Sunday, December 30, 2012
As the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 approaches, I would like to offer a special prayer today. Tomorrow we will continue our lessons and messages. Pray with me.
"Omnipotent Father, Almighty God! We humble ourselves before You as we approach Your throne of grace, with a humble spirit and a grateful heart, for You are worthy of all praises, glory, honor, domain, riches, power and blessings. You are our God, our Creator, our Master, our Savior, our Redeemer, and our Friend. You and You alone are the giver of eternal life. You are Truly Awesome and Ever-present in our life. For this we thank You.
Father, In your love and grace, may we use every failure, which are sometime many, to glorify your name. May we be able to use the failure to see your special mission and purpose You have for our life. As we commit our whole life to you, make our failures be a time, when we can overcome being down, discouraged, or depressed. May we be able to discover your hidden wisdom in our failures; may we always resolve to move forward for you, rather than letting our life be mired down because we made a mistake; may we be able to use failure to be more, and do more for your glory.
Father, sometimes when we come into your holy presence, our walk is not always blameless and we do not always speak the truth from our hearts. Sometimes we slander others and even cast slurs on our fellow humans. We fail to keep all our oaths. We are guilty of all of these transgressions. Forgive us! Speak to us a word of grace and assurance. As we open your precious and infallible Word, open also our hearts, ears, minds and hearts that we may hear, understand, believe and then put into practice what we hear. Send forth your Spirit into our hearts, so that we may indeed become what You have already made us to be, namely, the salt of the earth and a light in this world.
Father, we ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know your words say, "Woe to those who call evil good"; but that is exactly what the nations and the world are doing. They have lost all spirituality and reversed values. They have exploited the poor and called it lottery. They have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. They have killed unborn and called it choice. They have neglected to discipline their children and called it building self-esteem. They have abused power and called it politics. They have coveted their neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. They have polluted the earth with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. They have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Oh Father, please forgive all sinners; search the hearts and cleanse it from every evil sin and set them free.
Father, help us to be, to think, to act in a way which is right. Make us truthful, honest, and honorable in all things; make us intellectually honest for the sake of right and honor, and without thought of reward to ourselves. Give us the ability to be charitable, forgiving, and patient with our fellow men. Help us to understand their motives and their shortcomings, even as You understand ours! You know the temptations that we face each day. But your Word promises that we will not be tempted beyond what we can bear. We ask for your strength to stand up under these temptations. Your Word also tells us you will provide a way out of the temptation. Please, Lord, grant us the wisdom to walk away when we are tempted, and the clarity to see the way out that you will provide. Thank you, God, that you are a faithful deliverer, and that we can count on your help in our time of need.
Father, use us to bring the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ to others. Equip us with the knowledge of Thy word, and the love of Christ. Empower us with Thy Spirit and the courage to stand fast in Christ. Teach us to be the servants we can be. Open the hearts of those who need to hear the good news. Teach us to be devoted in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. Unify our effort and bless our effort to Your glory, praise and honor.
Father, help us to find other believers who will stand with us in prayer and service. Bring godly prayer partners into our lives with whom we can pray in power. Help us to be devoted to You that we may maintain a oneness of the Spirit, and grow daily in our spirituality. Unify our belief in Christ Jesus so that the world may see Jesus Christ living in us, and through us. Let not our hearts be troubled. Strengthen us by Thy Word and Thy Spirit, as we lift the precious Savior up for the world to see.
Father, as 2012 draws near to an end, we look forward to Jesus’ return. Every morning you give us is a new day, not a "DO-OVER" day, but a New Day, with new challenges, new opportunities, and new trials. It's a new challenge for us to LIVE RIGHT that day; a new opportunity for us to serve you and hold up Christ to a lost world; and a new trial to help us become more like Christ Jesus. Every day is a new day indeed, a day when we can worship you and serve you in Spirit and in truth; a new day when we can prove our love and faithfulness. So for every day you give us, we thank you. For every blessing you give us, we thank you. We pray that we will live our life each new day in such a way as so as to be pleasing in Your eyes. Let you hand be upon us in all that we do and let your will be done in our life as it is in heaven. Father, You always have a remnant. Thank you for making us a part of Your remnant.
