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As we begin day one of a new month, we are reminded that the first chapter of both Psalms and Proverbs tell us how to get off to a good start: attending to the Word of God, guarding our associations, reverence for the Lord, shunning the path of sin, and God's promise of bearing fruit.


Though many of us may have been on this journey for years, there are so many new things that come our way. Further, we have all likely embarked on something new or a major change. These two chapters remind us of what our foundation should be in any new endeavor.


Because today is National Day of Prayer, we remember that prayer is a foundation of our lives individually and in the church. We hope more people come to recognize how important it is for our country.




We are privileged to have a lot of young people come through our ministry - church and school. A question that is often asked: Is "such-and-such" a sin. The person's age and question will often influence how it is answered.


The question is not just for young people - there is no age limit in regards to asking or seeking out an answer. Often the question involves some activity that might be done that someone considers wrong. From a scriptural standpoint we can note:


Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. ~ I John 3:4


We can identify sin here from the law of Moses standpoint. However we see Jesus taking it to a new level when talking about what is in a person's heart, lustful looks, etc. ~ Mathew 15:18-19, 5:28; Mark 3:5, etc.


Read all of Romans chapter 14, see sin on another level still and we particularly note:


And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. ~ Romans 14:23


Here we see sin described in a way we likely do not take as seriously as we should. If we look at just these few verses, we should come to the conclusion that man is not able to atone for everything that God classifies as sin. So we are eternally thankful for Jesus!


But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. ~ Galatians 3:22


What a great place to shout "I believe"!


There are many ways to demonstrate that we do believe once we get started. Lord we are eternally grateful: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him ~ II Corinthians 5:21  --- and we ask You to help us act like it.




Note an interesting verse regarding prayer:


Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you:... ~ I Samuel 12:23


Praying for someone else is very Christ-like. It is a generous and loving act to set aside your own time and give of yourself for someone else. To intercede for someone who needs help is an act of selflessness - that someone else might receive a benefit and some help in their lives.


We all have what seems a thousand things to do. When we set those aside to sincerely intercede and pray for others, we fulfill a lot that Jesus said about prayer. When we do it in secret, Jesus said we would be rewarded openly. A great reward would be the answer to the prayers we pray for others and a break through in their lives.


The Lord will not forget our needs if we make the needs of others a priority in our lives.




Proverbs 15:1 ~  A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.


Even if we have to say something that is difficult for the other person to hear, our tone should not make the situation worse. The right voice can often bring good results.




My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus' blood and righteousness


Much more then, being now justified by his blood,

We shall be saved from wrath through him. Romans 5:9


Just as I am without one plea

But that Thy blood was shed for me


In whom we have redemption through his blood,

The forgiveness of sins ... Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14


What can wash away my sin?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus


Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins

In his own blood, Revelation 1:5


Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power

Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?


No other fount I know

Nothing but the blood of Jesus.




There are certainly times when people and their actions should be called out. It does not have to be public every time - privately can often bring better results.


If we are going to do something like this, we should be just as fervent praying for the people and the situations.


Often we can be very quick to criticize and voice our opinion, yet be very slow and shallow in our praying.


This is an area we all can likely improve in.




We love to talk about grace, sing about it, and indeed thank God for it!


For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, ~ Titus 2:11


Each of us should be grateful that God's grace has appeared to us. If we have embraced it we should have experienced what it can do. We also should be mindful of the next verse after the one above in regards to this grace:


Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; ~ verse 12


This verse talks about living "soberly". The reality of the whole verse should indeed "sober us up"!




The Golden Rule is a principle many can quote. Christians know that Jesus taught it:


Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. ~ Matthew 7:12


It is interesting that Jesus links this verse to the one before it:


If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? ~ Verse 11


We often emphasize verse 12 because it talks about how we should act and think. But verse 11 is certainly the icing on the cake.


May God help us keep these two verses together.




Many of us read books regarding people of faith whose stories inspire us. We read about those who went from poverty to wealth, who persevered through hardship to gain happiness and prosperity, and of those who gave up everything yet their lives are so enriched.


We can look into biographies and autobiographies in an effort to see how others did it. We read the great stories of the faithful in the Bible and especially the hall of faith chapter - Hebrews 11.


Much of this is good and can be very helpful, but when all is said and done, the question for each one of us is: "What am I going to do"?


That is a bottom line question and one we can take to the Lord in prayer. As we study to show ourselves approved (II Timothy 2:15) and desire to walk worthy of the Lord and be fruitful (Colossians 1:10), we ask dear Lord to show us exactly what to do that we might fulfill those good plans You have for us ~ Jeremiah 29:11


In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. ~ Proverbs 3:6




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; ~ Titus 3:4-5


These verses remind us that it is the work of God in us, not our works, that bring salvation.


