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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Monday, June 10, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
6/10
Sam Davis was a Confederate spy executed at Pulaski, Tennessee, for his crime. When captured by the Union army, he had in his possession some papers of vital importance. After examining the case closely, the officers in charge knew he must have had an accomplice in securing the papers. He was court-martialed, led out before the firing squad and blindfolded. Then the officer in charge put forward a proposition: "If you will give us the name of the man who furnished you this information, you may go free." Sam Davis did not hesitate in his reply, "If I had a thousand lives I would give them all before I would betray a friend." I am glad to report to you that the saints have such a Friend in Jesus! He loves us so much that even when we were His enemies, He gave His life on the cross to save our souls. He even called us His friends when we were acting like His enemies. He is a Friend Who loves us like we are, even when we are unlovable. He loves though we often act foolishly toward Him. He loves us even though we do not deserve His love. He is a faithful Friend! DID YOU KNOW? For more details on scriptures, story and lesson, read today’s “FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH” and share it with those you love. Vic.

  
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ANHELIC 6/10/2013 11:28PM

    Amen. What a friend we have in Jesus.

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    Amen! Oh such a Friend; He loved us ere we knew Him!! (1 John)

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEP[S OF FDAITH, Mon, 6/10/2013

Monday, June 10, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 6/10/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 15:13-23
CLOSER THAN A BROTHER, Lesson 11b

DAVID HAD HUMBLE FRIENDS
2 Sam. 15:23-28 – Zadok and Abiathar
Zadok and Abiathar were priests. They were men of God who loved David and wanted to follow him. When he fled from Absalom, they followed David bringing with them the Ark of the Covenant. David, however, sends them back to Jerusalem, placing his trust in the power of God to deliver him, (v. 25-26). David tells them that they can best serve him by being his eyes in the city. Then, without comment, the two priests turn around and carry the Ark back into the city. By returning to Jerusalem and agreeing to act as spies for David, these men took a great risk! They put their very lives on the line for their friend.

These two demonstrate one of the great marks of a true friend. A genuine friend will love you and accept you, even when he does not understand you or agree with you. A real friend will stand by you regardless of the risks involved. They will stick out their necks for you. They will be there when others turn and walk away! A genuine friend might even get hurt in the process of taking your side. But, no matter when you look, you will find them standing firm, in your corner! That is a real friend! If you have a friend like that, then God has greatly blessed your life.

Two men were out hunting in the northern U.S. Suddenly one yelled and the other looked up to see a grizzly charging them. The first started to frantically put on his tennis shoes and his friend anxiously asked, "What are you doing? Don't you know you can't outrun a grizzly bear?" "I don't have to outrun a grizzly. I just have to outrun you!"

That is the kind of friends most of us have. When the chips are down, they think of themselves first. A true always puts you first! That trust is illustrated in the following story.

Sam Davis was a Confederate spy executed at Pulaski, Tennessee, for his crime. When captured by the Union army, he had in his possession some papers of vital importance. After examining the case closely, the officers in charge knew he must have had an accomplice in securing the papers. He was court-martialed, led out before the firing squad and blindfolded. Then the officer in charge put forward a proposition: "If you will give us the name of the man who furnished you this information, you may go free." Sam Davis did not hesitate in his reply, "If I had a thousand lives I would give them all before I would betray a friend."


I am glad to report to you that the saints have such a Friend in Jesus! He loves us so much that even when we were His enemies, He gave His life on the cross to save our souls. He even called us His friends when we were acting like His enemies, (John 15:13). He is a Friend Who loves us like we are, even when we are unlovable. He loves though we often act foolishly toward Him. He loves us even though we do not deserve His love. He is a faithful Friend!

TODAY’S VERSE!
John 15:7 (New King James Version (NKJV)
7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Without Him” By: Mylon R. LeFevre (1963)

Without Him I could do nothing
Without Him I?d surely fail
Without Him I would be drifting
Like a ship without a sail

Refrain:
Oh Jesus, oh Jesus
Do you know Him today
Please don't turn Him away
Oh Jesus, my Jesus
Without Him how lost I would be
Without Him how lost I would be


Without Him I would be dying
Without Him I?d be enslaved
Without Him life would be worthless
But with Jesus thank God I?m saved

Refrain:

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father God, Lord and King of all Creation!
We bow before You with a humble spirit and a grateful heart, for You are our God and Greatest Blessing. You see into our hearts and know the way we think and how we act towards others. Others may see us as sinners and worthless, but You see us as pertinent, with value, for You can take our nothing and make something good out of it. Our actions often expose what is in our hearts. Forgive us when we fail You and fall short of Your glory and what You desires for us. Grant us the wisdom and strength to see our faults and repent of them. Help us to serve You in the way, will and work that You have called us to do. Help us to face our challenges by faith in You and make the commitment to serve You, the only True God. These we pray by faith in Your Son. Amen!


