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STORIES FROM THE BIBLE: 11/17/2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Story of Creation
The Bible begins with God the Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. It tells the true story of how God made all things. He filled the world with perfect and good things. He made the world for you and me. I wonder . . . How did God make all things? How did He give us life?

As far back as I can remember, I have always loved stories, especially stories from the Holy Bible. I have never outgrown my love for these wonderful biblical stories, not even now at age 74. Let’s start with a look at creation in Genesis 1 and the world He made for us.

God Creates the World
‘In the beginning, there was no land or sky or sea or animals. And then God spoke in the darkness: “Let there be light!” Right away there was light, scattering the darkness and showing the infinite space. “That’s good!” said God. “From now on, when it’s dark it will be ‘night” and when it’s light, it will be ‘day’.” The evening came and the night passed and then the light returned. That was the first day.

On the second day, God added to the earth and over it He carefully hung a vast blue sky. He stood back and admired His creation. “That’s good!” said God and the second day was over.

The next morning God looked around and thought, “the earth needs to be a bit more organized.” So, He put all the water in one place and all the dry land in another. When He had finished that, God made plants to cover the land. Flowers appeared. All sorts of trees and grasses began to grow. “That‘s good!”, said God and that was the end of the third day.

On the fourth day, God looked around and though, “the daylight still needs a bit more work and the night is just too dark.” So, He made the sun to light the sky during the day and the moon and stars to add a bit of sparkle to the night. He hung them in the shy. “That‘s good!,” said God, and that was the end of the fourth day.

The next day, God turned his attention to the water he had collected in the oceans. “I want these waters teeming with life!” As soon as He said it, it was so. In no time, there were millions of small fish darting through the shallow water and huge fish swimming in the ocean. God made birds, too. He sent them soaring through the air. “ That’s good!, “said God. The dusk fell over the water and the sky grew dark and that was the end of the fifth day.

On the sixth day, God added creatures to the land. He made lions and tigers and bears. He made rabbits and sheep and cows. He added everything from ants to zebras to the land. But there was still something missing. So God added Man to enjoy and take care of all that He had created. God looked around and was happy with all He had made.
After six days, the whole universe was completed. God said, “It’s very good”, and that was the end of the sixth day.

On the seventh day God rested and enjoyed looking at all He had made.”

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:
Do not be fooled, God created the earth. It did not happen by chance. It takes just as much faith to believe that statement, than it does to believe that we came from slime. In the past, and to a certain extent today, scholars had a tendency to understate the importance of biblical creation because they did not understand the science behind it. Rest assured, there is much scientific study and explanation behind much of the events in Genesis - including creation. Note that God created the earth from nothing (without form and empty). Note that God created LIGHT on day one. He did not create the sun on that day. The sun was not created until the Fourth Day (Gen 1:14-19). Note that the light which God created was “GOOD”. God called the light “Day” and the darkness “Night” The word “day”, as used in the Bible most of the time, means a solar day, a calibrated 24 hour period. Creation marks the absolute beginning of the world we live in.

A HYMN: Words by C. F. Alexander (1848) and music by L. O. Sanderson (1935):
“All Things Bright And Beautiful”
1. The little flow’r that opens, The little bird that sings,
God made their glowing colors, He made their tiny wings. REFRAIN
2. The cold wind in the winter, The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden, He made them every one. REFRAIN
3. He gave us eyes to see them, And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty, Who has made all things well. REFRAIN
REFRAIN: All things bright and beautiful, Creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all.

Today’s Blessing: May God take care of you, through everyday, over all the way.
PRAISE GOD and GIVE HIM ALL THE GLORY! BE BLESSED TODAY, Vic,


  
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BONBON561 11/17/2011 4:14PM

    Amen. Yesterday I was watching a TV show that was saying everything done in the past, building projects mostly were done by aliens and even Bible ref to angles were really ref to aliens. The show was so silly I laughed the whole hour

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TODAY'S HYMN AND BLESSING 11/16/2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

SPREAD THE SPARK OF HOLINESS TODAY!



Scripture:
1 Pet 1:16 - “Be ye holy; for I am Holy!


TODAY’S HYMN:
History: Words were written by W. D. Longstaff in 1882, and the music by George C. Stebbins in 1890. The inspiration for this hymn came from 1 Pet 1:16. Three verses with no refrain.

“ TAKE TIME TO BE HOLY”

1. Take time to be holy, Speak oft with the Lord;
Abide in Him always, And feed on His Word,
Make friends of God’s children, Help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing, His blessings to seek.

2. Take time to be holy, The world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret With Jesus alone,
A biding in Jesus, Like Him thou shall be,
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.

3. Take time to be holy, Be calm in thy soul,
Each tho’t and each motive Beneath His control,
Thus led by the Spirit To fountains of love,
Thou soon shall be fitted For service above.

