..." 1 Kings 14:26-27.

There is alot of brass in the church today, sadly most professing christians don't know the difference, they don't know the God they have come to worship. We have self proclaimed prophets and apostles that live by their own wisdom and are directed by their own greed.

The old time gospel worked, when people got saved, they stayed saved, they stayed holy, they stayed humble, giving all the glory to God. "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls"   Jeremiah 6:16.

The short story below, is a good example of the new modern thinking of religion verses the old time gospel that is alive in a man's heart.


Have You Tasted My Jesus?

At the University of Chicago Divinity School each year they have what is called Baptist Day. It is a day when all the Baptists in the area are invited to the school because they want the Baptist dollars to keep coming in. On this day each one is to bring a sack lunch to be eaten outdoors in a grassy picnic area. Every Baptist Day the school would invite one of the greatest minds to lecture in the theological education center.

One year they invited Dr. Paul Tillich. Dr. Tillich spoke for two and one-half hours proving that the resurrection of Jesus was false. He quoted scholar after scholar and book after book. He concluded that since there was no such thing as the historical resurrection the religious tradition of the church was groundless, emotional mumbo-jumbo, because it was based on a relationship with a risen Jesus, who, in fact, never rose from the dead in any literal sense. He then asked if there were any questions.

After about thirty seconds, an old, dark skinned preacher with a head of short-cropped, woolly white hair stood up in the back of the auditorium. "Docta Tillich, I got one question," he said as all eyes turned toward him. He reached into his sack lunch and pulled out an apple and began eating it. "Docta Tillich..." CRUNCH, MUNCH... "My question is a simple question," CRUNCH, CUNCH... "Now I ain't never read them books you read..." CRUNCH, MUNCH... "and I can't recite the Scriptures in the original Greek..." CRUNCH, MUNCH... "I don't know nothin' about Niebuhr and Heidegger..." CRUNCH, MUNCH... He finished the apple. "All I wanna know is: This apple I just ate-was it bitter or sweet?"

Dr. Tillich paused for a moment and answered in exemplary scholarly fashion: "I cannot possibly answer that question, for I haven't tasted your apple."

The white-haired preacher dropped the core of his apple into his crumpled paper bag, looked up at Dr. Tillich and said calmly, "Neither have you tasted my Jesus."

The one thousand plus in attendance could not contain themselves. The auditorium erupted with applause and cheers. Dr. Tillich thanked his audience and promptly left the platform.

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 June 19, 2009 1:57 AM

How God Develops Christian Character May 30, 2009 12:25 AM


taken from a message given by Adrian Rogers

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope. Romans 5:3-4

When you receive Christ as your personal Savior, God begins to work in you. Nobody is born fully grown, so God has to build your Christian character.

The Bible says in Philippians 1:6, “ . . . He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it. . .” When you are saved, God simply begins a good work in you. You are not a finished product.

God will build Christian character, but first you must receive Christ. Some people try to develop character, but they have no foundation. And that foundation is Jesus Christ.

How does God build Christian character?

Pressure

God will allow pressures to come. The word tribulation literally means “ressure.” It is a word that was used to describe crushing grapes in the vat for wine or crushing olives for oil. God wants the oil of gladness and the wine of joy in your character. He wants that which will sustain and give strength, but the only way that God will get it out of you is to press it out. Is something bad happening to you right now? Are you having trouble? Are you feeling pressure? These are not obstacles; they are opportunities! They are things that God has engineered to build character into your life.

You're going to have tribulation whether you're a Christian or not, but a child of God sees what happens and can, “glory in tribulations.”

Patience

 The Bible teaches that God wants to work a character quality in your heart known as patience. The word patient here is not one of passivity. Actually the word means “endurance or constancy.” What are some reactions when troubles come?

  • Some may try to escape with a plane ticket, a pill, a bottle, a needle, or even a gun.
  • Others may even get cynical and shake their fist in the face of God
  • Some may recognize that God wants to teach endurance and it is His way of building Christian character.

How do you respond?

One of the greatest marks of your faith and your confidence in the Almighty is your endurance, your perseverance, and your constancy when trouble comes.

Purity

The word experience is translated in many Bibles as character and it has to do with the idea of purity. This word was used to speak of gold that had been put in the fire and refined until it was pure. It speaks of a character that has gone through the experiences of tribulation and perseverance. And through them, God begins to burn out the dross.

Many of us don't want that, but I want God to continue to work in my heart and my life until He burns out that dross. They say that a refiner of silver or gold knows when the gold is pure when he can see his own face reflected in it. Our Lord wants to see His character reflected in us.

Have you grown in your Christian life when you were faced with trouble, heartache, pressure, pain, misunderstanding, or bewilderment? Did you grow when you had nowhere to go but to God, and you had to keep searching your heart and saying, “Oh God, what's wrong? God what are you trying to tell me? What are you trying to teach me? What do you want me to confess?” God uses those difficulties to produce growth in us.

Persuasion

We call this hope. Hope doesn't mean “to wish or desire.” It means, “a rock-ribbed assurance based on the Word of God and the character of God.” When we go through pressures, tribulations, and afflictions and we come out the other side, we have learned that God is faithful. God saw us through and my friend – that is hope.

I want you to know that Jesus Christ is hope. Hebrews 6:19 speaks of hope when it says, “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and steadfast, . . .” Let the storms rage, the waves buffet us, and the wind blow—for my Anchor holds.

If you don't have hope, you don't have anything. Faith believes, but hope expects. A person who lives by confidence in God alone and looks to God alone has Christian character.

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 June 17, 2009 9:20 AM

In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice [and] my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon [him] as long as I live.

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.--The Spirit . . . helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.--Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

Php 4:6 Ps 116:1,2 Mt 6:7 Ro 8:26 1Ti 2:8 Eph 6:18 Mt 18:19
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 June 08, 2009 4:40 AM

The LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.

Blessed [is] every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy [shalt] thou [be], and [it shall be] well with thee.--Trust in the LORD, and do good; [so] shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.--Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God [is] with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

As long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.-- Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day; . . . and thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of [mine] hand hath gotten me this wealth.

[Is] not the LORD your God with you? and hath he [not] given you rest on every side?

Ge 39:3 Ps 128:1,2 37:3,4 Jos 1:9 Mt 6:33 2Ch 26:5 De 8:11,17 1Ch 22:18

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 June 06, 2009 3:09 AM

He Always Listens

The Lord hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my payer. (Psalm 6:9)

The experience here recorded is mine. I can set to my seal that God is true. In very wonderful ways He has answered the prayers of His servant many and many a time. Yes, and He is hearing my present supplication, and He is not turning away His ear from me. Blessed be His holy name!

What then? Why, for certain the promise which lies sleeping in the psalmist's believing confidence is also mine. Let me grasp it by the hand of faith: "The Lord will receive my prayer." He will accept it, think of it, and grant it in the way and time which His loving wisdom judges to be best. I bring my poor prayer in my hand to the great King, and He gives me audience and graciously receives my petition. My enemies will not listen to me, but my Lord will. They ridicule my tearful prayers, but my Lord does not; He receives my prayer into His ear and His heart.

What a reception this is for a poor sinner! We receive Jesus, and then the Lord receives us and our prayers for His Son's sake. Blessed be that dear name which franks our prayers so that they freely pass even within the golden gates. Lord, teach me to pray, since Thou hearest my prayers.
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 June 05, 2009 2:07 AM

Looking For LionsJune 5, 2009

If you were walking through a jungle infested with ravenous lions, would you look where you walked? Would you be serious? That’s what Peter said, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” Satan is the bitterest enemy of God and His people.

If you do not understand how bitter your enemy is, you’re not going to be prepared to defend yourself. You see, the devil’s cleverest trick is to make you believe he doesn’t exist.

Today we laugh about the idea of a devil. We name football teams various kinds of devils. We name food – deviled ham, devil’s food cake. We get the idea that the devil is a comic book character wearing long red underwear with horns and a forked tail carrying a pitch fork to pierce someone from behind.

Let me set the record straight. The devil is behind all of that business to make us believe that he doesn’t exist.

Adrian Rogers

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 June 03, 2009 6:19 PM

Wheresoever the Lord our God forbade us. Deu 2:37 (R. V.)

This chapter is full of restrictions and prohibitions. There were territories which Israel was forbidden to enter at that time; though afterward, in the days of David, Solomon, and Hezekiah, they were all included in the possessions of the chosen people.

There are temporary limitations in all lives. Paul was forbidden to preach the Word in Asia, when first he came on its frontiers; though two or three years after he so filled it with his teaching that the trade of the silversmiths, who made shrines for Diana, was affected.

Limitations in our Usefulness. - Provinces of holy endeavor seem shut against you, as the Gentile world from the public ministry of Jesus. Nevertheless, do your best in what is open, as He did for the Jews, and the rest will be unbarred; but if not, in God's good time, the field will be cultivated by hands specially instructed and prepared.

Limitations in Knowledge. - There are mysteries which, in the earlier stages of their experience, are not made known to the saints; but which we come to know, as we follow on to know the Lord. And while there may be much in God's providence that is difficult to understand, yet our knowledge of Himself may increase as the years go by, until we glory in this, that we understand and know Him (Jer 9:23).

Limitations in Experience. - Not to every one is it given to feel Christ's love as Rutherford did. Some are excluded from the sunny realms, as Cowper was. Such is the choice of God for them, and it must be best; but they shall all attain one day to the stature of the perfect man, and possess the blessedness from which they are now restrained.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 May 30, 2009 12:39 AM

A Snapshot of Jesus-Love

By Jon Walker

 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped. Philippians 2:5-6 (NIV)

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If you take a snapshot of Jesus-love, it looks like this:

“Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don’t think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing” (Philippians 2:3-4 NLT).

What does this mean?

  • We live with the same attitude as Jesus (Philippians 2:5). If someone snapped a picture of your attitude, what would it look like? If it were uploaded to the Internet, what beliefs would it reveal? This means the beliefs you live by, not necessarily the ones you say you believe.
  • We believe compassion is more important than holding rank or privilege (Philippians 2:6). How many snapshots of things do you have compared to the ones of people encouraged by God’s love flowing through you? What two things can you do to re-prioritize people over things?
  • We give without expecting anything in return. “He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form (Philippians 2:7 NLT). What snapshots do you have of others who’ve been blessed by you while you deliberately stayed out of the picture?
  • We serve, even at great cost. “And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal’s death on a cross. Because of this, God raised him up to the heights of heaven . . . and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:8-11 NLT). What do the snapshots look like of people enriched by what you gave away?

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 May 08, 2009 3:15 AM

"I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing."-Ezekiel 34:26

Here is sovereign mercy-"I will give them the shower in its season." Is it not sovereign, divine mercy?-for who can say, "I will give them showers," except God? There is only one voice which can speak to the clouds, and bid them beget the rain. Who sendeth down the rain upon the earth? Who scattereth the showers upon the green herb? Do not I, the Lord? So grace is the gift of God, and is not to be created by man. It is also needed grace. What would the ground do without showers? You may break the clods, you may sow your seeds, but what can you do without the rain? As absolutely needful is the divine blessing. In vain you labour, until God the plenteous shower bestows, and sends salvation down. Then, it is plenteous grace. "I will send them showers." It does not say, "I will send them drops," but "showers." So it is with grace. If God gives a blessing, He usually gives it in such a measure that there is not room enough to receive it. Plenteous grace! Ah! we want plenteous gra!
ce to keep us humble, to make us prayerful, to make us holy; plenteous grace to make us zealous, to preserve us through this life, and at last to land us in heaven. We cannot do without saturating showers of grace. Again, it is seasonable grace. "I will cause the shower to come down in his season." What is thy season this morning? Is it the season of drought? Then that is the season for showers. Is it a season of great heaviness and black clouds? Then that is the season for showers. "As thy days so shall thy strength be." And here is a varied blessing. "I will give thee showers of blessing." The word is in the plural. All kinds of blessings God will send. All God's blessings go together, like links in a golden chain. If He gives converting grace, He will also give comforting grace. He will send "showers of blessing." Look up to-day, O parched plant, and open thy leaves and flowers for a heavenly watering.
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 May 06, 2009 6:19 PM

Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed [each other].

A just God and a Saviour.

The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make [it] honourable.

God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them.--Whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, [I say], at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.--He [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.--Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? [It is] God that justifieth.--To him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

Ps 85:10 Isa 45:21 42:21 2Co 5:19 Ro 3:25,26 Isa 53:5 Ro 8:33 4:5
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 May 03, 2009 4:28 AM

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Trust in him at all times; [ye] people, pour out your heart before him: God [is] a refuge for us.

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Be ye not as the horse, [or] as the mule, [which] have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee. Many sorrows [shall be] to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.--Thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This [is] the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

And he said unto him, If thy presence go not [with me], carry us not up hence. For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? [is it] not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that [are] upon the face of the earth.

Pr 3:5,6 Ps 62:8 32:8-10 Isa 30:21 Ex 33:15,16
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 April 30, 2009 5:43 AM

Our Family

God made us a family.
We need one another.
We love one another.
We forgive one another.

We work together.
We play together.
We worship together.

Together we use God's Word.
Together we grow in Christ.
Together we love all men.
Together we serve our God.
Together we hope for heaven.

These are our hopes and ideas.
Help us to attain them, O God,
Through Jesus Christ, our LORD.

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 April 28, 2009 4:56 PM

Behold the Lamb of God.

[It is] not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: in burnt offerings and [sacrifices] for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. --He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, [as] silver and gold, . . . but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: . . . manifest in these last times for you, who by him do believe in God, . . . that your faith and hope might be in God.

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

Joh 1:29 Heb 10:4-7 Isa 53:7 1Pe 1:18-21 Re 5:12


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 April 23, 2009 3:32 AM

"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us."-Romans 8:37

We go to Christ for forgiveness, and then too often look to the law for power to fight our sins. Paul thus rebukes us, "O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?" Take your sins to Christ's cross, for the old man can only be crucified there: we are crucified with Him. The only weapon to fight sin with is the spear which pierced the side of Jesus. To give an illustration-you want to overcome an angry temper, how do you go to work? It is very possible you have never tried the right way of going to Jesus with it. How did I get salvation? I came to Jesus just as I was, and I trusted Him to save me. I must kill my angry temper in the same way? It is the only way in which I can ever kill it. I must go to the cross with it, and say to Jesus, "Lord, I trust Thee to deliver me from it." This is the only way to give it a death-blow. Are you covetous? Do you feel the world entangle you? You may struggle against this evil so long as you please, but if it be your besetting sin, you will never be delivered from it in any way but by the blood of Jesus. Take it to Christ. Tell Him, "Lord, I have trusted Thee, and Thy name is Jesus, for Thou dost save Thy people from their sins; Lord, this is one of my sins; save me from it!" Ordinances are nothing without Christ as a means of mortification. Your prayers, and your repentances, and your tears-the whole of them put together-are worth nothing apart from Him. "None but Jesus can do helpless sinners good;" or helpless saints either. You must be conquerors through Him who hath loved you, if conquerors at all. Our laurels must grow among His olives in Gethsemane.

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 April 19, 2009 4:53 AM

The LORD bless thee, and keep thee.

The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.--Thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as [with] a shield.

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD [is] thy keeper: the LORD [is] thy shade upon thy right hand.--The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.--I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest [any] hurt it, I will keep it night and day.

Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we [are]. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept.

The Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve [me] unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Nu 6:24 Pr 10:22 Ps 5:12 121:3-5,7,8 Isa 27:3 Joh 17:11,12 2Ti 4:18


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 April 16, 2009 4:13 AM

"The precious blood of Christ."-1 Peter 1:19

Standing at the foot of the cross, we see hands, and feet, and side, all distilling crimson streams of precious blood. It is "precious" because of its redeeming and atoning efficacy. By it the sins of Christ's people are atoned for; they are redeemed from under the law; they are reconciled to God, made one with Him. Christ's blood is also "precious" in its cleansing power; it "cleanseth from all sin." "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow." Through Jesus' blood there is not a spot left upon any believer, no wrinkle nor any such thing remains. O precious blood, which makes us clean, removing the stains of abundant iniquity, and permitting us to stand accepted in the Beloved, notwithstanding the many ways in which we have rebelled against our God. The blood of Christ is likewise "precious" in its preserving power. We are safe from the destroying angel under the sprinkled blood. Remember it is God's seeing the blood which is the true reason for our bei!
ng spared. Here is comfort for us when the eye of faith is dim, for God's eye is still the same. The blood of Christ is "precious" also in its sanctifying influence. The same blood which justifies by taking away sin, does in its after-action, quicken the new nature and lead it onward to subdue sin and to follow out the commands of God. There is no motive for holiness so great as that which streams from the veins of Jesus. And "precious," unspeakably precious, is this blood, because it has an overcoming power. It is written, "They overcame through the blood of the Lamb." How could they do otherwise? He who fights with the precious blood of Jesus, fights with a weapon which cannot know defeat. The blood of Jesus! sin dies at its presence, death ceases to be death: heaven's gates are opened. The blood of Jesus! we shall march on, conquering and to conquer, so long as we can trust its power!

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 April 07, 2009 7:00 PM

DevotionAnd after the fire the sound of a low whisper. 1 Kings 19:12 Elijah was exhausted, tired, and worn out. He thought that he had nothing to show for his long and troubled ministry. God loved Elijah. He wanted to assure him that his faithful and loving service to Him was not in vain. It was all part of His work and His plan to save souls. Elijah was now standing on the edge of a great reformation and re-vival. He could rejoice that God worked through him to lay the groundwork. God’s assurance did not come in powerful and earthshaking signs. God’s assurance came to Elijah in a gentle whisper of His Word. God’s assurance for us still comes from God, the Holy Spirit, in His humble and unassuming Word. If $50 bills fell out of Bibles, if diamonds were found at the bottom of baptismal fonts, and if little treasure chests were waiting in the pew after each Communion, the whole world would flock to these means of grace. But why are common words and common substances cherished by God’s people? Because by the work of the Holy Spirit, they transform weari-ness for God and His will into joy for Him and His glorious plan for our lives that will sustain us until the day of Christ’s returning.

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 April 05, 2009 9:39 PM

Mine eyes fail [with looking] upward. Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I [am] weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed. My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long? Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies' sake.--My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! [for then] would I fly away, and be at rest. Ye have need of patience. While they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.--Our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.--That blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. Isa 38:14 Ps 6:2-4 Ps 55:4-6 Heb 10:36 Ac 1:10,11 Php 3:20 Tit 2:13

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 April 05, 2009 3:25 AM

Today's Bible reading is from Philippians 4:4-9. Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me--put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:4-9 NIV | Print · Listen to Today's Devotional: Flash Player or MP3 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. Philippians 4:4-9 | Print KJV

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 April 03, 2009 6:18 AM

Beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness. My thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, . . . so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it. God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable [are] his judgments, and his ways past finding out! 2Pe 3:8,9 Isa 55:8-11 Ro 11:32,33

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 April 01, 2009 6:32 AM

He has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother. ( 1 JOHN 4:21 *NIV ) Dear Friend, Our Savior Jesus Christ said; "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. ( John 13:34 ) So, Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. (1 Peter 4:9-10 ) Thus, If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. Now just; Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,"but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? After all Jesus also said: 'I tell you the truth, what ever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' ( 1 John 3:17-18 ) ( James 2:15-16 ) ( Matthew 25:40 ) Therefore, Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. (Romans 12:9-10) and God will Bless you for it! Amen. All My Love & Prayers, Pastor Allen

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 March 30, 2009 3:55 AM

"He was numbered with the transgressors."-Isaiah 53:12 Why did Jesus suffer Himself to be enrolled amongst sinners? This wonderful condescension was justified by many powerful reasons. In such a character He could the better become their advocate. In some trials there is an identification of the counsellor with the client, nor can they be looked upon in the eye of the law as apart from one another. Now, when the sinner is brought to the bar, Jesus appears there Himself. He stands to answer the accusation. He points to His side, His hands, His feet, and challenges Justice to bring anything against the sinners whom He represents; He pleads His blood, and pleads so triumphantly, being numbered with them and having a part with them, that the Judge proclaims, "Let them go their way; deliver them from going down into the pit, for He hath found a ransom." Our Lord Jesus was numbered with the transgressors in order that they might feel their hearts drawn towards Him. Who can be afraid of one who is written in the same list with us? Surely we may come boldly to Him, and confess our guilt. He who is numbered with us cannot condemn us. Was He not put down in the transgressor's list that we might be written in the red roll of the saints? He was holy, and written among the holy; we were guilty, and numbered among the guilty; He transfers His name from yonder list to this black indictment, and our names are taken from the indictment and written in the roll of acceptance, for there is a complete transfer made between Jesus and His people. All our estate of misery and sin Jesus has taken; and all that Jesus has comes to us. His righteousness, His blood, and everything that He hath He gives us as our dowry. Rejoice, believer, in your union to Him who was numbered among the transgressors; and prove that you are truly saved by being manifestly numbered with those who are new creatures in Him.

