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July 1, 2013

 

The kickoff for this year's Independence Day celebrations began this past 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 Thursday. 

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.

 

July 2, 2013

 

In I Samuel 25 we see an interesting story of David and a woman named Abigail who would eventually become his wife. There are a number of lessons to be learned in the story but we focus on one in particular. David had gotten angry with Abigail's present husband whose name was Nabal (check out the meaning of his name).

 

David's intent was to kill him until Abigail stepped in. We note what David said as a result of that:

 

And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me: And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand. ~ I Samuel 25:32-33

 

David was about to do something to avenge himself. Abigail's words helped him to realize it. We know that we have to deal with things - sometimes confront a situation. But we should never do it as an act of vengeance. We may feel at times that there is not much distance between the two.

 

But we must resolve not to do things for vengeance or out of spite. As we continue the story we find out Nabal's end without any action from David.

 

This should be a good example for us - may we always desire to handle things God's way. We would like to settle matters as peacefully as possible.

 

July, 3, 2013

 

Today is another opportunity to do good and to let our lights shine for the Lord. May we make a difference for the kingdom of God in our individual worlds and spheres of influence each day.

 

If each of us would do this, it would have a cumulative effect on the world that looks so big to us as individuals. But the church is a body with Jesus as the head.

 

When we remember verses like these, problems are not nearly as large:

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 9:8

 

For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. ~ I Corinthians 3:9

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, ~ Ephesians 3:20

 

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ I Corinthians 15:57

 

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. ~ I John 5:4

 

July 4, 2013

 

On this 4th of July we are reminded to be thankful for the blessings we have to live in America, pray for our leaders especially, to stand up and to voice our declaration that we still want one nation under God. Have a safe and joyous holiday.

 

 

July 5, 2013

 

Last month we mentioned a scripture that was used in a charismatic chorus: You shall go out with joy.

 

There is another from Isaiah 51:11 - does anyone remember this one:

 

Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

 

If you look at the words you should be able to see the context of the verse - the children of Israel coming out of Egypt. If you read the whole chapter you can see this clearly.

 

It can be applied to anyone who will come to the Father through Jesus Christ.

 

If we would read and believe Ephesians 2:13-22, we would recognize that joy and gladness should abound in every Christian.

 

July 6, 2013

 

Have you noticed that many things today seem to be so complicated? What should be a simple task often turns into a full-blown project, situation, or an ordeal. Then we can add "time consuming" to the complicated. It seems nothing is simple any more.

 

You may spend time on the phone being transferred to various departments, automated systems that do not have the choice you need, you will have at least a 15 minute wait to speak with a live person, and finally when you do so it is the wrong department or this person cannot help you.

 

Then there is all the paperwork; Oh you need a permit for that and the guy who approves it is on vacation; that part you need is for an item that is no longer manufactured; they never got the 15 pages you either Faxed or sent by mail; and the final blow when you hear "You're going to need a lawyer"!

 

Many of us can relate in some way to what was described above, and there does not appear to be any relief in sight. The thought for this writing came as we compare what we deal with in the world today to that which should be most important to us - eternity!

 

With that in mind, note the three scriptures below and the word "simplicity" (it is capitalized for emphasis):

 

Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with SIMPLICITY; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness. ~ Romans 12:8

 

For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in SIMPLICITY and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward. ~ II Corinthians 1:12

 

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the SIMPLICITY that is in Christ. ~ II Corinthians 11:3

 

The gospel stands in all of its richness, it opens to us the kingdom of God that we will learn about and live in for eternity, so much of it is beyond our present comprehension; yet it can be simply explained and simply embraced and received.

 

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

 

7/7/2013

 

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

 

That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Colossians 1:10

 

That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

            ~ I Thessalonians 2:12

 

7/8/2013

 

Our opening hymn yesterday was "Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus

 

Though we may not have a national voice, each one of us can have a local voice. We can stand up for Jesus in our local areas of influence. Like Joshua, as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.

 

Though some want to dispute America as a Christian nation, we declare the portions of America that we are blessed to own as being Christian. We can declare, demonstrate,  and live Christianity everywhere we are.

If every Christian would do this from a New Testament standpoint, national influence would be evident.

 

7/9/2013

 

Our church has a bulletin insert each week with prayer requests, reminders of missionaries, those who are serving in the military, etc. Many churches have something similar.

 

They can be a great tool to remind us of people and situations. We can pray for them and note if they have been absent from services lately. We can also look to the Lord as we check the list to see if there is someone we might particularly bless today in some way or call to check on them.

