Monthly Archives: November 2013

Jesus, Bring The Rain…Or Whatever Brings You Glory!

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Be careful when you pray this prayer!!

Jesus takes it seriously!!

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Job 13:15

“Though He slay me, yet will I hope in Him;    

I will surely defend my ways to His face.”

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We must come to the place…

Where we will serve Him no matter what!

-Even if life seems to be going against us…

(True faith rises when it’s tested in the valley!)

-Even without encouragement from others…

(Sometimes you may need to stand alone…and say,

“As for me and my house we will  serve the Lord!)

-Even when we don’t understand everything He’s doing…

(Sometimes it’s when you don’t know His plan and purpose

that you build your greatest work for God!)

Do people ask how you can still praise the Lord…

With all that you’ve gone through???

Circumstances can’t possibly change…

Who you are forever in our Lord!

Since your life was changed

Long before the rainy days…

It’s now forever settled in your mind!

I’ll never turn my back on You…

Oh, Lord!

You’re my only shelter from the storms…

I’ll draw even closer through these times!

So I pray…

“Bring me joy, bring me peace…

Bring the chance to be free…

Bring me anything that brings You glory!”

Though there will be days when this life brings me pain…

If that’s what it takes to praise You…

Jesus Bring the Rain!

I am Yours regardless of the dark clouds that may loom above…

Because You are much greater than my pain!

You made a way for me by suffering Your destiny…

So tell me…

What’s a little rain???

You’re Holy, Holy, Holy! 

My Lord God Almighty!!

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This prayer means you take what God gives you…

And you use it for His glory!!

It doesn’t matter what you’re going through…

But that you KNOW He’s going through it with you!!

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John 4:23

“Yet a time is coming

and has now come

when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth,

for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

God is spirit,

and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

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John 6:66-68

 “From this time many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him.

 ‘You do not want to leave too, do you?’ Jesus asked the Twelve.

Simon Peter answered Him,

‘Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.'”

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2 Corinthians 4:7-10

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay

to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

We are hard pressed on every side,

but not crushed;

perplexed, but not in despair;

persecuted, but not abandoned;

struck down, but not destroyed.

We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus,

so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”

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Matthew 5:44-45

“But I tell you,

love your enemies

and pray for those who persecute you, 

that you may be children of your Father in Heaven.

He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good,

and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

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Deuteronomy 31:6

“Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid or terrified because of them,

for the Lord your God goes with you;

He will never leave you nor forsake you.”

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Amen!

Hey, Big Shot!! You’ll Never Be As Big As Jesus…But It’s Okay!!

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Psalm 145:3

“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;   

His greatness no one can fathom.”

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Colossians 1:15-18

The Son is the image of the invisible God,

the firstborn over all creation.

For in Him all things were created:

things in Heaven and on earth,

visible and invisible,

whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;

all things have been created through Him and for Him.

He is before all things,

and in Him all things hold together.

And He is the head of the body, the church;

He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead,

so that in everything He might have the supremacy.”

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John 15:5

“I am the vine;

you are the branches.

If you remain in Me

and I in you,

you will bear much fruit;

apart from Me you can do nothing.”

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I could move to Hollywood
Get my teeth capped, I know I could
Be a big star on the silver screen
Just like James Dean, I could be a star
I could climb the corporate ladder
Buy, sell, and liquidate
Maybe be just like the Beatles
Melodic, rocking heavyweights
I could learn to sing and dance
If I only had a chance
I could be a big rock star

I could be anything I wanted to
I could be anything, but one thing’s true

Never gonna be as big as Jesus
Never gonna hold the world in my hand
Never gonna be as big as Jesus
Never gonna build a promised land
But that’s alright, it’s okay with me

I could build a tower to Heaven
Get on top and touch the sky
I could write a million songs
All designed to glorify
I could be about as good
Good as any human could
But that won’t get me by

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You’re never gonna be as BIG as Jesus!!

So don’t even try…

You can’t top Him!

You can’t out-give Him!

Don’t try to do His job in your life…

Or be God in someone else’s life…

He’s God…

You’re not!!

It’s OK…

  Your job from the Father isn’t as hard as the Son’s!!

Whew!

How liberating…

And such a relief!!

Hey, just say it…

“I’m not as big as Jesus!!”

It’s OK…

I’m not either…

No one is!

We don’t need to be…

And we can be okay with that!

We need a BIG God!

Jesus is your Superhero!!

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Luke 4:14-21

“Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit,

and news about Him spread through the whole countryside.

He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised Him.