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 March 27, 2009 3:34 AM

 

Treasures in Darkness

I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name (Isaiah 45:3).

"I have never been in this place before. It is new ground for me and I find I am way out of my comfort zone. I am scared to death to trust Him at this level. I had to confess to the Lord I have not been able to accept or believe His love for me in this area." Those were the words I expressed to a friend when I was in a difficult place in my life. It was that day when I confessed those words that God led me to this passage of scripture.

What we perceive as dark periods in our lives are designed to be treasures from God. They are actually riches stored in secret places. We cannot see those times in this light because of the often-accompanying pain or fear that prevents us from accepting these times as treasures. They have a particular purpose from God's viewpoint; "so that you may know that I am the Lord who summons you by name."

You see, unless we are cast into times in which we are completely at the mercy of God for breakthroughs in our lives we will never experience the faithfulness of God in those areas. We will never know how personal He is or that He can be trusted to meet the deepest needs in our lives. God wants each of us to know that we are "summoned by name." Every hair of our head is numbered. Every activity we are involved in He knows. His love for you and me knows no bounds, and He will take every opportunity to demonstrate this to you and me.

Has God brought you into a place of darkness? Trust Him today to allow Him to reveal that hidden treasure that can be found in this darkness. Let Him summon you by name.

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 March 15, 2009 7:34 AM

Serving God Full Time March 13, 2009

So many people tell me, "What I would really like to do is get out of this job and serve God full time." Have you ever thought that?

Oh God, help me to teach you today that if you are a Christian living in the Spirit, you are serving God full-time. Wherever you work – as long as it is an honorable occupation – you are serving God full-time. You are no less a minister because you wear a fast-food uniform. You are no less a teacher, because you push a broom. You are no less a prophet because you fly an airplane.

We want to neatly divide life into the secular and the sacred. But God doesn't do that. Our work is to be the temple of our devotion to God, and it is to be the platform of our witness.

Colossians 3:17 says, "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him."

Adrian Rogers

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 March 11, 2009 4:52 PM

Psalm 51:12-13 the psalmist prayed: "Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto Thee" (KJV).  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 March 06, 2009 12:44 PM

"Ye must be born again."-John 3:7

Regeneration is a subject which lies at the very basis of salvation, and we should be very diligent to take heed that we really are "born again," for there are many who fancy they are, who are not. Be assured that the name of a Christian is not the nature of a Christian; and that being born in a Christian land, and being recognized as professing the Christian religion is of no avail whatever, unless there be something more added to it-the being "born again," is a matter so mysterious, that human words cannot describe it. "The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." Nevertheless, it is a change which is known and felt: known by works of holiness, and felt by a gracious experience. This great work is supernatural. It is not an operation which a man performs for himself: a new principle is infused, which works in the heart, renews the soul, and affects the entire man. It is not a change of my name, but a renewal of my nature, so that I am not the man I used to be, but a new man in Christ Jesus. To wash and dress a corpse is a far different thing from making it alive: man can do the one, God alone can do the other. If you have then, been "born again," your acknowledgment will be, "O Lord Jesus, the everlasting Father, Thou art my spiritual Parent; unless Thy Spirit had breathed into me the breath of a new, holy, and spiritual life, I had been to this day 'dead in trespasses and sins.' My heavenly life is wholly derived from Thee, to Thee I ascribe it. 'My life is hid with Christ in God.' It is no longer I who live, but Christ who liveth in me." May the Lord enable us to be well assured on this vital point, for to be unregenerate is to be unsaved, unpardoned, without God, and without hope.

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 March 02, 2009 6:16 AM

Nothing Greater Than Wisdom 6:14 AM

March 2, 2009

If God were to ask you what you want Him to do for you, what would you ask Him? Well, if you were hungry, you might ask for food. If you were sick, you might ask for help. If you were an egotist, you might ask for wealth and power.

God came to Solomon and asked him that question. And how did Solomon respond? He didn’t ask for health or wealth. He did not ask for power over his enemies or honor from his country. Instead, he asked for wisdom.

There is nothing greater that you could ask for than wisdom because so many other things are included in wisdom. As a matter of fact, Proverbs 8:11 says, “For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.” Now, that’s a pretty big statement. Everything that is to be desired is not to be compared with wisdom.

Adrian Rogers

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 February 14, 2009 4:38 AM

Isaiah 55 4:23 AM


King James Bible
 
1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.

5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.

6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

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 January 31, 2009 3:23 PM

The 4,000-mile-long Great Wall of China was built to keep out invaders from the north. The first wall was constructed by Shi Huangdi, the first emperor of China, who lived between 259 and 210 bc. But in ad 1644 the Manchus broke through the Great Wall and overran China. They did this by bribing a general of the Ming dynasty to open the gates.

During the reconstruction of ancient Jerusalem, Nehemiah understood the acute danger posed by those who opposed the rebuilding of the city’s ruined walls. So he commanded constant vigilance. Half of the workers were to stand watch while half rebuilt the walls (Neh. 4:13-18).

As Christians, we must be vigilant that nothing breaches our spiritual defenses. Even the most mature believer can never afford to let down his guard.

The apostle John warns us of enemies from three quarters. He identifies them as “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” (1 John 2:16). These enemies lure us away from God and His Word and leave a gap for the enemy to sneak in.

Let’s be alert to what entices us today. A lapse opens the door to sin, which in turn may develop into a habit that overwhelms us. Don’t permit a breach in the wall.  — C. P. Hia

It may not be some heinous deed
That chills our hearts and chokes the seed;
It’s often just a trifling toy
That grabs our eye and steals our joy. —Gustafson

The world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. —1 John 2:17

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 January 13, 2009 6:06 PM

DEFINING LIBERTY, PART TWO by Charles R. Swindoll Romans 7:24--25 NLT Without becoming needlessly academic, I want to define a term that I've been tossing around. What do I mean when I declare that the Christian has liberty? Essentially, liberty is freedom . . . freedom from something and freedom to do something. Today I will concentrate on what liberty gives us the freedom to do. Grace brings a freedom to do something else---a freedom to enjoy the rights and the privileges of being out from under slavery and allowing others such freedom. It's freedom to experience and enjoy a new kind of power that only Christ could bring. It is a freedom to become all that He meant me to be, regardless of how He leads others. I can be me---fully and freely. It is a freedom to know Him in an independent and personal way. And that freedom is then released to others so they can be who they are meant to be---different from me! You see, God isn't stamping out little cookie-cutter Christians across the world so that we all think alike and look alike and sound alike and act alike. The body has variety. We were never meant to have the same temperaments and use the same vocabulary and wear the same syrupy smile and dress the same way and carry on the same ministry. I repeat: God is pleased with variety. This freedom to be who we are is nothing short of magnificent. It is freedom to make choices, freedom to know His will, freedom to walk in it, freedom to obey His leading me in my life and you in your life. Once you've tasted such freedom, nothing else satisfies. Perhaps I should reemphasize that it is a liberty you will have to fight for. Why? Because the ranks of Christianity are full of those who compare and would love to control and manipulate you so you will become as miserable as they are. After all, if they are determined to be "cramped, somber, dull, and listless," then they expect you to be that way, too. "Misery loves company" is the legalists' unspoken motto, though they never admit it.

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 January 13, 2009 6:05 PM

DEFINING LIBERTY, PART TWO
by Charles R. Swindoll

Romans 7:24--25 NLT

Without becoming needlessly academic, I want to define a term that I've been tossing around. What do I mean when I declare that the Christian has liberty? Essentially, liberty is freedom . . . freedom from something and freedom to do something. Today I will concentrate on what liberty gives us the freedom to do.

Grace brings a freedom to do something else---a freedom to enjoy the rights and the privileges of being out from under slavery and allowing others such freedom. It's freedom to experience and enjoy a new kind of power that only Christ could bring. It is a freedom to become all that He meant me to be, regardless of how He leads others. I can be me---fully and freely. It is a freedom to know Him in an independent and personal way. And that freedom is then released to others so they can be who they are meant to be---different from me!

You see, God isn't stamping out little cookie-cutter Christians across the world so that we all think alike and look alike and sound alike and act alike. The body has variety. We were never meant to have the same temperaments and use the same vocabulary and wear the same syrupy smile and dress the same way and carry on the same ministry. I repeat: God is pleased with variety. This freedom to be who we are is nothing short of magnificent. It is freedom to make choices, freedom to know His will, freedom to walk in it, freedom to obey His leading me in my life and you in your life. Once you've tasted such freedom, nothing else satisfies.

Perhaps I should reemphasize that it is a liberty you will have to fight for. Why? Because the ranks of Christianity are full of those who compare and would love to control and manipulate you so you will become as miserable as they are. After all, if they are determined to be "cramped, somber, dull, and listless," then they expect you to be that way, too. "Misery loves company" is the legalists' unspoken motto, though they never admit it.

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 January 06, 2009 11:33 PM


Help from Without

Yea, I will help thee. (Isaiah 41:10)

Yesterday's promise secured us strength for what we have to do, but this guarantees us aid in cases where we cannot act alone. The Lord says, "I will help thee." Strength within is supplemented by help without. God can raise us up allies in our warfare if so it seems good in His sight; and even if He does not send us human assistance, He Himself will be at our side, and this is better still. "Our August Ally" is better than legions of mortal helpers.

His help is timely: He is a very present help in time of trouble. His help is very wise: He knows how to give each man help meet and fit for him. His help is most effectual, though vain is the help of man. His help is more than help, for He bears all the burden and supplies all the need. "The Lord is my helper, I will not fear what man can do unto me."

Because He has already been our help, we feel confidence in Him for the present and the future. Our prayer is, "Lord, by thou my helper"; our experience is, "The Spirit also helpeth our infirmities"; our expectation is, "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, whence cometh my help"; and our song soon will be, "Thou, Lord, hast holden me."
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 December 26, 2008 4:42 PM

The Peace of God 4:39 PM

December 26, 2008

I was witnessing to a man who was standing in front of his house. I couldn’t get very far with him as he was seemingly satisfied with his life. He said, “Mister, I’ve got a good income. You see that house? I own that house. It’s paid for. You see that car? I own it, it’s paid for. My wife is in that house. She loves me.”

I said, “Sir, alright. I want to ask you a question. Will you be absolutely honest with me? Do you have peace in your heart?” His chin started to quiver, his eyes brimmed with tears. He said, “No, I don’t have peace in heart, how did you know?”

I said, “Because the Bible says, ‘There is no peace sayeth my God to the wicked.’ These things cannot fill the longing of your heart. You need Jesus. If you have Jesus, you have the peace of God that passeth understanding. If you have that, you are a rich person.”

Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

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 December 23, 2008 12:52 PM

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Let him take hold of my strength, [that] he may make peace with me; [and] he shall make peace with me.

I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. --[There is] no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.

In Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace.

It pleased [the Father] that in him should all fulness dwell; and, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself.--Christ Jesus: whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, . . . that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.--If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH [is] everlasting strength.

Isa 27:5 Jer 29:11 Isa 48:22 Eph 2:13,14 Col 1:19,20 Ro 3:24-26 1Jo 1:9 Isa 26:4
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 December 20, 2008 5:41 PM

Trust and Do; Do and Trust

Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. (Psalm 37:3)

Trust and do are words which go well together, in the order in which the Holy Spirit has placed them. We should have faith, and that faith should work. Trust in God sets us upon holy doing: we trust God for good, and then we do good. We do not sit still because we trust, but we arouse ourselves and expect the Lord to work through us and by us. It is not ours to worry and do evil but to trust and do good. We neither trust without doing nor do without trusting.

Adversaries would root us out if they could; but by trusting and doing we dwell in the land. We will not go into Egypt, but we will remain in Immanuel's land - the providence of God, the Canaan of covenant love. We are not so easily to be got rid of as the Lord's enemies suppose. They cannot thrust us out nor stamp us out: where God has given us a name and a place, there we abide.

But what about the supply of our necessities? The Lord has put a "verily" into this promise. As sure as God is true, His people shall be fed. It is theirs to trust and to do, and it is the Lord's to do according to their trust. If not fed by ravens, or fed by an Obadiah, or fed by a widow, yet they shall be fed somehow. Away, ye fears!
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 December 16, 2008 12:09 AM

What to Do with Your Burdens

Galatians 6:1-5
(Program 2020, Airing on 08.17.08 & 08.24.08)

  1. BURDENS WE WILLINGLY TAKE UP  (Galatians 6:1)
    1. The ministry of restoration
      1. A broken person doesn’t need
        1. A lecture
        2. To be ignored
        3. To be reported
        4. To be shot down
        5. To be cut off or cast away
    2. The manner of restoration  (Galatians 6:1-2)
      1. Do it gently
      2. Do it humbly
      3. Do it sympathetically
        1. A person needing restoration experiences
          1. A broken fellowship with God  (Psalm 51:4)
          2. A guilty conscience  (Psalm 32:4)
          3. Satanic accusation
          4. Public shame
    3. The motives of restoration
      1. He’s our brother  (Galatians 6:1)
      2. We’re members of the same family
      3. To fulfill the law of Christ which is love  (Galatians 6:2)
      4. To mend the broken net; to repair our witness for Christ
  2. BURDENS WE FAITHFULLY STAY UNDER  (Galatians 6:4-5)
    1. This type of burden is one that is necessary and useful
    2. There are certain responsibilities that nobody can do for us
      1. It is our responsibility to repent and trust Christ
      2. Prayer burdens
      3. To be a witness for Christ
  3. BURDENS WE GLADLY LAY DOWN  (Psalm 55:22)
    1. Cast your burden upon the Lord; He will sustain you
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 December 09, 2008 6:33 PM


1 Peter 4

In the face of suffering, we should follow Christ's example.

INSIGHT

Life is often very trying whether you are a Christian or not. Difficult circumstances fall on the righteous and unrighteous alike. However, the Christian life often adds to our difficulties. We may be discriminated against because of our faith, or our beliefs may eliminate the "easy" ways out of a problem. But Christ does not ask us to suffer anything for Him that He was not willing to suffer for us. Someday we will be rewarded for our diligence and faith.

PRAYER

Praise the Lord that He is completely in control of your life:
Your testimonies are wonderful;
Therefore my soul keeps them.
The entrance of Your words gives light;
It gives understanding to the simple. . . .
Redeem me from the oppression of man,
That I may keep Your precepts.
Make Your face shine upon Your servant,
And teach me Your statutes.
Rivers of water run down from my eyes,
Because men do not keep Your law (Psalm 119:129-130, 134-136).

Pray this confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin:
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
(Hebrews 12:1-2)

Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind, and pray this affirmation to the Lord:
Who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are blessed. "And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled." But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.
(1 Peter 3:13-16)

As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:
wisdom and discernment,
Christian radio ministries.

Finally, offer this prayer to the Lord:
By Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
(Hebrews 13:15)

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 December 06, 2008 8:22 AM

"As is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly."-1 Corinthians 15:48

The head and members are of one nature, and not like that monstrous image which Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream. The head was of fine gold, but the belly and thighs were of brass, the legs of iron, and the feet, part of iron and part of clay. Christ's mystical body is no absurd combination of opposites; the members were mortal, and therefore Jesus died; the glorified head is immortal, and therefore the body is immortal too, for thus the record stands, "Because I live, ye shall live also." As is our loving Head, such is the body, and every member in particular. A chosen Head and chosen members; an accepted Head, and accepted members; a living Head, and living members. If the head be pure gold, all the parts of the body are of pure gold also. Thus is there a double union of nature as a basis for the closest communion. Pause here, devout reader, and see if thou canst without ecstatic amazement, contemplate the infinite condescension of the Son of God in thus exalting thy wretch!
edness into blessed union with His glory. Thou art so mean that in remembrance of thy mortality, thou mayest say to corruption, "Thou art my father," and to the worm, "Thou art my sister"; and yet in Christ thou art so honoured that thou canst say to the Almighty, "Abba, Father," and to the Incarnate God, "Thou art my brother and my husband." Surely if relationships to ancient and noble families make men think highly of themselves, we have whereof to glory over the heads of them all. Let the poorest and most despised believer lay hold upon this privilege; let not a senseless indolence make him negligent to trace his pedigree, and let him suffer no foolish attachment to present vanities to occupy his thoughts to the exclusion of this glorious, this heavenly honour of union with Christ.

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 December 03, 2008 6:02 AM

Ten Bold Believers Stories from 2008

1. Uzbekistan: Student Prays for Teacher Who Threatened Her

Ruth and her family have been through many years of struggle. People in their town make fun of them for their faith in Christ. “Please pray for me,” Ruth wrote in a 2008 e-mail to a VOM worker. “At school the teacher asked me to tell about the ancient Greek gods. I said, ‘There are no gods. There is only one God.’

“The teacher said to me, ‘Be quiet. And quit telling your fairy tales at school or I will take you to the principal and you will be expelled.’”

Ruth’s e-mail continued, “I feel sorry for the teacher. She is a good person, but she does not know that Jesus loves her. She has her own children. I wish I could tell them stories from the Bible. Please pray for my teacher.”

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 December 02, 2008 7:11 AM

Our Holiest Example

I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. (Psalm 16:8)

This is the way to live. With God always before us, we shall have the noblest companionship, the holiest example, the sweetest consolation, and the mightiest influence. This must be a resolute act of the mind. "I have set," and it must be maintained as a set and settled thing. Always to have an eye to the Lord's eye and an ear for the Lord's voice--this is the right state for the godly man. His God is near him, filling the horizon of his vision, leading the way of his life, and furnishing the theme of his meditation. What vanities we should avoid, what sins we should overcome, what virtues we should exhibit, what joys we should experience if we did indeed set the Lord always before us! Why not?

This is the way to be safe. The Lord being ever in our minds, we come to feel safety and certainty because of His being so near. He is at our right hand to guide and aid us; and hence we are not moved by fear, nor force, nor fraud, nor fickleness. When God stands at a man's right hand, that man is himself sure to stand. Come on, then, ye foemen of the truth! Rush against me like a furious tempest, if ye will. God upholds me. God abides with me. Whom shall I fear?
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 December 01, 2008 2:06 AM

Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord [be] with you all.

Peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come.--The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace [be] unto you.--Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

The Comforter . . . [even] the Spirit of truth.--The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace.-- The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.

My presence shall go [with thee], and I will give thee rest. And he said unto him, If thy presence go not [with me], carry us not up hence. For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? [is it] not in that thou goest with us?

2Th 3:16 Re 1:4 Php 4:7 Lu 24:36 Joh 14:27 15:26 Ga 5:22 Ro 8:16 Ex 33:14-16

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 November 26, 2008 6:33 PM

Mountains Turned to Plains

Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain; and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it. (Zechariah 4:7)

At this hour a mountain of difficulty, distress, or necessity may be in our way, and natural reason sees no path over it, or through it, or round it. Let faith come in, and straightway the mountain disappears and becomes a plain. But faith must first hear the word of the Lord--"Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts." This grand truth is a prime necessity for meeting the insurmountable trials of life.

I see that I can do nothing and that all reliance on man is vanity. "Not by might." I see that no visible means can be relied on, but the force is in the invisible Spirit. God alone must work, and men and means must be nothing accounted of. If it be so that the Almighty God takes up the concerns of His people, then great mountains are nothing. He can remove worlds as boys toss balls about or drive them with their foot. This power He can lend to me. If the Lord bids me move an Alp I can do it through His name. It may be a great mountain, but even before my feebleness it shall become a plain; for the Lord hath said it. What can I be afraid of with God on my side?
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 November 21, 2008 10:34 PM

He saw that [there was] no man, and wondered that [there was] no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him.

Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book [it is] written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart.--I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.

[There is] no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; [there is] none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I [am] God, and [there is] none else. --There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

Isa 59:16 Ps 40:6-8 Joh 10:17,18 Isa 45:21,22 Ac 4:12 2Co 8:9
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 November 17, 2008 11:30 AM

God [is] faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Let us hold fast the profession of [our] faith without wavering; for he [is] faithful that promised.--God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.--Truly our fellowship [is] with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.--Rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

That ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.--And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him.

1Co 1:9 Heb 10:23 2Co 6:16 1Jo 1:3 1Pe 4:13 Eph 3:17-19 1Jo 4:15 3:24
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 November 11, 2008 11:13 AM

Abiding in Christ

Jesus Christ offers every believer His life. It is like the life of a vine whereby the branches draw their life from the trailing plant. The believer shares in the life of the Vine.

The soul of the believer is in Christ and through our vital union with Him we receive spiritual nourishment. The Christian life is like the entwined vine with every fiber “like the ivy in an ancient wall.”

The Christian is permitted to enjoy “such ravishing tastes of heavenly joys” in Christ.

Brainerd described the life in the Vine as “lively actings of a holy temper and heavenly disposition, such vigorous exercise of that divine love which cast out fear.”

The apostle Paul described this deep entering into the divine life of Christ for him as to live and to die, “for to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” It is, “Not I, but Christ.”

Jonathan Edwards described it as “a calm, sweet abstraction of soul from all the concerns of this world; and sometimes a kind of vision or fixed idea of being alone in the mountains, or some solitary wilderness far from all mankind, sweetly conversing with Christ, and rapt and swallowed up in God.”

Uninterrupted communion with Christ is the hunger and desire of every born again Spirit-filled believer in Christ Jesus.

We are in Christ by faith and therefore one with Him in unchangeable justification which enwraps the root, branches, leaves and fruit into one vine.

Christ our Vine is not limited, and we are only limited by our being available to Him. Why should we therefore limit God? It is easy to get involved in “show and tell” forms of legalism that emphasize seeking fruit from without instead from within. We look for adornments instead of the fruit of the Spirit.

“All that Christ has now becomes the property of the believing soul; all that the soul has, becomes the property of Christ,” writes Luther. We are one with Christ.

The secret to fellowship and fruitfulness in the Christian life is abiding in Christ. “Remain in me, and I will remain in you.” This is not salvation; it is communion. We are to live such lives that Christ will continue to abide in us. This is our responsibility. You cannot separate these two abidings because it is necessary for this vital union in Christ.

We abide by being available to Him and obedient to His Word. We can never be kept from sin and in intimate fellowship with Him except by careful attention to God’s Word. The Holy Spirit applies His word to our daily lives and the blood of Jesus continues to cleanse us of all sin. This is the Father’s pruning effort upon our daily lives.

“Apart from Me you can do nothing.” Without Christ the most eloquent preaching and Bible discussion will be like a bottle of mist that quickly evaporates into thin air.

Without Him we can do nothing. Let those words penetrate to the depths of your soul.

I am nothing; Christ is everything.

To “abide in Christ” is a conscious experience. The fact that our lives are producing the fruit of the Spirit demonstrates that we are “in” Christ and abiding in Him. The fruit of Christ’s character in us is expressed in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. When we look into the face of Jesus that is what we see.

When our Lord says: Abide in Me He is talking about the will, about the choices and the decisions we make. It is a volitional choice we make whereby we decide to do that which exposes us to Him and keeps us in contact with Him. We have been placed into Christ by the Holy Spirit. Now we must choose to maintain that fellowship by the decisions we make. We choose to expose ourselves to His Word in order to learn about Him and to relate to Him.

To remain in union with Christ, to abide in Christ, to dwell or continue in Him means you are already in Him. To “abide in Christ” is for those who are “in Christ.” Have you come to a saving knowledge of Christ? Are you in Him?

Selah!

Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006

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 November 08, 2008 4:58 AM

"And will manifest myself to him."—John 14:21. HE Lord Jesus gives special revelations of Himself to His people. Even if Scripture did not declare this, there are many of the children of God who could testify the truth of it from their own experience. They have had manifestations of their Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in a peculiar manner, such as no mere reading or hearing could afford. In the biographies of eminent saints, you will find many instances recorded in which Jesus has been pleased, in a very special manner to speak to their souls, and to unfold the wonders of His person; yea, so have their souls been steeped in happiness that they have thought themselves to be in heaven, whereas they were not there, though they were well nigh on the threshold of it—for when Jesus manifests Himself to His people, it is heaven on earth; it is paradise in embryo; it is bliss begun. Especial manifestations of Christ exercise a holy influence on the believer's heart. One effect will be humility. If a man says, "I have had such-and-such spiritual communications, I am a great man," he has never had any communion with Jesus at all; for "God hath respect unto the lowly: but the proud He knoweth afar off." He does not need to come near them to know them, and will never give them any visits of love. Another effect will be happiness; for in God's presence there are pleasures for evermore. Holiness will be sure to follow. A man who has no holiness has never had this manifestation. Some men profess a great deal; but we must not believe any one unless we see that his deeds answer to what he says. "Be not deceived; God is not mocked." He will not bestow His favours upon the wicked: for while He will not cast away a perfect man, neither will He respect an evil doer. Thus there will be three effects of nearness to Jesus—humility, happiness, and holiness. May God give them to thee, Christian!

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 November 07, 2008 2:11 PM

Maintain the Difference And I will put a division between my people and thy people: tomorrow shall this sign be. (Exodus8:23) Pharaoh has a people, and the Lord has a people. These may dwell together and seem to fare alike, but there is a division between them, and the Lord will make it apparent. Not forever shall one event happen alike to all, but there shall be great difference between the men of the world and the people of Jehovah's choice. This may happen in the time of judgments, when the Lord becomes the sanctuary of His saints. It is very conspicuous in the conversion of believers when their sin is put away, while unbelievers remain under condemnation. From that moment they become a distinct race, come under a new discipline, and enjoy new blessings. Their homes, henceforth, are free from the grievous swarms of evils which defile and torment the Egyptians. They are kept from the pollution of lust, the bite of care, the corruption of falsehood, and the cruel torment of hatred, which devour many families. Rest assured, tried believer, that though you have your troubles you are saved from swarms of worse ones, which infest the homes and hearts of the servants of the world's prince. The Lord has put a division; see to it that you keep up the division in Spirit, aim, character, and company.

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 November 03, 2008 5:04 AM

The ways of the LORD [are] right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein. Unto you . . . which believe [he is] precious: but unto them which be disobedient, . . . and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence.--The way of the LORD [is] strength to the upright: but destruction [shall be] to the workers of iniquity. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.--Whoso [is] wise, and will observe these [things], even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.--The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.--If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God.--Whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance. He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear [them] not, because ye are not of God.--Ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.--My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. Ho 14:9 1Pe 2:7,8 Pr 10:29 Mt 11:15 Ps 107:43 Mt 6:22 Joh 7:17 Mt 13:12 Joh 8:47 5:40 10:27 www.christiansunited.com

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 October 27, 2008 4:44 AM

Faith's Checkbook by C.H. Spurgen Because of Us For the elect's sake those days be shortened. (Matthew 24:22) For the sake of His elect the Lord withholds many judgments and shortens others. In great tribulations the fire would devour all were it not that out of regard to His elect the Lord damps the flame. Thus, while He saves His elect for the sake of Jesus, He also preserves the race for the sake of His chosen. What an honor is thus put upon saints! How diligently they ought to use their influence with their Lord! He will hear their prayers for sinners and bless their efforts for their salvation. He blesses believers that they may be a blessing to those who are in unbelief. Many a sinner lives because of the prayers of a mother, or wife, or daughter to whom the Lord has respect. Have we used aright the singular power with which the Lord entrusts us? Do we pray for our country, for other lands, and for the age? Do we, in times of war, famine, pestilence, stand out as intercessors, pleading that the days may be shortened? Do we lament before God the outbursts of infidelity, error, and licentiousness? Do we beseech our Lord Jesus to shorten the reign of sin by hastening His own glorious appearing? Let us get to our knees and never rest till Christ appeareth.

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 October 16, 2008 10:56 AM

Jesus gave all for us. 10:53 AM

Grace to you and peace from God the
Father and our Lord Jesus Christ,  who
gave Himself for our sins, that He might
deliver us from this present evil age,
according to the will of our God and
Father,
            ( Galatians 1:3-4 *NKJV )

  
Dear Friend,
      As you know, no one knows what the future holds for them,
  but the Children of God may have peace of mind!   Our
  Heavenly Father has great plans for our future, not only on
  Earth, but in Heaven as well!  For; it is written:
"Eye has
  not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have
  entered into the heart of man The things
  which God has prepared for those who
  love Him                  ( 1 Corinthians 2:9 )

      
Therefore we have no reason to fear the future, for with God
  in charge, there is no need to worry about anything!  For in
  this life when we have heartache and woe, He is always there
  to comfort and guide us, and in our next life, we will live with
  him in Paradise forever!  

      No, we cannot imagine all of the wonderful things that God
  has planned for our future, but one thing that we may count
  on is that the best is yet to come!  
For I know the
 thoughts that I think toward you, says the
 LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil,
 to give you a future and a hope.  
Therefore;
  
There is hope in your future, says the LORD,
     ( Jeremiah 29:11 ) & ( Jeremiah 31:17 )

      
So Friend, have a Wonderful Thursday Guss, and may
  God's Great Love, Hope and Faith, fill your heart and mind,
  and may;
The peace of God, which surpasses
 all understanding, guard your heart and
 mind through Christ Jesus.   Amen.
                                 ( Philippians 4:7 )

   
All My Love & Prayers,
          Pastor Allen
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 October 04, 2008 5:39 AM

The Mighty Magnet

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. (John 12:32)

Come, ye workers, be encouraged. You fear that you cannot draw a congregation. Try the preaching of a crucified, risen, and ascended Savior; for this is the greatest "draw" that was ever yet manifested among men. What drew you to Christ but Christ? What draws you to Him now but His own blessed self? If you have been drawn to religion by anything else, you will soon be drawn away from it; but Jesus has held you and will hold you even to the end. Why, then, doubt His power to draw other? Go with the name of Jesus to those who have hitherto been stubborn and see if it does not draw them.

No sort of man is beyond this drawing power. Old and young, rich and poor, ignorant and learned, depraved or amiable--all men shall feel the attractive force. Jesus is the one magnet. Let us not think of any other. Music will not draw to Jesus; neither will eloquence, logic, ceremonial, or noise. Jesus Himself must draw men to Himself; and Jesus is quite equal to the work in every case. Be not tempted by the quackeries of the day; but as workers for the Lord work in His own way, and draw with the Lord's own cords. Draw to Christ, and draw by Christ, for then Christ will draw by you.
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 September 30, 2008 6:21 AM

Daily Light Neither shall there be leaven seen with thee in all thy quarters.

The fear of the Lord is to hate evil. Abhor that which is evil. Abstain from all appearance of evil. Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.
Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. Such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners. In him is no sin.

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 September 26, 2008 4:04 PM

A God of truth and without iniquity, just and right [is] he.

Him that judgeth righteously.--We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things [done] in [his] body, according to that he hath done, whether [it be] good or bad.--Every one of us shall give account of himself to God.--The soul that sinneth, it shall die.

Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man [that is] my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd.--The LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.-- Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed [each other].--Mercy rejoiceth against judgment.--The wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A just God and a Saviour; [there is] none beside me.--Just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.--Justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

De 32:4 1Pe 2:23 2Co 5:10 Ro 14:12 Eze 18:4 Zec 13:7 Isa 53:6 Ps 85:10 Jas 2:13 Ro 6:23 Isa 45:21 Ro 3:26,24
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 September 25, 2008 6:07 AM

PROPHETIC VOICE TO THE CHURCH

As some may not be familiar with prophecy in the church. We want to share this short explanation of Biblical prophecy before we share an actual prophecy from God.

First, what is Godly prophecy? It can be summed up as words that are spoken on behalf of God. A prophet or prophetess is one who is a spokesman for God. It is a divine utterance that comes from the Holy Spirit. (Note: Just as there are prophetic words from God, there are also false prophecies that the Lord warned us about in the Bible. In Matthew 7:15-16a, Jesus said, "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruit...." We must prove the source of prophecy before accepting it as coming from the Lord.)

God is raising up many prophetic voices in the earth today. His gifts of prophecy are basically of two types. One is the "simple gift of prophecy" which every believer can express under the unction or direction of the Holy Spirit after they have been filled with the Holy Ghost.

The other is the "office gift" of the spirit which is given to a prophet or prophetess who is called to the "five-fold" ministry office as outlined in 1 Corinthians 12:28 which says "And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues." Also Ephesians 4:11-12 which says

"And he gave some, apostles; and some prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers. For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ."

The basic difference between these two types is, the simple gift of prophecy is given to all spirit filled believers as spoken of in 1 Corinthians 14:31, "For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted."

It is for the purpose of edification, exhortation and comfort as spoken of in 1 Corinthians 14:3, "But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort."

The "office gift" of a prophet or prophetess is given to speak to the body of Christ at large. The ministers who are called to the office of a prophet or prophetess will deliver messages also which include edification, exhortation and comfort but their messages can also be directive in nature and futuristic in content as well (Ephesians 4:11-15).

Presently, God is leading His people with prophetic preaching and teaching. A prophetic movement is taking place in the world.

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 September 24, 2008 4:32 AM

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I shall never be shaken.
Psalm 62:1-2


Be still, and know that I am God;
Psalm 46:10

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 September 22, 2008 5:18 AM

The Divine Home September 22, 2008

Psalm 127:1a says, “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.”
The Bible says that your home cannot, will not, and shall not be built by human ingenuity, wit, and wisdom.

Now there are a lot of people who think they know how to do it. Some of them are preachers. And some of us have created our own ideas which are not from the Word of God. There are even some people who lecture on how to build a home who have never been married. I heard of one preacher who said, “Before I got married, I had four sermons on the home and no children.” He said, “After a while, I had four children and no sermons.”

Building a home is a very complicated matter. Your wit, wisdom, and ingenuity will not be able to help you to build a happy, fruitful, and prosperous Christian home. You need a divine blueprint and builder. And that builder and that plan is Christ and His Word.

Adrian Rogers

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 September 18, 2008 5:31 AM

Complete Safety

And of Benjamin he said, The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by him; and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders. (Deuteronomy 33:12)

Yes, there is no safety like that which comes of dwelling near to God. For His best beloved the Lord can find no surer or safer place. O Lord, let me always abide under Thy shadow, close to Thy wounded side. Nearer and nearer would I come to Thee, my Lord; and when once specially near Thee, I would abide there forever.

What a covering is that which the Lord gives to His chosen! Not a fair roof shall cover him, nor a bomb-proof casement, nor even an angel's wing, but Jehovah Himself. Nothing can come at us when we are thus covered. This covering the Lord will grant us all the day long, however long the day. Lord, let me abide this day consciously beneath this canopy of love, this pavilion of sovereign power.

Does the third clause mean that the Lord in His temple would dwell among the mountains of Benjamin or that the Lord would be where Benjamin's burden should be placed, or does it mean that we are borne upon the shoulders of the Eternal? In any case, the Lord is the support and strength of His saints. Lord, let me ever enjoy Thy help, and then my arms will be sufficient for me.
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 September 10, 2008 5:37 AM

Playing The Judge - Part 2 September 10, 2008

Do you ever play the game “Judge, Jury, and Executioner” in your house? Let me give you some phrases that will come into your conversation if you do:

 “I told you so.”
“You’re just like your father!”
“You’re just like your Mother!”
“You’re always in a bad mood.”
“You just don’t think!”
“It’s your fault.”
“What’s wrong with you?”
“All you ever do is complain!”
“I can’t do anything to please you!”
“Why don’t you ever listen to me?”
“I don’t know why I put up with you.”
“If you don’t like it, you can just leave.”
“That was stupid!”
“All you ever do is think of yourself.”
“You’re such a baby!”
“You think you’re always right!”

You don’t have to say all of these in one conversation, but let me ask you, Are any of these statements sneaking their way into your home? If they, are, then stop it! That’s right, button up! Don’t let these painful words of accusation disrupt the love that God desires for your home.

James 1:19-20 says, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”

Adrian Rogers

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 September 07, 2008 3:59 AM

Rejoicing in hope.

The hope which is laid up for you in heaven.--If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.-- We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. --Whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.--No man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.

Rejoice in the Lord alway: [and] again I say, Rejoice.--The God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.-- Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.-- Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.--By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Ro 12:12 Col 1:5 1Co 15:19 Ac 14:22 Lu 14:27 1Th 3:3 Php 4:4 Ro 15:13 1Pe 1:3,8 Ro 5:2
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 August 29, 2008 5:55 AM

The accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.



They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony.--Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? [It is] God that justifieth. Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.--That through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.--In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.--Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. . . . And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.--But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Re 12:10,11 Ro 8:33,34 Col 2:15 Heb 2:14,15 Ro 8:37 Eph 6:11,17 1Co 15:57

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 August 27, 2008 3:38 AM

Suffering for Christ 3:36 AM

August 27, 2008

First Peter 3:13 says, “And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?” You say, “Oh boy, I love that verse. Nobody can harm me.” Let’s keep reading to the first part of verse 14: “But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye.”

"Now wait a minute," you might be saying. "The Bible seems to contradict itself. One verse says, 'who is he that will harm you,' and the next verse talks about our suffering."

Yes, that is true. Peter is saying that people may hurt you, but they can’t harm you. As a matter of fact, your suffering for Christ’s sake is going to make you happy.

I have not suffered a lot for Christ, but I want to tell you that those times that I have suffered and I knew it was for Jesus, have been some of the happiest times of my entire life. I cannot tell you the indescribable joy that has come into my heart and my life.

Now, we shouldn’t seek suffering. But if we suffer for righteousness sake, we should be happy. Jesus Christ will never be more near, then when we take a stand for Him.

Adrian Rogers

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 August 08, 2008 6:42 AM

God's Grace in the Workplace
by Dr. Adrian Rogers

In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
Proverbs 14:23

So many people wake up in the morning, take a shower, scald their throat with a cup of coffee because they're running a little late, fight traffic, and get to work. Then, they come home, take a couple of aspirin, watch the evening news, perhaps discuss a few things with a roommate or spouse, maybe putter around the house or yard a little bit, then go to bed.

Now, I'm not saying people who have that lifestyle don't love and serve God, perhaps they do. But most of them probably think the only time they serve God is when they get off work! They end up giving their prime time to the employer and their leftovers to God!

Jesus said, "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon" (Matthew 6:24). I call this split-level living.

What I want you to take from this brief article today is this: You may think there's nothing exciting about you or your job, but God takes ordinary people and He gives them extraordinary power to do extraordinary things for His glory!

Your job may be putting hub caps on tires. You may be keying data at a computer. You may be digging ditches or washing dishes. You may be doing one of a myriad of what you think are mundane things. But I want to tell you, if you are a Christian, your work is to be the temple of your devotion and the platform of your witness. Every Christian is a minister doing full-time Christian service.

The Sacredness Of Everday Work

Your job does not become sacred when you become a minister, missionary, or a staff member of a Christian organization! Every job, if it is done in the power of the Holy Spirit, is a sacred job. Every one!

Let's look at someone who lived this out from the Word of God – his name was Daniel. In the book of Daniel, we learn that he was taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar and carried to Babylon from Israel. There, he found a secular job as a government bureaucrat (see Daniel 8:27). The government trained him, then pressed him into service.

In this ordinary line of work, Daniel served the Lord Jesus. When Daniel was thrown into the lions' den because he refused to bow to another god, King Nebuchadnezzar and many others came to believe in our Almighty God.

If you work in the name of Jesus, unto His glory, and in the power of the Holy Spirit, you will receive the same reward for doing that job that I receive for doing my job. God knows about you and is watching you. Every Christian, wherever he serves, is in full-time Christian work.