Father, enable us to stay busy with the work You have commissioned us to do until Jesus returns. Teach us how to stand firm in the heat of spiritual war; to stand strong against all evil and the schemes of the devil; to live and walk by faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ; and to serve and pray for one another, and especially for lost sinners. Father, Save the lost! Heal the sick! Comfort the bereaved! Deliver the suffering and troubled people from the pain and ways of this world! Let Your will be done!
Father, bless every one present wherever they may be, as we lift our voices in prayers, in songs and hymns of praise to YOU, as we break bread and remember what our Lord has done for us, and as we read Your Word and receive Your message. “Lord, it doesn’t matter who knows us as long as they can see you. It doesn’t matter where we are as long as you have placed us there. It doesn’t matter what is happening to us as long as you control it. It doesn’t matter to us what we accomplish in life as long as we accomplish everything for which you have saved us.”! May each soul experience the JOY that comes from knowing YOU, from Loving YOU, and from serving YOU! These things we pray and ask in Jesus’ glorious name, Amen!"
From our family to YOURS, HAVE A BLESSED and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Saturday, December 29, 2012
JUDGES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This is my Prayer, Sat, 12/29/2012
GOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING EVERYONE!
UNKNOWN MEN WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE, Lesson 13c
1-5 THE MESSAGE THEY PREACH
Tola and Jair served for a total of 45 years. They did not lead armies. They did not build cities. They did not write books. What they did was for more important. These men stood for God in an evil day. Their lives, though little is recorded about them, still preach to us today. Let me show you a few lessons we can learn from these unknown men.
There is a lesson in their names.
“Tola” means “Crimson Worm”. This speaks of the Coccus worm found in oak trees. These worms were used to produce the red dye that used in the articles made for the tabernacle. It comes from the Hebrew root “tala”, which means “to be clothed in scarlet”. Tola is the son of “Puah”. His name means “light”. Thus, Tola was “the son of light”.
In his names, Tola is a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. Tola was a man who through humble service and self-surrender became the savior of Israel. He reminds us of Jesus Who is “the Light of the World”,( John 8:12). Our Savior was literally clothed in scarlet when He gave His life for the sins of the world, (Isa. 53:1-6; 52:14). Jesus even called himself a “worm”, (Psa. 22:6). Tola reminds us of the Lord who humbled Himself so that He might save lost sinners from their sins, (Phil. 2:5-8).
“Jair” means “the enlightener”. He reminds of our Lord who is the “Sun of righteousness”, (Mal. 4:2), and “the Light of the World”, (John 8:12). We are told that Jair was a wealthy man who was able to give all thirty of his sons their own donkeys. He was also able to give each son his own city. In this he reminds of the Lord Jesus Who owns everything and shares everything He owns with us, (Rom. 8:17).
Jair is associated with donkeys. The donkey is an animal associated with peace, unlike the horse which is associated with war. Jair was a man of peace in a world filled with turmoil. He speaks of our Savior, who is “The Prince of Peace”,( Isa. 9:6). God raised up Jair to bring peace to a nation. God raised up Jesus to bring peace to our souls and to reconcile us to the Lord. Jair had sons who were ambassadors of peace to the nation of Israel. Jesus has children who are His ambassadors of peace and salvation to the entire world, (2 Cor. 5:20).
There are other lessons from their lives.
You do not have to be famous to make a difference – Tola and Jair are not well known, but their lives made a difference for thousands of people living in Israel in that day.
The same is true for you. Some people think they can’t be used of the lord because they are not well known. Just remember that God has placed you exactly where He wants you. He knows where you are and when He has a bigger assignment for your life, He will come for you and use you in ways you can never imagine. Your duty is to grow where you are planted and to keep doing the last thing He told you until He tells you to do something different! (For example: David with his sheep; Moses with his flocks; Peter, Andrew, James and John with their nets; etc).
You do not have to accomplish great deeds to live an extraordinary life – Tola and Jair never did anything extraordinary, but their lives still testify today.
Most of us will never be famous, nor will we accomplish great things after the world’s standard. Even though you may not accomplish things this world calls great, your life can still be extraordinary. If you live for Jesus, faithfully serve His church and His people, raise your family to honor Him and His word and tell lost sinners about Jesus, your life is extraordinary!
