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A Prayer…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 19

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.

There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.

Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun,

which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.

Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;

the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;

the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.

Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults.

Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

 

This is who he is and what he does. Let us pray with the psalmist;

Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

 

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September 30, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , | 1 Comment

Our Rock…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 18:1-13

 

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD, who addressed the words of this song to the LORD on the day when the LORD rescued him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said: I love you, O LORD, my strength.

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.

The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of destruction assailed me;

the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.

In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.

Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked, because he was angry.

Smoke went up from his nostrils, and devouring fire from his mouth; glowing coals flamed forth from him.

He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under his feet.

He rode on a cherub and flew; he came swiftly on the wings of the wind.

He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him, thick clouds dark with water.

Out of the brightness before him hailstones and coals of fire broke through his clouds.

The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Most High uttered his voice, hailstones and coals of fire.

 

What a visual! Who of us would not be glad to have God show up for us in such a way! We have nothing to fear; we have a God who is mighty to save. Who do we wish to be among? Would it be with those who mock him and oppress his people? Would it be with those called righteous who keep his commands?

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September 29, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , | Leave a comment

A Simple act of Kindness in an Otherwise Crazy World Becomes a Teaching Moment

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Worth sharing…

Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

A Simple act of Kindness in an Otherwise Crazy World Becomes a Teaching Moment

by Kevin and Michelle Rivoli

Elwyn Caldwell, 90, in Auburn, N.Y., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (Kevin Rivoli | krivoli@syacuse.com)

Elwyn Caldwell, 90, in Auburn, N.Y., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (Kevin Rivoli | krivoli@syacuse.com)

The other day my wife, Michele, was running errands with our sons and experienced something that quickly became a teaching moment about life.

She posted this story on her Facebook feed and I put it on mine. It took off.

The man in her story is Elwyn Caldwell. I found him by happenstance when I was going to the post office a few days later and spotted an old man wearing a veteran’s cap. I noticed a portion of his left ear was missing, a characteristic that fit the description given to me by my sons.

I asked him if a woman with two red-headed young boys gave him a lift the other day. He immediately…

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September 28, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Firm resolve…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Psalm 16

A Miktam of David. Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

 I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”

 As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.

 The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips.

 The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.

 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

 I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.

 I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

 Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.

 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.

 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

 

Do we have the same firm resolve possessed by David? A man of war, he found protection in the battle and gave credit to the Lord of the battle. Our conflicts are not our own. The Lord shares them with us. When we have placed God at the center of our being; we too are instructed in the night by our counselor, the Lord of all. He will show us the path of life and we will find that same unbounded joy in him.

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September 24, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Who are we?

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 15

 

 A Psalm of David. O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill?

 He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart;

 who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend;

 in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the LORD; who swears to his own hurt and does not change;

who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.

 

There we have it; a list of characteristics seen in those who love and serve God. Can we stop seeing characteristics as a list of do’s and don’ts? It isn’t what one must do; it is simply what they do! From the inside out we express our love for God and fellow-man through who we are, who we have become in Him.  We walk blamelessly for we are covered by the blood of Jesus; we do what is right because we love…God and our fellow-man.  We do not slander; we do no evil toward another for that would not be acting in love.  We do not cause reproach against friends; we show honor to those who fear the Lord.  We do not cheat another but deal honestly with others; we do not harm the innocent.  We are those who will stand and not be moved.

 

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September 23, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , | Leave a comment

This is today…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 14

 

 To the choirmaster. Of David. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.

 The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.

 They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.

 Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread and do not call upon the LORD?

 There they are in great terror, for God is with the generation of the righteous.

 You would shame the plans of the poor, but the LORD is his refuge.

 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.

 

We hear the phrase, “There is no God,” or its equivalent everywhere today. We are engulfed in an onslaught of litigation to remove all references to God from our public life. It is replaced with phrases that attempt to glorify that which is anti-God and teaches the opposite of what His Word teaches us.

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.

We see its counterfeit everywhere. Celebrities take up more than 50% of our news. Children are taught to look up to them instead of  being presented with Jesus, who cares for them rather than taking from them. Government is looked to for safety and provision rather than trusting in God Almighty who provides for those who love and serve him alone.

  Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad

Salvation has come! Jesus came in answer to the psalmist’s cry. We have the power the psalmist knew was available. Let our focus remain in Christ, Son of God, our salvation come to us. God is our provider, our security, our salvation. We are on a journey and earth is where it begins, but not where it ends. Life continues for those who accept and live by the truth given through Jesus, His words, His life, death and resurrection.

 

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September 22, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kept…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Psalm 12

To the choirmaster: according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David. Save, O LORD, for the godly one is gone; for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.

 Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

 May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that makes great boasts,

 those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us; who is master over us?”