The Service Of Everday Work

Does work have eternal significance? Daniel may have wondered the same thing, as he was handling taxation, public relations, law enforcement, building projects, meetings and diplomacy. But yet he served God continually (see Daniel 6:16 and 20).

Even the home of Jesus was the cottage of a workingman. And whether He was mending plows or mending souls, Jesus was doing the work of God because people need houses to live in and furniture to sit on.

If you know you're serving the Lord, that'll put dignity in whatever you are doing: running a machine, greasing automobiles, typing letters, carrying mail, painting houses, digging ditches, cutting yards. Tell the Lord, "I'm doing it for You! And I'll do it with all my might! As much as any missionary or preacher or evangelist!" That kind of attitude will put a spring in your step.

Simply said, God wants His people to prosper wherever He plants them. You are a priest of God, a minister of God, and in full-time Christian service, and if that doesn't ring your bell, your clapper's broken.

Remember, God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Ephesians 3:20 promises that, "God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us."

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 August 03, 2008 8:29 PM

August 3

1 Samuel 16:7
The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

Thoughts on today's verse

Have you ever wondered how many friends you may have lost simply by judging them on their first appearance or impression? I'm amazed at how the first impression very seldom tells us much of substance about another. We're not really going to be able to evaluate people properly until the Lord reveals at judgment what is really in their heart. Don't you think that we should give them time for their heart to show before we make a decision about them, too?!

Prayer:

Father, who alone knows each heart, help me be more patient with others before forming an opinion about them. Please give me eyes to see them as Jesus does. Through him I pray. Amen.
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 July 31, 2008 5:48 PM

An Appeal; Deliverance/>
"And call upon Me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify Me"   (Psalm 50:15).

This is a promise indeed!

Here is an urgent occasion -- "the day of trouble." It is dark at noon on such a day, and every hour seems blacker than the one which came before it. Then is this promise in season: it is written for the cloudy day.

Here is condescending advice, "Call upon me." We ought not to need the exhortation: it should be our constant habit all the day and every day. What a mercy to have liberty to call upon God! What wisdom to make good use of it! How foolish to go running about to men! The LORD invites us to lay our case before Him, and surely we will not hesitate to do so.

Here is reassuring encouragement: "I will deliver thee." Whatever the trouble may be, the LORD makes no exceptions but promises full, sure, happy deliverance. He will Himself work out our deliverance by His own hand. We believe it, and the LORD honors faith.

Here is an ultimate result: "Thou shalt glorify me." Ah, that we will do most abundantly. When He has delivered us we will loudly praise Him; and as He is sure to do it, let us begin to glorify Him at once.


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 July 15, 2008 10:03 PM

Tuesday, July 15, 2008  -   Standing Against the World  -  1 John 4:4-6

An example of the antichrist movement is the campaign to remove Christian symbols from public places. Advocates use buzzwords like “religious freedom” to mean freedom from religion. Those listening, even some believers, are fooled into agreeing that worship should be private. The subtle motive often goes unnoticed to push Jesus out of society.

The world finds Christ offensive. Many people today claim we each can design our own belief system. But Jesus said faith in Him is the only way to a relationship with the Father.

Another worldly, antichrist idea is doing what feels right is fine, as long as no one gets hurt. Yet, Jesus taught that sin of any action, thought, or attitude contrary to God’s principles has consequences.

Antichrist philosophies will often sound persuasive because Satan designs lies to appeal to human nature. Therefore, believers must know right from wrong. The Lord has provided three guides for safely navigating through life.

First, the Holy Spirit enables us to discern God’s facts from Satan’s fiction. Next, Scripture explains the truth about the Trinity and the divine plan for mankind. Finally, we have access to righteous people who preach and teach authentic Christianity.

Even if some unbelievers try to erase Jesus Christ’s name from society, they can’t remove all of His followers. We need to stand firmly rooted in Scripture and proclaim the gospel. God can work through us and win souls for His glory.

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 July 08, 2008 1:00 AM

Psalm 5: 'You Hear My Voice'Psalm 5

Trust in God for Deliverance from Enemies
To the leader: for the flutes. A Psalm of David.
Give ear to my words, O LORD;
give heed to my sighing.
Listen to the sound of my cry,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray.
O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice;
in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.

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For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
evil will not sojourn with you.
The boastful will not stand before your eyes;
you hate all evildoers.
You destroy those who speak lies;
the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful.

But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
will enter your house,
I will bow down toward your holy temple
in awe of you.
Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness
because of my enemies;
make your way straight before me.

For there is no truth in their mouths;
their hearts are destruction;
their throats are open graves;
they flatter with their tongues.
Make them bear their guilt, O God;
let them fall by their own counsels;
because of their many transgressions cast them out,
for they have rebelled against you.

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
so that those who love your name may exult in you.
For you bless the righteous, O LORD;
you cover them with favor as with a shield.
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 July 06, 2008 8:53 PM

Complete Deliverance

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But I will deliver thee in that day, saith the Lord; and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid. (Jeremiah 39:17)
      
When the Lord's faithful ones are suffering for Him, they shall have sweet messages of love from Himself, and sometimes they shall have glad tidings for those who sympathize with them and help them. Ebed-melech was only a despised Ethiopian, but he was kind to Jeremiah, and so the Lord sent him this special promise by the mouth of His prophet. Let us be ever mindful of God's persecuted servants, and He will reward us.
      
      Ebed-melech was to be delivered from the men whose vengeance he feared. He was a humble... man, but Jehovah would take care of him. Thousands were slain by the Chaldeans, but [he] could not be hurt. We, too, may be fearful of some great ones who are bitter against us; but if we have been faithful to the Lord's cause in the hour of persecution, He will be faithful to us. After all, what can a man do without the Lord's permission? He puts a bit into the mouth of rage and a bridle upon the head of power. Let us fear the Lord, and we shall have no one else to fear. No cup of cold water given to a despised prophet of God shall be without its reward; and if we stand up for Jesus, Jesus will stand up for us.
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 June 25, 2008 9:01 AM

Becoming a Generous People - Acts 10:1-2

God is the ultimate Giver. He sent His Son Jesus to die in our place. Jesus gave us the right to be called children of God. He provided us with the riches of eternal life at no cost. In return, He asks us to follow His example and be generous.

It all starts with biblical thinking. We’re to acknowledge God owns all of the world’s resources. Whatever we have is a gift from His hand. Remember His goodness and love, which prompted Him to sacrifice His Son. Accept that belonging to Him means releasing our grip on our finances and trusting Him to meet our needs.

The next step is to adopt God’s priorities as our own. We then must invest in His kingdom work. Old Testament law required a tithe, which is one tenth of all income, be given. Now, we’re under the new covenant of grace. Romans 12:1 states our entire life, which includes our time, talent, and treasure, is to be offered to the Lord. The tithe is just the minimum.

God established the church as a primary means for spreading His good news. The church is meant to help those hurt. The church is a way to worship Him as one body for the people. As His children, we’re to give faithfully to the local church.

The Lord promises great return on our investment in His work. Sometimes it comes in the form of financial prosperity. More often, it will be through greater intimacy with Him. The reward will be peace of mind, harmonious relationships with others, and satisfaction of spirit. These blessings have a greater value than anything our material world has to offer.

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 June 23, 2008 3:26 PM

Leadership Crisis In America 3:24 PM


Proverbs 29:2
(Program 1939, Airing on 06.22.08 and 06.29.08)

  1. THE CHARACTER GOD REQUIRES IN LEADERSHIP 
    1. Godliness
      1. Psalm 148:11-13
      2. Romans 13:4
      3. Proverbs 16:12
    2. Wisdom 
      1. Proverbs 8:12-16
      2. 2 Chronicles 1:7-11
    3. Honesty
      1. Proverbs 17:7
      2. Proverbs 20:28
      3. John 8:44
    4. Discrimination
      1. Proverbs 25:4-5
      2. Proverbs 29:12
    5. Sexual morality
      1. Proverbs 31:1-3
    6. Sober
      1. Proverbs 31:4-5
    7. Protective 
      1. Proverbs 31:5, 8-9
      2. Psalm 94:20-21
      3. Jeremiah 22:2-5
      4. Habakkuk 2:12
  2. THE CHOICE GOD RESPECTS
    1. Hosea 8:4
    2. 1 Samuel 8:18-21
  3. THE CONSEQUENCES GOD REVEALS
    1. Proverbs 29:2
  4. THE CONTROL GOD RESERVES 
    1. Isaiah 40:23-24
    2. Psalm 47:7-8
    3. Psalm 29:10
    4. Psalm 33:10-12
    5. Isaiah 14:26-27
    6. Proverbs 21:1
  5. WHAT SHOULD WE DO?
    1. Pray for revival
    2. Prepare for suffering and survival
    3. Prepare for His arrival
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 June 21, 2008 8:00 PM

National Conference: North Korea

During tonight's conference session we watched as a scale model of the balloons that VOM is launching into North Korea was launched. These balloons are very large, and each one carries 10,000 gospel tracts printed on weather-proof plastic material. These balloons are set to release their payload gradually, to spread the gospel message across the most area possible in North Korea. VOM cooperates with North Korean defectors in this project; people who long to see the gospel and freedom come to their homeland.

Pray for fruit from this gospel planting effort into the most restricted nation on earth.

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 June 18, 2008 8:57 PM

"Thy Redeemer."-Isaiah 54:5

Jesus, the Redeemer, is altogether ours and ours for ever. All the offices of Christ are held on our behalf. He is king for us, priest for us, and prophet for us. Whenever we read a new title of the Redeemer, let us appropriate Him as ours under that name as much as under any other. The shepherd's staff, the father's rod, the captain's sword, the priest's mitre, theprince's sceptre, the prophet's mantle, all are ours. Jesus hath no dignity which He will not employ for our exaltation, and no prerogative which He will not exercise for our defence. His fulness of Godhead is our unfailing, inexhaustible treasure-house.

His manhood also, which he took upon him for us, is ours in all its perfection. To us our gracious Lord communicates the spotless virtue of a stainless character; to us he gives the meritorious efficacy of a devoted life; on us he bestows the reward procured by obedient submission and incessant service. He makes the unsullied garment of his life our covering beauty; the glittering virtues of his character our ornaments and jewels; and the superhuman meekness of his death our boast and glory. He bequeaths us his manger, from which to learn how God came down to man; and his Cross to teach us how man may go up to God. All His thoughts, emotions, actions, utterances, miracles, and intercessions, were for us. He trod the road of sorrow on our behalf, and hath made over to us as his heavenly legacy the full results of all the labours of his life. He is now as much ours as heretofore; and he blushes not to acknowledge himself "our Lord Jesus Christ," though he is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords. Christ everywhere and every way is our Christ, for ever and ever most richly to enjoy. O my soul, by the power of the Holy Spirit! call him this morning, "thy Redeemer."

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 June 17, 2008 12:00 PM

In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice [and] my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon [him] as long as I live.

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.--The Spirit . . . helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.--Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

Php 4:6 Ps 116:1,2 Mt 6:7 Ro 8:26 1Ti 2:8 Eph 6:18 Mt 18:19

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I have revealed You to those Whom You gave Me out of the world. They were Yours; You gave them to Me May 28, 2008 10:32 PM

I have revealed You to those Whom You gave Me out of the world. They were Yours; You gave them to Me and they have obeyed Your word.-

God gives us to Christ. We are given to Christ when we accept all that He has done for us. When we believe all that Christ did on the cross and that He rose again from the dead, God places us within Christ. We are covered by Him and His sacrifice. That is why we are saved. We are saved because we are placed in Christ.

Christ then starts to reveal God to us. We start to understand Who God truly is by experiencing Christ. God is too far distant for us to personally know on our own. We must have someone to help us and that someone is the person of Jesus Christ. In Christ, we come to know the heart and mind of God. In Christ, we start to understand how God thinks and what He truly desires.

We also have His Word, the Bible, but we only truly understand the Bible as we start to see it as a revelation of Jesus Christ. All of the Old Testament points to Christ and all of the New Testament reflects on Christ and His works in the world and the church. Therefore, we only truly understand the message of the Bible when we come to know Christ.

It is only in Christ that we can fully come to understand that God is about salvation and love. Our world seems to tell us that God is about punishment and that He doesn’t care about us. If He cared, why is this stuff happening. As we come to know Christ, we come to understand that God does care and He has reached out to us and save us from ourselves. All of the evil and suffering in the world stems from the sinfulness of man. God has given us a way to overcome that sinfulness or better said God has shown us the One Who can overcome that sinfulness, Jesus Christ.

It is only when we are hidden in Christ that we can be assured of our salvation and only when we are in Christ can we discern the good and perfect will of God. Not all of those who are in the church are in Christ. Not all who call themselves Christians are in Christ.

We must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We must surrender to His ownership of our lives. We must take Him as our Savior and allow Him to take us as His own. We must allow God to place us in Christ. We know that we are in Christ, when we strive to obey Him and please Him.

Christ said that the disciples had obeyed God’s Word. We know that God’s Word in its fullest sense is Jesus Christ. He is the Living Word. When we obey Christ, we are obeying God. When we choose not to obey Christ, we are choosing to rebel against God and not be in obedience to Him. All who are in Christ will obey God. All who obey God are going to be in Christ.

There are many in this world that say they obey God, but they are not in Christ. This is not possible. When we reject the Son, we are rejecting the Father. You cannot have the Father without the Son or the Son without the Father. When God gives us to Christ, He does so because we have become His. We become God’s fully and completely in Christ. Christ takes us, when we trust Him for our salvation, and He makes us new through His sacrifice on the cross and the work of the Holy Spirit. He then presents us to the Father as His children. The Father then turns around and gives us back to Christ so that we can live and serve in and through Him and He can live through us. We are a part of a divine symbiotic relationship and fellowship between the Father and the Son. We have been placed in this divine love by the grace of God and the work of Christ!

John 17:6
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THINK AS JESUS TAUGHT May 26, 2008 9:21 PM

"Pray without ceasing." 1 Thessalonians 5:17 We think rightly or wrongly about prayer according to the conception we have in our minds of prayer. If we think of prayer as the breath in our lungs and the blood from our hearts, we think rightly. The blood flows ceaselessly, and breathing continues ceaselessly; we are not conscious of it, but it is always going on. We are not always conscious of Jesus keeping us in perfect joint with God, but if we are obeying Him, He always is. Prayer is not an exercise, it is the life. Beware of anything that stops ejaculatory prayer. "Pray without ceasing," keep the childlike habit of ejaculatory prayer in your heart to God all the time. Jesus never mentioned unanswered prayer, He had the boundless certainty that prayer is always answered. Have we by the Spirit the unspeakable certainty that Jesus had about prayer, or do we think of the times when God does not seem to have answered prayer? "Every one that asketh receiveth." We say - "But . . . , but . . ." God answers prayer in the best way, not sometimes, but every time, although the immediate manifestation of the answer in the domain in which we want it may not always follow. Do we expect God to answer prayer? The danger with us is that we want to water down the things that Jesus says and make them mean something in accordance with common sense; if it were only common sense, it was not worth while for Him to say it. The things Jesus says about prayer are supernatural revelations.

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 May 24, 2008 8:29 PM

Filled with the Holy Spirit May 20, 2008

Ephesians 5:18-21 says, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”

When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you are controlled by the Holy Spirit – your walk, your talk – everything is changed by the Holy Spirit of God.

Our verse today tells us not to become drunk with wine. Well, how does someone get drunk? He drinks. How does he stay drunk? He has to keep drinking. And that is the problem with many Christians who are Spirit-filled – they have become sober.

We need to continually depend upon the Holy Spirit by faith.

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 May 19, 2008 5:42 PM

 Daily Strength for Daily Needs
Compiled by Mary W. Tileston


May 19

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.--PS. xxxvii. 7.

Trust in Him at all times.--PS. lxii. 8.

  Dost thou ask when comes His hour?
    Then, when it shall aid thee best.
  Trust His faithfulness and power,
    Trust in Him, and quiet rest.

ANON.

I had found [communion with God] to consist, not only in the silencing of
the outward man, but in the silencing also of every thought, and in the
concentration of the soul and all its powers into a simple, quiet watching
and waiting for the food which its heavenly Father might see fit either
to give or to withhold. In no case could it be sent empty away; for, if
comfort, light, or joy were withheld, the act of humble waiting at the gate
of heavenly wisdom could not but work patience in it, and thus render it,
by humility and obedience, more "meet to be a partaker of the inheritance
of the saints in light," and also more blessed in itself.

M. A. KELTY.

"REST IN THE LORD; WAIT PATIENTLY FOR HIM." In Hebrew, "be silent to God,
and let Him mould thee." Keep still, and He will mould thee to the right
shape.

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 May 15, 2008 7:34 PM

"All that believe are justified."-Acts 13:39

The believer in Christ receives a present justification. Faith does not produce this fruit by-and-by, but now. So far as justification is the result of faith, it is given to the soul in the moment when it closes with Christ, and accepts Him as its all in all. Are they who stand before the throne of God justified now?-so are we, as truly and as clearly justified as they who walk in white and sing melodious praises to celestial harps. The thief upon the cross was justified the moment that he turned the eye of faith to Jesus; and Paul, the aged, after years of service, was not more justified than was the thief with no service at all. We are to-day accepted in the Beloved, to-day absolved from sin, to-day acquitted at the bar of God. Oh! soul-transporting thought! There are some clusters of Eshcol's vine which we shall not be able to gather till we enter heaven; but this is a bough which runneth over the wall. This is not as the corn of the land, which we can never eat till we cross the Jordan; but this is part of the manna in the wilderness, a portion of our daily nutriment with which God supplies us in our journeying to and fro. We are now-even now pardoned; even now are our sins put away; even now we stand in the sight of God accepted, as though we had never been guilty. "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus." There is not a sin in the Book of God, even now, against one of His people. Who dareth to lay anything to their charge? There is neither speck, nor spot, nor wrinkle, nor any such thing remaining upon any one believer in the matter of justification in the sight of the Judge of all the earth. Let present privilege awaken us to present duty, and now, while life lasts, let us spend and be spent for our sweet Lord Jesus.

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 May 08, 2008 6:10 AM

"He that was healed wist not who it was."-John 5:13

Years are short to the happy and healthy; but thirty-eight years of disease must have dragged a very weary length along the life of the poor impotent man. When Jesus, therefore, healed him by a word, while he lay at the pool of Bethesda, he was delightfully sensible of a change. Even so the sinner who has for weeks and months been paralyzed with despair, and has wearily sighed for salvation, is very conscious of the change when the Lord Jesus speaks the word of power, and gives joy and peace in believing. The evil removed is too great to be removed without our discerning it; the life imparted is too remarkable to be possessed and remain inoperative; and the change wrought is too marvellous not to be perceived. Yet the poor man was ignorant of the author of his cure; he knew not the sacredness of His person, the offices which he sustained, or the errand which brought Him among men. Much ignorance of Jesus may remain in hearts which yet feel the power of His blood. We must not hastily condemn men for lack of knowledge; but where we can see the faith which saves the soul, we must believe that salvation has been bestowed. The Holy Spirit makes men penitents long before He makes them divines; and he who believes what he knows, shall soon know more clearly what he believes. Ignorance is, however, an evil; for this poor man was much tantalized by the Pharisees, and was quite unable to cope with them. It is good to be able to answer gainsayers; but we cannot do so if we know not the Lord Jesus clearly and with understanding. The cure of his ignorance, however, soon followed the cure of his infirmity, for he was visited by the Lord in the temple; and after that gracious manifestation, he was found testifying that "it was Jesus who had made him whole." Lord, if Thou hast saved me, show me Thyself, that I may declare Thee to the sons of men.

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 April 28, 2008 4:42 AM

Messiah the Head, the Church the Body
In evangelistic campaigns, people are urged to convert to Jesus because He is the Redeemer and head of the Church (Ephesians 5:23). However, being converted to the head is not the end of the story since the head belongs together with the body. Yeshua (Jesus) is the head, but His body is the Church (Colossians 1:18) and we as “the Church…are members of His body” (Ephesians 5:30).

