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Following In The Footsteps of Faith, Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Sat, 7/28

Saturday, July 28, 2012

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 7/28/2012

Exodus 20:8-11
SUNDAY IS STILL A HOLY DAY! Lesson 19b

SUNDAY IS A DAY OF REFLECTION

Reflection On God’s Pattern – v. 8, 11 – "Remember" The Israelites are challenged to "bring to mind" the pattern God Himself set forth for them regarding the rest of the Sabbath. "Sabbath means, “Rest, cessation“. When God finished His great work in Creation. He paused to rest and reflect upon all that He had done, (Gen. 2:2). We know He didn’t need the rest, yet He knows we do! Therefore He Himself set the pattern that we are to follow.

Reflection On God’s Provisions – Sunday is a great day for us to step back from life and look at all the blessings we have enjoyed over the last 6 days. This practice will keep us current in our praise and in our thanksgiving – (1 Thes 5:18; Eph. 5:20).

Reflection On God’s Promises – As we contemplate the coming work week, we need to call to mind God’s promises for our lives. Remembering that regardless of where we go, He will be with us ( Matt. 28:20; Heb. 13:5). That no matter what we face, He will constantly be meeting our needs – (Phil. 4:19). That in every task, He will continually strengthen us for the job – (Phil. 4:13). Sunday is an excellent day to begin preparing our spirit, heart and mind for the week ahead!

SUNDAY IS A DAY OF RENEWAL

Renewal Of Commitment – (v. 8, 11) God has declared this day to be a holy day. He expected man to keep this day holy. God hasn’t changed His mind! He still expects man to keep 1 out of 7 days for His glory and honor! ( Rom. 14:5-8).

The Jews took this Commandment very seriously. Dr. Ken Trivette shares the following insights concerning the Jewish mindset – "The observance of the Sabbath was strictly observed and strictly enforced. Whereas, they took God's command to rest on the Sabbath seriously, as the years passed they added their own rules and regulations about the Sabbath.

There were approximately 1,521 things that were not permissible on the Sabbath. For example: you could not rescue a drowning person on the Sabbath. Untying knots that needed only one hand was permissible, but if two hands were required, it was forbidden. If a man's ox fell into the ditch, he could pull it out, but if the man fell in, he had to stay there. One could take a sup of vinegar for food, but if he took a sup in order to help his aching toothache, he had broken the Sabbath. If a man was bitten by a flea on the Sabbath, he had to allow the flea to keep on biting. If he tried to stop the flea from biting or killed it, he was guilty of hunting on the Sabbath."

Through the years, there have been those who observed the Sabbath (now Sunday) in a very strict manner. Some people would not sweep or dust the house, make the beds, or allow any food to be cooked on the Lord's Day. Some of the restrictions that have been observed and enforced concerning the Lord's Day, are somewhat humorous and absurd. In Scotland in the 17th century, one poor fellow was hauled into court for smiling on the Sabbath.

In the history of our own country, men once held a high regard for the Lord’s Day – When the Mayflower reached Plymouth Harbor it was Saturday afternoon. How eager the Pilgrims must have been to set foot on solid land after exile in Holland, thirteen weeks of tossing on a rough Atlantic, homesickness, seasickness, and weariness. Despite their longing to go ashore and make a new home, they spent Saturday afternoon in preparation for Sunday, and then all day Sunday in worship. On Monday morning, when they disembarked, they had been there forty-two hours.

A sea captain returned to his home in Massachusetts after an absence of two years. His wife met him at the gate, and he kissed her. Yet it was not lawful to kiss one's wife on the Sabbath. Therefore, this 'wicked" captain was put into stocks for his lack of reverence of the holy day.

Jonathon Edwards - once resolved never to utter anything humorous on the Lord's Day." President-elect Zachary Taylor was scheduled according to the Constitution to take office on March 4, but he refused to be inaugurated because the day was a Sunday. Politicians pleaded in vain for the devoutly religious Taylor to change his mind.

The Constitution forbade President James K. Polk from staying on another day. There was no alternative but for the Senate to elect a president to serve from Sunday noon to Monday noon, the time rescheduled for Zachary Taylor to take office. The senators chose David Rice Atchison, the head of the Senate. But the last week of the Polk administration was so hectic for Senator Atchison that he retired late Saturday evening after instructing his landlady "not to awaken him for any reason." She followed his orders. Senator Atchison slept through Sunday and on into Monday, past the time his twenty-four-hour ended. The startling truth is that he slept through his entire term of office.

