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Now that we are officially into the new year, it is appropriate to look at the concept of "new" from the Bible:


We remember that His mercies are new every morning ~Lamentations 3:22-23


Being born again is referred to as the "new birth".


It is interesting that in regards to our daily living we see verses like:


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


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


These represent a great challenge to us, something to strive for, and should bring joy to our hearts to know that God wants to lift us out of a mundane existence.


Be it done in us according to Thy Word O Lord - that we walk in newness of life and serve in newness of spirit.




We stir ourselves up this morning to be at our best as we assemble ourselves together. We believe God is at work within us both to will and to do of his good pleasure. We receive with meekness the engrafted word which is able to save our souls. Be glorified today in Your church dear God. May we serve with joy and be a blessing.




We enjoyed doing this song yesterday at church and wanted to share where it came from. At the cross I surrender my life:






Guide me into Your love, Holy Spirit I pray

Guide my steps as I walk

As I serve You today

Fill my life with Your power

For I give it to You

And at this very hour

I just love loving You




As we enter in to 2016, new opportunities are often a part of what people hope for. We must realize that sometimes the new opportunities do not come wrapped in a pretty red bow. Often these opportunities have to be worked on and developed.


Sometimes they come looking like problems or their appearance is one that seems threatening. When Paul and Silas were thrown into prison, we wonder what kind of answer Paul would have given to the question: Is this imprisonment a problem or an opportunity?


It could be both depending on a person's attitude or perspective. Certainly it was not pleasant and they had been wounded. But their response was to pray and sing praises to God ~ Acts 16:25. They knew to seek God in this situation - to get their attention and focus on Him. That was where the answer was coming from regardless of how they might analyze their situation of being in prison.


Of course we know the results were miraculous and we rejoice in that. But we also see the rejoicing came before they saw anything worth rejoicing over. There was no use complaining - we can see how that would be a natural response but it is just the opposite of seeking God and giving Him praise for being the answer in every situation.


This is a great lesson to us. We are daily confronted with things that may be difficult and appear as problems without an obvious solution. Yet we know the source of all wisdom Who told us to ask for wisdom when we need it. "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


Lord, regardless of what we face, help us to see it from Your perspective. Show us the right way to handle it, that good would come out of it, that the kingdom of God would be promoted, and show us the opportunity in it to be a help and a blessing.


Let us train ourselves for this when the pressure is not on so to speak. We want the right attitude and spiritual outlook to become such a part of us that is just flows out - like rivers of living water that Jesus spoke of.




Lord help me to do my best for You today. A simple prayer yet powerful when we realize that each of us is in a unique position - a place in a family, in a work environment, in community positions, in service organizations, and/or in a church.


Let us take the positions we are in and function as God's people there. If we do so, there is not much in the world that will be unaffected.


Let your light so shine before men... ~ Mathew 5:16


In my life Lord, be glorified.




It is unlikely that anyone has ever had a perfect day from the natural or worldly standpoint - one with no mistakes, no problems, no difficulties, or no disappointments. It has been said that we may not be able to dodge every difficulty, but we are able to decide how we respond to every situation.


The bad things in life do not have to defeat us. That is why we need faith, strength and courage on the inside. That is where the victory begins.


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


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


The words of Jesus: These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. ~ John 16:33


We all know how bad things can hit us on the inside - they will take hope and faith out of us and replace them with depression and fear if we let them.


Therefore let us feed on the scriptures above as well as take unto ourselves the full armor of God (Ephesians 6), building ourselves up on our most holy faith praying in the Holy Ghost (Jude 1:20), looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), and believing God to deliver us from every evil work and preserving us unto His heavenly kingdom (II Timothy 4:18).




We have talked about the term "grace" before. It is more than just a spiritual pat on the head.


And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. ~ Acts 4:33. We pray this type of grace be manifested more in our midst.


We have noted that if anyone gives you grace, it will be to your benefit. It is given to help in a situation that you are dealing with - a situation that is against you in some way. It will take care of a problem or in some way give you some relief.