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WHAT YOU WILL GET April 27, 2008 6:31 AM

"Thy life will I give thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest." Jeremiah 45:5

This is the unshakable secret of the Lord to those who trust Him - "I will give thee thy life." What more does a man want than his life? It is the essential thing. "Thy life for a prey" means that wherever you may go, even if it is into hell, you will come out with your life, nothing can harm it. So many of us are caught up in the shows of things, not in the way of property and possessions, but of blessings. All these have to go; but there is something grander that never can go - the life that is "hid with Christ in God."

Are you prepared to let God take you into union with Himself, and pay no more attention to what you call the great things? Are you prepared to abandon entirely and let go? The test of abandonment is in refusing to say - "Well, what about this?" Beware of suppositions. Immediately you allow - What about this? - it means you have not abandoned, you do not really trust God. Immediately you do abandon, you think no more about what God is going to do. Abandon means to refuse yourself the luxury of asking any questions. If you abandon entirely to God, He says at once, "Thy life will I give thee for a prey." The reason people are tired of life is because God has not given them anything, they have not got their life as a prey. The way to get out of that state is to abandon to God. When you do get through to abandonment to God, you will be the most surprised and delighted creature on earth; God has got you absolutely and has given you your life. If you are not there, it is either because of disobedience or a refusal to be simple enough.

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 April 25, 2008 7:18 PM

If any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him."-Revelation 3:20

What is your desire this evening? Is it set upon heavenly things? Do you long to enjoy the high doctrine of eternal love? Do you desire liberty in very close communion with God? Do you aspire to know the heights, and depths, and lengths, and breadths? Then you must draw ear to Jesus; you must get a clear sight of Him in His preciousness and completeness: you must view Him in His work, in His offices, in His person. He who understands Christ, receives an anointing from the Holy One, by which He knows all things. Christ is the great master-key of all the chambers of God: there is no treasure-house of God which will not open and yield up all its wealth to the soul that lives near to Jesus. Are you saying, "O that He would dwell in my bosom "Would that He would make my heart His dwelling-place for ever"? Open the door, beloved, and He will come into your souls. He has long been knocking, and all with this object, that He may sup with you, and you with Him. He sups with you because you find the house or the heart, and you with Him because He brings the provision. He could not sup with you if it were not in your heart, you finding the house; nor could you sup with Him, for you have a bare cupboard, if He did not bring provision with Him. Fling wide, then, the portals of your soul. He will come with that love which you long to feel; He will come with that joy into which you cannot work your poor depressed spirit; He will bring the peace which now you have not; He will come with His flagons of wine and sweet apples of love, and cheer you till you have no other sickness but that of "love o'erpowering, love divine." Only open the door to Him, drive out His enemies, give Him the keys of your heart, and He will dwell there for ever. Oh, wondrous love, that brings such a guest to dwell in such a heart!

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 April 22, 2008 6:47 PM

"And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good." Genesis 32:12

When Jacob was on the other side of the brook Jabbok, and Esau was coming with armed men, he earnestly sought God's protection, and as a master reason he pleaded, "And Thou saidst, I will surely do thee good." Oh, the force of that plea! He was holding God to His word—"Thou saidst." The attribute of God's faithfulness is a splendid horn of the altar to lay hold upon; but the promise, which has in it the attribute and something more, is a yet mightier holdfast—"Thou saidst, I will surely do thee good." And has He said, and shall He not do it? "Let God be true, and every man a liar." Shall not He be true? Shall He not keep His word? Shall not every word that cometh out of His lips stand fast and be fulfilled? Solomon, at the opening of the temple, used this same mighty plea. He pleaded with God to remember the word which He had spoken to his father David, and to bless that place. When a man gives a promissory note, his honour is engaged; he signs his hand, and he must discharge it when the due time comes, or else he loses credit. It shall never be said that God dishonours His bills. The credit of the Most High never was impeached, and never shall be. He is punctual to the moment: He never is before His time, but He never is behind it. Search God's word through, and compare it with the experience of God's people, and you shall find the two tally from the first to the last. Many a hoary patriarch has said with Joshua, "Not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass." If you have a divine promise, you need not plead it with an "if," you may urge it with certainty. The Lord meant to fulfil the promise, or He would not have given it. God does not give His words merely to quiet us, and to keep us hopeful for awhile with the intention of putting us off at last; but when He speaks, it is because He means to do as He has said.

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 April 20, 2008 8:38 AM

"You will search for Me and finde Me"

when you search for Me with all your heart.

Jer. 29:13

 click on images   Physical ThirstPhysical ThirstThe warm Arizona Sonoran desert can reach as high as 105 to 117 degrees. It is dry and the need for water is not always felt as thirst. Sadly, every year people become ill due to heat stroke and some die. We are not always aware of our physical needs. Spiritually Dry Spiritually DryIn like manner, many people are not aware of their spiritual needs. Some of us are not aware that we have spiritual needs because we have "sin stroke." We are truly thirsty for God, but we do not realize it. We are in need of spiritual water - living water that only God gives.   
Living Water
Living Water

It was noon when Jesus finished His long walk. He was sitting by a water well, when a Samaritan woman came by. Jesus asked her for a drink. As they talked, she realized she was spiritually thirsty, spiritually needy and searching for God. So Jesus offered her "living water." She was eager for this "living water." She desired to never be spiritually thirsty again.

  Rivers of WaterRivers of WaterAs they talked she came to believe that He was the Messiah. So she asked Jesus for the living water. Jesus said, "He who believes in Me, as the scripture has said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water (John 7:38).'" This living water is the Holy Spirit living inside us. Like her, we who believe in Jesus will find our sins forgiven and peace in our relationship with God. We will also have a new desire to know all that we can know about God.    [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 April 18, 2008 6:57 PM

1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

to flee fornication

3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. 14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Eph 5:1-20 (KJV)

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 April 14, 2008 10:15 AM

"All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head."-Psalm 22:7

Mockery was a great ingredient in our Lord's woe. Judas mocked Him in the garden; the chief priests and scribes laughed Him to scorn; Herod set Him at nought; the servants and the soldiers jeered at Him, and brutally insulted Him; Pilate and his guards ridiculed His royalty; and on the tree all sorts of horrid jests and hideous taunts were hurled at Him. Ridicule is always hard to bear, but when we are in intense pain it is so heartless, so cruel, that it cuts us to the quick. Imagine the Saviour crucified, racked with anguish far beyond all mortal guess, and then picture that motley multitude, all wagging their heads or thrusting out the lip in bitterest contempt of one poor suffering victim! Surely there must have been something more in the crucified One than they could see, or else such a great and mingled crowd would not unanimously have honoured Him with such contempt. Was it not evil confessing, in the very moment of its greatest apparent triumph, that after all it could do no more than mock at that victorious goodness which was then reigning on the cross? O Jesus, "despised and rejected of men," how couldst Thou die for men who treated Thee so ill? Herein is love amazing, love divine, yea, love beyond degree. We, too, have despised Thee in the days of our unregeneracy, and even since our new birth we have set the world on high in our hearts, and yet Thou bleedest to heal our wounds, and diest to give us life. O that we could set Thee on a glorious high throne in all men's hearts! We would ring out Thy praises over land and sea till men should as universally adore as once they did unanimously reject.
Thy creatures wrong Thee, O Thou sovereign Good!
Thou art not loved, because not understood:
This grieves me most, that vain pursuits beguile
Ungrateful men, regardless of Thy smile.

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 April 11, 2008 5:18 PM

Psalm 51:10
    Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Oh, my people I desire that you would have a pure heart before me, purify your hearts and walk uprightly before Me, I desire a clean heart and clean hands.
Blessed be the pure in heart for they shall see Me, and dwell in My Presence.
I desire that you keep your eyes and thoughts on me, so that your heart will be untainted by the things of the world and and free from adulterants that contaminate the heart.
For out of the heart flow the well springs of life, and what you speak forth into the world either gives death or life, for death and life are in the power of the tongue.
Having a pure heart starts with pure thoughts, having no mixture of unclean or negative thoughts of unbelief, no thoughts of coveteousness or self will and your own desires, but always looking toward heaven and My will, My desires, and of the mind of Christ.

You must love Me with ALL your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind, so that I may come in and cleanse all that has become polluted and with spots and wrinkles, then your thoughts will be pure, as I am pure and holy.
My words of wisdom are pure, peaceable, gentle full of mercy.  
You cannot love Me and the world for you will love one and hate the other, I must have all of you, not keeping any for yourself,  give Me every corner of your heart that it may be pure and free from the stain of the world and the devil for He comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I come that I may give life and life more abundant.

Quiet your minds, be at rest for I am in the quiet not the hustle bustle of a busy life, but I am in the that deep silence that you only find at My feet.
In this place you will find rest for your souls.

Take every thought captive, that nothing impure can enter into your minds and contaminate your heart, look on only those things that are pure and clean, do not set your eyes on the lust of the flesh, for it brings only death, but set your eyes on heavenly things, think those thoughts that are  pure and lovely and of a good report, those things that edify and glorify Me, your redeemer

Be ye holy for I am holy, say's the Lord, a pure heart is the first step to My holiness, cry out to me, to cleanse your heart like David did, "Create in Me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me".
There can be no intimacy with out a pure heart for I cannot look upon sin, consecrate yourselves to me.  Give me your whole heart that I might have a bride without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing.
You are called to be a peculiar people, a people that live a quiet life, that praise My name and glorify Me in all you do, this can only be done as their is no mixture in your heart.  For how can you love me and mammon at the same time, consecrate yourself to Me, that I may live in You and You live in Me.

Live not unto yourselves My children, but for Christ who died for your sins.  Presenting your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto Me, for you are bought with a price, and are no longer your own.  There is a price when you come to me and receive Me, the price is Your LIFE, why do you  hold it back from  Me,
You can no longer come and go as you please, but as I please, let you prayer be, not my will but your will be done O'Lord.
Allow nothing in your thoughts that would go into your heart.  Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing EVERY thought into captivity, every thought into the obedience of Christ.

Come before me this day, and sit before Me, let me cleanse all that is unholy and ungodly out of your hearts, speak nothing except it be the oracles of God, speaking in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs as unto the Lord, and do not grieve the holy spirit by strife and debate, but rather edify one another.  Build up one another and love each other as you love yourself.
Love is My heart, pure love, and when you walk in love you have become a  perfect man.

I am calling you to a radical lifestyle of obedience, prepare yourselves by obeying My word, if you love Me you will obey My word, my bride is to be as white as snow, and without your obedience I cannot purify you.
Time is short there is no time for doing your own thing, cleanse your hearts  My people, cleanse it and judge yourselves so that I don't come and judge You, for judgement begins at the house of the Lord.
I love You so deeply My children, that I sent My only beloved son to take your sins upon Himself, I long for Your Presence, I long to have a Bride that will be eternally in My Presence and My love.
Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things that I have prepared for those who love me, and without a pure heart you are unable to love me with all your heart.  I ask of My vessels to be pure and holy that I may use you to walk fully in My kingdom and do greater things than My son.

Come to me, and I will do all that You will allow me and more, but You must give me Your heart, ALL of it.
Come do not delay any longer, come, do not be like those I have called and do not answer, for I will not call much longer and you will not have any longer to prepare for My coming.
I love you so much, I am calling you hear me, in that small still voice come and let us sup together in that secret place, come often, until you live to be with Me as I live to be with you.
Cast all your cares upon Me, let all the world fall away, until it is just My Presence that you desire.
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 April 11, 2008 4:50 AM

"I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint." Psalm 22:14

Did earth or heaven ever behold a sadder spectacle of woe! In soul and body, our Lord felt Himself to be weak as water poured upon the ground. The placing of the cross in its socket had shaken Him with great violence, had strained all the ligaments, pained every nerve, and more or less dislocated all His bones. Burdened with His own weight, the august sufferer felt the strain increasing every moment of those six long hours. His sense of faintness and general weakness were overpowering; while to His own consciousness He became nothing but a mass of misery and swooning sickness. When Daniel saw the great vision, he thus describes his sensations, "There remained no strength in me, for my vigour was turned into corruption, and I retained no strength:" how much more faint must have been our greater Prophet when He saw the dread vision of the wrath of God, and felt it in His own soul! To us, sensations such as our Lord endured would have been insupportable, and kind unconsciousness would have come to our rescue; but in His case, He was wounded, and felt the sword; He drained the cup and tasted every drop.


"O King of Grief! (a title strange, yet true

To Thee of all kings only due)

O King of Wounds! how shall I grieve for Thee,

Who in all grief preventest me!"


As we kneel before our now ascended Saviour's throne, let us remember well the way by which He prepared it as a throne of grace for us; let us in spirit drink of His cup, that we may be strengthened for our hour of heaviness whenever it may come. In His natural body every member suffered, and so must it be in the spiritual; but as out of all His griefs and woes His body came forth uninjured to glory and power, even so shall His mystical body come through the furnace with not so much as the smell of fire upon it.

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We don't sell miracles here April 08, 2008 6:15 PM

A little girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its
hiding place in the closet

She poured the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Three
times, even. The total had to be exactly perfect. No chance there for
mistakes.

Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap,
she slipped out the back door and made her way 6 blocks to Rexall's
Drug Store with the big red Indian Chief sign above the doo r.

She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention, but
he was too busy at this moment Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing
noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound
she could muster. No good. Finally she took a quarter from her jar and
banged it on the glass counter. That did it!

'And what do you want?' the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of
voice. I'm talking to my brother from Chicago whom I haven't seen in
ages,' he said without waiting for a reply to his question.

'Well, I want to talk to you about my brother,' Tess answered back in
the same annoyed tone. 'He's really, really sick...and I want to buy a
miracle.'

'I beg your pardon?' said the pharmacist

'His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head
and my Daddy says only a miracle can save him now. So how much does a
miracle cost?'

'We don't sell miracles here, little girl. I'm sorry but I
can't help you ,' the pharmacist said, softening a little.

'Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn't
enough, I will get the rest. Just tell me how much it costs.'

The pharmacist's brother was a well dressed man. He stooped
down and asked the little girl, 'What kind of a miracle does your
brother need?'

'I don't know,' Tess replied with her eyes welling up. I just know he's
really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation. But my Daddy can't
pay for it, so I want to use my money.'

'How much do you have?' asked the man fromChicago

'One dollar and eleven cents,' Tess answered barely audibly.

'And it's all the money I have, but I can get some more if I need to.'

'Well, what a coincidence,' smiled the man. 'A dollar and eleven
cents---the exact price of a miracle for little brothers.'

He took her money in one hand and with the other hand he grasped her
mitten and said 'Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother
and meet your parents. Let's see if I have the miracle you need.'

That well dressed man was D Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon, specializing
in neuro-surgery. The operation was completed free of charge and it
wasn't long until Andrew was home again and doing well.

Mom and Dad were happily talking about the chain of events that had led
them to this place.

'That surgery, her Mom whispered, was a real miracle. I
wonder how much it would have cost?'

Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle cost...one dollar and
eleven cents....plus the faith of a little child.


In our lives, we never know how many miracles we will need.

A miracle is not the suspension of natural law, but the
operation of a higher law. I know you'll keep the ball moving!

Here it goes. Throw it back to someone who means something to
you!

A ball is a circle, no beginning, no end. It keeps us together
like our Circle of Friends. But the treasure inside for you to see
is the treasure of friendship you've granted to me.

Today I pass the friendship ball to you.

Pass it on to someone who is a friend to you.


MY OATH TO YOU..

When you are sad.....I will dry your tears.

When you are scared.....I will comfort your fears.

When you are worried.....I will give you hope.

When you are confused.....I will help you cope.

And when you are lost....And can't see the light, I shall be
your beacon....Shining ever so bright.

This is my oath.....I pledge till the end.

Why you may ask? ......Because you're my friend.

Signed: GOD

INSTANTLY WHEN YOU RECEIVE THIS LETTER, YOU ARE REQUESTED TO
SEND IT TO AT LEAST 10 PEOPLE, INCLUDING THE PERSON WHO SENT IT TO
YOU.


Robert G. Arnold

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 April 06, 2008 6:25 PM

That ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of
God.--ROM. xii. 2.
Thou knowest what is best;
And who but Thee, O God, hath power to know?
In Thy great will my trusting heart shall rest;
Beneath that will my humble head shall bow.
T. C. UPHAM.
To those who are His, all things are not only easy to be borne, but even to
be gladly chosen. Their will is united to that will which moves heaven and
earth, which gives laws to angels, and rules the courses of the world. It
is a wonderful gift of God to man, of which we that know so little
must needs speak little. To be at the centre of that motion, where is
everlasting rest; to be sheltered in the peace of God; even now to dwell in
heaven, where all hearts are stayed, and all hopes fulfilled. "Thou shalt
keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee."
H. E. MANNING.
Study to follow His will in all, to have no will but His. This is thy duty,
and thy wisdom. Nothing is gained by spurning and struggling but to hurt
and vex thyself; but by complying all is gained--sweet peace. It is the
very secret, the mystery of solid peace within, to resign all to His will,
to be disposed of at His pleasure, without the least contrary thought.
R. LEIGHTON.

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INTERNAL INTERFERENCE April 03, 2008 5:53 PM

by Neil Anderson

1 John 4:6
We
are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God
does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the
spirit of error






People who know they are having spiritual
problems usually have severe perceptual problems too. Satan seems to be
more present, real and powerful to them. These types of people usually
hear opposing arguments in their head. They are constantly confronted
with lies, told to get out of the counseling setting, or threatened
with harm or embarrassment.


One dear lady I was ministering to suddenly bolted for the door. "Tell me what you're hearing," I said.


"You're going to hurt me," she answered fearfully.


"That's a lie," I assured her. Slowly she returned to her chair.


Some people experience internal
interference when demonic powers are confronted by the truth. They may
become dizzy or glassy-eyed. If you proceed without regard for their
reaction, they may lapse into catatonia.


The goal in helping people find freedom
in Christ is to avoid all demonic activity which would short-circuit
their ability to participate in the process. With this in mind, I
usually begin the time of ministry with prayer, acknowledging God's
presence, claiming His authority, and binding the enemy to silence.


I require one major point of cooperation
from all those who want help: They must tell me what inner opposition
they are experiencing. If they have a thought that is contrary to what
we are doing, they are to share it with me. Some thoughts can be very
hostile or threatening. Others will be very deceptive, such as "This
isn't going to work." The power of Satan is in his lie. The moment the
counselees bring the contrary thought to light, the power of it is
broken. The power for the Christian is in the truth. That is why it is
truth that sets us free.



Prayer:


Lord, I desire to be a committed student
of Your Word. I know the truth of Your Word dispels the darkness in my
life. Thank You for this powerful weapon.
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 April 01, 2008 4:59 AM

Pride

Beloved Shoshanna
04/27/04

Pride enters in when you think of yourself more highly than you are.  You must  not desire to be "somebody", not walking in haughtiness, thinking you know everything, but rather to walk in meekness and  be content to be My vessel to do My work in the kingdom.
Pride is an abomination to Me, it points a finger and say's,"Look what I did," when it was Me who has done the work, it is Me who is all knowledge, who knows all things.

There are very many vessels for Me to choose from, I choose those who are available and will obey My voice, not because of your abilities and gifts, they are My abilities and  My gifts, you have nothing but what comes from Me.
James 1:17
    Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Come before Me as a little child, ready and willing to do as I ask. 
1 Cor. 1:27-29
    But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; [28] And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: [29] That no flesh should glory in his presence.
I can speak though anything, even a donkey, if I so choose to do so.  If I use you do not glory in it, for I give My glory to no man.
Isaiah 42:8
    I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

Do not be like My disciples who argued among themselves, desiring to be the greatest.  There is no greater than I, and he who is least shall be the greater.
In My kingdom there is no competition, all are one and all are equal, and all give Me the glory.
Do not strive but get into the flow of My Spirit.
Galatians 5:15
    But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
This is such a simple lesson it seems, but many of My children suffer with this sin.  It is only destroyed when you deny self, die to self, this is what I did before I went to the cross, and when I was on the cross.  Yes, you will pick up your cross daily, there is a cross, just as I  had a cross.  There is suffering, just as I suffered, you  must be obedient, just as I too was obedient.  Pride will not die willingly on its own, but must go to the cross.  It is taking the low road, it is as the poor, who totally depend on me, they have nothing, and every need is dependant on Me, this is the lowly. 
Putting others before yourself, condescending to the lowly.
I demonstrated humility when I was beaten and mocked, but spoke not a word but went straight to the cross, when you suffer, you must take it, you have no rights, just as I had no rights, but to be obedient to the Father. Your have no rights, as you were bought with a price.
I went as a lamb to the slaughter, I know that isn't what you have been taught by the doctrines of men.  But in a fact is My way.  Meekness is very valuable in the kingdom, it means being silent when others berate you, or speak evil of you, or when someone does something against you, just meekly let it roll off your back.
   
