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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace

You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You, Because
he trusts in You.
            ( Isaiah 26:3 *NKJV )
 Now true peace in our lives can be hard to find at times,
but through our faith in Jesus Christ we can know peace
even in turmoil.  This is because;
He Himself is our
peace.                     ( Ephesians 2:14 )

Now our Savior Jesus Christ said, These things I
have spoken to you, that in Me you may have
peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but
be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
                                   ( John 16:33 )

Therefore when you find that peace has left you, and you
feel troubled; return your thoughts to our Heavenly
Father and trust in Him with all your heart.  Always
remembering that;
Having been justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus
Christ.                             ( Romans 5:1 )

So , always; Let the peace of Christ rule
in your hearts, since as members of one body you
were called to peace. And be thankful.
                                     ( Colossians 3:15 )

Have a great day and may; The grace of our Lord
Jesus Christ be with you all, now and always!  Amen.
                                   ( Revelations 22:21 )

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Would Jesus Marry You?

The summer months are usually the busiest time of the year for weddings to take place. A time when couples exchange vows of commitment and love to one another, carrying with them the expectations of spending a lifetime together, fulfilling their dreams and goals in blissful matrimony.
The scriptures tell us that God has been preparing a bride for His Son Jesus for almost two thousand years. A bride, Apostle Paul says, that Christ will ultimately present to himself “…without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish… holy and blameless.” (Eph. 5:27)
 Have you ever asked yourself the question, ‘would Jesus want to marry me?’ While that may seem like a provocative question, it really is one that each child of God needs to ask themselves. Am I allowing God to make me what His Son would want and desire to be with?  What are the characteristics that Jesus is looking for in His bride when He returns for her at the end of this age? Let’s take a look at a few;

   How often do we hear the words in a ceremony “...for better or worse, in sickness or in health, for richer or poorer…till death do us part.”, and yet more then half of all marriages are ending in divorce because of infidelity or that proverbial of reasons, “irreconcilable differences”. Jesus is looking for one who is committed only to Him, who, no matter how bad or how good life gets, will never forget their first love. Jesus is absolutely committed to us for he has promised “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb.13:5).

   The best of marriages will always result from men and women who count their spouses as their best friend. Jesus has called us His friends if we do the things He asks us to do (John 16:14). But the greatest act a person can do is lay down their life for their friends and Jesus made that supreme sacrifice for His future bride (John 16:13).  Best friends share everything together. They have such a close relationship that they even share their most intimate secrets and thoughts which leads to …

   Successful marriages are built upon not only commitment and friendship but open and honest communication between spouses. Jesus has given us the privilege and opportunity to talk with Him anytime, anywhere. He not only wants us to share our life with Him but expects us to bring every experience whether they are trials and burdens or joys and victories before Him because He cares for us (I Peter 5:7). And communication always needs to be a two way street between spouses. How does Jesus communicate with us? He speaks to us through His Word, the Holy Bible. How often do we listen to Him?

   No marriage can survive if it is not built upon a deep and enduring love between spouses. As love is part of God’s nature (I John 4:8), so it is of Jesus also. For you and me to be the bride of Christ we also must learn to develop that same love in ourselves. God has given us His spirit for that very purpose, so that we can ultimately reflect the love of His Son to a sinful and hate filled world. Jesus has shown His love to us by laying down His life for us and we need to reciprocate with the same, if need be, by being willing to lay our lives down for the brethren (I John 3:16).

A Forgiving Spirit:
   The ultimate act of forgiveness was when God sent His only begotten Son to die on Calvary’s cross to take away our sins. And not only does He take away our sins but they are forgotten forever. The child of God needs to learn to forgive as the Lord Jesus forgave us. “…bearing with one another and forgiving each other…even as Christ forgave you, so also should you.” (Col.3:13)

   Jesus has given us an engagement ring as a pledge of His commitment and faithfulness to us, it is the Holy Spirit (Eph.1:14; II Cor.5:5). Our acceptance of the Holy Spirit serves as our pledge to be spiritually faithful and committed in return. Jesus’ bride will ultimately be one who has kept herself chaste, undefiled by the world and it’s values (James 4:4) and untainted and steadfast against  the deceitfulness of Satan as we pour out our love and pure devotion to Christ, our future husband (II Cor.11:2-4).

