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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 8/3/2012

Friday, August 03, 2012

Following in The Footsteps of Faith, Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Fri, 8/3/2012

MURDER INTERRUPTS A HUMAN LIFE, Lesson 21b
Not only does murder Intrude Into Godís Business,
We see thatÖ

Murder can be carried out in many ways. Allow me to take just a few minutes to catalogue some of them for you.

A Definition Of Murder Ė "The unlawful and malicious or premeditated killing of one human being by another." Websterís New World College Dictionary. That is what murder is. Now, what are the various ways it can be committed?

A Description Of Murder

Physical Murder Ė
This is the killing of another human being. Murder has a history as long as that of the world itself. In Genesis 4:8, The first murder is recorded. In this verse, Cain deliberately and with malice, took the life of his brother Abel. It was not a killing of self-defense, it was pure murder.

Since that day, the history of the world is marked by a constant string of murders. Thank God, we live in an area where many have never been touched by the icy hand of murder. However, some have been.

An adopted sister was murder in Chicago, Illinois in 1972. Her boyfriend was a drug dealer who owed some men a lot of money. When they came to collect, he was out of the apartment, but they shot her 5 times and ended her life at 18.

Personal Murder Ė
We call this act suicide. I know that some lives have been impacted deeply by the suicide of a loved one. It leaves emotional scars that never fully heal. Therefore, I want to handle this portion of the message with extreme tenderness. When a person is driven to suicide, it is often the result of circumstances just getting out of hand. They feel overwhelmed and unable to cope any longer with their lives and they decide to end it. When they do this, they leave in their wake other destroyed lives.

It is a selfish way to leave the world. Not only is it selfish, it is also sinful. Just as no man has the right to murder another, no man has the right to murder self. These things are the sole right of God Himself. We live in a time when every 90 minutes a teenager tries to take his/her life. Every 30 minutes one succeeds! When a person resorts to suicide, they have lost HOPE and are failing to avail themselves of the grace of God. They are refusing to allow the Lord to give them the support and the comfort they are in need of.

There is another side to Personal Murder, a side of which far more are guilty. How often has a doctor told someone, "If you donít stop this or that, then you will die?" And, how often has that person chosen to go right on with their bad habits and died? Whether it is over in a moment, or whether it takes years, the results are the same. Even suicide can be a slow process.

Physician Assisted Murder Ė
Here I am referring to what is called Euthanasia or "mercy killing." This form of death has been brought to the publicís attention by the activities of a Dr. Jack Kavorian, also known as "Dr. Death." It seems that Dr. Death will help terminally ill persons, or those who are in extreme pain, end their lives. He does this with the aid of a "suicide machine." The "patient" presses a button, and a lethal dose of chemicals is injected into their bloodstream, which causes death. Most of us hear this and think it is horrible and outrageous. I find it amazing that they canít seem to convict this madman.

While we think this is barbaric, some countries around the world have legalized physician-assisted suicide. It is possible to go to the doctor and be put to death in the office. The day is coming when it will happen here too. The burden of health care for the aged, for the infirm, for the dying will be the catalyst that pushes "mercy killings" into acceptability and into law!

Pre-natal Murder Ė
I am referring to abortion! According to the Bible, life begins at the very moment of conception, (Psa. 139:13-16; Jer. 1:5; Luke 1:41). Yet, our society seem to view the unborn human as just so much waste material to be thrown away at the motherís convenience. Since abortion on demand was legalized in the US, there have been over 37 million abortions performed in this country. Somewhere around 4,300 per day, or 1 every 20 seconds!

The Awful procedure called "partial birth abortion." Pro-death advocates claim that the mother deserves the right to choose. In my opinion, she made her choice when she decided to have sexual intercourse! Abortion is murder! It ends a human life, and that is the domain of Almighty God. When a country refuses to respect and protect the lives of itís most helpless citizens, no one is truly safe.

TODAYíS HYMN!
ďWonderful Grace Of JesusĒ By Haldor Lillenas (1918)

Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Greater than all my sin;
How shall my tongue describe it,
Where shall its praise begin?
Taking away my burden,
Setting my spirit free;
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.

