Category Archives: Creation

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Photos by Cheryl Madasz Butler

“The message relates to many and never gets old.

It speaks out to those that are hurting, those that are going through tough things.

It’s a reminder that the God who brought sight to the blind and brought the lame to their feet

is the same God who holds you in His arms today.

It’s my sincere prayer that the simple message of this song

would resonate in people’s hearts.

I wrote it after a moving conversation I had with a man who told me his story.

It was a story of God’s faithfulness during a struggling time.

How God can turn things that seem so grim into things that give Him glory.

Think of all those that Jesus healed and saved

while He was on earth

from great tragedy and sickness and even death.

It gave people all the more reason to praise Him!”

—Phil Wickham
Kevin Davis, from Christian Music Review writes, 
Safe 
“serves to encourage, strengthen and remind listeners
that they are not alone,
‘You will be safe in His arms,
You will be safe in His arms,
The hands that hold the world
Are holding your heart,
This is the promise He made
He will be with you always,
When everything is falling apart
You will be safe in His arms.'”

Your dreams have fallen all apart?

Left you with a tired and broken heart?

You think you’re on your own?

No, you’re not alone!

Heard of the One who can calm the raging sea?

Gives sight to the blind, pulls the lame up to their feet?

Love so strong, He never lets you go?

No, you’re not alone!

His Voice brings the dead back to life…

The very same Voice that calls you now to rise…

Hear Him now, He’s calling you home…

You’ll never be alone!

You will be safe in His arms…

These are the hands that built the mountains…

The hands that calmed the sea…

These are the arms that hold the heavens…

They are holding you & me…

These are the hands that healed the leper…

Pulled the lame up to their feet…

These are the arms that were nailed to a cross…

To break our chains and set us free!

You will be safe in His arms…

Proverbs 18:10

The Name of the Lord is a strong tower;

The righteous run to it and are safe.”

Amen!

Ok, Please Shut The Refrigerator Door Up There!!

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Your freezing cold temperatures are affecting our warmth!!
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It’s a cold, windy 46 degrees here in FL right now…
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Feels like 40…
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The high today was 69…
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We all have our winter coats, hats, and gloves on!!
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Shut your refrigerator door up there…
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You’re lettin’ out the cold!!

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And it’s leaking down to us!
I know you don’t feel sorry for us!!
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But I’m sending prayers of warmth for all of you!!
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God must feel bad that we don’t get any snow…
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So He made our clouds look like snow today!!
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Such a nice backdrop for our Palm Trees!
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And it looks like our Evergreens have a dusting of snowflakes!
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He really knows how to put on a show, huh???
Psalm 19:1
“The Heavens declare the glory of God;
    
the skies proclaim the work of His hands.”

Need A Revelation? Sing A New Song!

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Worthy is the, Lamb who was slain
Holy, Holy, is He
Sing a new song, to Him who sits on
Heaven’s mercy seat

Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come
With all creation I sing
Praise to the King of Kings
You are my everything
And I will adore You

Clothed in rainbows, of living color
Flashes of lightning, rolls of thunder
Blessing and honor, strength and glory and power be
to You the only wise King

Filled with wonder, awestruck wonder
At the mention of Your Name
Jesus Your Name is power
Breath, and living water
Such a marvelous mystery

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2 Corinthians 5:21

“God made Him

who had no sin

to be sin for us,

so that in Him

we might become

the righteousness of God.”

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Revelation 4:8

“Each of the four living creatures

had six wings

and was covered with eyes all around,

even under his wings.

Day and night they never stop saying:

‘Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty,

who was,

and is,

and is to come.'”

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Revelation 22:1-21

Eden Restored

“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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John and the Angel

“The angel said to me,

‘These words are trustworthy and true.

The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets,

sent His angel to show His servants

the things that must soon take place.’

‘Look, I am coming soon!

Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.’

I, John,

am the one who heard and saw these things.

And when I had heard and seen them,

I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel

who had been showing them to me.

But he said to me,

‘Don’t do that!

I am a fellow servant with you

and with your fellow prophets

and with all who keep the words of this scroll.

Worship God!’

Then he told me,

‘Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll,

because the time is near.

Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong;

let the vile person continue to be vile;

let the one who does right continue to do right;

and let the holy person continue to be holy.’

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Epilogue: Invitation and Warning

‘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. 

Blessed are those who wash their robes,

that they may have the right to the tree of life

and may go through the gates into the city.

Outside are the dogs,

those who practice magic arts,

the sexually immoral,

the murderers,

the idolaters

and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

 I, Jesus,

have sent My angel to give you this testimony for the churches.

I Am the Root

and the Offspring of David,

and the bright Morning Star.”

The Spirit and the bride say,

‘Come!’

And let the one who hears say,

‘Come!’

Let the one who is thirsty come;

and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll:

If anyone adds anything to them,

God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll.