He went to Nazareth, where He had been brought up,

and on the Sabbath day He went into the synagogue, as was his custom.

He stood up to read,

and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him.

Unrolling it, He found the place where it is written:

The Spirit of the Lord is on Me,
    because He has anointed Me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

Then He rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down.

The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on Him.

He began by saying to them,

Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’”

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Revelation 22

“Look, I am coming soon!

My reward is with Me,

and I will give to each person according to what they have done.

I am the Alpha and the Omega,

the First and the Last,

the Beginning and the End.”

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Amen!

When Can God Be Trusted??? Always!!

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Always, Always…

  His help is on the way!!

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(Sunset photo taken at Ponce de Leon Park by my friend Marian!)

Isaiah 41:10

“So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

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Psalm 37:5

“Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in Him and He will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
    your vindication like the noonday sun.”

Foes are many…

Rise against you…

Hold your ground!

Don’t fear the wars or storms…

Your help is on the way!!

Our God will not delay…

  He’s our refuge and strength…

Always!!!

His promise is true!

  Our God will come through…

Always!!!

Trouble surrounds us…

Chaos abounds…

My soul will rest in You!!

Lift your eyes up…

Your help comes from the Lord!!

Always from You Lord…

Always!!

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Psalm 124:8

“Our help is in the Name of the Lord,
    the Maker of Heaven and earth.”

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Psalm 121

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of Heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    He who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, He who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    He will watch over your life;
 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.”

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Where does your help come from???

Look to the Lord…

He’s always right here!!

With His Love…

His Promises…

His Strength…

His Help!!

Always!!

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Exodus 15:2

“The Lord is my strength and my defense;
    He has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise Him,
    my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.”

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Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you?

Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid;

do not be discouraged,

for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

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Psalm 28:7

“The Lord is my strength and my shield;
    my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
    and with my song I praise Him.”

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Psalm 73:26

“My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.”

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Psalm 9:9

“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
    a stronghold in times of trouble.”

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Ephesians 6:10

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.”

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Amen!

Enjoy Your Breakfast Now…They Don’t Serve Breakfast In Hell!! Nope!

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Where as, the good news is…

There’s a banquet to enjoy in Heaven!!

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Isaiah 25:6-9

“On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare   

a feast of rich food for all peoples,

a banquet of aged wine—   

the best of meats and the finest of wines.

On this mountain He will destroy   

the shroud that enfolds all peoples,

the sheet that covers all nations;

He will swallow up death forever.

The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears   

from all faces;

He will remove His people’s disgrace   

from all the earth.

The Lord has spoken.

In that day they will say,

‘Surely this is our God;   

we trusted in Him, and He saved us.

This is the Lord, we trusted in Him;   

let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.’”

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Matthew 22:1-14

“Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying:

‘The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.

He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come,

but they refused to come.

Then he sent some more servants and said,

‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner:

My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready.

Come to the wedding banquet.’

 But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business.

The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them.

The king was enraged.

He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

Then he said to his servants,

‘The wedding banquet is ready,

but those I invited did not deserve to come.

So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’

So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find,

the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

But when the king came in to see the guests,

he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes.

He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’

The man was speechless.

Then the king told the attendants,

‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside,

into the darkness,

where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

For many are invited, but few are chosen.’”

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Here’s…Classic Newsboys with a great reminder!!

Hold the milk, put back the sugar
They are powerless to console
We’ve gathered here to sprinkle ashes
From our late friend’s cereal bowl

Breakfast clubbers, say the motto
That he taught us to repeat
“You will lose it in your gym class
If you wait ’til noon to eat.”

Back when the Chess Club said our eggs were soft
Every Monday he’d say grace and hold our juice aloft
Oh, none of us knew his checkout time would come so soon
But before his brain stopped waving, he composed this tune

When the toast has burned
And all the milk has turned
And Cap’n Crunch is waving farewell
When the big one finds you
May this song remind you
That they don’t serve breakfast in hell

Breakfast clubbers, drop the hankies
Though to some our friend was odd
That day he bought those pine pajamas
His check was good with God

Those here without the Lord, how do you cope?
For this morning we don’t mourn like those who have no hope
Oh, rise up, Froot Loop lovers; sing out sweet and low
With spoons held high, we bid our brother “Cheerio!”

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John 14:1-4

Do not let your hearts be troubled.

You believe in God;

believe also in Me.

My Father’s house has many rooms;

if that were not so,

would I have told you

that I am going there to prepare a place for you?

And if I go and prepare a place for you,

I will come back

and take you to be with Me

that you also may be where I am.