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ANHELIC 6/10/2013 11:32PM

    A friend can be closer than a brother, but Jesus is closer than that. I am glad to know how secure we are knowing our friend Jesus is with us. Thank you for the goodie and note. Blessings for your daily teachings.

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CANDOIT54 6/10/2013 4:52PM

    Amen! Thank you, Vic.

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NELLIEH1 6/10/2013 2:13PM

    How can it be that the Sovereign LORD of the whole universe is our Friend? Amazing exchange! Incredible compassion! Love beyond all imagining!

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/10/2013 12:12PM

    Amen! Wisdom and strength always needed to see my own faults. emoticon

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HONOURIA 6/10/2013 9:28AM

    Devoted He is.

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    We are his He is our Shepperd who looks after his sheep

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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Sunday, June 09, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
6/9
Many people will be your friend when all is well in your life and when they can benefit from being around you. A real friend loves you when you have absolutely nothing left to give! Jackie Robinson was the first black to play major league baseball. Breaking baseball's color barrier, he faced jeering crowds in every stadium. While playing one day in his home stadium in Brooklyn, he committed an error. The fans began to ridicule him. He stood at second base, humiliated, while the fans jeered. Then, shortstop Pee Wee Reese came over and stood next to him. He put his arm around Jackie Robinson and faced the crowd. The fans grew quiet. Robinson later said that arm around his shoulder saved his career. DID YOU KNOW? For more details on scriptures, story and lesson, read today’s “FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH” and share it with those you love. Vic.

  
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CARL-ASCHLUGE 6/10/2013 6:52AM

    Thanks for a wonderful message.

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MARINEMAMA 6/10/2013 6:46AM

    Thanks for sharing...so very true!

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ANHELIC 6/9/2013 11:13PM

    We all need a real friend. Thank you for your reminder.

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AZMOMXTWO 6/9/2013 5:30PM

  very true

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COOP9002 6/9/2013 2:49PM

    Thanks for the reminder.

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CANDOIT54 6/9/2013 11:00AM

    This is so true

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LEANJEAN6 6/9/2013 8:58AM

    so so true!--Thank -yu!-Lynda emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 6/9/2013 7:34AM

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SANDRALEET 6/9/2013 7:05AM

    We are to love like God unconditionally and we are not to use people for gain

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 6/9/2013

Sunday, June 09, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 6/9/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 15:13-23
CLOSER THAN A BROTHER, Lesson 11a

The effects of David’s sin with Bathsheba are in full bloom. David has seen his family demolished; innocent lives devastated and precious people destroyed. All because of the choices he made. He is at the lowest point of his life! His own son, Absalom, has risen up in rebellion against David and has driven him from his palace and from the city of Jerusalem. This passage finds David on the run for his life from his own son.

At this point in time David does not need a lecture on being a better father. He does not need a seminar of how to govern a kingdom. He does not need someone coming along to tell him what a failure he is. He knows that well enough by now. What David needs is a friend!

2 Samuel 15-19 talks about some friends that walked into David’s life at just the moment he needed them. You see, the Bible says, “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother,” (Proverbs 18:24). In the verses we will study today we will see this passage come to life. In the friends who came to David’s aid in his time of need, we can see what real friends ought to be and we can see a picture of the ultimate Friend, the Lord Jesus Christ. I want to take our time today and teach on the thought “Closer Than A Brother”. Allow me to point out the kinds of friends David had in his life.

DAVID HAD HEARTFELT FRIENDS

2 Sam. 15:18-22 – Ittai the Gittite
It seems that this Ittai is the commander of a group of 600 men that came to Israel from Gath to follow David, (v. 18). Gath, as you may know, is in the land of the Philistines. It was also the home of Goliath. You might also remember that David spend some time living in Philistia when he was on the run from King Saul, (1 Sam. 27-30). Apparently, David made an impression on Ittai and the rest of these men. Now that David is on the run again, Ittai expresses his desire to be with David.

Ittai is a person who has been in the background. This is the first time his name is mentioned. But, when the chips were down in David’s life, Ittai steps up and demonstrates the depths of his life for the exiled king. In fact, he pledges his absolute allegiance to David, even if it means death for Ittai, (v. 21). That is a true friend!

Once, a British newspaper ran a contest asking for the definition of friend. The winning entry was this thought: “A friend is the first person who comes in when the whole world goes out.” That is what Ittai did for David!

As we go through this life, there are few people that will fit into that category for you and for me. But, thank God for our true friends. Thank God for the people who love us when we are on top and when we hit the bottom. If you have a friend like Ittai, then you are a wealthy person!

Sadly, many people will be your friend when all is well in your life and when they can benefit from being around you. A real friend loves you when you have absolutely nothing left to give!