And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy,

God will take away from that person

any share in the tree of life

and in the Holy City,

which are described in this scroll.

He who testifies to these things says,

‘Yes, I Am coming soon.

Amen.

Come, Lord Jesus.

The grace of the Lord Jesus

be with God’s people.

Amen.'”

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One-Stop Shopping!

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Don’t you love that???

That one place…

Can and does…

Have everything we need!!

For instance…

Yesterday…

I needed to pick-up a prescription…

Get tissue paper to donate to our county homeless shelter…

Get chips for our Fall Kick-Off  BBQ at church on Sunday…

Purchase a pair of cargo shorts for my son…

Get cookies and snacks for drama practice…

Hunt for that new Windex Pump thing…

So I can wipe my counters and go!!

I found it all!!

At my neighborhood Wal-Mart!!

You can, too!!

In this economy…

Why go anywhere else???

No Way!

The price is too high!

Our Jesus…

Is one-stop shopping!!

Everything you need is within…

His Name!

Why run all around???

Looking in all the wrong places…

When what you need is…

In Him???

In Him you have…

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!

Don’t go anywhere else…

The price you’ll pay is too high!!

Some of His Divine Names…

He is:

Jesus

YahwehSaves/Helps/Is Salvation

Healer

Emmanuel-God With Us

Christ-The Son of the Living God

The Anointed One

Lord-Master

Logos-The Word

Son of God-Divinity

Son of Man-His Earthly Life

Lamb of God-Savior of the World

New Adam/Second Adam/Last Adam-Redemption

Light of the World-Blind Will See

Bread of Life-We will Not Hunger

King of the Jews-As He’s Led to the Crucifixion

Rabbi-My Great Teacher

I Am-Being of All Things

Apostle-Representing God to Humanity

High PriestRepresenting Humanity to God

Prophet-Divine Revelation Through God

ParacleteComforter

AlmightyAlpha and Omega

First and Last

Beginning and End

Yeshua

Messiah-The Anointed One

God Is:

Yahweh-The God is Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

El-Mighty, Strong, Prominent

Elohim-God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)

Adonai-Lord, Master

El-Shaddai-God All Sufficient

Jehovah-Jireh-The Lord Will Provide

Jehovah-Rophe-The Lord Who Heals

Jehovah-NissiThe Lord Our Banner

Jehovah-M’KaddeshThe Lord Who Sanctifies

Jehovah-ShalomThe Lord Our Peace

Jehovah-Rohi-The Lord Our Shepherd

Jehovah-Tsidkenu-The Lord Our Righteousness

Jehovah-Shammah-The Lord is There

Jehovah-Sabaoth-The Lord Of Hosts

Yeshua-Savior

Our Judge

Abba Father– Creator

King Of Kings

Lord Of Lords

Ancient of Days

Most High

One True God

I Am That I Am

Jehovah

Most High

YHWHThe Name

Call His Name!!

The list of needs…

He can meet for you is endless!!

Cry out to the…

Lord Most High!

We can rely on…

His Name…

Jesus Christ!

May you be completely filled with…

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord!!

Amen!

 *To see additional Names of Jesus/God, go to:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Names_and_titles_of_Jesus_in_the_New_Testament

http://bibleresources.org/names-of-jesus/

http://www.abetterhope.com/whois/titles.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Names_of_God

http://www.ldolphin.org/names.html

God’s Not Dead…He’s Surely Alive!!

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Folks, let’s hear it!!

God’s not dead!

He’s surely alive!

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Let love explode, and bring the dead to life
A love so bold
To see a revolution, somehow

Now I’m lost in Your freedom
In this world I’ll overcome

My God’s not dead
He’s surely alive
He’s living on the inside
Roaring like a lion 

Roaring

He’s roaring

Roaring like a lion

Let hope arise, and make the darkness hide
My faith is dead, I need resurrection, somehow

Let heaven roar, and fire fall
Come shake the ground
With the sounds of revival

My God’s not dead
He’s surely alive
He’s living on the inside
Roaring like a lion

He’s roaring

He’s roaring

He’s roaring like a lion

Not like satan…

Mentioned in

1 Peter 5:8

Be alert and of sober mind.

Your enemy the devil

prowls around like a roaring lion

looking for someone to devour.”  

John 10:10

The thief comes only

to steal and kill and destroy;

I have come that they may have life,

and have it to the full.”

Jesus, Our Lamb, who was slain…

Comes so we can have abundant life!

Let the fire of the Holy Spirit fall!!

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God roars for our protection, our refuge, our stronghold!

He roars to an unrepentant nation…

To humbly come back!

And He roars on the inside of us…

For us to come back, too!

He’s compassionate, yet just!

The Lion and The Lamb!!

Joel 3:16

The Lord will roar from Zion   

and thunder from Jerusalem;   

the earth and the Heavens will tremble.