Refrain
Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus,
Deeper than the mighty rolling sea;
Wonderful grace, all sufficient for me, for even me.
Broader than the scope of my transgressions,
Greater far than all my sin and shame,
O magnify the precious Name of Jesus.
Praise His Name!

Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Reaching to all the lost,
By it I have been pardoned,
Saved to the uttermost,
Chains have been torn asunder,
Giving me liberty;
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.
Refrain

Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Reaching the most defiled,
By its transforming power,
Making him Godís dear child,
Purchasing peace and heaven,
For all eternity;
And the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.
Refrain

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Loving and Merciful Father! Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts , to which You have called us into One Body, and to be thankful. Make our house a house of memories, triumphs, victories, hard places, laughter, tears, love, joy and peace. Help us to bow the knees in gratitude for the faithfulness of our Lord, for in Him we live. Teach us to live life in Him to the fullest, praising You and glorifying You with every step we take. Fill each day with Your blessings until our cup overflows. This we pray in the beautiful name of Jesus. Amen!

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LOSTLIME 8/4/2012 8:58AM

    Thank you for another nice lesson!

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MNABOY 8/3/2012 7:58PM

    Thanks and I love the song.

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/3/2012 5:53PM

    Another great lesson...Thank you Vic

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NELLIEC 8/3/2012 5:45PM

    I most definitely agree that abortion is murder!

I also agree that people who have been warned by their doctor to change to more healthy habits and don't are committing suicide and they are actually making a god out of their unhealthy habits.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/3/2012 3:01PM

    Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts! Thank you Vic for this beautiful prayer. May God bless your household is my prayer.

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WANTSZU 8/3/2012 11:56AM

    Another awesome lesson, prayer and hymn. Thank you so much for standing up for life, and like your prayer says letting the "Peace of Christ" rule in your heart.

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ANHELIC 8/3/2012 9:01AM

    Thank you Vic for your awesome description of murder. I knew these, but sometimes they slip by, especially doing things that will bring on death. I have had to make lifestyle food changes and now I feel I am obeying God's Word and looking after His temple. I am so grateful to receive your lesson,hymn and prayer each day and look forward to them You are truly a man of God. Thank you also for the goodies. God bless you and your family Vic. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARYJOANNA 8/3/2012 7:45AM

  Glad to know you stand for your beliefs regardless of criticism.

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EDITOR 8/3/2012 7:32AM

    Abortion is murder and we wonder why it is difficult to see God's blessings on America. What part of Thou Shalt Not Kill do people not understand? I bless you Vic and wife for taking a stand today that might not be popular with women.
Yet, we must speak the truth in love.

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AZMOMXTWO 8/3/2012 7:29AM

  good one

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 8/2/2012

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Following in The Footsteps of Faith, Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Thu, 8/2/2012

Exodus 20:13
THEREíS MORE TO MURDER THAN TAKING A LIFE, Lesson 21a

One American is shot, stabbed, beaten, or strangled to death every minute. It seems that no matter where you turn in our society, or even our world, there are murders. Itís on the television and movies as fiction. Itís on the streets and next door as a brutal reality. With a murder rate of 10 in every 100,000, your chances of being murdered are far greater than your chances of dying in an airplane or automobile crash. Murder is a horrible crime against God and against oneís fellow man. It may be the greatest offence of all given the enormity of death and what follows thereafter. Imagine taking a personís life and that person going immediately into Hell.

Now, the 6th Commandment says, "Thou shalt not kill." It literally means, "Thou shalt not murder." You see, while all murder is killing, not all killing is murder. Murder is more than just taking a life! Murder can be defined as the premeditated and intentional taking of another human life.

Accidental killing would not be classified as murder. Take an example from the Bible. In Numbers 35:11-28, God gave Israel regulations for "Cities of Refuge." These were cities to which someone who had unintentionally killed another human could flee to avoid the "avenger of blood." If you were involved in an automobile accident and accidentally killed another human, then you would not be a murderer.