It is grace that brings us salvation and indeed any blessing of God. The word "grace" is in the New Testament 122 times. It would bless us all to search these verses and find out what "great grace" God has given us.




Many are familiar with the hymn: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross


We can apply both the words and the thought of the hymn in two different ways:


1. Whenever we sin we could think of the price that had to be paid for it to be forgiven - the cross and the sacrifice of Jesus. This should compel us to abhor sin all the more and determine to resist temptation with renewed zeal.


2. We think of the cross and the love of Christ that He would willingly go in order to secure our pardon. We rejoice and are so thankful but still this should compel us to abhor sin all the more and determine to resist temptation with renewed zeal.


Two ways of looking at it and both are valid. "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!" ~ Romans 11:33


May God grant us the right way to look at it when we need it and respond accordingly.




May this be my heart's desire:


I surrender all Lord

For I have heard Your call

To lay my life down before You

I surrender all Lord

Be glorified Lord Jesus

I surrender all


May this be evident daily in me.




Thank you heavenly Father that You sent the wonderful words of life to me!






The following is from a Kenneth Hagin exhortation on joy:


The teachings contained within the Psalms are the greatest on turning your petitions into statements of praise. Praise is not only for when things are going great, In fact, the treasure in praise is found when all hell is breaking loose. Verses such as these:


Then will my head be exalted above the enemies who surround me, at His tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy, I will sing and make music to the Lord (27:6)


God is ascended amidst the shouts of joy (47:5)


People of praise are not pushovers. They are not weak-willed, flowery people who are just nice and never get ruffled. NO! They know how to fight and what is worth fighting for. Joy is your inheritance -  donít let the devil steal it.




Whether it is in our daily lives here or whether we would be on the mission for the lives and souls of others - we are encouraged to treasure the truth, to trust in the Lord, to be thankful, to be creative, learn how to smile, and realize that joy is for the benefit of others as much as yourself. Your joy can be a light to others - and bring hope into a life that may be surrounded by darkness.


Remember also that joy is a power on the inside, so do not look to external things to bring you joy. Oh we like the good things that we receive in the natural - thank God for them. But they are not the source of our joy. So often the power on the inside seems to weaken because we are not concentrating and putting effort toward our spiritual lives and the realm where this power comes from.


Sometimes we have to stir ourselves up toward the things of God. Often a word like this will remind us to do it.





It is a joy to bless someone - to meet a need, bear a burden, be a help, or solve a problem.


May God help me to be such a person today.




Hebrews chapter 10 contains a wealth of information on the ministry of Jesus. Then in verse 23 we read:


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


This is a strong admonition to use such terms as "hold fast" and "without wavering". It will take commitment on our part and reminders to ourselves often. We are certainly grateful for the reason to do so: He is faithful that promised.


A great deal could be written about what our believing and profession of believing will do, but we look at these 2 verses in particular:


But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: ~ Romans 3:21-22


The believing mentioned above brings us into the state of righteousness that Jesus died to obtain for us.


Since many of us know verse 23 about falling short of God's righteousness, these verses before it show us how to get out of that terrible state.


Thank God for this type of believing and what it will do for everyone.




On this 19th day of the month, we ask that you joyfully receive these words from Psalm 19:7-14


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. Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.


All of these words are for our good and we thank God for the great reward when we keep them!




We remind ourselves today

That kindness will go a long, long way


Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; ~ Colossians 3:12


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; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; ~ Titus 3:4-6


And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. ~ Ephesians 4:32


May God show us how to walk in kindness.




When you ask someone about the great stories of the Bible, one that is often left out is the story of Joseph. This story is such a great teaching tool in so many ways. Today we focus on it as one that parallels our lives, the troubles that befall us (sometimes unjustly), how patience is needed, how we need to forgive, how God will use us, and how blessings can come to us and others as we deal with things.