The history of the "Sundae" – Around 1875, the leaders of the town of Evanston, Illinois passed a law forbidding the sale of ice cream sodas on Sunday. Some enterprising person devised a plan for selling ice cream covered with syrup instead of mixing it with soda water. This new dish became so popular that people began asking for a "Sundae." When people objected to the dessert being named after the Lord’s Day, they changed the spelling to "Sundae" and that’s what it’s been called ever since. So, next time you eat one, remember that the delicious dessert you are eating resulted from some people who wanted to respect God’s day and others who were looking for a loophole.

The Lord’s Day is a wonderful time for His people to renew their commitment to follow Him and to follow His commandments. Are you keeping His day holy?

Voltaire – "I can never hope to destroy Christianity until I first destroy the Christian Sabbath."

Gladstone – "Tell me what the young men of England are doing on Sunday, and I will tell you what the future of England will be."

Too many in our day are not interested in keeping the Lord’s Day holy, but only in getting in their recreation, bed rest, visiting, shopping, work, etc. finished. Our great-grandfathers called it the holy Sabbath; our grandfathers, the Sabbath; our fathers, Sunday; but today we call it the “week-end. Folks”. I love Sunday! Imagine a week without it! "A world without a Sabbath would be like a man without a smile, like a summer without flowers, and like a homestead without a garden. It is the most joyous day of the week." – Henry Ward Beecher.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“I Know Who Holds Tomorrow” By Ira Stanpill (1950)

I don't know about tomorrow,
I just live from day to day.
I don't borrow from it's sunshine,
For it's skies may turn to gray.
I don't worry o'er the future,
For I know what Jesus said,
And today I'll walk beside Him,
For He knows what is ahead.


Many things about tomorrow,
I don't seem to understand;
But I know Who holds tomorrow,
And I know Who holds my hand.


Ev'ry step is getting brighter,
As the golden stairs I climb;
Ev'ry burden's getting lighter;
Ev'ry cloud is silver lined.
There the sun is always shining,
There no tear will dim the eyes,
At the ending of the rainbow,
Where the mountains touch the sky.


Many things about tomorrow,
I don't seem to understand;
But I know Who holds tomorrow,
And I know Who holds my hand.


I don't know about tomorrow,
It may bring me poverty;
But the One Who feeds the sparrow,
Is the One Who stands by me.
And the path that be my portion,
May be through the flame or flood,
But His presence goes before me,
And I'm covered with His blood.



Many things about tomorrow,
I don't seem to understand;
But I know Who holds tomorrow,
And I know Who holds my hand.

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Loving Father, Merciful God, we pray for people who need good news. Use us to bring the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ to them. Just as You have used others powerfully in our life, equip us with the right words and Your Truth at the right time so hearts that are ready will draw towards You. Open their hearts to receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ and all that You have for them. May the message of salvation spread rapidly and be honored to Your praise and glory . This we pray in The Blessed name of Jesus our Lord. Amen!


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    I have so enjoy each of your blogs. Such a blessing!

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ANHELIC 7/28/2012 11:16PM

    Thanks Vic for your awesome lesson today. I learned so much about the Sabbath from you. I didn't realize some of these forbidden things. Thanks for the goodies and Many blessings to you for your prayer. You are an awesome friend.
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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/28/2012 6:00PM

    emoticon Vic!
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WANTSZU 7/28/2012 3:55PM

    Thanks for writing such a great blog. I look forward to reading it. Your prayers are so l wonderful - always praising and giving God the glory - you have a special gift. I also like your hymn choice for today. I had never heard this hymn until one day I found it in one of my mother's songbooks and liked the words, so I played it on my keyboard. Needless to say, it has become a favorite.


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THEADMIRAL 7/28/2012 1:38PM

    Thank you for the interesting historical information on the Sabbath day! And that hymn is one of my favorites - I needed to "hear" it today! emoticon

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/28/2012 12:27PM

    Amen Vic! We have such hope for the future in Jesus Christ!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 7/28/2012 10:25AM

    Thank you vic for your encouraging words and the wonderful song!

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EDITOR 7/28/2012 7:38AM

    What quotes and lessons from the Word!

I really enjoyed it, and thanks for the goodie and praise for being a man who stands His ground in Christ Jesus. May you be strengthened for the week ahead, Vic, emoticon

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TRYINGHARD54 7/28/2012 7:09AM

    I know who holds tomorrow. I always liked that song.. now it will be in my head all day... lol thank you

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Following In The Footsteps of faith, Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Fri, 7/27/2012

Friday, July 27, 2012

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, HYMN, THIS MY PRAYER Fri, 7/27/2012

Exodus 20:8-11
SUNDAY IS STILL A HOLY DAY! Lesson 19a

George Hatch raised a large family of seven boys and five girls in the sand-hills of northwestern Nebraska. One Sunday morning a neighbor rushed over to help the Hatches get the new-mown hay into the barn; clouds were rolling up in the West, and it was quite apparent that a rainstorm was imminent.

