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Lord, as I go to church today

Help me to bless someone in some way

Perhaps in word, perhaps in deed

May I lift a burden, or meet a need


I may not be preaching or singing a special song

But I'm willing to serve and help others stand strong

Help me today so that others might see

Christ only, always, living in me.


Let others see Jesus in you!




We were blessed to take communion yesterday. From Hebrews chapter 10:


But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; ~ v.12


For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. ~ v.14


Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, ~ v.19


Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. ~ v.22


Thank you Lord Jesus!




This past Sunday we enjoyed playing the hymn "Wonderful Grace of Jesus" as an instrumental. But the words tell the real story and we share this video:






Is there a way that I can follow the Lord more closely today, please Him more than yesterday, and fulfill my calling with joy? Today may others see Christ only, always living in me.




A verse that we cling to often:


Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) ~ Hebrews 10:23


May we also be faithful in the things we promise.




We remember the sacrifice particularly 70 years ago today by countries of the free world to break the back of tyranny in Europe. We pray for families that were involved and thank them for their sacrifice.


As we look at our world today, it is likely the same spirit will be needed in days to come. We pray God will guide us and give us leaders and citizens who will stand for the right and against the wrong.


May each of us be the individuals God has called us to be in whatever capacity we serve.




When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. ~ Proverbs 29:2


This verse usually makes us think about the government, but the principle is true across the board.


If we are ever in a position of authority, we should serve righteously knowing that we will give account.




Why do we go to church - essentially because of Jesus. Also we go because we are told we are the body of Christ and members in particular. Thus in honor and care for the body, we come together.


We come rejoicing to serve the Lord and to serve one another. Go to church and be a blessing today!




Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: ~ James 1:19


We are often the opposite in the natural - quick to speak and quick to wrath.


This verse reminds us of the art of listening, which is a great way to show our concern. We open a door with others when we show them that we care about what they have to say.




In light of our message Sunday on the Holy Ghost, we share this video. If you remember this song, you are likely a Charismatic from way back!






Give us this day our daily bread ~ Matthew 6:11


This is one of the most recognized verses in the Bible - right up there with John 3:16 and the 23rd Psalm. People often relate it to the Lord's Prayer and the giving of thanks when we bless our food.


We further understand that our daily sustenance involves more than just physical food. We need many things to nourish all aspects of our being - spirit, soul, and body.


Certainly we need physical fuel but other things come to mind that are essential for well being and daily success:


Wisdom, ability, strength, courage, favor with those around us, the fruit of the spirit, spiritual anointing, clarity of thought, finances, resources, health, prosperity, victory against temptation ... and the list goes on.


Many other things could be listed but the point is to recognize that we need these things on a daily basis.  Thus, when we ask for our daily bread, it is a way of asking God for what we need and the proper way to make use of it when we get it.


Remember this scripture from the Old Testament that Jesus quoted when He was tempted:

"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


When we ask for our daily bread, we recognize that we are looking to God for all we need on a daily basis.




A good, short definition of success:


Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. ~ Romans 12:21




We recognize that development takes time (and effort) - both naturally and spiritually. Even the things that might be said we have a natural talent in will take work, practice and diligence in order to be more than just average.


We know in the natural there are ways to do things that bring the good result that we want. We do not tell somebody on the job - just do it any old way and that is good enough. You'll never experience any excellence like that. So we endeavor to learn from foundational principles, moving on to deeper things, getting around those who are experienced and getting their advice and counsel, and finally there is the learning by doing. We step out at the level we are and get to work.


We understand that there is work to this, but we trust God to see fruit of our labor that will be pleasing to Him and a blessing both to others and ourselves. We remind ourselves again of God's wonderful work in us through Jesus Christ:


For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2:10




What will I deal with today? Will it be a "normal" day with the usual routines to serve and love the Lord and others the best I can? Will it be a miracle day where I see a special blessing or opportunity that I know is from God? Will I deal with something today that is not pleasant or even really bad?


Regardless of which of these (or combination of things) will be in my day, I will need the wisdom and mind of God to get the best results.


May I have the mind of Christ and leading of the Holy Spirit in all I am doing today!




Many people recognize the words "pearls before swine" as being from the Bible:


Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. ~ Matthew 7:6


One person supposedly noted,  "I am not sure exactly what it means, but I am sure it means something!" His point was that since Jesus said it, it must have importance.


Each one of us may have our own way of applying the verse. Yet do we consider it important enough to seek out its meaning and how to apply it properly?


This is a good question for any verse we consider in our lives. May we demonstrate that we consider God's Word very important to us.




