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The kickoff for this year's Independence Day celebrations began this pat weekend. They will likely continue in some form through next weekend. Because July 4 is right in the middle of the week, many have planned their vacations and celebrations on both sides of this particular Wednesday.


How many times do suppose "God Bless America" will be sung in some fashion? Will Christians take the time to pray it in some fashion? It was mentioned in church yesterday that blessings can come in a number of ways.


It is a blessing that God allows us to repent - He accepts our repentance and the scriptures teach us to confess our sins and to put away the filthiness of the flesh. We are told in Hebrews 12:11 that the chastisement on God will yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness to "those who are exercised thereby". How much of God's "exercise program" do we need?


The scriptures teach us that God's blessing is always good. It can be hard on our flesh, it boldly confronts unrighteousness, and speaks the truth because of God's love for us.


We thank God for the blessing of repentance and that He will cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Let us especially be mindful to pray that for America, its leaders, and its people during this season. God especially blessed Daniel in chapter 9 of that book. Daniel does not sugar-coat the situation and he does not say "they have sinned" but confesses that "we have sinned". The results indicate that God was very pleased with Daniel's prayer and attitude.


May we seek to show God in both prayer and attitude that we are serious about walking and living uprightly before Him - both individually and as a country.




When asked about character, a minister replied that there are people who have character and people who are characters. Each one of us can decide where we stand on this subject.


When we say someone is a person of character, it is automatically assumed that we mean good character. We know that there are negative and bad character traits that the Bible speaks of and those that we know are detrimental to life in general.


The people of good character that we know and speak of have demonstrated it in some way. It is not just a philosophical idea or creed, it is a basis of conduct and action.


So we should be mindful to demonstrate good character in actions, decisions, our speech and in our dealings with one another. It is a testimony to the God we love and serve, and the benefits we reap are blessings to enjoy.




We pray each of you enjoy a safe and blessed holiday. If we take the time to sing God Bless America, may we also take the time to pray that God would Bless America.


We pray that righteousness would exalt our nation and that we all recognize that sin is a reproach to any people. ~ Proverbs 14:34


May we act like we believe both parts of this verse.




We invite you to take a few moments to enjoy the piano and beautiful singing on this video. We are reminded that victory in Jesus comes when we surrender.






Here is a fun song to play, a rousing one to sing, and it has a challenging message. Please note the question at the end:


Coming now to Thee O Christ my Lord
Trusting only in Thy precious Word
Let my humble pray'r to Thee be heard
And send a great revival in my soul


                        Send a great revival in my soul (In my soul)
                        Send a great revival in my soul (In my soul)
                        Let the Holy Spirit come and take control
                        And send a great revival in my soul

Send the Holy Spirit now within
Burning out the dross and guilt of sin
Let Thy mighty works of grace begin
Oh send a great revival in my soul

Send a great revival Lord in me
Help me that I may rejoice in Thee
Give me strength to win the victory
And send a great revival in my soul

Help me go for Thee dear Lord today
To some lonely soul that's gone astray
Help me lead him in the homeward way
Oh send a great revival in my soul


If God were to send a great revival in your soul, what would you do with it. We will take some time to consider it if we are really expecting it to happen.




We continue to pray especially for those who are still out of power, dealing with the heat, and the people who are working to get everything back to normal.


We should also check on one another and lend a hand in any way that we can. The situation we recently experienced reminds us to count our blessings and remember that we can be a blessing to others in need.


We also continue to pray for those involved in the fires out west.


May we take time for the benefit of others!




We know that many Christians have some type of "daily devotional". It is something we do in an effort to seek the Lord, to be spiritually minded, to build ourselves up spiritually, to set aside the natural for a little bit to draw near to God.


We can say we have a daily devotional, but can we say that we are "daily devoted"? This is certainly a play on words but sometimes a little thing like this helps us to see a truth, make a little correction, get out of a rut, etc.


May the things we are devoted to be in proper balance, and our devotion to the Lord be seen as first place in our lives.




Yesterday we continued our study of "grace". We have noted that there is no down-side to God's grace. Whenever you receive it, it will be a blessing. We do note that there are things that can hinder it. A major hindrance to grace is "pride".


But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. ~ James 4:6


It is wonderful to consider God's "amazing grace" yet we see here that God resists the proud. That is a strong statement. It is also sobering to realize that born again Christians can still be prideful.


Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: ~ I Peter 5:6. We as Christians are told to humble ourselves (one TV ministered added - and you had better not take pride in doing it!). Our main point in these scriptures are the two opposites - pride and humility. We know that pride was Lucifer's downfall.


When we think about all the powerful of Jesus, we must remember his humility:


And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. ~ Philippians 2:8


Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. ~ Matthew 11:29


This is an aspect of study that we can all benefit from - being meek and lowly in heart as Jesus was.