You know the way to the place where I am going.

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Colossians 3:1-4

“Since, then,

you have been raised with Christ,

set your hearts on things above,

where Christ is,

seated at the right hand of God.

Set your minds on things above,

not on earthly things.

For you died,

and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

When Christ, who is your life,

appears,

then you also will appear with Him in glory.”

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Revelation 21:4

“‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes.

There will be no more death’

or mourning or crying or pain,

for the old order of things has passed away.”

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Revelation 22:1-5

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life,

as clear as crystal,

flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 

down the middle of the great street of the city.

On each side of the river stood the tree of life,

bearing twelve crops of fruit,

yielding its fruit every month.

And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

No longer will there be any curse.

The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city,

and His servants will serve Him.

They will see His face, and His Name will be on their foreheads.

There will be no more night.

They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun,

for the Lord God will give them light.

And they will reign for ever and ever.”

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Philippians 3:20-21

“But our citizenship is in Heaven.

And we eagerly await a Savior from there,

the Lord Jesus Christ,

who, by the power that enables Him

to bring everything under His control,

will transform our lowly bodies

so that they will be like His Glorious Body.”

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Psalm 23:6

“Surely Your goodness and love will follow me   

all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord   

forever.”

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Revelation 19:7-9

“Let us rejoice and be glad   

and give Him glory!

For the wedding of the Lamb has come,   

and His bride has made herself ready.

Fine linen, bright and clean,   

was given her to wear.”

(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)

Then the angel said to me,

‘Write this:

Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’

And he added,

‘These are the true words of God.’

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You’re invited to the banquet!!

Everything is ready!

No excuses!

It will not be cancelled!

There’s still room at the King’s table!

It’s your choice to come!!

Say “Yes!” to God’s Son!

Put on your wedding garment…

Go to the Heavenly banquet!

Celebrate!

Enjoy the wedding feast…

At the Supper of the Lamb!

Amen!

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I’m Filled With Thanksgiving…Thank You For Giving, Lord!

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2 Corinthians 9:15

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”

Ephesians 5:20

“…always giving thanks to God the Father for everything,

in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Lord, Thank You…

For Your promises…

 Your awesome scenery…

For finding me…

And for giving me life…

So I can serve You!

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Psalm 145:2

“Every day I will praise You   

and extol Your Name for ever and ever.”

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1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

“Rejoice always,

pray continually,

give thanks in all circumstances;

for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

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Colossians 3:17

“And whatever you do,

whether in word or deed,

do it all in the Name of the Lord Jesus,

giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

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Psalm 100:4-5

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving   

and His courts with praise;   

give thanks to Him and praise His Name.

For the Lord is good and His love endures forever;   

His faithfulness continues through all generations.”

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Give thanks for who He is…

And what He’s done for us…

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Psalm 106:1

“Praise the Lord.

Give thanks to the Lord,

for He is good;   

His love endures forever.”

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Jesus gave everything…

He held nothing back…

Don’t take this for granted…

Value what He’s done for you…

Respond to His extraordinary love…

With heartfelt Thanksgiving!

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Don’t be stingy in your devotion…

Give your all, too!

Mark 14:8

“She did what she could.

She poured perfume on My body beforehand

to prepare for my burial.”

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John 6:35

“Then Jesus declared, 

‘I am the bread of life.

Whoever comes to Me will never go hungry,

and whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.'”

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Matthew 25:40

“…Truly I tell you,

whatever you did for one of the least

of these brothers and sisters of mine,

you did for me.”

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Lord…

Thank You for giving Your life…

So I could live…

And be alive in You!

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 When I consider my list of people and things to be thankful for…

Lord…

You’re at  the top of my list!!

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Isaiah 11:6

“…and a little child will lead them.”

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Well, I thank God we’re not TURKEYS!!!

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Amen to that!!

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Is Jesus A Paralytic?

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Love this post!! Bringing our drama team to a community outreach, and a nursing home this month to minister…gave Jesus use of His legs! Amen!

Lessons by Heart

Another important step in gaining the mind of Christ is found in a word:

Remember

Where were we when Jesus found us? What was life like? What kinds of messes were we in at that time? If we aren’t filled with gratitude for what the Lord has done in us, then we’ve forgotten. StephenWhoElse made an excellent comment regarding Ministry That Matters. It was this:

“God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. (2 Cor 1:3-4)

If God has lifted us out from the same mess that the brokenhearted, downtrodden and desperate people are in, then we have a big responsibility to share with them the same comfort we received from God.”

Please note that our…

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