I want you to see pride for what it is.  Lucifer the son of the morning, who was My worship leader, began to think more highly of himself and in rebellion saw himself high and lifted up, but he was an offence to Me, and I cast  him down from heaven with all the wicked angels that followed him, and he wants you to be as he is, instead of in My image and likeness, so he will do everything he can to cause you to be prideful.  Even setting up circumstances.  But My children, listen to Me, take the low road as I am teaching you now.

Pride is an abomination, and all sin has its roots in pride, it is making yourself a god, worshipping self, instead of me.
Pride is a great evil in the world, an evil that must be driven out at all costs.
1 John 2:16
    For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
You must decrease so I can increase in your life.  I give grace to the humble, and resist the proud.
James 4:6
    But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
Proverbs 3:34
    Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
1 Peter 5:5-6
    Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
    [6] Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: I  made Myself and example for all to see My way, when I ladi down My life on the cross for you and for the world.

Philip. 2:5
    Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Philip. 2:6-8
    Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: [7] But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: [8] And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

The proud have no need of Me, so I have no use for them in the kingdom of God, they will be standing outside the door, as it is closing, that day of My visitation is at hand
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 March 27, 2008 8:41 PM

by Neil Anderson

RECOGNIZING YOUR STRONGHOLD

2 Corinthians 11:3
I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ

Hostility is a stronghold. Plan A from God develops the character and the knowledge to love your enemy, pray for him, and turn the other cheek. If you cannot help being pugnacious or argumentative in a threatening situation, it's because you have learned to cope that way and your Plan B response has become entrenched as a stronghold.

Inferiority is a stronghold. Plan A says that you are a child of God, a saint who is inferior to no mortal. If you are constantly shrinking back from people because of feelings of inferiority, it's because the world, the flesh and the devil have carved a negative, Plan B groove in your mind over the years.

Manipulation is a stronghold. Do you feel like you must control the people and circumstances in your life? Is it nearly impossible for you to give a problem to God and not worry about it? Somewhere in your past you developed a pattern of control which now masters you. It's a stronghold.

Homosexuality is a stronghold. In God's eyes there is no such thing as a homosexual. He created us male and female. There is homosexual behavior, which can usually be traced to past negative experiences. Such experiences prompted these individuals to doubt their sexual adequacy and they began to believe a lie about their sexual identity.

Anorexia and bulimia are strongholds. A 99-pound woman stands in front of a mirror believing that she is fat. She is the victim of negative thought patterns about herself which have been burned into her mind and direct all her activities concerning her body and the proper use of food.

Somewhere in the past you may have consciously or unconsciously formed patterns of thinking and behaving which now control you. That's a stronghold. Satan works through strongholds to keep our minds from focusing on Christ. But, thank God, as we appropriate God's truth we are set free.

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 March 11, 2008 11:48 PM

A son is given" refers to Christ's deity (God is eternal and gave Himself).

     John 3:16 reminds us of this wonderful doctrine of the incarnation of God in a human body.  Jesus was then to die on Calvary to pay for the sins of all mankind, so that all who would trust (believe) on Christ would not perish, but have everlasting life.

Why not trust Christ as your Savior today!

     "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins (I John 4:9-10)."
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 March 11, 2008 11:46 PM

"ONLY BEGOTTEN SON?"  What does it mean?  "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16)."  Oftentimes children will misquote John 3:16, and say that God gave His only forgotten Son.  Perhaps there is more truth to this than we realize.  For the most part Jesus Christ is forgotten and rejected of men.  We believers have the wonderful privilege of telling men and women about Jesus Christ.

     Jesus Christ is the "only begotten Son", according to John 3:16.  In John 1:14, He is the "only begotten of the Father."  What is this phrase speaking about?  We know that Jesus Christ is God and man.  Jesus Christ is God in human flesh (II Corinthians 5:19).  Two thousand years ago, God came to the earth taking on Himself human flesh in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Each Christmas we celebrate this wonderful event.

     Isaiah the prophet foretold that God would come to the earth.  Over twenty six hundred years ago, Isaiah said, "Prepare ye the way of the Lord (Jehovah), make straight in the desert a highway for our God (Isaiah 40:3)."  How would God come to visit the earth?  Seven hundred forty two years before Jesus came, Isaiah said, "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14)."  Immanuel is an untranslated Hebrew word meaning "God dwelling with you."  Here we learn that God was going to visit the earth by taking on a human body born of a virgin.

     The Apostle John tells us in John 1:1-4, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."  The fleshly body (human body) which God took upon Himself was fathered by God Himself.  Jesus Christ had no human father.  It is very interesting to note that Jesus NEVER ONCE called Joseph His father.  In fact the Bible makes it very clear that Joseph was not the father of Jesus.

     If Joseph had been the father of Jesus, then Jesus would have been a sinner because the sin nature is passed on through the man.  Romans 5:12 tell us, "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned."  Jesus would have been disqualified as our Savior had Joseph been his father.

     Jesus is repeatedly called "the Son of God" and also "the Son of Man".  The phrase "son of" means to have the same nature as, in essence be the same as, to be identical, etc.  Therefore, the phrase "The Son of God" means that Jesus is God and that he has the very nature of God.  The phrase "The Son of Man" means that Jesus is Man and that he has the very nature of man.  The disciples James and John were called "the sons of Thunder".  This did not mean that their father was Mr. Thunder.  They were the children of Zebedee, but they had the nature of thunder.  Evidently they were hotheaded fellows with a quick temper.  The phrase "only begotten Son" is a reference to the fact that the flesh that God took upon Himself was begotten of the Father.

     Mary was used of God as the host to bring forth the body of Jesus' humanity.  When the angel told Mary that she would conceive and have a son, she replied, "How shall this be, seeing I know not a man (Luke 1:31-34)?"  The angel responded by saying, "The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35)."

     After Mary became pregnant, Joseph became alarmed because he knew that he wasn't the father.  "Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they come together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.  Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily (divorce her) (Matthew 1:19)."

Rather than have Mary stoned to death, he was ready to have a quiet divorce when God spoke to him.  "But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife; for that which is conceive in her is of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20)."  God also told Joseph that all this was done that the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14 might be fulfilled about the virgin birth (Matthew 1:23).

     Adam was created by God out of the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7).  Eve was fashioned by God out of one of Adam's ribs (Genesis 2:21-22).  The rest of the human race has come into the world as the natural result of the relationship between a man and a woman.  Jesus Christ is the unique exception.  Jesus (as a man) had a human mother, but God was His father.  This will never be repeated.  It will never happen again.  Jesus Christ is the ONLY begotten of the Father (John 1:14).  Yet at the same time Jesus is God.  Isaiah the prophet made the distinction in Isaiah 9:6, where we read, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his mane shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, the everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."  "A child is born" refers to the flesh which has a birthday.  "A son is given" refers to Christ's deity (God is
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 February 20, 2008 7:21 PM


The Lord shall guide thee continually. (Isaiah 58:11)
      
What aileth thee? Hast thou lost thy way? Art thou entangled in a dark wood and canst thou not find thy paths? Stand still, and see the salvation of God. He knows the way, and He will direct thee in it if thou cry unto Him.
      
      Every day brings its own perplexity. How sweet to feel that the guidance of the Lord is continual! If we choose our own way or consult with flesh and blood we cast ok the Lord's guidance; but if we abstain from self-will, then He will direct every step of our road, every hour of the day, and every day of the year, and every year of our life. If we will but be guided, we shall be guided. If we will commit our way unto the Lord, He will direct our course so that we shall not lose ourselves.
      
      But note to whom this promise is made. Read the previous verse: "If thou draw out thy soul to the hungry." We must feel for others and give them, not a few dry crusts, but such things as we ourselves would wish to receive. If we show a tender care for our fellow-creatures in the hour of their need, then will the Lord attend to our necessities and make Himself our continual Guide. Jesus is the Leader, not of misers, nor of those who oppress the poor, but of the kind and tenderhearted. Such persons are pilgrims who shall never miss their way. by:Spurgeon
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 February 16, 2008 6:38 PM

Iran Proposes Death Penalty for ‘Apostates’


ISTANBUL, February 8 (Compass Direct News) – The Iranian parliament may mandate the death penalty for citizens who leave Islam, a human rights group announced this week.

For the first time in Iranian history, a proposed penal code demands the death penalty for “apostates,” according to a February 5 statement by the Institute on Religion and Public Policy (IRPP).

“Apostasy was always illegal, but the court could hand down a jail term, hard labor or the death penalty,” said IRPP President Joseph Grieboski. “Now apostasy [would only] get the death penalty.”

Iran has used the “apostasy” law to target Muslim converts to Christianity, liberal thinkers and members of Iran’s Baha’i religious minority.

“This is not something new, they just want to be more harsh towards those who are leaving Islam,” an Iranian pastor told Compass.

No converts to Christianity have been convicted of “apostasy” since international pressure forced officials to drop the death sentence of Christian convert Mehdi Dibaj in 1994. But in the years following the convert’s release, Dibaj and four other Protestant pastors, both converts and those working with converts, have been brutally murdered.

The murderers of the Christians have never been brought to justice. Local believers suspect the government played a role in the killings.

“They began assassinating pastors and Christian workers,” said the Iranian pastor, who requested anonymity. “Legally, they did not take them to court, but they just killed them and said that they hanged themselves and gave some other excuses.”

‘Hardship’ for Women

The penal code proposal, already approved by the Iranian cabinet a month ago, appears to have the necessary parliamentary backing to be passed, an Iranian Christian told Compass.

Article 225 of the draft, posted on the IRPP website, stipulates two kinds of “apostasy,” “innate and parental,” both of which warrant the death penalty.

Innate “apostates” are those who grow up with at least one Muslim parent, are Muslims at the age of maturity and then later leave the faith, the article states.

“Punishment for an Innate Apostate is death,” section seven of the article stipulates.

Known as “parental apostates,” citizens who grow up in non-Muslim homes, convert to Islam as adults and then later decide to leave are to be given a chance to repent before their execution, the draft states.

“… After the final sentencing for three days, he/she would be guided to the right path and encouraged to recant his/her belief,” the article stipulates. “… If he/she refused, the death penalty would be carried out.”

Though sections of the draft appear to indicate that both men and women can be executed for apostasy, others limit execution to males who leave Islam. Section 225-10 states that convicted female “apostates” will be imprisoned for life.

The proposed law stipulates that “hardship” will be exercised on a female “apostate,” who will be immediately released if she recants. “The condition of hardship will be determined according to the religious laws,” the draft states.

Death Penalty for DrunkardIt remains unclear how far the government will go in implementing the revised apostasy law. In recent years no Christians are known to have been convicted of apostasy.

In May 2005 a former military officer and Muslim convert to Christianity was acquitted of apostasy by an Islamic court in Bandar-i Bushehr.

“This [new penal code] might open the hands of the fanatics to do more harm,” said the Iranian pastor. “It just depends which group [in the government] has more power, the radicals or the moderates.”

The new draft also extends the government’s jurisdiction to all actions taken outside of Iran, the IRPP reported. Article 112-3-1 of the draft refers to actions against “the internal and external security of the country,” but leaves the definition of “security” open to interpretation.

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 February 15, 2008 10:35 AM

A Joseph Calling

"And he sent a man before them-- Joseph, sold as a slave"( Psalm 105:17).

God is doing a unique work around the world today. He is raising up Josephs throughout the world. Some are still in the "pit" stage of their pilgrimage while others are heading towards fruitfulness. What does it take for a man to become a true Joseph? It takes years of preparation and testing to be a true Joseph. It takes what the Psalmist says in Psalm 105:

"He called down famine on the land and destroyed all their supplies of food; and he sent a man before them-- Joseph, sold as a slave. They bruised his feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons, till what he foretold came to pass, till the word of the LORD proved him true. The king sent and released him, the ruler of peoples set him free"( Ps. 105:16-20).

A true Joseph is one who is a provider both spiritually and materially for those in the body of Christ. It is a person who understands they are simply a manager of all that God has entrusted to them. It is a person who has humility and a broken and contrite heart before God. But how does God prepare modern-day Josephs?

They are prepared through their own versions of bruised feet with shackles and necks put in irons. It is often through the adversity of failed finances, failed marriages, failed relationships, and broken dreams. These are the things that try men the most. These are the things God uses to allow the Josephs of our day to be proven by the Word of the Lord. Once proven, God brings them out of their prisons and uses them mightily for the purposes of God. Joseph went through his own trials--not because of any failure, but because of an incredible calling: To save and provide for an entire nation. God had to prepare this man for thirteen years of broken dreams and humble circumstances to break every ounce of pride and self-will. God could not afford to have a thirty-year old steeped in arrogance and pride running an entire nation.

When I attended a world conference on global evangelization in South Africa. I was privileged to sit among forty-five other men from different parts of the world that had a Joseph calling on their life. These men of means had humility of heart and a spirit unlike any others I have met in my country. Each one had his own Joseph story. It was an incredible scene that changed my life and my own view of business. This allowed me to see first-hand this phenomenon that is going on throughout the world. Many believe God is raising these servants up to prepare for a worldwide economic earthquake and to fund a global harvest of souls. Even since this conference, one nation is being dramatically affected because of a Joseph who has stepped forward to fulfill his calling for that nation. It is an awesome demonstration of the power of God working today.

Are you willing to allow God to do whatever it takes for you to become a true Joseph? Ask the Lord today to do whatever is necessary to fully use your gifts and talents for His eternal Kingdom.

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 February 07, 2008 12:53 AM


THE WALLS ARE CLOSING IN ON ME

“I
am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water
my couch with my tears. Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it
waxeth old because of all mine enemies. Depart from me, all ye workers
of iniquity; for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping. The Lord
hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer.”


Psalm 6: 6 - 9
King James Version

I
was talking to someone and the person said to me “I feel like the walls
are closing in on me. It feels like everyone and everything is against
me and I don’t know what I am going to do. I don’t think I am going to
make it.” Have you ever felt that way? I have felt that way many times
but then Jesus always reminds me that He is still with me. Only Jesus
can remove those walls of pain and sorrow that are closing in on us.

He
will take our hand and walk with us through all of the dark valleys of
crises, sorrows, burdens and heartaches. He will lovingly and tenderly
set our feet once again on the mountain tops of happiness, peace and
joy. We have a compassionate Saviour. He knows how it feels to be
alone, to hurt and to be rejected. He also knows how it feels to have
everyone who claims to be your friend leave you just when you need them
the most.

I think that when Jesus was here on earth and was
constantly being criticized, rejected, scorned and judged that He too
felt like the walls were closing in on Him. Jesus was hurt and abused
not only physically, but also emotionally. He asked His disciples to
watch and pray with Him in the garden but they went to sleep. I have
heard a lot of people criticize the disciples for going to sleep and
for not being there for Him when He needed them the most. Yet today,
you and I do the same thing.

Jesus
asks us to be an encourager to each other, to take care of each other
and to pray for each other, but many times we ignoreHim and disobey
Him. The only way we are going to make it through our discouragements,
our heartaches, our burdens and our sorrows is by loving one another,
by encouraging one another and by praying for one another.

Jesus
has not been here for over two thousand years. He has left us to hug
for Him, to take care of each other, and to be an encourager to each
other. I’m sure you have heard or read this somewhere “You get back
what you give out”. That is a true statement. If you are an encourager,
if you give from your heart and if you are a true friend, you will
receive it back. However, if you harden your heart and ignore those who
are hurting, there may come a time when you need something, and no one
will be there for you.

If today, you feel like the walls are
closing in on you, run into the waiting arms of Jesus. He will hold you
close to His heart and take away all of your pain, your heartaches,
your burdens and your sorrows. He will replace them with joy, happiness
and peace. He will give you a peace that the world can’t give you, and
when He gives you that peace, the world can’t take it from you.

Thank
You, precious Jesus, for loving us unconditionally, for understanding
how we feel when people hurt us and leave us. Thank You for caring
about us and thank You for dying for us. You are wonderful, Jesus, and
I love You with all of my heart. Thank You for dying for me and for
saving me. How I long to see You and give You a big hug. Thank You for
the privilege and honor of serving You. Worthy are You, Jesus! Indeed,
You are to be praised and adored. Amen.

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Get Well January 31, 2008 6:41 AM

Michael:
Get well and hurry back we miss you and the impact that you have on the groups.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.  You have touched me so  Much with your love and caring of us all.  Again please hurry back Michael.

In Christ
Marion C
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anonymous  January 31, 2008 6:26 AM

MICHAEL,
We miss you and can't wait for you to get back!
GET WELL SOON!
FROM THE MEMBERS OF PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS!

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Obedience and Light January 14, 2008 8:28 AM

 

Suggested Scripture:
Psalm 19

Key Verse:

The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
(Psalm 19:8, NIV)

Precepts

are rules that describe particular courses of actions or a path to

follow; they are guidelines for living a life according to the will of

God. According to this verse, following his precepts gives joy to the

heart. Who wouldn't have a joyful heart when they know they are doing

things that please a person they love? That joy can be felt in a number

of different ways. For me, joy comes wrapped in a calm, assured feeling.

People

who earnestly walk in the ways of the Lord have beautiful hearts. They

truly know the joy that comes from doing what is right in the eyes of

God, and that joy spills out in various forms through all areas of life.

The

commands of the Lord are radiant. Things that are radiant are by

definition glowing and bright. This is true of God's commands because

they are a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our paths (Psalm

119:105). God's commands illuminate the path that he sets out for his

people. When his people are serving as lights, they can help light the

way to God.

Reflecting Pool:

Do you feel a sense of joy when you obey God?

Do you think others see you as a source of light?

How has God illuminated your path as you have walked with Him?
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 January 09, 2008 7:26 PM

"I will be their God."-Jeremiah 31:33

Christian! here is all thou canst require. To make thee happy thou wantest something that shall satisfy thee; and is not this enough? If thou canst pour this promise into thy cup, wilt thou not say, with David, "My cup runneth over; I have more than heart can wish"?  When this is fulfilled, "I am thy God," art thou not possessor of all things? Desire is insatiable as death, but He who filleth all in all can fill it. The capacity of our wishes who can measure? but the immeasurable wealth of God can more than overflow it. I ask thee if thou art not complete when God is thine? Dost thou want anything but God? Is not His all-sufficiency enough to satisfy thee if all else should fail? But thou wantest more than quiet satisfaction; thou desirest rapturous delight. Come, soul, here is music fit for heaven in this thy portion, for God is the Maker of Heaven. Not all the music blown from sweet instruments, or drawn from living strings, can yield such melody as this sweet promise, "I !
will be their God." Here is a deep sea of bliss, a shoreless ocean of delight; come, bathe thy spirit in it; swim an age, and thou shalt find no shore; dive throughout eternity, and thou shalt find no bottom. "I will be their God." If this do not make thine eyes sparkle, and thy heart beat high with bliss, then assuredly thy soul is not in a healthy state. But thou wantest more than present delights-thou cravest something concerning which thou mayest exercise hope; and what more canst thou hope for than the fulfillment of this great promise, "I will be their God"? This is the masterpiece of all the promises; its enjoyment makes a heaven below, and will make a heaven above. Dwell in the light of thy Lord, and let thy soul be always ravished with His love. Get out the marrow and fatness which this portion yields thee. Live up to thy privileges, and rejoice with unspeakable joy.