"Let's get your hay up before the storm hits!" exclaimed the neighbor. "Thank you for your kind offer," said Mr. Hatch, "but this is Sunday, and I am going to take my family to church." "But you'll lose your hay," pleaded the neighbor. Yet the Hatches went to church, and the rainstorm did spoil the hay. "See, I told you that you would lose your hay," said the neighbor. "Yes, " replied Mr. Hatch, "I lost my hay, but I saved my family." It is doubtful that the neighbor fully understood.

George Hatch did save his family. Today, down into the third and fourth generations, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are workers in the kingdom. Jesus said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matt. 6:33).

I grew up with the notion that Sunday was the only day people had left to enjoy themselves. Therefore, it was OK to take Sunday and do all the things on that day that there hadn’t been time to do during the week. It was OK to forego church and do as one pleased, (mow the lawn, take a short trip, visit relatives, sleep late, wash the car, etc.) However, when God saved me, He also changed my perception of Sunday. It became the Lord’s Day, a special day set apart for His glory and His worship. Today, we are going to look into the 4th Commandment and teach on “Sunday Is Still A Holy Day“.

Of the 10 Commandments given to mankind, only this one is not repeated in the New Testament. Therefore, many have concluded that since we are no longer under the restrictions of the Sabbath, we are also under no obligation to respect the Lord’s Day. This just isn’t so! We are going to see that Sunday has replaced the Sabbath as the Lord’s Day. A day when God’s people are supposed to dedicated themselves, and that day to Him, and to His worship. The Sabbath was a memorial to Creation, but Sunday (the First day of the week) is a memorial to Christ ‘s resurrection. There are 3 aspects of this 4th Commandment that I feel are relevant to us today. Let’s notice these things as we think on the thought, “Sunday Is Still A Holy Day“!

SUNDAY IS A DAY OF REST

Man’s Labor Is Crucial – v. 9 – Contrary to popular belief, work is not a part of the curse! Before man sinned, he was given work to do, (Gen. 2:15). Sweat during labor is part of the curse – (Gen. 3:19). God’s intention is that man should work to earn his livelihood. This intention is clearly stated in 1 Thes. 3:10-12 and 1 Tim. 5:8. Man is called upon to get to work and to be busy!

"Thou shalt" – In the midst of all these "Thou shalt not’s" is a pretty significant "Thou shalt." So, work is not a curse, it is a privilege! Work and the ability to work, are blessings from the hand of the Heavenly Father!

Man’s Lull Is Commanded – v. 10 – Just as man is expected to work, man is also expected to rest! Our bodies were never designed to work constantly, but we were made to have a season of rest. The purpose in God’s command is to allow man time to refresh his body for the 6 days of work that are ahead. T. Dewitt Talmadge – "Our bodies are seven day clocks and they need to be wound up, and if they are not wound up, they will run down into the grave." God didn’t give this Commandment to interfere with our pleasure, but to insure our health!

What is permitted on Sunday? Anything that refreshes and rests the body for the upcoming work week. What is forbidden? Anything that does not allow one to be rested and refreshed.

Today, we are not under the bondage of the Law, but under the liberty of grace! However, God still expects us to maintain that one day from seven of Sabbath rest for His glory and your health.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Did You Think To Pray” By Mary A. Kidder (1875)

Ere you left your room this morning,
Did you think to pray?
In the name of Christ our Savior,
Did you sue for loving favor,
As a shield today?
Refrain:
Oh, how praying rests the weary!
Prayer will change the night to day;
So when life seems dark and dreary,
Don’t forget to pray.

When you met with great temptation,
Did you think to pray?
By His dying love and merit,
Did you claim the Holy Spirit
As your guide and stay?
Refrain:

When your heart was filled with anger,
Did you think to pray?
Did you plead for grace, my brother,
That you might forgive another
Who had crossed your way?
Refrain:

When sore trials came upon you,
Did you think to pray?
When your soul was bowed in sorrow,
Balm of Gilead did you borrow
At the gates of day?
Refrain:

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Loving Father, because You are an awesome God, it is amazing to us when we open our hearts, souls, and minds to Your Word, how You open the store house of heaven and pour out your blessings upon us. We rejoice and we sing with the spirit and with understanding. We are empower to face each day with gladness. As we live each day, help us to do all the good we can, to as many as we can, whenever we can, wherever we can, and Father, help us not to do any harm. These things we pray in Jesus’ Holy name. Amen!

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EDITOR 7/28/2012 2:47AM

    Simply beautiful!

