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    because God cares…

    March 18th, 2017

    Our relationship with God
    can be so satisfying,
    and the time we spend in His Word
    so rewarding,
    that we aren’t phased
    by what people think of us,
    or how they treat us.
    When we need to be lifted up,
    we simply bow down
    before this One
    who knows us best
    and loves us most–
    we kneel before the One
    who holds this crumbling world,
    and every aspect of our lives,
    in the palm of His hand.

    “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; 
    let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!”
    Psalm 95:6 ESV

    Scripture: Psalm 95:1-7, Hebrews 4:14-16

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    God alone

    February 7th, 2017

    It’s good to remember, the best things
    a person can do will be known to God,
    and God alone.

    “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door
    and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father
    who sees in secret will reward you.” 
    Matthew 6:6 ESV

    Also: Matthew 6:1-6

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    God smiles

    February 6th, 2017

    God is delighted with the one who delights in Him,
    whose lips are quick to offer Him praise.

    Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;
    make melody to our God on the lyre…
    the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, 
    in those who hope in His steadfast love.
    Psalm 147:7, 11 ESV

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    Jesus Calling? I don’t think so.

    January 31st, 2017

    There’s a popular trend in Christian publishing in which authors write from God’s point of view. Sarah Young’s bestseller, Jesus Calling, is one of those books, with a twist. She believes she writes the very words of God, not simply what she thinks God would say, if He were to speak to her.
    “I knew that God communicated with me through the Bible, but I yearned for more,” Young states. “I wanted to hear what God had to say to me personally on a given day,” she explains. So she decided to listen to God with pen in hand, writing down her “personal messages from God.”
    To Young’s credit, she admits that her writings are not “inspired as Scripture is,” and that, “the Bible is, of course, the only inerrant Word of God.” However, she believes her messages address the felt needs of Christians who are “searching for a deeper experience of Jesus’ Presence and Peace.”
    Jesus Calling has appeared on all of the major bestseller lists, has sold over 10 million copies, and is available in 26 languages. People are eating it up. But should we? John Piper gives good insight.
    Commenting on an article published in Christianity Today, written by an anonymous professor at a well-known Christian University, who also claims to have heard the voice of God, Piper states, “What’s sad is that it really does give the impression that extra-biblical communication with God is surpassingly wonderful and faith-deepening. I grieve at what is being communicated here. The great need of our time is for people to experience the living reality of God by hearing his word personally and transformingly in Scripture” (emphasis added).
    Jesus Calling raised a few questions for me: Should I be longing for more than the Bible? Is the Bible really enough? Am I missing out on a deeper experience of Jesus’ presence and peace?
    So, I asked God, and He answered me with Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and Psalm 19:7-11. The Bible truly is more precious than gold, and sweeter than honey dripping from the honeycomb. What could be better than that?

     

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    on thanks giving

    January 26th, 2017

    True thankfulness happens
    when we delight in the giver,
    more than the gift.

    May God’s love and faithfulness to us
    inspire a thankfulness that glorifies Him
    and blesses our hearts.

    ‘Give thanks to the Lord of hosts, 
    for the Lord is good, 
    for His steadfast love endures forever!’ 
    Jeremiah 33:11 ESV

    Also: Psalm 50:23 and Jeremiah 31:3

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    on waiting and confidence

    January 24th, 2017

    While waiting for deliverance,
    the righteous live by faith,
    because it’s impossible to put
    too much confidence in God.

    Therefore do not throw away your confidence,
    which has a great reward. 
    Hebrews 10:35 ESV

    Scripture: Hebrews 10:35-39

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    understanding life

    January 13th, 2017

    The most important things
    are best understood
    after we’ve spent
    time alone with God.

    But when I thought how to understand this,
    it seemed to me a wearisome task,
    until I went into the sanctuary of God.
    Psalm 73:16-17a ESV

    Scripture Focus: Psalm 73, Jeremiah 33:3

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    a Christmas blessing

    December 24th, 2016

    May God bless you
    with words and opportunity,
    courage and clarity,
    to boldly proclaim
    the good news
    that is ours in Christ Jesus,
    this Christmas.

    “For unto you is born this day
    in the city of David a Savior,
    who is Christ the Lord.” 