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 January 05, 2008 6:16 PM

A Wonderful Guarantee

I will strengthen thee. (Isaiah 41:10)

When called to serve or to suffer, we take stock of our strength, and we find it to be less than we thought and less than we need. But let not our heart sink within us while we have such a word as this to fall back upon, for it guarantees us all that we can possibly need. God has strength omnipotent; that strength He can communicate to us; and His promise is that He will do so. He will be the food of our souls and the health of our hearts; and thus He will give us strength. There is no telling how much power God can put into a man. When divine strength comes, human weakness is no more a hindrance.

Do we not remember seasons of labor and trial in which we received such special strength that we wondered at ourselves? In the midst of danger we were calm, under bereavement we were resigned, in slander we were self-contained, and in sickness we were patient. The fact is that God gives unexpected strength when unusual trials come upon us, We rise out of our feeble selves. Cowards play the man, foolish ones have wisdom given them, and the silent receive in the selfsame hour what they shall speak. My own weakness makes me shrink, but God's promise makes me brave. Lord, strengthen me "according to thy word."
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 January 01, 2008 5:32 PM

Blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

You, that were sometime alienated and enemies in [your] mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: if ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and [be] not moved away from the hope of the gospel.--That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.

Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.--Sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, [be] glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.

1Co 1:8 Col 1:21-23 Php 2:15 2Pe 3:14 Php 1:10 Jude 1:24,25
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 December 26, 2007 5:26 PM

Serving the Lord with all humility of mind. Acts 20:19

Whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Matt. 20:26-28

If a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. Gal. 6:3

I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man.... not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Rom. 12:3

When ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do. Luke 17:10

Our rejoicing is this.... that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world. II Cor. 1:12

We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. II Cor. 4:7

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 December 24, 2007 4:01 AM

Let him take hold of my strength, [that] he may make peace with me; [and] he shall make peace with me.

I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. --[There is] no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.

In Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace.

It pleased [the Father] that in him should all fulness dwell; and, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself.--Christ Jesus: whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, . . . that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.--If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH [is] everlasting strength. by:Spurgeon

Isa 27:5 Jer 29:11 Isa 48:22 Eph 2:13,14 Col 1:19,20  Ro 3:24-26 1Jo 1:9 Isa 26:4
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 December 22, 2007 5:23 AM

"I will strengthen thee."—Isaiah 41:10.

OD has a strong reserve with which to discharge this engagement; for He is able to do all things. Believer, till thou canst drain dry the ocean of omnipotence, till thou canst break into pieces the towering mountains of almighty strength, thou never needest to fear. Think not that the strength of man shall ever be able to overcome the power of God. Whilst the earth's huge pillars stand, thou hast enough reason to abide firm in thy faith. The same God who directs the earth in its orbit, who feeds the burning furnace of the sun, and trims the lamps of heaven, has promised to supply thee with daily strength. While He is able to uphold the universe, dream not that He will prove unable to fulfil His own promises. Remember what He did in the days of old, in the former generations. Remember how He spake and it was done; how He commanded, and it stood fast. Shall He that created the world grow weary? He hangeth the world upon nothing; shall He who doth this be unable to support His children? Shall He be unfaithful to His word for want of power? Who is it that restrains the tempest? Doth not He ride upon the wings of the wind, and make the clouds His chariots, and hold the ocean in the hollow of His hand? How can He fail thee? When He has put such a faithful promise as this on record, wilt thou for a moment indulge the thought that He has outpromised Himself, and gone beyond His power to fulfil? Ah, no! Thou canst doubt no longer.
O thou who art my God and my strength, I can believe that this promise shall be fulfilled, for the boundless reservoir of Thy grace can never be exhausted, and the overflowing storehouse of Thy strength can never be emptied by Thy friends or rifled by Thine enemies.

"Now let the feeble all be strong,
And make Jehovah's arm their song."
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 December 18, 2007 7:11 PM

Following Leads to Honor

If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor. (John 12:26)

The highest service is imitation. If I would be Christ's servant I must be His follower. To do as Jesus did is the surest way of bringing honor to His name. Let me mind this every day.

If I imitate Jesus I shall have His company: if I am like Him I shall be with Him. In due time He will take me up to dwell with Him above, if, meanwhile, I have striven to follow Him here below. After His suffering our Lord came to His throne, and even so, after we have suffered a while with Him here below, we also shall arrive in glory. The issue of our Lord's life shall be the issue of ours: if we are with Him in His humiliation we shall be with Him in His glory. Come, my soul, pluck up courage and put down thy feet in the blood-marked footprints which thy Lord has left thee.

Let me not fail to note that the Father will honor those who follow His Son. If He sees me true to Jesus, He will put marks of favor and honor upon me for His Son's sake. No honor can be like this. Princes and emperors bestow the mere shadows of honor; the substance of glory comes from the Father. Wherefore, my soul, cling thou to thy Lord Jesus more closely than ever.
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 December 17, 2007 9:59 AM

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 December 16, 2007 6:37 PM

Let not then your good be evil spoken of.

Abstain from all appearance of evil.--Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.--For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.

But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or [as] a thief, or [as] an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. Yet if [any man suffer] as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

Brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.--Take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.--Whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and [that] he were drowned in the depth of the sea.--Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me.

Ro 14:16 1Th 5:22 2Co 8:21 1Pe 2:15 4:15,16 Ga 5:13 1Co 8:9 Mt 18:6 25:40

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 December 15, 2007 5:27 AM

THOU GOEST WITH US --- Exodus 33:16.

"For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? Is it not in that thou goest with us? So shall we be separated, I and thy people from all the people that are upon the face of the earth." --- Exodus 33:16.

Reader, do you adopt the language of Moses, and request with him that in all your removals, God's presence may go with you? that you be not permitted to stir without this distinguishing testimony that you are in the path of duty? Are you waiting upon the Lord in earnest to serve him in sincerity and truth; "not being conformed to this world, but transformed by the renewing of your mind," and desirous to be numbered with his separate people? Then you may expect the Divine blessing, and your way to be prosperous.

It was a distinguishing privilege of the Israelites, that they were to dwell alone, and not to be reckoned among the nations; and it is the privilge and duty of the spiritual Israel to be separate and distinct from the world; they are a separate people in the love of God; in their election in Christ; in the covenant of grace made with them in him; in effectual vocation; in their being seated with him to all eternity. Nor are they reckoned among the nations, but as they are called out of them, and generally treated as the refuse and offscourings of all things; they do not reckon themselves to be of the world, but as pilgrims and strangers in it. Lord, let me be among thy separate people, the righteous, both here and for evermore.

Among the righteous let me dwell,
And cast my lot with them;
Dead to pleasure, dead to wealth,
And to the world's esteem.

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 December 10, 2007 3:13 AM

Israel wants citizens abroad back home

IAN DEITCH, Associated Press Writer Sun Dec 9, 11:11 PM ET

JERUSALEM - Israel is trying to persuade hundreds of thousands of its citizens living overseas to return home in a project to coincide with the state's 60th anniversary next year, the Immigrant Absorption Ministry said Sunday.

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The project, dubbed "Coming Home," will try to lure Israelis living abroad to come back with tax breaks, employment and small business loans.

About 650,000 Israelis live abroad, 450,000 of them in North America, the ministry said. The ministry began contacting them last month with direct phone calls, an Internet site and a "hot line" phone connection.

"What surprised us most is the amount of positive feedback we received from countries where the standard of living is very high," said Erez Halfon, director of the Immigrant Absorption Ministry. "We received 285 calls from Israelis living in Switzerland, and of them, 15 families have committed to coming home."

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert expressed support for the project at a Cabinet meeting Sunday.

"Every Israeli, even if they live abroad, is Israeli at heart and knows that their home is here. I call on all Israelis to return home," Olmert said.

The project aims to bring 10,000 expatriates back to Israel in the first year and double that number over the next few years. Between 18,000 and 21,000 Israelis emigrate each year, Halfon told reporters.

The estimated cost of the campaign is $36 million a year, an amount the ministry believes will be paid back by the returning Israelis themselves.

"Within half a year of their being reintroduced into society as consumers, the government will get all their money back," Halfon said.

Halfon said the project aims to remove the social stigma faced by those who leave Israel, so they will have a softer landing upon their return.

Traditionally, Israelis who left the Jewish state were widely looked down on by Israeli society and viewed as letting the country down or selling out. Linguistically, immigration to Israel is called "aliya," the Hebrew word for ascent, while emigrating is dubbed "yerida," or descent.

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do not dwell on the past December 09, 2007 6:02 PM

"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland" (Isaiah 43:18-19).

"The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings" (Isaiah 58:11-12).

I felt like Peter, after that rooster crowed three times. My heart was torn in two, because I realized that I had not listened to my Lord. I had not heeded any of His words. I had not felt the urgency of His call. I had simply brushed off His words as my own wild imaginings, of voices I had made up in my head.

 I felt the hand of God rest heavily upon my sinful nature, rightly judging my frivolity, my pride, my apathy. The Words of the Bible seared my soul, spurring me on to good works in Christ Jesus. I had never felt the urgency of the Kingdom of God and the mandate 'the fields are white for harvest' quite like I did at that moment. I had never felt the presence of a powerful and yet merciful King as I did then. He, indeed, reigns on high. He will be exalted in all the earth!

God is setting us apart, Christians. He is setting the stage for a mighty work. And we, like Moses before the burning bush, must take off our sandals, because God is making this holy ground.

God is in the process, as never before, of exalting every valley and making every hill low. He is straightening out the crooked roads. He is making the rough places smooth. This applies to our nation and to our own hearts. God is re-establishing His balance of justice, correcting our priorities.

Several days ago, I woke up in the middle of the night with a spirit of fear hanging over my head. I couldn't sleep, because my heart was pounding, so I prayed. But I struggled to stay awake, as the disciples likewise fought to keep watch while the Lord Jesus awaited death on the Cross. Prayer at this hour was so imperative that God would not let any sleep befall me. So I prayed more, for a total of a half an hour, until the peace of Christ returned.

The next day, I learned that several others in my office had also been woken up by the Lord to pray for our nation. Who knows how many more were praying that night? Ten? Twenty? A thousand? And who knows how those prayers redirected the course for our nation? Only God knows. But we do know that ultimately it is that kind of prayer that changes the course of history. It is that kind of fervent prayer that turns back our enemies. It is that kind of action on the part of Believers that will bring a revival -- not of our pocketbooks, not of our lips, not of our government, but ultimately a revival of our hearts and souls.

I pray that God would show you and I how to live in this season to His glory. And I pray that we would be ever tuned in to what He says, however foolish it may sound at the time. We do not know what tomorrow shall bring.

In the meantime, I know that He will give us the words to say. He will bring us comfort so that we can comfort those who mourn. He will be, as He has always been, our strong tower, our refuge, our strength, and our fortress. He can be trusted, because He is a good Father. Though we may not understand it all, God is with us. He will never leave us nor forsake us.

Now go and do the work God has called you to in all fervor and humility.

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 December 07, 2007 7:26 PM

He hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

The LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.--Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.--As by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.--[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

2Co 5:21 Isa 53:6 1Pe 2:24 Ro 5:19 Tit 3:4-7 Ro 8:1 Jer 23:6
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 December 06, 2007 5:43 AM

English Theologian and Hymn Writer

In the knowledge of Christ there is an excellency above all other knowledge in the world; there is nothing more pleasing and comfortable, more animating and enlivening, more ravishing and soul contenting; only Christ is the sun and centre of all divine revealed truths, we can preach nothing else as the object of our faith, as the necessary element of your soul's salvation, which doth not some way or other, either meet in Christ, or refer to Christ; only Christ is the whole of man's happiness, the Sun to enlighten him, the Physician to heal him, the Wall of Fire to defend him, the Friend to comfort him, the Pearl to enrich him, the Ark to support him, the Rock to sustain him under the heaviest pressures, ""And a MAN (Christ) shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest, as rivers of waters in a dry place, and as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land" (Isaiah 32:2).

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 December 05, 2007 6:17 PM

Covered and Protected

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. (Psalm 91:4)

A condescending simile indeed! Just as a hen protects her brood and allows them to nestle under her wings, so will the Lord defend His people and permit them to hide away in Him. Have we not seen the little chicks peeping out from under the mother's feathers? Have we not heard their little cry of contented joy? In this way let us shelter ourselves in our God and feel overflowing peace in knowing that He is guarding us.

While the Lord covers us, we trust. It would be strange if we did not. How can we distrust when Jehovah Himself becomes house and home, refuge and rest to us?

This done, we go out to war in His name and enjoy the same guardian care. We need shield and buckler, and when we implicitly trust God, even as the chick trusts the hen, we find His truth arming us from head to foot. The Lord cannot lie; He must be faithful to His people; His promise must stand. This sure truth is all the shield we need. Behind it we defy the fiery darts of the enemy.

Come, my soul, hide under those great wings, lose thyself among those soft feathers! How happy thou art!
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 December 03, 2007 8:15 PM

"There is no spot in thee."-Song of Solomon 4:7

Having pronounced His Church positively full of beauty, our Lord confirms His praise by a precious negative, "There is no spot in I thee." As if the thought occurred to the Bridegroom that the carping world would insinuate that He had only mentioned her comely parts, and had purposely omitted those features which were deformed or defiled, He sums up all by declaring her universally and entirely fair, and utterly devoid of stain. A spot may soon be removed, and is the very least thing that can disfigure beauty, but even from this little blemish the believer is delivered in his Lord's sight. If He had said there is no hideous scar, no horrible deformity, no deadly ulcer, we might even then have marvelled; but when He testifies that she is free from the slightest spot, all these other forms of defilement are included, and the depth of wonder is increased. If He had but promised to remove all spots by-and-by, we should have had eternal reason for joy; but when He speaks of it as!
 already done, who can restrain the most intense emotions of satisfaction and delight? O my soul, here is marrow and fatness for thee; eat thy full, and be satisfied with royal dainties.

Christ Jesus has no quarrel with His spouse. She often wanders from Him, and grieves His Holy Spirit, but He does not allow her faults to affect His love. He sometimes chides, but it is always in the tenderest manner, with the kindest intentions: it is "my love" even then. There is no remembrance of our follies, He does not cherish ill thoughts of us, but He pardons and loves as well after the offence as before it. It is well for us it is so, for if Jesus were as mindful of injuries as we are, how could He commune with us? Many a time a believer will put himself out of humour with the Lord for some slight turn in providence, but our precious Husband knows our silly hearts too well to take any offence at our ill manners.
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 December 03, 2007 4:58 AM


Peace Whatever Exposure

I will make them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods. (Ezekiel 34:25)

It is the height of grace that Jehovah should be in covenant with man, a feeble, sinful, and dying creature. Yet the Lord has solemnly entered into a faithful compact with us, and from that covenant He will never turn aside. In virtue of this covenant we are safe. As lions and wolves are driven off by shepherds, so shall all noxious influences be chased away. The Lord will give us rest from disturbers and destroyers; the evil beasts shall cease out of the land. O Lord, make this Thy promise good even now!

The Lord's people are to enjoy security in places of the greatest exposure: wilderness and woods are to be as pastures and folds to the flock of Christ. If the Lord does not change the place for the better, He will make us the better in the place. The wilderness is not a place to dwell in, but the Lord can make it so; in the woods one feels bound to watch rather than to sleep, and yet the Lord giveth His beloved sleep even there. Nothing without or within should cause any fear to the child of God. By faith the wilderness can become the suburbs of heaven and the woods the vestibule of glory.
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 December 01, 2007 7:04 PM

"Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people ... Thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him."-Leviticus 19:16, 17

Tale-bearing emits a threefold poison; for it injures the teller, the hearer, and the person concerning whom the tale is told. Whether the report be true or false, we are by this precept of God's Word forbidden to spread it. The reputations of the Lord's people should be very precious in our sight, and we should count it shame to help the devil to dishonour the Church and the name of the Lord. Some tongues need a bridle rather than a spur. Many glory in pulling down their brethren, as if thereby they raised themselves. Noah's wise sons cast a mantle over their father, and he who exposed him earned a fearful curse. We may ourselves one of these dark days need forbearance and silence from our brethren, let us render it cheerfully to those who require it now. Be this our family rule, and our personal bond-SPEAK EVIL OF NO MAN.

The Holy Spirit, however, permits us to censure sin, and prescribes the way in which we are to do it. It must be done by rebuking our brother to his face, not by railing behind his back. This course is manly, brotherly, Christlike, and under God's blessing will be useful. Does the flesh shrink from it? Then we must lay the greater stress upon our conscience, and keep ourselves to the work, lest by suffering sin upon our friend we become ourselves partakers of it. Hundreds have been saved from gross sins by the timely, wise, affectionate warnings of faithful ministers and brethren. Our Lord Jesus has set us a gracious example of how to deal with erring friends in His warning given to Peter, the prayer with which He preceded it, and the gentle way in which He bore with Peter's boastful denial that he needed such a caution.

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 November 30, 2007 7:58 PM



"And Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall we do for the hundred talents which I have given to the army of Israel? And the man of God answered, The Lord is able to give thee much more than this."-2 Chronicles 25:9

A very important question this seemed to be to the king of Judah, and possibly it is of even more weight with the tried and tempted O Christian. To lose money is at no times pleasant, and when principle involves it, the flesh is not always ready to make the sacrifice. "Why lose that which may be so usefully employed? May not the truth itself be bought too dear? What shall we do without it? Remember the children, and our small income!" All these things and a thousand more would tempt the Christian to put forth his hand to unrighteous gain, or stay himself from carrying out his conscientious convictions, when they involve serious loss. All men cannot view these matters in the light of faith; and even with the followers of Jesus, the doctrine of "we must live" has quite sufficient weight.

The Lord is able to give thee much more than this is a very satisfactory answer to the anxious question. Our Father holds the purse-strings, and what we lose for His sake He can repay a thousand-fold. It is ours to obey His will, and we may rest assured that He will provide for us. The Lord will be no man's debtor at the last. Saints know that a grain of heart's-ease is of more value than a ton of gold. He who wraps a threadbare coat about a good conscience has gained a spiritual wealth far more desirable than any he has lost. God's smile and a dungeon are enough for a true heart; His frown and a palace would be hell to a gracious spirit. Let the worst come to the worst, let all the talents go, we have not lost our treasure, for that is above, where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God. Meanwhile, even now, the Lord maketh the meek to inherit the earth, and no good thing doth He withhold from them that walk uprightly.
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 November 27, 2007 3:56 PM

Rest in All Thy Goings

And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. (Exodus 33:14)

Precious promise! Lord, enable me to appropriate it as all my own.

We must go at certain times from our abode, for here we have no continuing city. It often happens that when we feel most at home in a place, we are suddenly called away from it. Here is the antidote for this ill. The Lord Himself will keep us company. His presence, which includes His favor, His fellowship, His care, and His power, shall be ever with us in every one of our marchings. This means far more than it says; for, in fact, it means all things. If we have God present with us, we have possession of heaven and earth. Go with me, Lord, and then command me where Thou wilt!

But we hope to find a place of rest. The text promises it. We are to have rest of God's own giving, making, and preserving. His presence will cause us to rest even when we are on the march, yea, even in the midst of battle. Rest! Thrice blessed word. Can it ever be enjoyed by mortals? Yes, there is the promise, and by faith we plead it. Rest comes from the Comforter, from the Prince of Peace, and from the glorious Father who rested on the seventh day from all His works. To be with God is to rest in the most emphatic sense.
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 November 25, 2007 8:06 PM

"To preach deliverance to the captives."-Luke 4.18

None but Jesus can give deliverance to captives. Real liberty cometh from Him only. It is a liberty righteously bestowed; for the Son, who is Heir of all things, has a right to make men free. The saints honour the justice of God, which now secures their salvation. It is a liberty which has been dearly purchased. Christ speaks it by His power, but He bought it by His blood. He makes thee free, but it is by His own bonds. Thou goest clear, because He bare thy burden for thee: thou art set at liberty, because He has suffered in thy stead. But, though dearly purchased, He freely gives it. Jesus asks nothing of us as a preparation for this liberty. He finds us sitting in sackcloth and ashes, and bids us put on the beautiful array of freedom; He saves us just as we are, and all without our help or merit. When Jesus sets free, the liberty is perpetually entailed; no chains can bind again. Let the Master say to me, "Captive, I have delivered thee," and it is done for ever. Satan may!
 plot to enslave us, but if the Lord be on our side, whom shall we fear? The world, with its temptations, may seek to ensnare us, but mightier is He who is for us than all they who be against us. The machinations of our own deceitful hearts may harass and annoy us, but He who hath begun the good work in us will carry it on and perfect it to the end. The foes of God and the enemies of man may gather their hosts together, and come with concentrated fury against us, but if God acquitteth, who is he that condemneth? Not more free is the eagle which mounts to his rocky eyrie, and afterwards outsoars the clouds, than the soul which Christ hath delivered. If we are no more under the law, but free from its curse, let our liberty be practically exhibited in our serving God with gratitude and delight. "I am Thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: Thou hast loosed my bonds." "Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?"