In like manner you may recall at the Last Supper there was a dispute among the disciples about who would be the greatest. Do you remember the object lesson that Jesus gave them? He took a towel and basin and washed their feet.


God wants us to receive and benefit from all of His grace. We need to do all we can to rid our lives of pride and demonstrate humility in our words and conduct. May we sincerely ask God to show us any pride we need to deal with and be bold enough to take appropriate action when He does.




Today we look at the word "inspire". It means to motivate, draw toward, influence, and impress. It is normally a good quality though it can be used in the negative.


Though the word itself is not in the Bible (KJV), we see its use and manifestation in abundance. Words and actions are constantly seen throughout the scriptures in an effort to inspire (motivate) people toward God and that which is good.


If we are inspired by something - we like it, we are drawn to it, and as Christians we ought to be the source of it. May God grant us the wisdom and ability to inspire others to look unto Jesus, look into the things of the gospel, and to be serious about their spiritual lives.


Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. ~ I Corinthians 15:58


To see someone come to the Lord (or at least to make an effort in that direction) should be inspiration enough for us to get busy!




On this 11th day of the month we find an interesting verse in Proverbs 11. In our continuing study of grace, we noted the difference between pride and humility. We also noted God's commentary on both. We see here:


When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom. ~ Proverbs 11:2


We humble ourselves when we come before God and say we need help, we need wisdom, and we cannot do it on our own. There is nothing wrong with the world knowing that as well. Do we think we are fooling them into believing we have all the answers on our own? We are to point people toward the Lord and His wisdom, not to ourselves and how smart we think we are.


No matter how much we know or resourceful we think we are, we will come to some place where our intelligence and abilities will give no answer. The sooner in life we learn that, the better off we will be - especially if we know what God has done for us in Jesus Christ.


God has not left us on our own, but we need to recognize that we cannot do it on our own. Remember that Christ described Himself as meek and lowly and He said for us to come learn of Him. May this aspect of His character be developed more and more in us - that we can be strong, steadfast, and resolute in our faith while being meek and lowly as well.




A well-respected speaker recently discussed the topic of "urgency". He began with the statement: It will either come from the outside or the inside.


We know things can come in this world at a moment's notice - a phone call, someone at the door, a situation when you are in your vehicle, out with the children, etc. These things can take all the attention, demand action, and can often stress our emotions.


As Christians, we should know that God may put something on our hearts that He wants done "with urgency". It may be an unction to pray, to check on someone/something, or to implement a course of action.


One of the best things we can do is to ask God to help us deal wisely with any urgency that comes. We know that it can be something new and something we have never dealt with before.

Lord help us not to fall apart but give us a plan to deal with things successfully.


We are reminded of so many uncertainties in this life. May we always rely on the One who is sure and steadfast, remember He has given us the Spirit, He has promised to never leave us or forsake us, and He loves us perfectly.




Have you considered the concept of "thoughts" lately? The Bible has a lot to say about our minds, the way we think, being spiritually minded as opposed to being carnally minded, etc.


The first part of Proverbs 24:9 is interesting in this regard: The thought of foolishness is sin:


We find it interesting because many will ask if a certain thing or behavior is a sin. Here we find something straight to the point about sin. This reminds us to cast out and pull down the thoughts that are contrary to the word of God. But it also shows both the importance and the power of thoughts.


We should give this great consideration and "thought". We end with these words from Philippians 4:8 ~ 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.




The word "purge" in the New Testament is quite interesting. The common meaning is to cleanse, purify, rid and remove.


Note these verses regarding what has been purged by the blood of Jesus. It almost seems too good to be true:


Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; ~ Hebrews 1:3


How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? ~ Hebrews 9:14


For 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? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. ~ Hebrews 10:1-2


But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. ~ II Peter 1:9


It is obvious from these verses is that God has done the ultimate to cleanse us from sin. This cleansing purged (got rid of) our conscience of sin. Our conscience should now be one of righteousness that is imparted unto us as a gift from Jesus. It is the reality we should be walking in more and more.


This is one of the joys of salvation. It is a release from the burdens of sin. It empowers you on the inside to believe the love that God has for us - because it manifests itself in our inward man who has become new in the righteousness of God. ~ Ephesians 4:24


Thus we do not take this grace of God lightly and continue to walk in sin. Lord show us how to "lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us" that we might "run" in this righteousness you have given us ~ Hebrews 12:1. Show us how to "depart from iniquity" ~ II Timothy 2:19. Show us how to purge ourselves from the things that would keep us from being "vessels of honor" ~ II Timothy 2:21


We pray each one who reads will know the blessing of a conscience purged by the blood of Jesus and empowered by His righteousness.