God can help you make the best of a bad situation – Tola and Jair inherited a country in trouble. God gave them the ability to hold their nation together for nearly 50 years.
There will be times of crisis that will come your way as you walk with the Lord. He has designed those times just for you. His goal is to make you more like His Son, the Lord Jesus, (Rom. 8:28-29; Eph. 4:13). He will give you the grace to stand in the hard times, (2 Cor. 12:9). He will give you grace to thrive in the midst of hardship. (For example: Joseph and his trials and ultimate promotion).
God is honored by, and He will honor, a consistent life – Tola and Jair did not accomplish anything that stands out, but just a look at the length of their judgeship reveals that they were consistent. They stood for the Lord for many years and God honored their faithfulness.
Few things honor the Lord like our being faithful to Him. It is His desire that every one of His children live a faithful, consistent life before Him, (1 Cor. 4:2).
So, let me encourage you to keep living for the Lord regardless of what is going on around you. Keep living for Him even when times are lean. Keep living for Him even when others fall away. Keep living for Him even when you are attacked for it. Keep living for Him even when it is unpopular. Keep living for Him even when others walk away. At the end of a life of faithful, consistent love for the Lord you will hear these words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord,”( Matt. 25:21). Those words from our blessed Savior will make every mile of the trip worthwhile!
Conc: Tola and Jair lived and died in obscurity, but their lives continue to speak to us about our own walk with the Lord. Thus, their lives were not in vain.
Neither is your life in vain. You matter to God. You matter to your family. You matter to the church. You matter to your community. You matter!
Stay the course child of God! There is a pay day someday. One day, you will reach the end of your earthly journey. When that day comes it will not matter whether you were famous or not. It will not matter what you achieved in life. All that will matter is your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. All that will matter is your love for Him, your labor for Him and a life lived for Him.
Are there needs in your life that should be addressed today? Are you faithful and consistent in your walk with the Lord? Do you need to come before Him and say something like this? “Lord, it doesn’t matter who knows me as long as they can see you. It doesn’t matter where I am as long as you have placed me there. It doesn’t matter what is happening to me as long as you control it. It doesn’t matter to me what I accomplish in life as long as I accomplish everything you have saved me for.”
Let’s mind Him today!
“Great Is Thy Faithfulness” By: Thomas O. Chisholm (1923)
1. “Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!“
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!
2. Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
3. Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Sovereign Father, Beloved God! As time for 2012 comes to end, we thank YOU for providing all our needs and for watching and caring for us. Help us not to forget anyone in our prayers, especially show us the people who feel forgotten so we can remember them in our intercession. Bring specific people to our mind, who, need a miracle of healing, a blessing of salvation, a word of comfort, a message of encouragement. Show us who needs Your guidance, Your instruction, Your direction. Enable them to sense Your love in us so we may share it with them. Bless them as You bless us in Christ Jesus our Lord. It is in His marvelous name that we pray. Amen!
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Friday, December 28, 2012
JUDGES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This is my Prayer, Fri, 12/28/2012
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING EVERYONE!
UNKNOWN MEN WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE, Lesson 13b
v. 1-5 THE MINISTRY THEY PERFORMED
These two men may not have led any great military campaigns. They might not have commanded great armies. They may not have left a legacy of great spiritual achievements. But, what they did accomplish deserves consideration. What they did still challenges us today.
These men helped maintain peace for nearly 50 years in a nation split apart by war, rebellion and pagan worship. That in itself is no small feat. When there were no attacks from the outside, they helped prevent the nation from being ripped apart from the inside. Theirs was a ministry of peace in a time of turmoil.
These men also helped to preserve the heritage of their nation. They ministered to the faithful remnant in Israel in a time when that fading remnant needed consistent leadership.
Tola and Jair did in their day exactly what we are supposed to be doing in our day. They acted like salt.
Jesus said that His people are “the salt of the earth”, (Matt. 5:13). Salt, as you know, purifies, adds flavor to bland foods, and helps preserve meat. In Bible times, salt was more valuable than money. The ancient Romans used to give a soldier his pay in salt rather than money. The word “salary” comes to us from the Roman word “salarium”, which speaks of a soldier being paid in salt. The phrase “not worth his salt” comes from this practice.