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BJPENNY70 7/28/2012 12:16AM

    I love this!

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ANHELIC 7/28/2012 12:03AM

    Thank you Vic for the awesome story. We need to hear this often. God loves us everyone and we need to pray without ceasing. Thank you for your prayer you share with us. I look forward to your blogs. There is always something we learn from your. God bless you Vic.
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BABY_GIRL69 7/27/2012 11:00PM

    What a wonderful blog Vic! Thank you for sharing & Praise God for giving you this message.

God bless,

Dee

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/27/2012 7:23PM

    What a wonderful message that needed to be heard...Thank you Vic for sharing it.

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SANDRALEET 7/27/2012 3:41PM

    Dose God love all believers the same no matter where they live.Where they live in this world We live by God rules no matter where we are or wha t day it is Bad dead's even in 0ur Country catch up with us Do not be to proud like the Bible warns our branch can be cut off.Love and worship God with all our hearts and pray for our country that what happens will not destroy us. That love and care remains in our country .That Creed and company's do not take over our country.

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THEADMIRAL 7/27/2012 3:20PM

    God provides for us during all of our lives, especially those of us in the United States, regardless of our devotion or obedience to Him. My "sacrifice" of "wasting time" by worshiping the Almighty on Sundays is a pathetic pittance compared to the 58+ years that He has unceasingly flooded my life with unearned blessings. He deserves my 24/7 devotion and worship.

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/27/2012 12:28PM

    emoticon I loved the story! Thank you for praying everyday with us!

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LJCANNON 7/27/2012 10:40AM

    emoticonThank You for sharing that Old Hymn. I love it and wish we sang them more often.
Yes, we do tend to 'Forget' that the Sabbath is Holy and that we are disrespecting God when we treat it as just a rest / lazy day. Thank You for the reminder!!

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SUNSETBREEZE05 7/27/2012 10:07AM

    What a wonderful way to start my day! I pray that God keeps using you to speak to me.

Thanks!

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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/27/2012 9:32AM

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LOSTLIME 7/27/2012 8:07AM

    Once again,thanks for the prayer and the lesson,Vic!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/27/2012 7:45AM

    Vic, this hymn is one of my very favorites. This hymn has been instrumental in causing me to pray all throughout the day in ALL things, whether joy, sorrow, anger, worry or thankfulness. Thank you for bringing it to my remembrance today. God Bless You!

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 7/27/2012 7:42AM

    Good Words start the morning and the day follows with echoes.

Have a blessed day spark friend!

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SANDRALEET 7/27/2012 7:28AM

    Do we not worship God And do not all the commandments stay with us till Jesus second coming and we are not to change them.This kind of bothered me when I found that the Apostles worship It on Saturday and the Catholic church changed It and for what reason.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 7/27/2012 7:13AM

    Morning!!!! I am smiling as I think of Jesus and his word this morning!

enjoy your day...and thank you!

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LEANJEAN6 7/27/2012 7:11AM

    Bless you for all the great words--- Lynda emoticon

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Following In The Footsteps Of Faith, Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Thu, 7/26/2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 7/26

Exodus 20:7
GOD’S LAST NAME IS NOT DAMN, Lesson 18c

GOD’S NAME IS A VIOLATED NAME

This verse tells us that it is wrong to use God’s Name in vain. This word means, "empty, idle, insincerely, phony, frivolous, lacking in reality and truth." When we treat the Name of God as another by-word, it is nothing short of blasphemy! Sadly, we hear His Name degraded far more often that we hear it being exalted! There are 2 primary ways in which we violate the Blessed Name of God.

When We Use It As A Curse – How many times have we heard, or said, "Oh God!"; "Oh my God!"; "Jesus!"; Oh Jesus!"; "Oh Christ!"; "Jesus Christ!"; "God Almighty!"; or any of a thousand others just like those? Even Christians are guilty of saying things like, "Oh Lord!"; "My God!"; "Good God!" We’ve all done, but it is degrading to the Lord’s Name to throw it around so casually. Often, we are guilty of using slang expressions that we feel to be harmless, but which are actually derivatives from some form of God’s Name. Some are: "Gosh, golly, gee, gee whiz, cripes, criminy, jeeze."

Others are just a play on the mother of all curse words, "God Damn It." They are: "Dog gone it; Gosh darn it; dang nib it; dang blame it, etc." Often, men will attribute things to God which He had no part in by saying, "By God!" Others will seek to invoke His Name by saying "God Almighty!" No matter how you say it or how you slice it up, when we use the Lord’s Name in a vain way, we are guilty of violating the Holiest of all Names! I haven’t even dealt with the little slang words we use when angry! You know what you say!" Dr. L. Nelson Bell warns that a person who freely uses "hell, " "damn," and "devil" in his conversation may well be reminding himself of his destination, his condition, and his master.