On this day 15 of the month, we note the following verse: A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. ~ Proverbs 15:1


We often speak the harshest to those who are the closest - whether actual family or those in church who worship with us. May soft words bless us and others today.




A powerful scripture about the grace of God:


But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. ~ Hebrews 2:9


How far would God's grace go for us? It went to the point where He would have His only begotten Son taste death in our stead and for our benefit.


It keeps getting better


He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? ~ Romans 8:32


Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus...




Something interesting to do in this day and time is to take a subject and look at it from a Biblical perspective and consider the Christian response to it. You usually do not have to go far to come up with something as it often comes right into your home - something on the TV, in a newspaper/magazine, something the children heard, etc.


We are constantly confronted by the culture with things that need addressing, clarification, and indeed a decision. Meaningful discussions can be a great to help us learn how to properly deal the many things we are faced with.


As we would go into such discussions with our friends and neighbors, we are reminded of our verse from Sunday: A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. ~ Proverbs 15:1


We know we can be very passionate and verbal about things that are eternal and concern the gospel. We pray God help us to know the right ways to share and present the things that are important to us.




We often mention these verses in regards to tithes & offerings: Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: ~ II Corinthians 9:7-8


They are verses to study, rejoice in, believe for and walk in. But also notice verse 10:


Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)


Especially note the words: multiply your seed sown.


This is God's idea. He wants your seed multiplied - don't you? Then we see the word "increase".


This is an interesting aspect of the character of God - we should all be rejoicing.




On this 19th day of the month, we note 2 verses from Proverbs 19:


The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression. ~ Proverbs 19:11


He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. ~ Proverbs 19:17


We honor our heavenly Father when we seek opportunities to forgive, to overlook the transgressions of others, and when we seek some way to help those in need.




The other day we noted that concepts and ideas often come to us in the course of the day that we must consider, deal with, or make a decision about. Some may be confrontational while others may just be ways of looking at things and we consider if they meet our standards.


We look at one such word today: adequate


On the one side we could say that something adequate does the job. On the other side we could say that it does not do anything more than that - it does not enhance or lead to improvement.


Perhaps it is like the grade of "C" in school - it is adequate to pass yet it will not take you much further than that.


We would likely agree that when it comes the important aspect of life, just being adequate does not cut it. We are constantly looking to improve the quality of life, and when we desire to do this from a Godly standpoint, it will bring blessing.


Certainly there is the "small stuff" that adequate can essentially take care of acceptably. But we appreciate when people are doing something for us, that they do a little better than "adequate".


We are reminded of Colossians 3:23 ~  And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;


Let us determine to be more than adequate.




As parents we do things that our children have no clue - things to bless them now and in the future. We note verse below regarding our heavenly Father:


But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. ~ I Corinthians 2:9


Now make the effort to look up verse 10 for a real blessing!


And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. ~ Ephesians 2:6-7


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. ~ Titus 3:4-7


These and other scriptures remind us of the words of Jesus: How much more your heavenly Father...




As we gather to worship, praise and hear the word of God, may we join in prayer for the people in Aurora, Colorado. Our plea is for the mercy of God to be upon them, the comfort of God envelope them, and the strength of God carry them. We read that Jesus is easily touched by the feelings of our infirmities. May His compassion, grace and power be very real to those people who have experienced such hurt and loss, and we ask that laborers be sent to help in any way they can.




Yesterday our sermon subject was "joy". It was planned on for days before the tragedy in Colorado. With all they have endured, they certainly need the joy of God's salvation. Man may think it impossible but we know Jesus said He came to heal the brokenhearted and restore shattered lives.


Regardless of our status, whether personally facing the horrors of the Colorado incident or the daily trials of life, we can all benefit from and indeed cry out for the joy of the Lord to be manifested.


Whatever our circumstances, we pray that the reality of these verses comfort our hearts and be demonstrated in our lives:


Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. ~ Psalm 16:11


Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. ~ Psalm 51;12


For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. ~ Romans 14:17

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. ~ John 16:33


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, ~ Jude 1:24




Lately we have mentioned tribulations and sufferings that we know come in this life. They can run the gamut from recent horrific attacks to daily trials and aggravations. In the scriptures below, can you find the common theme/words they contain:


That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; ~ Hebrews 6:18-19


Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. ~ I Timothy 6:12


Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. ~ I Timothy 6:17-19


The words we note are "lay hold" in regards to hope and eternal life. It is interesting that these words are written to believers. Though we have a "living hope" and the joy of salvation (eternal life in Christ), we know there are times when we need to "lay hold" on them. When the enemy comes in like a flood and lives are under siege, we need the reality of this hope to anchor our souls, and this eternal life to strength us in our inner most being.


There is little doubt that we are in the last days when "perilous times shall come". May God grant us fortitude and heavenly power to stand and intercede on behalf of others.