Capital punishment would not be considered murder. God, in his Word lays down the principle that for certain offences, authority has the right to terminate another human life, (Gen. 9:6; Num. 35:16-18, Lev. 24:17). Whether or not you personally agree with capital punishment or not, it is plain to see that the Bible authorizes it in cases of murder.

Killings that take place in the exercise of "just war" would not be classified as murder. Throughout the history of the world, nations have had to defend their borders or other weaker nations against aggressive enemies. Even God, at various times, has ordered His people onto the field of battle. Those who kill in "just war" are not murders. However, those who engage in brutality and atrocities are murderers!

Killings that are the product of self-defense cannot be classified as murder. Often, police officers must kill in the line of duty. Homeowners may have to kill an intruder to protect home and family. These people are not murderers. Sometimes, people are attacked and must defend themselves. When they kill the attacker in the process, they are not classed as murderers.

However, there are times when killing is murder. That is what this commandment speaks to and that is what we want to look into this evening. Letís look on this thought, ďThereís More To murder Than Taking A Lifeď!

MURDER INTRUDES INTO GODíS TERRITORY

God Controls Manís Entrance Into Life Ė When man first appeared on this planet, it was at the command of Almighty God Ė (Gen. 1:27). The evolutionists tell us that man evolved from some lower life form; that, in fact, life began on some primordial beach where somehow, some lifeless blob of protoplasm somehow began to live. This little living blob somehow began to change and eventually all the life on the earth came from these humble beginnings.

Godís Word, however, has a different version of these events! Notice what God did in Genesis 2:7, Note that man was made in the image of God. Look at what David thought of the origins of human life, (Psa. 139:13-16). Look also at Jobís friend Elihuís version of his own beginnings Ė (Job 33:4).

It is plain from these verses that mankind is the product of the creative genius of Almighty God. Since God controls the entrance of man into life, it stands to reason that:

God Controls The Exit Of Man From Life Ė We must concede that God Himself is in control of life. He is the One who establishes the boundaries across which no man can cross, (Job 14:5; Psa. 104:29). It seems clear that men can do certain things that will shorten their days, (Pro. 10:27; Job 15:32-33; Job 22:15-16; Psa. 55:23; Eccl. 7:17). By the same token, obedience to the Lord will lengthen a manís days upon the earth, (Ex. 20:12; Pro. 10:27; Psa. 91:16).

However, these things are also subject to the sovereignty of God. No man has the right to deliberately and intentionally end the life of another, except it be for those things already mentioned. God is the giver of human life and He alone must be the taker of human life. When we take it upon ourselves to take the life of another, we have placed ourselves in the place of God. We have tried to assume His position and power. We have tried to step into an area in which we have absolutely no business.

TODAYíS HYMN!
ďGrace Greater Than Our SinĒ By Julia H. Johnston (1910)

1. Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary's mount outpoured,
there where the blood of the Lamb was spilt.
Refrain:
Grace, grace, God's grace,
grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
grace, grace, God's grace,
grace that is greater than all our sin!

2. Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,
threaten the soul with infinite loss;
grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
points to the refuge, the mighty cross.
(Refrain)

3. Dark is the stain that we cannot hide.
What can avail to wash it away?
Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,
brighter than snow you may be today.
(Refrain)

4. Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see his face,
will you this moment his grace receive?
(Refrain)

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Most Holy Father, Almighty God, we want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom, Your wisdom. Help us to live well, live wisely, and live humbly, for itís the way we live and not the way we talk that counts in Your Divine eyes. May Your Wisdom and Your way be evident in our daily walk so all who are watching may come to know You more clearly. Father, we give You all praise, glory and honor! This we pray in Jesusí Precious name. Amen!

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LOSTLIME 8/4/2012 8:56AM

    Thank you for the lesson, Vic!

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EAGLES_WINGS 8/2/2012 8:25PM

    I remember that somewhere in the bible it states that if we even think of murder in our hearts that we are guilty of murder. These are sobering facts.

I read on a blog recently that just one hundred years ago there were only 11 murders a year. How drastically has that changed?