Like Mary's response to the angel, may we respond to the Lord likewise ~ be it done unto me according to Thy word.




Happy Mother's Day. We are thankful for all of those who work diligently to bring up children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and for the work they do for their households.


We anticipate doing this song as an opening hymn. It was written to the tune of Onward Christian Soldiers:


Honor Christian Mothers


Honor Christian mothers, instruments of God

Raising faithful families, worshiping the Lord

Following His commandments, showing us the way

Love and faith and kindness, teaching us to pray

Honor Christian mothers, instruments of God

Raising faithful families, worshiping the Lord


"Let it be", say mothers, trusting to obey

Finding strength and courage, grace for every day

Challenges surround us, but we will not fear

God's love will sustain us, help our cross to bear

Honor Christian mothers, instruments of God

Raising faithful families, worshiping the Lord


God be with our mothers who have gone before

Certain of His promise, life forever more

In His many mansions, love again we'll share

He will take away all sorrow; Wipe away each tear

Honor Christian mothers, instruments of God

Raising faithful families, worshiping the Lord


Honor Christian mothers, heaven's gift of love

Join with them in service, to the Lord above

Follow their example, let your lights so shine

All will see your goodness, praise the One divine

Honor Christian mothers, instruments of God

Raising faithful families, worshiping the Lord




One of the greatest needs we have is to be able to engage this culture with the gospel in such a way that it would spark interest in people.


If you asked 10 Christians how to do this, you would likely get at least 10 different answers. That is because each will have had different experiences with different types of people and situations.


We do need good counsel, especially from those who have been successful in this area. But we especially need the guidance of God's Holy Spirit and we need to spend time in prayer in this regard.


We can ask ourselves how affective have we been in sharing our faith, getting people interested in the gospel and the things of God? This would be a good first step.


May God especially help us in this area to bear fruit for His glory and bring blessing to others.




Many are familiar with the song: Make Me A Servant


After prayerfully singing the song as written we could sing a second verse like:


I'll be a servant
Humble and meek
Lord I will lift up those who are weak
And may the joy of my life always be
To be a servant
To be a servant

To be a servant each day.


We may not be the best always, but we can learn and grow.

We can show up, lend a helping hand, and show that care.


It starts with: I'll be a servant today.




Good questions for us:


Where do I stand on the issues that come before me and why?

What am I willing to fight for?

How can I best honor the Lord after I answer these questions and start living out my decisions?




But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. ~ Proverbs 4:18


Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. ~ Matthew 7:14


We are grateful for the path that is described above. We recognize there will be obstructions, temptations, criticisms,  and satan's fiery darts along the way. But we should always remember that this path is the best one.


I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 3:14




Many know the story of Paul & Silas in prison, how all the doors were opened, the jailor received salvation, etc. There are dozens of sermons in this passage from Acts 16 and each person may get a little something different if they would take the time to meditate on these verses.


One thing we note today: The situation did not change Paul and Silas. They determined to be steadfast, unmovable, and always abounding in the work of the Lord in any way possible. ~ I Corinthians 15:58


May this describe us well - Lord please remind us especially when we need it. In whatever situation (even like Paul & Silas in the jail), may we be so determined. This will give God the opportunity to change the situation and bring blessing to others - just as He did with Paul and Silas at Philippi.




On this date of 5/17 we note II Corinthians 5:17:

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.


In Jesus we do not just have forgiveness of sin (which is wonderful); we have a new life. We are a new creation on the inside.


This is the power of the gospel - to give us newness in our spirit man.


But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. ~ Romans 7:6




There is always talk about a person's character, and it is particularly of note in regards to Christians. We recognize there is the inward aspect - our personal foundation, things we will and will not do, and what we consider absolutes.


Then there is the outward and what we demonstrate to others - how much we care, how much we are involved, what values we portray and exhibit. All of these things should manifest the Jesus we claim to have on the inside.


We will never do it perfectly but we are not putting ourselves forth as the standard - we put forth Jesus as the standard. Yet we want to live and act like we consider our conduct very important.




Our opening hymn yesterday was: Oh How I love Jesus


It is a song cherished by many Christian and often brings memories of growing up in church.


The title is a good reminder that our love for the Lord should be first place. When Jesus was asked about what is the first commandment of all, we read: And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. ~ Mark 12:29-30


The title also is a challenge to us and it may bring some conviction - that our love for Jesus should be increasing and more of it in evidence. Is there a better way to demonstrate our love for the Lord?


We rejoice in singing "Oh How I Love Jesus" - may we rejoice more in doing it.