Yesterday we both honored and challenged fathers in our message. Fathers who stand on and live by the Word of God face oppositions today that their fathers did not face.


So we thank you for your stand faithfulness and determination. We pray for God's anointing and wisdom to be manifested in your life daily. May the fruit of your abound to your account.


We are thankful for Godly fathers!




Lord , when my days on earth are done

May I wake to see the face of Your Son

Just as I was my life I gave

Because Jesus promised that He would save


Since we know that this physical life will end for each of us in some way, it even makes common sense to prepare ahead of time.




We encourage you to read Isaiah 35 - it has 10 verses. The chapter ends with this rejoicing:


And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.


It is interesting that in the chapter, it speaks of the blessing not just on the people but on the land when God's righteousness comes in.


Lord we ask for this blessing on our land as we strive to walk in Your righteousness




But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. ~ Galatians 5:22-23


When we think about fruit in the natural, trees have no problem bearing fruit of its kind - apple trees produce apples. The tree simply does what is inherent.


We know there are things to do to help the tree produce an abundance - sunlight, water, good soil, etc. We also know the tree needs to be guarded against that which would hinder or destroy.


Likewise or born-again spirit will produce the fruit mentioned above. Yet we too must do things in order for the production to be abundant. We must also guard against evil and that which would hinder in this fallen world.


We are God's husbandry (I Corinthians 3:9) and we are charged to take care and tend this garden.




We were blessed to have Vacation Bible School this week. VBS holds fond memories for many in our church - one of the first ways that we heard the gospel. It is a great way to present Jesus with Bible stories, fun, food and music.


We thank everyone who participated and gave money and themselves into this work of the ministry.


We pray for all of our young people as they continue in their lives with and for Jesus.




When you were a child, what picture came to mind when someone mentioned "God"? Likely you thought of things like the Bible, the local church, saying a blessing before meals, praying before bed, etc.


Today, people likely do not get as clear a picture in their minds from the word "God". That in part is because the things mentioned above are not a part of family life as much as they used to be.


We mention this particularly in light of our VBS this past week. We thank parents who make the effort to bring their children. Not just for our VBS, but we are grateful for all the churches that work to put on a VBS, for the workers, and for the parents who bring the children.


May we all see fruit of our labor from VBS - for the glory of God and blessing of our children.




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.






Did you have parents or other adults that taught you the meaning of taking responsibility? Did they make sure you "owned up" to the things you did? This should be Child Training 101 in every home and classroom in America. But we know this is a character trait we often see lacking in people of all ages.


As Christians we are presented with a great opportunity to demonstrate this in our own spheres of influence. When we take responsibility, do our duty, meet obligations, and keep our word we act with integrity. This should be our intention in every endeavor.


We certainly like to see this in others and we want it when we are involved with them. But we should take the lead regardless. It is a way to honor our Lord and overcome evil with good. We should be people who can be counted on.




Can we each take a few moments and ask God for the best way to bless Him and others today? May we walk in His will for us and fulfill His calling with joy ~ Acts 20:24




The Lord specifically told Moses how to bless the people:


The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them. ` Numbers 6:24-27


Though particularly given to the children of Israel, this blessing certainly mirrors what we have in Christ.


We should speak this over ourselves, our children and others we are praying for.




O Jesus, Lord and Savior, I give myself to Thee,
For Thou, in Thy atonement, didst give Thyself for me;
I own no other Master, my heart shall be Thy throne;
My life I give, henceforth to live, O Christ, for Thee alone.


If we claim ourselves to be Christians, there should certainly be something in our lives to demonstrate that we are "Living for Jesus".




As Christians, one of our goals each day is to live out the new life that is within us and make a difference for the kingdom of God. Sometimes our days are such that we cannot envision or develop something exciting or particularly noteworthy.


We remember the words of Jesus:


That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. ~ Matthew 6:4


The things we do need not be open, public, or something that makes a big noise. When we look to just do something for someone else - meet a need or lighten their load, we are sowing good seed into their lives, our life and into the kingdom of God.


So we do not have to look far in order to consider: Can I do something for you today?




Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. ~ Psalm 42:5


Our point today is that our soul can get "cast down" or "downcast". Notice in this verse that our attention (hope) should immediately go to God. His Word (the truth) does not change even when we do not "feel" like believing it.


Lord we trust You and Your truth even when our mind and feelings do not want to agree.




For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. ~ Galatians 5:14


May God give us His wisdom to apply this properly each day.




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


May God help us to do this when there are days that seem contrary to it. We will likely give it a little more "oomph" when we recognize the truth of the last part of that verse especially.

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