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February 2017

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These are some interesting verses on salvation and works:


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; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. ~ Titus 3:5-8


We could say it like this: God saves us by grace, then we get to work by faith.


Remember in the Old Testament with all the law, the people were still required to offer the sacrifices. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. ~ Hebrews 9:22


Throughout the New Testament we see that good works are profitable to us and pleasing to God.

But the precious blood of Jesus paid the price for our salvation. ~ I Peter 1:19


Finally once again from Titus: Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. ~ Titus 2:14




Today we note a familiar verse:


Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: ~ James 1:19


It is interesting that after the admonition regarding hearing and speaking that we should be slow to wrath. It is often after we hear something or speak something that the wrath can follow.


May this verse guide us through our days - where we will likely hear and speak many things. The last three words "slow to wrath" should be just as important to remember as our hearing and speaking.




For a couple of Sunday's in January, our Pastor preached a message from Joshua chapter 1.  He and the children of Israel were coming into something new. In chapter 1, Joshua was told several times to be strong and of a good courage.


God was not talking about physical strength. Certainly physical ability is needed to fight - but this was an inner courage and strength. If you continue to read the book of Joshua, you will see the type of courage and strength he would need.


Likewise we, coming into the new year of 2017, are likely to face new things - certainly a difference in our country and perhaps things that will personally challenge us. May we also be "strong and of a very good courage"


We remember to be "strong in the Lord and in the power of His might" ~ Ephesians 6:10


"If God be for us, who can be against us" ~ Romans 8:31


God is "at work within us both to will and to do us His good pleasure" ~ Philippians 2:13


So many verses we could quote - may we further embrace them, do them and live therein.




When the roll is called up yoner, let us make sure we are there


Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: ~ II Peter 1:10.







Whenever we are in an uncomfortable or difficult place, we will often use our efforts to get out of it. We remember I Corinthians 10:13:


There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.


We are thankful that God is our great deliverer, but we also know that it does not always come instantly - we may need to use the ability God gives "to bear it" for awhile.


If we are in such a position, we should use it in the best way possible: How can I please God in it, does someone else need help here (maybe worse than me), can I learn anything in this, is there a way I can fix a situation here?


We are reminded of Joseph in prison. He spent a long time there and we would call it unfair. Yet he made the most of it and essentially ran the place. We remember Paul and Silas in prison - they did not pray to get out. We see God getting them out, but they were used to bring a great blessing to many.


A great challenge for all of us is to let our lights shine under difficult and uncomfortable situations. This should be a part of our praying and preparation for the days ahead.




Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him. ~ Proverbs 29:20


These words can certainly hit home with us in this day of social media and instant communication. We know how easily some "words" can push our button. We all know about the words we wish we could take back.


But even when we are sure our cause is correct and our point of view irrefutable, we should remember:  A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. ~ Proverbs 25:11


All of us can take wonderful words of wisdom and express them in a sarcastic and snarky way.


May God bless us to be "fitly spoken" in the right tone with the motive to be a blessing




Lord help me improve and be better each day

In all that I do and all that I say

May I be a blessing along the way

May others see Jesus in me I pray





Our opening hymn yesterday was one that many of us have known from an early age - What a Friend We Have in Jesus


It is one that could be described as an endearing song - that Jesus is dear to us. We can picture ourselves hugging Jesus and Him hugging us. How could be adequately describe that?


Within the hymn we find these words::


Have we trials and temptations, is there trouble anywhere


Are we weak an heavy-laden, cumbered with a load of care


It reminded us of when Pastor did our study of Psalms, the subject of trials and difficulties was not glossed over. David would take them right to God. That's what we ought to do with them - cast all of that care right over on Him.


Think about the tough times we may have experienced with the crying, grieving, mourning and heartache. Why do we do that: because we want to get it out of us, let it all out, don't keep it inside  - cast all of the care of it over on Him.


David had those times but he did not live there. He stirred himself up to: Bless the Lord O my soul... ~ Psalm 103:1


Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. ~ Psalm 42:5


I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. ~ Psalm 34:1


After we have cast that care over on Him, because he cares for us (don't take it back on the inside). Now is the time to praise and rejoice because we believe His word, even if we have seen no change yet.


May your day be brightened, your sorrows lifted, and the blessing of God be mightily upon you as you act on the word of God in this way.




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


We share this verse today to encourage you that your faith can grow, and grow exceedingly. Don't we realize that this growth would certainly please our Lord as He commended it in His earthly ministry.