Barbara Bush, wife of former President George "H.W." Bush, was asked why she was so popular when her husband was dropping rapidly in the polls.


She went on to explain that she did not have to make any decisions or tell people what to do. She could stand up for causes that most people could agree with: education, helping underprivileged children, etc. But when you have to make tough calls that effect millions, you know the heat and criticism are coming.


This principle works everywhere: business, families, and the church.


We need to recognize this, seek Godly counsel, and especially pray for God's directions when we make decisions that effect others. May God help us to walk wisely in this area.


If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. ~ James 1:5



A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. ~ Proverbs 25:11


We often talk about the great blessing of saying the right thing. But notice this verse talks about the way we say things (fitly) as opposed to having the right words. It may be a slight difference, but it is a difference.


We have all been in the place where it seemed the right words escaped us. But saying the words in the right way can often be a great blessing itself. The right tone or spirit behind the words we say can touch people more than having the right words or having "all the answers".


The tone of our voice can assure people of our care for them and that we will be there to help any way that we can.




A number of churches have begun a study of prayer. If you ask the average Christian what they consider the best known hymn regarding prayer, they would likely say: Sweet Hour of Prayer.


Many are familiar with this hymn and it has brought comfort in times of need. It is likely though, that we are more familiar with the words than we are familiar with a "sweet hour of prayer" itself. This should be a challenge to us. Dear Lord, may we long for and indeed participate in a sweet hour of prayer.


The article below was found at: cyberhymnal.org/htm/s/h/shop.htm


Words: William Walford, 1845; ap­peared in The New York Ob­ser­ver, Sep­tem­ber 13, 1845, ac­com­pa­nied by the fol­low­ing, writ­ten by Thom­as Sal­mon:


During my re­si­dence at Coles­hill, War­wick­shire, Eng­land, I be­came ac­quaint­ed with W. W. Wal­ford, the blind preach­er, a man of ob­scure birth and con­nect­ions and no ed­u­ca­tion, but of strong mind and most re­ten­tive mem­o­ry. In the pul­pit he ne­ver failed to se­lect a less­on well adapt­ed to his sub­ject, giv­ing chap­ter and verse with un­err­ing pre­ci­sion and scarce­ly ev­er mis­plac­ing a word in his re­pe­ti­tion of the Psalms, ev­ery part of the New Tes­ta­ment, the pro­phe­cies, and some of the his­to­ries, so as to have the rep­u­ta­tion of “know­ing the whole Bi­ble by heart.” He ac­tu­al­ly sat in the chim­ney cor­ner, em­ploy­ing his mind in com­pos­ing a ser­mon or two for Sab­bath de­liv­ery, and his hands in cut­ting, shap­ing and po­lish­ing bones for shoe horns and other lit­tle use­ful im­ple­ments. At in­ter­vals he at­tempt­ed po­e­try. On one oc­ca­sion, pay­ing him a vi­sit, he re­peat­ed two or three piec­es which he had co­mposed, and hav­ing no friend at home to commit them to paper, he had laid them up in the store­house within. “How will this do?” asked he, as he re­peat­ed the fol­low­ing lines, with a com­pla­cent smile touched with some light lines of fear lest he sub­ject him­self to cri­ti­cism. I ra­pid­ly co­pied the lines with my pen­cil, as he ut­tered them, and sent them for in­ser­tion in the Ob­serv­er, if you should think them worthy of pre­ser­va­tion.


The Observer printed these words:


Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
That calls me from a world of care,
And bids me at my Father’s throne
Make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief,
My soul has often found relief
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare
By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!


Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
The joys I feel, the bliss I share,
Of those whose anxious spirits burn
With strong desires for thy return!
With such I hasten to the place
Where God my Savior shows His face,
And gladly take my station there,
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!


Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
Thy wings shall my petition bear
To Him whose truth and faithfulness
Engage the waiting soul to bless.
And since He bids me seek His face,
Believe His Word and trust His grace,
I’ll cast on Him my every care,
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!


Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
May I thy consolation share,
Till, from Mount Pisgah’s lofty height,
I view my home and take my flight:
This robe of flesh I’ll drop and rise
To seize the everlasting prize;
And shout, while passing through the air,
“Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer!”




You should earn a gold star if you know the significance of Mount Pisgah without looking it up!




It is a blessing to see these guys and hear them sing:






Two words that can change your life: I'll try.


Sometimes in life we are at the place that those words might be the best we can do. But those words indicate that we will do something. These words involve risk because we know we might fail or might not do it well.


But words like "I'll try" are necessary for us to do anything in life. Think about an attempt to get a child to do something. They are hesitant and it is something new, but you have a pretty good idea if they launch out they may enjoy it and it likely will bless their life. What a joy it is to you to hear those words: I'll try.