I live in a small town and I have only heard of two murders in this county since I have lived here and that is twelve years. We are in the country and there are lots of church going citizens. I do not take my safety for granted but thank God for the wonderful place which I live in. Not that terrible things can't happen here. We had a devastating flood just last year. But, people, for the most part, are fairly nice. I am happy I do not live in a city. I grew up in a small city and it has already become a crime hub with two colleges and a job corp facility bringing in some unhealthy influences from the NYC area. I once witnessed a police chase with a gun when I was a teenager. Living in a small town has its advantages.

Hope that you had a beautiful day, Vic. Thank you for the goodie the other day. It really lifted my spirits. You take care.

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/2/2012 2:46PM

    Another wonderful lesson Vic....Thank you

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EDITOR 8/2/2012 1:40PM

    What horrible statistics. Man still does not heed God's commands. Thank You, Jesus that we know Love through You. Amen

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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/2/2012 1:36PM

    I am glad I have God in my life! He alone will judge us! thank you for the prayer Vic! emoticon

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ANHELIC 8/2/2012 11:37AM

    Thank you Vic for your great lesson, hymn and prayer. I am glad that I look at murder or killing the God does. It is now for us to be revengeful, but let God do it. As I read, He brought us into the world and He will take us out. I am so grateful I have God in my life and live each day for Him. Many blessings sent your way Vic. Thank you for the goodies.

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SANDRALEET 8/2/2012 10:23AM

    When we enter a country for gain under pretense of safety is it a sin when we condemn a innocent person is it murder Is not how we judge others how we will be judged.I would rather save the life then be wrong which happens a lot of just the ones we now of How many are not detected at all.We are a hateful and judgmental society WE get mad when a case dose not go how we want it to go.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/2/2012 9:08AM

    Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for the grace that you bestow on us each day. Thank you for the gift of your son Jesus Christ to die for our sins so that we may live in eternity with you. May we always be mindful of this gift in all we do each and every day. Amen.

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MOM-MOM8 8/2/2012 8:37AM

    Thank you, vic. Blessings for this day. emoticon

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MINAMORIN 8/2/2012 8:19AM

    Great way to start the day. . . . God bless.

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COVERUPMINISTRY 8/2/2012 8:18AM

    Yes grace and mercy has brought us...thanks for that wonderful lesson. I really enjoyed it.

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Following In The Footsteps of Faith, Wed, 8/1/2012

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Following In The Footsteps Of Faith, Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Wed, 8/1/2012

Exodus 20:12
HONOR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER, Lesson 20c

A REWARD THAT WILL BE DELIVERED

This verse contains more that a "donít", it also gives us a great promise. This verse reminds those who obey Father and Mother that there are some promises that they can have for themselves.

Our Days Will Be Lengthened Ė ( Eph. 6:3) When one honors his parents as he ought, then God has promised him longer days upon the earth. I believe that we can take this literally. If this is true, and it is, then it can also be said that refusal to obey parents can result in an abbreviated life!

Our Days Will Be Lightened Ė Not only does the Lord promise length of days to those who honor their parents, He also promises blessings to those who choose this wonderful way of life.

George Washington had his heart set on going to sea. His trunk was already on board the ship when he went to tell his mother goodbye. He found here with tears in her eyes and a heavy heart that was opposed to his journey. He turned to a hired servant and ordered him to go to the ship and get his trunk. He said, "I will not leave and break my motherís heart." Her response to him was this, "George, God has promised to bless the children that obey their parents." God did bless his life and still uses his influence to this day!

By the same token, God has cursed those who refuse to obey mother and father - (Prov 30:17), "The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it."

Children that treat their parents with the respect they are due, and worthy of, will be blessed of the Lord!

Conc: As I look back over all the years of my life, I realize that in many ways I was from time to time a disobedient child. Yet, I thank God for my parents and for the life and raising they gave me. What I am today is a product of the investment they made then. The same stands true for each of us this today! We may not always agree with them, and we may not always understand them, but they are our parents and as such, they deserve all the love and respect that we can possible give to them.

TODAYíS HYMN!
ďHow Sweet, How HeavenlyĒ By Joseph Swain (1792)

How sweet, how heavenly is the sight,
When those that love the Lord
In one anotherís peace delight,
And so fulfill His Word!