 

May we all show ourselves diligent in this area: As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. ~ Galatians 6:10

 

7/10/2013

 

When we consider the concept of maintenance from a Christian standpoint, we know there is both a natural and spiritual side.

 

We have to look after things, tend to them, and assess how they are going.

 

We want to make sure what we have is going right, and we want to work to make things better.

 

Paul called it judging ourselves in one place.

 

Words and phrases below remind us of the benefits we have and processes we go through when we make the effort to improve and be more pleasing to God in our walk:

 

Renew

Refresh

Filled with the fullness of God

Filled with the fruits of righteousness

Strengthened with all might

We are complete in Him

We have obtained mercy

We have grace to help in a time of need

We have all things that pertain unto life and Godliness

Strengthened by His Spirit in our inner man

We have forgiveness when we need it

We are told to depart from iniquity and walk worthy of the Lord

We have everlasting life

 

Even if we think our lives are a mess with so many things to deal with, we still can start (with God's help) on one thing at a time.

 

7/11/2013

 

We should remember that it does not surprise God when we do not get it right. There will likely be flaws in whatever we set out to accomplish. He first wants to see our hearts - do we desire to get it right or do we just shrug it off?

 

When we see our children striving with all they have to please us and obey, it is very easy to heap mercy, grace, and good instruction on them. When we see the opposite, we know that primarily they are hurting themselves.

 

This natural example helps us in our relationship with God our Father. He reminds us to: Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. ~ Proverbs 4:23

 

May we check our hearts daily.

 

7/12/2013

 

On this 12th day of the month we are reminded of Psalm 112. It speaks for itself without any commentary:

Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.

3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

4 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

5 A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

6 Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.

7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.

8 His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.

9 He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.

10 The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.

7/13/2013

 

There are always so many important things to pray about each day. We emphasize praying for and doing for others as Jesus taught, yet we must remember prayer for ourselves.

 

Dear Father, today I would purpose to successfully resist and overcome every temptation to do something wrong. I desire to walk worthy of the Lord each day; I thank You for the help I need, and reminders from Your Spirit as I go about my activities.

 

In the name of my Lord Jesus Christ and may He be glorified in me. Amen

 

7/14/2013

As we are with friends and neighbors, when the time comes to part company we often say: Let me know if I can do anything for you. The following short verse would be a good answer anytime:

Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. ~ Hebrews 13:18

We can all use prayer, it is great to have a good (clear) conscience, and we certainly want to live honestly.

7/15/2013

 

We often do what is necessary to make time for the things that are important to us. This hymn reminds of something very important to make and take time for:

Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.

Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.

7/16/2013

On Sunday we looked at the word "prudent" and did a study of it through the scripture. It did not take long to see that it is a character quality that God likes. It will bring blessing and good fruit in our lives.

The root word "prude" is often used as a slur or a term to put someone down. But if you are called a "prude" it likely means you don't go along with some of the immoral or risqué behavior that others are involved in. If you are a prude from a Biblical standpoint, you are doing well.

We do not blow our own horn about it, we just do it and act accordingly.  We do see in the New Testament a prudent behavior that is haughty and thinks of itself more highly than it ought. We know that this does not please God. We want the prudence that behaves itself aptly, righteously and Godly.

Someone recognized the quality in David:

Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him. ~ I Samuel 16:18

Regarding Jesus from the Old Testament: Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. ~ Isaiah 52:13

This verse is given twice in Proverbs: A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. ~ Proverbs 22:3 & 27:12

The prudent are often contrasted with the foolish: The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit. ~ Proverbs 14:8

How often we would like our young people to understand the result of the way they are going or the path they are taking. Many of us can remember our parents giving us a similar sermon.

May prudence be a trait we learn and demonstrate.

7/17/2013

In regards to our praise, we note this verse:

Hebrews 13:15 ~ By him (Jesus) therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

 

 

It is interesting that it is called "fruit". Praise is not just an exercise, but it is a presentation of a product. We see from the Bible that fruit is something that God likes.

 

If you are in the business or raising anything such as crops, animals, etc., you know there is nothing more important from that standpoint than to have the best crop possible. A good crop brings you joy, and it can bless a lot of people who can partake of the fruit of your labor. Certainly there is much work to it, but great benefit (or fruit) can come of your labor.

 

The whole New Testament exhorts us to bring forth fruit - and praise gives us an opportunity to do that with the words of our mouth.

7/18/2013

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 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.

7/19/2013

Beautiful words from Psalm 19:7-11

 

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

 

Regardless of Old or New Testament, we see what Jesus believed and lived by:

 

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. ~ Matthew 4:4

 

7/20/2013

 

A beautiful song about our beautiful Savior:

 

There have been names that I have loved to hear,
But never has there been a name so dear
To this heart of mine, as the name divine,
The precious, precious name of Jesus.

