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For most of us 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.


We especially pray for those who have to be out in this weather and let us remember to check on folks.




Lord we ask for a special measure of grace today in this weather. May we use discretion and wisdom in all our decisions. Bless those especially who have to work out in it and are helping others in difficulty.


We ask also for Your presence and comfort for the people in Oregon regarding the shooting. We cry out for mercy today.




I Chronicles 16 is interesting. In it we see David bringing in the Ark of the Covenant. In I Chronicles 15:1 we read this: And David made him houses in the city of David, and prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched for it a tent.


This tent was not the tabernacle that Moses made:


And Zadok the priest, and his brethren the priests, before the tabernacle of the LORD in the high place that was at Gibeon, ~ I Chronicles 16:39


For the tabernacle of the LORD, which Moses made in the wilderness, and the altar of the burnt offering, were at that season in the high place at Gibeon. ~ I Chronicles 21:29


Still reading we see the priests offered the burnt offerings at Gibeon - yet the ark was with David. We also read (16:4 and following) how David set up singers, readers and praisers before the Ark of the Covenant. In verses 39 and following we see David setting up singers and praisers at the altar in Gibeon.


There is lot that we do not know regarding this and a lot of speculation. What we do see is David being concerned with the things of God, the worship of God, and giving God the glory due His Name - praises and singing in both places. Note particularly David's prayer when he sets up the ark in the tent: 16:7-36


These verses will dispel any thought that David was half-hearted or reluctant to set up the ark. He really gives his all in praise to God.


This represents the heart that God loves. Perhaps everything was not done exactly right but the purpose was to honor God before all of the people, to bring Him back into their consciousness and every-day life.


May that describe us - may we read these verses mentioned above and desire that they would describe us and our attitude toward the Lord.




I have decided to follow Jesus

I have decided to follow Jesus

I have decided to follow Jesus

No turning back, no turning back


Many of us can remember the time when we asked Jesus to come into our hearts: we walked the aisle, knelt in prayer, or in some way obeyed Romans 10:9-10


After that, we should make the decision each day that we are going to follow Jesus. Help us to do this, heavenly Father, in the different situations we face.


This morning we especially remember those who made this decision a few days ago in Oregon and we continue to lift up and pray for the families involved.




On Sunday we looked at the goodness of God. The word "good" occurs in the New Testament

247 times. It would be a long study indeed to do it justice. But we note a few verses:


How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. ~ Acts 10:38


Then a verse from Paul we pray would describe us:


And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. ~ Romans 15:14


Goodness is a fruit of the spirit:


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, ~ Galatians 5:22


(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) ~ Ephesians 5:9


And may we indeed grow and walk in this verse:


Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: ~ II Thessalonians 1:11


For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. ~ Psalm 100:5




We had Communion this past Sunday and the blood of Jesus was the theme of our songs. We know the body is equally important, we reverence it and are grateful for Jesus offering His body for us. But we emphasized the blood this past Sunday in our praise.


Consider the blood and the children of Israel at the Passover - all they had to do was obey. They did not have to grit their teeth and try to believe that the blood would work. They just had to do it.


Now they needed to be serious about it - not apathetic. Can you imagine a person who did not want to mess his door up? Or just wanted to put a little on it - God can see it and He knows my heart after all. Just a little swipe will do.


On the other hand you have this guy and his door is completely red - making sure the angel can see that blood. There will be no mistake about his house.


Now coming over to us - which one of these two are we going to be? May we be like the second person - there will be no mistake about how we feel about the blood of Jesus. We will apply it, pray it, plead it, appropriate it, sing about it, praise God for it and be thankful that we benefit from it!


Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: ~ I Peter 1:18-19


Under the blood the precious blood

Under the cleansing, healing flood

Keep me Savior from day to day

Under the precious blood.




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 (and expects)


If you have ever been involved with orchards or gardens, there is nothing more important as far as results are concerned than to have the best crop possible. A good crop brings you joy, and in this case it would bring joy to a lot of people who would be able to partake of the fruit and be blessed. There is a lot of work to it but a lot of benefit as well.


The whole New Testament exhorts us to bring forth fruit - and praise gives us an opportunity to show forth God's goodness.




We must be mindful to not overlook or neglect the Spirit of God as our comforter and guide every day. Each of us deals with different circumstances and different people. We need the Holy Spirit's direction to know how to engage and handle each situation.


