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THIS IS MY PRAYER! Wed, 7/18/2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Holy Father, Loving God, no one has a more generous heart than You. We realize that You are the One from whom all blessings flow. No one can give what they have not received. Although we may be labeled as an outsider by many, help us to treat others with respect and love. Let our generosity help others even as You have been so generous to us. Show us how to be the good Samaritan, to live from generosity rather than from selfishness. Teach us to be more like Jesus and less like our self. Teach us that it is more blessed to GIVE than to RECIVE. Show us how to live generously from Your bounty to Your glory. This we pray and ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!
Vic.

  
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BABY_GIRL69 7/18/2012 6:26PM

    Amen Brother Vic!

Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow & should definitely reflect these gifts He bestows upon....

God bless!

Dee


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ANHELIC 7/18/2012 6:25PM

    Praise God and be with your children who follow you. Amen
Thank you Vic for your prayer

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KALLIE1958AR 7/18/2012 6:06PM

    Amen

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BLEGNER1 7/18/2012 5:22PM

    Praise the Lord

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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/18/2012 5:15PM

    Amen! emoticon emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/18/2012 3:19PM

    Amen.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/18/2012 11:20AM

    Amen!

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LOSTLIME 7/18/2012 10:30AM

    Amen.

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SUNSETBREEZE05 7/18/2012 10:19AM

    And they all said.."Amen!"

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BESTSUSIEYET 7/18/2012 10:07AM

    Open my eyes, Lord, to see all you have done for me. Forgive me for taking your gifts for granted, and fill me with a generous heart.

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EDITOR 7/18/2012 8:40AM

    May the peace of God follow those that pray, always in all things.

Thanks for the goodie, Vic, and for sharing prayers with us as our leader in this arena.

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SANDRALEET 7/18/2012 8:35AM

    Praise the Lord right on

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RSSSLHB 7/18/2012 8:30AM

    Amen emoticonfor praying Vic emoticon emoticon

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/18/2012 7:20AM

    Wouldn't it be humbling to step back and see all the times God has intervened in our lives? I'm sure he weeps over his creation in that so many of us cannot even see Him reaching out His hand in love in order to bring us back to Him. May we be the hands of God this day to reach out to a dying world is my prayer! Amen.

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AVANELL 7/18/2012 7:15AM

    Jesus told His disciples "Freely you have received, freely give." (Matt. 10:8) It is true that we can't give something away that we don't own ourselves. God blesses us so that we can be a blessing to others.

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MAESTRAPLANK1 7/18/2012 7:14AM

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow... one of my favorite hymns. He is our strong tower and I love this prayer. What a way to start the day, Victorio. Que Dios te bendiga! emoticon

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ROX525 7/18/2012 7:04AM

    Amen.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 7/18/2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 7/18/2012

Exodus 20:1-17
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, Lesson 15a

Ted Turner has declared the Ten Commandments obsolete, "We’re living with outdated rules. The rules we’re living under are the Ten Commandments, and I bet nobody here even pays much attention to them because they’re too old. When Moses went up on the mountain, there were no nuclear weapons, there was no poverty. Today, the Ten Commandments wouldn’t go over. Nobody around likes to be commanded. Commandments are out!"

Turner is wrong when he declares that the Ten Commandments are outdated. As we will see in upcoming lessons, they are as fresh as ever. He was right, however, when he says that nobody likes to be commanded. In fact, modern society mocks the truth and exalts the lie. We live in a time when right is classified as wrong and wrong as right. ( Isa. 5:20).

Today, in America, many believe that there are no "moral absolutes." Many hold to a philosophy of "moral relativism." How many times have we heard statements like these: "What’s right for you may not be right for me."; "If it feels good do it."; "Anything goes."; " Nothing is right or wrong, there are just different opinions?"

All of this is the result of the feeling that there is no absolute truth; “You are entitled to your truth and I am entitled to mine“! A recent poll found that 67% of Americans do not believe in moral absolutes. Among "Baby Busters", those born between 1965 and 1983, the percentage was even higher at 78%. Even 62% of professing Christians said that there was no absolute standard of right and wrong. My, how America has fallen! This nation was founded on biblical principles of right and wrong. Today, that foundation is crumbling beneath our feet! James Madison, the 4th President of the United States said this, "We stake the future of this country on our ability to govern ourselves under the principles of the Ten Commandments."

Today, we begin a series of Lessons on the Ten Commandments. My aim is to show you their relevance for our day. I hope to lay a foundation for the future messages by telling you a little of the background of the Ten Commandments and why they were given. Let’s look into these ancient Laws and see that they are a practical standard for the life of modern man.

THE REASONS FOR THE LAW

Why did God give the Law? To save sinners? “NO!” Israel was already in a covenant relationship with God, (Gen. 15). The Law cannot save – (Gal. 3:11; Rom. 3:20).

