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FOLLOWING IN THE FIITSTEPS OF FITH, Mon, 8/6/2012

Monday, August 06, 2012

Following in The Footsteps of Faith, Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Mon, 8/6/2012

Exodus 20:14
THE DESTRUCTIVE POWER OF ADULTERY, Lesson 22b
Adultery is a very destructive sin; allow me to show you how!

Adultery is a sin against:

YOUR SPOUSE

Adultery does incredible damage to one’s spouse!

When a man and woman marry, they become one flesh. (Gen. 2:24.) When one of the partners joins with a person outside that marriage contract, they have broken that bond and have joined with another – (1 Cor. 6:16).

Adultery says to the innocent spouse, "You weren’t good enough for me." Adultery has the power to destroy the self-esteem of the innocent victim.

Adultery destroys trust! Innocent spouse will have a hard time ever trusting the other spouse!

Perhaps this is why Jesus gave an escape clause in cases of sexual Immorality – (Matt. 19:3-9).

The marriage must be "adultery proofed!" How is this done? By giving heed to the command given by Paul in 1 Cor. 7:1-5.

Adultery is also an attack at one’s children! David’s children followed in his footsteps. Amnon raped his half-sister Tamar. Absolom took his father'’ concubines unto himself. Sexual immorality has a way of filtering down to the children. One’s spiritual influence is also compromised when we stoop to committing adultery. Children lose respect for a parent that destroys the family over illicit and indecent pleasures.

YOUR SELF

Adultery does incredible damage to one’s self!

Adultery, among believers, is the result of being in a backslidden condition. Then, once that line is crossed, the enemy will continue to attack in that area. Doing it the second, third, fourth times will not be as hard because the will has been softened and one’s guard is let down.

Many people are guilty of adultery even though they have never had sexual relations with another person. Jesus wants us to know that adultery is as much a matter of heart and mind as it is of the flesh – (Matt. 5:28.…So called "girl watching.") Pornography, sexual fantasies, etc. All lead to adultery of the heart and make a person just as guilty as physical adultery!
There will be a terrible price to pay for crossing that line – (Pro. 6:26-29; 32-33).

Committing adultery will your destroy witness and testimony. The televangelists and others we have heard of here in our own TV are examples. When you commit adultery, just try to tell a sinner how he can be saved! Nathan’s words to David still ring true today, (2 Sam. 12:14).

How can a person guard themselves? Adopt the attitude of the Psalmist – (Psa. 100:3)… Just ask David what happens when you allow your eyes to wander – (2 Sam. 11-12). Notice what Job said about this issue – (Job 31:1-11). We are to guard our eyes, our flesh and our mind. If we put the right stuff in, we will get the right results in return – (Phil. 4:8).

In our world, it is hard to avoid sexual stimulation. Therefore, we are to be on our best guard at all times!

YOUR SOCIETY

As goes the family, so goes the society. When we see the family unit being destroyed, we come to see that our society as a whole is in danger of collapsing. In fact, every great empire that has fallen has done so as the result of sexual immorality! Is America next? It all depends on what we do with our sexuality!

Immorality, homosexuality, etc, abound in our day. We need to turn the tide and doing so demands that it begin in my home and yours. We need to covenant together and vow to God that we will guard our homes and our lives against these evil sins.

Immorality in the life of a member of the church can tarnish the entire work of God. Notice, 1 Cor 12:26; 1 Cor. 5:6. Do not think that your sin is a private thing, just a little affair that you can hide when you please. In truth, it is a sin, it is adultery and it tarnishes the name of the church and destroys our ministry in the community!

Adultery is such a sin against society that G. Campbell Morgan said, "The adulterer is the enemy of the state. My personal persuasion is that it is an act of treason to the state to allow adulterers and adulteresses to go free and unpunished. The greatness of a people depends upon the purity and strength of the people, and in every nation where the marriage relation is violated with impunity the virus of death is surely and certainly at work." I agree with that statement!

God’s desire is that this type of behavior never find manifestation among His people – (Eph. 5:3).

TODAY’S HYMN!
“I Need Thee Every Hour” By Anne S. Hawks (1872)

I need thee every hour, most gracious Lord; no tender voice like thine can peace afford. Refrain:
I need thee, O I need thee; every hour I need thee; O bless me now, my Savior, I come to thee.