    Luke 2:11 ESV

    See: Ephesians 2:18-20

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    treasures

    December 21st, 2016

    Whenever my best friend Kare and I get together, we bring a gift. We usually find some little trinket or homemade item we think the other will enjoy. We delight in the giving and the getting. Our homes have become speckled with these tiny treasures which remind us often of the love we have for each other.
    I wonder if the treasures we are to lay up in heaven could be looked at in a similar light–as love gifts for Jesus. Isn’t it possible we would want something to offer the One who has prepared a place for us in His Father’s home? Isn’t it possible we would want a treasure, however small, to lay at His feet?

    “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” 
    Matthew 6:21 ESV

    See: Matthew 6:19-21, Revelation 4:9-11, John 14:1-4

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    calling a Christian

    December 19th, 2016

    Calling someone a Christian, who is not one, is dangerous.
    It weakens our testimony;
    it keeps us from praying for his greatest need–salvation;
    it gives false hope to the one acknowledged;
    and it just looks stupid to the watching world.

    If a person displays no love for Christ or His people, he is not a Christian.
    If he displays no godly characteristics, or Spirit fruit, he is not born again.

    By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.
    1 John 3:10 ESV

    Also: Galatians 5:22

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    God answers prayer

    December 16th, 2016

    QUESTION: Can we know God is at work in the lives of the people for whom we pray, especially as pertains to their spiritual well-being and salvation, and especially when we see little or no evidence of God’s work? And, what difference would knowing God is at work make in our own  lives?

    ANSWER: Yes. We can know God is at work in the lives of the people for whom we pray, because GOD ANSWERS PRAYER!

    I was going to list several reasons why we can know God is at work, when we pray, but it all comes back to that one reason. It’s all we need to know, and remember–God answers prayer.

    What difference would knowing make?
    If we knew God was at work,
    we would pray more and worry less;
    we would show more patience;
    we would more quickly share spiritual truths, assuming, hoping, hearts have been prepared by God to hear and accept them;
    we would have joy at the prospect of seeing the evidence of God’s work;
    we would be more thankful, more worshipful, more glad in God;
    we would not give up!

    Go ahead, see: James 5:13-18, 1 John 5:13-17

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    candy cane Christmas for kids

    December 12th, 2016

    Candy canes of white and red
    remind me that Christ’s blood was shed.
    He died for me! So now I know,
    my sins are washed as white as snow.

    “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: 
    though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; 
    though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”
    Isaiah 1:18 ESV

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    pray always

    December 12th, 2016

    We can pray without ceasing,
    when our thought-life
    becomes our prayer-life;
    when all the things we think about,
    become all the things we pray about.
    Our sinful thoughts become prayers
    of confession and repentance.
    Concerns for loved ones
    become prayers of intercession.
    Wishes become requests.
    And our thoughts of God turn to praise.

    Pray without ceasing. 
    1 Thessalonians 5:17 ESV

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    a call to prayer

    November 9th, 2016

    Prayer is as necessary today, as it was yesterday,
    and tomorrow, as it was last year.

     If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 
    2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV

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    the good news about abortion

    November 7th, 2016

    In the third presidential debate, Hillary Clinton, speaking of late term abortion, said, “This is one of the worst possible choices that any woman and her family has to make.”
    She was right. Choosing to have an abortion, during any term in the pregnancy, is the worst choice. A woman will live to regret that choice, unless her conscience has been soothed by the devil’s lie that abortion doesn’t really kill babies.
    Donald Trump has been quoted as saying there should be some form of punishment for women who obtain abortions. And there will be. One day, every person will stand before a holy God to answer for his or her sin. The punishment for sin is death.
    But there’s good news. Jesus already died. Jesus bore God’s wrath for us. He took our sins to the cross. By repentance and belief, His sacrifice becomes ours.
    I have been there. I have lived with the regret.
    I can rejoice because Jesus’ death provided a sufficient sacrifice for my sin. As it did for all those who would put their faith in Him. The good news about abortion? It can be forgiven.
    We can trust in Jesus for salvation, and for the future of this country. Our hope truly is in Him alone.

    Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
    Mark 1:15 ESV

    Scripture: Isaiah 53, Psalm 139:13-18

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