The reasons why God gave Israel the Law are as follows:

To reveal His glory and Holiness – (Deut. 5:22-28).
To reveal man’s sinfulness – (Rom. 7:7, 13; 1 Tim. 1:9; James 1:22-25).
To mark Israel as His chosen and to separate them from the heathen – (Psa. 147:19-20; Eph. 2:11-17; Acts 15).
To give Israel a standard for godly living – (Deut. 4:1ff; 5:29ff).
To prepare Israel for the coming of Christ – (Gal. 5:24).
To illustrate in type and ceremony the Person and ministry of Christ – (Heb. 10:1).

The Law is:
A Mirror – (James 1:22-25)– It reveals man’s sins.
A Yoke – It brings bondage since the flesh finds it impossible to keep – (Acts 15:10; Gal. 5:1; Rom. 8:3).
A Schoolmaster – Points men to Jesus – (Gal. 3:23-4:7).
A Shadow – Contrasted with the reality and fulfillment found in Jesus – (Heb. 10:1; Col. 2:14-17).

The Law was unable to accomplish certain things:
Make men perfect – (Heb. 7:11-19; 10:1-2).
Justify from sin – (Acts 13:38-39; Rom. 3:20-28).
Give righteousness – (Gal. 2:21).
Give peace – (Heb. 9:9).
Give life – (Gal. 3:21).

The Law was merely a guideline for living that possessed no saving power. Many in our day desire the bondage of the Law over the freedom found in Jesus.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“A Beautiful Life” By William M. Golden (1918)

Each day I’ll do a golden deed,
By helping those who are in need;
My life on earth is but a span,
And so I’ll do the best I can.
Refrain:
Life’s evening sun is sinking low,
A few more days, and I must go
To meet the deeds that I have done,
Where there will be no setting sun.

To be a child of God each day,
My light must shine along the way;
I’ll sing His praise while ages roll,
And strive to help some troubled soul.
Refrain:

The only life that will endure,
Is one that’s kind and good and pure;
And so for God I’ll take my stand,
Each day I’ll lend a helping hand.
Refrain:

I’ll help someone in time of need,
And journey on with rapid speed;
I’ll help the sick and poor and weak,
And words of kindness to them speak.
Refrain:

While going down life’s weary road,
I’ll try to lift some trav’ler’s load;
I’ll try to turn the night to day,
Make flowers bloom along the way.
Refrain:

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NADINEL 7/19/2012 1:46AM

    Vic,
Something that came to mind almost immediately. Ted Turner is a lost man who is on his way to Hell if he does not accept Salvation from the Lord Jesus.
2 verses came to mind which parallel each other:
Proverbs 14:12 - There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Proverbs 21:2 - Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts. (both KJV)
We live in a lost and dying world. God's way is the only way.


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ANHELIC 7/18/2012 6:38PM

    Thank you Vic,for your awesome lesson. We need to hear more about the Ten Commandments. Our world is in a mess and with God we are all safe.
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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/18/2012 5:20PM

    God's law does not fade with time
God's law will forever be the same
God's law does not change with changes in time
God has the right to command us as we are his masterpiece

emoticonVic for a emoticon lesson

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/18/2012 3:29PM

    The law is holy the law is good
and it's written by God in stone
The law is faithful, forever sure
and it's written by God in stone
I will follow his commandments
I'll abide in him alone
For his law is my delight
It's written down in stone . . .
It's wrought by God's almighty hand
It's written down in stone.
http://www.youtube.com/wa
tch?v=tTJthjfOXiI

Comment edited on: 7/18/2012 3:31:09 PM

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/18/2012 10:50AM

    Thanks for a lesson that we needed to hear....The world is in trouble.

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LOSTLIME 7/18/2012 10:49AM

    Thank you,Vic, for these lessons on the Ten Commandments. Our world is such a sad
place. Too much war and unrest.

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SANDRALEET 7/18/2012 8:37AM

    And we wounder why the world is a mess

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EDITOR 7/18/2012 7:00AM

    Oh, Lord have mercy! This is sad. Yet the Golden Rule, where do other people stand on it?
I have heard even atheists adhere to it. I sometimes feel like I am caught in a time warp.
This was good Vic and I hope it elicits many comments. Thanks also for goodies and notes of encouragement.
Let us listen not to gallop polls or popular opinion, but the God of all who wrote the Commandments in our hearts.


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THIS IS MY PRAYER, Tue, 7/17/2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Heavenly Father, Entrusting God, You touch our body, and restore our life and our joy. Death has been swallowed up in victory! We know Lord, that sin is to the soul what infection is to the body. It’s aim is to kill and to destroy. Without Your healing our outlook is hopeless. We thank You for Jesus who took the deadly sin-virus upon Himself and died for us that we might live for Him. His shed blood made us alive, whole and free from then death-hold of sin. We thank You, Lord, over and over again, for giving us life, for hearing and answering our prayers, for healing our body, and for renewing our faith daily. We thank You in the name of Jesus! Amen!
Vic.