I need thee every hour; stay thou nearby; temptations lose their power when thou art nigh. (Refrain)

I need thee every hour, in joy or pain; come quickly and abide, or life is vain.
(Refrain)

I need thee every hour; teach me thy will; and thy rich promises in me fulfill.
(Refrain)

I need thee every hour, most Holy One; O make me thine indeed, thou blessed Son. (Refrain)

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Most Holy Father, Redeeming God, too many of us wake up pursuing the story dictated to us by the secular world. Sometime during the day we might remember You in some way. Please forgive us. Help us in the morning to lay our request before You, and wait in expectation. Open our ears and hearts early in the morning to Your purpose for our life. Train our mind to turn to You when the alarm goes off. Enable us to live in constant awareness of Your presence and Your love. Help us to become more like Jesus, and less like ourselves. This we pray in His glorious name. Amen!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/6/2012 6:18PM

    a very important lesson to spread the word!! thanks you vic!

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BABY_GIRL69 8/6/2012 5:57PM

    Thank you for you blog!! It was very important to us as Christians.

God bless,

Dee

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NELLIEC 8/6/2012 5:03PM

    I am grieved when young women who would be indignant if their husbands were to girl watch are going to movies which cause them to do the same kind of sin. I am shocked and flabbergasted that Christian young mothers are doing this!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/6/2012 2:38PM

    Thank you Vic for this excellent prayer. I truly do need the Lord every hour and the more I ask him into my day the better it goes. Thank you for this reminder!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/6/2012 11:59AM

    Keep 'em coming Vic...We need to take heed ofthe WORD.

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EDITOR 8/6/2012 7:54AM

    I still love the Christian President Jimmy Carter who admitted to lusting in his mind and was made a laughing stock of.

He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone.

Keep us pure, Lord, for oftentimes even our thoughts are not pure, hour by hour. Amen

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LOSTLIME 8/6/2012 7:47AM

    Amen! Thank you for the lesson.

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ANHELIC 8/6/2012 7:46AM

    Amen Vic. Thank you so much for your awesome lesson and prayer. I need your lesson and prayer each morning before I start my day. I really do need God every hour. This is one of my favorite hymns. Sending you God's richest blessings for honoring him and teaching His word. God Bless.


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GARDENCHRIS 8/6/2012 7:31AM

    Amen!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 8/5/2012

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Following in The Footsteps of Faith, Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Sun, 8/5/2012

Exodus 20:14
THE DESTRUCTIVE POWER OF ADULTERY, Lesson 22a

Humans are sexual beings! Scientists tell us that our sex drive is virtually equal to our will to live. This is not a bad thing. We are this way because God has made us this way. He designed man with a sexual desire. When God made man, His first command to mankind was for them to multiply. Now, we all know how human reproduction is carried out. Therefore, we find that God has made man a sexual being. However, our sexuality has been corrupted by sin! God’s plan is for the sexual relationship to be between a husband and his wife only. Any other form of sexual expression, outside of that marital relationship, is sinful! This is the very area addressed by this 7th Commandment.

When we think of adultery, we automatically think of a man being unfaithful to his wife. Yet, this Commandment is far broader than just this. I personally believe that it encompasses the entire realm of human sexual experience. Any sexual expression outside the confines of the marital relationship is a sin against God!

Now, we would all have to admit that we live in a time when sexuality, and the expression of it, are rampant in our society. Sex is found on the television, in magazines, on billboards. You name it, in this society, sex sells and it seems to be what people like, because no one stands against the tide of blatant sexual expression that is all around. If our society were somehow found by researchers from a distant time, they would without doubt agree that this is a society obsessed with sex!

When Jesus was on the earth, He looked at His culture and labeled it, "an adulterous and sinful generation." (Mark 8:38) If He were to speak to our day, what would He say about 20th Century America? Some may ask, "Preacher, is this material relevant today?" My answer would be, "Yes!" We live in a world where nearly 50% of all men say they have committed adultery. That is just the number that will admit to it! Researchers estimate the nearly two-thirds of all married men will commit adultery before the age of 40, and 41% of married women also say they are guilty of this sin. Is it relevant? "Yes!" Because the statistics are just as bad for the church! Christianity Today did a random sampling of 1000 subscribers and questioned them on the matter of Adultery. 45% said they had acted inappropriately and 23% said they had committed adultery. It is relevant because it has a negative effect on our young people. One-fifth of youth lose their virginity before the age of 13! It is no wonder that AIDs, sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies are on the increase. It can all be traced back to a lack of morality and standards at home!

When children see their parents living immoral lives, it sends the message that sexual immorality is good and acceptable. Billy Graham, in a recent survey, found that 40% of youth in Bible believing, evangelical churches were sexually active. He also found that 60% of single adults in these churches were not only sexually active, but over half reported having multiple partners!