When Jesus called His people “the salt of the earth”, He uses it as a metaphor that teaches about the influence His people in the world today:
Our Preserving Influence - Salt wards off rot and decay! It is rubbed into meat in an effort to preserve it. Sodom and Gomorrah in (Gen. 19) could have been saved by the preserving influence of just 10 righteous men. So it is in America today! I am convinced that the presence and the prayers of “salty” Christians has done more to preserve this nation than anything else we could name. It is the righteousness of God’s children that made America great and it is what keeps this country from being judged today, (Pro. 14:34).
Our Penetrating Influence – Salt will penetrate and infiltrate whatever it touches. It is an aggressive substance, like The early church – (Acts 8:1, 4; Acts 17:6). I believe that we have been called by the Lord to be an active force in the world around us. The church should be a militant army charging the very gates of Hell, ( Matt. 16:18).
Our Purifying Influence – Salt has remarkable cleansing ability. In 2 Kings 2:19-22 - Elisha cleansed the waters at Jericho with salt. In ancient times, newborn babies were washed in salt to cleanse their bodies and to give firmness to their skin,( Eze. 16:4). Salt in a wound can cleanse the area. Often, Christians have a purifying effect on the world around them. Others ought to behave differently when the child of God walks up. Don’t be offended if they stop talking when you come around. Just thank God that you are acting as a purifying force in the world around you. Every meat offering was to be made with salt – (Lev. 2:13). So it is with our lives. We are to offer our lives as an offering to the Lord, (Rom. 12:1-2). When we do, it proves that we are worth our salt!
Our Pleasing Influence – Bringing out the best. Salt blends and adds flavor to food. In fact, there are some foods that are better off not eaten, if there is no salt! So too, the Christian should flavor the world around him. As salt, we are to so live our lives that we bring out the best in those around us. That is what Jesus did time and again, and that what you and I are supposed to be doing for His glory! ( Phil. 1:27).
Our Poisoning Influence – Salt kills some things! Ever poured salt on a slug? Slugs and salt do not mix! Salt poured on a lawn will kill the grass. Too much salt is not good for your blood pressure. Abimelech, in Judges 9:45, took a city and then sowed the city with salt to prevent the ground from being used to grow crops. He killed the fields with salt. By the same token, when true Christianity is sowed into the lives, homes and communities of the world, some things will be put to death. We can make an impact on our world by the very fact that Christianity is pure poison to sin. When Jesus comes into a life, drinking, cussing, fighting, hating, killing, drugging, loose living, etcetera, all are put to death as we yield to Him in sanctification – (2 Cor. 5:17).
Our Promoting Influence – Salt creates a thirst for water in those who are exposed to it! As salt, the Christian has the wonderful opportunity to promote a thirst for Jesus in the world. Remember what the Lord told us? He said that out of our bellies would flow rivers of living water , ( John 7:37-38). When we live as Christians should live; when we take the call of Jesus seriously and live right, look right, act right, talk right, worship right, dress right, etc., then we have the ability to create a thirst for Jesus in the hearts of those around us. When that happens, we can point men to Jesus and share with them the water of life. Sadly, most Christians do not promote thirst, but ridicule instead. Too often, we live substandard immoral lives and the world sees it and says, “Why should I receive Jesus? I live just as good as that crowd down at the church!” The sad truth is, they are often right! Let’s so live that we ever prove them wrong. Our lives must be above reproach if we are to create a thirst for God in the world around us!
We must never give anyone cause to say, “If that is a Christian, then I never want to be one.” Instead, our lives ought to motivate people to say, “That is what I want my life to be.”
Our Proven Influence – Salt changes nearly everything it touches. ( Food, ice, etc). We are called to be thermostats and not thermometers in the world around us. We are to be the instruments that God can use to implement change in a wicked world. When genuine, New Testament Christianity touches this sinful, wicked world, there will be change of some variety. We just need to be sure that we are changing the world and not the other way around! There is a modern mentality which says, “We have to be like the world to win the world.” We’ll see more people saved when we are like Jesus!