When We Use It Casually – What I mean by that is this, Sunday after Sunday, Christians utter the Name of God in songs and in prayers and in testimonies, but often there is no sincerity and no genuine reverence for that Name. In other words, it just isn’t from the heart. It makes us sound spiritual, so we use it. But, when we invoke the wonderful Name of God, we are to do so with meaning and significance. Whenever that Name is used, it must be used reverently, respectfully and from a heart of adoration and worship. Otherwise, it is being used improperly and in vain. Beware, therefore, of the casual usage of God’s Holy name.

When We Use It As Camouflage – The most subtle way Christians take the Lord’s Name in vain in through hypocrisy. When we vow to God to do one thing and in turn do another, then we are guilty before Him. If His Name reveals His character, and we are going it in His Name, then our hypocrisy sends a false image of God and therefore violates His Name. "The hypocrisy of the church is far worse than the profanity of the street." Says, Greg Laurie. Luke 6:46. Teaches us to not be guilty of hiding behind the Name of God as a camouflage for evil!

GOD’S NAME WILL BE VINDICATED

There Will Be Punishment For The Violator – (not the Guiltless – clean, pure, free, innocent.) God will deal with those who willfully violate the sacredness of His Name. Imagine having to stand before God and defend your profane use of His Name! The person who uses God’s Name in vain can never be fully right with God and in position for His blessing until that sin is repented of.

A Path For The Christian – After the Welsh revival of 1904, foul mouthed miners who had been saved returned to the mines and were faced with the task of retraining their mules. It seems that the animals were unable to understand the commands of the miners when there was no profanity used. One day a farmer arrived home much later than his wife expected him, so she asked him what had taken so long. His reply was this, "Well, I picked up the preacher down the road, and after that moment, those horses couldn’t understand a thing I said to them."

God’s plan for His people is that we guard our tongues and that when we use His Name, we do so with reverence and respect. Christians have need to swear, or to attach an oath to their speech, (Matt. 5:37; James 5:12). Some might be asking, "What can I say then?" The less said, the better off you will be when you stand before the Lord! – (Matt. 12:36).

Conc: A Missionary to the Orient witnessed a 20 year old native approach a heathen idol. He bowed before it and quickly pulled out a knife and cut out his own tongue, placing it before the idol. Within minutes, the young man had collapsed in a pool of his own blood at the idols feet. God doesn’t want you tongue cut from your head, but He does want it consecrated and dedicated wholly to His worship, His adoration and His glorification. How are you using your tongue? Remember, God’s last Name is not Damn!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“We Will Glorify” By Twila Paris (1982)

We Will Glorify the King of Kings
We Will Glorify the Lamb
We Will Glorify the Lord of Lords
Who Is the Great I Am

Lord Jehovah Reigns in Majesty
We Will Bow Before His Throne
We Will Worship Him in Righteousness
We Will Worship Him Alone

He Is Lord of Heaven, Lord of Earth
He Is Lord of All Who Live
He Is Lord Above the Universe
All Praise to Him We Give

Hallelujah to the King of Kings
Hallelujah to the Lamb
Hallelujah to the Lord of Lords
Who Is the Great I Am

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Glorious Father, Holy God of heaven above and on earth below, how can we ever repay You for all the goodness You have done for us? We can’t even begin to put a price or a cost on Your love, Your mercy, Your grace, Your peace, Your joy, Your word, etc. We can however, respond to Your love with praises, promises, and faithful living. We can call upon Your name in prayers, songs and hymns. We can keep our vows to You; and we can share the Gospel with others. We can glorify You daily by letting our light shine for You. May we seek daily not to repay You, but to accept Your Love and respond in grateful service. These things we pray in the blessed name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen!

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BJPENNY70 7/29/2012 12:26AM

    It is good to hear someone speaking up against sin. Amen! We all need reminders of sin and to repent.

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POETLKNG2LOSE 7/26/2012 10:24PM

    Thanks for the lesson Vic. i struggle with that at times when i am frustrated. God forgive ne for using your name like that and help me to praise you instead; even when I am blue. God bless you and your family.

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LOSTLIME 7/26/2012 8:52PM

    Thanks for the lesson and prayer!

