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On this Labor Day we write to thank all who are working and laboring to take care of their families, to bring a blessing to others, and to serve our Lord.


Even if you are in what is considered a completely secular job, you can still shine for the Lord. Regardless of what we do, we can still approach it with the goal of being the best we can at it to honor the Lord and be of service to others.


Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. ~ Matthew 5:16


Please have a safe and enjoyable day.




This past Sunday we opened with another hymn about loving Jesus: My Jesus I Love Thee


It reminded us of a verse from Jude. If you are familiar with the book of Jude, you know that it is short - just 1 chapter. The writer is straight and to the point. There is a short verse toward the end of the chapter that says: Keep yourselves in the love of God.


Though there are no details, we can readily see how important this can be when we consider all the situations we face, the people we deal with, and the decisions we have to make. In all of this may we be mindful to stay in the love of God.


This does not mean we just roll over and go along with everything that is presented. We are to speak the truth - even when it might not be popular or well received. But we are speak it in love - because we love Jesus and we love people.


Whatever  we are dealing with, we ask God to help us stay in His love.




The other day we wrote and shared regarding Naboth's vineyard and how it was stolen by Ahab and Naboth was killed.


We often question "Why doesn't God do something about all the injustice"? If you read II Kings chapter 9, you will see that God did something. The whole line of Ahab would be slain along with Jezebel for what she did to God's prophets and to Naboth. It was quite dramatic, intense and we see that God did not forgot.


There is a lot we do not understand about God's justice. But we see instances like this in the Old Testament and in the New Testament we remember: ...  for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. ~ Romans 12:19


This is both a warning to those who do evil and to those who may want to take matters into their own hands. May God keep us on the right side and in the right frame of mind in these matters.


This is another area where we must trust God to do what is right as He sees it.




Do you recall these first lines of a hymn?


Take my life and let it be, consecrated Lord to Thee!


This could be our prayer each day. Though we may be saved and born again, we realize that our conduct and attitudes always need "tending to".


It is great when we are able to have victory over a temptation before it ever comes. This does not happen by accident, but comes with prayer, meditation in the Word, standing in the armor of God, and confessing our faith of what we have in Christ.


Lord help us to train ourselves to resist temptation. Show us the path to victory that we may overcome. May we not grow weary in well doing and may this demonstrate our consecration Lord to Thee.




Thank God - He is with us every hour.






The anniversary of 9/11 is approaching. We ask everyone in the body of Christ to pray for God's mercy and protection. May we humble ourselves in prayer and yet be bold to come before God's throne to receive grace and mercy to help.


Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; ~ Ephesians 6:18


But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, ~ Jude 1:20


Thank you heavenly Father that greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world ~ I John 4:4




Lord take my life and let it count for something for You today. May I be a blessing to someone else and honor You in doing so.




Our opening hymn yesterday was: Are You Washed In The Blood


It is a popular hymn because it can be done in so many styles: bluegrass, country, southern gospel, church/hymn, etc.


Often it is considered in light of being born again or saved - being washed from our sins. But the song also talks about "walking daily by the Savior's side"


In I John 1:7 we read: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.


Regarding Communion (which we take often) Jesus said of the cup: For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. ~ Matthew 26:28


Regardless of when and if we sin, there is only one thing that can cleanse us: the precious blood of Jesus!




From Psalm 9: 1-3


A Psalm of David. I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.


Lord, may Your presence be seen in my life. Thank You for being my shield today and my hiding place.




Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. ~ I Peter 5:7


Jesus said the cares of this world, if they enter in, would choke the word it would not bear fruit in our lives. ~ Mark 4:19


Care is something that can get on the inside of us - in our minds particularly. When it begins to replace the Word of God and the faith that the Word produces; then fear, anxiety and worry begin to develop within us. If it continues, depression and hopelessness can take root. This is the danger of allowing the cares of this world to take hold within us.


That is not to say that we do not address and deal with problems and difficulties. It is often required that we do so. But if we can deal with the problem and cast the care over on God, we are well on our way to success.


This might take practice and we may need some time to develop and perfect this in our lives. Remember God tells us to do this, therefore, we know we can count on Him to help us.


Do not allow the cares, worries, fears and anxieties to become bigger on the inside of you than God and His Word.




Today we remember and pray regarding the attack on our land 13 years ago. We ask for God's mercy, protection, and grace. We pray for those still personally affected by it and still dealing with it in any way. We humble ourselves to pray for our nation's protection and for leadership that would guide this country in the right way.


As Christians we can desire to both remember and to help in any way that we can. All of us likely have vivid memories of that day and the aftermath.


Remembering will have its greatest benefit if it helps us both do better and be better because of or in spite of what happened. But we cannot allow ourselves to live on the 9/11 date - it should in no way define us.


Jesus said there would be tribulation in this world - we will deal with, see, and experience things we would rather avoid. It is a sobering reminder of the consequences of sin.


Therefore we are thankful for the good things and good times we do enjoy in this life and look forward to all God has promised us in the future. May God help us to more effectively share this with those around us and bring the light of the glorious gospel to those who are hurting.


There is a power that comes from God

A strength He gives within

It brings a joy and courage to face

A world of darkness and sin.


May Christ in you the hope of glory

Empower your life each day

To be a witness of the wonderful story

Of the Lamb of God, Who took our sins away.


May God surround us with favor as with a shield ~ Psalm 5:12


This life will pass a vapor as the Bible says. Through Jesus we can look forward to an awesome eternity.




For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. ~ I Corinthians 3:11


Whoever does the word of God: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. ~ Luke 6:48


A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. ~ Psalm 127:1


We should recognize these truths concerning anything we build, develop, or put our efforts toward. May God's plans and leading be the basis of all our endeavors.