If these attributes of what Christ desires in His bride seem daunting and humanly unachievable – you are right! But God’s desire is to have a bride for His Son who is perfect, holy and righteous just like He is. And His desire will be fulfilled because His word never returns back to Him void (Isaiah 55:11). He who has begun the good work in us will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus’ return, (Phil.1:6). So have no fear but only anxious longing for that day when you will truly participate in a marriage that will last for eternity. 

‘Praise the Lord! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.
 Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to Him.
For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb,
and His bride has prepared herself.’”  Revelation 19:6-7

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face shine upon us.
***Selah     ( Psalms 67:1 * NIV )
  In this busy World of ours we often forget to stop and
count all of our blessings.  If we are not careful we will
even take them for granted!  So why not stop and count
your blessings today, for when you count them, you will
find that there are many indeed!  Also you will find that
counting your blessings is a great way to begin each day
as well.
  Now the above verse reminds me of a poem that I very
much enjoy.  It was written by one of my favorite Christian
Poet's.  So today I would like to share that poem with you,
and it is my hope that you will enjoy it as well!

           Your Blessings Are So Many, Lord!

            Your blessings are so many, Lord,
                 To count them one by one
           Would take much longer than a day
                 That has just now begun!

             You fill each day with miracles
                From dawn to setting sun.
         Each night You hear a million prayers
                When day's work is done.

             You keep this old world spinning
                   As seasons come and go,
                And each one is a masterpiece
                   That stets our hearts aglow.

             You fill the earth with beauty, Lord,
                With flowers, shrubs and trees,
               And we marvel at Your rainbows
                    And butterflies and bees.

             Your words still give us comfort
                For Your promises are true.
           Your blessings are so many, Lord,
                    In everything we do!
                                      Poet, Clay Harrison

***Did you ever wonder what the Word
"Selah" meant in
various Psalms?  Well, it is Not a Hebrew word and most
Scholars of the Word believe it was a musical term,
meaning a brake in the Music, remembering that the
Psalms actually were Ancient Hymns.

Have a Wonderful day , and may the Peace
of God be with you!  

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Golden Rule

In everything, do to others what you
would have them do to you, for this sums
up the Law and the Prophets.
          ( Matthew 7:12 *NIV )
 This is often called the Golden Rule."  As God's Children
we are to obey this, for written in the law is;
Do not seek
revenge or bear a grudge against one of your
people, but love your neighbor as yourself.
                                        (Leviticus 19:18)

Also Jesus Christ said, "A new command I give
you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so
you must love one another.      ( John 13:34 )

This "Golden Rule that Jesus taught us is the
foundation of goodness and mercy, the kind of love
that God shows to us each day!

Bear with each other and forgive
whatever grievances you may have against one
another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Amen           
                                       ( Colossians 3:13 )

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day!
It Is Written;
"Honor your father and your mother,
so that you may live long in the land
the Lord your God is giving you."
            ( Exodus 20:12 *NIV )
    Today being a day to honor our father's, we began the message
with the Fifth Commandment.  This Commandment is the first one
with a promise attached to it!

    So as we enjoy this day with our earthly father, let us not forget
our Heavenly Father as well, for after all;
Have we not all one
Father?  Did He not create us?  ( Malachi 2:10 )

Therefore on this day I would like to share the following poem
with you.  A poem dedicated to our Heavenly Father!

                                      Never Alone!

                         He can calm the troubled waters
                         When you walk in dark despair.
                         There is hope when you feel helpless
                         Knowing that the Lord is there...

                         Sharing in your sunshine moments
                         Or in valleys deep and wide,
                         He is always by your side.

                         There's no other friend so faithful
                         Through the sunshine and rain,
                         Through the teardrops and the laughter,
                         In your joy and in your pain.

                         We could never, ever thank Him
                         For His love He gives so free,
                         Never changing...never ending
                         Throughout all eternity.

                         Oh, the wonder of all wonders
                         As we live from day to day,
                         Knowing that we have a Father
                         Who is with us all the way.
                                        Poet, Gertrude B. McClain

    So to Dad's everywhere,
Grace and peace to you from
God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ,
on this your day and throughout the year, and may God Richly
Bless You as well!     Amen.                             
( Romans 1:7 )

Monday, June 4, 2012

Thy Word

Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light
 for my path.
                ( Psalm 119:105 *NIV )

For all the negative things we have to say to ourselves,
 God has a positive answer for us!  After all.....