We also see in the last part of this verse the words regarding charity (love) - certainly applicable on this day when world acknowledges in its own way the reality and benefits of love.


Remember that faith works by love ~ Galatians 5:6. May God grant us good results for ourselves and others by getting to work on our faith and love.




As we have commented in earlier posts, we will never be able to answer everyone's questions. When you think about it, we cannot even answer all of our own. On the other side of it, sometimes when we get an answer we wish that we had not asked the question. We might even receive a little too much information at times.


Even Jesus did not answer everyone's question or do what some people wanted Him too. We are not told to answer every question but we are told:


But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: ~ I Peter 3:15


Sharing this with people is better than sharing every little piece of information that we have heard.




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


This verse (and the ones that surround it) will both comfort and challenge us throughout this life.


When we miss it or feel discouraged, it can be a struggle to believe the love of God like we should. Paul's words indicate that taking in and realizing the love of God is not something that just comes automatically:


That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. ~ Ephesians 3:17-19


These verses talk about being "rooted and grounded". This is certainly more than just a casual thought or association. This "knowing the love of Christ" that is mentioned above Paul says "passes knowledge". Yet Paul wants us to comprehend it.


There are a lot of things in the natural that we can comprehend and experience but we do not know (certainly in our minds) all or everything about it. That does not keep us from enjoying it, learning about it, and putting it to use.


Though we may think we have a long way to go, we can get started and tell the Lord we want to walk and live in these verses mentioned above - and demonstrate it in our lives and interactions with others.


May the love of God bless you today.




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


In looking at this verse, the emphasis is often on "praying in the Holy Ghost". Or we may look at "building up yourselves".


Each would be a wonderful study, but today we look at the words: "your most holy faith". Is that the way we look at our faith in Jesus? Or would we classified it as, "Well this is just what I believe".


We also remember these words from Peter: Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: ~ II Peter 1:1


Thus our faith is described as "most holy" and "precious". When we consider that our faith is what changed our destination from hell to heaven, we realize this description is quite appropriate.


... and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. ~ I John 5:4


Thank you Lord our my precious faith.




We shared a post a couple of years ago along this line and we want to share it again in light of all the fear that is in our world today.

Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken ~ Proverbs 3:25-26


In this we see that fear can come (and come suddenly) and yet the Bible says do not be afraid of it. Isn't that unusual and different. All of us have dealt with fear in some way. There is certainly a healthy caution to not do things that we know would hurt us. But we can take a stand against the fear that would attack us and  claim the confidence and blessing of the Lord mentioned in the verse above.


Also remember: For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. ~ II Timothy 1:7


May we call on the spirit of power, love and especially a sound mind when the spirit of fear tries to attack our heads. Fear can be stood against - we do not have to yield to it.


So many times Jesus (and angels who appeared to people) declared: fear not!


Remember: Perfect love casts out fear ~ I John 4:18




“The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.” –John Adams wrote this on June 28, 1813, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson.


In our estimation, there is overwhelming evidence that the founding and development of our nation involved Christian principles. Regardless of whether that is so or not, the main question for each of us is:


What am I going do? What am I going to base my life and decisions on? This will determine what happens with us. It is a very important questions for our leaders as well.


Like Joshua, may we declare: As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord ~ Joshua 24:15




Today we note these words from Lames 1:21 ... receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.


This should be our attitude toward the word of God whether we are reading it, meditating/thinking on it, or listening to it. May the word of God continually be planted within or grafted into us.


If you know anything about fruit trees, you know grafting is very popular. When a graft "takes", two trees became one with enormous possibilities for fruit, flavor, color, and vigor and disease resistance in the tree itself.


As in two trees becoming one through grafting, may we and the word of God become one through this spiritual grafting. That does not sound far-fetched when we remember that Jesus in John 17 prayed that we all might be one with each other and with Him and the Father.


May this graft indeed "take" - that God's word would work mightily in me.




Our opening hymn yesterday was an old church favorite "Standing on the Promises". The New Testament has a lot to say about our stand in the gospel. We note a few below:



stand fast in the faith

stand fast in the liberty wherein Christ has made us free

stand against the wiles of the devil

stand in the full armor of God

stand fast in the Lord


In our daily lives, we are constantly called upon to note and consider where we stand: About what someone said, what they did, what happened, what someone is proposing, what was said on the news, in the paper, on social media, etc.


Then it comes right to us and what we have to say about it (where do we stand). We had better know the word of God and why we take the positions that we do.

My we continually study to show ourselves approved... ~ II Timothy 2:15




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.






Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. ~ Colossians 4:12

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