I want you to know that God is still against adultery! He still hates it and is still punishing those who are guilty of it. Today, I would like for us to take a few minutes to study this sin called adultery and see that it is a sin not just against your spouse, but that it touches every area of your life.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“I Must Tell Jesus” By E. A. Hoffman (1894)

I must tell Jesus all of my trials,
I cannot bear these burdens alone;
In my distress He kindly will help me,
He ever loves and cares for His own.
Refrain:
I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!
I cannot bear my burdens alone;
I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!
Jesus can help me, Jesus alone.

I must tell Jesus all of my troubles,
He is a kind, compassionate Friend;
If I but ask Him He will deliver,
Make of my troubles quickly an end
Refrain:
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Tempted and tried I need a great Savior,
One who can help my burdens to bear;
I must tell Jesus, I must tell Jesus:
He all my cares and sorrows will share.
Refrain:

What must I do when worldliness calls me?
What must I do when tempted to sin?
I must tell Jesus, and He will help me
Over the world the vict’ry to win.
Refrain:


THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Merciful and Loving God, give us wisdom to know when we should listen and when we should speak, for there is a time to be silent and a time to speak. Teach us to be quick to listen and slow to speak. Teach us the folly of answering before we listen. When our egos press us to speak, take control and guide us so we may render the kind of service that is best needed. Make us and mold us to be more like our Savior, Jesus Christ. This we pray in His Glorious name. Amen!

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BABY_GIRL69 8/5/2012 8:42PM

    So powerful Vic & much needed!

God bless,

Dee

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/5/2012 2:44PM

    Thank you Vic! Amen & Amen

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PMFISH 8/5/2012 1:55PM

    Enjoyed your blog and passed it on. Too many times it is swept under the rug and act like it does not exist. Enjoy your Sunday.



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DETERMINEDBABE 8/5/2012 1:48PM

    We live in a fallen dark world....I pray for all to turn to Christ but unfortunately not all will listen. It hurts my soul to see any of GOD's children lost. I know how dark this world can get for someone with their eyes blinded by the darkness but I also experienced Christ's loving light and salvation. This wretch is very grateful for my Savior Jesus and how the LORD has changed my life. Pray I will never fall back into the world and the sinful fleshly desires!

Thank you for this blog to remind us to be on guard and be a living example of Christ in us for a light to draw others to Christ Jesus!



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EDITOR 8/5/2012 12:57PM

    Great lesson, Vic, and amazing statistics which steadily rise.

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ANHELIC 8/5/2012 10:42AM

    Thank you Vic for the awesome lesson, hymn and prayer. It also reminded me that in the Bible it says even if you think about an adulterous meeting, we have committed adultery. Thank you too Vic for the goodies. You are truly a man of God.

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SANDRALEET 8/5/2012 9:50AM

    We look at others not at our self with that beg log in our eye.We forget that all sexual sins are sin not just the ones we d o not do.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/5/2012 9:44AM

    praying God guides us in all our lives! thank you for your wonderful reminders and beautiful songs! You are very special!
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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/5/2012 8:22AM

    Thank you Vic for this timely reminder. May we truly be quick to listen and slow to speak asking God to guide us. Have a beautiful Lord's Day!

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SUNSET09 8/5/2012 7:27AM

  Amen and Amen. God doesn't move nor change we do! Thank you for this reality check as need to get back to the basic and know that it's all about God, not about us! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 8/4/2012

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Following in The Footsteps of Faith, Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Sat, 8/4/2012

Exodus 20:14
MURDER INVOLVES MORE THAN KILLING, Lesson 21c

Not only does murder Intrude Into God’s Business,
We see that…

Murder Involves The Element Of Justice – Murder carries with it a penalty. In Matt. 5:21-22, Jesus states that murders will be punished. Some, it seems, have gotten away with murder. They will, however, face God one day and He will render perfect justice – (Rev. 20:11-15).

Others have been caught, tried and convicted. Some of these are in prison and other have and will pay with their lives. This is part of murder. Many murderers have received Jesus as their Savior, yet they will still die for their crime. Is this fair? Yes it is! Carla Faye Tucker in Texas – She murdered 2 people while high on drugs and was sentenced to die. She was saved and became a model Christian and prisoner. Many thought she should have her sentence commuted. Yet she was executed . There is a price on murder! ( Rom. 13:4).

Murder Involves The Element Of Judgment – It is possible to murder another human being and not shed an ounce of blood, or even take their life. Murder can happen in the heart and mind and never find manifestation in reality. However, in the Lord’s eyes, the murderer is just as guilty. Notice, (Matt. 5:22; 1 John 3:15). These verses teach this truth. Many people have had their reputations ruined, and pure old malice and hatred have murdered their testimonies.