Jackie Robinson was the first black to play major league baseball. Breaking baseball's color barrier, he faced jeering crowds in every stadium. While playing one day in his home stadium in Brooklyn, he committed an error. The fans began to ridicule him. He stood at second base, humiliated, while the fans jeered. Then, shortstop Pee Wee Reese came over and stood next to him. He put his arm around Jackie Robinson and faced the crowd. The fans grew quiet. Robinson later said that arm around his shoulder saved his career.

I can’t think of many friends like Ittai in my life, but I am glad that I have a Friend Who sticks closer than brother. One Who said He would never walk out on me, (Heb. 13:5). One who tells me He loves me regardless of my current condition, (Jer. 31:3). I have a Friend who cares for me when I am up and runs to my side when I am down. Jesus is a true Friend!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Mark 13:31 (New King James Version (NKJV)
31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“No Not One” By: Johnson Oatman, Jr. (18995)

There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus,
No, not one! No, not one!
None else could heal all our soul’s diseases,
No, not one! No, not one!

Refrain
Jesus knows all about our struggles,
He will guide till the day is done;
There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus,
No, not one! No, not one!

No friend like Him is so high and holy,
No, not one! No, not one!
And yet no friend is so meek and lowly,
No, not one! No, not one!
Refrain

There’s not an hour that He is not near us,
No, not one! No, not one!
No night so dark but His love can cheer us,
No, not one! No, not one!
Refrain

Did ever saint find this Friend forsake him?
No, not one! No, not one!
Or sinner find that He would not take him?
No, not one! No, not one!
Refrain

Was ever a gift like the Savior given?
No, not one! No, not one!
Will He refuse us a home in Heaven?
No, not one! No, not one!
Refrain

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of all creation, God of Heaven and Earth and everything therein!
Turn our “merely” to “hallelujahs” as our eyes behold and our ears hear the beauty and sounds of Your creation all around us; as Your word reveals Your truths and grace to us about Jesus, His love and compassion for all that He created. Thank You for sending Him to us; He who made it possible for us to become Your children. Thank You for making Jesus our best Friend, even among the many titles He wears. Guide us through the Holy Spirit to grasp the Divine nature of that relationship. Increase our faith in Him and enable us to draw every closer to Him. It’s in His marvelous Friendship that we pray with grateful hearts. Amen!

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ANHELIC 6/9/2013 11:20PM

    Thank you for the great lesson today, hymn and prayer. It's great to have a true friend and have someone to confide in. We must remember also that we a special friend in Jesus who's Spirit will lead us in the right direction. Thank you for the goodie and note. Blessings to you Vic for your teachings.

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NELLIEH1 6/9/2013 8:16PM

    How willing are we/am I to be with King Jesus, even when we must walk with Him through the valley and not be on the mountain top all the time? Ittai the Gittite (a foreigner and exile from his own homeland) had been with David one day only , and yet he chose to follow the king across the Kidron Valley into exile/banishment. (2 Samuel 15:19-22). Such commitment! And our Friend is even more committed to us day by day. What is my response to Him?

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HONOURIA 6/9/2013 6:47PM

    Interesting explanation of Ittai. I have never noticed him! Thank you for the explanation. I love it when I can get the fruits of research like this. I appreciate the work you do!

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CANDOIT54 6/9/2013 11:18AM

    emoticon THANK YOU and I found the hymn on youtube and listen. Thank you Jesus and you, Vic for being my Friend.

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/9/2013 6:59AM

    Thanking God for true friends in my life : )

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SANDRALEET 6/9/2013 6:34AM

    A friend lets God be the judge of you not them Loves you unconditionally

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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Saturday, June 08, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
6/8
If there is one glimmer of light in this dark, tragic tale of David, it is in the fact that God brought David through it all and restored him to the throne. If God did it for David, He will do it for you! God will never desert you. He will go with you even as you face the consequences of your rebellion against Him. He will give you grace to get you through the pain and that heartache of your sin. And, He will be standing there to receive you when you come to yourself and head for home. DID YOU KNOW? For more details on scriptures, story and lesson, read today’s “FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH” and share it with those you love. Vic.

  
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JUDITH316 6/8/2013 6:55PM

    emoticon Vic for another great Bible Blog and Today's Thought, always appreciated...

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    thanks for sharing !!

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 6/8/2013 9:02AM

    You're right about God and David. Thanks for the message.

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NELLIEH1 6/8/2013 8:46AM

    Amen! How very precious is our Loving GOD moment by moment in His unconditional love!!!


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SANDRALEET 6/8/2013 8:20AM

    The grace and peace of God

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AVANELL 6/8/2013 8:14AM

    God is the God of ANOTHER chance! We are blessed to be a people that can love and worship the One True God who is waiting to hear our confession and forgive our sin! He cleanses us from all unrighteousness when we humble ourselves before Him!

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