When each can feel his brotherís sigh
And with him bear a part!
When sorrow flows from eye to eye,
And joy from heart to heart!

When, free from envy, scorn, and pride,
Our wishes all above,
Each can his brotherís failings hide,
And show a brotherís love!

When love, in one delightful stream,
Through every bosom flows,
When union sweet, and dear esteem,
In every action glows.

Love is the golden chain that binds
The happy souls above;
And heís an heir of Heaven who finds
His bosom glow with love.

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Merciful and Loving Father, glorious God, search us, O God, and know our heart; test us and know our anxious thoughts; see if there is any offensive way in us; and lead us in the way everlasting. Thank You for Your willingness to love us and to receive us even though You know and see our imperfections, those things which are heavy on our hearts. Help us to seek Your purifying presence. This we pray and ask in the blessed name of Jesus our Savior. Amen!

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ANHELIC 8/1/2012 2:49PM

    Thank you Vic for your awesome lesson, hymn and prayer. I don't think you ever over teach on honoring our father and mother. Dear God search my heart and cleanse and unjustice that might be in my heart unknowingly. I respected my parents and now I see my daughter respecting me. I wait for your lessons, they are God driven. Sending you many of God's richest blessings Vic. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon For your beautiful lesson and prayer.

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EDITOR 8/1/2012 8:43AM

    Examine us, O Lord, and show us our shortcomings! Great as always, Vic!

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  Vic, Thank You so much for this very inspirational blog. Have A Very Wonderful Wednesday In The LORD! emoticon

GOD BLESS!
Louise

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/1/2012 7:53AM

    Thank you Vic. The words to this hymn are magnificent. I especially liked the line," Each can his brother's failings hide and show a brother's love." So often we seem to try to identify failings in others in order to puff ourselves up. I love the idea of working to hide another's failings and show them sincerity. May God bless you today is my prayer.

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MOM-MOM8 8/1/2012 7:18AM

    Good Morning and thank you, Vic, for your words of wisdom. Have a Blessed day.

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Following In The Footsteps Of Faith, Tue, 7/31/2012

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Following In The Footsteps Of Faith, Hymn, This Is My Prayer,

Exodus 20:12
HONOR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER, Lesson 20b

THERE IS A RESPECT THAT IS DESERVED

While this verse speaks primarily to young people and children, it also speaks to parents. Children will have a difficult time respecting a parent who hasnít lived a life worthy of honor. Allow me to share with you three reasons how parents can earn the respect of their children.

By Our Faithfulness Ė Parents need to remember that children will respect a life that is lived faithfully. Children long to see their parents living with their best interests at heart. When a child knows that mom and dad really care about what happens to them, they will respond to that display of love.

Letís face it, many parents want their kids to do right, because it makes them look better. Their primary concern is, "What will my friends think of me ifÖ?" Others are devastated when their children start to turn out differently than they had planned. A parents duty to their children is to love them unconditionally and faithfully place their needs ahead of your own. Kids will respond to that kind of love.

By the way, faithfulness to the Lord goes along way with kids too. When we live as though the Lord, His work, His worship and His House are optional, our children will come to believe it too. Donít expect them to be faithful, dedicated Christians when you arenít one yourself. I guess that what we do, speaks so loud our kids canít hear what we are saying!

By Our Fairness Ė We earn respect by being fair. That is, we are firm in what we say, but we are tempered in our actions by love. This brings to mind 2 methods of child rearing that need to be mentioned.

1. Discipline Ė There are parents who believe that the answer to every infraction is a beating.

2. Liberty Ė There are others who feel that their children can do as they please. Oh, they may not like what their kids do and there is a lot of yelling, threatening and pleading, but there is never any discipline imposed on the wayward child.

These 2 methods represent the extremes, our duty, in fairness to our children, is to find the happy medium. There are times when we must discipline, (Pro. 13:24; 29:17). Any parent who refuses to apply the board of education to the seat of learning is doing his children a great injustice. Then, there are times when we need to allow our kids a little growing room. Our job is to find that place where they can be themselves and still learn that God has a plan for their lives. Too bad they donít come with training manuals!