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NADINEL 7/26/2012 4:53PM

    Thank you for this lesson, Vic. I have heard some of the slang words you used here were still using the Lord's name in vain, but this is a much extended list that I never considered. Thank you. Enjoy your day! emoticon emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 7/26/2012 4:29PM

    When I was growing up I heard a ton of swear words and admit i use to swear at times! I know better than that now and try for only sweet words! He is soooo great how could we use his name for any other purpose! I find I turn to you for my morning start nearly every day now! A big thank you for turning me on to Jesus more than I already was! Ya gotta love him!!!

luv you much,

Linda

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/26/2012 3:18PM

    Amen. A wonderful lesson and prayer.

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ANHELIC 7/26/2012 2:25PM

    Thank you for your lesson Vic. it is so true that people use God's name in vain. I have asked a few friends not to do this when I am there. I drove through a stop light that changed quickly and a policeman was two cars behind me. I saw the flashing lights, I stopped and prayed that God would forgive me for my error. My mind was on getting home. I was grateful that there were no cars around.
Thank you for you awesome prayer and the goodies.
God bless you and your household Vic.
Joan

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/26/2012 10:43AM

    I enjoy your lessons Vic. Thank you

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/26/2012 7:59AM

    Christ truly is my everything and I do strive to shine for Him every day! Thank you Vic for this beautiful prayer. May God bless you and your household this day is my prayer. Amen.

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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/26/2012 7:27AM

    emoticon Vic for a great reminder! Beutiful prayer! emoticon
Friends!
It is sad that we live in a society where we use God's name in vain without realizing it sometimes. I admit I have been one of the one who had use God's name in vain; especially back when I was surrounded by negative people. But as I meditate my day each night, I realized what I had done and asked for forgiveness and asked for God to help me avoiding myself from being influence or doing it again on my own. I did better. Now I found myself using "Lord have mercy on my soul" instead of God damn it. emoticon emoticon

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MARYJOANNA 7/26/2012 7:27AM

  Enjoyed your blog and the emphasis it brings. It is certainly food for thought!

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SANDRALEET 7/26/2012 7:21AM

    Say nothing .The sad part is when we sin and do not repent. That is the part that remains hard in our heart The sins we do not let go It can be many things.

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EDITOR 7/26/2012 7:12AM

    I don't even like holy cow, gosh and Gee. But I have heard worse and I pray I'll hear less!

Thanks for the goodie and the exhortation to praise His Holy Name.



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NCSUE0514 7/26/2012 7:05AM

    May you know God's loving presence throughout this day!

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CMKARLS 7/26/2012 7:04AM

  Thanks for Sharing
God Bless You

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Following in The Footsteps of Faith, Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Wed, 7/25/2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 7/25

Exodus 20:7
GOD’S LAST NAME IS NOT DAMN, Lesson 18b

GOD’S NAME IS A VENERABLE NAME

Venerable means: Sacred, Holy, Worthy of Respect and Reverence. God’s Name is often misused and misspoken because it is misunderstood and not appreciated as it should be. Right now, I want to help us fully understand and appreciate this Sacred Name.

The Announcement Of God’s Holy Name – The importance of names in the Bible as opposed to now. Names in the Bible usually revealed something about the person, his ancestry or his background. This is especially true in regard to the Name of God. In truth, God has chosen to reveal Himself to man through His Names. There are over 300 given in the Bible. Two are used here and it is these 2 that we will concentrate on today.

LORD – When you see this word in the bible, it is the English rendering of the Hebrew word "Jehovah." It describes God as the self-existent, eternal One. It is the Name, "I AM." This is the name God used when He revealed Himself to Moses, (Ex. 3:14). This Name is used to declare God’s nature, that is unchanging and eternal – (Mal. 3:6; James 1:17). In the Bible, Jehovah is coupled with other words to form compound names for God which reveal more about His nature and His attributes. Some Are:

Jehovah-Jireh – "The LORD will provide" – Gen. 22:14.
Jehovah-Nissi – "The LORD is my banner." – Ex. 17:15.
Jehovah-Shalom – "The LORD is peace" – Judges 6:24.
Jehovah-Shammah – "The LORD is there" – Eze. 48:35.
Jehovah-Tsebaoth – "The LORD of Hosts" – 1 Sam. 1:3
Jehovah-Rohi – "The LORD is my Shepherd" – Psa. 23:1.

God – Elohim – Refers to the One Supreme, faithful, triune God. Literally, "The Strong and Faithful One!" This is the common word for God in the bible. It is used over 2,000 times in the Old Testament. In fact, when God stepped out of eternity to reveal Himself to man, this is the Name He chose. A Name depicting Himself as the Strong and Faithful One. The God who can be depended on!

