Sunday, November 13, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Dimensions

From Everlasting to Everlasting
As far as East from West
His Mercy goes before me
I am infinitely blest

His righteousness like mountains
All around on every side
Compassed in His shield of Grace
I've found a place to hide

His judgments are unsearchable
How deep? Past finding out!
Underneath me are my Saviour's arms
I rest without a doubt

How far the Blue of Autumn Sky?
How vast the Dark of Night?
His merciful kindness is very high
Beyond the scope of sight


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


Based on Psalm 136, 36, 103, 5

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Revive Thy People!

Dear Lord,


Give us...
Compassion without compromise
Holiness without hypocrisy
Suffering without self-pity


We are...
Turning to You away from self
Guilty but forgiven
Rejoicing in the Lord alway!



Let The Rock that followed them in the      Wilderness
Flow with Living Water--the Washing  Water
Your Precious Word magnified above all  Thy Name
Revive the stones out of the rubbish heaps  of worldly living
Break the rocky hearts! Teach us the praise  of Your Name
Place each Pebble into the place prepared  for them--Provoking one another to love  and good works
Looking unto Jesus--Who is full of compassion, gracious, and longsuffering

The Author of Our Faith
The Finisher of His Work

Amen

Ps. 85, Neh. 4:2, Heb. 10:24-25, Is. 57:15,
Hab. 3:2, I Peter 2:1-11, Deut. 32

(The Washing of the Word includes the washing away our sins under the Blood of Jesus! Epe.5:26, Rom. 3:21-28)

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Mirror of the Word

Thy Word is like a mirror, Lord, draw me ever nearer...

Examine throughly every part
Cast Thy Searchlight on my heart
Reprove, rebuke, exhort, instruct
Into Your Likeness reconstruct

The perfect law of Liberty
Grace overcomes my iniquity
By my heart I'm oft' deceived
By Your Truth my cares relieved

When I walk amid the world
Do not let sin and Truth be swirled
Always testing thought and deed
To God's design--what He decreed

Guide my path through everyday
Over my life have total sway
Be my help, Lord, and I will be
A hearer and doer--conformed to Thee

James 1:21-25, Romans 6

Monday, March 14, 2016

The Problems of Misspelled Words

Y
Only one letter! Not really a word!
The logic in this spelling is highly absurd
The voices of doubt--a question and answer-"Why?" and "I"--a deadly sin cancer!

OY
Now two letters--but hardly much better
To listen and heed to what others pleasure
What exclamation! What horrid frustration
To live and to seek for the world's admiration

JOY
Yes! That is a spelling with everything right!
Just doing what's pleasing in Jesus' sight!
Trusting His Word! Enjoying His Love!
Serving His Will lays up treasure Above!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Believe and Receive

Truth changes me when I believe...
Love reaches me when I receive...

Hebrews 4:2
For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

John 1:12
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Matthew 1:21
....thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Romans 3:20-26
Therefore by the deeds of the law shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

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 the faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.

To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the  justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

I John 4:19
We love him, because he first loved us.

I Cor. 15:3-4
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

Romans 10:9, 13
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Monday, January 25, 2016

God cares!

How do we know that someone loves us? One way is because they take care of us!

Good parents show that they care by taking care of our physical and emotional needs. These needs change and are temporary.

God takes care of the whole person: physical, emotional, and spiritual.
He provided for our physical needs through sun, rain, food, and strength.
He provides for emotional needs by promising to never change.
Most importantly he provides for spiritual  needs of salvation and fellowship with Him.

God is eternal and is most interested in our eternal needs. Sometimes it may seem as if He doesn't care because our physical and emotional needs seem to be going unmet; however, it is in these times He is working the hardest for our eternal good. How? He is showing a need and his willingness to fill that need.

Job is an example that readily comes to mind. He lost all his children and possessions in one day. Soon after, he lost his health. His friends came to criticize instead of comfort. His wife turned against God. In all this, God was aware--He cared deeply for Job--at the right time he showed Job his needs. Job realized he needed God's Word and a Mediator between God and himself. As soon as he recognised this and humbly accepted God's help, God was able to fill his need.

In this day, I have needs and God lovingly and patiently shows them to me.

He showed me the need for deliverance from sin. He provided by Jesus' blood shed at Calvary, His Resurrection power! He invited me to trust Him. He moved me from the walk of sin unto death to the walk of life in Christ Jesus. The joy of knowing my sins are forgiven "Once for all" "Forever" is mine!

He is showing me  the walk of faith-- Trusting His care and work in my heart.

Lastly, He shows me to look to Him, see the needs of others like He does, and care. Words like mercy, compassion, and charity mean so much more.

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!
For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen.  Romans 11:33 and 36
Prov. 3:5-6
John 3:16  and 5:24
I Peter 5:7


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Love's Linguistics

The white screen stared at me
With it's one long blinking eye
Asking for words far too grand
For a writer such as I

Who can tell the wonders
Of God's only begotten Son
Or express the worth of the precious blood
Of Christ, the Crucified One

Who can shout the total joy
The relief from sins set free
Or write the blessings of a life
Lived to truly to glorify Thee

Who can explain that Grace has found
Faith's contrite heart a home
And beautified with Gentle Peace
By Mercy from Heaven's throne

The words are yet unspeakable
The Glories far above
Just to trust the name of Jesus
Is to overwhelm with love


Thoughts after studying the book of Hebrews

Monday, January 11, 2016

"Be of good cheer" "Be of a good courage" "Be of good comfort"

Be of good cheer
1.  Thy sins be forgiven Matt. 9:2
2.  It is I, be not afraid Matt. 14:27
3.  I have overcome the world John 16:33
4.  God has a purpose for his children Acts 23:11
5.  God keeps his promises Acts 27:25

All of these things are claimed by faith in God's Word!

Forgiveness is claimed by faith admitting that my sin put Jesus on the cross and then trusting that He shed His blood, died, was buried, and rose again to save me! 
By faith I listen to His teaching and obey. 
By faith I accept Jesus' help to be successful over the sin nature. (Growing in grace)
By faith I discover His Purpose for my individual life. By faith I claim each promise according to His Word.

"Daughter, be of good comfort, thy faith hath made thee whole..." Matt. 9:22

Jesus said these words to a woman that came to Him by faith for a miracle. She depended on Him.

In the Old Testament, Joshua was told to "Be of a good courage".  God would be with him! Joshua had God's Word to follow! 

God is so good!!!!