 

Refrain:

 

Jesus is the sweetest name I know,
And He’s just the same as His lovely name,
And that’s the reason why I love Him so;
Oh, Jesus is the sweetest name I know.

 

And someday I shall see Him face to face
To thank and praise Him for His wondrous grace,
Which He gave to me, when He made me free,
The blessed Son of God called Jesus
.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9m_KOqyzXZU

 

7/21/2013

 

We should have no difficulty declaring that we are delighted and grateful to be a part of the church that Jesus established. We encourage others to enjoy the same experience.

 

7/22/2013

 

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. ~ Romans 6:4

 

In the New Testament, we see the word "new" in many ways:

 

New Wine

New Covenant

New Testament

Newness of the spirit

New Tongues

New Commandment

New Creature in Christ

New man

New and living way

New name

New song

New heaven and new earth

 

In order to embrace and truly progress in something new, we must put off the old

 

We are told to put off the old man and put on the new. ~ Colossians 3:9-10

 

God takes away the old that He may establish the new. ~ Hebrews 10:9

 

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14

 

For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: ~ Ephesians 5:8

 

Each day, O Lord, let us walk in Your newness of life.

 

7/23/2013

 

Good works bring a blessing - to you and to others. But our goods works do not pay the price for sin - they do not bring us redemption.

 

Remember in the Old Testament with all the works that were required, blood sacrifices of animals still had to be made to cover the people's sins.

 

What can wash away our sins - nothing but the blood of Jesus! When that is done it should be our delight to honor Him in good works.

 

7/24/2013

 

On this 24th day of the month we note an interesting verse: Proverb 24:29 ~

 

Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.

 

Notice it is telling us we should not say we are going to break the Golden Rule. We are thankful that Jesus did not say this, but indeed said the opposite in how to treat others.

 

Jesus not only said it but did it in His daily life and in His crucifixion. May God help us to look for ways to obey the Golden Rule each day.

 

7/25/2013

 

In Mark chapter 4 Jesus tells the parable of the sower. In verse 5, He talks about seed that falls on stony ground. It sprang up immediately but ended up withering and dying.

 

From these verses, it has been stated that growth often comes faster than the production of fruit.

We can note that in the natural - we see people who seem to "pop up" quickly. Perhaps they are just skilled at gathering information, knowledge, or maybe they have a talent that has given them great popularity.

 

But in the midst of this can be a great lack of maturity. Talent, popularity, pizzazz, and money as well can launch someone's career or life into the stars. But if character and a good foundation is not present, a person can become what the world called "a shooting star". The person may be bright for a moment and bring "ooos" and "aaahs", but essentially fade over the horizon.

 

We do not write this to disparage anyone, but to point out a reality. Fruit takes time to produce and mature. Both naturally and also when we think about the fruit of the spirit as mentioned in Galatians chapter 5: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. These take time to grow and develop in our lives.

 

The good news is that they can grow and develop. Do not be discouraged if you do not see results immediately. They do take time and we remember that we have this treasure in earthen vessels (II Corinthians 4:7).

 

We write this to encourage you in the Lord - don't give up. Put your confidence in Him even if you feel like you must completely start over:

 

Lord we pray for Your mercy today on anyone who is discouraged. May You renew their joy and determination. Through the eyes of faith may they be able to see themselves in victory instead of defeat. May they know more fully the Christ in them, the hope of glory.

 

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: ~ Philippians 1:6

 

7/26/2013

 

Do not let the reality that you cannot do everything keep you from doing something.

 

If it was true that you have absolutely no influence on anyone else (though not likely), you still can exert great influence on yourself to do that which is good and right - which will be a blessing.

 

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: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. ~ I Peter 1:8-9

 

7/27/2013

 

Words to live by:

 

Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD. ~ Jeremiah 9:23-24

 

7/28/2013

 

There is short and powerful line in a song that says: I live life to bless You

 

It would be hard to say it better. What a statement to say to the Lord each morning, and what a challenge to live out each day.

 

May those 6 words be the reality in our motivation and in our daily demonstration. It is certainly a good reason to go to church this morning.

 

7/30/2013

 

If you have never heard the story of the astronaut who took communion on the moon, you can read it at the site. There is also more info on it at the Snopes website.

 

http://www.worldmag.com/2013/07/communion_on_the_moon

 

7/31/2013

 

Here is a verse that is hard to take in at just one sitting:

 

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:

 

The verses surrounding it are well worth looking into also.

 

May we take the time to study them and learn all we can to partake in what they are saying.

 

 

 

 



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