 When You say, "It's impossible".
 God says:
"All things are possible". ( Luke 18:27 )

When You say, "I'm too tired."
 God says:
"I will give you rest". ( Matthew 11:28-20 )

When You say, "Nobody really loves me".
 God says:
"I love you". ( John 3:16 & John 13:34 )

When You say, "I can't go on."
 God says:
"My grace is sufficient." ( 2 Corin 12:9 &
 Psalm 91:15 )

When You say, "I can't figure things out."
 God says:
"I will direct your steps." ( Proverbs 3:5-6 )

When You say, "I can't do it."
 God says:
"You can do all things in Me." ( Phil 4:13 )

When You say, "It's not worth it."
 God says:
"It will be worth it." ( Romans 8:28 )

When You say, "I can't forgive myself."
 God says:
"I forgive you." ( I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

When You say, "I can't manage."
 God says:
"I will supply all your needs." ( Phil 4:19 )

When You say, "I'm afraid."
 God says:
"I have not given you a spirit of fear."
                                                         ( 2 Tim. 1:7 )

When You say, "I'm always worried and frustrated"..
 God says:
"Cast all your cares on ME ( 1 Peter 5:7 )

When You say, "I don't have enough faith."
 God says:
"I've given everyone a measure of faith."
 ( Romans 12:3 )

When You say, "I'm not smart enough."
 God says:
"I give you wisdom." ( 1 Corin 1:30 )

When You say, "I feel all alone."
 God says:
"I will never leave you or forsake you."
 ( Hebrews 13:5 )

Always remember that; Every Word of GOD is
 Flawless; HE is a shild to those who take
 refuge in HIM.  ( PROVERBS 30:5 )  For the Word
 of GOD is living and active!    Amen.
                                             ( HEBREWS 4:12 )

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Lord Reigns

Lift your eyes and look to the Heavens:
Who created all these? He who brings
out the starry host one by one, and calls
them each by name.  Because of His
great power and mighty strength, not
one of them is missing.
           ( Isaiah 40:26 *NJKV )

   When the events of this World cause you to be concerned,
remember that our Heavenly Father is in Control!  For;
The Lord
reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the multitude
of isles be glad.                   ( Psalms 97:1 )

Indeed, let the Earth rejoice for time is unfolding just as it
was written!   So do not be stressed about today or the future,
for you are God's Child and He will always be with you!  For;
The eternal God is your refuge and underneath
are the everlasting arms. (Deuteronomy 33:27)

After all, who is God, except the Lord and who is
a rock, except our God?    ( Psalms 18:31 )

So the next time you become worried about the
future of this World, remember these words!
The Lord reigns,
let the earth rejoice.   
Yes, let us rejoice indeed!

   Have a Wonderful Week my friend, and my your Week be
filled with peace and love.   Amen.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Children's children are the crown of old
men, And the glory of children is their
       ( Proverbs 17:6 NKJV )

    I received the following message from, one of our Dear
Brothers-in-Christ. It's Subject is: Children.  Now I hope that
you will enjoy the following.....

    To those of us who have children in our lives, whether they are
our own, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or students... here is
something to make you chuckle.

    Whenever your children are out of control, you can take comfort
from the thought that even God's omnipotence did not extend to
His own children.

After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve.

And the first thing he said was "DON'T!"

"Don't what?" Adam replied.

"Don't eat the forbidden fruit." God said.

"Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit?
Hey Eve. we have forbidden fruit!"

"No Way!"

"Yes way!"

"Do NOT eat the fruit! " said God.


"Because I am your Father and I said so! " God replied, wondering
why He hadn't stopped creation after making the elephants.

A few minutes later, God saw His children having an apple break
and He was ticked!

"Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit? " God asked.

"Uh huh," Adam replied.

"Then why did you? " said the Father.

"I don't know," said Eve.

"She started it! " Adam said.

"Did not! "

"Did too! "


Having had it with the two of them, God's punishment was that
Adam and Eve should have children of their own. Thus the pattern
was set and it has never changed.


If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom
and they haven't taken it, don't be hard on yourself.  After all,
if God had trouble raising children, what makes you think it would
be a piece of cake for you ?