  
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ANHELIC 7/18/2012 12:53AM

    Thank you for your prayer Vic. I'm sure that God allowed my pre-op blood work to show high to give me a second chance at being obedient and follow the doctor's orders. It was the worst 12 hours I spent in the hospital on Friday 13th to Saturday morning. Believe me, I know now what I have to do EVERY DAY, not just doing good before my appointment with my kidney specialist. Thank you Lord for putting me where you wanted me to get a second chance to be obedient.
Sending you God's richest blessings.
Joan
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THEADMIRAL 7/17/2012 8:44PM

    Hooray! Amen! Thank you, Vic.

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EPIPHANYANGEL 7/17/2012 7:04PM

    emoticon Amen

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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/17/2012 5:27PM

    In his Name - Amen!

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BABY_GIRL69 7/17/2012 2:28PM

    In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.

God bless you Vic!

Dee

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SWIMLOVER 7/17/2012 10:44AM

  Amen and Thank You for your prayer that comes from your heart!

Have A Great Tuesday In The LORD! emoticon

GOD BLESS!
Louise

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 7/17/2012 9:24AM

    Viewing sin as a virus is an interesting analogy. Antibiotics won't work. That's why we need the spiritual antidote of Jesus. Thanks for your prayer.

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LOSTLIME 7/17/2012 8:41AM

    Amen. Especially in this time we need the Lord's guidance and healing.

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SANDRALEET 7/17/2012 8:17AM

    So true we walk with God Pray and let him guide us.

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AVANELL 7/17/2012 7:28AM

    Amen! He came to save the total man: spirit, soul and body! Thank you, Vic, for your constant witness of His love, mercy and grace!

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EDITOR 7/17/2012 7:23AM

    Awesome Vic! Thank You Jesus that death no longer has the sting. I especially thank the Lord today for healing constantly through the Living Word.
Thank you, for the goodie and for finding you a man of Christ who believes in the entire Bible. I haven't seen you rip out certain pages of it and know I won't. Let your lovely wife know we say hello and God bless your furry friends too.



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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/17/2012 7:04AM

    Amen Vic! May we all fulfill the purpose of our creation is my prayer.

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FOLLOING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 7/17/2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 7/17/2012

Exodus 20:1-17
NO OTHER GODS, Lesson 14d

A DIVINE REALITY

The whole point I have been trying to get to today is this: when we maintain the spirit of this first commandment, we will not break the other nine. When the first commandment is the controlling force of our daily lives, our primary goal in life will be to glorify God with our lives.

Jesus Christ simplified and condensed this thought and made it even simpler to grasp. (Matthew 22:36-40), “ Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

When we love the Lord with all our heart and being, there will be no danger of our having any other god before Him. When He is first in our love, our life, and our affections, the spirit of the Law will be lived out in every thought and action of our lives.

Israel failed to keep this commandment and they went after other gods. As a result, they were chastened and judged by God every time. The same will happen in our lives when we allow other loves to take His place in our hearts. ( Heb. 12:5-12).

When we allow this first commandment to become the overriding reality of our hearts, we will find that all the other commandments fall at its feet. For instance:

The second commandment is about worship, v. 4. When we love the Lord supremely, we will worship Him correctly!

The third commandment is about honoring God’s name, v. 7. When we love Him as we should, we will never do anything that will bring dishonor to His name!

The fourth commandment is about honoring God’s right to control even the daily events of our lives, v. 8-10. When He is the primary love of our hearts, we rest because He rested, and we will worship Him in all of life because He demands it.

The fifth commandment is about respecting authority, v. 12. When God holds the proper place in our hearts, we will honor the authorities God has placed over us in this life.

The sixth commandment is about the sanctity of human life, v. 13. When God is first in our lives, we will love others like He loves them and we will have no room for hatred or murder in our hearts.

The seventh commandment is the sanctity of the marriage relationship, v. 14. When God is first in our hearts, we will not use our bodies in a way that dishonors Him or our spouse. When God is first in our affections, sexual sin will not be a problem.

The eighth commandment is about the sanctity of the property of others, v. 15. When God is first, we will not take that which belongs to another..

The ninth commandment is about the sanctity of truth, v. 16. When God is first, we will be like Him and since He is a God who cannot lie, we will also be marked by the truth.

The tenth commandment is about contentment, v. 17. When God is first in our hearts, we will be content with the things He brings into our lives, and we will not seek or look upon the blessings of others with jealous and lust.

When God is demoted in our hearts, and we love other things and other people more than Him, we set those things up as gods in our lives. When we do, we are in violation of the first commandment and we stand guilty before the Lord of breaking all the Law. When I allow anything to take His place as number one, I have essentially set myself up as god, and not only am I not qualified for the job, I have stolen glory from God. I AM IN SIN!