 “Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the LORD; “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”

 The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.

 You, O LORD, will keep them; you will guard us from this generation forever.

 On every side the wicked prowl, as vileness is exalted among the children of man.

 

A wicked and perverse generation…scripture says elsewhere. But we do not have to participate in it. We live at this time but we live in Christ and that makes a difference. We are kept by His Word.

The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.

 You, O LORD, will keep them; you will guard us from this generation forever.

 

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September 20, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Where is God?

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 11

To the choirmaster. Of David. In the LORD I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, “Flee like a bird to your mountain,

for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;

if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.

The LORD tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.

Let him rain coals on the wicked; fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.

For the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.

 

If the foundations are destroyed …are we not as a nation in the process of destroying our foundations? There is a steady flow of denying God as our refuge and a turning to our own abilities and strengths. To be sure those abilities and strengths are from God for all things come from him. The danger to us is in the denial of who he is and what he does. As a nation we move from God as our basis for all things to mankind as the basis for all things; or nature as the basis for all things. How we view life and all it encompasses is crucial to the quality of life. Remove the foundations and the building collapses into rubble; something no longer of use, needing to be cleaned up. For many, the removal of God has caused their life to collapse into rubble and the joy of living is gone.

“…if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

Whatever mankind does, God remains. For those of us who guard our heart, keep the mind of Christ, continue to place our faith and trust in our Creator, life retains its joy regardless of the circumstances around us. He is our refuge; he walks and talks with us. Adonai is in His holy temple. Know not that you are his temple? He lives in us.

“…The LORD is in his holy temple…”

Where will we run to? To whom will we run?

“…In the LORD I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, “Flee like a bird to your mountain,…”

God is righteous; we possess that righteousness and we will see him.

For the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.

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September 19, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God is NOT dead…

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 10

 

 Why, O LORD, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

 In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.

 For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD.

In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”

His ways prosper at all times; your judgments are on high, out of his sight; as for all his foes, he puffs at them.

He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved; throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.”

 His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.

 He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he murders the innocent. His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;

 he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket; he lurks that he may seize the poor; he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.

The helpless are crushed, sink down, and fall by his might.

 He says in his heart, “God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”

Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted.

Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?

 But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless.

 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none.

 The LORD is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land.

 O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear

 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

 

The wicked then and now remain and are the same. The deeds are the same. The oppression and poverty remain.

 His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.

 He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he murders the innocent. His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;

 he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket; he lurks that he may seize the poor; he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.

The helpless are crushed, sink down, and fall by his might.

Therefore the prayer remains and is just as effective.

The LORD is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land.

There is no God is heard throughout the land accompanied by a push to remove all evidence in our language of His existence.

In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”

Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?

The remnant of his people who believe remains. This said, let us pray with the psalmist and we will see the same results. God is NOT dead and he has not changed; nor is he hidden.

Believers, do we believe what we pray?  Our weapons are not weapons made by human hands.  Our weapons are weapons of the spirit and we are able to defend those who face the persecution perpetrated by the evil one.  We stand in the gap and fight for them with our prayers.  Raise the swords of prayer in their defense.  Pray and when we pray, believe!

Pray:   Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none.

The LORD is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land.

 O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear

 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

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September 17, 2014 Posted by | bible study, call to action, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Giving thanks within the time of trouble…

 

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 9

To the choirmaster: according to Muth-labben. A Psalm of David. I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.

 I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

 When my enemies turn back, they stumble and perish before your presence.

For you have maintained my just cause; you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment.

 You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish; you have blotted out their name forever and ever.

 The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins; their cities you rooted out; the very memory of them has perished.

 But the LORD sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice,

 and he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness.

 The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

 And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.

 Sing praises to the LORD, who sits enthroned in Zion! Tell among the peoples his deeds!

 For he who avenges blood is mindful of them; he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.

 Be gracious to me, O LORD! See my affliction from those who hate me, O you who lift me up from the gates of death,

 that I may recount all your praises, that in the gates of the daughter of Zion I may rejoice in your salvation.

 The nations have sunk in the pit that they made; in the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught.

 The LORD has made himself known; he has executed judgment; the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. Higgaion. Selah.

 The wicked shall return to Sheol, all the nations that forget God.

For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.

 Arise, O LORD! Let not man prevail; let the nations be judged before you!

Put them in fear, O LORD! Let the nations know that they are but men! Selah.

 

A portion of this, though written many years prior to Christ could be His words:

Be gracious to me, O LORD! See my affliction from those who hate me, O you who lift me up from the gates of death,

Those who suffer today the same afflictions, at the hands of terrorists, those who hate the believers for their belief in Christ, will sing with Christ and David this song of deliverance. God does not desert his children; he is there with us.

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September 11, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , | Leave a comment

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