By Fruitfulness Ė Parents earn respect from their children when they can see their parents investing their lives in their children. When we give them love and time and patience and encouragement and hope, they will respond with respect and love of their own.

There was a little boy who expressed great concern about his parents. He told of how his father worked hard to provide for all of his needs and how his mother slaved around the house, cooking and cleaning up after him and taking care of him when he was sick. When asked what he had to be worried about he said, "I am afraid that they might escape!"

Thank God for those parents who invest their lives into those of their children! Children have much to be thankful for in their parents. However, too many are too immature and too self-centered to see that. Yet, they will some day, many when it is too late to say thank you.

TODAYíS HYMN!
ďBind Us TogetherĒ By Bob Gillman (1977)

BIND US TOGETHER, Lord, Bind us together
With cords that cannot be broken.
Bind us together, Lord,
Bind us together,
Bind us together with love.

There is only one God,
There is only one King;
There is only one Body,
That is why we sing:

BIND US TOGETHER, Lord, Bind us together
With cords that cannot be broken.
Bind us together, Lord,
Bind us together,
Bind us together with love.

Refrain
Made for the glory of God,
Purchased by His precious Son;
Born with the right to be clean,
For Jesus the victory has won.

BIND US TOGETHER, Lord, Bind us together
With cords that cannot be broken.
Bind us together, Lord,
Bind us together,
Bind us together with love.


Refrain
You are the family of God,
You are the promise divine;
You are Godís chosen desire,
You are the glorious new wine.

BIND US TOGETHER, Lord, Bind us together
With cords that cannot be broken.
Bind us together, Lord,
Bind us together,
Bind us together with love.






THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Heavenly Father, Glorious God, thank You for all the wonderful memories. Our memories are a sufficient part of WHO we are. They play an important part in our Christian life. May they be sweet and enable our witness to Christ, because He fills our hearts with good memories. Guide all of us every day to be kind and brave in Your service that we might create sweet memories in others. Help us to avoid sin and take courage in the Christian way. Keep us ever close to Jesus. In His precious name we pray. Amen!



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IACTA_ALEA_EST 7/31/2012 11:23PM

    I saw a wonderful young man today carrying and carrying his baby sister, nuzzling her and comforting her so his mom could checkout at the store. He might have been 11.

He learned that from a wonderful parent...It was beautiful to see such tenderness in a boy when others whine.....

Your blog reminded me of it.

Have a blessed night's rest so you can continue serving us with your wisdom and faith.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 7/31/2012 5:57PM

    I love your lessons! Never stop sending them!
hugs
linda

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NELLIEC 7/31/2012 4:54PM

    The sad thing for children is that, indeed, some parents do want to escape being parents. And even sadder for those who pursue becoming parents only to be disappointed by miscarriage after miscarriage!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/31/2012 4:08PM

    Thank you Vic. As usual a very informative lesson.

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WANTSZU 7/31/2012 3:53PM

    Thank you Vic, another great lesson, prayer and hymn. The Lord's blessings to you.

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/31/2012 3:50PM

    Great lesson!
Beautiful song!
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ANHELIC 7/31/2012 10:38AM

    Thank you Vic for the great lesson again today and prayer. I am glad that my daughter had a Godly upbringing and she is now an adult and we love and respect each other. Having God in our lives is so important and without Him, we will perish and not have a happy family. Thank you also for your prayer. The Hymn is awesome. Sending you God's richest blessings Vic. I look forward to tomorrow.
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ANHELIC 7/31/2012 10:38AM

    Thank you Vic for the great lesson again today and prayer. I am glad that my daughter had a Godly upbringing and she is now an adult and we love and respect each other. Having God in our lives is so important and without Him, we will perish and not have a happy family. Thank you also for your prayer. The Hymn is awesome. Sending you God's richest blessings Vic. I look forward to tomorrow.
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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/31/2012 7:43AM

    Amen Vic! I do praise God that my childhood was filled with sweet memories of love and fellowship. I hope my children can say the same someday. God Bless You!

