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May 2, 2016


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.




... choose you this day whom ye will serve; ... ~ Joshua 24:15


Many are familiar with this verse and a similar passage with Elijah on Mt. Carmel.


We want to emphasize the words "this day". Regardless of yesterday, whatever we did concerning God and our spiritual life; we will still determine what we do "this day"


May we recognize the importance of "this day" and what we will choose concerning God and our walk with Him.


As we look at these words again from Joshua 24, may we say and do as he concluded the verse: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.




We join with others around the world on this National Day of Prayer to present ourselves before the Lord. We pray, intercede, and seek the Lord's mercy upon this land and people.


As we humble ourselves, turn away from evil, and seek the face of the Lord we stand on His promise to heal our land.


Let us daily be reminded to serve the Lord with gladness and seek to be a blessing to others. Thank you heavenly Father for a blessed day with You.






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





We pray that all of you mothers have a blessed and very happy day. Thank you for all your labor and efforts to demonstrate Godliness to your children and lead them in the right way. May you see much fruit from your work of love!




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.




Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, 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


I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. ~ III John 1:4


As we have mentioned before, it is very difficult to get anything done or make progress if we do not know the truth. This is evident both naturally and spiritually. If you are called upon to make a decision, give input, offer a solution, or just want to help - you have to know the truth about what you are dealing with.


Not only should we seek out the truth in the areas we are involved in, but may we also be people of truth as well.


Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. ~ Ephesians 4:25


If you have children you know how much you want them to tell the truth and not be involved with lying. As children of God our standard should be even higher. We should be people of integrity, truth and honesty.


May God help us all in the area of walking in the truth and if the subject of lying comes up, may we be able to say that we have "put that away"




One of the songs we do often has this line:


His grace has welcomed the sinner home, tender mercies lead us to the throne.


We thank God for His grace. The law and judgment would not let us in God's house nor into His presence.


But we remember from Hebrews 4 that God has a throne of grace for us where we can boldly come to receive mercy. We remember also that God welcomes us - it is His good pleasure to have us as His children ~ Ephesians 1:5


In all that God has done for us, He did it willingly. May we do the same for Him.




Remember a few days ago we noted the verse: Choose this day whom ye will serve from Joshua 24, and we emphasized "this day".

Today we emphasize the word: Choose


It comes across like a command. We can also look at it like: The ball is in our court.

Man always chooses something in this regard. Often people do it without realizing it - they just make decisions that bring them the quickest pleasure, enjoyment, or that which appears easiest.


From our early years, good parents will challenge and instruct us regarding the decisions we make. May we take heartfelt heed to Godly instructions in this area of decision making.




Many of us remember songs from our childhood like:


Jesus Loves Me This I Know


Jesus Loves the Little Children


O How I Love Jesus


From that theme we note this verse:


And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. ~ I John 4:16


Our sincere prayer is for this to describe us - that we both know and believe the love that God has to us. Don't you want your children to know and believe that about you? Wont you do all you can to assure them - even when they need correcting or a problem comes up?


Thus we can rest assured that our heavenly Father wants us to know and believe His love to us.


Your love for your children motivates you to do for them.


God's love motivates Him to do for us.


May our love for God motivate us to do for Him.




We could always look at our lives and see where we missed it (maybe even today already), where we may have fallen a little short, or perhaps we have not been as spiritually minded as we should have been the last few days.


We can still stand on the word of God that says:


If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ~ I John 1:9


Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you... ~ James 4:8


It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. ~ Lamentations 3:22-23


We are so grateful that it does NOT say that His wrath and anger are new every morning


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


We are so grateful that there is a mercy seat for us. Even in the Old Testament with all the laws, rules and regulations; the place of His presence in the holy of holies was called the "mercy seat". There is the fact of God's judgment but we note here that we are told to come "boldly" to the throne of grace to receive mercy and help when we need it.


Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? ~ Romans 2:4


We might have the idea that it is the wrath of God that leads people to repentance. The thought of God's wrath often causes people to run from or shut the thought of God out. But no - repentance is good. It will bring the goodness and blessings of God into our lives.


May we avail ourselves daily of all that God has provided to forgive, pardon, cleanse, and set us on a right course. Remember Jesus' story of the prodigal son. We also remember the words of Jesus:


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? ~ Matthew 7:11




How well do we deal with "change". As we consider it in our lives, do we tend to resist change? All of us like our routines and habits particularly if they serve us well.


However, we all deal with change everyday. We see it in the aging process, as our children grow up, in the job or company we work for, and life in general brings us things that are different - that require new ways of thinking and acting.


One of the great challenges we have as Christians is to be unwavering in our faith, principles, and Biblical stand for the Lord and at the same time being flexible in dealing with the changes in life and circumstances.


May God grant the wisdom to do this and in fact demonstrate to the world that it can be done. It would be great testimony to let our light so shine, be steadfast, unmovable and yet be on the cutting edge of dealing successfully in this life we have now - all to the glory of God. 




Familiar words from Psalm 100:


Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. ~ verse 2


Because of circumstances we might read this verse as: serve the Lord with sadness: come before his presence with weeping.


We all experience times of sadness and weeping, but we encourage you not to live there. We pray God help each of us in these areas as we need various areas of grace.


As we desire to serve you Lord, we want to obey the above verse. We trust in Your goodness and believe You will help and understand when we are facing difficulties.


Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. ~ Romans 15:13




By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil. ~ Proverbs 16:6


This verse describes one reason there is so much evil in the world - there is no fear of God.


The love of God should compel us to desire to depart from evil. We pray it does not take the judgment of God to force us out of evil.


May we properly fear (reverence) God so that any iniquity might be purged by mercy and truth.


Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: ~ Hebrews 12:28




Yesterday we mentioned the fear of God. Today we note an interesting passage:


Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt; How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God. Therefore it shall be, when the LORD thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget it. ~ Deuteronomy 25:17-19


These are sobering verses. God had not forgotten what Amalek did and He did not want His people to forget it. We often wonder when God may do something in a certain situation.


We are thankful that God has decided to remember our sins no more when we repent and confess them. We are thankful too that God knows what we have all dealt with - and He knows the correct response at the right time.


May we demonstrate the proper Godly fear and reverence for our heavenly Father.




In II Timothy Paul is writing Timothy and in verse 7 he says:


Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.


This is a good way to deal with anything someone says to us. We are willing to listen and we ask God to give us understanding in all that we hear.


We need to know the truth, what is a lie, any wrong intent, etc. that we may respond in the proper way.


We ask to be led by the Spirit of God ~ Romans 8:14


Help us to know the difference between the spirit of truth and the spirit of error and to walk in love ~ I John 4:6-7




Last week we mentioned this verse:


Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. ~ Romans 15:13


It seems that often our believing is filled with struggle, anxiety and desperation rather than what we see above. The idea of being able to believe in "all joy and peace" may really seem foreign to us. Plus, God wants us to "abound in hope".


We note that all of this is in the power of the Holy Ghost, and not in our ability to grit our teeth and endeavor to keep a good thought.


From this verse we see the God-kind of believing. Help us heavenly Father that this may develop in us and that we may learn and grow.


We want to do out part - that this type of faith and believing would be evident in us. Be it done unto us according to Your word heavenly Father.




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.




Whether in good times or bad, on the mountain or in the valley, and in all circumstances: Great Is Thy Faithfulness






Regardless of how we feel at the moment, we still can choose what we believe and how we act.


Example - A man tells his wife one morning: I do not feel very married today.


Wife's reply: You had better act like you believe you are very married!


We pause and consider this - Selah.




Yesterday 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.

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