Someone has said, "There are degrees of murderous guilt, all of which can be manifested without a blow being struck: secret anger, the spiteful jeer, the open, unrestrained outbursts of violent, and abusive speech." Murder is more than an act of the flesh, it is an attitude of the heart.

Conc: How do we insulate ourselves against breaking this commandment? The solution is simple. All we need do is practice God’s plan for unconditional love, (Matt. 33:37-39), and absolute forgiveness of others, (Eph. 4:32). If there has been a murderous spirit in your heart, that needs to be repented of right now, make it right. Whoever you are angry at needs to be forgiven and that anger released, make it right. It is far better to suffer some injury than to be guilty of murder, even if it is only hurting you.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“His Grace Reaches Me” By Whitey Gleason (1964)

Deeper than the ocean
and wider than the sea
is the grace of the Savior
for sinners like me
Sent from the Father
and it thrills my soul
Just to feel and to know
That His blood makes me whole

CHORUS
His grace reaches me
Yes, His grace reaches me
And ‘twill last thru eternity
Now I'm under His control
and I'm happy in my soul
Just to know
that His grace reaches me

VERSE 2
Higher than the mountain
and brighter than the sun
it was offered at Calv'ry
for ev'ry one
Greatest of treasures
and it's mine today
Tho' my sins were as scarlet
He has washed them away

CHORUS

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Glorious Father, Awesome God, we are grateful for Jesus Christ, for His grace, that though He was rich, He became poor for our sake, so that we through His poverty might become rich. He laid aside His glory and His right as God to come and become one like us, that we might receive His riches of salvation and eternal life. Yet, while doing all this, He was sinless as He reveal the only True and Living God to us in terms which we could understand. Help us to understand as we praise His name and wait anxiously to see his glory when time is no more. It is in His Lovely name that we pray. Amen!


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POETLKNG2LOSE 8/4/2012 8:43PM

    Thanks for the lesson Vic. I had to deal with my own anger toward my former boss who mistreated me. I had to ask God to help me forgive her. he told me to let it go that he would take care of it. It is hard swhen we have been wronged to forgive the person.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/4/2012 7:33PM

    Praise God for his grace and mercy. Thank you Vic for this powerful lesson!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/4/2012 5:45PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson.

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MOM-MOM8 8/4/2012 1:31PM

    Thank you ,Vic. You have certainly given me something to think about today. Have a Blessed day. emoticon

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ANHELIC 8/4/2012 11:15AM

    Thank you Vic for your awesome lesson, hymn and prayer. I can relate to this. My second husband was abusive physically, emotionally and verbally for 13 years of marriage. I was afraid of him and hid in the bathroom when he started coming after me. He never helped with bills, etc. because it was my house from the beginning. When he finally left, I prayed and thanked God for this. I went to counselling because of the abuse and we helped to forgive him in my heart for all he did to me. Now I feel so good, no anger or bitterness. I have not seen him for 9 years since he first left. If I passed him on the street, I would speak to him. God is an Awesome God. God bless you Vic. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOSTLIME 8/4/2012 9:02AM

    God will give us all his justice in due time.

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SANDRALEET 8/4/2012 8:54AM

    All will receive justice Even the wrongly accused.Thank God .

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EDITOR 8/4/2012 8:49AM

    It is hard for some of us to wrap our minds around this. Honestly, my first DH committed a murder and an attempted murder and only got a total of 8 years for both crimes. We do see justice, but not in the measure we like. Yet God is just and made him a Christian eventually. That is what I concentrated on. Perhaps others will see the mercy of God and the unconditional love.

Thanks for the goodie, Vic, and touching on rough subjects that might invoke strong feelings.

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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 God’s Business,
We see that…

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 – "The unlawful and malicious or premeditated killing of one human being by another." Webster’s 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 –
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 –
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 don’t 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 –
Here I am referring to what is called Euthanasia or "mercy killing." This form of death has been brought to the public’s 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 can’t 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 –
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 mother’s 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 it’s most helpless citizens, no one is truly safe.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Wonderful Grace Of Jesus” 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 God’s 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

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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
THERE’S 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. It’s on the television and movies as fiction. It’s 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 one’s fellow man. It may be the greatest offence of all given the enormity of death and what follows thereafter. Imagine taking a person’s 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. Let’s look on this thought, “There’s More To murder Than Taking A Life“!

MURDER INTRUDES INTO GOD’S TERRITORY

God Controls Man’s Entrance Into Life – When man first appeared on this planet, it was at the command of Almighty God – (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.

God’s 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 Job’s friend Elihu’s version of his own beginnings – (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 – 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 man’s 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.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Grace Greater Than Our Sin” 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 it’s 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 Jesus’ 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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