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Following In The Footsteps of Faith, Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Mon, 7/30/2012

Monday, July 30, 2012

Following In The Footsteps Of Faith, Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Mon, 7/30/2012

Exodus 20:12
HONOR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER, Lesson 20a

A mother that had scrimped and saved to put her son through college sat in her sonís graduation. She watched as he walked across the platform and received his degree with honors. As he walked down the isle, instead of turning into the designated row, he kept walking; down to where his mother sat. The young man threw his arms around her neck, kissed her on the cheek, and as he placed his diploma in her hands, he said, "Here, Mother, you earned it!" The fifth commandment addresses that which many parents have earned.

Letís face it, there arenít that many children who hold their parents in that high regard. Too often, good old mom and dad are seen as obstacles to be overcome rather than wise guides to be followed and emulated. In this Fifth Commandment, God lays down a principle for life that will determine how every relationship around you will turn out. You see, the home is the foundational institution of society. No nation, or community of people, is stronger than the family structure that makes them up. As goes the home, so goes the nation, the community, the church, etc. In the home, God has established an order that is to be strictly followed. The husband/father is to be the head of that home, submitting himself to the will of the heavenly Father. The wife is to be in subjection to her husband, not as his doormat, but as his helpmeet. The children are to submit themselves to their parents, and in doing so, will be blessed of the Lord. If this order is followed, then the home will be blessed and will be a blessing to all those involved in it.

Yet, many homes are in shambles today because the children have forgotten all about the Fifth Commandment. It is fitting that this Commandment should fall here. It divides the commandments related to God from those related to our fellow man. You see, when we are out of step in the home, we will be out of step with God and with our fellow human beings. It is in the parental relationship that we learn first how to submit to the Lord and then how we are to serve our fellow man.

As we take a few minutes to look into this verse and all that it teaches, we will find that there is instruction here for both parents and for children. Letís talk about ďHonoring Thy Father and Thy Motherď.

THERE IS A RESPECT THAT IS DEMANDED

An Elevation To Recognize Ė This verse makes it plain that parents are to be held in high regard by their children. Notice Eph. 6:2 Ė "Honor thy father and mother." Honor means "To give great weight to; to hold as valuable." Children are to hold Mom and Dad in high respect. They are not just two old fools out to ruin your fun. They have been placed in your life by the sovereign will of Almighty God to be your overseers until your reach maturity. In the early stages of life, while a child is maturing from birth to adulthood, they are to be in absolute subjection to their parents. Children are to offer unquestioning obedience to their parents! When a child refuses to obey his/her parents, they are in effect refusing to submit to the Lord, (Col. 3:20)!

There were times in my youth when I disobeyed my parents and I was wrong for doing so. I wish I could go back now with what I know. I would try to be a model son. But, I canít go back! You young people who are still living under your parentís roof might want to reconsider just how you are treating them! If you arenít holding them in high regard and respect, then you need to repent of that sin and do right by your parents.

It is discouraging, and frightening, to see a child or young person being disrespectful to their parents. It spells trouble down the road, and it shows a lack of regard for God. It is a sign of deeply rooted sinfulness. There is absolutely no excuse for any behavior that attacks, disrespects or dishonors oneís parents! It is a sign of ignorance and immaturity!

An Esteem To Render - As we grow older, we are continue to regard our parents with great respect. As children grow up, it is natural for them to leave their parentís home, (Gen. 2:24). At this time, we are no longer under there direct authority. In other words, they arenít there to tell us what to do day by day. Many are dreaming of that day right now! It isnít all itís cracked up to be!

Even though we leave their home and leave their authority, we are to still respect our parents and we are to call to mind the sacrifices they have made to bring us into the world and to nurture us to maturity. We should call to mind the long nights spent beside the sickbed. The many hours worked to provide food, shelter and clothing. We should remember the love dispensed in abundance for so little in return. Even though we are out from under their authority, we still owe them our respect.

They deserve nothing less! Jesus, He was the great example. As a 12 year old boy, He submitted Himself to His parents, (Luke 2:51). And, as a dying man, He remembered to honor His mother by seeing that she was cared for, (John 19:27).