But the Lord will be a refuge for His people,   

a stronghold for the people of Israel.

Hosea 11:10

“They will follow the Lord;   

He will roar like a lion.

When He roars,   

His children will come trembling from the west.”

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Amos 3:8

The lion has roared   

who will not fear?

The Sovereign Lord has spoken   

who can but prophesy?”

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Revelation 10:1-3

“Then I saw another mighty angel

coming down from heaven.

He was robed in a cloud,

with a rainbow above his head;

his face was like the sun,

and his legs were like fiery pillars.

He was holding a little scroll,

which lay open in his hand.

He planted his right foot on the sea

and his left foot on the land,

and he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion.

When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke.

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Revelation 5:5

“Then one of the elders said to me,

‘Do not weep!

See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah,

the Root of David,

has triumphed.

He is able to open the scroll

and its seven seals.’”

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Take notice world!

There’s power in the roar of the Lion of Judah…

In His Name…

Jesus!!

When you know the Lion of Judah…

The roar of the lion, our adversary…

Will mean nothing to you…

And you have nothing to fear!

Shout out the Name of Jesus…

Because God’s not dead…

He’s Alive!!

Every Starry Night Was His Design!!!

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Give your life to the only One…

Who makes the moon reflect the sun!

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(All photos on this post taken by my sister, Tina!)

John 14:6

Jesus answered,

“I am the way and the truth and the life.

No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Chris August explains the story behind the song:

“In ‘Starry Night,’

I sing about how amazed I am

when I look at the stars

or trees blowing in the wind.

People take great pictures

and make great drawings of nature

and I think that’s very creative,

but God was the One who made those things.

There was a void,

and God created everything.

Those are the things I’m thinking about

when I sing the song.

The line in the song,

To the Faith it takes,

to pray and sing,

from the painted sky,

to my plank-filled eye,

He is God of all,

He is everything’

is based on me trying to process my own emotions

and doubts about myself.

I recognize that I’m a sinner.

Sometimes,

singers and pastors can get so caught up

in their popularity and giving messages

that they forget that God gave them everything

including their songs and sermons.

When I have something on my heart,

I pray

and ask God to reveal what He’s trying to tell me.

All of my songs are based on my prayer life.”

To read more about Chris August, go to:

http://www.newreleasetuesday.com/article.php?article_id=411

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Romans 3:23

“…for all have sinned

and fall short of the glory of God,”

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He’s God of all…
He is everything!

Give your life to the only Son
Who was and is and yet to come!

Let the praises ring…
‘Cause He is everything!!

Hallelujah, Hallelujah!
I believe!

On that starry night, He changed my life!!

He gave me hope when I had none…
So let the praises ring!

Every angel sings…
That He’s Heavenly!

So let the praises ring!
‘Cause He is everything!

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Psalm 147:4

“He determines the number of the stars   

and calls them each by name.”

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Psalm 148:3

“Praise Him, sun and moon;   

Praise Him, all you shining stars.”

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Matthew 2:9

“After they had heard the king,

they went on their way,

and the star they had seen when it rose

went ahead of them

until it stopped

over the place where the child was.”

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We’re here because of that starry, starry night!!

It was His Design!!

And He’s still guiding wise men, today!

You’ve Stolen My Heart, Yes You Have!

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I’ll Sing Your Praise!!!

Romans 1:20

“For since the creation of the world

God’s invisible qualities—

his eternal power

and divine nature—

have been clearly seen,

being understood from what has been made,

so that people are without excuse.”

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Every tree and every stone
Every rushing wind that moans
They sing Your praise
My God, they sing Your praise
Every star and open sky
Tell of Your Glory Divine
They shout Your praise
They shout Your praise, yeah

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You’ve stolen my heart
Yes, You have!
You’ve stolen my heart
Yes, You have!
You’ve wiped away the stains
And broke away the chains
Yes, You have!!

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With Your love, You set me free
Three nails gave me liberty
So I’ll sing Your praise
This is all for You
Oh, with Your love
You forgave my sin
Forgot my past
And brought me back again
So I’ll sing Your praise
I’ll sing Your praise, yeah

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If I ascend into the sky
Or hide behind the night
I can not run, Your love is chasing me
If I fall into the sea
Your hand will rescue me
No one will take Your place
Because…

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This is all for You
Yes, this is all for You
You’re the King of the world
You’re the King of the world

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(photos-taken by my friend Marian, on her family trip to Lake Billy Chinook)

You’ve stolen my heart!

Yes, you have!!

This is all for You!

My God, I’ll sing Your praise!

You’re the King of the World!

I’ll shout your praise!!

Mathew 22:37

Jesus replied:

Love the Lord your God

with all your heart

and with all your soul

and with all your mind.

I do, Lord!!

Amen!