The Word of God will keep us grounded and on the right path, but Jesus knew we would need the precious Holy Spirit to be successful, victorious in this life, and know the right response when things come up.


We honor the Holy Spirit and ask for His wisdom and leading in every situation.




We assemble ourselves this morning with those of like precious faith believing Jesus will be in our midst as He said. May we honor the Lord with praise, attend to the Word, long for the Spirit, and willingly serve any way we can.




Our opening song yesterday was one called "Expectation". Whether we come with hearts of praise and thankfulness or whether we come with hearts of hurt and heaviness, may we always come seeking the Lord and expecting Him to meet with us.


Whether we are up, down or somewhere in between - we all need the Lord and should set ourselves in determination to draw near to Him. That is a good act of faith regardless of our circumstances.




Yesterday we talked about the song "Expectation". As Jesus was ministering on the earth, what do we believe His expectations were?


From the scriptures we have to believe that He:


expected the word of God to work

expected the Spirit of God to move to confirm the word,

expected goodness to flow out to the people

            - remember He went about doing good and healing


Remember Jesus said He did nothing of Himself - it was the Father within Him. Whatever brought pleasure to the Father, that was what Jesus was about.


This should describe us as well. We remember Philippians 2:13 ~ For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.


So it looks like we and Jesus are in this thing together in serving the Father - imagine that!


So, may these be some things we are expecting: that the word of God works, the Spirit of God moves to confirm the word, the goodness of God flows, and God is working His good pleasure in us.




Having worked with a lot of young people over the years, we are very familiar with the terms "drama" and "issues". We have also found that they do not just pertain to young(er) people.


All of us can make an issue out of anything or dramatize any situation. Certainly things need to be addressed at times, discussed, decisions made, etc.


For those who have been involved with this "dealing with stuff", you know the approach can often make all the difference.


May God grant us great wisdom in this area - to approach every situation desiring to be a blessing, to help, to get a problem solved in the right way, and may Jesus be honored and pleased with the results.






We note in the life of Jesus, His desire to have compassion and show mercy whenever He could:


He did not condemn the woman who committed adultery - yet He told her to go and sin no more. He did not mind calling out sin.


In John 5, Jesus heals the man at the pool of Bethesda and then tells him later to sin no more lest a worse thing come upon him.


Jesus is the truth and He did not mind telling it in regards to sin. It is interesting to see in two instances that He is trying to help the people and not condemn them. He wanted these individuals to condemn the sin and get out of it.


May God give wisdom in dealing with the difficult areas - to try to help people first and foremost.




The other day we wrote regarding Jesus' expectations as He went out to minister. Today we endeavor to see His mindset or approach as He went out among the people.


We believe Jesus got up every morning and joyfully went out to share the kingdom of God. Then He told the disciples to do the same thing:


And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. ~ Matthew 10:7-8


And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. ~ Luke 9:2


And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. ~ Luke 10:9


Then we see this statement:


Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. ~ Luke 12:32


May we seriously consider these verses and desire to participate in this type of ministry as citizens of the kingdom of God.




I put my trust in You, my strong deliverer,
I trust in You, my God,
I put my hope in You, You reign forever,
My heart will rest in You  ~ Jesus




Come Holy Spirit, move in Your people

Draw us to Jesus, His glory to see

Rain down from heaven, fresh living water

Bring us Your liberty


We reverence the Holy Spirit and ask for His ministry in our service.




O magnify the Lord

For He is worthy to be praised

Hosanna, blessed be the Rock

Blessed be the Rock on my salvation


Let the high praises of God be in our mouth today ~ Psalm 149:6




We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; ~ II Thessalonians 1:3


May this verse describe us - more and more each day. We especially note the words about faith. So often we might think our faith is not where it should be. This verse assures us that our faith can grow and grow exceedingly!


Dear Father show us what this can mean in each person who is seeking You. May Your words of life literally explode in us producing faith that grows exceedingly!


May we daily grow and not be stagnant that the second part of the verse especially come to pass - that our charity and blessing to others might abound!




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.




Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God: ~ Psalm 146:5


Good help is a real blessing. Certainly God is the best, but people can be great helpers. We will discuss this a little more tomorrow.


We thank you Lord today for Your help in all we are doing.




Yesterday we began noting God as our helper and how nice it is to have good help - spiritually and naturally. Today we look at some New Testament verses:


And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. ~I Corinthians 12:28


It is interesting that "helps" is in this list of major ministry gifts and it is not listed last.


Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf. ~ II Corinthians 1:11


            May we always remember that prayer helps.


Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. ~ Hebrews 4:16


            May we always remember that grace helps and it is God's gift to us.


Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. ~ Hebrews 13:5-6


            We do not have to beg God to help us - it has always been His idea.


We should realize that if we want to be helpers from a Biblical standpoint, we should do what is necessary to be good at it - just like any other aspect of ministry.


May our helping indeed be helpful - it is something we can do some way, each day.




We remember that in Galatians chapter 5 we see verses that contrast the flesh and the spirit. In verse 16 we read: This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.


It is interesting that we might tend to do this the opposite way: If I stop fulfilling the lusts of the flesh, then I can (or will) walk in the spirit.


Paul says the opposite: If we decide to walk in the spirit, then we are not in the realm of fulfilling the lust of the flesh.


That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. ~ Romans 8:4


It is interesting (and liberating) to see the pattern here: We do not put the flesh under so that we can walk in the spirit; we walk in the spirit so that the flesh will be put under.




October 26, 2015


Our opening hymn yesterday was the familiar - O How I Love Jesus. Many of us learned it as children - perhaps in Sunday school, VBS, or youth group.


It is a song that should challenge us. Every time to words come up, we should evaluate our love for Jesus, seek out the scriptures concerning loving the Lord, and look to improve and deepen our love for Jesus.


Whenever we sing "O How I Love Jesus", may the words burn within us, motivate us to be more about Him, and give our attention to loving God and others - that it be not just a song we sing but words that describe the passion of our lives.


October 27, 2015


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.


October 28, 2015


Today we look at two words. The first one is the word "consider". It occurs 17 times in the New Testament. Both scripturally and naturally, it is deemed "positive", helpful, and a good characteristic. Certainly people could consider negative and destructive things that would be wrong. Yet when we think of someone receiving due consideration, it has a positive connotation. In the New Testament, we see it used in an effort to bring about a good result.


The second word we look at is "provoke". It occurs 11 times in the New Testament. It usually has a negative connotation especially when we think about verses that talk about people provoking the Lord, and "fathers provoke not your children to wrath", etc.


Yet we see a verse that has both of the words together: And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: ~ Hebrews 10:24


These two words are used together for a good purpose. So today let us consider going out and provoking someone - unto love and to good works!




How should we respond to a tough, difficult, or situation that we do not agree with. That can be especially hard when it is a family situation or with people you are close to.


Of course we should pray about it first and seek good counsel. If your opinion is asked, that can give you an opportunity. If you share your point of view and you get a very negative response, you can kindly point out that they did not hesitate to share their feelings.


You can still support people as best you can even when you do not support their position on a matter.


We remember that a soft answer turns away wrath ~ Proverbs 15:1


May God help us to stand up for His truth in the right way.




Everyone believes the word of God like they see it. People act on it the same way. That can be good or bad, so we should endeavor to study to show ourselves approved unto God... ~ II Timothy 2:15


We do not handle the word of God deceitfully ~ II Corinthians 4:2


We do not want to twist the scriptures to our destruction ~ II Peter 3:16


On the other hand, Jesus said: If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. ~ John 8:31-32


The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. ~ Psalm 119:130


God is not trying to keep the truth from us, but the devil certainly is.


May we show due diligence to get our believing right.




If you have been involved in a business, you likely have some idea what is involved in running it. We consider: the product(s) that are put out or service(s) done, the hours that are needed, the employees, the salaries, the benefits, inventory, customers, advertising, our public presence, maintenance, etc.


If you were to write it all down on paper, you might wonder how the thing could even work at all. Often we use department heads to be able to keep up with everything.


We could take our families and write out a similar list of all that has to go on to be successful and meet needs.


In our Christian walk, we could make a long list of things we should be doing, and how we should follow God in business and family.


Our point is that there is a lot to do and everything cannot be done at one time. So in the natural we try to determine that which is most pressing, what is most needful, or what is most important at this particular time.


So we ask our heavenly Father's help in all of this. He knows who and what is most important.


Thus we pray this for all of our readers who we know have busy lives and a lot of responsibility.

God help us to know the right priorities. May we be able to get things done quickly, yet take the time necessary with people to show our genuine interest and love.


It is hard to believe we could ever do all of this on our own. We thank God that He is with us, that we might be successful, and be a blessing.


For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. ~ Philippians 2:13



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