TODAY’S BLESSING:
May God bless us and teach us to be patient and wait for the blessings that always arrive, and may we never tire of looking for them.
Bless the name of Jesus and give Him all praise!

PS: TOMORROW WE SHALL BEGIN A NEW SERIES OF LESSONS: "STORIES FROM THE BIBLE".

  
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ONENESSMOM 11/17/2011 8:11AM

    Love the Hymn. Too few people think holiness is a part of being a Christian these days.

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BONBON561 11/16/2011 4:00PM

    I like this hymn

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KARENCAYFORD 11/16/2011 12:00PM

    Praise the Lord, brother in Christ! For great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee! I am reminded through your encouraging, heartwarming posts, that the more time I spend to behold Him and gaze on His beauty, the more He will be infused into me as my holiness and beauty! Thank you, Lord Jesus! We like to behold You today, and be filled with You! Thank You that You have made us partakers of Your divine nature. We can come boldly to Your throne of grace today and receive mercy and grace for timely help. Praise the Lord!



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TODAY'S PRAYER AND BLESSING 11/15/2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

SPREAD THE SPARK OF GLORIFYING GOD TODAY!


SCRIPTURE:
1 Peter 4:16 - “Yet, if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf”.

TODAY’S PRAYER:

Most Holy Father, Eternal God! You have taught us to be faithful in an unfaithful world. We make right choices and yet we suffer because of it. Help us to understand the significance of suffering. In spite of appearances, we know that You are in control and have called us to be faithful; to trust You in all matters; to humble ourselves before You and place our life and our soul in your saving hands. Father, we live in a world where fire burns and nails pierce; agony and pain are distressing. Give us the courage to be faithful to You in all things, at all times, and in all circumstances. Remind us of the hope You have established for us, the home You have prepared for us, and the reward of eternal life that is ours in Christ Jesus. Thank You, Father, for the assurance that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ and Your love. Enable us to live that life of faithfulness to Your glory and praise. And when our life has ended, take us home to glory. These things we pray and ask in Jesus glorious name, Amen!

TODAY’S BLESSING:
May God bless us and strengthen us with the comfort of His Word and Truth.
Give God all the glory and praise!

  
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MIDORITHOMAS 11/15/2011 9:17AM

    Amen!

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TODAY'S HYMN AND BLESSING 11/14/2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

SPREADING THE SPARK OF COURAGE TODAY!



SCRIPTURE:
Isa 25:4 - For thou has been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat………”



T%ODAY’S HYMN:
History: Words written by Vernon J. Charlesworth in 1880, and music by Ira D. Sankey in 1885. The inspiration came from Isa 25:4. Four verses with a refrain.

“A SHELTER IN TIME OF STORM”

1. The Lord’s our Rock, in Him we hide, A shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide, A shelter in the time of storm. REFRAIN

2. A shade by day, defense by night, A shelter in the time of storm;
No fears alarm, no foes affright, A shelter in the time of storm. REFRAIN

3. The ragging storm may round us beat, A shelter in the time of storm;
We’ll never leave our safe retreat, A shelter in the time of storm. REFRAIN

4. O Rock divine, O Refuge dear, A shelter in the time of storm;
Be Thou our helper ever near, A shelter in the time of storm. REFRAIN

REFRAIN:
O Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, A weary land, a weary land;
O Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, A shelter in the time of storm.

TODAY’S BLESSING:
May God bless us and give us the courage to weather life’s storm.
Praise God and praise His name!

  
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KARENCAYFORD 11/14/2011 9:25PM

    What an encouraging word and I love this hymn! Yes, praise His Name!

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TODAY'S HYMN AND BLESSING 11/13/2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

SPREAD THE SPARK OF WORSHIP TODAY!


SCRIPTURE:
John 1:1 - “In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God…”.

TODAY’S HYMN: Words and music by Twila Paris (1984). Inspiration came from John 1:1. Two verses with refrain.

“ WE BOW DOWN”

1. You are Lord of creation and Lord of my life,
Lord of the land and the sea.
You were Lord of the heavens before there was time,
And King of all kings You will be.
REFRAIN:
We bow down and we worship You, Lord,
We bow down and we worship You, Lord,
We bow down and we worship You Lord.
Lord of all lords You will be!

2. You were King of creation and King of my life,
King of the land and the sea.
You were King of the heavens before there was time,
And King of all kings You will be.
REFRAIN:
We bow down and we crown You the King.
We bow down and we crown You the King.
We bow down and we crown You the King.
King of all kings You will be!


TODAY’S BLESSING:
May Our God, the source and center of all that is, and was, and yet will be, be blessed and worship and adored by every faithful believer.
Give God Who Is Worthy all Praise and Glory and Honors.

  
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    Thank you! Have a wonderful Sunday!

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