After the death of Isaac, Joseph's brothers were afraid that Joseph would seek revenge upon them because what they had done to him. Note his response:


But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them. ~ Genesis 50:20-21


One of the best things we can do is to seek God's plan in whatever we are dealing with - even if it is very difficult to see anything Godly in the situation. This was certainly the case with Joseph throughout a number of years. But God had something in mind that would bless both Egypt and Israel.


Who could have imaged it? In our lives we could think the same thing in all the craziness that goes on. God needed someone who would be strong and endure hardships - one who developed skill and discipline who could lead a nation and workon that scale.


Could God use our situation for good, that many people might be saved. Our first response to difficult situations is often to complain, but first we should seek God's perspective in it and ask Him for the right way to respond. This takes humbling ourselves and seeking God's will before our own. We can start working on that heart attitude today.


Read the story of Joseph with this in mind if you have not done so lately.




We pray especially Lord for wisdom, discernment and good judgment as people deal with this storm. We pray especially for your protection for those who must work in it, rescue and law enforcement officials, and those making decisions.


We ask for a special measure of grace and mercy with minimal loss of power. Thank you for surrounding us with favor as with a shield ~ Psalm 5:12




On Thursday our post was about the story of Joseph. We talked about his attitude and how God used him even when his circumstances were not comfortable. Note Joseph's words here:


Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest. And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt. ~ Genesis 45:4-8


May God help us to see His plan, purpose and goals in our lives; may we seek Him always in humble expectation of His provision. Like Joseph, may we look for opportunities to be a blessing and be blessed in the process.


Most of us will likely be home today - may we spend some time with the Lord in worship and learning from His word.


Wherever I am ... I'll praise Him!




A well-known minister was asked this question: What would you tell anyone going into the ministry that they could do to essentially guarantee success? A seminar was coming up and he wanted to address the question the next day.


He knew of course a person should always pray and be in the will of God, etc. But he knew the people wanted some type of practical answer that they could take and run with. The day arrived and he began to give his answer.


He said he was reluctant to give anything with a guaranteed success, but he wanted to give his best answer - one that would give them their best shot. He explained it this way.


Whatever you decide to do and whatever way you decide to do it, make sure the focus is on the betterment of others. Whether you are talking about the spiritual or about the natural, when you make your focus to help, to uplift, and to meet needs of others, you are sowing good things into their lives - to make them better off. Then teach them to do likewise.


He spent the rest of that session answering specific questions and giving advice. He ended the time with this: We have spent our time with a lot of examples and a lot of ways to minister. I have used a lot of words in my explanation. Perhaps the New Testament says is best with just a few words:


Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. ~ Galatians 6:2


The good part about his answer is that all of us can fulfill such a ministry as he describes.





Some music this day that might help our snow removal efforts:






A line from a familiar hymn:


"I'm pressing on the upward way..."


Does it describe us? We are often called on and use our efforts toward so many earthy things


May the simple words of this hymn motivate us that we might "press" towards the things of God as well




If you ever take any business classes, one thing that is usually covered is "avoiding pitfalls". One of those pitfalls involves patterns of thinking. If you deal with a set of circumstances the same way for a long period of time, your mind becomes accustomed to it. This set of circumstances can then become "set" in our minds. We start thinking that this is the way it is supposed to be or that this is the way it will always be. This can become a trap.


To counter this you hear the expression that we must start thinking "outside the box" and be "more creative". All of these strategies and explanations of things can be helpful at times, but they do not guarantee a good outcome.


We certainly want to apply principles of "good thinking" in our lives. Thinking "outside the box" is helpful if the box you have is not working for you. Just to try something because it is "new and different" may not bring god results.


When we open ourselves to "God's possibilities" that we see from the scriptures, we will not be limited by today's circumstances that may tend to trap us. Let us make a point to meditate on God's Word each day that our "thinking" may be refreshed by His Spirit.


Some scriptures to note:


"... But we have the mind of Christ." ~ I Corinthians 2:16


" But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:" ~ I Corinthians 1:30


" 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


" And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." ~ Romans 12:2


"When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:" ~ Proverbs 2:10-11


There is nothing that can take the place of the wisdom of God in our lives.