A brother is selling his home and moving away just so he can be near his parents and be certain that they are getting the care they need. That is the spirit of this verse!

An Experience To Regard Ė Let me say a word about parental advise. Many young people simply refuse to hear what their parents tell them and as a result, they often experience trouble and hardship. Young people would do well to remember that parents speak from the experience gained by taking the hard knocks themselves. Their warnings are given to guide their children in the right path and to steer them past many of the obstacles of life.

Experience is far wiser than ignorance! It is an ignorant child that refuses the counsel of wise, experienced parents. Many are like this little girl - A youngster was very unhappy because her parents had refused her wishes. That evening her mother was amused to hear her pray, "Please, Lord, don't give her any more children; she doesn't know how to treat the ones she's got now!"

The attitude of children toward their parents changes as they grow older. During the teen years especially, some young people show little respect for their fathers and mothers. It's disheartening to see this. But as those young teenagers mature, they begin to recognize that Mom and Dad knew a lot more than they gave them credit for. Mark Twain once said, "When I was 14 years old, my father was so ignorant I hated to have the old man around. But when I was 21 years old, I was astonished to see how much my father had learned in only 7 years."

Sometimes young people come to realize with deep regret that if they had followed the counsel of their parents they could have avoided much heartache both for themselves and their family.

TODAYíS HYMN!
ďGod Give Us Christian HomesĒ By Baylus B. McKinney (1949)

1 God give us Christian homes!
Homes where the Bible is loved and taught,
Homes where the Master?s will is sought,
Homes crowned with beauty Your love has wrought;
God give us Christian homes;
God give us Christian homes!

2 God give us Christian homes!
Homes where the father is true and strong,
Homes that are free from the blight of wrong,
Homes that are joyous with love and song;
God give us Christian homes;
God give us Christian homes!

3 God give us Christian homes!
Homes where the mother, in caring quest,
Strives to show others Your way is best,
Homes where the Lord is an honored guest;
God give us Christian homes;
God give us Christian homes!

4 God give us Christian homes!
Homes where the children are led to know
Christ in His beauty who loves them so,
Homes where the altar fires burn and glow;
God give us Christian homes;
God give us Christian homes!

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
O God, You are our God, and we want Your presence in our life more than anything else. We long for You the way we long for water in the dry heat of summer. We come to You to quench our spiritual thirst as only You can do. Flow Your rivers of living water into us so we can revive our soul, and then flow through us to others in this dry and thirsty world. Enable us to lift up Christ to this dying world. This we pray through Him, Amen!


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PURPLEPEONY 7/30/2012 8:44PM

    Amen! emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 7/30/2012 6:11PM

    Hallelujah!!! To God be the glory!!

God bless you Brother Vic!

Dee

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THEADMIRAL 7/30/2012 4:23PM

    It's a fallen world and not all parents are mindful of their God-given responsibilities on raising their children. There will be those who disregard this commandment because of the abuse they received, but we all need to remember that this is a commandment with a promise: honor the parent SO THAT it will be well with you - the child. We are to forgive those who sin against us, including our parents. Forgiveness lightens our burden and brings us closer to our true Father.

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/30/2012 12:20PM

    I liked this lesson very much...I wish I could go back & change some of the ways I treated my mom & dad.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/30/2012 8:42AM

    God Give Us Christian Homes! This is truly the desire of my heart. Thank you Vic for a beautiful lesson and prayer. God Bless You!

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ANHELIC 7/30/2012 7:59AM

    Thank you Vic for your wonderful lesson to honor your father and mother. Like many young children I have seen disrespect their parents, my heart saddens for them. they don't realize how they should live. The story about the boy receiving his diploma brought tears to my eyes. What an awesome honor he bestowed on his mother. I would never disrespect my parents and I know god would punish me if I did.
Again thank you so much Vic for this awesome lesson and prayer. Great way to start my day. God bless you. Thank you for the goodie.
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SANDRALEET 7/30/2012 7:37AM

    All the commandments are to be Followed .When we do not it leads to disrespect to God and others.If you do not respect your parents who do you respect.If you love you parents you would respect them.

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