There are many other Names given to God in the Old Testament. Some are:

El – God
El-Shadday – God Almighty
Adonai – Lord

The Adoration Of God’s Name – God’s Name is to be held in extreme reverence and adoration, as its only occurrence of "reverend" in the Bible – (Psa. 111:9). This is why preachers should personally reject the title of Reverent, the esteem the Jews held for His Name. The scribes would, when they came to the Name of God in the writing, stop writing, thoroughly wash themselves, change pens, then write the Name of God. Afterwards, they would throw the pen away so that it could never be used to write another word. Many orthodox Jews today will not even say the Name Jehovah or Yahweh. Instead, they say the word for Lord, Adonai. I am afraid that we have lost much of that holy respect for God’s glorious Name. When we use God’s Name, it is to be in a manner consistent with His character. We are to hold His Name in reverence, awe, respect and worship. ( Psa. 66:2; Psa. 34:3; Psa. 29:2; Matt. 6:9).

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Praise The Name Of Jesus” By Roy Hicks, Jr. (1976)

Praise the name of Jesus
Praise the name of Jesus
He's my rock, He's my fortress
He's my deliverer
In Him will I trust
Praise the name of Jesus
(Repeat)

We praise your name Lord Jesus
We praise your name Lord Jesus
You're my rock, You're my fortress
You're my deliverer
In You will I trust
We praise your name Lord

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Holy! Holy! Holy! Is the Lord God Almighty! Lord, more than anything else in life, we want Your presence in our life. We do not want to entertain sin in our heart. We want our heart to be right with You so You will always hear our prayers. We know we are not perfect, so we ask that by the power of the Holy Spirit and Your Holiness, You will enable us to keep our heart pure and our lips clean. Thank You for loving us and helping us to do what is right in Your sight. May praises and blessings be always in our heart and on our lips to Your glory. This we ask in Jesus’ Holy name. Amen!


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BJPENNY70 7/29/2012 12:32AM

    I love this blog. What a spiritual thrill knowing what GOD's name means.

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PURPLEPEONY 7/25/2012 11:10PM

    He has a name above any other name! All praise & glory to my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ! emoticon

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NADINEL 7/25/2012 3:09PM

    Thank you, Vic. Wonderful! He is name is worthy to be Praised!

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ANHELIC 7/25/2012 1:44PM

    Thank you Vic for the reminder about God's names. We did a whole study at church on each name. this was a great reminder. Thank you for your awesome prayer. I love God with all my heart and try to live by his laws. God bless you Vic.
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EDITOR 7/25/2012 11:48AM

    Vic, this was awesome and purely Holy Spirit driven. Thank you.
There is just something about His Name!

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PURPLE180 7/25/2012 11:18AM

    AMEN!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/25/2012 10:32AM

    emoticonVic for a great lesson

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/25/2012 7:35AM

    Amen Vic! Thank you for this mighty prayer.

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SANDRALEET 7/25/2012 7:34AM

    I love the The Jerusalem Bible because the new leave some out and adds more meaning then was intended.I love the Old version for I get the feeling what it meant at that time it was written..

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Folowing In The Footsteps of Faith and This Is My Prayer, Tue, 7/24/2012

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 7/24

Exodus 20:7
GOD’S LAST NAME IS NOT DAMN, Lesson 18a

In the Taurus mountains of southern Turkey, lives a certain variety of crane. These birds tend to cackle a lot, especially while flying. And, all that noise gets the attention of eagles, who swoop down and seize them for a meal. The experienced cranes avoid this threat by picking up stones large enough to fill their mouths. This prevents them from cackling--and from becoming lunch for the eagles. People have a problem with their mouths too. It seemed to me that this was an appropriate illustration to begin our study on the 3rd Commandment.

You see, on the front of every face is a large opening called a mouth. In each mouth is a little organ called a tongue. The tongue, though relatively small when compared to the whole body, is one of the most powerful forces in the universe. It must be! After all, man can split atoms, walk on the moon, construct enough weapons to destroy his world thousands of times over, yet he cannot seem to control his little tongue, (James 3:8). In James 3, the Bible gives us valuable insight into this little monster that lives in our mouths, (James 3:1-12). Paul tells us that as Christians, we are to use our tongues for noble pursuits, (Eph. 4:29). He also tells us in Col. 3:8, that we are to watch our filthy mouths. I don’t know how you feel about it, but to me, few things are as disgusting, as repulsive and as repugnant as a mouth spewing forth profanity and verbal stupidity. If you are guilty of using filthy language, then shame on you! But, I am sure you have good reasons for your foul mouth.

A man named Alex Dunlap has written and published a tract entitled Ten Reasons Why I Swear. The purpose of the tract was to show how foolish swearing was. Here are the reasons he gives:

It pleases my mother so much.
It is a fine mark of manliness.
It proves I have self-control.
It indicates how clearly my mind operates.
It makes my conversation so pleasing to everyone.
It leaves no doubt in anyone’s mind as to my good breeding.
It impresses people that I have more than an ordinary education.
It is an unmistakable sign of culture and refinement.
It makes me a very desirable personality among women and children of culture and refinement.
It is my way of honoring God, who said, "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain."