Now 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. ~ Romans 15:13




Search me, O God, my heart discern

Try me, my inmost thoughts to learn

Help me to keep from sin, I pray

Guarding my mind throughout the day


It is very difficult to successfully tempt someone who will not allow his mind to consider participating in the activity.




The story of Asa is interesting beginning in II Chronicles 15. Please take the time to read the whole thing.


In the first few verses we read: "The LORD is with you, while ye be with him;..." That should get our attention. We know Jesus said He would never leave or nor forsake us and we are indeed grateful. But we should not intentionally push it either. We should be mindful of our relationship with God just like we are with our relationship with one another - it is worth maintaining!


It is interesting in the Biblical accounts of the kings of Israel and Judah to see how some of them are described. Concerning Asa for example in verse 17: "But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days."


If you read all of the accounts of Asa's reign, you will see things that were not good and that did not please the Lord. Yet he is accounted as good king in the Bible - likely because his heart was right.


This should be an encouragement to us. We do not want to miss it, but if we do we want to keep our hearts right. We will repent and change quickly when necessary, we will commit to doing that which is right, and we can remain confident that He is with us and for us.


If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ~ I John 1:9




There are those who debate which is better - complexity or simplicity. Car engines can be quite complex and intimidating to some people, while others understand them and can work on them quite easily. However, to properly deal with something like a car engine, its components must be broken down to the individual parts. That is what they do to teach people not to be intimidated by those engines.


Remember applying this concept in school when we diagrammed those compound/complex sentences? Regardless of whether filling up the board with such diagrams thrilled you or made you wish the bell to ring, a good diagram simplified the sentences for understanding.


We can see where complexity and simplicity both have their place. When all is said and done the main question is: Does it work?


The gospel deals with both sides as well. In the scriptures we see "milk and meat" regarding the Word of God. We are told that the milk needs to come before the meat - completely understandable.


The great thing about the gospel is that is does work. It is wonderful that we do not have to understand everything about the car to enjoy it or the gospel to partake of it. But we can learn more about both should we choose to.




When we take the time to study the scriptures, we find God always has a practical reason for what He tells us to do. Certainly there will be things we do not completely understand and we do them by faith. There will be things we see more clearly as we mature and our experience deepens.


One area in particular is praise and worship. The world often scoffs at both worshippers and a God who would want it. But consider this aspect: When we praise and worship, we are getting attention off of ourselves and putting it on the One who can meet any need that we have. In every situation, we put attention toward something.


Often we need a touch, need an answer, need divine intervention, need mercy and grace to help in a time of need. In the natural we will look to ourselves, other people, or things that might offer a solution. But worship gets our attention and focus where it needs to be. It is our way of drawing near to God - He who is a very present help in time of trouble.


Worship helps relieve pressure and tension as we come into the presence of Him who has fullness of joy and at His right hand are pleasures for evermore.


Certainly we worship God for who He is and what He has done for us. But hopefully we can see some practical benefits of coming before our Father who has all the answers, He knows the plan, He knows what coming, and He knows the way of deliverance ( I Corinthians 10:13) for each one of us.


Spending quality time in praise, worship, and seeking the face of our heavenly Father is certainly more than worth the effort.




Words of wisdom for the days we are in:


See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. ~ Ephesians 5:15-16


Father help us to make the most of this day that you have given, may we hear from Your Spirit and be obedient, and may we be a blessing to those we come in contact with.




Yesterday we spoke again on joy. We are reminded in Nehemiah 8:10 that ... the joy of the Lord is your strength.


Consider an opposite of joy - something like depression. There is absolutely no good or benefit to depression. It is a bondage that saps your strength and keeps you from doing much of anything. We would want to break out from that as soon as possible.


Joy of the other hand releases you. It gives you an unction and a spark - particularly to do something, to make a difference, to help someone else, to be about the things of God, and to be productive.


We will certainly deal with difficulties and things that might be discouraging -  deal with them but do not let them steal your joy. We should check our joy level each day and remember that it is great therapy.


Some other scriptures that we looked at that will bless you:


But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield. ~ Psalm 5:11-12


Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart. ~ Psalm 32:11

Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. ~ Psalm 33:1


But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice. ~ Psalm 68:3


This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. ~ Psalm 118:24


There are so many more scriptures in Psalms that tell us to joy and to rejoice.




In II Samuel chapter 23 we see the last words of King David. Note verse 3:


The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. ~ 23:3.


What a word for today! We would likely apply this to people like judges of the land. But we should also realize that it applies to anyone in authority, those making decisions regarding others - whether in the government, on the job or in the household.


Don't we want fathers to be just and ruling in the fear of God? This little dose of reality will do us all good.


In Acts chapter 9 we read that the churches were walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost. That is a good place to be - whether we are talking about a household or people of a nation. 

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