Tola and Jair carried out a very important ministry in Israel. God used them to touch a nation. God used them to maintain peace. God used them for His glory, and that is the mark of a successful ministry!
By the same token, if we can simply glorify God and hand down old-fashioned worship to the next generation, our lives and ministries have been successful. Let us pray that we will honor God throughout the days of our lives!
“Oh, To Be Like Thee” By: T. O. Chisholm (1897)
O to be like Thee! blessed Redeemer;
This is my constant longing and prayer;
Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures,
Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear.
O to be like Thee! O to be like Thee!
Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.
O to be like Thee! full of compassion,
Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
Seeking the wand’ring sinners to find.
O to be like Thee! lowly in spirit,
Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,
Willing to suffer, others to save.
O to be like Thee! Lord, I am coming,
Now to receive th’ anointing divine;
All that I am and have I am bringing;
Lord, from this moment all shall be Thine.
O to be like Thee! While I am pleading
Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love.
Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling,
Fit for a life which Thou wouldst approve.
THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Holy Father, we cannot come into your holy presence, for our walk is not blameless and we do not always speak the truth from our hearts. Sometimes we slander others and cast slurs on our fellow humans. We fail to keep our oaths. We are guilty of all of these transgressions. Speak to us a word of grace and assurance. As we open your precious and infallible Word, open also hearts ears, our minds and our hearts that we may hear, understand, believe and then put into practice what we hear. Send forth your Spirit in our hearts, dear Lord, so that we may indeed become what we already are, namely, the salt of the earth. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.
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Thursday, December 27, 2012
JUDGES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This is my Prayer, Thu, 12/27/2012
GOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING EVERYONE!
UNKNOWN MEN WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE, Lesson 13a
Thus far in our study of the Judges, we have considered the ministries of Othniel, Ehud, Shamgar, Deborah and Gideon. All of these, with the exception of Shamgar, led the people of Israel to outstanding military victories.
In the list I just mentioned, one man stands out as being different. I am referring to Shamgar. He is considered to be one of the Minor Judges. There are six Minor Judges in all. They are “Shamgar”, (Jud. 3:31) the two men mentioned in our text today, “Tola” (Jud. 10:1), and “Jair”, (Jud. 10:3-5);the others are: “Ibzan” (Jud. 12:8-10); “Elon”, (Jud. 12:11-12); and (Abdon”, (Jud. 12:13-15).
The reason these men are called Minor Judges is because they were no great military leaders like Deborah and Gideon; they were men who helped maintain the peace in the nation of Israel. While they might not have been mighty in military exploits, they were as important to the nation of Israel as those Judges that led the nation to great military victory.
Today, as we continue our study of the Judges of Israel, we are going to consider the lives and ministries of two of the Minor Judges. Today, we will examine the lives of Tola and Jair. While the Bible has very little to say about these two men, their lives and deeds have much to teach us.
I want us to learn the truth that you do not have to be well known to make a difference for the glory of God. I want you to see that God delights in using the unknown servant to help His people, glorify His name and build His kingdom. I want you to see that God can and will use you if you will make yourself available to Him.
As the Lord gives liberty today, let’s talk about a couple of “Unknown Men Who Made A Difference”. Consider with me the principles that are revealed in the lives of these unknown men.
v. 1 THE MESS THEY INHERITED
Verse 1 brings causes us to remember a man by the name of Abimelech. His story is found in Judges 9. Abimelech was the son of Gideon by his concubine, (Jud. 8:31). After the death of Gideon, Abimelech determines within himself that he will be the ruler of Israel. He convinces his mother’s people, the Shechemites to support him in his quest to become the king of Israel.
The men of Shechem confer among themselves and decide to help Abimelech. They give him seventy pieces of silver,( 9:4). Using this money, Abimelech hires a group of thugs to help him achieve his goal, (9:4).
Abimelech takes these men to his father’s house and kills 69 of his seventy half-brothers less one, (9:5). The youngest, a boy named Jotham escapes, (9:5). After this, the men of Shechem declare Abimelech to be their king, (9:6). After his anointing, Abimelech ruled as the king for three years, (9:22). In the end, the men of Shechem turned on Abimelech and there was war between them and the followers of Abimelech, (9:23-49). In the midst of an attack upon the walls of Thebez, Abimelech got too close to the wall and a woman threw a piece of a millstone from the wall and hit Abimelech in the head, (9:53). Knowing that he was dying, Abimelech commanded one of his men to kill him with a sword so that it would not be said that Abimelech had been killed by a woman, (9:54).