Today, we have come to the 3rd Commandment. It deals with something far more serious than just a filthy mouth. This Commandment discusses the misuse, or profane use of God’s Holy Name. God’s Name is a Holy Name! It isn’t to be used unless it is used in connection with His praise or His proclamation. Sadly, to many it seems, God’s name is no more than a curse word. A by-word they can throw around at will.

Little Mary, attending Sunday School for the first time one Christmas season, eagerly listened as her teacher told of the birth of God’s Son. She thrilled to the story of the angels, wise men, the star, and the gifts. Then the teacher added, "And they shall call His name Jesus." She looked over at the person beside her and asked, "Why did they have to name such a sweet baby a swear word?" It was the first time that she had ever heard His Name used outside of a curse!

You know, kids just repeat what they hear! "The boy's mother was furious. `Young man, where did you learn to talk that way? "The boy hesitated, looked toward his father, and asked, `Well, Dad, should I tell her?'"

We are literally surrounded by profanity. These statistics concerning television ought to cause us some alarm. Did you know: In one year's time prime-time television airs 8,333 acts of violence, 14,313 incidents of sex, and 23,566 uses of profanity. --Wesleyan Advocate, Jun 1995 .

Profanity on television increased by an alarming 45% in the first four years of the 1990s, according to a Southern Illinois University study. Researchers monitored two weeks of prime-time programming on NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox, and found that words that were once banned are now heard about once every five minutes on prime-time sitcoms.


TODAY’S HYMN!
“Jesus, Name Above All Names” By Naida Hearn (1974)

Jesus, name above all names
Beautiful Savior, glorious Lord.
Emmanuel, God is with us,
Blessed Redeemer, Living Word.

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Thank You Father for Loving us and for blessing us. You are an awesome God. Enable us to always remember to thank, the Lord of Host; especially when He brings us through tough situations, when we have faced our Goliath, when we have been in the lion’s den or the fiery furnaces of life, when our situation has seemed hopeless. Help us to remember to boast about our God and how He saved us and delivered us. Thank You Father for allowing us to learn more about Jesus and the battles He has fought for us. We joy and gladness we pray in His Name. Amen!


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IACTA_ALEA_EST 7/24/2012 8:21PM

    The eightfold path tells us to be careful with our words. It is of the utmost importance!

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POETLKNG2LOSE 7/24/2012 8:20PM

    Thank you Vic for that lesson. We all need a reminder of how we are supposed to act and live. I know I have trouble with my mouth at times too.

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THEADMIRAL 7/24/2012 7:38PM

    Cursing and blessing don't belong together. As a choir member, I am mindful that my mouth was created to praise God and not speak filth. Not saying I succeed all the time, but I lean on Him to block me from doing so.

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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/24/2012 6:46PM

    Amen and thank you Vic for great reminder!

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NELLIEC 7/24/2012 3:36PM

    I shudder when I hear young people casually swear. I feel they are ruining their future!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/24/2012 11:49AM

    Amen...

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LOSTLIME 7/24/2012 10:04AM

    Amen. I'll pass this on to others.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/24/2012 8:27AM

    Amen Vic! Thank you for this beautiful reminder of God's blessings in our lives. It reminded me of the poem Footprints...The Lord replied, "My son, My Precious child, I love you and would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you." Author Unknown.

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ANHELIC 7/24/2012 8:15AM

    Thank you Vic for your lesson and prayer. Thank you also for the goodie. I dislike talking with people who use profanity, especially Jesus' name in vain. I refuse to watch TV that has coarse language, sex and this type of show. I prefer to only watch the old time shows from 40 or 50 years ago like the Nelson family, Leave it to Beaver, Waltons, etc. Thank you again for this lesson. I will share it with some of my friends. Many blessings to you.
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EDITOR 7/24/2012 7:50AM

    Thanks Vic and thanks for the goodie.

I have told people that very same thing about God's last name. Only one quit that nasty sin. I pray against movie producers and TV shows that use that word and the channel does not censor it. It is so common these days in the media. Let us guard our mind and heart from such atrocities.

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SANDRALEET 7/24/2012 7:37AM

    So true You here it on t.v. so children can pick it up Be careful for the world can lead you astray Here something often en off and we start to believe it A lie can become truth and if everyone dose it it is all right.

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AZMOMXTWO 7/24/2012 7:27AM

  thank you and I will share it

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