One of the things 9/11 demonstrated was what is most important to us. When it happened, we wanted to know about our loved ones, family and friends - were they safe? All the stuff and things were put on the back burner. We wanted to know about our folks.


Thank God that was the case. This should be on our minds daily - not just in a crisis.




Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. ~ Isaiah 60:1


This first has to come on the inside of us - some type of initiative that brings a desire to develop, to grow, to increase, the learn, to do better. It is a desire to fulfill our calling in excellence, to be a witness and blessing to others, and to glorify God.


Heavenly Father, as an old hymn states please: Send a Great Revival in my Soul.




We were reminded yesterday that God loves cheerful givers. It is easy to do that when we remember that we are giving to Jesus and because of Jesus. Of course it is not just money - it is any giving of ourselves that we do. May we do so joyfully because we love Jesus!




Yesterday we talked about being a cheerful giver. We know that we all need work on that area from time to time. Do you suppose that God cheerfully gives? We might think that we have to pry things out of Him, talk Him into giving, or that He "grudgingly gives things.


Paul writes to trust in the living God, " who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;" ~ I Timothy 6:17. We believe He does this cheerfully. He would not ask us to do something He would not do.


We believe that Jesus cheerfully gave and ministered to the people - it delighted His heart.


If we can see God this way (cheerfully giving), it should greatly help us to do the same.




Yesterday we talked about being a cheerful giver - we believe God is a cheerful giver as well.


Remember when Peter asked Jesus how many times he was to forgive? Peter likely thought he was doing good at 7 times. Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. ~ Matthew 18:22


Many would likely say: Lord that's hard! Yet, we want the Lord to do that for us. The Lord would not ask us to do something He would not do - like forgiving or giving cheerfully.


It would be a good study to go through the Bible and look at all the "things" we are supposed to do as Christians, and then recognize that the Lord does all of those "things" too!




In light of our recent subject of cheerful giving, we note the whole verse: Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. ~ II Corinthians 9:7


We particularly look at the word "grudgingly". In the verse it is related to the way people give, but in all honesty; do we want people doing anything for us "grudgingly". It is just not good when things are done this way. We know it does not feel right and does not promote the proper fellowship. Contrast that way of doing things with this verse:


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


We know we  should remind ourselves of this verse often in order to keep us on track. But the next verse should help keep us in this proper place:


Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. ~ Colossians 3:24


We thank God for fruit of our labor and ask for His help to labor with the right attitude.




Some months ago, Kirk Cameron posted an article on his website entitled: When Your Spouse Annoys You. We share it from the original site - it is well worth the read:






As we consider a number of ways to study the Bible, one is to take a word or subject and ask "What do I know about it?" or "How am I doing with it?"


It could be a rather well-known word like "gentleness" which is a fruit of the spirit from Galatians chapter 5. Or the word "carnal" that we see in Romans 8. Just looking up the words in the Bible and seeing their context takes some time.


The main thing again is a heart that is willing to grow and learn. What do we want to build into our lives and develop in? What do we want to resist and avoid? What has been my track record in some of these areas?


This is yet another way that we can draw near to God.




Living - He loved me

Dying - He saved me

Buried - He carried my sins far away

Rising - He justified freely forever

One day - He's coming

O glorious day

            ~ Chapman


Great reasons to assemble ourselves together this morning.




We should celebrate the resurrection of Jesus every day. Here is the song we wrote about yesterday:






Great song to sing and reality to experience!







Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. ~ I Peter 5:6-7


These are 2 familiar verses that should bring us some relief in that we can cast our cares over on the Lord and to know that He cares for us. Yet the next verses warn us not to be lax:


Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. ~ I Peter 5:8-9


It is interesting that the first verse we mention above begins with the words: "Humble yourselves". It reminds us of these words from James 4:6-7 ~ But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.


Both references tell us to humble ourselves and resist the devil. We see God's part and our part. May God help us to fulfill our part in just the right way.




Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine - what a wonderful thing to be able to say.


Acts 17:31 ~  Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.


Col 2:2 ~ That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;


1 Thessalonians 1:5 ~ For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.


Heb 6:11 ~ And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:


Heb 10:22 ~ 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.




Many have commented on how we see Christmas decorations and displays earlier and earlier each year. Some certainly push it way too soon in the year. But if you are dealing with major Christmas programs and music, you likely started before now.


We know that a lot goes into these presentations, and we are thankful for all that is done to present the real Christmas story to as many people as possible.


Thank you for your labor of love, all the work, and the preparation that is going on now to honor Jesus.




We unashamedly declare to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit - we need You every hour:






Heavenly Father, as I go to church today, please use me in some way You can. I hope to receive Your blessing myself; but may I particularly be mindful of others and their needs. I know that You are able to put all of it together that many might be blessed.




For most of us,s we find our day filled with work to meet the needs of our family and ourselves. We do not want to be selfish, but we do have the responsibilities to care for our household and families as the scriptures admonish ~ I Timothy 5:8


So we want to especially thank and show our appreciation for those who go out of the way to serve others. We thank you for your concern and the efforts you make to be a blessing.


If you know someone who fits this description, please take a moment to bless them with appreciation and perhaps an act of kindness to them.




Today we recognize how much we need the power of God on the inside. God knows how much we need it and He made provision:


That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; ~ Ephesians 3:16


Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; ~ Colossians 1:11


On the inside is where we deal with such negatives forces as fear, depression, discouragement, hopelessness and the like. The power and anointing of God will keep that from getting a hold on us. We are told to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might ~ Ephesians 6:10. We are then told to take the whole armor of God so that we might stand in the strength that He gives us.


It is obvious that we do not have to talk God into giving us His strength and power. May He grant us wisdom to use and walk in the power He has provided.




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