This commandment comes before the others, because they all flow from this one. Everything must flow from God or it will fail. Everything must flow from God, or it will end in sin. Everything must flow from God, or He will not be able to bless it. Here is how Jesus said it: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you,” (Matt. 6:33).

It is not stretch of the Scripture to say that if I can love the Lord before all, above all and in spite of all, I will have no problem living for Him. The problem with sin is always a problem in the heart. It is always a problem of love. When I break the Lord’s commandments, it is because I love myself more than I love Him.

Conc: Many years ago, on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post, there was a painting by Norman Rockwell showing a woman buying her Thanksgiving turkey. The turkey is lying on the scales and the butcher is standing back of the counter, apron pulled tight over his fat stomach, a pencil tucked behind his ear. The customer, a lovely lady of about sixty, is watching the weighing-in. Each of them has a pleased look as if each knows a secret joke. There’s nothing unusual about a butcher and a customer watching as a turkey is being weighed, but the expression on their faces indicates that something unusual is going on. Norman Rockwell lets us in on the joke by showing us their hands. The butcher is pushing down on the scales with a big fat thumb. The woman is pushing up on them with a dainty forefinger. Neither is aware of what the other is doing.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Awesome Power” By John G. Elliot (1990)

Awesome power, boundless grace
None can fathom all Your ways
Truth and love are found in Your heart alone
Righteousness, sur-round Your throne

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord Most High
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord Most High

Awesome power, boundless grace
None can fathom all Your ways
Truth and love are found in Your heart alone
Righteousness, around Your throne

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord Most High
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord Most High

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SANDRALEET 7/18/2012 8:38AM

    They do not go till the end of time

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ANHELIC 7/18/2012 12:57AM

    Thank you Vic for your lesson. the ten commandments are great. I am keeping them posted so I can read them over again.
God bless you for your lessons.
Joan

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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/17/2012 5:30PM

    emoticon lesson Vic!
Live by God's law and be the original that God created you to be!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/17/2012 11:22AM

    Vic, You teach a wonderful lesson. I really like the 10 Commandments lessons...Thank you!

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LOSTLIME 7/17/2012 8:39AM

    Thank you. Sometimes we tend to forget God's laws. But what you said is the truth.
When we love the Lord with all our hearts,he will bless us in all things.

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SANDRALEET 7/17/2012 8:22AM

    Praise the lord I love the truth for that is what the word is all about.

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THIS IS MY PRAYER! Mon, 7/16/2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

Heavenly Father, Most Wonderful Creator, You are our Master whose powerful name elicits our love , our worship and our devotion. Babies babble Your name, but that name also silences Your enemy. We are a little lower than heavenly beings who are favored with power, control and the ability to govern Your good creation. Yet You crowned us with Your glory and honor. We are intricate beings who can also be re-created through Jesus Christ, our Lord. The very power we so easily pervert has the same potential that gives us purpose and meaning in life. Above all else, we can be who You intended us to be, here and now, and eternally. May we live today remembering we are the containers of Your Holy Spirit, that we have Your fingerprint, and that we are Your highest created order to Your glory. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen! Vic.

  
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SANDRALEET 7/18/2012 8:39AM

    Amen

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BABY_GIRL69 7/16/2012 7:19PM

    Amen. This is very much what was needed at this time....

God bless you Vic!

Dee

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/16/2012 6:24PM

    Amen

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/16/2012 11:22AM

    Father, Thanking you for the lovely fingerprints I see in the lives around me.

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KIMPY225 7/16/2012 11:18AM

    Have a lovely week

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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/16/2012 10:20AM

    Amen! Beautiful Prayer!

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FLYER99 7/16/2012 9:07AM

    Thank you so very much. I really needed this today! Bob.

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KALLIE1958AR 7/16/2012 8:58AM

    Amen

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/16/2012 8:19AM

    May His Holy Spirit truly feel welcome to reside in me is my prayer. Amen. Thank you Vic for being such an inspiration on my spiritual journey each day! God Bless You.

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AVANELL 7/16/2012 8:13AM

    The translators of Psalm 8:5 must have had a little trouble wrapping their heads around the fact that God created His man a little lower than Himself. In the NKJV they translated it from the Hebrew as "For You have made him a little lower than the angels", but the Hebrew word for "the angels" is Elohim, meaning God. He created His man a little lower than Himself! We are made in His likeness and image, filled with His breath of life! Praise God!

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EDITOR 7/16/2012 7:35AM

    It is so difficult for some to realize we are all clothed in His glory. Yet we wear white linen because of Christ Jesus.

We pray in Jesus' Name not because we use it as a formula, but because God has exalted Christ and we are One in Him.



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