By the time Abimelech is dead, the nation of Israel is left in tatters from a vicious civil war. Military upheaval isn’t the only problem the nation faced. The Bible tells us that as soon as Gideon died, the people of Israel turned their backs on God and gave their worship to the Canaanite fertility god Baal, (8:33-34).
As a result of all these problems, the nation of Israel is in a mess. This was the nation inherited by Tola and Jair. I want to share a couple of principles with you right here.
God always has a remnant – In Israel, things were bad. The nation is at war with itself, and the majority of the people are worshiping idols. In the midst of all that, God still has a faithful remnant.
That fact has not changed! When Elijah entered the valley of depression, he came to believe that he was the only person in the country that was living for God and doing right. He soon found out that God has a remnant in Israel. Elijah is told that there still 7,000 that had not bowed their knees to Baal, (1 Kings 19:18).
God still has a remnant! In this day of increasing immorality and rampant wickedness, God still has a faithful people who love Him, serve Him and live for Him. There are still people who have a prayer closet. There are still people who believe the Bible is the Word of God. There are still people who love the church. There are still people who will tell a lost world about Jesus. There are still people who sing, shout, testify and honor God. While this remnant might not be in the majority, they are still here for the glory of God.
Serving God is not always easy, but it is always right – It must have been difficult for Tola and Jair as they dealt with the problems left behind by Abimelech and as they dealt with the idolatry of the nation. It was not an easy day to ministry, but they ministered anyway. We could learn a lot from their example.
It’s not always easy to walk in the old paths when everyone around us is looking for something new, but it is right! It isn’t always easy to live for the Lord when others around you are living for the world, the flesh and the devil, but it is right! It isn’t always easy to do the right thing when others around you are acting in bad ways, but it is always right! The fact, we can make a choice to live for God, even when everyone else seems to be going their own way and living for self. Our duty is not to look to them, but to Him Who perfectly ran His Own race and will enable us to runs ours as well, (Heb. 12:1-3; Phil. 4:13; John 15:4-5).
Our world is in a mess. No one would argue with that. We can lay the blame for that anywhere we like. We can blame Washington, we can blame the modern, contemporary churches, and we can blame one another. But, at the end of the day, the blame rests right here. The people of God are partially to blame for the condition of the world around us. We have ceased to do right, and we have stood by silently while the world has embraced evil! It’s time for the remnant of the Lord to stand up and fight for the things we have left, (Rom. 13:11-14). It’s time to fight for the family, the home, the church and the community. If we fail to stand for what is important today, we should not complain when it is taken from us tomorrow!
“Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus” By: George Duffield (1858)
1. Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
ye soldiers of the cross;
lift high his royal banner,
it must not suffer loss.
From victory unto victory
his army shall he lead,
till every foe is vanquished,
and Christ is Lord indeed.
2. Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
the trumpet call obey;
forth to the mighty conflict,
in this his glorious day.
Ye that are brave now serve him
against unnumbered foes;
let courage rise with danger,
and strength to strength oppose.
3. Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
stand in his strength alone;
the arm of flesh will fail you,
ye dare not trust your own.
Put on the gospel armor,
each piece put on with prayer;
where duty calls or danger,
be never wanting there.
4. Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
the strife will not be long;
this day the noise of battle,
the next the victor's song.
To those who vanquish evil
a crown of life shall be;
they with the King of Glory
shall reign eternally.
THIS IS MY PRAYER!
O Almighty and Everlasting God, Creator of Heaven, Earth, and the Universe, help us to be, to think, to act what is right, because it is right. Make us truthful, honest, and honorable in all things; make us intellectually honest for the sake of right and honor and without thought of reward to us. Give us the ability to be charitable, forgiving, and patient with our fellow men. Help us to understand their motives and their shortcomings, even as You understand ours! This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen!
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Monday, December 24, 2012
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! We will be back on Dec 27th. In His Love! Vic.
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