If there is one thing in our nation that people really seem to cherish it is our freedom. We were born into it and likely we take it for granted, but we really do not like to see it taken away from us.


In the Bible we know that one of the missions of Christ Jesus was to set man free:


The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, ~ Luke 4:18


If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:36


But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. ~ Romans 6:22


For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. ~ Romans 8:2


Being free, both naturally and spiritually, is indeed a wonderful blessing. However, we have seen across the world in recent years that just setting people free from an oppressive government does not always bring the results that one would hope for. We will particularly look at this tomorrow.


However, even Jesus and the New Testament warns us about how we use the freedom we have been granted:


For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. ~ Galatians 5:13


As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. ~ I Peter 2:16


Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. ~ Ephesians 4:28


Abstain from all appearance of evil. ~ I Thessalonians 5:22


Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. ~ II Timothy 2:19


Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. ~ John 5:14


There has been a lot of speculation about this last scripture and its complete meaning. But we can say that Jesus was warning this man about his behavior. We are constantly admonished in the New Testament regarding our conduct.


One of the best testimonies we can offer comes from the way we behave ourselves. We may never act perfectly but the people around us should see the difference that Jesus makes in our lives - particularly in the way we conduct ourselves.


Thank you Lord for our freedom and we pray that You are always glorified in it.




Yesterday we talked about freedom, both from the natural and Biblical standpoints. It seems to be a heart cry of man the world over. We noted that just setting people free does not necessarily mean that good results will follow. It will essentially depend on what these people do after their liberation.


We could make the point that the greatest liberation in history took place when God brought the children of Israel out of Egypt. But it did not take long before problems arose, discontent erupted, some wanted to return to Egypt (can you imagine that), some questioned the competency of leadership - you get the picture. In Exodus 14 we see the crossing of the Red Sea and the overthrow of the Egyptians. In chapter 15 we see the Hebrew version of the Hallelujah Chorus. Now note chapter 16 verse 2: And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness:


The next verse continues on with how they would rather have died in Egypt. It did not take long for human nature to raise its head. We must not be quick to judge as we can get into "critical mode" very quickly. It is amazing how some things have not changed.


In chapter 19 God brings them to Sinai where He has to lay down the law so to speak. The same is done today when people start getting out of hand. It is interesting (though some might call it tedious) to read all the things given to keep the people in check and just to deal with ordinary living. We want to note one verse in particular:


"Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil;..." ~ Exodus 23:2


This is quite interesting in light of our subject of freedom and what we see around the world. God got to work early to stop mobs. We have seen this on the news and sometimes we may sympathize with people's frustrations knowing what they came out of. But we know it makes things worse and God does not want us to take that route.


It has been noted that freedom only works when people are under control. If someone has to come in and forcibly take control, freedom is essentially lost.


We thank God for our freedom. May our actions demonstrate that we will stand up to keep it, but we will endeavor to be civilized and well-mannered in doing so.




Do you remember this hymn:


Give of your best to the Master;
Give of the strength of your youth;
Throw your soulís fresh, glowing ardor
Into the battle for truth.
Jesus has set the example,
Dauntless was He, young and brave;
Give Him your loyal devotion;
Give Him the best that you have.


            Give of your best to the Master;
            Give of the strength of your youth;
            Clad in salvationís full armor,
            Join in the battle for truth.


Give of your best to the Master;
Give Him first place in your heart;
Give Him first place in your service;
Consecrate every part.
Give, and to you will be given;
God His beloved Son gave;
Gratefully seeking to serve Him,
Give Him the best that you have.


Give of your best to the Master;
Naught else is worthy His love;
He gave Himself for your ransom,
Gave up His glory above.
Laid down His life without murmur,
You from sinís ruin to save;
Give Him your heartís adoration;
Give Him the best that you have.


The words of this hymn ought to "fire us up" as we assemble today.





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