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HE WILL COMMAND HIS ANGELS November 24, 2007 6:44 PM

HE WILL COMMAND HIS ANGELS CONCERNING YOU
  TO GUARD YOU IN ALL YOUR WAYS; THEY WILL
  LIFT YOU UP IN THEIR HANDS, SO THAT YOU WILL
  NOT STRIKE YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE.
                       ( PSALM 91:11-12 *NIV )

  Dear friend,
      One of the functions of angels is to watch over
  God's Children here on Earth.  For it is written; HE WILL
  COMMAND HIS ANGELS CONCERNING YOU TO
  GUARD YOU IN ALL YOUR WAYS. ( HEBREWS 1:14 )
  Therefore it is clear that our Heavenly Father will send us
  an angel in times of need!

      Now, let me ask you this, have you ever met an angel?
  Well I bet you have!  An angel doesn't have to be a Spiritual
  Being, sometimes they are human beings just like you
  and me.  When you think about it, we all have encountered
  another person who has been just like an angel to us.
  A person who has reached out to help, comfort and guide
  us in times of need.  The World is full of these human
  angels!   I'll even bet that someone has even called you an
  angel at one time or another.

      So friend, the next time you encounter a person in need,
  reach out and be an angel to them!  Your Heavenly Father
  will bless you for it!

      Now may; THE GRACE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST,
  AND THE LOVE OF GOD, AND THE COMMUNION OF THE
  HOLY SPIRIT BE WITH YOU.   Amen.

  In HIS Love & Service,
        Pastor Allen
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 November 19, 2007 6:13 PM

DO ALL THINGS WITHOUT COMPLAINING AND DISPUTING,
 THAT YOU MAY BECOME BLAMELESS AND HARMLESS,
 CHILDREN OF GOD WITHOUT FAULT IN THE MIDST OF A
 CROOKED AND PERVERSE GENERATION, AMONG WHOM
 YOU SHINE AS LIGHTS IN THE WORLD.
                         ( PHILIPPIANS 2:15 *NKJV )

  Dear friend,
      As a Child of God you are now: THE LIGHT OF THE
  WORLD. ( MATTHEW 5:14 )   FOR YOU WERE ONCE
  DARKNESS, BUT NOW YOU ARE LIGHT IN THE LORD.  
  WALK AS CHILDREN OF LIGHT.   ( EPHESIANS 5:8 )

       When we walk in God's Light our hearts become reflectors
  of His Great Light.  We become a beacon to others especially
  those who are still living in darkness.

      So friend, LET YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE BEFORE MEN,
  THAT THEY MAY SEE YOUR GOOD WORKS AND GLORIFY
  YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN. (MATTHEW 5:16)  For by doing
  so we plant seeds of faith in those who have lost their way, and
  I TELL YOU THAT IN THE SAME WAY THERE WILL BE MORE
  JOY IN HEAVEN OVER ONE SINNER WHO REPENTS
  THAN OVER NINETY-NINE RIGHTEOUS PERSONS WHO
  DO NOT NEED TO REPENT.      ( LUKE 15:7 )

      Further, IF YOU WALK IN THE LIGHT AS HE IS IN THE
  LIGHT, WE HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH ONE ANOTHER, AND
  THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST HIS SON CLEANSES US
  FROM ALL SIN.  ( 1 JOHN 1:7 )  So it's a win, win, situation
  indeed.  

      Therefore friend, ARISE, SHINE; FOR YOUR LIGHT HAS
  COME!  AND THE GLORY OF THE LORD IS RISEN UPON
  YOU.   Amen.

  In HIS Love & Service,
        Pastor Allen
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 November 18, 2007 4:29 AM

O God, my heart is fixed.

The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.--He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. His heart [is] established, he shall not be afraid, until he see [his desire] upon his enemies.

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.--In the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

The God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle [you]. To him [be] glory and dominion for ever and ever.

Ps 108:1 27:1 Isa 26:3 Ps 112:7,8 56:3 27:5,6 1Pe 5:10,11

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 November 17, 2007 5:30 PM

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.--Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed [thereto] according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.

When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee.

My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined. Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary [food].--I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies [are] my meditation.--If ye continue in my word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Joh 17:17 15:3 Col 3:16 Ps 119:9,10 Pr 2:10,11 Job 23:11,12 Ps 119:99 Joh 8:31,32
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 November 16, 2007 2:16 AM

Weapons Doomed to Fail

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. (Isaiah 54:17)

There is great clatter in the forges and smithies of the enemy. They are making weapons wherewith to smite the saints. They could not even do as much as this if the Lord of saints did not allow them; for He has created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire. But see how busily they labor! How many swords and spears they fashion! It matters nothing, for on the blade of every weapon you may read this inscription: It shall not Prosper.

But now listen to another noise: it is the strife of tongues. Tongues are more terrible instruments than can be made with hammers and anvils, and the evil which they inflict cuts deeper and spreads wider. What will become of us now? Slander, falsehood, insinuation, ridicule-these are poisoned arrows; how can we meet them? The Lord God promises us that, if we cannot silence them, we shall, at least, escape from being ruined by them. They condemn us for the moment, but we shall condemn them at last and forever. The mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped, and their falsehoods shall be turned to the honor of those good men who suffered by them.
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 November 15, 2007 12:29 PM

Thou [art] my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.

The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth [him with] his hand.--In the fear of the LORD [is] strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.--Who [art] thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man [that] shall die, and of the son of man [which] shall be made [as] grass; and forgettest the LORD thy maker?

I [am] with thee to deliver thee.--Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.--Thou [art] my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.

Ps 40:17 37:23,24 Pr 14:26 Isa 51:12,13 Jer 1:8 De 31:6 Ps 59:16 32:7

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 November 12, 2007 9:13 PM

DO NOT FORGET TO ENTERTAIN STRANGERS, FOR BY SO
  DOING SOME PEOPLE HAVE ENTERTAINED ANGELS
  WITHOUT KNOWING IT.
                     ( HEBREWS 13:2 *NIV )

  Dear friend,
      One of the functions of angels is to watch over God's Children
  here on Earth.  For it is written: HE WILL COMMAND HIS
  ANGELS CONCERNING YOU TO GUARD YOU IN ALL YOUR
  WAYS. ( PSALM 91:11 )  After all: ARE NOT ALL ANGELS
  MINISTERING SPIRITS SENT TO SERVE THOSE WHO WILL
  INHERIT SALVATION?  They sure are!     ( HEBREWS 1:14 )

      Now let me ask you this, have you ever met an angel?  Well,
  I bet you have!  An angel doesn't have to be a spiritual being,
  sometimes they are human beings just like you and me.

      Further, when you think about it, we all have encountered
  another person who has been just like an angel to us.  A person
  who has reached out to help, comfort and guide us in times of
  need.  The World is full of these human angels!   I'll even bet that
  someone has even called you an angel at one time or another!

      So friend, the next time you encounter a person in
  need, reach out and be an angel to them!  For it is written:
  I TELL YOU THE TRUTH, WHATEVER YOU DID FOR ONE
  OF THE LEAST OF THESE BROTHERS OF MINE, YOU
  DID FOR ME.  Amen.                  ( MATTHEW 25:40 )
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 November 10, 2007 3:58 PM

"So walk ye in Him."-Colossians 2:6

If we have received Christ Himself in our inmost hearts, our new life will manifest its intimate acquaintance with Him by a walk of faith in Him. Walking implies action. Our religion is not to be confined to our closet; we must carry out into practical effect that which we believe. If a man walks in Christ, then he so acts as Christ would act; for Christ being in him, his hope, his love, his joy, his life, he is the reflex of the image of Jesus; and men say of that man, "He is like his Master; he lives like Jesus Christ." Walking signifies progress. "So walk ye in Him"; proceed from grace to grace, run forward until you reach the uttermost degree of knowledge that a man can attain concerning our Beloved. Walking implies continuance. There must be a perpetual abiding in Christ. How many Christians think that in the morning and evening they ought to come into the company of Jesus, and may then give their hearts to the world all the day: but this is poor living; we should alway!
s be with Him, treading in His steps and doing His will. Walking also implies habit. When we speak of a man's walk and conversation, we mean his habits, the constant tenour of his life. Now, if we sometimes enjoy Christ, and then forget Him; sometimes call Him ours, and anon lose our hold, that is not a habit; we do not walk in Him. We must keep to Him, cling to Him, never let Him go, but live and have our being in Him. "As ye have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him"; persevere in the same way in which ye have begun, and, as at the first Christ Jesus was the trust of your faith, the source of your life, the principle of your action, and the joy of your spirit, so let Him be the same till life's end; the same when you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, and enter into the joy and the rest which remain for the people of God. O Holy Spirit, enable us to obey this heavenly precept. by:Spurgeon

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 November 07, 2007 5:17 PM

"No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper."-Isaiah 54:17

This day is notable in English history for two great deliverances wrought by God for us. On this day the plot of the Papists to destroy our Houses of Parliament was discovered, 1605.

"While for our princes they prepare
In caverns deep a burning snare,
He shot from heaven a piercing ray,
And the dark treachery brought to day."

And secondly-to-day is the anniversary of the landing of King William III, at Torbay, by which the hope of Popish ascendancy was quashed, and religious liberty was secured, 1688.

This day ought to be celebrated, not by the saturnalia of striplings, but by the songs of saints. Our Puritan forefathers most devoutly made it a special time of thanksgiving. There is extant a record of the annual sermons preached by Matthew Henry on this day. Our Protestant feeling, and our love of liberty, should make us regard its anniversary with holy gratitude. Let our hearts and lips exclaim, "We have heard with our ears, and our fathers have told us the wondrous things which Thou didst in their day, and in the old time before them." Thou hast made this nation the home of the gospel; and when the foe has risen against her, Thou hast shielded her. Help us to offer repeated songs for repeated deliverances. Grant us more and more a hatred of Antichrist, and hasten on the day of her entire extinction. Till then and ever, we believe the promise, "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper." Should it not be laid upon the heart of every lover of the gospel of Jesus!
 on this day to plead for the overturning of false doctrines and the extension of divine truth? Would it not be well to search our own hearts, and turn out any of the Popish lumber of self-righteousness which may lie concealed therein?

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 November 04, 2007 3:55 PM



  Now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations.

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.--The exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him. --Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.--For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.--God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able.

1Pe 1:6 4:12,13 Heb 12:5,11 4:15 2:18 1Co 10:13
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 November 01, 2007 7:55 PM

Blessed [is] the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

Behold, as the eyes of servants [look] unto the hand of their masters, [and] as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes [wait] upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.

A continual burnt offering throughout your generations [at] the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD: where I will meet you, to speak there unto thee.--In all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth.

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.--Pray without ceasing.

Pr 8:34 Ps 123:2 Ex 29:42 Ex 20:24 Mt 18:20 Joh 4:23,24 Eph 6:18 1Th 5:17

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 November 01, 2007 7:54 PM

Perfection and Preservation

Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:24)

What will He do? He will sanctify us wholly. See the previous verse. He will carry on the work of purification till we are perfect in every part. He will preserve our "whole spirit, and soul, and body, blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." He will not allow us to fall from grace, nor come under the dominion of sin. What great favors are these! Well may we adore the giver of such unspeakable gifts.

Who will do this? The Lord who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light, out of death in sin into eternal life in Christ Jesus. Only He can do this: such perfection and preservation can only come from the God of all grace.

Why will He do it? Because He is "faithful"--faithful to His own promise which is pledged to save the believer; faithful to His Son, whose reward it is that His people shall he presented to Him faultless, faithful to the work which He has commenced in us by our effectual calling. It is not their own faithfulness but the Lord's own faithfulness on which the saints rely.

Come, my soul, here is a grand feast to begin a dull month with. There may be fogs without, but there should be sunshine within.
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 October 30, 2007 1:01 PM

Thorough Cleansing

Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. (Ezekiel 36:25)

What an exceeding joy is this! He who has purified us with the blood of Jesus will also cleanse us by the water of the Holy Spirit. God hath said it, and so it must be, "Ye shall be clean." Lord, we feel and mourn our uncleanness, and it is cheering to be assured by Thine own mouth that we shall be clean. Oh, that Thou wouldst make a speedy work of it!

He will deliver us from our worst sins. The uprisings of unbelief and the deceitful lusts which war against the soul, the vile thoughts of pride, and the suggestions of Satan to blaspheme the sacred name - all these shall be so purged away as never to return.

He will also cleanse us from all our idols, whether of gold or of clay: our impure loves and our excessive love of that which in itself is pure. That which we have idolized shall either be broken from us or we shall be broken off from it.

It is God who speaks of what He Himself will do. Therefore is this word established and sure, and we may boldly look for that which it guarantees to us. Cleansing is a covenant blessing, and the covenant is ordered in all things and sure.
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 October 28, 2007 5:45 PM


Tired of Sinning?
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"So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.
What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be
to God - through Jesus Christ our Lord!"

- Romans 7:21, 24-25
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I love the Confession in the Book of Common Prayer that reads, "Almighty God, Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all men; we acknowledge
and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness which we, from time to time, most grievously
have committed by thought, word and deed against Thy Divine Majesty, provoking most
justly Thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent and are heartily
sorry for these our misdoings..."*[1] [#_ftn1]

I love that Confession. But I hate that Confession. Sometimes I get so weary of
my sin that I cry, "What a wretched person I am!" I so look forward to the day when
I'll no longer recite that Confession or transgress against my loving Lord, when
I'll be free from this body of sin and death.

The Puritans prayed, "Oh my Lord, may I arrive where I need no more to weep or watch
or be tempted. Where nothing defiles, where there is no grief, sorrow, sin, separation,
tears, or consuming cares. Where there is personal completeness. Where the more
perfect the sight, the more beautiful the object. The more perfect the appetite,
the sweeter the food. The more complete the soul, the more happy its joys, where
there is full knowledge of Thee."

Lord, please possess me so that all my thoughts and desires rise to You. Soothe
my sorrows. Sanctify every success. May I hate my sin as you hate it... may I grow
to love Your law as You do. Brighten my hope that soon there will be no more sin,
and I will at last find final completeness in You!
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 October 20, 2007 7:15 PM


Regulated Chastisement

I will correct thee in measure. (Jeremiah 30:11)

To be left uncorrected would be a fatal sign: it would prove that the Lord had said, "He is given unto idols, let him alone." God grant that such may never be our portion! Uninterrupted prosperity is a thing to cause fear and trembling. As many as God tenderly loves He rebukes and chastens: those for whom He has no esteem He allows to fatten themselves without fear, like bullocks for the slaughter. It is in love that our heavenly Father uses the rod upon His children.

Yet see, the correction is "in measure": He gives us love without measure but chastisement "in measure." As under the old law no Israelite could receive more than the "forty stripes save one," which ensured careful counting and limited suffering; so is it with each afflicted member of the household of faith - every stroke is counted. It is the measure of wisdom, the measure of sympathy, the measure of love, by which our chastisement is regulated. Far be it from us to rebel against appointments so divine. Lord, if Thou standest by to measure the bitter drops into my cup, it is for me cheerfully to take that cup from Thy hand and drink according to Thy directions, saying, "Thy will be done."
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YOUR LAW IS WITHIN MY HEART October 18, 2007 7:15 PM

THEN I SAID, "HERE I AM, I HAVE COME--IT IS WRITTEN

  IN THE SCROLL.  I DESIRE TO DO YOUR WILL, O MY

  GOD; YOUR LAW IS WITHIN MY HEART."

                         ( PSALM 40:7-8 *NIV )



  Dear friend,

      God has a plan for each of us, for it is written:

  "I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU, SAYS THE

  LORD.  "THEY ARE PLANS FOR GOOD, NOT FOR EVIL,

  TO GIVE YOU A FUTURE AND A HOPE."

  ( JEREMIAH 29:11 )



      Now when we follow the path that God has for us, we find

  that God is a very kind leader.  Only He knows our future,

  and His plans for us are good and full of hope!  This does

  not mean that we will be spared pain, suffering, or hardship,

  but that God will see us through to a glorious conclusion!



      After all, THE PRECEPTS OF THE LORD ARE RIGHT,

  GIVING JOY TO THE HEART.  THE COMMANDS OF THE

  LORD ARE RADIANT, GIVING LIGHT TO THE EYES.

  THEY ARE MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD, THAN MUCH

  PURE GOLD; THEY ARE SWEETER THAN HONEY,

  THAN HONEY FROM THE COMB.   ( PSALM 19:8 & 10 )



      Further, IF THE LORD DELIGHTS IN A MAN'S WAY, HE

  MAKES HIS STEPS FIRM; THOUGH HE STUMBLE, HE

  WILL NOT FALL, FOR THE LORD UPHOLDS HIM WITH

  HIS HAND.  ( PSALM 37:23-24 )



      So friend, if you are not already walking the path that

  God has chosen for you, why not ask Him in prayer to lead

  you to it.  For once you have found that path your heart will

  become filled with joy, and THE PEACE OF GOD, THAT

  TRANSCENDS ALL UNDERSTANDING, WILL GUARD

  YOUR HEART AND MIND IN CHRIST JESUS.   Amen!

  ( PHILIPPIANS 4:7 )
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Donna thank you, I have been a little under the weather. October 17, 2007 10:01 AM


Holy Fear

He that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded. (Proverbs 13:13)

Holy awe of God's Word is at a great discount. Men think themselves wiser than the Word of the Lord and sit in judgment upon it. "So did not I, because of the fear of God." We accept the inspired Book as infallible and prove our esteem by our obedience. We have no terror of the Word, but we have a filial awe of it. We are not in fear of its penalties because we have a fear of its commands.

This holy fear of the commandment produces the restfulness of humility, which is far sweeter than the recklessness of pride. It becomes a guide to us in our movements: a drag when we are going downhill and a stimulus when we are climbing it. Preserved from evil and led into righteousness by our reverence of the command, we gain a quiet conscience, which is a well of wine; a sense of freedom from responsibility, which is as life from the dead; and a confidence of pleasing God, which is heaven below. The ungodly may ridicule our deep reverence for the Word of the Lord; but what of that?. The prize of our high calling is a sufficient consolation for us. The rewards of obedience make us scorn the scorning of the scorner.
by:Christians united

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anonymous How are you? October 16, 2007 9:09 AM

Michael,
How are you? Your teachings are so good, we have missed you!
Donna
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Dianna W. September 24, 2007 5:51 PM

God bless your family Dianna for working in the church.
I will pray to see seeds planted and souls saved.
In Jesus name we pray amen. Michael
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Reply and a Prayer Request September 24, 2007 8:07 AM

Hi!  Thank You for Your Post.  I Just wanted for You to remember Our Church's Revival this week.  It will only until Wednesday.  We Pray to change the Part of the City, that the Church is in.  God will Supply all our needs.  My Husband and I willl be Helping in the Kitchen serving food. My Daughter and I are also Members in the Choir. Please Pray That People will be Touched By God's Word and give him thier lives.  Thank You!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Our God hath not forsaken us. September 23, 2007 8:09 PM

Our God hath not forsaken us.

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you.--If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

The LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

The LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.-- Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.--Happy [is he] that [hath] the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope [is] in the LORD his God.

Shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. by:Spurgeon

Ezr 9:9 1Pe 4:12 Heb 12:7,8 De 13:3 1Sa 12:22 Isa 49:15 Ps 146:5 Lu 18:7,8

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anonymous MICHAEL'S POSTING PLACE! September 23, 2007 7:45 PM

THIS IS MICHAELS POSTING PLACE!
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