Whether we are talking the things of God or just our natural life on earth, the words "I'll try" will set things in motion like nothing else. Perhaps God has something in mind for you to try.




This is usually considered Memorial Day Sunday. We will honor the men and women who serve and have served our country to protect its people and maintain our freedom. We especially pray for the families who carry on and deal with their loved ones serving away from home.


We remember that it is God's plan for government (or rulers) that they are to be His instruments for good. They are to execute wrath on those who do evil~ Romans 13:4


Therefore we continue to pray (as Paul admonished) for those who are in authority that they may have God's wisdom, discernment and be able to carry out their assignments properly. When they can do that, it blesses us with a peaceful life on the earth ~ I Timothy 2:2


We thank God for all who lay down their lives to protect America!




On this Memorial Day, we are grateful for the men and women who have given themselves to serve our country. We remember their families as well - they deserve honor. They must deal with life and go on while someone is serving for all of us.


So we salute and pray for you all - especially that the peace of God would be mightily upon you. There is so much anxiety and tension in the world and especially as you send your loved ones forth in the midst of it.


We are thankful for all of those who in years past have served and laid down their lives. We thank God and ask His special blessings on family members who need comfort and a touch of His love.


So we shout and give thanks; at the same time bow our heads in reverence and let the tears fall. May our Father in heaven grant each person what they need to carry on and indeed know the joy of Christ whatever their situation my be.


We pray God bless the United States of America, and we cry out for His mercy on our land and people.




This past Sunday we sang a number of patriotic songs in light of Memorial Day. It was not to boast in our land or anything we have done, but our purpose was to thank God and give Him praise for giving us a country with liberty and freedom - even in the midst of challenges and problems we face.


Remember that Israel was given a land; yet they had to maintain it. We also must work and be diligent to keep our freedoms and the liberties we enjoy in America.


As we consider what has happened in our world in the last hundred years, it would likely be a very different place had the men and women of America had not stepped up to fight the evil that was threatening to take over the planet.


We thank God for what He has allowed America to do and to stand for. Thank you again, men and women, who have answered to call to fight to maintain our freedoms and liberties.


May God continue to bless America that we in turn might be a blessing around the world.




May we love to tell the story each opportunity we get:






In the course of a normal day, do we take the time where we do something to improve ourselves, to learn, to grow and develop in any way? So much of our days are taken up with the routines we have developed often just to get us through - whether it be our job, family, home, or personal life. We get to the end of our day and we are just grateful we made it through. It's as if we are just treading water.


If you were an outside analyst called in to assess that person's life, on the one hand you could say they are holding their own but yet they are not going anywhere and you do not see much progress.


As our children age, we note the natural/physical growth that just comes on its own. We know that growth in other areas has to coincide in order for this young person to be successful: mental, social and intellectual skills and abilities must be developed.


As Christians we recognize the absolute need to grow spiritually - which will help us to use all our talents and abilities in the right way. We need good character, morals, and discernment to properly assess the situations that come before us.


As we become adults, we pray that we have the skill and abilities necessary for success. We note a particular passage that we all need today:


For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. ~ Hebrews 5:13-14


We remember Jesus and the temptations in the wilderness. He was skillful in the Word of Righteousness and overcame temptation - even using the Old Testament!




I am so glad that our Father in Heav’n
Tells of His love in the Book He has giv’n;
Wonderful things in the Bible I see,
This is the dearest, that Jesus loves me.



I am so glad that Jesus loves me,
Jesus loves me, Jesus loves me;
I am so glad that Jesus loves me,
Jesus loves even me.


Oh, if there’s only one song I can sing,
When in His beauty I see the great King,
This shall my song through eternity be,
“Oh, what a wonder that Jesus loves me!”


Jesus loves me, and I know I love Him;
Love brought Him down my poor soul to redeem;
Yes, it was love made Him die on the tree;
Oh, I am certain that Jesus loves me!


If one should ask of me, how can I tell?
Glory to Jesus, I know very well!
God’s Holy Spirit with mine doth agree,
Constantly witnessing Jesus loves me.


In this assurance I find sweetest rest,
Trusting in Jesus, I know I am blest;
Satan, dismayed, from my soul now doth flee,
When I just tell him that Jesus loves me.




We know the students from Open Door Christian School are glad that summer is here for them. We pray you have a safe and enjoyable summer vacation.


May the discretion and wisdom of God keep you. May God's protection surround you as a shield.


We thank God for the opportunity we had to teach and instruct you both academically and spiritually this past school year.


Have a blessed summer!


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